Monthly Archives: December 2011

nuttin’ gets by our local certified country curmudgeon


Here be a couple examples of his news reportin’ ways. 🙂

Man Kills Self Before Shooting Wife and Daughter

Miners Refuse to Work after Death”

All I can add is what grandpa would gripe, “And we rely on the News media to be logical?”

more headlines by Gorges

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as the dictator of the united states of america, i would… (Part IX)


As grandpa was standing there you could hear a grumbling from amidst of the small crowd gathered. Then it seem as if out of nowhere a small little old man came walking out of the crowd. He was wearing clothing that seemed to depict him as belonging in a hospital somewhere. As he stood by grandpa’s side you could hear the snickering among the people. He did not appear to take notice of this as he spoke.

“My name is Ben and I have stood among you listening to your grumblings as this man has spoken and from what I hear it appears that many are in disagreement with him and feel that he is willing to starve the poor. There could be nothing further from the truth than this accusation on his words. It seems that by your ideology of government that the rich must take so much less, so that the moneys can be redistributed so that the poor may have it so much better.

This operates then as a tax for the maintenance of the poor. A very good thing, you will say. But I ask, Why a partial tax? Why laid on the rich only? If it be a good thing, pray, Messrs. the Public, take your share of it, by indemnifying us a little out of your public treasury. In doing a good thing there is both honour and pleasure; you are welcome to your part of both.

For my own part, I am not so well satisfied of the goodness of this thing. I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it.

In my youth I travelled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.
There is no country in the world where so many provisions are established for them; so many hospitals to receive them when they are sick or lame, founded and maintained by voluntary charities; so many alms-houses for the aged of both sexes, together with a solemn general law made by the rich to subject their estates to a heavy tax for the support of the poor.

Under all these obligations, are our poor modest, humble, and thankful; and do they use their best endeavors to maintain themselves, and lighten our shoulders of this burthen? On the contrary, I affirm that there is no country in the world in which the poor are more idle, dissolute, drunken, and insolent. The day you passed that act, you took away from before their eyes the greatest of all inducements to industry, frugality, and sobriety, by giving them a dependence on somewhat else than a careful accumulation during youth and health, for support in age or sickness.

In short, you offered a premium for the encouragement of idleness, and you should not now wonder that it has had its effect in the increase of poverty. Repeal that law, and you will soon see a change in their manners. St. Monday, and St. Tuesday, will cease to be holidays. SIX days shalt thou labour, though one of the old commandments long treated as out of date, will again be looked upon as a respectable precept; industry will increase, and with it plenty among the lower people; their circumstances will mend, and more will be done for their happiness by inuring them to provide for themselves, than could be done by dividing all your estates among them.

Excuse me, Messrs. the Public, if upon this interesting subject, I put you to the trouble of listening a little of my nonsense. I am sure I have lately listened a great deal of yours; and therefore from you (at least from those of you who are speakers) I deserve a little indulgence. I am yours.”

With these words the old man looked up at grandpa and gave him a big smile. He then walked back into the crowd and seem to disappear as if he never existed.

I looked up at grandpa and asked, “Do you know that old man?”

“That, boy, was an old man who goes by the name of Benjamin Franklin, a man well respected among his peers for his wisdom and knowledge of life.”

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events of significance that occured in the past on this Christmas date


While Christmas is traditionally the day we celebrate the birth of the Christ child we should also remember other significant events that has occurred on this day in history. The first being the crossing of the Delaware by Geo. Washington and his troops as depicted by the famous painting below.

Here is another rendition of that crossing which is said as being a more true to life depiction of that crossing as reported in this story by the
New York Times
.

Another significant event that should be an inspiration to all people of differing political ideologies is the truce that two sides agreed upon to celebrate the spirit of Christmas during World war I as commemorated by descendants of the combatants of that great war in the picture below.

We should never forget that Andrew Johnson signed the unconditional amnesty papers for the Confederate soldiers on this day in 1886

For more events that occured on this Special day of the year, visit here

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as the dictator of the united states of america i would…(Part VIII)


“People of this great nation when you elected me to this position you elected me to a position of power and I have used that power to bring change and hope. That hope lies within each of you. For you are the future of this nation and in your hands I have faith in the future of this nation. For it is the people of a nation that declares the strength of a nation. This be the first day of the rebirth of this nation, a day of celebration for a nation where the people rule instead of being ruled over.

There can be no better time for a rebirth of a nation than a time that we, as a nation, celebrate a birth of a child that would change the world. We must always remember that it was the birth of this child that we celebrate not the date of his birth as we so often associate with the idea of birthdays. And it is the ideals of this child that we practice on this day of celebration as we focus our thoughts not on ourselves but focus our thoughts on those we love and care for. So, with these thoughts in mind I can only wish that each and everyone of you celebrate this time of the year in the fullness of its meaning.”

“MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL.”

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as the dictator of the united states of america i would… (Part VII)


I watched grandpa as his eyes scanned over the faces of the small crowd then smiled as he continued once again.

“People of this nation, you are now free. Use this new found independence wisely. This administration is forcing each and every one of you to provide for your own needs. It is now up to you to provide for the needs of your own family. It is up to you to provide your friends with the help he needs. The federal government can no longer afford to provide for those needs. Focus on yourself, focus on your family, focus on your friends for this is where you will find the support you need to get through this chaotic period in our nation. The future of this nation is now in your hands. Are you up to the task?

Governors of every State, you are the highest directly elected leaders of this nation. It is at this juncture of the history of this nation that you will prove whether or not you are deserving of that honor. This administration is forcing upon you the responsibility to maintain control over the hotheads who seek to take advantage of this chaos. It will be up to you to show that local control is a better concept of governance than centralized control. The future of this nation is in your hands. Are you up to the task?

Religions of this nation, now is the time to show why religious organizations have as much value and worth in this society that the federal constitution as well as the constitutions of each State of this nation attributes to religion. It will be you that people will turn to for the real courage to go forward as free people instead of returning to the past dependencies upon the government. This is the responsibility that this administration is forcing upon you. It will be up to you to exemplify the reason our forefathers declared this a nation under God.

It is you that is the heart and soul of this nation. It will be through you that the people will come to seek the guidance of God as they exercise the gift He has given them, the gift of free will. Teach them well of the meaning behind that gift so precious so that they will never seek to become dependent upon government again. The future of this nation is in your hands. Are you up to the task?

Leaders of business, free enterprise is now free once again. It is free enterprise that is the backbone of this nation. It is the free enterprise system that puts bread on the table of the people. Without the burdens that government has forced upon the shoulders of business free enterprise can stand tall once more. Employers, work together with your employees to instill in this nation the economic strength that is missing and that we were so well known for in the past. The future and well being of this nation is in your hands. Are you up to the task?

Let there be no doubt in anyone’s minds that the eyes of the world will be watching and seeking to learn from you as you react to this state of crisis. This administration is forcing each and everyone of you to be an example of the meaning of liberty and to show them the meaning behind the pursuit of happiness that only freedom can bring. Are you up to the task?

It will be from you that the people of the world will learn whether their struggle for freedom is a worthwhile struggle. As your leader I have, with my actions, declared my faith and that faith is in you, the people of this great nation. The only question that remains is how much faith each of you have in yourself? It was your faith in me that got me elected to the position I possess at this moment. And in return I could do no less than show that faith in you. The future of the world as well as the future of this nation is now in both of our hands from this moment on.”

With those words said grandpa went silent and a quiet went over the crowd that seemed to be the most deafening of noise.

Then grandpa looked his friend straight in the eye and asked,

“What be your thoughts now of my preposterous ideas of change?

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as the dictator of the united states, i would… (Part VI)


I just looked up at grandpa with a grin on my face and answered, “What!!!! and commit mutiny on the best captain I know? Besides, grandpa, you know swimming is not my best way of getting to shore. Nope, I’m still on board and will remain on board until you order that we abandon ship. But will have to admit I’m looking for my life jacket at the moment.“

grandpa’s friend just looked at me and began to chuckle at my words and when he did so did the rest of the small crowd then he looked at grandpa with a grin and said,

“You have done a fine job of raising the boy and I think he speaks for the rest of us also. So, lead on, me Cap’itan”.

Grandpa chuckled at the words and then continued,

“Congress you have work to do now, real work. First of all, members of the Senate, you are now holding a position in this government that you no longer have the constitutional authority to hold. So, pack up your belongings, send your staff to their homes and you go with them. The Senate is in recess until the State governments have appointed men to be their representatives in the federal government.

House members, since the Senate is now in recess no new laws can be passed so you have but one job at the moment. Comb through the history of laws that this government has enacted by the authority of these repealed amendments, gather them up and place every one of them out on Constitution ave. I know that the pages of tax laws will, by themselves, be enough to pave the entire avenue. That job alone should take you until the end of your terms in office.

Supreme court members, the same task is yours. Comb through your history and gather up all of the decisions that related to these amendments and add them to the stack of laws that Congress has piled up on the street. For they no longer can be declared as constitutional law.

Given that the government will no longer have the revenues necessary to sustain all of the departments of government I will only say this. Department heads, you are now closed with the exceptions of a few departments, so start handing out notices to each and every employee and then close down. The exceptions being the Department of Defense, Department of State, and the Department of Justice along with the Department of the Treasury.

One more thing that will effect each and every employee of the federal government. Each and every employee will take a cut in pay that is equal to the tax bracket that they filed on their last federal and State income tax returns. The only exception are members of the military. Their pay cut will be equal to 3/4 of the tax brackets that they filed on their last tax returns.

All federal employee unions are now banned. And all pension plans no longer exist. Working for the government is a service to the people of this nation. It is not a career choice. If you are seeking a career, join private enterprise.”

With this said grandpa again paused to allow what he was saying sink into the heads of those listening.
As I looked into the faces of those listening. The only thing I could see was disbelief that they were hearing the words being expressed this day.

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as the dictator of the united states of america i would… (Part V)


The man looked sheepishly down at his feet for a few seconds then looked grandpa straight in the eyes and responded;

“ I’m listening. While what you are saying may sound preposterous to me I’ve learned to listen a man out before telling him how preposterous his ideas are.”

Grandpa just nodded and said, “ And there have been plenty of times in my life that my ideas have been shown to be pretty preposterous too. So, I appreciate the respect that you are showing to these ideas even if they turn out to be preposterous.”

Standing there listening to the two men my hand unconsciously went to my rear end and began rubbing the imagined soreness of it as I remembered the time I got a good whooping for interrupting grandma a while back. Now I realized just how deserving that whooping was. Then grandpa continued his explanation as he said,

“ Once that has been accomplished I will call for a live coverage of a press conference and here, in essence, will be what I say.

‘ People of the United State of America and to the people of the world I have just did something that will force each of you to make the most important and hardest decisions in your lives. And do not get me wrong, it will need to be a decision that will have repercussions for generations to come. For what I have done was not to create a better government as many would like to think I did but I created a situation that can only bring chaos to this great nation of people and chaos to the nations of the world. This I have no doubt.

People of this great nation, I am forcing you to react to what I have done. Now, you can react with clear mindedness or react as hot heads. That will be your choice. Choose but choose wisely for a nation is at stake and a world is out there watching how you respond. By either decision there will be consequences to bear and as the leader of this great nation I will be forced to respond to your reactions and feel myself justified in how I respond even if you do not.

People of the world hear me good and take my words without question. While I have created chaos here do not get the idea we are a weakened nation. Those nations that consider the United States as their friend and protector, you will no longer be able to depend upon the United States to defend you for the time being. In essence I am forcing you to be on your own until we solve our problems here at home. There will be only three exceptions to this decree, South Korea, Taiwan and Israel.

This will be a time that we, as a nation, must focus our entire efforts on our own problems without thought of the problems of the world. Our troops are coming home because we may be needing them here if the possibility of my fears bear out.

Those nations and peoples that look upon the United States as their enemy, beware and heed my words carefully. Do not come to the conclusion that we are weakened to the point that you can attack us with immunity at this time. This nation will strike back and strike back hard. And I have no intention of abiding by the rules of war if there is a need to retaliate and defend our sovereignty during this period.

So, think twice, think three times before you make any decisions of attacking us on any level. Retaliation will be swift and it will be final. You can assume rightfully that every means of force that this nation possesses will be used. I hope I have made myself clear on that.”

With those words said, grandpa paused to allow his words to sink into the minds of those still listening.

I looked up at grandpa feeling totally incredulous at the words I was hearing from the man that had taught me everything I knew about life. Grandpa just looked down at me, smiled and gave me a wink as he asked.

“Still with me boy or are you ready to jump ship?”

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as the dictator of the united states of america i would… (part IV)


“Now, with a given that these repeals are to be permanent…”

and then grandpa was interrupted by one of the persons in the small crowd that had gathered around listening to grandpa as everyone heard these words,

“SIR, I HAVE BEEN STANDING HERE SILENTLY LISTENING TO YOU RESPECTFULLY BUT I NO LONGER CAN REMAIN SILENT AND WHAT I SAY MAY MAKE YOU ANGRY. YOU’RE NOTHING BUT A SHITHEAD.
YOU STAND THERE AND TALK OF HOW YOU’D CHANGE GOVERNMENT FOR THE BETTER AND THEN TURN AROUND AND TALK OF REPEALING THOSE AMENDMENTS THAT ELIMINATED SLAVERY AND GAVE WOMEN THE RIGHT TO VOTE.”

Grandpa looked straight at the man who spoke these words and just smiled at him as he quietly responded,

“My good friend, men like you are incapable of making me angry. Attempting to make me angry by the use of Alinksy tactics of argument no longer phase me. As to your accusations I will only say this. Slavery has not been eliminated by the 13th amendment. It still exists in this nation.

The only thing that the 13th amendment did was to make slavery illegal in this country. By making it illegal people no longer practice the enslavement of human beings above board and out in the open. Slavery is still being practiced and being practiced for the same reasons as when it was legal, financial profit. The only difference being is that the 13th amendment drove the practice under ground.

Women and children, the most vulnerable of any society, are the targeted victims of slavery now. As for the right to vote, I never made any mention of the 19th amendment. And while I’ll grant that there are arguments for the 14th amendment declaring that women had the right to vote the fact remains that women were not allowed this privilege until the 19th amendment specifically granted it to them with exceptions, of course.

So, my friend, your accusations only reveal just how naive you are about life in this nation as well as your ignorance of the history of this nation. And that is why men like you cannot make me angry. Alinksy tactics are nothing but the tactics that children use to get their own way and that always amuses me. So, if you do not like my words, walk away from them. There is no one forcing you to listen to them.”

Grandpa then turn away from the heckler and focused his gaze upon the man who first asked him the question and asked;

“You asked me a question and in recognition of the sincerity of that question I am pleased to try to give you a reasonable answer to it. I also see by the look on your face that the answer that I have given was not the type of answer you expected. So, if you are of the same mindset as our outspoken friend was I’ll stop in my explanation. For it would serve no purpose anymore to continue. But if you were sincere in the asking of the question I’ll continue to try to make some sense out of what I have already proposed. The choice is yours, my friend. What be your thoughts?

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as the dictator of the united states of america i would…(Part III)


As grandpa continued you could visually see the stunned look of his friend. For you could see that he never expected to hear what he was hearing from grandpa.

“I would then mandate that the 16th amendment to the federal constitution be repealed. This amendment has done more harm than any other law on the books in my opinion. Before I go any further I wish to clarify that I have nothing against the taxation of income. If we recognize the need of a government then taxes are inevitable. In fact I’ll be on record as saying that taxes should be the only source of revenue for governments.

All taxes regardless of how they are described are taxes on income. And all income is a derivative of profits. Since governments cannot produce a profit then the only means for governments to get revenue must come from private enterprise. So, what is my problem?

My problem lies in the tax code itself. The federal government as well as the State governments have created a code that is so complicated that no one can say that they understand it. This be the one thing that everyone can agree on regardless of political ideology. And once you create laws that cannot be understood in their entirety you create a fertile ground for abuse of the system.

Another problem is enforceability of the law. If laws cannot be enforced as intended then injustice results. Even in the enforcement of these laws the whole idea of the meaning of justice in this nation is turned upside down. For these laws when enforced presumes guilt until innocence is proven. That is the whole purpose behind the idea of keeping financial records for a certain number of years, as proof of innocence. A person should not need to prove their innocence of any charge of illegal activity. It is the obligation of the State to prove a person guilty.

Most important reason of all is affordability. As the tax code is written now affordability is assumed without any real basis in fact other than a general assumption. Affordability can only be defined in terms relative to each person’s situation. It cannot be defined in terms of the collective average.

Persons with the same amount of income can have different levels of affordability. And the reason for this is that the cost of living is determined by the individual needs not by the needs of the collective. Another determinant of affordability is the locale in which a person resides. It is a known fact that in any country as large as the United States the cost of living is different for many locales.

Financial obligations are another factor in affordability. Persons of the same income level may have different obligations thus effecting their ability to afford the paying of any tax imposition. This creates a need to prioritize obligations. And I think everyone can agree that a person’s personal obligation to himself as well as to his family should be given priority over his obligation to the State.

This is not the case as the law now imposes a tax obligation upon the taxpayer. Payroll deduction of taxes declare that a taxpayer’s first obligation is to the State. I’ll grant the reason for payroll deduction of taxes but it does not change the end result of it as it giving priority to the State. And if we recognize that then we will recognize the need to change the system so that it gives priority to the taxpayer’s needs.

Last but not least of my reasons for the repeal of this amendment can be found in the first part of this series. It would force the federal government to collect taxes only as the federal constitution permits it to thus require that people view the constitution from a historical context of power divided and not from an ideological context of power authorized.

Now, these are but a few reasons that I have for this action. I could stand here all day and give reason after reason and I have no doubt that you could give a few yourself but this is the primary gist behind it.”

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as the dictator of the united States of america, i would…(Part II)


Grandpa listened for a bit to those who had something to say about the first changes that he would make in regards to government then continued;

“The federal constitution sets up a federal government of direct representation not indirect representation so the second act that I would mandate is the repeal of the 17th amendment to the federal constitution. As it stands now we are a government where the legislative body is comprised of two houses both of which are representative of the interests of people and neither are representative of interests of the States. To understand this we need to look at the constitutional powers given to the Senate as well as its purpose of existence.

Its purpose was to act in conjunction with the house of representatives on any laws enacted by congress and acted as a check of power of the larger States over the smaller States. Its primary purpose though was to advise and give consent to any foreign agreements that the President entered into with other States during times of peaceful coexistence with those nations. It is this power that is exclusive to the Senate.

It is from this exclusive power that we can see why the constitution gave the selection of Senators to the governments of the States and not to the people. For it would be the governments of each individual State that would be making foreign policy decisions if the States had not united as one nation thus the Senate is acting as representing the governments of the States collectively. This creates a sense of unity and strength in regards to foreign policy which could not exist if the States had remained as independent States after the war of Independence.

It also served another purpose. It served as a check of power of the federal government by the States thus revealing that it was the State governments that was intended on being the dominant powers and the federal government was intended to be the subordinate power of this nation. It essentially declares that the federal government cannot act in regards to foreign affairs without the permission of State governments.

It is also from this that we can see that the federal government was instituted for the singular purpose of acting on behalf of the States in regards to foreign affairs for it was in regards to foreign affairs that revealed the individual States as being weak and their unity declared strength. For it must be declared as a recognized fact that no singular State could prevent the invasion and loss of their independence by the more powerful States of the world. If it wasn’t for this weakness then there would have been no reason to unite as a nation of States. The States had no reason to unite for the purpose of domestic affairs.

And this is an important difference in how this nation was founded as opposed to the foundation of every other State in the world. We, as a nation, grew as a result of people uniting on a willing and consensual basis while every other nation grew as a result of conquering other people. And that growth continued in a like manner up until the war between the States. And it is also the reason that those more powerful foreign States were defined as empires while the United States, though powerful, was never considered as an empirical State.”

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