Going to the Roots of the Problem (PART 4 of 4)
Therefore, if Americans want a stable and prosperous economy, they want a free economy (that is, one based on the free market). If Americans want a free economy, they want "a free State", that being the only kind of political system that will support and defend the free market. And if Americans want "a free State", they want "[a] well regulated Militia" in every State. Moreover, for all of these reasons, the members of the Armed Forces – all of whom take an oath or affirmation to support the Constitution – should support "[a] well regulated Militia" in every State, too.
If each or even most of the States already had "[a] well regulated Militia" in place, Americans would not now be faced with the likelihood of uncontrollable violent social unrest arising out of a nationwide economic collapse. For, not only would Americans be trained and equipped to deal with economic shocks and concomitant social disruptions, but also they would have put into effect proper institutions to prevent or lessen the severity of such shocks – in particular, an alternative sound currency that would enable them to operate outside of the Federal Reserve System.
So it is certainly possible that, as the economic crisis intensifies and its true genesis becomes widely known, people throughout the States will prevail upon their State legislators to revitalize their Militia – first, to forestall, or if necessary to contain, violent social unrest within their jurisdictions; second, to provide alternative economic institutions, and in particular an alternative currency, in order to stabilize their local economies; and third, to assert other aspects of State sovereignty under the aegis of the Second, Ninth, Tenth, and Fourteenth Amendments to the Constitution.
These reforms will not be self-executing, however. To be put into place they will require a great deal of effort from people in every walk of life and at every level of American society. Thus, even more pertinent today than they were in his day are Benjamin Franklin's words of warning: "We must all hang together, or we shall all surely hang separately."
In this process the middle class must play a decisive role, in its members' own personal interests as well as in their country's interest. Wealthy people worried simply about the likelihood and sequence of hyperinflation, depression, or hyperinflation coupled with depression in America – and about how they might be able to protect their own businesses, incomes, and accumulated wealth under such circumstances by this or that economic "hedge" – are viewing their world through rather ill-fitting rose-colored glasses. The rules for successful entrepreneurship, prudent investing, and the retention of accumulated wealth, after all, are as much political as they are economic. Ultimately, these rules are grounded in constitutional law. Change the political rules to a significant degree, and even the best-laid economic plans, worked out under the false assumption that the original political rules will always continue in operation, will prove worthless. And when hyperinflation, depression, or other economic calamities strike, if the Armed Forces are politicized as instruments of domestic repression, then the political rules familiar today will no longer be operative.
Moreover, in the new political environment, merely continuing his business in operation, maintaining his income, and securing his accumulated wealth will become matters of low priority for anyone with high economic, social, or political visibility who has or might run afoul of the new regime.
So those myopic investors and entrepreneurs who are trying to figure out how they can personally profit to the maximum degree from, or even how they can just continue to do business with some modicum of success during, the coming collapse of America's economy – under the childish illusion that the political rules will always remain favorable to their doing so – had better start thinking instead of how they can contribute, in every way they can, to whatever efforts their fellow citizens are making to prevent that collapse, to fend off the para-militarized national police state that collapse will turn loose, and to return this country to the rule of constitutional law. Right now, before time runs out.
Once again, History provides the example. On the night of the 9th of June, 1772, under the leadership of John Brown, one of Rhode Island's "first and most respectable merchants", a contingent of patriots set out from Sabin's Tavern in Providence to attack the British Navy's schooner Gaspee after she had run aground on the sand spit at Namquit Point. Rowing down Narragansett Bay in whaleboats, they boarded and captured "that troublesome vessel", then burned her to the waterline in protest against her captain's heavy-handed enforcement of the Mother Country's revenue laws. 
By September of 1772, an outraged King George III had offered huge rewards "[f]or the discovering and apprehending the persons who plundered and burnt the Gaspee schooner"; had promised full pardons to any accomplices who informed on the main perpetrators; had determined that "the persons concerned in * * * that daring insult, should be brought to England, to be tried"; and had established a Commission of Inquiry "to the end that [suspects] may be accordingly arrested and delivered to the custody of the commander of [the British] ships and vessels in North America". But no one betrayed John Brown or any of the other patriots.
Not surprisingly, Rhode Islanders immediately denounced as the very zenith of tyranny the claim of the Crown to ship Americans to England to be tried. On the other side, the loyalist Governor of Massachusetts, Thomas Hutchinson, recognized that [p]eople in this Province [that is, Massachusetts], both friends and enemies to government, are in great expectation from the late affair at Rhode Island, of the burning the King's schooner; and they consider the matter in which the news of it will be received in England, and the measures to be taken, as decisive. If it is passed over without a full inquiry and due resentment, our liberty people will think they may with impunity commit any acts of violence, be they ever so atrocious, and the friends to government will despond and give up all hopes of being able to withstand the faction. 
Admiral Montague says that Lord Sandwich will never leave pursuing the colony [of Rhode Island], until it is disfranchised. If [the Gaspee incident] is passed over, the other colonies will follow the example. 
Although widely and rightly denounced as "Too infamous to have a friend, Too bad for bad men to commend", Lord Sandwich, First Lord of the Admiralty, was correct on this score.
Yet although they had brought it upon themselves, Rhode Islanders did not stand alone in this crisis. On the 12th of March, 1773, Virginia's House of Burgesses appointed "a standing committee of inquiry" – the members of which included such outstanding patriots as Peyton Randolph, Richard Henry Lee, Patrick Henry, and Thomas Jefferson – whose business it shall be, to obtain the most early and authentic intelligence of all such acts and resolutions of the British Parliament, or proceedings of the administration, as may relate to, or affect the British colonies in America; and to keep up and maintain a correspondence and communication with our sister colonies, respecting these important considerations.
In particular, the committee was instructed, without delay, [to] inform themselves * * * of the principles and authority, on which was constituted a court of inquiry * * * in Rhode Island, with powers to transport persons suspected of offences committed in America, to places beyond the seas, to be tried.
And the House of Burgesses requested "the different Assemblies of the British colonies * * * to appoint some person or persons * * * to communicate from time to time, with the * * * committee". 
In response to this request, beginning with Rhode Island, all of the Colonies then established Committees of Correspondence, the work of which aroused and unified Americans in opposition to Britain's suppression of their liberties. Indeed, the Committees of Correspondence were of critical importance in the formation of the Continental Congress. 
Well, now, just who was this "John Brown" of Providence, Rhode Island, who ignited the Gaspee affair, and with its flames set afire one of the brightest torches lighting the way towards America's War of Independence? After John Hancock of Boston, Massachusetts, Brown was probably the wealthiest man in New England, whose family fortune later endowed Brown University, in Providence. For his part in burning the Gaspee, though, Brown could have been convicted of treason and piracy – the punishments for which, if his ignominious death on the scaffold had not been enough, would have included the forfeiture of all his worldly goods to the Crown. (Hancock, too, would have stood in the shadow of the public executioner to pay the supreme penalty for his own acts of treason against Great Britain, had Major John Pitcairn and his Redcoats apprehended him in Lexington on the 19th of April in 1775.)
Although a shrewd merchant, John Brown did not organize the attack on the Gaspee because it was a good profit-making venture, a sound economic investment, or a clever hedge against inflation or depression. Neither did he mount the attack to curry favor from the political Establishment. To the contrary: From the moment he gathered his fellow patriots at Sabin's Tavern, he stood to lose everything, including his life. His participation in the Gaspee affair was the riskiest speculation he had ever made or would ever make – under the circumstances, at least supremely reckless, in the view of the world perhaps insane. He was, after all, spitting in the eye of the entire British Empire, the supremely puissant "New World Order" of his day. Yet he – along with John Hancock, George Washington, and many other rich and influential Americans who wagered their all in the forefront of the fight for liberty – was eventually victorious!
So it is not impossible for the well-to-do to be clear-sighted, courageous, patriotic, and even self-sacrificing. Or at least it was not impossible then, although apparently it is very difficult these days. It should not, however, be too difficult, even today. For unlike John Brown, who in the comfort of his rich surroundings had nothing material to lose if he and his fellow Americans had simply sat down quietly under British rule, the wealthy among the middle class today have everything to lose if patriotic Americans – especially including themselves – do not stand up, muster their financial and other resources, and bring an end to the Federal Reserve System and the emerging national para-military police state.
Because the Federal Reserve System will destroy the economy; and the para-military police state will clamp down on society in the aftermath of financial collapse; and then those who have wealth that can be stolen by political looters will have it stolen. Perhaps not as soon as tomorrow. But too soon for comfort.
9 – See THE DESTRUCTION OF THE GASPEE, in John R. Bartlett, Editor, Records of the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations (Providence, Rhode Island: A. Crawford Greene, 1862), Volume VII, at 57-192
10 – Id. at 107-108, 104, 111.
11 – Id. at 102.
12 – Id. at 103.
13 – Quoted in The American Heritage Book of the Revolution (New York, New York: American Heritage Publishing Co., Inc., 1958), at 276.
14 – J.R. Bartlett, Records of the Colony of Rhode Island, Volume VII, at 226-227
15 – See id. at 227-239
16 – See David Ammerman, In the Common Cause: American Response to the Coercive Acts of 1774 (Charlottesville, Virginia: University Press of Virginia, 1974), at 20-23.
This four-part editorial was previously posted on News With Views.
Posted by Maverick Muse on 03/01/10 06:29 PM
"At least it is a vehicle for peaceful revolution." Going to prison, having my property confiscated for not conforming to socialism's revised inalienable rights meant to co-opt my Constitutional and unalienable rights? I'm not taking that train.
Posted by Maverick Muse on 03/01/10 06:23 PM
Legislation has already created the unconstitutional Dept. of Education that empowers teacher unions to NOT endorse Constitutional Governance in standard curriculum design.
Legislation has already created the unconstitutional DHS and administrations have already ignored and abused Constitutional limits when appointing Czars and Judges to rule as authoritarian perverts. Without a wimper, American governing authorities just endorsed another year under the newspeak Patriot Act.
Both major parties want to be the authoritarians assuming socialist powers, ignoring and abusing the Constitution, plundering what remains of our national wealth for themselves through their official corrupted powers, targeting any critics as radical enemies of the state for not joining in their group think.
Numbers do not Constitutionally legitimize corruption. Numbers do democratically legitimize corruption, but not Constitutionally unless all the laws are observed which the corrupt refuse to do. That numbers can be used to "reconcile" that which is irreconcilable is corruption. That numbers do not represent accuracy is another media-political tool to fool the citizenry. That government formulas to determine numbers are constantly revised does not make print alongside the announced quotes.
Posted by Maverick Muse on 03/01/10 05:58 PM
"If each or even most of the States already had '[a] well regulated Militia' in place, Americans would not now be faced with the likelihood of uncontrollable violent social unrest arising out of a nationwide economic collapse.
"In the era immediately following WWII, states did have their own functioning state guard units that would coordinate in national emergencies to comprise the national guard called out to assist during/after natural disasters (floods mostly, sandbagging to rescuing and helping the clean-up). This was prior to Kissinger's influence over presidential administrations. Everything began changing towards national identity following JKF's assassination. A decade after the SDS infiltrated our university campuses, anti-military Vietnam War protests were massive. The Kent State violence only made matters worse for our National Guard, prepared to deal with civilian student protests as riots by enemies of the state. That event made American youth respond to the National Guard as 19th century laborers had to the government's big business sponsored law enforcement.
The idea of hijacking our National Guard into foreign military service is repugnant. And as if that were not too horrible, coercing them repeatedly into active duty AFTER their original enlistment period has been served is too heinous.I think to a huge degree that Eisenhower's final address warning against the government's military industrial complex machine was just his own CYA method. "Don't blame me. I warned you," after having been elected in honor of it and not determining during his administration "the" solution.
Posted by MetaCynic on 02/28/10 12:12 PM
I agree with Dr. Vieiera that a time of economic collapse and social turmoil will provide the excuse for legal rules to be changed for the advantage of the oppressors. Under cover of law, the visible material wealth of dissidents and those without political connections will be confiscated by the State for the benefit of the Power Elite.
This is not idle speculation. There is ample historical precedent within living memory for such legalized plunder. We are all familiar with the Nazi's seizure of Jewish assets and the Communists' seizure of everyone's assets. What few have heard of is the organized looting of everything of cultural and economic value, particularly gold, by the Japanese during their half century occupation of Asia starting in Korea in 1895. No person or institution was spared.
This was carried out by Japanese Imperial princes in the name of the Emperor and for the benefit of the Imperial family and Japan's ruling class. So hundreds of millions of people were systematically robbed and enslaved to enrich that Power Elite.
This will be America's future unless a seriously large number of Americans wakes up to what is now happening in broad daylight.
Posted by Tom Morse on 02/28/10 12:28 AM
What a great read!
As if one of our forefathers had been resurrected and told the story of our current issues facing us all here in the US. Just like the past, re-places a big toll on today's affluent need to risk and protect or lose and be conquered.
For me, I served my nation blindly in the armed services with honor. Thanks to the Federal Reserve, I struggle to make ends meet today, so I'm not at the hierarchy of wealth but my citizenship with this nation and being an able body, one who dons the least of my responsibility, practices with a local Militia.
I'm waiting and ready to defend this Nation with what little that I have; my life.
Posted by Scott on 02/27/10 09:00 PM
I suggest that your readers take an hour or two from their busy schedules to review a film of merit on this subject produced by Mr. Steven Spielberg, simply titled "Schindler's List". It has happened before. It will happen again. Will we all fair as well as Mr. Schindler?
Posted by Iddy on 02/27/10 08:26 AM
Now there are some interesting ideas.
I can not count how many offers I get on how to profit from the coming economic collapse. Make money in any market. I wonder if there is any more so called "good money" any more.
Another point here is touching on the 14th ammendment. That infamous piece of political control. Like many other movement towards the so called 'New World Order". It starts with a pretext. The Dred Scot affair, This did not really start the move but was capitalized to further strenghthen the grip of control of the earths resources (which includes not only natural but Human).
Look at the act passed just before the 14th. Why did they have to pass this act when the right was already there and the war had just destroyed the southern nations to prevet such acts. This 14th solidified the operation of the Federal overlay and gave way to further concentrating of power in the federal.
How can we fight this beast? This beast can only live if it has the most important resource under its control that is Human capital. Humans are NOT capital! Period.
Remove consent and do not participate.How do we undo this .We can remove our membership in the Federal overlay and revert back to the still standing but empty Republics. How do we end the Fed? Find our own medium of exchange locally.
The problem is that we are too accustomed to "creature comforts". Unless we get back to basics our out of control appetites will drive this debt ridden economy. People do not want change if it includes sacrifice. So either we give up and take matters into our own hands and take full responsibility for our own actions. We will never get back voluntarily. If we choose not to settle down and seriously consider that the way to gain is to give.
They way to prosperity is Love my neighbor at least as much as myself. (Then, I call him God, some call him energy or karma or allah or mahavishnu or any one of the many names for the thing that every man knows to be true.) Will see to it that we do return by way of collapse. collapse has a way of bringing people together eventualy. Yes collapse will be difficlut for most. True collapse will onyl come when the very elite Click to view link seems as though they make it through. This time they will not.
All the gold in the world will not save anyone. So as many continue to store up treasure on earth go ahead put your faith in your resources. This health care boondoggle is the perfetc opportunity to bring these issues to a head. When I get a noticed demanding all members to purchase the national health plan that will be my opening. I will say no and then they will say but I am a card holding memebr. It is then I will have the opportunity to give tham their card back. I will have them take notice that is is not my card anyway ,as it is written on it plainly this card is property of the SSS administration. I know there will be troublesome consequences to this and will cost me dearly. AT least it is a vehicle for peaceful revolution.
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Posted by Acudoc on 02/27/10 03:45 AM
The Federal Reserve system of banks will indeed destroy our economy and with it the freedoms we enjoy. A financial elite is making a killing collecting interest on debt in all its myriad forms without having offered anything in "consideration", to use the term as it applies in contract law. That's the fraudulent nature of fractional-reserve lending and the legalized empowerment of the creation of "money" out of promissory notes.
It boggles the mind that such a system ever came into existence, like something out of the theater of the absurd. If everyone paid off their loans, the economy would grind to a halt as there would be no money left circulating. And the political elites are willing to support such a deranged system at gunpoint!I hope you are right about the internet unleashing a cleansing awareness to head off this disaster.