We Must Declare Independence

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As Independence Day comes around again we should spend a few moments between barbecue and fireworks to think about the meaning of independence. The colonists who rebelled against the British Crown were, among other things, unhappy about taxation. Yet, as economist Gary North points out, the total burden of British imperial taxation was about one-to-two percent of national income.

Some 241 years later, Washington claims more of our money as its own than King George could have ever imagined. What do we get in this bargain? We get a federal government larger and more oppressive than before 1776, a government that increasingly views us as the enemy.

Think about NSA surveillance. As we have learned from brave whistleblowers like William Binney and Edward Snowden, the US intelligence community is not protecting us from foreigners who seek to destroy our way of life. The US intelligence community is itself destroying our way of life. Literally every one of our electronic communications is captured and stored in vast computer networks. Perhaps they will be used against “dissidents” in the future who question government tyranny.

We have no privacy in our computers or our phones. If the government wants to see what we are doing at any time, it simply switches on our phone camera or computer camera – or our “smart” television. Yet today we continue to hear, “I’ve got nothing to hide.”

In a recent interview on our Liberty Report, Edward Snowden made the excellent point that, “saying that you don’t care about privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don’t care about freedom of speech because you have nothing to say.”

Think about the TSA. The freedom to travel is fundamental, and our Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable searches and seizures is the law of the land. But if you dare to exercise that right by purchasing an air ticket, you are treated like a Guantanamo Bay detainee. Don’t dare question as the TSA agents commit acts that would be crimes were they done by anyone else. Yet so many Americans still believe this is what it takes to be “safe.”

Think about the military industrial complex. The US government spends more on its military empire than much of the rest of the world combined. Our so-called mortal enemy Russia spends ten cents to every dollar we spend on weapons of war. Yet we are told we must spend more! Imagine the amazing peaceful scientific discoveries that might be made were so many researchers and scientists not on the government payroll designing new ways to end life on earth.

Think about the Fed. Since the creation of the Federal Reserve in 1913 the US dollar has lost some 98 percent of its value. Is the destruction of our currency not a cruel form of tyranny, hitting hardest those who can least afford it?

I think it’s time for us to declare our independence from an oppressive government that seeks to control our money and our lives in ways unimaginable to those who rebelled against the British Crown in 1776. Our revolution is peaceful, and it concentrates on winning hearts and minds one at a time. But it marches on. We must reclaim the spirit of independence every day and every night and intensify the struggle against those who seek to impose tyranny upon us.

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  • elbustaroyjetspeekerson

    “Perhaps they will be used against “dissidents” in the future who question government tyranny.”
    I can only HOPE SO. I do not wish to be known or remembered ANY OTHER WAY.
    Thank You, Mr. Paul.

    • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

      I’d be embarrassed to find out that I’m not on at least one government list. . . I’d hate to think I’d been slacking off that much.

      • I am at war

        You’re on one. If you comment here you’re on several. That’s what this site is. A trap.

        I’ve been through three computers this year alone. Eight last year. The ol’ blue screen o’ death. Fried hard drives. No operating system found. Shit like that.

        And my security protocols are so high that I almost can’t connect to the webs. Fuck trying to remember passwords. I just close my eyes and type random shit, then write it down.

        Got expensive for a while. Now I run cheap and move fast. Have two more laptops on the way right now. This one barely survived the last attack.

        This is for real, guys. We are at war.

  • Frank

    Okay, I’m with you, but can you at least lay out some definitive steps and actions that we, common men, can take to implement this Declaration? If we’re all following that same plan, it is far more effective than uncoordinated individual actions. We can always act as individuals, but if we are collectively acting in cooperation the impact is far greater.

    I don’t travel via commercial airlines with any frequency, disconnect and isolate my personal computer and mobile telephone when not in use. I pay cash more often than using a credit or debit card – or use a “covered” card that is attributed to someone else. Any time I sign up for something, it is usually under an alias – (like the names of the writers on most the articles on this website). I can “go dark” and be “off-grid” if and when need-be.
    Before the exponential expansion of government and corporate surveillance for profiling and to profit from our otherwise normal behaviors, these “skills” were never necessary to exercise – we just lived as free men, without concern about who was monitoring our activities or why.
    “Necessity is the mother of invention,” so like tax-avoidance becomes duty when taxes become overly-burdensome, we find ways around the tyrannical oppression and attempts to manipulate and control our lives. Let us all act as one.

    • Lewie Paine

      “Resist much, obey little” is something every individual can do.

    • I am at war

      I will stand with you and Lewie.

      Read my reply to SP.

      Let’s pick a date.

    • Daddyotis

      Starve the beast

    • way2inform

      Pour all your money into decentralized crypro currency… anon. Cheap transacrions.. untaxable as of yet

    • bit.ly/The-Bare-Minimum
      http://tinyurl.com/The-Bare-Minimum

      The Bare Minimum
      A new form of Governance*
      Based on the Non Aggression Principle

      What *IS* the ABSOLUTE BARE MINIMUM that two people need to agree upon, in order to live together peacefully and productively?

      * Government is only one possible form of Governance. Conflating the two demonizes the use of NON-government, free market solutions.
      See Footnote [15]

  • SP_88

    I have three issues with this. One, there are still many people who believe that we are already free. And they are not even thinking about doing something about a problem that they either don’t believe exists or are unaware that it exists. There are also some people who want us to continue on the path we are going down. These people either want tyranny or they want the government to take care of them. Either way, they are not on board with any sort of solution for what ails us.
    Two, how do we wake up the people who are still unaware that we are headed towards tyranny? I realize that some people will always be useless, but there are some who can be saved. How do we get them on board with a solution?
    And three, the most important thing, when we finally stop wasting time with ridiculous issues that only serve to divide us, like racism, party politics, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, etc, and we finally are able to get enough people together to form a unified front, what do we do?
    Are we gonna have a violent revolution? Or a peaceful revolution? Or perhaps one first, then the other?
    Either way, we need to do something. And we need to do it with large numbers of people. We need to show TPTB that we are all together in this, and we aren’t going to go away until we get what we want.
    The problem is that we are all so busy playing their game that we don’t have the time or the resources to leave our homes and take the fight to them. We all have families to take care of, jobs we need to go to so we can earn a living, and pay bills, etc. Who can afford to just put their lives on hold for an indefinite period of time so we can battle it out with the government?
    And TPTB know this. They know that we can’t afford to leave our homes and go to Washington and make them do the right thing, peacefully or otherwise. I’m sure that some people could, but for the most part, we are burdened with too many obligations.
    So we would need a plan that could be executed without having to leave home. And that type of plan leaves few options. But not none.
    Seeing what’s happening to Illinois has given me an idea. An idea I’m sure others have had.
    As their state suffers an economic collapse because of overspending and gross fiscal incompetence for the past thirty years, their solution is to try and force the people to pay even more in taxes. Of course when they get more taxes from the people, more people are going to flee the state causing them to raise taxes again to cover their spending. They will not cut spending until they are forced to by the people. And a possible solution to this is to starve this corrupt bureaucracy by refusing to pay any taxes until they finally collapse.
    And on a larger scale, this plan could force the federal government to scale back their size and scope until they have reached a more reasonable and manageable size. And resuming tax payments could be dependent on their meeting certain requirements, such as term limits, a balanced budget, removal of any and all unConstitutional laws, eliminating deep state control of our government, prosecution of criminal politicians who have gotten away with committing crimes for far too long, etc, etc. And of course it would have to be a fair trial, not a kangaroo court. I wouldn’t want to be a part of anything that was wrong or unjust. If someone is truly not guilty, set them free.
    Just my 2¢.

    • I am at war

      Sounded like a 100 bucks to me.

      If I may add… everybody just stop.

      Just stop everything.

      Buy nothing. Go nowhere. Don’t turn on a light in your house. Use no water. Lay down your tracking devices. Go to no stores. Call in sick to your jobs. Play monopoly or cards. Spend time with your children and dogs.

      Just stop.

      One day will scare them.

      Seven days will shut this country down.

      24 hours. That’s all it will take.

      • way2inform

        I have said that many times.. national dont spend a single penny day! That really would put things in perspective for the machine

        • I am at war

          How about black Friday?

          It’s well past time to stop talking and get to doing. I personally believe it’s already too late, but it would be nice to go out on our feet instead of showing our bellies.

          “Black Friday: Americans Spend Not Red Cent!”

          “Traditionally the largest shopping day of the year the few remaining American collectively refused to contribute not another penny to greedy corporations and their puppets in DC.

          “Even our ‘boots’ on the ground lined themselves up by their bunks and refused to shed a drop of their blood…”

          Let’s do this thing, brothers and sisters. It is a call to arms and using the only weapon these greedy animals understand.

          Sigh….

    • https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ad6f400fbd6f13d3e88f190fdfd066b7fc0e092fb9bf8c4d45ed5086a652b276.jpg
      Just Walk Away!

      It is not necessary to confront the existing system. Built a new system for yourself and those who agree with you on these “bare minimum” principles.

      Consider this:

      bit.ly/The-Bare-Minimum
      http://tinyurl.com/The-Bare

      The Bare Minimum
      A new form of Governance*
      Based on the Non Aggression Principle

      What *IS* the ABSOLUTE BARE MINIMUM that two people need to agree upon, in order to live together peacefully and productively?

      * Government is only one possible form of Governance. Conflating the two demonizes the use of NON-government, free market solutions.
      See Footnote [15]

      • SP_88

        I’m sure that with a good non-centralized framework of interactions, we would do just fine without a government. As human beings, we are more than capable of taking care of our needs and the needs of others.
        We don’t need to be controlled by a massive bureaucracy that consumes immense resources and is extremely wasteful and inefficient just to delegate certain tasks and accomplish things we could do on our own.
        We would be so much better off.

    • Lewie Paine

      Interesting ideas but even you seem to be unaware that a system of tyranny has been in place in the US for decades. The boiling frog syndrome I guess.

      Ask yourself, does the law takes from some persons what belongs to them, and gives it to other persons to whom it does not belong? Does the law benefits one citizen at the expense of another by doing what the citizen himself cannot do without committing a crime?

      Does the law can give us rules that restrict the freedom of some to advance the interests or personal beliefs of others?

      Does government force people into groups of which they want no part? Do you realize individuals today are taxed three times the amount the colonists were taxed in 1776?

      • SP_88

        The government does all of those things. And has been for a long time. When our country was founded, there were no political parties. George Washington was the only president to not be affiliated with a political party.
        After that, every president was part of a political party. I think it was a mistake. These people are supposed to be the leaders of one country. And all they had to do was keep things in order. But political parties gave way to special interests and it wasn’t long before the government was being pulled in one direction or another by lobbyists and wealthy donors, etc.
        And pretty soon the people with the most money were the only ones who were able to benefit by swaying the opinions of our elected officials.
        Of course if you can buy politicians, the government is going to favor your interests above anyone else’s. And nowadays we are at the peak of corporate lobbyists and special interests taking precedent over our interests.
        And the one thing keeping this machine running is money. Tax money. Our money. And there’s not much left. Most of the money is in the pockets of a handful of wealthy elitists. And we’re left with the crumbs.
        Obviously this didn’t happen overnight. Over the past two centuries there have been a few changes to our banking system and the way money is handled. One of these changes was the formation of the Federal Reserve. Since they were formed, our money has steadily found it’s way into the pockets of the aristocrats. And that was likely their plan all along. It’s about controlling the people. And it’s easier to control people who are living paycheck to paycheck than it is to control wealthy people and people who can live comfortably.
        I’m quite aware of their agenda. And I’m quite aware of the fact that it didn’t just happen recently. It’s been in the works for many years.
        Boiling frogs is just an analogy. But what’s really going on is more like boiling the frogs great, great, great, grandchildren.

        • Lewie Paine

          Much of this could have been stopped in its tracks early. Local residents in Philadelphia could have barred the doors of the building the Founding Lawyers were plotting their coup in 1787 and started a bonfire for liberty. Aaron Burr could have shot Alexander Hamilton before the Constitutional ink dried. George Washington should have ended his career hanging at the end of a rope in Pennsylvania during the Whiskey Rebellion and on and on.

          Now it looks like all the nails are in the coffin.

    • Frank

      I recently read a book on the rise, decline, and eventual fall of the Roman Empire. I saw MANY parallels between the life-cycle of the Roman Empire and the United States.
      “Bread and circuses” is one of my favorite phrases, which demonstrates the purposeful distraction and deception by the central government and ruling class elites upon the citizenry/commoners in order to perpetuate the facade that the times of gluttony can be sustained indefinitely.
      Another phrase, “You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink” – we have to SHOW the non-believers that they are being deceived and, until they “get thirsty” and personally feel the pain and suffer at the hands of those in which they have placed their faith and trust, they will not drink from the cup of enlightenment. There are those that will continue to believe others who tell them that there’s plenty of water in the cup, even though no water is visible, up until the day they die of thirst. How to you help or convert those before they walk themselves into the pit?

      • SP_88

        Choosing to drink is a personal choice. Thus the old saying, you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink. You can’t make someone believe or understand something, they have to choose to do it.
        You can show them the evidence, you can bring them the knowledge, but you cannot make them understand it or believe it.
        If you’ve shown them the evidence and tried to explain it to them, then you’ve done your part. The rest is up to them.

  • Guillotine_ready

    No we are not out gunned, a small deterrmined group fighting for what they feel in their heart cannot be destroyed as long as one lives. Remember Stalingrad and what happened to those thousands of goosestepping Germans.
    And what about the revolutionary war, us Irish assisted with to our great glee. To hell with numbers they do not have the balls or the resolve to defeat us. And a lot of them will switch sides early on anyway.

    I do not want Pussy on my tombstone. I would rather die a hundred times.

    • I am at war

      Mmmm… pussy on a tombstone… I remember those days… vaguely. Ginko-Viagra for me now.

      100% agreed.

      If no one else will stand with us… we Irish will stand alone… again.

      We have a very long list of grievances we wish redressed.

  • Right to the Point

    “Declaration” of our Independence is exactly the correct course. After all, it’s only a declaration for us and the government to adhere to the Constitution. That puts the ball in their court. It would then be up to them to decide how we precede, but we would be on the correct side of history after the smoke clears.

    • Lewie Paine

      The DOI was a document declaring separation from tyrannical government. A new DOI can do no less. Groveling at the feet of the ruling class ‘to adhere to the Constitution’ would amount to no more than begging the masters to be a bit more ‘kinder and gentler.’

    • The two documents were created years apart and were not created to be used together.

      • The Constitution is an illegal usurpation of the Articles of Confederation.

        Details? See book review: Hologram of Liberty

        bit.ly/Hologram-of-Liberty
        tinyurl.com/Hologram-Liberty