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Reboot Society: Is your ‘eyePhone’ watching you?

April 25, 2011 Leave a comment

Yes. Your sparkling new Iphone is keeping a comprehensive log of your locations, movement patterns. Not only that but it has the capability to become a hidden microphone and camera during your most private moments, as well as potentially recording your online activity and telephone conversations. It gets worse. Any of this info can be retrieved by Apple at the government’s request, without warrant, since by using the phone and/or applications you have signed away any right to privacy, even when the phone is ‘off’.

This may not be an issue for many people, who are believing Apple’s lame excuse of quality improvement, or even those who believe it will be useful for catching ‘criminals’ and/or ‘terrorists’. The “but I dont have anything to hide” crowd would be well advised to listen to Ben Franklin,  who replied to this kind of statement with his famous quip, “Those who would trade liberty for security deserve neither.” Strong words, but they ring with a resounding truth.

How long until these devices are abused, rather than being used for protection from crime be used to record minor offenses, and turned into revenue collecting devices? How about using the phone to record any time the phone is moving over seventy five miles per hour, and sends an alert to highway patrol including GPS coordinates, and direction of travel? Or maybe just email you a ticket? It would be easily doable with existing technology. How about sending an alert if your phone sits at a local bar for a couple hours and then starts driving again? Maybe they will make the excuse of child protection, If you child starts screaming or crying, and automated alert goes to CPS? Government applications that report anything suspicious, providing a quick notification if you see anybody doing anything against the “law” which is instituted to replace morality and institute fines for any benign offense? Agency and morality would go out the door, antiquated concepts not required in this Orwellian “New world order.” It seems like a long stretch, but it could easily happen. You have to protect your rights BEFORE they are being abused!

Droid users? We have the same problem. Only difference is that we can remove our batteries when we don’t want to be under surveillance!


Link to news article:

http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/137432/20110423/apple-we-must-have-comprehensive-user-location-data-on-you.htm 


Edit: Well, looks like another source. Cops Already Using Iphone Location Data

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Mother engaged by SWAT for refusing to medicate Daughter.

April 17, 2011 1 comment

A mother in Detroit, Maryanne Godboldo is a 56 year old African American who decided to home school her disabled daughter Ariana, who was born with a rare foot disease resulting in amputation. Upon turning 13, she came to the conclusion that she would enjoy more social exposure and Maryanne set out to enroll her in a public school. The schools in Michigan have policies, like many other states, that require all students to receive vaccinations. They do not openly advertise that there are waivers and that vaccines are, in fact not required by any law. Maryanne went ahead and got her daughter’s shots updated and took the certificate to the school.

The girl started acting strangely, according to her aunt Penny Godboldo. “She began acting out of character, getting irritated, and having vacial grimaces that have been associated with immunizations,” she told the local newspaper. The Michigan Citizen quotes penny saying “There were absolutely no mental issues untill she had the immunizations and even more with the Risperidal. Its been hell ever since.”

Maryanne, beside herself at her daughter’s new behaviors, sought help. The help she recieved was prescription medication, namely Risperdal, a powerful drug prescribed to pediatrics for schizophrenia, autistic disorder irritability or Bipolar disorder.

Wanting to do what was best for her child, Maryanne started administering the pills. Later on, She reported to family members that all of the symptoms got worse, including the behavioral issues. The girl’s father, Mubarak Hakim said that she was doing much better as she was weaned off of the medicines.

This is very easy to believe, just look at a list of a few side effects of the Risperdal: https://online.epocrates.com/u/10a1200/Risperdal

Serious Reactions

  • hypotension, severe
  • syncope
  • extrapyramidal symptoms, severe
  • tardive dyskinesia
  • neuroleptic malignant syndrome
  • hyperglycemia, severe
  • diabetes mellitus
  • seizures
  • priapism
  • stroke
  • TIA
  • QT prolongation
  • hypersensitivity rxn
  • anaphylactic rxns
  • angioedema
  • erythema multiforme
  • leukopenia
  • neutropenia
  • agranulocytosis
  • suicidality
  • hypothermia
  • hyperthermia
  • neonatal extrapyramidal sx (3rd trimester)
  • neonatal withdrawal (3rd trimester)

Common Reactions

  • somnolence
  • appetite incr.
  • fatigue
  • rhinitis
  • URI
  • nausea/vomiting
  • cough
  • urinary incontinence
  • salivation
  • constipation
  • fever
  • extrapyramidal effects
  • dystonia
  • abdominal pain
  • anxiety
  • dizziness
  • dry mouth
  • tremor
  • rash
  • akathisia
  • dyspepsia
  • tachycardia
  • weight gain
  • visual disturbances
  • hyperprolactinemia
  • confusion
  • gynecomastia
  • photosensitivity

Very serious and risky drug there. I would not want anybody I knew taking that stuff! Look at the link for interactions/contraindications as well as many other facts about Risperdal.

Because she was weaning her daughter off of this dangerous psychiatric medication, and CPS arrived to remove the child from her care under the guise of “failure to medicate”. Obviously, Maryanne refused to hand her child over, and retreated into her house, barring the door. CPS called local police, Who attempted to kidnap the child from the care of her mother. (“Kidnap” because as Godboldo’s attourney pointed out, It appears that the police had no warrant or court orders to remove the child, Just a request from Child Protective Services, who’s documentation appears to be incomplete, and never approved  by a court.)

Upon opening the door to the residence, Police report being fired upon as they attempted to enter. They retreated and called a SWAT team. One cannot really blame her if, in fact she did fire upon the would be kidnappers breaking through her door to steal her daughter. However, whether she did or did not shoot a weapon is being debated throughout different media sources.

During the 10 hour showdown, Child protective services and Law enforcement made many false promises to con Maryanne into surrender. Neighbors, friends and family talked to her, trying to reach an agreement. Finally, upon the condition that the daughter be released to a relative, Maryanne gave up. The little girl was wisked away to Hawthorn Juvenile Center without any relatives and Maryanne arrested and charged with several felony crimes.

Here we are about a month later, Ariana is still in the custody of the Child Protective Services, despite many of her family being willing and able to take custody of her. Further, There are reports in local papers about abuse being inflicted upon her. The Godboldo family has filed legislation to get her back in their custody. Everything is moving in the right direction as I read it now.

The Government, CPS, Police or anybody besides parents has NO say in what you give your child when it comes to medication. We cannot allow ourselves to be goaded into poisoning our youth. Already are already lost by abortion, drugs and social pressures. Raising strong and moral children is one sure way to preserve our liberties and maintain a free society. Public school systems are not much better than political brainwashing. Keep an eye on what your kids are learning about and supplement it as well as you can if you cannot home school. Your children do NOT belong to the government and we have to get that through their heads. Don’t submit to Vaccines, Medications. Don’t tolerate your rights as parents to be second to the demands of the communist state. Do what YOU believe is best for your children, and don’t sell them short because of how convenient it is to pawn them off on the public schools.

I’d better relax. Little bit of ranting here! Thanks!

I referenced a few articles here are links to sites with more information.

http://michigancitizen.com/godboldos-focus-on-daughters-release-p9707-1.htm

http://www.cchrint.org/2011/03/30/charges-filed-over-girls-medications/


http://www.infowars.com/swat-attacks-home-school-mom-for-refusing-to-force-med-child/

>Do not let this be you. Do not let this be your Government!

December 2, 2008 Leave a comment

>I guess the footage came from Pirates of the Carribian 3, never seen it, It is probably conditioning the kids that watch it that mass executions are normal and unavoidable.

NEVER let yourself get into that position and keep fighting till your last breath. You will never change anything by allowing yourself and your friends to be executed!

>Dear Honorable Congressman,

October 8, 2008 1 comment

>A friend of mine drafted this fine letter to Congress. Use it as a form, and make sure that they know what you specifically expect of them. He sent it, I sent it. They need to know what we think, Our time seems to be running out…

USPatriot556

Dear Honorable Congressman,

The time has come for the Congress to unite in arresting President Bush, Vice President Cheney, and all of their current and former advisors. All of their records and computers must be confiscated as evidence. You must act immediately.

The United States is facing a cabal military coup as evidenced by the following:

1. Posse Commitatus is nearly dead as US troops are being brought home only to patrol US citizens, contrary to every intent of the founders of this nation. (http://www.armytimes.com/news/2008/09/army_homeland_090708w/).
2. The Military Commissions Act killed Habeas Corpus.
3. The John Warner Act made President Bush a dictator.
4. The former Congresswoman from Georgia, Cynthia McKinney has publicly declared that 5,000 men were secretly executed in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina which exemplifies mass murder under a fascist regime (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nc-DouFzYM).
5. Ted Gunderson, retired FBI special agent has found elements of the government involved in trafficking children as sexual slaves to pedophiles in the executive branch for three administrations. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vrl5Ti35Clk).
6. We have been lead into two wars with lies and Osama bin Laden has never been formerly charged by our government for lack of evidence though the Taliban had him in custody and was willing to turn him over if evidence was produced.
7. There are limitless problems with the official explanations of the events of 9/11 and 50,000 Ground Zero workers are ill and dying. (http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-3719259008768610598).
8. 4 trillion dollars have disappeared from our government with no accounting and almost all of it disappeared from the Department of Defense under Donald Rumsfeld. (http://solari.com/archive/missing_money/ ).
9. Chemicals are used illegally to spray metals and polyfibers over our heads to combat the fraudulent theory of global warming leading to many illnesses and destroying the very habitats they claim to protect. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wye2YWRohT4 ).
10. President Bush refused to reveal the Continuity of Government Plans to Congress in which his plans to wage war against the American people are laid out and Rep. DeFazio of the Homeland Security committee has declared that there is a conspiracy in our midst. http://www.naturalnews.com/022170.html
11. Congress has awarded monies to Halliburton’s subsidiary KBR to refurbish and build concentration and detention camps for US citizens which can no be detained without charges under these new laws. This was revealed by former Congressman Dan Hamburg and reported in the New York Times and San Francisco Chronicle. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/02/04/ED5OUPQJ7.DTL
12. Nevada must reject all of the money of Homeland Security which is being used to turn state law enforcers against our citizens.
13. The definition of a terrorist has been broadened to include anyone who expresses dissenting opinion such as myself as though government were God and infallible.
14. Finally, our finances are now in the hands of a financial dictator though of no relief to our real economy and all at the behest of our President who said everything in an effort to create a panic and force Congress against its will including threatening martial law. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/09/22/dirty-secret-of-the-bailo_n_128294.html and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HaG9d_4zij8

That ought to be the last straw the American people are called to bear from this aspiring dictatorial cabal whose puppet master has been shown to be the international banking community.

The actions passed through your Congress have assisted in trampling our liberties and made possible the war by the Army against US citizens. Congress has been no less than cowardly and corrupt in our cause and warrants its low ratings. This cowardice and lack of patriotism show it to be saturated with corporate prostitutes who refuse to prosecute the very Wall Street barons whom they have serviced. Showy hearings and hand slaps against these barons do nothing to return the economy they have assisted in handing to socialist takeover and for which they have been awarded golden parachutes in destroying their own companies.

Again, every current and former member of the current administration must be questioned by Congress and all of their records confiscated. Congress has been threatened with martial law over the bailout bill. Our federal attorney’s must act now to arrest the President and Vice President. Stop the coup before it is too late. All the signs of a fascist coup are in place now.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_XgkeTanCGI
Naomi Wolf is the New York Times best selling author of The End of America. She outlines the historically establish ten steps to fascism which have occurred in many countries and President Bush is fulfilling them all in the United States.

Jim Marrs, New York Times best selling author of The Rise of the Fourth Reich outlines how President Bush is the grandson of George Walker and Prescott Bush who were both treasonous American businessmen among many who sympathized with the Nazis and financed their cause leading to the deaths of millions. President Bush’s eight years in office have been a perfectly insidious testimony of his dedication to the fulfillment of the Nazi socialist agenda of his forebears with the United States as the Fourth Reich.

President George W. Bush is a member of the secret society Skulls and Bones as well as the secret Bohemian Club. One declares allegiance to Satan and the other worships Molech, an ancient Babylonian deity to which people sacrificed their live newborn children. President Bush poses as a Christian family man, but he is likely neither a Christian nor an honorable family man if he follows the values of his secret societies.

Arrest President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney before this cabal’s coup is complete and the rule of law is gone from the US. You have the weight of my full support and physical protection as a natural person with inalienable natural rights. Please, be a Patriot and not a coward. I say this with sorrow.

We as citizens have a window of opportunity to save our Constitution, but we must act now. I would prefer not to suffer or be consigned to an American gulag, but if that is the requisite sacrifice to save our nation then I hope you will join me in fighting this desperate grasp of tyranny.

In Liberty,

>Lots of fema camp info!!!

September 30, 2008 Leave a comment

>Ron Paul Endorses Third parties, and CHUCK BALDWIN

September 24, 2008 Leave a comment

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A New Alliance – By Dr.
Ron Paul

http://www. campaignforliberty. com/blog/?p=582

Friends – please read this new and important piece by Dr. Paul.

The press conference at the National Press Club had a precise purpose. It was to expose, to as many people as possible, the gross deception of our presidential election process. It is controlled by the powerful elite to make sure that neither candidate of the two major parties will challenge the status quo. There is no real choice between the two major parties and their nominees, only the rhetoric varies. The amazingly long campaign is designed to make sure the real issues are ignored. The quotes I used at the press conference from insider Carroll Quigley and the League of Women voters strongly support this contention.


Calling together candidates from the liberal, conservative, libertarian and progressive constituencies, who are all opposed to this rigged process, was designed to alert the American people to the uselessness of continuing to support a process that a claims that one’s only choice is to choose the lesser of two evils and reject a principle vote that might challenge the status quo as a wasted vote.

In both political education and organization, coalitions are worthwhile and necessary to have an impact. “Talking to the choir” alone achieves little. I have always approached political and economic education with a “missionary” zeal by inviting any group in on issues we agree upon.

This opens the door to legitimate discourse with the hope of winning new converts to the cause of liberty. This strategy led to the press conference with the four candidates agreeing to the four principles we believe are crucial in challenging the political system that has evolved over many years in this country.

This unique press conference, despite the surprising, late complication from the Libertarian Party Presidential Candidate, hopefully will prove to be historically significant.

This does not mean that I expect to get Ralph Nader or Cynthia McKinney to become libertarians, nor do they expect me to change my mind on the issues on which we disagree.
In the meantime, why can’t we be friends, respectful of each other, and fight the corrupt process from which we suffer, and at the same time champion the four issues that we all agree upon which the two major candidates won’t address?

Many practical benefits can come from this unique alliance. Our cause is liberty —freedom is popular and is the banner that brings people together. Since authoritarianism divides, we always have the edge in an intellectual fight. Once it’s realized that the humanitarian goals of peace and prosperity are best achieved with our views, I’m convinced we win by working with others. Those who don’t want to collaborate are insecure with their own beliefs.

In the past two years at the many rallies where I talked and shook hands with literally thousands of people, I frequently asked them what brought them to our campaign. There were many answers: the Constitution, my consistency, views on the Federal Reserve, the war, and civil liberties. The crowds were overwhelmingly made up of young people.

Oftentimes I welcomed the diverse groups that came, mentioning that the crowd was made up of Republicans, Democrats, Independents, Liberals and Progressives with each group applauding. Even jokingly, I recognized the “anarchists” and that, too, was met with some applause. In conversations, many admitted to having been Democrats and members of the Green Party and supporters of Ralph Nader, yet they came to agree with us on all the issues once the entire philosophy was understood. That’s progress.

Principled people are not shy in participating with others and will defend their beliefs on their merits. Liberals and progressives are willing to align themselves with us on the key issues of peace, civil liberties, debt and the Federal Reserve. That’s exciting and very encouraging, and it means we are making progress. The big challenge, however, is taking on the establishment, and the process that is so well entrenched. But we can’t beat the entrenched elite without the alliance of all those who have been disenfranchised.

Ironically the most difficult group to recruit has been the evangelicals who supported McCain and his pro-war positions. They have been convinced that they are obligated to initiate preventive war in the Middle East for theological reasons. Fortunately, this is a minority of the Christian community, but our doors remain open to all despite this type of challenge. The point is, new devotees to the freedom philosophy are more likely to come from the left than from those conservatives who have been convinced that God has instructed us to militarize the Middle East.

Although we were on the receiving end of ridicule in the reporting of the press conference, I personally was quite satisfied with the results. True revolutions are not won in a week, a month, or even a year. They take time. But we are making progress, and the momentum remains and is picking up. The Campaign for Liberty is alive and well, and its growth and influence will continue. Obviously the press conference could have been even more successful without the last-minute change of heart by the Libertarian Party candidate by not participating. He stated that his support for the four points remains firm. His real reason for not coming, nor letting me know until forty minutes before the press conference started, is unknown to me. To say the least, I was shocked and disappointed.

Yet in the long run, this last-minute change in plans will prove to be of little importance. I’m convinced that problems like this always seem bigger at the moment, yet things usually work out in the end. Recovering from the mistakes and shortcomings of all that we do in this effort is not difficult if the message is right and our efforts are determined. And I’m convinced they are. That’s what will determine our long-term success, not the shortcomings of any one person.

The Libertarian Party Candidate admonished me for “remaining neutral” in the presidential race and not stating whom I will vote for in November. It’s true; I have done exactly that due to my respect and friendship and support from both the Constitution and Libertarian Party members. I remain a lifetime member of the Libertarian Party and I’m a ten-term Republican Congressman. It is not against the law to participate in more then one political party. Chuck Baldwin has been a friend and was an active supporter in the presidential campaign.

I continue to wish the Libertarian and Constitution Parties well. The more votes they get, the better. I have attended Libertarian Party conventions frequently over the years.

In some states, one can be on the ballots of two parties, as they can in New York. This is good and attacks the monopoly control of politics by Republicans and Democrats. We need more states to permit this option. This will be a good project for the Campaign for Liberty, along with the alliance we are building to change the process.

I’ve thought about the unsolicited advice from the Libertarian Party candidate, and he has convinced me to reject my neutral stance in the November election. I’m supporting Chuck Baldwin, the Constitution Party candidate.

>Quit the NATO club

September 18, 2008 Leave a comment

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This was also from lewrockwell.com. Very good article!


Following WWII, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Treaty (NATO), was established in 1949 for the collective defense – Wait, hold on a minute. Isn’t collective a term the Communists use? More on that later. Anyway, NATO was established for the purpose, as NATO’s first secretary General Lord Ismay summed up, “to keep the Russians out, the American’s in, and the Germans down.” That the USSR posed a serious threat to the security of Western Europe, there was no question – That Europe wanted America to become point man for their defense against the USSR was merely a continuation of Churchill’s political machinations to draw an isolationist US into WWII and European politics. Add two world wars with Germany, and Europe gets an additional bonus by having the US stationed in bases in Germany to disabuse them of any ideas of having another go at conquering the continent.

Through the 1950’s up to the late 1980’s, NATO and the USSR stood glaring at each other across the Iron Curtain. Dreams of an epic armor battle at the Fulda Gap between the Warsaw Pact and NATO forces that would make the tank battle at Kursk look like a piker filled the heads of armchair wargamers and inspired books like Red Storm Rising. Then, gosh darn it, Gorbachev’s Glasnost herald a new era of open politics in Soviet Union. Some electrician named Lech Walesa was giving the Communist party in Poland fits with organized strikes. Suddenly in 1989, East Germany takes down the Iron Curtain. The cold war thaws into a hopeful spring. What was NATO going to do with all those tanks, planes, and troops? Worse, what were the generals going to do to keep their jobs? No enemies to fight, and the politicians were promising a peace dividend to citizens by closing military bases. The common quip of the Berliners in the last days of WWII of “Enjoy the war. The peace will be terrible” now seemed a reality for poor NATO. Without a combat command, military career advancement would come to a standstill. Without the need to maintain ongoing weapon superiority, the military industry would lay off employees. There goes the economy. Desperate, NATO takes a cue from the movie of Canadian Bacon, and becomes involved in the ethnic strife in Yugoslavia between the Croats and the Serbs to look useful and from being disbanded. It becomes the strong arm of the UN, enforcing that august body’s no-fly zone mandate, as well as the UN’s arms and economic sanctions. NATO continued by initiating air strikes in Bosnia, and deploying a peacekeeping force on the ground. NATO finds a use for its leftover cold war ordinance collecting dust by mounting an 11-week bombing campaign. NATO cleverly names the bombing sorties with various titles such as Operation Deliberate Force, so as to assure people that the bombs were not dropped by accident, or Operation Allied Force, in case someone doesn’t already know that NATO is a collective (there’s that Communist word again!) of various nations working together to enforce the peace by killing people. What is strange about the working relationship of NATO and UN is that the former resists attempts to by the latter to have the final word regarding its military actions. The UN would say, “Don’t bomb, we have things under control,” and NATO would reply. “Yes we will bomb, just to make sure.” I guess when you have one organization whose mission is to preserve peace, and another whose job is to break things to protect democracy, you are bound to have some philosophical differences. As the Good Book says, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” How any nation can belong to both organizations, and yet come to cross-proposes deciding if and who should be bombed, is beyond me. Sounds like one of them is unnecessary and is getting in the way of the other. Better yet, to be on the safe side, it might be best to get rid of both. But that’s just my opinion.

But local European ethnic conflicts were not enough to justify the overhead cost of a coalition as large as NATO. Fortunately, 9/11 happened just in the nick of time. In 2003 NATO was reorganized so as to take over the duties International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan. This would set the precedent for NATO to entertain missions outside its North Atlantic backyard. Plenty of opportunities to keep business as usual for NATO. But while NATO enjoys a good brush war like anyone else to keep the military industrial complex economy running, the real action is found in the defensive missiles gig. Never mind there is yet a practical missile made that can hit the broadside of the proverbial barn, much less a ICBM coming in from the stratosphere, this is were the big money is. Plus, it has the biggest boogieman fear component to inspire the civilians to work harder to pay taxes. Scaring citizens with images of mechanized armies invading your neighborhood is so passé – To really play on the sheeple’s paranoia, talk about the possibility of rogue missile attacks launched from middle-eastern countries such as Iran. Even hint darkly about a resurgent Russia, with Putin desiring to push the big red button. Never mind that Putin enjoys Russia’s prosperity with capitalism with Europe as customer. He wouldn’t dream of killing the goose that lays the golden eggs by nuking western Europe into glass parking lot. Bad for business, you know.

NATO’s reinventing itself is so successful that many of the former Soviet Bloc countries are applying for membership. Little Georgia has little to offer to NATO, other than to instigate hostilities with neighboring Ossetia. No doubt NATO was upset that Georgia did not wait after it was initiated into its club, so NATO could get into the act and justify its military budget by using mean old Russia as an excuse. Besides, how dare the Russians come to the aid of Ossetia when it was attacked by Georgia! That’s NATO job! If its one thing an organization hates, it’s someone else cutting in on the action.

In a recent interview by ABC’s Charles Gibson, Sarah Palin condemned Russia’s invasion of Georgia as quote-unquote, “unprovoked.” Which of course, is a lie. Palin favors the inclusion of both Georgia and the Ukraine into NATO because they had demonstrated actions as being “democratic” When Gibson asked: “and under the NATO treaty, wouldn’t we then have to go to war if Russia went into Georgia?” She replied “Perhaps.” Which is another way of saying all options are on the table. Her fervor revealed later in the interview to come to the aid of “smaller democratic countries that are invaded by a larger power” would have sounded noble if we were not already a larger power that had invaded a smaller country that had done nothing against us. But the difference of course, is Iraq is not a “democratic” one, so the US is excused where Russia is not. Palin stresses the importance of not reverting back to a cold war status, yet advocates economic sanctions and diplomatic pressure against Russia that are the equivalent of creating one. NATO could not have asked for a better lobbyist that Palin to cheerlead for its continued existence

Palin and others ongoing support to a collectivist (there its that word again!) defense organization as NATO reminds me of new inmates who are obliged to join a gang in order to survive in prison – Doesn’t matter what crimes you or they have committed, the thing is the colors you wear define who are your friends, and who are your enemies. So much for the rugged individualism that once was the hallmark of America’s legacy.

I find it ironic that the people who are opposed with our association in the UN are just as tenacious in insisting that we must stay in NATO. That we must honor our commitments and treaties by continuing to belong to a collective defense organization. All for the sake of defending democracy, which is a method of government, not a moral definition of who is the good guy, and who is the villian. Many still think that poor Europe is too weak to defend itself should Russia aspire to conquer Western Europe. Never mind that with the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia does not have near the manpower and hardware it formerly had with the Warsaw Pact.

Everyone is still thinking with a 1980’s cold war mindset. Worse, these people cannot see that NATO is little different than the UN – except it does not use white-painted armored vehicles and blue helmets, and is more likely to shoot first and then ask questions later. America needs to get out of the NATO club and stop being a club for NATO. NATO’s original purpose has been made obsolete by the fall of the USSR. It is a holdover of the same treaties, the “scrap of paper” signed by old men in Europe who offered their young people and treasure as collateral for the “honor” to defend each other’s decadent empires. By contractual reflex France, Britain, and Russia were led into disastrous world war with Germany in 1914, over the assassination of an Austrian archduke by a radical Serb. After three years of callously spending the lives and limbs an entire generation of their best young men by sending them in frontal attacks against machine guns with bayonets, they looked to America for fresh cannon fodder to rescue them for their folly – and Wilson provided it in the name of “making democracy safe for the world.” That any reprobate country can gain political legitimacy by declaring being a “democracy” and be admitted into the NATO club is akin to putting lipstick on a pig, if I may use a cliché that is presently in vogue. Spilling the blood of our soldiers and depleting our treasure in the defense such countries that wear such false garb is a sucker’s game. America should follow the example of Groucho Marx, treating any club that would invite them as a member suspect, and not worth belonging to.

September 16, 2008