- Letter from the Editor
- Feature Article: "Description of a Dictatorship"
- Feature Article: "What's Wrong With Society?"
- Department: "Words Mean Things"
- Department: "Ayn Rand's Message":
- Random Shots
- Information Sources
- Other Articles of Interest
- Reprint Rights
"It's not about guns. It's about self defense." (Ray Thomas)
LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
DESCRIPTION OF A DICTATORSHIP: The first article shows how a free country becomes a dictatorship and what constitutes a dictatorship. One man thought I was wrong to call this country's current government a dictatorship because our president was elected. But a dictatorship is more than something created by force. It can also be something created by guile, as this one has been. Under this dictatorship I don't know how much longer I will be able to say the things I've been saying, but I will continue to do so until they shut me up.
WHAT IS WRONG WITH SOCIETY? This country is still the best hope anybody has to live in freedom, but that freedom is fast being eroded. There are many things wrong in this country. To list them all would probably take more bandwidth than there is. But this article, by the editor of "Sierra Times", does one of the best jobs I've seen of listing the main things that are wrong in this country and why. It is reposted by permission. -Ray Thomas, Publisher/Editor
A simple argument against "forced altruism":
Is it OK to steal from one person and give the stolen property to another person without the approval of the owner, just because of a real or imagined "need?" (Ray Thomas)
FEATURE ARTICLE: DESCRIPTION OF A DICTATORSHIP
Copyright © 2000 By Ray Thomas
Do you know what an "ex post facto" law is? That's a law that did not exist yesterday, but which can be enforced today as if it did. That means what you do today legally can be made illegal the next day and you will suffer the consequences. That is patently unconstitutional. This is what the Constitution says:
Article 1, Section 9, Paragraph 3 of the Constitution of the United States: "No bill of attainder or ex post facto Law shall be passed." One sentence, and very clearly stated. What part of "no ex post facto Laws shall be passed" don't the criminals running this government understand? [Emphasis mine. -RT]
That's just one way governments rape their citizens every day when they make laws that are designed to take effect before they are signed into law and enforce them as if they actually existed. Then they make regulations that cite specific statutes that do not say anything like what they want you to believe they say, leaving their regulation "hanging out there naked" without statutory backing. Yet they enforce them as if they had the force of law behind them
The Internal Revenue Service does this every day. And they don't even pretend they've got a real law behind them. They just ignore any protests, any questions, and ride right over the person asking the question. They're regularly asked why if the payment of tax is voluntary, they can charge draconian "late fees" and interest for non-payment, and put you in prison in many cases? Profit is not income and income is not profit. Why then do they routinely collect taxes on both? Don't bother to ask them. They'll just ignore the question and ruin your life. You can't even get these questions into court so they are forced to answer them in some manner. They control the process.
Another method of rape is the "Executive Order." The president gained the power to make executive orders way back in FDR's time when the legislature passed, and he signed a law citing the "state of war" that existed, making it necessary for the president to give orders not necessarily backed by statute, quick enough to respond to "war-time" conditions. Only problem is, every president since then, including Ronald Reagan, continued the law, keeping us in a constant "state of war" ever since. That's the "statutory backing" for the executive order. These "executive orders" are supposed to, under the law, effect nothing but the workings of the federal government, and no one but government workers, whether employees of volunteers. They do not have any force of law outside the federal government organization. But they are constantly used as if they are "The Law of the Land," affecting all citizens.
They do this because they have the power. I don't mean "statutory power," I mean naked, "bully power." They will either enforce these provisions by force of arms, or they will sue you into submission as they are trying to do to Microsoft right now using yet another unconstitutional law. To gain their ends, they will stage a "Gestapo-style" raid on your property, sometimes for something like accidentally killing a "protected" kangaroo rat while plowing your fields or by having in your possession a single Eagle feather. They will confiscate your property and sell it, throwing you out into the cold with no money and no property. If you resist, they will kill you.
Then, after you're "naked, broke, and alone," they tell you that you can sue to get it back (if you're still alive) if you will file a bond to guarantee that you will pay their legal fees win or lose. Of course, you have to hire a lawyer to file the suit and carry it through --- if you can find one with the guts to do it. All this after they have taken all your money and property. If you get enough help from friends to accomplish this, you can count on them fighting you "tooth and nail," using taxpayer (your) money to pay all the attorneys, researchers, etc. that they need to keep you in court the rest of your life.
The Court definitively stated in the middle of this century: "The United States is entirely a creature of the Constitution. Its power and authority have no other source. It can only act in accordance with all the limitations imposed by the Constitution." (Reid v Covert, 354 US l (1957). [Emphasis mine. -RT]
"In its first truly significant case, the Supreme Court asserted its power to overturn laws of Congress with the ruling written by Chief Justice John Marshall, which said simply: 'All laws repugnant to the Constitution are null and void.' " (Marbury v Madison, 5 US 137 (l803) [Emphasis mine. -RT]
And so we see that the Constitution is the "Supreme Law Of The Land" and any law that is "repugnant to the Constitution is "null and void." It does not exist. Yet, by sheer force of arms, using our own tax money against us, they continue to enforce these "non-existent" laws, regulations, and Executive Orders upon us. They rob us with impunity. They imprison us wrongly. And if we resist, they kill us.
Is this not the description of a dictatorship?
This article first appeared in "Sierra Times," an online newsmagazine whose circulation is now approaching one million hits a day. I am reposting it here because the information is of such an important nature. To read the current issue of "Sierra Times," go to http://www.SierraTimes.com. I do a weekly column there "Cutting Through the Bull") and a daily commentary on the news ("News Nuggets.").
POLITICAL CORRECTNESS: Controlling the very terms Used in the debate. Lavrenti Beria (Stalin's Chief of Secret Police), said: "If you can control the language of the people, you can control the people."
FEATURE ARTICLE: WHAT IS WRONG WITH SOCIETY?
This article, written by the editor of "Sierra Times," was originally published in that publication. But I thought it was of such importance that I asked permission to report it here.
"...you'll discover Hillary's 'vision' for American family life in the 21st century ... a 'brave new world' in which mothers and fathers take a backseat to an army of teachers, pediatricians and social workers who will take over the main task of child rearing. In Hillary's America, social workers will even be allowed to make 'preemptive visits' -- like Gestapo agents in Nazi Germany -- into the private homes of parents earmarked as 'at risk' for 'bad parenting.' The determination of what constitutes 'bad parenting' will, of course, be made by the most politically correct of government bureaucrats."
("Hell to Pay," about Hillary Clinton's quest for power PUBLISHED BY Regenry Books)
Department: Words Mean Things
Definitions: When reading a newsletter such as "Beyond Common Sense" it is important that you understand the exact meaning of words as we use them, not as the liberals do. They routinely distort the meaning of words to confuse you. We use words as they were meant to be used and the exact meaning of many words might surprise you.
SUBJECTIVE LAWS AND CREATING CRIMINALS
"There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one 'makes' them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What's there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced nor objectively interpreted-and you create a nation of law-breakers-and then you cash in on the guilt." (Ayn Rand, "Atlas Shrugged")
Department: Ayn Rand's Message
Ayn Rand's Message: This section will be dedicated to highlighting sections of her works and philosophy so that those who know nothing about it can learn.
In this issue we examine antitrust laws, their unconstitutionality, how they have created a "reign of terror for decades among businesspeople, and how they have allowed the government to punish businesspeople for being good at what they do while "taking over" control of their businesses and extorting billions from them..
"Ohio's concealed weapons law is flawed because it does not distinguish between criminals and [honest] people who carry guns for their own protection." (Judge Thomas Crush in Cincinnati, when throwing out a "concealed weapons charge" against pizza driver Patrick Feeley)
Random Shots: This section contains a number of short items that aren't enough for a complete article, yet are important. Some are funny, some are tragic. All will make you think.
"It is an absolute that if you produce more than you consume in your lifetime, you're a producer. If you consume more than you produce, you're a moocher or a looter." (Ray Thomas)
- All previous issues are archived here and are available by a single click of the mouse. All contain important articles and information and it would pay you to read them.
All Children Are Crazy!
"Every child in America entering school at the age of five is mentally ill because he comes to school with certain allegiances to our founding fathers, toward our elected officials, toward his parents, toward a belief in a supernatural being, and toward the sovereignty of this nation as a separate entity. It's up to you as teachers to make all these sick children well by creating the international child of the future." (Chester M. Pierce, Harvard psychiatrist, speaking as an expert in public education at the 1973 International Education Seminar)
- Information Sources:
- Here we bring you links to other sources of truthful information. Information you can't find in the mainstream media as a rule, because they "hue the liberal line."
"The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed --- and thus clamorous to be led to safety --- by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary." (H.L. Mencken)
- Other Articles of Interest:
- This feature will not appear in every issue. When we find one or more articles of special interest, they will be placed here for your information.
Adam Wisehopft, A professor at Germany's Inglostadt University and a founder of the Order of Illuminati, smugly reflected on his conning of the gullible Christians of his day by saying: "Oh mortal man, is there anything you cannot be made to believe?"
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