Let’s Get This Straight… The Constitution Applies To Government… Not You

The Constitution a Contract First, we must realize that the constitution is a contract which gives validity to our political and legal systems. It grants the government authority so long as it abides by a following set of rules. Both the authority and the rules are established in the constitution. Because of this, the constitution does not address what the people can and cannot do. It also does not confer rights to the people. Rights are absolute. Evidence This is pretty apparent once you start reading through the constitution. Let’s take the second amendment as an example, since many people interpret it as only applying to U.S. citizens. If the constitution granted a right or privilege to U.S. citizens allowing them to own guns, one would expect the wording to go something like this “citizens have the right to own guns.” But that’s not the wording at all. The second amendment says that “the right the right of the people to bear arms shall not be infringed.” First, it assumes that the right exist naturally. Second, it tells the government that it cannot act in opposition to gun rights. This is how the other amendments and how pretty much all of the constitution is laid out. In theory, the authority of the government does not extend beyond those who implicitly or explicitly agreed to the contract and so only those who were born here or who immigrated here would be bound by the contract. This does not mean that the restrictions do not extend to these people however. This would require that the restriction list only U.S. citizens. The rules in the constitution do not have this limitation. Impact on Due Process Interestingly I have recently had the “joy” of discussing this with someone who takes the exact opposite view. This is incredibly dangerous. It’s used to justify a great deal of actions including the rejection of due process rights for non-citizens, which has been in the news lately due to investigations into the use of enhanced interrogation methods. So because of that, let’s take a look at the 8th amendment. Again, one would expect the text to be directed at the people or specifically at citizens if the latter view were correct, but it’s not. The amendment states that “excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.” In this case, “people” or “person” is not even used. This statement is... read more

5 Reasons You Should Never Agree to a Police Search (Even if You Have Nothing to Hide)

5 Reasons You Should Never Agree to a Police Search (Even if You Have Nothing to Hide) Do you know what your rights are when a police officer asks to search you? If you’re like most people I’ve met , then you probably don’t. It’s a subject that a lot of people think they understand, but too often our perception of police power is distorted by fictional TV dramas, sensational media stories, silly urban myths, and the unfortunate fact that police themselves are legally allowed to lie to us. It wouldn’t even be such a big deal, I suppose, if our laws all made sense and our public servants always treated us as citizens first and suspects second. But thanks to the War on Drugs, nothing is ever that easy. When something as stupid as stopping people from possessing marijuana came to be considered a critical law enforcement function, innocence ceased to protect people against police harassment. From the streets of the Bronx to the suburbs of the Nation’s Capital, you never have to look hard to find victims of the bias, incompetence, and corruption that the drug war delivers on a daily basis. Whether or not you ever break the law, you should be prepared to protect yourself and your property just in case police become suspicious of you. Let’s take a look at one of the most commonly misunderstood legal situations a citizen can encounter: a police officer asking to search your belongings. Most people automatically give consent when police ask to perform a search. However, I recommend saying “no” to police searches, and here are some reasons why: 1. It’s your constitutional right. The 4th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects us against unreasonable searches and seizures. Unless police have strong evidence (probable cause) to believe you’re involved in criminal activity, they need your permission to perform a search of you or your property. You have the right to refuse random police searches anywhere and anytime, so long as you aren’t crossing a border checkpoint or entering a secure facility like an airport. Don’t be shy about standing up for your own privacy rights, especially when police are looking for evidence that could put you behind bars. 2. Refusing a search protects you if you end up in court. It’s always possible that police might search you anyway when you refuse to give consent, but that’s no reason to say “yes” to the search. Basically, if... read more

America Being Fooled! Do We Even Know What we Are Fighting About?

Most of us have no idea what we are fighting for. Take the confederate flag for instance. Before the shooting in South Carolina not one of you had an issue with this flag. Now people are killing each other over it. Have we gone mad? How did we get here? What happened to America and why are we so easily fooled? Here is the best way to explain it. You start with a cage containing four monkeys, and inside the cage you hang a banana on a string, and then you place a set of stairs under the banana. Before long a monkey will go to the stairs and climb toward the banana. You then spray ALL the monkeys with cold water. After a while, another monkey makes an attempt. As soon as he touches the stairs, you spray ALL the monkeys with cold water. Pretty soon, when another monkey tries to climb the stairs, the other monkeys will try to prevent it. Now, put away the cold water. Remove one monkey from the cage and replace it with a new monkey. The new monkey sees the banana and attempts to climb the stairs. To his shock, ALL of the other monkeys beat the crap out of him. After another attempt and attack, he knows that if he tries to climb the stairs he will be assaulted. Next, remove another of the original four monkeys, replacing it with a new monkey. The newcomer goes to the stairs and is attacked. The previous newcomer takes part in the punishment – with enthusiasm — because he is now part of the “team.” Then, replace a third original monkey with a new monkey, followed by the fourth. Every time the newest monkey takes to the stairs, he is attacked. Now, the monkeys that are beating him up have no idea why they were not permitted to climb the stairs. Neither do they know why they are participating in the beating of the newest monkey. Having replaced all of the original monkeys, none of the remaining monkeys will have ever been sprayed with cold water. Nevertheless, not one of the monkeys will try to climb the stairway for the banana. Why, you ask? Because in their minds, that is the way it has always been! This is how today’s House and Senate operates, and this is why, from time to time, ALL of the monkeys need to be REPLACED AT THE SAME TIME!... read more

Let’s Start Teaching Ourselves How to Think Instead of Being Told What to Think

Right now our government is doing more to indoctrinate us than to educate us. In fact, that has been the case for quite some time. We’re being told to accept authority as truth instead of truth as authority, and our teachers talk at the students instead of with them. We have become repeaters of information. We are merely regurgitating everything we learned to our children, and perpetuating the recycling of information; information that has managed to evade scrutiny for generations. We’re no longer the masters of our own learning, but instead, our minds are being treated as storage containers. The factory is churning out obedient workers for the system, encouraged to conform every step of the way. We are not being treated as organic, creative, investigative human beings, but instead as parts in the machine. The education system is filtering out the inquisitive nature of our being, with the ultimate goal being to prevent dissent against the system. The system doesn’t want thinkers. It doesn’t want people to question its methods. It wants a population that can be easily manipulated and controlled so as to relinquish all its power to the elite. There are those who say that critical thinking skills cannot be taught in schools. Socrates would likely scoff at that notion, were he still alive today. It was Socrates who said, “I cannot teach anybody anything; I can only make them think.” If we’re going to solve the problem, we have to learn to begin asking questions instead of giving answers. Real learning is achieved through the investigative process. We have to be encouraged to search for the answers. In every facet of our educational pursuits, it becomes crucial to begin an open dialogue, to encourage healthy debate and to form our own conclusions. The importance of this philosophy cannot be underestimated. In a world where most of humanity is running on the treadmill with the blinders on, it is paramount that we re-evaluate our own perspectives from time to time, and look at the big picture. What this philosophy does is it gets us thinking, it gets us questioning, and it gets us contemplating. Without these skills, humanity will continue to function on autopilot, and we will allow those in power to continue to dominate, oppress and enslave us in every way. We need to reclaim our own minds… Are you awake... read more

This Woman’s Speech Made The Audience Go Silent. How about you?

Food marketers have the tricky task of figuring out how to get us to buy food. Whether food is healthy or unhealthy food, we have to be willing to put it into our bodies and they will be producing it until they can’t convince us anymore. When it comes to food production, a lot of what we consume, as a whole, is processed food. This means it is food that is not in its natural form but instead has been altered in some way having to do with flavor, color, shelf life etc. Often times healthy foods become very unhealthy after they have been processed, as much of what is added to the foods is harmful to our health. The reality is, if we saw first hand what is going into our food and also how our food is produced, we probably wouldn’t buy it. For example when it comes to animals, if we saw the conditions that they live in, how they are raised from birth, how they are slaughtered and what food and medications go into them, we probably wouldn’t eat it. In our minds we have this idea of a chicken, cow or pig in a nice grassy area having a great time with life. Then we see it nicely getting killed and prepared for us to eat. 99% of the time, this is not even close to what is happening. If you want the full low down on what is going on, you can check this out. The video above is of a woman giving a presentation about food marketing and how they convince us to buy foods we probably wouldn’t otherwise buy. Note: You may have noticed by the end of the video the audience is silent. This is precisely what happens in the industry and WE are the ones that have a choice about where it goes from here. Are you awake... read more