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The TSA Are Just Bullies at the Airport

If you traveled by air last week for the Thanksgiving holiday, you undoubtedly witnessed Transportation Security Administration agents conducting aggressive searches of some passengers. A new TSA policy begun in September calls for invasive and humiliating searches of random passengers; in some instances crude pat-downs have taken place in full public view. Some female travelers quite understandably have burst into tears upon being groped, and one can only imagine the lawsuits if TSA were a private company. But TSA is not private, TSA is a federal agency – and therefore totally unaccountable to the American people. TSA was created in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Although the National Guard, DOD, FBI, CIA, NSA, and FAA utterly failed to protect American citizens on that tragic day, federal legislators immediately proposed creating yet another government agency. But the commercial flying community did not want airport security federalized, and my office was inundated with messages from airline pilots opposing the creation of TSA. One pilot stated, “I don’t want the same people who bring me the IRS and ATF to be in charge of airport security.” But Congress didn’t listen to the men and women who spend their working lives flying, so it created another agency that costs billions of dollars, employs thousands of unionized federal workers, and produces poor results. Problems within TSA are legion. In the rush to hire a new workforce, 28,000 screeners were put to work without background checks. Some of them were convicted felons. Many were very young, uneducated, with little job experience. At Kennedy and LaGuardia airports in New York, police arrested dozens of TSA employees who were simply stealing valuables from the luggage they were assigned to inspect. Of course TSA has banned locks on checked luggage, leaving passengers with checked bags totally at the mercy of screeners working behind closed doors. None of this is surprising for a government agency of any size, but we must understand the reality of TSA: its employees have no special training, wisdom, intelligence, or experience whatsoever that qualifies them to have any authority over you. They certainly have no better idea than you do how to prevent terrorism. TSA is about new bureaucratic turf and lucrative union makework, not terrorism. TSA has created an atmosphere of fear and meek subservience in our airports that smacks of Soviet bureaucratic bullying. TSA policies are subject to change at any moment, they differ from airport to airport,... read more

War Isn’t Fought for Freedom

“You’re not to be so blind with patriotism that you can’t face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or says it.” —Malcolm X I realize as I sat down to pen this blog, that the words I write may upset some of you. Especially the topic of this post. Unfortunately the most important issues become the most controversial, which makes them difficult to discuss with a level head. I am not trying to offend anyone, though I am sure some will be. This subject, however, is too important to shy away from, so I hope you will give it some rational thought. Please, don’t wave the flag in my face just yet. However, I just listened to an independent candidate for U.S. Senate in Alaska, Margaret Stock, and she pointed out that she is a retired Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve and a former professor at West Point. Stock stated that she had served alongside and mentored soldiers “who have given their lives for our country.” It would be difficult for me to find anything more nonsensical than that. Show me one soldier — just one — in the past 231 years who has died for his country or, as others assert, in the defense of our freedoms here at home. You can’t do it. Most of those soldiers died because officials within the national-security branch of the federal government ordered to go to some foreign country thousands of miles away, where they were placed in a position of kill or be killed. In fact, many of them were first conscripted (i.e., seized) and then ordered to deploy. Nothing is more Patriotic than respecting and supporting the ideals that gave birth to America. Many American citizens often refer to this country as the greatest nation on earth. With the freedoms and rights we have here compared to other countries, they believe that America can do no wrong. However, as great as this nation may look on paper, it is far from perfect and even the most patriotic Americans can see that I’m not wrong. Despite how high a pedestal this country is placed upon, the truth is that it also has a lot of blood on its hands. From slavery, to wealth inequality, social injustice, and the perpetual state of its wars to name just a few “demerits”. We all have our views about war, but have you ever been in one? It’s not... read more

Bowing Down To Tyranny – Wars and Police State

You should never forget… that these wars of aggression, this police state oppression, hinges on one single thing: our co-operation. It’s not the tyrant at the top of the pyramid who has the final say like most are conditioned to believe. The real question is not who issued the immoral order; the real question is why did you obey it? Did you obey it because you saw a shiny badge, uniform, or an official-looking seal? Did you think that those symbols of authority removed your responsibility to discern? Or is it because those around you complied quietly and you didn’t want to stand out? Did you think that since you were told that you were not in charge it was someone else’s responsibility to ask these questions? Truth of the matter is that no-one really stands above you. In 300 years we are all dust and bones and the queen and the pawn both end up in the same box. There are no bonus points in the afterlife for being a good little slave. There is no retroactive compensation for accepting a life of indentured servitude. And there is no honor in bowing down to these criminals who claim to be your rulers. Until you realize that, until humanity gets up off its knees and looks them in the eye and says, “No, I will not obey. No, I will not comply.” Until you take your power back without asking for permission there will be no justice. There will be no peace. Are you awake yet? As a reader you deserve to know the truth behind the disasters America faces. If you want to learn more about what is going on in America then consider joining America’s Great Awakening Newsletter. If you are not sure if our newsletter is a fit for you, please click the link below and sign up for our FREE newsletters. There is no obligation and requires no credit card to sign up. These newsletters are free and we encourage you to distribute to your friends and family. JOIN US TODAY If you are already a member you can, sign in... read more

Whether You Know It or Not, You Are a Slave

In the antebellum South, it was not uncommon for slaves to rent themselves from their masters. As a young man, Frederick Douglass did so, for example. His owner gave him leave to go out on his own, to find employment where he could, and to pocket the pay he received for such work, except that each month he had to pay his master a fixed sum for his freedom. Douglass worked in the shipyards of Baltimore, caulking ships. Aside from his rental payment for his own body, he lived as he wished, subject to his income constraint. He found his own housing, acquired his own food and clothing, and so forth, just as a free wage worker would have done. It strikes me that this practice has much in common with the situation in which an ordinary private person finds himself in any modern country today. The person is in general at liberty to arrange his own employment, spend his earnings as he pleases, acquire his own food and housing, and so on, except that he must pay a rental for this personal liberty, which takes the form of a portion of his earnings that must be paid to the various governments that collect income and employment taxes in the jurisdiction. Lest you imagine that this likening is hyperbolic, consider what happens to someone who resolutely refuses to pay the governments the rental payment for his body. He is subjected to a series of enforcement actions, culminating—if he resists at every step—in his being hauled off to jail and having his personal property seized to satisfy the governments’ demands. Thus, he loses both his property and his personal liberty. People imagine that they own themselves and that they are free. But don’t tell that tale to the tax men. They know who really owns you. Are you awake yet? As a reader you deserve to know the truth behind the disasters America faces. If you want to learn more about what is going on in America then consider joining America’s Great Awakening Newsletter. If you are not sure if our newsletter is a fit for you, please click the link below and sign up for our FREE newsletters. There is no obligation and requires no credit card to sign up. These newsletters are free and we encourage you to distribute to your friends and family. JOIN US TODAY If you are already a member you can, sign in... read more

Why We Must Get Big Money Out of Politics

The most important thing we must do to save our democracy is to get big money out of politics. It’s a prerequisite to accomplishing everything else. Today, big money continues to corrupt American politics – creating a vicious cycle that funnels more wealth and power to those at the top and eroding our democracy. In the 2018 midterm elections, wealthy donors and Super-PACs poured millions into the campaigns of the same lawmakers who voted to pass the 2017 tax cuts, which gave them huge windfalls. Consider conservative donors Sheldon and Miriam Adelson, whose casino business received an estimated $700 million windfall, thanks to Trump and Republicans’ tax cuts. The couple then used some of this extra cash to plow more than $113 million dollars into the 2018 election, breaking the record for political contributions by a single household. That’s not a bad return on investment – for them. All told, almost 40 percent of total contributions in the 2018 midterms came from people who donated $10,000 or more. Yet these mega-donors comprise a tiny 0.01 percent of the U.S. population. It’s a worsening vicious cycle: Lawmakers cut taxes and slash regulations for their wealthy campaign donors. Mega-donors and corporations funnel some of that money back into our political system to keep their lackeys in power. Politicians then propose another round of tax cuts, subsidies or bailouts to secure even more donations. If this isn’t corruption, I don’t know what is. It also breeds cynicism in our democracy. The game seems rigged because it is. A 2015 poll found that the majority of Americans say lawmakers are corrupt, out of touch with their constituents, and beholden to special interests. In the 2018 midterms, Americans demanded an end to the corruption. And there are signs lawmakers are finally getting the message. House Democrats’ first piece of legislation aims to end the big-money takeover. We must end this vicious cycle in order to reclaim our democracy. We must get big money out of politics. Now! Government is instituted for the common good; for the protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness of the people; and not for profit, honor, or private interest of any one man, family, or class of men. — John Adams Are you awake yet? As a reader you deserve to know the truth behind the disasters America faces. If you want to learn more about what is going on in America then consider joining America’s Great Awakening Newsletter. If you... read more
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