Monday, November 30, 2009

Taxation Without Representation!

"This seems like taxation without representation." And so it does. Read about it here.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Internet Control!

Thomas Jefferson observed that "The power to tax is the power to destroy." It is, perhaps, the most widespread method employed by our, nominally democratic, government to, at the least, exert control, and at worst, to eradicate entire industries and activities of one sort or another. So, with that in mind, consider the meaning of this piece of news, especially within the context of The First Amendment.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

A Letter To Congress From a Citizen

Dear Senator,

Just yesterday I watched Senator Dodd make the rounds on the morning talk shows discussing his newly introduced “Regulatory Reform Legislation”. Once AGAIN, it appears the American Tax Payer is going to be Bamboozled into thinking that Congress is really looking out for their best interest. I Swear to God – DO YOU PEOPLE HAVE NO SHAME? Senator Dodd, when asked about “Stripping Authority From The Fed", responded, and I paraphrase, what I am trying to accomplish is to put things back the way they should be. The bill is not meant to be punitive against the FED, but if we start trying to limit the “Independence” of the FED by conducting audits, that would not be good for the system!! WHAT A SELL OUT!! THE SYSTEM IS PRECISELY AT THE ROOT OF THE PROBLEM! I am so sick of the way this Congress is conducting their business I can barely put it into words. This Congress is so utterly bought and paid for it is absolutely disgusting.

According to Elizabeth Gregory, head of the Congressional Oversight for TARP, the FED has conducted over 12 TRILLION Dollars of off balance Sheet Transactions, and REFUSES to disclose where the money went to or what it was used for! My question is – WHY the hell is the American Public, Tax Payers, not allowed to know where 12 Trillion of its dollars have gone? The dollar has lost over 15% of its value this year alone! WHY? Because the FED and its reckless policy of printing dollars to pump into Wall Street Banks! The FED is now the single largest Purchaser of U.S. Treasuries. WHY? Because the rest of the world no longer wants to buy our debt because there is too much of it being issued with little chance of some sort of default, either outright, or de facto. The rest of the world is now talking seriously about replacing the U.S. Dollar as the worlds reserve currency, and OPEC is not just talking about pricing oil in other currencies but taking steps to do so, ON YOUR WATCH! WHY? Because the dollar is being intentionally destroyed and devalued by the FED on behalf of Wall Street banks. Talk in the trading community is that the “Paper” market for gold and silver are sitting ducks to manipulation and implosion. WHY? Because the FED has leased out more gold and silver than exists, or has ever been mined in the history of civilization. The FACT of the matter is, if the FED held itself to the same capital requirements they are supposed to hold other banks to – the FED would be declared INSOLVENT and be shut down!

So here we are, with Senator Dodd, a legislator utterly beholden to the banking industry, about to introduce legislation to regulate the industry all in the name of "Consumer Protection"! BULLSHIT!! I have had enough.
Goldman Sachs is going to be paying record bonuses this year, along with other Wall Street Firms most of whom received bailout money less than 18 months ago. Most, if not all of these firms would have gone out of business had it not been for the Tax Payer being FORCED AGAINST THEIR WILLS to bail them out! Now while the country has a REAL Unemployment rate of 18 – 20%, these firms are paying their “Average Employee” over $750,000.00 in BONUS! How do these firms generate this much money to be able to pay for such bonuses – PROPRIETARY TRADING! Over 90% of their profits are generated through Trading The Stock Market. That is wonderful, but it gets better! All of these firms have computers that actually intercept orders and front run them (FLASH TRADING) which generates a profit of 1 -2 cents for every share that is traded on the New York Stock Exchange. It is a sure thing. Last quarter, Goldman Sachs had ONE LOSING TRADE - ONE!! Out of hundreds of thousands of trades, they had ONE Loser, a winning trade percentage of 99.993%!!! And who pays, the individuals who invest in Mutual funds, Retirement Accounts, Pension Funds! Yes, those are the orders that are being front run. It Is Stealing Pure and Simple! This trading practice alone was able to generate Goldman Sachs over 100 Million Dollars a DAY on 53 different days LAST QUARTER!

I could go on and on providing examples of how the SEC, FDIC, the FED, and other regulatory agencies are completely corrupt. If congress wants to get SERIOUS about “
Regulatory Reform” and “Consumer Protection”, why don’t they listen to WE THE PEOPLE? Oh Yeah – I forgot, because we are only the poor bastards footing the bill for the government corruption that has totally overtaken Washington. Well I have news – WE THE PEOPLE have just about had our limit. If you cannot sense the ANGER that exists out here in REAL AMERICA, or if you continue to ignore it, you do so at your Own Peril! I only HOPE that it is resolved in a peaceful manner by voting all incumbents out of office, but I am SERIOUSLY beginning to believe that the country will not be so fortunate.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

And Today I Direct You Here!

Presently, others are doing an excellent job of showing how government across the U.S., both federal and local, have become enemies of "We The People." Today, the Of Two Minds blog is featured.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Today I Direct You Here.

The post by Russ is excellent, and unfortunately its story is nauseating. Wake up America!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Buy it or go to jail.

Does this in any way comport with decent government? Does this in any way square with The Constitution? What are you going to do about it? I suggest a first step involves voting out all who support this monstrosity.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Thwarted Again!

“Gentleman, I have had men watching you for a long time, and I am convinced that you have used the funds of the bank to speculate in the breadstuffs of the country. When you won, you divided the profits amongst you, and when you lost, you charged it to the bank. You tell me that if I take the deposits from the bank and annul its charter, I shall ruin ten thousand families. That may be true, gentlemen, but that is your sin! Should I let you go on, you will ruin fifty thousand families and that will be my sin! You are a den of vipers and thieves. I intend to rout you out, and by the eternal God, I will rout you out.”

-Andrew Jackson

Let's face it, you knew, by hook or by crook, that the move to audit The Federal Reserve Bank
would founder, and lo and behold, it has. Ron Paul, an early proponent of the initiative, and perhaps its most dedicated and staunch defender, has announced that the legislation in question has been gutted. A quick review of the article at the link will confirm his assertion. I really don't know what is worse, the eviscerationof the aforesaid legislation, or the inevitable prating twaddle one will have to endure from some number of elected officials and main stream media stooges that substantial progress has been achieved in the area of bank regulation and reigning in The Federal Reserve.

The sad truth is that the will of "We The People" has, once again, been treated with barely concealed disdain, all because the protection racket that consists of the Fed and its biggest member banks has perfected the art of legislative obedience via the time honored mechanisms of bribery and/or fear. Bravo!

Let's face it, The Federal Reserve cartel and the big banks have the U.S. Congress in much the same state as a cowed beast of burden. It's positively perverse, and this latest failure by The House of Representatives- with special thanks to Mel Watt, and, of course, Barney Frank- to forcefully assert its basic Constitutional right, reinforces my view that the only way forward for the American people, should we have the fortitude to take it, is one that involves "radical" measures. Change, let alone revolutionary change, will not come about without walking on the lawn my fellow citizens.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Emergency Powers Declared!

When a national emergency is declared, FEMA assumes, what is, in essence, dictatorial power across the country. FEMA itself is likely unconstitutional, but, for now, that can't be helped. As an astute poster at put it, "If you are an educated adult and have the ability to see through propaganda, this new "emergency" should frighten you, not H1N1 itself." Why, you may ask, should that be the case? Because part of FEMA's extraordinary powers include the ability to relocate large numbers of the citizenry, and to assume control over all private industries in the face of the declared emergency. In short, protections under The Constitution, which are precarious during normal times, become null and void during national emergencies.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Are You A Fan Of Karl's

Karl Denninger has done, and continues to do, very good forensic work exposing the profoundly corrupt practices engaged in by the purveyors of big banking and "high finance." He has helped uncover many of the more egregious crimes committed by all manner of actors operating both in and out of government, and along the way has caught many of them in a variety of prevarications and bad faith gestures. For his yeoman like efforts in this regard, we owe Mr. Denninger a sizable debt.

Unfortunately, despite all that he has exposed of the corruption in and around government as it relates to banking and finance, Mr. Denninger still operates within a world view that hews to the idea that our government as it is presently constituted is capable of acting as an efficacious servant of "We The People." Despite all the evidence that has surfaced to date that no reform is forthcoming of the sort that Mr. Denninger clamors for, and that many of us are passionate to see enacted, Mr. Denninger still appears to possess a seemingly bottomless reserve of belief and hope in the U.S. Government's potential to operate within the guidelines of The Constitution and on behalf of the general public.

For example, as of today, he appears heartened by apparent movement in Congress to confront illegal actions related to Angelo Mozillo's Countrywide Financial, almost certainly one of the more outstanding criminal enterprises of our time. American Revolution Today would like to suggest to Mr. Denninger that even now, in his present mood of hopefulness, he would do well to prepare for ultimate disappointment. We further advise that until the planks listed in the first post of this blog become centerpieces of government, the occasional meagre lurches towards "doing the right thing," will yield no substantial or lasting alteration in the present fundamentally corrupt functioning of government.

It's The Fundraising, Stupid.

President Obama has a full schedule over the next few days, and one of the reasons that it is as full as it is is that he is making visits to begging bashes on behalf of such fellow travelers as Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, and Connecticut Senator and banking bagman extraordinaire, Christopher Dodd. This is our political system in a nutshell, regardless of party affiliation, an endless procession of what are euphemistically described as fundraisers.

Politicians would argue, self servingly, that they need to engage in these seemingly endless fundraisers because one needs lots of money to run a campaign. Of course one does, but the political class have, of their own volition, manufactured the endless night that constitutes political campaigns. They could just as easily cut election seasons in half or even by two thirds, (an initiative heartily endorsed here) but they choose not to. After all, given the incredible vapidity of the vast majority of political campaigns, where Republican and Democratic candidates fall all over one another trying distinguish their indistinguishable modes of governance, who needs more than six weeks to two months of a campaign. In short, there is far more fat and gristle than meat in the average campaign, and we should act accordingly.

Alas, the truth is that fundraisers are a gravy train for those who hold elected office, contacts are made, influence is peddled, and in the main, campaign finance laws are such that politicians stand to gain rather than lose as a result of the very system that they have put in place. So, the next time you read that a candidate will be mixing policy and politics, be sure that the mix is heavily weighted towards politics not policy.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Flue Vaccines Revisited!

I hope you find the videos illuminating.

We Are Of One Mind!

Charles Hugh Smith of the Of Two Minds blog, has made a vital point regarding the rapacity of local governments and what our response needs to be.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Barney Frank Again?

The week is book ended with more horrific tales of the vile legislator from Bedford, MA. Commonwealth of Massachusetts, if you are listening, if you are not utterly inured to the horrors being committed in your name by your duly if errantly elected politician, Congressman Frank, who is a blot on decency, a canker sore on the body politic, a foul, despicable whore for the worst elements of the big banking cabal for which he is entrusted to reign in, wake up and remove this ghastly charlatan immediately. It may already be too late for he has despoiled the landscape in ways that are hard, if not impossible to calculate. Regardless, in order to salvage some shred of self respect, it is imperative that those who are in a position to do so remove Congressman Frank from office at the first opportunity.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Barney Frank (and the rest of the U.S. Government) Must Go.

Not that we didn't already know this, but abundant and fresh evidence always seems to be available.

Barney Frank, where ever you are, you are, without a doubt, one of the most most wantonly arrogant, (and yet stupefyingly) wrong headed jackasses of your, or, I suspect, any time.

And now a word from Thomas Jefferson:

Whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Business As Usual Is Very Bad Business.

Tonight's post will be short, since, I am, for the most part, simply in the act of directing you to the blog of someone who has written something worth reading. Once upon a time, during the not so halcyon days of the Clinton Administration, Robert Reich was the Secretary of Labor. Since then, he has worn several hats such as commentator, academic, and author. For our purposes, he is acting as a spot on critic of a sickening status quo operating in the halls of the Federal Government. There are times when a non activist government that eschews progressive reform is advised. This is not one of them, not by a damn sight. From health care, to finance, to foreign affairs, there is more broken in our national shop than one would find in the proverbial china shop after a visit from the proverbial bull. What Mr. Reich describes, a government that is either unwilling or unable to govern competently and in our interest, is exactly why we need a new American Revolution. So, without further adieu, here's Robert Reich.


So Much Happening in Washington and So Little To Show for It, So Far

The Senate Finance Committee is set to vote Tuesday on a healthcare bill that just got a seal of approval from the Congressional Budget Office and is very likely to garner the vote of Republican Senator Olympia Snowe -- a twofer that gives the bill preeminence over four other healthcare bills that have emerged from House and Senate committees over these long months. Unlike those bills, though, the Senate Finance bill won't it have a public insurance option to compete with private insurers. Nor does it allow Medicare to use its bargaining power to negotiate lower drug prices, or adequately subsidize millions of middle-class families who will be required to buy health insurance that will be hard for them to afford. In short, it's a great deal for private insurers and Big Pharma but not such a great deal for middle-class Americans.

Meanwhile, the House Banking Committee is quietly circulating a draft set of reforms of financial markets likely to become the basis for whatever legislation emerges to fix the Street. Barney Frank, who heads the Committee, is a thoughtful progressive. But the draft has gaping loopholes that will let most financial firms escape -- such as one that exempts corporations that deal in financial derivatives from any requirements for capital, business conduct, record-keeping, and reporting if they use derivatives for the purpose of "risk management," which is the very thing they all claim they're doing. Neither the draft bill, nor the Committee, nor anyone on the Hill having anything to do with financial regulation, is raising what I consider to be the two key reforms necessary for avoiding another financial meltdown -- resurrecting the Glass-Steagall Act that once separated commercial from investment banking, and applying antitrust laws to the remaining five biggest Wall Street banks so none is "too big to fail."

At the same time, environmental legislation is now slinking its way through Congress. The Waxman-Markey climate bill was passed by the House in June; John Kerry and Barbara Boxer have now released a Senate version. All four legislators claim to be progressives concerned about the environment, but the bills are, frankly, far short of what's needed. Waxman-Markey gives away 85 percent of pollution permits to the nation's biggest polluters, and the "cap" it proposes on overall carbon emissions would cut greenhouse gas emissions only by an estimated 2 to 4 percent by 2020 compared to the UN reference year of 1990. (If America was to play its appropriate role in a global climate deal, the reduction would be more like 40 percent, and the U.S. would also provide financing and technology so developing countries could reduce their emissions by a comparable amount.) The Kerry-Boxer bill has a stronger cap on emissions but it's still far short of what's necessary -- and it leaves out the hardest part, which is the actual cap-and-trade mechanism. Kerry and Boxer are leaving that to the Senate Finance Committee, of all places.

And what's happening on the job's front? Nothing except a blip of interest in tax credits to small businesses that create new jobs. That's not a bad move (I suggested it myself), but it's rather like bailing out the ocean with a teacup. If that's all there is, we're headed toward two years of double-digit unemployment. No one on the Hill or in the Administration is yet willing to say openly and clearly that the stimulus plan must be larger, and continued through 2010 and 2011.

My friends in the Administration and on the Hill repeatedly tell me "don't make the perfect the enemy of the better," or words to that effect. Politics is the art of the possible, blah blah blah. True. But in each of these areas -- healthcare, financial regulation, environment, and jobs -- the "better" is really not that much better. Forget perfect; anything that offered real reform would suffice for now. But in every case, what should be the centerpieces of reform are being left out.

Why? Congress is overwhelmed with corporate and Wall Street lobbyists (far too many of whom are former Democratic office holders). The White House is trying best it can to push and prod in the right direction but there's too much going on, too many arenas where private interests are framing the debate and stifling major reform, and too many friends of friends and relations of relations who are making tons of money working for the other side. The public doesn't know what's going on because the national media would rather report on the sexual escapades of famous people or social trends or high finance (a recent Pew study of economic reporting shows the vast majority of stories about the Great Recession have focused on Wall Street rather than Main Street). And progressives -- that is, progressive organizations in our nation's capital -- have been remarkably and consistently outgunned, outmaneuvered, or just plain ineffectual. This is largely due to the fact that they're sitting in Washington rather than organizing and mobilizing the rest of the country.

And I haven't even brought up Afghanistan.

Monday, October 5, 2009

American Radicals!

Occasionally, usually by accident, as a result of the seemingly endless and futile process of changing channels in search of something fresh, entertaining, and insightful, I happen to catch a few moments of some main stream media talk show whose purpose is to discuss "current events." My general impression of the caliber of thought on display in such shows is that, where the ideas are not trite and fatuous, they are idiotic. For example, last evening, for about two or three minutes, I suffered through the empty headed patter of a platinum blonde twenty something who offered that she didn't care for political radicals like....wait for it....Rush Limbaugh and Keith Olbermann.

The poor youngster further opined that characters such as the two aforementioned titans of radical politics were not good for the country. Somehow I got the distinct feeling that, given the choice, the bubble headed young woman would describe herself as a Republican. But that is neither here nor there, since, putting aside her presumption that she knows what is good for the country, and regardless of what party the young lady aligns herself with, she clearly hasn't the foggiest notion what constitutes political radicalism. Clearly, she was confusing the vitriolic style of Limbaugh and Olbermann (vitriol in the service of generally status quo political positions) with radical politics. In short, hers was a confusion of style over substance, which, when one thinks about it, is only fitting for the metier of television.

Perhaps the most dispiriting aspect of her politely rendered yet ridiculous assertions was that no one bothered to point out to the young airhead that neither Mr. Olbermann nor Mr. Limbaugh are, by any stretch of the imagination, political radicals. Maybe Joy Behar, the show's fifty something host, is as confused as her guest, and believes that Rush Limbaugh more closely resembles the aspect of a young Adolph Hitler, rather then erstwhile Republican power broker Tom Delay. Keith Olbermann would, in such a calculus, be the present day incarnation of, oh, say, Eugene Debs, as opposed to the doppleganger of that triangulating and ubiquitous master of middle of the road politics, Bill Clinton.

The truth is that, save for a few remote corners of the blogosphere, there is almost no radical political energy anywhere to be found in the entire United States. The tea baggers and town hall criers of this past summer were, and are, for the most part, fat, white, and scared old age pensioners, no more radical in spirit than the latest model of SUV being produced by General Motors. The aforesaid retirees were vitriolic as well, but with too few exceptions to mention, their ire was directed at those they felt were about to change the health care game in a way that would undercut their longstanding comfort and security. Fair enough. But that's not radicalism, not by a damn sight. Don't expect to see their like out again in public, unless someone threatens to take away some other entitlement they deem as non negotiable. In the meantime, if you want to hear some radical political ideas, don't bother with messieurs Limbaugh and Olbermann.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

More Police State Chronicles

Health Care workers in New York, regardless of what field of heath care one is in, are being told they must take a vaccine. I'm delighted to report that they are having none of it.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Support HR 1207 and Indict Ben Bernanke and Alan Greenspan!

In response to the Gold Anti Trust Action Committee's FOIA request regarding the exact nature of The Federal Reserve's gold leasing activities, The Fed has admitted that it has concealed documentation of their gold swap operations with foreign central banks.

This is big news because A.) the sort of actions taken by The Fed, without question for the purpose of suppressing the price of gold, are not only NOT part of their remit, but are, in fact, illegal. What's more, this admission means Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke and his predecessor Alan Greenspan have lied before Congress. Whenever questioned on this issue, both have sytematically denied The Fed's involvement in gold leasing schemes. Now, more than ever, auditing The Fed is imperative since, with these new revelations, there is every reason to wonder about the status of U.S government gold. It may, in fact, as some assert, be gone. We simply don't know, but "We The People" have every right to find out. In the meantime, let the indictment and prosecution of Ben Bernanke and Alan Greenspan begin. They have earned it.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Police State Part Four-What would John Adams Say?

We don't know what John Adams would say, but we here at American Revolution Today would like to think that, if, by some miracle, the second President of The United States were resurrected, he would have some very choice words regarding The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court's two day old ruling allowing police with a warrant to break into a suspect’s car to secretly install tracking devices using a global positioning system.

I suppose we would have to get Mr. Adams up to speed on what a GPS was first, but there's no doubt that once he wrapped his fine legal mind around what a GPS does, Mr. Adams would immediately home in on the salient issue in this ruling, which is how ripe it is for abuse by legal authorities and law enforcement. And of course that major pitfall says nothing about the affront this ruling poses to the 4th Amendment of The Constitution which protects privacy as it relates to one's home and possessions. Massachusetts, once the cradle of liberty, of late seems in a desperate hurry to do its best to imitate the behavior of a totalitarian regime. Between recent outrageous legislation concerning how The Commonwealth will prospectively treat its citizens in a Swine Flu epidemic, and this latest judicial jaw dropper, we at American Revolution Today believe Massachusetts government, broadly defined, is succeeding to an alarming degree. And we're pretty sure that John Adams, and his cousin Sam, for that matter, aren't merely rolling in their graves, they are spinning like Tasmanian Devils.

Police State 3rd installment

Cull the herd. Why would anyone want to do that? Well, anyone wouldn't. However, when one considers that the U.S. government is collapsing under the weight of a whole range of fiscal obligations, and when one further considers that the planet's eco-system is straining under the weight of the presence of well over 6.5 billion human beings, one can imagine how, in the mind of some contingent of elite (and callous) planners, many problems would be addressed by the "removal" of a large segment of the the U.S. and/or planet's population.

I know, it smacks of Strangelovian nuttiness. Perhaps it is. However, consider that sometimes the most straightforward explanation to a series of hard to decipher events is often the best explanation. Or, put another way, and to quote Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes, "When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth."

In the meantime, while one is considering whether the impossible has been eliminated, the United States' Military Industrial Complex continues to do it's shakedown thing in the form of a very high ranking U.S. Military Commander threatening failure in Afghanistan if more forces are not deployed. Since our mission there-what is it exactly besides lining the pockets of military related concerns?- seems as questionable (and attainable) as trying to find a grain of rice in a wheat silo, I suggest that instead of allowing ourselves to be extorted yet again, that we pack up our troubles in our old kit bag and leave, leave, leave.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Police State Continued

Were one unconcerned about the risk of being labeled a tin foil hat wearing paranoid, one might offer that the powers that be are up to no good when they position the populace for vaccination with, at best, unproven medicine against an, as yet, virtually nonexistent Swine Flu threat. Yes, if one were to suggest that there might be something sinister afoot, along the lines of culling the herd, one might be labeled a delusional kook. Fair enough. However, it may be worth bearing in mind that 50% of British health care officials are planning to refuse a flu vaccine, while 71.3% are concerned that the vaccine has not been through sufficient trials to guarantee safety.
And an article by William Engdahl featured by The Center for Global Research, shows there is strong evidence linking a rise in autism to vaccinations.

At this point, the next question posed by a tin foil hat wearer might be, why would the government want to "cull the herd?"

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Police State!

The United States' Government spends a great deal of its time these days employing various methods to control and corral its citizens. The trend, for example, towards maximum surveillance has been in place for quite some time, predating even the horrors of 9/11. Certain states in particular seem to be ahead of the curve where exercises in big brother behavior are concerned, and none more so than The Commonwealth of Massachusetts, where lately the local legislature has seen fit to pass laws that allow for activity uncomfortably reminiscent of The Gestapo.

Mandatory vaccinations, health care interrogations of state citizens, forced entry into homes without a warrant, on site destruction of buildings or objects suspected of harboring a virus, seizure of family pets, and "involuntary transportation'" of citizens into quarantine camps, are among the many heinous acts that may be perpetrated by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts against its citizens in the event of an outbreak of, for example, Swine Flu.

As always, a murky, and at best, inchoate threat has been put forth as justification for the passage of laws that are, in several instances, constitutionally challenged. Specifically, the 4th Amendment, which prohibits unreasonable search and seizures, seems the most obvious victims of Massachusetts' legislative overreach.

Given that there is no demonstrable widespread threat from Swine Flu, and bearing in mind that the safety and efficacy of vaccines associated with Swine Flu are, at best, dubious, one is compelled to ask, what is going on?

That will be the subject of discussion in the next installment of Police State.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

First Principles and Basic Precepts.

What does the prospect of Revolution mean today in The United States? Well, the very fact that today we are a nation, whereas in the late eighteenth century our forefathers were simply a collection of subject farmers and tradesmen inhabiting a colonial outpost of The British Empire, puts us in a very different set of circumstances than our predecessors. And yet some of the very same intolerable conditions that impelled our colonial ancestors to revolt against an arbitrary and unresponsive British crown exist today.

In fact, if anything, the tax burden you and I face now is greater by a substantial sum than what existed at the outset of The American Revolution when the cry "Taxation Without Representation" was the clarion call for defiance against The British Crown. More troubling perhaps is that those individuals that stand today at the head of our leading institutions of public life, whether they be the Treasury Secretary, Federal Reserve Bank Chairman, Senior Congressmen and women, and even The President, seem every bit as disinterested in honestly addressing our legitimate concerns, and in answering our probing questions, as any eighteenth century British Parliamentarian or exhalted royal head of state were in addressing the complaints of the colonialists.

Some might offer that the answer to such a lamentable state of affairs is to simply replace, via the ballot box, recalcitrant and unresponsive leaders. Regrettably, it is the opinion of American Revolution Today that the mechanisms of government are now so deeply flawed, so intractably corrupt, that no such simple remedy is possible were it even allowed. In truth, it is the view of American Revolution Today that:

1.) The United States Federal Government, functioning primarily on behalf of monied interests, particularly big banking and Wall Street, has become a nemesis of "We The People."

2.) The entrenched two party system comprised of Democrats and Republicans is, in the main, obstructive of reform, and, by definition, utterly opposed to anything resembling revolutionary change.

3.) At this juncture, traditional means of political self determination may not be the way forward, but in any case, we at American Revolution Today are convinced that no candidate from either the Democratic or Republican parties should receive support; any affiliation with the two party system almost assures that such a candidacy would ultimately be antithetical to government benefiting "We The People."

Following on from that, no candidate who runs for Federal public office that does not feature the following planks in their campaign platform will be deemed suitable for election.

A.) Term limits
B.) Campaign Finance Reform
C.) Shortened Election Cycles
D.) Cessation of "Redistricting"
E.) Full Audit of The Federal Reserve
F.) The restoration of constitutional mandate for congressional control of U.S. currency.
G.) An end to further raising of the debt ceiling
H.) Immediate removal of all troops, personnel, and material from Iran and Afghanistan
I.) Replacement of income tax and estate taxes with new levies on consumption, and amended levies on capital gains by individuals and corporations.
J.) Health care reform that is first and foremost free market based with no governmental bias towards "Big Pharma" or the insurance industry.
K.) A multi-generational program designed to return some "reasonable sum" of manufacture back to the United States
L.) The complete overhaul of such government agencies as the SEC, The Bureau of Labor and Statistics, and Homeland Security, to name but a few.
M.) Full investigations of those individuals in and out of government who are alleged to have engaged in criminal activity associated with the collapse of various large banking concerns and quasi government agencies such as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
N.) An end to the entire "alphabet soup" of programs funneling money to too big to be allowed to exist parasitic institutions such as AIG, BOA, GS, Citicorp, and JPM.
O.) A restoration of mark to market accounting standards, and the cessation of the writing of any more "standard performance contracts" aka OTC derivatives, until such time as a regulated exchange is instituted for their trade.
P.) A complete rollback of all cap and trade legislation.

If you are in agreement with the ideas and political initiatives expressed here, and feel as we do, join us in making the Second American Revolution a reality. Join us in reestablishing a nation where The Constitution is fully respected, and where good government is defined as one that governs least and always on behalf of the greater good.