POLITICS – IS WIKILEAKS “ATTACKING AMERICA”? by Dave Champion

Originally posted on http://www.davechampion.net

A fair amount of people seem to be upset about the recent Wikileaks release of U.S. State Dept embassy cables. I’ve heard these folks describe the Wikileaks’ founder, Julian Assange, as a traitor. I’ve heard people say that he should be hung and that he should get a bullet to the head. I’ve heard people say that the fact that Assange is still breathing is proof of what a weak President Barack Obama is.

But by far the most frequent statement I’ve heard is that Wikileaks and Julian Assange are “attacking America.”

What comes through loud and clear from these statements is that these folks believe themselves to be patriotic defenders of America. While I have no doubt of their sincerity or their patriotic verve, they are wrong on just about every count when it comes to the Wikileaks documents and Julian Assange.

Let’s start with the statement that Assange is a traitor. This statement probably defines those in the anti-Wikileaks crowd who are not burdened by a particularly high IQ.

Traitor – A person who commits treason by betraying his or her country. (Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2010)

Julian Assange in not an American. He is Australian. And while 18 USC 2381 merely requires one to be in the position of “owing allegiance to the United States” in order to be prosecuted for treason, Assange does not fit that requirement either.

It’s impossible to take such folks seriously. They’ve proven by their very first statement that they’ve not bothered to inform themselves of the most basic aspects of the situation.

It seems to me that a lot of Americans have a bizarre Pavlovian dog response to a particular stimuli. This Pavlovian response becomes evident when a person succumbs to what I call the “Boogeyman Syndrome”.

The Boogeyman Syndrome is initiated when politicians and/or the media (both being pillars of rectitude) designate someone as a “boogeyman” – i.e. someone who is a horrible dirty threat to America – and these folks immediately respond with passionate anger against whoever has been so designated. They immediately scream “He is a dirty vile threat to America! Off with his head!”

This knee-jerk Pavlovian response seems to accomplish three things. First, it makes those who are under the influence of Boogeyman Syndrome completely receptive to whatever allegations the politicians and/or media make against the “boogeyman”. Second, it seems to completely nullify any need, desire, or ability, to determine if the allegations are remotely true or accurate. Third, it creates a “group think” mentality in which initial allegations are repeated (ad nauseam) by those affected by the Boogeyman Syndrome, thus strangely creating a false reality that the allegations are true or factual in the minds of others who are also under the affects of the Syndrome.

Somehow, this incestuous process of repeating the allegations back and forth to one another takes the place of rational analysis and permits those affected by the Boogeyman Syndrome to then pronounce the allegation “true and correct”.

Normally, blindly repeating false allegations back and forth to create a false sense of “truth” is the domain of the political Left. However, many on the Right suddenly adopt this bizarre and irrational behavior when they are told (yet again) that some “boogeyman” is threatening America.

The powers-that-be have pronounced Julian Assange, and hence Wikileaks, the “boogeyman” of the hour. Pavlov has rung the bell and the Boogeyman Syndrome has taken over!

This article would be a waste of time (and inaccurate) if Wikileaks is indeed “attacking America”. Accordingly, let’s explore whether that’s actually happening. The best way I know to do that is to look at the information Wikileaks has made available and see for ourselves if the information will produce the cataclysmic consequences alleged by those under the influence of the Boogeyman Syndrome.

These “consequences” seem to fall into two categories. First, that American soldiers or intelligence operatives will be killed. Second, that U.S. national security has been compromised.

Because I host a nationally syndicated talk-radio show and discuss these types of controversies daily, I’ve paid careful attention to the documents disclosed by Wikileaks. Let’s see how they stack up against the Boogeyman Syndrome allegations. The following are random samplings of what the Wikileaks document dump has revealed.

Russia Government – The U.S. embassy in Moscow asserts that Russian national government has degenerated into one gigantic criminal enterprise with Vladimir Putin as the chief Mob Boss.

Who didn’t know this? Anyone who keeps up with international news stories already knew this! But let’s see how this fares in the context of the allegations made by the Boogeyman Syndrome crowd. How many American soldiers or intelligence operatives will be killed by this “revelation”? Has U.S. national security been damaged? Precisely.

Iraq – Iraq’s situation has been complicated by the outside influence of its neighbors, especially Iran.

Oh my God!!! Really??? Had Wikileaks not let that document out I would never have known! Of course I’m being facetious. What child couldn’t have figured that out? But again, how does this revelation comport itself in reference to the wild-eyed claims of those with the Boogeyman Syndrome? Will this Wikileaks document get American soldiers or intelligence operatives killed? Nope. Does it compromise national security? Nope.

As an aside, it does give us a glimpse into the mentality and tactics of Iran. This at a time when there is an active debate as to whether “the West” should use military power to stop Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. Though I won’t go into it here, I found the information about Iran’s actions to be chilling and support the view that America should not permit a nuclear Iran. Oddly, those suffering from Boogeyman Syndrome never once use the information in this Wikileaks document to make the case that a nuclear Iran IS a significant threat to U.S. national security! Could that be because they’ve never actually read what is in the Wikileaks documents? I imagine that is exactly the case.

French President – The embassy in Paris feels that the French President is “vain and ineffective”.

Holy cow! Now THAT revelation will certainly get American soldiers or intelligence operatives killed, and is clearly a breach of national security! A vain Frenchman? Really? That’s only slightly less amazing than finding an Asian with slanted eyes.

State Dept Spying – Hillary Clinton ordered her diplomats to gather intel on foreign diplomats and foreign matters.

This one seems to have really stunned quite a few Americans. Sadly, the only thing it demonstrates is how naive Americans are and that they do not read history. Diplomats have always spied. Diplomats have been spying since there were diplomats. The only way this document would have been a real “story” was if it said that our diplomats weren’t spying! In fact, diplomatic spying is so common that each year the CIA creates a “wish list” of intelligence it would like State Dept diplomats to gather during the year and gives it to the Secretary of State.

And guess what? Every nation does the same thing! Diplomats from every nation spy. Every diplomat in the world presumes from the outset that every other diplomat he comes in contact with is spying. It’s part of their job. It’s what they do. The point being that this “disclosure” didn’t tell diplomats around the world anything they didn’t already know. Telling the world that diplomats spy on one another is about as “revealing” as telling a teenager that homework is a drag!

But I digress; back to the main point. How many American soldiers or intelligence operatives will be killed by this “revelation”? Has U.S. national security been damaged by telling people what they already knew?

Speaking of “what they already know”; did you hear the White House said that despite the fact the entire world has seen these documents, they remain “classified”?

If you think documents are classified for national security reasons, you should buy or rent the documentary “Secrecy” that addresses the government’s penchant for secrecy. You’ll never see “classified” the same again.

Afghanistan – President Karzai is not a particularly reliable partner for the U.S. and his brother is corrupt.

Gee wiz mister wizard; yet another stunning non-story. Who is it with a brain in his head that does not understand Hamid Karzai has an agenda other than being a complete sycophant to U.S. interests? It may come as a surprise to some Americans, but the Afghans don’t like us being there! In their eyes we are a non-Muslim, infidel, Christian, invader. Karzai is involved in a balancing act. Not many Americans understand that the only part of Afghanistan that is controlled by the U.S. (and its puppet Afghan government) is Kabul. With the U.S. in control of only a speck on the map of a very large country, why would Karzai be putting all his eggs in our basket?

And I’m sure the lesson of Vietnam isn’t lost on him either. The U.S. will make all sorts of promises. Then, when the American people get tired of their sons and daughters dying for no good reason on the other side of the planet, we’ll pull out and leave Kabul to the same fate to which we left Saigon. Whether or not you think Afghanistan is worth YOUR child dying (or having his/her legs blown off) let me assure you that after several years America will tire of it and our military will be pulled out.

What of Karzai’s brother being corrupt? To borrow a fabulous movie line, “That’s like handing out speeding tickets at the Indy 500.” The Middle East runs on graft and corruption. A Middle Eastern man who can’t get some graft out of any deal he’s involved with is considered an incompetent fool. It is their culture.

Most Afghanis and Iraqis don’t cooperate with the U.S. because they like the U.S. or think we’re doing God’s good work in their country. They cooperate because we PAY them LOTS of MONEY! The U.S. also knows what a weak policy this is. The U.S. has repeatedly experienced that as soon as the payments stop Afghanis cease to cooperate with the U.S. and begin discussions with the Taliban. Those in positions of power in Afghanistan want to get PAID, and that doesn’t mean their puny civil service salary. Their loyalty is to what they can get and from whom. Still want your son or daughter to die over there?

Of course Karzai and his brother, and everyone else with a brain, already knows all of this. Karzai knows the game he’s playing. His brother knows he makes a ton of money cutting all sorts of slimy deals on the side. Other high-ranking Afghans know it. The common Afghani presumes it because it is their culture. American diplomats, military, and intelligence officials know it.

So who didn’t know it? Apparently only the inattentive American public.

Back to the main question. How many American soldiers or intelligence operatives will be killed by this “revelation”? Has U.S. national security been damaged? The answer to both questions is plainly, no.

I could go on and on with more Wikileaks “revelations” but each would be the same. I have not found a single diplomatic cable released by Wikileaks that will cause a U.S. soldier or intelligence agent any harm, nor have I found a single incident that breaches U.S. national security. That’s probably because I’ve actually read the cables. Those who are under the affects of the Boogeyman Syndrome haven’t. They merely repeat what they’ve heard. And they feel damn patriotic about it!

Before I close on Wikileaks, let me make a few facts clear. First, Assange possesses 250,000 diplomatic cables. He has released only a minuscule fraction. If he was really “attacking America” he could simply release them all.

Second, he and his staff spent months reviewing the cables to insure that nothing they released would cause harm to any U.S. personnel. If he was trying to “attack America” he wouldn’t waste his time.

Third, Wikileaks staff worked in a cooperative effort with their media partners for several weeks in advance of the release to further insure that nothing truly damaging was going to be released.

Fourth, Assange asked the U.S. State Dept to work with Wikileaks on redacting the documents prior to release. The State Dept declined the offer. It’s virtually impossible to accuse Assange of “attacking America” when he asked the U.S. government to insure no damage would be done, and the government refused.

Lastly, the very same dramatic allegations were made against Assange on the previous occasions Wikileaks had made U.S. documents available to the public. Guess what? None of the ridiculous claims every materialized. Why? Because they are not based on fact, reason or logic, but upon this bizarre Pavlovian dog Boogeyman Syndrome.

What is the root of this strange behavior on the part of otherwise rational thinking Americans? It seems to be based on the misconception that the U.S. government = America. In other words, if one does something the U.S. government doesn’t like, one is “attacking America”.

One very strange aspect of this behavior is that those on the Right typically don’t trust the federal government much. Most people on the Right believe the federal government has usurped power it wasn’t granted in the Constitution and that it is instrumental in promoting Socialism, which is the enemy of personal liberty. But somehow, once they get hit with the Boogeyman Syndrome, the government miraculously becomes all that is good and right about America and its secret must be kept at all costs. (As I said earlier, watch “Secrecy” and you’ll be singing a different tune.)

The big question is how do we get these usually rational Americans to stop acting as the dupes of the federal government (and its cronies) and stop making bizarre and wildly inaccurate statements. Hell, I don’t know. Maybe it’s a maturity thing. Maybe they’ve not yet matured enough politically to understand how child-like their reaction is and how readily they make themselves a tool of those who do not have America’s best interests at heart.

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu said that through the Wikileaks documents the truth “has been revealed even though it was known”. In other words, all the players on the international scene knew all these things, but the U.S. government was keeping it all a big fat secret from YOU!

I will close with the words of Wikileaks attorney. “If global stability is based on deception and lies, maybe it needs a bit of a shaking up.” Amen.

I’m all for some fresh air and sunlight on what our government is doing around the world, ostensibly in our name. The truly sad part of this story is that our government is so closed and secretive toward its own citizens that the job of letting the sunshine in falls to Julian Assange, a foreigner.

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Firearms – Carrying by Dave Champion

Originally posted at http://www.davechampion.net

John Carpenter has asked me to write a few words about the carrying of personal arms within the context of having (or developing) the proper “mindset”. I hope John will indulge me a bit if I get there by way of a somewhat circuitous route.

Within the context of this book, John is talking about the “preparedness mindset”. But what does that actually mean? Is it possible that this mindset differs somewhat depending on what exactly is threatening your safety or survival?

I’ve known a lot of folks over the years who’ve taken the time and energy to get “prepared”. Often times they’ve planned ahead to deal with a natural disaster, a disease outbreak, a breakdown of basic public services, or some other form of societal disruption.

Most of these folks live in urban or suburban areas and they are typically quite methodical. They have stockpiled an inventory of all the items they imagine they will need and have devised a plan to move themselves and their supplies to a safer location in the event that a serious problem develops.

Unfortunately, in all too many cases I see their mindset more as being the “stock clerk inventory mindset” or the “get out of dodge when trouble strikes mindset”. Most are ill prepared for how events may truly unfold should any of the circumstances occur for which they have so diligently (but incompletely) prepared. A likely reality is that their carefully stockpiled supplies of food, medicine, fuel, etc. will, in short order, end up in the possession of others.

Why? Because they are missing a critical component of the preparedness mindset!

Many of the people I know who have prepared for a significant disruption in society own guns. However, I haven’t met too many who have the mindset that is necessary to do anything terribly effective with those guns.

Allow me to share an illustrative story with you.

Recently a friend called me and asked what my recommendation would be for a good personal defense handgun. His question piqued my curiosity because for a number of years I’d been gently encouraging him to acquire a pistol and learn how to use it. (I encourage everyone I care about to do so.) He’d always responded politely to my encouragement but my words had fallen on deaf ears.

When he asked me to recommend a good defensive pistol I knew something had happened. I told him that I’d be happy to share my thoughts with him concerning a good pistol, but I’d like to hear about the event that precipitated the call.

The short version is that the day before, while driving back to his office from lunch (in an upscale neighborhood), a series of unusual circumstances occurred that ended with him being accosted by a knife-wielding adversary in a parking lot. Fortunately, by the grace of God, he not only survived the encounter but was also completely unharmed. (For those of us who understand what it is like to be attacked with an edged weapon, we know exactly how blessed my friend was indeed!)

In the aftermath of his traumatic experience he decided to purchase, train with, and carry a gun. While I support his decision and have worked with him to find the handgun that is right for him, it is clear that his earlier complacency came dangerously close to costing him his life. (But for the grace of God….) And he is married with three beautiful young daughters; the oldest in 3rd grade. Can you imagine lying on the scalding hot parking-lot asphalt, unable to move, bleeding to death while you come to the realization that you will never see your children again? Not an attractive picture.

While my friend was accosted on a beautiful summer day while society was humming along just fine, most people have no inkling how bad things can get – and how fast they can get bad – when things start going to hell. I’ve witnessed first-hand how bad it can get and how fast it can get bad! When things go to hell, my friend’s encounter with a knife-wielding assailant might well seem like a walk in park!

If you are to be prepared, shouldn’t you be prepared for that too?

Using a firearm to defend yourself, your loved ones, or others, is not something you just suddenly do out of the blue when things get ugly. The skillful and effective use of a firearm under stress is not instinctive. If it were only that simple!

There’s a lot that goes into using a firearm effectively to save your life and thwart the vicious actions of those who are trying to harm you. Remember, in most cases the evildoer gets to act first – only then do we get to react. That means we’re already “behind the curve” by the time we are forced into action so we had better have an “ace in the hole” that will allow us to prevail.

That “ace” is mindset. Earlier I mentioned the “preparedness mindset”. That is made up of various sub-mindsets. I’ve commented on the “stock clerk inventory mindset” and the “get out of dodge when trouble strikes mindset”. Both of these are important for “preparedness” but they cannot be the end of it.

As much as we may not want to consider it, we must have a mindset that enables us to do instant and devastating violence in defense of self and/or loved ones.

On first blush that may be a disturbing thought. Do “instant and devastating violence” to another person! Hmmm. Not something that the average person is thrilled to consider, no less integrate into his worldview.

Here’s the good news: You don’t have to come to that mindset right now or even all at one time. There is a way to grow into it comfortably!

As odd as it may seem, the best way I know of to begin one’s transition to the needed mindset is to carry a pistol on your person on a daily basis!

For those of you who have never carried a pistol, this may seem backward. Instinct might tend to make you think that the proper order would be to acquire the mindset and then begin carrying the firearm. OK, then how/when/where, do you acquire the mindset?

Here’s the secret: The mindset is triggered by your conscious decision to carry a firearm and then it grows as you act on that decision.

Let me say right now that proper firearms training comes FIRST! And that’s OK because proper training is a part of “acting on your conscious decision to carry a gun”.

So what is “proper training”? Proper training is training that makes you highly proficient with your handgun. Proper training is not what is required to obtain a concealed carry permit (CCW) in most states. Most states require only that you are able to punch holes in a large stationary piece of paper on demand. How similar do imagine that is to fighting for your life against a living, thinking, moving, aggressive adversary? Exactly!

Next you will want to find a holster that works well for you. You will find that if you are planning to carry concealed [“open carry” is legal in some states] your wardrobe will suddenly shrink dramatically! Why? Because you did not buy your clothes with the intention of carry a concealed firearm and when you wear them with your handgun you will find that quite a lot of your wardrobe is unsuitable for wearing a firearm, no less concealing it! Just wait until you try to support your handgun with that nice slim attractive belt you’ve been wearing! You’ll get the point quickly enough!

So now you’ve got your pistol; you’ve got your holster; you’ve got your training; you’ve found some clothes that do a decent job of supporting the pistol and concealing it (if necessary) – so you’re ready to go!

If you are like most of people I know, you will experience a new and rather unusual feeling the first time you venture out into public wearing a loaded firearm. I say “unusual” because it will be a feeling you’ve never felt before. It feels good – or does it? You’ll be saying to yourself, “I’ve got the training. I feel confident in my ability. This is what I’ve trained for. Why do I feel so odd? What’s that weird feeling?”

Welcome to the world of true personal responsibility for your own safety and possibly the safety of others (depending on your temperament).

But that’s only a part of what is causing your odd feeling. The larger reason for that odd feeling is that there’s a thought hiding at the back of your consciousness. You feel it but you don’t immediately recognize it.

So what is it?

It is the realization that you now possess the power to do great harm to others. It is the reality that you have an entirely new level of power that can be quickly and easily exerted. It is the reality that with that power comes responsibility. It is the realization that you truly have the choice of acting morally or acting immorally – but either way, you have this awesome new power. It is a sobering moment.

One might imagine the feeling passes after a bit. It doesn’t – and that’s the point! That “sobering moment” continues as long as you wear the gun. It is the driving force behind the development of a new mindset! That sense of power – mated to your sense of personal responsibility – starts to change the way you look at everything and everyone. Some people might imagine that I’m describing something negative. Not at all. It’s a very positive and beneficial metamorphosis.

You’ll be amazed at the difference that starts to develop in you very quickly. Almost involuntarily you will feel yourself rising to this new level of responsibility! When you step out of your car in a parking lot you’ll find yourself glancing around; taking in your surroundings. When you enter a local restaurant the first thing you’ll do upon crossing the threshold is scan the patrons for anyone who might end up being a problem. You’ll find yourself choosing a seat from which you can watch the main door or keep an eye on any folks you may have identified as a potential problem.

People who haven’t yet experienced this new awareness may jump to the conclusion that this is somehow a burden and wonder why anyone would want to do those things. I can assure you that it is not a burden. In fact, these new behavior patterns seem to emerge without any effort at all!

It is actually a very liberating feeling. It is liberating because every person on Earth has an innate desire to feel free from the vile and immoral act of others. Who is that wants to be raped? Who is it that wants to be beaten up and robbed? Who is it that wants to be murdered or watch a loved one murdered? No one wants that, but despite this ingrained desire to be safe millions of Americans have been socialized to believe that somehow they cannot do the job on their own or that only a “professional” (i.e. someone from the government) can stand up successfully to those who would do violence to the innocent. While millions of Americans have been socialized to think that way, the concept remains utter nonsense and very destructive.

Once you have trained with your pistol and begin to carry it routinely you will feel that you are now – possibly for the first time – free from the threat of violence. That’s LIBERATING! You no longer need to simply accept being a victim if something unpleasant comes your way. You have options!

Interestingly, this new mindset is not about doing violence at all, even though you know you can if need be. Once you start carrying a firearm you will discover in short order that it is about not doing violence (unless someone else makes that an absolute necessity). In fact, every single person I know who carries a gun goes out of his/her way now to avoid potentially dangerous situations. An interesting aspect of the “responsibility” that attaches itself to the “power” is a heightened desire not to use it if it can be avoided. Consequently you’ll find yourself avoiding situations that you may not have avoided if you were unarmed. Strange but true!

And you can never “un-ring the bell”. Once you’ve experienced the liberation of carrying a handgun for moral and lawful purposes, you can never “un-know” that feeling. Interestingly, the heightened awareness of your surroundings will dissipate if you stop carrying the firearm. Common sense would cause most people to think that you’d be more cautious, and more alert, without a firearm on your person, but that isn’t the case. As that heightened sense of awareness and responsibility comes upon you when you begin carry a firearm, it dissipates over time if you stop carrying a firearm.

Clearly not everyone will experience the exact same feelings when carrying a firearm. As an example, women may have a somewhat different experience than men because God simply builds men and women different. Nevertheless, what I have described here is an accurate outline of what you can expect when you begin carrying a gun.

The act of carrying a firearm will create a new and important aspect of your “preparedness mindset”. It is an invaluable part of your preparedness plan. To believe that your Coleman lanterns, dehydrated foods, iodine tablets, etc., will result in your survival during a crisis, absent the mindset I have described to you here, is simply foolhardy. If you wish to live through a crisis situation you must not only prepare yourself for mere circumstance, but also for the evil that men do.

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Interference With Recording (as proposed by Dave Champion Dec 2, 2014)

Interference of Recording
Any peace officer who interferes with the recording of police in such circumstances as the recording does not interfere with the officers in the commission of their lawful duties is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor. Prosecutors are not permitted to offer a defendant officer a plea bargain who is charged with a misdemeanor or felony under this section.

Interferes, as used herein, means and includes any words or actions that would lead a reasonable person to conclude that recording the actions of the officer is illegal, otherwise impermissible, or must cease, or lays any consequence upon a person if he continues recording, or refuses to delete a recording made.

Seizure of Recording
Any peace officer who seizes without a warrant any recording or recording device that he believes contains the recording of peace officers in the commission of their duties shall be guilty of a felony.

Exemptions
Recordings of peace officers shall not permitted when interviewing rape or abuse victims.

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Proposed Constitutional Amendment on Limits on Government Weaponry – Dave Champion

Proposed Constitutional Amendment – Limits on Government Weaponry

Armed government officials operating within the states of the Union shall carry only semi-automatic weapons with a maximum magazine capacity of 10 rounds. Any government official armed with a weapon that fires, or can fire, in the full-auto mode, or can be converted to full-auto capability by simply changing or altering the weapon’s parts configuration, is guilty of a felony. The accused officer, state or federal, shall be tried in the courts of the state in which the violation occurred, and upon conviction shall serve a mandatory 10 year prison sentence in a state prison within the state where the violation occurred. Any armed government official who is found in possession of any magazine that holds more than 10 rounds is guilty of a misdemeanor, shall serve a mandatory 6 months in the jail in which the violation occurred, and shall be terminated from his government employment.

Armed government officials operating within the states of the Union shall not carry any weapon that accepts any round other than a standard 9×19 (9mm). Bullet weight shall not exceed 147 grains, velocity shall not exceed 1100 feet per second, and all rounds shall be Full Metal Jacket with a copper plating or copper drawn jacket and a lead core. Any government official accused of violating this provision shall be tried in the courts of the state in which the violation occurred, and upon conviction shall serve a mandatory 5 year prison sentence in a state prison within the state where the violation occurred.  Weapons of larger caliber may be employed only with a court order permitting such use for a specific action, at a specific time and place, against a specific person or persons concerning whom probable cause exists to believe has committed a felony.

Armed government officials operating within the states of the Union shall not use sound suppressors on their weapons without a prior court order permitting such use for a specific action, at a specific time and place, against a specific person or persons concerning whom probable cause exists to believe has committed a felony. Any government official accused of violating this provision shall be tried in the courts of the state in which the violation occurred, and upon conviction shall serve a mandatory 10 year prison sentence in a state prison within the state where the violation occurred. Sound suppressors may be used only with a court order permitting such use for a specific action, at a specific time and place, against a specific person or persons concerning whom probable cause exists to believe has committed a felony.

Any judge, state or federal, who authorizes the use of weapons that accept rounds larger than 9mm, or permits sound suppressors to be used, in a case in which probable cause did not exist to believe a felony had been committed shall be guilty of a felony. Once accused, the judge shall be tried in the courts of the state in which the violation occurred, and upon conviction shall serve a mandatory 7 year prison sentence in a state prison within the state where the violation occurred. Any judge who is convicted of attempting to issue a “blanket court order” not tied to a specific event actually taking place at that moment, shall be guilty of a felon, and upon conviction shall serve a mandatory 15 year prison sentence in a state prison within the state where the violation occurred.  A judge shall be immune from punishment, but not prosecution, under this provision if he can furnish sufficient evidence at trial to convince jurors that he was provided with inaccurate information by the official or officials seeking the warrant.

Any government official who provides false information to any judge for the purpose of securing any court order of any nature is guilty of a felony. Once accused, the official shall be tried in the courts of the state in which the violation occurred, and upon conviction shall serve a mandatory 5 year prison sentence in a state prison within the state where the violation occurred.

In addition to the penalties and punishments specified above, A government official found guilty of any of the offenses set forth above, shall never again hold government office or employment.

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Proposed Statutory Marriage Amendment

WHEREAS, citizens of the states of the Union have, amongst their almost innumerable unalienable rights, the right to contract and the right to choose their associates;

WHEREAS, marriage is thing of common right;

WHEREAS, marriage is a private and personal relationship between husband and wife;

WHEREAS, statutory marriage places the citizen parties to the contract on unequal and lesser legal footing with the state being the superior party of interest;

WHEREAS, statutory marriage provides the state, as superior party of interest, with control over the fruits of the contract;

WHEREAS, it is well settled that all statutory marriage statutes related to citizens are merely directory or optional;

WHEREAS, statutory marriage presents and affront to the dignity and reverence that should be afforded marriage;

WHEREAS, statutory marriage schemes are repugnant to a republican form of government which is guaranteed in this constitution;

THEREFORE, statutory marriage schemes are forevermore banned in this country, and no governmental body may be vested with or assume any jurisdiction to establish or operate in any manner, and to any degree, a statutory marriage scheme. Any scheme that forms a union of citizens under civil authority is also banned.

No government body, federal, state, or local shall have any authority to declare marriage unlawful unless such marriage arises out of one or more of the following: fraud or deception, prior existing marriage or marriages, inability of one or both parties to consent, or insufficient age of one or both parties.

Where a need arises for government to establish that a lawful marriage exists, governments shall accept as evidence sworn statements of the parties, a signed marriage contract, a signed marriage certificate, a sworn statement from the officiator,  sworn statements of witnesses, photographic evidence,  or any other reliable evidence that bears upon the matter.

Any official of government, federal, state, or local, who proposes or votes for any legislation, statute, law, or rule that would result in the adoption of a statutory marriage or civil union scheme shall be guilty of a felony and upon conviction imprisoned for 10 years. Upon conviction any government official found guilty under this amendment shall also be barred from any public office for life and forfeit any accrued benefits and pensions.

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Proposed Central Banking Amendment

WHEREAS, central banking systems have been shown to be detrimental to the liberty and unalienable rights of the Citizens and their property;

WHERAS, central banking systems pervert the sovereignty of nations;

WHEREAS, central banking systems are contrary to and operate against a guaranteed republican form of government;

WHEREAS, central banking systems directly contribute to erosion of the proper balance of power between the federal government and state governments;

WHEREAS, central banking systems directly contribute to erosion of the proper balance of power between federal, state, and local governments and the Citizens;

THEREFORE, central banking systems of any sort are forever banned in this country, and no governmental body may be vested with or assume any jurisdiction to establish or operate in any manner, and to any degree, a central banking system;

Any official of government, federal, state, or local, who proposes or votes for any legislation, statute, law, or rule that would result in the adoption of a central banking system in the presence of 10 or more persons may be seized, taken, and summarily executed without trial;

Any official of government, federal, state, or local, who attempts or succeeds in implementing any form of a central banking system under the guise of any legislation, statute, law, or rule shall be deemed to be a direct and hostile enemy of the people of this country and may be seized, taken, and summarily executed without trial.

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Notes:

1856 Democratic Party Platform

Source: http://www.wwnorton.com/college/history/archive/resources/documents/ch16_02.htm

“7. That Congress has no power to charter a national bank; that we believe such an institution one of deadly hostility to the best interests of this country, dangerous to our republican institutions and the liberties of the people, and calculated to place the business of the country within the control of a concentrated money power and above the laws and will of the people;”

“I wish it were possible to obtain a single amendment to our Constitution. I would be willing to depend on that alone for the reduction of the administration of our government; I mean an additional article taking from the Federal Government the power of borrowing. I now deny their power of making paper money or anything else a legal tender.” -Thomas Jefferson to John Taylor, 1798. ME 10:64

“I sincerely believe that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies, and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale.” -Thomas Jefferson to John Taylor, May 28, 1816

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Workplace Protection and Accountability Act – Model State Legislation

This is a draft version of model legislation to be used to provide remedy to employees who are injured, incapacitated, or killed as a result of being deprived of their unalienable right to self-defense in the workplace.

House Bill__ or Senate Bill__

 Workplace Protection and Accountability Act of 201_

201_ GENERAL SESSION

State of __________

Chief Sponsor: _________________

Sponsor in House/Senate:_____________________

Purpose: To provide for the protection by means of self-defense of employees within the state of _________.

 Legislative Intent: The legislature recognizes two rights within this bill: the unalienable right of employees of self-defense and the right of employers to create and enforce policies within the workplace. This bill respects the right of employers by holding the employer accountable and responsible for the exercise of said rights while at the same time providing a legal remedy to those employees and families of employees who have been injured, incapacitated, or killed due to the policies of the employer that prevented the employee from exercising their unalienable right of self-defense while in the workplace.

 Subsection A

Any employee who is injured in an act of workplace violence and who was prevented by his employer from carrying and using a suitable weapon with which to swiftly and efficiently exercise the right of self-defense has automatic standing to bring a civil action in state court for compensation.

 Subsection B

Any family member of a person killed as a result of an act of workplace violence in which the employee was prevented by his employer from carrying and using a suitable weapon with which to swiftly and efficiently exercise the right of self-defense has automatic standing to bring a civil action in state court for compensation. Any family member of an employee shall have standing to bring a civil action in state court for compensation in cases where the employee has become incapacitated as a result of workplace violence in which the employee was prevented by his employer from carrying and using a suitable weapon with which to swiftly and efficiently exercise the right of self-defense and the employee is unable to bring a civil action in their own capacity or on their own behalf.

 Subsection C

The civil code of the state of _________ shall be amended to provide for a cause of action known as deprivation of the right of self-defense. This cause of action may be brought by any employee under Subsection A or any family member under Subsection B. Deprivation of the right of self-defense shall have been deemed to have occurred if the employer has any policy in effect, or the employer commits any act that would lead a person of reasonable judgment to believe that a policy, written or unwritten, exists which prohibits or in any way penalizes an employee for bearing personal arms during the hours of his employment.

(By Dave Champion – April 27, 2010 – http://archives.davechampionshow.com/Champion_1_042710_150000.mp3)

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