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I’m still musing over the exchange that blogger Pooka — of Lord and Hearth — and I had on the Fourth of July about personal liberties.

One thing I forgot to mention was the brief exchange in a very hot Philadelphia between Benjamin Franklin and an acquaintance of his, whom he met in passing one day.  ‘So what have you given us, Mr Franklin?’ she enquired.  ‘A republic, madam’, he replied, ‘if you can keep it’.  Our Founding Fathers fought to the last detail to ensure that the newly-born United States of America had the best and most viable form of government in the world.  Can American citizens keep it?  That is the question today.

As it happens, I ran across a page by George Gordon, an American free man in the truest (and, it would appear, quite legal) sense of the word who has studied not only civil law but also Mosaic Law.  He now teaches both.  More from him follows in this post.

Mr Gordon’s counterpart on this side of the Atlantic is undoubtedly Captain Ranty – Lawful Rebel who has dissected the Magna Carta and English law.  (Occasional language alert.)  This is Ranty’s surprising take on Independence DayThis comment in particular may astound many, but perhaps not Mr Gordon, whose site, I’ll admit, I haven’t read in detail. Emphases mine throughout. (Today’s graphic, by the way, is a cushion designed by Jane Hornsby — click on the image for more information.)

You might also want to read this (humongous) post:

http://captainranty.blogspot.com/2010/11/greatest-lie-ever-told.html

Which contains this titbit:

1776 is the year that will truly live in infamy for all Americans. It is the year that the Crown Colonies became legal Crown States. The Declaration of Independence was a legal, not lawful, document. It was signed on both sides by representatives of the Crown Temple. Legally, it announced the status quo of the Crown Colonies to that of the new legal name called “States” as direct possessive estates of the Crown (see the definitions above to understand the legal trickery that was done).

The American people were hoodwinked into thinking they were declaring lawful independence from the Crown. Proof that the Colonies are still in Crown possession is the use of the word “State” to signify a “legal estate of possession.” Had this been a document of and by the people, both the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution would have been written using the word “states”. By the use of “State,” the significance of a government of estate possession was legally established. All of the North American States are Crown Templar possessions through their legal document, signed by their representation of both parties to the contract, known as the Constitution of the United States of America.

All “Constitutional Rights” in America are simply those dictated by the Crown Temple and enforced by the Middle Inn Templars (Bar Attorners) through their franchise and corporate government entity, the federal United States Government. When a “State Citizen” attempts to invoke his “constitutional”, natural, or common law “rights” in Chancery (equity courts), he is told they don’t apply. Why? Simply because a State citizen has no rights outside of the Rule and Codes of Crown “law”. Only a state citizen has natural and common law rights by the paramount authority of God’s Law.

The people who comprise the citizenry of a state are recognised only within natural and common law as is already established by God’s Law. Only a State Citizen can be a party to an action within a State Court. A common state citizen cannot be recognised in that court because he doesn’t legally exist in Crown Chancery Courts. In order to be recognised in their State Courts, the common man must be converted to that of a corporate or legal entity (a legal fiction).

Now you know why they create such an entity using all capital letters within Birth Certificates issued by the State. They convert the common lawful man of God into a fictional legal entity subject to Administration by State Rules, Orders and Codes (there is no “law” within any Rule or Code). Of course, Rules, Codes, etc. do not apply to the lawful common man of the Lord of lords, so the man with inherent Godly law and rights must be converted into a legal “Person” of fictional “status” (another legal term) in order for their legal – but completely unlawful – State Judiciary (Chancery Courts) to have authority over him. Chancery Courts are tribunal courts where the decisions of “justice” are decided by 3 “judges”. This is a direct result of the Crown Temple having invoked their Rule and Code over all judicial courts.”

Now back to George Gordon. One of his webpages asks this question — are you a practicising Communist?  Read the 10 planks below from Karl Marx’s The Communist Manifesto and score yourself 10 points for each which affects you personally.  He reckons that Americans (and I would add other Westerners) will score a minimum of 50.  Gordon offers Old Testament verses at the link, for those seeking Scriptural counterpoints and guidance.

In 1848, [K]arl Marx, at the age of 30, entered a competition sponsored by the International Socialist Union of Paris, France. His submission was the 10 Planks of the Communist Manifesto, which won. The rest, as they say, is history.

The First Plank is relatively simple: Abolition of property in land, and application of all rents of land to public purposes. Let’s see what we have in America today. In Idaho alone, 64% of the state is public land, held ‘in trust’ by either the state or the federal government. If you or I want to use that land, we have to go to the appropriate agency and rent it or pay royalties on anything we remove from it or pay ‘use fees’ if all we want to do is go camping. This money goes into the agency’s treasury and from there to the state or federal treasury. In addition to the rental of public lands, there are taxes on private property. Using Idaho as our example, if 64% is ‘public’ land, then 36% must be ‘private’ land, right? Wrong! The state levies a property tax on such ‘private’ land, and if you don’t pay, orders a tax sale to get its money from you one way or the other. If you don’t pay, you lose the land. Sound like all the term ‘property owner’ means is ‘property renter’? The conclusion is clear: We’ve lost our right to property in land in allodial freehold, and have been reduced to nothing more than feudal serfs, living on the king’s land and paying our land use fees in the form of taxes …

And, if you ask, ‘How should things be?’ let me quote from Scripture, where in Leviticus 25:23 it says: ‘The land shall not be sold forever for the land is mine; for ye are strangers and sojourners with me.’ Quite a difference from … such things as ’eminent domain.’

Moving on to the Second Plank, we read: A heavy progressive, or graduated, income tax. Talk about simple to figure out. Just ask your neighbor if there’s an income tax. The Federal government and all but 5 (at last count) state governments impose some form of income tax. I rest my case …

The Third Plank is also a fairly short one: Abolition of all right of inheritance. Yet, most people will say, ‘Oh, that’s not in force. I know because my Aunt Matilda just died and left me some money.’ My question is: How much did she leave you, and how much did she leave the State? The reason the State gets into the picture is almost always the result of a marriage license. When you sign that short little form, you’ve entered into a 3 party limited general partnership with you, your spouse and the State as equal partners. Over the life of the contract, the two active parties (husband and wife) work, create and produce things, such as money, children, property of all kinds, etc. Then one day, your spouse dies and, after you bury them, you sit down to see what you have. Around this time, someone from the State knocks on the door saying there’s a small matter of inheritance tax. What they’re really saying is: I’m still a partner, the partnership hasn’t been dissolved, I want out, so buy me out. The State figures that it’s paid for the kids’ education, school lunches, AFDC [welfare to dependent children], etc. etc. etc. so they’ve done their part in making the partnership work. All they want is their third. Which, when you look at most inheritance taxes, means you pay from 28% to 35% of the estate to Uncle Sam, or his duly appointed representative …

Going to the Fourth Plank, we read: Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels. Need time to think about that? While you are, think about Waco, Ruby Ridge, the Montana Freemen… well, you get the idea. This is called, in legalese, ‘municipal police power’ and means that if you get hostile and belligerent to the government, they can take everything away from you under the guise of IRS liens, tax levies, seizures, fines, and anything else they can think of… And, if you’re still mad, and complaining? Then they get to throw you in jail

Looking at the Fifth Plank, we read: Centralization of credit in the hands of the State by means of a national bank with State capital and an exclusive monopoly. Ever hear of the Federal Reserve system. That’s not real money floating around out there. Read what it says at the top: Federal Reserve NOTE! As in promissory note. There’s precious little ‘real’ money left out there. It might not be too much longer before we move beyond that and straight into electronic money, completely controlled by the banks, who ultimately answer to the Fed. We’re on our way with things like credit cards, checking cards, debit cards, direct deposit, etc. Looks like #5 has been in effect since around 1913.

Going to the Sixth Plank, we find: Centralization of the means of communication and transport in the hands of the State. Let’s see, we have driver’s licenses, vehicle registration, vehicle licensing, and that’s just ‘private’ transportation. If you look at ‘public’ transportation like planes, trains and buses, do you have any doubt that if the government says ‘Jump’ they don’t ask ‘How high?’ And let’s not even think about communications. The Internet community is just the latest to get hit with the heavy hand of government regulation. People who wouldn’t normally even acknowledge each other’s existence are on the same side, fighting to retain freedom of expression on the Net. TV, radio, cable, newspapers – they all bow to the mighty FCC. And Executive Orders #10995 and #10999 are just waiting to be signed, giving the government open and direct control over transportation and the media …

Now, the Seventh Plank is a bit more complex: Extension of factories and instruments of production owned by the State, the bringing into cultivation of waste lands, and the improvement of the soil generally in accordance with a common plan. Let’s examine this one item by item. Now about the extension of factories and instruments of production owned by the State. Most people would go, ‘Oh, you mean like those big Russian factories. We don’t have that here. We have GM, Ford, US Steel. They’re all privately owned.’ Or are they? Each and every factory in the US operates and exists on the sufferance of the government, which licenses and regulates their existence and activities in return for a portion of the proceeds (called taxes). I think that qualifies as ownership. And we’ve certainly expanded the number of factories and corporations in the US over the past 150 years. As to the bringing into cultivation of wastelands, how many of you have seen the dams on the Colorado River, just to name one river? While they do produce electricity, ask any rancher or farmer out there what their main purpose is, and he’ll tell you: water for irrigation. In that part of the west it’s: No water, no farms. So, they’ve done that part too. As for the improvement of the soil generally, in accordance with a common plan, how many of you have ever heard of the ASC (Agricultural Stabilization Center)? Any rural county has one of their offices; their job is to hand out government information, funds and materials to help with the general improvement of the American farm. And how many farmers have taken part in government programs ranging from paid non-cultivation of land to low-interest loans for ‘general land improvement’ (provided you do it their way, of course)? I think we can consider that covered as well …

The Eighth Plank reads: Equal liability of all to labor, establishment of industrial armies, especially for agriculture. How many listened to President Clinton at that Volunteer Summit? Especially when he said that to be a good citizen you had to get a job and pay taxes? How about last year’s ‘workfare’ bill, where to get money from the government, you have to work? I’m not saying the idea of working is wrong, but the government is implementing it so that you have to work on their terms such as by having insurance, a SSN, filling out a 1040 each April. And those industrial armies? Go back to the 1930s and look at things like the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) and the WPA (Works Project Administration). How about today’s Americorps?

The Ninth Plank is one of the most ambitious: Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries; gradual abolition of the distinction between town and country by a more equitable distribution of population over the country. This needs to be handled in two parts. The first is relatively simple. Ever hear of Archer Daniel Midland? Visited a major dairy or meat outfit recently? Between the multinational agri-conglomerates and the ‘factory’ farms you see, that part’s been done for decades now. the second half is a little more difficult to see. While you may think that it’s not been implemented, because there are still cities and still rural areas, let’s look again. In 1920, the US population was about 100 million and the number of people living on farms was about 44 million, so nearly half the population was on a farm or in some other rural setting. By 1940, the population on farms had dropped to 32 million. In 1950, 15 million. 1970, 6 million. 1985, 3 million. And the estimate is that by 2000 there will be roughly 100,000 farmers or agribusiness corporations producing all agricultural products in the US. And cities have also taken a hit in terms of the overall population. While some cities have grown, like LA, others like Chicago, St. Louis, Dallas, etc. have actually lost population over the past 40 years. The result: the ubiquitous suburbs, neither urban nor rural but, originally, a blend of both. This is the result of the largest population migration since the Middle Ages. So, the Ninth Plank is firmly in operation today.

At last we reach the tenth Plank: Free Education for all children in public schools; abolition of children’s factory labor in its present form; combination of education with industrial production. Did you attend public school? How about your kids? What most people don’t realize is that even so-called ‘private’ schools, and their curriculum, are government controlled these days. Any school that accepts government funding has to abide by government strictures. The first public schools were founded in the 1830s and, as late [as] WWI, they weren’t too common outside the big cities. Now, they’re everywhere, and non-public school education is the fast-fading exception to the rule. As for the abolition of children’s factory labor in its present form, the government took care of that before WWI. They just shipped the concept of child factory labor overseas. And combining education with industrial production? Well, the US is thinking of following the Japanese and Germans, where you take a test designed to see what your potential is and, if you don’t score high enough, they ship you to the nearest factory for a nice apprentice education. Model programs have already been set up in some big cities. Looks like this one’s been around for a while too …

And Scripture? Read Deuteronomy 4:9-10: ‘Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life, but teach them thy sons, and thy son’s sons; specially the day that thou stoodest before the Lord thy God in Horeb, when the Lord said unto me, Gather me the people together, and I will make them hear my words, that they may learn to fear me all the days that they shall live upon the earth, and that they may teach their children.’

I scored 60 on the test.  What about you?

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