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One American, 2014

eagle2013 was a tough year for freedom, here in America and around the world.  But as we saw with the crisis in Syria, we will be heard when we stand up collectively and say, “No!”  Thwarting the globalist agenda in Syria was a small victory in a year where liberty took some major blows.  As we head into another year of looming financial and environmental disasters, corrupt politics and massive media distractions, I thought it important to reflect on the reasons I started this blog back in August.  Already, 2014 promises to be a touchstone year for how this battle will play out.  Fukushima is near total meltdown with the Earth basking in deadly radiation, teenagers mindlessly rampage throughout suburbia and an “unknown” virus is on the loose.  Meanwhile, the dear leader is conveniently on a two-week family vacation in Hawaii playing golf.  We must, as a nation and a species, wake up from our trance!

“Governments fall from sheer indifference.  Authority figures deprived of the vampiric energy they suck off their constituents are seen for what they are: dead, empty masks manipulated by computers.  And what is behind the computers?  Remote control, of course.  Look at the prison you are in- we are all in.   This is a penal colony that is now a death camp, the place of the second and final death.”

– William S. Burroughs, The Western Lands

08/24/13: One American (An Introduction)

With politics more divisive than ever, it’s nothing special when another political blog pops up featuring the hallmark, “I want my country back!” rant.  It’s just another red-state, right-wing, rifle-toting redneck who somehow managed to figure his way ‘round the internet, right?  Or, it’s one of these regular, disenfranchised, middle-aged white guys just looking out for their families, who turn into raging xenophobes when their wallet is targeted.  Except, if you read a little further, you’ll see I don’t quite fit these profiles, and that’s important.  Because those who seek to control you want you to believe there is no common ground among the American people; they want our country polarized and divided, because it serves their purposes.

I was born in 1975 and grew up in a working-class family in the San Francisco Bay Area.  My dad was a Portuguese immigrant and my mom was born in Mississippi to Scotch-Irish parents.  Upon their families converging in California, they met and married.  My dad was a Teamster and drove a forklift.  My mom became a teacher and also worked at a semiconductor fab in Silicon Valley.  Our household was white, blue-collar and Democrat.  Ours was that mythical, normal, suburban life.  You know, Cub Scouts, soccer, skateboards and Nintendo.  We shared that lifestyle with families from many different backgrounds:  Black, Filipino, Korean, Mexican, Indian, Chinese, Vietnamese, etc.  And on Independence Day, we would all have block parties, barbeques, water balloon fights and shoot off fireworks together.  We were the melting pot.

As a teen, I was repulsed by politics and politicians.  I was spiritually minded, introspective and non-competitive; I leaned about as far left as possible in my manner of thinking.  Eventually, I reasoned I should be a good citizen and participate in the election process, so I cast my first vote for Bill Clinton, who defeated Bob Dole (and Ross Perot) in 1996.  In the 2000 election, not impressed with either George Bush or Al Gore, I voted for Ralph Nader on the Green Party ticket.  The events of September 11, 2001 changed my trajectory.  I remember wondering to myself that day why our jets weren’t in the air within hours.  Why the delay?  I started to open my eyes, but not in the way you might be inclined to think.  I didn’t develop a fear of Osama Bin Laden or Muslims.  Living in the Bay Area gifted me with great cultural diversity.  I had friends and classmates who were Muslim.  I studied world religions in college and as a personal interest.  I read poetry by Rumi.  When the Bush Administration decided to invade Iraq in 2003, despite no evidence of weapons of mass destruction, I started having serious doubts about the true motives of our government.  I remember the distinct feeling that something was wrong while watching the media coverage of the “shock and awe” bombardment of Baghdad.  In 2004, I voted for John Kerry and in 2008, I voted for Barack Obama, disillusioned with the declining state of the nation under Bush, but hopeful.  In 2012, I decided not to give Obama my vote for a second term and instead voted for Gary Johnson, candidate for the Libertarian Party.

The truth is, I’m not a Libertarian.  I’m not a Liberal.  I’m not a Conservative.  I’m not a Progressive.  I’m not a Democrat or a Republican.  I’m not the Tea Party.  I’m not a Socialist, a Communist or a Capitalist.  I’m not an environmentalist.  I’m not Occupy.  I’m not Anonymous.  I’m not an anarchist.  I’m not a conspiracy-theorist.  I’m not LGBT.  I’m not a Portuguese-Scotch-Irish-American.  In other words, I don’t have an agenda.  I am One American.  And I don’t own a gun… yet.

Without disparaging these groups, I have to ask, why are we, as a nation of individuals, so inclined to identify ourselves so narrowly?  Liberals are not liberal and Conservatives are not conservative.  I started this blog, in part, to demonstrate that despite our differences and contrary to what the media conditions you to believe, we all have a lot more in common.  And, we all have a lot at stake.  I am proud to be an American.  I love American culture.  I love American values.  I don’t believe in “tolerance” I believe in celebrating and embracing diversity.  I love all people.  I believe in family.  I believe in humanity.  I believe in love and compassion.  I believe in freedom.

Fully acknowledging the many blemishes on the history of the United States of America and the imperfections of the men who founded our country and wrote the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, the ideals that we, as Americans, value and aspire to are noble and unmatched in the history of Western civilization.  The values of liberty, truth and justice are worth fighting for.  The errors of the past and present should be held up to this light and made right.  Even if one argues that the Constitution was not originally meant to protect Natives, or Blacks or women or immigrants, it shall, by will of the people.  The problem is, the idea of “government of the people, by the people, for the people” is rapidly being washed awayOur ability to function as a free nation will end if we do not identify the true enemies of freedom and stop them.  In America, the idea of representative government has been usurped by subservience to special interest groups, the military-industrial complex, multi-national corporations and banks.  In this type of society you are not a citizen, you are a subject.

The First Amendment of the Constitution guarantees my freedom of speech.  Despite this, for what I have just written in these few paragraphs, I can now be targeted by our government as a potential terrorist.  That should be disturbing to anyone reading this blog.  In fact, to be considered a terrorist, you no longer need to express disdain for the government, you merely need to proclaim support for the Constitution or the Bill of Rights.  If you’re a veteran returning from war or you proudly display the American flag, you’re dangerous.  I have always been an independent thinker.  As such, I have witnessed my own philosophy and world view morph several times.  Now it’s beginning to crystallize.  My core values and beliefs, those which have been constant throughout, have triggered an alarm inside me.  I am distraught.  Even I, not being a member of any Tea Party group, not owning a gun, not being particularly religious, can see the injustice of the IRS targeting conservative groups.  Perhaps you think this is ok, since you don’t agree with Tea Party politics.  But the fact of the matter is, wrong is wrong.  It is not politically relative.  They’re coming for everyone, eventually.  They’re coming for you too.

Those crying “I want my country back” can’t be so narrowly categorized anymore.  We’re not all “bitter clingers” or “joe sixpacks”.  We are students, engineers, laborers, farmers, veterans, journalists, police officers, taxi drivers, scientists, artists, musicians, entrepreneurs, truckers, doctors, teachers, designers, athletes, mechanics, small business owners- people from all walks of life and ethnic backgrounds.

Ironically, in 2004 I stood on a street corner in Northern California with my wife, who is Lakota, and our newborn daughter holding a sign reading “Iraq Lies Cost Lives”.  Even in “liberal” California I was cursed at and threatened.  It distresses me to see people who so vehemently opposed the Iraq War and then President George W. Bush, now lining up in support of President Obama, when he has only extended and deepened Bush’s abuses of executive power.  We are a label-handicapped society.  Is this irrational support of Obama because he’s a Democrat?  Is it because he’s a Liberal?  Is it because he’s Black?  Now, as I witness liberty groups, defenders of the Constitution, gun owners and people opposing President Obama’s policies being labeled as racists and potential terrorists, I have to wonder, who do they think we are?  If you and I are the enemy, who are they?

Originally published: 08/24/13

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Who Are “They”?

manBe sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.

[1 Peter 5:8]

You may notice I use the pronoun “they” frequently.  Perhaps that’s sloppy journalism.  No problem.  According to Senator Dianne Feinstein, I’m not a real journalist anyways, because I didn’t go to school to earn a degree in Journalism and I’m not employed by a mainstream media corporation.  By this twisted logic, she argues that I’m not protected by the “freedom of the press” clause in the First Amendment of the Constitution.  No problem.  I’m still protected by the “freedom of speech” clause.  Of course this is just one more attempt to weaken the Bill of Rights and further suppress dissenting voices, this time by attacking bloggers and independent media.  Regardless, I do possess a sense of journalistic integrity and I feel obligated to provide as much for my readers.  So who are “they”?  Is Dianne Feinstein among their ranks?

What is a good definition of “they”?  If you happen to listen to Alex Jones, you’ll hear him refer to “globalists” a lot, which is less vague, but I tend to avoid that term. The globalists Alex Jones exposes are not the kum-ba-ya, one-love, utopian types, they’re more like the psychopathic, evil, world-domination types.  When I think of globalists, I think of hippies.  But clearly, “they” are not hippies, or ex-hippies even, although many masquerade as Liberals.  Maybe globalism doesn’t sound threatening enough.

Up until recently I viewed the idea of world government as a necessary and positive progression of civilization; moving away from Nationalism toward a more global, human community.  Once that was accomplished, I figured, the human species could then begin to solve the problems that have plagued us for centuries: war, famine, disease, poverty, etc.  The United Nations was a step in the right direction, naturally.  And, in a few hundred years perhaps we’d inhabit a universe like Star Trek, where these problems are long gone for the human race and what constitutes scandalous behavior is a starship Captain procuring a special vintage of real alcohol, racing off at warp eight to save a doomed planet, defying the Prime Directive of non-interference.  The prognosis?  Grim.  What would it take to unite the world?  An alien invasion?  A global catastrophe?  These are questions “they” have surely considered.

“They” are not the people of the world.  The people of the world have always languished under authoritarian control, in every era, in every place on Earth.  “They” are not strictly the civilian governments or politicians or business people of the world.  “They” are not the rich.  “They” are not the whites.  “They” are not American.  “They” are not you, or me.  “They” are a hard group to identify, but there are clues.  The clues are in their actions.  Their actions reveal who they serve, as enemies of mankind.  In this sense, “they” are individuals and groups of individuals, working surreptitiously to undermine humanity and enslave us for the sole benefit of themselves, and are found operating in all sectors of society.

The enemies of mankind are deceitful.  Often their actions are in direct contrast to their rhetoric.  We find many examples of this in the federal government.  For example, if they really wanted to win the so-called “war on drugs” then they would stop using the CIA to manage the drug trade, importing illicit drugs into the country.  They would legalize marijuana, thereby slashing the power of the drug cartels along the Mexican border.  But the “war on drugs” is too lucrative.  So is the “war on terror” and the innumerable other conflicts being waged around the world.  If they were truly interested in peace and stability, then they would stop supporting unpopular, despotic leaders as long as they are malleable to American interests, and they would stop using radicals to stir up tensions and spark revolts in those same countries when they need to install a new puppet they can control.  “They” play both sides.  The past century is replete with examples of the CIA manipulating political outcomes in other countries: Greece, Iran, Guatemala, Vietnam, Laos, Haiti, Congo, Ecuador, Bolivia, Cambodia, El Salvador, Panama and Iraq- just to name a few.

Little has changed in the twenty-first century.  Our leaders speak about spreading freedom and democracy while systematically toppling democratically elected leaders around the world.  They portray themselves as humanitarians rushing to the aid of the oppressed, while ignoring human rights abuses and genocide.  Why?  Because “they” hold positions of power and influence within the civilian government.  George W. Bush said in remarks about his presidential legacy, “I surrounded myself with good people… I carefully considered the advice of smart, capable people and made tough decisions.”  Even our President is a puppet “they” control.  If you’re not particularly bright when it comes to foreign policy or economics, you merely appoint advisers and “experts” to your Cabinet who make those tough decisions for you.  These “experts” are more accurately cronies– former defense contractors, pharmaceutical and biotech industry leaders and Wall Street bankers- who are not elected by the American people and therefore do not have the American people’s interests in mind.  “They” are totally unaccountable to the people and are frequently behind such legislative monstrosities as the Affordable Care Act, which has little to do with providing affordable healthcare and everything to do with expanding the federal government’s control over our lives.  If they really wanted to help rescue the nation’s healthcare system, the FDA would stop allowing poisons to be added to our food and water supply.  They would stop approving drugs and vaccines that destroy our body’s immune and neurological systems.  They would stop harassing companies that produce natural remedies and doctors who promote nutrition to prevent diseases like cancer, heart disease and diabetes.  They would stop legislating against home gardens and farmer’s markets.

The list of problems that could be righted by eliminating this corrupt influence is long.  If they wanted to help relieve the pressure on the failing and overcrowded public education system, they would encourage more homeschooling, instead of seeking to ban it in states like California.  If they wanted to bolster homeland security against terrorist threats and foreign invasions, they would encourage the proliferation of civilian militias instead of seeking to limit the Second Amendment and treating American citizens like criminals.  If they wanted to empower citizens against disasters, both natural and man-made, they would encourage self-reliance, survival skills and preparation, instead of targeting preppers and survivalists and building FEMA camps to imprison the population in the event of chaos and civil unrest.  If they wanted to create jobs, they would stop forcing manufacturing companies to leave for China, India and Mexico, and small business growth to stagnate because of draconian federal regulation and taxation.

What do they want then?  Nothing short of complete control.

Call them globalists or authoritarians or criminals.  Call them evil, call them satanic if you must.  But follow the money and examine the legislation they support.  These clues will help identify who “they” are.  The United States government is not the only example of an institution that has been infiltrated.  Many private companies, non-profit organizations, universities, churches and nations of the world are in the grip of corruption.  The myth of the United Nations as a means of achieving global harmony is crumbling.    Standing in the way of their agenda will help defeat them and restore freedom and self-rule to the people of the planet.

Be sober.  Be vigilant.


One American (An Introduction)

we_the_peopleWith politics more divisive than ever, it’s nothing special when another political blog pops up featuring the hallmark, “I want my country back!” rant.  It’s just another red-state, right-wing, rifle-toting redneck who somehow managed to figure his way ‘round the internet, right?  Or, it’s one of these regular, disenfranchised, middle-aged white guys just looking out for their families, who turn into raging xenophobes when their wallet is targeted.  Except, if you read a little further, you’ll see I don’t quite fit these profiles, and that’s important.  Because those who seek to control you want you to believe there is no common ground among the American people; they want our country polarized and divided, because it serves their purposes.

I was born in 1975 and grew up in a working-class family in the San Francisco Bay Area.  My dad was a Portuguese immigrant and my mom was born in Mississippi to Scotch-Irish parents.  Upon their families converging in California, they met and married.  My dad was a Teamster and drove a forklift.  My mom became a teacher and also worked at a semiconductor fab in Silicon Valley.  Our household was white, blue-collar and Democrat.  Ours was that mythical, normal, suburban life.  You know, Cub Scouts, soccer, skateboards and Nintendo.  We shared that lifestyle with families from many different backgrounds:  Black, Filipino, Korean, Mexican, Indian, Chinese, Vietnamese, etc.  And on Independence Day, we would all have block parties, barbeques, water balloon fights and shoot off fireworks together.  We were the melting pot.

As a teen, I was repulsed by politics and politicians.  I was spiritually minded, introspective and non-competitive; I leaned about as far left as possible in my manner of thinking.  Eventually, I reasoned I should be a good citizen and participate in the election process, so I cast my first vote for Bill Clinton, who defeated Bob Dole (and Ross Perot) in 1996.  In the 2000 election, not impressed with either George Bush or Al Gore, I voted for Ralph Nader on the Green Party ticket.  The events of September 11, 2001 changed my trajectory.  I remember wondering to myself that day why our jets weren’t in the air within hours.  Why the delay?  I started to open my eyes, but not in the way you might be inclined to think.  I didn’t develop a fear of Osama Bin Laden or Muslims.  Living in the Bay Area gifted me with great cultural diversity.  I had friends and classmates who were Muslim.  I studied world religions in college and as a personal interest.  I read poetry by Rumi.  When the Bush Administration decided to invade Iraq in 2003, despite no evidence of weapons of mass destruction, I started having serious doubts about the true motives of our government.  I remember the distinct feeling that something was wrong while watching the media coverage of the “shock and awe” bombardment of Baghdad.  In 2004, I voted for John Kerry and in 2008, I voted for Barack Obama, disillusioned with the declining state of the nation under Bush, but hopeful.  In 2012, I decided not to give Obama my vote for a second term and instead voted for Gary Johnson, candidate for the Libertarian Party.

The truth is, I’m not a Libertarian.  I’m not a Liberal.  I’m not a Conservative.  I’m not a Progressive.  I’m not a Democrat or a Republican.  I’m not the Tea Party.  I’m not a Socialist, a Communist or a Capitalist.  I’m not an environmentalist.  I’m not Occupy.  I’m not Anonymous.  I’m not an anarchist.  I’m not a conspiracy-theorist.  I’m not LGBT.  I’m not a Portuguese-Scotch-Irish-American.  In other words, I don’t have an agenda.  I am One American.  And I don’t own a gun… yet.

Without disparaging these groups, I have to ask, why are we, as a nation of individuals, so inclined to identify ourselves so narrowly?  Liberals are not liberal and Conservatives are not conservative.  I started this blog, in part, to demonstrate that despite our differences and contrary to what the media conditions you to believe, we all have a lot more in common.  And, we all have a lot at stake.  I am proud to be an American.  I love American culture.  I love American values.  I don’t believe in “tolerance” I believe in celebrating and embracing diversity.  I love all people.  I believe in family.  I believe in humanity.  I believe in love and compassion.  I believe in freedom.

Fully acknowledging the many blemishes on the history of the United States of America and the imperfections of the men who founded our country and wrote the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, the ideals that we, as Americans, value and aspire to are noble and unmatched in the history of Western civilization.  The values of liberty, truth and justice are worth fighting for.  The errors of the past and present should be held up to this light and made right.  Even if one argues that the Constitution was not originally meant to protect Natives, or Blacks or women or immigrants, it shall, by will of the people.  The problem is, the idea of “government of the people, by the people, for the people” is rapidly being washed awayOur ability to function as a free nation will end if we do not identify the true enemies of freedom and stop them.  In America, the idea of representative government has been usurped by subservience to special interest groups, the military-industrial complex, multi-national corporations and banks.  In this type of society you are not a citizen, you are a subject.

The First Amendment of the Constitution guarantees my freedom of speech.  Despite this, for what I have just written in these few paragraphs, I can now be targeted by our government as a potential terrorist.  That should be disturbing to anyone reading this blog.  In fact, to be considered a terrorist, you no longer need to express disdain for the government, you merely need to proclaim support for the Constitution or the Bill of Rights.  If you’re a veteran returning from war or you proudly display the American flag, you’re dangerous.  I have always been an independent thinker.  As such, I have witnessed my own philosophy and world view morph several times.  Now it’s beginning to crystallize.  My core values and beliefs, those which have been constant throughout, have triggered an alarm inside me.  I am distraught.  Even I, not being a member of any Tea Party group, not owning a gun, not being particularly religious, can see the injustice of the IRS targeting conservative groups.  Perhaps you think this is ok, since you don’t agree with Tea Party politics.  But the fact of the matter is, wrong is wrong.  It is not politically relative.  They’re coming for everyone, eventually.  They’re coming for you too.

Those crying “I want my country back” can’t be so narrowly categorized anymore.  We’re not all “bitter clingers” or “joe sixpacks”.  We are students, engineers, laborers, farmers, veterans, journalists, police officers, taxi drivers, scientists, artists, musicians, entrepreneurs, truckers, doctors, teachers, designers, athletes, mechanics, small business owners- people from all walks of life and ethnic backgrounds.

Ironically, in 2004 I stood on a street corner in Northern California with my wife, who is Lakota, and our newborn daughter holding a sign reading “Iraq Lies Cost Lives”.  Even in “liberal” California I was cursed at and threatened.  It distresses me to see people who so vehemently opposed the Iraq War and then President George W. Bush, now lining up in support of President Obama, when he has only extended and deepened Bush’s abuses of executive power.  We are a label-handicapped society.  Is this irrational support of Obama because he’s a Democrat?  Is it because he’s a Liberal?  Is it because he’s Black?  Now, as I witness liberty groups, defenders of the Constitution, gun owners and people opposing President Obama’s policies being labeled as racists and potential terrorists, I have to wonder, who do they think we are?  If you and I are the enemy, who are they?