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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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Don’t Worry Barry, You’re Safe.

obamaOn November 19th, three days before the fiftieth anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, somebody by the name of Everest Wilhelmsen posted an apparent threat against President Obama on his Facebook page:

“We now have authority to shoot Obama, i.e., to kill him. His willful violations and alienation of our Constitution, constant disregard for our peaceful protests and corruption of all the three branches of government, (i.e., rogue and illegitimate government), reveal the dictator that he is. Obama and his co-conspirators disrespect our Constitution (constitutional rule of law) and abuse the American people.  The authority to kill Obama comes from the 2nd Amendment of our Constitution: He is levying war on the United States and aiding and comforting our foreign enemies – the 2nd Amendment gives us the right and duty (authority) to engage an enemy of the United States that does so with the design to reduce us under absolute Despotism. I would be very surprised, if Obama does not leave Washington DC today (Nov. 19th) … never to return, if he is not dead within the month. PLEASE JOIN US AT CHRISTIAN AMERICAN PATRIOTS MILITIA: https://www.facebook.com/groups/417199228403274”

Most of the media is describing Wilhelmsen as the leader of a right-wing militia group, the Christian American Patriots Militia.  Excuse my snickering, but really?  To be specific, Everest Wilhelmsen is the administrator of a Facebook group called Christian American Patriots Militia.  As far as anybody knows, there is no actual militia, no compound and no stash of weapons.  In fact, a simple Google search turns up no website, manifesto or other discussion about Mr. Wilhelmsen or the Christian American Patriots Militia- only the aforementioned Facebook pages and other articles about the so-called “threat”.  I don’t buy it.  I dunno, maybe it’s the group’s name, Christian American Patriots Militia, and the fact that all of these groups are currently being attacked by the Obama Administration and portrayed as potential terrorists: Christians, Americans, patriots and militia groups.  How convenient, right?  What better excuse would the Administration need to escalate the crackdown on their enemies than “evidence” those crazy freedom lovers are beginning to talk armed revolution?  Is the next “threat” on Obama’s life going to come from the Racist Tea Party Veterans Militia?  Or perhaps the Gun Owners Against Obamacare Militia?

I decided to analyze this a little further.  Upon visiting Wilhelmsen’s page on Facebook, I must say that it appears legit, in other words, it appears to be created by a real person and not a fabricated profile and timeline created by a government operative.  While the original post from November 19th has been removed, the rest of the page is intact.  Incidentally, he’s still posting, with his most recent update occurring on November 23rd- a link to a WordPress blog post by a man named Thomas Mick entitled “The Duty of Our Oath”.  Wilhelmsen’s posts seem to be in line with a person having a conservative Christian bent.  With the exception of his anti-Muslim beliefs, I found myself to be mostly in agreement with his politics.  He’s definitely anti-Obama, anti-police state and pro-Constitution.  The page for the Christian American Patriots Militia currently has over 1,500 group members.  I didn’t care to join the group, so I couldn’t see any content, although the page’s cover image depicting the nation’s Capitol (in the layout of a cross) and Jesus cracking a whip at a group of suits was illuminating.  Poking around a little more, I also discovered a WordPress blog apparently authored by Wilhlmsen entitled ofthehighest, where he discusses law and human rights.  Featured prominently on the homepage is an article discussing “Grundgesetz”, which is Germany’s Basic Law (Constitution).  According to the article, one of the fundamental principles of Grundgesetz is the idea that “All state authority emanates from the people”.  Many of Wilhelmsen’s Facebook posts are re-posts from his blog or shares from other Islamaphobic Facebook pages.

What can we gather from all this?  Everest Wilhelmsen believes the world is being overrun with Muslims bent on destroying all of Christendom.  He apparently also believes the United States to be a Christian nation, and that President Obama is secretly a Muslim working to undermine American values and pave the way for Sharia law to supplant the Constitution.  Paranoid anyone?  I will agree that the persecution of Christians by Islamic radicals around the world is intolerable and the lack of outrage from Christians is puzzling.  Since the events of September 11th, 2001, Muslims have become a protected group, and criticism of Islam- even the horrendous actions of radical jihadists, is routinely ignored by the media.  This behavior has arisen from a flawed belief that America deserved to be attacked on September 11th because of our meddling in the Muslim world, and much of Obama’s foreign policy has been aimed at appeasing Muslims.  Certainly President Obama, in concert with Congress and the Supreme Court, has done plenty to weaken our Constitution and further the expansion of the authoritarian police state, but not because he is secretly a Muslim; he is a puppet working to acclimate Americans to globalist rule.  To view all Muslims as enemies is ignorant, and the United States is not a strictly Christian nation, although we should not deny the strong Christian influence on our nation’s founding.  If Wilhelmsen claims to be a supporter of the Constitution, then he clearly understands the government is forbidden from creating an establishment of religion, therefore, Christianity can not be declared the official national religion of the United States anymore than Islam or any other faith.  Likewise, the Constitution also prevents the government from interfering with the free exercise of religion- any religion.  Let’s not forget that atrocities in the name of God have also been perpetrated by Christians throughout history.  Any human being possessing the Spirit of the Creator, regardless of religious tradition, should denounce evil wherever it is found.

Assuming Wilhelmsen and his Facebook group are real, as my investigation suggests, did his post constitute a real threat to President Obama?  Hardly.  His statement suggests that under the Second Amendment of the Constitution, the people have the authority to engage an enemy of the United States, but it is Article Three of the United States Constitution which discusses treason:

“Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort.”

Whether or not that description applies to President Obama is debatable, but Wilhelmsen seems to be playing legal hopscotch between the Second Amendment, Article Three of the Constitution and the oaths that all elected officials and members of the Armed Forces take, whereby they swear to defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.

If we are to believe the propaganda that passes for journalism in this country, just weeks ago, a shooter with a note in his bag entered LAX airport aiming to “kill TSA and pigs” because his Constitutional rights were being infringed upon.  If recent incidents like these are not false flags, could it be that frustration with Obama’s tyrannical regime is beginning to culminate in these sorts of imprudent actions?  I wonder.  It is interesting to note that while the media has made a big fuss over Wilhelmsen’s post, in their ceaseless campaign to demonize the Right, why is it that he’s still posting updates on Facebook and not in an FBI interrogation room?  If President Obama was really in danger, don’t you think he’d be giving speeches behind bullet-proof glass?  I mean, wouldn’t that be smart anyways, considering he’s the nation’s first Black president, what with all those racist Tea Party wackos out there just waiting for their opportunity to pick him off?  The reality is, racism in America is overblown.  It is the Obama Administration and phony civil rights activists like Al Sharpton who are mostly responsible for stirring up racial and class tensions.  After all, it took a majority of White, middle-class voters to elect Obama.  The so-called enemies of the state are law abiding citizens, standing against a criminal government.  It takes a trained professional to kill a president.  At this stage in the game, the powers that be have little to fear from Christian patriots or Cletus and his shotgun.

Kennedy may have been America’s last real president, and he was killed.  Martin Luther King Jr. was a real civil rights activist, and he was killed.  When Malcolm X split from the Nation of Islam, abandoned its Black supremacist ideologies and began to speak of human rights, equality and peace, he was murdered.  President Obama likes to compare himself to Martin Luther King Jr. and Abraham Lincoln, but he is far from either.  Not that any man is without faults, but it seems to me it is the good people in the line of fire. As long as you are doing the bidding of your corporate controllers, you’re safe.  And Obama fits that profile perfectly.  It really doesn’t matter if he’s Black or White, Christian or Muslim, Republican or Democrat; these are insignificant details.  Just don’t go getting a conscience or anything Barry, otherwise be on the watch for CIA assassins.


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?