Destroying Freedoms and Rights in America

One of the first major in-your-face assaults to abolish our U.S. Constitution and eradicate many of our rights and freedoms occurred over five decades ago when the Supreme Court made a horrendous decision blocking prayer in schools.

Their 1963 ruling made it illegal for students to participate in prayer while in school because it violates the “Separation of Church and State.” The basis of their decision does not appear in our priceless document, nor the Bill of Rights, but it effectively regulated our religious practices and stifled free speech.

In actual fact, what occurred with that decision, and a few others that followed, is that the Court acted as a censoring board of American citizens completely violating the First Amendment, which they are charged to protect.

US Constitution - We The PeopleExamples such as this are proof that anyone who is nominated for the life-long appointment to the Supreme Court must have an exemplary track record of supporting and defending the Constitution and US laws, and not altering or interpreting them for what are political, minority or special interest reasons.

Actions as the above, along with numerous other examples, beg the question “how important are rights, liberty and freedom to you and your family?” Education on the Constitution is your only real defense against those rights, freedom and liberty being taken from you.

The upcoming new movie, In Search of Liberty, produced and directed by Norm Novitsky, makes it easy, simple and fun to learn and know your Constitution. In the movie, a captivating statesman from America’s past takes a modern-day family on a series of wild adventures.

In Search of LibertyWith a spicy mix of humor, magic and logic, he opens their eyes to the origins and importance of the U.S. Constitution, the degree to which it is under attack today and what can and must be done to save it.

Key aspects of the Constitution are clearly outlined and important Amendments — such as those guaranteeing freedom of religion and speech, the right to bear arms, warrants for search and seizure, State’s rights — are shown to be vital in everyday life.

As Thomas Jefferson said, “Educate and inform the whole mass of people… They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.”  And, George Washington was quite clear when he said, “If freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”

Know your rights!

Protect your rights!

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Scott D. Welch is the COO of IC Liberty Films LLC, the production company of the historic educational and entertaining movie In Search of Liberty.

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Free Speech in these United States of America

Many Americans do not realize the extent to which the First Amendment, especially free speech, has been under attack.

It is clear, according to the First Amendment, that free speech cannot be abridged.  Period.  Yet, it gets done constantly.

Political Correctness has been strangling Free Speech for many years.  The same can be said about Free Speech Zones, places designated where people may freely voice their opinions.

Sorry, the United States, in total, is a Free Speech Zone!

However, there are many people and places undermining our right in this area. Take, for instance, institutions of higher learning.

First AmendmentThree years ago, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) reported that 59% of American colleges and universities have policies in place that impede First Amendment rights.  Another 35% have “policies that overregulate speech on campus.”

That is a total of 94% of our colleges and universities practicing, in one form or another, oppression of one’s right to speak freely, here is these United States.

Every American needs to be aware of all of our rights, as specifically laid out in the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights and other Amendments.

Having various rights and freedoms infringed upon was a primary motivation, along with the subject not really being taught in school any more, for the production of the movie In Search of Liberty, an educational film, that is also highly entertaining, designed to enlighten young and old alike about our basic rights and freedoms.

In the movie, a captivating statesman from America’s past takes a modern-day family on a series of wild adventures.  With a spicy mix of humor, magic and logic, he opens their eyes to the origins and importance of the U.S. Constitution, the degree to which it is under attack today and what can and must be done to save it.

And, make no mistake, it must be saved.

In Search of LibertyThere are those on the left who are constantly working to either undermine or totally ignore that priceless document that our Founding Fathers worked so hard to put together.  And, if you are not aware of all of your rights, you do not know when they are being taken away.

As Thomas Jefferson said, “Educate and inform the whole mass of the people… They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.” Another Founding Father, John Adams, echoed those words when he said, “Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people.”

Know your rights!

Keep your rights!

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Scott D Welch is the COO of IC Liberty Films LLC, the production company of the historic educational and entertaining movie In Search of Liberty.

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Benjamin Franklin Synonymous With Freedom and Liberty

There were 56 individuals who signed the Declaration of Independence.  There were thousands of others who put their lives on the line to ensure that the United States of America became established through the Revolutionary War and the adoption of the US Constitution and Bill of Rights.

Benjamin FranklinHowever, there is only one Benjamin Franklin.

As one of the key Founding Fathers, Franklin did, indeed, sign both the Declaration and the US Constitution, but he did so much more.  He was one of the earliest proponents of colonial unity and earned the title of “The First American.”

He was a true renaissance man, with vast knowledge in many subject areas, and one who mastered several professions.  He was an author, a printer, politician, postmaster, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman and diplomat.

Born in Boston as one of 17 children, his thoughts about freedom began early in life.  At the age of 15, one of his brothers was jailed for publishing words against the governor.  Young Benjamin, who had been writing for the paper as Silence Dogood, a middle-aged widow, took over his brother’s newspaper and had Dogood proclaim,  “Without freedom of thought there can be no such thing as wisdom and no such thing as public liberty without freedom of speech.”

Never one to be silent or mince words on the subject, Franklin said, on November 17, 1737,  “Freedom of speech is a principal pillar of a free government; when this support is taken away, the constitution of a free society is dissolved, and tyranny is erected on its ruins.”

He also knew that government, in any form, is not perfect, but that a republic, set up as our Founding Fathers had done, could stand for a long length of time – depending on the people.  On April 17, 1787, Franklin wrote about the quality that the people must have for a republic to endure,  “…only a virtuous people are capable of freedom.  As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.”

He is one who lived his life true to his God and to the Republic of which he helped create.

He is one who is synonymous with freedom and liberty.

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Ronald Reagan on the Constitution, Freedom, Liberty

Ronald Reagan served as the 40th President of the United States from 1981-1989.  Prior to that he served as the 33rd Governor of California from 1967-1975.  Although earlier in his life, he lived as a registered Democrat, he became a Conservative and switched to the Republican party in 1962.

His landslide re-election over Walter Mondale in 1984 still stands as the largest electoral college victory in history, 525 out of a possible 538, while also carrying 58.8% of the popular vote.  When he left the presidency he held a high approval rating of 68 percent.

President Ronald ReaganPresented here are selected quotes from speeches and writings by Reagan on the Constitution, freedom and liberty, dating from before his first term as governor to after he left the nation’s highest office.

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.” Mar 30, 1961

“If we lose freedom here, there is no place to escape to. This is the last stand on Earth. And this idea that government is beholden to the people, that it has no other source of power except to sovereign people, is still the newest and most unique idea in all the long history of man’s relation to man.” Oct 27, 1964

“You and I are told increasingly that we have to choose between a left or right, but I would like to suggest that there is no such thing as a left or right. There is only an up or down — up to a man’s age-old dream; the ultimate in individual freedom consistent with law and order — or down to the ant heap of totalitarianism, and regardless of their sincerity, their humanitarian motives, those who would trade our freedom for security have embarked on this downward course.” Oct 27, 1964

“Freedom is a fragile thing and is never more than one generation away from extinction. It is not ours by inheritance; it must be fought for and defended constantly by each generation, for it comes only once to a people. Those who have known freedom and then lost it have never known it again.” Jan 5, 1967

“There are those in America today who have come to depend absolutely on government for their security. And when government fails they seek to rectify that failure in the form of granting government more power. So, as government has failed to control crime and violence with the means given it by the Constitution, they seek to give it more power at the expense of the Constitution. But in doing so, in their willingness to give up their arms in the name of safety, they are really giving up their protection from what has always been the chief source of despotism — government. Lord Acton said power corrupts. Surely then, if this is true, the more power we give the government the more corrupt it will become. And if we give it the power to confiscate our arms we also give up the ultimate means to combat that corrupt power.” Sept 1, 1975

Ronald Reagan on horseback

“I’m convinced that today the majority of Americans want what those first Americans wanted: A better life for themselves and their children; a minimum of government authority. Very simply, they want to be left alone in peace and safety to take care of the family by earning an honest dollar and putting away some savings.” Jul 6, 1976

“Freedom and the dignity of the individual have been more available and assured here than in any other place on earth. The price for this freedom at times has been high, but we have never been unwilling to pay the price.” Jan 20, 1981

“Government’s first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.” Mar 30, 1981

“It’s reported that John Adams’ last words were, Thomas Jefferson survives. History tells us, however, that Jefferson had died shortly before John Adams passed away. But Adams was right. All of us stand in tribute to the truth of those words. We proclaim it again and again with our dedication to keeping this a land of liberty and justice for all, and through our deeds and actions, to ensure that this country remains a bastion of freedom, the last best hope for mankind. As long as a love of liberty is emblazoned on our hearts, Jefferson lives.” Jul 3, 1987

We the people tell the government what to do, it doesn’t tell us. We the people are the driver, the government is the car. And we decide where it should go, and by what route, and how fast. Almost all the world’s constitutions are documents in which governments tell the people what their privileges are. Our Constitution is a document in which We the people tell the government what it is allowed to do. We the people are free.” Jan 11, 1989

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Patrick Henry on Democracy and Individual Rights

As an Anti-Federalist, Founding Father Patrick Henry did not support the ratification of the U.S. Constitution.

For him, the reason was very simple; the document, as presented to each of the 13 states for ratification, did not protect the citizen and allowed or gave too much power to the centralized government.

The following excerpt is from his speech at the Virginia Ratifying Convention that was held on June 5, 1788, whereby Founding Father, Patrick Henry, speaks of democracy:

“What, sir, is the genius of democracy? Let me read that clause of the bill of rights of Virginia which relates to this: 3d clause: — that government is, or ought to be, instituted for the common benefit, protection, and security of the people, nation, or community. Of all the various modes and forms of government, that is best, which is capable of producing the greatest degree of happiness and safety, and is most effectually secured against the danger Patrick Henry - Guard Libertyof mal-administration; and that whenever any government shall be found inadequate, or contrary to those purposes, a majority of the community hath an indubitable, unalienable, and indefeasible right to reform, alter, or abolish it, in such manner as shall be judged most conducive to the public weal.

“This, sir, is the language of democracy — that a majority of the community have a right to alter government when found to be oppressive. But how different is the genius of your new Constitution from this! How different from the sentiments of freemen, that a contemptible minority can prevent the good of the majority!” (He was speaking of the language regarding amendments whereby, in reality, ten or twenty percent of the population could effectively stop any amendement to the Constitution. Thus “We the people…” would have become very meaningless without protection of the rights espoused in the Declaration of Independence.)

While Patrick Henry ultimately failed to convince the members of the Virginia convention to defeat ratification, his relentless pursuit of individual liberty helped lead to the formation and adoption of the Bill of Rights.

We need people such as Patrick Henry in government today fighting for the “people,” for true democracy, for smaller, less controlling government, and, basically, for speaking up for the rights of each of us.

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Political Secrets – Is This How We Track Corruption?

Know that Corruption cannot survive if the light of day is shone upon it.

Not too long ago we had an abomination of a big BIG OMNIBUS BILL that was passed by a Republican Congress in a way where it was impossible for them to even have time to READ THE BILL.  And, yes, hello, of course, this bill, like many big omnibus bills before it, was riddled with many irrelevant DIRTY SECRETS. Unless “we the people speak up loud and clear” we can expect more legislation without representation like this bill.

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In the bill which was not written by any congressman, but rather by accountants, lobbyists and lawyers, Dark Money Groups were again given protection to withhold (legislation without representation) the names of their contributors. The S.E.C ‘s effort to create rules to force groups and corporations to disclose their campaign contributors was effectively blocked. This is an unethical, and ugly move to keep the public blindfolded about who is writing the BIG CHECKS.

Note: Since the Citizens United decision in January 2010, politicians have collected more than $500 MILLION in dark money from phantom donors according to the Center for Responsive Politics,

A Historical Perspective

Two things drive change: the ideas of man and new technological breakthroughs.

In living memory, there have been three civilizing waves: the Agricultural, the Industrial and now the Digital-Electronic Wave. The changes we now experience are fast and furious and are akin to a gigantic wave that is descending on us. It is because of this that we need new leaders, men of vision who can help us to see where we are going. It is in times like this that we need a simple formula to sort it all out. There is such a formula and it is this:

EVIL SURVIVES IN SECRECY, CORRUPTION CANNOT THRIVE WHEN THE LIGHT OF DAY IS SHONE ON IT.

It takes men of courage to stand firm and hold a true course as we let go of the old corrupt order, especially when hard on their pockets. It is such men of courage though that we need to seek out and vote for in the next election.

Imagine a powerful sea, with large waves, breaking. The force of each new wave is met by the force of the prior wave receding. At the place where the two waves meet, their force is broken into a thousand swirling eddies. Is this not what our society is experiencing right now?.

It is not the first time two powerful civilizing waves have met and wreaked havoc on society. It was the force of the Industrial Revolution that undid the old agricultural order of Kings and the Aristocrats. The difference was that in those days it was easy to see the unfair advantage and inevitable that justice and fair play would eventually go in. The world was smaller but even then the changes brought by the new industrial wave fighting an entrenched corrupt agricultural order wreaked havoc on the world. The French Revolution was ugly.

As the Industrial wave now meets the Digital Wave, the conflict is both bigger and more subtle. This is because in the industrial order it is easy for bad men to hide because of the split between the consumer and the producer. Those taking advantage have learned to steal from both producer and consumer and they have perfected the art of hiding in the middle. When men do not act to serve the greatest good, their activities MUST be conducted in SECRECY.

Those who have bad secrets are running scared and we can know them by their efforts to hide their acts and to curb transparency.

As the corrupt industrial and financial model crumbles, it is actually possible to replace the corrupt industrial order with a better culture, maybe even a golden age. This may be hard to see as the water swirls around us and the banking and corporate and military and political powers fight to maintain what has become an unfair privilege.

What it is going to take, though, is the willingness to refresh our lives, to let go of the old and to embrace the new.

Of vital importance is also to protect the freedom of the Internet. Do not vote for any political candidate who in any even small way, chooses to suppress information on the Internet or threaten the integrity of this channel. The net is our salvation. These are questions for the candidates in the last two debate.

For I want you to know that the Industrial Order could well be replaced by something far worse than what we now have, the signs of decline are out there. What we are doing is riding the digital wave on the cusp, and it is almost ready to tip over. We can ride and command this new electronic wave, keep it free and use it to create a far better system – or we can let it crash and engulf us.

We can fail to take action, fail to elect the right new leaders and we can let the electronics that drives this new wave to be used by the entrenched establishment to undo our working system of government in the USA and replace it with one driven by ugly secrets and dark money.

How do we fight back?

It all begins and ends with a STRONG AND COLLECTIVE demand for TRANSPARENCY.

This is not something not a one of us should get reasonable about.

The truth is that we dare not fail to bring in positive reform, for if we do how will our world look?

  • The elites will continue to enjoy more and more opulence. There will be scarcity by design – all in our best interests, of course.
  • In a new super-regulated society we will find a high ratio of cops (AKA Security Officers) to every working man. They are there to protect us, of course.
  • We will begin to pay a Local Tax, a City Tax, a State Tax, a National Tax, a Federal Tax and a World Tax. This new tax is going to be introduced gradually but it will grow and grow. There will be no representation, of course.
  • The idle rich and the idle poor, both parasitic on society, will continue to collaborate to steal the fruits of the labor of the producers. There will be no fair exchange with producers of course.
  • There will be the appearance of democracy but the election process will be manipulated. There will be no freedom of course.
  • The elites will be there by divine right and it will behoove us to support them, of course.
  • The one percent rich will grow richer and the ninety-nine percent will grow poorer of course.

Quote for the Week

“Truth never damages a cause that is just”

Mahatma Gandhi

Lynn About the AuthorLynn Verhoeff (Grandma Thunder) has been writing for twenty years. She has published two books, “Politics IOU” and “Magic Money” both on Kindle.You can read more posts atwww.grandmathunder.com

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