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Rest In Peace:
Jerome Joseph Gawin - 26 Feb 1932 - 4 March 2012
My Father, My Mentor, My Hero... My Friend
You will be remembered as one of the truly GOOD GUYs.
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The human world is in turmoil, the effects of millennial mismanagement by the power elite spreading and contaminating the natural order of life. Today, we face most predominantly an economic upheaval. Tomorrow, perhaps, an ecological one. There are natural disasters and extraterrestrial threats - no, I don 't mean aliens (though I don't discount the possibility), but asteroids and comets are a fact of life. Always there looms the spectre of social injustice and political tyranny.
There may yet be time to avert a major economic disaster. There may be a political solution to the turmoil our government has created amongst (and in the name of) its people . It's never too late to turn back the tide of evil. Nor is it ever too late to return to the people those rights and responsibilities usurped by their leadership.
"We will BURY you!"
Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev famously used an expression generally translated into English as "We will bury you!" ("Мы вас похороним!", transliterated as 'My vas pokhoronim!') while addressing Western ambassadors at a reception at the Polish embassy in Moscow on November 18, 1956. The full translation of the quote reads: "Whether you like it or not, history is on our side. We will dig you in" (Нравится вам или нет, но история на нашей стороне. Мы вас закопаем).
On August 24, 1963, Khrushchev himself remarked in his speech in Yugoslavia, "I once said, 'We will bury you,' and I got into trouble with it. Of course we will not bury you with a shovel. Your own working class will bury you," a reference to the Marxist saying, "The proletariat is the undertaker of capitalism"; a popular articulation of the materialist conception of history as the inevitable progression of class struggle towards communism.
The quotation was used as the title of Jan Šejna's book on communist Cold War strategies.
[SOURCE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/We_will_bury_you ]
This site was never intended to be a political one. What we must pay homage
to however is the reason we are able to freely exchange our ideas on
survival and self-reliant lifestyles: the Constitutional recognition and
protection of our inalienable human Rights as "endowed by our Creator" which
are not to be diminished or disregarded by either our neighbors or our
republican form of government.
Our Rights are ours - and all peoples' - because we exist, not because our government exists. They are not privileges granted to us or guaranteed us by our government. WE THE PEOPLE are the only guarantors of the continued protection afforded us by these Rights.
Throughout history there is not a single government that has not inevitably degenerated into one form or another of oppression. Just as nature abhors a vacuum, the nature of politics (and politicians) abhors Freedom and Liberty.
The people of this Nation, like it or not, are the sole standard bearers for the Rights of all mankind. There is not another nation on earth that recognizes the individual rights of man as inalienable and not dependent upon or submissive to the rule of government. If we allow our government to pervert this founding principle, to convince us that our Rights can only be administered through governmental largess, then we have betrayed the world and all mankind.
Every government on Earth is waiting in breathless anticipation for the American people to abdicate our self responsibility to demand and defend our Right to individual Freedom, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Every government on Earth, including our own. Only the Citizens of the United States of America stand against the governments of the world imposing complete domination upon its' people. Should we give up, should we allow our government to persuade us otherwise, then all is lost.
The two party political system has always had its flaws, but today it is a complete perversion of the responsibilities entrusted in them. It is unchecked and unbridled in direct contravention of Constitutional mandates - and we have allowed it to become so. It has lost all sense of duty, honor, and country. It is become a squabbling free-for-all in the pursuit of power, prestige and money without regard for freedom or justice. It is devoid of wisdom and honest compassion. It is designed to keep the population divided against itself in order to manipulate us and maintain their grasp upon government and the resources of our Nation.
Both party candidates are asking you to sell them your vote. Both parties are offering to "give" you what they think you want, what they think you need to survive. All you have to do is give them the power to grant your every wish. All you have to do is worship them above all others.
John F. Kennedy once said, "Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country." Now, I believe, it is time for the Citizens of the United States of America to, "Ask not what your country can do for you. Open your eyes and witness what your government has done TO YOU...and TO YOUR COUNTRY!" Will you allow them to bribe your Rights away from you? Will you sell your Freedom - and the last, best hope of all mankind - for thirty pieces of silver?
For over two centuries this Nation has been a melting pot of individuals willing to (for the most part) set aside their personal differences and accept those who did not look, talk, act, think, or worship as they do for the greater good of all - which translated to reaping the benefit of the greater good for themselves. Our personal freedom and liberty depends upon our ability to continue this live-and-let-live demeanor. Our personal safety and prosperity rely upon our ability to accept the differences of others, provided those others accept our differences as well. That as long as they pose no physical threat or attempt to impose their views, forcibly, on us, then we will reciprocate in kind. That in all exchanges of any kind we will refrain from deliberate harm to others and they will refrain from deliberately harming us. And that, when these simple civil boundaries are abused, justice is imposed rather than the invocation of law.
... As a nation, I believe we still value these ideals, but the passion is spent and the determination to uphold them is all but lost. The lunatic fringe has captured control of our government and court systems, our economy and banking industry, our schools, industries and media. They do not respect freedom, liberty, justice or individuality unless it conforms to their world-view, which they increasingly impose upon others, under threat of duress, through their law. Our Constitution is a shield only so long as we hold it up and wield it in front of us while battling for justice.
Sadly, the majority of those who respect the Constitution have taken to hunkering down behind it, rather than engaging the forces against it. A shield only lasts so long against continued attacks before it disintegrates. If we cannot and do not fight these forces, thereby gaining some respite in which to strengthen our shield, then all is lost.
I believe that the first step in this battle is to become self reliant and cultivate the ability to survive while in the grip of adversity. The second step is to find others capable of doing the same and band together. The third step is to reinvigorate the thirst for Justice over law, right over might, freedom over coercion, and free will over the dictates of others - even "a majority" of others. To establish a county, then a state, and finally - once again - a nation under these principles is my ultimate hope. It won't be easy. It may not even be possible. But everyone needs a goal, and you have to start somewhere. I choose to start with myself. We'll see where it goes from there.
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"They all make the same mistakes. Turning their backs on the principles that made them great. America tried to spend and tax itself out of a great recession. Enormous so-called "stimulus" spending, massive changes to health care, government takeover of private industries, and crushing debt..."
"... Of course, we owned most of their debt, so now they work for us".
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"The spirit of the times may alter, will alter. Our rulers will become corrupt, our people careless. A single zealot may commence persecutor, and better men be his victims. It can never be too often repeated that the time for fixing every essential right on a legal basis is while our rulers are honest and ourselves united.
From the conclusion of their war for independence, a nation begins going down hill. It will not then be necessary for the government to resort every moment to the people for support. The people will be forgotten, therefore, and their rights disregarded. The people will forget themselves but in the sole faculty of making money, and will never think of uniting to effect a due respect for their rights.
The shackles, therefore, which shall not be knocked off at the conclusion of that war will remain on them long, will be made heavier and heavier, till their rights shall revive . . . or expire in a convulsion."
--Thomas Jefferson: Notes on Virginia Q.XVII, 1782. (*) ME 2:225
Who can preserve the rights and liberties of the people, when they shall be abandoned by themselves? Who shall keep watch in the temple when the watchmen sleep at their posts? Who shall call upon the people to redeem their possessions, and revive the republic, when their own hands have deliberately and corruptly surrendered them to the oppressor, and have built the prisons or dug the graves of their own friends? America, free, happy, and enlightened as she is, must rest the preservation of her rights and liberties upon the virtue, independence, justice, and sagacity of her people. If either fails, the republic is gone. Its shadow may remain with all the pomp, and circumstance, and trickery of government, but its vital power will have departed.
In America the demagogue may arise as well as elsewhere. He is the natural, though spurious, growth of republics, and, like the courtier, he may, by his blandishments, delude the ears and blind the eyes of the people to their own destruction. If ever the day shall arrive in which the best talents and best virtues be driven from office by intrigue or corruption, by the ostracism of the press, or the still more unrelenting persecution of party, legislation will cease to be national. It will be wise by accident, and bad by system."
--Supreme Court Justice Story February 3, 1812 – September 10, 1845
- in answer to the query as to the duration of our Republic”
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