Who rises up for me against the wicked?
Who stands up for me against evildoers?
Psalms 94, verse 16
"We have lost our country. If you don't know that, or won't believe it, you either don't know what's going on, or you don't want to. We have lost it to a relatively small gang of immensely powerful totalitarians, whose goal is the total subjugation of the American people in a world government. We have lost it because of our own default. The only question worth asking now is: How can we get it back?
...As we shall see, the power-lusters who threaten our liberty now, daily break laws with impunity. Indeed, they have turned our God-ordained government into the greatest lawbreaker in history, a totalitarian juggernaut that makes the Mafia look sick. As we shall see, they take children hostage, drive businessmen to ruin, routinely commit perjury, pervert the courts, spit at the Bill of Rights - and even terrorize Congress."
Alan Stang, 1988
Alan Stang's quotation is from the introduction to his book, Taxscam: How The IRS Swindles You And What You Can Do About It. At first thought you might think Stang exaggerates, but my analysis indicates that the conquest of America is even more pervasive than Stang indicates.
From history we may conclude that a nation or a people can be conquered by one or more of five methods - or any combination of these methods.
The most common has been conquest by war. In time, though, this method fails, because the captives hate the captors. Eventually the captives rise up and attempt to drive out the captors. Much force is needed to maintain control, making it expensive for the conquerors.
A second method of conquest is by religion, or manipulation of religious belief, where people are convinced they must give their captors part of their earnings as "obedience to God." Such a captivity is vulnerable to philosophical exposure or by overthrow through armed force, since modern religion by its nature lacks military force to regain control once its captives become disillusioned.
Political ideology is the third method of conquest. Compulsory state education is the foundation. Children are forced into schools where the moral and political values of the ruling class are subtly imparted. They are taught submission to authority. The law of the authority is absolute and must be obeyed. The discipline of the clock is stressed. The state controls what shall be taught and who shall teach it. Implement a federal school lunch program, so children will learn that big daddy government is the great provider.
The fourth method is "legal conquest" through the legislative, judiciary, police, and penal systems. Article I, section 8 of the U.S Constitution grants Congress "the power to make all laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into execution the foregoing powers, and all other powers vested by this Constitution in the government of the United States, or in any department or officer thereof." A political party, or a coalition of interests can get effective control of Congress. Meanwhile the Supreme Court, year by year, chips away at undermining the protections ostensibly provided by the Bill of Rights.
The fifth method can be called "economic conquest." It takes place when a nation or a people are placed under "duty" without the obvious use of force or coercion, so the victims never realize they have been conquered. "Duty" is collected from the victims in the form of "legal" taxes. The victims are led to believe that they pay for their own good, for the good of others, or to protect all from some enemy. The captors become the "benefactors" and "protectors" of the victims.
The first method - conquest by war - tends to be swift. The other methods can be applied gradually - almost unnoticeably - over long periods of time. Small, incremental changes are instituted. Generally, the captives show little opposition, because they seldom see any military force arrayed against them. Their religion may be left intact; they have freedom to speak and to travel, and they seemingly participate in the "election" of their rulers. Their government, it seems, implements "the will of the people." Without realizing it, the victims are conquered. The instruments of their own society are used to transfer the fruits of their productive labor and their wealth to their captors, until the conquest is complete. I call this transfer "economic rape."
In 1900 the average American worker paid few taxes and had little debt. Today, taxes and debt repayments take more than half the earnings of the average American worker. Twenty years ago, the average husband brought in enough money for the family to live comfortably. America is being destroyed. For most Americans the "American Dream" has become a nightmare. Today, with both husband and wife working, it is a battle to pay the bills. The quality of education has been deteriorating for a long time. Crime rates seem to increase year after year. Parts of many cities are considered by most as too dangerous to live in. They are beset by drug addiction, gang wars, drive-by shootings, and overflowing jails.
An insidious form of conquest has been imposed on "we the people." This report examines the conquest from many angles. How extensive is it? Who is behind it? What in human nature gives rise to it? And, finally, what can you as individual do about it?
ECONOMIC RAPE IN A NUTSHELL
The editorial below appeared in The Arizona Republic of August 29,1992, under the heading "Public Enemy No. 1":
"It appears, finally, the American people are beginning to awaken to the fundamental cause of the nation's economic woes - the federal budget deficit. In a recent CNN poll, more than 60 percent identified the deficit as the nation's leading economic problem.
The deleterious impact of the deficit on the economy is not an abstract matter for tweedy economists to debate. It has a real effect on the daily lives of Americans. According to Frank Zarb, chief executive officer of the brokerage and investment firm Smith Barney, 60 percent of the country's available credit - 60 percent! - is being soaked up by government borrowing to finance Washington's nearly $400 billion annual shortfall.
This represents a loss to the private sector of an enormous amount of credit capital that could be going to expand existing businesses, to start up new companies, both large and small, to finance research and development and to enhance America's competitiveness on world markets. The burgeoning deficit has held down job creation and produced the 1 percent growth rate the anemic economy has managed over the past four years...
As economic analyst Anthony Ogorek pointed out this week in The New York Times, between fiscal years 1990 and '91 total government revenue - the taxes Washington collects - grew by 2.23 percent, or $22.9 billion. The required interest payments on the cumulative national debt, however, grew by $21.1 billion, or 8 percent. Thus almost the total net increase in government revenue was sopped up by interest payments on the debt.
Neither presidential candidate is being entirely candid with voters about uncontrolled federal spending. Before Bill Clinton promises to provide health care for every American, perhaps he should figure out how we are going to pay for existing programs. And President Bush should account for the staggering growth in executive branch departments last year - Labor up 34 percent, Justice 26.7 percent and the Executive Office of the President himself 23 percent.
Mr. Ogorek notes that Social Security taxes collected from the paychecks of working Americans grew by $12.3 billion, or 4.31 percent, in 1990-91. Yet Social Security spending jumped by $21.4 billion, or 8.74 percent, in the same period. At this rate of increase, which shows no sign of slowing, Social Security will be spending more than it takes in by the end of the next presidential term.
Another big budget imbalance occurs in the area of health care. This represents the biggest black hole in the federal budget.
Excluding Social Security payments, in 1990 the Department of Health and Human Services paid out $193.6 billion in Medicare and Medicaid benefits. This increased in '91 by $24.3 billion, or 12.5 percent. Thus government health insurance spending alone gobbled up the growth in revenue (total spending for the period increased by $71 billion, against revenue growth of $22.9 billion).
Clearly, this mismanagement cannot continue indefinitely without bringing economic ruin. Yet neither President Bush nor Gov. Clinton appears eager to level with the voters as to the magnitude of the nation's government-caused economic plight." [Emphasis added]
All the above facts and figures - alarming as they are - are surface manifestations of more fundamental problems. The federal budget deficit is not "public enemy no. 1." It is a symptom of more basic, underlying problems. It is also the tip of the iceberg. In the coming pages we shall examine the more fundamental problems, who is behind them, and what you as an individual can do about them.
In Olmstead v. U.S., 277 U.S. 438, 485 (1928), Justice Louis Brandeis said:
"Decency, security, and liberty alike demand that government officials shall be subjected to the same rules of conduct that are commands to the citizen. In a government of laws, existence of the government will be imperiled if it fails to observe the law scrupulously. Our government is the potent, the omnipresent teacher. For good or for ill, it teaches the whole people by its example. Crime is contagious. If the government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy..."
This report will have a great deal to say about government
lawbreaking. According to the latest FBI statistics, as reported
in The Arizona Republic of August 30, 1992, violent crime
in the U.S. reached a record total last year of 758 for each 100,000
inhabitants - up 4 percent from 1990, 24 percent since 1987, and
33 percent since 1982.
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