About Andrew Shemo

I'm a liberty fighter from the outskirts of Philadelphia, PA.

Why do Americans accept a Top-Down model of government & society?

While reading a revisited version of Thomas Paine’s: Common Sense, it intrigued my interest and I thought this could be a good topic of debate.

Why is it that Americans, as indigenous people, accept a top-down model of government & society today?  A top-down model of government follows this order & power-

top-down government:
1- federal government
2- state government
3- county government
4- city government
5- township/civic organizations
6- individuals/families

The quest for the return of sound money in America

Yesterday we marched on with our continual journey to restore sound money in America.  As we do every year, the concerned patriots across the nation gathered and held end the fed rallies.  The federal reserve is a private central banking system that is tasked with regulating the flow of cash & credit in the country.  How is it that private banks and the federal reserve can create our money and collect interest on it?  Nowhere in the U.S. Constitution does it give the authority to a private bank to regulate, control, print & collect interest on our nations currency.  Article 1 Section 8 says the following:

The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;

To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures;

TSA and the constant assaults on our liberties

While we sit down on our couches and watch the news, we can be fairly certain that the government is assaulting our liberties probably every time they convene in Washington D.C.  The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), which is a part of Department of Homeland Security (DHS) which was authorized under the Patriot Act takes it to whole new levels almost daily.

Not only do they pat you down & search your bags, but people don’t understand that the mere existence of TSA is stifling business throughout the entire airport.  Whether it be for the airlines or the companies that operate out of the airport that sell merchandise, I’m sure profits have declined drastically since the TSA has taken over the reigns of security checks.

Peaceful assembly does NOT require a permit…

While myself and many others around the country were peacefully assembling in our local areas on 11/5/10 to do a political outreach for Ron Paul during a sign waving event, we were constantly being harassed by mall ninjas (mall security).  Not only were they harassing us, but they kept a constant watch & patrolled around the area where we were holding our rally which was on a public right-of-way.  After some time, they actually got out of their trucks and approached us.  The first question out of their mouth was “Do you have a permit to be doing this?”.  We quickly replied that the 1st amendment was our permit, which it is, and attempted to show them the constitution and then offered them free constitutions which they denied.  Realizing that they couldn’t work that angle on us, they then proceeded to claim that what we were doing was soliciting.  The dictionary defines soliciting as:

Self Defense: a fundamental human right.

Self defense is one of the most basic human rights that allows a human being to defend oneself.  Human rights are rights that exist from our humanity, not something that is a privilege.  How one decides to exercise that right is their own decision.  In America, rights tend to be stripped away from someone if they’re violating another person(s) rights and/or after a conviction by a jury trial.

Here in my state of Pennsylvania, we have all sorts of laws relating to self defense, but lets first have a quick peek at what the constitution states:

Freedom vs. Security, A Dynamic Struggle

Written by: Carnes Sendry

Ever see the ‘F*S=k’ thing?

That means that Freedom (F) times (*) Security (S) equals (=) a constant (k). The suggestion is that you can only add more security at the cost of having less freedom. In reality, the equation is far from being a proof, but the concept is brilliant.

We have some people that would rather have greater freedom, at the cost of reduced security, and we have other people that would rather have more security, even if it costs some freedom.

This dynamic struggle between freedom and security is always a problem. Government could always do more to allow more freedom, and it could always do more to create (at least a sense of) more security. Very rarely, if ever, can a government create both more freedom and more security at the same time. So, we are stuck struggling between the two ideals.

The other side of the coin sucks, too…

Why do Americans consistently vote for the other side of the coin and automatically think this great nation will become free and prosperous again.  Have Americans been asleep for far too long to realize that Democrats and Republicans control us equally, just in different ways.  Democrats control us with programs like- welfare, taxes, big business, national health care & commercial bail outs while Republicans control us with programs like- big business, perpetual war, fear mongering & corporate bail outs.  In the end, we’re becoming less free and more controlled, taxed & regulated!

I cannot bring myself to voting for the “other side of the coin”.  Basically what voting for the other side of the coin consists of is voting for the opposite party that is currently in control of  the country, state, town and so on.  Many folks seem to think that this actually makes our future better, but in the end, we’re just headed down the road to serfdom.