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A Patriot's Open Letter

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A PATRIOT'S OPEN LETTER

By Bradley Harrington

“I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.” —Thomas Jefferson, Letter To Benjamin Rush, 1800—

An Open Letter To Our “Representatives” In The United States Government:

As a patriot, and as a former military veteran, I need to tell you a few things. I know that you folks have a lot to do, and don’t really want to take the time to listen to me. But I strongly suggest that you do; for that attitude, you see—of being to “busy” to listen to the people who populate this country—is part of the problem I need to discuss with you.

For hundreds of years, people like me have kept this nation strong and free. Many of us are currently serving America in the Middle East; a lot of us still surviving served in Vietnam. Our fathers served in Korea; our grandfathers in World War II; our great-grandfathers in World War I.

All the way back, we have fought, sweated, battled, bled and died to protect our nation from attack. Whenever you called upon us to serve, we were there. We didn’t question your right to send us off to war; we assumed that you had our ideals at heart; we believed that you knew what you were doing, and we unhesitatingly took out whoever you named as our enemies. Hundreds of thousands of us were killed in that process—but, as long as we knew that we were defending liberty’s torch, even the laying down of our lives was not too high a price to pay.

In the Revolutionary War, we fought to separate ourselves from the tyranny of King George III and to establish this nation, “conceived in liberty,” as a safe haven for individuals to peacefully live their lives and pursue their happiness. Those were, and are, our ideals, and we have always viewed America, her history and her institutions as mankind’s last, best and greatest hope. And, for many decades, our efforts and achievements enabled our nation to shine as a magnificent beacon to the “poor and huddled masses” yearning to be free.

“Patriotism,” to us, you see, is not blindly following our leaders wherever they might lead: it is respect for, and admiration of, the principles of freedom that animated the creation of the United States. It is a profound passion we have, at the very core of our souls, in regard to man’s unconquerable mind and the indomitability of the human spirit. Patriotism, to us, is not loyalty to a government, but loyalty to an idea, and it drives all of our thoughts and actions: the idea that men and women have a right to be free.

Have you been doing your job as well as we have been doing ours? Have you been as true to the ideals our nation was founded upon as we have? Or have you used your power to “engage in a long train of abuses and usurpations”? (Declaration of Independence, 1776.)

Today, we observe that you and your laws have reduced our economy to a shambles; have aided and abetted the destruction of our social order; hampered the processes of our courts; stifled our productive capacities; and ensnared the citizens of this nation in a web of offensive and arbitrary decrees that can be designed for one purpose only: to turn us into serfs. And, now, as you sit in your citadels of power in Washington, D.C., you tell us, when we protest, that you are “busy.” Busy doing what? Taking away our liberties and turning this once-proud, once-free nation into a shoddy, second-class “welfare” state?

I respectfully suggest that you’d better think again: for not all of us are mindless automatons to be led like sheep to the slaughter. Many of us know our history, and have read the Declaration, and are fully aware of the part that says: “That whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it…”

We military patriots haven’t perished in one war after another so that you, our so-called “representatives,” could destroy the ideals we have always combated to defend; we fought one revolution to protect those ideals in 1776. So, take notice: if you, in your colossally arrogant, controlling ignorance, continue to take us down this corridor of coercion, we might just decide that it is time to do it again.

Bradley Harrington is a former United States Marine and a free-lance writer who lives in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

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A PATRIOT'S OPEN LETTER

By Bradley Harrington

I think this is an excellent letter; you express your thoughts so simply and clearly. Thank you for writing it. It was a bull’s-eye for me.

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I would sign this if it were in the form of a petition. For a long while I've been trying to figure out a way to tell the criminals in D.C. that they can only go so far before . . . you know. I can't print the words in this public forum or the Secret Service might come knocking on my door. I won't be enslaved by the scummy little criminals who have taken over our government, people who are not worthy of my table scraps. They're a bunch of little criminal dictators, most of whom have never had a real job in their entire lives. Who the hell do they think they are telling us what we'll do, how much of our money they are going to take and what they're going to spend it on? We have every right to defend ourselves from their initiation of force at some point. The hard part is choosing that point.

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I would sign this if it were in the form of a petition. For a long while I've been trying to figure out a way to tell the criminals in D.C. that they can only go so far before . . . you know. I can't print the words in this public forum or the Secret Service might come knocking on my door. I won't be enslaved by the scummy little criminals who have taken over our government, people who are not worthy of my table scraps. They're a bunch of little criminal dictators, most of whom have never had a real job in their entire lives. Who the hell do they think they are telling us what we'll do, how much of our money they are going to take and what they're going to spend it on? We have every right to defend ourselves from their initiation of force at some point. The hard part is choosing that point.

The problem is that your neighbour will probably throw himself in your path before you can implement. In defense of the state et al.

Can't change things before changing the minds of the plebs. Plebs not meant in a derogatory way.

The middle classes are the backbone of capitalism, and systematic destruction of their mind and assets is a big, big problem that you can't solve just by moving a couple of leaders out of the way.

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Brad, that is an EXCELLENT letter. We need to flood congress with tens of millions of letters like this.

rtg24, you make a valid point. Until critical mass is reached, the general population will get in the way.

Charles, that point will be reached by various individuals in separate circumstances. For me, it will be armed resistance when the state marshalls show up to attempt to remove me from my property (for failure to keep up with the taxes). For others, various reasons, ranging from land usage to IRS problems. But in all cases, the media will paint us as isolated criminals who are not paying 'our fair share'. How sad.

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The middle classes are the backbone of capitalism, and systematic destruction of their mind and assets is a big, big problem that you can't solve just by moving a couple of leaders out of the way.

To undo the current system would be very much like deconstructing a large building. Do you know how they do it? They strategically place charges in a few key places and let gravity do the rest. I am not advocating using explosives but I am advocating being very clever at choosing the points of political and economic destruction or dislocation. Choose the key points, kick out the supports and let nature (especially human nature) do the rest. Franscisco D'anconia had the right idea in the novel -Atlas Shrugged-. He made the right things break at the right time. I am not as optimistic about the John Galt talking cure.

I am sorry to say I do not, at this time, know how to implement my oh so clever proposal, but I think it is the direction in which to look and which to go.

Your comments on my quasi-proposal are very welcome.

Bob Kolker

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Bob - a large building would imply there were smart structural engineers building on the foundations of hundreds of years of human knowledge to erect the thing in the first place.

Mud huts on the other hand...

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Bob - a large building would imply there were smart structural engineers building on the foundations of hundreds of years of human knowledge to erect the thing in the first place.

Mud huts on the other hand...

True, but those same structural engineers seem to be very good at compartmentalizing their knowledge/intelligence and for a lot of them it does not seem to transfer to fields outside their own.

From my own study of history, government, social interaction and more I have come to the conclusion that an intellectual battle most proceed a physical battle (which does not have to happen). The intellectual battle needs to happen first because their needs to be something to replace the irrational ideas or government. If this does not happen chaos seems to reign and usually a worse person/government replaces that which was already there. All one has to do is look at the history of the previous couple of centuries in France, Russia, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Korea, Cuba and others. Please do not misunderstand me as I am not saying that intellectual change cannot happen for the better, but a lot more Patrick Henrys need to start standing up and raise their fiery voices so that they can be heard and understood.

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From my own study of history, government, social interaction and more I have come to the conclusion that an intellectual battle most proceed a physical battle (which does not have to happen).

I agree because the first and most necessary action is to take the moral high ground.

Observe how Reagan won the Cold War without firing a shot. He labelled the Communists for what they really were -- and "evil empire" -- with moral certainty and the willingness to speak and act on that certainty.

In the battle for the fate of the world, a little morality goes a long way.

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We can label the baddies all we want, but when they come with guns to take you away, what are you gonna' do then?

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We can label the baddies all we want, but when they come with guns to take you away, what are you gonna' do then?

I won't be there.

Right now I'm living the life I want where I want to be and watching for signs of danger. That's Plan A. If things get bad where I am, I'll head for a better state. That's Plan B. If the country is going to hell, Plan C is to go to another country. If there isn't any place in the world that's safe, I'll disappear and be unfindable.

Realistically, I don't see any reason to fear anyone coming to get me before I see them coming.

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“I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.” —Thomas Jefferson, Letter To Benjamin Rush

This is simultaneously a great quote, and a horrific, hopeless one. "God" is all about tyranny over the mind of man. Belief in "god" ultimately crushes all of reason, goodness, reality, truth, life, happiness, and hope. There's certainly no long-term freedom where people swear upon the altar of "god."

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We can label the baddies all we want, but when they come with guns to take you away, what are you gonna' do then?

I'm sure you meant "if they come", didn't you, mweiss?

I see the reaction to Obama as proof that, even with over a century's worth of crusader-scale efforts from the enemies of freedom, enough Americans know better. They do not hold the concept Freedom in a way that enables them to defend that inner spark with arguments that go back to the axioms - where would such mastery of philosophy come from? - but they still know that what the New and Hysterical Left are selling is pure poison. (I'll put a Benjamin on Ayn Rand having gotten here just in time for the nation to avert a Dark Ages II. It'll be close, nose-dives like the one's we're on now always are, but I'd bet the Experiment will level at the last possible moment, pull out of the weed beds, and soar again. And if it doesn't, well, we'll do as Betsy would.)

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“I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.” —Thomas Jefferson, Letter To Benjamin Rush

This is simultaneously a great quote, and a horrific, hopeless one. "God" is all about tyranny over the mind of man. Belief in "god" ultimately crushes all of reason, goodness, reality, truth, life, happiness, and hope. There's certainly no long-term freedom where people swear upon the altar of "god."

Let's not make the mistake both the Left and Right make when referring to this quote. The Founders, Jefferson especially, were Deists. One could substitute "Nature" for "God" in their writings without perverting their intent.

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Ah, money makes for mobility. I don't have that option, unfortunately, being in one of the most unvalued professions on earth.

And as Dr. Peikoff once said, "You can't find another country.." with respect to where one would go in the event that America is lost to totalitarianism.

Many of the midwestern religious right-wingers are saying they're going to stay and fight, in a civil war if need be. I would like my daughter to have a country to wake up to, where she can enjoy the same freedom that I enjoyed fifty years ago. Post WWII was the best time I can remember. We never really recovered all that we lost during the Great Depression, but at least we had a house and we were safe from eviction because the taxes were less than 1% of my income.

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“I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.” —Thomas Jefferson, Letter To Benjamin Rush

This is simultaneously a great quote, and a horrific, hopeless one. "God" is all about tyranny over the mind of man. Belief in "god" ultimately crushes all of reason, goodness, reality, truth, life, happiness, and hope. There's certainly no long-term freedom where people swear upon the altar of "god."

Conetxt, context!

“I have sworn upon the altar of God" means, in Jefferson's context, "This is as important as it gets for me." Ayn Rand often said, "God bless America" (see the Tom Snyder interview), but she wasn't endorsing theism.

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Ah, money makes for mobility. I don't have that option, unfortunately, being in one of the most unvalued professions on earth.

In the welfare state, neediness is an asset. It is very much in your self-interest to apply for welfare payments, unemployment, food stamps, AFDC, Medicaid, government grants or jobs, or any other way of getting back what has been extorted from you.

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As someone who had a brief brush with welfare in the beginning of the '70s (the recession), I found it the most demeaning, onerous, oppressive, and scary process imaginable. They threaten with jail time, demand that you make ALL banking records available to them, open your home to inspection with a fine tooth comb. In short, when you accept government handouts, be prepared to be living on a microscope slide. And the benefits are so small as to be insignificant.

I looked into tax relief as far back as 1994, when it started getting really out of hand. I tried to apply for a homestead exemption, but the state rep wrote me back and informed me that such exemption was abolished in 1976. I asked for other relief, but there are NO relief programs for property taxes in my state. Low income? Tough cookies, go live in your car! is what they essentially say. Nothing about the quality of life.

I'm nearing the end of life. All I want is to be able to enjoy my remaining years in my own home, doing what I enjoy, free from government goons threatening me.

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Okay, back on topic, I have been reading a lot lately, and this idea hit me:

If our government disobeys the will of its constituents, why don't we all band together and SUE our representatives and senators? Why don't we sue specific individuals responsible for the wholesale takeover of our nation by a world governance? If millions of Americans banded together and sued these bastards, maybe that would be the one remaining PEACEFUL rebellion we have left. Any thoughts?

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Okay, back on topic, I have been reading a lot lately, and this idea hit me:

If our government disobeys the will of its constituents, why don't we all band together and SUE our representatives and senators? Why don't we sue specific individuals responsible for the wholesale takeover of our nation by a world governance? If millions of Americans banded together and sued these bastards, maybe that would be the one remaining PEACEFUL rebellion we have left. Any thoughts?

Do not hold your breath waiting for the courts to go along with this plan. Think about it. Who or what issues the paychecks to the judges?

Bob Kolker

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What do you suppose would happen if 25,000 people publicly committed (by signing a petition perhaps, giving their names and addresses) to not paying their income taxes in 2011? Or maybe 50k or 100k people? What number would be large enough to stop our corrupt gov't in its tracks? Imagine if a million people got on board. Such a movement could not be ignored, by the politicians or the media, and they simply could not imprison everyone.

It wouldn't be about the money, of course. The gov't would just continue printing money to fund their corruption, as they always have done. It would be about their loss of authority and no longer being able to intimidate everyone to keep them "in line." I would think at that point that they could easily be swept aside politically and replaced by candidates sympathetic to the "rebels."

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I read recently that there are about 100,000 tax resistors in America. I think it would take between ten million and twenty million to really get their attention. Of course they would respond with the most viscious treatment of the "pioneer" tax protestors. Probably worse than Ed & Elaine Brown. Probably Waco-style invasions of numerous tax protestors at the top of their "list". They would make it as graphic and horrible as possible in order to 'scare' teh rest into giving up and paying taxes again.

Remember, they've got all the sophisticated weapons. Also, I heard that the military top brass are on board with the leftist regime, so no hope of a coupe from them. It would have to happen all throughout the lower echelons of the military and how would they communicate their plans worldwide without tipping off the brass and the Washington folk?

I think a massive class action suit with 40 or 50 million plaintiffs would be more effective. No lawyer and no judge could ignore that.

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Oh, this is dangerous talk. :D

We can label the baddies all we want, but when they come with guns to take you away, what are you gonna' do then?

I won't be there.

Right now I'm living the life I want where I want to be and watching for signs of danger. That's Plan A. If things get bad where I am, I'll head for a better state. That's Plan B. If the country is going to hell, Plan C is to go to another country. If there isn't any place in the world that's safe, I'll disappear and be unfindable.

Realistically, I don't see any reason to fear anyone coming to get me before I see them coming.

Betsy...I've been thinking along these lines also.

I am really bucking the system by raising a family. Talk about swimming against the current. I've seen how severe the damage can be when government and special interests have their way. It will forever affect my family. Lately, I've been thinking about working towards a dual citizenship. I know almost nothing about it. Countries of interest (for different reasons) include Australia, New Zealand (take a number and get in a long line, from what I understand), Norway, and Canada. I have skills that are welcome in civilized countries, luckily, and I'm in good health. A good friend of mine immigrated to Sweden and loves it. While I wouldn't like Socialism; I'd prefer an overt, established system as opposed to what we are quickly becoming - a system of opaque, dishonest trickery that's robbing a middle class that is "too busy" to notice.

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VERY interesting 2nd point.

New Zealand (take a number and get in a long line, from what I understand),

Really? Thought NZ had a massive skilled worker shortage/immigration deficit problem...

A good friend of mine immigrated to Sweden and loves it. While I wouldn't like Socialism; I'd prefer an overt, established system as opposed to what we are quickly becoming - a system of opaque, dishonest trickery that's robbing a middle class that is "too busy" to notice.

That's what I observed in the US actually. In France we are far more socialist, but the government workers are nowhere near as bitter and hateful as the leftists in the US. Either passionate about the left, or just living a good life and not really caring either way. The US has this scary, disturbing flavour to its socialism.

Still, remember to go spend some time there pre-immigration. The atmosphere is vital. NYC is much worse than any other place I've lived bar perhaps Mumbai, in terms of quality of life. But its people are the best, and this more than makes up for it. I'll take LA's highway hell and NYC's terrible infrastructure and food over Paris or London's lack of energy in the general population (although London has a core of expats who are extremely driven and ambitious, it does not compensate for the British socialist mindset).

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