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1 Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem. Ronald Reagan, 1981 1

2 Americans have the right to free speech – but that right is now restricted to the inside of Free Speech Zones. The Free Speech Zone at the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston featured a concrete and steel cage enclosed by multiple layers of chain link fence topped with razor wire and surrounded by riot police and snipers. Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation, must begin by subduing the freeness of speech. Silence Dogood, 1722 (Benjamin Franklin) 2

3 Voters like the government to spend money without raising taxes, so the government adapted a fiat currency. Fiat money is a hidden tax on your entire accumulated life savings, and the tax is paid through ever rising prices. The government pretends to fight inflation, while in reality, it is its sole source. When a currency is backed by something in limited supply, prices are stable or even decline when there are improvements in technology. Money becomes more valuable over time, which encourages savings and lessens dependency on welfare when work is hard to come by and on Social Security in old age. The estimated Consumer Price Index fell 42% between 1800 and 1913. Since 1913 it has increased 2,069%. 3

4 The government now owns all land. It allows you to continue paying rent on your land in the form of property taxes only until it can find someone willing to pay more – at which time you will be given a check in whatever amount the government determines taxpayers should be forced to pay, and then you will be evicted. Something has gone seriously awry with this courts interpretation of the Constitution. Clarence Thomas, 2005, dissenting in Kelo v. New London 4

5 We categorically reject the idea that… jury nullification is desirable or that courts may permit it to occur when it is within their authority to prevent. Accordingly, we conclude that a juror who intends to nullify the applicable law is… subject to dismissal. U.S. v. Thomas, 1997 John Lilburne won the right of jury nullification in 1642 and it quickly became part of English Common Law. American juries have used jury nullification to refuse to convict for violations of Prohibition and the Runaway Slave Act. you [juries] have a right to take it upon yourselves to judge of both, and to determine the law as well as the fact in controversy. John Jay, 1794, first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court 5

6 Ownership of property requires the ability to use property as you wish, so long as it does not violate anothers rights. The same is true for ownership of your own body. When the government claims the authority to regulate what you may consume and what actions you may take even when those actions do not harm anyone else, the government claims ownership of your body. Vices are those acts by which a man harms himself or his property. Crimes are those acts by which one man harms the person or property of another… It is a maxim of the law that there can be no crime without criminal intent; that is, without the intent to invade the person or property of another. But no one ever practices a vice with any such criminal intent. Lysander Spooner, 1875 6

7 No one will be able to be armed. Guns will be taken. Only law enforcement will be allowed to have guns. Eddie Compass, 2005, New Orleans Police Superintendent No free man shall be debarred the use of arms. Thomas Jefferson, 1776 The right to self defense, whether from common criminals or tyranny, is inalienable. 7

8 The orders came right from the top… with the endorsement of the President. Janis Karpinsky, 2005, former Abu Ghraib general The government will redefine torture, again, and continue as usual, either further out of sight at places like Bagram, or by outsourcing to countries without significant media access. All men are endowed with certain unalienable rights. Declaration of Independence the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial cruel and unusual punishments [shall not be] inflicted Bill of Rights 8

9 The more one considers the matter, the clearer it becomes that redistribution is in effect far less a redistribution of free income from the richer to the poorer, as we imagined, than a redistribution of power from the individual to the state. Bertrand de Jouvenel, 1952 Historically, the definition of a free person is a person who owns his own labor. Serfs were not free because they owed their feudal lords… a maximum of one-third of their labor… The lowest tax rate, not counting state income, property tax and sales tax, is 15% Social Security tax and 15% federal income tax. The free American starts off with a 30% tax rate, the position of a medieval serf. In medieval Europe, when tax rates reached beyond 30%, serfs rebelled and killed their masters. Paul Craig Roberts, 2009 9

10 … the greatest of these aggressions incurred by the Muslims since the death of the Prophet is the occupation of the land of the two Holy Places… by the armies of the American crusaders and their allies. Osama Bin Laden, 1996 Following the first Gulf War, Americas entangling alliances caused us to deploy troops to Saudi Arabia. OBL listed this as his primary reason for declaring war on America. Americas current troop deployments: 140,000 Iraq, 73,500 Germany, 41,360 South Korea, 40,680 Japan, 38,160 Kuwait, 11,965 Italy, 11,097 UK, 8,500 Afghanistan, 4,500 Bahrain, 4,490 Guam, 3,300 Qatar… Equal and exact justice to all men, of whatever state or persuasion, religious or political; peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with none. Thomas Jefferson, 1801 10

11 Deficit spending is simply a scheme for the confiscation of wealth. Alan Greenspan, 1966 If I borrow money from a mortgage bank… he is the true owner of the money… and if I dont pay I am robbing him of his just property. But when a government borrows money, it does not pledge its own money; its own resources are not liable… but ours. … public creditors are willing to hand over money to the government now in order to receive a share of tax loot… Both parties are immorally contracting to participate in the violation of the property rights of citizens in the future. Both parties… deserve the back of our hand… why should we, struggling Americans of today, be bound by debts created by a past ruling elite who contracted these debts at our expense? … I propose… out-right debt repudiation. Murray Rothbard, 1992 11

12 Bush signed into law a bill, that Obama had voted for, which expanded warrantless wiretapping and granted immunity to telecommunications corporations for past warrantless searches. This strange version of an ex post facto law denied customers of the telecom corporations who had been spied upon the ability to have their day in court. The purpose of the law was to enact a federal statute that trumped the Constitution. No… ex post facto law shall be passed The right of the people to be secure… against unreasonable searches… shall not be violated. … the right of trial by jury shall be preserved… U.S. Constitution 12

13 NAFTA, CAFTA, the SPP, wage laws, union laws, bankruptcy laws, patent laws, antitrust laws, tariffs, quotas, subsidies, bailouts, and countless other regulations interfere with the free market exchange of goods and services. This drives up costs, creates unemployment, and slows technological progress. Always under the guise of helping one disadvantaged group or another, these laws effectively limit competition and maximize profits for those with power. The governments only legitimate function in the free market is to protect against fraud and enforce contracts. Once it does more than that, the market can no longer be called free. The government should never interfere in a mutually agreed upon exchange, and it never should have become the foremost destroyer of contracts, as it has during the housing bubble bust and faux credit crunch. 13

14 Ironically, shortly before the Statue of Liberty was completed, the government passed the Chinese Exclusion Act. There had been no real immigration restrictions into America until that point. Freedom requires the free movement of people. Americans used to believe that all peoples had the right to be free. Now the government enforces a Constitution Free Zone within 100 miles of the border, where it claims it doesnt even need a warrant to conduct a search. Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp! cries she With silent lips. Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me. I lift my lantern beside the golden door! 14

15 The government uses fear and love to control people. Fear the terrorists, fear the bird flu, fear global warming, fear an economic collapse. You dont love your country if you arent willing to declare war on our fears and sacrifice your life, liberty, and property. The solution to every War on Fear always involves a massive transfer of wealth and power to those who already have a massive amount of wealth and power. Of all the enemies to public liberty, war is… the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other… In war, too, the discretionary power of the executive is extended… and all the means of seducing the minds, are added to those of subduing the force, of the people… No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare. James Madison, 1795 15

16 Every mans life is at the call of the nation and so must be every mans property. We are living today in a highly organized state of socialism. The state is all; the individual is of importance only as he contributes to the welfare of the state. His property is his only as the state does not need it. He must hold his life and possessions at the call of the state. Bernard Baruch, 1918, chairman of Woodrow Wilsons War Industries Board, member of FDRs misnamed Brain Trust There is no clearer example of evil than when one man claims to own the life of another. Our government has expressly stated that it owns your life through a military draft and continues to hold that position by maintaining Selective Service registration. Just wars will always find volunteers. The same holds true for the forced servitude of youth into volunteer work. The GIVE Act is as much an expression of evil as a military draft. 16

17 America exports death. And the Masses cheer. Thou shalt not kill. Exodus 20:13 17

18 The Union, in any event, wont be dissolved. We dont want to dissolve it, and if you attempt it, we wont let you. With the purse and sword, the army and navy and treasury in our hands and in our command, you couldnt do it… We dont want to dissolve the Union; you shall not. Abraham Lincoln, 1856 Any people, anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable, a most sacred right, a right which we hope and believe is to liberate the world. Nor is this right confined to cases in which the whole people of an existing government may choose to exercise it. Any portion of such people, that can, may revolutionize, and make their own of so much of the territory as they inhabit. Abraham Lincoln, 1848 18

19 None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free. The truth has been kept from the depth of their minds by masters who rule them with lies. They feed them on falsehoods til wrong looks like right in their eyes. Attributed to Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once its realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy. Ron Paul, 2003 19

20 People should not be afraid of their governments – governments should be afraid of their people. The only winning move is not to play. Refuse to fund the state. Refuse dependency on the state. Refuse to vote for Republicans and Democrats that maintain the power of the state. Refuse to join the states enforcement arms, the military, and police. Refuse to convict anyone for a victimless crime. Refuse to participate in stealing from your neighbors. Refuse to participate in a debt based monetary system. Refuse to be manipulated by fear of terrorists. Refuse to be manipulated by fear of the free market. Refuse to be afraid of freedom. Embrace freedom; destroy the power of the state. REVOLUTION 20

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