Here is a speech I’d give to my peers:
My fellow Representatives, I come before you not as a member of a particular political party, but as one who like each of you has sworn an oath before God and man “to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic . . . so help me God!”
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I also approach you as simply one of the People of this great nation and remind you that the People are the only true sovereigns of this or any other legitimate government. And that it is only upon the authority granted to us by these, the true sovereigns, and rightful rulers of the nation, that we legitimately act . . . as their representatives.
I will begin my brief remarks by directing your attention to something which the great Friederich Hayek correctly observed in his classic work The Road to Serfdom when he wrote this, with respect to the values of the collectivist state, in Chapter 11 – The End of Truth:
“They are destructive of all morals because they undermine one of the foundations for all morals: the sense of and the respect for truth.”
“If the feeling of oppression in totalitarian [states] is in general much less acute than most people in [freer] countries imagine, this is because the totalitarian governments succeed to a high degree in making people think as they want them to.”
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“And the whole apparatus for spreading [information] – the schools and the press, radio [,television,] and motion picture – will be used exclusively to spread those views which, whether true or false, will strengthen the belief in the rightness of the decisions taken by the authority; and all information that might cause doubt…will be withheld.”
This propagation and suppression of information must, of course, apply first and foremost to the legitimacy of the government itself – starting with the head of state – “and all information that might cause doubt [as to his validity, must] be withheld.”
But there is yet more which must be done….
“The word ‘truth’ itself ceases to have its old meaning. It describes no longer something to be found, with the individual conscience as the sole arbiter of whether…the evidence (or the standing of those proclaiming [or withholding] it) warrants a belief; it becomes something to be laid down by authority, something which has to be believed in the interest of the unity of the organized effort….
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“The general intellectual [anti-intellectual, in fact] climate which this produces, the spirit of complete cynicism as regards truth which it engenders, the loss of the sense of even the meaning of truth, the disappearance of the spirit of independent inquiry and of the belief in the power of rational conviction [or of even simple common sense], the way in which differences of opinion in every branch of knowledge become political issues to be decided by authority, are all things which one must personally experience – no short description can convey their extent.”
And having “personally experienced” this for ourselves, ladies and gentlemen, over these past four years now – if we can be honest about it – no “description” (“short” or long) is necessary to “convey their extent.”
But there is something yet even more insidious; and Hayek, speaking from the perspective of history – in both his day, and now ours – describes it. Continuing his observations on the suppression of – and “the spirit of complete cynicism as regards” – the truth, he notes:
Perhaps the most alarming fact is that contempt for intellectual liberty [i.e., freedom of thought – or even the freedom to state the overwhelmingly obvious] is not a thing that arises only once the totalitarian system is established, but one which can be found everywhere among [so-called] intellectuals [and “Progressives” – my word] who have [already] embraced [the] collectivist faith…even in countries [which have not yet openly, at least, embraced totalitarianism itself]. Not only is even the worst oppression condoned if it is committed in the name of socialism [or ‘fairness,’ or ‘equality’], and the creation of a totalitarian system [although by some other name] openly advocated [in principle] by people who pretend to speak for the scientists of [freer] countries, intolerance, too, is openly extolled.
While Hayek’s words were first published in 1944, he could not possibly have described better the intolerance and disdain for truth – or for even the discussion of obvious and uncontested facts on the public record – which exists in America today…to the extent that this body, “pretending to speak for” the People of this once-free country, refuses to publicly acknowledge – mush less address or even debate – the striking anomalies surrounding its enigmatic Commander in Chief!
We hear much talk of secession among the People of the various states as a response to their outrage at the unwillingness of this Republican-controlled body of their Representatives to stand against the seemingly unceasing unconstitutional acts of this Administration. In the view of countless Americans, the acts of oppression by this President far exceed those that caused the Founders to “declare the causes which impel[led] them to the separation.”
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator [not by their Government, nor by any man] with certain unalienable Rights…[and] that to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,
…That whenever Any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.
But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.
It is with reference to this “long train of abuses” by both this President and the other branches of Government today that I will conclude my remarks….
In August 2011, some 250 citizens of Maricopa County, Arizona, petitioned Maricopa County Sheriff Joseph Arpaio to investigate allegations that Barack Obama’s identity documents were forged, raising questions about his Constitutional eligibility to hold the high office of President of the United States.
So begins Mike Zullo’s 150+ page report of Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s now-fifteen-month long investigation of Barack Obama. The investigation studied the original short-form, computer-generated Certification of Live Birth, curiously first posted on the far-left DailyKos website in June of 2008 and on the Obama campaign’s “FightTheSmears” website shortly thereafter.
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The investigation turned its attention to Mr. Obama’s “original” long-form Certificate of Live Birth, which was posted at whitehouse.gov on April 27, 2011 (three years after the short-form) following several months of public challenges by Donald Trump (and on the eve of the release of Dr. Jerome Corsi’s National New York Times best-seller Where’s The Birth Certificate?)
In its first official Press Conference, on March 1, 2012, the Posse presented a series of six thorough but concise videos covering many of the extensive (and subsequently un-refuted) anomalies on both the purported digital image of the long-form birth certificate and another key-identifying legal document – his alleged 1980 Selective Service Registration Card. Both were shown to be riddled with clear signs of forgery. It was also noted that failure to register with the Selective Service Administration, as required by law, would alone disqualify any male from subsequent service within any department or branch of the Federal Government.
With respect to the only two attempted explanations (by defenders of the Administration) to dismiss the anomalies on the long-form birth certificate – that it was subjected to OCR (Optimal Character Recognition) and/or Optimization (or Compression – to reduce file size) – the Investigators clearly demonstrated that neither process could account for the myriad irregularities.
The Investigation also documented what has become the standard response from this Administration on all matters relating to the President’s identity – an abject refusal (on the part of the Selective Service Administration, in this case) to provide any further documentation of the document in question. (The identical thing occurred with respect to his undeniably-suspect Social Security number.) We read the following from the Washington Times:
The Selective Service System’s new privacy rules were published in the Federal Register on Tuesday, September 20, 2011, four days after the September 16 announcement by World Net Daily that the Maricopa County (Arizona) Sheriff’s Office ‘Cold Case Posse’ was opening an inquiry with full subpoena power into alleged forgery of several documents concerning Obama’s birth and draft registration.
In the course of the investigation, lead investigator Mike Zullo made two separate trips to Hawaii. While there as a representative of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office on official government business and as part of an official law-enforcement investigation, he was denied the opportunity to meet with Dr. Alvin Onaka, the Registrar of Vital Statistics for the Hawaii Department of Health. Onaka is the person whose signature (curiously, that of an employee whose initials follow “Onaka’s” signature) was on the digital document at whitehouse.gov.
After insisting on meeting with someone from the State, Mr. Zullo was allowed to meet with Deputy Attorney General Jill Nagamine, who refused to offer any evidence of the validity of Mr. Obama’s purported birth documents – beyond a three-ring loose-leaf binder that contained a computerized list of those for whom certificates are on file with the Department of Health. Ms. Nagamine is the person who has vigorously defended the State of Hawaii’s steadfast refusal to admit access to the alleged original document on file with the State – all of this after she purportedly posted an exact digital copy of it online for all the world to see!
She has also represented the State in its ongoing refusal to allow Duncan Sunahara’s perfectly-legitimate request to obtain a copy of his own sister Virginia’s original birth certificate from the morning of Mr. Obama’s alleged 7:24 pm, August 4, 1961 birth. It has been suspected that Virginia’s certificate number may have been the one used by the creators of the Obama digital document, as Virginia died the following day – which might explain why the alleged certificate number for Mr. Obama is higher than that of twins born a day later and registered three days after his. (Virginia’s certificate number is indefensibly some 440 higher than the President’s!)
If the President has nothing to hide, he should simply do what every other American must do to obtain a driver’s license, a Social Security number (his is, of course, inexplicably from Connecticut – a state in which he never resided), a passport (his application for which has also been withheld from the public), a job (he was unable to pass E-Verify), or even to play Little League Baseball – and provide a certified hard-copy, raised-seal long-form birth certificate!
Sheriff Arpaio’s Investigation also uncovered the startling fact that the INS passenger lists for foreign flights landing in Honolulu for the two weeks including the President’s alleged August 4, 1961 birth (from July 28, 1961 – August 12, 1961) have inexplicably disappeared from their files. Coupled with the documented testimony of Barack Obama’s paternal grandmother that she was present at his birth at the Coast Provincial Hospital in Mombasa, Kenya (for which the birth records of the time period of his birth have also been sealed in both Kenya and in Great Britain’s National Archives) and numerous other public references by Kenyan officials to his being born in Kenya (well-documented by the Cold-Case Posse and in other published works), it is undeniable that there are colossal questions surrounding the true place of his birth.
How long will we remain silent? How long will we stand idly by while the most ill-prepared and unexceptional president in our nation’s history continues in his own unending “train of abuses,” through which he has unquestionably succeeded in “fundamentally transforming” our laws, our traditions, and our own universally-unsurpassed American exceptionalism?
I will end with the words of the great Patrick Henry, from his March 23, 1775 speech before the Virginia House of Burgesses at St. John’s Church – adapted to fit our current circumstances:
Ask yourselves how this [pretended negotiation regarding the current self-inflicted financial crisis on the part of this Administration and its congressional allies] comports with those warlike preparations which…darken our land. [I refer to the recent and apparently ongoing and well-documented purchases by our government of hundreds of millions of rounds of high-caliber ammunition by agencies other than our armed forces for apparent use right here at home – all in the face of a relentless campaign to disarm our citizens. ]
Are [bullets and detention centers ] necessary to a work of love and reconciliation? Have we shown ourselves so unwilling to be reconciled that force must be called in to win back our love? Let us not deceive ourselves, sir. These are the implements of war and subjugation — the last arguments to which kings resort.
I ask gentlemen, sir, what means this martial array, if its purpose be not to force us to submission? Can gentlemen assign any other possible motive for it? [Have we] any enemy in this quarter of the world, to call for all this accumulation of [the weapons and facilities of war]? No, sir, she has none. They are meant for us: they can be meant for no other. They are …to bind and rivet upon us those chains which [our government has] been so long forging….
Let us not, I beseech you, sir, deceive ourselves longer….
We have petitioned — we have remonstrated — we have supplicated — we have prostrated ourselves before the throne and have implored its interposition to arrest the tyrannical hands of the [Administration and the Congress]. Our petitions have been slighted; our remonstrances have produced additional violence and insult [from the Occupy dissidents and Labor radicals]; our supplications [and the voice of the People expressed in local elections] have been disregarded; and we have been spurned, with contempt, from the foot of the [self-assumed, and illegally-occupied] throne.
In vain, after these things, may we indulge the fond hope of peace and reconciliation [with those who openly seek to ‘transform’ our beloved country and disavow the rights guaranteed us by our Constitution].
There is no longer any room for [the hope of ‘getting along,’ or appeasing those who fundamentally oppose the freedom and responsibility of self-determination which we hold dear]. If we wish to be free — if we mean to preserve inviolate those inestimable privileges for which we have been so long contending — if we mean not basely to abandon the noble struggle in which we have been so long engaged, and which we have pledged ourselves never to abandon until the glorious object of our contest shall be obtained — we must fight! — I repeat it, sir, we must fight!! An appeal to arms and to the God of Hosts, is all that is left us!
The [Republican establishment ‘advisors’] tell us, sir, that we are weak — unable to cope with so formidable an adversary [as the media and the unidentified masses]. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be the next week or the next year? Will it be when we are totally disarmed…?
Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction? Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance by lying supinely on our backs, and hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot [via blatantly unconstitutional Executive Orders, absurd and unprecedented judicial ‘rulings’ or avoidances, or by Congressional overreach or inaction]?
Sir, we are not weak, if we make a proper use of those means which the God of nature has placed in our power. Three [hundred] millions of people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us. Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations; and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us.
The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave. Besides, sir, we have no [choice]. If we were base enough to desire it, it is now too late to retire from the contest. There is no retreat but in submission and slavery! Our chains are forged. Their clanking may be heard on the plains of Boston! The war is inevitable and let it come!! I repeat it, sir, let it come!!!
It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, peace, peace — but there is no peace…. Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or [acceptance by the very ones who oppose us] so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! — I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!
The refusal of this Republican “led” Congress to act – in the face of such overwhelmingly obvious proof of fraud on the part of the Commander in Chief – is one of the great betrayals in American history. There is no excuse! There is only shame and the inevitable consequence of doing nothing…while our inalienable rights, freedoms, and property are senselessly and purposefully stripped away!
There is, however, one thing that will vanish from the Earth even before our rights are fully eroded…and that is The Party that pretends to cherish them…but will do nothing in their defense!
Your abject dereliction of duty will not go unnoticed…nor will it go unrewarded!
T. M. Ballantyne, Jr. is the author of three books, including Uncommon Sense…Apparently! and, most recently, Oh Really, O’Reilly! – a riveting and entertaining expose of the greatest fraud in American history! Both are available in paperback at www.UncommonSenseNow.com.
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