Looking Up At The Cliff

As America continues to degrade, perhaps we should take stock of the situation. Let us consider liberty, the economy, morality, defense, and demographics.

The liberty bequeathed us by our ancestors is fading, much of it already gone. The plain words and provisions of our Constitution are openly violated and despised by our politicians. Former Speaker of the House  Nancy Pelosi was shocked, offended, and sarcastic when she was asked where the Constitutional  justification for ObamaCare was. Obviously, there is none. And Obamacare is just one of the more recent egregious examples.  The 2nd and 4th Amendments are under siege. Eminent domain steals our property. Free speech is being questioned when it challenges the government’s official position on a subject, or when an issue is deemed “hate speech” against a protected minority (preferably a minority that did nothing to help establish, settle, or build America).

The economy is on its way down. Our monetary system is a sham. The Founders made specie (gold and silver coin) the money of the land, a medium of exchange with intrinsic value that a government cannot eliminate. Eustace Mullins exposed the Federal Reserve System, the current paper money racket, way back in the 1950s.

When you bring together valueless paper money, a nation who does not grow their own food, most manufactured goods being imported junk, our “service economy”, a $19 TRILLION dollar government debt, massive consumer debt, and unstable petroleum prices because of Middle Eastern unrest -you have a recipe for an economic collapse that will make the 1930s Great Depression look mild and rosy.

On morality, the traditional Christian morality of the U.S.A. and western society is almost gone. Sexual sin and sexual perversion that was scandalous fifty years ago -and sometimes punishable by prison or death a few centuries ago- is now promoted on mainstream TV -and acted out on cable TV and in the movies vomited out by KosherWood. Small towns and rural areas that did not lock their doors at night fifty years ago now have locks, burglar alarms, 24 hour police patrols, and loaded weapons kept bedside.

Stable families are a memory. Over 40% of marriages end in divorce. Children born out of wedlock are more and more common, with more than half of black children now born illegitimately.

While some people, especially those in rural America, still own and carry guns for defense -the majority of America adults do not. The concept of a citizen militia as the last line of defense against tyranny and foreign invasion is a faded memory, a memory wiped away with the First World War.

Demographically, the people who founded and settled America are dying. The European people who settled our land, fought the American Revolution, framed the Constitution and Bill of Rights, and built America are slowly dying. On average we are not having enough white children to maintain our numbers. Coupled with black welfare mommas and illegal immigrants from Mexico and Central America, America is daily getting browner. Soon we will be a minority in our own land. When will the colored masses begin to sing “Kill the Boer” in America?

The title of this essay was Looking Up At The Cliff, not Standing At The Edge Of The Cliff. We have slipped over the edge of the cliff and are looking back up as we fall. The only question is whether or not enough of us will survive the fall to rebuild the country of our ancestors.

Copyright (c) 2016 by Joseph Charles Putnam of Orange County, Indiana. All rights reserved.

Franklin and the Sun Chair

There is an ornate carved Mahogany wooden chair at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was made in 1779 by John Folwell, and was used by George Washington as he chaired the Constitutional Convention in the summer of 1787.

James Madison wrote that Benjamin Franklin commented, at the end of the convention, that he had often looked at the carving behind the president, without being able to tell if the carved sun was rising or setting -but now he knew that is was a rising sun. Let us consider that thought.

The United States of America was based upon the right of freemen to rule themselves through representative government. We won our independence from Britain after a long and violent struggle. We wrote the Constitution (1787, ratified 1789) and the Bill of Rights (1791) as a framework for intelligent and principle free men to rule themselves with a minimal government with specifically delegated powers.

We had a few struggles , such as the feud between Hamilton and Jefferson over the national bank and later the Alien and Sedition acts, but overall we went on as free men until 1861. The southern states, faced with economic and political sanctions from the northern states, decided to cut the cord and restart in the tradition of their grandfathers who had left Britain.

Rather than repenting of their ways and attempting to reconcile with the southern states, Abraham Lincoln -the first American dictator- invaded the south!

He claimed they had no right to leave, so he would kill them to bring them back. He refused to congressionally declare war against the Confederate States, claiming they were just rebel provinces of the United States. (But they had to be formally readmitted after the war, showing they sovereign states who had left).

The the southern states were militarily occupied for years during a period called Reconstruction. Many Confederate veterans were disenfranchised, and Yankee carpetbaggers gave free -and often illiterate- negroes the right to vote. These Yankee actions brought brought about the boys in white hoods.

The War Between the States, which by definition was not a “civil war”, and the reconstruction period is a wound from which the U.S.A. never fully recovered.

Then in the early 1900s we saw the 16th Amendment (fraudulently claimed to be) ratified, the 17th Amendment destroying the Founder’s balanced federation system (claimed to be) ratified, the creation of the IRS, the Federal Reserve act, and our unnecessary entry into the First World War. All of this occurred in the five year period between 1913 and 1918!

Since then was saw the manufactured Great Depression, the unnecessary WWII, FDR’s socialist programs, Johnson’s expansion of socialism, gun control (NFA 34, GCA 68, 1994AWB, NICS, etc.), the destruction of the 4th Amendment courtesy of the (unconstitutional) Federal “War on Drugs” and 9/11, the disgustingly misnamed USA Patriot Act, unconstitutional and unnecessary wars, ObamaCare, business and tax policies that sent our manufacturing base overseas, massive (and theoretically unrepayable)    government debt, rampant immorality promoted by the media and entertainment corporations, and multiculturalism shoved down our throat by government and the media.

If Benjamin Franklin were alive today, he would tell us that the American sun was setting.

Copyright (c) 2016 by Joseph Charles Putnam of Orange County, Indiana. All rights reserved.

The Meaning of the 4th of July

Today is the 240th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. This is a special day for Americans, arguably the most important holiday of the year.

The American colonies, “when a long train of abuses and usurpations” brought about petition, protest, tax protests, and finally armed conflict between the British army and American militias, the thirteen united States of America finally formally declared independence from Britain.

This was a tad more dramatic than the recent Brexit vote in the UK! In early June of 1776 Richard Henry Lee introduced a resolution in the Continental Congress to declare independence from the British government. This was postponed, but a committee was set up to draft a declaration of independence, with Thomas Jefferson as its head.

On July 2, twelve of the thirteen colonies voted to declare independence from Britain, with New York abstaining (neither voting for or against it). On July 4th, 1776 the declaration of Independence was officially adopted and signed by John Hancock and Charles Thompson, who were the president and secretary of Congress.

New York gave her assent later in July, and an official parchment copy of the declaration was written up an titled “The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America”. This copy was signed by the majority of the signatories on August 2nd and by a few later on. (No, everybody did not sign of July 4th). This is the official copy of the Declaration of Independence, and is the one on display in Washington, D.C.

Note something about the title. The “u” in united is not capitalized. That is because at this point there was no formal agreement or governing charter between the thirteen colonies. They were thirteen united States in unofficial association against a common enemy, not the United States of America.

Only after ratification of the Articles of Confederation in 1781 did we have an actual national/federal government formally titled the United States of America. We fought (and won) most of the American Revolution as a voluntary association of states with no central taxing power over the states.

(For more information on the history of unanimous Declaration, please see the book The Signers Of The Declaration Of Independence by Ferris and Morris, originally published by the National Park Service).

The Declaration of Independence proclaimed the universal right of man to live free from an oppressive government. It proclaimed our right to “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness” -not any right to a meal ticket, housing, or health care from a paternalistic government.

The Declaration gives a long list of the colonist’s grievances with the king. Included is that he had dissolved their legislative bodies, imposed taxes without American consent, deprived them of trial by jury, held mock trials, abdicated their protection, and hired mercenaries (Hessians) to subjugate them.

It also indicted the king, in that he had “erected a multitude of new Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance”. (Does that not sound like the United States government after 1913, and especially after FDR?)

One aspect of the Declaration that is not often focused on is paragraph 29. Paragraph 29 is part of a list of grievances against the king of Britain, and leveled the charge that: “He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages…” 

In addition to the struggle against the British government and its Redcoat army -the British were attempting to do two things: first, to cause the Indian tribes to attack Americans and second, to promote slave rebellion. Lord Dunmore, the royal governor of Virginia, even offered any male slave of an American rebel/patriot that would run away and bear arms for Britain his freedom!

Our American ancestors were facing more than formal warfare by uniformed soldiers of a recognized European government. They were facing the potential of Indian raids, slave revolts, and race warfare -all instigated against them by the crown of Britain.

The Founders, all of whom were white males, were fighting for more than liberty. They were fighting to secure the existence of their people and a future for their children.

I have already read the Declaration this morning, and I intend to read it yet again today. The Declaration of Independence is one of the greatest political documents ever written, a testament to Thomas Jefferson’s genius and eloquence.

The 4th of July is the day Americans celebrate our independence from British royal authority.Or rather it is the day we officially do so. Patriots remember the American Revolution all year long. Furthermore, most Americans do not celebrate the 4th for what it is; to them it is just a day off from work with a cookout and maybe some fireworks.

Most present day Americans know little about the American Revolution, the Declaration of Independence, and the formation of our constitutional republic.

I have written this article to help people better understand what the true meaning of the 4th of July is and why it still matters today, 240 years later. If people actually read the Declaration, they will better understand why we fought. They might even begin to realize that the U.S. government has drifted far from its founding principles.

I hope that before you attend a cookout, fireworks display, or partake in other mindless festivities with your acquaintances, that you think a bit about the Declaration and the men who bled to give us America.

Copyright (c) 2016 by Joseph Charles Putnam of Orange County, Indiana. All rights reserved.

More Thoughts on the 1st Amendment: Corporate Censorship

In my 1st Amendment essay two days ago, I discussed our political rights. But there is more to it in present day American than legality. There is voluntary censorship by corporate entities.

A person has the right to think, say, and print whatever he desires. A person who owns a printing press, or an FM microstation, certainly has the right to choose what content he will print or put on the airwaves.  But here is where it gets interesting.

Most media in present day America is owned by corporations, often large corporations. Corporations are creations of the state, and subject to it in ways that private individuals and businesses are not. The radio and TV channels of the electromagnetic spectrum are assigned/licensed by the Federal government. The FCC’s “fairness” and “equal time” doctrines are media censorship by the Feds. (No, there is absolutely zero Constitutional authority to regulate these channels).

Major newspapers and book publishers are also corporations, many of them owned or based from New York City. Until recently, they could control what types of views were presented to Americans, as they controlled the presses. Unless one could find a small printer in small town America who would touch your dissident material, and one had the money to pay in advance to print up a bunch of copies, then you could not get published.

But the Internet changed all of this. The Internet allowed people to put up websites and blogs devoted to controversial material. Alternative radio began to stream broadcasts on the net, with no use of the electromagnetic channels that the government was licensing! Then, on demand digital publishing began.

Companies like Amazon’s CreateSpace, Lulu, and Barnes & Noble’s Nook Press started up. They would let average Americans write their owns books, electronically format them, submit them via the internet, and then house them on their database to be printed “on demand” when a customer ordered one from an online site like Amazon.

This allowed a person to print with no up-from capital required. The company was not out any significant money either. If a title did not sell, they lost nothing as there were no warehouse full of unwanted books; if a title sold, they made money. They took this gamble, and a bunch of “indie” writers emerged -like myself.

They are publishing so many books, mostly novels, that I do not believe that they even read, let alone screen, the books they publish. But here is the rub.

The huge corporations that own the digital on-demand book publishers are just that -corporations. They can voluntary censor material that they do not like. In the last year, we saw a test case of this.

Jim Fetzer- a Ph. D. , former U.S.M.C. officer, college professor,and author- published a conspiracy/alternative theory about the alleged mass shooting at Sandy Hook. Fetzer claimed that Sandy Hook was an elaborate FEMA drill hoax, with  no actual shooting, and that it was done to promote gun control.His book was selling, and then CreateSpace ceased printing it, and it was removed from the Amazon website. It got popular enough that powerful people saw, it complained,and had it pulled.

(Note: I have not read Fetzer’s book,and I am not taking  a position on his theory here.

This was legal and  did not violate the 1st Amendment, but it was censorship. This will no doubt continue. If you see a politically incorrect book you like on Amazon or elsewhere, you had better buy it while you can. I am quite possibly only in print through CreateSpace only because I am not yet widely known and popular.

Copyright (c) 2016 by Joseph Charles Putnam of Orange County, Indiana. All rights reserved.

Thoughts on the 1st Amendment

Here in the U.S.A. we have something called the 1st Amendment. It was the first of ten amendments ratified on December 15, 1791 and added to the new U.S. Constitution. They were added as some citizens, primarily anti-federalists, wished to see clearly expressed protections of their God given rights.

The Federalists generally argued that specific enumeration of rights was unnecessary, as the Constitution only held certain delegated powers. In theory this was correct, but the Anti-Federalists knew that government tends to grow and that among men in power there will always be a few unscrupulous ones who will twist words to abuse the citizens.

I give this brief introduction, not to insult my readers, but for the following two reasons: (1) because the public school system in America has done such a lousy job of teaching history to students and (2) in the past month I have had several page views from the UK and South Africa, where people may not be familiar with American history or governmental structure.

The 1st Amendment reads as follows:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances”. 

The 1st Amendment guarantees our God given right to hold whatever religious opinions seem to us correct, to freely speak our minds and print such thoughts on all subjects, to peacefully assemble with our fellow citizens, and to demand our servant -the government- listen to our objections to its actions and policies.

There is no “wall of separation” between church and state in the 1st Amendment; that phrase came from a letter that Thomas Jefferson wrote to the Danbury Baptists. Many of the Founders were Christians, and acknowledged the affect that Christian morality had on our Founding and government. The amendment simply guarantees that there will be no official preference to any religion or sect of religion by the federal government.

Americans have the God given right to read, think, speak, and publish thoughts and opinions on all matters -including ones that are politically or socially controversial. We have a specifically recognized right to criticize our government.

We also have the right to assemble with each other, to discuss whatever we choose. We even have the right to petition the government when we object to it, both in writing and by public assembly.

The 1st Amendment allows me to blog and self-publish my patriot books, which would not be allowed in all the countries of the earth. The 1st Amendment even allows us to question the holy number 6 million, which I understand it is illegal to do in much of Europe.

Not every country recognizes the God given rights of its citizens as the U.S. (at least theoretically) does. The U.S. government is beginning to crack down on free speech through police intimidation, politically motivated IRS audits, hate crimes laws, etc. We had better exercise our 1st Amendment rights while our out-of-control government still recognizes them.

Copyright (c) 2016 by Joseph Charles Putnam of Orange County, Indiana. All rights reserved.

I Do Not Covet Your Money

It seems that everything today is for sale. Unlike most people, organizations, blogs, websites, and churches -I do not covet your money. There is not and never will be a donate button on this blog. I do not accept donations. I am an American patriot, not a professional pay-triot like Alex Jones.

With the recent Brexit vote, the main objections to the UK leaving the EU seem to have been financial. It appears that most people in America are focused on making money, accumulating material goods, and being comfortable and entertained. This applies to the entire political spectrum -Republican, Democrat,and Libertarian.

I have been studying the book of Jeremiah recently. What most Christians do not seem to grasp is that much of the Old Testament was written by prophets pronouncing judgement upon the rebellious Jews who had sinned against the Lord; the Old Testament is not some deification of the Jewish people or a list of future promises of physical bliss for Jews while on this earth in some yet to be seen millennial paradise.

Jeremiah was sent to the Hebrews to proclaim the judgment of Almighty God upon them, judgment for their great sins.  They were guilty of much, but as this essay is about money and covetousness, I shall confine my scripture quote to that topic.

“For from the least of them even unto the greatest of them every one of them is given to covetousness; and from the prophet even unto the priest  every one dealeth falsely”—-Jeremiah 6:13

Does not that verse from Jeremiah describe present day Americans? Everyone, from children to seniors,live for money and things.

Financial success and upward mobility are the idol of most Americans, even those who never really achieve it. Electronic devices, cars, expensive apparel, elaborate home furnishings, sporting events, and retirement accounts have taken the place of God, country, family, and political liberty.

Government employees close their eyes to the evil actions of them state so that they may receive their paycheck and retirement. People grit their teeth and go on despite the policies and political agenda supported by their corporate employer -as I did when I worked for Home Depot. Wealthy patriots have safes full of guns as America slides toward tyranny. A people who have done this have doomed themselves to eventual slavery.

One has to have something more important than materialism to live for. We are not just here to satisfy base physical desires and accumulate things. Man is supposed to be more than an animal with a high function brain.

This blog is a free service to my countrymen. I want them to learn about the Founders, the Constitution, and liberty. I want them to love America enough to talk to their friends about liberty and current events, buy and hand out books, and prepare for the potential of a future economic collapse or tyrannical government. I want something much more important than your mammon; I want you to love America.

I am currently juggling establishing a homestead, studying the Bible and American history,blogging, staying fit, and several future writing projects. At this point, I have a rather small readership.If my readership does not increase, I may end this blog commentary series sometime this summer and focus on my other projects.

I do not covet your money.

Copyright (c) 2016 by Joseph Charles Putnam of Orange County, Indiana. All rights reserved.


Internet Patriots

After two decades of reading and thinking, and several years with alternative radio and the internet, I have come to the conclusion that the loosely knit group often referred to as the patriot movement exists primarily on the internet.

Yes, there are some actual patriot authors (like myself), alternative radio programs, patriot websites and blogs, tax protesters, militia units, etc. But there are precious few patriots per capita. I believe this for three primary purposes.

First, I have personally met very few (perhaps a half dozen) people who fall into the aforementioned categories. Second, because the movement has not really went anywhere since the 1990s era flare-up brought about by the the 1994 Crime Bill/AWB, Ruby Ridge, Waco, etc.; it may have actually calmed down a bit. Third, because any “protest” of any size -such as the NRA, the Tea Parties, and the Trump movement- is openly philosophically flawed in important areas -and often compromised by the enemy.

Sarcasm now beginning. But, my readers, there is one place where it is both safe and fashionable to be a true, hard core patriot -the internet! After doing your 9 to 5 at a factory, office, restaurant, or retail store you can log on to the net, pick an alias, and begin posting comments or blogging -to people who cannot see you or speak to you. If picking an alias is to bold, you can defend America by posting anonymous comments on news article sites. That will have the enemy fleeing our shores in terror!

Now do not type something stupid, like a threat of violence against a particular person or place; the government can hunt you down by your IP address and drag you from your comfortable house in the suburbs.

You can get online and rant and rant, without having to defend the logic of your statements to anyone -as no one is physically present.

Why be a mere patriot when you can be a Patriot Chatroom Warrior? (under an assumed name of course) In the chatrooms, a 5 foot 4 inch computer nerd in new Jersey can be an ex-Navy SEAL now living in a mountain bunker in Idaho -just waiting for the government to “cross the line”.

And if people get too hard on you in the chatroom or the on the comments section of the news sites you go to, just change your name and post under a different alias -or better yet start calling your cyber criticizers “feds”, “shills”, or “controlled opposition”.

Why would the enemies of America fear an awakened populace, talented investigative journalists, patriots websites, or even militia units -when you have the capability to make memes! Yes indeed, it appears that daring internet patriots have the state on the run worth their electronic panel cartoons.

You would stay in shape, hand out free copies of the Constitution daily, talk to coworkers about current events, and even occasionally shoot the guns you own -if only you were not so busy on the internet.

And if daringly posting memes and comments under your alias gets fatiguing, you can drink a beer between each electronic blow you strike for your country! (Note: Beer may make comments less coherent and more entertaining).

Internet patriot, if you were any bolder, your friends, family, and coworkers might actually know that you were a patriot. But do not tell them, it might damage your social standing. Sarcasm now over.

Perhaps I was a little harsh with my sarcasm against pretend patriots. Most present day patriots use the internet, but they do not confine their patriot thoughts to the internet. After meeting so few true patriots, I sometimes feel alone in my stances for liberty and the Founders. Yes there are true patriots out there, and some will read this post. But it appears that we are rather rare.

Copyright (c) 2016 by Joseph Charles Putnam of Orange County, Indiana. All rights reserved.