Red Ralph Seeking To Snuff Out Second Amendment Sanctuary Movement

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by Al Benson Jr.

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There was a Virginia State Police officer that telephoned into http://www.infowars.com just this week and told them that “Obama was behind Red Ralph’s anti-gun “emergency” that is going on right now. Most folks who follow this kind of thing have noted that Obama did not just “go quietly into the night” when his presidential term expired. He was quite active in promoting anti-Trump activity from his new digs hardly a stone’s throw from the White House. Just because you haven’t heard anything from him of late doesn’t mean he is not active–in fact it may well mean he is active.

A former Navy Seal, Ben Smith, recalled that, when Obama was in office that: “Going back to the beginning of this administration, I’ve had friends within the community talking about how they were brought in and questioned with…

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Essence of Liberty, Vol I, Chapter 13

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Condensed Version of The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History by Thomas E. Woods, Jr. Regnery Publishing, Inc. 270 p. 

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Dr. Jimmy T. (Gunny) LaBaume 

Chapter 13: The Approach of World War II

Adolf Hitler unilaterally overturned a great many provisions of the Treaty of Versailles imposed on Germany at the end of World War I.

During the nearly two and a half years of World War II in which the united States was not involved, Roosevelt portrayed himself as making an effort to keep America out of the war. He even openly declared, ”Your boys are not going to be sent into any foreign wars.”

Meantime, he made secret pledges to the British, provoked Germany into attacking (then lied about it) and assisted the British in ways that violated American neutrality and made the united States a belligerent under international law.

FDR tries to neutralize…

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Essence of Liberty, Vol I, Chapter 13

Condensed Version of The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History by Thomas E. Woods, Jr. Regnery Publishing, Inc. 270 p. 

Compiled and Edited by

Dr. Jimmy T. (Gunny) LaBaume 

Chapter 13: The Approach of World War II

Adolf Hitler unilaterally overturned a great many provisions of the Treaty of Versailles imposed on Germany at the end of World War I.

During the nearly two and a half years of World War II in which the united States was not involved, Roosevelt portrayed himself as making an effort to keep America out of the war. He even openly declared, ”Your boys are not going to be sent into any foreign wars.”

Meantime, he made secret pledges to the British, provoked Germany into attacking (then lied about it) and assisted the British in ways that violated American neutrality and made the united States a belligerent under international law.

FDR tries to neutralize neutrality laws 

FDR had two obstacles to involving America in the war. The first was public opinion. Seventy percent of Americans polled in the 1930s said that involvement in World War I had been a mistake. The second was a body of neutrality legislation that had been designed to avoid the circumstances that had lured the uS into entry into World War I.

FDR sought to change the part that stopped the selling of weapons to nations at war. So, as of 1939 it had become legal for a belligerent to acquire weapons from the uS as long as it was cash-and-carry. The lending of money was prohibited and the equipment had to be transported on the belligerent’s own ships.

The imperial presidency takes shape: Did FDR break the law?

FDR continued to lend support to Britain even after Hitler had abandoned plans to invade. In 1940 he gave the British 50 destroyers in exchange for a 99 year lease on several military bases in the West. He was less than forthcoming when questioned about the details of the agreement such as to whether or not it required the approval of congress. He never let on that it might actually provoke Germany.

A number of experts have pointed out that these actions were illegal. The way Roosevelt carried out this deal (without the consent of Congress) changed the presidency forever. It set a precedent for ever more activist presidents and less and less accountability to Congress or the people.

The end of neutrality

Under the Lend-Lease Act (1941) the uS could lend military equipment to a belligerent. Technically, it did not involve the lending of money. But, by this point the British had no cash so the previous cash and carry requirement was simply ignored.

And there were further departures from neutrality. For example: uS navel patrols alerted British warships of the presence of German submarines. American troops occupied Iceland. And, Roosevelt and Churchill’s Atlantic Conference issued a statement of war aims.

How FDR got Americans into war

By 1941 FDR was desperate to get the uS involved. On September 4, a German submarine torpedoed the Greer. FDR called it an act of “piracy.” But, as a matter of fact, the Greer had been tracking the German submarine and sending its location to the British for dropping depth charges.

In Churchill’s own words, FDR had made it clear that “everything was to be done to provoke an incident.” Simply stated, FDR used deception to draw the country into war. As a matter of fact, Hitler instructed his submarine captains not to fire on American ships. A week later, FDR ordered American ships to fire upon German subs on sight.

His accusations continued with regard to a German attack on the Kearney when, in fact, it was the uS ship that had initiated the attack.

FDR attempted to frighten Americans with claims of a “secret map” showing that the Nazis were planning an invasion of South America. He made the whole thing up expecting that gullible Americans would believe that Hitler’s forces were ready to cross the Atlantic Ocean although they were unable to make it across the English Channel.

Some say that FDR was justified because the public was too short-sighted. But, if Roosevelt had such a right, then to whom is the right denied? Just exactly where do we stop demanding that our leaders deal honestly with us?

“People historians love to hate” department: The America First Committee

The America First Committee (AFC) wanted to avoid involvement in another European war. There is no doubt but what it would have been in the best interest of the world to have let the two great dictatorships fight each other to a frazzle. The obvious result would have been a severe weakening of both Communism and Nazism.

Many prominent Americans from both left and right (John F. Kennedy and Gerald Ford for example) belonged to or sympathized with the AFC. FDR (having recourse to the FBI and the IRS) launched a vicious campaign against the America Firsters. The FBI’s combing of the records found no evidence of Nazi funding of the AFC. Those who are so troubled by Joe McCarthy’s campaign to expose Communists are oddly silent when it comes to the victims of FDR’s witch hunt.

Did FDR make war with Japan inevitable?

The Asian theater was completely distinct from the European. The uS had avoided involvement in Japanese affairs in the 1930s. The Japanese argued that they needed a security buffer against Stalin’s Russia and Hoover had remained aloof when they occupied Manchuria.

But FDR was much more the interventionist. When Japan went to war with China in 1937, he authorized the sale of weapons to China. Neutrality legislation went into effect only when the president declared a war to be underway. He evaded the neutrality laws by simply refraining from finding a war to be in progress.

FDR took active measures as the Japanese began to extend their influence throughout the Pacific. By 1941 he had frozen Japanese assets in the uS and coordinated a boycott of key goods (especially oil) which dramatically increased the probability of war.

The Japanese had three ways to deal with the embargo. One was to surrender and lose face. Another was to negotiate but FDR refused (in spite of the fact that the American ambassador to Japan thought that negotiations would succeed). The final possibility was, of course, war which seemed increasingly inevitable.

The question ultimately came down to how “to maneuver…the Japanese into…firing the first shot.” The first shot came on December 7, 1941.

 

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Northam Declares ‘State of Emergency’ as Militias Prepare To March on Richmond

I’d really like to make it to this shindig but am running short of both time and money. Besides, we may very well get our own chance here in the People’s Republic of Brewster County Texas–seeing as how we have a chicken shit Commissioner’s Court. — jtl, 419

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The ramifications of Northam’s executive order could not only cause chaos in the Old Dominion, but also shake our very nation itself.
The Betrayed: On Warriors, Cowboys and Other MisfitsI’d really like to make it to this shindig but am running short of both time and money.
Besides, we may very well get our own chance here in the People’s Republic of Brewster County Texas–seeing as how we have a chicken shit Commissioner’s Court. — jtl, 419
by Jared Harris via the Western Journal

Combat Shooter's Handbook    The die has been cast in Virginia.

As citizens and militia groups prepare for a Jan. 20 march on Richmond in protest of Democrats’ shameless gun control measures, the commonwealth’s governor has declared a state of emergency in an attempt to disarm the protesting citizens.

Governor Ralph Northam issued Executive Order 49 on Wednesday, a “declaration of a state of emergency due to potential civil unrest at the Virginia state capitol.”

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Song for Today: Faron Young – To Get To You

Faron Young… another one we are going to have trouble replacing.

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Call for a pizza, a cop, and an ambulance and see which one arrives first.

In Warren v. District of Columbia the court ruled, and the Supreme Court upheld, that “(T)he desire for condemnation cannot satisfy the need for a special relationship out of which a duty to specify persons arises.” Because the complaint did not allege a relationship “beyond that found in general police responses to crimes,” the court affirmed the dismissal of the complaint for failure to state a claim.

The bottom line is that your local police are not legally obligated to protect you, the average citizen. In addition to the Warren case, there…

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THE ESSENCE OF LIBERTY: VOLUME I Liberty and History, Chapter 12

Condensed Version of The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History by Thomas E. Woods, Jr. Regnery Publishing, Inc. 270 p. 

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Chapter 12: Yes, Communist Sympathizers Really Existed

The Betrayed: On Warriors, Cowboys and Other MisfitsAmerica’s cultural-intellectual elite once sympathized with the Soviet Union and, in fact, key departments in the government were infiltrated by Communists.

In 1921, the American dancer Isadora Duncan moved to Russia. The Russia of 1921 was in complete shambles. Lenin’s economic policies had led to utter chaos and famine threatened the lives of millions. Seventy thousand people were being held in concentration camps. The czars’ secrete police had numbered 15,000. Lenin’s was 16 times that large. The churches were undergoing awful persecutions. This is what American leftists considered to be the “progressive” model for their own country.

“I have been over into the future—and it works!”

Journalist Lincoln Steffens had a reputation for being alert to corruption and injustice. But, when he traveled to Russia in 1919, no criticism was heard from him. In fact, upon his return he proclaimed “I have been over into the future and it works!” Some historians believed that he composed that line on the way to Russia and was determined to utter it no matter what he found.

The Soviet experiment: A model for America?

A large number of noted American political activists and intellectuals followed in Steffens footsteps. As was typical, progressive educator John Dewey came back convinced that the uS had a great deal to learn from Russia. Books and articles poured forth. These (the ideas contained therein) formed a major component of Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal.

Labor unions speak: The merits of the Soviet system

As a part of a trade union delegation, Paul Douglas of the University of Chicago proclaimed that in Russia, people’s “real” (economic) rights are much better protected than in any other country. John Brophy told Joseph Stalin that the uS delegation’ presence in the USSR “is evidence of…sympathy of a section of the American workers to the workers of the Soviet Union.”

Sidney Hillman (head of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers) shared these views of the Soviet Union as did the president of the International Ladies Garment Workers’ Union.

Social thinker, Horace M. Kallen, declared that “the revolution has awakened…millions… (and) liberated their energies.”

Lighten up: It’s all for “the good of the masses of the working people”!

The Nation was also spellbound. Editor Oswald Garrison Villard could not contain his endorsement despite the fact that he spoke no Russian and had never met a Russian peasant. In response to the charge that the communists were fanatics, he shot back that the Soviet dictatorship wasn’t so bad, since it was, after all, “working for the good of the masses of the working people.”

New York Times reporter, Walter Durante, was the most truly iniquitous of the whole pathetic bunch. As we will see below, he actually covered up one of the greatest atrocities of the 20th century.

How Stalin starved his own people

Stalin wanted control of the food supply. Communist ideology held that private land ownership had to be abolished. So farmers were herded onto state-owned farms. The peasantry resisted collectivization which, in turn, resulted in dramatic inefficiencies.

At the same time Stalin revived the campaign against Ukrainian national culture where collectivization had met its fiercest resistance. He arrested and jailed thousands of intellectual and cultural leaders and then moved against the peasantry, where the real locus of Ukrainian tradition could be found. They would be broken and their identity as a people would be drained from them by force.

Stalin began issuing delivery quotas for grain that the Ukrainians could not meet without themselves dying of starvation. Failure to deliver was interpreted as being deliberate sabotage. The activists claimed that saboteurs were withholding food. They made sweeps through private homes taking any surplus food. The more ruthless took everything. Anyone who did not appear to be starving was suspect.

At least five million perished in the Ukraine alone. This is the kind of crime that segments of the Left in the West were willing to cover up or ignore.

The New York Times reporter who covered up Stalin’s crimes

Walter Duranty gained access to Stalin because he could be counted on to portray the regime sympathetically. Duranty claimed that “there is no famine”…and that it is “mostly bunk” and that “any report of a famine…is…an exaggeration or malignant propaganda.”

Malcom Muggeridge, a British journalist, attempted to report the truth. He described Duranty as “the greatest liar of any journalist I have met in 50 years of journalism.”

The Nation magazine praised Duranty because, as it was for many other American “progressives,” Stalin’s Russia was “a great nation in the making.” Duranty even won the Pulitzer Prize.

Why the cover up? The Soviet Union could hope to attract support only if the human costs of its policies were kept from the public.

Stalin’s show trials genuine, say bootlickers

Prominent Americans could even be found to defend Stalin’s show trials, which he used to terrorize Communist Party members into submission and to eliminate rivals. During this series of trials, prominent Communists confessed to treachery. People were coaxed into confessing by threats against their families.

There were those on the American Left who supported Stalin and vouched for the authenticity of the trials. In fact, some 150 Americans from the entertainment industry signed a statement in his support. The uS ambassador to the Soviet Union, Joseph Davies, insisted that the trials were genuine.

Yes, Soviet spies were a problem

Much has been learned since the collapse of the Soviet Union opened Soviet archives to Western scholars and the Venona Project files were declassified in 1995.

The Vernona files consisted of transcripts of thousands of Soviet intelligence messages that had been intercepted over 3 decades. Although only about 10% of the messages have been decoded, thanks to these files, we know that at least 350 Americans had secret relationships with Soviet intelligence.

Some of these agents were in particularly sensitive and high-level positions. For example: Harry Dexter White was assistant secretary of the treasury and influential in the creation of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. Laurence Duggan coordinated relations with Latin America and Lauchlin Currie was FDR’s special assistant.

Joe McCarthy was a paranoid idiot, right?

Contrary to popular myth, Wisconsin senator Joseph McCarthy had noting to do with the investigations into Hollywood (which was carried out by the House of Representatives).

McCarthy was concerned exclusively with Communists in government. By the time he entered the scent, there was little doubt but what “uS officials whose job it was to guard against subversion took a strangely casual view of their assignment.” Repeated attempts to get government officials to act on the evidence of Soviet infiltration were ignored. The situation was so bad that the Senate Appropriations Committee observed in a confidential report that “It is evident that here is a deliberate calculated program being carried out…to protect Communist personnel in high places (and) reduce security and intelligence protection to a nullity.”

A mysterious cover-up

McCarthy investigated Amerasia, a small pro-Communist journal whose personnel included Soviet apologists. After considerable surveillance, the FBI arrested several journal staffers and three officials of the uS government—Andrew Roth, Emmanuel Larsen and John Service—who had supplied them with secret information.

  1. Edgar Hoover described the case as being “airtight.” The Justice Department began preparations to prosecute. But then, suddenly, Justice backed off. Only two of the defendants were fined—the others suffered no penalty at all.

FBI wiretaps made public only in the 1990s reveal a conspiracy to bury the case on the part of Lauchlin Currie, Thomas Corcoran and officials from the Justice Department.

As Stanton Evans concludes: “…the Amerasia case displayed…every kind of security horror, and federal crime… (and that) everything McCarthy had said…was correct, while his opponents were not only wrong, but lying: the…”investigation”…was a sham—the cover-up of a cover-up.”

Liberal historian: McCarthy “closer to the truth than those who ridiculed him.”

The evidence from Venona was considerable. The age of McCarthy “was not the simple witch hunt of the innocent by the malevolent.” The currently available evidence proves that Ethel and Julius Rosenburg were guilty as was Alger Hiss. It also shows that dozens of lesser known persons “were traitors, or, at the least, ideological vassals of a foreign power.”

McCarthy supposedly terrified the nation. But, his opponents freely denounced him as a matter of routine. But, suppose for the sake of argument, all of the criticisms are valid. Even so, these deeds are minor when compared to other Americans of his time who are not mentioned in a single mainstream history text. For example:

McCarthy did not cover up one of the greatest atrocities in the history of mankind. Walter Duranty did. A half century later, MaCarthy is still denounced but no one has ever heard of Duranty.

It is interesting (and instructive) to note that what was covered in this chapter is mysteriously left out of standard histories.

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The Betrayed: On Warriors, Cowboys and Other Misfits. Although woven around the experiences and adventures of one man, this is also the story of the people who lived during the period of time in American history that an entire generation was betrayed It is the story of the dramatically changing times in which this personal odyssey took place. It is the story of the betrayal of an entire generation of Americans and particularly the 40% (of the military aged males) of that generation that fought the Vietnam war.

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Only Dramatic, Direct Action Will Save the American Beef Industry

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I want to let you in on little secret. Allowing the “conversation” on sustainability is the TRAP!  The reason there is confusion and conversation about sustainability is because the industries that know how to produce their products haven’t taken the lead to explain their own needs and explain to the general public why they do what they do. Instead they have submitted to green bullies and remained silent, letting the bullies determine the argument.
Fire the traitorous NCBA, dismantle it and start over. — jtl, 419
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Sometimes we just have to go back to our roots. — jtl, 419

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THE ESSENCE OF LIBERTY: VOLUME I Liberty and History, Chapter 11

Condensed Version of The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History by Thomas E. Woods, Jr. Regnery Publishing, Inc. 270 p. 

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Chapter 11: The Great Depression and the New Deal

The Essence of Liberty: Volume I: Liberty and History: The Rise and Fall of the Noble Experiment with Constitutionally Limited Government (Liberty and ... Limited Government) (Volume 1)What caused the economic downturn and the stock market crash of October 1929?

Most historians blame the depression on capitalism claiming the boom-bust cycle to be an inherent part of the market economy. However, the argument proposed by the Austrian School of economics is the opposite. The cycle is not a feature of the market economy. Instead, it is set in motion by the central bank.

Hoover: A “do nothing” president? If only!

Most people believe that Hoover did nothing and that it was Roosevelt’s intervention that brought recovery. But that is not true. Hoover did not sit idly by. In fact, practically the whole New Deal was extrapolated from programs that Hoover started. Furthermore Hoover’s meddling actually made the situation worse.

Guaranteeing unemployment

Hoover implored key business leaders to refrain from cutting wages since they gave workers the means to purchase goods. Every American history textbook has dutifully adopted Hoover’s philosophy that the downturn was caused by “under-consumption.” This is fallacious. If the cause had been a reduction in consumer spending, we would expect the hardest-hit segment of the economy to be the consumer goods sector. Instead, it was the durable and capital goods industries that suffered the most. It was in these heavy industries where the bulk of unemployment was concentrated.

Hoover’s theory neglected to recognize that wages are a cost of doing business. By demanding high wages while prices were declining made it difficult for businesses to hire people. The result was predictable—i.e. mass unemployment.

Hoover’s mistake was to presume that high wages were the cause of prosperity rather than a reflection of that prosperity. If high wages could produce prosperity, we could eliminate world poverty simply by enforcing a minimum wage of $100 per hour.

Meddling in agriculture

Hoover’s agricultural policy was a disaster. Farmers were struggling to make a living simply because there were too many of them. The agricultural sector had expanded during World War I. With the war over, it was bloated.

Hoover established a Federal Farm Board which made loans to cooperatives so that farmers could keep their crops off the market until prices rose. Whenever this did result in higher prices, farmers produced more the following year making the surplus even worse.

In addition, the Farm Board authorized massive purchases of wheat at well above the world price. Government bureaucrats were sure that by keeping wheat off the market, a world shortage would ensue. Instead, Canadian and Argentinean producers grabbed America’s market share.

Furthermore, the huge surpluses bought up by the government depressed prices even more since the world knew that they would eventually be dumped on the market.

For a program like this to work, strict limits had to be imposed on how much farmers could produce. As would be logically expected, requests for voluntary cutbacks fell on deaf ears.

More brilliance: Tax increases

The Smoot-Hawley Tariff was originally intended to protect American agriculture. Once the cat was out of the bag, there was no feasible way to limit such protection to one sector. Pressure groups from countless industries flocked to Washington.

The tariff hit American export industries hard and her trading partners retaliated.

Then there were other tax increases. The Revenue Act of 1932 was the largest peacetime income tax increase in history up to that point. Thus, in the midst of depression, when private investment was desperately needed, it was made much less attractive.

Hoover the big spender

Hoover also vastly increased spending on public-works projects. He subsidized shipbuilding, supplied failing businesses with emergency loans and lent money to the states for unemployment relief. The result was ongoing economic catastrophe.

FDR comes to town

Franklin Delano Roosevelt defeated Hoover in 1932 and is routinely listed among the “great” presidents. The fact is that there was no one more ignorant of economics. He knew nothing about how wealth was created. His proposed legislation was a patchwork of absurdities at odds with each other and with themselves.

Seeking prosperity through central planning

The National Industrial Recovery Act (NIRA) established the National Recovery Administration which sought to keep wages high. But then on the other hand, it established cartels that were allowed to establish minimum prices. The artificially high wages translated into unemployment while the high prices brought hardship to everyone.

Let’s help starving people by destroying food!

FDR proposed to pay farmers for cutting back on production or producing nothing at all. In the meantime, he had to deal with the existing bounty so he decided to destroy much of what had already been produced to create a shortage. Six million pigs were slaughtered and ten million acres of cotton were destroyed. In the meantime, a Department of Agriculture study found that America was not producing enough food to sustain its population at a subsistence level. It took a special kind of mind to conclude that the solution was to make food more expensive.

Evidence that FDR’s approach was seriously flawed continued to mount. One report concluded that farm income would have been at least as high and maybe even higher without the American Agriculture Administration (AAA). This organization was found to be responsible for the joblessness of at least two million people.

Furthermore, the National Recovery Administration had been even more successful in forcing up prices that consumers had to pay for manufactured goods. Thus, as consumers of such goods, farmers actually found themselves worse off.

FDR’s legacy in agriculture

Unfortunately, government intervention in agriculture never went away. Its principle devise is price support. Government pays farmers a certain amount and will buy whatever amount the farmers are willing to sell at that price. Logically, farmers will not sell on the market if the government’s price is higher than the market price. Thus, the government winds up with large amounts of produce which it then has to figure out how to dispose of without driving prices down. Solution? Often they just destroy the produce.

FDR’s anti-business zealotry delays recovery

Increased labor costs brought on by New Deal labor laws contributed to unemployment. “Regime uncertainty” also hindered recovery. Businessmen and investors unsure of what the government will do next simply stopped investing. This uncertainty about the future boiled down to uncertainty about future government policy.

The consequences of labor legislation

Then came the National Labor Relations Act (also known as the Wagner Act of 1935).

The standard history text automatically assumes that what is good for unions is good for workers but that is not necessarily so. The fact is that the whole purpose of a union is to exclude people in order to raise wages. Labor unions actually impoverish society by introducing distortions in the labor market and rules that discourage efficiency and innovation.

Economists Richard Vedder and Lowell Gallaway found that wages suffered dramatically as a result of an economy that is 30 to 40% smaller than it would have been in the absence of unions.

Labor historians are hard pressed to explain why real wages climbed incredibly during the time when unionism was numerically negligible or why American workers were so much better off than their highly unionized counterparts in Europe. Most of them simply neglect to mention such things.

The disaster of “public works”

Spending projects to provide jobs are funded by taking money from some people (taxpayers) and giving it to others. This, in turn, diverts capital from the private sector and inhibits healthy job creation.

Thus, New Deal programs simply displaced (or actually destroyed) private-sector jobs and diverted capital to inherently wasteful government projects.

Buying votes with make-work jobs

FDR’s public works projects were rife with corruption. For example: The South (where people were the poorest) received the least assistance while the preponderance of WPA projects went to the western States. Why? The short answer is that FDR’s electoral margin had been thin in the west. He spent more on western states because the South was much more politically secure (he had little need to buy their votes).

WPA workers were pressured to support FDR’s candidates, change party affiliations and/or “contribute” to FDR’s re-election campaign.

Standard history texts provide details of Richard Nixon’s “Watergate” capers but do not include a word as to how FDR was a pioneer at the same type of activity.

Not so fast, Court tells FDR

It is heartwarming to recall a time when programs such as the New Deal were criticized on constitutional grounds. The National Industrial Recovery Act and the Agricultural Adjustment Act were actually declared unconstitutional.

This infuriated FDR and he promptly proposed that, when any Supreme Court justice reached age 70, one additional justice could be added to the Court. This would have allowed him to add six more justices.

The bill was rejected but FDR’s intimidation of the Court had its effects. As it turned out, he would get his chance to influence the Court after all. Over the next 4 years he was able to fill 7 vacancies caused by resignations, retirements and death.

What the new Court was like

In Wickard v. Filburn (1942), the court ruled that a farmer growing wheat for his own use was engaged in “interstate commerce” and was, therefore, subject to regulation. By this standard, anything could be called “interstate commerce and therefore be subject to federal regulation.

Thus, the court became an instrument for justifying federal actions and reducing states to subordination. In addition, in Currin v. Wallace (1939) the court suggested that the federal government could extend its power over virtually any area that might contribute to the “general welfare.”

Did World War II lift America out of the Depression?

The new deal did not get America out of the depression and, contrary to the standard “party line,” neither did World War II. (If that was so then it might be a good idea to stay at war all the time.)

Most of the observable increase in production figures was due to the construction of armaments and military equipment and not things that ordinary people need. Thus, this makes consumers worse off by diverting limited resources to the production of goods that no consumer wants to buy.

During the time, some two fifths of the labor force was producing neither consumer goods nor capital goods. The tax monies of the remaining 60% went to fund the activities of the 40% that were not producing things consumers needed. This amounted to a dramatic loss of material wealth.

The military draft reduces unemployment!

Unemployment disappeared because 11 million people were conscripted. Meanwhile, the average work week increased and it became difficult (sometimes impossible) to acquire the goods people needed—cars, houses, appliances, chocolate, sugar, meat, gasoline, rubber tires and on and on. But people were fooled into believing they were prosperous because they were accumulating large amounts of unspendable income.

This is not prosperity. Economic legislation did not bring the depression to an end and neither did World War II. What brought it to an end was the return to normalcy and the removal of uncertainty that had haunted businesses during FDR’s years.

Prosperity would have returned much sooner had it not been for the destructively foolish policies of Hoover and Roosevelt.

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Drug War-Addicted Cops Raid Hemp Farm, Bulldoze Struggling Farmer’s Million Dollar Crop

It shouldn’t be too hard to suck a bunch of sumbitches like that into a well placed and executed “L” shaped ambush. A squad (with properly set claymores) should be able to annihilate them all while they are still in the kill zone in a matter of minutes. — jtl, 419

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…a platoon of militarized police showed up and raided his farm, handcuffing and arresting him for illegal hemp cultivation on his own property. These hero public servants then bulldozed his crop.
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A Handbook for Ranch Managers Planned Grazing: A Study Guide and Reference ManualEnvironmental & Natural Resource Economics: The Austrian ViewBecause government is the antithesis to freedom, industrial hemp has been banned nationwide since 1937 ostensibly due to the plant’s similarities to marijuana. Many have speculated that this move was also due to the fact that cannabis is in direct competition with the pharmaceutical industry by providing far safer alternative treatments as well as directly competing with the petrochemical industry. However, all this changed…

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