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A Time that Tries Men’s Souls (video)

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 In the midst of the turmoil in which our country is enveloped, I am reminded of the immortal words of Thomas Paine: These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as freedom should not be highly ...

The Tortured Legacy of the Mexican-American War, Part 3

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Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 Mexico has passed the boundary of the United States, has invaded our territory, and shed American blood upon American soil. War exists, and notwithstanding all our efforts to avoid it, exists by the act of Mexico herself. — President James K. Polk’s War Message to Congress (May 11, 1846) President Polk’s dreams were big, enormous in fact. He desired, and sought to make a reality, a United States that stretched from the Atlantic to the Pacific. While he made a fuss about Texas annexation, his eyes had long been on California, which he saw as the real prize. Nevertheless, drumming up the war he desired hinged on a relatively minor border dispute in South Texas. Even though the long-established border of the Mexican province of Texas had been the Nueces River, the Texian Republic claimed ...

Empire Kidnapping on American Streets

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Lest any observer refuse at this late date to acknowledge that the full weight of the police state is pressed on the American citizenry's neck, let the recent developments in Portland, Oregon settle the debate conclusively. Unidentified federal police are now snatching American citizens off the streets of Portland. Their victims receive no due process because the proceedings are entirely extrajudicial – no warrants, no Miranda warnings, no phone calls to lawyers. Despite constant derision as "tin-foil" hat conspiracy theorists by the corporate press, libertarians' warnings of an impending police state in what was once the Land of the Free have nonetheless proven prophetic. The American Empire's illegal wars of aggression in the Middle East served as fertile testing grounds for long-term occupation and martial law. Keen observers correctly warned in the aftermath of 9/11 that the ruling class would insidiously rework its imperialist-like door-kicking siege tactics in Iraq and Afghanistan

Gold and Free Banking versus Central Banking

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In spite of the officially declared “independence” of the Federal Reserve from the immediate political control of either Congress or the White House, America’s central bank is, nonetheless, a branch of the U.S. government that is responsible for setting monetary policy, overseeing a variety of banking regulations, and influencing market interest rates. As a result, politics is always present ...

Trump, Kennedy, and the Russia Collusion Delusion

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President Trump’s commutation of Roger Stone’s jail sentence has brought the Russia collusion delusion back into the limelight. Special prosecutor (and former FBI Director) Robert Mueller, the lawyer in charge of conducting an in-depth investigation into whether Trump colluded with the Russians to win the 2016 presidential election, immediately fired a salvo against Trump’s commutation ...