This past weekend, all of America enjoyed a Monday off from work to recognize the “Memorial Day Holiday.”
In no time at all, facebook was swamped with posts honoring the members of our uniformed military, veterans, and fallen soldiers including banter about what Memorial Day is really supposed to be about. The internet was replete with commentary about the fact that Memorial Day was intended to honor only American soldiers who had made the ultimate sacrifice – losing their lives on the field of battle.
As I read through some of these, one post from a noted TV celebrity suddenly stood out for me. It was a comment from Mike Rowe, host of the popular show “Dirty Jobs.” Rowe is clearly one of the few (if not the only) quintessential “manly men” left in Hollywood. He has always represented the traditional male values of self reliance, perseverance, character, integrity, hard-work, devotion to family and country, etc. Therefore, as a fan, I immediately took interest in his commentary. His blog post was in response to a letter he’d gotten from a poster with the same last name “Rowe,” inquiring on Memorial Day “etiquette,” and whether it was appropriate to express thanks to living soldiers and veterans on Memorial Day for their service.
Now, I love Mike Rowe and his shows, but I was truly taken aback by part of his response to this post, in which he wrote the following:
“Wars today require zero sacrifice from the civilian population, and therefore zero understanding. Zero understanding leads to zero awareness. Zero awareness leads to zero gratitude. And zero gratitude is a clear and present danger to our many freedoms. …”
Although I have been a “fan” and admirer of Mike Rowe for some time, I actually found this to be offensive. For the first time since I first heard Mike Rowe’s name on TV, I was not only deeply offended by his comment, but was truly disappointed in him, for I believe this revealed a deep lack of understanding by Mr. Rowe about our country’s founding principles, the economic basis for those principles, and how that relates to our nation’s military under its CURRENT mandate.
As well-intentioned as his comments may be Mr. Rowe, is absolutely 100%, unequivocally WRONG to state that “wars require ZERO sacrifice from the civilian population.” In fact, it is perhaps the most naïve, superficial, and juvenile comment I’ve EVER heard come from this man.
Wars fought not only today, but over the past 100 years, have been bought and paid for by the toil and sweat of every hard-working taxpayer in America – almost entirely against their will and without their consent. What is more damning is that unfortunately, every war fought today should be considered “a banker’s war,” and certainly not a war for “American freedom,” as our poor, deceived, unwitting soldiers have been misled to believe.
This is because as General Smedley Butler so eloquently wrote ….. – “War is a Racket.”
"War is a racket. It always has been. It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives. A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of the people. Only a small 'inside' group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few, at the expense of the very many. Out of war a few people make huge fortunes. ... If only more of today's military personnel would realize that they are being used by the owning elite's as a publicly subsidized [corporatist] goon squad." --- General Smedley Butler
As much as I respect and admire our uniformed military, I can say with 100% confidence, as a natural-born US Citizen – that at least during my lifetime of 54 years, they weren't fighting for me and my freedom - but instead have been fighting against my interests as well as their own - albeit unwittingly. I don't blame them. As a young man, broke, lonely, no prospects for a decent job and struggling to come up with college tuition -- I too had a burning desire to don a uniform and be a "hero." Fortunately, my much wiser parents, who had endured half of their adult lives under the Nazis, talked me out of it.
What I am about to write will raise some eyebrows, perhaps even elicit some visceral anger among those who continue to display some kind of blind reverence for our fighting men and women. But what I will write here is the absolute truth – the unvarnished and unpopular truth. It is certainly not intended to diminish, tarnish, or trivialize in any way, the incredible sacrifices made by our uniformed military – I have the utmost and foremost respect and regard for them. I just know beyond any doubt, that they are being misused, without their knowledge or understanding, for purposes that are against their own interests, the interests of their civilian families, and of the American people.
In fact, I pity our fighting men and women. For as an economist and lover of history, I know with absolute certainty that they are unknowingly fighting not for American freedom, but for a select few corrupt elites who use their conscripts’ inspired patriotism and naivety to voluntarily consent to being sent unwittingly into harm’s way to fight for things that are against America's founding principles.
Wars today are not fought to defend America’s founding Constitutional principles. America’s political establishment abandoned those principles nearly 100 years ago. The US Constitution, for which our armed forces take an oath to “uphold and defend against all enemies foreign and domestic" – has been rendered an irrelevant letter long ago. Nevertheless, the cost of these wars is borne entirely by the taxpaying American citizen, both through direct confiscation of their earnings through taxes, as well as the even more insidious hidden tax of inflation – both of which are consequences of UNCONTSTITUTIONAL policies enacted and enforced by a Dysfunctional Congress and Corrupt Executive Branch – both of which have run amok - intoxicated with power.
And yet - American citizens have no right to object – for every military action since WW-II has been done WITHOUT a formal DECLARATION of WAR by Congress - as is required by the US Constitution. To say that the civilian population sacrifices nothing … is no less insulting and offensive as to say that our military are all traitors.
Neither is the case, for the global ruling elite are deliberately misusing our well-intentioned military for nefarious purposes – without their knowledge or understanding, and without the consent of the American people.
The civilian population of America has been duped, into forsaking our founding principles of individual rights to liberty and property; in order to enable a corrupt global banking aristocracy to implement a pervasive and fraudulent world-wide monetary system that is designed from the ground up, to eradicate individual property rights.
It is this mechanism (central-bank issued fiat money) that enables the mass-confiscation of the fruits of individual labor through taxes and inflation. This in-turn allows our government to “deficit spend” our way into bankruptcy – in order to fund the monstrously biblical scale of warfare we have seen throughout the world since the time of the US Civil War. Without fiat money – which is expressly prohibited by the US Constitution – wars on this scale would be impossible for any country to wage.
In fact, under a system of sound money – waging war becomes unprofitable. This is because only under a system of fiat – debt-based money -- can the citizens’ labor be conscripted not only against their will, but without their knowledge – through inflation and taxes. War is made profitable for the few who finance it, with the slave labor employed to provide value to the fiat money which is used to finance war.
It is for this and other reasons that America’s founders guaranteed to the American people (Article 1 – Section 8 of the US Constitution) a system of Sound Money – a system our corrupt US Congress abandoned in 1913 – for the benefit of a small global banking aristocracy – the actual authors of the Federal Reserve Act.
It is this small ruling oligarchy for whose benefit our military is now constantly engaged around the world – not to DEFEND our nation against subversion of our founding principles, not to PRESERVE our INDIVIDUAL rights to Life, Liberty, and Property – but instead to ensure that this corrupt fiat monetary model will be perpetuated throughout the world -- in the name of “Globalization” (code for world-wide Socialist Utopia).
Our military is in fact, deployed throughout the world to engage in actions that work against our Constitutional principles, but most Americans – civilian and military alike – have little or no understanding of this, thanks to the deliberate misinformation purveyed to the public by our media, and deliberate miseducation purveyed to our impressionable youth by our corrupt public education system.
It was Karl Marx who wrote in his Communist Manifesto, that to implement Communism – individual property rights must be eradicated. Therefore, a system of fiat money -- also called “ a system of credit “ -- controlled by a central bank holding a government-enforced monopoly on that money’s issue – as debt -- was the cornerstone of a Socialist Economy. Such a system is the absolute antithesis of America’s founding system that was intended to respect individual property rights (as espoused in our Constitution) – for Socialism requires the abolition of individual property rights, while FREEDOM – and the FREE ENTPRISE SYSTEM, require the opposite --- absolute respect for individual property rights.
Has our military been employed to PRESERVE our individual property rights, and our Constitutionally mandated sound money based socio-political system?
In fact, it is quite the opposite.
In one of the best examples: the October 20, 2011 US-backed assassination of Muammar Gaddaffi and the subsequent decline into chaos of that once sovereign country. Just like the Iraqi invasion based on the phony non-existent “weapons of mass destruction” – the Libyan action was advertised to the American public through our news media as a benevolent and necessary action to “liberate” the Libyan people of a supposedly hated and ruthless dictator.” Nevermind that Gadaffi was actually beloved and revered by his own people, such that he traveled openly, exposed, and freely around his own country, without any fear of harm or assassination – something no American president has been able to do safely since Lincoln.
In 1967 Colonel Gaddafi inherited one of the poorest nations in Africa. By the time he was assassinated, he had transformed Libya into Africa’s richest nation. Prior to the US-led bombing campaign in 2011, Libya had the highest Human Development Index, the lowest infant mortality and the highest life expectancy in all of Africa. When one watches any foreign newsreel footage of Gadaffi traveling around his home country, he was always in an open vehicle, waving to the citizens of Libya – all of whom enthusiastically waved back and cheered. He was never in an armored bullet-proof limo surrounded by secret service as our US President must travel. Was he truly “hated” by his own people as we and our military were duped into believing? Contrary to popular belief, Libya, which western media routinely described as “Gaddafi’s military dictatorship” was in actual fact one of the world’s most democratic States - in fact more Democractic than the United States. Under Gaddafi’s unique system of direct democracy, traditional institutions of government were disbanded and abolished, and power belonged to the people directly through various committees and congresses.
Far from control being in the hands of one man, Libya was highly decentralized and divided into several small communities that were essentially “mini-autonomous States” within a State. These autonomous States had control over their districts and could make a range of decisions including how to allocate oil revenue and budgetary funds. Within these mini autonomous States, the three main bodies of Libya’s democracy were Local Committees, Basic People’s Congresses and Executive Councils.
The Basic People’s Congress (BPC), or Mu’tamar shaʿbi asāsi was essentially Libya’s functional equivalent of the House of Commons in the United Kingdom or the House of Representatives in the United States. However, Libya’s People’s Congress was not comprised of elected representatives who discussed and proposed legislation on behalf of the people; rather, the Congress allowed all Libyans to directly participate in this process. Eight hundred People’s Congresses were set up across the country and ALL Libyans were free to attend and shape national policy and make decisions over all major issues including budgets, education, foreign policy, industry, and the economy.
In 2009, Mr. Gaddafi invited the New York Times to Libya to spend two weeks observing the nation’s direct democracy. The New York Times, that has traditionally been highly critical of Colonel Gaddafi’s democratic experiment, conceded that in Libya, the intention was that “everyone is involved in every decision…Tens of thousands of people take part in local committee meetings to discuss issues and vote on everything from foreign treaties to building schools.”
The fundamental difference between western democratic systems and the Libyan direct democracy was that in Libya all citizens were allowed to voice their views directly – not in one parliament of only a few hundred wealthy politicians – but in hundreds of committees attended by tens of thousands of ordinary citizens. Far from being a military dictatorship, Libya under Mr. Gaddafi was Africa’s most prosperous democracy.
Libya is a desert with few sources of natural fresh water, yet Gadaffi’s regime developed the most sophisticated fresh water irrigation system the world had ever seen. It was described by “The Economist” magazine as “the eighth wonder of the world,” and it provided clean drinking water to every Libyan citizen. Under the Geneva Conventions, it is considered a “war crime” to target civilian infrastructure, particularly water supplies. Yet NATO’s 2011 invasion of Libya began with the deliberate bombing of this system, and then blaming its destruction on Gadaffi himself.
America’s well-intentioned soldiers know nothing of these historical facts. They are deliberately misinformed about them, as are the American people. Most important and virtually unknown to most of the outside world, was that prior to Gadaffi’s ouster, he had re-instituted an economy in Libya based on SOUND MONEY – a Gold Standard (the same monetary standard mandated for THE United States BY THE US CONSTITUTION - but IGNORED by our Congress and Federal Reserve). Libya was the only country on Earth to comply with this monetary standard. This was an act that restored REAL PROPERTY RIGHTS, and economic prosperity to the Libyan citizenry -- independent of ANY international central bank. This was in fact Gadaffi’s real crime.
In truth, Gadaffi was rooted out and executed in the streets in Libya by foreign invaders (mostly US and NATO troops) not because he was a ruthless and hated dictator within his own country, but because he had announced brazenly in 2009 -- to the United Nations --- that his country would no longer accept FIAT US Dollars as payment for their nation’s exported mineral and oil resources, but only gold – ironically -- as required by the US Constitution.
At this and other UN speeches, he announced that Libya would accept only gold as payment for its oil exports. For gold – as also stated in the US Constitution – is the ONLY REAL MONEY. For this, the US military was deployed under the false guise of a “UN Coalition” to search and destroy Libya’s leadership, topple their government, and ensure that the fiat-money-based global SOCIALIST economy would continue to prevail.
And then came Benghazi.
Do the well-intentioned and patriotic young boys and girls who flock to join our military to have their limbs blown off, and their minds warped -- after watching propaganda films about the “glory of war”-- truly understand WHAT they are fighting for? Do they understand that it is NOT to preserve and defend the US Constitution and its principles -- as their oaths demand --- The UNALIENABLE RIGHTS for every individual to their own life, their own liberty, and their own property -- but instead to fight for the enemy of those very principles?
The economic basis for how our monetary system is at the very root of these principles escapes the understanding of most well-educated adults, and so it is certainly not understood by the vast majority of our fighting men and women.
And yet, it has been the consequence of this global fiat system’s adoption – that every hard-working tax-paying CIVILIAN has been surreptitiously ROBBED of the fruits of their labor, and most all of their hard-earned property - mainly to enrich the owners of the "military-industrial complex" -- the international banking aristocracy. It seems to escape just about everyone’s understanding that this is done mainly to enable our corrupt government’s ability to print whatever money they don’t have, taxing future generations of their labor and property as the means to beget value to their newly printed monopoly money – with which to pay for these outrageously expansive and never-ending wars --- enriching their handlers in the baking aristocracy in the process.
The price is paid by our young soldiers who lose their limbs, their minds, and their lives. The price is paid by foreign citizens who should have every right to choose their own destinies but are now under constant military occupation by American soldiers, stationed at over 780 foreign military bases around the world. The price is paid by the grieving parents whose children (both military and civilian) who are maimed, dismembered, beheaded, tortured, and/or killed under the false guise of “spreading democracy around the globe.” The price is paid by every CIVILIAN worker who has struggled for an entire lifetime to try to EARN an HONEST living, worked in futility to pay off a home for their family – a home they will never truly be allowed to own, since inflation and property taxes render their so-called “ownership” as nothing more than an eternal liability – benefitting bankers and tax collectors at the expense of the home “owner.”
Home ownership (qua – PROPERTY RIGHTS) is the very foundation of American individualism and freedom, yet “home ownership” in America is an illusion – a myth – a fraud. “Ownership” in America consists in the “owner” bearing all of the costs and RISKS of ownership, while the only true beneficiaries are again – bankers and tax-collectors. Not a single American citizen living today has ever witnessed true free-market capitalism in practice, because not a single American citizen truly has right of ownership to “their property.” Over the past 100 years, America’s concept of property rights has been eradicated, while our free-market system has been surreptitiously replaced with full-on Marxist Socialism. This has been accomplished largely because our military has been engaged for decades, to ensure that our Constitutionally mandated free-enterprise system of sound money, respect for individual rights to life (labor) and property -- will never be restored.
Enter Mr. Mike Rowe – As regards his well-intentioned but superficial comment that “wars require zero sacrifice from the civilian population, and therefore zero understanding – leading to zero awareness” …
… I have this to say:
It is in the conduct of America’s foreign intervention, wars, and empire building – almost all of which is illegal and unconstitutional – that our own government and their lap-dog media acts to deliberately keep the civilian population misinformed about those actions, in order to deliberately obscure AWARENESS of the civilian population on what our military does and for whom ---- and of the supreme sacrifices we all make --- CIVILIAN AND MILITARY --- for this egregious misuse of our armed forces and our national resources. The sacrifices made by the civilian population that pays for these egregious examples of waste, fraud, and abuse – are made against the will of the civilian population. We are all forced to feed the beast bent on destroying us. It is an extortion scheme so elaborate and insidious, that hardly anyone even understands how the citizenry is being duped into sacrificing every aspect of our American founding principles in order to pay for it.
Furthermore, it is directly from this “civilian population” that our soldiers are recruited – after being misinformed about what their mission will be. Praying upon the well-intentioned patriotism of our neighbors, the ruling aristocracy that has robbed ALL OF US of our labor, and our property – coerces our soldiers into fighting for a false flag – against their own interests and against the interests of their CIVILIAN families. When an action gets out of hand as it did in Benghazi – our so-called leaders WILLFULLY ABANDON our soldiers in order to try to sanitize and obscure their negligence, depraved indifference, and the true purpose of their misdirected political crimes.
Meanwhile, as our government abandons their RESPONSIBILITY to our wounded veterans, we CIVILIANS are accosted at every turn at the grocery store checkout counter to “give generously” to our “wounded warriors” from our hard-earned AFTER-TAX incomes, for which we painstakingly slave day in and day out - in order to try to pay off a fraudulently created mortgage on a home we will NEVER be able to truly own. While the CEO’s of Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, The Warburgs, The Rothschilds, and The Rockefellers rake in TRILLIONS from the interest paid on our debts created to fund these illegal wars --- they offer NOTHING to help our dismembered and disenfranchised former soldiers. All the while we CIVILIANS --- the over-taxed, over-worked, unappreciated working middle class are asked dozens of times per day to open our wallets and donate to some corrupt 503c tax-free "foundation" -- and help these poor dismembered men and women try to regain their CIVILIAN lives – after having been so egregiously misused by those same bankers to uphold and defend a system that has been perverted into something that our founding fathers pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor to defeat.
What the American CIVILIAN population sacrifices is nothing short of their lives, their homes, their children’s futures, and worst of all, our national sovereignty, as our military is made a subservient lackey to the corrupt United Nations. The cost of this egregious waste, fraudulent misuse, and abuse of America’s military, America’s resources, and America’s soul – has bankrupted our country – not just financially, but morally and spiritually as well.
The true purpose of America’s military should be exactly as the military oath of office states: “To Uphold and DEFEND the Constitution of the United States against ALL enemies – foreign AND DOMESTIC.”
If this were the case, our military should not be marching in the deserts and jungles of sovereign foreign countries whose militaries have not set a single boot on American soil. They should instead be marching on our TREASONOUS Federal Reserve, as well as against our own TREASONOUS Congress and White House – both branches of which have and continue to VIOLATE our Constitution, to violate our individual rights to life, liberty and property, with practically every act in which they engage.
In 2011, a UK – Sunday Times article by Angus Stickler stated that a year earlier, “Leaked files reveal the number of Iraqi civilians killed at checkpoints by American troops was six times the number of insurgents. American troops shot dead 681 innocent civilians at security checkpoints in Iraq, including 30 children, leaked files reveal.”
Civilians sacrifice nothing?
Mr. Rowe, I have never heard such a preposterous and absurd comment such as this come from your lips. With all due respect, please reflect on your notion of what constitutes a sacrifice from the Civilian Population, and for whose “defense” our US military is actually being deployed. It is certainly NOT for me, or for my neighbors. No Libyan, no Afghani, nor any Iraqi has ever stolen from me or from the mouth of my child – a single slice of bread – yet my own government and their UNCONSTITUTIONAL monetary and tax authorities have defrauded me and my neighbors out of practically every nickel we have ever worked for during our lifetimes.
Think again Mr. Rowe -- who are YOU really working for?
Bonus Excerpt: From the book: “Chase the Rabbit” :
Members of Congress and All Commissioned Military Officers’ Oath of Office reads,
“I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same, that I take this obligation freely without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties
of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.”
This oath, when taken by military officers, binds them to willfully disobey any order that violates our constitution, whether that order comes from a superior officer or the Commander-In-Chief himself. Therefore, these oaths mandate the preservation, support, and defense of our constitution exactly as it was written and ratified by the states.
Bloodied and Orphaned - A 3-year old Iraqi girl cries after her Civilian parents were killed by US soldiers.