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Lost spirit of freedom

During the battle of San Jacinto April 21, 1836 9 Texans died, compared to the 1,360 Mexicans who lost their lives. The fighting quickly went from rifles to hand-to-hand. As the Texans overwhelmed the Mexicans, the Mexicans fled into the swamps and marshes.

In the book The Raven: A Biography of Sam Houston, it is noted some of the Mexicans were screaming “Me no Alamo !” as Texans gave the Mexicans the same quarter that was shown at the Alamo and Goliad.

The battle only lasted about 18 minutes. But the slaughter continued for an hour or so after the main battle ended.

After Santa Anna was captured he was treated with the upmost respect by Sam Houston.

Sam was wounded during the battle and almost died from infection.

I feel that this kind of spirit is mostly dead. As Bain said in Dark Knight Rises, “victory has defeated you.” We have allowed ourselves to become weak and complacent.

Chances are the founding father would have revolted over an income tax, must less the federal reserve, gun control and various excessive taxation.

Americans have grown fat and lazy. We no longer care about freedom, but instead are content in our subjugation.

Remember the Boston Tea Party we learned about in school? How would the founding father have felt about all the taxes we have to pay now?

Property tax
School tax
Income tax
Fuel tax
Sales tax
Inheritance tax
And now we have to buy health insurance or pay a fine.

We need to pause for a minute and ask ourselves what this nation is coming to.

I George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Sam Houston were alive today, would they be happy with the way the nation turned out?

I suspect that yes, they would be happy about a lot of stuff. Jefferson was a proponent of education. Having a free public school system would probably make him very proud.

On the other hand, the amount of taxation we live under would have pissed the founding fathers off.

How is our current state any different than the serfdom in medieval Europe?

You either pay a fee to the lord (in this case the government) or you are kicked off the property. The concept of true property ownership is a thing of the past. The government has told us what we must pay every year to keep our property and to stay out of prison. We are supposed to call that freedom?

Where are the leaders like Sam Houston? Not as in armed revolt, but as in standing up to the government?

I think a lot of it boils down to the voters.

After the bank bailout my local federal representative was only opposed by a libertarian. Did the people of southeast Texas vote Kevin Brady out of office? Nope. Even though he voted for the bank bailout the people returned him to office.

I feel the people have been in a vicious cycle for the past 100+ years of returning people to office over and over.

We say we want change in Washington, but the same people are voted back in year after year. When someone steps forward and says they will bring about real change, such as the Libertarian Party, the people turn their back.

How are the people supposed to change the course of government when the same elected officials are returned to office decade after decade?

Random thoughts March 21 2014

This post started off about Russian President Putin and how much of a failed leader our own president is.  Then I got off on a tangent about free trade and jobs.  The end result was just some kind of random thought article.

While looking for news on the Crimea situation I came across an article on the Wall Street Journal – Warnings From the Ukraine Crisis.

I do not fully agree with the author, but I do agree with a lot of what she says.  One comment should ring a rang a wake up call for the United States,

We have been a nation divided for a long time. Whether the division was by race, sex, sexual preference, religion, political party,,, we have been and will continue to be a nation divided.

Since the late 1960s and 1970s we have become more divided with each passing decade. This division shows in the quality of our elected officials.

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The Question That Needs To Be Asked

I would like to ask the readers of this blog a question, do you feel the United States is headed towards an armed rebellion?

Ae we headed towards an armed rebellion?

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I often wonder how much more the middle class can take before something breaks?

How many jobs have to go to China?

How many taxes can the government levy?

How many people have to go on welfare?

How many illegal immigrants have to be allowed in the nation?

How many people have to die in this so called “war on terror?”

What has to happen before the people say enough is enough?

If the people are not even willing to vote the two major parties out of office, what makes us think there will be an armed rebellion?

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Cyprus Deal Pushes EU Closer To Revolution

Nation overspends, needs a bailout, part of the bailout is that the government seizes a percentage of savings accounts over 100,000 euro.

Government of Cyprus has turned into nothing more then common criminals. If Cyprus can do this, what is stopping Spain, Ireland or even the united States from seizing bank accounts?

For several decades rich Russians have used Cyprus as a form of tax haven, much like what U.S. companies are doing to other nations. If Cyprus can seize money from bank accounts, what is stopping The Caribbean Islands from seizing money from google, facebook,,,, and other companies who offshore for tax havens?

How much more will the people tolerate before they revolt?

The middle class will be being driven into poverty one way or another. If the banks can not bankrupt the nation, the government will just take what they want.

Our Shared Financial Future

There is an old saying, “no man is an island.”  What affects my neighbor also affects me. If we take a look around the United States and Europe, we see one thing in common, the banks driving the nations into bankruptcy.

Whether its the United States, Cyprus, Spain,,, banks have made so many bad loans they have to be bailed out, and at the expense of the tax payer.

In the long run this spells out two things – the banks end up with property is made bad loans on and later repossessed, and then the tax payer is in debt to the banks for their bad loans.

Cyprus – We should all be concerned about bank bailouts, and we should especially be concerned about what is happening in Cyprus. Instead of taxing the organizations who can afford it, the government is going to take 10% from all savings accounts across the nation.

Saving to buy a home?  Saving to put your kids through college?  Well, 10% of your money just disappeared.

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Hugo Chavez Has Died

Following a long battle with cancer, Hugo Chavez has died.

For those of you who do not know my opinion Hugo Chavez, I think he was a great guy. Hugo took money from the oil companies to provide for the poor. Which is something the US government will not do.Kevin Felts, blogger and survivalist

While companies like Exxon and Microsoft skirt paying their taxes, Hugo Chavez made sure multi-billion dollar companies paid their fair share.

Several year ago Alaska was having a rather harsh winter. Hugo Chavez offered to donate heating oil to needy families for free. While the United States government sat by and did nothing, Hugo Chavez stepped forward to help those that needed help. In their arrogance the people rejected the help offered by Hugo.

Why was Hugo Chavez painted as a villain? Because he stood up to the United States, and he stood up to the oil companies.

While the U.S. government does nothing (or very little) to help the needy, Hugo stepped for to provide for his people.

Who cares if he was socialist, or communist,,, or whatever he was. He made sure people were taken care of.

Shouldn’t a persons legacy be filled by what they did, rather then what their political beliefs were?

Post Office Saturday Delivery A Sign Things To Come

The reason why the post office is having problems, they are not allowed to have a cash surplus. Any profit the post office makes has to be turned over to the federal government.

Like all other federal programs, the post office has been raided to fund other projects – military, welfare, food stamps, foreign aid,,,.

It’s not that the post office is broke, its federal governments out of control spending that is the problem.

The United States is bankrupt, and its just a matter of time before the bill is due.Kevin Felts, blogger and survivalist

Instead of making companies like google and exxon pay their fair share in taxes, the government gives tax breaks to corporations, taxes the middle class, then bankrupts programs like the post office.

Our roads are falling apart, the US is lagging behind on internet access, our standard of living is declining, social security and social security disability are going broke, and now the government is cutting out saturday delivery of the mail.

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US Economy Shrank 0.1 Percent In Last Quarter 2012

Surprise, surprise, surprise, the US economy shrank 0.1% in the last quarter of 2012. That 0.1% may not seem like a lot, but the real story its much worse then 0.1%.

Take these factors into consideration:

The economy shrank during the biggest spending time of the year – Thanksgiving and Christmas. If the economy shrank during Christmas, that says people do not have expendable income.Kevin Felts, blogger and survivalist

The economy shrank during one of the biggest panic buying phases in the firearms industry since the 1994 assault rifle ban.

Not only were people spending money on Christmas, but they were also buying all the guns, ammunition and magazines they could get their hands on,,,, and the economy still shrank.

One thing that caused a slowdown in the economy was a reduction in military spending.  The question I have to ask, why does government spending play such an important roll in the economy?  Maybe the government does not want the people to know how bad the economy really is?

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Random Thoughts January 27 2013

The nation is screwed, and I mean royally screwed.

National Debt

The government is so far into debt, there is no way future generations can pay off the debt. As of the posting of this article the US Government is $16.4 trillion in debt. With credit card debt and student loan debt, we owe more like $58 trillion.Kevin Felts, blogger and survivalist

We are throwing millions of dollars to illegal immigrants. Between 2009 and 2011 we spent around $91 million on health care for illegal immigrants.

Social Security disability is expected to go bankrupt by 2016.

Congress is looking for ways to allow millions of illegal immigrants to become citizens.

If the nation is broke, how are we supposed to bankroll millions of new people collecting benefits?

Kidney stones suck

We were supposed to go to the homestead this weekend.  But on friday I started having pains so bad I had to take some Vicodin – which I have a prescription for.  The stupid stone did not pass over the weekend.

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Maybe We Need Less Prisons

Maybe we need less prisons and more reform. Instead of putting people in prisons, or putting them on probation where they have to pay a probation fee, maybe we need more trade schools and colleges?

Maybe we should build a school next to every public housing project? When someone enters public housing they are automatically enrolled in the attached school?

For single parents, child care would be provided so the parent can attend school.

What promoted this post? It was an article on Fox News – European courts spare accused pedophile, hacker from American justice

With over 100 million people receiving welfare, and since our prisons are full, maybe its time to reform society?

Maybe something went terribly wrong in the past 100 years?  Something that has to be fixed before society breaks?

Why would other first world nations view our justice system as barbaric? Maybe its because we punish people for their entire lives for a one time mistake? Maybe its because of how we demonize acts such as smoking weed?

If something does not harm society, why should it be illegal?

Lets take making your own whiskey for example. Why is it illegal to make your own whiskey? Because the government loses tax dollars on the manufacture and sale of the whiskey.

Why should someones life be ruined because they wanted to make and sale a product, and not pay taxes on it? Is it “that” important that the government collect a dollars in sales tax?

Someone makes their own whiskey and sales it, so what? What it he big deal? Are people people who sale eggs arrested like people who sale whiskey?

Why cant people make a product at home, sale it to their friends and family without having to worry about being arrested and thrown in jail?

Something has gone seriously wrong in society.

Republicans Are Isolating Voters

Kevin Felts, blogger and survivalistBy demanding tax breaks for the upper crust, and demanding spending cuts for everyone else, the republican party is isolating voters.

Business Insider said Republicans Are Economic Terrorists

As a Republican and Libertarian, I have to ask what are the party leaders thinking?

The nation has overspent since the arms race of cold war. Once the cold war was over, military spending continued to spiral out of control. Coupled with welfare and corporate welfare, we are broke. We are past broke, we are 16 trillion in debt, and climbing, or rather sinking.

Who in their right mind would argue against the rich paying their fair share?

Capital gains pays less taxes then regular income,

Companies like facebook and google can offshore to lower their tax burden,

But yet, everyday working people are taxed till it hurts.

The middle class is being taxed to death, and all the Republicans can think about it protecting the rich?

After obama won re-election, the Republican party needs to do some soul searching. Do they serve the people, or do they serve an elite few? The party has effectively isolated minorities, gays and now they are working on isolating the middle class.

How much does the Republican party expect the voters to put up with? Are we supposed to keep protecting the rich until there are only 2 classes left, the rich and the poor? If the economy keeps its present course, and taxes keep going up, the middle class is going to die.

Maybe, just maybe, the Republican party will be voted out before the middle class is taxed into the ground.

But then again, if the Republican party is voted out, that leaves only the democrats.

Maybe its time to vote in another party? Maybe its time to kick the two major parties out and get someone else in power?

Why should we bring children into the world

I thought about putting this in off topic, but since the discussion will revolve around the current political situation, I decided to put it here.

If we go back 100, 200, 500, 1000 years we had rampant disease, periodic starvation, wars,,, and people still reproduced.

Today, we live in an oppressive society that is overly regulated.

The US is deep in debt, and has no solution in sight.

Seems every nation and their brother and sister has nuclear weapons.

Cost of living has outpaces wages.

With all of this and more, why would anyone want to bring a child into the world?

Even basic stuff, such as home ownership is a fading dream for most people.

College education cost a fortune.

There was once a time when a person could finish high school, then go to work in a shipyard, steel mill, car factory,, and earn a good living. But those days are far behind us.

Why would I want to bring a child into the world, only to watch that child struggle with college, struggle to buy a home, struggle to find a job,,,.

As humanity progresses, shouldn’t things get easier? Shouldn’t getting an education get cheaper and easier? Shouldn’t owning a home get cheaper and easier? Its as if humanity reached a pinnacle in the 1970s, and it was downhill from there.

Wages have stagnated since the 1990s, while cost of living has skyrocketed, especially the cost of home ownership.

One sad fact, the poor are outbreeding the middle class and the rich.

For the middle class and the rich its an economic advantage to only have one, maybe two children. The cost of daycare, clothing, school supplies,,, plays a factor in planning how many children the couple will have.

For the poor, its an economic advantage to has as many kids as possible. The more children the family has, the more benefits they draw. Once the family reaches a certain child:income ratio, the government will give the family grants for the parents to go to school.

If you want your college paid for, have a couple of kids and apply for grants.

One reason we have children is because we want to leave part of ourselves behind. Through our children, and our childrens children, part of us will live forever. But is carrying on our family worth the misery our children will have to go through?

Another reason we have kids is because the husband and wife love each other, and the children are a symbol of that bond. Do you think 3 or 4 generations later anyone is going to give a crap about how much you loved your spouse?

Another reason to have children is partially based on religion. God told Adam and Eve to go forth and multiply. With 6 billion people on the earth, maybe we have multiplied enough?

Governments of the world are corrupt, we produce enough pollution that humans are changing the global climate, and we keep reproducing. Why?

Is the United States prepared for a major conflict

Infrastructure – Have you been keeping up to date on our infrastructure? We can not even keep our bridges updated, how are we supposed to fight a war with a major world power?

How many power plants have been built in the past 25 years? Not enough to stop rolling blackouts in peak summer months. If we can not even keep the lights on, how are we supposed to fight a war?

How many steel factories have been closed over the past 30 years?

Do we have the capability to make enough steel to build ships?

Shipyards – How many shipyards have been closed in the 1980s?  Maybe dozens. Shipyards all along the gulf coast have been closed and demolished over the past 30 years.

In the early 1980s as the U.S. started importing more oil from OPEC, the need for offshore drilling rigs declined.

Two major shipyards in the southeast Texas area closed in the 1980s – Livingston shipyard in Orange Texas and Bethlehem shipyard in Beaumont Texas.  Both shipyards were stripped and the equipment sold off to the highest bidders.

The old American Bridge yard in Orange Texas is still in place.

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The US can not continue on its current path

survivalistThe US can not continue on its current path of excessive spending,
Tax payers are not the cash cow for fortune 500 companies,
The FBI is not the private security firm for hollywood or the recording industry of America,
Public funds should not be used to bail out banks,
Public funds should not be used to bail out wall street,
Public funds should not be used to bail out any company,
Government employees should be held accountable for their actions,
CEOs of fortune 500 companies should be held account for their actions with prison time,
The US is not the worlds police force,
Welfare recipients should have to give something back to the community,
The US should not have to answer to the world trade organization,
Illegal immigrates should be prosecuted just like other criminals,
Elected officials should be held accountable for laws that harm the public health,
Elected officials should not make a career from public money,
Companies should not be allowed to write their own laws,
The public should not be forced to purchase a product,
The government should have a budget, just like everyone else.

The downfall of the US is going to be a combination of entitlements, combined with leaches that will suck that last drop of tax payer money from the government. These “leaches” are not people, but corporations. So its the people that are in control of the corporations that are sucking the US dry.

Why are wall street and the banks entitled to special treatment? Why is public money used as a substitute for sound financial dealings?

Person or small business makes poor decisions, they have to file for bankruptcy. Nobody bails out John Doe who works at the local welding shop.

Bank or wall street makes bad decisions, the government writes them a check.

How are people supposed to be held accountable for their action if the government turns a blind eye?

you know what would be nice, if I could convince the government to force everyone in the US to buy my product. Just think about the profits I could bring in. Well, that is what the insurance companies and obama has done. we are no longer free people, we are a cash cow waiting for big business to tap into.

Sooner or later, something will have to give.

The breaking point

There is unrest in the streets, the people have had enough, our government is corrupt, our factories are closing, our jobs are shipped to china, price of food is going through the roof,,, how much more can we take?

I think if we continue on the current path, the number of people drawing social benefits, and the number of people out of work will drive this nation to a breaking point.

Local governments will not be able to raise enough tax dollars to support themselves, but the people will continue to demand schools, social programs,,,, until something has to break.

I think there are 2 factors working against the US, free trade and too many social benefit programs.

Free trade – as more and more factories are closed and shipped to china, there are 2 profound effects.

1 – the tax base is shifted to the people. Instead of a factory paying property and school taxes, that tax burden is shifted to the people.

2 – lower wages. As the factories are moved to china, people will have to either be retrained, or take a lower paying job.

The people go through a cycle of lower wages -> higher taxes -> lower wages -> higher taxes. Until finally the government can not meet its financial obligations. If you want an example, take a look at Texas and California. California would rather take care of its illegal immigrants, then to kick people off the system.

Social benefits – my personal opinion, the US government has fostered a sub-culture of people who think they are entitled to food, free health care and a place to live.

My wife and I have a friend works for as a teacher for a local school. When the teacher asked the students what they wanted to do with their life, one student raised his hand. The student said he wanted to be like his grandfather and his dad, and get his monthly check in the mail.  In other words, this child was looking forward to living on welfare, just like his dad and grandfather have done.

What kind of society are we when we allow generations of people to receive social benefits?

Instead of sending people on welfare to college and getting them off the system, our government fosters a culture of people who suck the tit of the government for as long as they can.

The tipping point

The US will be facing a turning point in the near future because of the baby boomers retiring.  The baby boomer generation worked their whole lives, paid into social security, and now deserve to reap the benefits from their labor.

Opposite of the baby boomers are the people who never worked a day in their life, and expect the same benefits as the people who paid into the system for decades.

We can not have it both ways.  We can not have people working their entire lives, and people who never worked drawing the same government benefits.

When both groups (the workers and the non-workers) try to draw benefits, something will have to give.  Either the government will have to revamp the US social benefits programs, or taxes will have to be raised, or the federal reserve will have to print more money.

More then likely, the federal reserve will fire up the printing press and print more money that is not backed with anything.

I look for election 2012 to be the year that serious issues are brought the the forefront of the debate.  Hopefully this will be the year that the US faces the problems that have been ignored for decades.  But like an infection, you can only ignore it for so long.

When I was in school, we were taught about the great depression, what I was not taught was that people rioted in the streets. Much like what we are seeing today, the same thing happened in the 1930s. People are angry, and have had enough.




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