The News Current Events and Continuing Education for June 1, 2020

“Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”

-James Madison

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It’s way past time that these issues were addressed…

The Digital Freedom Of Expression And Real Privacy Act

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Michigan, Texas, and now Virginia and Kentucky

More “Lockdown” Liberty Keys Have Been Posted (And More On The Use-This-“Crisis” Action Item)

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Jonesy in Wyoming tells it like it is…

A Good Man Urges Good Americans To Take Back The Soul Of Our Beloved Country

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Other Voices (with an important afterword)

‘Brave New Normal (Part 2)’

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Spotlights on the past that help bring clarity to the present:

Illuminating Anniversaries for this week

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“There are two distinct classes of men…those who pay taxes and those who receive and live upon taxes.”

-Thomas Paine

You can’t understand the present if you don’t understand the past…

Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

June 1- In 1660, Mary Dyer is hanged by officials of the Massachusetts Colony for choosing to be a Quaker in defiance of the local “law” prohibiting that religious sect.  In 1792, Kentucky is admitted to the union as the 16th of the several states.  In 1812, President James Madison asks Congress to declare war on Great Britain.  In 1869, Thomas Edison receives his first patent– for an electric voting machine.  In 1925, Lou Gehrig plays the first of 2,130 consecutive baseball games.  In 2009, General Motors declares bankruptcy.

Anniversaries of interest for each day of this week will be found throughout the newsletter below.

  

Fear nothing but God’s judgment as to your honesty and your courage

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“It does not take a majority to prevail… but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.”

-Samuel Adams

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Hey, People!! Start making plans (and get your RSVPs in) for the 13th (and perhaps last) Declaration Day Party, July 4, 2020!!

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And, HEY, II! Please don’t just read what I post here (or anywhere), and nod your head sagely or approvingly and then move on to other things. I don’t post in order to affirm your sense of things. I post in order to equip you with perspectives and arguments with which to educate others, and in the expectation that you will forward my posts to other people (or direct them to those posts). PLEASE do those things.

We won’t win by YOU knowing what I present. We will win by LOTS OF OTHERS knowing what I present.

The Digital Freedom Of Expression And Real Privacy Act

Taking a shot at two very serious modern problems (and the first is not on behalf of Donald Trump particularly, but for the benefit of everyone with something to say…)

I HAVE TWO LEGISLATIVE PROPOSALS TODAY for everyone’s consideration:

1.Digital Freedom of Expression and The Hall of Shame

(a) IT IS THE WILL of the American People that their ability and desire to express themselves and to enjoy the benefits of all forms of communications and information technology be uncompromised and unexploited in any fashion whatever. Therefore, Congress directs the Federal Communications Commission to establish a unit with the responsibility for publicly identifying service-providers in the area of social media platforms, digital search services, content hosting, communications and entertainment who are guilty of monitoring, editing, censoring, restricting, categorizing, sequestering, recording, retaining or distributing any content, logs, metadata, search history, or data of any kind whatever concerning or created by any user of the provider’s services, with or without the user’s assumed, implicit or explicit permission. Such public identification will detail type and frequency of offense and be done in such a fashion as to enable the American people to make informed choices as to which providers suit their preferences for neutrality and respect for user privacy and which do not.

(b) A willful breach by anyone responsible for identifying and publicizing one or more guilty parties pursuant to the provisions in subsection (a) is guilty of a felony punishable by ten years in prison or a $500,000.00 fine, or both.

(c) Any service-provider described in paragraph (a) who engages in editing, censoring, restricting, categorizing, sequestering, editorializing or distinguishing in any way an item or content posted by a user is liable to legal action to the user or other affected party in regard to such editing, censoring, restricting, categorizing, sequestering, editorializing or distinguishing under all provisions of law related to publishing.

2. Real Privacy

(a) No agent or agency of the United States shall solicit, procure, receive, accept or retain data in any form or of any kind captured, recorded, assembled or made available in any form whatever by or from any person, nor capture, record, monitor, retain or distribute data in any form whatever, except as expressly and narrowly authorized in a warrant issued by an impartial judge upon a sworn showing of probable cause that evidence of a crime shall be found thereby, and particularly describing the data to be captured, recorded, monitored, retained, distributed solicited, procured, received or accepted.

(b) A willful breach of the provisions of subsection (a) is a felony punishable by ten years in prison or a $500,000.00 fine, or both.

SO, HOW ABOUT IT, folks? Urge this on your congresscritters.

I believe the Digital Freedom of Expression and Hall of Shame will pass Constitutional muster without any problem (unlike some other approaches being plumped-for in other quarters). Though not instantly, it will inexorably shift users to better-behaved platforms (and those platforms into dominance), and cause badly-behaving platforms to reform.

The Real Privacy portion is a no-brainer, even though it will be strenuously opposed by every corrupt government agency that has been happily violating the Fourth Amendment for the last few decades (see why and how here)– a fact which by itself establishes that such agencies shouldn’t even be given a place at the table in considering this affirmation of the fundamental law.

But neither step forward will happen without your activism…

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Tools For Leveraging The CtC Superpower

You’ve got magic in your hands, if you will use it…

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The Law, In Seven Pages

Really.

HERE IS THE LAW, IN 7 PAGES.

HERE IS HOW THE SCHEME WORKS, IN 8 PAGES.

HERE IS HOW TO OVERCOME THE SCHEME AND ENFORCE THE LAW, IN 256 PAGES.

Share these all, everywhere you can. Be your most creative self in sending and “selling” these links. Do memes; make gifs; respond to everything in the news that would be or have been better had the state been small, or if Americans kept their money for their own uses.

If you pay attention to the news and train yourself to apply these perspectives, you will see a dozen things of which you can make use in awakening other Americans to the virtues of having the income tax correctly administered. Please, for my sake, for your own sake, for the sake of your children and their future, make that use.

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More “Lockdown” Liberty Keys Have Been Posted

Virginia and Kentucky, specifically…

SEE THE WHOLE BATCH SO FAR (Michigan, Texas, Virginia and Kentucky) at this link, and, really, people– get these out there! Even if you are personally paralyzed by fear, your recognition of the importance of the rule of law should have you sending these far and wide if only so others with more sand can make use of them (and learn important lessons from them, as explained here).

BTW, I know that some of you have been a bit mystified by these “lockdown keys”. There are two things that perhaps need to be said about them to address that confusion.

The first thing is to remind everyone that labels mean nothing. In law, “substance” rules over “form”.

Devising and issuing commands to the general public, disobedience of which can be punished by the state apparatus in any way whatsoever, is the making of laws. It doesn’t matter that the products are called “executive orders”; such devising and issuing is legislating, and it’s what executive branch officials are prohibited from doing, except as expressly authorized in the Constitutions to which they have sworn fidelity.

THE SECOND THING IS TO QUASH THE NOTION that laws purporting to authorize the “executive orders” issued by the various governors which conflict with what I am showing you about the Constitutional language of the state involved means anything. What you’re failing to take into account is that legislatures pass unconstitutional statutes all the time.

There is no built-in vetting procedure by which even an attempt is made to prevent unconstitutional enactments. Few, if any, states require that a proposed bill be shown to have a Constitutional basis, or to not be in violation of a Constitutional provision.

Bills gets passed simply because they are wanted. Their legality is seldom even thought about at all unless they are in obvious violation of iconic Constitutional issues, such a speech or religious practice freedoms. Otherwise the question never arises, and if a hint of concern lurks anywhere, resolution is assumed to lie in the courts if the suspect bill is ever challenged on a Constitutional-harmony basis.

Thus, the fact that a statute is cited in these various gubernatorial edicts says nothing about the validity of those edicts, and in fact, as I have shown in the various “Lockdown” Liberty Keys posted so far, that validity is found to be glaringly absent upon competent examination.

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Still Timely: Not Letting This “Crisis” Go To Waste…

…an important action item opportunity.

FRIENDS, THE BIT OF EASING of the despotic measures to which most of the country has been subjected this spring should not be allowed to bleed off the head of steam you probably had been developing. The offenses happened, and they’re far from over. Stay hot.

And while you are all warmed up, and while others, if they’re smart, are just as hot, I’d like you to send an email (and Facebook post, or whatever) with the following content to everyone you can (with a request that they pass it along, in turn):

[Name], over the last several months you’ve watched as over-fed state power has been used to literally destroy classical Western civilization and impose a new despotic paradigm. No dissent or debate permitted– no permission or agreement sought.

YOU KNOW where this will end up if the arrogant state power being used to make this happen isn’t radically diminished in size, influence, resources and popular support, and exposed as an opportunistic exploiter of legal ignorance (an ignorance which it has been nurturing in the average mind for decades).

Those things having not yet happened, you should be quaking in your boots– and you probably are.

Isn’t it time– and past time– for you to begin helping to make those desperately-needed defensive changes take place? There is only one way these things can happen short of a who-knows-what we’ll-end-up-with explosion of violence. I’m going to show it to you.

Read this little two-page document. Click on the links at the end.

When you’re done with that reading, you’ll know what to do next.

BTW, REMEMBER, ALSO, THAT EVERY AMERICAN has lately been given a stark lesson in the fact that government officials at all levels will lie to you and violate the law without batting an eye. They will do so any time it serves their agenda, and you don’t call them out for it.

If you know anyone who has been persisting in denial on the truth about the income tax, you know such nonsense is usually be grounded in some version or another of, “That can’t be true…” or “They would never do something like that…”. Now’s the time to put a pin in that delusional bubble.

As the C19 hoax has starkly shown, “that” certainly CAN be true, and they certainly WOULD do something like that.

Use this evidence in all your outreach efforts.

“It is not the function of our Government to keep the citizen from falling into error; it is the function of the citizen to keep the Government from falling into error.”

-United States Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson

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Trump threatens to deploy military if states don’t crack down on protests

Trump Calls Governors Weak, Urging Them To ‘Dominate’ To Quell Violence

President Trump arrives Saturday at the White House.

Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Updated at 5:45 p.m. ET

President Trump on Monday called governors weak and urged them to “dominate” to prevent further violent demonstrations following the death of George Floyd, a black man in Minneapolis who died after a white police officer kneeled on his neck.

Trump’s comments came during a contentious phone call with state leaders to discuss the chaotic protests. Two people on the call briefed NPR of its content, and Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer put out a statement that said the call was “deeply disturbing.”

Whitmer said Trump told governors to “put it down.” One person who told NPR about the call said Trump urged governors to send lawbreaking protesters to jail “for a long time,” and he repeatedly told them to use the military.

“We have a wonderful military,” Trump said, according to that source.

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said the president urged governors to act and deploy National Guard troops. She said Trump used the word “dominate” in reference to the streets and keeping the peace, not regarding handling protesters.

“The president has made clear that what we are seeing on America’s streets is unacceptable,” McEnany said during a press briefing. “Violence, looting, anarchy, lawlessness are not to be tolerated.”

Whitmer, a Democrat who has clashed with the president on responding to the coronavirus, added of the call: “The president repeatedly and viciously attacked governors, who are doing everything they can to keep the peace while fighting a once-in-a-generation global pandemic.”

In response, McEnany said she doesn’t “know why Gov. Whitmer would be dismayed at the president telling governors to do their job.”

One source described the question-and-answer session between Trump and the governors as combative.

“I’ve been incredibly concerned by some of the rhetoric that’s being used by you,” Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, a Democrat, told the president, according to the source.

The president reportedly replied: “I don’t like your rhetoric much, either.”

The Republican president spent much of the weekend on Twitter decrying protests that turned violent as a failure of Democratic state and local leaders not acting aggressively enough in quelling them.

Protesters held large-scale demonstrations Sunday across the United States, expressing outrage over Floyd’s death and more broadly at police brutality.

In many cities, including Minneapolis, Atlanta and Seattle, some protesters clashed with police, looted businesses and set buildings and cars on fire. Protests were also held outside the White House in Washington, D.C.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky — a state that saw its own protests over the weekend in response to the killings of both Floyd and 26-year-old Breonna Taylor at the hands of police — called on state and local law enforcement to “crack down” on protesters, lest the federal government get involved and do so for them.

“This cannot continue. It has already gone on for entirely too long,” McConnell, a Republican, said. “I hope state and local authorities will work quickly to crack down on outside agitators and domestic terrorists and restore some order to our cities. And if state and local leaders cannot or will not secure the peace and protect citizens and their property, I hope the federal government is ready to stand in the breach.”

The general Republican consensus surrounding the recent rash of protests differs significantly from their stance on other recent demonstrations, particularly those in the Democratic-led state of Michigan, wherein armed protesters last month stormed the streets and the statehouse to demand a reopening of the economy amid the coronavirus pandemic.

In that instance, President Trump referred to the crowd, which appeared to be largely white, as “very good people” who were justifiably upset at the disruption the pandemic had caused to their lives and livelihoods. In response to the protests against police brutality, which have broken out in looting in some instances, the president last week appeared to threaten to have Americans participating shot by the military.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., called on Congress to address protesters’ concerns through legislation on police reform.

“At this delicate time, the Senate should lead on these issues rather than aggravate the problem. Leader McConnell should commit to put a law enforcement reform bill on the floor of the Senate before July 4,” Schumer said.

“As the COVID pandemic continues to rage and Americans are taking to the streets to express their anger at police violence and racial injustice, the Republican majority in the Senate must focus on the national crises at our doorstep.”

Kelsey Snell, Krishnadev Calamur and Benjamin Swasey contributed to this report.