I am inspired to write this post by an excellent discussion held Thursday night, April 29 with Red Beckman on Revolution Radio’s Walls in Our Minds. As the show title suggests, this segment of Revolution Radio is dedicated to identifying and eliminating the walls in our minds so as to bring forth the Second American Revolution.
Many false assumptions we have about government and ourselves and our own power are exposed in this show, and tonight we touched upon a diverse set of subjects all revolving around the power and paradigm of prayer, the amazing awakening of Americans and the rejuvenation of the America unfolding before our eyes.
Precedent for Prayer as Inspiration
The story starts here in the high plains of the upper midwest, along the Missouri River, where I have spent the week in intensive meetings regarding the management and restoration of a very large river system. As it turns out, Red Beckman grew up in Montana, in the Missouri River basin, and watched the river’s development as a young boy to a grown man. The Missouri River is the longest river in the United States, and its most developed. In encompasses seven states and 28 Tribes.
The Missouri River basin is the location of thousands of years of cultural history among many nations and people. Centuries of trade, agriculture, and cultural development occurred in the bottom lands of the Missouri River. Jefferson secured the territory as a part of the United States when he purchased this area as part of the Louisiana Purchase and commissioned Lewis and Clark to travel up the Missouri in search of the Pacific ocean.
The Indian Wars of the Dakotas, Montana, and Wyoming still sear the landscape in ways both seen and unseen, as everyone in the basin begins to co-exist and understand each others needs, although by no means are all problems resolved. But to this history was added, in 1944, the Flood Control Act, or Pick Sloan Program for water development and flood control along Missouri River. The program would result in 8 major dams which flooded primarily Indian lands and displaced Indian and non-Indian villages, homes, homesteads, towns, and grave sites. A way of life was lost forever in the single decade between 1945 and 1955.As a result of the extensive development of the Missouri River to serve navigation, hydropower, recreation, water supply, and flood control, the environment of the river has been degraded, resulting in the listing of the pallid sturgeon and two birds as threatened and endangered under the Endangered Species Act. Thus the lawsuits from environmental groups resulted in pressure to recover these species, and to do so, congressional legislation mandating a process involving representatives from all the Tribes, water users, and states in a forum to collectively address the issue
The contrast between the government’s goals of fish recovery, and the 28 Tribes’ need for basic necessities such as drinking water, could not be more stark. And the government is restricted to spending monies on fish, birds, and the habitat that supports them. This underscores our lack of balance in that we have degraded systems so much that we value the needs of the species above the needs of people, well, Indian people, the poorest in the nation.
With this history in mind, the parties in the Missouri Basin gathered together at the old Ft. Lincoln, which has been used by the Army since the days of Custer. During the 1940’s it was used to inter Japanese and German citizens in World War II; and served as planning base for the Army Corps of Engineers as it planned the devel0pment and construction of the Pick-Sloan Program. The facility is now the United Tribes Technical College (UTTC) which serves the higher educational needs of native people from around the country.
The parties met in the Lewis Goodhouse Wellness Center, in the circular ‘Healing Room’ that you see in the photo, with a skylight in the center of the room. In a moment, and with a prayer, the meeting participants in that round room entered a different space, not devoid of history but instead intensely aware of it and the historic moment of the presence of each other, and of the Creator.
And the path there, the opportunity, was a ‘clean slate’…the not-so-difficult acknowledgment of the mistakes of the past, yet a plethora of ideas and open doors with which to paint a canvas from this day forward that heals by doing.
This group of individuals have been meeting for over a year and this was the first meeting that closed and ended with a prayer. And there was a perceptible shift in engagement and participation that bodes well for the people and the river.
The precedent that Red Beckman reminded me of was the time in the Constitutional Convention, and the Continental Congress, that the Founders had come to fisticuffs with no way out. Benjamin Franklin invoked and called for prayer, to acknowledge and humble themselvesto the fact that the task could not be accomplished without God’s intervention and guidance. Those calls for prayer each time broke the deadlock.
When one invokes prayer, the Creator, God, one is reminded from where all life and all rights are from–those inalienable rights granted by the Creator of which all people inherit equally. Those rights are not granted, nor can they be taken away, by government.
I am tagging this as one of the first ways to take your power back. It is a visceral understanding that once grasped can never be taken away.
Constitutional Governance in Watersheds
How would this prayer that opens the door to healing translate into constitutional governance? Acknowledging the governing structure of the states, Tribes, and respecting the sovereignty of the individual as is prescribed by the national and state Constitutions.
But limited government and maximum liberty in the context of respect among parties was cut short because of the imposition of the Pick-Sloan program, which was a result of devastating floods on the Missouri River system in 1934 and 1943. But the government’s response to the floods virtually ensured its presence in the Missouri River basin as the water manager for decades…and is a platform for increased government control into the future unless it is tempered with Tribal, state, and stakeholder guidance.
Notwithstanding the incredible advances made in the dialogue among previous enemies, there are national pressures here to consider:
- Appointment of a 7-state Govenor’s Council to advise the Corps as to management of the river
- Enact legislation to exert federal control over all waters of the United States under the authority of clean water
What concerned me the most was the gnawing in the back of my mind regarding Obama’s plan to establish a Council of Governors for national security reasons to assist in the event of martial law. The coincidence is too much…under the guise of environmental management and restoration of species, a governor’s council is quietly established which in effect, exerts the federal control over the 1.1 million square-mile area in the middle of the country.
What could be more basic than clean drinking water, power, and food? And what would happen if the control over those supplies slipped out of the hands of the people, the States, the Tribes?
The power here is making the links and understanding that “environmental protection” in excess being demonstrated today is a hidden means of exerting increased federal control over state and private lands for completely different purposes.
The Tax Protesters Program
I harken back to this video, because it reflects an essential truth that Red Beckman and I further discussed.
This is an idea for a new party, and it is just called the Tax Protesters Program. It is based on the fact that those who birthed our Country, wrote its Constitution, and built its strength were tax protesters. As Red said, we have stopped electing the tax protesters, and guess what, government has gone awry.
The Tax Protesters Program, the new party, has a very simple platform:
Article I, Section 8:
The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States
Section 9, Clause 4:
No Capitation, or other direct, Tax shall be laid unless in Proportion to the Census or Enumeration herin before directed to be taken
When you think about it, it really does make sense…our government would be limited in size, our military forces the most advanced in the world to protect us, and our lives extremely prosperous if we were not taxed for every thought we have and breath we take.
As the video says, “Patriots: Tea bagging since 1773″…can the Tea Party Patriots and the rest of us embrace this with its basic platform?
Taking back your power is zeroing in on at least one crux of the problem: illegal taxation.
Reverend Manning Revives the People’s Common Law Grand Jury System
One of the subjects very close to Red Beckman’s heart is the jury system and its revival. The true intent of the Constitution in terms of limited government and maximum control by the people is expressed in the Seventh Amendment:
In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.
The right of the people to be heard on Obama’s ineligibility has been stymied by Congress, Obama, the media, the court system, the states, and others in the most blatant and inexcusable of ways.
Reverend James D. Manning has remedied this grievance by reviving a people’s grand jury, in the most proper legal way possible, in which the indictments and arrest warrants handed down cannot be re-examined by any Court of the United States.
There is high hope for this trial and event in Harlem in mid-May, at the very least it is going to expose information that will spread like wildfire to the American people despite the media’s ignorance.
The third aspect of taking our power back is retrieving our votes as jurors and reviving the grand jury system. The seventh amendment was meant to be one of our enforcement mechanisms against and check on the government and its officials.
I suppose I could have written this in a paragraph, but then you wouldn’t have heard the tone of what is an urgent appeal to take our power back. The first part of this appeal is to remember where we came from, and who in fact is the granter of our rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. On a fundamental level.
With this knowledge, the control of food, water, and power needs to be relocated to the populous, the states and the Tribes and never to be in the hands of government for any reason, including ‘environment’ or ‘national security’.
As part of remembering who we are, we must understand our history and take back our power as advocates of limited government through constitutional taxation. Spell it out and put forth a blatant platform that reminds everyone what the Constitution says. Refuse to give up our power by engaging the anti-Americans on their terms.
Finally, in taking back our powers under common law juries and jurists, we can nullify bad law and act to hold all officials accountable.
It is the ultimate example here: no one can reclaim our power but ourselves. We need to see the truth, remove the walls, and act on it.