ONLY CONSTANT IN THE UNIVERSE IS CHANGE"
change is what's happening with me! It's been over four years since I left 23 years in St. Louis behind and moved to Cape Cod. Currently, I'm performing with STEVE MORGAN AND THE KINGFISH, as well as three great bands on NANTUCKET-COQ AU VIN, EQUINOX and ECLIFF & THE SWING DOGS. In addition, I perform my customary function as "hired gun," with the CHANDLER TRAVIS PHILHARMONIC, ZOE LEWIS & the BOOTLEGGERS REVUE, and others.
"POLITICALLY HOMELESS?" DO YOU FEEL THAT THE TWO MAJOR
(American) POLITICAL PARTIES ARE IRRELEVANT? ANTI-FREEDOM? STATIST?
DO YOU HAVE AN OVERWHELMING FEELING THAT "SOMETHING AIN'T
RIGHT" AND THAT YOU HAVE NO VIABLE CHOICE WHEN YOU VOTE?
There ARE ALTERNATIVES!
information on the LIBERTARIAN PARTY,
Note: Viewers of the BONEHENGE website
will no doubt find the following somewhat unusual, if not "out
of place," given that this is first and foremost a music-oriented
site. However, as a musician, and as a human being, I place a
very high value on my liberty and am greatly concerned by what
I perceive as the increasing loss of that liberty. It comes as
no surprise, though it is saddening, that the tragic events of
September 11, 2001 are serving certain statist American politicians
as a handy excuse to infringe on even more of that liberty; once
again, we are being asked to trade more of our freedom for the
ILLUSION of safety and security. As BEN FRANKLIN cautioned us
over two hundred years ago, THOSE WHO WOULD TRADE ESSENTIAL LIBERTY
FOR A LITTLE TEMPORARY SECURITY DESERVE NEITHER LIBERTY NOR SECURITY."
An even stronger warning-one which history has borne out time
and time again, came from THOMAS JEFFERSON; "A NATION WHOSE
PEOPLE TRADE LIBERTY FOR SAFETY DESERVE NEITHER AND WILL LOSE
Though what is expressed in this section will be most pertinent
to viewers who live in the U.S.A., residents of other nations
who read on may find these musings (and links) quite interesting,
and perhaps even pertinent to their own lives and countries.
"Those who would reap the blessings of liberty must, like
men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it."
"The government which can give you everything you want can
also take everything you have." (Jefferson)
"Government is not reason, it is not eloquence-it is downright
force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master."
FOLLOWING ITEMS, FEATURES OF AMERICAN LIFE OVER THE LAST FIFTEEN
YEARS OR SO, ARE WORTHY OF CONSIDERATION BY THOSE WHO VALUE THEIR
Some of the most serious infringements on civil liberties in our
history, packaged as the Orwellian-named "PATRIOT ACT,"
imposed on us in the name of the "war on Terrorism."
Imagine-indefinite detention without trial, no attorney access,
internet snooping, secret unannounced searches, etc. Sounds like
State "terrorism" to me-all in the name of "protecting"
us from terrorism!
Invasion of foreign, sovereign nations to "impose democracy."
This of course creates for us a constant state of warfare. We
already have troops in a large number of other countries, (one hundred and thirty, according to Presidential candidate Dr. RON PAUL),often
in the name of "peacekeeping." Whether under our own
auspices or those of the United Nations, this is WRONG! We need
to mind our own business, and work on the perfecting of our own
Republic. Other nations, if ready and willing, are free to follow
our example if they wish. Spread "democracy?" Those
who would do so are also at work trying to spread "democracy"
here. Pure democracy, folks, is MOB RULE, where your rights are
those which the majority feel you should have. In our REPUBLIC,
our rights are (in theory, anyway) protected by a CONSTITUTION
and a BILL OF RIGHTS. May this ever be so! We don't need to impose
"democracy" on unwilling nations in the mideast or elsewhere-we
need to throw out the "activist" judges who are subverting
our democratic republic by "interpreting" our Constitution
and Bill of Rights TO DEATH! We need to stop electing Presidents
and Congresspersons who adhere to the evil "globalist"
concepts of limiting our liberty to the lowest common world denominator,
and who instead honor their oaths of office, and protect the freedom
and interests of Americans! We are a generous nation, and will
usually help anyone who really needs it-but let's stop IMPOSING
our "help" where it is not wanted or respected.
Warrantless searches and seizures " related" to the
"War on Drugs" (in reality a "War" on our
Seizure and forfeiture of private property with out conviction,
trial, or even arrest (again in the name of the "War on Drugs").
Demonizing of privately owned firearms as the "cause"
of violent crime (crime which is in fact largely driven by the
black market created by the "War on Drugs).
Heavily-armed, military-style attacks on private citizens practicing
unpopular or "politically incorrect" religions (The
Branch Davidians at Waco, Texas) or political beliefs (Randy Weaver
& family at Ruby Ridge, Idaho), followed immediately by government
obfuscation, lies and cover-ups.
Raids, sometimes fatal, on private citizens falsely accused of
posessing drugs or "illegal" firearms. These raids (and
the resultant casualties) occur far more often than reported in
the news media.
The increasing use of "Racial Profiling" by law-enforcement
agencies, often resulting in gross injustices and the above-mentioned
Encroachments on private-property rights, particularly in the
Americn West, in the name of "environmentalism." Who
would want to be known as "anti-environment?" This evil tendency has been accelerated by last year's "Kelo vs. New London" Supreme Court decision, in which the Court "interpreted" the right to own real property OUT OF THE CONSTITUTION! Aside from benefiting tax revenues and developers, this undoubtedly was done to facilitate continued construction of the NAFTA Superhighway (oops-we're supposed to call it the "Trans Texas Corridor!).
The exponential increase in the number of armed Federal agents.
A combined tax rate (Federal, state, local, sales, property, etc,)
now exceeding 50%
Increasing Federal intrusion into the education and raising of
The increasing popularity of "unfunded mandates," in
which the Federal government takes money from the citizens of
the states, and then withholds it from a particular state (often
in the form of "highway funds") unless the state passes
a law which the Federal government wants it to pass. Example:
Missouri has lowered the blood-alcohol level to .08% as per Federal
requirements. This was being pushed hard in spite of the fact
that whatever problems we have with drunk driving are due to lack
of enforcement of EXISTING law. (This is similar to the continual
cry for stricter gun laws, in spite of lax enforcement of existing
sanctions). Are we starting to see a pattern here? Over the last
7 or 8 years, I have started to become quite concerned by what
I see and hear, and what I perceive is happening to our Republic.
(By the way, in spite of what the mainstream media keeps hammering
into our heads, we are a REPUBLIC, with a CONSTITUTION and a BILL
OF RIGHTS which prevent the majority from voting away the rights
of the minority; not a DEMOCRACY, which is in its pure form, mob
Over a period of years, I have begun to become aware of a larger
pattern to what has been happening to our ability to exercise
basic civil rights guaranteed us in our Bill of Rights-not just
our right to keep and bear arms for defense of self, home and
freedom, but our right to be free from unreasonable searches and
seizures, our right to not forfeit property without due process
of law, our basic right to "pursue happiness."
would urge you to consider some of the following, and then peruse
the links to alternative sources of news provided below. Then,
do some research on your own; only a fool would accept or reject
an idea or a "fact" without making some effort on one's
own to determine accuracy.
it seem that we are in a perpetual state of "crisis?"
An example would be the "Drug Crisis," which has been
with us since about 1907, when the first anti-narcotics laws were
passed. A recent newspaper article reported on the signing of
a Federal law banning the "Date Rape drug," DST, because
"58 people have died..." from ingesting it in the last
year or so. Though 58 deaths from any controllable cause is regrettable,
it hardly strikes me as a "crisis" calling for the passage
of yet another Federal law. (In the same time frame, 80 children
under 15 drowned in bathtubs-National Safety Council). Many hundreds
of children under 15 die each year from getting into the household
chemicals under the kitchen sink; 40 in that age group died from
the accidental discharge of a firearm, yet we are harangued constantly
that this proves the need to ban guns, or highly restrict their
availability. This in spite of the fact that they are used over
2 million times a year to prevent crimes and SAVE lives. The provisions
of the 1968 Gun Control Act have yet to save even one life, but
have resulted in the criminalization of citizens who had no criminal
intent (paperwork violations, etc.). Could another agenda besides
crimefighting be at work here?
seemingly unending nature of our "crises-" drug crisis,
gun crisis, health crisis, whatever, is no accident. In the late
19th century, a German philosopher, Friedrich Hegel, came up with
what has been termed the Hegelian Dialectic. Basically, this is
a method for achieving a desired result without being obvious
about it, such as a government's acquisition of more power at
the expense of the people's civil liberty. It is a 3-part process;
create a crisis (or turn an exisisting problem into a crisis,
as we did with drugs at the turn of the century); then, create
popular opposition to that crisis, a strong urge on the partof
the citizens to "do something-anything!" Finally, come
up with a "solution" to the crisis-one which invariably
involves requiring or convincing citizens to give up basic rights.
This is a favorite technique of tyrants everywhere; Hitler was
an avid fan of Hegel's, and practiced Hegel's methodolgy very
successfully (for an excellent example, crack your modern history
book and read up on the "Reichstag Fire" of 1933). For
a long time now, we have been experiencing the results of this
very well (assuming that one has basically the same take on history
and current events as I do); what does one do about it? One answer-GET
INVOLVED. That of course means exercising your right to vote!
Not only that, but get involved in the political party of your
choice; give yourself a voice in having a meaningful choice when
you do vote. Personally, I have very little faith in the two major parties
desire to present real choices to us anymore; I have in the past devoted energy to a third party, and help make
it a real contender for our hearts and minds. While I have supported candidates of both major parties, and more recently joined the G.O.P. so as to run for delegate in support of 2012 Presidential candidate RON PAUL, I believe that that
party is the LIBERTARIAN PARTY. As far as I've been able to tell,
it is the only party in the nation which believes, consistently
and across the board, in governing according to the Constitution
and the Bill of Rights. Some basic LIBERTARIAN beliefs:
the Federal Government to its Constitutionally mandated functions.
our self-imposed role of "world policeman," which has
benefitted no one-least of all Americans (with the possible excepton
of our oil companies and other multi-national businesses) and
has earned us (as we recently learned the hard way) some very
dangerous and dedicated enemies.
the INSANITY of the "War on Drugs."
the primacy of the Bill of Rights, including the Second Article
thereof. Ending the tyranny of the Income Tax ("The power
to tax is the power to destroy"). It is also, by far, the
strongest third party in America, and growing in strength and
influence every week. If you are concerned about the gradual loss
of liberty and basic civil rights, I strongly urge you to check
would encourage you to learn more-learn as much as you can, and
then draw your own conclusions. This is of course easier to do
if you have information. Following are some news sites which I
highly recommend; bear in mind that they are NOT associated with
the COUNCIL on FOREIGN RELATIONS or other such globalist groups.
They are completely independent editorially, and are an excellent
way to get the news which you WILL NOT get from the Post Dispatch,
the Washington Post, or the New York Times. Following are some
sites which I hope you will find informative and thought-provoking. As always, bear in mind that while there is a vast amount of information and opinion on the net, it is up to us to regard it critically, and not accept claims and statements at face value. Of course, this applies at least as much to the "mainstream" media. The recent attempt by the F.C.C. to place "watchdogs" in newsrooms around the nation should be a wake up call to all.
Also, some political and advocacy sites:
GUN-OWNER RIGHTS SITES:
OWNERS OF AMERICA
SECOND AMENDMENT FOUNDATION
(National organization based in Bellvue, WA) S.A.F. has sponsored, contributed to and participated in numerous legal actions in defense of citizens' rights under the Second Article of the Bill of Rights. They not uncommonly partner with other organizations, such as the N.R.A., who often do not give S.A.F. the credit they are due. They are well worth contributing to, in my opinion.
following is, in my opinion, not necessarily the most effective
fighter for our rights in this area-they compromise too much for
my liking-however, they are a valuable resource, have by far the largest membership (5.5 million and counting) and have the financial muscle to match. Contrary to the oft-repeated lie that their considerable funds come from the firearm industry, it actually comes from US-the members. Perhaps just as important, the N.R.A. is THE PRIMARY
RESOURCE for firearm training, safety training, education and competition:
NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION
are some anti-drug-war sites:
MARIJUANA POLICY PROJECT
If you value your freedom, there is much to be done and not much
time! So; if you feel the same way I do about all of this, remember:
WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH, THE TOUGH GET
GOING. So, GET TOUGH-GET GOING!!!
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