There is a persistent rumor suggesting that as the British army surrendered after the Battle of Yorktown, they played a song called "The World Turned Upside-Down". According to Dennis Montgomery, no one knows for sure. Perhaps not, but I love the lyrics that might have been played by the defeated redcoats.
If buttercups buzz'd after the bee
If boats were on land, churches on sea
If ponies rode men and if grass ate the cows
And cats should be chased into holes by the mouse
If the mamas sold their babies
To the Gypsies for half a crown
If summer were spring
And the other way 'round
Then all the world would be upside down!
I share the dizzying disbelief the British soldiers apparently had after being beaten by a disorganized, upstart rebellion. Earlier this month my good friend, Bernard von NotHaus, was convicted of counterfeiting, and accused of "a unique form of domestic terrorism". It is now my firmly held belief that our government officials are certifiably crazy, and that our world has been turned upside-down. Allow me to explain.
After the American Revolution, the thirteen colonies were expected to pay back the money they had borrowed from France and Spain. Rather than work hard to send valuable resources, each of the colonies made the decision to print paper money "out of thin air", as the saying goes. Competitive printing between the states quickly caused a massive hyperinflation, which led to a demand for changes to the Articles of Confederation. Rather than edit the Articles, delegates drafted a new Constitution which (in 1.8.5) explicitly gave Congress the power to COIN money and regulate the value thereof. The delegates vociferously denied Congress the power "to emit bills", meaning "to print money". The reason was fresh in their minds. Hyperinflation was the reason they had convened in Philadelphia in the first place.
I hope you'll agree that if I don't have an apple in my hand, I can't hand the apple to you. The apple doesn't exist. How did Congress presume to give the Federal Reserve the authority to print money, when they didn't have that authority themselves? They couldn't! Which means that the Federal Reserve Act of 1913 is completely, totally, unquestionably, unconstitutional. (Please note that even if Congress did have the authority to print money, they still couldn't transfer that authority to a private corporation like the Federal Reserve. A police officer may have the authority to carry a gun and write traffic tickets, but the officer would be put in jail for pretending to give others the authority to do the same.)
To make matters worse, the Constitution (1.8.6) requires Congress "to provide for the Punishment of counterfeiting the Securities and current Coin of the United States." This would be a good time to define "counterfeit". verb: made in imitation so as to be passed off fraudulently or deceptively as genuine; not genuine; forged; pretended; unreal So the Federal Reserve started printing "notes" that looked almost exactly like the "silver certificates" the Treasury had been printing. Silver certificates could be redeemed on demand for valuable silver. Federal Reserve Notes are worthless pieces of paper masquerading as legitimate money. Compare them yourself, then decide if Federal Reserve Notes were intended to look like real money. That is the very definition of counterfeiting. Therefore, before the World Turned Upside-Down, Congress would have indicted members of the Federal Reserve, and put them in jail for a very long time.
If we are playing poker at someone's house, and I pull out another tray of poker chips, I will probably be forcibly thrown out the door for cheating. When the Federal Reserve prints money "out of thin air" and places it into circulation, the money you have in all of your accounts becomes worth less. Because we've allowed the Federal Reserve to counterfeit our money since 1913, your money is now worthless. This process is the root cause of the trillion dollar bailout and the double-trillion dollar stimulus package that the current administration has orchestrated. I strongly enourage you to read Creature from Jekyll Island to convince you beyond a shadow of a doubt that these outrageous facts are completely true.
Enter Bernard von NotHaus who just happens to be a monetary architect. He designed a gorgeous one ounce silver Liberty Dollar that could be exchanged as barter between anyone who recognizes the value of elemental silver. Barter is a process that is reinvented in every second grade cafeteria across the country as children swap peanut butter sandwiches for something they like more. He was convicted a few days ago of counterfeiting, and of conspiracy against the United States. The counterfeiting charge implies that Liberty Dollars are easily mistaken for fiat, worthless, Federal Reserve Notes. The FBI points out that "the Liberty coins were marked with the dollar sign ($); the words dollar, USA, Liberty, Trust in God (instead of In God We Trust); and other features associated with legitimate U.S. coinage". I take issue with the statement that Federal Reserve paper or coins are legitimate U.S. coinage. I have already demonstrated that they are engaged in the fraudulent duplication of paper that pretends to be legitimate constitutional silver certificates. Even assuming that dollars are legitimate, there is no possible way that any thinking individual would confuse a Liberty Dollar for something generated by the government. Whenever I pull change out of my pocket that includes a Liberty Dollar, people can spot the difference immediately. They go out of their way to ask what it is because it is so dramatically different than the flimsy bus tokens circulated by the government.
After correctly quoting the Constitution about the power to coin money, the FBI makes an outrageous (and incorrect) leap of logic. They claim that "This power was delegated to Congress in order to establish and preserve a uniform standard of value and to insure a singular monetary system for all purchases and debts in the United States, public and private. Along with the power to coin money, Congress has the concurrent power to restrain the circulation of money which is not issued under its own authority in order to protect and preserve the constitutional currency for the benefit of all citizens of the nation." Congress could have preserved a uniform standard of value by maintaining gold and silver coins as the only legitimate transfer of wealth. By allowing the Federal Reserve to print and circulate money which is not backed by precious metals, they created a system that directly undermines a uniform standard of value by diluting everyone's wealth with counterfeit bills. Although it may sound plausible, there is no constitutional authority to restrain the circulation of money not issued by its own authority. I don't know about you, but I am willing to accept gold or silver coins whether they were minted by the government or not. I currently have one ounce silver coins with images of Barack Obama and Dick Cheney. I may not have respect for them personally, however I expect to be able trade that silver just as easily as the coins with Ron Paul's image.
I find all of these arbitrary assumptions to be completely outrageous. They pale by comparison to U.S. Attorney Anne M. Tompkins' assertion that, "Attempts to undermine the legitimate currency of this country are simply a unique form of domestic terrorism." "While these forms of anti-government activities do not involve violence, they are every bit as insidious and represent a clear and present danger to the economic stability of this country," "We are determined to meet these threats through infiltration, disruption, and dismantling of organizations which seek to challenge the legitimacy of our democratic form of government"
Can you believe this? Ms. Tompkins is saying that anyone who tries to avoid the destruction caused by Federal Reserve counterfeiting is guilty of domestic terrorism. Apparently the FBI does not want us to break out of our economic slavery. Circulating pure silver is not "a clear and present danger to our economic stablity". Flipping the world right side up we must admit that it is the fraudulent printing of Federal Reserve Notes that has already destroyed our economic stability! The FBI is accusing Bernard von NotHaus of doing exactly what the government has been guilty of since 1913! How would we feel if the German Nazis were accusing the Jews of genocide? Could the world be turned any more upside-down than it currently is?
Naturally, I am not the only one who is outraged by this blatant attempt to change lies into truth, and wrong into right. I encourage you to read The New Face of Terror written by Chris Duane. If I haven't convinced you that our economic sky has been falling, then perhaps Chris will be more persuasive than I've been.
It is finally time for the entire American population to stand up and resist this tyranny which is based on fraud and blatant misdirection. I want each of you to write letters to your state and federal representatives. Tell them why Bernard must be acquitted, and why the Federal Reserve must finally be eliminated and dismantled. I plan to post my letters on my website later this week. I would appreciate it if you would send me a copy of your letter(s) so I know how many of you took action to save Bernard and turn the world right side up. If I get at least fifteen different letters, I will pick the best one and send you THREE silver Liberty Dollars. One denominated $10, another stamped $20, and another showing $50. That way you can show your friends how much Federal Reserve Notes have been devalued over the last decade alone. Remember. the only thing necessary for evil to succeed is for good men to do nothing.
Ramping up my resistance to tyranny,