State of the Michael New Case
Congress holds the Key... and doesn't know it!!
Dr. Ron Paul has introduced a small, but powerful little bill into the House of Representative which could solve the problem of forcing Americans to serve in foreign military operations, but most of them don't know it, and won't know it, unless you bring it to their attention.
The Citizen Soldier Protection Act of 2006 is the key – H.R. 4797. It needs to pass the House, and needs a sponsor in the Senate. Prospects for both those goals are not likely this year, but we have to start somewhere. As I write this, we have one co-sponsor, Rep. John Sweeney of New York.
We'll send you a copy on request, or you can download it from the website. Get your senator or rep to sponsor this bill, and we will bake you a cake! Or something.
The Military of the 21st Century
Didn't we do something similar in the USA a long time ago? Did we not set up a very limited government, to provide for dealing with foreign nations, and to represent us in times of national emergencies? Whatever happened to that small central government, set up as a Servant to the States? Those who remember what happened when the "sovereign States" attempted to (legally) secede in 1861, should be able to see where we are headed with the United Nations.
In future New's Letters I'll discuss this subject of where we are going, because the fog is lifting and the way wars will be fought in this century is becoming both more clear and more complicated at the same time.
First, we are "outsourcing" several elements of war. Private Contractors are paying former American soldiers some amazing amounts of money – $75K-$125K a year – to function as quasi -legal enforcers in areas controlled by no single authority. This is an atmosphere which lends itself to abuse. There is a right way and a wrong way to do this – and the Constitution spells it out. (See next issue.)
Second, we are moving toward Regionalization of war. Beginning with Korea under SEATO (a "UN Regional Arrangement"), then NATO (the same), we now see the coalitions of Iraq I and Iraq II being fought, not under the authority of the US Constitution, but under the authority of the United Nations Charter and on the passing of resolutions of the UN Security Council. Both Presidents Bush have cited the UN as their authority to conduct warfare.
And then there's SHIRBRIG – headquartered in Denmark, where the United Nations already has a standing army of 96,000 soldiers! Did you know that? It is called the Stand-By High Readiness Brigade, and it is paid for by the taxpayers of participating countries. Look them up on the internet, or wait for the next issue.
And wait until you hear about the Afrikan Korps – the 75,000 man standing army "by Africans, for Africa" that Kofi Annan wants, along with the Pentagon and the State Department! The American taxpayer is to foot the bill. (And, why not? No political fallout when Africans kill one another. Our politicians don't mind spending money (after all, it costs us nothing to print it!), but they don't like facing grieving families.
Debt – the 21st Century version of Slavery
We all know the Biblical truth of the principle: "The borrower is a slave to the lender." And most of us would admit that this principle applies not only to individuals, but to families, to tribes and to nations.
America is financially bankrupt. Yet, because we have great resources, and because we have an active economy, and because that economy has given us a lifestyle that is richer than any society in the history of the world, we think that we are rich. After all, the radio talk show hosts keep telling us that the economy is sound, that the stock market is a great investment, that nothing like the Depression can ever happen again in this "managed economy", etc., etc. Our assets are less than our liabilities. Our National Debt is now over $8.535 Trillion! Your personal share, as I write this, is $28,501.04 x each member of your family.
But the fact is, in spite of our technological prowess, we are a bankrupt nation. We are also a nation of bankrupt individuals. In fact, if you are not in debt, right now, then you are the rare exception in this country. Consider this article, from USA TODAY, two years ago:
Are hard times coming to America? Probably. Are you ready? We encourage you to be prepared! This begins by doing all you can to get out of the debt-slavery in which you may find yourself. Free Men are not in debt, and men in debt are not free.
From there, you need to prepare your family to think about living a more modest life-style, and considering having the ability to be self-sufficient, by whatever means is necessary. Don't wait for the government to help you out. If necessary, I exhort you to sell all you own to purchase your freedom. This is what individual and family Responsibility is all about. To compound the problem, America is morally bankrupt. Remind me to discuss that next time.
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