Joe American
July 2, 2007


"Any society that would give up a little liberty, to gain a little security, will deserve neither, and will lose both" --Benjamin Franklin

Introduction: This is the first of a series of articles I intend to write in what may very well be a fools errand. I say that because I love my country. I love the noble ideals of the Republic our flag represents, but I'm not sure many of my fellow Americans still feel the same way.

What I see around me is a nation of people who don't seem to have a clue about what is going on around them. For some, the reason for their distraction or disinterest is "they're too busy," for others "life's too complicated." Then again, I hear people say "I don't care" or "let someone else worry about those things."

What those attitudes represent is an aversion for personal responsibility. The reasons for avoiding personal responsibility don't really matter. Whatever the reason, the the result is the same. When the people of a free country disconnect themselves from their government by apathy, distraction or in any other manner, they are responsible for killing their nation.

Sometimes that death is slow, sometime it's fast, but dead is dead just the same.

How about you? Do you share any of the attitudes I mentioned above? If so, you are guilty of killing your country. You read that right. If that accusation upsets you, too bad. It does not matter if you like me or what I write. What does matter is that you read this series of articles and then do something to change your attitude. No matter who you are, where you live or, when you were born, it is long passed the time for you to begin acting like a responsible citizen.

Whether you realize it or not, the remnant of the formerly great Republic we all live in does not have much time left. Oh, I know you have a job, maybe even a career. You might be married with children. Perhaps you're rich and famous. None of that matters in the slightest, if your country perishes. If you do nothing you will have quite literally thrown away your birthright because it held no apparent value for you.

But there is still time. Turn off the television, pick up a nonfiction meaningful book, visit a reputable online news service and find out what is happening around you. Care enough to become a responsible person who will actually make a difference in this world. Discover what it means to be an American while that term still means something. Do it now, this vary moment. Read the rest of this article and the articles that follow in this series.

No, I don't make a penny for writing this, so take back that little curse word you just said about me. This isn't about me, It's about you. I'm doing something to try and save what is left of the legacy of freedom this country once exemplified. Join me and the other people just like us, before it's too late. Read on.


America, circa 2007, is being deconstructed right before our eyes. It no longer matters if the effort is intentional, deliberate treason, or just complete incompetence. It is happening and the effects are building to a crescendo that will shatter the lives of every American and perhaps everyone else on earth.

America, the light of the world, the hope for the future, is dying. The disease is terminal and we have done it to ourselves. We have become a greedy, selfish and intellectually lazy people who cannot even bring themselves to vote most of the time and certainly cannot be bothered to pay attention to what our elected leaders are doing.

We seem to believe that elections occur so we can elect people to office to think for us. The problem is, 95 out of every 100 people we elect are just like us, also greedy, selfish and intellectually lazy. Once elected, they in-turn hire someone else to think for them. Those hired thinkers are called bureaucrats, who aren't quite as lazy as the rest of us. But they are still greedy and selfish. They serve themselves first and the electorate second, if at all.

The result is a theatrical farce we have come to know as government. But it is no longer a government of the people, for the people and by the people. Today, the national government and to lesser extents, State governments, are of the bureaucracy, for the special interests, and by the privileged. It has become what it is because of what we have become. Reread the second paragraph above.

Our 177 6 Declaration of Independence from Great Britain included a reference to a "long train of abuses" as being among the reasons for people to "set up new guardians" to protect their God given rights.

I submit to you dear reader that the train of abuses {of power}, inflicted by the British Crown on our founding fathers and which caused them to take up arms to throw off that abusive power, was but a pittance compared to the abuses our current government has and is inflicting on Americans today.

The actions of the current presidential administration are clear examples. Soon after the destruction of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, the President declared that we are now "at war with terror". Putting aside the legal fact that the President is not vested with the authority to declare war (that authority is vested with Congress), have you ever thought about what that means?

We are at war with terror? Terror is a concept, and idea. How can we be at war with an idea, a concept? How do you defeat it? Whom do you kill? How do you win? Yet, this concept of being "at war with an idea" has lead to some of the most egregious abuses of governmental power any American has ever witnessed. The most far-reaching example is the reverse named "USA Patriot Act", passed shortly after the destruction of the World Trade Center.

No true patriot of this nation would propose, let alone sign such a foul Act of Congress. This "Act" is so blatantly unconstitutional, anti-freedom and illegal, that average Americans should have already been in the streets demanding it's repeal along with either the resignation, recall or impeachment of any elected office holder that either voted for or otherwise facilitated it's passage into Law.

The "USA" Patriot Act" is a "how to" rule book for instituting a dictatorship in these United States. I suggest that the deliberately misnamed "War on Terror" is in fact a war on freedom. On your freedom.

The fact is, I no longer believe its safe for me to write these very words, in this once free country. That is the reason I use the pseudonym "Joe American." The realization that some low or mid-level bureaucrat in the new Department of Homeland Security could decide my words are seditious (anti-government) and order a secret "review" of my telephone records, e-mail history, library use history, banking, tax and/or health records, etc., etc., until they found something to use to silence me, with or without my consent, scares the hell out of me. So much for the First, Fourth and Fifth Amendments.

I you are one of those non-thinkers who say, "Well, if you have nothing to hide, what are you afraid of?", I say this: Let me have access to your private information and I'll find enough information about your personal activities to make a claim that you are guilty of any number of crimes. You don't need to do something wrong, I just need enough information to claim you could have. Under these new "laws" that's enough to make the accusation and force you to prove that I'm wrong.

And that is the point. If the government can secretly look into your private records and then develop and keep databases about you from what it finds, that information can be used without your knowledge or consent, to build a false charge against you, at any time. You will then be placed into a position of being forced to prove you are not guilty. Ever try to prove you didn't do something? Besides, that is also contrary to the very premise of our legal system. Remember innocent until proven guilty? Do you really want to live in a country that follows the legal path of claiming you are guilty until you can prove you are innocent?

The difference in these two concepts is the difference between being a free person and being a subject, which is just a politically correct way of saying slave. I don't know about you, but that sure matters to me. Put another way, it is the difference of living in a nation where citizens are voluntarily governed (a nation of laws), or involuntarily ruled by the whim of a dictator. I hope you can tell the difference between the two and also care about which one you want to live under.

You are probably saying to yourself right about now that I'm a fringe-group, black helicopter fearing weirdo/whacko.


In fact, I am a former soldier, law enforcement officer, and current elected official. I have sworn many oaths to protect this nation from enemies, both foreign and domestic. If I am a whacky, then so were George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and all of our founding fathers. Remember, King George lll thought these men were seditious when they spoke out with the truth about what was happening 230 years ago.

It can't happen here, in America, you say? We are the home of the free, this is the land of the brave! We would never put up with a dictatorship here!!

Wrong again.

You are letting it happen this very second! It is happening because you believe it can not happen and those interests who want this country to be ruled "more efficiently" know they can pull it off because you and people like you will do nothing to stop them.

Unless you wake-up , right now, they're right.

Enough for now. You are probable getting the first twinges of a headache anyway. You can either go take a painkiller and go back to sleep or you can bear the pain for a little while as you think about what you've just read. To allow you to digest the words from this first half of Article One, I'll bid you adieu for now.

Part Two of "The Death of Freedom" is coming soon. While you are waiting with baited breath, try reading something worth while, like the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. You just might learn something important. You'll probably realize how much you don't know, and that is a crucial step in the process of waking up. Along with a good cup of coffee. Go read.

Noblesse oblige; Veritas vos liberabit

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These series of articles by J.O.E. American are written by a current elected official in a fairly high position. Person's name and state in which this person is currently serving is withheld for fear of retribution. Joe American was honorably discharged from the US armed forces, and served as a law enforcement officer.

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