The Death of Common Sense - Published in the London Times!

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Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years.

No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:

  • Knowing when to come in out of the rain
  • Why the early bird gets the worm
  • Life isn’t always fair
  • Maybe it was my fault

Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don’t spend more than you earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge).

His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.

Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children.

It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an aspirin to a student,but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.

Common Sense lost the will to live when the churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims.

Common Sense took a beating when you couldn’t defend yourself from a burglar in your own home, and the burglar could sue you for assault.

Common Sense finally gave up the will to live after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.

Common Sense was preceded in death:

  • by his parents, Truth and Trust
  • by his wife, Discretion
  • by his daughter, Responsibility
  • and by his son, Reason

He is survived by his 5 stepchildren:

  • I Know My Rights
  • I Want It Now
  • Someone Else Is To Blame
  • I’m A Victim
  • Pay Me For Doing Nothing

Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone.

If you still remember him, pass this on. If not, join the majority and do nothing.

NEW FROM BRENT JOHNSON! The Chemistry of Freedom

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by Brent Johnson

For thousands of years people from all over the world have cried out for freedom. The call for independence has rung true throughout human history. Dating back to the Exodus from Egypt, through the history of the Holy Roman Empire, the Dark Ages, the Renaissance, the French and American Revolutions, World War I, World War II, the Age of Apartheid… the cries for freedom and independence have always been heard by those who would listen.

Freedom is a principle that people from all classes, races, genders and ages seek to achieve. It is the single most popular objective that has ever existed throughout human history.

With so many people crying out for liberty for so long - a state in which they are free to live their lives as they see fit - it is a wonder that they have failed so remarkably to achieve their desire.

Why is this so, and what would it take to successfully achieve this objective that billions of people around the world have sought for so long and continue to seek?

Freedom is more than just a word to be used by political candidates; it is more than a utopian dream; it is more than a philosophical or theoretical concept to discuss at a gathering of activists or over a family meal. It is a genuine treasure, and like any treasure it takes planning, work and commitment to achieve it in its purest form.

Living in a state of freedom means taking full responsibility for your life; your hopes and dreams; your likes and dislikes; your wants and desires. It requires a certain character that refuses to accept failure. It requires its possessor to never recognize anyone else’s claims to restrict it in any way.

In order to actually live free one must possess not only certain characteristics, one must also be willing to accept the responsibilities inherent in living as a free person. These responsibilities are great, and there are many of them. They include the willingness and dedication to fight to defend and preserve that freedom, and if necessary to die for it.

Freedom is unselfish. Those who seek freedom for their own sakes will never have it. Freedom must always be pursued and achieved in order that others may possess it. It is perhaps the most genuinely altruistic thing that can exist.

It is one thing to fight in order to become free. It is another thing to live life as a free being once you have your independence. Understanding both is necessary if you are to live a genuinely free life.

Thomas Jefferson wrote, “The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.” This means you not only need to fight to acquire your freedom; you need to fight to retain it - always and in all ways. You never get to rest. You never get to finally sit back and relax because you are finally free.

There is a chemistry to freedom. Consider that we are all living in a global laboratory in which there are always forces seeking to undermine the freedom of the people, while there are also always forces seeking to protect and defend it. These forces are always at work against each other, whether you are aware of them or not. If the forces defending freedom and the forces seeking to undermine it are kept in proper balance, then people can indeed live lives of freedom.

You may ask what I mean by “proper balance”. Why should forces working against individual liberty exist at all? What use do they have?

Notwithstanding the fact that such forces do exist, always have existed, and always will exist, these anti-freedom forces do serve an eclectic purpose.

What would the world look like if everyone was totally free; free to do anything at all? People would then be free to steal, rape, plunder and murder. It may be a free world but would it be a desirable one? I think not.

There must be principles that restrict the undesirable elements of total freedom in any society, whether on a local, regional, national or global scale. These are necessary in order to allow people to enjoy their freedom. This is why it is necessary for forces that oppose freedom to exist in balance with the principles of freedom.

The problem, of course, comes from the fact that forces opposed to freedom have too often taken it upon themselves to determine the proper extent of their efforts. Governments - for it is always governments that stand at the forefront of the anti-freedom movement - have claimed for themselves the right to enforce limits on the freedom of the people they govern. That has never worked to promote a free society, and it will never work. This is because when governments set themselves up to make such determinations, they attract the kind of administrators who are unscrupulous, cruel, and power-hungry. Such people will never accept balance as an objective; rather, they seek total control.

What is needed is a paradigm in which the people are the rulers of their own lives, but they have - within strict limits - incorporated mechanisms to discourage and punish those who seek to use their own freedom to obstruct or infringe upon the freedom of others. This type of social system is what was created after the American Revolution, with the Articles of Confederation of the united States of America.

This was a system by which the people were free to live their lives as they saw fit without damaging the lives, liberties or property of others. Any governments that existed - county, state or federal - were subservient to the people, who stood above the government and were only answerable to their Creator. The Declaration of Independence of 1776 states, “We are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights…” Thus only the Creator can ever take them away. Governments did not create those rights and so no matter what the situation, governments can never take them away.

Under this system it is the people who are the final arbiters of actions by governments. The people do not need to obey government; it is government that needs to obey the people. This provides a mechanism to restrict the undesirable elements of freedom without depriving the people of their rightful place as the rulers of their society.

However, freedom carries with it great responsibility. “Eternal vigilance” is needed by all the people. Whenever government steps beyond its lawfully delegated powers, it is the people who need to stop it. The people need to refuse to comply with government efforts to impose restrictions on their freedom. The people need to defend their liberty whenever anyone attacks it - including police, legislators, bureaucrats, or anyone else. It is a grave responsibility and it takes people of a very high character and commitment to make it work.

If you stand up against terrorist police who seek to attack your freedom, you may be shot; you may die. Are you willing to shoot back; are you willing to kill in order to defend your Creator-endowed rights? If you are not willing to do these things, then you will inevitably surrender your freedom, at which point you cannot complain about not having it. If you are willing to do these things, then perhaps - hopefully - you will never need to do them.

What are you willing to do to protect and defend your freedom? What are you not willing to do to protect and defend your freedom? The answer to the second question provides the key to undermining your freedom, and the reason that freedom fighters throughout history have ultimately failed to provide and preserve their freedom.

Successful freedom fighters are willing to do anything to protect and defend their freedom and the freedom of others. There is nothing they are not willing to do to protect that same freedom. That is what makes them successful.

If a society of any size establishes a system whereby the people are the rulers and government is their public servant, then a balance can be maintained between living free and not living totally free. That is the chemistry that is needed if we are ever to achieve a lasting and perpetual freedom for ourselves and our posterity,

Brent Johnson is Director of Freedom Bound International, a common law service center dedicated to the preservation of personal freedom, privacy rights and the Declaration of Independence. He may be reached at 1-888-385-FREE or on-line at www.freedomradio.us.

NEW FROM BRENT JOHNSON! “Give up your Rights!” Paid for by the American People

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by Brent Johnson

Have you ever seen one of those television commercials for the Army? Be all that you can be. An army of one.   Or those really interesting, effect-laden ads for the Marines? Maybe you could be one of us. The few, the proud, the Marines.

These TV ads promote the glory, excitement, and many opportunities offered if you just sign up for the Service. All of the bait is laid out in these commercials, hoping for a good catch. None of the downside of serving in the Armed Forces is ever mentioned; not the long hours or bad food, certainly not the loss of liberty, nor any of the more unpleasant aspects of military life.

That may be expected because after all, this is an advertisement and so it is only going to show you the good stuff. Fair enough. Advertising is the commercial art of mind manipulation. The purpose of any advertisement is to get the viewer (listener, reader) to do something. In other words, commercials are intended to influence social behavior.

Now, have you ever noticed the small print at the bottom of the screen that reads, “Paid for by the U.S. Army” (or Navy, Marines, or Coast Guard)? Look for it the next time you see one of these military commercials.

If the advertisement was paid for by one of the Armed Services, then that means it was paid for with taxpayer money. Which raises the question as to why the American people are paying to have themselves programmed to surrender their God-given unalienable rights?! Let me explain.

When you enlist in any of the Armed Forces, you must sign an oath, agreeing to protect and defend the Constitution from all enemies, domestic or foreign, and to follow the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). Once you have given your oath, you are G.I. (which means Government Issue).   In other words, you have waived your unalienable rights and literally become the property of the United States government!

Under the circumstances, it seems illegal, unconstitutional, and somewhat frightening to find that the government is using taxpayer money to fund commercial advertising that is designed to encourage young Americans to surrender their rights by enlisting in the military. The government is manipulating the minds of all Americans to serve a military, not civilian purpose, and hardly anybody notices it. Does that surprise you?

Why aren’t you outraged? The government is using tax dollars - the fruit of your labor - to advertise! That should never happen. Tax dollars are only to be used for specific purposes, and never to promote any function of government, because anything the government does for you requires in exchange that you waive your unalienable rights. Taxpayer funds can never be legitimately used to convince Americans to give up their rights.

The next time you are watching television, listening to the radio, or reading a newspaper, pay attention to any advertisements for the United States Armed Services. As a matter of fact, watch for any ads that are paid for by tax dollars. Consider what is being promoted; what the ad is trying to get you to do. Ask yourself if this kind of mind manipulation is a proper way to spend American tax dollars. Then get on the phone, fax or e-mail, and contact your Representative to complain about this overt, socially destructive, unauthorized use of taxpayer money.

If we do not speak out against such destructive and illegal behavior on the part of our government, then we approve of it, in which case we deserve the resulting servitude.

“The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.”  Frederick Douglas, 1857

Brent Johnson is Director of Freedom Bound International, a common law service center dedicated to the preservation of personal freedom, privacy rights and the Declaration of Independence. He may be reached at 1-888-385-FREE or on-line at www.freedomradio.us.

NEW FROM BRENT JOHNSON! What is Homeland Security?

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by Brent Johnson

It has become accepted as a necessary function of our government: Homeland Security. The new massive Department of Homeland Security, created by an Act of Congress, has already attracted countless lobbyists, all vying for billions of dollars in DHS appropriations. (By the way, did you know that Homeland Security was supposed to cost nothing; it was supposed to simply be a reorganization of already existing budgets? So much for government promises).

But what exactly does it mean to secure our homeland?

America is not just a specific landmass, though her states certainly cover a large area of land and water. America is more than that; it is a system of principles, which recognizes that there are higher laws than the laws of the State, and that it is to those higher laws that we give our allegiance and obedience. American principles dictate that governments are established “to secure (your) rights” and that you can change the government “whenever any government becomes destructive to these ends…” (Declaration of Independence, 1776).

Do you really understand the significance of that last statement? This is the united States of America, and you have the power to change the entire government if it does not behave properly! You, me, the grocer who lives down the street, the local private schoolteacher, and the ordinary American people are the lords of these united States of America! We have the power! That is the truth!

So what does it mean to secure our homeland? Security can take many forms, not all of them positive in a free society.

For example, we could secure all of America by placing every man, woman and child into handcuffs and leg chains, with a gag in each American’s mouth and a guard in each house. Think about it. There would be no more crime, no murders, no rapes, no child molestation, no verbal abuse, no domestic violence, no arson, no theft, and no sexual harassment… but is it a desirable society?

Most people would say no, because they inherently and instinctively understand that while in pursuit of security, there are other important criteria that also need to be considered.

When you think about it, securing anything is really very easy. Simply provide enough manpower (soldiers, police, militia, etc.) with enough weaponry to secure the area/property/people, etc. However, if we lose our very identity as the united States of America in order to secure ourselves, then what have we really gained? If we undermine the character of our free Republic in order to achieve greater safety, then what have we really lost? And is it worth it?

“They that give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
Benjamin Franklin

If we are to secure our homeland, we must do so in a manner that strengthens rather than weakens our adherence to the fundamental principles that define us as a social and political entity. Otherwise, we are just reacting to the current state of affairs, and when the political winds again change direction, for they always do, the American Way of Life will be blown away with all the rest of the politically incorrect aspects of our historical identity.

Yet, there are always workable solutions to the problems inherent in securing our homeland. We must secure our borders, putting America’s concerns for security above the economic benefits of international commerce and trade, even though we are called selfish, uncaring, or even racist by the socialists, but we must do so without encroaching on the rights of individual Americans.

We must secure our airlines and airports, highways and byways, for safe use by our citizenry, but we must find a way to do so that doesn’t violate the rights of individual Americans. Most importantly, we must hold government officials and agencies directly responsible and personally liable for any violations by them of the rights of individual Americans.

We must stand true. We must stand firm. We must not display a willingness to surrender even a small or seemingly unimportant element of our rights, our liberties, or our freedom. We must especially not accept official explanations that “we are at war” (because we are not at war until and unless Congress declares war) and that emergency measures are necessary (because the Constitution does not allow for any such “emergency measures”).

Make your stand for Truth and Freedom. Do not allow your family or yourself to be vaccinated. Vaccines are poison. Defend the lives and health of your family from government tyrants trying to poison you and them, even at the risk of your own life. Stop supporting the oppressive security measures being employed in airports throughout our land. The best way to do this is to stop flying as much as possible. If your job requires you to fly… consider renegotiating your contract or finding another job. If the airlines go out of business, so be it. Until Real Patriots begin taking such drastic and needed action, nothing will change.

Stop paying non-required federal taxes. If you live in one of the 50 Union states, then federal taxes (e.g. social security, income tax, etc.) are not your taxes. Learn how to properly opt out of these voluntary taxes; get rid of your social security number (which also means giving up all of the benefits to which you would otherwise be entitled and no, you will not get your money back from the system). Cancel your voter registration card and marriage license. Take time to learn how to properly remove yourself from federal jurisdiction, then do it. Stop applying for benefits, grants, and government loans or financing; stop trying to get something for nothing. Your right to self-determination, that is, your freedom is always the price you pay.

Don’t support government tyranny!

Stop thinking of the government as your friend. Thomas Paine, in his classic and brilliant essay, Common Sense, referred to government, when operating at its very best - when it is doing nothing wrong and everything right - as a necessary evil. It is from the inspiration of Paine’s writings that Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence. In these united States of America, government is regarded as inherently evil.

Do not let politicians and lobbyists determine for you the meaning of homeland security. Do not turn this fundamental responsibility over to political servants who have shown themselves unable to perform even the simplest tasks on behalf of the American people without engaging in unparalleled patterns of deceit and corruption. Do not allow the security of your country to be undermined by the enemies of freedom.

Frankly, I dislike the term “homeland”. It reminds me too much of the 1987 ABC miniseries Amerika, in which our Republic has been taken over by communists and hard-line socialists (Russians, East Germans, etc.). In the movie, Nebraska, Kansas, and some parts of the surrounding states are renamed “Heartland”. It was eerie to watch this movie about our Republic being subverted from within, and it is eerie to see today’s America referred to as the “homeland”. It would be wise to remember that Russia was the motherland for the Soviet Union and Germany was the fatherland for the Third Reich. Have we learned nothing from history? (Amerika is available through Freedom Bound International @ 888-385-3733).

While it is admittedly almost impossible to avoid every single tax or hidden fee imposed by government on the people, there are numerous things that you can do to secure your rights from government intrusion. Once you have done these things, you will be in a much better position from which to refuse to comply with government regulations and controls with impunity.

However, do not wait until you go through some process or read a book or watch a video before taking action. Time is not on your side. Instead, let it be an ongoing process for you, even while you are on a never-ending quest to learn as much as you can about these issues. Do while you learn. Learn while you do. You will make mistakes, but you will recover and be even stronger as a result. No error is irreparable, so you can proceed without fear.

In the final analysis, the greatest security for our homeland will be achieved by each of you understanding the source and power of your rights, and cultivating a willingness to defend those unique gifts with which you have been endowed by your Creator, with your lives, your fortunes, and your sacred honor.

Start today. Resist all government efforts to control you. Do not comply. Make that your focus: resistance and non-compliance. Set it as your task, your mantra, your prayer each day. Resist. Do not comply. Resist. Do not comply. Remember that you are standing up against the inherent evil that is government. You are standing up for the Higher Law that is supreme over any government.

Do so with courage and confidence.

Brent Johnson is Director of Freedom Bound International, a common law service center dedicated to the preservation of personal freedom, privacy rights and the Declaration of Independence. He may be reached at 1-888-385-FREE or on-line at www.freedomradio.us or at www.brentjohnsontruth.com.

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