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Is Progressive PC for the Divine Right of Kings?

PROLOGUE


This article is written in plain, simple English and tries to avoid engaging in long, complicated discussions of Metaphysics, Philosophy, Social Science and Natural Science.  This article is written with consideration of the tastes of a wider general public in bored with and disdainful of politics. This writer respects the intelligence and opinions of rank and file Americans far more than he does that of any alleged educated elite, political party elite and/or ruling class elite. (This writer warns the elitist that he will likely offend your sensibilities by departing from your standard of decorum by invoking urban and youthful vernacular & colloquialisms to drive home his points and make this subject matter more relatable to a larger portion of his audience.). This writer intends to educate, not manipulate, the reader.

Educate and inform the whole mass of the people... They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.
Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of the United States and Primary Drafter of the Declaration of Independence


This writer implores his fellow rank and file Americans to read this article. As uninteresting and/or burdensome as you may find the content of this article, it is likely the simplest way for you to understand the workings of American politics. This writer will be so bold as to assert that in reading and reflecting upon this material, you find your perception of reality has greatly changed… That if you will commit yourself to just once in your life immersing yourself in the substance of this article you will be forever enlightened and invigorated.  From this immersion you will gain a renewed understanding of your rightful place in this world and be empowered to defend yourself from predation by others for the rest of your life. At the same time, this writer will endeavor to make the content as engaging and relevant to your everyday life of the average person as possible. This writer, having paid the price, would be disappointed if rank and file America did not seize the reward.

"eternal vigilance by the people is the price of liberty, and that you must pay the price if you wish to secure the blessing."
Andrew Jackson, 7th President of the United States


As this writer first pondered this question which the title of this article poses, it was in the divisive, emotional frame of mind to which the two major political parties have conditioned the people living in the United States of America, Inc. (Remember that word conditioned, it will become important later) Upon further reflection, became determined to follow his own urgings to his readers here (and his followers on social media like Twitter)… Those urgings being to strive to overcome the divisive conditioning of the two major political parties and attempt to speak and act in a manner to create constructive debate and unity amongst WE THE PEOPLE.

The true battle is NOT Republican vs. Democrat, left vs. right, white vs. color, Christian vs. Non-Christian: THE TRUE BATTLE IS WE THE PEOPLE  VS THE CORRUPT INCUMBENT RULING CLASS ELITE
Don Mashak (Opinion)
(@DMashak and @WETHEPEOPLETAR on Twitter- various truncations/hashtags removed)


In several earlier conceptualizations and drafts of this matter, this writer did indeed, attempt to be neutral, to create room for unity from common ground, to create consensus of concerns and tried to work for a common vision for the future.  However, in researching, and reflecting upon the information derived from this research, this writer has came to the conclusion that he does not and would not want to associate with and/or create unity with certain segments of Progressivism who hold certain beliefs.  Yet this writer will endeavor to merely identify those certain beliefs confident the evil of those beliefs will be self evident to most readers.

That having been said, this writer’s goal remains to promote unity, rather than division, amongst WE THE PEOPLE; and to cause people to form their own perception of reality through their own thought processes. This writer intends to achieve this by clearly identifying his opinions and identifying the primary sources of his facts while he lays out the fundamental elements of the Divine Right of Kings, Consent of the Governed (Natural Law) and Progressivism.  In the end, this writer will ask the reader to choose which Governance Doctrine and Perspective of Reality most closely matches their own perception of reality and/or their ideal preferred manner of being governed.

Perspective of Reality = How you perceive your existence, your world and your environment.


As this writer’s regular readers are aware, this writer engages in unique perspective and/or original thought rather than the regurgitation of the current thoughts and ideas promoted by the two major political parties and the major media.  Developing unique/original thought is far more difficult and requires a lot more time than simply regurgitating the ideas and thoughts of others.  And finally, unique/original thought takes a lot more words to explain.  Communicating unique/original thought often means the basis must be explained rather than assuming and/or building upon the current perception of reality commonly held by the majority of the population.

New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed, without any other reason but because they are not already common.

 

John Locke
REGARDING SOURCES


This writer will provide a list of only his hard copy resources.  This list appears at the end of this article.  The writer has not and will not include his internet sources.  Over the past few years, the history and facts regarding Progressivism have changed on the internet, presumably because it is so easily done. Further, this writer will quote Progressive President Theodore Roosevelt to make another point regarding history and sources:

The difference between myth and history is that history lies in a more dignified way. The first writer of a lie is ever thereafter accepted as authority. If actual history should be written, mankind would blush in shame for itself.  And yet we must have history for without it the world would be like a man without a memory. There was certainly an element of truth in the specific events of history, but what brought about those events lies for the most part in mysticism.  History’s primary shortcoming is in the failure of historians to reveal fully the character of historical figures. No Statesman has been a saint and no tyrant without some color of virtue.
Theodore Roosevelt (in conversation with Opie Read and Bat Masterson)


Or perhaps you would prefer to here from a famous writer who lived during this period:

If you don't read the newspaper, you're uninformed. If you read the newspaper [view major media], you're mis-informed.
Mark Twain (1906)


Writers do not right in a vacuum. They have their own biases and their own concerns.  Publishers also do not publish in a vacuum; they also have their own biases and concerns. Book Publishers and Major Media owners tend to be rich men.  Not only do they have financial and political motivations edit or censor the information they transmit, they also have to consider the financial and political consequences of losing favor with the current establishment.  The advantage of reading books about Progressivism written from 1960 to 1990 is that Progressivism did not have as many strong adherents nor detractors as it did during its original incarnation and subsequent revivals. At the same time, the problem with that is the writer often does not have firsthand knowledge. But the simple truth is that some history is never written because no one was brave enough to write the truth and accept the consequences.

The evils of tyranny are rarely seen but by him who resists it.
John Hay (1872)
No holds were barred. We have used [similar] techniques against Soviet agents. [The same methods were] brought home against any organization against which we were targeted. We did not differentiate. This is a rough, tough business. http://goo.gl/bHwpn5
Senate Committee Report on Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the FBI and COINTELPRO


This writer asks you to go to your local library rather than rely on the internet to learn about Progressivism.  In any case, make note of any biases the other of your source may have so you can temper your acceptance of their writing accordingly.

In the beginning of a change, the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot
Mark Twain (1904)


Finally, this writer does not want anyone to be lulled, seduced and/or tricked into acceptance of any perspective of reality; whether this perspective be his own or the perspective of reality painted by others.  Therefore, this author advises you as no politician would dare. Exercise Critical Thinking (http://bit.ly/ubI6ve) in determining the truthfulness of anything you read or hear. Do not passively accept nor believe anything anyone tells you, including this author... unless and until you verify it yourself with sources you trust and could actively defend your perspective to anyone who might debate you to the contrary of your perspective.

 

This writer is challenging Progressive writer David Brooks at @nytdavidbrooks to write a rebuttal and point out in material errors to hold myself accountable and to create a meaningful marketplace for the exchange of ideas.  In light of the recent ruling by the US Supreme Court, it is Mr. Brook’s failure to respond at all or in a way that does not demonstrate material errors in this writer’s facts shall be considered an admission that his truthful response would tend to be damaging to his position.  With that, this writer challenges Mr. Brooks to respond within 15 days of the publication of part 2, the final installment of this series.

 

METAPHYSICS, SOCIAL SCIENCE, NATURAL SCIENCE, PHILOSOPHY AND LOGIC


We will discuss these topics briefly and then only for defining them. (You may skip over this section if it bores you) The information we are about to share only scratches the surface of the thought processes which produced them. To give you perspective, it is necessary that you at least know that these thought processes are behind what we are about to discuss.

  • Metaphysics is a traditional branch of philosophy concerned with explaining the fundamental nature of being and the world that encompasses it
  • Natural Sciences are those branches of science that seek to elucidate the rules that govern the natural world through scientific methods, the cornerstone of which are measured by quantitative data.
  • Logic (from the Greek λογική, logos) has two meanings: first, it describes the use of valid reasoning in some activity; second, it names the normative study of reasoning or a branch thereof. In the latter sense, it features most prominently in the subjects of philosophy, mathematics, and computer science.

It is the hope of this writer, seeing the ideas and premises that are the end product of the above described thought process, will motivate some of you to examine these various iterations of the thought processes which form their foundation. This writer has opted to not include specific references, but rather just the Titles of his sources, in an attempt to cause you to immerse yourself further in studying governance doctrines.

Education begins the human, but reading, good company and reflection must finish him.
John Locke


To increase the readability of this article, this writer will refer to these sciences as “THE THOUGHT PROCESS”, hereafter.

GOVERNANCE DOCTRINES


You have all heard of Dictatorships, Monarchies, Communism, Socialism, Republics and Democracy.  But where do these styles of government get their authority to govern any group of people? What is the proper role of Government?

Governance Doctrines refer to the source of the authority for any type of governance, the purpose of that governance, and the principles and/or manner of how those who governed should be, and/or are, governed.
Our study of Progressivism will necessarily require us to understand the governance doctrines of the “Divine Right of Kings” and the governance doctrine of “Consent of the Governed” (Consent of the Governed is the foundation of America’s Declaration of Independence, Constitution and Bill of Rights.)

Despite conflicting sources and personal intuitions, the net intent and result of Progressivism requires it also be deemed a governance doctrine.  In that it proposes the voiding, replacement and/or extreme revision of our current Constitution, it clearly is a different governance Doctrine than “Consent of the Governed”.
This writer believes any discussion of how governance doctrines were defined and articulated is more entertaining if illustrated through historical perspective. In a moment, we will take a short trip down memory lane.

This writer suggests you assess these 3 Governance Doctrines in a manner similar to buying a car.  Using your power of observation, as soon you find a major flaw, you likely soon thereafter use your reason to decide not to by the defective product. If the foundation of a governance doctrine is not sound, then this writer would suggest to you that everything built upon that foundation is not sound. You must determine the soundness of those foundations using your own powers of observation and reason.

476AD to 1920AD – A SHORT STORY IN WESTERN WORLD GOVERNANCE


 In this writer’s opinion, the understanding of the Governance Doctrines of Progressivism, Consent of the Governed & the Divine Right of Kings is enhanced by understanding the organic origins of their existence. Here is that history:

With the Fall of Rome in 476AD, Western Europe fell into a period of history known as the Dark Ages. The Dark Ages (also known as the middle ages) extended from the 5th to the 15th Centuries.  The term Dark Ages refers to the cultural and economic decline in Western Europe during this time, as well as the lack of historical documentation for many geographic areas during that period of time.

The Governance Doctrine of the “Divine Right of Kings” and a Socio-Economic system known as Feudalism became predominant. Divine Right of Kings essentially commands that the King/Queen is a God or an emissary of God here on earth. Therefore, no earthly being has the authority to question the decisions, actions or authority of the King/Queen. The Ruling Class establishes truth by convention and force.
1450AD Printing press introduced to Europe (invented in China circa 1045AD)

THE THOUGHT PROCESS: Thomas Hobbes (1651) – Regarding the Nature of man in his Natural State (before there was a central government), Hobbes believed man tends to be selfish, may sometimes be altruistic and is not by nature NOT a social animal. Authority for Government comes from the position that society could not exist except by the power of the state. As for the Social Contract - Shut up and obey, then you may have the right not to be killed. Wait, belay that. You don’t even have the right not to be killed. Why? Regardless of what the King does, it does not constitute a violation of the social contract.

From 1650AD to 1800AD, a period called “The Enlightenment” (aka the “Age of Reason”) occurred.  People began to question the Nature of Man and the authority of the King and Church. Various scientific discoveries stimulated the minds of many people (Men of Letters). Observation and Reason began to replace religion, superstition and tradition as the basis for people’s perception of reality. Printing Presses becoming more widespread have began to break the Aristocracy’s and the Church’s monopoly on the exchange of ideas. From the exchange of ideas during this time the Concepts of Natural Law and the Governance Doctrine of Consent of the Governed were developed.

THE THOUGHT PROCESS: John Locke (1689) established that the Nature of Man in his Nature State (before there was a central government) was that of a “social animal” with tendencies toward “reason and tolerance”, but who can be selfish. Locke said that Government was a voluntary compact between an individual and society, whereby he gave up some of his Natural Rights in a State of Nature to secure the protection and better harmony as part of society. Government exists to preserve the unalienable Natural Rights of the Individual. Truth is established by the individual through observation and reasoning.

In the late 18th century, these new ideas regarding the Nature of Man and the proper purpose and role of any government led to violent revolution and/or capitulation of many Western Europe Governments to accept and adopt, wholly or in large part, the purpose and role of government pursuant to John Locke’s Consent of the Governed.

In 1776AD, the American Colonists penned their Declaration of Independence. They declared their independence from not only from England and King George, but also from the Governance Doctrine of the Divine Right of Kings. Several Elements of Natural Law are included in the Declaration of Independence along with specific references to the “Laws of Nature” and “Consent of the Governed”. In fact, some of the Founders did not believe a Bill of Rights (1791) was necessary believing that the Natural Rights of men were plainly and clearly self evident truths. The Founders created a Constitutionally Limited (1789), Representative Republic and embraced the rugged individualism and an economy based on minimum government intervention (laissez-faire economics), which were inherent in Natural Law.

In 1787AD France is engulfed in a popular violent revolution, inspired and motivated by the ideas and ideals of Natural Law.  Declaration of the Rights of Men and Citizens (1791) France Establishes its Government as a Constitutional Republic (1795).

1842AD – 1883AD Karl Marx establishes a Governance Doctrine which becomes Marxism. Marxism in the form of Communism comes to Russia. Marxism, in the form of Socialism and Social Democracy, sweeps much of Europe somewhat later.  (Communism fails in Russia circa 1989 – Much of Europe teeters on the brink of economic collapse today)

THE THOUGHT PROCESS (Karl Marx circa 1850) Marx conceives of human nature as composed of 'tendencies', 'drives', 'essential powers', and 'instincts' to act in order to satisfy 'needs' for external objectives.  Many Marxist deny there is a human nature to be found in Marx’s works. The sixth of the Theses on Feuerbach provided the basics for this interpretation of Marx according to which there was no eternal human nature to be found in his works. It states:

Feuerbach resolves the essence of religion into the essence of man [menschliche Wesen = ‘human nature’]. But the essence of man is no abstraction inherent in each single individual. In reality, it is the ensemble of the social relations. Feuerbach, who does not enter upon a criticism of this real essence is hence obliged:

1. To abstract from the historical process and to define the religious sentiment regarded by itself, and to presuppose an abstract — isolated - human individual.

2. The essence therefore can by him only be regarded as ‘species’, as an inner ‘dumb’ generality which unites many individuals only in a natural way
Marx believed Capitalism was bad.  Marx believed Capitalism exploited the average worker. Marx believed history evidenced the cyclical nature of society.  Changes in Society occurred by violent revolution caused by the inevitable disparity in wealth and the distribution of wealth (Class Warfare).  Marx did not say much about the form society would take after capitalism. Eventually a classless society would come into existence, free of political conflicts, coercion, domination and exploitation. Immediately after the revolution when the proletariat (common folks, labor) gained control there would have to be a period of "dictatorship of the proletariat" which would be necessary to remove all elements of capitalism, especially the ideas and values making up bourgeois ideology. (Truth is established by the government.) In this period of state socialism people would still be motivated to work by differential wages and there would have to be a strong state, in the hands of the worker's party, which ran a planned economy.

However, Marx thought that in time a collectivist society (communism) would emerge in which control and decision making would be in the hands of the people as a whole. The coercive state would wither away, intense division of labor and specialization would cease, the outlook and motivation of individuals would be collective and cooperative, and people would have much greater opportunity to develop and fulfill their potential than they had under capitalism. Marx was optimistic about the capacity of humans to do these things, seeing greed, competition and conflict as dispositions produced by class domination. Perhaps the best clue to the nature of communist society is given by the statement "From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs".

In essence, the purpose and of government under Marxism is to protect labor from exploitation and guard the interests of the society has a whole.  The authority of government came from the premise that the “workers of the whole” would control the government.

 

Too Late to Apologize - A Declaration

In 1859AD, Charles Darwin publishes his “Origin of Species” (Theory of Evolution)

1861AD to 1865AD American Civil War

From 1890AD to 1930AD The Populist/Progressive Era begins. (Or Populist Movement 1890AD -1905AD and Progressive Era 1905AD to 1917, etc) There is conflict in credible sources as to the dates and the nature of the Populist/Progressive Era. More discussion on that later. For now, this writer leaves it to the reader choose what perspective of the Populist/Progressive reality they prefer or deduce from their own research.

The conflicted sources say the Populist Movement was a grassroots movement motivated by corruption, unfair practices and abuse of power by Wealthy industrialists, bankers and government officials.  The Muckraking journalist had further exposed the trespasses of business and government against rank and file Americans. Populists were angry about the numerous duplicitous schemes the wealthy used to accumulate wealth at the expense of rank and file Americans.  The artificial manipulation of the value of money was a critical element of the discontent of the populists. Many Populists were farmers and the poorer half of America and preferred a return to agrarianism. The end of a “Western Frontier” was another factor of the Populist Movement.

Populist sought reform by seeking more Direct Democracy. The initiative, the referendum and direct election of US Senators were the Populists preferred means of restoring the accountability and transparency of their government.  Populists did not seek to replace Representative Government nor the Constitution, but to make government better with these Direct Democracy measures.

Depending on your source, the Populist Movement appears to have ended or morphed into Progressivism when the Educated Elite and/or the Political Parties took an interest in it and got involved.

THE THOUGHT PROCESS John Dewey, Charles Cooley, Karl Marx and Walter Rauschenbusch, Charles Beard, Thorstein Veblen (Circa 1900) provide the rational and authority for the Progressive governance Doctrine. (These folks were the Progressive equivalents to John Locke) Dewey and Cooley assert......

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Those were my thoughts.

In Closing:

Thank you, my fellow citizens, for taking your valuable time to read and reflect upon what is written here.

If what is written here rings true to you, perhaps another helpful exercise would be to ponder why you have not heard about this in your local paper or in the major media. [You may find articles about issues from this writer's local area posted in your area and wonder why. The reason is this: Remember those travel junkets taxpayers pay for (the ones the bureaucrats skip to go to the beach or the casino) but allegedly used for training? Well some government apparatchiks actually attend those training seminars. And learn nationally en-mass techniques to "manage" WE THE PEOPLE. Since they all receive similar training in oppression, it is likely the problems you are experiencing with government in your area are similar to the problems in your area (unless you live outside the USA). With that commonality in mind, it is this writer's intent that insight garnered from this writer articles about his local issues can be used by the reader to understand and applied to their local issues.]

Please join with me in mutually pledging to each other and our fellow citizens our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor to our mutual endeavors of restoring liberty and economic opportunity to WE THE PEOPLE as our Founding Fathers envisioned and intended. [Last Paragraph, Declaration of Independence http://bit.ly/ruPE7z ]

This article is written with the same intentions as Thomas Paine http://ushistory.org/paine. I seek no leadership role. I seek only to help the American People find their own way using their own “Common Sense” http://amzn.to/kbRuar

Keep Fighting the Good Fight!

In Liberty,

Don Mashak
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The Conundrum: While our #Government works full time with compensation and funded with our money for the cause of #Tyranny; WE THE PEOPLE are forced to work part time without compensation for the cause of #liberty with what is left over of our time, money and energy,

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Bring Home the Politicians #BHTP
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Lawless America #LawlessAmerica
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Term Limits #TermLimit
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Justice in Minnesota #JIM
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Critical Thinking Notice - This author advises you as no politician would dare. Exercise Critical Thinking (http://bit.ly/ubI6ve) in determining the truthfulness of anything you read or hear. Do not passively accept nor believe anything anyone tells you, including this author... unless and until you verify it yourself with sources you trust and could actively defend your perspective to anyone who might debate you to the contrary of your perspective

PHYSICAL SOURCES

The Progressive Mind 1890-1917 David W. Noble (1981)

America Enters the World – A People’s History of the Progressive Era and World War I – Page Smith (1985)

The Annals of America 1895-1904 Volume 12 Populism, Imperialism and Reform Britannica (1965)

The Annals of America 1905-1915 Volume 13 The Progressive Era Britannica 1965

Rebirth of a Nation – The Making of a Nation 1877 – 1920 Jackson Lears 2009

And many internet and/or other sources too fluid and/or non-credible to cite as references

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DONALD F. MUNSON SUCKER PUNCHES HAGERSTOWN VOTERS

"I’ve been knocking on doors almost every day since December the 21st. I’ve had no more than 45 people tell me they support the stadium. I’ve had thousands of people tell me that they do not support the stadium and that they’re incredibly upset with it. Sometimes you have to work for the people. They pay the bills.”

 
~Donald F. Munson~
 October 3, 2012
 
“I took a stand in opposition to the stadium during the campaign; a stadium downtown. I favor revitalization, rebuilding the stadium where it’s (currently) located ... or some place elsewhere if it’s possible.”
 
and...
 
“I do not support it downtown. I’m doing my job of representing the people ... and I’m going to stay firm on it. I haven’t lied to my constituency in the past and I’m not going to start now.”
~Donald F. Munson~
The Herald Mail, November 7, 2012
 
     I clearly remember hearing Don Munson say that he knocked on about 10,000 Hagerstown doors and that only 45 people wanted the stadium downtown. This is why I can not believe that this is the council member who has decided that the voter does not matter and who will single handedly with his vote allow the stadium to be built downtown...that is if the Suns decide to bless us with their presence. (Thought I was gone, didn't you. I still own a home in Hagerstown!) Yes, I feel like I've been sucker punched. 
    I say that I am surprised, but I'm not really. This is the same politician that lost his seat as state senator because he never saw a project that the taxpayer couldn't afford. He never saw a bloated budget that he couldn't vote for. He never saw a Liberal Democrat that he couldn't support. He was finally identified as a Republican In Name Only and ran out of Annapolis by the voters of Washington County. Following that election he was BFFs with Delegate Donoghue, who is a Democrat and the most liberal member of the Western Maryland delegation, and who's district is the city of Hagerstown (Could this have been their plan all along?). Why did the Hagerstown voters believe him? Not only will it be his vote that allows the stadium to be built downtown against the will of the voters, but he will also allow it to be financed almost entirely by the taxpayer. That is Donald Munson! Of course he will!!
   I have always said that I really do not care where the stadium is located. I only care about the financing, but I am furious that those voters who did not want it downtown have been betrayed in this manner. So before I move on to the finances...although my friend Council Member Metzner had been for the downtown stadium during his election campaign, after the election he said, "The voters have spoken and clearly they do not want a stadium downtown." I have to be a bit disappointed that Metzner is also acting without regard for
 the voters.
    I am stunned that not only are they going to ignore the voters regarding the location of the new Suns stadium, they are also going to ignore the risk and unfair burden to the taxpayer. The Herald Mail stated that the mayor and council will proceed with the same funding formula which is almost entirely public funding. Have they not heard that Fredericksburg had the good sense to reject that funding strategy? Have they not heard that when Fredericksburg rejected that funding strategy that the Suns found a private investor to pay for the project? Have they not heard that Fredericksburg would only have to pay for a parking garage? I am sure that they have, so why would they continue down the path of public funding? I will tell you why. It is because investors know that it is too risky to build it in Hagerstown. Investors think that they will lose money. This city council is giving in to the noise of a small group of baseball fans, the Suns who have everything to gain and nothing to lose, and those who consider themselves the movers and shakers (but not investors) in Hagerstown politics. They want what they want.
    The Herald Mail says this about the funding formula:
"Financing remains a major concern for city officials, who still plan on a funding formula that calls for one-third each coming from local sources, meaning the city and county, as well as the state and the private sector."

This statement couldn't be more vague with the private sector thrown in at the end for those of us who care about the taxpayer. What does this actually mean? It seems to imply that the city and county taxpayers will pay one third, the state taxpayers will pay one third, and the private sector will pay one third. Even at face value that doesn't seem fair. So that means that Hagerstown residents will be paying through their taxes to the city, through their taxes paid to the county, and through their taxes paid to the state?  Who is this private sector that they speak of because as far as I know they have no investors?     In regard to the county's contribution, the HM reports:

"[Munson] said he would also work to get a recommitment from the Washington County Board of Commissioners, which previously pledged indirect support of about $400,000-a-year over two decades to the project."

This recommitment was not a commitment at all. I was approached at the State of the County presentation by Commissioner Ruth Anne Callaham and she wanted to talk about this so-called commitment. She wanted me to know that the $400,000 a year for 20 years that was being reported as being "indirectly pledged" by the county was not a pledge of actual money. She said that they voted on "the concept" of pledging money in support of the project. She claimed that at the time she thought that she was voting for actual money that would be in the next budget. She said that she later realized that the money would not be in the budget, but that they were voting on a budget that would come after the next election when the next board of commissioners would begin their terms! The next board may not agree with this board's "concept" and choose not to fund it. Weird, huh? I was floored. So, at that very meeting I publicly asked Greg Murray if this was true, without naming names or stating why I was asking, and he said that the money would be in the 2014 budget. Somebody is either misinformed or not telling the truth.     Now Munson has pledged to do what Munson does:

“I’m going to work and spend a great deal of time inAnnapolis during the upcoming General Assembly session to get the state’s share of about $10 million."

Changing his profile picture from that gnarly-looking man with a scowl to the giddy-looking man with a maniacal grin changed nothing about the way that he governs.  He is going to get every cent of the taxpayer's money, regardless of the burden that the taxpayer is already carrying, and he will expect you to thank him for it! That is what he thinks politicians are elected to do...spend money! In fact I would bet that his measure of a good politician is the one who spends the most money on projects. It does not matter to him if we can't afford it. It certainly does not matter to him that the voters do not want it.

 "...sometimes you have to work for the people. They pay the bills.”
Donald F. Munson 
 
 
 
  FYI, SUCKER PUNCH, as defined by the Urban Dictionary:   
 
1. Easily confused with a punch defined as a "bitch move" a true sucker punch is quite a bit more complex than a simple unannounced attack.  It primarily involves a closed fist contacting the soft underbelly of a person (beneath the rib cage) at a high velocity, causing the ensuing force to press upward on the victim's diaphragm, leading to a sudden expulsion of air from the victim's mouth and lungs. This opening blow leaves the victim open to various other attacks, often leading to what would be called "bitch moves" because of the defenseless nature of the victim.
     
 
2. This occurs when someone hits someone else from behind, usually when the person being hit doesn't know it until afterwards. Usually considered shady or a "bitch move".
 
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Regarding Occupy McDonald's wage increase demand

Occupy McDonald's Wage Demand

Recently the headlines have been filled with demands from fast food employees for wage increases. In loose affiliation with the Occupy Movement, these employees have demanded wage increases nearly double their current wages.

As an adherent to Natural Law, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, this writer supports their right to request/demand such an increase. Yet, as an adherent to free markets, this writer’s initial impression was that this segment of the free market cannot sustain a doubling in the wages of fast food employees, such as McDonald’s workers and the Occupy Moment. And from this perspective this writer was on the verge of dismissing this exercise in free market forces as a moot point.

The Usual Suspects

However, upon deeper reflection this writer has developed a new perspective on these wage demand developments. To facilitate his point, this writer has delayed writing this analysis article to allow major media to trot out the status quo usual suspects: Evil, duplicitous business vs. the naïve, downtrodden labor force. In trotting out the usual suspects, major media helps sustain and reinforce the status quo. Said status quo being the false left/right 2 major political party paradigm. And now, with major media committed to its storyline, this writer will reveal the truth the 2 major parties and major media tries so hard to hide and bury.
As this writer’s regular readers are aware, this writer often assesses issues from original perspectives, refusing to be locked into the false left/right political
paradigm and traditional 2 major political party dogma. This is one of those articles that will shatter most American’s false left/right perception of reality. In so doing, it is this writer’s hope that this allows WE THE PEOPLE to further advance our peaceful revolution to restore Natural Law, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights and retake our country while restoring true free markets and fundamental economic fairness.

What is fair?


Can we agree that in this, the greatest nation in earth, our policies should be reflect an intention that all hard working, dependable, rank and file Americans who work for hourly wages generally should not see an erosion in their standard of living. (Unless of course, non machinated market forces are the cause. For instance, industries in decline. As examples, buggy whip makers and, more recently, traditional photography processors.) This writer takes the position that the demand for the products of the fast food industry is not in decline.

With that premise, let us assess the Purchasing power of the dollar verses wage increases for fast food workers from 2002 to 2012.

From 2002 to 2012 the purchasing power of the US Dollar decreased 27.6 percent. (http://www.usinflationcalculator.com)

Establishing the amount of wage increases for McDonald's workers during this same period of time is not as easily done. (Much thanks to the Monticello, MN Library) First, the Bureau of Labor Statistics resists giving up these numbers. To sure, they point to some complicated tables that would take weeks to find the data within, and then make the calculations to arrive at these numbers for some occupations. But, as near as I can tell, they do not specifically track the fast food industry in terms of labor. The nearest this writer could come was Mean Annual Wages for fast food cooks from 2002 to 2012. (However, this writer believes that the increase in fast food cook wages will roughly approximate the wage increases for all fast food hourly laborers)

In 2002 the mean annual wage for fast food cooks was $14,930.00
In 2012 the mean annual wage for fast food cooks was $18,780.00

This was an increase of 25.79 percent

These numbers represent a decrease in purchasing power for fast food cooks of 1.81 percent (Almost 2%) over 10 years. When individuals are already at or near subsistence level, 2% isn’t giving up your annual travel vacation. At these wage levels 2% is giving up, for example, a gallon of milk each week that your children should have.

Clearly, the standard of living for America’s fast food cooks has declined by almost by 2% in the 10 years from 2002 to 2012. Clearly, wages did not increase enough for employees to maintain their standard of living. The question is whether or not this decrease in purchasing power was the result of non-machinated
free market forces or the result of the amoral, unethical and/or unlawful machinations?

Now it would be easy to jump into that false left/right 2 party dogma paradigm and declare US business (for our purposes McDonald’s) the bad guys and McDonald’s employees as the victims, and proceed to vote in the next election accordingly. But is McDonald’s really the consummate bad guy in this free market play?
While this writer is not going to try to place the mantle of Sainthood upon the founder’s, owners, managers and shareholder’s of McDonald’s neither does this writer believe these just identified folks bear the majority of the responsibility for the declining standard of living of McDonald’s hourly wage employees.
Let us begin with this empirical observation and fundamental premise:

All Value Comes From Labor!


If the hole isn’t dug, the bricks aren’t laid, the plumbing isn’t plumbed, the wiring isn’t installed, the wheat is not sown, the cows are not fed, the product is not delivered, the burgers are not fried, and the fries are not salted; the founders, owners and shareholders of McDonald’s have nothing and get nothing. It is that simple. All value comes from labor.

In our society, the US dollar is the form and measure of value. And McDonald’s founders, owners & shareholders use the value they receive in the form of dollars to pay their employees, pay their vendors, pay their taxes and what is left over is theirs to keep.

In a true free market system, the founders, owners, shareholders and investors in McDonald’s are entitled to their profit. Why? Because they hazarded the risk of beginning the business, they are entitled to the reward. While McDonald’s is now clearly profitable, when first founded it could have just as likely failed as succeeded. Before the age of dubious bank bailouts, in the event of financial failure the founder’s of McDonald's (any business) would have lost their investment in time and money, period.

The reward of profit is the incentive for entrepreneurs to take risks. And those that hazard the risk are entitled to the rewards of success. [For those of you who refuse to free yourselves from the false left/right 2 party dogma and believe the founders of McDonald's are not entitled to their profit this writer puts the following to you… “How happy would you be if you did not have a job because the founder’s of McDonald's never hazarded the risk of starting the McDonald’s franchise?”]

Taking Value from Labor


Before we go further, this writer asks you McDonald’s employees and/or other fast food employees to pull out your last paycheck (electronic payment statement) and take a look at it. Look at the gross amount and look at the actual amount of your check.

You employer is not stealing the difference from your gross and net paycheck from you. Your employer is being forced into the role of the Sheriff of Nottingham. Your employer is being forced to be a tax collector. In this manner, your government diverts the scorn from taking value your labor produced from government to your employer. Nevertheless your government still gets to take some of the value your labor produced.

Your government knows that if you were forced to write an actual check to the government, you would be far more scrutinizing of where that money went and resentful of the elected officials who took that value from you. And now you have a basic understanding of the types of smoke and mirrors your government uses to take from you a portion of the value your labor produces.

But that is just the tip of the iceberg.

Did you know that when this country was founded, far fewer sources of income were considered taxes for the purposes of taxation? At the founding of this country, in most instances your wages that you receive for your labors at McDonald's would not have been considered taxable by the Federal government.

“None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free” – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe.

This article is going to show you how people who produce little and/or no value somehow have taken value from all of us who produce value through our labor.

Privately owned Federal Reserve System Bank


"It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning." - Henry Ford

Our current central bank was established by the Federal Reserve System act of 1913 under Progressive President Woodrow Wilson. The stated purpose for authorizing the current iteration of the central bank known as the Federal Reserve System was to stabilize our economy and monetary system.
How have they done? Stock Market Crash 1929, Great Depression of the 1930s, Stagflation of the 1970s, Real Estate and Stock Market Crash of 2008, 2nd Great Depression of 2008 to 2013 and continuing and growing rolls of persons on food stamps, etc. This writer’s assessment is that the FED has sucked at achieving its goal of stabilizing the US economy and monetary system. Even as you read this, Russia and China are pushing proposals to replace the US Dollar as the World Reserve Currency because the FED has so badly mismanaged it. (You need to ask someone else how bad the replacement of the US Dollar as the World Reserve Currency would affect your Standard of Living – It would be too long and distract from the thrust of this article)

$25 billion per year

Quantitative Easing for Dummies Now, for this extremely poor alleged attempt by the FED to stabilize the US economy and monetary system, WE THE PEOPLE pay the private owners of the privately owned Federal Reserve Bank $25 Billion per year as a return on their initial capitalization of the bank in 1913. (Take a moment to pause and think about that $25 billion dollars per year that you pay the FED. Between Congress, the President, the VP, the Supreme Court and the Cabinet about 540 people run the USA. The FED can afford to give each of them a $1 million per year and still have more than $24.4 billion per year left over. Do you think the FED has the power to corrupt the USA political system? Do you think our Congress acts in the best interest of WE THE PEOPLE or the FED?)

And the private owners (and their operatives) of the privately owned Federal Reserve Bank will shoot back,...

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Those were my thoughts.

In Closing:

Thank you, my fellow citizens, for taking your valuable time to read and reflect upon what is written here.

If what is written here rings true to you, perhaps another helpful exercise would be to ponder why you have not heard about this in your local paper or in the major media. [You may find articles about issues from this writer's local area posted in your area and wonder why. The reason is this: Remember those travel junkets taxpayers pay for (the ones the bureaucrats skip to go to the beach or the casino) but allegedly used for training? Well some government apparatchiks actually attend those training seminars. And learn nationally en-mass techniques to "manage" WE THE PEOPLE. Since they all receive similar training in oppression, it is likely the problems you are experiencing with government in your area are similar to the problems in your area (unless you live outside the USA). With that commonality in mind, it is this writer's intent that insight garnered from this writer articles about his local issues can be used by the reader to understand and applied to their local issues.]

Please join with me in mutually pledging to each other and our fellow citizens our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor to our mutual endeavors of restoring liberty and economic opportunity to WE THE PEOPLE as our Founding Fathers envisioned and intended. [Last Paragraph, Declaration of Independence http://bit.ly/ruPE7z ]

This article is written with the same intentions as Thomas Paine http://ushistory.org/paine. I seek no leadership role. I seek only to help the American People find their own way using their own “Common Sense” http://amzn.to/kbRuar

Keep Fighting the Good Fight!

In Liberty,

Don Mashak
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End the Fed(eral Reserve Bank System) #ETF
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Bring Home the Politicians #BHTP
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Acknowledging the birth of a royal bastard


Legend has it that, after he had won the revolutionary war, George Washington was offered the title of King. As the legend goes, he declined the offer, Instead he embraced Natural Law and the governance doctrine of "Consent of the Governed". These were ideas that had been cultivated and matured during The Enlightenment (1650AD - 1800AD).

About 36 hours ago, a child was born that may one day be King of England. This child was born to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. (Common American Citizens better know these two as Prince William (Wales) and his wife Kate Middleton (Wales). Before this writer treads further, be assured that this writer wishes the new born and his parents, Prince William and Duchess Kate, enjoy all the Natural Rights to happiness which any human being is entitled. Further, this writer congratulates Prince William and Duchess Kate and acknowledges the adulation and excitement that this birth has caused among the subjects of England. However, in short order, this writer will reveal the nature of his angst and explain the title of this article.

Yesterday, this writer listened with somberness as many American citizens and the American major media seemed elated and carried away by the birth of this new prince. As this writer listened to one broadcast in Minnesota, the radio personality encouraged listeners to call in and explain why they were so excited and enthralled by the birth of Prince Williams and Duchess Kate's new royal in another nation. And the overwhelming number of responses were from girls and women of all ages. Now, this writer can understand young folks, under 25, being enamored with the romanticized notion of royalty that they were indoctrinated with in public school, and by Hollywood movies and the major media. However, there were many middle aged women who called in to explain why they were enthralled with the birth of a new royal in another nation. The main theme of all of these folks being....

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Those were my thoughts.

 In Closing:

Thank you, my fellow citizens, for taking your valuable time to read and reflect upon what is written here.

If what is written here rings true to you, perhaps another helpful exercise would be to ponder why you have not heard about this in your local paper or in the major media.

Please join with me in mutually pledging to each other and our fellow citizens our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor to our mutual endeavors of restoring liberty and economic opportunity to WE THE PEOPLE as our Founding Fathers envisioned and intended. [Last Paragraph, Declaration of Independence http://bit.ly/ruPE7z ]

This article is written with the same intentions as Thomas Paine http://ushistory.org/paine. I seek no leadership role. I seek only to help the American People find their own way using their own “Common Sense” http://amzn.to/kbRuar


Keep Fighting the Good Fight!

\In Liberty,

Don Mashak
The Cynical Patriot
http://twitter.com/dmashak
http://Facebook/Don.Mashak
Don Mashak Google Plus http://goo.gl/1AUrE

The Conundrum: WE THE PEOPLE are forced to work part time without compensation for the cause of #liberty with what is left over of our time, money and energy, while our #Government works full time with compensation and funded with our money for the cause of #Tyranny.

WE THE PEOPLE TAR #WETHEPEOPLETAR
http://WETHEPEOPLETAR.blogspot.com
http://facebook.com/WETHEPEOPLETAR
http://twitter.com/WETHEPEOPLETAR

End the Fed(eral Reserve Bank System) #ETF
National http://bit.ly/ta3Rju Minneapolis http://bit.ly/tjZJKF

Lawless America #LawlessAmerica
http://LawlessAmerica.com

Justice in Minnesota #JIM
http://JusticeinMN.com

Bring Home the Politicians #BHTP
http://BringHomethePoliticians.com

Term Limits #TermLimit
http://TermLimits.org

Critical Thinking Notice - This author advises you as no politician would dare. Exercise Critical Thinking (http://bit.ly/ubI6ve) in determining the truthfulness of anything you read or hear. Do not passively accept nor believe anything anyone tells you, including this author... unless and until you verify it yourself with sources you trust and could actively defend your perspective to anyone who might debate you to the contrary of your perspective.

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