This has got to be one of the BEST articles I have ever read in my life.
by Richard Anatone
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
On June 5th, 1933, Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed into law the Emergency Banking Act which declared America bankrupt and insolvent. Twenty years after the 1913 Federal Reserve Act authorized a private central bank to loan money to the government at interest, the country declared its bankruptcy. Twenty years after the Federal Reserve Act was passed, Congress enacted House Joint Resolution 192, to “Suspend the Gold Standard and Abrogate the Gold Clause” and the nation became insolvent. Just twenty years after the Federal Reserve Act became law, gold at twenty dollars an ounce was inflated by FDR to twenty-nine dollars an ounce, confiscated with the passing of the Gold Reserve Act in 1934, and then inflated again to thirty-five dollars an ounce.
And almost a hundred years after the passing of the Federal Reserve Act, gold is at around $1200 an ounce, and the US Dollar has lost over 95% of its purchasing power. That should tell us something.
What it tells us that it is physically impossible to eliminate the National Debt. Impossible. In a literal sense. We have money backed by nothing but debt. We have a monetary system where the government says to the private central bank, “Can we have money?” and the private central bank says, “Sure, here’s some paper that says money on it.” We owe that money and interest back to the private central bank. And the only way to give them that interest is to increase the money supply by borrowing more from the same Central Bank at interest. To eliminate the debt would be to eliminate our money supply.
I’m sorry if you already know this, but it is still very widespread belief that our money is backed by gold. Most people say, “But isn’t our money backed by the gold in Fort Knox?” The fact is that we have no idea what is in Fort Knox because it has not been privately audited since the days of Eisenhower, and there is supposedly $137 billion of gold in the vaults — as if that could fix our debt woes to which 4 billion dollars is added every day—a debt in the trillions of dollars.
The fact is that the Federal Reserve has never been audited. Ever. In its near one-hundred year existence, the Federal Reserve, which is neither Federal nor contains Reserves, has never been subject to an audit, and recently passed legislation to do so under the Dodd-Frank bill was nothing but a watered-down version of the HR 1207 which would have conducted a complete and independent audit of the private central bank. It failed to pass both houses, and the so-called “audit” that was passed will only provide an audit of the recently mis-managed two trillion dollars.
And yet we don’t talk about this—we just argue for “lower taxes for the poor and higher taxes for the wealthy and middle class.” We argue for “tax credits” while we miss the whole point that our entire money system is the reason for our current crises, and without fixing it, all of the tax cuts and credits in the world won’t be able to save us, because all of our income tax money goes to paying off the interest to the Federal Reserve.
In 1984, the President’s Private Sector Survey on Cost Control released their findings to the public stating:
With two-thirds of everyone’s personal income taxes wasted or not collected, 100 percent of what is collected is absorbed solely by interest on the Federal debt and by Federal Government contributions to transfer payments. In other words, all individual income tax revenues are gone before one nickel is spent on the services which taxpayers expect from their Government.
That’s right—100 percent of our individual income tax goes directly to pay off the debt of non-gold-backed money borrowed from a private central bank that was unconstitutionally given the authority to print money and loan it at interest to the Federal Government.
What can we do to fix this? In the longterm, we have to return to a commodity-backed monetary system so we can physically pay away the National Debt. In the short term, we have to completely audit the Federal Reserve, shut it down, abolish the individual income tax by repealing the Sixteenth Amendment and let the people—rich or poor—keep their wages that they make. Enough of this “tax anyone making more money than me” nonsense. If I take a piano lesson once every few months from a teacher that charges $100 an hour, why does the Federal Government get to take a percentage of the teacher’s earnings? This was an even exchange – an hour’s pay for an hour’s work. As a matter of fact, the Supreme Court stated, “…Income tax statutes apply only to state created creatures known as Corporations no matter whether state, local or federal,” in the case Colonial Pipeline v Traigle.
Putting it even more clearly, in the case Stapler v US, the court ruled:
“There is a clear distinction between ‘profit’ and ‘wages’ or compensation for labor. Compensation for labor cannot be regarded as profit within the meaning of the law…The word “profit is a different thing altogether from mere compensation for labor.” “Income within the meaning of the Sixteenth Amendment and Revenue Act, means ‘gains’..and in such connection ‘gain’ means profit…proceeding from property, severed from capital, however invested or employed and coming in, received or drawn by the taxpayer, for his separate use, benefit and disposal. Income is not a wage or compensation for any type of labor.”
Not to mention that any information you divulge on your tax returns, whether they are 1040s or 1099s, can be used to prosecute you! What happened to our 5th Amendment Rights against self-incrimination? What about all of these US Supreme Court rulings deeming that the income tax does not target individuals for their wages, which, by they way, have never been overturned? Well, To quote Sheldon Cohen, the former IRS Commissioner and author of the IRS Tax Code, the US Supreme Court rulings are “inapplicable” to this situation. He is on video saying that.
No, sir, the US Supreme Court is not inapplicable to the IRS, the IRS just owns our government and so the government plays along and arrests American citizens for not filling a tax return. And if you just so happen to piss off the government, then they’ll just send the IRS after you! The IRS is without a doubt the biggest political weapon that our own government has against us, and as long as we have an income tax and an IRS, none of the American people who choose to speak out against the policies of the government are safe.
For the Federal Government to force you to track your income, your gifts, your tips, your wages, your exchange for an item sold so it can take a percentage of of your even exchange—is this freedom? What is less free than selling something or doing something for someone and charging them for it, and then being forced to give a percentage to the Government just for it to go to pay off the interest on a debt owed to an unconstitutional private central bank? This country became the wealthiest nation by 1905 with only a fraction of the population and resources in the world without an income tax—we can do it again.
We are now at the point where a little girl with a Lemonade Stand now has to go to the State Department and file for a Permit! Is this freedom?
But again, all we hear is “tax anyone making more than me,” nonsense especially with Obama and his definition of $250,000 a year as “wealthy.” Now, I don’t make nearly $250,000 a year, and let me tell you, $250 thousand is not “rich.” Remember that the Federal Income Tax will be about 40 percent of this salary for these earners. Add between 7 and 15% depending on whether you are self employed or not for Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, add in State and Local taxes, car taxes, luxury taxes, then property taxes, and you’re looking at anywhere between 50 and 60 percent of your wages in taxes alone, before you account for the Cost of Living, schooling, eating healthy (which always costs more money). This is not “rich” compared to the top CEOs at firms and the top Politicians who are taking campaign contributions from said CEOs in exchange for favorable legislation—and they know all of the loopholes on taxes that they rarely ever pay them in the first place—let’s not forget our own Treasury Secretary, Tim Geithner, who owed $25,970 in back taxes, but no prison sentence for him. Just a promotion.
We the People (i.e. Anyone in the Private Sector) get financially raped every April 15th, and every day as the purchasing power of the dollar decreases, and as the US National Debt increases on average by 4 BILLION dollars a day. Ending the Private Central Bank, doing away with the Income Tax, the IRS, and returning to a Commodity Backed Money will help us all, but that’s not enough. We also need to end the practice of Fractional Reserve Banking, a system where the banks only have to hold onto a small percentage of their money so they can loan the rest out at interest, because that helps perpetuate this debt spiral that we currently are facing, and always leads to banks filing for bankruptcy.
For those that say “without an income tax, the government won’t have money” is simply wrong, considering that we didn’t have an Income Tax for the first hundred plus years of our country, and still became the wealthiest nation in the world. But remember: the best way to generate tax revenue is to have a wealthy society, so they spend money and generate tax revenue on taxable items while growing the economy at the same time. Better economy means more employees, which means more people being taxed, which increases the tax revenue to the government.
Then, let the Private Sector do what it does best—create jobs and wealth. It’s the Private Sector that creates jobs and wealth, not the Federal government. When the Federal Government “creates” jobs, they’re really taking tax dollars from one group (the private sector), creating a new “agency” and giving those people the money—it’s nothing more than a transfer of wealth from Citizens to Bureaucrats. As I stated earlier, America became the RICHEST COUNTRY without an income tax, and we can do it again.
Remember that it was John F. Kennedy that said, ““It is no contradiction – the most important single thing we can do to stimulate investment in today’s economy is to raise consumption by major reduction of individual income tax rates.”
The typical Statist will say, “That’s nonsense—you generate revenue by raising taxes, not lowering them.” They are simply missing the point, as JFK said further, “A tax cut means higher family income and higher business profits and a balanced federal budget. Every taxpayer and his family will have more money left over after taxes for a new car, a new home, new conveniences, education and investment. Every businessman can keep a higher percentage of his profits in his cash register or put it to work expanding or improving his business, and as the national income grows, the federal government will ultimately end up with more revenues.” And this has been proven to work time and time again.
The scary part is that these problems are not the only problem facing America today. The truth is that America as a country has become exactly what Soviet Russia became under the leadership of Vladamir Lenin and Josef Stalin – a centralized bureaucratic State (with a Captial S). There is literally almost nothing that we do in our own lives that is not controlled or regulated by the Federal Government.
I want to repeat that—EVERYTHING in our so-called “private” lives are under bureaucratic and regulatory control of the Federal Government. The EPA, the FDA, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Education, the Department of Energy, the FCC, the Department of Labor, the Department of Housing and Urban Development—none of which are listed in the United States Constitution, and for a very good reason. Centralized Power means LESS power for the People and the Individual Sovereign States which they make up because the people working for Federal Agencies are unelected and therefore, held unaccountable. We can not vote them out according to how well they perform their job because they are part of a Federal Agency and they apply for a job and are appointed by those within the Federal Government.
We can not eat food, we can not go to school, we can not buy anything, we can’t build houses or sheds, hell, we can’t even grow food on our own farm without first complying with rules and “regulations” issued by agencies within the Federal Government. We can’t buy houses unless they comply with Federal laws, we can not heat our homes without complying with the Feds, we can not educate our children without complying with Federal curricula—we are nothing more than a modern day Soviet Russia.
Our Founding Fathers set up this government to make sure that this did not happen. Take, for example, James Madison’s Federalist 45:
“The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government, are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite. The former will be exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation, and foreign commerce; with which last the power of taxation will, for the most part, be connected. The powers reserved to the several States will extend to all the objects which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, liberties, and properties of the people, and the internal order, improvement, and prosperity of the State.”
Unfortunately, there are literally dozens of unconstitutional agencies that the US taxpayers pay for which do nothing but take our money and make bad decisions that affect us all in a negative way. Take for example the Department of Education. Other than not being in the Constitution, which means that Education is completely a State’s rights issue, there is simply no acceptable reasoning for having a Federalized agency designing the school and education curriculum for the entire country. When things like education are localized then the parents have more of a say in their children’s education and can hold those coming up with the curriculum accountable for their actions by electing them or voting them out. But in a Federal position where no one is elected, this is impossible. They can come up with stupid “No Child Left Behind” laws, and literally rewrite history for the entire country if they want to (and they are). The Department of Education belongs to the States, as stated in the 10th Amendment.
Take, too, for example the EPA. Not only does it employ 17 thousand people, costing the American Tax Payers over $800 million dollars a year (that is under the impression that everyone employed makes $50 thousand a year)—not only is it NOT an agency or power given to the Federal Government in the US Constitution, but it is in practice, a completely unnecessary organization to be Federalized. There is no need for a branch of the Federal Government to dictate to Individual States with different ecological make-ups, different climates, different environments all together how they should manage their respective businesses in relation to their respective environments! It is completely unconstitutional and unnecessary! The Individual States have the right to have their own EPA, and have the right to make their own policies and hold their own State Workers accountable for how they create environmental policy in their States and local communities. But again when an unelected Centralized Bureaucracy controls the Environmental Policy of the entire Country, they are not held accountable for their actions. Case in point: the EPA declaring that harmless Co2 (which we exhale) is a “dangerous chemical” that must be regulated and taxed, which is nothing more than a way around Congress to tax us. Only an unaccountable agency like the EPA could get away with this.
The typical Statist will say that it is State’s Rights, for which I am advocating, that gave us slavery! They completely disregard the fact that the US Supreme Court ruled the Civil Rights Act of 1875 unconstitutional in 1883. They completely forget that the Feds upheld segregation in the case Plessy v. Ferguson. They pretend that the whole “3/5ths” of a person thing was in each State Constitution, not the actual FEDERAL Constitution (which of course, it was).
The previously mentioned Federal Agencies are just a handful of useless Federal Agencies that cost the taxpayers millions and millions of dollars every year! And for what? For a national debt that never seems to stop growing that accumulates 1 TRILLION DOLLARS A YEAR in interest costs alone? For higher and higher taxes and regulations on the American people so we can pay the salaries of unelected little dictators that regulate every single aspect of our so-called “private” lives?
There are some who would say that our debt woes aren’t because of fiat money, high taxes or these unnecessary and unconstitutional Federal Agencies sucking the system dry, but because the market is “too free.” “Free Market Capitalism”, they say, “is to blame.” Friends, our so-called “free” market is burdened with over 73,000 economic regulations. How can you possibly say that we have a free market with a straight face?
The scary fact that we all have to face, is that America is not a Capitalist society. We have not been so since we gave our power to create money to a Private Central Bank almost one hundred years ago. We live in a society that is completely dominated by large corporate interests who set up monopolies and duopolies, then accumulate vast amounts of money, and then pay off politicians through large campaign contributions and lobbyists to have favorable legislation passed to perpetuate their monopolies. John D. Rockefeller was one of the first with his control of Standard Oil. He was able to turn Standard Oil into a monopoly with the money from the National City Bank of Cleveland, one of the three Rothschild banks in the United States. The Rothschilds, for those that don’t know, has been the dominant European banking family since the Napoleonic Wars, and had tremendous influence in the creation of the Federal Reserve System, meaning our Private Central Bank is partly owned by off-shore corporation and banks, another reason to audit and end The Federal Reserve.
In 1911, the US Supreme Court ordered that Standard Oil be broken into smaller companies because it was “menace to the Republic.” Unfortunately, John D. still secretly controlled each company by owning the majority of stock in all of the companies. Thus Standard Oil would be known as Standard Oil New Jersey (Exxon), Standard Oil New York (Mobil), Standard Oil Indiana (Amoco), Standard Oil California (Chevron), Atlantic Refining (Arco) etc. This is just one example of a monopoly that has been strangling America since the 1900s.
It was Thomas Jefferson that said, “If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issuance of their currency, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all their property until their children will wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.”
This is what we are seeing today. We are seeing exactly what Jefferson warned against. Not Free-Market Capitalism, but a form of tyranny. We are seeing the merging of Corporate Interest and Political Power, which is, by definition, Fascism.
That’s right, America today is a Fascist country. Benito Mussolini, in his Doctrine of Fascism, wrote:
“We have constituted a Corporative and Fascist state, the state of national society, a State which concentrates, controls, harmonizes and tempers the interests of all social classes, which are thereby protected in equal measure. Whereas, during the years of demo-liberal regime, labour looked with diffidence upon the state, was, in fact, outside the State and against the state, and considered the state an enemy of every day and every hour, there is not one working Italian today who does not seek a place in his Corporation or federation, who does not wish to be a living atom of that great, immense, living organization which is the national Corporate State of Fascism.”
And to put it more bluntly, Mussolini said, “Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of State and corporate power.”
This is what our Founders warned against, and sadly, this is what we have become. Every large corporation, every large bank, has bought our Federal Government. Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, British Petroleum, Standard Oil, The Federal Reserve, Microsoft, Walmart—We are nothing but monopolies and worse, duopolies—the latter presents the people with the illusion of choice, but there really is no choice at all. Little by little, small banks and family-owned small businesses are going under while we bailout the “Too Big To Fail” AIG, Bank of America and the rest; BP destroys the Gulf and uses a poisonous dispersant that even their own home of England has banned because of its toxicity levels (about which the EPA has complained, but done nothing about, further proving my point of their uselessness); oil companies hit record profits and don’t do a damn thing to bring down the price of gasoline; Microsoft owner Bill Gates’s own “Bill and Malinda Gates Foundation” partners with the Government to research new “nano-tech vaccines” that can penetrate the skin when We the Plebeians walk through the doors of a Government Building or at Airport Security; Google, the “friendly” internet search engine is caught censoring material that the CIA and the Government does not want us to see, and it is leaked that they work with and funded by the Federal Government; the Federal Reserve hits record profits, and the Middle Class sinks lower and lower into oblivion.
The reason these businesses are “too big to fail” is because they have created monopolies and duopolies, and therefore have enough money to buy our government! They are too big to fail in terms of Government Power. Think about all of the duopolies we see in our society: Macintosh vs. Apple; Home Depot. vs. Lowe’s; Walmart vs. Target; Citizens Bank vs. Bank of America; Burger King vs. McDonald’s (oh I’m sorry…Wendy’s means we have choice!) Republicans vs. Democrats. Conservative vs. Liberal. The dirty little secret is that we don’t have a choice, we just have an illusion of choice.
Now, in the words of our president, I want to be perfectly clear: I don’t have a problem with companies doing exceedingly well, but in a Free Market Capitalist Society, the government has only a few roles, and one of them is to prevent against monopolies. However, it is evident that these large corporations are just like John D. Rockefeller in the early 1900s, and the kind that Thomas Jefferson warned us against, as they lobby their way to get legislation passed in their favor—as they buy our government.
The problem is that those that control the nations have taken control of our language. They blame Free Markets and Capitalism for a problem that is anything but Capitalism. I’m sorry, but a fiat money involved with fractional reserve banking with over 73,000 regulations is not a free market, and DEBT is NOT CAPITAL. Our money is backed by DEBT, NOT CAPITAL.
These people have changed the definition of the word “Regulate” from the original meaning under the US Constitution. Publius, the pen-named author of the Federalist Papers warned us against over regulation in Federalist 62 stating:
In another point of view, great injury results from an unstable government. The want of confidence in the public councils damps every useful undertaking, the success and profit of which may depend on a continuance of existing arrangements. What prudent merchant will hazard his fortunes in any new branch of commerce when he knows not but that his plans may be rendered unlawful before they can be executed? What farmer or manufacturer will lay himself out for the encouragement given to any particular cultivation or establishment, when he can have no assurance that his preparatory labors and advances will not render him a victim to an inconstant government? In a word, no great improvement or laudable enterprise can go forward which requires the auspices of a steady system of national policy.”
The author (James Madison in this case) warns us of an over-regulated system where rules change and new “regulations” are written every day because entrepreneurs will be less likely to invest and grow the economy. Regulation with the Founders meant to keep things normal, regular, and consistent.
But our Current Federal Government likes to pretend that the term REGULATE allows them to FORCE Americans to buy Health Insurance. They have literally transformed “Regulate” from its original term of keeping commerce normal and regular to forcing people to participate in commerce by forcing them to purchase insurance, or in the previously mentioned case of Roscoe Filburn, control how much farmers can grow for themselves!
These people also control the political spectrum and the words we use to define the political spectrum. They use words like “Left and Right” and assign “Liberal and Conservative” to these words, respectively, when this is not how the political spectrum works at all.
The word ‘liberal’ used to mean ‘libertarian’—pure freedom. Freedom from tyranny; economic freedom, personal freedom—But today it has been hijacked by Communist Dictators who use it to advance a tyrannical agenda on the personal and economic lives of the people and to spread that tyranny across the world. The word “Conservative” means to preserve the ideas of our Founding Fathers on small Federal Government, entangling alliances with no foreign countries, and protecting our civil liberties and our economic freedoms. Today, it has been hijacked by Neo-Cons, who are nothing more than Communist Dictators that want to advance their tyrannical agenda on the personal and economic lives of the people, and to spread that tyranny across the world.
The true Political Spectrum is Anarchy on the Left, and Tyranny on the Right. How much government intrusion is the TRUE way to measure the political spectrum, and they know this. That is why the Founders placed us as close to Anarchy as possible without falling into chaos. Let’s not forget that the original government was under the Articles of Confederation that had too weak a Federal Government, which failed. They knew they needed a Central Government, and they knew that they needed to have LIMITED powers—they knew that the natural tendency is to move towards tyranny. Instead, The Powers That Be feed into the false “Left/Right” paradigm with “Liberal and Conservative”, and give us “Hannity and Colmes” to show the opposite sides of the spectrum when history teaches us that these two terms are nothing more than opposite sides of the same coin of Tyranny.
When Woodrow Wilson arrested thousands of people for speaking out against World War I, was that “liberal” or “conservative”? When Abraham Lincoln arrested journalists for speaking out against War with the South, was that “liberal” or “conservative”? How about when he killed over a thousand citizens in New York for protesting being conscripted into the army to fight a war they didn’t believe in? Was that “liberal” or “conservative”? How about when Bill Clinton spied on Americans’ phone calls and emails without warrants under the NSA’s Project Echelon? Was that “liberal” or “conservative”? And when George W. Bush passed the PATRIOT ACT (which no one was allowed to read, by the way), which continued these spying procedures, was that “liberal” or “conservative”? The same Patriot Act that defined Domestic Terrorist in Section 802 as one who “appears to intend to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion” and did away with the Fourth and Fifth Amendment? The very same Patriot Act that Obama spoke against and reauthorized verbatim with no media coverage? Was that “liberal” or “conservative”?
How about the non-declared wars that we’ve brought ourselves into since World War II? Korea, Viet Nam, Iraq, Kosovo, Iraq again, Afghanistan, Pakistan— Someone please tell me which ones of these undeclared, unconstitutional, and therefore ILLEGAL wars were “conservative” and which ones were “liberal.”
We have to come together and realize that we live in tyranny. When the Federal Government takes your money that your earned as wages so it can pay of the debt to an Unconstitutional Private Central Bank that actually perpetuates our National Debt—that is tyranny. When the Federal Government creates Centralized Agencies that usurp the powers granted to the States through the Constitution’s 10th Amendment—that is tyranny. When the Federal Government and private corporations partner together to create monopolies for their friends while they let the little banks and the little businesses go under—that is tyranny. When our own government spies on us secretly, then passes legislation to make spying on us legal under a new president to “combat terrorism”, even though it was being done before the terrorism the legislation is being passed as a reaction to-–THAT IS TYRANNY. We are living in Tyranny, Ladies and Gentlemen. We need to wake up to it.
And when the Federal Government has its troops in over 130 countries with over 900 bases built within them, we are spreading our tyranny over-seas. When we can not even protect our own Southern Borders from a foreign invasion, but we stick our noses in countries that we probably can’t even pronounce, we are living in tyranny, and we are spreading it to the rest of the world like a virus.
I do want to end on a positive note, however. People are waking up. People are getting angry, and as Howard Beale from the movie Network said, people are “mad as hell and they’re not going to take it anymore.” Fine. What can we do?
Anyone reading this who agrees with what I have to say: Run for office. Run for office. Run for office. If you run for a Federal position, your goal must to be weaken the iron-clad grip that the Federal Government has on the People and the States by eliminating Unconstitutional agencies including but not limited to, the Privately Owned Federal Reserve and restore the authority to coin money and regulate the value thereof to the CONGRESS and make sure that we only COIN money and do not issue fake pieces of paper backed by debt. We need to return the power that the Federal Government has usurped to the Sovereign States, and we can only do this by being elected to Washington DC. We need to end our foreign wars and close our bases, and secure our own border. We need to stop meddling in other nation’s affairs. We need to return to the idea that George Washington gave us all those years ago: Peaceful commerce and trade with all,entangling alliances with none. We are not heeding this advice, and it costs us money and it costs us lives, and it’s time to put a stop to it.
We also need to repeal laws like the Health Care Bill that requires the people to purchase insurance, the Patriot Act, the John Warner Defense Act, the Military Commissions Act—all if it. Anything that violates a strict interpretation of the US Constitution must be repealed and eliminated.
For those that run in the local and State offices: do the same things only on a local level. And if the Federal Government interferes, WE MUST FILE LAWSUITS. We must sue. We must sue. We must sue. They do it all the time, so now it is our turn. We need a State Legislature, a Governor, and an Attorney General who is willing to say “enough is enough” to the Feds, and one by one, we can take back our money, our rights, our State’s power, and take back our freedoms.
It has taken over 100 years for the Federal Government to get to where it is today. The fight will not be easy, but it is the only choice that we have. We are already living in Tyranny—there is no where else to go but towards liberty.
The Department of Agriculture is another unnecessary branch of the Federal Government that belongs to the States. Each State has its own climate, environment, crop cycle, and harvest. There is no need for a Federal agency to dictate policy to farmers across the country. This power should be reserved for the State, and according to the Constitution, it is. It is the Agriculture Department in the 1930s that charged a penalty on farmer Roscoe Filburn for “growing too much wheat”, even though it was for his own consumption. The Department argued that too much wheat would cause interstate commerce to go out of whack, even though, again, it was for his own family and animals’ consumption—and the US Supreme Court upheld the penalty. Ladies and gentlemen, I ask you, is this freedom?