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Frontiersman, August 1996
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Life, Liberty, and Property
Sam Aurelius Milam III
"... nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law;  nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation."
from the Fifth Amendment,
U.S. Constitution
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageThe Fifth Amendment has been advertised as a protection against the taking of life, liberty, or property.  Actually, it's a statement of the method by which they can be taken.  That is, the Congress can pass any law it considers necessary and proper (Article 1, Section 8, Clause 18, U.S. Constitution) due process of law to take life, liberty, or property.
Page 1 Box 115x5 Page Background GIF ImageConsider, using property as an example, the way the laws have been used to define eminent domain.  Notice that the federal power of eminent domain exists because of the Fifth Amendment.  If the so-called Bill of Rights had never been adopted, private property might have been a lot safer from the government.

Page 1 Box 215x5 Page Background GIF ImageThis power to take private property was granted by the Fifth Amendment.  It was granted again by the Fourteenth Amendment.  However, the Fourteenth Amendment doesn't require just compensation, only due process of law.  Remember that laws are enacted by the government, enforced by the government, and judged by the government.  My experience has persuaded me that the government will always arrive at the most adverse possible interpretation of any law, ensuring that laws will always tend to operate in favor of the government.  Thus the states need not provide just compensation for property.  They need only provide by law how property is to be taken.  The present civil asset forfeiture laws provide ample proof that this is true.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageAnother seldom acknowledged failure of this provision of the Fifth Amendment is that the federal government must provide just compensation for the taking of private property only if the property is taken for public use.  There is no restriction on the taking of private property for a non-public use.  This condition of public use is open to interpretation and will tend to be interpreted in favor of the government.  For example, if the public is barred from a government facility, is that facility intended for public use?  Don't bet on it, and there are many government facilities from which the public is barred.  Thus property might be taken (for example) for a secret military installation without just compensation.  Property is being routinely taken by the drug enforcement gestapo without any compensation.  Presumably, they keep it all for themselves, and never allow the public to have any of it.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageThis provision of the amendment suffers from several flaws.  As the source of the power of eminent domain, it actually does more harm than good.  Limitations in scope defeat much that the provision might have accomplished.  Certain good that it might have provided was defeated by the Fourteenth Amendment.  In general, I consider this provision of the Fifth Amendment to be a tool of repression disguised as a protection of rights.10x5 Page Background GIF ImageGun


The Individual and the Group
Don Cormier
15x5 Page Background GIF ImagePeople are born into a world of specific conditions and limitations.  The individual's life is fragile.  There are endless ways in which it might end and indeed, it will end at some point.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrom the point of view of the individual, life is about sustaining life and experiencing pleasure.  The two goals are not always compatible.  In fact, for the majority of beings, sustaining life means delaying pleasure or undergoing pain.  Most people, most of the time, are willing to accept long-term suffering as the price of survival.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageAlthough individuals can survive as solitary hermits, most individuals survive more easily as members of groups.  Being in a group has some advantages, but it always has the disadvantage of requiring the individual to conform his behavior to the operating procedures of the group.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageIndividuals enjoy as many rights as they are allowed by the conscious and unconscious actions of their neighbors in society.  This statement is consistent with the definition of "right" developed by Sam Aurelius Milam III:  A right is something you can do, or not do, as you choose, without asking, and your exercise of it will generally be acknowledged as proper or at least condoned.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageAn individual in a given group may attempt to enhance his life by persuading other members of the group to behave in different ways.  There are examples of individuals who have changed customs, and by so doing have acquired more rights.  Such individuals are relatively rare.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageIn some situations, an individual must reject the group.  This condition results when the actions of the group become a threat to the survival of the individual or when living as a member of a group entails more pain and suffering than living separately.  Becoming an outlaw may be the only way in which an individual can achieve his goals of survival and pleasure, and this can even be a morally upright course if the surrounding society is sufficiently corrupt.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageIf the individual decides to "divorce" from his society, or if an individual decides to change the behavior of the group, it behooves the individual to know exactly what change is desired.  Non-conformist action undertaken without rational deliberation is likely to result in less, not more, freedom.10x5 Page Background GIF ImageInfinity Symbol
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August 1996, Page 1
 

 
 
 
The Fable of Andrew the Pious
as retold by Sam Aurelius Milam III
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageOnce upon a time, long, long ago, there were heavy rains in the mountains of northern Claymere, and the Running River flooded.  The storm was clearly visible from the few villages in the valley.  There was thunder, lightning, and great sheets of distant grey rain, so the flood didn't catch anyone by surprise.  Indeed, such floods had occasionally happened in the history of Claymere, and the folk of the region had a long tradition of taking a holiday when the floodwaters rose.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageWhen the storm began, most people in the river villages drove their herds to higher pastures, moved vulnerable possessions to higher ground, packed picnic lunches, and prepared for a festive occasion.  Their houses were simple and easily repaired or even replaced if necessary.  Their brand of stoicism was, whenever possible, laced with gay festivity.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageThis festive nature of the folk of Claymere was a thorn in the side of the Holy Church, which frowned upon the frivolous.  The Holy Church, at the time of this particular flood, had recently built a chapel in the village of Bend, on the verge of the Running River.  This chapel was under the supervision of a priest named Andrew Lackley, also known as Andrew the Pious.  Andrew scorned the gay abandon with which the folk of Claymere approached life, and he was determined not only to convert them to the gloomy precepts of the Holy Church, but also to darken their outlook in general.  Thus, as the population fled the flood in a mood of merriment, joking about the manure that they would not have to shovel, he exhorted them to remain.  He loudly extoled the virtues of prayer as the proper way to meet an emergency, and knelt outside the chapel by way of example.  The people laughed and advised him to pray hard.  A few of the less devout enquired as to his ability to tread water and pray at the same time.  Andrew the Pious wasn't amused.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageAs the flood waters rose, Andrew climbed first up the stairs into the chapel and then up the ladder into the choir loft.  There he prayed.  The flood waters rose further and Andrew would have been trapped in the loft had not a huge log rammed into the wall and opened a gaping hole.  Andrew climbed out thereby and onto the roof, where he prayed.
15x5 Page Background GIF Image"Oh Lord, merciful and loving, please save me from this flood!"
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageAs Andrew prayed, a man in a boat came drifting upon the flood.  This man had a long white beard, thick white hair, and beside him in the boat lay a long and sturdy staff.  Seeing Andrew, the man grabbed the staff, strove mightily, and was able to guide his boat to the edge of the roof.
15x5 Page Background GIF Image"Come on!" he cried.  "I can't hold 'er here ferever!"
15x5 Page Background GIF Image"Thank you for your kind offer, my Brother!" yelled Andrew, "But you may go your way with my blessing.  The Lord will save me!"
15x5 Page Background GIF Image"Whatever ..." mumbled the man.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageHe shoved his boat away from the chapel and drifted away on the flood.  He was quickly out of sight.  Andrew the Pious prayed.
15x5 Page Background GIF Image"Oh Dear and Merciful God, loving and forgiving, hear me I pray in my time of great need!  Please save me from this terrible flood!"
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageAndrew felt a jolt and looked around.  There was a raft lodged against the chapel.  On the raft were two small children, clutching to themselves a few meager possessions.
15x5 Page Background GIF Image"Get on!  Get on!" they shrieked.  "We're slippin back into tha stream!"
15x5 Page Background GIF Image"Go in peace, my children," blessed Andrew.  "I have no need of a space upon your raft.  There may yet be others in greater need than I.  Go!  The Lord will save me!"
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageJust then, the raft slipped past the corner of the chapel, and floated away.  Then the chapel began to groan and sway ominously.  Andrew prayed.
15x5 Page Background GIF Image"Oh, Dear and Mighty Lord on High, most powerful and merciful, who sees even the fall of a tiny sparrow, now in the extremity of my need I do beseech ...."
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageAt that point the chapel collapsed.
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15x5 Page Background GIF ImageIn their sunlit pasture in the lower foothills, the folk of Bend sang and danced, ate seedcakes and sweetmeats, drank mead, told stories, and watched the floodwaters in the valley below.  The storm had been violent, but brief.  Early the next morning they were able to return to their homes where they began the clean-up and rebuilding.  Of Andrew the Pious, they found no sign at all.  To their surprise, but not (I must admit) to their disappointment, even the chapel was gone.  A fluke of the flood had undercut the bank of the Running River near the structure, and it had collapsed entirely.  Even the wood had floated away.  They never knew the end of Andrew the Pious.  If they failed to mourn his passing, it was only because they were by nature not a mournful folk.
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15x5 Page Background GIF ImageAt the Pearly Gates, Andrew the Pious was overcome with Righteous Rage.
15x5 Page Background GIF Image"Why," he demanded "didn't you save me?  I was pure.  I never sinned!  And I lived in that wretched little village and tried to save the Souls of those ignorant yokels!  When the flood came, I made an example and prayed fervently!"
15x5 Page Background GIF Image"We tried." replied the Voice.  "You would not be saved."
15x5 Page Background GIF Image"But I wanted to be saved!" objected Andrew.  "It's all I was praying for!"
15x5 Page Background GIF Image"Well, what did you expect?" answered the Voice.  "After all, We sent you a log, a boat, and a raft."10x5 Page Background GIF ImageInfinity Symbol
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Letters to the Editor
Dear Sam
15x5 Page Background GIF Image.... In the meantime, sorry for having taken so long to get back to you, but thank-you for sending the copies of the Frontiersman.  We are well aware of some of the atrocities which are being committed in "Free" countries, the likes of Waco, and worse still, committed in the name of freedom.  On one occasion while driving up from Baltimore I was listening to one of these big name talk shows out of Philadelphia.  Though I did not catch the name of the program I do remember what he said;  "I have been following the political scene for years and it is with great regret that I must now admit, that;  Congress has become the enemy of the people."  And I am not saying the things that I do as a Canadian, to take a swipe against my friends to the south.  We, my local friends and I, are dead set against stupid borders.  In some ways Canada might be a bit better off in areas of personal freedom, but Canada tends to parallel and follow with an appropriate lag time, anything which happens in the US of A. "Nationalism," I once heard it said, "has caused more human suffering throughout history than any other single cause;  ...  save that of religion!"  Unfortunately, in the US of A, (the greatest democracy on the planet), (coming soon to Canada), we are increasingly and with frightening speed seeing the emergence of serious political forces which encompass both. "A religious dictatorship", a friend of mine predicts, "within 2 years."  While I certainly hope not, I am less than optimistic.  I am happy to be in touch with you and others who feel strongly about freedom, and I appreciate your effort, but it deeply concerns me that publications like yours are even necessary.
15x5 Page Background GIF Image"In the United States, people are going to jail ...  for looking at things.  Isn't anyone concerned????", I read on the InterNet once.  If you are not aware of it, there is a battle going on in cyberspace, which is over freedom of speech vs government attempts to control it.  I think, and I hope, that governments everywhere have met their match.  The InterNet has been called, "The world's biggest anarchy."  What is being seen for the first time in human history, is absolutely unmoderated exchanges of ideas between millions of ordinary people all around the world.  For the first time ever, people who have felt themselves to be social outcasts, sicos if you will, are freely and proudly exchanging thoughts and ideas (and pictures) with others of similar bent.  The InterNet, regardless of what the conservative masters expect from their slaves, is destined I think, to become THE most significant event this century.  And I honestly think that governments at all levels are terrified of it.  Imagine, ordinary people, talking to each other!!  You might keep an eye on the ACLU challenge to the censorship provisions of the "Communications decency Act," which Clinton recently rammed through the house.  In ACLU vs Reno (the bitch), the government is trying to force InterNet users to "tag" so-called indecent or patently offensive words or images.  Government lawyers, however, have already conceded that, "it would be impossible to implement this scheme given the technology currently available".  This alone, according to an article in Monitor, (June 96), could justify granting the ACLU a preliminary injunction against the censorship provisions.  What the US government arrogantly fails to recognize is that the InterNet transcends international boundaries, and that the US of A is but a small part of the whole network, which they invented themselves for military communications, and which they have now completely lost control of.  But even if they lose, this case gives a crystal clear insight into the motives of the feds, and their obsession with controlling every aspect of our lives.  And we are also seeing examples of the US intimidating foreign citizens and governments in this attempt to control.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageInformation, as the feds have known for decades, is a tremendous source of power and control.  Now that this information is leaking out into the general public, it is reasonable to assume that mountains will be moved to try and contain the leaks.  You talk about the use of force to replace corrupt governments.  I can assure you, absolutely, that the most devastating use of force imaginable, the ultimate act of terrorism, would be for someone somewhere to acquire a large database containing identification;  names, addresses, phone numbers, badge numbers etc of federal agents;  and post it to the InterNet.  This information does exist, is accessible to someone, and there are many embittered people out there who would be both willing and capable of carrying out such an act.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageNot me though, I'm just a nice guy, who will bore you no further.  I just wanted to say hi, thank you for your newsletters, and toss around a few ideas.
Richard;  Vankleek Hill, Ontario

Dear Sam
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageI was very flattered to find myself mentioned twice in the July Frontiersman.  But Sam, I was very alarmed to learn of the warrant for your arrest.  It is hard to imagine that you have broken any law ....
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageAnd if that light theory (Darkness Upon the Face of the Deep;  A New Theory of Illumination, July, page 4) is correct, isn't it time for the sun to show some blackness?  Seems like it's been emitting light for some time now ....
Shirley;  Urbana Illinois


Sun spots.

editor

Freeman-types roaming streets of San Jose?
Leigh Weimers
Reprinted from the San Jose Mercury News
Monday, July 22, 1996, page 1C
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageJust because no Freeman-type nuts have barricaded themselves in a San Jose tract house doesn't mean we should feel smug.  Groups and individuals sharing that "my-government-my-way" philosophy have been bugging county officials in California for more than a decade, says Santa Clara County Recorder Brenda Davis, and lately the crazies have been getting more militant.
15x5 Page Background GIF Image"Many of them want to revoke any documents driver licenses, marriage licenses, powers of attorney, etc. that tie them to the government of California," explains Davis.  The problem is that they then want to record such revocations, and there's no law that permits Davis and her fellow recorders to do that.
15x5 Page Background GIF Image"They (the Freeman clones) pick and choose the laws they want to obey, and I don't have that option," Davis sighs.  She tells them that, and they get mad.  "I don't care about the politics, but I do care about following legal recording procedures," Davis adds.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageAnd she cares about our awareness of who's in our midst and the problems awaiting those who buy into their off-the-wall schemes.  "People need to realize," she says, "that they're not all in Montana."Infinity Symbol

15x5 Page Background GIF ImageAlthough this article is a negative presentation of a part of the freedom movement, it's also a tacit admission that the movement is big enough to be noticed.  The participants are starting to have an effect.  That's good news.  It's why I reprinted the article.

editor
Frontiersman, 435 South White Road
August 1996, Page 3
 

 
 
 
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On the Road with Buffalo Hunter
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageWhile Buff was doing some traveling recently in a small South American country, he overheard a conversation between a local farmer and a female American tourist.  Although Buff didn't get permission to use their names, he did record the conversation and sent us a copy.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageDuring the conversation, the farmer mentioned that bullfighting was the number one national pastime of the people in his country.
15x5 Page Background GIF Image"But that's revolting!" exclaimed the lady tourist, outraged at such cruelty.
15x5 Page Background GIF Image"Ah no," said the farmer, "revolting, eet ees our number two pastime.  But bull fighting, he ees our number one pastime."

Sesame Suite
 
Bernie:Hey Burt!
Burt:Yah, what do you want?
Bernie:Why do nuns dress the way they do?
Burt:I don't want to know!
Bernie:Force of habit.
Burt:Ahhhgh!
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Buck Hunter Shoots Off His Mouth
Dear Buck
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageWhat's the best way to avoid marital problems?

worried


Dear Worried
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageDon't get married.  I think I've answered this question before.


Acknowledgments
     My thanks to Sir Donald the Elusive for paying the production costs of this newsletter.
     My thanks to the various people who helped manage my affairs, and who produced the July newsletter for me, during my recent incarceration.
     My thanks to Mars, of Silicon Valley, for procuring, repairing, and maintaining the Mere Keep copier.
editor

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