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Pledge of Allegiance
Bob Link
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageMost meetings start with a flag salute.  Why do we pledge allegiance to a rectangular piece of fabric?  My dictionary defines allegiance as the obligation of a vassal to his lord or the fidelity owed by a subject to the government.  Under those terms, please forgive me if I object.  I, like the founders, believe that all people are granted sovereignty by God and human rights should be protected by law and not subject to the whims of the ruling class.  The rulers should be more limited and restricted than the citizens.  Alas, have we surrendered our citizenship and become subjects or vassals?
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageThe founders had it right as far as they went.  However, I believe that they should have included slaves and women and should have further restrained government meddlers.  But, we have the right and the process to amend the Constitution to correct our errors and omissions.  Let us redefine citizenship as voluntary participation of free individuals in an organization of common interest.  Then, let us further restrict the power of the ruling class and it's cronies.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageThen, instead of the flag, would it not be better to display an image of the Constitution at meetings and pledge as follows?
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15x5 Page Background GIF ImageI pledge to support the Constitution of the United States of America and the principles contained therein:
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageThe right of all to life, liberty, property and a just society, equality before the law and a limited government whose power is derived from the governed and whose purpose is to protect and not infringe upon the rights and safety of it's citizens.10x5 Page Background GIF ImageInfinity Symbol

Waving a Red Flag
Sam Aurelius Milam III
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageMost people don't seem to understand the importance of a national flag.  It isn't just a piece of cloth.  A flag, at least a national flag, is imbued by custom and usage with fundamental principles.  Under presently accepted doctrine, such a flag both declares and represents a jurisdiction, an enforceable territorial extent of authority and control.  Such jurisdictions have been and will continue to be enforced by wars.  That's why armies are so bound to carry flags into combat, and to keep them flying.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageIt isn't merely decorative when a U.S. flag is flown in front of a school, a church, somebody's house, or a business.  That flag declares an enforceable jurisdiction.  People who voluntarily fly the flag are consequently and voluntarily within the jurisdiction.  Minors shouldn't pledge allegiance to the flag.  They aren't competent to acquire such an obligation.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageThe first thing that the European explorers did when they arrived on this continent was to plant national flags.  Nobody seemed to notice the significance, which was masked by a sort of circus atmosphere, of what the first explorers did when they landed on the Moon.  They planted a national flag.  Regardless of the rhetoric about international space, the Moon is U.S. territory as long as that flag is flying there, unchallenged.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageI've refused to fly a U.S. flag anywhere that I've had control over that circumstance.  I'm not a citizen and I'm not going to inadvertently slip into the jurisdiction of the U.S. government by carelessly hoisting a U.S. flag.10x5 Page Background GIF ImageGun


Citizenship As Presently Defined
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageAll persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside....
Constitution for the United States of America,
Amendment 14, 1868
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Jurisdiction As Presently Defined
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageJurisdiction.... 1.  Law.  The right and power to interpret and apply the law.... 2.a.  Authority or control....  b.  The extent of authority or control.... 3.  The territorial range of authority or control....
The American Heritage Dictionary
of the English Language, 1992 

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Points of No Return
Sam Aurelius Milam III
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageAlthough most people fail to recognize it, the U.N. has authority and status in America equal to that of the U.S. government.  That statement might inspire some disbelief but support for it exists in the U.S. constitution itself.
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15x5 Page Background GIF ImageThis Constitution, and the laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof;  and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land....
—Article VI, clause 2
Constitution for the United States of America
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15x5 Page Background GIF ImageSo, the U.S. constitution isn't the supreme law of the land.  It's only one part of the supreme law of the land, of which treaties are another part.  The U.N. charter is a treaty and, therefore, has equal authority with the U.S. constitution in America, as part of the supreme law of the land.  The U.S. government is created by the U.S. constitution, and is inferior to it in status.  The U.N. is created by the U.N. charter, and is inferior to it in status.  Both documents are parts of the supreme law of the land, thereby giving both of their respective institutions equivalent authority.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageI don't know if other constitutions include provisions analogous to Article VI, clause 2 of the U.S. constitution but, even if they don't, the authority of treaties has long been recognized.
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15x5 Page Background GIF Image... When therefore a treaty is constitutionally made ratified and published by us, it immediately becomes binding on the whole nation and superadded to the laws of the land, without the intervention of State Legislatures.  Treaties derive their obligation from being compacts between the Sovereign of this, and the Sovereign of another Nation, whereas laws or statutes derive their force from being the Acts of a Legislature competent to the passing of them.  Hence it is clear that Treaties must be implicitly received and observed by every Member of the Nation;  for as State Legislatures are not competent to the making of such compacts or treaties, so neither are they competent in that capacity, authoritatively to decide on, or ascertain the construction and sense of them ….  For as the Legislature only which constitutionally passes a law has power to revise and amend it, so the sovereigns only who are parties to the treaty have power, by mutual consent and posterior Articles to correct or explain it….
The Journals of the Continental Congress
Vol. XXXII, Jan 17 — Jul 20, 1787, page 178
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15x5 Page Background GIF ImageHistorically, nations have been created by the people in a region or, at least, by the leaders of those people.  The existence of such nations has usually been maintained, when necessary, by the governments of those nations, using force.  Nations, and their governments, have generally been legitimized by consensus.  That is, a nation was a nation because its people viewed it as such, because its government could defend it, and because other nations formally recognized it.  The system is a bit chaotic but it has worked well enough for millennia.  Now, a change is in the wind.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageIn recent decades, the U.N. has become increasingly involved in the management of nations.  It influences and manipulates their governments.  It's involved in writing constitutions and in establishing and legitimizing them.  It's involved in all aspects of the internal affairs of nations and governments.  It intervenes in controversies, even internal controversies.  It declares when certain internal policies of a nation are unacceptable.  It even has its own judiciary and its own fledgling army, euphemistically called "peace-keeping forces".  All such meddling in the internal affairs of nations is entirely contrary to the historically accepted principles of international law.
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15x5 Page Background GIF Image....  With regard to every state, international law only asks whether it be such in reality, whether it actually is invested with the properties of a state.  With forms of government international law has nothing to do.  All forms of government, under which a state can discharge its obligations and duties to others, are, so far as this code is concerned, equally legitimate.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageThus, the rule of non-intervention in the affairs of other states is a well-settled principle of international law....
—International law
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, 1889
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15x5 Page Background GIF ImageAt a glance, the behavior of the U.N. seems harmless enough, maybe even beneficial.  It certainly is presented that way by the various news agencies, most of which are controlled by governments.  The reality is otherwise.  In fact, the U.N. is well along in the process of transforming itself from a forum, or whatever it was, into a full-fledged government.  It's also slowly reducing the member nations to the status of political subdivisions of that government.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageBefore the War Between the States, the United States theoretically had the constitutional authority to manage the member states.  It lacked only a sufficient power of enforcement.  The member states cherished their fantasies of state sovereignty, left over from the days before they sacrificed that sovereignty by joining the United States.  During the War
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Between the States, the United States acquired the power of enforcement that it needed to forcibly hold the union together.  After the war, the previous states, even those on the winning side, lost even the fiction of state sovereignty.  The United States became one government.  The member states became political subdivisions thereof.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageToday, the United Nations is accumulating a de facto constitutional authority to manage the member nations.  It lacks only a sufficient power of enforcement.  The member nations cherish their fantasies of national sovereignty, left over from the days before that sovereignty began to erode, after the member nations joined the United Nations.  So far, the arrangement hasn't been rigorously tested.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFor quite some time now, various people have advocated that the United States should withdraw from the U.N.  Suppose that such an attempt was made.  Would the U.N. allow it?  Would the other member nations allow it?  A fictional version of that situation was presented in the miniseries Amerika.  In that story, the United States wanted out of the U.N.  The situation enabled the Russians to occupy America under U.N. sponsorship.  The tactical unit of the Russian occupation force, in the miniseries, was the UNSSU, for United Nations Special Service Unit.  To me, a UNSSU looks a lot like a U.N. peace-keeping force.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageRemember what happened in the 1860s, when some of the member states tried to withdraw from the United States.  So, if some of the member nations should try to withdraw from the United Nations, maybe there'd be a War Between the Nations, a larger version of the War Between the States.  During that war, the United Nations might acquire the power of enforcement that it needs to forcibly hold the union together, as the United States did during the War Between the States.  After the war, the previous nations, even those on the winning side, would lose even the fiction of national sovereignty.  The United Nations would become one government.  The member nations would become political subdivisions thereof.  Previously, state meant what nation means today.  In the future, nation might mean what state means today.  There wouldn't be a need for a word to designate politically independent nations, because there wouldn't be any.  They'd all be political subdivisions of the United Nations, the only real nation.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageI don't know which side would win such a War Between the Nations or even if such a war would occur.  Maybe the United States can still withdraw from the United Nations.  Maybe not.  Has the situation passed the point of no return?  Is it too late for any nation, or for any group of nations, to get out of the U.N.?  I don't know.  As Justin Milford noted in the miniseries Amerika, "the longer we wait, the less likely we'll ever do anything."
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Letter to the Editor
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageThis is an excerpt from a message written in reply to the December 2013 issue.
—editor
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15x5 Page Background GIF Image...  To me, the most interesting article was the one on the front page.  Did I tell you that I first read "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress" only two years ago?  Also, I had a hard time finding a cheap copy to buy.  At that time, they had stopped issuing the book in a pocket sized paperback edition.  You could only get it easily in a big, bulky paperback edition with an ugly cover, that cost as much as a hardback edition used to.  Luckily, I have good relations with the owner of a local used book store, who found me a small and relatively cheap copy.  I think that in most ways, the Heinlein book is more astute than "Atlas Shrugged".  Did you know that the character you quoted was based on a real person, Robert LeFevre?  I never really knew him, but I saw him at some Libertarian events in Long Beach.  He reminded me of Colonel Sanders!  He was extremely old, and he passed away about the time that I returned to northern California.  Even though I think that Heinlein had better political insights than Rand, I prefer the romanticism of Rand's story.  There's something about Heinlein's way of portraying humanity that rubs me the wrong way, usually.  I've finally set an approximate date for ending the radio show -- June 11, 2014.  That will be just after the California primary vote.  The show will have run slightly longer than 24 years!  It's hard to believe that the time has gone by so fast.
—Sir Donald the Elusive
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—editor

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Acknowledgments
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageMy thanks to the following:  SantaClara Bob;  Lady Jan the Voluptuous;  my mother;  Dewey and Betty;  Steve, of Mililani, Hawaii;  and Eric, of Ione, California.
— editor
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Observations
Original Source Unknown.  Forwarded by Marilyn, of Bingham County, Idaho.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageIf you think that there is good in everybody, then you haven't met everybody.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageIf you can smile when things go wrong, then you have someone in mind to blame.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageThe sole purpose of a child's middle name is so that he can tell when he's really in trouble.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageThere's always something for which to be thankful.  For example, I'm sitting here thinking how nice it is that wrinkles don't hurt.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageThe older we get, the less it seems worth waiting in line for things.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageYou know you're getting old when everything either dries up or leaks.10x5 Page Background GIF ImageInfinity Symbol
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And Then the Fight Started
Original Source Unknown.  Forwarded by Sir Donald the Elusive.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageWhen I got home last night, my wife demanded that I take her someplace expensive, so I took her to a gas station.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageMy wife and I were sitting at a table at my high school reunion.  I kept staring at a drunken lady swigging her drink as she sat alone at a nearby table.  My wife asked, "Do you know her?"
15x5 Page Background GIF Image"Yes." I sighed, "She's my old girlfriend.  I understand that she took to drinking right after we split up those many years ago, and I hear that she hasn't been sober since."
15x5 Page Background GIF Image"My God!" said my wife. "Who'd think that she could go on celebrating for so long?"
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageI took my wife to a restaurant.  The waiter took my order first and I ordered the strip steak, medium rare.  He said, "Aren't you worried about the mad cow?"
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