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In the Land of the Free we are raised to believe we live in the freest nation on the face of the earth. We are taught that the constitution guarantees this freedom and that the three branches of our government uphold it and our police and military forces defend it.

Have you ever tested the validity of these “truths?” I have… When was the last time you read through the bill of rights? Google it, it only takes a minute… Life, liberty, happiness, these are the attributes associated with freedom in the declaration of independence and the U.S. constitution.

The bill of rights further defines the rights of free people: freedom of speech, freedom of religion, right to bear arms, right to property and protection from unreasonable search and seizure, right to speedy trials, to face accusers and innocent until proven guilty, right to jury trials, protection from cruel and unusual punishment and excessive bails or fines.

Did you notice the subtle difference between the constitution and the bill of rights? The constitution and declaration are talking about some very lofty and high minded ideals, where the bill of rights describes the basic rights that free people should have. Do you see it yet?

A slave can have freedom of speech. A slave can be allowed freedom of religion. A slave can even be armed and allowed privacy and some property. In fact, a slave can have every right contained in the bill of rights and still be a slave. However, a slave can never have control and autonomy over his life, liberty and happiness. A slave can never truly be free.

Having rights and being free are two related but very separate things. The delusion we face in the land of the free is that because we have certain rights, we are free. How free are you, really?

The 9th and 10th amendments are the most fascinating to me:
The 9th amendment says that not even the constitution itself can deny any rights of the people.
The 10th amendment says that the federal government of the United States only has the powers specifically given to it by the constitution and if the framers missed something, then the people and the states get the benefit of the doubt, not the federal government, it still only gets the powers specifically given to it in the constitution.
The 9th and 10th amendments are saying pretty much the same thing, but the framers felt so strongly about it they said it twice, in two different ways, so as to be perfectly clear: The people are the supreme power in the United States of America! My, but we have certainly fallen far from the tree…

If you have ever found yourself in a dispute with the federal government – the IRS, the EPA, the DOE (education), the DOE (energy), SBA, etc., then you have probably realized that we “the people” are not the supreme power at all. In a very clever move that has played out over more than a century, the federal government has seized full and complete power over our money – and our freedom.

In a modern, technologically advanced society, power over the money is power over everything, including absolute power over you and yours. What would you do if tomorrow morning you woke to find your bank accounts empty, your retirement or brokerage accounts frozen and your wages seized?

As your food dwindled, gas tanks ran dry, mortgages and car payments went in arrears and the collection notices piled up in the mailbox, you, just like most of us, would do or agree to just about anything to turn the flow of money back on. Most of us can’t survive without it.

Many federal government agencies have the power to do exactly what I just described without going to court, without a jury trial, without a judgment, without much due process at all other than a few notices in the mail. You are guilty until proven innocent and proving your case will take years of red tape and bureaucratic stupidity, during which time you are completely powerless against them.

Hmmm, this sure doesn’t feel like what I thought being the supreme power of the land would feel like!
Now, some might say, “don’t get into a dispute with them and you won’t have to worry about it.” Of course, this is pure nonsense. It’s like telling the slave, “you can have free speech and free religion and so forth as long as you don’t disagree with me, piss me off and always do what I say… As long as you know your place and remember who the master is, you can do whatever you want.”

Slavery with benefits is not freedom! A debt laden, W-2 employee with a spouse, two kids, a mortgage, two car payments, a wallet full of credit cards and their only savings locked away in some government controlled retirement plan is little more than a slave (with benefits).

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A Dad, a Grandpa, an entrepreneur, a veteran, an adventurer and a consummate lover of life and liberty. My mission is to help you experience more financial security, confidence, safety, privacy and peace of mind.
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