Lost Freedoms

Lay Liberty is Crying When you grow up in the U.S. of A. at this time in history, you’re told that you live in the freest country on the planet and that other nations 'hate you' for your freedom.  You’re also told that you have the most open and fair justice system in the world.  That this justice system is supposedly founded on bedrock principles-- things like a defendant being presumed innocent until proven guilty. The right to due process and an impartial hearing. The right to counsel and attorney-client privilege.

What most people haven’t yet realized that each of these core pillars have been systematically dismantled over the years (by those who supposedly represent us), including:

How Much do You Weigh in Kilograms?

Kilogams or Pounds? Don't know? Well, if you lived in just about any country on the planet, you would know the answer immediately.

But if you live in the United States, It's probably calculator time right now. That's because what most people who live in the US don't realize that the US is one of the few countries in the world not using the metric system.

Ten Things That Americans Waste Money On

10 Things Americans Waste Money On I read a lot of newsletters (instead of listening to the biased talking heads on TV) and found this bit of wisdom from Dave Ramsey that I found interesting. He related how we don’t think much about our daily money-wasters . . . but we need to. Here is his list of the top ten things we waste money on in America today:

As Long As We Have This Sword

Ancient historians have interest tales Lucius Casius Dio was an ancient historian who passed down some great stories. One of the best is his tale about the Roman emperor Caracalla.

Caracalla ruled Rome in the second century AD, and he was notorious for bankrupting the Roman treasury and waging costly, unnecessary wars. 

Dio relates that Caracalla made "one excuse after another and one war after another; but he made it his business to strip, despoil, and grind down all the rest of mankind."

Why the IRS Should Not Be in Charge of Obamacare

The Power of the IRS What a lot of people in this country don’t seem to realize is that the IRS has become the enforcement arm of an increasingly oppressive government. This is nothing new in history. Governments have always used the tax man to enforce their edicts. That is why the IRS is now in charge of enforcing and implementing the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare). I recently came across an article by Logan Albright at FreedomWorks listing his top ten reasons why the IRS should keep its hands off your healthcare choices. See if you agree.

The Fall of the Ottoman Empire

The history of government debt By the beginning of the 19th century, the Ottoman Empire had become a has-been power whose glory days as the world's superpower were well behind them.

They had been supplanted by the French, the British, and the Russian empires in all matters of economic, military, and diplomatic strength. Much of this was due to the Ottoman Empire's massive debt burden. 

In 1868, the Ottoman government spent 17% of its entire tax revenue just to pay interest on the debt. 


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