A Warning to the Ego-Agenda Hypocrites
August 3, 2010 – Colorado Springs, CO – Tonight I had the chance to visit a Coalition for a Conservative Majority (CCM) meeting in Colorado Springs. I went with a non-partisan organization that represents liberty – traveling across the country to educate people with materials that include the Constitution of the United States. Prior to the meeting we sat down for a conversation with the leader of this group, Bradford Collins. While he continually plugged a local newspaper called “The Constitutionalist Today”, I figured it was my duty, as a citizen, to ask if this paper had any political affiliation (in theory, the media should be non-partisan, in my opinion). When I asked Mr. Collins this, he promptly replied that “No” they are not non-partisan – they are “partisan” – I guess meaning that they are conservative. Since all of the public figures (candidates) on the front page were Republican, I was guessing that conservative in this instance probably meant “Republican”.
My fellow organizer and myself had arranged with Mr. Collins to speak briefly about our endeavors – her travels across the country, and my publication and media-model called The Good American Post. He said we could both have a couple of minutes at the beginning to speak to this group of around 60 people. Introductions were made, and when it came time for me to have a moment to stand up and speak to these people about our company, dedication to liberty, and love of free markets – I was ignored. I had raised my hand at the beginning of the meeting – indicating that I was from “press” other than The Constitutionalist Today – so I am sure he knew that I was still in the room and still wanted a chance to address the crowd, since I was the one who coordinated for this organization to be there. But I was forgotten. I stood there – silenced.
Prior to this, while sitting at this table with Mr. Collins, I went to the restroom and was told that while I was gone that he took my purse and notebook away from my seat, sat it on a distant stand for food-trays, and gave my seat away to someone else. Being a fairly humble and forgiving human being, I wrote it off for a simple mistake from an oblivious individual. A mistake that I, too, although a young female, am also a human and a citizen that deserves a seat at a meeting (and that my personal property (e.g. purse) should not be infringed upon.
I had my Good American Posts in hand, ready to quickly address the crowd, excited to tell them about what I had started July 4th of 2009 as an effort to create a medium to educate our readership about capitalism and community – an effort that has been successful because we reach audiences of every demographic and every political affiliation. We appeal to “the people” because we are non-partisan and focus on solutions instead of the problems. People across the country love us – and we are a vehicle to help educate our communities about how to make a positive difference. I guess that I must have been a threat to these people who stood before me – the “leaders” of this organization and this movement – that included Mr. Collins, Michelle Morin (Mom4Freedom), and the publisher of The Constitutionalist Today, Lana Fore-Warkocz. They were before me, they saw me, they knew I was there – I was ignored.
I am 28 years old. I represent the next generation of leaders. These people should be thrilled to see a young entrepreneur who is embracing and fighting for liberty. Instead, I was shunned. Because I have this publication, because I am unaffiliated with any political party, I guess I am some type of threat to their (apparently) Republican establishment. A threat to this group. A threat to this partisan paper that was the only press promoted at this event.
Tears weld up in my eyes. These are our leaders? Are these people standing at the front of the room the people that will save our country? Why won’t they let me speak about media that has proven its success – The Good American Post – that brings people together from all political spectrums because we appeal to Americans – not Republicans, or Democrats, or Libertarians – but to We The People? Why won’t they let a young female have a moment to speak?
I’ve heard that the publisher of The Constitutionalist Today calls her paper the “paper of the Tea Party”. The authors and board members of this publication, who stood before me at the CCM meeting this evening do a very good job of telling people how much they love liberty. However, their purposeful ignorance of my presence and desire to speak, in addition to taking away my “place at the table” (literally), proves to me one thing. If these are the “leaders” of the Tea Party movement – we are doomed. All they care about is their own pocketbooks, their own media, and their own agenda. Another part of the machine. They scream liberty, but it is an act – they are lying to us and they have lied to me.
These people who call themselves leaders and patriots that use the tree of liberty to try and squash the voice of a young patriot because she is supposedly a threat to their revenue streams are appalling and a detrimental component to the liberty movement. It started a long time ago – the people who smile politely, clap quietly, and scoot away the independent voices that hold in their hand what could save a country. Now I know what Sarah Palin meant when she said “Many of us are not going to sit down and shut up, we’re going to say ‘No we do not like it…”.
What we fight for is liberty. What we fight against is an establishment – the establishment is our tyranny – the establishment is the false-God, saying that they know best while silencing the voice of independence and freedom.
As we left the meeting, a police officer who had just finished pulling over a car and writing them some type of ticket (“feeding” as we like to call it), sped past a man on the side of the road with a vehicle that was obviously broken down. It concluded the day. Where are the people extending their hand to good Americans? Where are the people that hold out their hand in the name of love and liberty? Where are the people that are for We The People?
– Tisha T. Casida
Casida is the founder of The Good American Post and currently resides in Southern Colorado. Her company is dedicated to free markets, new media, and liberty. You can find out more at http://www.goodamericanpost.com
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Operation “Go West” – the campaign for retired Lieutenant Colonel, Allen West, is where you will find this message, “2010 will present a historic opportunity to reclaim our America. We are at a crossroad where only you can help us become that ‘city on a hill’ that is the American ideal and the American promise.”
We have heard this before – all candidates have such rhetoric. What makes Allen West so different?
Let’s start with the fact that he can eloquently explain topics that are important and urgent, and appears willing to fight for what is right – not necessarily what is popular. Interview after interview, West coherently answers questions about our domestic issues and international issues. He can quickly quote and refer to SunTzu, the Koran and Plato, to name a few historic resources. He is not afraid to call people out for committing actions that harm our republic and liberty. His replies to questions are detailed, and researched – making our current politicians look exactly like that – politicians – not representatives of our Republic. West is a man who has actually studied the problems, and is informed enough to make decisions by taking positive actions to make a difference! This isn’t just rhetoric, it’s what makes this candidate so different.
He is a man who loves his country and believes that people should be judged by the content of their character, not the color of their skin (King, 1963). West says to an audience, “I don’t see myself as African-American, Black-American – I see myself as an American”. He goes on to say “…I am very proud of the heritage of my parents, I am very proud of the heritage of my people, but if you stick a knife in me, it’s gonna come out red, white and blue…” (see the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxB75lVN1us).
He excelled in the military, serving our country for 22 years. His honors include: a Bronze Star, three Meritorious Service Medals, three Army Commendation Medals (one with Valor), and a Valorous Unit Award. Badges that he proudly wears include: Army Master parachutist badge, Air Assault badge, Navy/Marine Corps parachutist insignia, Italian parachutist wings, and the German proficiency badge (Bronze award). Lt. Col. West has put his life on the line for our country and freedoms. The people that he meets around the country who have a connection to our armed forces, can appreciate a man of West’s caliber and strength. The freedom and liberties that we are trying to save today should reflect the men and women who have already given their lives for this country, as well as those who are serving in our armed forces now. We owe it to them to be informed by standing up for liberty.
Lt. Col. West appeals to a large base of voters who love this country for what it stands for and the constitutional principles it was built upon. West is dedicated to liberty, the constitution, and free markets. His campaign embraces his love of country, as well as his love of life. West is an avid distance runner and PADI Master certified SCUBA diver. He likes riding motorcycles and attending church, all American values and a lifestyle we should admire.
Listening to Lt. Col. West speak and interact with thousands of community members, it’s clear that he is probably one of the most qualified candidates for any office, including President of the United States. However, upon digging deeper, and going beyond his amazing love for country, community, and prosperity, we have found that, in fact, he is indeed true to his word, with an intriguing background and dedication to freedom.
We could use about 534 more of them in our House of Representatives and Senate. Please take the time to look at his campaign here: http://allenwestforcongress.com
King, M.L. (1963, August 28). I Have a Dream. Address at March on Washington. Retrieved on July 1, 2010 from http://www.mlkonline.net/dream.html.
By: Tisha Casida
I am an American – a human being residing in the United States of America, a citizen who has come here or who resides in this country.
Liberty is both my vocation and my avocation – it is what I am.
You may wonder why it is necessary to express the purpose of explaining what I am. I am a mystery, and sadly I have been taken for granted as a mere incident and without background.
“This is a species of the grievous error in which mankind cannot too long persist without peril. For, the wise G. K. Chesterton observed, ‘We are perishing for want of wonder, not for want of wonders’.” (Read, 1999).
I, American, as simple as I may seem, do in fact warrant your wonder, for if you can understand me better, if you can be more aware of what I am, then it can help save the freedom that mankind could so easily lose.
Simple? Yet no one knows exactly how to make me. I am but a human, a citizen, a member of a community and country, and yet there are innumerable antecedents to what I am.
It is impossible to explain all of the antecedents that made me, however it is possible to name just a few.
My family tree begins on every continent in every country through most every part of the world. From deserts to the tropics, the mountains to the oceans, the world was the starting point for me. Think of all the people involved in the innumerable journeys through good times and bad to get me to where I sit today. Think of the man-power, the machinery, the technology, the will-power to get me here today. Think of the millions of transactions amongst people, the billions of words, the countless moments of inquiry and faith that made it possible to be in this moment.
Starting in far-away places, my ancestors made choices to seek freedom and prosperity. In making a choice to come here, the American dream was alive and loved. It was not just a dream; it was the reality of the journey, the faith, the motion. My ancestors came to America to work and keep what they worked for, in a place where liberty was alive and responsibility was respected and honored.
Consider the people who have come to America. White, black, brown; European, African, Asian, Hispanic; people who do not cling to color nor to class nor to ethnicity. For once you are here, you are American – this is the melting pot, and we are all the same, we are all Americans. People who have come here as people, people who have come here knowing and believing that we are endowed by a Creator with certain unalienable Rights, and that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. The journey has not always been pleasant or good. The creation of America held many tragic incidents involving the very people that She now desires to protect. That is the road and the journey that exists, and I must move forward in an effort to do better, as an individual, as an American. We can learn from our mistakes.
Consider the technology that has moved us here. Inventions, the revolution in industry, and the revolution with communication – all of these over thousands of years have contributed to my journey. Although my life cycle is short, the experiences I have are created on the shoulders of giants (Newton, 1676). Piece by piece, moment by moment, I am standing here today because of these human discoveries, theories, interventions, and practices.
Consider the human desire that has moved us here. Human beings from around the world, people who work hard, study, love, and crave the freedom that allows them to do those things. Consider the faith – regardless of religion or origin – consider the faith of the people who want to move forward, want to protect what they love, want to be free in their just pursuit of happiness.
No one knows how to make an American, even though the 307+ million Americans have a part of shaping each other every day. “There isn’t a single person in all these millions… who contributes more than a tiny, infinitesimal bit of know-how.” (Read, 1999). Each day a citizen may decide to read a newspaper, watch a television show, or go to school, however the other citizens will never truly know how this affects them – we just know that it does. None of us know what the other millions of Americans want, however we are still all able to co-exist and prosper. None of us know exactly how this works, but we know that we are able to make transactions and decisions when we have the freedom to do so.
There is no master-mind dictating to people what they should do, what they should want, or where they should work. For over two hundred years, the country of America has been able to grow without the master planning of its future. There have been mistakes, and more recently attacks on Her freedom, however the 307+ millions of Americans who are a part of my country can still make informed decisions. This “absence of a master mind, of anyone dictating or forcibly directing these countless actions which bring me into being. No trace of such a person can be found. Instead, we find the Invisible Hand at work.” (Read, 1999).
We cannot “make an American”. The Invisible Hand (Adam Smith), the liberty present in our country, and the free market where we all stand equally as consumers, are a part of a complex combination of miracles. America is where you can find me, in “the configuration of creative human energies—millions of tiny know-hows configurating naturally and spontaneously in response to human necessity and desire and in the absence of any human master-minding!” (Read, 1999). We are free men and women, there is no greater miracle.
I, American, although made from many different races, classes, and religions, do not cling to those as testimony for how others should act or be. I, American, although a part of a social system do not expect a social system, I take responsibility for what and who I am. I, American, although faced with displeasure, anger, and poverty, righteousness, happiness, and prosperity, do not expect from anyone anything other than interaction in a marketplace where I can work, purchase, and sell goods and services without the intervention of a master-plan that tries to decide what is best for me. I, American, understand what I am charged with and accept the responsibility and prosperity that accompanies such “risk”. Having the liberty to make my decisions, is all I ask for.
I, American, in a country that has had millions of immigrants come to Her for liberty and the opportunity to pursue their dreams, believe in the creative interactions that have made our prosperity possible so far.
“The lesson I have to teach is this: Leave all creative energies uninhibited. Merely organize society to act in harmony with this lesson. Let society’s legal apparatus remove all obstacles the best it can. Permit these creative know-hows freely to flow. Have faith that free men and women will respond to the Invisible Hand. This faith will be confirmed.” (Read, 1999).
I, American, seemingly simple and often misunderstood, believe in the miracle of my creation. I believe in the liberty that rewards responsibility. I believe in the free men and women who are my fellow citizens. I, American, believe.
Newton, I. (1676, February 15). Letter to Robert Hooke. Retrieved June 20, 2010 from http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Isaac_Newton.
Read, L. E. (1999). “I, Pencil: My Family Tree as told to Leonard E. Read.” Library of Economics and Liberty. Retrieved June 20, 2010 from the World Wide Web: http://www.econlib.org/library/Essays/rdPncl1.html
Smith, A. (1776). An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations. Edwin Cannan, ed. 1904. Library of Economics and Liberty. Retrieved June 20, 2010 from the World Wide Web: http://www.econlib.org/library/Smith/smWN.html
John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods Market, delivered a very eloquent essay on what is wrong and what is right in our society, culture, and politics. Three things that are absolutely necessary for success in a business, a market, and a political system are: Transparency, Trust, and Genuine Concern for People.
That is what Whole Foods, as a company, embodies as a mission and vision. The same type of mission and dedication to these three tenets should be a part of our political system. The reason that we are in this current political and economic climate is because there is limited transparency, very minimal trust, and a lack of care for people – or the END CONSUMER.
By embracing these ideals, and by caring for our fellow human man (caring as in hand-ups NOT hand-outs), we will see TRUE PROFITABILITY – as people, business-owners, stockholders, and community members.
Please take the time to read John Mackey’s essay here: http://www2.wholefoodsmarket.com/blogs/jmackey/2010/03/09/creating-the-high-trust-organization/
By: Tisha Casida
We will be continually promoting this concept that was brought to our attention from one of our readers – it is WE THE PEOPLE that will save this country.
Have you heard the term “limited purpose banking”? It is a very simple, efficient, and honest means of getting our financial system back on the track of preserving YOUR money. The concept? All financial institutions change to operate strictly as “pass-through mutual-fund companies”(Bloomberg, 2010), where the investments can lost value, but the funds themselves can never fail. Details about mutual-fund securities would be disclosed in real-time (giving the market valuable information to be able to make purchasing decisions). This would also replace 115 federal and state financial regulatory bodies with ONE “Federal Financial Administration” to oversee limited-purpose-banking funds.
Create transparency, eliminate bureaucracy, and let the free-market work. That is what I call smart and sustainable solutions to our banking industry. Read more about it HERE.
– Tisha Casida
– Tisha Casida
In theory, a banking system is supposed to create safety and prosperity for its customers – the people who make deposits and take out loans.
What happened in the past couple years in the United States is unprecedented and unsustainable, not to mention unethical. Hard-working Americans who trusted in their investments were taken to the cleaners, while those who stole their retirements, livelihoods, and future were the beneficiaries of a government-funded bailout.
Could this have been prevented? Of course it could have! Could we do better now? Of course we can! Here’s how.
Our financial system “was supposed to channel our hard-earned savings into the best real investments: new homes, offices, factories, equipment and research. And it was supposed to correctly price our assets”(Kotlikoff & Leamer, 2009). When it collapsed, it was doing neither of these because Wall Street had turned into a gambling machine.
Limited Purpose Banking (LPB) “would transform all financial corporations, including insurance companies and hedge funds, into mutual funds”(2009). These mutual funds would still be called “banks” and would be regulated by a new “Federal Financial Authority” (FFA) that would replace over 115 state and federal regulatory agencies (yes, that would probably save some taxpayers money, not to mention time, and heartache) and the FFA would “rate, verify, supervise custody, disclose and clear all securities purchased, held and sold by LPB mutual funds. Private rating companies could stay in business, but no one would need to trust them ever again”(2009).
Under such a system, banks would never fail because they would never hold financial assets, they would be limited to their “legitimate” purpose – being a financial intermediary.
The Good American Post will do our best to figure out how our readers and listeners can learn more and get involved, you can read a detailed article about LPB by Laurence J. Kotlikoff and Edward Leamer HERE.
Kotlikoff, L.J., & Leamer, E. (2009, April 23). A Banking System We Can Trust. Forbes.com. Retrieved from http://www.forbes.com/2009/04/22/loan-mortgage-mutual-fund-wall-street-opinions-contributors-bank.html.