Oligarchs and Sycophants

We the People, Still Matter

I am a US Navy Veteran with six tours to Afghanistan under his belt (1997-2007). I love God, my family, my country, my constitution, and my individual liberty – I am neither morally flexible nor willing to compromise on things I love.

In 2007, when I left active duty and settled down in Nebraska to be with my wife who was stationed at Offutt AFB, I started to become worried about the rise of absolute progressivism throughout the country, but I felt as if the Heartland was immune because of its constant allure of Americana.  However, by 2012, I knew that no one was safe from the constitutional apostasy and radical ideologies of the progressives, so I started to become politically involved.

Up front, I am an independent and constitutional conservative, which means I hold all political leaders accountable regardless of their political affiliation. If a political leader is grounded in the constitution, I will take no issue with their governance; however, if they usurp the constitution and the principles on which our nation was founded, I will find every occasion to publically scorn them.

Generally, I cover points and principles of the constitution and the correspondences between our founding fathers, and I explain the similarities between their struggles and our own at present time. Today, however, I want to include a little more substance given the literal deluge of scandals pouring out of the Democratic Party[1]. Remember, the Democrats gave us slavery, Jim Crow laws, and the impoverishment of minority urbanites through programs like Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and other socialist welfare programs. I mean, if you want to enslave a people, give them free money and services so long as they stay at or below the poverty level, and then you can maintain control with threats to remove the crutch that is actually impoverishing them. This is the maxim of progressive Democrats like Hillary Clinton and other politicians of the same ilk.

The game is up. We have let morally-bankrupt corporations rape our planet of its natural resources, pollute our environment, rob us of our money, and control the very people we put in office to represent us – you know, the “D.C. Swamp”, as it were. Our response? Blind apathy. Our penance, a soon to be dystopian society of magnanimous proportions so far beyond our comprehension that to speak of the impending doom simply gets you labeled as an “Orwellian, neo-con nut-job”.

We sit back in apathy and play with our cheap, distracting technology as our government forces oppression down our throats that is disguised as “modified” freedom. The main corrupt politicians, operating within the fractured central-government of this great nation, have no regard for the people from which they have derived their just powers (which is solely from the consent of the governed who have put them in office), and as they have seemingly become destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to affect their Safety and Happiness. Any of this sound familiar?

I continue…

Having suffered a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce us under absolute despotism, it is our right, it is our duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new guards for our future security.

You see, I am part of a small, marginalized group of constitutional conservatives that are not blinded by all usurpations teeming from the crock-pot that has become the Washington DC political apparatus. I could give a laundry list of reasons how our government has failed us, but drink in this fun fact. There are myriad of reasons for our declaration of independence; however, in the words of Benjamin Franklin, “The refusal of King George III to allow the colonies to operate an honest money system, which freed the ordinary man from the clutches of the money manipulators, was probably the prime cause of the revolution.”

The crux of our current economic plight is very similar to that of our founding fathers, wherein our “central authority” refuses to produce its own interest-free currency, and forces Americans to borrow money from a private, central banking system (the Federal Reserve), thus hurling our great nation into a perpetual state of debt from whence there is no recovery or respite. Moreover, this system, which is controlled by elite plutocrats, has corrupted a majority of Republican and Democratic leaders alike – so I say, “a plague on both your houses.”

“We the people”, for no apparent reason, allow 535 elected officials to continue to draft legislation that is detrimental to the livelihood of hard-working Americans, which also stands to bankrupt our future and push us further towards complete socialism and economic impoverishment.


If our elected officials refuse to acknowledge the will of the people, then it is the will of the people that will soon refuse to acknowledge its central government’s authority to rule. Serving America is a privilege, not a means to make money and serve lobbyists from special interest groups or multi-national corporations that rape, pillage, and plunder our rights to life – liberty – and the pursuit of happiness. So “what happened” Hilary Clinton? Ma’am, you happened. Americans have grown tired of the condescending lordship of career politicians, and they can no longer stomach the vilification by leftist progressives who reject the principles and moral behavior that made this country the greatest nation history has ever know. So, no “madam president”, you lost because good, hard-working Americans are tired of the blatant corruption by oligarchs, like yourself, who are served by an entourage of sycophantic and obsequious politicians like Brad Ashford. We’ve all heard, “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree”, but in politics… the sycophants don’t stray far from the oligarchs. We’ve all seen just how corrupt the Clinton machine can be, so what does that say about their political cronies suckling at the power teet? Either they are ignorant or apathetic, but in either case, neither of the choices are characteristics of a good leader. But, I digress…

Baffling and absurd, these are the two words that incessantly reverberate in my mind as I watch my fellow countrymen offer up their freedom and liberties for the illusion of security. Our founding fathers committed high treason so that we might be free, but in just over two centuries, we have besmirched that gift and embraced the very type of tyranny they fought to end. Is it not our dutiful obligation to remove from power any government that has become destructive to its own end? This Washington-based government now sits in a position of absolute authority; any act of defiance against the reign of its plutocratic body is labeled as “rightwing or leftwing” extremism. In essence, the very same patriotic acts our forefathers executed while laying the foundation of our nation and a government – of the people, for the people, and by the people – is held in the same regard as the acts of Osama Bin Laden and Al Qa’eda. This new ruling class of plutocrats aims to deracinate the fabric of our society and crush our lives with insurmountable debt and complete, unquestionable allegiance to their metaphorical crown.

I say it is about time we end the reign of these absolutists and take back our nation. I say we can no longer sit in apathy and watch our ideals and liberties be trampled upon by those whom we have entrusted to preserve our birthright of true, unadulterated freedom. We, as a collective body of patriotic heretics much like our founding fathers, must unite and defy the career politicians in the Washington-based government, and we must not let the fear of tyrannical recourse outweigh the need for a radical change in this country. We must fight with the same moral arguments our founding fathers used, and we must rebuild a nation in which everyone contributes equally to the betterment of the union rather than feeding off the hard work of others like a parasitic plague. We must fight so that the future of our nation does not continue to be outsourced and sold to other nations for the sake of corporate campaign funding under this the pandemic plague known as career politicians. We must fight to retrieve and preserve the rights our ruling class has stolen from us. And when I say fight, I am not talking about violence of any kind. I am talking about holding our elected officials accountable, and, at the very least, shaming them into doing a better job for their constituents.

The meaning behind the words “we the people” have been lost in a sea of complacent apathy. We are the protectors of freedom in the military, we are the preservers of justice in the police force, we are the farmers that feed the whole, we are the merchants who provide commerce, WE ARE THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, and WE are tired of this trodden state of existence. We the people will never give blind allegiance to career politicians that try to destroy our nation and framework of liberty. We the people choose to ignore the authority of absolutists we did not put into power.

In all of this, which is in plain sight everywhere I look, the plutocratic oligarchy of Washington DC has the audacity to label me a “domestic terrorist[2]”. Why, because I fought for 6-years in Afghanistan to come home to see our liberties stripped away, our economy in shambles, and the citizens I fought to protect in dire need of metaphorical Robin Hood? If I am a terrorist for using harsh language against the politicians in our failing government, then so be it! My morals, ethics, values, and pursuit of happiness are not dictated by the criminals who seek to ruin the nation and constitution I fought to serve and protect. If you have to petition, apply for approval, or get permission to exercise a right, regardless of which right that may be, then is not a right… it is a privilege that is given at the discretion of someone else and it can be taken away just as fast as it is given. So pay attention Brad Ashford… you just may learn a thing or two.

On November 20, 1772, Samuel Adams drafted Correspondence entitled “The Rights of the Colonists”. I will keep this as close to the original as possible, but I will substitute words like “colonists and crown” for words like “citizens and government”.

Among the natural rights of citizens are these: First, a right to life; Secondly, to liberty; Thirdly, to property; together with the right to support and defend them in the best manner they can. These are evident branches of, rather than deductions from, the duty of self-preservation, commonly called the first law of nature. All men have a right to remain in a state of nature as long as they please; and in case of intolerable oppression, whether civil or religious, to leave the society they belong to, and enter into another. When men enter into society, it is by voluntary consent; and they have a right to demand and insist upon the performance of such conditions and previous limitations as form an equitable original compact.

The point here is that you choose to coexist with other human beings in a society, but you DO NOT GIVE UP YOUR NATURAL RIGHTS – ESPECIALLY NOT TO A CENTRAL GOVERNMENT!

Every natural right not expressly given up, or, from the nature of a social compact, necessarily ceded, remains. [You keep your rights unless YOU EXPRESSLY GIVE THEM UP.] All positive and civil laws should conform, as far as possible, to the law of natural reason and equity. The natural liberty of man, by entering into society, is abridged or restrained, so far only as is necessary for the great end of society, the best good of the whole. In the state of nature every man is, under God, judge and sole judge of his own rights and of the injuries done him. By entering into society, he agrees to an arbiter or indifferent judge between him and his neighbors; but he no more renounces his original right than by taking a cause out of the ordinary course of law, and leaving the decision to referees or indifferent arbitrators. [YOU HAVE YOUR RIGHTS; THEY CAN ONLY BE GIVEN AWAY BY YOU!] The natural liberty of man is to be free from any superior power on earth, and not to be under the will or legislative authority of man, but only to have the law of nature for his rule. In short, it is the greatest absurdity to suppose it in the power of one, or any number of men, at the entering into society, to renounce their essential natural rights, or the means of preserving those rights; when the grand end of civil government, from the very nature of its institution, is for the support, protection, and defence of those very rights; the principal of which, as is before observed, are Life, Liberty, and Property. If men, through fear, fraud, or mistake, should in terms renounce or give up any essential natural right, the eternal law of reason and the grand end of society would absolutely vacate such renunciation. The right to freedom being the gift of God Almighty, it is not in the power of man to alienate this gift and voluntarily become a slave.

Meaning, even if the government tricks you into giving up your rights; only God can take them away, so it doesn’t matter what “laws” a government makes to strip you of your rights, it still cannot take them away. Now, they can trick you into thinking they have the power “by law” to strip you of your rights, but that is the beautiful thing about natural rights. You are born with them and you shall die with them; NO MAN or GOVERNMENT OF MEN can take them away.

A commonwealth or state is a body politic, or civil society of men, united together to promote their mutual safety and prosperity by means of their union. The absolute rights of all freemen, in or out of civil society, are principally: personal security, personal liberty, and private property. All persons are, by the laws of God and nature, well entitled to all natural, essential, inherent, and inseparable rights, liberties, and privileges. Among those rights are the following, which no man, or body of men, consistently with their own rights as men and citizens, or members of society, can for themselves give up or take away from others.

First, “The first fundamental, positive law of all common wealths or states is the establishing the legislative power. As the first fundamental natural law, also, which is to govern even the legislative power itself, is the preservation of the society.” A governing body is established to preserve and protect a society – arbitrate when necessary – but otherwise not interfere unless it pertains to preservation and security, as it were.

Secondly, The Legislative has no right to absolute, arbitrary power over the lives and fortunes of the people. [RIGHT HERE, THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD HAVE NO RIGHT TO TAKE YOUR MONEY!]

Thirdly, The supreme power cannot justly take from any man any part of his property, without his consent in person or by his representative.

These are some of the first principles of natural law and justice. It is utterly irreconcilable to these principles and to many other fundamental maxims of the common law, common sense, and reason that a [[government]] should have a right at pleasure to give and grant the property of the [[citizens]].


Ladies and gentlemen, these are but a small portion of the profound words that helped shape our country into a FREE NATION. We cannot concede to the bullies of the government. This is our land. This is our liberty. This is our freedom. Don’t stand by in apathy and just give it away to a bunch of rapacious and predatory vultures.

You see, a statesman is a diplomat or other notable public figure who has had a long and respected career at the national or international level. Generally, they act in a capacity that is for the greater good of the nation and their respective common concerns and interests. We used to have statesmen in this country, in fact, they founded our nation, but statesmen have become a dying breed and are all but extinct; they have been replaced by an alpha predictor species known as “the politician”.

Politicians are hollow shells – puppets if you will. They are whores-for-hire that hate freedom and get intoxicated by power. They use race and religious divisiveness as a means to strip us of our rights and send us to our homes like whipped dogs. They feed off of our apathy and loathe our attempts to exercise the freedoms bestowed upon us by our creator that were ratified by the constitutionalists who found our national identity of liberty. They use the media to spread their lies and propaganda while dumbing-down the population with cheap technology and shiny objects. The worst part about politicians is that they have fed us their garbage for so long that we actually standby – albeit seething – completely enamored by the circus that has become our ruling oligarchical plutocracy.

If you need clarification, U.S. Representative Don Bacon is a statesman. Why? Because he served his nation with honor and integrity for 30-years while in the U.S. Air Force; he wants to represent Nebraska’s values and help affect change in Washington DC. Brad Ashford, on the other hand, is a career politician who has done nothing significant other than to isolate and serve himself. One is a statesman, the other is a politician… and Nebraskans, much like a majority of Americans, have had enough of politicians.

On March 5th, 1772… Joseph Warren drafted correspondence entitled “Constitutional Liberty and Arbitrary Power.” In an excerpt, he said:

“When we turn over the historic page, and trace the rise and fall of states and empires, the mighty revolutions which have so often varied the face of the world strike our minds with solemn surprise, and we are naturally led to endeavor to search out the cause of such astonishing changes. It was this noble attachment to a free Constitution which raised ancient Rome, from the smallest beginnings to that bright summit of happiness and glory to which she arrived, and it was the loss of this which plunged her from that summit into the black gulf of infamy and slavery. It was this attachment which inspired her Senators with Wisdom; it was this which glowed in the breast of her heroes; it was this which guarded her liberties and extended her dominions, gave peace at home, and commanded the respect abroad, and when this decayed, her magistrates lost their reverence for justice and the laws, and degenerated into tyrants and oppressors; her Senators, forgetful of their dignity, and seduced by base corruption, betrayed their country…

What can be proposed by the repeated attacks made upon our freedom, I cannot surmise, even leaving justice and humanity out of the question. We are governed by the absolute command of others; our property is to be taken away without our consent; if we complain, our complaints are treated with contempt; if we assert our rights, that assertion is deemed as insolence; if we humbly offer to submit the matter to the impartial decision of reason, the sword is judged the most proper argument to silence our murmurs!”

These aforementioned words ring as true as they did nearly 250 years ago. We need to demand a need for change, and we cannot accept anything less than the liberty and freedom granted to us by God at the time of our births. We cannot allow the DC elite to continue to act like third-world, banana-republic despots. And we certainly cannot allow feckless career politicians, like Brad Ashford, to continue to propagate this nonsense because they cannot serve anyone but themselves.



[1] Sainato, M. (2017, July 27). Corruption Scandals Are Piling Up for Democrats. Retrieved September 18, 2017, from http://observer.com/2017/07/corruption-scandal-democratic-party/

[2] Lake, E., & Hudson, A. (2009, April 16). Napolitano stands by the controversial report. Retrieved September 18, 2017, from http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/apr/16/napolitano-stands-rightwing-extremism/


  1. Barb E. Dahl says:

    Well, that’s a pretty lively libertarian rant, Joshua!
    Now how does one move in this direction within the rules already established by the R’s an D’s?

  2. Ken Dahl says:

    A ‘statesman’ doesn’t blurt out “Hell Yes!” to a bill he’s never read, a bill that exact a significant financial toll on all Nebraska hospitals, bankrupt many of our rural hospitals, crippling Nebraska communities and leaving tens of thousands of your neighbors newly uninsured – only for the sake of blind fealty to political party and a massive tax cut for the wealthy.

    And I hate to break it to you, but you’re ill-informed about domestic terrorism (which is understandable, based on the source you cite).
    The 2009 report (titled “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment,”) you refer to, released during Janet Napolitano’s tenure as Secr of the Dept of Homeland Security, has proven absolutely dead on.
    The report was prepared by terrorism experts from the DHS, specifically the Extremism and Radicalization Branch, Homeland Environment Threat Analysis Division, in Coordination with the FBI.
    Exactly as the report warned, acts of domestic terrorism by White Supremacists and militia groups – in fact – exploded in the U.S.
    You’ll no doubt choose to ignore both the report, and the fact that it proved prescient, because – ‘big government.. elites.. Clinton machine.. must.. drain.. swamp..’
    Okay. You seem proud of your military service (thank you). Here’s a group you may be familiar with – the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point Military Academy. According to the terrorism experts at West Point, the number of violent attacks on U.S. soil inspired by far-right ideology has spiked to an average of more than 300 a year.

    And right now, as I type, there is a significant and growing threat of anti-government, right wing extremists being prodded into acts of violence by fake ‘news’ sites. Sites deliberately making widely exaggerated claims of threats from the American left and antifa.
    But please, don’t take my word for it, go check out the twitter account of JJ MacNab.
    A Fellow at the Center for Cyber and Homeland Security at The George Washington University, J.J. MacNab is one of the nation’s leading experts on Sovereign Citizens, Tax Protesters, U.S. paramilitary militia groups, and related anti-government extremist organizations.
    Her twitter feed lays out for you, in chilling detail, what a growing segment of your fellow right wingers are up to.

    You people can rant, fume and bluster all you want, but you can’t run away from the facts.

    And here’s a happy headline to top it all off.
    The White Supremacists and violent right wing extremists now have a friend in the White House.
    From May of 2017 –
    “Donald Trump freezes funding to groups fighting right-wing terror and white supremacism”

  3. Joshua Lively says:

    Ken… you missed my point completely. Secondly, I surmise that you have never served your country, so there is no way you could understand why Veterans (like myself) take offense to Napolitano’s statement. Moreover, the FBI and DHS are coming under heavy fire for their moral flexibility with regard to the Saul Alinsky tactics of President Obama and his cronies. Citing them as de facto, “unquestionable authorities” is nothing more than confirmation bias, and it the equivalent of using a half-played Jenga game as the foundation for your home.

    Here are some direct statements from Comey himself, which talk about the corruption of the previous administration.


    Lastly, our founding fathers were “anti-tyranny”… we celebrate their actions every year on July 4th… or did you think that was just another holiday to drink beer and eat BBQ? Again, you completely missed the message of this post.

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