Does the American government still serve the interests of the people or does it require fundamental change?

What do you think? Discuss in the comments below!

Stuart Scheller

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  1. Fundamental change is required. The Federal Government is no longer serving the interest of the people. There are 8 immediate changes that would start to get the Country going in the right direction:

    1.) Term Limits: Levy term limits on Congress to force out those that are cemented in the political establishment and bring in true public servants.
    2.) Curtailing Conflicts of Interest:
    a. Members of Congress should be barred from trading in stocks while holding office. Some members are without question leveraging inside information to benefit themselves financially. They are also making decisions that benefit themselves financially through regulation, at the detriment of the American People. No member of Congress should be allowed to use their public office for personal profit.
    b. High ranking military officers should be barred from working for, or benefiting from, defense contractors. This is a massive conflict of interest and does not serve the interest of the People.
    3.) Personal Accountability: There should be an independent, non-partisan, civilian run Ethics Organization stood up that polices politicians that openly lie to the American People by way of the Media. Fines and imprisonment should be swift. This organization should address:
    a. Deceiving the American People: Giving an opinion or your own personal viewpoint as a politician is acceptable, deliberately lying to influence voting habits or stoking fear needs to be a criminal offence. Deliberately misinforming the public tears at the fabrics of our society and cannot be tolerated.
    b. Unauthorized Release of Private Information: Own investigating and prosecuting any instance where a civilian’s private information is leaked to the public by the Federal Government.
    c. Members of Congress and the President should be barred from commenting on any court proceeding or trial for which a verdict has not been rendered. Doing so influences public opinion and denies the accused of their right to a fair trial. Significant fines should be imposed and repeated offences should result in imprisonment.
    d. The Federal Government needs to be held accountable for executing a good faith effort to uphold the laws of the land. If an Administration deliberately decides to not take action on laws that are being broken, there needs to be a process for reprimand and then ultimately removal from office.
    4.) Transparency in the Use of Federal Tax Dollars: Use of Federal Tax dollars to support foreign nations needs to be provided in a simple transparent, digestible fashion to the American People on a quarterly basis. Providing aid that benefits other countries and serves the interest of the American People is acceptable. Providing funds to fight proxy wars or funds that ultimately benefit political campaigns should be viewed as criminal. The use of Federal Tax dollars should be disproportionately applied to making the lives of the American People better.
    5.) YoY Efficiency Targets: The Federal Government needs to establish a plan for year-over-year efficiency gains that shrink the size of the Government over time, reducing the tax burden for the American People. There should be a specific agency that is tasked with continuous improvement initiatives that cut across all departments, eliminating wasteful spending, unnecessary bureaucracy and excessive headcount. As part of this end state, the Federal Government needs to move completely to a merit based organization where there is accountability for performance.
    6.) Limits on Legislation: Legislation needs to have an established limit on the size of the document (no more than 100 pages) so that the American People can realistically read and understand the impact of the decisions their elected officials are making. It is unrealistic to believe that bills consisting of thousands of pages can be properly vetted. These bills lead to wasteful spending and open the door to political favors that create a cycle of corrupt acts.
    7.) Election Integrity: The American People need to have confidence in the electoral system, that the system has not been unduly influenced by politicians, political groups, media outlets, foreign countries or physical manipulation of actual voting results. Without faith in our electoral system, the country will become more and more divided even if there is actually no wrongdoing.
    8.) Rule of Law: Federal Government is tasked with protecting it’s citizens. This is done through upholding the rule of law and therefore it’s leaders cannot pick and choose which laws to enforce. Furthermore, respecting State’s Rights, the Federal Government should have an obligation to intervene when the safety of it’s People has been put at severe risk of bodily injury.

    The items listed about should be things that regardless of political affiliation, we can all get behind. Everyone of these is either currently broken or does not exist. The primary theme is accountability to the People and acting on behalf of the Peoples’ collective best interest.

    1. Fundamental Change is required in our government to begin once again serving the people. Mike made some very good points in his posts about term limits, transparency of spending, government influence and conflicts of interest. The overwhelming issue I have is that the government no longer serves the majority of the people, but only those on the extremes who seem to scream the loudest and throw tantrums.

    2. Stuart, I don’t think Congress can agree on anything, there lies the problem. Members of Congress have been there so long they forgot why they were put there in the first place. We need change, that’s a true fact, but many people fear that change and won’t fight to get it. Our constitution was put in place for a reason and sadly it’s being torn to shreads and sadly we can’t or don’t know how to stop it. The government could care less about us unless it impacted them in some way. It’s sad to say this but it’s what I believe. We need change, structure, and just plain common sense in our government, sadly I don’t see that happening

    3. I believe this is why #1 is most important in regards to term limits. If you know you only have 4 years (or whatever is determined to be the right limit) to make an impact and then you are out, you will get a completely different kind of person that wants to deliver results. This means they have to move things forward quickly and compromise. Also, if elected officials are not worried about their next election, they can focus on the tasks at hand and not playing political theatre, which unfortunately all sides are wasting tax payer dollars to do. Term limits will also help to reduce the influence of special interest groups, which right now own many politicians. If you turn the public servants over on a regular, reoccurring basis, you can start to influence 2-8 as the political loyalties and political compromise tied to corruption start to diminish over time.

    4. I haven’t made it public yet, but I’ve started a coalition of veteran candidates in the upcoming 22 election cycle. I hold weekly zoom meetings. We have 20 congressional candidates and 5 senate candidates across the country. We will put leaders in Congress. Just wait. Votes4Vets.org is just being built. But we will roll it out soon.

    5. That is awesome to hear Stuart. We need the leadership and the change, we will be looking out for the site.

    6. Vets are not a monolithic group who have the same ideals. Any candidate should be about putting the wants and needs of this country first. Making sure our country is healthy and functioning for us puts us in a better position to help others.

    7. Your efforts are to be applauded. However, merely the attribute of being a veteran is not adequate to win the votes of Authentic Americans — LBJ, McCain, Kerry and others were veterans after all. We can’t make the mistake of fielding and supporting candidates based only on their military experience. Offering an online forum for their individual policies and bona fides before the primaries would be welcomed.

    8. Charles CostelloDecember 24, 2021

      Just because one is a veteran does not make him a patriot. I served in combat with less than patriotic members. They were in it for their own achievements. for example Congressmen Dan Crenshaw. A CIB does not insure we have the countries best interest at heart. Vette them carefully.

    9. Will RoszellDecember 26, 2021

      Sir,

      Mike really hit the nail on the head. I can’t really add to that. The government needs to make some serious adjustments.

      I didn’t see a place that will allow me to ask you questions directly. I’ve read the page and have been following you since Afghanistan ended. I felt the same way when ISIS took Iraq and then that wound was opened up again in August.

      I don’t doubt your character but, not everyone is like you.

      How far are you willing to take this? How do you vett the people who are in your meetings?

      As you progress through this mission what is keeping you on azimuth? What are your backstops?

      I support you and want to help however, I don’t want this movement to be one of just words. I want change.

      Thank you.

    10. Fantastic! We need leaders like you to get behind.

      On a side note, I am very concerned that the DemoCommies will just cheat again in both the 2022 and 2024 elections. No one is talking about election security and eliminating mail-in voting, vote harvesting and getting rid of those damn Dominion voting machines. If we don’t correct our voting system the Left will steal another election form us.

    11. Stuart, and that is why we need change. Like my grandpa always told me: (you have to start at the bottom and work your way up). They did fail and many have suffered because of that failure. We can’t change what happened but we can sure work our asses off to fix it.

    12. I think the current political climate is primed for a large amount of common American to run and win on the on this platform. Ultimately bringing those changes peacefully. Do you agree?

    13. Shaun RosselliDecember 24, 2021

      I agree Sir but would add some food for thought and/or discussion:
      1) The Political party system especially that of a 2 party system is in dire need of reforms. The first step IMO would be just getting a 3rd, 4th, 5th…. party candidate on the stage for presidential/vice presidential debates. Shouldn’t be an issue right? Not so much, the commission on presidential debates established 1987 (predecessor League of Women Voters) exclusively determines who is allowed to participate in said debates. The CPD is owned and operated solely by The Republican and Democratic National Committees. Does this system promote alternative political viewpoints?
      2: Regarding Veteran Candidates and speaking as a veteran my question would be: would you want your local police or fire chief to be a police officer or fireman prior to being appointed? Then why would we not seek out former Marines (sorry we are always first lol) Sailors, Soldiers, or Airmen to serve as commander and chief ? Personally I supported a Tulsi Gabbard/Dan Crenshaw ticket in 2020 certain media interests eliminated that prospect.
      3: One thing I think isn’t discussed enough is the Judicial branch. Their sole purpose is too internet the law as it is written which should be done without ANY BIAS WHATSOEVER yet they are encouraged to consider their idea logical bias when issuing decisions.
      4:One thing we the people are almost in 100% agreement on is that our criminal justice system is broken. We have more more people locked up in cages than any other nation on the planet which is a travesty. I just admit I’m just a knuckle dragger i have no clue how to change it as fast as it’s needed. Would like to hear opinions.
      Good to hear you out here again Lt. Colonel. Keep it pushing!

    14. I think trying to start a third party from the ground up would be tough. Maybe consuming a pre existing 3rd party. Or putting centrists in office under the two party system and then breaking away?

    15. Their is a small party that tends to be pushed to the depth under the conservative umbrella. I think deep down most of us are all Libertarians = maximum freedom minimal government. We should be free to do anything so as long as we are not infringing upon anyone else’s freedoms without their consent.

      Additionally Nearly everything should be decided at the local level. The primary role of the federal government should be to keep our freedoms secure and to settle disputes between states or between states and their citizens. Likewise the role of the state government should be to do the same with the citizens and county government.

      This maximizes freedoms. If you do not agree with your city or counties regulations it is easier to relocate and still work the same job. This freedom is stripped from us with nearly ever decision made at the top.

    16. Shaun RosselliDecember 26, 2021

      Yes sir I agree it would be difficult and can see viable strategy with both yours and Robs comments. Personally if would have to identify with any party it would be the Libertarian viewpoint with exceptions being in foreign policy etc.. regardless we have to do something otherwise none of us would be here using our thumbs in rapid succession lol

    17. Fundamental change. I agree with Mike,and I would add:
      1. We should go back to respecting the Constitution. If someone’s bill violates it, it should not be introduced. We should limit government. The government has no business in education or abortion for example because it is not listed as part of the federal government in the Constitution
      2. Accountability: We need representatives that are not afraid to hold representatives accountable for lying (Russia collusion), Chinese influence (sleeping with a spy, investments with China, unscrupulous meetings and payouts from foreign countries), etc
      3. FBI: needs to be overhauled
      4. Tax: I am for a flat rate tax around 10%. No tax returns filed thereby needing less IRS agents
      5. CDC and NIH: need to be disbanded after this “pandemic”. I have no faith in either. I do feel they serve an important role, but as they currently exist, they are toxic.

    18. I agree with your listed items 100%. However I feel that to serve in congress or the senate you should be Veteran and in order to be President you should have to have served in a combat role (regardless if you have seen combat).

      If you are going to have the authority to send Americans sons and daughters off to war or deploy them to a foreign land the you should have been will to make the same sacrifices so you understand what it means.

    19. Dale GilbreathDecember 25, 2021

      Outstanding points. One that really stood out was the item about year over year efficiency targets and continuous improvement. Any successful organization would expect and demand this yet we’ve allowed politicians to govern us with no objective metrics I’m aware of.

      In light of this fact, many of them focus more on optics than actual performance.

    20. Your bravery to speak out against our military encouraged me. However, you saying someone is “far right” just because they believe that God-ordained marriage is between a man and woman is disheartening and dishonest. Before you go further, you need to define Natural laws imho.

    21. Matthew ArnoldDecember 26, 2021

      Term limits for congress is not a good idea. NOT HAVING TERM LIMITS IS AN ESSENTIAL PART OF THE BALANCE OF POWER: FROM STATE TO STATE, AND FROM STATE TO FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. The issue of term limits was hotly debated by the founding fathers of the constitution (read the Federalist Papers) and they decided to not have term limits. Seniority in the house and senate is the only way that states with small populations (like Utah [my state], and Wyoming, N.Dakota, S. Dakota) have any power in the federal government. With term limits states with the most population and the most representatives (like California, New York, and Florida) will have all the power. They will have all the money. They will have all the programs. They will have all the military bases. Before one promotes term limits one should consider the original debates of the founding fathers, and the status in which those term limits would put their state of residence.

    22. I understand your point and have read the federalist papers, However this is a different time where corporations can buy politicians so easily. If there were term limits corporate lobbyists would quickly go broke trying to by politicians, and they may run into an honest one that oust’s them. (Highly unlikely but still a chance).

    23. Patrick ForkinDecember 30, 2021

      I think Mike’s first point, term limits, is the most important requirement to achieve fundamental change. Full stop.

      To one of Stu,s responses on a new political party: it would be brutally tough, but not impossible. Maybe it is a parallel path of supporting reform minded centrist candidates and that movement starts the momentum for a new party if it is needed.

    24. I truly believe that there should be a price to pay when congressional & senate members go on TV and intentionally lie to the American people. Unfortunately many Americans don’t believe a senator would go in front of TV and declare a sitting President a Russian mole unless it were true. There can only be one winner every 4 years and the unelected folks behind the scenes shouldn’t have the ability to try to internally unseat an elected president. Our DOJ and FBI should never be able to run scam investigations because their guy or lady did not win. This has created an environment where by only one group is allowed to win – that is the assault on democracy..

    25. Agreed! I’d add:
      – Budgeting and the Debt Ceiling, citizens have spending restrictions shouldn’t they?
      – Same Benefits, the elite gov employees should be on the same gov Benefits and Retirement/Social Security circles as the rest.

    26. All power is inherent in the people

      We have formed a Grand jury pool and trial jury pool of Oregonians — non-US citizens –As a Grand Jury we brought forth 2 presentments for 38 de facto Prosecutors and 2 true bills against the evil doers Kate Brown, Ron Wyden, Jeff Merkley and Susanne Bonamici. on Oregon. Then we implement Article III Amendment VII. We tried our 1 governor, 2 Senators,1 House Rep and 90 Oregon Legislators and found them all guilty as Oath breakers, without honor and may not hold a position of trust and guilty of due process violation 18 USC 3571 250K for each incident. This is a template for the other states.
      We are the Oregon Statewide Jural Assembly. We meet on Skype most Mondays at 7:00PM. You will be notified. Our function is to return Oregon to a Constitutional Republican form of government thru a grand jury process. Following is a five-minute read. Then there are some attachments. We are seeking grand jury/trial jury members to take these ogres to trial.
      Briefly: We are in a benevolent, predatory, form of martial law from DC/United States* incorporated governance in some form since 1861. It’s Name is the Lieber Code from Lincoln’s Executive Order 100 in color of law. We had a Constitutional Republican form of government from 1819 to 1860 or 1861. From 1776 to 1819 it was changing from an overthrown Monarchy. Most of the “people from 1776 to 1819 the people at large” were not convinced for a long time. There really is an active conspiracy, the industrial/military/judicial/legislative/executive/banker/ BAR/royalist/communist/Muslim/Georgia Guidestone complex.
      This does not involve the true Constitutional Republican form of government on each of the several states. As long as there are still “people”- that is the body, mind, spirit as. juxtaposed to “person,” the ALL-CAP NAME corporate fiction – all power is inherent in the people.
      Rather than being subdivisions of the US, INC., each state is an autonomous Nation, each with its own Constitution! All power is inherent in the people. The number of people is not specified and a majority is not required as we are not a Democracy. The several states of the union are the creator party to “The United States of America’s Constitution.” The “people at large” are beneficiaries. The “people at large” are the creator party to their state’s Constitutions.
      The STATE OF OREGON’s incorporated governance is color of law. Operated by the Salem oligarchy, aka Kate Brown et al, which is a subdivision of the DC/United States* as originally incorporated during Lincoln’s era.
      I think each STATE OF THE OTHER 49 is about the same. A little more carrot or a little more stick.
      To remove the Lieber Code/martial law the method is clear and written down by the de facto. The Lieber code of Lincoln’s EO 100 is nullified by a civilian court on the land. So says SCOTUS Ex parte Milligan. There was no — none, zero! — civilian courts on the land of Oregon. Until ours. I was told there is one on Texas, one on Philadelphia and one on Georgia. I have been unable to prove this. I do know there is no Article III court that will claim original jurisdiction. They have acquiesced so “we, the people, must do it ourselves.”
      The Army Heritage Center 717-245-3972/3949 verified the Lieber Code was updated and still in effect in 2015. No known changes since then. The Judge Advocate General attorney, acronym JAG, knew exactly what I was talking about.
      A method of returning Oregon to a Constitutional Republican form of government was/is: We assembled our 1st amendment Oregon Statewide Jural Assembly 3 years ago. We notified the DOJ, USMS, FBI, 36 Sheriffs, 30 Senators, A.G, governor, Secretary of State lawfully and none rebutted our claim. They all acquiesced and defaulted.
      We formed Article 1, Section 1 of Oregon’s Constitution and in- formed all the same ones. We formed our civilian court of record and informed all the same ones. Through Ex parte Milligan’s authority we nullified Lieber Code/martial law. Not one rebuttal.
      We informed the Oregon National Guard/Oregon Organized Militia’s JAG and they are not happy and have talked back and hung up. We are awaiting an appointment with their Commanding General Michael Stencel.
      Ex parte Milligan, 71 U.S. (4 Wall.) 2 (1866), was a landmark decision of the US Supreme Court that ruled the application of military tribunals to citizens when civilian courts are still operating as unconstitutional.
      Prepared by Francis Lieber, promulgated as General Orders No. 100 by President Lincoln, 24 April 1863. Instructions for the Government of Armies of the United States in the Field, prepared by Francis Lieber, LL.D., Originally Issued as General Orders No. 100, Adjutant General’s Office, 1863, Washington 1898: Government Printing Office.
      Article I Section 1 of Oregon’s Constitution Natural rights inherent in people. We declare that all men, when they form a social compact are equal in right: that all power is inherent in the people, and all free governments are founded on their authority, and instituted for their peace, safety, and happiness; and they have at all times a right to alter, reform, or abolish the government in such manner as they may think proper. —
      *See https://www.oregonlaws.org/ors/79.0307 (8) The United States is located in the District of Columbia.

    27. Stuart,

      I saw you on Jocko Podcast. I, too, have paid a high price for speaking plainly. Your courageous stance is important. Please remember that in the difficult times ahead.

      In response to Mike’s post of December 23:

      1.) Term Limits: MOSTLY AGREE. Argument against: I like some long-timers like Ron Paul.

      2.) Curtailing Conflicts of Interest:
      a. Members of Congress should be barred from trading in stocks… DISAGREE. See “Limited Liability” below.

      b. High ranking military officers should be barred … NOT SURE

      3.) Personal Accountability: There should be an independent, non-partisan, civilian run Ethics Organization. DISAGREE. This proposal lacks details that would distinguish it from government itself. What powers would the Ethics Organization have that a common citizen would not?

      a. … deliberately lying to influence voting habits or stoking fear needs to be a criminal offence. … AGREE. But I thought this was already law.

      b. Unauthorized Release of Private Information: Own investigating and prosecuting any instance where a civilian’s private information is leaked to the public by the Federal Government. AGREE

      c. Members of Congress and the President should be barred from commenting … DISAGREE. Don’t like gag orders.

      d. The Federal Government needs to be held accountable … AGREE

      4.) Transparency in the Use of Federal Tax Dollars: AGREE. See “Feedback Loop” below.

      5.) YoY Efficiency Targets: AGREE. See “Feedback Loop” below.

      6.) Limits on Legislation: Legislation needs to have an established limit… STRONGLY AGREE. If it’s too long to read, any vote is stultified.

      7.) Election Integrity: STRONGLY AGREE. See “Improving Elections” below.

      8.) Rule of Law: AGREE. Law should be minimal, comprehensible and enforced.

      Here are some more ideas.

      GAG ORDERS
      Some contracts are illegal and therefore unenforceable. Free speech is systematically destroyed by various gag orders. Stuart is one example. Another is victim settlements. Perhaps, certain types of gag orders could be made illegal.

      FEEDBACK LOOP
      The feedback loop between government expense and taxpayer payment is years or decades. It creates an unstable control loop. It allows bloated government, wasteful wars, etc. If every citizen got a monthly bill from the government, same as for household utilities, I think you would see swift reactions from the people when government exceeds its bounds.

      IMPROVING ELECTIONS
      1. Ranked choice voting seems promising to enable third parties. 2. To improve election confidence: a) Assign each ballot a unique, random 32-digit number. Election officials then publish the list of ballot numbers and associated votes. Each citizen can then check the published list to confirm his or her vote was correctly counted. b) Allow an option for any voter to have his or her name published in the same list. If it turned out that a vast majority of people don’t require a secret ballot, we might be able to transition to a fully public vote, which would enable anyone to audit the vote.

      LIMITED LIABILITY
      The privilege of limited liability stock ownership is immoral and leads to irresponsible investment and irresponsible and gargantuan corporations. If each owner were proportionatly liable for that which is owned, corporations would be reduced to a size comprehensible to an investor. Investors would be forced to choose wisely. Corporate bankruptcies would diminish. Corporations would act more responsibly. I would implement it as a constitutional amendment as follows. “Any entity [for example, the State of Delaware] granting a charter limiting liability, shall itself, bear the remainder of the liability. This amendment takes effect on a pro rata basis (1%/quarter year) over the 25 years following ratification.”

  2. I believe the government needs to FEAR the people. Until this happens, the corrupt brotherhood will continue.

    1. Power of the government is derived from the people. But… we can’t point at politician’s divides without without acknowledging our own. Unite the people… then anything is possible.

    2. Problem is, corrupt politicians and special interest groups are keeping the people divided. I firmly believe it will take more than talk to fix what is broken. We all know, you can vote your way to socialism, but you have to shoot your way out of it. I really think we’re headed that way.

    3. How do we unite when the government and social media controls what we are able post?

    4. I like what you had to say, if you dont mind me asking where do you live?

    5. Gov’t is supposed to FEAR the people in the form of elections – getting voted out! But since our electoral system is captured by money and special interests, and perverted by a dysfunctional two party system, this fear is largely lost. If you think FEAR equates to an armed citizenry and that is going to somehow change things, then we are way too far gone.

    6. ArticleI Section 1 Oregon Constitution Natural rights inherent in people. We declare that all men, when they form a social compact are equal in right: that all power is inherent in the people, and all free governments are founded on their authority, and instituted for their peace, safety, and happiness; and they have at all times a right to alter, reform, or abolish the government in such manner as they may think proper. —

  3. Some very good points are being made here, and I am happy to see good discussion here with no pointless arguing. Though some discussion requires some sort of “argument”. But a huge thing I am seeing that isn’t being addressed as I believe it should be, is insider trading. We are seeing a grand amount of politicians making millions through insider trading whether they want to call it that or use another term to cover themselves. For example, and not to bring this directly as a center of discussion, but many politicians pushing the Covid Vaccine have substantial amount of money in stocks such as Moderna or Phizer. As I mentioned I am only using this one as an example, not to bring this as a forefront of this topic, but politicians using laws as a means to make money instead of looking out for the interest of Americans. I believe this will be a fundamental change that needs to be addressed.

    1. An analogy of the situation in less than half a page.
      The water is topping the dam; the spillway for the reservoir is over the top. There is no floodgate or emergency spillway for relief. The reservoir is huge, a giant shore line, coves, bays, inlets from creeks and rivers. Not that deep. At this level a small increase can put things over the top. A ripple will move water into the spillway.
      When it goes over the top will it be with a sufficient number of men and women to overcome the 4th Reich on America? With their entrance that was provided to the Nazis, via Paperclip, courtesy of the United States Inc. post WWII.
      There really is an active conspiracy, the industrial/military/judicial/legislative/executive/banker/ BAR/royalist/Nazi/communist/muslim/catholic /jewish Georgia Guide stone complex.

      A solution is to obtain remedy thru Article III Amendment VII. It is guaranteed in written form.
      The last meeting of the Confederation and perpetual Union was attended by one man. There has never been a quorum since. However, every time the Congress assembled for the several States the Members present from the several States of the United States and The United States of America met. Until South Carolina left the perpetual Union 1860 and ended when the United States closed sine die. March 1861.

      So the closure date by abandonment/neglect/ignorance/intent was after Oregon’s statehood 1859 and the departure of South Carolina 1860. That was the last lawful government. Therefore and thereby the people in a Jural Assembly from those 33 States can return us lawfully to a Constitutional Republican form of government.

      Article I Section 1; Ex parte Milligan; Civilian court; Grand Jury, Article III Amendment VII verdict = remedy on Oregon. http://www.orsja.org

  4. Our current system is broken and needs changed drastically, as mentioned term limits and accountability are a must moving forward.
    Why do we have a minimum age for POTUS but not a max age?
    Everyone is pissin and moaning about the debt of your country but the people that are responsible for the debt are the ones that responsible are aloud to give themselves a pay raise. They want to fix this by screwing over the people that put them there rather than taking a pay cut.

    1. Natural rights inherent in people. We declare that all men, when they form a social compact are equal in right: that all power is inherent in the people, and all free governments are founded on their authority, and instituted for their peace, safety, and happiness; and they have at all times a right to alter, reform, or abolish the government in such manner as they may think proper. —

  5. Terry F BinkleyDecember 24, 2021

    The U.S. government does not serve the people it’s supposed to, and hasn’t for a very long time. It serves big money interests at home and abroad and that’s why we are always left with a choice of “the lesser of two evils” come election time.
    All the candidates are chosen from a pool of treasonous scum who can be counted on to do the bidding of their masters rather than the will of the people. I don’t have much hope of this being resolved peacefully. As we saw in 2020, it matters not who votes, but rather who counts the votes. The criminals who have hijacked our country will not relinquish power simply because we want them to. They control most of the media and can (and do) spin public opinion to portray patriots as radicals and “haters” and, conversely, portray real radicals and genuine haters as “patriots”. Semper Fi

    1. Great point! That is the system in a nutshell. The centralized bank system and big pharma, just to name a couple, have bought and paid for our legislative and executive branches. Money and power are what its all about, including our wars since Korea. Oohrah!!!

    2. All cops know who the bad cops are!!. If you speak up or stand up you get no back up. Therefore they all close ranks with the thin blue line around the bad cops. There are no good cops only those that wished they were good… misprision of felony

  6. Politics has become a career. Congress, senate, etc are in office to generate vast amounts of wealth. They will never vote themselves term limits. But every single one of them needs to do a full financial disclosure. I believe Vaccination rates are tied directly to so-called campaign contributions in some form. I am a Cold War vet, and highest possible clearance; I’m not an idiot. This is no longer the USA I served to support. Election integrity is lost, imo.

    1. There is a path to term limits and that is a convention of states. Check your state and see if an organization exists. Then get involved with it. Some state legislatures already have been contacted and are on board to introduce legislation to call for a convention.

  7. Term limits is the first essential step. I believe the rest can be accomplished after this most difficult goal is achieved.

  8. Huge change as in disband the entire federal government. No more house or senate representatives, no more President or Vice President. Leave the oversight of federal employees up to the Governor’s of all the UNITED States.
    Only have one security department, not multiple police entities like fbi,cia,atf,Homeland secourity,border patrol and all the other agencies that do duplicate work and do nothing but get n the way.

  9. Repeal the 17 amnt and add “serves at the pleasure of the state legislature “. This would make senators do their states bidding, makes it very difficult to corrupt a senator, gets power closer to the states which is where it was intended. This simple change back would be exceedingly powerful in returning us to a constitutional republic as opposed to a bureaucratic tyranny we have become.

  10. Fundamental change is required. It worked in the past because the people speaking for America WERE America: they were common people and understood common interests. Being a politician wasn’t a career or life ambition; it was an appointed duty where one served and then went home. Now you have individuals who get elected whose sole purpose is suckling at the government’s teat and main goal is working on their reelection. That can’t work.

    I’ve worn the uniform long enough and now work in the private side of county government to know every single person in elected power doesn’t give a damn about their constituency. My degree is in Public Administration. I know how public information works. I also know public DISinformation works. There will always be a manufactured crisis for the powers that be to fix…even though they created the problem in the first place. And the band will continue to play on until someone does something about it.

    I would LOVE to run for elected office. I’m young enough and bull headed enough no one could strong arm me into “going along to getting along.”

  11. Disclaimer: A fine glass of Garrison Brothers Bourbon contributed to this post! Also written from my mobile phone with zero f’s given about proper spelling or grammar.

    I’m a proud American and we definitely need fundamental change to the power dynamic, but the problem is not unique to the US. Throughout history, people around to world have been ruled by oppressive governments because we allow it by mindlessly following their systems.

    Political parties are divisive by nature, like an athletic team, one team AGAINST another. I lmfao when any politician says they’re going to unite the people! Who would watch football if all the teams worked together to achieve a tie score in every game? The only reason parties truly exist is so they have someone else to blame, that way the entire government can’t lose its legitimacy all at once, they can just blame the other team. Abolish parties and only vote for politicians who run for we the people.

    Here’s an idea that’s been thrown around for ages, POWER TO THE PEOPLE!!! We can achieve this if we stop recognizing systems that are forced upon us like government controlled centralized fiat currencies, like the dollar, as having any value. Adopt decentralized finance & cryptocurrencies! If we the people take the money away, we take the power back.

    If we the people control the money, we the people control how the world works.

  12. We need to stand back and look at the BIG PICTURE. DIVIDED began in a Garden with a snake and continues to this day. Only ONE form of Government will ultimately succeed. We all will stand UNITED when the “streets are pure Gold and transparent like glass” (Rev.21:21)

  13. To all that has previously been written above to which I essentially agree, I only add that “departments” of government must be either reduced down to 1/2 previous size at WWII end or, preferably, eliminated while only keeping State and DOJ Departments as mandated by the U.S. Constitution. And as far as portions of presently constituted departments are retained, these reduced agencies of government must be moved out of Washington, D.C. to be reestablished in the center and periphery of the nation to regain confidence of the American People in their usefulness and being responsive to legitimate concerns of the People.

    In other words, in simpler words, downsize and break up the large bureaucracies of government now residing in Washington in favor of Republican decentralization, also called ‘federalism’, according to the 10th Amendment of Bill of Rights, 1791.

    Slogan: Break Up Government; Send it to the Heartland Center!

    Don Saar
    Relativity Physics and Science Calculator
    http://www.relativitycalculator.com

  14. I’m saddened as a Navy vet myself, our military has degenerated to the point it became necessary for an officer such as you, felt forced to publicly call out senior leaders. They most definitely deserved it.
    I’m elated there are still brave patriots such as YOU!
    Good luck, I look forward to hearing from you in the near future.
    I would follow you to hell!

  15. No they do not… The subversion of the masses via inhuman ways has gone on far enough.. Most elected are nearly protecting their positions vice protecting the people they were elected to serve. From protecting self interests, whether that is through a profession or like minded elitists, the global reach of subversion for their continuous power grab has got to change.. Any law that doesn’t follow the preamble is truly null and void. The people across the world, if asked or heard, do not want to cause harm on another person. Most just want to live in peace. The global elites heavy handed with a propagandist media arm just perpetuate the fear that is used for control.. yes fundamental change is needed. As each day passes it further defines that what we thought was for the people is nothing but a perpetuating carousel of money hungry evil beings worried about their position vice selfless devotion to forward progression for all humanity.. Love and selfless actions is the way.. God Wins…

  16. With all due respect, Stuart, the questions you’re asking on this site have been answered for 15 years…at least since OCT 2008. Selling swag, promoting yourself, pushing Congressional candidates, etc., is exactly what got this country where it is, and is exactly why I got the hell out of Washington.

    If you want to lead like I try to do every day – oftentimes I pass, but sometimes I fail – then do it as anonymously and humbly as possible. Start a farm. Help your local community become resilient. Create a preparedness network. Teach a child how to freshwater fish. Rewire an old vehicle from top to bottom. Go on strike and learn skills that’ll be beneficial in the New Normal that’s coming.

    This country needs producers – people who actually make stuff other than empty talk and debt. It needs courage, it needs God, it needs a moral code, it needs men who shut up and give of themselves with ZERO fanfare. It doesn’t need more politicians, more paper pushers, more of *anything* the public sector has to offer – whether that be Washington or military or civvie. Looking to the very political machine to solve the problems that it created, is the definition of insanity in my mind.

    Sorry if this comes across harsh, but when one has walked my road, one likes to call it as they see it. Good luck either way, and peace.

    1. Guy Navarro,

      What you are suggesting seems like the sensible avenue to take. Has it been attempted before? What would the proposed amendment be?

      I think the preoccupation with politicians raising money legally or illegally gets in the way of them getting actual work done for the American people. If there has been some kind of campaign finance reform amendment attempted has it been successful? Is it well enforced? If not, what kind of things can be done to make it more effective?

  17. Dale FindlayDecember 27, 2021

    I believe 9 out of 10 citizens recognize this country is badly troubled. But there is no consensus on what is needed. Both Left and Right of the political sides speak what they believe will get them elected (again and again) then do almost nothing except make themselves rich at the pubic trough.

    The decline started almost as soon as the ink dried on our Constitution’s last ratification signature. Although, one of greatest documents in the History in Mankind, it failed to limit the power of government. It used ambiguous words like “for the General Welfare” and “Regulate Commerce” never expecting the huge government that would grow from those words. Those that embrace these vague words have obtained huge power and now want total power.

    Let’s be clear… Huge Bureaucracies in both our Government and Military are a power unto themselves and until they are limited in power by the People, will only continue to grow as a malignant cancer on all of us.

    Term Limits will only force these politicians to work faster to get their agendas passed into law. The only true way to take power away from these ‘leaders’ is to take away their ‘Carte Blanche’ to pass any spending or freedom limiting bill they desire.

    Guy Navarro (Maj. USAF, Retired) referenced the ‘CoS’, Convention of States, which has some good ideas and has had over a million American people sign their petition but only a handful of States (11-13) have passed a resolution requesting enactment of the 5th Amendment. The Leadership of CoS has been unwilling to change their strategy and allow using efforts of volunteers from other states within a region help get neighboring states to pass a CoS resolution. I was a volunteer for CoS in Massachusetts and was offered the Director of CoS for the state but it was withdrawn once I mentioned a desire to use Mass people to get over the finish line in New Hampshire ,a neighbor State, which still hasn’t passed the resolution, two years on. I would really like to discuss this apparent lack of strategic thinking with the person running CoS.

    1. There’s a reason Jefferson was in Paris chasing skirts during the Convention. He knew it was a Charlie Foxtrot. Yeah, like the Anglophiles would simply tweak the Articles of Confederation when we had the likes of Alexander Hamilton with a say in the final product. This is a guy who favored a constitutional monarchy and who Jefferson should have NEVER horse-traded with (i.e. location of the Capital in exchange for consolidation of Colonial debt).

      Point being is that the time for invocation of Article V was no later than MAR 2009, when we were plumbing the depths of the Great Recession. I’ve been blogging and writing about solutions since then. So have others. It made not a LICK of difference. I was discouraged for many years until I read Meditations and Discourses on Livy – two dramatically different authors and novels that teach one to focus on control of self. Because that’s how change occurs.

      The Second Law of Thermodynamics is what it is, and there is a steep price that America will have to pay for the complexity it’s constructed. Entropy can only be controlled for so long. May as well try pushing on a string, you’ll have more luck in the long run.

      My family’s been through utter Hell for 5 years running. I wouldn’t wish it upon anyone, friend or foe. But I realized something last year: It made me totally fearless and it reconstituted my faith. My wife and I slept like babies through 2020. Back in 2009, we had devised a 10 year plan to escape Washington, not run TOWARD it! Unless one is from that region, it’s completely impossible to understand how far gone the Beltway is.

      I’ll never follow any man again, and I sure as heck am sick of leading. No more! The time for compromise and half-measures was LONG ago. We either unite under the Cross, NOW, or there won’t be any elections beyond 2024. And that’s assuming we’ll have them then.

      Sound hyperbolic? Well, I bet a lucrative career on my world view many years ago and it’s done me well enough to worry about very little for my family, and I’ll be able to take care of my local community. I can die at peace, knowing I live every day to the fullest, and that I’ve accomplished my mission to the best of my abilities.

      I don’t know what else to say…subconsciously, the situationally aware know the above is dead-on accurate, but they need direction. Here’s the direction: 1.Have no fear. 2. OODA Loop. 3. Find a local farmer, butcher, baker, and machinist, or become one yourself. 4. Love your neighbor, but take no crap from anyone. 5. Get involved in your local community, because at the end of the day, all meaningful politics is local.

  18. I respect your moral courage, sadly lacking through out our land. Leadership and authority are positions that demand moral courage. I believe we are in the midst of a spiritual crisis, where the desires of people are more important then our God given freedoms. People rationalize everything to justify their personal desire to advance, in all walks of life. I personally hold strong religious convictions but even though I believe what I believe to be right and true, I realize the importance of freedom and respect for other opinions I may totally disagree with. If you believe something to be 100% true but are not willing to respect other people’s freedoms, you will become an island by yourself. I hope and will pray for you and your family.

  19. Solid comments kicked off by Mike. Couple of thoughts. (1) regarding term limits, we can’t rely on those benefitting richly from the absence of term limits to install term limits. The voter owns term limits – if the voter is disciplined enough and refuses to be swayed. Pick a number, 2 terms, 3 terms, whatever that number is, regardless of whether you “like” someone in office or not, vote for their closest successor, but not them. People don’t realize it, but there’s seniority in Congress – shouldn’t be, but there is…there’s a whole pecking order that uses committee appointments and contacts with the rich and shameless to sway a representative or senator to the will of the top of the power structure. In turn, certain committees are more likely than other committees to make sure you’re “set for life” despite whatever it is WE pay, which is something like $175,000/year and perpetual benefits even after you leave. The faster WE move people out, the more the lobbyists, corporate interests, wealthy interests have to scramble to find someone they can work. (2) Regarding everything else that SHOULD BE, I agree with LtCol Scheller that going head on at it probably isn’t going to get it done – the fix is hard in, they’re massively reinforced and they’ve even gone so far now to bend certain law enforcement interests against those that speak out. Not good to go straight on at that…better to get in and get surgical…get the right folks together, put some in as Dems in Dem states, Republicans in Republican states and then work towards the middle, where most people are…once it’s obvious that the middle is working for the people against graft, corruption and dishonesty; most people will fall in and want some of that…I think. There’s a half-dozen SEALs that are looking at a run. Zinke, Crain, Luttrell and few other dudes. Reach out and coalesce the vets. Strategize. Play to win. Remember to treat one enemy as 10,000 and 10,000 as one…never underestimate, never overestimate. Outthink. God Bless and Semper Fidelis, Americans. Let’s go get it done.

    1. Twas often said, once upon a time, that the average, productive American just wanted to be left alone. To tend to God, family, community, and then country, in that order. But that was my grandfather’s generation I guess. Paralyzed off the western coast of the UK, watching the 2/3 that remained of his best friend die next to him, while the sailor who saved him swam to rescue others, and drowned…all so HIS progeny could live in liberty.

      Another way of thinking about a pre-“American Empire” citizen is thusly:

      1. Grumble
      2. Grumble
      3. Grumble
      4. Grumble
      5. Grumble
      6. Burn the entire effing barn down to get the rats.

      What I’d say to the surgical strikers is “you do you”. Good luck, you’re gonna need it. I will never compromise my principles by stepping foot in that foul, fetid swamp ever again. Stoicism teaches a person that there is an objective reality, hence objective truth, hence objective good and evil. Be very careful that you don’t end up in a Faustian bargain.

      The above is why I am quitting my job in the Spring and refuse to ever innovate or live up to my earning potential again. I got sick of beggars and Karens on both sides of the political spectrum making it more difficult for me to raise three children, one with special needs, as well as to take care of a sick wife.

      If Washington knew how many small farmers and engineers in my “circle of trust” are doing the same, they’d shit their pants in panic. America NEEDS engineers, farmers, mechanics, truckers, electricians, plumbers. And we’ve just started going on strike, so get used to the shortages. It’s unfortunately reached the point where the band-aid needs to be ripped off in order to ensure the blessings of posterity.

      Stuart, this is what I’ve been trying to convey to you. We’re not voting our way out of this mess other than with our wallets. Read The Fourth Turning. You’re looking for a James Madison (Millennial cohort) when unfortunately, this nation needed Sam Adams and GEN Washington (Gen X cohort) first! They were the “phoenixes” that needed to guide the Madisons and Jeffersons through the death of the old and the birth of the new. Cart and horse my friend.

      Those of us in the Pareto Principle 20% are no longer willing to listen to a damn thing Washington has to offer. Peaceful strike – Satyagraha – is the only way forward. Every single person, without exception and regardless of original intent, goes to DC and gets consumed. There is no Eliot Ness anymore. If they don’t comply, they’re summoned to the coatroom for a “talking to”.

      But remember this: It’s liberating once one learns who really needs whom. Gandhi and Dr. King were right all along.

      God, family, community, country! THAT is the correct order.

      “Henry David Thoreau said in his essay on civil disobedience that non-cooperation with evil is as much a moral obligation as is cooperation with good. And I do not plan to cooperate with evil at any point.”
      – Dr. Martin Luther King, 14 JAN 1968, Santa Rita, CA

    2. This was a very interesting post. Really appreciate you putting the time into it. If I understand your solution tho… it’s to demonstrate the utility of the every day American with strikes all across the country? That would only work if people defined the goals of the movement, and at a certain point leveraged the power for change. I’m going to check out those books you recommended.

    3. John, anyone even running for office, with a possibility of success, has already been vetted and claimed by some faction–this occurred either by the aspirant’s own choice or accomplished through donator affiliation. Some of those factions work for “the people”, the majority work for wealth accumulation. You know the rest.

  20. Dean R WielandDecember 28, 2021

    All those elected to congress and the senate should have term limits. Bills passed should only have “1” item in it NO earmarks. It should also be written at a 12 grade level. After all you only need to be 18 to vote then the laws and bilss should be written so that an 18 year old with a GED or 12th grade education can understand them. Just my thoughts.

    1. I can’t tell you how much I agree with this. In the military as a staff officer I had to give a General a point paper in one page. The subjects were very complicated and probably required at least ten pages of details. But all I got was one page to make my point. Why do we have bills with 4,000 pages that no one reads. Crazy!!!!

  21. Plain and Simply Stated: First, I do think the Constitution on which this country was made is strong enough to hold us together IF we will follow its precincts. What is called Government, at present, is a complete sham. What happened in Afghanistan should NEVER have occured! The other countries are now laughing at America and think it’s a joke with Biden in office. Unfortunately, I couldn’t agree more. The present Govenment makes NO pretense in following the Constitution. IF we want to make changes, then we follow legal means of doing so. NO ONE not the sitting President or anyone else has the authority to do that on their own. Obama admitted what he did was NOT Constitutional and yet he did it anyway. Also, the low leaning Judges who are allowed to make MAJOR decisions need to stop. They decide MAJOR National issues before it ever gets to the Supreme Court where it belongs! I DO definitely agree with term limits.I also agree that bills should not be buried in a bunch of bureaucratic hocus pocus. Come to the MAIN point or be of the understanding that YOUR bill will NOT pass until you refine it and can refocus its purpose. Thank you.

  22. Stuart,

    It’s not a movement so much as a mission, and I always win. I’m a stubborn SOB. I’ve felt for a long time that I was called to do something greater than self, to sacrifice everything. And I have fought it for years until my family got kicked in the teeth over and over again since 2017. Hard to explain; it’s even harder to go back and read the Fox, DailyMail, etc. articles written about my family. You just wanna fix everything, make it better, take all the arrows yourself instead of your loved ones.

    Charles Mackay in “Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds” once said that folks lose their minds quickly and in groups. They only regain their sanity slowly and one at a time. I’m here to rip the band-aid off.

    My mission is simple: NOBODY leads me except the Creator. Nothing in this world is more important than my family and my individual honor. That “mission” is shared by hundreds of thousands of us who are sick of the Bravo Sierra. I can’t tell you how many mechanics, water tower builders, chicken breeders, software engineers, pharmacists, and on and on who’ve told me they feel the same way.

    The movement organically “works” the minute the plumber gets sick of listening to Fauci telling him he’s going to croak from a virus with a 99.7% survival rate, all while he’s crawling through a river of shit.

    It “works” when USDA officials tell the farmer he must be vaxxed in order to deliver to market. The farmer says no thanks, and plows them under…all while China will have stockpiled 60+% of next year’s maize in the first quarter alone.

    It “works” when the mother tells the NICU doctor to eff a goat when he tells her that she must wear a Face Diaper, all while her baby may not live another week…knowing that that beautiful child needs to process her smile, her tears of joy.

    It “works” when nurses are kicked onto the unemployment line for being purebloods (unvaxxed), and when the hospitals beg them to come back this winter, they say “No.”

    All of the above is happening right here, right now. Totally decentralized, almost serendipitous how each individual’s story is presented to me.

    A story was once told to me that GEN Washington had his “last straw” moment over a secondhand doll. He had sent good silver to acquire an elegant doll for his stepdaughter, only to have the Loyalists send him back something more “befitting a Colonist”. Whether it’s true or not, I don’t know. But that’s me.

    No more compromises. I feed who I want to feed, when I want to feed them.

    I realize you want unity. But there will never be unity in this country again, not in the manner you’re thinking. Not top down…it’ll be organic, bottom up, and decentralized. This isn’t the military my friend. It’s a completely different type of battlefield and the forces arrayed against us make outside the wire life look like a Norman Rockwell painting. They only understand force, and you’re gonna be stepping into their playground.

    We need to hit rock bottom first, and hope that folks unite under the Cross. There’s no other way. Blacks, whites, and browns share something far more in common than any nationality or language: Christianity. BUT – that won’t be accepted by folks until they’re hungry.

    Peace and love brother.

    P.S.: Your reCaptcha on the new forum thread is FUBAR. Ergo why nobody has posted yet. Common problem with Google reCaptcha BTW.

    1. Google reCaptcha is kicking our ass. My website guys are on Christmas vacation. We’ll get it fixed.

      As for your comments… I think we are close to rock bottom. I think the time is now to get us back on track.

  23. Bingo. George Carlin was right: It’s not like these politicians are hatched or something. They come from a corrupt, godless population. It’s the best we can do.

    I keep pounding my fist on the table, imploring decent folks to develop their own supply lines. The real “movement” is the productive class going on strike. Without J4, it all falls apart.

    THAT is when we can build something better, not this astroturf crap pushed by the WEF.

  24. There is no actual equal protection under the law or equal application of the the law, for example the left riots and destroys with impunity, a tacit approval from government, while the right attempts redress and is infiltrated by federal law enforcement and made an example. We need real legitimate accountability from our employees, because at the end of the day if we are a national of by and for the people our employees need to act like they know who they work for.

  25. @publius You seem to be basically describing Atlas Shrugged. Which, in truth may be the only realistic way out of the mess the country is in.

    1. Keith, I don’t know what I’m describing except that I am SICK of my kids being crapped on by a sociopathic government. I don’t wanna go back to the Old Normal. It was selfish, narcissistic, and materialistic. Nothing was natural about it. Americans felt comfortable in their normal abnormalities and it was horrific to watch us shut down with iGadgets, instead of smiling and greeting our fellow Americans in person!

      I feel blessed that God put me where I am today. Blessed! Through all of the adversity, it made me a better man.

      And when I started writing, I was shocked at how many people listened. I just want my brown, black, and white brothers in Christ to stand up like Dr. King did and say NO. No more! No violence, but no more self-induced, sleepwalking slavery.

      It’s going to happen. There is ZERO hope of changing an evil system from within. Man is tribal by his very nature and yes, a republic made sense. Angle-Angle Similarity Postulate and all that.

      But we’re no longer a republic! The rot is so deep that what NEEDS to happen is that Cincinnatus gets into power and within 72 hours shutters the FBI, CIA, guts the military bloat, sends EVERY Congress-critter home, defaults on the debt that’s killing the productive capacity of the nation, military tribunals for EVERY criminal responsible going back to Dubya for the mess, calls for an immediate CoS, and on and on.

      Never gonna happen. Never. What SHOULD happen and what SHALL happen are two different things. There is no Gen X Cincinnatus or GEN Washington waiting in the wings to save us that I can see. That’s what we need, a man who’s learned from the land, who’s tended crops and who groks the filth he’s up against.

      Like Dr. King, I’d rather be dead than ever compromise who I am and what my moral code demands. Ergo why I left DC and will NEVER go back. I know the fruit that that tree bears! They all must go – NO EXCEPTIONS – and never come back, or I will never work industriously again. Just my $.02.

      “And on some positions, Cowardice asks the question, ‘Is it safe?’ Expediency asks the question, ‘Is it politic?’ Vanity asks the question, ‘Is it popular?’ But Conscience asks the question, ‘Is it right?’ And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe nor politic nor popular, but he must do it because Conscience tells him it is right.”
      – Dr. Martin Luther King, 14 JAN 1968, Santa Rita, CA

  26. Col Scheller,

    Congress will never produce one-page bills. It does not serve their personal self-interests.

    The solution is not being a ‘moderate’ and trying to get along with the leftist democrats. Compromising with them over the last 40 years is exactly how we got to where we are. We need to fight their communist agenda not compromise with it.

    Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Franklin, and all the rest did not compromise with the King. If they did, the United States would never have been formed.

    The solution is adherence to the greatest document ever written, the Constitution. Communists (in the form of the democrat party) are subverting the country at every level.

    Sadly, even though they swear an oath to uphold it, our political leaders (except for a handful, you know who they are already) don’t care one bit about it and many despise it.

    Thank you for what you did. You risked everything to make a stand just as the Founders did. You already see there are very few people who would do what you did.

    Be aware, the ‘system’ is going to give you 15 minutes of fame (Tucker interview) and then attempt to destroy you. Brave people like you cannot be allowed to have a public voice.

    This is, by far, the toughest battle you will ever face and it has only just begun. Your odds of success are minuscule at best. Prayers are sent to you for your success and courage.

    Bravo Zulu. You are a brave man and freedom-loving Americans salute you.

    1. Ora et labora, pray and work. Revival that only God Almighty can do is how we get there. When people, especially leaders, humble themselves and seek God, He can change the hearts of people to cause them to turn to Him in repentance of their wicked ways is how we get there. In the meantime, “Ora et labora.”

  27. Lt Col Scheller
    Unfortunately what we have seen for some time is a complete failure of almost every single institution in this country, not only fail this nation, but actually work against her people. No time has this been more apparent than over the last 5 years. I will start locally and work my way up federally.

    Locally, starting with the public schools. This is supposed to be one of the most simplistic and elementary institutions in this country. What we see however is local and state governments forming entire sub-components of false history and dividing children all the way down to the pre kindergarten levels based on skin color, sexuality, and unfortunately in some states now vaccine status. These topics are and should be the responsibility of the parents to teach their children. The schools responsibility is Math, Reading, English, Science, and TRUE History.

    What you are also seeing within some schools is some of the school boards hide behind the state and saying “well if we don’t teach certain subjects or issues, the state will take our funding.” This is true in some cases, but this makes it seem as if our kids are tied to money, and are used as hostages. I have taken my kids out of public schools, yet I still have to pay huge taxes towards them.

    Also, at the local level (mayors, boards,freeholders… etc) play the same types of games. For instance in a state like New Jersey you will have a Republican freeholder assembly and Sheriffs at the local level, but they allow Democratic state level officials dictate every single issue related to local level politics. For instance, if a Sheriff, a totally democratic process elected official in New Jersey were to say “my officers will not be subject to vaccine and/or testing mandates” then an APPOINTED official at the state Attorney Generals office will move to recommend removal to the Governor. This has made Sheriffs in Republican counties curtail into telling their Officers “I have orders to uphold” in fear of losing their livelihood and position.

    At the state level, as we saw in early November, Virginia and New Jersey flipped hard because I believe people are fed up. However, one month after the fact state level republican officials in New Jersey were locked outside of the statehouse during voting on bills, because they failed to show a vaccine passport at the request of their constituents. This is beyond appalling, and at the state level many states are moving toward even more extreme measures, such as in New York.

    A bill titled A-416 would allow the Governor of New York to “Give the Governor arresting authorities on public health risk WITHOUT TRIAL. The state legislature will convene on January 5 and sort this bill as well as MANY other extreme bills.

    At the federal level there is not a single institution that works for or protects the American people.

    The FBI wasted and are still wasting taxpayer dollars on investigating individuals who do not agree with the far left agendas of this country.

    The voting system has been hijacked by the far left. Every single honest public policy professional will point to mail in ballots being a systematic ripe for fraud way of completely destroying a nation.

    The Supreme Court said during the litigation process of Texas v. Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan, Georgia that the state of Texas had NO MERIT on their particular case. The state of Texas was not arguing over voter counts or election fraud or anything in that particular manner. What they were arguing was those four states violated the 12th amendment, and on its face they did, by allowing APPOINTED, not ELECTED state officials to select the electors.

    The CIA unconstitutionally uses platforms on people domestically, while using tools under the Patriot Act.

    The commanding officers at DOD send Marines, Soldiers, and Sailors to their deaths needlessly in August of this year, as well as many other atrocities during the withdrawal.

    In Congress, you have individuals who say “stop this bs” on January 6. Yet, where was that passion in May, June, July, and August of 2020 when cities were being burned to the ground? Now, a complete farce of a “riot” is happening in their own backyard and now they are passionate about stopping “riots.” I am not saying January 6 was justified at all. In fact I think it was very stupid, probably for different reasons than what most people think, but there was ridiculous hypocrisy

    Lastly, the White House terrorizes it’s own people with inflation, mandates, illegal immigration, and tearing apart the constitution.

    In all, my opinion is this. Donald Trump, and/or no party is going to fix this disgusting corruption. The people have to fix this. Unfortunately, in my opinion not even election will fix this. The Declaration reads that it is the duty of the people to REPLACE a government that becomes tyrannical.

    1. Michael,

      Wish I could give you +100. Our current society let it get this bad and if anything encouraged it. The current system is simply too far gone. St. Thomas Aquinas talked about the immorality of committing small evil deeds in order to (allegedly) further a larger good cause. That’s what every politician in Washington I’ve met (never messed with state level, but I’d wager it’s the same), regardless of intentions, ends up doing. How many of them eschew their pensions? Not a damn one of them except Ron Paul AFAIK. It’s naive to think any of us could be Mr. Smith going to Washington, not that I would discourage anyone from learning these valuable life lessons on their own!

      When’s the last time anyone brought up one of the contributing factors to the bankruptcy of Rome: Military pensions and benefits? Even those pensions weren’t enough to recruit native Romans at the end, so they imported merc Germans. Sound familiar?

      We need a Nomad/Gen X (i.e. Fourth Turning) farmer warrior. That’s what history teaches us over and over again, and they occur once in a grand supercycle.

      Farming teaches a man how small he is, how his efforts to conquer nature are oftentimes futile. God beats you down over and over and the best farmer gets back up, over and over again, ready to feed his people. It’s a humble maturation.

      The military or even DoD civvie work teaches discipline.

      And the cherry on top is the survivalist mentality of the Gen X/Nomad who is required to lead the Millennial/Civic through the old and into the new. We were at our best in Western historical cycles when the Prophets/Boomers took advisory roles rather than leadership roles. In American history that happened only once, in the Revolution. Every other Fourth Turning crisis ended up with a larger government and less liberty.

      With all of the above being said, I have great faith that things will be better in, say, 15 years from now. The world will look VERY different then. The question in my mind is how deep will the trough be before we get there?

    2. Publius,
      Thank you for the reply. I believe that you could be right about things possibly looking better in 15 years. I have faith in the American people.

      I will say however, that we can not keep relying on what things COULD look like in 4,8,12,or even 20 years. Look at the past 11 months and 10 days.

      No matter what kind of pessimism anyone has, nobody could have seen this coming this fast in the sense of 1 stint.

      We have to have a leader unfortunately that looks beyond the scope of what is considered a “societal norm” like Abraham Lincoln before the civil war

  28. Term limits are a DEAD issue. The individuals in the Senate/Congress will never vote to have themselves removed.

    My opinion is that there are MANY more people than we will ever know that agree that we need to get back to our constitutional roots. I believe this number to be well over the majority of this nation. But, unfortunately to reclaim this a revolution is needed.

    I do not understand why people do not understand this. Maybe it’s because for the past 80 years the people haven’t been effected by these issues until now.

    An example is that on 9/12/2001 the average person could go to the mall even though smoke was still bellowing over the World Trade Centers.

    But, days after Pearl Harbor during WWII everyone had to pitch in the war effort.

  29. Mark RichardsDecember 31, 2021

    For the live of me, I do not see the logic to any decision made by our leadership. The exception being self interest. COVID, Afghanistan, Green New Deal, bbb, Iran, Russia, Ukraine, China it’s all an absolute mess. We have no southern border.

    It has got to change!

  30. “I will say however, that we can not keep relying on what things COULD look like in 4,8,12,or even 20 years. Look at the past 11 months and 10 days.”

    Totally agree! In 2009 my wife and I decided to GTFO of Washington. We devised a 10 year plan on becoming as free as humanly possible. We had some speed bumps along the way, but we knew what was coming economically. It was obvious. We didn’t know HOW it would happen, or exactly WHEN, but when the Repo Crisis hit last September, that was the nail in the coffin. Passage of TARP should’ve woken every American up, but it didn’t.

    “No matter what kind of pessimism anyone has, nobody could have seen this coming this fast in the sense of 1 stint.”
    Unfortunately, I did. And I was considered eccentric at best. I didn’t know how or when, but I knew that it would come. I recall the first week of “14 days to flatten the curve” lockdowns. I told my wife that it would end up being 14 years without a strike.

    On the morning of the second day, my wife rolled over in bed and said that she finally understood why God had me leave my old occupation for my new one, heirloom fruit orcharding. I reveled in the peace of not hearing traffic, of watching hikers addicted to their iGizmos.

    I do believe I had half a dozen people stop by, ask me what I was doing, and asked what they could do to help.

    We’re not getting a Cincinnatus or a GEN Washington. We each need to become that leader without fanfare, without reliance on the Old Normal.

    Make sense?

    1. First, anyone who has lived in DC will share your deep hate of traffic. However, I worry that most of us will retreat away from the fight and remain silent. Then we leave ourselves vulnerable to the people who remain in the fight.

  31. Stuart,

    Don’t worry about anything, brother. And don’t EVER be silent…just parse your words very carefully when you go on Tucker and with the media. Run every word by your most trusted confidantes. There are ways of being a total ball breaker with “kindness”. 🙂

    Most folks already HAVE chosen the easy path. We wouldn’t be where we are if the reverse were true. Boil it down to Six Sigma. It is a shitty “improvement” process that I’m certain you’re familiar with if you ever worked with DoD contractors. But it was right about the following:

    20% of folks are Pioneers/”Early Adopters”. 20% are Stone Agers and won’t budge no matter what. 60% are Followers. Halve the Pioneer 20% due to indoctrination of the education system. Halve it again due to folks being indentured/indebted and feeling unable to “do something” lest they lose their jobs.

    You’re left with 5% at BEST who are critical thinking, pissed, and capable of making a difference. All three of those are necessary traits. Seem like the odds are stacked against us, n’est-ce pas? Are they?

    You play Chess as do I – or at least I used to, before it was OBE with three kids. (I was hoping for Ruy Lopez in your video, BTW. LOL.) That’s the first step in thinking like your enemy, right? Perhaps add in Art of War which you’ve already read, I would imagine. I think a good next step would be studying Mongol history. Pick up “Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World” if you have the time. Talk about the odds being against Temujin from the day he was born!

    That 5% has all of the power, provided they are PATIENT and willing to light brushfires in the minds of men. Don’t rush into hellfire. I’m sincerely praying for the Father to guide every decision you make.

  32. McKenzie MattinglyJanuary 4, 2022

    Man, I love these comments, even the ones I disagree with can be thought provoking. To the question, the government serves their own interest which is more government, more power. I think all of Mike’s suggestions were on target. I could many more to that.

  33. The two party system has become completely dysfunctional and is our greatest threat to national unity and by extension, our security. While I admire the move to support candidates who promote accountability, this will not suffice. It’s a half measure that only sustains the status quo. Consider this ugly reality: In the absence of compromise and cooperation, democracy collapses. When was the last time Democrats and Republicans came together in a significant way to drive meaningful change? The American system simply alternates between the tyranny of the Democrats and the Republicans. Recognize the pattern and wake up. The pendulum swings from one party control to another as everyday Americans grow ever more frustrated with corrupt politicians who are not interested in unity, the common good, and solving long-standing cultural and economic issues. A red wave will certainly crest in 2022, convert the House and Senate, and ride this momentum to electing a Republican President in 2024. Then what? The same old party jack-assery will ensue and Republicans will jam their agenda up the asses of all Americans without any mind to compromise, cooperation, or seeking middle ground. Roughly half the country will be embittered and highly motivated to propel a blue wave on the next cycle. On every swing of this pendulum, the momentum and associated anger grows. People now no longer accept the results of our elections because they feel their interests are being steam-rolled. I say again, step back from the American political mosaic, and see the pattern. Our best hope to avoid a modern Civil War (which will most certainly take a different form but will be no less harmful) is to outlaw political parties and demand leaders who represent the people and not their parties. See my blog for more: https://metalbot.net/?page_id=129

  34. Stilla MarineJanuary 6, 2022

    No they do not. Prime example: Veterans Affairs, they are there to serve themselves first and foremost. Always deny a claim, actively work against the veteran instead of helping them, that is their creed. Why? Unionized administrative corruption.

    Every other government entity acts in the same manner because they are drink on power and “free money!”

  35. Carl TownsendJanuary 6, 2022

    Follow the money, and stop the money. Then everything else can be fixed.
    Its the only way anything will change. Otherwise this is all just talk.

    1. I agree but regardless of any political construct people can imagine, money is power. Always has been, always will be. The new American Aristocracy (600ish Billionaires in our country) play by their own rules and buy and sell politicians as though they were commodities on the stock exchange. Trying to stop the money from flowing would be akin to attempting to reverse the flow of the Amazon river.

  36. Like it or not believe it or not, this current battle has nothing to do with dem or repub but is one of we the people exercising our God given freedoms by electing people to administer their specifically assigned roles. It is opposed by a sinister group of publicly unknown powerful group who desire to transform our republic into a one like China. Your recognition and ultimate revealing the corruption in the higher ranks is what these groups do to every aspect of our society. They offer promotions and financially secure positions and then close the trap resulting them in control. Forget the idea of being apolitical because it is now a matter of our very existence as a free nation. History is a revelation of the rise and fall of nations and those who don’t learn from it are destined to repeat the pattern.

  37. Hi Stu watched your interview with Tucker and was more than impressed with it. Truly respect your willingness to challenge and reveal how our country is not heading in the direction that will result in our countries best interests. My only caution as you mentioned H Walker, I agree in a normal system you would look to a more qualified candidate. Our political system is so fouled up for much the same reason the military is. A candidate can be fantastic and fun the food chain but once they get to DC they will have to do what leadership says. If they don’t the whole machine will come after them( Joe Manchin ) no more reflection money and will be primaried.

  38. AJ CampioneJanuary 7, 2022

    Convention of states! Sign the petition get control back. Article 5 convention of states allows us to limit power and jurisdiction of the federal government, impose fiscal restraints and put term limits on officials. Look it up. 15 states have joined many are investigating or partly there and we need 34 states to join to take back control

    1. Which 34 states’ assemblies would agree to an invocation of Article V? Could we get a list here?

      The liberals will obviously never agree to such an endeavor. They control all agencies in the Federal Government. Why would they agree to cede any of that power? They rule by fiat, by administrative law. Doesn’t matter who holds the Executive or Congress. OSHA mandates, EOs, EPA rules anyone? The GS and SES civvies are lifers. We could realistically call it a conflict of interest, no matter the political persuasion of said GS or SES.

      So that side won’t work.

      The so-called conservatives don’t *really* want an invocation of Article V, either, ostensibly because they’re scared of muh bad Amendment. Of course, they never really elaborate as to how they come up with such a wacky view, but that’s beside the point. Not gonna happen. And the ones who *do* agree to Article V? They’ll get reined in either by the purse string or the Inner Party.

      But let’s put all of that aside for a moment. Let’s say that somehow, by some divine miracle, we manage to get 34 states to agree to Article V. They go through the process of choosing delegates and so on. Through the power of God, they also agree to N set of Amendments. And they get ratified! This is a process that invariably takes years with the size and scope of our system of government.

      While all of this transpires, people are fired for not getting jabbed. The ChiComs and the Russians, not so inhibited by duplicitous lawyers, are coordinating a two-pronged defanging of the American Empire. The dollar continues to shit the bed and stagflation kicks in, albeit with a debt burden that would prevent even Paul Volcker from raising interest rates to squash said inflation. Blacks and whites are at each others’ throats and their own government loves it. Meanwhile, the border has all but broken down, and there’s no telling what terrorist sleepers have infilled.

      What, again, is the point of Article V in January of 2022?

    2. The global “oligarchy” has become so powerful, and their control so complete–and anything which might even be perceived as a threat to their interests has been effectively relegated to the “fringe”, enough so, that the majority of the public appears to have fed into it, accounting for their tractability–that the oligarchy is nearing the point where they may begin to commence any activity which furthers their intent…even activity which could affect the disposal of a mass amount of human lives…without consequence. In fact, one could argue that Covid was the first such action which has already been taken. This sounds very conspiratorial…but I am not wearing a tin foil hat. I ponder the realm of possibilities for taking such actions. Control? Accumulation of wealth? Does accumulation of wealth still rely on a large consumer base? Or have methods moved beyond necessitating a large human population? Is it true? Could people be so evil? How not? If one could create such an event as the Covid event, and spread disinformation and fear and label the truth as disinformation and watch as thousands die because caregivers have their hands tied as to what treatment plans they are allowed to pursue and the pharmaceutical choices narrowed to a few ineffective choices based on politically driven plans regulated to them from the federal bureaucracy…and watch as small businesses fold and fail, and as families are torn apart by financial loss and as lives are destroyed by stress and anxiety and loneliness and …it becomes easy to see how such “evil” could quite easily…more than likely…exist. The next step in the slippery slope slide to garbage conspiracy does not seem too far after all: “selling one’s soul”, Satan worship and human sacrifices…still, it sounds ridiculous.

    3. It is a weird time in terms of centralization of power. And social media feeds into a lot of the fears you are describing. But social media also offers a free forum unflitered from those with power. That’s why I like it so much. But you have to be smart enough to fact check independently and see through bias.

  39. AJ CampioneJanuary 7, 2022

    I know it takes years for a convention of states but you have to start somewhere and whether your conservative, libertarian or liberal we’re all seeing how corrupt both parties running the federal government have become. That’s the point! You make good points and I have no answers but the answers aren’t for 2022 anyway. there for the future if this country. My grandsons future or maybe his kids future and so on. We’re stuck with this madness!! .

  40. The dollar doesn’t have years, AJ. The social fabric doesn’t have years. The East won’t take years.

    If we don’t get a national strike of the doers, there won’t be anything left to clean up. We’ll need a Caesar at that point.

    You all are trying to fix a system that allowed for, and in some cases created, this very mess. There is no historical precedent for it.

  41. I tend to believe nearly everything needs to be evaluated, dismantled and rebuilt. You hear it all the time now in the corporate world. “Disruptors” are praised and highly sought after to help change legacy systems and business practices. Why should our government and military institutions be any different? We the people deserve accountability. I for one, no longer feel our politicians are in this for the people. They only line their pockets and continue to promote the same old tactics and policies that got us here. They want us divided. Pelosi, Schumer, McConnell, Cruz, Durbin, Grassley, Feinstein….all need to go. We need term limits. Why are so many people following an unelected 40-year bureaucrat like Fauci? Our current level of dysfunction almost seems intentional in that people in power do not want us to come together or be successful as a nation. The other night, I was disgusted by the 1/6 event being portrayed as an assault on our democracy. What we have been living with since Biden took office is an assault on our democracy! I am not a Trump lover but I will absolutely say that he loves this country and most of his policies seemed to back that up. I cannot say that for Biden. Isn’t anyone bothered by the price of gas? Food costs? Isn’t anyone interested in knowing more about this Ray Epps character? I mean he is clearly seen in video inciting people and yet he remains free while others are still locked up. Who is going to get to the bottom of this? Why were requests for National Guard rejected by Pelosi? What about Pelosi and her stock trading? What about Biden family business dealings with China? We need people in DC that can go in and clean house just like any business would do. It will get messy and will take time but it must be done to protect this great country of ours. I appreciate Stuart Scheller for telling us like it is and demanding accountability of senior officials. Thanks for listening.

  42. I totally agree with KZ’s comments. I couldn’t have said it better. I’m with you on cleaning house. But we don’t have years to just keep talking about it. Things are really changing for the worse KZ just listed the in your face corruption proving it! I’m 60 years old. I been saying these things for decades. Since the 80’s and way before that we been hearing about spendings and corruption only to watch it continue. If people on the right, people who believe in our constitution would have put things into action then we’d be seeing some of the the affects now. Instead we’re saying the same old things about our grandchildren being stuck with debt, the attack on the constitution destroyed, a total take over of our freedoms with no action. Well the democrats have seriously been at work destroying our constitution and the structure of this wonderful country since the early 20th century with the long game mentality controlling things like our schools and the media and we just complain and watch it happen. The Long game needs to be put into action with the immediate! I agree we need action now BUT that doesn’t mean we stop the other means of attack. The democrats use everything under the Sun including lying stealing in your face corruption and violence and we just sit back and say we need action now or we say things like that’s not how we operate when people ask for action!! Convention of states should continue to work at bringing on more states as things continue as we see them today with both parties actually getting worse and worse every year. Maybe one day they’ll be a chance to stop these Marxist fools! I’m with you on any ideas you have to elect people like constitutional conservatives, libertarians or whatever they call them selves as long as they believe in our foundation of freedom! Do we need change. Absolutely but the foundation, the constitution doesn’t. Its all the crap these Marxist communist socialistic whackos do using the constitution as cover when actually they’re totally unconstitutional and that’s why we need to clean house. Like him or hate him That’s why they don’t want Trump back. He’s owes no one and guys like him if we could find more are what we need! Everything he’d did was based on conservative and libertarian points of view and instead of every person in power on the right who supposedly believes in these types of policies at least half if not more fought against him and still do!! They finally get the policies they claim they support passed and watch with awe how well they worked then just went weak after the election was robbed!! I could go on and on just like you all could. You know where I stand.

    1. Humans inherently want to outsource the hard work to someone else, and when that hard work is either never accomplished, or done poorly, they want to complain and point fingers. I’m here to say, for the last time, that ALL of us are responsible for this disaster.

      We outsourced good paying blue collar jobs to environmentally disastrous slave labor sweat shops, and then we wonder why everything gets automated over here. Really? More war creates devastating inflation and removes otherwise fit men from the job pool. More welfare makes labor more expensive because there is no free lunch.

      More voting and less protesting creates more of the same do nothing government.

      Wanna know how to effect change quickly? Look at what happened on I-95 over a few inches of slow. What would happen if a farmers and truckers strike refused to deliver goods and services into the belly of the beast? (No pun intended.)

      Good luck and Godspeed all. I wish everyone the best in what’s coming. If we don’t start changing ourselves and start acknowledging our individual roles in why things are the way they are, then there’s no prayer. That includes me, and definitely includes Stuart Scheller and the career military. Challenge yourselves. Don’t hide behind “what you know”. Learn about what you don’t know. 20th century thinking was what caused GWOT. 20th century thinking isn’t going to solve GWOT.

      Them’s the facts. Make your neighborhood a better place and quit trying to outsource the hard work, or being the Messiah. There was only one Messiah.

  43. Hi, Col. Scheller. I started a gofundme for you a couple of months ago, did not know about the Pipe Hitter foundation. I have since stopped the gofundme donations, and would like to send you the proceeds. How can I do that?

  44. First time on this site and it’s very compelling! Learned about it via the Jocko Podcast, my number one podcast crush. @ Lt. Col. Scheller, when are you going to start a podcast??? Let us know and I’ll add you to my list of podcast crushes.

    Reviewing all the thoughts and comments and for what it’s worth, here’s my take:

    1. Comments abound regarding more regulation of Federal government (by whom?), but I’m inclined to take away rather than add to the scope of the Federal government. Totally support repealing the 17th Amendment and giving senators back to the states, and let’s take a closer look at the 16th Amendment while we are at it – I thought there was to be no “head tax” in this country. See Article I, Section 9 of the Constitution. In the meantime, I’m all about donating as much as I can to deserving 501(c)(3) organizations from the pittance that I earn. Prefer not to feed the beast.

    2. Speaking of state power, let’s revisit what it means to be a federal system. We have a two-tiered government in place: state and federal. THIS WAS ON PURPOSE. I was horrified to read that during oral arguments for the OSHA vaccine mandate case, a certain wise Latina justice in our own Supreme Court did not understand WHY there are no Federal police powers. Or did not seem to understand where federal powers ended and state powers began. I accept that the average high school student is not going to have a good grasp of state versus federal powers under the Constitution, but a Yale Law School graduate should know the damned difference. I didn’t get my law degree from Yale and I totally get it.

    3. I’d love to see some unnecessary federal buraucracies eliminated. The Department of Education, HUD, and HHS would be first on my wish list. Considering my argument against the 16th Amendment, I’d be happy to see the IRS go bye bye too.

    4. In a perfect world, abolish the Administrative State, but I would settle for merely curtailing Congress’ power to delegate lawmaking to unelected bureaucrats under the Chevron doctrine. Things have gotten way out of hand. Luckily, we do have a few Supreme Court Justices willing to take a closer look at Chevron. Let’s hope they get the chance. I’ve love to see it curtailed severely.

    5. Not so sure about statutory term limits for Congress. I feel like the majority party “elected” in 2020 knows its clock is ticking and is spending money like it’s got a stolen credit card. I do not like the results at all. If this is how a term-limited set of very human legislators will run my government, I’d think long and hard about setting statutory term limits. There are such things as unintended consequences. I prefer the idea of the natural term limit – vote the bums out of office.

    In closing, I recommend we remind anyone who cares to listen that this is our government and that Congress and the President work for us, not the other way around. The reaction in government and media to the events of January 6, 2021 were shock and horror that the unwashed masses would dare defile the hallowed halls of Congress. Those halls belong to us. Congress is the people’s house. I couldn’t name a group of people more deserving to get the crap scared out of them from time to time than the United States Congress. But there seems to be a consensus that “we the people” may not interfere with the government that we elected. This is the attitude that needs to change. We pay for their salaries, we pay for their offices, we pay for their flights and their food and their housing and their horrible Met Gala dresses and yet we are told that we may not question them? We first went wrong by accepting that diktat.

    1. Great post Amy. While we are getting rid of government agencies… add the VA to that list. Trump approved the Veteran’s Choice Act which gave service members the choice to be seen by a private provider if their wait time was too long. The VA has quietly stopped allowing that to happen. Why? Because if service members don’t use the VA services, then they get less money, which means they have to lay off people, which means lines are even worse. The VA is a broken system. Get rid of it. Let the government pay the same amount to veterans who can use private practice.

    2. Speaking of term limits – was thrilled to see both John Mandel and J.R. Majewski on the Votes4Vets site. Just talked to Mr. Mandel at a meet & greet last night (@ Lt. Col. Scheller – gave you a shout out to Mr. Mandel) and I’m excited he’s thrown his hat into the ring again. He’s not a stranger to Ohio politics. Don’t know as much about Mr. Majewski but he’s running in my district and I’m always game to vote for anyone but Marcy Kaptur.

  45. First time posting.

    Our Constitutional Government is the best form of government we will have while we are on earth!

    What needs to change is the way we operate within it. There are many things that could be changed, such as the 17th amendment, but the primary problem is the voters themselves. It is time for us to get to know our neighbors and friends and help people learn about how our government works and who is sitting in the chairs.

    A great thing about the crisis we are in is that it it causing people who have never cared about politics to ask ‘why is this happening?’

    LtCol Scheller, I would propose a new thread of discussion.

    “What End State are we looking to bring about? How will America look once it is fixed?”
    Liddel-Hart’s first rule is to know what you want to accomplish. His second rule is to not take any action that does not lead to the success of your goal.

  46. Jim OhlstromMarch 23, 2022

    I believe MOST Politicians stopped thinking about Americans a while ago. They are all about themselves. They make about 175k a year, yet the majority are millionaires. They don’t know what real citizens struggle through. They get elected and do what they want and their only concern is staying there. They are there to represent the citizens that elected them, not for what they want or for them to make more money. Fundamental change is needed. One of the most important, as said by others above, is term limits. I would give them 12 years max. That is plenty of time to make changes. Citizens can push for this, but they have the final say. I cant see many volunteering to give up their lifestyle. They don’t do things that are morally right. Too amy are far left or far right. Find the happy ground in the middle. Recently they have all acted like a bunch of grade school children. We do need change and it should start in congress!

  47. Steve CelmerApril 9, 2022

    I have seen young well intended Reps get Elected and over time they realize to get anything accomplished within the Political System “DEALS” have to be made. ‘If you Vote Yes on for “US” on this Bill, “We” will Vote Yes for “Them” on that Bill, and so on . MOST Politicians are Loyal to their Political Party (Enter the $ Money) not to the PEOPLE that ELECTED THEM. In the very early days of our U.S. Constitution State Reps were Volunteers, not CAREER POLITICIANS ( not yet). In other words Money $ was not the DRIVING FORCE of our new Constitutional Government. I want to keep this short, so here it is, as long as Money drives Our Political System (Political Parties) it can never Honestly Represent the will of the People. Get the Money out of Politics and return to True Volunteer Politics and then Honest People (True Patriots) can return POWER TO THE PEOPLE, where God intended it to be from the Foundation of the Civilized World.

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