Surprise: Princeton Concludes What Kind of Government America Really Has

Has America morphed from the land of the free to an oligarchy? That’s what a chilling scientific study by two Princeton researchers recently concluded.

What’s an oligarchy? According to PolicyMic,

“An oligarchy is a system where power is effectively wielded by a small number of individuals defined by their status called oligarchs. Members of the oligarchy are the rich, the well connected and the politically powerful, as well as particularly well placed individuals in institutions like banking and finance or the military.”

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Billionaires like Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, and George Soros; high level politicians such as Barack Obama, John Boehner, and the Clintons; and other big shots call the shots for our “democracy.” The American voting system is for the most part just an illusion of power, a relic from a time when public opinion mattered more than it does today.

So, in other words, the intuition of many Americans that the rich and powerful run things is correct. No surprise there. Face it: you don’t have to be a Princeton researcher or even a high school graduate to make this conclusion; but what the researchers, Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page, have done commendably well is put hard evidence behind our intuitions.

The researchers looked at data from about 1,800 policy initiatives in the years between 1981 and 2002  and compared the policy changes to American public opinion. Government enacted laws much more often based on what Americans at the 90th percentile of income and from major lobbying or business groups wanted, compared to what those at the 50th percentile of income wanted.

To quote from PolicyMic again,

It’s beyond alarming. As Gilens and Page write, “the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.” In other words, their statistics say your opinion literally does not matter.

The next time you feel powerless in the midst of the political system or wonder why a Wall Street CEO got off scot free with the authorities while still making out like a bandit, you won’t have to just rely on your own observations. No, you will have solid Princeton research behind you.

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What can be done? Don’t give up hope. Keep engaged with politics. Write on your blog (or even for Western Journalism), attend political events, volunteer, and stay involved. Don’t give up the power you do have to the ultra wealthy and the government. There is still hope for the Republic. Powerful systems have collapsed before and can do so again, especially given the mounds of fiat money that have been pumped into our economy by the Federal Reserve. Don’t just get involved politically. Prepare spiritually, financially, socially, etc. for a potential collapse of the system. Read this article for more ideas.  Check out the Sound Money Institute website, which I edit, to learn about the economic follies of the Fed and Uncle Sam and how you can prepare for troubled economic times.

Don’t neglect the warnings of this piece. Our beloved country, which millions of patriotic Americans have sacrificed their lives to defend, is being ruled by the elites more than ever. It’s time to speak up instead of bending over. Let’s join together with the power we do have to make a difference for ourselves, our families, and our communities.

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Culture Wars Changing To A Struggle For Survival

The first time I heard the term “culture war” was when Bill O’Reilly published a book of the same title almost a decade ago.  At the time, I really didn’t understand the term’s meaning.  That has changed as the years go past and I have become more involved in the struggle for our country’s future.  My sense of the situation in America today is that the struggle has morphed from an academic discussion of beliefs to a battle for survival.  Freedom-loving Americans face an unprecedented assault on their way of life, their economic future, and even their religion and physical security.

One has to only look at recent events in Nevada at the Clive Bundy ranch for a prime example.  The legal issues aside, I think there is a national consensus that the federal government overreached in its use of force to resolve the situation.  This event was only the last in a long string of similar circumstances where the federal government has been seen as the aggressor.  The problem is that this type of armed aggression has primarily been used against right-of-center entities in their struggle for maintaining their way of life.  Does anyone really believe that a hundred armed federal agents with high powered weapons would have descended upon a leftist compound similarly violating perceived federal land ownership rights?  I don’t think so.

Recently, a statistic was released that showed slightly less than one hundred million taxpayers were supporting almost twice as many Americans receiving federal benefits.  Any small business owner fully understands the tax bite that various forms of government levy against the profits of their hard work.  However, it is the large tax bill combined with a heavily armed tax collector that is really scary.  Now let’s add to that the fact that federal agencies, and specifically the IRS, have been used by the Obama administration to target the political opposition.  So far, the tactics used have been only to stifle free speech and influence elections.  But how long will it be before armed force is used to further their political goals?  It’s not a stretch between breaking the law to stifle free speech to intimidating opponents with federal agents.

Religion is another arena where certain, and only certain, segments of the population feel under assault.  The federal government and progressive organizations seem to bend over backwards to accommodate Muslim and other religious faiths and sensitivities, while Christians are fair game for ridicule and the suppression of their religious beliefs and practices.  The Affordable Care Act is another bellwether example of this type of government overreach in forcing religious institutions to act against their beliefs.  It will be very interesting to see where the U.S. Supreme Court comes down on this issue in the near future, as SCOTUS is the last resort, besides political regime change, to fix this problem.

Finally, freedom loving Americans face an unprecedented assault against their values and way of life by a compliant mainstream media that cheerleads for the leftist agenda and its backers.  This refusal to act in the traditional role of the Fourth Estate and challenge and speak truth to power in the United States adds to the right’s sense of being backed into a corner.  In reality, the leftist media is enabling the federal, state, and local progressive authorities to selectively enforce laws, revel in graft and corruption, and attempt to stifle the political opposition and prevent a conservative agenda from taking hold.

I hope that if a Republican president is elected, he will immediately order a review to demilitarize federal agencies.  Let’s get rid of the millions of rounds of ammunition, the armored vehicles, and the aggressive police tactics.  It’s human nature to want to use these resources if federal agencies (and now local police) have them.  There is a reason the United States military is prevented from engaging on U.S. soil without direct presidential authority.  The Founders realized that a military presence could only lead to the same type of authoritarian regime they had recently fought a war to escape.  The events at the Bundy ranch show how little trust a large segment of the U.S. population has in the federal government.  This is a very dangerous state of affairs for the largest democratic republic in the world.

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Hey Hillary, What If Your Daughter Was Ambassador To Benghazi?

What if Hillary Clinton’s daughter had been in Benghazi….would it have mattered then?

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Ex-Mayor: Fukushima Is By No Means Safe, No Matter What the Government Says

Radiation levels in Fukushima, Japan are higher than Chernobyl, according to former Mayor, Katsutaka Idogawa. RT interviews him:

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Do You Know How Much Ammunition The DHS Has Collected?

As Homeland Security’s stockpile of weapons and ammunition grows larger, recent reports indicate the department is soliciting bids for 25 million rounds of shotgun ammunition over the next five years.

According to an online solicitation, the firepower will be collected “for use by all applicable agencies in the Department of Homeland Security” and “will be used as appropriate at all Department of Homeland Security … component locations nationwide and outside the [contiguous United States.]”

While the potential use of such ammunition is ambiguous, the overwhelming amount of ammunition being requested is not.

“The estimated quantities for slug ammunition types of ammunition are approximately three million rounds per year and for buckshot ammunition are approximately two million rounds per year,” the posting explains.

This is hardly the first such solicitation made by the agency in recent months. So far in 2014, DHS has reportedly amassed a huge reserve of long-range artillery shells. Just months prior to that, reports indicate the department surveyed manufacturers in an effort to determine which could reliably produce millions of rounds of ammunition within a limited timeframe.

Some estimates place the total stockpile of ammunition at more than 2.5 billion rounds, a large percentage of which consists of devastating hollow-point bullets.

The Bundy Ranch standoff revealed the propensity of at least one federal agency to bear arms against American citizens. Bureau of Land Management officers engaged in a standoff with the Cliven Bundy, using force against several members of his family, in their effort to collect a debt.

It was obvious from that incident that the DHS is not the only agency with weapons, ammunition, and willing officers at the ready.

Of course, that situation also motivated hundreds of passionate patriots to respond in kind, resulting in the agents’ retreat – at least temporarily. Facing an entity with billions of rounds of ammunition, however, would be an entirely different proposition.

Documentation proves virtually any of the federal government’s many agencies – including the Department of Education and the U.S. Postal Service – are engaged in collecting ammunition.

While there is no indication these bullets are being amassed for use against U.S. citizens, the sheer number of rounds combined with recent exhibitions of federal force is enough to cause concern among already wary Americans.

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