Declaration Of Arms Before Independence

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Most everyone knows about America’s 1776 Declaration of Independence. But did you know that on July 6 a year earlier, Congress initiated a Declaration of the Causes and Necessity of Taking Up Arms?

It’s true. According to History, on July 6, 1775, just a day after our Founding Fathers issued their Olive Branch Petition to King George III, Congress gave just reason for taking up arms against Great Britain. In the declaration, they wrote they would rather “die freemen rather than to live slaves.”

Three months earlier, patriot resistance and “the shot heard round the world” had fired off in Lexington and Concord. And now, it was time for our founders and Congress to square off against the king himself.

The lengthier name is ‘A Declaration by the Representatives of the United Colonies of North-America, Now Met in Congress at Philadelphia, Setting Forth the Causes and Necessity of Their Taking Up Arms.’ It was primarily the work of Thomas Jefferson and John Dickinson; the former penned the first draft, and the latter produced the final draft.

Of course, Jefferson needs no introduction and is well-known as the primary author of the Declaration of Independence. And Dickinson, though he is not a household name today, was a household name in his day.

Known as the “Penman of the Revolution,” Dickinson was referred to by Jefferson as being “among the first of the advocates for the rights of his country when assailed by Great Britain.” His name, Jefferson said, “will be consecrated in history as one of the great worthies of the revolution.”

Dickinson was a militia officer during the Revolution, a member of the Continental Congress from Pennsylvania and Delaware, a delegate to the Constitutional Convention, president of Delaware, and president of Pennsylvania.

It is fascinating how the Declaration of the Causes and Necessity of Taking Up Arms begins in the same vein as the Declaration of Independence, noting how human life and our inalienable rights are from God and that no man has the right to usurp them.

Listen to the echoes: “If it was possible for men, who exercise their reason to believe, that the divine Author of our existence intended a part of the human race to hold an absolute property in, and an unbounded power over others, marked out by his infinite goodness and wisdom, as the objects of a legal domination never rightfully resistible, however severe and oppressive, the inhabitants of these colonies might at least require from the parliament of Great-Britain some evidence, that this dreadful authority over them, has been granted to that body. But a reverance for our Creator, principles of humanity, and the dictates of common sense, must convince all those who reflect upon the subject, that government was instituted to promote the welfare of mankind, and ought to be administered for the attainment of that end.”

One might see that as a first draft of sorts for the summation that would come a year later: “We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.”

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This One Crazy Statistic Explains Exactly How Untrustworthy Obama Is Concerning Immigration

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Despite rhetoric to the contrary by the likes of Barack Obama and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, the evidence shows that there is not, in fact, a legitimate effort to deport the huge number of unaccompanied children who have illegally crossed into the U.S. from their home countries.

Reports indicate that many families believe that foreign kids, upon setting foot on American soil, will be immune to applicable immigration laws. According to a DHS report first published by Breitbart, that contention is not without some validity.

Of the Central American children who entered the U.S. illegally during 2013, an incredible 99.9 percent are still here.

Despite literature instructing illegals to claim that violence or joblessness in their home countries is the impetus for their illegal journey, the department candidly asserts that the virtually nonexistent threat of deportation is likely a common motivation for these young invaders.

As for the response from the many countries from which these children arrive, there is generally none. The DHS report admitted as much, noting that nations sending illegals to America generally receive an enticing incentive – in the form of U.S. currency – to defend the status quo.

While family reunification is often given as a reason to support some level of amnesty, the report further reveals that this aspect of the problem is also rife with fraud. According to its findings, sponsors in America are appearing multiple times to collect minors from U.S. officials.

The lack of documentation inherent in illegal immigration is an obvious impediment to authorities attempting to determine where and with whom these unaccompanied minors belong.

The bottom line seems to be that the rampant influx of illegals – especially children – into America is beyond any hope of immediate remedy. As many concerned Americans, including Sheriff Joe Arpaio, have concluded, this confusion is all by design as the Obama administration moves eyes imposing amnesty as the only way to deal with a complex and compounding problem.

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Watch: Former CIA Agent Explains What Obama’s Next Move On The Border Could Be (And It Isn’t Pretty)

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Buck Sexton of TheBlaze provides three potential situations that could happen at the border, where Obama is doing his best to keep it a sieve.

“There’s no doubt that the situation at the border is a total mess right now, which means that the unexpected is likely to happen,” Sexton said. “The president is going to do something. We’re not clear on what that is, but we’re going to have to take a look at what the possibilities are if we’re going to anticipate them.”

The former Central Intelligence agent suggests using a tactic he learned while in the CIA, called “red cell.” “Red cell is basically a war-gaming exercise; but it looks specifically at high-impact, low-probability scenarios,” he explained. “Things that could happen, and if they did happen, would really make a very big difference. It also looks at things that are likely, and tries to then give us a sense, an analytic sense, of where all this is going.”

“It’s a way of viewing potential outcomes without actually knowing the future,” he added.

The first anticipated possibility would be a “show of force” against U.S. citizens.

“This is based upon the reporting that federal agents are going to be showing up now with batons and with riot shields, prepared for less than lethal force usage against American citizens who protest these busing policies of taking illegal immigrants who are caught at or near the border and moving them into cities or towns far away from the border,” Sexton said.

Sexton’s guest, the president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, Dan Stein, said that there is “no question” there could be “an incident” saying, “the average American would see [this] confirming in his or her mind that the federal government has set itself directly at variance with the interests of the American people.”

The second possibility is that Obama could expand deferred action categories. “This is just the ‘pen and the phone’ situation, where he just, on his own, says: ‘You know what, we’re not going to send back whole sections of people, whole different groups of people, because I say so,’” Sexton explained.

Stein responded that “nothing” could stand in the president’s way of expanding his power in such a way because “he’s already usurped the Congress’ role and taken control of who gets to come into this country.”

The last possibility Sexton considered was that there could be a “public health crisis” to force the Democrats to change their stance on the situation, which he said “seems to be amnesty in different ways and different means.”

According to a border health care official, a number of illegals entering the country have been diagnosed with various diseases ranging from tuberculosis, scabies, and chickenpox to a growing number of STD’s.

“The Democratic Party, Joe Biden, Senator Feinstein, they own this border crisis,” Stein said. “When Border Patrol agents are busy with young people, they’re not patrolling the borders.”

“I’ll tell you that the administration is playing with fire,” Stein remarked. “They’ve backed themselves into a very dangerous corner politically. …[And] the American people are seriously at risk.”

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What Is An IBC? And Can Americans Benefit From One?

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We’ve all seen The Firm with Tom Cruise stuffing duffle bags full of cash in the Cayman Islands.  But is it really like that? An IBC is an international business company domiciled in a tax-free jurisdiction. As an American, can you avoid taxes with one? What are the benefits?  Should a wealthy American take advantage of an IBC in some exotic location?

First of all, these companies are usually set up in an offshore jurisdiction that is free from taxation.  The only stipulation is that the business cannot conduct business within the jurisdiction where it is domiciled.  The business is free to conduct business anywhere else in the world.  There is usually a lax requirement for the board of directors, and there typically are agents appointed to go through the motions of running the company.  In short, it’s a shell company for the benefit of the underlying owner.  It’s not uncommon to see buildings in Cayman or elsewhere with hundreds of company listings on the door, all run by the same agents.

What can this type of structure do for a wealthy individual or business?  Confidentiality, for one.  Money can be place and managed offshore under the name of the IBC versus the beneficial owner.  In this fashion, investment decisions and the movement of capital can be accomplished in private.  The only entity that is entitled to know what is going on underneath is, of course, the federal government.

Americans have to notify the IRS if they own such a company.  Americans are the only citizens in the world who have to pay taxes on their earnings no matter where they are located.  An IBC is no different.  You cannot use one to evade taxes.  You can,  however, set up an IBC to assist in avoiding taxes under legal tax-avoidance schemes.  I’m sorry, you can’t take duffle bags full of cash to the Caymans and hide them either. Due to anti-money-laundering laws globally, using cash only is strictly forbidden  (although I’m sure it happens from time to time.)

The other big plus for an IBC is asset-protection. Let’s say you are a physician and concerned about malpractice lawsuits and want to protect the wealth you have accumulated for decades.  An offshore IBC can accomplish that task, with a resourceful and knowledgeable attorney.  (There are plenty of those offshore!)  The selection of jurisdiction is important in this effort.  The legislation enacted by the local government is key.  Some islands are better than others.  The Bahamas and St. Kitts & Nevis are known for their strong asset-protection laws.

Another booming business offshore is the captive insurance trade.  This is where a corporation, individual, or other legal entity can self-insure to protect from losses and have more control over their insurance program.  You can avoid taxes, have discretion over investment decisions, retain premiums, and build up assets within the company.  In short, you can save a lot of money if you have large insurance needs  (or even relatively small for that matter.)  But I will go into this business in-depth in another column.

The one thing you need to know about the offshore business is that there are a LOT of landmines.  If you are considering this route, please find a good advisor in the space.  It is not cheap; all of the steps to set-up and monitor an IBC take money.  And interestingly enough, a tax-haven jurisdiction does not have to be set up outside the United States.  Many states such as Nevada have enacted this type of legislation.  Again, find a good advisor before making any decisions.  The good thing about having your IBC in Cayman or some other exotic local, however, is the annual board of directors meeting.  Typically, they are scheduled in the thick of winter for some reason.

Happy tax avoidance!

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Obama Just Gave America The Middle Finger…

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President Benito, the constitutional law expert, is 0 for 13 before the Supreme Court. Does Benito the Brilliant learn from his mistakes? Oh no. He claims even more executive power.  And if we don’t like it? “Sue me,” he says.  So much for the rule of law and statesmen serving the public interest.  That’s all so yesterday.

Meanwhile, the Keystone Cops in Congress give themselves a raise, take a full week off for July 4th, play games with travel expenses, exempt themselves from ObamaCare, ‘investigate’ 96 scandals, and spend our money like drunken IRS agents on paid holiday.

The Weeping Speaker threatens to sue Benito for being Benito, then accepts an invitation to play a round of golf, proving again he is only interested in playing around. Benito, driving an agenda with wedge issues, knows the Weeping Speaker is putting poorly, but still insists on getting strokes.  No matter how you slice it, polls indicate that people observing the game wish Benito would pound sand in the traps he sets for himself.

The fable of the consent of the governed: Harry Reid and Chuck Schumer want constitutional amendments to shut down free speech coming from conservatives and corporations.  These clowns help orchestrate Benito’s three-ring circus designed to distract you so they can steal your money, then destroy your liberty.  The majority strongly opposes this government’s economic policies; the majority opposes ObamaCare and same sex marriage.  Do the power-mongers care? Nope. Crack a whip, direct the audience to another sideshow, promote the bearded lady, and stuff ‘em full of government cotton candy, all the while talking preventive medicine.

The VA medical system is filled with corruption and mismanagement to the point that vets are dying waiting to see a doctor.  What was once hailed a shining example of the efficacy of government healthcare is revealed as something of a slaughter house. Now we learn that over 10,000 applications for care met up with death panels. Vets who served with honor as volunteers survived combat only to face neglect and a fatal reception back home. This administration provides better healthcare, on our dime, to 90,000 new illegal immigrants flooding across the southern border. Troop morale and national security are not as important as promoting sodomy, dodging Benghazi, and campaigning against all forms of traditional decency.

“So sue me.”

President Benito promotes the ‘honor’ system, telling ObamaCare enrollees to provide accurate information to secure subsidies.  The system is abused, adding billions in cost.  He tells illegal immigrants to honor the ‘honor’ system and voluntarily comply with status hearings.  It’s never happened, and never will happen.  When the leader, supposedly the one setting the example, exemplifies dishonor, then calls on others to be honorable, what else can you expect? Honor is dishonored from the top down.

Perhaps the IRS will let us go on the ‘honor’ system?  (But no such system for 85 million gun owners, eh Benito?)

Perhaps Benito wants Hamas to go on the ‘honor’ system as he insists that Israel show restraint and turn over more land to serve as missile launch sites?  Maybe we can ask ISIS, Assad, Iran, the Muslim Brotherhood, the Taliban, and Al Qaeda to abide by an ‘honor’ system and make nice with the world?  Making nice and distributing “I’d like to teach the world to sing” CDs has released the dogs of war. Benito the vacuous creates vacuums filled by abhorrent terrorists.

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