Ellen Brown's War on the Constitution
by Gary North: The
Coming Break-Up of the Nation-State
leans so far to the left that her left shoulder scrapes the pavement.
That this extreme
leftist should get a hearing within the grass roots conservative
movement is just one more bit of evidence that tens of thousands
of members of the grass roots conservative movement do not know"come
here" from "sic 'em."
She has already
praised Ben Bernanke to the heavens for QE2. You can read about
Now she comes
out four square behind Franklin Roosevelt's most radical speech
just before he died. She then praises Martin Luther King for attempting
to implement FDR's vision.
She has called
for a New Bill of Rights. She means a New Deal Bill of Rights.
She refers back to Roosevelt's 1944
State of the Union Address. This was the most radical call for
a centrally planned economy in the history of Presidential addresses.
Here is a sample.
had its beginning, and grew to its present strength, under the
protection of certain inalienable political rights among
them the right of free speech, free press, free worship, trial
by jury, freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures. They
were our rights to life and liberty.
As our Nation
has grown in size and stature, however as our industrial
economy expanded these political rights proved inadequate
to assure us equality in the pursuit of happiness.
come to a clear realization of the fact that true individual freedom
cannot exist without economic security and independence. "Necessitous
men are not free men." People who are hungry and out of a
job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made.
In our day
these economic truths have become accepted as self-evident. We
have accepted, so to speak, a second Bill of Rights under which
a new basis of security and prosperity can be established for
all regardless of station, race, or creed.
to a useful and remunerative job in the industries or shops or
farms or mines of the Nation;
to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation;
of every farmer to raise and sell his products at a return which
will give him and his family a decent living;
of every businessman, large and small, to trade in an atmosphere
of freedom from unfair competition and domination by monopolies
at home or abroad;
of every family to a decent home;
to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy
to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness,
accident, and unemployment;
to a good education.
All of these
rights spell security. And after this war is won we must be prepared
to move forward, in the implementation of these rights, to new
goals of human happiness and well-being.
own rightful place in the world depends in large part upon how
fully these and similar rights have been carried into practice
for our citizens. For unless there is security here at home there
cannot be lasting peace in the world.
I ask the
Congress to explore the means for implementing this economic bill
of rights- for it is definitely the responsibility of the Congress
so to do. Many of these problems are already before committees
of the Congress in the form of proposed legislation. I shall from
time to time communicate with the Congress with respect to these
and further proposals. In the event that no adequate program of
progress is evolved, I am certain that the Nation will be conscious
of the fact.
The 1791 Bill
of Rights granted rights that are immune from state interference.
FDR's bill of right was a laundry list of voters' rights to government
subsidies and guarantees.
Obama has never
come close to a list like this. But it was FDR's vision of the future.
It is also
Ellen Brown's vision of the future.
she blames everything on fractional reserve banking. She quotes
Henry Ford, as if Ford knew anything about economic theory, politics,
said, "It is well enough that the people of the nation do
not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did,
I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning."
was there that Ford understood any of this? If he did, why didn't
he lead a revolution?
We are beginning
to understand, and Occupy Wall Street looks like the beginning
of the revolution.
Street is not Occupy
Liberty Street, meaning the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
These kids and aging hippies have no program. They have no economic
theory. They have no influence. They have weird back-and-forth chanting
led by well-organized Leftists.
She then quotes
some woman with a degree in planning. The woman is a promoter of
the same Greenback fiat money inflation that Brown is.
to Margrit Kennedy, a German researcher who has studied this issue
extensively, interest now composes 40% of the cost of everything
we buy. We don't see it on the sales slips, but interest is exacted
at every stage of production. Suppliers need to take out loans
to pay for labor and materials, before they have a product to
projects, Kennedy found that the average cost of interest is 50%.
If the government owned the banks, it could keep the interest
and get these projects at half price. That means governments
state and federal could double the number of projects they
could afford, without costing the taxpayers a single penny more
than we are paying now.
Who is Margrit
Kennedy, and why should anyone pay attention to her? We read on
is an architect with a Masters Degree in Urban and Regional Planning
and a Ph.D. in Public and International Affairs from the University
of Pittsburgh, and has worked as an urban planner in Germany,
Nigeria, Scotland and the United States. In 1991, she was appointed
Professor of Ecological Building Technologies at the Department
of Architecture, University of Hanover.
stated that her work on ecological architecture in 1982 led her
to the discovery, that it is "virtually impossible to carry
out sound ecological concepts on the scale required today, without
fundamentally altering the present money system or creating new
offers no theory and no evidence for her statement. She wrote a
57-page booklet without
a single footnote or reference. She wrote another
booklet in which her main supporting expert was Silvio Gesell,
the former Minister of Finance for the one-week Bavarian Soviet
Republic of 1919. Gesell was promoted by John Maynard Keynes in
General Theory (pp. 354, 371).
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