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Time Magazine: Civil War In U.S. “Doesn’t Seem That Far-Fetched”

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October 20, 2010: Paul Joseph Watson / Prison – October 20, 2010

With protesters in France entering a seventh day of strikes and demonstrations against draconian austerity measures, many political observers in the U.S. are now wondering how long it will be before similar scenes unfold on American streets, with even Time Magazine now conceding that the prospect of a civil war in the States “doesn’t seem that far fetched”.

To be clear, Stephen Gandel’s article entitled Will the Federal Reserve Cause a Civil War? largely dismisses the possibility that the Fed’s upcoming November 3rd meeting, during which Ben Bernanke is expected to announce a fresh round of money printing, will prompt national uproar, but it doesn’t exactly debunk the notion of longer term social dislocation as a backlash to the crumbling economy, as many are now forecasting.

As we highlighted yesterday in a piece that was later picked up by the Drudge Report, it’s only a matter of time before Americans are hit with almost identical austerity measures to those that have caused the French to set up fuel blockades, stage running battles with riot police, halt air and rail travel, and virtually shut down some areas of the country.

The question remains – how will Americans react if the Obama administration pushes ahead with its plan to seize all private 401(k) pensions, which will be swallowed up by the Social Security Administration under the banner of mandatory Guaranteed Retirement Accounts? How will Americans react to the upcoming announcement that the Federal Reserve will further eviscerate the value of the dollar by purchasing junk assets from big banks at exorbitant prices with money printed out of thin air?

Time Magazine, which as a guardian of the establishment would normally be expected to disparage the potential of mass civil disobedience, actually lends the notion some spotlight by linking to a Zero Hedge story which paraphrased economic forecaster David Rosenberg, who warns that the Fed’s plan for more quantitative easing, “positions US society one step closer to civil war if not worse.”

The article also features a quote from a Washington’s Blog piece which warns that the Fed’s policies could lead to the very destruction of the republic.

“In a very real sense, Bernanke is throwing Granny and Grandpa down the stairs – on purpose. He is literally threatening those at the lower end of the economic strata, along with all who are retired, with starvation and death, and in a just nation where the rule of law controlled instead of being abused by the kleptocrats he would be facing charges of Seditious Conspiracy, as his policies will inevitably lead to the destruction of our republic.”

Lending the notion credence, Gandel writes, “With the Tea Party gaining followers, the idea of civil war over economic issues doesn’t seem that far-fetched these days.”

Yes, you read that correctly. Even Time Magazine is now conceding that the current economic course of the nation could lead to outright civil war and revolution.

Gandel finishes the article by leaving the prospect of widespread civil unrest as an open question. “So it seems clear what the Fed is likely to do,” he writes. “How the economy, the militias and the rest of us react is up in the air. The count down is on. T minus 15 days to Fedamageddon. See you there, hopefully.”

Of course, people like Gerald Celente and a host of other economic forecasters have been predicting civil unrest, food riots and tax rebellions for the past two years, but to have Time Magazine seriously entertain the notion of civil war in the United States is a shocking reminder of just how close to the precipice we now stand.

How Americans will react to what many see as a make or break moment for the US economy, the Fed’s announcement on November 3rd, largely depends on how well they understand the fact that their financial future and that of their children now hangs in the balance like never before.

As the Economic Collapse Blog points out, QE2 represents the biggest bank robbery in history, and is nothing less than another huge transfer of wealth from American taxpayers to big banks. The money Bernanke prints out of thin air, which will further devalue the greenback and every dollar earned or saved by American citizens, will be used to purchase large quantities of “troubled assets” from U.S. banks at well above market price. Small banks will be allowed to wither and die, whereas the huge megaliths will collect mountains of free money at the expense of hard working Americans.

The long term impact of the Fed buying these toxic junk assets with money printed out of thin air will be an inflationary holocaust that does nothing to rescue the US economy but everything to depreciate the very real assets of the American taxpayer.

We are already on the road to serious inflation and the Federal Reserve has not even fired up the money hoses yet. So what is going to happen after they pump trillions more into the economy?

Printing more money and giving it to the banks is not going to solve our economic problems. It is just going to make them worse.

But unfortunately, American voters get no say about any of this. Our national monetary policy is in the hands of an unelected central bank that does pretty much whatever it wants.

If as many Americans were aware of what the Federal Reserve is about to do with their financial future as are knowledgeable about the intricacies of Dancing with the Stars, then the “civil war” that even Time Magazine is now presenting as a justifiable response to the crisis would be a very plausible prospect.

As it stands, according to the majority of voters in our poll on Prison, Americans will react to the situation not by organizing fuel blockades, marching in the streets and shutting down the country, but by scratching their butts and flipping the TV channel.

Watch Matt Taibbi’s explanation of what the Fed is about to do with your money…

MSNBC: Matt Taibbi – Magic Money Printing Machine At The Fed

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: Will the American people wake up before it’s too late?! – SJH

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Debate: “Separation Of Church And State” In The First Amendment

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October 20, 2010: Ken Paulson / First Amendment Center via Yahoo News – October 19, 2010

Sometimes political debates generate light as well as heat.

Delaware Republican Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell’s question “Where in the Constitution is the separation of church and state?” in an exchange Oct. 19 over teaching creationism in public schools tells us something about her but also reminds us of how often America’s bedrock principles on government and religion are misunderstood. Democratic candidate Chris Coons was quick to tell O’Donnell that religion and government are kept separate by the First Amendment.

“You’re telling me that’s in the First Amendment?” she responded. Indeed it is. Here’s a quick take on what the First Amendment says — and doesn’t say: [Alert: This is bullshit doublespeak propaganda! – SJH]

Keeping government out of religion and religion out of government is a core principle of the First Amendment:

The first 16 words say, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” That means government can’t limit our personal faith or favor one religion over others. It also means that creationism cannot be taught in America’s public schools.

The separation of church and state has been a cornerstone of American ideals for centuries:

As early as 1640, Rhode Island founder and theologian Roger Williams cited the need for “a hedge or wall of separation between the garden of the church and the wilderness of the world.” James Madison, the author of the Bill of Rights, would later explain the need for this separation, saying, “religion and Govt. will both exist in greater purity,  the less they are mixed together.”

The words “separation of church and state” appear nowhere in the Constitution:

That’s true, and O’Donnell’s camp now says that’s what she really meant. The phrase stemmed from a letter Thomas Jefferson wrote to the Danbury Baptist Association in 1802. He cited the language of the First Amendment and said that it built “a wall of separation between Church and State.” This was not just some poetic flourish. This was one of the nation’s founders and author of the Declaration of Independence explaining exactly what the First Amendment means.

The separation of church and state means that teachers in public schools can’t teach their faith to their students:

Public schools are government bodies and teachers are their employees, so the restrictions of the First Amendment apply. But teachers can teach about religion. Faith and history are deeply intertwined, and students should understand the diversity of beliefs in the world today.

Later in the debate, O’Donnell challenged Coons to name the five freedoms of the First Amendment. He came up four freedoms short. Welcome to the club. First Amendment Center surveys show that most Americans can name just one freedom in the First Amendment and only one in 25 can name all five — freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press and the rights of petition and assembly.

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: O’Donnell’s response was absolutely correct! The phrase “separation of church and state” is not anywhere in the US Constitution. Secondly, based on the author’s own correlation that “freedoms” and “rights” are one in the same, and they are, there are not only 5 “freedoms” vis a vis “rights” that are clearly enumerated in the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights, there are many more being attacked by this fascist government overtly guilty of another coup attempt to once again attempt to overthrow our Republic…

Gen. Smedley Butler USMC Exposes Fascist Coup During Great Depression


Understanding this is key to recognizing and stopping the evisceration of our other “freedoms” and “rights” to bear arms, to privacy, a jury by our peers, et al. In otherwords, the terms “freedoms” and “rights” are one in the same as intended by the founding fathers. Remember this…

Source: Cornell University Law School – 

There are at least 20 “freedoms” vis a vis “rights” enumerated in the US Constitution’s Bill of Rights. Also, if the US government were actually adhering to the US Constitution, which it is clearly not, there would be no 501C3 tax exempt churches or religious organizations by default controlled by the US government, nor would the US government be in control of and dictating what propaganda is being taught in our schools!

As a result, the US government now has control over both the church and state… This is treason! – SJH

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