There are many that read this who will refuse to believe our government could possibly be as corrupt as this article implies. If you are one such individual, then take pen in hand and write your congressman. Ask them about specific items such as: Is it true that President Clinton gave 1500 Russian officers $25,000 each to build homes in Russia so they would leave the Baltic nations? If so then why do U.S. citizens who lose homes in hurricanes and floods receive, at most, a low interest loanbut only if they have the means to repay it!
Sometime ask your representative why we are still sending money to foreign nations when we are the greatest debtor nation in the world. What our congressmen seem to ignore is that it really isnít their money they are giving away. These "loans," which are rarely repaid, are sent to foreign governments, where any money that doesnít wind up in the pockets of their leaders, creates socialism by placing their government in charge of the funds.
Americans should find this allocation of funds to aid foreign governments doubly distressing when Congress canít find the funds to support the Veterans Administration. However, our senators and representatives and their dependents receive free medical care at Bethesda Naval Hospital or Walter Reed Army Hospital. Why not ask them? You should know where your money is going!
When this country began, our founders had just ended a war of independence from a monarchy, and they were fearful of government. But under the Articles of Confederation, the central government and Congress were powerless to compel any action from the states. Something had to be done.
Many, such as Patrick Henry, were opposed to the Constitution because it created a strong central government. Even most of the representatives who met to formulate the Constitution were concerned about permitting such powers, and spent days on end discussing each point (read The Making of America by W. Cleon Skousen).
So they came up with the Constitution for the United States of America. Although safeguards were incorporated throughout the document, the authors did not foresee how corrupt the federal government would become.
We can use the Senate to illustrate this last statement. Article I, Section 5,  states: "...and a majority of each (house) shall constitute a Quorum to do business." But Article II, Section 2,  states that the president shall have the power to make treaties "...provided two thirds of the Senators present concur;" Yet, during the 1953 congressional hearings on the Bricker Amendment to limit treaties, Senator Hayes stated three treaties had been approved by only one senator, who was the only one present in the senate! Thatís two-thirds but is that a quorum?
Even Article VI, [2} has been purposely misinterpreted. Taking a phrase at a time: "This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made pursuant thereof;" (thus all laws must be in accordance with the Constitution) "and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land;" (since the authority of the United States is the Constitution, treaties must be in accordance with the Constitution) "and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding." (This phrase is referring to state constitutions, not the federal). Treaties are the supreme law of the land, but only if constitutional!
Our government is so corrupt that citizens no longer become incensed when they learn the CIA, is running drugs into the U.S., (Compromised by Terry Reed).
What Congress permitted the government agencies to do, with neither investigation nor objection, is appalling. Citizens in the state of Washington are being told they were exposed to radiation leaks from the Hanford Atomic Plant. What they donít bother to announce is that these "leaks" were purposeful just to see what the effects would be on the population. American GIs were used to test the effectiveness of poison gasses. Blacks were used in experiments to study the long-term effects of venereal diseases. Handicapped children and pregnant women were injected with radioactive isotopes in medical studies. None were told they were being used as guinea pigs in long-term experiments.
Compensation has just been authorized for those used in the venereal disease experiments, though many are now dead. At a press conference, President Clinton announced that such experiments would never be permitted again!
For those of you who still believe that such atrocities are only done
by some "rogue element" in our government agencies, you, a possible guinea
pig, might ask where these agencies got such authority?
(b)(1) The Secretary of Defense may not conduct any test or experiment involving the use of any chemical or biological agent on civilian populations unless local civilian officials in the area in which the test or experiment is to be conducted are notified in advance of such test or experiment, and such test or experiment may then be conducted only after the expiration of the thirty-day period beginning on the date of such notification.
(2) Paragraph (1) shall
apply to tests and experiments conducted by the Department of Defense personnel
and tests and experiments conducted on behalf of the Department of Defense
Many believe that Desert Storm is indicative of our military might, but since that brief war our military has been constantly downgraded. Personnel have been downsized; bases, depots and shipyards closed; early warning radar stations placed on limited duty, and military readiness in general has degenerated, and morale is at an all time low. The United States could not bring such a force, as was used against Iraq, into action at the present time.
Our country can no longer produce much of the equipment needed to support our military. We now procure a lot of our high-tech apparatus from foreign contractors, and, with the continued movement of American industry offshore, our ability to produce such equipment is being further eroded.
It is also reported that eighty percent of our citizens believe the U.S. possesses an anti-ballistic missile systemwe donít, but Russia does. Although we have spent about $85 billion on the Strategic Defense Initiative or SDI (also known as Star Wars), we do not have such a system. Authorities state that we need to spend only $5 to $10 billion more to acquire a working system, but President Clinton canceled the expenditure of funds for that purpose
The administration continues to tout the demise of communism in Russiathat we need no longer worry about assault from that area. But a closer look will reveal that all of the satellite nations surrounding Russia have communist governments. And when Chechnya tried to break away, they were attacked and forced back under communist domination.
Also why does Russia continue to build the latest in military technology, such as a missile sub 170 meters long (566 feet)? This sub can launch twenty-six, 5000 mile range, missiles from the North Pole.
But, is Russia our only possible enemy? With the U.S. meddling in the affairs of so many other countries we can find few friends in the Middle East, Africa or Asia. And most countries are acquiring long-range nuclear missiles.
The administration and Congress reduce deficit spending from $300 billion down to $200 billion, and then speaks of it as a $100 billion saving. Of course it is a $200 billion debt, but, obviously, our representatives figure that we wonít know the difference.
We are now about to undergo another round of base closings. More downsizing for economy, however with all of the government's economizing, where are the savings? Where is the money going?
If they were serious about a balanced budget the President would submit a balanced budget, or Congress would allocate expenditures properly to balance it. He doesnít, and they donítit ainít their money!
If you accumulate a debt during your lifetime, that debt wonít be passed on to your children when you die. However, this is not true of our government debt. The tremendous indebtedness of the U.S. is one legacy our children will have reason to despise us for.
Our government has turned over the Presidio, in San Francisco, at our expense, to Mikhail Gorbechev (he paid $1), a Russian citizen and still an avowed communist, though he prefers to be called a socialist.
In formal ceremonies on May 1st, 1996, the German Air Force assumed command at Holoman AFB, New Mexicothe first foreign military installation on American soil. (New American magazine, Jun 24, 1996)
Now Mr. Clinton is intent on turning over a prime military depot in California to COSCO, a Chinese group, one of whose ships was found smuggling contraband weapons into the U.S. for street gangs.
Congress is allowing our property to be given away and many of our national landmarks such as: the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Yosemite, Death Valley National Monument, Mammoth Cave, Glacier, Everglades National Park, Carlsbad Caverns, Great Smokey Mountains, Philadelphia's Carpenterís Hall, and the Statue of Liberty; are being placed under the conservancy of the United Nations as Bio-Sphere Reserves or World Heritage Sites. Although we citizens will pay to maintain and improve these areas, final say as to the use of the parks will be in the hands of the UN. For example, when a UN team inspected Yellowstone Park, they demanded, and President Clinton has acquiesced, to a two to three mile buffer zone around the park, closing many restaurants, motels and stores, putting American citizens out of work.
Because federal judges are appointed by the administration, they are usually biased in favor of big government. Thus, with biased judges, high cost and long delays, federal courts are of little help to the average citizen in constitutional matters. Until we get greedy politicians and lawyers out of congress, (lawyers write laws for lawyers) this nation and its citizens will continue to lose more and more of their sovereign rights!