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 on: December 30, 2015, 10:52:32 AM 
Started by bkt - Last post by TerryCSA
Hope everybody had a great Christmas.  Cheesy

2016 is going to be an interesting time. Hope all are locked n loaded and prepped.

Be safe my friends.

 on: December 03, 2015, 07:05:58 PM 
Started by bkt - Last post by bkt
Compared to you, my life is flippin' dandy. Cheesy

Sorry to hear all that went down. You really need a bout of fun times!

Whenever I hit this site, I get the malware warning. Not sure why that is. Anyway, in the event you and others take a peek soon, I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving and have a wonderful Christmas!

 on: July 09, 2015, 01:32:16 PM 
Started by bkt - Last post by TerryCSA
Sorry I haven't been on in awhile. It's been a monstrous few months.

My truck was totalled in March. A blue hair pulled a U-turn in front of my truck and my Dodge ate his Chevy for lunch. The blue hair just happened to be my 72 yr old landlord.

Well he decided to sell the property we were living at without letting us know and new owner showed up giving us 24 hrs to vacate. Well that didn't go down the way he had anticipated. LOL Told him I would see him in court.

In the interim I was having my truck repaired and the guy doing the work never finished it.

Took forever to find another property and finally got all moved in to new place on June 15.

Then my brother had congestive heart failure and 2 strokes, one on each side of his brain. Had to drive down to FL to see him. Got into it with his psycho wife who had me thrown out of the hospital within 24 hrs. Guess she didn't like it when I told her whiny, drugged up, "all about me" ass that she needed to put her big girl panties on and cowgirl up. LOL

Anyway he died a week later just as they were getting ready to transfer him to hospice. Best thing that could have happened to him.

His son & family came by on their way back to OH and stayed a few days. Hadn't seen my nephew in a very long time. It was good to get to visit with him, meet his fiance' and my beautiful 1 yr old great-niece.

Now that all has calmed down (I hope) I am in the process of unpacking and getting the new place in order. Much better accomodations. Bigger, nicer, on 8.5 acres. Still in NC (:

On way back from FL I stopped off to look at some property we wanted to buy. Day after I get back I call Realtor and property was already in escrow. I was going to go look at it when the truck was wrecked but that thru a wrench into it. And everything else delayed getting down to SC to look at it. Disappointed immensely. So now back at square one.

Between move and trip to FL all the veggies I had planted died. Lost a couple chickens due to heat stroke in the move. But this property has deer, rabbit, squirrel,and turkey so at least I will be able to fill the freezer with meat.

So how's everything going with you?  Cheesy

 on: May 30, 2015, 03:37:01 PM 
Started by bkt - Last post by bkt
Hey folks -

It's been a while since there was any activity here. I hope all of you are doing well. Give a shout here when you can.

 on: March 15, 2015, 01:29:41 PM 
Started by TerryCSA - Last post by bkt
No warnings - it came right up for me. But I have seen those warnings in the past.

 on: March 12, 2015, 05:33:41 PM 
Started by TerryCSA - Last post by TerryCSA
Ok pls post here if you got onto the forum without any warnings popping up. I think I got rid of it...for now.

 on: March 12, 2015, 02:25:54 PM 
Started by TerryCSA - Last post by TerryCSA
I don't know who is putting the benign coding on our website but I think Google has a lot to do with it. I think it is time for a completely new look. If the site or the board goes down for a few days don't worry. It will be back fresh and new.

 on: December 24, 2014, 01:18:38 PM 
Started by bkt - Last post by TerryCSA

 on: December 23, 2014, 05:14:38 PM 
Started by bkt - Last post by bkt
Hey folks - the next couple days promise to be a little crazy with family coming into town and I'm not sure what kind of time I'll have to get online. So, I wanted to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a prosperous, peaceful New Year.

 on: December 13, 2014, 04:03:32 PM 
Started by bkt - Last post by bkt
I like a lot of this. An individual can far more easily make a difference at the local level than he or she can at the national level.

The Hundreds: Thomas Jefferson’s Forgotten Plan for Restoring a Failed Republic
by Paul Rosenberg    December 12, 2014

Thomas Jefferson became one of my heroes when I was 13 years old. So you’d think I’d enjoy hearing people say good things about him,
but very often, I don’t. My reason is simple: the people who praise Jefferson seldom really understand him, and if they did, it’s questionable
that they’d like him. (Others try to get rid of him by trashing his reputation.)

What People Don’t Know

A crucial thing people don’t know about Jefferson is this: he was fully convinced that freedom in America was fatally wounded—in fact on
its deathbed—by 1810 or so. He maintained that he and his fellow founders had blown their opportunity and that American freedom had
already slipped away.

Now, since what I’ve written above will seem almost inconceivable to many Americans, let me back it up by quoting a few of Jefferson’s

    Letter to John Holmes, April 22, 1820:

    I regret that I am now to die in the belief that the useless sacrifice of themselves by the generation of 1776, to acquire self-government
    and happiness to their country, is to be thrown away by the unwise and unworthy passions of their sons, and that my only consolation
    is to be, that I live not to weep over it.

    Letter to Nathaniel Macon, 1821:

    Our government is now taking so steady a course as to show by what road it will pass to destruction. That is: by consolidation first, and
    then corruption, its necessary consequence.

    Letter to John Cartwright, June 5, 1824:

    Our Revolution presented us an album on which we were free to write what we pleased. Yet we did not avail ourselves of all the
    advantages of our position… [What we really needed was] to break up all cabals.

“Cabals,” FYI, equates to “political parties.” (George Washington and John Adams also bewailed them.)

    Letter to Samuel Johnson, 1823:

    I have been criticized for saying that a prevalence of the doctrines of consolidation would one day call for reformation or

    Letter to William B. Giles, 1825:

    I see with the deepest affliction, the rapid strides with which the federal branch of our government is advancing towards the
    usurpation of all the rights reserved to the States, and the consolidation in itself of all powers, foreign and domestic; and that
    too, by constructions which, if legitimate, leave no limits to their power.

I don’t think any honest reader can see Jefferson’s actual words and still conclude that he’d have any respect at all for the modern US
government. And please believe me that there are more passages like these.

Jefferson’s Hundreds

While Jefferson was fully convinced that he and his friends had blown their opportunity, he wasn’t one to simply give up. So, in typical
fashion, he put together a plan to recreate the republic. And you can find this plan in letters to his friends. (As best I can tell, no one in
Washington ever gave them the time of day.)

I’m editing these passages for clarity. You should be able to find the originals online.

This is from a letter to John Tyler, dated May 26, 1810:

    I have indeed two great measures at heart, without which no republic can maintain itself in strength.

        o That of general education to enable every man to judge for himself what will secure or endanger his freedom.

        o To divide every county into hundreds, of such size that all the children of each will be within reach of a central school in it. …

    Every hundred, besides a school, should have a justice of the peace, a constable, and a captain of its militia. These officers, or some
    others within the hundred, should be a corporation to manage all its concerns, to take care of its roads, its poor, and its police by
    patrols, etc.…

    Every hundred should elect one or two jurors to serve where requisite, and all other elections should be made in the hundreds
    separately, and the votes of all the hundreds be brought together. …

    These little republics would be the main strength of the great one. We owe to them the vigor given to our revolution in its
    commencement …

    General orders are given out from a center to the Foreman of every hundred …

    Could I once see this I should consider it as the dawn of the salvation of the republic. …

Jefferson repeats essentially the same plan to Samuel Kercheval in 1816:

    The article, nearest my heart, is the division of counties into wards. These will be pure and elementary republics, the sum of all which,
    taken together, composes the State, and will make a true democracy as to the business of the wards, which is that of nearest and daily

    The division into wards … enables them by that organization to crush, regularly and peaceably, the usurpations of their unfaithful agents,
    and rescues them from the dreadful necessity of doing it insurrectionally.

    In this way we shall be as republican as a large society can be, and secure the continuance of purity in our government, through salutary,
    peaceable, and regular control by the people.

Jefferson’s plan, in simple terms, is this:

    1. Divide the entire country into 100-person units with full self-governing powers.

    2. These units can then delegate some of their powers to larger governmental bodies, or not.

    3. The tiny size of these units would ensure that every person in the country knew his or her local representative… as in, “can knock on
       their door and complain to their face.”

This plan, which I like to call Jefferson’s Hundreds, would be simple to implement. These groups could be formed in any number of
ways, in locations urban or rural. After all, counting to one hundred is hardly difficult.

Would It Work?

Whether governance in America is too far gone for reform is an important and legitimate question, but for the sake of today’s discourse,
let’s assume that it remains a possibility.

So, if reform was still possible, Jefferson’s Hundreds would be a reasonable and effective way to return to America’s first freedoms. And
there is absolutely no reason why it wouldn’t work.

Sure, the televised suits and uniforms would scream intimidating things about the Articles of Confederation being too weak, but that old
argument can be solidly refuted. (I hope to devote an issue or two of my newsletter to the subject soon.) Then, of course, we’d hear,
“What about the highways!?”… another emotional but paper-thin objection. And so on… all answerable, if people are actually permitted
to try.

Might some people act like pigs under “the hundreds”? Certainly some would—but under this arrangement, their piggishness would be
open to view and response, rather than being protected behind the cloak of authority.

So if we were really serious about reforming America, this would be the plan to pursue. It’s clear, of immense effect, and has the best of
pedigrees. Furthermore, it is fully in harmony with the founding ideals of this country, in particular with the Lockean concept of man’s
natural freedom.

So, to close, here are a few quotes from other American founders. Please imagine how they’d apply in a country built upon Jefferson’s
Hundreds, and then reflect on their scope under the current arrangements.

I think the exercise will be worth your time.

    Samuel Adams

    The Rights of Colonists, November 20, I772

    The natural liberty of man is to be free from any superior power on earth, and not to be under the will or legislative authority of man;
    but only to have the law of nature for his rule.

    Patrick Henry

    Speech to the Second Virginia Convention, March 23, 1775

    Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God!

    Samuel Adams

    Letter to his wife, November 7, 1775

    We must be content to suffer the loss of all things in this life, rather than tamely surrender the public liberty.

    John Adams

    Letter to Thomas Jefferson, November 13, 1815

    The fundamental article of my political creed is that despotism, or unlimited sovereignty, or absolute power, is the same in a majority
    of a popular assembly, an aristocratical council, an oligarchical junta, and a single emperor. Equally arbitrary, cruel, bloody, and in
    every respect diabolical.

    John Adams

    Letter to Jonathan Jackson, October 2, 1789

    There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and
    concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil...

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