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Former NSA Chief Keith Alexander Quickly Becoming the Villain

Certain people, who had their egos (not national security) terribly hurt by the Edward Snowden revelations, continue to call Snowden names and stuff and show their outrage toward him for exposing the NSA’s wrongdoing.  It would seem, however, they might want to redirect their outrage toward another former employee of the NSA: ex-chief Keith Alexander. It was revealed yesterday the NSA is now being sued by a reporter for not disclosing Alexander’s financial records in the interest of making sure there ...

Palestine Borders and Demographics Prove to be A Ghetto

Thanks to a good idea given to me by my partner here at STL, I started to research and analyze some geographic information regarding the Jewish land-grab in Palestine. I then followed by studying some demographic info on the Gaza Strip and drew some interesting conclusions. Here’s what I found: First, some great maps over at Wikipedia with adjoining historical context info and links portraying the boundaries of Palestine/Israel since the 1916 Sykes-Picot Agreement (The linked information could have you reading ...

Social Protest Lit: Ebenezer Elliot, “The People’s Anthem”

A poem from Ebenezer Elliot entitled The People’s Anthem from Book IV called “Out of The Depths.” This chapter is focused on man’s pursuit of remedy for social injustice: When wilt thou save the people? O God of mercy! when? Not kings and lords, but nations! Flowers of the heart, O God, are they! Let them not pass, like weeds, away! Their heritage a sunless day! God save the people! Shall bring crime for ever, Strength aiding still the strong? Is it thy will, O Father? That man shall toil for wrong? “No!” ...

Stephen Moore’s Ridiculous Anti-Clean Energy Rant

Hard right-winger Stephen Moore took a break from pushing debunked trickle-down economic policies to take a pathetic shot at clean energy.  Let the stupid begin. …radical Greens, one of the most influential political forces in America today… Seriously?  He goes on to mention the famed Sierra Club as one of these forces.  And where did they rank in 2013 on lobbying: 755.  In fact, if we look at the top 50 interest groups giving to members of Congress this year, no sign ...

Anti-Israel Policies/Actions Is Not Anti-Semitsim

There have been growing protests in Europe against the mass murder of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip by the State of Israel. These actions are in response to the IDF killing 500 Muslims there with the vast majority of them being civilians. But what is troubling about these movements is, according to this article in the NYT, an anti-Semitic tinge has taken place at these protests. The story reads that in France: Several recent pro-Palestinian demonstrations in Paris have boiled over ...

Warren For President?

Today at the the annual Netroots Nation conference in Detroit, the nation’s largest gathering of liberal activists and organizers, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D) reportedly drew an applause that Hillary could only dream of. According to NYT and Politico reports, Warren was a rock-star while Hillary Clinton, the likely Democratic candidate for President, was absent. Warren’s populist talking points and her history of taking Wall Street to task (remember that Warren was an early advocate for the creation of a new Consumer Financial ...

Social Protest Literatue at Sparking The Left

Here at STL we are starting a new feature. In between our political-insight posts, I will start publishing excerpts or entire pieces of great literature that speak to crucial social and political issues which span the centuries. Though almost all in the Western tradition, the subject matters are transcendental. Now first to name my source, I am taking pieces from Upton Sinclair’s selected and edited collection “The Cry for Justice: An Anthology of the Great Social Protest Literature of All Time.” ...

Pulitzer-Winning Journalist Detained for Being Undocumented

I was first brought aware of Jose Antonio Vargas’ story last week in a piece he penned in Politico. He explained that he was in the Rio Grande Valley, in the city of McAllen, just north of the Mexican border. He was there to see first hand the tens of thousands of undocumented children, most of them from Central America, and observe how they were being treated. The trip was also used for a news conference appearance and vigil organized by United We Dream, ...

Selective Outrage

War is hell.  All we have to do is look around the world to see its toll.  That being said, I don't understand the lack of outrage coming from this President and his administration other than that aimed at our one ally - Israel which is doing no more than trying to protect it's people from rocket fire and constant raids from Hamas. The fact that Palestinian civilians are getting killed is a tragic yet unavoidable aspect of this war.  Why ...

Why Are We So Full Of Hate?

What has happened to human kind?  No matter where you look we find ourselves surrounded by a world filled with hate. What puzzles me is how it's combined with political correctness.  Take this country where so many words are now frowned upon and even forbidden because they are hurtful to certain people.  Redskins, squaw, savage plus a whole lot applying to blacks, orientals and hispanics not to mention middle easterners.  Has it dawned on anyone banning the names has done nothing ...

Has Putin Over Reached Once Too Often?

My, oh my.  We've watched this man make mince meat of Obama over the past several years.  Each time you could see the smirk broaden and the swagger get more pronounced. He and his allies - Iran, China, Syria and North Korea were truly enjoying themselves. But as happens with a lot of bullies, they get over confident and suddenly everything around them collapses. I'm wondering if this is the case with the downing of the Malaysian passenger jet. With the death ...

If Only It WERE The Heat!

What a day.  A passenger plane has been shot down over Ukraine uncomfortably close to the Russian border. Hamas reneged on the humanitarian cease fire so Israel launched their ground offensive. Children still pour across the border while Congress dithers. It's now being reported parents are giving them birth control in case they are raped during the journey. Along that line former member of Congress, Todd Aiken, who once talked about legitimate rape and the idea that women's bodies protected them from becoming ...

Hannity's Histrionics

For a person who doesn't have much faith in the intellect of pundits, I wonder why I watch them so often.  I wonder even more why the cable outlets and networks that employ them don't take more care in who they hire. Many of them get on crusades that bear no resemblance to reality.  Sean Hannity is one of the most prominent. The night before last  he was on his Bowe Bergdahl kick demanding to know why he was returned to ...

Do Actions Speak Louder Than Words?

If the President could run away from the border mess any faster I'm sure he would. It's being said it's because being seen in the setting of kids crammed into confined spaces with their scabies and lice would reflect badly on him.  It could even be his Katrina.  Well, maybe.  But who's fault is that? It goes to show his handlers aren't as smart as they think they are.  For one, drinking beer and shooting pool in Colorado, a state where ...

The Kids Always Went Home

Watching the immigration mess going full bore brought to mind a lot of things that have involved children from other nations.  The first thing that comes to mind is the Disney song It's a Small World After All that speaks to all we have in common. Hopes, dreams, all the warm fuzzy stuff. We've had exchange student programs where a student from another country lives with a local family to learn not only academics but what life in American and Americans ...

The Militia Is Coming, The Militia Is Coming!

That's all we need! News has it a call has gone out for militia, both unarmed and armed, to gather along the border to help private land owners protect their property in something called Operation Save Our Borders.  Terrific! Remember how well it went when militia turned out to help to  help Cliven Bundy in his fight over Federal grazing rights in Nevada?  It came within a hair's breadth of turning violent. I really feel for the border towns who are the ...

Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between man and his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legislative powers of government reach actions only, and not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should "make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof," thus building a wall of separation between church and State. Thomas Jefferson
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A Realpolitik - The Jefferson Tree

Is it Time? Second American Revolution…

Second American Revolution

Are the American People again suffering taxation without representation?

Are our politicians more concerned with political power and party alliance than performing their duties effectively?

Has party politics paralyzed our system?

Is it time to do away with career politicians?

Are the banks, the corporations and the political parties running this country?

Are the American People responsible?

Do the American People have the right to fix what is broken?

Is it time to re-think our constitution?

Should we consider that many of the ideas that formed the original constitution are not relevant today?

Could the American People frame a better constitution that allows for the world we live in today?

Should this even be discussed?

Where have all the patriots gone?

These are just a few of the questions the American People should be asking themselves. After all, even Thomas Jefferson (author of the Constitution) recognized many of the problems we would be facing today.

I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. - Thomas Jefferson

If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their money, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them (around the banks), will deprive the people of their property until their children will wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered. – Thomas Jefferson

[The] Bank of the United States… is one of the most deadly hostility existing, against the principles and form of our Constitution… An institution like this, penetrating by its branches every part of the Union, acting by command and in phalanx, may, in a critical moment, upset the government. - Thomas Jefferson

I am not among those who fear the people. They, and not the rich, are our dependence for continued freedom. And to preserve their independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our election between economy and liberty, or profusion and servitude. - Thomas Jefferson

I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country. - Thomas Jefferson

This past weeks CNN presentation on Fareed Zakaria GPS tries to answer some of these questions.

A brilliant, well-spoken reporter that digs into the questions on how to fix what is broken.

Please listen to the podcast above. Think what the consequences will be for our children, their children, and the country in general if we fail to act. It is the American Peoples responsibility to do what is necessary to keep this country prosperous and responsive to the needs of the common man.

Respond in comment or submit an article. The Jefferson Tree is not interested in party rhetoric, we encourage the submission of independent thoughts, ideas and suggestions on what should be done to fix what is broken.., not what is in the best interest of party politics.

Author: A Realpolitik - The Jefferson Tree

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3 comments to Is it Time? Second American Revolution…

  • You are not interested in “Party Rhetoric?” Ideas and solutions must pass through the fire of party rhetoric. That is what our kind of Republic is all about. We are “The Great Social Experiment.” If we cannot survive within the framework of our Foundational Principles, then we are doomed like most great Powers who have risen and fallen over the centuries. Do we need another Revolution? If we need a Revolution, then we need to tear the whole structure down and start at ground zero again. I am not sure there is a collective coherent Will in this disorganized and decentralized “Melting Pot” to allow for that. (Not and retain any sense of personal freedoms that is.)

  • hardcase

    After getting trampled on and getting my eyes opened to just who and how they were controlling this government while I was in d.c. back in 93. I came back only to find myself black balled in the trucking industry. I move out west and went to work on how to take back my country from those JEFFERSON warned us about. I put together something called the chicken coop brief. As it turned out it was ahead of its time. When I read your list of questions I thought. Someone had gotten an old copy and was using it. To say the least I was surprised. Im 99% sure ?No copies saved and I thought
    I destroyed all of them. Anyway sir. I like most of what was posted not all. To add to our constitution / is an honor and privilege but one must be careful never to take away from it, FOR ANY REASON. Late one night on my cb radio in 1994 a man told me how and in detail why it was pass time for a full scale revolution. At the time even i thought he was nuts. But now 17 years later and since bush the second dictatorship im am adamant. History is repeating itself. Open groups and groups going under ground are a clear indisputable sign of what’s to come. I and my girlfriend have traveling around the western states on horseback since 09. We talk to the people we meet and get the 99% feed back everytime and thats was before the 99%ers came about. Make no mistake about it, the revolution is coming. MOST SINCERELY, CB Hardcase.

  • hardcase

    We must and will have a full scale revolution without loosing anymore freedoms. When the war is over whoever is in charge will have to hit the ground running. But the constitution of the united states must always be the governing guideline, always! There will be drastic measures that will have to be taken to be sure. Things like bringing our military home to protect and secure our borders while we the people hash these problems out and Learn from passed history and conduct ourselves accordingly. JEFFERSON and the others had it right we just didn’t listen. In my opinion which means very little. If we have a chance to take back our country and regain our liberties but refuse because it might be ugly, bloody or an inconvenience then we deserve what ever the one percenters give us or take away. Remember the numbers are on our side but many will have to literally put their asses on the line. Freedom has never been cheap and has never been given freely nor has the lazy and or the chicken hearted ever won freedom from their oppressors. Your and your childrens future are in your hands, nay, the future of the world is in your hands! What will you do with your part in this? SINCERELY , hardcase.

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