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As the first American bombs begin to rain down on mud and adobe structures in some far distant land, “patriotic” Americans rush to support “our men in uniform” which actually means that we must not question the empire’s new no-win war. President Obama, the Federal Empire’s current glorious leader, has announced the initiation of yet another imperial no-win war and “conservatives” have once again rushed to support the empire’s war efforts and its glorious leader. The mere fact that a neo Marxist, community organizer, with little or no experience in international politics and military strategy is the one commanding our efforts should give any reasonable person reason to pause and re-consider the wisdom of this new no-win war. Yet just the opposite is happening.

The Federal Empire’s ruling elite can always count on Americans, especially Southerners, to “rally round the flag” anytime a president decides to attack an enemy that “threatens” American interest in some far distant part of the world. Like Pavlov’s dogs salivating at the ringing of a bell, Southerners can always be counted on to stand behind the “good ole USA” whenever Washington’s ruling elites rattle the war sabers. This knee-jerk nationalism—disguised as patriotism—has provided the Federal Empire with the political support needed to maintain a vast military-industrial complex and countless sons and daughters to serve as the Empire’s cannon fodder. As we send our military marching off to yet another no-win war, perhaps we should identify who the real winners are in these numerous wars to “protect vital national interests.”

The invasion, conquest, and continuing occupation of the Confederate States of America was the first major imperial war conducted by the Federal Empire and with such a triumphant beginning more imperial conquests were sure to follow! It was certainly a no-win war for “we the people” of the once sovereign states of Dixie! But who were the winners? It cost the taxpayers of the North approximately $3 billion in treasure alone—the invader also paid a substantial price extracted by the expert marksmanship of Southern farm boys defending their homes from the invader’s torch. But power hungry national politicians, Northern War Governors, their crony capitalists friends especially in the railroad and iron mills and of course the big banking houses that financed the War were the big winners. The initial and continuing cost paid by the Southern people is discussed in Our Re-United Country? The sad reality of reconciliation, Kennedy and Kennedy, published in the July-August 2014 issue of the Confederate Veteran. The bottom line is that the United States of America’s victory over the Confederate States of America established Washington, D.C. as the unquestioned ruler of North America. In the process of war and Reconstruction the ruling elites of the newly created Federal Empire destroyed the original and legitimate government—a government consisting of a federation of Sovereign States with a constitutionally limited federal government, reserving maximum freedom and liberty to “we the people” within our respective sovereign state. America’s constitutionally limited Republic of Republics was replaced with a new and perverted supreme federal government and as the Federal Empire’s centralized power and control expanded, the liberties of “we the people” of the once sovereign states disappeared.

Two republics were destroyed as a result of Lincoln’s aggressive war of invasion and conquest—the Republic of the Confederate States of America created by the free and unbridled consent of the governed in each Southern State and America’s original Republic of Republics as established by the Founding Fathers representing the consent of the governed in the original thirteen colonies that seceded from Great Britain in 1776. An all powerful, supreme Federal Empire now stands where individual freedom and liberty once flourished. The Federal Empire, as with all empires, demands constant expansion of its political and commercial control both at home and abroad. The price of the empire’s constant expansion is paid with blood and treasure “voluntarily” surrendered by the empire’s subjects. And to be clear; “we the people” of once sovereign states are no longer citizens—citizenship requires the enjoyment of maximum freedom and liberty—we are now mere subjects of the supreme federal government. As good “patriotic” subjects our duty is to simply hear and obey our masters in Washington, D.C.

Empires love war. War allows the ruling elite to do things that would not have been possible absent the created crises of war. War allows the empire’s ruling elite to engage in “the murderous pursuit of worthless objectives.” Worthless objectives? For example; “to save the Union” or revenge “Remember the Maine” or “to make the world safe for democracy” or “the war to end all wars” or “nation building” or the most common used today “to protect vital national interests.” These vital national interests usually include the unacknowledged protection of such things as pipelines in the Balkans in which cronies have a financial interest or to protect shipping routes from Saudi Arabian oil fields in which cronies have financial interests. The common denominator in all of America’s wars since the rise of the Federal Empire is that as a result of each war the Federal Empire’s political, commercial (as in crony capitalism), and military position is substantially increased with each war. Just as in Lincoln’s war, the ruling elite and those with close connections to the ruling elite profit handsomely while the empire’s “patriotic” subjects pay the ultimate price in blood, treasure and personal freedoms.

Even though “we the subjects” prefer to live in peace none-the-less we always support the empire’s wars. Nazi leader Hermann Goering’s chilling words at the Nuremberg trials after World War II should serve as a warning to “we the subjects” of any empire: “Why of course the people don’t want war…it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship…the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.”

How much more Southern blood and treasure will “we the subjects” of the Federal Empire “voluntarily” sacrifice on the altar of empire? What do we gain by the ever increasing political, commercial, and military power of the Federal Empire? As in the recent “economic” crises of 2007 the powers-that-be in Washington, D.C. and their crony allies on Wall Street profited because they were “too big to fail” but “we the subjects” lost because we were too small—as in expendable—to count. Empires love war and those who confuse nationalism with patriotism will eventually pay the price of the empire’s endless no-win wars. Empires do not voluntarily surrender their ill-gotten perks, privileges and power; therefore it is foolish to think that by merely electing “good” conservatives and sending them to the Empire’s capitol that reform will automatically take place. Perhaps it is time for “we the people” of the once sovereign states of Dixie to follow the example of Quebec and Scotland and begin to demand the right of self-determination, the right to be the masters in our own homes. Imagine the impact of a grassroots effort to compel the Federal Empire to acknowledge the right of the Sovereign State(s) to nullify unconstitutional acts of the Federal government or to secede if necessary to preserve the rights and liberties of “we the people.” Perhaps it is time to think about a living under a government of our own choosing; a government that protects our borders and leaves us and the world alone!

James Ronald Kennedy

Ron and his twin brother Don are the authors of Punished by Poverty, The South Was Right!, Why Not Freedom!, Was Jefferson Davis Right?, and Nullify Tyranny; Ron is the author of Reclaiming Liberty, Nullification: Why and How, and Uncle Seth Fought the Yankees. Ron is past Commander of the Louisiana Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and is a life member of the Louisiana Division and the National Sons of Confederate Veterans. Ron is a frequent speaker at SCV, Southern Heritage and other pro-Liberty groups. Ron received a Masters in Health Administration (MHA) from Tulane University in New Orleans, a Master of Jurisprudence in Healthcare Law (MJ) from Loyola University Chicago, a Bachelor’s degree from Northeast Louisiana University, a certificate in Paralegal Studies from Louisiana State University and holds numerous professional designations in healthcare and insurance Risk Management.

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