The most transparent governments on earth with the highest citizen satisfaction have one thing in common--an Office of Ombudsman--which represents the interests of the People of the nation when agencies of governments or leaders do not fulfil their responsibilities to do so.
Those who have read my books and articles know that for years this has been a passionate topic for me, but we now have a chance to actually make it happen.
Why? Because Congress itself is in need of an Office of Ombudsman to force the Department of Justice and FBI to comply with the law. Only now it seems they realize what the public has known for some time.... there simply is no means to force these agencies to follow the law themselves. Congress has complete oversight authority and subpoena powers over both of these Executive agencies by law, with no means of enforcing it. They are certainly not going to arrest themselves, as Representative David Nunes and the House Judiciary Committee are presently finding out.
Bloomberg recently reported that, "U.S. House Republicans are drafting a contempt of Congress resolution against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray, claiming stonewalling in producing material related to the Russia-Trump probes and other matters." That was a month ago today but nothing has emanated from the recipients except a yawn. Who is going to slap them in handcuffs and carry them away for breaking the law themselves? No one, and they know it, which must change before there can be any integrity at either agency.
The DOJ and FBI placed themselves above the law long ago, as any who have dealt with either agency knows quite well. Congress unwittingly aided, abetted and allowed this--but now finds itself in need of a solution, and an Office of Ombudsman is the answer.
Of the 72 nations that consider themselves free and democratic, 71 of them have created such an independent arbiter of justice. The only holdout is The United States of America. Maybe Congress will finally do the right thing now that it is itself getting a taste of how these agencies operate outside of law and oversight. Our movement for an independent prosecutor of bad government actors--an Office of Ombudsman--may get the action and traction it should have received long ago.
Push your Representatives to support an independent Office of Ombudsman NOW! No one in America should be above the law--especially those charged with its enforcement.
Howell W. Woltz
Author of international bestseller, "Justice Restored: 10 steps to End Mass Incarceration in America," and "The Way Back to America: 10 steps to restore the United States to Constitutional Government," available at Barnes & Noble or www.justicerestored.com
The United States Constitution only authorizes federal government to punish three things; 1) Piracies on the High Seas or Against the Law of Nations,
2) Counterfeiting of Government Coin or Securities, and 3) Treason.
That's it. The designation of any other behavior as criminal or its punishment is left up the the individual states to decide and do, but any statute with force of law is required to be passed by elected representatives, not unelected Administrators. Such regulations can have no force of law, yet millions--yes millions--of Americans have been labelled "felons" and lost their constitutional rights under this heresy of 'Administrative Law' for human behaviors that were never lawfully prohibited. How could this have happened?
This question needs to be answered by every elected official in Government and they need to do it fast, quick and in a hurry now that there is a new Sheriff governing The Swamp. He is not one of you, and he is certainly not a "Progressive" as many of you on both sides of The Swamp call this delegation of your duties.
The new President will probably be asking quite soon by what right you delegated your law-making authority. The Constitution you swore to defend does not allow that to happen, rendering all of you in violation of your Oath, not to mention committing High Crimes and Misdemeanors worthy of jail time.
No American can legally be subjected to any provision that is not authorized within the framework of the U.S. Constitution, voted upon by a majority of the relevant legislature, and effectively signed into law by an Executive. Even the much abused Interstate Commerce Clause of the Constitution only allows the regulation of commerce, not its criminalization, and it certainly was never envisioned or allowed that any entity but Congress would apply it.
So how did you, the U.S. Congress, let a gaggle of unelected bureaucrats take over almost all our nation's law-making? That is your sole role--creating laws within the framework of our Constitution, but you have now outsourced that to others we never elected for the most part.
So why are we still paying you if you won't do your job or abide by our Contract? The U.S. Constitution is only that--a Contract--between We the People and you, which you seem to have forgotten. And if you've farmed out most of your work, what are you doing all day other than working out in the underground gym we built for you, or tapping into the $15 million slush-fund you secretly established to pay off staff members you salaciously groped (or worse)? Yes. We're finding out about all of it now and you are looking none too good the more we learn about what you've been up to since you quit working for us.
But know this, when you delegated your constitutional law-making authority to unelected progressives, you committed Treason, and it appears that all 435 of you in the House and 100 of you in the Senate are guilty of that real and punishable offense.
How bad are your crimes? Well, we now know that too, and what you have done is absolutely unbelievable. You not only allowed these unelected bureaucrats to manufacture over 300,000 so-called 'laws'--yes 300,000 of them-- but you also blindly stood by while they took the constitutional rights of an estimated 71 million Americans at state and federal level as of 2010 (per the Department of Justice). Almost every one of those citizens ruined by a federal convictions out of that 71 million number were violated for laws never passed by Congress nor even authorized as a duty of the federal government to punish. That is treason against your nation, your oath, and us--We the People--the ones you swore to faithfully represent.
You were never authorized by We the People to create this myriad of federal agencies to do your work nor were you ever authorized to grant them the power to create and enforce laws against us.
Maybe now that we have a new Sheriff in town he'll find a way to either get you serpents and reptiles out of The Swamp or force you to live by your oath of office. You swore to protect and uphold the United States Constitution, not sacrifice it on the altar of so-called Progressivism.
And by the way for all of you on that side, there is nothing "progressive" about replacing our constitutional government of, by and for the People, with the oppressive tyranny of unaccountable, unelected, unauthorised bureaucrats ruling our lives. That is about as regressive as it gets.
All of you--yes all of you--Republicans and Democrats--you need to either fix this mess, or you need to go home.
I'm calling the new Sheriff right now to tell him what you've done, so you better hurry.
Howell W. Woltz
Howell is the author of several books including "The Way Back to America: 10 steps to restore the United States to constitutional government." Order Howell's new international bestseller, "Justice Restored: 10 steps to end mass incarceration in America" today. All of his books are available at Amazon.com or www.justicerestored.com
Patrick Henry’s “Give me liberty, or give me death!,” was actually about occupational licensing. Read on…
Before the so-called “Progressives” took over our schools, you might have learned what prompted Patrick Henry to give his famous “Give me liberty, or give me death” speech in St. John’s Episcopal Church in Richmond, Virginia in 1775. It became the rallying cry for The American Revolution, which should make it quite an important topic, but one no longer taught in our nation’s schools. History is being recast so quickly by these “Progressives,” as they call themselves, that it is worth putting in the record what actually happened before more statues are destroyed and the truth about this individuals is forever buried.
Patrick Henry witnessed a man—a minister— tied to a whipping post in Culpepper, Virginia in March of that year (1775). He was being beaten within an inch of his life. Henry—a self-taught attorney—was quoted as saying, “When they stopped beating him, I could see the bones of his rib cage. I turned to someone and asked what this man had done to deserve such a beating as this.”
He learned that the British had made it a crime in the colonies to preach without a license, and this man, along with 12 other ministers, were jailed for refusing to accept that anyone—including government—had the authority to turn a natural right into a government-granted privilege.
In the 1950s, only 5% of the American workforce were subjected to the tyranny of occupational licensing. These were mostly in professions such as medicine and law, where the practitioners lobbied (in effect….bribed) government officials to allow their private monopolies such as The American Medical Association, and The Bar Associations, respectively, to control who was allowed to practice or teach their trade.
Today, 30% of the American workforce is subjected to this tyranny—usually by private organizations operating under color of state law—acting to both control and restrict those professions. Occupational licensing has become epidemic, stifling even menial jobs while increasing the cost of services to the public for no cognizable benefit in return.
Some states have taken licensing to such extremes that not only electricians and some reasonable trades are restricted by the state in the name of public safety, but also travel guides, realtors, locksmiths, ballroom dance instructors, interior designers, upholsterers, manicurists, and barbers, to name a few.
And these outrageous laws are aggressively policed and enforced. Take the case of Isis Brantley, who recounted how in 1997 “seven law-enforcement officers barged into my building and hand-cuffed me to go to jail for braiding [hair] without a cosmetology license.” It took her almost ten years to be heard by a Texas court, which ruled that this was unconstitutionally restrictive—not because the state-sponsored monopoly was illegal, as should have been the court's ruling—but that Ms. Brantley had not been “grandfathered” in as a teacher of this trade when the unconstitutional law was passed. Such “licensing” by private monopolies can find no basis in the U.S. Constitution, yet this restrictive practice abounds in our nation today.
Trade guilds once served the public to assure that its members were the best in each profession, but they now simply restrict and hamper. As example, the year before the American Medical Association successfully lobbied Congress to become the licensing authority for doctors in the late 1920s, the United States had the lowest health care cost in the world, and was considered by many to have its best.
Once the monopoly could limit entry into the trade, however, the cost of medical care doubled within four years, and then began its upward climb to become the most expensive in the world while dropping to 32nd place in quality of care (The Economist).
Next, The American Medical Association) lobbied Congress to control what could be taught as medicine in the early 1930s including which institutions could teach it. After being granted this additional power, the A.M.A.’s first act was to refuse licensing to any of the several black colleges and universities where medicine was then being taught. It would be more than a generation before any significant number of black citizens were again trained as physicians, thanks to the medical monopoly’s control and racial bias.
So what benefit have We the People gotten from monopoly control of medicine (or any other for that matter)? Absolutely none. To continue with the medical example, The United States now has 1) the highest incidence of medical malpractice litigation in the world, so we are certainly no safer, 2) the number of doctors have been artificially limited for decades to keep the incomes of A.M.A. physicians and health care facilities the highest and most profitable on the planet while artificially driving up cost, and 3) many very worthwhile cheaper, alternative medical practices have been squashed or outlawed to prevent competition to the juggernaut.
And the lawyer’s monopoly? Are we better off because of them? Well, here are some facts so you can decide for yourself: 1) the mandatory Sixth Amendment trial by jury “in all criminal prosecutions” is now held in less than 5% of such cases, thanks to the lawyers’ lobby and its refusal to follow/defend the U.S. Constitution—Why?—because it is far less work for all of them than following the law, and they have--by law--eliminated any challengers to their malfeasance, 2) with only 5% of the world’s population, the “land of the free” now has 25% of its prisoners—because lawyers no longer defend, they “plea bargain” sending their clients to prison instead, and 3) a recent Columbia University compilation of 5,760 capital cases—almost every one over a 23 year period—proved an error rate of 82%. That’s right. 8 out of 10 times, they get it wrong. (https://deathpenaltyinfo.org/summary-columbia-university-study-prof-james-s-liebman).
There was a “licensed” lawyer sitting on the bench in a black robe who sent each of these wrongfully convicted persons to their death; there was a “licensed” attorney sitting in the prosecutor’s chair who wrongfully sought that sentence of death to promote his or her career; and there was a “licensed” advocate whose job it was to prevent these injustices—yet all of them conspired to allow it to happen, even when the outcome of their incredibly poor performance (or uncaring) was death for their victim. Could any other profession fail 8 out of 10 times and still stay in business? Only a government-sanctioned monopoly could survive such gross negligence and inconceivable failure of performance.
Bar Associations serve only to protect these incompetents, with absolutely no discernible public service in return. Where are the “self-taught” patriot attorneys like Patrick Henry when we really need them? In answer, I suppose they are in jail for “practicing law without a license.” That’s where.
If a citizen can pass a state exam to become a doctor, electrician, or those very few trades which may require approval as a matter of real public safety (obviously not including the practice of law), perhaps there is a case to be made for it, but private associations should only be allowed to restrain or control the trade itself.
Do we really need state or federal protection from bad haircuts, sloppy nail jobs or lousy dance steps? I don’t think so—and I’m hoping this president—the one they all like to hate who does not owe any of these monopoly association lobbies anything—will eliminate their hold on America as part of his jobs agenda to get our nation back to opportunity for all, rather than just for the few—or those who can afford a license.
Howell W. Woltz
Author, “The Way Back to America: 10 steps to restore constitutional government in the United States,” “Justice Denied: the United States v. The People,” and international bestseller, “Justice Restored: 10 steps to end mass incarceration in America.”
Each federal employee, including those presently working to undermine the President, is required by law to take the following oath of office:
I, [name], do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.
5 U.S.C. §3331
The U.S. Constitution is clearly violated by those who espouse the so-called “Progressive” agenda put forth in the past century by Woodrow Wilson, Herbert Croly, John Dewey, Walter Weyl and recent presidents, who favored rule by a trained centralised bureaucracy that is independent from the consent of the governed and constitutional constraints.
As a result of the application of this political agenda, unelected bureaucrats have created-- and currently enforce --laws with penalty of prison, which never faced a vote by Congress or were signed into law by any president, as required by the U.S. Constitution. According to the American Legislative Exchange Council, there are now over 300,000 such federal rules and statutes with penalty of imprisonment, which were formed…and are being enforced….by government bureaucrats who were never elected by We the People.
Each of these unelected members of the federal bureaucracy who participate in the creation and application of laws not directly passed by Congress and signed into law by a president, stand in violation of their oath of office (above) and could/should be terminated for cause. Enforcing that oath of office would drain the swamp rather quickly, and whether one likes President Trump or not, he is clearly the first man in that office for over a century, who might have the courage to take on the so-called "Progressives" that kidnapped our government over the past 100 years on behalf of the foreign, domestic, and corporate elites they serve.
Further, a Presidential proclamation voiding any federal statute or provision that claims to hold force of law (or penalty for its violation), which was not 1) authorized by the U.S. Constitution as a federal power or duty, 2) properly passed by the elected representatives of “We the People,” and 3) signed into law by a President—as required by the U.S. Constitution—has no force of law, and cannot therefore be enforced by any government agent, employee, or court.
This would force Congress to take responsibility once again for the actions of unelected bureaucrats who now operate the federal government outside of any constitutional authority. In short, it would return government to one of, for, and by the People.
Howell W. Woltz
Author of "The Way Back to America: 10 steps to restore the United States to Constitutional Government." (available on Amazon.com or at justice restored.com)
I completely get it….not everyone is happy. Further, I readily admit that the USA has done and continues to do some horrible things. With only 5% of the world’s population, for example, the “land of the free” now holds 25% of its prisoners. The nation’s justice system is so broken that a prosecutor can indict a ham sandwich and 98.6% of those ‘sandwiches’ end up in prison. But that is not the flag or anthem’s fault nor is it the fault of our nation’s Founders who required due process of law.
Another great example is the CIA. It has murdered at least 23 democratically elected foreign leaders that I know of since its illegal founding by Executive Order (a power also not granted in the Constitution). Worse, Republican and Democratic presidents in charge of this agency have led us into over 200 undeclared (and therefore, illegal) military operations and wars since the last legally declared war (WWII). But that’s not the flag or anthem’s fault either, nor that of the U.S. Constitution which forbids a CIA, undeclared wars, or the Executive Orders used to violate these Constitutional limits.
That flag and anthem stand for what America is supposed to be, not what it became over the past 100 years of bad actors and “progressives” trying to destroy it. That flag and anthem stand for the U.S. Constitution’s promise of rule of law and limited federal authority, not the political thugs parading as “progressives” who have compromised it. Many, many of our ancestors bled and died under the unfurled splendour of that flag to keep our Constitution in place until a real leader came along to restore it.
Keep in mind that before the so-called “Progressives” breached our contract (a.k.a. The United States Constitution) we stood proudly under that flag as number one in the world in freedom. This gaggle of Progressive gangsters has taken us down to 43rd place, but by following that for which our flag actually stands, we can bounce back like a sponge, once their tyranny is lifted. Our flag and anthem stand for everything that will make that possible one day when we force Government to return to its contractually defined, limited powers.
Before the breach of contract began, the United States had the fastest growing, most dynamic economy the world had ever seen, and by living within our means as a nation, we had enough surplus to help the rest of mankind….and did.
It’s not the flag or anthem’s fault that our leaders gave the keys to corporate interests and foreign funders who are now trying to destroy what is left. These symbols still stand for all of that, which I suppose is why some recent leaders refused to pledge their allegiance to the flag or put their hands on their hearts when listening to our anthem. Those symbols stands for that which the so-called “Progressives” from Woodrow Wilson to Barak Obama have tried to decimate for a century—which is what this whole “taking a knee” nonsense is about.
This movement isn’t for anything, it is simply against what the United States are (yes, are is the correct verb) supposed to be—50 independent nation states held together by open trade, a common currency, and collective defense against invaders.
So if you are as tired as I am of the so-called “Progressives” trying to destroy what is left of America and “taking a knee” to our sacred banner, perhaps you should head over to the closest NBA game, where it is literally against the rules to disrespect the symbols of our nation.
“Players, coaches, and trainers are to stand and line up in a dignified posture along the sidelines or on the foul line during the playing of the National Anthem.” How refreshing is that?
And look at the higher quality of human being attracted to this respectful Association compared to the NFL. For example, LeBron James, arguably the best player today, is an active supporter of the Boys & Girls Club of America, Children's Defense Fund, and charity, ONEXONE. He used his own money to set up a charity foundation, and announced a partnership with the University of Akron in 2015 to provide scholarships for as many as 2,300 young people. This year (2017) he received the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award for "outstanding service and dedication to the community”.
Arguably the greatest all-time NBA star, Michael Jordan, recently donated $7 million to St. Jude Children’s Hospital and spends millions supporting 23 charitable non-profits in the city of Chicago alone. As a group, NBA players also tend to be law-abiding citizens, with a crime rate of 1.92% versus the public-at-large rate of 3.36%.
Compare that with the NFL’s 218 DUIs, 100 drug charges, 98 domestic violence charges 74 assaults (overall, I found 774 arrests of National Football League players in public records) and it is an easy decision who makes a better role model for our children—and our nation.
So, last American out of the last stadium of the gasping NFL….please bring our beloved flag and let’s watch some stand-up guys play a gentlemans’ game.
Author of “The Way Back to America: 10 steps to restore the United States to Constitutional Government.”
Welcome to the New Plantation!
Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton’s admitted in her book, “It takes a village,” that she used black prisoners as house servants when she was the First Lady of Arkansas. This has recently rung a much-needed bell in social media by Black Lives Matter, but I just wonder why it took so long. The book is two decades old, and to be fair, she is far from the only one who employed this odious practice. Many captains of industry still do as well. Perhaps Mrs. Clinton was just a trendsetter.
America’s Fortune 500 Companies followed Mrs. Clinton's example beginning in the 1990s and the use slave labor at a cost lower than any third world country was launched, again.
So this is not really a new way of getting cheap labor. In fact it is the very oldest way in mankind’s history, just slightly updated. It’s slavery—same as before—but with an oligarchic twist, seasoned heavily with political contributions. Slaves are now worked under ‘color of law’ right here in the land of the free—but nobody can stop it this time—because government is the Master.
In ancient times, armies were raised to capture human beings from neighboring nations, or ships were sent to foreign continents to entrap them. The slaves of old had to be housed, fed and cared for by their masters, medical attention provided, and often, they were paid a little money as a matter of law. Hillary Clinton and the Fortune 500 users of modern slavery do not. America’s largest corporations paid their political hacks in the U.S. Congress and 37 state legislatures to invent Slavery 2.0 [“new and improved” for the 21st century]. The U.S. Congress then filled these new plantations by outlawing 314,000 human behaviors—almost none of which were illegal as recently as my youth—though the federal government is only allowed by the U.S. Constitution to punish three—piracy, counterfeiting, and treason.
Many states followed suit making prison the penalty for the slightest infraction. These costly institutions were turned into profit centers—not for you the taxpayers who is footing the bill or for the new slaves themselves—but for the Fortune 500 companies and lucky politicians like Hillary Clinton who can enjoy slave labor at little or no cost to themselves.
Since 1990, when America’s largest corporate political donors began building factories on the new prison plantations, they have been assisted in keeping them full through the elimination of constitutionally required due processes of law such as the mandatory “trial by jury,” the “right to bail,” the right to challenge unlawful incarceration through a writ of habeas corpus--all mandatory rights-- have been stripped from the Constitution by Congress and ignored by the courts, including the nation’s highest.
To further the system of mass incarceration to serve industry, judges and prosecutors can violate the rights of American citizens without penalty—in violation of the U.S. Constitution (Amendment 13)-- due to a string of self-serving judicial decisions beginning with Pierson v. Ray in 1967. Government operatives, the prosecutors, can act with complete immunity—and impunity.
With 314,000 statutes for the prosecutors to employ and a de facto suspension of due process of law in America’s courts, no matter how many plantations are built, government prosecutors and courts now keep them at 130% of capacity—via an incredible 98.6% conviction rate—which is unheard of in any nation claiming to be free.
The worst of these new laws target minorities. The others are so vague and obscure that the average American violates three of them a day (according to a 2009 Harvard Law School study) and does not even know it until they are arrested and added to the prison work force for so doing. With the absence of due process and complete immunity for those who deny it, there is no chance of winning in court (well….14 out of 1,000—not odds anyone except the wealthiest of Americans can afford to take) which has rendered the United States system of ‘justice’ to be little more than a conviction machine.
As Marcus Tullius Cicero wrote 2,000 years ago, “The more laws, the less justice.” By that axiom, the nation with “The most laws,” offers “the least justice,” and that nation is America.
The only good news is that the profits of these corporations have soared since they began using prison slaves in 1990. There is no upkeep to worry about with the modern slaves, no expense of any kind except a pittance wage and that is mostly for show. That $80 billion tab is paid for corporate America by you—the U.S. taxpayer.
These new American plantations house factories for the créme de la créme of big business and multi-nationals such as “IBM, Boeing, Motorola, Microsoft, AT&T, Wireless, Texas Instrument, Dell, Compaq, Honeywell, Hewlett-Packard, Nortel, Lucent Technologies, 3Com, Intel, Northern Telecom, TWA, Nordstrom’s, Revlon, Macy’s, Pierre Cardin, [and] Target Stores,” just to name a few. They pay wages beneath the hourly rate of Haiti, for skilled American workers. The “minimum” wage is $5.00….per month. The U.S. Government claims that this is not “slavery” (by its own definition) under the 13th amendment because their slaves are paid something, though often, so were the slaves of old. This modern version of slavery also leaves no choice but to work for the master. If a prisoner refuses, he or she is put in solitary confinement (a.k.a. “Segregated Housing Unit” or SHU) until they come around—very similar to their predecessors.
Admittedly, this idea of enslaving one’s own citizens to use as industrial workers is not new. The difference is that we—America— used to fight and hate people who did the same thing, until Congress and our courts copied the very methods used by the German Nazis to enslave their Jewish citizens and political dissidents for national industries in the 1940s, as did the Soviet Union and Communist China in the 20th century. They targeted the groups to be enslaved with behavior-specific laws, eliminated due process of law in the their judicial systems, and granted immunity to the judges and prosecutors who committed these crimes against their fellow citizens. It works every time.
The only thing that is new is that America once invaded Germany to stop them and yelled “slave labor” and “human rights” until the Soviets and Chinese came around. Then..…our leaders—Democrats and Republicans alike--got paid to copy them. Today, the United States has 25% of the world’s prisoners, with only 5% of its population and one of the worst records of “justice” in human history. I contend that this is not an accident.
As an interesting—and possibly instructive—historical note, once these (other) rogue governments were deprived of slave labor, a funny thing happened. They emptied and closed most of their prisons and returned them to their original purpose—keeping the public safe from dangerous people—rather than pools of cheap labor for the captains of industry.
Might there be a connection?
Howell W. Woltz
Author of international bestseller, “Justice Restored: 10 steps to end mass incarceration in America by restoring due process,” and “The Way Back to America: 10 steps to restore the United States to Constitutional government,” both available on Amazon and at www.justicerestored.com
I've been listening to the talking heads on both sides of the political ravine jabbering on about FBI Director Comey's firing. They are all saying that the FBI is not or should not be "political." It is unbelievable that they could say this with a straight face and stands as evidence that learning history is not a requirement of being a member of Congress or of getting in the mainstream media as an "expert" these days.
The very creation of the FBI was an illegal political act by President Theodore Roosevelt, and it has been all about politics ever since. The one thing the FBI is not, however, is "constitutional." There is no such provision in the Constitution.
So how did this happen? In answer, it happened completely outside of federal law and the U.S. Constitution. Then President Theodore Roosevelt proposed his federal bureau of investigation to Congress in 1907, and was promptly advised that no such federal power existed in the U.S. Constitution and was, therefore, precluded as a power of the federal government by the Tenth Amendment.
Undaunted by constitution, law (or Congress), former prosecutor Roosevelt created his own investigation force by issuing an executive order--a power you will also not find in the US Constitution--but one that has since been used by his successors to create 16 illegal spy agencies, which also--not surprisingly--report directly to the White House and whichever political hack is then in power.
Roosevelt put his chief political operative and attorney general, Charles J. Bonaparte, in charge of his "federal bureaus of investigation" and Bonaparte, the great nephew of Napoleon, quickly proved his "bureau" to be nothing but political.
His agents known as "Dickies" were promptly caught breaking into the capitol building office of President Roosevelt's chief congressional opponent, Senator Benjamin "Pitchfork" Tillman, and going through his mail to find dirt for the president.
And the "Dicks" have been snooping through the mail and making cases against presidential opponents ever since.
Under President George Bush, as example, Democrats were investigated and prosecuted at a rate of 7:1 over Republicans, according to a Stanford University study. Under President Obama, the numbers simply reversed. Conservative groups and Republicans were investigated and prosecuted at approximately the same rate over their liberal and Democratic counterparts, 7:1.
When I hear these talking heads and politicos now babbling on about "integrity" and "independence" of the FBI, I find it humorous--in a sick sort of way. The true purpose of this agency was and always will be "political" as long as it reports to, and is controlled by, the nation's top politician, and these people have proven excellent at destroying the presidents' "political" opponents. In fact, I don't think any agency on earth today is better at it.
But how about their "integrity" in that process? The answer, unfortunately, is that they are largely without ethics or morality, as recent admissions also prove. Doing things honestly is not what they consider their job. Their job is to win for the president's team, not to seek "justice." That went out the window with Perry Mason.
And this is not idle speculation. I make this statement from years of personal experience, and from working on over 400 federal criminal cases between 2006-2012, many of which included involvement by the president's "FBI." I personally caught them falsifying 302 notes taken from witnesses--in many cases writing the exact opposite of what was actually said--stealing evidence without warrants, falsifying tapes and transcripts, fabricating evidence, threatening witnesses with federal prosecution of themselves and of their families if they did not give false testimony, and basically doing anything necessary to support the theory put forth by the presidentially appointed federal prosecutors--yes--the president controls them as well.
And the citizen-victims of this brutal force, in my experience, are usually held in violation of federal law and constitution. This is done in order to coerce a "voluntary" confession of guilt at any cost--legal or not--so a trial can be avoided at which the truth might accidentally be told. In 77.1% of federal cases, the citizen is never free for even a day between arrest and going to prison, though federal law requires them to be tried within 70 days or released on bail after 90 days, regardless of the charge. The FBI and Department of Justice simply ignore the law.
Those who are released--in my experience-- are only the very wealthy or the ones who take the "deal" to testify against other government targets or plead guilty, whether they committed any crime or not. This strategy works in 96% of cases today, though the U.S. Constitution still requires a public and speedy trial "in all criminal prosecutions."
And what of the 4% of federal cases that actually do go to trial? Here is the FBI's own admission to the Washington Post on April 18, 2015:
"The Justice Department and FBI have formally acknowledged that nearly every examiner in an elite FBI forensic unit gave flawed testimony in almost all trials in which they offered evidence against criminal defendants over more than a two-decade period before 2000."
This particular article was about the FBI's hair analysis unit, but the bullet, fingerprint and blood analysis units have all been similarly discredited in recent years as nothing but shills for DOJ prosecutors. The evidence is bent (or fabricated) to match the prosecutor's theory rather than the truth. A win for the president's team is all that matters.
And who is over this Department of Justice that acts as the prosecuting arm of America's chief political hack? The same person who is over the FBI--the hack him (or her)self--the President of the United States.
Do not tell me that this is not "political." It was designed to be political and has always been so, as the statistics prove.
Starting to see the picture? Stay tuned. I've got a lot more for you from inside the system itself. I was in the belly of this beast for 7 years. I know its secrets.
Howell W. Woltz
Author of "The Way Back to America: 10 steps to restore the United States to constitutional government." Read his new international bestseller on this topic, "Justice Restored: ending mass incarceration in America."
FACTS: Over 80% of the world’s information today is controlled by just five corporations—Time Warner, The Disney Company, Viacom, News Corporation (Australia), and Bertelsmann (Germany). Add CBS and General Electric into the mix, and media watchdog groups such as The Waking Times have projected that 90% of the American media is now controlled by just six corporate giants.
The five companies controlling most of the world’s news , however, are so intertwined that they act as one conglomerate rather than independent corporations. They share cable systems, satellite channels, and even recording companies with a total of 141 joint ventures. These are business partners, not competitors.
In 1983, liberal icon and Washington Post legend, Ben Bagdikian published “The Media Monopoly.” It was labeled ‘alarmist’ at the time—but by the 20th edition published the year he died (2016)—his warnings paled in comparison to what had actually come to pass.
Pulitzer Prize winning Bagdikian warned his adopted nation of the amorphous danger in allowing just 50 news companies to control the content of the nation's public debate. That was in 1983.
This warning came as Bagdikian—a journalist himself—was witnessing the devouring of thousands of independent information outlets into the bellies of a small handful of corporate beasts, which had no interest in the locals they served. The number of information sources and voices being heard plummeted during his residency in the land of the free from those thousands of varying and contrasting views across the ideological spectrum (which had once engaged in vigorous debate in the public forum) to the five global players named in the opening of this article.
As a survivor of the Armenian genocide in his native Turkey, Bagdikian knew that democracy—and ultimately, freedom itself—depended on an informed public exchange of ideas, unfettered and unrestrained by ideological suppression or monopolistic interests.
Fast forward to the final edition of his book (2016) and the number of corporations controlling not only America’s, but the world's news content, was down to these five corporations, which were owned and controlled by 15 of the world’s wealthiest men and women.
And these five corporations share management. A study published by Columbia Journalism Review, as cited in Bagdikian’s final printing (2016) revealed that News Corporation, Disney, Time Warner, and Viacom have 45 interlocking directors. Forty-five. In essence, the same people oversee the management of the four US branches of the world’s media monopoly.
Convinced that conservative forces were behind this takeover of the world’s information sources, Bagdikian called, unsuccessfully, on the U.S. Department of Justice to enforce the monopoly laws against these giants until the day he died. No administration from that of conservative Ronald Reagan to liberal Barak Obama, however, had the courage (or nihilistic tendencies) to take on the media monopoly, and break it up, though clearly in violation of law.
WE ARE NOW IN THE END GAME
Information sources were intentionally being consolidated by a small group of private individuals with a view towards hegemony and control of content rather than competition, as evidenced by their shared management and resources of today. This was not necessarily a conspiracy, but rather a plan to end competition between the world's largest players. Bagdikian’s warnings were prescient. It was Orwell writ large, on an unimaginable scale. It was Sir Cecil Rhodes’ plan of benevolent elites ruling the world in its endgame.
Today, the globalist media cartel ultimately decides who is heard—and more importantly—who is not heard, on our planet.
Should any entrant successfully run the gauntlet and become a meaningful bit player—such as Ted Turner did in his day, or more recently, Arianna Huffington—he, she (or it) will be quickly snapped up by the media monolith.
Welcome to the new world.
Enforce existing laws. There is no need for a study group, a committee, congressional hearings, or anything that might allow a moment of delay. Anti-trust and monopoly statutes date back to 1890 in the United States (The Sherman Anti-trust Act) and exist in other nations as “competition laws.” The Attorney General of the United States and his or her law enforcement equivalents around the world should immediately move to break up these giants by eliminating ownership of multiple means of communication in any single market or across the spectrum of publishing, radio, film and visual, by any one company.
A WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY?
There is one man alive today who is more reviled by the media monopoly than any other person in its history. This man’s name is Donald Trump, the president of the United States of America. The fact that Mr. Trump became president in spite of the cabal’s maneuverings in opposition to it indicates that a brief window of opportunity to end the monopoly’s domination of the world’s information resources may exist.
I make the statement that President Trump is the most reviled person in media monopoly history boldly because of the sad history of Bertelsmann—the European branch of the media monopoly—which willingly served Adolf Hitler’s regime. Hitler should have been the most reviled person in media monopoly history, but he was not. In fact, he was Bertelsmann’s best customer during the war years. The company printed 19 million books under Adolf Hitler, and thrived under his rule through large contracts to print anti-Semitic literature for the Nazi Propaganda Ministry.
Bertelsmann’s history would further suggest that the fathers of today’s media monopoly may have had some measure of participation in putting Hitler in power (at worst), but they cannot dispute or claim that they did not make money off his cruel regime by printing the literature necessary to keep him in power.
Whether one hates the current president of the United States or loves him is irrelevant. He is the only leader in a century who has nothing to lose by ordering his Attorney General to bring the media monopoly back to rule of law and the competition required of all businesses under it.
The president must break up this monopoly just like AT&T was broken up by the Department of Justice in 1982. Time Warner, as example, should be dissembled into regional corporations, then further divided so as not to have cross-media control in any single market.
The Disney Company?—lots of little mice could not control the minds of American youth like the giant mouse tries to do today. And so on. Bust them up and never let them coagulate again.
Our nation and the world could then get back to local news and local sources, reported by people who actually live there and care. Real reporting would quickly be revived and emanate from a wide variety of views rather than just one shrill voice that is ultimately controlled by 15 of the richest men and women in the world.
It would be an ironic justice if President Donald Trump’s legacy was bringing down the monopolistic forces which tried so desperately to destroy him, would it not?
Howell W. Woltz
Author of “The Way Back to America: 10 steps to restore the United States to Constitutional government,” and his recent international bestseller, “Justice Restored: 10 steps to end mass incarceration in America.”
As recently as the 1920s, America had what was considered by the rest of the world to be its best healthcare system. The cost of American healthcare was also the lowest among nations considered to be "modern." This was the result of what was known as the Lodge System. Most Americans, regardless of ethnic or religious stripe were members of some fraternal order.
The "lodge" was a community within each community which supported its members in hard times, but more (perhaps most) importantly, it was also the source of healthcare. The lodge contracted with a local physician to provide medical care for members and their families with average terms ranging from $1 per month in rural areas to $2 per month in cities. When a member or family member became ill, the lodge's physician came to their home and provided medical services at little or no additional charge other than the cost of medicine.
THE MONOPOLY IS GRANTED CONTROL OF MEDICINE IN AMERICA
Until 1929, the free market determined the cost of healthcare, not insurance companies, government, or medical monopolies, and it worked. With a handful of donation dollars, however, this all changed with one act of Congress. A small lobbying group from Chicago known as the AMA (American Medical Association) lobbied the federal legislature to outlaw lodge practice, which Congress did, though this was outside of its constitutional authority or purview.
Medical costs doubled within the next half-decade. The AMA then lobbied to control licensing not only of those who could legally practice medicine, but also which universities and colleges were allowed to teach the subject. Medical costs again quickly doubled.
The first casualties of the monopoly control of medicine were the black medical schools, which were thriving in the 1930s. But it would be more than a generation before black doctors were again licensed to practice medicine by the privately operated AMA monopoly.
Licensing became ever more restrictive to reduce the competition and drive up the earnings of the monopoly's members. New licensees barely met the attrition rate of doctors retiring or quitting the practice of medicine, even as the baby-boom doubled the nation's population. The cost of medical care, as a result, again multiplied.
In the 1960s, the U.S. Government absorbed the public's medical care with Medicaid and Medicare. Costs again skyrocketed, never to be fair or affordable again, until the two market disruptions of monopoly and government were one day removed.
The outcome of monopoly is always the same--the commodity controlled becomes far more expensive. The outcome of government intervention is always the same--the service being provided becomes inefficient, fraught with fraud, and ultimately a bureaucratic nightmare, increasing the cost of that being controlled.
America now has the most expensive medical care in the world---by far---yet ranks behind all of its peer nations and 32nd in terms of quality of care.
As in most cases, all that is needed is for government to return to Rule of Law, and remove the disruptions it caused by exceeding its constitutional boundaries.
FREE THE MARKET
1. Any student granted a degree in medicine by a college or university has the right and privilege to practice that craft under the United States Constitution. Any further restrictions are the purview of the States, not Washington. What constitutes "medicine" should be up to the colleges, universities--and consumers--not a government-sanctioned private monopoly. The shortage of medical practitioners would come to an end quickly, while concurrently creating a myriad of alternative treatments that are banned or outlawed by the monopoly--though effective. RESULT- Medical costs would plummet through competition.
CHANGE OR ELIMINATE THE ROLE OF GOVERNMENT IN MEDICINE
2. Government has no constitutional role in the practice of medicine, but in the interim (as the market rights itself from control of the monopoly and government) it could act as the "lodge," contracting with practitioners for a monthly fee, while allotting groups of patients unable to afford the high cost of monopoly care--but on a fixed basis--as in the practice of old, which worked. The doctor receives the monthly stipend for caring for his allotted citizens, but nothing additional is paid when care is required. Extraordinary costs and care would be the purview of the States, based on what the local populations and legislatures are willing to absorb.
By forcing government to return to constitutional bounds and ending the reign of America's medical monopoly--healthcare could quickly return to what it was less than a century ago--the very best in the world, at the very lowest of costs.
A RETURN TO RULE OF LAW and A RETURN TO THE U.S. CONSTITUTION will truly make America great again, regardless of who is running it.
Howell W. Woltz
Howell is the Author of "The Way Back to America: 10 steps to return the United States to constitutional government."
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Laws and penalties can only be meted out at the federal level through the passage of legislation, voted upon by elected by members of Congress. There is no other mechanism within constitutional authority for placing restraints upon the freedoms of the American public, or of imposing a penalty for exercising activities so restrained. Under Section 8, Article I, Congress is restricted to the punishment of but two human behaviors:
Clause 6. To provide for the Punishment of counterfeiting the Securities and current Coin of the United States;
Clause 10. To define and punish Piracies and Felonies committed on the high Seas, and Offences against the Law of Nations;
The only other crime which federal government was authorized to punish is treason, but that falls under the purview of the Supreme Court of the United States (Clause 1, Article 3), not Congress. While Congress was also delegated the authority to regulate commerce, it was not granted the power to criminalize or punish it.
Instead of following this constitutional delegation of powers, however, our Representatives have not only outlawed 14,000 human behaviors outside of granted authority (4,000 “crimes” under Title 18, and 10,000 civil regulations to which the criminal penalty of prison has been assigned) it has delegated lawmaking authority to dozens of agencies not authorized by or found in the United States Constitution. These agencies of questionable origin and authority have now criminalized, sua sponte, in excess of 300,000 additional human behaviors, none of which were previously against the law (Source: American Legislative Exchange article, pasted below). No dictator, tyrant, or “evil empire” in human history has ever generated so many ways to send its citizens to prison. The ‘land of the free’ now has 314,000 statutes with prison as penalty, resulting in the highest level of mass incarceration the world has ever seen.
These are the steps that must be taken to stop unconstitutional legislation:
1. Only legislation passed by Congress has force of law. Any legislation or rule by agencies or any entity other than the Congress of the United States, is null, void, and unenforceable.
2. Before voting for any legislation, each Representative should be required to go on record as having fully read the entirety of the proposed law or regulation. This would act to limit the length of legislation and restrain those outside of Congress who currently write many, if not most, of our nation’s laws, criminal statutes, and regulations, from overburdening our elected Representatives and passing unjust laws.
3. Require that no law be passed that does not require criminal intent on the part of the accused to be proven by government, beyond a reasonable doubt, before a penalty can be imposed. The principle of mens rea must be restored to rule of law.
4. Legislation by the Executive Branch is also unlawful. There is no provision in Article 2 of the United States Constitution for “executive orders,” and no such authority was ever so granted to the Executive Branch by ‘We the People.’ All Executive Orders must be declared advisory in nature, and legislation passed to preclude such unlawful attempts to legislate by the Executive and further attempts to be cause for impeachment.
5. Put an end to seizure of private assets by police or government until a citizen has a) been charged and proven guilty of a crime and b) a relation between those assets and the crime has been established beyond a reasonable doubt.
6. To end the current situation of “government for sale,” I would ultimately suggest that Congress follow the advice of Austrian Economist, Frederick von Hayek, who once said, “Pass one law. Make every statute written or advantage granted, apply equally to all. Only then will the legislature be unable to grant favors to one group, at the expense of, or detriment to, others.” Our government will no longer be for sale to the highest bidder if this sage advice were followed.
Back to rule of law. We need to devolve back to our ultimately law of the land….The United States Constitution. Viva la Devolucion!
Howell W. Woltz
Author, “The Way Back to America: a 10-step plan to restore the United States to constitutional government,”(2015) and "Justice Restored: 10 steps to end mass incarceration in America (2016)
Born in North Carolina and educated at the University of Virginia, Wake Forest University and Caledonian University in Scotland, Howell now lives in Warsaw, Poland with his wife, Dr. Magdalena Iwaniec-Woltz writing, speaking and working for reform of the American system of justice, which now incarcerates more of its citizens than any nation on earth or in history.