To: Mathew Mari, New York Attorney, The Mathew Mari Show, WVOX
Callista Gingrich, U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican
Lewis J. Borsellino, Principle, DefendEdge Chicago, (SOC)
Jared Kushner, Advisor to the President of the United States
WHY I AM ASKING YOU TO HELP
As introduction, I am a writer, mainly on judicial reform and the Constitution, but each of you has either read or received one of my books. Mrs. Gingrich read “Justice Denied: the United States v. The People” back in 2012 while at the N.R.A. Convention with her husband; Mr. Borsellino also read that book and knows me personally for almost twenty years. I was Mr. Mari’s guest last week in New York regarding my latest book, “Restoring America: by returning to its Constitution” and Mr. Kushner, as well as his father, Charles (my old landlord years ago when I had offices in Manhattan) received, “Justice Restored: 10 steps to end mass incarceration in America” back in 2016, as has each member of Mr. Kushner’s White House Committee on judicial reform.
You are the people that can make this plan come to pass and end one of the most violent chapters in American history. We have a confluence of events that can work together to solve several problems at once, while rebuilding failing institutions and the public’s trust in them:
What this team could accomplish
I know you all to be deeply religious people but also pragmatists. Mr. Mari has championed the wrongfully convicted for 42 years as a defense attorney as well as hosting one of the most respected religiously-informed radio shows in New York City. Ms. Gingrich understands the problems of over-incarceration better than any politician, and now serves as Ambassador to the Vatican. Mr. Borsellino was top-trader in the S&P pits for years, as well as being the most successful problem solver I know— a lifelong resident of Chicago. Mr. Kushner—a champion in his own right for judicial reform—has the ear of the gentleman with the courage and means to make this happen, and the personal life experience to know this plan would work if followed.
We have what is arguably the most powerful, richest religious institution in mankind’s history, losing its way over scandals, lack of purpose, and loss of trust. This is not the first time the church has overcome similar situations, so history gives us a guide of how to cure it now. We do not need to re-invent. Most are familiar with Don Bosco of Italy (St. John Bosco) who addressed a similar time in post-Napoleonic/industrial revolution times in Italy. He was a great follower of the philosophy of Francis de Sales. The Society of Salesians that he founded ultimately established 250 homes for young men and women, saving 130,000 children from lives of poverty, crime, futility, and lack of meaning. Instead, 6000 of them became the next generation of priests and founder of convents, and three were canonised.
American prisons today are largely populated by people who do not belong there. The guilty snitch goes free in a deal to convict others, and the guys who had little or no part in a crime, go to prison. I know this, because I lived with them. I spent 7 years being moved all over America—29 moves between jails and prisons, to prevent my getting assistance—yet never convicted of any crime in or by any court of jurisdiction. A thorough review of 5,760 capital cases over a 23 year period—by the courts themselves—revealed that our criminal justice system gets it wrong 82% of the time, even when death is the outcome. https://deathpenaltyinfo.org/summary-columbia-university-study-prof-james-s-liebman.
After personally assisting convicted citizens seeking relief in over 400 non-capital criminal cases over the past 12 years, I can tell you the error rate is even higher when the court is putting their targets away for a few decades rather than killing them.
By offering a form of specific work-probation to those who are not a risk to society—including a stimulus package of what would have been their cost of incarceration for the coming year—approximately $36,000 each, there will be little recidivism. We give them this money upfront upon release—making this contingent upon also accepting a job of helping restore Catholic properties (and religious-based institutions—that hold a positive view of our way of life)—or for training by local police and perhaps Military Police units to patrol their own former neighborhoods like the beat cops of old. Leaving prison with $40 and a bus ticket—and no hope or opportunity—is what causes recidivism. We change that formula, and we change the outcome completely.
First, we’ve created a small economic boom in the very worst neighborhoods. Small businesses will spring up (addressed in next section) apartments and empty stores will be rented by the former prisoners with cash in their pockets, and small homes will be purchased in the places that were recently the scenes of what is statistically worse violence than the war zones of Afghanistan.
For those who contend there would be a spike in violence, that is untrue. The State of Kentucky released 600,000 violent and non-violent prisoners back into the community in 2004 alone for budgetary and other reasons—and many tens of thousands since—with no spike in crime. In fact, crime rates went down, following recent releases. New York similarly released 17,000 inmates in 2105, and crime went down. No one can tell a kid on the street better than a former prisoner, why he or she never wants to go there.
The Church would once again make itself relevant to the community, automatically drawing support from it, as not only the parishioners but all people would see its positive impact. No more young boys and girls need to be on the streets at night for lack of a stable home environment. They’ve got a bed, food, with structure, hope, a future—and a message if they want to hear it. Many of these young people would choose to become part of the church, just as they did in the 1800s when they saw the huge potential offered by true faith. Many would choose to serve the church or synagogue—just as they did before. Another problem solved—shortage of young people willing to dedicate themselves to our religious institutions, that hold society together.
And just as John Bosco did the the 1800s, we offer the residents apprenticeship opportunities to learn a trade under safe circumstances and rules, so they are not taken advantage of, but have a skill that can support them in a normal life. As the community thrives once more from its new-found economic freedom and vibrancy, electricians, carpenters, plumbers, brick masons, and all manner of trades will be in high demand.
And the former local tough-guys released from prison, who know the community and its people, will be walking their own neighborhood streets, two-by-two, day-and-night, with billy-clubs and badges which would instantly make a world of difference. No precinct time after training, just check in with a police-issued cell phone and log into Four-Square or some other tracking program that allows supervisors to monitor their beats and movements. Regular pay for regular work—and safe streets. If there is any problem, the local residents will have a place to report it.
If these former felons successfully complete the police training program and ‘beat duty’, they would be offered an official pardon, and an opportunity to join the police department as an officer, with all that implies. Another problem—shortage of police recruits—solved.
The Economic Piece
There is no place on earth that does not or has not responded to economic freedom. British pirates and opium dealers dumped on a rock known as Hong Kong, created what is still today one of the economic miracles of the world. Hong Kong remains in the top twenty in terms of GDP. The Portuguese accomplished similar success in Macau with similarly unwanted members of their own societies.
The secrets to economic success are few but immutable. The stability of a safe local environment under local control with as few regulations as possible, and freedom to associate wherever and however is feasible—will create this miracle, even on the empty, violent streets of Southside. And it will happen fast.
Jane Jacobs, Author of The Death and Life of American Cities, once wrote, “Urban planners in New York and ‘development’ seemed to end community life on the streets.” It was because of Jane Jacobs and her relentless attacks on the unelected city planners—who wanted to criss-cross Lower Manhattan with a series of major highways that would have destroyed Little Italy, Greenwich Village, and other vibrant communities—that New York is as liveable as it is today.
Jacobs told Robert Moses—the unelected czar of New York urban planning—that he and his people must learn “to respect—in the deepest sense—strips of chaos that have a weird wisdom of their own not yet encompassed in our concept of urban order.”
Our initiative would need to include these ‘strips of chaos. “Peace on the Streets” zones, where stifling ‘licensing requirements’, red-tape, creativity destroying regulations are suspended would thrive. Street vendors who can’t afford to rent the stores can sell their wares or services on the street just like in booming economies and vibrant cities the world over. In that chaos lies order—because it is having people on the street rather than hiding in their homes, that makes them safe. It is the empty streets in which all manner of evil and dark deeds hold sway.
The so-called ‘food deserts’ of Southside, will become thriving markets overnight. Local people selling fruits and vegetables in street stalls and markets will turn those neighborhood into food oases. Stands selling grandma’s homemade jam and fresh bread from an oven on the block will pop up like mushrooms after a rain. Small trucking firms will spring up to deliver the goods necessary for this new economy—many of them funded by the huge influx of money from their own citizens returning home from the gulag with money in their pocket.
What the president has done for our nation is no different from what can happen in Southside. Put some money back in the pockets of the people, give them back their freedom by slashing stifling red-tape and regulations—and leave them the hell alone. Learn to respect—in the deepest sense—that these ‘strips of chaos’ have their own wisdom. Trust the people, while re-establishing the true purpose of our religious institutions—to help one another, while living in peace with our neighbor.
By creating these ‘strips of chaos’ there will be activity—and eyes—on the street day and night. Children will once more be safe playing there, and neighbor will look out for neighbor—rather than killing them—because it makes good business sense. They will be watching your back and children, just as you watch theirs. Families would be re-united. A healing would begin.
Communities will begin to beg City Hall to set them free and let them become ‘Peace on the Streets’ zones—and it won’t be long before tax-paying businesses come back to the neighborhood to stay. They will not want to be left out of the economic boom there.
COST of this plan? ZERO. BENEFITS of this plan? ENORMOUS.
Howell W. Woltz, firstname.lastname@example.org, The International Centre for Justice, Warsaw, Poland.
Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) has been sitting in the Senate since I was in college. He has done little if anything to ever make me think much of him, but I finally heard him say something sensible when interviewed by Judge Jeanine Pirro several weeks ago: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v21GnI2kmpc
Judge Jeanine asked what he would like to see happen to clean up Washington, DC, and he replied, "If you expose the wrong-doing and no one gets fired...if heads don't roll...nothing is going to change in Washington."
He's absolutely right--but extremely hypocritical. As Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee since 2015, he's had many, many opportunities to remove corrupt judges for cause, but not a single one has been impeached or removed during his tenure. In fact, though the statistics now show that the federal bench holds and houses one of the most corrupt groups imaginable--if you include violations of constitutional rights under color of law-- Senator Grassley has found no cause to disturb their peace, though much "wrong-doing" has been presented--yet "no one [got] fired," and not a single head has rolled under his watch.
Congressional review of over 1,000 complaints submitted to the Judiciary, in fact, tells the story. Not one judge was found by his or her 'peers' to have committed wrong-doing, even when attorneys alleged and/or proved criminal conduct. Of the roughly one-third of the cases re-submitted for appeal of the decision, none were allowed.
So I took Senator Grassley's hypocrisy personally, as I have filed a number of judicial complaints throughout the years, and even when wrong-doing was admitted, nothing--yes, I mean absolutely nothing--was ever done about it. Not a single rebuke or penalty was ever imposed.
One such judge is still on the bench in the Eastern District of North Carolina, as example, after being exposed for creating something of a cottage industry in a conspiracy with Western District prosecutors to violate the Sixth Amendment rights of federal defendants under the Sixth Amendment. These citizens had a constitutional right to be tried in the court and district where they were charged, yet unhappy with the excellent (and honest) Chief Judge of the Western District, Hon. Graham C. Mullen, prosecutors in that federal district who were stopped from violating the rights of their targets would simply have this Eastern District judge poach the case and kidnap the target from the Western District to his Eastern District court to give the prosecutors the outcome they wanted but could not get in the court of actual jurisdiction. This, of course, violates numerous federal laws and Constitutional requirements of due process, but who's watching? Certainly not Senator Grassley--I know, cause this criminal enterprise was brought to his committee.
In just one of these cases, I found 56 federal crimes committed by North Carolina's Eastern District Senior Judge, W. Earl Britt, in league with Western District Assistant U.S. Attorneys Matthew T. Martens and Kurt Meyers, to violate the constitutional rights of defendants. Though I found a number of other cases in which the conspirators of the Eastern District bench and Western District prosecutors did the same thing, this case involved Judge Britt's "blood-feud enemy of 30 years"--the former State Republican Chairman who had fought to keep him off the bench in 1980 when President Carter appointed him. It was pure payback--in violation of law and Standards of Judicial Conduct--but again, who's watching, Senator?
Though this was formally brought to Senator Grassley's committee by fellow Senator, Richard Burr, no action was ever taken--not even a reprimand-- even when such egregious illegal conduct was evident simply by looking at the Docket Sheet of the case. There was no "he said, she said" or areas for dispute. The facts were clear. The criminal conduct of two Department of Justice prosecutors in collusion with a senior federal judge two federal districts away was right there in the paperwork.
So while I applaud Senator Grassley's words, I'd like to see his actions match them.
America's judiciary now gets it wrong 82% of the time--even when death is the outcome for the citizen. Don't tune me out. I can back that up and give you the links to see for yourself--and those are not my numbers, they are from an intensive review by the courts themselves of their sloppy adjudication in 5,760 capital cases over a 23 year period. And I blame Senator Grassley and his whimpering colleagues for not having the courage to remove such judges and incarcerate corrupt prosecutors for this dismal record, which led to the deaths of many innocent people. That could have been avoided by making sure that 'heads roll' when criminal conduct is exposed, rather than just looking the other way and letting crimes continue to be committed by the courts vested with punishing them.
In Columbia Law School's summary of these reviews, in 73% of the cases, the courts themselves found so many violations of the constitutional rights of the defendants that the outcome was deemed unreliable and required overturn. In an additional 9% of the cases, it was clear from the prosecutors' evidence that their targets were innocent when put to the hazard, yet they tried and convicted them anyway.
Total--82%. Of the 5,760 people, which is almost every citizen charged with a crime deserving of death over a 23 year period, corrupt prosecutors and complicit judges were found to have gotten it wrong 8 out of 10 times. https://deathpenaltyinfo.org/summary-columbia-university-study-prof-james-s-liebman. Also, see https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/the-destruction-of-defendants-rights
I've personally worked on over 400 federal criminal cases where death was not the intended outcome, just years and decades in prison, and can tell you that the rate of criminal conduct by prosecutors and judges is even higher in non capital cases. Why? Because no one gets fired and no heads roll--just like Senator Grassley says. They are above the law and know it.
The Judge Britts of the judiciary--which is an alarmingly high percentage of them--know there is no penalty likely for their misconduct, even when it is criminal. Only two judges have been removed from office this century--even though the evidence of their incredible incompetence is now in hand. Though they are not immune from laws such as 18 U.S.C. §§241 and 242 (Violation of Constitutional rights under color of law, or conspiracy to do so), they simply don't charge themselves and there is no power remaining in America that can do so, which they also know.
Every other nation in the world that claims to be free has solved this problem by creating Offices of Ombudsman in each federal district to hold members of government to rule of law. Bureaucrats, politicians, prosecutors--and yes, even criminals on the bench--can be prosecuted by the Ombudsman and relief granted to their victims in independent review. So why don't we have Offices of Ombudsmen, Senator Grassley, if you guys in Congress are too chicken to 'fire' and make heads 'roll' in the federal judiciary, as is your duty under the Constitution? If you are unwilling to remove the criminals running the courts, why not allow Ombudsmen to do the job for you? Or are you and your colleagues perhaps concerned about your own actions that are unconstitutional--which an Ombudsman might also pursue? (That's bait for my next article about Congress's own criminal scheme to have us pay the premiums for their health care).
But let's see how many Americans you have allowed to be ruined by these rogue courts and prosecutors whose only apparent goal is chalking up convictions. The BNA Criminal Law Reporter, May 19, 2010, Vol. 87, No. 7--an official government publication--admitted, "The U.S. Department of Justice estimates that 71 million Americans--approximately 25%--have a criminal record." Shocking, right? That's why this number has only been published one time.
So let's juxtapose that government admission, with the more recently admitted excruciating level of incompetence (or malfeasance) in getting it wrong 82% of the time. (Imagine a drumroll in the background). That's 58 million Americans since I was in college and Senator Grassley came to Washington that are very likely to have been unlawfully imprisoned or executed by rogue judges and prosecutors who did not live within the law themselves. That's a holocaustic number of people murdered or sent to the Gulag by the state, and it's got to stop. Heads must roll--now.
58 million Americans lost their right to vote. They lost their right to defend themselves and their family. They can never get a good job again and are forced to pay for many government programs they cannot access. They are branded for life with a Scarlet "F" for felon put on their chest wrongfully by a system where prosecutors are driven to win and courts willingly assist them to fill the prison industry to overflowing. And how many innocent people were sent to their deaths instead of the gulag? We'll never know, because once this horrendous record of 'getting it wrong' began coming to light, Congress virtually suspended our constitutional right to seek review of bad or unlawful court decisions and outcomes. (https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/the-destruction-of-defendants-rights)
What other job in the world besides being an American prosecutor or judge allows you to get it wrong 8 out of 10 times--even when you are going to kill the person--and keep your job? It's high time Congress used their powers under Article III to create offices of Ombudsmen or Peoples' Courts in each federal district with the power to 1) hold government employees to Rule of Law as we are held to it by them, and 2) to grant relief to the millions of Americans violated under color of law.
Talk is cheap, Senator. It's time for action.
Howell W. Woltz
Author, "Restoring America: by returning to its Constitution"
If you are still in favor of “illegal immigration”—allowing people who break into our nation to stay—I ask you to take 5 minutes to reconsider. Please watch a couple of the many interviews on YouTube of mothers of young people brutally slain by those you wish to live amongst us permanently. There are far more of them than you know about.
(Click on link mothers of children murdered by illegals)
In the State of Texas alone, there are over 1,200 such mothers of dead children just since 2011 when the Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s Office began keeping stats on crimes by illegal aliens.
So why don’t we hear about these 1,200 American mothers who lost their babies to the babies of Honduran, Guatemalan and Mexican mothers who broke into our nation, or simply abandoned these precious little darlings on our nation’s doorstep? Or what about the 600,000 plus other violent crimes these babies committed when they grew up? And that’s just in Texas since the state began keeping these numbers a few years ago. Ask the mothers of the little American girls who were raped or murdered about being “compassionate” and continuing to allow gang members from Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico who did it—and their babies—to continue pouring across our porous border at will.
Truth is clearly not on the agenda in this debate—just more voters. How the Dems get them, and the cost of it to our nation and people, has proven unimportant. How stupid can it get?
But it’s time we asked them to tell the truth about why these foreign babies are so much more important to them than our babies—the ones being murdered, raped and robbed by these invaders. Do you find that statement too harsh? According to the facts, it is not.
Approximately 30% of those foreign babies who eventually wielded knives, guns, and bare hands against our babies to kill them were those same cuddly little “unaccompanied minors” that have been renamed ‘Dreamers’ by the crazed wing nuts who want their votes to offset ours.
Are the lives of these thousands of young Americans that were stolen from them by criminal aliens and so-called ‘Dreamers’, more important to the media and (other) crazies than our children? How stupid can they get? Do they really think that we won’t figure out what they are doing—and why? They can’t claim it is ‘compassion’ when 30% of the murders and 40% of violent crime in these states is being committed by these cuddly little babies when they grow up—unless the Dems have no remaining compassion for our own children—the victims—who are mostly legal immigrants from those same nations.
And it is no longer just border towns and states that are the targets of marauding gangs of dangerous criminal would-be-Dem-voter/invaders. It jumps to 40% of the murders, as example, in far-away New York’s Suffolk County (in 2017)—committed by illegal aliens and so-called Dreamers—many of whom were released to do it again—in hopes, one can only suppose, that they would illegally cast a ballot for those who opened the gates to them and theirs in the first place—the so-called “Progressives” of both parties.
How such a regressive creed can have the word 'progress' in it is beyond me. How stupidly can words be manipulated to serve such a sick cause?
Are the lives of Americans legal immigrants of so little value to these so-called ‘Progressives’ and Soros-backed groups helping these criminal invaders, that they no longer care about our own people? In any world but the one inhabited by these left wing nuts, this could not happen! It is not worth another American life for just one more Democratic-leaning or Socialist voter. I’m not against immigration—I’m an immigrant myself—but there has to be some vetting. In fact, I don’t understand anyone wanting anything but the best to come to their country—any country. What’s wrong with that?
And when almost one of three of the invaders will be the killer in murder stats, they’re not “Dreamers”, they’re “Nightmares.” They pose no danger to the pols, pundits, and latte-set behind their gated community walls and in their enclaves—they go to the places where average legal immigrant Americans live and turn those places into war zones. So what do the legal immigrants think?
That question brings up an interesting point that may come back to bite the pushers of this madness. How do the legal immigrants feel and think about floods of illegals and criminal aliens being invited to where they live by the ‘Progressives’? A recent press release from the LIBRE Initiative speaks volumes on this topic:
“According to a survey by Pew, nearly 70 percent of Latinos supported increased enforcement of Immigration laws even before the increased attention to border issues this year. A survey by FWD.us puts the number even higher – with 78 percent supportive of stronger border security, and comparable levels of support for a visa tracking system and e-verify.”
Why? Because they are the victims of the illegal gang members and criminals being invited to invade our nation. Who do these media crazies and Progs think suffer the most harm from their voter scheme? MS-13 and 18th Street Gangs don’t head for the country club communities where Nancy, Chuck and Auntie Maxine live, they blend in amongst the Latino communities—which end up suffering the harshest share of their criminal activity.
That’s why most Hispanics who are here legally or second generation are more concerned than anyone about open borders and the intentional importation of dangerous people coming from the world they escaped. If they liked socialism and violence, they could have stayed at home instead of coming to the United States to become a Democrat.
And here is the part that would frighten Dem bobble heads and media fringe-cakes if they paid attention to any sources outside their own echo chamber:
“[Gallup] polls show a trend for subsequent generations of Hispanic Americans to identify as more conservative than first generation immigrants.”
A lot more, in fact. As evidenced in the 2012 election, Hispanic voters who came as immigrants supported Dems at 72%, but by first generation, that dropped to 58%, and by then, only 7% even rank immigration as their top priority. Like newborn puppies, their eyes open rather quickly.
This should worry Dems and Progs as they also embrace the failed socialist policies that drove many of these people to America in the first place. Even more frightful for them should be the fact that their voter scheme is soaked in American blood, and these second generation immigrants are waking up to it—cause they are the ones doing most of the bleeding. In fact, an overwhelming number of the YouTube interviews of mothers of children murdered by illegals, were themselves legal immigrants.
Why go across town to “Kill, Rape, Control, Repeat,” (the official MS-13 slogan) when you can just stay home in the barrio and cut up (or rape) your own? If you are in California or a sanctuary city, you’ll be home for dinner either way—unlike an American citizen—so why go to the trouble of leaving the neighborhood? Why waste the gas? “Kill, Rape, Control, Repeat” where you live, only makes sense, right?
And it will ultimately be the children of these decent, law-abiding Latinos who have so suffered from the Dem’s blood-soaked ballot box scheme and madness who will turn into—God-forbid—conservatives and reasonable people.
So which agency should take the heat for this incredible failure at our borders? Certainly not ICE, as seems to be this week’s media/left-wing nuts topping. They may be the only ones actually doing their job. According to facts discovered from Judicial Watch’s trove of recently-released documents—which took years and a court order to get from Obama’s Department of Homeland Security:
“36,000 criminal aliens who were awaiting the outcome of deportation proceedings were released by DHS in 2013. This group consisted of aliens convicted of hundreds of serious, often violent crimes, including homicide, sexual assault, kidnapping, and aggravated assault. The 36,000 criminal aliens had nearly 88,000 convictions, including one for wilfully killing a public official with a gun. Yet this alien, and tens of thousands of other dangerous thugs, were release by DHS onto an unsuspecting American public.” [Clean House, by Tom Fitton]
As Lamar Smith, Former House Judiciary Committee Chairman described this incredible Obama DHS crime against the American public, it was “the worst prison break in American history.”
But he was wrong, through no fault of Chairman Smith’s, only because Homeland Security (what a name for an agency that knowingly puts us in such danger!) had lied or at best, failed to follow the court order to disclose the truth. It was actually “165,900 convicted criminal aliens throughout the United States, including murderers, kidnappers, and aliens convicted of aggravated and sexual assault.”
That was the worst prison break in American history and it was this misnamed “Department of Homeland Security” that did it on orders of the Obama White House and as part of the Dems’ scheme to dilute the votes of American citizens, by tilting the game to the left in their favor.
The cost to the Democrats and Progressives everywhere of this wholesale importation of criminals, just to offset the votes of legal immigrants and other Americans, should come back to haunt them as all minority unemployment (including Hispanic) continues to plummet to record lows under the sensible policies now being employed.
Why would the legal immigrants here—or any other group in America besides the Dems’ big-business donors at the Chamber of Commerce—want cheap illegal aliens to take jobs from those who already live here and followed the rules? The answer is, if they do now, they won’t for long. As the stats show, their eyes are opening.
As for the Progressives on both sides of the aisle who are willing to trade the lives of American children for a short term ballot box gain by importing criminals and gang members from other nations, well, may they rot in Hell for what they are doing.
Howell W. Woltz
Author of “Restoring America: by returning to its Constitution,” now available on Amazon and Kindle as of June, 2018.
HAPPY 4TH OF JULY AND WELCOME TO THE SECOND REVOLUTION!!
Let’s start with a little Q & A to warm up.
First of all, dump any preconceived notions, because they will be bent or bruised rather quickly, I suspect, once we start. Nor will you will find the answers in the mainstream press. This is scoop from inside the beast itself.
Ready? First question—What rogue nation in history incarcerated more of its citizens than any other? A) The Soviet Union, B) Nazi Germany, C) Communist China, or D) The United States of America.
Next, which Justice System has a 73% rate of error in convictions on review with 9% provably innocent when put to the hazard—even when the outcome for the defendant is death?
Only a handful of nations still murder their own people so— Afghanistan, Belarus, China, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Iran, Iraq, Japan, Jordan, Malaysia, North Korea, Pakistan, Palestine Hamas authorities (Gaza), Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Somalia, Sudan, Taiwan, UAE, USA, Vietnam and Yemen, are your choices. Pick one of them.
Pretty sick group of countries, right?
Next question—What nation still uses prison slave labor for private industry, as the Nazis, Communist Chinese and Soviet Union did in the 20th century? Hint: It’s one of the countries that also still murder their own people.
Next question—What nation has the highest conviction rate in the world? Hint—it’s also one of those nations that still kills their citizens, so you can choose from that same group of baddies again.
And last question—what nation’s citizens have the inalienable right to challenge wrongful detention or incarceration (habeas corpus), but had it illegally suspended to hide that nation’s high rate of prosecutorial misconduct and error? Again, you can use the same list of sickos that still murder their own people.
Ready for the answers? Good.
Question 1—highest rate of incarceration
With less than 5% of the world’s population, the United States of America has 25% of its prisoners. 71+ million Americans have been labelled as ‘felons’ and imprisoned or executed just since I was in college.
While the U.S. Constitution guarantees certain inalienable rights, every one of these 71+ million Americans have been alienated from those rights as a result of their conviction. “The U.S. Department of Justice estimates that 71 million people—approximately 25% of the American population—have a criminal record,” as published in the BNA Criminal Law Reporter in its May 19, 2010 issue; Vol. 87, No. 7. I’m giving the date and publication because the U.S. Department of Justice had the report sequestered (and the Obama Administration threatened me with imprisonment in 2015, if I continued talking publicly and writing about this)—to the point I had to leave my home nation.
Though federal government is restricted by the U. S. Constitution to the punishment only three crimes— 1) piracy on the high seas or against the laws of other nations, 2) counterfeiting of U.S. currency or government securities, and 3) treason— it has concocted 314,000 ways to send its own citizens to prison—a record. In fact, one could add up the laws of most other nations and not get to that many ‘criminal’ statutes.
Crime and punishment with those three exceptions was, by Constitution, the province of the individual States—not the federal government, so federal government is in breach of our contract.
But that has not stopped the “Progressives” of the past century, Republicans and Democrats alike, from violating that provision in lavish fashion using what they call ‘Administrative law.’ These are statutes never passed by any elected officials or signed into law by a president.
Have you mistreated a mailbag? Have you released a mammal from a net? Have you given a neighbour milk or butter from your cow? Or—get this— have you ‘thought’ about committing a crime? U.S. government attorneys now use that last charge as suspenders in over 90% of federal cases, as there simply is no defence against it. "Conspiracy" is an inchoate crime of thought.
A study by Harvard School of Law, as cited in a book by Boston Attorney Harvey Silverglate, estimates that the average American now commits three of these “felonies” a day and does not even know it, they are so vague or ridiculous that normal people would never consider such behaviour criminal.
In his book, “Three Felonies a Day—how the Feds target the innocent,” Silverglate reveals how federal criminal laws have become so dangerously disconnected from the English common law tradition that prosecutors can pin arguable federal crimes on any one for even the most seemingly innocuous behaviour. If they can’t find a ‘crime’, the citizen being targeted is charged with thinking about committing one (now called ‘conspiracy’) and often spends more years in prison than if they had actually committed the underlying act about which they were alleged to have been ‘thinking.’
Question 2—Who gets it ‘wrong’ the most?
The answer to this one sounds so crazy that I’ll use a quote from The New Yorker Magazine (The Destruction of Defendants’ Rights By Lincoln Caplan June 21, 2015):
“ ‘A landmark Columbia Law School study of virtually every state and federal death-penalty appeal from 1973 to 1995 reported that “courts found serious, reversible error in nearly 7 of every 10 of the thousands of capital sentences that were fully reviewed during the period.” There were so many mistakes, the study found, that after “state courts threw out 47% of death sentences due to serious flaws, a later federal review found ‘serious error’—error undermining the reliability of the outcome—in 40% of the remaining sentences.”
And this was not a small batch of cases, but rather almost every one over that 22 year period—5,670 of them. This was so underreported that I tracked down the study itself back then before it also disappeared under the Obama information purge (https://deathpenaltyinfo.org/summary-columbia-university-study-prof-james-s-liebman) and published it from abroad so it would survive his presidency.
So what do you do with prosecutors and judges that are either 1) so corrupt and dishonest that they wrongfully or intentionally put innocent people on the prison plantation as slave labor—or worse— 2) are so incompetent that they ‘get it wrong’ 8 out of 10 times? What other job on earth besides being a United States Prosecutor or Judge allows you to have such a horrendous record and still keep your job? I can’t think of any.
But, in post-constitutional America, all you have to do if you are a judge or prosecutor is make case law that gives you immunity for your crimes. That’s right. As long as they are at work when they break the law by violating the rights of those who come before them, they’ve put themselves above the law in a string of questionable decisions beginning with Pierson v. Ray in 1967.
Question 3—What nation still uses slave prison labor for private industry?
Just one. The United States of America. And here is where I am going to spill the beans on how I know all of this. I was seven years a slave myself, targeted in a political vendetta for my writings and speeches reaching back over 30 years. I was illegally detained for 87 months all over America (29 moves between jails and prisons to keep me sequestered and from getting real help) without ever being convicted in or by any court of jurisdiction for any crime.
Only now are those crimes of the United States federal courts and Department of Justice prosecutors being addressed—a decade later—under the new Trump Administration’s attorneys, who replaced Obama’s Progs.
When they had to let me go, I immediately started writing and speaking out on these subjects again as I have since giving my first speech on this topic (September 15, 1977). A long-forgotten article about that first speech popped up in my e-mail in Eastern Europe in 2016, the day after I published a report on this topic of U.S. slave prison-labor. The e-mail’s sender information was blank, and then disappeared as I was trapping this image from that newspaper "The Mount Airy Times" which went out of business over quarter century ago.
It was a warning, clearly, and threats followed it, which only stopped in 2016 after Trump’s unexpected win over the next Progressive in line to take over the American throne—Hillary Rodham Clinton--who by some miracle, lost.
The harassment by Obama Administration officials against me began in earnest after I gave a TED talk in 2014 on these crimes (and the need for federal Ombudsmen to stop corrupt government agents and officials), as well as a documentary film on my story (Justice Denied: the United States v. The People) that became one of the top four films in its category worldwide as announced at the Sundance Film Festival that year (http://www.howellwoltz.com/film.html). Life became nothing short of dangerous after that.
It started with death threats by phone calls—routed abroad through numbers that did not exist—in the middle of the night, warning me to stop talking about what they had done to me ‘or else.’ When that did not work, I was threatened at my home by armed federal agents of the Obama Justice Department based in Raleigh, North Carolina (on more than one occasion), warning me to “shut up, or we’ll do it to you again,” and I was constantly followed.
They then started harassing and threatening my family, including break-ins, threats of prosecution and worse. Soon thereafter, I left the U.S. without telling anyone where I was going and now live and write from the former Soviet bloc nation of Poland—in complete freedom. After my last book was published in 2018, however, an Eastern District NC judge about whose crimes I had written extensively (Senior Federal Judge W. Earl Britt) ordered my remaining assets at Merrill Lynch in New York seized--all of it--out of pure spite.
So no one can tell me that prisons all over America are not acting as slave labor camps for American industry or that our courts act justly. Even President Donald Trump knows how corrupt these people are now, but it takes one of us who was there in the American Gulag to know about the slave labor camps. I was, and when I challenged the slave labor issue in federal court, the judge’s response was that the $5.00 per month I was being paid clearly meant that I was not a slave—I was compensated for my involuntary labor (though many slaves of old were also paid a pittance) and my complaint was dismissed.
All federal prisons now employ slave prison labor and 37 states have legalised the contracting of prison labor by private corporations as well.
And these are not sweatshop outfits, this is the Crème de la Crème of American (and foreign) industry, including 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, Target Stores, and many more.
According to Vicky Peláez at Global Research, as of May 05, 2018 these businesses said they “are excited about the economic boom generation by prison labor.” Since being legalised in 1980, the profits of just these companies shot up from $392 million to $1.31 billion, through 1994, when the Clinton Administration partnered with private prison companies—(and Mr. and Mrs. Clinton were given a significant shareholding in Aramark Industries—a major supplier to the prison-industrial complex).
No figures are public since then and the subject is hidden from the public by the mainstream media—as they are also owners of many of private prison companies or shareholders in those benefiting from the prison plantation scheme. Disney Company, as example, is not just about Mickey Mouse any more. They are a major player in the prison-for-profit industry.
Question 4—What nation has the highest conviction rate?
As far as quizzes go, I guess this is a bummer when the answer is the same for every question, but again, the United States of America is the winner. Of every 1,000 Americans targeted by U.S. prosecutors, only 14 of the very richest or politically connected will walk out a free person. The other 98.6% of U.S. prosecutors’ targets and victims are not so lucky.
The cost of defending against attack by government with such a stacked deck is simply beyond the means of all but the richest of Americans. In 2013, as example, Raj Rajaratnam spent over $40 million to defend against charges of insider trading—and that does not count the cost of his appeal.
Bill Ruehle, CFO at BroadCom, successfully defended himself for the bargain price of $30 million.
Though the Constitution again requires government to try all criminal cases before a jury, that happens in only one of twenty cases today. The rest are coerced into plea agreements by unscrupulous government prosecutors. 77.1% of their targets will never be free a day until they go to prison. They are held in dangerous, filthy county jails until they agree to take a deal to escape the violence —though the Constitution also guarantees the right to a reasonable bail.
The misnomered “Bail Reform Act” of 1984 simply did away with that right by allowing prosecutors to hold anyone considered a ‘flight risk’ or ‘a danger to the community.’ Taking no chances, in the roughly 400 criminal cases I’ve personally worked on over the past decade, prosecutors claim both.
And while the Speedy Trial Act of 1974 and the Bill of Rights demand that all trials begin no later than 70 days after arrest, (including only a handful of excludable delays) I have never seen that law followed in a single case. Prosecutors and judges simply ignore the Constitution—as they are immune from penalty for violating it themselves. I worked on cases where government’s targets were held for five years and more in violation of law and Constitution because they refused to take the prosecutors’ ‘deal’ or plead guilty to a crime they did not commit.
Question 5—What nation suspended the right to habeas corpus in violation of its own Constitution?
I guess you have realised by now that there is only one answer, and that is unfortunately the nation I love more than any—my homeland—The United States of America.
Remember the capital cases above where government got it wrong almost every time? “Without federal habeas corpus, those serious errors would have gone unchecked. Instead of later being found not to deserve the death penalty, as happened in seventy-three per cent of the cases, or instead of being found innocent, as happened in nine per cent of the cases, these defendants likely would have been put to death.” (Quoted also from The New Yorker Magazine article previously cited).
Though federal government was absolutely forbidden from suspending the right to challenge illegal detention or sentencing except in “cases of Rebellion or Invasion,” that was done anyway by The Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 (A.E.D.P.A.) and signed into law by a president claiming to be a constitutional lawyer—Bill Clinton—who was also by then promised ownership in Aramark Industries upon exiting from that job. (I read about that in a prison guard union magazine I found in the trash back in 2008—urging the union members to vote for Hillary in the Democratic Primary as she was vested in their industry through owning millions of dollars in Aramark Industries stock—again, not public information).
So what did they do about the 80+% error rate? Well, rather than fix or even admit to the system’s disrepair, they in effect suspended the citizen’s right to publicly prove their error to protect corrupt prosecutors and inept judges.
Now let’s recap from our quiz. Of the 71+ million Americans ruined since I was in college—using almost exclusively laws not authorised by the Constitution—the United States system of ‘Justice’ improperly disenfranchised 58,000,000 of its citizens—a number so huge that the world should have been screaming—but almost no one knows it—and if you write or speak out about it in America—at least until now under the new Trump Administration—you were jailed, threatened into silence, or had to leave. By the way, the secret effort to steal my remaining U.S. assets at Merrill Lynch was started under the Obama gang at the DOJ in 2013 and it was a Democratic judge who signed the order taking them in May of 2018--in an out-of-jurisdiction court, so I don't blame the new Administration or its leader. It was the Progs, though Jeff Sessions, unfortunately supports such theft like his predecessors, but I have faith President Trump will fix that criminal conduct by the DOJ as well once he cleans house there.
But back to the point--58 million Americans disenfranchised as citizens—or murdered by their nation—and no one is saying a word about it? All I did was cobble together information that was dripped into the public over the years and consolidated it—but I never would have known all of this from public sources available outside of prison, as the Progressive media is in on the scheme. I found the BNA Criminal Law Reporter in the law library of FCI-Beckley in West Virginia, not on the outside.
But there is real hope now for change for the first time in decades. The work that exposed this information publicly and caused me to be threatened by the Obama Administration to the point I had to leave my own country, became an international bestseller once I was safely abroad and— “Justice Restored: 10 steps to end mass incarceration in America”— is now being used by the Trump White House as a guide to reform that same corruption.
That information went from being a reason to jail me and steal everything I had under the Obama Progressives, to a handbook for reform under the man they love to hate. President Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has assembled a committee of 20 reformers of every creed and color from around the nation to address this problem—and they are actually doing something about it. Kushner knows the problems well, as his father—my old landlord from New York, Charles Kushner—suffered a similar politically motivated prosecution in 2005.
Someone is finally pulling the cover off the Progressives’ slave labor prison business as well as their associated disenfranchisement scheme used to control the political game and it’s time as the old song says that they “LET MY PEOPLE GO.”
I have two takeaways from this piece for America and—for any who agree that before the United States can reclaim any moral high ground in the world, this criminal system of 'justice' must be stopped:
The first four nations to establish such offices of ombudsmen to rout out corruption in government (Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and Finland) are also now the four most transparent on earth—so it works.
By taking Step 1 and restoring penalty for those in power who violate the public trust, the system can quickly right itself.
By taking Step 2, and issuing a blanket pardon—as is his constitutional right—President Donald J. Trump would cement himself into the White House for as long as he wants the job. I say this confidently as I remember going to bed in early July of 1964, and every black member of our community was a follower of the party of Abraham Lincoln—the Republican—who was credited with setting them free.
The next morning, however, every single black person I knew—overnight—became a Democrat for life. Why? Because the same Democratic Party that put them in slavery and continued their disenfranchisement for a century after they were freed, was the party that passed the Civil Rights Act in July of 1964, giving them back their rights, dignity and privileges as full citizens of the republic.
I can tell you from the personal experience of having had everything taken from me—including those rights and my dignity—that President Donald J. Trump would have the hearts and souls of 71 million Americans—approximately 25% of the nation's adults— behind him forever, like the Democrats won over 13 million people overnight in 1964 as voters for generations—just by doing the right thing.
Howell W. Woltz
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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
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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
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.