Fwd: 2013: It’s Goi ng To Be A Rough Year by Chuck Baldwin, De cember 28, 2012

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>by Chuck Baldwin, December 28, 2012
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>2013: It's Going To Be A Rough Year by Chuck Baldwin, December 28, 2012
>2013: It's Going To Be A Rough Year
>By Chuck Baldwin
>December 28, 2012
>Archived column:
>I candidly confess that I am not very 
>superstitious. I don’t care how many cracks I 
>step on on a sidewalk; I don’t care how many 
>cracked mirrors I look at; I’ve never thrown 
>salt over my shoulder; I’ve never rubbed a 
>red-headed boy’s head for luck; I don’t 
>carry four-leaf clovers or rabbit’s feet in my 
>pocket; and the number 13 doesn’t scare me a 
>bit. All of that notwithstanding, however, I 
>can’t help but believe that 2013 is going to be a rough year.
>One thing is certainly clear: the last year that 
>ended in 13 was a horrific year for the people 
>of the United States. In fact, 1913 was one of 
>the worst years of the Twentieth Century. Consider the following:
>February 3, 1913
>This is the date when the 16th Amendment was 
>ratified, and the direct income tax and IRS were 
>instituted. This was a flagrant repudiation of 
>freedom principles. What began as a temporary 
>measure to support the War of Northern 
>Aggression became a permanent income revenue 
>stream for an unconstitutional--an­d ever-growing--centra­l government.
>April 8, 1913
>This is the date when the 17th Amendment was 
>ratified. This amendment overturned the power of 
>the State legislatures to elect their own 
>senators and replaced it with a direct, popular 
>vote. This was another serious blow against 
>State sovereignty. The framers of the 
>Constitution desired that the influence and 
>power in Washington, D.C., be kept as close to 
>the people and states as possible. For example, 
>the number of representatives in the House of 
>Representatives was to be decided by a limited 
>number of voters. In the original Constitution, 
>the ratio of “people of the several States” 
>deciding their House member could not exceed 
>“one for every thirty thousand.” (Article. 
>I. Section. 2. Paragraph. 3.) And when it came 
>to the US Senate, the framers also recognized 
>the authority of each State legislature to 
>select its own senators, thereby keeping power 
>and influence from aggregating in Washington, 
>D.C. The 17th Amendment seriously damaged the 
>influence and power of the states by forcing 
>them to elect their US senators by popular vote. 
>The bigger the State, the less influence the 
>State legislature has in determining its US 
>senator. Senators who answered to State 
>legislators, each answering to a limited number 
>of voters, were much more accountable to the 
>“citizens of the several States” than those 
>who were elected by a large number (many times 
>numbering into the millions) of people. For all 
>intents and purposes (at least in the larger 
>states), US Senators are more like 
>“mini-Presiden­ts” than they are representatives of sovereign states.
>December 23, 1913
>This is the date when the Federal Reserve Act 
>was passed. This Act placed oversight of 
>America’s financial matters into the hands of 
>a cabal of private international bankers, who 
>have completely destroyed the constitutional 
>principles of sound money and (for the most 
>part) free enterprise. No longer would the 
>marketplace (private consumption, thrift, 
>growth, etc.) be the determinant of the US 
>economy (which is what freedom is all about), 
>but now a private, unaccountable international 
>banking cartel would have total power and 
>authority to micromanage (for their own private, 
>parochial purposes) America’s financial 
>sector. Virtually every recession, depression, 
>and downturn (including the one we are now 
>experiencing) has been the direct result of the 
>Fed’s manipulation (again, for its own 
>purposes and with Washington’s cooperation) of the market.
>Already, 2013 is shaping up to rival the 
>monstrous year of 1913. Here are some of the reasons why:
>Health Care
>The elements of Obamacare will begin to be felt 
>this year in earnest. The American people can 
>expect the cost of everything associated with 
>health care to quadruple or more. Physicians 
>will begin leaving their practices or 
>significantly scaling back their services. 
>Hospitals will start dispensing assembly 
>line-type care. The quality of health care will 
>plummet. But, of course, welfare recipients 
>(including illegal aliens) will see a dramatic increase in benefits.
>Don’t expect the Republican-led House of 
>Representatives to hold the line on taxes. John 
>Boehner and the RINOs in the GOP will give Obama 
>the vast majority of what he wants on taxes. The 
>result is our taxes are going up. Big time! This 
>also means that the cost of everything else is 
>going up. Real inflation is on its way, folks.
>Gun Control
>This is the big issue! Barack Obama and his 
>gun-control fanatics in the Democrat Party have 
>already declared war on the Second Amendment. 
>They are going to attempt to outlaw 
>semi-automatic rifles, high capacity magazines 
>in both rifles and handguns, and make the 
>private sale of firearms illegal. It will be the 
>biggest assault on the Second Amendment since 1968--and maybe in US history!
>If gun owners, and freedom lovers of all types, 
>expect to pass any freedom on to their 
>posterity, they are going to have to fight, AND 
>FIGHT HARD, to preserve their liberties. The 
>same GOP-led House that is going to cave-in on 
>taxes will also have a propensity to cave-in on 
>more gun control. Only the biggest outcry of 
>opposition that they have ever seen from their 
>constituents will come close to helping them 
>stay the line. Freedomists all over America had 
>better take the gloves off come January and 
>rally support against these assaults against the 
>Second Amendment or our liberties will be gone FOREVER!
>In addition, State legislators, governors, etc., 
>must also rise up in massive opposition to this 
>tyrannical assault against the Second Amendment 
>by Washington, D.C. In short, states need to 
>tell Washington to go to hell! That they are not 
>going to comply with Washington’s attempt to 
>outlaw the most fundamental right in American 
>history: the right to keep and bear arms.
>Thomas Jefferson correctly stated, “The 
>strongest reason for the people to retain the 
>right to keep and bear arms is, as a last 
>resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.”
>George Washington said, “Firearms stand next 
>in importance to the Constitution itself. They 
>are the American people's liberty teeth and 
>keystone under independence... From the hour the 
>Pilgrims landed, to the present day, events, 
>occurrences, and tendencies prove that to ensure 
>peace, security, and happiness, the rifle and 
>pistol are equally indispensable... The very 
>atmosphere of firearms everywhere restrains evil 
>interference. When firearms go, all goes.”
>Remember, too, semi-automatic rifles are not 
>“assault rifles,” no matter what media 
>propagandists say. Assault rifles are capable of 
>fully automatic fire. These guns are already 
>illegal without jumping through a myriad 
>bureaucratic hoops in order to obtain a special 
>permit to possess them. That assault rifles are 
>illegal is bad enough. To take away the 
>citizen’s right to bear a semi-automatic rifle 
>is to, in effect, completely disarm him. Such an 
>act must be regarded as an act of war against 
>the life and liberties of the American people!
>The semi-automatic rifle is the backbone of 
>freedom; it is the single most significant 
>protection against tyranny and oppression in 
>modern times. Is it mere coincidence that the 
>Bloody Butchers of Beijing are calling for the 
>American citizenry to surrender their 
>semi-automatic rifles? US troops won World War 
>II because of the semi-automatic rifle. 
>Switzerland maintained its peaceful neutrality 
>even when the entire continent was soaked in war 
>because of the semi-automatic rifle. The only 
>reason that would-be tyrants in the US 
>government have been kept at bay is because of 
>an American citizenry fully armed with 
>semi-automatic rifles. Foreign enemy-states such 
>as Communist China are more intimidated by an 
>American nation filled with citizens who bear 
>semi-automatic rifles than they are our nuclear arsenal--and that is a fact!
>Furthermore, semi-automatic rifles have been 
>around since before World War II, and they are 
>used by millions of hunters every year. Predator 
>hunters, especially, need a semi-automatic 
>rifle. In 1990, one hundred thousand police 
>officers delivered a report to Congress that 
>only 2-3% of crimes were committed using 
>semi-automatic rifles. In 1993, a Bureau of 
>Justice report noted that, nationwide, 
>“military-type­â€ guns are only used in about 
>1% of crimes. These statistics would not vary much today.
>In fact, a person is much more likely to be 
>killed with a knife than with a gun. According 
>to FBI reports, a person in Chicago (for 
>example) is 67 times more likely to be knifed or 
>beaten to death than killed with a so called 
>“assault weapon,” meaning a military-looking semi-automatic rifle.
>To view a fully-documented gun control fact 
>sheet containing these facts and much more, go to:
>Beyond that, high capacity magazines are 
>essential to self-defense. Bad guys who commit 
>violent crimes are normally “high” on 
>chemicals, drugs, alcohol, etc. Such people are 
>often impervious to pain. Throw in a high level 
>of adrenaline, and many violent attackers cannot 
>be stopped with one or two bullets. Plus, such 
>miscreants often attack like wolves: in packs.
>Police Captain Massad Ayoob: “The likelihood 
>of multiple opponents who move fast, often wear 
>body armor, know how to take cover, and tend to 
>ingest chemicals that make them resistant to 
>pain and shock, are all good reasons for 
>carrying guns that throw a whole lot more bullets than six-shooters do.”
>Ladies and gentlemen, the semi-automatic rifle 
>is the vanguard of our liberty; it is the surest 
>and most trustworthy means of our self-defense; 
>and it is the primary companion of any man who 
>would both protect and feed his family.
>Make no mistake about it: to take away an 
>American’s right to a semi-automatic rifle is 
>to FULLY DISARM HIM. There is no Second 
>Amendment; there is no right to keep and bear 
>arms; there is no citizen militia; there is no 
>liberty without the semi-automatic rifle! This 
>is a line in the sand that is so important that 
>no man or woman who believes in liberty should 
>be willing to comply with any attempt by 
>government to take away his or her 
>semi-automatic rifle. There are some 50-75 
>million (a very conservative number) owners of 
>semi-automatic rifles all across America. Each 
>of us needs to make up our minds about this RIGHT NOW! What say you?
>As with 1913, it looks like 2013 is shaping up 
>to be a rough year. And it has nothing to do 
>with bad luck and everything to do with bad 
>government. But with God’s help, the enemies 
>of freedom will not prevail! With God’s help, 
>you and I will be free to pass down to our 
>children and grandchildren both our freedom and 
>our semi-automatic rifles come 2014 and beyond!
>(c) Chuck Baldwin
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Michael Benoit
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