Towards a Cashless Society

12 December 2016

It is clear that banks and, well, banks, are pushing the cashless society agenda. I for one will gladly submit to going cashless. That is if we are talking about doing away with our fiat paper currency, the Federal Reserve note. How about we replace those notes, not with digital currency (hell no!), but with something tangible, say silver and gold? I wonder what kind of effect that would have on our economy?! It would stop the Federal Reserve (not federal, nor with any “reserves”) from dictating our monetary policy any further, and let the markets naturally control themselves once again. That would be a start.

Sorry, but I have to ask.  Just when is my health care coverage going to become affordable?

With that question asked, once again, I found shockingly honest comments on ObamaCare by none other than Bill Clinton. I am not sure why they are showing up now, a month later, but they are. Here are the important lines from an article at TheNewAmerican.com:

On Monday, October 3, former President Bill Clinton, in a series of unexpected and perhaps unscripted comments while stumping on behalf of his wife’s presidential campaign in Flint, Michigan, took the political world by surprise when he singled out Obama­Care for scathing criticism. “You’ve got this crazy system where all of a sudden, 25 million more people have health care, and then the people who are out there busting it, sometimes 60 hours a week, wind up with their premiums doubled and their coverage cut in half and it’s the craziest thing in the world,” Clinton told a crowd of supporters.

He added that “the current system works fine if you’re eligible for Medicaid, if you’re a lower-income working person, if you’re already on Medicare or if you get enough subsidies on a modest income that you can afford your health care.”

But overall, Clinton concluded, Obama­Care is hurting the very people it was intended to help, pointing out that “the people getting killed in this deal are the small-business people and individuals who make just a   little bit too much to get any of these subsidies.”

There you go, Bill Clinton’s comments no less. Here is the full article. Thank you to the Patriot Trading Group for bringing this to our attention.

Well, I’ll get to keep my guns for at least 4 more more years.
Of course, I may have to use them.

My first thought was, “Thank God it’s not Clinton.” Then,”Oh God, Trump.”
Either way, here we are.

In the 1990’s there was a man named Ross Perot who “ran for president”. He was Bill Clinton’s best friend. In the year 2016 there is a man named Donald Trump who is “running for president”. Is he Hillary Clinton’s best friend? I don’t believe in coincidence, I believe in what my eyes see.

U.S. Army Oath of Enlistment:

“I, _____, 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; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.” (Title 10, US Code; Act of 5 May 1960 replacing the wording first adopted in 1789, with amendment effective 5 October 1962).

The Presidential Oath of Office:

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

The Oath for members of Congress:

“I 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.”

Note the similarities, and the fact that by taking the oath a person is professing their allegiance to protecting our country and to preserving the founding ideals this country was built on; that would be the Constitution, against all enemies. When a person takes this oath they are entering into a contract, very much like any legally binding contract, but at the same time unlike any other. The protection of freedom, peace, security, the constitutional rights of the PEOPLE, and “the blessings of liberty” to borrow the phrase, fall upon those who take it. It is not to be taken lightly.

One has often heard a soldier justifying his actions based on the oath, “I was doing my duty as I swore to do when I took the oath,” be it for better or for worse. Soldiers understand the oath, what it means to dedicate one’s life, to be faithful to an ideal that is without equal; they are a noble breed of men and women.

When will presidents, our representatives, and the rest of our politicians who take the oath start being faithful to it, and to us?

We have just returned from a family vacation in Croatia where they have some of the best coffee ever. I will go back to drink more. Here is a small sampling of my café stops.

Trogir, Croatia

Trogir, Croatia

 

Kastela Stafilic, Croatia

Kastela Stafilic, Croatia

 

Murter, Croatia

Murter, Croatia

 

Vis, Croatia

Vis, Croatia

 

Murter, Croatia

Murter, Croatia again

 

Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb, Croatia

 

Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb, Croatia again