Joe Meglen: The state of our union


As we observe the state of our union, and the direction we are traveling, it is obvious that unless there is a drastic change in course the idea of America, the great experiment in liberty, will be extinguished. We are witnessing the destruction of a nation, its people and the bankruptcy of another socialist empire.

Those that have captured the government are opposed to the Constitution that restrains the state and preserves freedom. The United States now is on the fast track to fascism where large monied interests become the government. All three branches are corrupt. This is not a Democrat versus Republican issue, for the parties are a duopoly. They are one in the same party. It is the state versus the people. After more than 100 years of “Progressive” control of America, the parasite is killing the host.

The promise always has been that giving government more authority, centralizing power in Washington, D.C., creating new programs, tens of thousands of agencies, new regulations and larger bureaucracies will provide “social justice” with the goal of egalitarianism. The coercive collective action in the name of the “greater good” is not only immoral; it destroys the human spirit, potential and opportunity.

Are we better off today for trading our freedom for control dictated by an “enlightened” elite elected by the majority? Obviously, the opposite is true.

Government grows at the expense of the people. It now takes two incomes to try and just survive. Between confiscatory taxes, crushing regulations and the secret tax of inflation created by a cartel of private bankers called the Federal Reserve, we are like squirrels running in a squirrel cage. No matter how fast we run we never get ahead, for the ruling class siphons off the fruits of our labor at an ever accelerating rate.

Our rulers are not suffering like We the people from the 2008 financial collapse, the hollowing out of the U.S. economy and declining incomes over the last four decades. The political and ruling class doesn’t send their children to Common Core public schools. They live like the landed gentry of the British Empire our Founding Fathers fought against.

The servant now has become the master. The people are to be looted until there is nothing left to harvest.

Collectivism is a mental condition that causes free people to voluntarily enslave themselves, a testimony to government controlled schools and mainstream media. Stopping and reversing the carnage now is up to the law-abiding citizens.

Washington, D.C., cannot be fixed from the top down. It will only happen from the bottom up. We can take steps locally by decentralizing and restoring local control. This is accomplished by understanding who we are consenting to allow to govern.

Incumbents that have betrayed their sacred oath to uphold and defend the Constitution by voting for unconstitutional bills must be voted out. They are nothing more than rubber stamps for the corrupt Washington, D.C., establishment that is destroying America.

We can’t allow ourselves to be trapped into “voting the party” for there are unprincipled politicians in both political parties. It is essential that voters elect only principled candidates that support smaller constitutional government, which means that the people have to understand who they are voting for. Elections have consequences. It is a voter’s responsibility to be informed.

We the people must decide if we are to continue down the road to serfdom or take the essential steps necessary to restore our Constitutional Republic. Vote to legalize freedom in November. Legalizing freedom will resurrect individual liberty and unleash the free market forces that made America great.


Jay Willson 2 years, 8 months ago

More Meglen, less parking pieces please! Thank you Joe, keep spreading the truth.


Neil O'Keeffe 2 years, 8 months ago

Warren Buffet, in a recent interview with CNBC, offers one of the best quotes about the debt ceiling:

"I could end the deficit in 5 minutes," he told CNBC. "You just pass a law that says that anytime there is a deficit of more than 3% of GDP, all sitting members of Congress are ineligible for re-election.

The 26th amendment (granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds) took only 3 months & 8 days to be ratified! Why? Simple! The people demanded it. That was in 1971 - before computers, e-mail, cell phones, etc.

Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven (7) took one (1) year or less to become the law of the land - all because of public pressure.

Warren Buffet is asking each addressee to forward this email to a minimum of twenty people on their address list; in turn ask each of those to do likewise.

Congressional Reform Act of 2014

  1. No Tenure / No Pension. A Congressman/woman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they're out of office.
  2. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security. All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American people. It may not be used for any other purpose.
  3. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.
  4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.
  5. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.
  6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.
  7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen/women are void effective 12/1/14. The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen/women.

Congress made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term(s), then go home and back to work.



Neil O'Keeffe 2 years, 8 months ago

We must support this...pass it on and let’s see if these Congress understands what people pressure is all about.

Salary of retired US Presidents . . . . . . . . . .. . $180,000 FOR LIFE

Salary of House/Senate members . . . . . . . . $174,000 FOR LIFE

Salary of Speaker of the House . . . . . . . . . . $223,500 FOR LIFE

Salary of Majority/Minority Leaders . . . . . . . . $193,400 FOR LIFE

Average Salary of a teacher . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. $40,065

Average Salary of a deployed Soldier . . . . . .. . $38,000

I think we found where the cuts should come from. If you agree pass it on.


mark hartless 2 years, 8 months ago

If Congress and the President were the problem Buffet's would be a logical solution and would already have been adopted by the American people.

That's not the case. The American people are the problem. They want all their eyes see and they expect to pay for NONE of it. Their morals have declined, along with their education, to the point that they are willing to deflect their duty, responsibility and debt onto anyone but themselves. Their definition of "freedom" is being free to take from others. Their definition of rearing kids is dropping them in front of a government building 5 days/week. They have no moral compunction saddling their kids and grand kids with their debt; in many cases they haven't the brains to even realize they are doing so. Yet they DO get a vote! and they WILL fight for that.

Therefore, the Buffet "solution" will not work because it will not be tried because it would stiefel the electorate's ability to vote themselves largesse from the public coffers.

Government has become the very instrument of the plunder it was designed to check and a reversal will not occur with this generation. At the very least it will not happen until this free-fall has ended with a bounce on the rocks. It may never happen. As Bastiat said "Government is that great fiction whereby everyone tries to live at the expense of everyone else."


Scott Wedel 2 years, 8 months ago

Legalize freedom?

All politicians and even the public agrees with that, but it means different things to different people. Freedom for nat gas wells to leak? Or freedom to breathe clean air not polluted from leaking nat gas wells? Freedom to sexually harass employees? Freedom from sexual harassment?

Study after study has shown that the wealthy get far more of what they want from government than the poor. Thus, our government is far more at threat from subsidies and tax breaks given to the rich than spending for the poor.

Our city government is considering diverting tax revenues from Yampa St away from school kids in order to benefit the wealthy property owners. The scale of that tax break for the wealthy is far far more than the city gives to affordable housing. Also, spending can be cut at any time, but an URA would have a 30 year life.

How is the influence of the wealthy so strong that the city is even willing to consider an URA and not a GID where the property owners pay to improve their properties?


mark hartless 2 years, 8 months ago

If that were so then the "poor" could just vote out the "rich" and run the show. They do own the numbers at the polls.

More likely, it's a matter of those who want to stand on their own merits VS those who want to game the system, rich or poor.


Eric Morris 2 years, 8 months ago

Joe, I agree with everything you have to say, except the voting part. It gives the immoral the patina of the legitimate.


Joe Meglen 2 years, 8 months ago


I agree that voting legitimizes the unlawful nature of the State. This is especially the case at the state, and more so at the national level. Plato is also correct when he stated: “One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors”. Our last local election is an example of this truth. I suggest a rational compromise. Do not vote at the national level. The same corruption will continue no matter which candidate wins. Work and vote for a principled candidate at the local level. You efforts and vote do have influence locally.


Eric Morris 2 years, 8 months ago

Joe, I think that is a good compromise. However, I have found that calling or emailing local pols works pretty well, at least for getting a response rather than a changed position, so will continue my current Platonic relationship with voter registration.


Chris Hadlock 2 years, 8 months ago

We would appreciate it if ALL of you Tea Party Types would take this tactic to heart and quit voting. I cannot think of a better use for your vote.


Dan Kuechenmeister 2 years, 8 months ago

Chris, Wouldn't it be great if a knowledge test was necessary before one was allowed to vote. If one votes straight (D) or straight (R) all one has to be able to is recognize the letter of the party one is told to vote for. No need to know anything about the candidates or the issue. Thus we get the government we deserve.


Eric Morris 2 years, 8 months ago

Chris, I consider myself a Rothbardian Anarcho-capitalist, rather than Tea Party. I do wonder, though, if those that speak ill of this Tea Party also do not respect the original Boston Tea Partiers.


Michael Bird 2 years, 8 months ago

As Neil has stated above - apologies. The Warren Buffett email is FALSE. As reported many times, almost all emails that ask to be forwarded are false and are set up by spammers to collect valid email addresses. Factcheck or Snopes are two good sites to check before ever forwarding.


Karl Koehler 2 years, 8 months ago

There's no need to apologize for being wrong. Just admit it and move on. That is unless, as a consequence of the "wrongness," people are damaged. And if they are, apologies are at that point of little value. Take proponents of global warming for example. When it becomes evident to even the most ardent supporters of the flawed ideology of global warming that they are wrong, it will be too late for their apologies to do any good for those wronged in the interim.


Fred Duckels 2 years, 8 months ago

The tendency is to kill the goose that laid the golden egg, let someone else pay the bills. Citizen United has given the goose a chance to be represented much to the chagrin of many.


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