The Great Depression, which started in October of 1929, was arguably the worst time to be an American. Nearly 25% of the population was unemployed and a great number of the remaining populous was under employed. So it is very comparable to our current state of economy.
In 1924, American veterans had been promised by the U.S. government that they would be paid a "bonus" for their service during World War 1. They were to receive $1 for every day they'd served during the war, or $1.50 for each day they served in combat. This "bonus" was supposed to be paid in 1945. When the stock market crashed and the depression hit, U.S. WWI veterans began a movement demanding that they should not have to wait another 15 years for their bonus.
As the grassroots movement took off, veterans made their way to Washington D.C. traveling by any means they could find, many were hopping train cars heading east, other were in overloaded jalopy’s, and still other hitched rides on any east bound vehicle that would pick them up.
There were over 17,000 WWI vets and their families when they arrived in Washington and soon became known as the ‘Bonus Army’. They set up a shanty town within the Anacostia flats part of the city and held daily peaceful protests. Some of the more radical veterans occupied abandoned buildings in the city.
Their arrival in Washington in spring 1932 was an embarrassment to President Herbert Hoover and his administration, and he still refused to give them the chance to lobby with himself in person, but Congress was more receptive.
On June 15th, the House of Representatives passed a bill that would pay the veterans there bonuses immediately, 2 days later the vote went to the Senate, as approximately 10,000 WWI vets gathered around the Capital building, Walter Waters, a former Army sergeant from Oregon and the leader of the Bonus Army, announced to a stunned, silent crowd that the Senate had defeated the bill by a vote of 62 to 18. “Sing America,” Waters said, “and go back to your billets.” And that is what they did.
Retired USMC Major General Smedley Butler, who at the time was America’s most colorful military figure, visited with the dejected Bonus Army and gave speeches to help them lift the morale and not give up the fight.
“You’ve got to get mad. You’ve got to hate. You’ve got to turn on these fellows who call you names such as “treasury raiders.” General Butler told them, “The only trouble with you veterans is that you still believe in Santa Claus. It’s time you woke up—it’s time you realized there’s another war on. It’s your war this time. Now get in there and fight.”
Army Chief of Staff Major General Douglas MacArthur was convinced that the Bonus Army was a communist conspiracy to undermine the government, and that the movement was actually more dangerous than veterans trying to secure funds from a nearly depleted federal treasury, this, even after MacArthur's own General Staff intelligence division reported in June that that most of the men seemed to be vehemently anti-Communist.
As the sweltering summer heat dragged on and the Bonus Army showed no signs of leaving, Hoover decided to act. He ordered General MacArthur to clear out Bonus City, the ramshackle camp of huts and tents where the veterans and their families had been living.
The sight of the federal government turning on its own citizens -- veterans, no less -- raised doubts about the fate of the republic. It still has the power to shock decades later.
The veterans were driven out by force, as rising military figures General Douglas MacArthur, Major Dwight Eisenhower and Major George Patton cleared out the "Bonus Army" and burned their camps.
MacArthur watched a brigade of steel-helmeted soldiers precisely align themselves in a straight four-column phalanx, bayonets affixed to rifles. He nodded his head in satisfaction. Discipline was wonderful. Up ahead, Major George Patton kicked his heels against his mount, and the big horse reared forward to signal a line of cavalry. The riders drew their sabers.
The most controversial moment in the whole affair - that directly involved General MacArthur. Secretary of War Hurley twice sent orders with Major Dwight Eisenhower to MacArthur indicating that the President, worried that the government reaction might look overly harsh, and did not wish the Army to pursue the Bonus Marchers across the bridge into their main encampment on the other side of the Anacostia River. But MacArthur, according to Eisenhower, "said he was too busy," did not want to be "bothered by people coming down and pretending to bring orders," and sent his men across the bridge anyway.
Major Eisenhower, believing it wrong for the Army's highest-ranking officer to lead an action against fellow American war veterans, strongly advised MacArthur against taking any public role: "I told that dumb son-of-a-bitch not to go down there," he said later. "I told him it was no place for the Chief of Staff."
At the end of the day, the toll was three dead, 54 injured and 135 arrests. The New York Times Headlines read: "Flames rose high over the desolate Anacostia flats at midnight tonight," The 1st sentence was, "and a pitiful stream of refugee veterans of the World War walked out of their home of the past two months, going they knew not where."
Thirty-three North Koreans face execution after being charged with attempting to overthrow the repressive regime of Kim Jong-un. There crime is their faith, Christianity. These North Korean Christians have been accused of attempting to set up 500 underground churches, and somehow this is a threat to North Korean dictator.
It has emerged that they had worked with South Korean Baptist missionary Kim Jung-Wook who was arrested in October. The missionary told reporters that he was arrested in early October after entering the North from China and trying to make his way to Pyongyang with Bibles, Christian instructional materials and movies.
In a televised confession from Kim Jung-Wook earlier this week, the missionary said:
“I was thinking of turning North Korea into a religious country, and destroying its present government and political system,” he said at the time.
“I received money from the intelligence services and followed instructions from them, and arranged North Koreans to act as their spies. And I also set up an underground church in China, in Dandong, and got the members to talk and write, for me to collect details about the reality of life in North Korea, and I provided this to the intelligence services.”
A South Korean intelligence agency in China has disputed this, saying that the missionary did not enter North Korea voluntarily, but was kidnapped by agents of the Pyongyang government in China.
While Kim Jung-wook gave this confession, the North Korean officials showed a video of the 33 Christians that are now being accused of overthrowing the government.
This confession was blatantly coerced, and to prevent an international incident, Kim Jung-wook, a South Korean, is not facing the death penalty. But the 33 Christians that are from North Korea are.
Execution seems a harsh penalty in today’s world for being a Christian. Somehow, someway we have to stop this atrocity from occurring. But this comes for the man that executed his own uncle, pray is needed, we will need God to intervene, or we will have another 33 Christian martyrs.
Protests and ‘assault rifle’ registration paperwork continue to be shredded in New York two days after the SAFE Act provision deadline. Owners of assault-style weapons were supposed to have registered their guns by Tuesday. But there is no way of knowing exactly how many of these weapons there are in the state.
Liberals want compliance
Leah Gunn Barrett, executive director of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, said gun owners should be expected to follow the law.
“They can make all the noise they want, but the law is the law,” Barrett said.
Pete Tonery, a Hamlin resident who has followed the gun control debate closely, called refusing to register assault rifles “the height of hypocrisy.”
“Their common cry is that regulation infringes on the rights of law-abiding citizens,” Tonery said. “What they now advocate removes them from that category. After they commit a felony, (by not registering) they will be criminals.”
A Constitutional issue
Mr. Tonery would be correct in his statement, if not for a little thing called the Constitution. The protesters believe that this law will open the doors to tyranny, and that the government has no right to know what firearms or how many they have. So far, the 2nd Amendment is just one American right that the government believes needs regulation.
There are an estimated one million rifles now categorized as assault style in the state of New York and gun-rights advocates estimate compliance will be less than 10 percent.
According to the mandate, rifles that are not registered by the February 15th deadline can either be sold out of state, or modified to non-assault specifications. Some of these modifications include capping a threaded barrel and removing a pistol grip.
An estimated 70 opponents of the law gathered outside the Walter J. Mahoney State Office Building in downtown Buffalo late Tuesday afternoon to shred State Police registration forms for assault weapons, chants at the rally included “We will not comply” and “Cuomo’s got to go.” Some of the signs included: “Millions of Gun Owners Hurt No One Yesterday” and “You Won’t Get Gun Control By Disarming Law Abiding Citizens.”
One Sheriff not enforcing it
A bright spot in this gun grab madness is that some of the county Sheriff’s still plan on honoring the oath they swore to uphold the Constitution. In Erie County, Sheriff Timothy B. Howard says he will not force his deputies to enforce registration. He stated, “I am not encouraging them to do it. At the same time, their own consciences should be their guide. I am not forcing my conscience on them. That is a decision they should make.”
With the liberal states attempting to rewrite our Constitution, and law makers such as Dianne Feinstein still attempting to void the 2nd Amendment all together, it doesn’t take a genius to see that we as a free people are under attack from the elite. If we lose our 2nd Amendment rights, we have lost a cold war many of us did not even know was being waged.
Thomas Jefferson said, “If a law is unjust, a man is not only right to disobey it, he is obligated to do so.”
After California Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein’s legislation introduced in Congress last year, which would have imposed the biggest gun ban in American history failed, you would figure she would have tucked her tail between her hairy thighs and moved on to some other worthless legislation sure to fail. But not this old dog, she is determined to remove the 2nd Amendment from the American people’s rights.
Feinstein is circulating a letter on Capitol Hill calling once again for a ban on semi-automatic rifles and asking for President Barack Obama to keep his State of the Union promise to make 2014 a “year of action.”
Dear Mr. President:
During your State of the Union address, you stated that you want to make 2014 a “year of action.” We write to urge you to take immediate action to address the significant number of assault weapons that are being imported into the United States in contravention of federal law. We respectfully request that you take steps to ensure that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) fully enforces the ban on the importation of these military-style firearms.
A provision of the Gun Control Act of 1968, codified at 18 U.S.C. § 925(d)(3), prohibits the importation of firearms that are not “generally recognized as particularly suitable for or readily adaptable to sporting purposes.” In recent years, however, importers of firearms have taken advantage of ATF’s interpretation of the “sporting purposes” test to evade the import ban. In 1998, the Department of the Treasury — which then housed ATF — issued guidance that interpreted the import ban to prohibit only semiautomatic rifles that use magazines originally designed for a military rifle. Many semiautomatic firearms on the market today do not have a military origin but are modeled closely after military firearms. These military-style firearms are not prohibited under the current import ban, even though they are functionally equivalent to prohibited rifles with a military origin. In addition, the Treasury Department’s 1998 guidance allows foreign-made firearms to be imported into the United States without military features, even though these firearms have the capacity to fire multiple times in quick succession without the need to reload and can easily have military features attached.
Sen. Feinstein’s diatribe against the 2nd Amendment continues in a long and nauseating attack that would unfortunately make everyone sick if the entire letter were placed here. In short, she is asking our President to do what he has done some many times before – make an executive order to ban the firearms that keep America safe from an overbearing government.
What amazes me is how this beastly woman can still be in office? Does anyone really listen to what she is saying? In 2013 Feinstein said all veterans have PTSD and should have their Second Amendment stripped. She may be even further left than the President himself!
Even the admittedly liberal newspaper, The Los Angeles Times printed an article by – Columnist Burt Prelutsky, where he may have given the best quote about the Senators from California ever.
“Frankly, I don’t know what it is about California, but we seem to have a strange urge to elect really obnoxious women to high office. I’m not bragging, you understand, but no other state, including Maine, even comes close. When it comes to sending left-wing dingbats to Washington, we’re Number One. There’s no getting around the fact that the last time anyone saw the likes of Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, Maxine Waters, and Nancy Pelosi, they were stirring a cauldron when the curtain went up on ‘Macbeth’. The four of them are like jackasses who happen to possess the gift of blab. You don’t know if you should condemn them for their stupidity or simply marvel at their ability to form words…”
Seriously folks, if the left wing main stream media is ridiculing their own, how are we supposed to take them seriously?
The motto MOLON LABE (come and take them) can be seen from state to state. Militias have grown by at least eight times their size since 9/11. The writing has been on the wall for years, the people of America have awakened. A spark is all it would take to ignite the next American Revolution.
The government has languished in their corruption without fear of reprisal as far back as the Clinton administration (probably farther), when the White Water scandal threatened to ruin our standing President and his wife, any potential witness either disappeared or found themselves the victim of an untimely death. Since then, our government has only become bigger and more oppressive, due largely in part to the ratification of the Patriot Act.
The citizens of America have had their rights not only limited, but potentially changed, a Supreme Court ruling recently has decide to revise the term ‘Right’ to ‘Privilege’ in a landmark case on 2nd Amendment Rights. This decision could alter all of our rights to privileges. The founding Fathers explained that we were given these rights from God, not man, and no man can take them from us.
As this is being written, there is a potentially explosive scenario playing out in a little town in Southern Nevada. The Bureau of Land Management has taken on rancher Cliven Bundy over his cattle free grazing on Federal land without paying a grazing fee. The Bundy family has owned that land since 1887 and has always free grazed their cattle there.
Violence has erupted over the past week, and now there are over 200 armed federal agents surrounding the Bundy Ranch. However, this will not be another Ruby Ridge, militia men and others from at least 6 states have joined the Bundy family to help keep the peace. So far, no shots have been fired.
More likely, the spark that will ignite the next revolution will take place in mid-May, Retired US Army Col. Harry G. Riley, who runs the Patriots for America website, has organized a rally in Washington D.C. called ‘Operation American Spring.’ Col. Riley ultimately hopes that millions of American Patriots, including prior military and militia men will stop the government from operating business as usual politics, and will demand the resignation of a number of our top politicians, including the President, Vice-President, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Col. Riley has the support of Retired Maj. Gen. Paul Vallely, who has also called on millions of Americans to “stand up” to a government that is “conducting treason and violating the Constitution.”
Revolution is inevitable; we the people must stand up for our rights and protect the Constitution. Without this we will lose our freedoms and become nothing more than slaves. Are you ready?
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