by Ron Ewart, ©2015, President, NARLO

(Aug. 2, 2015) — Most of the responses we receive to our articles are from people over 70.  The reason is obvious.  They have seen much more than today’s clueless youth.  They have seen more than young parents.  They have seen more than businessmen and women in their 40’s and 50’s.  The truth is, they have had a front-row seat to the destruction of American freedom and sovereignty.

The still-living 95-year-old remembers pieces of the Roaring Twenties and the onset of the Great Depression.  They watched as FDR, the second dictator of America, did away with the gold standard and gave the people worthless Federal Reserve Notes (a “Note” is evidence of debt; it is not an asset) in exchange for the gold.

The 95-year-old observed the prolonged depression of the 1930’s, brought on by gross negligence of the Federal Reserve that triggered that depression.  They’ve seen the dust bowl and the bread lines that no one in 75 years has seen since.  They watched as World War II exploded on the scene and the great tragedies and injustices it produced in millions of lost lives and property and the great heroism of the 16,000,000 American men and women who had to fight that war.  Over 400,000 Americans gave their lives to see that Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini and Mao did not become dictators of the world.

These nonagenarians could not believe their eyes when President Johnson delivered the Great Society to the American people, where $22,000,000,000,000 (that’s trillion) of taxpayer dollars produced, in just 50 years, a hopeless welfare society and millions of locked-in voters for Progressives.  They looked on in horror as the radical environmental movement of the 1960’s started dictating unconstitutional land use law that all but repealed the 5th Amendment and evaporated property rights virtually overnight.

Sadly and in disgust, they watched a civil society collapse in the free-for-all drug culture (let it all hang out) lifestyle of the 1960’s at Woodstock and similar venues where America’s drug-dazed freeloaders were born, funded by society’s producers, forced to pay by laws passed by worthless Congresses hungry for votes.  Chivalry, comportment, decency, honor and civility went out the window.  Music became trash instead of art and still is.  Art became the distorted visions of drug-induced insanity where an artist painted a crucifix of Christ submerged in a bottle of the artist’s urine, or where a black Virgin Mary is covered in dung.

To add to this artistic insanity, the painting of Christ submerged in urine was a winner of the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art‘s “Awards in the Visual Arts” competition, which was sponsored in part, with your money, by the National Endowment for the Arts, a United States Government agency that offers support and funding for artistic projects, without controlling content.  You can’t make this stuff up.

Drug-induced Insanity:  Remember, ladies and gentlemen, for every drug lord there are millions of customers consuming the drugs.  Much of the American population is hopelessly addicted to drugs, keeping the vicious and brutal drug lords in business.  Don’t blame the drug lord.  Blame the consumer hooked on the drug.  Evil actions beget evil outcomes.  Those drug consumers are complicit and unwitting co-conspirators in the deaths of thousands of people within the drug-growing countries and are equally complicit in the crime that drugs create, here and abroad.  Look in the mirror, America.  You are looking at the enemy within.

Unfortunately, the 95-year-old missed what started the downward shift away from the Constitutional Republic that was the vision of our Founders.  He missed the birth of the Federal Reserve, the Internal Revenue Service and the Progressive (socialist) Movement of the early 1900’s.  This birth of evil triplets began the slide from a Constitutional Republic to an Absolute Democrat Monarchy, to where a declared socialist, Bernie Sanders, and a hopelessly corrupt, privileged duchess, Hillary Clinton, are the flag-bearers of the Democrat (Progressive) Party in 2015.  Why?  Because the freeloader voters have been bought off with other people’s money by the promises from Progressives, surfing for votes to remain in perpetual power.

But the reality is, since the early 1900’s, no generation has stepped up to stop the slow, insidious degradation of the American culture in the lives they live, the drugs they consume and the government laws that are passed to control the population, or to pander to some constituency group.  No one stopped the Federal Reserve or the Internal Revenue Service that were the brainchild of the central bankers and the industrialists of the late 19th Century.  Now, these agencies are so powerful they are probably unstoppable.  No one stopped FDR from exploiting the Great Depression and taking America over the edge into socialism.

No generation rose up against President Johnson’s Great Society that pulls billions of dollars every year out of the American economy to induce freeloaders to vote for the politicians (Progressives) who aided and abetted the grand theft from the people.  Now, the voting bloc of the freeloaders is greater than the votes of the people who are being forced to pay for those same freeloaders and illegal aliens.

No generation has stopped the flood of illegal alien peasants, terrorists, druggies and criminals coming into America from other countries, but mostly from Mexico, Central and South America.  No generation in over 100 years has forced the government to control the borders and stop this illegal invasion that robs legal Americans of jobs, brings crime and disease into the country and sucks billions of dollars out of the economy each year to pay for government’s enforced generosity (at the point of a gun) for those illegal aliens from socialist countries who mostly come here to benefit from that generosity.

No generation has risen up against radical environmentalism that has turned most Americans into mush and jelly, reacting to the never-ending government and environmental propaganda.  At least the last three generations have been brainwashed into thinking that the environment is a God and takes precedence over people’s lives, liberty and their property.  Half the world has been led to believe that the international fraud that is man-caused global warming is the greatest threat to mankind, when mankind is the greatest threat to mankind.  The truth is that when man destroys himself, which he probably will, the earth will heal itself of man’s presence in less than a thousand years.  A thousand years is a nano-fraction of geologic time.

No generation has intruded upon the joke that has become the American public indoctrination system, as college-educated idiots and Progressive political ideologues took over the curriculum to brainwash all current and future generations into collectivism, multiculturalism, radical environmentalism, social “justivism,” political correctness, the one-world order ….. and Progressivism.  Since the indoctrination has been going on for over half a century, those generations have no point of reference in which to compare where we are today to where we were 100 years ago.  But those over 70 have seen the destruction, and as much as they would like to get into the fight, the ravages of age have taken the fight out of most of them.

No generation has made an attempt to stop the onerous slide of our judicial system into a corrupt and crony lawyer, judge and American Bar Association-run system of millions of rules, court precedents and tribunals of injustice where common law, the basis of constitutional law, was “ruled” out of the system.

No generation since 1945, when it was born, has accomplished the removal and de-funding of the United Nations and sent it to socialist Europe where it belongs. The United Nations and its other 191 member nations are hell-bent on stripping America of its wealth, its freedom and its sovereignty.

This degradation has gone on for so long that the most current generation twice voted for a hopelessly corrupt, half black-skinned, far-left-leaning Progressive ideologue (socialist) and gave him the keys to the public treasury and allowed him to “fundamentally transform” America into a shadow of its former self, where our enemies no longer fear us, our friends and allies no longer trust us and we are headed for national bankruptcy, if we aren’t there already.

So we say to the current generation, as you go about your daily lives and do nothing to reverse the degradation that has been thrust upon America by the inaction of all past generations, you have condemned your children and grandchildren to ever-increasing slavery until at one point they will be so controlled and regulated that they might as well be in chains ….. or behind bars.  That will be your legacy on behalf of your children and grandchildren when the fact is, you have a biological imperative to protect them from all dangers and enemies, even future ones.

Unless you are willing to fight for your and your children’s lives, unalienable rights and pursuit of happiness, then this is just another time in history, like so many other times, where the peasants remain under the thumb of the nobles (like the Kennedys, Clintons and Bushes) and all other politicians, as well as the warriors, the central bankers and the priests.  All peasants, throughout history, have gotten what they deserve.

No amount of words will change what is and what is sure to come.  Only determined action by millions of fearless American “fighters” will stop history from repeating itself once again.  But this author has little confidence that the peasants of today, which all of us have become (this generation), have the courage to take on the nobles, the politicians, the warriors, the bankers and the priests and win, thereby condemning their children and their grandchildren to the slaves and peasants of tomorrow.  We pray that we are wrong.

To conclude this article, we are going to quote a couple of cable exchanges between General MacArthur and President Truman at the time of the Japanese surrender to show just how insane America and Americans have become in the last 65 years.  The issue being discussed is “political correctness.”  The cables allegedly came from the Truman Museum, but we cannot independently verify their accuracy.  (We would like to thank one of our readers, Owen Lane, for providing this small slice of historical wisdom.)

General MacArthur, in his own inimitable style, cabled Truman that: “Tomorrow we meet with those yellow-bellied bastards and sign the Surrender Documents ….. any last minute instructions?”

President Truman replied with:  “Congratulations, job well done, but you must tone down your obvious dislike of the Japanese when discussing the terms of the surrender with the press, because some of your remarks are fundamentally not politically correct!”

General MacArthur shot back with: “Wilco Sir, but both Chester and I are somewhat confused.  Exactly what does the term politically correct mean?

President Truman, in his slow Kansas drawl, replied: “Political Correctness is a doctrine, recently fostered by a delusional, illogical minority and promoted by a sick mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a piece of ****** by the clean end.”

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is the state of the union today because past and current generations of Americans have stood by and watched as America went down the path that so many other Republics have done since the dawn of human civilization, where the Constitution, common sense, national strength, decency and honor no longer exist.

The still-living 95-year-old sees it, but no one younger than 70 has the same perspective as anyone over 70 and probably never will.  Advances in technology are not an accurate measurement of progress.  And you can’t keep government within its constitutional limits or beat ISIS with an I-phone.

Related article:  “Just How Are You Going To Overcome The Freeloader’s Vote?”


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Ron Ewart, a nationally known author and speaker on freedom and property rights issues and author of this weekly column, “In Defense of Rural America,” is the president of the National Association of Rural Landowners (NARLO) (, a non-profit corporation headquartered in Washington State, an advocate and consultant for urban and rural landowners.  He can be reached for comment at

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  1. Agree. I will be an octogenarian next year.

    However I disagree with the “beginnings” . . . I place the beginnings with Lincoln’s War of Northern Aggression when he abolished state’s rights and the 10th Amendment to the Bill of Rights.

    Once the states were out of the way and eventually their representatives (senators/Amend. XVII 1913) then the fedgov could do pretty much what they wanted. And incrementally, that’s what we have seen.

    The fedgov controls the states and the sheeple are subservient to the fedgov. In the ’30’s folks in rural ares where I grew up wanted nothing to do with any government and took care of business at the community level.

    Take note of this time hack and see that these were the folks who did exceptional things like put men on the moon. And then recall your last tech support call – to Pakistan. 2015 – NASA is defunct and we can’t even do our tech support.