FROM “IN DEFENSE OF RURAL AMERICA”
by Ron Ewart, President, NARLO, ©2018
Sometimes it’s deceivingly subtle. Sometimes it’s blatant and in-your-face. Sometimes the lies are camouflaged in soft images of family and hidden behind the innocent utterances of young children. The cons are ubiquitous and are issued forth from every form of communication. Politicians lie, advertisers lie, corporations lie, unions lie and insurance companies lie. Lying has become so common we lie to each other. Even Supreme Courts have issued decisions decreeing that political ads can lie during election cycles. We cheat on tests and lie to our insurance companies for claims for damages that weren’t the cause of the current claim. (Did you just feel a twinge of guilt upon reading the last statement?)
Lying in advertising has become a professional art form. Car commercials are the worst. They lie by omission. Their ads say, “You save $8,719 off MSRP.” Millions of Americans have no idea what MSRP stands for. The prices on cars have become so high, they are afraid to put the price in the commercial for fear of scaring potential customers away. Now if a wary customer applied logic to these ads, they would soon discern that they aren’t really “saving” anything. The price is the price no matter what subterfuge the advertiser uses in trying to lure you into the showroom.
Another way TV car advertisers lie is to put the disclaimer information in such small print you can’t read it. But even if it was in larger print, you couldn’t read it anyway because the disclaimer only appears on the screen for a few seconds. Obviously, the advertiser puts up the disclaimer on the screen to comply with the law. But what good is a disclaimer if you can’t read it?
Drug advertisers do somewhat the same thing when they put up the side effects of the drug. Once again, the print is so small and it is on the screen for such a short period of time, it also can’t be read.
Sadly, we are living through another political season for the 2018 mid-term elections. We were barraged with endless TV ads explaining why this or that candidate is unfit for office, or whose policies are antithetical to ours. The ads for or against some initiative were the most deceiving. It was impossible to know who to believe without exhaustive research. Most of the advertisers lie through their teeth, or so bend the truth it is unrecognizable.
While writing this article we watched former president Obama lecture us on how badly the Republicans lie….. over health care. He, the master liar and hypocrite, should hardly be the one to expose lies by the Republicans. His 2009 and 2010 speeches on ObamaCare about how you can “keep your doctor” and you can “keep your health plan” were lies to get people to think just how great ObamaCare was going to be. As usual all his lies led to a federal health-care boondoggle that has not only cost millions of people their doctor and their health care, but the people have seen their premiums skyrocket.
The truth is, if lying was a criminal offense, most of Washington, DC would be in jail.
Lying, deception and conning the American people are not a new phenomenon. Back in the late 1920’s President Hoover retained Harvard University and the University of Illinois to undertake a study on how to manipulate the people through their subconscious minds. The Rockefeller Foundation funded the study. Many of the results of that study found their way into administrative policy and federal legislation.
Government lies, deception and cons are without a doubt the most ubiquitous. Since the ink was dry on the Constitution, government has been lying, deceiving and conning the American people for a fare-thee-well. The passage of the 16th Amendment that gave birth to the Federal Reserve and the Internal Revenue Service may be one of the biggest cons perpetrated on the American people in the country’s then-137-year history. It was the brainchild of the bankers and politicians looking for a way to control the money supply and providing irrevocable collateral (the people as debt slaves) for all loans made to the government by the Federal Reserve.
The next big con by the federal government, under a 1933 declared state of emergency, was FDR’s New Deal and Social Security, which started the long slide into socialism. Government subsidies of individuals and businesses grew exponentially as government drew down the Public Treasury. Millions of Americans became the unwitting pawns of a power-hungry government.
From there the government (mostly Democrats) became obsessed with power and helping ANY American in need for their votes. They devised plan after plan to accomplish that goal, beginning the upward climb to an unpayable national debt that now stands in excess of $20 Trillion.
President Johnson gave the American people the “Great Society” wherein the federal government expanded welfare to millions of Americans to the point there are now at least 80 overlapping, means-tested welfare programs administered by the federal government. Federal and state means-tested welfare now approach $1 Trillion per year. Given that most welfare programs are rife with waste, fraud, abuse and corruption, 20% of that $1 Trillion is wasted or frittered away. The waste could be as high as $200 Billion per year of your taxes.
But government wasn’t done with welfare or many other government programs for the “good of the people.” Each time the government invented and then funded a new social program or an environmental edict, billions more taxpayer funds would be needed, and the freedoms that the people had come to expect were slowly withering away.
Each federal and state program for the “good of the people” was passed into law, while the politicians assured the people, through lies and deception, that it was all necessary and needed.
Then came the big environmental lie. In the late 1960’s Congress passed the National Environmental Policy Act. (NEPA) NEPA spawned the Environmental Protection Agency, (EPA) the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and the Clean Water Act (CWA). From these policies came countless other environmental legislation that tightened a legislative noose around every landowner in America and added huge costs to the family budget. The government told us that all these laws were necessary to protect the environment, but what they didn’t tell us (they lied by omission) was that these laws would gut Constitutionally-protected property rights and the 5th Amendment requiring just compensation for government TAKINGS. Government could take up to 95% of the use of your property “for the environment” and wouldn’t pay you a dime.
From this environmental legislative insanity came man-caused global warming. According to their propaganda, man was destroying the planet and he must be regulated in all forms of human activity that MIGHT damage the environment, which is just about everything that man does. Just some 40 years ago the same environmentalist scientists were sounding the alarm of global cooling, backed up by “unquestionable” science. They lied then and they are lying now and the American people continue to believe the lies.
Government and the environmentalists cooked up a plot to increase regulation and extract trillions more taxes out of Western nations by lying to the public about “climate change.” International accords were drafted and approved by member states that included the Kyoto Protocol, the Copenhagen conference and the Paris Climate accord. Thankfully, America didn’t sign the Kyoto Protocol or the Copenhagen conference and withdrew from the Paris Climate Accord. China and India just ignored the first two international agreements and their participation in the Paris Climate Accord is a not-so-funny joke.
Without substantial scientific proof, government and the environmentalists, both national and international, pursued one of the biggest, planet-wide con games ever perpetrated on the human species. They lied to the public by telling them that man’s contribution to carbon dioxide in the atmosphere was sending the world headlong into a run-away warming spell that would doom humans to extinction if the government didn’t act and act now, no matter how much it cost.
With stealth and more lies they planted the alleged dire consequences of “climate change” into every American institution from the public schools, to the colleges, to the corporations, to the Unions and to a wide array of environmental special interest groups. They dummied up the science to get the desired result. They even bought off the American news media that continue to propagate the fraud. Government and the environmentalists are now so invested in the LIE, they concoct more lies to prop up the main lie.
We have devoted an entire web page on the NARLO website to article after article that refutes every aspect of “climate change.” Since we posted that page, many more articles have surfaced further debunking this environmental myth, disguised as irrefutable truth.
One of the more egregious examples of political deception, lies and perjury occurred during the recent Kavanaugh Supreme Court nominee confirmation hearings. The attempts by the Democrats to derail the confirmation will go down in history as the most raucous display of raw, naked political power without conscience ever seen in the Senate. And yet the voters rewarded the Democrats anyhow and give them back the House of Representatives.
It is said that no one can take advantage of you unless you let them. But that assumes that you are aware that someone is trying to take advantage of you. When you are asleep, you are vulnerable to attack by stealth. A thief can sneak up on you in the night without your knowledge, do you physical harm, take your possessions, or burn down your house. A thief is at least honest about being a thief. But a government that does the same thing with stealth, or lies, or deception, when it has no authority to do so under our constitution, is worse than a thief. To violate the trust of the people, when you hold the power over their lives, their possessions and their property in your hands, as government does, is treason. While the people slept, government’s greed, avarice and the lust for plenary (absolute) power filled the vacuum we left by our inattention and apathy.
The Founding Fathers crafted an excellent blueprint for freedom, but they could not craft a defense against those with evil intent and a lust for power who would dare to break the bonds of the Constitution, if the people refused to hold those in power accountable. The Founders also could not prevent the weakness of the people who would sell their souls, their freedom and their liberty for security and a few pieces of silver, doled out by politicians with their dirty little fingers opening the lock to the public treasury, all the while thirsting for votes to remain in power. It would appear that after 242 years and hundreds of thousands of men and women who were maimed or gave their lives to defend our freedom, we successfully became independent from a foreign power, England, only to become hopelessly dependent on our own government because we listened to and believed the LIES.
By now the mid-term elections are over and most of the election results are known. We did not know those results when we submitted this article for publication. The outcome of the election will give us an idea of the direction America is headed. Are we headed for peace among our people, continual prosperity, financial security and secure borders, or are we headed for open borders, bankruptcy, endless strife, conflict and eventually civil war where all the LIES will be exposed in the history books but at great human cost?
Hopefully, we won’t have to implement our plan of “The Encirclement.”
Ron Ewart is a nationally known author and speaker on freedom and property rights issues and author of his weekly column, “In Defense of Rural America.” Ron is the president of the National Association of Rural Landowners (NARLO) (www.narlo.org), a non-profit corporation headquartered in Washington State, acting as an advocate and consultant for urban and rural landowners. An affiliated NARLO website is “Only The Righteous Hear The Truth” (http://www.otrht.com). Ron can be reached for comment HERE.