Category Archives: Perspectives…

A holdover title from the previous variation of the Federal Observer. This is where you will find a range of Editorial postings and comments by a select group of writers, many of who have had long term relations with Kettle Moraine Publications.

Your Doctor and Your Guns

What do you do when your doctor asks if you own a gun?

You are at the pediatrician’s office for a routine well child visit. Maybe you just moved to a new town. The nurse hands you the standard paperwork with the questionnaire pertaining to your child’s health. You start filling out the form and right there . . . question number 14 . . . “Do you have a gun in the home?” It’s right after the question about swimming pools and right before the one about household cleaner storage. What do you answer? Continue reading

New Hampshire Colonials Must Be Vomiting In Their Graves

“People are unhappy with the direction of this country – we saw that with the rise of the tea party, we saw that when we saw thousands of people at the state house in Concord, New Hampshire, protesting the government over more taxes and spending.” ~ Corey Lewandowski

“Live Free or Die?” Really? Sadly, one of the oldest of the 50 states, has turned from red to blue. Yes, today, it has a Republican Governor, but its governing policies have shifted left into socialist territory as far back as the 1960’s when the Democrat Party made a resurgence in the state. Since 1992, New Hampshire has supported the Democrat candidate running for president with Clinton in 1992, John Kerry in 2004 and Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012. Continue reading

Wickard v. Filburn: The Supreme Court Case That Gave the Federal Government Nearly Unlimited Power

The Constitution creates a government of enumerated powers, which means the federal government is only authorized to do things that are specifically listed in the Constitution.

Every presidential election in the United States follows a clear formula. First, many people with absolutely no chance of winning the presidency declare their candidacies. Those who get washed out of the race late in the game see their fortunes rise, which was their goal from the first. Second, candidates with even a chance at winning their party’s nomination drift to the outer fringe of their party’s ideology. For Democrats this year, that means appealing to the most progressive of the progressive wing of their party. Finally, when the race is set with two candidates, each of them will converge in the middle, eschewing the ideological members of their own parties. Continue reading

Michael Bloomberg: the Man Who Would Be Dictator

There are many would be dictators among our political elites in this country. Oh, most of them would never dare admit to such tendencies. They are still trying to convince us all that they are really our benefactors. Happily, most of us are beginning to learn that it just ain’t so. When they commence telling us how concerned they are for us and our children, then we better bar the door and reach for the shotgun. Their true concern is for their own safety while they try to force agendas down our throats they realize most of us are not all that happy with.

The problem with these dictatorial elites is that most of them are socialists and they mean to rule–with or without our consent. Socialism is never about helping people and always about controlling them. Continue reading

For Millions of Us, Watching America Die Is Gut Wrenching

Suicide, 1881 (oil on canvas) by Manet, Edouard (1832-83)

“‘Tis a cruel and terrible thing to witness the death of an old friend, body riddled with disease, emaciated, disfigured and racked with convulsions, his youthful energy, pleasing smile and happy disposition a far distant memory. One wishes for a merciful death and yet one holds out hope that somehow your old friend will be miraculously healed and restored to good health, even though you know in your heart that certain death has him firmly in its grip.” ~ Ron Ewart
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We’re All in This Together: A Case for Not Giving Up on the American Dream

“We must, indeed, all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

Listen: we don’t have to agree about everything.

We don’t even have to agree about most things.

We don’t have to love each other. We don’t even have to like each other. And we certainly don’t need to think alike or dress alike or worship alike or vote alike or love alike. But if this experiment in freedom is to succeed—and there are some days the outlook is decidedly grim—then we’ve got to find some way of relating to one another that is not toxic or partisan or hateful or so self-righteous that we’re doomed to failure before we even start.

America has been a warring nation—a military empire intent on occupation and conquest—for so long that perhaps we, the citizens of this warring nation, have forgotten what it means to live in peace, with the world and one another. Continue reading

Liberty: The Most Divine Thing

It’s extremely hard today to keep a positive mindset, when we are constantly bombarded by so much “Bad News,”from more “refugee” ills and immigration subterfuge to the fake, evil and manufactured wrongdoing of President Trump in this impeachment hoax perpetrated by the Democrats — thank God he was rightfully acquitted on February 5th. I have my own axe to grind against Trump on several issues BUT, He Hasn’t Done One Thing That Warrants His Impeachment. My God, I’ve never encountered so many ignorant people in my life, as in any time or moment I make the slightest endeavor to address any of the aforementioned topics with some Leftists.

It’s a relief, and the only time I get any peace of mind, to simply ignore the “News” Cycle at times and let the world proceed without me for a few hours, or even days. I take a good bit of pleasure from viewing various artworks I am offered daily through Saatchi Artworks and from my musical library that I find so soothing in the evenings after a long day, as I sit with Big Ol’ Sweet Mutt in my lap, rubbing his ears and tickling under his chin. Continue reading

The Constitution Was a Coup d’État

We owe Patrick Newman a great debt for his enterprise and editorial skill in bringing to publication the fifth volume, hitherto thought lost, of Murray Rothbard’s Conceived in Liberty. The details of his rescue of the lost manuscript are indeed dramatic, but rather than recount them here, I should like to concentrate on a theme central to the new book. ~ Ed.

A Comic-Book? Well – it just might be…

It is well known that Rothbard took the American Revolution to be mainly libertarian in its inspiration. The libertarian impulses of the Revolution were betrayed by a centralizing coup d’état. As Rothbard puts it:

Basically, urban merchants and artisans, as well as many slaveholding planters, united in support of a strong nation-state that would use the power of coercion to grant them privileges and subsidies. The subsidies would come at the expense of the average subsistence yeoman farmer who might be expected to oppose such a new nationalism. But against them, to support a new constitution, were the commercial farmers aided by the southern plantation-farmers who also wanted power and regulation for their own benefit. Given the urban support, the split among the farmers, and the support from wealthy educated elites, it is not surprising that the nationalist forces were able to execute their truly amazing political coup d’état which illegally liquidated the Articles of Confederation and replaced it with the Constitution. In short, they were able to destroy the original individualist and decentralized program of the American Revolution. (p. 128)

The theme I should like to concentrate on is this: what happens to the way we understand the Constitution if Rothbard is right that it was a centralizing document? Continue reading

A Republic, If We Can Keep It

The government set up by James Madison and the other Founders requires a virtuous public and virtuous leaders — or the whole system will fail.

In the days leading up to the Senate’s impeachment trial, some people hoped that Chief Justice John Roberts, presiding over the trial, would use his position to send a strong message to the senators on what the Constitution requires of them. He had, in fact, already sent such a message, just weeks earlier, on what the Constitution requires of all Americans. On December 31, in a letter accompanying his annual report on the work of the federal courts, Roberts called on federal judges — and everyone else — to invest themselves in the preservation of constitutional democracy. Continue reading

Federalism vs. Nationalism & The Electoral College

Sometimes I regret doing anything after I get home from work, as often my mind gets stimulated and I find myself unable to sleep. Last night was one such night as I laid in bed most of the night with a whole slew of thoughts running through my mind.

It all began when I posted the first paragraph from Luther Martin’s Genuine Information #3 on Facebook, asking how many people would spend any amount of time reading things like that. However, the avalanche of thoughts began when I got home from work and read the following comment made by someone on my friends list: This sounds like he was against the electoral college in as much as one individual person equals one vote opposite that is contrary to the human heart. Mostly because I equal the smallest state as does each and every human.

Now I’m not saying that what I’m about to say is either right or wrong, I’m merely sharing with ya’ll some of the things that keep me awake at night thinking. Hopefully it will stimulate some thought in your minds as well. Continue reading

The Good, the Bad and the UGLY! ~ 101

Virginia’s House Has Just Banned America’s Best-Selling Rifle and Approved the Confiscation of Ammo
Things aren’t looking good in Virginia, because both sides are rising up. When that happens, a fight is upon us. Hopefully, what passes all the way through the state government and what is demanded by the citizenry will somehow works its way to being the same. Otherwise, there’s ugliness ahead.

As for gun laws in general, unfortunately, murderers don’t obey laws… (Continue to full article)

Bloomberg Unveils Plan for Extreme Gun Control if Elected President Learn Way More Effectively From Print Textbooks Than Screens
If Bloomberg becomes president, you bet he’ll take New York-style gun control to the national level. He’ll keep pushing to ban guns and magazines and to strip Second Amendment rights from millions more law-abiding Americans without trial or congressional approval. Michael Bloomberg would be the most anti-gun President in our lifetime… (Continue to full article)

Dems in Congress expanding the ‘sanctuary policy’ agenda
An immigration enforcement activist finds it inexplicable that the Democratic Party is supporting a radical bill that would protect dangerous criminal aliens from deportation. Notable among the bill’s co-sponsors are the radical, first-term congresswomen known as “The Squad.”… (Continue to full article)

Pelosi Attacks Trump For Protecting American Lives
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) ripped President Trump’s expanded travel ban after he included six other countries to the list of those that will face increased travel restrictions.

“The Trump Administration’s expansion of its outrageous, un-American travel ban threatens our security, our values and the rule of law. The sweeping rule, barring more than 350 million individuals from predominantly African nations from traveling to the United States, is discrimination disguised as policy,” … (Continue to full article)

Illegal Border Crossings Plummet for the Eighth Month in a Row
We’ve seen eight straight months of decline, but as we see from the seizure of the longest-ever tunnel between the U.S. and Mexico and significant drug seizures, much work remains. We hope that Congress will finally act to address the ongoing crisis on the Southwest border and pass meaningful legislation to strengthen our immigration system…. (Continue to full article)

White House Budget Games
The White House released President Trump’s 2021 budget plan Monday — a $4.8 trillion behemoth that boosts defense, homeland security, and Veterans Affairs. Trump laid out a roadmap that includes $4.4 trillion in reductions to spending growth over the next decade that he claims will balance the budget by 2035. Remember: Whenever the media talks “cuts,” it’s almost always really reductions in scheduled growth…. (Continue to full article)

Illegal Immigration Has Outsized Negative Impact on Smaller U.S. States
A newly released report from the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) has revealed that the cost of illegal immigration on taxpayers is felt in states far from the U.S. southern border, and specifically in some of the country’s least populated states. In fact, FAIR found that it costs 10 states with the fewest immigrants $454 million annually — or $4,000 to $6,500 per illegal alien… (Continue to full article)

Alexander Smirken Phuockin

Trump Derangement Syndrome Explodes After Impeachment Acquittal
The smirking smug face of Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman was escorted from the White House Friday, two days after President Donald Trump was acquitted in the Senate impeachment trial. Vindman violated the Uniform Code of Military Justice by defying the Commander in Chief, and after he heard the call, he talked to a CIA officer. Was that Eric Ciaramella?… (Continue to full article)

Creator Of US BioWeapons Act Says Coronavirus Is Biological Warfare Weapon
In an explosive interview Dr. Francis Boyle, who drafted the Biological Weapons Act has given a detailed statement admitting that the 2019 Wuhan Coronavirus is an offensive Biological Warfare Weapon and that the World Health Organization (WHO) already knows about it…. (Continue to full article)

CDC: You’re Fired. Autism Coverup Exposed
The dam is leaking, and the flood is coming. Are you ready to stand strong?

A powerful accusation, sensational, provocative. When we think of fraud, what comes to mind? Images of avarice-driven men putting their greed before the best interest of a larger population. Does it feel different when it is a woman behind the mask? What about a woman charged with “Saving Lives. Protecting People.” as is the CDC’s claim? What if that larger population put at risk is our infants, babies, and children?… (Continue to full article)

Trump administration moves to protect prayer in public schools and federal funds for religious organizations
The Trump administration is moving to strengthen protections for students who want to pray or worship in public schools and proposing changes to make it easier for religious groups that provide social services to access federal funds, a development that comes as the president seeks to shore up support among evangelicals.

Nine federal agencies, including the Education Department, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Justice Department, are advancing rules that would reduce requirements for those religious organizations… (Continue to full article)

USMCA – Americans Sold Down The River …. Again!

“I guess what bothers me so much about what I see going on in Washington, DC is an effort to keep people from finding out about the mistakes of lawmakers, and then when they’re uncovered, an effort to fool people and pretend there was nothing wrong.” ~ Chris Bell

Did you read the much touted United States Mexico-Canada Free Trade Agreement (USMCA)? Of course you didn’t, it’s almost 2,000 pages long. But that’s OK, neither did many of your senators and congressmen and women but they passed it anyway. Did the President read the entire document? It’s highly unlikely.

Oh, and by the way, did you get to vote for the USMCA? Of course not! Your senators and congressmen and women and the President did it for you. Do you trust them to act on your behalf and in your best interests and in the nation’s best interests? Given the Congresses’ past record on treaties, laws, rules and regulations, it doesn’t leave much to trust. Perhaps you remember Obama Care where its supposed benefits were outright lies. Continue reading

Liberty: The Most Divine Thing ~ uhhh – With a Twinkle and a Smile

It’s extremely hard today to keep a positive mindset, when we are constantly bombarded by so much “Bad News”, from more “refugee” ills and immigration subterfuge to the fake, evil and manufactured wrongdoing of President Trump in this impeachment hoax perpetrated by the Democrats. I have my own axe to grind against Trump on several issues BUT, He Hasn’t Done One Thing That Warrants His Impeachment. My God, I’ve never encountered so many ignorant people in my life, as in any time or moment I make the slightest endeavor to address the topic with some Leftists. Continue reading

The State Owns You: The Problem with “National Service”

~ Foreword ~
There is an overabundance of “citizens” who, I daresay, have never fought in the defense of anything or anybody, unless it served and benefited them first. Far too many of today’s youth have come to adulthood expecting everything to fall in their laps and handed them, with the attitude that the world begins and ends with them. And I think being drafted into some sort of public service or the military would serve to make such individuals better people in the end.

However, I have to agree with this author, that our lives belong to each of us to use as we see fit, so long as we do no harm to others in the process.

With that said, I find it highly unlikely that a large segment of this American society would actually rise to defend the nation, if She came under attack from a foreign enemy. But, you can be damned certain, They Will Be the First to Riot in the Streets for “Free Stuff” each and every time they think the effort will avail them to meet their ends and their agenda. Most of them are coming to adulthood as the Enemy From Within, spitting on the Flag and dishonoring Our national Anthem every step of the way as they work to end the Founding of America. Continue reading

Slow Moving Socialist Avalanche Is Headed Right For You

Now Just How Are You ‘Gonna’ Change Things?

“Historical change is like an avalanche. The starting point is a snow-covered mountainside that looks solid. All changes take place under the surface and are rather invisible. The one certainty for anyone in the path of an avalanche is this: standing still is not an option.” ~ Norman Davies, British historian

You are skiing in the back country when all of a sudden you hear an ominous cracking and then a rushing sound like a hurricane. You look up slope to the mountain above you and realize that half a mountain of snow is headed right at you at 80 to 100 miles per hour. In an instant of horror and panic, your life flashes in front of you. You have two choices, stand still and die, or run. But which way should you go? Do you move sideways to get out of the path, or do you ski down hill in the hopes of out running the avalanche. The statistics say that you have probably bought the farm. Only a snowmobile has any chance of moving fast enough to escape being overrun. However, if you are caught up in the avalanche, the best advice is to swim in it and make air pockets as the avalanche comes to a stop. You should also be wearing an avalanche beacon so rescuers can find you. Continue reading

Sorry For the Language but But What The Hell Happened to America?

In June I’ll turn 62, and over the course of those sixty-two years I’ve been to a lot of places and seen and done a lot of things; some that I’m not so proud of. However, I’m not here to write a tell all article about the life and times of Neal Ross, I’m here to write about the changes that have taken place in the country I love over the course of those six decades. I may be wrong, but I think change is coming about at a much faster rate now, almost exponentially, and many of these changes are quite troubling to me.

Normally I write my articles by stating a simple pretense, then building a foundation and then layering on facts which support that pretense. However, in writing this it would be difficult to follow that pattern, so instead I’ll throw out some random thoughts I’ve been having and let you digest them at your leisure. Continue reading

Socialism Dehumanizes People

Years ago, when we lived in West Virginia, I can recall hearing a conversation between two people, one of which was a socialist, though he would not have recognized that fact. One of his comments during the conversation was that he thought “everyone should make (earn) the same” amount of money. The other person tried to explain to him that “it doesn’t work that way.” I doubt if the erstwhile socialist grasped that, but it’s true. You can’t expect a doctor or a teacher to work for the same wages as a custodial engineer (janitor), yet that was what the socialist expected and it really bothered him that others made more money than he did. Continue reading

Egypt and the Destruction of Civil Liberties in America

There are lots of things wrong with the conviction and incarceration of 54-year-old Mustafa Kassem, who died (recently) in Egypt.

Kassen was an American citizen who drove a taxi in New York City. He had two children. In 2013, the Egyptian military ousted the democratically elected president of the country, which reestablished its omnipotent control over the government and the nation. In the process of killing hundreds of protestors, Egyptian authorities arrested Kassem in a nearby shopping center where he was exchanging money before returning home to the United States. Continue reading

Leftist Battle Cry: Cancel All Things Conservative

Recently, at the NCAA college football championship game between Louisiana State and Clemson, a picture was taken of actor Vince Vaughn shaking hands with President Donald Trump as the two watched the game from a private box at the Superdome in New Orleans. Someone posted it on the internet and the left-wing social media went nuts against Vaughn. How dare he “humanize” Trump! That was the mantra. Continue reading

The Ghosts of Greater Men Than I…

This past weekend was a four-day extended weekend, lasting from the morning of Friday, 17 January 2020, through Monday, 20 January 2020, and it was eventful, even history-making.  I find myself without the vocabulary to effectively articulate the emotions I experienced over those four days; I can tell you that I was honored to have not only born witness to the events I’m going to talk about, but also to have been able to participate in said events.  Some of my experiences were exciting, some were saddening, and some were uplifting.  There were times when I was filled with an overwhelming sense of pride, and there were occasions when I was profoundly humbled… Continue reading

Destino ~ Just the Beginning…

In 1945, Walt Disney and Salvador Dalí began collaborating on an animated film. 58 years later, with Dalí long gone and Disney gone longer still, it came out. The delayed arrival of Destino had to do with money trouble at the Walt Disney Studios not long after the project began, and it seems that few laid eyes on its unfinished materials again until Disney’s nephew Roy E. Disney came across them in 1999. Completed, it premiered at the 2003 New York Film Festival and received an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Short Film. Now, seventeen years later, we know for sure that Destino has found a place in the culture, because someone has mashed it up with Pink Floyd.

This is not the end of the story…

COMING SOON: Much more on Destino from the Federal Observer

Truth IS Stranger Than Fiction: The Racist Roots of Gun Control

He’s been with us from the beginning!

~ Foreword ~
January 2020 ~ Every so often, we are inclined to go back to the ‘roots’ of the Federal Observer, and with today’s posting, and due to the overwhelming controversy over the next generation of gun-grab attempts, the time has come to repost this lengthy column once again. It has now been just over seven years since we brought the following back to the Front Page, yet given what is going on in Virginia and other states today – it’s time for review is past due.

Once again, due to the age of this column (November 2002) some or all of the embedded links may no longer be active. Due your own due-diligence.

To straighten out the un-enlighted reader – Mr. Whitley is not the author of “The Racist Roots of Gun Control”. He is however the author of the introduction and the closing comments. Our thanks to Mr. Clayton E. Cramer – the author of the main body of this text. We suggest that the NAACP (an organization who seems to have no intention of allowing their ‘people’ to be advanced for anything) – read and study – and then know their own history.

It would seem, the NAACP is willing to sellout the black race by withholding the truth in exchange for a few bucks in a civil case – and may even be willing to go so far as to threaten others of their own race if they try to reveal historical facts dealing with racism if it interferes with their cash-flow. The path the NAACP has taken is…well, as they say, “follow the money” (and the truth be damned).

Jeffrey Bennett, Publisher
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Martin Luther King Jr.’s View on Self Defense & the 2nd Amendment

Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon, which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals. ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

There’s plenty of misinformation running around about Martin Luther King Jr. and his views on self defense and the 2nd Amendment. Anti-gunners often believe anyone who owns a firearm is inherently violent – even though firearms are inanimate objects, no more or less violent than a hammer or dinner plate. They take this belief and twist one of Martin Luther King Jr.’s quotes into an anti-gun campaign. Continue reading