An even different approach..

The following was written by a fellow Michigander, Jeff McQueen, describing what he sees as a need for the 2nd revolution and what needs to be done.  I am posting it here for the most part unedited.  I do not fully agree with a few of the solutions, yet I think opening the subjects to debate is a good thing.  While some of his suggestions are probably seen as radical, he makes quite a few valid points, and arrives at his conclusions from a sincere love of country and the people who make it great. Given the current political landscape, and the direction The government is taking us, it is worth noting there are many more who share Jeff’s positions.  Please feel free to comment, or provide your own analysis.

Quality of Tea

My name is Jeff McQueen. I am a direct descendant of Peter McQueen, who lived in the town of Salem in Washington County, New York, and who served under Colonel John Williams in the first American Revolution. My French and Scottish ancestors were pioneer settlers of Michigan arriving here in 1701 and 1820 (respectively), before Michigan was granted statehood.

I love this state and our country, but I have now lost complete faith in our current political leadership (on both sides of the aisle) to lead us out of the financial mess we all now face. Like many of you, I could no longer sit in front of my television at night, screaming at the idiots who represent us while they try to fix the blame, instead of fixing the problem. I ordered a special flag, which I designed for the upcoming Second American Revolution (Betsy Ross flag with the Roman numeral “II” in the center of the stars), and drove to Lansing with a friend of mine who served in the Viet Nam war.

As we all know, the first American Revolution was ignited when angry citizens boarded ships in Boston Harbor and threw heavily taxed tea overboard. In America today we face higher and higher taxation with very little ethical representation. Scandal after scandal fills our nightly news, as more of our neighbors lose their jobs due to the unethical and unrestrained acts of our politicians, Wall Street, and bankers. Normally, I have a high tolerance for political scandals, like many of my fellow Americans, but the severity and quantity of the scandals has now become to huge to ignore. A second “Common Sense” strategy must now be enacted in the spirit of Thomas Paine, and a Second American Revolution must now begin if we are to rebuild our Republic and the American Dream. I propose the following strategy:

1) Recall Laws: The laws to recall politicians vary from state to state. Citizens must look at these laws and demand they are immediately rewritten to facilitate our ability to recall state and federal representatives with as few hurdles as possible.

2) Tea Parties: Future Tea Parties must take place on the doorstep of media (i.e. MSNBC, CNN, CBS and ABC) and government organizations belittling the tea parties and the “Second American Revolution,” as just a right-wing group of nuts and radicals. Media time must be purchased to campaign against the tyrannical taxation and uncontrolled spending currently occurring.

3) Consumer Confidence: Wall Street executives directly involved in creating derivatives and politicians who approved low-income mortgage program legislation, should be arrested and tried for crimes against humanity, and if found guilty, they should get stiff sentences, including being barred from working in the Financial Industry or serving in Government for the rest of their lives. This action, and only this action will return consumer confidence.

4) Recruiting an Army of Patriotic Citizens: Efforts must be made to show citizens from all walks of life, race, color, religion belong to the rising army of people angry with our government. We must fight the media’s attempt to paint our movement falsely as solely a right-wing, Anglo-Saxon, Christian movement. It must be clear to everyone the Second American Revolution is an “American” revolution and its members are as diverse as the citizens of the United States, because the desire for freedom and the “American Dream” is what makes us American.

5) Exposure (Investigative Journalism): We need to expose as many politicians for their illegal trading, bribes and malfeasance as quickly as possible. A team of investigative “patriotic” journalists must be released in Washington, D.C. to gather the information needed to expose the political leadership pushing for increased taxation and spending.

6) Term Limits: In the spirit and intention of our forefathers, we must get term limits established to eliminate the threat of the consolidation of power, which occurs with long-term political careers.

7) Prerequisites (perks): All perks currently given to politicians should be reviewed, and changed to reflect fair and equitable reward for term of service served.

8) Ethical Code of Conduct: An ethical code of conduct must be written to outline our expectations for our representatives, and the penalties for betraying the public trust. Our elected politicians must sign this code of conduct before taking office.

9) Federal, State and Local Taxation: Any overt or covert taxes currently in place must be updated every four years and on public display in front of the State Capitol buildings around the country. All Federal Taxes must be voted on and approved by a majority vote of Americans citizens every four years during our national Presidential elections. If the specific taxes are not approved they must be removed when the President take office. State and Local taxes must also be approved every four years in order to continue.

10) Federal, State and Local Programs: Any Federal, State or Local program enacted currently or in the future must expire every four years unless approved for continuation by a majority vote of U.S. citizens . Federal, State and Local programs must not be allowed eternal life without a super-majority vote of the citizens of the United States.

11) Treason: Acts of treason must be openly tried in a court of law, and just penalties must be handed out.

12) Buy America: Money must circulate in our community to get our economy to recover. The more we buy American made products, the more our will economy will improve. This simple concept has helped wealth grow in immigrant communities within the United States for centuries, and will significantly help us.

13) Fair Trade vs. Free Trade (The United States need to remove itself from the United Nations and the World Trade Organization): The U.N. and W.T.O. serve neither the United States nor its citizens. The quicker we pull out of these organizations, the quicker our economy recovers. Politicians should be barred from lobbying for foreign governments and companies in the United States.

14) English the National Language: English must be made our national language. Government documents and services must not be offered in any other language.

15) New Flag of the Second American Revolution: We need a flag to show the spread of the Second American Revolution from shore to shore. I have added the Roman numeral “II” to the center of the circle of stars in the Betsy Ross flag, and recommend this design, so our political position is clear. I am working on trying to set-up a place where people can order these flags and will broadcast the contact info when it is set up.

For the most part, the representation we have in the Democratic and Republican parties have violated our trust and must now be removed as quickly as legally possible. I recommend, all good citizens of these United States now focus all energy in your respective states to get recall laws, quickly rewritten to make it easier to recall our politicians.

Our Founding Fathers of these United States wrote our Constitution, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for a common Defense, promote general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to themselves and their Posterity. This Constitution outlined their vision, a vision which would focus our forefathers toward a common purpose, and to protect them and their posterity from those who would enslave them.

As I traveled last week to the Tea Party in Lansing, Michigan I thought about one of my favorite Chinese proverbs, which is: You never know the quality of tea, until you put it in hot water. As I walked through the thousands of attendees, it became clear people are angry and frustrated because they see the “quality of life” in America slipping away as our politicians in Michigan and Washington, D.C. raise the heat on my fellow hard-working Americans with increased taxes, and by outrageously spending our children and grandchildren into massive future debts.

We have been put in hot water by our politicians, Wall Street and the banks, it’s time for all patriotic Americans to get involved.

Freedom and Justice or no Peace!

Jeff McQueen

6 comments for “An even different approach..

  1. April 27, 2009 at 8:20 am

    Some things I’d like to bring up (by point)

    1) From what I can tell, Michigan is in moderately good shape in terms of being able to recall officials, although I’m sure it could be bettered.

    However the one that really needs work is the recall of federally elected officials and appointed judges. Especially supreme court judges.

    Here’s one example why I would say this: look at the Heller decision. In his dissent, Breyer came up with some “interest-balancing” scheme to determine the constitutionality of the DC handgun ban (page 62 of the opinion, pg 65 of the PDF). THAT is bad news, kids. We might as well not even have a constitution if that’s how clowns like Breyer are going to say it works. There could be a whole discussion on the issue, but this bit I think describes a good reason why the recall of federal judges should be included.

    3) Wrong, wrong, and more wrong. There is nothing inherently wrong with derivatives unto themselves. Does your investment portfolio contain any ETFs? Do you own shares of a mutual fund? If so, you’re involved in derivatives.

    Yes, some derivatives can be high risk, but guess what, if you don’t know how an investment vehicle works, you probably shouldn’t be using it. Charging people involved in creating derivatives with crimes against humanity? Please.

    As for low income mortgages… blame stuff like the CRA for basically forcing institutions to participate, but if an institution wants to issue shady mortgages, who cares. Just don’t put me on the hook for it.

    Term limits are a double edged sword. Assume you get a guy in who’s top notch, squared away and shit. Ooops, 6 years down the road he’s out and replaced by some loser. Just something to think about.

    7) Code of conduct.. how about just allowing for their removal if they don’t uphold The Constitution. Sounds a lot easier that way.

    Do you really want that? Really? I can see what you’re saying, but just like term limits, the whole argument is a bit broad and voting on taxes every four years could be bad juju. Especially if mass quantities of welfare queens vote.

    10) Yet again, see above. Also, does this super majority take into account the entire eligible voting population or just those voting?

    11) No complaints here.

    12) You need to elaborate here. Are you talking have huge tariffs? If so, that’s bad news bears.

    You won’t hear me complaining about getting out of the UN and the WTO (why does free trade need an organization??).

    I also don’t think I’ve heard of someone actually lobbying for a foreign government before.

    As for foreign companies, there shouldn’t be lobbying for any companies.

    Again, no complaints here.

  2. Jeff McQueen
    April 30, 2009 at 8:39 am

    3) I respectfully disagree with your position on this item. Everything I have heard is that derivatives got us in this Global financial meltdown. It wasn’t just the low cost mortgages for low income people. The amazing thing is our government is STILL allowing mortgages to low income people with little down, and with seller allowances, these people can get mortgages STILL with NOTHING down. The Govenment knows there is a problem and is STILL ignoring it. AMAZING!

    6) Term Limits – OK lets offer longer terms to keep the good guys, but let’s set some limit or we will have the same corruption we have today.

  3. April 30, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    “Everything I’ve heard..”
    That’s a BIG problem. Have you done any research on your own as to what derivatives are?
    The basic definition is that they are instruments that derive their value from other assets. So for example, your mutual fund is a derivative (like I mentioned) – it’s value is based off the assets which the fund possesses.

    The thing that got us into this meltdown is the damned interventionist policies of the government. Not derivatives.

    As for low/no down payments – who cares as long as it was a contract negotiated freely between two consenting parties. If the loan goes to hell, too bad for both parties. Don’t take any of my money to “fix” the “problem”. The thing is, banks normally wouldn’t make risky loans.

    The problem is that the government has forced banks to make risky loans due to the CRA. As I mentioned, interventionist policies are the ones to blame, not a free market.

  4. jgillman
    April 30, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    The term limit argument has been my most troubling. Because of complications which somewhat move the reality of what should be short term occupancy of the positions to career choice, I support the limits. I think it should be longer however. Though we might lose some top notch problem solvers, it does take the “career seekers” out of the equation..

    Anyhow Jeff.. I watch the stats, and you have a lot of folks with comments similar to my intro which certainly show an appreciation for the discourse.


  5. May 8, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    Here’s my thought on the term limits concept: 12-in / 4-out. That is, 12 years (IN TOTAL) in either Washington or Lansing (or the state capitol of your choice), followed by 4 years completely out of said capitol. That’s combined time in office (legislative and executive). This will allow us to keep the good ones in circulation, while allowing for a critical review periodically.

    Note that this only applies to elected officials. Of necessity, there’s only so much that you can do about bureaucrats . . . short of closing down their particular bureau.

    I appreciate the “natural term limitation” of a effective voting population. Well-informed and active voters will arrange to toss any bum right about the time that said bum starts to become a threat to Liberty. The problem is that we have a voting population that is best characterized by chronic laziness, which is one of the reasons that term limits came about in the first place.

    The 12-in / 4-out compromise, in my head anyway, works as an effective long-term compromise between the positions on the term limits issue.

  6. jgillman
    May 8, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    Kevin, I like the idea of a 12/4 compromise.. Not bad… not bad indeed..

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