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Gaslighting: “Hate Crimes” and Reparations ?


Debt bondage or bonded labor takes place when a person pledges themselves against a loan. The services required to repay the debt, and its duration, may be undefined. Debt bondage may be passed on from generation to generation, with children required to pay off their parents’ debt. This is the most widespread and active form of slavery today.

And yet, chronically adding “earmarks” to spending bills is the fundamental transformation that takes place in Washington on taxes and spending legislation that our “democratic” representatives are using to “enslave” all of America’s present native citizens, and those generations that follow.  The source for these “earmarks”comes mostly from people residing illegally, or having no national loyalty, and/or likely don’t pay taxes anyway, but vote because at least half of them or more are getting government subsidies; and with five million new non-contributing dependents and another ten to twenty million more in queue, there is “hope” that it certainly, and sufficiently will overload and collapse the system, further making it impossible to reform taxes and spending. Is this a goal for Neo-feudalism, or what? Trillions of dollars of debt, and focusing on all the willfully wrong things that continue to remove our freedoms and turn the population into a socialist utopia with an overabundance of slaves, coolies, peons and serfs – how’s this been working out so far, especially for all the increasingly wealthy politicians ? How many of them do we see actually, “sharing their wealth?”  Seems rather obvious doesn’t it?

“It’s dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.”   ~ Voltaire


The South Has Already Paid Reparations
The Southern states have paid the price for losing the Civil War many times over.

Ignored among current reparations discussions is the fact the South has already paid them — if not for slavery, then for losing the Civil War. For at least 25 years after the war, over half of the federal budget was devoted to three items: interest on federal debt; budget surpluses applied to debt retirements; and Union veterans’ pensions. None benefitted former Confederates even though they had to pay their share of taxes to fund them. If the Confederacy had been an independent defeated foe, such payments would have constituted reparations.

The budget surpluses were used to pay down the federal war debts, which had increased 40-fold from $65 million at the start of the Civil War to $2.7 billion at the end. Southerners did not hold any of the bonds. National banks held some, which bought them for monetary reserves as mandated by the 1863 National Banking Act, but many Northern civilians also owned them.

Bond policies also penalized Southerners (black and white) another way. Specifically, the 1869 Public Credit Act required that the bonds be redeemed in gold even though Northern investors bought them during the war with Greenback paper money, which traded at a fluctuating discount to gold. Less than a year before the war ended, Greenback dollars traded at a 65 percent discount to gold in July 1864. Since the bond redemptions and interest had to be paid in gold, the value of paper money required to make such payments was larger than the face amount of the bonds and their associated interest coupons. The difference was an extra cost to the taxpayer but a bonus to the Northern bondholder.

Budget surpluses to retire the debt were funded by protective tariffs, which averaged 45 percent on dutiable items for 50 years after the war started compared to 19 percent on the eve of the Civil War. Customs rates only temporarily dropped during Democrat President Woodrow Wilson’s 1913–21 administration. Republicans again increased rates during the Roaring Twenties after regaining control of the White House and Congress. Although modestly declining during the Great Depression, rates generally remained high until after World War II when the manufacturing economies of the states north of the Ohio and Potomac rivers had no international competitors because the war had destroyed the economies of Europe and Asia. Significantly, however, protective tariffs harmed the South’s cotton-farm economy three different ways.

First, they required all Americans to pay higher prices for manufactured goods by artificially increasing the price for imported items that were competitive to those made in the U.S. (chiefly in the North) under the cover of a protective tariff. During the railroad building boom after the Civil War, tariffs on British rail iron were at times as high as 100 percent. In 1866, for example, railroad iron sold for $32 a ton in Britain compared to $80 a ton in the U.S., largely because of American protective tariffs.

Second, since protective tariffs caused competitive imported goods to be priced out of the domestic market, all Americans were practically forced to buy the domestic alternatives mostly produced in Northern states. It’s not commonly understood that the amount of the actual tariff fees Americans paid was much lower than the amount they paid to buy goods from domestic manufacturers shielded by those tariffs. That’s because protective tariffs were intended to keep overseas manufactured goods out of the domestic market instead of raising tax revenue.

Third, protective tariffs were especially injurious to the South’s export economy. Since Europeans were the chief cotton buyers, they needed to be able to sell manufactured goods to America in order to generate the exchange credits required to pay for Southern cotton. Since protective tariffs kept their manufactured items out of the U.S. market, Europeans increasingly bought cotton from India, Brazil, West Africa, and Egypt instead of the American South.

Finally, former Confederates derived no benefit from liberal federal spending on Union veteran pensions. Such pensions were originally paid only to soldiers who received disabling injuries during military service, but Republicans gradually expanded eligibility to solidify veterans as one of the party’s voter constituencies. By 1904 any Union veteran over age 62 was regarded as disabled, thereby transforming a disability program into an old-age retirement one. In 1893, the pensions represented over 40 percent of the federal budget. Annual disbursements did not peak until 1921, which was 56 years after the war had ended. At least two beneficiaries were receiving payments as late as 2012.

In sum, nobody should assume that the Southern states escaped reparations-equivalent penalties merely because they were readmitted to the Union.

The South Has Already Paid Reparations
[Byline Philip Leigh]

The American Spectator (edited)
25 October 2019


Alas, look around, take inventory, and observe exactly how, that which has been taken under false pretenses is being used against you and others, and whom has actually “prospered” at your suffering and expense. ~ E.J. Glave, The Slave-Trade in the Congo Basin

Totalitarian supremacy, disguising itself as democracy does everything within its power to assure freedom does not nor will not occur. The mechanics of this divisiveness and its methods are obvious. It leads to civil strife and eventually warfare within, further dividing the populace. In turn, the light of freedom dims and the plague of chattel slavery and serfdom to a despotic leadership perpetuated.

Though stolen and hidden from a portion of blinded and deluded people, the light of liberty and freedom is never, ever extinguished. Such ideals are forever a part of the innate desire of humanity, and it is a well known fact, a people united are not easily conquered.

Criminal Reparations

Fear, fright, and intimidation may pass through long incubation periods and have extensive aftereffects on human thinking and the mind. The human brain is heavily burdened, and much time can elapse before the personality again finds the ability to stabilize itself.    ~ A.M. Meerloo M.D.

The “quiet plunder” of middle-class money and labor to fund Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty began in 1964.  Playing the poverty/civil rights card, politicians pushed through legislation to spread the wealth around under the guise of increasing opportunities for the “poor.”  The middle class ended up getting hammered.

In 2014, the Heritage Foundation released their findings on the cost of the War on Poverty.  As of 2013, U.S. taxpayers had spent over $22 trillion on anti-poverty programs.  What did we get for all of our hard labor 50 years later?  An ever-expanding welfare state instead of what LBJ described as an “investment” that would “return its cost manifold to the entire economy.”  Not only are 100 million Americans receiving some kind of benefits from at least one government program, but those not on the dole are still paying for entitlements with no end in sight.

Like slaves, the middle class are asked to turn over the fruits of their labor to others and at the same time endure name-calling and marginalization from the very same people taking their money.

At the start of every Congress since 1989, Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) has introduced a reparations bill that would set up a seven-member commission to determine whether “any form of compensation to the descendants of African slaves is warranted.”

What House member will introduce a bill calling for a congressional study of middle-class “slavery” as well as make recommendations to repay the $22 trillion that was spent to destroy the American Dream?

–M. Catharine Evans and Ann Kane -[edited excerpt] American Thinker (2015)

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