A Personal Note On The American Dream

Dear Friends, I want to speak on a personal level right now. I studied economics at the Univerisity of California in the early 1970’s, but I am not an economist. The information that I give is not that of an economist. I have never traded stocks. The only bonds I ever purchased was through the payroll deduction plan in the military. I have never had a job on the New York Stock Exchange, (I spent 19 hours in New York once). I am not an investment analyst. (The only stock I have has four legs.)

I write what I do because I was trained to do covert activities in southeast Asia and the Middle East/North Africa (called MENA in the intelligence community). I have participated in some very important and even historical events in world history. I have also participated in things that are not well known and believe it or not, have yet to be de-classified. In short, I have seen other countries collapse.

So, please, when you read what I write, you should filter it through an intelligence type filter rather than a financial or economic filter. And, if you choose to take it with a grain of salt that is up to you and there is no ill will toward anyone here.

Who are we? We equates to myself and my very beautiful wife, Von. Both of us, independently, have travelled most of the modern world. Neither of us have been to Greenland, Antarctica, Iceland or the former Soviet Union. Neither of us has left the United States in the last 8 years. Our experiences are dated but our perspective is not. We have continued to keep current with world events and have contacts that are on every continent in the world with the single exception of Antarctica.

I listen to people like Bob Chapman, Gerald Celente, Alex Jones, Sgtreport, Kerry Lutz, James Corbett and many others. I have already given you a listing of those that I read daily on the internet. And, other than Bob Chapman I am older than all the rest, with many years in the intelligence field. So, why do I say all of this. For one very simple reason. I am just like everyone else, I am trying to do the best I can with what I have. I value other people’s opinions and perspectives on what is happening in the world today as much as anyone else.

Like I have said many times before, if you follow my advice, then I will have done you no harm, period! But, at the same time, I think it is time that we accelerate our preparations. Yes, the geo-political situation changes from day to day. Yes, the financial situation changes from day to day. But, by the same token the economic situation does not change.

The economic reality is that the United States is bankrupt and has no hope, whatsoever, of repaying its debt. It is impossible, even if you took every cent from every American citizen and every Ameican corporation, the combined wealth of these two sources could not repay the debt of the phony United States government. It is vitally important that you get yourself, your family and loved ones out of the financial trap that has become the false American Dream.

The FALSE AMERICAN DREAM (a personal note.)

This week is the week that my mate, Von, and I, sit down every year and establish our basic priorities for the new year. We look back on our priorities for the previous year, see what was accomplished and what was not, weigh their relevance to what is going on now and our overall goals and begin to strategize.

Let’s review the word strategy and tactics. The primary difference between to the two concepts is this, strategic is long term thinking and planning and tactical is short term. Yes, this is over simplification but it is still inherently accurate. Look at the Air Force Tactical Air Command was fighters and interceptors. Strategic Air Command was long range bombers.

Strategize, where do you ultimately plan to be? Tactical, what modifications do I have to make to this plan to accomodate the ever changing political, military, economic and social changes that have taken place since forming the strategic plan? What time frame should be called strategic and what should be called tactical? More on this in another article, but a very minimum of 5 years planning is what I call STRATEGIC.

Follow me up to this point? Our long term goal is to be: ***fill in the blanks***. And, don’t say young, sexy, rich and powerful. That is mine so get your own. Just joking. Let me throw out just a few possible thoughts for you to consider.

1.) Debt free. If you are debt free you are the master of your own destiny. The bank does not decide for you what you will do next week, next month, or next year.

2.) Self sufficient. If you feed yourself, produce your own energy and meet all your own BASIC needs you are free to concentrate on other things besides paying utility bills.

3.) My home is my refuge (and my castle). If you have minimized your bills and debts you can live anywhere you find attractive, based on your needs and preferences. I prefer the Rocky Mountain Empire (RME) States. I currently reside in Texas, debt free, because of a temporary need, not preference. When I am finished here I will return to my debt-free mountain aerie in New Mexico.

4.) Transportation. I believe in diesel vehicles because they are very basic in need. What do I mean by that? Okay, a gasoline engine has to have fuel, fire, i.e. spark plugs, and it has to have them at the right time, engine timing. A diesel needs fuel at the proper time. It does not need fire since it uses compression to cause combustion. My old diesel tractor doesn’t even have a battery, I just use the truck to jump start the tractor and it runs without a battery. You cannot do this with a gasoline engine. And, I produce most of my own diesel. That is hard to do for a “New” gasoline engine. Anything before fuel injection can be run on wood or coal smoke.

Do you see where I am going with this exercise? I am trying to get you to think outside of the false paradigm called the American Dream. That dream is, simply put, debt slavery.

What is slavery?

When my ancestors came to America in 1648 it was a mixed lot. There were two brothers arriving from England and landing in Baltimore. The younger brother sold himself and his wife and children into indentured servitude to the older brother and his family to get a free ride to America. A year after landing in America they were all located in what was then known as the Carolina Plantation(North/South Carolina). Somewhere after the seventh year the younger brother sued the older brother for his freedom and the freedom of his family. (You see, a man could not be held in servitude for a period of greater than 7 years.) Finally, 2 years later, the younger brother and his wife and children were granted their freedom by court order and the older brother had to pay them for their labor in excess of the 7 years.

Now, I know you are saying, Codger, that is really nice of you to share your family tree with us but what does that have to do with me and my planning for the future? I am glad you asked that. Until 1913, the same law applied to banks.

Now do you get it? Until December 23rd, 1913, no man could be held in servitude for a period greater than 7 years and the Bible clearly defined being in debt as being in slavery. So English Common Law held in accordance with Biblical law. On December 23, 1913, when most legislators had already left Washington D.C. for the holiday, Congress passed the Federal Reserve Act and the income tax law that would later become the 16th Amendment (a real hoax, but I won’t get into that now.)

Almost immediately loans of up to 13 years could be had for a conventional mortgage. It wasn’t until after WWII that mortgages incrementally rose to the present 30-year note. (Yes, I know there are longer mortgages to be had.)


Are you beginning to understand the depth of what happened to the American people on that fateful 23rd day of December in 1913? Don’t believe me right? Go to the local university library and ask to see the Congressional Quarterly or the Proceedings of Congress and read the discussion that took place on that day.

Now, I come back to my first enumerated point I made above; Have you ever wanted to be debt free? Is it important you? Would you be willing to “LOWER” your standard of living to “INCREASE” your value to yourself and your posterity? Wouldn’t you like to know how to live free and insure that your children and grandchildren do the same? There is only one person who can answer that and it is YOU!

Now do you understand why this section is called A Personal Note? Because that note sitting locked away at some bank or finance company affects your personal standing as a human being.

No, I don’t drive a Maserti, Bentley, Rolls or Corvette. I drive a fifteen year old Ford F-350 and a 16 year old Buick. Why? Because they still run great, the fuel mileage on both is still above what “NEW” cars or trucks of similar makes and models can achieve and I can maintain them myself, thereby saving thousands of dollars over the life of the vehicle.

Do I live in a $250,000.00 home? No. No home that I have has been appraised for more than $75,000.00. Do I live a princely life? No, my life would probably bore the heck out of 90% of you. Do I draw a huge paycheck? Nope, I don’t draw a paycheck at all. I am a farmer and make money only when I sell my crops. So I must have hundreds of acres, right? Nope again. No farm that I own is larger than 40 acres.

Am I bragging? Hardly! Most of you would think twice or three times about living my life. House is too small, truck is too old, tractors are too old, having to gather eggs, hunt deer and hogs, plant, cultivate and harvest crops. Might as well be broke. I hear it all the time.

Now back to my earlier family history. Why in the world would two yeomen in England, sell everything they had, including one of them selling his freedom, to get to America? Was it for Welfare? Food Stamps? Unemployment? Social Security? How about commodity loans or the Land Bank? Maybe it was for a 3.5% interest on a 30-year loan. No! They came here so they could be in control of their lives, their destinies. When you take money from someone else, the person giving you the money controls your destiny, the promise of freedom for you and most of all, your posterity. That was worth dying for. In all likelihood the homes they left behind them in England were much more comfortable than the ones they built in the North Carolina wilderness.

We have sold out our HERITAGE! Not only did our ancestors come here to succeed but the also had the right to fail. That’s right, fail. You cannot fail now, it is against the law. If you are out of work you get unemployment. If you don’t have enough to buy food you can get food stamps. If your children are hungry then they will taken away from you and fed. There is some agency of the government, whether, federal, state or local that will keep you from complete failure.

Why is failure so bad? You make a mistake, you learn from it, you try again and next time you succeed. The famous motivational author and speaker Anthony Robbins says that there is no such thing as failure, only results. But it is now illegal to fail, illegal to learn from your mistakes and now, worst of all, it is illegal to succeed. And God help you if you do. You will have tons of regulations to wade through, you will have to hire an attorney to conform to the tax laws, a CPA to do your taxes and quarterly filings and the list goes on.

The American Dream wasn’t about a guaranteed anything. America was about opportunity. That’s all! You came to America and you had the opportunity to do your best and if your best was good enough you carved out a small piece of future for your posterity. There was no one to pick you up. There was no agency to offer you a low interest loan. And there was no agency that would penalize you for succeeding. When you came to America you had to take the good, opportunity, with the bad, failure and live with it, but you also had the right to make the best of it.

Somewhere along the way the American Dream, of opportunity, was perverted and commercialized. The Constitution doesn’t guarantee you a chicken in every pot or a car in every garage. What the Constitution guarantees you is the freedom to succeed if you have the guts. It also allows you the freedom to fail and then pick yourself up.

My question to you and to myself is; do we have the guts to allow America to succeed? Are we willing to stand up and say, “I will support and defend the Constitution?” Think about it. Are we brave enough to cut away all the so called safety nets that prohibit us from failing, only to keep us in slavery?

Whether the world ends on December 21 or 23 in 2012. Whether or not we go to war with Syria, Iran or Katmandu. Whether gold goes to $20.00/oz. or $2,000,000.00/oz. we have this one basic decision to make. Are our freedoms, the freedom to succeed and the freedom to fail, are important enough that we are willing to stand up and be counted when the time comes? I can’t answer that for anyone but myself. Here is hoping that we, as a nation, make the right choices in 2012.

 Good luck and God bless you and yours in 2012.

Keep stcking and Keep packing!

8 comments to A Personal Note On The American Dream

  • aurochs

    God bless you Codger. You are a clear thinker and a good writer and I need to be reminded that such people still exist out there and that I’m not alone. I do get so discouraged at times as I watch this country I love go down in flames, destroyed from within by the carelessness of my neighbors. Then I run across someone like you and I’m reminded that no matter what happens when TSHTF the idea that is America exists in the hearts of many and the yearning for liberty cannot be killed. liberty may or may not survive this period of history (it doesn’t look too good) but if not, it will rise again. There was a time when men did not think such thoughts as yours but I believe man has perhaps evolved a bit. The ancient Greeks did dare to believe men could rule themselves. A thousand years later came the Magna Carta and centuries later, the U.S. Constitution. Life is a roller coaster and it has it’s peaks and valleys, and as we decend into this particularly fast and deep dip it sometimes feels like it’s the end but there will be another climb up to the heights of what man can be, but in the meantime it can be a scarey ride! Anyway, thanks Codger for your words. You’re right on the money and I needed that.

  • lastmanstanding

    CC…I’m on board with you. We have never really failed, but have had OUR ASSES KICKED more times than I care to talk about…and every time we come thru with a valuable lesson that will not happen again.

    2012 and beyond will be no exception…I must get my kids and grandkids to the other side.

    by the way…We are voting for Ron Paul if we have to go outside our polling place, grab a handful of soil and scrawl his name on the ballot with our fingernails…We will never, ever vote for the lesser of 2 evils again…In retrospect, you get what benefits them, not us.

    thank you for sharing your life with us…

    I’m always packin…and will continue stackin.

  • rick

    Codger – In my humble opinion, you are fortunate to have a mate that feels the same way you do. Keeping up with the Joneses SUCKS…I did it for 25 years and gave a number of bits back to society through coaching baseball, soccer and volleyball, as well as donating a small bit of time to others. I love this country, but completely despise the people and corporations that run it. God bless you and yours and thanks for sharing your thoughts!!

  • Silverfox

    Thank you CC. I have some thoughts. Let’s all make the barter system stronger then it’s ever been. What better way to stick it to the élites? If every time we paid for something we asked. . . Do you accept silver? Even if the answer is obviously no ask anyway. Maybe the people you ask will think, hey, that’s cool and they start asking. What if millions started asking it every day?
    Let’s all barter. Most of us know people that know a trade. When you need something think of them and offer your services in return if you can. I know some do it but a whole lot more could but don’t think of it. More people need to wake up. I do some handyman work on the side. When it comes time to pay they say how much do I owe ya. I tell them and add I take cash, check or silver. It raises some eyebrows but I was not paid it silver yet . . . but it’s coming. Anyway, the more that can be done outside the system the better. We are not slaves if we want not. But they are the masters. We all need to make a choice.

  • Country Codger

    Most people do not believe how little i live on each year when denominated in Federal Reserve Notes. I accrue less than $10,000 a year in FRN’s. Most of my transactions are in like kind exchange. The 99% you hear so much about in the media will not accept this as a means of doing business. But my most important point is, “I HAVE NO DEBT!!” I bet the 99% can’t say that. Silverfox, i remember what America used to be. By the grace of God i will see that happen again. Otherwise, I will die trying. My great-grandchildren are worth my sacrifice if God calls for it.

  • MPB

    Country Codger, My whole family loves your writings – Thank you, again, Sincerely Sir! My wife and daughter always say you write things in an easy to understand plain language. You Do! They say “it is like talking to their grandfather.” (not trying to make you feel old, just meant as a compliment).

    It seems so many of us have allowed ourselves to get caught up in self imposed slavery, via taking on debt. I too was taught better and had gotten off course in years past. I and my whole family are doing our very best, in every way possible, to reverse course on past mistakes and at this point are nearing about all we can do in our preparations. However, we will continue to prepare more in any way possible. We are reassessing things currently too. We grow a large percentage of our own food now and have reserves ( preserves) going out over 18 months now and much, much more in our overall preparations. I believe this whole thing could go belly up any day now, but who knows? The evil forces have managed one delay tactic after another thus far and the extra time is appreciated by us to prepare, though, the longer this drags on the worse I fear it will get. Of course, the day of reckoning is approaching regardless.

    Keep stacking and packing!

    Thank you again, God Bless you and your family.


  • Irving14941

    What a great read!

  • Scout

    Codger: Always good to hear from you! I wait impatiently from post to post! You ask:

    “Are our freedoms, the freedom to succeed and the freedom to fail, important enough that we are willing to stand up and be counted when the time comes?”

    I am, and I would like to believe that those who frequent these pages as members of the Sons of Liberty Academy are also. The above freedoms will be about the only ones we have remaining once our treasonous Congress and the rest of the Fascist Machine get done. Let us plan to succeed in taking back all that they have stolen from us, peaceably if possible, but any other way if there is no alternative.

    In order to succeed we must resolve to act, plan, prepare, reach and teach and train others willing to stand for liberty. Silver Shield and his contributors, including you, are showing us the way. There are others as well whom I would introduce to you and the readership, one of which is brand new to the Internet but full of practical-tactical wisdom: http://mountainguerrilla.blogspot.com/

    Another blogger offering valuable insights is: http://artoftherifle.blogspot.com/

    Until next time…

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