A great cause: December 5th model train online auction will help Aiding Marines Family Foundation

By Kevin “Coach” Collins

Calling all model train collectors! Here is your chance to help Marines in need and get some great buys on treasured items to boot.

On December 5, 2015 Nette Auctions will conduct an online auction of 650 model trains and accessories to help Aiding Marines Family Foundation (AMFF).

The collection of models suitable for collection has been put together over the last 60 years by Semper Marine Mike Marotta who has donated it to the AMFF to have the Nette Auctions people sell it and give the proceeds to the Foundation.

The massive collection is diverse and has something for every collector. Whether you collect pre-war, postwar, HO OS or standard Lionel American Flyer, Ives, Boucher & Marklin this is the auction you have been waiting for!

Get more details at auctionzip.com auctioneer #1306 or call 203 730 1404 Don Karagianes


Van Jones accuses Donald Trump of acting “Un-American”

By Doug Book, editor

According to Van Jones, Donald Trump acted in an “Un-American” way when he claimed to have seen thousands of New Jersey Muslims on television, celebrating the 9/11 terror attacks. “This is just terrible. You have a presidential candidate who is deliberately stoking fear and smearing a whole population of people,” said Jones. “Somebody’s gonna go hurt some Muslim as a result of this kind of hatred.”

Van Jones

For those who don’t remember, Van Jones is the dedicated Communist appointed by Barack Obama in 2009 as a special advisor for Green Jobs. Jones “…was the leader and founder of a radical group, the communist revolutionary organization Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary Movement, or STORM.”  The STORM Manifesto had been available on the web, but, in a 2009 article, Ezra Klein reported that just hours after the Jones appointment, the “manifesto was removed and the entire website taken down.”

Jones hero, Chairman Mao

“We agreed with Lenin’s analysis of the state and the party…” writes Jones in the Manifesto, discovered in Web Archives, “…and we found inspiration in the revolutionary strategies developed by third world revolutionaries like Mao Zedong…” Needless to say, the Jones Manifesto “Reclaiming Revolution” was not well received by the non-Marxists in Washington, D.C. and around the nation.

When Jones resigned as a result of “controversy over his past statements and activism,” the White House claimed “Jones’s past was not studied as intensively as other advisers because of his relatively low rank.” Of course, this was the Washington Post way of providing cover for Barack who undoubtedly felt quite comfortable hiring a fellow America-hating Marxist and whose hyper-arrogance made him believe he’d get away with it.

Another hero of Jones is Vladimir Lenin, who wants to do away with Oppressors and Exploiters. Barack would be in one Hell of a lot of trouble, wouldn’t he?

Jones sought to defend himself in the same way outed members of the far left have proclaimed their “innocence” for years— by maintaining he was framed! “On the eve of historic fights for health care and clean energy, opponents of reform have mounted a vicious smear campaign against me,” Jones said. “They are using  lies and distortions to distract and divide.”

But Jones “smeared” himself when, in 2004, he signed a petition in which the group, 911Truth.org, claimed President George Bush, “may indeed have deliberately allowed 9/11 to happen, perhaps as a pretext for war.”  As Jones apologized twice for this little error in judgement, it was clearly no “lie or distortion” conjured up by his “opponents.”

This is the guy who accused Donald Trump of acting “Un-American!”

Funny, isn’t it, how often people who’ve spent their lives working to destroy the United States, accuse their opponents of being “un-American!”

The Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony: A Survival Story

The True Story of Plymouth and the First Thanksgiving

by Karen Lees, staff writer

From The Language of Liberty Series

Few public school students remain who remember the true story of the Pilgrim’s first few years in Plymouth Colony. The historic  record was at one time a valuable part of American education. Essential lessons were learned from the failure of our nation’s first disastrous experiment with communism. The first settler’s failure actually birthed the implementation of free market economics in the new world.

The truth of much of America’s history simply does not support the politically correct narrative of today’s textbook authors, so the truth has dwindled into obscurity over the many years of revision. J.R.R. Tolkien commented on how history can be lost when he wrote in “Lord of the Rings”, “History became legend. Legend became myth. [And after many years it] passed out of all knowledge.”

Children are led to believe a myth that goes something like this: That first Thanksgiving of 1621, because the Pilgrims were incompetent farmers and hunters, they nearly starved to death in their new home. The following spring, the kindly local Indians showed them how to plant crops and hunt wild game. When the next harvest season came around, their crops were so bountiful that the Pilgrims held a celebration to thank the Indians for saving their lives. Aside from being factually inaccurate, this narrative leaves out some important information essential to understanding principles of liberty.

Plymouth Colony, founded in 1620, was governed by a pre-determined social contract. The original charter, mandated by the investors who financed the Pilgrim’s endeavor, called for a system of communal property and labor. Much like today, this system was the popular prevailing political theory at the time in Europe and Britain.

In a Forbes 2012 article, Jerry Bowyer writes, “The charter of the Plymouth Colony reflected the most up-to-date economic, philosophical and religious thinking of the early 17th century. Plato was in vogue then, and Plato believed in central planning by intellectuals in the context of communal property, centralized state education, state centralized cultural offerings and communal family structure. For Plato, it literally did take a village to raise a child.”

An English writer in 1844 described the devastation which existed when his nation experimented with communism: “Full one third of our population [in the United Kingdom] subsist entirely, or rather starve, upon potatoes alone, another third have, in addition to this edible, oaten or inferior wheaten bread, with one or two meals of fat pork, or the refuse of the shambles [slaughterhouses], per week; while a considerable majority of the re­maining third seldom are able to procure an ample daily supply of good butcher’s meat or obtain the luxury of poultry from year to year…On the continent of Europe, population is still in a worse condition…”

Human nature being what it is, the communal system lacks the essential built-in motivation to work. The natural principle of incentives toward productivity cannot be thwarted – no matter how much man tries to get around it. As old as mankind is the principle “If you don’t work, you don’t eat”.  (My Emphasis)

In order to find true satisfaction and happiness, each human in some way, big or small, must be as productive as they are able in order to gain satisfaction and enjoy the fruits of their labor. Many youth, especially of earlier generations, learned a strong work ethic by earning an allowance, working an after-school job, working on the family farm, or by starting their own small business

Founder of the Plymouth Colony, Governor William Bradford, recorded in his diary “Of Plymouth Plantation” that the people had been known for their “virtue and hard work”, but under the communal system, became “lazy and unproductive”.

Many modern-day descendants of the Pilgrims observe a Thanksgiving tradition to remind themselves of their ancestor’s failed experiment and near extinction. Each family member around the table places three kernels of corn on their plate. This was the ration each Pilgrim had during the difficult early days of communal living in the Plymouth Colony.

After two and a half years, with more than half of the Pilgrim population taken by starvation and disease, the decision was made to ditch the charter promoting the system of communism and opt for a system where each should keep the fruits of their own labor.

William Bradford then wrote:

“All this while no supply was heard of, neither knew when they might expect any. So they began to think how they might raise as much corn as they could, and obtain a better crop than they had done, that they might not still thus languish in misery. At length, after much debate of things, the Governor (with ye advise of ye chiefest among them) gave way that they should set come every man for his own particular, and in that regard trust to themselves… And so assigned to every family a parcel of land, according to the proportion of their number for that end, only for present use (but made no division for inheritance) and ranged all boys and youth under some family. This had very good success; for it made all hands very industrious, so as much more corn was planted then other ways would have been by any means ye Governor or any other could use, and saved him a great deal of trouble, and gave far better content. The women now went willingly into ye field, and took their little ones with them to set corn, which before would allege weakness, and inability; whom to have compelled would have been thought great tyranny and oppression.”

As a result of applying a principle grounded in the natural right to keep the fruits of one’s own labor, the new colony not only survived but thrived. Thus, the iconic first Thanksgiving of 1623 was celebrated with a feast that has endured as tradition for more than 400 years.

Thanksgiving is part of our American heritage and is now embedded in the DNA of our culture. Of course, the Indians had come to the aid of the settlers, just as the settlers had also helped their native neighbors. The Indians were invited guests who contributed to the Thanksgiving feast to celebrate their mutual blessings together as friends and to give thanks to God. But it was the principle of liberty that saved the Pilgrim’s lives – keeping the fruits of one’s own labor – that fostered the settler’s ability to survive and thrive.

Bradford concluded, “Let none object this – is men’s corruption, and nothing to ye course itself. I answer, seeing all men have this corruption in them, God in his wisdom saw another course fitter for them.”

The “Language of Liberty®” series is a collaborative effort of the Center for Self Governance (CSG) Administrative Team. CSG is a non-profit, non-partisan educational organization, dedicated to training citizens in applied civics. The authors include trainers, administrative staff, and selected students. They may be contacted at info@tncsg.org

Do You Adhere to the Language of Liberty or the Language of Servitude?

by Karen Lees, staff writer

From The Language of Liberty Series

The Language of Liberty celebrates the freedom of the individual. The language of Servitude exalts the tyranny of the State.

The statements which follow reveal the mighty difference between those who fear the power of freedom and those who relish it.


In their own words are revealed the true intentions–in both the past and the present– of those who speak the language of Servitude:

“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”-Joseph Goebbels, Hitler’s Propaganda Minister in Nazi Germany

“Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it”-Adolph Hitler

“It doesn’t matter what is true; it only matters what people believe is true.”-Paul Watson, co-founder of Greenpeace

“Global Sustainability requires the deliberate quest of poverty, reduced resource consumption and set levels of mortality control.” -Professor Maurice King, World Health Organization

“Unless we announce disasters no one will listen.” – Sir John Houghton, first chairman of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

“We need to get some broad based support, to capture the public’s imagination… So we have to offer up scary scenarios, make simplified, dramatic statements and make little mention of any doubts… Each of us has to decide what the right balance is between being effective and being honest.” – Stephen Schneider, Stanford Professor of Climatology, lead author of IPCC reports

“We’ve got to ride this global warming issue. Even if the theory of global warming is wrong, we will be doing the right thing in terms of economic and environmental policy.” – Timothy Wirth, President of the UN Foundation

“No matter if the science of global warming is all phony, climate change provides the greatest opportunity to bring about justice and equality in the world.” – Christine Stewart, Former Canadian Minister of the Environment

“Isn’t the only hope for the planet that the industrialized civilizations collapse? Isn’t it our responsibility to bring that about?” – Maurice Strong, founder of the UN Environment Program

“Frankly I had thought that at the time Roe [v. Wade] was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we don’t want to have too many of.”– Ruth Bader Ginsburg, U.S. Supreme Court Justice

“We must make this an insecure and inhospitable place for capitalists and their projects. We must reclaim the roads and plowed land, halt dam construction, tear down existing dams, free shackled rivers and return to wilderness millions of acres of presently settled land.” and in separate statement, “My three main goals would be to reduce human population to about 100 million worldwide, destroy the industrial infrastructure and see wilderness, with it’s full complement of species, returning throughout the world.”-Dave Foreman, co-founder of Earth First!

“Childbearing should be a punishable crime against society, unless the parents hold a government license. All potential parents should be required to use contraceptive chemicals, the government issuing antidotes to citizens chosen for childbearing.”– David Brower, first Executive Director of the Sierra Club

“Individual rights will have to take a back seat to the collective.” -Harvey Ruvin, Vice Chairman, ICLEI

“The world today has 6.8 billion people… that’s headed up to about 9 billion. Now if we do a really great job on new vaccines, health care, reproductive health services, we could lower that by perhaps 10 or 15 percent.” –Bill Gates, businessman and philanthropist

“The most merciful thing that the large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it.” and in a separate statement, “We should hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities. The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. We don’t want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.”-Margaret Sanger, Founder of Planned Parenthood, Letter to Dr. Clarence Gamble, 1939


In stark contrast to the language of tyranny and servitude, liberty speaks to the natural rights of mankind. THE LANGUAGE OF LIBERTY SOUNDS LIKE THIS:

“We hold these truths to be self evident, that ALL MEN are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness, – That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…” -Thomas Jefferson, Declaration of Independence

“This magistrate is not the king. The PEOPLE are the KING.”-Gouverneur Morris, Signer of the Constitution and NY State Senator

“The PEOPLE are the SOVEREIGN of this country.”-John Jay, the First Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court

“SOVEREIGNTY resides in the PEOPLE; they have not parted with it.” – James Wilson, Signer of Constitution

“The ULTIMATE AUTHORITY… resides in the PEOPLE ALONE.”-James Madison, Federalist No. 46, 1788

“The PEOPLE of these United States are the rightful MASTERS of both congresses and courts.”-Abraham Lincoln, debate with Stephen Douglas

“The PEOPLE are the government, administering it by their agents; they are the government, the SOVEREIGN POWER.” -President Andrew Jackson, 1841

“The PEOPLE are the only SOVEREIGNS recognized by our Constitution…The success of our admirable system is a conclusive refutation of the theories of those in other countries who maintain that a ‘favored few’ are born to rule and that the mass of mankind must be governed by force.”-President James K. Polk, December 7, 1847

“The SOVEREIGNTY of sixty millions of FREE PEOPLE is…the working out…of the divine right of man to govern himself and a manifestation of God’s plan concerning the human race.” -President Grover Cleveland, 1887

“In the United States it is the PEOPLE who are SOVEREIGN… The Government is theirs to speak their voice and to voice their will.” -General Omar Bradley, 1948

“I have a dream that one day THIS NATION WILL RISE UP and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that ALL MEN are created equal.” –Martin Luther King, 1964

“Never forget that in America our SOVEREIGN is the CITIZEN…The State is a servant of the INDIVIDUAL. It [government] must never become an anonymous monstrosity that masters everyone.” -President Gerald Ford, 1975

“The Founding Fathers understood that only by making government the servant, not the master, only by positing [expecting] SOVEREIGNTY in THE PEOPLE and not the state can we hope to protect freedom.” -President Ronald Reagan, 1983

“When government fears the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny.” –A common quote from America’s founding era


Our Republic is one in which the people rule by delegating their authority to individuals they choose to represent them. Knowing this, how should citizens respond to what they see going on around them? Who is responsible to fix the problems at the local, state, and federal levels?

We’ve been waiting for a new leader to come along and fix everything, watching from the sidelines in horror and disbelief while blaming the politicians. 

But the responsibility and the power reside with the citizens to fix and keep this Republic. 

Adopt the language of liberty. Use your voice to “Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof.”-Lev 25:10. This timeless reminder of truth engraved on the Liberty Bell is our wake up call.

The “Language of Liberty®” series is a collaborative effort of the Center for Self Governance (CSG) Administrative Team. CSG is a non-profit, non-partisan educational organization, dedicated to training citizens in applied civics. The authors include trainers, administrative staff, and selected students. They may be contacted at info@tncsg.org

Lack of voter enthusiasm could sink Hillary Clinton

By Kevin “Coach” Collins

The enthusiasm gap among voters is the deciding factor in elections; it tells us the true story.

In years when Republicans won big they controlled the enthusiasm gap:  1994 it was 44/33;  2002 it was 46/39; in 2010 it was a massive 63/44 and in 2014 it was 42/32. When Democrats won in 2006 they held a 52/41 edge in enthusiasm among their voters.   

So far Hillary Clinton’s campaign is not generating enthusiasm. 

A recent New York Times piece presents a serious warning for Clinton. It’s not based on a “feeling” but on surveys of her supporters.

Among voters aged 18 to 29 Hillary is getting severely upside down, (35/57) favorable /unfavorable approval ratings. By contrast Bill Clinton and Barack Obama got over 60% favorable ratings from these voters who were 19% of all turnout and supported Obama 60/37 over Mitt Romney.

These numbers are even worse as a result of the sharp drop off of these voters in 2014 which brought the Democrats their second major beat down in four years.

However, the really bad news comes from Clinton’s standing with African American and Hispanic voters. Here’s why.

In 2012, 13% of all voters were Black and more than 90% supported Obama which is widely considered to be the reason for his relatively easy victory. Likewise, he got 71% of the Hispanic vote. While the Hispanic vote is so evenly distributed as to make it a virtual non-factor in many states, in ordinary elections it serves as a bogeyman to scare Republican candidates into pandering to them at the expense of keeping their base intact.  Enter Donald Trump. He won’t pander to Hispanics or anyone else.     

At this early stage, Republican front runner Trump has seen his support among Blacks versus Hillary Clinton at a surprising 25% in at least one survey and a still encouraging 13% in a more recent poll.

Moreover Trump’s support among Hispanics seems to be holding at about 30%. Trump’s “major” blunders of “calling all Mexicans criminals” (which he did not) and saying “get him the hell out of here” when referring to a Black Lives Matter heckler don’t seem very relevant.

At this point it is hard to gauge the level of enthusiasm for a Trump presidency beyond what is suggested by the large crowds he draws; but compared to the small crowds Hillary draws, it has to be encouraging for Trump supporters.    


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