The Four G’s

Joe American
January 23, 2008

“I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. ……corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, And the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working on the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed.” –Abraham Lincoln, November 21, 1864

President Lincoln understood the nature of corruption in high places. He faced domestic enemies exactly like the ones we face again today. Not all the domestic enemies of his day wore Confederate Gray. The worst of them wore Union Blue. They used their victory in First American Civil War to destroy the original Republic fought and bled for by our Founders ninety years earlier.

The Civil War was not fought over slavery, it was fought over State Rights, as defined in the Tenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The war was fought over power. Political power. Yes, slavery was a major controversial issue of that period and no one can condone that obscene practice in any way, but the fact remains, slavery was the “spin” put on the war after the fact.

Power is a strong elixir to those who crave it. When those who crave political power finally attain it, there is nothing they won’t do to keep and expand it. Our Founders understood that human failing and took measures to establish a governing system that had strong safeguards of checks-and-balances when they adopted the Constitution that established our original Republic. Individual State Rights, as reserved to those States in the Tenth Amendment of the Constitution, served as the cornerstone of those safeguards. It took 72 years (1789-1861) for those original safeguards to be completely and deliberately broken down.

This war was fought because eleven Sovereign, Southern States believed what the original Constitution said. They believed they were equals in a “voluntary” Union of States until they realized the Northern States were interpreting the Constitution and using that interpretation to the long term economic disadvantage of the South.

The flash point in 1861 between the North and the South was the unequal distribution of Federal tax and tariff receipts being funneled into the Northern States to facilitate the construction of the northern railroad system that served to promote and expand the blossoming industrialization of the North, causing in turn, a population shift into the north. A larger population provided the Northern States with expanded control of the House of Representatives in Congress. The centralization of heavy industry also gave the North effective economic control of the Union.

The leadership of the Southern States was astute enough to see what was happening and objected. When their complaints fell on deaf ears in Washington, D.C., they exercised their Sovereign option and seceded from the Union of States and formed their own nation. When the Confederacy seceded from the Union of States, the First American Republic died.

The North refused to acknowledge that succession and began to prepare to move against the South militarily.

With the Confederate defeat came the forced assimilation of the former Confederate States back into the “Union.” The voluntary Union of States established by the original Constitution in 1789 was no longer voluntary.

The most important safeguard of the Constitutions Tenth Amendment was the clear reservation of Sovereignty to the individual States and the equally clear strict limits it set on (f)ederal power (small ‘f‘ intentional).

The First American Civil War reversed those roles. No longer did the federal government serve the individual States. Now, all of the states, not just the Southern ones, served the Federal government. Washington, D.C. became an Imperial Capitol, ruling over newly subservient Federalized (s)tates (small ‘s’ intentional). Does anyone seriously believe Washington, D.C. is not the Overlord to the fifty states today?

Today, even the watered down checks-and-balances of the Federal (pseudo) second republic (1865-2007) are gone. They have been stripped away one-by-one, without any objections from the states or the people. The descendents of the same people who destroyed the original Constitutional Republic (by deliberately causing the Civil War) have now managed to consolidate their political and economic power to the point that they no longer even try to hide what they are doing.

We have reached the point today where the fears of Abraham Lincoln, as expressed on November 21, 1864, have been reached:

“…the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working on the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed.”

That is why these Joe American Articles have been written. Some of your fellow countrymen see what is happening and we are trying to warn as many people as possible, while we still can.

For those of you who have not read my other Articles, I’m talking about is the Death of Freedom in the collapsing pseudo-republic (created in 1865) we all call the United States of America, circa 2007. The increasingly totalitarian measures being approved by a compromised and corrupt Congress, which are now being implemented by the Executive Branch, are real and they will affect all of us in the very near future. Read my past Articles for details. The stakes are so high, for all of us, it is imperative that you pay attention! There is very little time left to prepare for what is coming.

Look around you! Do you not have eyes that can see? This nation is in desperate trouble.

Here is what is happening, whether you know about it or not:


1. As already noted, our check-and-balance system of government is gone.
2. Our national sense of right and wrong is gone.
3. The industrial base of this nation is nearly gone, sold to overseas interests.
4. The Federal government is broke. It borrows and spends without caring for the future generations it saddles with debt obligations they can never repay.
5. Our great middle-class is being deliberately “phased-out” by the Federal government because that government knows it cannot deliver on its future entitlement promises.
6. Those future expenses for Medicare, Social Security and various other entitlement payment promises now total some fifty Trillion of dollars in Federal obligations. Who is going to pay for it all? Your kids? If you believe that, you still must believe in slavery.
7. Those who expect retirement checks and healthcare benefits from these empty Federal promises have absolutely no hope of receiving them after 2012.
8. These empty benefit promises have been made to people who will be too old to do anything about it when those checks and benefits fail to materialize.
9. In addition, after 95 years of economic manipulations (by the privately held, foreign agent owned, Federal Reserve system), the value of the “dollar” is falling rapidly.
10. All of which means the U.S. economy is on the verge of collapse.
11. At the same time, the borders of the United States are effectively gone.
12. The reason? The Executive Branch refuses to defend those borders.
13. This refusal to secure our borders is proof that the “war on terror” is a fraud, which has been expertly packaged for your denial.
14. The “war on terror” is really a “war on your freedom.”
15. Which has been used to give the President new dictatorial powers that can be implemented by the stroke of his pen, once enough people realize what has happened.

Making all of the above matters even worse….Internationally…..

1. Russia, China and Iran have entered into a military alliance.
2. Russia and China have just finished conducting their second set of joint, offensive war games within the last two years. They are preparing for a major war against someone.
3. The U.S., in threatening military action against Iran, is flirting with a new World War.

The American people have been betrayed by their own government. And most of you do not even have the slightest idea of what I’m talking about. How sad and how frightening.

The harsh reality of the cumulative effects from all of these coalescing problems can not be ignored forever. If you continue to ignore them, you do so at your own peril.

Things can change and they can change very quickly.

Yet, the typical American today has an absurdly naive and false sense of security. You live in a glass house, surrounded by foreign and domestic enemies, just waiting for the right moment to strike. But there you sit, watching your HD-TV, drinking your beer or sipping your wine, and doing absolutely nothing to save the future of your own children.

A devastating, economic day of reckoning is coming soon, because of irresponsible Federal borrowing and spending and Federal Reserve currency and credit manipulations. The resulting collapse in the value of the U.S. Dollar will cause everything from food and fuel to ammunition and firearms to become increasingly scarce and very expensive.

The majority of people will be unprepared for what is coming and they will become very frightened by what they see happening. Frightened people are prone to panic. Panic causes violence. Violence will be the excuse used to declare Martial Law. Martial Law equals dictatorship. Dictatorship will be the Death of Freedom.

It has been planned this way, just as Abraham Lincoln feared it would be. The economic collapse has already started. Two years ago, oil was $50 per barrel. Today, it is over $90 per barrel. Two years ago, gold was $350 per ounce. Today, it is over $800 per ounce. Two years ago, milk was $2.50 per gallon. Today it is almost $4.00. And real inflation (the consequences of the “dollars” loss of value) hasn’t even started yet. Nor have there been real shortages of essential items. But there will be. What will you do then?

Let me make it real simple:

* You can’t live more than a week without a secure source of water.
* You can’t live more that a few weeks without a secure source of food.
* You can’t keep what you have (in a trouble time) if you can not protect yourself.
* You can’t acquire what you forgot to prepare for without some type of valuable commodity to trade for it from those who did prepare.
* Alone, you are not likely to keep anything you have of real value for long.
* If you are not in reasonable physical health, your chances of survival are dramatically reduced.

Here is a short list of things you will need to do as soon as possible to give yourself the best chance for surviving this coming chaos:

* Start paying close attention to what is happening around you.
* Take nothing for granted.
* Make a list of the people you would trust with your life.
* Talk with them about what you see is happening.
* Cross off any name who doesn’t believe there is anything is wrong.
* Those who “understand” should become your new “family” of trusted friends.
* Work with them to develop basic self-sufficiency skills, such as gardening, animal husbandry, hunting, shooting, etc.
* Determine and/or acquire a common location all of you can go to where you can grow food and raise livestock and mutually support each other.
* Have enough food and water stored at that location to live on for an extended period of time (180 days or longer).
* Learn how to live without electricity.
* Get healthy. Exercise everyday. Start walking instead of driving whenever you can.
* Learn how to defend yourself, with and without firearms.

It doesn’t matter where you live, city or farm, you will have to adapt to your environment as it changes. Your chances are better if you live in a rural area, but that is no guarantee.

You will need to become familiar, as fast as you can, with the Four “G’s” referenced in the title to this Article. Those “G’s” refer to God, Gold, Guns and Guts. In reverse order:

Guts. Otherwise known as courage. You can’t buy or steal this. You either have when you need it or you die. This is the very first thing you need find inside your soul. You will be going through some of the most difficult times any American has ever faced.

Once enough folks realize they have been swindled by Washington, D.C., they will begin to rebel against the ramifications of their folly. Many will lash out against authority or businesses. Others will decide the best grocery store available is your kitchen cupboard. A few will decide to settle old scores against real or perceived wrongs.

All of these things mean that you will be surrounded by unchecked violence. Some of it will come directly from government in an auto-response to other violence. If you are in the wrong place at the wrong time, no one will ask if you are a ‘good guy’ or a ’bad guy’. You must have the foresight to stay out of the way of the worst if it, but you will also have to be ready to defend yourself from any source of violence that catches up with you.

To survive the general physical and psychological shocks of this situation, you must begin to toughen up you body and your mind. Begin the most stringent exercise program that you can. Take care of your body.

Your mind is more difficult to toughen. You must be prepared to reassess everything you thought was true and real. The best way is to begin trusting your instincts, like the little hairs that stand-up on the back of your neck when you are about to make a bad decision. Listen to that instinct. Watch the people and the world around you. Read. Learn practical skills. Then think and reflect. You will find resolve from there.

Guns. A firearm is a tool. Like any tool, it serves no real purpose until you need it. You will need this tool above all others, because when you need it, no other tool can replace it.

Like any tool, a firearm will not serve its’ user effectively unless that person knows how to use it. If you don’t shoot now, learn. Start tomorrow. I mean it.

The best way to purchase a firearm is from someone you know and trust, who really knows about guns. If you don’t such a person, go to a gun show or a gun store and ask the gun store owner for advice or ask around at the gun show.

Buy the best weapons to you can afford. There purchases will create a paper trail, but don’t let that stop you. Any government coordinated gun control effort that causes you to voluntarily surrender your guns means you really didn’t need them anyway.

Buy American made guns if possible, European if you must. Stay away from cheap stuff, including Chinese guns. This has nothing to do with patriotism. It has everything to do with continuing to breath. When your life depends on it, don’t go cheap on yourself.

Each capable person in your family group should have one semi-automatic pistol, with three high capacity clips. Standardize you purchases so that every pistol fires the same ammunition. If you are arming women and/or mature kids, I advise 9MM for everyone, including the men. Otherwise, go with .40cal or .45ACP.

Each adult will also need a semi-automatic, clip-fed rifle with a minimum of six, twenty round clips each. Again, standardize your ammunition. I advise .223cal. If you want a larger caliber, go with .308cal. The simple reason for these calibers is the military and police use, which means they get the job done. It also means that type of ammunition has the best chance of being available, after the fertilizer hit’s the oscillating device.

Your group (even a group of one) should also have a .357mag/cal., stainless steel revolver and a 12ga., pump-action shotgun. No bird shot for the shotgun, except for practice. For self-defense, use “00” buckshot and slugs. Also, if you can afford it, buy at least one 22cal. pistol and rifle. They are very practical for a wide range of uses, including teaching new shooters the fundamentals of shooting. The ammunition is cheap.

Now that you know what to buy, go buy it. Then practice, practice, practice, practice. Then practice some more. Buy lots of ammunition for each weapon type and store it in a cool location, inside a dry, water-tight container. When I say lots, I mean LOTS. If you don’t know if you have enough, you don’t.

Gold. You will need the Gold to preserve wealth and purchasing power. Federal Reserve Notes (paper “dollars”) will continue to sharply decline in value. Over the past two years, the “dollar” has dropped nearly 50% in value against the “Euro”. But the real decline of the “dollar” hasn’t even started. Once it starts, your “dollar” denominated savings and investments will drop in value so fast, you won’t believe it is real until it is too late to save your wealth. You won’t be able to spend your “dollar bills” fast enough. The banks providing credit for your credit cards will likely refuse all new purchases with those cards.

If you say it can’t happen, you’re wrong. It has happened many times over the past one-hundred years. The worst was in Germany during the early 1920’s. The collapse of the German “paper Mark” happened so fast, people demanded to be paid daily so they could run to the store to buy something of value before their earnings became worthless. In 1921, a loaf of bread cost one Mark. By 1923, that same loaf of bread cost three million Marks. That is not an exaggeration.

Gold is used for large purchases and it will help keep your options open. It will buy things when nothing else will. But eventually, if things get bad enough, even gold won’t buy you a loaf of bread if there is a food shortage. The same thing applies for medicines and other vital consumables.

I recommend a minimum of 10 ounces of gold coins per person. Buy only actual U.S. Gold coins minted during the 1930’s or before or those minted from the 1980’s onward. Consider a mix of one ounce, half-ounce and quarter-ounce coins instead of all one ounce coins. Stay away from foreign or privately minted bullion and medallion type coins.

Silver is used for small purchases. Buy only U.S. silver coins (dimes, quarters and half-dollars) minted in 1964 or before. A “bag” has $1000 in face value coins inside. If you can afford it, buy one bag per person, but in no case less than one-half bag per person. If you have to short yourself, buy one or two fewer gold coins to make sure you have the minimum silver coins.

If you can not afford the recommended minimum amounts of gold and silver coins listed above, decide what you can afford to spend and use 50% to buy gold coins and use the other 50% to buy silver coins.

God. Telling you that you need God on your list is a no “brainer” for most of you. But in a quite literal sense, you need to have a solid set of values and guiding principles that serve as your moral rudder as you go through this difficult and troubling time. You will be tempted to do things you can’t even imagine now. The worst thing that could happen to you is that you become the very thing you started out to protect yourself from. If that happens, it won’t matter anymore, to you at least.

Grace. Hopefully, with a solid and grounded faith, you will be given a fifth “G,” Grace. Ideally, this will provide you with the skill and courage to utilize your preparations and new found understanding in a Noble manner that respects the vital tenets of our original Republic: Respect for yourself, for your neighbor for the ideals of individual freedom and self-reliance that formed and built that Republic. Be prepared to do what ever you must, in line with your faith, to defend those tenets of freedom, from any enemy of freedom.

Do the things I’ve told you to do and the other things you will need to understand will fall into place and become clear to you. Always listen to and follow your intuition.

Help and teach others as you learn. That is “The Effort” you have been invited to “Join.” When the time comes, act as you feel you must. The more Freedom loving Americans who survive the coming ordeal will make recovery and hopefully, restoration of the Constitutional Republic, that much faster and assured. Working together, as a free people, the odds are in our favor.

Remember these two points:

1) Never underestimate the determination or ruthlessness of the domestic enemies who oppose this “Effort.”
2) You no longer live in a free country.

With the above points in mind, learn to think in new ways to protect yourself. Until you come up with alternatives, use the following code system to discern if someone you don’t know is a friend or foe. In a non-committal manner, use the words, “Noblesse oblige” in a simple question. If the person you are speaking with includes the words “Veritas vos liberabit” in their response, they are likely to be a fellow traveler in this “Effort.” Make sure you are prepared to respond as well, if offered the opportunity. (“Noblesse oblige” means “Noble obligation.” “Veritas vos liberabit” means the “Truth is liberating.”)

I will continue to write other Articles, as time permits, but it is time for me to make sure I practice what I preach. God’s speed to us all. We’ll need it. Now get to work.

“Long live the Republic!”

© 2008 J.O.E. American Foundation

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