“I do want to share a few final words from one of my own mentors, a speech he once offered.
“He said, ‘we’re in the age of transition away from Keynesianism, because Keynesianism is a modified version of central economic planning and people thought we could have this modification, reject the total free market and reject total socialism, but total control through regulations and central banking is just as harmful and will bring the economy down. And that is what is happening to us today. It took a long time. We’ve lost 98% of the value of our currency since 1913 because of the Federal Reserve System. The major crisis that we need to talk about back in the 70’s coming from the loss of the last link of our dollar to gold that would lead to the economic crisis we have today. And in the last four years, believe me, people are waking up. That is why we’re getting attention on the Federal Reserve. We’re in the transition: Keynesianism doesn’t work. Socialism and Communism didn’t work. The great Austrian economist Mises predicted as early as 1912 that socialism would fail because it alters the important factor that you don’t have a pricing structure. Under Keynesianism, under the system, we have an economic pricing structure for interest rates. So that disrupts the economy. And it encourages the debt. We have a debt crisis. Not only in the United States, not just in our individual states, but worldwide. Greece is just a bare opening up of what is going to happen in many, many countries. And we’re not much better off. We’re just in better shape because the people still trust our dollar. But the transition is occurring. Something will have to replace it. That is our job as conservatives and Constitutionalists and free-market people and people who believe in property rights. We better have an alternative, because those who want to use force and power are up there, they’re in Washington and they’re anxious to go to this.
“’This is why the grassroots’ effort and making sure you send only individuals who honestly believe in something and understand the marketplace, because there will be a change and we will not be able to maintain the status quo. This debt cannot be maintained. I am convinced in economic terms that our country has been slipping for more than ten years economically: no true jobs, jobs going overseas, explosion of debt, devaluation of the currency. And with all jobs going overseas with an explosion of debt which cannot be maintained. So that time is coming; we don’t know when it will come, but I do know we have our work cut out for us. But the answers are there and that’s the great thing about it! And it’s a great answer! It’s a freedom answer! It’s sound money, it’s honest money, property rights and it’s individual liberty.’
“Do you see? Can you see? The foundation of our entire society has seen various forms of government come and go, but it was not upon government that our prosperity has been realized, but by the intelligent hard work of individuals doing what they love best, and being most free both to pursue it and reap benefit from its doing.
“Banks have raped our nation of its prosperity by watering down our money supply, saying its to stabilize us, but wouldn’t we be most stable if our savings were worth as much or more than they were when we put them in the banks? Wouldn’t that create stability? Wouldn’t that encourage us to save more for our own futures instead of depending on a government run by the banks, themselves? Run by the very people watering down your money supply? Can you see how we’re owned by those who want us in debt?
“We’re not better than plantation owners after the War Between the States, who re-enslaved Americans by debt instead of merely by chains. Do you know your history? Can you see us now?
“And so, because I cannot change US code unilaterally, I’m calling upon all the newly appointed and elected members of congress and the senate to raise your pens and cut from our hearts the poison of private banking’s control of our nation and its money supply. End this enslavement and the monopoly of our currency and economy by the Federal Reserve system. End the control of such men over the average citizen. It is time our economy was free, once more, to do what it does best — help the ambitious individual realize his or her own full potential.
“For those of you who fear the change, let me assure you that an economy has seasons — just like nature — and there will be times of plenty and times of scarcity, but when we leave it be, they are gentle rises and falls, and have great purpose in the grand scheme of healthy economies. This crashes and depressions people speak of have come in such great severity only as the bankers have worked to cause them. The more they can make it appear that a lack of control will create chaos, the more they can whisper silken words into the ears of citizens that bankers need more control.
“We have given them that control, and look where it has gotten us in past presidents … cronyism, bailouts, fraud, laundering … The list goes on.
“I gutted congress and senate to destroy the entrenchment of interests. Now, are you willing to do what’s necessary? You who have had much less time to fall to the bribery and lobbyism of your predecessors. You who have a chance to save your country from its darkest secret since its founding more than three hundred years ago?
“This is my request to you. The bankers who rule cannot be trusted. It’s time we took that power back for the people — and only for the people. This isn’t about rebuilding our government. It’s about our people rebuilding our country in their own image, just as we did in 1788 when we ratified our U.S. Constitution.
“I’m citizen Barry Potter, and this is the last new thing I will ask of this government. End the bankers’ rule. End your own. Put the citizen back on the throne of his own destiny, his own culture, his own life. It’s not ours to dictate. It’s not our place to tell a man he’s too fat or too skinny, too sexual or too chaste, or that words are too vulgar or too religious. We are not the arbiter of man or his decisions. We are only here to protect his liberties from violations of others. We are not here to protect his feelings or sensitivities, but ensure that he is as free to fight back against a divergent culture by his own sense of persuasion as others’ culture is to him, and that none may use the coercion of government-backed morality in an attempt to homogenize all others to a singular form of living.
“We are a free people! So let the people be free! That is what truly makes us American! Not white picket fences and not policing the world! Freedom! That’s what makes us great! That’s what makes us so wonderful! Not that we tell others how to live their lives, but that we remain ever free to live our own however we wish!
“So be free. Let no senator or congressman or governor tell you you can’t. Let no banker manipulate the economy into believing more of their control is needed. Let no power threaten your freedom, and know that freedom, alone, is the single most powerful force in lifting the poor from his poverty and letting each man and woman seek destiny as they see fit.
“Thank you for watching.”
Barry watched the camera until the red light go out.
“And we’re clear, Mr. President.”
Charlie raised his hand. “Thanks Bill!”
The room sat full of those who had become his biggest supporters. Suzanne stood nearby, along with the joint chiefs, FBI director, and a number of other prefects.
“How’s Christine?” Charlie leaned over toward Suzanne.
“They’re checking in constantly, sir,” Suzanne said.
Charlie nodded. Coming on the heels of the beginning of a major congressional gutting currently in progress by much of the country, including arrests, recalls, massive damage control campaigns and some of the biggest upheaval in U.S. political history, Charlie wanted to nail the coffin with a sledgehammer.
Charlie started coughing and one of his agents walked over and handed him a fresh bottle of water.
“Thanks, John,” Charlie nodded, twisting off the crackling cap and taking a big gulp. “Reading takes it out of you.” As he recapped the battle, he felt his palm get wet. He paused and raised his hand, eyeing a tiny hole in the top of the plastic cap.
He froze. His eyes darted to the camera. “Bill.”
“Turn it back on.”
“Record me, now.”
“Yessir!” Bill snapped into action as Charlie began to feel his heart start beating faster.
The room froze, watching him with interest. Suzy’s eyes widened, watching Charlie’s face grow white.
“Quickly, Bill!” Charlie snapped.
Bill panicked and yelled across the room for the other technician to throw him a fresh card. The tech scrambled in the bag and tossed it to Bill, who loaded it and frowned at the camera.
Charlie’s heart began to flutter inside his chest, growing erratic. He gripped the table, his agents growing alarmed.
“Bill!” Charlie growled.
“Almost there, sir! Just five seconds!”
Charlie set the bottle next to him and put his finger on it, eyeing the room. “Stop John.”
Many twisted to find John gone, the team lead yelling for them to lock down the house and find him.
Charlie saw the red light come on as his heart suddenly seized in his chest and he forced himself to remain upright as he felt the blood drain from his head.
“I’m not a martyr. I don’t die for you. …” He pointed at the camera. “Allow no one to rule you, and live so that no one else need try. Just … control yourself. One- rule. One- hope.
Charlie’s eyes rolled back in his head and he slumped as the room erupted in shouting as his agents rushed for him, screaming for medical attention. The camera stayed on, watching the whole debacle.
The world would later see it broadcast on the news, around the world, and they listened, and asked: Why not a martyr?
But they watched and watched and talked and talked until finally one man raised his hand and explained it simply.
If I worry about the plank in my own eye first, then I can help the other man with his splinter, and if the man with the splinter pulls it out himself before I have to help, then neither of us need rule over other. And for those who do not believe we have a plank or a splinter, we become the few and quickly the blind as all others who have ruled themselves and their own passions are as equally prepared to keep us from attempting to rule theirs or anyone else.
Rule thyself, Charlie had said. A simple rule, one much more difficult to live than hoping to rule others so you don’t have to change. Changing yourself is the hard part, but more effective than changing others. Rule thyself, and allow no one else to rule you, and live so that no one else needs to rule you.
For Charlie, that’s all it took.