Federalist Letters to Corporate America Letter #1 – Introduction
January 8, 2015
Please assist our nation in restoring our constitutional republic and the free enterprise system. I am lobbying directly to you because it has come to my attention that our elected officials are more accountable to major corporate donors than to voters.
Thorough research into legislative and economic history demonstrates that yesterday’s social causes are today’s taxpayer funded entitlements. Traditionally, our business community has either ignored or supported the progressive social causes and only lobbied the government for conservative, short term financial/fiscal benefits. It has not been a successful strategy.
One example from which you and your company are suffering today is the union/NEA initiative to federalize education with the establishment of the U. S. Department of Education in the 1970’s. At that time, with education firmly in the hands of local communities, parents and teachers, the U.S. had the highest ranked education system in the world. Today, it ranks 17th.
Though this “social cause” was not sponsored by the business community, neither did business oppose it with any vigor, or it would not have passed.
I am not writing now to berate you for decisions of your forebears a generation ago, but to alert you to the inevitable dangers of the trade-off of long-term social causes for today‘s short-term financial benefits.
Today, our business community supports “immigration reform” including amnesty for millions of functionally illiterate illegal aliens and an increase in H1B visas. It also supports the Common Core federal education program.
The reason the business community is desperate for functionally illiterate illegal aliens and H1B visas is directly attributable to the establishment of the USDOE 40 years ago. The Federal government’s intrusion into education has undermined not only academic standards, but the old Protestant work ethic, making welfare dependency as respectable as earning a living and more respectable than manual labor.
Common Core trebles down on the same education principles which have already hollowed out our education system and workforce.
I am asking you to please oppose both Common Core and Immigration Reform.
In exchange, I am offering you a solution to one of the immediate problems. Many U.S. citizens are just as or more proficient than foreign workers, the problem is identifying them since college degrees and verbal interviews do not.
All you need to do is to identify candidates who are proficient in reading and writing.
Following are a few online reading tests to assist you. There are many more on the internet.
A proficient reader can read 200+ words per minute. The average speaking speed for audio learners is 125 words per minute. Employees with high reading proficiency are better educated, have higher learning curves on the job and can learn independently instead of needing a second employee to talk them through everything.
You can test this easily. Identify some existing employees to participate in testing reading speed and comprehension and compare their statistical effectiveness/job performance with their reading abilities. Introduce reading and writing proficiency tests into your hiring practices and make online reading proficiency courses available to existing employees. Payroll costs will go down and productivity/profits will go up.
We need to start solving our own problems and stop being dependent on the government to solve them for us. You are suffering today from yesterday’s government solution. It is our responsibility to interrupt and reverse this cycle of legislative intrusion into our lives, businesses and liberty.
Please do all you can to oppose immigration reform and Common Core.
Thank you in advance for your time and attention.
P.S. If you really do need cheaper labor, start by lobbying to eliminate the minimum wage and restore supply and demand principles to labor costs. Yes, they will call you cold-hearted, greedy b&$#*@!s, but they call you that anyway.
Federalist Letters to Corporate America – Letter #2 – The Problem, Part 1
March 9, 2015
Are you pulling your punches?
After watching legislation closely for the past decade, it is apparent to me that most of the legislation affecting business is highly beneficial to service sector industries such as finance, brokerages and insurance. Not a single one of them actually creates wealth. The industries that actually produce tangible products and wealth are impeded or harmed by that same legislation.
The concept of a “consumer based economy” is a grand illusion at best or an outright lie at worst. It is self-evident that no consumption can occur prior to production. We live in a production based economy.
Please note the distribution list at the end of this letter. I have broken down the businesses of the Fortune 1000 into 3 categories: Production, Distribution and Service. I am only writing to producers.
You are among those who actually run the nation, not govern, not manage, but actually run, keep it going. Distributors and services are downstream from your efforts. Government is even further downstream.
Do you really think that the business sectors that thrive on speculating on your efforts should be the people pulling the government strings and defining national policy regarding commerce?
Please take the time to contact your compatriots and develop a common message for government. You are the people who create success, not only for yourselves, your stockholders and employees, but the nation as a whole. You are under assault by the EPA, OSHA, Department of Energy, Securities and Exchange Commission (which allows Congress Members to engage in insider trading [ since corrected]) and myriad other unelected government agencies.
This Constitution of ours is a contract between the federal government and the people, including you and me. The Commerce Clause has been twisted beyond recognition by grasping politicians and those who pull their strings.
This succinct clause cannot be fully appreciated without a study of the Federalist Papers which contain the theory and intent behind it. A brief study of these essays demonstrates three primary reasons for the Commerce Clause:
- To protect the nation from disunity by prohibiting disruptive and destructive trade practices among the states.
- To prevent foreign interference in our commercial endeavors from weakening the nation.
- To generate federal revenues from consistent and impartial duties imposed on imports.
The overall purpose of that clause is to promote industry and commerce, not to restrict it.
In Federalist 11, Alexander Hamilton wrote with prescience: “That unequaled spirit of enterprise, which signalizes the genius of the American merchants and navigators, and which is in itself an inexhaustible mine of national wealth, would be stifled and lost, and poverty and disgrace would overspread a country which, with wisdom, might make herself the admiration and envy of the world.”
I think we can agree that when our Federal government drives some of our preeminent manufacturers to foreign shores with excessive taxation and regulation, that contract has been broken.
Your country needs you to punch back at full strength.
Thank you in advance for your time and attention.
P.S. If you’re really in business just to acquire maximum personal wealth, please consider running for Congress yourself. Imagine how much money you could make with insider trading privileges. I think Joe Biden is the only longstanding Congress member who failed to become a millionaire while in office.
Federalist Letters to Corporate America-Letter #3 – The Problem Part 2
April 27, 2015
People, businesses and nations are driven by their respective visions.
The worker whose vision is “full belly” may not show up for work the next day if he or she is not hungry. The broader the vision, the more driven the individual, business or nation is.
The most concise statement of the American vision is in the Declaration of Independence: “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”.
This is an unlimited vision with no end-game and no perpetuation of bad conditions to sustain the game. With that unlimited vision, a ragtag collection of independent and irascible colonies forged themselves into the most powerful, prosperous and benevolent geo-political entity in the history of the world.
A new vision was offered to the American people in 1928 by Herbert Hoover: “A chicken in every pot and a car in every garage.” That is not a bad vision, but it’s a limited vision and one much better suited to Tyson Foods or Ford Motor Company than a government designed to protect liberty.
In my last letter, I asked you to punch back against government intrusion with your full strength. But, you are facing a deluge of intrusive regulations and taxes. To address each one individually would consume so much of your time and resources that it would further endanger the business with which you are entrusted. I cannot recommend self-immolation, no matter how noble the cause.
The flood of abuses that you face was once just a trickle. In order to punch back effectively and with precision, I recommend finding the legislative or governmental infrastructure changes that first opened the floodgates, just a crack. Reversing those changes will make it possible to close the floodgates and restore the balance of power that made our nation great.
Herbert Hoover won that election with an early introduction to our national consciousness of the consumer-based economy principle and the outsourcing of individual responsibility to the government. Each subsequent responsibility entrusted to the government was accompanied by a corresponding loss of individual liberty.
That year and that election may or may not have been the actual turning point, but it is a very good place to start looking for the initial corruption of the original vision. That initial corruption upended the macro checks and balances between the People, the States and the Federal government, ultimately tipping the balance in favor of the Federal government.
Happily for us, we are spared the necessity of searching through Congressional archives. In 2003, Stephen W. Stathis wrote a book: Landmark Legislation, 1774-2002: Major U. S. Acts and Treaties summarizing major legislation. He updated this volume in 2014 as Landmark Legislation 1774-2012; Major U.S. Acts and Treaties.
This one slim volume contains the information you need to isolate the technical changes which must be reversed. Please get a copy and start skimming and reviewing the legislative changes that continue to impact us today. I have purchased several copies and will be happy to send you one if you email me the address to send it (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Please collaborate with your peers to identify the specific legislation that triggered the shift of our national vision and direction from liberty to dependence.
We need people engaged who want to restore “consent of the governed” because they have better games to play than redistributing other people’s wealth – namely, yours. We need people who know how to win, who are accustomed to winning. I thought of you.
Thank you in advance for your time and attention.
P.S. If you contact me to get a copy of Landmark Legislation, I promise not to sell your contact information on eBay or use it for other nefarious purposes. And, I recommend not sharing my letters with your lobbyists. They are compelled by their responsibility to you to establish relationships with and loyalties to federal legislators. Neither has an inherent interest in prying the fingers of the federal government from the throat of your business.
Federalist Letters to Corporate America – Letter 4 – Support Documentation Part 1
May 18, 2015
The question is not whether the proponents of the free enterprise system and liberty will prevail. The question is: How much wealth destruction must we experience and witness before they do?
The parasites are in control. Their vision of perpetual consumption is easy to articulate and easy to sell. The parasite consumes its host until the host is dead and, then at the point of death itself, wonders what happened to its food.
The conservative grass roots will prevail against them, but I don’t want you to think that they will stop on their own. They won’t.
The problem with the conservative movement is twofold: 1. They have not identified the actual problem. 2. They do not have a plan to correct it.
This is where your intervention is crucial if you want to limit the wealth destruction and speed them on their way.
The actual problem is that we no longer have a constitutional republic. Our government has already deteriorated into an oligarchy. Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page of Princeton have documented it in their 2014 study: “Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens”.1
The Republican Party is just as eager to perpetuate the oligarchy as the Democrat Party. It is a tug of war over who will impose their will upon the American people, not a contest to best represent and execute the will of the American people. The conservative grass roots have only one plan, to take over the Republican Party and put it in control.
I have attended seminars, conventions, workshops and rallies of the Heritage Foundation, FreedomWorks, Americans for Prosperity, various tea parties, State Conventions, Republican Party events plus those of a host of other organizations and individuals. After all of the eloquent and impassioned rhetoric is boiled down, they only have one strategy: Knock on doors, candidate advertisements and lobbying.
It is a viable and maybe the best strategy for a Constitutional republic. But making it work in opposition to an entrenched oligarchy that does not respond to public opinion is going to be a very long and expensive haul.
We need a better plan than taking over the Republican Party. We need a better strategy than knocking on doors, advertising and lobbying.
That is what I am asking of you because it’s what you do.
A plan should be developed by identifying the legislation that undermined the influence of the citizens and the states upon the federal government so it can be reversed. The strategy. . .well, that is for another letter.
The answers are in Stephen W. Stathis’ book Landmark Legislation, 1774-2002: Major U. S. Acts and Treaties. Please look. I believe that if you do, the truth will become self-evident. Once you know the truth, you will know what needs to be done and you will be able to lead and aid us in those efforts.
By the way, the founding fathers weren’t just a bunch of farmers, pastors, lawyers and doctors; they were also the industrial and commercial leaders of their time. It is no coincidence that the oligarchy and its minions are determined to sideline and silence you with a deluge of regulations and taxation.
In the 1770’s those people united and collaborated to develop and implement a solution to oppressive governmental intrusion in the conduct of their business. The answer was the United States of America. History is repeating itself and calls to you.
Thank you for your time and attention.
P.S. One good piece of news is that the current toxic social issues do not need to be addressed at all. They are not within the purview of the Federal government and are symptoms of the problem, not the cause.
Federalist Letters to Corporate America – #5 – The Plan Part 1
June 8, 2015
Here is another gem from the Federalist Papers:
In another point of view, great injury results from an unstable government. The want of confidence in the public councils damps every useful undertaking, the success and profit of which may depend on a continuance of existing arrangements. What prudent merchant will hazard his fortunes in any new branch of commerce when he knows not but that his plans may be rendered unlawful before they can be executed? What farmer or manufacturer will lay himself out for the encouragement given to any particular cultivation or establishment, when he can have no assurance that his preparatory labors and advances will not render him a victim to an inconstant government? In a word, no great improvement or laudable enterprise can go forward which requires the auspices of a steady system of national policy.1
Throughout my adult life, every time a new president is elected, business slows down for 3-9 months (or more recently, 7 years) while businesses get a feel for the new administration’s policies. Domestically, the only Constitutional responsibility of the President is to enforce the laws. The laws do not change when a new president is elected. So why does every new presidential administration cause trepidation in the business community?
It is simple. For the past century, Congress has been delegating its legislative responsibilities to various agencies and bureaus under the control of the President, with ostensible Congressional oversight. The administrative leviathan that Mark Levin decries so often has the ability to write regulations at the request of the President which have the force of law. This administrative organization has metastasized into nearly a million clerks afflicted with class envy who devote their lives to restricting your business and mine.
Who pays for it? You and I, with our tax dollars. Slightly less than half of federal revenues are derived from income tax and over half of what the Federal government does is unconstitutional.
The first gross departure I found from the original structure and intent of our government is the 16th Amendment allowing for direct taxation of income and generally making serfs of us all. Repealing this amendment will restore our individual sovereignty and by defunding the administrative leviathan, prevent presidential administrations from destabilizing the business environment every 4 to 8 years.
With what should it be replaced? To paraphrase the inestimable Thomas Sowell: ‘If a doctor told you you had a cancerous tumor that needed to be removed, would you ask him what he was going to replace it with?’ Though Mr. Sowell made that comment in reference to the Federal Reserve Bank, which merits scrutiny, it also applies to the Income Tax. It was promised to be instituted at 1% and, now at nearly 40%, exhibits the same cancerous properties.
Ah, but there are tax loopholes to protect some of your and your company’s earnings. How much of a benefit is this? Through those loopholes, the government controls indirectly what you do with the earnings it does not confiscate. Is the government really a better manager of your wealth than you are? Are the funds you are protecting from the government really being put to their highest and best use?
Please think about it and discuss it with your peers. Does the 16th Amendment need to be repealed? Would the harm done by repealing it exceed the harm it is doing now? Should it be repealed at a single blow or gradually reduced and eliminated?
Thank you for your time and attention.
P.S. Don’t worry about practicality or how just yet. It may sound impractical or even impossible. . .but, hey, we’re Americans. All “impossible” means to us is: “hasn’t been done yet”.
Federalist Letters to Corporate America – #6 – The Plan Part 2
June 29, 2015
The next two pieces of the plan look like pure political wonkery.
Yet, you will quickly discern that restoring these two components of our original governmental infrastructure will deliver control of the government back to the citizenry and the states. They establish between them the essence of self-government.
The principle of enlightened self-interest that in a mere century created the most powerful, prosperous and benevolent nation in the history of the world rests upon faith in the common citizen.
The great American experiment did not fail; it was undermined from within by seeds sewn a century ago. Do we have the heart and the courage to resurrect it?
The next two changes I found are:
- The 17th Amendment. This amendment took the election of Federal Senators away from the State Legislatures in favor of general election, eliminating the States’ influence on the Federal government.
It is no coincidence that the whole of redistributionist legislation was imposed after the ratification of the 17th Amendment in 1913. Until that time, the Senate, accountable directly to the State Legislatures, held guard against Federal usurpations of the rights of the States and of the People.
“But if the execution of the laws of the national government should not require the intervention of the State legislatures, if they were to pass into immediate operation upon the citizens themselves, the particular governments could not interrupt their progress without an open and violent exertion of an unconstitutional power. No omissions nor evasions would answer the end. They would be obliged to act, and in such a manner as would leave no doubt that they had encroached on the national rights.” 1 
- Revoke the House Rule from 1928 limiting membership in the House of Representatives to 435, eroding the influence of the citizenry over the course of the past century.
This rule re-writes the Constitution without amendment as the House was responsible for determining the number of seats every 10 years after the census and then allocating them. As the population grew, the ratio of Representatives to citizens waned from a proscribed maximum of 1:30,000 down to 1:750,000, a number that makes it nearly impossible for a citizen statesman to attain the office.
“It is a received and well-founded maxim, that where no other circumstances affect the case, the greater the power is, the shorter ought to be its duration; and, conversely, the smaller the power, the more safely may its duration be protracted.”2
The House of Representatives, with its 2-year terms was determined to be the most powerful component of the Federal government. Nearly a century ago, its members abdicated their responsibilities in exchange for personal aggrandizement and spent the next century tinkering with election law to favor their re-election.
“No man will subject himself to the ridicule of pretending that any natural connection subsists between the sun or the seasons, and the period within which human virtue can bear the temptations of power.”3
In each of the past 4 election cycles, with Congressional approval ratings in single digits, the people have only been able to replace a maximum of 20% of the House of Representatives. Over 100 House members have been in office over 36 years. . .well beyond the limits of human virtue.
Reversing these 3 corruptions of our Constitutional Republic, 16th Amendment, 17th Amendment and the House Rule limiting membership will restore the macro checks and balances, re-establishing self-government.
Self-government is the engine of innovation and prosperity for all. It has never happened before in the history of man. It is the ultimate bane to any and all who would subjugate their fellow man.
Thank you for your time and attention.
2 FEDERALIST No. 52, The House of Representatives, From the New York Packet. Friday, February 8, 1788. Alexander Hamilton or James Madison
3 FEDERALIST No. 53, The Same Subject Continued (The House of Representatives), From the New York Packet.
Tuesday, February 12, 1788. Alexander Hamilton or James Madison
P.S. You don’t need to iron out all of the details. In fact, we need to leave all of the politicians and activists something to chew on and wrestle over. . .something to keep them occupied and out of our business.
Federalist Letters to Corporate America – #7 – The Strategy
July 20, 2015
The strategy. Follow the path of enlightened self-interest, one of the founding principles used to forge this nation in the first place.
Among citizens, you have the most to gain, personally and professionally, from eliminating the federal income tax and devolving power from the Federal government back to the States.
There are not enough of you to turn the tide alone.
The next group of stakeholders who would benefit mightily from these changes is the State Legislatures.
- The State Legislatures could and should increase taxation to make up for the loss of Federal dollars, and would then no longer be subject to Federal mandates in managing the affairs of the States.
- The State Legislatures would also regain their authority over the Federal Senate.
The State Legislatures have two additional unique qualities that make them invaluable in this endeavor:
- The State Legislatures have the authority to demand an Article 5 Convention of the States to propose amendments to the Constitution.
- The State Legislatures have the authority to determine how the delegates to the Convention are selected, whether by election, appointment or any other means of their choosing.
There is a bit of a firestorm brewing in the conservative grassroots about an Article 5 Convention of the States.
On one hand, this is the only Constitutional means for reining in an out-of-control federal government and was included in the Constitution for that express purpose.
On the other hand, many conservatives draw a parallel between an Article 5 Convention and the original Constitutional Convention where the existing government structure, the Articles of Confederation, was entirely discarded and replaced. There is great concern that liberals with socialist visions could get control and replace our current Constitution.
But what they are not thinking about is that there were about 5 years between the end of the Revolutionary War and the Constitutional Convention. The Founding Fathers spent those 5 years hammering out State Constitutions throughout the country.
Whether or not they colluded beforehand, I don’t know. But those people, duly selected by the Sates, reconvened with a plan in mind and considerable expertise in drafting the State Constitutions.
Today’s trepidation is warranted because there is neither a plan nor a strategy to re-balance our ship of state. There is a danger of too many conflicting ideas overwhelming the process. Establishing and promoting a single, concise plan to re-balance our ship of state will alleviate those concerns.
The plan is simple; repeal 2 Constitutional amendments and revoke one House rule as unconstitutional.
The strategy is also simple:
- Establish a coalition of like-minded executives.
- Work together to refine or replace my recommended plan to restore self-government.
- Create a super PAC (Political Action Committee) to which anonymous donations can be made, thereby protecting you and your businesses from scrutiny.
- Identify and recruit several retired executives who do not have current corporate affiliations, who have initiative and a knack for subtlety to be the face and the voice of the PAC.
- Hire a number of lobbyists who support your eventual plan.
- Lobby the State Legislatures behind the scenes, avoiding media attention.
- Acquire support from a majority of State legislators representing at least 2/3 of the States.
- Continuing along the path of enlightened self-interest, the State Representatives and Senators would take the plan directly to their constituents, political clubs and grass roots.
- Those States which have not yet passed a resolution calling for a Convention of the States would do so.
- At that time, the PAC would go public.
- Begin broad fundraising from the general public, specifically targeting small to mid-size businesses which are also suffering egregiously from government intrusion.
- Send the proposed plan to all conservative think tanks for their review and analysis.
- Promote the plan via advertising in all media.
- States hold Convention.
- Media blitz to public to ensure ¾ of the States ratify the Amendments confirmed by the Convention.
This may not be the best possible plan. It may not be the best possible strategy. It is, however, the only one. I have spent the past 7 years looking for another. While the conservative movement is chock full of great ideas, there is no other clear concise plan to restore our republic. There is no other single strategy. And good, bad or indifferent, this one is workable.
If anyone can improve or replace this plan, it is you. If anyone can execute it, it is you.
Thank you for your time and attention.
P.S. The only downside to this plan is that liberal State legislators with their love of power would most likely embrace it as or more vigorously than conservative legislators. . .and that would give conservatives pause.
Federalist Letters to Corporate America – Letter 8 – The Goal
Federalist Letters to Corporate America-August 3, 2015
The goal. Replace the entrenched oligarchy of the most powerful geo-political entity in the history of the world with a genuine representative body without shedding a drop of blood or breaking a single law.
It is what our Constitution was designed for.
So, that’s it. I have done my best to distill into a few letters for you the critical highlights of all I have learned in 7 years of intensive political activity including a rather grueling run for office plus hundreds of hours of research into history, politics, current affairs, economics, philosophy, religion, education and a few other disciplines since 9/11.
I believe I have done a competent job of research and analysis and provided a workable solution that is at least a starting point.
If a few dozen of you put your heads together and combine your knowledge and ingenuity, I think you can make a considerable contribution toward securing liberty and prosperity for yourselves, your children, grandchildren and generations beyond. It took nearly a century to undermine self-government, but our Constitution does provide a clear path to restore it quickly with effective, results-oriented leadership.
I am hoping that this particular combination of challenge and rewards will inspire you to act. I’d rather be tending my own garden, but I cannot rest while my children’s future is in jeopardy.
Thank you for your time and attention. God bless you, your family and your company.
Abbreviated Reading List
Lessons of History, by Will Durant
Heroes of History, by Will Durant
Landmark Legislation 1774-2002, by Stephen Stathis
Rules for Radicals, by Saul Alinski
Extended Reference List
The Story of Civilization, by Will Durant
Wealth of Nations, by Adam Smith
The Geneva Bible (1559)
The Communist Manifesto, by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engles
The Prince, Niccolo Machiavelli
Liberty and Tyranny, by Mark R. Levin
Art of War, Sun Tsu
Moment of Truth in Iraq, by Michael Yon
Capitalism and Freedom, by Milton Friedman
Guns, Germs and Steel, by Jared Diamond
The Righteous Mind, by Jonathan Haidt
The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere, by Jürgen Habermas
The Great Deformation, by David Stockman
A Conflict of Visions, by Thomas Sowell
What’s So Great About America, Dinesh D’Souza
The Liberty Amendments, by Mark R. Levin
Righteous Indignation, by Andrew Breitbart
The Civil War, by Shelby Foote
In the Red Zone, by Stephen Vincent
The Road to Serfdom, by F. A. Hayak
An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, by John Locke
A Patriot’s History of the United States, by Larry Schweikart and Michael Allen
Deception Was My Job, Interview of Yuri Bezmenov by Edward Griffin
American Heritage Series, David Barton
Fear of a Black Republican, Produced by Tamara E. Williams and Kevin J. Williams
Blue, Directed by J. D. King
The Heritage Foundation, http://www.heritage.org/
Hoover Institution, http://www.hoover.org/
American Foreign Policy Council, http://www.afpc.org/
Cato Institute, http://www.cato.org/
National Center for Policy Analysis, http://www.ncpa.org/about/
Americans for Prosperity, http://americansforprosperity.org/
American Family Association, http://www.afa.net/
Citizens United, http://www.citizensunited.org/
Eagle Forum, http://www.eagleforum.org/
True the Vote, http://truethevote.org/
Heritage Action for America, http://heritageaction.com/
Judicial Watch, http://www.judicialwatch.org
Online Conservative News Sources
Real Clear Politics, http://www.realclearpolitics.com/
Business Insider, http://www.realclearpolitics.com/
Breitbart News Network, http://www.breitbart.com/
Hot Air, http://hotair.com/
National Review, http://www.nationalreview.com/