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October 2004   Sergei Hoff
I Will Scrap My Begging Bowl, Will You? By Sergei Hoff


Sergei Hoff October 8, 2004

This writing will provide support for the patriots who are determined to restore our fundamental rights. For the well-meaning Americans who are fearful and clearly misinformed, significant attention is also directed towards their patriotic struggles. As for the pseudo-patriots who express contentment with the social engineering of their lives by an oppressive nanny-state, they will not benefit from reading further. Because of an inability to accept responsibility for their lives, these nationally exalted paragons of docility have by now bleated their way into the flock, shepherded towards the precipice. Until their grazing meadows of sweet-grass wither, they will not stray.

My next statement is one of sincere admiration for the politically enlightened men and women who are further trustworthy and liberty-committed. Contrary to the commonly held notion, acts of bravery are not limited to those Americans within the public safety professions. While their efforts are meritorious and command nationwide gratitude, other heroes live and work in our midst, with the noble purpose of restoring integrity to our Constitutional Republic. Such individuals are well aware of the message that I am about to deliver. These honorable people are confident and courageous enough to present the truth without prompting from anyone. Their voices will never be stilled or patriotic endeavors defeated. Yet, their sincerity of purpose and words of wisdom are seldom remembered and at no time applauded. Unlike the submissive majority, these genuine patriots are representative of our founding intent, sovereign dignity, and national strength. For them, enslavement by our government will never be an acceptable condition of life. They will remain free, or perish. If we are truly concerned Americans with national pride and clear conscience, then how can we not appreciate the value of their courageous efforts, and further honor such commitments to freedom and human rights? Ashamedly, we do not!

"I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man."--Thomas Jefferson Seldom are there more disturbing patriotic obligations than challenging acts of betrayal by our leaders and other public servants. This is particularly true when such perfidious and life threatening deeds draw unnatural responses of either praise or timidity from the injured citizenry. Given the sweeping abnormality of the people's behavior and magnitude of federal interference within our daily lives, concerned yet lesser persistent defenders of our founding principles will despairingly and wrongly conclude that it is time to surrender their freedoms. As for my response, I refuse to fearfully sit in this stinking puddle of national humiliation, and be browbeaten by bureaucratic hoodlums with titles that suggest honorable intent. As a sovereign American citizen my stance was foreordained; I shall not yield.

The very real dangers now facing our children demand that I put forth the following challenge:

Upon reading the next several lines, many individuals, not giving the personal and national ramifications of our constitutional crisis adequate thought, will label me un-American or unpatriotic for publicly expressing my unpopular views. A number of loyal, resolute, and knowledgeable Americans that speak in a similar vein are now under condemnation by the unenlightened masses, and two masterful weavers of disinformation--government propagandists and the mainstream news media. They have indeed spun a lengthy mythical yarn.

"The idea is quite unfounded that on entering into society we give up any natural right." --Thomas Jefferson to Francis Gilmer, [1816] For the past forty years, I have witnessed a federal invasion of fifty sovereign states and the dismantling of our Bill of Rights by politicians and judges behaving in an unconstitutional and rebellious manner. Enough! I will scrap my begging bowl, and refuse to humbly ask that my unalienable rights be honored. Never again will I ignore my guiding principles or surrender my liberties, and be governed by officials with ambitions unworthy of defense, not one virtue to share with the people, and no shame for their betrayals. Their game of totalitarian chess has continued far too long, and it is time for the people of courage and independence to checkmate these elitist scoundrels.

Having rejected our intellectual capacity for reason and wisdom, we are insanely committing national suicide by following this out of control government, propelled by tyrannical public servants. Indeed, expressing blind faith in our politicians is certainly no indication of intellectual brilliance. Nor will such trust in federal agencies ever soar to the heights of commonsense.

Be always mindful that American politicians are excessively compensated public servants; not ennobled dandies from the Royal court. Scrap the begging bowl! Never kneel or stand in awe while instructing these servants on their duties. Our attitudes towards politicians must immediately change. Never request that the Constitution be obeyed. Demand, they are our servants! How much more illumination does this fact need before it can be readily grasped by the people? We are not subjects of a kingdom, and our attitude of subservience is repulsive to liberty-committed-patriots.

As citizens and constitutional overseers of governmental powers, we must authoritatively voice our constitutionally supported warnings to these servants of the people. We should never tolerate their broken campaign promises or lack of constitutional compliance. We would not retain the services of any other incompetent, uncooperative, or arrogant employee. Therefore, it is absurd for us to accept saboteurs, oath-breakers, and betrayers of the public confidence.

Our Founding Fathers did not endure the abuses of a tyrannical government and learn nothing. Their constitutional creation is not a document of government sanctioned privileges, to be allotted out by contemporary miscreants in office. Ingeniously, they provided us with the Bill of Rights, which protects our Creator's gift of liberty.

"You have rights antecedent to all earthly governments; rights that cannot be repealed or restrained by human laws; rights derived from the Great Legislator of the Universe." -- John Adams The Constitution was conceived by the people and for the people, placing literal and enforceable limitations upon government. Additionally: Our Constitution is not symbolic of reluctant submission to individual liberties. To the contrary, our Founding Fathers heartedly endorsed the attributes of self-responsibility and individualism. Nor was the Constitution ever intended to be--as Socialist activism so absurdly argues--"a living, breathing document" with the potential of transforming unalienable rights into privileges. Enforcement of constitutional principles is our defense against tyranny.

In accordance with my understanding of their intent and doctrines, the spirits of our founders are troubled, as this formerly brave populace now lives in fear and under the yoke of an oppressive Socialist government, where our national and individual sovereignty flutters precariously in the wind. They behold our government as wasteful, incompetent, corrupt, and obscene.

Our fathers grieve, as they further see this once noble nation of pioneering and patriotic citizens now betrayed by oath-breaking politicians, intrusive federal bureaucrats, and a warmongering president whose designedly false accusations are responsible for the maiming and slaughter of thousands. Not only does our Attorney General publicly advocate the use of detention camps for U. S. citizens suspected as having terrorist associations, but the humiliation and torture of helpless war prisoners is the expedient directive of the day. Tragically for our children and theirs, we the people have become blind to the corrupting leaders of our "Homeland."

The establishment of our Constitution demanded the display of courage and vigilance by a well-armed citizenry; its continued integrity will always necessitate the same. Look around you. Be observant! Question all actions of government and propaganda from the unethical news media. Fear, denials, and escapism will never reward us with liberty; every gain demands a sacrifice. The original patriotic spirit of revolutionary America must be revived both within our hearts and national consciousness.

"I have said that the Declaration of Independence is the ring-bolt to the chain of your nation's destiny; so, indeed, I regard it. The principles contained in that instrument are saving principles. Stand by those principles, be true to them on all occasions, in all places, against all foes, and at whatever cost." -- Frederick Douglass 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, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these Ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its Foundation on such Principles, and organizing its Powers in such Form, as to them shall seem most likely to affect their Safety and Happiness."

If not already aware that the Declaration of Independence was directed towards King George the Third, I would be convinced that the signers were addressing our own suffocating government. Our government, in its oppression of the people that formed it, has far exceeded the tyranny of Britain. As a citizen of this misused nation, my duty requires that I ask if it is now time for "the People to alter or abolish it, and to institute new Government"? Do we the people need a second Declaration of Independence?

"Those who make peaceful revolution impossible, will make violent revolution inevitable." -- John F. Kennedy, White House speech [1962] Our nation--intended as a Constitutional Republic--is in distress. And, not surprisingly, two paramount questions persist; requiring wisdom followed by courage, resolve, and strength. As did King George the Third, have our elected and appointed servants become so arrogant, and moved beyond the realm of reason, thereby compelling the formation of a new government by the people? If a new government is not called for, can we optimistically anticipate that restoration will be achieved through principled congressional intervention?

Regarding either potential, a large segment of the population shares similar anxieties yet remains ostensibly tranquil. For these patient but also determined individualists, the demoralizing and debilitating influences of Socialism will soon become unbearable. For the security of our nation, politicians must no longer ridicule such concerns as being irrelevant, nor be permitted to place their self-serving interests above the rights of the people and the Constitution. For a servant to mock his master's anger is damn unwise.

Millions of honorable Americans fear and mistrust our government for numerous valid reasons. Such nationwide anxieties were never intended by our Founding Fathers. As a mass consciousness, this environment is preposterous, unhealthy, and intolerable. We the people have foolishly nurtured this parasitic bureaucracy; it is now our duty to starve it. If we fail to acquire the necessary courage and fall short of this defensive responsibility, it will surely suck life's freedoms from our children and theirs.

"Today, we need a nation of Minutemen, who are not only prepared to take arms, but citizens who regard the preservation of freedom as the basic purpose of their daily lives, and who are willing to consciously work and sacrifice for that freedom." -- John F. Kennedy To say that I hate government would be inaccurate; it is a machine. For the efficient performance of any society government is necessary, but its power and interference with the owner/operator must be constrained. I have never authorized bureaucrats and politicians to exercise a power of attorney over my professional or personal affairs. Nor have I ever relinquished my unalienable rights to the same in order to ensure my safety or for any other reason. All self-governing patriotic Americans are duty-bound to resist, and publicly condemn unconstitutional intrusions. As a beginning, the deceptively labeled "USA Patriot Act" must be repealed. It is unconstitutional and an insult to genuine American patriots.

"I have little interest in streamlining government or in making it more efficient, for I mean to reduce its size. I do not undertake to promote welfare, for I propose to extend freedom. My aim is not to pass laws, but to repeal them. It is not to inaugurate new programs, but to cancel old ones that do violence to the Constitution, or that have failed in their purpose, or that impose on the people an unwarranted financial burden. I will not attempt to discover whether legislation is 'needed' before I have first determined whether it is constitutionally permissible. And if I should later be attacked for neglecting my constituents' interests, I shall reply that I was informed their main interest is liberty and that in that cause I am doing the very best I can."--Arizona Republican Sen. Barry Goldwater, from his book "The Conscience of a Conservative."

There is nothing moral in our government forcibly taking from the earners and builders of this nation and then doling out the booty to the undeserving. This practice is socialistic, but properly called extortion. The United States Constitution does not recognize a Socialist form of government. Liberty has no correspondence with Socialism! Any suggestions or attempts to make changes in the direction of Socialism quell the "American Dream." Such behavior is nothing other than treason.

This nation belongs to the sovereign people; not the government. And government becomes the oppressor when we the people, supported by constitutional law, judge it to be so. Given the Republican and Democrat stranglehold on our government, I now judge it to be a subverter of constitutional law, a despoiler of morality, and a menace to my children.

An authority to enact and enforce unconstitutional laws does not legitimately or morally exist. Congress lacks the authority to enact laws that run contrary to the principles of our Constitution (Supreme Law of the Land). Such laws are a product of outlaw legislation, yet sustained by a corrupted U. S. Supreme Court and enforced with federal guns.

"[No] degree of power in the hands of government [will] prevent insurrections." -- Thomas Jefferson to James Madison [1787] I shall further refuse to conceal my contempt for subjugators of a sovereign people. When they are not enslaving us through taxation, they are busily forging our chains of enfeebling and imprisoning Socialist legislation. They have disgraced and sold us into a lifetime of servitude to Bully-Brother. Their fraudulent conduct has become the rule rather than the exception. It must stop!

Self-preservation demands that these unstable mentalities be removed from office. Today, most politicians and bureaucrats are either unscrupulous or incompetent and should step down from their gilded pedestals. If they refuse, we the people must strive to constitutionally expel them through impeachment or the ballot box.

Our liberty-committed Fathers were slanderously labeled and prosecuted by the British Empire as traitors and terrorists. Many lost their property or were put to death as a result. The Republicans and Democrats, spurred by the "New World Order" policies of the current and past two administrations, will do no less in order to halt resistance to their unconstitutional behavior, and destroy our present-day defenders of freedom.

Do not permit this government and media to divert your attention elsewhere. Shun these bureaucrats and their Socialist media conspirators when they identify your next friend or foe. Consult your conscience before condemning genuine American patriots who are prepared to sacrifice, fight, and possibly die for freedom and the preservation of our nation's founding principles. Indeed, they stand between us and total enslavement. Many have already forfeited their upright reputations, basic comforts, and property; some have lost their lives. We must honor and support these brave patriots; they are our fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters, sons and daughters.

Government is the master of prevarication, and can easily deceive the unwitting. It is doing so now in regards to pre-knowledge of the September 11th terrorist attacks. Do not accept my words as fact, but I beseech all honorable Americans to seek and demand the truth regarding government deception. Use your own intelligence to discover these facts. You take responsibility! You investigate! You be the judge! If we are sincere in our efforts to restore constitutional government, then we must be scrupulously informed, consistent, and thorough in every action.

The Republican and Democrat loyalists are destroying our nation. The November elections will provide us with the opportunity to topple George Bush from his imperial throne, oust all cowardly Representatives, and hold one-third of the Senators accountable for their un-American deeds. By reelecting over and over again, politicians with unchanging impoverished values, we cannot logically entertain thoughts of justice, freedom, or the constitutional restoration of government. Such expectations are childish at best. At the worst, they are insane.

Not one campaign trail that we have followed thus far has led us to a constitutional destination. If we expect positive change then it is essential that only genuine patriots with constitutionalist principles be elected. Neither George Bush nor John Kerry will ever honor the Presidential Oath of Office or the founding principles that many thousands of loyal Americans have died for since the year 1776.

Government is ponderous, and our constitutional foundation is now crumbling. Unless we the people quickly downsize government, the rubble that it sits upon will be our children's future.

If I ignore my guiding principles, they are of no benefit to me, my children, or our nation. Yes! I will scrap my begging bowl, and support Libertarian Party candidates. Will you?

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Montana Deputy Sheriff for many years, Mr. Hoff is now a sculptor residing in the Pacific Northwest. He was born into the family of the distinguished patriot and sculptor, Gutzon Borglum (sculptor of numerous national shrines including Mt. Rushmore National Memorial). Mr. Hoff can be reached at