Are You Chasing Symptoms?

Posted By on June 28, 2012

Years ago, before I “evolved” into computers and now IT project management, I was trained in and worked as an electronics technician. For the first 15 years of my adult career I maintained and repair large scale electronic systems with computer interfaces. I know, it sounds really important, but there were times when it was extremely stressful, tedious, agonizing, mind numbing… well, you get the picture. Sometimes I was called on to fix a system that was not working, either at all or incorrectly. Over the years I learned it is easy to get sidetracked by the symptoms of failure, and lose sight of the real problem. I watched co-workers, contractors and – yes – engineers give in to this malady over and over again. From these lessons I learned to often go past the obvious to discover the actual failure.

Chasing symptoms leads to many emotions, reactions and results, most of them are not favorable. Let me see, there is lost time, it takes a lot of time to follow a symptom and chase it around “Robin Hood’s barn.” Then there is cost, it can cost a lot of money in replacing parts that aren’t broken, added labor, excessive testing, again, I think that is obvious. Energy, we can expend a lot of energy trying to fix something that is only a symptom to discover the problem still exist.  Motivation, as our energy is expended with no visible positive results, our motivation starts to wane; and that leads to discouragement, which in the wrong circumstance can lead to giving up.

On the other hand, when we stay focused on discovering the real problem, the actual failure all of the above negatives will rarely manifest. I learned to take the stress and rabbit trails to help me maintain my focus, help me to press through and keep me using proper troubleshooting techniques. Then when the real failure was identified, the fix effected and verified the end results to my emotional well-being were always positive, not to mention the compliments helped the ego.

So, now to today…

Everyday I receive a lot, and I do meanA LOT of emails from friends, family, acquaintances, grassroots groups, political and legal organizations, etc. bring to my attention, and our attention to the problems manifesting in America, our States, our governments (all of them), our political parties and the courts. Sometimes it is quite literally exhausting to open my email and see this mass of communications. Then when you couple that with the news on TV, the internet and on radio… Oy Vey! Can I be honest here? Sure I can, it’s my website, and my post and absolutely none of you are here to correct me and tell me I wrong! Well, I delete the vast majority of those emails without even opening them. If the Subject Line doesn’t immediately catch my attention, bye-bye; or if the text in the body doesn’t grab me, bye-bye. Don’t stop send them, because occasionally I glean something valuable from almost every person.

Then there are times when I’m talking to friends, acquaintances or those attending my speaking or teaching engagements and I hear the words and attitudes of discouragement and being overwhelmed flow forth. They tell me about how they don’t see any way they can do anything to bring about a change, or how they been doing this for so long they just can’t keep it up much longer. I’ve even had some tell me how the whole thing is making them physically sick.


You, the Tea Parties, the 9-12 groups, the grassroots organizations, the political parties are focusing on fixing the SYMPTOMS and not the ROOT CAUSE. You may get a little victory, or success here and there, but eventually the same problem rolls back around, and you go right back to trying to fix it, AGAIN.

A few weeks ago I attended an all day seminar on the Constitution and I finally heard someone else proclaiming the same thing. That, my friend, was refreshing and invigorating. This speaker talked about how he has never been more optimistic in his life at the possibilities of bringing about healing and restoration to the Constitution and the Federal government, and this man has been teaching this “stuff” for over 40 years. Then he talked about how much energy, time and money we are wasting concentrating on the SYMPTOMS in America rather than focusing on a real and meaningful solution.

Can you say, “vindication?” I did.

This man introduced me that weekend to the “Liberty Amendment,” and just a little bit more research has got me sold, and “shouting from the rooftops.” Again, it seems the primary focus today is, “it’s the economy, STUPID!” And both parties are trying to put forward solutions to bring about a remedy, but their focused on the SYMPTOMS and not the root cause.

Last August I wrote a post, “Single Issue Voters,” where I stated I was now a “single issue voter,” “it’s about the CONSTITUTION;” and how every issue in government can come back to that ONE issue. Well, the economy is no different. The Federal government has been violating the national Constitution for so many years we can find violations everywhere. Let’s take a look at a very simple fix, to a ROOT problem.

Let’s take a look at power #19 granted to the Congress in Article I, Section 8:

To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the Acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings…

Notice there are only 5, count them FIVE authorizations for the Federal government to OWN land, “for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards (for the ships of the Navy) and other needful Buildings…” AND NOTHING ELSE. Hmmm…. Let’s see what happened when the first state was admitted to the Union:

the first new state added to the Union was Ohio, which was admitted in 1803. Instead of giving the state all of the public lands, the federal government sold them to help pay off the national debt. Ownership was thereby “privatized” and immediately went on the ta rolls of the state. This procedure was followed in all of the new states east of the Mississippi as well as all the new states in the Louisiana Purchase. (The Founders’ charter of Freedom, “Healing of America Series” Seminar 2 Workbook, page 12, Thomas Jefferson Center, © 2009 by Glenn J Kimber and Julianne S. Kimber.)

For the Western States, that is every one West of Texas, Kansas, Wyoming and Montana, the Federal government owns an average of 49% of the lands in the states. Now look at Alaska and we find that a whooping 96% of that state is owned by the Federal government. Do you know that about 3 years ago the Federal lands in Alaska were appraised at a value of $17 TRILLION dollars? Wow, that would pay off the entire Federal debt!!! Now, add the lands in just four of the other Western states which have been appraised at another $17 TRILLION

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