The United States ARE, Not IS


By Atom Bergstrom

Atom’s Blog


Like it or not, Donald Trump is sitting on the Foggy Bottom Fat Seat.

Back in August he tweeted, “They will soon be calling me MR. BREXIT,”

Most people don’t know the United States ARE a Union, not IS a Union.


Europe (except for Britain and Greece) is moving toward Unity, while the U.S. is — like it or not — moving away from it.

Brexit (Britain Exit) renewed interest in Texas, California, and New Hampshire secession movements — Texit, Calexit, and NHexit.

Calexit is also called Caleavefornia, spearheaded by Louis J. Marinelli, a self-proclaimed American-Californian.


It’s Abraham Lincoln’s “fault” that Americans think the U.S. IS a Union instead of ARE a Union.

It was the Confederate States’ Constitutional right to withdraw from the Union, so Lincoln lied to stop them.

“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this Continent a new Nation” isn’t true.

Lincoln knew he was lying, but he thought he was serving the Greater Good.


Joseph J. Ellis (The Quartet: Orchestrating the Second American Revolution, 1783-1789, 2015) wrote …

“Lincoln began as follows, ‘Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this Continent a new Nation.’ No, not really. In 1776 thirteen American colonies declared themselves independent states that came together temporarily to win the war, then would go their separate ways. The government they created in 1781, called the Articles of Confederation, was not really much of a government at all and was never intended to be. It was, instead, what one historian has called a ‘Peace Pact’ among sovereign states that regarded themselves as mini-nations of their own, that came together voluntarily for mutual security in a domestic version of a League of Nations.”

According to the same source …

“The resolution declaring independence, approved on July 2, 1776, clearly states that the former colonies were leaving the British Empire not as a single collective but rather as ‘Free and Independent States’.”

If Rhode Island was part of this early version of the European Union, it would play the part of Liechtenstein.

Luigi Marco Bassani (Liberty, State & Union: The Political Theory of Thomas Jefferson, 2010) wrote …

“For Jefferson, as for many political thinkers of the period prior to the Civil War, the union was an experiment in liberty and in no way constituted an end in its own right. During his presidency, Jefferson wrote to Joseph Priestley that it was ultimately of little relevance to the happiness of Americans whether the union was preserved or abandoned in favor of Atlantic and Mississippi confederacies. In Jefferson’s words, if an upheaval of this kind occurred, the people ‘of the western confederacy will be as much our children & descendants as those of the eastern, and I feel myself as much identified with that country, in future time, as with this.’ It was the right of self-government, and not necessarily the union, that was the guarantee of the safety and happiness of citizens.”


According to the New York Examiner (Oct. 9, 1814) …

“Is it certain that the union and liberty are inseparable? Is it certain that they are compatible?”


Jefferson was ultimately reamed, steamed, and dry-cleaned by the land speculation using bank credit that resulted in the Panic of 1819.

Sarah Nicholas Randolph (The Domestic Life of Thomas Jefferson, 1891) wrote …

“The following quotation from a French writer — one by no means friendly to Jefferson — forms a fitting conclusion for this sad chapter of his life. After alluding to the grand outburst of popular feeling displayed in the funeral orations throughout the country on the deaths of Adams and Jefferson, he says:

“‘But the sober emotions of democracy are of short duration: it soon forgets its most faithful servants. Six months had not elapsed when Jefferson’s furniture was sold at auction to pay his debts, when Monticello and Poplar Forest were advertised for sale at the street corners, and when the daughter of him whom America called “the father of democracy” had no longer a place to rest her head.”

'The United States ARE, Not IS' have 9 comments

  1. November 23, 2016 @ 2:16 pm Atom

    “Peace is the pause between two wars.” — Swami Nitty-Gritty


    The Kit Carson of the Aquarian Age: Adano Ley Biography & 219 Anecdotes is a biography of Swami Nityananda Saraswati (Swami Nitty-Gritty).

    I graduated from his Texas Institute of Reflex Sciences in 1976, and studied and traveled with him for fourteen years.

    Adano went on Cosmic Vacation in October 1989, and his body smelled of roses (as he predicted).

    His final words to us were, “Don’t lose control.”–e-books.php


    • November 24, 2016 @ 4:53 pm Matthew Phillips

      What was he referring to, do you think? Everything?


      • November 25, 2016 @ 1:54 am Atom

        He knew people would freak out when he exited.

        I interpreted it as everything, with special emphasis on how we handled his Resurrection Service.


        • November 25, 2016 @ 5:19 pm Matthew Phillips

          Resurrection service!? Has that happened yet?


          • November 26, 2016 @ 6:00 pm Atom

            It might have happened, but WE LOST CONTROL

            It’s a long story (involving sticking an index finger up a corpse’s anus), and maybe I’ll have an opportunity to tell it on my first-Monday-of-the-month ORN show one of these days.

  2. November 23, 2016 @ 2:21 pm Atom

    Sarah Nicholas Randolph (Thomas Jefferson’s great-granddaughter) wrote …

    “There was living in Albemarle [North Carolina], at the time of Jefferson’s death, an enthusiastic democrat, who, admiring him beyond all men, thought that, by dying on the 4th of July, he had raised himself and his party one step higher in the temple of fame. Then came the news that John Adams had died on the same great day. Indignant at the bare suggestion of such a thing, he at first refused to believe it, and, when he could no longer discredit the news, exclaimed, in a passion, that ‘it was a damned Yankee trick.'”


  3. November 23, 2016 @ 2:28 pm Atom

    “One of the basic laws of politics is that Action Moves Away from the Center. The middle of the road is only popular when nothing is happening.” — Hunter S. Thompson


    • November 23, 2016 @ 6:08 pm David

      Rev. 3:16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.


      • November 25, 2016 @ 1:51 am Atom

        High Five! :-D


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