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Number 507, February 22, 2009

"Things are crazy and getting crazier all the time."

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How Do You Divorce Your Government?
by Russell D. Longcore
russlongcore -+at+-

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Our marriage started out great. There we were... she and me against the world. We got busy and created a marriage that the whole world envied. Bunches of people tried to emulate our happiness. Our happy marriage lasted for years.

But, she began listening to others about how our marriage should work. Then the listening became action. She started to steal money out of my wallet. After a while, the stealing became open, and she just demanded the money directly. The worst part of it was that she was giving our money to her friends up north. So, I decided I'd had enough.

In fact, there was that one time that I tried to divorce her. I packed my things and left. I set up a home of my own just south of here. But she refused to let me go peacefully. She got her guns and actually attacked me! After a while, I surrendered and moved back in with her. She stole my home in the south, and has been treating me pretty badly for years.

We had a written agreement on how our marriage was supposed to work. But since the first time I tried to divorce her, she completely ignores our written marriage contract. She does whatever she wants, whenever she wants. She spends money on whatever she fancies at the moment.

Now, our income is not enough for her. So, she has taken to just writing checks to everyone who is willing to accept them as payment. She even sends bad checks overseas to our friends. Some of them have complained.

I know that it's illegal for her to write all those bad checks. But no one will hold her accountable and arrest her. She just says that our kids and grandkids can make good on the checks, and it's not her problem. She needs the money NOW.

She stays drunk all the time and she has a horrible temper. If I try to leave her again, she might try to hurt me or even kill me, just so she can stay in control. She breathes out threats to everybody that disagrees with her, saying that everyone who disagrees is her enemy. And she now attacks who she perceives as her enemy.

None of our friends like her any more. They hate what she has become, but they are also afraid of her because she is such a bully.

It's time that she and I part company for good. She has broken faith with me on every level.

But, how do I divorce her? It didn't work the first time I tried. Things between us got worse over the years.

Her health is very poor at the moment. Maybe I should just wait until she dies... then I'd be free. But I'm not sure I can wait that long. She could die tomorrow, or hang on for years.

What's a guy to do?

* * * *

Our hero above wants to be free, but is being held captive by an unholy terror of a wife. Do you see any similarities between our hero, and the citizens of the United States?

The Federal Government in Washington DC is spinning wildly out of control, just like the obdurate wife in our story. Should not the citizens of the USA, by rights and by the words of Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence, alter or abolish this Government? But, for the life of me, I can't figure out how it could occur without the secession of the States that comprise the United States of America.

What do you think would happen if the legislature of one or more States passed legislation, signed by their respective Governors, that formally announce that State's secession from the United States? What if the Governor presented that written document directly to the President?

Would Washington accept it?

Would Washington send troops to regain control by armed force? Would those troops obey direct orders to fire on other USA citizens? I suppose, at that point, the citizens of the state or states that seceded would no longer consider themselves citizens of the USA. So US soldiers could supposedly fire at will. Rules of engagement have been built on lesser justifications.

Would state citizens who were captured be considered "enemy non-combatants" and be shipped to a detainment camp for waterboarding and other forms of torture? The detainment camps are already in place in multiple locations across America.

Would states make attempts to settle with Washington over the monetary values of the states or simply declare that the assets within the boundaries of the state no longer belong to Washington?

Would Washington simply bid them farewell and close ranks?

I make no recommendations, only observations. These are grave times here in America. The nation is descending into a depression, the likes of which have never been experienced in the USA. And when the US gets sick, the whole world will get sick too.

Those in the nation's capitol, although arguably well-meaning, are like the hero's wife. The nation is not Washington, and Washington is not the nation.

Is a divorce the only way to end the insanity?

Russell D. Longcore is one of those rare individuals who found the perfect career and loves every minute of his work. Russell has an insurance claim consulting practice in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Russell also owns a publishing company. In his career, he has handled claims as simple as a water leak in a home, and as complicated as multi-million dollar commercial property and liability losses. Russell has a breadth of knowledge and wisdom about insurance, money and life, and writes widely about those issues in publications, newspapers, magazines and blogs. He is married to "his redhead" Julie, and has three wonderful children, and three even more wonderful grandchildren.

Russell can be reached at:

Abigail Morgan Austin Publishing Company
1750 Powder Springs Road, Suite 190
Marietta, Georgia 30064
Nationwide toll free voice and fax 877-688-5879
Email: russlongcore -+at+-


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