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Dear Mr. Washington,
“God grant that in America true religion and civil liberty may be inseparable, and the unjust attempts to destroy the one, may in the end tend to the support and establishment of both.” J. Witherspoon
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To recoup his sovereignty The Common Man must accept personal responsibility for his life ensuring an adequate balance of power between his natural God-given rights and that bequeathed by him to the state and federal governments.

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From the U.S. Constitution, Article 1, Section 8, “The Congress shall…provide for the common Defence…To define and punish Piracies and Felonies committed on the high Seas, and Offenses against the Law of Nations; To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water; To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years; To provide and maintain a Navy; To make Rules for the Government and Regulation of the land and naval Forces; To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions; To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress.” And, the 2nd Amendment says, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

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Return powers not specifically delegated to the federal government back to the States and/or to the people (10th Amendment) thereby respecting the rights of each locale to fittingly solve their problems. The 10th Amendment states, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

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The Federal Reserve’s responsibilities are to influence money and credit, ensure soundness of the nation’s banking and financial system and provide financial services. It has obviously and dramatically failed. Instead, the Federal Reserve sets an artificial interest rate causing economic “bubbles,” and creates inflation by continuing to print fiat currency, pieces of paper not backed by gold and silver. The Federal Reserve’s role must be abolished or reduced to that of a clearing house. The National Debt must be responsibly paid off before it bankrupts the nation.

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The original Constitution states, “The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts…” Duties and Imposts are known as a tariff, a tax levied on goods coming into this country while an Excise tax is based on consumption such as a gasoline tax paying for road construction and maintenance. It goes on to say, “No…direct Tax shall be laid, unless in Proportion to the Census [of that state].” So, the Founders did not want a direct tax on a man’s labor. It was never their intent to tax the creation of wealth. They wanted a wealthy nation. They envisioned that if the federal government needed additional funding it would levy taxes on each State in proportion to the census.

The 16th Amendment ratified in 1913…has led to a broken tax system creating lawbreakers and making criminals of many citizens. It states, “The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several States, and without regard to any census or enumeration.”

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As Time-And-Chance happen to all men, so it was with the Village of Ataboi.

The day was overcast and dreary as Rongwai’s Spell of Trance mesmerized the gathering outside Meeting Hall. Then it came about. An ordinary man spoke during Rongwai’s address. The crowd gasped. No one could speak good or bad for it was uncertain what they had really seen, for they were asleep even when awake. Then he spoke again in a booming voice, “By what authority do you speak?”

It was Wethapepau!

Rongwai was stunned. Protest as he might, he was led away in shame remaining in voluntary solitude. Instantly the knees of Eeleat shook and grew weak. Sensing his reign of terror was over, and his perception was correct, Eeleat quickly disbanded retreating to surrounding villages hoping to regroup there.

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Eeleat was grateful for the high level of work Rongwai was performing with his Spell of Trance. He was the perfect one to build on the foundation laid by his predecessors. He entirely confused Camonman. What's more Wethapepau had disappeared, missing in action. Many feared the worst.

Eeleat feigned concern. In reality, Eeleat was deliberating his next move. Debates were civil. It was no more than a matter of coming up with the right means and to agreed upon it. Once agreed upon, it was decided upon. Once decided upon it was enacted. Eeleat’s seventh step in Eight-Step Master Plan of Dominion was to enlarge control beyond the village. An order Eeleat liked to call KnewWurld.

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Glitches in Eeleat’s grand plan of command and control were few. In fact, proceedings could not have been better even if the Grand Master himself oversaw the proceedings. Huts were becoming a laughingstock. Acting like they had power as in the Old Days, they bristled and blustered. But once Huts no longer elected Ceneters the clout of Huts swiftly dissipated.

Oh sure, Huts often quoted the Scroll of Remembrance where the inscription read, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

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Living in the center of the village life was good for Eeleat. Having altered Scroll of Remembrance twice in the same year, Eeleat was giddy and disparaged Camonman. Such a thing was never heard in the village before.

Eeleat’s Eight-Step Master Plan of Dominion was falling nicely into place.

Debate carried on until the means was agreed upon. Once agreed upon, it was decided upon. Once decided upon it was enacted. Eeleat’s third step in his devious scheme to rule over Camonman was ready: Village Debt.

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Takses were necessary even for the honorable Village of Ataboi. While no one enjoyed paying Takses, they were levied with fairness. And for many generations after the time of Old Chiefs a minimum of Takses was willingly paid by Camonman to Eeleat.

Old Chiefs often spoke against direct Takses on Camonman’s income for they believed it best to cultivate a wealthy people who could pay for all their own needs.

Eeleat, however, was not satisfied and desired enlarged control by increasing Takses. This was difficult as Scroll of Remembrance forbid any direct Takses on Camonman when it was inscribed, “No Capitation, or other direct, Tax shall be laid, unless in Proportion to the Census or Enumeration herein before directed to be taken.”

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Regarding Congressional Duties - Article 1, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution:

“The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;

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Power Will Return To The People

Tea Parties and other patriotic Americans are fearful of the decadent path the nation is treading and, in particular, the pervasiveness of the federal government.

The citizenry, thanks in large part to the Tea Parties all across the nation, are rising up to take back their country.

There remains, however, one major question that needs to be answered: Will they vote third party?

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Distrust of Government

Despite pleas to stop the government takeover of industry and large sectors of the economy our elected officials ignore the will of the People and the Constitution, seeming to be pushing another agenda.

Regarding Article I, Section 8 in the Constitution, James Madison wrote, “If Congress can do whatever in their discretion can be done by money, and will promote the General Welfare, the Government is no longer a limited one, possessing enumerated powers, but an indefinite one.”

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The Flying Bumblebee

You may be wondering...What is the deal with the Flying Bumblebee? On July 4th, 2009 Melvin Valkner gave a speech to several hundred people attending a Kalamazoo Tea Party. For the occasion he rented a tricorne, or three-cornered hat, the kind popular during the Revolutionary War. Afterwards it was suggested that he find a new symbol for today's era, that the hat and the “Don’t Tread On Me” rattlesnake were for a different time, one when the States were fighting for their freedom against England.

Now the States and the People are struggling for Liberty against a federal government that does not have faith in the common man, but rather strives to dominate and control him.

While pondering what might be appropriate for such a time as ours, he noticed a Bumblebee foraging through the clover. That's it – it represents The Common Man.
  • It is everywhere, in all shapes and sizes with distinctive coloring
  • It just wants to be at peace, living and working in its community
  • The Bumblebee is non-aggressive, but will sting if disturbed.
eliminate the federal reserve lower taxes Guess what? We are disturbed. Reckless spending and bailout of big banks, spiraling National Debt, payoffs and corruption, huge taxes on the way, unprotected borders while fighting dubious foreign wars, good being called bad, bad being called good, and the seemingly endless list goes on and on.

And the only appropriate caption was, Don’t Back Down®. This is a cry to stand firm. We see the future and know we must change course now. There is no time to lose.

We have a right to liberty and we want our liberty protected. Uphold the Constitution.

We hope you will join in stopping the nonsense and returning power to the People and to the States.

Short Prayer

7 ‘Two things I ask of you, Lord; do not refuse me before I die:
8 keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread.
9 Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, “Who is the Lord?”
Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonour the name of my God.

Proverbs 30:7-9

Top Down Demise

If a ruler listens to lies, all his officials become wicked.

Proverbs 29:12

Value of Work

Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies will have their fill of poverty.

Proverbs 28:19

Who praises the wicked?

Those who forsake instruction praise the wicked, but those who heed it resist them.

Proverbs 28:4

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Dear Mr. Hancock,

“I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.” G. Washington

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Dear Signors,

“We have this day restored the Sovereign to whom all men ought to be obedient. He reigns in heaven, and from the rising to the setting of the sun, let His kingdom come.” S. Adams

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Dear Mr. Story, “We hold sacred the rights of conscience, and may promise to the whole people, solemnly in our name, the free and undisturbed exercise of their religion.” R. Sherman

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Dear Mr. Washington,
“God grant that in America true religion and civil liberty may be inseparable, and the unjust attempts to destroy the one, may in the end tend to the support and establishment of both.” J. Witherspoon

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Dear Mr. Franklin,
“Religion is the only solid basis of good morals; therefore education should teach the precepts of religion, and the duties of man toward God.” Gouverneur Morris


The Declaration of Independence states, “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.” The Preamble of the Constitution says it is to “secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.” Religious education and freedom is encouraged by recommending churches remove themselves from IRS 501(c)(3) status. The 1st Amendment of the Constitution says, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”

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The United States was founded on the belief of life, liberty, property and the pursuit of happiness. The free market, merchants buying and selling and consumers choosing the best allocation of their resources, is the basis of wealth creation. A smaller, leaner federal government envisioned by the Founding Fathers promotes freedom by imposing minimally adequate regulations.

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Article 1, Section 10 of the U.S. Constitution says, “No State shall...make any Thing but gold and silver coin a Tender in Payment of Debts.” According to the Constitution, States must use gold and silver to back up currency. Many States wouldn’t sign the original Constitution unless this provision was inserted. As the Constitution specifically grants this authority to the States, Congress and President Roosevelt had no Constitutional authority to take the nation off gold-backed tender, and Congress and President Johnson had no Constitutional authority to take the nation off silver-backed tender.

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While U.S. Representatives have always been elected by the people’s direct vote, originally U.S. Senators were to be elected by each State’s legislature. Article 1, Section 3 states, “The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, chosen by the Legislature thereof.” The Founders intended that Senators would represent the State’s voice in the nation’s affairs. However, the 17th Amendment ratified in 1913 says, “The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, elected by the people thereof…” The States, which ratified the Constitution, have lost their voice.

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What did the Founding Fathers believe the role of government to be?

“That government is best which governs the least, because its people discipline themselves,” and “…what more is necessary to make us a happy and a prosperous people? …a wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sumof good government.” Thomas Jefferson

“Our Governmental System is established by a compact…between the States.” James Madison

“This [government] is likely to be well administered for a course of years, and can only end in Despotism, as other forms have done before it, when the people shall become so corrupted as to need despotic Government, being incapable of any other.” Benjamin Franklin

“Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.” George Washington

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HolyOne and RisenOne created HiherWae to play a significant role in the village. It would take a special type of person to oversee HiherWae. Before the era of Old Chiefs, out of all the people, HolyOne and RisenOne chose FireHart. Having everlasting life he dedicated himself to speak with passion about Meaning of Years. He had the exceptional ability to hear teachings of HolyOne’s Spirit.

Alas the confusion in the village spread by Eeleat touched FireHart also. Over time he was not the same FireHart of earlier epochs. Regrettably, HolyOne changed his name to Lukrarm.

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The honorable ones of the village, also known as Camonman, humbly plied their Traads with stunning skill. They made the most difficult tasks look easy. Everyone marveled at the quality and creativeness of their work. They asked for nothing more than respect and a fair wage for their labor – and the Liberty to do it as they saw fit.

An Old Chief astutely spoke that Liberty meant, “to guarantee to everyone a free exercise of his industry and the fruits acquired by it.” The whole of Old Chiefs had inscribed into Scroll of Remembrance the ability to levy Duties on products coming into Village of Ataboi. Duties ensured that Camonman's Traads would flourish forever and forbid his wage from acting like water and sinking to the lowest level.

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Rapidly on the increase, Village Debt would be used to enslave and rule Camonman. Needed were added twists that would make it so forever. Debate raged on until the means was agreed upon. Once agreed upon, it was decided upon. Of course, once it was decided upon it was enacted. The fourth step was implemented.

Huts were forbidden to obey Scroll of Remembrance handed down by Old Chiefs which said, “No State shall...make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts.”

Eeleat said using Mettles slowed trade, making life more difficult. And because no one understood as much as Eeleat, so it was thought, trading with Mettles were put out of reach of Huts and Camonman who knew not that Eeleat brought Debt into the village. Interest on Debt was owed to Eeleat.

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Eeleat was emboldened when they discovered they could alter Scroll of Remembrance to increase Takses with very little resistance from Wethapepau.

But more was needed than an increase of Takses to subjugate Camonman. It was time for another step in Eeleat’s plan to dominate village life.

Debate continued until the means was agreed upon. Once agreed upon, it was decided upon. Once decided upon it was enacted. How would Eeleat subjugate Camonman? Change Scroll of Remembrance to put all but a little authority in Eeleat’s hut.

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Once Upon A Time there was a great village, known far and wide for its virtue. None could compare to the Village of Ataboi for its judicious Old Chiefs of another era built the village with vast wisdom. The Old Chiefs inscribed the ways of truth on Scroll of Remembrance and posted them in Meeting Hall that their teachings might benefit the village forever.

Truly, the village had the blessing of HolyOne. His Spirit loved them, forgiving their iniquity and warning them of dangers. Nothing was impossible for the village. Many chiefs from distant lands came to learn of its ways even sending their most capable men and women to glean more knowledge from the Village of Ataboi.

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Opening Prayer

Father, we thank you for the opportunity to glorify your name. In II Chronicles 7:14 (NIV) it is written, “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

We do together humble ourselves, pray and seek your face and turn from our wicked ways. The rest is up to you.

Show yourself to those who genuinely look for you.

And may this website be a light and a source of strength and encouragement. May we look not only on own interests but remember those in need.

Above all, may the Spirit of Christ guide us for he is the fragrance and essence of love - and a sure foundation.

A Revolution is Brewing

As detailed in The Common Man growing up in the 1950s trusting was easy. Sure there were problems but stability was the norm. Now things are spinning out of control. Republicans and Democrats in the federal government are fiscally irresponsible and unrestrained.

Make no mistake, government is not as benevolent as it seems. Disobey it and you will find its fury.

And Thomas Jefferson so wisely stated, “When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.”

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A Sure Foundation

The United States was founded, for the most part, by devout Christians giving the nation a sure foundation as evidenced by their writings:

“Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion.” George Washington, President

“It is the duty, as well as privilege and interest, of a Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers.” John Jay, Supreme Court Justice

“The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were...the general principles of Christianity.” John Adams, President

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Envy Rots

A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.

Proverbs 14:30


Many seek an audience with a ruler, but it is from the Lord that one gets justice.

Proverbs 29:26

Tearing down a country

By justice a king gives a country stability, but those who are greedy for bribes tear it down.

Proverbs 29:4


When the righteous triumph, there is great elation; but when the wicked rise to power, people go into hiding.

Proverbs 28:12

Rebellious Country

When a country is rebellious, it has many rulers, but a ruler with discernment and knowledge maintains order.

Proverbs 28:2

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Dear Mr. Washington,

“A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy.” S. Adams

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Dear Mr. Adams,

“All confidence must be…reposed only on that God who rules in the Armies of Heaven, and without whose blessing the best human counsels are but foolishness and all created power vanity.” J. Hancock

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Dear Mr. Sherman,

“With a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.” Signors

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Dear JQ Public,

“We are not to attribute this prohibition of a national religious establishment to an indifference to religion in general, and especially to Christianity which none could hold in more reverence than the framers of the Constitution.” J. Story

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Dear Mr. Franklin,
“The moral principles and precepts contained in the Scriptures ought to form the basis of all our civil constitutions and laws.” N. Webster

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Dear Mr. Witherspoon,
“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” J. Adams

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Dear Mr. Morris,
“The hand of Providence has been so conspicuous in all this that he must be worse than an infidel that lacks faith, and more than wicked, that has not gratitude enough to acknowledge his obligations.” G. Washington

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Dear Mr. Jefferson,
“I have lived, Sir, a long time and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth -- that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid?” B. Franklin
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About Mel Valkner

Mel Valkner CongressMelvin Valkner, CPA is a life-long resident of the Kalamazoo, Michigan area. After serving in the U.S. Army with tours in Vietnam and Germany, he attended Western Michigan University (WMU) graduating with the double majors of political science and philosophy. Returning to WMU for two more years of business and accounting classes he eventually became a CPA and tax professional.

Leaving public accounting he became a healthcare administrator, financial executive in manufacturing, education and service industries, entrepreneur and author. He is a former First Vice-Chairman of the U.S. Taxpayers Party of Michigan (USTPM.org), Michigan's affiliate of the national Constitution Party. He remains Chairman of the Kalamazoo County affiliate.