Five Words I Never Want To Hear

Retired male covering ears by palms displeased with gossips on orange background - Five Words I Never Want To HearI subscribe to Bonner Private Research. Bill Bonner’s article, The Burden of Memory grabbed me. I felt he was speaking directly to me:

“What should an old man do? What should he be? No longer raising children. No longer a captain of industry nor even a cog in the machine. No longer fit for battle or lead man in a rom-com (romantic comedy). What is his role?

Is it not to remember?”

Bill does a terrific job illustrating how endless wars, government mismanagement, market collapses and inflation have destroyed countries, lives, families and fortunes. He asks:

The Duty of Memory

And now, what should an old man do? Shouldn’t he remind and warn…

…and remember…

…. Watching for sin with one eye and error with the other…shouldn’t the two eyes come together in a studied warning: ‘I wouldn’t do that if I were you?’

Yes,…we’ve seen our share of misery, crackpottery, and jackassery.

Shouldn’t we say something?

At 83, I’m in the “old man” category. I remember WWII, Korea, Vietnam, stock market collapses, double-digit inflation, interest rates at 20%, and negative; the lowest in the history of the world. Bonner used “crackpottery and jackassery”. I fear what is going on is well planned by bad people; those in power are the enemy of the common man.

Bonner cautions:

“Of course, the young will ignore his unbidden advice. But so what? Just because his counsel is unwelcome doesn’t diminish his duty to give it out plain and simple.”

Listening to our elders

Thomas Jefferson was my age when he died on July 4th (how ironic) in 1826. He certainly spoke up. His warnings came 250 years ago, how appropriate are they today?

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“I, however, place economy among the first and most important virtues, and public DEBT as the greatest of the dangers to be feared.”

“I sincerely believe that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies.”

“The issuing power (of currency) should be taken from the banks and restored to the people to whom it properly belongs.”

“Specie (gold and silver coin) is the most perfect medium because it will preserve its own level; because, having intrinsic and universal value, it can never die on our hands, and it is the surest resource of reliance in time of war.”

On the government….

“The policy of American government is to leave its citizens free, neither restraining them nor aiding them in their pursuits.”

“When once a man has cast a longing eye on offices, a rottenness begins in his conduct.”

“One of the most profound preferences in human nature is for satisfying one’s needs and desires with the least possible exertion; for appropriating wealth produced by the labor of others, rather than producing it by one’s own labor…the stronger and more centralized the government, the safer would be the guarantee of such monopolies; in other words, the stronger the government, the weaker the producer, the less consideration need be given him and the more might be taken away from him.”

“The end of democracy and the defeat of the American Revolution will occur when government falls into the hands of lending institutions and moneyed incorporations.”

“The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.

“I am not a friend to a very energetic government. It is always oppressive.”

“The principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale.”

“Tyranny is defined as that which is legal for the government but illegal for the citizenry.”

“Does the government fear us? Or do we fear the government? When the people fear the government, tyranny has found victory. The federal government is our servant, not our master!”

“The greatest danger to American freedom is a government that ignores the Constitution.”

What is the “people’s” job?

“I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.”

“When once a Republic is corrupted, there is no possibility of remedying any of the growing evils but by removing the corruption and restoring its lost principles, every other correction is either useless or a new evil.”

“The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it to be always kept alive.”

“By throwing the rascals out from time to time, they will remind government that it exists to serve us- not the other way around.”

How lucky we were to have Thomas Jefferson help build our country. President John Kennedy, hosting a dinner of Nobel Prize winners, summed things up well:

“I want to tell you how welcome you are to the White House. I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered together at the White House, with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.”

My answer to Bill Bonner, damn right we should be speaking up, very loud, clear and often!

Miller On The MoneyOur Constitution, and the laws of most every civilized country are based on the Ten Commandments. Today the government and media have turned the world upside down. What is right? What is wrong? Just a few examples.

  • Murder is OK as long as it benefits the government and protects the elite. Don’t believe me, check into the deaths of Vincent Foster, Jeffery Epstein and several “whistleblowers.”
  • Lying is OK, as long as it benefits the state and political class. Perjury laws are ignored and only applied when it benefits a certain political agenda.
  • Graft and corruption in Washington is rampant, lots of investigations, evidence; yet nothing ever happens.
  • Robbery is legal, and not prosecuted in many cities and states.

The Supreme Court ruled, in a unanimous opinion, states could not remove Donald Trump from the primary ballot; the Constitution allows voters to decide. Within minutes, politicos (who took an oath to defend and protect the Constitution) were advocating abolishing the Supreme Court which would totally destroy the separation of powers as outlined in the Constitution.

“Most of the founders of this country had day jobs for years. They were not career politicians. We need leaders with experience in the real world, not experience in the phony world of politics.”

— Thomas Sowell

When the Constitution was written, the idea was having “citizen legislators” leaving their families to serve the government, representing the people back home. It was a genuine sacrifice to travel by horseback to Washington, be away from your families for months on end. Had our founding fathers imagined “career politicians” as we have today, term limits would have been written in the Constitution.

Today’s politicians don’t represent their constituents, their votes are bought, and they follow their party rules. When a “citizen legislator” (like Donald Trump or Jesse Ventura) occasionally gets elected, the political class work in unison to make sure they fail.

Baby Boomers bear responsibility for this situation. We were negligent in policing the corrupt politicians and banking system. We have an obligation to clean up our mess.

More than any time in American History, elders should be speaking out. The political elite, with support of the media, make the voice of opposition and common sense very difficult to be heard.

Scruffy man holding sign that says "The end is near"I’ve never forgotten watching a man on a street corner in San Francisco standing on a box with a megaphone, screaming at the small crowd. His supporters carried signs saying “The End Is Near!” They were considered religious crackpots by the crowd. Today Paul Revere would be stifled by the media and labeled a crackpot also.

Seniors understand history, know right from wrong and, despite the political rhetoric, have an obligation to do what they can. Baby Boomer’s parents sacrificed and fought in WWII to preserve the Constitution, our values and way of life. Elders today must do as those before us, speak up; do what we can for the benefit of future generations.


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Who Do We Warn?

Do we warn family, friends or anyone who might listen?

My experience is to start with family, the younger the better. Today, family elders must do all they can to counter the state-run educational propaganda system. Young people are not going to learn right from wrong, individual responsibility and accountability in school today.

Young folks may not want to hear their parents’ or grandparents’ messages, but they are listening. When they become parents and grandparents, they’re teaching the same lessons. That process, and family unit, must be preserved.

What about the rest? I believe in the old saying, “When the student is ready to learn, the teacher shall appear!”

Mr. Bonner has an excellent paid newsletter and daily blog. His readers expect, and look forward to, reading what he has to say. While much of his advice may fall on deaf ears, with each issue he writes, there are some that take heed. If he impacts even a small percentage each time, it’s well worth it.

When I was with Casey Research, MarketWatch published many of my articles, dubbing me as a RetireMentor – something I take seriously. Just because we may be old, does not mean we can’t contribute, try to help others, like those before us.

Regardless of your age, everyone I know needs to feel wanted, needed and like they can still contribute. After each weekly column, I look forward to reader feedback. I love it when readers respond and indicate they have forwarded our article to family and friends.

Mentoring and helping others is what being old is all about.

Oh, the five words I don’t ever want to hear – “Why didn’t you warn me?”

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On The Lighter Side

One of the side effects of my cancer drugs is muscle cramps and tightness. Bill Bonner grabbed me again with this comment:

“You see an old man, bent, shuffling…you might say to him: ‘Just straighten up and walk normally.’ But he can’t do it. His muscles…his bones…his brain – all have taken a new shape.”

I wake up each morning, not knowing what to expect. Some days are fine and some I have to force myself to straighten up and walk it off.

Many of my peers are experiencing the same thing. Without exception, they draw the comparison that our minds are still sound, but we can no longer deny our bodies are aging. And yes, we feel a great need to warn others about what we see coming. While we are surely not in the Thomas Jefferson league, our 80+ years on this earth have taught us a great deal and we want to be sure we leave the world a better place.

Quote of the Week…

Emoticon smiley pointing at forehead smart thinking - think emoji“The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out…without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane and intolerable.”

— H.L. Mencken

And Finally…

Subscriber Robert G. provides some clever thoughts on aging:

  • “The older we get, the fewer things seem worth waiting in line for.” — Will Rogers
  • “We must recognize that, as we grow older, we become like old cars – more and more repairs and replacements are necessary.” — C.S. Lewis
  • “Old age comes at a bad time.” — San Banducci
  • “Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what happened.” — Jennifer Yane
  • “Old age is like a plane flying through a storm. Once you are aboard, there is nothing you can do about it.” — Golda Meir
  • “I’m so old that my blood type is discontinued.” — Bill Dane
  • “The older I get, the more clearly I remember things that never happened.” — Mark Twain
  • “I’m at that age where my back goes out more than I do.” — Phyllis Diller
  • “Don’t let aging get you down. It’s too hard to get back up.” — John Wagner
  • “Aging seems to be the only available way to live a long life.” — Kitty O’Neill Collins
  • “Old people shouldn’t eat health foods. They need all the preservatives they can get.” — Robert Orben
  • “Middle age is when you’re sitting at home on a Saturday night and the telephone rings, and you hope it isn’t for you.” — Ogden Nash
  • “It’s important to have a twinkle in your wrinkle.” — Unknown

And my favorite:

  • Today, I learned “Wet floor” signs are not a request. — Unknown

Until next time…

Dennis Miller

“Economic independence is the foundation of the only sort of freedom worth a damn.” – H. L. Mencken


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  • Cary

    Thomas Jefferson was a truly prescient man. Another of his quotes that seems pertinent and on the mark:

    “If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their Fathers conquered…. I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies…. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs.”

    • Dennis Miller

      Hi Cary,

      I agree, thank for the quote. He nailed what is happening here for sure. I wonder how he would be viewed today by the media and deep state…

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