Interview With Merlin Miller, Part One

Merlin Miller by Sharon Rondeau_

(Apr. 23, 2015) — On Tuesday, The Post & Email interviewed Merlin
Miller [4], an accomplished film producer, West Point graduate, and
writer, who, along with others, has launched a new political entity, the
American Eagle Party, and plans to run candidates on the local, state
and national levels in 2016.

The party launched in Gatlinburg, TN earlier this year.

In 2008, Merlin supported Ron Paul’s bid for the presidency, and in
2012, he was himself a presidential candidate on the American Freedom
Party ticket.

The American Eagle Party’s platform [5] includes advocating for secure
national borders, bringing an end to “wars and occupations” and
“sound currency” to promote growth of the economy and the private
sector.

Another pillar of the AEP platform includes the fostering of new media
[6] “to be a viable alternative to the controlled, propagandistic
‘Mainstream Media.’” With his background in film production,
Miller plans to broadcast unfiltered news from a news channel on the AEP
website.

The platform is explained in more depth here [7] and encompasses the
premise that the U.S. should “end our foreign military adventures and
close most of our overseas bases, redeploying forces stateside.”

On its “Take Back America” page, AEP maintains [8] that
“America’s Founding Fathers had the courage and divine wisdom to
create a nation unlike any in history. In so doing, they delivered a
promise – for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. But America
is sick and under attack. Not by any military, nor by God’s hand, but
by treasonous elements within.”

The Post & Email asked Miller when he conceived of the idea of forming a
new political party, to which he replied, “It has actually been a very
piecemeal process. I was very uninvolved until I got familiar with Ron
Paul in 2007 and sort-of inched my way into the political arena in
backing his campaign. I was actually recruited by a new party in 2012 to
be their presidential candidate. We were on the ballot in only a few
states, and I wasn’t in total agreement with their platform. After the
campaign, I left them, and with the encouragement of several people, we
decided to form our own party with a platform that we all felt
comfortable about.”

THE POST & EMAIL: Would you say that running for office caused you to
want to start your own party, or were you seeking to make a change in
the status quo?

MR. MILLER: First of all, I’m very uncomfortable with the political
arena. I didn’t really like the campaign process, and I don’t like
it now. In fact, I’m not throwing my hat in the ring as a candidate.
I’m doing what I can to help get this party going, and we’ll have
our first annual conference in September. The biggest challenge in
putting a new party together is finding and building your support base,
and for us, that means building state chapters. We have to decentralize
and go down to the grassroots level and eventually have local and state
chapters that would feed the national committee. Putting a national
ticket together is important for positioning the party, but the real
strength, I think, of a new party like us is hopefully impacting some of
the elections, whether it’s congressional seats, senatorial seats, or
within the state legislatures and local assemblies and offices where we
might have an impact.

THE POST & EMAIL: It sounds as if you want to reach the people better
than the Democrat-Republican paradigm that exists.

MR. MILLER: Exactly. There are only two ways that I see that the
American people can effect this process, and one is the political arena.
We have to get politically active; we cannot depend on the Democrats and
Republicans. Both parties and the overwhelming majority of political
officeholders are beholden to special interest groups and no longer
represent their constituencies. We the People are not really represented
anymore. So we have to do something within the political arena, and I
see a third party as the only prospect.

That’s one-half of it. The other half, of course, is media. Without
media, we aren’t going to effect much change, and the mainstream media
is totally controlled, as is the political process. So we have to do
what we can to build alternatives to that, and your program is one of
those. There are so many alternative sources growing out there, and I
think it’s pretty obvious that more and more people are distrustful of
the mainstream media and looking for truthful answers.

THE POST & EMAIL: The people we elect often use soaring rhetoric while
they’re campaigning and promise everyone what he or she wants to hear,
but after they take their oath of office, they do what they want. How
will your party be different in that regard?

MR. MILLER: Our whole focus is we want to be decentralized to the local
level. The national ticket is providing a guideline to get us back
within the binds of the Constitution so that the federal government is
not exercising authority that it does not have. We want to decentralize
and give people back their power as our Constitution and Bill of Rights
were designed to do. So our whole focus is doing what we can to minimize
government, to stop the growth of government and reverse that process,
and we have to do it in a piecemeal fashion.

Our general platform right now is very simple. We have five major
platform positions. We want to go out with very simple planks such that
we can attract a lot of grassroots Americans who otherwise might be
marginalized or divided amongst each other on the basis of a lot of
these smaller issues which really aren’t critical to us right now.

I did find that in my experience campaigning in 2012, there is so much
effort to divide and conquer the people – _agents provocateurs_ within
the parties, people doing what they can to create divisions – such
that the issues that are not important are always thrust to the
forefront in an effort to divide us so that we’re not united in the
common cause. The primary focus of our political party is to be a
unifying party, one that can reach out with a general platform where
people can say, “This makes sense to me; why aren’t we pursuing
these things?” and “Let’s stay away from the little things that
pit us against one another.”

THE POST & EMAIL: George Washington had said in his Farewell Address
that if we allow ourselves to be divided into “factions,” it would
destroy the country. For instance, no one can agree today on what a
“natural born Citizen” is. We have also divided ourselves into two
groups: those who want a big federal government heavily-involved in the
lives of the people, and those who want limited government which they
believe enables more freedom.

How complicated is the process to register a new party in each state?

MR. MILLER: It’s a really difficult process because the deck has been
stacked against the small, independent parties. We just recently formed
our national committee and filed with the Federal Election Commission
(FEC), and the IRS monitors us. Although we’re exempt from tax as a
political party, there are certain forms you have to fill out.
Primarily, you respond to the guidelines of the Federal Election
Commission. So we do have our national committee formed; we have an
executive managing committee which responds and answers to the national
committee on an annual basis when we have our annual meeting.

The next process is forming state chapters and then local chapters.
That’s where you develop your power and gain membership; that’s
where you get a voice in the communities. We’re in the process of
doing that right now. Tennessee is forming; they have their website up
already. Pennsylvania is in the formative stages. We have interest from
several people in Texas and Arizona. Our goal is to have at least a half
a dozen, possibly a dozen state chapters formed by the time we have our
first annual conference this September. So it’s very important if
we’re going to grow and really be a force for We the People to have
that local activism. It all begins at the chapter level.

THE POST & EMAIL: So we can’t look to Washington for someone to solve
problems?

MR. MILLER: That’s right. A lot of people would claim that we’ve
been taken over, that we have a de facto government that has totally
gotten away from our Constitution; that it’s a corporatocracy now.
I’m a firm believer that that, in fact, has happened, and we have to
get back to the doctrines of our Founding Fathers, our Constitution and
Bill of Rights. The only way that that will happen is to shrink the
power of theses special interest groups that now control us.

THE POST & EMAIL: It appears that the special interests control members
of Congress. What strategy is there to run candidates for local offices
such as town clerk or registrar of voters?

MR. MILLER: Exactly; that’s where our emphasis is going to be. At
this stage, when we’re just launching the party, we want to be a
magnet, and at the same time, provide a bit of a guidance. We’re
developing our own organizational guide which we will share with state
chapter leaders and local leaders who want to put chapters together so
they can build on the basis of having a model that is existing that can
help them get up and running. But the idea is to get them to identify
people within their communities, whether it’s the town, county or the
state to put up as candidates and run them through office. Each state
will have its own issues that are more important, and they’ll have
different priorities than other states. So that’s really up to them,
as the chapter, to find and put up those candidates they think best
represent their communities.

The only thing we’re doing is launching on the basis of five primary
positions that we as a national committee stand for. Those, in a
nutshell are very simple:

*
STOP THE WARS AND OCCUPATIONS. We are a republic, not an empire to
police the world.

That’s our first one. It’s bankrupting us and it’s bankrupting our
reputation throughout the world and losing the blood of our young
people.

*
WE HAVE TO BE A NATION. We have to respect the sovereignty of other
nations. We should secure our own borders; we should not allow an
invasion, whether it’s a physical, warlike invasion or the ongoing
immigration invasion that is challenging our very identity. Our
demographics are being radically altered. We’re no longer a sovereign
nation when we do not have secure borders. We are not opposed to
immigration as such, but it needs to be a process which has the best
interests of the American people at heart and they need to go through a
process that makes sense and is fair.
*
WE NEED TO RESTORE OUR ECONOMY. We need to look at all the trade
agreements which have not been made with the American worker in mind.
They’ve been made with the United Nations, with multinational
corporate interests, with international financiers and even foreign
competitors. Basically, everyone has a priority in this process except
the American entrepreneur and the American workers. We need to turn that
around and have a level playing field such that our trade agreements do
not send production outside of the United States of America and penalize
us. There are very simple ways to do that, and we need to relook at
these so-called “free trade agreements” which are anything but fair.

THE POST & EMAIL: To me, this sounds like a “Founding Fathers”
platform, because they advocated “life, liberty and the pursuit of
happiness” unfettered by government.

MR. MILLER: It really is. When you look back at the whole American
experience and our whole experiment in history, we have been so
successful primarily because these doctrines which established by the
Founding Fathers, which were divinely-inspired, in my opinion. We need
to get back to their doctrines. That leads to our fourth platform
position, which is:

* RESTORING THE RIGHTS AND THE FREEDOMS TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. We’ve
had executive orders, the Patriot Act, the National Defense
Authorization Act (NDAA); we’ve had so much legislation take place
which is in clear violation to our Constitution and our Bill of Rights.
We have to undo those things immediately. We need to undo all kinds of
legislation which has hamstrung the American worker and get back to
where they’re free again to be the people that our Founding Fathers
wanted them to be.
*
The fifth point is ALLOWING FOR ALTERNATIVES, whether it’s in media,
which is critically important right now, that we allow voices to
challenge this monopoly that the mainstream has over our minds and our
beliefs. The same thing goes for medical, whether people want medical
alternatives and don’t want to succumb to the profession and the
pharmaceutical industry, the medical industry; people should have fee
choice, especially when it regards their own body and the food they take
in and the medical treatment they pursue.

Beyond that, most every issue should be dealt with at the state or local
level.

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The Post & Email will conclude its interview with Merlin Miller in an
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The Dwindling U.S. Economy

1-economic decline With the advent of jobs offshoring, real median family incomes ceased to rise. The ability of consumers to substitute larger debt burdens for the missing growth in their real incomes was used up by Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan’s policy of expanding consumer debt in order to fill in for the missing growth in consumer income. Today consumer debt levels are too high for consumers to incur more debt. The only element of consumer debt showing an increase is student loans. The offshored jobs were not replaced with the promised “New Economy” jobs. No one has seen any sign of the mythical New Economy jobs. The “New Economy” is the transformation of the once powerful US economy into a third world labor force where new jobs exist only in domestic non-tradable services (services that cannot be exported) such as retail clerks, hospital orderlies, waitresses, and bartenders. As there are not enough of these jobs to go around, the labor force participation rate has dropped sharply. The United States is an economic basket case. Washington has given away the US economy to Asian countries with lower labor costs. The owners and mangers of capital have benefitted, but the vast bulk of Americans have suffered. As capital’s owners and managers are not sufficiently numerous to drive the economy with their expenditures, the fabled American economy is no more. http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2015/04/29/dwindling-us-economy-paul-craig-roberts/

Syria’s Nightmarish Narrative

1-map of Syria The Saudi-Israeli alliance, in league with other hard-line Sunni countries, is helping Al-Qaeda affiliates advance toward gaining either victory or at least safe havens in Syria and Yemen, highlighting unresolved contradictions in President Barack Obama’s policies in the Middle East. Fueled by a surge of support from Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey – and with Israel striking at Syrian government allies – Al-Qaeda’s Nusra Front and Al-Qaeda’s hyper-brutal spinoff, the Islamic State, are making major advances in Syria with some analysts now predicting the likely collapse of the relatively secular government of President Bashar al-Assad. Saudi Arabia and Israel have made clear over the past few years that they regard the overthrow of the Iranian-backed Assad government as a geopolitical priority even if it results in a victory by Al-Qaeda or the Islamic State. But Obama, who has been unwilling or unable to rein in the Saudi-Israeli alliance, would then have to decide what to do with Islamic terrorists dominating a major Mideast nation. https://consortiumnews.com/2015/04/27/syrias-nightmarish-narrative/

Turning America Into a Battlefield: A Blueprint for Locking Down the Nation

1-police - militarized The problem arises when you start to add Jade Helm onto the list of other troubling developments that have taken place over the past 30 years or more: the expansion of the military industrial complex and its influence in Washington DC, the rampant surveillance, the corporate-funded elections and revolving door between lobbyists and elected officials, the militarized police, the loss of our freedoms, the injustice of the courts, the privatized prisons, the school lockdowns, the roadside strip searches, the military drills on domestic soil, the fusion centers and the simultaneous fusing of every branch of law enforcement (federal, state and local), the stockpiling of ammunition by various government agencies, the active shooter drills that are indistinguishable from actual crises, the economy flirting with near collapse, etc. Suddenly, the overall picture seems that much more sinister. Clearly, as I point out in my new book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, there’s a larger agenda at work here. https://www.lewrockwell.com/2015/04/john-w-whitehead/the-blueprint-for-locking-down-america/

Bruce Jenner, Republican

1-Bruce Jenner There’s arguably no better sign of the Kali-Yuga than the recently aired, four-hour long Bruce Jenner TV special. The former Olympic athlete and Kardashian patriarch came out that he is (somehow) a woman. But everyone already knew that he was “transitioning” genders. What became the real shocker was that he is a conservative Republican and a devout Christian. And there are already Republicans celebrating Jenner’s political coming out. Republican Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz—a rising star in the party—said that he is happy Jenner shares the same political affiliation and that the party accepts all kinds of people. Twitchy, a conservative site formerly run by Michelle Malkin, posted two supportive articles of the Kardashian star after his political revelation. And WorldNetDaily (yes, WorldNetDaily) published a column calling for Christians to “love” Jenner—in spite of his decision—because hating him is exactly what the left wants. But the real coup for knowing Jenner is being embraced with open arms by Republicans is Grover Norquist’s response. Norquist, a leader of the conservative movement and head of Americans for Tax Reform, tweeted that Jenner is a “solid Ronald Reagan Republican. Good on taxes,” and deserves to be left alone. While this tweet manages to summarize the sheer stupidity of conservatism in less than 140 characters, it also shows why this particular transsexual is starting to become a hero for the American Right: he’s good on taxes. And since the GOP places fiscal matters above all other issues, they can accept Jenner—even though he represents the cultural revolution in its most hideous form. But Republicans don’t care about preserving traditional notions of gender, sexuality, and cultural norms—all they care about is economics. Jenner’s coming out was greeted positively by everyone from the conservative trolls associated with Twitchy to establishment Republicans to the millenarian Christians of WorldNetDaily. There’s only a few things that all corners of the American Right can agree on—and Bruce Jenner is one of them. http://www.radixjournal.com/blog/2015/4/27/bruce-jenner-republican

Pale Priests, Dark Fighters

1-Baltimore riots - 4-27-15 Facing danger, suffering, and dying — especially since the Korean War — has been something that Americans have tended to outsource to others as much as possible. That parts of the American elite would find and use angry tribes locally for such purposes is not all that surprising. It’s just doing to its domestic enemies what it tries to do to its foreign enemies. Fortunately, the terrible American track record in recent wars gives us all some cause for optimism. They come to see these Black mobs as a sort of wish fulfillment for the revolution that they themselves are unwilling to lead or fight in, because, constitutionally, they’re so feeble, non-aggressive, and disproportionately female or androgynous. They dream of cities on fire and headless enemies, but they lack the gumption — or perhaps the cardiovascular capacity — to clamber up the barricades themselves. http://alternative-right.blogspot.com/2015/04/pale-priests-dark-fighters.html

Declaring Independence from Israel — It’s Way Overdue!

1-Jewish power in America When Republican Presidential contender Senator Ted Cruz announced his intention to run before a packed audience at Liberty University in Lynchburg Virginia, the one line in his speech that drew the most applause was “Instead of a president who boycotts Prime Minister Netanyahu, imagine a president who stands unapologetically with the nation of Israel.” I do not know if those who were cheering were really aware of what Cruz was saying, but the preposition “with” committing President Cruz to some kind of ad hoc equal partnership with a foreign government was both unseemly and ultimately un-American. A President of the United States should be prepared and expected to advance only American interests. There is no ambiguity in Cruz. As keynote speaker for a conference held last September by the newly formed In Defense of Christians group, he demonstrated that even in front of Middle Eastern Christians it was necessary to play the Israel card, bringing Jewish “persecution” into the discussion before walking off stage. Just before exiting, he said, “If you will not stand with Israel and the Jews, then I will not stand with you. Good night, and God bless.” A day after Cruz and Liberty it was Jeb Bush’s turn. He repudiated James Baker, his father’s secretary of state, after Baker had mildly criticized Netanyahu’s rejection of a possible Palestinian state, with Bush’s press spokesman asserting “Governor Bush’s support for Israel and Prime Minister Netanyahu is unwavering.” In a follow-up op-ed last Wednesday, Bush cemented his credentials as a worthy heir to his brother George in terms of intellectual vacuity by opposing nuclear negotiations with Iran before asserting “The Obama administration treats announcements of new apartment buildings in Jerusalem like acts of aggression.” Jeb is apparently unaware that there are half a million settlers on the West Bank on stolen Palestinian land. http://www.veteransnewsnow.com/2015/04/26/517578declaring-independence-from-israel-its-way-overdue/

Insanity Grips the Western World

1-Alice in Wonderland Just as Karl Marx claimed that History had chosen the proletariat, neoconservatives claim that History has chosen America. Just as the Nazis proclaimed “Deutschland uber alles,” neoconservatives proclaim “America uber alles.” In September 2013 President Obama actually stood before the United Nations and declared, “I believe America is exceptional.” Germany’s political leaders and those in Great Britain, France, and throughout Europe, Canada, Australia, and Japan also believe that America is exceptional, which means better than they are. That’s why these countries are Washington’s vassals. They accept their inferiority to the Exceptional Country — the USA — and follow its leadership. It is unlikely that the Chinese think that a handful of White People are exceptional in anything except their diminutive numbers. The populations of Asia, Africa, and South America dwarf those that comprise Washington’s Empire. Neither do the Russians believe that the US is exceptional. Putin’s response to Obama’s claim of American superiority was: “God created us equal.” Putin added: “It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional, whatever the motivation. http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2015/04/27/insanity-grips-western-world-paul-craig-roberts/

Communist Insanity Watch: Three-Year-Old Children Forced to Not Use ‘Transphobic Language’

1-communism - fist Children as young as three are being asked to sign a contract pledging not to use transphobic language at school. The pledge is contained in a ‘home-school agreement’ which all children must sign before they start at Turnham Primary School in September. The infants must also promise to refrain from using homophobic and racist phrases and to be tolerant of people with different sexual orientations and lifestyles. Each child must print their name and provide a signature to confirm that they understand their ‘responsibilities’ while attending the school. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3054592/Parents-anger-children-young-THREE-told-sign-contract-promising-not-use-transphobic-language-nursery.html

Freedom and the Omnipotent Power to Assassinate

1-Dees - drones As a kid growing up, did you ever think you’d live under a government that had the omnipotent power to assassinate you and every other American citizen? If you heard about some communist regime or other totalitarian government wielding the omnipotent power to assassinate its own citizens, you wouldn’t be surprised. But I’ll bet that the vast majority of Americans never thought they would end up living under a governmental structure that had that sort of power over the citizenry. That’s certainly not the type of governmental structure that the Framers brought into existence with the Constitution. The federal governmental structure that the Constitution brought into existence was one whose powers were limited to those enumerated in the Constitution itself. The power to assassinate people, Americans or foreigners, was not among those enumerated powers. http://fff.org/2015/04/23/freedom-omnipotent-power-assassinate/

One Last Look at the Real Economy Before It Implodes

1-economic house of cards All problems, all crises, have at least one solution, if not many solutions. There is no such thing as an unwinnable scenario. Some may not be smart enough or courageous enough to see it, but the solution is always there, waiting to be discovered. The only fight that cannot be won is the fight in which the enemy makes all the rules and we foolishly abide by those rules. Life is not a game of chess, and a man can choose to be more than a pawn anytime he has the guts to do so. http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-04-24/one-last-look-real-economy-it-implodes-part-6-solutions

SPLC Accuses Oath Keepers of Inciting ‘Armed Confrontation’ Over Sugar Pine Mine

1-Sugar Pine Mine The Southern Poverty Law Center has accused Oath Keepers of inciting an armed confrontation with BLM authorities over the Sugar Pine Mine dispute in Oregon, despite the fact that the organization has explicitly stated that it is not promoting armed confrontation with the feds. http://www.infowars.com/splc-accuses-oath-keepers-of-inciting-armed-confrontation-over-sugar-pine-mine/

Hillary the Neo-Con Warmonger

1-Hillary Clinton - warmonger 2 Announcing her latest campaign for the presidency, Hillary Clinton declared she was entering the race to be the champion for “everyday Americans.” As a lawmaker and diplomat, however, Clinton has long championed military campaigns that have killed scores of “everyday” people abroad, from Iraq to Yemen. As commander-in-chief, there’s no reason to believe she’d be any less a hawk than she was as the senator who backed George W. Bush’s war in Iraq, or the Secretary of State who encouraged Barack Obama to escalate the war in Afghanistan. If her nomination is as sure a thing as people say, then antiwar organizing needs to start right away. Hillary has already won the support of those who continually agitate for war. “I feel comfortable with her on foreign policy,” Robert Kagan, a co-founder of the neoconservative Project for the New American Century, told The New York Times last summer. “If she pursues a policy which we think she will pursue,” he said, “it’s something that might have been called neocon, but clearly her supporters are not going to call it that; they are going to call it something else.” We’re going to call it what it is: More of the same sort of murderous policies that destroyed Iraq, destabilized Libya, killed women and children with cluster bombs and drones in Yemen, and legitimized the undermining of democracy in Honduras. There’s little chance the Republicans will nominate someone better, but given Clinton’s record as a senator and Secretary of State – the latter giving us a very good idea of how she would approach foreign affairs once in office – it will be hard for them to find anyone much worse. http://original.antiwar.com/charles-davis-ips/2015/04/22/hillary-the-hawk/