The Heart(beat) of America

Joe McHugh
19 min readJul 18, 2019

Update the Authoritarian Enabler

In Authoritarian Enabler, I argued for lifting the NDA that submits our Guards, as we as America’s officers are described in the Declaration of Independence, to an oath of silence to “enthusiastically support America’s policies”.

In its current form, even under the auspices of loving, caring leadership; the existing non-disclosure agreement is a tool of tyranny without exception, as without amendment will eventually come to be abused once again. As is generally the case with oppressive rule, the devil lies in the very subversive, subjective detail, or omission thereof.

Recently, I’ve begun watching Turn on Netflix (NFLX). It’s the story of General Washington’s devoted spies who used deception to gain the advantage on the enemy. Under the weight of overt oppression, America’s colonists chose to enlist in the war for independence as a result of gentle persuasion to the cause of Independence rather than through the coercive tactics of those who they sought to gain their independence from.

These spies, who were naturally adept at the subtleties of speech and listened with an earnest ear, served behind enemy lines under the cover of the Red Coat. It is because of their dedicated service that Washington gained the information he needed to anticipate the moves of the enemy, to confuse their commanders, and ultimately to win the war against modern history’s first global empire.

Washington knew and understood that while the sun never set on the British empire, and their subjects labored by day, the other half lay peaceably under the cover of darkness. Indeed, it is because of General Washington’s spy mastery and the daring actions of those under his charge, that President Reagan was free to ably exalt George Orwell’s genius over 200 years after our Declaration, “People sleep peacefully in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.”

This is the wisdom of the Tao — and as usual, it hides in plain sight.

The symbol of yin and yang (above) shows the interrelated and interconnected nature of life…



Joe McHugh

Joe McHugh is an Independent candidate for President, Forex & crypto CTA; political-economic analyst, and founder of Earth Loans.