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Virginia Considers Gold as Alternative Currency for When FED Breaks Down

Commodities / Gold and Silver 2011 Jan 12, 2011 - 01:41 AM GMT

By: Jason_Hamlin


In what could be the financial shot heard around the world, the state of Virginia is considering the establishment of a joint subcommittee to study whether the Commonwealth should adopt a currency such as gold or silver to serve as an alternative to the currency distributed by the Federal Reserve System in the event of a major breakdown of the Federal Reserve System.

Virginia considers it their Constitution right and cites experts warning that the FED system could break down, largely due to not backing their currency with gold and silver. If you haven’t secured physical gold and silver as insurance against exactly the scenario Virginia is concerned about, what are you waiting for? Selected parts of HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 557 are below.

WHEREAS, the present monetary and banking systems of the United States, centered around the Federal Reserve System, have come under ever-increasing strain during the last several years, and will be exposed to ever-increasing and predictably debilitating strain in the years to come.

WHEREAS, many widely recognized experts predict the inevitable destruction of the Federal Reserve System’s currency through hyperinflation in the foreseeable future.

WHEREAS, in the event of hyperinflation, depression, or other economic calamity related to the breakdown of the Federal Reserve System, for which the Commonwealth is not prepared, the Commonwealth’s governmental finances and Virginia’s private economy will be thrown into chaos, with gravely detrimental effects upon the lives, health, and property of Virginia’s citizens, and with consequences fatal to the preservation of good order throughout the Commonwealth.

WHEREAS, Virginia can avoid or at least mitigate many of the economic, social, and political shocks to be expected to arise from hyperinflation, depression, or other economic calamity related to the breakdown of the Federal Reserve System only through the timely adoption of an alternative sound currency that the Commonwealth’s government and citizens may employ without delay in the event of the destruction of the Federal Reserve System’s currency.

WHEREAS, that the Federal Reserve System’s currency is not redeemable in gold or silver coin or the equivalent in bullion is being identified by more and more experts as a, if not the, major reason for the ever-increasing instability of the Federal Reserve System.

WHEREAS, all gold and silver coins of the United States are designated “legal tender” under the aegis of Title 31, United States Code, §§5103 and 5112(h), and must be so designated perforce of Article I, Section 8,Clause 5 and Article I, Section 10, Clause 1 of the Constitution of the United States.

WHEREAS, pursuant to Article I, Section 10, Clause 1 of and the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, each State must make gold and silver coin a Tender in Payment of Debts.

WHEREAS, the Supreme Court of the United States in Lane County v. Oregon, 74 U.S. (7 Wallace) 71, 76-78 (1869), and Hagar v. Reclamation District No. 108, 111 U.S. 701, 706 (1884), has ruled that the States may adopt whatever currency they desire for the purposes of performing their sovereign governmental functions, even to the extent of adopting gold and silver coin for those purposes while refusing to employ a currency not redeemable in gold or silver coin that Congress has designated “legal tender”.

WHEREAS, “the police power” being the primary sovereign governmental function of every State, under Lane County and Hagar every State may adopt its own currency, consisting of gold or silver, or both, whenever necessary and proper to facilitate exercises of that power in aid of the general welfare of the State and its citizens.

WHEREAS, in light of the possible instability of the Federal Reserve System, proposals for states and their citizens to adopt an alternative currency consisting of gold or silver, or both, are receiving increasing attention throughout the United States, as evidenced by bills that have been or are being introduced in the legislatures of the States of Georgia,Indiana, Montana, New Hampshire, and South Carolina.

WHEREAS, various systems of alternative currency employing gold or silver, or both, in the form of coin or its equivalent in bullion have already proved themselves in the free market, and could either be employed by the Commonwealth directly or be used as models for a new system created by the Commonwealth to meet Virginia’s unique needs.

Full version of HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 557

By Jason Hamlin

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Jim Prentice
14 Jan 11, 22:19
Coin money

Mr. Hamlin.

I have studied the federal Constitution in detail for several years and one thing keeps bothering me. The fact that the 'founding Fathers' did not grant the United States i.e. Congress "exclusive" power on anything except the Power "to exercise 'exclusive' Legislation" over the ten mile square area i.e. the District of Columbia. They were assigned duties at Article I, ยง 8 and granted the Power to carry out those assigned duties but they were in no way "exclusive."

If the federal government does not full-fill its duties and the States are prohibited from accepting anything but gold and silver coin in payment then in my mind the States must either demand that the federal government coin money or take on the responsibility themselves. --

best wishes. Jim Prentice

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