Have You Read This Thing: Article 1, Section 8
By: Barry Belmont

First, read this quote from HowStuffWorks.com:

“The ultimate point of the Mafia is to make money. Families use a variety of activities to accomplish this. One of the most common is also one of the simplest – extortion. Extortion is forcing people to give up their money by threatening them in some way. Mafia “protection rackets” are extortion schemes. They tell a shop owner that she needs to pay them $100 a week so they can “protect” her from criminals who might demolish the shop or hurt her family — the implication being that the Mafia members themselves are these criminals.”

Now: Article 1, Section 8.1

The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and excises, to pay the debts and provide for the common defense and general welfare of the United States…

Section 8.2

To borrow money on the credit of the United States

Section 8.3

To regulate commerce with forein nations, and among the several states, and with the Indian tribes

Section 8.12

To raise and support armies

Section 8.15

To provide for calling forth the militia to execute the laws of the union, suppress insurrections and repel invasions

There’s a ton of hidden treasures hidden within Section 8, but I just wanted to bring a few pearls to light here to suggest a parallel between how the mafia operates and how the government of the United States is primed to work. [To be explicit, take the above and replace 'The Congress' with 'The Family' and 'the United States' with 'those protected by The Family'.]

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  • Joseph Valachi

    The U.S. Constitution is based on Mafia ideals?? Sec. 8 and Cosa Nostra are similar? It all makes perfect…sense now.