How Much More Can Americans Withstand?

by Dr. Sherri Tenpenny, DO, AOBNMM, ABIHM

When I first was introduced into the problems associated with vaccines at the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) meeting in September 2000, I was nearly overwhelmed by the amount of appalling information I was uncovering. I needed help to process all the information and to sort it out. Among my first mentors were Ingri Cassel, founder of Vaccine Liberation and her husband, Don Harkins, the editor of the Idaho Observer monthly newspaper.

After a few phone calls, we became life-long friends. Whenever I called Idaho – to seek advice, to get reassurance that I was on the right path and wasn’t crazy, or to just mull over life’s unexplainable events – Don would most often answer the phone. His chipper, lilting voice would greet me with, “Idaho Observer!” I would smile and retort, “So, what are you observing in Idaho today?”

Never missing a beat, Don would recognize my voice, and with unforgettable charm and his hallmark giggle, he would respond, “Well hello there!” He’d then launch into the “hot story” of the day, sharing what he was writing, researching, or pondering. No matter how busy or how pressed for time, Don always carved out space for me to share his wit, to generate a few laughs, and to tell unforgettable stories. He always made me feel special. At that moment, I was the most important person in the world for which he’d drop everything and give his full attention. More likely than not, he did the same for all his friends.

While his assessments of world events were sometimes disturbing, they were always spot-on. Don’s wisdom ran deep, and the years of banter and debate contributed substantially to my personal growth. I will always cherish the many thought-provoking “Don-isms”, delivered in a way that all of us knew so well as “typically Don.”

On September 19, 2009, the world lost a Giant Placeholder for truth, freedom, and liberty. Don’s work will live on through the hundreds of amazing pieces he crafted with insight and style. This article, “Are Americans Dying for Martial Law?” has long remained one of my favorites. It is a timeless example of Don’s quest to explain the madness in the world around us. This article takes the perspective of Congress writing a letter to the American people. While written in 1998, with minimal grammatical modifications, this piece couldn’t be more spot-on if it were written today in 2020.

Don Harkins was instrumental in shaping and guiding the lives of thousands who had the eyes to see. His tutelage has helped me to this day be a better writer and speaker. A gentleman and a gentleman, I will always remember Don for his laughter and the love he selflessly gave to so many persons, from all walks of life. I am proud to be counted among his friends. Rest in peace, dear friend.

As you read through this article, keep in mind the date it was written: 1998. It’s an easy – and scary – reach to see how everything that Don wrote about is coming to fruition today.

November 1998 Idaho Observer: Are Americans Dying for Martial Law?

Dearest Our Fellow Americans:

Will you please get mad enough already so that we can declare martial law?

What is it going to take to get you mad enough so that we can finally justify ending this silly little game of thrust and parry with your constitutional rights by declaring a state of national emergency and get those pesky rights out of the way once and for all?

We have pushed every button that we can think of and you refuse to get angry enough to engage in acts of social unrest: We have methodically stripped you of your constitutional and civil rights. We have shot, bombed and burned hundreds of innocent men, women, children and dogs and cats. We have fueled both sides of little wars all over the world with profits generated from the sale of drugs to your children which are purposefully being made stupider with every federal dollar that is contributed in the interest of their education. We overrule your jury decisions and declare the initiatives and referendums you vote for unconstitutional. We have unconstitutionally decided that the 62 percent of the country with the most resource wealth are federal lands and are building gates to keep you out of them. We are working to strip you of your right to keep and bear arms as fast as we can. We have created trade agreements with foreign nations which are killing your ability to make a decent living and raise a family. And we are taxing you to death to pay for all the evil things we are doing to you.

What is it going to take to make you get mad enough so we can finally pound the last nail into your constitutional coffin? When are you going to rise up as a once-free people and oppose us? When are you going to provide us with the collective indignation that will give us justification to suspend forever the silly little document which is the only thing that stands between you and the slavery we want to give you to protect you from yourselves?

Let us draw you a map

If you were smart enough to read the publicly available documents which prove that in 1970, Congress approved the funding of research that has given you AIDS (and has subsequently produced its much more efficient cousin Ebola) and that the Department of Defense legally (Title 50, Chapter 32, Section 1524 of the U.S. Code) used 500,000 Gulf War-era soldiers as guinea pigs for a horrible cocktail of experimental substances, would all of you become angry as hell and generate the critical mass of social tension in this country that we feel will be necessary for us to justify a declaration of martial law?

Damn you people.

Why can’t you understand that your government has evolved into an evil monster that is hell-bent on reducing inalienably sovereign citizens to the status of slaves who exist as an expendable pool of human resources? How can you just sit their like sheep while we steal all of your property, ruin your businesses, and spend billions of your dollars, researching ways to kill you more efficiently?

What is the matter with you? We have even gone so far as to humiliate you by allowing untrustable, immoral presidents who has committed numerous felonies to remain in office. What are we going to have to do to you before you get mad enough to attempt to hold us accountable for betraying you? When are you going to give us the excuse we need to justify our historically inevitable intentions: to declare martial law and reduce you to your rightful station in serfdom?


(Nearly) Every member of Congress


Why are Americans dying for martial law?

The federal government has made no secret of its elaborate and despotic plans to deal with a national emergency. The plans are found in executive orders and in U.S. Code and are available in most public libraries.

A grade-school understanding of world history would have us understand that the federal government is likely to create the national emergency and that it intends to implement those elaborate and despotic national emergency plans at precisely the right moment in its incessant mission to transfer our inalienable individual liberties into dictatorial federal control.

The federal government has painstakingly drawn us a three-dimensional, full-color map of how it has betrayed all of us, including its military personnel, by facilitating, if not initiating, the epidemic of cancers and infections in our population with menus and cocktails of man-made chemical and biological substances against which we are virtually defenseless.

Why would it do that? Because it is frustrated in its inability to get a rise out of the American people that is significant enough to justify a declaration of martial law no matter how blatantly it abuses and murders us. The American people are so fat, lazy, stupid and apathetic that even when the federal government draws us a neon-colored map which illustrates an obvious plan to make us agonizingly sick for the several years prior to our eventual deaths, Americans will not demand accountability.

Is there anything that the federal government could have done to make it more obvious that it wished to be caught in the act of killing its own troops and infecting its own population with indefensible contagions? Understanding what is true based upon the federal government’s own documentation, is there anything left, short of indiscriminately rounding up and publicly executing innocent people because of something ridiculous like hair color, that will make the American people angry enough to generate a critical mass of public outrage that would justify the federal government’s declaration of martial law?

Consider the following:

  • That at a congressional DoD appropriations hearing in 1970, Congress gave the DOD $10 million for five years so that it could develop a contagion that is identical in its description to what we understand today to be AIDS;
  • The world’s leading immunological researchers have published works and have stated publicly that they have been engaging in this type of research since the 60s and that Ebola is the fruit of research that has been conducted since certain test populations in New York, San Francisco and Africa were purposefully infected with AIDS;
  • The government entities which documented their plans to go to war with Iraq in 1988;
  • The government entities which approved the documented sale of chemical and biological materials by American companies to Iraq and Iran from 1983 to as recently as 1993;
  • The government entities which knew that chemical and biological weapons were awaiting “coalition” forces in the Gulf;
  • The government entities which inoculated their unsuspecting troops with strange, experimental chemicals to supposedly protect them;
  • The government entities which knew what mustard gas, sarin gas, anthrax, and a full menu of other deadly toxins do to ravage the human body;
  • The government entities which have incessantly denied that American troops were exposed to these contagions which were sold from the laboratories of American companies to support the biological weapons programs in Iraq and Iran prior to the war;
  • The government entities which refuse to treat their soldiers, and now the spouses and children of soldiers, for the multitude of contagious, agonizing and eventually fatal symptoms they are enduring;
  • The government entities which will prescribe psychotropic drugs like Prozac for those they view as mental patients but will not prescribe antibiotics to sick people because they still maintain that a disease that does not exist cannot be treated.

Why aren’t we mad yet?

Why won’t the painstakingly documented plot to kill us and ruin our children make us mad?

The federal government, and the little men behind the curtain who actually run it, have continually overestimated the complacency of the American people whose inalienable rights it wants desperately to forever alienate through a declaration of martial law. It is because we refuse to become collectively angered at the capital crimes that we are perversely paying public puppets to perpetrate upon us that is the cause of the deepening cycle of oppression that once-free Americans are suffering.

Once the sleeping American public understands that, contrary to the public position our government has maintained from the beginning, it created AIDS and Ebola [and now COVID – ST] with our tax dollars and that it purposefully exposed our troops to chemical and biological agents during the Gulf War, a declared state of emergency (martial law) will have to be declared in an attempt to restore a semblance of order to this justifiably outraged nation.

Was that the government’s plan for the World Trade Center Bombing? Waco? Ruby Ridge? Oklahoma City? TWA 800? Was that why the government admitted, 30 years too late, that the second Gulf of Tonkin incident which was credited for U.S. ground troops being sent to Viet Nam never actually happened? Was the government trying, unsuccessfully, to make us mad enough so that it could declare martial law and strip us of the few rights that haven’t yet been completely alienated?

It seems quite apparent that the federal government is either so stupid that it cannot help documenting every evil, murderous, treasonous step it takes regardless of its potentially riotous consequences, or that it is purposefully documenting its unthinkably evil machinations with the intention of prodding us into riotousness that could warrant a declared state of national emergency.

By now, including AIDS, Ebola, and Gulf War Illness and incidents like Ruby Ridge and Waco, millions of people have died for martial law. Since we as an apathetic people naively await federal justice to be dispensed from federal government determinations from federal government investigations of federal government transgressions by federal government employees, we can expect a few million more innocent people to die for martial law.

Are the American people so unbelievably apathetic that not even an insidious plan to kill us off and cripple our children with birth defects will compel us to become civilly disobedient enough to demand real investigations into the activities of a federal government which has slowly and methodically dismantled and destroyed our Constitutional Republic?

We will soon find out. But, never fear, if killing us and creating a generation of horribly birth-defective children won’t make us mad, if stealing all of our land and our resources and our businesses and teaching our children to be mindless, amoral idiots won’t make us mad, I hear that the federal government has imminent plans to ban all of our older, pre-1990 model automobiles.

That ought to make people pretty mad.


Don Harkins, The Idaho Observer


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Dr. Sherri Tenpenny is a board-certified osteopathic medical doctor from Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Tenpenny is a practicing physician and cares for patients 2.5 days per week. Dr. Tenpenny is an internationally known expert on the problems associated with vaccines. Students from all over the world have become confident parents and articulate activists through her online educational courses, found at As the “Voice for the Health Freedom,” Dr. Tenpenny is an outspoken advocate for free choice in healthcare, including the right to refuse vaccination.


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