AOCS Goes to Washington – Happy Birthday to Me!

Tomorrow is my birthday, don’t go putting any effort into anything for me, seriously on the record I generally don’t care about the day I was born.  However, sometimes things align and you get a “birthday present” from the universe or a good friend who doesn’t even know it is your birthday and he doesn’t even realize it is a gift in the first place.

Tomorrow I likely will receive such a gift!

Rob Gray is a good friend and a repeat guest on TSP and the man behind all the awesome coins at  He is also the director of “The American Open Currency Exchange” and as such has been summoned by Congressman Ron Paul of Texas to testify in front of congress about “competing currencies” tomorrow.  Yep on Aug 2nd I get a real gift, well at least as long as the hearing doesn’t get moved or canceled.

You can get the full details here at the AOCS Site.

Last night before Rob’s prepared remarks were made public I had the absolute privilege to read a copy of them.  The full testimony is already now part of Congressional Record and you can read the full text at the link above, yet I beamed with pride last night when I read one line.  The line was,

“No fair challenge can be made between honest men and thieves. Let me be clear that when I say thieves: I refer to the current private central bank and the men in government who allow it to exist.”

Some of you recently have heard me refer to many members of our government as traitors and thieves.  It now appears that I will get the extreme pleasure of listening to a man I admire and a good friend tell the Congress directly that they are indeed thieves.  What a birthday present.

While Rob’s remarks will be aired on CSPAN I figure his testimony is likely to get zero main stream media play.  20 years ago it would have simply been buried, but today we have YouTube and social media.  I think it will be one of the great moments in our modern revolution, the revolution based on doing what makes sense for us and turning away from the great lie of dichotomy.  I hope you join me in watching this happen and in sharing it with others.

In any event I would just like to say how proud I am to call Rob Gray a friend.  He is a true patriot and I am encouraged to live at a time when men such as him are willing to stand tall, take action and speak the truth even in a den of vipers and thieves.  Best of luck to you my friend, thank you for showing honor and integrity at a time when we so desperately need it.  And thank you for one hell of a birthday present.

27 Responses to AOCS Goes to Washington – Happy Birthday to Me!

  1. Jack, this is a great gift to us all! Thanks for sharing it and Happy Birthday!

  2. Happy B Day and thats cool about Rob enjoy Jack..

  3. 1preppingmom

    All I can say is – WOW! I get chain letters in my email all the time telling me to pass them on and I never ever do. I will for the 1st time send something to ALL OF MY CONTACTS by passing this on! I hope everyone else will as well! Happy Birthday, Jack!

    I hope you get everything you want/hope for.

  5. CowboyZeroOne

    That is absolutely awesome!

  6. Another trip around the sun !

  7. That is such awesome news I look forward to listening to him and spreading the word out. I send people to the podcast just about everyday. This will be more fuel for the fire! Happy birthday ! can’t wait to tune in tomorrow.

  8. Sara Fernandez

    I wish you and your family many blessings, health, safety and happiness on your birthday. Your readers are also blessed to have individuals like you that share your knowledge with us!

    Thank you very sincerely for sharing the AOCS Goes to Washington. I have shared it on my Facebook.


  9. White.Buffalo - Doug

    HAPPY-BIRTHDAY … ya-know besides what you have shared (Rob’s comments being such a gift to you) – you do have an additional gift and blessing this month ===== two moons – this is a ‘Blue Moon’ month – you are indeed honored

    • Modern Survival

      @White.Buffalo, Yes it occurs every 2.7 years and has done so in August before. It actually occurred on my birthday when I was 21 and on the day I was born. My best friend who I served in the military wit was born on Aug 31 the same year I was. When I learned about this it just seemed fitting as we always considered each other brothers.

  10. A gift that keeps on giving. Thanks for another year of speaking out. Like Suzanna Hupp sez, it might not change the outcome, but it sure improves the odds. An awesome year and the best to come.

  11. Happy Birthday!

    Go plant a fruit or nut tree.

  12. I just read the response. It’s an excellent speech. I’ll be trying to catch the CSPAN in the morning. Thanks for the heads-up.

  13. Jack, You know you’ve done something right when God smiles down and gives you His best before you even know it is a gift. Happy Birthday Old Man!! And yes change is coming. Hold onto the things that matter, stand up to tyranny where ever it rears it’s ugly head, and just watch and see what United people can do. For those that believe the party of TEA is in the harbor.

  14. Cooter in Tennessee

    Well, you and I share Aug 2 as a birthday. I’ve been celebrating the day a bit longer than you, but this year I’m glad to join you in hoping this hearing on competing currencies will make a difference. Auditing the Fed, competing currencies—–what’s next?

  15. Happy Birthday Jack! Is this the big 40 ?

    • Modern Survival

      @bartsdad, I think so? Seriously I feel like I have been 40 already for like 5 years. I just don’t pay attention but when I asked my wife if I am 40 now she rolled her eyes, so I guess that is right. LOL

  16. Awesome! Happy birthday to all of us!

  17. That is awesome! Can’t wait to watch it. Happy birthday!

  18. It looks like the “revolution” WILL be televised :-p

  19. 40 Jack, seriously, you have an old soul man

  20. Happy Birthday Jack!
    Definitely looking forward to reading Rob Gray’s comments. I wonder what the “critical mass” would really be for an alternative currency… It seems that there is a threshold for many things to catch on; technologies, gluten-free food, etc.

  21. Here is Rob’s submitted testimony:

    I did see a live stream, so maybe they will post it here:

    Chris Duane was also present with him and helped write the speech.


  22. Happy Birthday Jack! You and the SPC community have made a positive impact on my life and by extension, my families as well. Thank you.

  23. First – Happy B-day, Jack
    Second – Rob @ AOCS – dude, you’ve got some serious stones! You’re really throwing down the gauntlet with this line:

    “No fair challenge can be made between honest men and thieves. Let me be clear that when I say thieves: I refer to the current private central bank and the men in government who allow it to exist.”

    Absolutely awesome. I hope they’re actually listening to you. Kudos to Dr. Paul for getting you this audience. And Kudos to Chris Duane if it is true that he helped. Go nail ’em, Rob.