Get the Message Out

Every time that I get a Lincoln $5 bill, I am reminded how our nation stated its downward spiral away from the Constitution. Since my laser can make rubber stamps, I decided to get the message out concerning the beginning of tyranny in the United States.


Before hostilities began, Colonel Baldwin was selected to carry out a private mission, at the direction of the Virginia Secession convention. His instructions were to meet with Abraham Lincoln in April 1861 and negotiate a peaceful settlement. The South was not anxious to go to war and sought to diffuse the schism between the two regions. The deck was stacked heavily in favor of the North – their population was at least three times that of the South; the North had a decided manufacturing advantage; the North a government, army, navy, etc. Colonel Baldwin found out first hand that there was one issue where Lincoln would not compromise – taxes!

Lincoln greeted him as follows: “Well, I suppose this is Colonel Baldwin of Virginia? I have hearn of you a good deal, and am glad to see you. How d’ye, do sir?” Colonel Baldwin presented his note of credential or introduction, which Lincoln read, sitting upon the edge of the bed, and spitting from time to time on the carpet.


Here is the law allowing people to write on paper currency:

Title 18 United States Code, Section 331

Whoever fraudulently alters, defaces, mutilates, impairs, diminishes, falsifies, scales, or lightens any of the coins coined at the mints of the United States, or any foreign coins which are by law made current or are in actual use or circulation as money within the United States; or Whoever fraudulently possesses, passes, utters, publishes, or sells, or attempts to pass, utter, publish, or sell, or brings into the United States, any such coin, knowing the same to be altered, defaced, mutilated, impaired, diminished, falsified, scaled, or lightened – Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.


This statute can be found online on Cornell Law School’s Legal Information Institute website: The statute is also available on the website of the United States Mint (where they emphasize the word “fraudulently”).

I strongly encourage people to use this medium of exchange as a medium of education.

David DeGerolamo

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9 years ago

Love it and posted.:)