Are We There Yet?

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Have you noticed, since the September 11th attacks and particularly in the last two Presidential (s)election cycles, some strange goings-on?

Have you noticed how almost all mainstream media and political figures indict foreign leaders, support questionable foreign non-state actors, or assert “red lines” in foreign affairs, without evidence given or requested?

Or perhaps you’ve observed how political media outlets regularly cover the media industry by addressing transparently partisan and petty criticisms as serious but ignoring or marginalizing substantive criticisms because of “industry realities?”

Have you seen how almost all political figures and media citing public dissatisfaction with vague descriptions of the prevailing order (“establishment,” “business as usual,” “Washington politicians,” “DC polls,”) without investigation of what or who comprises that order?

It feels a lot to me like we are living in an increasingly incompetent deep state.

Are we?

In a simple sense, of course there is a deep state. People in similar work have similar ideas, socialize together, form relationships and have experiences in common. This is especially true if your work includes unique experiences like making decisions that affect the lives of millions of people. There are not many people able to understand what this involves. There will be more cohesion and commonality among those in government than the structure of the formal institutions would suggest.

But the formal institutional structure of the US is extremely robust. It’s almost impossible for a group outside of, or spanning across, the formal institutions to carry out a plan on any scale. There are secrets, and there are conspiracies, but there are just as many forces working to contain them as to carry them through. The US has a very good record, in the end, of bringing secrets to light and dealing with those who conspire against its institutions from within.

Most people simply do not care very much about federal politics, especial foreign policy( discretely controlled by Israel) . To the extent they take any notice, they are overly cynical about the reality and overly optimistic about the scope for change.

Remember, we’re all in this together,

Credit: Derek P.

*Thanks Derek!!

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The Walk

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You have to walk your own walk in this life. And as you are traveling down your road, don’t look down at your feet. Keep your head up and your eyes focused on what you know to be true.

Be neither a follower nor a leader of people. Acknowledge God on your journey. You are not forsaken; you are forgiven, and when shadows exist simply find higher ground to tread upon. If you come across an obstacle or an impasse, pay mind to it but don’t focus on it for too long or your feet may sink into the quicksand that surrounds it. Find the courage and use the faith God gave you to surmount it and continue on your journey.

Offer your hand to those you come across who are stuck in their own personal sand traps, if you know the way, point them in the direction you feel they must go, but ultimately it will be their decision.

Be honest, tell others that they are never alone, and they will eventually find their way. When you get to where you are going and you look back, it is your own footprints you see and glancing up seeing familiar faces who headed your words.

And finally, the importance of your trials and tribulations is a gift to be beholden, for that is how you will learn who you truly are; and how you handle them is how people will know you.

You are more than a conqueror; when you trust in the Lord. Amen, or oh me?

Mom’s Little Shadows (Poem)

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I saw a young mother
With eyes full of laughter
And two little shadows
Came following after.

Wherever she moved,
They were always right there
Holding onto her skirts,
Hanging onto her chair.
Before her, behind her-
An adhesive pair.

“Don’t you ever get weary
As, day after day,
Your two little tag-a-longs
Get in your way?

She smiled as she shook
Her pretty young head,
And I’ll always remember
The words that she said

“It’s good to have shadows
That run when you run,
That laugh when you’re happy
And hum when you hum –
For you only have shadows

When your life’s filled with sun.”