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,

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The Fourth Remembered

What can we learn from America’s history which is applicable to what is occurring in the country today?

That whether the government owns the corporations, or the corporations own the government, it’s fascism.

That the members of the Continental Congress lived in a character- and value-driven world, unlike those of us alive today, who live in a world driven by the cult of personality, where positive values have been thrown away.

That John Adams said, “There are only two creatures of value on the face of the earth: those with a commitment, and those who require the commitment of others.”

That men like John Adams didn’t think, “All for one, and more for me.”

That greed destroys what freedom and honor build.

That liberty and freedom are not the same things.

That there are few people today who study history — any history — and can recognize when patterns of tyranny and totalitarianism recur.

Independence Day is or should be an ongoing thing!

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When Was America Ever Great?

The 4th of July – A time to remember independence or a time to recall our moments of perceived independence?

Who does the 4th of July belong to? We’ll answer these questions at the end.

The Truth:

We all know as Americans that July is a time when we gather together and celebrate our nation’s presumed independence from the hands of tyranny and oppression from Britain. It’s a time where we acknowledge how the founding fathers seemed to desire to sacrifice everything—their land, their livelihood, their comfort, their very lives and the lives of their
children—doing whatever it took to secure and maintain spoken of freedoms. But the explosive truth is, most Americans, even Christian Americans, have no idea what made our country so great and what it was that provided the amazing backbone of the society.

What made America so great was that it was founded on Christianity; not behind the scenes in the political arena but in our communities our social network, being comprised of God fearing and Jesus followers—this fact that has been deliberately buried in our history and erased from our textbooks by those seeking to enslave the people once again. If our nation is ever going to become great again, we have got to get back to the secret of what made America so great.

Other Ideas:

“There is no actual time frame that we could look back on our perceived history and say there was a time when America was great but rather a fictional time as portrayed in the television situation comedies from the 1950’s and 1960’s such as “I love Lucy”, “Father Knows Best”, “Leave It to Beaver”, etc. that we watched while growing up (many of us watched the re-runs)- a world where no one was unemployed, no one was homosexual, all blacks were maids and all Hispanics were gardeners.

The Time of America’s greatness can be whatever you (in your mind’s eye) perceives it. There was a time in history where we were not as much to war, but wars nevertheless persisted. There was never really a time in history of the USA that we were not fighting someone for Israel. Israel has and apparently always will dictate behind the scenes our nation’s foreign policy.” – Anonymous

Dilemma:

The sad problem is that we have to return to some past era. People have often wondered why can’t we just make America great, period? Or, better, make America greater? It’s sad that people see our best days behind us, rather than ahead of us. But in truth, our best days are behind us.

Industry:

This was an era when America was still manufacturing most of its products, everything from automobiles to television sets, in country. It was an era where we fought no foreign wars and were only beginning to become entangled in SE Asia. We felt like winners.

For a white, business-oriented male living on the East Coast, that era where women like Megyn Kelly aspired to be nurses or school teachers and then moms, not television journalists. When the only Mexicans you ever saw were working in the farm patches in the southern tier and Desi Arnaz was our favorite Cuban. There was not a single well-known Muslim outside of King Farouk or the Shah of Iran.

While some suggest the 80’s, that was the era when we first heard of AIDS. That was the time when Republicans and Democrats separated into ideological camps. We had the continuing revolution in Iran and the continuing Cold War in Europe. In trade, Japan was starting to beat our brains out and Americans could no longer purchase US made electronics. The trade wars (as it’s not called) began! Honda and Toyota were making huge inroads. By the 80’s, America had already started to lose. We had lost Vietnam in the mid 70’s, Iran in 1979, and our leadership through most of Latin America in the 80’s. In reality, World War 3 began shortly after the second ended with the passing event of Vietnam.

Wisdom:

Henry Ford decided one weekend to double his workers salaries and did so the next day. Not because he was generous but because he realized he would thrive with lower worker turnover AND his workers could afford to buy the cars they were building. More customers for his company. He also had his chemists make plastics from soybeans rather than oil so he could buy soybeans from millions of American Farmers and they in turn could afford, and did, buy millions of his cars.

He understood that the economy works best when it works for everybody. A thriving Middle Class is the engine that drives the economy and when they flourish, everyone flourishes. And he reduced the workday from 9 hours to 8. Perhaps there is a lesson to be learned from such a capitalistic viewpoint. With the idea and process of wealth re-distribution, we see the gaps of classes moving farther apart and the middle class becoming non-existent.

At The Core:

With the slogan spewed out by Donald Trump, At its core “Make America Great Again” is an attempt to convince Americans you can put a genie back in its lamp.

We built an economic engine and soared to prosperity on the idea that we’d send all our drudge-work overseas and keep all the high-paying jobs local. Cheaper goods for us, AND we get to keep all the money. Who doesn’t like that?

Unfortunately, companies picked up on the fact that you didn’t have to stop at drudge-work, and could make even more money if you sent high-paying jobs overseas as well. And OK, there was still enough room to keep making goods even cheaper, but it’s kinda hard to afford them if you don’t have a job anymore. Oops.

Meanwhile, thanks in part to the money and technology we poured into them, those countries that we used to fuel the rise of the America beast, experienced their own growth and became viable competitors instead of just stepping-stones toward American prosperity. And information technology in particular has been a double-edged sword — it’s enhanced our lives dramatically, but it’s also diminished the necessity of physical presence even further.

The fact too many people (Americans) refuse to acknowledge is that the global economy has changed the world, and it’s not changing back. It’s more competitive, faster-moving, and more people are forced to fight for fewer jobs. As Americans in that global economy, we’re not all going to get the Norman Rockwell existences we were “promised”.

We chose to allow this over the course of the last several decades without warring against a tyrannical (in name only) government, at least for the time being. Now we live with the consequences of our choices.

The Dream?

When someone could have two or three jobs their entire life, support themselves, their spouse and their children with that one job. When you could work at a company and the owner didn’t make 1000X more than you did. That after 30 years you had a pension and you had a home you owned and could afford to retire in.

America certainly had issues and certainly had inequities but the middle class still existed and gave every person something they could achieve. Now it takes two college educated people working full time jobs just to afford a home to live in- let alone having others and or the government education institutions raise, teach and train children in the most ungodly and inaccurate curriculum ever conceived and trying to save up enough to entirely fund those irrelevant college educations as well.

America was great before skilled labor was exported to the next nearest country with cheaper labor and unsafe work practices. It’s clear how it could become……better, that we demand that if places like Mexico want to manufacture something to be sold in the US that they adhere to the same labor practices and standards as we do…. or tax and tariff those goods until they do. The trade deals made, that we’ve been victim of benefited the profit margin of large corporations at the detriment of the middle class. There is a capitalistic advantage to having places who make something better than others be the supplier- but if the only difference in the product is how much you pay your work force then that benefit is lost.

In Closing:

George Carlin once quipped “…they call it the American Dream because you have to be asleep to believe it.”

“We hear Donald Trump say “Make America Great Again,” and I think people are offended. Why? Because deep down inside, it comes down to one’s own perception of just what greatness is. And for the most part, America cannot go back in time. We cannot gain back to ANY time period of which we thought was great. America’s destiny is not to walk in or esteem any type of greatness. I believe that’s why we cringe when we hear or read that trade marked slogan of the Trump company. We simply know it will never be, so why say it?

War (Killing greatness and freedom):

Wars, not even the victory of a war (which is never the case for America) never made a nation great, it was only after a war was declared “over” that the nation began to improve, not because of that war(s), but the fact that the war seemed over and everyone that came home, sat down to a nice warm supper. We are now and have been constantly at war- and not everyone who fights, come back home. Where is the greatness or honor in that?

Our wars today are not determined who slaps us, but by bullies who have enjoyed slapping (Industrial Military Complex). And they continue today, exhausting our people, our children, our friends and resources. Nothing good is ever achieved in war; just slippage of our freedoms and liberties that our ancestors fled, bled and fought for. It seems to me that we should, if hit, “turn the other cheek.” However, I wish it was that simple. Our wars are nothing more than false flags, made to look like we’ve been slapped.

Our true enemies are those in power, high places. The one’s you thought “the people” elected. But, the stage is ever constantly being erected- war will continue I’m afraid for the near future. America will only continue to lose those moments of yesterday of those perceived pieces of peace, in our lives as we have so erroneously called “the good ol’ days,” or when we thought, America was great. The United States will continue it’s controlled and dictated wars until a regime change takes place- could it be we are witnessing those changes now? I digress.

In all wars; the only thing that it decides is not whose right, but whose left.

For this 4th of July let’s just reflect on our perceived notions of peace and freedom, and those moments when we thought, things might not have been great, but they certainly weren’t bad.

Maybe if we remember our good times and freedoms we once had, without controversy, we might be able to hold on to them longer in the future/ or find new ones- they say that nothing ever dies as long as you remember it…..There are some things we should NEVER forget.”

The 4th of July belongs to those who never forget.

Have a Happy and Safe 4th of July!

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MEN HAVE FORGOTTEN GOD (Part 3)

*Continued from Part 2

ALEXANDER SOLZHENITSYN (LINK)

………It was Dostoevsky, once again, who drew from the French Revolution and its seeming hatred of the Church the lesson that “revolution must necessarily begin with atheism.” That is absolutely true. But the world had never before known a godlessness as organized, militarized, and tenaciously malevolent as that practiced by Marxism.

Within the philosophical system of Marx and Lenin, and at the heart of their psychology, hatred of God is the principal driving force, more fundamental than all their political and economic pretensions. Militant atheism is not merely incidental or marginal to Communist policy; it is not a side effect, but the central pivot.

The 1920’s in the USSR witnessed an uninterrupted procession of victims and martyrs amongst the Orthodox clergy. Two metropolitans were shot, one of whom, Veniamin of Petrograd, had been elected by the popular vote of his diocese. Patriarch Tikhon himself passed through the hands of the Cheka-GPU and then died under suspicious circumstances.

Scores of archbishops and bishops perished. Tens of thousands of priests, monks, and nuns, pressured by the Chekists to renounce the Word of God, were tortured, shot in cellars, sent to camps, exiled to the desolate tundra of the far North, or turned out into the streets in their old age without food or shelter.

All these Christian martyrs went unswervingly to their deaths for the faith; instances of apostasy were few and far between. For tens of millions of laymen access to the Church was blocked, and they were forbidden to bring up their children in the Faith: religious parents were wrenched from their children and thrown into prison, while the children were turned from the faith by threats and lies…

For a short period of time, when he needed to gather strength for the struggle against Hitler, Stalin cynically adopted a friendly posture toward the Church. This deceptive game, continued in later years by Brezhnev with the help of showcase publications and other window dressing, has unfortunately tended to be taken at its face value in the West.

Yet the tenacity with which hatred of religion is rooted in Communism may be judged by the example of their most liberal leader, Krushchev: for though he undertook a number of significant steps to extend freedom, Krushchev simultaneously rekindled the frenzied Leninist obsession with destroying religion.

But there is something they did not expect: that in a land where churches have been leveled, where a triumphant atheism has rampaged uncontrolled for two-thirds of a century, where the clergy is utterly humiliated and deprived of all independence, where what remains of the Church as an institution is tolerated only for the sake of propaganda directed at the West, where even today people are sent to the labor camps for their faith, and where, within the camps themselves, those who gather to pray at Easter are clapped in punishment cells–they could not suppose that beneath this Communist steamroller the Christian tradition would survive in Russia.

It is true that millions of our countrymen have been corrupted and spiritually devastated by an officially imposed atheism, yet there remain many millions of believers: it is only external pressures that keep them from speaking out, but, as is always the case in times of persecution and suffering, the awareness of God in my country has attained great acuteness and profundity.

It is here that we see the dawn of hope: for no matter how formidably Communism bristles with tanks and rockets, no matter what successes it attains in seizing the planet, it is doomed never to vanquish Christianity.

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What Country is Happiest?

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It’s not America………

Norway tops list, USA falls

Not happy here in the USA anymore? I can relate! But if you’re not happy, where can you go to join the happiest people on the earth? Well, to visit this place, a nice winter coat is essential.

A new report released says that Norway is the happiest country on Earth, people in the USA are getting sadder, and having more money does not make anything better.

Norway takes top notch in the World Happiness Report. In spite of the plummeting price of oil, a key part of its economy.

Wages in the United States have gone up over the past decade albeit not for everyone, but people’s happiness is in decline

The United States ranked 14th in the latest ranking, down from No. 13 last year, and over the years American people have been steadily rating themselves less happy.

Studying happiness may seem to be not very serious research, but serious investigators have long been calling for more testing on people’s emotional well-being, especially in the USA.

In 2013, the National Academy of Sciences delivered a report recommending that federal statistics and surveys, which normally deal with income, spending, health and housing, include a few extra questions on happiness because it would lead to better policy that affects people’s lives; not that the feds really care whether or not you’re happy, but the request was made.

Norway!

Norway moved from No. 4 to the top in the report’s rankings, which combine economic, health and polling data compiled by economists that are analyzed over three years from 2014 to 2016. Norway edged past previous champ Denmark, which fell to second. Iceland, Switzerland and Finland round out the top 5.

“Good for them. I don’t think Denmark has a monopoly on happiness,” said Meik Wiking, chief executive officer of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen, who wasn’t part of the global scientific study that came out with the rankings.

“What works in the Nordic countries is a sense of community and understanding in the common good,” Wiking said. Something lacking in other countries (i.e. USA)

Still, you have to have some money to be happy, which is why most of the bottom countries are in desperate poverty. But at a certain point extra money doesn’t buy extra happiness, Helliwell and others said. The USA edges more and more in line with that of third world countries on many levels.

Central African Republic fell to last on the happiness list, and is joined at the bottom by Burundi, Tanzania, Syria and Rwanda.

The report ranks 155 countries. The economists have been ranking countries since 2012, but the data used, goes back farther so the economists can judge trends.

Rankings:

Rankings are based on gross domestic product per person, healthy life expectancy with four factors from global surveys. In those surveys, people give scores from 1 to 10 on how much social support they feel they have if something goes wrong, their freedom to make their own life choices, their sense of how corrupt their society is and how generous they are.

Most countries were either getting happier or at least treading water, The “United” States’ happiness score dropped 5 percent over the past decade (2007-2012 being the largest drop period). Venezuela and the Central African Republic slipped the most over the past decade. Nicaragua and Latvia increased the most.

Jeffrey Sachs of Columbia University said in a phone interview from Oslo that the sense of community, so strong in Norway, is deteriorating in America.

“We’re becoming more and more mean spirited. And the government is becoming more and more corrupt. And inequality is rising,” Sachs said, citing research and analysis he conducted on America’s declining happiness for the report. “It’s a long-term trend and conditions are getting worse.”

“There is deep misery in the heartland,” Graham, author of the book “The Pursuit of Happiness,”

Happiness — and doing what you love — is more important, said study author Helliwell. He rated his personal happiness a 9 on a 1-to- 10 scale.

How does your own personal happiness score? What would you, on a scale of 1 to 10 be?

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Choices, We Need to Think About

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Everything you know is based on what has already happened in your life. And yet, your only influence right now is over things that have not yet happened.

The things that have already happened have gotten you to where you are right now. What you need to be concerned with, however, is where to go from here.

Because you’re so intimately familiar with your own past, it may seem you have no choice but to continue moving in the same direction as before.

But that is not true.

Your future doesn’t equal your past.

Right now, there are an infinite number of paths you can take. The one you’re currently on is only one of them. Any of the rest is available to you.

If you’re completely satisfied with where you’re going, then, by all means keep on going that way. But there’s no reason in the world you have to keep following that same path if it doesn’t bring you full and lasting fulfillment.

Every moment you have a choice, regardless of what has happened before. Choose right now to move forward, positively, and confidently into your incredible future.

 
1 Corinthians 10:21 “Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils.”

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The Qualities of Survival

This post is dedicated to the men of honor who left this country to to fight a war that wasn’t theirs and one that no one wanted them to win; and subsequently left behind by the then gov’t of this country to be tortured and die in a green jungle. We (this one) has not forgotten what really happened.

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You may want to copy this onto paper, or hit the print button for this one!

‘Several years ago I found myself a long way from home in a small prison cell. As a prisoner of war, I was tortured, humiliated, starved and left to languish in squalor for six years.

It’s important that you get a vivid mental picture of this scene. Try your best to smell the stench in the bucket I called my toilet and taste the salt in the corners of my mouth from my sweat, my tears and my blood. Feel the baking tropical heat in a tin-roofed prison cell – not that you’ll ever be a POW.

If I am effective in these few moments we spend together, you’ll see that the same kind of challenges you face as a teenager, a student, a leader, or a parent, are the same basic challenges I faced in a prison cell: feelings of fear, loneliness, failure and a breakdown of communication. More importantly, your response to those challenges will be the same response I had to have in the prison camp just to survive.

What qualities do you have within you that would allow you to survive in a prison camp? Please pause here, think about this question, and write in the margin of this page at least five different qualities necessary for survival. (If you’ve written faith, commitment or dedication, you’ve already broken the code.)

As I worked my way through the first several months and then years of imprisonment, I found I already had a foundation of survival tools learned in life from my parents, preachers, youth leaders, and teachers. And the life-saving techniques I used in that prison camp had more to do with my value system, integrity and religious faith than anything I had learned from a textbook.

Sound like your life? The adversities you face in your life can be just as debilitating to you as six years in a Communist prison camp could have been to me. Now here’s the test: The next time you have a huge problem facing you, turn back to this page and read not my writing but your writing in the margin. You’ll find that the same factors you’ve written here, which would serve you well in a prison camp, will serve you even better in the challenge of everyday life.’

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Vietnam Soldiers and to their families

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Psalm 139:8 “If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.”