Archive for the ‘Human Rights & Responsibility’ Category
“Where is America headed?” and “Who is in control our destiny?” As before in our history, these questions are being asked by some today. Everybody’s got an opinion. Here’s mine in abbreviated form.
Societies change over time, so what’s the big deal about America and any changes it may be experiencing today? Following the culturally-accepted mantra of political polarization, for liberals much of the changes are good, for conservatives much is bad. Many on the right cry, “Socialism/communism is at our door.” Many on the left say, “What’s wrong with government taking responsibility and control?”
America has been changing since the Revolution. Then as now, partisan political turf wars, and sometimes actual wars, have been fueled and guided by the “interests” Lincoln called the “money power” and Franklin Roosevelt called “the financial element in the larger centers (that) has owned this government since the days of Andrew Jackson.” Read the rest of this entry »
“How fortunate for leaders that men do not think.”
This fine piece of political wisdom is most often attributed to Adolph Hitler, who was heavily influenced by the works of Helena Blavatsky and thrust into power by the Aryan worldview-inspired Thule Society’s Dietrich Ekhardt. As he became chief overseer of the post-Weimar Republic that was crushed by reparations after the debacle at Versailles, Hitler made a name for himself on the world stage on the coattails of a hyper-inflating economy where it required millions of German marks to buy a pound of potatoes. Read the rest of this entry »
This column is intended mainly for the “Christian nation.” Some who do not subscribe to the Christian belief system and worldview, and some who do, may find what follows a waste of their time.
What is the measure of a man? Is it his willingness to give, unasked? Is it his faith in something greater than himself? Is it the care and protection of those he calls family and those who are less fortunate? It is all these things and more. What is the result when he strays from those things that define him?
What is the measure of a nation of people? Is it their willingness to stand as a witness and an adversary against tyranny and oppression? Is it the recognition that there is a calling of conscience that is intended to perpetuate justice and equality? Is it the care and protection of its citizens? It is all these things and more. And what is the result when a nation strays from those defining characteristics? Read the rest of this entry »
Russia. Georgia. A lot has been made on both sides about the reasons why Russia made its move past the South Ossetia break-away region in mid-2008 and continued its march to Gori in the central part of the country and to Poti on the Black Sea coast. Once there, the Russians proceeded to sink the Georgian Navy’s vessels. The reasons for the Russian invasion appear to be several, though one of the pivotal reasons has received virtually no coverage from the major U.S. news media.
Some say Russia wants recapture territory lost after the Soviet Union collapsed in the early 1990s. Or perhaps it’s an attempted return to Russia’s czarist rule that lasted 1,000 years. Lest we forget, Russia had imperial inclinations from the beginning. The word “Czar” was taken from the Roman word “Caesar.” But whether as Soviet or Czarist, Russia is certainly making an example of those rebellious Georgians who finally emerged as a post-Soviet free-market democracy. And like Ukraine, Georgia wants to be a member of NATO. Read the rest of this entry »
“Just victims of the in-house drive-by. They say jump, you say how high?” Aside from some of their seemingly anarchist lyrics, of which I don’t approve, that line from Rage Against the Machine is as close as any I can find to fit the current day and generations-long condition of the American experience existing between “We the people” and the Congressional/Administrative branches and the “financial element” whose will politicians dutifully obey (c.f., Lincoln, Roosevelt, Jefferson, Jackson, Garfield and Wilson).
I suppose I’m about to offend the sensitivities of the party faithful on both sides of the aisle. And should I shudder in fear of a namecalling onslaught from the anonymity of the American blogosphere? Well, line up. Here goes. Read the rest of this entry »
If the mindset of many Americans so prevalent today had been present in 1776 there would have been no American Revolution. In 1776, many wished to avoid war and there were many that remained loyal to Britain, with the estimates of some historians ranging as high as 40 percent. That pre-Revolution loyalty to the British Crown reminds me of a similar type of loyalty that is pervasive today. For decades, the machinations of the Congressional/Administrative Ruling Elite have successfully brainwashed large portions of the American population and we, in turn, believe what they say to believe. Read the rest of this entry »
I’ve been thinking about my comments in this column back in April when I argued for supporting the tea party initiatives across America. My appreciation for the effort only intensified as I stood in front of Newnan (Georgia) City Hall and made the time to speak with dozens of the people (black, Asian, white, Latino and European immigrants) in attendance, asking them why there were there.
Bottom line, they were all sick of Washington’s interference in their lives. They cited Bush and Obama and the Republican and Democratic parties controlling Congress as the root cause of their dissatisfaction, dismay and disdain. Read the rest of this entry »