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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Trouble Is Brewing - A Re-Post

 Hello Everyone, Frank here.

A little shy of a year ago, Fern wrote an interesting piece called Trouble Is Brewing. And it is. The pot just keeps on boiling, things continue to get worse everyday. Our government is unquestionably out of control. Most of us just sit around and watch it happen like we don't have a care in the world. We all need to pay attention, because the better informed we are, the better the outcome will be. If you wouldn't mind, take the time to re-read this article that Fern posted. Then if you have comments, please share them. I hope you enjoy this article. It's mind provoking and stimulates thought.

We'll talk more later, Frank

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Folks, we're all in a lot of trouble. Things are changing so quickly in our country that it's literally impossible to keep up with everything. But there are a few things that are becoming very, very obvious. So much so, that it appears there is a planned or intentional means of upsetting the populace and putting everyone on edge, or worse yet, forcing us into a corner.

We Americans speak much of our rights. What are rights, really? Do we have a right to liberty? We believe we do, based upon the founding of our country. But that seems to be one of the things that is changing very quickly. Remember, you can now only have free speech if you can find one of those 'free speech zones'. If there is not one near you, you may have to travel a ways before you can express yourself, or you may have to apply for a permit to set one up closer to your location. That will decrease the need to burn more evil fossil fuels and decrease your portion of the carbon footprint, which is increasing global warming. Okay, so some of that was a little sarcastic, but you get the drift.

Back to our rights. According to the foundations upon which our great country was founded, The Declaration of Independence states "that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." You notice the title of that document includes the word INDEPENDENCE not DEPENDENCE. This is one of the things that appears to be fading quickly into a distant memory. There are people that couldn't care less. There are those that embrace a full-fledged take over by a tyrannical government. There are those that only want their checks to keep coming so they can continue to talk on their free cell phone, eat chemicalized food and stare endlessly at their giant screen television and video games. Some people don't care that others rights are being stolen like a thief in the night. They can't even pull themselves away from staring in a zombie-like trance long enough to notice. There are even places that have made texting and walking illegal because it is such a problem. Rights come from God. I don't remember reading anything in the Bible that says people have the right to a cell phone. People have the right to the pursuit of happiness. Pursuit is an action, it requires work on the part of the person that is doing the pursuing. They do not have the right to take away my happiness to support their happiness. We have lost the true meaning of what rights are meant to be.

Another unfortunate side effect of staring at these screens all day is buying into the mantra that anyone who disagrees with some of these government tactics is a domestic terrorist or mentally unsound in some way. We have actually heard a high school counselor say that everyone that has ever been in the military has mental problems. Every single one of them. And this person is a counselor for high school students. Unbelievable, but true. 
It appears there will come a day when these two sides will have to choose. For the mindless millions now demanding their free cell phones and giant screen televisions, it will be an easy choice. They will do whatever it takes to never work a day in their lives for all of this 'free' stuff. They will do whatever it takes to continue enslaving the 'workers' so that they can NEVER WORK A DAY IN THEIR LIVES. So even if the SHTF, they won't know how to work anyway. Besides that, the working class folks OWE them the money anyway. It's one of their rights.....right? We've all heard of the experiments of how you can get good, decent people to do utter atrocities by threatening them or their families with harm. It will be no different this time.

It's amazing how it has now become okay for most, and unfortunately I now include most, politicians to lie, cheat and steal from the American people. If they have a microphone in front of their faces, they're lying. If they make a promise to The People, they will break it. It doesn't mean anymore than the hot air escaping from their lungs. Most of the political arena appears to be so deep into the pockets of major corporations or power hungry elitists, that it doesn't matter one single iota what The People need, want or demand. Not one bit. The People have become an expendable commodity, useful only to the extent that it pleases the Masters. If birds, fish and bugs can bring thriving industries to a screeching halt, regardless of the devastating impact upon the lives and welfare of The People, then what will they stoop to next?

I really think it is a matter of control. Gramsci had it right. If you try to force control upon a population in a conflict, they will revolt. But if you gradually take control of a little bit here and a little bit there, they will acquiesce. Like the frog in the pot, slowly waiting for things to cool off while it cooks to it's death. That's where we are. In the midst of cooking to death. The rights and liberties of We The People are being carved away one brush stroke of the pen at a time. Edward Bulwer-Lytton (1839) was right, 'The pen is mightier than the sword'. And it's writing us into a corner of slavery with a life devoid of freedom.

The recent treatment of the men and women of our armed forces is enough to bring us to tears. Then after that initial reaction, it angers and frustrates us to no end. Our once proud military is facing more downsizing; denied the opportunity to back up fellow Americans under fire; have been exposed for duties performed under orders when that exposure brought danger to their lives; mandated sensitivity training instead of spending their time training for battle and the protection of our country and assets abroad; and most unbelievably, the men and women that have signed an oath to protect us are now considered possible terrorists because of the training they have received. For the life of me I cannot comprehend the motivation behind gutting and demoralizing our military.

How many executive orders have been signed and implemented in the past, let's say, year and a half, since January 1, 2013? According to The White House, thirty (30). And since January 1, 2012? Sixty-nine (69). Now some of these may actually be in the
best interest of all of the country, but many of them are not. This president is not the only one that has employed executive privilege to further his agenda, many in the past have done so as well. It is just during this presidency the use of such privilege has increased dramatically, circumventing the democratic process of approval by the congress. This has been just one cog in the wheel that has increased the divisiveness in our country, and thus the willingness of people to get along all across the country. We have not been so divided in many years. The sense of working together for the common good no longer appears to be within the grasp of the common man. This sense of antagonism toward those that disagree with your agenda has increased the level of stress and discontent across all cultures, economic backgrounds and locations, and it grows more and more everyday.

Where is all of this leading to? I don't know. But I do know that it doesn't look good. The tentacles of control have slowly but surely wormed their way into the lives and minds of us all. It's now okay to be groped if you want to travel by air or go to a major sporting event, just to name two
venues in which TSA plies their wares. The national department of education continues to mandate the type of permissive education that teaches our children that anything is okay. Things that I will not specify here, are being taught to the youth of today that people would have been put in jail for when I was a kid. If you try to disagree or state a differing opinion you are labeled some kind of 'phobe' and a hate monger. We read a news story a few days ago about a 42 year old female teacher that gave a student a 4 minute lap dance for a birthday present, in the classroom, with other students video taping. It is beyond me how any adult, especially one in a supervisory capacity, would think this was an appropriate activity. Totally beyond me.

So, what do we do? How do we manage? Frank and I have talked many times about the things transpiring in our country, and what we keep coming back to is this. We need to be informed about what is happening, and with this knowledge we hope to make wise, informed decisions. Most events in this life we have no control over at all. They may bother us, or give us the courage and determination to live the best life we possibly can. But most
importantly, we can control how we react and deal with these events. We can evaluate information as it comes in, analyze the data, and determine the best choice of action for us, for our lives. That is what we are going to do. The best we can. It is all we can do. If we allow ourselves to get totally bent out of shape, we are no good for ourselves, each other, or anyone else. Some days this is a difficult feat to master, but our efforts continue to be focused in this direction. There is a scripture that says something like, after all we can do, God will help us with the rest. That is our prayer. Do all you can to maintain your honor, dignity and freedom. And remember, God is with you.

Until next time - Fern

14 comments:

  1. hi.
    read 'the golden age' by mark twain. read the foreword to the second edition.
    politicians are always liars.
    things do change. i am just amazed at the great speed of the changes and the inertia of the Congress as the president steals their power and commits what i would call treason.
    it may be part of the beginning of our punishment for all of the bay murders and other sins committed by the nation.
    some thin it is the end times, but i think they are too focussed on america. these things happen in other nations and their people sometimes think the end is near but it is a case of not being able to see the forest as a whole because the trees obscure the view.
    i heard a man say that people pay for sin in the hereafter but the sins of nations must be punished in the here and now.
    deb h.

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    1. Deb, I tend to agree with the Biblical end times idea. I've been taught that when the real end time comes, things will be a whole lot worse than they are right now, or than most of us can even imagine. But I do believe real hard times are coming, and I believe that our government is knowingly escalating the problem. I hate saying that. Thank you for the comment.

      Frank

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  2. meant to read 'baby murders'. above

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    1. Thank you for the correction, Deb.

      Fern

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  3. What makes me frustrated is that you and I know this but there are so many people who don't have a clue. My kids are in Girl Scouts and play football and I occasionally interact and visit other parents. So many are unprepared for any potential political or economic trouble. Our economy is a bug looking for a windshield and no one seems aware.

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    1. Dr., I think sometimes people are afraid to be aware of what is going on around them. It's just easier to hide under the mask of everyday life, and I hurt for these people. If one takes a broad view, it's not difficult to see where we are going. It's sometimes difficult to see where we're going to end up, but it's not going to be a positive, stellar life in our society. There are unknown forces at work, human forces, that are driving us in the direction we are heading. Thank you for your observations and your comment.

      Frank

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  4. I think it started insidiously with the mantra "Have an open mind". Then everyone started having such open minds that their brains fell out. If you'll stand for nothing, you'll fall for everything.

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    1. L.J., interesting comment. I feel the major change in our society shifted gears in the 60's. Johnson had a lot to do with it with his social programs, and we are seeing the effects of them still today. Nixon really accelerated the program by removing us from the gold standard, and we have been going full speed ever since then. Wall Street is a prime example of that. Just look at what Johnson's social programs have accomplished. We've all lived a good life, a high life, as some would say. But this social bubble, and economic bubble, will burst someday. We'll just have to wait and see how the cards fall. Thank you for your comment.

      Frank

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    2. in the 70's i was talking to A YOUNG MARRIED LADY WHO WAS KEEPING 'AN OPEN MIND' ABOUT SPIRITISM AND HAUNTINGS AND COMMUNICATING WITH 'THE OTHER SIDE'.
      sorry about caps. big fingers.
      she asked if i didn't think it good to have an open mind.
      i answered that you want fresh air in the house but you keep screens in the windows if you don't want to be eaten alive by the bugs.
      she looked nonplussed. i hope she thought about it.

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  5. What is happening in the US is a perfect example of the slow boil frog story . We have gently had the heat turned up over several years and we don't notice it at only 1 degree at a time , over time . Some of us frogs have climbed up on our own little lily pad for temporary safety, but I am afraid it is only temporary. Our political system is the same as Mexico's , they call it bribery and we call it lobbying , I don't see any significant improvements on the horizon in that arena .
    Our freedoms and privacy have slowly been stripped away from us . Once the 2nd amendment is crushed , life is going to be very uncomfortable . Someone will fire a few shots and the revolution may be underway , think martial law and strict obedience to the powers that be . The Constitution will be null and void .
    Then it will be too late to warn folks about things like self reliance , gardening, food storage , potable water ,etc. etc .As long as a person has breath it will never be too late to turn to Jesus Christ . I cannot imagine going through times of turmoil with out Him . I pray I am wrong in my assumptions of the future events , but we will be as prepared as we possibly can .

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    1. Your assumptions about future events are probably right on the mark. Jesus Christ does provide comfort, and we should all seek Him. I think your point about the 2nd Amendment is very valid. Just keep chipping away, one little piece at a time. Every time you turn around somebody is trying to take one more little piece of the 2nd Amendment away. Some time within the next two years, there will probably be a ban, for whatever reason, on all firearms, making gun owners immediate felons. Thank you for your observations and comments.

      Frank

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  6. Just a short comment about this quote -- "Edward Bulwer-Lytton (1839) was right, 'The pen is mightier than the sword'. And it's writing us into a corner of slavery with a life devoid of freedom."

    "Slavery" could be the key word. Pay back, maybe?

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    1. I don't think of it as pay back, I think of it as a government that wants control of everybody and everything. The appetite for greed and power for some is insatiable. Thank you for your comment.

      Fern

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  7. Frank & Fern
    the FEMA rules comming out are very Scary We all need to Pray more aand support our Brothers and Sisters.

    Peace Be with You

    Rosco

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