Monthly Archives: December 2013
I’d like to begin with a brief history of political mascots but by the end of this I’d like to illustrate firm reasonings that neither party is capable of little else but perpetuating and accentuating over time the inherent flaws of the monetary system. The history behind this is a bit long and even confusing but I believe it to be necessary and I hope you, the reader, thinks so too and I thank you for doing so.
The donkey and the elephant have been the political mascots of the Democrats (donkey) and the Republicans (elephant) since the 1800’s. The first instance being opponents of Andrew Jackson referring to him as a jackass which he co-opted the insult by putting the donkey on his election posters.
The elephant representing Republicans didn’t come about until the political cartoon seen above titled ” the third term panic” by Thomas Nast where the elephant is being frightened off a cliff toward inflation and chaos. If I’m not mistaken, that is what Republicans today say about Democrats and spending!
The beginnings of the political parties themselves go back earlier to the time before the ratification of the Constitution with the essays of the federalists and anti-federalists. With the ratification of the Constitution, being an anti-federalist became a misnomer as the oath of office essentially made everyone federalists. However, those who served in the first four Congresses (1789-1797) can be thought of as being either Administration (that is, generally allied with those around Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton and Vice President John Adams) or Opposition (those generally associated with Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson and Congressman James Madison). It is important to note that George Washington’s presidency was one of “factions” and not “parties”.
By the beginning of the fifth Congress, political parties had emerged as Federalists, those who had supported the policies of the Washington Administration (a strong national government as a counterweight to the States), and Republicans, those who had been in Opposition (who felt that defending the sovereignty of the States against encroachments by the Federal Government was a truer essence of the federal republic known as the United States of America). The word Democrat also came in use at this time as a derisive term for Republicans by the Federalists (a term which, at the time, had connotations of the mob rule associated with the then-still very recent Reign of Terror following the French Revolution of 1789), although many political historians refer to Republicans of this era as “old” or Jeffersonian Republicans.
Into the 19th and 20th Congresses, two factions of Republicans had formed, the Adams (John Quincy) Republicans and the Jackson (Andrew) Republicans. By the 21st Congress, the one-time Jackson Republicans became known as Democratic Republicans and the one-time Adams Republicans became known as National Republicans. The Democratic Republicans took their name from their identification with the democracy they urged on behalf of the “common man”.
With the 24th Congress the Democratic Republicans became generally known as Democrats and the National Republicans generally known as Whigs. These 19th century American Whigs saw themselves as being a bulwark against the “excesses” of the administration of “King Andrew” Jackson (during the American Revolution patriots were referred to as Whigs and those loyal to England as Tories).
The Whig party eventually dissolved largely over the issue of slavery and by the 34th Congress the Democratic and Republican parties as they are called to this day have dominated the voting booths.
However, the ideologies of the Democrats and Republicans of the 34th Congress differ from the ideologies of the Democrats and Republicans of the 113th Congress in disturbing ways. Just read the Democratic platform as it existed in 1856 and the strict attention stressed on money and the banking institution:
“7. That Congress has no power to charter a national bank; that we believe such an institution one of deadly hostility to the best interests of the country, dangerous to our republican institutions and the liberties of the people, and calculated to place the business of the country within the control of a concentrated money power, and above the laws and the will of the people. ”
“8. That the separation of the moneys of the Government from banking institutions is indispensable for the safety of the funds of the Government and the rights of the people.”
” 9. That we are decidedly opposed to taking from the President the qualified veto power, by which he is enabled, under restrictions and responsibilities amply sufficient to guard the public interests, to suspend the passage of a bill whose merits cannot secure the approval of two-thirds of the Senate and House of Representatives, until the judgment of the people can be obtained thereon, and which has saved the American people from the corrupt and tyrannical domination of the Bank of the United States, and from a corrupting system of general internal improvements.”
Some excerpts of the Republican platform are as follows:
“That we deny the authority of Congress, of a Territorial Legislation, of any individual, or association of individuals, to give legal existence to Slavery in any Territory of the United States, while the present Constitution shall be maintained.”
“That the Constitution confers upon Congress sovereign powers over the Territories of the United States for their government; and that in the exercise of this power, it is both the right and the imperative duty of Congress to prohibit in the Territories those twin relics of barbarism–Polygamy, and Slavery.”
“…the dearest Constitutional rights of the people of Kansas have been fraudulently and violently taken from them.
Their Territory has been invaded by an armed force;
Spurious and pretended legislative, judicial, and executive officers have been set over them, by whose usurped authority, sustained by the military power of the government, tyrannical and unconstitutional laws have been enacted and enforced;
The right of the people to keep and bear arms has been infringed.
Test oaths of an extraordinary and entangling nature have been imposed as a condition of exercising the right of suffrage and holding office.
The right of an accused person to a speedy and public trial by an impartial jury has been denied;
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, has been violated;
They have been deprived of life, liberty, and property without due process of law;
That the freedom of speech and of the press has been abridged;
The right to choose their representatives has been made of no effect;
Murders, robberies, and arsons have been instigated and encouraged, and the offenders have been allowed to go unpunished…and that it is our fixed purpose to bring the actual perpetrators of these atrocious outrages and their accomplices to a sure and condign punishment thereafter.”
The Democratic platform of 2012 reads just like a sales pitch complete with slogan in the header and testimonials throughout.
“In early 2009, the auto industry was collapsing. Our plant shut down and I was laid off. And, like so many of us, I was scared. But then President Obama bet on the American worker and rescued America’s auto industry, and it’s paying off for our economy and our country. The plant opened its doors again, so I got my job – and my pride – back. That’s a great American comeback story.” – Ina Sydney
The Republican platform of 2012 is more poetic and thankfully lacks the testimonials but does contain a slogan and its own inadequacies.
In the fourth paragraph of the Democrat platform is the first mention of Mitt Romney. In the second paragraph we find Al-Queda and 911. I wonder, why begin like this? This is no title bout or a place to put religious extremists or half-investigated “terror” attacks as the first order of business.
The Republicans take a pronounced stance to uphold the constitution and America’s founding principles and then “rewrite” several Amendments of the Bill of Rights.
The first amendment: Speech that is protected
The second amendment with a lengthy paragraph to follow of all the idiosyncracies of gun legislation with not one mention of a well regulated militia.
Both parties regard economy in a false sense, “growth” in terms of a class of people rather than sustainable practices of our financial interaction and industrial capabilities.
Has the “money power” mentioned by the 1856 Democrats done what they said it would do, become a “danger to our republican institutions and the liberties of the people, and calculate to place the business of the country within the control of a concentrated money power, and above the laws and the will of the people”?
And it has provided us with two main parties of candidates every election cycle that operate within an ideological box where the Republicans set it up and the Democrats fill it. They both are incapable of approaching in a solvable manner modern problems; their rhetoric and records show it.
Federal and consumer debt rise regardless of party control. Waste particularly of products has risen regardless of party control. The rate of incarceration rate has increased regardless of party control. This is the yield of a ravished political landscape where political platforms say 10 times as much, mean less than half, and do even less.
We can be thankful the “disasters” each say of the other move no faster than they do and are still rectifiable.
The “money powers” agent, inflation, ” is a man-made scourge, made possible by the fact that most men do not understand it. It is a crime committed on so large a scale that its size is its protection: the integrating capacity of the victims’ minds breaks down before the magnitude—and the seeming complexity—of the crime, which permits it to be committed openly, in public. For centuries, inflation has been wrecking one country after another, yet men learn nothing, offer no resistance, and perish—not like animals driven to slaughter, but worse: like animals stampeding in search of a butcher.” As put by Ayn Rand.
I’ll end with my favorite line from a movie called “Waking Life”.
“You can’t fight city hall, death and taxes. Don’t talk about politics or religion. This is all the equivalent of enemy propaganda rolling across the picket line ” Lay down, G.I. Lay down, G.I.” We saw it all through the 20th Century. And now in the 21st Century, it’s time to stand up and realize…that we should not allow ourselves to be crammed into this rat maze. We should not submit to dehumanisation. I don’t know about you, but I’m concerned with what’s happening in this world. I’m concerned with the structure. I’m concerned with the systems of control, those that control my life and those that seek to control it even more! I want freedom! That’s what I want! And that’s what you should want! It’s up to each and every one of us to turn loose and just shovel the greed, the hatred, the envy and, yes, the insecurities…
because that is the central mode of control– make us feel pathetic, small…so we’ll willingly give up our sovereignty, our liberty, our destiny.
We have got to realize that we’re being conditioned on a mass scale. Start challenging this corporate slave state! The 21st Century is gonna be a new century, not the century of slavery, not the century of lies and issues of no significance…and classism and statism and all the rest of the modes of control! It’s gonna be the age of humankind… standing up for something pure and something right! What a bunch of garbage– liberal Democrat, conservative Republican. It’s all there to control you. Two sides of the same coin. Two management teams bidding for control!
The C.E.O. job of Slavery, Incorporated!
The truth is out there in front of you, but they lay out this buffet of lies! I’m sick of it, and I’m not gonna take a bite out of it! Do you got me?
Resistance is not futile. We’re gonna win this thing. Humankind is too good! We’re not a bunch of underachievers! We’re gonna stand up and we’re gonna be human beings! We’re gonna get fired up about the real things, the things that matter: creativity and the dynamic human spirit that refuses to submit!” -driving megaphone guy
Watch “Economic Calculation in a Natural Law / RBE, Peter Joseph, The Zeitgeist Movement, Berlin” on YouTube
A neurotic mathematician thinks he can document every equation of a slope of a line tangent to a circle. If you follow, the equations of the slopes of lines tangent to said circle just get more complex, and it is safe to say go on infinitely and his goal can never be truly attained. He keeps finding correct answers in his little world of circles, lines, and tangents which keeps him going. Until he let’s go of his original thought of documenting every equation, he’s on a fool’s errand with no end in the foreseeable future.
In varying degrees, this little story of the mathematician can be analogous to a wide array of people whose minds are stagnant, “set in their ways” (all I need is this, this, and a steady supply of this to be happy my whole life), who take new ideas/technological capabilities as threats and in an attempt to assuage their own Cognitive Dissonance irrationally cling harder to falsehoods while more fruitful opportunities and understandings get passed up.
The mathematician who just finds correct slope equations all day, predominantly utilizes a deductive mindset unable, or finding difficulty in engaging the abstract. Those who can accept infinite and the inconceivable on faith, firm belief in something for which there is no proof, engage the abstract.
Extremities of either mindset are detrimental when not able to engage the other. A healthy mixture and acknowledgement of both abstract and deductive logic, I gather, is optimal and less likely to form cognitive dissonance.
Faith and Reason can work together with more success than either on there own. To clarify this, call to mind Isaac Newton and Calculus. Newton had faith that the movements of the heavens could be calculated, an absurd notion to the neurotically faithful. So through hard work and reason, he devised Calculus. Through his faith and reason a trustworthy set of deductive tools were discovered yet it would be neurotic to think all phenomena is calculable with Calculus.
A proper beginning, I suppose, would be a definition of irony. 3a(1)– incongruity between the actual result of a sequence of events and the normal or expected result.
“In God We Trust” should be taken off of American money. I’ve witnessed fundamentalists become irate over the proposition like they had been assaulted but let me assure you that God, Trust, and Money do not mix and “the road to Hell is paved with good intentions.” I’ll try to explain this irony in a language the fundamentalist can understand.
In the West, some of us are taught near the beginning of our intellectual and spiritual development the 10 Commandments . The first, second, and third, are the most difficult to grasp, even into adulthood, and with these the irony rests.
Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
Acceptance of contradictions to all three of these condition the progeny of these commandments to the evils they are meant to provide a weapon against the degradation of individual sovereignty.
Those who make unto themselves a crucifix or any other likeness found anywhere in any religion or any word of any language or any constellation to depict a “God” does contradict the 2nd commandment but these practices are viewed as a badge of courage and understanding to the faithful. If you can be brought to believe preposterous things without witnessing them, then you can be brought to witness preposterous things you don’t believe in.
The love of money is the root of all evil yet the God we are to love with all our mind, heart, and soul’s “name” is printed on all our money, and Trust. The same type of system, we call it Fractional Reserve, usurious one, that various historical accounts consider a slow but sure form of social death. Ezekial 18:13 goes so far as to say the man who lends money at interest , is to be put to death. We could forego the death penalty today, but the dire warnings should be heard and acted upon.
“In God We Trust” should be taken off our money and in its stead be replaced with a warning that the allure of material possession and social position will rob all concerned of our true value in society. “In God We Trust” acts as a subterfuge to a usurious economic structure.
Imagine a 200 billion piece jigsaw puzzle. Every piece is cut roughly the same shape and represents a piece that every individual has responsibility for. The image that the puzzle becomes depends on the history and lives of the piece holders. Every piece fitting and relative to the whole within a border represents the Laws of Nature .
A reasonable approach to assembly may be to begin with the border pieces which are usually straight. With the border assembled, then separate pieces of like color and hue and begin to assemble those pieces by the fit and consistency of their design. You should have a few “colonies” of pieces after a while, that represent civilizations around the globe. As pieces keep being added, civilizations merge, one by one, and connect to the border revealing greater clarity of the big picture. That is unless a man-made disaster or natural disaster disturbs or sets back the process in which the image is subject to change. History has shown such disasters of both the man-made and natural. To quote Edmund Burke, “Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.”
As a child, my parents attended a Church of Christ in Great Bridge, VA. I underwent questioning, by the pastor, before my baptism at the age of 8 in which I accepted Jesus as my personal lord and saviour. I later discovered it isn’t that simple. I have a respect for the message Jesus is written to of gave the world. The “red words” of the Bible, in particular, have stuck with me throughout my studies and as an American, Judeo-Christian values have had an impact in my life. Let every one who can read this understand that a closer advancement to a “Kingdom of Heaven” is here.
I do not take Jesus’ virgin birth literal truth. Figuratively, of course, Jesus was a Son of God very much like other cultures who give high titles to their great ones, an example would be, Siddhartha Gautama , who in Buddhism , is the greatest Buddha. Literally, however, I believe they are men with a mission. Like Newton is to Calculus, like Stephen Hawking is to theoretical physics, like Aristotle is to Logic. The mission being higher knowing, a path to righteousness, less suffering, etc. for posterity.
I think Jesus probably studied at the Library of Alexandria prior to his return to Judea; and, with an abundance of knowledge, Jesus had a few tricks up his sleeve and a philosophy to rival the priests of his homeland and a plan to claim the role of the prophesized messiah.
In my experience, people focus more on Jesus’ divinity as God incarnate than the morals proposed by his teachings. The simplest rule is found in every respectable philosophy and religion: do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
People quarrel over mincing of words and their translation . People fail to think of old ideas as relative to new ideas . People think without the big picture in mind. People are ignorant to logical fallacies prevalent in modern discourse. People anthropomorphize indescribable things and irrational behaviors and place blame on the imagined entity rather than a reasonable causality. People justify exclusion to those who may not ascribe to their ways of thought or mysteries surrounding their great men and forsake much a greater good in doing so.
In 2013, we live in an era at peril to great man-made disaster. Human kind’s potential for achievement is matched only by its mutually arising potential to destroy achievement. The capabilities of abundance of industry in our present day lies in the grasp of a monetary system that inhibits production capabilities, creates waste on a grand scale, and at its present state of misuse, creates social phenomena that puts us all at risk of repeated man-made suffering and disaster.
America, as the nation-child of what is called the Age of Enlightenment has a responsibility to the world, a responsibility that has been neglected and economically usurped by monetary corruption that has rooted itself deep into a motive for profit that justifies cyclical consumption, planned obsolescence, and multiple venues of abhorrent behaviour, across the board, for profit’s sake.
As in the Parable of the Wheat and the Tares, the task is now at hand to harvest the history and available knowledge the sowers have planted, take an inventory of the Right and the Detrimental, destroy (but do not forget) the detrimental practices, and prepare the soil as best can be surmised for humankind’s posterity of which there is a global common heritage.
Organizations like the Zeitgeist Movement and the Venus Project are spreading awareness in very scholarly ways and propose models to achieve sustainability for the whole planet going into the future.
Behold! The Kingdom of God is within you.
Buddhism’s Eightfold Path consists of eight distinct yet interconnected and integrated views or ways of actual personal existence.
From a Confucian perspective, one cannot live fully in the present without being fully responsible to the past, both in terms of paying respect to one’s ancestors and making the best of what they have left behind.Sethian Gnosticism and Platonic Tradition state that salvation is self-actualized and is an ever-present possibility.
Where I’m from on the East Coast of America and in the fields of construction I have worked, I’ve had an overall pleasant experience with the Mexicans and other Latinos I’ve come across. In some instances, after some time, they have become friends of mine as good as any American. Despite the language barrier, the points we wish to communicate can and have been expressed with Spanglish (a mixture of both Spanish and English) and/or hand gestures. I imagine the same pleasant experiences could be for anyone provided you had the patience and respect of other cultures.
I have encountered many who are hard working people who are dedicated to their family and friends and would give the shirt off their back if one showed the need. They tell me in Mexico it’s either: live in the country and farm and be poor, live in the city and work too hard for too little money, work for a cartel and risk being killed for whatever money could be pillaged, or come to America; and, if illegally trekking across the border, you are at peril of being kidnapped and human trafficked or murdered, for the cartel drug traffic is thickest within 100 miles of the border.
Blog del Narco is testimony of this danger. The author has to take every possible precaution to protect his identity or become one of the murders he reports. The type of violence rivaled only in cinema of which the videos that are uploaded contain scenes of the most savage butchery of men, women, and children. Those that make it through that gauntlet certainly contain merits up to par with American standards.
Many who, at first come legally, become illegal after a work visa or some other temporary immigration document runs it’s course. One could see how the hustle and bustle of American life could take most of a low-income worker’s time. Furthering their immigration process gets placed on a “back burner”. Not to mention those who left their families in Mexico whose families have become dependent on the income sent to them from America and take their chances being illegal. As a family man myself, I understand.
At first, I couldn’t understand the resentment of my fellow Americans for the illegal immigrants until I thought of my family as well as my wife’s family who have Naturalization records of my maternal great-grandfather and her grandfather. Our families are proud of the” leap of faith” it must have been for them whether it was necessity that drove them or not. We all have the thought, “We had to do it, why shouldn’t they?”
Why hasn’t an immigration post been built by the Mexican border similar to Angel and Ellis Islands?
Why hasn’t America dealt with the drug cartels and the war zone they have created enveloping our Southern border? If not for anything else than for the violations to human rights?
Why the dispute about money going to Mexico, which is still the Western Hemisphere, when businesses and millionaires routinely move American money overseas?
Couldn’t one argue the federal reserve and it’s collection agency, the Internal Revenue Service is a form of economic conquest by foreign interests and the “untaxable illegal” threatens that conquest?
The European powers, according to the The Monroe Doctrine were obligated to respect the Western Hemisphere as the United States’ sphere of interest.
The Monroe Doctrine was extended by Theodore Roosevelt with his Roosevelt Corollary in 1905 which meant that the United States had the responsibility to preserve order and protect life and property in the countries of the Western Hemisphere.
America’s situation has bigger issues with better answers that may be able to “kill two birds or more with one stone.”
To invoke both the Monroe Doctrine, in an effort to thwart further economic conquest by these foreign interests, and the Roosevelt Corollary to protect life and property in Mexico by routing the cartels; the results may be more business staying in the Western hemisphere, more control over immigration to America, and less taxes on the citizens and businesses in America providing greater opportunity for the whole Western hemisphere.
In the meantime, America should stop the practices of our oppressors who use us as pawns in a global game of Monopoly. Monopoly of the money supply and natural, human, and technological resources.
This was an original song of Claw.
This recording is through an Ampeg 15″ speaker, Behringer BX4500H, and a 6-string Dean bass guitar.
This song I wrote about 12 years ago utilizing material from two friends and myself. I still enjoy playing it every so often. I hope you enjoy.
This heartwarming inspirational message by President Obama this Patriot Day 2013 and Patriot Day Proclamations hitherto covers an insult to the intelligence of America.
Reasoning can not accept what has been passed down to the Public as the truth about September 11, 2001. In the light of physics, past incidents, the events surrounding the attacks, and other inconvenient facts an obvious question presents itself:
“WHAT REALLY HAPPENED!?”
I feel sympathy for those who have to live with themselves and their conscious betrayal of historical record and their fellow human beings.
For the memories of those killed that day, for community service, for Justice itself, an investigation of the evidence the 911 Commission failed to deliver and evidence gathered since should take place.
The 911 Commission Report has been questioned by 100 Professors across the country who have valid questions and presentations of them. Also, on the 10 anniversary on September 11, 2011 The Toronto Hearings, which featured experts Jon Cole, Kevin Ryan, Jay Kolar, Richard Gage, David Chandler, Graeme MacQueen, and Laurie Manwell all with outstanding credentials in various fields of expertise rise many questions unanswered by the perpetrators of this modern American tragedy.
One could hope the citizenry would endeavor to uncover the Truth and that they do not submit under the pressure of being labeled a “conspiracy theorist” or any other attack on an inquiring mind so that Justice will be served to those who lost their lives that day.
A novel like this would be no easy task. Where would one begin? How could characters or a plot develop? Would the reader’s character be the thing to develop and/or enrich? The possibilities could become an author’s, or team of author’s, writer’s block.
Maybe a present, to past, to future outlook would be a good direction to take. Chapters might focus on certain aspects of life and I imagine keeping the attention of potential readers could be a challenge; not to mention, the challenge of maintaining a coherent design.
The bibliography should be extensive. There would be quotes from religious texts, philosophers, cynics, idealists, warlords, pacifists, idiots, geniuses, those of apathy, all the descriptive stereotypes we’ve contrived as well as the paradoxical.
However, I almost forget what could be the one thing that could bring a novel of quotes to a cohesive whole: empathy-the intellectual identification with or vicarious experiencing of the feelings, thoughts, or attitudes of another.