What is Happening in America?

Are we headed back to the Middle Ages?

 

America’s Darkest Hour

 

20 August 2007

 

 

 

This must surely be America’s darkest hour.

 

Three-thousand of its citizens killed by its own government.

 

Three-thousand more killed in an unjust and illegal war.

 

Six-hundred-thousand or more citizens of Iraq killed.

 

Unknown numbers of Afghanis, all in a war of domination, contrary to all the principles upon which America was founded.

 

The threat of a covert domestic nuclear attack hanging over its head, the threat emanating from its own government.

 

Its armies building prison camps with no other purpose than to house, torture, and kill its own citizens. Reports of death squads operating now.

 

Its president assuming dictatorial powers and planning for the day of the Republic’s death.

 

Wars contemplated that will rely on nuclear arsenals and bring the apocalypse, all begun by “the land of the free.” No escape from the opprobrium.

 

Its Congress complicit while the trap is sprung.

 

Its media, which brought down other presidents, refusing to comment.

 

What can we turn to in these dark days?

 

Without remembering God, nothing. Nothing at all.

 

Without believing, as I, a Canadian, do, that America has a future role, a glorious one, to play in the harmonization of the peoples of the world, nothing.

 

Without the faith that God will not let the Bushes and the Cheneys destroy so fine an experiment and so fruitful a beginning, nothing.

 

Is it not a reflection of the condition of things today that so many of us work and play without much thought to the danger that is looming all around us? How can we do this? What is it that so fascinates us about our lives that we would do so little to prevent the coming holocaust?

 

The would-be dictators and their military minions will see, when the time comes, how rock-solid is the American grounding in liberty and human rights. But I would prefer to see a nation rising up now, while there still is time to overcome the criminals, than months from now, in reaction to a bloody coup–d’etat.

 

 

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What Would George Washington Say?

 

21 August 2007

 

 

I have always been fascinated with how the right American leader has been raised by Providence at the right time to lead Americans out of threatened chaos and destruction -- Abraham Lincoln,  Franklin Roosevelt, Martin Luther King.

 

But in terms of pure virtue and courage, George Washington has always stood alone in commanding my ear and attention.  Here, in our darkest hour, I am drawn towards his writings, this time to his farewell address as first President. Right away, as I turn to it, up springs the essence of our business today:

 

“Can it be that Providence has not connected the permanent felicity of a Nation with its virtue?” (1)

 

What was his advice to the nation that he – and Providence - had so recently brought through such an unequal war? Given the way the United States is conducting its foreign policy today, we could well afford to listen him. He said:

 

“Observe good faith & justice towds all Nations. Cultivate peace & harmony with all--Religion & morality enjoin this conduct; and can it be that good policy does not equally enjoin it?

 

“It will be worthy of a free, enlightened, and, at no distant period, a great Nation, to give to mankind the magnanimous and too novel example of a People always guided by an exalted justice & benevolence.

 

“Who can doubt that in the course of time and things the fruits of such a plan would richly repay any temporary advantages wch might be lost by a steady adherence to it?” (2)  [All spelling is as in the original]

 

Washington warned against a despot arising from internecine and hostile party strife.

 

The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge natural to party dissention, which in different ages & countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism.

 

“The disorders & miseries, which result, gradually incline the minds of men to seek security & repose in the absolute power of an Individual: and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of Public Liberty.” (3)

 

Is this not where matters stand with us today?

 

Washington described at length the process by which the Union could be undermined by unscrupulous manipulators. 

 

All combinations and Associations, under whatever plausible character, with the real design to direct, controul counteract, or awe the regular deliberation and action of the Constituted authorities are distructive of this fundamental principle and of fatal tendency.

 

“They serve to Organize faction, to give it an artificial and extraordinary force -- to put in the place of the delegated will of the Nation, the will of a party; often a small but artful and enterprizing minority of the Community; and, according to the alternate triumphs of different parties, to make the public Administration the Mirror of the ill concerted and incongruous projects of faction, rather than the Organ of consistent and wholesome plans digested by common councils and modefied  by mutual interests.

 

“However combinations or Associations of the above description may now & then answer popular ends, they are likely, in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the Power of the People, & to usurp for themselves the reins of Government; destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.” (4)

 

Is this not what has happened?

 

Washington regarded the secret of his military success to be the unflagging support he had received from the citizen-soldiers who served under him though the army was ragtag: “the constancy of your support was the essential prop of the efforts.” (5)

 

Profoundly moved and affected by the memory of the support he received, Washington shared that:

 

I shall carry it with me to my grave, as a strong incitement to unceasing vows that Heaven may continue to you the choicest tokens of its beneficence -- that your Union & brotherly affection may be perpetual -- that the free constitution, which is the work of your hands, may be sacredly maintained -- that its Administration in every department may be stamped with wisdom and Virtue -- that, in fine, the happiness of the people of these States, under the auspices of liberty, may be made complete, by so careful a preservation and so prudent a use of this blessing as will acquire to them the glory of recommending it to the applause, the affection and adoption of every nation which is yet a stranger to it. (6)

 

George Washington warned future generations of the possibility of the rise of a cabal of self-interested individuals who could topple the government of the Union and subjugate its citizens. That warning is coming true today.

 

When America has been threatened with despotism, a beneficent Providence has sent it the right leaders.  Now the despotism America suffers under is not an external threat, but an internal one: a dangerous elite has arisen, which wishes to centralize power in itself for its own enrichment, touting its unwholesome work as patriotism.

 

Now the ragtag army will fight a military machine the likes of which the world has never seen before.  I am of the opinion that Providence will send America the right leaders in this time of need as well.

 

Notes

 

(1) President George Washington, “The Farewell Address.

Transcript of the Final Manuscript,” The Papers of George Washington, downloaded from http://gwpapers.virginia.edu/documents/farewell/transcript.html#p22, 21 August 2007.)

 

(2) Ibid.

 

(3) Ibid.

 

(4) Ibid.

 

(5) Ibid

 

(6) Ibid..

 

 

 

 

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Where Have all the Flowers Gone?

Q&A on How to Face the New World Order

 15 April 2007

 

 

 

What are we the people facing today?

 

As worldwide telecommunications make “one world” a growing possibility, we the people are facing a global takeover by an aggressive, social-Darwinist elite who seek total control of money, government, and military.  

 

In groups like the Bilderberg, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Project for a New American Century, or whatever name in whatever nation they go by, they seek to garner the world’s wealth for themselves and deny it to the world’s workers, poor, sick, and elderly.   

 

In the person of governments, they are ready to use armed force to neutralize, torture, or dispose of all who stand in their way. 

They have done so already.

 

The President of the United States and the Prime Minister of Great Britain have perpetrated “false-flag” terrorist attacks that have taken the lives of numbers of thousands of their own citizens. 

 

Known as 9/11 and 7/7, these covert operations have provided a justification for domestic control and foreign wars. They have killed six-hundred-thousand Iraqis in a totally unjustified war.

 

Another future resort to “false-flag” attacks may be used to invoke martial law, bringing more domestic control and more heinous global crimes.

 

Americans and Israelis want a showdown with Iran, each for their own ends, and, after that, a final showdown with the Chinese and Russians.  The latter powers are fighting back with every nation on the grand chessboard choosing sides.

 

What is the common denominator of the power elite?

 

The common denominator of the power elite is this: that they agree to become unconscious to all that is right, true, and compassionate; in spiritual terms, to the natural law or what Easterners call the “dharma.”

 

For their own material benefit, they leave aside all that makes human life satisfying, and inspiring.  They have rejected the qualities of the soul and have, as a consequence, become “soulless.”

 

What is the common denominator of us the people?

 

I say that our intention must be “one world under God” theirs has always been “one world under them.”

 

Our common denominator must be that we live by the dictates of our conscience, our inner ear, and our heart.  We live by the natural law or dharma – right action, truth, and compassion.  Think of these as our three spiritual tools or peaceful weapons.

 

What is the nature of the three spiritual tools that we have?

 

These three tools are innate capabilities or soul qualities.  It is to eradicate them that this whole war will eventually be fought.

 

  • We have a conscience that knows good from bad, right from wrong, the dharmic from the adharmic.  The elite need to silence that conscience. We need to listen to it and act from it if we are to follow the right direction in the years ahead. 

 

  • We have an inner ear that can distinguish between a soul-truth and a lie.  That inner ear is a good and reliable guide if we use it.

 

  • We have a heart that naturally inclines towards compassion for other souls.  We must never close ourselves off to it.

 

These three capacities are the wise counselors that God gave us to rule over our innate and inalienable inner kingdom. They work in everyone under all circumstances and at all times. Most of us simply do not turn to them, tunr the volume up, and use them.

 

How do I know when I am in the presence of these soul qualities? I have an intuitivesense of it.  That sense can be subverted or made a mockery of under torture.  But such subversion does not reflect on that sense or the three spiritual qualities. 

 

Are these tools ours only, and not theirs?

 

No, the global social Darwinists have the same tools that we do.  The tools themselves are innate, inalienable. But they have turned off their receivers and are not listening at the moment. They have chosen to override the signals, rather than to hearken to them.

 

What will the world be like under the New World Order?

 

To forget the soul’s qualities is to forget humanness.  It is to forget what makes life work, what makes communities coexist harmoniously together. What is there to life when humanness is gone?

 

Life will be flattened. All that is good and promising will be drained from the world.  We will all feel lifeless.

 

It will be like the dinosaur’s world before and after the asteroid struck.  It will be like New York before 9/11 and after.

 

Will the “masters of the universe” come to their senses?  Or will they stake all on one bet that says forget your conscience, inner ear, and heart? How far will they go in abandoning the wise counselors of their inner selves?

 

We don’t know.

 

What will their behaviour be towards us?

 

Usually the power-mad commit evil acts, do not listen, and show no caring towards others. Their conscience, inner ear, and heart, if they operate at all, operate at a very low volume.  They pay no attention to dharmic behaviour. They do not believe we will survive the death of our bodies and so they do not worry about what might come next. In this they make their worst mistake.

 

What fate awaits them?

 

A terrible fate awaits people who enslave, torture, and murder.  The same things they do unto others will be done unto them later in this lifetime or in a future one. What they have sown, they will reap – evil if they have sown evil, righteousness if they have sown righteousness. They have dug a pit for others and will fall in it themselves.  

 

Whatever pleasures they may enjoy as the result of their efforts are not to be compared with the sufferings they will endure later. And what they have gained will be given over to the just.  Those are the teachings of our scriptures.

 

What should our behaviour be towards them?

 

Our job is to see that the three soul qualities - right action, truth, and compassion – stay alive in us and are expressed in our actions. That is the way we fight our non-violent, non-cooperative war. 

 

The power-mad have chosen the darkness of unconsciousness.  We must choose the light of awareness.

 

Our job is to reawaken the soul qualities in them and in those of us who have fallen asleep.  Our job is to be examples to others by living our lives by the dharma.

 

The war will be over when one side capitulates – either those who trample on dharma will give up or those who practice dharma will succumb.

 

What must we do immediately?

 

Given that many will have a difficult time believing that this scenario is actually happening around us, our first need is to wake ourselves and others up to an accurate sense of what is going on.  Once awake, we still may not know what to do.  We may feel uncomfortable and irritated at having to deal with what we now see.   Our lives may seem terribly interrupted.

 

We have led peaceful lives for decades. Many of us have been members of the middle class, in one of the only peaceful and prosperous eras in history. We have no experience of what we are confronting.

 

That means that by the time we come to our senses and get over our own reactions, we may already have been captured and carted away to a concentration camp. So we must come to our senses now and not go through this slow and debilitating process at a time when we need to be quick and alert.

 

Who can we trust?

 

We can trust those who follow their conscience and act in dharmic ways. We can trust those who know right action from wrong action and do what is right. Of course the members of the power elite, with their communication media, will want to confuse us that they are doing what is right or dharmic.  They may mimic dharmic action. 

 

We will find ourselves disappointed by some, but we must persevere. For that is the real war that is occurring – a war between those who do right action and those who do wrong, those who love the truth and those who hate it, and those who want to be compassionate and those who wish to stamp out compassion.

 

How are we to know truth any more?

 

People may lie, but their lying has no impact on the truth. The truth remains the truth, no matter what.

 

We know intuitively when we are in the presence of the truth. We have an innate ability to know truth when we hear it.  The inner ear glows, expands, and relaxes in the face of the truth.  It sounds an alarm, feels restless and cannot sit still in the face of untruth.  We need to honour these inner events and respond to them

 

What can we expect from others?

 

We can expect compassion from a few, but a lack of compassion from a great many others if the New World Order has its way.  We can expect only little glimmers of compassion, or awareness of compassion, from those who are afraid.  We will face poverty, scarcity, and hunger and these will challenge us to be uncompassionate. But we must not give in to these impulses or we will lose the moral war, the spiritual war.

 

How do we keep our sanity?

 

If we are to keep our sanity, we will by continuing to lead our lives respecting and responding to the dharma and our soul capabilities:  the conscience, the inner ear, and the heart.

 

When we feel overcome by the knowledge of what is happening around us, we can take comfort from knowing that all of us have these innate soul qualities, that they are our God-given tools, that using them separates us from the power-mad elite who have done so much evil today and promise to do more. Just our cherishing these qualities is enough non-violent non-cooperation to turn some of our enemies around.

 

When can we be said to be defeated?

 

Never, if we don’t want to be. 

 

If we surrender our connection to our conscience, inner ear, and heart, then truly we have been defeated. If we remain connected to them, then we remain undefeated, even if captured.

 

To break us in this context they will try to have us violate our consciences, acknowledge lies as truth, and show a lack of caring for others.   These matters will be our Achilles’ heal and the means of our torture. We must make our own private peace with them and ourselves.  We have no guarantee that torture will not be used. We must accept every person’s choices with compassion and without judgment.

 

Our opposition must be expressed as non-violent non-cooperation.

 

Right action, truth, and compassion, which together may be called “dharma,” we defend by practicing them, in the face of an unjust law that forbids them and unjust state actors who punish us.  Peacefully living by these qualities is our “non-violent non-co-operation.”  If we are asked how we shall fight – it is by living in the daily truth of this way.

 

We refuse to co-operate with people who act otherwise.  We will not follow their example. We have broken away from people who so act and are prepared  to suffer the consequences for our lack of cooperation.

 

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Breakaway

August 13, 2007

 

This is my “Declaration of Independence.”

 

I declare myself to be a “breakaway” from the predatory manner in which this society is presently living.

 

The elite in America and Europe, in organizations like the Bilderberg Group, the Project for a New American Century, and the Council on Foreign Relations, are selling a self-defeating view of life to the world. 

 

Their view is based on selfishness and separation. It propagates a struggle for existence in which only the fit survive.  It holds that, for someone to win, someone else must lose.  It results in hunger for power and deference and greed for wealth and comfort. 

 

It has influenced the military, the police, the legislature, and the judiciary.   Many super stars and media personalities lend glamour and authority to it.

 

It can be seen in the callous behaviour of employers who are speeding up work, automating their employees out of jobs, or shipping what jobs remain offshore.    It can be seen in corporations depressing worker wages and eliminating pensions, benefits, seniority, and other employee gains.

 

I won’t struggle for survival at another’s expense.  I won’t cooperate with those who beggar their neighbours, “have” at the expense of those who “have not,” or climb over others to reach a place of their own satisfaction.

 

I refuse to support policies founded on corruption, immorality, and evil.  I refuse to cooperate with dictators and their military henchmen. I will not participate in wars of Darwinist aggression.  If the regime arrests its own citizens, I will oppose it, non-violently.

 

Spiritual Way of Living

 

The way of life I choose is a spiritual way of living. 

 

It requires me to act like a conscious and compassionate soul who has journeyed out from God, has grown up, and is now journeying back to Him again. I regard all of us as doing the same.

 

I enter into the present moment of selflessness and unity through the gate of quietness of mind and absence of desire. Having gained that place, I abide and act from there.

 

Reaching God, for me, is the greatest good in life.   Every step I take towards Him, l feel His Presence more. Feeling it, I know I am headed in the right direction.

 

I feel an increased desire to selflessly love and serve those among whom I live.  The sense of separation between us dissolves and a sense of bondedness succeeds it.  I find myself more frequently experiencing joy.

 

We breakaways are lovers of God, seekers of truth, and men and women of good works.  We aim to live by selflessness and bondedness. We look to Him for sustenance and protection. These are our methods. 

 

We are all one family under God.  As we accept our nature as returning souls, we come closer and closer to Him each day.  We follow various spiritual paths to Him, each conceiving of God in his or her own way. 

 

You are welcome to join us.

 

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The Deepest Lesson in All of This

16 August 2007

 

This strikes me as an opportune time to say something that I had deferred saying.

I think we need to remind ourselves that the end does not justify the means and that thinking that way is where matters begin to go off the rails.

If one wants to boil down the difference between the way the neocons operate, in their very widest attempts to fleece the middle and working classes, capture oil sources, and create a showdown with China and Russia, and the way “we the people” operate, as far as I’m concerned, it boils down to the way we conduct ourselves.

And that in itself again boils down to the willingness to be guided by three particular soul capabilities or not.

Those three capabilities are the conscience, the inner ear, and the heart. The conscience knows right action from wrong action. The inner ear knows the truth when it hears it. And the heart knows compassion. The neocons have agreed among themselves to ignore all three.

In my opinion, they will succeed for a while and then their movement will fall apart.

If we were to follow them, then we would become part of the problem rather than part of the solution.

We hope that there are members of the military who have a conscience and will in the end mutiny and take Bush and Co. down. We hope that the military overseas will mutiny and refuse to attack or invade Iran.

We hope that someday the American public will exercise their inner ear and hear the truth in allegations that the Bush administration engineered 9/11. We hope that judges will have an ear for the truth and strike down Bush and Co.’s executive orders and legal arguments.

And we certainly hope that a new administration will come along that won’t be about just feathering the nest of the upper class and the elite, but will take upon itself again the earlier experiment where society saw to the needs of the poor, the sick, and the elderly as well as of the well-to-do.

If or when we as individuals are taken by Northcom and thrown in a Wakenhut prison, the only tools we’ll have to fight with are our conscience, our inner ear, and our heart - right action, truth, and compassion - and the hope will be that our adversary’s soul capabilities will by awakened in the face of our resort to them.

These soul capacities do not remain silent forever. My understanding is that they assert themselves at some time, which is what causes some fascist types to blow their own brains out. They wake up to what they have done and cannot stand seeing it.

There is nothing more unbearable than a conscience acting up. It is, in my eyes, God's direct communication to us and cannot be ignored.

If we go toe to toe with them, with their arsenal of weapons, we will probably only lose. Either we believe that, while Providence gave us a degree of free choice, there are laws in the universe that will right the balance or we do not.

If I did not, frankly this situation would be enough to drive me mad. But I accept that this universe is ruled by law, like the natural law of karma for instance. That givs me the faith and patience to do my part in it and leave the rest of Providence. And that part is do right action, tell the truth, and treat others with compassion.

I request that we not imitate our adversaries. Surely that is the deepest lesson in all of this, that their ways are deeply flawed.

But I think we will eventually need to see the direction in which all of us have gone with life. If society in generally were spiritually and morally robust, the neocons would find no fertile soil for their seeds, no one to corrupt and no one who would listen to their rantings. But they do find fertile soil.

When all this is over, and it may take years and much warfare and destruction for it to be brought to an end, the neocon way of exploiting and destroying, I predict, will not be validated by experience. It will rest on the ashheap of history along with communism and Nazism.

But whether America’s name will emerge besmirched or not throughout the world depends on what we do now. It depends on how we meet the neocon threat, how we conduct ourselves.

If there is a movement in America that overthrows neoconservatism with right action, truth, and compassion, then I predict that America’s name will be honoured among the people of the world. If neoconservatism is defeated by simply superior neoconservatism, then the final reckoning will just have been postponed and America’s good name will remain under a cloud.

We need to recognize, whether we like it or not, that, besides the deaths of 3,000 Americans on September 11, we have the deaths of 600,000 Iraqis and an unknown number of Afghanis to account to the world for.

Only by finding a strong moral and spiritual ground from which to meet this tremendous threat to America's national life will we make an acceptable sacrifice to the rest of the world to atone for the death and destruction wrought in other countries.

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