Principle 4: A free society cannot be maintained without religion. How can that be? Just some laws will do. Not quite. It seems we have a huge presence of Atheists coming out to proclaim their status. Some of them even have channels on YouTube. To be fair, not a lot of their material seems to be about religion. I’d even say that they seem to be principled, which is good but, you’re not about to espouse the immorality of a heathen unless you want to scare away an audience. It would appear that a lot of people today who talk of the Constitution, don’t really know the original writers placed a very important emphasis on religion. It goes back to the 2nd Congress close to the birth of the nation, 1787, when the Constitution was written and approved. They saw how important religion was in their day and how important it would be in our own. In another famous document, ‘The Northwest Ordinance,’ they gave a clear indication of that in Article 3. Religion, morality, and knowledge, being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education, shall forever be encouraged. Another solid article of the Ordinance was the prohibition of slavery and servitude in any new lands established under the government. Of course, the Founders were also slaveholders, but knew they were wrong, as putting together a document that put forth arguments for all peoples’ freedom taught them. However, no one of them wanted to impose their, or any, religion over others and other denominations, but instead realized that they all hold some universal fundamentals. Ben Franklin’s proclamation as put to Yale’s president, Ezra Stiles sounds as though it could applicable as such; I believe in one God, the Creator of the universe. That he governs it by his providence. That he ought to be worshiped. That the most acceptable service we render to him is in doing good for his other children. That the soul of man is immortal, and will be treated with justice in another life respecting its conduct in this. It does not seem to be too far out for even the most atheistic, and religious critics. Let’s take a look up. See all the blackness out there in that night sky? Show me the life. There’s nothing out there. You believe in aliens?? Well, I’ve heard a few astronomers and scientists say that it took hundreds of billions of things to all happen at once in perfect sync for this planet to come about and start to produce life. That is the single most important fact to drill into these industrialists’ and elitists’ heads. When it’s gone, it’s gone. When it can no longer heal itself, it’s gone. Most of the wealth in this country, and indeed the world, came from oil. They are not well. If they can’t bath in the finest spring waters coming out of a one-hundred percent pure gold statue so it’s fit enough to wash their teeny tiny penile, at all their mansions all over the world, they might die. (Sorry, got tired of being nice.) As good citizens, we need to help them live like the rest of us, or they will, ever more quickly, kill us all. Or, you can let them kill you, what should I care? Well, if I take Ben Franklin’s creed seriously, I should care very much. Nothing wrong with religion now, is there? Working at more places in my life than I care to mention, I have witnessed even much, much more acts of the lowly than I care to recall. For years, I wondered how can these people be so devious against other people whom they hardly know? How can they do nasty things to people who have never done anything to them? All the nasty stuff, the spreading of rumors and lies, the misguidance, the setups, the scapegoating, on and on. But, everyone grows up different. What I see today is a sea of narcissism, an endless cadre of the self-righteous. I see those who much more readily recognize the sins of others than their own. I thought it was just me but, perhaps I’m not so wrong. I saw an interview with a few scholars who believe that narcissism is, in fact, an alarming problem today. A professor from the University of Georgia wrote a book on it. Most likely, neither gained traction. A lot of what may pass our eyes on the great spindle of life, we would care not to acknowledge, just hope that we get away with our misgivings and others do not. But, somehow I know the piper will be paid-one way or the other. The Founders believed if we had religion and morality as a course of education and life knowledge that we, could instead, be all happy. I think I have come full circle in this. I believe they were right.
Stephen Paddock Nevada – Las Vegas Shooting “Las Vegas Shooting” When it comes to the recent horrific event that transpired in Las Vegas, Nevada on the night of October 1st, 2017, there is no doubt that a terrible sadness has come over the hearts and minds of many. The Las Vegas Shooting was indeed a tragedy, and there is really no other way around it. Hundreds of people were injured, around 500 according to reports, and 59 people died. There are not even words to describe such a horrible tragedy. But, the question still remains, what is there to do now? For all of the victims, we offer our sincerest condolences. But do we, as the American people, live in fear of our lives each and every day? Or do we keep on moving, keep on living, and keep on going on exactly the same as we did before? Well that answer to this is that there are many varying answers that can be ascertained and the reality is very complicated to say the least, but there is no doubt that we all have to keep on living. We have to keep on going and we have to move forward. We cannot stop our lives because of the horrible events that transpired, but we can be more vigilant. We can use our hearts and minds to try and come up with a solution, and we also can brainstorm ways for events such as these to be much less frequent. But, no matter what, we all must keep on going no matter how painful it is feels at the time. The Gun Debate The Las Vegas Shooting has brought upon many discussions, questions, answers, debates, and arguments surrounding the shooting, the one accused of the shooting, and the reasoning behind the shooting. But moreover, the events that transpired in Las Vegas have brought about the age old gun debate question. Should guns be outlawed in America? According to many people following the horrible events that transpired, the answer to this question is a completely unanimous yes. According to the majority of the supporters who believe in outlawing guns in America, taking away automatic guns in this country is sure to save many peoples’ lives now and in the future. According to these anti-gun advocates, guns are the main reason why these mass shootings are happening in the first place, and also, the reason why so many people are dying so tragically and getting horribly injured. Without any guns, anti-gun advocates believe that there would not be any shootings in America period. Their reasoning is that without any guns, how can there be shootings at all? It’s impossible according to them. But, there is another debate. The debate with pro-gun advocates. The pro-gun advocates believe that there is another side to this coin. This pro-gun group does not believe in outlawing guns, and they also believe that lives are not lost because guns are legal. They believe that if guns were not legal, criminals would still find a way to buy, sell, and use them, along with other means to injure and kill people. The pro-gun advocates do not believe that there is a link between mass shootings and if automatic weapons are legal or not. The pro-gun advocates tend to be republicans and the anti-gun advocates tend to be democrats, but there are supporters of each party of both sides of the anti and pro-gun debate. And, at the end of the day, this debate can get very sticky, and has been the reason for many arguments and discussions as of late, both in public and in private. But, one point is clear, there is good and bad on each side, and this is the reason why the answer to the gun debate is unknown, extremely convoluted, and somewhat confusing. What Was The Motive Behind The Shooting In Las Vegas? There is still no proven motive as to why the alleged shooter, Stephen Paddock, did what he did at the Route 91 Country Music Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada. There is no answer as to why he would shoot hundreds of people in a 32nd story hotel room at the Mandalay Bay resort and casino. And, there is no reason why he did what he did, and no motive as to why he did it either. Stephen Paddock was a man that was 64 years of age who decided to injure and kill people. His actions are horrific to say the least. And, the problem with there being no motive as to why he did what he did is that there are only more questions that emerge. Without a proper motive, there are no answers as to why someone would do such a vile thing, which puts many people, and the public at large, ill at ease. It is uncomfortable for many people to think that horrible events just happen without a concrete reason why. And, this is what makes people truly scared and fearful. The Las Vegas Shooting is just beyond words. People are saddened, worried and fearful. The country is now on high-alert due to the events that transpired in Las Vegas on October 1, 2017. The Story Keeps On Changing According to the leading media outlets on TV, on the radio, and online, the story of the Las Vegas shooter and the whole event is constantly changing. The first story was that the shooter, Stephen Paddock, acted alone. But, now there are reports that the shooter did not merely act alone, but that there might have been multiple shooters in the 32nd story hotel room along with him that were essentially “helping” him. There are also reports from leading media outlets that the shooter converted to Islam a short time before he committed the horrific event in Las Vegas. But alas, there are conflicting reports out there that claim the Islam-conversion theory is completely off-base. So, what are the actual answers? As far as the public knows now, there are no concrete answers out there except for the fact that 1) there was indeed a shooting that occurred in the evening on October 1, 2017, and 2) it was done by a 64 year old man named Stephen Paddock and 3) he committed the horrific shooting in a hotel room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel and casino in the city of Las Vegas, Nevada. Those are the only concrete answers that we have right now, but new evidence is constantly emerging. We Must Stay Vigilant No matter what, due to the recent horrific events that transpired in Las Vegas on October 1, 2017, we must all stay vigilant. We must support one another and practice open and honest communication. We must not let this horrible Las Vegas Shooting separate us, or turn us against one another, or make us cower in fear. We must always remember to practice compassion, love, and peace in all that we do, and we must remember that we all share two things in common, that we are part of the human race and that we are all Americans!
You Have Been Warned: A Book Review of “Warning To The West,” by Alexander Solzhenitsyn. The Warning. I don’t know what else to call this book review as Mr. Solzhenitsyn was rather a prophet in terms of his many observations of the laxity and conflicting viewpoints in the West. Also, and I shouldn’t mention, but I will; It was always this viewpoint of having it both ways in this country that I have been taking issue with in this blog. You can’t condemn someone and then shoot the messenger if he/she does it to you. Your condemnation becomes one of ill-effect. The answer in this country is to have it both ways, which is more expedient to the agenda-but it’s quite bad for justice, the law, morals, politeness, respect, etc., etc., And let’s not kid ourselves. How easy it is to see that now. It’s not, ‘Let’s work a plan.’ The plan had been worked on already and, the truth of the plan is not one a democrat, or a conservative, or a republican , or one anyone in the average citizen arena would like. It’s an elitist plan that has taken shape like a spider web slowly being built around us. It terms of the merging of nation, education, religious, institutional, corporate and finance, it is almost complete. That is correct; it is all-encompassing. What a shame it is that the young have been so easily goaded into believing a whole lot of lies spun to make the good guys look like the bad guys. But the young should not be ashamed of themselves. I believe this was done to each successive generation-according to the plan. The Anti fa thinks they are doing good? Chasing down fascism? What fascism ? Maybe 1000 guys? The media is covering for them. Is that because they cover for the good guys? The media all seem to be reading from the same script no matter the channel. They are all on the same team…they are the most-watched news channel because they are all the same channel. Get it? Like “state run” television . Solzhenitsyn is trying to tell the West something: There is a competition going on with West, and the West is losing. The West is losing it’s bearings . It’s moral compass got lost. The distinction between good and evil has become very blurred in the country, and, at that time, (1976), Solzhenitsyn didn’t see it getting better. Détente was always a position where the West became lax and the Soviets jumped two points ahead. The interviewers posing questions to him in the book seem to be put off, (if you will), by the answers to certain questions. The tone implicates that the man is saying this out of love for the original idealism of the nation’s Founders, which he seemed to know quite well. (Sorry, you will have to read for yourself. It’s not a very large book.) A Warning to the West: Brute Honesty. The book is based on speeches and interviews given to the media, and educational roundtables of sorts. You get the idea from Solzhenitsyn’s approach that the listeners have come to hear pure glowing reviews of the West. Instead, he tells of the great promise it holds, BUT, is showing tendencies and symptoms that had his beloved country slip into the hands of such tyrants as Lenin and Stalin. You see, you need that to turn neighbor against neighbor. They needed to birth violence out of their need and frustration. (Can anyone see this happening today? ) The losers were the Russian people. They suffered at the hands of an ideology that thought of people as disposable tools. And, it was an ideology that Lenin wanted Pavlov to perfect on people! This is the system of control that REAL communism believes. It was not about a union of people. It was not about workers’ rights. It was about CONTROL. Period. Now, when Stalin came into the picture, he was a man who made Lenin afraid. To make someone as evil as Lenin call you a beast, you must be really, really, really evil. You must be someone who carved themselves out of the womb of hell itself. Lenin did everything he had to in order to gain power, no matter how vicious….as did Mao, Pot, Minh, Castro, Amin, the list goes on and on. Now, I could expound on the Venezuelan leader who defied Bush and the West for a bit,. But, his approach was more socialistic in nature. It did not include the Pavlovian concepts of the above leaders. It did, however, run into problems because it’s revenues were based on very few resources and commodities. The West wanted to make them suffer and they did. Such an example is one where elitists tell you how they play ball. They do it as they’ve always done it: You go along to get along or you die. This is another thing Solzhenitsyn warned about: Totalitarianism. A lot of historians and pundits bring up Hitler as an example but, Hitler was a bad example. The Nazi Party was still subservient to the international cartels, who were the ones who really allowed WWII to continue, until it let them frame the narrative going forward. It was truly they who were the real winners of WWII. Solzhenitsyn says he wanted to defect to the American side , as did many he knew. He also wanted to warn them about the true Russia. But, they were not there, and Solzhenitsyn tried to escape anyway—but, he was seized by his own guys and off to the Gulag. But he didn’t know at that time, or even the writing of this book., that the Americans and British purposefully stayed out of Berlin, so that the Russians soldiers could go in and loot, rape, murder and plunder the city. All of a sudden, look! Russia seized up Poland, Hungary, Czechoslovakia , Yugoslavia, Romania, Bulgaria and Albania. And all of Eastern Europe; East Germany, (not a country before WWII), Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine and Moldova. Then, turned around and started fighting the good guys in China and North Korea! Now, how did that happen? Does anyone think the West didn’t know what was happening? Since they had inside people there, since Roosevelt and Churchill were both arming Stalin to the teeth as well as plowing him with money for their own infrastructure, (which they kept and made the slave labor build). Do you really think the West didn’t know? Though they gave reasons for not going into Berlin, they didn’t hold water and no one pressed. The war was over. People were coming home.. There was a new narrative: Communism. There was also more government. A private cartel in America, who engaged in foreign affairs became a federal public outfit known as the CIA. Also, there was a need (?) for a complex designed solely for the defense(?) of the United States; the Pentagon. Yes, communism was the feared thing. Yet, one wonders why the US then let in so many Russian Jews? (the reason given; they were running from Stalin. Again, doesn’t hold water), Why didn’t they go to the newly formed Israel? You see, a lot of them were spies, with well-formed networks, (and still today they claim they were running from Stalin! amazing…with the media behind them…amazing.) The Nuclear secret came right out of Los Alamos to the Soviet Union.. People did question,(McCarthy), as the fear of Communism in America came to fever pitch, fallout shelters were being built, drills were conducted, new secret war rooms were being built underneath the ground. There is much, much more in the way of questions that made no sense. But, this is about Solzhenitsyn’s book and the poor fellow, (genius though he was, indeed), did not know of these things. He did later, and he wrote about them later. It’s funny how those books never saw the light of day…in fact deciding his return to Russia for him. They were very Successful books in the East. The Soviets honored no détente, as he pointed out, on SALT treaties, Cuba, dissidents. Also, the West, as a free and opinionated society, and no real experience of Communism were living in an illusion, he thought. Russian proverbs come out: ‘Catch on you will, when you’re tumbling down hill.’ The Soviets signed several agreements with several countries. According to Solzhenitsyn, they did not keep a one. And every country, upon becoming Communist, became merciless to its own people. It follows then, that he has heavy criticism s of the West in his speeches. He loved the freedom in the US and Great Britain. But, he saw the people as not taking stock of that freedom; what it cost and would continue to cost if they weren’t vigilante. He thought it a disgrace, YES!, way back then, that the press was not held accountable. In fact, he thought they were helping you fall asleep at the wheel. He praised Kennedy and Eisenhower, but said they didn’t do enough. You can tell, for sure, he sees the problems that freedom can present if you don’t hold people accountable or do things for the right reasons. If a Senator wanted to get re-elected, he/she would praise another détente as a peace maker, someone who could now hold authority on foreign affairs. But, nothing was ever honored on the Soviet side. Another Russian proverb: “when it happens to you , you’ll know it was true.” He also warned of helping the bad guys over Roosevelt’s poor decisions; “Don’t call a wolf to help you against the dogs. Fight the dogs yourselves. For once the wolf devours the dogs, he will devour you as well.” Speeches to Britain. The shortest piece covers his speeches and interviews in Britain. He was just as critical to them as he was the United States. He thought the West became soft and weak. The wanted much more to appease the dangers than face them. But, he tries to deliver the message softly, saying how human nature is full of riddles and contradictions—it’s very complexity engenders art. One thing he said was critical to the nature of contradictions was to make a clear distinction between good and evil. You are either good or you’re not. You are either evil, or you are not. There is nothing in between and the blurring of the lines helps the free person fall into Communism. What can be judged soundly without these principles? Solzhenitsyn says that without them, people become like animals, manipulating one another while the state becomes the final arbiter. He notes that Progressives seem to see them as “laughable,” and “old-fashioned” but being Progressive doesn’t mean you should lose your moral compass, your compassion or your empathy. He found lots of critics from the left and noted most of the criticism was from what people wanted to believe and certainly not the truth. End Synopsis. What I concluded from this book was that , the warnings, now 32 years old, have shown their ugly faces even more if people would just open their eyes. Every trouble that could befall a free society did just that. We focus on our jobs. We try to shrug off news that doesn’t fit the American profile, one that worked in the 50s and 60s. We place full trust in our leaders no matter what we seem to say about them. Solzhenitsyn knew what to do; he suffered for his beliefs; he was thrown into the pit; he endured way more hardship than any human should ever face just trying to be a free man. He warned you, not out of distaste for this country. He warned you out of the desire to see each person live their life more their own way. He wanted that to spread. Every single symptom he mentions, I see over and over again today. Therefore, I would state the same things; embrace the very real differences between good and evil because it is the way the human separates himself from the animal. Write truthfully. Do everything with integrity. Don’t pit yourself against your fellow man, but applaud his achievements and expect him/her to do the same. I would say to question every motive put forth. Change the difference between the truth and the false reality presented to you. And, finally, read this book! Over and out,. Always with great intention, Philabustah.