Republic of the People or Tyranny of Democracy


John R. Houk

© August 26, 2019

 

Be very alert my fellow Conservative Americans!

 

I’m on the email list of Israpundit. Israpundit is a Pro-Israel blog founded and operated by Ted Belman. Israpundit does a lot of the same thing I do in cross posting interesting content from other sources. My Israpundit email list for 8/25/19 had the title “Who Is Antifa?” by Ray DiLorenzo of “STAND UP AMERICA” listed fifth. With all the Antifa violence going on, especially in Portland Oregon, the title piqued my interest.

 

Before I followed through with a cross post myself, I thought I’d do a little checking into Stand Up America. So I Googled it (Yeah I know, I should have Duck Duck Go’d it). I typed in “Stand Up America” and went to the first entry on the Google search engine. I was stunned!

 

The page loading from https://www.standupamerica.com/ is the word “RESIST” in large bold caps. Realizing these days that “RESIST” is the mantra of the Dems to all things relating to the Trump Administration, I warily scrolled down. Here are the words that greeted my curiosity:

 

WE ARE STAND UP AMERICA

 

After the 2016 election, millions of progressives came together in the Stand Up America community to resist Trump’s dangerous agenda. We’re now focusing our efforts on standing up to the Trump administration’s corruption and strengthening our democracy across the country. We’re committed to providing you with the information you need to take timely, impactful action and make your voice heard.”

 

I thought, “WHAT?!” That description didn’t sound like a website that would expose Antifa but rather a website that would promote Antifa ideology. So I went to the website’s About Page for further clarification:

 

WHAT WE DO — AND WHY WE DO IT:

 

Stand Up America began in the weeks after the 2016 election, when hundreds of thousands of concerned Americans came together online to organize and resist Trump’s dangerous agenda. Our community has quickly grown to over two million Americans, across all 50 states, who are taking action and making their voices heard daily.

 

We’re focused on advocating for an immediate impeachment inquiry to air the evidence of Trump’s crimes, standing up to his administration’s corruption, and strengthening our democracy across the country.

 

The Stand Up America team is here to provide you with the information and resources you need to take meaningful action. Whether it’s an upcoming protest or calling your lawmaker about urgent legislation, we’ll keep you informed about how you can most effectively use your voice to protect our democracy and resist the dangerous and BLAH BLAH BLAH

 

My God! Stand Up America sounds like a hate America-hate Trump Antifa sympathetic website. That couldn’t possibly be the folks Israpundit was cross posting to expose the Communist background of anti-American ideals of Antifa, right?

 

So I came to my senses and Duck Duck Go’dStand Up America” coupled with the author of the Israpundit exposé post’s name – Ray DiLorenzo.

 

And Shazam! I discovered DiLorenzo’s name was associated with another “Stand Up America.” To be precise though, the name is “STAND UP AMERICA US FOUNDATION.” And the URL is “http://www.standupamericaus.org/sua/”. The key being evil “Stand Up America” is a dot-com and good “Stand Up America” is a dot-org.

 

Stand Up America US’s About Page promotes the American principles of the U.S. Republic the Founding Fathers would have been proud. And NOT the concepts of “Democracy” that would have Founders churning in their graves:

 

“Mission and Goals

 

The Standard Bearer for the Conservancy of the Constitution

 

Who We Are:

 

The Stand Up America US Project (SUA) was founded in 2005 by MG Paul E. Vallely, US Army (Ret), as a public policy research organization formed (and existing) for the purpose of promoting discussion of the principles found in the United States Constitution and Declaration of Independence and application of these principles to present public policy issues. SUA is also a multi-media organization that involves publishing, radio, television, speaking engagements, web site, writing articles for publication as well as books. This site is meant as a resource for education, based upon the values and principles set forth by our founding fathers. It is our goal to inform, clarify, and speak truth to power. Currently, MG Vallely conducts 4-6 weekly radio and TV interviews weekly across the globe. Also, by doing a Google search for MG Paul Vallely you will find over 100,000 references to interviews, articles, and events.

 

We are a network of patriotic Americans from all walks of life including former members of the military, former federal, state, and local employees of government, analysts, writers, world leaders, and our group extends across the globe.

 

SUA is also an intelligence gathering and analyzing group that is and has briefed our government leadership on all manners of international interest, terrorism, and anything that affects the life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness of our citizenry and way of life. Studies are prepared and distributed to the White House and to senior government officials and offices such as DOD and CIA and State Department. In addition, SUA has briefed the FBI, Congress, law enforcement, and many other agencies. All our work is based on the following conservative values, and principals:

 

  • The United States of America’s CONSTITUTION – The intent of our Founding Fathers;

 

  • American Exceptionalism, and the grand experiment of representative republicanism;

 

  • Upholding all our 1st Amendment Rights;

 

  • Upholding all our 2nd Amendment Rights;

 

  • Upholding all our 10th Amendment Rights;

 

  • The Rule-of-Law, not of man or men, nor cult of personality;

 

  • Strong National Defense and Secure Borders;

 

  • National  and State Sovereignty;

 

  • Capitalism and Western economic values;

 

  • A safe and secure Israel;

 

  • Supporting Our Uniformed Services and Veterans;

 

  • Individual Liberties and Personal Responsibility;

 

  • Fiscally-Responsible, Limited Government;

 

  • Reclaiming our Republic and returning to the original intent of the Constitution, and more!

 

Mission Statement

 

Stand Up America US  was created to be an educational forum based upon the values and principles that our founding fathers intended for the creation of the greatest form of government ever conceived and implemented. Based upon the convictions set forth in the Declaration of Independence, the creation of the Constitution, and the rights endowed by our creator, basing our future on such things as the Federalist Papers, The Law Of Nations, and the common sense of governing a Representative Republic.

 

Helping recover and preserve the great and exceptional American Experiment, as a beacon of hope for the rest of the world to aspire to, and to be governed at the consent of the people, by the people, and for the people is the mission of SUA. It is our goal to help to recover our founding principles, and MORE TO READ

 

Now these are the folks one can trust to expose the evil that Antifa poses to the United States of America.

 

Web posts that are a must read to understand the reasoning the Founding Fathers desired a Republic of the People rather than a tyranny of Democracy:

 

 

 

 

 

JRH 8/26/19

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Who Is Antifa?

What You Need To Know

 

By Ray DiLorenzo, STAND UP AMERICA

August 25, 2019

Israpundit

 

Antifa headquarters in Berlin from 1926 – 1933. The Antifaschistische Akton (Antifa) logo can be seen prominently on the front of the building. In 2005, the building was renamed ‘The Left Party PDS’ or Party of Democratic Socialism which merged with the Social Justice Electoral Alternative. Notice the hammer and sickle flags.

 

Red Action Antifa

 

Somebody in today’s Antifa decided the original flags were waving in the wrong direction

 

Antifaschistische Aktion, abbreviated as Antifa or anti-fascist, was an organization affiliated with the Communist Party of Germany that existed from 1932 to 1933. In the postwar era the historical organization inspired new groups and networks, known as the wider Antifa movement, many of which use the aesthetics of the historical Antifaschistische Aktion, especially a modified version of its logo. Wiki

 

There is much confusion as to who Antifa is, and what they stand for. First, let’s define fascism that they say they are against: Fascism is a set of political beliefs that includes strong control of society and the economy by the state, and the halting of any resistance. In a fascist nation, private enterprise would continue, but all private commercial endeavors would be heavily controlled by the state. Examples would be Nazi Germany and Mussolini’s Italy.

 

In a Communist society, all means of production would be owned and controlled by the state. Communism is theoretically classless and egalitarian. In reality, the ruling class always does very well. Examples would be the former Soviet Union, Communist China, Cuba, Vietnam, Laos and North Korea. All have had to introduce some form of capitalism to survive, some more than others. There are no pure Marxist systems in existence today. It simply does not work.

 

Hitler expelled the Communists from Germany in the early thirties as they were stealing his thunder and his voice. The Fuhrer was very impressed with Mussolini’s fascism and how effective it was, hence the fascist/Nazi alignment during World War II. These deported German Communists hit the U.S. college circuit, joining every major university, until they have now almost completely taken over our education system.

 

Fascism and Communism are not opposite ends of the spectrum, rather, they are first cousins on the left. Both are secular socialist with power being absolute with no opposition tolerated, especially from God. No natural rights, only that which they choose to dispense.

 

On Monday, a disenchanted former Antifa member was interviewed on Fox News. He was as confused as so many others. He called Antifa the real fascists. No, they are not fascists. Antifa was and is primarily a global Communist movement using fascist tactics…breaking up meetings, rallies, destroying property, clubbing a few people, etc. They use the moniker ‘anti-fascist’ to keep you confused with no idea as to their real intentions. Democrats don’t speak out because they are close relations…the militant wing of the party doing the dirty work, but keeping enough space between them to distract you. Democrats are not strangers to militant wings, hence the KKK.

 

They both have all the earmarks of beginning as organized crime. If someone wants free stuff from the government, they vote or support those that promise it. The money is taken from those that do work (oppressors) and gives it to those who won’t work (the oppressed). It’s a social & political contract. Give me power, I give you free stuff and will protect your receivership. Of course, if you give them enough power you will eventually no longer have a vote or a choice in the matter or even the free stuff.

 

Democrats love to promise what they know is impossible just to sit back and watch the Republicans say no, and then with expressions of righteous indignation explain in a press conference that Republicans just don’t care. Republicans fall for it every time.

 

Antifa are people that have been indoctrinated that America is an illegitimate country, built on the backs of slaves, racist to its very core where common citizens, especially those of color, have no chance at a decent life. They have been stirred up to a point of hate. They are either ignorant of history or just lying to themselves.

 

To Antifa, anyone that disagrees with them, is not entitled to free speech. Heck, anyone who disagrees with Democrats is labeled a racist, homophobe, whatever. They both see themselves as the arbiters of morality even while they are assaulting people and killing babies. Conservatives are not fascist. If there are fascists in this country, they will reside in the Democrat Party. What group of politicians works the hardest to control every aspect of commerce and limit freedoms?

 

If a group is going to seize power or arrange a civil war, you need a reason and that always points to a class of people, a faction, an enemy. And the Left is busy creating just that…an enemy they need to destroy in order to achieve their ends. You know, the middle class ‘racists’, ‘white supremacists’, ‘deplorables’, conservatives…all the people that are representative of the people that built this country. That would be everyone that isn’t a socialist, whatever the race. Hitler and Stalin would be proud.

 

The immediate goal of Antifa and the Left is to create chaos with anarchy close behind. The Antifa website, itsgoingdown.org admits that Antifa members are either Marxists, Maoists or anarchists. They urge their followers to make the country ungovernable and to participate in mass insurrection and physical violence….anarchy.

 

Many Democrat-controlled cities are close to anarchy now. San Francisco and Los Angeles are becoming unlivable. Dallas will not bother prosecuting theft unless it is over $750. Even the New York Times admits that Democrat-controlled cities are unlivable and that is saying a lot.

 

Why does the Left ignore Antifa? Why do they demand that prison populations be reduced? Why is the rule of law being assaulted? If violent demonstrations and mass shootings continue…the people will demand a heavy-handed response from the government…especially gun confiscation, making the country ripe for takeover. I am not convinced that the mass shootings as of late are totally unrelated. They seem to fit the intention nicely. Do not assume they wouldn’t stoop to such a low.

 

Who is funding Antifa has proven difficult. They are highly decentralized with loose affiliations with other groups. What we do know is that the Democrat Party and George Soros have used paid protest organizers and protesters in the past. We don’t believe the protesters are motivated by money, but rather their hatred of America. George Soros has an affiliation with Antifa through a group called The Alliance for Global Justice that supports Refuse Fascism, an Antifa group. Their goal is to “Drive out the Trump/Pence regime.”

 

There is no strong Fascist movement in America, but there is a strong Communist presence. Popular phrases such as social justice that Obama put into fashion are popular communist signals. The movement is now filled with every disenchanted dirt bag, with built-in Antifa Brown Shirts in attendance in case you’re not listening. This is no longer politics, but an attempt at a Communist/Socialist takeover of this country.

 

As we get closer to the 2020 election, and especially if the Democrats lose, I see cities like Portland, Oregon and a town near you descending into total chaos as the Left gets more aggressive in their attempt to be rid of Trump and the America we love.

 

If we do not get a handle on this problem soon, Western civilization will resemble a post-apocalyptic Mel Gibson movie.

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John R. Houk

© August 26, 2019

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The Bolshevik Revolution Reveals Six Phases From Freedom To Communist Misery


Communist genocide/murder in the 20th century is only dwarfed Islamic genocide/murder Muslims committed from days of its founder to the present. Stella Morabito writing for The Federalist says Communist 20th century regime victims numbered to the rounded number of 100 MILLION. Bill Warner of Political Islam estimates 270 MILLION jihad victims died in 1400 years at the hands of Islamic theopolitical Muslims.

 

Just think! In about a hundred period Communist regimes kill a little more than one-third the victims of Islam motivated butchery. Keeping that in mind, November 7 will mark the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution that produced the first dedicated Communist nation.

 

Morabito has some thoughts about that anniversary. Read her essay by keeping in mind the modern Communist movements in America deluding their adherents about Marxist proclivities: Antifa, Refuse Fascism, Black Live Matter (BLT), New Black Panthers, SPLC to name a few and let’s include the Democratic Party pretending to care about the poor and American minorities.

 

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The Bolshevik Revolution Reveals Six Phases From Freedom To Communist Misery

A hundred years on from the Bolshevik Revolution, we’d do well to study the stages and trends that put free societies on the path to totalitarianism.

 

By Stella Morabito

NOVEMBER 6, 2017

The Federalist

 

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Scarcity, terror, and the mass murder of more than 100 million victims are communism’s main contributions to human history. As we mark the centennial of the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia on November 7, we should never forget that legacy. Communism is a fount of human misery and death. Few today really understand what that system of so-called government is all about.

 

In a nutshell, communism enforces a privileged elite’s centralization of power. This means it always puts too much power into the hands of too few people. They tend to weasel their way into power as their ventriloquized agitators use talking points like “justice” and “equality” while promoting a false illusion of public support.

 

So, how would it ever be possible for a free society like America to succumb to such tyrannical forces? I think we’ve spent precious little time trying to dissect and understand this process. So, in this three-part series, I hope to map out six stages that lead us into this dangerous direction. Within each phase, several trends take hold. I’ll discuss the trends in more detail in parts II and III.

 

There is a lot of overlap among the phases, but I think they can be roughly identified as: 1.) Laying the groundwork; 2.) Propaganda; 3.) Agitation; 4.) State takeover of society’s institutions; 5.) Coercing conformity; and 6.) Final solutions. But first let’s look a bit more closely at what communism really means for human beings.

 

‘Power Kills. Absolute Power Kills Absolutely’

 

Thousands of texts examine and analyze communism ideologically, historically, economically, and so on. It always amounts to a bait-and-switch scheme hatched by egomaniacs who want to dictate to everybody. Why? Because it’s all about the consolidation of power by a tiny elite—in Vladimir Lenin’s words, “the vanguard”—who claim to promote equality and justice and blah, blah, blah.

 

But once communism gets its foot in the door and you don’t get with their program, it promises you death in a variety of forms: economic death, social death, and literal death. That’s predictable whenever you put too much power into the hands of too few people. And that’s why we should always firmly oppose any system that demands the consolidation and centralization of power.

 

Although communist and socialist governments murdered well more than 100 million people in the course of the twentieth century, that number spikes even further when you include the practical bedfellows of communism, like Nazism and fascism, for example. According to the calculations of Professor R. J. Rummel, author of “Death by Government,” totalitarian regimes snuffed out approximately 169 million lives in the twentieth century alone. That number is more than four times higher than the 38 million deaths—civilian as well as military—caused by all of the twentieth century wars combined.

 

As Rummel states: “Power kills. Absolute power kills absolutely.” The common thread that runs through communist and fascist ideologies is their totalitarian nature, which means they control people by breeding scarcity, ignorance, human misery, social distrust, the constant threat of social isolation, and death to dissenters. All in the name of justice and equality.

 

They cannot abide any checks or balances, particularly checks on government power as reflected in the U.S. Bill of Rights. They fight de-centralization of power, which allows localities and states true self-governance. Such restraints on the centralized power of the state stand in the way of achieving the goal of communism: absolute state power over every single human being.

 

Lenin’s Blood-Soaked Legacy

 

It should astonish us to realize that the obsessions of a few wild-eyed revolutionaries can blue-pill whole populations of peaceful citizens. But it’s all a matter of conjuring up illusions and mass delusions, no matter the brand of totalitarianism. Lenin was a fiery orator of propaganda, as was Adolph Hitler.

 

To achieve absolute power, Lenin focused on fomenting a class war, while Hitler set his sights on a race war. Either way, the divide-and-conquer modus operandi of fascist and communist demagogues is pretty much the same, no matter what each side might claim about the other. Their propaganda content may differ, but not so much their divide-and-conquer methods. Attitudes of supremacy come in a virtual rainbow of flavors and colors.

 

As Saul Alinsky taught and the agitprop [Blog Editor: I don’t know about you, but I had uncertainty about the definition of “agitprop.” Here is a definition at the end of this paragraph next to asterisk (*).]of groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center illustrates so perfectly, the goal of all such radicals is to seize power by fueling resentment and hatred among people through various forms of “consciousness”—particularly class and race consciousness. That’s what identity politics is all about. That division is a key tool for totalitarians in their conquest of the people. Once their organizations breed enough ill will, the “masses”—made up of mostly alienated individuals—can be baited and mobilized to do the bidding of power elites, with a rhetorical veneer claiming justice and equality.

 

*agitprop:

 

Noun

1. Agitation and propaganda, especially for the cause of communism.

 

2. (often initial capital letter) an agency or department, as of government, that directs and coordinates agitation and propaganda.

 

3. Also, agitpropist. A person who is trained or takes part in such activities. (Dictionary.com)

 

Most of today’s enlisted rioters—groups that call themselves things like “Indivisible,” “Anti-Fascist,” “Stop Patriarchy,” “Black Lives Matter,” “Refuse Fascism,” or moveon.org—are pretty much unabashedly communist (or just plain fascist) in their goals and aims and tactics. The chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party of the USA, for example, founded Refuse Fascism. It’s a pro-violence group that planned street theater on November 4, with the stated goal of overturning the 2016 election and taking out the Trump administration.

 

If you’re a true student of history, you can see that this is an old movie: mobs of disaffected, alienated people being exploited and mobilized by power elites. Unfortunately, very few Americans today, especially younger generations, are inquisitive students of history.

 

Certain sports figures, for example, claim to be exercising their First Amendment rights by showing hostility towards the American flag during the national anthem, based on a superficial understanding of history. They don’t realize the net effect of their actions is to show hostility against the freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment, for which the flag stands. Perhaps they don’t understand how their actions are easily exploited by those who would ultimately deprive everyone, including themselves, of all freedom of expression. Without freedom of expression, we all become slaves to the forces of tyranny. Sadly, using freedom to destroy freedom is an old tactic of all totalitarians.

 

Six Phases to Unfreedom

 

Many of the social trends we see today point to dangerous conditions in which a totalitarian system like communism can rear its ugly head again. If enough folks don’t push back against these developments, tyranny can secure a foothold. So let’s try to clarify some of these patterns so we might better confront them and preserve freedom for everybody.

 

At least two dozen major trends have unfolded over the years and continue to unfold that indicate an erosion of human freedom and the growth of a centralized power. I’ve grouped them into six different phases, even though there is a lot of overlap. I’m sure you can add many more major developments to the list. Below are summaries of the phases as well as the trends within each phase, as I see them.

 

  1. Laying the Groundwork

 

This is usually a generational or decades-long process, in which minds can be closed to reason and more influenced by emotion and propaganda. This happens in many ways: through the mass bureaucratization of life that allows for policies that promote polarization, dependency, and human isolation; through disabling independent thinking by educational fads that actually cultivate ignorance and shun content knowledge; through the attack on the humanities in both K-12 and higher education; and through the lack of general knowledge about how mass psychology works.

 

All the while, as new communications technologies develop and proliferate, they are embedded into the groundwork that promotes tyranny over liberty. Through the effects of these trends, people become less open to logic, and more persuaded by the proliferation of images and emotional appeals, cemented by groupthink.

 

  1. Manufacturing Propaganda

 

Propaganda has always been with us, and always will be. But as people become less able to discern fact from fiction, propaganda feeds on itself more intensely. As emotions trump facts, propaganda tends to become more forceful and more focused on driving people to agitate for collectivist agendas. It takes a multitude of forms, but the Orwellian manipulation of language is always the key to thought reform.

 

Then, journalists increasingly become propagandists, and promote illusions of alternative realities. This includes the revision of history, as well as trends such as gender ideology, which pushes to de-sex everybody in the eyes of the law. As propaganda takes the form of political correctness, it threatens people with social rejection if they don’t conform to the politically correct agendas. In this way, it induces self-censorship and preference falsification to create the illusion of public opinion support for its agendas. Political correctness is the sort of agitprop that can grow a cult mindset in the population.

 

  1. Agitating the Masses

 

Once the groundwork has been laid and propaganda absorbed by enough people, agitation can proliferate. As Lenin made clear, agitation and propaganda go together and are absolutely essential to communist revolutions. As that sort of agitation becomes more prevalent in public life, there’s more speed on the road to totalitarianism.

 

Agitation can involve protests, parades, marches, and demonstrations. It also involves organized shout-downs of legislators and a hundred other means of trying to affect public policy by influencing public opinion. During this phase, imitative behaviors proliferate (such as we’ve seen among NFL players during the national anthem). It seems that hatred and frustration are more palpable everywhere in the society.

 

Indeed, the media, Hollywood, and academia—and the Southern Poverty Law Center—would have us focus on nothing else. We see iconoclasm in this phase, as in the defacing of public statues and national monuments. The education establishment becomes involved in politically agitating children, creating confusion and frustration, and even cultivating hostility towards their parents if they aren’t with the program.

 

  1. Consolidating the Takeover of Society’s Institutions

 

About 100 years ago, the Italian communist Antonio Gramsci introduced his theory of “cultural hegemony,” which cast cultural institutions as the enemy, claiming they were used to maintain power. So the key to achieving communism in the West was through destroying its culture, not through promoting socialist economic policies that had little appeal in the West. This would require a “long march through the institutions” of society, destroying them from within so communism could fill the vacuum.

 

Radicals of the 1960s like Herbert Marcuse and Alinsky picked up on this theme, noting that “the system” (i.e., American freedom) could only be destroyed from within once radical operatives had control over society’s institutions. The deep state is one example that’s been building through decades of bureaucratic bloat, with operatives embedded throughout the government, including in the military and intelligence agencies. And, of course, the cultural takeover of the media, academia, and entertainment is both broad and deep.

 

But, most importantly, the mediating institutions have been relentlessly attacked. Those are the institutions that protect the individual from encroachment by the state, particularly the family, the church, and all voluntary and civic associations. We can see and feel especially how the family has been eroded today. All of these institutions have been deeply affected by statist forces, rendering them more vulnerable than ever to total absorption by the mass state, a prerequisite for communism.

 

  1. Forcing Conformity

 

This is perhaps the most unsettling phase, when otherwise discerning people who have been duped by the rhetoric of social justice finally awaken to the deceit within the agitprop. This is the stage in which you are told to conform and convert—or else. We see small shop owners threatened with financial ruin if they don’t disavow their faith. We see Catholic nuns, like Little Sisters of the Poor, threatened for not disavowing their faith. We see echoes of Maoist-style “struggle sessions”—otherwise known as sessions of criticism and self-criticism—as college students are forced to admit to white privilege simply because they had happy childhoods.

 

False confessions proliferate, along with apologies and recantations for showing even the slightest hint of a politically incorrect viewpoint. A surveillance state can grow with new technologies being used for data mining. At the same time, human resources departments start telling employees to report for discipline any politically incorrect private conversation that they might overhear.

 

Millennial celebrity Lena Dunham modeled a Soviet-style surveillance state by tweeting to American Airlines that she overheard two flight attendants having a “transphobic” conversation for which they should be punished. The practice of ritual defamation—smears such as “bigot,” “racist,” “KKK”—become commonplace. And, perhaps most chilling, psychiatry is used as a political weapon.

 

  1. The ‘Final Solutions’ Phase

 

Of course we aren’t there. Not yet, anyway. But perhaps you’ll agree that we should always be aware of the lessons of history if we don’t want to repeat its more unsavory chapters. In the last phase, which is fast and furious, totalitarian elites let loose their inclination to brutally eliminate their perceived enemies.

 

It happens in what Soviet defector Yuri Bezmenov identified as the “normalization” stage, after subversion of a nation is complete. It’s as though they can’t do anything but eliminate their perceived enemies because they just don’t know how to do anything else. The body count in the Soviet gulag state, including reigns of terrors and purges intended to rid the country of counter-revolutionaries, was in the tens of millions.

 

In this phase, violence is considered simply a necessary means to achieving the goal of centralized power. There is not even a pretense of due process or respect for free speech. Yet there are pretexts given for eliminating perceived enemies, excuses that have the perpetrators projecting their own intentions upon their victims. That’s an old and tragic story.

 

‘Confirm Thy Soul in Self-Control, Thy Liberty in Law’

 

America is still a free nation with laws on the books that protect individuals from abuses by the state. But we should be very disturbed by the emergence of trends that, if left unchecked, would lead to the consolidation of centralized power by elites who would abolish the Bill of Rights. Communism, as well as fascism and all such forms of totalitarianism, is the natural product of such unchecked trends.

 

So when people disrespect the American flag “because oppression,” they tend to be clueless that their freedom to do so is extremely fragile. Freedom must be fought for, tooth and nail. Then it must be appreciated and nurtured, never taken for granted.

 

We are still in the fight to preserve freedom. But when we review the preponderance of trends that point us in that direction, we ought to pay attention to the symptoms and work to reverse those trends. We ought to be looking hard for a cure, or at least a path to sanity and balance.

 

This means filling the vacuum of ignorance with knowledge and teaching students how to dispassionately assess information and process it on their own rather than rely on emotion and groupthink—and finding a way to do so quickly. It means cultivating respect for reality over pseudo-reality. It means reaching out in goodwill to others, no matter their political persuasion, to de-fang the polarization causing so much alienation and unhappiness in our society.

 

All of these trends, which I’ll explore in more detail in Parts II and III, will lead to absolute power, if left unchecked. Centralized power, as crystallized in the political system of Communism, has always led to scarcity, distrust, death, and just plain human misery. It really does deserve to be buried in the ash heap of history.

 

As we try to stem such tides, I hope we can take to heart these lines from the second verse of Katherine Lee Bates’ grand hymn, “America the Beautiful”:

 

“America, America, God mend thine every flaw. Confirm thy soul in self-control, Thy liberty in law.” [Bold Text Blog Editors]

 

Individual freedom cannot survive if it isn’t balanced with a widespread sense of personal responsibility, self-regulation, self-governance, and the rule of law that allows for dispassionate due process is critical to preventing the loss of liberty that comes via its abuse. In the overall pattern of human history, this is the road less-traveled. But as America has proven, it is the only road that allows for mending flaws and the pursuit of happiness.

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Understanding the Paradox of Freedom


An Independence Day message from the Christian news website Assist News provides a Christian perspective of Freedom. The first caught my attention because it was written by a person from a relatively small city in Oklahoma – Grove. I have lived most of the last 25-years in Oklahoma arriving from a small college town in Central Washington State (east of the Cascades) where I had grown up, went to High School and completed my college education.

 

Here is a teaser quote from the essay:

 

“At the very heart of the Christian gospel is the strange truth,” he continues, “that real freedom is found only in giving up everything secular culture touts as freedom. The gospel, it turns out, requires a distinction between the enjoyment of true freedom and the mere possession of ‘free will.’ Not that free will or independence from tyranny is a bad thing; they’re just not true freedom. True freedom, the gospel tells us, is trusting obedience, the obedience of faith. That’s not exactly the image one finds portrayed in popular culture.”

 

So, what does true freedom mean for those who choose to follow Christ? According to St. Augustine, true freedom is not choice or lack of constraint, but being what you are meant to be. (Understanding the Paradox of Freedom; By Carol Round; AssistNews.net; 7/2/17 [Blog Editor: The Ms. Round is quoting is President James Madison])

 

JRH 7/3/17

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Understanding the Paradox of Freedom (Writer’s Opinion)

 

By Carol Round, Special to ASSIST News Service (Writer’s Opinion)

Email Alert Sent: 7/2/2017 8:15 PM

Webpage date: July 2, 2017

Webpage: Assist News

True freedom comes through Christ – https://thepreachersword.com

 

[Blog Editor: The entirety of the essay is in the email however I am cross posting from the webpage.]

 

GROVE, OK (ANS – July 2, 2017) –

 

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery” — Galatians 5:1 (NIV).

 

To most Americans, the word freedom connotes images of the American flag. We associate July 4 with the freedoms we’ve been granted by the U.S. Constitution. We celebrate our country’s independence with fireworks and parades.

 

According to dictionary.com, freedom means “the state of being free or at liberty rather than in confinement or under physical restraint.”

 

Physical freedom is denied those locked behind prison walls. But those who have discovered a relationship with Jesus while in prison will tell you they are, indeed, now free, in spite of the iron bars they peer through each day.

 

Found throughout the Bible, the word, “freedom,” is familiar to those who’ve read God’s Holy Word. John 8:32 says, “And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

 

In an article by Roger Olson, he writes, “Unfortunately, two very different ideas of freedom get confused in many people’s minds. The biblical idea of freedom is different from, but easily confused with, the cultural value of the same name. And neither one is the same as “free will.” It can be confusing to the average Christian who wants to know what “real freedom” is. Is it having choices? Is it lack of coercion and constraint? Is it being able to do whatever you want? In what sense does Christ set us free, and how is that different from what Madison Avenue and Hollywood promise?

 

“At the very heart of the Christian gospel is the strange truth,” he continues, “that real freedom is found only in giving up everything secular culture touts as freedom. The gospel, it turns out, requires a distinction between the enjoyment of true freedom and the mere possession of ‘free will.’ Not that free will or independence from tyranny is a bad thing; they’re just not true freedom.

 

True freedom, the gospel tells us, is trusting obedience, the obedience of faith. That’s not exactly the image one finds portrayed in popular culture.”

 

So, what does true freedom mean for those who choose to follow Christ? According to St. Augustine, true freedom is not choice or lack of constraint, but being what you are meant to be.

 

For too many years of my adult life, I was a slave—a slave to other’s opinions, a slave to the false image I portrayed as someone who had her life together, a slave to the identities I slipped into because of cultural demands. I wasn’t experiencing true freedom. I wasn’t completely free until I embraced the woman God has created me to be.

 

“Humans were created in the image of God. True freedom, then,” writes Olson, “is not found in moving away from that image but only in living it out. The closer we conform to the true image of God, Jesus Christ, the freer we become. The farther we drift from it, the more our freedom shrinks.”

 

Only Christ can set us free.

 

 

Photo captions: 1) True freedom comes through Christ. (https://thepreachersword.com). 2) Carol Round.

 

Note: I always love hearing from my readers. Please feel free to e-mail me at carol@carolaround.com with your thoughts, or visit my blog for more inspiration at www.carolaround.com. If you need a speaker or workshop leader, you can contact me at the above e-mail or website. I’d be delighted to hear from you.

 

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About ASSIST and Dan Wooding

 

Dan Wooding has been my friend for over 20 years, and I hold him in the highest esteem. I love his stories, his courage, and his conviction.

 

Dan and his wonderful wife Norma have been faithful to God and the call to share the stories of Christians working around the world for decades. They have been through difficult times, and have always found a way to get the work done.

 

Dan tells his own story of being a British journalist gone a bit wild after growing up on the mission field with his parents. Then Dan was convicted to tell the stories of Christians being killed and persecuted in countries where their faith left them vulnerable to abuse and worse. Dan has been in many dangerous situations in order to get the story out to the rest of the world.

 

Lower down on this page, you can see a module from Amazon.com with some of Dan’s books listed there.  He is amazingly prolific and so effective in his work.

 

http://assist-ministries.com/

 

The main ASSIST Ministries site will give you information on the multiple locations of the ministry, and the projects that are ongoing.

 

http://www.assistnews.net/

 

The ASSIST news site gives you access to stories that are of interest to Christians worldwide, some of them would never be told without Dan Wooding’s help.

  

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Islam, Elsa and I


Traditional Biblical Faith and Non-Traditional Thinking

John R. Houk

© September 7, 2015

I had cross posted an email from Elsa Schieder by some thoughts her email inspired. The title of that post is “My Thoughts on Same-Sex Marriage & Nobel for Pastor Mulinde”. The subject title of Elsa’s email was “Honor Umar Mulinde – we stand with this man”. If you don’t know, are uniformed or are multiculturally brainwashed here are some quotes on Islam from experts and Muslims alike – HERE and HERE.

The reason I added some personal thoughts on same-sex marriage is because after promoting Pastor Umar Mulinde for a nomination for a Nobel Peace Prize for being a Christian Pastor persecuted for his faith with a Muslim acid bath Elsa addressed some flak on her position on same-sex marriage. Evidently she lost a huge amount of subscribers who looked forward to her Counterjihad newsletters.

Here is an excerpt of the email addressing the cancelling subscribers:

And now I will come back to the response to my piece saying that I don’t see how permitting gay marriage threatens marriage. A few people wrote comments like, brilliant! They were in the minority. I also had a couple of thoughtful responses against gay marriage. Again, these were in the minority. I’ve never had so many people cancel – including people who have been getting the updates for 3 years, since I started the initial interview series. Several cancelled with comments like: “God says homosexuality is a sin. Just what don’t you understand?”

I could have answered that we don’t all believe in the same god. Quite a few of us don’t believe in any cosmic force.

But that would have been a response to the words, not to the emotion.

What I saw most was that my not being against gay marriage touched what I might call a hot button, often a hot anger button. Game over. Get out now. No more updates ever. (Found in post “My Thoughts on Same-Sex Marriage & Nobel for Pastor Mulinde”)

I have to admit I did not read Elsa’s supportive email for same-sex marriage. Nonetheless, if I had read it I would have gone through that inner search that weighs what I am acutely aware about Islam as anti-Western and anti-Christian (and numerous anti-this or that which should alarm the full scale of the political spectrum) in its revered writings measured against the Biblical principles that homosexuality is a sinful abomination. Here are a couple of blog posts that will give some insight into my stand on the Bible pertaining to homosexuality:

o Homosexual Sin and the Christian Approach

o Introductory portion to “This is Why we Call the Gay Lobby Fascist!

I responded to Elsa with surprise that subscribers left a Counterjihad subscription because of a stand that Conservative Americans (including myself) would disagree. I still believe in her role as a Counterjihad writer regardless of disagreeing with her stand on same-sex marriage. Here is an excerpt from what I wrote about same-sex marriage:

In the matter of same-sex marriage: For me there is no way around the fact that marriage is a religious oath of fidelity. As far as the Bible informs then, same-sex marriage should not be performed or accepted by Christians. However, a civil union as in a defined and binding contract is Constitutional according to even [Constitutional] Original Intent and a matter of choosing Life in Christ or death in the Last Judgment with Satan and his deceived minions. Christians should never give up on showing a person lost in sin the Light of Christ and the path to eternal redemption. (I added “Constitutional” for clarity – John R. Houk; My Thoughts on Same-Sex Marriage & Nobel for Pastor Mulinde)

I am fairly certain that some fellow believers will find the “civil union” concept as something still unacceptable. Nevertheless we do live in a nation of laws. The Constitution and the Bill of Rights are central to American culture. It is our Constitution that allows some sort of agreeing harmony among Leftists, Conservatives, religious adherents, Secular Humanists and atheists pertaining to the respect for law and order. Constitutional interpretation is becoming a wider gap in the American political spectrum. I have come to the conclusion that Multiculturalism and politically correct Left Wing thinking has eroded the American harmony into more and more conflict.

Elsa’s email response to my thoughts on same-sex marriage relate to the point that not all people have my perspective on the supremacy of a monotheist God from the Judeo-Christian Holy Bible. She wrote as follows:

Hello John,

Thank you for writing. I don’t see anyone as insignificant.

I have also noted your many efforts on google plus. Not insignificant.

Much more, I know we are not insignificant as ourselves, who we are.

Yes, we disagree on gay marriage – however, like you I want to do this respectfully.

On my side, as you must know, my spirituality, and also my beliefs about the more-than-5-sense-world, are different from yours. So what for you is sin and death, for me is fine – freedom unless you are hurting someone (hitting, insulting, etc.).

The most amazing thing for me: this experience with traditional Christians is something new for me – except for some encounters with Jehovah’s Witnesses as a mid-teen. Yours is an alien inner landscape for me.

My sense is we come to counter-jihad from different angles – for me Islam is against freedom, the right to flourish.

And now I want to tell you about a strength of the traditional Christians I have noticed (and you most likely know).

I’ve had to hold out against political correctness on my own – through thinking. Most people around me have gone the brain-wrecked route of political correctness.

Traditional Christians have more tools – starting with being encouraged to stand strongly for the truths they believe in, not caving in if someone else is offended.

And yet, like the non-religious politically correct people, so many of them have caved in as well.

Anyway, I find it vital that we can stand for our beliefs – and also learn – and discuss.

From my “experience” (meaning, one can’t verify as one can verify the experience of a sunset) of the “cosmic” (or however one might designate it), I don’t see that my view on gay marriage will ever coincide with yours.

By the way, re-marriage – I think you read my viewpoint: the different religions should have the option to marry (or not marry) in accordance with their beliefs, except when this violates the law (like marrying a child). I know, for instance, that the different branches of the Lutheran church have very different understandings of the biblical texts – re: women, gays, etc. (I am not going to mix into this argument – not mine.)

A big thing, for me: respecting each other, even when there is disagreement.

Again, thank you for writing,

All the best,

Elsa

On 2015-09-01, at 2:18 PM

When I asked for permission to use Elsa’s permission to post her email, she gave permission and responded thus including a quote from my intro to her promotion of Pastor Umar Mulinde for the Nobel Peace Prize (“My Thoughts on Same-Sex Marriage & Nobel for Pastor Mulinde”):

I agree:

“(E)ven in disagreement there is still ground for agreement. Christians (of all Denominations), atheists, Secularists and other religions not Islamic should unite and agree that Islam is a threat to all of our lines of thought and beliefs.”

All the best to all of us on the side of life, love, freedom,

Elsa

There is a time when political and social disagreements need to be set aside in Western Culture. The theopolitical tenets of the revered writings of Islam inspiring Sunni and Shia aspirations for a global Caliphate at the expense of the Liberties and Freedoms that have come to pass in West should/MUST unite a common goal to stop the un-Western concepts of Islam from finding any kind of ascendance. Since I am an American this unity must especially coalesce insuring the efficacy of the United State Constitution.

JRH 9/7/15

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Liberty or Big Brother Order – YOU Choose


John R. Houk

© July 12, 2015

Somehow (probably of my own doing) I have found myself on the mailing list of the Campaign for Liberty. Undoubtedly since I reside in the great State of Oklahoma, the national organization has funneled my name to the local State chapter. The Campaign for Liberty is plugged into the Conservative-Libertarian views of former Representative Ron Paul. I confess I have an affinity for Ron Paul’s policy reforms on a national level; however his foreign policy ideals are something I am in great disagreement.

I’m not real big on Ron Paul isolationist policies to manage the national budget in a more efficient manner. It is my belief once America relinquishes the reach of its military prowess, ideologies (the variations of Marxist-Socialist transnationalism), religions of hate (viz. Islam and Islamic Supremacist ideologies) and various reawakenings of foreign American-hating nationalism (e.g. Russia and Iran); THEN America’s National Security will be vulnerable to outside intrusions into our way of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.

The thing is though, if America continues on the Left Wing path that Obama’s transformation agenda has sent we Americans, great turmoil will occur in our nation once the rest of the Americans awaken to the loss of the American way of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. Once that awakening occurs then those who still are drawn to the Founding Fathers’ revolutionary paradigm will recall the words framed by Thomas Jefferson and signed by the representatives from Thirteen British-American Colonies demanding the bonds of tyranny from an unjust government be ended – by arms if necessary.

In that spirit I share this email not only with my fellow Oklahomans but also with the citizens of all these United States to take a moment and contemplate the posterity of American freedoms especially under the light of the Christian principles and morality those former Englishmen and other Europeans brought to the then British American Colonies to worship as freely as an equal to the Church of England.

It is time for Americans to unite under the Freedom and Liberty issues that draw us together and not to hold the slimmer issues in which we might be in variance to separate us. For example, I am not an isolationists. BUT a time may arise in which isolationism vs. international military power is rendered irrelevant in the face of any tyranny that threatens our moral Freedom, moral Liberty and our moral Common Good.

JRH 7/12/15

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They Want You to Stop Paying Attention

By Kirk Shelley – Oklahoma State Coordinator

Sent from: Oklahoma Campaign for Liberty

Sent: 7/9/2015 3:04 PM

After election season, legislators count on you to stop paying attention, go back to your daily lives, and forget about politics until they need your vote again.

They want you to blindly believe their legislative votes will line up with their party platform and campaign rhetoric.

What happens if you believe them?

The state apparatus will continue to bury your liberties and squander your resources.

And you can most certainly count on the horse-trading and backroom deals to continue.

They’ll sell your rights to the highest bidder . . . if you let them.

If you’re willing to take the lead and help Campaign for Liberty throw a wrench in their plans, please click here to let us know.

Every year, thousands of bills are passed across the nation. The vast majority of them limit your liberty in some way.

In fact, there are currently so many laws on the books at the federal level alone, the Congressional Research Service has admitted they can’t even keep track of all of them!

It’s said the average American is guilty of breaking 3 federal laws every day and they don’t even know it.

Imagine how that translates when you add in state and local laws.

Many (if not most) bills are passed every year because some powerful, establishment insiders and their well-financed cronies hit the right pressure points and bought the right legislators to get the job done.

And the result is a windfall to those same politicians and their powerful allies, but they annihilate your liberties.

Said to be one of the greatest historians, Gaius Tacitus said, “The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government.”

How right he was.

Will you help Campaign for Liberty fight back?

If you’re willing to help by taking the lead in your area, please click here to let us know.

All across the country, Campaign for Liberty grassroots leaders are taking on the status quo at the local, state, and national levels.

These activists have taken the time to learn and implement C4L’s winning model and they are defeating statist schemes at every level of government.

Do you believe in individual liberty and constitutional government?

Are you tired of Big Government’s attacks on your rights?

Are you ready to do what it takes to neutralize the anti-liberty politicians in your Township, School Board, City Council, and State Legislature?

If you’re willing to learn and apply our proven model, you’ll be provided with extensive training options and materials, as well as support from our volunteer leadership network and State Operations staff.

Do you have the desire to lead but lack experience? Don’t let that stop you! Some of the most successful C4L coordinators in the country started out with little or no experience.

Our training materials will provide you with:

· Tips on how to start and grow your local group;

· A clear understanding on why the typical “Access-Based” lobbying method does not work;

· Proven techniques other successful C4L groups are implementing;

· Tips on how to employ these effective techniques to achieve meaningful victory;

· And much, much more.

You don’t need vast experience in the field to be selected as a new coordinator.

If you are serious about learning what it takes to win, are willing to apply the C4L model, and have a desire to lead others to victory, we have the tools to help you succeed.

If you’re ready to foil the establishment’s schemes against your liberty, click here to let us know.

In Liberty,

Kirk Shelley
Oklahoma State Coordinator
Campaign for Liberty

P.S. Every year, thousands of bills are passed across the nation. The vast majority of them limit your liberty in some way.

Gaius Tacitus was correct when he said, “The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government.”

If you’re tired of Big Government’s attacks on your liberties, believe in limited, constitutional government, and are ready to join the winning team advocating for freedom, I want to hear from you.

Click here to let us know you’re willing to take the lead and help Campaign for Liberty throw a wrench in the establishment’s plans.

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Liberty or Big Brother Order – YOU Choose

John R. Houk

© July 12, 2015

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Campaign for Liberty (National) About Page

 

Statement of Principles

 

Americans inherit from our ancestors a glorious tradition of freedom and resistance to oppression.  Our country has long been admired by the rest of the world for her great example of liberty and prosperity—a light shining in the darkness of tyranny.

 

But many Americans today are frustrated.  The political choices they are offered give them no real choice at all.  For all their talk of “change,” neither major political party as presently constituted challenges the status quo in any serious way.  Neither treats the Constitution with anything but contempt.  Neither offers any kind of change in monetary policy.  Neither wants to make the reductions in government that our crushing debt burden demands.  Neither talks about bringing American troops home not just from Iraq but from around the world.  Our country is going bankrupt, and none of these sensible proposals are even on the table.

 

This destructive bipartisan consensus has suffocated American political life for many years.  Anyone who tries to ask fundamental questions instead of cosmetic ones is ridiculed or ignored.

 

That is why the Campaign for Liberty was established: to highlight the neglected but common-sense principles we champion and reinsert them into the American political conversation.

 

The U.S. Constitution is at the heart of what the Campaign for Liberty stands for, since the very least we can demand of our government is fidelity to its own governing document.  Claims that our Constitution was meant to be a “living document” that judges may interpret as they please are fraudulent, incompatible with republican government, and without foundation in the constitutional text or the thinking of the Framers.  Thomas Jefferson spoke of binding our rulers down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution, and we are proud to follow in his distinguished lineage.

 

With our Founding Fathers, we also believe in a noninterventionist foreign policy.  Inspired by the old Robert Taft wing of the Republican Party, we are convinced that the American people cannot remain free and prosperous with 700 military bases around the world, troops in 130 countries, and a steady diet of war propaganda.  Our military overstretch is undermining our national defense and bankrupting our country.

 

We believe that the free market, reviled by people who do not understand it, is the most just and humane economic system and the greatest engine of prosperity the world has ever known.

We believe with Ludwig von Mises, Henry Hazlitt, and F.A. Hayek that central banking distorts economic decision making and misleads entrepreneurs into making unsound investments.  Hayek won the Nobel Prize for showing how central banks’ interference with interest rates sets the stage for economic downturns.  And the central bank’s ability to create money out of thin air transfers wealth from the most vulnerable to those with political pull, since it is the latter who receive the new money before the price increases it brings in its wake have yet occurred.  For economic and moral reasons, therefore, we join the great twentieth-century economists in opposing the Federal Reserve System, which has reduced the value of the dollar by 95 percent since it began in 1913.

 

We oppose the dehumanizing assumption that all issues that divide us must be settled at the federal level and forced on every American community, whether by activist judges, a power-hungry executive, or a meddling Congress.  We believe in the humane alternative of local self-government, as called for in our Constitution.

 

We oppose the transfer of American sovereignty to supranational organizations in which the American people possess no elected representatives.  Such compromises of our country’s independence run counter to the principles of the American Revolution, which was fought on behalf of self-government and local control.  Most of these organizations have a terrible track record even on their own terms: how much poverty have the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund actually alleviated, for example?  The peoples of the world can interact with each other just fine in the absence of bureaucratic intermediaries that undermine their sovereignty.

 

We believe that freedom is an indivisible whole, and that it includes not only economic liberty but civil liberties and privacy rights as well, all of which are historic rights that our civilization has cherished from time immemorial.

 

Our stances on other issues can be deduced from these general principles.

 

Our country is ailing.  That is the bad news.  The good news is that the remedy is so simple and attractive: a return to the principles our Founders taught us.  Respect for the Constitution, the rule of law, individual liberty, sound money, and a noninterventionist foreign policy constitute the foundation of the Campaign for Liberty.

This Independence Day, the Health Ranger asks: What are YOU doing for freedom?


American (Bald) Eagle - US Flag Background

Mike Adams (aka Health Ranger) has written an Independence Day message with theme that Americans need to become of the Liberty and Freedom individuals have in the United States of America insured by the Constitution. Adams then provides a list of websites for Americans to join causes that Liberty and Freedom are the focal point. Honestly most of the websites are ones I concur with but there are a few in which I have some minor disagreements with. His longer list are given without links so I am going to do you a favor and find their web address.

 

JRH 7/3/14 (Hat Tip Vicki)

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This Independence Day, the Health Ranger asks: What are YOU doing for freedom?

By Mike Adams

July 03, 2014

Natural News

 

(NaturalNews) Commenting on other people’s articles is easy. Sharing them on social networking is easy. Signing an online petition is easy, and so is forwarding an email. But this Independence Day, I’m asking all the millions of Natural News fans and readers to ask yourself this question: What are YOU doing for freedom this year?

And by that question, I mean what are you doing for freedom in the real world.

The online world is one thing, and it’s a powerful thing, but it’s not where the rubber meets the road. Right now is the time for all of us — myself included — to get off our butts and join real-world action in the name of freedom.

 

Find a cause for freedom and join it (or spark it!)

 

It doesn’t matter where you fall on the political spectrum. I’ve found that We the People have a wide range of things we have in common, regardless of who we voted for in the last election. Everybody wants to have honest labels on food. Everybody wants to be safe from toxic pesticides, herbicides and agricultural poisons. Everybody wants the opportunity for economic prosperity in a fair and just system where hard work and innovation is rewarded. Everybody is tired of the lies and oppression of corrupt politicians, evil corporations and the lying news media. We are UNITED in these truths!

Right now, the world is waking up to revolution. Awareness, truth and liberty is spreading globally. People who are fed up with being oppressed by government incompetence and criminality are finally taking matters into their own hands to call for justice, human dignity and human rights.

As a wonderful example of this, hundreds of courageous U.S. men and women are planning a rescue mission on July 5th to demand the release of Marine Sgt. Tahmooressi — a U.S. military veteran who has been imprisoned by the government of Mexico due to a border crossing technicality stemming from an honest road navigation error.

It’s time for real American citizens to band together, march into Mexico with determination, and free our fellow citizen from prison there. Bring him home and celebrate our compassion for our fellow brothers and sisters who have suffered enough.

 

Human freedom is on the verge of being forever lost if not demanded now

 

In our nation right now, there are powerful institutions actively fighting to keep us all enslaved. Those include the government itself, the mainstream media and of course certain powerful corporations that profit from domination and monopolistic practices. It is this suffocating scourge of oppression and enslavement that has denied generations of Americans their rightful heritage of abundance, prosperity, health and happiness.

Today, many of our cities stand on the verge of collapse. In Detroit, nearly half the citizens cannot afford running water. (1) In New York, 1 in 6 families faces starvation. (2) The collapse of America into third-world conditions is happening so rapidly and unexpectedly that the United Nations may soon be called in to “rescue” city-dwellers. (3) Since 2001, America has suffered a loss of 56,000 manufacturing facilities (4), and southern towns are now being literally overrun by such a huge wave of undocumented immigrants that the Department of Homeland Security has declared a Level Four Alert. (5)

Similarly, California is experiencing a mass exodus as the burden of failed government policies and outrageous taxation drives families and businesses into bankruptcy. Illinois and Michigan have become bureaucratic nightmares of corruption and executive brutality against the citizens, and the mass militarization of local police is turning America’s streets into literal war zones, where no citizen is safe.

 

National apathy has allowed EVIL to attain positions of power

 

Is this the America that once declared its independence from tyranny rule? Far from it. While too many citizens slumbered in comfort and apathy, devious, dark forces slithered into positions of corporate, government and media power. They now own the nation and run the theater… and upon the world stage they have created, they play out fables called “The News” or a “White House press conference.”

But the fictions they have desperately woven are rapidly unraveling. The comatose masses are beginning to awaken in unprecedented numbers. Awareness, consciousness and courage are taking form, rising from the hearts and souls of our fellow brothers and sisters, all of whom desire the same things we do: happiness, prosperity, health, longevity and abundance. And along with those core desires, we now understand that they can only be protected when we also demand government accountability, human rights, personal liberty and privacy, personal responsibility and respect for a system of laws under which ALL men and women must operate.

This is why I wrote the song, “Revolution of the Heart.” We need a global revolution, but it must be a revolution grounded in a conscious awakening, a love of life, and the steadfast courage to demand truth, justice and liberty even in the face of tremendous evil.

VIDEO: Revolution of the Heart music video – Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, Natural News

 

The call for global freedom is becoming urgent

 

This Independence Day, I urge you to find your passion for freedom and pursue it with a sense of urgency. The window of opportunity during which we can make a difference in the direction of our nation is fast closing. History is being written (and sometimes fabricated) with each ticking second of the national debt clock. Each of us is growing older at the same rate, at the same time, and this physical life is finite for us all.

What will YOU do with the minutes you have remaining? How will you express that deep spiritual truth that calls out inside you and which has the name FREEDOM?

If you’re hungry for freedom, I encourage you to challenge yourself to remain open to new ideas. Explore a new buffet of ideas for your brain, and enjoy the stimulation that naturally comes from tasting new ideas and philosophical concepts.

Here are some extremely valuable online resources where you can really flex your brain and expand your knowledge of FREEDOM as it’s happening right now, across our world, as history unfolds before our eyes:

* Adam Kokesh’s new downloadable book (and audio book) called “FREEDOM!”
http://www.adamvstheman.com/freedom

* Steve Quayle’s alternative news aggregation site, which compiles some of the most startling and mind-bending headlines you’ve ever read:
http://www.SteveQuayle.com

* The Tenth Amendment Center, which stands for human liberty and justice for all
http://tenthamendmentcenter.com

* The amazing new alternative news aggregation website “The Liberty Mill”
http://www.TheLibertyMill.com

On the Liberty Mill website, you’ll find the latest headlines from all the following sources, many of which tend to run strongly toward the conservative side, but all of which have something extremely valuable to offer to the public dialog. Some of my favorite sites in this list include SHTFPlan, Lew Rockwell and SGT Report:

SGT Report

Drudge Report

Lew Rockwell

Zero Hedge

King World News

Max Keiser

SHTFPlan

Who What Why

Natural News

CNS News

Infowars

Victory Report

Breitbart

Financial Survival Network

USA Watchdog

Don’t Tread On Me

Liberty Blitzkrieg

Financial Sense

What Really Happened

TF Metals Report

Activist Post

Silver Doctors

Gold Silver

Anti War

Intellihub

Freedom Outpost

Gold Silver Worlds

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VIDEO: I Am a Ukrainian


Yesterday I posted Justin Smith’s analysis of the goings on in Ukraine based on some interviews with Ukrainian activists he had conducted. Today I was playing catch-up on my Gmail (again) and came across a very powerful video of a Ukrainian gal declaring her love of her country and her weariness of corrupt Ukrainian leaders. You need to watch this!

 

JRH 3/1/14 (Hat Tip: Justin Smith)

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VIDEO: I Am a Ukrainian

 

Posted by Whisper Roar

Published: Feb 10, 2014

 

Yulia Marushevska filmed by Graham Mitchell in Kyiv.
All other footage captured from various Internet sources.

To find out more about A Whisper to a Roar, visit:
http://www.awhispertoaroar.com

To see more of the Maidan and the people who are protesting there, please visit this website: https://www.facebook.com/maidaners1

 

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Yup, still running behind email reading. I came across a Facebook post by Justin Smith which I will post as an update to the above. I believe this is an email that Justin received then posted to his Facebook page.

 

UPDATE JRH 3/1/14

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From One More Wonderful New Friend

Posted by Justin Smith

From: Ms. Yevgeniya Goncharuk (activist, protester)

2/24, 4:37am Expand

Justin posted: February 25, 2014 at 4:31pm

 

Dear Mr. Smith,

 

I’m Galya’s friend.

 

I write some thoughts about what happened in Kyiv, they are chaotic, but I decided to send them. I hope there are not many grammar mistakes.

 

“There is a pain in my heart. Ukraine washed with tears. Many different and difficult thoughts are in my head. Fear to forget. Fear to allow politicians to forget what had happened. There is no feeling that something great was achieved. I do not see a clear plan for how to remove the old politicians, judges and policemen. But I know that people have to learn to live by new, normal rules. There is hope. Perhaps, we should start with ourselves. Ukrainians are great, they are beautiful people. They surprised themselves. Suddenly they show, that they are brave, desperate and they deserve a better life.

The main thing is to remember all the mistakes and lies of every person, who worked in the government. Criminals have to sit in jail. How long will they avoid punishment? This is the only way to show others that everyone who breaks the law will be punished in Ukraine. Perhaps then people will start to follow the law. And then, I hope, we will understand what moral laws are”. 


Yevgeniya.

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Editor: I took a little editorial license with Yevgeniya message but I am sure here emotional accent still flows.  Take heart and God bless the Ukrainians. You can read Yevgeniya’s untampered version on Justin Smith’s Facebook page. By the way I just had a word epiphany which many will find silly; viz. Kyiv and Kiev are variant spellings of the Capital of Ukraine.

 

Is There another Independence Day in our Future?


George Washington Portrait 1779

John R. Houk

© July 4, 2013

 

What were the issues that united 13 diverse British Colonies to revolt against one of the most powerful nations of the day? The Declaration of Independence was proclaimed on July 4, 1776. Will a mega-powerful central government in the USA cause another revolt in the 21st century? John W. Whitehead has written a book “A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State”.

 

Here is a roughly four minute video of Whitehead explaining the potential for a future American Police State.

 

VIDEO: On Target Pressure Points: Orwell Revisited

 

Posted by RutherfordInstitute

Jun 26, 2013

 

In conjunction with the upcoming release of his new book, A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State, John W. Whitehead sits down to discuss several “pressure points” that are threatening the Bill of Rights and undermining our essential freedoms. In part seven of this special series, Whitehead explains the ways in which George Orwell’s dystopian nightmare is slowly but surely becoming our reality.

 

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You know a lot of conspiracy theories are predicting global economic collapse and global social chaos. Conspiracy Theorists point to ramping up of various government agencies ramping up weaponry and police combat training which includes the IRS. Why in the world does the IRS need a force of physical coercion when there are agencies like the FBI and the ATF?

 

DHS and AMMO Act

 

Is Homeland Security Set to Arm TSA Agents?

 

DHS/FEMA Raising an Army: Arming & Training Latino Gang Members to Subdue Americans During Martial Law Ruse

 

Major General: Why Are Domestic Government Agencies Purchasing Enough Lethal Ammunition to Put 5 Rounds In Every American?

 

VIDEO: Mark Levin: ‘We have the elements of a police state’

 

Now I am certain there are those that follow Conspiracies more than I that can point to other websites that talk of the ever tightening vice-grip on the lives of Americans eroding our cherished Bill of Rights.

 

Unless this is straightened out you won’t have to a prophet to predict another American revolt will occur.

 

JRH 7/4/13

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One Man Rule will END the Constitution


Romulus Augustus last Emperor Rome 2

Romulus Augustus Last Emperor of Western Roman Empire

 

John R. Houk

© May 12, 2013

 

Danny correctly observes the uncanny parallels between the Roman Empire and the United States of America. The only criticism I have and it is a bit silly is that the Roman Republic made Rome an empire. Rome’s decline began when the republican form of government was replaced by the rule of law of one man that utilized republic’s infrastructure to enforce the rule of one man. Rome exchanged the rule of law for the rule of man. When Octavius secured Roman government under his “enlightened” leaders he became Emperor. Octavius of the Republic was no more for he transformed into Augustus and essentially took his Uncle Julius’ family name as “Caesar” instead of the obvious “Emperor”.

 

Augustus’ Roman Empire was strong and succeeded hundreds of years after his death. Rome’s decline was the deficiency of one man rule of succeeding emperors that led quite immoral lives. Even though the Western half of the Roman Empire ended circa 475 AD according to famed historian Edward Gibbons, Western Roman already nearly non-existent by the time the last Emperor was defeated and deposed.

 

My point about the decline of Rome is if the USA has a parallel a one man rule will probably take place. Just as Augustus was perceived to be the savior from the chaos of Rome Republic rivals for power, then a similar parallel would occur in the USA.

 

Is America to the point that politically powerful people will divide the sympathies of Americans to the point that the U.S. Constitution is irrelevant? It could happen that factions tear Constitutional rule of law to pieces because of the feeling of desperation.

 

America’s only hope is for a consensus of voters become strong enough to elect Constitutional Originalists into Office and Constitutional Originalists are selected for the Federal Judiciary especially the Supreme Court.

 

Otherwise … Factions of the political spectrum will war for power with the winner taking all rendering the Constitution as a glorious document in the history of humankind.

 

Well those are my thoughts on Danny Jeffrey’s essay “The Decline and Fall of America”.

 

JRH 5/12/13

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American Voters are Accepting of Leftist Principles


American takes Flag from sickle-hammer

John R. Houk

© December 3, 2012

 

I believe there was a time that American voters had a concern about stealth Marxism/Communism transforming America into a Collective in which Liberty and Civil Rights were defined by the State rather than Constitutional Rule of Law. After Election 2012 I now believe Americans could care less about American Freedoms. People are simply willing to have their lives and culture defined by the State.

 

Feel me, hear me, see me and touch me and tell me what to believe for my own good. The toehold to despotism is the illusion of government dependent beneficence. If the government is the hand that feeds you and the creator of a temporal synthetic existence causing security euphoria, then actual Liberty won and instituted by law by the people and for the people will be lost to an oligarchic bureaucracy that in turn has government policy distributed by a ruling elite.

 

The polarization in America is between hardcore Leftists that have convinced (apparently most) Americans that a Secular Humanist, Multicultural Diverse and Judeo-Christian destroying society is the path to utopia AND those Americans that have an awareness of fiscal responsibility, Social Conservatism based on Judeo-Christianity as well as the Original Intent of the Founding Fathers revolutionizing the Rule of Law of a Representative Republic.

 

We Americans on the Right side of the polarized scale must step up our level to communicate to Americans the risks to American Liberty by unwittingly investing in the Socialist-Marxist-Communist journey to the illusion of a man-made utopia. Friends, there is no such thing as a utopia that realizes the greater good for the betterment of humankind when the architect is man.

 

Yes, I am a Christian. I am a Christian that believes a great debt is owed to Jews. Even though the Jews do not share the Christian sentiment of Salvation in Christ Jesus, the New Testament clearly proclaims that Salvation is of the Jews. Our Savior was born a Jew, raised a Jew and lived as a Jew in His earthly walk that led to the Crucifixion, Death and bodily Resurrection that Christians believe brings Deliverance from bondage of a Satan influenced age and a transference to the Kingdom of God.

 

The only utopia on planet Earth will be after the Creator forms the New Earth-New Jerusalem and the New Heaven in which the nations that have come to their senses believe in the Kingship of Jesus Christ. The Rule of Law will not be devised by humanity; rather humanity will have the Will of God imprinted in their new creation spirit knowing instantly the good rejecting any evil that separates from God Almighty.

 

Yes that is correct. I injected faith and politics as the God-Kind of life that government will be like without humanity calling the shots. The Founding Fathers realized that government should not have any business in religion yet that religion (specifically the Christian religion) must be the conscience of government. Robbing America of a Christian conscience has slowly changed our society in which greed, violence and distrust are embedded in our culture.

 

We Americans of the Right must find a way to reinstill the vision of the Founding Fathers complete with the conscience that keeps government in line and by extension our culture in a better moral state.

 

You may wonder what set off this line of thought. Well it was an article by Trevor Loudon that exposes the tentacles of the Left forming policy of the Democratic Party as administered by the Obama regime on the USA.

 

JRH 12/3/12 (Hat Tip: Danny Jeffrey)

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