Daily Archives: March 17, 2017

SPIRIT GIVES BIRTH TO SPIRIT

 

Up out of the Bunker Archives – true in 2004 true now

…every form of government has a single characteristic which forms the basis for its power; if that is lost the government falls.  …  In a Democracy, the underlying principle is virtue, when that is lost the Democracy fails and ceases to exist. – Ronald Reagan, from Reagan, In His Own Hand: The Writings of Ronald Reagan that Reveal His Revolutionary Vision for America (Biography)

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.  The Declaration of Independence

Have you ever thought yourself awake?  Su and I attend Prayer Meetings on Wednesday nights if I’m not working late.  Following our time of prayer, the Pastor leads a Bible study.  We discussed John 3 this week.  The discussion centered on the “born again” part of the scripture.  Born again is a term derisively used to describe Christians, by those who fear or do not understand the religion.  The rebirth, which Jesus describes to Nicodemus in this passage, is spiritual not physical.  I hope that you comprehend the meaning of a spiritual rebirth.  I’ll leave deeper thoughts of it to your own meditations and get on with what woke me during the night.

I read every night.  I read scripture to calm the end of my days and after contemplating it, I select a book from the stack I keep by the bed.  Last night, I read some passages from Reagan, In His Own Hand: The Writings of Ronald Reagan that Reveal His Revolutionary Vision for America (Biography), which is a collection of writings from President Ronald Reagan, written as the title implies, in his own hand.  I recommend it.  It gives you great insight into a man who changed the world in his time.  The subject of our Bible lesson and the quoted excerpt from President Reagan’s writings were colliding in my mind when I awoke at 1:30 AM.   My mind wrestled with both until it jolted me awake with a question.  What represents the spirit of our country?  Is it the principle of virtue, defined as conforming to a standard of what is right or of particular moral excellence, which President Reagan describes?  If it is, can we define that virtue with the words that begin The Declaration of Independence?  The thought that woke me is that our country’s virtue is to uphold the words in the bold declaration that began our trek toward being the world’s freest nation.  Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness is our spirit – our vital principle, which gives life to our democracy and guides us in our relations with other nations.

Are we at the point of rebirth of our nation’s spirit?  If we are, then conversely are we at the point of the death of it?   Contemplating that is what kept me awake until the 5 AM news on the radio alarm reminded me that it was time to get up.  Examine our history and you’ll see that the pursuit of that virtue – our nation’s spirit – has freed millions of oppressed humans on this earth.  It confronted and destroyed the evil of the Nazis and turned back the Imperial Japanese forces.  It ejected Red Chinese and North Korean communists from South Korea.  The American Spirit, alive and well, made the world better giving millions their unalienable rights to Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.  It was President Reagan’s understanding of the spirit of our nation that brought down the Soviet Union, ended the cold war and gave those cherished and unalienable rights to millions more.  Where are we now?  How did we get there?

In the unforgiving jungles of Vietnam, young Americans filled with American Spirit went off to offer Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness to those who sought it.  Bumbling politicians hampered their spirit, but being soldiers, they endured the politics of war because the objective to bring the spirit to those seeking it did not change.  As vital principles do, it never changes.  Tragically, the spirit was stolen from them.  Deserters, draft dodgers and a collection of celebrities and politicians robbed an entire generation of young Americans and our nation of its spirit.  Having fought and died to free a people searching for Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness, they came home to disdain not victory parades.  Jane and John stole their spirit.

President Jimmy Carter ground their spirit like a cigarette butt beneath a shoe on a dirty sidewalk by granting amnesty to deserters and choosing inaction and appeasement as the method to deal with Iranian Islamic terrorists.  President Reagan brought back our American Spirit.  He described us as the City on the Hill – one that stands as a beacon of hope for the un-free world.  His unwavering drive to fulfill our virtue represented the rebirth of our national spirit and destruction of the “Evil Empire” opposing our free exercise of it.  Those who stole our spirit during Vietnam called this bright light in our nation’s history a dark period and consistently opposed the exercise of our virtue.

American Spirit led the world to eject the Army of a ruthless dictator from Kuwait.  Those who stole our spirit during Vietnam and opposed President Reagan’s exercise of it in the confrontation with the Soviet Union also opposed that fundamental fulfillment of our nation’s virtue.  The American spirit leads.  It does not fall into lockstep with international groupthink.  It does not appease.  It does not negotiate with evil.  It does not view evil as an acceptable nuisance.

We entered a period when the people’s house did not stand as an example of American Spirit.  Because it’s integrity and morality were so often in question, we lost focus of our most vital principle.  We lost site of our spirit and an ominous threat to Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness grew stronger and more dangerous because of it.  Fortunately, America rejected the lack of integrity and morality in the people’s house.  Integrity and the American Spirit returned to lead our nation.  Unfortunately, the period of lost focus culminated in a murderous attack on our country.  Exercising our American Spirit, we again confronted the evil.  Millions, of oppressed people, now openly seek Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Confronting evil in our time and perpetuating the American spirit is our national destiny.  The only route to a peaceful world is to spread across it Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.  Soon, we must all choose.  We can choose the continuing rebirth of our American Spirit or we can hand it back to those who stole it from us before.  Now is the time to look in the mirror of self and of nation.  Do you see a reflection of our virtue  – the unending drive for Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness for all people?  Alternatively, do you see a reflection that steals our spirit?

This we must ask ourselves.  We must also look other Americans in the eye and ask them.  When we elect a leader of the free world on November 2, 2004, we send a message to the world that will reverberate for decades.  The American Spirit lives.  The American Spirit is dead.  For the sake of the world, choose wisely.

Copyright © 2004 J.D. Pendry

SPIRIT GIVES BIRTH TO SPIRIT

  

Up out of the Bunker Archives – true in 2004 true now

…every form of government has a single characteristic which forms the basis for its power; if that is lost the government falls.  …  In a Democracy, the underlying principle is virtue, when that is lost the Democracy fails and ceases to exist. – Ronald Reagan, from Reagan, In His Own Hand: The Writings of Ronald Reagan that Reveal His Revolutionary Vision for America (Biography)

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.  The Declaration of Independence

Have you ever thought yourself awake?  Su and I attend Prayer Meetings on Wednesday nights if I’m not working late.  Following our time of prayer, the Pastor leads a Bible study.  We discussed John 3 this week.  The discussion centered on the “born again” part of the scripture.  Born again is a term derisively used to describe Christians, by those who fear or do not understand the religion.  The rebirth, which Jesus describes to Nicodemus in this passage, is spiritual not physical.  I hope that you comprehend the meaning of a spiritual rebirth.  I’ll leave deeper thoughts of it to your own meditations and get on with what woke me during the night.

I read every night.  I read scripture to calm the end of my days and after contemplating it, I select a book from the stack I keep by the bed.  Last night, I read some passages from Reagan, In His Own Hand: The Writings of Ronald Reagan that Reveal His Revolutionary Vision for America (Biography), which is a collection of writings from President Ronald Reagan, written as the title implies, in his own hand.  I recommend it.  It gives you great insight into a man who changed the world in his time.  The subject of our Bible lesson and the quoted excerpt from President Reagan’s writings were colliding in my mind when I awoke at 1:30 AM.   My mind wrestled with both until it jolted me awake with a question.  What represents the spirit of our country?  Is it the principle of virtue, defined as conforming to a standard of what is right or of particular moral excellence, which President Reagan describes?  If it is, can we define that virtue with the words that begin The Declaration of Independence?  The thought that woke me is that our country’s virtue is to uphold the words in the bold declaration that began our trek toward being the world’s freest nation.  Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness is our spirit – our vital principle, which gives life to our democracy and guides us in our relations with other nations.

Are we at the point of rebirth of our nation’s spirit?  If we are, then conversely are we at the point of the death of it?   Contemplating that is what kept me awake until the 5 AM news on the radio alarm reminded me that it was time to get up.  Examine our history and you’ll see that the pursuit of that virtue – our nation’s spirit – has freed millions of oppressed humans on this earth.  It confronted and destroyed the evil of the Nazis and turned back the Imperial Japanese forces.  It ejected Red Chinese and North Korean communists from South Korea.  The American Spirit, alive and well, made the world better giving millions their unalienable rights to Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.  It was President Reagan’s understanding of the spirit of our nation that brought down the Soviet Union, ended the cold war and gave those cherished and unalienable rights to millions more.  Where are we now?  How did we get there?

In the unforgiving jungles of Vietnam, young Americans filled with American Spirit went off to offer Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness to those who sought it.  Bumbling politicians hampered their spirit, but being soldiers, they endured the politics of war because the objective to bring the spirit to those seeking it did not change.  As vital principles do, it never changes.  Tragically, the spirit was stolen from them.  Deserters, draft dodgers and a collection of celebrities and politicians robbed an entire generation of young Americans and our nation of its spirit.  Having fought and died to free a people searching for Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness, they came home to disdain not victory parades.  Jane and John stole their spirit.

President Jimmy Carter ground their spirit like a cigarette butt beneath a shoe on a dirty sidewalk by granting amnesty to deserters and choosing inaction and appeasement as the method to deal with Iranian Islamic terrorists.  President Reagan brought back our American Spirit.  He described us as the City on the Hill – one that stands as a beacon of hope for the un-free world.  His unwavering drive to fulfill our virtue represented the rebirth of our national spirit and destruction of the “Evil Empire” opposing our free exercise of it.  Those who stole our spirit during Vietnam called this bright light in our nation’s history a dark period and consistently opposed the exercise of our virtue.

American Spirit led the world to eject the Army of a ruthless dictator from Kuwait.  Those who stole our spirit during Vietnam and opposed President Reagan’s exercise of it in the confrontation with the Soviet Union also opposed that fundamental fulfillment of our nation’s virtue.  The American spirit leads.  It does not fall into lockstep with international groupthink.  It does not appease.  It does not negotiate with evil.  It does not view evil as an acceptable nuisance.

We entered a period when the people’s house did not stand as an example of American Spirit.  Because it’s integrity and morality were so often in question, we lost focus of our most vital principle.  We lost site of our spirit and an ominous threat to Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness grew stronger and more dangerous because of it.  Fortunately, America rejected the lack of integrity and morality in the people’s house.  Integrity and the American Spirit returned to lead our nation.  Unfortunately, the period of lost focus culminated in a murderous attack on our country.  Exercising our American Spirit, we again confronted the evil.  Millions, of oppressed people, now openly seek Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Confronting evil in our time and perpetuating the American spirit is our national destiny.  The only route to a peaceful world is to spread across it Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.  Soon, we must all choose.  We can choose the continuing rebirth of our American Spirit or we can hand it back to those who stole it from us before.  Now is the time to look in the mirror of self and of nation.  Do you see a reflection of our virtue  – the unending drive for Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness for all people?  Alternatively, do you see a reflection that steals our spirit?

This we must ask ourselves.  We must also look other Americans in the eye and ask them.  When we elect a leader of the free world on November 2, 2004, we send a message to the world that will reverberate for decades.  The American Spirit lives.  The American Spirit is dead.  For the sake of the world, choose wisely.

Copyright © 2004 J.D. Pendry

SEDITION, ESPIONAGE AND WIRETAPPING OF PRESIDENT TRUMP


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Obama and Hillary surrogates put forth a false narrative of Russian collusion, but had no evidence to support the allegation. It appears that on a second attempt, the Obama Administration got a FISA court order to monitor communications of the Trump campaign, treasure hunting for evidence to support the false narrative and apparently, there is none. Now a backfire has put the Obama gang and their media lapdogs on the defensive. —J.D. Pendry

Wouldn’t it be nice to see the lying Socialist-loving media actually on the defensive and in a meltdown? What’s funny is they’ve actually put a bit of truth out in the past, and now they’re having to eat their own words. The NYTs asked Sean Spicer if there was proof of Obama’s wiretapping, and Sean said, “No,” but the NYTs itself printed the story on January 19, 2017.

Hopefully, our new AG go full bore after the former administration and their alleged illegal wiretapping!

Attorney General Sessions has not recused himself from an investigation into the latest wiretapping allegation and that just thrills me. Trump has turned the tables on the left and their phony Russian election collusion stories.

The Gateway Pundit supplied an entire list of those the Obama administration had wiretapped. However, Obama is denying he ever spied on Trump or his administration. Yet, he has his handler, communist-bred Valerie Jarrett, in his rented townhouse, only blocks from the White House, to lead the charge to topple the peoples’ choice for President. Jarrett, from within the White House may have launched a Watergate style attack on Trump during the election, and is now continuing her attack.

Levin Calls for Congressional Investigation

Even former NeverTrumper and pro-Constitutional Convention talk show host, Mark Levin, has said, “The evidence is overwhelming. This is not about President Trump’s tweet, it is about the Obama administration’s spying. The question isn’t whether it spied, we know they went to the FISA court twice. The question is, who did they spy on, and the extent of the spying. That is, the Trump campaign, the Trump transition, Trump surrogates, and the American people.”

Levin called Obama’s efforts, “police state” tactics, and suggested that Obama’s actions should be the target of a congressional investigation. He also stated that the theories about Russian interference in the presidential election were nothing more than conspiracy theories. Here’s the entire interview.

The Timeline

The first Obama FISA request came in June of 2016. In July, Trump made a joke about Hillary’s missing emails saying that maybe Russia can find them. This was the catalyst for the Socialist media to glom onto the fabrication that Russia hacked the election for Trump’s win.

In October, the Podesta emails kept flowing out from WikiLeaks, and new scandals were in the news daily. Of course, the Clinton campaign blamed Trump and the Russians, spewing the allegation that the Russians hacked the Democrat emails. The truth of the matter is Podesta’s emails were obtained because he fell for a phishing scam.

When Julian Assange was interviewed in London by Sean Hannity, he clearly stated that Russia was not responsible for the hacking of the DNC. He has no reason to lie. We have just seen that the CIA department has possession of Russia hacking malware that can be used to make it appear that Russia’s fingerprints were on the DNC hacks. The CIA was possibly the source of the “hacks” during the election cycle. They didn’t give information to WikiLeaks, because Assange said that the source came from within the DNC, but these hacks were essentially made for no reason other than to provide a cover story that Russian hacking helped Trump win the election.

In October, the second FISA request was made by Obama, focusing on a computer server in Trump Tower suspected of links to Russian banks. Again, no evidence whatsoever is found, but they continued their spying, ostensibly for national security reasons.

These are police state tactics where the standing administration is actually monitoring an opposing presidential campaign with surveillance by the federal government. There should be media outrage, but the media is part of the problem.

In January of 2017, John McCain got into the act and turned over to the FBI the phony Buzzfeed intel “dossier” compiled by a foreign spy. All of this was false, and nothing could be verified; the info had been floating around DC for months and ignored.

In early January, Obama decided to expand the NSA sharing and to share globally intercepted personal communications with the government’s 16 other intel agencies before applying privacy protections. Totally unheard of and dangerous, these reduced protections made it easier for intel on private citizens to be leaked or circulated.

Even worse is the NYT’s report on the eve of Inauguration Day, that several agencies, FBI, CIA, NSA, and the Treasury Department are all monitoring several associates of the Trump campaign suspected of Russian ties. Yes, multi-agencies were working on this false story to destroy the peoples’ new president and his administration.

In February, the irreplaceable, NSA Chief, General Michael Flynn, fell prey to the lies of the FBI transcripts. Obama’s Sally Yates, acting AG, is fired for insubordination. The General, the finest appointee besides Sessions in Trump’s administration, ends up resigning over allegedly misleading VP Pence, most likely inadvertently, about the content of this normal conversation with the Russian Ambassador.

My own belief is that globalist VP Pence wanted to be rid of the General. While in Germany days after Flynn’s resignation, Pence mentioned needlessly that Flynn was gone because of a “lack of trust.” Spicer had uttered the same words. I believe Pence is the core of why the General, who was a loyalist from the beginning, is gone.

Jeff Kredo is reporting that, “The CIA and Departments of Justice and Treasury are being sued by Judicial Watch for their role in leaking highly classified material as part of an effort to undermine the credibility of former Trump administration NSA Chief Michael Flynn, according to a recent announcement.”

Back to the timeline…later in February, the NYTs cited four current and former American officials in the Trump campaign who had “repeated contacts with Russian intel officials. Of course, it’s been denied by the Trump administration, and then the NYTs admitted there was no evidence of any collusion between the campaign and the Russians. Finally, the administration is raising questions about illegal intel leaks.

In March, the Bezos owned Washington Post reported that AG Sessions had contact twice with the Russian ambassador during the campaign, once at the Heritage Foundation, and once at a meeting in Sessions’ Senate office.

My previous article exposed just how many times the top Democratic Socialists have also met with the Russian ambassador as well as President Putin.

The Back Story

NSA Admiral Mike Rogers visited Trump Tower just 10 days after the election, and right after another Mike Rogers – the former House intelligence Chairman who retired after lying about the Benghazi fiasco – was kicked off the Trump transition team on intelligence. No one could figure out why he was kicked out. However, if you’ve read the Benghazi Brief you know how damaged, corrupted and untrustworthy Chairman Mike Rogers was – and he previously sat on the oversight gang of eight.

It appears that NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers didn’t want to participate in the spying scheme (Clapper, Brennan, etc.), of President Obama’s post presidency efforts to undermine Donald Trump. It could be that NSA Rogers didn’t want to visit Trump Tower until Chairman Rogers was gone.

The end result was Admiral Rogers was fired.

Andrew McCarthy Sums It Up

Former prosecutor, Andrew McCarthy summarized the story in William F. Buckley’s NeverTrump National Review.

McCarthy tells that Obama and his minions wanted criminal investigations of Trump’s top people, yet there was nothing criminal to find. Surprise, Surprise! So what they did next was convert the investigation into an intel probe under FISA (The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act). Parts of this story have been confirmed by the BBC, NYTs, and the McClatchy papers.

 Normally a FISA surveillance is allowed by the court whenever the feds ask to spy on certain people, but not this time. The court refused permission to spy on Trump’s people according to the BBC. McCarthy commented that this is notable because, “the FISA court is notoriously solicitous of government requests to conduct national security surveillance.”

Not liking the refusals, the Obama administration came back during the final weeks of the campaign with a third request that didn’t specifically mention Trump. Then the request was granted by the court, BUT…reports from the Guardian and BBC don’t mention tapping of phones.

Of course, there have been denials by the Obama administration, which McCarthy calls “disingenuous on several levels.” Others have characterized them as a “non-denial denial.”

The Deep-Police-State

Newt Gingrich made the observation, “To think this happened to be done by some bureaucrats with no supervision, when you know, for example, that Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, spent an hour in secret with Bill Clinton just before they dropped charges against his wife. I mean all of this stuff smells to high heaven despite the best efforts of the elite media to cover it up.” He said, “These Obama wiretaps of our President are very serious, and very dangerous to our liberties.”

The very first FISA request on Trump Tower came after Bill Clinton, and Obama’s AG Loretta Lynch, had their private meeting on the plane. [Link]

Gingrich made it clear that Schumer is trying to derail this presidency by keeping Obama appointees in power. Schumer knows that Jeff Sessions is a man of integrity and character above reproach, but he attacks the finest in Trump’s administration.

FBI Director Comey

According to the NYTs, “The FBI director reportedly made the verbal request, to the Justice Department to publicly reject President Trump’s assertion that Obama ordered the tapping of Trump’s phones, senior American officials said on Sunday. They said Mr. Comey argued that the highly-charged claim is false and must be corrected, but the department has not released any such statement.”

Director Comey allegedly said, and it’s only supported by anonymous sources, for the DOJ to refute the President’s allegations, because, “it falsely insinuates that the FBI broke the law.”

So, it’s okay with the FBI to falsely insinuate that the President broke the law, but nobody had better make that same claim about them. Fake news? Maybe. We’re still wondering why Comey was retained.

Obama’s Community Organizers

Donald Trump’s latest tweets sent arrows into the MSM and Obama’s Organizing for America (OFA).

 Paul Sperry, writing for the New York Post, says OFA is an army of agitators 30,000 strong who will fight President Donald Trump at every turn of his presidency, and the ex-president “will command them from a bunker less than two miles from the White House.” Sperry writes that the ex-president is setting up a shadow government to sabotage the incoming administration through a network of leftist nonprofits led by OFA, which is growing its war chest (currently more than $40 million) and has some 250 offices nationwide. OFA’s IRS filings, according to Sperry, indicate OFA has 32,525 volunteers nationwide. The ex-president and his wife will oversee the operation from their foundation office near the White House.

Obama has moved some of his top players into the OFA. He has even moved his co-president and handler, Valerie Jarrett, into his rented home.

Conclusion

Here’s the meat of this whole filthy deep-state spying sedition…the story is not the Trump campaign. The story is not the Russians hacked the election. The story is not the Trump campaign was working with the Russians. The story is the effort by Barack Hussein Obama — and the Democrat Party, and the New York Times, and Washington Post, and Politico — to sabotage and destroy the Trump presidency, and Monica Crowley knows this all too personally.

Crowley was set to be the senior director of communications at the National Security Council before a hit job by CNN destroyed her. She was recently interviewed by Sean Hannity (see the vidio below) and said the following:

Look, what happened to me was a despicable straight up political hit job. There is a very toxic and increasingly poisonous atmosphere of personal destruction in DC and the media. It’s always been there, but now it’s on a whole different level.

The attack on me was a test. What happened to me, what happened to General Flynn, what is happening to AG Sessions and others, is all of a piece. There is a very dangerous and very effective destabilization campaign under way against this President, his administration, and his agenda. What I hope the President and his senior aides understand is that these forces are not just looking to delegitimize him, they want to personally destroy him, destroy his presidency, and they would like to see the man in prison.

They are out for blood, and the reason they must destroy him is because Donald Trump is an alien organism that has been injected into the body politic by the American people to reform it. He must not be allowed to succeed. They want him and his people rejected from the system, just like any alien organism. He must not be allowed to succeed, and I hope everyone around him understands that this is a war, and they will not end until they destroy the President of the United States.

David Brock and other organizations have already raised tens of millions of dollars for an impeachment process. They want “jail to the chief.” We are so far beyond normal politics. We are in a very dangerous moment. While President Trump is a very strong leader and a man of strong constitution, and he was able to survive all of this during the campaign and get elected president, I hope to God he is strong enough to withstand the monolithic opposition, a federal bureaucracy that is completely out to undermine him every day, and the intelligence community that is engaged in this as well.

If Trump succeeds, the country changes for the good, and the globalists do not want that to happen.

Please pray continually for our President, his administration, and our country.

OUR WORLD?

 

My concept of the world comes from the intimately small parcel of it I have seen and experienced coupled with social influences encountered at the most impressionable age.  It was the age at which my brain was programmed to encounter the world outside my bubble quiet often resulting in a grand detonation of the comfortable, safe place I and others carved out for me.  Here in the land of the free, the culturally enlightened and selectively ignorant we do not even know one another.  Worse yet, we have given up trying.

I believe that forces mortal men and women cannot begin to comprehend battle for our souls.  I also know that because I express that belief some will label me as a weak minded nitwit who believes in myths and fairy tales of supernatural beings warring for souls.  On the other hand, I cannot fathom that our world just happened.  That something came from nothing.  I have faith in what I believe.  I believe I am in this world, but not of this world.  My beliefs do not make me any more special than anyone.  They are just my beliefs.  I endorse the golden rule – “Love your neighbor as yourself.”  That does not mean that I must accept what my neighbor believes or what my neighbor does only that within the law he is free believe and do as he chooses.  It only means that I wish the same good life for my neighbor as I wish for myself.  I entered this world with nothing and will leave it the same way.  I am just passing through here, barely a blink in the breadth of human history.

E Pluribus Unum. In our country, hailed as the place where many views, cultures, religions, colors and creeds can come together and form one exceptional nation of free people we are failing.  It is something each of us need ponder because our failure to come together as the one exceptional place – the only one – on this great ball hurling through space we will experience the loss of the place offering the last great hope for humankind.  We have already partitioned ourselves into regions, rigid thought and thought blindly beholden to groupthink.

Why is it we cannot come together and live up to our national motto?  Out of many, one.  There are a myriad of reasons, but the most obvious is right before us.  Some who read this will not attempt to understand how I believe or the principles that guide my life or even care for that matter.  Instead, they will choose to denigrate me for my beliefs and most of them will never know me as a man.  They have been programmed to believe a certain way and simply cannot accept that anyone should view the world differently.  More disheartening than that are people who profess to share my beliefs and react the same way toward others.  How can the great many become the great one if instead of attempting civil discussion we set out to denigrate, silence and destroy anyone who does not believe as we do?

At our institutions of higher learning we see people rioting to shut down a speaker who refuses to sing to their choir – anyone who dares offer a different view.  How can one consider himself learned if he is unable to use the gift of reason or critical thought to even consider a different view?  Every day in our government, we witness people trying to destroy one another, stifle ideas, crush political opponents and it is all because of their childish driven need for it to be their way or no way.

I know.  That is how the world and democracy works.  Right? No.  That is how it fails.

© 2017 J. D. Pendry