What? Who? Why?

You like me certainly are blown away with the constant strife and uneasiness in our world. Whether it’s economical, social, or political, that consternation gives me the heeby-jeebies. Maybe it’s because of my inability to understand it all, but because of it I bear a heavy heart most of the time. Most unnerving of all is that I — even as a researcher and journalist — have not been able to put my finger on the “thing” (or “things”) that initiate all this uproar which pops up anew seemingly daily. 

In my research in combing through available facts, ferreting out other facts from below the surface, calling on many of our credible sources from different life-sectors, I have finally compiled some answers. I did all that over the past months for me. But I would be amiss if I did not share what I have discovered with all of you.

It will take a bit longer than normal to complete putting together all of what is critical to understanding and processing all of it. I am NOT teasing you here, but we will put it all out tomorrow morning.

This information may be unsettling to you, it may make you angry — certainly will make you sad — but getting answers to important questions and being able to begin drawing accurate conclusions and to take necessary actions is on the way!

Tomorrow’s story and podcast will be two things you will definitely want to download for yourself for future reference. But you’ll certainly want to share them with all those who are important in your life. 

How big a deal is this going to be? Let me answer that question this way: in 24 months — the day before the 2020 election — I’ll remind you about this podcast and story we publish in 24 hours so you can pull them out and refresh yourself. On Election Day 2020, you will receive confirmation of what I share, “if” we have not had them already verified between now and then.

Please don’t miss it!

Dan@TruthNewsNet.org

Thanks

Sometime for grins Google “details of Pilgrims first Thanksgiving.” You’ll discover that there was no “formal” Thanksgiving Day until President George Washington officially named the third Thursday in November Thanksgiving Day. It was not the Indians who shared their bounty with the Pilgrims. The Pilgrims shared their excess with the Indians.

What is important is that the first Americans began a tradition of on that special day saying “Thanks” for all that they had — a tradition most Americans still honor. In this era of Me-ism, it is a pleasant departure from our commonplace, everyday self-absorbed lives to think and look outside ourselves and upward to thank Almighty God for giving us the opportunity to live and thrive in the best environment on the Globe.

Please don’t be tempted to succumb to the fable propagated by many that America’s early leaders and founders did NOT include God and Christianity in our nation’s creation. There are far too many documents that include memoirs, letters and speeches that prove God was in it with them all along.

Thanksgiving ushers in a season of merriment, joy and thankfulness for many throughout the World, but especially for those in the U.S. In celebration of that season this year, please pause for a moment and try to imagine life in America in the 1800’s. You have read and been taught history that details much about life for those Americans. In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln welcomed the Thanksgiving season with a proclamation that paints an amazing picture of what America had become, at least in his eyes. As you read his proclamation below, remember the nation at his writing was deep into the Civil War — a war in which before its ending would see half-a-million Americans died.

We have much for which to be thankful. May you and your family have a wonderful day of laughing, crying, remembering, and thanking each other and the Creator if for nothing else to be a citizen of the greatest country in World history.

Happy Thanksgiving!

October 3, 1863

By the President of the United States of America.

A Proclamation

The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequalled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.
In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the United States the Eighty-eighth.

By the President: Abraham Lincoln

William H. Seward,
Secretary of State

“Globalism:” The New World Threat

We at TruthNewsNet (TNN) have shied away from any discussion of the “new” buzzword being bandied about by the Mainstream Media and also liberal politicians: “Globalism.” The TNN gloves are OFF!

French President Emmanuel Macron  — who is under siege by citizens of his own country — literally attacked President Trump in a speech Sunday in Paris. Multiple world leaders had joined the U.S. President in France to mark the anniversary of Armistice Day, or as it is termed in the U.S., Veterans Day.

Here is the segment of Macron’s speech at the WWI Monument that has challenged the sensibilities and world leadership of the U.S.:

Patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism. Nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism. By saying our interests first, who cares about the others, we erase what a nation holds dearest, what gives it life, what makes it great and what is essential: its moral values. I know there are old demons which are coming back to the surface. They are ready to wreak chaos and death. History sometimes threatens to take its sinister course once again.”

President Macron and U.S. globalists, please read the Webster’s Dictionary definition of “nationalism:” Loyalty and devotion to a nation — especially one’s own nation; a sense of national consciousness, placing primary emphasis on promotion of that nation’s culture and interests as opposed to those of other nations or “supranational.“ 

“Supranational” refers to “a type of multinational political union where negotiated power is delegated to an authority by governments of member states.”

The term is sometimes used to describe the European Union (EU) as a new type of political entity.

What’s the Point

Political elitists in the U.S. have gone crazy since President Trump proclaimed himself a nationalist. Why? Of course, leftists have revised the definition of the word “nationalism” to be “WHITE nationalism.” To do so means that someone with some power given to them by someone else authorized a group of political activists who despise conservatives and conservatism, nationalists and nationalism, to label anyone and everyone who supports nationalism as a “White Nationalist.” This should surprise no one since the Left’s fuel driving their boat is no longer cloaked in secrecy. It has been exposed: “Identity Politics.”

They have no real policies, no real political platform, no tangible proposals for improvement of anything in America. They have literally removed their masks worn for so long and have determined to launch headlong into anti-EVERYTHING our Constitution stands for. Removal of the masks reveals their hellish hatred for average Americans who believe in “an honest day’s work for an honest dollar,” and “Ask not what your country can do for you, but ask what you can do for your country,” and “Give me liberty or give me death.” They have flushed all of the democratic puzzle pieces that have since Plymouth Rock hooked together to complete the puzzle of pure freedom without oppressive government, liberty and justice for all, and equal justice under the law down the toilet of history that contains the wasted remains of utopian dreams of a perfect totalitarian world that has and will not ever succeed.  It’s the definition of insanity.

Macron’s France and most of Europe see Donald Trump as an aberration of reality that is certainly fleeting. Of course, they are looking at Trump and “his” USA through a prism of Socialist Elitism. Macron himself is dying a swift political death in his own country: his approval ratings plummet dangerously close to that of members of the U.S. Congress. His once “semi-conservative” political ideals have lit the Socialist fires that burn brightly through the European continent. Apparently, French leaders have put him on notice and his marching orders now include public humiliation of President Trump. That sounds a lot like those same fires burning brightly in the U.S.!

Speaking of Europe, how do the members of the European Mainstream Media think about our President and Nationalism? Here’s what they think:

Analysis by BBC North America editor Jon Sopel

Bonhomie and blows

Macron has provided a masterclass to other world leaders on how to handle Donald Trump – you cuddle up close, you flatter where necessary – but you use that to allow you to pack a big punch.

He also spoke about the very special relationship between France and the US, a move that might have had some in Downing Street choking on their tea.

In a cleverly crafted speech, he started with the entente between himself and the US president that some said was just too cordial. But then came the punches – and they were hard-hitting jabs, taking direct aim at Donald Trump’s policy agenda. On free trade, on the importance of science, on inequality – and Mr. Trump’s America First policies, pitting nationalism against patriotism. Macron said it is time to make the Earth great again — a shot at the famous campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again.”

The speech was punctuated by applause and cheering. This was an important moment in Europe, the U.S., and the entire world. Emmanuel Macron has emerged as a world leader who offers a competing and sharply different world vision to the US president – while all the time maintaining a bonhomie with him. That’s quite a political feat.

What about back home’s Mainstream Media?

The Washington Post:

“Ostensibly, Macron’s speech was a warning to Europe, which is itself seeing a rise in far-right nationalist, anti-immigrant, and anti-Semitic groups. In France especially, Macron’s own En Marche (“Working”) party is losing ground to the right-wing National Rally (previously known as National Front). Elsewhere in Europe, far right-wing Nationalist parties are seeing a resurgence in places such as Italy, Hungary, Poland, Austria, and Slovenia, among others.

And it’s not just in Europe, either. Far-right nationalist parties and politicians have also started gaining ground in Turkey, Brazil, and the Philippines. It’s been going on in Russia for a decade if not longer.

“History sometimes threatens to repeat its tragic patterns, and undermine the legacy of peace we thought we had sealed with the blood of our ancestors”

But while Macron was warning Europe about nationalism, sitting nearby was Donald Trump, who has himself proudly declared himself a nationalist and whose rhetoric, some of it anyway, echoes that of the far-right nationalist movement. And as Macron was railing against nationalism, Donald Trump, listening to the speech via a translator earpiece, sat “stone-faced,” as Reuters describes it.”

“Far-Right Nationalist” Politics

Has anyone defined what that is for you? Let’s break it down:

ANTIFA is supposedly “Far-Right.” They claim to be 100% for Free-Speech, to stand against white supremacy, Naziism, fascism, and anti-semitism. The rallies at which they most often show-up to protest are “Free-Speech” rallies. Wait a minute! Does that seem confusing to you?

ANTIFA — which stands for “anti-fascist” — was actually established as a branch of Naziism specifically for young Germans! Members of the “new” ANTIFA claim that is untrue. But try as they may, history cannot be re-written. And the actions of ANTIFA in the U.S. bear out the fact they really ARE fascists, really ARE against free-speech, not for it, really ARE anti-semitic, anti-immigrant, and anti-conservative! They are not right-wing at all: they’re FAR-LEFT! Far-Left, just like Nazis, Fascists, Communists, dictatorships and other totalitarian countries and leaders.

Keep the same name but change its meaning, and you are still who you were before.

These “far-right nationalists” mentioned in Reuters and the Washington Post are really NOT far-right — at least in the meaning that today’s Mainstream Media have determined “far-right” to be. They are primarily comprised of working-class citizens of foreign countries who have grown tired of living under the oppressive rule of Socialist governments who steadily and stealthily take more and more control of the lives of their citizens. These governments — through socialist policies in the marketplace, government controlled healthcare, their judicial systems, education, and their economies — have driven middle-class citizens into the streets to cry for fairness. Each day in Italy, Hungary, Poland, Austria, Slovenia and other countries, citizens slide further and further toward the depths of totalitarianism that historically has always sucked the life out of every individual, family, business, educational institution, and government agency totally at the whims of a small group of elitists who have successfully convinced an electorate to either believe and support those utopian fantasies or to simply look the other way.

Summary

Say what you will, Donald Trump — besides being crass, verbose, loud, uncouth, arrogant, narcissistic, and sometimes contemptible — is a really smart guy. He like no president in the history of U.S. presidents has discarded the pomposity assigned by “traditional” political guidelines and has initiated a process of “going for the jugular” in every press conference, interview, policy presentation, speech, and even casual conversations. I’ve said this previously, but he has masterfully crafted the ability to blur the actual substance of many of his comments. Most on the Left (that includes almost everyone in the media) look and listen to exactly what he says with no regard of context, historical references for those words, or his historical stated positions for any and every comment he makes. Some may call that “double-speak” or “purposefully misguiding” others, but one thing that is absolutely certain to this journalist: nothing he says is without specific meaning that sometimes has nothing to do with the exact words he says.

I’ve told you this before: when President Trump is (rhetorically) waving his left hand around in the air with a clenched fist and he tells the world that he’s got the greatest, shiniest, most amazing widget in that hand that will cure every illness, give every family on Earth free healthcare and personal income to take care of all of their needs, stop listening to what he is saying about the “goodies” in his right hand! What is REALLY going on at the time is happening in his left hand, tucked out-of-sight behind his back.

That’s the way he literally controls the Mainstream Media. Every news producer sets an early alarm clock to guarantee they catch President Trump’s first tweet of the day. His early morning tweets give those producers the news ideas that will set the news coverage for the day for every news article and show! While doing that, you can bet he’s not tweeting about all of the plans he is quietly preparing to roll out to the American public at the proper time. That proper time is determined NOT by the Media, as has been the case for past presidents, but is determined solely by him.

He’s really smart!

Don’t you think the Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama wished they could have hidden much of what their administrations were doing until they chose to reveal that to the nation? That doesn’t allege that nefarious things were being or are being hidden. That’s just saying that the news media will do anything at all to get a “scoop” on anything presidential AND to be the first to get it. Trump is the first president to pull it off.

The bottom line to this is that President Trump has found the heart of most Americans. More and more every day are coming to the realization that not only has he promised some outlandish accomplishments that will directly impact them in almost every area of their lives, but he has also made a bunch of them really happen! And that’s something few past presidents were able to achieve and that the news media cannot stand to see happen in a Trump presidency! Why? They want Trump to fail, simply because his successes so far — though monumental — do not fit their political elitist storyline. They cannot bear to be shown to be wrong.

Regardless of what you see, hear, and surmise, this is an ongoing saga with much left to be written. And you can bet, at the end of the Trump presidency, he may have won a bunch of battles for the American people, but it will be middle Americans who win the war!

And European socialists are welcome to look-in and copy the Trump Agenda if they want to straighten out their globalist failures and follow the U.S. into greatness!

 

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It’s Veterans Day

Most Americans seem to confuse Memorial Day and Veterans Day. In that misunderstanding, living veterans seem to get the short end of the stick.

While those Americans who gave their lives in battle are certainly real heroes, so are those who are fortunate enough to still be with us. We are fortunate in that as well.

As we pause today to honor current and past military members, let’s realize that the primary reason we are even free enough to celebrate today in their honor is because of their commitments to pay any price necessary to keep that freedom intact FOR us.

There are no words sufficient to impart to American military veterans the honor for which they are due. We certainly can in no way pay them monetarily for what their battle on our behalf has been worth. But I think President Reagan did a really good job of speaking for most of us. Give a listen:

President Reagan illustrates how important every veteran who has served in military service is to us all. Yes, he honored veterans who gave their lives in battle, even though his speech was given on Veterans Day and not Memorial Day. I don’t think the President had any difficulty in honoring America’s deceased military heroes in the same speech as he honored veterans still living. I think recognizing military members past and present only two days a year may actually be a slap in the face for them. They deserve our respect and honor every day.

Sadly, today — Veterans Day — tens of thousands of veterans struggle with the physical, emotional, and mental scars of battle in unthinkable foreign conflicts. Many of them live in squalor in tents, makeshift huts, and are even begging for food.

We have looked in as the ills of the healthcare we promised as partial payment for their sacrifices in their service have been exposed. Most of us just shake our heads when we see the horrors of their lives in television exposes. Our national leaders have promised again and again to fix the Veterans Administration. President Trump has made great strides in implementing processes to hopefully provide them everything they need in medical care. But it did not deteriorate quickly. And it cannot be repaired quickly.

While they wait for the American “military promise,” many know they will not live long enough to receive the benefits they deserve. We lose a large number every day to suicide, because they simply cannot deal with the effects of their military service.

You and I may not be able to do anything at all to help them with their numerous issues. But we CAN support them. Today, I will stand on the stage in my home church — a large church — where a large number of veterans attend. I have been asked to honor them for their commitment, their service, and — as President Reagan so eloquently stated — their sacrifices. Each veteran sacrificed at least one life — the life they walked away from to join the military. But those who paid the ultimate price lost a second life: the one they WOULD HAVE lived. I’m a really emotional guy. I’ll probably choke through introducing those veterans in attendance, having them stand and walk forward when they hear the song specific to their branch of service, and then lead a prayer for them all. But if I am overcome with emotion and shed a tear or two, the cost of those tears is insignificant when compared to their costs.

Don’t sleep tonight without having told a veteran “Thanks for your service.” If you don’t have a veteran in your family that you’ll be able to see and thank today, go find one. Yes, it’ll take a little time. But the time it’ll take you to find that veteran and spend 5-10 minutes with them in their honor pales in comparison to the mre’s they ate, fox holes they dug, birthdays and anniversaries and baby births they missed, and nights they spent sleeping under stars instead of in their beds.

Is saying “Thank you” for that too much for any of us today?

 

 

Dehumanization

No matter where we look in the World today, we see evil: in our neighborhoods, our businesses, our cities, our states, and pretty much throughout our country. Very few disagree that evil lives among us. But many of us see the evil acts taken by people and we automatically think — and sometimes say — “That person is evil.” Who can discount the fact that Adam Lanza (Sandy Hook School shooter), Seung-Hui Cho (Virginia Tech massacre), Omar Mateen (Orlando Nightclub), Stephen Paddock (Las Vegas), Timothy McVeigh (Oklahoma City) did not commit some of the most heinous acts in human history? No doubt those mass killings were pure evil. But were the people who committed those “evil” themselves or were just their ACTS of murder evil? Does/Can evil do evil by itself?

 

 

 

 What Is Evil?

“Evil: the force in nature that governs and gives rise to wickedness and sin.”

Can a person — a human being — actually be evil themselves?

Since World War II, moral, political, and legal philosophers have become increasingly interested in the concept of evil. This interest has been partly motivated by definitions of “evil” by laymen, social scientists, journalists, and politicians as they try to understand and respond to various atrocities and horrors, such as genocides, terrorist attacks, mass murders, and tortures and killing sprees by psychopathic serial killers. It seems that we cannot capture the moral significance of these actions and their perpetrators by calling them “wrong” or “bad” or even “very very wrong” or “very very bad.” We need the concept of evil.

To avoid confusion, it is important to note that there are at least two concepts of evil: a broad concept and a narrow concept. The broad concept picks out any bad state of affairs, wrongful action, or character flaw. The suffering of a toothache is evil in the broad sense as is a white lie. Evil in the broad sense has been divided into two categories: natural evil and moral evil. Natural evils are bad states of affairs which do not result from the intentions or negligence of moral agents. Hurricanes and toothaches are examples of natural evils. By contrast, moral evils do result from the intentions or negligence of moral agents. Murder and lying are examples of moral evils.

One school of thought holds that no person is evil and that only acts may be properly considered evil. Psychologist and mediator Marshall Rosenberg claims that the root of violence is the very concept of evil or badness. When we label someone as “bad” or “evil,” Rosenberg claims, it invokes the desire to punish or inflict pain. It also makes it easy for us to turn off our feelings towards the person we are harming. He cites the use of language in Nazi Germany as being a key to how the German people were able to do things to other human beings that they normally would not do. He links the concept of evil to our judicial system, which seeks to create justice via punishment—punitive justice—punishing acts that are seen as bad or wrong. He contrasts this approach with what he found in cultures where the idea of evil was non-existent. In such cultures when someone harms another person, they are believed to be out of harmony with themselves and their community, are seen as sick or ill and measures are taken to restore them to a sense of harmonious relations with themselves and others.

Psychologist Albert Ellis agrees, in his school of psychology called Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy. He says the root of anger, and the desire to harm someone, is almost always related to variations of beliefs about other human beings. He further claims that without holding those beliefs and assumptions, the tendency to resort to violence in most cases is less likely.

American psychiatrist M. Scott Peck, on the other hand, describes evil as militant ignorance. The original Judeo-Christian concept of sin is as a process that leads one to miss the mark and not achieve perfection. Peck argues that while most people are conscious of this at least on some level, those that are evil actively and militantly refuse this consciousness. Peck describes evil as a malignant type of self-righteousness which results in a projection of evil onto selected specific innocent victims (often children or other people in relatively powerless positions). Peck considers those he calls evil to be attempting to escape and hide from their own conscience (through self-deception) and views this as being quite distinct from the apparent absence of conscience evident in sociopaths.

Today’s Evil

For horror movie fans, Michael Myers is the epitome of evil. Millions have looked in since the mid-70’s to Jamie Lee Curtis‘ character through multiple episodes tried to elude the non-stop attempts of her brother Micheal to murder her in their hometown of Haddenfield. Michael in the Halloween series is a psychopath who continually escapes from mental institutions to hunt down his sister. In the process, he brutally murders dozens of unwitting innocents, but never is successful at offing his sister.

The “Michael Myers” character magnifies the thought that there can be and are people who are literally evil themselves. Whether or not people ARE evil, when the perception of others is that someone is not simply committing evil acts when they slaughter innocents but those acts happen because that person IS evil themselves, thinking that people ARE evil can become fundamental. And when perceptually labeling someone as evil, those perceptions, and decisions made from those, frame the mental and emotional foundation of that person. That opens a human nature can of worms.

Let’s “cut to the chase.”

Howard Dean

The former member of Congress who is a doctor, a former presidential candidate, former Democrat National Committee Chair, is a vocal anti-Trump pundit. In a recent MSNBC interview with several other guests, Dean illustrated how our today conversation about people being evil or people simply EMBRACING evil are viewed differently. Guess which way Dean applies “evil” to the President?

“I think in the end, Hope wins over Evil. But it takes a long time. Both of those work in humankind. That’s what this struggle is about: the struggle about Good versus Evil. And the President of the United States is Evil.”

Dean has in his opinion of President Trump taken the approach of not just assigning certain acts committed by the President as evil — Dean ascribes the President as evil.

M. Scott Peck in his book People of the Lie: The Hope for Healing Human Evil, uses the example published by Erich Fromm in describing evil in people who had necrophilia — which is “Obsessive fascination with death and corpses.” Fromm added to that definition of necrophilia. He broadened the definition of necrophilia to include “the desire of certain people to control others-to make them controllable, to foster their dependency, to discourage their capacity to think for themselves, to diminish their unpredictability and originality, and to keep them in line.” Distinguishing it from a “biophilic” person — “One who appreciates and fosters the variety of life forms and the uniqueness of the individual” — he demonstrated a “necrophilic character type,” whose aim it is to avoid the inconvenience of life by transforming others into obedient automatons, robbing them of their humanity.

Evil then, for the moment, is the force, residing either inside or outside of human beings, that seeks to kill life or liveliness. And goodness is its opposite. Goodness is that which promotes life and liveliness.

Christianity and the Bible

Where to begin? Evil was introduced to the World in the Garden of Eden. Satan — who many will say is the embodiment of Evil itself — introduced Evil for the first time ever in human history. Adam and Eve were both Satan’s targets. It is much simpler for those who do NOT believe in Christianity or the Bible or certain parts of it to simply ascribe evil itself to people — not just acts people conduct from succumbing to evil.

For humans who believe in God, that Jesus is God’s son, and that Jesus died to bear and forgive all of humanity’s sins (evil), it is makes much better sense to disassociate sin (evil) from the sinner and evil acts from the person who commits those evil acts. In other words, People are not evil — bad acts that people commit against others is evil.

President Trump after the racial violence in Charlottesville made it clear he understands the difference. Instead of terming racist people at Charlottesville as “Evil,” he plainly stated that ALL “racism” is evil and that those that embrace racism embrace evil itself. The President did NOT say “racists are evil” — just their racism.

Summary

Hopefully sharing the words, comments, definitions, and opinions of the “experts” on the subject of Evil did not bog you down. One thing is certain: in this vitriolic environment in our nation, it is imperative that Americans find a way to turn it down a notch or two. Americans must learn to recognize ACTS of evil do not necessarily happen at the hands of EVIL people. Rather, those acts are EVIL ACTS. Instead of letting anger at the evil acts or words of others morph into evil acts of violence, we must find ways to separate in our minds and hearts the acts from the people. Believing in ourselves that certain people ARE Evil dehumanizes them to us. Think about what that really means: subconsciously we are saying that a person is Evil itself and therefore has no hope for change, forgiveness for committing acts of evil, and therefore has no chance of reconciliation. Who are we to make such a determination about someone else…or even about ourselves?

How can we accomplish this? The simplest way is to allow one’s personal relationship with God to intervene. How to do that?

A “relationship” defines two-way give-and-take between two people. To develop and exist for some period of time, any relationship must be built on communication. A married couple that plans on spending a lifetime together must really know each other — the good AND the bad. How can they make that happen? In only one way: communication.

A personal relationship with God is exactly the same. Communication to share thoughts and ideas, asking and getting answers to questions, reading what God has said through his prophets and leaders through the Bible — these are all ways to communicate with Him. Going to a church is a wonderful way to interact with others who have the same or similar spiritual ideas. But attending church — no matter how good the music or the sermon — cannot be a substitute for a relationship with God. A true relationship with God must have the same foundation of a relationship between two humans: understanding of each other that comes only through communication.

For Americans to “turn it down a notch,” Americans need to find ways to communicate with each other on a personal basis rather than standing across towns and states, crying that others are Evil. Think about this: if someone feels that another person who has committed one of the horrible acts mentioned above is actually Evil in person, it is virtually impossible to find common ground or any hope of ever co-existing. In that instance, how can anyone expect for there to ever be any commonality or mutual understanding or respect to be developed? We MUST learn to separate “acts” of evil from those who commit evil.

There’s a difference. We must find those differences, find our commonalities, and put anger and hatred initiated against us by others aside and push forward together. We must stop dehumanizing others by calling them Evil: Separate evil acts from the people who commit them.

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Identity Politics

We’ve heard the term “Identity Politics” tossed around by politicians and members of the media for years. But the term really became commonplace during the runup to the 2008 election of Barack Obama as President and its use expanded during his 8 years in office. And it still lives with us in everyday conversations.

What is “Identity Politics?”

Identity politics are political positions based on the interests and perspectives of social groups with which people identify. Identity politics includes the ways in which people’s politics are shaped by aspects of their identity through loosely correlated social organizations. Examples include social organizations based on age, religion, social class or caste, culture, dialect, disability, education, ethnicity, language, nationality, sex, gender identity, generation, occupation, profession, race, political party affiliation, sexual orientation, settlement, urban and rural habitation, and veteran status.

The term “identity politics” has been in use in various forms since the 1960s or 1970s, but has been applied with, at times, radically different meanings by different populations.

One aim of identity politics has been for those feeling oppressed to voice their felt oppression in terms of their own experience by a process of consciousness-raising. One of the older written examples of it can be found in the April 1977 statement of the black feminist group, Combahee River Collective, which was subsequently reprinted in a number of anthologies, and Barbara Smith and the Combahee River Collective have been credited with coining the term. For example, in their terminal statement, they said:

[A]s children we realized that we were different from boys and that we were treated different—for example, when we were told in the same breath to be quiet both for the sake of being ‘ladylike’ and to make us less objectionable in the eyes of white people. In the process of consciousness-raising, actually life-sharing, we began to recognize the commonality of our experiences and, from the sharing and growing consciousness, to build a politics that will change our lives and inevitably end our oppression….We realize that the only people who care enough about us to work consistently for our liberation are us. Our politics evolve from a healthy love for ourselves, our sisters and our community which allows us to continue our struggle and work. This focusing upon our own oppression is embodied in the concept of identity politics. We believe that the most profound and potentially most radical politics come directly out of our own identity, as opposed to working to end somebody else’s oppression.

— Zillah R. Eisenstein (1978), The Combahee River Collective Statement

Some groups have combined identity politics and Marxist social class analysis and class consciousness — the most notable example being the Black Panther Party — but this is not necessarily characteristic of the form. Another example is MOVE, members of which mixed black nationalism with anarcho-primitivism (a radical form of green politics based on the idea that civilization is an instrument of oppression, advocating the return to a hunter-gatherer society). Identity politics can be left wing or right wing, with examples of the latter being Ulster Loyalism, Islamism and Christian Identity movements.

During the 1980s, the politics of identity became very prominent and it was linked to a new wave of social movement activism.

The mid-2010s have seen a marked rise in identity politics, including white identity politics in the United States. This phenomenon is attributed to increased demographic diversity and the prospect of whites becoming a minority in America. Such shifts have driven many to affiliate with conservative causes including those not related to diversity. This includes the presidential election of Donald Trump, who won the support of prominent white supremacists such as David Duke and Richard B. Spencer (which Trump disavowed.)

Identity Politics Defined: BY LEFTISTS!

Charles W. Mills

Whose Identity Politics?

The causes of Donald Trump’s stunning electoral victory will be debated for years: FBI director James Comey’s October 28 letter about Clinton’s e-mails, her “basket of deplorables” comment, the Democratic campaign’s neglect of the Rust Belt states, and so on. But the pernicious and enduring role of identity politics was crucial.

I refer, of course, to the white racial identity politics that have shaped the United States from its birth.

Needless to say, this is neither the standard narrative nor the usual framing. For the orthodox white left, now claiming a cheerless we-told-you-so vindication, identity politics is their politics—particularistic, pandering to special interests, balkanizing; ours, of course, are supposedly very different—universalist, general-interest, unifying. Not “recognition,” but redistribution; not “identity” but material inequality; not “race,” but class.

Walter Benn Michaels

A Universe of Exploitation

The defensible heart of identity politics is its commitment to opposing forms of discrimination like racism, sexism, and homophobia. I share that commitment. But opposing discrimination today has no more to do with a left politics than do equally powerful ethical commitments against, say, violence or dishonesty. Why? Because the core of a left politics is its critique of and resistance to capitalism—its commitment to decommodifying education, health care, and housing, and creating a more economically equal society. Neither hostility to discrimination nor the accompanying enthusiasm for diversity makes the slightest contribution to accomplishing any of those goals. Just the opposite, in fact. They function instead to provide inequality with a meritocratic justification: If everyone has an equal opportunity to succeed, there’s no injustice when some people fail.

Linda Hirshman

Expanding the Circle

The call for the left to abandon its appeals to not-white-men violates the very premises of the American project. The Declaration of Independence describes a world in which “all men are created equal,” where “they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness,” and that “to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” Even the slaveholders’ Constitution prefaced its enterprise with the purpose of “secur[ing] the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.” At the hearings for her confirmation to the Supreme Court in 1993, Ruth Bader Ginsburg stated it precisely. The American project started with white men’s freedom and equality and has been, for more than two centuries, all about expanding the circle to include more and more people in that blessed plot. It has almost always been the left that forces such expansions.

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The Salty Sailor

Sometimes God uses the no-nonsense, salty sailor to get the job done.  Appreciating what the man is doing doesn’t mean we worship the salty sailor or even desire to be like the salty sailor.  It doesn’t even mean God admires the salty sailor.  Maybe He just knows he’s necessary for such a time as this.
I believe with all my heart that God placed that salty sailor in the White House to give this nation one more chance in November 2016.  Donald Trump is what he is – and he is still the man he was before the election – and without guilt. I very much admire what that salty sailor is accomplishing.

He’s not like me.  That’s okay with me.  I don’t want to be like him.  I will never behave like him.  I know we’ve NEVER had a man like him lead our nation before.  It’s crazy and a little mind blowing at times.  But I can’t help admire the stamina and ability he has – acting with his heart rather than a calculated, PC, think tank-screened, carefully edited script.  I still believe that is WHY he became our President and WHY he’s been able to handle a landslide of adversity and STILL pass unprecedented amounts of good legislation for our country AND do great works for MANY other nations, including Israel.

I’m THRILLED with what he’s doing for my nation, for the cause of Christ (whether intentional or unintentional, doesn’t matter to me), and for the concept of rebuilding America and putting her FIRST.  I will not be ashamed of my position because others don’t see him through the same lens.

Should it matter to me if a fireman drops an f-bomb while he’s pulling me from a burning building?  Would I really care about what came out of his mouth in those moments?  Heck no!  I’d CARE about what he was DOING.  He wasn’t sent there to save my soul and I’m not looking to him for spiritual guidance.  All I’m thinking in those moments is, “Thank you, GOD, for sending the fireman.” AND DONALD TRUMP IS OUR FIREMAN.

I’ll soon post this article again for those who still might not understand me.  This man is crass.  Okay.  He’s not careful with what he says.  Okay.  You feel offended that he’s not a typical statesman.  Okay.  But he is DOING THE JOB of rebuilding the nation my son died for…  the nation I feared was on a fast track to becoming a hopeless cause.

 

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KAREN VAUGHN

The “Real” Reason

We’ve heard dozens of reasons (or excuses, depending on your perception) for the nastiness in the Kavanaugh confirmation process. I won’t even list them here. There are many and you’ve heard them all.

They all seem to land in one central spot: Kavanaugh was unworthy to become a Supreme Court Justice. In trying to understand the Leftist’s ignoring Kavanaugh’s judicial record, I determined they made it Left vs. Right, Conservative against Liberal, Republican against Democrat. In following that reasoning, I ran across a story that ironically parallels what we are experiencing politically today.

It includes two characters: a man and a woman. But it’s not sexist!

“A woman in a hot air balloon realized she was lost. She lowered her altitude and spotted a man in a boat below. She shouted at him,
‘Excuse me, can you help me? I promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago, but I don’t know where I am.’

The man consulted his portable GPS and replied, ‘You’re in a hot air balloon, approximately 30 feet above ground elevation of 2,346 feet above sea level. You are at 31 degrees, 14.97 minutes north latitude and 100 degrees, 49.09 minutes west longitude.’

She rolled her eyes and said, ‘You must be a Republican.’

‘I am,’ replied the man. ‘How did you know?’

‘Well,’ answered the balloonist, ‘everything you told me is technically correct. But I have no idea what to do with your information, and I’m still lost. Frankly, you’ve not been much help to me.’

The man smiled and responded, ‘You must be a Democrat.’

‘I am,’ replied the balloonist. ‘How did you know?’

‘Well,’ said the man, ‘you don’t know where you are — or where you are going. You’ve risen to where you are, due to a large quantity of hot air. You made a promise you have no idea how to keep, and you expect me to solve your problem. You’re in exactly the same position you were in before we met, but somehow, now it’s my fault.’”

It’s sad but true. Despite what Leftists are claiming, the war between conservatives and women is NOT a legitimate claim. In fact, the Left is saying to women exactly what they have said to African Americans for decades: “We are the political party that supports you, knows your needs, and cares for you. Conservatives hate women and will never allow women to assume serious roles in running our country.”

All this week we will look at specific dividing issues between Democrats and Republicans and historically find the realities and falsehoods in each.

Make sure you look in tomorrow as we get started!

Perspective

I’ve always been a thinker, mostly quiet and pensive. That has its benefits but certainly has its pitfalls. That mindset brings moments of insecurity and uncertainty about pretty much everything: how people feel, what I need to do, who I need to do it with, where I need to go, what’s going to happen next — I’m certain you know at least some of those feelings. Fortunately, through a relationship with God, strong upbringing and a great family, the older I grew the easier it became to deal with the negative parts of my nature. I worked hard to keep the “thinking” and “pensive parts.” I need those to be able to write — at least write things anyone else is interested in reading!

I’ve always been attracted to politics. My entrepreneurship, starting and operating several companies with some success, has skewed my political perspective to the Conservative side of most issues. American economics has always intrigued me. And watching Washington D.C. run the biggest “business” on Earth — the American Economy — long ago captured my attention. “Tax and spend” economics keeps the country running as fast as it can on that wheel the hamster spends so much time on. The results are the same for the hamster and the U.S.: running on that wheel doesn’t make the hamster thinner nor does it the U.S.

I’ve looked on as politicians have expanded the government to unnecessary and unsustainable levels. American tax dollars are gobbled up to feed the behemoth and keep it alive. Those same politicians — who are elected to run the country in a balanced and equitable way for its owners, American citizens — have grown to ignore their responsibilities to the People. That didn’t happen overnight, and it didn’t happen because that’s what voters wanted. It happened because the glitter of politics and political might and power have consumed all things and all those who live and work inside the Beltway. And most of them do not even recognize it.

I’m told one can put a frog in a bowl of cold water, set that bowl on a stove burner at a low temperature, and watch the frog die from boiling as the water temperature passes 212 degrees. The frog could at any time easily jump out and save itself. But it doesn’t recognize the danger of the slow boiling of the water he is living in — until it’s too late.

I’m scared we Americans may be swimming in a bowl of water that has been on the fire a long time with the temperature slowly rising. And we haven’t yet recognized it. We’re still in the bowl, and if/when we recognize the water’s getting dangerously hot, it may be too late to get out.

I’m going to depart from our normal routine at the TruthNewsNetwork right here. As I do, I want to apologize to those of our members who read this stories instead of listening. The balance of today’s offering is very personal. I want to share it from my heart. I can best do that by speaking instead of writing. When we read stories, it’s hard to confirm the emotion of the writer. Words always have emotions that are integral in shaping the message of the words. Please “turn the page” with me this one time, and come to the Podcast to finish with me. I’ll think you’ll understand. And I am sharing the things that have prompted this chapter at the TruthNewsNetwork in the Podcast. If doing this creates a problem for you, I apologize in advance. I do not wish to intrude in the way any share these stories. Please humor me this one time! I’ll make it up to you somehow.

 

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The Rules of Politics

President Trump, at the Helsinki joint press conference with Russian President Putin, set the world on fire by saying “I can find no reason to disbelieve President Putin’s denial of Russian meddling in our 2016 election.” How could ANY U.S. President not throw Russian under the bus for disagreeing with U.S. intelligence officials? In saying that, the President opened Pandora’s Box of a U.S. media feeding frenzy on “all things Trump.” Forget about the meat of the President’s statement or any Helsinki accomplishments. The Media have totally ignored the facts as we know them to focus on one thing and one thing only: “Donald Trump is colluding with Russia!”

President Trump has on numerous occasions stated he’s certain the Russians have attempted to influence our elections and those of numerous other countries. But he like many Americans questions such meddling happened as political pundits claim. And even if Russians DID attempt to influence the elections, where is the proof of their doing so?

Should Americans, in this political climate in which the credibility of ALL U.S. Intelligence Agencies have been called into question, blindly accept everything those agency heads tell us? That is a silly suggestion, especially in light of the multitude of issues with American intelligence officials that have been exposed in the last year.

The questioning what those agencies tell us is against the rules of politics: doing so is simply not in the political handbook that contains all the Political Rules.

The “Rules”

Who makes the rules in Politics? Politicians and political hacks school us on what “is” and what “isn’t” acceptable in American politics. Someone is always saying this or that is unacceptable when it comes to saying/doing something politically. Who knows for sure?

But pay attention: Americans should not get caught napping when it comes to what our elected politicians are allowing and preventing to be included in political conversations within our government. After all: even though it is THEIR government too, they still work for us. We should spend some time and energy figuring all this out to determine what really is happening.

“The Book”

For sake of this conversation, let’s term the rules of Politics “The Book.” The use of that term comes from the decades old use of an informal list of unspoken rules of baseball taken from a mythical “Book.”

For decades, there have been situational unofficial rules of things that are supposed to happen (or not happen) in certain situations that arise during a baseball game. Those unofficial “rules” come straight from “The Book.” They’re not written anywhere and certainly are not included in the Baseball Official Rule Book, but they’re in “The Book.”  i.e. With a 3-0 count, a batter is supposed to “take” the next pitch. (“take” means not to swing) With a runner at 1st and 2nd bases and no outs, a batter “usually” should bunt. Neither is really a “rule,” but both are in “The Book.” And, of course, there are times when what “The Book” says to do is changed because of another situation that comes up during the game. What controls THOSE changes? “The Book!”

If “The Book” contained all the rules of political operations, we have some questions to ask:

  • Who wrote “The Book?” 
  • Who decided what was in the “The Book” and what is NOT in “The Book?” 
  • When was “The Book” written?
  • Can any new rules be added to “The Book?” 
  • Can we delete any old rules from “The Book” that aren’t applicable to today?
  • Have any rules already been added or deleted to “The Book?” 
  • If so, who had the authority to add/delete those from  “The Book?”

You may think I am nuts for posing these questions. But think about it: it is very obvious that someone IS deciding what is appropriate, correct, and allowed to be part of our political system. Obviously too is that someone must decide what is NOT appropriate, correct, and NOT allowed to  be included in “The Book.” 

I’m fairly certain there is no class at Yale, Harvard, Brown, Princeton, Columbia, or Penn with the title ““The Book — All Any Politician Wannabe Needs to Know About Politics.” There may be one, but I doubt it.

There are plenty of examples to illustrate “The Book” and its mandates in action. Want some?

  •  (Chuck Schumer (D-NY) about Trump-Putin meeting in Helsinki) “Trump should cancel his meeting with Vladimir Putin until Russia takes demonstrable and transparent steps to prove that they won’t interfere in future elections,” Schumer said in a statement. “Glad-handing with Vladimir Putin on the heels of these indictments would be an insult to our democracy.”
  • (Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Jack Reed (D-RI) were among the others to echo this sentiment, with Warren urging Trump to) “Cancel your ridiculous Putin summit and get your butt on a plane back to the United States.”
  • It’s not just Democrats. John McCain (R-AZ) piped in on Twitter: “President Trump must be willing to confront #Putin from a position of strength & demonstrate there will be a price to pay for his ongoing aggression. If President Trump is not prepared to hold Putin accountable, the #HelsinkiSummit should not move forward.”

I will not bother to quote all those from the Left and Right who took little time to ramp-up their non-stop attacks on the President for his hesitation in Helsinki to damn Putin in person for Russian meddling in the U.S. 2016 election. (The President stated in their private meeting he confronted Putin in dramatic fashion about that meddling) I guess “The Book” has different rules for when and how he should have done that!

Let’s look at what “The Book” has to say about things other than Russia, Vladimir Putin, or other political rules:

For decades Mr. Trump railed against trade policies between the U.S. and China, the European Union countries, Canada, Mexico and others. He accused China again and again of unfair trade practices fueled by their manipulation of Chinese currency to their benefit in trade agreements. In  the past month we’ve seen the President enact tariffs against these countries and several others to even the playing field on trade. The U.S. has paid hundreds of billions of dollars through the years in tariffs to other countries who simply want competitive advantages against America in trade. And our government has simply blinked while allowing those tariffs to go unpunished.

Enter “President” Trump with reciprocal trade tariffs. His violation of “The Book” brings Dems and Republicans out of the woodwork damning the President’s tariff policies.

House Speaker Paul Ryan on Trump tariffs violating “The Book:”

In scolding the President for thos tariffs, Ryan (R-WI) goes against his own governor — Scott Walker — who has voraciously attacked Canadian tariffs against Wisconsin dairy farmers which raise the price in Canada of a Wisconsin produced gallon of milk by $2.00! Ryan obviously sticks close to “The Book!”

Insanity!

I hate to overuse that word. But its use is so applicable today for so many things that happen in D.C. politics. Look at some of the infractions of today’s rules that we know are in “The Book:”

  • Did you hear any of the “keepers of “The Book” go after Hillary when Secretary of State for pushing that Russian reset button?
  • Did you hear any of the “keepers of “The Book” chastise Barack Obama when he on that open microphone sent word to Putin that he would be in a much better position to negotiate  with Vlad after O’s re-election? (Negotiate what?)
  • Did you hear any of the “keepers of “The Book” fuss about Bill Clinton’s pocketing a reported $500,000 for one speech in Moscow following the Uranium One sale to a Russian government controlled entity? Or that while in Russia for that speech, Bill met with Putin?
  • Did you hear any of the “keepers of “The Book” demand the resignation of former Attorney General Loretta Lynch for that private meeting with Mr. Clinton at the Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix while Hillary was under FBI investigation?

I could go on and on with examples of the hypocrisy of the selective use of “The Book.” I won’t, because I’m pretty sure you already get it.

Summary

The tragedy of this conversation is the sad revelation of who wrote “The Book,” who keeps “The Book,” and who adds and deletes rules from “The Book” as they change from time to time, and who decides when changes are appropriate. I’m pretty certain you are way ahead of me with that information. The Book was written, is kept, maintained, and edited by one group who somehow years ago won the title of “Keepers:” Coastal Potomac Political Elitists.

That group is not exclusive to Democrats and other Liberals. There are plenty of RINO’s — Republicans in Name Only — that number among those in that “Club,” and lots of “Never-Trumpers.” I’m pretty sure John McCain numbers among that group.

Yes, it’s sad that such a group exists, and especially a group that with no permission from their bosses — the American People — has taken from Us the rights of the determination of all the rules, guidelines, contents, and management of “The Book.”

But do you know what? It will only get worse unless and until American voters take it back from them. How?

There’s only one way: VOTE THEM OUT OF OFFICE!

Electing Donald Trump President was a start — but a really GOOD start!

 

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