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Swine Flu Cases … Exaggerated ?

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

CBS News Washington Unplugged: H1N1 Cases Exaggerated?

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states on their main flu Web site http://www.cdc.gov/flu/ that flu activity is increasing in the United States, with most states reporting “widespread influenza activity.”

The CDC goes on to say, and I quote:

“So far, most flu is 2009 H1N1 flu (sometimes called “swine flu”).”

But wait stop the presses.

A three-month-long investigation by CBS News, released earlier this week that  included state-by-state test results, revealed some very different facts. The CBS study found that H1N1 flu cases are NOT as prevalent as feared. A CBS article even states:

“If you’ve been diagnosed “probable” or “presumed” 2009 H1N1 or “swine flu” in recent months, you may be surprised to know this: odds are you didn’t have H1N1 flu. In fact, you probably didn’t have flu at all.

Obviously CBS News and the CDC are completely contradicting each other. So who is right?

Well, CBS reports that in late July 2009 the CDC advised states to STOP testing for H1N1 flu, and they also stopped counting individual cases.

Their rationale for this, according to CBS News, was that it was a waste of resources to test for H1N1 flu because it was already confirmed as an epidemic.

So just like that virtually every person who visited their physician with flu-like symptoms since late July was assumed to have H1N1, with no testing necessary because, after all, there’s an epidemic.

It’s interesting to note that at the same time as the CDC decided the H1N1 epidemic warranted no further testing for cases due to its epidemic status, Finnish health authorities actually downgraded the threat of swine flu.

In late July the health ministry and the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) in Finland actually removed swine flu from a list of diseases considered dangerous to the public because the majority of cases recovered without medication or hospital care!

And, as the CDC continues to use fear to motivate and control Americans with their worst-case swine flu scenarios, they say nothing of the experience of those in the southern hemisphere, which just finished their flu season and found it was not as bad as expected.

CBS News Finds H1N1 Tests “Overwhelmingly Negative”

Before beginning their investigation, CBS News asked the CDC for state-by-state test results prior to their halting of testing and tracking. The CDC did not initially respond so CBS went to all 50 states directly, asking for their statistics on state lab-confirmed H1N1 prior to the halt of individual testing and counting in July.

What did they find? CBS reported:

“The results reveal a pattern that surprised a number of health care professionals we consulted. The vast majority of cases were negative for H1N1 as well as seasonal flu, despite the fact that many states were specifically testing patients deemed to be most likely to have H1N1 flu, based on symptoms and risk factors, such as travel to Mexico.”

As you can see from this CBS News graphic, not only are most cases of suspected flu-like illnesses not H1N1, they’re not even the flu but more likely some type of cold or upper respiratory infection!

(Image from CBS News)

Where is the CDC Getting Their Data?

Given CBS News’ findings that most cases of flu-like illnesses are neither H1N1 nor the flu, it begs the question: Why is the CDC reporting that most flu in the United States is in fact H1N1?

Barbara Loe Fisher, founder of the National Vaccine Information Center who I spoke with in the interview above, was a consumer representative on the FDA Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee in 2003, and she asked the head of the influenza branch of the CDC how much of the flu-like illness that occurs in America every year is actually due to the flu.

The answer was about 20 percent, which corresponds more closely with the CBS News data from 2009.

According to the CBS News study, when you come down with chills, fever, cough, runny nose, malaise and all those other “flu-like” symptoms, the illness is likely caused by influenza at most 17 percent of the time and as little as 3 percent! The other 83 to 97 percent of the time it’s caused by other viruses or bacteria.

So remember that not every illness that appears to be the flu actually is the flu. In fact, most of the time it’s not.

Curiously, the CDC still advises those who were told they had 2009 H1N1 (and therefore should be immune to getting it again) to get vaccinated unless they had lab confirmation.

Is the CDC Purposely Misinforming the Public to Sell More Flu and H1N1 Vaccines?

Conflicts of interest are rampant in the vaccination infrastructure. The same people who are regulating and promoting vaccines are also evaluating vaccine safety.

For instance, Dr. Paul Offit of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia earned at least $29 million as part of a $182-million sale by the hospital of its worldwide royalty interest in the Merck Rotateq vaccine. He also formerly sat on the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) to help create the market for rotavirus vaccine

This type of conflict of interest has been going on for some time.

In August 1999, the Committee on Government Reform initiated an investigation into Federal vaccine policy. During the investigation the Committee extensively reviewed financial disclosure forms and related documents and interviewed key officials from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the CDC.

It was revealed that many individuals on two key advisory committees had financial ties to pharmaceutical companies that manufacture vaccines. These individuals were even granted waivers allowing them to fully participate in discussions about vaccine licensing and recommendations for children, despite the fact that federal law states members of advisory committees are required to disclose such ties and recuse themselves from such discussions and decisions.

Further, the investigation revealed that the FDA’s and CDC’s conflict of interest rules were not strongly enforced while the rules themselves were weak. Specific problems noted by the Committee included:

  • The CDC routinely granted waivers from conflict of interest rules to many members of its advisory committee.
  • Those CDC advisory committee members who were not allowed to vote on certain recommendations due to financial conflicts of interest were still allowed to actively participate in committee deliberations and advocate specific positions.
  • The Chairman of the CDC’s advisory committee owned 600 shares of stock in Merck, a pharmaceutical company with an active vaccine division.
  • Members of the CDC’s advisory committee often left key details out of their financial disclosure statements, and were not required to provide the missing information by CDC ethics officials.

And, when the FDA and CDC approved the controversial rotavirus vaccine in 1998 and 1999, the Committee’s report said:

  • 3 out of the 5 FDA advisory committee members who voted to approve the rotavirus vaccine in December 1997 had financial ties to the pharmaceutical companies that were developing different versions of the vaccine.
  • 4 out of the 8 CDC advisory committee members who voted to approve guidelines for the rotavirus vaccine in June 1998 had financial ties to pharmaceutical companies that were developing different versions of the vaccine.

The rotavirus vaccine was pulled from the market one year after approval, after it was found to cause severe bowel obstructions.

Given their sordid history, can the CDC really be trusted, even today? Do you think that much has changed in just one decade?

Is the H1N1 Vaccine Really Safe as the CDC Says it Is?

CDC officials are screaming that H1N1 is so different from the seasonal influenza strains that have circulated in the past few decades that a national alarm must be sounded and everyone needs to be so afraid that we all should get vaccinated to prevent a deadly pandemic.

Yet, they say the new H1N1 vaccine is safe based on vaccines for that very same flu strain from which it is so different. They write on their Web site “the 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccines are expected to have similar safety profiles as seasonal flu vaccines …”

Another contradiction.

While symptoms of H1N1 flu and seasonal flu are virtually identical, the H1N1 vaccine is showing signs of being quite different from the seasonal flu shot.

Although both are produced using antiquated 50-year-old technology that involves injecting the virus into eggs and allowing it to grow, the virus being used to produce the swine flu vaccine has been found to reproduce much more slowly in eggs than the ordinary flu virus.

And according to a separate CBS News report, the U.S. government is now funding newer unprecedented technologies to speed up vaccine production, including one that involves growing the virus inside animal cells and another that involves flu proteins grown inside insect cells.

The risks of these, and the current fast-tracked swine flu vaccine, are truly unknown at this time.

There is NO Incentive for the CDC or Vaccine Manufacturers to Care About Safety

You may think that the CDC and the vaccine manufacturers must be concerned about safety, as if they released a dangerous vaccine and promoted it to the American public, imagine the lawsuits they would face.

This is actually no longer reality as the U.S. government has granted vaccine makers total legal immunity from any lawsuits that result from the new swine flu vaccine.

In fact, drug manufacturers got a major boost in protection and were granted unprecedented powers to experiment on the population with the passing of the 2006 Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act (the PREP Act).

This law allows the DHHS Secretary to invoke almost complete immunity from liability for manufacturers of vaccines and drugs used to combat a declared public health emergency, which the “swine flu pandemic” qualifies as.

The PREP Act removes your right to a trial jury unless you can provide clear evidence of willful misconduct that resulted in death or serious physical injury. But that’s not all. First you must apply for and be granted permission to sue by the DHHS Secretary.

The most problematic aspect of the PREP Act is that it removes all financial incentive to make a safe product.

In fact, vaccine makers now have a negative incentive to test it for safety, because if they are aware of problems, then they could potentially be held liable for willful misconduct!

As long as they can prove they “didn’t know” of any problem, they will not be liable for damages. Hence it’s in their best interest to know as little as possible about the adverse reactions it might cause.

It seems unimaginable, but you and your children are now being enlisted as an unpaid human trial subjects for experimental, fast-tracked vaccines like the swine flu vaccine.

Even if They Were Effective or Safe, Most Vaccines Will Come Too Late

Recent national polls have revealed that 30 percent to 50 percent in many communities are not planning to get a swine flu shot … but there are many who are still ready to stand in line.

If you have not yet made up your mind and have questions, we have created some fact-filled posters that you can print and post ALL over your community, your local stores, office and schools.

You can also visit the special section of my site that is devoted to giving you all the latest H1N1 Swine Flu Alerts. This is an excellent go-to source to stay updated on all the new swine flu developments.

But I wanted to share one final detail, and that is a new study just released by Purdue University researchers and published in the journal Eurosurveillance.

The researchers found that at this point in time any vaccinations that are given in the United States will likely have little effect on the number of infections. The researchers state:

“The model predicts that there will be a significant wave in autumn, with 63% of the population being infected, and that this wave will peak so early that the planned CDC vaccination campaign will likely not have a large effect on the total number of people ultimately infected by the pandemic H1N1 influenza virus.”

In other words, infections are predicted to peak in late October (now) and by the end of the year it’s estimated that 63 percent of the U.S. population will have been infected with H1N1 swine flu.

What does this mean? By the end of the year the majority of the U.S. population will have likely acquired natural immunity.

Natural immunity is what you gain when you recover from influenza and natural immunity is what is protecting older Americans, who have recovered from exposure to H1N1 strains of influenza in the past and are therefore less susceptible today.

This new revelation, coupled with CBS News’ finding that swine flu cases are already being greatly overestimated … and the fact that vaccines do not offer long-term immunity anyway … and the questionable motives behind CDC’s massive vaccination campaign … puts an entirely different slant on the swine flu “epidemic,” don’t you think?

If you are still concerned about the swine flu, you should know that it is relatively easy to improve your immune response to fight this infection. If 99.9% of the people are not having any serious complications from H1N1, it would seem perfectly rational to believe that minor lifestyle changes could have dramatic effects on fighting this infection, and none of these involve taking potentially dangerous and unproven vaccine interventions.

Simple Measures That Can Help You Fight Illness

  • Vitamin D has been well documented to increase the production of over 200 anti microbial peptides that fight infection.
  • Eliminate sugar from your diet as that will impair your immune response
  • Get plenty of rest
  • Exercise appropriately

You can also help make a BIG difference in protecting your right to make informed, voluntary vaccination choices by supporting the National Vaccine Information Center.

I have made this non-profit organization — America’s Vaccine Safety Watchdog — one of my favorite charities and I urge you to become a donor member and help NVIC protect your informed consent rights and your children’s health.

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Posted On Oct 24, 2009It is just amazing to see how this whole H1N1 (swine flu) scare, when analyzed as a marketing campaign, is a sure winner…except for one thing… and that’s that today we have the internet which allows the free exchange of information.From a marketing point of view, the orchestrated scene between the CDC and other government agencies and the vaccine and anti-viral manufacturers and the major news outlets is a topnotch success program–success in terms of profit, not health. The market is stimulated to want, desire, and “need” the product by fear, one of the most powerful motivators that humans experience.

In marketing, a very common technique is to induce fear that a product will only be available for certain time and then it will either be out of stock or won’t be available at the reduced price. The effect is that people buy it even though they may not need or really want it, just because they fear they won’t be able to buy it if they decide later that they would like to buy it. This manipulation tactic is being used with the swine flu scare today. Selling anti-virals and vaccines is big business.

But the internet is still capable of disseminating alternative information. Even when the mainstream news sources omit important information, alternate sources like Dr. Mercola and others are able to put out good information, and, thank God, it is having an effect.

We all need to be aware that each one of us has a responsibility to do something with what we are given. We need to help spread the information that we believe is true and good. My thanks to Dr. Mercola and all sources of good, honest, science-based, common-sense-based information.

See http://bit.ly/ziSH0 for a short historical overview of vaccines.

Capitalism and … Christ …

Sunday, October 18th, 2009

During sixty years of study and experience in learning the meaning of life for those who experience the conditions of poverty, I have weighed the causes and effects that impact many poor people in their struggle to accomplish their destinies. I have tried to write descriptions of systemic solutions that might solve the injustices that prevail.

I have read hundreds of articles, books, and videos, that discussed poverty in some way or other. If there were a course intended to study ‘Poverty 101’ that would treat the what and why about the poor, the following article should win the chance to present that curriculum, hands down. See the truly surprising insight for yourself. Thank you, Antipas.

– WJ Anthony

* * *

CAPITALISM  and  CHRISTIANITY

“In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.

– George Orwell

“Someone who lacks independent wealth has no claim to even the SMALLEST portion of food …”

– David Ricardo

“And he (i.e., the “false prophet”) causeth all, both small and great,

rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or

in their foreheads: “AND THAT NO MAN MIGHT BUY OR SELL,

SAVE HE THAT HAD THE MARK or the name of the beast

(i.e., the Antichrist), or the number of his name.” (Rev. 13:16-17)

INTRODUCTION:

Wow! What a reaction our last newsletter (”The Deceitfulness of Riches and

the Marxist Paradigm”) generated! It seems that whenever we touch the matter

of “money” and the “rich,” people – especially our American readers – appear

as if out of nowhere to assail and denounce us. [Note: this doesn’t happen with

our readers in Bulgaria, or in Russia, or in Botswana, or in Zambia, or in Kenya,

or in Brazil, or in Egypt, or in Abu Dubai, or in Costa Rica, or in Peru, etc.

(and yes, we do have readers in all these places).] You would think that we

had blasphemed God – and maybe, insofar as the god they apparently serve is

concerned (i.e., money), we have. I wonder if these same people would respond

with such vehemence and fury if we had attacked the poor, the displaced, the

homeless, the outcasts, the friendless, etc. I doubt it!

We are called “Marxists,” “ner-do-wells,” “hypocrites,” and other things too

hateful and odious to be mentioned here. It seems that nothing drawsthe ire

and outrage of Christians in America (not all of them, for sure, but certainly

a lot of them) against us more than when we touch the matter of wealth.

Most of the people who attack us start out with a broad and sometimes even

magnanimous comment about the “general truth” of what we aresaying, but

that usually “peters off” into an attack against our “bias”insofar as the rich are

concerned. Typical of this kind of letter is the following:

“… (Your article) is indeed full of truth and I applaud that.  However

… there seems to be a hostile thread toward those who have money

and that’s sad … In your dissertation on the dangers of having money,

you seem to elevate those with little or no money to a more wholesome,

pure and honest level of servitude, implying that those who have been

“blessed” with poverty have a less difficult path to God than those with

financial substance. I must disagree … Blessings to you guys as you

follow the leading of our Lord – as controversial as it may become.

A second letter reads as follows:

“I didn’t subscribe to your Newsletter. It was sent to me by a friend.

I read your letter on Money and you have many Bible passages that

pertain to money and its relationship to sin. I would like to say that

generally speaking what you are saying about money in your letter

(i.e., article) is true … However, the real problem lies in the depraved

heart of man … Sure the love of money is the root of all evil, but what

about the wealthy man who uses his wealth to support missions, gospel

ministries and such …”

A third person writes:

“There is a consistent substance to Steven’s [i.e., Stevan (S.R. Shearer’s) – editor] writings that I have trouble with.

I have tried to rationalize it away as there is a lot about Antipas that I like. A couple of weeks ago someone posted a

message that struck a cord with me … As I read it my thoughts were, ” taking the words right out of my mouth”.

[Note: we quoted from this letter in our last article; this is the letter from “R” that referred to us as “Marxists” – editor.

] I don’t want to get into a debate about this, so I am reluctant to mention anything, but I will tell you one of the things

that has consistently bothered me. The notion that it is more spiritual to be poor … (In) one of Steven’s newsletters he

characterized the enemy as someone reading his Wall Street Journal, driving his SUV and talking on his cell phone.

This poor vs. rich theme is in all of what he writes.”

It seems that money is the “third rail of America’s form of Christianity” – touch it (i.e., “diss it,” as they say where

we live) and you die.

All of these people are evidently concerned at our lack of “equity” insofar as the rich vis a vis the poor are concerned. They

complain that we seem to favor the poor over the rich – that we seem to think that “… it is,” as the first letter writer above

acerbically puts it, “more spiritual to be poor” than it is to be rich; that – as the third letter writer above sarcastically suggests

we say – “… those who have been ‘blessed’ with poverty have a less difficult path to God than those with financial substance.”

THE POOR AND THE BIBLE

But that’s what the Bible indicates! That’s exactly what the Bible suggests: for example, Jesus didn’t say “It is easier for a

camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a poor man to enter into the kingdom of God;” but He did say that about

the rich:

“And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a RICH man to enter

into the kingdom of God.” (Matt. 19:24)

And He said this not once, but twice in the same passage of Scripture:

“Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a RICH man shall hardly enter into the kingdom

of heaven.” (Matt. 19:23)

Moreover, the Bible doesn’t speak about the “deceitfulness of poverty,” it does say that, however, about wealth and riches

(Matt. 13:22 and

Mark 4:19), specifically, it suggests that riches choke the efficacy of the Word of God in our hearts –

“Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower.

“When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and

catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.

“But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it;

“Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the

word, by and by he is offended.

“He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the

DECEITFULNESS OF RICHES, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. (Matt. 13:18-22)

The Bible doesn’t tell the poor “woe unto you that are poor.” Nowhere does it say that! Nowhere! But it does say that to the

rich:

“But woe unto you that are RICH! for ye have received your consolation.

“Woe unto you that are full! for ye shall hunger. Woe unto you that laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep.” (

Luke 6:24-25)

The Bible doesn’t say, “Go to now, ye poor men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you. Your poverty has

corrupted you …”

But it does say that about the rich:

Go to now, ye RICH men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you.

“Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are moth eaten.

“Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it

were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days. (James 5:1-3)

The Bible doesn’t say, “And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed be ye rich: for yours is the kingdom of

God.” But it does say that about the poor:

“And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed be ye POOR: for yours is the kingdom of God.”

(Luke 6:20)

The Scriptures don’t say, “Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the rich.” But it does say that about the poor:

“Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God CHOSEN the POOR of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the

kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?” (James 2:5)

THE BIBLE IS AN AFFRONT TO THE RICH

What are we to say about all this? – Yes, the Bible very evidently does favor the poor over the rich – VERY CLEARLY IT

DOES!! And, moreover, it doesn’t beat around the bush about its favoritism; it says it very plainly and openly:

“For ye see your calling, brethren, how that NOT MANY WISE MEN AFTER THE FLESH, NOT MANY

MIGHTY, NOT MANY NOBLE, are called:

“But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things

of the world to confound the things which are mighty;

“And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to

bring to nought things that are.” (1 Cor. 1:26-28)

Obviously, rich Americans will find this offensive. Why? BECAUSE THEY ARE RICH! – at least in comparison to those

living in the rest of the world. Obviously, they would be offended by our comments concerning SUVs. It’s not the poor who

parade around in them pretending to be on Safari in Kruger National Park or in the jungles of the Amazon – it’s the rich!

They’re the ones who read the Wall Street Journal; not the poor; the poor aren’t following the stock market, it’s the rich who

are. They’re the ones who talk on cell phones and the ones who live in Yuppie Land. They are the ones who invest their

money in the stock of companies who treat their employees like slaves in Indonesia, El Salvador, Thailand, etc. – maybe not

so much the ones who subscribe to our website, but certainly the ones who attend the services at Crystal Cathedral in

Southern California, or at Capital Christian Center in Sacramento, California, or at Thomas Roads Baptist Church in

Lynchberg, Virginia, or at James Robison’s church in Texas, or at James Kennedy’s church in Florida, or at Tim LaHaye’s

church, etc., or who tune in to Paul Crouch at TBN and Pat Robertson at CBN.

Naturally, all these people will reject what the Bible has to say about the rich; of course they will complain bitterly that

“This poor vs. rich theme is in all of what he (i.e., S.R. Shearer) writes.” But the very real fact of the matter is, THIS IS

ONE OF THE GREAT THEMES OF THE BIBLE: THE OPPRESSION OF THE POOR BY THE RICH:

“Do not RICH men OPPRESS you, and draw you before the judgment seats?” (James 2:6)

Moreover – and much more ominously – the Bible says that in making such an ostentatious display of their wealth and in

oppressing the poor, they (i.e., the rich) are storing up God’s wrath against themselves (Rom. 2:5). That’s the truth of the

matter – and only Western Christianity (and especially the Christianity of America) would miss this point.

REJECTING THE COUNSEL OF GOD

Again – why do the rich rage against all this? Why do they call this “class warfare?” BECAUSE THEY ARE THE ONES

AGAINST WHOM ALL THIS IS DIRECTED! Duh! (to put it in the vernacular) – what else would one expect from

those against whom these verses are directed? This is how the Pharisees (i.e., the religious establishment of Christ’s day)

reacted to Christ when He spoke against them and called them

“serpents,” “vipers,” “poisonous snakes” (Matt. 23:33), and “whited sepulchers, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but

are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness” (Matt. 23:27).

Moreover, this is precisely how they (again, the “religious establishment”) reacted to Christ when He asked them,

HOW CAN YE ESCAPETHE DAMNATION OF HELL?” (Matt. 23:33):

“And when the messengers of John were departed, he began to speak unto the people concerning John, What went

ye out into the wilderness for to see? A reed shaken with the wind?

“But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? Behold, they which are gorgeously apparelled,

and live delicately, are in kings’ courts.

“But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? Yea, I say unto you, and much more than a prophet.

“This is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way

before thee.

“For I say unto you, Among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist: but

he that is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.

“And all the people that heard him, and the publicans, justified God, being baptized with the baptism of John.

BUT THE PHARISEES AND LAWYERS REJECTED THE COUNSEL OF GOD AGAINST

THEMSELVES, being not baptized of him. (Luke 7:24-30)

WE HAVE NO PERSONAL INTEREST IN
OFFENDING THE RICH! – WHAT’S IN IT FOR US?

It is only natural for people to reject criticism that is directed against themselves. But I implore you – especially those of

you who have money, i.e., who “drive the SUVs,” who “talk on cell phones,” and who “read the Wall Street Journal,”

please do not take offense at what we are saying; please don’t reject it as simply the blather of Marxist ideology. I can tell

you that our intention in discussing money has not been to purposefully offend you or anyone else.

THERE CERTAINLY IS NO GAIN IN THAT FOR US! Indeed, every time we discuss the issue of money, it seems

to drive people away from our website. What’s in that for us? One brother writes:

“I think highly of … the brothers … at Antipas.  I just can’t support this ministry (financially) any longer for the

reasons I have mentioned (i.e., our stance with regard to the rich and money – editor). I hope its clear that I agree

much of the message you are spreading, but I have very serious concerns about a few things I have mentioned.”

Again, I ask you, what’s in it for us if we drive people like this away? – and this particular brother has actually supported

the ministry. What do we get out of offending supporters like that? If money is what we cared about, we would never

mention it again! – that’s for sure! But that’s not what we care about. What we care about is YOU!! We would rather have

you angry at us now and, as a result, suffer the loss of your support in this present life, than “water down” our message to

you in order to gain your financial backing, and have you offended at us in eternity because we failed to preach to you an

unadulterated Gospel. The very real fact of the matter is, that’s what the “end of days” is all about – MONEY! That’s what

Rev. 13:16-17 very clearly indicates. Unless we come to grips with the hold money has on our lives, and quit kidding

ourselves about it, we’ll never make it through the “Deception of the End of Days.” It’s unbelievable how blind we are to

the matter of wealth! How utterly hypocritical we are when it comes to our money.

THE INCONGRUITY OF IT ALL

For example, why is it so difficult for Christians in America to see the incongruity of being “right” insofar as abortion,

homosexuality, militant feminism and so forth are concerned while all the while refusing to acknowledge the rapacious,

greedy and even predatory character of the corporate allies they have chosen to ally themselves with in their battle to

“take America back for Christ,” to say nothing of the money-grubbing and avaricious life-styles many of them have

adopted on a personal level? And all this in contravention to the lifestyle of Christ – the Lord of all the universe, the One

who dwells in “unapproachable light” – who chose a life of poverty in His sojourn on this earth, and so much so that He

could say of Himself:

“… Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.”

(Luke 9:58)

Is it so difficult to see the utter hypocrisy of speaking out against the SLAVERY of drug addiction, while all the while

investing money in the “high-return” stock of corporations that enslave poor peasants in virtual “SLAVE-labor camps” in

Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, El Salvador, Guatemala, etc. in order to make the products that make life comfortable

in the United States and Western Europe. This is what drives ordinary people on the Left crazy! This is what makes the

Christianity of the Western World out to be the sham it has become.

THE RELIGION OF THE RICH! The religion of the “Master Race” (i.e., the whites of the so-called “First World”)!

Yes, abortion, homosexuality and all the rest are wrong! – very wrong! But so are the predatory economic policies that the

“Christian West” perpetrates on the poor of the world. Jesus said:

“Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted

the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other

undone.

“Ye blind guides, WHICH STRAIN AT A GNAT, AND SWALLOW A CAMEL (Matt. 23:23-24)

And isn’t that exactly what the Religious Right is doing here in America? They harangue Americans about abortion, about

gays and lesbians, about sexual sin, about “family values,” and all the while statistics by the Gallup and Roper polling

organizations – to say nothing about any number of other studies on the subject, many of them commissioned by Christian

organizations and published in journals like Christianity Today – reveal that there is as much drug addiction, divorce, and

sexual sin among so-called “born-again” Christians as there is in the general population. Jesus said:

“… why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?

“Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own

eye?

THOU HYPOCRITE, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the

mote out of thy brother’s eye.” (Mark 7:3-5)

THOU HYPOCRITE

“Thou HYPOCRITE!” That’s what Jesus said to the scribes and Pharisees. You say one thing, and do another! – isn’t that

what the Religious Right is doing when they condemn the Left for the very same kind of immorality that they practice? –

only the Left does it out in the open and boasts about it, while the Religious Right does it under the table and tries

(mostly unsuccessfully) to keep it a secret.

Isn’t that what Newt Gingrich – who was for a very long period of time the “darling” of the Religious Right – was doing

during the Monica Lewinski affair: condemning Clinton for his sexual dalliance with Lewinski while all the while he was

carrying on the same kind of sordid affair with one of his secretaries in the offices of the Speaker of the House of

Representatives? This is to say nothing of the shameful way Gingrich dumped his first wife, Jackie, in 1980. According to

insiders, Gingrich came to his wife of 18 years while she was hospitalized for cancer. He announced that he wanted a

divorce, and handed her a yellow legal pad with a list of provisions for handling the split up; he then badgered her to sign the

hand-drafted document; and after she did so, walked out on her never to see her again. And what was it that she had done to

deserve this kind of treatment?

Lee Howell, a former friend who had asked Gingrich to be the best man at his wedding in 1979 offered an explanation.

According to Howell, “Jackie was kind of frumpy in Washington, and she was seven years older than he was. And I guess

Newt thought, ‘Well, it doesn’t look good for an articulate, young, aggressive, attractive Congressman to have a frumpy old

wife’.”

And then there is the matter of Rep. John Livingston (R) of Louisiana – the former Speaker designate of the House of

Representatives and the author of the federal “Three-strikes law.” Livingston was “outed” for having a “love child.”

Livingston’s supporters claim that his sexual indiscretions were “ancient history,” but the fact of the matter is, reporter

Allan MacDonell appeared on the syndicated television news show Extra and charged that Livingston’s “indiscretions”

had continued well into the present.

And that’s not the end of it. Take Rep. Henry Hyde (R) of Illinois. Hyde, another favorite of the Religious Right, called his

sexual faux-pas a “youthful indiscretion.” Trouble was, Hyde was 46 at the time he took up with Cherie Snodgrass –

a married woman half Hyde’s age who had three children – often keeping her up all night and away from her children

“nightclubbing.” Fred Snodgrass, Cherie’s ex-husband, said of Hyde’s seduction of his wife, “All I can think of is, Here is

this hypocrite who broke up my family.”

And what about Rep. Dan Burton (R) of Indiana, another Religious Right favorite who had a long-lasting sexual fling with

an ex-model named Claudia Keller whom he set up in an apartment and paid $40,000 a year?

Then there is Tom Delay (R) of Texas, another “dear” insofar as the Religious Right is concerned, who is alleged to have had

countless numbers of sexual encounters with prostitutes (in fact, Newsweek Magazine is reputed to have in its possession a

picture of Delay locked in a sexual embrace with a Mexican prostitute), and who is also to be rumored to have a grown

daughter not by his wife.

And did any of these men come clean on their own accord? No! – not one of them! They were all “outed” by Hustler

Magazine’s Larry Flynt. In other words, they were “forced out into the open.” Their professed shame resulted not so much

from their sexual peccadilloes, as it did from being caught.

AND MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT, NONE OF THESE MEN ARE OBSCURE “NOBODIES!” THEY ARE ALL

EXTREMELY PROMINENT POLITICAL FIGURES STRONGLY SUPPORTED BY THE RELIGIOUS RIGHT!

Moreover, every single one of them has campaigned on a platform of “moral values.”

And what about those in the Religious Right itself? What about Jimmy Swaggert? What about David Hocking? What about

Ralph Wilkerson? – well, you know all of them. It’s a shame to even name them, and not just the leaders of the Religious

Right, but the congregates and the “pew sitters” as well? Don’t you think that unbelievers and the Left notice these things?

These inconsistencies? Of course they do! – and it is precisely for this reason that the name of Christ is blasphemed among

the gentiles (i.e., the unbelievers). The Bible says:

“Behold, thou art called a Jew (in our case, a Christian) … and makest thy boast of God,

“And knowest his will, and approvest the things that are more excellent, being instructed out of the law;

“And art confident that thou thyself art a guide of the blind, a light of them which are in darkness,

“An instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes, which hast the form of knowledge and of the truth in the law.

THOU THEREFORE WHICH TEACHEST ANOTHER, TEACHEST THOU NOT THYSELF? thou that

preachest a man should not steal, dost thou steal?

“Thou that sayest a man should not commit adultery, dost thou commit adultery?  Thou that abhorrest idols,

dost thou commit sacrilege?

“Thou that makest thy boast of the law, through breaking the law dishonourest thou God?

FOR THE NAME OF GOD IS BLASPHEMED AMONG THE GENTILES THROUGH (i.e., because of)

YOU … ” (Rom. 2:17-24)

DISDAIN FOR THE POOR

All this is to say nothing about the way the Religious Right slavishly mimics its corporate sponsors in its obvious disdain

for the poor; for example, the manner in which the Religious Right begrudges the poor any kind of real welfare assistance

while all the while saying nothing about the billions and billions and billions of dollars of “corporate welfare” that its

secular allies in the corporate world receive, which is many, many times greater than the total of all the welfare programs of

the poor combined. IT SEEMS THAT WHILE WELFARE IS OKAY FOR THE RICH, IT ISN’T FOR THE POOR.

And what about the support the Religious Right lends to the “free trade” economic policies of its rich corporate sponsors

which ship millions and millions of American jobs out of the United States to the “slave-labor camps” they have set up in the

Third World? – policies that, incidentally, are largely responsible for the poverty of today’s “working poor” in this country.

And then there is the matter of today’s “workfare” programs that the Religious Right supports at the behest of Corporate

America, programs that in “temperament and philosophy” resemble the hideous “workfare” programs that the Rev. William

Wilberforce and his Calvinist-like cohorts in England forced on the starving Irish during the Great Potato famine of the

mid-1830s, and which forever earned the enmity of the Catholic Irish over and against the Protestant English; “workfare”

programs which today force poor, single mothers up at 5:00 am to leave their children with “whomsoever,” while they embark

on a two and sometimes three hour bus ride across town to work at minimum wage jobs that pay no benefits and not enough

money to pay for rent, utilities, food and a cheap car.

These are the kind of Christians who want to live safely in their gated communities, preach to the Left a Puritan

moral ethic (that they themselves don’t even keep), and blame the poor for their own poverty while they – whether

they realize it or not – support elite economic policies that strip the poor of the very “living wage” jobs they need to

support themselves with. Is it really that difficult to see the utter  hypocrisy in all this?  Is it really that impossible to

recognize the shallow display of virtue in a kind of Christianity that seeks to enforce personal morality on the poor while

all the time it pushes mean-spirited, selfish, and sordid economic policies designed to grind the poor into the dirt?  And this

is not a new phenomenon in the so-called “Christian West” of the late twentieth and twenty-first centuries. It’s been going

on for a long time.

CHARLES  FULLER:

AN  EXAMPLE  OF  WHAT  WE  ARE  TALKING ABOUT

Take Charles Fuller, for example; Fuller was a great Christian philanthropist of the 1930s and 40s, and underwrote many

Christian projects of that era including Cam Townsend’s Wycliffe Bible Translators, Lewis Sperry Chafer’s Dallas

Theological Seminary, Bill Bright’s Campus Crusade, and a myriad of Henrietta Mears’ evangelistic projects at UCLA.

He was also the founder of Fuller Theological Seminary in Southern California (to which he gave his name), and the prime

mover behind the establishment of the National Association of Evangelicals. He is held up today as a model for all good

Christian businessmen to shape their lives after. But a closer examination of Fuller’s life might lead to another conclusion.

The fact is, Fuller’s philanthropy RESTED ON A FOUNDATION OF HUMAN MISERY of the worst kind! – the kind

that was forever immortalized in John Steinbeck’s heart-rending novel, The Grapes of Wrath.

Fuller’s wealth was derived from his immense citrus grove holdings in Southern California. He was director and leader of

the California Orange Growers Association in the 1930s, a group of farmers whose neat white-fenced farms and Christian

churches rested on a foundation of CHEAP LABOR. Fuller also owned a chain of department stores in Santa Ana and

Riverside. During the Great Depression, a steady stream of displaced farmers from the impoverished “dustbowl” states of

Oklahoma, Kansas, and Arkansas (known derisively as “Oakies” and “Arkies”) trekked across the deserts of west Texas,

New Mexico and Arizona to find work as “day-laborers” in the citrus groves of Southern California and California’s San

Juaquin and Sacramento Valleys.

There they ran smack into the “slave labor camps” of the California Orange Growers Association and other assorted

grower organizations. The camps the growers provided their workers with – and for which they charged a small fortune,

sometimes up to half their worker’s paychecks – often had no toilet facilities (laborers were forced to dig holes in the

ground) or if they did, they were totally inadequate to the number of laborers who had to use them. In addition, the camps

often had no running water (laborers had to get their water from polluted creeks in the area), and no electricity of any kind.

All the workers received from the growers was a patch of empty ground – all that for half their paycheck! In other words,

Fuller and his cohorts were charging workers for a plot of dirt to put their tents on – and that’s all. Laborers who gave the

growers trouble or who complained were labeled “communists” and “black-listed.”

FULLER AND THE STRIKE OF 1936

In June 1936, 2,500 of Fuller’s citrus workers went on strike in Orange County for a wage increase. They wanted to increase

their wages from twenty-five cents to forty-cents an hour [and here one needs to be clear, the actual wage many of Fuller’s

workers received was only half this amount (i.e., about 15 cents) – the other half Fuller deducted from their paychecks for

the little bit of ground the workers pitched their tents on].

The California Orange Growers Association, which Fuller headed, refused to bargain. Supported by local Protestant clergy

and the Associated Farmers of California – a grower’s organization financially backed by Standard Oil of California –

the growers instead pointed to the supposed presence of Communist party members among the organizers of the

farm-workers’ union.

That was all Fuller needed to justify calling in the Orange County sheriff. Four hundred armed deputies descended on the

farm-workers’ shantytowns with tear gas and clubs. Men, women and children were mercilessly beaten and gassed. Santa

Ana, the quiet town where Cam  Townsend had biked to high school as a child, was transformed into the site of a

“concentration camp,” where hundreds and hundreds of workers were herded into a stockade that Fuller had built

BEFORE the strike commenced. Fuller, it seems, had actually planned for his use of clubs, guns, tear gas, and his use of

concentration camp-like detention centers. The strikers were then marched into court and summarily found guilty by judges

and juries who had been “bought and sold” by the growers. They were then jailed: husbands were separated from their wives,

and children torn from the arms of their mothers and placed in “receiving homes” where many of them were later “adopted

out,” despite the anguished cries of their mothers and fathers who had no one to turn to for help.

Fuller repeated this process throughout the 1930s and ’40s, not only in his citrus groves, but in his chain of department stores

in Santa Ana and Riverside. For example, in the late 1940s Fuller ruthlessly put down a strike at one of his department stores,

and after successfully winning the strike against the workers, he sent that portion of the strike fund (about $3,000) that he

had not used to Wycliffe as a “Thank-Offering” to God for his success against the workers.

CHRISTIAN PHILANTHROPY AT THE
EXPENSE OF THE WORKING POOR

Christian philanthropy founded on the bashed heads of workers – many, if not most of them, fellow-Christians? What an

unbelievable disgrace and shame to the NAME of Christ! And this is not some process that ended in the 1930s and ’40s –

this heartless and cruel system is presently going on now in the “slave-labor camps” established by the corporate elites

(and supported by their minions in the Religious Right as well as Protestant missionary groups like WYAM and Wycliffe)

in the Philippines, Thailand, Saipan, El Salvador, etc.

Is that where our form of Christianity has taken us?  Is that what we are engaged in? – building up the Kingdom of God

based on the misery and OKAY TO BASH PEOPLE’S HEADS IN FOR THE SAKE OF CORPORATE PROFITS

SO LONG AS THE ONE DOING THE BASHING IS NOT A HOMOSEXUAL, IS AGAINST ABORTION, AND

IS FOR “FAMILY VALUES.” God help us all if that’s the kind of Christianity that we are involved in today!!

CAPITALISM: IS IT REALLY “GOD ORDAINED?”

The Religious Right claims, and their secular allies in the corporate elites similarly believe, that capitalism is God’s

ordained economic system for this world – almost as if Adam Smith, David Ricardo, and Thomas Malthus were Biblical

figures on a par with Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Nehemiah, and so forth; and that the system they devised – i.e., capitalism –

finds its origins in the Bible and should be adhered to with as much ardor and ebullience as one would adhere to the

injunctions of Holy Writ.

But that’s utter nonsense! No where in the Bible can one find even the smallest suggestion that the “Dismal Science” of

Adam Smith, or the dreary and gloomy economic system that Malthus and Ricardo contrived are biblically based.

This evil and pernicious world of Oliver Twist that Smith, Ricardo and Malthus conceived is entirely a man-made system;

it has NOTHING to do with God or the Bible! NOTHING!

The repugnant and even vulgar thought – central to the system of capitalism – that the world should be divided into a

management class of “haves” (i.e., the rich) and a laboring class of “have nots” (i.e., the poor) simply does not exist in the

Bible.  The very real fact of the matter is, the severe and cold “Calvinistic” economic system of Ricardo, Smith and Malthus

– based as it is on the Darwinian maxim of “survival of the fittest” in which the most productive are supposed to rise to the

top of the economic pecking order and the least productive are supposed to fall to the bottom – is utterly repudiated by the

Scripture.

How you say? – through the device of the “Jubilee,” a God-ordained mechanism aimed at preventing the

untoward accumulation of wealth – central to the system of capitalism – in Old Testament Israeli society.

You never heardof this? – well, I’m not surprised! It’s not something that the elites of this world or their “toadies”

in the Religious Right would find it convenient to talk about too much.

THE YEAR OF JUBILEE

In the Old Testament (in the Book of Leviticus) the land of Israel was to be divided EQUALLY in perpetual allotments to

its citizenry. Each family was to receive a roughly equal share of the land. Now the Bible envisioned that in the course of

time, some would not do as well as others and, as a result, would have to sell their land and their houses. But every fifty

years, the Bible established a “Year of Jubilee” in which everything had to be restored to its original owner:

“And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants

thereof: it shall be a jubilee (i.e., a time of rejoicing”) unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his possession

… (in other words, everyman in Israel would have his former possessions returned to him).

“A jubilee shall that fiftieth year be unto you: ye shall not sow, neither reap that which groweth of itself in it, nor

gather the grapes in it of thy vine undressed.

“In the year of this jubilee ye shall return every man unto his possession.

“IN THE YEAR OF THE JUBILEE THE FIELD SHALL RETURN UNTO HIM OF WHOM IT WAS

BOUGHT,  EVEN TO HIM TO WHOM THE POSSESSION OF THE LAND DID BELONG originally).”

(Lev. 25:10-11, 13, 24)

Hardly a system of things that would be approved today by Bank of America and Wells Fargo, and by the “Captains of

Industry.” How long do you suppose modern capitalism would survive under this kind of system? Not very long I should

imagine. And be clear here, this is the only “system of economics” (so to speak) that the Bible ever actually set up – and it’s

certainly not a capitalist system or a system that would be very much approved by the Rockefellers, the Fords, and the

DuPonts of this world. Where is there here any chance for the massive accumulation of wealth by the few at the expense of

the many upon which the system of capitalism is so entirely dependent? It doesn’t exist! THE PURPOSE OF THESE

REGULATIONS WAS TO PREVENT THE ACCUMULATION OF WEALTH BY THE FEW AT THE EXPENSE

OF THE MANY – even on a legitimate basis!! That was the spirit behind these regulations and ordinances! – and that is

precisely what the SUV Christians of today would no doubt call “Marxist!” Pretty hard to justify the accumulation of wealth

that makes possible the gated communities of Yuppie Land-Christians under that system of things, isn’t it?

Where is there here the opportunity for the conquest of Africa by the European colonial powers if at the end of fifty years,

the British, the Belgians, the French, and the Spanish would have been forced to give back to the original inhabitants of the

land the possessions they had stolen, or even legitimately bought – after all, the Bible admitted to no difference here! The

land had to be returned! Where is the possibility that Exxon, Shell, BP, etc. could have raped the Iranians, the Iraqis, the

Arabians, the Nigerians, etc. of their wealth under such a system. This is definitely not a system the World Bank or the

WTO would very much approve of! Certainly not Ford, or GM! Certainly not General Electric or Microsoft! SO MUCH

FOR THE THOUGHT THAT THE CAPITALISM PRACTICED BY TODAY’S SECULAR ELITES AND

APPROVED OF BY THE RELIGIOUS RIGHT IS SANCTIONED BY THE BIBLE!

MARXISM IS NOT GOD-ORDAINED EITHER

Now this is certainly not to say that Marxism is God-ordained either. BUT THE RELIGIOUS RIGHT AND

CHRISTIANS IN GENERAL ARE NOT “DUPED” OR ENTANGLED IN THIS SYSTEM OF ECONOMICS.

AND, MOREOVER, AS WE SAID AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS ARTICLE, THE MARXISTS AND THE

SOCIALISTS DON’T SPREAD THEIR MISERY IN THE NAME OF CHRIST. BUT THE CAPITALISTS DO.

But if capitalism is not God-ordained, then where did it come from? How did it get so established in the minds of Christians

today – especially the stingy and mean-spirited form of it that the Republicans are involved with.

NEXT TIME

Next time – an answer! Until then, please bear in mind what the “End of the Age” is all about; to a very large extent, it’s about

MONEY.  Specifically, it’s about our relationship with it. That’s why we are spending so much time on this issue. Our

purpose here is not to get you angry with us, but to enlighten you about things you may not want to know about, but which,

nonetheless, you need to know as the “end of days” draws near.

The Bible says:

“And he (i.e., the “false prophet”) causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in

their right hand, or in their foreheads:

AND THAT NO MAN MIGHT BUY OR SELL, SAVE HE THAT HAD THE MARK or the name of the beast

(i.e., the Antichrist), or the number of his name.” (Rev. 13:16-17)

Listen, brothers and sisters, these verses are about money, don’t let anyone tell you differently!

God bless all of you.
S.R. Shearer
Antipas Ministries

Sometimes …

Monday, October 12th, 2009

Sometimes, it seems as though many people who regard themselves as conservatives also claim some sort of fidelity to the teaching of the Bible, especially the teachings of Jesus.  Many seem to base their view of America on the word called  ‘democracy’ and the belief that this country was based on democracy and we have always had it but are now losing it by the deliberate plot of Barack Obama.

Our country is facing an economic depression with no end in sight.  Everything is being blamed on Obama; he is a communist, a socialist, a freemason, a Muslim, a racist, etc.  Many conservatives are being convinced to think and claim, “If only we could get rid of Obama, we could save this country and take it back to what it used to be.”

What did it used to be?

“Well, we had jobs, we weren’t unemployed with millions of people out of work like now with millions of people losing their homes because they no longer have the jobs and income to pay their mortgages on their homes.”

What jobs?

“Well look around you; it has happened everywhere; all those jobs in steel mills and assembly plants that were manufacturing things in the US; they are gone, they were shut down here and shipped to new plants in low-wage, third world countries overseas or in Mexico.  Those products are no longer made in this country; electronics, products of all kinds.”

Who shut down those plants and moved the jobs to other countries?

“The companies, the corporations, the owners did, the stockholders, and all the banks who financed the move!”

Why did they do that?

“They wanted to make more money by paying less in wages they had to pay workers in America.  The unions wouldn’t let Congress reduce the minimum wage laws; employers had to pay at least the minimum wage.”

When did the owners start shutting down and moving their factories to other places?

“It started gradually in the sixties in the manufacturing states of the north, when the conservative southern states passed the Right to Work laws that made it easy for employers in those states to hire people who would be willing to work for less.  Those laws outlawed union shops, and industries in the north began to shut down their factories in the north and build new factories in the southern states to do the same things but with the opportunity to pay workers much lower wages.”

Were unions able to organize workers in the south and hold labor law elections for workers to determine if they wanted a union?

“Yes, but it was much harder to do that, because they weren’t allowed to inform or talk to workers.  Workers were told by the companies that they would fire anyone that voted for a union, which scared workers to not vote for a union in the elections the government held at companies.”

Why did companies move to northern Mexico?

“It was because the government of Mexico allowed US companies to run their Mexican operations without the basic rules that labor law in the US requires, even in the US Right to Work states.  Mexico allowed companies to pay Mexican workers a fraction of US wages for equivalent work, and who were required to work very long shifts, seven days a week without lunch breaks or rest breaks in conditions that resembled slave labor.  Any worker that talked union was fired.  A flood of US major corporations, that moved their operations to Mexico, found they had US government permission to sell their products in the US without any tariff restriction.”

Why did so many companies move their operations to third world countries?

“Believe it or not, our federal government urged the companies to do it.  In 1973, during the cold war, the US government wanted to prevent the Soviet Union from attracting third world countries into their sphere of influence.  The US government thought that if third world countries would allow US companies to build factories in their countries and sell their products back to the US and sell them to the US market, then the leaders of third world countries would realize it would help them stay in power by providing jobs to their people.  The leaders understood that they, in turn, would need to support US international policies instead of Soviet policies.”

The Soviet Union ended almost twenty years ago.  Why did the move of jobs continue?

“Greed!  Plain and simple, surely not patriotism!  It was profit and it was federal debt.  The government used tax dollars and borrowed money to build up the massive US military power with thousands of airfields and naval and military bases in this country and worldwide, because our politicians told us we should become the world’s only super power.  We didn’t pay cash on the barrelhead as it used to be in early America.  It required huge, giant bank loans of billions and actually trillions of dollars in treasury debt that workers will be obliged to pay forever.

“It will require cutback on public services, because the taxes on wages of workers and employer incomes won’t be available, once people aren’t working and buying things from merchants and paying taxes for government services. There won’t be taxes from business profits if businesses have no customers.

“The cost of maintaining and rebuilding roads and highways and bridges, that were beginning to fail require tax money.  What can a government tax if businesses have gone out of business because their customers were mainly workers, who are no longer earning income to pay taxes?  If those workers aren’t employed, they can’t support those businesses.  This isn’t new news; it is well known and rapidly happening throughout our country, and it is causing other countries to also go into depression and eventual collapse.”

People are very worried about loss of jobs, housing foreclosures, bank collapses, and personal debt galore.  When did it start?

“After world war Two, the US seemed to be destined for a great economic and social future, with new technology, a GI Bill for universities and colleges to create scientific discoveries to grow, and national leaders who promised us a post-war world of justice, opportunity and abundance.

“Soon, it became apparent that the attitude and talk of political leaders began to change; they warned that our ally, the Soviet Union, was a threat to America and freedom loving people, who hoped for democracy.  We were told that we were the best democracy the world had ever seen, and the Soviets wanted to stamp out democracy, especially here in America.  Our politicians told us that we needed to stay armed to the teeth, and to invest in a higher level of military dominance to protect our freedom and the freedoms of other democracies.

“They persuaded us to invest our taxes in more sophisticated expensive, massive, strategic weaponry, nuclear weapons and delivery systems.  After they sold us that premise, politicians told us we still didn’t have enough, because the Soviets and then China were capable of attacking us with greater weapons, and we needed to be able to hit them first with long-range intercontinental ballistic missile defense systems with multiple independently targeted warheads at any place on Earth.

‘Then, we were told that we needed to negotiate with the Soviets in a treaty that would arrange a MAD, mutually assured destruction agreement for both sides, because they and US each had those terrible weapons.  And the politicians told us that MAD would protect us because if they did it to us, we would be able to do it to them, but vice versa.  We got MAD, and it seemed to work, but soon, the politicians suggested that we still may not have an equal ability to destroy the Soviets or Chinese, so we needed to upgrade our military defense capability with investment in more sophisticated systems of weaponry, worldwide.

“And space entered the picture in the politician’s pitch for war.  Space-based weapons in orbit, or maybe bases on the Moon could endanger our existence with total annihilation, not only with explosive weaponry but also with unseen biochemical death.  We had to prepare for war in space.”

Which brings us to our conservative engagement with troubles that we expect to blame on a man with the name Barak Obama.

“He spends too much money; he is too friendly with the people in countries that believe in Islam; he admits to the people of the world, that we have made mistakes in foreign policy; he wants us to develop alternative energy sources that will create jobs for American workers in this country.”

But, he doesn’t take month-long vacations on a ranch and ignore his duty, he talks to children to encourage them to study; he wants every American to have adequate health care.  He arranged with China to support our economic incompetence; he makes no apology for having a mixed racial ancestry.

What are we willing to do to preserve and protect our democracy?  Does each of us have enough guns in our possession?  Is there anything we plan to do to provide jobs for American workers?  What will we do to rebuild our industry or build new industry and create jobs for our people to produce and deliver what we need?  What laws will we enact and enforce to prevent US employers from shutting down jobs in America and moving their operations and jobs to low-wage countries?

Will we demand that politicians enact laws that will impose eminent domain sanctions on employers, who take tax increment funds to start their business operations and then later try to move their operations and jobs to other countries?  Will we arrange for our government to have the authority to confiscate such operations and convert them into cooperatives that will serve the needs of American workers, citizens and US customers?  Will we have the ability and willingness to accomplish what the Soviet Union was able to do – pay the cost for each of our American students to pursue higher education through the college level and pursue a career in a field that will be productively needed?  Is that communism?  Will we propose and support the healthcare that each person needs to pursue his or her happiness in life?  Will we propose the development of efficient and affordable public transportation that will serve every neighborhood and service center in each community?  Will we accept and achieve the vision of the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence, which tells us that each person has certain unalienable rights, and that government should be designed to secure those rights for each person?

Time is running out.  If we Americans want to avoid bloodshed and anarchy, we must think and talk now about what the Declaration of Independence envisioned in that second paragraph.  We must demand that our present governments organize their powers at their appropriate level, to arrange for the effective production and distribution of goods and services, based on the principles that will enable the safety and happiness of each person.

Tea bags and anger won’t cut the mustard.  We need a young president with a vision of serving the people.  We need a president with the energy to meet with the American people and the courage to honestly meet with people in other countries to solve the threat of war and depression.   We cannot afford to tear him apart for half-baked reasons and end up with another false leader who would urge us to choose the same old dead-end corporate greed that led us to believe in the advertised lies of quick riches, that have indebted ourselves into perpetual poverty.

The young knight that we have elected is not perfect, he has not claimed to be perfect or without sin.  He did not claim to work miracles.  Who of us is without sin?  Who of us, under our Creator’s view, can claim to throw the first stone?  We need to change.  We need to read the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence.  It was supposed to be the foundation of our American nation; it tells us who we, as Americans, are meant to be and what we must do here and now.

Did you or I believe President Bush, that “19 Arab terrorists flew airplanes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon”?  Did you or I vote to authorize President Bush to invade and attack Iraq and Afghanistan?  Who did?  The young senator Obama voted against that war.

President Obama has shown an unusual effort to assure us of our unalienable Rights. He has tried to introduce policies that will bring our nation out of the impending economic and social depression, restore our infrastructure, and enable us to begin to secure our unalienable right to pursue happiness.  His restoration and recovery plans are successfully working; they are beginning to restore and rebuild our highways and bridges, which have been overlooked or ignored by the congresses and presidencies of the past thirty years.  He has asserted our obligation to provide appropriate health care for each American.  He has explained his goal to support appropriate education for each child in our nation.

If we are angry with the young President, and were to accomplish the organizing of his failure and defeat, what will we have gained?  Prosperity, for whom?  Fairness, for whom?  Peace, for whom?  Unalienable Rights, for whom?  Repentance, for whom?  We need to count our blessings and pray that God will bless this young man to seek and follow the truth in government and help us shape ourselves into that government and society, that was envisioned by the founders who wrote the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence.

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Consequences for Society

Monday, October 12th, 2009

Consequences for Society

Concern and lawsuits for copyright infringement is an example of how money will restrict human creativity.

When a society’s education system produces talented graduates that are encouraged by the curriculum of their study to anticipate invention and advancement in a field of endeavor, yet restricts the modification of a process, product or substance, the pursuit of further development is prohibited except by the consent of a copyright or patent holder.

Looking at this in a bigger perspective, how often is research stopped or penalized for going too far without permission?

As the human race faces an abundance of problems that need to be supplied with solutions, should human creativity be limited by the tie that money uses to control or permit discovery or its application?

Should the primary purpose of science and technology be the achievement of profit or should it be the satisfaction of human needs?

What are the consequences we can expect, when the pattern of research and marketing of goods and services accepts the profits from businesses that promote our addiction, debility, or human depravity, because the income is reliable?

Does our endowed agenda for human existence require us to develop our creative potential?  Does it warn us to avoid the constriction of human activities, that serve the delusion that wealth and power are the highest expressions of  efficiency for human ingenuity?

The purpose of this site is to explore these prospects and to examine what the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence suggests should be our opportunity to pursue our endowment of unalienable Rights.  We invite you to read and respond.