To Believe (or Not)

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We all filter through information every day. We decide to believe it–or not. I suggest that it is important to take one more step and ask ourselves WHY we believe or disbelieve.

Since I became more engaged as a political “activist” several years ago, I have wondered why more people are not upset with the things happening in our country and in the world around us. The harder I have tried to share information that I have discovered, the harder it has become to understand why so many people remain numb, asleep, or indifferent. When someone suggests that serious problems exist in the country that could upset their “Don’t worry, be happy” lifestyle, most simply won’t believe it. Others believe that problems exist, but somehow that they won’t be affected by the problems.

Disbelief Factors

Of course I have tried to come up with answers to understand the things that prevent people from believing that negative things could happen, are happening, or have happened in their world. Let’s keep in mind that there are levels, or degrees, of disbelief. Of course no one believes everything that they hear or read. Yet many people are willing to believe things for which absolutely no proof exists. Some people believe even in fantasies, or that those fantasies will come true, yet they will not believe things that can be directly observed and/or have been investigated and proven to be true.

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ELECTION DAY

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All our lives we hear about the struggles between the two primary parties. Are they really relevant? I’m not so sure.

Well it’s finally here. The big day that so many have waited for. We gotta see who will prevail this time. Will the Republicans “take control” of the Senate? Will there be any shifts of power in the House?

This time I will stay off subject of how much any of it matters anyway. People who read my posts (all 6 of them) already know that I believe that the Congress is nothing more than a theater, and that the real shots are being called from behind the stage curtain. But that’s not today’s subject.

Today, Election Day, I want to focus on the elections. Or the process. The system that we all want to believe in as the basis of our “democracy” is corrupt. Seriously corrupt. Do we know about this? Perhaps a little, but not much since the major media doesn’t talk about it.

ELECTION DAY 2012

Barack Obama should not have won re-election in 2012. In fact I fully believe that he didn’t win; the election was stolen. But Randy, how can you say that? Well let’s just start with the polls leading up to Election Day 2012. All polls showed Obama as being anywhere from one to 3 or 4 percentage points behind. This was all major polls–not just “Republican-leaning” polls. All major polls. Are they biased? Of course they are to some degree. Almost all polls are “commissioned” by one group or another. But don’t just say “Ah well” and go drink a beer. THINK. If all major polls, INCLUDING those that are “Democrat-leaning,” say that Obama was behind then what is the liklihood that they were ALL wrong? I remember the news after the returns started to make it clear that Obama would win. Many people were shocked. Obama supporters naturally were delighted. But the people on the “inside” that follow such things closely were shocked. Even the ones who were happy with the outcome were shocked. And so was I.

Next is that I have done some homework. Hours and hours spent reading and listening to people who understand these things much better than I do. They explained that George Soros and others like him have been working intensely, in particular to control the outcome of elections. Their efforts started in 2000 but were insufficient to keep George Bush from being elected. There efforts were intensified and they fell just short of success in 2004. Of course they say that the election of 2004 was stolen. Whatever the truth there, they realized that their efforts were incomplete–that the tenticles of their forces did not extend far enough.

In the meantime “campaign reform” laws were passed in the first years of the decade of 2000. These reforms imposed limits on the amount that could be donated by individuals and groups to any candidate. But as usual there were loopholes, and George Soros and his ilk found ways to get around the new rules. An important one was by creating dozens and even hundreds of small organizations with innocent-sounding names that were really activist groups. They were allowed (maybe not intentionally allowed) to make large “on behalf of” donations. I remember reading that the total financial “power” of these groups was greater than the Democratic National Committee, and thus the DNC had become an afterthought in the whole process. These groups were now more important than the DNC in “steering” the Democrat Party.

But probably even more important was that from the “failed” experiences in 2000 and 2004 they realized that they needed to get “their” people into key positions at the state and local levels around the country. In most states it is the secretary of state position that is charged with overseeing election laws and such. Even when issues come up with recounts as we saw in Florida, the person in this seat is super important. And needless to say who leads and works in the local elections offices at the county or “parrish” level is also a very important matter. So this is what they did. They concentrated in getting the “right” people into these places.

What can the “right people” do? One thing that comes to mind right off is the reports (supported by videos taken by people actually in the video booth) that the “Siebold” voting machines are rigged. When the voter touches and selects a candidate with an (R) next to his or her name, within a couple of seconds the selection switches, and the candidate with a (D) next to their name is selected. A voter who has his or her eyes only half open most likely won’t even notice this. Oh but Randy, that’s an isolated incident. Hmmm…not so sure. I have already seen reports that it has happened in Virginia, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. Now. 2014. Reported by “early” voters.

What happened after that? These “behind the scenes” forces managed to steal the election in 2012. Anyone remember that there were five (5) states that were “down to the wire” or “too close to call” in that election? And after the dust settled and people had time to filter through the results is when they discovered that Obama had won 100% of the vote in a couple of counties. Also that the total number of votes cast was more then the number of registered voters in some places. And indeed the majority of this happened in those states with “tight” races, but not all. I remember that “incidents” were reported in about a dozen states.

Who heard about this? Well if your news source is CNN or the NBC Nightly News you surely didn’t. It is CRITICALLY important to understand that these media are owned and controlled by the same creeps that hide behind the stage curtain in Washington, D. C. They are not honest journalists that report the news in a neutral way. The guy who sits at the NBC desk, Brian Williams, was the same one who was quoted as saying that he felt vibrations down his leg when the determination was made back in 2008 that Obama had won. Well–maybe it was at the time of the inaguration. My memory is fading. Is this a problem–that this man shares his prejudice or bias over the airwaves? I withhold comment. I only say that there is a HUGE difference between Brian Williams and Walter Cronkite. Huge difference.

The next question becomes, what was done after complaints about possible election fraud and even lawsuits were filed after the 2012 election? We all know the answer–nothing. Next we ask, “If this America and we believe that we have a solid democracy here, then why not?”

Mostly it is because the American people don’t INSIST. Their first “disability” is caused by the media as suggested before. When people do not even HEAR about the “dark” things that happen, then how could they ever get upset and take action? This is SUPER CRITICAL. Many, many, many, many times I have said that if you have “Liked” NBC Nightly News, CNN, PBS, CBS News or the others, and that is what flows down your Facebook timeline–please un-Like that now. It is pure rubbish.

TOO MUCH TRUST IN GOVERNMENT AND MEDIA

Next of course–and this is related to the paragraph above–that we trust WAY TOO MUCH in the government and that “they” would never do anything really bad. Yes people all say that they know that politicians are corrupt. But how corrupt? How much does the average person know? My answer–not enough.

Let’s just talk about ONE person here–Attorney General Eric Holder. Yes, yes, he is on the way out. He has resigned and will step down from his throne as soon as a suitable replacement is found. Suitable? What does THAT mean? Read on. The answer will become painfully obvious. Many believe that he resigned because the “walls are closing in on him” and he needs to high-tail it before it’s too late. But Randy–why do you say the walls are closing in on him?

I don’t have notes here to remember a lot of details, so I just have to share the high points from memory. Maybe his first official deed after being appointed by our illustrious president was to refuse to prosecute the Black Panther members who were caught on Election Day 2008 (on video even), standing on the steps of a few polling places in Philadelphia with baseball bats in their hands. Were they gathering for a baseball or softball game? Not quite. Their aim was clearly to intimidate people–particularly white people–and dissuade them from going in to vote. Now remember–this guy Holder is the #1 law enforcement official in the country.

MORE ABOUT ERIC HOLDER

I don’t remember if it was exactly the next thing, but along came “Fast and Furious.” What was that? To make a long story short, it was a plan to allow the sale of firearms to various groups that traffic drugs and people across the southern border. They wanted these weapons, all of which of course can be traced by serial number, to “surface” at crime scenes in either the USA or Mexico. The primary “movers” in all this were within the AFT, the Alcohol-Firearms-Tobacco division of the DOJ. Why would they want that? So they could point a finger at these incidents and say, “Do you see this American people? This is why we need tougher anti-gun laws” (and eventually try to outlaw them completely of course).

What do we know about this? Not enough of course. But as always bits and pieces of incrimination information surface. From where? From lots of places, but very often it is from “insiders,” people who currently or formerly worked within key organizations. At some point their conscious won’t allow them to keep silent, so they spill the beans. It is clear that Eric Holder perjured himself (lied) during Congressional investigations. He was even declared in contempt of Congress. What has been done? Nothing. After all he is the one who sits in the highest chair within the organization that is responsible for seeing that justice is done. The other possibility is that Congress would have the stones to push the matter further. But they won’t, not in small part because Brian Williams and others will point fingers and yell, “Racist!!” This has been a HUGE weapon used to keep both Obama and Holder out of trouble.

ARIZONA AND THE BORDER

Remember a few years back when Arizona passed a law that fortified their internal laws and stepped up the processing of people caught in the state illegally? “Racist!!” I read the law–all 9 pages of it. It was not unfair. It was did not include anything that called for unequal treatment of “people of color.” It said that if a person is stopped by a law enforcement officer they will be asked to show their driver’s license, vehicle registration, and proof of insurance coverage. Have YOU ever been stopped and asked to show those things? I have. It’s normal. Next of course is if the driver cannot produce these documents further steps are taken. Usually a citation is issued, requiring that the person provide the documents within a few days. What is discriminatory here? Only of course if the person cannot produce the documents (because they don’t have them) then the case is forwarded to ICE for follow-up. I don’t know what reasonable person would be opposed to this. Lots of people charged that “racial profiling” would be the result of this law. Does racial profiling exist? Yes it does. Did the law call for racial profiling? No it didn’t.

What did Eric Holder do? He filed suit against the state of Arizona, based on the idea that the state did not have the RIGHT to do what was supposed to be the job of the federal government. Of course that was the very problem in the first place–that the federal government wasn’t doing what it was supposed to do and enforce the immigration laws.

The Arizona Legislature was responding to the cries of ranchers and others that live in the southern part of the state, and whose properties and livlihoods were being trampled by the unrestricted flow of illegals and traffickers. At least twice I have posted a photo of a sign (one of several) that sits in the barren desert just south of Interstate 8 in Arizona at a point where the highway goes in an east-west direction. The sign warns recreational users of a high volume of illegal activity in the area, and suggests that they confine their activities to the north side of the highway. So there you have it. The BLM (Bureu of Land Management) has basicaly ceded all those many square miles of U. S. land to the illegal activity–essentially saying that they can’t stop it. (Or they don’t WANT to stop it).

HOW THIS AFFECTS US AND DEMOCRACY

Arizona serves as just one example of what is happening. The corrupt news media, who again I say is controlled by the very people who back Obama and Holder and all the other creeps, picks up on stories like the Arizona story I just described. Millions of Americans hear this crap and next they are also screaming that Arizona is “racist” and it’s terrible, just terrible.

A few states have pushed “voter ID” laws that require people to present valid documentation before they can vote. Public surveys have been taken that show that most Americans think this is a GOOD idea. But what about Eric Holder? What does HE do? He files suit against these states. Why, what’s his point? He claims that such laws “intimidate” some people, particularly economically-disadvantaged people and discourage them from voting. We know who those people are. Their name is spelled I-L-L-E-G-A-L  A-L-I-E-N.

What else? A year or so ago Florida decided to go through the state voters lists and purge them of people who were pushing up daisies (deceased). Is there a problem with that? Doesn’t it seem like an appropriate thing for people who work within the elections system at the state level to do? Well, if you ask Eric Holder it’s not. Again he filed a lawsuit to stop this from happening. For states (or anyone else) to do such things simply does not fit in their plans.

Only two days ago news appeared stating that the state of Illinois is moving legislation that would permit non-citizens to OPENLY vote in that state. You see, this is the ultimate goal of Obama, Holder, and all the others. They WANT people to vote who have no legal right to vote. It is not a secret that 90+ percent of such people vote Democrat because they are beholden to those who “give them the goodies.” That’s YOUR tax money paying for the healthcare, food stamps, and education of the children for people that should be detained and sent out of the country. Or at least the laws that prevent an employer from hiring someone with no legal right should be enforced. That requires a minute to check and compare the name and Social Security number on the documents presented by a job applicant to see if there is a match. But no. These things will not happen. And anyone who tries to do the right thing will be sued.

I could go on and on ad naseum, “talking” about these creeps and what they do to interfere with fairness and democracy in America. But I have already worn out my fingertips. Again I express my hope that more people will take the time to do their own research. TURN OFF THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA. You will never find truth there. Everything I have said here can be verified many times over within just minutes by anyone who bothers to look. God bless America. Oooopps…as many know it is not “politically correct” to say that anymore.

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Yesterday…or Benito Juárez

YESTERDAY…all my troubles seemed so far away…

I’ll bet many of you remember that—the Beatles. But can we REALLY believe in yesterday as they suggested?

But seriously—yesterday I was writing to a friend in the Philippines. I came to mention a well-known quote of former Mexican president Benito Juárez, that says, “El respeto al derecho ajeno es la paz” (Respect for the rights of others means peace). After I finished writing it dawned on me that those are really deep words. I can think of ways they can be applied at all levels of our lives—from our personal relationships (marriage) and on to the world of politics at the international level.

I interpret this to mean that respecting the rights of someone else—from another person all the way up to another country—is an integral part of living as a free people. But then I have to ask, if this is true, then why do people so easily lose it and start giving up that freedom? I guess it’s just one of those paradoxical questions that are eternal and never answered.

Photo of former Mexican president Benito Juares

Benito Juárez was president of Mexico during the time of the American Civil War

DECEPTION

I have shared with some friends that I come to feel deceived, that over the years I (we) have been led to believe things that aren’t really true or at best are only partially true. The awareness of this deceit has mostly come since I retired, and have had lots of time to “study” and investigate how things work in the world around us. My own “world view” has really been changed as a result. Maybe I should have done more travelling and stayed away from reality.

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(ANOTHER) AWAKENING

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Mexico–America’s unfaithful friend and neighbor to the south

 

Over the past 24 hours I have been in an emotional struggle to deal with a certain reality. Maybe it is not a new reality; it is possible that I have been aware for years but never focused on it or wanted to focus on it.

Because I was raised and lived most of my years in San Diego, Mexico has always been a next-door neighbor. I grew up with peers of Mexican descent. I visited Mexico often in my early years and learned to enjoy the culture. Actually Mexican culture has always been present in southern California, thus it is not even necessary to visit the country to meet the culture. I studied and learned to speak Spanish fluently. I took a Mexican woman to be my second wife. And finally I have lived in Mexico for a total of over six years. I have always felt that Mexico and I were friends.

Damaged Friendship

Yesterday this friendship suffered a blow when I learned about the measures that Mexico is taking to help the “refugees” from Central America reach their destination at the U. S. border. First, an agreement was reached between Mexico and Guatemala that Mexico’s southern border would be “loosened” to include building new crossing points and processing centers for those crossing that border. Next Mexico created a new category of temporary visa, specifically intended to allow these “refugees” a certain amount of time to reach their destination in the north. Note that this visa does not allow a person to stay or reside in Mexico—only to pass through the country.

It is very hard for me to see these actions as friendly towards the U. S. Mexico clearly knows that these “refugees” are crossing illegally into the U. S., yet they are supporting the movement instead of helping to stop it or slow it down. I know that some readers will make the invalid argument that Mexico is doing the just or fair thing because they believe that U. S. immigration laws are unfair. And of course we can argue all day about the fairness of the laws. But regardless of where we stand on the issue the laws exist and should be respected until such time that they are changed. It is absurd to believe that just because we don’t agree with an existing law that it is okay to violate it.

This is what leads me to see Mexico’s actions as unfriendly towards America, and has caused me stress over the last 24 hours or so. I needed to find a different perspective.

Connecting with Reality

And I have found another perspective. I realized that I have been naïve for many years in thinking that Mexico was actually a friend to America (and to me). My naivety has mostly been rooted in the idea that America is loved and respected throughout the world. Actually I have been aware for many years that this is not really true—that America is disdained in many places. But I tend to forget and slip back into the old belief that we learn growing up, and that is perpetuated even now in the news media and in other public discourse.

America’s Image Abroad

While this is not directly related to the point of this article, I want to elaborate a little on the reasons for my last statement. Imperialism is the act of exploiting the resources of other lands or countries. Some say it is outright theft, but at very least imperialism means taking unfair advantage and taking something for a less than fair price.

America of course is not the only country or empire in history that has been imperialistic. But if we focus just on America and look at history, we see that there came a time when the frontier ended—or was expanded beyond U. S. borders. The needs of a growing country and industry brought about the need to find resources to provide for this growth. People who defend imperialism argue that it is only a means of getting what the country needs—at the best possible price. And certainly it is not a new phenomenon; it has existed throughout most of human history.

My point is not to attack or defend imperialism here. I only wanted to point to it as a major reason that America is not well-liked in many other parts of the world. This is not getting better in the modern world. In fact it is probably getting worse. Currently we see a lot of financial imperialism throughout the world as the U. S. and other NATO countries try to keep their currencies afloat. This has been behind the recent conflicts in Iraq, Somalia, Egypt, and Libya—wars for the purpose of forcing out leaders who were not playing along and integrated into the “western” banking systems, and then installing leaders to be puppets and accept the western banking model. And by the way, Mexico is one of the countries that has most fallen victim to American imperialism—which I realize goes a long way to explain why they might act in an unfriendly way towards America now.

The final thing about which I must remind myself is that happenings such as what is occurring along the southern U. S. border now is really a part of the push for a New World Order—a desire for a borderless worldwide empire administered by a single governing body such as the United Nations. People in the highest positions of power in Mexico are a part of this too—a group of elites who look forward to world dominance for themselves in which they rule over a much reduced world population of slaves.

Sad to say that few people in the world are aware of this sinister movement. In Mexico there is now a lot of strife over the push to open up the national petroleum industry to outside “assistance.” Of course the average Mexican blames the U. S. for this; it is seen as yet another imperialist act. What they don’t realize is that their own leaders are behind the expropriation of petroleum precisely because they are part of the push for a New World Order that wants and needs to control all the resources around the world. Yes, the U. S. is part of this. But so too are many other countries of the world—including Mexico itself.

A Pain Pill

The realization I have described here serves only as an analgesic to temporarily relieve the pain I have felt from losing a friend. When we spend many years being imbibed with certain beliefs it is not easy to permanently change the way we think and feel. Though I may realize certain things that speak against the idea that America is always good and noble, those positive ideas and feelings have been deeply etched into my mind and soul and I don’t think that I will cast them off for as long as I live. Nor would I ever WANT to completely reject the idea that America is good. It is especially important to remember that the American people and their government or “leaders” are not one and the same. It is in fact possible to love the American people but dislike the government.

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People Like Authority

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Americans say that they celebrate freedom. But to their day-to-day actions show this to be true?

While drinking my coffee this morning I had a thought. The thought was almost scary, especially with respect to freedom in the lives of Americans. The thought was that with all other factors being equal, most people actually prefer a structure of authority in their lives. This idea came to mind after watching a video that showed pro-illegal immigration groups supporting the government’s authoritarian actions to limit or even take away the access that news reporters need to do their job.

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The Horizon

Dark clouds over the ocean

Dark clouds are on the horizon for America

I have no crystal ball. I am not psychic or even a fortune teller. But there is a saying about history that tells us that those who do not learn from the past are doomed to repeat it. And based on what I have learned over the past several years it appears that America is destined to fall under the type of tyrannical control that has been most common in the past.

For those of us who have lived our lives in a relatively free condition it is hard to imagine life being otherwise. Yet the history of mankind is full of accounts of small groups of men (oligarchies) dominating and controlling the masses who live like slaves. This type of societal organization has been dominant, or the most common, throughout history. Because of what I see happening in America now sometimes I wonder if humans even know how to live in an more open and free society.

What did I say? Yes, even though all Americans alive today have lived with a high degree of freedom, it strikes me that there is some sort of gravity that pulls the culture back towards living under more authoritarian control. Few if any people will admit that is true; if we ask any person they will state that they prefer to live free. Yet when we think about how people react when faced with problems, too often they seek some type of assistance from ‘authority’ figures. This is what erodes freedom. When the people demand more protection from the negative things in society, bigger government is the result. And big government is the opposite of freedom. There has never been a government that granted more freedom to the people.

The Clouds

I do not plan to go into great detail about any of the subjects mentioned in this post. I will talk more about what I think are the most important issues in future posts. (Anyone who wants to be informed of new posts can ‘follow’ this blog).

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Living a Lie

My second wife Martha often spoke about how she lived a lie for 14 years in the first part of her life. She said that she had been married for those years when she found out that her first husband had married before, had a child with that woman–and never bothered to get a divorce before marrying again. Yes, he was in fact a bigamist. And Martha’s marriage was therefore legally invalid. This is what she referred to as “living a lie.”

For many years I empathized with Martha, clearly understanding what a terrible deception it must have been for her. But we all know that we can never really understand at the deepest level what other people feel unless we actually have an experience that teaches us what they felt. My experience of course is different from hers. But I believe that I am living with the same degree of disillusion and deception.

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Growing up in America we are all taught that America is the greatest country on earth. This is not unique; people of other countries around the world are taught the same. While most may realize that their country isn’t the most powerful from an economic and military might standpoint, greatness is not always measured by those things. Citizens of any country can believe that their country is great from a moral, cultural, or humanistic standpoint. And in some or even many cases they are right.

As Americans we are taught that we are #1–that we are invincible, and that the bad things that happen in other places in the world can never happen in America. We are led to believe that our government’s (military) involvement in other countries around the world is for noble reasons, such as to defend democracy and freedom. We are taught that we are the “good guys” or the saviors. And while some of that is true–for example America does give a lot of humanitarian aid, and is usually the first to lend a hand when disaster strikes somewhere in the world, the rest of the story is hidden from us.

The Hidden Reality

We have to start by remembering that virtually everything that happens in the world has a connection to economics. Good or bad. It doesn’t matter. If the American government decides to send aid or help with a disaster in a foreign land, it is not necessarily out of benevolence. Maybe there is something else to be gained from the action. An ulterior motive as they say. Or perhaps there is a PR (public relations) motive behind it, like the action will improve the way that America is seen around the world. This is even needed, since even though Americans don’t usually hear the other, negative aspects of what their government is doing–people in other parts of the world ARE aware. So the “kind” acts of the American government are very often similar to putting on makeup to cover blemishes.

That the American government is involved in subversive activities around the world is not something new to me. I remember that in my first year of college back in the Stone Age I did some investigation and wrote an essay for an English class about the CIA’s illicit activities. Something that had happened only two years prior was their involvement in bringing about the overthrow and murder of Salvador Allende, the duly-elected president of Chile. The motive? The Allende government had decided to nationalize the copper mines in the country–which was not in America’s best interests. So the American government felt it had the right to intervene in the internal affairs of another country. And of course this was not headline news and something that most Americans were ever aware of. I found the information from other sources outside of the U. S. mainstream media.

So I realize that the American government doing things that are outside the scope of what most people would consider moral or in line with international law is not new. But it is worsening. Two or three days ago I read an article that explained that the use of the CIA and even the FBI to carry out “black” operations is increasing. Why? Because the government now feels that it cannot trust the military because too many soldiers return from their foreign missions and reveal that the reality of what goes on in the foreign places in which they fight is very different from what Americans are told. Their conscience simply won’t allow them to uphold the lying and deceit of the American government. This is a major part of the reason that returning veterans are treated poorly by the government and even labeled as security risks.

Deception – My Angle

So this forms a major part of the deception that I feel, or the lie that I have lived most of my life. I had a near-death experience during my time in the military. I have never felt that this was something that caused me to suffer from PTSD or had some other negative impact on my life. But it did give me a sense of pride–that I had taken part in America’s noble mission of fighting evil in the world. And now? Now I realize that the mission isn’t as noble as I once believed. I realize that most people will not easily understand my meaning here. 10 years ago I wouldn’t have understood it either. But learning how the global economic and monetary systems work has helped me a lot.

I plan to continue to focus on this subject in future posts because I believe it is important that we all know the truth. Yes I understand that the truth is not pretty. But aren’t we in a better position to plan and protect ourselves and our families if we know the truth about what is happening in the world around us?

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Consequences of 9/11

graphic showing some questions about 9/11

Although I believe that many important questions about 9/11 remain unanswered, the focus of this post is on what has happened in America as a consequence of the events on that day.

This purpose of this post is NOT to discuss the events of 9/11/2001 or the degree to which the official story (report) is true or false. Tons of information already exists both supporting and contradicting the government’s account of what happened that day. I will state my personal opinion based on what I learned, but mostly I want to concentrate on the consequences of what happened that fateful day.

Like most Americans I was nebulous about what happened on September 11, 2001. This condition lasted for 11 years in my case. I was aware of the controversy and the alternate “truth” that existed and continues to exist. But the events of that day caused trauma to virtually all Americans and many people around the world. I was one of those people. As Americans it is easy to forget that the U. S. is mostly seen as a powerful nation; thus the attack against America on its own soil shook the sense of security of many people in foreign lands just as it did to Americans.

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