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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(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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