by Mark

THE NATURE OF REALITY

September 8, 2013 in Essays by Mark

THE NATURE OF REALITY

There are several ways humans define reality. Many see reality based on religious teachings; others understand reality to be based on scientific facts. Many pay reality no thought at all and go along with the current cultural norms.   Our perception of reality has become a matter of contention in recent debates on college campuses in England and America. for the last twenty years the likes of Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, Daniel Dennett and Sam Harris have given the religious good reason to doubt their beliefs.

When one listens carefully to both sides of the debate one can gain a personal perspective and greater understanding of what is real and what is not.  For example, extreme Christians believe that God made the earth and the entire universe in six days about six thousand years ago and that we are all descendants of Adam and Eve which were both formed by the hand of God. A true follower believes that a man lived inside a whales stomach for days, Noah built a boat big enough for a pair of every kind of animal, reptile and insect including dinosaurs which had to travel from every continent on earth (including the polar bears, panda’s and tree sloth’s) in order to board the arc.

On the other hand, science has “proven” that the earth is millions of years old and was made from natural mechanisms explained by the “big bang” and is guided by forces such as quantum physics, dark energy and vibrating strings and that life is explained by chemistry and evolution. For those who follow science, the earth is no longer flat and we are now studying hundreds of planets in other solar systems.

Of course there are other theories based on other religions, aliens, alternative universes, cosmic consciousness, morphic resonance, reincarnation, metaphysics, holograms,  parallel universes, the thought that everything is an illusion and many more.

Knowing all this has led me to the following personal revelation:

1:      I am constructed from atoms, the same kind that fills our universe and is found in stars and birds.

2:      These atoms have become animated through a process we call life and I (the atoms) am programmed, as all life is, through my DNA or genetics. In other words, who and what I am, is solely dependent upon what kind of DNA I happen to be blessed with.

3:      I am an animal, like others. I am different because I am human and have a larger brain and mental capacity than most other life forms. Thus, I have the ability to create and manipulate mental “thoughts” into illusionary realities or concepts which I chose to act upon even to my own detriment. For example “believing in an ancient African shamanic religion or believing in a political party or particular politician.

4:      On earth, the vast majority of life has certain basic attributes. For example most life forms feel the warmth of the sun, the harshness of extreme cold, the need of water and the destruction caused by fire. These commonalities are shared by ninety-nine percent of all life, me included.

Thus, I share the same reality of most other life forms, but it is layered over by self-made mental constructs that hide enlightenment or awareness. If there be any other thing or condition, such as politics, religion, economics, metaphysics, mathematics, philosophy, or science, it only exists in the mind of humans. It is a context invented by and propagated by the human species and is unique among life forms. Because of our unique ability to think, imagine or reason, we have elevated ourselves above all other life. And we endow our species with what we call a soul or spirit and even an afterlife.  However, like unloving gods, we plunder the earth and other life forms for what ever we want. We think we are special, that we have the right do whatever suits our fancy and what we think and do determines our fortunes and afterlife rewards.

However, all other life forms and the earth itself demonstrate that our self-imposed separation is an illusion which separates us from reality.  One cannot find a bear living in the woods who could tell you what stocks to invest in; you will never find a dolphin explaining how to build a bridge or a bird giving advice on how to design an airplane. Nor will you ever find a snake giving you moral advice or a whale telling you about the nature of God.

These concepts, such as politics and religion are inventions of the human mind or imagination. In other words, they are man-made, they are a reality that does not exist outside of man’s mind and thus not “real”. These “realities” are not shared with any other life form. These concepts are faux constructs and/or superficial conditions that are not part of the natural order of things as experienced by all other life forms. Here is what Alan Watts says about it:

…“A person who thinks all the time has nothing to think about except thought. So, he loses touch with reality and lives in a world of illusions. By thoughts I mean specifically, chatter in the skull, perpetual and compulsive repetition of words, of reckoning and calculating. I’m not saying that thinking is bad; like everything else it’s useful in moderation, a good servant but a bad master. All so-called civilized people have increasingly become crazy and self-destructive because, through excessive thinking they have lost touch with reality, that is to say, we confuse signs, numbers, symbols, ideas with the real world…this is a disaster, for as a result of confusing the real world of nature with mere signs, such as bank balances and contracts, we are destroying nature. We are so tied up in our minds that we have lost our senses. Time to wake up.”
Thus, reality is a shared event or circumstance that is experienced by “life” in general, not just in man’s imagination. For example, four animals are looking for food in the forest. Suddenly, the wind shifts and the elk, the wolf, the hawk and the man smell smoke and see flames of fire. All four animals sensed danger. All four decided fire was unhealthy and fled the forest. This is reality.

Unreality (delusion) is when man’s mind invents imaginary “realities”. For example, four animals are in the forest, an elk, a wolf, a hawk and a man. The man steps on a thorn and reasoned to himself, “God must have cursed these woods since it brings me pain” and leaves the forest leaving the elk, wolf and hawk to fend for themselves.  Which of the animals cannot recognize reality? Isn’t this how superstition, religion and spiritual concepts get started?

Only in man’s mind is the forest cursed. Only in man’s mind has God or the Cosmic Consciousness caused the circumstance that led to his pain. Only humans fear and act upon what their minds conceive or invent rather what their senses and reality dictate.

Some say reality is an illusion. It is not an illusion for the elk, bear or wolf. It is only an illusion because we have made it so. Reality is real to the starfish, the trees, the birds and flowers. If there be any reality at all, then it is what all life experiences and senses through their eyes, nose, ears and skin. The world of humans is made up of man-made concepts, man-made politics, man-made religion, man-made language and man-made social and financial constructs.

Our reality has no substance in the land of the free and rational animals. There are no political parties in the reality of ants, there are no gods or dogma in a flock of birds, and there is no quantum physics in the lives of polar bears. There is no economics in a stand of trees or in a hive of bees. However there is the warmth of the sun, the cold of winter and the need for water and the escape from fire that all those who are real experience.

In addition to living in a false reality, one that is at best, superficial, we now know our reality is manipulated by those who take advantage of our perceptions and imaginary world.  Our governments have become dictators, spies and torturers and corporate business has become warmongering killers and slave holders. Advertisers, business and government know how you (and society) think and they manipulate us through the media to control us or to create more money or power for themselves. We have built an artificial world built on imaginary and unseen forces, gods and social concepts.

So what is reality? If you stay confined to what society, business, media and government tells you, you are just a number, just a customer, just a believer,  just a taxpayer or prisoner, just someone to manipulate into buying into this bullshit or that. We buy into the governments stories to start wars, we buy into consumerism and we buy into supporting idiot politicians or preachers who do nothing but lead us away from reality. Isn’t the truth supposed to set you free? Freedom can only occur when we get rid of non-existent imaginary concepts like reincarnation, gods, magic, superstition, souls, afterlife which do not exist outside mans mind.  Most of us don’t have the vaguest idea what reality is because we do not want to explore deeply into the imaginary world we chose to accept because we may lose our self-identity or have to admit we were wrong in our assumptions. We do not want to look different or stupid, so we go along with the typical social assumptions and concepts.

Just because one thinks or feels something does not make it real. Just because I think something or feel this way or that does not mean it has anything to do with reality. Reality is not what you or I or other humans think, feel or tell us, instead, it is something nature can explain to you. Just walk out in the woods and sit on a log and listen to the birds sing and the wind blow. This is as real as it gets. There is no science, religion or philosophy deeper and more real than what exists in nature without mans interference, interpretation or manipulation.

When you leave the forest and step into your car and turn on the radio, then you are swallowed up and surrounded by an unnatural social construct, a false reality built on lies, mistakes, old wives tales, superstition, control freaks, advertising, government lies, family expectations and much more… it is one which panders to your most cruel, ignorant and unnatural self.

Like a fish in water, you and I are swimming together in the same stew of media lies, government dictates, scientific theories and business expectations. We are encapsulated by a self-made world of what we generally refer to as civilization. Spiritual leaders lead us this way and that to sell books or gain respect. We are a “man-made” product of our society, of our geographical location, of our parental influences, our education and DNA.

Reality is this: it is what the hawk sees, the wolf smells and the elk eat. It is the trees in the breeze, the fish in the sea; it is the ant bringing food to the colony. Reality is the warmth of the sun, the chill of winter, the water for the thirsty and the fear of fire, unreal things are a figment of individual or societal imagination. Life is real, what we make up in our mind and is unique only to humans is not.

Reality is what the elk, the hawk and trees experience, they do not have gods made in their image to explain the unknown. Only humans create artificial and unreal circumstances like politics, religion and philosophy. Why does our brain force us to buy the latest fashion shoes? Why do we vote for fools? Why do we get mad or jealous of others? What is real? Is it what we think, or is it what we and other life forms uniformly and with little exception experience physically sense?

The reason that humans have difficulty in recognizing reality is that we have an “overdose of self-importance”. Our ego and societal matrix has overwhelmed and clouded our mind. We have brainwashed ourselves into thinking human science, religion and morality is what is most important and most real. It is the imagination in the human mind that tells us there is an after life, that one has a soul and that there is something unseen guiding or judging us.  The fact is that this type of thinking is the cause of most of the suffering on the planet.

The bear, elk, hawk and dolphin did not cause global warming, air pollution and the extinction of many species of animals. The chickens, horses, cows, dogs and cats did not start world wars, inflation, income inequality or deforestation. The trees, flowers and grasses did not lie about reality or invent religious dogma or child molestation.

We are the cause of all that plagues the planet. We are the ones who ignored reality and brought under subjugation all other life forms. The entire earth depends on the actions, beliefs, politics and governments of humans. And look what that has done to the planet! We are killing ourselves and don,t seem to notice and we do little about it. Our greedy little fingers claw at each resource to extract from it whatever we can to improve our lot in life. We over fish the lakes, rivers and oceans. We imprison cows, chickens and other animals into horrible living conditions and torture and kill them at will without a thought about it.  Money, power and fame has become our gods and our purpose in life.

Reality is screaming in pain as we poison the air we breath, poison the water we drink, poison the land we live on and we increase in numbers all at the expense and detriment to all other life forms. This is the reality we have chosen to believe and promote, this is the reality that we have imposed all other life on earth with.

We are atoms. Our atoms have come alive either through divine intervention or natural events. There are various life forms and we, being intelligent animals, have called ourselves “human” and we have conquered all other life forms on the planet and deemed them inferior. Deemed them to be a source of our well-being and wealth. We slaughter other animals for our food, kill them for our sport, strip their skins off for our coats.  Our mistake occurred many thousand years ago when we allowed our ego or consciousness to separate ourselves from all other life forms rather than living along side or in respect and harmony with them.

In the past, there were humans who lived along side other life forms and respected them. We call these people indigenous” or native societies.  These humans took only what they needed to survive from the planet that gave them life. They lived with nature or reality, they did not destroy it.

Indigenous people lived in balance with nature. They were truly “green”. They lived a life that was sustainable and in harmony with all other life. Modern man can do the same if we chose to do so. We can still have modern conveniences while living in harmony with the reality of earths natural laws but as a species, but we chose not to.

The reality is, even with all of our good intentions and potential, we have been altering reality into a self-destructive and negative social matrix. We may choose to bless other life forms, ourselves and the future of the planet or we may chose to continue to curse all of it through our thoughtless and selfish actions and beliefs. We have become a cancer spreading our species from pole to pole without thought of our own self-destruction or the destruction of the planet.

If we want to understand reality, we have to learn what the rest of the world and all other life is telling us. It is the warmth of the sun, it is the elk and bear in the forest, it is the wind blowing through the trees.  It is the natural order of things in balance with a sustainable earth. Just like a driver on LSD going off a cliff, when we veer from reality we will share the same fate.

This is why the natural order of this planet is so precious. If we do not follow the natural laws of this planet our life and all other life will burn out quickly and it will lead to much suffering. Self preservation is telling us in no uncertain terms, to return to a self-sustaining way of life which promotes self-preservation. This should be the reality we seek to establish both in the physical world and in our own mind.

When human concepts of religion, nationalism, politics and financial gain are forced upon the planet, all is lost. However, if we sit under a tree in the woods and think about what is real before us, we can begin to think rationally in the “real world” and begin to adjust our actions to support life, our own happiness and the future of humanity.

 

 


by Mark

Who are the traitors?

February 15, 2012 in Essays by Mark

Who is destroying America? Who are the liars and should be tried for treason? Who are the ones who pledged an oath to support “we the people” and instead shot us in the back and stole from our bank accounts, took our homes, jobs and retirement?

Our founding fathers had good intentions while writing the Declaration of Independence and Constitution however, because they could not foresee the future, nor imagine  “how to cover all their bases”  the Constitution became a “working document” that should be changed as circumstances unfolded during our nations growth. The Constitution has been changed in the past and now it must be changed again to fulfill its purpose of protecting the American people.

Let’s start with a baseline of knowledge from our humble beginnings as a nation. The Declaration of Independence is our starting place, that’s where we became a nation and our founding fathers set the moral compass and/or ethical principles of our nation. The following quote is the crux of our Constitution and Bill of Rights, it is the reason and purpose for all of our laws and principles of justice. It is why this nation exists

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men (and thanks to a recent liberal movement, all women and blacks) are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.

Thus, our government is supposed to be organized and instituted by “the people” (the governed) to match their own ideas about their safety and happiness! It was made to be altered or “amended”, this is one of our most basic “rights”. From the beginning our founding fathers recognized that any government should be created and established as a protection and benefit for the “people”(all men) and not some other entity such as a corporation, the military, the king or the government itself. It is the people or the citizens who should decide who should represent them and what laws should be made, not the government itself (our politicians), not legal entities such as corporations, organizations, lobbyists (hired guns) or “super-pacs”.

According to our Declaration of Independence, we as the people, do not exist to serve the government or the wealthy; instead, the government, in theory, exists to serve and protect the people. However, we all know that this is not the case in America today. What we have, as far as our federal government, is “Robin Hood” in reverse, merry rich men taking from the poor. Our government, if it were compared to the Bible, would be referred to as the Satanic Bible, for it is diametrically opposed to everything Christ taught and exemplified.

It is highly unfortunate that we still live in a world as our founding fathers did, in a brutish reality where the rich and strong (the royal family) survive and prosper while those who they oppress or exploit go hungry, suffer without health care or retirement. We are still in a race where those who cross the finish line first win the prize of success and fortune, while those who come in at the tail end without connections or money for an education or a decent paying job are pushed to the sidelines of society. To the victor goes the spoils. The conquered are enslaved into low paying dead end  jobs while the new royal families live in luxury. “His Majesty” has a new face, but an old agenda, take everything you can get at the expense of others.

To prove this fact think of this, between 1981 and 2012 America had an “income growth” of about $12,000 per worker. The top 10 percent (the wealthy executives and board members) received 96% of that income growth. The rest of the American workers, the 96% only received 4% of the increase! When you factor in inflation, 96% of American workers lost money while the rich increased in wealth! The saying, “The rich get richer while the poor get poorer” is not just a cliche, it is a fact made true on purpose, by our government.

Corporate entities are not “we the people” or even citizens (although the law suggests otherwise), for they exist only on paper for the purpose of promoting a certain agenda (such as profits for the wealthy), a certain project or ideology. The whole reason any government should exist at all is to serve and protect it’s “people”, not advance a few in power, not a particular group or agenda, whether it be domestic, foreign or a legal entity such as a corporation. Corporations and special interest groups that exist only to profit from their interference and influence over our government was not a situation our founding fathers could have forecast. Hence our early documents could not protect us from this type of profiteering, control and influence .

We declared independence from England because it’s government was destructive and harmful to its citizens. People came in second and were slaves to the government so those in power could profit from their labors without adequate compensation or just laws to protect the people. England treated us as “subjects” to and of the government, the English government did not consist of public servants or representatives, but masters. The government was there to be supported and obeyed, not to give, serve, support, protect or benefit its own citizens.

So, “we the people” tried to change that problem. Our government is there, in theory and according to the Declaration of Independence, by the consent of the governed, to give, support and provide for its citizens “safety and happiness” and uphold the principle,all men are created equal”.

As you know, this has not been the case, all men are not equal in America thanks to our government; some have their needs met and some do not, some have a nice house and cash in the bank, others are homeless and are in debt, some have all the food, clothes and luxuries money can buy, some have difficulty staying warm during the winter. Some have healthcare and some die for the lack of it. Some have an education and many cannot afford it. Some have the protection of our legal system and some are the victims of our legal system, some have all the safety and happiness one could need in life, while others live in fear and despair.

My contention is that our government has not allowed its citizens it’s unalienable rights as described in the Declaration of Independence or the blessings of liberty as described in the Constitution. How can one pursue happiness when they are sick and has to sell all they have to cover medical bills? How can one enjoy their life or liberty when one is broke, homeless or jobless? How can one enjoy life, liberty or the pursuit of happiness when the government is the oppressor and has legalized the destruction of the rights and opportunities of its citizens?

Please keep the aforementioned principles in the Declaration of Independence in mind while we inspect another document, the Constitution and its Amendments called “The Bill of Rights”. Why were these additional documents necessary? Why were they adopted as the legal principles that should now guide our county and its legal system? It tells why in the opening paragraph.

First of all its opens with, “We the people….. do ordain and establish this Constitution…” The Constitution was not created by or for the protection of the elite, the government or those in power. Note, it did not say, “we the corporations”! The Constitution was created to, among other things, to “establish a more perfect Union…. promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our posterity..” This means the Constitution was created to protect and help the “common man” become “equal” as the Declaration of Independence declared.

The Constitution was created because although we were free from England, we were not free from ourselves, that is, our own government and our own lust for power and money. There were those who took advantage of others, both in the public and private sector, and those statesmen who represented us knew we needed to establish a “more perfect Union” and hence more laws and principles in the form of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

So, we now have both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution telling us, the citizens of America, that the government and the above quoted laws and principles, exist and stand for the equality, security, welfare, safety, liberty and happiness of those that are governed. However, do the laws and our elected officials uphold and work to provide these principles to and for their constituents? Obviously not! And the reason is we have many “domestic enemies” taking away the rights and privileges of the citizens.

These enemies buy influence at the highest levels of Congress. They donate money to Congressmen and they in turn, change our laws to create wealth at the highest levels of society which is a detriment to the general populace. The enemies of the citizens of this country are unfortunately not enemies of the state, for the state is their benefactor and the corporate world is the offspring of the state. The state gave corporations legal protection to exist and make money for the wealthy at the expense of the people the government is supposed to serve and protect.

As a child loves its parent, so do the corporations love our politicians into which they invest millions of dollars of excess profits rather than share it with the workers they enslave. Yes, I mean enslave. Why? Because the corporations have no legal or moral guidelines in the principles of equality, justice or morality. For example, here in America the average CEO makes several hundreds of times the take home pay of an average worker. In other countries it may be 10 to 50 times. This is why the wealthy can afford to give millions to our politicians to enact laws to their own benefit. The people, are just a form of overhead and when the boss wants another corporate jet he just fires some of his employees and sends the work overseas. Is this the private sector business ethics our forefathers fought and died for?

I challenge everyone who reads this essay to take a few hours off during the weekend and do an Internet search under “government corruption” and “congressional misconduct”. Many people who have lots of money and power, have no oversight and do horrible things, including our elected officials. There is a lot of criminal activity, corruption, cover-ups, illegal  and covert activities, sexual misconduct and an abundance of “Betrayal of America” going on behind our backs. Even with all the money and power our government officials wield, many of them are treasonous, corruptible, deceitful, untrustworthy, dishonorable, perverted, narcissistic and debauched. Many of them smile to your face and then behind closed doors with the “good old boys” act no better than common criminals. Don’t believe me, check it out for yourself. There are many, many books on the subject. As citizens and taxpayers, we are not getting what we have paid dearly for!

In addition to corruption and misconduct, our elected officials are the most wasteful in the world. CNN reported that pork barrel and earmark spending in 2010 was $16,500,000,000.00! A film called “Museum of Government Waste” examines how our elected officials take our money and flushes in down the toilet… even a $640.00 toilet seat along with $436.00 hammers and” bridges to no where”. They really don’t need to to tax us more if they were just competent to handle what money we already pay them. Corruption, waste, misconduct and unethical practices run rampant in all branches of government. Neither you nor I could run our business or home budgets like Congress or we would be broke in no time. Thus, our national debt! But they get away with it because the people of this nation do not demand reform nor do we hold them accountable for their illegal and immoral behavior.

Spend a few minutes on the Internet and search “Government Waste” and related subjects, I guarantee it will appall you. Our government officials have abandoned their relationship with its citizens and have replaced it with a relationship with corporate executives to which they give liberally.  It would be to the so called “public servants” detriment if they backed off from this relationship because they would personally lose many millions in campaign contributions. The political leaders and big business are in bed with each other and the public is just a nuisance like a child knocking at the bedroom door. We are told to “go away, we will attend to your needs later” as the politicians and big business fulfill their lust for money and power.

All this is true, even though most of us, including politicians, have sworn an oath to do otherwise. Have you have ever said the Pledge of Allegiance? Let me remind you what you and I and all politicians have pledged. “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the Untied States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” You, as a citizen have a moral obligation to help support “justice for all.” Not just your political party, not just the ruling class, not just those who have jobs or are in positions of power, fame or wealth. Please take note, most of us do not have the money to buy our fair share of justice, equality, security, safety and happiness.

You also have pledged to the idea of a nation that is indivisible. If that is so, why is the gap or division between the rich and poor so large and growing daily and doing so without a thought from our government? It is so because our government and legal system has been sold to profiteers and thus divided the nation into two groups, the “haves” and the” have not’s”. This is why the middle class is disappearing. This why Americans are not spending money on boats, new cars and furniture, because the “haves” have more than they need or are morally entitled to.

If America capped the salaries of CEO’s, board members and other unnecessary officers at $500.000.00 a year and distributed those corporate earnings to the workers the nation would be far better off because those workers would be able to purchase newer cars, better equipment, more toys and other commodities that would stimulate more national growth. However, our English masters established the “trickle down” economic system for American. This system is where those in power and wealth enjoy and have access to the major part of the economy and the service of the workers. And the ones that build the country, the workers, are the same ones who get the leftovers and crumbs.

To prove this point our Congressmen get a starting salary of $174,000 per year plus a generous retirement plan and full health care. The Speaker of the House gets $223,000 and the President $481,000. The average S&P 500 executives get over $9,000,000 a year. Herein lies the traitorous situation that we gave an oath to avoid. Our government is “on the take” and wants a slice of the almighty dollar.

In Japan CEO’s make about eleven times the amount of pay the average worker gets. In France, about 15 times the average worker, in Britain about 22 times. Guess what the average CEO in America gets paid? It is 475 times the amount an average worker is paid. Is this the equality that our founding fathers fought for and the Constitution and Declaration of Independence has promised us?

Does a Fortune 500 executive contribute that much value to the American family or the country as a whole? Of course not!  Does that executive contribute that much of the freedom, justice and equality our Constitution requires? No again! That money they take away is in overseas bank accounts and other investments to make them richer. No wonder they can afford luxuries that most of us hardly can imagine.  It does not create jobs nor does it help the infrastructure or health-care welfare of this nation. Instead it buys access and influence to our politicians which in turn create laws to protect the 1%.

However, if part of that $9,000,000 salary that executives got went to training and hiring workers, would that help the American family? Yes. If part of that yearly $9,000,000 were distributed to the average worker or to society in general, would that benefit workers and society? Yes. If part of that $9,000,000 were spent on reducing the deficit, reducing unemployment and enforcing our Constitutional principles, would that contribute to our security, freedom, justice and equality? Of course it would! The real question we really need to answer is, Why have the people who we put in office do not look out for the people who they are supposed to represent and serve. The answer is simply and honest, the people who make $9,000,000.00 a year have bribed and/or forced our protectors to ignore their sworn duty and the principles of the Constitution (and many other moral indiscretions) while we paid them to do so. We need to change our laws and get back to our Constitutional principles.

But it does not happen because part of that $9,000,000 goes to politicians who gladly do what they are told and enslave the American people and destroy the American dream. So, why do we allow the top 1% of society take control over the government and take advantage of average Americans? Because the top 1% has purchased the services of politicians and now own the country. Most politicians are just whores with ties. It is obvious that greed, power and money control our government and not the needs of the people. We ask for health care and instead we get wars, we ask for privacy and every email and phone call is at the governments disposal. It has the capacity to take that information and bribe you or put you in jail. Our elected officials and our private masters must be held accountable to the American people and repent.

The only way of doing so is to change our Constitution so people making $9,000,000 a year cannot buy our freedom, our Constitutional rights and the future of ourselves and our kids.

What if  politicians where paid the same as the average American worker? And then give them a bonus or more pay if we have the following conditions: Low unemployment, low poverty rates, increasing wages, excellent education, affordable health care, laws that protect the American people from corporate racketeering and a high national deficit. If our lawmakers can debate over requiring teachers to be paid on a sliding scale depending on their performance to teach our kids, why can’t we demand our Congressmen to paid in like manner?

For example, If the unemployment rate is down, they get a little more. If the National debt is down, they get paid a little more. If the average workers salary goes up, they get a little more. If we are educating our kids correctly, they get a little more. Why not start our Congressmen out at $50,000 a year with no benefits. If Americans get health care, so do they. If Americans have some sort of retirement benefits, so do they. If the averages wages go up over the inflation rate, they get an additional $2,000 a year. If government waste goes down, their salaries go up.  If our Constitutional principles are followed and laws are passed to protect the American worker and the American public, they get an additional bonus.

When they have a financial incentive to do the right thing instead of prostituting themselves to the corporations we may finally get what our Declaration of Independence and Constitution calls for, justice, equality, the general welfare and a more perfect Union. We need a national grass roots supported referendum ending corporate control and pay our representatives what they are worth to the American public, almost nothing!

This is the definition of “justice”: “Action guided by reason, fairness, truth, equanimity, impartiality, unbiased treatment, righteousness, done according to law or ethical principles”. When you said the Pledge of Allegiance, you swore to insure or agree with the principle of “Justice for all”. Why are American citizens voting for people who do not provide “justice for all”? Why do our politicians promote justice and wealth for just a chosen few? They do it because they are part of the system that has been destroying the Constitution bit by bit. It is so because the system is the problem, it is broken. The system has been bought and sold behind the peoples backs and has been since designed to give to the rich and take from the poor.

Again, it is the story of Robin Hood in reverse. It feels like our government is in bed with the Anti-Christ. Why do corruptible politicians and unethical business elites rule and control this “Christian nation”? This does not look like anything related to Biblical principles to me? Does it to you? Why do we tolerate such” evil”?

Congress, the President and Supreme Court judges have even a higher obligation to uphold the principles and purposes of the Constitution because they are “sworn in” and they are thus morally and hopefully legally obligated to support the Constitution and it’s principles of liberty and justice for all . However they obviously neglect to do so. They are sworn, under oath to stand for and represent the needs of the citizens and do what is good and just for the people.

That is, serve the people they are supposed represent with their equality, security, general welfare, safety, liberty and happiness in mind. These ideas were written in our founding documents so our government would not serve the enemies of the people. The biggest public enemy is not China or the Taliban. It’s enemies are corporations whose sole purpose is to create wealth for its investors, board members and officers. Hence, the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. That is how the system is set up. It is called the “trickle down” economy. I am still waiting for my portion of wealth to trickle down to me from past administrations, how about you?

There is another way to raise a nations economy. It is from the bottom up, where those innovate and those who work and build the nation get paid and treated fairly and with justice for all. When an economy lifts and prospers those at the bottom, all boats rise with equality, and justice and promotes the general welfare of all citizens like our founding documents and fathers intended.

Here is the oath that our Congressmen swear to:”I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.”

It is obvious that the American people have domestic enemies, but does any Congressmen support their oath to uphold the intent of the Constitution? It is my belief based on the evidence, that no congressman has ever given heed to our Constitution, for if they did, they would not have the support of the corporations and the system which lives off its profits.

This is the oath of office for our President:” I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of the President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” No president that I know has every defended my Constitutional rights of justice for all, equality and liberty.  When is the last time you heard of any president demand that Congress or the Supreme Court change laws to benefit the common man?

And here is an example of the oath of a Supreme Court judge: “I, _(judges name)__, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will administer justice without respect to persons, and do equal right to the poor and to the rich, and that I will faithfully and impartially discharge and perform all the duties incumbent upon me as ___(title, Supreme Court Justice)__ under the Constitution and laws of the United States; and that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter.  So help me God.

So there you have it. Most of us, especially those in office, have sworn to uphold certain principles which include: Justice for all, equality under the law, public security, impartiality, the general welfare, public safety and also the opportunity for liberty and happiness for all citizens.

Who in his country can honestly say this is the case? All statistics and public records prove our government is absolutely against supporting the principles of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. It cannot be truthfully said that we are a free people or that we have the liberty,  justice, equality,  security and impartiality our founding fathers fought for. Why? Because  we do not have equality under the law and our Constitution is not followed and our system and our government is corrupt.

Our judicial branch swore to “do equal right to the poor” and yet in our system money buys justice. Just take a look at the OJ Simpson trial! And look at the millions of dollars corporations and the rich are legally spending on candidates that keep them in power and in a position to donate millions in campaign contributions. Equal rights to the poor is not the case in this county. The poor gets a court appointed lawyer. The rich get whole law firms. The poor have little say about the brainwashing they are fed by the media or advertising while the rich shove lies down our throat. The poor are the victims of a rich elite who create laws and public opinion contrary to majority’s good. It is very obvious that all men are not created equal in the eyes of our government, our laws or the corporate world.

So why does it seem that the supreme laws or principles of our land, these principles which we have sworn to uphold, do not exist in the political debate and ideology? We ask our court system for “justice” but instead we are impeded by policies, regulations, restrictions and lack of representation. Why does our government call our legal system , “Justice Courts” when in fact they do not serve justice, but instead enforce laws that protect the rich? We have courts of law, not justice. And the law has been bought and modified to the benefit  the wealthy or the government itself. If not, why when we go to our government and ask for representation and fairness, do we get ignored? When we need something like jobs, fair taxation, affordable health-care or sensible legislation, we get nothing. And when we do not want something, like a war in Iraq or Vietnam, bridges to nowhere and government intrusiveness into our privacy, we get it in spades?

The reason is this; corporations have bribed government officials to pass laws which help them make more money without thought to what these laws do to the people. Of course, this is only partially true since we are partially responsible for our dilemma. “We the people” elect these clowns and traitors into office… however we are forced to do so. Here is why. When corporations give money to government officials in the form of cash or “campaign contributions” the political parties buy advertising and public relation firms to convince you to vote for them.

When one is force fed lies and rhetoric for decades, most of us cannot think past it. We can only chose from clown A or clown B… unfortunately,  they are both clowns. Seldom does a true man of conscience get elected since he is controlled by his high moral standards and ethics rather than being bought by corporate money. A man or woman of good conscience and good morals and that represents the good of the people is as rare as honest attorneys. If the law profession was honest, it would not let our Constitutional rights evaporate before our eyes, but defend them.

Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and George Washington told us, only a well educated people can make informed and smart decisions and thus create a good democracy. However, Americans have one of the worst school systems on earth and the government keeps its citizens uneducated, ill informed and misled. The media should be telling us the truth and enlightening the citizens to truths beneficial to the nations interests.  Instead of truth we are fed political rhetoric and lies that allow the so called ”job creators” to stay in power and in control of our political system.

Real job creators are businesses who hire Americans and pay them a decent salary, they are not corporate entities who ship those jobs overseas or make huge profits at the expense of their workers.  Job creators are not money manipulators, Wall Street or board members of corporations. They are not there to make jobs, they are hired to make money at any cost. We do not get the best people in government, we get to chose from a close knit group of lawyers and politicians who are “on the take” from big business. We get to chose from those the “system” endorses. Guys that will play the game and conserve the money train.  Most of them are part of the same family of greedy, power hungry, self-serving “good old boys” we refer to as politicians, while those who refuse to be bought and that have good and decent morals stay away from the inequity and tyranny they see before them in government.

Money buys what your eyes see and your ears hear. Its buys what you see on television, what you hear on the radio, it buys the lies you hear on the Internet and it buys endorsements from the media, business and entertainment sectors. Money buys the news that is presented to you in the media.  Money buys access to or mind and opinions. Garbage in, garbage out.  Money buys political power, your opinion and elections. And who has this kind of money to buy our lives? It is a small group of people they call as the “top one percent” of us.

Free speech is a right reserved and meant for the citizens, not legal entities or organizations. Money buys just the opposite of “free speech” for it drowns out the truth, it overcomes your senses and it perverts justice and the principles of the Constitution so a few at the top stay that way; rich and above the law. There are many plain folks, commoners who are much more suitable to lead the country as described by the founding documents and principles. But you nor I will ever see or hear of them because they do not have the power or money to be heard. No corporation or rich individual will support ethical or moral people since they refuse to play in a rigged system of liars and traitors.

One of the worst things our corrupt government has ever done to the detriment of its own citizens was to allow money to rule the nation rather than the morals and principles that our founding fathers sought to establish in our founding documents and laws. Equating legal entities such as corporations to humans is the worst law or legal concept ever enacted or approved by our congressional and judicial branches. This is where our government legitimized wholesale prostitution among our public officials. This change in our legal system is a detriment to citizens and gives power over our elections and the law itself.

The Supreme Court, has broken its oath of, “justice without respect to persons” and, “do equal right to the poor” and to “impartially” discharge their duties. Instead they have rejected the people that they are sworn to protect and serve and have given power and preference to non-persons, specifically corporations.

Thomas Jefferson said, “The constitution… is a mere thing of wax in the hands of the Judiciary, which they may twist and shape into any form they please.” And this is exactly what has happened, instead of  laws that support the people, we get laws that support the rich and the large corporations and a hollow constitution without power to protect and support the populace.

In addition, wars are not fought on principles found in either the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution, nor are they fought “in self defense”. Korean, did not attack us, nor did Vietnam or Iraq. Wars are fought because greedy lending institutions and lenders want to make money from the loans they make to our government for the purchase of tanks and other military equipment. And large corporations bribe our politicians to go to war because they they make huge profits from the sales of guns, uniforms, planes and tanks they sell to our government. War stimulates the economy for a selects group of corporations. Wars give our government more status, control, power and influence when dealing with other countries. Wars are just a path to make the wealthy richer, there is nothing moral, ethical or” just” in killing people. It is what Dwight Eisenhower warned us about, the Military Industrial Complex. Hence the triad of power  in our country; bad government, an evil corporate- industrial complex and the military. Notice what is missing, the people! This is our own domestic enemy, it is our internal “Axis if Evil”. The power to change the nation to represent the citizens has been usurped. “We the people” no longer can control or influence the direction the nation is headed.

If you do not know where it is headed, just recite the promises and principles described the the Declaration of Independence and Constitution and whatever they are, we are headed in the opposite direction. We are headed towards injustice, welfare for the wealthy, unequal protection under the law, servitude, debt, less personal rights and freedom, a lack of safety, no say in government, no say in our courts of law and very little life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We will be to busy just trying to stay alive, let alone find cause for joy or the blessings of liberty which our forefathers fought for. Can anyone claim we have “liberty”? The only choices we have is the items we consume. We are a nation of consumers and laborers kept in servitude by our government and corporate masters.

If you have any love of this country, if you have a single patriotic bone in your body, if you love our flag and what it stands for, why in the hell are you not demanding a government that follows the Constitution? Here is something to think about. The average American household is in debt for its own purchases such as a house, car, food and credit cards etc. We, as citizens, owe (on the average) about $116,057.00 per household. Of course, it is insane to go into debt this much, but that is what we are forced to do in order to pay for a car and a house plus all the interest and taxes. That’s because wages have gone down as corporate profits go up!

In addition to this, those that are supposed to be making decisions for our own good or benefit in Washington  have overspent our tax money on wars, defense projects we do not need, bridges to nowhere and their own fat salaries and health care so we the people  owe the government even more money. How much? Every household in America owes the Federal debt (overspending by) $561,254.00! Imagine that, we as taxpayers owe the government five times what we owe  ourselves. And the debt is growing. Now how could this happen? Why would our elected officials put Americans in so much debt? The reason is politicians are pawns (whores is a better description) of corporations who pass laws that benefit corporations and the rich. Just follow the money trail and it is plain as day. That is the answer, and sadly we still elect them due to their crafty rhetoric and promises of a better future. Unfortunately, it is only a better future for themselves and their pimps who sit at top of the food chain. But what do they care, they have their share of the pie while those they are supposed to help, suffer.

To demonstrate this further just look at what we spend taxpayer money on. After Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy the government (FEMA and the SBA) and big business (insurance companies) denied help and denied claims. Yet the government had plenty of money to fund overseas wars such as Iraq and Afghanistan. And when people filed claims to insurance companies they were denied or given a small percentage of what their policies were supposed to cover. Yet that same year insurance companies made record profits and fat bonuses to corporate executives!

And since our “well regulated militia” is an extension of the government just like the Army or Navy, we are at the mercy of our corporate and political masters and with little power to resist their tyranny. The Constitution says Congress has the power “To provide the calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions”. Congress has never called out the militia to execute the Laws of the Union, that’s obvious or we would have a more perfect union, justice, equality and the blessings of liberty. The militia or National Guard has not been called out to defend our Constitutional rights, it is called out to stop them. In fact, the government has used them to suppress our rights of free speech many times. For example, they killed innocent kids at Kent State and beat political protesters in Seattle. There is no time they were called out to enforce our  Constitutional rights or the freedom of the people. The citizens are not in control of the militia! Government officials and politicians control them just like everything else.

The founding fathers knew this might happen and has warned us of its danger. Daniel Webster wrote, “..I am committed against any attempt to rule the free people of this country by the power and patronage (backing) of the Government itself..” What Daniel Webster feared has come true.  Our government uses it own will and power and fear and lies to mislead the American public into any thing that protects their own place of power and privilege. They protect their source of personal wealth and there is a huge swinging door between big business and our so called “public servants”. Large corporations are eager to hire ex-politicians because they are embedded within the system and can manipulate it to its own benefit.  This relationship between business and government is designed to protect each other from the media and the public. The media knows but has no power to make change since news organization are owned by large corporations who have investors and big name board members related to the controling elite. These very businesses keep those that pass laws in their favor in office. If this is not true, why do we now know, that most of our recent wars were not to protect or defend Americans, but make profits for the wealthy?

Our government brought war and death to the countries of Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan and Cambodia, all of which were countries that did not attacked us. Government induced fear and government invented lies like “weapons of mass destruction” or (we must stop Communism and the Gulf of Tonkin affair) are fed to the media and a show is put on how dangerous they are to us. However, we are attacking other countries for devious reasons at best. Like a ships captain, our politicians should be getting us out of the storms of war instead of getting us into them. Yet thousands of men and women die each year to “defend our country”. Yet who attacked us? No one! War is a tool for business to make money and governments to gain control, period.

Senator Malcolm Wallop said, “Government which does not and did not grant us our rights (to our Constitutional promises and the truth), must not now seek to deny them by using fear as its justification”. I never heard of citizens marching in the streets to go to war and demanding death to Iraqis or Vietnamese. it was the government who led us  into wars, not the people. It was always our elected officials who made war an acceptable and   or duty so the military industrial complex could rob taxpayer money.

Evidently, Daniel Webster had concerns that the government might take over the control of the people and make them servants or “subjects”, when in fact the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution wanted a free society and a government run by and for a free people. He said, “There is no nation on earth powerful enough to accomplish our overthrow. Our destruction, should it come at all, will be from another quarter. From the inattention of the people to the concerns of their government, from their carelessness and negligence… I fear that they may place too implicit a confidence in their public servants, and fail properly to scrutinize their conduct; that in this way they may be made the dupes of designing men, and become the instruments of their own undoing.” Rome and other great empires did not fall from forces outside their boundaries. The destruction came within from their own governments undoing.

We as a society have indeed given little concern for our governments lies and traitorous activities. We as a people have neglected our duty to scrutinize our representatives.  We have trusted them far too long to do the right thing.

Think about what guy de Maupassant said, “ Every government has as much of a duty to avoid war as a ships captain has to avoid a shipwreck”. But our government does not even try to avoid war, they seek it. Look at Korea, Viet Nam, Iraq, Afganistan and other invasions and wars. They seek it because the government wants wars so the big corporations can make more money selling tanks, planes and bombs. They want wars because it stimulates the economy. They want wars to increase their own power. They want war instead of peace because of the money that is slid into their pockets in the dim of night.

As you know, we do not have a free and just society now, instead we are legally ruled by an oppressive government system called “Corporatism” or the Almighty Dollar, even our elections are rigged. We must get rid of the electoral system and have a “popular voting system. The only reason we did not have a popular voting system was in the beginning elections results would have taken months because the only means of tallying the votes were by horse back. With modern computers and the Internet, we can easily all vote for the person who be feel is best suited for our own safety and happiness.

Samuel Adams was also concerned about our government and said, “…if we are universally vicious and debauched (as our congress is now) in our manners, though the form of our Constitution carries the face of the most exalted freedom, we shall in reality be the most abject slaves”. Slaves because instead of equality between Americans we have a government supported class system that favors the rich at the expense of the general public.

Our internal “axis of evil” has contrived and controls a huge ponzi scheme from the Federal Reserve to the military, to Wall Street to the whole banking system and well established old money families.  They all get a large piece of the American dream while the average family drifts into poverty. Corporations nor our existing politicians are notmost likely to effect our safety and happiness as described in the Declaration Of Independence nor do they give us the things in the Constitution to, establish a more perfect Union…. promote the general welfare, and secure equality and the blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our posterity. Instead they take them away!  Do not let the politicians and the corporate world continue to make your children their slaves or subjects to the almighty dollar!

We the people suffered through the Revolutionary War to end this type of treatment, it should have been stopped long ago! I am not saying we should have a new Constitutional Amendment to abolish all corporations. I am saying corporations should not be able to buy our congressmen, nor make laws to benefit themselves using our judicial system, nor should they have any influence over who is in office. Our government was meant to serve the people, not chase the dollar.

George Bernard Shaw said “A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul”. In other words, corporations rob people (Peter) and the government (Paul) supports the robbers. Why? Because politicians are always paid well by the robbers. A thief, who pays well, can easily get away with his crimes.

A recent news report stated that most politicians spend one third to one half of their working time in office soliciting money for their own elections rather than governing and serving the people who voted for them. In other words, instead of helping promote freedom, equality and  welfare of the country, they, while being paid tax payers money, spend much of their time and talent enriching themselves from large corporations and lobbyists. Imagine that, getting paid to make yourself wealthy! How immoral can out government get! We need true representation, true statesmen and true public servants, not politicians who have prostituted themselves for their own enrichment and that of business executives, wealthy investors and wall street bankers.

We must tell our “so called representatives” in Washington to protect us against themselves and if they do not, we need a national referendum to boot all of the traitors out of office. Yes, I am saying most of our Congressmen are corrupt, wasteful and worst of all, traitors. They swore an oath to establish equality and justice and protect and serve “we the people” by way of the principles set forth in our Constitution and their own oath of office, and for the past 40 years or so, they have done just the opposite. Lewis Powell in 1971,was one of the first to prostitute himself to the corporate ownership of the United States as he changed our laws to shape “social, economic and political change” to the advantage of corporations. Ever since then, corporations were allowed to buy public opinion, as well as all three branches of government, thus enslaving a nation to serve those at the top of  industry, large banking institutions and the corporate world.

The wealthy are not job creators, they are speculators and profiteers who invest excess money into corporations and Wall Street for the sole purpose of making even more money at any expense and without regard to the environment or the citizens of this country. The wealthy invest money into anything that creates more money for themselves at the expense of everything else including  jobs, equality and justice. Why do you think our jobs went overseas? It was so they would make more money! Those working overseas make just a dollar or two a day, businesses like Nike, Gap and Old Navy make millions in profit per years and their executives make several million a year. And you, an American, are out of a job while poorly paid foreign workers produce products and millions of dollars for undeserving millionaires.  If this so called “trickle down economy” really worked, wouldn’t the citizens of this county be seeing a portion of it in our paychecks or retirement funds? Instead we are laid off while those overseas are forced  into poverty while working long  hours and living in squalor.

How does one create jobs, justice, equality and the general welfare of the country? Is it  by investing in derivatives, real estate bubbles or gold futures or sending  jobs overseas? Or is it investing in factories, infrastructure,  research and education at home? Is it allowing those at the top to get richer or is it by spreading the wealth to the workers so they can buy homes, cars and other products that  would prosper everyone? Noam Chomsky and Thom Hartman and other economic experts suggest that the pay at the top must decrease and the pay at the workers level must increase in order for our county to succeed and prosper. Otherwise, our country will fall even deeper into debt and eventually fail as many nations have for centuries.

Our government supports about 300 golf courses for the military and other officials, but cuts money for the poor and the sick including food and healthcare. Is this the government that serves and protects its citizens? Of course not. Is this a government to and for the people? Of course not. It is a government who protects the rich and protects its own power and control.

Why do you think the rich pay less in proportion in taxes do than their workers? It is because  they bribed politicians to pass laws to safe guard their wealth. Corporations do not create jobs, security, equality, justice or the general welfare of the people; they exist to make money for the board members, officers and investors at the top of the food chain! People or workers (subjects) are just another part of “overhead” and come and go at the whim of the speculators and profiteers. If the corporate elites can make more money by lowering your wages, taking away your benefits or firing you they will and by doing so are rewarded with stock options and bigger bonuses.

Thomas Jefferson said, “Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power, in time, and by slow operations, perverted in to tyranny”. This statement was true a few hundred years ago, and obviously it is true today, we have a corrupt government directed by the top 1% of our society to benefit the rich and enslave the populace.

You are a subject or slave to the new “crown”, the new boss, called the “corporation”. Did you know that you have the moral obligation to change the aforementioned “tyranny”? According to Thomas Jefferson, “All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent”. When you do not voice your opinion and stand up for the rights our forefathers died for, you are allowing evil to exist in our government and thus continue this obvious and pathetic injustice. Because we do not act, tyranny will only get stronger while the rights of the people are striped away, thus insuring future generations will suffer even more.

Did you know that you have the right to change things according to the Constitution? The First Amendment says, “Congress shall make no law.. abridging the right of the peopleto petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” You have the constitutional authority to make your politicians represent your safety and happiness and bring about your security, welfare and equality that you are supposedly endowed with by our founding documents. This word “abridging” means the government cannot (by law) diminish or reduce your right to petition our government for the freedoms we have fought for. This is your rightful inheritance as an American. Do not ignore it, instead, exercise it!

I have heard that there is support to keep this sick system because these Constitutional issues are just a matter of “ interpretation”. There is only one way to interpret the Constitution. Just chose the meaning which supports the concepts of its founding principles of justice, equality, promote the general welfare and secure the blessings if liberty to the people to whom it was intended.

Of course, our government has made it as difficult as possible for you and I to petition our government for a redress of grievances. No matter how just your stance is or how foul the government has been, redressing grievances is an expensive, difficult and long process. This should not be so, in issues of justice and fairness, solutions and changes should be swift and not burdened by excessive paperwork and bureaucracy nor should good government cost additional money. But, this is not the case is it? Our government knows it has been corrupted and has make immoral laws that hurt the common person,  instead of making in easy for you and I to change the laws, it has make it very difficult and burdensome and filled with red tape and long waits and very expensive lawsuits. Why on earth would our own government resist doing what is best for its own people?

So what petition have you signed? What do you stand for? It is one of two things, either the greed and degradation of our civil liberties brought about by the corporate world, or standing up and fighting for your constitutional rights of liberty, equality and freedom to and for the people. Although we have the right to petition our government for our personal freedom, justice and liberty, it does not mean they will listen or act upon our grievances. They have so much power and wealth and have insulated themselves from the people so much that they can easily ignore the needs and rights of the citizens they are supposed to defend. The fact is, if you were allowed to be in the presence of one of these political traitors you might have a few minutes to air your grievances or concerns regarding this countries injustice system. Then you will be escorted out and nothing will be done. Why? Because you did not pay them or donate a sizable amount of money to their re-election campaign. Our politicians are ingrained into the system, they smile to your face, but they will not stand up and defend you or the Constitution or its principles. If they did they would lose millions of dollars and be kicked out by those who have given them money! The “system” protects itself and does not want to endanger the “gravy train” it has created for itself.

You only have the power to be heard if you join with millions of other Americans who cry out for their freedom and rights promised us by our Constitution. Committed and working together we may stand a chance of being heard, divided we fall and become enslaved by our own government. This country was created to rid ourselves of tyranny and yet tyranny has raised its ugly head and reappeared in the form of our currant economy. We are in debt as a society to our government and to the private corporations which our government sponsored and now serves. Who created our national debt? The people did not vote for or call for it, our government imposed it upon us due to their own greed!

The more social unrest we have, the more acts of violence, the more we protest or react to our governments oppression, social injustice, inequality and corporate interests, the more they justify spy cameras, listening in on phone conversations and reading our emails. It is in the interest of an authoritarian government to have resistance and chaos so they can thus “overreact” and justify their draconian control measures all in the name of national interests or security. If the government stopped spending money on bombs, cameras, battle ships, new spy satellites and drones, hit teams, etc and spent that money on social justice, education, science research, equality, prison reform etc, the less violence and social unrest would occur. However, it is not in the best interest of those in power to make these changes, it is in their interest and agenda to have the knowledge and power to snuff out resistance… the status quo is only going to get stronger, while the people suffer under its thumb.

It is much better for the system to put you in prison than to enforce your constitutional rights. Enforcing Constitutional rights would cost the rich a lot of money. Putting you in prison is much easier and cheaper. In fact, we put in prison more people than China, Russia, India and the whole of both South America and Africa. There is a reason for it called the “prison industry”. It is a money making enterprise for both state and private prisons  since the Federal government subsidizes each prisoner. Putting a person in prison is cheaper than giving you the mental health care that is free in other countries. putting you in prison is cheaper than giving you a job to rebuild the nations infrastructure. Putting you in prison or killing you is cheaper and easier than facing challenges to the governments lies and authority like what has happened to good servants like Susan Lindauer an agent for the CIA.

Thomas Jefferson did not trust those in power back then anymore than we can trust our politicians today. The Constitution was created to be a guiding principle that bound our leaders to moral and ethical leadership. He said, “In questions of power, then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution”. We must continue to change (amend) our Constitution to protect ourselves from the mischief of men in power and wealth, for they mean to wield the power they have and to rule over us and take from us our constitutional heritage.

So, follow the advice of those who wrote the Constitution and demand political reform and constitutional protection. Most politicians not only lied to the public, but to God. Remember the words, “So help me God” when they took the oath of office? They no more represent the people of this nation than the KGB! If you are a politician who swore to defend the principles of the Constitution and did not do so, you are a traitor to the nation and a liar to God and a shame to any faith you claim. Remember why we have a Constitution and a government, “governments are instituted among men” (not corporations or legal entities) and to secure these rights of safety, life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness. Our government exists to make all of us secure and happy! So remember, it is your rights that have been taken away, do not continue to lose them! Stand up for your rights, voice your concern! If you do not stand up and fight for the basic rights and privileges listed in the Constitution, then the forces of government and business will continue to erode them.

Why pretend we have Constitutional rights and privileges when in fact we do not? At least be honest, if we want to live under a Fascist or oppressive government, just admit to it and be honest about it, ignore the situation so we will continue to become more subservient to our government and its sponsors, the military industrial complex.

We must get rid of the Federal Reserve and put in its place an organization that benefits “we the people” instead of the rich, the banks and corporations. Why on earth is our nations money making and interest rates dictated by a private organization? We must also cut our military in half. We spend more than any other country (or several countries combined) on “defense”. We do not need to defend ourselves from the outside, we need to defend ourselves from traitors and debt makers inside our country. Look to history, look how Rome fell and every other great empire, it is from within that leads to destruction, not from without.

Do not let the fear mongers control your common sense and the facts of history and current events. More importantly, we need to change, by passing laws, the entities we call “corporations”. We have to construct them to be democratic. We have get rid of the Board of Directors and executives who make much more than the workers. That’s where the profits go, to the top 1% rather than the people who make the products and provide the services. In other words, give each worker a fair share and a voice in the company. Decisions should not be made by traitors, they should be made by workers, public servants and the people who know the company or problem the best,”we the people”.

It is time every patriot joined with groups like Occupy or MoveToAmend, etc who are concerned people who want to restore our rights and privileges as Americans. Please demand that our government adhere to the principles of both the Declaration of Independence and Constitution, especially the principles of “the general welfare, justice for all, equality and security”. Supporting, defending and adhering to the principles set forth in the Constitution is not a Republican or Democratic issue, it is an American issue. Only concerned citizens and true patriots will want to change the Constitution in order to help “we the people” reestablish our rights our forefathers fought and died for.

The only ones who will oppose it are the deceived, the traitors, the corporate executives and the wealthy political prostitutes who have corrupted the system and/or taken bribes. Do not stand with the criminals, traitors and prostitutes of this nation, uphold your oath, do not remain silent. Call, email and write your elected officials and demand that they stop selling themselves to corporate greed and instead serve and protect the people of this nation. If you are an elected official, become a virtuous and ethical statesmen, be an advocate for the people, rather than a politician taking advantage of our corrupt system. Uphold the principles of the Constitution!

Verify everything in this essay and act accordingly. Remember, according to Constitutional principles, “this land was made for you and me”, not the military, not the government and not corporations. Hold politicians accountable, take away their pay if they do a bad job. Boycott corporations that bribe your government officials. Demand a national referendum to limit government and corporate pay, if they don’t like it, let them go rape some other country. Join a local group like the ”Occupy” movement, sign up at “Move To Amend” or create your own group and demand to be heard. No matter what party you affiliate with, make sure they support “we the people” rather than the corporate elite. Educate yourself so you are not influenced by political rhetoric. Study ethics, history and economics.  You nor I were created or exist to serve the government. Our forefathers created a government to protect people, promote their welfare and to give themselves and their children the blessings of liberty and justice.

You nor I were created or exist to be a servant for corporations or the rich, instead, they should exist to benefit the citizens of our country since it is the peoples work and innovation that made their company grow and prosper. It is not the people who owe a debt, but is our government and the large corporations that owe the people. It is the people who allow them to even exist! Yet the government and corporate world, working together, has usurped our God given “unalienable rights” from us! We no longer have control of our selves and our future. It is all in the hands of others who mean us harm, to tax us, to profit from us, to cause us to be in debt for bills we did not purchase.

American author and writer, Edward Abbey said, “A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.”. Are you on the side of the patriots or are you one of the traitors who support corporate rule and government corruption?

I asked a person I met about some of these things and he showed no concern and said he supported the government and we live in the greatest country on earth. I thought back to my history lessons. In the late 1700′s there were brave and heroic men who resisted the British cruelties, but there were also turncoats like Benedict Arnold who remained loyal to the crown. Today is no different. There are those who support life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and agree that all men are created equal and then there are those who want to conserve the increasing authority and control of the government. Well, I for one defend the rights of the people over the government, I support the precepts written in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution rather than big business.  I am a patriot and love this country very much and I do not like the path our leaders have taken.

If you are a patriot that defends the Constitution and the people, then  join with others who want to retain their freedom and Constitutional rights. The flag to which we pledge allegiance, means nothing if we do not have the freedoms and rights for which it stands. Join with others who demand Constitutional reform and protection. If you work for or belong to a social network, news media or the government, ask why they are not behind the Constitution and demanding reform. Make it clear that you do not want to be a subject of the government (or big business interests) and make sure that the government exists to “effect” your safety and happiness and not that of the corporate elite. Don’t be traitor,  hypocrite or liar, stand by your pledge for justice and liberty for all.

by Mark

A POEM

December 2, 2011 in Uncategorized by Mark

A POEM

by Mark Snider

I cannot kneel at Gods feet for He is a Spirit

I cannot give God a gift, for He already possesses everything

I cannot meditate, chant or pray long enough for God is eternal

I cannot love God enough for all love comes from Him

But God is perfect in all things and He lives in you and He lives in me

Therefore, how I treat you is how I love God

He sees me through your eyes and He hears me through your ears

You are His child and I am your brother

I may not look like you or think like you

But God knows you and loves you and thus, so do I

We are family under the stars and this is our dwelling place

Let us join hands and hearts and rejoice for we are one in God

by Mark

Spiritual Attributes

June 20, 2011 in Essays by Mark

CHARACTERISTICS OF THE SPIRITUALLY MATURE

by Mark Snider

  • Views humanity as connected, valuable, as family
  • Shows love, compassion and empathy for others
  • Lacks negative judgment of life and others
  • Is thankful – grateful
  • Listens well, communicates with respect
  • Takes responsibility easily, tends not to blame others even if justified
  • Lack of fear of rejection, failure and even death
  • Builds others up, gives them praise, lets others have the glory and attention
  • Respects all life forms
  • Walks the walk – not hypocritical
  • Gentlemanly in attitude and action
  • Controls thought life, has a positive attitude, self awareness
  • Financial integrity and responsibility, honest in business dealings
  • Forgiving even when undeserved
  • Displays responsibility regarding his physical health, diet and exercise
  • Detachment, lets go easily, lets things just “be”
  • Open minded, tolerant, curious/interested in others
  • Uses his tools such as prayer, meditation, affirmations, Reiki, Yoga, 12 steps
  • Charity, non-violence, concerned for justice, contentment, honesty
  • Problem solver, a bridge builder, one who unites, not divides
  • Avoids negative religion, extremism, racism, caste systems, cults, gangs etc
  • Active community member, he or she is a contributer and gives back to society
  • When playing a game, sport or contest, the concern is not winning or the fear of failing, instead, the focus is learning to play well with others before the game, during the game and after the game, there is a term for this action, it is called “good sportsmanship”.
  • Non-materialistic, actions based on spiritual truth, not money & personal gain
  • Recognizes “holy books, places, symbols, rituals, crosses, crystals etc as tools or props for man, they have no supernatural power but what we give them
  • Humility – humbleness, knows little but curious of everything
  • Deals with issues of the culture with integrity and honesty without bias such as: woman’s rights, abortion, obedience to those in power such as lawgivers and enforcers, pastors etc, prostitution, slavery, suicide, euthanasia, genetic engineering, sexuality, capital punishment, racism, business ethics, war crimes, military service, free speech, gun laws etc. Does not hide from issues
  • Is thoughtful about his/her diet. Considers what to eat according to ones own benefit and that of the planet.
  • Discerning when to be open, vulnerable, transparent, authentic with others
  • Show little concern for mistakes, errors or lack of perfection in themselves or others.
  • Tends to slow down rather than “hurry up”, hurry causes stress and mistakes. Those that are mature become gracious, relaxed and at ease with others and life circumstances.
  • Seeks wisdom and joy rather than recognition, power or money
  • Demonstrates the ability to call upon a deep sense of inner peace during every moment of his or her life. Life, at times can be flooded with stress, turmoil, loss, illness and pain. Thus, this is no easy task, however it is a very worthy pursuit. One can make the pursuit easier by mastering certain goals or steps along the way. These are things such as honesty, forgiveness, kindness, listening, wisdom, charity, understanding and optimism. As these and other spiritually mature attributes are mastered and practiced, inner peace comes naturally and more easily.

by Mark

Open Letter To The ACLU

April 27, 2011 in Essays by Mark

Dear ACLU,

It has come to my attention that the intent and purpose of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, including the Bill of Rights is to protect and serve the common good of the people.

Due to shortcomings in our laws, we the people, have allowed our own government to be our masters rather than our servant, and thus the common good of the citizens has been sacrificed to appease large corporations and banking institutions rather than the public.

With a few minor changes in our laws, including the Constitution, we the people may be able to take back what was once a free country. Our founding fathers warned us about this possibility:

Daniel Webster wrote, “…I am committed against any attempt to rule the free people of this county by the power and the patronage of the government itself..”

Thomas Jefferson wrote, “… we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt…”

Samuel Adams wrote, “…though the form of our Constitution carries the face of the most exalted freedom, we shall in reality be the most abject slaves.”

John Adams wrote, “There are two ways to conquer and enslave a nation. One is by the sword. The other is by debt.”

The Declaration of Independence says, “We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That when any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it….”

It is clear that our government is indeed, “destructive” to the well being of the people it is supposed to serve. The first paragraph of our Constitution says that it was written with “We the people” in mind and that our government is to “secure the blessings of liberty” and “promote the general welfare” for and to the people, not  the corporations, banks, lobbyists and/or politicians.

However, as you well know, the government has allowed the Fed to collude with the bankers to steal from its citizens and thus cause a housing bubble and the current depression, they have started unjust wars and tortured human beings, some of them, citizens of what once was a great nation.

This is supposed to be a free nation as mentioned in Amendment XIII, “…involuntary servitude shall (not) exist within the United States..” And yet, its citizens are made slaves to business and government in the form of inflated prices, government caused debt, unregulated greedy corporations, high interest and unfair taxes that were purposely and unjustly forced upon the citizens of this country by the government, the Fed, lending institutions and large businesses.

Why are the citizens paying for mistakes and greed created by the government and other institutions? The fact is, they owe us.. “we the people” do not owe them, yet we are forced to pay even more for their ineptitude. Many of our citizens have lost their job, house and/or retirement due to immoral policies and practices created by politicians with large salaries and benefits. The rich keep getting richer and the middle class keeps slipping into poverty due to corporate lobbyists, payola and our governments lack of concern for its citizens.

With these things in mind, can you recommend someone either inside your organization or outside to help “we the people”? Amendment I gives us the right “to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” We are tired of political rhetoric and want real change. So where do we start?

by Mark

The Status of the Church

April 27, 2011 in Speeches by Mark

By Mark Snider

The minister of the Gospel is really the yardstick by which the nation measures its morals.”

In other words, to understand the the morals and character of the nation one can look at the condition and performance of the pastors and church ministry. If they are doing well then the nations morals are in good shape. If these ministers have joined the ranks of the “world”, then the nations morals are doing poorly indeed since these people are paid to behave and do good and help people  avoid “sin”.

However,there is an alarming rate of incidences where pastors and ministers of various denominations have abused their privilege and power for their own financial gain or to satisfy their own agenda or addictions and twisted sexual desires.

Take for example, the author of the above quote, Jimmy Swaggart. Swaggart was having sex with a prostitute, Debra Murphree in 1988. He denied the allegations, then later admitted to them and repented. In 1991 police found Swaggart with another prostitute, Rosemary Garcia. In 2004 Swaggart threatened to kill homosexuals, “I’ve never seen a man in my life I wanted to marry… if one ever looks at me like that, I’m going to kill him and tell God he died.” Jimmy Swaggart’s ethics included repeated relationships with prostitutes, death threats, he lied to his followers and even stated his intentions of lying to God.

Is Swaggart’s behavior an isolated event or is there a trend that is occurring in our pastors and ministers? Perhaps we should take a look at some more facts.

Oral Roberts has been accused of payola, and of faking miracles and healings. According to Carroll Stegall, a Presbyterian Pastor, Roberts paid three phony doctors to testify that his healings were real. Jerry Sholes, a former employee, charges Roberts with deception and hypocrisy. Roberts has an extravagant lifestyle that rivals those of the rich and famous. In 1987 he told his followers he had seen Jesus and was told that if he didn’t raise 8 million dollars in one year he would die. The “O Timothy” magazine says this about Roberts, “It is obvious that Roberts is a deceiver and a false prophet. He prophecies have been proven wrong time and again. Sadly, he has deceived multitudes with his lying words… and has robbed God’s people of hundreds of millions of dollars…”

In another scandal, Jim Bakker with the “Praise The Lord” ministries admitted to having sex with the church secretary, Jessica Hahn. He was dismissed by the Assemblies of God for “conduct unbecoming to a minister”. In 1989 Bakker was convicted of 24 counts of fraud and conspiracy for bilking believers of 3.7 million dollars that he put to his own personal use. Some charges originated from misappropriation of money from a Christian resort called the Heritage Village. Bakker was guilty of immoral sexual behavior, fraud, conspiracy, lying, and misappropriation of money that was given to his trust by his followers.

Swaggart, Roberts and Bakker are unfortunately just the tip of the iceberg.

Another church leader, Kent Hovind of Creation Science Evangelism Ministry was convicted of 58 counts of tax related offenses. In addition, his organization sold millions of dollars worth of Christian merchandise but was unlicensed to do so. His ministry wasn’t even registered as a non-profit but continued to do business as if it were. Hovind has been charged with other offenses such as assault and battery, falsely claiming bankruptcy, threatening law enforcement officers, filing false complaints, failing to get building permits and tax evasion. His ministry is accused of teaching misleading and deceptive information in their representation of geological history and using false or flawed science.

Or take Larry Davis, pastor of First Baptist Church, who pled guilty of charges stemming from misappropriation of church funds that he used for his own enrichment and for racetrack gambling. Because he lied about his illegal activities his devout supporters ousted those who questioned his character and the church split. Sadly, the elders who reported his fraud were suspended. Davis was later convicted of falsifying loan applications, tax evasion and misappropriation of church funds.

Douglas Goodman’s extravagant lifestyle rivaled the wealthiest businessmen. He was convicted of misconduct and mismanagement of church funds. When allegations from dozens of women about sexual misconduct and rape occurred, he denied the allegations. In retaliation, his loyal church supporters poured acid on the faces of his accusers.

You may remember Peter Popoff who faked miracle cures and healings and who made millions with his lies and deceptions? His wife used a hidden microphone to gain information from people prior to the service and then passed the information along to Peter who claimed he had heard from the Lord. Peter sold “miracle spring water” to his followers to cure illness and solve financial problems. He is accused of a fraudulent scheme to send money to Russia for which he had received kickbacks.

Televangelist, Ted Whittington was convicted of money laundering, mail fraud, conspiracy and interstate transportation of stolen property.

Ted Haggard has repeatedly used methamphetamine and admitted to having sex with a male prostitute named Mike Jones. At first, Haggard lied and tried to cover up his behavior while preaching at church against the gay lifestyle. However, on his off time he reveled in it.

According to Glenn Rupple and John Stussel of ABC News, Kenneth Copeland of Kenneth Copeland Ministries asked followers to cough up 20 million for a jet and promised that the plane “will never, ever be used as long as it is in our care, for anything other than what is becoming to you, Lord Jesus.” However, the jet, including the Copeland entourage, flew to Australia, then to Maui, then to Fiji and even took them to nearby Steamboat Springs Ski Resort. It also took them to a Texas exotic hunting ranch so Copeland could kill a few rare animals. I tried to find examples of this lifestyle in the life of Jesus and/or His followers but could not find an example in my Bible. Are these holidays for the Copeland’s  “becoming” to Jesus? Unfortunately, this circus of deceit and poor moral fiber has become our model to the world of Christianity.

Rusty Leonard of Ministry Watch has tracked and published the transparency of many ministries such as Benny Hinn Ministries, Bible Broadcasting Network, John Hagee Ministries, Kenneth Copeland Ministries, TD Jakes Ministries and Trinity Broadcasting Network (Paul and Jan Crouch) and has rated them total failures in their financial transparency. This means, at best, they are not accountable for many millions of dollars with which they spend on the lavish lifestyles of their questionable leaders. Unfortunately, there is a long list of deceptive and/or questionable ministries. Ministry Watch has taken great care to be fair to these ministries and it is disheartening to know many so-called Christian organizations have purposefully chosen to practice unethical business practices and enriched themselves at the expense of their brothers and sisters in Christ.

Of course, we are not even listing the thousands of cases of pedophile and sexual predator cases against a multitude of priests and pastors of various Christian faiths. The fact is, even the small churches and ministries, the ones in which most of us attend, have severe and ominous problems with their morals and in the way they conduct their business and decision making policies.

Are the solutions to poor business ethics and personal immorality such as fraud, sexual misconduct and embezzlement to be found in our spiritual leaders or pastors or churches? Can the American public trust religious leaders? According to the activities just listed, I think not. It is like asking the Nazis to question Hitlers morality, it just doesn’t happen. There is no accountability and no supervision, far too many so called Christian leaders take advantage or their position and privledged lifestyle.

Business and politicians control and rule us by laws and standards they do not live up to.  Unfortunately, our churches and religious organizations have adopted the same logic and systems of doing business and can offer no moral advice or solution unless they make drastic changes in the way these organizations are being managed. These hypocrites need to lead by example, not by what they preach.

The leaders of most businesses work to satisfy their cravings for power, money and influence and do so at any cost. The church unfortunately has chosen to imitate this image rather than rebel against it. If Swaggart’s quote, “The minister of the Gospel is really the yardstick by which the nation measures it’s morals” has any truth to it then we are in deep trouble.

It is my personal experience that the immoral and unethical practices of our church leaders are systemic. Furthermore, it is my contention that they have no right to preach to others regarding morality, ethics or personal conduct for they are part of a corrupt and immoral religious system bent on controlling and manipulating believers to “fill the pews” or for personal gain, power or other psychological needs.

In order to make this point, let’s look at some more facts regarding pastors. In April 2011, pastor Julio Perez was arrested for recruiting two men from his congregation and killed his wife. Pastor James Webb at the Antioch Baptist Church in Berkley was arrested for stealing $21,000 from his employer. Associate Pastor Stephen Berry of The New Life Baptist Church in Union SC was arrested for lewd acts on a child under 16. Pastor Jason Phillips at Covenant Community Fellowship was arrested for multiple sexual assaults on girls under 16. Pastor Owen Davis of Faith Lutheran Church was arrested for sexually assaulting a woman and video taping it. Pastor Tommy Pitts of Midway Assembly of God was arrested for molestation of 3 children. Pastor Thomas Kreiser was arrested for stealing $25,000 from Rockland County Roman Catholic Church. Pastor Royce Shorter of the Greater New Bethal Missionary Baptist was arrested for multiple rapes. Pastor Ricky Hawes of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church turned himself in after stealing $127,000 from his church. The list is enormous.

These leaders are admitted “born again, spirit filled” followers of Jesus. They have the baptismal records to prove it, they have the authority of their title and the certificate from their school of divinity, they had the blessings of the church they serve and have many people supporting them as being anointed by God.

It is obvious that pastors and church leaders are no better ethically or morally than their followers, non-believers or believers of another faith. Most pastors judge, condemn and punish others for their shortcomings yet retain in secret their own. They bicker and put down other denominations of the same faith.  Not one has taken the log out of their own eye, yet they tell others they are sinners and doomed to hell if they do not follow the advice they advocate. They are the worst of all hypocrites.

This is my personal experience, my former pastor, James Fillingame admonished me not to read letters of many other church members exposing his misdeeds and that one should not “take up the cause of another”. Later, when I told him the Worship Pastor, Tony Cena admitted stealing thousands of dollars from me, he said, “That was just business”. And when I divorced my wife after many miserable years and after admitting to sexual misconduct, he threatened me saying “If you leave your wife, I will use the whole weight of the Church against you”. And he did and began procedures to force me out. I was treated like a “heathen” and the elders and church members alike ignored, once more,  his mean, unforgiving and hypocritical judgement.

One can reason that because of this mistreatment and the poor record already stated, I have a grudge against pastors and, due to this, am writing an unfavorable report about them. It may have been true a few years ago, but time heals and every religion asks us to forgive others. Hopefully, I have done so. Unfortunately, my former pastor nor the worship pastor has ever repented from what harm they have done. Neither one has gone trough a restoration process and are today more than likely still stealing and hurting other Christians and drawing shame to Christianity.

All of this has finally helped me see pastors as they really are. They are just men, like all others, no better and no worse. They have no powers, anointing or special status before God. They certainly are not “holy” anymore than “holy water” or “holy cows”. However, because of what they publicly advocate and their position of authority and leadership, they need to change. They are paid to be decent people and so far have failed miserably. Hence this essay and a call to repent.

I cannot count the number of religious people including leaders who when upon hearing of someones misfortune say they will pray for the situation or individual. However, few of them have actually reached out and offered to help with the problem.

I have a close friend who counts himself a Christian for over three years and he calls me his brother. He attends church and Bible studies at least three times a week. He tells me we must love others and have a “heart” towards Christ.  He has forcefully indoctrinated his children into his faith. He believes Noah built an arc, seas were parted, a man lived inside a fish for three days and the earth is only 6000 years old and all science is just a theory. He told me if he won the lottery he would share it with me, however he does not play the lottery.

I have helped him move many times. I have spent many days helping him build chicken coups, gates and fixing things. I am talking about many days of hard dirty labor and many gallons of gas to and from his home.  In return he has spent about an hour fixing  my computer and his wife has cut my hair a few times. A few weeks ago after working in the cold all day he gifted me a twenty year old potato cooker which was missing some parts.

Before he bought his new home he told me he would make sure that I had a place to live with his family. I went and saw some of the houses they were looking at. One had a mother-in-law apartment in the back which was perfect for what he talked about. However instead, he bought a house that had no provisions for me and if I wanted to live with them I would have to pay for the remodeling.

My conclusion was that my friend was like most other Christians I have met. They say one thing and do another. They take but do not give. They pray for others with one hand and with the others take as much as possible while having a superficial religious public appearance.  They talk about the good they represent and the good they do at church, but in reality they give old potato cookers.

Most Christians tell me they are not religious but have a personal relationship with Jesus. But this is a lie or a sematic play on words. They may think they have a personal relationship with Jesus, but anyone with half a wit knows He died two thousand years ago and is quite difficult to communicate with unless one is delusional. Most Christians are indeed very religious and do not have a personal relationship with God since they do not think like God, nor do they behave like God. Instead they think and act religiously. They belong to a church which is practicing religion. They believe religious dogma and accept religious doctrine. They go to Bible studies and home groups. They insist that their children are force fed church brainwashing. They do not accept or listen to opposing view and reject science saying it is false. This is not rational or is it logical. it is nonsense.

Most religious people, including pastors, when hearing of the misfortune of others justify the persons troubles saying God must be punishing the person or it is Gods will that one loses his home or family for some greater good or some reward in the future or in heaven. An example is when hurricane Katrina destroyed much of New Orleans, many pastors preached that it was Gods vengeance due to the wickedness of the city.

Trite religious sayings, dogma, prayer and Bible quotes will not feed a hungry child nor fix a leaking roof. Unfortunately, just as in any religion or philosophy, it takes a human being to be the answer of prayer. Honestly,  I would rather have two hands helping me than a thousand just praying for me.

Most Christians pastors have no oversight and no one to hold them accountable. They have turned to the dark side of both humanity and religion because no one is looking and no one has authority over them. There is nothing preventing them from imitating the world rather than Gods love and mercy, it is human nature turned against God and they don’t even know it. Most have a log in their eye the size of the Vatican.

Gandhi said the following: “I like your Christ. I do not like Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.” This is so obvious to all of humanity, yet completely ignored by Christian leaders and most lay people, it is a shame. They have turned Love into a religion and a way for personal gain instead of an example to imitate in their own life. Even the Catholic Church has stated that the Republican Party is anti-Christian in its treatment and attitude towards  society.

The first step to help heal this situation is is recognize where it comes from. Most of it comes from the “far right” or “conservative” side for they do most of the preaching, judging and hating. Their leaders must start to imitate the founder of their faith in all they say, do and think. That is, to love others and treat others as they would like to be treated. When that occurs, Christianity will be validated as a moral or ethical religion, although many would say hell may freeze over first.

The second thing any pastor or church must do to get Christianity back on track is to hold each other accountable. For example, we as a society ask the Muslim community to kick the terrorists out. So why do we allow liars, cheats and unkind and ungodly people in church leadership? The reason is they know how to play church, they sound very religious and they organize and propagate religion and create a business out of it. They like the status quo and hold on to traditional precepts and expectations of what a church should be like which in turn allows them to get away with more and more misdeeds.

Those who do not mirror the love of Christ must be turned out of leadership until they learn to abide in love. Truly, the first will be last at the time of judgment. Those who tend towards division, hatred, superiority, unforgiveness, judgment, condemnation and other negative behavior or thinking is ungodly;  for God, according to the Bible, is love. A true pastor and man of God cannot preach hate or take advantage of others and at the same time say he knows or loves God.

According to the Bible, there is only one “Bride of Christ”, one church, the true church. So why do we have man made denominations vying for members and fighting each others theology? Because of mans selfish nature for power, money and ego that justifies separation rather than unity. This should not be so.

Another thing pastors should do is teach and lead as Christ did, by example, by forgiving others and accepting others as Christ did, even those who denied Him or spat on Him at the Cross. They should be examples of the Good Samaritan and the woman at the well rather than agents of wrath, judgment and negativity. They do not yet know what is it to have a servants heart.

If Christian leaders and pastors repented of their self serving power trips and obvious hypocrisy, Gandhi and others would say, “I like your Christ. I like your Christians. They are so much like Him. Tell me, how can I become one.”

by Jay

A Perfect World

March 29, 2011 in Speeches by Jay

by Jay Toups, CEO/Managing Partner, Bioroot Energy, LLC

In a perfect world, a universal remote control would control the universe. Now wouldn’t that be an invention for the ages?

Humans have gotten rid of their trash, sewer sludge and biomass by either dumping, burying, or burning it for as long as we’ve had opposable thumbs and enough breeding and decorum to realize that sleeping anywhere near a pile of poop or two-week-old leftovers was not okay.  Especially for Mrs. Cavewoman.

As well all know, waste happens, and humanity’s impact on this perfect world began the day Adam and Eve tossed a partially eaten apple on the ground, and then were tossed out of the Garden of Eden.It’s basically been downhill for the environment ever since, and the pace is accelerating.

Not much bad happened to the global environment for 19 centuries. Oh, there were deforestations, droughts, famines, plagues, and a lot of looting, pillaging and burning of villages and so forth, but the health of the planet remained largely good for nearly 20 centuries.

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by Mark

How To Treat The Woman You Love

March 3, 2011 in Speeches by Mark

speech by Mark Snider

After Mark’s three daughters got married, he wondered if his son-in-laws knew how to treat a woman. Now he must, as in his other speeches, attempt to live up to his own standards.

Fellow husbands and “significant others,” we have been confused and misinformed by our culture and media and thus fallen short in regards how to treat the women we love. Most of us unintentionally educate ourselves on the subject of  relationships by watching TV and  movies. This is not reality. A good relationship takes some action on your part. Believe it or not, we are not all James Bond. It takes patience, understanding, listening, forgiving and support. It is a form of work that has great rewards. So when you go to work on your relationship, put your heart into it. Do it as if you care about it and mean to succeed.

Also the following advice cannot correct  choosing the wrong mate, so make sure you connect with the one who is best suitable to your own psychological and personal needs. Do not rush into it. Get to know what you want and know yourself first. It takes over a year to really know someone well enough to determine if the two of you are compatible.  So please pay attention and remember how to treat and behave toward the woman you say you love:

First of all, we all know women are as different from one another as men and their needs and likes are as diverse. So some of these recommendations will not apply to all women.  As many books and research show us, men and women are wired differently and see  things from different perspectives.  Some women like sports cars, others motorcycles. Some women are attracted to conservatives and others liberals. We cannot assume all women like the same kind of men or treatment, so that means you have some research to do. If you want to succeed in any endeavor, you need to educate yourself about whatever you are trying to accomplish. Same is true with people, the more you know about them, the better your chances of a successful relationship.

Secondly, it is important that you be a leader in your relationship. By this I mean assuming the responsible for the quality of your relationship and being proactive in making it a better day by day. Woman appreciate and respect a man who does not pass the buck, but does his part to create an atmosphere that promotes a healthy partnership. Take responsibility willingly and gracefully.

Let us start with the general rule that most women would like her mate to adhere firmly and closely to her, to cleave to her with unwavering loyalty. And that you are a one woman kind of guy in every way. Few women find it attractive to have their mate obviously attracted to or having sex with other women.

Celebrate life with her and make sure she is happy. Give her reasons to have a positive outlook with her relationship with you. Is she happy to see you when you come home? Remember the saying, “When mama isn’t happy, no one is happy”? I remember coming home one day and hearing my first daughter yelling as she ran towards the door, “Daddy’s home, Daddy’s home!” and getting a big hug.  I also remember my dog “Jericho” coming to greet me with his tail wagging and jumping on me with delight. Men, we want to act in such a way so our mate acts in a similar fashion. Is  she thinking, “Oh good!, he’s home” or “Oh God!, he’s home”?

Learn to laugh. Find humor in daily living. Make light of difficult problems. Don’t bring outside problems from work into the relationship. If you are having an issue at work, why should it create distress at home? Many things are important, but those thing need not be ” serious”.  So become fun, safe and exciting to be with.

Don’t be afraid to make small sacrifices for her or provide for her, help her satisfy her needs and desires, develop a servant’s heart and a cheerful attitude. It impresses no one if you do anything begrudgingly or if you whine or complain about it.

Intentionally become familiar with her and gain knowledge about her through experience and association, be understanding of her personality, values, be aware of her thoughts and preferences, ask questions and listen well. Knowledge is power so use it to enhance your relationship.

As far as you are concerned, she is privileged, show respect, recognition, courtesy, deference and deal with integrity, put her first, be mature enough to be a “gentleman.” A gentleman is a person who is kind and honorable and makes others feel comfortable and accepted.

Keep her “clean” feeling, do not dishonor her, do not make her feel ashamed, incompetent or dirty. No name calling, threats, violence or condescending comments. When you speak unkind and hurtful words, you become an unkind and hurtful person. Is this how you want others to think of you, especially someone who you say you love?

Find happiness in what she wants to give and build on it. Share with her what you want to give and give her a choice whether to enjoy it with you or not. Do not force her to convert to your way of doing or thinking, she is not your servant, but your equal. Learn to appreciate those differences rather than be dismissive towards them. That does not mean you have to take up flower arranging or basket weaving, it means to show respect for  her interests and let her enjoy them with or without you. She deserves a “life” too.

Be honest with your partner. Tell the truth. Keep your word. If you say you will home for diner, be there, if you say you agree with the words,”for richer or poorer, in sickness and heath, til death do we part”, keep your word. Don’t be a liar, be someone who stands by his word. Don’t make promises unless you will keep keep them. Be trustworthy.

Learn to listen. When you are talking to her, turn off the television, radio or cell phone. Drop the newspaper or magazine. Giver her your full attention. Respect her by listening well and communicating back so she knows you heard and understand the message. And learn to “read between the lines” so that you not only hear her words but you understand their meaning.

Be open and honest. If you can’t tell her the truth, why are you together? If you fear her criticism or rejection because of some hidden aspect of your life, then be man enough to either face the consequences or break off the relationship. Why live a life built on lies, deceit and mistrust? Perhaps you should respect her feelings and thoughts and take them into account, especially her thoughts about of you. Admit you have room to improve and do it for your own benefit.

Avoid too many sports, hobbies, friendships and TV that would separate you. Help plan games, sports, special events and family time. Make her number one by spending quality time with her.

She is not someone you have to compete with. When playing games or sports, play to win but play fairly and be a good sport. The score is not the important thing, it is just a context or medium to enjoy each others company and fellowship. If you are a great chess player and she is a student, play to teach.

Respect and serve her family and friends. Treat them like yours or better. Make her friends and family happy to see you, do not cause strife or ill will among those that she loves.  If you are a father, be a very good one. Be fair, wise and kind.

Most women do not admire cowards.  Men, this means defending others when applicable and stepping up to the plate when circumstances dictate. If you are afraid of sticking up for yourself and your family, get a grip and face those fears head on. Do not let fear dictate the quality of life you and your family deserve.

Remember, love is an action, do things for her around the house, do the dishes and vacuuming. Make sure you are behind her in every way. Call the service people, wash the car, make repairs around the house and do it with a smile. Make sure your actions speak louder than your words. Don’t say “I love you” without actions to make it real and true.

Think of little things to do or say that will brighten her day, lift her spirits and heart. Few women reject flowers, a small token of affection, a kind word and help with the dishes. Holding her hand is sometimes the high spot of her day, make sure it is your hand that is constantly reaching for hers.

Ask yourself daily, “What have I done for my relationship today? And “If I want her to be my best friend and soul mate, have I been that for her?”

Let her know you adore and cherish her, and even when there are differences make sure you let her know she is far more important than whatever the problem is. If she doesn’t know what she wants, give her your best ideas or some directions. Work together for decisions that are workable for both of you.

Let her know you are on her team and together the problem will be handled equitably with her in mind. Show more love than you verbalize so your words ring true. Be man enough to take some criticism, it usually comes with the package. Learn to handle conflicts and differences. Don’t avoid, ignore or fear conflict, work through them. Consider their solution as a project and step by step work through them together.

Be an example for her to emulate, don’t, through default, make her the moral compass of the house. Be a man of principle and honorable moral fiber. Always love her more than she loves you, never make her feel used, neglected or forgotten.

Make deposits in her “love bank” daily. Find her sweet spot, what she likes and seek out and help provide those things. Speak her love language. If she likes a certain candy, flower or words of affirmation etc., make sure she has enough to make her smile.

Develop a sense of empathy. Put yourself in her shoes. Women are different than men and most of them really like what is referred as “romance”. Romance is not foreplay or sex. It is an attitude that allows women to feel “cherished”. When women feel cherished it touches their emotions in a positive way and they feel loved.  Men, be a romantic. Say loving things, compliment your woman, light candles, bring home some flowers or a small gift that is “impractical”, it is a token or symbol of your affection. Give her a reason to be attracted to you and happy to see you and you will build a lasting relationship.

Help her financially, materially, psychologically, sexually and spiritually to be satisfied. Encourage her to participate in relationship building activities such as classes and books. And don’t just read them, commit to live them. Be teachable, don’t ignore your relationship. If you are interested in hot rods or the outdoors you usually can find a book or magazine in your house about the subject. The same is true about your relationship. If you are interested in it, you will find the evidence on your bookshelf.

Help her say to others with pride, “That’s my man!” by taking pride in yourself; clean it up gentlemen. That means having an attractive physic, groomed hair, short toenails, clean body and not too much hair on your back side. Let her chose some of your clothes and wear them when you go out to diner or to a show.

And by the way, make sure to schedule a “date night” on a regular basis. Play together. Take vacations and don’t always go to drag races or a golf tournament. Take turns, make sure you include her  in where to go and what you do. She might want to go a beach or horse back riding. Whatever it is, be fair.

Be honest. Tell the truth even about yourself. Be transparent. Admit you are insecure about things. Let her know fears that go through your head like, “Am I good enough for her?” or “I wonder if she is attracted to guys at the office who are better looking or have more money?”  or  ”What if I lost my job, will she stay with me?” Even if she hides the truth about such matters, what is important is that you are open to discussing it and willing to help solve any issue that might arise.

Become each others “project”. Compete with each other to see who can be nicer, more generous and giving. Do not compete with each other to see who can get more from the other person or who can come out ahead in the game.

Be a man of your word. If you say you will be home at 6:00, be there. If you say you agree with the words, ” In sickness and in health, for richer or poorer, til death do we part” then keep your promise. Don’t be a liar. Don’t say something and not do it, stand behind your words even to your own hurt. Once I told my ex- wife I would wash her car that day. However, I had to work late and came home after dark. I turned on the porch lights and washed her car anyway. She was impressed.

Both of you will change over the years. Be open enough to talk about it. One of you might find a different religion or philosophy on life. Or one of you may want to move out of state or find another job or start a business. Discuss these things and work on a way to incorporate these things into your relationship rather than tear it apart.

Do not try to control or manipulate her with your superior strength or fear. Do not control her or force her to act in a certain ways using psychology or Scripture, instead use these tools to support her.

Remember too that some women are anxious, fearful or worry about things. This is so because men have not always been responsible or kind. When the person you love asks if the back door is locked or the windows are rolled up, check them and make sure they are. Part of your job as a protector is to alleviate these feelings. Do not ignore them or be the cause of them. Be responsible so she can feel secure.

Although you cannot build a pedestal high enough for her, when she falls from it, make sure to help her back up without criticism. Words of judgment, condemnation or disdain should not cross your lips. Suggestions and recommendations are acceptable, condemnation and insults are  not.

Free her from unnecessary restrictions and rules, help her satisfy her curiosity and encourage her to live a full and satisfying life. If she wants to study the history of Europe, get her a book. If she wants to fly a plane, let her take lessons. Do not restrict or hinder her dreams and goals but instead enable and encourage them.

Do not hold a record of wrongs or hurt, instead practice forgiveness even if it is undeserved. And if there is problem you want to address that concerns her, talk to her straightforward with kindness and compassion rather than frustration and anger. Express your feelings without shouting, name calling or violence.  Address the problem and the feelings it creates in you and then address possible solutions rather than blaming, being disappointed or being critical.

And when a man and woman become “one flesh,” make sure to avoid things that divide you and seek out and cling to the things that unite you. It is up to you whether your relationship will stand the test of time or fail.

Do not make your actions and feelings dependent upon how you feel you are being treated, act as if it does not matter, be a man that can take life as it comes, don’t be petty or whine about the small stuff.

Be someone who stands on doing  the kind and right thing even when your ego tells you that you deserve better treatment or more recognition or “what will I get out of it.” What makes you think you are more deserving or better than your wife or girl friend?

Do the best you can and adhere to these general guidelines voluntarily, set high standards for yourself, not others. When you fail to live up to treating her like you want to be treated, ask for forgiveness, mean it and get back on the right path.

When you become selfish or fall short of treating her like she deserves, like we all deserve, now is the time to lift yourself up to a higher consciousness level built and aimed to serve and please the other person. Chose to practice selfless and loving actions rather than negative and selfish ones.

Stay involved with three things. Stay involved with each other. When you notice you have ignored her for a few days, get back on track and start now communicating again. Stay involved with your friends and family. Keep and make other relationship close so you both have community support and contacts. Stay involved with your own hobbies and interests. If you played ping pong prior to your relationship, try to keep up with it. You do not have to quit or stop everything you liked before.

Women like a man who is self confident, but not arrogant. Learn to be self motivated and pro-active, don’t be lazy and don’t be nagged in order that things get done, be ahead of the game.

Don’t take yourself too seriously, after all, we are just men. Being a man is not something to be proud of,  just look at history. It is men who burned witches, raped alter boys and their own daughters. It is men who started wars, tortured prisoners and beat protesters. It is men who caused the financial collapse and the twin towers to fall. It is men who drop bombs rather than teach the handicapped or help the elderly. It is men who cling to their guns and money rather than their kids and neighbors.  It is men who enjoy fighting, drunkenness and perverse video’s.  So, the next time you think you are right in a dispute, you are probably wrong  just because you are thinking like a typical man. Stop it!  Think carefully about your position and make sure it is one that represents a win/win outcome.

Be particular and regular when it comes to doing good things for her and your relationship, even a small gesture goes a long ways. Slip a “I love you” card where she will find it once in a while or take her out for diner especially if she is tired.

Try something new together such as building a new patio, golfing or learning a new dance or language, don’t be boring or a” stuck in the mud” kind of guy. That reminds me. Most women like dancing. Why? Because it is fun, it is exciting, it is good exercise and it is romantic. So get with it guys, get off the couch and get moving.

If you tease her, be gentle and kind, no put downs. Dress stylish, be as attractive as possible, don’t be an embarrassment to her, instead make her proud. If you make a mistake, admit it easily and apologise, better yet, change your ways. Be accountable. Listen well with understanding and empathy.  Show that you care.

In most women, under their pretense and superficial defenses, there is a little girl who wants to play, wants to laugh and giggle and wants to be with someone they trust. They see themselves laughing while running down a beach with a kite behind them. They want to play on a swing with a ribbon in their hair.  They see a candle burning, a glass of wine and soft music playing. They imagine walking while holding hands and watching the sun go down with someone. Be that someone.

Woman like affection, a hug, a kiss for no reason, spontaneity, romance and to be noticed, even if its only new toe polish. When you introduce her to your friends and family, but your arms around her shoulders, show that you are proud of her. Public displays of affection are usually welcomed.

Light a candle during diner or when getting ready for bed. Set a small flower in a vase at her side.  Attempt to make each day special in some little way. You never know when the end comes, so live without regrets for not being kinder towards others.

In regards to sex, look at it as driving a large truck with 18 gears. Start out in the slowest gear, that is, first gear. Create a good and comfortable atmosphere at home by following the above advice. Second gear, bring her a flower or card or in some way let her know you are thoughtful of her. When in third gear make her laugh. Forth gear make sure your “chores” or “honey do’s” are done. In fifth gear cook  diner for or with her (with wine if she likes it) or at least do the dishes. In sixth gear you have showered and are well shaven. In seventh gear you give her time to read or make phone calls so there is nothing pressing on her mind. In eighth gear ask her about her day and communicate with her. In ninth gear you make sure the doors are locked and the kids are asleep. In tenth gear tell her she is beautiful or find something to be thankful for in her personality and do so while holding her hand and looking into her eyes. In eleventh gear offer to rub her feet, scalp or shoulders without obvious sexual intent.  In twelfth gear kiss her neck. And somewhere between the twelfth gear and the eighteenth use your imagination, if you don’t know what she likes by now, ask her and remember it. Let her take the lead or participate in the arousal stages. Remember, women are not built like or think like men, they need more time so emotional stimulation can pave the way for physical pleasure.

And don’t take “Not tonight” personal. It is difficult to understand and deal with desire when it is snubbed. Usually it is not something you did or didn’t do. (especially if you are following most of the advice so far) It has to do with her chemical and hormonal changes. Sex is not a duty to be performed just to please a man. It is a mutual experience and special event. Treat it as such. Remember, woman are made differently than men both emotionally and physically. Be patient, showing your frustration does not make the issue any better. This is a difficult test to pass, but do your best despite the difficulty, it is time to “man up” and be at your best behavior.

Avoid thoughts that would make you think acting in these ways is a sacrifice or a burden. That is your selfish interests, testosterone or ego telling you to be discontent or unhappy.  Instead, make it a free and conscious choice, thus acting out of an abundance of love for others, a love for your relationship and a love for life. You do not have the moral justification to have everything you want all the time. Don’t act like a spoiled child when he does not get his way.  Chose to be a caring giver, not a selfish taker. Are you that needy or selfish that you cannot be kind to the one that you love?

We all recognize with ease immature thought and irresponsible behavior in others, yet it remains unseen in ourselves even when we look closely in the mirror. So be self conscious about yourself, yet not rigid or uncomfortable, these ” rules” and principles are goals, not laws. Do your best to attain these goals because of the type of man you are, not what type of woman she is.

When I was complaining to a friend of mine that I haven’t been going to the gym lately he gave me some advice. He told me to get another prescription of “Triactin”. I asked, What Triactin?. He told me slowly, “Try acting… like a man”. That got me thinking, how does a man act and think?  Most men consider welding, woodworking, fly fishing, karate and the like as manly arts. Consider your relationship not as an act or duty that you have to perform, but as an art that can be learned and that is useful and manly. Real men take on challenges such as climbing a mountain or painting a house, but are sissy’s when it comes to the reality of relationships. Men, do not wimp out and do not be a sissy when it comes to your marriage or relationship. Step up to the plate and take responsibility, you will find it much more rewarding.

Like some men, some women are unkind or “evil”. They may use you to have a child and treat you miserably afterwards. Or you may lose your job and she may dump you when you are not satisfying her desire for financial security. She may criticize you for  minor infractions and snub your advances.  She may cheat on you or leave you despite your best efforts. These things are unfortunate and it is natural that you feel hurt and angry and want to stop treating her well. However, do not return evil for evil, instead say nothing against her, especially to family or friends. During the course of these negative events be civil and equitable without revenge, be above reproach, be on good terms as much as possible. Do not participate in a downward spiral of negative events that create even more damage, disgrace and harm to yourself or others.  Continue to be a good father and friend towards those who know the both of you. You may experience a broken heart and cry and feel great sorrow, this is natural, but even so, you will find this advice much to your credit and benefit in the future. Don’t let your emotions and “poor me” attitude rule or possibly ruin your life, be in control. Don’t burn bridges, build them.

After I went through a divorce in Seattle, I developed a deep and hateful attitude towards my ex-wife. So much so that I didn’t care if my children knew about this hatred. Well you can imagine how they felt about me for hating a person whom they still lived with and loved. I was spreading my poisonous hatred to those around me and thus I lost my close relationship with my daughters. I was only hurting myself. Please learn from my mistakes and continue to be a gentleman at all times. It will be one of the hardest things a man can do.

You nor I can “make” a woman feel one way or the other, it is her choice. She is responsible for her attitude and her response to your lead.   But it up to you to start the ball rolling and set the tone and make a foundation that will help her be at her best when she is with you. Be the leader she can easily respect, follow and love.

Brothers, you and I will at times fail to live up to these standards or advice, but there are very few excuses for not attempting to do the right thing. Don’t give up on yourself  by not attempting these goals and thus disrespect the greatest gift in life we will ever receive, a person to love and care for and hopefully love and care for us.

The next time you are feeling like you are not getting much out of your relationship, start thinking about your partner as an investment.The more you put into it, the more you get out of it. Have you really invested these suggestions into your relationship?

Remember this, sometimes we forget how special she is until she is gone. Be aware, be wise, be thankful for what you have, become responsible and “mature” , be a kind and loving part of humanity, set an example even when it is difficult. What credit or recognition does one deserve if it were easy?

If you attempt to love a woman in the above ways, she would love it and she would, no doubt,  love the person who shows her this kind of respect. Why? Because she also knows that only a person who loves her deeply would attempt to treat her in these ways.

And that, in my opinion, is how a man should treat the woman he loves.

Happy Epiphany

February 1, 2011 in Speeches by Jon Bradbury

by Jon Bradbury

Did you know that January 6th is a time of celebration for many Christians, known as the Feast Of The Epiphany?

Some Western churches commemorate this day as the arrival of the Magi (or three wise men) to the birth place of Jesus as a baby. And a few Eastern churches commemorate this date as the baptism date of Jesus as a man.

These celebrations may include fasting from January 1st to the 5th then feasting from January 6th for the next 8 days. Others may celebrate just one day with plenty of feasting.

In both instances it is a day of remembrance and a reminder of the dictionary definition of “epiphany”, which is:

1: The manifestation of supernatural or divine reality.

2: Any moment of great or sudden revelations or a spirit manifestation.

3: The intuitive perception of-or insight into the essential meaning of something.

In other words, an epiphany is when a SHIFT or CHANGE in increased consciousness and/or awareness occurs.

An epiphany can also be likened to an “aha” moment, or be depicted in a cartoon with the proverbial “light bulb” turning on overhead.

Some of you have seen the bumper sticker that says stuff happens only spelled differently? I would like to restate and correct that by saying to “change happens”.

Could we say that when a change happens we have the opportunity to take advantage of those changes? It is a matter of attitude and perspective, both of which is our choice.

Some of us go into hiding our faces and go away thinking, “I don’t want to change”, “I don’t like changes” or I’m not interested in changing”.

Do you know of someone like I do who is a believer in “Murphy s Law”? That law says “If anything can go wrong, it will” And another extension of that is like, “Waiting for the other shoe to drop” or “Bad things happen in threes”. Or “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it.”

Believers in these superstitions or negative mindsets, which are really not “laws” at all, help us to explain, why many people are afraid or resist change rather than embrace it.

There are many so called Universal Laws or principles in life that we live under that are beyond our control. They work independently of our opinion or superstitions about them and they work even if we don’t understand them or know of their existence.

The one I will key in on here is, “There is only one constant in the universe and that is change.” If something can change, it will, because we live in an eternal universe that is always changing, is always exciting and dynamic and in a scale far bigger than we perceive.

Did you ever notice how some people watch change happen, some people make change happen and others wonder what happened?

I was a truck driver for over thirty years, traveling the highways and byways of our great country.

Epiphanies can be like truck driving. They always give us a bigger picture, a larger perspective and a grander view of the road of life we are traveling, because the scenery is always changing.

Sometimes we truck divers get detoured or scared wondering things like, “Is this trailer going to fit under that bridge?”

Once in a while we get lost and off the beaten path. Also I might mention that fears arise during some of the most horrific weather, but we challenge these fears by keeping on; one mile at a time, one day at a time and one week at a time.

Like shifting gears in a truck or on a spiritual path where everything depends on a shift in consciousness and everyone discovers these truths in one of two ways:

The first way is through epiphanies, those “aha” moments that might include a flash of understanding or deep realization or a revelation or a divine synchronization. Spending a week in silence at a meditation retreat or spending two years at Walden Pond near Concord, Massachusetts can lead to may extraordinary epiphanies.

The second way is through chaos. Examples of this might be the untimely death of a loved one or a near death experience of your own.

In 2005 the very “X” rated movie “Crash” won three Academy awards. This movie included stories and scenes of grotesque violence and absolutely obscene vulgarities about chaos.

Epiphanies can also be likened to a “follow the dots” books you read as a child. Each “aha” dot would be connected to the next and to the next until the bigger picture comes into view. Will you chose to let your epiphanies be stepping stones like in the book or will you chose for them to be stumbling blocks? You get to chose!

As for me, I’m going to follow the dots and “Jon’s” Law and not Murphys. My law says:

If anything can go right, it will and does, and at the most appropriate time.

It will never anyone’s fault because that is just principle in action.

If everything seems to be going wrong, you have obliviously overlooked something.

Things will only get better! As a helpful reminder to myself and to you too about all of this, I think back to 1988 and Micheal Jackson’s famous song “Man In The Mirror. Some of the words I like to remember are:

I’m starting with me

I’m starting with the man in the mirror

I’m asking him to change his ways

I’m asking him to make a change

It’s going to feel real good

If you want to make the world a better place

Take a look at yourself and then make a change

Just lift yourself up you know

You’ve got to stop it yourself

You’ve got to move

You’ve got to stand up and lift yourself

Make that change!

Happy epiphanies on all your roads through life and may you manifest the essential meaning of all you perceive.

by Mark

The Tree

December 26, 2010 in Speeches by Mark

By Mark Snider

There is a meadow of green grass. In the middle is a magnificent tree with green leaves blowing gently in the wind.

A man walks into the meadow and sees the tree. Suddenly he falls to his knees and exclaims, “Thank you God for answering my prayers for firewood. It is just as I dreamed, a large tree that I can bring my trailer right up next to for easy loading… now I will have heat for myself and family this winter, thank you Jesus!”

Later, another man discovers the tree. His eyes open wide and he says to himself, “A picture of this tree belongs on the cover of Nature Magazine. It is perfect in every way, symmetry, location and health. And several species of birds and squirrels and other animals make it their home. It’s roots keep the soil from eroding and its leaves give shade to wild horses and elk… and the leaves act as fertilizer for the surrounding ground. It is indeed a one of a kind natural wonder.”

Later, as fate would have it, another man finds the tree and runs up to it and hugs it’s huge trunk. He exclaims, “I feel its energy, the tree’s resonance and spirit speak to me. Several spirit beings including a family of fairies and several angels inhabit this tree. Also the tree tells me aliens from another dimension have landed nearby and have used this area as a resting spot. My spirit guide and the spirits of the earth, wind and water tell me they have blessed this tree for many years and this is indeed, sacred ground on many levels.”

Finally, another man sees the tree and says, “I am going home to get my brother and my chainsaw. I will cut this damn tree down and take it to a nearby mill and easily get $400.00. Now I will have enough money for a keg of beer and a bag of pot for my party next week.

The tree did not change, however these men put their own spin on its nature, its value and its usage. They have made the tree, more than a tree, it has become something to satisfy their understanding of God, the universe and their own needs and personality, thus no longer just a tree.

So it is with reality. Reality has not changed. However, during the course of time and in various locations around the world, men put their spin on what they see and it becomes something other than a tree, something more than reality. For one person it is Gods gift, to another a natural wonder, to another it is spirit and energy and finally to another it is a way to acquire wealth and selfish ambition.

And so it is with all we see and do. The stars and other natural elements, from quasars to quantum physics and all of life. Man puts his spin on it and it becomes something other than reality, it become “supernatural” or spiritual.  It becomes what ever his education, societal programming and personality make it, but what we think of, is not reality, it has been spun into something other than reality by us… it is now something for our our own gratification and self identification. We group together with like minded people and congratulate ourselves on our heightened vibration rate or god-like character and we reject any opposing explanations or ideas.

There are very few people who understand and are satisfied with reality being what it is without spin, interpretation and bias. We either give credit to a God, mother nature or cosmic consciousness so it can be manipulated, worshiped, understood or destroyed to satisfy our own ego, ambition, fears and self made realities.

A spiritually mature person will be aware of his own spin and challenge his assumptions and he will respect the reality of others as he would like his own respected. He will be aware that a few hundred years from now, people will look back on what he thought as quaint or backwards, just as we do now for gods and ideas worshiped or practiced by the Aztecs, Mayans, Incas, African witch doctors, Norse deities and many others.

This is true in our own lifetime as fads go in and out of style such as seances, pyramids, crystals and other new age gadgets and theories. Like the miracle healing ministries of Peter Popoff and others, they all fall short of reality except in the minds of believers who reject information that may contradict their own thoughts as they collect information that correlates with theirs, thus validating their own point of view. If this were not so, we would all agree, but we don’t, because we refuse to understand and tolerate other viewpoints.

An open minded person will see things for what they are and find them  beautiful and acceptable without turning them into something other than what it is, and he will accept the reality of others without judgment. This unbias witness will know truth, joy and awareness, for he avoids putting spin on reality. He will have compassion for all mankind and he will be thankful for the variety and choices set before him… a banquet of mental and spiritual challenges and games, many of which is self created. Whether he walks either pavement or meadow, he notices the tree who’s leaves are blowing in the wind… and smiles.