In the Absence of Representative Government

In Washington State a State Senator recently bemoaned the ongoing nature of the special emergency powers ceded by the Legislature to Governor Inslee. This is a very important, very timely issue. It appears that on both the Federal and the State level, Chief Executives have gotten way too comfortable with a unilateral decision making ability. It is time we restored the democratic republic to the form it was intended to be. Would we be experiencing, suffering from, the ongoing oppressive mandates, nominally justified by the, again, nominal Covid pandemic, if the experiences and the wisdom of the people were indeed being followed by a representative government? I don’t think so. The fact is a relative few people have experienced the kind of devastating illness potentially resulting from Covid that the media persists in broadcasting as if it were the reality in every house next door.

This is not to trivialize the suffering of those who have been the hardest hit by the virus, but that being said, we cannot continue to react to the experiences of an extreme minority as if that is the reality for all. While giving such minority experiences the time and attention they deserve, it is not wise governance to base the parameters of the functioning of the entire society upon the abilities or vulnerabilities of the most vulnerable among us.

If the vast majority of Americans took inventory of their own first-hand reality and urged our State and Federal legislators to either enforce, or lift, the harsh mandates based on that inventory, mandates which have led to many citizens losing their jobs, incomes, mental health, physical health or even their lives, we would have seen the mandates lifted months ago, for good. If we would have ever seen them imposed in the first place. I tend to think we may have opted for the initial “flattening the curve” 2-3 weeks, but not the ongoing, oppressive marathon we have experienced.

But that is not the reality we are facing. When it comes to the Covid mandates, we are not being governed by a representative body. We are being dictated to by an authoritarian few, often in an arbitrary manner with only the sketchiest, if any, actual evidence to support their dictates.

It is past time for us to insist upon the reassertion of a genuinely representative government.

How did we get here from there? The success of largely manufactured fear where armies have failed.

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By way of introduction to this article I want to draw attention to the term “constellation of symptoms”. Sometimes when attempting to diagnose a psychological or medical condition, if only looking at a”snapshot”, or singular aspect, of the patient’s reality, it is possible to misdiagnose the condition. With some conditions, or events, the truth only shows itself when a multitude of factors around the condition, or event, (a constellation of symptoms or aspects) are taken into consideration.

Ever since the CIA coined the term to discredit Warren Commission critics, the term “conspiracy theorist” has been a staple for those wishing to discredit the people who see behind the illusions they’re trying to create and/or maintain. So, who are “they”? Are there truly highly organized efforts, by people in positions of great worldly power, conceived, orchestrated and executed, over extended periods of time with the aim of deceiving, defrauding, enslaving, or even destroying those who are not members of their elite society? Or are all the events within the world merely spontaneous expressions of individuals at any given time or place? To believe the latter says more about how the reader thinks and conducts their own life than what the reality is in the world at large. The truth is there has never been a time in recorded history when the tools, both material and intellectual, to conduct global conspiracies have ever been more readily available. And beyond a doubt there are people, some working in concert with others, who have engaged themselves in utilizing those tools for the purposes of enriching themselves at the expense of others.

The overwhelming effort of this nature going on at this time is the incredible wealth and power grab that is taking place, worldwide, by the people who are behind what I am going to term, the Covid-19 drama, or simply, the Covid Drama. It truly is a highly orchestrated effort and has undoubtedly taken years, most likely a decade or more, of * acquiring control of the world’s most well known, trusted, media outlets, * positioning people in the necessary key offices of authority, * developing the virus itself, * developing the desired “vaccine”, and I suspect in developing a few other critical technologies which are involved in the drama. I also believe there are some components of the play, some props, which did just happen to be developed concurrently, but not in concert with, the development of the plan for the Covid-19 drama. One of these concurrent developments being the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test.

Do you ever think about the world before Covid? How much worldwide communication and travel was taking place? People from around the world were getting to know one another. Stereotypes and other inaccurate preconceptions which some (many?) people may have had about people from other areas were being shattered. Common people around the world were being strengthened by the information they could now access via the internet. The richness of the world was becoming known, and the old, greed driven myths, lies and other ploys being used to maintain the arguments why some should share in it while others should not were being dispelled like the morning mists. Demonstrations against greed driven, special interest serving, governmental policies were taking place literally around the world. France, South Africa, Sudan, Hong Kong, Brazil, Romania, India, and other places. And in the places where active demonstrations and protests were not taking place, the currents of dissatisfaction with the old systems of haves and have nots, economic imbalance, was growing. Among the other things it has accomplished, the Covid drama brought most, if not all, of these activities to a halt. If it didn’t halt them, it certainly distracted the attention of most of the people of the world away from them.

In our complex world, major events rarely, if ever, impact only one aspect of our lives. With events put in motion by humans, the more well-orchestrated an event is, the more aspects of life the event may affect; bend and shape, to the will of those who are behind the planning and execution of the event. The Covid-19 drama is showing itself to have required patience, cleverness, and perseverance in it’s planning and execution. Unfortunately, all these qualities have been and are being applied to an effort which is driven by motives which do not bode well for humanity.

Let’s look at some of the components which had to be brought together to pull off what I find myself referring to the “Covid Drama”. Maybe “The Great Covid-19 Drama” would be more suited:

  • There had to be a basic governmental apparatus in place, coordinated with key people around the world, who can be relied upon to cooperate with the plan. Does this sound unlikely? Think of all the meetings, the conferences, the G-8, the World Economic Forum, the Bilderbergs, and other such networking opportunities that have been taking place for decades. Do you think everyone who attends these events just gets together and scowls at each other? For “hard cases” there are always the opportunities to compromise them in some way, and then utilize blackmail to see they get in line. I’m sure there are other, more clandestine get togethers which also take place.
  • World War II had shown in modern times that, when faced with a feared enemy, people would allow those in authority to draw veils of secrecy over the actions of government. Also that fear works well as a lever to compel the cooperation of the general citizenry even to engage in behaviors they would otherwise not consider.
  • There had to be the realization that a virus would make a much more reliable perpetual enemy than any racial, ethnic, or political faction could ever be presented as. Who ever meets a virus face to face and says, you know, they’re not such bad fellows? Whoever weeps for the suffering of a virus? Nope, a virus is the ideal perpetual enemy for a technocracy to be built upon. At this point in time anyway. There are limited people who understand viruses adequately to contradict the official narrative, and those that do can be marginalized, censored, and people will tend to believe the “authorities” they’ve been trained to trust.
  • There had to be a monopolized media which could be counted on to keep the Covid narrative alive, keep the fear at a maximum. This has been in the process of being arranged for a few decades.
  • A suitable virus had to be developed. Authoritative sources report the initial work taking place in the U.S., however, a U.S. ban on federal funding for gain-of-function experiments on pathogens from 2014 until 2018 (which evidently only applied to laboratories in the U.S.) led to the project being transferred to Wuhan, China. With further funding from the U.S. and possibly some sharing of personnel on the project, Covid-19 was born.
  • Sometime in 2019 the virus was released upon the public. Probably from multiple international locations.

That brings us to where we are now in the drama. Since the introduction of Covid-19 into our world we have seen the rise of a coordinated international authoritarian presence. For many, if not all the common people, our lives have been affected, disrupted. Our incomes have diminished or disappeared. Many have found themselves in unhealthful, sometimes debilitating isolation. People are and have been dying as a result of the dynamics put in motion by the mandates, the shutdowns. The number of suicides has risen significantly. Reportedly, frail elderly are literally dying from being isolated from their loved ones. Why? The answer is that millions around the world have allowed themselves to be instilled with fear. In the vast majority of cases, not fear resulting from anything they have seen or suffered first-hand. No, the fear that is running rampant around Covid is predominantly fear which is being implanted and fueled by the media. It would not be inaccurate to say the whole drama has the characteristics of a militarized psychological operation (assault).

Regarding the news reports that are taking place, for the constant referencing of the “numbers”, to have any basis in fact, certain preconditions, additional to those listed above, had to be established by those planning the Covid Drama. They are, not necessarily in order of occurrence or establishment:

  • The term “case”, when referring to a disease, had to be redefined. In common usage a “case” of a disease has meant when someone is actively ill with that disease. We all know what a case of measles or chickenpox looks like. If someone is walking around, going about their life with no apparent symptoms, doing just fine, they are not a “case” of anything. Yes, they many have been exposed to one virus or another, or some germ or the other, but, if we even knew that, it was apparent their immune system was handling it just fine. No cause for concern, much less cause for alarm. Now however, that has changed with the term “case” being given a rebirth in common usage with a much different meaning. A “case” of Covid means that, using a test which is capable of detecting extremely small amounts of genetic material within a person, if any genetic material ascribable to Covid-19 is detected, that person is now a “case” of Covid. Which leads us to the next item:
  • A highly manipulatable diagnostic test, the PCR test, had to be established as the “gold standard” test for Covid-19. This was declared to be so even though: “…the PCR test used to test for covid-19 was never meant to be a diagnostic tool and does not measure viruses according to the Nobel Prize winning scientist who developed the test itself.”
  • Thirdly, in this chain of deceit, along with a manipulatable test and the redefinition of what constitutes a “case” of a disease, the human immune system had to be discredited and declared of little or no value in the face of Covid-19. This was simply, arbitrarily, declared to be so. It was said that this was a “novel” virus which our immune system had no reference for, and therefore was not prepared to handle it. The fact that the survival rate for Covid-19 before any declared “vaccines” appeared was greater than 99.8% shows that the human immune system was (and is) on the job. Now, blood from persons who have had Covid and recovered is being sought because it is antibody rich and may be of use in developing additional treatments for Covid.
  • The list of symptoms published as potentially resulting from Covid-19 was made so long, so extremely broad in scope, so as to encompass just about every ailment known. And possibly some which have not been adequately identified but which are not caused by Covid-19. There is an abundance of evidence to suggest the rollout of 5G telecommunications technology, which occurred concurrent with the appearance of Covid, may be the causative factor in a significant number of actual cases of disease.
  • Patients admitted to hospitals with whatever presenting problem, if tested for Covid and deemed “positive”, would often (always?) become counted as a “case” of Covid. Again, bolstering the numbers being widely broadcast to maintain a state of fear in the general population.
  • By CDC direction, death certificates are listing Covid under causes death in cases which, under the criteria in place before Covid appeared, would not have listed a similar viral infection as a probable causative factor. Thereby inflating Covid death numbers. Concurrently deaths from Covid (real or contrived) have been being sensationalized in the press, further driving irrational fears of Covid.
  • With the media sensationalizing every aspect of Covid, (outdoing every previous example of media sensationalism I can think of, including the nightly death count during the Vietnam war) it prepared the public consciousness for the introduction of authoritarian mandates which impose draconian restrictions on personal movement and contact. Mandates which, in the U.S., presume to supersede Constitutional law.
  • The conditions imposed by, or directly and indirectly resulting from, the mandates; isolation, masking, loss of employment, depression, the exacerbation of other mental illnesses, homelessness, not going for needed medical treatment, being some of the most prevalent effects from the mandates, have themselves had debilitating effects upon a great many people and resulted in the loss of a significant number of lives. How many? Thousands? Millions? It’s hard to tell with no reliable numbers coming forward and causes of death being reported in such a skewed fashion.
  • The nature of the mandates has frequently flown in the face of established medical science. Restricting people from ocean beaches with the sunshine which would help bolster immune systems only makes sense if debilitating immune systems is a part of the agenda. Isolation, being almost universally mandated by the new authoritarian powers-that-be, is known to debilitate human health and wellbeing. Prior to Covid, isolation was primarily used as a harsh (inhuman?) punishment in situations of incarceration. The lack of direct personal contact/touch is especially detrimental to elderly persons who it is known require a higher level of touch (as do very young children) in order to stay healthy. In fact, the mandates which have been so widely issued so infringe upon known what are known to be factors which help support elder health, it begs the question of whether or not there is an element of intentional escalation of deaths in persons over age 65 present in the overall drama.
  • Medications known to effectively treat Covid-19, such as hydroxychloroquine, and nutritional supplements which boost the immune system, and the many reports from doctors of successes using such interventions, have been either largely ignored, systematically downplayed, and/or falsely represented, in the largely monopolized “mainstream” media. The thrust of the media’s narrative has predominantly, if not exclusively, been that civilization is on the brink of destruction pending the emergence and widespread deployment of a vaccine.
  • Private investment and influence within the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) has evidently predisposed those agencies to supporting the positions and propositions which most profit large pharmaceutical companies.
  • Finally, for this list (because it’s getting very long, not because there aren’t more issues) there is the issue of the pervasive censorship of medical doctors and other professionals in sciences which directly relate to the issues arising around the Covid-19 reality. The professionals who express perspectives and research data which contradicts the narrative most favorable to the positions of the large pharmaceutical companies, and the others who are extravagantly profiting from the Covid/vaccine drama.

Those who so ardently believe the unending stream of numbers and declarations coming from the media and the governmental spokespeople, often cite a reliance upon “science” as their authority. Beyond a doubt, these people have not engaged in any meaningful investigation of what scientists around the world are saying about the Covid drama. There is no universal agreement with the mainstream media’s narrative. In fact, a good number of medical doctors, microbiologists, and others have written articles, letters, and made videos expressing their dismay at what they see as a fraud being perpetrated upon the public. Some of these, a very short list of many professionals from around the world, who have expressed contradictory information and perspectives, include: Dr. Lee Merritt, M.D., Dr. Rashid Buttar, M.D., Dr. Andrew Kauffman, M.D., Dr. Delores Cahill, Ph.D., Dr. Judy Mikovits, Ph.D., Dr. David Martin, M.D.

Almost universally ignored by the mainstream media is the reality that there is an international class-action lawsuit that will be filed against those responsible for using fraudulent testing to engineer the appearance of a dangerous pandemic in order to implement economically devastating lockdowns around the world.

The astronomical amount of money involved in the production and distribution of the so-called “vaccines” (which are dissimilar to traditional vaccines in both design and function) and other aspects of the Covid drama, along with the wide-reaching powers which have been summarily assumed by those in public health and other governmental offices, begs the question of the motives behind what is taking place. One thing that is certain: there has been no single event in recorded history via which a relatively small number of people have managed to obtain such an enormous amount of wealth and dictatorial powers over such a large portion of the world’s population. In reality, the largely manufactured fear of a virus has accomplished what many aspiring conquerors throughout history, two world wars, and the Cold War could not: produced an international reality of dictatorial rule.

When it comes to vaccinations, just consider; with all the lies, deceit, and manipulations that have occurred around the virus itself, why would anyone simply believe we’re being told the truth about the “vaccines”? I have the word “vaccines” in quotations because what is being called a vaccine, when it comes to the mRNA concoctions, they are unlike any prior vaccine. My position is research them for at least a full day before accepting something that will affect you, potentially, for life. When knowing both sides of the argument, considering the sources of both sides, you may well, as I have, decide they’re not for you.

I would say we are seeing the current evolution of the ongoing search for the means to dominate the world’s population. A key aspect of the strategy is the way the components for the Drama were put in place in such a gradual manner. Separated by enough time that most people do not associate them to recognize a pattern (the constellation of aspects which together expose the underlying nature of the event). There is an invisible enemy (the virus) which only an anointed few are recognized by “the authorities” as knowing the reality of. A worldwide media keeping the level of fear in the population at a level rendering the vast majority extremely responsive, obedient, to the demands of those controlling the narrative. People have been brought to obedience to the degree of having neighbors policing neighbors. Even the freedom of visiting with one’s own family, parents, children is infringed upon with scarcely an outcry. At least not that I know of, however, in reality we are not being informed by the media of much of what is going on in reaction to the mandates. For all I know a thousand people stormed the headquarters of the World Health Organization and were repelled by U.N. forces. I don’t think that happened, but if it had, would it have been reported?

What can we do in reaction to such an assault? The first thing is not to buy into it. Don’t subscribe to the fear being peddled. Treat others in a civil fashion. Keep our minds on working toward the world we want to live in, not the world someone else wants us to contribute our time and energy to constructing. It’s time to take back our lives, reclaim the vitality and relationships which others would use fear to rob us of.

“Must See” video in understanding the fraud that is being perpetrated on the world.

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I’m not going to try to introduce Dr. Delores Cahill, she does a much better job of it in the video and whatever I might say would just be redundant. I hope you’ll take the 70 minutes it takes to view this video.

Dr. Dolores Cahill on Immunology, Antibodies, CVD19 – Interviewed by Computing Forever’s Dave Cullen.

That we may see through the illusion and regain our lives.

The journey of knowledge from benevolence to instrument of oppression.

Through early human history we know, via centuries of hard work on the part of archeologists and anthropologists, that the subject of our spirituality and our spiritual reality occupied a great deal of our ancestor’s time and energy. Early humanity recognized that there is a spiritual aspect to our existence and some endeavored to understand it. The early explorers/discoverers in this field were called shaman, witches or witch doctors, sorcerers, seers, healers/medicine people, or prophets. They were, as far as we can tell, regarded with a mixture of appreciation, reverence and/or fear. As with the abuses that go on with every other area of specialization of knowledge and skill, some most likely tried to use their unique knowledge to bamboozle others into giving them an inordinate amount of the wealth and power to be had in their tribe/town/city/country.

As time went on, some began to organize the knowledge, myths and superstitions around our spiritual reality into collections of guidelines, doctrines; rules, even laws. The results were the origins of religions. Those occupying the seats of influence and power within the religions became known as priests or priestesses. Ceremonies were/are prominent features within the churches which formed around the doctrines. Often special titles, clothing, icons, utensils, and other paraphernalia became used as symbols of the authority of those who were deemed worthy, or sanctified, within the religion. Again, depending upon the variables at work at any given time/place, they could be regarded with appreciation, reverence and/or fear. And again, as with every area of specialization of knowledge and skill, some wielding the specialized knowledge within the religions saw ways to use the general public’s relative ignorance of the subjects at hand to distort the teachings and bamboozle the public into giving them inordinate amounts of wealth and power.

The tools and trappings of the religions became symbols of power. Gradually “what” was said was given little serious scrutiny as “who” said it become increasingly important. Truth was determined by the speaker, not the content. As time went on, the religious texts and doctrines came under periodic review by those wielding authority within both the religious and the political power structures of the time. Subsequently, the texts and doctrines began to be shaped to accommodate and to serve the aspirations and agendas of those in power rather than to reflect the original spiritual goals, revelations and understandings. The original goals, revelations and understandings which the original seers, saints and prophets had embraced.

In this process truth took a backseat to political utility. While the truth of genuine spiritual knowledge always points the way to health and well-being of all humanity and in fact all life, the goal of the editing taking place resulted in replacing that knowledge with material oriented to the establishment and perpetuity of the power and wealth enjoyed by those holding the reins of power.

In summary, the observations those adept at perceiving spiritual matters were of great importance to early humankind. As time went on the exploitative value of being seen as a spiritual authority became apparent to those with aspirations of power and wealth. Subsequently, religions, which sprang out of the original esteemed spiritual teachings, have too often became vehicles, directly or indirectly, supporting the subjugation of people and the accumulation of great power and wealth.

There is the proverbial saying that “power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely” Which expresses the observation that, as a person’s power increases, their moral sense diminishes. One does not have to look far in our world today to find proof that there is truth in this saying. Are there those, men and women, who are strong enough in their moral grounding that they can resist all temptation to abuse power, to attempt to increase and maintain their positions via the perversion of knowledge and systems? I believe such individuals exist. However, it seems that, if they have attempted to do so, they haven’t been particularly successful to date at gaining the worldly positions which would bestow the benefit of their wisdom upon us all. I imagine for such morality to exist in high positions of power, it requires more than one individual working together to reinforce such values in the face of the agents of greed and deception which would undoubtedly be aligned against them.

By this time those in high positions of worldly power have refined a method for the acquisition and retention of that power. This method can be clearly seen in the establishment of religious power/authority, and, with some examination, can be seen to be in play in other important and influential cultural arenas, such as the press (media) and education. It goes like this:

  • The practical, benevolent value of an area of knowledge is established organically by grass-roots adherents/practitioners.
  • As awareness of the area of knowledge grows, it attracts the attention of those who control the reins of political/economic power. Those in power assign agents/agencies to comprehensively study it.
  • The area of knowledge is evaluated for it’s utilitarian values, it’s potential economic value, and it’s potential as tool within the arena of political power.
  • On the basis of that evaluation an orthodoxy of the field of knowledge is proclaimed. That orthodoxy establishes tenets which may be manipulated by the power elite to increase and consolidate their wealth and power rather than merely reflect the content and/or goals of the original practical, benevolent knowledge.
  • Those who attempt to revive the original content and/or intent of the body of knowledge are given a derogatory label, largely ignored by the “system” at large, and often censored. Depending upon how much the powers-that-be deem to be at stake, those involved in the departure from the orthodoxy may find themselves aggressively persecuted.

As time went along the beginnings of what we call science today began to emerge. There had always been those opposed to the doctrines of the various organized religions for various reasons. The reasons could be trivial or substantial, true in nature or complete flights of fancy. But whatever the reasons, such opposition was often not viewed lightly by those in power within the religion(s). Penalties for expressing or acting in opposition to the religion(s) could result in anything from being looked at askance by other community members to being burned at a stake. Or any of numerous other penalties. To offer opinions or information which ran contrary to the official religious doctrines was to engage in heresy. And those who were engaging in systematic, methodical observations of our world, forming hypotheses which could be tested, the early scientists, were often the recipients of the disapproval, if not the wrath, of the religious authorities. Copernicus and Galileo are two of the more well known men of early science who suffered the displeasure of the religious authorities of their day.

In short, gradually the observations and persistent realities described by those using scientific methods could no longer be denied. The world is round, not flat. The universe does not rotate with the Earth at the center. The sun is the central celestial body in our solar system, etc., etc. Religions began to lose their self-proclaimed position as primary franchise holder on the truth. One might think this would be some cause for celebration; that new, more reality based, understandings of our universe, or our world, were coming into being. However, what was taking place was also a threat the authority, the power, the religions and their political associates enjoyed. Science was becoming a new, popular, authority among the people of the world.

What we are seeing in the world today is an all-out attempt by the elite powers-that-be, applying essentially the formula given above, to appropriate “science” in the same fashion that religion has been appropriated for centuries. The “ordained”, the “high priests” are being selected and introduced. The outliers, the new heretics, are being identified, censored, defamed. The orthodox doctrine, with big pharma at it’s hub, is being proclaimed and the call to worship is being spread far and wide.

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As we enter the new year…

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Who remembers this time last year? There were demonstrations going on in France, Hong Kong and other places. There was an international undercurrent of dissatisfaction with the extreme economic imbalance in the world. People, especially young people, were traveling internationally more than any time in history. Through the use of social media and face-to-face conversations (remember those?) people from around the world were exchanging ideas, sharing recipes, and generally getting to know one another more than ever before. Then, well, you know what then.

So much of what was going on contributed to a growing sense of commonality and unity among people around the world. It was a time to rejoice in new experiences, new friends, new awareness. But that was leading to a world population which was emboldened, more competent, less satisfied with being perpetually handed the “short end of the stick”. It’s easy to understand how those occupying the seats of economic and political power in the world might see such a thing as a thing to be feared, to be ended. And so it was.

There can be no question that many (all?) of the people who most likely saw their privileged positions as being threatened by an empowered, emboldened, world population have managed to increase their wealth dramatically as a result of the much touted, cleverly engineered, pandemic. You know the phrase: “we’re all in this together”? Beyond a shadow of a doubt it doesn’t apply to behavior between the economic elite and the rest of us since the advent of Covid-19. The meetings, the sharing, the elevation in consciousness of the common people of the world which was dynamic and ongoing pre-Covid, could not have been more effectively curtailed.

Now we’re entering 2021 with the same media propaganda inspiring fear of Covid-19, rumors and articles about a mandatory vaccinations, vaccines using DNA-altering CRISPR technology, vaccination certificates being proposed for many activities, social distancing, cell phone tracking, highly controlled visas for international travel, restricted or closed restaurants and bars, live music being forbidden. It reminds me a WWII movie in which the protagonist is on a train within Nazi Germany and is confronted by a uniformed, armed, soldier demanding “your papers”.

But it’s all for our own protection…isn’t it?

As we enter the new year, a time that often brings an assessment of one’s life and behavior, one important aspect we have to consider is our trajectory into the future. What is the organizing principle of our lives? Is it fear? Is it love? Is it money? Is it life itself? Are we an intelligent world community? Or are we a collection of livestock to be herded and managed? Why on Earth are common people being led to feel we are defying “authority” if we wish to simply conduct our lives in the most common of manners? Why are we accepting that our ability to carry on our businesses, our family relationships, our community activities, should be unilaterally dictated by a few in some “official” position or another? Especially since some, or all, of those few are materially profiting greatly from their mandates and proclamations.

It’s 2021. Best wishes to you and yours.

Who do we trust? Governmental authority & conflicts of interest.

One of the biggest threats to human well-being in the United States, and the world, today is the number of individuals who occupy offices entrusted with overseeing critical aspects of our culture, but who have a vested financial interest in whether our perceptions and actions follow one path as opposed to another. Further, the path which may offer them the most financial gain is often (always?) one at odds with the well-being of the general population. “Conflict of interest” is the often heard description applied when such a situation exists. But something has happened within the consciousness of the American public. Possibly the consciousness of people around the world. We have stopped taking such a situation as seriously as the possible negative consequences warrant. As a matter of fact, conflicts of interest on the part of those occupying elected office and those working within governmental agencies, even agencies mandated to oversee public safety in some critical areas, have become so commonplace they seem to be accepted as business as usual.

How pervasive is the reality of public office holders with conflicts of interest? We frequently hear or read about the “revolving door” between governmental office holders and private industry. We increasingly see persons with a history within an industry which comes under Federal regulations show up working within the regulatory agency overseeing that industry. Possibly even directing it. And then there is the reality of elected officials, and others employed within governmental agencies, who are invested, via stocks or other investment, in private industry and so have a vested interest in seeing that industry being profitable. Thirdly there is “Citizens United” which has, in effect, turned elections into dueling bank accounts. For a candidate to have a chance at being elected all seems to commonly require their becoming beholden to private interests.

People with “a foot in both worlds” would have us believe they can simultaneously maintain objectivity about the good of the public and the profits of an industry they have a vested interest in. You know what? Bullshit. What we are seeing in practice is that far too often the special interests of private industry, and the correlated personal financial benefit of the individual, will take precedence over the good of the general public. We, the people of the United States, and of the world, need to be taking such conflicts of interest way more seriously than we have been.

It is not enough that an individual who aspires to public office, or who holds public office, fills in some sort of paperwork declaring their conflicts of interest, or (supposedly) turns their private interests over to someone else to manage for them while they hold public office. In order to preserve the intent and the integrity of functioning of our public offices, of those who are entrusted with the governance of our nation, of our lives, we need to disallow any person from holding elected office, or to hold a position within a regulatory agency, who has even the shadow of conflict of interest about them.

Right now, with the information and mandates being handed down around Covid-19, here in the United States and in many other countries, we are extremely vulnerable. We are led to believe that the people handing down the mandates, making the decisions, are doing so in order to protect the health of the people. People, in general, want to trust those holding positions of authority within our government. We want to believe that individuals who represent regulatory agencies, or agencies mandated to look out for our health and well-being, are performing that task in good faith.

Yet what we currently have are individuals with a foot in both worlds making decisions which, depending upon the direction they choose, potentially stand to personally profit greatly. And in reality, we are seeing some private enterprises reaping windfall profits during this time, with promises of more to come. The pharmaceutical industry for one. Then there are the large corporate retail concerns which are taking in record profits during the same time in which millions of small businesses, individuals and families are experiencing devastating financial losses.

What is going on right now; the policies and mandates taking place around Covid-19. cry out for independent investigation. There is too much conflicting information being put forward by medical and scientific sources. There is too much glaring illogic and inconsistency in the specifics of the mandates coming from both State and Federal governments. It is all but impossible for a person thinking critically and examining the opposing points of view, to simply accept the mainstream narrative on Covid. It is equally, if not more, difficult to see the mainstream narrative as having anything to do with the well-being of the public.

Yet who would conduct such an independent investigation? The fact is, we have allowed so many persons with conflicts of interest to occupy the halls of power in our land, there seems to be no one. At least no one is yet stepping forward from within the halls of power. We must look out for ourselves, as those wielding power at this time are looking out for themselves. The demands, the pervasive intrusions into and upon our lives, our bodies, being inflicted upon us behoove us to busy ourselves searching for all the information we can access regarding what is going on. We cannot trust those in the governmental or industrial positions of authority to be completely honest with us. If an individual who represents themself as a medical or scientific authority, such as Bill Gates or Anthony Fauci, has a vested financial interest in how things play out, and they do, we must consider that heavily when we are deciding what medical and scientific authorities we are going to place our trust in. As mentioned before, there is a lot of information which contradicts the mainstream narrative coming forward from reputable professionals in the field of medicine and related sciences from around the world.

If the magnitude of the events taking place lead us, as a nation, to engage in an overdue and serious examination of the criteria we use to scrutinize those to whom we entrust our public offices. If such scrutiny leads us to demand a much greater singularity of purpose on their part, that will be some good to come out of these times.

The Assault Upon Our Democracy

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As we enter 2021 the United States is filled with a citizenry which, on the whole, is more troubled, fearful, angry, and poorer than they ever have been in the last 75 years. A citizenry which is increasingly homeless and hungry. A citizenry which is increasingly being “ruled”, not governed, by a cabal composed of the wealthiest who have managed, over the past 60+ years, to shape the thinking and culture of the nation to their liking. Joe Biden was certainly correct when, in his speech on Jan. 6, he stated “…our democracy is under unprecedented assault…”. However, he is sorely inaccurate in his assignment of the source of the assault merely to those who were demonstrating, and rioting, at the Capital Building.

While the demonstration and riot did manage to achieve a graphic display of the dissatisfaction which is widespread in the U.S., as far as preventing a fulfillment of the results of the last election, it was a misguided, futile effort. The pervasive and, at this point, long standing threat, the primary threat to American democracy: which is on the verge of dealing a fatal blow to the American experiment in democracy, is the dissemination of inaccuracies, lies, propaganda, which those occupying the highest positions in both government and industry have been increasingly engaging in since the end of the Second World War. It is impossible for a healthy democracy to exist without a steady flow of honest, accurate information for the people, who are at the heart of the system, to base their decisions upon. As we enter 2021 we must face the fact our democracy is crippled in this regard by five realities:

  1. Our “representative government has in reality become a government/industry amalgamation which routinely cries out “national security” to prevent the citizenry from gaining access to critical information. Information essential to any genuine effort at democratic government.
  2. The corporations deeply entrenched in governmental function are so obsessed with being at the “top of the food chain” in a predatory corporate culture, lying to the public is simply standard operating procedure.
  3. The governmental agencies which have been originally tasked with the protection of the interests of the public, have been co-opted by the industries the public expects them to be regulating. Their proclamations are little more than corporate PR.
  4. The “mainstream” news media (the fourth estate) has been monopolized by large corporations and, collectively, have become little more than conveyors of propaganda disseminated under the guise of “news”.
  5. Our government is increasingly populated by self-serving politicians who: have learned how to manipulate the system for personal gain, are increasingly dependent upon the wealth of corporations and certain wealthy individuals to obtain office, employ professional speech writers who expertly write speeches which divert, manipulate and placate the public. Speeches which they have no compunction against delivering. The U.S. has not yet had a President which does not fall into this category during the 21st century.

So yes, Joe Biden is entirely accurate with his claim of an unprecedented assault being waged upon our democracy. However, his assigning the primary source of that assault to those who engaged in the misguided actions in Washington, D.C. on Jan 6th is just more diversion and manipulation. It is more misinformation, which is, in fact, the true assault upon our democracy.

The key to dismantling this monstrosity of a manipulative system is simple and easily available to every individual in the U.S. In fact, every individual in the world. It is love. It is having love for all of humankind. It is basing our speech, our actions, our systems on the reality of that love. We must embrace the reality encapsulated in the “Golden Rule”: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” and genuinely and thoughtfully apply it in our lives. We are all an important part of an interdependent system. When we realize that, “One for all and all for one.” becomes much more than an interesting motto from a book.

Arrogance, Abuse and Denial in 2021

The twentieth century was rocked by devastation stemming from the arrogance shown by Adolph Hitler and the Nazis, along with the Japanese Empire of the day. It would be easy to believe, and I think many do, that a nation which played such an important part in defeating these two arrogant, abusive, murderous regimes would have an innate immunity from taking such an attitude itself. Yet somehow, it has happened. The behaviors of many American industries and the United States Government in relation to the people of many other countries, and, in many cases, to the citizens of the U.S. itself, demonstrate at least an equal amount of arrogance as that shown by the leaders of Germany and Japan prior to WWII.

As of this writing, within the U.S.:

  • There is a higher percentage of citizens imprisoned than within any other country.
  • Many of the prisons are being privately run for profit (slave labor).
  • The attention and the energies of the Government are being inordinately spent in the service of the wealthiest small minority of citizens.
  • Poverty, homelessness, and hunger are widespread and on the rise.
  • For decades the U.S. has been spending trillions of dollars not on infrastructure and well-being here in the U.S., but on destroying lives and infrastructure around the world. Often further enriching the already economic elite in the process.
  • There is a nationwide infatuation with stock prices and “profits” rather than genuine well-being.
  • Millions cannot afford routine healthcare.
  • Citizens are routinely and grievously fed information which is an outright lie, and if it is not an outright lie, often it is partial information presented in such a way as to mislead those exposed to it. This is done by the elected officials within the Federal Government, the CEO’s of many major industries, and too often by spokespeople for various governmental agencies.
  • The press, the “fourth estate” has too often become little more than parrots of the misinformation put forward.
  • For an elected official or other prominent business or entertainment personality to be linked in an incriminating manner to people engaged in human trafficking has become so routine it hardly raises an eyebrow.
  • The pursuit of money has come to be apparently accepted as an excuse in and of itself for grievous abuses of people and our environment.
  • “United we stand, divided we fall” has come to be replaced by “fuck you, I got mine”.

When faced with the abuses and the increasing cries of outrage, millions of Americans apparently accept it all with a complacent “it can’t happen here” attitude. Today, too often, being a proud American has come to mean being an arrogant American. To say this trend doesn’t bode well for the well-being of the U.S. is a horrible understatement. If the U.S. stays on this trajectory, the U.S. has nowhere to go but down.

I was born in the U.S., raised in the U.S., and live in the U.S. I have traveled a lot around the country. I have witnessed and experienced love, stimulating intelligence, positive human thoughts and attitudes and just plain human decency everywhere I have been. I cannot believe the greed, the callousness toward human life, the short-sightedness toward our environment and well-being, which are too often embodied and grievously displayed by those in prominent positions within government and various industries, and which are prominent within many of the ongoing policies and practices within the country, truly represent the heart and soul of the American people.

America desperately needs a reorganization of it’s operating principles. We can no longer sustain a country organized around what is good for mega-corporations and the wealthiest 1%. We need to prioritize the nation around what is good for human life, all human life. This includes fair wages, fair prices, affordable health care, affordable education, secure housing, clean water, nutritious food and a healthful environment.

The timeless observation of Hannah Arendt.

In this post I am referring the reader to another article. It is a well-written examination of the events of the past year, which are still ongoing, as characterized by the observations of Hannah Arendt of Adolph Eichmann during his trial in Jerusalem .

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The “Curious, but Quite Authentic, Inability to Think

A Tale of Two Crises

We, the people of the world, are facing two crises at this time. First, there are the cases of illness from the novel coronavirus. Secondly, there are the cases of extreme financial/material hardship taking place. If we just watch or listen to mainstream media one might think that in many cases the second is a direct result of the first. But it isn’t, not at all. Whether or not there was human involvement in the appearance of the novel coronavirus on the world stage is too big, and too obfuscated, an issue to get into in this article. However, the financial/material hardships that millions are facing around the world is entirely within the control of the human population of our planet. And it has been for some time.

The novel coronavirus has yet to touch one penny of anyone’s material security. Human kind has shown itself entirely capable of imposing hardships upon humans all by itself. There’s nothing obfuscated about this issue. And there isn’t anything obfuscated about how it can be solved. All it requires is for human culture to realize our interrelatedness, our interdependence. WE, who are whole and capable need to take responsibility for our lives and to do what we can (and if we’re working together, that is a lot) to assist those who are not whole and capable to develop greater capability. And to be housed, fed and cared for at all times.

We have the resources, we have the people, we have the knowledge, all we need is the will to make it so. It will require that everyone has the understanding that this is OUR world. WE decide what kind of culture we desire for humankind and WE are the only ones who can make it a reality. We must divest ourselves of competitive thinking and behavior, except in regard to recreational games. Cooperation is absolutely essential if humankind is to not only survive but fully realize the wondrous potential that is innate in every human being.

Competition results in stress and trauma and those things result in diminished human capability. Little by little those things do not nurture us, they cause us to gradually shut down and eventually kill us. Kindness, good nutrition, good information, exercise, work, play, art, contributing to a thriving human culture and enjoying the benefits of a thriving human culture, that is what elicits us to realize our fullest potential.

When we realize that the greater “profit” lies in a spiritually and physically healthy human culture (the two are interrelated) then we will be on the path to wholeness. Until then we’re just tripping over our own feet.