The US Is A Great Country

The US Is A Great Country

The US is a great country

Our Aim Should Be To Keep It Great

Contrary to the current progressive thinking, the United States is a great country. And you do not have to look far to see it. According to the Pew Research Center, there arenmore immigrants in the US than in any other country in the world. They estimate that about a fifth of the world’s immigrants live right here, representing just about every country. In fact, we take in about one million immigrants every year. According to their research, most immigrants are here legally. Only about 23% are in the country illegally.1With this in mind, why do we feel compelled to make it easier to take in more, and why give amnesty to immigrants here illegally?

The million-dollar question is, why do so many people come here? If this country is so evil, racist, and inferior, why not go somewhere else? Immigrants from El Salvador and Honduras could stop in Mexico instead of continuing to the US. Or, they could continue north to Canada, where they have socialized medicine. But they do not. They stop right here because the US is a great country. Our aim should not be to Make America Great Again; it should be to keep it great. But how?

 

Do Not forget why the US is a great country

The Founding

Our forefathers founded this great country over 240 years ago for many reasons, but a few stood out as paramount; Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. They clearly stated this in the Declaration of Independence that our Congress adopted on July 4, 1776.

“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.”

Since that time, over one million soldiers gave their lives to protect the rights of all citizens of the United States of America and to further our freedom.

Remember Our Heros

Unfortunately, in today’s ‘woke’ culture, many people feel we must tear down the past heroes. In San Fransico, public officials are planning to rename many public schools that were named after people once held in high esteem. Among those people are Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Paul Revere, and even Diane Feinstein. Lincoln is credited with abolishing slavery, but he has treated the American Indians very harshly. And Diane Feinstein reportedly replaced a confederate flag that was damaged by vandals when she was a mayor.2 Many of these people are part of the reason the US is a great country.

If we believe we can judge others the same way God judges us, there will be no heroes, nor good people, not one. No one can measure up to a standard of perfection. At some point, we must change our focus from tearing people down to building them up.

We owe it to the brave men and women that sacrificed everything to protect the freedoms our forefathers gave us. And also to the untold men, women, and children who supported our troops with blood, sweat, and tears, often giving up a father, son, or sometimes daughter because they cherished what we have. Without question, we owe it to them to protect those freedoms with every legal means available. If we let our freedom go, we will never get it back.

“Posterity! you will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom! I hope you will make a good use of it.” – John Adams

We cannot do that if we do not remember history and the people who made history. It is why the US is a great country.

Opportunity

It is a cliche but the US is a great country because it is the land of opportunity. Our ‘woke’ culture would have you believe that capitalism is the root of all evil and socialism is the way to solve all of our problems. But think carefully about that.

Capitalism is why our country is the land of opportunity. Individuals are rewarded for their efforts. The more valuable you make yourself the fewer limitations there are on what you can accomplish. It is based on individual and team efforts.

Socialism is based on the concept of what’s good for society. Private ownership of production ceases and with it, the incentive to work harder, do more, and innovate. There are artificial limits on what a person can do. It leads to a society that handicaps the whole by removing the incentive for the individual.

 

Stop Looking For vengeance

Love your neighbor

It is a precept from the Holy Bible that can be universally applied.

You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD.3

No country can stand if it is divided and we are divided. Yes, the US is a great country but it won’t be for long if we don’t change direction. We cannot continue to fight in the streets when it takes much less effort to listen and understand. Listen to your neighbor and look for the good

People are angry and sometimes rightfully so. If we took more time to listen and less time being defensive, there would be a lot less anger. People need support. They need to know other people care and want the truth no matter where it leads. We all need to know people are there for us and will fight corruption wherever it exists. If we all do that one thing, the anger is going to dissipate, and justice will prevail. If we don’t, everything keeps going down the road we are on.

There is no question the US is a great country, but only we the people can keep it that way and make it greater.

“The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.” – Thomas Jefferson

If we lose our freedom, we lose it all. And if you think this country is not good enough to fight for, consider where you would go, and it would be better. Then ask yourself, are you willing to do what countless immigrants all over the world do, to come here. Would you risk your life, and your family’s lives just to get to the country you believe is a better place to live.

If the answer to that question is no, then let’s get to work and fix what needs to be fixed without tearing down everything that makes the US a great country.

Conclusion

There are no perfect people and no perfect countries. But we all have choices. If we believe our country is so badly flawed that the only option is violence, and destruction or tearing apart the foundational values it was built on, then consider immigrating to a better country.

There is one thing you can be sure of, another civil war will not fix our country. If we remain divided we will fall. One day you will wake up and find out it is no longer your country. You will find yourself living in China or the new USSR.

Don’t let that be how it all ends. Our children and grandchildren will be the ones suffering from our mistakes. No parent wants to be the cause of their children’s bad choices. We should think carefully about how we proceed from here.

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God Bless You All and America

 

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The Religious Left

The Religious Left

Joe Biden And The Religious Left

President Biden and Senator Warnock have put the religious left on full display. Open borders, abortion on demand, free healthcare, and wealth reserved for the chosen few. Joe Biden will tell you he is a devout Catholic. Raphael Warnock is a Baptist pastor but, exactly do they represent? I should note before we go on, the religious left has joined forces with the Democrat Socialists to form a strong if ill-advised coalition. But more on that later.

Abortion On Demand

Of Course, The Religious Left Will Accommodate

You can get movies on demand. Why not abortions? Envision the future with mobile abortion clinics performing the ‘contraceptive’ procedure in your living room. Amniocentesis can determine if the baby has Down’s Syndrome, multiple sclerosis, and a host of other conditions. How can you possibly choose which child should live or die with restrictions on abortion?

Fetus at four months

Neither Warnok nor Biden believes there should be any restrictions on abortion. Adolph Hitler would be proud. He also believed in choosing who lives or dies based on his view of desired genetic traits.1

A World Free of God

Imagine a world free of God restricting our basic right to kill babies on demand. It feels good. Ridding the world of those who may not measure up to the standard we impose as deserving life. And what about the elderly? We must decide if their life is worth living as well. What if they become forgetful or demented. A world we once only dreamed of may soon become a reality.

It appears the religious left and all left-leaning politicians believe in one of Hitler’s guiding principles. We will soon be able to choose who deserves life. It is a principle we know him well for. Maybe today, the left would not cancel him. They might join forces with him.

Will Those Straggling Countries Catch Up

The religious left shows concern for the backwardness of those countries that have not accepted the coming paradise. Remember the many Trump executive orders that President Biden reversed with no forethought for the ramifications. One of those included funding abortions for all countries. Of course, he put the US taxpayer on the hook for the funding. And,he did not leave out the US either. He will restore government funding to pay for abortions here too.

Who Are The Countries Without Compassion?

And who are those laggard countries that do not allow unrestricted abortion on demand? Well, there are 198 of them. So, who does not allow abortion on demand? That list is much shorter with only 7 countries, but the USA is in good company. North Korea is aligned with the new US position on abortion, as are China and Vietnam. Singapore, Canada, and the Netherlands also made a list.2

Do not give up hope, though. If we funnel enough money for abortion their way, maybe it will change.

And The American Public?

The American public has not caught up to the religious left. But it’s only a matter of time before the backward public gets on the paradise train. Yes, only 29% of the country’s citizens support unrestricted abortion now, but it does not have to be that way.3

As most people understand, the religious left is tolerant of the third world thinking many US citizens have. Unless, of course, that thinking is not in line with their beliefs.

Re-educate Or Send Them Packing

In that case, it is time to send those whose belief differs from the religious left to re-education camps where brainwashing experts will purge their unacceptable thinking. And if that fails, we can always send them to the many countries that accept those persecuted for any reason. There are so many of them. Wait, there are no countries with open borders.4We will discuss open borders later. First to free healthcare.

Free Healthcare

Forget there is no such thing as free healthcare in our new world order. It may not cost in dollars and cents, but it will cost. Every country, including the USA, built a healthcare system with resources, and there has to be a way to allocate them. Fortunately, the religious left can always extend the belief in selective reproduction to deciding who should live or die.

The Virginia Religious Left Get The Ball Rolling

Cannot happen, you say. The state of Virginia took the first steps to make it a reality when they passed a bill that repealed almost all restrictions on abortion and who can do them. No need for a doctor, no need for cleanliness, get it done!5

Don’t Stop Now

The good governor was ready to sign an even more liberal abortion bill that would make it legal to let babies born alive die. He said,

“So in this particular example, if the mother is in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen: The infant would be delivered; the infant would be kept comfortable and would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desire, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother”.6

Paradise Lost

A paradise for the religious left narrowly missed. Maybe next time, we can experience the joy of free healthcare of the religious left in cooperation with the Democratic Socialists.

Open Borders

It’s About Time

What has taken the United States so long to open the borders? Think about it. No passports are needed to come to the USA. Passports will still be necessary to visit other countries that do not understand the need for compassion.

An Invitation To All

Just look at what President Biden did on his first day in office. He gave an open invitation to thousands of people to come in and stay here.7

Here We Come

And come they did. A migrant caravan started on its way to the US, thanks to President Biden’s invitation. The first of many.8

Bring On The Gangs

Committed horrific crimes in your home country. Are you part of a gang? We don’t support small businesses, but we did open the door to human trafficking and drug smuggling organizations. We stopped all deportations, promise a path to citizenship for all illegal immigrants (or should I say, undocumented immigrants). We offer a haven for all.

Do Not Worry – The Religious Left And Company Have You Covered

Feel free to commit crimes against US citizens. We won’t hold you over for trial. No bail, just a free pass to go and do it again. Worried about being deported. We do not deport people. What? You committed murder. We will not convict you. Claim you found the gun on the ground and accidentally shot someone.

What if you used a knife or rock? Clearly, it would help if you had a social worker. We will send an unarmed social worker to assist you and get you the help you need. Be sure you commit those crimes against those privileged white people. They deserve to be beaten, killed, and robbed. Hey, it should be your stuff anyway. Please take it.

Riot On Say The Religious Left And Democratic Socialists

There is a bipartisan condemnation of the rioters breaching the US Capitol. But left-wingers do not fear. The religious left in cooperation with the Democratic Socialists is here.

If you riot or invade state capitols that do not share the left’s opinions, it is considered democracy at work. Just ask Nancy Pelosi. She was quoted saying just that 2 years ago when people went after the Capitol in Madison.9

Yes, you are safe here.

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1.1 Million Attend Trump Rally And No Violence

1.1 Million Attend Trump Rally And No Violence

Trump Supporters Are Not The Problem

 

Fake News Lives On

It’s true, 1.1 million attend Trump rallies without any violence. In a recent opinion piece for The Gateway Pundit, Joe Hoft made a strong case that Trump is not the one inciting violence. He correctly points out the violence is and has been, the left-wing liberal groups. Unfortunately, fake news continues to carry the day, and our politicians believe it. Democrats and many Republicans jump at the opportunity to wash their hands of Trump just like Pilate washed his hands of the crucifixion of Jesus.

Unfortunately, very few Republicans and no Democrats are standing up against the lies and fake news that continues to permeate the media today. President Trump may not be an eloquent speaker, and he has many other faults, but he did much good during his term. Unfortunately, in today’s cancel culture, none of that matters. According to the Democratic Socialists, every person is judged by their standards, standards they make up as we go along. And if you fail along the way, the Democratic Socialists sentence you to cancellation—their version of the death penalty. In the last couple of days, both Democrats and Republicans are cancelling President Trump by impeaching him. They are using a Trump rally falsely blamed for the violence perpetrated at the Capitol.

President Trump’s Forgotten Legacy

Here are just a few of the great things President Trump did as President.

  • He appointed 2 Supreme Court Justices and 199 federal appellate and district court judges.
  • He bolstered the American economy by cutting unnecessary regulations and substantially decreasing taxes.
  • His deregulation and tax cuts resulted in the lowest unemployment in 50 years and the lowest for African Americans and Hispanics ever.
  • He made good on his promises, like building a border wall. Contrast that with Joe Biden backing off his promises before he ever takes office.
  • He helped reduce the genocide that our country is responsible for by restricting government funding for abortions.1

This list goes on, and you can read more about them here. Just know that of the many good things he accomplished, the Democratic Socialist Party is working hard to cancel. It is time for those of us who still believe in God and this great country to stand up and stop the nonsense. It’s that or sit by watch our country destroyed.

Hoft’s Article – Highly Recommended

More Than 1.1 Million Attended President Trump’s Rallies Since Labor Day – Not a Single Window Broken, Policeman Attacked or Attendee Killed – Clearly Trump Wasn’t Behind Violence at the Capitol

Source: More Than 1.1 Million Attended President Trump’s Rallies Since Labor Day – Not a Single Window Broken, Policeman Attacked or Attendee Killed – Clearly Trump Wasn’t Behind Violence at the Capitol

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Social Media Censorship

Social Media Censorship

Social Media Censorship out of control

Big Tech Takes On The Role Of Government

The New Iron Curtain?

Social media censorship is no longer only manipulating our elections. It is threatening our freedom. While progressives and democrats cheer them on, social media is successfully obliterating your right to free speech and your way of life. They are not just determining what you can and cannot say on their platforms. Big Tech is crushing any social media platform that disagrees with its definition of what you are allowed to say. Social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are not demolishing their competitors single-handedly. No, they are combining forces with the other big tech companies like Google and Apple.

Big Tech Becomes Our Defacto Government

Big tech is taking on the role of our government. But they have more power than the government. They have implemented an iron curtain that will stifle your ability to discern the truth for yourself. You must accept their truth, and if you speak out, you may find yourself in a re-education camp one day. Welcome to China, Jr.

First, Facebook suspended Trump from its platform. 1 Its a private company, and they have that right. Then, Twitter banned Trump from its platform altogether. 2 Still, a private company, and they can run it as they see fit. But then, the Democrat socialists decide no one should be allowed to ever disagree with them. Blinded by hate, they cannot see that this road leads the entire country to destruction.

Big Tech Suppression of Free Speech

It’s one thing when social media restricts free speech on their own platforms. But when Mark Zuckerburg and Jack Dorsey decide the smaller social media platforms are not falling in line, they and the other big tech CEOs crush their competitors. They begin by cleansing their platforms of everyone that does not fall in line with their beliefs.3That was the first strike.

But suddenly, they are faced with remaining users and those they banned, going to the alternative platforms. Unable to arbitrarily censor what those users are now saying, they must destroy the platforms they are using to express themselves. The Parler platform is first on the list.

Declaration of War

Google flanks the enemy from the left by removing Parler’s competing app from the Google app store. Then Apple flanks them from the left and removes the Parler app from their app store. Finally, Amazon hits them from the air and takes out their servers.4 Since Parler is renting Amazon servers to host their platform, they have been maimed. For the time being, Parler is out of ammunition.

Social Media Censorship A Runaway Train

Blinded By Hatred, Democratic Socialists Hail The Big Tech Takeover

When you are blind with rage and hate, you can’t see the damage you are doing. And that is the Democrats right now. Let’s see how the Nazis controlled the people during Hitler’s reign in Germany.

There was no internet, so they did not need to worry about social media and the spread of information digitally. However, Hitler did need to control the spread of information that might not align with his objectives. Sound familiar? So he enlisted a trusted friend by the name of Joseph Goebbels to handle that little chore.

Goebbels’s first order of business was to create the Nazi Propaganda Ministry. He then took control of all the media outlets as they existed at that time. That done, he proceeded to use the day’s platforms to rally the people behind the Third Reich. And we all know where this led.5

Then today, In steps the modern-day socialists.

Does Joe Biden Have His Goebbels, Or Is It The Other Way Around

Will Jack Dorsey or Mark Zuckerburg become President Biden’s Goebbels? Or is it more likely, Sleepy Joe really is asleep at the wheel. I don’t know, but we are at a crucial crossroads. Where we go from here is crucial.

Now before everyone decides to crucify me for comparing the takeover of Germany by Hitler and the United States by the Democratic socialists, consider this. I am not saying President Biden or the Democratic socialists will follow in Hitler’s footsteps and start committing genocide. At least not the way Hitler did. But our government currently condones genocide of a different kind. That’s right, mass murder and the socialist democrats not only let it happen, they now plan to facilitate it with your tax dollars. And now, I predict it will spread unchecked.

Modern Day Genocide

Have you ever checked the abortion clock? It estimates in real-time the number of helpless babies murdered. A few minutes ago, there were 2030 babies murdered in cold blood in the United States so far today. There were 62,528,199 killed since Roe vs. Wade in 1973. Planned Parenthood murdered 9,027,581 babies since 1970. This year alone, they have taken the lives of over 10,000 innocent children.

That, my friends, is genocide on a scale even larger than what Hitler was responsible for. So yes, we are not like Hitler. We are worse. And it was President Trump fighting against this. President Biden plans to reverse everything Trump has accomplished. He even wants to use our tax money to carry out this genocide.

A Fetus Is Not A Life

First, as a Christian, I will not accept that position ever.

Jer 1:5 (ESV) “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born, I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”6

But we are past that. We kill babies because the baby may not be our definition of perfect. Or perhaps, we don’t want a baby.

I once argued this with some friends. To make a point, I played the devil’s advocate. I said yes, I believe in abortion. In fact, let’s wait until the baby is born, and if the parent deems them not worthy of living, we should kill them. If they have downs or are missing a finger or are not as nice looking as we thought they would be. Of course, we should kill them.

They were appalled and said that would never happen. But it does happen. Babies are born alive during an abortion, and the doctor or nurse kills them. They were never meant to live.

Conclusion

This post started with social media censorship and ended with genocide. Can it happen? Yes, it can, unless you decide to open your eyes, Mr. Biden, Ms. Pelosi, Ms. Cortez, and all of our socialist-leaning friends.

You believe you are the”woke” generation. You think you are progressive. In fact, you are blind and regressive. You will have us relive a time no one wants to go back to. But this time, we are the bad guys.

God Bless America.

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US On The Verge Of Civil War

US On The Verge Of Civil War

Is the US on the verge of civil war?

 

Civil War Starts At The US Capital

 

Trump supporters strike first as the second US civil war breaks out at the Washington DC capital building. Could that be the headline tomorrow? One would hope not but, intolerance and hate are alive and well in the United States.

Both sides lay the blame on the other. Both sides claim the other side does not understand them. In fact, according to a Pew Research article, only 2% of Biden voters and a similar share of Trump supporters believe the other side understands them very well.1 And today, Trump’s supporters launched an invasion of the Capital building.2 Is it the start of the second civil war?

Is The United States Really On The Verge Of A Second Civil War?

One would have plenty of reason to believe the civil war is beginning. Our county is divided, and if you pick up the paper or open the digital new app, it is not hard to find references to hateful Christians. When did Christians in the US become hateful people?

You won’t have to look much harder to find a common theme in the mainstream media and on social media that Trump supporters are bigoted, misogynistic, homophobic zealots that don’t know their heads from a hole in the ground. David Remnick of the New Yorker contemplates how Trump may have damaged the US and caused untold deaths from COVID-19 because he ignored science and told people not to wear masks. 3 By now, Hillary Clinton’s famous reference to Trump supporters as the “deplorables Apparently, we make up about half of the country, but who’s counting?

Christians Are Hateful

And Christians are hateful for believing the Bible. We are sliding down the proverbial slippery slope and fast. But is it really Christians that the mainstream media and many Hollywood elites are hurling insults at? Or, more likely, could it be the Christians that believe that the Bible is true are the targets of all the hatred?.” Considering that roughly nine out of 10 members of Congress identify as Christian, I think we can safely go with door number two.4 Otherwise, every member of Congress would be vilified as hateful by the press.

In new Congress, nearly nine-in-ten describe themselves as Christian

Trump Supporters Are Misogynistic, Homophobic, Bigots

Of course, they are. Why else would they support Trump? I don’t know, why is it ok to support a person who has a woman doing pornographic things to him while he talks on the phone to dignitaries. Because supporting pornography is ok, but supporting a helpless baby is not. Surely you follow the logic. We can look at this more later. First, back to the Christians.

 

Why Bible-believing Christians Get Vilified

So what is going on? Why Bible-believing Christians constantly get vilified? Well, give it a thought for a second. Why was Jesus crucified?

Its The Bible Stupid

No one wants the truth to get in the way of their contrived facts. Jesus said he was God and he brought light to a dark world. That is all it took. Because we cannot afford to have someone get in the way of what we hold so dear to us. We want to believe we are good, not sinners. John 10:31–33 (ESV)
31The Jews picked up stones again to stone him. 32Jesus answered them, “I have shown you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you going to stone me?” 33The Jews answered him, “It is not for a good work that we are going to stone you but for blasphemy, because you, being a man, make yourself God.”5

In the Bible, we are told Christians will be persecuted “12 Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted”.6 But do not despair because we are also told that we will inherit the kingdom of Heaven. Specifically, it says “10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”7 We are also told there will be false prophets in Matthew 7:15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.”8

False Prophets

I would not presume to know if Congress is filled with false prophets, but one could wonder. Many say they are Christian, but you also say they don’t believe in the Bible. Maybe not in so many words, but it is implied. For example, if one in ten Congress members are Christian and believe the Bible, how could they say abortion should be allowed? Argue all you want that a fetus is not a baby, but we are also killing babies born alive, and it is legal.

Why Do So Many People think Poorly Of Trump Supporters?

If it gets in the way of what your preconceptions of the truth are, it must be wrong. It’s pretty simple when you think about it. It’s that pesky truth again. I will also admit his personality did not help but why did the mainstream media make it their mission to crush him?

Again, will say it is because the truth gets in the way of their facts. The mainstream media could not give Trump credit for anything. The economy was strong, unemployment at one of the lowest levels ever. In fact, unemployment among blacks was the lowest ever. But those truths got in the say of the mainstream media’s preconceived notion of facts.

Science is what the media hangs their hat on. We must follow science above all else. But wait, wasn’t it science that once thought it was a good idea to perform lobotomies on people they deemed mentally unhealthy. You would not find a reputable scientist advocating that now.

At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, reputable doctors were on TV telling us masks would not help. But then they said they will help. Science is fallible but to say so would be blasphemy.

Civil War Is Inevitable

If people cannot find a way to come together, civil war is going to happen. Why you ask. Well, mark my words on this one. If Trump supporters start demonstrating and damaging property, it will be the vilest, horrific thing to happen in decades. Nevermind that progressive Democrats were doing exactly that and getting away with it.

And if Trump supporters attempt to take over a neighborhood and call it an autonomous zone, there will be an outcry. It will not be tolerated and the autonomous zones will be shut down before they get started.

If you doubt there will be no tolerance for Trump supporters just look at the news today. Already, world leaders are condemning the people who were violent at the Capital. 9 Most people are accusing Trump supporters. Where was the outrage and concern when progressive Democrats were taking over cities and destroying businesses everywhere? It was nowhere. The only concern was the government being too violent and aggressive against the protesters.

So yes, this will lead to a civil war. At least it will be characterized as a civil war. Because that is how the media will portray it and people will believe it.

Conclusion

There may or may not be a civil war in the near future. I don’t know. But I can tell you you the United States will fall. Just like the Roman Empire and the Soviet Union.

We the people will guarantee it.

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What Biden and Trump’s voters say they want the other candidate’s supporters to know about them. Retrieved January 06, 2021, from https://www.pewresearch.org/politics/2020/12/17/voters-say-those-on-the-other-side-dont-get-them-heres-what-they-want-them-to-know/
Remnick, D. (2020, November 29). The Cost of Trump’s Assault on the Press and the Truth. Retrieved January 6, 2021, from https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/12/07/the-cost-of-trumps-assault-on-the-press-and-the-truth
Shaw, A. (2021, January 06). Fox News. Retrieved January 06, 2021, from https://www.foxnews.com/

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The Dark Side Of Power

The Dark Side Of Power

The Dark Side Of Power

Innocence Lost

The existence of the dark side of power was unimaginable to me as a child. I grew up in a middle-class neighborhood in Farmers Branch, Texas. Of course, the definition of the middle class is muddled and meaningless, so to be specific, I grew up in a one-story, two-bedroom house. My father taught medicine at the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical School. My mother practiced as a Registered Nurse and Director of Nursing at a large skilled nursing home in Dallas, Texas. She got me involved in long-term care, and her influence shaped much of what I believed about the industry in the beginning. But I learned the truth on my own. Not just the truth about long-term care, but I think about all of corporate America. I learned about the dark side of power.

My parents did not intentionally lie to me. They taught me what they believed to be accurate. And maybe it was right at one time. I don’t know. The American dream was to grow up, get married, own a house, have children, and live in one of the world’s greatest free countries. I believed in the legal system, the constitution, the Bill of Rights, and all the protection they afforded each of us. It wasn’t a perfect country or legal system, but good conquered evil, and the truth would win out.

I learned everyone is equal. We treat everyone with respect and dignity no matters their skin color or religion, or even sexual orientation. And if someone should harm you, the courts were there to protect your rights. It was all so simple. But it wasn’t.

The Dark Side of Power Rears It’s Ugly Head

Today, I question nearly everything, I believe. And while I disagree with the violence on the street, I can understand the anger. But I think the issue is much bigger than national origin, sexual orientation, skin color, or any of the multitude of topics that people use to manipulate us to create a power base for the rich. It is about your soul and do not think for one second that there is not a price on your soul in corporate America. For my purposes here, I refer to the buyers as power brokers. Others may refer to them as pure evil, people who already lost their souls, angels of darkness. Whatever label you choose to put on them, they worship power and the money that goes with it. And if you sell your soul to them, you will probably never see it again. Whatever you do, do not underestimate the dark side of power.

Government And The Dark Side Of Power

I do not want this book to be about politics, but unfortunately, politics is the vehicle the power brokers use to build their power base. Whether your politics are far left-leaning, moderate, far-right, or somewhere else on the scale look at who represents you. I find it hard to believe that a party claiming to represent the underdog would have mostly rich, powerful, and rich politicians in charge. And who carries their message? The powerful and rich, of course. They peddle the dark side of power for the power brokers.

The Uber rich celebrities and billionaire entrepreneurs and women are the standard-bearers. Do you honestly think they care enough to give up their money, live in a 2500 to 3000 square foot home in the suburbs? Have they? No, that money gives them power and influence. Influence is another form of power. In the right hands, we use it for good, but in the wrong hands, it is another way to buy your soul. It is the dark side of power.

What about the party that also claims to be creating jobs and expanding the economy? They want deregulation and less government. And yes, I align more with this party, but no one has fooled me to think they are right on everything. As I have learned, they are far from right on a lot of things. They leave us exposed to being abused and poorly treated by corporate America. They allow the power to be in the hands of the corporate elite. Again, money is power and it leads to the dark side of power.

How It Works

As you read this book, you will understand how my beliefs have developed. If we want to change, you will need to find common ground and tell all the politicians they work for us, not themselves and their billionaire friends. The people cannot continue to be used as pawns and let the power brokers dictate what is best for us. I think we have more in common than many of us believe.

But the power brokers stay in power by keeping us, the people, divided. Looking back, I first realized how things worked when I was in college. I watched my mother, eaten up, and spit out by the power brokers. The winners were the corporate owners and the government. I’ll talk about that story. But I was too young to understand what had happened. I was still putting it together.

My Personal Experience With The Dark Side Of Power

While with the company I recently left after 20 years of service, I first put it together. I was arguing over our VP of Human Resources’ desire to implement a test to screen applicants. I said it was fine if it is one factor used in combination with others to decide on the best candidate. But this test will block us from hiring a candidate if the results are not what we are looking for. Who wants their career hinging on one test result?

My argument is that a test, assessment, or whatever you want to call it should not determine who we can and cannot hire. I use my two bi-racial daughters as an example. In particular, one of them wants nothing more than to be independent, and she will get there through sheer determination. But she also has cerebral palsy, and she learns differently and at a slower rate than other people. Our CEO became frustrated and stated flatly, “I don’t think we want people like that working for us.”

Before that, I had the utmost respect for this CEO, and to be sure, he brought the company from nothing to a publicly owned profitable organization. But now I question if he is the most dangerous kind of power broker. The kind who is charismatic and inspires people to follow him. Do you recall Jim Jones and the poison Kool-aide? I am not qualified to judge, but the Bible clearly says,

15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.[i]

Journey With Me

So with this in mind, I will take you on a trip through corporate America, and in particular, I will spend a great deal of time on things that happened in the company I was with for the last 20 years, but it won’t be the only company. There was my mother and what happened to her. And other companies where I got a glimpse into what things were really like.

If you continue to read, I will not disappoint you. You will learn things that will not always surprise you. But then you realize the victims were the most vulnerable older adults. Sometimes, however, they are young people. Young developmentally disabled people and people with brain injuries, kept alive by machines.

But it did not stop there. As the company grew, it went from no attorneys on staff to what seemed like an entire law firm. And they could be ruthless. Our employees could not fight the machine. Unions were impotent. And there was limited government protection. I hope when you finish, you will understand the need for change. Not just change in corporate America, but it’s time for “we the people” to take back our country.

Note: This post is a very small insight into my upcoming book that focuses on the exploitation of our seniors, by the companies that purport to take care of them. Not all organizations take advantage of our seniors and I will talk about them as well. Unfortunately, bad actors seem to outnumber the good and that is why I wrote my book. Watch for it and please buy a copy when it comes out.

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[i] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Mt 7:15). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

 

 

The Dark Side Of Power

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