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.

 

 

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Welcome To The USSR Formerly The USA

Welcome To The USSR Formerly The USA

Welcome to the USSR, formerly the USA

Freedom Reigns No More

Our USSR Is Here

Welcome you to the USSR, formerly the USA. With the election of Joe Biden and the progressive socialist party, we will soon ask; when did we become the United States of Socialist Remakes? You may laugh now, but in just a few years, a demented, spineless, sleepy Joe will crumble under the relentless charge of the socialist democratic party. Joe is asleep at the wheel, but the socialist democrats are wide awake and ready to pounce. The time for resistance is long past. We have moved into the gradual fall and demise of the free world. As I said earlier, welcome to the USSR, formerly the USA.

The Media Said It

“The press must grow day in and day out – it is our Party’s sharpest and most powerful weapon.”1

We can always count on the powerful media to follow the progressive left without regard to truth or fact. They comprise some of the most ignorant, offensive, uncaring people that ever existed. They follow the money with no regard for who it hurts or how many people they mislead. When a journalist tells the truth, the ‘real’ media suppresses them with a zeal rivaled only by communist China when they covered up COVID-19. The physician who tried to speak the truth is now dead from the disease he tried to warn us about. Welcome to the USSR, formerly the USA.

Case in point, when the New York Post broke a bombshell story about Biden’s son Hunter Biden and his shady dealings with China-linked companies, the progressive left wanted the story buried. The socialist media and mainstream press obliged. The socialist media giant Twitter blocked the story from being shared altogether under the ruse of its hacked materials policy. They suspended the New York Post’s account to silence them. Facebook suppressed the story, and the mainstream media bowed to their socialist democrat rulers and refused even to cover it. Even Russia covered for Biden. Reuter’s reported this quote from Vladimir Putin; “Yes, in Ukraine he (Hunter Biden) had, or maybe still has a business, I don’t know. It doesn’t concern us. It concerns the Americans and the Ukrainians,”2 Welcome to the USSR, formerly, the USA.

In contrast, here in the USSR, when some of President Trump’s tax returns surfaced in the media, Twitter was unconcerned with potential hacking. No, Twitter only invokes the hacked materials policy when a story does not fit their ruling party’s narrative. Capitalism is bad, and socialism is the answer to all our evils. Facebook did not stop the story’s spread, and the mainstream media jump on it. It is almost repulsive how the media bows down and grovels to their god, money, and the socialist democrat leadership.

Your Vote Counts

It's not the people who vote that count. It's the people who count the votes. - Joseph Stalin

Of course, your vote counts. It also counts in Venezuela, China, Russia, North Korea, The People’s Republic of Bangladesh, The Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, and the list goes on. Your vote counts like my one-dollar bill will purchase a new yacht. You believe in our elections, and Venezuela’s people believed in their elections as well. And demons believed in God, too.

19 You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder3

If you believe in our elections’ integrity, you might as well vote for Vladimir Putin or Xi Jinping because the day will come when you long for your former way of life. The freedom you gave up and the rights you abdicated so happily, for the opportunity to live in the paradise so fondly referred to as socialism. But then, the books are full of quotes from famous socialist and communist leaders whose government philosophies you dearly want to emulate. Welcome to the USSR, formerly, the USA.

“Capitalism is using its money; we socialists throw it away”4

CUBA – CIRCA 1974: Stamp printed in Cuba, devoted to visit of Leonid Brezhnev to Cuba, depicted Leonid Brezhnev and Fidel Castro, circa 1974

He actually said it. Socialists throw money away. But don’t worry because here in the USSR formerly the USA, we can always print more. At least the lead progressive socialist democrat and squad leader said when she proposed her new green deal. They did it in Venezuela so it must be a good thing, right? It worked so well there. I guess Joseph Stalin got a few things right.

“Everybody has a right to be stupid, but some people abuse the privilege.” 5

Where Do We Go From Here?

Fight Or Flight

I thought you would never ask. We have a few choices. If you want to avoid a new flag for our new republic, the USSR formerly the USA, you could always leave and live elsewhere. You can also stay and fight. Of course, you will fight against one of the most powerful groups in the world. They call themselves socialist democrats, or democrats for short. You will know them by the adoration they receive from the socialist and mainstream media. They follow them around like lost puppies begging to be noticed by their idols. When President Trump met with the media, they crucified him. But not when they talk with the fraudulent President-elect Biden. They discuss his socks, ignore his dementia, and kiss his feet.

Fight

So, you say you want to fight. How can you do it? Make the socialist media accountable for what they do. Don’t let them hide behind an archaic law often cited as Section 230. The law makes them unaccountable for any falsehoods put on their platforms and protects them if they remove the truth. That is not an exaggeration. It is a fact. The law is 20 years old, and congress put it in place to regulate pornographic material. Now, the socialist media platforms use it to manipulate our elections. If the law did not exist, Trump would have won the election.

You read that right. The socialist media compromised our election integrity. After the election, a poll conducted by McLaughlin & Associates showed that 36% of voters did not know about the Hunter Biden scandal and evidence that linked Joe Biden to corrupt financial dealings with China. Remember, Twitter has that hacked materials policy used to block content when convenient to support the socialist party movement. Facebook slowed the spread of the story. The mainstream media ignored the story. According to the poll, if those same voters had known about those accusations, enough of them would have changed the way they voted that Donald Trump would be the next President.6 Welcome to the USSR, formerly the USA.

Flight

You can run, but you can’t hide. If you want to pick up your family and move out of the country, that is an option. Of course, no matter where you go, the socialist media will find you. As the new USSR partners with China and, by default North Korea, the entire world will eventually be under socialist, or should I say communist control. That slope is a frozen glacier covered with slick oil. Once you lose your grip, there is no stopping. You will hit the bottom, and it will hurt. In fact, it will probably kill you. Oh, no one will know what happened. You will just disappear. That’s how it works, here in the URRS, formerly the USA.

Conclusion

We live in the land of the insane, home of the idiots. What other conclusion is there? We are part of one of two groups. We either sit by idly, while the democratic socialists led by Alexandria Cortez and her band of merry women take us over the cliff, or we happily help her squad destroy us. What other group is there?

Stop the crazies, if there is the time!

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