The Late Great United States of America

PARADISE LOST

It is the year 2318. At the podium, a professor is about to give a lecture on World History. Let's listen in.

This year marks the 300th anniversary of the fall of the Republic of the United States of America. The United States was the greatest civilization in the history of the world. Today, I will address how America fell. Next week, we will look back at the story that led up to America's demise.

The United States was founded in 1776, and it lasted for 242 years. At the time of its demise, the United States had the oldest Constitution in use in the world. It was the first country in which the citizens governed themselves; where people were free to create any kind of life for themselves that they were able to make with their own intelligence, motivation, prudence, and effort—regardless of their station of birth. Before the United States, Kings and Queens governed people with an iron fist, and the people had little say in the result of their labors; and little freedom of speech. People were born into a certain station of life, and they generally stayed there. One would have to go all the way back to ancient Rome in order to find another successful republic. Its fall was equally swift, and it was just as astonishing.

THE UNITED STATES COAST TODAY
THE UNITED STATES COAST TODAY
SIGNING OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE
SIGNING OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE
ON THEIR WAY TO AMERICA
ON THEIR WAY TO AMERICA

THE FOUNDING FATHERS

The United States was founded by the most remarkable group of men ever assembled. Together, they wrote a Declaration of Independence, a Constitution, and a Bill of Rights. The republic they founded was based on the principle that people had rights granted by God—not by other men—to govern themselves, with individual Liberty, Free Enterprise, and without interference by government. It was so successful that the idea was copied by nation states around the world.

People moved to the United States by the tens of millions from around the world—even on homemade rafts across shark infested oceans—to have a chance to participate in the greatest experiment in freedom ever attempted by mankind; leaving behind their home lands and the people they knew and loved.

The people of the United States were the most religious on Earth, and they thanked God daily for their abundance. Their land was covered with churches built to honor God, and to come together regularly as communities to worship.

These Americans proved to be by far the most loving and charitable people that have ever appeared on Earth. As their material wealth grew, they sent missionaries with food and medicine around the globe to share with the less fortunate and less industrious.

ONE OF 350,000 CHURCHES IN AMERICA
ONE OF 350,000 CHURCHES IN AMERICA
AMERICAN CHRISTIAN MISSIONARY DOCTORS WORKING FOR FREE IN AFRICA
AMERICAN CHRISTIAN MISSIONARY DOCTORS WORKING FOR FREE IN AFRICA
AMERICANS BUILT GREAT CITIES
AMERICANS BUILT GREAT CITIES

AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL

 

America became by far the most wealthy and powerful people in the history of the world.  But they shared their wealth at a high level never seen before; and they used their power not to conquer—but to free the conquered and the enslaved by the hundreds of millions.  The voluntary transfers of wealth from Americans to other Americans and to other peoples of the world were in the trillions of dollars.  Nothing like this had ever happened before in the history of our world. 

The incredible wealth of America was earned by sheer will and ingenuity—made possible by freedom, right to private property, and free market capitalism.  It was a meritocracy of the first rank, which motivated human beings as never before, who knew that what they produced was theirs to keep.  Under these circumstances the people of The United States created inventions that improved the quality of life immeasurably for people everywhere in the world.  By the time the country was disbanded, most everything considered modern and civilized had been created by Americans—but shared with others (or emulated) around the globe.

The achievements of Americans produced advancements that humankind could not have dreamed about before America came to be.  They created automobiles, airplanes, appliances, and spacecraft that traveled to the Moon.  They made astounding advances in medicine, law, sciences, music, nuclear energy, communications, other technologies, and invented the Internet.  By contrast, we today are just emerging from what some call the "The Second Dark Ages."  And by now, you must be wondering, "What happened?"

AMERICAN FLAG PLANTED ON THE MOON
AMERICAN FLAG PLANTED ON THE MOON
PROGRESSIVE MAGAZINE SPOUTS PROPAGANDA
PROGRESSIVE MAGAZINE SPOUTS PROPAGANDA
PROGRESSIVES OBJECTIVE: BAN GOD FROM AMERICAN LIFE
PROGRESSIVES OBJECTIVE: BAN GOD FROM AMERICAN LIFE

THE PROGRESSIVES

 

The system in America rewarded individual, or corporate, or communal, achievement in all fields.  Naturally, since human beings are of very unequal intelligence, motivation, discipline, and virtue, the achievements were not equally achieved—and therefore the rewards were not equally distributed.  To a shallow observer this may appear to be a bad thing, but it was in fact the beauty of this system that led to all that unbelievable prosperity.  Human nature being what it is, there were people who were envious of the achievers.  A group of intellectuals arose determined to lead them in revolution. 

 

These intellectuals called themselves Progressives.  They were in fact Socialists, or Communists.  But because of the worldwide failure of Socialism by the Nazis of Germany, for instance; and of Communism by the Russians, Chinese, Cambodians, et al., which resulted in the extermination of well over 100 million human beings, these intellectuals adopted the name "Progressives."  After all, it has the word "progress" in it—and everybody is for progress.  This was only the beginning of their twisting of language to make "up" mean "down" or "out" to mean "in"—but we'll circle back to that later. 

 

The Progressives were nearly all Atheists or Agnostics. But most of them pretended to be Christians in order to win elections.  Some claimed allegiance to some vague concept of God, but were speaking falsely.  The key aspect to understand about Progressives is that they did not believe in any such thing as objective truth.  Therefore lying came naturally to them.  Those who tried to save America for all of mankind lied sometimes too—all people lie—but their lies (and other moral shortcomings) proved far more damaging; their lies opened them up to charges of hypocrisy.  But take care to note; there is an enormous difference between lying as a moral failure, and lying as the basis for a political movement. 

The Progressives had figured out something that gave them two important advantages.  First, to have no moral standards means you can never be a hypocrite. Second, it means that a lot of people with wicked desires in their hearts will vote for you.  In truth, however, we know it is better to have moral standards—even knowing all will fall short of them—than to have none, which leads to moral anarchy. 

13 YEAR OLD GIRL EXCORIATED BY PROGRESSIVE TEACHER FOR DRAWING THIS "OFFENSIVE" PICTURE
13 YEAR OLD GIRL EXCORIATED BY PROGRESSIVE TEACHER FOR DRAWING THIS "OFFENSIVE" PICTURE
PROGRESSIVES HATED CHRISTIANITY BUT TOLERATED "RELIGIONS OF PEACE"
PROGRESSIVES HATED CHRISTIANITY BUT TOLERATED "RELIGIONS OF PEACE"

DECONSTRUCTION

 

Unable to take control by elections or democracy, Progressives had to resort to nefarious means to achieve their ends.  Their ends were that every person on the planet should have an equal share of all wealth; and an equal share of all health care, housing, food, education—all the fruits of the labors of the entire world should be shared equally.  Their motto was that ANY means justified these ends.  The Progressive theorist Saul Alinsky paved the way, founding strategies such as cloaking oneself in phony patriotism to gain power. 

 

The Progressives hated America. They hated its freedom, its values, and they especially hated Christianity.  What the Progressives had to do is called "deconstruction."  This means to deconstruct the true meaning of the world and human life.  To deconstruct belief systems, customs, traditions, and any authority that might compete with state authority.  They had to destroy the American family, American Religion, and American Business.  These were the three huge obstacles to their utopian dreams, and they needed to overcome these impediments in order for their views to have any chance of acceptance.  And this they set out to do with a vengeance.  We will explore how this was done in the next lecture, but for today let's move on to how the Progressives finally achieved their goal and destroyed America in 2016. 

AMERICAN POSTER FROM 2009 EQUATES PRESIDENT OBAMA WITH ANOTHER SOCIALIST FROM HISTORY: ADOLPH HITLER OF GERMANY
AMERICAN POSTER FROM 2009 EQUATES PRESIDENT OBAMA WITH ANOTHER SOCIALIST FROM HISTORY: ADOLPH HITLER OF GERMANY

PROGRESSIVES TAKE CONTROL

The Progressives took control of America in 2009. They immediately began a gradual takeover of the manufacturing, insurance, banking, and mortgage industries, as well as the stock market of the country. Early in the year they flexed their muscles by closing hundreds of car dealerships that belonged to their opposition--known as Conservatives (those who desired to conserve the American Way of life). This was a trial balloon to gauge resistance.

The first year in power they printed a trillion dollars and gave it to their political backers, primarily funneling it to unions and other subversive groups, which they called "stimulus." Printing this unprecedented amount of new money led to a destabilization of the economy and created yet another crisis—just what the Progressives wanted to further implement their plans. Anyone who opposed these astounding machinations was called a racist.

 

POLITICAL POSTER FROM AMERICA IN 2010
POLITICAL POSTER FROM AMERICA IN 2010
PRISONERS INCARCERATED FOR NOT PURCHASING HEALTH CARE INSURANCE
PRISONERS INCARCERATED FOR NOT PURCHASING HEALTH CARE INSURANCE
PROGRESSIVE IDEAS ENCAPSULATED
PROGRESSIVE IDEAS ENCAPSULATED
THE BRAVE NEW WORLD OF PHARMACEUTICAL MIND CONTROL AND BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION
THE BRAVE NEW WORLD OF PHARMACEUTICAL MIND CONTROL AND BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION
QUOTES FROM PROGRESSIVE LEADERS
QUOTES FROM PROGRESSIVE LEADERS
POLITICAL POSTER OF THE OBAMA YOUTH
POLITICAL POSTER OF THE OBAMA YOUTH
ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS ARE GRATEFUL TO BE IN AMERICA
ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS ARE GRATEFUL TO BE IN AMERICA
APPARENTLY THIS MAN WAS ONE CAUSE OF HOT AIR THAT WARMED THE PLANET
APPARENTLY THIS MAN WAS ONE CAUSE OF HOT AIR THAT WARMED THE PLANET
RED STATES RESISTED PROGRESSIVE IDEAS UNTIL DRIVEN TO BANKRUPTCY BY PROGRESSIVE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT
RED STATES RESISTED PROGRESSIVE IDEAS UNTIL DRIVEN TO BANKRUPTCY BY PROGRESSIVE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT

PROGRESSIVES CONSOLIDATE POWER

2010 was a huge year for the Progressive Movement. They took control over the health care industry in America—17% of the entire economy. Soon came rationing of health care by the government. This type of power is always politicized in the end. That laid the foundation for their eventual plan, which was to deny medical care to any anti-Progressive person. Now the Progressives had the very life and death of the people held within their hands.

The Progressives then put a woman on the Supreme Court who had sued the United States Army during wartime. Next, they took control of University education by taking command of the funding process by which students could attain a university degree. They would use this power to deny a college education to anyone who did not agree with their dogmas—all the while villainously claiming that their only motivation was to increase "diversity." Anyone who protested was publicly branded a racist by Progressives.

Also announced in 2010 was a requirement that all citizens must volunteer for a mandatory 2 years of civil service. The purpose of this obligation was to assess the political beliefs of the citizens. Assessments were accomplished by the utilization of a one month training course on "right-thought," otherwise known as "political correctness" and "multiculturalism." Within a few years, those giving the wrong answers were sent to reeducation camps, similar to those used by the idols of Progressives: Chairman Mao of China, and Josef Stalin of the USSR. The only way to "graduate" from these camps was to convince the secret police that you firmly believed in the Progressive ideology.

The Progressives next nationalized the hated pharmaceutical companies. They convinced the public that this was necessary because the companies were greedy and oppressive. In truth, it was so they could control people's medications. By this time, 30% of the nation was on anti-depressants, and 90% of the nation on some sort of medication. Anyone opposed to Progressivism was denied their happy pills. People addicted to drugs, suffering from withdrawal, will go a long ways to get relief.

The Progressive government used taxpayer funds—mostly generated by non-Progressives who worked for a living—to fund the "National Endowment for the Arts," which was used to create propaganda. In addition, the government took control of most newspapers in the country, ostensibly to save the "Free Press," but in actuality to use taxes to prop up failing companies that were then used as propaganda organs.

But the most incredibly bold moves came in 2014. The American people had slowly begun to catch on to what was happening to their Liberty and Freedom, and it had become obvious that Progressives would lose power in the fall elections of 2014. Suddenly, that summer, the Progressives declared that the 14 million people who had illegally snuck across America's borders were now citizens and all were welcomed to vote in the fall elections. Of course, previously compiled research had shown that given this right nearly all of them would vote for the Progressive Party, what with their promises to confiscate wealth Americans had earned and give it to them for their votes.

They also changed American law to grant the right to vote to 4 million convicted felons, whom they knew would vote for Progressives by 100 to 1 (Progressive ideology taught that there was no such thing as a criminal, merely people forced to commit crimes because of the oppressiveness of American society).

The Progressives weren't even close to done. A month before the elections, they passed a law making Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia the 51st and 52nd states of America. Publicly, they said it was for "inclusiveness," but history shows its real purpose was to stack the Congress with 7 more Progressive Representatives and 4 more Progressive Senators. The Electoral College was also eliminated, so as to diminish opposition from what was called "The Heartland." Anyone who spoke out against these moves was officially denounced by the government as a racist.

Progressives pulled of one the greatest scams of all time when they convinced many Americans that the Earth was warming—not because it always does warm and cool cyclically, but because of American energy consumption. They used this hoax to take control of all energy in the United States—to save the people, of course. They would in later years use this power to deny electricity, gasoline, and then water to any people who were not Progressives. Naturally, as this went on, fewer and fewer people opposed them. It is not surprising what compromises people will make to survive. The takeover of the energy sector involved a friend of the American President who received ten trillion dollars per year to manage a program called Cap and Trade, which he distributed to Socialist labor unions and foreign countries. But first it was used to bankrupt the so-called 'Red States," which is where the opposition to Progressives was the strongest. Their earnings were confiscated and given to states that supported the Progressives, known as "Blue States.

RATIONED HEALTH CARE PRODUCED LONG LINES
RATIONED HEALTH CARE PRODUCED LONG LINES
ABORTIONSRUS OPENED A MILLION MILLS WITH GOVERNMENT FUNDS
ABORTIONSRUS OPENED A MILLION MILLS WITH GOVERNMENT FUNDS
EXTREMELY DANGEROUS TEA PARTY PROTESTORS WERE ROUNDED UP AND SENT TO GULAGS
EXTREMELY DANGEROUS TEA PARTY PROTESTORS WERE ROUNDED UP AND SENT TO GULAGS
PROGRESSIVE CROWD CONTROL
PROGRESSIVE CROWD CONTROL

PRESIDENT FOR LIFE


In 2011 the government supported the building of an Islamic Mosque at the most sacred spot in the country, Ground Zero. It was claimed to be a show of "Tolerance."


Later that same year, the Progressives announced that the United States would, from then on, have open borders. The entire world was invited to come and share America's wealth. All that came would have cradle-to-grave support from American taxpayers. Twenty million Mexican peasants swarmed over the border in the first year, along with twenty million more from Central and South America. Most of these immigrants were illiterate and unskilled, but their forty million extra votes for the Progressive agenda meant that the Progressives would rule forever.

It was a mere formality when they cancelled the elections of 2018; it was a foregone conclusion they would win. This was justified by stating that the cost of elections—millions of dollars—would be given to the poor newcomers instead. What a great show of kindness it seemed to be. Anyone who spoke out against open borders was required to wear a yellow armband with the word "racist" on it.


The Progressives then announced free abortions for all, and from that day on every pregnant woman was required to report to "Planned Parenthood." The organization’s very name defines the essence of Progressive deception, since "parenthood" was not what was being "planned." The "counselors" at Planned Parenthood made sure the Progressives could exercise population control. All doctors and nurses were required to perform abortions, regardless of conscience or beliefs. By 2016, "abortions" were legalized—and strongly encouraged—for any children who had not yet reached their second birthday (since they were not yet fully aware of themselves, and therefore merely animals, or "potential" human beings).

There was a resistance movement called the "Tea Party," and members of the movement came from all over the country. These were mostly grandmas and grandpas who believed in the America of old. The Progressives banned the Tea Party as a "Clear and Present Danger" to public order. Large government rewards were issued for anyone who would report their neighbors as being against the regime. Use of the American flag was prohibited, as the Progressives had deemed it a "symbol of oppression."

AMERICAN MAGAZINE COVER
AMERICAN MAGAZINE COVER
PROGRESSIVE POLICE STATE
PROGRESSIVE POLICE STATE

THE BEGINNING OF THE END

 

In 2012, the government announced that from that point on all professions would be represented by at least 50% women, 3% Asians, 12% blacks, 25% Hispanics, and no more than 63% whites.  Needless to say, the quality of brain surgeons, airline pilots, and nuclear physicists dropped precipitously in the years to follow.  Only professional athletes, singers, and dancers were excluded from quotas.   Entertainment, the opium of the masses, had to remain at top quality and be provided by those in tune with Progressive ideals. 

 

In the fall of 2012, several journalists and television personalities who opposed Progressivism mysteriously turned up missing. Their bodies were never found.  The company they worked for, Fox News, was banned by the government as subversive and racist.  The government shockingly seized control of radio and the internet. 

 

Marriage was eliminated in steps. First, people were granted the right to marry others of their own sex.  Then, polygamy was legalized, followed closely by polyamory.  The Supreme Court, by then packed with Progressives, as Conservative members of the Court went missing (their bodies were never found), ruled that any restrictions on marriage were unconstitutional due to penumbras and emanations they saw in their daydreams.  Eventually, the Progressives explained that marriage was an outdated institution altogether. 

PROGRESSIVE GOVERNMENT CONDONED THE OF BURNING CHURCHES BY HOMOSEXUALS
PROGRESSIVE GOVERNMENT CONDONED THE OF BURNING CHURCHES BY HOMOSEXUALS
BIBLE BONFIRES ACROSS AMERICA LED BY HOMOSEXUALS
BIBLE BONFIRES ACROSS AMERICA LED BY HOMOSEXUALS

CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION

 

In 2013, Christianity was officially banned as racist and homophobic.  Churches were confiscated to warehouse the new populations that continued to stream into the country. Only if a church declared themselves Progressive—meaning they did not actually believe in God, and agreed to promote abortion, homosexuality, and the so-called "Social Gospel"—were they allowed to exist.  All Bibles were confiscated and burned.  Anyone who fought these changes was not allowed to work, and forced to live off of what they could scavenge from other people's garbage cans. 

 

Some of the strongest opposition to Progressive aims came from the military. In a brilliant stroke, this problem was solved by splitting the armed forces in half.  One half was made into an internal army, assigned to control the civilian populace in America; the other half was put under the control of the United Nations—including all nuclear armaments.  Iran and Libya were chosen to head the UN Armaments committee. 

GUN CONTROL TOP ISSUE FOR ALL PROGRESSIVES
GUN CONTROL TOP ISSUE FOR ALL PROGRESSIVES
GUN CONTROL CARTOON
GUN CONTROL CARTOON
NO MORE AMBER WAVES OF GRAIN
NO MORE AMBER WAVES OF GRAIN

SOCIAL JUSTICE

 

 

In 2014, every American was required to register all of their firearms with the government.  This condition was but a pretext to banning all firearms the following year.  Refusal to turn in any guns you possessed meant a death sentence.  Sadly, this resulted in an enormous crime wave, because the disarmed, law-abiding citizens could no longer defend themselves against gangs of criminals—who still had guns.  Their guns had always been illegal. 

 

Also in 2014, the Progressive government announced that all Americans would now receive equal pay.  To enforce this, the government nationalized every business in the country, and proclaimed a cashless society.  All money flowed to the government electronically; and flowed from the government into debit card accounts of people who found favor in its eyes.  Each adult now worked for the government, and each worker was to be paid $50,000 per year, regardless of what type of work—if any—they performed.  We know now that in fact government workers and union members received double that amount, and members of the Progressive Party lived as billionaires.  But this was kept secret through government propaganda and media control.

 

In a move reminiscent of another Marxist Black Liberation Leader, Robert Mugabe of Rhodesia, word was passed along to the poor communities that they should seize all of the farmland in America.  All they had to do was squat on it and use it as they saw fit. Any farmers who opposed would be shipped to reeducation camps to cure them of racism.  The rationale given by the government for this was that it was obvious to Progressives that it was not losing the land they had worked for fifty years that bothered the farmers; it was having their land taken by non-white people that had to be the problem.  Unfortunately, similar to Rhodesia, the United States went from being the food supplier to much of the world, to not being able to feed itself, as the squatters lacked one important ingredient: they didn't know how to grow things. 

 

Next, the poor were secretly trained by Community Organizers, such as the notorious ACORN, to waltz into any home over 1,000 square feet, forcibly evict those living there, and take the homes for themselves.  After all, the enormous influx of immigrants was living in squalor.  No family was worthy of living in more than 1,000 square feet of space, while others lived in shacks. Unfortunately, a lot of rape, beatings, and killings occurred, but the government thought it an acceptable sacrifice for the good of the "Collective."  They put a great name on it: Social Justice.  Any who resisted were physically branded on the forehead by a hot iron with a big letter "R" for racist.

 

Private property was abolished.  The Progressives announced that Social Justice could only be achieved if "the people" owned everything in the United States, but their definition of “the people” meant the government.  Of course, the choicest mansions went to top party members (called comrades). 

POSTER PROTESTING THE 666 VERICHIP (MARK OF THE BEAST) DEPICTING AMERICAN DICTATOR AS THE ANTICHRIST
POSTER PROTESTING THE 666 VERICHIP (MARK OF THE BEAST) DEPICTING AMERICAN DICTATOR AS THE ANTICHRIST
PROGRESSIVE GOVERNMENT SURVEILLANCE
PROGRESSIVE GOVERNMENT SURVEILLANCE

THE VERICHIP

In 2017, the Progressives removed all mention (or symbols) of God and Christianity from America’s public buildings, monuments, documents, and seals. They justified this action by claiming that any mention of God in public had to have the opprobrium of the government, or it would violate "Separation of Church and State." Their methodical removal of all crosses from every cemetery in America proved to be a daunting task, but it got done; they made it a priority. A few old veterans fussed about the thousands of crosses uprooted at Arlington National Cemetery, but they were silenced by some well placed bullets. Finally, came the destruction of all historical sites in America that were related to its Founders; they proclaimed them to be monuments of racism.

Also in 2017, all Americans were required to have a VeriChip implanted in their wrists. Any who refused could not buy, sell, or work. Little did they know that since 2014 their televisions had been wired by the Progressives to monitor the speech inside of their homes. Many were taken away in the middle of the night for daring to question Progressive ideals in what they thought were private conversations. The mass graves have only now been found. This was justified at the time on the grounds that they were either racists or homophobes.


AMERICA IN 2016
AMERICA IN 2016
AMERICAN NEIGHBORHOOD 2016
AMERICAN NEIGHBORHOOD 2016
BLEAK AMERICAN LANDSCAPES 2036
BLEAK AMERICAN LANDSCAPES 2036

THE SAD END OF AMERICA


Finally, in 2018, the United States was disbanded. The Progressives proclaimed that they were "citizens of the world." The United Nations was given control of America. Soon thereafter, the American President was named President of the World, and a new World Government was implemented. All people in the whole world were to now receive a salary of $10,000 per year; from molecular biologists to Borneo tribesmen (Some tribesmen were confused as they had no banks and had never seen a check. They used them for toilet paper. The world government bureaucracy kept mailing them their checks anyway). Finally, the world was equal.


But the world came to a standstill as people no longer had any reason to work, create, discover, or innovate. So, they were forced to work as slaves of the state. The Second Dark Ages soon followed.


History was rewritten to cover the crimes of the Progressives. One hundred million Americans perished. We know that the Progressives were working closely with the Chinese and Russian governments, with the goal of bringing down the United States of America—the only obstacle to a New World Communist Government. We are just now learning what happened as we undergo the Second Renaissance.


Next time we will discuss how the groundwork was laid before 2009 that enabled the Progressives to ruin civilization and plunge us into the Second Dark Ages. Questions?


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James A Watkins 3 years ago from Chicago Author

Half of all volunteering in America occurs in activities involving the Christian Faith. Half of all charitable giving is to Christian Charities. Half of all associational memberships are Church related. Christians are much more likely than other persons to visit friends, to entertain at home, to attend club meetings, and to belong to all sorts of groups, associations, and organizations.

The Scientific Revolution only happened in Christendom because Christianity taught us that a rational God created a rational universe and gave humans rational minds that could grow in understanding of it and therefore Him.

Hospitals are an invention of Christianity, as are Hospices for the dying. During plagues, for centuries, people would flee the infected cities and history shows that only one group of people were observed going the other way—TO the plague ridden towns: Christians.

Community Schools and the modern University are innovations of Christians—all the Ivy League Schools save one were established by fervent Christians: Yale, Harvard, Princeton, etc. etc. etc.

The spreading of literacy itself is credited to Christianity. Most people through history first learned to read primarily so they could read the Bible.

Nobody other group through human history has even approached the billions of hungry people fed by Christians through the centuries.

No other group has been even close to as successful at reforming criminals, prostitutes, drunkards, and drug addicts as Christians.

It was Christians who abolished slavery, not Atheists, not Buddhists, not Muslims, and not Jews. It was in Christendom that slavery was first abolished in the world.

The number of medical missions to other lands and to the poor at home by Christians is innumerable.

Nobody has taken care of orphans, widows, and the handicapped throughout the last 2000 years as Christians have. No other group has come close to housing as many people without shelter and clothing as many people without clothes.

The number of Christians who have given up comfortable homes to live and work among the dregs of the world is staggering.

No group has done as much to improve prison conditions as Christians.

Government welfare programs are counterfeit Christian Charity, designed to deliver the goods without the Good News.

Christianity has made more people happy than anything ever created on earth. Even today, people who attend church on a regular basis exhibit better mental and physical health, and live longer. They have more stable marriages and fewer disabilities in their old age. They are happier, feel better about themselves, are less depressed, and use less drugs and alcohol. Their children have better outcomes, too.

The more often you attend church the happier you are. 49% of Americans who attend church more than once a week are Very Happy; 41% of those who go to church weekly are Very Happy; 34% of those who attend church once a month are Very Happy. The least likely to be very happy are those who never go to church—23 percent. And the happiest of all Christians are "Fundamentalists."

Your very notion of "equality" comes from Christianity, which taught the world that ALL people, regardless of background, socioeconomic status, educational attainment, heredity, race, ethnicity, male or female, are equal in the eyes of God.

It is from the Christian Faith that you might have an idea of a "sanctity of life," which stems from the truth that human beings are created in the Image of God. That is also why you saw Atheist regimes murder 100 million souls in the 20th Century, because they see human beings are mere animals who exist to serve the State.

What about the message and teachings of Christ Jesus, and the life he lived, that makes you so hostile?


PAUL BAKER UK 3 years ago

THE BIBLE BEING "THE BOOK OF LIES" WAS LONG OVERDUE

FROM BEING REMOVED FROM US SCHOOLS I HEARD IT ALL WHEN

I WAS A KID IT NEVER DID ME ANY GOOD,RELIGION NOTHING EVER COMES OF IT JUST ONE BIG COP OUT.


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago Author

Alexander Mark— I hope the day comes when we do meet in person. Until then, thanks for all of your encouragement and affirmation. I sincerely appreciate you reading my work and sending such interesting comments my way. Good man!

James


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Alexander Mark 4 years ago from beautiful, rainy, green Portland, Oregon

Beautifully said, especially: "...all property is owned by God. However, we are stewards of that property and it is obvious God favors ownership of property otherwise "Thou Shalt Not Steal" would not be in the Ten Commandments...," and, "You cannot have Faith without Free Will."

I like to think my comments are brilliant, but really I'm just grateful you appreciate my rants so much. I want to say your hubs are brilliant but I don't want to sound like I'm throwing a compliment back - so instead I'll write, "right back at ya."

If we ever run across each other in this world, I hope I will be able to verbalize my thoughts as well as I write them - I have an annoying tendency to let a conversation fall into nothingness! But, I would enjoy meeting you very much.


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago Author

Alexander Mark— How great it is to "see" you here, my friend. Thank you for taking the time to read my work. It means a lot to me that you do. And your comments are always so brilliant!

Time keeps flowing like a river, to the sea.

Yes, all property is owned by God. However, we are stewards of that property and it is obvious God favors ownership of property otherwise "Thou Shalt Not Steal" would not be in the Ten Commandments because no one would "own" anything that could be stolen.

The theme of individual freedom is throughout the Bible by its repeated assertions of Free Will. It is "by faith" that all the Saints in the Bible had righteousness counted toward them. You cannot have Faith without Free Will. You cannot have Free Will without the Freedom to exercise it.

Many "progressives" are against private property because it is the greatest block to State Power over everything and everybody. That and the Family and Marriage and the Church—which, come to think out it, most progressives are also against with malice and the utmost hostility. As you said perfectly well: "Naturally this paves the way for one authority that rules over our lives."

You are discerning young man and it is an honor to "know" you, Brother. I hope we meet one day.

James


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Alexander Mark 4 years ago from beautiful, rainy, green Portland, Oregon

I was just lamenting to another hubber about my inadequate history education, and I also do not know about Rule of Law, private property rights, the scientific revolution and so on. Unfortunately, time is a luxury so I will have to learn these things slowy and gradually over time instead of when it counted the most: in school.

I am studiously watching Kent Hovind videos, and he mentioned several verses in the Bible that show individual property ownership is from God. I had no idea, but I am already convinced that although it is not explicit, the theme of individual freedom can be found all throughout the Bible. And the issue of private property and land ownership is a natural assumption!

I resent how the American Indian is glorified because they had no understanding of ownership. The problem with that is, if I use a pencil that belongs to everyone and I am working on an article that will benefit everyone or a piece of art maybe, that pencil can be taken away at any time because someone else decides that something else is more important. This is how liberals think, I have met this idea thousands of times in my life, people feel they have the right to interrupt what I am doing because my time belongs to them. And there you see the idea of "no ownership."

All too often, when I am speaking with one customer, giving directions or helping in someway, someone else will come up and start talking loudly at me to ask a question. They will become irritated when I don't respond and continue talking at me very loudly. I completely ignore them because they are behaving like morons and I am not finished with the first person. Pretty soon, I am going to add, "do you have an emergency?" And when they say no or launch into their needs, "you are being extremely rude, I am in the middle of helping this person here." I swear it I will!

Anyway, all that to say that I believe this kind of behavior stems from the liberal teaching that we shouldn't own anything, not even ourselves and nothing is sacred. My time is your time (but not vice versa!). Naturally this paves the way for one authority that rules over our lives.

I will put that book on my, "books to read," list - there are so many to get to!


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago Author

Alexander Mark— Thank you for visiting one of the Hubs of which I am most proud. This one did not get the number of readers I hoped it would. I do see that I need to update it for current circumstances.

I agree with you that there will always be lovers of freedom who will stand up for and fight for liberty (and God).

The kids are brainwashed in school now to the extent (I know from talking to plenty of them) that they do not know that the university, charity, the Rule of Law, private property rights, individual rights, the scientific revolution, and Western Civilization itself come from the Christian religion. And existed naturally nowhere but in Christendom for many centuries.

Speaking of WWII and Hitler, a friend of mine (Eric Metaxas) wrote an outstanding book I highly recommend: "Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy"

I surely agree with you that "the scariest part of your hub was when progressives controlled everything to such an extent that it forced people to compromise or starve. It's scary because it is true. They preach tolerance and peace, but their aim is obviously to control everything so they can dominate every individual."

AMEN!

You see clearly. I appreciate your outstanding comments. I apologize for taking so long to respond. I am working furiously on my first book. :D

James


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Alexander Mark 4 years ago from beautiful, rainy, green Portland, Oregon

Although there is a lot of truth in this story, I also don't believe that it will be that dark. I don't mean things may not get that bad, but as long as you and I are here (Christians and conservatives or defenders of individual freedom), there will be resistance. WW2 is littered with liberal ideals and yet God kept a people to defeat Hitler. Millions were gassed and it is a horrible and bleak time, but there were always those who fought the enemy. It will be like that too in our time. We'll find places to hide and fight from, politicians will also fight on their turf, as will religious people on theirs.

It's true that America is moving toward a progressive state, but only in science fiction is every single person subverted by progressive philosophy.

But the scariest part of your hub was when progressives controlled everything to such an extent that it forced people to compromise or starve. It's scary because it is true. They preach tolerance and peace, but their aim is obviously to control everything so they can dominate every individual.

This was not a pleasant read, but a much needed warning of what kind of waters we are heading into. (this was not quite as bleak as the movie "The Road" though, because if people are being persecuted, that means there are still people left who believe in true hope and freedom).


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

mike— Will do. Will do. :D


mike 6 years ago

look before you flush


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

Allan McGregor— Thank you for taking the time to catch up on my Hubs, Brother. I've missed hearing from you. As always you are able to explicate what I wrote better than I am. I love this section of your comments:

"because you write about the American Political Left all semblance of humour goes out the window.

Had you written a biting satire against George W. Bush or Jesus Christ they would be congratulating you on your acerbic wit and sharp observation.

The fact is, this article is too close to the truth to be tolerated by those by whom no truth is to be tolerated."

Perfectly said, my wise friend. Gosh it's good to read your words again. :D


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Allan McGregor 6 years ago from South Lanarkshire

I'm working my way through and catching up on your hubs.

This was excellent, but I also see that the ironic hyperbole of political satire is lost on some. Maybe the mistake was to be too explicit, but the caption included of a scene from Soylent Green should have been a clue.

When Aldous Huxley wrote 'Brave New World' and George Orwell, '1984' and 'Animal Farm', they were proclaimed works of genius, but because you write about the American Political Left all semblance of humour goes out the window.

Had you written a biting satire against George W. Bush or Jesus Christ they would be congratulating you on your acerbic wit and sharp observation.

The fact is, this article is too close to the truth to be tolerated by those by whom no truth is to be tolerated.


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

blue parrot— I agree with you. There are myriad causes. But the social programs instituted under "The Great Society" did necessitate the printing of much "new" money to pay for them. Going off the Gold Standard may be the true reason. Good eye. Thank you for the correction. I think you're right.


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blue parrot 6 years ago from Madrid, Spain

Sorry, I forgot to check back.

In fact this curve does not show the relevant data, but I don't think you can find a single cause for such a broad trend. You realize the curve shows the dollar to gold value, but at one point back then the US abolished what was called "the gold standard", as most countries had done before. Money ceased to have some "objective" value and became a political instrument that allowed the US to continue expanding its activities abroad.

I think you cannot find a single cause. What about the invention of TV? What about the two world wars? These things are still too near and too big to be classified and labelled.


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

Kate the Fair— Thank you! And you are welcome. I appreciate the accolades, especially coming from such a talented writer as yourself. I meant to provide a link to your article (I forgot) in a similar vein:

http://hubpages.com/hub/The-Late-Great-United-Stat...


Kate the Fair 6 years ago

OUTSTANDING!! I couldn't have said it better myself, especially the part about the electoral college, ha. The amount of understanding, effort and work that went into this is astounding. And you nailed it! I wish every American in the United States could read this and see the future that is already in "progress" before it really is too late. Thank you for this!


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

akirchner— You lost your crown!?! I understand your feelings. Thank you for taking the time to read my work. I appreciate your comments.


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

I only wish perhaps someone could realize that perhaps OUR version of 'the truth' is not all there is. I can never envision a god who would believe that one people or one race was always right or was the 'chosen'. We prance around the globe trying to convert people to our way of 'peace' meanwhile causing or aiding in all the wars - and we can't even take care of the people between our shores - or keep from becoming a 'foreign country' within our own doors. Makes no sense to me - but I think I lost my crown a few decades ago and no one bothers listening to me! Perhaps one of these days as a collective voice....one can only hope.


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

Rose West— You are welcome. I'm glad you enjoyed my little story. Thank you for your gracious compliments. :)


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

akirchner— You wrote:

"We are spread across the world and we have our hands in everyone's country"

You are right. We long protected Europe from Communist aggression by stationing 100,000 troops there. We've long protected South Korea and Taiwan as well, and other places. As far as aggressive actions go, the United States has long operated on the theory that if someone declares themselves our enemy, we will take the fight to them where they are. Because, the alternative is to fight them on our soil, on the defensive.

"We have so many people coming across the border and receiving enormous benefits"

This is one of the most troubling things going on around here. I can't understand why a wall wasn't built years ago to stop this. The Social Liberals never wanted one and likened it to the Berlin Wall—that it would be a symbol of oppression as that was. Apparently, they never understood that the Berlin Wall was to keep people IN—not out. :D

"I wonder at times as my mom says if we are not all being drugged to death with prescription meds"

NOW YOU'RE TALKING


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan

Wow, this was a great article, James! Thanks for the great reminder and encouragement to keep fighting for the truth! Our country is surely going downhill, and your scenario could be very possible. Really enjoyed, so thank you!


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

As to the most powerful nation - think the Romans - we can fail and we probably will fail because we have not taken the precautionary measures to protect ourselves and our own. We are spread across the world and we have our hands in everyone's country but we cannot take care of our own people. What's wrong with that scenario? I am not sure how we keep voting Republican/Democrat - where is it actually getting us? We have so many people coming across the border and receiving enormous benefits - while the rest of us 'middle income' folks just keep paying and paying. It makes no sense to me. I don't need to think long and hard about what our outcome is going to be - I just worry about what I will do when our country is no longer our own...and it may already be. My biggest beef is that no one seems to want to stand up and shout - stop! I wonder at times as my mom says if we are not all being drugged to death with prescription meds and we have gone brain dead?


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

blue parrot— That is an astounding graph. Thank you very much for providing that link. Do you think this is the result of the Great Society?

I very much appreciate this visit.


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

dugger62— You are welcome.

"GRANDEST HUB YET TO BE PUBLISHED ON HERE"

WOW!! I cannot thank you enough for your laudatory comments. Your opinion matters to me. I do have a book in the works, and this just might be part of it. :-)

I also have a tin foil hat.


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

advisor4qb— :D

I don't go into the forums for a lack of time. I'm always researching, writing, reading Hubs, or answering comments. Thank you for your nice words. Great to see you again.


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blue parrot 6 years ago from Madrid, Spain

I think you ought to have a look at this graph which represents the history of the dollar:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Value_of_US_doll...

It represents the origin of the US debt = the origin of the present crisis and US dependence on China.

As seen from here, the habit of doing great things and waging long wars without however paying for them has created a climate or nutty optimism which is now collapsing or turning into a shaky sense of puzzlement.


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dugger62 6 years ago from Colorado

You ought to write a book James! You covered it all to the Tee! Thank you for the GRANDEST HUB YET TO BE PUBLISHED ON HERE. Of course this is just my opinion- and a lot of times my opinions doesn't amount to much. To some, they claim I forgot my tinfoil hat. lol.

Your 100 % TRUTH MARCHES FORWARD, James. Can't wait for the one you mentioned above to be written next.


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advisor4qb 6 years ago from On New Footing

I appreciate that you always call 'em like you see 'em, James. You are very forthright and have no qualms about saying what some of the rest of us think only to ourselves.

You rock! (PS I bet you start avalanches in the forums...)


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

Hxprof— I think you know you are welcome anytime to opine. Most people do believe the USA can't fall for the same reason the Romans named Rome the Eternal City. It doesn't seem feasible. The book "The Black Swan" explains this sort of thing beautifully (highly recommended). The way we look back at history, with why what happened, gives a subtle perception that it was predictable when in fact life and history is completely unpredictable. WWI was supposed to a three month skirmish. The Great Depression "couldn't happen." A small band of Bolsheviks could not possibly take over a country the size of Russia. No way "babarians" could topple Rome.


Hxprof 6 years ago from Clearwater, Florida

I couldn't resist one more comment on this article (jeeze, would this dude write his OWN article?). See if you can answer a question for which I have no answer: How can so many Americans believe that this country CAN'T fall, or won't fall, when we can't/won't protect our borders? Are most Americans in denial or do they truly believe that because this is America, the most powerful nation on earth (THE HAMMER OF THE EARTH-for you James)it can't possibly fall?


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

rosycreations— If I got you to thinking, that is exactly my intent. Thanks for coming by and leaving your words.


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Joshua Kell— You are truly welcome, my friend. A Masterpiece! Wow! That makes me feel good. Thanks!


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janiek13— I surely appreciate the "forward" very much. Thank you!


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

Calling Crow— Speaking of water, look at how Progressives denied that huge valley in California their water supply, ruining a great farming community, for the sake of some bug or something. Of course, on the side of the bug were Liberals and the farmers were largely Conservatives. You do sound like a determined girl. I am honored to be the first writer you read upon your return to HubPages. I look forward to reading your newest works. :-)


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

janiek13— Yes, some are offended. I will be writing a prequel to this story that will show why people have been conditioned to be offended. Thank you for the kudos. :D


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rosycreations 6 years ago from Virginia

Great hub, it's got me thinking.


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Joshua Kell 6 years ago from Arizona

EXCELLENT! This was a truly great hub. A masterpiece! Congratulations, and thank you.


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janiek13 6 years ago from Florida's Space Coast

I liked this so well, I am going to e-mail it to a few friends.


Calling Crow 6 years ago

Very true about that water issue, lol! But They would be less likely to find me in my native land than in a forest ;) I know how to get water from cacti and I'm sure I could find either a cave or burrow one for myself HAHA!!! I'm a determined type a girl :D

Yeah, I have been offline for a bit and have missed the Hub! Of course yours was the first story I ready :) Gave me some ideas for a story of my own. . .


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janiek13 6 years ago from Florida's Space Coast

I have goosebumps. I see that some are offended by what you wrote, but if America doesn't wake up soon, it could happen.

Kudos for writing about an unpopular subject.


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

tony0724— I've got you covered Captain.


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

Wireless Reading Device— I wrote what I wrote and I like to leave folks to their own interpretations. Use your imagination. :-)


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

tony0724— Always great to hear from you, brother. Wazzzuuuppp!!! (Sorry, I got a bit multicultural there. At least I didn't axe you anything.) :D

I'm a big fan of Orwell and Huxley. I read that stuff as a teenager and immediate recognized Communist regimes (Leftist regimes). Never did I dream it could come to our shores, but as you can see, some folks hope it does.

The kind of folks the President has surrounded himself with are a shocking collection of Atheistic, Marxist, Progressive, Revolutionaries. They say so themselves but people still want to argue about it. Talk about sticking heads in sand.

Your comments are remarkable. Thank you, my friend.


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tony0724 6 years ago from san diego calif

Oh my apologies I meant to say Anita Dunn who made the praising statement about Mao ! My Bad


Wireless Reading Device>> 6 years ago

Is this hub a reaction to Obama administration??


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

fetty— Welcome to the Hub Pages Community! Thank you for taking the time to read my essay and respond. Your commentary is excellent, well thought out and well received. As Forrest Gump said, "That's all I'm going to say about that." :D


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

izettl— Thank you for the laudations! Your comments are the most profound I have received. I have read them three times now. I savor your words.

"Those that call your hub paranoid are the same ones paranoid the world is headed for global warming disaster, but can finally sleep at night because their white guilt is eased after electing Obama.Poop on the people who want you to write inside the box- blah."

You're really witty. You wrote:

"Leftists can't believe there is anything other than love in the world."

Yes, the Kumbaya crowd is living in a dream. And that is odd since Leftists regimes caused the deaths of over 100 million human beings in the 20th Century, and the greatest of all cruelties and theft of human dignity and freedom. Their position looks indefensible to me. And yet they somehow get away with calling Conservative people cruel and heartless. Maybe conservatism is cruel in theory but leftists have imposed the most cruel regimes in human history. Not conservatives, who merely wish to conserve what is good, true, and right with the world, not to allow the deconstruction of the world's best parts. Leftists say eggs have to broken to make an omellete but no omellete came from the death and destruction they sowed.

"If you're educated, you're more likely not to believe in God."

This is true, but only true because Godless Leftists run our educational system. Christians created the modern university, so they are all for learning—but for learning truth. Here is the original motto for Harvard University: "Veritas pro Christo et ecclesia" ("Truth for Christ and his Church").

You wrote: "I'm tired of having to press #1 for English. Does anyone realize there are very nice people in Mexico, but they're not the ones coming into our country illegally. The ones that disrespect laws are entering our country illegally"

So true! I've spent a fair amount of time in Mexico and the people I met there were beautiful people. Not the same crowd one sees at these violent demonstrations or La Raza conventions.

I thank you for your deep remarks.


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tony0724 6 years ago from san diego calif

James I know that you stirred the Hornets nest with this one, and It has a Huxley and Orwell element to it. And it seems only the dissenters choose to paint your Illustration as ridiculous. However I say they are either naïve , in denial or in quiet complicity with the events that are transpiring to make this a reality. I say look at who BO surounds himself with. We have an AG who cannot even acknowledge radical Islam. One of Obamas advisors Anita Hill has already made a speech in praise of Mao in her history. And a nutjob named Cass Sunstein who wants control of all media especially the Internet but they call it " Net Neutrality " when in fact it is a form of thought control. You control the Info you control the people. And now we have a Supreme Court nominee who wholeheartedly endorses that philosophy. I rarely listen to what people say I watch what they do. And the actions of this administration make these scenarios not that far from the fiction they currently are. In fact the arms treaty Hillary signed at the UN was just a way to go around the second amendment. I do not own a gun but I believe you are entitled to own one.

So to the dissenters all I gotta say is wake up !


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

Joni Douglas— Thank you for your gracious compliments. :)

The problem with Redistribution is who decides how much is taken from whom and who it gets redistributed to? That is a lot of power and history shows it always gets politicized, i.e., that it gets redistributed to the supporters of one political power and taken from the opposition. And it is taken by force, if necessary. As George Bernard Shaw said, "If you rob Peter to pay Paul, you can always count on the support of Paul." Shaw was a Socialist, so on first reading it might seem this sentence would be said in oposition to Socialism but he in fact said it to support Socialism—to demonstrate how Socialists could claim and always keep political power by essentially buying it from the less accomplished. These are deep issues that need to be thought through carefully. Everybody recognizes "Let's help the poor" is a fine ideal. But how?

The harsh reality is that Progressives feel our Constitution is outdated and not important. They say so themselves. And they don't teach kids the truth. You can't blame the kids much, they've been fed lies by our school system, which teaches a curriculum that is decidedly Anti-American.


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fetty 6 years ago from South Jersey

I wholeheartedly agree with TonyMac04's comments to you and this hub. I believe you have made alot of statements that ARE misinformed or just not true eg. global warming. I also hope that you are writing these hubs as a wake up call to America because you want our democracy to prevail. I see corporate greed , deregulation over the past twenty-some years as the direct contributing factors to the failures the world ecomony has experienced because of America's greed. We are also in a transitional period of growth in America , changing from the industrial revolution period to the age of possibly leading the world in information technology. Capitalism and corporate greed in the hands of a few , possibly 2% of our population, has caused the world to suffer. And the billionaires to grow stronger til God only knows where this will stop? I hope I read your hub as a wake up call, James. You have a superior intellect, with a wide range of interests and a work ethic , I envy. A college professor of mine, back in the early 70's predicted that America was going to fall and I was furious with her . She guaranteed this was only a matter of time because she said, "you are the only one in my class of 25 that was passionate about your country; all the rest of these 'students' (sic) could care". She was from India and taught a political science class. I hated her . She was tough, biased and no one could pass her makeup tests. I was never sick, ever, for her class. I earned an A- and I hate political science !! This view of yours reminded me of her.(ugh!) Sorry!


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izettl 6 years ago from The Great Northwest

James~Awesome! Great writing and might I call it creative and observant, not "paranoid". People should acknowledge your great writing in this hub even if they don't agree with the content- isn't that why we read others writing? Those that call your hub paranoid are the same ones paranoid the world is headed for global warming disaster, but can finally sleep at night because their white guilt is eased after electing Obama.Poop on the people who want you to write inside the box- blah.

What disappointed me the most were some of the comments. People were "shocked", etc. Great writing provokes many emotions so keep on shocking us. I hate reading dull writing agreeable to the masses.I believe you are giving an honest interpretation of an cause and effect scenario. Leftists can't believe there is anything other than love in the world. The problem is you can't make everyone happy all of the time.

I especially liked your first couple paragraphs after the heading The Progressives- I totally believe the beauty of our country is that we all have equal chance at the American dream, some people have to work harder some work smarter and others want a free ride with no contribution to anything. I am armed with an excellent education I had to work hard to attain but now that's not a commodity because Obama wants to educate everybody and give everyone a college degree because it's better to be educated than Christian.If you're educated, you're more likely not to believe in God. Is that part of his plan-maybe I'm just paranoid.

I've worked with my fair share of illegal immigrants, being in the restaurant business, and they laugh at and disrespect our country. They change their documents all the time, even names and ss#'s, but we should show compassion for them? Sorry I'm not sold and I'm tired of having to press #1 for English. Does anyone realize there are very nice people in Mexico, but they're not the ones coming into our country illegally. The ones that disrespect laws are entering our country illegally and no surprise they disrespected that law so they will likely commit crimes once in our country while my friend works hard for citizenship and is a graduate student in nursing working hard to care for the ill in our country.

Hitler is just a good example of groupthink and the strong influence of charisma during election season. The fact Hitler was voted into power by the people and popular vote shows that masses of people can be wrong. Is it possible people are wrong about Obama. I'm just drawing the line between how Obama got elected and how Hitler gained his position.


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Joni Douglas 6 years ago

James, this is an outstanding hub. The picture you paint is surely bleak. All the more reason for people to start paying attention now. I mean, what do they think redistribution of wealth is all about? Do they really envision an outcome that is acceptable to them?

Sure, we have a great Constitution, but what good is it if we don't stand by the principles? Our leaders trample it like it isn't important anymore. We aren't teaching the Constitution at all anymore so our youth have no idea of its significance nor do they understand the gravity of the latest infringements.

History repeats itself, as you mentioned. We better wise up.


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

boba020682— Thank you, brother. Huxley is on my mind lately, too. Everybody should read "Brave New World" and "1984". Power leads to tyranny. What do we do? We need to stop these Utopian schemes and get back to Freedom, Liberty, and the personal responsibility that comes with them. I appreciate your gracious compliments.


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Tatjana-Mihaela— Hello, my Croatian friend. It has been a while since I've heard from you. Thank you very much for coming by and offering your thoughts.

Yes, $10,000 a year for everybody is a dream. But every time something like that is tried, people stop working. Oh, they may go to work. But they stop trying.

I don't understand what you're driving at about Jesus Christ. I don't recall anybody ever suggesting that He killed anybody. He was killed, of course. Jesus would love everybody as I do. He would direct each of us to personally feed the hungry, give water to the thirsty, clothe the maked, visit those in hospital and prison. Each of us should do all we can to alleviate suffering and hunger—that's what Jesus would say. What he would not say is "Let's create a mammoth bureaucracy with millions of employees to confiscate money from people and give it to other people." That is not Caesar's job. That's our job. Caesar is not good at it; it's too impersonal; it robs people of their dignity; Caesar will eat up half the money supporting the bureaucracy itself. If I send $100 to the government, my hungry neighbor gets $50. I would rather give him $100 myself. By the way, Christians outgive non-Christians to charity 10 to 1, so apparently most of them do take Jesus' advice.

Press me to give my wealth? I have given 20% of my income to charity for years. And 50% in taxes.

Where did Jesus preach equality? I don't see that in my Bible. He didn't treat His own Apostles equally, he had three who were His favorites. People are not equal. You know that. Jesus said a lot of things, but give all your money to the secular government was not one of them. He stressed private charity—altogether a different thing.

What do you want? A worldwide Soviet Union? How did that work out? How does Communism work in out North Korea? East Germany?


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

Calling Crow— Hey! It's great to hear from you. It's been a while. Didn't mean to frighten you. Thank you for the lavish laudations. I don't know about the desert, though. Might have a water problem out there. I'm thinking maybe the forest in the Upper Peninsula or the Big Sky in Montana. I appreciate everything you said and you're welcome.


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mysterylady 89— You're welcome. Thank you for your generous accolades. I'm feeling pretty good about now. :-)


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Kaie Arwen— It's always a pleasure to see you, my dear. The Bees are buzzin, eh? And you are allergic. You're funny. :D

Thank you for coming. :)


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

v_kahleranderson— Hello! You wrote this:

"Not long ago who would have believed that prayer and the Bible would have been removed from schools in the United States of America?"

That is sadly so true. And since the removal of God from the classroom look what has happened. But that's in my next Hub on this topic, where I'll lay out the background of how America succumbed to evil. Our Founding Fathers must be rolling over in their graves at the banning of God from public life. They certainly had God all up in our government. The Godless now cry out "You want a theocracy! You are like the Taliban!" That's how ignorant our public schools have made people—they don't know the difference between George Washington and Mullah Omar.

Thank you for your lovely words, especially the prayers and blessings.


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Misha— Well, that's OK. I'm just glad you came by and made your presence known. Thank you for your graciousness.


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lightning john— Hello my friend! Thank you for coming by to visit and leaving your kind comments. You are right: when the Progressives start forced abortions and sterilizations the by then legalized illegals will wish they were back in Mexico.


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

Hxprof— hmmm . . . deep thoughts there, professor. Thank you for sharing. I saved those Scriptures you sent me. I'm going to review them again. Always a pleasure to read your words.


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

Herbert Lubitz— Thank you very much for your remarkable remarks. We do have a serious constitutional problem, that began around 60 years ago when Godless Progressives took control of the Supreme Court and all of a sudden saw "penumbras" and "emanations" in the Bill of Rights that 150 years worth of the slow-minded never saw. I appreciate the support.


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

Mickey Dee— I enjoyed reading your spirited defense of my friend Fifty. Thank you for the compliment. Hubicidal? I like that! :D

I had forgotten about the second Gulf of Tonkin incident. Thanks for that reminder. But a dictatorship? Poor old George Washington would take issue with that description, my friend. I hope the Republicans do sabotage Obamacare, which creates 130 new bureaucracies. Some of our rulers have really sucked, such as Jimmy Carter. But some have been great, e.g., Ronald Reagan. The man!

Gosh man, I also would like to see the Mexican people prosper. I've spent a fair amount of time in Mexico and the people there are wonderful. I had not heard of people in Rhodesia being murdered for oil. I do know that many white farmers have been murdered and driven off their magnificent farms they built in the wild and now what was once the breadbasket of Africa has no food. Whoops!

I surely agree that we need to lift every life up. We simply may not agree that we should have the government do that. God instructed us to care for the poor but he never said to have Caesar do it for us. I hate abortion—there my detractors, I admit it. I do hate something. The mass murder of 60 million human beings.

We surely have a problem with waste. All of your insightful comments are well received. Thank you.


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boba020682 6 years ago from Silicon Valley

Wow James!

A very nice bit of writing.

I have to tell you I was thinking of Huxley's "Brave New World" as I was reading. The dangers of giving a government such power are terribly frightening and you did an excellent job of frightening a lot of people.

Bravo for that one.

Now that the distopian story has been told,the question is, what do we do about it? Are we going to recognize that something is wrong and actually fix it?

That is to be seen.

An excellent hub!

May God bless you and keep you writing.


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Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

Well, James...I deeple respect you, but....

Your scary storry will not happen - try to be positive - IF all people on Earth would earn 10000$ each per year, none of them would live in such slumms - people around the world who struggle with poverty in such slumms actually try to survive with 300-400 $ per month, or earn maybe even less, while often working all they long from early childhood, and dye from hunger. With 10000 per year, they would build castles, believe me.

Well, what to do with these poor sods from far Borneo, should we kill them all, in the name of God or is better to continue to use their 1$-per-day-work so we can buy cheap staff for almost nothing. I really do not know what one Christian should do with such people. Anyway what would Jesus do ? kill them all, misuse them, or give them all the best?

But do not worry, humans are not so willing to share with others what they have - so no need to be afraid, hardly will someone be able to press you (and others) to give your wealth to the others. No God, nor Jesus is not so cruel to require compassion from people....or people who say they are Christians actually do not believe in Christ at all.

New Earth full of equality was plan of Christ... Jesus obviously preached all wrong or completely in vain.

Hm, maybe Christ was Antichrist when he preached about equality? We can never now.

Cheer you up, world will not change so quickly.


Calling Crow 6 years ago

Darn it James!!! You scare the crap out of me sometimes!!! Have I ever mention how much I love reading your hubs? :) I don't know how you do it, but I wish I had even 1/10 of your ability.

Reading this makes me want to leave my home, find a nice quiet plot of empty, uninhabitable desert and wait for the moment to run!

You are truly amazing. Thank you for the best horror story I have read in quite some time! I believe I just might have my first nightmare in over 20 years LOL!!! Now I'm going to go find pictures of sweet fuzzy kittens and puppies to easy my rattled blood pressure ;-P


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mysterylady 89 6 years ago from Florida

This is one of the best hubs you have written, mainly because of the specific examples and details! I can see you put a great deal of work into this. Thanks!


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Kaie Arwen 6 years ago

Whoa........... research, politics, religion, insight, and the patience to bring them all together............ I think you have more than one book in your future....... the future is what we make it.

As for the comments here........... the BEES ARE BUZZIN, and me, I'm allergic. Just going to sit back and say "well said James." I couldn't have said it better, and for the record; I couldn't! I leave the politics to you sir.............

Kaie


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

Ann Nonymous— Thank you so much for the laudations! I am gratified to receive them. I appreciate the affirmation.


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

Paraglider— I do hope I am not being irresponsible. If this future is stopped from happening, well, I can't think of anything more positive than that. I read real books that do not have these images. But I searched for images of other Socialists and Communists and these came right up from Google Image search. I am assuming that my fictional professor from 300 years in the future will see some of these and think they are somehow pertinent to the story. I will go read your Hub ASAP. Thanks, my knowledgeable friend, for providing balance.


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

itakins— Yes, a serious conversation is happening and for the most part I am pleased with the civility on display. Thanks for coming. :-)


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joer4X4— Thank you for your ongoing, valued contributions to this conversation.


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

ColdWarBaby— It's nice to see you here. Welcome. Regarding the ancient Jews, I am not a Jew so this is not my Covenant. However, I will say that God told the Jews to destroy the Devil worshippers in their midst. They were aware of God for a long time and chose to worship Molech or Baal; they were Satanic cults. God said to get rid of all of them or they would influence some members of the future generations of Jews to love evil more than good, mostly through the inticement of their women.

While Christians read the Old Testament, there is no instance in our Covenant, the New Testament, which orders the killing or subordination of anybody. Islam certainly teaches subordination all the time and killing sometimes.

You are surely right that the Crusaders committed many atrocities. One should note however that the Crusades themselves were to recover land that had been taken from them in Conquest by Muslims in the first place; lands which were the most holy places to Christians and the Crusades themselves only began after Christian pilgrims trying to visit these shrines were robbed, killed, and raped by the score.

Thomas Jefferson did indeed write the quote you mention. The word 'priests' leads me to think he may have had some anti-Catholic sentiments, since Protestants don't have 'priests.' Given the history of European Catholicism, with its heavy political entanglements, I am not surprised. We all know that Jefferson's thoughts are all over the place. He also said:

"The practice of morality being necessary for the well being of society, God has taken care to impress His precepts so indelibly on our hearts that they shall not be effaced by the subtleties of our brain. We all agree in the obligation of the moral principles of Jesus and nowhere will they be found delivered in greater purity than in His discourses.

I am a real Christian – that is to say, a disciple of the doctrines of Jesus Christ."


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

Don Simkovich— I'm not sure it is the government's job to take care of the poor through a gigantic bureaucracy in Washington DC. I believe it is up to individuals who are able—and they'd be far more able if not for 50% tax confiscation—to take care of the poor they know or know of; and for each town or community (or maybe state and that's a big maybe) to take care of those with no friends and family. We as individuals and communities are charged with the care of widows, orphans, the disabled, and those temporarily down on their luck. There are manifold reasons why this is far superior to federal care of the poor. That would take an entire Hub to fully explain.

Socialism is a system born of Atheism. Not believing in God or Providence, "enlightened" intellectuals figured that Social Science can engineer human perfection. These ideas have proven to be a gross failure.

Sure, Socialists looking out at a landscape of the USSR, North Korea, East Germany, Cuba, et al. now claim if the whole world was Socialist it would work, i.e., if the USA and other Capitalist countries had not made them look so pitiful they wouldn't have BEEN perceived as so pitiful. Everybody could have been miserable together hence achieving the Socialist goal: that nobody has it better then you.


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v_kahleranderson 6 years ago from San Jose, California

Hello Mr. Watkins! I agree with Star439, who says that all you are doing is making us aware of the worst that could happen. People never listen until it is too late. A fact!

Prophesy, as the Bible tells us, WILL be fulfilled, regardless. And it will begin with the weak minds, unbelievers, and compromisers.

A controversial topic, indeed! People can agree or disagree here, at least, you have made them read, given them something to think and talk about.

Not long ago who would have believed that prayer and the Bible would have been removed from schools in the United States of America? How sad the Pilgrims would have been, if they'd known the future.

I very much liked your hub, it has given me, and many others here, too, I see, reason to express words…whether good or bad.

Keep writing from your heart, heart and soul. And may God bless and keep you. You are in my prayers.

VKA


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

Robert— Hello, my old friend. Nice to see you here. I'll tell you whose mortgage is going to be paid: those with loans guaranteed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. And that came out of my banker's mouth (Bank of America). It won't help me. My home is in foreclosure.

Thank you for your fine compliments.

Many authors criticize the idea that there exists an objective standard of social justice. Moral relativists deny that there is any kind of objective standard for justice in general. Supporters of social darwinism believe that social justice assists the least fit to reproduce, sometimes labeled as dysgenics, and hence should be opposed. Social Justice is based on the concepts of human rights and equality and involves a greater degree of economic egalitarianism through progressive taxation, income redistribution, or even property redistribution. These policies aim to achieve what developmental economists refer to as more equality of opportunity than may currently exist in some societies, and to manufacture equality of outcome in cases where incidental inequalities appear in a procedurally just system.


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Misha 6 years ago from DC Area

Oh James, remove religion - and I am with you. Yet you won't, at least not in foreseeable future - so I am reading you, enjoying your writing talent, and absolutely disagreeing to your political (or rather religious) views. :)


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

Don Simkovich— Yes! Freedom does need vigilance. Good luck with Amazon.


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

maven101— I have read that the occasional firestorm is actually beneficial for the forest, perhaps even necessary for its health, rebirth, and growth. :D

Larry, I sincerely appreciate your accolades. Thank you, my friend for the encouragement.

James


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

50 Caliber— I have engaged a few times with a gentleman named William R. Wilson. We don't agree on most things but he's an alright dude. Tonymac04 is a fine fella with a huge heart. I know lots of people like him and I love them. Thank you for your service to our country. I doubt you are a fan of the nominee for the Supreme Court. :)

Thank you for the excellent commentary and the compliments.


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

John B— That's a cool song. Alvin Lee. Thanks for the memories. :D


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

John B— I hear you. Studies show that 87% of men who are illegally in the country from Mexico have criminal records. That's why they didn't come through the front door. I see too much Neville Chamberlain and not enough Churchill.


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lightning john 6 years ago from Florida

James, I appreciate the work that you put into this hub.

I do not appreciate people that write comments that are as long as the hub they are commenting on. We all know very well what they think in that small little space between their ears that they call a brain.

A fictional writing of events that could happen. Anything is possible, an outcome that nobody wants. Not even the illegals that are here now, imagine that.


Hxprof 6 years ago from Clearwater, Florida

James, I'd be glad to give you my take on the UN involvement in the US-sucinctly. The scripture references I sent you (way back) are key. But look at where the UN places troops-in countries that have suffered from civil war or from a war between two nation states. The troops are sent to 'bring order' or 'enforce peace' in these instances. Using the scenario described here by you, imagine the US DOES have a bloody civil war, except that during that civil war and the economic chaos some nations decide to settle a grudge, to complete their long desired conquest of the world for Communism; the US would become a devastaed battleground. This is when the UN might step in IMO.

Best to you.


Herbert Lubitz 6 years ago

I am backing you all the way. If more people put together the pieces of the puzzle like you and I, they would see themselves as sticking their head in the sand and doing nothing, as Christians have been doing by letting the anti-moral community have a say as to abolishing Christianity all together. Time is getting short, and if we continue the path we are on, we will certainly see your post come to pass as it is in my opinion will.

As usual, you have put it down right as the truth in coming years will show. Don't let those who oppose you, take you out to shut you up, as long as we stand together, we can win our constitutional back.


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

joer4X4— Clarity is important. That is clear to me. I agree with your assertion that there is a vast difference between reality and idealism. Well said. Thank you for your remarks.


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

J D Murrah— Whoops! You are most assuredly correct, my friend. 1787 is correct. That's a rookie mistake. I appreciate you taking the time to read my article and leaving your words for me.


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

Paraglider— You are surely correct about that. Thanks for your contributions to this conversation.


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billyaustindillon— Thank you! Thank you very much. Oh yea, that pic is from Soylent Green. :)


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

John B— Hey John! I heard the other day that President Obama wants to redistribute the ratings of Fox News to MSNBC and CNN out of concern for "fairness." :D

Work ethic? The Protestant Work Ethic went out the window with Multiculturalism. If sleeping all day is equal to working your ass off, many choose sleeping all day. What could be more true?


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

joer4X4— Wrong surely does exist in the hearts of man. Evil, too. If everything is true then nothing is true. If one believes in nothing then one might believe in anything. Confucious say . . .


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Paraglider— I see your point.


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

John B— Well, you are certainly correct that college professors are over 90% Liberals in this country, and "diversity" is not extended by them to include Conservative thought—and absolutely not Christian thought. And yes, Capitalism brought the world undreamed of prosperity, especially in the United States. Even the poor in the US have modern conveniences that the rich didn't have 100 years ago. The beef is not that we have people who are poor—not by any true sense of the word relative to world history or relative to peoples around the world. The issue is some people have more than others. Let's be honest, that's what the Socialist beef is.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

First I'd like to address "justom" -you are wrong about 50 Caliber! You sir don't know 50! You "justom" cannot carry 50 Caliber's ammo. 50 Caliber believes in God, justice, and the Golden Rule. Calling 50 Caliber a coward ruffles my dove-like feathers. You might choose some other adjectives for 50 Caliber. "Coward" is not one you can use! 50 and I love God. I love peace. The leaders of our country have not desired peace. But make no mistake- 50 Caliber and Micky are not afraid of anything. We've been to hell, jackass! Back off!

James you've created a great hub here. I will probably write a hubicidal hub like this soon enough.

This hub is dealing with a lot of the dishonesty of our country. VIETNAM was started by the Gulf of Tonkin lies.

The folks that really run this country are ruthless.

I think Obama may have a good heart. Whether he is good or not will not matter. His advisers will flub. The republicans will try their best to ruin his administration. The republicans will try to sabotage health-care. It's just what the parties do. The hell with America I love my party! And no- I'm not a liberal or whatever republicans want to label me as. But that's it- these political "cults" want to fight and argue and sabotage.

He cannot make changes for the better- if - he wanted to. The rulers will not allow it. As anyone can see from the comments- this country is divided. It's perfectly divided. Half are hating half!

America is the sweetest dictatorship that has ever been.

We have had the pits for rulers. We need to embrace the Golden Rule as a country or we are just uncivilized regardless of all other achievements.

I can see a day in my fantasy-land where the borders could be open. But not soon and not with the hate that is in this world. I'd like to see Mexico prosper so that their people, who are also our people in my fantasy-land, can be happy. I'd like to see the Rhodesians living in peace instead of being murdered for oil.

This is Earth. It's getting smaller every day. We need to lift every life up! Until we lift every life up we are uncivilized. We are not living God's LAW above laws- to love one another.

There are things here I may not believe in so much but I do believe in attacking dishonesty.

America as America has been- believes in Abortion. We have been aborting lives for hundreds of years. Yes- it's wrong when other countries do it too.

America will never be at peace and will never seek justice until our court's "injustice system" is overhauled. Sorry folks- do a search for the "falsely imprisoned". The search can never end. The courts should be the first change. It is absurdly stupid to support a system that forces you to spend the most money for and adequate attempt at "fairness". Sorry folks- that America that you're arguing over is in your mind and on maps. Otherwise- it never has existed. Proof- go back to the "reconstruction period" and beyond. All the evidence is in plain sight. Look at all the money that is wasted every day.


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Ann Nonymous 6 years ago from Virginia

Spectacular, well rounded, hub James. I have been contemplating the brief history of America, but my thoughts of course fell short of your great hub and historical lesson! Rated it up!


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Paraglider 6 years ago from Kyle, Scotland

James - at no point have I accused you of hating anyone personally. I accept your assertion that you don't. But with your ability and popularity comes a responsibility that I think you underestimate - that of making a positive contribution. And I do wonder what constitutes your regular reading matter, if you have such ready access to so many scurrilous images.

Anyway, one side effect of this hub is my return to hub writing after a six month lay off. It is, of course, dedicated to you :) Please check it out.


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itakins 6 years ago from Irl

James

Well you got some serious conversation going,well done.


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joer4x4 6 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

Yep, it's gloom and doom if your an enemy of God and are evil. Look what happend to Satan.

I'm far from a religious type but in our reality sometimes a bloodbath is the correct solution to permanently solve a problem. Otherwise it festers and grows out of control.

The same can be said for many past civilizations, empires, and countries - priest ridden or not. Yet others were good and fine. It's the duality of the reality of life. It's not a utopia.

Takes time to get used to it - I guess ;)

But you don't need to be religious or priest ridden to honor and uphold good moral values. The point is to uphold what is right and (here's the tricky part) fair.


ColdWarBaby 6 years ago

Defense Vs. Total Annihilation

"Much to my surprise, the Islamic scriptures in the Quran were actually far less bloody and less violent than those in the Bible," Jenkins says.

Jenkins is a professor at Penn State University and author of two books dealing with the issue: the recently published Jesus Wars, and Dark Passages, which has not been published but is already drawing controversy.

"By the standards of the time, which is the 7th century A.D., the laws of war that are laid down by the Quran are actually reasonably humane," he says. "Then we turn to the Bible, and we actually find something that is for many people a real surprise. There is a specific kind of warfare laid down in the Bible which we can only call genocide."

It is called herem, and it means total annihilation. Consider the Book of 1 Samuel, when God instructs King Saul to attack the Amalekites: "And utterly destroy all that they have, and do not spare them," God says through the prophet Samuel. "But kill both man and woman, infant and nursing child, ox and sheep, camel and donkey."

Deuteronomy 20:16 - 18

But of the cities of these peoples which the Lord your God gives you as an inheritance, you shall let nothing that breathes remain alive, but you shall utterly destroy them—the Hittite, Amorite, Canaanite, Perizzite, Hivite, and Jebusite—just as the Lord your God has commanded you, lest they teach you to do according to all their abominations which they have done for their gods, and you sin against the Lord your God

Joshua 10:40

So Joshua [Moses' successor] conquered all the land: the mountain country and the South and the lowland and the wilderness slopes, and all their kings; he left none remaining, but utterly destroyed all that breathed, as the Lord, God of Israel had commanded.

The Crusades were in fact violent and led to atrocities by the modern world's standards under the banner of the cross and in the name of Christianity. After breaching the walls of Jerusalem in 1099, for example, the Crusaders reportedly slaughtered almost every inhabitant of the Holy City. According to the medieval chronicle, the Gesta Danorum, "the slaughter was so great that our men waded in blood up to their ankles."

"History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil government. This marks the lowest grade of ignorance of which their civil as well as religious leaders will always avail themselves for their own purposes."

Thomas Jefferson to Alexander von Humboldt, 1813.


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Don Simkovich 6 years ago from Pasadena, CA

I think it's important to point out the term "Progressives" and its use in politics and society. There are certainly those who believe socialism is a much better and fair system than capitalism - and believe a socialist society is more equal. A friend of mine who is a university professor believes that socialism could not show its real benefits due to capitalism around the world . . . in other words, get rid of a capitalist system and have a socialist system worldwide . . . for further reading, and a url I was going to refer to for writing a future article, read redletterpress.org as one source of socialist apologetics. I think it's important to note that govt should take care of the poorest of the poor but I believe with so much being given to the middle class and public employees that the poor will actually suffer more.


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