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- The March (and Stumbling) of the Elites - (Read)
- Three Threats to Freedom - (Read)
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July 25, 2016
Russian submarines are operating in the Pacific at levels not seen in decades. For the first time since the Cold War, the Russian Pacific Fleet is getting submarines that are quieter, better armed and have greater range. According to a study titled “Russia’s Asian Rebalance” by Australia’s Lowy Institute for International Policy, Russia’s pivot to Asia is resulting in a large-scale revamp of its Pacific fleet, which over the next decade will go from its smallest to its biggest naval asset.
— United Press International
July 24, 2016
An academic seminar at a German university claims Israel’s military harvests organs from Palestinians and the Jewish state is responsible for genocide. “Our sons were robbed of their organs,” was the title of a part of the seminar’s course material, Rebecca Seidler, an academic who blew the whistle on the anti-Israel material, told the weekly German-Jewish newspaper Jüdische Allgemeine Zeitung in an article published Thursday.
— Jerusalem Post
July 24, 2016
Cynthia McKinney, a Democrat and former member of the US House of Representatives from Georgia, posted a video on Twitter with the message: “Same Israeli photographer captures Nice and Munich tragedies. How likely is that? Remember the Dancing Israelis?…” The video claimed that Richard Gutjahr, a German journalist married to former Israeli Knesset member Einat Wilf, had been present for both a rampage by a truck driver in Nice, France, earlier this month that left 84 dead, and a shooting at a mall in Munich in which nine teenagers were killed.
— Times of Israel
July 23, 2016
Secretary of State John Kerry said in Vienna on Friday that air conditioners and refrigerators are as big of a threat to life as the threat of terrorism posed by groups like the Islamic State. The Washington Examiner reported that Kerry was in Vienna to amend the 1987 Montreal Protocol that would phase out hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, from basic household and commercial appliances like air conditioners, refrigerators, and inhalers.
— Fox News
July 23, 2016
In signing a new anti-terrorism law, Russian President Vladimir Putin could have authority to crack down on non-government-aligned churches, said Archbishop Andrew Maklakov, administrator of the Russian Orthodox Autonomous Church of America. The law that Putin signed on July 6 restricts religious proselytizing and imposes heavy fines for doing so. While the law exempts the Russian Orthodox Christian Church, opponents point out that exemption only extends to the Moscow Patriarchate critics say has been entangled with the Russian government since the Soviet era.
July 22, 2016
Photos of Syrian children holding pictures of Pokemon characters and asking the world to save them have been circulating the internet. The images, published on Facebook, show young Syrians looking dejectedly into the camera holding images of Pokemon characters with the words: “I am here, come save me”.
July 22, 2016
Well financed and armed, Islamic State insurgents have captured large swathes of territory in a summer offensive, as the Iraqi army. Kurdish Peshmerga forces in the self-governing north have crumbled in the face of its onslaught, massacring Shi’ites and minority Christians and Yazidis as they advance.
— Christian Post
July 20, 2016
A computer intruder, calling himself the “Albanian hacker,” left a message for the administrator of a website for an Illinois internet retailer: Pay two Bitcoins, or about $500 at the time, and the intruder would “remove all bugs on your shop!” … This case was more than a surreptitious digital mugging. The trespasser had ties to the Islamic State Hacking Division, a terrorist cyber unit, and before it was over he’d put together a “kill list” for the Islamic State with the identities of 1,351 U.S. government and military personnel from the 100,000 names, credit card records and Social Security numbers he’d extracted from the host server.
— McClatchy DC
July 19, 2016
Dutch scientists have developed a unique solution to deal with the data storage problem. By manipulating single atoms, researchers have created the world’s smallest hard drive capable of storing 1 kilobyte of data (8000 bits) in a space under 100 nanometers across. The technology means that all the books in the world could be stored on a device the size of a postage stamp.
— International Business Times
July 18, 2016
Key restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program imposed under an internationally negotiated deal will start to ease years before the 15-year accord expires, advancing Tehran’s ability to build a bomb even before the end the pact, according to a document obtained Monday by The Associated Press.
— The Associated Press
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The March (and Stumbling) of the Elites
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Tower of Babel (Source: Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna)
I saw a beast coming out of the sea. It had ten horns, seven heads, and ten royal crowns on its horns. On its heads were blasphemous names. The beast that I saw was like a leopard. Its feet were like bear’s feet, and its mouth was like a lion’s mouth. The dragon gave it his power, his throne and complete authority.… It was also given authority over every tribe, people, languages and nation. All those living on earth will worship it, everyone whose name is not written in the Book of Life belonging to the lamb that was slaughtered from the foundation of the world.
— Revelation 13:1–8 (ISV)
The shootings of civilians and police and acts of terror in recent months are terrible tragedies. It shows a deep divide between some elements of the society. Colorado Springs, Colorado, San Bernardino, California, Orlando, Florida, Bristol, Tennessee, Dallas, Texas, Nice, France, Kabul, Afghanistan, Karrada, Iraq, and Istanbul, Turkey all show how racial and religious divisions have led to the death and suffering of thousands of people.
These attacks have all but shoved a larger issue from people’s consciousness — the crumbling of the agenda of the world’s elites.
Elites of the world have tried to impose a global order on the world ever since the days of the Tower of Babel. Many have tried, but none have succeeded. Rome came close with their Pax Romana. Other countries have tried as well: Babylon, Persia, Greece, Spain, and England all rose and eventually fell.
No global “world order” has ever yet existed. What passes for a world order in modern history was devised in Western Europe nearly four centuries ago, at a peace conference in the German region of Westphalia. In 1648, after 30 years of tearing each other apart over religion, the European states agreed in the Treaty of Westphalia that the ruler, in effect, would decide the religion of a state regardless of popular preference. Order was based on the sovereignty of states, not the sovereignty of peoples. From that point on, nations individually tried to impose a world order, culminating with Adolf Hitler’s “Thousand Year Reich.”
Beginning in the last century, the United States emerging from the Cold War with the Soviet Union was also close to imposing a world order — a Pax Americana, but the unipolar world power it enjoyed is also in decline. It is failing as Rome did, from within. It is also seeing rising challenges to its power militarily from Islamic states and economically from China and the European Union.
The League of Nations
After World War I, the notion of a world power began to change. The winning allied powers, led by progressive U.S. President Woodrow Wilson, had a vision of a world community of nations that would gather to preserve the peace in the world. It was called the League of Nations. The League had a few strong points. The League could offer arbitration — acting as a referee between quarreling nations (as, for instance, between Sweden and Finland over the Aaland Islands in 1921). The League could apply trading sanctions (as it was to do over Manchuria and Abyssinia in the 1930s). It also could agree to use military force although it had no army of its own — a strong member state like Britain had to send its own army.
The League of Nations also had several systemic weaknesses that proved its undoing. The three most powerful countries in the world were not members. The U.S. Senate did not ratify the treaty, primarily due to the isolationist tendencies of the country after the war. The Russians refused to join (they were Communists and hated Britain and France). Germany was not allowed to join until 1925. This was not a problem in the 1920s, when the League dealt mainly with small countries like Sweden and Finland (Aaland Islands, 1921), Turkey (Mosul, 1924) and Bulgaria and Greece (1925). But, without the three world powers, the League was too weak to make a big country do as it wished (for instance, Italy over Corfu in 1923). The League was entirely hopeless in preventing World War II. As the situation in Europe escalated into war, the headquarters of the League, the Palace of Nations, remained unoccupied for nearly six years until the Second World War ended. Its usefulness had already come to an end.
The United Nations
At the 1943 Tehran Conference, the Allied powers agreed to create a new body to replace the League: the United Nations. The designers of the structures of the United Nations intended to make it more effective than the League.
The final meeting of the League of Nations took place on April 18 1946 in Geneva. Delegates from 34 nations attended the assembly. This session concerned itself with liquidating the League: it transferred assets worth approximately US$22,000,000 in 1946, to the U.N., returned reserve funds to the nations that had supplied them, and settled the debts of the League. Robert Cecil, first Viscount Cecil of Chelwood and one architect of the League, addressed the final session and said:
Let us boldly state that aggression wherever it occurs and however it may be defended, is an international crime that it is the duty of every peace-loving state to resent it and employ whatever force is necessary to crush it … I venture to impress upon my hearers that the great work of peace is resting not only on the narrow interests of our own nations, but even more on those great principles of right and wrong which nations, like individuals, depend.
The League is dead. Long live the United Nations.
With that, the hopes of a New World Order passed from one organization to another.
The United Nations, thankfully, has proven to be almost as ineffective as the League of Nations in imposing one-world governance, and therefore a one-world government. It has not built a coordinated response to terrorism, nuclear proliferation and many examples of genocide in the world. From ISIS to Khmer Rouge to the slaughter in Rwanda, the U.N. has proven to be a toothless tiger and few nations even pay attention to its pronouncements and initiatives. The one thing it seems to do consistently is to condemn Israel at every turn, ignoring the atrocities being committed by its neighbors and the larger Islamic world.
The U.N.’s 10 Regional Groupings (Image: United Nations)
Nations to Regions to the World
One thing the U.N. has done is divide the world into 10 regional groupings called Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). These are regions that share common interests and may be tied together through economic and military alliances. Some believe these 10 “super nations” are what is prophesied in Daniel and Revelation, though that is a stretch.
One thing that’s true is there is a pattern emerging where nations are being bound together into regions, which can be more easily managed. Bringing 10 regions of the world together would be much easier than 249 individual countries.
The European Union (EU) is the most prominent example of several countries coming together forming a region. Though only part of one of the U.N.’s MDGs, it is held up as an example of regional cooperation.
That is until the Brexit. The referendum on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the EU sent shock waves through the world and a major cause of concern among the global elites.
Until Donald Trump came on the scene.
The Brexit… and the rise of Donald Trump
The Brexit and Donald Trump are two sides of the same coin. A repudiation of the elites. If you look at both events, there are a lot of similarities.
The U.K.’s withdrawal from the EU and Donald Trump’s Republican nomination for president of the United States both show how if governing elites continue to fail to offer convincing solutions to problems, they will be repudiated. (Bernie Sanders, a self-described socialist almost wrested the Democratic nomination for president from Hillary Clinton if not for the Democratic Party establishment actively thwarting his candidacy at every turn. Even then, she had to struggle to the very end of the process to defeat him; such was the dissatisfaction of the rank and file with the status quo.)
The direction of the elites was swept aside, despite the elite’s best efforts. The effort to marry democratic self-government with a world order was thwarted, at least for the time being.
When faced with this rejection, the elites in finance, politics, academia and the media have reacted in the same way. It is almost as if they used the same playbook. Their refrain has been those who oppose the elites are ignorant, xenophobic, primitive-types who not only do not know any better, they are dangerous.
They also did their best through skewed opinion polls and news coverage to show voting for Brexit (or Trump, or Sanders or France’s Marine Le Pen) was a lost cause or harmful to the country.
In all these cases, the “common folk” may not be attuned to the nuances of finance or geopolitics, but they know something is wrong and are searching for a way to fix things. They have come to realize those in control do not offer solutions, only more of the same nostrums.
High on the list of things that need to be changed are the economy, immigration, terrorism and national identity. People are tired of hearing about the global economy when they are out of a job or struggling.
A Pew Research study shows over the past 50 years, for most U.S. workers, real wages have been flat or even falling for decades, regardless of whether the economy has been adding or subtracting jobs. In the United Kingdom, real wages have fallen since 2007. While there are several reasons for this decline, uncontrolled immigration has been identified as a major cause on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.
Immigration has also figured into the fears of terrorism reaching their shores. While the UK has been dealing with terror attacks and “no-go zones” in their own country for a long time, the American press is just dealing with it, though they and members of the Obama administration refuse to call it what it is: Islamic Terrorism. They also see the influx of people from a culture vastly different from theirs as a threat to their national identity — who they are as a people.
The FUD Factor
The elites understand they have a problem, and they are now trying to introduce fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD) into the discussion to try to keep the populace in line. Stephen Walt from Foreign Policy Magazine had this to say:
The big political question in 2016 is: Why are voters so angry? So angry that primary voters in the United States have selected an unqualified, bullying, factually challenged blowhard as the presumptive Republican Party presidential nominee. So angry that British citizens voted to take a blind leap in the dark (aka Brexit), a move so rash that its leading advocates — such as former London Mayor Boris Johnson and former UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage — initially fled from the consequences of their own actions. So angry millions of Democrats flocked to the quixotic campaign of Bernie Sanders, and so angry that right-wing extremists may still gain power in Austria, France and possibly elsewhere.
They see their dream slipping away. The withdrawal of the UK from the EU has given other nation’s pause. Sweden is rethinking its entry into the EU. The Southeast Asia, the union of those nations into an EU-style confederation is now also in doubt.
The elites are scared.
As Henry Kissinger wrote in his book World Order:
Any system of world order, to be sustainable, must be accepted as just — not only by leaders, but also by citizens. It must reflect two truths: order without freedom… [and] freedom cannot be secured or sustained without a framework of order to keep the peace.
Kissinger and his ilk believe the only way to peace and prosperity is through global governance, hence global government. Individuals do not count; nations do not count; only when the world is brought together under a single order will there be peace — with or without freedom.
An amazing thing the elites have done is show their true colors. In the United States, the Republican establishment closed ranks with Democrats in their attempt to defeat Donald Trump. Republicans have expended more energy trying to defeat Trump’s agenda than they ever did democratic President Obama’s.
Recent disclosures also revealed what was essentially an open secret: the Democratic Party elites decided Hillary Clinton was to be the Democratic nominee and did everything in their power to throw the nomination her way. From recent actions by Republican Party establishment figures also indicate they would rather see “one of their own,” Clinton, become president than a member of their own party.
It may be a futile gesture.
Stephen Walt wrote one thing in his article the elites may not be able to overcome, which is on target:
There are plenty of obvious reasons for this resurgent populism — beginning with the declining economic fortunes of the middle class — but let me suggest another possibility. Could it be that voters around the world — and especially here in the United States — are simply fed up with a political class that repeatedly engages in self-serving misconduct yet walks away unscathed, leaving others to pay the price of their mistakes? Might that explain the willingness to put one’s trust in people who don’t look or sound like a responsible leader or a knowledgeable member of the elite? As British Tory Michael Gove put it before the Brexit vote, “People in this country have had enough of experts.” I fear he may be right.
Legislators who pass 1,000 page bills that no one has read. A president who makes up law as he goes along. A supreme court that creates constitutional guarantees where none were intended. A professor who teaches one class on income inequality and is paid over $200,000. (When Senator Elizabeth Warren was asked about being paid $350,000 for teaching one class, she responded, “I want to talk about the issues. Senator Brown wants to launch attacks.”) All these actions point to a clear line being drawn between the powerful and powerless.
Senator Clinton was caught in lie after lie to the FBI over questions on sending classified material through a private email server and walked away with no sanctions. Any other government worker would have had their security clearance taken away at the very least and more likely face serious jail time.
Clinton’s attempt at secrecy reminded Dr. William Welty of what Christ said about secrets in the Book of Matthew:
What I tell you in darkness you must speak in the daylight, and what is whispered in your ear you must shout from the housetops.
— Matthew 10:27 (ISV)
Season of Discontent
People around the world are angry. The Utopian vision of a world of peace and harmony is an illusion which only seems to benefit the rich and powerful. For everyone else, there is only increased dissatisfaction.
Will this discontent result in a return to normalcy or will it result in a more authoritarian rule where the upstarts vow to “fix things” but only lead the world ever closer to that one world convergence?
Time will tell.
Three Threats to Freedom
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“This is America. That can’t happen here.” It’s a popular phrase among Christians who have been warned about the rapidly deteriorating protections in this country and the possibility of oncoming persecution. In Jeremiah’s time, the Israelites chanted a similar mantra: “The temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord.” This was the narcotic which allowed them to ignore Jeremiah’s warning of imminent destruction. After all, the Lord’s temple was among them, therefore God would never allow Jerusalem to be destroyed. They gambled on that and lost. American Christians are gambling at the same table. Same game, different century.
Since the early 1960s, America has undergone a series of radical cultural changes. We experienced the civil rights movement and made great strides in overturning the history of racism in this country. Spurred on by that and the flower child revolution, which rejected the established order and sought its own brand of freedom, Americans began to imagine they had all sorts of rights and commenced a decades-long battle to obtain them, oftentimes warping the very fabric of the Constitution to do it. At the same time, America began its rejection of God and launched into a new hedonism. We began new discrimination by giving preferential treatment in public life to a plethora of groups, excluding others. We began a failed crusade to eliminate poverty by spending money. Schools began operating as psycho-centers, where personality would be shaped rather than minds educated. There was a pronounced shift to untested experimental programs, away from having schools represent parents to teaching children to think “independently” and replace the values of their parents with secular ones.
The product of that era is now evident in a soaring poverty rate, a national budget gone bankrupt, and an illiterate populace that is both ignorant of its history and atheistic, being controlled by a government no longer accountable to its people, circling the wagons to defend itself from its failing policies with a continual stream of lies.
The Christian Right, meanwhile, has spent the past few decades battling the sociological results of the 1960s worldview changes rather than the causes, arriving on the scene over two decades late, a dollar short and agreeing to play by the other side’s rules, guaranteeing eventual failure.
There is now a more radical paradigm change to global pantheism underway. This movement is hostile to Christianity and, once again, the Church is ignoring it. Last time around the church was allowed to do its thing as long as it didn’t get in the way. This time will be different. The new paradigm has all intents and purposes of forcing its pantheistic will on Christianity in the name of tolerance.
For that to happen, the rights which protected our culture for 200 years have to be swept away. The new paradigm hates inalienable rights and insists on defining new ones, while appealing to popular consensus for their validation. If just a few more changes occur in the way laws are defined, enforced, and relate to each other, we will have very little freedom left. This loss will directly impact the American church, soft after 200 years of good living and incapable of envisioning itself under persecution.
The First Amendment guarantees freedom of speech and religion. But now religion can’t be practiced on many occasions. We now have freedom from religion. Speech may be technically free, but those who say politically incorrect things are ridiculed, called purveyors of hate, and excluded from public discourse. The chief no tolerance for free speech zone in America today is found in academia and government circles.
In creating the Second Amendment, the founding fathers recognized that as long as there was an armed populace, a government could not arbitrarily force its dictatorial will on the people. Although the right to bear arms was not to be infringed, there are now over 20,000 laws controlling or prohibiting arms.
The Fourth Amendment is for all purposes dead, and with it the property rights so essential to a stable society. Seizures of property due to a plethora of laws and regulations are commonplace. Now if the government wants it, charges can be trumped and the property taken, often without trial. Just imagine what will happen if “hate speech” laws ever link up with forfeiture statutes. People will be afraid to speak for fear of having their property seized.
The Fifth Amendment, with its protection against double jeopardy, is buckling badly. The reason for this provision was to prevent government from endless charging and recharging of a person until his resources were exhausted. But now we can be punished for the same crime in several ways, at both federal and state levels, and by having property seized or by means of other “civil” procedures.
The Tenth Amendment, wherein all powers not specifically designated to the federal government are reserved to the states and the people is worse than dead; it’s rotting. The federal government has entered areas never specifically designated to it and the states, rather than asserting their legal rights, pant for handouts from the federal trough and are willing to prostitute themselves to obtain them.
Threat #1: International Treaties
There are several end-runs which are also endangering what remains of constitutional protections. The first great end-run is the signing and ratification of international treaties, which become the law of our land. Most of these treaties originate at United Nations conferences. The UN is a nondemocratic organization, which makes no secret about its love of socialism and its goal of bringing the planet under its “global governance.” At a UN conference in Istanbul, Turkey, it was Fidel Castro who got a standing ovation after making a speech trouncing the United States. Red flag waving, anyone?
The treaties have language which is intentionally broad and vague, having one meaning to the people drafting them but another to the public. They are debated in the public arena by means of clichés and face merit, rather than on the legalese they actually contain and how the language will be enforced. Much of the U.S.’s sovereignty is being deeded away to international organizations who have no understanding of rights or protections as we understand them. Current pending treaties will deed away control of our children, river beds, the oceans, and property rights, among other things.
Threat #2: Regulation
Congress has defaulted much of its responsibility for making laws to a fourth branch of government not sanctioned by the Constitution — the Bureaucratic Branch. Congress passes laws creating agencies and enables those agencies to create “regulations,” which are then imposed on the populace with the force of law. As Congress defaults on its responsibilities, the agencies are now acting as unaccountable lawmakers, imposing more and more regulation. Enforcement of these regulations is becoming equally abusive and the process of redress along with it.
When the Senate was deciding whether or not to ratify the Kyoto Treaty on Global Warming, President Clinton already said he’s going to instruct the EPA to implement regulations which would impose the treaty on Americans anyway. End-run and TOUCHDOWN! The Senate’s participation is immaterial. Congress is rapidly becoming a useless debating society as it fails to assert its right as a branch of government.
Threat #3: Executive Orders
Executive order was the means by which Germany was converted from a Republic into a Nazi dictatorship in just three months. Executive Orders are issued by the president and appear in the Federal Register for 30 days. If there is no challenge by Congress, the order then becomes law. Similar to EOs are Presidential Decision Directives, such as the secret PDD25, which allows for the use of U.S. troops in UN operations without congressional approval — in violation of the Constitution.
There have been thousands of executive orders written by presidents since the 1940s. Most of these consist of administrative housekeeping. However, a few orders involve much more than the efficient management of the nation. They virtually suspend constitutional rights and provide dictatorial powers to the executive branch of the government in a time of real or contrived emergency. There is no provision for how long a state of emergency can last.
If the president were to declare an emergency, for whatever reason, Congress’s consent isn’t required. Executive orders give the government the power to act as an unaccountable dictatorship. In addition, authority does not flow from the president to the governors of the various states during the emergency, but rather through the director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and his regional directors. The states are totally bypassed. [Note: some of these orders have been revised or combined into new, more comprehensive Executive Orders and Memorandum.]
- Executive Order 10995 empowers the government to take over all communications media: radio, television, newspapers, magazines, CB, HAM, short wave, telephones, satellite and the Internet. The First Amendment would be suspended.
- Executive Order 10997 allows the government to control all electric power, petroleum, gas, fuel and minerals.
- Executive Order 10998 gives government control of food and farm production.
- Executive Orders 10999, 11003, and 11005 control transportation, including private automobiles, highways, waterways, rail lines, airports and public storage facilities. Government can seize any vehicle.
- Executive Order 11001 allows for the seizure of health, education, and welfare functions, including hospitals, pharmaceuticals, and schools.
- Executive Orders 11000, 11002 and 11004, perhaps most disturbing of all, provide for the registration and relocation of individuals as the government sees fit, including separation of families based on the perceived needs in dealing with a declared crisis. These orders also provide for the seizure of housing and the establishment of new public housing to accommodate this relocated work force.
Quo Vadis America?
Twenty years ago, evangelical philosopher Francis Schaeffer warned that America’s turning from God and embracing relative truths could have no other result but to convert America into a dictatorship within a generation or so.
A free society depends on voluntary compliance with law. Christians comply because they believe in a God who watches our every move and holds us accountable, even when government does not. Those without belief in God and absolute truth have no motivation whatsoever to comply voluntarily and so an ever-increasing corpus of law must be imposed by violence on citizens by government to achieve order. In doing so, the government separates itself from morality and oftentimes can become the chief lawbreaker.
The tragedy is that the Church is so desperately slow to recognize this. Despite the decay of the very wall that protects them, she repeats over and over again, “This is America, it can’t happen here.” Same game. Different century.
This article was originally published in the March 1998 Personal Update News Journal.
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