Quotes

Whether one looks at the headlines today, or studies near or ancient history, there are important quotes made by men and women of deep thought that bears reading and listening, and taking them to our hearts, minds, and souls. Many of the problems we face in this nation are the same problems that have been faced throughout history. So it would be logical to search for much of this history and study the direction and outcome resulting from either the actions or inactions of the individuals, leaders, and nations involved.

Marcus Tullius Cicero regarding the danger of internal subversion. In a speech to the Roman Senate, as recorded by Sallust, Cicero said: “A nation can survive its fools and even the ambitious.But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and he carries his banners openly against the city. But the traitor moves among those within the gates freely, his sly whispers rustling through all alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears no traitor; he speaks in the accents familiar to his victim, and he wears their face and their garments and he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation; he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of a city; he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to be feared. The traitor is the plague.”

Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance;  they are the peoples’ liberty’s teeth. George  Washington

“I am sure that never was a people, who had more reason to acknowledge a Divine interposition in their affairs, than those of the United States; and should be pained to believe that they have forgotten that agency, which was so often manifested during our Revolution, or they failed to consider the omnipotence of that God who is alone able to protect them.” George Washington

“The marvel of all history is the patience with which men and women submit to burdens unnecessarily laid upon them by their governments.” George Washington

Thomas Jefferson wrote (Berg 13:58 1811. Quoted from The Real Thomas Jefferson, page 347): “When we reflect that the eyes of the virtuous all over the earth are turned with anxiety on us as the only despositories of the sacred fire of liberty, and our fall into anarchy would decide forever the destinies of mankind and seal the political heresy that man is incapable of self-government, the only contest between divided friends should be who will dare farthest into the ranks of the common enemy.”

“I do verily believe that . . . a single consolidated government would become the most corrupt government on earth.” Thomas Jefferson (The Real Thomas Jefferson page 361) Ford 7:451 (1800)

“Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves; and, under a just God, can not long retain it.” The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln edited by Roy P. Basler, Volume III, “Letter To Henry L. Pierce and Others” (April 6, 1859), p. 376

We are called the nation of inventors. And we are. We could still claim that title and wear its loftiest honors if we had stopped with the first thing we ever invented, which was human liberty. – Foreign Critics speech, 1890 (Mark Twain)

The average American may not know who his grandfather was. But the American was, however, one degree better off than the average Frenchman who, as a rule, was in considerable doubt as to who his father was. – quoted in “Stories of Mark Twain,” C. D. Williard, Pacific Outlook, 4/30/1910

It was no accident that planted Lincoln on a Kentucky farm, half way between the lakes and the Gulf. The association there had substance in it. Lincoln belonged just where he was put. If the Union was to be saved, it had to be a man of such
an origin that should save it. No wintry New England Brahmin could have done it, or any torrid cotton planter, regarding the distant Yankee as a species of obnoxious foreigner. It needed a man of the border, where civil war meant the
grapple of brother and brother and disunion a raw and gaping wound. It needed one who knew slavery not from books only, but as a living thing, knew the good that was mixed with its evil, and knew the evil not merely as it affected the
negroes, but in its hardly less baneful influence upon the poor whites. It needed one who knew how human all the parties to the quarrel were, how much alike they were at bottom, who saw them all reflected in himself, and felt their
dissensions like the tearing apart of his own soul. When the war came Georgia sent an army in gray and Massachusetts an army in blue, but Kentucky raised armies for both sides. And this man, sprung from Southern poor whites, born on a
Kentucky farm and transplanted to an Illinois village, this man, in whose heart knowledge and charity had left no room for malice, was marked by Providence as the one to “bind up the Nation’s wounds.” – quoted in New York Times, January 13, 1907 (Mark Twain)

In the fictious book Rivers West written by Louis L’Amour, a conversation between two of the characters beginning on page 22: “I know too little of the affairs in, your country Mr. Talon, but I would assume they are similar to ours. Let us simply say that here the people rule-but to rule is not enough. The people must also be watchful, they must care for their country and its future. There are many self-seekers amongst us, yet many of those are sincere patriots. Our country is growing, but there are many forces, some abroad, some within, that are dangerous to us.”

Bottom line in all of this; the very subjects and comments that are posted here represent what we the common citizen is up against at this very moment as we fight for our rights guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States of America. When one looks at what our forefathers saw and predicted, much of this has come to past. And the rest of the world has been attempiting, over the centuries from the birth of this nation to bring it down, and to make it as they are. For governments would prefer to rule a subjugated people than ones who have individual freedoms and rights that are guaranteed by that said document.

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Published in: on January 26, 2013 at 7:56 am  Leave a Comment  
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Vilify Trivialize Modify

In this post are my personal views and observations, with thoughts about how this situation in the country came about, and knowing that it will take at least 2 generations to correct what is happening now, if ever.

Let the words speak for themselves.      http://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/pravda.asp

Remember as time continues to flow by us that it’s very obvious that George Orwell is alive and well in this country. As corporations join this government in enforcing questionable policies, that continue to erode our individual freedoms and rights, including direct attacks on our 1st amendment rights by blocking, censoring, and using comments that state,  “This is inappropriate so we will not allow this to be viewed or heard”. If you need a direct example research Facebook and see who and what they are censoring and blocking with threats that if they do not remove the offending material (offending to Facebook, not the public at large), their site will be blocked and they will not be allowed back. Oh, if you happen to like guns or are pro-gun, don’t post it on Facebook. http://www.naturalnews.com/038484_Gandhi_quote_Facebook_censorship.html

How does one change a culture, a history, a people and move them in a direction that is completely foreign to their way of life, their way of thinking, their self-worth? So how was it done in the Orwellian world of 1984? Look closely as you will see every aspect of what is in the book “1984”, being used. We could add the book, “Brave New World”, since much of what takes place there is here and present also.

Let’s look closely at what has and is happening in this country. Over time the Socialists have infiltrated the educational system, and in fact control what is taught and what the children will learn. A good example is the policy of “No Child Left Behind”. Let’s be honest for a moment – if you cannot fail or failure is not a possibility why try, why succeed, why not just float through? After all it doesn’t matter in the overall scheme of things, does it? What this program has led to is a dumbing down of America. But, this is only the first step. It is important to change history to vilify the founding fathers, to trivialize what they did, and then rewrite history to reflect the history that the Socialists want to portray. As has been quoted in a different blog, “What is taught in the schools in one generation, becomes the government in the next.” (Abraham Lincoln) So what better place to prepare a nation for a fundamental change but the educational system. You can look at any level of schooling you want and the whole system is now under the control of a Socialist agenda.

Now that the general statements have been made, let’s look at specifics. Vilify! “George Washington, and Thomas Jefferson were slave owners. So what they did to form this country is unimportant. Anyone could have done this. They were evil men.” Were they slave holders? Yes. Did they want to abolish slavery? Yes. Could they free their slaves? No. British law for which they were under until the end of the war with England forbade the freeing of slaves. Then to hold this Union together at the beginning they had to give in to the Southern States whose plantations required vast amounts of slaves. Although both men throughout their lives attempted to get slavery abolished. “Abraham Lincoln was a racist! Thusly is beneath the good and proper and as such deserves our contempt.” Was he a racist? No, he was no different from any of his time in his views of blacks. And let’s put one more thing in perspective here. Blacks were not the only slaves, then or now. Indentured servants were much the same until they worked off their debt. And what is overlooked so often is this; who sold those into slavery, may I ask? Does slavery still exist? Yes, most definitely.

Trivialize! By stripping the ones who established this country by the sweat of their brow, their views of how a government should be, their sacrifices, and there were many, and the fact that what they were trying to accomplish marked all of them for death – after all they were considered traitors to the British Crown, then their importance can be overlooked. And when it is viewed through the changed history created to make these important people appear to be nothing more than ones who are trying to take advantage of the situation to better themselves and their fortunes personally, it immediately takes the focus off of what they accomplished and trivializes all that they worked and fought for (Jefferson died a debtor, and after his death his properties were sold off to pay those debts.). And once this has been accomplished the focus can then change with the emphasis on others in history that happen to reflect the beliefs and governmental style that the ones in charge of the educational system want. Do you realize that the only place in the world where there was a great depression was the United States? And that the way it is written in the our history books states that our president at the time was responsible for bringing us out of it. Yet if one truly looks at the true history, the facts, the depression lasted as long as it did because of the policies of that said government, and it was WWII that brought this country out of the great depression, not the policies and laws created by the government at the time.

Modify! Oh yes modify. By changing history, eliminating important people who influenced our nation, by making their own (Socialist) people who had been in control of the government, and they have a number of times, to be the ones who are important and provide the proper influence and are the heroes, by making the leaders who ruled this way god-like, they easily push their version on the innocent youth who believes what they are taught and what is written in the history text books is the truth, not questioning, or researching what they have been presented as fact to see if, indeed, it is. By taking a race of people and making them appear to be victims, with no control over their destiny, and removing from history any of that race who were part of the success of this nation, and their influences, to remove anything that would allow a race to feel proud about one of their own having such an important place in history so that it completely changes views, understandings, and outcomes of how one from that race or culture views themselves or their nation. Once this has been established then it is easy to manipulate and control that race, through propaganda and the use of stipends.

And finally remove God and any of his symbols from this country which was built upon faith, stating that there cannot be anything within the public sphere that represents a specific religion. Then attack that predominant religion and replace it with the government as god.

If any of this sounds familiar, then, in the end, we can only blame ourselves. As time continues to move, and we cannot change time, we have allowed this to happen, and have continued to turn our backs to the facts, as they have been presented. So through our inattention, our apathy, we are slowly losing our right to self-government, and seem quite happy about it. By allowing this to continue, the question becomes, how long will it be before we have no individual rights and this country is no more?

Published in: on January 19, 2013 at 7:39 am  Leave a Comment  
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A Taste of History Past – An Excerpt

“A Taste of History Past”, is the working title of the 3rd book in the Survival Universe. At the present it is about 75% written. It appears that when first draft is finished that it will be around 100,000 words. Again since this is the first draft, much can change between this post and when the book is released. I’m posting the prologue, for today’s post, which indirectly covers the history through the eyes of another, leading up to the beginning of this story. Indirectly and generally providing important moments covering a vast amount of time. Giving the reader both old information, refreshing the past from the two other books in this series, and new information that precedes the beginning of this book, but takes place after the end of book 2, “Desperate to Survive” – enjoy.

                                                                 Prologue

The satellite remained in geosynchronous orbit above an unnamed planet located in a distant binary star system. It was one of the many that had been placed here thousands of cycles around the suns in the past. At the beginning the activity had been high and the AI that was part of who he was had been kept quite busy. It had been a time of discovery and time of communication between all of them and the ones who had created them. There had been much traffic from the shuttles that brought messages and needed supplies from the great galactic ships that roamed the vastness of space bringing news from their home world. It was enough to keep all the AI’s busy and content. After all they were fulfilling their functions. And there were trips from some of these same shuttles to repair the satellites to keep them functioning in tip-top order. There had been upgrades and while they could never claim to be truly conscious as the ones who had created them, still with their memory cores and abilities to see, to hear, to communicate with one another and with the ones who had created them, it had been enough.

Then the shuttles came no more. The traffic from the Alpha had continued as it was for a while, and then it slowly dwindled, and disappeared. It seemed that they were on their own, forgotten, unwanted, unneeded, but this was something that was beyond their understanding so they continued to do as they had been programmed. But without the periodic trips from the creators to replace broken and worn parts they began to fail. And one by one they went dark, falling towards the planet as they lost their ability to hold their positions, and as this ability failed they were pulled slowly towards the planet and then in a streak of fiery light and death disintegrate in the atmosphere as any meteor would.

Yet before this had become the known reality and after 2346 turns around this binary system they were needed once again. The Alpha once again was filled with the creators. But to their disappointment it appeared that these new ones knew not of them and what they were capable of performing for them. Still as they watched, the Alpha became more and more active as systems that had been placed into the down and maintenance mode came back on-line. And then the joy, when once again, part of what they were designed to do had been used by these new ones. Yet, they had used only a very small part of what they, the satellites were capable of performing. He was the Alpha among the satellites, and all of others answered to him as he answered to the creators. But as the messages of needing repairs piled and he sent the requests on to the creators they never responded, no shuttles answered their calls for help. And finally as would be expected, the first went dark. Dumping all the information it had collected, ejecting its memory core as it had been programmed, to save what was there, followed by the silent plunge into the atmosphere and the streaking fiery death.

Another 513 cycles passed and their pleas for help continued to go unanswered, unheard, and were unknown by the creators. At this time the shuttles arrived once again from deep space and there was once again a major flurry of activity, but this time they were completely forgotten as the many hidden cities emptied out and became vacant, ghosts. And then finally the Alpha too went silent – leaving only the satellites, the abandoned cities, and the Alpha as the reminders that another people had been here at one time. Soon, yes very soon he too would be joining his brothers in that fiery death. His systems were failing, his pleas for help falling on abandoned facilities, with no ears to hear, no voices to respond, no hands to help. He was completely alone, forgotten, and well beyond what these primitive people that he observed, the ones who lived on this unknown planet, and soon he like the others would be gone, leaving the ones ignorant that such as he had ever existed, had been watching them from their skies.

Only one last function left to perform. A burst transmission to the Alpha with all the accumulated data, the ejection of his memory core and he too would cease to exist . . .

Published in: on January 12, 2013 at 7:59 am  Leave a Comment  
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Darkness

For a writer this is nothing unusual about this statement: “Darkness has fallen upon my soul.” It seems to be in the nature of things that to be successful one must be sensitive to the ebb and flow of the world. Not only the physical world, but the emotional, spiritual, and mental worlds that exist, side by side, to make it a whole. As has been demonstrated, predicting the weather is almost like a witch doctor predicting and curing an illness. The weather patterns are so complicated that even super computers can get it right rarely. So when one puts all these different parts together that exist in this world, one can only see, feel, sense, and touch so very little of it. At times it appears that one has a rare insight into just a single part of the aspects which are a part of this complicated system, allowing one to describe or write, albeit clumsily, and with very little true knowledge or insight, one small part of this.

If one would just take one part of this system, say the inner mind of thinking creatures, you could spend two lifetimes and barely touch the depth and understanding, and probably in the end be just shaking your head saying that, “Truthfully, I thought a few times that I was beginning to see the inner workings, to glean some understanding, but about the time I felt this way, something would happen to shatter my ideas, my perception, my conclusions.” Finally, admitting, at the end, that there was truly no understanding at all. So, I find, because of my sensitivity, that it is easy to allow what is happening around me to lead to minor depression. Of course all of us face this many times in our lives. The issue becomes how much it controls you. But at the same time, at least, again for me, it is something that I must learn to control.  And I know that this can easily be misconstrued to think that depression is a very big part of my life, and if one thought that they would be wrong.

What I do know is this; at times it allows me to be able to access my subconscious easier. And the obvious question would be: “Why would that be so important?” The not so simple answer being; “That’s where the inspiration hides, where the stories come from, where the characters that become real exist. The place where we touch God, our seat of inspiration, sanity, our caring for our mates, families, and others, the place that allows us to plan for the future and that place where your inner voice continually talks, it’s what makes us who we are, it’s what makes us human.” So if minor depression opens a window to my subconscious, then it behooves me to control my depression, when it happens, so that I have that road to my inspirations. Of course I’m not the type that wants to dwell there. After all it is a very dangerous place to be. If one becomes too comfortable, then it is only a small step to serious depression, and if one goes down that path, many times death follows. Because the darkness of that world allows no light in, no road out, and the hopelessness that can fill one’s soul, can and will destroy, which is probably one of the reasons that you find more drug use, more death and suicide within the artist community than any other group. And before any apply this statement to me, I do not, and will not use drugs, other than what is necessary to live. And again because of the way this statement can be interpreted, one could smile and say that could mean anything. Yet, any who know me know the truth.

With the inner mind, the subconscious being only one small part of the whole picture, it is no wonder that we who communicate, we who write, only get it right now and then, like that weatherman predicting the weather. With the political systems, the languages, the religious views, and subcultures within those worlds, the wildlands, the wild and domestic animals, the world, this universe where our world exists, and so many other things, it is surprising we get anything right, or because of the weakness of language that any understand anything that is spoken or written at all. Since none of us have been blessed with the ability to read minds, of course there are always those who say that they can, we can only surmise, in the darkness, what someone is really saying, what someone really means. All of us are islands unto ourselves. We can only see this world through our own eyes, no matter how many times we may say, “Oh I see, I now understand your point of view on this”, it truly is not so. Again we are translating what we see and hear through our own personality, our own experiences, our own eyes, coloring it with our way of seeing this world. That is why when one reads a book, and pronounces the character’s names within that story, for example, that many times it is different from others who have read the same work. And if the work has been fortunate enough to have become a movie, we are disappointed because it doesn’t reflect the story as we saw it in our mind’s eye.

So is it truly surprising that we have all these problems? And as writers our stories reflect this world and its many problems. And as has been stated, if your story is lacking conflict on all levels, then nobody will be interested. Why? Because, our lives, this world, our minds continually have to deal with conflict, and with the advent of the computer age, this has been raised several notches higher, since all is accessible instantly. Not necessarily the truth, but whatever the information, it is out there and it is up to us to find it, possibly finding the truth hidden among all the propaganda out there. And this creates a whole new level of conflict as media has gotten very good at spinning what is presented, to influence your thinking, and influence the outcome. That leads one to wonder why conflict would be so critical to a story, after all one would think we would like to take a vacation from it. But alas it is not true. We want our heroes, our protagonists to face adversity, to lose, come up with solutions, and triumph in the end.  To show us that they are real, that they face much of what we do, to learn, to grow, to fail, and to overcome, just like we hope that we do in our own lives at the end.

Life moves very fast. As a child it doesn’t seem so. But suddenly you’re a teenager, then an adult, you find a mate, have children, suddenly your children are grown and you are no longer young, and you stand there wondering how you got to this point in your life. After all you can remember being that child, courting your mate, holding your new-born child, and suddenly all of that in what seems a blink of the eye is gone, and you are now the matriarch and patriarch of your family, the oldest living members, the grandparents, and you stand there shaking your head in amazement, because you can’t see how it happened. This leads to the sad realization that those dreams, those goals that one had set back at the beginning probably never were reached, were never realized, as the day-to-day grind of just surviving took front and center, and those small and large emergencies, unplanned events, took you in ever different directions, and usually away from your dreams, plans and goals. Then, before you know it, you are there heading towards the winter of your life and you realize that very few goals were ever reached, if any, and you have no more of anything now, then you did back at the beginning. Leaving you to wonder why, and finding no answers to that question; leaving you, in the end, to become one of the millions of unknowns that have lived their lives before you, passed into death, and history, as if you or they never have existed.

Yet, it really does comes down to family – God, family, and your culture. After all if there were no one before you, you wouldn’t exist. So what we leave as our legacy, in the end, is just that – family. So as we go through our lives, work our way through that darkness that is life, not being able to see or understand, remember our refuge, our direction, our paths, no matter where they may lead, goes through our families, and our family history. Though even here we are still isolated within ourselves, but at least here, there are others that share much of who we are, and because of this, maybe, just maybe there really is understanding, and if nothing else, support. The rest of the world may never care, but it is through heredity, through the bonds of family and those relationships within, where the caring and compassion lives. It is where we learn to live in that outside uncaring world, where our strength comes from, where we find refuge, and if one is honest, even the way we view and interact with that outside scary place.

So through that darkness where we can only see the dim light rarely, we fall back on what we know, who we love, and hope that this darkness will not overwhelm, become permanent, to lead us away from the light, away from what is right and good. And as we see that glimmer now and then we find ourselves drawn to it. For it is here, in the light where we truly exist, where we truly belong. So touch the darkness when you must, but anchor yourself to the light, for it is there that God exists, and where family is, and that path into the darkness only leads away, leads one to destruction, to hopelessness, to death. So go with God, go with family, remain in the light, and go with the peace and hope that they provide.

Published in: on January 5, 2013 at 8:04 am  Leave a Comment  
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