A Stable American Genius

statue-of-liberty-landmark-close-new-york.jpgAre you really smart or a stable genius? Are you satisfied with the crumbs that fall from the corporate tables; the tables of the wealthy? This is what “trickle-down economics” is really all about. Engage your genius and think about this for a moment.

Do not be so easily exploited by propaganda. Propaganda is engineered statements designed to distort human perception. “Trickle-down economics” does not sound as bad as “crumbs falling from the tables of the wealthy,” but both describe a general population at the economic mercy of an aristocracy; a population that should feel grateful for what little the wealthy throw to them. Is this the United States of America envisioned by its founders?

The founders of America were tired of aristocrats and the oppression that accompanied them. They envisioned a nation where “all men are created equal” (Declaration of Independence). Unfortunately, they were not able to create a government that perfected that vision. Instead, they laid a foundation for future generations to build upon, and future generations did build upon it.

A great war was waged to eliminate the bondage of slavery, but this did not fully establish equality. A struggle then began for civil rights that was heralded by the passage of the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution in 1868. This important amendment grants all citizens “the equal protection of the laws.” While equality was still an American value in 1868, it was far from perfected. The continuing struggle for civil rights would be greatly magnified in the twentieth century, and expanded beyond race to include gender and religion. It is time to include another type of civil rights: the rights of the general population (the People) over corporations.

The purposes of American government are clearly stated in the preamble of the Constitution:

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

How does severe economic regimentation that favors a wealthy minority and enslaves the general population to corporate policies and wages “promote the general Welfare?” If the significant tax breaks recently given to corporations were instead provided to the general population, the economy would also be stimulated. The difference is that the corporations (and their wealthy owners) would have to work to earn that money, instead of it simply having it handed to them. It is hypocritical and reprehensible when the wealthy and their political mouthpieces speak derogatively of the “entitlements” given the poor when they are much more “entitled.” The general American population has a right to equal protection under the tax laws also, but they are not getting it.

America has not perfected equality, so anyone who values the principles this nation was founded upon should be suspicious when a politician wants to “restore” America. To “restore” something is to return it to a previous condition or state. Do we want to return America to a state where people are less equal, and therefore, less free? Is it coincidental that “restoring America” became a campaign slogan after America elected its first black president? It is rather obvious that America still needs to work on equality for all “the People.”

Latin provides the root for “genius” which generally concerns a person’s spirit (Online Etymology Dictionary). An authentic American genius can easily recognize that a corporate raider has taken over the American government, is plundering the public coffers and stripping our national treasures. That corporate raider is enabled by politicians who have forsaken the public trust for campaign contributions from the wealthy. How stable is your American genius? Do you believe that you are more entitled than others?

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When Realms Collide

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From spirit, of spirit and to spirit,

Let those who have eyes see, and those who have ears hear.

Words were formed in an age of enlightenment:

The truth of equality is held to be self-evident,

As is the truth of endowed and unalienable rights.

 

The size, shape, age, color or gender of earthen vessels are irrelevant

In matters between spirits.

If you do not believe you are spirit,

Then your time here is wasted.

All spirit is born of spirit, and created equal.

 

Those born of spirit cherish equality.

Equality is the essence of the unalienable:

Everyone has the same rights, so rights cannot be lost.

If one right is denied, then equality becomes diminished.

Everyone is diminished until balance is restored.

 

Those born of spirit understand balance.

They walk a narrow path like the edge of a blade

Upon which the spiritual and physical realms pivot.

This deserves deep reflection:

It is the dance.

 

Others know only fear because of darkness;

Angry and paranoid of all that is different or changing.

They do not feel secure with equality.

They gather to defend and dominate.

There can be no peace without control, they cry.

 

There can be no peace until all feel secure.

There can be no justice without equality,

The scales must balance,

We must dance,

We must dream.

 

How can we respond to darkness?

 

 

The Difference Between True and False

There appears to be a problem [in the United States] recognizing the difference between True and False. As an American, I understand the dissatisfaction many people have with American government; I am also very dissatisfied. However, I do not want my dissatisfaction to taint my perception of reality. For this reason, I wish to share some simple tips to help people test what is true, and what is false.

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I learned some simple wisdom in my youth: “You will know them by their fruits” (Matthew 15:16 NKJV). My father’s version of this was, “Actions speak louder than words.” An excellent example, in recent history, is Donald Trump’s statement that he would release his income tax returns if he was elected President. President Trump’s action in this matter speaks louder than his words to many people; many recognize that he simply lied on this point.

I also learned in my youth that a person’s mouth will reveal their heart (Luke 6:45 NKJV). I am amazed that Trump’s remarks about grabbing women by their genitals was so easily ignored by voters simply because they are so dissatisfied with their government. I do understand the desperate need for change in government, as expressed by voters in this election result. I am actually more surprised that politicians apparently do not recognize the lack of consent expressed by voters.

I am as desperate for a change in American government as any other voter, but I do not see how “jumping from the frying pan to the fire” produces the change we need. I am surprised by the curse voters have cast upon the GOP… and the Democrats, though. However, my perception may be clouded by my hope in the wisdom of democracy; the Athenian city state did eventually fail.

Those who did not vote because they did not see any real choice in the 2016 election have no cause to pat themselves on their backs. They wasted their votes and helped a White Supremacist gain the Presidency. Tell me that they didn’t think Trump could possibly win, and I will show you historical ignorance.

You may have guessed that I was a Christian once. Through Christ I learned that this world is in dire need of grace. Through Christians I learned that judgement is a poor substitute for discernment. Their rituals are empty and their spirits are dimmed by fear. It did not appear prudent to be counted among those who take the name of Christ in vain… at a young age. I am more certain of this now, several decades later. America certainly lacks grace now.

It appears that everyone needs to learn how to tell the truth.