Saturday, 23 November 2013

Fwd: Second American Revolution Declared Nov. 19, 2013 - Will You Join?





 

Second American Revolution Declared Nov. 19, 2013 – Will You Join?

Posted 9 hours ago by Dave Jolly,

Earlier this week, Larry Klayman, an attorney who served in the Justice Department when Ronald Reagan was president, organized a gathering of The Reclaim America Now coalition which is composed of a number of organizations including 2 Million Bikers to D.C., Accuracy in Media, Freedom Watch, Gun Owners of America, Jihad Watch, Tea Party Patriots and the Western Center for Journalism.

Addressing the patriotic crowd of about 200 people that gathered at Lafayette Park, across from the White House, Klayman told the audience that Nov 19 should be known as the start of the Second American Revolution, saying:

"We the People have had enough of the corrupt and incompetent ways of the Obama administration and its bipartisan political enablers. It is time for action, not words."

Klayman was not advocating violence, but a peaceful revolution that all Americans could participate in:

"In the style of Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr. and others who have changed history and reclaimed freedom, Americans have no choice – as the three branches of government have completely abdicated their representation of citizens' complaints."

Also speaking at the gathering was former Sen. Gordon Humphrey (R-NH) who told the crowd that the Obama administration has more power than Hitler's SS, the Stasi of the former East German government and the Russian KGB :

"We are on the doorstep of tyranny, and that is not an overstatement."

"It is our goal to roll back this incipient tyranny and re-establish freedom for generations to come."

"We want accountability, Mr. President, and, by God, sooner or later, we are going to get it."

Probably the most popular speaker at the gathering across from the White House was Retired Navy Admiral James Lyons.  He spoke about the Rules of Engagement being used against our troops in Afghanistan and how the current administration is weakening our military and sending them to Afghanistan to be sacrificed and not to win.

 

Missing from the rally was Retired Army Major General Paul E. Vallely, who is busy speaking across the country calling for the immediate forced resignations of President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).

In an interview with WND, Vallely said he is calling for protests and rallies nationwide.  He also told them that peaceful civil uprisings are possible.  When asked about the impeachment of Obama, he said that due to partisan politics that it is not an option at this time.  In his interview, he said:

"Our federal government continues down the path of destroying America.  Americans must now stand up and put America back on the right track."

"And we call to action all branches of government to do your constitutional duties and not be led astray in the cultural and moral decay of America. We have witnessed far too many lies, deception and the corruption of the republic."

"The battle is on, and we shall not retreat."

I totally agree with Klayman, Humphrey, Lyons and Vallely.  It is time for a Second American Revolution or American Revolution 2 where the people overthrow the tyranny of the federal government.  It has become an all-consuming entity that cares nothing for the US Constitution, law or the people.  It only thrives to feed its own greedy appetite and it's time for the American people to lop of its head before it completely devours and ruin us.

We accomplish this through a variety of peaceful means, but it has to start with YOU the people who need to make YOUR voices heard loud and clear.  It's time to make a decision of whether you are going to stand up and fight for the America we are losing or sit on your lazy butt while it is destroyed, never to return.

I want you to think about the words that John Adams wrote to his wife Abigail in a letter dated July 7, 1775.  Burn these words into your heart and mind because they are true and we are at that point of history of proving him right, if we sit by and do nothing:

"Our consolation must be this, my dear, that cities may be rebuilt, and a people, reduced to poverty, may acquire fresh property. But a constitution of government, once changed from freedom, can never be restored. Liberty once lost, is lost forever."

"When the people once surrender their share in the Legislature, and their right of defending the limitations upon the Government, and of resisting every encroachment upon them, they can never regain it."

[John Adams, Letter to Abigail Adams, 7 July, 1775, Charles Francis Adams Ed., Letters of John Adams Addressed to his Wife, Charles Little and James Brown, Boston, MA, 1841, pp. 49-50.]



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Fwd: Political Correctness - Psychological Explanations






PC = Pure Crap


Start with low intelligence and low information individuals…

 

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Gates of Vienna

At the siege of Vienna in 1683 Islam seemed poised to overrun Christian Europe.
We are in a new phase of a very old war.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Psychological Explanations of Political Correctness

Nicolai Sennels' latest essay examines the possible psychological causes behind the bizarre state of denial that is imposed on Westerners by political correctness.


Psychological explanations of political correctness
by Nicolai Sennels 

The disadvantages of Islam and Muslim immigration into Europe are many and obvious.

Negative economic effects, rising crime and less security, entire neighborhoods transformed into parallel societies, the frequently negative influence of Muslim children in schools and institutions, etc. — all these consequences affect the lives of most children and adults on an everyday level in one way or another.

Many of us have wondered why there still are so many — both ordinary people, Media and politicians — who do not speak openly about, and perhaps do not even realize, the problems.

Being a licensed psychologist and having had years of experience as a publicly known critic of Islam and Muslim immigration and culture, I will endeavor here to give three psychological explanations for political correctness.

As always, when large groups ignore obvious problems, the issue is one of social psychology:

The "Bystander effect"

The bystander effect is a psychological phenomenon that explains why people remain passive during emergencies.

Research on the bystander effect started in connection with the murder of Kitty Genovese in 1964, when several neighbors remained passive while they watched Genovese being stabbed to death.

An example of psychological research in the bystander effect is a study in which a woman pretends she faints. If the subject is alone, he will help the woman in 70 percent of cases. If there are several people present, only 40 percent of subjects help the woman.

The bystander effect makes spectators to a disaster tend to watch others' reaction — instead of the situation itself — as a way to assess the seriousness of a situation.

As people in many cases await each other's reaction, rather than take the initiative, the result may be that nobody does anything — since all are waiting to see if somebody else does something.

If the others do nothing, it is seen as a sign for the individual that the others believe that there is no need for intervention. This affects one's own judgment, and thus one's reaction. The majority's response acts as a kind of "barometer" for the truth.

If we transfer this phenomenon to political correctness, it means that since the majority do not express criticism of Islam, Sharia (also called Islamization) and Muslim immigration, people take it as a "proof" that there is no need to criticize such things.

Conditions for the bystander effect are therefore particularly ripe in cases where people feel uncertain about what is the right thing to do, and as a result use other people's reaction as a way to assess the situation.

The best way to counter this kind of behavior is to give people so much information that they are able to make their own decisions. In addition, it is obviously important that as many as possible do something, so that people who are under influence by the bystander effect acknowledge reality. It is psychologically important that the people who take the initiative do it in such a way that others will find it easy to identify with it — so avoid anger and unnecessary provocation, show your joy and personal optimism, be relaxed, and only talk about these things when there is a natural reason for it (e.g. family or colleagues mention the subject themselves).

"Pluralistic ignorance"

The bystander effect is often connected with pluralistic ignorance. Pluralistic ignorance is a social psychological phenomenon in which the majority of a group individually reject a norm (e.g. Muslim immigration), but at the same time suppose that the majority accepts the norm. As a result of the desire to be well-regarded by the majority, people accept the norm, even though they secretly oppose it. In this way a democratic process can lead to the acceptance of norms which the majority actually oppose.

Applying the theory of pluralistic ignorance to the phenomenon of political correctness would mean that the majority actually want less Islam, Sharia and Muslim immigration, but every individual believes that the majority is not against these things. Because people do not dare to stand up against the "illusory majority", they refuse to openly criticize these things.

Fear of criticism can therefore pressure the majority not to speak their minds — even though they would actually able to get what they want, if only all dared to raise their hands say what they think.

Pluralistic ignorance is thus made possible partly by the lack of self confidence to stand by one's position, and partly by a miscalculation of what the majority thinks.

The best way to deal with pluralistic ignorance is therefore to give people courage and show that they are not alone with their viewpoint. This is accomplished primarily by showing a courageous example oneself. In addition, it is important to support other critics, so they do not feel vulnerable and alone. Finally, it is vital to spread knowledge and arguments that help people to counter criticism.

"Good people"

The third explanation consists of a theory of my own. It is based on the assumption that in all cultures and societies there exists a definition of what "a good person" is.

Out of a desire to feel liked and part of the community, most people have a psychological drive to live up to the definition of "a good person". But the definition of "good people" is influenced by many things, and is subject to change.

In the old Danish Christian community, you were a good person if you went to church every Sunday. In societies with a strong work ethic, it is seen as better to care for oneself than live on benefits. In many circles it is seen today as "good" to worry about the climate or ecology — or at least it is bad if you do not care. When I was a child in the 1970's, it was hip and Leftist to fight for women's freedom, criticize the social control imposed by religion and society, and fight for the right to criticize authority and religion.

Nowadays it is a widespread view that "tolerance and openness" characterize "good persons". This includes a provision that criticism of minorities and others' standards is "bad".

Thus we have ended up in a situation where criticism of Muslim immigration and Islamic religious and cultural standards has become socially unacceptable.

Since only a small minority therefore criticize these things openly, the bystander effect makes many people think that there is no problem — or that it is not so big that it is necessary to speak about it.

The harsh criticism faced by Islam-critics (especially among Muslims themselves) increases the extent of pluralistic ignorance, because fewer people dare to speak up. Even though majority are critical of Islam, they believe that they are a minority.

People with good self-esteem are better able to maintain their own assessment of their own moral "goodness" without being influenced by others' criticism or current definitions of "good people". Thus they are less vulnerable to the bystander effect and pluralistic ignorance.

Who is neurotic?

Critics of Islam, Sharia and Muslim immigration are often called racists (expressing hostility against other races), xenophobic (having an irrational fear of the unknown) or Islamophobes (having an irrational fear of Islam).

But Islam and Muslims are not a race, and neither Islam nor Muslims are unknown, since most of us encounter or read about the phenomenon in one form or another almost daily. And there's really nothing irrational in fearing Islam, as Islam's holy scriptures say that Muslims have a duty to suppress or kill all non-Muslims and to spread their faith by any means.

Which Islam and many Muslims also do, kindly aided by all the people, politicians and media who do not speak against Islam, sharia and Muslim immigration.

By calling people racists or diagnosing them, political correct lovers of multi-culture attempt to define Islam-critics as dysfunctional people or neurotics. But we are not.

Proponents of Islam, Sharia and Muslim immigration, however, are actually victims of the bystander effect and pluralistic ignorance. And, being insecure, many of them follow the current trends and their peers' views on what defines "good people".

There is no reason to fear such intellectually flabby people. So just open your mouth and say what you think. You are not crazy, evil or neurotic. Quite the contrary.

Based on the above-mentioned social psychological theories, it is my conclusion that that we Islam-critics are better informed and have better self-confidence than the many who lack knowledge, courage, and personal authenticity to speak about obvious problems.


Nicolai Sennels is a psychologist and the author of "Among Criminal Muslims: A Psychologist's experiences with the Copenhagen Municipality".



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Fwd: Police Called, Man arrested, cuffed after using Legal 2.00 Dollar bills at Best Buy







Don't police have ANY educational or disciplinary standards and training?

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Police Called, Man arrested, cuffed after using Legal 2.00 Dollar bills at Best Buy

A man trying to pay a fee using $2 bills was arrested, handcuffed and taken to jail after clerks at a Best Buy store questioned the currency's legitimacy and called police.

According to an account in the Baltimore Sun, 57-year-old Mike Bolesta was shocked to find himself taken to the Baltimore County lockup in Cockeysville, Md., where he was handcuffed to a pole for three hours while the U.S. Secret Service was called to weigh in on the case.

Twodollarbills

Bolesta told the Sun: "I am 6 feet 5 inches tall, and I felt like 8 inches high. To be handcuffed, to have all those people looking on, to be cuffed to a pole – and to know you haven't done anything wrong. And me, with a brother, Joe, who spent 33 years on the city police force. It was humiliating."

After Best Buy personnel reportedly told Bolesta he would not be charged for the installation of a stereo in his son's car, he received a call from the store saying it was in fact charging him the fee. As a means of protest, Bolesta decided to pay the $114 bill using 57 crisp, new $2 bills.

As the owner of Capital City Student Tours, the Baltimore resident has a hearty supply of the uncommon currency. He often gives the bills to students who take his tours for meal money.

"The kids don't see that many $2 bills, so they think this is the greatest thing in the world," Bolesta says. "They don't want to spend 'em. They want to save 'em. I've been doing this since I started the company. So I'm thinking, 'I'll stage my little comic protest. I'll pay the $114 with $2 bills.'"

Bolesta explained what happened when he presented the bills to the cashier at Best Buy Feb. 20.

"She looked at the $2 bills and told me, 'I don't have to take these if I don't want to.' I said, 'If you don't, I'm leaving. I've tried to pay my bill twice. You don't want these bills, you can sue me.' So she took the money – like she's doing me a favor."

Bolesta says the cashier marked each bill with a pen. Other store employees began to gather, a few of them asking, "Are these real?"

"Of course they are," Bolesta said. "They're legal tender."

According to the Sun report, the police arrest report noted one employee noticed some smearing of ink on the bills. That's when the cops were called. One officer reportedly noticed the bills ran in sequential order.

Said Bolesta: "I told them, 'I'm a tour operator. I've got thousands of these bills. I get them from my bank. You got a problem, call the bank.' I'm sitting there in a chair. The store's full of people watching this. All of a sudden, he's standing me up and handcuffing me behind my back, telling me, 'We have to do this until we get it straightened out.'

"Meanwhile, everybody's looking at me. I've lived here 18 years. I'm hoping my kids don't walk in and see this. And I'm saying, 'I can't believe you're doing this. I'm paying with legal American money.'"

Bolesta was taken to the lockup, where he sat handcuffed to a pole and in leg irons while the Secret Service was called.

"At this point," he says, "I'm a mass murderer."

Secret Service agent Leigh Turner eventually arrived and declared the bills legitimate, adding, according to the police report, "Sometimes ink on money can smear."

Commenting on the incident, Baltimore County police spokesman Bill Toohey told the Sun: "It's a sign that we're all a little nervous in the post-9/11 world."

 





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Fwd: Welcome to Obama Flowers








(Receptionist) Hello, Welcome to Obama Flowers, My name is Trina. How can I help you?

(Customer) Hello, I received an email from Professional Flowers stating that my flower order has been canceled and I should go to your exchange to reorder it. I tried your website, but it seems like it is not working. So I am calling the 800 number.

(Receptionist) Yes, I am sorry about the website. It should be fixed by the end of  November. But I can help you.

 

(Customer) Thanks, I ordered a "Spring Bouquet" for our anniversary, and wanted it delivered to my wife.

 

(Receptionist Interrupting) Sir, "Spring Bouquets" do not meet our minimum standards, I will be happy to provide you with Red Roses.

 

(Customer) But I have always ordered "Spring Bouquets", done it for years, my wife likes them.

 

(Receptionist) Roses are better, sir, I am sure your wife will love them.

 

(Customer) Well, how much are they?

 

(Receptionist) It depends sir, do you want our Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum package.

 

(Customer) What's the difference?

 

(Receptionist) 6, 12,18 or 24 Red Roses.

 

(Customer) The Silver package may be okay, how much is it?

 

(Receptionist) It depends sir, what is you monthly income?

 

(Customer) What does that have to do with anything?

 

(Receptionist) I need that to determine your government flower subsidy, then I can determine how much your out of pocket cost will be. But if your income is below our minimums for a subsidy, then I can refer you to our Flower Aid department.

 

(Customer) Flower Aid?

 

(Receptionist) Yes, Flowers are a Right, everyone has a right to flowers. So, if you can't afford them, then the government will supply them free of charge.

 

(Customer) Who said they were a Right?

 

(Receptionist) Congress passed it, the President signed it and the Supreme Court found it Constitutional.

 

(Customer) Whoa.....I don't remember seeing anything in the Constitution regarding Flowers as a Right.

 

(Receptionist) It is not really a Right in the Constitution, but Obama Flowers is Constitutional because the Supreme Court Ruled it a "Tax". Taxes are Constitutional. But we feel it is a Right.

 

(Customer) I don't believe this...

 

(Receptionist) It's the law of the land sir. Now, we anticipated most people would go for the Silver Package, so what is you monthly income sir?

 

(Customer) Forget it, I think I will forgo the flowers this year.

 

(Receptionist) In that case sir, I will still need your monthly income.

 

(Customer) Why?

 

(Receptionist) To determine what your 'non-participation' cost would be.

 

(Customer) WHAT? Your can't charge me for NOT buying flowers!

 

(Receptionist) It's the law of the land, sir, approved by the Supreme Court. It's $9.50 or 1% of your monthly income.....

 

(Customer)interrupting) This is ridiculous, I'll pay the $9.50..

 

(Receptionist) Sir, it is the $9.50 or 1% of your monthly income, whichever is greater.

 

(Customer) ARE YOU KIDDING ME? What a ripoff!!

 

(Receptionist) Actually sir, it is a good deal. Next year it will be 2%.

 

(Customer) Look, I'm going to call my Congressman to find out what's going on here. This is ridiculous. I'm not going to pay it.

 

(Receptionist) Sorry to hear that sir, that's why I had the NSA track this call and obtain the make and model of the cell phone your are using.

 

(Customer) Why does the NSA need to know what kind of CELL PHONE I AM USING?

 

(Receptionist) So they get your GPS coordinates sir

 

(Door Bell rings followed immediately by a loud knock on the door)

 

(Receptionist) That would be the IRS sir. Thanks for calling Obama Flowers, have a nice day...and God Bless America.

 





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Fwd: [New post] Only a Democrat could be this stupid





traildustfotm posted: "…okay, we could name some Republicans, too. At least he's not warning that Guam will capsize. ~ TD  CNCNEWS.COM Senator: Sports Stadiums 'at Risk from...Sea-Level Rise Effects of Climate Change' By Sean Long Senator Sh"
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Only a Democrat could be this stupid

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…okay, we could name some Republicans, too.
At least he's not warning that Guam will capsize. ~ TD 

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Senator: Sports Stadiums 'at Risk from...Sea-Level Rise Effects of Climate Change'

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) warns sports stadiums are at risk from the "sea level rise effects of climate change," and that climate change specifically threatens hockey and skiing.

"We see significant sports facilities, the palaces of - of sport that are at risk from the storm, climate, sea-level rise effects of climate change," Sen. Whitehouse said today following a closed-door climate discussion with executives from the NFL, NHL and NBA.

Senator Sheldon Dumb-Ass (D-RI)

Senator Sheldon Dumb-Ass (D-RI)

- Watch the video at: http://cnsnews.com/mrctv-blog/sean-long/senator-sports-stadiums-risk-fromsea-level-rise-effects-climate-change#sthash.YxsDr2u4.dpuf

He said the threat to hockey is that people will no longer be able to play outdoors on frozen ponds:

"Without cold enough weather for frozen ponds, the kind of hockey that you play out of doors with your friends gets a little bit harder to achieve."

Whitehouse also suggested climate change will prevent his family from continuing to go skiing in Rhode Island:

"I took my kids skiing at Yawgoo Valley ski slopes in Rhode Island. The New York Times recently reported that we can expect all the ski slopes in Connecticut and Massachusetts to be gone.

"Obviously, given Rhode Island's location, if that's true of Connecticut and Massachusetts, that will also be unfortunately true of Rhode Island."

The senator is no stranger to such Chicken Little scare tactics. In May 2013, Whitehouse blamed Republican inaction on climate change for deadly tornados in Oklahoma.

- See read this story in the wild: http://cnsnews.com/mrctv-blog/sean-long/senator-sports-stadiums-risk-fromsea-level-rise-effects-climate-change#sthash.YxsDr2u4.dpuf

I thought you might enjoy the Guam Capsizing speech. ~ TD

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Fwd: [New post] US Postal Service Christmas ad omits Christmas





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It's not even Thanksgiving, but the War on Christmas 2013 has already begun.

According to a December 2012 Gallup Poll, Christians are still the overwhelming majority of Americans, at 77%; only 1.7% of Americans identify their religious preference as Jewish; Kwanzaa isn't even considered by Gallup as a religion. Gallup concluded that "The United States remains a largely Christian nation; more than nine in 10 Americans who have a religious identity are affiliated with a Christian religion."

And yet a U.S. Postal Service advertisement to sell "holiday stamps" omits a Christmas or Christian-themed message, yet includes portrayals of the Jewish holiday, Hanukkah, and the wholly made-up "African-American" holiday, Kwanzaa.

Maulana KarengaRonald Everett, aka Maulana Karenga

In 1966, a black American named Ronald Everett, who later changed his name to Maulana Karenga, concocted Kwanzaa. Everett/Karenga founded a black power organization called US (meaning "Us black people") which was committed to armed struggle and the establishment of a separate political structure for African-Americans. In 1971, Karenga was sentenced to one to ten years in prison on counts of felonious assault and false imprisonment. Despite all that, Everett/Karenga, now 72, is the Chair of the Africana Studies Department at California State University, Long Beach.

The USPS Christmas ad contains the text: "Don't forget your holiday stamps. You'll find them at your nearest post office or on eBay." Below the text are pictures of three stamps:

  • A candle holder with nine lighted candles, emblazoned with the word "Hanukkah."
  • A gingerbread house.
  • A colorful symbol over an open book, above the block-type word "Kwanzaa."

usps-holiday-mailerImage source: Twitter/@RennaW

Reactions to the ad were swift and strident. A sample on Twitter:

  • RennaW tweeted: "Don't forget those three American holidays: Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and … gingerbread house"; "What happened to Christmas?";  "Oh yeah, because Christians celebrate the Holy Day of Gingerbread House, seriously? This is awful"; and "I'd like to take this opportunity to wish you and yours a very merry Gingerbread House."
  • Chris Barnhart tweeted: "Shhhhhhh! We can't say the "C" word."
  • BossyMother tweeted: "oh yeah, because Christians celebrate the Holy Day of Gingerbread House, seriously? this is awful."

A postal office worker jumped into the Twitter fray to explain: "The holiday stamp collection varies each year. We do have the Holy Family, Virgin & Child, Santa & Poinsettia stamps."

Indeed, the USPS still offers Christmas-themed stamps with religious themes. Make sure you ask for those stamps at your local gingerbread post office.

Source: The Blaze

~Eowyn

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The Kennedy Assassination (November 22, 1963) 50 Years Later


November 21, 2013
The Kennedy Assassination (November 22, 1963) 50 Years Later
Paul Craig Roberts

November 22, 2013, is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The true story of JFK's murder has never been officially admitted, although the conclusion that JFK was murdered by a plot involving the Secret Service, the CIA, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff has been well established by years of research, such as that provided by James W. Douglass in his book, JFK And The Unspeakable, published by Simon & Schuster in 2008. Ignore Douglass' interest in the Trappist monk Thomas Merton and Merton's prediction and focus on the heavily documented research that Douglass provides.

Or just turn to the contemporary films, taken by tourists watching JFK's motorcade that are available on YouTube, which show clearly the Secret Service pulled from President Kennedy's limo just prior to his assassination, and the Zapruder film that shows the killing shot to have come from President Kennedy's right front, blowing off the back of his head, not from the rear as postulated in the Warren Commission Report, which would have pushed his head forward, not rearward.

I am not going to write about the assassination to the extent that the massive information permits. Those who want to know already know. Those who cannot face the music will never be able to confront the facts regardless of what I or anyone else writes or reveals.

To briefly review, the facts are conclusive that JFK was on terrible terms with the CIA and the Joint Chiefs. He had refused to support the CIA organized Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba. He had rejected the Joint Chiefs' "Operation Northwoods," a plan to commit real and faked acts of violence against Americans, blame Castro and use the false flag events to bring regime change to Cuba. He had rejected the Joint Chiefs case that the Soviet Union should be attacked while the US held the advantage and before the Soviets could develop delivery systems for nuclear weapons. He had indicated that after his reelection he was going to pull US troops out of Vietnam and that he was going to break the CIA into a thousand pieces. He had aroused suspicion by working behind the scenes with Khrushchev to defuse the Cuban Missile Crisis, leading to claims that he was "soft on communism." The CIA and Joint Chiefs' belief that JFK was an unreliable ally in the war against communism spread into the Secret Service.

It has been established that the original autopsy of JFK's fatal head wound was discarded and a faked one substituted in order to support the official story that Oswald shot JFK from behind. FBI director J. Edgar Hoover and President Johnson knew that Oswald was the CIA's patsy, but they also understood, as did members of the Warren Commission, that to let the true story out would cause Americans to lose confidence in their own government at the height of the Cold War.

Robert Kennedy knew what had happened. He was on his way to being elected president and to holding the plotters accountable for the murder of his brother when the CIA assassinated him. A distinguished journalist, who was standing behind Robert Kennedy at the time of his assassination, told me that the killing shots came from behind past his ear. He submitted his report to the FBI and was never contacted.

Acoustic experts have conclusively demonstrated that more shots were fired than can be accounted for by Sirhan Sirhan's pistol and that the sounds indicate two different calibers of firearms.

I never cease to be amazed by the gullibility of Americans, who know nothing about either event, but who confidently dismiss the factual evidence provided by experts and historians on the basis of their naive belief that "the government wouldn't lie about such important events" or "someone would have talked." What good would it do if someone talked when the gullible won't believe hard evidence?

Secret Service pulled from JFK's limo
http://www.lewrockwell.com/2013/11/james-huang/must-watch-video/

Zapruder film
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufvmHYqfdbU

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1q91RZko5Gw

James W. Douglass, JFK and the Unspeakable, Simon & Schuster, 2008

Operation Northwoods: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Northwoods

http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2013/11/21/kennedy-assassination-november-22-1963-50-years-later/

Gettysburg Gospel


November 14, 2013
Gettysburg Gospel
How Lincoln forged a civil religion of American nationalism
By RICHARD GAMBLE

Lincoln's Gettysburg Address has achieved a status as American Scripture equaled only by the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and Washington's Farewell Address. In merely 271 words, the wartime president fused his epoch's most powerful and disruptive tendencies­nationalism, democratism, and German idealism­into a civil religion indebted to the language of Christianity but devoid of its content.

That the Gettysburg Address achieves so much in so little space has a lot to do with what Lincoln didn't say on that November day in 1863. An odd vacancy runs through the speech. Pronouns without antecedents carried Lincoln's words away from the things he was supposedly talking about. The speech was abstracted from the place where he stood and the suffering he memorialized. Lincoln mentioned "a great battle-field" but not the town and surrounding farms of Gettysburg. He invoked the "fathers" but left them unnamed. He extolled the "proposition that all men are created equal" but left the Declaration of Independence implied.

He honored "brave men" but not a single commanding officer or soldier by name. He spoke of a "nation" five times but avoided anything as definite as geographic America, the United States, the republic, the Constitution, the North, the South, or even the Union. The Union was the very thing he had been insisting since 1861 that he fought to preserve. Perhaps most striking of all, even though this speech followed Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation by nearly a year, he never mentioned slavery. Instead, we have "freedom."

Lincoln omits these tangible details of place and moment with such skill that readers do not notice the empty spaces. For anyone who does not already know something specific about the Civil War, the speech creates no picture in the mind. It could be adapted to almost any battlefield in any war for "freedom" in the 19th century or thereafter. Perhaps the speech's vacancies account for its longevity and proven usefulness beyond 1863­even beyond America's borders. Lincoln's speech can be interpreted as a highly compressed Periclean funeral oration, as Garry Wills showed definitively in his 1992 book Lincoln at Gettysburg. But unlike Pericles' performance, this speech names no Athens, no Sparta, no actual time, place, people, or circumstances at all.

Into this empty vessel Lincoln poured the 19th-century's potent ideologies of nationalism, democratism, and romantic idealism. Together, these movements have become inseparable from the modern American self-understanding. They have become part of our civil religion and what we likewise ought to call our "civil history" and "civil philosophy"­that is, religion, history, and philosophy pursued not for their own sake, not for the truth, but deployed as instruments of government to tell useful stories about a people and their identity and mission. Polybius praised Rome's forefathers for having invented religion for just this public purpose. Religion, history, and philosophy can all be domesticated to make them tools for the regime.

In 1967, sociologist Robert Bellah launched the modern career of "civil religion" as a concept, a way to examine how, on the one hand, the state adopts religious language, ritual, holidays, and symbolism to bind a nation together and how, on the other hand, it elevates its own values and ideas to the status of holy doctrine. Regarding the first type, University of Toronto political theorist Ronald Beiner recently defined civil religion as "the appropriation of religion by politics for its purposes." Lincoln had been doing this to the Bible since at least 1838. He ended his Lyceum Address by applying Matthew 16:18 to American liberty: "the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." More famously, in 1858 he quoted Matthew 12:25 to characterize the precarious state of the Union: "A house divided against itself shall not stand."

Such an appropriation of Christianity for politics dominates the Gettysburg Address, from its opening "four score" to its closing "shall not perish." In the 1970s, literary scholar M.E. Bradford, in his essay, "The Rhetoric for Continuing Revolution," identified the Gettysburg Address's "biblical language" as the speech's "most important formal property." That is undoubtedly so. Lincoln drew from the King James Version's archaic words and cadences, as he opened with the biblical-sounding "four score," an echo of the Psalmist's "three score and ten" years allotted to man on this earth. He continued with "brought forth," the words in the Gospel of Luke that describe Mary's delivery of Jesus­the first instance of what turns out to be a repeated image of conception, birth, life, death, and new birth, culminating in the promise of eternal life in the words "shall not perish"­a startling echo of Jesus' words to Nicodemus in John 3:16 ("whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life").

Lincoln's speech also engages the other side of civil religion­not the appropriation of the sacred for the purposes of the state but the elevation of the secular into a political religion. Early in his career, Lincoln had explicitly promoted this kind of civil religion. Again in his 1838 Lyceum address, he called for fidelity to "the blood of the Revolution" and the Declaration, the Constitution, and the laws to serve as America's sustaining "political religion" now that the founding generation was passing away. In 1863, Lincoln filled the Gettysburg Address with the words "dedicated," "consecrated," and "hallow." The cumulative effect of this sacred language was to set the American Founding, the suffering of the Civil War, and the national mission apart from the mundane world and transport the war dead and their task into a transcendent realm.

Bellah, a defender of American civil religion who wanted to globalize it in the post-Kennedy years, claimed that Lincoln and the Civil War gave America a "New Testament" for its civic faith: "The Gettysburg symbolism ('…those who here gave their lives, that that nation might live') is Christian without having anything to do with the Christian church."

To this civil religion, Lincoln added his distinctive civil history and civil philosophy. Subtracting the "four score" years from 1863 takes us back to 1776. America was "brought forth" in 1776­not in 1787 or 1788, when the Constitution was ratified by state conventions. In his First Inaugural in 1861, the Republican president had insisted that the Union was older than the states: it had formed at least as early as 1774 and had organically "matured" through the war years. But now at Gettysburg, the Union vanished and the claim appeared that a "new nation" was born in 1776.

Lincoln's exclusive use of "nation" in this speech for the thing that was founded, tested, and awaited rebirth deserves careful notice. In the domestic and international context of the 1860s, this was a powerful word. In the first place, it answered the most contested political question from 1787 to 1861­and not just between the North and the South but between anyone who argued over whether a citizen's allegiance belonged first to his state or to the Union. "Nation" swept aside all other options. Secondly, the mid-19th century was the age of Europe's wars of national unification. To be a "nation" in 1863 meant something quite different from what it had before the French Revolution. It now signified an organic "people," unified at the core, and raised up by a Providential history to fulfill a unique mission.

Key to understanding that mission is the idealism embedded in Lincoln's civil philosophy. That philosophy relied on what Lincoln famously called a "proposition," a word exposing Lincoln's highly abstract and ahistorical way of talking about America. He took the Declaration's affirmation that "all men are created equal," turned it into a proposition, dedicated the nation to it, and then pulled all of American history through and from that proposition.

Lincoln's propositional apriorism mirrors the German idealism imported into the United States in the first half of the 19th century (at times secondhand via France and England). We know from Lincoln's law partner, William Herndon, that Lincoln admired Boston's radical Unitarian and Transcendentalist minister Theodore Parker. Parker, who died in 1860, had been one of the principal conduits of avant-garde German philosophy and theology into New England. We also know from Herndon that in 1858 he brought Lincoln a copy of Parker's 1850 sermon "The Effect of Slavery on the American People." Herndon recalled that Lincoln "liked especially the following expression, which he marked with a pencil, and which he in substance afterwards used in his Gettysburg address: 'Democracy is direct self-government, over all the people, for all the people, by all the people.'"

Just above these words, which Herndon paraphrased, Parker referred to the "American idea." Parker warned of "two principles" struggling for "mastery" in the United States. Only one of them was truly the "American idea." "I so name it," he said,

because it seems to me to lie at the basis of all our truly original, distinctive and American institutions. It is itself a complex idea, composed of three subordinate and more simple ideas, namely: The idea that all men have unalienable rights; that in respect thereof, all men are created equal; and that government is to be established and sustained for the purpose of giving every man an opportunity for the enjoyment and development of all these unalienable rights. This idea demands, as the proximate organization thereof, a democracy, that is, a government of all the people, by all the people, for all the people; of course, a government after the principles of eternal justice, the unchanging law of God; for shortness' sake, I will call it the idea of Freedom.

Read alongside the Gettysburg Address, Parker's contribution to the speech is unmistakable. At points the wording is nearly identical. This is not to say that Lincoln plagiarized from Parker. The point is to draw attention to how much Lincoln compressed into his brief speech. His civil philosophy, indebted to German Idealists like Parker, distilled something as complex, diverse, untidy, and contested as the formation of the American republic into one proposition, and then from that fragment of a fragment of the past extrapolated both the essence of America in 1863 and its purpose in the future. No part of any sentence of any document, even if that document is the Declaration of Independence, can carry this load.

Embedded in the Gettysburg Address, the proposition defined the making of America and why it fought a costly war. We cannot know how Lincoln would have wielded the proposition in pursuit of America's postwar domestic and foreign policy; his death in 1865 left that question open, as Republicans and even Democrats used the martyred president and his words to endorse everything from limited government to consolidated power, from anti-imperialism to overseas expansion. Under all this confusion, however, Lincoln's propositional nation helped move America from the old exceptionalism to the new. He helped America become less like itself and more like the emerging European nation-states of mid-century, each pursuing its God-given benevolent mission.

A propositional nation like Lincoln's is "teleocratic," in philosopher Michael Oakeshott's use of the word, as distinct from "nomocratic." That is, it governs itself by the never-ending pursuit of an abstract "idea" rather than by a regime of law that allows individuals and local communities to live ordinary lives and to find their highest calling in causes other than the nation-state. Lincoln left all Americans, North and South, with a purpose-driven nation.

One hundred and fifty years ago, President Lincoln, in the midst of a long and brutal war, deployed a powerful civil religion, civil history, and civil philosophy to superimpose one reading of American history onto any competitors. Ever since, generations of Americans have come to believe that we have always been a democratic nation animated by an Idea. The alternatives have been excluded from the national creed as heresy. The way most Americans today interpret the Declaration of Independence, the purposes of the War for Independence, the principles that underlie America's Constitution, the causes and consequences of the Civil War, and the calling of the propositional nation to the rest of the world comes largely from the Gettysburg Address. To the degree we allow Lincoln's words to mediate how we read American history, they will continue to settle, preemptively, the most contested questions about America's origin, purpose, and destiny.

Richard Gamble is the author of In Search of the City on a Hill: The Making and Unmaking of an American Myth.

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/gettysburg-gospel/