I have recently been researching our nation's history and have made a number of discoveries that both shame and excite me. What shames me the most is how our fathers-and their fathers before them-gave up so easily what our nation's founders fought so hard to deliver to us.
I call on you all now living in America to start educating yourself about what our founders held dear. Principle among their basic tenets of Life was an education. As the original citizens of the Thirteen colonies were struggling to free themselves from a despotic king who sought to rape, pillage and plunder them, they actually purchased more law books than all other nations under His throne.
I wrote something not so long ago that I call a "Manifesto of sorts" and have shared that with some of the other folks like me who are seeking a restoration of the values that made our country great, made it prosperous, and made it free. It is currently being considered as an introductory document, to be required reading at the group with which I now claim alliance.
This is an honor.
The next post I make will be exactly that, offered in the hope it may remind you of your personal greatness, and help you restore your faith in yourself as being a powerful force in this world.
Developer of The Gadgetman Groove
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You will both be glad you did.
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How to Change the World: A Manifesto for True Success
R. E. Hatton
Something I threw together this morning
The bible is the oldest document of its kind in the world. Filled with simple wisdom, it has provided guidance to billions of people throughout history as to how to live a better life. The wisdom it sets forth is mirrored in dozens of other so-called “religious” guidebooks in every culture throughout history.
Setting aside your personal position as to whether or not there is a Supreme Being, the guidance this book offers is nonetheless valid. Statements such as “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh” can be taken to advise us to evaluate what lies within our own hearts, should we but listen to our words. This will allow us to determine not only hidden beliefs that limit our success but can also serve as a tool to help others identify beliefs that may limit their success as well.
This powerful observation is only one of thousands to be found by the seeker who leafs through its pages, as well as all documents of its kind.
While the guidance the bible offers as basic principles of life has proven to be reliable, it also lays down a system of government. A system of government that, although simple, has led the tribe of Israel in such a fashion that their people-and their government-still exist today.
The tribe of Israel continues to exist after thousands of years of operation while other nations have been born and risen to greatness only to fall into decay, eventually disappearing into anonymity.
Each of these nations left in their wake some things remarkable and still held of value today, but in every case those who followed their dictates perished. Usually in great violence and upheaval.
This can be seen all around us in the various attempts to make more complex forms of government work. The citizens of Earth have suffered in every instance with poverty, starvation, disease and war raging through their populations.
A wise man once said: “those who forget history are destined to repeat it.” There is another old adage that has been repeated for centuries: “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, expecting a different result.” Both statements can be shown upon examination to be relied upon as absolute truths.
There have been many different forms of government attempted around the world historically. The most common names for these are Communism, Socialism and Democracy. But all these forms of government have proven time and time again to give rise to those seeking power and control over others, ultimately ending up creating slaves of the individuals who adopted it.
This great nation, once a beacon of respect and admiration the world over has degenerated just as these other failed experiments have. Shortly after we entered the twentieth century, our peaceful and mostly agrarian society was slowly overthrown. With the advent of a central banking system, all aspects of our lives were insidiously infected with a virus whose ultimate goal was complete enslavement of all mankind.
This overthrow was not singular in world history, either. Instances abound, should one choose to look, of many societies that have all but completely vanished. Both Atlantis and Lemuria have been systematically erased from history as to now be considered myths or fairy tales. Likewise, there is a newly emerging awareness of the kingdom of Tartaria that spanned the Northern hemisphere from the Americas to the Orient. Gone from our accepted history, yet can be found on many ancient maps that have surfaced.
Greatness that has turned to dust.
You won’t have to look very far before you see how “Power corrupts.” There have always been, and perhaps shall always be, present those who seek to dominate their fellow man. And just as good-hearted souls band together to do charitable work helping those in need, so do those who seek to enslave.
These people bond together in groups with structures, beliefs and practices that are kept hidden from outsiders, the members all held to an oath of secrecy to maintain the ignorance of those who would undoubtedly object should their true motives be discovered.
And it is from these origins the greatest coups have been orchestrated, the greatest leaders assassinated, and the greatest kingdoms overthrown.
Our society in the united states of America began as a republic. It’s a system of justice based on an old and highly regarded document known as the Magna Carta. This document held forth the basic principles of a free and fair society which has been the foundation for peaceful and productive societies, the likes of which our once glorious republic achieved the pinnacle of success in its application.
But this republic, still present(in name only) has been usurped by what is known as “democracy”. This form of government is a socialist government at its root, and every socialist endeavor known to man has never lasted more than a few generations, during which time the promise of a peaceful society where all men share in their combined efforts has invariably mutated into enslavement of the people who chose to adopt that system.
It is my position, after extensive study and historical research, that a successful and enduring society can only rise to greatness when the individuals adopt first a common morality based on the premise that they should first and foremost “do no harm” to their fellow man. Second, they be allowed to succeed or fail based solely upon their ability or education, combined with the effort the individual has chosen to apply.
Holding true to these beliefs, our founding fathers developed a true republic. A society where no group had neither the right nor the power to deprive another human being of their property. Not their money, not their land, not their family, not their freedom and (above all) not their lives without the power and the unalienable right of the individual to seek redress by appeal to a jury of their peers. A jury which holds authority over all.
One of our founding fathers, the illustrious Thomas Jefferson is commonly misquoted as having stated “Democracy is doomed to fail when 51% of the people realize they can take whatever they like from the other 49%.” That he never said this is irrelevant as to the truth of the statement.
One can clearly see the fact inherent in this statement when considering the current state of our society following the adoption of democracy as the rule of law in our nation. Our rulers (whether elected or appointed) have used political prowess to garner support for their elevation to power. They promise-and some deliver on their promises-to give to those who have little, taking from those who have earned what they have by acquiring a proper education and application of suitable effort.
This practice of legal theft has become epidemic. Just as have the actions of the masses to take as they wish from whomever they choose. No longer is there any desire for individuals to succeed on their own, for the fruit of their labors can be taken at the slightest whim of another. And for those that could obtain a better life through education and effort should they so choose, can gain more quickly by theft, made ‘legal’ by this form of government.
So, those who have the power to succeed on their own take the lazy man’s way, and those who would want to create their own success refuse to do so.
This condition has stolen the heart of our great nation.
I call to all men now living both here and abroad to shed themselves of these practices. I call on you to refuse to feed the machine that has raped our very souls. I call on you to refuse to give to those who have the ability to supply their own needs, and to stand firm on your own ability to create.
Create something better for your family. Feed your family something far better than any physical possession you could ever obtain.
Give them the heart of a champion and the soul of a saint. Give them the ability and desire to stand on their own and to never expect to be fed from the harvest of a stranger. Teach them their lives are most assuredly gardens, and they should plant and nurture the fruit they find most desirable, just as the farmer.
To effectively teach this, you must first develop it yourself, for you cannot give what you do not hold. You must learn that which our fathers have forgotten.
I will share with you my observations, followed by my recommendation as to how we, acting individually and together, can change this world into one which posterity (our children) will be proud to call “home.”
In this, I will be brief.
Consider this. What type of life would you like to be living tomorrow? For just as the seasons pass with Spring becoming Summer, and Fall and Winter inevitably to follow, you will find your tomorrow here soon enough, and the shape of your tomorrow will be formed out of your efforts today, and every day which follows.
To change this world, we must one and all develop a certain mindset, from which you never deviate. You must seek an education above all else.
Examine first your assets, the only one of which that matters is your time. How your time is invested will determine your personal harvest. How have you been investing your time?
For just as the farmer considers first what he would like to harvest, he must consider which seeds should be planted and into which soil they should be placed to provide the greatest yield.
What seeds have you been planting?
Examine next the masses. For, if you seek to be considered a success, you must rise above them. Examine how they invest their time. If you seek to be average, then simply do what they do. But if you seek greatness in any respect, then you must follow the path those who have achieved such greatness before you have trod.
It is my observation there are two basic traits exhibited by the population of our nation when considering how they invest their time. There are those who seek to be entertained and those who seek to be educated.
Which of those traits do you suppose leads to failure?
Which do you suppose to success?
Follow the path you choose.
The one thing that can never be taken(but may be surrendered) is your power to choose.
Developer of The Gadgetman Groove
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You will both be glad you did.
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Yes Ron, good information and true.
Here is another short piece I had stored for years that you might find interesting.
The following letter was written by Joyce Minor, Asst. Director of Development and Alumni Relations at the University of Alabama School of Law.
I grew up in rural America in the '50's and '60's. On any given day, you could walk through the high school parking lot and observe that half the vehicles parked there were trucks with windows rolled down and doors unlocked. Most of them carried, as standard equipment, an FFA sticker (Future Farmers of America for you city folks] and a gun rack with at least one gun, usually loaded. You could make the same observation at any of the four high school campuses in our county. Amazingly, I do not ever recall reading or hearing about mass shootings in any of those high schools. What has changed in America is not the accessibility of guns, but the character of man.
On the wall in my parents' home is a plaque awarded to my father in recognition of service for 27 years on the local school board. He told me that for years, a standard requirement on every teacher's contract was membership in a local church. I remember starting every school day with the pledge and a prayer. I remember when girls who got pregnant in high school were ashamed, when abortions were illegal, when the divorce rate was not 50% because couples stayed together for the kid's sake, when there were no X-rated movies, when milk cartons didn't have missing kids faces on them and I didn't know anyone personally who used drugs. I remember when kids were taught respect for authority and accountability to God.
I hear people say that the good old days weren't always so good but please don't tell me you think these are better. Last night I attended a high school football game that was covered by local and national news. The news coverage was not about the football teams, but about the defiance of a court order by one brave little Texas town to preserve the right to pray before a football game. The more this country struggles to free itself from religion, the more we become entangled in the consequences. If people are taught that they came from slime, the obvious questions and consequences must follow; What is the purpose of my existence [hopelessness], who made you the boss of me [lawlessness], why are your rules good and mine bad [relativism], what does it matter how I live if I came from slime and return to slime [immortality and inhumanity]?
I realize that in any given poll, the vast majority of Americans claim to believe in God. I claim to believe that running is good for me but that does not make me a runner. Putting on my running shoes and running makes me a runner. The climbing abortion rate, murder rate, divorce rate, alcoholism and drug abuse rate, child and spousal abuse rate contradict that claim and prove that actions speak louder than words. It is an observable truth that the best time you will ever make on any American City freeway is on Sunday morning because there are no traffic jams getting to church. For those who believe that separation of church and state is not enough, that the world would be better off with no church at all, ask yourself this question.
How many hospitals, universities, orphanages, homeless and abuse shelters have been founded by the ACLU or American Atheist Society? It is the inclusion of the word Catholic, Baptist, Presbyterian, Christian, etc., in the name of so many of these institutions that proves by actions, not just words, who really cares for the suffering of mankind and desires to make the world better.
The question that people should be asking is not "Why does God allow tragedies?" but "When will we realize that no nation, in the history of the world, has ever separated itself from God and evolved to a better society?"
Of course, to answer, you would have to know history. Most people, it would seem, prefer People magazine."
At what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, and to pull down, and to destroy it;
If that nation, against whom I have pronounced, turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them.
And at what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it;
If it do evil in my sight, that it obey not my voice, then I will repent of the good, wherewith I said I would benefit them.
Righteousness exalteth a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people. Prov. 14:34[/i]
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It's painful to see what the so called civilized mankind became. If first astronauts could know that finally we will not have space-weekend but much "rocket-waving" they pulled hand break and drive home. And millions of inventions, that could change and rase our lives to unbelievable levels actually leads us to "bread and circuses" with high technological gadgets. So there's no much difference between us and ancients.
And what about religion? We have a story. Mid east. Family travels through by car and suddenly armed people stop them.
- Who you are! White, enemy's religion! It's time to die!
- no, we are Muslims too.
- impossible! Read some from Koran!
Then... Man read some by memory.
- ya! Really Muslims! Good luck, but be careful!
And they drive. Son was very surprised, that father knows Koran.
- didn't expect you to know their religion book so good. Have you really read it ever?
- of course not. But if they were ready to kill us just 'cause we are from another religion, I became assured that they didn't too.