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Hanging with the Atheists

What is it with atheists? Those who don’t believe there is a God. That by mere chance of environment touching evolution, all earth-creatures came into being. That the need for a comforting, all-powerful deity was chemically sprung in our frontal lobes after experiencing threat. That all religions were established to hold sway over intellectually lazy people for political reasons.

I have no problem with this personal credo even though mine is, for the most part, established to the contrary. That when we consider the universe into which we have evolved, we can see God’s hand in all things – science, math, philosophy and art. That we are incapable of understanding everything that emanates from the divine. That we are free to immerse ourselves in the teachings of our personal holy man and realize truth.

This has set up some uncomfortable dinner parties of late because I find myself in a social set populated by expat atheists.

There I am, sipping my wine, and someone will pop up with, “Have you seen what the Christians are up to?” Disgusted eye-rolling ensues as someone speaks of dropping bombs to do some good. This makes me nervous because my family’s faith tradition is Christian and I am called to both stand up for Jesus and admonish people that peacemakers are blessed.

So, I choose to model nonviolence and just listen for awhile. Then I offer: Well, you know, not every Christian chooses to politicize the faith. In all of my Bible studies, Jesus clearly taught us to avoid that. This usually shuts people up.

Some, though, can’t help themselves. They repeat the mantra found in the first paragraph and lend a look that implies, “You’re an idiot.” So I say: You know, I respect your right to non-belief. Can you not respect my beliefs? My faith teaches, “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Is this not also your standard?

They claim, yes, it is. So I add: Well good, then you’ve got a basic tenet of Christianity down pat.

This they cannot tolerate. “That’s a load of crap. Respecting others is just basic human decency,” is the summary response. So I retort: Yes, but human beings at their basic level are not decent – in any age, scratch the surface of society’s thin skin and witness its perpetuating infection with hatred. Through time, we have had holy men and, due to male insecurity, only a few women come along to enlighten us on affirming life and livelihood in our respective cultures. This is historical fact.

Usually, the subject gets changed by then. But sometimes the most fervent unbeliever goes off on a rant about religious wars and how the fight over whose God reigns supreme has been brutal and is never-ending.

Sometimes I just let it drop. But sometimes I add: True. But might then we have been better off without the reproduction of our tribes? And, trade routes? And, the concept of profit in industry? Because those things have started unrelenting wars, too.

This never flies. The unbelievers cite religion as the root of all evil, and Christianity as its main nutrient. I just smile and, right before my husband puts an elbow in my ribcage, I conclude: Well, I will love you nevertheless! Pass the wine, please. Jesus turned water into wine, wasn’t that divine?

Because I’m not interested in converting save through example. And, I’m comfortable with my Christianity because, at its core, it’s a story that guides me quite well. That it is currently being tarted up by political campaigns does cause me pain and I’m doing my part to stop it. But the mortal lashings of mankind cannot diminish its brilliance, believers or not.

 

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#2 Dean Berg 2016-06-15 23:20
Why the Democrats Will Do and Say Anything To Stop Donald Trump

Someone is getting very nervous. President Barack Obama; Valerie Jarrett; Eric Holder; Hillary Clinton; Jon Corzine … to name just a few. And I know why.

I wrote a book entitled “The Murder of the Middle Class” about the unholy conspiracy between big government, big business and big media. They all benefit by the billions from this partnership and it’s in all of their interests to protect one another. It’s one for all, and all for one.

It’s a heck of a filthy relationship that makes everyone filthy rich. Everyone except the American people. We get ripped off. We’re the patsies.

But for once, the powerful socialist cabal and the corrupt crony capitalists are scared. I’ve never seen them this outraged, this vicious, this motivated, this coordinated – NEVER in all my years in politics, have I seen anything like the way the mad dogs of hell have been unleashed on Donald Trump.

LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 19: Donald Trump appears at a news conference after the 2012 Miss Universe Pageant at PH Live at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 19, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Credit: Getty Images
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When white extremist David Duke ran for governor of Louisiana he wasn’t treated with this kind of outrage, vitriol and disrespect. When a known fraud, scam artist and tax cheat like Al Sharpton ran for president, I never saw anything remotely close to this. The over-the-top reaction to Trump by politicians of both parties, the media and the biggest corporations of America has been so swift and insanely angry that it suggests they are all threatened and frightened like never before.

Why? Because David Duke was never going to win. Al Sharpton was never going to win. Ron Paul was never going to win. Ross Perot was never going to win as a third-party candidate.

None of those candidates had the billion dollars it takes to win the presidency. But Donald Trump can self fund that amount tomorrow and still have another billion left over to pour into the last two-week stretch before election day.


No matter how much they say to the contrary, the media, business and political elite understand that Donald Trump is no joke and could actually win and upset their nice cozy apple cart.

It’s no coincidence that everyone has gotten together to destroy the Donald. No, this is a coordinated conspiracy led by President Obama himself. Obama is making the phone calls and giving the orders – the ultimate intimidator who plays by the rules of Chicago thug politics.

Why is this so important to Obama?

Because most of the other politicians are part of the “old boys club.” They talk big, but in the end they won’t change a thing.

Why? Because they are all beholden to big money donors. They are all owned by lobbyists, unions, lawyers, gigantic environmental organizations, multi-national corporations like Big Pharma or Big Oil. Or they are owned lock stock and barrel by foreigners – like George Soros owns Obama, or foreign governments own Hillary with their Clinton Foundation donations.

These run-of-the-mill establishment politicians are all puppets owned by big money.

But one man – and only one man – isn’t beholden to anyone. One man doesn’t need foreigners, or foreign governments, or George Soros, or the United Autoworkers, or the Teachers Union, or the SEIU, or the Bar Association to fund his campaign.

Billionaire tycoon and maverick Donald Trump doesn’t need anyone’s help.

That means he doesn’t care what the media says. He doesn’t care what the corporate elites think. That makes him very dangerous to the entrenched interests. That makes Trump a huge threat. Trump can ruin everything for the bribed politicians and their spoiled slavemasters.

Don’t you ever wonder why the GOP has never tried to impeach Obama? Don’t you wonder why John Boehner and Mitch McConnell talk a big game, but never actually try to stop Obama? Don’t you wonder why Congress holds the purse strings, yet they’ve never tried to defund Obamacare or Obama’s clearly illegal Executive Action on amnesty for illegal aliens? Bizarre, right? It defies logic, right?

Well first, I’d guess many key Republicans are being bribed. Secondly, I believe many key Republicans are being blackmailed. Whether they are having affairs or are secretly gay or are stealing taxpayer money; the NSA knows everything.

Ask former House Speaker Dennis Hastert about that. The government even knew Hastert was withdrawing large sums of his own money, from his own bank account. Trust me – the NSA, SEC, IRS and all the other three-letter government agencies are watching every Republican political leader. They know everything.

Thirdly, many Republicans are petrified of being called “racists.” So they are scared to ever criticize Obama, or call out his crimes, let alone demand his impeachment.

Fourth, why rock the boat? After defeat or retirement, if you’re a “good boy” you’ve got a $5 million dollar per year lobbying job waiting.

The big money interests have the system gamed. Win or lose … they win.

But Donald Trump doesn’t play by any of these rules. Trump breaks up this nice cozy relationship between big government, big media and big business. All the rules are out the window if Donald wins the presidency. The other politicians will protect Obama and his aides. But not Donald.

Remember Trump was the only politician who publicly questioned Obama’s college records and how a mediocre student got into an Ivy League university.

Now he’s doing something no Republican has the chutzpah to do – question our relationship with Mexico; question why the border is wide open; question why no wall has been built across the border; question if allowing millions of illegal aliens into America is in our best interests; question why so many illegal aliens commit violent crimes yet are not deported; question why our trade deals with Mexico, Russia and China are so bad.

Donald Trump has the audacity to ask out loud why American workers always get the short end of the stick? Good question.

I’m certain Trump will question what happened to the almost billion dollars given in a rigged no-bid contract to college friends of Michele Obama at foreign companies to build the defective Obamacare web sites. (By the way that tab is now up to $5 billion._

Trump will ask if Obamacare’s architects can be charged with fraud for selling it by lying. He will ask if Obama himself committed fraud when he said, “If you like your healthcare plan, you can keep it.”

Trump will investigate Obama’s widespread IRS conspiracy, not to mention Obama’s college records.

Trump will prosecute Hillary Clinton and Obama for fraud committed to cover-up Benghazi before the election.

Trump will no doubt investigate if Obama’s Labor Department committed fraud by making up job report numbers to steal the 2012 election.

Obama, the multi-national corporations and the media need to stop this. They recognize this could get out of control. If left unchecked telling the raw truth and asking questions everyone else is afraid to ask, Donald could wake a sleeping giant.

Trump’s election would be a nightmare. Obama has committed many crimes. No one else but Donald would dare to prosecute. Donald Trump will not hesitate. Once Donald gets in and gets a look at “the cooked books” and Obama’s records, the game is over. The gig is up. The goose is cooked.

Eric Holder could wind up in prison. Valerie Jarrett could wind up in prison. Obama bundler Jon Corzine could wind up in prison for losing $1.5 billion of customer money.

Hillary Clinton could wind up in jail for deleting 32,000 emails; or accepting bribes from foreign governments while serving as secretary of State; or for “misplacing” $6 billion as head of State Department; or for the Benghazi coverup.

The entire upper level management of the IRS could wind up in prison for targeting and persecuting critics of the president and then purposely destroying evidence. Obamacare will be defunded and dismantled. The Obama Crime Family will be prosecuted for crimes against the American people. And Obama himself could wind up ruined, his legacy in tatters.

Trump will investigate. Trump will prosecute. Trump will go after everyone involved…just for fun. That will all happen on Trump’s first day in the White House.

Who knows what Donald will do on day two?

That’s why the dogs of hell have been unleashed on Donald Trump. That’s why we must all support Donald. This may be our only shot at saving America, uncovering the crimes committed against our nation and prosecuting all of those involved.
#1 Dean Berg 2016-06-15 23:18
In response to the Article Titled: Dear Mr. Trump.
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Why We Need Donald Trump as President

Trump can’t be called a skilled politician, as Trump blunders wildly from one unforced error to another, from tweeting out pictures of SS re-enactors (unless that was a huge dog whistle) to pictures of murderers. He told an audience of evangelicals in Iowa he had never asked God for forgiveness. His campaign seems completely disorganized, and there is no follow up with potential volunteers and supporters. Even his comments on immigration may have been utterly accidental and spontaneous.
And yet he continues to gain support because, unlike every other politician in the United States, and certainly every other politician on the American Right, Trump never apologizes. He keeps attacking. He has penetrated the OODA loop of the political process, forcing the press, his Republican primary opponents, and even the activist Left to constantly react to his latest broadside, never allowing himself to be put on the defensive. And the crowd loves it.
In truth, this self-funding allows Trump to get away with ideological deviations no other Republican would be permitted. Trump has never been particularly conservative and was a generous donor to both Republicans and Democrats. In terms of his stated positions, Trump has at various times defended gun control, socialized healthcare, and abortion, and has wobbled on amnesty. Libertarians and limited government conservatives point out that, as a real-estate developer, Trump aggressively used eminent domain. On paper, Trump is to the left of Jeb Bush.
To this, there can be only one response — I don’t care. Nor should anyone else. The current American system makes questions about a politician’s “true” positions or beliefs utterly irrelevant. From Barack Obama defending traditional marriage because of his “faith,” George W. Bush and his “humble” foreign policy, or Rand Paul posturing as a border hawk, an amnesty advocate, and a hawk again, the nature of our system practically disallows any political leader from taking a principled stance. Democracy asks us to be mind-readers, supporting politicians based on hints, intuition, and symbolic gestures rather than plain statements of where someone stands.
The politician qua politician is a nullity, defined by subordinating his personality to his ambition, “playing the game” in the immortal words of Jack Hunter. But the conservative movement has been “playing the game” for a half century, and all it has to show for it is a Third World embarrassment far more degraded than any Soviet occupied puppet state emanating from the fever dreams of a 1950s John Bircher.
Since the Republican Party’s crushing victory in the 2014 midterms, gay marriage has been mandated nationwide, Congress funded Barack Obama’s unilateral mass amnesty, the Confederate flag has come down, and the only piece of legislation that has been passed is the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a bill seemingly designed to confirm the liberal stereotype of Republicans as corporate shills. The failure of the conservative movement to do anything other than perpetuate its own existence is so complete, transparent, and obvious that it is impossible to take their hatred of Trump seriously. They are angry not because he is a “liberal” or not “credible,” but because he is openly revealing their irrelevance.
Since Donald Trump entered the race, the Overton Window has shifted so that there is serious discussion of banning sanctuary cities, putting America first when it comes to trade, and, while we’re at it, discussing the open secret that John McCain may have been a collaborator in Vietnam. And Trump accomplished this not by “playing the game” but by treating the press and other Republicans with open contempt, performing an end run around the “Cathedral” (or the Synagogue, if you prefer) of interlocking institutions that manage acceptable opinion.
More importantly, only Donald Trump could have done this. Only someone with outrageous wealth, direct access to the “megaphone,” and utter contempt for the governing consensus could even achieve the modest level of support Trump has been able to garner. There is no other figure in America other than Donald Trump who meets those characteristics.
For a moment, consider the hysterical economic retribution directed against Trump by both private and public institutions for the obviously true comment that Mexico is not sending its best people to the United States. And then consider that even now, figures such as Bill Ayers, Bill Clinton and Bernardine Dohrn calmly collect massive salaries from prominent and respected institutions without so much as an inconvenience. The double standard and the redefinition of “extremism” is breathtaking. Like Trump, one literally has to be a billionaire to point it out and not face personal destruction.

Back when people watched The Simpsons, a flashback episode featured a young Homer telling his father about his dream of one day becoming President. Grandpa Simpson responded, “This is the greatest country in the world! We’ve got a whole system set up to prevent people like you from ever becoming President!”
Similarly, the current American system is deliberately and carefully constructed to prevent anyone with White racial or even national consciousness from even approaching the levers of power. Trump is so startling not because he’s “right wing” (he’s not), “racist” (he isn’t), anti-Zionist (you joke), or even because he has interesting ideas. Donald Trump is the only person who seems to regard the United States of America as a real country possessing a national interest that he would pursue. This alone separates him from every other Republican and Democrat in the field.

Though Trump occasionally provides amusement with his comments about “the blacks,” there’s no evidence Trump would do anything about racial preferences, Section 8 housing, or restoring the right to free association. A Trump foreign policy would most likely lead to more unsustainable American involvement abroad and would probably be worse than Obama’s, Trump’s promises of a bro-mance with Vladimir Putin notwithstanding . Even if Trump did something to limit immigration, as Richard Spencer has repeatedly said, it’s too late to really matter.
Yet Trump is worth supporting. He is worth supporting because we need a troll. We need someone who can expose the system that rules us as the malevolent and worthless entity it is. We need someone who can break open public debate. We need someone who can expose and heighten the contradictions within the system. And we need someone who can call out the press, the politicians, and the pseudo-intellec tuals as the empty shells they are. The fact that Trump himself is part of this same farce is utterly irrelevant.
Those who accuse him of being a “clown” or saying he’s not “serious” need to look at the alternatives. What are we supposed to regard as trustworthy?
The selfless public service of Hillary Clinton?
The support of the American worker by mass immigration supporting Bernie Sanders?
The deep seated love of country of Jeb Bush?
The ideological consistency and principled dedication of Rand Paul?
The decades of success from “the movement conservatives?”
Donald Trump is far less of a clown than a figure like Kevin Williamson, who writes articles for NRO about how Bernie Sanders is a dangerous nationalist, how Republicans are the party of civil rights, and how Detroit was ruined by “unions.”
The survival of the current political, economic, and cultural system is a death sentence for the European-Americ an population. A government that goes out of its way to import populations because they will dispossess and harm the European-Americ an population of this government is evil. Call it nihilism or call it cynicism, but anything that keeps the system functioning as it is constitutes complicity with evil and just about anything that disrupts it should be supported.
Trump creates an opening to disrupt that system. He’s already opened up debate. And if you are going to bother with electoral politics at all, he’s the only one who even has the potential to create a positive change.
Ultimately, of course, this is a sideshow. Real change will occur by building our own institutions, markets, and tribes, and fomenting revolutionary consciousness among the forgotten men of our Hollow Empire. But electoral politics will affect us, even if we try our best to ignore it and remain independent of it. It doesn’t change the nature of the struggle, but it affects our actions depending on whether Trump, Clinton, Bush, Walker, or Sanders is President.
So it is worth at least some attention. We might as well spend a few minutes supporting someone who can cause a shift in our direction, infuriate both leftists and the Beltway Right, and then get back to the serious work of building a real movement.
Don’t give Trump your money — he doesn’t need it. Spend your time on organizing among your acquaintances and friends, and donate to groups within our own movement. But when it comes to who to vote for — screw it. Vote Trump in 2016. Besides, the White House would look better plated in gold than covered in the rainbow flag.

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