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Resident Evil

obama_toastDecember 2015 and One American is just now declaring the Resident of the White House to be an agent of evil?  A little late you say?  Of course many of us have known for some time that the Resident is not who he claims to be. For me, this realization came a few months after he took office in 2009.  I naively cast my vote for Obama in 2008; my “hope” was that he would reverse the disastrous course we embarked upon under Bush Jr. with a return to Constitutional authority.  My enthusiasm quickly withered.  Not only did Obama fail to reconcile the embarrassments of Guantanamo Bay, Abu Ghraib and Iraq, he continued trampling the Constitution, tightening the grip of the federal government and anointing the executive branch with unprecedented power.  He greatly expanded the surveillance capabilities of the intelligence community, recruiting corporate partners to ensure all our data could be mined and shared.  He oversaw the introduction of enhanced screening procedures by the TSA and the militarization of our local police departments.  While scaling back our military overseas, he has continued a foreign policy centered on regime change, creating more upheaval and bitter animosity towards America.  And then there is the ACA, written by the insurance companies and engineered to squash the middle class.  Shall I continue?  We still have a year of Obama to endure (assuming the 2016 elections go as scheduled and he relinquishes his throne).  I suspect he will attempt to use his last year of residency to totally decimate what is left of the Republic.

His suspicious remarks started early in his brief political career and continued throughout his presidential campaign.  But now in 2015 he simply cannot open his mouth without vomiting on the American people.  Indeed, it is his most recent hurl of treasonous statements that has prompted me to finally formulate this post.  Regarding the legitimate concern over Syrian refugees entering the U.S. following the terrorist attacks in Paris, Obama had this to say during an appearance in the Philippines, “The idea that somehow they pose a more significant threat than all the tourists who pour into the United States every single day just doesn’t jive with reality… So my expectation is after the initial spasm of rhetoric, the people will settle down, take a look at the facts, and we’ll be able to proceed.”

But the facts are clear.  The FBI has admitted the vetting process for refugees is critically flawed.  During a recent House Committee on Homeland Security hearing, FBI director James Comey stated, “We can only query against that which we have collected… so if someone has never made a ripple in the pond in Syria in a way that would get their identity or their interest reflected in our database, we can query our database until the cows come home, but… there will be nothing [that] show[s] up because we have no record of that person.”

Obama really thinks the American people are stupid, see?  He thinks you are unaware of the fact that Europe is in crisis as the borders of several nations are overrun with ungrateful and belligerent Muslim “refugees.”  We should ignore the fact that ISIS has specifically said they will exploit the refugee crisis to smuggle their terrorists into Europe and America. This is why we are screwed.  The governments of the West fostered al-Qaeda and ISIS, in the same way they fostered the Mujahideen in Afghanistan during the 1980s to repel the Soviets.  This makes it kinda hard, morally, to turn the flood of refugees away, being that we are primarily responsible for their displacement.  We should welcome these “widows and orphans” with open arms because this policy worked so wonderfully for Sweden and Germany, right?  Most of these widows and orphans are young men, in good health, sporting Aeropostal and Nike who somehow managed to pocket their smartphones and iPods while desperately fleeing ISIS.  Right.  The men have gone off to war; the soon-to-be widows and orphans are back in Syria and Iraq.  And what of the militant cells that are already present within our borders, like the Muslim couple who allegedly killed fourteen people in San Bernadino, California three weeks ago?  What about our unsecured southern border?  Why have an immigration policy at all?  Your concerns are unwarranted.  Shame on you, racist!

Obama is risking alienating all but the most schizoid totalitarians in his liberal base.  The ultimate goal here is not to provide safe haven for desperate refugees, but to incite conflict and unrest.  This insidious plan cannot be easily carried out while the citizens of America continue to possess firearms.  On the heels of the San Bernadino attack, Obama’s long standing goal of disarming the American people is finally taking shape, with his announcement from the Oval Office that your Constitutional right to keep and bear arms will be infringed if your name somehow lands on the the no-fly list.  And what earns you a spot on this list?  Apparently not links to terrorism, but maybe you have expressed your dislike of the Obama regime on Facebook or you operate a Tea Party website or you work for the Department of Homeland Security, who has seventy-two employees on the list, according to a Congressional investigation conducted back in August!  In other words, this list can get really long, really fast without any requirement of due process.

Let me say this- and this may burn some conservatives who read this blog- but Obama is not a Muslim.  It is critical that we all understand this.  I can certainly see how he might be perceived as a Muslim and there are many in the conservative and alternative media who continue to make this claim.  Call it elementary, but the Resident is a strong supporter of abortion, feminism and gay rights.  He eats pork and drinks alcohol.  Muslims condemn all these things.  I suppose I am assuming a degree of fidelity within Islam which is not warranted; after all, Muslims are permitted to lie if it furthers the cause of Islam.  Controlling the most powerful political office on Earth would certainly allow for copious fabrication under Islam.  If he is a Muslim, perhaps he is an operative for the Saudis and his liberal politics are simply a disguise.  Er… maybe.  Muslim leaders around the world can simply look the other way as Barry, in his best ghetto slang demands, “Give me some of them ribs.”

It is true that non-Muslims are not given equal treatment under Islam. There are several verses in the Qu’ran and the Hadiths, which sanction deceit, theft, rape, slavery and killing when perpetrated against non-believers or those who make war with Muslims.  Obama has no reservations about slaughtering innocent Muslims though, whether it be in Pakistan or Yemen or Libya or Iraq.  All we must do is examine the life of Muhammad to understand the questionable way in which Muslims are expected to conduct themselves.  I charge that the ruling class in Islamic societies are hypocrites and criminals anyway, living lives of decadence while their people are kept in a position of servitude. Behind closed doors, they do not adhere to Islam’s prohibitions and regularly partake in prostitution, gambling and drug use.  It would seem that ISIS would align themselves against the corrupt House of Saud, yet, it is Sunni wahhabism cultivated in Saudi Arabia with the cooperation of the West that is responsible for the majority of Islamic terrorism around the world.  ISIS, al-Qaeda, Boko-Haram and the Taliban are all militant Sunni groups.

Consider that despite all of Obama’s aid and comfort to the Islamists, they still want to cut his head off and put it on a stake, as CEO of the American infidels.  Although Obama claims to be Christian, his fruits indicate otherwise.  So, if he is not a Muslim and not a Christian, who or what is he?  I surmise that he is godless, which is far more dangerous.  And I am well aware of Barack Hussein Obama’s Islamic upbringing, his ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and his comments supporting Muslims, but he is more accurately a Muslim sympathizerHis true allegiance is to the globalist New World Order, who are currently using Islam to destroy the current world order.  This is plain to me.  Although not a practicing Muslim himself, he allies himself with them, protecting and defending them every step of the way.  He deflects criticism against Islam.  He denies the very idea of Islamic terrorism, claiming the actions of militant wahhabists have nothing to do with the “peaceful” religion of Islam.

I am aware that there are many peaceful Muslims; there are many in the United States who fear ISIS and also wish to see our borders closed.  Imagine that.  There is a perception that ISIS and other militant Islamist groups have twisted the message of Islam to justify their violence.  In reality though, the Islamic State promotes fundamentalist Islam.  Murtadd is the Arabic term for an apostate in Islam.  It can apply to Muslims who have rejected Islam or those who refuse to follow the prescriptions of the Islamic faith, such as the requirement of women to wear hijab when in public.  This applies to most “moderate” American Muslims.

To be fair, Islam is not one unified, monolithic religion.  Within Islam there is considerable debate over whether coercion is authorized in the conversion of non-believers.  There is debate amongst Islamic scholars regarding areas of contradiction between the Qu’ran and the Hadiths (sayings of the prophet Muhammad).  Some of the Hadiths are believed to be more authentic than others.  Sunnis and Shiites have made war with each other for centuries over the proper succession of power following the death of Muhammad in 632 A.D.  This is not unlike the debate between various Christian sects regarding apostolic succession, apocryphal texts, baptism, etc.  The difference is that the message of Jesus Christ does not include calls for violence against his enemies.  In fact, the opposite is true:

Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.

But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

[Matthew 5: 43-45]

We must accurately discern the unseen enemy behind the scenes in order to understand the larger agenda.  All of this deception is to the detriment of the Judaeo-Christian nations of the West, including the last stronghold, America.  We must remember, Satan is the Great Deceiver.  His goal is to destroy all mankind.  The New World Order is the world government of Satan.  As we approach the Great Tribulation, Satan infiltrates every tier of human civilization.  Confusion and deception are hallmarks of Satan’s influence.  Our government tells us we are in Syria and Iraq fighting ISIS, but we are actually supporting ISIS and other Islamist rebel groups seeking to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.  At the same time, we condemn Russia and the Syrian government, who are actually fighting ISIS and defending Christians, Jews and groups of minority Muslims.  It is overt propaganda.

The general policy of the United States over the past two decades has been to uproot key Muslim dictators that were once supported by the West and provided an environment of relative stability in those regions. Why the change in foreign policy?  Because, by increasing degrees, the government of the United States has been captured and controlled by globalists.  The globalist agenda supersedes American foreign policy.  It circumvents the Constitution.  It does not acknowledge the rights of the American citizen.  It will use whatever means necessary to set the world ablaze with terror, so that we turn to them for salvation.  In order to get this firestorm going, Saddam Hussein (Iraq), Muammar Gaddafi (Libya) and Hosni Mubarak (Egypt) had to be dealt with. And now the target is squarely on the back of Bashar al-Assad in Syria.  That does not mean these are the good guys, think of it like a great white shark devouring a school of barracuda.  They represent the old, corrupt world order; they are an obstacle to the new, vastly more brutal and demonic New World Order.

So, here is my timeline: 1) NWO wrestles control from the governments of the West, including E.U. and N.A.T.O. alliances (Britain, France, Germany and U.S.) and uses subversive means to create violent uprisings (Arab Spring) across the region.  Despotic leaders are toppled, creating a power vacuum.  In the West, this is portrayed as a democratic revolt, in order to generate sympathy for the Islamists.  Terrorists are called “protesters” and “freedom fighters.” Economic and security concerns draw other world powers (Russia, China, Iran) into the conflict.  2) Hosts of militant Islamic groups battle for control on the ground, each looking to lead a new caliphate.  As the Islamic State spreads and grows more powerful, more Muslim groups line up behind them, because they are seen as the most viable vehicle for conquest against the imperialist powers.  3) As destruction and chaos spread, a refugee crisis develops, which becomes a second front, as it is used to infiltrate the Western nations, undermine their culture and cripple them through terrorism.  Why is it that Saudi Arabia and the wealthy Gulf states (Qatar, U.A.E., Kuwait, Bahrain) have taken on zero refugees?  4) Only when the caliphate has enough muscle will it seek to overthrow the Saudi monarchy and threaten Israel, Europe, Russia and the United States.  Understand, the goal is not a military defeat, the goal is to draw us into a fractured global war, while they continue their campaign of terrorism inside our borders.  This is to weaken us economically, psychologically and spiritually, to the point where we finally give in to globalist domination.  When the New World Order has no more use for Islam, the Muslims will also become targets for elimination.

While it is clearly in the best interest of all to maintain stability in the Middle East, it is not in the best interest of the global elites, who are trying to play the last remaining super powers off each other to their mutual destruction.  Russians, to their credit, seem to understand the larger plot against them.  The entire civilized world should stand in solidarity against the threat of militant Islam, as that would derail the NWO plan to destroy national sovereignty and install their one-world system.  The fact that we are instead seeing implausible alliances, chaos and mayhem, lies and deception, points to the true architect of global domination- Satan himself!  Call him out!

Of course, it would be wrong to place all the blame for our situation on the current Resident.  It is the power of the executive office that is out of balance.  Our representatives spend their time on Capitol Hill turning in symbolic votes that serve merely to define their political image for the next election.  Legislative authority is being snatched up by the executive and judicial branches outside of law.  Obama is an empty shell and whether he acknowledges it or not, a tool of Satan.  How else can you explain the complete lack of integrity and accountability from his administration?  Deceitful, reckless and devoid of leadership, the Resident and his cohort John Kerry were rebuked once again by the Pentagon over the situation in Syria.  Perhaps it is because his semantics are not fooling anyone anymore.  Perhaps we’re not holding the winning deck, folks.

There is a warning here.  Just as we elected Bush Jr. as a reaction to Clinton’s scandalous behavior, and elected Obama as a reaction to Bush’s ineptness and war-mongering, we now stand to elect a potential strongman in Donald Trump as a reaction to Obama’s spineless treason.  The important question is, are we going to continue the trend of trashing our Constitution, by handing over our trust to another egocentric executive?  And it’s not that Trump is wrong on the issues, but we must understand how they use our emotions, our anger, our fear, our guilt, even our sense of charity to bring forth their plans.  All of this is orchestrated.  Who does this describe?  As if the terms Democrat and Republican mean anything anymore.  Obama is only the current Resident, but evil is lurking everywhere.  Put your faith in God first, then we must insist on restoring the integrity of our Constitutional Republic.

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Principalities And Powers

automatic_writingOn the morning of November 13th, my wife had a dream. I have grown accustomed to this, as my dear wife has dreamed many an insightful dream over the years and sometimes these turn out to be predictive of future events. Ever since she was a child, she has been gifted with enhanced intuitive abilities and a special awareness of the spirit world. For those who think there is no Biblical foundation for extra-sensory perception and that all such things are of the Devil, I would argue that they are conflating witchcraft and necromancy with the visionary gift of the Holy Spirit.  Whether or not the Holy Spirit inspired my wife’s dream, we both understand these are gifts from the Lord, to be used for the purposes of the Lord, not as mediumship or fortune-telling and certainly not for profit. In addition to the prophets of the Bible like Ezekiel, Daniel, Isaiah, John, etc. it is said in the Book of Joel:

And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions…

[Joel 2:28]

For a week leading up to November 13th, my wife kept telling me she had a strong sense that something terrible was about to take place. I remember we were in the movie theater watching Spectre, the latest James Bond installment, when she was first overcome with this feeling of dread.  She heard a voice say, “In a few days.”  As it turned out, November 13th was the night of the deadly terrorist attacks in Paris, which ISIS has since claimed credit for. That was not what her dream was about however. Earlier that morning while I was away at work, she had a dream that our family moved back to California:

It did not occur to her immediately that the house we moved into was my childhood home in the East Bay.  She described the wood paneling and dark green carpeting throughout (our house was built in 1972). Interestingly, my wife never saw the inside of my home and plus, my parents had remodeled most of it in the eighties and nineties and by the time I had even met my wife, that paneling and carpeting was long gone. She described it as somewhat dark inside. In the dream, I had ventured off somewhere and she was alone with our daughter. She went outside and it was then that she recognized where she was. She described a very old, partially uprooted tree in the front yard.

When she went back inside, she felt a presence there with her. She began to hear a dark, evil voice coming from the hallway saying, “Come with me.” In the dream, my wife became afraid and felt that she had to be strong because I was not home. She looked across the room and observed a notebook, with a pen writing something all on its own. When she approached the notebook, she grabbed the pen out of mid air and thought that if she tried to communicate with “it” the activity might calm down. She said to this presence, “That’s really nice, that looks really good, good job.” When she looked to see what was written in the notebook though, it was just a series of scrawled out X’s.

At that point, everything started shaking and rattling. My wife realized it was an earthquake and instinctively went to cover our daughter with her body, to shield her. Taking advantage of her vulnerable position, the entity started slapping and beating her repeatedly across her back. The shaking became more intense and violent. On the television someone confirmed there was an earthquake in the Bay Area and urged people to take cover. Eventually the shaking stopped. Car alarms were going off and she heard neighbors talking outside. She grabbed our daughter and went outside again. The tree in the front yard had been uprooted even more. A woman approached her and told her it was a 6.7 magnitude quake and that one of the bridges had collapsed into the water (by comparison, the Loma Prieta quake of 1989 was a 7.1 magnitude quake and caused a great deal of damage, including a portion of the upper deck of the Bay Bridge collapsing).

She didn’t feel comfortable outside, so she went back inside. While watching the news, she heard the evil voice again say, “Come with me. Come here. Come to me.” She looked at our daughter and decided then that she needed to leave. She looked over again and saw the notebook with the pen writing on its own. When she looked, it had written “F— you!” and “F— off!” over and over. While the entity kept talking and moving around her, she snatched up our daughter and whatever things she could and fled the house.

Is my wife’s dream predicting a 6.7 magnitude quake in the Bay Area? Not necessarily. What is significant is the fact that as my wife was at home having this nightmare, I was at work listening to a series of sermons entitled The Enemies We Face from the late minister Derek Prince on my iPod. In response to my questions about the Catholic Church, Steve Quayle urged me to look up Derek Prince’s YouTube channel and watch the videos there. I had been extracting the audio from the videos and listening to them while working. It just so happens that in the Enemies series, Prince discusses the angel Lucifer, who rebels against God to become Satan the adversary. One of the key things I learned from this sermon was the fact that the kingdom of Satan has an organization. Just as all the angels had specific duties and assignments under God, so too do the fallen angels under Satan. In other words, like angels in service of the Lord, the fallen angels are also charged with rulership over a specific region, nation, ethnic group, person, etc. upon the Earth.

If you recall in my post This Is A Call (Part One), I discussed the ritualistic way in which I prepared for my late-night, drug-induced writing and recording sessions. These sessions took place in my bedroom, in the same house my wife visited in her dream. During some of these sessions, I performed automatic writing with a notebook and pen, where I would attempt to connect with my own subconscious and allow it to write, theoretically without the hindrance of my conscious mind. At one time, I had a notebook full of scrawled out, mostly nonsensical messages. I would also frequently crank up my music while high (I had a 50-disc changer, set to randomize), work myself into a trance-like state and pace in circles around a coffee table in the center of my room. Setting the CD changer to random ensured that my experience would be unpredictable, and allowed for chance to enter into the formula. The music would guide me through a euphoric mind trip, with each song evoking different thoughts, emotions and insights. I did not fully understand what I was dabbling with; I was actually allowing unseen forces to “program” my CD changer for me, often with bizarre results. Sometimes music would play that I knew was not in the changer; sometimes unidentifiable voices would come through the speakers. At times I felt as though I had glimpsed some hidden knowledge about the workings of the universe, but other times I ended up crumpled on the floor, at the mercy of my own delusions. I think my biggest delusion was that God was at the helm. Until my bad trip, I took these ups and downs in stride.  The vocation came with risks.  When the time came for my parents to sell their home and for me to move out, I joked that I had created a vortex around my coffee table and that it would probably still be there for the next owners.

Nearly twenty years later, I am beginning to consider the possibility that something far more sinister was at work in my life, after hearing my wife’s dream. I was certainly stirring up a lot of energy during those late-night sessions. Could it be that I unknowingly opened a portal and attracted a demon to myself?  By 1998, I was on a downward spiral. I was reeling from heartbreak, I battled depression, drug addiction and probably a host other mental disorders that went undiagnosed. Soon, I was abandoning any sense of moral integrity and sought after casual sex, which only damaged my self-esteem further. I became wrapped up in pornography which poisoned my mind and body. Of course, I carried all of this dysfunction into my marriage and it’s no wonder I nearly wrecked the greatest thing God has ever blessed me with- a family of my own- a faithful wife and an adoring daughter.

Demons are not fallen angels and that is important to note. And I understand there is considerable debate about this, but I believe they are the disembodied spirits of the Nephilim– the giant offspring of the fallen angels who seduced and mated with human women [Genesis 6:4]. Their hybrid DNA was passed down from generation to generation. Did all who inherited Nephilim blood become demonized upon death?  If so, the spirit realm would be full of demonic spirits who never perished in the Great Flood and survive to this day, seeking habitation in vulnerable human beings.

If the fallen angels have certain principalities on the Earth, as Derek Prince explains, then perhaps demons can also attach themselves to certain regions, objects, people, etc. As Steve Quayle explained to me, demons are the “worker bees” and fall under the authority of Satanic principalities.  Perhaps my “rituals” caused one or more to take up habitation in my soul, where they have exerted their influence ever since. Perhaps a demon was already hanging around my family, my home, my street or my city. As my wife will attest, I started crying as she recalled her dream and I came to this understanding. Had I actually become possessed at some level, going back to my years as a young adult living in my parent’s home? Unbeknownst to me, Derek Prince was a deliverance minister, meaning, his area of specialty was the casting out of demons in the name of Jesus Christ. Here I was listening to him speak on this very subject. I believe the reason my wife was being attacked in her dream is because I was simultaneously becoming aware of the demonic influence over me, thanks to the ministry of Derek Prince. The demon began to realize it would soon be exposed and was fighting back, assaulting that which was most precious to me. It has now become a serious consideration: do I need deliverance to ultimately be free of this influence?  Do I need to close off the vortex which I opened long ago?

As it happens, this past week has been especially testing for our family. We were already facing a tight week financially with my daughter’s birthday and Thanksgiving on the way, then our car was hit and went into the shop for a week. I had to miss a shift at work. I was forced to borrow money from my folks to get our car repaired.  Being without a vehicle meant no escapes from the apartment for my wife. No date night. I had to walk back and forth to work, just as the freezing weather began settling in. I had to blow more money on cab fare. Our ISP refused to make arrangements with us on our past due bill. While I was away one evening, an unknown person came to our apartment pounding on the front door in a menacing manner, frightening my wife.  Later, the back massager went out, which is something my wife relies heavily on to tame the terrible leg pains she gets with her Multiple Sclerosis. She’s also been suffering through a sinus infection, without money to buy silver or an antibiotic. Then to top it off, a couple days ago, I was served with legal papers threatening wage garnishment over unpaid hospital bills!

While I have been learning, through the ministry of Derek Prince and also Pastor John Kyle, another deliverance minister here in Montana, the adversary has been busy trying to demoralize us. I have noticed that whenever I grow closer to God, the powers of darkness exert more force against me. Many Christians will attest that upon being baptized, Satan doubles down on his attacks. Why? Because his ultimate goal is to divert people from worshiping the Lord- especially those called to do great works in His service.

I fear that those without Christ in their lives are also vulnerable at this time. Just this year alone, I have witnessed several people close to me have complete breakdowns. Over the summer, a friend and co-worker flew into a drunken rage and assaulted his family with a shotgun, putting his wife and daughter in the hospital. He was normally a very jovial character, but a week prior to this incident he confessed to me that he did not really believe in God. I instantly felt as though he was under spiritual attack. He is now sitting in jail and his wife has filed for divorce and custody of their children. Several weeks ago, our neighbor, distraught over a failed romance, attempted suicide by swallowing a bottle of pills. This was another shocker. Then again, just last week, another co-worker, fueled by his drunken anger, punched holes in the walls of his home. The next day he left work early, distraught and sobbing. This is how I know that many will be torn down in these last days, and the faithful will be tested like never before.

On the surface these incidents appear to be merely symptoms of alcoholism or depression, which are very real conditions, but we cannot ignore the reality that there is a spiritual element involved- an attachment that is treacherous and bent on our destruction. As Pastor John Kyle explained, in a recent interview on The Hagmann & Hagmann Report, “If your eyes were open, you would see swirling masses of demonic entities and fallen angels and people with various forms and shapes of things attached to their bodies.” In his experience as a deliverance minister, he describes most people as having more than one demonic attachment.

For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit.  And he asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many.

[Mark 5: 8-9]

Throughout the Gospels, we observe Jesus casting out demons.  In the above example from the Gospel of Mark, a tortured man was possessed by many demons.  He lived in the mountains amongst tombs where the Bible says he would cry out day and night and cut himself with stones.  In the brief period of time that Jesus conducted his ministry, he encountered many demon-possessed persons.  If that was the scenario in Jesus’ time, how much more prevalent must the problem of demon-possession be today?  I think it is obvious that we are facing a global epidemic.  To be blunt, I often feel like I am surrounded by zombies. And I do not say that to be cruel, or insinuate that all mental illness is caused by demon possession, but for the most part, people are not sane.  Their lives are in turmoil, with misery, loss, confusion, pain and despair ruling their days and nights.  How can anyone believe that our society is progressing, when it is clearly in decay?  I have lived in two separate towns over the past eight years, and in each I have observed some alarming trends.  As parents of a young child, my wife and I have always sought to find neighborhood playmates for our daughter.  In the process of associating with other parents and their kids, I have noticed that almost all homes are broken.  Either the parents were never married to begin with and one or the other has skipped out, or they are divorced.  Kids are raised around multiple boyfriends and girlfriends.  They are raised around violence, crime, alcohol and drugs.  Their homes are filthy to the point of being obscene.  Children can barely speak, they grunt and scream and cry.  They are pacified with SpongeBob, Doritos and Mountain Dew.  Families are emotionally and spiritually stunted.  Adults go about acting like children and children act like animals; it all seems quite hopeless.  Maybe you have observed this as well.

With each generation it seems, we fall further from God and our disordered lives reflect that detachment.  How many people are under the rulership of Satanic principalities?  Is a demonic entity charged with wrangling the people of your community away from the Lord?  What do we do?  The obvious answer is to pray, but do we have faith that Jesus can help us?  When the disciples ask Jesus why they were not able to cast out the demon who possessed a young man, Jesus says that certain demons are only expelled through prayer and fasting [Mark 9:28-29].  The disciples lacked faith.  Fasting subdues the flesh, in order that we might grow in spirit and faith, giving us the courage to confront the demonic force.  Then, do not pray for the Lord to take the demons away, but, using the authority granted unto you, cast them out in the name of Jesus Christ.

 


This Is A Call (Part Two)

ichabodAs I mentioned in my previous post This Is A Call (Part One), I was baptized in the Catholic Church as a baby and experienced a sorta-Catholic upbringing as a child.  I find it curious that I remember absolutely nothing from my catechism classes, except for being dropped off and picked up.  Was it so traumatic that I blocked it from my memory?

I spent my time as a young adult seeking spiritual enlightenment outside the confines of organized religion.  But, it was my need for confession that called me back to the Catholic Church thirty years later.  By this time, I had inflicted a great deal of emotional and psychological harm to myself and those I loved.  My marriage and my life were crumbling without Jesus.  Breaking down and confessing my sins was a helpful experience, if not a transformative one.

I met monthly with a Jesuit priest for about a year.  His laid-back personality was unexpected, as was his use of the word “bullshit,” as was his personal library, which I recall included a book about Islam and a DVD of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, which he happily lent to my seven-year-old daughter.  Amusing.  None of this sounded an alarm for me.  To the contrary, it made me feel like this whole Catholic thing didn’t have to be so serious.  Here was a Catholic priest no less, who seemed to be an open-minded, regular guy.  I have since learned more about the Society of Jesus and after reading a column this priest wrote recently for the local paper regarding climate change, I view my experience with him in a new light.  I still had my reservations about the Catholic Church and was holding back my complete faith and devotion from God.

My family and I moved to a new town and sampled the local Catholic Church.  The priest was a sincere and gentle Polish man.  He spoke in a meek voice and struggled with his English.  The mass service was very passive.  Having confessed my sins, I was eligible to again receive the sacrament of the Eucharist, which I did.  I was warming up.  I also sought counsel from this priest and, to his credit, he reminded me that all things were possible through Jesus Christ and urged me to pray, in order that my small faith might grow.  He pointed out that a great many saints and even the apostles of Christ lacked faith.

I found myself listening to a variety of radio programs on EWTN, including Catholic Answers Live, which re-familiarized me with the basic tenets of Christianity and Church tradition.  I learned about writer G.K. Chesterton (a Catholic convert) through The Apostle of Common Sense.  I would get excited when I would catch the Fathers of Mercy Hour while running errands in the car.  My mind and spirit was being fed through the impassioned talks about family, marriage, sin, mercy- whatever the topic might be. Essentially, my return to God was supported to a large degree by the Catholic Church.

But as I hungered for more understanding, I was led to a circle of “watchmen” composed of pastors, writers and journalists who were often critical of the Catholic Church, citing non-Biblical practices and their objection to papal authority.  I very quickly found myself in a conflict of faith.  Catholics will insist that the Catholic Church is the original Church founded by Jesus Christ, with Peter serving as first Pope.  Jesus implores us several times in the Gospels to not be deceived.  I had to ask myself, was it the Catholic message I was responding to, or the message of Jesus Christ?  If indeed it was the Holy Spirit guiding me and calling me back, it would make sense that He use the most immediate, effective path to accomplish this.  If we accept that God exists beyond the physical boundaries of time and space and is all-knowing, He can certainly chart that path for us.  For one person that journey might begin with a car accident, for another, a visit from a Mormon missionary, for another, a documentary about Noah.  For me, the Catholic Church was already there.

We mistakenly understand “church” to mean a building where Christians of a particular denomination congregate on Sunday to worship God.  So, Jews call their building a synagogue, Mormons call their building a temple, Muslims call their building a mosque, Jehovah’s Witnesses call their building a kingdom hall, and so on.  What does Jesus mean though, when He talks about His Church? The Greek word ecclesia, often mis-translated as “church” in the New Testament, literally means “congregation” or “assembly.”

And I did consider other churches. I even spoke with an Episcopalian priest, a recovering alcoholic who jokingly described the Episcopal Church as “Catholic Church without the guilt.”  But… I was guilty.  I wondered how one’s guilt could be ignored, when the fundamental requirement for forgiveness and everlasting life- repentance- comes from an admission of guilt?  And what is guilt but an understanding of wrongdoing, which arises from our God-given conscience?  Would I have been better off wandering into a Baptist or Presbyterian church on a whim, asking to be saved?  Why not just go with what I sorta know?  I had to trust that God would meet me where I was at, and take me to where I needed to be.

In the same way that YHWH saw Israel, not as a particular strip of land along the Mediterranean, but as His chosen people, Jesus regards His Church as His people.  The modern nation of Israel is therefore not synonymous with the chosen people and those that show up to worship at 10 a.m. Sunday morning are not necessarily Christ’s people.  Now, maybe my logic isn’t air-tight here, but it seems ridiculous to me that God would consider our particular denomination, or whether we were Catholic or Protestant, or whether we showed up every Sunday, at the time of our judgement.  At that time, God examines the condition of our hearts, whether we were repentant and accepted the gift of salvation from His Son, Jesus and kept His commandments to the best of our ability.

“The one who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me. And the one who loves Me will be loved by My Father.  I also will love him and will reveal Myself to him…

… If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word, My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.”

[John 14: 21, 23]

In addition to calling non-believers, God is calling His faithful servants out of the churches because they preach a compromised Gospel.  To one degree or another, most churches have embraced the wisdom of the world in an effort to be more tolerant and open.  Both Catholic and Protestant churches have become infiltrated and impotent.  For the most part, pastors, priests and parishioners alike are mindlessly going through the motions when they participate in church service, but how many truly love God?  We are called upon to love the Lord with all our heart, soul and mind [Matthew 22:37].  As Christians, we are not to assimilate with the world and blend in, we stand apart as witnesses for Christ.  Dare I say, most Christian congregations are not in alignment with Christ, and that is tragic.  Where the Word is not preached and practiced, the glory of God is not present- ichabod.

enochI understand the Protestant doctrine of sola scriptura, which holds that the only legitimate source of truth can be the Holy Scriptures, but is everything except the Bible beyond consideration?  And I’m not talking about Little Red Riding Hood here, but what about the Book of Enoch, which is mentioned in the Bible [Jude 1:14-15]?  Excerpts from the Book of Enoch were discovered as part of the Dead Sea Scrolls.  The Catholic Church rejects the doctrine of sola scriptura; they contend that there are many Church traditions which date back to the time of Jesus, or the first few centuries after his death and resurrection, which are not specifically outlined in the Bible, so they also rely on the writings of the early Church fathers, etc.  I tend to agree.  For Christians, knowledge of the Bible should absolutely be central to the practice of our faith, but it cannot be the sole source of wisdom.  I have come to believe that God and His principles can be observed in all of Creation, even if not specifically referenced in the Bible, but we must be careful to check our understanding against the Scriptures to ensure there is no contradiction.  Indeed, there are potentially thousands of works of literature or art or music which extol the wisdom of our Lord, and yes, we can wonder in His Creation by spending a day fishing on the lake, but Satan is always attempting to cloud our perception and direct us away from Truth.  That is why we need discernment, to protect us from diluting the Word with secular ideology and polluting the Word with witchcraft, astrology, idolatry and the false religion of the fallen ones.  Discernment is a gift of the Holy Spirit and we can pray for it.

Because the shepherds of the Lord have not been vigilant, the flock has been led astray. Whole denominations have adopted practices that are not only non-Biblical, but are non-Christian.  “Mega-church” is an oxymoron.  The only way to attract hordes of well-wishers to your church building or sell millions of self-help books is to dilute and pollute, preaching a false, new-age gospel which does not call on its adherents to repent of their sins, does not teach about the Blood and Resurrection of Jesus Christ and does not speak of the prophets and Revelation.  Pay attention to the titles of some best-selling books by mega-pastor Joel Osteen: You Can, You Will, The Power of I AM, etc.  Now certainly the Lord wishes for our lives to be enriching, but through Him.  Joel Osteen would like you to believe that if we invoke the name of God, we can attract power and wealth to us.  This is nothing more than witchcraft.  The Lord is not our servant, sent to fetch whatever our heart desires.  We do not pray for material things and worldly influence.  Christians pray for the discernment to recognize where Jesus is directing us.  We are His servants.  The masses flee when they hear the real message of Jesus Christ.  Jesus is not a motivational speaker; His message is not a self-help message, it’s a message of abandoning the self and turning to God.

The prophets spoke of a day when the world would embrace a one-world religion and one-world government, one in which all teachings have value and morality is relative; that monstrosity will be headed up by the Antichrist.  Christians are being primed for this day.  The global governance of the Evil One will seem like an attractive solution to the chaos and destruction set to be loosed on the Earth.  All that God created is being desecrated and Christians are being pressured into accepting it, including sexual perversion of all kinds, idolatry, blasphemy and the corruption and destruction of life.

Jesus never said all paths lead to God, he said the way to eternal life is narrow [Matthew 7:14].  Pope Francis however has boldly proclaimed that Muslims worship the same God as Christians.  How is this possible when Muslims reject the divinity of Jesus Christ?  I was shocked to hear this.  I was shocked to learn also that Muslims were invited to conduct Islamic prayer services inside the Vatican and that the Qur’an is openly being read there.  Excuse me?  In addition, according to Pope Francis, Jesus’ death on the cross was a failure.  Talk about shocking.  Now I understand he means in the earthly realm, in other words, Jesus failed to convince all whom he encountered that he was the Messiah.  But was that the purpose of Jesus being sent to Earth?  No.  Did not God the Father already know that humanity would reject His Son?  Yes.  He was not sent to persuade all to follow Him, He was sent to die for our sins.  It was the apostles who were instructed to spread the Gospel throughout the known world.  This is fundamentally Christian and fundamentally Catholic.  So why is the Pope suggesting that Christ failed in any capacity?  Apparently Christ also failed by excluding extra-terrestrials from salvation when he died for the sins of man- the descendants of Adam and Eve.  Pope Francis said that the Catholic Church would baptize Martians if they ever visited the Vatican, “Who are we to close doors?”  These sorts of statements represent a severe lack of understanding regarding the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and that is frightening for a man of such power and influence.

poprahIs the Pope evil, as in purposefully malicious and deceitful?  I do not think so.  But, he is incredibly gullible and instead of trusting in the Word, he has lent his ear to his cabal of advisers, all of whom are focused on specific political agendas which have nothing, it seems, to do with Jesus Christ.  So, perhaps the Pope himself is not evil, but he is certainly being used by those with evil intentions.  Does the Pope scour the internet at 2 a.m. doing his own research?  No.  Does the Pope study global climate patterns?  No.  Does the Pope study the links between certain vaccines and auto-immune disorders?  No.  Does the Pope even comprehend that “aliens” are demonic in nature, and have not traveled here from distant planets but have been alongside us all along?  Nope.  He consults with his experts, who have been culled from Marxist, atheist and environmentalist circles.  They offer up discussions on current events, popular trends, scientific consensus- the prevailing wisdom of the world- that which is causal and temporary and falling away.  If the Pope really is the vicar of Christ, shouldn’t I expect him to sound a little more like Jesus and a little less like Oprah Winfrey or Deepak Chopra?

We should not be shocked because this has all been forecast.  Last month, the Pope visited the United States and before speaking at the UN, met with the Resident of the White House and spoke before a joint session of Congress and the Supreme Court, not to condemn the recent redefinition of marriage or the seventy-million aborted children since the Roe v. Wade decision, or our nation’s rampant perversion and wickedness, but rather, to push for the UN’s Agenda 2030, which aims to build the platform upon which the Antichrist’s global government will be hoisted.  The deception is multifaceted and orchestrated.  Who can argue with such noble goals as saving the planet from environmental destruction, ending war, poverty, famine and unfairness in every form?  We have lost sight of the fact that only the Lord is capable of just rulership.  Human societies will always be flawed, because human beings are flawed.  The United States, with our Constitution and Bill of Rights may be the closest any human civilization has come to creating a equitable society, but it does not approach the perfection of God’s Kingdom.  The promise of utopia is a lie, as is the idea that salvation will come from our space brothers and their technology.

My need to define myself as a Catholic or Protestant ends in Jesus Christ.  We don’t go to church, we are the Church, assuming we are in alignment with Christ.  God is calling His faithful servants out of the church buildings and into His army, those who reject the wisdom of the world and stand, washed in the Blood of Jesus, to defend the faith.  This is the remnant.  I’m not suggesting people stop attending church services, I am suggesting we start inviting Jesus Christ to attend as well.  There are many who will prefer to sit in their pew, surrounded by those who compliment them on their charity and holiness, allowing gentle messages of comfort and joy to wash over them, drowning out their calling, their mission and their duty as Christians.  These apostate Christians will spearhead the persecution of the remnant Church, by characterizing true followers of Jesus Christ as radical fundies.  When Christianity falls under persecution in America, like in China, the Middle East and other parts of the world (Sweden!  Germany!  France!  Britain!), the Church will go underground.  Christ’s people will continue their worship in small groups in the relative safety of their homes.

“For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”

[Matthew 18:20]

Do not be afraid to take your questioning to the Lord as I have done.  The God of the Old Testament is unfairly characterized as a God of wrath and vengeance.  And while YHWH has certainly administered punishment over the millennia, to know Him is to understand His abundant patience and mercy, His perfect justice and His infinite love.  From the Creator’s point of view, He desires His creation to rejoice in Him.  He desires to share His joy with mankind.  He wants us, through our own choosing, to demonstrate our gratitude by worshiping only Him.  We worship by faithfully following His commandments and honoring our covenants with Him.  It is only after the entire seed of mankind was corrupted that God brought forth the Great Flood to destroy all life, spare Noah and his family and a genetic record of all the beasts of the Earth.  Only after repeated pleas for men to turn from their evil ways and rejoin their Creator, does He rain down destruction.  All of Creation rests, not merely on principles of physics, but on the virtues of liberty and righteousness.  This idea is set forth in the very first chapter of Genesis when God says, “Let there be light” [Genesis 1:3].  Because in order for light to exist there first had to be darkness.  It follows that in order for there to be good, there must be evil.  To be alive is to exist in harmony with the Creator, to acquire everlasting life is to join with the Creator, into the light.  To be dead is to exist in opposition to the Creator, to inherit eternal death is to be severed from the Creator and cast into the void.

For a man there can be no greater calling than to be the spiritual head of his family, a faithful husband and loving father.  Now I hear God speak to me.  I feel the Holy Spirit move in me.  It is no mistake, or accident, or coincidence, or delusion… and it all began with a sincere prayer to know Truth.  You can know Him too.


Dolly, Google And Original Sin

dollyRemember Dolly?  I do.  I was twenty years old in July of 1996.  Back then, I spent most of my free time smoking marijuana, hiking and recording music in my tiny bedroom studio.  You might say I was on a spiritual quest of sorts (think: Frodo).  So it must have been one evening, feeling more than a little frustrated with the progress I was making on a particular song, when the announcement came across the television that researchers in Scotland had successfully cloned a sheep, named Dolly.  I remember grabbing the first thing I could find and tearing it up- it was my mattress.  Needless to say, I was against cloning.

Ever since, I’ve been trying to understand why I reacted so strongly to the news. My wife jokes with me now, “Don’t go tearing up our mattress” when I get enraged over some bit of disturbing news, and there is a lot of that out there.  Yet, I’ve never quite matched that peak of intensity.  I haven’t become desensitized, just more tempered.  If not, this blog would be full of insane ranting, and there is a lot of that out there, too.  It wasn’t so much a reaction to Dolly herself, I’m sure she was a very pleasant sheep, completely oblivious of her artificial conception, it was the realization that if they could now clone sheep, soon they would move to clone human beings.  In fact, since Dolly, scientists have been successful at cloning other mammals, like horses and bulls and it is fairly routine now for scientists to experiment with chimeras, or creatures made up of elements from more than one species.  For example, mice with human brain cells or pigs with human blood, all in the name of advancing science and medicine.  Surely somewhere, somebody, in a top-secret lab, is experimenting with human cloning right now.  Human curiosity, especially under the manipulation of unscrupulous benefactors, frequently outstrips our sense of morals, with unforeseen, sometimes grave consequences.

There seemed to be a buzzing in the air
The barnyard creatures settled off to bed
All at once they heard the sound
Soft vibration filled the ground
Now it came as they were sleeping

Now the magic science knife
Is cutting up the molecules of gold
Now the magic scientists
Patching up the fabric of the soul
A slip of the coil

From “Clone” by The Meat Puppets [2009]

The line, “a slip of the coil” from the Meat Puppets’ song “Clone” might be referring to the double-helix structure of DNA, with the “slip” forcasting a mistake.  Knowing the Meat Puppets, it could also mean nothing at all.  But the message seems clear enough; science is continually unveiling a universe so complex in its simplicity that we would be foolish to assume we understand any of it, much less seek to control it.

I can’t help but be reminded of the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.  We all know it.  Is this not like eating from the forbidden tree?  In the book of Genesis, Satan appears to Eve and lies:

And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:

For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

[Genesis 3:4-5]

In the Qur’an, the story of Adam and Eve is similar, except that Satan claims Adam and Eve would become like the angels or immortal by eating from the tree which God forbade:

Then began Satan to whisper suggestions to them, bringing openly before their minds all their shame that was hidden from them (before): he said: “Your Lord only forbade you this tree, lest ye should become angels or such beings as live for ever.”

[Al-‘A`raf 7:20]

It is understood that “bringing openly before their minds all their shame that was hidden from them” means their reproductive parts were revealed to them.  In fact, some versions of the Qur’an translate the Arabic as such.  Might we speculate that becoming aware of their private parts, while causing them to feel shy for the first time, also made them aware of their mortality?  Angels are immortal spirit beings whom God created prior to creating human beings.  They do not possess reproductive parts because they do not need them.  I’m not a religious scholar, but perhaps the shame came not from modesty about their nakedness, or guilt from their disobedience to God, but from knowledge of their inferiority to the angels and Satan (who is not a fallen angel in Islam, but another being called a jinn, made from fire).  In the Islamic account of creation, Satan would not bow down to mankind, whom he considered lesser beings, made of clay, more akin to the animals and susceptible to instinctual drives.  He was jealous of Adam and Eve and vowed to lead them astray.  Part of Satan’s strategy was to make humans feel lowly and then manipulate them though their desires.  Yes, first he damaged their self-esteem, then through careful persuasion along the way, caused them to choose bad relationships and ruin their lives- sound familiar?

In both religious texts, it is recorded that Adam and Eve became ashamed of their nakedness- of their humanness- by listening to Satan and responded to their new awareness by covering themselves.  So, while Islam places no more blame on Eve than Adam and there is no concept of original sin from which a redeemer is needed to free us, it is clear that in Abrahamic thought, evil has its origin in Satan’s defiance of God and his mission to disgrace God’s favorite creation- us.  The creation story is an allegory of the human condition.  Our very existence, at times, seems like an experiment dreamt up in heaven.  Our moral struggles are reflective of a greater struggle going on in the spirit world.  Regardless of your religious tradition, there is a mystical truth concealed here that binds all of humanity together.

It is also taught that Satan is a deceiver.  Christians say that Satan disguises himself as an “angel of light.”  To shed light is to illuminate, to give knowledge.  And who has made “Don’t be evil” their motto?  Google of course; the same company that seeks to create artificial intelligence that will “be like the mind of God”; the same company that recently appointed Ray Kurzweil, the renowned trans-humanist, as their director of engineering.   As a proponent of trans-humanism, Kurzweil believes that we can transcend our own humanity by controlling the aging process:

“We have the means right now to live long enough to live forever. Existing knowledge can be aggressively applied to dramatically slow down aging processes so we can still be in vital health when the more radical life extending therapies from biotechnology and nanotechnology become available.”

– Ray Kurzweil, The Singularity Is Near

The September 30, 2013 issue of Time Magazine featured the cover story: Can Google Solve Death?  In it, the article discusses Calico, Google’s new venture into life-extension technology.  Trans-humanists believe human beings can, through the aid of technology, control our own evolution.  They envision a time where human beings merge with technology, becoming post-human, essentially a new species.  If that doesn’t disturb you, then perhaps the announcement that Google has acquired Boston Dynamics will. Boston Dynamics is an engineering and robotics firm which sprouted from MIT in the early nineties.  It is the eighth robotics company Google has snatched up in recent months.  With funding from the Defense Advanced  Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Boston Dynamics has developed some of the most advanced robots and AI software in the world, much of it for military use.  For example, BigDog is a quadrupedal robot meant to accompany soldiers in battle.  It is capable of carrying up to 340 lbs. of gear while traveling at 4 mph.  Atlas is a six-foot-tall humanoid robot designed to cover rough terrain and assist in search-and-rescue operations.  Google’s emerging robotics division is being overseen by Andy Rubin, the executive responsible for the development of Android, the world’s most widely used smartphone software.  Regarding Google’s acquisition of his company, Boston Dynamics founder Dr. Marc Raibert said in a recent New York Times article, “I am excited by Andy and Google’s ability to think very, very big… with the resources to make it happen.”  The internet giant has been suspiciously quiet about what it has in the works, however.

I think I’m on the brink of another “Dolly” moment.  Trans-humanists and proponents of a world increasingly reliant on technology might refer to me as a Neo-Luddite, because of my resistance to these sorts of “advancements”.  Well, sticks and stones.  I’m not against scientific reasoning or human advancement, but with each scientific endeavor, should we not be carefully analyzing our motives, especially considering prior advances in technology which almost always result in more inequality and de-humanization?  Always under the guise of helping people or making life more convenient, technology masquerades as a savior, but really only increases the scope and influence of the power-elite.

I am convinced the true power of human consciousness lies dormant, forgotten.  Only a few enlightened ones throughout history have glimpsed the possibilities of the human mind and have understood our role in the universe.  Technology will never solve the problem of death, because it is not a problem to be solved.  Technology will never succeed at traveling through space or time or contacting alien intelligences, because, these are not puzzles technology can piece together.  I believe we will not advance through better and faster microchips, but through complete freedom from material limitations.  But I’m just One American, what do I know?


One American, 2014

eagle2013 was a tough year for freedom, here in America and around the world.  But as we saw with the crisis in Syria, we will be heard when we stand up collectively and say, “No!”  Thwarting the globalist agenda in Syria was a small victory in a year where liberty took some major blows.  As we head into another year of looming financial and environmental disasters, corrupt politics and massive media distractions, I thought it important to reflect on the reasons I started this blog back in August.  Already, 2014 promises to be a touchstone year for how this battle will play out.  Fukushima is near total meltdown with the Earth basking in deadly radiation, teenagers mindlessly rampage throughout suburbia and an “unknown” virus is on the loose.  Meanwhile, the dear leader is conveniently on a two-week family vacation in Hawaii playing golf.  We must, as a nation and a species, wake up from our trance!

“Governments fall from sheer indifference.  Authority figures deprived of the vampiric energy they suck off their constituents are seen for what they are: dead, empty masks manipulated by computers.  And what is behind the computers?  Remote control, of course.  Look at the prison you are in- we are all in.   This is a penal colony that is now a death camp, the place of the second and final death.”

– William S. Burroughs, The Western Lands

08/24/13: One American (An Introduction)

With politics more divisive than ever, it’s nothing special when another political blog pops up featuring the hallmark, “I want my country back!” rant.  It’s just another red-state, right-wing, rifle-toting redneck who somehow managed to figure his way ‘round the internet, right?  Or, it’s one of these regular, disenfranchised, middle-aged white guys just looking out for their families, who turn into raging xenophobes when their wallet is targeted.  Except, if you read a little further, you’ll see I don’t quite fit these profiles, and that’s important.  Because those who seek to control you want you to believe there is no common ground among the American people; they want our country polarized and divided, because it serves their purposes.

I was born in 1975 and grew up in a working-class family in the San Francisco Bay Area.  My dad was a Portuguese immigrant and my mom was born in Mississippi to Scotch-Irish parents.  Upon their families converging in California, they met and married.  My dad was a Teamster and drove a forklift.  My mom became a teacher and also worked at a semiconductor fab in Silicon Valley.  Our household was white, blue-collar and Democrat.  Ours was that mythical, normal, suburban life.  You know, Cub Scouts, soccer, skateboards and Nintendo.  We shared that lifestyle with families from many different backgrounds:  Black, Filipino, Korean, Mexican, Indian, Chinese, Vietnamese, etc.  And on Independence Day, we would all have block parties, barbeques, water balloon fights and shoot off fireworks together.  We were the melting pot.

As a teen, I was repulsed by politics and politicians.  I was spiritually minded, introspective and non-competitive; I leaned about as far left as possible in my manner of thinking.  Eventually, I reasoned I should be a good citizen and participate in the election process, so I cast my first vote for Bill Clinton, who defeated Bob Dole (and Ross Perot) in 1996.  In the 2000 election, not impressed with either George Bush or Al Gore, I voted for Ralph Nader on the Green Party ticket.  The events of September 11, 2001 changed my trajectory.  I remember wondering to myself that day why our jets weren’t in the air within hours.  Why the delay?  I started to open my eyes, but not in the way you might be inclined to think.  I didn’t develop a fear of Osama Bin Laden or Muslims.  Living in the Bay Area gifted me with great cultural diversity.  I had friends and classmates who were Muslim.  I studied world religions in college and as a personal interest.  I read poetry by Rumi.  When the Bush Administration decided to invade Iraq in 2003, despite no evidence of weapons of mass destruction, I started having serious doubts about the true motives of our government.  I remember the distinct feeling that something was wrong while watching the media coverage of the “shock and awe” bombardment of Baghdad.  In 2004, I voted for John Kerry and in 2008, I voted for Barack Obama, disillusioned with the declining state of the nation under Bush, but hopeful.  In 2012, I decided not to give Obama my vote for a second term and instead voted for Gary Johnson, candidate for the Libertarian Party.

The truth is, I’m not a Libertarian.  I’m not a Liberal.  I’m not a Conservative.  I’m not a Progressive.  I’m not a Democrat or a Republican.  I’m not the Tea Party.  I’m not a Socialist, a Communist or a Capitalist.  I’m not an environmentalist.  I’m not Occupy.  I’m not Anonymous.  I’m not an anarchist.  I’m not a conspiracy-theorist.  I’m not LGBT.  I’m not a Portuguese-Scotch-Irish-American.  In other words, I don’t have an agenda.  I am One American.  And I don’t own a gun… yet.

Without disparaging these groups, I have to ask, why are we, as a nation of individuals, so inclined to identify ourselves so narrowly?  Liberals are not liberal and Conservatives are not conservative.  I started this blog, in part, to demonstrate that despite our differences and contrary to what the media conditions you to believe, we all have a lot more in common.  And, we all have a lot at stake.  I am proud to be an American.  I love American culture.  I love American values.  I don’t believe in “tolerance” I believe in celebrating and embracing diversity.  I love all people.  I believe in family.  I believe in humanity.  I believe in love and compassion.  I believe in freedom.

Fully acknowledging the many blemishes on the history of the United States of America and the imperfections of the men who founded our country and wrote the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, the ideals that we, as Americans, value and aspire to are noble and unmatched in the history of Western civilization.  The values of liberty, truth and justice are worth fighting for.  The errors of the past and present should be held up to this light and made right.  Even if one argues that the Constitution was not originally meant to protect Natives, or Blacks or women or immigrants, it shall, by will of the people.  The problem is, the idea of “government of the people, by the people, for the people” is rapidly being washed awayOur ability to function as a free nation will end if we do not identify the true enemies of freedom and stop them.  In America, the idea of representative government has been usurped by subservience to special interest groups, the military-industrial complex, multi-national corporations and banks.  In this type of society you are not a citizen, you are a subject.

The First Amendment of the Constitution guarantees my freedom of speech.  Despite this, for what I have just written in these few paragraphs, I can now be targeted by our government as a potential terrorist.  That should be disturbing to anyone reading this blog.  In fact, to be considered a terrorist, you no longer need to express disdain for the government, you merely need to proclaim support for the Constitution or the Bill of Rights.  If you’re a veteran returning from war or you proudly display the American flag, you’re dangerous.  I have always been an independent thinker.  As such, I have witnessed my own philosophy and world view morph several times.  Now it’s beginning to crystallize.  My core values and beliefs, those which have been constant throughout, have triggered an alarm inside me.  I am distraught.  Even I, not being a member of any Tea Party group, not owning a gun, not being particularly religious, can see the injustice of the IRS targeting conservative groups.  Perhaps you think this is ok, since you don’t agree with Tea Party politics.  But the fact of the matter is, wrong is wrong.  It is not politically relative.  They’re coming for everyone, eventually.  They’re coming for you too.

Those crying “I want my country back” can’t be so narrowly categorized anymore.  We’re not all “bitter clingers” or “joe sixpacks”.  We are students, engineers, laborers, farmers, veterans, journalists, police officers, taxi drivers, scientists, artists, musicians, entrepreneurs, truckers, doctors, teachers, designers, athletes, mechanics, small business owners- people from all walks of life and ethnic backgrounds.

Ironically, in 2004 I stood on a street corner in Northern California with my wife, who is Lakota, and our newborn daughter holding a sign reading “Iraq Lies Cost Lives”.  Even in “liberal” California I was cursed at and threatened.  It distresses me to see people who so vehemently opposed the Iraq War and then President George W. Bush, now lining up in support of President Obama, when he has only extended and deepened Bush’s abuses of executive power.  We are a label-handicapped society.  Is this irrational support of Obama because he’s a Democrat?  Is it because he’s a Liberal?  Is it because he’s Black?  Now, as I witness liberty groups, defenders of the Constitution, gun owners and people opposing President Obama’s policies being labeled as racists and potential terrorists, I have to wonder, who do they think we are?  If you and I are the enemy, who are they?

Originally published: 08/24/13