The Fatal Flaw in Arab Uprisings

by MyMati

It is easy to look at the uprisings in the Middle East and be wistfully reminded of the uprising our Founding Fathers conducted. Those people, in the Middle East, fighting to get out from under the tyrannical rule of kings, despots, maniacal dictators and a whack job in Libya are fighting for an ideal of freedom that they cannot attain, simply by deciding it is time to be out from under tyranny. Their efforts will only usher in the next dictator.

That is a pessimistic statement, but it is clear that these new revolutionaries are not prepared in the way that colonial America was for true liberty. The people of the Middle East, with the exception of Israel, were not raised in an atmosphere (except, in some cases, for older generations) that allows them to live and conduct their lives without strict rules and oversight. It is, of course, possible for them to achieve the conditions that will give rise to a free people, but that takes time and commitment, and, at the risk of not being politically correct, I believe, a reformation of their religion for which they have not demonstrated a desire.

It does not seem me that shortcuts to the kind of Cultural Revolution that would support a liberated Middle East are in any way obtainable.

The Founders of the United States spent many years waiting, watching and promoting virtue in public life. So much so, that it developed into a movement that was driven by the peoples’ pride in doing the right thing for your, neighbor, community, and country. Virtue was so highly prized that many of our early leaders refused salaries that were rightfully assigned to them.

The concept of right and wrong and of natural law seems lost on a population that accepts as ‘normal’ acts such as honor killings, gang rapes, subjugation of women and a, generally, barbaric culture by Western standards.

Dictators are moving their financial holdings to other countries in order to protect and support themselves without a thought to the people they governed. These uprisings lack a moral compass that allows a community to evolve into one that respects the law; their former governments grew rich and relied on corrupt activities to the extent that it is normal, if not expected, for one to bribe government officials.

Without an inspiring leader and years of learning to live life without somebody to tell you how to take each step and where to place it, the citizens of the Middle East will remain mired in bondage. No amount of protest can be a substitute for the cultural growth needed to secure lasting liberty.

Forcing this kind of liberty and respect for others, no matter their gender, religion, and cultural origin is nearly impossible and requires the commitment of billions of dollars and literally millions of soldiers from around the world to secure it for a population that may not even want it.  

A Tear Drop Fell from Heaven

by Sandy Stringfellow 

A tear drop fell from Heaven
From a mote in God’s eye
Reflecting consternation
Rippling the sea of time

He said, “I gave you Freedom
And a place to make it grow
In the land you call America
To be loved with heart and soul”

“A place to be a beacon
For all the world to see
Where individuals compete
In My land of Liberty”

“I inspired your Founding Fathers
Great men of moral strength
With appreciation and humility
They gave thanks to Me”

“My Son showed you the Way
Through His words and deeds
To guide you and provide you
With everything you need”

“Thus began your sojourn
To create what I envisioned
A shining city on the hill
Built with reason, love, and wisdom”

“Where talents would be nourished
And many interests cultivated
A people free to choose
Based on inspirational motivation”

“By design I’ve made you struggle
So that you may understand
Each life is a spiritual journey
The instrumental part of My plan”

“But your Faith became compromised
And you turned away from Me
Seductive voices lured your heart
From what I taught you to believe”

“I’m now barred from the Courtrooms
Barred from your Government
I’m barred inside the classrooms
And even barred from Christmas”

“Some have blamed it on evil
Others point to Engels and Marx
They’re identical but the real point is
You’ve been failing to do your part”

“Your Founding Fathers were scholars
Who fought against all tyranny
Since the Progressives co-opted Marx
They’ve been training you how to think”

“They projected arrogance and vanity
While promoting your personal pleasure
As you grew more naive and gullible
From seeking a life of leisure”

“Abrogation of honor and duty
Yields the enslavement of man
When Faith became a distraction
You let go of My guiding hand”

“Switch off all the gaming and boob tubes
Kick your sick habits and dependence
Stop obsessing over pop culture lunacy
Begin to start making a difference”

“You can still save your Freedom
America is not over and done
But your time has almost expired
If it does you’ll have no place to run” 


Sandy Stringfellow is a writer and musician with an interest in history, economics, and politics.

Copyright 2011 ~ Used with permission

Obama’s Comedy Routine

By Jim Mullen

Turning talking-points into exalted rhetoric has long been Barack Obama’s only claim to fame. He is an actor with an extraordinary knack for flawlessly delivering scripted lines with aplomb and polish to an audience. He can sound sincere and credible even when people know it is all make-believe. There comes a time, however, when listening to Obama’s ‘lines’ or watching his performances, one realizes his “showmanship” borders on the ridiculous.

Since the November election, Obama has starred in, what can only be described as a national standup comedy show. Touring the nation and inviting groups to the White House, he professes a swing to the center in his political ideology.

Obama delivers his shtick with the classic dryness of toast and a deadpan seriousness reminiscent of old-time comedian, Pat Paulson and would make any performer envious. His trusty stooge, TelePrompTer, enhances his oily smooth delivery. However, everything he says is trite, disingenuous, and predictable; leaving Americans scratching their heads and saying; what?

Business leaders, members of one of the most hated classes of Obama and his policies, became the invited audience for one of his latest ‘ole switch-a-roos. Mouths agape, they heard the one-time share-the-wealth, Marxist, transformed into a free-market capitalist.

Likewise, Obama went from railing against extending the Bush tax cuts as being ‘tax cuts for the rich”, to not just being a champion for tax cuts, but hijacking the concept as the only way to expand the economy and create jobs. Suddenly, it became the Obama tax cuts.

He boasted he would veto any legislation containing earmarks after Republicans had already ended them and after he had signed every piece of the Democrats’ legislation with billions in pork barrel spending.

The President added impersonations of Reagan, Lincoln and Kennedy to his repertoire; reasoning that the wrappings of conservative garb and rhetoric would camouflage his liberal ideology.

Obama has some one-liners and standup jokes that would leave audiences rolling in the aisles if not for the dead seriousness of his anti-Constitutional policies.

However undeterred by facts, logic, or truth Obama is, one can usually expect a consummate performance when the spotlight illuminates that raised head and arrogant, jutting chin.

Consider the following:

·         “My policies have brought the country back from the brink of disaster.”

·         “Things could be worse.”

·         “At some point, you’ve made enough money.”

·         “The stimulus has worked.”

·         “Under my plan, energy prices would, necessarily, skyrocket.”

·          ”Mubarak should listen to the people and make the right decision.” –after he disrespected, mocked and jeered Americans and their opposition to his policies.

·         “We need to freeze discretionary spending.” –after increasing it 84 % over the last three years; thus, leaving it at historic levels.

·         “I would give myself a good solid B+” –when asked to grade himself by Oprah Winfrey

·         “I think when you spread the wealth around; it’s good for everybody.–explaining his Marxist ideas to Joe the Plumber.

·         “Come on! I just answered, like, eight questions.” –exasperated by reporters after a news conference

·         “It’s not surprising, then, they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.” –explaining his troubles winning over some working-class voters

·         “I don’t think it does anybody any good when public employees are denigrated or vilified or their rights infringed upon.” –while he shows disrespect, mocks, jeers, denigrates and vilifies American taxpayers for their opposition to his policies

Perhaps Mr. Obama could rent a bus and get Joe (We have met our goals over the last two years) Biden, Nancy (We have to vote for the bill to find out what’s in it) Pelosi and Harry (“You could literally smell the tourists coming into the Capitol” Reid, to go on a two-year “white collar comedy tour”. These four jokers oversaw a recession in which a 26 year high, eight million jobs were lost; nearly 3 million of those since the stimulus political payoff.

They could travel from bankrupt state to bankrupt state entertaining the folks and giving them some uproarious diversions and  watch these poor excuses for public servants try to explain the nearly $3 trillion in debt they have racked up in the last two years.

If finding enough employed people to buy tickets is a problem, surely people would be willing to spend their unemployment checks to witness the spectacle if they added Jimmy (the Muslim Brotherhood isn’t anything to be afraid of) Carter, to the program.

Obama has made changes in his White House writers and changed the buzzwords and talking points, but he is the same tax-and-spend, social justice-loving, business-hating, socialist and community organizer, who stepped out on the stage that January 20th, 2009. A day which will live in infamy-to paraphrase FDR- for all freedom-loving Americans who believe in the United States Constitution.

Jim Mullen

For Want of a Nail

by Robert Arvay

(This section will be included in the next revision of Robert’s book, “The Ten Thousand Proofs of God”)

For want of a nail the shoe was lost.

For want of a shoe the horse was lost.

For want of a horse the rider was lost.

For want of a rider the battle was lost.

For want of a battle the kingdom was lost.

And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.

History is replete with examples of small details that had dramatic impacts on the world. If no one ever said it, let me be the first. All wars are won or lost by a single, well placed arrow, bullet or bomb. Of course, that may be an overstatement, but probably not by much. For example, the history of the Battle of Midway Island in World War 2 includes numerous instances of minor details that turned the tide of battle against the formidable enormity of the Japanese fleet. Had any one of those minor details worked in favor of the Japanese instead of for the Americans, we might all be slaves of brutal overlords. That would be very dramatic indeed.

But it is not only in wars or battles that history is dramatically changed. Consider that Isaac Newton invented calculus, a form of mathematics that quickly solves problems in a few seconds that previously took months. Would anyone else ever have devised calculus? Consider also the invention of the wheel. We consider it to be such a simple, obvious device, that its invention should be inevitable. Yet, in the great pre-Columbus civilizations in America, mighty empires arose, flourished, and even built gigantic stone buildings. Yet they never invented the wheel. What if no one had invented it in the west?

To be sure, we might say that all of these discoveries and inventions would eventually have been made anyway, by someone, some day. But a delay of even a few years could have resulted in a world far different from the one we now live in. Here is an example. We know that the invention of the steam engine was crucial to the Industrial Revolution that transformed civilization. Yet, many people do not know that the first discovery of steam power occurred about two thousand years before the Industrial Revolution. So why were not steam engines used many centuries earlier than they actually were? How drastically might that have changed history?

But, it turns out that no one in ancient times was able to find a useful application for the steam engine. It was a curiosity, people marveled at it, but no one recognized its potential, no one carried it into the further experiments that might have, for example, resulted in the first steam powered pumping stations to force water uphill or into water towers. Steam lifts for heavy construction could have been invented centuries before they actually were.

Consider also that the numbering system we use today, the ten digit system of zero through nine (0-9) was not invented until about the year 500, in India. Until then, numbering systems such as Roman numerals were used, which were unwieldy for arithmetic and computations. Thousands of years of history passed without the ability to perform simple long division. Imagine if no one had ever invented this system!

Again, we might consider these inventions and discoveries to be simply a matter of time before someone had come up with them. But can we be sure? And how much difference would a delay have made?

Albert Einstein is famous for his Theory of Relativity, a scientific analysis of space and time which dramatically altered the course of physics. But he is merely one among many whose ingenious insights contributed dramatically to science. And even Einstein would never have developed quantum mechanics, a theory against which he disputed all his life, yet which now dominates modern physics. If even he would not have devised it, and had not Max Planck done so, would we have transistors today?

So what, we might ask. The fact is that these inventions and discoveries were indeed accomplished, and had their influence upon the world after all.

But one must wonder. What discoveries and inventions have not been made? Is there some simple device that no one has yet thought of that might change world history? Has some ingenious insight been overlooked that might transform civilization? When, in ancient times, Archimedes accidentally noticed how the volume of an irregular-shaped object could be measured by how much water it displaced, he is said to have jumped from his bathtub, and running naked through the streets, shouted “Eureka!” Think about it. Would anyone else ever have invented streaking?

Have we missed a vital Eureka moment? How would we know?

It may be that one day, a spaceship will land on earth, and an alien from another planet (called Zargon, of course) who speaks our language (don’t they all?) will look about, and notice that we have not yet discovered the simple principle of anti-gravity generators. He (or she or whatever they are) may shake its head(s) and mutter, “How could you have missed it? It’s so obvious!” And we’ll have to admit that the principle of anti-gravity has been staring us in the face all these years.

In the meantime, maybe we can teach the space aliens how to shoe a Zargonian horse. It could save a kingdom, you know.