Veterans Commit! Will Washington Commit to Our Veterans?

Every year, the United States celebrates the end of World War I, which was on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, with a federal holiday. This holiday, formerly known as Armistice Day, is now known as Veterans Day. The “War to end all Wars,” it claimed the lives of 116,708 braveChairman of the National Eagles and Angels Association and CEO of Jarkesy & Company American soldiers. While the original proclamation in 1919 celebrated these veterans, a shoe shop owner from Kansas, Alvin King, took up the cause of celebrating all veterans on this date. Accordingly, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed King’s bill in 1954, thus establishing Veterans Day as we know it today.

Many Americans seem to take Veterans Day, and the veterans themselves, for granted; we thank them for their sacrifices, we place bumper stickers on our cars, yet do little to provide care for them after they’ve returned from service. This war, while lower on overall casualties, has produced a significant number of wounded veterans who lives were saved but require intensive therapy and care.

Meanwhile, we poured a tremendous amount of money – 1.3 trillion in one decade! – into Iraq and Afghanistan. We’re also spending $900 billion per year on welfare here at home for those who did not serve. A fraction of this money would radically improve the VA system and help veterans find jobs.

We need to find a way to improve the quality of care for our veterans without increasing the deficit, and there are plenty of places to cut the budget. Paul Ryan put forth a great plan to lower the tax rate, replace Medicare, and privatize Social Security, but the plan died in the Senate. Let it be known that no Democrats voted for this plan. Also, despite the amounts of money poured into Iraq and Afghanistan, not to mention our soldiers, we have not received any sort of break on oil prices or return on our extensive investment in Iraqi infrastructure. . On top of that, we’ve racked up over $5 billion in waste from reconstruction projects. This is simply unacceptable to our taxpayers and to what our soldiers fought for.

Trim the welfare rolls. Work out a supply of oil on favorable terms from the Iraqi government that in kind repays the debt. We need to put our money where our mouth is, and actually help our veterans instead of paying lip service.

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A Letter to NYCC (formerly ACORN)

The following is a reprint of Mr. Arvay’s letter to NYCC.

To:  info@nycommunities.org

New York Communities for Change

(formerly ACORN)

 

To all who work for NYCC:

There are those who love the light and seek it out.

There are those who hate the light and seek the darkness.

There are those who do what is good and right, and shout it from the roof tops.

There are those who do what they know is wrong, and seek to hide it in the closet.

Speaking the truth means that you never have to remember what you said, nor to whom.

For others, life is a constant struggle to keep the story straight for as long as possible.

A hundred years from now, no one will remember you, or what you did.

But you will carry the consequences of your falsehood with you into eternity.

There is still time to change your ways, to become a child of the light.

Just do it.

—Robert Arvay

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Debt and the Road to Ruin

by Robert Arvay

If he has exacted usury Or taken increase — Shall he then live? He shall not live! If he has done any of these abominations, He shall surely die; His blood shall be upon him. (Ezekiel 18:13)

If there were one part of Biblical teaching that I would have difficulty believing, it would concern the teachings about finance, interest and debt.

Parting the Red Sea? No problem. Rocks falling from the sky? That’s an easy one. But what about the Bible’s teachings about debt, collateral and the charging of interest on a loan?

Any student of modern economics can tell you that lending is a vital and necessary part of any advanced economic system. Lending at interest is the method of directing idle money to its highest and most productive purpose; both the lender and the borrower benefit. Because any loan is subject to the risk of loss, interest payments are a fair compensation for that risk.

That is why it is difficult to apply the Bible’s teachings on lending at interest.

Before we go further, we must note that the Bible’s teachings on lending are numerous, and there are important details throughout. Furthermore, lending at interest was allowed if the borrower were a Gentile because they were “outsiders,” not “brothers.”

As Christians, if we believe that we are all brothers and sisters, then we are obliged to seriously consider what is God’s revealed Will concerning finance.

I never gave this too much thought until recently, when the idea struck me, that among the greatest and most serious problems that humanity now faces, debt is at or near the center of many of them.

I was horrified to learn that America’s involvement in World War I was in large part due to the fact that American banks had loaned vast sums of money to France and England to finance their war with Germany. When it appeared obvious that the British and French were on the verge of losing the war, the American banks feared that all their money would be forfeit. So they persuaded a pacifist President Wilson to send American men into battle, not for freedom or national defense, but rather, to “bail out” the banks with American blood.

If this makes me sound like an “Occupy Wall Street” loon, consider that in the years 1939 to 1941, when there was a genuine national security issue at stake, the American people by a large majority resisted entering World War II. They had learned of the treachery of American banks, and were convinced that any call to war was just another ploy to make money for the rich at the expense of American men, their widows and orphans.

In other words, the falsehood that sent us into an unnecessary war almost prevented us from defending our vital security in a truly necessary war. We could have lost our freedom to murderous tyrants.

One can see that the issue of debt is quite serious and it is no less serious today. Debt has been used for nefarious purposes by both big government and big business. It has enriched corporations, and it has entrenched government power, all at the expense of most hardworking, honest citizens.

In the system of “crony capitalism” that rules us today, there is no level playing field. The feudal system of royalty has returned, with the Lords and Ladies getting all the benefits, while the peasants are increasingly at risk of poverty, hunger, and war.

Another word for crony capitalism is fascism, the form of government associated with Adolph Hitler. In that system, government and corporations form an alliance whereby each protects the other from competition. In that system, only the existing corporations can do business, and only the present government can remain in power. The ordinary people are lied to. Their wealth is confiscated. Their rights to freedom are violated and the entire global system becomes so mired in corruption and violence that a general, worldwide collapse becomes inevitable.

I would not go so far as to say that the Bible absolutely forbids lending money at interest, but I will say that the present system of fine print, government regulation and personal greed have all conspired to set us on the road to ruin.

We are very far along that road. The present remedies being employed are only making matters worse, fatally worse.

I am not saying that I have the solution. However, I will suggest that before we go any farther along this deadly path, we had better take a fresh look at what the Bible has to say, and how we can apply it.

Otherwise, we will be halfway across the Red Sea before we realize that we have become the Egyptians.

Robert Arvay is a Contributing Writer to The Patriot’s Notepad

The UN, Agenda 21 and ICLEI: The Ultimate Redistribution of Wealth

by Cynthia Toney

What’s in your back yard? How much land do you own? How much electricity and water do you consume? You’d better not be hogging a resource or misusing it, you selfish American.

Soon, the city or town where you reside may join the ranks of others that adhere to policies for global sustainable development set by the United Nations and its Agenda 21.

The International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) is a tool being used to implement Agenda 21 at the local level. You and your private property will be subject to its mandates if your city town or county becomes a member of ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability USA. 1

What this means for Americans is that resources previously belonging to us – obtained through the sacrifices of our forefathers – may soon belong to the world. Remember the phrases “spread the wealth” and “economic justice”? You ain’t seen nothin’ yet.

In case you are not familiar with Agenda 21, it “recognizes that broad public participation in decision-making is one of the fundamental prerequisites for the achievement of sustainable development, and identifies specific roles and responsibilities for nine major groups of civil society: women, children and youth, indigenous people, non-governmental organizations, local authorities, workers and trade unions, business and industry, scientific and technological communities, and farmers. The Division [United Nations Division for Sustainable Development] supports the participation and contribution of the major groups to the CSD [Commission on Sustainable Development] process and facilitates their interactive participation in official sessions of CSD.”

“CSD is a high-level forum on sustainable development which reviews progress and monitors and reports on implementation of Agenda 21, the Barbados Programme of Action (BPOA) and the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation (JPOI) at the national, regional and international levels.” 2

Imagine any or all of the above groups having a voice in where you are allowed to live and what your are allowed to produce or consume because someone else believes you should not take up more than your fair share of land, shelter, water, energy, or food sources. Worse, you may be forced to move off land that your family has owned for generations – because a government body or other “decision-making” group claims it in the name of “sustaining” a resource found there.

Although the UN’s formal plan to harvest American resources for the world has only recently surfaced at the average American’s kitchen table or office break room, it all began in 1992 at the UN Conference on Environment and Development (also known as the “Earth Summit”) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. There, the UN linked economic and social development with environmental protection. Refer to the history and future plans for further policy development on the UN’s website. (Hint: 2012-13 holds plans for “Forests, biodiversity, biotechnology, tourism and mountains”.) 3

And just who will pay for this planned economic and social development and environmental protection supposedly needed to sustain the planet?

“At the Earth Summit, it was agreed that most financing for Agenda 21 would come from within each country’s public and private sectors. However, new and additional external funds were deemed necessary to support developing countries’ efforts to implement sustainable development practices and protect the global environment.”

These external funds are sought through yet another UN entity, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), which seeks to “conserve and make sustainable use of biological diversity, address global climate change, reverse the degradation of international waters, phase out substances that deplete the ozone layer, combat land degradation and drought, and reduce and eliminate the production and use of certain persistent organic pollutants.” 4

In other words, the GEF plans to control the collective know-how of the planet earth. Its projects are to be executed, in part, by the World Bank, and the World Bank has an axe to grind.

“We live in a world so rich that global income is more than $31 trillion a year. In this world, the average person in some countries earns more than $40,000 a year. But in this same world, 2.8 billion people—more than half the people in developing countries—live on less than $700 a year.” 5

The World Bank seeks to reduce levels of poverty in poor countries “and turn rich country resources into poor country growth.” Sounds like redistribution of wealth to me.

One GEF project addresses “Sustainable Land Management.” One aspect of that mission is “enhancing synergies between combating desertification [the process by which fertile land becomes desert] and land degradation, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and biodiversity conservation”. 6

“But Agenda 21 went beyond these purely environmental issues to address patterns of development which cause stress to the environment. These included: poverty and external debt in developing countries; unsustainable patterns of production and consumption; demographic stress; and the structure of the international economy.” 7

The above list of “patterns” should unequivocally scare Americans because it intimates that the UN may determine our nation’s productivity, consumption, and economy, while using our wealth to reduce the poverty and debt of other countries.

Most Americans would probably agree that poor countries should have every opportunity to develop and preserve their own resources and pull themselves out of poverty, and if private industry and non-governmental organizations wish to help them, those countries’ governments should do everything possible to facilitate that happening. However, shouldn’t we draw the line at taking resources – electrical power, fresh water or land – and the related opportunities that go along with them, from our American citizens? I may be wrong, but I believe that is why most of our ancestors came to this country in the first place.

Greenies, see where we’re headed here? Sure, you may be happy to drive a fuel-efficient car, but would you like to be forced to downsize your home or give up half your land or wealth so that a number of families may be relocated if they must be removed from an area that has sustainability issues? Even if you haven’t already complained about paying taxes to support fellow Americans, how would you feel about being forced to support people around the globe – all in the name of sustaining the planet? It’s time to look beyond the end of your green nose.

If you think that this agenda is not creeping into your county or state and gaining a foothold, take a look at the list on icleiusa.org and determine if your city or town is already a member of ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability USA.

If ICLEI is near or already in your community, it is time to approach and question your mayor, city council, board of aldermen, county supervisors and other local, county and state authorities (think commissioners for agriculture and public service). Very likely, environmental groups and local governments will work to control and acquire much private property through claims of managing a water, energy or food supply or protecting a species of animal or the environment in general – because that is easier for them to do at present.

The American Policy Center reveals how ICLEI operates locally:

“It [ICLEI] does this by meeting with local officials, signing contracts with them to set standards for energy and water use, building and development codes, farming policy, etc. It brings in training for city hall staff; soft ware to manage the programs; guidelines for legislation; networking with other communities, other NGO [non-governmental organizations] and Stakeholder groups and other agencies of state and federal government. They reach out to other public officials in the communities, including newspaper editors, school superintendents, local college presidents, and chamber of commerce leaders – all designed to assure everyone who helps make decisions and policy in the community are on board. And of course, ICLEI leads the officials to the most important ingredient needed to impose Agenda 21 – money – grant money that comes with specific strings to guarantee that Agenda 21 is enforced. That grant money is like heroin in the veins. Once there, the addiction and dependency is in force. Once ICLEI has done its job, the community is hooked, and an entirely new attitude and community atmosphere of top-down control is enforced by the government. ICLEI’s influence basically creates an entirely new culture in the community where it becomes natural and basically unquestioned to expect local government to be involved in every aspect of your property, job, family and your whole life.” 8

Remember the tiny fish that stole the water supply to hundreds of thousands of acres of farmland in California? The fish was just an excuse for government control of resources, and that was only the beginning.

Cynthia Toney is a freelance writer and editor who passionately studies our nation’s history in order to better understand its present condition. She is the author of two novels for young people, one contemporary and one historical, and she has written for periodicals on subjects ranging from interior design to pet care. She lives in the Deep South with her husband and two dogs.

 

1 http://www.icleiusa.org/about-iclei/members/member-list

2 http://www.un.org/esa/desa/aboutus/dsd.html

3 http://www.un.org/esa/desa/aboutus/dsd.html

4 http://www.thegef.org/gef/

http://web.worldbank.org/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/EXTABOUTUS/0,,contentMDK:20040558~menuPK:34559~pagePK:34542~piPK:36600,00.html

6 http://www.thegef.org/gef/node/5016

7 http://www.un.org/en/globalissues/environment/ (United Nations Global Issues)

8 http://americanpolicy.org/sustainable-development/new-strategies-in-the-fight-to-stop-agenda-21.html/ (American Policy Center: New Strategies in the Fight to Stop Agenda 21)