It is written that Jesus Christ once told his followers if they had faith the size of a “mustard seed” they could “..move mountains” (Matthew 17:20). There were many accounts in the Gospels which display the sheer lack of understanding the first followers of Christ had as they grasped the fulfillment of who exactly Christ was. As they journeyed with him from town to town, teaching their fellow brethren the truth of God, and the fulfillment of prophecy, we are presented with examples where even those closest to the Incarnation of God Almighty, suffered from a lack of faith.
One such time that comes to mind is when Christ was seen walking on water coming towards the boat carrying his followers, who were sorely distressed because of the change of weather. Saint Peter, the Apostle, couldn’t believe his eyes yet asked to be able to do the same as Christ had done. Jesus extended his hands out to Peter, as a loving father would. Peter begins to walk on the water towards Jesus, but as he gets closer he sinks down and succumbed to the watery element. (Matthew 14:29)
“Oh Ye of Little Faith”
Jesus revealed to Peter that his faith was lacking and that is why he couldn’t do as Christ had just done. This story is profound and sets the stage for us during this very age. An age Where we yet ask, what is faith? How do I get more of it? Saint Paul, a contemporary of Saint Peter, defined faith as “reality of things hoped for, and the conviction of things yet seen.” (Hebrews 11:1). Some people of this day and age may assume that this is a superlative mantra of vision and “positive vibes” which would equate to a positive reality based in “visualization manifestation.
“Yet, this contemporary view of faith is deceptive. For true faith to be made manifest it takes more than the desire to indulge in temporal vain pursuits which can tempt a person to think more of themselves or their belongings than is necessary. Making it a form of idolatry. When it comes to matters of faith, it takes more than reading about it or talking about it. The measure one has of faith is a just manifestation of the fruits of God Almighty dwelling in the “Kingdom of God within of you (Luke 17:21).” It is the hope and the wisdom one attains when they completely accept the sacrifice Jesus Christ made on the cross for all of creation by first truly accepting it for themselves.
Saint Paul was wise to say that matters of the spirit should be likened to “milk” and “solid food” (1 Corinthians 3:2). Stating in the letter to the Hebrews [5:13], “People who live on milk are like babies who don’t really know what is right. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.” Saint Paul understanding that spiritual growth was very dependent upon discipline and practice. In order to grow, one needs a solid foundation and such a foundation is first found crucified on the cross of Jesus Christ. There we see our Lord and Our Redeemer pay the price for our sins, our imperfections and even our lack of faith. On the cross, we see our savior dying so that we may live, so that we may grow.
With all this hysteria going about the Chinese Pneumonia/COVID19 pandemic, we christians need to contemplate our measure of faith. Consider the words of our resurrected Christ who specifically told his disciples, “These signs will accompany those who have believed: in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues; they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover” (Mark 16:14).
“These signs will accompany those who have believed“
One cannot define their self as having the passionate heart of a Christian without accepting this truth. Yet, everywhere we look now, we see churches closing, no masses being held. At this point, the very notion of a benevolent God who through his Holy Spirit can defeat the works of the devil is considered extreme or delusional. What a woe it is! That even though Christ said “Blessed are those who have not seen [me] and yet have believed” (John 20:29), we are ignoring the power of faith and therefore limiting our role in receiving the gifts of miracles from God because of that disbelief.
Recall, Jesus didn’t perform miracles in the towns of non-believers as seen in the Gospel of Matthew [13:58]. In this Chapter, one of my favorites, Jesus goes back to his hometown of Nazareth. The town folk didn’t respect Christ because they knew his kin and were confounded by the idea that the Jesus they always knew was merely a man, the son of Mary & Joseph. Jesus coolly addresses the matter by noting “A Prophet doesn’t get respect in his hometown or in his own household.”
As we remember Christ riding into Jerusalem on the back of a donkey, let’s ask The Holy Spirit to grant us discernment to help us to heal our brokenness which has lead us as a people to turn away from having full confidence in him and his promises. Trusting that nothing can separate us from his love and his mercy demonstrated by his blood shed on the cross, for our supernatural redemption.
Let’s pray for the perfect LOVE of Christ to cast out all fears and take heart His command to not be anxious about anything!
– Grace and Peace be with you all! Prayers of healing to all those in need. Love Always, Nina 🍥❕
Never before in my life or in my studies have I heard or seen of a time where people have created a collective in which they can gather and celebrate the invirtuous. It seems we have now entered into an age where people no longer feel the desire to be governed by reason. Now individuals have perverted the idea of freedom and use this as a platform to promote vice and shameless acts of degeneracy. If we glance at the history of civilizations before our great American experiment, we can see that as soon as a society accepted that which is perverse, in a shameless manner and allows such perverse thinking to persist unchallenged, it results in a vacuum of conciousness and ultimately the downfall of such a society.
In America, we have long passed this crux in the road. What was being portrayed as “tolerance” and “equality under the law” was merely a veiled assault on the virtuous sensibilities of our American posterity. Whether it began with the battle between Jerry Fallwell and Larry Flint, or Roe v. Wade, Prop 8 or taking the Bible out of the public schools – all is up to debate and interpretation but no one can argue that the days of a “blushing bride” and innocence of a child are long behind us. When laws imposed by a perverted government can decide what is a sacrament and who is worthy to be born, we have entered into perilous times. For the will of the people has been debased and demoralized, the idea of truth and eternity promoted as mythos. All leading to scientific theory placed on a pedestal that many use to reject the spirit of God as our creator. Persuading people to ignore their better judgements or common sense.
This fallen nature is most demonstrated in the act of self exaltation, or pride as many Saints such as Saint Augustine would determine (in the ‘City of God..’). On the contrary, the enlightened nature of man is to submit to the natural order of the divine and our place within it. The advent of social media, as a modern tool of vain propaganda utilized by the masses not always necessarily to spread awareness of truth, or pursuit of virtue but often more for the act of idolizing oneself or another, and to do so with shameless pride. For whether it is to share one’s grief, or one’s success, the purpose is morally equivalent to those who Christ warned us not to be like, those “hypocrites” who would pray in the synagogue or on the street corners, just to be seen by others as praying (Matthew 6:5.), and the truth is that we all are guilty of hypocrisy.
Though we [all] be guilty, society at large offers no apology for such hypocrisy and often chid at the thought that something as benign as “social media” or media in general could inoculate people to that notion. The masses have become so deluded in the pursuit of lust in vanity and the worship of the material in place of virtue, that they can’t seem to respond fast enough to the fruits of such badness, and it has brought us ever closer to the tipping point. Giving birth to a culture that can only be explained as the pinnacle of antipathy, demonstrated by this “anti-” worship. Not worship of God, but instead worship of self whilst exhibiting and even celebrating the extreme hate of another.
“Anti,” is a term that is rooted in the Greek languange meaning “against, opposed to, or instead of. “ It has become imbedded in the subconcious mind of Western culture due to the Christian foundation of Western thought. Many have heard of the “Apocalypse” or the “Anti-Christ” before they have familiarized themselves with the actual text where the revelation came from. Further examination of the letters from our Church Fathers often decode to the spirit that which is already manifest. We are living in the days of “Anti-worship,” which denotes that we are under the rule & authority of the “Anti-Christ.” The collective gathering of individuals together to not only express their hate and display their degeneracy has never happened on such a great scale since the circus’ of Nero, in the time of Rome. Though, modern society has blanketed it’s barbarity to occur at a Planned Parenthood, instead of the hands of gladiators, we are no less barbaric or blind to such depravity.
The nature of the “anti-” pathos is ever more obvious by the rise of “cancel culture,” shunning, and scapegoating. The most profane is the anti-worship of Donald J. Trump, which in true Trumpian style has placed the toxicity of this mind set on a world stage, which has allowed and condoned the character assassination of one man who was elected to office to disrupt the vainglorious vacuum on Capitol Hill, where its no secret that establishment Politicians have for decades served their needs, and not those of their constituents.
Contemplate the ways in which people have gathered together, not to sing hymns of praise or thanks to a merciful Almighty Creator God as a form of worship, but in contrast; to viciously malign, degrade and encourage hate and acts of hate towards someone or something. The most blatantly obvious example is the collective of individuals who have gathered themselves together to celebrate everything that is in-spite of Donald J. Trump. Many in unison seem to suffer from derangement which they seem to relish. They cannot find any grace (or light) within themselves to reflect on the successes of the policies, approach or anything good that has come from his term thus far. Many couldn’t even express thankfulness for the death of a homicidal megalomaniac ISIS leader, Abu Al-Bhaktari because it was done under President Trump’s watch.
There is no real rhyme or reason to the relentless assaults from so many except that those who are controlled by their vanity often tend to be fooled by it as well. The manifestation of their derangement is a form of worship in itself. For it is time devoted to hating a man. In this regard Donald J. Trump has become a false idol and a demagogue, representative as a zealous disruptor yet a beacon of hope to those of us who do support his politics.
In other words, secular mainstream media in conjunction with the social media Tech companies have birthed within many, a beast so monstrous & unreasonable that should we cowardly resist confrontation, we all will be devoured by it. Let’s reason for a moment, when in modern times have we ever seen a blimp, bought & paid for, of a sitting President having to greet him as he travels overseas to visit an ally (UK), like what happened to President Trump? When have we seen citizens who kneeled in defiance to a flag that they were born under? Like what Kaepernick sold out for. When have we had a culture that allowed lies to make headlines as “breaking news” and then never correct the record when the truth does come forth? As in the case of Covington Catholic, Jussie Smollet, Russian Hoax or this last Ukrainian hoax, I’m sure the list can go on.
To see millions of people manipulated by the internet and the news media to knit hats representing “pussies” as they march together not only in animosity to their duly elected President, but in clear opposition to anyone who may disagree from their political stance or ideas often resulting in political violence… as cliche as it may sound, “..we’re not in Kansas anymore.” Truly, there has been no other time of such mass hysteria or confusion that is fed by the relentless spread of information (or disinformation) in high volume and unmatched frequency.
Consider that with the onslaught of scientific theory purported as fact to then make the ideas of scriptural teaching to appear as obsolete. The pursuit of happiness is being conflated with the pursuit of self promotion and the acceptance of the collective thought. The individual can no longer exist with their counterparts, instead they must mesh into working class collective of slaves, asking no questions and serving the status quo. It is ever so clear that the spirit of “Anti-Christ” is here, because as we who believe know, the Christ is “anointed” or “chosen” but there is no space for anyone to be chosen or special in anyway unless everyone is special and chosen. That is now the basis of modern thought.
I find myself asking questions like how can we combat the insidious ideas that have perverted the minds of so many? too often. As a mother of now five children I look at the world outside my door and pray to God that his grace and mercy release his children from the stain of this world. In Christ, I know that this is manifest, but the working out is where the virtues will grow or where the flesh will stifle. The world plummeting into an abyss of hate and degeneracy often is the fuel to ignite the passion in the hearts of those who choose to walk the narrow path.
Evil often strikes at the dignities of Saints but rest assured iron sharpens iron and ears often listen to thevoice crying out in the wilderness. So as we begin this decade, let’s call out the wolves dressed in drag queen clothing! Set to conquer as Christ Our King has promised us victory for he has conquered the world, and with his Grace, we may as well.
It’s hard to sometimes fathom the thought that someone you know and love, perhaps a person you grew up with is now diametrically opposed to everything you believe in and stand for. It’s no surprise that we live in incredibly polarizing time but what is a surprise is that lack of understanding that is now being exercised by individuals who stick to their dogma as if their life depended on it. Sure, we must stand for the things that we believe in, but in order to do so we must also make our arguments persuasive or not have any at all. We must have facts, not just feelings or malice for a subject because it has a specific person attached to it.
I can’t understand why or how matters of the day have become so paradoxical. The notion of morals, life, spirituality, sexuality and many other foundational aspects of our modern civilization has some how been flipped upside down, “a hangman” of sorts. People are concussed, disoriented and morally fatigued. Many individuals of modernity live in this echo-chamber of “live and let live” because they chose not to pursue a moral stance, because they simply do not have one. Morality is now based upon who can shout the loudest, or shame someone who thinks “outside of the hive.” Or who can be the most beloved within the Social Media Universe. What’s interesting to note is that most of those exhibiting these characteristics are those people that have blossomed post youth during the years of 2009-2016, indebted to the educational system and needless to say brainwashed by Marxist sympathizers who capitalized by education in fiat as they misled their students into an understanding that government and society was in service to the individual. Not that the individual was in service to society, and their moral duty was to keep government small and accountable.
Any critical student of history would know that the foundation of American government was based upon the resolute notion that no government could be benevolent, and the only answer to check and balance the system is to respect the rights of the individual. America as a nation, has always tried to rectify it’s wrongs, yet somehow, with the recession era gas lighting, and the hoodwinking of the media, we now have a caste of society that has completely been indoctrinated to believe that the American system failed them and now we must implement a marxist type of society in order to correct the wrongs of the past. This idea in itself is a farce and again, any student of history would know that erasing the foundation of a nation is how Marxist Communist begin their demoralization and eventual takeover (Have you ever heard of Tartary? Yeah, probably not.) It’s already been proven in history that “absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Yet Communist lie to themselves into believing that they can institute such a altruistic governing system. There is no such thing as a “benevolent government” nor will there ever be until the Great Lord Jesus comes riding in the clouds as promised, and no one knows when that will be. Until then, we must take a stand for what we understand to be freedom, and liberty.
So how did we get here? When I say “we,” I mean, us Americans.. How did we get here? To this point of complete demoralization, and political unrest? It would be so very easy to point the finger at the years of President Obama’s administration. Though, I did mention those years above, I did so only because that particular mass of peoples who voted for Barack Obama did so under the naive notion that voting for a man like Barack Obama, a son of a white mother and a kenyan immigrant father, would somehow represent the hard work and sacrifice which paid off within American politics and heritage to defeat the notion of racism and oppression. Unfortunately, and in my opinion, Barack Obama was used as a vehicle to implement an agenda that was very contrary to the usual status quo of American ideals. When his campaign chanted “Change you can believe in!” Many didn’t understand that this “change” was actually the replacement of a theistic Judeo-Christian society, with that of an atheist Marxist dogma. I need not go into the countless examples of how President Obama challenged our nature and dare I say “audacity” to have “hope,” the reader can use their own discernment.
What I can deduce is that the method to the disconnect started as soon as the Democrats won the presidency via Bill Clinton in 1992. All he had to do was play the saxophone during an Arsenio Hall show! Who would’ve thunk it???! During his administration, the public was made to endure his escapades and the media created the air of which people were made to empathize with Hillary, who was painted as the innocent wife who was the victim of Bill’s scandalous affairs. Whilst the media focused on his lethario ways, many citizens overlooked the fact that Bill Clinton was signing into laws the power of conglomerates to own and monopolize mass media. The Neo-Con Republicans played their roles as investigators in the crucible to find smut within Bill Clinton’s closet, yet couldn’t protect the American citizen from the obvious left leaning and propagandizing media onslaught that was about to infect the public at large for many years to come.
Now fast forward to 2016 election, and you can get a clear picture as to how so many individuals were upset, distraught even to see that Hillary Clinton, the chosen one, did not win the Presidential election. Why? Simple answer is that they believed the propaganda media machine usurped by the Progressive left so long ago. What the Democrats seemed to have missed was that when the media was pushing out conservative voices (thanks to President Bill Clinton), and when the citizens rights were getting savagely violated (thanks to Neo-Con President Bush, post 9/11), and when the Obama administration was using the IRS to target the “TEA Party” movement, and silencing the “Occupy Wall Street” movement, the silent majority was stirring like a sleeping bear being poked with a stick.
Then an outsider like Donald J. Trump, who not only observed the decline of America and the American dream, but empathized with the average American just trying to get by. The people believed him. And even if he wasn’t the prim and proper politically correct establishment person, they were willing to take that risk with him, what the hell did they have to lose? He admittedly was known as the “comeback” kid, why not take a risk? Many who voted for him, also voted for Obama to the dismay of the Democrat party, who had banked on their politically capital in cities that held a voting class that they now deem as undesirables, and “deplorables” as Hillary Clinton famously said. Now that she is the loser, and perhaps the most embedded shadow government operative, she would rather see the Republic fall, then to see those who have helped to build America on American values and principles (not government hand outs and outsourced commodities) ..rise up again.
That’s the disconnect. There is a large segment of our society who recalls how it was before everything became so dark and dreary. The feeling that things could get better, and the desire to acknowledge that truth with a political talking head from “the swamp” is over. Donald J. Trump is the iconoclastic representative and now President only because he represents an anathema to that which was pushed down so many people’s throats. False hoods, broken promises, endless wars, no peace, no security and no change. Those people who just wanted to create a business, work a trade, or freely worship and speak their mind, defend themselves and not pay so much taxes! Those people who were mocked by academics, sitting in ivory towers listlessly writing thesis on observations while the rest of us are trying to make sense of the “social science experiment” we were being placed in by these type.
The disconnect is between the modern rebels and those who are still enslaved to the modern deception. Downtrodden by amoral dogma, shackled by the debt, brainwashed by entitlements, and the progressive virtue of covetous ambition and sterile relationships that ultimately demands them to radically change the foundations of modern American society to reflect that which is morally corrupt. Do not be misled, those who I refer to as modern rebels here are those who rebel against the mainstream media complex, who search for all the truth, and read in between the lines and practice critical thought. Those who see the homogeny in the cacophony of words spoken by the pundits. Pundits who are paid by conglomerate corporations which have their allegiance elsewhere, namely, their own bank accounts, their own bottom lines. Pundits who are sent out to shame old women, and men of faith. Politicians who tell their constituents to use violence against those who think differently because they care more about their position of authority, than they do about “The Republic as it stands, for Liberty and Justice for All.”
There’s a Biblical book named Ester, where we see a man named Haman, within the story hellbent on not only persecuting the Jews, but also plotting feverishly to ensure Mordecai, Esther’s uncle and adoptive father, would be hanged on the gallows. As the tale unravels, and Esther through her wisdom, courage, and diligence gained favor with her Husband the emperor. After Haman had almost deceived the Emperor into signing laws that would kill the entire population of Jews, Esther came before the Emperor and Haman over a dinner she prepared herself and fell before the Emperor’s feet. There she revealed to him something that she never hid but also didn’t not disclose. That she was too a Jew, and the law which he would sign would not only exterminate her people, but would also mean that the Emperor must kill her as well. Eventually, the Emperor realized Haman’s treachery and the gallows which Haman had prepared for Mordecai to be hanged, were then used to be his end. Justice was served.
As we enter this disconnect with our neighbors though, let us do so with a reconnection to the spirit that is Liberty, and Justice. As the scales are weighed, history is made, and Lady Justice isn’t blind. It may take time, but those who have deceived many for so long and continue to willfully do so as they sow seeds of unrest and mayhem in the hearts of the people will inevitably be on the receiving end of those fruits. Those “laws” which they make to persecute, will be used to condemn them. We have to hang on to that which we know is true in our souls, and stand next to the light which that truth is dispersed from.
Well, I’m sure the curiousity of the title of this post is intriguing you. And it very much ought to. It’s hard to believe sometimes that history repeats itself. Yet it is the nature of time and the continuum of eternity within this realm in which we are present that the tendency of events seem to come full circle. Scripture says, “Nothing is new under the sun..” and certainly we can all agree that though technology may be vastly different, and infrastructure may be in modern contemporaneous style, all the functions of such things are to make life convenient for society at large. Yet the spirit and principalities encompassing, know the frailty of man and also that flesh as it stands inherited an expiration date. Therefore, they do not change their tactics when manipulating the “air of the world,” that which influences the current events.
The time is 1860, it was the campaign season and emotions were running high. There were four men from various walks of life campaigning for the Office for Presidency. The issue taking center stage was especially slavery and State’s rights under the Federal system and the acquisition of Cuba. There were four candidates; Northern Democrat – Stephen A. Douglass, Southern Democrat – John C. Breckenridge,Constitutional Union party – John Bell, and last and namely, Republican –Abraham Lincoln. Every single party platform had a “Pro-State” position and inserted the dogma of allowing the institution of Slavery to be allowed within any state or territory that would be added to the Union. They believed despite the Founding documents deeming every man equal, the parties of the time- with the exception of the Republican party – deemed slavery a necessary evil to ensure commerce and production. The reality though was that slavery just kept the rich people rich. It was always about money and less about morals. Needless to say, Lincoln echoed the will of the people, who wanted slavery to end and won the election by a landslide!
Around the same time that the Presidential campaign was occurring in the USA for President, Europe was literally upside down with political upheaval and outstanding debt because of wars. France had entered into many wars in an attempt to unite Europe and also support nationalistic uprisings within Europe, and it had acquired much debt. Napoleon III, who was the ruler at the time of France, was very ambitious and famously his namesake had the renowned desire to dominate the entire world. He, among other oligarchs persuaded by their greed, saw an opportunity to acquire spoils of the USA should the country break out in civil war. It was well known at the time that the European aristocrats hated Abraham Lincoln, and should he have been elected, they believed the opportunity to redraw borders would be presented.
Fully aware of the Southern States position regarding the right to own slaves and their opposition to legislation which was “hostile” to the enactment of The Fugitive Slave Act. Napoleon III took upon himself the challenge of lobbying the other leaders in Europe. British Elite seemed tickled at the notion. According to the US Ambassador to Russia, Cassius Clay, he is quoted as saying “I saw at a glance where feeling of England was they hoped for our ruin. They are jealous of our power. They care for neither North or South. They hate both!” Keep in mind, both the British and French were still high off their victories in the ‘Crimean War,’ which they boasted the defeat of their collective rival, Nicholas I, the Russian Tsar. This solidified the enmity between Russia and the British and French. Nicholas I eventually died, and his sucessor was Alexander II, he would maintain such enmity with austere fervor.
The beginning of a useful friendship
Russia, under Catherine The Great, believed the British to be too powerful, and during the US Revolution, refused to aid the British military any support and insisted on remaining neutral. This began the amicable relations between Russia and the United States. The decisions made by Catherine during the Revolution to insist on peace talks that linked a resolution of the American Revolution with the settlement of separate European conflicts indirectly helped the Americans win the Revolution and gain their freedom. Catherine The Great, viewed The British to be disloyal and immoral due to the manner in which The British had discreetly tried to exit the ‘Seven Years’ War  which had left the British’s Prussian allies vulnerable to defeat. In her eyes, Britain was a very unreliable and undesirable ally.
Several decades into the future, Russia was still having much trouble with its European neighbors. There were constant battles and skirmishes, and during this time they were able to maintain trade relationships with the United States, much to the disdain of Britain and France. Russia still strongly believed that a strong United States was an excellent counter-balance to the power hungry and treacherous British,and French. Later, during the Crimean War, the US maintained very friendly relationships with the court in St. Petersburg. Russia believed the British would jump to seize Russian America (Alaska) and offered to sell Alaska to the Americans much to Britain’s chagrin (the Alaska Purchase was completed in 1867).
Civil War Rumblings
By the time Lincoln was elected, the Russian Tsar of the time, Alexander II, was well versed in geo-politics and also had his own pursuits to help the common man. In 1861, he emancipated the serfs of Russia. This was the same year in which the Tsar alerted President Elect Lincoln, that France under Napoleon was scheming to invade.. It was not much later that Abraham Lincoln had his infamous “Emancipation Declaration” issued in the Union. This inevitably underlined the nature of the Russia- US convergence/alliance for human freedom further angering the Elites within Britain, and the Aristocrats who accused President Lincoln in “Lurid and racist terms, accused him of provoking slave rebellion and a race war.”
It had become common place among the press to criticize and disrespect President Lincoln who was often portrayed as a “simple minded” fool. Even Frederick Douglass, a staunch Abolitionist of his time criticized President Lincoln, calling him a “miserable tool of traitors and rebels,” who had also shown himself to be “a genuine representative of American prejudice and negro hatred.” His sentiment was due to the fact that in Lincoln’s inaugural speech, Lincoln was willing to allow slavery to persist in order to preserve The Union. As a means of appeasement, which fell on deaf ears. The south was ready, and as we have seen from the information provided, they were sure of their victory as all prideful foes who participate in wars often are.
Four months after Abraham Lincoln was elected on April 12, 1861 civil war breaks out with the attack in Fort Sumter where Confederate soldiers opened fired at Union soldiers. The South had sent lobbyist to Britain to intervene in the war come November. This was known as “the Trent Affair” in 1861, after the ship the two Confederate lobbyist, Mason and Sliddell, rode on was a British Merchant ship named ‘TRENT.’ England then deployed 10,000 troops to the US – Canadian border, but it was noted that the U.S Warships intimidated the British fleet. It was reported that Britain had planned on taking back New England by force or by fomenting dissent within the area.
Russia then had deployed it’s far East fleet ships to the coast of San Francisco and it’s Baltic fleet to the port of New York at the same time though it took some time for them to arrive (which was by September 1863). Some argue it was their attempt at intervention, others say it was simply a matter of commercial convenience. At this point, Abraham Lincoln knew very well who was assisting the south financially, as the British were buying cotton bonds and tobacco bonds, essentially helping them fund the war.
The arrival of the Russian fleet in late 1863 was a huge dose of encouragement and a boost to morale for the Union and the Lincoln administration. President Lincoln sent his wife, among other dignitaries to greet the Russians at New York. Many New Yorkers cheered as the visiting Russians rode by in carriages. The Academy of Music in New York even held a Ball for the Russians,which was featured in Haaper’s Bizzare. The very idea of the Russian fleets being present within the Union in support of The Union was viewed as a demonstration of friendship, and the possibility of an alliance. Obviously, one can deduce that there was in fact an alliance if we keep account of all these things.
Back in Britain, the British Leaders were utilizing “Jingoism” to rile up the common people. It was no surprise that the rivalry of Russians and British fueled the central antagonism but the attitude of Russia was also what prevented the British from acting on their desire to overtake the United States. Russia made it clear, that an act of intervention by either the British or the French would be considered an act of war against Russia.
As the election of 1864 approached, and the Civil War still happening with no resolution in sight, The London Evening Standard , called Abraham Lincoln a “foul-tongued and ribald punster” who was also “the most despicable tyrant of modern days.” (Sound familiar? Think Donald Trump) Another magazine in circulation at the time, used their platform to denounce President Lincoln as “that concentrated quintessence [sic]of evil, that Nero in the most shrunken … form of idolatry, that flatulent and indecent jester.”
The London Times , was a bit more subdued. Condemning the Emancipation Proclamation as an effort to incite slave uprisings, classed Lincoln “among that catalogue of monsters, the wholesale assassins and butchers of their kind.” When Lincoln was re-elected in 1864, the London Times dubbed President Lincoln and his election as “an avowed step towards the foundation of military despotism” what “entered on that transition stage, so well know to the students of history,through which Republics pass on their way from democracy to tyranny.” These were the sentiments of the press at that time in London when Lincoln was alive. Of course, as soon as it was reported that he was assassinated, they changed their tune.
History and the media have since been very kind to Abraham Lincoln. He is often seemed as a martyr, a man with great integrity and solid belief in the idea of equality of all. Yet during the time of his presidency the air and people around him were not so kind. The South felt they had allies in the British and the French, but didn’t anticipate the “Friendship” or as some may call it these days “collusion” with Russians and Abraham Lincoln.
Those same nations are now viewed as our allies and too celebrate the victory of freedom over slavery yet at the time of war for slavery to be over, instead put the name of the one championing freedom, through the mud! Why? There are many reasons one may say, but ultimately I believe they wanted to take back the land and acquire all it’s riches. If it hadn’t been for Tsar Alexander II, the Union may have very well failed in it’s mission, and we know that the world at large was hoping for it. The Press, the phony allies all trying to manipulate the people and the narrative to create a level of insurrection within the Lincoln administration, it is a pure miracle that President Abraham Lincoln, succeeded. It can be said, that he wouldn’t have succeeded without his “friends” from Russia.
Past the glitzy and chic city streets, the high tech coffee shops and the en vogue fashion boutiques is the growing population of the San Francisco and Greater Bay Area homeless under class. Consisting of many families and people who suffer in silence without access to a stable home or the economic resources to maintain stability often leading to chronic displacement. With the advent of universal healthcare being touted as a “human right” it seems pertinently obvious that permanent housing be viewed with the same regard but this has superceded the mindset of politicians on both sides of the aisle, although California has increasingly become known as a one party state.
The infection of corporate greed and economic bubbles have deluded the elected Democrat officials and led to overbloated bureacracies which instead of helping those they claim to protect, actually systematically force them out of their communities. This is what happens when the creeping global investors do a hostile takeover of a disjointed population in a stupor. They have the money of the world (mostly Communist chinese capitalist) perpetuate a re-landscaping of demographics and incorporating a corporatized political correct progressivism that is tongue in cheek when you glance upon the desolate drug infested streets.
The beautiful city skyscrapers cannot hide the paradox. Whilst corporate real estate investment firms monopolize the skyline, a native Black community (*6% of SF population) is being pushed out little by little with no media outcry or opposition by the late Mayor, Ed Lee. As the palm trees line the Mission area, predominantly a working class neighborhood of Mexicans immigrants, and before them it was populated by the Irish and Italian immigrants who were able to “move up and out,” but now, the working class is instead being pushed out with fewer opportunities or pushed down onto the streets as the homeless under class.
Aside from the economic blockade that local Landlords are now offering in the rental market, one walks the streets of San Francisco and doesn’t see the happy smiling faces of small children going to the local park with their mom and dad. No, what one can expect to see is the uninspired millennial slaving away on the smartphone app of choice that — at the moment is utilizing human energy for a couple dollars per hour. Thosedollars which millennial will blindly dump into the bank account of a greedy foreign landlord. A landlord, who knows not the name or face of their tenant. And why should they? The local city government entities don’t care of whom they receive their property taxes from, so long as they get those taxes! Taxes to support the dregs that fill the streets high off of heroin or city clinic provided methadone. Those dregs that demoralize the last vestiges of lower and middle income families who would like to make a life for themselves in the city.
And how should we define a city? The city was a place to provide a resource for families to grow, a place where culture and circumstance allowed those of diverse backgrounds to reap the benefits of synergy. The combined effort of many groups working together actively creating urban centers of commerce, where all actively participated in labor and consensual commerce. Which for better or worse would define that which is modern Americana. Yet the stories of old our parents may have happily recounted, where they’re reminscising of a past that clearly seems to be long gone. Social mores & principles are all put to question in order to ideologically divide citizens into components of “boutique issues” with an “us versus them” tribal mentality. With the advent of rapid technologic information disbursement and hyper dependency on smart devices the town square no longer seems to be represented by an actual “place.” The town square is no longer residing in the cities. Instead the town square has been usurped by a digital replacement, such as social media applications like Facebook, SnapChat, Tumblr, Twitter, YouTube, and the list goes on. It is worthy to be noted that the bulk of these technology companies are located in the San Francisco bay area. These technological social media plutocracies are becoming more and more evident to not only influence the psyche of modern cities, but most especially are being uncovered to exploit the naivete of those who utilize their services for political purposes. The city of San Francisco and surrounding counties for example have been doing a disservice to the families since the induction of these corporate entities into the locale. Not only in legislation, but in the catering to these entities at the expense of cultivating a positive uplifting city lifestyle, inclusive of all people, including those with small children – in other words, families.
What the city did was subsidize the local population of working class families who immediately felt increase in property taxes, the raising cost of real estate and the growing cost of rentals. With such subsidization it allows more control to the local government to dictate the amount and level of resource and to whom such subsidies would be given to. In essence, government and bureaucracies deciding who are the “winners” and who are the “losers.” Often, the local population is hoodwinked by corporate entities that disguise themselves as charismatic spokespeople, advocates and/or politicians who propose new legislation that is said to help families, and children but in reality these legislations forfeit the basic rights of such class of people.
For instance, the bay area environmentalist, also members of the Liberal democrat party insist that local governments do not build more homes but instead utilize the 16% of land already utilized to make smaller scale housing. The environmentalist are advocating for legislation zoning laws that mandate “open space” and do not permit for new home building. What the environmentalist want to seduce the public into believing is that such a proposal is beneficial to the public but the reality is that it is not truly possible. In 2007, UC Berkeley’s Institute for Urban and Regional design issued a report that even if such actions were to take place within the allowable 16% of developed land, it would be able to accommodate only a quarter of the growing population projected at 1.5 million people who were deemed to be the local native population (i.e descendants of the local occupants,) it did not include the influx of people moving in from other states, or immigrants from other countries. A dubious oversight that literally places the posterity of bay area natives to be displaced to other parts of the state and country at an alarming rate drawing a map of subdivisions and zones for the “haves” and the “have-nots.”
Another issue affecting the housing market is not only the lack of available housing, but the idea of rent control apartments which has proven to increase the rent. Here we have the perfect example of how laws that were proposed to help original residents work itself out to in fact deter new families and young adults from living in a traditional independent fashion. Instead, what has occurred is higher rents to offset the limitation on the free market which rent control caps, but the rental market itself is manipulated to such a high degree that people now must rent out bedrooms when about 20 years ago, $700 rent would pay for a family of 4 to live in a two-bedroom apartment. Now that same two bedroom apartment is being rented for almost four times that amount. How is this type of economy sustainable in a procreative environment. It’s not. What is says to working class families is that “we don’t care about you, and we could care less about your children. Deal with it or get out.” Which is exactly what some families have done, and what city officials have allowed to take place. It is well noted that social services departments within San Francisco have exported their homeless families to areas such as Sacramento or any other place that they can get them too. Leaving behind almost in desperation the opportunity for an ethos to take place, for the community to thrive and thus leaving local officials wholly unaccountable for their lack of effectiveness to truly help their constituency now tailor-made to include voracious corporate lobbies who sway the overworked and underpaid overtaxed and concussed millennial family generation. What once was the opportunity to work a blue-collar job in a growing city or town, is now an overtaxed bloated nanny government whose acts of charity are displayed as propaganda to deflect from what actually is going on. The failure of a republic and a voided democracy.
How can a mother explain to her child that the reason why they are homeless living in a motel is because a few ivy league tree huggers thought it was better to have open space than to have proper housing for a family and their small children. Yet this is what it has come down to. Most people who suffer the plight of homelessness in silence may not even know that the limitation of housing is caused by the same bureaucrats that claim to advocate for their well being. The very politicians who advocate for healthcare as a human right, will then put into legislation and law realities that prevent a family from owning property, a fundamental human right that should be readily available to all who seek the option in a civilized and logical society. Yet the powers that be will have one believing that it is most pertinent to maintain open space then allow construction development business of single family housing to flourish within the San Francisco bay area.
What is preventing the new housing developments to materialize is the meddling between special interest and local government that zone the land to allow or disallow new builds to take place. In Sacramento, the state capital of California, a literal stalemate occurred between lawmakers due to a disagreement between Governor Jerry Brown and the congress to fund $400 million of in-fill housing (housing that is within already developed jurisdictions) which would be for new affordable-government sponsored housing units. California government went into recess before settling the pressing matter. However, the bill didn’t pass because Governor Jerry Brown wanted the state funds to by-pass the rules and permits needed for such new builds which the local governments (who would have receive the funds) place on building companies and local developers. Yet this is nothing more than market manipulation, and an example of state government creating a class of people of their choosing who will continually maintain the need of such a bloated government to function. It facilitates a homegrown under class parceled in the in-fill land, which has already pushed out the original natives with grossly high taxes and rents. Thus manufacturing the classic caste society of the extremely rich and the extremely poor. Something that Northern California liberalism has created yet stubbornly refuses to admit any guilt in doing so.
No one has to look as far as the San Francisco County, the district represented in the Senate by Senator Nancy Pelosi, former speaker of the house. In San Francisco alone, the amount of gentrification and systematic push of low-income people who have not only been evicted due to unfair legalese and lack of resources to defend their civil right to live in San Francisco but native Black San Franciscans have unfairly become the victims of “hostile takeover” type of gentrification. The method to this gentrification occurs with the cash purchases of land and/or homes mostly by foreign entities (such as the Chinese who have made it a custom to purchase houses in the San Francisco [as well as other Bay Area cities]), then perform superficial remodels and to then resale the house at a hyperbolic price point which only a select few can then have a bidding war over.
It’s no surprise that many blacks, latinos and other groups affected by the great recession have not been able to recoup their loses from the market crashing. Afterall, they have been targets of the monetary system, to implement a debtor slave society. One that either voids their position in the work force by mandating degrees for basic jobs, leaving them to work minimum wage retail jobs that too have been affected by the recession and also by establishing credit systems which allow the amassing of major debt to glut the flow of progress.
This perplexing scenario gives birth to the feeling of hopelessness. Hopelessness is definitively the result of a campaign of demoralization. This is exactly how the political class keeps the underclass oppressed. Oppression that comes from the willful omission of exercising the fundamental right to vote. After all, why should citizens in a Liberal city like San Francisco vote? Aren’t their politicians the champions of the people? The sanctuary city advocates, but yet they cannot fend off foreign banks from foreclosing on its local citizenry whose family has historic roots in San Francisco? Oh that’s right! It’s a paradox that is exposed when the rhetoric of equality is not met with the actual working out of such equality but instead is veiled by incendiary gas lighting of social justice issues that are controversial as they are divisive. Literally, the Liberal politicians of the San Francisco Bay Area and other blue cities cannot put “their money, where their mouth is.” They feign moral superiority and virtue signal at the drop of a hat, but if you look at the streets in the cities which they claim to represent, you see a populis that is disjointed, streets that are unclean and locals that feel unsafe and insecure. Millennials packed in a two bedroom apartment like hamsters in a cage, while female prostitutes search for johns on the street. All the while, a young family has to pack up their belongings because their landlord has served them with an “unlawful detainer” complaint for being a few days late for rent, with no resource to combat or delay the inevitable.
Liberal politicians hoodwink the masses, by grandstanding and shaming opposition. Yet we must ask ourselves, isn’t it time to start shaming them for their ineffectual services? For their making a fortune from donations by corporations and neglecting the local voter population. Liberals are actively complicit in creating a feudal society in present day San Francisco Bay area. This modern day feudalism is occurring unabated, and is affecting many people of all colors and creeds. Most importantly it is affecting the most vulnerable of our society. We cannot allow a group to malign opposition by self proclamation of virtuous ideals yet lack the fundamental pragmatism to effectuate change on a tangible level to it’s very constituents. There is no opposition in the San Francisco city council in which they can blame. There is no one to blame but themselves. The same goes for the California state legislature, that is more focused on anti-Trump rhetoric than gleaning the billions they’ve mised from taxpayers to utilize for updating infrastructure. The state of affairs is gross and it’s time that we call the political class of California Liberals what they in fact are, liars!
Many of the biggest proponents of California Liberalism reside in the county of San Rafael, the same county that has vehemently fought against any sort of low-income housing to be created in their area. How about the story of the owner of the locally famous ‘Sol café’ who happened to open a Puerto Rican cuisine restaurant in the county, and painted her store front lime green, only to receive a hateful letter which stated “I don’t know if you’re aware but we don’t use those colors around here.’” Referring to the ethnically colorful façade. These same Liberals that taut the fight for the poor and “people of color”, are the lawyers and Judges that are participating in the eviction of the poor from their communities. Shelter is a fundamental human right, as is water but somehow these corporate leftist manage to infiltrate reason itself so long as they may capitalize upon it while going on about life unscathed. All the while tainting the opposition with false reports and skewed narratives.
We can no longer accept conceptual platitudes spoken by elected officials to coerce the reality of what is occurring before our eyes. As I’ve said in my Periscope, John Cox didn’t do a good job campaigning in the Golden State and I highly doubt if Gavin Newsom will find a remedy to this problem. Most California Elite will toast to a glass of wine and at the same moment, a family somewhere in California is sliding into poverty and losing their home. Pray for us, AMERICA!!!
So it’s best that you know I am posting this as I am literally “suspended” from the Twitter platform for comments on my Timeline. The events that served as a prelude to my suspension were rather ridiculous. I am very chatty on Twitter (not a crime!) and have no trouble in expressing my opinion or views and providing supportive facts to express such opinion.. Yet on Twitter, and I’m sure in many other social media platforms we now have literal “tweet police” who can and will censor you if you are deemed to have engaged in any type of undesirable behavior online.
In my case, the use of the word “retardation” to describe a very petulant troll in my mentions was a line too far to cross! My tweet literally read as follows; “Look at the retardation I have to deal with in my mentions...” and underneath was the retweet of the troll who was spamming me. Even though both the individual and myself are consenting adults within the said ‘Twitter’ platform, both have agreeably engaged in a consensual conversation, Twitter has now allowed it’s very idea to be bastardized by the “policing’ conversations under nebulous ever changing goal posts of post modern political correctness. This all resulted in my account being suspended for seven days. Frankly, I thought it was ridiculous! And frankly, Twitter doesn’t care!
I respect all who can support their positions on crucial issues of the day. I encourage honest dialogue and discussion because it is the only way to find understanding and common ground. Yet somehow, clandestinely, the social media oligarchy has decided that they may now “curate” their platforms and have the opportunity to exercise such right because they are a private business organization which can legally do so. Under such heavy authoritarian hands, they are jeopardizing the act of unity to take place by silencing the conversation and omitting debate. The very things that essentially made Twitter, Twitter..
Yet, dare I ask.. Who made Twitter popular? It wasn’t just board members and charming salesmen or CEO Jack Dorsey. It was actual people who logged on to follow and to join conversations with other people. Now, Twitter (and other platforms such as Facebook and Youtube) are engaging in extreme censorship because of pressured placed upon them by Federal government entities who can’t seem to accept the election of President Donald Trump, the rise of alternative media or the shift in how citizens engage with one another.
Now with the advent of the Hoax-bomber in Florida and the awful tragedy in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania one can only expect more censorship and ultimately for the internet to be regulated. Social media site Gab.ia, a counter to Twitter and Facebook has already been taken down by it’s host service provider due to the fact that the psychopath who killed 11 worshippers at the ‘Tree of Life’ synagogue in Pittsburgh, Penn. used this particular platform to espouse hate for all Jewish people and apparently the President as well. It should be noted that many crimes have occurred on ALL social media platforms but the ones being targeted for demonetization or censorship are more like than not to be those people or organizations who express any opinion right of center.
Individuals like Gavin McInnes, Alex Jones, Milo Yannapiolis have been banned from Twitter and/or Facebook. What has been reported it the ban came from utilizing “Hate Speech” but there is no such thing as hate speech in a free society, so what gives? What is the end game? I have even heard chatter of a mandatory online registry identification though it would violate privacy laws. Still, in this political climate I don’t see that stopping the authoritarian establishment from implementing their planned strategy.
The internet used to be a ‘Laissez Faire’ type free market, but when the citizens begin using the internet to break from the matrix, to exchange ideas or information challenging the status quo and main stream programming it’s then used as a tool to silence opposition of the status quo. It’s very sobering and sad to know that despite the blood shed by countless men and women to fight for my freedom and yours, it only takes a couple of board members and bankers to decide who gets to say what, who gets to be heard and who gets to be shamed. A’int that a shame?