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Washington’s Farewell Address


To the people of the United States, Friends and Fellow-Citizens: The period for a new election of a citizen to administer the executive government of the United States being not far distant, and the time actually arrived when your thoughts must be employed in designating the per-son who is to be clothed with that important trust, it appears to me proper, especially as it may con-duce to a more distinct expression of the public voice, that I should now apprise you of the resolution I have formed, to decline being considered among the number of those out of whom a choice is to be made.

I beg you at the same time to do me the justice to be assured that this resolution has not been taken without a strict regard to all the considerations appertaining to the relation which binds a dutiful citizen to his country—and that, in withdrawing the tender of service which silence in my situation might imply, I am influenced by no diminution of zeal for your future interest, no deficiency of grate-ful respect for your past kindness, but am sup-ported by a full conviction that the step is compatible with both.

The acceptance of, and continuance hitherto in, the office to which your suffrages have twice called me have been a uniform sacrifice of inclination to the opinion of duty and to a deference for what appeared to be your desire. I constantly hoped that it would have been much earlier in my power, consistently with motives which I was not at liberty to disregard, to return to that retirement from which I had been reluctantly drawn. The strength of my inclination to do this, previous to the last election, had even led to the preparation of an address to declare it to you; but mature reflection on the then perplexed and critical posture of our affairs with foreign nations, and the unanimous advice of per-sons entitled to my confidence, impelled me to abandon the idea.

I rejoice that the state of your concerns, external as well as internal, no longer renders the pursuit of inclination incompatible with the sentiment of duty or propriety and am persuaded, whatever partiality may be retained for my services, that in the present circumstances of our country you will not disapprove my determination to retire.

The impressions with which I first undertook the arduous trust were explained on the proper occasion. In the discharge of this trust, I will only say that I have, with good intentions, contributed towards the organization and administration of the government the best exertions of which a very fallible judgment was capable. Not unconscious in the outset of the inferiority of my qualifications, experience in my own eyes, perhaps still more in the eyes of others, has strengthened the motives to diffidence of myself, and every day the increasing weight of years admonishes me more and more that the shade of retirement is as necessary to me as it will be welcome. Satisfied that if any circumstances have given peculiar value to my services, they were temporary, I have the consolation to believe that, while choice and prudence invite me to quit the political scene, patriotism does not forbid it.

In looking forward to the moment which is in-tended to terminate the career of my public life, my feelings do not permit me to suspend the deep acknowledgment of that debt of gratitude which I owe to my beloved country for the many honors it has conferred upon me, still more for the steadfast confidence with which it has supported me and for the opportunities I have thence enjoyed of manifesting my inviolable attachment by services faithful and persevering, though in usefulness unequal to my zeal. If benefits have resulted to our country from these services, let it always be remembered to your praise and as an instructive example in our annals that, under circumstances in which the passions agitated in every direction were liable to mislead, amidst appearances sometimes dubious, vicissitudes of fortune often discouraging, in situations in which not infrequently want of success has countenanced the spirit of criticism, the constancy of your support was the essential prop of the efforts and a guarantee of the plans by which they were effected. Profoundly penetrated with this idea, I shall carry it with me to my grave as a strong incitement to unceasing vows that Heaven may continue to you the choicest tokens of its beneficence; that your union and brotherly affection may be perpetual; that the free constitution, which is the work of your hands, may be sacredly maintained; that its administration in every department may be stamped with wisdom and virtue; that, in fine, the happiness of the people of these states, under the auspices of liberty, may be made complete by so careful a preservation and so prudent a use of this blessing as will acquire to them the glory of recommending it to the applause, the affection, and adoption of every nation which is yet a stranger to it.

Here, perhaps, I ought to stop. But a solicitude for your welfare, which cannot end but with my life, and the apprehension of danger natural to that solicitude, urge me on an occasion like the present to offer to your solemn contemplation, and to recommend to your frequent review, some sentiments which are the result of much reflection, of no inconsiderable observation, and which appear to me all important to the permanency of your felicity as a people. These will be offered to you with the more freedom as you can only see in them the disinterested warnings of a parting friend, who can possibly have no personal motive to bias his counsel. Nor can I forget, as an encouragement to it, your indulgent reception of my sentiments on a former and not dissimilar occasion.

Interwoven as is the love of liberty with every ligament of your hearts, no recommendation of mine is necessary to fortify or confirm the attachment. The unity of government which constitutes you one people is also now dear to you. It is justly so; for it is a main pillar in the edifice of your real independence, the support of your tranquility at home, your peace abroad, of your safety, of your prosperity, of that very liberty which you so highly prize. But as it is easy to foresee that, from different causes and from different quarters, much pains will be taken, many artifices employed, to weaken in your minds the conviction of this truth; as this is the point in your political fortress against which the batteries of internal and external enemies will be most constantly and actively (though often covertly and insidiously) directed, it is of infinite moment that you should properly estimate the immense value of your national Union to your collective and individual happiness; that you should cherish a cordial, habitual, and immovable attachment to it; accustoming yourselves to think and speak of it as of the palladium of your political safety and prosperity; watching for its preservation with jealous anxiety; dis-countenancing whatever may suggest even a suspicion that it can in any event be abandoned; and indignantly frowning upon the first dawning of every attempt to alienate any portion of our country from the rest, or to enfeeble the sacred ties which now link together the various parts.

For this you have every inducement of sympathy and interest. Citizens by birth or choice of a common country, that country has a right to concentrate your affections. The name of American, which belongs to you in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of patriotism more than any appellation derived from local discriminations. With slight shades of difference, you have the same religion, manners, habits, and political principles. You have in a common cause fought and triumphed together. The independence and liberty you possess are the work of joint councils and joint efforts of common dangers, sufferings, and successes.

But these considerations, however powerfully they address themselves to your sensibility, are greatly outweighed by those which apply more immediately to your interest. Here every portion of our country finds the most commanding motives for carefully guarding and preserving the Union of the whole.

The  North, in an unrestrained intercourse with the  South, protected by the equal laws of a common government, finds in the productions of the latter great additional resources of maritime and commercial enterprise and precious materials of manufacturing industry. The  South in the same inter-course, benefitting by the agency of the  North, sees its agriculture grow and its commerce expand. Turning partly into its own channels the seamen of the  North, it finds its particular navigation invigorated; and while it contributes, in different ways, to nourish and increase the general mass of the national navigation, it looks forward to the protection of a maritime strength to which itself is unequally adapted. The  East, in a like intercourse with the West, already finds, and in the progressive improvement of interior communications by land and water will more and more find a valuable vent for the commodities which it brings from abroad or manufactures at home. The  West derives from the  East supplies requisite to its growth and comfort and what is perhaps of still greater consequence, it must of necessity owe the  secure enjoyment of indispensable  outlets for its own productions to the weight, influence, and the future maritime strength of the Atlantic side of the Union, directed by an indissol-uble community of interest as  one nation. Any other tenure by which the  West can hold this es-sential advantage, whether derived from its own separate strength or from an apostate and unnat-ural connection with any foreign power, must be intrinsically precarious.

While then every part of our country thus feels an immediate and particular interest in union, all the parts combined cannot fail to find in the united mass of means and efforts greater strength, greater resource, proportionally greater security from external danger, a less frequent interruption of their peace by foreign nations; and, what is of in-estimable value! they must derive from union an exemption from those broils and wars between themselves which so frequently afflict neighboring countries not tied together by the same government, which their own rival-ships alone would be sufficient to produce, but which opposite foreign alliances, attachments, and intrigues would stimulate and embitter. Hence likewise they will avoid the necessity of those overgrown military establishments, which under any form of government are inauspicious to liberty, and which are to be regarded as particularly hostile to republican liberty.

In this sense it is, that your Union ought to be considered as a main prop of your liberty, and that the love of the one ought to endear to you the preservation of the other. These considerations speak a persuasive language to every reflecting and virtuous mind and exhibit the continuance of the Union as a primary object of patriotic desire. Is there a doubt whether a common government can embrace so large a sphere? Let experience solve it. To listen to mere speculation in such a case were criminal. We are authorized to hope that a proper organization of the whole, with the auxiliary agency of governments for the respective subdivisions, will afford a happy issue to the experiment. It is well worth a fair and full experiment. With such powerful and obvious motives to union affecting all parts of our country, while experience shall not have demonstrated its impracticability, there will always be reason to distrust the patriotism of those who in any quarter may endeavor to weaken its bands.

In contemplating the causes which may disturb our Union, it occurs as matter of serious concern that any ground should have been furnished for characterizing parties by  geographical discriminations northern and southern Atlantic and western; whence designing men may endeavor to excite a belief that there is a real difference of local interests and views.

One of the expedients of party to acquire influence within particular districts is to misrepresent the opinions and aims of other districts. You cannot shield yourselves too much against the jealousies and heart burnings which spring from these misrepresentations. They tend to render alien to each other those who ought to be bound together by fraternal affection. The inhabitants of our western country have lately had a useful lesson on this head. They have seen in the negotiation by the executive and in the unanimous ratification by the Senate of the treaty with Spain, and in the universal satisfaction at that event throughout the United States, a decisive proof how unfounded were the suspicions propagated among them of a policy in the general government and in the Atlantic states unfriendly to their interests in regard to the Mississippi. They have been witnesses to the formation of two treaties, that with Great Britain and that with Spain, which secure to them everything they could desire, in respect to our foreign relations, towards confirming their prosperity. Will it not be their wisdom to rely for the preservation of these advantages on the Union by which they were procured? Will they not henceforth be deaf to those advisers, if such there are, who would sever them from their brethren and connect them with aliens?

To the efficacy and permanency of your Union, a government for the whole is indispensable. No alliances, however strict, between the parts can be an adequate substitute. They must inevitably experience the infractions and interruptions which all alliances in all times have experienced. Sensible of this momentous truth, you have improved upon your first essay by the adoption of a Constitution of government better calculated than your former for an intimate Union and for the efficacious management of your common concerns.

This government, the offspring of our own choice uninfluenced and unawed, adopted upon full investigation and mature deliberation, completely free in its principles, in the distribution of its powers uniting security with energy, and containing within itself a provision for its own amendment, has a just claim to your confidence and your support. Respect for its authority, compliance with its laws, acquiescence in its measures, are duties enjoined by the fundamental maxims of true liberty.

The basis of our political systems is the right of the people to make and to alter their constitutions of government. But the Constitution which at any time exists, until changed by an explicit and authentic act of the whole people, is sacredly obligatory upon all. The very idea of the power and the right of the people to establish government pre-supposes the duty of every individual to obey the established government.

All obstructions to the execution of the laws, all combinations and associations under whatever plausible character with the real design to direct, control, counteract, or awe the regular deliberation and action of the constituted authorities, are destructive of this fundamental principle and of fatal tendency. They serve to organize faction; to give it an artificial and extraordinary force; to put in the place of the delegated will of the nation the will of a party, often a small but artful and enterprising minority of the community; and, according to the alternate triumphs of different parties, to make the public administration the mirror of the ill concerted and incongruous projects of faction, rather than the organ of consistent and wholesome plans digested by common councils and modified by mutual interests.

However combinations or associations of the above description may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely, in the course of time and things, to become potent engines by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.

Towards the preservation of your government and the permanency of your present happy state, it is requisite not only that you steadily discountenance irregular oppositions to its acknowledged authority but also that you resist with care the spirit of innovation upon its principles, however specious the pretexts. One method of assault may be to effect in the forms of the Constitution alterations which will impair the energy of the system and thus to undermine what cannot be directly overthrown.

In all the changes to which you may be invited, remember that time and habit are at least as necessary to fix the true character of governments as of other human institutions, that experience is the surest standard by which to test the real tendency of the existing constitution of a country, that facility in changes upon the credit of mere hypotheses and opinion exposes to perpetual change from the endless variety of hypotheses and opinion; and re-member, especially, that for the efficient management of your common interests in a country so extensive as ours, a government of as much vigor as is consistent with the perfect security of liberty is indispensable; liberty itself will find in such a government, with powers properly distributed and adjusted, its surest guardian. It is indeed little else than a name, where the government is too feeble to withstand the enterprises of faction, to confine each member of the society within the limits pre-scribed by the laws, and to maintain all in the se-cure and tranquil enjoyment of the rights of person and property.

I have already intimated to you the danger of parties in the state, with particular reference to the founding of them on geographical discriminations. Let me now take a more comprehensive view and warn you in the most solemn manner against the baneful effects of the spirit of party, generally. This spirit, unfortunately, is inseparable from our nature, having its root in the strongest passions of the human mind. It exists under different shapes in all governments, more or less stifled, controlled, or repressed; but in those of the popular form it is seen in its greatest rankness and is truly their worst enemy.

The alternate domination of one faction over an-other, sharpened by the spirit of revenge natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism. The disorders and miseries which result gradually in-cline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual; and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation on the ruins of public liberty.

Without looking forward to an extremity of this kind (which nevertheless ought not to be entirely out of sight) the common and continual mischief’s of the spirit of party are sufficient to make it the interest and the duty of a wise people to discourage and restrain it.

It serves always to distract the public councils and enfeeble the public administration. It agitates the community with ill founded jealousies and false alarms, kindles the animosity of one part against another, foments occasionally riot and insurrection. It opens the door to foreign influence and corruption, which find a facilitated access to the government itself through the channels of party passions. Thus the policy and the will of one country are subjected to the policy and will of another.

There is an opinion that parties in free countries are useful checks upon the administration of the government and serve to keep alive the spirit of liberty. This within certain limits is probably true and in governments of a monarchical cast patriotism may look with indulgence, if not with favor, upon the spirit of party. But in those of the popular character, in governments purely elective, it is a spirit not to be encouraged. From their natural tendency, it is certain there will always be enough of that spirit for every salutary purpose. And there being constant danger of excess, the effort ought to be by force of public opinion to mitigate and assuage it. A fire not to be quenched, it demands a uniform vigilance to prevent its bursting into a flame, lest instead of warming it should consume.

It is important, likewise, that the habits of thinking in a free country should inspire caution in those entrusted with its administration to confine them-selves within their respective constitutional spheres, avoiding in the exercise of the powers of one de-partment to encroach upon another. The spirit of encroachment tends to consolidate the powers of all the departments in one and thus to create, what-ever the form of government, a real despotism. A just estimate of that love of power and proneness to abuse it which predominates in the human heart is sufficient to satisfy us of the truth of this position.

The necessity of reciprocal checks in the exercise of political power, by dividing and distributing it into different depositories and constituting each the guardian of the public weal against invasions by the others, has been evinced by experiments ancient and modern, some of them in our country and under our own eyes. To preserve them must be as necessary as to institute them. If in the opinion of the people the distribution or modification of the constitutional powers be in any particular wrong, let it be corrected by an amendment in the way which the Constitution designates. But let there be no change by usurpation; for though this, in one in-stance, may be the instrument of good, it is the customary weapon by which free governments are destroyed. The precedent must always greatly overbalance in permanent evil any partial or transient benefit which the use can at any time yield.

Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens.

The mere politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them. A volume could not trace all their connections with private and public felicity. Let it simply be asked where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation  desert the oaths, which are the instruments of investigation in courts of justice? And let us with caution indulge the sup-position that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.

It is substantially true that virtue or morality is a necessary spring of popular government. The rule indeed extends with more or less force to every species of free government. Who that is a sincere friend to it can look with indifference upon at-tempts to shake the foundation of the fabric?

Promote then, as an object of primary importance, institutions for the general diffusion of knowledge. In proportion as the structure of a government gives force to public opinion, it is essential that public opinion should be enlightened.

As a very important source of strength and security, cherish public credit. One method of preserving it is to use it as sparingly as possible, avoiding occasions of expense by cultivating peace, but remembering also that timely disbursements to pre-pare for danger frequently prevent much greater disbursements to repel it; avoiding likewise the accumulation of debt, not only by shunning occasions of expense, but by vigorous exertions in time of peace to discharge the debts which unavoidable wars may have occasioned, not ungenerously throw-ing upon posterity the burden which we ourselves ought to bear. The execution of these maxims be-longs to your representatives, but it is necessary that public opinion should cooperate. To facilitate to them the performance of their duty, it is essential that you should practically bear in mind that towards the payment of debts there must be revenue; that to have revenue there must be taxes; that no taxes can be devised which are not more or less in-convenient and unpleasant; that the intrinsic embarrassment inseparable from the selection of the proper objects (which is always a choice of difficulties) ought to be a decisive motive for a candid construction of the conduct of the government in making it, and for a spirit of acquiescence in the measures for obtaining revenue which the public exigencies may at any time dictate.

Observe good faith and justice towards all nations; cultivate peace and harmony with all; religion and morality enjoin this conduct, and can it be that good policy does not equally enjoin it? It will be worthy of a free, enlightened, and, at no distant period, a great nation, to give to mankind the magnanimous and too novel example of a people always guided by an exalted justice and benevolence. Who can doubt that in the course of time and things the fruits of such a plan would richly repay any temporary advantages which might be lost by a steady adherence to it? Can it be, that Providence has not connected the permanent felicity of a nation with its virtue? The experiment, at least, is recommended by every sentiment which ennobles human nature. Alas! is it rendered impossible by its vices?

In the execution of such a plan nothing is more essential than that permanent, inveterate antipathies against particular nations and passionate attachments for others should be excluded and that in place of them just and amicable feelings to-wards all should be cultivated. The nation which indulges towards another an habitual hatred, or an habitual fondness, is in some degree a slave. It is a slave to its animosity or to its affection, either of which is sufficient to lead it astray from its duty and its interest. Antipathy in one nation against another disposes each more readily to offer insult and injury, to lay hold of slight causes of umbrage, and to be haughty and intractable when accidental or tri-fling occasions of dispute occur. Hence frequent collisions, obstinate, envenomed, and bloody con-tests. The nation, prompted by ill will and resentment, sometimes impels to war the government, contrary to the best calculations of policy. The government sometimes participates in the national propensity and adopts through passion what reason would reject; at other times, it makes the animosity of the nation subservient to projects of hostility instigated by pride, ambition and other sinister and pernicious motives. The peace often, sometimes perhaps the liberty, of nations has been the victim.

So likewise, a passionate attachment of one nation for another produces a variety of evils. Sympathy for the favorite nation, facilitating the illusion of an imaginary common interest in cases where no real common interest exists and infusing into one the enmities of the other, betrays the former into a participation in the quarrels and wars of the latter, without adequate inducement or justification. It leads also to concessions to the favorite nation of privileges denied to others, which is apt doubly to injure the nation making the concessions, by unnecessarily parting with what ought to have been retained and by exciting jealousy, ill will, and a disposition to retaliate in the parties from whom equal privileges are withheld. And it gives to ambitious, corrupted, or deluded citizens (who de-vote themselves to the favorite nation) facility to betray or sacrifice the interests of their own country without odium, sometimes even with popularity, gilding with the appearances of a virtuous sense of obligation, a commendable deference for public opinion, or a laudable zeal for public good, the base or foolish compliances of ambition, corruption, or infatuation.

As avenues to foreign influence in innumerable ways, such attachments are particularly alarming to the truly enlightened and independent patriot. How many opportunities do they afford to tamper with domestic factions, to practice the arts of seduction, to mislead public opinion, to influence or awe the public councils! Such an attachment of a small or weak towards a great and powerful nation dooms the former to be the satellite of the latter.

Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence (I conjure you to believe me, fellow citizens) the jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake, since history and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of re-publican government. But that jealousy to be useful must be impartial; else it becomes the instrument of the very influence to be avoided, instead of a defense against it. Excessive partiality for one foreign nation and excessive dislike of another cause those whom they actuate to see danger only on one side, and serve to veil and even second the arts of influence on the other. Real patriots, who may resist the intrigues of the favorite, are liable to become suspected and odious, while its tools and dupes usurp the applause and confidence of the people to surrender their interests.

The great rule of conduct for us in regard to foreign nations is, in extending our commercial relations, to have with them as little political connection as possible. So far as we have already formed engagements, let them be fulfilled with perfect good faith. Here let us stop.

Europe has a set of primary interests, which to us have none or a very remote relation. Hence she must be engaged in frequent controversies, the causes of which are essentially foreign to our concerns. Hence therefore it must be unwise in us to implicate ourselves, by artificial ties, in the ordinary vicissitudes of her politics or the ordinary combinations and collisions of her friendships or enmities.

Our detached and distant situation invites and enables us to pursue a different course. If we remain one people under an efficient government, the period is not far off when we may defy material injury from external annoyance; when we may take such an attitude as will cause the neutrality we may at any time resolve upon to be scrupulously respected; when belligerent nations, under the im-possibility of making acquisitions upon us, will not lightly hazard the giving us provocation; when we may choose peace or war, as our interest guided by justice shall counsel.

Why forgo the advantages of so peculiar a situation? Why quit our own to stand upon foreign ground? Why, by interweaving our destiny with that of any part of Europe, entangle our peace and prosperity in the toils of European ambition, rival-ship, interest, humor, or caprice?

It is our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world so far, I mean, as we are now at liberty to do it, for let me not be understood as capable of patronizing in-fidelity to existing engagements (I hold the maxim no less applicable to public than to private affairs, that honesty is always the best policy) I repeat it therefore, let those engagements be observed in their genuine sense. But in my opinion it is unnecessary and would be unwise to extend them.

Taking care always to keep ourselves, by suitable establishments, on a respectably defensive posture, we may safely trust to temporary alliances for extraordinary emergencies. Harmony, liberal intercourse with all nations, are recommended by policy, humanity, and interest. But even our commercial policy should hold an equal and impartial hand: neither seeking nor granting exclusive favors or preferences; consulting the natural course of things; diffusing and diversifying by gentle means the streams of commerce but forcing nothing; establishing with powers so disposed in order to give to trade a stable course, to define the rights of our merchants, and to enable the government to support them conventional rules of intercourse, the best that present circum-stances and mutual opinion will permit, but temporary, and liable to be from time to time abandoned or varied, as experience and circumstances shall dictate; constantly keeping in view, that it is folly in one nation to look for disinterested favors from an-other that it must pay with a portion of its independence for whatever it may accept under that character that by such acceptance it may place it-self in the condition of having given equivalents for nominal favors and yet of being reproached with ingratitude for not giving more. There can be no greater error than to expect or calculate upon real favors from nation to nation. It is an illusion which experience must cure, which a just pride ought to discard.

In offering to you, my countrymen, these counsels of an old and affectionate friend, I dare not hope they will make the strong and lasting impression I could wish that they will control the usual current of the passions or prevent our nation from running the course which has hitherto marked the destiny of nations. But if I may even flatter myself that they may be productive of some partial benefit, some occasional good, that they may now and then recur to moderate the fury of party spirit, to warn against the mischief’s of foreign intrigue, to guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism this hope will be a full recompense for the solicitude for your welfare by which they have been dictated.

How far in the discharge of my official duties I have been guided by the principles which have been delineated, the public records and other evidences of my conduct must witness to you and to the world. To myself, the assurance of my own con-science is that I have at least believed myself to be guided by them.

In relation to the still subsisting war in Europe, my proclamation of the 22d of April 1793 is the index to my plan. Sanctioned by your approving voice and by that of your representatives in both houses of Congress, the spirit of that measure has continually governed me, uninfluenced by any at-tempts to deter or divert me from it.
After deliberate examination with the aid of the best lights I could obtain, I was well satisfied that our country, under all the circumstances of the case, had a right to take and was bound in duty and interest to take a neutral position. Having taken it, I determined, as far as should depend upon me, to maintain it with moderation, perseverance, and firmness.

The considerations which respect the right to hold this conduct it is not necessary on this occasion to detail. I will only observe that, according to my understanding of the matter, that right, so far from being denied by any of the belligerent powers, has been virtually admitted by all.

The duty of holding a neutral conduct may be inferred, without anything more, from the obligation which justice and humanity impose on every nation, in cases in which it is free to act, to maintain inviolate the relations of peace and amity towards other nations.

The inducements of interest for observing that conduct will best be referred to your own reflections and experience. With me, a predominant motive has been to endeavor to gain time to our country to settle and mature its yet recent institutions and to progress without interruption to that degree of strength and consistency which is necessary to give it, humanly speaking, the command of its own fortunes.

Though in reviewing the incidents of my administration I am unconscious of intentional error, I am nevertheless too sensible of my defects not to think it probable that I may have committed many errors. Whatever they may be, I fervently beseech the Almighty to avert or mitigate the evils to which they may tend. I shall also carry with me the hope that my country will never cease to view them with indulgence and that, after forty-five years of my life dedicated to its service with an upright zeal, the faults of incompetent abilities will be consigned to oblivion, as myself must soon be to the mansions of rest.

Relying on its kindness in this as in other things, and actuated by that fervent love towards it which is so natural to a man who views in it the native soil of himself and his progenitors for several generations, I anticipate with pleasing expectation that re-treat, in which I promise myself to realize without alloy the sweet enjoyment of partaking in the midst of my fellow citizens the benign influence of good laws under a free government the ever favorite object of my heart, and the happy reward, as I trust, of our mutual cares, labors and dangers.


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By TLB Staff Writer & Sr. Editor of TLB UK: Steve Cook.

If you were a visitor to Earth, and assuming you came from a planet that was not run by complete lunatics, your first impression as you surveyed our blue-and white and somewhat moist home would probably be, “Oh dear God, what a mis-managed mess!”

And after you had looked a little closer and somewhat bemusedly into the bedlam that passes for civilization on Terra Incognita, my bet is that you would conclude that Earth is a planet run by gangs of criminals.

It would be a pretty fair assessment of the state of play on Earth at this time and indeed of much of our planet’s miserable history thus far.

Any town or neighborhood, no matter how orderly it might once have been, will pretty soon degenerate once the criminals have taken over a portion of its market places, infiltrated its councils and institutions and begun mucking about with its laws so as to provide themselves with greater scope for their criminal endeavors.

Ipeople-dead[1]n such a neighborhood you wind up with a very unsafe and anarchic environment, riddled with crime, drugs and violence, in which honest men – albeit they happen to be in the majority – feel unsafe and more often than not bewildered at how fast the neighborhood went downhill. In that gathering confusion, men become upset. Upset men, to the degree that they are upset, find it hard to think clearly.

More often than not, in seeking explanations for the deterioration of the environment around them, good men will select the wrong target to blame for their troubles. And the wrong target is frequently other good men like themselves, good men who bore them no ill will, at least until they in turn were persuaded otherwise.

Of course the criminal minority, being criminals, will do everything they can to ensure that good men blame the wrong target and not themselves. Good men, not being liars by nature and naturally inclined to assume everyone else is of the same mind, usually greatly underestimate the capacity of criminals to lie convincingly, persistently and without conscience. Thus the criminal mind will:

• Accuse with convincing sincerity others of committing the crimes they themselves are committing.

• Turn the basic decency of their fellows to their own advantage.

There may well be a natural law or at least a good rule of thumb that the degree to which the human community deteriorates and becomes unsafe is directly proportional to the degree to which men of criminal disposition have worked their way into positions from which to influence it.

The neighborhood of which I speak can be the local community, the town, country or global community. The current state of violent anarchy that passes for international relations attests very strongly to the fact that you have criminals in positions of considerable influence over the policies of many nations, corporations, religious groups and so forth.

Put simply: honest men are not inclined to blow one another up or encourage others to blow people up, shoot one another’s children, mug one another, steal from one another, con one another, drug one another or make trouble for other honest men by spreading lies about them. Not, that is, unless they become convinced that those other honest men, similarly disinclined, are a threat to their survival.

Most people instinctively recognize that survival is a team effort and the idea of doing harm to their fellows never enters their heads. Unless, of course, the idea is put there.

So how the heck do we end up in situations in which honest men with no natural inclination to slaughter people they have never even met and who have better things to do than maiming one another’s children or demolishing one another’s cities, wind up doing the very things they would never even dream of doing to their next-door neighbor?

How do we wind up with governments behaving in a way that would see an individual locked up if he did such things, yet which so many people think is perfectly all right if groups known as “governments” do it? How come men become exempt from the normal standards of good conduct between human beings once they become the directors of corporations, “popular leaders” or servants of the people?

This is actually a survival point. The greater the power of the individual to influence the lives and well-being of others, the greater is the scope for his criminal acts to do harm. By “do harm” is meant “to thwart or inhibit the survival of his fellows”. Far from being exempt from the standards we hold as to what constitutes good conduct, it is actually vital that men in positions of power are more tightly held to those standards. Our global community becomes jeopardized to the degree that we do not hold men in positions of power to those standards.

london-riot2[1]In essence, wars are engineered by criminal gangs and there are very often quarrels between criminal gangs on both “sides.” The criminals have infiltrated and suborned the machinery and policies of reputable groups. They are hidden behind the respectability of this or that office of government, this or that institution, corporation, agency, church or religion and use them for their own ends.

Once they are in a position to influence or dictate the policies of groups with broad influence upon the human community, then the rest of humanity has a very hard time. In so doing they can make the groups they have suborned behave in criminal ways even though the majority of members of those groups are decent – albeit often highly confused – people.

In this way we witness the spectacle of a religion founded upon tolerance and brotherly love or a society founded upon high principles of human rights and freedom wind up engaged in mass slaughter, torture, persecution, drugging and so forth. As these criminal gangs slug it out or squabble over the spoils, entire nations are caught in the middle and decent, honest men on both sides are duped into killing one another.

Thus we have the spectacle of the honest, decent taxi driver in New York quite keen to go slaughter or have other people go slaughter some equally decent Baghdad dentist or shop girl with whom he has no real quarrel and has never even met. And vice versa. We witness people who would never dream of harming a child, quite happy to see high explosives used to blow up someone else’s children. Blowing up a child or cheering on someone else who blows up a child is an act of utter depravity!

The majority of human beings are good men and it is good men who provide all the decency, justice, peace and creative energy of the civilization. Criminals provide nothing of value but feed parasitically off the creative endeavors of the many. They comprise a small, insane minority of the human race. A small number of them usurp positions of power or influence over large numbers of good men and they ruin life for everybody else.

This has been going on for a very long time, so long that people think it is normal or “just the ways things are.” It will remain “just the way things are” for so long as and to the degree that honest men are duped into wrong-targeting one another.

The enemy of any honest man, wherever he lives and under whatever regime, is not some other honest man living in some other place under some other regime. Honest men are not the natural foes of honest men, they are natural allies.

Their common foe is the liar, murderer, plunderer, thief and various other manifestations of the criminal personality type, no matter what “cause” they pretend to espouse nor the uniform, robes or regalia in which they pose.

This same principle applies not just to government and the conduct of international relations but to other areas of human interrelations. It applies, for example, in the corporate world. If one takes some food manufacturer that has gone criminal, such as is the case with reckless tinkering with the food chain and the production of food that one way or another endangers the health of those who consume it so as to make a buck, one finds that criminal acts trace back to the individual decisions, orders and actions of specific human beings. Those human beings hide behind the “collective responsibility” of this company or that.

blame[1]We blame some threat to our survival upon Monsanto or some other corporation just as we blame “communists,” “Muslims” “the Americans,” “the Chinese”, “the Unions” “the Christians” or any broad mass of people, the majority of whom or also decent people caught up in the machinery of lies just as we are. In so doing we miss the fact that behind the fancied crimes of some vague mass of people lie the falsehoods and criminal acts of specific individuals who have names but who escape responsibility for their actions by hiding behind the mass and behind the smokescreen of confusion and upset they have brought about. So what’s the way out of all this? The way out is to change the way we look at the situations that confront us. It is to recognize that where there is a situation in which our life, liberty and pursuit of happiness is threatened or wrecked, or where the other guy’s life, liberty and pursuit of happiness is wrecked, at the bottom of it lie the actions of a small number of criminal men who are quite pleased to see good men wrong-target and slaughter one another.

This is not to say that the people of one nation or area alone should take responsibility for it, but that all people of all areas should do it. What would happen if this principle were broadly agreed upon across the world? What would happen if Americans identified, shunned or brought to justice the criminals – and ONLY the criminals – in their own government, if the Muslims did the same for the criminals in their own midst, the British and Russians and Jews did the same?

Those criminals are specific people, on “our side”, the “other side” or both “sides.” They have names. We could do ourselves a big favor by identifying them and bringing them to justice. And we should bear in mind as we do so that justice works on specifics: the specific acts of specific individuals and that just machine-gunning a vague mass of people who may or may done have done something or other isn’t justice. And it isn’t sane either.

The purpose of justice is not to “get” somebody because he has pissed us off but to identify by his actions the criminal person and remove that criminal from influence over our environment so that the rest of us can go about our business in peace and at peace with one another.

So we have to decide whose side we are on. Are we on the side of liars, cheats, con men and connivers, the defamers and betrayers of Man? Will we misplace our allegiance into the service of thieves, muggers and murderers who excel at thuggery and the theft or destruction of what good men have labored long and hard to build?

Or are we on the side of the honest man? To whom do we truly owe our allegiance and who in turn owes his allegiance to us? Who is our true ally in the business of survival? In terms of human survival the only workable division of humanity into “them” and “us” is honest human beings on the one hand and criminal human beings on the other. And our endeavor is to stop the shenanigans of “them” so that “us” can get on with the task in peace of creating a tolerable existence for everyone.

And to get “them” to become honest so that they too can become “us”. Then we all win. END

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Are we on the verge of finding, or losing America?

By TLB Contributor: Ken LaRive

As I have moved among my fellow human beings, several elements I have learned from the experience is ultimate truth, and it is found all around the world, and in every culture…. When you display to another person that you truly love them, unless they are mentally damaged or a human deviant, they will respond in like kind. If you truly respect a person, and with love in your heart, promote their finer side, they will, in most every case, do the same to you… Ask yourself, in your own life, how can it be otherwise? A genuine smile in front of a loving heart will pierce another soul. What you give is the seed for the life you will grow, and yet, we must admit that some men will not respond to this… where Love is an alien concept. These men, and throughout all of history, have developed another mindset… the mindset of a reprobate, and they have plagued mankind from time immemorial. Men who have lost their way…

My definition of what it means to be a man is quite simple. It is a person who consciously chooses to accept responsibility for his own actions. Sure, sounds too simple, but this is at the core of every person… Of course this responsibility is self-designed, and different for each individual, but the concept of this duty remains constant, as the universal law of attraction.

Some try to promote what they consider to be good and right, with an amazing goal to be effectively selfless, where personal welfare is secondary to the common good, for family, country, and their God, but not always in that order, of course. This is the ideal of a hero, of honor without laurels, and they have pushed the envelop to the very limit, in war surely. but being a good husband and father too. I call them men of light. Men who are self directed… They believe that if one can find little to die for, there is little to live for.

Others find their moral code, or compass, on their selves, and forsake all empathy and responsibility for their own general welfare. They tend to place little or nothing in this life above immediate personal gratification, and since they can find little, if anything, greater than themselves, they are pulled through life by the many hooks that enslave them. They need direction, a power they trust to follow. There is hope for them, and some will gain a higher consciousness with time, and this powerful Love, I call Agape, can be understood by them in a flash of insight. These are our human brothers, no matter how lost they may find themselves.

What is this Love?

Some think that Love is a man-made concept, and an ultimate societal survival tool, and like nothing else, the veritable force that holds our humanity together. Others define Love to be God inspired… But Love, no matter the source, is not profitable in a world that judges value by a black bottom line, and some, who grasp this dark shadow as their own, no longer respond to Love, even denying it exists as they laughingly thwart its positive effects.

In our world, Love is not our guiding force, fear is. Fear is the primary factor, the underlining motivator for every human deed. If an institution can promote fear, and it is unresolved, people will do anything to survive, even living in slavery. This is the fuel for all power and control. And yet, when you find something higher than yourself to fight for, fear dissipates.

A monster.

There is another human entity who lives in the folds of our humanity, and they can only be described as monsters. I call them men of shadows, because the are so very good at hiding. In fact, this degenerate race of men not only vie to control the entire world with their evil mindset, but will use our own free will of Love to control us. They will use a mother’s love to sell a bogus drug or inoculation, a father’s responsibility to protect his family, while stripping them both of freedom and liberty… They will try to control, by subliminal messaging, the minds of our children from a black box in our living room, or through the institution of indoctrination in the guise of education … And they do far worse: they enslave by debt, and seek to control our very souls by their lascivious media lies. wrathful and vengeful violence as entertainment, and atrocious propaganda and pornography that can reach those we try to protect. In the process of this convolution, from every direction, they win over a portion of our weakest humanity to do their evil bidding, and they mimic the very mindset of their masters. Look around, you will see these zombies everywhere. Mindless, and without a will of their own… they are mostly incapable of an original thought, and so make the perfect slave.


One might make the argument that selfless men are more capable of finding joy in their lives, something considered long-lasting. It is stated that this super Love, called agape, can be attained only by a pure self-less spirit, and though unattainable by the fallibility of men, it is his ultimate goal, and reason for being… But who, as a human being, can define themselves by ether of these strict descriptions? All of us are a complex combination of both, depending on life’s circumstances, and teachings. The Catholic Ideology of Situation Ethics is, to me, a good description of these selfless/selfish expressions, where we mix up good and bad and right and wrong. Situation Ethics is a worthy study, a method to find strength, conviction, and solace in your life. You don’t have to be a Catholic to see this Philosophy, as it is a description of our spiritual and intellectual side, working in conjunction.

In the shadow of monsters?

A study of the world of men show that these life-personifications might not be flexible enough to withstand the constant onslaught of a power-structure designed to thrive in a world of ciaos. There is little profit in peace, earnings have no stop if unchecked, and it seems that to battle an all consuming fire, fire must be used. But this would indeed change the righteous man to be a monster too, even as in their heart they know that light will curse the darkness… Men of shadows know that to control a populous, Love will have to be eliminated, and when civilizations are bombed into oblivion, killing their loved ones in the process, only monsters will survive. Men will pick up arms and travel across a continent killing everything in their wake, as we see now in the Middle East, and they are putty in the hands of the monster men of shadows… because they have nothing else to lose. Their lives are masterfully manipulated in the shadows their masters cast…

The tools of our shadow masters…

Who, as you stand among your fellow men, have found true solace? Who have found peace and harmony in their hearts? Loved ones get sick and die, years of hard work will vanish from savings in a trend, and we grasp the fearful unknown with blind faith as our eminent death weighs heavy. We hope our faith is the one true faith, and it will insure that we live forever in peace without suffering, and in the process to find this nebulous solace, our mind becomes glaciated, galvanized in fear to believe you have found the ultimate truth… And as time moves fast, we are told that we must make a decision before we die, as after will be too late… and we are told not to waste these waning moments that grow more and more precious with each passing day… And as we see the light in this metaphorical tunnel grow brighter and more vivid in our mind’s eye… we become more desperate, more opinionated, less tolerant of other faiths, as we try to quell the fear buried in our hearts… These are but some of the tools that monsters use to control us… One philosopher of antiquity addressed these inhibitors to happiness and Joy, and was Thomas Jefferson’s favorite philosopher writer, other than the teachings of Jesus… They called him Epicurus, and he is another worthy study.

Our human breed, and the question of identity..

Let us consider the feminist movement, the civil rights movement, The Labor movement, The Skeptical movement, The Tea Party Movement, The Liberty Movement, The Progressive movement, The Libertarian Movement, The Neoconservative Movement, the Communistic Movement, the Socialistic movement, the Anti-globalization Movement, the Anti-nuclear Movement, the Anti-consumerism Movement, the 9/11 Truth Movement, the Arab Spring Movement, the Zionist Movement, the Anti-war Movement, the Civil Rights Movement, the Black Consciousness Movement, as they all beg a question: Are they freeing us, giving us Liberty from tyranny? Or are they wrapping our society in a straight-jacket, a cocoon wound tight with intolerant separation and voluntary servitude… To say for instance that Liberty is God given, and yet must be fought for with each generation, inhibits us from ever enjoying true Liberty, as we are in constant war to keep it. If our objective is to find Joy and peace, it indicates we can never relax, never trust, never stop questioning reality. Is there something of a higher order that can help us to cope, to give solace, and strength of purpose? Yes, yes, there is.

Beyond human ken.

Men have evolved and developed specific innate characteristics, though mostly denied today, and these distinctions have helped protect him and family in what one may consider a mostly inhospitable world. He found that when he used his spiritual side for hope and strength of purpose, and balanced it with a new-found intellect, they enabled him to be creative and visionary. With these tools he could now look at the world with dreams of his own design, mimicking the creative spirit he saw in God, and this freed him from the enslaving shackles of evil design. He now yearned to find new ways, better ways that would give security, value, and reason to his life, and these creative ideas lit his mind. There are many men of light in the world today making dreams reality, and the reason we are now doubling our store of knowledge every four years.

Promises. Promises…

In wonder, and sometimes horror, men willed to harness earth, fire, and water, and in a blink have broken the nucleus of an atom for both good and evil. From spectacular dreams they harnessed power to move mountains, build roads, drill for oil, and advances in medicine and science are growing exponentially, recently cracking the genome code. Banding together for a common cause, men of light are now poised to break the back of disease and negative biological adversities that have plagued us from our very beginnings, and one of the most controversial is genetic modification. Indeed, there is a real danger in these endeavors and on all fronts, as even in the quest for an understanding of this new technology, as some governments and institutions are doing with monsters at the helm, are seeing this knowledge just for the black bottom line, and power, without any consideration of morality. They promise us, over and over again, that they will forge a new age of reason, where mankind will triumph over all sickness, creating life, even conquering our ultimate death. But no matter what promises monsters make, when the time tested duality of spirituality and intellect are progressively being ignored, most often, only his destructive nature will manifest. It is the law of attraction, the universal law of cause and effect, and it can be our salvation, or promote damnation as our ultimate manifest destiny. That is the gift of free will, where responsibility was borne.

The Value of life

Mankind scratches for knowledge; it is hard won. Men of light will formulate a new design, create amazing scientific advances for a specific purpose, like the use of lasers in fighting cancer without surgery, for instance, only to find out the technology can be used in a Star War program. The byproduct of an industry is put in drinking water by a powerful lobby who convinces government to mandate it at a lavish dinner party… and can you imagine what is being wrought by genetics all around the world, controlled by monsters? A new technique of death, for instance, takes many individual inventions, for a completely new application… One, the perfection of visually seeing a child in the womb, along with a new curved syringe that can reach inside of the Fallopian tube, a new sedation for the mother, and a new, quick acting and so called “humane” poison can be administered directly into the heart of a child accurately, in the third trimester. It has been approved for use in New York this month. Is this the creation of men of light?

Are we working together for progress and a common cause, plowing forward for the good of mankind, learning and growing and trying to understand the fundamental elements that give our lives value? Or is morality and our consciousness becoming redundant and obsolete, with soulless decisions being made by morally deficient computer generations composing new avenues of profit without the human fingerprint of ethics? How is giving 3000 abortions a day generating a value for the precious gift we call life? Still, we hope that progress will continue for the overall good of humanity, built by men of vision and their dreams of light… and yet we are horrified when we see otherwise, because it is out of a man of lights comprehension that a person could not hold themselves responsible for what they do, and would not show the least bit of remorse or guilt, as responsible men should feel. I can assure you, they feel justified, as they consider themselves super men, self-chosen to rule all others, and above the moral laws of both God and men.

Real monsters under the bed …

When the light of goodness, righteousness, and Love shines on this evil incarnate, they shrink away into the shadows like the roaches they are. Only in shadow can they exist.

Last year Russia and China sold American debt just before Russia’s involvement with Ukraine. Amazingly, a mysterious financial entity of mega proportion, located in a country without a viable government, Belgium, bought them back. This is the workings of monsters, and it was well hidden from you… Read, “The Prince” by Machiavelli. Read it… You are in it. Your true solace lies in the fact that there is a universal law, the law of cause and effect, as what you sow, so too will you reap, and as a great man once said, as he was being betrayed by his friends… “He who lives by the sword will die by it.” And as a responsible person of free will, you have an innate freedom to choose, where love or hate can have a place in you life.

Note* Please look at the movie “Mindwalk”. It describes the mindset of men of light.


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Republished on 11/20/15

By Author & TLB Contributor: Duke Lakeland

America needs help!  Financial instability, fighting factions, corporate greed, irresponsible Congress, etc.  Have you tried to influence politics but failed at it?  Maybe you did contact your members of Congress and got no joy – then gave up.  Have you at least been able to help things at a local level?

We have to get control of the federal government which is spiraling out of control by stopping the things that aren’t working to our benefit and change to things that will benefit us all.  First comes understanding – then comes action!

There is a group that is sucking the life out of this country that is behind the fighting, the racial strife, the corporations buying up Congress, struggling to make ends meet, an inadequate minimum wage, financial bubbles and bursts, etc. The people in this group appear to have no allegiance to any country and especially none to the common man.

However, the other part of the equation has to do with citizen participation.  Do you know people who complain about the way things are going but don’t do anything about it?  Have you ever done that yourself?

There is an old military tactic – DIVIDE AND CONQUER.  If an army could splinter up its enemy and get the splinter groups fighting within their own ranks, the splinter groups could be picked off one by one until they were completely conquered.

The first task is to find out who is really pulling the strings.

If we just fight among ourselves, we won’t make it.  We have to expose and cut off the head of the snake.  We need to expose the head of the snake – the one group that pushes all the other agendas on us.  It doesn’t matter if you are Left or Right, Democrat or Republican, old or young, we all need to work together to get rid of this group from our country because nothing will get fixed until that happens.

Every day the federal government runs up debt that our children and grandchildren are going to have to pay.  There won’t be enough money to pay this debt, so they will have to pay with their homes, their jobs, their future.  They are rapidly becoming slaves to this debt and it’s not fair to them.  Those who stand to benefit from this are the group I mentioned above.  They are pushing their agenda in the halls of Congress with millions and even billions of stolen dollars.

With understanding comes hope, with hope comes action.  We cannot leave it up to our children and grandchildren to fight the snake alone and unarmed.  We all need to work together to fix this now.  If we do this, we will be able to create a new civilization that will outshine anything we have ever seen in the history of Earth.


Now lets get a little more specific …

The Truth Behind the Veil: (or Dig Deep – Your Life May Depend On It)

For anything broken to be fixed, one must know the truth. Lies and false statistics will give you wrong answers.

Yes our country is in trouble. Let’s look at Washington, D.C. and what is passing for politics there. The federal government is in free-fall. This would be the time to know exactly what the altitude of the plane is, how fast it is falling, whom we could talk to who had been in this predicament before and gotten out of it, etc. Unfortunately, the experts who really know what they are talking about are being laughed at or ignored.

You have to look under the veil. If you don’t, you will miss the big picture. Here are some of the areas that the federal politicians have put behind a veil:

Unemployment Rate: On the Bureau of Labor Statistics website, it shows that unemployment peaked at 10% in 2009 and has gradually gone down to 5.5% as of March of 2015. Searching on the internet, I came across an article that was in Forbes. According to this article, as of August 2014 when the rate was being reported as 6.1%, the rate was really 12.6% if you took all factors into consideration. Some of those factors are that the lower rate is computed by removing all people from the list who have run out of unemployment benefits and doesn’t take into consideration people able to find only part-time work.

Social Security Trust Fund. A “fund” is an account with cash in it put aside to be available when needed later. “Trust” means someone is in charge who will protect it. We are told that the Social Security Trust Fund has $2.6 trillion in it which will run out of money in 2033. Looking a little deeper into that we find that ALL THE MONEY HAS BEEN SPENT, probably by Congress, and it has been replaced with IOUs called U.S. bonds. All those bonds have to be replaced with current revenues. Looking a little deeper we discover that our members of Congress are not themselves covered by Social Security – they have a cushy retirement plan that pays them their entire salary for life, even when they are voted out of office.

Our Money System. Our money is controlled by the Federal Reserve System (the “Fed”), which is not part of the federal government even though a lot of people think that because of the word “Federal.” They are said to be able to control booms and busts, making them less extreme, but in reality they make them 10 times worse that if they stayed out of it altogether. The people running the Fed pretend to have divine inspiration when it comes to our money, interest rates, the economy, and promote the propaganda that they should be allowed to act in secrecy so that they are not influenced by politics. The banking and finance industry gives millions of dollars to Congressional elections. So do large corporations, but a lot of these corporations are really owned by the big banks. They are the plutocracy (“rule by the super wealthy”) manipulating us behind the scenes.

The above are just 3 examples among many others of the lies and half-lies coming out of the mouths of our government officials.

Duke LakelandI wrote my book Divided We Are Falling But United We Can Stand! to clear up confusion in the area of politics by defining the words so we will all be on the same page, giving examples of how good people are duped into believing propaganda and how you can see the men behind the curtain who are pulling the levers.

The book is more than an exposé – it is your guide to learn how to look behind the veil.

Read this book and recommend it to others. We have an election coming up next year and we all need to be as educated as possible so that we can make the right choices in that for the future of America.


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world_flagsFacets: Why Can’t We Just Get Along?

By TLB Contributor: Ken LaRive

All of us, at one time or another, have been at odds with a relationship. We say “I really don’t like that person.” or “I can’t even be in the same room with them.” or “Just not my kind of people.” And then some seem to get along with everyone, and push through life ostensibly unaffected by any negativity around them.

We all see and realize the differences in others. Sometimes we can identify, and other times we become so agitated we go into a rage, even attempting to harm the other by both word or deed. It can be a subtle reaction easily forgotten, or gravitate to a point where slander seems justified, or violence tenable. Depending on circumstance, confrontation can escalate directly, toe to toe, or be fought behind the scenes, where both lines and defenses are drawn by the attempt to find others of like mind to both validate and help in the conflict.

According to Nina Brown, these quarrels are stimulated by how we are taught at mother’s knee as personal boundaries. These boundaries are so hard-wired into our personality that even the realization of where it originates may not be enough to rectify the conflict without professional help.

Personal boundaries have been studied by many, from sociologists, psychologists, to social engineers like Marx, and Freud. Boundaries are the guidelines that have been instilled in our physic, and though little of it seems to be conscious choice, they are not entirely set in stone. They can be controlled.

Boundaries are both the rules and the limits in each of us that creates identity. It is what we consider reasonable, permissible, safe and allowable when we deal with others. It is how we are taught to respond to each other, by past experiences, instilled attitudes, and a mixture of beliefs, opinions, and social learning that is the veritable stimulus for a specific response. Some are immediate knee-jerk reactions, and others are planned to transcend generations by hate-filled writings or social prejudices.

Jacques Lacan goes a bit further saying that personal boundaries define you as an individual, outlining your likes and dislikes, and setting the distances you allow others to approach. They include physical, mental, psychological and spiritual boundaries, involving beliefs, emotions, intuitions and self-esteem. He considered them to be layered in a hierarchy, reflecting “all the successive envelopes of the biological and social status of the person,” from the most primitive to the most advanced.

Nina Brown, defined four major types of psychological boundaries, they are:

Soft – A person with soft boundaries merges with other people’s boundaries. Someone with a soft boundary is easily manipulated.

Spongy – A person with spongy boundaries is like a combination of having soft and rigid boundaries. They permit less emotional contagion than soft boundaries but more than rigid. People with spongy boundaries are unsure of what to let in and what to keep out.

Rigid – A person with rigid boundaries is closed or walled off so nobody can get close to him/her either physically or emotionally. This is often the case if someone has been physically, emotionally, psychologically or sexually abused. Rigid boundaries can be selective which depend on time, place or circumstances and are usually based on a bad previous experience in a similar situation.

Flexible – This is the ideal. Similar to selective rigid boundaries but the person has more control. The person decides what to let in and what to keep out. –WIKIPEDIA

Understanding these four major types seems a breakthrough, and Gestalt therapy has been used to both define our personal boundaries, and to attempt to control them. The plan is to give an individual the ability to move between what is termed “connection” and “separation” that is jeopardized by either weak and over-rigid boundaries, stimulating, in a variety of methods, “enforced confluence” or “enforced withdrawal,” depending on what category or combination is ascertained by the therapist.

Understanding Narcissism seems very important…

Hotchkiss defined the word Narcissism as a person who does not recognize his boundaries, or indeed that others are separated and not a virtual extensions of his. Their reality and perceptions define the existence of others as a means to meet their personal (selfish) needs, and if they cannot, are discarded as useless, and emphatically ejected from their lives.

Those who cater to the needs of the narcissist subject themselves to living up to their narcissist expectations, and in that process there is no longer a definable boundary between their self and the other.

If you displayed boundaries to a narcissist, the relationship would possibly be in jeopardy.


The loss of personal boundaries and the absorption of the self is one key feature associated with psychosis. Such a boundary loss is sometimes described as,I wasn’t myself.” or “I was besides myself.” Psychosis is the primary reason people think they are going insane. The old adage that “No one can hurt you unless you let them.” seems applicable here, because it is not only a lack of control, but that boundaries become diffused by the definition of another’s boundary that you let control you. The loss of “self”, as described by Carl Rogers, is a dependency one has on another for self worth.

It might seem creditable to mention here that propaganda utilizes this concept in the control of others. A case in point might be the growing dependency on government to be the wherewithal in a growing socialistic state. When one relinquishes control to a dominating government, individual boundaries no longer exist, and liberty withers.

Defining, discarding and rebuilding boundaries

A relationship is complicated, some work and others are at odds. It might be perceived that a healthy personal relationship depends on an individual’s perception of self-worth, and other nebulous concepts like, joy, elation, and happiness, or motivators such as responsibility, truthfulness, and many others that can be incorporated as a primary axiom of what is termed by social scientist as “mental health.” A so called healthy relationship, as understood using this method, sees the co-dependent personality to have difficulties in setting limits, and the inability for both defining and protecting boundaries to be a vital part of regaining mental health. Others say there are “innate” boundary limitations we are born with as survival tools, and or as mating modus operandi as well.

Therapists of many categories seem convinced that an individual should develop clear boundaries. A family in painful communicational distress have developed an unhealthy enmeshment that overrides normal personal boundaries, and seems to this student very profound in understanding both the problem, and finding a viable reconciliation. However, the outcome, and this is primary, may not always be for the cohesion of that particular relationship. The negative fall-out of past boundary transgressions might be so pathological, the interdependence so central to the relationship, no other viable connections exist. Unless these new boundaries are understood and accepted by both parties, the particular association, for all intent and purpose, is finished. To develop new boundaries is to develop a new relationship, and something else must be found to stimulate that.

Love as a common denominator

In research, there seems little regard for the use of “love” by the writings of most social scientists, and that is not understood. Seems that love is indeed a powerful universal denominator, and though it is not readily defined as such, it is a commonalty that can hold a relationship together no matter what consequence or significance social scientists put on individual boundaries. There are times, no matter how narcissistic or co-dependent a patient is found to be in therapy, the patient may deny it, even making up scenarios to justify the situation. Not everything is what it seems to be, and this is the most difficult part of making a prognosis. The patient must see the problem in order to control it. Love is a common denominator.

On the surface, an individual dealing with others might be perceived to be unhappy and despondent, their relationship dysfunctional. They might be reluctant to admit a problem, and invariably un-accepting that anything could or should change.

Indeed, change takes effort, and the outcome from that endeavor might not seem worth the risk or effort without an admission, or to set upon a perceptible plan of action. In other words, some people are in denial that they could actually have inside of them a flaw so profound it is inhibiting them from a fruitful and rewarding life. It is like trying to describe color to a blind person. Denying that anything at all is wrong, they might attempt to continue to the end of their lives with unresolved issues that could have easily been addressed in therapy, and the diminished quality of their lives will go unrealized.

In order to find the root cause of a relationship problem, one must comprehend that the start of the process of both healing and understanding begins inside of themselves. Also, and this might seem basic, but it also takes two. It takes two to make a relationship, and both must desire that.

Understanding the nature of True Love

One cannot define love as selfish in nature, as it seems evident that both narcissism and co- dependence live and is nurtured by selfish desires. True love, Agape Love, is unselfish in nature, and this is the cement that can keep a relationship intact beyond any other. When you hold your significant other in high regard, above yourself, you will want what is best for them. It is the volition for self reflection, the strength to overcome both self doubt and denial, and the primary essence that stimulates positive change. Without it, a relationship is BASE in nature. True Love is selfless, and an individual must know self- love in order to love another with any meaningful value. Ideas created and devised by man such as honor, principle, ethics, value, significance, and many others, all get their origin from ones original understanding of the concept of love, and this will influence boundaries in powerful ways.

Though the Id, ego and super-ego are also parts of the psychic apparatus defined in Sigmund Freud’s structural model of the psyche; this concept is too complex for the confines of this paper. Never-the-less, they are indeed a further description of mind and its perception of reality, and worthy of further study.

This concept of boundaries can be extended to most every conflict we find ourselves in this ever shrinking world. It is the reason we can’t get ice in our drinks in France, a straight answer in India, or constant war from an out of control war machine. With approximately 6,912 languages sharing far more cultures, it is no wonder we are having problems with boundaries. It is the reason cultures want a secure border, to save their culture, and why a central banking system doesn’t. A One World Order relinquishes all boundaries. A disintegrating border is the destruction of sovereignty and liberty, and what is left is collective dominion over all.

The readings below were suggested by Wikipedia:

1. ^ Boundaries definition,[unreliable source?]
2. ^ Vanessa Rogers, Working with Young Men (2010) p. 80
3. ^ G. B. and J. S. Lundberg, I Don’t Have to Make Everything All Better (2000) p. 13. ISBN 978-0-670-88485-8
4. ^ Timothy Porter-O’Grady/Kathy Malloch, Quantum Leadership (2003) p. 135
5. ^ Jacques Lacan, Ecrits (1997) p. 16-7
6. ^ Brown, Nina W., Coping With Infuriating, Mean, Critical People – The Destructive Narcissistic Pattern 2006. ISBN 978-0-275-98984-2
7. ^ G. M. Yontef, Awareness, Dialogue and Process (1993) p. 375
8. ^ Hotchkiss, Sandy & Masterson, James F. Why Is It Always About You? : The Seven Deadly Sins of Narcissism (2003)
9. ^ ‘Claire’, in Simon Crompton, All About Me: Loving a Narcissist (London 2007) p. 105. ISBN 978-0-00-724795-0
10. ^ Patrick Casement, Further Learning from the Patient (London 1990) p. 160
11. ^ Janae B. Weinhold et al, Breaking Free of the Co-Dependency Trap (2008) p. 198
12. ^ Robin Skinner/John Cleese, Families and How to Survive Them (London 1993) p. 93 and p. 213
13. ^ Weinhold, p. 192
14. ^ Weinhold, p. 198
15. ^ Richard G. Abell, Own Your Own Life (1977) p. 119-122
16. ^ Sigmund Freud, ‘Le Bon’s Description of the Group Mind’, in Civilization, Society and Religion (PFL 12) p. 98-109
17. ^ Steven Pinker, The Stuff of Thought (2007) p. 403
18. ^ C. G. Jung ed., Man and his Symbols (1978) p. 123
19. ^ Carole Jones, Disappearing Men (2009) p. 176
20. ^ R. D. Laing, Self and Others (Penguin 1972) p. 36
21. ^ Carl R. Rogers, Becoming Partners (London 1973) p. 35
22. ^ Patricia Evans, Controlling People (Avon 2002) p. 33-7
23. ^ C. D. C. Reeve, Love’s Confusions (2007) p. 168-171
24. ^ Gary Gutting ed., The Cambridge Companion to Foucault (2003) p. 22-4



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died of ignorance

The Lobotomy of the American Mind

By TLB Contributor: Ken LaRive

To understand what is going on in this world is no easy task. Lies are projected into our minds from every side, and this constant barrage of deceit envelops and taints not only our perception of reality, but enslaves us collectively into a state of denial. Yes, denial, most likely the best mechanism we can use to keep our sanity as human beings, but all of us, seemingly united in what can only be called human nature, just hates to be played the fool… and knowing this, that there is a point where some will say “enough is enough,” solace and hope can still give us a worthy standard of purpose…

A playground bully stealing our lunch money as a kid, feels the same as a government stealing your future as an adult, and most have been taught to turn a blind eye. It is justified, we are told, by a fight or flight response that tells us to choose our battles, even as we are swept along by them. We have learned to turn a blind eye to the strong currents under the surface of our civilization, undermining the very framework of our Republic… Ignorance is bliss, I’ve heard said laughingly, and we are indeed what we think we are as a product of our environment… Sure, it’s easy to say these idioms, and with feeling too, like they are justifications in their own right. Justifications for the blind faith that not only motivates us, but keeps us safe to fight another day. But the day of reckoning does come, as is witnessed all around the world… when people finally have enough.


Sometimes we think we are just too close to this life to see what it’s really all about. We are so busy, so caught up with our tangled lives that we fail to grasp but a portion of the total picture… Memory is fuzzy, history is distorted by bias, and time just presses on… It’s unsettling when a few pieces of the puzzle emerges after the fact, and we can glimpse, even for just a moment, that our reality has been carefully fed to us, orchestrated, manipulated, influenced, and truth withheld from us with the inflection that we are mindless fools…

Does our life still have meaning if our reasoning rational is found to be based on a lie? Should we feel betrayed if our thoughts were discovered to be manipulated? Could we ever truly trust authority again, knowing we have been used without our knowledge? Are we considered just working fools, beasts of burden, where the forces of power strive to control our thoughts, our behaviors, and what we hold sacred as a nation is treated as if it is all a farce?

Is there such a thing as a noble cause? And is there any cause worth dying for?

It is human nature to try and justify the workings of the world, and yes, to manipulate them with our will. We would like to believe that a young man who goes to war these days has a justified reason to do so. He is placing his life in real danger for a real ideal, isn’t he? Shouldn’t he be there because he sees a noble cause? Shouldn’t an ideal come first? And shouldn’t it be strong enough to rouse him, by the passion of honesty and truth, without being manipulated by a lie, or forced by a draft? Shouldn’t war, even a cold war, have a true reason, and shouldn’t that reason be based on a justifiable accolade? How can we uphold our actions as a nation when we aren’t informed as to why we take action it in the first place? Would we consent to go to war for the profit of an international war machine? I don’t think so… and, without a doubt, that is the reason for the lie!

The light of truth, after the fact…

Ronald Reaganis said to be one of the 100 most influential people in the 20th century. As he occupied the White House in the mid-1980’s he accentuated two things that I will attempt to explain here. One, as an ultra-conservative, he implemented a free enterprise fiscal policy, including sweeping tax cuts and deregulation of theoil industry, and two, swore to tip the balance of the cold war

Mr. Reagan succeeded on both counts, but there was a price to pay, and we Americans in the south, unknowingly, paid for it dearly…

Our southern economy did not entirely survive the 1980’s, we had to start mostly from scratch, as seven of our 10 local banks went belly up… I left three companies, from mergers to bankruptcy, and Louisiana and Texas was devastated. I read the paper every day for information and hope, but oil prices continued to plummet, and good hard-working people lost everything in an avalanche of ruined dreams and hopes. No one I knew could tell me why…

I did what I had to do to survive, as so many oil-field workers did: to keep food on the table. Our wives and children helped pull us through, combining salaries to get by. In 1986 it was so bad that I couldn’t even find a house to paint. I left the states to work in a hotel for two years, displacing my family and leaving my friends behind. I couldn’t sell my house in Crowley for 1/5th of what I still owed on it! I had a bumper sticker that read:”Last one out turn out the lights.”

I blamed myself. If I could have been smarter, stronger, or positioned myself better… I thought that the new environmental liberals had fined the oil companies out of existence. I thought it was a normal correction, but I couldn’t figure out for what! I was wrong. I was too close to it to understand, we all were, and information, the truth, wasn’t published.

Here are a couple of points to ponder…

* Congress did away with tax benefits previously given to oil and gas drilling.
* There were massive and unprecedented tax reforms, by the White House.
* There was an undeniable link between the oil industry, the Saudis, and the eventual collapse of the USSR.

With no more investment dollars, the oil industry dried up to a burned out shell, and the Soviet Union took it full on the chin. It was a “geopolitical blow” according to the book: Victory: The Reagan Administration’s Secret Strategy that hastened the Collapse of the Soviet Union, by Peter Schweizer.

By the time Mr. Reagan was reelected in 1984, his secret economic strategies were taking its toll against Russia. Credit from the west was gone, and export licenses for technology were denied. Both liquid currency and traded Western technology slowed to a trickle. The Siberian pipeline, expected to bring in hard currency for Russia, was years behind schedule. The Reagan administration frustrated efforts further by a concerted technical disinformation program against them.

These catalysts were in place. We wanted lower international oil prices largely for the benefit of the American economy.” Said White House counsel Edwin Meese. “The fact that it meant trouble for Moscow was icing on the cake.” To pull this off, they solicited the support of the world’s largest producer of oil, Saudi Arabia… and as we poured over the paper for any sign of reason and hope, nothing of this was mentioned … I may have believed Mr. Meese’s words having a morning cup of coffee with other unemployed Mud Men… but not now. His words were lies. It was easy for the Saudis to do. It only cost about $1.50 back then to produce a barrel of oil, and they could still maintain a healthy profit at a lower market price. Intelligence has found since then, according to Mr. Schweizer, that the USSR had an annual loss of $13 billion from this oil price drop.

The end came when the Soviets tried to borrow more from the west. With lack of funds, projects died. Disinformation made it weak, furthered by the devaluation of the dollar …but it was oil prices that finally shut the doors. The country collapsed in 1991… as they were fighting their Vietnam in Afghanistan, and as our CIA operative Osama ben Laden harassed Russian boys with US made weapons, trying to protect their National pipe line, our Military Industrial Complex made billions selling arms. It wasn’t mentioned in our National Newspapers that we wanted control of the poppy fields that supply Europe with high grade opium for distribution around the world… And our solders are there guarding those crop even today…It was opium that killed two of my shipmates in the Hong Kong Hilton hotel in 1970, the only men to die in that specific. West Pacific Vietnam experience on the USS Kitty Hawk… another profitable venture for the arms trade… and what was it for? Democracy? We actually lost the war? But not everyone lost, though over 80 thousand came back in body bags, about the number of people, for a perspective, now living in Lafayette… the international arms industry profited very well, and new tax structures took industry from our shores to theirs… Korea, Japan, Cambodia, Vietnam, China…

What National Security?

So what are the almighty powers of our monstrous centralized government doing with our lives now? Can we figure out the strategy they seem to set for reasons known only to them? Insider trading is lucrative, but unless you have a crystal ball everything you do is based on a speculation… Do you think the international banks and the Federal Reserve makes decisions based on speculation? Oh, did I say that? That would mean they have a common interest, and it is taboo to use the word conspiracy.

Is the lack of information considered a lie? Are we talking about national security here, or is it purely about big bucks, or possibly just the power to control the masses? Of course, we must realize too, that a certain amount of secrecy is necessary for security reasons. So trust is an issue also. We have to trust that the people in power in America have our Liberty and welfare as the primary goal, and not a selfishly motivated concern, like a black bottom line for their friends…. It is so easy to do when you are totally exhausted working overtime to pay the interest on your credit cards… Fifty percent of us are either too tied up to pay attention, or too tired to care, and that is a speculative guess too….

Mr. Reagan, bless his heart, knew these answers well, because he and his government created the questions… and they are lost now to a man who sat and dreamed by his sunny window with Alzheimer disease… for years before his death. What was lost to him, to all of us, is beyond measure… It seems that what we are is what we are told to be, and by that process our freedom to rationally choose is taken away, and our American Dreams will remain just that… Sure, our founders told us that we the people must pull the reigns of our government, but looking at the world, and our influence on it, that could not be further from the truth… and that, I am sorry to say, is the real truth of our reality.

I’ll end this with a couple of questions:

Do you think the USSR, that morphed into the Soviet Union, doesn’t remember those times?

Do you think the KGB no longer exists?

Do you think that forgiveness is in their heart, as they now consider themselves an Orthodox Christian nation?

“The humblest citizen of all the land, when clad in the armor of a righteous cause, is stronger than all the hosts of Error.”-William Jennings Bryan in a speech at National Democratic Convention (1896).

“Public office is a public trust.-William C. Hudson, a newspaper man, produced this slogan from various speeches of Grover Cleveland during his first campaign for Presidency (1884).

“Let us have faith that right makes might; and in that faith let us to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it.”-Abraham Lincoln

The answer to this dilemma of unconstitutional government and runaway spending is simple: restore a burning conviction in the hearts and minds of people that freedom works and government largesse is a fraud. When the people once again regain their confidence in the benefits of Liberty– and demand it from their elected leaders- Congress will act appropriately”. Part of Congressman Dr. Ron Paul’s introduction in his United States Constitution handout, 2004.

Author’s note: I read the life of Ron Paul in a little essay by Mrs. Ron Paul called The American Dream. His life is an open book. It is no wonder he was so hated by those who had to seal Obama’s life’s work from view… from school transcripts to police records, by a court order. I have to take pause to ponder the quality of the American mind… with a lobotomy of truth…


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1984 – “One has to wonder why the Old Testament and the New are bound in the same volume. The depiction of God could not be any different.” -Professor Tungate, Loyola University 1974, “Process and Effects of Mass Communications.” 

By TLB Contributor: Ken LaRive

For the last sixty or so years, coinciding with the invention of Television, the maturity of Hollywood, and the mass media, the ideologies and values of Christians have been subverted, marginalized, and perverted.

In the 1950’s the new medium of television had kids glued to the box on Saturday morning, and one would spend the last quarter of their allowance for a ticket to a Saturday afternoon matinee. It did more than light up what we thought was our dull and mundane world, it showed us unimagined and colorful vistas, bigger than life characters, and adventure without bounds.

Saturday morning in New Orleans kept a large segment of our children inside. Roy Rogers, Zorro, Captain Midnight, The Lone Ranger, The Cisco Kid, Circus Boy, Soldier’s of Fortune, and many others, had us virtually mesmerized as our mothers fixed French Toast and hot chocolate. Shoot-em’ up story-lines were justified by the fine-line definition between revenge and justice, and our open minds stretched to take it all in. A righteous avenger and his sidekick tackled most problems with hot lead and one-liners, and we mimicked that all the way to adulthood.

Suddenly adults saw that a school-yard brawl was no longer acceptable in our civilized society. Those who chose to express themselves that way were arrested and charged, and lawyers lined up for the ensuing law-suits. Most found their niche, some could not, and spent a good portion of their lives behind bars.

With money, seemingly as the primary motivation, it was soon recognized that ideas could be instilled by advertisements and commercials as well, and the subconscious was manipulated to accomplish that task, this time without the viewer’s knowledge. Subliminal advertising came of age in the middle fifties, and that same Saturday night, during a TV supper on a TV tray, the child again watched the black box with parents for several hours more. In those precious and valued times, reality was further instilled and cemented by the laughter and tears it created in our parents, the primary connection we had with truth. We looked at their reaction, and made it our own.

But it did not start in the little black box.

An early realization that we were being manipulated by the media came with The MacArthur’s Day parade in 1951 New York, and became both a turning point and a case in point for subliminal indoctrination. Firsthand observers on the scene saw that camera angles, the lack of pan, and discriminate and tightly filmed action, all indicated the streets were packed with cheering flag-waving crowds for General McArthur’s triumphant return. The fact of the matter is that the streets were relatively empty.

Litigation ensued to put an end to a wide variety of subliminal advertising, from a nude in the ice cubes of a Playboy magazine ad, to the one framed picture, too fast but for the subconscious to realize, of a candidate in the middle of a movie, or a box of popcorn to stimulate your hunger. It is one thing to indoctrinate, but to do it on a subconscious level seemed to some unethical.

The media had the power to manipulate, and they used it then, and to this day. They learned well from propagandist photographers such as Leni Riefenstahl, who was commissioned by Hitler to chronicle the 1934 Nazi Party rally in Nuremberg Nazi Germany. She is said to have created the first true propaganda film of all time: Triumph of the Will.

But this is not entirely true, there were others decades before. Others who started Leni along that path of cant, and the manipulation of thought and identity.

With our Spanish American war of 1898, Vitaganda Studios were making a series of short silent films, and Birth of a Nation was created. It was denied by the producers to be an indoctrination film, but it emphatically showed to all just what power of persuasion the silver screen had.

Charlie Chaplin created by his own hand and expense, a movie called The Bond. It is now considered one of our finest examples of American propaganda.

Soon, as early as 1917, the New Soviet government sponsored the Russian film industry with party-line propaganda in mind, and ideas were exchanged by works produced, and a multitude of timely literature published world-wide. Freudian thoughts infused as a new scientific standard of just what made men tick.

Russian cinema came of age in the 1920s by the filmmakers Dziga Vertov and Sergei Eisenstein, and motion pictures became the primary propaganda tool of Totalitarianism, and its penumbra, Communism. The The Battleship Potemkin, is now thought Eisenstein’s grand masterpiece, a true glorification of Communist ideals, and the parties socialistic principles was force-fed to go down smoothly by a collective mindset.

So Nazi Germany had a lot of prior propaganda successes to learn from, and they fine tuned the medium into an art-form with true revolutions in music and cinematography angles never seen before. Leni Riefenstahl‘s work is still studied in film-making classes around the world for her skilled control of timing and camera angles.

Frank Capra studied Riefenstahl and the other well known film makers of the time, and before our involvement in WW2 these filmmakers knew each other on a social level from California to Leningrad. Frank produced the Why We Fight series in support of the war effort, and movies like Thirty Seconds over Tokyo and Casablanca have become American icons, and well loved by future generations.

Considered artfully produced dramatic films, they were also, without a doubt, very calculated and well orchestrated propaganda films as well.

Today, many films are in question, as thoughts are promoted so cleverly that the viewer will think his beliefs original. One film this author has dissected is found here, and yet some will argue just the opposite to be true, so powerful are the characters, and so cleverly designed for emotion and sensation. In the process, ideologies are promoted, and Christian ideas are perverted as the collective audience screams in unison for more blood. We can watch murders like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid kill fifty Mexicans, and feel nothing for their lives, or a woman slaughter fifty men in black in Kill Bill, with a samurai sword, and get an unreasoned rise of adrenaline.

Our national ideological identity, once thought to be predominately Christian, have been slowly dismantled by minute increments over time, creating the biggest class rift our country has ever witnessed. In the process, our strong middle class have been milked dry, our schools subverted and auto-suggesting our children to deny their heritage, their morality, and we were are experiencing an unprecedented mind controlling directives from so many directions that truth can no longer be ascertained.

Most who control our media do not understand, or respect the teachings of Jesus Christ, and yet promote their thoughts as Christian in nature. So brainwashed, so out of touch, so uneducated, some will quote the Old Testaments as the teachings of Christianity, and the sheep of the fold will believe it. As irresponsibility is promoted, Big Government is becoming a surrogate for God. The gentile nature of Love that Jesus taught is replaced with justifications to destroy whole nations, and set religion one upon another. Those who are manipulating this system of propaganda and misinformation are secularists and atheists, and use religion as a primary propaganda tool.

It is amazing and disheartening to see how Christianity has faded in Europe, as socialism took a foot-hold. Surely, there must be a correlation. Now, once-beautiful Cathedrals are being sold on the auction block to build high-end apartment building in their interiors. One residence with a wall of stained-glass, will be in more demand to the new-aged secularist/realist/entrepreneur who will pay more for the concession. The colors will shine into his anterior from the glory of an afternoon sun, but probably, while drinking an nighttime toddy, never grasp the symbolism, or what has been mislaid.

“The hottest place in Hell is reserved for those who remain neutral in times of great moral conflict.”
-Martin Luther King, Jr. quoting Dante Alighieri

“Here must all distrust be left behind; all cowardice must be ended.” – Dante Alighieri

Author’s note: A Special Place In Hell…

Dante said there is a special place reserved in hell for those who do nothing in a time of moral crisis. No doubt we are in the midst of that time. Much if what our society sees as morally acceptable today would make the citizens of Sodom blush with embarrassment, and what is passed as Christianity is manipulated by the greasy fingerprints of secularism.

I watched Lady Gaga today while on the tread mill at the health club. A mixed company of older men and women watched her sexual antics while dressed like a nun and sucking on a crucifix.  No one said a thing. No one looked at each other, not a glance, and no one complained but me.

Not only are people doing nothing themselves, but they infer a social taboo that advocates others do nothing as well.  –Ken LaRive


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New Orleans

Picture taken in New Orleans six weeks after Katrina

By TLB Contributor: Ken LaRive

Author’s note: “I’m setting down here some interesting statistics to prove a point. If you finish the piece you’ll see that the problems are not racial, but far left-wing Progressive ultra-liberal agendas seemingly designed to help, but formulated to promote collective universal dependence, and a voting constituency. The so called “rats” of New Orleans are a product of over forty years of scientifically designed Progressive ideologies promoting individual irresponsibility and ignorance that has effectively broken the back of that society.” -Ken LaRive

I put New Orleans behind me in 1976, the year I graduated from Loyola University. Making the transition from Vietnam to San Diego City College, I saw the lure of Loyola’s Communications department. Returning to New Orleans in the early 70’s was an eye-opening negative experience. Though I remember the problems of inner city life as I was raised there, my travel gave me a new perspective and new pronounced expectations. I saw the racism, the hate and violence was not a typical way to live, and I marked the days until I could leave. One week after graduation we were already making Acadia our home. I knew in my heart that New Orleans was no place to raise a family.

The truth of the matter is that for a stretch of about ten years, between 1970 and 1980, New Orleans proper went from about twenty percent black (1950) to about fifty percent (1970), and just before Katrina the number was 67 percent. We had pure racial problems there, but the problems transcended race. Lawlessness was a creation of the progressive welfare state, compounded by a weak and corrupt legal system. This promoted and prompted what is now properly known by many New Orleanians and historians as “The Great White Exodus”.

How could the population have taken such a radical turn? Why were good people of all colors leaving New Orleans in droves? Why did I count myself among those who couldn’t stomach another day there?

At that time I was trying to put myself through one of the more expensive colleges, second only to Tulane. The GI bill, my wife’s full time employment with the Levee Board, my many part time jobs, and the emphatic dreams of a young man for family and vocation pulled and pushed us both along. At that time New Orleans East was mostly working class folks, a mixture of black, white, Hispanic, and Vietnamese, with little distinguishable crime from my perspective. 

Author’s Note: A speculative bet… Point five percent of the total population was causing the greatest amount of crime, and this went far beyond the color barrier. However, a great percent of the total population accepted this as a way of life, with fear and perverse twisted morals as dual reasons to both cope and promote. Thus, New Orleans has been nick- named the “Sin City.”

My new wife and I had only one car, and we shared it several times a day. Most days I took the bus from Crowder Boulevard to Canal Street, and then the street car up St. Charles to Loyola, a 1.5 hour trip one way. I did most of my homework on the bus, and wouldn’t remember anything of the trip, so engrossed in my work. I had a goal, and nothing in my mind would stand in my way. The GI bill helped, but it was our hard work and determination that drove us. This brings up several points…

In my department we had a wide ethnic mix, mostly wealthy kids, with tuition paid for by rich daddies. We also had six inner-city black kids in my department that are worthy of note.

I don’t remember there ever being a problem, and we all mostly accepted each other, and our differences. One black guy and I attempted to make friends because we seemed to share a common interest in photography. He owned a brand new Nikon, a state of the art camera, and he taught me the buttons. This dream camera was bought for him with tax dollars.

This young man invited me to his dorm for a sandwich of bologna and cheese one afternoon. He tossed me a cold beer from his fridge and in one quick movement, opened his window while lighting a fat joint. Squinting, he took a large smoky drag and passed it to me, but was astounded when I adamantly refused them both. It was 11:00 in the morning! I had two more classes that day, ending around 14:30. From there I took the bus and did my homework. When I returned home I went directly to bed and slept to about 21:30. My wife tried to be quiet, home about four hours, and usually had supper cooked. We ate, laughed, talked of the day, and then I took the Mustang to the French Quarter where I cleaned the Royal Orleans Hotel Restaurant from 23:00 to 07:00. I went home, took a shower, and then grabbed the 08:00 Crowder bus to school. I wanted to finish in four years, longing to get into the “real world.” 

That young man flunked out that semester, and I never saw him again. He wasn’t alone, as four of the original six blacks in my department took the same road, along with several other “party animals,” one of which turned up pregnant. She was emphatic that it was one of our teachers, and this tore our department to shreds. Only one colored girl made it to graduation.

Why? How could this happen? Well, this was before Tops, where one is granted assistance for academic performance. A student has to actually perform these days! What a concept! Not back then though, Progressive-liberals awarded people for being poor and of color, with no thought of past academia. At first I thought that the Progressive Government arbitrarily and myopically gave to a person… with the hope that they would make good use of the opportunity. I also thought at the time that they knew nothing of human nature or the spirit of men, as that young man had everything handed to him: books, tuition, room and board, and enough spending money where he could take ballet lessons to augment his Karate lessons, with some left over to buy drugs. I was wrong.

Since there had been no labor or even a proper dream involved, most all threw away the opportunity without a clear understanding of the gift. Color had nothing to do with it. It is human nature not to appreciate what isn’t earned. I see now that this concept was clearly understood, and these programs were designed to keep the black man suppressed, and dependent.

For a few months in my sophomore year I worked for cash delivering produce in the French Quarter. I worked for two Italian brothers who ruled with an iron fist, and I earned every bit of my two dollars an hour. One particular day I was given the task of delivering to a place dead inside of the Florida Avenue Projects. These good hearted, strong willed Italian men donated food for a free socialistic school in the very epicenter of the most violent of New Orleans. I loaded a crate of bananas, purple hull peas, and a sack of potatoes in my van along with two crates of corn to bring to a restaurant on my way back.

When I pulled into the parking lot there was a group of young kids playing basketball, none being over twelve or so. They stopped the game and stood watching me with looks of hungry hate. I had seen looks like that before, by the Red Chinese in Hong Kong. There, my Navy uniform got me angry glairs of condescension, here, it was my white skin. Now it may seem unsettling to find that here in America, so open, and with so much rage, but in New Orleans, to this very day, it is a way of life.

I didn’t give it much thought until after the fact, but locking the van and wheeling in three crates into the school took less than three minutes. When I returned there wasn’t a sound or one person to be seen in any direction. The back door had been pried open with a two by four that lay on the ground, and the two crates of corn were gone. I went to the school’s front door to call the police, but the door was now locked, and no one came when I knocked. And as I banged on the door over and over again it hit home. I was alone.

Suddenly a car turned sharply into the lot and four black punks about my age got out. All were dressed in the traditional basketball garbs, with red bandanas showing their particular gangster affiliations. The leader came directly up to me with a finger in my face saying I was the white SOB that had hit his car the week before. 

Looking down, I played the game of subservience that only a survivor can know. It is the overt display of fear and terror, with a foolish mumbling explanation they delighted in. I explained that I was there to help the community by giving free produce, that this was my first time coming here, and that my van had been broken into. 

They laughed among themselves as I spoke, and one said to the other, “Pop him man!” And another said “I’ll do it! No problem.” But the one who stood back said, and I remember it verbatim. “Leave him alone man. He’s cool.”

They all laughed and walked off into the maze of red brick and shadows, as I ran to the van and started the engine. I looked up as one turned to show me his handgun tucked neatly in his waistband, and I will remember his face and laughter forever. I got out of there with the back door flopping off of a broken lock, and remember well my uncontrollable trembling as I pulled over a few blocks away. I opened the door and threw up in front of scores of black faces. It was my adrenaline rush shutting down, I supposed. 

I was a Vietnam vet, a product of the inner city, and thought of myself as a survivor… but my entire life was in the hands of men who cared nothing about me, or my life. I found this in the middle of United States of America.

I was lucky. I thought of that day many times, and how I scrambled to survive. My bending subservience was what they wanted. To them, my subjugation was worth more than my life, and that is what saved me. Do you understand this?

Note: In no way was violence and crime isolated to the black community. All other ethnic affiliations were involved. Watch the movie “Gangs of New York” and you will see the power struggles of a large city.

Whites left New Orleans because of the crime that washed into every neighborhood. People started putting bars in their windows, alarms, and motion lights. A man was shot dead around the corner from my home in front of his wife and daughter for the money in his wallet, a woman burned to death in her protective cage, and my brother of 12 walked into the kitchen as a tall white guy was squirming through the window.

Suddenly the streets were no longer safe for a woman to travel alone, day or night. Local parks in Gentilly, where kids once swung till their mother called them for supper, became shadow lands for violence and drug dealings. Car-jackings in broad daylight, drug deals going bad in public places, mall shootouts, and drive-bys was in the paper daily, averaging six deaths a day. 

Hispanic, Middle Eastern, and Vietnamese warred with the “rats” too, as they were in the line of fire in the sacking of convenience stores. One difference though: each of these groups were united in self created communities, whereas whites were dispersed and unorganized. The city turned in upon itself, and suspicion of differences became the norm. The youth gangs of black, brown, white, and yellow learned how to fight with knives, the precursor to guns. Schools became war zones, and teachers were beat up by hoodlums just walking in off the street. I remember so many incidences; I could make this a volume…

So New Orleans changed ratio, and suburbs like Mandeville, Slidell, and Metairie busted at the seams with scared people looking for a safe place to raise their family, and make a living. Sounds racist to tell this story, but history will reveal it to be true. Though some blacks pealed away from the heart of New Orleans looking for the same peaceful things, overwhelmingly whites left for a safe harbor from unfettered violence and crime… Numbers don’t lie.

I suppose there was an element in me that wanted to stay and fight for the lost city of my youth, but I realized that it was akin to another Vietnam, a war that couldn’t be won. Even some police were a part of it, corrupt and on the take, and the law turned a blind eye, fearful that a riot would burn down the city, and lost revenue from drugs and fencing would be disrupted.

It took a storm like Katrina to lay bare the true nature of New Orleans for all to see, and what it had become. Those rats who raped and mugged nurses, shot at police and rescue workers, abandoned their posts, and brazenly looted right along side of police officers, left New Orleans to escalate crime elsewhere, from Baton Rouge to Atlanta. 

It was hoped by the locals that New Orleans would be given a second chance, but that was just a hopeful illusion. It is again a war zone. 

They are once more carving a piece of the local unlawful action for themselves, and innocence is caught up in that machine. They are bringing in a new realm of organized crime, and use any dastard method to make it happen. This is crime at its lowest level, as they have no rules, no morals or ethics but for immediate self-gratification. 

They stayed through the storm for the opportunity to steal, and our short-sighted mayor and our confused and derisory Governor gave them four days to play havoc on unprotected property and the weak. It didn’t take long to organize because they have been systematically structured for forty years! The shots fired at rescue workers were designed to gain more time, and the spoils they took from the garden district are now well hidden, buried like Lafitte’s treasure. 

Authors note: “In the mayhem, my aged parents died in the heat… in the midst of irresponsibility, meanness, and ignorance. While our Progressive Governor cried and prayed on television, …who would not relinquish her power to Federal Troops or allow entry into the city… her handlers scrambled to gain power in the confusion, denying emergency disaster plans that had been in place for generations… they died in 100 degree heat without water or any form of assistance.

Thought they have come out justifying their actions, they will have to live with what they did and did not do. I was watching closely, and I know the truth. You see, unaccountability is anther progressive cancer that plagues us, and the understanding of responsibility the primary division. But it is a universal law that cannot be denied… we are held responsible for what we do, ether in this life or the next, and that is my only consolation.

As I look around I see the same Progressive influence that dominates our country, from the lack of accountability of the Federal Reserve, unrequited and unconstitutional wars, and a top-heavy government hell bent on domination over the masses, …from international bankers in cahoots with a war machine that makes money from both deconstruction and reconstruction…. As Libertarian conservatives are grappling to regain both their minds and country, both Progressives and Neocons push to stay in power by denying American sovereignty, liberty and freedom, from the Patriot Act to unsecured borders, taking orders by the same lobbyists… 

“We are being absorbed, and breed to tolerate it.” Ken LaRive



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By:  Michael Snyder

How can we possibly be so miserably unhappy?  For a nation that supposedly “has it all”, we sure are depressed.  In America today, suicide rates are soaring, antidepressant use is skyrocketing and virtually every new survey that comes out shows that we are deeply dissatisfied about something.  But we live at a time when there are more things to enjoy than ever before.

When I was growing up there was only a handful of television channels to choose from, but now there are hundreds.  We have more movies than we could ever possibly watch, more books than we could ever possibly read, and the greatest video games ever made are at our fingertips.  With all of the entertainment that surrounds us, you would think that Americans would be happier than ever before, and yet we continue to become even more depressed.  Everywhere I go, I see people that look like they have had the life completely sucked out of them.  So why is this happening?

The following are 21 signs that Americans are the unhappiest people in the entire world…

#1 A scientific study that was just released found that U.S. adults are becoming less happy over the years

“Adults over 30 are less happy than their predecessors,” concludes a study published online Thursday in the journal Social Psychology and Personality Science, which examined happiness data from more than 50,000 adults, gleaned from the General Social Survey, carried out by NORC at the University of Chicago, a nonpartisan, independent research organization, which has collected information about American adults since 1972.

From 2010 to 2014, adults over 30 had an average happiness score of just 2.18, compared with 2.24 a decade ago. That’s significant considering happiness scores were measured on a tiny scale from just 1 to 3, with 1 being “not too happy” and 3 being “very happy.”

#2 Young people are also becoming increasingly depressed.  Just check out what one study conducted at San Diego State University discovered

Americans are more depressed now than they have been in decades, a recent study has found. San Diego State University (SDSU) psychology professor Jean M. Twenge analyzed data from nearly 7 million adolescents and adults from across the country and found that more people reported symptoms of depression — including sleeplessness and trouble concentrating — compared to the 1980s.

Twenge’s findings show that teenagers in the 2010s experience memory trouble 38 percent more often than their 1980s counterparts. Teens are also 74 percent more likely to have trouble sleeping and twice as likely to see a professional for mental health issues. College students in the study reported feeling overwhelmed by academic and personal demands 50 percent more often than their 1980s counterparts.

#3 Back in 1987, 61.1 percent of all Americans reported being happy at work.  Today, 52.3 percent of all Americans say that they are unhappy at work.

#4 A different survey found that 70 percent of all Americans do not “feel engaged or inspired at their jobs”.

#5 One survey of 50-year-old men in the U.S. found that only 12 percent of them said that they were “very happy”.

#6 The number of Americans diagnosed with depression increases by about 20 percent each year.

#7 According to the New York Times, more than 30 million Americans take antidepressants.

#8 Doctors in the United States write more than 250 million prescriptions for antidepressants each year.

#9 The rate of antidepressant use among middle aged women is far higher than for the population as a whole.  It is hard to believe, but right now one out of every four women in their 40s and 50s is taking an antidepressant medication.

#10 Compared to children in Europe, children in the United States are three times more likely to be prescribed antidepressants.

#11 In America today, there are 60 million people that abuse alcohol and there are 22 million people that use illegal drugs.

#12 America has the highest rate of illegal drug use on the entire planet.

#13 One recent poll found that 71 percent of Americans are dissatisfied with the direction that things are going in this country.

#14 America has the highest divorce rate in the world by a wide margin.

#15 America has the highest percentage of one person households on the entire planet.

#16 100 years ago, 4.52 people were living in the average U.S. household, but now the average U.S. household only consists of 2.59 people.

#17 According to the Pew Research Center, only 51 percent of all American adults are married.  Back in 1960, 72 percent of all adults in the United States were married.

#18 The suicide rate in the United States is now the highest that it has been in 25 years.

#19 According to one absolutely shocking study, 22 military veterans kill themselves in the United States every single day.

#20 The suicide rate for Americans between the ages of 35 and 64 rose by close to 30 percent between 1999 and 2010.  The number of Americans that are killed by suicide now exceeds the number of Americans that die as a result of automobile accidents every year.

#21 The rate of suicide is highest during the holidays that come at the end of the year, and 45 percent of all Americans say that they dread the Christmas season.  The following comes from a Psychology Today article

We are told that Christmas, for Christians, should be the happiest time of year, an opportunity to be joyful and grateful with family, friends and colleagues. Yet, according to the National Institute of Health, Christmas is the time of year that people experience the highest incidence of depression. Hospitals and police forces report the highest incidences of suicide and attempted suicide. Psychiatrists, psychologists and other mental health professionals report a significant increase in patients complaining about depression. One North American survey reported that 45% of respondents dreaded the festive season.

So why in the world is this happening?

We have one of the highest standards of living in the world and we are surrounded by massive amounts of entertainment.

Yet we are severely depressed.

And during the “happiest time of the year” we get even more depressed.

Clearly something has gone very wrong.

Even more entertainment is not going to fix us, and neither will more drugging.

So what will finally make us happy?


TLB recommends you visit End Of The American Dream for more pertinent articles and information.

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