KEN’S CORNER: America’s Questions, A Universal Truth
By TLB Contributing Writer: Ken LaRive
Is the meaning of life a lie?
Does our life still have meaning if our reasoning rational is found to be based on lies? Should we feel betrayed if our thoughts are discovered to be manipulated and controlled? 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? It is said that every question asked will be answered in like kind. That the quality of a question will be of an identical quality. In my study of a great motivator, Tony Robbins, he said that the answer to our question is a gift, a universal truth, and the balance of an inestimable equation. He also explained that the reverse is true as well, that a negative question is also returned in like kind.
Two powerful questions might be: “Is there such a thing as a noble cause?” and “Is there any cause worth dying for?” Yes, complicated, and it might take a bit of time for our intellects to sort out an answer, but it will, and when it does, you will own it.
It is seemingly an element of human nature to justify the workings of the world, and yes, to manipulate them with our will, if we can. A slave will bow to his master for a lifetime in bondage, but given an opportunity, he will choose Liberty. 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 of truth? 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? Few would, unless they were a highly paid mercenaries. There is a point to knowing about our ability to find truth, by asking an honest question, and it can save our minds, or souls, and our future…
The light of truth, after the fact…
Ronald Reagan is 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 the oil 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 economically 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… We all had questions, but the truth of the matter was not available to us… We didn’t know how to even poise the question.
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 from the year 1983, as we face the same scenario now in 2017…
- 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 became 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 President 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 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, and Russia became mired in Afghanistan, their Vietnam.. The Reagan administration frustrated efforts further by a concerted technical disinformation program against them, and it was pure genius.
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 and OPEC 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, As they tried to protect their National pipeline, 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 crops 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 my tour of duty.
My West Pacific Vietnam experience on the USS Kitty Hawk was another very profitable venture for the arms trade… and what was it for? Democracy? That’s what we were told: to fight Communism. What isn’t said is that war is very good for the arms industry, and international bankers built infrastructure so that American businesses could make more profit. And South Korea, Japan, Cambodia, South 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?
… and a few quotes:
“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.
Final note May, 2020: Truth is the only light in our enslaved darkness, and without it we can not find a future we can call our own. Our Constitution is the only weapon we have to fight tyranny. Liberty is not free, and once lost only the blood of tyrants and patriots will get it back. Our founders told us that our civil liberties are not granted my men, but by God. They gave us a great gift, but slowly, as one manufactured false flag war, orchestrated depressions, a government owned welfare state, an educational system that rewrites history and promotes voluntary servitude, and we have lost our way. We need to ask powerful questions…
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From the Author, Ken La Rive – We in the Liberty movement have been fighting to take back this country for less than a decade, peacefully and with the love of God and country in our hearts. Our banner has been trampled on and displaced by a multitude of distractions, further eroding our nation and the cause for Liberty. And so, as we are pulled by forces we cannot fathom, powerful entities with unlimited resources stolen from our future, unaccountable trillions printed out of thin air and put on our backs as debt, we must formulate the most pitiful of all questions any patriot might ask in the final hour: Are we going to fight for our master’s tyranny, or are we going to demand the return of our civil liberties and Constitution? Are we going to choose The Banner of Liberty, or the shackles of voluntary servitude? Will it be a war for corporate profit, or a war to regain our ability to self govern, as the blood and toil of our forefathers presented to us, their children, as a gift? I fear that decision is emanate. I fear that any decision will be a hard one, but my greatest fear of all is that the decision has already been made for us.
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