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What Does It Mean To Be Politically Independent?

I have concluded of late that I could only consider myself a political independent if there is such a thing. I do not think I should be labeled Republican or Democrat, on the Left or on the Right or any other affiliation except to be a proud citizen of this United States and live by the principles on which this great nation was founded.

As far as I am concerned, our government, as it stands today, is in great need of an overhaul and a wake up call. I firmly believe that if our founding fathers could see the way our government and institutions run today, they would be greatly disturbed and dismayed on how far We The People have strayed from the principles that our republic was built on.

There was a time long ago and at the beginning of our republic and our experiment in democracy, that to serve in public office was considered a privilege and not a right. To serve in public office often meant financial sacrifice to those who gladly served the people and this great country, sacrifice or not.

Today most who serve in public office expect a windfall financially and are mainly interested in the influence they can gain to increase their wealth in office and for when they leave office. Where is the personal and financial sacrifice to serve? They look at their title as a possession and not a privilege. They pontificate to attempt to bend the will of the people to their ways of thinking instead of deriving their actions from the will of the people to whom they profess to serve. Some politicians become so entrenched in their governmental powers; they often feel themselves above the law.

Today’s politicians are a washed in a tsunami of lobbyists, who bend the ears of those in government in order to influence the politicians’ vote that will most benefit the interests of the lobby they represent. How often do we see politicians, who when they leave office, become pawns; working for one lobby interest or the other? Elected federal government officials need to be banned by law from working for a lobby for at least 5 to 10 years after they leave office in order to stop the habit of influence peddling after they in fact leave public office.

I dare say, I lay a good part of the guilt for the perversion of public office on We The People themselves whom have absolved their responsibility to impose and elect officials on their merit and desire to serve the people. They have abdicated their rights by allowing so-called public servants to make their own decisions of policy and directions for the public servants own benefit. “To hell what the people want!” they say. “We know what is best for them. Where would they be without us?” they say as they puff up their chests and proudly strut.

I always thought that there should be some sort of term limitations for all federal elected positions, not just for the presidency. Change is good, as it allows the government to refresh itself on a regular basis by bringing new ideas and approaches to work for the people.

When will We The People ever wake up and demand that the government of the people, for the people, by the people be truly put into the hands of the people and not political demigods’?

I see the slow demise of our republic if We The People are not brought to our senses. Will we follow the demise that history has shown us be-felled other once great nations and peoples? I would say, it is likely, considering the current state of affairs of government and the distance we have traveled from our roots of our democracy and our republic.

Bill Wallmuller
http://www.articlesbase.com/non-fiction-articles/what-does-it-mean-to-be-politically-independent-66814.html

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Posted by mark - December 30, 2014 at 10:42 pm

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Method to Ethically Eliminate All Political Corruption

 

Our Political System was a revelation in 1776, before
Hidden Microphones & Cameras,
Big Business,
Indoor Plumbing and Toilet Paper,
before Ethics was understood,
and
before the National Security Agency (NSA).

 

The actions of our political Representatives like George Washington were shaped by the ethics of honor instilled by the educational system and social awareness of that time.  Ethics plays no large part in our present educational systems.  Ethics should be a formal part of every class from pre-school to doctoral presentation.  Instilled formally, the people would better understand how to predict consequences from any proposed action.  The corrupt would die out with time and attrition.

 

Since the Declaration of Independence (and the first fights against taxation without representation), technology has allowed Special Interest groups (to include Terrorist Groups, souless Corporations, and corrupt politicians) to use the innate weaknesses of our political structure to undermine the basis for our Constitution; a modern form of racketeering and organized crime, jeopardizing national security.

 

The Citizens of the United States
require implementation of
State representation, including ALL states,
by a large and diverse Ethical Oversight Committee
to ensure the security of peoples Freedoms,
to manage National Security Agency (NSA) operations,
and
to determine how the information collected and derived by
the NSA shall best be used
as it relates to our Freedoms and Security,
and to “absolutely” restrict this information
from any other purpose.

Who are the ghosts behind the faces of our government, who continues to manipulate the world into a continuous chain of wars. A chain that has killed many millions of people, and that deters development?  This is only one relationship the NSA should be informing the public about.

 

The NSA is soley controlled by the office of the President of the United States and only needs a single judge to obtain a warrant to covertly monitor any person or corporation (wire tapping, covertly breaking in to copy documents, copy by any means computer information, record in detail the habits and personal relationships of anyone, …).

 

Recently, President Bush took control away from that judge and even though the judge was ineffectual, the President now has absolute control over the NSA.

 

The President is a puppet of the same organization that controls the Federal Reserve. Therefore they control the United States, not the President, not the People, and certainly not ethics.  The Fed encourages war to promote special interest prosperity.  Loans with interest to both sides of every war.  Interest paid on every dollar produced for the United States.  Who benefits from the interest paid?

 

Current NSA warrants are meaningless and effectively allows the NSA to collect information without public scrutiny, while Presidential directives prevent the NSA from monitoring special interest group corrupt practices and disclosing those actions to the public

 

Under our current system a single judge would have to oversee thousands of covert transactions nationwide to adequately monitor national security issues, and to follow up to ensure those requests were legitimate. Further, since information collected by the NSA can be arbitrarily “classified”, the NSA can arbitrarily prevent the judge from monitoring the kinds of data collected.

 

The current system is not practical and therefore unethical, there is no reasonable way the judge would know what the NSA does with the information collected; and since the judge is controlled by the President, this is highly susceptible to corrupt practices. The current system allows for shielding corruption while promoting unscrupulous special interest activities.

 

The “Protect America Act” is unconstitutional. But a “simple change” to provide “REPRESENTATION by all States” in the covert collection and processing of data would make the Act Constitutionally sound.

 

The NSA must be managed by doctors of science (one parallel position for each State elected political representative; but with no affiliation) to evaluate all data collected and eliminate the useless requirement of warrant by a judge (presently coerced into signing off on any NSA warrant presented before them); and to require the NSA to monitor for corrupt political practices (terrorist activities, criminal activities, political practices that endanger National Security, …), with the mandate to notify the offending parties quietly to correct their unethical behavior, only then after they have failed to correct their actions adequately, their actions are publish on a NSA publicly available website.

 

We the people would then boycott corrupt representatives and their supporting corporations. The associated District Attorney would be notified, and be given the details to substantiate investigation. The District Attorney would then fully investigate and prosecute in accordance with the law. The NSA would at no time directly intervene, thereby limiting their power to nudging our political system away from corrupt activities.

 

The following details how to update our 200 year old political structure to provide representative governance that promotes the economy, desires of the masses, and ethical government practices; allowing the Government and the people to think as ONE.  This same system can be seeded into other governments like Iraq to create an ethical environment for all peoples.

 

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To find & email your specific Congressmen and Senators:

 

 

To email Congressman all across the United States:

 

To talk directly with the staff of your representatives:

 

  • (202) 225-3121 for the House  
  • (202) 224-3121 for the Senate

 

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COPY & PASTE THE FOLLOWING to your Representatives  

 

Subject: Create an “Oversight of NSA Ethics committee” (ONE) to manage NSA Data Collection, Assessment, and Directives in the United States

 

As your constituent, I request that you forward the following to all political delegates in every State of the United States, and that a Highly Ethical group of diverse people representing every State and its population be instated to provide ethical oversight and management of all National Security Agency (NSA) data collection, assessments, and directives.

 

Because this large representative body of individuals will act as a covert, but highly trained publicly elected governing body, this will allow the NSA to continue data collection without warrant. The Senate and Congress will provide “oversight and not direct control” of this new branch in our political structure, thereby providing the needed checks and balances.

 

The problem with our current political system is that Special Interests (Oil Companies, Defense Contractors, Big Business Corporations, Foreign Interests, …) actively and covertly influence our political representatives. Private research (to include Terrorist involvement with genetic engineering in all its forms, nuclear physics research, economic initiatives, social reform efforts, …) are potentially high risk threats to National Security, yet are largely unmonitored. Corrupt and Neglective influences are not ONLY the fault of our Representatives, they are the fault of our unupdated 200 year old political structure.

 

To correct this weakness in our Government, in addition to the Senate and Congress, create a new branch of State elected political representatives whose only purpose is to manage the National Security Agency (NSA), which did not exist at the birth of our political structure.

 

Candidates for these new positions must be doctors of science with proven understanding of ethical evaluation. Doctors of science are necessary because they need to understand and interact with the inner workings of computer software to continuously analyze the large amounts of diverse real world data collected.

 

Our present political structure does not have an ethical political component to effectively neutralize the criminal aspect of political pandering, coercive control over our Representatives, or Terrorist influences in our Society and in our Government, but we do have the resources to do so.

 

The National Security Agency (NSA) monitors ALL organizations: CIA, NIS, Air Force, Army, PLO, Al-Qaeda, Defense Contractors, Oil Companies, Greenpeace, ALL of our Politicians, and basically all organizations whether domestic or abroad. Anyone with this information controls the focus of our Nation, along with our Freedoms and Security.

 

An important point here is that collecting information is necessary and of little negative consequence in an ethical environment, what specifically is done with that information is extraordinarily important, especially in unethical and abusive hands. Currently, Special Interests unethically manipulate our country’s assets, despite “We the Peoples” desires. How many people and soldiers have died supporting a business interest rather than a national interest?

 

Greater than $12 Billion “lost” in Iraq, destruction of New Orleans, War in Iraq, manipulation of the media, greater than $12 Billion illegally allocated to Halliburton where they subsequently moved outside of our legal system to Dubai (Saudi Arabia), …

 

As a consequence of Special Interest actions, they erode human rights, leave our country unnecessarily exposed to security threats, and hinder commerce that would flourish were it not for unethical business practices of Special Interests and Large Corporations.

 

Each “Oversight of NSA Ethics committee” (ONE) delegate represents elected representation by certified highly ethical doctors and non-partisan control over our country’s human rights, freedoms, and security.

 

Together with Congress and the Senate, ONE delegates provide a tertiary and complementary system of representation, with each representative political faction having unique assets and control mechanisms. The combination of focused representation for business, the people, and ethics makes the system innately representative, well informed, ethical, and stable. Businesses will continue to sponsor individual Senators and Congressmen, however, all money contributed to ONE candidates shall go into a common fund to promote all potential ONE candidates equally within each State.

 

Because this large representative body of individuals will act as a covert, but highly trained publicly elected governing body, this will allow the NSA to continue data collection without warrant.

 

No longer will we need to have less Freedom to have more Security, or vice versa.

 

These highly trained elected personnel provide for independent maximizing of Freedoms and maximizing of Security for all citizens !!! While the Congress and Senate provide oversight and continues to control the military as part of the checks and balances to make this political structure stable.

 

Presently, special interests make Security and Freedom mutually incompatible. Many countries have the same political structure as we do and yet live in a police state where the individual has no recognized rights; we must prevent a similar situation from happening here in the United States. The current actions of the President’s Office are a prelude of worse things to come.

 

To take into account all perspectives and actual events to maximize both Freedom and Security for our entire country requires much more raw information than 10,000 people can amass, and assessment that would take these people many lifetimes to be just. But events happen concurrently every day that threaten our Freedoms and Security.

 

NSA computers process diverse data at great speeds to provide minute by minute evaluation of threats to our national security, and currently as directed by special interests. To stop the unethical use of NSA resources, a large group of persons extensively trained in ethical reasoning needs to create the “computer-based automated keys” (Directives) for unlocking relationships related to promoting BOTH Freedoms and Security.

 

Directives are computer software analysis functions that sift through real world information. Something like Antivirus programs for protecting your computer. When key relationships are found, a task is generated to cleanup that corrupt system. Ethical care must be taken to ensure good relationships are not disturbed, while corrupt activities are corrected. The concept being: “To do the least necessary to allow unhindered natural social development; while ensuring that repeated corrupt practices of the same types identified do not recur.

 

As Directives are developed that can be generalized for a particular class of social system, they can be shared amongst similarally structured nations. Thereby helping to reduce the development costs for all countries; and provide international peer review of all Directives developed. At no time will raw data be shared by various National Security Agencies of the different nations.

 

Computer systems have been used for similar purposes for many years with great success in economics to limit risks and promote investment diversity. By developing automated directives, this helps to provide integrity and consistent behavior of the NSA. The derived results can then be evaluated by this large team of elected Representatives using state of the art ethical evaluation tools; thus ensuring the information collected is used solely to independently promote the Freedoms and Security of ALL citizens.

 

Please instate a comprehensive “Oversight of NSA Ethics committee” (ONE) to manage the National Security Agency (NSA) as outlined below, a system allowing the Government and the people to think as one.

 

  • To maintain equitable representation of all peoples, each State shall publicly elect an Oversight of NSA Ethics (ONE) delegate paralleling each elected Congressman and Senator position; but having no affiliation.
  • The Constitution for each State shall act as the basis for the ethical perspective of each delegate.
  • The requirements for election as a ONE delegate are:
    • shall be a certified doctor from a nationally accredited school
    • shall have authored and published a paper related to ethics in a nationally distributed professional journal
    • shall be a permanent resident of that State
    • shall pass uniform but unique tests related to Ethics, Critical Reasoning, probability, and statistics
    • shall be free of a felony record
    • shall not be strongly biased regarding any special interests
    • shall forever be disallowed from ever discussing any information formulated or witnessed while in office; and shall teach ethical evaluation for two years after their term in office
    • shall submit themselves for lie detection and questioning periodically to prevent outside influence by any special interest

  • The delegates shall be relocated to the surroundings near the NSA and will be furnished Government owned housing while in office. Physical security for the delegates shall consist of NSA surveillance with an armed NSA controlled security force to control any attempt to access or disproportionately influence the delegate or their family.
  • Each delegate shall have a two person staff at the NSA and a two person staff in their home State to monitor, collect, and research information.
  • Each State shall have one highly trained field agent for each delegate for that State whom shall collectively implement directives from the NSA using legal resources.
  • All work surrounding NSA data collection shall be done in a secure facility protected from military threat.
  • Absolutely no raw data or interest specific data or interest specific directives shall ever leave the facility under penalty of treason related to all intentionally involved.
  • No interest specific data or interest specific directive shall be propagated outside of the confines of the NSA by delegate staff or agents under penalty of racketeering.
  • The ONE delegates shall poll their respective communities related to values and perspectives, but polls shall not contain any Special Interest specific information.
  • The NSA shall devise and maintain a relational database to allow delegates to productively relate all measure and kind of ethical issue to the vast amounts of information collected by the NSA.
  • The delegates shall formulate “Automated Directives” for automatically: flagging potentially destructive relationships, developing priorities, developing issued directives to field agents, monitor metrics to verify results, track long term effects and related relationships, provide for a continuously updated scores related to the qualities related to our freedoms and security at that moment in time, and provide simulations for anticipating the effects of issuing a proposed directive and how it would affect the freedoms and security scores, …
  • The creation of directives shall solely be governed by the ONE Committee. The President, Congress, the House, the Military, nor any other special interest group shall ever have any influence over the creation of directives, other than approved ethical channels of communication. Any attempt to do so outside of approved channels shall be considered treason within the confines of the NSA, and racketeering otherwise, and all involved shall share the same fate, regardless of political standing or financial backing.
  • Because the positions of the delegates are elected positions. Data would be provided by the NSA which tracks the number of hours each delegate actively performed research, the influence each delegate had on the overall freedom and security qualities, and the core generalized formulas for creating the Automated Directives would be publicly disclosed but would not relate delegate involvement nor the data or type of data that they relate. This is necessary to help ensure high-tech corporations do not fillfully subvert NSA monitored data. Each delegate would be allowed to create public announcements that do not violate that which is outlined above.
  • The ONE delegates shall govern themselves regarding inappropriate actions generated by a delegate, with periodic oversight by the Senate and Congress. A delegate that fails to use ethical reasoning in promoting a Directive and which benefits a special interest may be penalized and a State elected alternate may take their place.
  • The term of service for each Delegate shall be four years; followed by a two year mandatory position at an accredited University teaching related ethics topics involving analysis and software. The Delegate may then accept nomination for the following election cycle.
  • Classes in ethics for learning to create automated Directives shall use independently developed computer models and simulation systems. At no time shall any Directive from the NSA be directly analyzed. The simulated environment would cause errors inconsistent with NSA real world processing. However, relationships discovered can be submitted to the NSA for review through approved ethical channels.
  • Collectively, the ONE committee shall determine the information necessary to guide the President, Congress, Senate, and the Military. The President, Congress, Senate, and the Military will have continuous one-way input into the NSA as part of NSA data collection, without warrant, the feedback will be immediate, so there is no need for any political party or military component to have dialog with ONE delegates or the NSA data collection and assessment systems.
  • The Congress and Senate shall provide a team trained in ethical evaluation to periodically monitor (not control) the NSA and report back to the Senate and Congress.
  • The military remains under the control of the Senate and the Congress; and the NSA shall only be allowed restricted control over a military asset with minute by minute support of the majorities of both the Senate and Congress where time critical relationships exist.
  • Every political representative in the United States will be able to send their viewpoints to the NSA by sending an email to a NSA server, with only an automated response. But their views will be collected and processed automatically by the data collection system. The same applies for all citizens. All citizens shall have representation and voice.
  • The administrators necessary to manage the NSA regarding operations personnel, supplies, existing field agents, the budget, and all other aspects of the NSA shall answer to the ONE committee and shall provide a continuous and accurate assessment of resource managment to Congress.
  • As technology provides greater capabilities in diverse areas such as spy technologies, computer modeling of world economics, …, the NSA shall continue to evolve systems to better represent and anticipate the needs and desires of all citizens.

 

Under this system, the NSA shall collect and assess all information as practically possible worldwide, without the need for warrant in the United States.

 

Instate a comprehensive “Oversight of NSA Ethics committee” (ONE) to govern NSA data collection systems as outlined above; a system allowing the Government and the people to think as one.

James Dunn
http://www.articlesbase.com/politics-articles/method-to-ethically-eliminate-all-political-corruption-672089.html

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Posted by mark - December 28, 2014 at 10:06 pm

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Dear President Obama: Meet me at Starbucks, let’s talk about Healthcare choice and competition

President Obama has called for ideas and said he is open to hear other solutions for Healthcare. I dont think that this is a Democrat or Republican problem—but that the real problem is lack of free market thinking that would provide a patient centered and financially sustainable healthcare system for all Americans that want change we can live with.

Partisans on both sides have made it false argument, there is a third way. Fairness is not a Democrat or a Republican ideal. With all the confusion, I am reminded of something my adopted father used to say, There is profit in confusion—if you are the one causing it.

I have been watching the debate and it seems like the argument is all (DNC) against them (GOP) and what is best for America seems to be ignored. In fact no free market solutions have been credibly covered in the mainstream media. I would like to have a voice in the debate. President Obama, please invite free market Americans into the discussion.

While the Democrats theoretically have the votes to pass an HR3200 type bill, I am hoping cooler heads will prevail in the Senate and a patient centered, free market plan can arise. For almost forty years I have heard the cry of a womans right to choose. What about my right to choose? What about the rights of the rest of America?

I really do wish to create a dialog about the three main issues in this video, especially the competition and choice argument. I poked fun at the Blue Dog Democrats in the Grandma Got Run Over by Her Healthcare, video last week, but here I am making a serious direct appeal to President Obama and the congress to back up and look at the unintended consequences and the possibility that this could be the event that pushes the economy into a death spiral that it may not recover from.

Sincerely, Jon Hanson August 21, 2009.

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Posted by mark - December 27, 2014 at 9:49 pm

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How can i make the question to make the students to have critical thinking?

i doing the thesis that i have to do the questions to make students to have critical thinking. i dont know how to make the question to be critical. plz plz help me solve this problem…thank you
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how can i make this passage into qeustions and also have critical thinking?
i doing the thesis that i have to do the questions to make students to have critical thinking. i dont know how to make the question to be critical. plz plz help me solve this problem.
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I’m going to assume that English is not your first language.

I am also going to assume that you do not teach in English, but are only using English to communicate here in yahoo answers.

With this in mind, I’m sorry to tell you that it’s impossible to answer your question. As someone who deals with “critical thinking” on a regular basis, I would love to help you. But unfortunately, I don’t understand your question…

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Posted by mark - December 25, 2014 at 9:28 pm

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Peter Schweizer

Peter Schweizer in his book Reagan’s War: The Epic Story of His Forty Year Struggle and Final Triumph over Communism portrays Ronald Reagan as honorable anti-communist. Every action that Reagan performed Schweizer interpreted as another step against the Soviet Union. Schweizer draws upon “Reagan’s private correspondence over the course of forty years, classified documents from six different countries, formative life events largely hidden from the public, [and] his own ideas and words uttered over the course of a half a century” to show that he did in fact “have a well-developed plan and “won the Cold War.”

Although, Schweizer had not covered all the issues of Reagan’s “interaction” with the Soviet Union and thus demonstrated only his subjective view of the situation. This book is very controversial in terms of how to interpret it. Some people think that it is a well-written masterpiece that shows how a man by his actions was able to result the end of the Cold War. Others think that Reagan was just around when the Cold War came to its final destination. In my opinion, everyone should find his or her personal position about this work only by critical thinking and reasoning.

Now back to the book, Schweizer mentions in the book Reagan’s first visit of Moscow that took place during spring 1988. He presents the facts that support his main idea, particularly, how Reagan instructed Gorbachev like “a parent trying to reason with a child.” For some reason, Schweizer lefts out Reagan’s response to the query if he still considered the Soviet Union to be the Evil Empire that time Reagan replied negatively, explaining that he was talking about some other time, other era. Schweizer lefts out such a weighty evidence for purpose, it simply destroys its main idea. Instead, he likes to mention Reagan talking about the Kremlin as the criminal immoral place. Schweizer is really biased about everything that Reagan said.

The author gets greatly upset about any situation that he thinks the U.S. concedes to the Soviet Union, for instance, when Henry Kissinger approved the sale of advanced computers to Moscow. He says that the U.S. gave up to much to Moscow when the Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty and the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty were signed. For Schweizer those were significant steps back in destroying the communism that he is so obnoxious about. It really seems that he just is not able to forgive American Government such mistakes.

Schweizer intensely gets into showing how great is Ronald Reagan in fighting the communism that he does not even recall the obvious evidence of troubles for the U.S. For instance, Schweizer mentions invasion of Grenada as the shocking setback for the Soviets and Reagan’s ability to use military when needed. However, there is not a spot in the book where the author mentions the bombing of the Marine camp in Beirut that took lives of American soldiers. Facts like that significantly decrease the credibility of the author and at such points the assumption of the author’s objectivity starts equaling to zero along with the desire to trust the whole book. I once heard some of my teachers say “Never trust the author.” and this book appears to be the best example when the author can not be trusted and only critical thinking and evaluation of particular facts and their outcomes would generate fair view of the issue.

The worst in Schweizer’s writing is that he tries to refuse that Reagan increased the military and careless talks that almost caused the Soviets to launch the nuclear attack on the U.S. to prevent the nuclear attack that they thought Reagan was going to fire at them.

Very interesting thing happened when one of the professional book reviewers checked the trustfulness of some endnotes that Schweizer used. It actually turned out that some of them simply do not exist. For example, Schweizer asserts that “Likewise, Foreign Minister Gromyko dismissed such paranoia, explaining that the Americans would never strike first, but only in response to aggression.” To prove that it is Gromyko’s quote, Mr. Schweizer cites a reference to pages 522-23 of Anatoly Dobrynin’s memoir that is called In Confidence. When checked, there is no Gromyko or his quote. There is, however, Dobrynin’s claim that Ustinov (Soviet Minister of Defense) believed “that Reagan administration was actively preparing for war.” That really destroys the credibility of the author that he tried to establish with the reader.

It is now obvious that both leaders, Reagan and Gorbachev, began to fear opposition’s and own nuclear weapon. First move made the Soviet leader when started to greatly reduce the number nuclear weapons; however, Reagan’s administration followed up and got engaged in collaboration with the Soviet Union. Both governments were greatly concerned about the possibility of unintentional use of the weapon that could simply result the disaster. If one side had even unintentionally used the weapon, another side would immediately respond with the attack. I think that it was just good reasoning and vision of possible greatly unwanted outcomes. Schweizer obviously had a completely different view of this particular situation. He fully rejects the possibility of basic reorientation of the American Government towards the Soviet Union; instead, he indicates the slightest change in “diplomatic tone” that has nothing to do the strategy against Moscow.

According to Schweizer, when the “aging lion” first encountered the “young tiger” in Geneva in 1985, Reagan “established the high ground.” The Soviet leader soon began “zeroing in on Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative,” because it “provoked passions of fear in Gorbachev.” Missing in Schweizer’s book the actual Gorbachev’s words to Reagan about SDI, reported in his Memoirs: “I think you should know that we have already developed a response. It will be effective and far less expensive than your project, and be ready for use in less time.”

Reagan’s War: The Epic Story of His Forty Year Struggle and Final Triumph over Communism is full of errors that for some reason the author has allowed to be in the book in the first place. It has only two logical reasons: the author unintentionally made some mistakes (but I think it is very close to impossible to be mistaken when writing a book like that) or he simply made up some endnotes to support his idea in order to make ideologists happy (or maybe he thought that leaving out some facts will make his book more popular among people and make sales better because a lot of people read and learn only what they want to know but not the actual truth).

My another concern is how could Schweizer access the Soviet archives? I think even now, fifteen years after the fall of the Soviet Union even the Russian scholars do not have a complete access to the materials of the Soviet archives, nevertheless, Schweizer uses many of sources from Soviet archives for his book. Personally I think that Russians do not want any outsiders to look in their in their “trash can” because there are probably a great number of references that can impact even modern relationship of two countries.

As I have mentioned in the beginning of my paper, different people have different opinions about Mr. Schweizer’s book. It is up to every single person what position about the book to take. The matter of choice is all that matters: some may choose to simply believe in what they just read and not even question that but some will choose to doubt and try to find counter-arguments and generate personal opinions about the topic. Now it is very popular to question everything. We have a number of scholars that question Bible for example and still have not achieved some consensus what is the right way to interpret it and actually look at the book. I believe, that in any case, with any book, we have to look at both sides of the coin and choose the one that best suites us.

Jeff Stats
http://www.articlesbase.com/college-and-university-articles/peter-schweizer-111869.html

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Posted by mark - December 24, 2014 at 8:46 pm

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The Kingdom of God and Voting

The Kingdom of God and Voting

                                           By Claude Chikozho

Many of the Lord’s saints do not realize how significant their votes are, they also do not take the time to ascertain the righteous relevance their votes could bear. It is important to note, that by casting one’s vote for a political party of your choice, you would also be empowering that party to establish either a blessing, or a curse in the land or nation that you’re a citizen of. For no legal governing party, has ever obtained ruling power of itself, it is always the people voting for them, that empowers them to govern. That’s why it’s absolutely vital for a Christian to be inundated with that party’s beliefs, as their votes would yoke them into agreement with the policies of that particular party. For instance, if they condone the legal killing of babies, homosexual marital rights, or any other humanistic policy, or laws that are in direct conflict against the word of God. By casting your vote for them, you wouldn’t only be consenting to these abominable ideologies; but as mentioned, you would also be in agreement with them. Which in turn could be implemented as the country’s constitutional laws, if they were to rule, as a result of not only your vote, but of many uninformed and undiscerning Christians.

The bible clearly states in the book of Proverbs 28 vs. 4:”They who keep the law of God contend with the wicked.” The Apostle Peter also reminds us in his first epistle in the second chapter, he say’s: “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” these biblical references clarify, that we are children of the light and not darkness, therefore it wouldn’t be godly, for us to be unequally yoked together in votes with people, who have absolutely no love nor fear for the God we call Abba Father. Also bear in mind, that He is not a God of democracy; His ideology, is theocracy. In a democratic society, people do what they think or feel to be their right to do, where as in theocracy, the peoples life’s are governed by the mind and word of God.

It also wouldn’t be proper for any born again Christian, to cast his or her vote on bases of nationality or skin color. Just because somebody looks and speaks like you, doesn’t necessarily qualify them as your brother or sister, as they may not be born of the Spirit of God. This really is a question of Kingdoms, the Kingdom of God; or the Kingdoms of this world, that are under the influence, or as in many cases, the rule of the lawless one. Their is also a new deception of the enemy in politics today, it is called, pro choice. By this one, the Devil has already deceived many Christians.Pro choice simply says, it is your choice if you want to kill your baby, we as government will only furnish you a safe, and clean environment to legally commit this murder. As if it was ever the government’s choice, as to who should keep or abort their baby. It was always the mother’s choice; whether legal or illegal, this is just another crafty way of getting more votes, especially from unsuspecting Christians, who are led to believe that this policy actually acquits the government from these horrendous acts. Do not be deceived, for what ever government permits, has been deemed legal by it, regardless of whose choice it is.

In conclusion, the word of God in Proverbs 29 vs. 2, declares that:” when the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked rule, the land shall mourn.” By this scripture we learn that when an individual transgresses the word of God, his iniquity will affect only him and his generations after him, but when government approves of these abominations, it affects the whole land, or should I say nation. Leviticus 18 v 24 – 28 is also clear, that by doing or allowing these abominations in the land, the land will not only spew you out, but God will visit the iniquities there of, this saints, can only be His judgment. In the book of Amos the Lord says,” will trouble come to a city, and I the Lord have not sent it?” It is also written” The Kingdom of God, rules over the kingdom of the heathen” This means that the Kingdoms of this world will answer to the God of all creation, for all these abominations. We all have witnessed earth shaking tragedies that have struck many nations in this world, on such a great scale that people questioned, and asked where was God at the time? The answer, as you have just read is in the word of God. Though it is both wonderful and patriotic for any Christian to want to make a difference, by casting his or her vote, but if all hands are defiled, the bible warns, have no part in other men’s sin, In other words, its better not to vote. For this is the Kingdom of God way.

God bless you

Claude Chikozho

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Ap: Claude Chikozho
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