America’s Cold Revolution

Complicit

Why do we keep having culture wars?
Why do bullies keep getting away with it,
and why do patriots remain neutral?

So why do we keep accommodating zealots,
if the devil takes no prisoners?
Haven’t we learned already—
to not be defending cowards and traitors?
They’re going to betray democracy, anyway!

Codependent

Fool me once, shame on the repblicans.
Fool me twice, shame on the democrats.
Fool me three times, shame on the patriots.

Wait a minute, fools have no shame,
and you know what else
royal jesters don’t have: civil liberties.

By: ElRoyPoet © 2022

Commentary: The reason that conservatives and prosperity-religion evangelicals go along with neofascism, is that they are in collusion with the republicans who want to overthrow democracy, because trump has triggered their reflex sensitivities, and as a result has awoken and vindicated their inherent disgust for democracy and its supporters.
If these MAGA politicians are willing to acquiesce to the demands of the MAGA patriots in order to win elections. What makes you think that they won’t continue to be beholden to their cult leader in order to maintain their political power.

“…that government of the people by the people for the people should not perish from the Earth.”  By: Abraham Lincoln

“But condemning Trump’s behavior is in no way sufficient to defeat him and the neofascist threat he represents. You can’t shame those who have no shame. Trump and the current Republican Party have repeatedly shown that they do not care about human decency or virtue; they worship power above everything else, and delight in provoking outrage and disgust among their political opponents.
Democrats all too eagerly walk into this trap, and then wonder why they are losing the battle to save American democracy. Rick Wilson, the prominent Republican strategist turned ‘Never Trumper,’ explained this to me in our recent Salon interview: ‘We’re in a post-shame world, a post-hypocrisy environment. You can’t shame Republicans anymore.'” Excerpt from “We regret to inform you” that Donald Trump is cashing in on white America’s death wish

“The reason the maga republican keep repeating the big lie, even though they know that the elections weren’t stolen, is because it’s a big joke to them—they do it to own the liberals and disparage the voters. Ironically trump has ignited their “disgust for democracy reflex” with his constant barrage of grievance rhetoric bombs.” By: B. Bondsman

“Obviously, if politicians believe that voters cannot be trusted with the truth, democracy is seriously at risk. For a democracy to function it is essential that a government respects the people and takes them seriously, not only those that have voted for that government, but all people. Furthermore, in order to exercise their democratic rights properly, people should be informed as fully as possible.
Democracy is a form of conflict management within states, just as diplomacy is a form of conflict management between states. Both therefore usually lead to a compromise between different views and different perceived interests. That is certainly the case when a decision requires both agreement between and within states.” Excerpt from Government of the people, by the people, for the people

“The world has enough for everyone’s need, but not enough for everyone’s greed.” By: Mahatma Gandhi

“Ignorance breeds fear. We fear those things we don’t understand. If we don’t put a lid on that fear and keep that fear in check, that fear in turn will breed hatred because we hate those things that frighten us. “If we don’t keep that hatred in check, that hatred in turn will breed destruction.” By: Daryl Davis

“Those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” By: Benjamin Franklin

“The exercise of freedom will always create rebels, because that’s the origin of revolutions. We can’t have a sedentary society, just like we can’t have a perfect union. If you don’t want conflict in your family, church and state, you want fascism, and if that’s what you want, you don’t want democracy.” By: A. Freeman

“Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.” By: Henry David Thoreau

“The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power […] We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means, it is an end […] The object of power is power.” Excerpt from 1984 by: George Orwell

“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority. There is no worse heresy than that the office sanctifies the holder of it.” By: John Dalberg-Acton

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” By: Martin Luther King

“Though liberty is established by law, we must be vigilant, for liberty to enslave us is always present under that same liberty. Our Constitution speaks of the ‘general welfare of the people’. Under that phrase all sorts of excesses can be employed by [authoritarian] tyrants—to make us bondsmen.” By: Marcus Tullius Cicero

“And what country can preserve it’s liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is it’s natural manure.” By: Thomas Jefferson

“Pundits like to take refuge in the saccharine refrain, “this is not who we are,” but historically, this is exactly who we are. Political violence is an endemic feature of American political history. It was foundational to the overthrow of Reconstruction in the 1870s and the maintenance of Jim Crow for decades after.” Excerpt from Where Will This Political Violence Lead? Look to the 1850s.

Donald Trump’s comeback is not funny

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Virtue Signaling Fail

You can try to:
Justify your immorality;
Justify your cowardice;
Justify your betrayal.

You can imagine and pretend
To hide your guilt and shame,
But in the end,
You’re just a fallen man—
In need of my Savior.

By: ElRoyPoet © 2022

Commentary: Satan’s story to Eve in Genesis 3 and to Jesus in Matthew 4 was that they could live independently of God, that is, they could be their own god, set their own standards, let circumstances dictate their decision. But it is a lie.
Either God controls your life by your choosing to let him, or Satan controls your life by your choosing to let him and by your choosing to just go with flow. You and I were designed by God to be ruled by a spirit. Our choice is not whether to be ruled, but rather by which spirit we will be ruled.
So, the Christian’s life is based on decisions, the process of making deliberate right choices without being swayed by Satan’s input into our appetites or emotions.

How does Satan tempt us?

“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” Bible, 2 Corinthians 12:9

“If anyone teaches otherwise and does not consent to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which accords with godliness, he is proud, knowing nothing, but is obsessed with disputes and arguments over words, from which come envy, strife, reviling, evil suspicions, useless wranglings of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. From such withdraw yourself… Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy. Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share, storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life. Guard what was committed to your trust, avoiding the profane and idle chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge—by professing it some have strayed concerning the faith. Grace be with you. Amen.” 1 Timothy 6:3-5,17-21

Optimist

“I don’t know if my poetry is good enough, or if anybody will be motivated to do better, by having known me. But that’s as good as I can make it, right now. I’m too old, to imagine, that the perfect verse is just around the corner–when I’ve already been around the block thousands of times. But–here I go again, one more time.” By: ElroyPoet, 2019

Commentary: The human brain is not a computer hard drive that you can wipe clean. If you could format your brain like a hard drive, you would end up a vegetable. So don’t fill your head with any wrong ideas! But most importantly, don’t let hackers invade your free space and don’t let anybody push your buttons. Because once you allow malicious code to enter into your memory, it resides there forever.

“Always be joyful, then, in the Lord; I repeat, be joyful.  Let your good sense be obvious to everybody. The Lord is near.  Never worry about anything; but tell God all your desires of every kind in prayer and petition–with gratitude, and the peace of God which is beyond our understanding will guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus.  Finally, brothers, let your minds be filled with everything that is true, everything that is honorable, everything that is upright and pure, everything that we love and admire–with whatever is good and praiseworthy.” Bible, Philippians 4:4-8

Definition: A person who tends to be hopeful and confident about the future or the success of something. “Only an eternal optimist would expect success.”

Philosophy: A person who believes that this world is the best of all possible scenarios or that good must ultimately prevail over evil.

Campaign Promises

When you need relief,
When you’re desperate for a cure–
You’ll believe the spokesman,
Who tells you: “Don’t give up on hope”;
For that’s the only message,
You really wanted to hear.

Because you desire a miracle,
And if not,
You’d have to settle,
For something or anything else,
That promises to take that despair–
Far, far away, from you.

But does it really?
Because if it doesn’t,
There’s only one other way out,
And that’s for you to go to another place,
Where pain supposedly doesn’t exist.
Unless, you brought it with you?

Is the Trump presidency a religious cult?

Commentary: The smooth talker doesn’t have a fix for your dilemma–when he asks: “Do you believe?” What he’s really saying, is that only you can help yourself. But, for that worthless piece of advice, he will charge you dearly, whether it be, your money, integrity or soul. He will deceive you into believing, that you’re getting your money’s worth, by offering trinkets and motivational talks disguised as therapy. And, in the end, you will only be manipulated and exploited, because that’s all he was aiming to do, in the first place.

Spanish Translation

Cuando necesitas alivio,
Cuando estés desesperado por una cura—
Creerás al portavoz,
Que te dice: “No renuncies a la esperanza”;
Porque ese es el único mensaje,
Que realmente querías escuchar.

Porque deseas un milagro,
y si no,
Tendrías que conformarte,
Por algo o cualquier cosa,
Que promete alejar esa desesperación—
Muy lejos, de ti.

¿Pero, realmente lo hará?
Porque si no lo hace,
Sólo hay otra salida,
Y eso es que vayas a otro lugar,
Donde supuestamente el dolor no existe.
¿A menos que, lo hayas traído contigo?

Por: ElRoyPoet © 2020

Comentario: El predicador no tiene una solución para tu problema, cuando te pregunta: “¿Crees?” Lo que realmente está diciendo es que solo tú puedes ayudarte a ti mismo. Pero, por ese consejo inútil, él te cobrará muy caro, ya sea tu dinero, tu integridad o tu alma. Te engañará haciéndote creer, que estás recibiendo el valor de tu dinero, ofreciendo baratijas y charlas motivacionales disfrazadas como sermones. Y, al final, sólo serás manipulado y explotado, porque eso era todo lo que quería hacer, en el primer lugar.

“Because people are gullible. Because people are easily influenced when you dangle materialism in their faces. Because people are unlearned. The Bible says in ‘II Timothy 2:15 that we are to study to shew ourselves approved so we can rightly divide the Word of Truth, but many people don’t and won’t do that.’ It may be easier to just listen to the pulpit then read a verse at night and in the morning than to actually study. But that also means it is easier for you to be deceived. And those false ministers who bring a fake gospel are skillful in manipulating scripture while making it sound good and feeding hearts filled with mammon—or even those with legitimate need.” Excerpt from: Black & White Christians Beware of Pulpit Money Changers and Con-Artists.

“In order for a government to become a fascist regime, the church must allow itself to be swallowed by the state. In order for a government to remain democratic, the state must be kept separated from the church—so that it isn’t tempted to swallow the other.” By: A. Freeman

“These have indeed an appearance of wisdom in promoting self-made religion, with their self-imposed worship, their false humility and severity to the body, but they are of no value in stopping the indulgence of the flesh.” Bible, Colossians 2:23

“If anyone teaches otherwise and does not consent to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which accords with godliness, he is proud, knowing nothing, but is obsessed with disputes and arguments over words, from which come envy, strife, reviling, evil suspicions, useless wranglings of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. From such withdraw yourself.” I Timothy 6:3-5

America In Jeopardy

This is not what I imagined my life to be,
for someone to rule over me—
because all I ever wanted, was to be free.

I can’t force someone to be a part of we,
if you don’t want to be, you are free,
if you do, the rest is up to me.

I don’t need someone to want me, to be free—
wasn’t I created that way to be,
and to know that God loves me?

If I am free, I can choose whom I want to be,
I can choose for me.
No one has the right to choose for me.
No one has the right to force me to be.

Even though being free means I might act mistakenly,
authoritarians want to force you to act correctly,
so that you won’t choose what they perceive, wrong to be.

It is my choice, if I allow someone to be the boss of me.
The tragedy is when I change my mind
and I can’t return to being free.

By: ElRoyPoet © 2022

“We (the founding fathers of our nation) hold these truths to be self-evident (these truths are universal and non-debatable), that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights (these rights are equal for everyone, because they have value in our Creator’s Eyes), that among these are Life (you have the right to live), Liberty (you have the right to freedom) and the pursuit of Happiness (you have the right to choose for yourself).
Even though we don’t all agree with each other about the Bible. The Declaration of Independence is broader than that and acknowledges that there is an expected gratitude and accountability to God. However, America needs to be warned: Since the right to attain life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is tied-in to our Creator, we can’t remove God from the equation. Otherwise, we won’t have a basis for our right to expect life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness in our children’s future!” Excerpt from A New Look at America’s Christian Heritage

Being good is hard if you live under an authoritarian regime… Dictatorships elevate the nation and the leader as ultimate ends, while mere individuals have no inherent worth outside of their service to the state… Damir Marusic, an Atlantic Council senior fellow, recently wrote, ‘Putin is a wholly authentic Russian phenomenon, and the imperialist policy he’s pursuing in Ukraine is too.’ This is right, but only up to a point. We simply don’t know what individual Russians would choose, want—or become—if they had been socialized in a free, open democracy, rather than a dictatorship where fear is the air one breathes. Like everyone else, they are products of their environment. Authoritarianism corrupts society. Because punishment and reward are made into arbitrary instruments of the state, citizens have little incentive to pool resources, cooperate, or trust others. Survival is paramount, and survival requires putting one’s own interests above everything else, including traditional morality. In such a context, as the historian Timothy Snyder puts it, ‘life is nasty, brutish, and short; the pleasure of life is that it can be made nastier, more brutish, and shorter for others.’ This is the zero-sum mindset that transforms cruelty into virtue.
In short, authoritarianism twists the soul and distorts natural moral intuitions. In so doing, it renders its citizens—or, more precisely, its subjects—less morally culpable. To be fully morally culpable is to be free to choose between right and wrong. But that choice becomes much more difficult under conditions of dictatorship. Not everyone can be courageous and sacrifice life and livelihood to do the right thing.” Excerpt from Why the Russian People Go Along With Putin’s War

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán cut right to the chase. He said that Hungary had been “completely healed” of anything smacking of liberalism, and he was crystal clear about how to do it: Control the media. In Hungary, as Szelenyi explained in her TNR essay, this was accomplished first through the takeover of the state media and second through generous loans from the state bank to allow Orbán’s cronies to buy up most of the private media. “Have your own media,” Orbán told the conference. “It’s the only way to point out the insanity of the progressive left.” Oh, and this: “We have to take back the institutions in Washington and Brussels. We must find allies in one another and coordinate the movements of our troops.”
The military metaphor is telling, and overall, they couldn’t have been more straightforward with us. The American right, from Trump to CPAC Jefe Matt Schlapp on down the line, celebrates and seeks to emulate a racist, neofascist anti-democracy. They want to turn the United States into Hungary.
And swing voters, that small percentage of people in the middle who decide elections, live in their bubble, committed to the notions that they’re all corrupt anyway and that the Democrats are just as extreme to the left as Republicans are to the right. They’re concerned about inflation and baby formula, as well they should be, but they need to wake up and think about all this before it’s too late.
By the time those formula-starved babies are playing Little League, they’ll be living in what’s effectively a one-party state where contraception is illegal. Where gay couples have to travel to certain states to marry—if they’re allowed to marry at all. Where the local library won’t stock books on slavery. Where the rich are paying taxes at a lower rate than middle-class people and the federal government has no money (and perhaps, given the Supreme Court we have, no legal authority) to enforce its laws. And where the right-wing, anti-democracy media has more power than the mainstream media (I think we already live in that country). And where election results can be overturned if they came out “wrong.” Excerpt from American Conservatism Just Threw a Party for Hungarian Fascism

Commentary: Sooner or later everybody ends up fighting the same battles. What’s really going on in the minds of the patriots, christian nationalist and semi-fascist republicans is that they’re hoping that if they keep the dark MAGA movement going, they’ll eventually be able to eradicate the socialist democrats, black lives matter marxist, the minorities, immigrants, refugees and deviants who keep gaming government social programs, because the fear in their hearts has triggered hate mongering for whomever trump frames as unpatriotic. How will they do that? Extradition, segregation, re-education, there are too many citizens in prison, already, it’s impossible! Or are they hoping, for America to become a fascist nation by inciting the alt-right mob to start a campaign of terror? But there’s a drawback, to this diabolical plan, because when martial law kicks in the door, you can kiss all your constitutional protections goodbye. I repeat, if you or the police state mess up, there’s no civil rights defense!
For a government, to facilitate the detainment of undesirable groups, it has to suspend the constitutional protections of the infected community. But here’s the danger with this scenario, can you trust them to lift martial law, after they’ve completed the round-up, or will they use the pretense, that it’s not safe, yet? History tells us that after the citizens surrender their civil rights, chances are they ain’t getting them back.

“Though liberty is established by law, we must be vigilant, for liberty to enslave us is always present under that same liberty. Our Constitution speaks of the ‘general welfare of the people’. Under that phrase all sorts of excesses can be employed by [authoritarian] tyrants—to make us bondsmen.” By: Marcus Tullius Cicero

“The world has enough for everyone’s need, but not enough for everyone’s greed.” By: Mahatma Gandhi

“Ignorance breeds fear. We fear those things we don’t understand. If we don’t put a lid on that fear and keep that fear in check, that fear in turn will breed hatred because we hate those things that frighten us. “If we don’t keep that hatred in check, that hatred in turn will breed destruction.” By: Daryl Davis

“When is the Press the enemy of the state? News Flash: When the state is an authoritarian regime!” By: B. Bondsman

My Faith Story

In order to understand Grace,
first we must ask ourselves,
where is the Giver of Grace,
where is He right now?

Is He in Heaven?
Is He on earth?
Is He in our country?
Is He in our church?
Is He in my home?
Is He in my heart?

And after I discover where He dwells,
then I will know,
if I am the recipient of His Grace.

Because I will never be able to define Grace,
if Jesus is not the Author of my faith.

By: ElRoyPoet © 2022

Commentary: It’s counterproductive to try to change someone’s mind. Because whatever you say, they’ve heard it all before. Their default come back is: “Tell me something new!” And don’t even think about asking: “If you know this, why don’t you ever put it into practice?”, because then all communications will shut down. A better way is to try to persuade the heart, show, don’t tell: A smile; a wave; a warm embrace.

“If you are now wondering where to look for consolation, where to seek a new and better God, a new and better faith, you will surely realize, in your present loneliness and despair, that this time you must not look to external, official sources, to Bibles, pulpits, or thrones, for enlightenment. Nor to me. You can find it only in yourself. And there it is, there dwells the God who is higher and more selfless… The sages of all time have proclaimed Him, but He does not come to us from books, He lives within us, and all our knowledge of him is worthless unless He opens our inner eye. This God is in you too. He is most particularly in you, the dejected and despairing… Search where you may, no prophet or teacher can relieve you of the need to look within… Don’t confine yourself… to any other prophet or guide. Our mission is not to instruct you, to make things easier for you, to show you the way. Our mission is solely to remind you that there is a God and only one God; He dwells in your hearts, and it is there that you must seek Him out and speak with Him.” Excerpt from Hermann Hesse on Hope, the Difficult Art of Taking Responsibility, and the Wisdom of the Inner Voice

“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” Bible, 2 Corinthians 12:9

“If anyone teaches otherwise and does not consent to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which accords with godliness, he is proud, knowing nothing, but is obsessed with disputes and arguments over words, from which come envy, strife, reviling, evil suspicions, useless wranglings of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. From such withdraw yourself… Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy. Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share, storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life. Guard what was committed to your trust, avoiding the profane and idle chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge—by professing it some have strayed concerning the faith. Grace be with you. Amen.” 1 Timothy 6:3-5,17-21

The Plight Of The Patriots

In a democracy, we don’t incite civil unrest;
we don’t advocate for political violence;
we compromise and negotiate
for peaceful resolutions,
because it’s government by the people,
for all the people.

If we already have the best constitution,
why would you want to replace it?
Is there something better,
that I’m not aware of?

Unless your big idea
is to become an authoritarian state,
so that it only benefits
the members of your group identity
and none of the others.

History has shown us, that when you
don’t cultivate your own garden,
nationalist weeds sprout up
and choke the life out of all the flowers.

By: ElRoyPoet © 2022

Commentary: If you let authoritarianism have the upper hand, we will all become bondsman, and democracy will fail, so we have no choice, but to make sure freedom prevails. Don’t believe the devil’s lies, that you can have it both ways. You can’t support democracy and sell your capitalist soul to autocracy. It’s a trick to weaken your conviction; to destabilize your firm foundation; to make you over confident, that you won’t be affected by the slippery slope that leads to autocracy. If you support autocracy, you are undermining democracy—why is that so hard to understand?
The reason why communists, socialists, fascists and marxists embrace each other is because they don’t feel threaten by each other, so they give each other space, in order to maintain their deception of “honor among thieves”.
The only way to save humanity is for truth and democracy to win over deception and autocracy.

Democracy is the government system that is assigned by the people themselves, where they get the chance to choose whom they want to be ruled by. Eligible candidates take their stand and represent their party to fulfill the people’s needs. It is one of the fairest ways to establish a good government where each person has the power to elect their representative, who is going to work in favor of society and for them.
Excerpt from: 17 Pros and Cons of Democracy

“We must choose to live in this world and to project our own meaning and value onto it in order to make sense of it. This means that people are free and burdened by it, since with freedom there is a terrible, even debilitating, responsibility to live and act authentically. Every human is free, but freedom itself is relative; one must embrace limits, moderation, ‘calculated risk’; absolutes are anti-human. ‘I choose freedom. For even if justice is not realized, freedom maintains the power of protest against injustice and keeps communication open.’ If you are thoroughly committed to an idea, are you compelled to kill for it? [Is this is what happens when polarization takes hold of society?] What price for justice? What price for freedom? Absolutism, and the impossible idealism it inspires, is a dangerous path forward.” Excerpts from: How Camus and Sartre split up over the question of how to be free

“The exercise of freedom will always create rebels, because that’s the origin of revolutions. We can’t have a sedentary society, just like we can’t have a perfect union. If you don’t want conflict in your family, church and state, you want fascism, and if that’s what you want, you don’t want democracy.” By: A. Freeman

“Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.” By: Henry David Thoreau

“Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.” Bible, Matthew 6:34

Acts In Futility (Bilingual)

To: Friends and Family

“I can’t loose sleep worrying about when and how doomsday will come. All I can do is spend my waking hours worrying about how and when I can love you.”

“No puedo perder el sueño preocupándome por cuándo y cómo llegará el día del juicio final. Lo único que puedo hacer es pasar mis horas que estoy despierto preocupándome por cómo y cuándo podré amarte.”

To: Christian Nationalists

“I know we can’t choose our fate, but how does one progress or secure our future, if you allow someone from the past to keep pulling your strings?”

“Sé que no podemos elegir nuestro destino, pero ¿cómo puede uno progresar o asegurar su futuro, si permites que alguien del pasado siga manejando tus cuerdas?”

To: Enemies of Democracy

“The only way the comrades can survive a nuclear showdown, is if we have super patriots defending the mother land. Last time I checked, they only existed in comic books.”

“La única manera de sobrevivir a un enfrentamiento nuclear, es si tenemos súper héroes defendiendo la tierra madre. La última vez que lo comprobé, sólo existían en las revistas de historietas.”

By: ElRoyPoet, 2022

Lets talk about the Fermi paradox and filters

Commentary: Scholars who study conspiracy theories note that they flourish more easily when they tap into people’s pre-existing prejudices, stereotypes or fears. They also propagate more readily—in what are perceived as times of upheaval and cultural change—when people feel like the Earth is moving under their feet.

“You can’t wait until life isn’t hard anymore, until you decide to be happy.” By: Jane Marczewski

“It’s about detachment, all the things in your life—you have to also be prepared to live without them.” By: Alexander Hurst

“In every encounter, we either give life or we drain it; there is no neutral exchange.” By: Brennan Manning

“…however, I feel anger and frustration at those who simply looked away. I’m now convinced by hard experience that much, if not most, evil is protected and prolonged by good people who choose not to see or hear. But we are each other’s keepers, and by God’s grace—as well as by the power of the internet, good journalism and truth tellers everywhere—it is harder and harder for us to look away. What we do once we face suffering and injustice, of course, remains to be seen.” Excerpt from We got here because too many good people put their head in the sand

Jesus said, “Watch out for doomsday deceivers. Many leaders are going to show up with forged identities, claiming, ‘I am Christ, the Messiah.’ They will deceive a lot of people. When reports come in of wars and rumored wars, keep your head and don’t panic. This is routine history; this is no sign of the end. Nation will fight nation and ruler fight ruler, over and over. Famines and earthquakes will occur in various places. This is nothing compared to what is coming. They are going to throw you to the wolves and kill you, everyone hating you because you carry my name. And then, going from bad to worse, it will be dog-eat-dog, everyone at each other’s throat, everyone hating each other. In the confusion, lying preachers will come forward and deceive a lot of people. For many others, the overwhelming spread of evil will do them in—nothing left of their love but a mound of ashes. Staying with it—that’s what God requires. Stay with it to the end. You won’t be sorry, and you’ll be saved. All during this time, the good news—the Message of the kingdom—will be preached all over the world, a witness staked out in every country. And then the end will come.” The Message, Matthew 24:4-14

Meritocracy

What is normal;
Is it you,
Or is it me;
Am I who you hoped,
Your brother would be?

If I’m lacking,
And you have plenty;
Don’t talk down on me,
‘Cause I could’ve been you,
And you would’ve been me.

So, if you imagine me,
To be the abnormal;
We all have eyes to see,
And ears to hear,
And that’s as plain,
As plain can be.

I didn’t wish this way for me;
Our Maker,
He decides who we’re to be,
But you can decide,
If you despise me?

By: ElRoyPoet © 2017

“We are all enmeshed in this form of subjectivity, conditioning ourselves to fit with the demands of the market, and expecting others to do the same. Yet our data show that this way of thinking allows the poor to be blamed for their misfortune, and encourages opposition to interventions to support them in favor of attempts to change individual mindsets and behavior patterns. At its extreme, it harms the middle class too…
There’s one problem: mindsets are not free-floating. They are neither optional strategies that everyone can freely adopt nor value-neutral ways of enhancing well-being. Instead, they are embedded in life conditions that have material, social and ideological dimensions, and this is just as true for those of us living in poverty as it is for the rest of us living in financial comfort…
Imagine for a moment what scarcity and instability might feel like at the bottom of the socioeconomic ladder. You are constantly uncertain whether you will earn enough money (will your employer give you the hours you need this week?), while trying to avoid unexpected financial demands (will your child need a new school uniform, or will your car need repairs?). If you’re unable to pay rent, your family loses their home…
A person in this situation is not mindlessly pessimistic and blind to opportunities to fulfil their aspirations; they’re regulating emotions and conserving their energies so that they don’t face continual disappointment or overlook very real threats. In Hand to Mouth (2014), a powerful chronicle of surviving on a low-wage job in the US, Linda Tirado writes: ‘We don’t plan long term because if we do we’ll just get our hearts broken. It’s best not to hope. You just take what you can get as you spot it.’…
To make it easier for people to adopt a mindset that unlocks flourishing, we should first ensure that their needs are met in a stable way, so they experience real control over their life circumstances and have a future that is worth investing in.”
Excerpts from: Why we shouldn’t push a positive mindset on those in poverty

“Since it’s often impossible to get a reasonable sense of what will happen in the future, it’s unfair to blame people with good intentions who end up worse off as a result of unforeseen circumstances. This leads to the conclusion that compassion, not blame, is the appropriate attitude towards those who act in good faith but whose bets in life don’t pay off…Despair thrives where empathy is missing; right now, our lack of compassion for one another is killing us…No matter how smart we think we are, there’s a hard limit on what we can know, and we could easily end up on the losing end of a big bet. We owe it to ourselves, and others, to build a more compassionate world.” Excerpt from The mathematical case against blaming people for their misfortune

Commentary: There’s a universal belief that success and self-worth are nearly identical and if you’re rich you must be either be smart or hardworking. But if you’re poor you must’ve messed up somewhere along the way. People like to believe that they’ve gotten to where they are, because they’re talented or have earned it. That could be true to some extent, but it’s also a fact, that there are people who could have been equally smart or talented and not in that position, because of the barriers that were erected to impede them. It’s hard to sit with the idea, that maybe somebody else deserves to be where they are, more than they do. I think almost everybody, wants to be able to tell a story of making it on their own. However, does that give them the right to have contempt for the less fortunate?

Definition: In a meritocracy there will always be winners and losers, because it takes money and influence to make more money and obtain more privilege. The reason there is inequality of outcome, is because there is inequality of opportunity venues or ways to influence a more favorable outcome.

“The welfare state arises from the attempt to do good with other people’s money. Such attempts always fail because: Nobody spends somebody else’s money as carefully as his own. Welfare is supply driven. Those spending the money use force to collect it and to insure those receiving it use it for ‘right” purposes. Good intentions are corrupted by bad means.” Excerpt from Free To Choose 1980 – Vol. 04 From Cradle to Grave – Full Video

“The Declaration of Independence says, ”all men are created equal.” Friedman explains that this did not mean all persons should or will have equal talents or income. Equal opportunity to better one’s self, and the right to personally benefit from the gains realized, are consistent with freedom. Equality of results requires force. Taking from some to give to others destroys freedom and removes the incentive for creating new wealth.” Excerpt from Free To Choose 1980 – Vol. 05 Created Equal – Full Video

Liberty Campaign Speech

I’m running for the victory,
I can’t give in,
I can’t give out.

Because your love of liberty
is not an after thought to me,
it’s on my mind, all the time.

I’m running for unity;
I’m running for your freedom;
I’m running the race of my life!

Because if fatigue beats me—
who will defend our democracy,
and then we’ll all become cynical?

Help me find my second wind,
and together we’ll be lifted up,
high above, on the wings of eagles.

By: ElRoyPoet © 2022

Opinion: Self preservation can cause you to become a hero or to end up as a zero, or some other insignificant identification number or statistic. Patriots are afraid that the USA will fail due to unrestrained liberalism (see liberty with responsibilities poem) and are willing to cut their losses and jump ship before it sinks, but what are they trading democracy for and which demographic is loosing out on the deal? On the other side of the coin, a country can be tricked into becoming a police state when the population become cynical, because they no longer believe they can make it work or when they refuse to buck the system, out of fear that they have given their elected officials too much power and consequently the government now has the capacity for tyranny.
When Benjamin Franklin said “A republic if you can keep it” He wasn’t aware that when a free country becomes complacent with its status quo (see fellow travelers anecdote), government culture gradually deteriorates, because as a society we have a tendency to become decadent, if we can get away with it. So in order to progress we always have to be vigilant, exercising self-control and trying to make things better for everyone not just the affluent. Otherwise evil capitalists and corrupt elites will become more greedy—and too bad for the people who can’t keep up, because they will have to do without or be forced to assimilate as second class citizens.

Let’s talk about the most important election of your life.

Voting Quotes: “Every time you vote, it is vitality important. Because if you don’t vote, sooner or later you won’t be able to vote anymore.
This may not be the most important election of your life, but it has a fair chance of being the last election of your life.
The most important election is always the upcoming one, even when we are choosing between bad and worse.
This reminds me of a question I heard years ago: Which step of a journey is the hardest?
It could be the first one, because you are stepping from the familiar into the unfamiliar.
It could be the last one, because your energy and desire for the journey are long spent and you just want it to be over.
It could be one of the steps in between, where both of those factors are at play.
It doesn’t matter, those things are really just abstracts. The hardest step is the current one. Because it’s the one you have to take now. This election coming up is the most important election of your life right now. Not just because losing it may well mean that the USA tips over the edge and spirals toward a fascist dystopia or a theocratic apocalypse, but because this is the one you can influence now. This one you can have some say in right now, and if the Democratic Party isn’t the party you want it to be, change it. There are a bunch of groups trying to turn the party into something that more closely aligns with their vision. They all need people to do that. Find the one that best fits your vision for the party and put your weight behind that. If every disaffected voter did that, American politics would be very different, from the current mess it is in.”

“Here in America, it’s a civil society. People who really believe in liberal values. The problem with people who usually vote Democratic, they are a little bit demotivated to go and vote. They think it’s in the bag. They have to be sold 100% for their candidate. But the thing on the republican side, they will go every single time. They don’t care about who represents them.” By: Bassem Youssef

“If our democracy dies, the reason won’t be that Americans were too apathetic to save it; it will be that they voted it out of existence.” By: H. Scott Butler

Commentary: When a country throws up its arms in disgust, because nobody wants to compromise and everybody is constantly digging in their heels, because they don’t want to relinquish the ideology of their polarized parties or culture groups. It becomes easier for society to become cynical about its democratic institutions and the government protections they provide. Physical and emotional fatigue makes cowards out of all of us, and when a patriot believes that he can’t win, he resigns to the temptation—that he perceives to be the easier way out—to forfeit democracy and let a power hungry strong man do the governing for him. In the Bible, the Jews had the opportunity to govern themselves with judges, but they always opted to relinquish their freedom to a king. This provided temporary peace of mind, but eventually the honeymoon is over and the domestic abuse begins.

“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Bible, Isaiah 40:31