ELECTIONS, POLITICS, POWER, RELIGION, FREEDOM OF CHOICE

It boggles my mind as a Canadian, Donald Trump is the front runner for the Republican Party south of our border. Is there anyone who can trump Trump?

Watching from CanaDa, the vitriol and base language developing in America that leads to destruction saddens me. My impression is the Republicans are a front for the self-proclaimed, self-righteous, Christian Right wanting to see their Christian Vision take hold in America and are willing to impose it on the population as they work to make it happen behind the scenes, surreptitiously. We can see evidence of the trend with the new Republican Governors unilaterally, by Executive Authority, abrogating long held Democratic rights of workers and voters.

This is a recipe for an eventual violent insurrection of the various and competing Patriot Groups of Minutemen and other Militias throughout the US standing on guard for the Republic who have been accumulating caches of weapons, training to fight in the Day when Government steps on the Rights of Free Americans. More and more Americans are seeing the Signs that Day is near. Will there be Canadians standing on Guard for CanaDa in that Day so we are not caught up in the violence?

In my view, that is a real contradiction in terms because the Love of God cannot be imposed on anyone. God is looking for Human Lovers on earth who Love God for God’s Love, not God’s Power. God is willing to share Power with all the people who have The Right Stuff within them which is Christ. Everyone in the Human Race is invited to try out and qualify even if others choose not to participate.

Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
To him that overcomes will I grant to SIT WITH ME in my throne, even as I also overcame, and AM set down with my Father in his throne.
He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. Revelation 3:20:22

In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I AM, there YOU MAY BE ALSO.               John 14:2-3

As soon as any Human genuinely and sincerely sets their heart and thoughts on the Way to finding God and Christ above the things of this world, Christ starts preparing that place.

But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool?
Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who SHALL BE heirs of salvation.                                                                        Hebrews 1:13-14

Now if Trump is the front runner for the Republican Party, and only “Good Christians” can be President, why does Trump openly advocate breaking the 10 Commandments and the Christian Right is left silent on the issue or cheering him on?

You shall not covet your neighbour’s house; you shall not covet your neighbour’s wife, or male or female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbour. (including oil)

Trump covets that oil, there is no doubt about that, firmly established in the Public Record. The Christian Right must be made to answer that with the same insistence Trump demanded the President’s Birth Certificate. Now he wants him to produce his University Grades. Obama graduated Suma Cum Laude, with the highest honours, which goes way beyond any notion of affirmative action.

There are two ideas of government. There are those who believe that if you just legislate to make the well-to-do prosperous, that their prosperity will leak through on those below. The Democratic idea has been that if you legislate to make the masses prosperous their prosperity will find its way up and through every class that rests upon it. Speech by William Jennings Bryan on July 9, 1896,

It is 115 years later and the same debate is still being argued and not resolved yet.

Trump thinks he can dictate to the Arab States who own the oil under their ground, the way God designed it to be, while in the US, laws are still being framed to ensure the rich get richer, and the poor poorer.

Does Trump have a plan to stop US Corporations from raising the  prices within the US for the Citizens at the bottom levels of the economic pyramid, and increasingly becoming beyond their ability to pay? Are only American Capitalists allowed to raise prices?

When John Lennon said the Beatles were more popular than Jesus Christ,  I was not offended because it was an objective Truth and reality looking at the whole world. Anyone who loves God loves Truth.

American Christians were so offended by that statement of objective Truth, like the Nazis did with Books, the American Christians burned Beatle Albums. In my view, John was saying to self-proclaimed most Christian America, if you were Truly doing the works of God, the Beatles would not be more popular than Jesus Christ.

It’s in the Public Record. When such a smart Black man occupied The White House, The Republicans declared in Public, their only goal is to destroy Obama’s Presidency and they have been working toward that goal ever since.

I was so impressed when I witnesses via TV, the President of the un-United States say, “If we followed Christ’s Sermon on the Mount, we would have to disband the Department of Defence.” That statement is an Objective Truth, and from that speech, I took note the Christian Right twisted those words, having those who hate him already to hate him even more by saying he perverts the Bible and was against it.

The majority of the atheistic Nation take no note of this Christian power struggle while it is in their self interest to pay attention because it is going on behind closed doors.

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.                                                        Ephesians 6:12

MARIJUANA – AN ISSUE FOR THE ELECTION CAMPAIGN

This Canadian election campaign is boring. There are so many important issues that will affect our Future world that are not being discussed by the Leaders as though they have tunnel vision.

Does Canada have any legitimate business engaging in a civil war in Libya? Libya is no threat to the peace, good order and stability of Canada and we are engaged in a war half way around the world. The Conservative government just jumped into it without consulting Parliament or Canadians, incurring  a new great cost while we are already in deficit spending. No one is talking about it as though Canadians live in some alternate Universe.

For the Watchers and Seers, I found it so strange there were no masses of people, peaceful and non violent, parading through the cities of Libya when the Arab Spring started in Tunisia, spreading to Egypt, Yemen, Bahrain and finally Syria.

Masses of ordinary, peaceful people marching together, unarmed, to protest their Dictators which we have learned were mostly uncritically, quietly, supported in power by the US and the West.

There were no such marches by the Libyan people. As all the American friendly Dictatorships began to fall like dominoes, the only country with oil was not seeing that kind of protest but Libya was not in America’s back pocket.

The 1st news we heard was of an armed insurrection in Libya. The rebels in Libya would not have succeeded without the North Atlantic Terrorist Organization exceeding the UN Mandate and leading the war doing most of the damage by terrorizing the civilians by their relentless bombing campaign. This was not a Civil war despite what our Corporate media tells us. This was the US and Europe seeking the spoils of war. It was not noble, but a takeover of Libya’s resources.

It also distracted news from the masses of unarmed, peaceful people protesting the American supported Dictatorships in Bahrain and Yemen who are being shot and killed by their governments.
Syria presents a different problem for the West and Israel. They prefer Assad the devil they know to the devil they don’t know.

Tripoli looks like it was a beautiful city before it was destroyed by Nato. In viewing it, I have to wonder if Gadafi was so despised by Libyans as the Western media uses the worst adjectives repetitively to describe him? I was disappointed the news media did not make CanaDa’s participation in the plundering of Libya an issue. Only the media has the power to do create issues in the Public Mind.

I doubt the President of The US or Harper would have as much confidence in their own citizens to drive through the streets like that.

Does CanaDa really need to spend $30 billion on a sole sourced, un-tendered contract to buy American jet fighter for the Future that only serves to lower the unit cost for the Americans?  If war planning stretches so far into the Future, such high tech weapons of mass destruction to be used in a Future war will be useless. By that time, it will be nuclear missiles, and F-35 fighters will not save us.

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Fourteen years ago, The Ottawa Citizen published 4 Editorials on 4 consecutive days calling for the legalization of Marijuana. Since then, the Chamber of Sober Second Thought, the Senate of CanaDa, did an exhaustive study of the issue and recommended it’s legalization.

The conclusion of the Senate Report: The Le Dain Commission concluded that the criminalization of cannabis had no scientific basis. Thirty years later, we can confirm this conclusion and add that continued criminalization of cannabis remains unjustified based on scientific data on the danger it poses.

CANNABIS :
OUR POSITION FOR A CANADIAN PUBLIC POLICY

REPORT OF THE SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON ILLEGAL DRUGS

VOLUME III : PART IV and CONCLUSIONS

The government shelved the report, and instead, increased the criminal penalties for possession, including mandatory prison time, and is planning to spend $billions on new prisons.

The $trillion dollar War on Drugs has been waged for 40 years now, and still, the only people profiting off it are the dealers, the Lawyers, the Police, Courts and Prisons. The Canadian taxpayer looses. Don’t forget, it’s mostly Lawyers who write the Laws, and defending drug dealers is a lucrative business, a steady and reliable source of income they would not want to loose. The Police do not want their budgets cut in fighting that 40 year war.

Woe unto you, lawyers! for you have taken away the key of knowledge: you entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in you hindered.

Luke 11

And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.
And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

Genesis 1

We live in a time when every medical chemical compound created by men has the blessing of the Law even with side effects that may be worse than the disease, but a natural plant God created is made illegal by men which is so illogical.

When the Ottawa Citizen published those Editorials, I called the Editor to commend him for having the courage to tackle such a controversial subject. He suggested I submit an article for payment on the Op-Ed page.

When I submitted the following article, and calling the Editor to know the status, he said to me, “I guess now we’re going to have to shit or get off the pot.”  They did not publish it. That Editor left the Ottawa Citizen in 1997 and has moved on. We still exchange the occasional email.

It was published as a Letter To The Editor with the heart and guts edited out so that no reader would have a clear perspective or understanding of the issue.

June 16, 1997 A.D.
Cannabis, Culture & Cost
by
Ray Joseph Cormier

The Ottawa Citizen is to be commended for taking a leading role in attempting to stimulate a public debate on the legalization of cannabis. This voice, added to those of Police Chief Brian Ford, and the head of Interpol, who have called for decriminalization of cannabis, could be the catalyst for a True Common Sense Revolution.

While cannabis has been around for thousands of years, knowledge of it was not in the public domain until the sixties. No one I knew did it, or talked about it until the mass media reported on the new phenomenon called marijuana, spreading through California like wild fire.

I read with horror, the media reporting that anyone who smoked just one marijuana cigarette, would suddenly snap, go blind, commit suicide, rape, plunder and kill. I certainly didn’t want to live in that kind of society. I thought, ‘That’s terrible! The police have to stop that from spreading. Why would people do that?’. In the cold war mentality of those times, I was naive, and believed our media always told the Truth.

One night, a trusted friend told me he had some marijuana. He told me he was smoking it for six months, but was afraid to tell me, knowing I was so against it. Convincing me my fears were based on falsehoods, I tried it. Nothing happened! A month later, my friend had some hash. That time, I experienced what “getting high” meant – to me.

Everyone has heard the expressions, “getting high” or “stoned.” It is as difficult to convey an exact, universal understanding of those words as an experience, as it would be to say GOD, and everyone know in common. There are variables. Generally, cannabis or resin has mildly euphoric and tranquilizing effects simultaneously. Abstract concepts can be expressed verbally, with deeper insights. Fundamentally, cannabis and it’s resin is a social experience. Between users, thoughts, emotions, and words work more efficiently together in communion. Total strangers will take the time to share their lives with the offer of a joint, as in people joining together.

Montreal at that time was vibrant with Expo ‘67. Bohemians had disappeared, and beatniks were fading. The hippies had arrived. Peace, Love, brotherhood-sisterhood, sharing, caring and doing good with one another was the currency with the advent of cannabis. This, in my mind, was a positive change in society. The consensus was the government would have to legalize this beautiful, natural plant. That generation, the parents of today, were going to change the system.

In it’s series of editorials, The Citizen points out the gangsters selling alcohol during prohibition became rich, powerful and violent because the Law made it possible. When prohibition was repealed, the gangsters took their money, and invested in legitimate business. The gangster mentality is profit before people. With funding cuts to health care, education, and other services both cannabis users and non users need, the people should question the rationale for drug laws. How did the hope and promise of a kinder, gentler society degenerate into a leaner, meaner society? Why is a different standard applied to cannabis, than for alcohol and cigarettes?

Organized groups may import by the ton, but once landed, individual entrepreneurs handle retail distribution. These small time dealers are usually the people caught and sent to prison. Media reports reveal that top level dealers have the money to bribe police and other government officials in source countries.

In 1972, I was at the Frank Zappa concert when I met a friend in the crowd. I could not find cannabis or hash for some time, and I inquired if my friend could help me? He reached into his pocket for a 5 gram piece of hash, and broke off half a gram. “Enjoy this,” he said, handing me the piece as a gift. Plainclothes police were working the crowd, and arrested us. Being my 1st offence, I received a six month peace bond. He was sentenced to six months in prison for trafficking. The taxpayer paid $18,000 to keep him there.

The Citizen reported on my last conviction for simple possession of cannabis resin on February 13, 1988. I was sentenced to 90 days in prison. That cost the taxpayer $9,000. The five policemen who came to court to testify on their day off, shared $1200 in time and a half overtime pay. Policemen always go to court on their scheduled day off. The cannabis Law financially benefits only the dealers, the lawyers and the police. The taxpayer loses.

Alcohol and tobacco can kill people. The government is happy to get the tax revenue. Repealing the cannabis laws will greatly reduce government expenditures in police, court and prison costs, and greatly increase government revenue so that hospitals can be kept open, and health care workers and teachers can keep their jobs. Deficit reduction targets and debt repayment will be realized sooner.

By the design of nature, the poorest of third world countries grow the best cannabis. Perhaps it is a crime against nature this unjust law deprives them the income from a cash crop they have in abundance.

We know the Conservative government’s vision and position on the issue. It seems to me if any Opposition Leader had any common sense and wanted to attract new voters to their platform, they would promise to revive the recommendations of the Senate of Canada.

Can Marijuana Be Legal For Religious Purposes?

A PRESENT DANGER

There is a massive propaganda effort underway these days inciting for war against Iran that if left unchecked and consented to by the silence of the people, the Middle East and the world will be caught up in a conflict that will be the war to end all wars and possibly humanity itself.

If we cannot face the evils from our Past, and learn from them Today, we will be ill-equipped to deal with them in the Tomorrows of the Future if humanity does not changes it’s values and ways?

For Now we have Faith, Hope and Love, but the Greatest of these is Love.

1 Corinthians 13

Again the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
Son of man, speak to the children of your people, and say to them, When I bring the sword upon a land, if the people of the land take a man of their coasts, and set him for their watchman:
If when he sees the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people;
Then whosoever hears the sound of the trumpet, and does not take  warning; if the sword come, and take him away, his blood shall be upon his own head.
He heard the sound of the trumpet, and did not take warning; his blood shall be upon him. But he that takes warning shall deliver his soul.
But if the watchman see the sword come, and does not blow the trumpet, and the people are not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand.
So you, O son of man, I have set you as a watchman to the house of Israel; therefore you shall hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me.
When I say to the wicked, O wicked man, you shalt surely die; if you do not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at your hand.
Nevertheless, if you warn the wicked of his way to turn from it; if he do not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your soul.
Therefore, O you son of man, speak to the house of Israel; Thus you speak, saying, If our transgressions and our sins be upon us, and we pine away in them, how should we then live?
Say to them, As I live, says the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn you, turn you from your evil ways; for why will you die, O house of Israel?

Ezekiel 33

The North America news media are not covering in depth, the daily increase in reprisal attacks between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.  This increase in violence, if left unchecked, is a greater threat to our traditional, habitual, routine daily lifestyles over here than anything happening in Libya or elsewhere.

A brief overview of the recent history of the conflict as I see it.

Six years after the 1973 war, Egypt, that did not recognize Israel, signs the Camp David Accord after lengthy negotiations. The Americans committed to pay Tribute to both Israel and Egypt for years and years to maintain Faux Pax Americana.

The PLO, rejecting the recognition of Israel, after lengthy negotiations, acknowledges the reality of Israel and agrees to the terms of The Oslo Accord of September 9, 1993

BOTH Israel and the PLO agreed to these terms,

The preamble refers to the “inadmissibility of the acquisition of territory by war and the need to work for a just and lasting peace in the Middle East in which every State in the area can live in security.”

Operative Paragraph One “Affirms that the fulfillment of Charter principles requires the establishment of a just and lasting peace in the Middle East which should include the application of both the following principles:

(i) Withdrawal of Israel armed forces from territories occupied in the recent conflict;

(ii) Termination of all claims or states of belligerency and respect for and acknowledgement of the sovereignty, territorial integrity and political independence of every State in the area and their right to live in peace within secure and recognized boundaries free from threats or acts of force.” [3]

The following video made in 2001 shows Netanyahu boasting how he emasculated and made inoperative the hope of the Oslo Accord in which the Palestinians formally recognized the State of Israel. Abiding by the terms of the Oslo accord, Israel could no longer expand and build settlements in the Occupied West Bank, the very land that is the reason for Peace negotiations.

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In my view, both sides have violated the Spirit and the letter of that historic agreement offering only the HOPE of both sides accommodating each other by their actions subsequent to the signing. Charges from one side or the other about who of the two parties is the greater “sinner” is as useful as debating how many angels can dance on the head of a pin?

In 2006, in a Democratic election all external monitors declared to be Free and Fair, Hamas won the majority of seats in the Palestinian Legislature with the Democratic right to form the Palestinian government.

That 2006 election radically changed the Status Quo in the conflict like nothing else before it. Israel could no longer claim to be the only Democratically elected government in the area, thereby losing the monopoly on that claim and sense of exclusivity.

We know it is true Democratic political parties in Opposition to whatever government make the most outrageous claims and accusations not having the responsibility of governing. Once they get in power, they moderate those extreme positions and usually end up doing the same things they criticized the previous government for doing.

If Peace and Democracy really was the Goal, Israel, the US and the rest of the Democratic West should have entered serious discussions with Hamas without pre-conditions, and create a framework to move ahead toward the True Peace of  God, realizing and actualizing the inheritance of Abraham by acts that build Trust and Consideration of our Common Ancestry and Humanity in the Common Era.

What did the Democratic West do when the Palestinians  chose a Democratically elected Hamas government? They immediately cut off ALL financial aid to the Palestinians with the deliberate intention of causing a violent split between Fatah and Hamas. In this they succeeded, with Hamas eventually contained within the ghetto/prison of Gaza

Israel, the US and the West denied Hamas a legitimate victory at the Ballot Box. What message did the Western Democracies send to Hamas by their concerted action in aborting the Birth of the 1st Arab Democracy? Bullets over Ballots as it is to this Day?

Statement by Abba Eban, Israeli Foreign Minister, June 14, 1967.

“Wars are not always begun by shots. They are often begun by action and the action which really created the state of war in an acute sense was the imposition of the blockade. To try to murder somebody by strangulation is just as much attempted murder as if you tried to murder him by a shot, and therefore the act of strangulation was the first violent, physical act which had its part in the sequence.”

That was True then when Israel was the victim, but is not True Today when Gaza is the victim?

I think the Palestinians and Islam see the Jews, in the name of their religion, slowly but surely taking more Palestinian land, a little at a time, expanding  and building new settlements on the very land that is the reason for Peace negotiations, contrary to the Oslo Accord.

Israel claims it stands for Peace and negotiations without pre-conditions as the Prime Minister of Israel says all the time.

Every new settlement and expansion is a precondition Israel is setting on the ground. Claiming to stand for negotiations without preconditions, Israel is not willing to talk with Hamas without  Hamas accepting the precondition of acknowledging Israel as a Jewish State. It’s all the Palestinians fault their propaganda convinces the West. The whole world is now beginning to see the difference between lip service and heart service to the Almighty God of Abraham, Father to Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

Of course the Jews don’t see it that way so there is already a Spiritual war taking place in this earth and humans are the host body and proxies of the spirits engaged in that Spiritual warfare.

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Ephesians 6:12

And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. (furiously active in Judaism, Christianity & Islam Today) 
For they are the spirits of DEVILS, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth (Pope, Presidents, Prime Ministers, Rich minority, CEOs) and of the whole world, (the rest of us) to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. 
Behold, I come as a thief. ( when it is least expected) 
Blessed is he that watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. 
And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon. 
Revelation 16

It is a tragedy to see Armageddon on the way that will engulf the whole world because it is not the Will of God. The Bible tells us clearly, indisputably,  if humanity goes down that path, it is the work of the three unclean spirits, devils and the false prophet described in Revelation 16. The Revelation is when we can see it happening in this material world, and those who have eyes to see, can see it happening now.

The greatest achievement of the false prophet is to have religious people believing in their own self-righteousness but not in the righteousness of Christ.

Hear O Israel! The Lord our God is One and we are many.

Are you ready for the roller coaster ride of your life?