Dec 24, 2008

It’s The Love of Money Stupid That is Causing America’s Problems

I do not believe, as one writer wrote, that the love of money is the root of all evil. Why? Evil was here long before money showed its ugly face. However, with regard to America's current woes, the real problem happens to be American values, which are mostly based upon the acquisition of wealth (and the problem of the emerging global economy).

Americans have had it good for a long time, and as a result Americans are not only spoiled but they have an expectation and a sense of entitlement that is second to none in the world. Americans are waiting for things to return to normal. But what ought to be the norm today, will differ greatly from tomorrow's norms, and from those of the so-called normal past.

I have noticed more and more that it is not only the corporate elite, nor is it America’s so-called gentry that are greedy. Greed is rampant in America, and it crosses every social economic line. Can poor people be greedy? The answer is yes. In America, even our poor people are greedy.

Poor Americans hoard as much as the rich, and America’s poor focus upon the acquisition as much as America’s wealthy elite does. Is it any wonder then that America’s poor would prefer that the basic ingredients of capitalism to stay in place, at least long enough until they get there share of the fading American golden pot.

In Proverbs 30 and 8 it is written, keep deception and lies far from me. Give me neither poverty nor riches; Feed me with that which is my portion. Poverty can be as destructive as an overabundance of wealth can be.

On the other hand, Godliness with contentment can be of great gain. America’s problem will never be resolved, in deference to interim short-term fixes. No, not only all of us are willing to accept the fact that we got up in the illusion, the American monetary illusion that we can someday be rich will things change.

Americans are depressed and despondent this year, and it is not because of crime. Americans are depressed given their love of money!

Merry Christmas
Rev. C. Solomon

Dec 4, 2008

Will The United States Require An Automobile Industry in the Future?

Americans are purchasing bicycles, and at the same time the Chinese people are more and more purchasing automobiles.

I am not an apologist for the Bushtanista Party, however, as bad and as poorly run as the Bush Administration was and still is, the fact of the matter is that they are not solely responsible for all of America's current ills; they had some help.

Three comments coming from members of the administration's inner circle by and large describe what was wrong with the flawed Bush Administration. They should explain why the nation is, in part, in the fix that it is in today. Those comments were as follows:

1). President Bush's comments about his base. He made it clear that in deference to what any other American had to say, that he cared solely, about the opinions of his base, and his base alone. The opinions of the American people and its allies didn't carry very much weight with America's ideological President.

2). Vice President Cheney's comments with respect to the American people: I do not care what the American people think!

3). Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld's comments about some of America's allies: Oh, that's just old Europe talking!

However, are these three Neanderthals that I also affectionately refer to as Larry, Curly and Moe, responsible all by themselves for America's crises? Some Republicans and crossover Democrats are trying to scapegoat and place the blame squarely on the shoulders of the Bushtanista Administration. Others I give more credit, at least they are being loyal to the end and willing to go down with the ship that continues to sink.

The fact of the matter is that the Bush triumvirate represented the thinking of a whole lot of Americans. The latter groups represents the embodiment of a venal position that has often been held by an closed group of Americans on both the right and the left. Their objectives has always been to ensure that a certain group of Americans would always retain an advantage over other nations of the world and the majority of the American people. And all of them together determined that they alone knew what was right, and that anyone who did not go alone with their nefarious thoughts, plans and schemes were simply anti-patriotic.

As bad as they were, and no one should forget it, the fact of the matter is that the world has been changing for some time and the historical have not nations are catching up. Given the rise of formerly 3rd world nations (economically) that is, and their newly emerging economies, not to mention the nuanced power shifts that have taken place that filled a former void, the world today has undergone a dramatic change right in front of our American eyes.

Aside from the arrogance of those trumpeters who marched to the beat of the Bush drums, a lot of what we are witnessing now in the global as well as the American economy has more to do with factors other than Bush and the Bushtanistas.

With the rise of the new economic powerhouses, the world has undergone a dramatic economic power shift. The America that once enjoyed a disproportionate share of the world's goods and services is no more. And short of destructive military intervention in nations like China, which some in the Bush party would have endorsed, America's former dominance in the world's economy will continue to diminish. .

The American economy has been forced to adjust to a new world-wide global economy that by and large honed its tactics and skill from none other than the Americans. I was struck the other day by the number of Americans of late who are purchasing bicycles and using them as a major form of transportation in the west. This stood out for me given the number of people in China who are purchasing automobiles. A reversal is already taking places in parts of America, given the complete shift in certain industries from American factories to factories elsewhere in the world.

As President Bill Clinton once warned the American people, many Americans who previously held manufacturing jobs that went overseas, he said, those jobs are not coming back. Who is driving the cars, buying upscale appliances, real estate and enjoying a middle class existence, for one it is the Chinese? America is the recipient of an adjustment. And what nation whose citizens who were formerly employed in a burgeoning labor industry are more and more being laid-off, downsized and repositioned, it is the workers in the United States of America.

So, as incompetent, arrogant, elitists as the Bush Administration was, some of what is taking place is inevitable. It was only a matter of time. Who has a realistic solution to the real problem that America will not retain a disproportionate share of the world's wealth, goods and services in the future? Whoever it is, that person has not articulated it. No one has stood up to say to 300 million Americans that times have changed, and in fact there will be more layoffs in the future, even if the President or President-elect were to save all of the finance, automobile and other industries so that they can sell their products overseas. The former founder of Coca Cola admitted that the only profits being made by the Coca Cola organization are being made overseas.

America is in trouble, everyone knows it, but the right people aren't saying it. At least they are not saying it aloud! More and more Americans will be purchasing bicycles instead of cars, I predict, in the days to come. And, it won't be because of their desire to get some exercise!

And by the way, greedy and America first Americans share a major part of the blame for America's current catastrophe. I believe that what is happening in a larger sense represents comeuppance, America is reaping what it has sown!

Peace & Love
Rev. C. Solomon

Nov 7, 2008

"NO MORE BUSH*T", and we can all be thankful for that!

Someone Has To Pay the Debt for Reaganomics III, Thank God We Avoided Reagan IV: John McCain!

How long will it take for Republicans to realize, I wonder, that someone will have to and have had to pay the bills for ‘borrow and spend Republican administrations’? Forgive me fellow ministers, but one of the best bumper stickers that I ever saw read as follows: NO MORE BUSH*T!

Two days ago, the day following the 2008 General Election, I stopped in at a local retail establishment where I overhead an exchange between the cashier and a customer who was leaving the store. The cashier, an Asian woman, proudly proclaimed that she had voted for President-Elect Senator Obama. The customer responded as he proceeded to walk out of the door, ‘and now our taxes will go up’!

It occurred to me that nothing has been learned by Republicans at the termination of either Reagan I, II or III ,(and we barely missed Reaganism IV with John McCain), borrow and spend, leveraged buyout, trickle down candidacies! President George H.W. Bush presided over the second installment, and his son George H. Bush presided over the third installment.

I was thinking back to when Bush 41 ran against Ronald Reagan two decades ago. Before becoming his Vice Presidential running mate, he described Reaganomics as voodoo economics, however, although he was forced to capitulate in order to be Reagan's running mate. Whether his mind actually changed or not, we will never know.

However, we do know that during the initial part of his first term as President, he recognized that something had to be done given that the nation’s economy was spiraling out of control because before coming to his sense, he had grudgingly adhered to the economic policies of his failed predecessor.

During the latter portion of his administration, George H.W. Bush recognized that America’s debt could no longer be deferred or ignored. He also changed his mind with respect to his previously strong admonition to: read my lips, there will be no new taxes! Bush 41 recognized that America’s bills had to be paid. His change of course, caused him the support of his dubious party and a second term as President. Republicans were against anyone, even one of their own who believed in 'paying the bills'!

None of these gentlemen and I say that loosely, would run their households in the manner that they ran America’s financial system; perhaps their wives had and have been in charge of their household budgets all the time. Can you imagine a household where the heads of the family would simply continue to spend and borrow, and never pay their bills, hoping that their wages would continue to rise commensurately along with spending? Essentially that is why Bush 41 referred to Reaganomics as ‘voodoo economics’. Reagan believed in spending and deferring the debt!

Would you believe that two decades later, Republicans still do not want to pay the bills? Republicans only want to profit from the economy. My answer to the gentleman who proceeded to walk out of the store and others like him is simply this, of course the Democrats have to raise taxes, someone has to pay the enormous bills that are left over from another Republican Administration.

The Republican Governor of California, also known as the Governator has finally acquiesced. In a statement made yesterday to the public, he explained that taxes will have to be raised in order to deal with California's staggering 11 billion dollar budget deficit. What, is the Governator behaving like a Democrat? It is about time. If Republicans don't want to pay the bills, the answer and the solution is simple, stop spending!

Republicans made a fortune off of squeezing the American economy for personal profit, and along with the tax cuts that many of them received -they came out on top, but at the same time the economy is in the tank.

My brother sent me quotation which is apropos for what is taking place in America has been taking place for some time. It was taken from a paper written by Alexander Tyler (ca.1770) entitled, Moral Decline and its Effect On the Collapse of Nations. It reads as follows:

A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can exist until the voters discover they can vote themselves largess from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising them the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy…!

And that is what has essentially taken place under the leadership of the last 3 Republican administrations. Once George H.W. Bush left office, Bill Clinton had to come in and suspend the voodoo economics systems of his predecessor and raise revenues in order to pay off the outstanding debts that were left behind as a result of 3 terms of Republican leadership.

Converseley, when Bill Clinton left office, country was left with a budget surplus that incoming George H. Bush scuttled. And to boot, during the Clinton Administration the majority of America’s citizenry fared better, the country fared better, and no one complained about paying taxes, except Republicans.

Like father, like son and like Reagan? George H. Bush, the leader of the Bushtanistas, will leave the nation with a half-trillion dollar debt, and a staggering budget deficit that is even larger; it will be approximately 1 Trillion dollars.

The first order of business for the next president, President-Elect Obama Hussein will be to raise taxes off the incredible deficit and all of the debts that America will have incurred, to include the bailout, that will be left behind by Republicans who enriched themselves off of the American treasury and market system. Republicans simply put, are not fiscally responsible!

And what else is truly sad about all of this is that just like Clinton and any other sound minded politician or household family budgeter who knows that you have to pay your bills, another Democrat President will be accused of raising American’s taxes, even though he was not responsible for incurring the debts! The latter won’t have the luxury of taking office and ignoring the country’s indebtedness, or to continue to the practice of borrow and spend.

Just as Bill Clinton had to do, our new president will have to clean up the Republican mess, that won't go away by employing Reagan-style 'voodoo economics'.

Thank God that the American voters are smarter than the Republicans who typically run for office and continue to employ the same old already debunked dribble and methods. John McCain and the next group of Americans ought to have learned that after 3 failed Republican Presidential candidacies and Reaganomics, that the overwhelming majority of the American people are willing to pay their debts.

Again, Republicans ought to learn to do the same. And if they won’t pay their debts, then for heaven’s sake and for the sake of the American people, if you ever get into office again and I hope that you won't, please stop incurring debts that someone else in likely a Democratic Administration will have to pay off for you~

Love, Peace & Grace
Rev. C. Solomon

Addenda: Corruption under the cover of government is nothing new: Here are a few noteworthy biblical quotations that apply.

Eccl. 5:8 If thou seest the oppression of the poor, and violent perverting of judgment and justice in a province, marvel not at the matter: for he that is higher than the highest regardeth; and there be higher than they.

Moreover the profit of the earth is for all…

He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase…!

Ps. 94:20 Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with them, which frameth Mischief by a Law?

These two sets of scriptures explain by and large the problems that we have had with Republican Administrations, and the ones who ran these governments, they are greedy, never satisfied and to willing to manipulate the offices that they serve in and the Law in order to accomplish their venal objectives. That spirit lives on in the Republican Party! I pray that Reaganism, along with greed, selfishness, and deception is finally dead!

We must remember that this attitude was apparent at the onset and later at the establishment of this nation when a group of white men decided to found a nation on a flawed premise that favored them; the premise being that they reserved the right to earn as much as that wanted through land-confiscation, indenturing and enslaving other people, forcing them to do the work, and this group of men would retain all of the profits and at the same time resist taxation!

Both Republican American Presidents, CEO's and other government officials, continue this venal aim until this day! Neither of these individuals want to pay a just wage, and at all costs they do everything that they can to avoid paying their fair share.

Rush [Limpball] said it best a decade or so ago: You people can raise our taxes, however, we will still have our limousines, our swimming pools...! My response was then as it now, EXACTLY Rush, so would you stop whining?

Let us all pray that Reaganism, Voodoo economics, Republican neo-fascism are all elements of the past! BTW, has anyone heard from Bill Kristol of late? If not, is there any wonder why. So much for the New Project for an American Century, Kristol an his ilk, helped to get America off on the wrong footing in the 21st Century!

Nov 6, 2008

Oprah [President-elect Hussein] and the American Media Wars: Oprah Won!!

I was beginning to wonder what we would have to do in order to counter the growing number of fascist conservative republican radio and television talk show hosts, individuals who have been blanketing America's airways with venal rightist Republican propagandist rancor; and along comes Oprah! Will a fairness doctrine work?

BTW Oprah, is Gayle single? Hmm baby!

Oprah, without firing a single shot across the media bough, defeated the likes of Rush Lintball, Sean [Insanity], Savage Michael, Gone Gordon Liddy, Arm-weak Williams and Bill 'I just love myself' O'Reilly, Glen [Peck} to name a few, combined. And, she defeated them with a single Obama stone.

All of these individuals over the years leading up to the culmination of this year's Presidential election, have been doing all that they could do apparently to keep the fires of racism burning in America, apparently hoping for racial Armageddon in America.

The moment that Senator Obama became a serious presidential candidate, then this propaganda media Klan-group all Republicans and mostly friends, went feverishly after him. They sought to destroy him, his former pastor, his family and his reputation. And by the way ,America owes The Wright Reverend a debt of thanks for his 2-decade long shaping of America's most recent favorite son; you did a great job Reverend Wright!

All of these jaundiced mostly millionaire media moguls who make a living selling hatred, were defeated by a single black woman who of all places originated from the south! In fact this black woman from the south defeated the confederacy; even Virginia, the former capital of the South fell Oprah's when the citizens of the Old Commonwealth voted for President-elect Obama Hussein!

For decades now, these media fascists that have been protected by their First Amendment right to free speech and of the press, and have been busy at their craft. In my opinion taking advantage of their First Amendment right. But who is this woman Oprah?

I am beginning to look at Oprah differently of late. When I attended this year's commencement exercise earlier in the year at Stanford University, I was not at all impressed with Oprah's keynote address; she has given better speeches than that. On the other hand, given her success in this year's election cycle, I have to wonder what power is working in this woman's life.

And just as the Hussein family would never have imagined it, I suspect until recently, that they would be America's number one family, Oprah I suspect never imagined that she would elect a president and defeat a group of neo-con media hi-tech racists!

Oprah has risen from poverty to become the most successful media person in America and possibly the world, and she has almost single-handedly elected a Scotch-Irish black man to be President. Frankly, she has done in a few years what the civil rights movement could not doing 5 decades.

Oprah Winfrey has proven her strength by defeating the daily clamor of the daily clamor, rancor and propaganda of all of the anti-American syndicated talk show hosts combined, and while doing so she elected a President. I have been arguing with males and females alike that the Sovereign is reintroducing the feminine principle, and by doing so he is bringing balance back into the world. This is a worldwide phenomena that is taking place.

Pandora's jar has been opened, and females will never permit themselves to be relegated to a secondary status again. And I believe that these changes are and will be for the better.

Good luck Oprah, Hillary, Nancy and all of the other females who have reached the pinnacle of American success. I even salute Sarah Palin with this caveat, never permit yourself to be used in the manner that you allowed yourself to be used by Senator McCain's campaign committee. Why? They made you look stupid, and you are not stupid!

And in conclusion Oprah, if Gayle wants to meet a single good-looking Reverend dude, have her to e-mail me; I gave up on Condi - she chose both the wrong sports and political team, otherwise, otherwise she might have had a chance!

Love, peace & grace
Rev. C. Solomon

A NEW DAY: Rev To the Faith In Action Blog

The highlight of my day, following the election of the nascent Senator, resulted from listening to a southeast Asian woman express her joy over his election success. She proudly proclaimed that she voted for Senator [Ohamba]. I suspect that there are a lot of people in America and elsewhere who might not be able to correctly pronounce his name, however, they realize what an Obama candidacy will likely represent to most people of the world.

I haven't seen black Americans express as much elation, not since OJ Simpson was acquitted in the infamous trial of the century. I am pleased to see how infectious the election of Senator Obama has been for so many disparate people in America, the Americas and the rest of the world, not only with black Americans.

A month or so ago in Richmond California, I debated an Obama supporter on the topic: Racial Politics in America; it was a very heated debate. Since 62% of President-Elect Obama Hussein's support came from white Americans, I suspect that now he will agree that my position about where portions of the country stood with respect to race was correct. And more importantly, hopefully, he will address his own issues with racism.

Black Americans, and those individuals from other races who joined in with us in the struggle should feel proud for without the help of the government and many establishment churches, we have made significant progress in the past 50 years alone, when it comes to the struggle of mitigating racism in America.

Having said that, I would be dishonest if I were to imply that I voted for Senator Obama, I did not, and having said that I did not vote for 'I am not my brother's keeper [Cain]', either!

Rev. C. Solomon

Nov 1, 2008

The G7, Worldwide Stock Market & Financial Credit System: Is This The Mark of the Beast?

The Dow Jones Averages --- The S&P ---- The Nasdaq --- The stock symbol and ticker symbols (marks) -- The Opening Bell --- and the World-wide Foreign Stock Markets & Exchanges -

Here is another possible explanation for the Mark of the Beast.

Revelation 13:1 And he [the dragon] stood upon the sand of the sea, and I saw a beast rise out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.

18This calls for wisdom. If anyone has insight, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is man's number. His number is 666.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Please read Revelations 13 in its entirety!

Here is just one other possibility to explain what the Mark of the Beast, taken from the book of Revelations, might represent. It occurred to me recently that the symbols that are often used to describe the volatile changes that take place, periodically, in the American stock market are 'the bull and the bear'. When the market is in a downward spiral, the market is referred to as a bear market, its behavior being compared with the bear often walks with his head down towards the ground.

On the other hand when the market is ratcheting up in a steady, uncontrollable, unpredictable and frenzied pace, it is often referred to as a bull market (its typology being that of a horned bull that is rummaging uncontrollably in the china shop, and destroying everything that gets in its path).

Literalists will counter that the symbols 'bear and bull', do not match up exactly with what John saw in his vision. Combine the two, and consider the image that you come up with.

Any person who is savvy in dream interpretation, recognizes that dream symbols can often be interpreted in more ways than one, and on occasion misinterpreted. And I suspect that is what has been taking place with those who have peradventure attempted to divine the meanings of the symbols in the past. What John saw was in fact a symbolic representation of what would turn out to be an actual event that would take place in these three tenses, local, ultimate and universal prophecy!

There was a time when many believers expected that a beast, would literally rise up out of one of the seas from around the world. At this late date, most Christians have moved beyond interpreting the astral-laden book of Revelations literally in this sense, Christians are no longer looking for Gorgo or some Godzilla-like creature to rise up out of the sea.

The G7 group of nations are headed and 'empowered' by the Dragon, which I believe is the United States of America, the latter being the force that empowers the beast along with its many nation-extensions. The G7 (also known as the G-7 or Group of Seven) is the meeting of the finance ministers from a group of seven industrialized nations. It was not so long ago when the majority of the world's goods, 40 to 50% inured to the benefit of the American consumer.

Americans are unabashed about their divine right, they believe, to own and enjoy the majority of the world's goods. In fact Americans will brag about that inherent right. Today, the United States still enjoys a disproportionate share of the world's goods, services and resources, to include oil. Depending on who you believe, America still consumes one half of the world's oil supply, leaving the other half for all other nations of the world to divide among themselves.

When you keep in mind that the United Nations is comprised of over 190 world representative world nations, it is easy for anyone to recognize that 'the beast' is enjoying far more than its share. In fact the world's economy, finance and trade are unquestionably controlled by the beast.

According to Wikipedia, it was formed in 1976, when Canada joined the Group of Six: France, Germany, Italy, Japan, United Kingdom, and United States of America.[1] The finance ministers of these countries meet several times a year to discuss economic policies. Their work is supported by regular, functional meetings of officials, including the G7 Finance Deputies.

It is not to be confused, however, with the G8, which is the annual meeting of the heads of government of the aforementioned nations, plus Russia.

This group, and their satellites (the horns on the beast)which likely represent other key players like China, Hong-Kong...have climbed in bed with the beast. And more and more all of them control the worldwide-economy together. And, of late the Republic of China has become a strong powerhouse all by itself. The USA and China once enemies have joined together in an economic enterprise whereby China is enjoying a trade deficit with the United States that favors China, and in turn the USA has borrowed and is still borrowing heavily from the Chinese in order to finance the Bush Wars!

The Definition of Blasphemy: NOUN: 1a. A contemptuous or profane act, utterance, or writing concerning God or a sacred entity. b. The act of claiming for oneself the attributes and rights of God.

Does the current world-wide financial, credit, economic, commerce, trade system that has been engineered and headed up by the United States of America blaspheme God? Of course it does, this system has replaced God with a concocted human economic system that praises wealth and the consumption of wealth, one that purports to be self-sufficient and able to meet the needs of the human race. And folks that is blasphemy. And more and more many of these nations are becoming secularist, the ones who were not secularist before.

These human political-economic system govern on their own terms. They provide for the needs people at their discretion, particular to those nations who will submit to them. Those nations who will not submit, often fail to enjoy the world's largess that was put here for all to enjoy, including those who are to come after us.

Many individuals and nations who previously lambasted the American capitalist system are today on board. In fact, many Americans who at one time would kneel down, pray and read a scripture each morning, have also turned turned to the beast each morning in order to be comforted.

Earlier in the morning they rise and check to see how well they have down in the stock market. Some turn to newspapers and check on the Dow Jones Averages ever before leaving the house. Others have their computer programs set to tell them how well they have done. And the more sophisticated and wealthy among us, hire individuals that manage their financial portfolios, and keep them abreast of how the beast treated them during their night of slumber.

Folks, there is no God on Wall Street, or at any of the other Stock Exchanges around the world. The beast has declared that the love of money, is not the root of any evil. In fact some Americans will brag that, "there is nothing wrong with greed'. The sin of greed is that it keeps others from enjoying their portion of goods, produces and services.

In the book, The God That Failed, the author recognized that the political-economic system of the USSR pretended to be a god, one that purported to be able to care for the people, in the end it was concluded that the Soviet God had failed. So far, the American headed version seems to be thriving, even though there was a near meltdown that nearly took down the financial markets of the world several weeks ago. And what causes the near meltdown, it was pure and simple greed.

Both the beast and the dragon have avaricious and insatiable appetites. The two are never satisfied. An American CEO can earn up to 400 times what the average employee in his organizations earns, but still he wants more. The multi-millionaires and billionaires in America and around the world are never satisfied, no matter how much wealth they manage to acquire. This greedy elite group is in violation of divine principles, but they don't care. Why? They believe that their wealth can purchase safety for them.

And where did the original beast and the dragon that empowers him in the book of Revelations come from? According to the Revelation of Jesus Christ that was given to John, it rose up out of the sea of the people, on Earth!

11Then I saw another beast, coming out of the earth. He had two horns like a lamb, but he spoke like a dragon.
12He exercised all the authority of the first beast on his behalf, and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed.
13And he performed great and miraculous signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to earth in full view of men.
14Because of the signs he was given power to do on behalf of the first beast, he deceived the inhabitants of the earth. He ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived.
15He was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that it could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed.
16He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead,
17so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name.
18This calls for wisdom. If anyone has insight, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is man's number. His number is 666.

This calls for wisdom? One has to wonder given what we have witnessed recently, the nearly world-wide collapse of the incumbent world-wide financial credit system which includes the American and international stock market(s), the G7 and G8 might be what the writer John on the Isle of Patmos witnessed beforehand in his vision!

Certainly those nations and people who are not a part of this blasphemous macroeconomic system, a system that more and more rejects divine principles, appear to be suffering the most. The latter groups are under constant pressure to conform to the mandates of 'the beast', which is empowered by 'the dragon', apparently the United States. Those nations, mostly third-world or communist, that are not a part of the system beastly system, continue to be underdeveloped in greater proportion to those nations who have accepted 'the mark of the beast'.

I tell you folks, particularly you biblical eschatologists, that when you consider that it is the United States of America, a nation that is more and more becoming secularist just like many European nations have already become; and when you consider that the United States is literally operating out of ancient Babylon (the Land of Abraham); and the USA is as powerful militarily and financially as all of the other nations combined, one does not have to be a rocket scientist to believe that the United States might be the dragon and perhaps the beast of biblical prophecy!

Is the USA acting alone? Clearly, besides the priests of the world, many other disparate nations of the world, even none Christian nations of the world have come aboard the American style financial credit train! Who needs God, when money has become god, and money is expected to meet all of your needs and to solve your problems?

Those third-world nations like Cuba, Iran, the Democratic Republic of Korea who refuse to submit to the beast that is empowered by the dragon have suffered immeasurably. The United States has continued a half-century boycott against the island nation of Cuba. And how come? The answer is simple, Fidel Castro and the Cubans will not submit to the Dragon and take on the mark of the beast.

Recently eighty percent of the American said that America is 'headed in the wrong direction'. Could the reason be that America is the head of a world-wide macroeconomic system, that violates the principles of the Universe? SHOW ME THE MONEY is the American God! In God we trust, should be removed from the backs of American currency. Americans trust in America, many will die for America, but they will neither stand up for, nor die for the principles of the Almighty.

The solution is for each individual to free her or himself, and to learn to live independently of the global currency standard!

Love, peace & grace
Rev. C. Solomon

Caution: I believe that when humans wake up each day and turn on the computer, wait on Wall Street for the opening bell, or check the stock-market averages, that they are in fact worshipping both the beast and the dragon, that have been susbstituted for the sufficiency of the almighty! Some individuals don't have 'the mark', notice the symbols for each stock corporation either in the paper or on-line, however, I suspect that it is better not to have the mark, instead of the Sovereign. The solution for each individual is to free himself from a currency standard!

Oct 24, 2008

A Letter To A Friend Regarding Religion, The Canon & Closed-Beliefs Systems!

Dear “J”, I was speaking with a young woman, who was obviously Catholic, several years ago.

She explained that all that she really knew about ‘her religion’ was that members of her religious group were not permitted to eat fish on Friday, and she was a strict adherent to that church edict.

I am not trying to disparage the memory of this woman in any way. However, in my opinion she is a perfect example of the problem that plagues most religious people and religious groups today, including Christian ones. Is it any wonder then that secularists, who often study religion and religious sources more than religious people typically do, believe that religious individuals are misinformed?

The problem with religion in general is that what it typically leads to is the creation of groups of self-righteous, intolerant individuals who believe that they have a monopoly on truth and an exclusive access to God. In that regard, religious institutions have a lot in common with human families. How often have we heard an individual say that this is the way that we do things in my family?

Religious groups are essentially family prototypes. The members often refer to each other as sister and brother. And as is it is in families that are related by blood, there is also a symbolic blood relationship among members of religious groups. The members of religious groups will also tell you about what they believe, and how they do things in their religious families. And most religious family groups, claim the Father God as the head of their family.

Jesus warned the Pharisees,, a quasi religious group of his time, that they had shut up the Kingdom of Heaven. He also explained that in spite of their zeal, that they were not going into the Kingdom of Heaven and that they were preventing also keeping others from entering into the kingdom. .

Thinking back to the 17th, 18th century and before (even back to Aristotle), consider how long it took for religious groups, particularly, the Christian Church to accept the factual conclusion of Copernicus, Galileo and others! We are still experiencing the same problem in the post-modern age’ religions and religious people will not accept any other truth that is inconsistent with what ‘their closed-religious family’ believes!

I suspect that we have gone back to the future in terms of concluding what is and what is not true. Many insist on holding on to religious tradition, lore and myth; substantiated or not.

Simply consider how far religion has devolved including the ongoing internecine battles that are going on between extended religious families today. In America, where more religions of the world are represented than in any other nation of the world, the closed nature and intolerance of hundreds of religious groups living side by side is apparent.

Christianity has so many denominations in America, that it is impossible to keep up with them all!

Clearly with this kind of division in Christianity for example, it is apparent that something is very wrong when the members of one family with God as its head, cannot agree. And the Christian family, similar to the Pharisees of the common era claim that they are the ones who, exclusively, are going to heaven. And there are other religious groups that also make similar claims.

Now is that not the epitome of arrogance?

In the United States, many of our religious leaders and religious groups are a laughing-stock among members of the public. Churches are rife wife scandals, some sexual, some financial, and some criminal. Pastors and wives are murdering each other, the divorce rate is high and many members of the clergy are pimping Jesus in order to enrich themselves. And none of the above prevent religious people or group, from claiming that they represent the embodiment of God itself!

I find that the majority of religions have something in common; eventually they lead their adherents to the same cognitive place, which is closure around a set of ideas and beliefs, that are considered to be exclusive and unquestionable truth.

Christianity is not an exception by any means. I give the Apostle Paul credit for predicting before hand, that the leaders in Christianity would eventually seek to draw followers after themselves.

Another example of religious double-speak, of the kind where religious people say one thing and do another, has been exemplified in this year’s Presidential election campaign. We have witnessed a contradiction between Chrisitian belief and practice; something that is often common in American Christian society.

Senator John McCain claims to be a follower of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ believed in social activism and insisted that the poor be taken care of, which is what is often refered to as ‘the social dimension of Christ’s ministry’!

On the other hand, Christian politicians by proclamation, like John McCains, believe that what Jesus believed in was socialism, something that they refuse to practice.

I heard a political Christian strategist say recently that Jesus would have been too liberal for his tastes, yet he claimed to be a follower of Christ. John McCain lashes out at Senator Obama and refers to him as a socialist, when Senator Obama’s economic policies are taken from the scriptures that John McCain claims to believe!

According to the Canon, the first person to die, Abel, who was murdered by his brother Cain, did so as a result of religious denominational/sectarianism. Cain had his manner of worship, and Abel had his. When Cain’s form of worship was not accepted, Cain killed Abel. Christian John Mc-Cain, pun intended, is trying to kill his brother Senator Obama for adhering to the principles of Jesus Christ.

If Canonical eschatology is correct; the last person to die will die for the same reason, religious denominationalism. In fact he or she will, along with millions of individuals be slaughtered due to their religious beliefs, forms of worship and a refusal to submit to the edicts of another dominant religious group. Simply consider what is currently taking place among the 3 major religious groups of the world in the Middle-East of late.

The 3 major religions of the world who all claim to have found God, cannot settle their differences, and in the manner that Cain killed his brother, these groups are killidng each other. It doesn’t sound to me as if any of them have found ‘a God’ to me’! Your reference to ‘just war’, which you obviously borrowed from St. Thomas Aquinas and the Catholic Church is specious at best. According to the Canon, the Apostle James wrote that wars came about as a result of unfulfilled lusts.

To say that the USA has been blessed by the Almighty to be one of the most destructive forces in the planet gives me pause, and I don’t believe it!

I try to be very careful when speaking to individuals, like you, who are sincere and diligent about serving God, and not just Christians but especially Christians, particularly those who sincerely believe that Constantine’s Canon is ‘the word of God’! The Canon is a limited text, and not the exclusive ‘word of God’ that you and other Christians claim.

The fact of the matter is that evolution and transformation are part and parcel of human existence. Times change, people change and our understanding increases with time and it changes with the addition of new information and different experiences. When you mention ‘theistic evolution’ to most religious people, they turn a deaf ear, and consider you to apostate.

Interestingly enough, if you think about it, the next stage in the divine evolutionary life-cycle, according to the Canon, is the transformation of human beings from their current carbon-based forms into the likeness of whatever the non-human form of Jesus will be at the time, a metamorphosis!

You have, as many individuals in the west have done been taught to believe that the Canon is the exclusive unadulterated and inerrant word of God! As a result the deep study that you have engaged in, by now you should know that the Canon was compiled from many unsubstantiated disparate sources.

I visited a ‘Bible Teaching’ church a month or so ago. Afterward, the person who invited me asked, well what did you feel about the minister? I responded, you are correct; the pastor is an excellent Canon teacher. He had profoundly mastered its teachings! Sadly, the Canon is not the exclusive harbinger of truth!

Frankly, the pastor needed to, in my opinion, consider other sources of information that are available. It is dangerous to lock yourself into one paradigm. Many of the terms, phrases and writings in the Canon were derived from other well-intentioned sources I'm certain; however, many of the same were not derived from God.

The Apostle Paul once wrote that all scripture is God-breathed...! I won't argue with that, however, the mistake that most Christians make is to believe that everything in the Canon is scripture, when frankly if what determines what is and what is not scripture depends on it being God-breathed, we already know that numerous texts came from disparate sources. At the time that the Apostle referred to what was scripture, he hadn’t considered, that the letters that he was writing to churches, were scriptural.

We must make juxtaposition between literative truth and what is actual and factual truth. Most of our beliefs today center around what was taught and passed on by individuals who lived thousands of years ago; many of these individuals were primitive and had not done any critical scholarly research. We have accepted ancient interpretations as if they represented exclusive and profound truth! The Apostle Paul said something very profound in 1 Thess 5:21, when he wrote, test or prove all things! If you want to get in trouble in religious circles, particularly, Christianity, make an attempt at testing the voracity of the different aspects of religious dogma!

Let’s consider the epic poem, the book of Job, for a moment. That Job existed appears to be well substantiated. But if you use common sense, one quickly understands that what much of what was written in the poetical book of job is simply literative truth, much of what was written was never spoken.

Simply consider each of the different essays. If you accept everything that is written in Job as being factual, ask yourself who stood there and wrote down verbatim the exchanges and the dialogue that went back and forth between Job and his friends? Someone must have been sitting there with a primitive tape recorder, correct? Either that, or they were a heck of a stenographer!

Also consider the Apostle Paul who admitted that he wrote by permission, having explained that some of what he wrote factually did not come from God. Consider what Jesus said about Moses’ having granted the right of a divorce decree? I use this last example to explain the errancy of the Canon in another context.

By that I mean that all of what is written in it is not inerrant, from the perspective of manuscript support, but according to what Jesus said, that God would have said. Jesus also pointed out that much of what had been later recorded in the Canon, words that were spoken by them of old times, apparently did not derive from God either! In other words, these were not ideas that were etched with the finger of God on stone!

Again Jesus said, Jesus said that in the beginning (apparently by God), divorce was not permitted. Moses, granted divorce on his own, proving that everything that he said or did, which was held as divine truth, did not derive from God.

My Point. Those who take the bible literally, in the context of it having derived from God, and is therefore to be believed to be inerrant are being misled. Moses just another one of its sources, did not get a lot of what was attributed to him from God. Do you truly believe that there were giants on Earth, who came from heaven, and were sleeping with human women?

My thrust is simply this, in all religions there are creeds, sacred texts, practices …., and as humans lock themselves in to a singular text or religion,, for the good that it does, there is also the bad that comes out of limiting oneself to a single text or religion!

People need to be set free, so that they can seek after what is 'actual'. Most denominations or religions will not permit or encourage its adherents to do that; the Catholic is notorious for doing just that, and most Christian religious fundamentalist churches and groups are equally as guilty.

Just as the name Jesus, Allah. Krishna …, were non-existent thousands of years ago, I suspect that in a century or so they will be obsolete all over again, and people will know what is real. Now before you call me a heretic, hear what I am saying.

The anthropomorphic creations of the past that were used to explain God were understandable given where those cultures were at that time. These folks knew little about the human genome, microbial organisms, space telemetry, the space-time continuum, thermodynamics, entropy, and quantum physics, particularly by comparison with what we know today.

Aside from religion, many individuals are simply seeking after what is real, and I applaud the ones who are doing so. And the way that things are going, it appears that what we refer to as God, the anthropomorphic God) will turn out to be something altogether different, what scientists refer to as a God equivalent, a unifying principle, and a singularity.

Factually, I believe that it is time for post-modern man to move beyond outdated religious paradigms that may include literary truth, and rather to seek after what is real, even if that means that outdated ideas will be refuted, debunked and placed in their proper historical context.

Early on, most humans were aware that there was something else beside human beings, the flora and the fauna. They were never able to define it, but out of respect for IT, they attempted to honor or worship IT, and occasionally a pantheon of other higher beings that they believed to exist. We cannot keep living in the past, it is time to live within our own paradigm, and to apply the knowledge and the evidence that we have today, replacing that which is outdated.

Change makes people uncomfortable, because it challenges them to come out of their comfort zones. Jesus was a perfect example of what happens when you try to elevate the thinking of religious people; he was beaten, physically tossed out of Synagogues, harassed, eventually arrested and murdered.

When he attempted to move his Hebrew brethren beyond their thousands of years old paradigms, they also mostly rejected him. Today, Christians and many other religious groups are stuck in their dogma and outdated paradigms – they won’t move beyond their version of The Law. Instead of standing on the shoulders of the ones who preceded the, in an attempt to grow or to evolve if you prefer, most religious people are stuck in the past. Some in the scientific community have acknowledged the discovery of what might be considered, the God particle.

If we could revive our predecessors and speak with them today, they would likely look to us for answers. They would be surprised to know that thousands of years later, their religious descendants haven’t progressed any further beyond what they once believed. In fact, some of our more backward religious people, would in turn ask them, tell them to tell them what is true?

Are most religious groups guilty of what I refer to as spiritual intellectual laziness? Most religious groups are essentially guilty. However, more and more individuals are freeing themselves from the shackles of religion and religious dogma, and they are simply seeking after what is real. Secularists have been doing this all the time. It is time for the majority of religious individuals to do the same thing, or perhaps they will simply be replaced with another generation of individuals who will do so!

Jesus’ thrust was I came to bring the truth, not religion! Close up the book sometimes “J”and think about what Jesus said, that if I go away I will send another paracletos, and that paracletos would guide you into all of the truth. His words weren’t intended to get us stuck in a non-invented at the time Canon. And if those were his intentions, wouldn’t he have instructed his followers to wait for the Canon. The Canon in my opinion is similar to a third-grade primer, and too many Christians are stuck in a 3-rd grade spiritual mindset!

Remember what Elihu said, when debating Job and Job’s elder friend? Elihu apparently said, and I hope he did if he existed, that there is a Spirit in a Man, and the inspiration of the Almighty gives him wisdom. It is okay to research and compare the Hebrew, Sinaticus, the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Septuaginst, the Vulgate …., however true inspiration ought to come from the Almighty and science, for we are getting closer to determining ‘what it is’, not who some believed IT was!

You raised the subject of homosexuality, and Paul’s belief about it. I warn you, Paul also believed that he would be a part of what Christians refer to as the rapture; he expected to be alive when it occurred. Remember that he wrote, ‘we shall not all sleep…’ Paul has been sleep for years, he was in error then and I suspect like most of what has been written about homosexuality in the bible is probably in error. And if that turns out to be the case, we have been pretty mean to some individuals, who had nothing to do with the way that they were born!

Our endocrinologists are just about to speak to the real causes of the source(s) of intersex people and what we refer to as homosexuality. Granted, there are homosexuals who are more likely to be inclined socially to be homosexual, however, there are those who are genetically predisposed to homosexuality, and others who are born with both sexes being prominent.

I am afraid for religious groups and Christians for as more and more of their beliefs will be debunked, most religious groups are going to find it very difficult to get people to believe any of what they are teaching, and to justify their previous misinterpretations which they attributed to God. .

I was in a hot debate on the Capitol mall in DC several years ago regarding this same topic. When I raised the issue of inter-sex people, wherein their parents often selected their surgically imposed, sexual identity most in the Christian crowd became very quiet. Today I ask Christians to consider what was written in the Canon, just as I asked this large group to do, particularly the writings about eunuch. According to the Canon, some are born, others are forced and some choose to be eunuch! Does that sound familiar?.

We know that all fetuses or feti are originally female. Let me ask you this, why do males have nipples? The fact is that we all derive from a common source, and the changes begin to take place while we are in the womb. Having said that, everything doesn’t always develop as it should, and there are as a consequence mixed-gender people, there always have been apparently!

Now are you going to tell me that as a result of development that is out of the control of the feti, that God is going to send people to hell and burn them forever because of a developmental issue? Oh I know, from a Christian perspective I am getting into the doctrine of Universalism.

Actually, I am going beyond that to say that much of the conclusions that were drawn in the Canon and written in many religious texts, did not come from God in the first place. They were instead an outgrowth of tradition, fear and the processes of acculturation. Hell, and much of the rest are likely human inventions!

For my money, I suspect that the demise of religion will be a good thing, if in its place humans will get back to seeking what is real and maximizing their potential!

I encourage you to be diligent, but I caution you about the dangers of locking yourselves into one literative text which has many flaws in it, as you continue your quest of seeking what is real, and questioning what other people have considered other sources have to say! And if we must err, let us err on the side of grace!

Love, Peace & Grace
Rev. C. Solomon

Oct 20, 2008

The Black President of the USA: Also Head of the G7+1, United Nations, Allies & World-wide Military, Economic & Political Power!

In a sense one could argue that the majority of America’s previous presidents have served America well, in this one sense. They labored tirelessly to provide Americans an unprecedented advantage over all other nations and people of the world, as well as an unequal share of the world’s wealth (at least up and until recently).

The latest President, George Bush, in 2003 unabashedly and under a pretext, employed the use of the America military to strike a once sovereign nation in order to take what America could no longer inveigle from Iraq by force, control of Iraq’s oil fields!

What a President Obama will need to do, if he truly believes in justice for all people would put him on a collision course and in direct conflict with America’s me-first and scraps for everyone else’s consumer attitude.

Just think about it, if America had a President who believed in true justice for all people as opposed to an American only specious political excesses for us (its primary aim being to advantage Americans), there would be an evening out and a leveling of the world-wide playing. The latter would in fact mean the diminishing of America’s power, influence and ability to extrapolate more than its share from the rest of the world.

The American leader is considered by the majority of the world to be the leader of the most powerful economic and military nation on earth. And, his power extends internationally, where he is considered to be the leader of the Free World, the most influential if not defacto head of the G7+1 leading economic nations and the United Nations which is headquartered in America.

He will wield consider power over the 198 member nations in the United Nations, by using his worldwide influence and America’s veto power, as one of five of the permanent member of the United Nations Security Council to continue to force an American design upon the rest of the world. This may change if for example the Republic of China were to call in its chips, and throw America into yet another economic tailspin.

And as I alluded to before, a President Obama will be in control of the most powerful world-wide military spy network and weapons of destruction arsenal!

The power of the presidency of the United States can be used for good. On the other hand it can be used as it has often been used in the past, selfishly, and simply to further the interests of the United States, benefit its friends and to create and co-opt markets that are typically exploited in order to benefit Americans, particularly wealthy Americans.

Worldwide, the stakes have been raised since the time that America enjoyed 45% of the world’s goods that inured to the benefit and pleasure of 5% of the world’s population, the American population. Isn’t it interesting that we often refer exclusively to the United States, in deference to the other nations on this continent, as America!

As of late, the rest of the world has been demanding a share of the world’s goods and a rightful place in the world-wide market system which unfortunately, nearly collapsed a few weeks ago. The latter was due by most estimations, of the irresponsible financial actions that took place in the United States of America. Banks in other nations of the world foolishly purchased bad American paper!

President Bush’s actions in Iraq and his father’s actions in Kuwait demonstrate just how much the world has changed, while at the same time America has remained the same, hegemonistic. America began with confiscation of land, people and resources, and 232 years later, America is engaged in the same practices and with unchanged policies. Why? The answer is because America and Americans will never settle for having a fair or equitable share of the worlds goods and wealth.

Americans will criticize their leaders and at the same time demand that the money and goods train, continues to stop at their neighborhoods. And what the United States will not be able to produce or acquire by fair trade practices or hard work, it will do what it has always done to bolster and underwrite its economic advantages over the rest of the world, threaten other nations or directly involve its military in order to take what it wants.

The latter will take place in deference to what the majority of the other world's nations the World Trade Organization has to say. America has been cited more than any other nation on earth for its unfair trade practices, in deference to NAFTA, GATT, CATT and its denial of American protectionism!

With the emerging and burgeoning world-wide global economy, America has only a few choices. It can be satisfied with its share, produce more itself and for itself, or to simply confiscate what it wants, just as it did recently in Iraq. One out of every 4 barrels of oil that are sold in the world, presently come to the United States of America, leaving the rest of the world to share the remaining 3 barrels.

Why has America refused to exploit its own oil reserves? It has been the policy of the United States government to retain America’s oil reserves for national security purposes. For in the event that the USA was ever cut off from oil resources around the world, America would always have adequate oil to defend itself in its own reserves. In other words, America’s policy has been to ‘use there’s and save ours just in case!

I have tried to assure white Americans that a President Obama will not represent a threat to historical self-centered white values. In fact, I suspect that the individuals, who will be disappointed the most by an Obama Candidacy, will be the leaders and citizens of so-called 3rd world nations, and black Americans. Based on what I have heard so far, what the two group’s value the most are not represented in the Obama policy. Obama has made it a practice of chastising these two marginalized groups!

In the manner that ninety-five percent of the black citizens in South Africa believed that things were going to change over night for them, and that there would be a reversal of their previous course of disaffection and poverty, 95% of black Americans believe the same. However, black South Africans discovered that even under the leadership of an icon like Nelson Mandela, a true freedom fighter, and his predecessor, President Mbeki, not much has changed for black South Africans. And to boot Mbeki recently resigned from his presidential post!

That Senator Obama may soon become the most powerful man in the world is significant. But what will matter the most is what he will do if becomes that man, and better he than John McCain, I would argue, even though I am not voting for either one of them. However, and I will repeat what I said before, a President Obama will have to decide whether or not he will stand up for ‘true justice for all people’, as Dr. Martin Luther King and others did, which will take away from the United States but benefit all of people of the world, or risk his reputation and status in the West and support justice and freedom for all people of the world!

Love, peace & grace
Rev. C. Solomon

Addenda: And some have asked, why aren't you voting for Senator Obama or John McCain. I have decided to vote my conscience, and for a qualified person of honor. And I will according to Eccl 5:8 and 9, continue to depend on the Sovereign to intervene in and to balance the affairs of man!

It reads as follows:
5:8 If thou seest the oppression of the poor, and violent perverting of judgment and justice in a province, marvel not at the matter: for he that is higher than the highest regardeth; and there be higher than they.

9Moreover the profit of the earth is for all (socialism?): the king himself is served
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The Black President of the USA: Also Head of the G7+1, United Nations, Allies & World-wide Military, Economic & Political Power!

Oct 19, 2008

Do Not Blame Mexicans and Blacks: Misdirected American Class Warfare & The American Market Place!

When the majority suffers, a minority is in trouble! author unknown

I had the good fortune of sitting and rapping with a couple of American citizens yesterday at the San Jose Flea Market located in San Jose California. Having said that, I am a man, I don't shop; I simply wanted to take a commemorative walk down memory lane, ergo I spent most of my time there talking.

My purchases, at America's largest Flea Market, amounted to 2 white nectarines, 1 white peach and a half-pound of peanuts that cost me a dollar.

Now speaking of white, I said to the two gentlemen that I met who joined me at a picnic table, one of them who had just excoriated 'Mexicans' for taking 'our jobs' , that he was playing right into the man's hands. I reminded them that Texas and other parts of America belonged to Mexico, and that they were simply returning to America and reclaiming what had been stolen from them centuries ago. I also added that just as America walked into and took over Hawaii, and other nations up to and including Iraq, God permitted 14 million Mexicans to simply walk into America and take over in many of the border states.

One of the gentleman asked, what do you mean? I said that the wealthy would like nothing more than to have most Americans distracted, and to the extent that they are engaging in a kind of internal class warfare against each other, as opposed to addressing the real source of the problem. Brother I said, you want to fight over scraps with someone who is in the same socio-economic class that you are in, when the majority of the wealth of this nation is being hoarded by approximately 5% of its population.

Many Americans are doing the same thing when it comes to actual military warfare. Too many Americans are willing to go overseas, and destroy the lives of individuals who are in the same economic predicament that they are in, just to keep a group of wealthy Americans rich. And if you ask some of them, why did you join the military? Many will tell you that they could not find a job, so they joined the military.

They are too obtuse to realize that they have become mercenaries for a closed wealthy American elite group, who use them and pay them a mere military pittance, in order to destroy their enemies or to co-opt their oil or land.

John McCain, actually voted against a sizable increase that would have benefited military mercenaries who represent the same individuals that he is so willing to have occupy another nation (for 100 years if necessary), while he decides which one of his homes he will stay at home in and enjoy.

John and others in his group, from the President right down to the Vice President ..., won’t share their combined wealth $200M and more with the mercenaries who are being sent to kill other people like them. The ones that they are being sent to kill are a part of struggling families with bills to pay, just like them. And too boot, many of these folks haven’t done a thing to the USA.

The wealthy simply crave resources, like oil from other nations, in order to enrich themselves. And they use other people to murder the nationals in order nations, in order to require their resources and in order to control and exploit their markets, not for the reasons that the mercenaries have been given!

Today, I enjoyed rapping with a brother on Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley who had an interesting way of explaining things, let’s call it ‘straight talk’. He said, I am telling everyone that I can to vote for Senator Obama, because ‘the man’ is going to try, using my own words, to steal the election again! I was proud of this brother, a son of a black Naval Officer, who resides at the Alameda Naval Base who was 3 years my senior.

He went on to explain that Obama has to win the [perfectoral...]. I couldn’t understand what he was articulating at that point, so I asked, are you referring to the Electoral College? And in brother style he answered, "yes, that is the 'motherf@**//', that I am talking about"! Now brother man had his own way of expressing things, however, brotha man understood that the internal class war must cease between individuals of like kind and class, and that the real war has to be levied against a system, and the ones who manipulate the system in order to retain the majority of America's wealth.

Back to the flea market, I explained to what turned out to be a sizable group of listeners who joined in to listen to our discussion, that Senator McCain said one thing that was true in last week's debate to Senator McCain. He rightfully explained to Senator Obama that America's major corporations are not creating any new jobs, and that it is small businesses that are creating jobs for Americans.

If you think about it, large corporations as McCain pointed out have been down-sizing their American labor force. Just a few weeks ago, Hewlett-Packard laid off 24,000 employees worldwide. Yahoo will follow suit next week, and these and other corporations have been streamlining their forces,taking advantage of a cheaper labor force overseas. Now at the same time they are demanding more productivity from their already streamlined labor force domestically and abroad! Why are they doing this?

They are doing this so that they can increase their bottom line, which means that there will increased dividends for their shareholders, and for the corporate executive elite group! Well, I asked then, when is enough enough? The idea of America corporate owners is that the reason for the corporation is to maximize profits. However, to the rest of us Americans who have caused these corporations to be larger than life (some with account receivables) that are larger than the GDP of more than one or two nations of of the world, we believe that these corporations have an abiding duty, or should have one to be good corporate citizens and to share the wealth!

As I explained to these gentleman in particular, the other problem with these corporations is that Americans have subsidized these corporations for years by giving them considerable tax breaks. And their way of repaying Americans is to refuse to hire Americans or to share the wealth? There is also double indemnity here, given the same corporations who pay far less to have their products produced elsewhere, import the products back to America and sell them to Americas, like sports wear for example, at an exorbitant price.

And where does all of the extra money that is earned as a result of using cheap labor go, I asked? Answer, it goes into the pockets of greedy shareholders and corporate executives.

I also added that McCain was right, even though he didn't mean to say what I am going to write.
1). Senator Obama ought to rethink his position, and give tax breaks to the smaller corporations, S-Type and others, who will produce jobs for Americans, and tax the larger corporation to the max.
2). Americans ought to boycott America's large corporations who will not provide jobs for Americans, particularly those that pay executives 148 times what they pay their average employees. What happened to the defacto social contract with American citizens?
3). Americans ought to contract with multi-national corporations outside of America, agreeing to purchase their products that will be manufactured in the USA, and built for example by an American labor force.

One gentleman added, and then the American Corporations would simply move overseas. I explained that they are already doing that. Often, some large American corporations are maintain their headquarters in America, however, many multi-national American Corporations have already moved production overseas.

Some in my listening audience of a dozen or more were perplexed, I scared them. They did not seem to understand that the corporate American political elite have been at war with the American proletariat (working class) for some time now.

It has been their plan going back to the founders to control the wealth of this nation, and to retain a lion's share of the wealth of this nation for themselves, and there plan had been working, as long as there was enough low-hanging fruit leftover to satisfy the masses.

However, the pickings are becoming slimmer and slimmer. When one individual can earn three and four-hundred million dollars per annum, while another person is working hard but cannot earn a sufficiency or living wage, something has gone wrong. And the someone who is hoarding the wealth is in trouble, including those government officials who serve the will of the corporate elites and 300,000 registered lobbyists (who represent these corporations) instead of American citizens.

The latest economic/ financial crisis in America should help to wake the majority of American citizens up from their sleep, if nothing else does! Last week, a gentleman wrote me saying that African-Americans were responsible for the current financial collapse in America. In fact he named the College that he currently attends, where in his economics class, this kind of nonsense had purportedly being taught. Now who is stirring up class warfare I ruminated

I remind him and all of my readers that this precedent has been in place, and we have just witnessed its residual effects which were apparent going back to the collapse at Enron, and in the telecommunications less than a decade ago. Pure and simple uncensored greed destroyed those organizations, not black people, and the same thing recently took place in America's financial market.

Venal and sophisticated profiteers who have been in league with elected and appoint government officials, have persistently exploited the working poor in order to garner their ill-gotten gain. Any questionable loans by any bank should have been turned down, regardless of race. And many were turned down by reputable financial organizations. Others approved of questionable loans, in order to increase their bottom line, not caring because they were going to pass the ultimate risk on to someone else!

Greed, derivatives and Americans politicians were and are to blame for the current financial collapse in America, that taxpayers had to ante up for in order to rescue the greed barons. I believe that it is time for class warfare in America, for enough is enough. I believe that it is time to turn America's economic system into a democratic economic system. Americans admire Japan and how democratic socialism operates in Japan and other democratic nations. So what is wrong with having democratic socialism to operate in America?

There have to be controls implemented here, of the kind that are not in place with collusion and complicity from government officials, put there to benefit the wealthy.

As I repeated before, when first President George H.W. Bush, Lee Iacocca, and other American automobile corporate executives visited Japan nearly two decades ago, the Japanese executives who were involved in the meetings said something very telling about the American executives. The Japanese executives described the American executives as gangsters. And they were right then, and they are right now!

Wealthy oil barons, not black Americans, nearly destroyed the California economy just about a decade ago, when greed trumped morality, and now by using similar strategies, other greedy barons in disparate industries and doing the same thing to America! The sad part about members of the 'get rich or die trying groups', is that they never have enough, and they continuously work on new strategies, hoping to figure out how to get more from the lower working market classes of American citizens!

Love, Peace & Grace
Rev. C. Solomon

Addenda: It is not axiomatic that the wealth of many of America's corporations is a result of earned wealth. The latter has more to do with government complicity, the manipulation of the laws on the books and lobbying, the use of the American military ... that provides many American corporations with the lions share of their undeserved wealth!

I spent part of my day again in People's Park in Berkeley California, among a mass group of America's homeless, trying to encourage them to hang on and to develop a system that works for them! The rest of us will have to devise a system within a system that works for us, as opposed to continuing to be exploited by a wealthy elite who view the rest of us as nothing more than 'the market'!

The Fourth Presidential Debate: God v. John McCain

The Social Dimension of God’s Ministry has been rejected by wealthy American Christians including Christian politicians.

In the midst of the non-televised debate between John and God, John said, God, I do not believe in wealth sharing. God repeated the following story to John and to the listening audience, mostly angels, in attendance. The story is taken from the 18th chapter of St. Luke.

[18] A certain ruler named John McCain, came to Jesus and him, "Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?"
[19] "Why do you call me good?" Jesus answered. "No one is good -- except God alone. [20] You know the commandments: 'Do not commit adultery, do not murder, do not steal, do not give false testimony, honor your father and mother.'"
[21] John McCain answered, "All these I have kept since I was a boy," he said.
[22] When Jesus heard this, he said to him, "You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have $100M dollars, 7 properties and a dozen vehicles, and give to the poor Joe the Plumber, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me."
[23] When he heard this, he became very sad, because he was a man of great wealth.
Heaven wouldn’t work for John. According to St. John Chapter 14, in heaven there are many mansions, but only one for every person.

The fact of the matter is that wealth should not have to be forcibly-shared. If the American capitalist economic system were democratized, all Americans would share in America's bounty earn a living wage, poverty would be eliminated, and their would be plenty leftover to care for the disabled and poor.

John purports not to believe in greed. Then John should explain why he and his family are worth $100M, and other hard-working poor Americans have nothing?

Here is a definition of greed, that John purports to be against taken form the American Heritage® Dictionary.

NOUN: An excessive desire to acquire or possess more than what one needs or deserves, especially with respect to material wealth: “Many . . . attach to competition the stigma of selfish greed” (Henry Fawcett).

Clearly John and many of his friends have far more than they need. Rather than attack the nascent Senator Obama, why won't John McCain help Joe 'the unlicensed non-taxing plumber', as opposed to exploiting him in in order to further his campaign?

Rush Limbaugh, about a decade ago said it best with respect to class warfare. Rush said boasting, you can increase our taxes if you care to, however, we will still have our limousines, our swimming pools ...! And my response to Rush Limbaugh was simply this, EXACTLY!

Society is not a bad word, social and socialism are not bad words, selfishness, greed, being self-absorbed and self-indulgent are bad words, but not of late to many Americans!

Socialism was employed by President George Bush and Congress in order to rectify the failures of reckless opportunism and a system that too many have learned to exploit. They would prefer to leave the loopholes in place that they have often taken advantage of in order to benefit themselves, and to disadvantage others.

America has created two classes, a wealthy elite, and the rest of us who are simply put 'a market', to be exploited by the wealthy. The American exploited market group, will be used as long as we allow it to be used in order to help the greedy elites to steal and retain exploitative wealth. Everyone else is struggling, including individuals who earn $250K per annum!

Instead of 'Unenjoyment checks', pun intended, the rest of us need to insist that our system be modified with a view on the needs of all American citizens. Again, democratizing the economic system in this nation is what the rest of us needs to happen!

God would approve of this message! We must do away with man's inhumanity to man as explained by the late philosopher Hagel: '... the ownership of property, and the pursuit of power through class struggle!

Love, Peace & Grace
Rev. C. Solomon

Footnote: Jesus knew that the rich young ruler had a steady income. Had he given up everything that he had at that moment, by weeks end his coffers would have begun to be replenished. He would have lost nothing, and neither will John McCain and others who refuse to create opportunities that will benefit other Americans, particularly the ones who are part of America's working poor class!

Instead, they continue to tear down their barns in order to build or buy even larger ones!

And as of late, someone most have read my mind, because John McCain has decided to give Joe, the non-tax paying plumber, some work to do. Too little and much too late! People have died who could not afford surgery, while McCain and wife sat atop a $100 million dollar annuity and portfolio, while taking advantage of the health benefits that the taxpayers provided for them!

Oct 17, 2008

American Election 2008: God Awakes (From Rest) To Participate!

A Homily by the Rev.

God having tired of what had been transpiring in the Land of the Free and the Home of the Slave for 232 years, the USA, awoke from his rest, and decided to intervene in the 2008 Election!

God thought and thought why don't I raise up a half white black man to preside over a racist nation (the USA), that was built by black Africans, with white slave masters.

So God said, let us make a white black (part African) man 'in their image', and let him preside! So God made an African-white President, Senator Obama, and said, that's good!

Sadly all that most whites saw was a black President and they said, that's bad (that drop of blood thang)!

Some blacks saw only a half white (native Americans might say a mixed breed) and said, that's not good!

However, the inbred races continued to intermarry while living unhappily ever after, well until there weren't any more purely blacks or whites. Afterward. the angels in heaven gave each other winged high fives, God returned to Teman and Republicans nullified God's actions having discovered that God was an unregistered alien who had been assisted by Acorn!

And the more ‘thangs’ changed, the more they stayed the same!

Love, peace & grace
Rev. C. Solomon!

Unless whites are planning another mass extermination of a
nation of people, I suspect that those who are the most resistant 'to change'
had better get used to having black Presidents, and black Americans
around for a long time! Someday we might change
the name of this nation, given Africa's
contribution to it to, The United
African-American States
(the UAAS)!

Oct 15, 2008

Up From Male Oppression in The American Presidential Election in 2008 and Hopefully Thereafter

Imagine how advanced the world and this nation would be, had it not been dominated by militaristic and authoritarian, Lord of the flies, retrograde male leadership, which resulted in war instead of cooperation between the sexes?

Frankly, I can only imagine what the world and the USA have missed out on given the historical suppression of the feminine principle? For perhaps 10,000 years or more, males have been suppressing females and to their credit they still try to love us, endure us, have our babies and our backs!

Besides producing societies through their wombs, consider the other contributions that females have made in politics, science, medicine and literature ..., not to mention our everyday lives, which have often been overlooked or taken from granted. Again, I can only imagine what the world would be like had it not been for the historical and venal suppression of the feminine principal for perhaps 10,000 years.

As a result of what has taken place historically, the world in spite of the progress that has been made with females playing a hampered role is out of balance as a consequence of imbalanced male leadership and domination. Most individuals know that I do not believe in the inerrancy of Constantine’s Canon. Jesus, having contradicted portions of it himself before it was written, proved that certain of its writing contradicted what God said!

Most Christians were born with a diaper, bottle and a copy of the Canon. They were taught from day one that it was absolute; and most Christians are afraid to question it, for to do so they believe would be to question God itself. The fact of the matter is that if most Christians were to consider where it originated and how it was composed and comprised, they might consider that while many parts of it may be accurate, there are certainly parts of it that deserve scrutiny and questioning.

I must take the time to add that there have been many additions, borrowing from other disparate sources, deletions, exclusions, chronological and numerological errors, tampering with it and poetic writings and suppositions from and before the Common Era spliced into it.

We read about giants that once walked the Earth and slept with women. Now does that sound like a fairy tale or what, and what is the source of that story, the typically unaccepted book of Enoch? And doesn't that sound like a male fantasy? However, not only is Christianity guilty, but most religions that have constructed their craft and their holy books based upon borrowing, codifying myths and suppositions have a similar basis in what they consider to be truth.

One thing for sure, in most societies that were male dominated, their holy books and traditions assure you that God intended for males to be the draconian leaders and dominate heads of household, cities and state that many have often turned out to be!

But just think about it, if men had been more balanced and would have shared or understood complimentary leadership, how much more advanced, and how much further along the world and individual societies throughout the history of human existence would have been. How dare anyone tell their counterparts to take care of me, have my babies, raise the babies and shut up? And that is what the God of most religions demanded?

I personally believe that females are even smarter than they are beautiful, and that as a result the world is in the process of a course correction. Males typically fantasize about, fondle and adore female beauty, but at the same time reject female wisdom, knowledge, intuition and powers of analysis, well up and until we get in trouble.

I find that typically when a human seeks to dominate another, male or female, it can be attributed to fear. There seems to be a need to control or conquer what you believe that may conquer or overcome you. Males have feared females and or looked down their noses at them for centuries. And therefore there has been a need for the subjugation of females. Factually, there is an inherent fear by males that females will do to males, what male have done historically to females.

Would a righteousness all knowing and loving God, insist that the number one preoccupation and occupation of males be to hold females in subjection to them? On so-called Judgment Day will God ask men, did you keep your woman in subjection to you, despite everything else that you failed to do? And if you did, then God would say enter into the Kingdom 'my man'! I doubt that what we refer to as God had anything to do with the historical female-subjugation by males.

And may I add that I foresee a time in the future when certain terms and phrases will be obsolete given increased human understanding in terms of what is real. Titles and ascriptions like God, the Unknown, Great Spirit, or divine ascriptions like Krishna, Vishnu, Allah, Yahweh and why not add Santa Claus … will be obsolete, after what is real comes to be understood. Back to the story.

In the USA, witness this year’s General Election, women are very close to achieving their goal of achieving the coveted leadership role that they have been kept away from for thousands of years. It wasn’t long along Janet Rankin and other females were granted the right to vote. Many white Americans once believed that if blacks were to be given freedom at one time, that the nation would be destroyed, which was another justification that was used to keep black people enslaved.

During each election cycle we are told of whites who work feverishly to take away the rights of blacks to vote, by vote tampering, nullification and disqualification. I do not believe that when females become leaders and take their rightful place in leadership roles, particularly in a female-majority society, that it will signal the end of the USA.

I expect that in time that the United States of America will get even better, that is if men don’t then become complete female obstructionists. Do I sound as if I believe that females are perfect and that some will not be as harsh as some males have been, nyat. History has proven that females can be as sinister than males. However, and on the upside there wisdom is needed and it should be brought to and given its place 'in the market square'!

Do all females, particularly the ones that we refer to as radical feminists embrace me? Of course they don’t and I understand why. For one thing, many females lump me in with males who have historically mistreated them. And two, what they are suspicious of is a fact. I am learning to unlearn, but I am not fully there yet.

I still don’t always know what to do with a woman, and I have been very abusive and unfair to women myself in the past. I spent most of my day yesterday at the University of California Berkeley Campus, particularly up top at the Lawrence Hall of Science near the Lawrence Berkeley Lab. Before reaching the high elevations where these buildings are located I spent much of time on the lower positioned campus telling Satan to get thee behind me Satan.

Like most men I experience every male’s challenge (thank you Dr. Cloud and the New Live Crew), the challenge of not looking at females. I often feel that if God didn't intend for us to look at them, he wouldn't have made them so attractive!

Like most males we do to women what women do to flowers, we look at them, and desire to get a bouquet of them and take them home and put them in a base and well, you get my drift.

I suppose that most females do not mind being admired if it weren't simply for their outward appearance. I suspect that it s being treated like an object simply there for male utilitarian purposes is what females reject.

As beautiful as the women that I saw yesterday were, like the female-majorities on most American college campuses, these women are serious intellectuals who expect to be treated as such. I know that many of them are far smarter than me.

Yesterday, it took two women to get me to where I was trying to get to on campus. They may have thought dumb guy after I left, but they certainly didn’t treat me like a male would have treated a female when they provided me with directions.

Dudes, I initially went to the wrong science building, climbed 3 flights of stairs, walked down a long hall and looked for the Conference room only to be told that I was about a mile from the building where I needed to be, literally. Even though the building had a different name on it, I used my innate male cognitive powers to locate the wrong building, I never read the name on the building before entering, I simply knew intuitively where it was. Wrong!!!!

I heard a woman say about her husband, him ask for directions, this man won't even listen to the GPS that is installed in our car, he always knows a better way!

Sadly, Hillary Clinton was dispensed with and Sarah Palin is off to a rough start as she makes her first advent into national politics. However, in both scenarios whatever failures, miscues or shortcomings that have been - can be attributed to male domination and suppression, the misuse of them by males and the lack of experience by both of in the deadly male game of AMerican politics. Either of them might have fared better out in the jungle while being sought out by armed male hunters.

Clearly the McCain campaign is misusing Sarah Palin, although many Americans believe that she has been willingly misused. And the old boys network in the Democratic Party, not the Republicans, including its newcomer rose up and banded together in order to neutralize and eliminate Senator Clinton, despite her contributions to society and democrats.

It is sad that the ones who are closer to life and bear life, and who will attend to often over-looked societal needs will be ignored, misused or discarded by males. I hate to see other people use other people use people then discard them when they are no longer of use to them. I am guilty of having done that to someone in my younger life.

In either of the political scenarios that I just mentioned, males will end up still on top in spite of the manner in which two prominent women have been exploited. And I suspect that if McCain were to prevail, other than to be his cheerleader, then Vice President candidate also be relegated to the proverbial female scrap heap and used if McCain becomes President instead of Obama. But who knows, in time the Spirit of Vashti or Esther of the Hebrew scriptures might rise up along with a sense of pride in Sarah Palin?

What does religion have to do with any of this? If you accept the Canon I ask you to consider the text found in Joel 2:28 and 2:29, and ask yourselves. Why is it that a prophet has to announce that Heaven will be reintroducing the feminine principle and pouring out Spirit on all flesh including females?

Was that text saying that prior to that time that Heaven had not poured out its spirit on females, as males would have you to believe, you know a woman 'ain't suppose to preach'? And even if you take that position you must ask yourself if that were e the case and suddenly Heaven decided to pour out its spirit on all flesh, why haven’t most males accepted that pronouncement, many even until this day?

Or could Heaven have been saying that because males would not take the foot of oppression off of females, that Heaven itself made an announcement that Heaven supports females! I suspect that it was the latter. Again, what all have we as the human race missed, given the historical suppression of the female voice?

Since males by and large are responsible for most biblical and other religious writings, women typically had to write using synonyms, one has to consider that the male-slanted story explaining what happened in the Garden of Eden has male preference written all over it. Paul slipped up at one time and wrote in the book of Galatians that in Christ, there is neither male nor female…!

You ought to hear how male pastors and teachers try to explain that text which is contradicts what Paul om other Pauline letters and other male writers wrote!

Given that gender could only matter in a matter world, why would a God care about gender as we males care and stake our lives on? It seems to me that the one time that men will focus on the term ‘rule’, is when they apply it to a woman’s need to be ‘ruled’ by a male. Men see that as a divine right.

On the other hand there is something else in the Canon that is called, 'the Golden Rule’. And most men have overlooked the rule of treating others as you want to be treated. I do not know of any individual that wants another to rule over them one day of their lives much less everyday of their lives, particularly when that ruler is a cruel, self-absorbed dominating-type ruler.

I have looked into the faces of women who love their spouses, and believe that they he loved them, and they have been so sorely disappointed. Why? They have discovered that female-domination means far more to their counterpart than love does!And the poor males, they cannot understand what is wrong with her, and why has she shut down. Do unto others men.

If God, the literative male-God, did establish a rule that males should dominate as we have been taught then we have to ask this question, have males abandoned their birthright given their cruelty and lack of skill and ability to lead without demanding subservience? Clearly there has been a paucity of skilled leadership among males.

I would think that if God intended for males to lead, then they would have been equipped to lead, and clearly most of us know that it is not the case. The average female often appears to know more about leadership by the time that she has reached pubescence, than many males figure out by the time they are septuagenarians or ready for the grave.

Why this big pitch for females, and have I overlooked the fact that misandry or radical feminism exist, folks females although required to be, are not perfect. The fact of the matter is that I simply recognize that the nuclear family, societies and the world appear to be out of balance. And I attribute much of it not to the devil, but our having missed out on the female ingredient, component and contribution, due to dominate male leadership.

Males have set out since the beginning to destroy the female ingredient, and we are still behaving in the same manner today. Imagine a cake or pie or any other recipe that has been prepared when an essential ingredient has been left out.

You might respond that even in the animal Kingdom males are often dominate. In many instances that appears to be true, particularly when the male animal engages in physical male dominance. And unless we are no more than animals, it would be befitting for human males to behave in the same manner as their lower-male counterparts. Oftentimes, just as it is taking place in the human kingdom, female animals drive the males away.

We need to embrace, support, encourage and draw on female, wisdom and courage, something that we have ignored for millennia! In a home, oftentimes the female will shut down after repeated male-dominance, suppression and subjugation. However, it appears that in the market square, the females have agreed to fight back. I suspect that all of us and our future will be better because they have! Just imagine a whole new world!

Love Peace & Grace
Rev. C. Solomon