The Politicians You Deserve

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“You get the politicians you deserve.”

~Former U.S. President Barack Hussein Obama



The True Ruling Power

“The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, and our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of…. It is they who pull the wires that control the public mind.”

– Edward Bernays, Public Relations


Politics and War

Johnadamsvp.flippedI must study Politicks and War that my sons may have liberty to study Mathematicks and Philosophy. My sons ought to study Mathematicks and Philosophy, Geography, natural History, Naval Architecture, navigation, Commerce and Agriculture, in order to give their Children a right to study Painting, Poetry, Musick, Architecture, Statuary, Tapestry and Porcelaine.

~John Adams


The Puritans Were The First To Outlaw Wife Beating

a_fair_puritan“Puritans became the first Western society to expressly outlaw wife beating. “Every married woman,” stated the Massachusetts Body of Laws and Liberties in 1641, “shall be free from bodily correction or stripes [lashings] by her husband unless it be upon his own defense upon her assault.””

“Three decades later—and still a century before the Declaration of Independence—the pilgrims of Plymouth Plantation went even further. A husband who beat his wife could be prosecuted and subjected to a fine—or even a public whipping, they decreed.”…e__123425.html

Source:, Comment #20

The Insidious Wiles of Foreign Influence


I entreat you, fellow-citizens, never to forget the solemn declaration of the father of your country: “Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence, (I conjure you to believe me, fellow-citizens,) the jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake; since history and experience prove, that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of a republican government.” This is the warning of the immortal Washington, and should not pass unheeded. To the same effect spoke other revolutionary patriots. Jefferson says, “I hope we may find some means in future of shielding ourselves from foreign influence, political, commercial, or in whatever form it may be attempted. I can scarcely withhold myself from joining in the wish of Silas Deane—that there were an ocean of fire between this and the old world.” And Madison said, “Foreign influence is truly a Grecian horse to the republic. We cannot be too careful to exclude its entrance.”

~William Hogan, Popery! As it Was and as it Is, Crusade Against the Albigenses

Extremes in Government are the Ready Way to Ruin All (London’s Lamentations)

Thomas Brooks, 1670, London’s Lamentations, The Epistle Dedicatory:

Fasces lictoriaeWhen Vespasian asked Apollonius what was the cause of Nero’s ruin, he answered, that Nero could tune the harp well—but in government he did always wind up the strings too high or let them down too low. Extremes in government are the ready way to ruin all. The Romans had their rods for lesser faults, and their axe for capital crimes. Extreme right often proves extreme wrong. He who will always go to the utmost of what the law allows, will too too often do more than the law requires. A rigid severity often mars all. Equity is still to be preferred before extremity. To inflict great penalties and heavy censures for light offences, this is to kill a fly upon a man’s forehead with an axe!


Religion in the News, July 2016

Some recent-ish religion-related headlines:

Girl with a Bible (Faith of Our Fathers)A Growing Vigilante Group Targets U.S. Mosques

Catholic teenager ‘was tied to a cross and hung from a wall by his bullying workmates during a campaign of abuse over his religious beliefs’ 

Chinese Christians Forbidden from Holding Prayer Meeting

Christian assemblies violate kids’ human rights, says UN

Christian ice-cream salesman is tortured by 20-strong Muslim mob in Pakistan because his food was deemed ‘unclean for children’ due to his religion

Christians in China are “growing so fast” that by 2030 it’ll have more “churchgoers” than US

Court: must allow homosexuals

Famous Evangelical says Trump accepted Jesus Christ

Muslims converting to Christianity ‘to avoid being deported’: C of E warning over hundreds of asylum seekers asking for baptisms to exploit legal loophole

New Law Will Cripple the Church in Russia

Pastor Says State Law Threatens His Right to Teach the Bible in His Church

Russian Church welcomes shutdown of “Moscow church of scientology”