Trump’s American Exceptionalism is a Return to the Dark Ages

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Trump’s American Exceptionalism is a Return to the Dark Ages

It is no measure of health to be well-adjusted to a profoundly sick society. — Jiddu Krishnamurti

In the eight months since Donald Trump was sworn in as president, there has been little evidence that his slogan “make America great again” has benefited anyone in the country, besides his own family and friends. Instead, his ongoing divisive rhetoric and rebuttals against “fake news” have further widened the chasm of antipathy across the nation.

Die-hard Trump constituents, quietly brooding over continued hardships, have ramped up their unqualified support, despite, or perhaps because of, the negative portrayal of his efforts. Ideological foes, resisting him at every turn, are convinced he will carry the country to hell in a hand basket.

Meanwhile, all Americans are being anesthetized by the epic and unending wars in Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Afghanistan, terrified by the unpredictable gamesmanship of North Korea, and confounded by the existential threat of nuclear confrontation with Russia.

While these horrendous events are being staged largely in the “Muslim world” and thus deserving of scant coverage in the media, the gut-wrenching topics that directly affect the quality of American lives remain in a death-defying suspension, especially the issues on which the election was pinned. Health care reform — one of the most polarizing election slogans — heads down a perilous vortex, the infrastructure stagnates, the environment asphyxiates, and the promise of job creation remains a cruel hoax for the countless believers who had yearned for the dignity and respect that comes from making a living wage and self-sufficiency.

Xenophobia is the only diet into which Trump’s disaffected followers can sink their teeth. Those who had felt marginalized and voted for Trump, expecting to improve their lives, are primed and programmed to scapegoat immigrants and Muslim refugees, well before (if ever) the “great” jobs materialize. Meanwhile, those who had denounced Trump as a charlatan burn with rage over his inability to act as the leader of the “free world” and stand up against Russian interference in our elections (a charge predictably denied by Russian President Vladimir Putin).

The issues of racism, xenophobia and jingoism raise questions about the intent of “make America great again.” If these extremist views reflect a dark side of America, how do they compare with other vastly divergent views on American exceptionalism?

In his article in The Atlantic (Feb. 2, 2017), How Trump wants to Make America Exceptional Again, author Peter Beinart closely examines Trump’s vision of America, compared with other recent leaders.

Mitt Romney said, “It is our belief in the universality of these (God-given) unalienable rights that leads us to our exceptional role on the world stage, that of a great champion of human dignity and freedom.” Newt Gingrich said it is America’s unfettered capitalism. And former President Barack Obama said it was for its ever-expanding circle of inclusion.

Meanwhile, Trump and travel ban architect Stephen Miller are defining a new and constricted American exceptionalism. It is undeniably deviant in focus and jing

THE ARMY OF SATAN - PART 4 - The Loyal Army | Illuminati - Luciferian - Freemasons

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Free-fall: Loss, Remembrance, Meaning

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Free-fall: Loss, Remembrance, Meaning

It’s that time of year again. This feeling of unease, which usually settles in around the middle of August, morphs into apprehension then dread as the 9/11 anniversary approaches. Each year seems to have a central theme — a flood of forgotten memories bubbling to the surface, new connections, revelatory insights. The close proximity to Hajj this year caused me to examine my personal journey as a firefighter and arson investigator in the New York City Fire Department (FDNY).

As I replay the numerous episodes of life and death drama sprinkled throughout my career, two experiences stand out that marked my first and last years. Aside from the symmetry of opening and closing my tenure, they are etched in my memory because they capture the fragility of life and the lasting consequences of the acts of a few on the many.

A knock on the door

It was 1982 and I was several months into my first year at Ladder Company 12 on 19th Street in Manhattan. As a probationary firefighter with less than one year on the job, I ritually checked out the truck and cleaned the tools after the morning roll call. This meant taking various tools of the trade to the slop sink at the back of the firehouse, scrubbing them with steel wool even if they didn’t need it, and applying a light coat of oil to prevent rust. There were the forcible entry tools of an ax and a Halligan bar, the latter an odd-shaped pry bar named after an FDNY chief in the 1940s. Then there were the long poled hooks used for pulling down ceilings to inspect for fire spread as well as for dropping the anachronistic fire escape ladders adorning the remaining tenement buildings at the advent of Chelsea’s building boom of high-rise luxury apartments.

I was checking the five-gallon fire extinguisher to make sure it was fully charged when the knock on the firehouse door came. I didn’t think anything of it until I heard a flurry of movement and my lieutenant telling the house watchmen to turn the truck out as he darted out the door. Thinking it was a fire, I followed him in hot pursuit lugging the fire extinguisher I had been assigned as the can man. As I ran down the street, I heard the overhead doors open as the truck edged out against traffic.

I looked for smoke but only saw a small crowd of people, soon joined by my lieutenant, on the far corner of 19th Street and Avenue of the Americas. As I approached, I saw that they were standing over a young man in traditional Hasidic garb, wedged between the curb and a parked car, who had just jumped from a 10th-floor window. Despite the pool of dark crimson blood spreading beneath the back of his head, his bewildered look revealed that he was still alive.

My lieutenant, a grizzled veteran of the Bronx and Brownsville firestorms of the 1970s, placed his fingers alongside the man’s neck. Subdued, he muttered softy to no one in particular that it was his goodbye pulse. Unable to move or speak, the man’s pale blue eyes seemed to lock onto mine until they glazed over like the eyes of an animal you had just put out of its misery.

The oppressive feeling of despair hung in the air like heat radiating from a hot summer sidewalk. An EMT crew bounded over but did a quick about-face when they grasped the gravity of the scene. The man’s co-workers came down in shock. Sure, he had been complaining about being unable to find a wife, but no one expected him to suddenly hurl himself through an open window for a permanent solution to the tempor

45 Watch: The Decline of an Empire

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45 Watch: The Decline of an Empire

 

Empires, just like the history they mold and define, repeat themselves in identifiable patterns. Though each empire has its own complex interplay of power and struggle, they all tend to grow through militaristic strength, ascend to economic supremacy, then decline from bloat and corruption.

Some empires were small and lasted for over 1,500 years, like the early Tamil Pandyan and Chola dynasties in India. Others were enormous — the Mongol empire ruled over the largest contiguous land kingdom in history — conquering large swaths of the planet and cycling through the repeatable pattern in less than 1,000 years, like the Roman, British and Ottoman empires.

These empires start to decline for more than 100 years before the official end comes. That decline is now consuming the most powerful modern empire: the United States of America. This isn’t a conclusion developed as an empty threat paraded around by U.S. enemies, pundits or attention-seeking provocateurs. This is the serious, evidence-based postulation of America’s own military.

In its 2017 annual report released this summer, the Strategic Studies Institute (SSI) at the U.S. Army War College said America has entered a “post-primacy” period — an era in which we are no longer the most important force in the world.

Though President Donald Trump’s empty slogan of “Make America Great Again” riled up the patriotism, racism, misogyny and xenophobia of large parts of White America, his presidency is doing the exact opposite of his hat-front rhetoric: accelerating our decline.

Five characteristics of decline

“While the United States remains a global political, economic, and military giant, it no longer enjoys an unassailable position versus state competitors,” the SSI states. “The status quo that was hatched and nurtured by U.S. strategists after World War II and has for decades been the principal ‘beat’ for [Department of Defense] is not merely fraying but may, in fact, be collapsing.”

The SSI report lists five characteristics of the post-primacy stage, all of which are directly being exacerbated by our current president and the darker internal forces aligned with his movement.

1) “Hyper-connectivity and weaponization of information, disinformation, and disaffection”

In other words, social media’s ability to quickly promote truly false information has created a population of people willing to blindly believe anything that bolsters their narrative. Trump has made this progression even more incendiary by decrying all media that shines a critical light on him and his administration as “fake news.”

This disinformation has been weaponized by men like billionaire hedge fund manager Robert Mercer. He is the leading money man behind Breitbart, the right-wing news site that peddles nativist, misogynistic and White supremacist propaganda as news. He also supports former Breitbart standout-turned-outcast, Milo Yiannopoulos, whose new website peddles in the same themes, just for a younger audience. If that doesn’t prove Mercer’s c

Homeschool Curriculum Part 2 | 2nd Grade | Ambleside online | Charlotte Mason

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Homeschool Curriculum Part 2 | 2nd Grade | Ambleside online | Charlotte MasonIn this video I share the books and resources we will be using with my 7 year old son, as he goes into 2nd Grade. We are using Ambleside online's Year 2 curriculum. This video is focusing on Circle time. This includes subjects such as history, science, art and more! Visit my co-ordinating blog-post for the full list of resources and links: http://wp.me/p8wklJ-Ez Watch Part 1 HERE: https://youtu.be/rg164zvjvGw Visit Our Muslim Homeschool's BOOKSHOP for Islamic curriculum and school books: www.ourmuslimhomeschool.com/shop If you have any questions, please leave them for me in the comments below. Thanks for watching! Other Places To Find Me: My Blog - http://www.ourmuslimhomeschool.com/blog Instagram - http://instagram.com/ourmuslimhomeschool Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/ourmuslimhomeschool Twitter - http://twitter.com/OurMHomeschool Pinterest - https://uk.pinterest.com/OurMHomeschool

Homeschool Curriculum Part 1 | 2nd Grade | Charlotte Mason | Ambleside online

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Homeschool Curriculum Part 1 | 2nd Grade | Charlotte Mason | Ambleside onlineIn this video I share the books and resources we will be using with my 7 year old son, as he goes into 2nd Grade. We are using Ambleside online's Year 2 curriculum: http://amblesideonline.org/curriculum.shtml This video is about his Daily Work, i.e. Reading ,writing, copywork, Quran and more! Visit my co-ordinating blog-post for the full list of resources and links: http://wp.me/p8wklJ-Ez Watch Part 2 HERE: https://youtu.be/BzD793UD2QU Visit Our Muslim Homeschool's BOOKSHOP for Islamic curriculum and school books: www.ourmuslimhomeschool.com/shop If you have any questions, please leave them for me in the comments below. Thanks for watching! Other Places To Find Me: My Blog - http://www.ourmuslimhomeschool.com/blog Instagram - http://instagram.com/ourmuslimhomeschool Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/ourmuslimhomeschool Twitter - http://twitter.com/OurMHomeschool Pinterest - https://uk.pinterest.com/OurMHomeschool
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45 Watch: The Decline of an Empire

45 Watch: The Decline of an Empire

 

Empires, just like the history they mold and define, repeat themselves in identifiable patterns. Though each empire has its own complex interplay of power and struggle, they all tend to grow through militaristic strength, ascend to economic supremacy, then decline from bloat and corruption.

Some empires were small and lasted for over 1,500 years, like the early Tamil Pandyan and Chola dynasties in India. Others were enormous — the Mongol empire ruled over the largest contiguous land kingdom in history — conquering large swaths of the planet and cycling through the repeatable pattern in less than 1,000 years, like the Roman, British and Ottoman empires.

These empires start to decline for more than 100 years before the official end comes. That decline is now consuming the most powerful modern empire: the United States of America. This isn’t a conclusion developed as an empty threat paraded around by U.S. enemies, pundits or attention-seeking provocateurs. This is the serious, evidence-based postulation of America’s own military.

In its 2017 annual report released this summer, the Strategic Studies Institute (SSI) at the U.S. Army War College said America has entered a “post-primacy” period — an era in which we are no longer the most important force in the world.

Though President Donald Trump’s empty slogan of “Make America Great Again” riled up the patriotism, racism, misogyny and xenophobia of large parts of White America, his presidency is doing the exact opposite of his hat-front rhetoric: accelerating our decline.

Five characteristics of decline

“While the United States remains a global political, economic, and military giant, it no longer enjoys an unassailable position versus state competitors,” the SSI states. “The status quo that was hatched and nurtured by U.S. strategists after World War II and has for decades been the principal ‘beat’ for [Department of Defense] is not merely fraying but may, in fact, be collapsing.”

The SSI report lists five characteristics of the post-primacy stage, all of which are directly being exacerbated by our current president and the darker internal forces aligned with his movement.

1) “Hyper-connectivity and weaponization of information, disinformation, and disaffection”

In other words, social media’s ability to quickly promote truly false information has created a population of people willing to blindly believe anything that bolsters their narrative. Trump has made this progression even more incendiary by decrying all media that shines a critical light on him and his administration as “fake news.”

This disinformation has been weaponized by men like billionaire hedge fund manager Robert Mercer. He is the leading money man behind Breitbart, the right-wing news site that peddles nativist, misogynistic and White supremacist propaganda as news. He also supports former Breitbart standout-turned-outcast, Milo Yiannopoulos, whose new website peddles in the same themes, just for a younger audience. If that doesn’t prove Mercer’s c

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Free-fall: Loss, Remembrance, Meaning

Free-fall: Loss, Remembrance, Meaning

It’s that time of year again. This feeling of unease, which usually settles in around the middle of August, morphs into apprehension then dread as the 9/11 anniversary approaches. Each year seems to have a central theme — a flood of forgotten memories bubbling to the surface, new connections, revelatory insights. The close proximity to Hajj this year caused me to examine my personal journey as a firefighter and arson investigator in the New York City Fire Department (FDNY).

As I replay the numerous episodes of life and death drama sprinkled throughout my career, two experiences stand out that marked my first and last years. Aside from the symmetry of opening and closing my tenure, they are etched in my memory because they capture the fragility of life and the lasting consequences of the acts of a few on the many.

A knock on the door

It was 1982 and I was several months into my first year at Ladder Company 12 on 19th Street in Manhattan. As a probationary firefighter with less than one year on the job, I ritually checked out the truck and cleaned the tools after the morning roll call. This meant taking various tools of the trade to the slop sink at the back of the firehouse, scrubbing them with steel wool even if they didn’t need it, and applying a light coat of oil to prevent rust. There were the forcible entry tools of an ax and a Halligan bar, the latter an odd-shaped pry bar named after an FDNY chief in the 1940s. Then there were the long poled hooks used for pulling down ceilings to inspect for fire spread as well as for dropping the anachronistic fire escape ladders adorning the remaining tenement buildings at the advent of Chelsea’s building boom of high-rise luxury apartments.

I was checking the five-gallon fire extinguisher to make sure it was fully charged when the knock on the firehouse door came. I didn’t think anything of it until I heard a flurry of movement and my lieutenant telling the house watchmen to turn the truck out as he darted out the door. Thinking it was a fire, I followed him in hot pursuit lugging the fire extinguisher I had been assigned as the can man. As I ran down the street, I heard the overhead doors open as the truck edged out against traffic.

I looked for smoke but only saw a small crowd of people, soon joined by my lieutenant, on the far corner of 19th Street and Avenue of the Americas. As I approached, I saw that they were standing over a young man in traditional Hasidic garb, wedged between the curb and a parked car, who had just jumped from a 10th-floor window. Despite the pool of dark crimson blood spreading beneath the back of his head, his bewildered look revealed that he was still alive.

My lieutenant, a grizzled veteran of the Bronx and Brownsville firestorms of the 1970s, placed his fingers alongside the man’s neck. Subdued, he muttered softy to no one in particular that it was his goodbye pulse. Unable to move or speak, the man’s pale blue eyes seemed to lock onto mine until they glazed over like the eyes of an animal you had just put out of its misery.

The oppressive feeling of despair hung in the air like heat radiating from a hot summer sidewalk. An EMT crew bounded over but did a quick about-face when they grasped the gravity of the scene. The man’s co-workers came down in shock. Sure, he had been complaining about being unable to find a wife, but no one expected him to suddenly hurl himself through an open window for a permanent solution to the tempor

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THE ARMY OF SATAN - PART 4 - The Loyal Army | Illuminati - Luciferian - Freemasons

THE ARMY OF SATAN - PART 4 - The Loyal Army | Illuminati - Luciferian - Freemasons

THE ARMY OF SATAN - PART 4 - The Loyal Army | Illuminati - Luciferian - FreemasonsTHE ARMY OF SATAN - PART 4 The Loyal Army (Illuminati - Luciferian - Freemasons) المومن الرشید ارتش شیطان - قسمت چهارم ارتش وفادار شیطان For watching other parts check out our channel Donate: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=EN79XRUF35QWL Subscribe to: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCe9vItWRBhVS02qWncdJBlQ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Rational-Believer-1681438735465040/ -Rationality comes out of Islamic Belief
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Trump’s American Exceptionalism is a Return to the Dark Ages

Trump’s American Exceptionalism is a Return to the Dark Ages

It is no measure of health to be well-adjusted to a profoundly sick society. — Jiddu Krishnamurti

In the eight months since Donald Trump was sworn in as president, there has been little evidence that his slogan “make America great again” has benefited anyone in the country, besides his own family and friends. Instead, his ongoing divisive rhetoric and rebuttals against “fake news” have further widened the chasm of antipathy across the nation.

Die-hard Trump constituents, quietly brooding over continued hardships, have ramped up their unqualified support, despite, or perhaps because of, the negative portrayal of his efforts. Ideological foes, resisting him at every turn, are convinced he will carry the country to hell in a hand basket.

Meanwhile, all Americans are being anesthetized by the epic and unending wars in Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Afghanistan, terrified by the unpredictable gamesmanship of North Korea, and confounded by the existential threat of nuclear confrontation with Russia.

While these horrendous events are being staged largely in the “Muslim world” and thus deserving of scant coverage in the media, the gut-wrenching topics that directly affect the quality of American lives remain in a death-defying suspension, especially the issues on which the election was pinned. Health care reform — one of the most polarizing election slogans — heads down a perilous vortex, the infrastructure stagnates, the environment asphyxiates, and the promise of job creation remains a cruel hoax for the countless believers who had yearned for the dignity and respect that comes from making a living wage and self-sufficiency.

Xenophobia is the only diet into which Trump’s disaffected followers can sink their teeth. Those who had felt marginalized and voted for Trump, expecting to improve their lives, are primed and programmed to scapegoat immigrants and Muslim refugees, well before (if ever) the “great” jobs materialize. Meanwhile, those who had denounced Trump as a charlatan burn with rage over his inability to act as the leader of the “free world” and stand up against Russian interference in our elections (a charge predictably denied by Russian President Vladimir Putin).

The issues of racism, xenophobia and jingoism raise questions about the intent of “make America great again.” If these extremist views reflect a dark side of America, how do they compare with other vastly divergent views on American exceptionalism?

In his article in The Atlantic (Feb. 2, 2017), How Trump wants to Make America Exceptional Again, author Peter Beinart closely examines Trump’s vision of America, compared with other recent leaders.

Mitt Romney said, “It is our belief in the universality of these (God-given) unalienable rights that leads us to our exceptional role on the world stage, that of a great champion of human dignity and freedom.” Newt Gingrich said it is America’s unfettered capitalism. And former President Barack Obama said it was for its ever-expanding circle of inclusion.

Meanwhile, Trump and travel ban architect Stephen Miller are defining a new and constricted American exceptionalism. It is undeniably deviant in focus and jing

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Jettisoning Johnson Makes America Less Great, Again

Jettisoning Johnson Makes America Less Great, Again

Conservatives have succeeded in infusing religion into our government. It has taken four decades for this slow, creeping, strategic effort to succeed, but it has succeeded. Nowhere has this been more obvious than in our laws and policies, and nowhere is this more visible than in two highly contested cases decided by the Supreme Court. In the now infamous Citizens United case, the Supreme Court decided corporations are entitled to anonymous, monetized free speech. Four years later, the Court decided in the Hobby Lobby case that corporations have the religious freedom to ignore health care laws. This means that religious entities, unlike all other American entities, do not have to adhere to all the provisions of the Affordable Care Act.

The most recent culmination of this movement’s success occurred in May, when President Donald Trump directed the Internal Revenue Service to allow religious nonprofits to play active, partisan roles in politics while retaining their tax-exempt status, thereby nullifying the Johnson Amendment. These infusions of religion into government critically endanger minority communities and threaten the separation of church and state. As such, these Supreme Court decisions and Trump’s order must be undone.

The Johnson Amendment: What it does and its supporters

Trump’s directive to ignore the Johnson Amendment allows Christian and cultural conservatives to anonymously influence elections and public policy, especially as they seek to exclude religious minorities and immigrants from politics and society. This contravenes the explicit impetus behind the amendment.

Introduced in 1954 by Democratic Senator Lyndon Johnson, the amendment limits the political activity of tax-exempt organizations. Reflecting the historical, simultaneous concern about Communist and Christian “propaganda” in politics, Johnson’s legislation declares that 501(c)(3) organizations — which can include schools, hospitals, foundations and churches — “are absolutely prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of, or in opposition to, any candidate for elective public office.” Organizations can espouse how individuals lead their lives, but they can neither advocate for or against a specific political candidate nor a specific piece of legislation upon which to base that lifestyle. Note that a Republican Congress adopted this Democratic-sponsored measure without debate, and Republican President Dwight Eisenhower signed it.

The reasoning for this decadeslong, bipartisan restriction is clear and straightforward. These organizations say they provide a public good like education, health care, welfare, religious services and the like. As long as they provide such goods, the government does not tax them and allows for other tax-deductible benefits. Also, those donating to these organizations can deduct their contributions from their own taxes. The IRS thus misses two opportunities for revenue. Moreover, unlike other 501(c)(3) organizations, places of worship and their integrated auxiliaries do not have to file a tax return with the IRS.

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