WHY WORLD WAR II NEVER CAME TO AN END

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The video just released this past week has already captured a good deal of interest.  For those who want to continue to learn more about the influence of Nazism on America – our politics, economics, military, and technologies – I will begin to share selections from the Power Quest Books.  While published in 2012, they are even more relevant now than they were 4 years ago.

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WHY WORLD WAR II
NEVER CAME TO AN END

The cover-up arose initially out of what were perceived to be the legitimate needs of national security. Imbued with the anticommunist spirit of the Cold War, intelligence officials decided to fight fire with fire, to enlist Eastern European Nazis with anti-Soviet backgrounds in a guerrilla and propaganda war against the Soviet Union. These Americans were not evil or vicious; they believed that moral ends justified immoral means.

John Loftus America’s Nazi Secret: An Insider’s History, 2011

“I think it’s very dangerous for even an individual to be toying
around with the occult.  When you see nations doing it as
a matter of national policy that really gets scary.”

James Mills, novelist, cited by Alex Constantine

When Did World War II End and III Begin?

Book One of Power Quest, opens the door to the topic that Fascism and Nazism clandestinely escaped Germany after 1945 to be revived in institutions, both governmental and private, throughout the Western Hemisphere.  Ironically, while the ‘Allies’—the United States, England, France, and the Soviet Union—celebrated their victory over the Third Reich, tens of thousands of German scientists, engineers, and spies (who proved too valuable to imprison or execute despite their horrendous war crimes) slipped into the United States, the Soviet Union, and South America. With all due respect to one of the great movies of all time, this story of the survival of Nazism was the true ‘great escape’ of World War II.[i]

THE SORDID STORY OF HOW AMERICA HAS BEEN IMPACTED BY NAZISM

THE SORDID STORY OF HOW AMERICA HAS BEEN IMPACTED BY NAZISM

It was thanks to meticulous plans developed over a year earlier by Martin Bormann, Hitler’s second-in-command, and complicit American government leaders eager to gain an upper hand over their former Soviet allies. In fact, even while the victors were sorting through the pieces of war-torn Europe negotiating over the spoils, the Nazis were already engaged in winning the next war.  Depending upon your point of view and despite the fact that no one yet has been declared the winner, it’s a victory the Nazis already may have secured.  As asserted in the prequel, upon closer inspection the Cold War wasn’t just the story of how Capitalism conquered Communism; it was the story of how Nazi Germany, despite its near total defeat and the stunning devastation of its greatest cities, spurred the ongoing battle between these two alternative competing ideologies and tainted America in dramatic and permanent ways.

Playing one off against the other, surviving Nazis carved out a path to not only personally thrive but eventually to wage a secret war, until their clandestine reemergence within western ideologies and institutions would be undetectable.  Furthermore, the invasion of Nazism supported by American institutions became so thoroughly ensconced in U.S. bureaucracy, the cover-up continues to the present day, many times led by ‘lieutenants’ unaware of how their dutiful actions undermine the patriotic and idealistic ‘myth’ of American ‘exceptionalism’ and ‘defender of freedom’.  This is not to cast aspersions on what America should represent; however, it underscores our actions haven’t always lived up to our ideals. America’s republic should be a role model for other nations, although it often fails in this mission.  (Our self-interest undergirded by our invincible military leads most nations to see us as an empire builder and aggressor.)

Ultimately, the winners of the last century weren’t just ‘ideologues’, the real victors were the elite bankers, the European aristocracy, numerous multi-national corporations (headed by the ‘Robber Barons’ as Theodore Roosevelt called them), and especially the royal families of the world with their dynastic American counterparts who, conspiring together, gained an insurmountable foothold in their drive to regain or retain the power to rule the world.  This author built the story by exposing the machinations of American/ European politicians and financers pre-, during, and after World War II, and how their actions empowered a ‘utopian’ power quest that still continues.

For readers who haven’t read Book One, allow me to recap these nefarious political and financial dealings since Book Two builds upon the findings of Book One: post-world War II historical falsehoods and operational faults promulgated by both our federal government and large, privately funded institutions in select and strategic ways. In essence, this allowed massive American organizations to prey upon many American citizens without their consent. It also supported an anti-biblical cosmology or worldview which has come to undermine Christian influence in America.

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Additionally, whereas Book One was devoted to the personal proclivity of individual Americans to embrace pagan spiritualism and supernatural philosophies as a means to secure private meaning; in Power Quest—Book Two I identify the many dark methods employed by German Nazism (devised and developed through its spiritual occultism) and how these infiltrated America through conspicuous, willing institutions acting shamelessly and inconspicuously. Their utter lawlessness which I will attempt to expose embodies what the New Testament calls “the spirit of Antichrist” and destines America to a disturbing fate which, from this author’s vantage point, is unfortunately already coming to fruition.

The Greatest Story Never Told

Calling upon the words of author Jim Marrs from his book, The Rise of the Fourth Reich (2008), I declared this tale to be the greatest story never told.  “The Germans were defeated in World War II… but not the Nazis.  They were simply forced to move.  They scattered to the four corners of the world.  Many of them came to the United States and penetrated what President Dwight D. Eisenhower termed ‘the military-industrial complex’.”[ii]

I also cited the author, Curt Reiss (an English correspondent who had traveled throughout Europe during World War II), who wrote presciently (in 1944, mind you, one year before World War II ended), that the next world war was already underway. 

For Nazism or Fascism is by no means an Italian or German specialty.  It is as international as murder, as greed for power, as injustice, as madness…If we don’t stamp out the Nazi underground, it will make itself felt all over the world; in this country too.  We may not have to wait ten years, perhaps not even five.  For many years in the past we closed our eyes to the Nazi threat.  We must never allow ourselves to close them again.[iii]

They [the Nazis] had better means for preparing to go underground than any other potential underground movement in the entire previous history of the world.  They had all the machinery of the well-organized Nazi state.  And they had a great deal of time to prepare everything.  They worked very hard, but they did nothing hastily, left nothing to chance.  Everything was thought through logically and organized to the last detail.  Himmler [along with Bormann] planned with the utmost coolness.  He chose for the work only the best-qualified experts—the best qualified, that is in matters of underground work.[iv]

According to Reiss, Himmler had said, “It is possible that Germany will be defeated on the military front.  It is even possible that she may have to capitulate.  But never must the National Socialist German Workers’ Party capitulate.  That is what we have to work for from now on.”  Not only did Reiss see this conspiracy from his perch, The New York Times declared in the early 1950s that “Nazism is not dead in Germany.” Given the time and opportunity, “a form of Nazism could again rise to power.  Materially speaking, Nazism was smashed into a pulp by 1945,” but the “vigorous roots remained.”[v]

Additionally, Book One of Power Quest documented American capitalists had hundreds of millions invested in German corporations ($471 million by 1941 to be exact)—therefore, they had no intention of losing their vast assets.  “Secreting the business know-how, financing, and management out of Germany was in everyone’s best interests—except those who fought and died to stop the fascist war machine.”[vi]

Then Book One brought to light the treasonous role of American industrialists.  The astounding unprosecuted crimes of how American businessmen befriended Hitler, seeing in him a means to keep the Soviet Union bottled up, were blatant and incriminating:

By the mid-1930s, with the government, military, and the German cartels now firmly in hand, Hitler knew it was time to strengthen his influence over international bankers and businessmen.  Despite his declared intentions to nationalize German businesses and curtail the power of international business and finance, Hitler initially had little trouble getting funds from corporate sponsors who saw his National Socialism as a necessary alternative to worldwide Communism. [vii]

Additionally, this author cited several ‘insiders’ who documented the validity of a story that otherwise would be too fantastic to believe. Citing Power Quest Book One:

According to John Loftus, Nazi War Crimes prosecutor for the U.S. Department of Justice, “much of the wealth was passed out of Germany by German banker Fritz Thyssen through his bank in Holland, which, in turn, owned the Union Banking Corporation (UBC) in New York City.”[viii]  Two prominent U.S. business leaders who supported Hitler and served on the board of directors of the Union Banking Corporation were George Herbert Walker and his son-in-law Prescott Bush, father of George H.W. Bush and grandfather of President George W. Bush.


The attorneys for these dealings were John Foster Dulles and his brother Allen.  John later became secretary of state under President Dwight D. Eisenhower while Allen became one of the longest-serving CIA directors before being fired by President John F. Kennedy in 1961.  Both were original members of the Council on Foreign Relations.  Their commitment to German companies and indirectly, to Nazism is well documented by no less than the U.S. government itself. 


John Loftus, author of AMERICAS NAZI SECRET on Alex Jones' Infowars

John Loftus, author of AMERICAS NAZI SECRET on Alex Jones’ Infowars

On October 20, 1942, the office of U.S. Alien Property Custodian, operating under the “Trading with the Enemy Act” (U.S Government Vesting Order No. 248), seized the shares of UBC on the grounds that the bank was financing Hitler.  Also seized were Bush’s holdings in the Hamburg-America ship line that had been used to ferry Nazi propagandists and arms.  Another company essential to the passing of Nazi money was the Holland American Trading Company, a subsidiary of UBC.  It was through Fritz Thyssen’s Dutch Bank, originally founded by Thyssen’s father in 1916, that Nazi money was passed.  The Dutch connection tied the Bush and Nazi money directly to former SS officer and founder of the Bilderberg Group, Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands, who was once secretary to the board of directors of I.G. Farben, with close connections to the Dutch Bank.  Loftus noted, “Thyssen did not need any foreign bank accounts because his family secretly owned an entire chain of banks.  He did not have to transfer his Nazi assets at the end of World War II, all he had to do was transfer the ownership documents… from his bank in Berlin though his bank in Holland to his American friends in New York City:  Prescott Bush and Herbert Walker.  Thyssen’s partners in crime were the father and father-in-law of a future president of the United States.[ix] [Emphasis added]

We should also mention the leading shareholder of UBC was E. Roland Harriman, brother of Averell Harriman, also an owner and later U.S. ambassador to Russia (so named by Roosevelt in 1943); who along with the Bushes, were members of the Yale secret society Skull and Bones.  It has also been documented as recently as 2003 by the New Hampshire Gazette that the Prescott Bush failed to divest himself of holdings in the Silesian-American Corporation, a Nazi front company providing much needed coal to Germany during the War.[x]  Publisher and historian Edward Boswell recounts the story:

The story of Prescott Bush and Brown Brothers Harriman is an introduction to the real history of our country.  It exposes the money-making motives behind our foreign policies, dating back a full century.  The ability of Prescott Bush and the Harrimans to bury their checkered pasts also reveals… collusion between Wall Street and the media that exists to this day.[xi]

In a recent republication of Loftus’ original work, The Belarus Secret (now titled, America’s Nazi Secret, 2011), furtive details are revealed from recently declassified documents whose publishing Loftus was forbidden by the our government to disclose 30 years ago.

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THE DAUGHTER OF BABYLON

Loftus informs us, by referring to these declassified government documents, that Herbert Walker invited Brown Brothers Harriman, an investment firm, to team with the Harrimans and Rockefellers in their financial strategy (None dare not call it a conspiracy!)  It “had so many corrupt ties to the Nazi regime that it became the only bank in New York State history ever to obtain permission to shred its wartime and prewar files.[xii] [Emphasis added] Aiding their efforts: both Nelson Rockefeller and Averell Harriman were former governors of New York; this former status supplied these elite members of American business the political and legal power to ‘pull this off’ by pulling the wool over the eyes of the public.

Nelson Rockefeller and Averell Harriman were both heavily invested in Brown Brothers Harriman, which in turn owned several subordinate corporations run by Prescott Bush. These corporations were later seized by the wartime U.S. government as Nazi fronts, but were quietly returned to their American owners in the 1950’s. The last of the seized Nazi corporations, the film giant GAF, was released back to its owners during the Kennedy administration.[xiii]

The Union quietly Banking Corporation was seized as a Nazi front by the Alien Property Custodian during WWII, but was quietly returned to its owners in 1951. The overwhelming majority of the UBC stock was held by Roland Harriman, Averell’s brother. However, Prescott Bush and his father in law, Herbert Walker also held a few shares which apparently became the source of the Bush family fortune.[xiv][Emphasis added]

PRESCOTT BUSH AND SONS INCORPORATED

PRESCOTT BUSH AND SONS INCORPORATED

It is not inaccurate to declare that investments in Nazism built the fortunes of many future leaders of America!  Furthermore, the infiltration of Nazis into America and how the U.S. government secretly and energetically made this possible (which will be explored in detail in Chapter 2), originates with the recognition that American industrialists, cooperating with a select few Europeans (in particular, Prince Bernhard of Holland, former Nazi and founder of the notorious cabal, the Bilderbergers), placed power and profit ahead of patriotism.  Winning the war might have been valued by these American ultra-elites, but their holdings in the Thyssen Holding Company and a subsidiary, Union Bank Company assured them that no matter which side won, they would retain their wealth. As financiers say, they were ‘hedged’.  However, their good fortune involved more than a clever financial strategy—intrigue and murder were not beyond them that they might ensure their riches outlived the War.

Army intelligence officer William E. Gowen of New York City recently tracked down a retired Dutch Intelligence officer who told him how the scam operated. At the end of WWII, Prince Bernhardt [future founder of the Bilderbergers] sent a Dutch intelligence unit into the Russian zone of Berlin ostensibly to retrieve the crown jewels, which were buried in the vault of the bombed-out Thyssen Bank.  In reality, Operation Wilhelmina was merely a cover for retrieving several truckloads of corporate stock and ownership papers which were returned to the Netherlands. The Netherlands bank manager quickly recognized that his “neutral” bank was being compromised. He flew to New York City to inform his American counterpart, Prescott Bush, that both their banks were fronts for Nazi money. The bank manager’s body was discovered soon afterwards.  The Dutch intelligence agent was his son. [xv]

Nazi Forward Planning

Likewise, Book One discussed how Martin Bormann, Hitler’s second in command, masterminded Operation Eagle Flight.  On August 10, 1944, Bormann coolly assembled his team of Nazi party members and key German industrialists in Strasbourg (Alsace), a few weeks after D-Day (the allied invasion of German-occupied France on June 6, 1944), and put in place plans that would ultimately create 750 foreign front corporations broken out as follows:  “58 in Portugal, 112 in Spain, 233 in Sweden, 214 in Switzerland, 35 in Turkey, and 98 in Argentina.”[xvi]  Adding more detail to the story here:  Bormann used the carrot and stick effectively.  If the industrialists did not follow the plan, he would use his extensive network of Nazi spies and assassins already present throughout much of the world, to exact judgment.  If they complied, he would provide loan guarantees through the enormous accumulated financial war chest (being secreted out of Germany in a variety of ways).

Also quoted was Paul Manning, a CBS Radio journalist during the War, author of Martin Bormann: Nazi in Exile, to confirm these facts:

[Bormann] utilized every known device to disguise their ownership and their patterns of operations:  use of nominees, option agreements, pool agreements, endorsements in blank, escrow deposits, pledges, collateral loans, rights of first refusal, management contracts, service contracts, patent agreements, cartels, and withholding procedures.”  Copies of all transactions and even field reports were maintained and later shipped to Bormann’s archives in South America.[xvii]

PAUL MANNING OF CBS - BORMAN: NAZI IN EXILE

PAUL MANNING OF CBS – BORMAN: NAZI IN EXILE

However, even these astute and reputable sources don’t stand alone. Other trusted and well-known third-party sources confirm these very same facts (mind you, with no particular ‘axe to grind’).  Several other sources not mentioned in Book One are summarized below.

First, Howard Armbruster confirmed the same Bormann scheme in his book, Treason’s Peace:

A few weeks after the surrender, Democratic Senator Harley M. Kilgore returned from an early postwar trip to occupied Germany with the announcement that he had uncovered proof of the plot to revive I.G. Farben and other German war industries, and that German industrial leaders were already preparing for the next world war.[xviii]

Likewise, the mainstream news services brought this truth to the foreground after secret documents from World War II were declassified.  In May, 1996, Reuters logged this story:

NEW YORK (Reuter)—Realizing they were losing the war in 1944, Nazi leaders met top German industrialists to plan a secret postwar international network to restore them to power, according to a newly declassified U.S. intelligence document.  The document, which appears to confirm a meeting historian have long argued about, says an SS general and a representative of the German armaments ministry told such companies as Krupp and Roehling that they must be prepared to finance the Nazi party after the war when it went underground.  They were also told “existing financial reserves in foreign countries must be placed at the disposal of the party so that a strong German empire can be created after the defeat.”  The three-page document, released by the National Archives, was sent from the Supreme Headquarters of the Allied Expeditionary Force to the U.S. secretary of state in November 1944.  It described a secret meeting at the Maison Rouge (the Red House Hotel) in Strasbourg, occupied France, on August 10, 1944…  Attending were representative of seven German companies including Krupp, Roehling, Messerschmitt, and Volkswagenwerk and officials of the ministries of armaments and the navy.  The industrialists were from companies with extensive interest in France and Scheid [director of Hermsdorff & Schonburg Company, presiding over the meeting] is quoted as saying the battle of France was lost and “from now on… German industry must realize that the war cannot be won and it must take steps in preparation for a postwar commercial campaign.[xix]

The Times of London, later in 1996 added these facts to the narrative, again verifying the South American connection:

The Nazis ‘secretly sent more than $1 billion to Argentinian banks in the last month of the war and scouted the world for sanctuaries for their plundered wealth.  It was reported that Eva Perón may have conspired with the Nazis to set up secret accounts on behalf of her husband to hide hundreds of millions of dollars obtained from looted Nazi gold, cash and art treasures.[xx]

And then, there are the appalling details of how the Fourth Reich financed its survival.  The Associated Press disclosed, also in 1996:

Tons of gold looted by Nazis during World War II—some of it possibly taken from the fillings in Holocaust victims teeth—are stored in the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the Bank of England in London.  Recently declassified federal documents show that six tons of gold looted by Nazis are stored in the two banks, the World Jewish Congress [WJC] said. The group’s president has written to the two countries asking that the gold be returned to Holocaust survivors.[xxi]

HITLER DINES IN ARGENTINA

HITLER DINES IN ARGENTINA

While not as stunning as the discovery of King Solomon’s Treasure in France’s Languedoc region and its subsequent exploitation (as recounted in Book One) which provided a major source of financing for the Nazi post-war program, this documented fleecing of Holocaust victims is undoubtedly equally detestable to the Jewish community.

 

NOTES

[i] The Great Escape (1963) was based on a true story and remains a classic prison escape film.  The film starred Steve McQueen and James Garner.

[ii] Jim Marrs, The Rise of the Fourth Reich, HarperCollins Publishers, New York, 2008, p. 4.

[iii] Curt Reiss, from The Nazis Go Underground, New York: Doubleday, 1944.

[iv] Ibid., p. 107.  Quoting Curt Reiss, The Nazis Go Underground, p. 2.

[v] New York Times, January 19, 1953, Cited by Alex Constantine, Virtual Government, CIA Mind Control Operations in America, Los Angeles, Feral House, 1997, p. 7.

[vi] S. Douglas Woodward, Power Quest:  Book One:  America’s Obsession with the Paranormal, Faith Happens, Woodinville, 2011.

[vii] Ibid., p. 26.

[viii] Ibid., p. 116.

[ix] Ibid., pp. 116-117.

[x] Ibid., p. 117.

[xi] Ibid., p. 188.  See http://www.georgewalkerbush.net/ bushnazidealingscontinueduntil1951.htm.

[xii] Loftus, John (November 11, 2011). America’s Nazi Secret: An Insider’s History (Kindle Locations 525). Independent Publishers Group. Kindle Edition.

[xiii] Loftus, John, America’s Nazi Secret, Kindle Locations 919-922.

[xiv] Loftus, John, op. cit., Kindle Location 924.

[xv] Loftus, John, America’s Nazi Secret: Kindle Locations 927-932.

[xvi] Ibid., p. 111.

[xvii] Ibid., p. 111.

[xviii] Howard Armbruster, Treason’s Peace. (1947) Cited from Alex Constantine, Virtual Government, CIA Mind Control Operations in America, Los Angeles, Feral House, 1997, p. 3.

[xix] Reuters, May 10, 1996, cited by Constantine, Virtual Government, pp. 5-6.

[xx] Times of London, December 6, 1996, cited by Constantine, Virtual Government, p. 8.

[xxi] Associated Press, September 20, 1996), cited by Constantine, Virtual Government, p. 13.

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DID HITLER ESCAPE? A NEW VIDEO BY S. DOUGLAS WOODWARD AND JOHN MARK PRODUCTIONS

HITLER’S GREAT ESCAPE:
THE NAZIS COME TO THE AMERICAS

A NEW VIDEO BY S. DOUGLAS WOODWARD AND
JOHN MARK PRODUCTIONS

Today, I’m releasing a new video produced by John Mark Productions (BookMinistry.org).  The script is based on my two books Power Quest 1 and Power Quest 2.  (SEE BELOW FOR DETAILS) I developed this presentation about 9 months ago but wasn’t sure how to share it with my readers.  I decided a free video would be the ticket.  The video provides a much more plausible account of the alleged escape of Adolf Hitler from the Führerbunker than the fanciful tales on the History Channel.  This 52-minute video is packed with information and presented at a lively pace. It is hardly meant to be a “made for TV” quality video… but the information presented far surpasses in accurate historical fact the current TV show, “Hunting Hitler” on the History Channel.  (For your convenience, here is a LINK to that quasi-documentary).

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Click HERE for viewing HITLER’S GREAT ESCAPE:  THE NAZIS COME TO THE AMERICAS.

If you are comfortable that the government always tells us the truth and that history as taught us is always accurate, then this is NOT a video for you.  If you prefer conspiracy theory (the more sensational the better) to conventional history, then this is still NOT a video for you.

Instead, this video is based upon the extensive research I have done over the past six years on how the Nazis were brought into the U.S. and have influenced our technology, social sciences, economics, and geopolitics.  The focus is both on the escape of Adolf Hitler as well as the incursion of Nazi leadership into the United States facilitated and financed by the United States.  My approach is to assimilate the research performed by many credible sources, present the two most plausible theories on what happened in Hitler’s departure from Berlin in late April, 1945 and his arrival in Argentina between June 28 and July 28, 1945 with Eva Braun and his German Shepherd Blondi.

The video is free, lasts (as I indicated above) 52-minutes, and tells the story citing the most reliable sources I have found on the subject.

DID HITLER ESCAPE? VIEW THE 52-MINUTE DOCUMENTARY VIDEO

DID HITLER ESCAPE? VIEW THE 52-MINUTE DOCUMENTARY VIDEO

The video is anchored by a lengthy PowerPoint presentation of 53 slides interspersed with 100 plus photos that help demonstrate the historicity of the information I present.  The PowerPoint itself is available by mousing over this link: CLICK HERE, if you would like to study the information.  The PPT is presented here in PDF format via a link to DropBox.  Also included are an additional 10 slides or so that go deeper in the Nazi incursion into American science, the Space Program, how America influenced the Holocaust through its own eugenics program, and the influence of Fascism on U.S. corporations.  This PDF download is also free.  CLICK HERE for the link to the PDF.

For those that want to go deeper (and I do–much deeper), I encourage you to take advantage of special offers I’m providing today as well.  Two books upon which the story is based are available on Kindle today and through the weekend for $5.99 each.  Both books focus on how the Nazi worldview and its insidious program “infected” America’s government, technology, and social sciences.  Also included in these books is extensive information on the paranormal and how this occult viewpoint has altered the way Americans see the world today.  The Nazis played a significant role in this transformation during the latter half of the 20th century.  Intermixed with Theosophy, and the Eugenics teachings of many Americans for five decades leading up to WWII, The United States became the leading country supporting the New Age Movement which continues to affect hundreds of millions of lives today.  It has infested many evangelical churches, combined with the prosperity gospel, creating what I believe is the great apostasy of the last days.

THE SORDID STORY OF HOW AMERICA HAS BEEN IMPACTED BY NAZISM

THE SORDID STORY OF HOW AMERICA HAS BEEN IMPACTED BY NAZISM

Two videos that are referenced here also take the story much deeper.  Each is a 2 hour lecture before a live audience.  They are on sale for $9.99 apiece. The videos are ordered through the S Douglas Woodward Store on Amazon and I will fulfill them directly.  If you order both, I will automatically upgrade shipping to 2-day USPS at no extra charge (normal mail cost is around $4.00 each for slower service, aka media mail).

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THE GOG AND MAGOG WAR: WHO ARE MESHECH, TUBAL, GOMER, AND BETH-TOGARMAH?

EURASIA -- The Lands of the Sons of Japheth

EURASIA — The Lands of the Sons of Japheth

The Gog and Magog War:  Who Are Meshech, Tubal, Gomer, and Beth-Togarmah?

Does Ezekiel 38-39 Refer to Turkey Only or Central Eurasia?

Given that Russia is threatening Eastern Europe and more generally, NATO and the Western alliance of nations, it’s once more time to challenge the popular theory that the Antichrist will arise from Turkey — that it will be Turkey who leads the assault against Israel in the War of Gog and Magog…

Son of man, set your face toward Gog of the land of Magog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal, and prophesy against him and say, ‘Thus says the Lord God “Behold, I am against you, O Gog, prince of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal.  I will turn you about and put hooks into your jaws, and I will bring you out, and all your army, horses and horsemen, all of them splendidly attired, a great company with buckler and shield, all of them wielding swords:  Persia, Ethiopia, and Put with them, all of them with shield and helmet; Gomer with all its troops, Beth-Togarmah from the remote parts of the north will all its troops – many peoples with you.  (Ezekiel 3: 1-6, NASV)

A core component of the Islamic Antichrist Theory (IAT) involves the tribal names listed in Ezekiel 38 – that hearken back to the so-called ‘Table of Nations’ in Genesis 10.  This list of tribes comprise the alliance of Gog and Magog that conspires to attack Israel. These names reference the sons and grandsons of Japheth, the son of Noah (father of all Caucasians including the Indo-European peoples).

The IAT points out that each name in Ezekiel’s list refers to peoples settled soon after the flood of Noah in the area we call Anatolia (today’s Turkey); and that virtually any old atlas one can obtain (and Joel Richardson has many) will substantiate the fact that these tribes originated in Anatolia and lived between, and south of, the Black and Caspian Seas.  Richardson has commented on this matter extensively, including a recent article written and published on-line at Prophezine. [i]   In his article, he cites just a few of these atlases from which he presents maps of the area along with the following commentary:

  • The Oxford Bible Atlas says of Meshech and Tubal that they are, “regions in Asia Minor [Turkey].”
  • Old Testament scholar Daniel I. Block, in the New International Commentary on Ezekiel, says, “It seems best to interpret Magog as a contraction of an original māt Gūgi, ‘land of Gog,’ and to see here a reference to the territory of Lydia in western Anatolia [Turkey].”
  • The Zondervan Illustrated Bible Dictionary states, “Magog, possibly meaning ‘the land of Gog,’ was no doubt in Asia Minor [Turkey] and may refer to Lydia.”
  • The IVP Bible Background Commentary lists Magog, Meshech, Tubal, and Togarmah as “sections or peoples in Asia Minor” [Turkey].
  • The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary, under the entry for “Magog,” states, “It is clear that Lydia [Turkey] is meant, and that by ‘Magog,’ we must understand, ‘the land of Gog.’”
THE PHOENICIAN EMPIRE, Circa 550 B.C.

THE PHOENICIAN EMPIRE, Circa 550 B.C.,

I would certainly stipulate that the original dwelling place for Japheth’s sons, Magog, Gomer, Tubal, and Meschech is most certainly Anatolia. But that may not be saying much. The issue is whether it matters that the sons of Japheth, these four sons (there were seven altogether), and the first two or three generations thereafter (settling down in the region as many of their families no doubt did within after the Flood), remained only there, never migrating anywhere else between that time and almost two millenniums later when Ezekiel was prophesying about the great war in the days leading up to the coming of Messiah.  It other words, it was almost 1,800 years from the time of Japheth’s lineage settling in and around this region, until Ezekiel talks about Magog, Meschech, Tubal, Gomer, and Beth-Togarmah. What is striking:  by looking beyond his sons to Japheth’s grandsons, we already see that significant dispersion had happened as their names gave rise to place names throughout Eurasia.

Consequently, it leads me to ask, “When do you draw the line and say, “The peoples spoken of by Ezekiel refer only to the original dwelling place of the peoples and not subsequent generations that migrated across (perhaps) the entire Northern Hemisphere?”

I argue any such “line drawing” is arbitrary.

2,000 Years of Being Fruitful and Multiplying–Before Ezekiel

Most demographers would indicate that by the time of Ezekiel, about 2,000 years from Noah’s flood, the world was populated in all its parts.  The three sons of Noah – Ham, Shem, and Japheth – did exactly what God had commanded – they were fruitful, multiplied and replenished the earth.

ANATOLIA -- The Seleucid Empire

ANATOLIA — The Seleucid Empire

The question seems to be: “When Ezekiel speaks of Meschech, Tubal, Gomer, Beth-Togarmah, etc., is he referring to large people groups and where their multitudes would ultimately inhabit, or just the areas where they settled originally soon after the Flood?”  As Richardson rightly says, many maps show the area of Anatolia as the home to these tribes as identified in the table of nations (Genesis 10).  But does that disclose where they were located in Ezekiel’s time?  Or perhaps more relevantly, where they will be located in the last days?

When doing this analysis, it would seem to be more important to consider the extent of colonization and the ultimate dwelling places of these peoples rather than were their forebears began.  After all, it would seem reasonable to expect that Noah’s family exited the Ark together, dwelt in some proximity to the Ark, were none too distant from one another, and initially did not venture too far away from Mount Ararat!  By the time of Ezekiel, the dominant empire around the Mediterranean Sea was not Assyria or Babylon – it was Phoenicia – the Canaanites. Some say the Phoenician Empire even reached to the new world in the time of Solomon!

To make the point more explicit, I developed a detailed chart for the prequel to this book owing to the research by Tim Osterholm and his magnificent study incorporating the work of almost 30 scholars (modern as well as ancient), identifying where great peoples originated and where they “wound up”. His research was based (among others) upon the scholarship of John F. Walvoord, Lambert Dolphin Jr., Paul F. Taylor, Ken Ham, Ray Stedman, Henry M. Morris, John C. Whitcomb, and Arthur C. Custance.  Ancient scholars consulted included Herodotus, Strabo, and Josephus (Appendix II lists ancient references demonstrating – before the time of Christ – that they understood the domain of Magog extended far beyond Anatolia).  Here is the chart:

SonsofJapheth

The other key issue related to genealogy and the names in Ezekiel concerns the issue of whether the reference to Rosh constitutes a reference to “Rus”, i.e., the Russians (which means the “land of the Rus”), or whether it’s strictly an adjective meaning chief as in “chief prince” or “chief priest”.  “Behold, I am against you, O Gog, prince of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal.”  This topic remains a subject of great debate.  If Rosh references Russia it deals a death blow to the Islamic Antichrist Theory because the Theory in no small part depends upon the core assertion that Turkey, an Islamic Nation, must be the leader of the pack in Ezekiel 38 and not Russia.

In the conventional view, Russia comprises the leader and it doesn’t matter whether it exists as an atheistic nation or Christian (depending upon your confidence in the revival of the Eastern Orthodox Church as a genuine force in Russian governance and culture). While true that many former Soviet Union nations like Tajikistan and Turkmenistan remain mostly Muslim and continue to have strong ties with Moscow to this day, their influence on what happens in the Kremlin most likely lies somewhere between slight to nil.  In other words, Muslims do not control Russia.

Opponents to the IAT continue to argue that Russia, not Turkey, is the instigator of the War of Gog and Magog, and that God Himself hooks Gog in the jaws, “turning him back” and “drawing him into” the conflict leading to the attack on Israel.

The list of conventional scholars speaking on behalf of Russia and against Turkey as the leader of the confederation is most impressive, even more than the list Richardson produces: Arnold Fruchtenbaum, Rabbi Moshe Eisemann, Mark Hitchcock, Thomas Ice, Grant Jeffrey Jack Kelley, Hal Lindsey, Thomas McCall, Zola Levitt, J. Dwight Pentecost, John Mark Ruthven, John F. Walvoord, Bill Salus, J.R. Church, Gary Stearman, John Price, and yours truly.

Why It’s So Difficult for Turkey to be Antichrist’s Powerbase

Remember there are two enormous and improbable geopolitical challenges that the Islamic Antichrist Theory must overcome.

  1. The first improbable supposition: Turkey leads Islam against Israel while Russia and the United States “sit out” the conflict. Geopolitically, a Turkish move implies Russia and the U.S. have no interests in the region and no intention to oppose Turkey in leading an Islamic War against Israel.
  2. The second improbable supposition: Turkey and Iran overcome their differences and work together, Sunni and Shia, to annihilate and disperse the Jews in Israel.  There is little ancient or modern precedent for such cooperation. Observing what has happened recently in the political executions of 43 Shia in Eastern Saudi Arabia (by the Sunni government) or Western Iraq (by the crimes of Shia against Sunni and vice versa) demonstrates the hatred between Shia and Sunni continues unabated. It seems most genuine. ISIS would never have arisen if it were concocted.
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Mistaken Identity: The Case Against the Islamic Antichrist

While Ezekiel 38:13 can be (and usually is) interpreted to indicate that Sheba and Dedan (Saudi Arabia), the Merchants of Tarshish (England), and its young lions (the U.S.) won’t engage in the Gog and Magog war, (being puzzled as to what Gog’s military action means) this particular verse says nothing about Russia sitting out the dance. That would be beyond the realm of possibility. And if Turkey were to make the move without NATO, or for NATO and the U.S. to sit by and do nothing in response to Turkey leading an Islamic attack on Israel, it also transcends any geopolitical reality the wildest imagination could conjecture.

Therefore, it would seem clear that:

  • Russia leads the confederation against Israel (Gog being the Prince of Rosh as the conventional position argues); and
  • The United States and the United Kingdom are not in any position to react to the aggression mounted by Russia and its allies.
  • Saudi Arabia is also directly and negatively impacted by what Russia and Iran (Persia) do when they mount an assault against Israel.

Even if the Bible were to be interpreted so that Turkey equates with Gog, geopolitically speaking (that is, based upon the realities of world politics at this time), the fundamental scenario argued by the purveyors of Islamic Antichrist Theory remains highly flawed.

Again, the tribal names in Ezekiel no doubt reference the sons of Japheth and where they originally settled, many of which remained for an indefinite period of time.  What remains at stake is whether Ezekiel’s list of names references only their most ancient home or whether it’s adumbrative (prophetic).


Does the list refer to the descendants of these peoples and where they dwelt at the time Ezekiel prophesied (nearly 2,000 years afterwards)? Or does it refer to the future, now over 4,500 years later in the “last days”, when the prophecy is fulfilled?


Just for a refresher, the area we know as Anatolia would not stay static.  It would be transformed into a series of distinct provinces during Greek and Roman times, with cities whose names would become familiar to Christians as the cities of the seven churches in Revelation, such as Ephesus, Philadelphia, Pergamum, Sardis, and Laodicea.

As the map of the Seleucid Empire shown above (during the time of the Hasmonean Dynasty when Antiochus Epiphanies IV desolated the Jewish Temple), the place names across Assyria and Turkey became distinctly different.  This implies that the names–Meshech, Tubal, Gomer, and Beth-Togarmah–aren’t likely a reference to only Turkey, but to a broader geographical and demographic area.  Today’s geopolitical experts refer to the area as Eurasia, or more specifically, Central Eurasia.  This is the same area that Halford MacKender referred to as “the Heartland” in his famous presentation to the British Geographic Society in 1906, when he explained why controlling this area ultimately determines who has the greatest strategic advantage in what the Brits called, “The Great Game” with the Russians.

Notes

[i] See http://www.prophezine.com/index.php?option=com_content&id=517%3Awhere-is-magog-meshech-and-tubal.


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WILL THE ELITES RESOLVE THE PROBLEMS OF THE WHITE MIDDLE CLASS?

The Elite Won't Fix the System

The Elite Won’t Fix the System

WILL ELITES RESOLVE THE PROBLEMS OF THE WHITE MIDDLE CLASS?

CAN YOU SAY “CLASS STRUGGLE” AND NOT BE A MARXIST?

Conservatives don’t like to talk about “class struggles”, especially religious conservatives because that phrase was at the center of Marxism, and that “ism” is accompanied by atheism and communism.  Furthermore, most totalitarian regimes (that have fought against America with its free market capitalism and advocacy of liberty and representative government) were Marxist. Thus, Marxism is deservedly a bad word.  Likewise, if you mention the phrase “social justice” in conservative circles (which is the company I most often keep), then everyone listening in assumes you must be a “community organizer” or a bleeding-heart liberal.

But these are peculiar times.  As we move into the 2016 election, the rise of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders to dominate the political headlines and mobilize a massive new “populism” is, in effect, a prime example of class struggle.  In our case, it has nothing to do with atheism or communism – that talk would never pop up in the conversation. And the type of social justice that occupies the minds of the masses nowadays contemplates why the middle class in America has been disenfranchised.  We don’t use the phrase “class struggle” to characterize our condition.  But if we pause to think about it, we are indeed victims of social injustice inflicted on us by the political leaders of our government and by profit-seeking corporate CEOs who outsource jobs to the Orient, Mexico, South America, and other places where labor is a fraction of what it is in the U.S.  Furthermore, the problem can’t be blamed on only Republicans or Democrats.  Leaders of both parties have conspired to create greater wealth for the rich, a safety net for the lower classes dominated by minorities (and even illegal immigrants), while leaving the middle-aged, “average white guy” middle class behind.

It’s the predominantly white middle class voters who have been suffering declining pay and job loss for the past two decades.  This disaffected group (which encompasses millions of Americans) has finally awoken, mounting a substantive challenge against elite upper class politicians and their supporting “infrastructure” of academics, corporate chieftains, and media moguls.  The once “silent majority” (made famous by Richard Nixon in the 1970s), have become vocal activists in an unprecedented way. Not since the 1930s and the “New Deal” have so many members of the white majority opted to get involved in political action and express their opinion.  Over the past half-year, they have especially made their presence felt in the Presidential Primaries.  And the shock waves from their clamor are far from dying down anytime soon.

This class struggle against the “establishment” is led by the predominantly white working class of America now characterized by underemployment. Waving the banner of globalism, massive illegal immigration across the southern border with Mexico and the impact of “free trade” initiatives such as the decades old North American Free Trade Association (NAFTA) and the newly proposed Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), have destroyed millions of middle class jobs (often wrongly categorized as “low skill” just because they aren’t “information based”).  It is estimated that China’s rapid growth (fostered by American corporation moving jobs offshore) has cost the middle class between 2 and 2.5 million jobs alone.  And that’s just China.

It is, however, not only government policy. It involves Corporations seeking cheaper labor which have decimated the core of the U.S. labor force and all but eliminated old-fashioned American manufacturing capacity.  The result has been devastating to the mainstay of Americana – the middle class. Unemployment rates for those in the 40-60 age range have jumped dramatically, wages have declined, home foreclosures have become commonplace, crime rates have jumped, suicide rates have climbed, and a general sense of hopelessness has settled across an enormous segment of Americans.  Training programs to move the “less skilled” into “higher skilled” jobs have mostly been a smoke screen affecting very few of the disenfranchised.  Combined with a prejudice against those growing old (versus hiring the young), make times really tough for most fifty-somethings that actually have college degrees, great resumes, loads of experience, but aren’t preferred hires for various reasons (Yes Virginia, age discrimination does exist and with the closing of almost 300 Walmart stores, “greeters” are less in demand than ever!)

WHAT DOES THE 2016 ELECTION HAVE TO DO WITH THE MIDDLE CLASS?

In an article published in Foreign Affairs (the periodical of the Council on Foreign Relations, the “CFR” – I make it a point to read and study the opposition!), well-known political and economic scientist Francis Fukuyama, analyzes what the 2016 presidential election really means in the political turbulence of our day.

Francis FukuyamaHis article, “American Political Decay or Renewal”, [1] features strong swipes at Donald Trump even while he admits that “Trumpism” (as I call it), and “Feelin’ the Bern” (the tagline promoted by the Bernie Sanders’ campaign) are giant sails that have captured the strong winds of social discontent.  (Fukuyama, is a Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and Director of FSI’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law at Stanford University. Many of my readers will recognize him as a commentator on the issue of transhumanism and the changes afoot in modern society).

fukuyama_historyFukuyama’s article has many interesting points to make and admits that the elites have missed the boat in diagnosing the dynamics shaping American discontent.  He also points out that the elites (political and corporate) and have been utter failures in enacting effective offsets to the free trade and open border policies that have wreaked havoc on middle class labor.  Says Fukuyama:

“In fact, however, the turbulent campaign has shown that American democracy is in some ways in better working order than expected. Whatever one might think of their choices, voters have flocked to the polls in state after state and wrested control of the political narrative from organized interest groups and oligarchs…  The real story of this election is that after several decades, American democracy is finally responding to the rise of inequality and the economic stagnation experienced by most of the population. Social class is now back at the heart of American politics, trumping other cleavages—race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, geography—that had dominated discussion in recent elections.” [Emphasis added]

And later, Fukuyama surmises: “In recent years, it has become ever harder to deny that incomes have been stagnating for most U.S. citizens even as elites have done better than ever, generating rising inequality throughout American society.”

IS TRUMP THE ENEMY OF “RISING TIDES” OR THE CHANGE AGENT SOCIETY NEEDS?

Fukuyama’s lament in his article, and it surfaces repeatedly, is that it centers on the danger that Donald Trump will win the Presidency promising to right the ship.  In contrast, he raises but few concerns about Hillary Clinton although he admits, as we will see, that “establishment” leaders like Clinton are the main reason we are in this mess.  He recognizes that Bernie Sanders has fought a good fight and captured the imagination of the Millennials in this election (in my opinion somewhat like Ron Paul did four years ago – the young idealists who recognize malarkey for what it is and yearn for a country that corresponds to the American ideal they were taught in elementary school).

class-conflict

However, his strongest castigations of Trump assure us that, from his perspective, any hope in Donald Trump is sorely misplaced:

  • “The once proud Republican Party lost control of its nominating process to Donald Trump’s hostile takeover and is riven [fragmented] with deep internal contradictions.”
  • “The nostrums [snake oil remedies] being hawked [promoted] by the populist crusaders are nearly entirely unhelpful, and if embraced, they would stifle growth, exacerbate malaise, and make the situation worse rather than better.”
  • “Trump may have fastened onto something real in American society, but he is a singularly inappropriate instrument for taking advantage of the reform moment that this electoral upheaval represents.”
  • “Trump’s policy pronouncements are confused and contradictory, coming as they do from a narcissistic media manipulator with no clear underlying ideology.”
  • “The country does need strong leadership, but by an institutional reformer who can make government truly effective, not by a personalistic demagogue who is willing to flout established rules.”

Consequently, Trump is not “the great white (man’s) hope”.  But his prescription for righting the ship still advocates that the elite are the ones to take the lead to fix the problem.   “So now that the elites have been shocked out of their smug complacency [have they Francis?], the time has come for them to devise more workable solutions to the problems they can no longer deny or ignore.”  In other words, Fukuyama asserts that the elite are still the key to fix the problems they created. (Of course, his article is speaking to the elite, so more power to him.  But I maintain his advocacy for the elite is misplaced.)

But are the “rich and famous” (or at least the rich and highly educated) likely to make changes needed to revitalize the republic?  Can we expect the well-heeled to tackle the tough problems of rebuilding the middle class dominated by white, “forty and fifty somethings”?   Can the leadership come from politicians still caught up in business as usual?  Are those who have built their fortunes and career “in public service” the change agents to make things right?  Or does the system have to be shocked out of its complacency and “business as usual” mentality?  Can the nation afford four, let alone, eight more years of the political establishment pushing us toward globalism, virtual open borders, disregard for national security (immigration without vetting), corporate lobbyists gaming the system to maximize large corporate opportunities while truly damaging free markets for smaller and middle-size players?


[Sidebar:  Readers should understand my call is not for socialism nor anarchy, it is for free markets where entrepreneurs can thrive and innovate, where large corporations aren’t able to bully competitors that lack their size and scale, and for government politicians to face term limits of 12 years or less; so public service, not career building, becomes the order of the day].


Does Fukuyama admit that “class struggle” in America offers any promise for a better future?  Yes, he does offer are a few insights which recognize that Trump and Sanders signal positive change.

  • “But the common theme that has made [Trump] attractive to so many Republican primary voters is one that he shares to some extent with Sanders: an economic nationalist agenda designed to protect and restore the jobs of American workers.” [Emphasis mine]
  • “This is why the unexpected emergence of Trump and Sanders may signal a big opportunity. For all his faults, Trump has broken with the Republican orthodoxy that has prevailed since Ronald Reagan, a low-tax, small-safety-net orthodoxy that benefits corporations much more than their workers. [“Reaganomics” isn’t the solution today]. Sanders similarly has mobilized the backlash from the left [mainly labor unions] that has been so conspicuously missing since 2008.”

And Fukuyama graciously asserts unequivocally, that BOTH parties share equally in missing the boat:

  • “Republicans pushed for the dismantling of the Depression-era system of bank regulation that laid the groundwork for the subprime meltdown and the resulting financial crisis of 2008.” [Emphasis mine]
  • “The [Democratic] party has won recent elections by mobilizing a coalition of population segments: women, African Americans, young urbanites, gays, and environmentalists. The one group it has completely lost touch with is the same white working class that was the bedrock of Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal coalition.” [Emphasis mine]
  • “However, neither political party took the retooling agenda seriously, as the centerpiece of a necessary adjustment process, nor did they invest in social programs designed to cushion the working class as it tried to adjust. And so white workers, like African Americans in earlier decades, were on their own.” [Emphasis mine]

ClassStruggleCartoon

BUT CAN THE ESTABLISHMENT FIX THE SYSTEM?

Fukuyama admits that finding a way to right the ship is not easy given the nature of the political mechanisms in place today.  Combined with the greed which more often than not plagues the officers and Board members of large Corporations driven to maximize profits for “shareholder value”, “doing what’s right” becomes an ethic whose realization is best likened to an endangered species.  “The intellectual challenge is to see whether it is possible to back away from globalization without cratering both the national and the global economy, with the goal of trading a little aggregate national income [reducing the benefits to the rich] for greater domestic income equality [that the predominantly white middle class would enjoy].”

Fukuyama provides some helpful suggestions as places to begin:

  • “Perhaps one place to start is to figure out a way to persuade U.S. multinationals, which currently are sitting on more than $2 trillion in cash outside the United States, to bring their money home for domestic investment. U.S. corporate tax rates are among the highest in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development; reducing them sharply while eliminating the myriad tax subsidies and exemptions that corporations have negotiated for themselves is a policy that could find support in both parties.”
  • “Another initiative would be a massive campaign to rebuild American infrastructure. The American Society of Civil Engineers estimates that it would take $3.6 trillion to adequately upgrade the country’s infrastructure by 2020.”

Fukuyama also contends that we could also learn something from the Germans who found ways to protect the “supply chain” in their country composed of smaller to middle-sized businesses, from being destroyed by outsourcing to other countries by “connecting its fabled Mittelstand, that is, its small and medium-size businesses, to its large employers.”

“But attempts to accomplish either goal would bump into the more routine dysfunctions of the American political system, where “vetocracy” [the use of government to block rather than catalyze change] prevents either tax reform or infrastructure investment. The American system makes it too easy for well-organized interest groups to block legislation and to “capture” new initiatives for their own purposes.”

In other words, Lobbyists are, by and large, the curse of the Republic. [This is my opinion—I believe Fukuyama would be less condemning]. Combining the ugly albatross of “corporate influence” with the never-ending requirement for financial contributions in fund raising efforts (which takes most members of Congress 50% of their time in office), it becomes very hard for politicians to do what’s right… they can only do what’s essential to keep the Lobbyists’ organizations contributing to their perpetual campaign since they have to raise baskets full of money to remain in office.

So, are the elite likely to do what must be done to revitalize the middle class in America?  Is an establishment candidate like Hillary Clinton the most likely leader to fix the broken system?  Fukuyama isn’t about to disparage Hillary, but he is willing to admit that we can’t necessarily count on the elites that comprise the incumbent leaders of our political and corporate machine.  And here he becomes a bit inconsistent.  As he says, “There is of course no reason why democratic voters should always choose wisely, particularly in an age when globalization makes policy choices so complex. But elites don’t always choose correctly either, and their dismissal of the popular choice [read:  what’s good for the middle class] often masks the nakedness of their own positions [read: it makes their unbridled self-interest all the more obvious!]

CONCLUSION

It is primarily for these reasons, that Americans need to consider electing one of the most obnoxious egotists of our times, one who is as prone to uttering utter nonsense as was George W. Bush, and one who comes across more than half the time as a racist and misogynist.  I’m the first to admit his knowledge of foreign policy today stands little better than Sarah Palin’s when she ran for Vice-President.  His character is certainly nothing like Francis of Assisi.  And he is most famous as a “reality show host” who yells “You’re fired!”  But Americans are going to need to consider the alternative.  Obama failed to deliver on “Change we can believe in”…  But Hillary promises us “No change at all; of that we can rest assured.”

Despite what Fukuyama says – that Trump has no ideology – he actually does.  His ideology stands out as as anti-establishment, anti-globalist, anti-free trade, and protection of the homeland built upon secure borders where Americans, not immigrants, are our first concern.  This may not be a well-articulated ideology a political scientist like Fukuyama would appreciate. But the “platform” is easy for the average American to appreciate.

Not an Ideologue to be Sure

Not an Ideologue to be Sure

Just as he has done to this point, Trump could do far better than the experts think.  But it all depends upon whether the discontent of the mostly white middle class is so intense that a large majority of this contingent has completely given up on the progressive thinking of liberals and corporatism of the conservatives, that they simply won’t stand for four more years of what has led us into this domestic mess and emptied their checking account.   Our decision boils down to this.  Which leader (and which team that he or she must build around them) will do the best job fixing the situation for the majority of the middle class?  That is the choice before us in 2016.


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UNCOMMON SENSE: A Prophetic Manifesto for the Church in Babylon

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NOTES

[1] Francis Fukuyama, “American Political Decay or Renewal?” Foreign Affairs (Council of Foreign Relations), July / August Issue, 2016.

 

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