Friday, October 7, 2016

Who I'll Be Voting For This Election

OK.  So the title is intentionally misleading....I will NOT be voting for a presidential candidate this election...not even Gary Johnson, the Libertarian candidate who I voted for in 2012.  I could talk about a list of reasons why, but I'm just gonna keep this post about the candidates themselves.

Donald Trump

Let's start with the Donald.  I have WAY too much to say so forgive me if I don't expand on each claim I make in this post.  I don't want this to turn into a 50-cubit long scroll that only Gandalf has enough time to read, so if you have any questions about why I think a certain way, feel free to ask. ANYWAY....Trump......
So I do NOT think he is a racist, contrary to what CNN would tell you.  I think he is painted in a bad light by the media in general.  Most of it is nonsense.  I hate how so many people say "I don't trust the media" then turn around and trust every damn thing the media say.  CNN said Trump is a racist, so it must be true.  MSNBC said Trump says all Mexicans are rapists, so it must be true.  CBS says Trump is a warmonger, so it must be true.  The list goes on and on and on, of course.

The reason this pisses me off so much is because there are so many REAL, LEGITIMATE things to hate about Trump.  Barely anyone ever talks about how he says he thinks we should kill the families of terrorists as a strategy against terrorism.  That is absolutely terrible.  In my mind, that should instantly disqualify him in the conscience of any voter.

He thinks we should ban all immigration of Muslims (at least for a time).  To be clear again, this is not a RACIST stance....as Islam is not a race but a religion....yet it is still a collectivist mindset that is extremely dangerous.  People should be judged as individuals, not by what group they "belong" to, or more often than not, what group we ASSIGN them to.

I DO think he is extremely egotistical.  He is kind to his friends, but vicious to his enemies.  Christ teaches us to love our enemies.  He seems to favor vengeance over forgiveness.  He is rude, cocky, arrogant, dishonest, unprincipled, and an overall mean guy.  He has no principled philosophy that guides his policies.  He just says what sounds good, and people eat it up.

Man, I could really dig deep into Trump, but I don't want this post to be a hater's ball.  So I'll slow down.  I would just recommend listening to what Trump actually says in context and making a judgment off of that.  You guys are smart enough to think for yourselves.

Though I dislike Trump and could never vote for or support him unless Jesus Himself specifically told me otherwise, I do indeed think Hillary Clinton would be a lot worse.

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Rodham Clinton.  I straight-up actually believe that she is probably guilty of murder.  No joke.  I do adhere to the concept of "innocent until proven guilty."  With that said, I am not calling for her imprisonment or a death sentence on her head (I'm against the death penalty anyway), I am just saying it gives me great pause in wanting to vote for her or support her as President.  Anyone who pays close to attention to politics, news, or just Hillary in general should be able to EASILY discern that this woman is nasty.  Everything she says in public is so scripted and phony, it's ridiculous.  We know with CERTAINTY that she and the DNC colluded to steal the nomination away from Bernie Sanders.  Ya know what, I won't even go into the trail of blood in Hillary's past, her endless history of scandals and criminality, or that of her husband's....instead....let's talk about policy.

Let's just say that everything I believe about Hillary's character is false....and that she is actually a dedicated servant to the people; her policies would still be an absolute disaster for the country and the world.

Her foreign policy is exactly that of the neocons and Bush regime.  We would guaranteed be involved in more endless war.  Look only to her role in Libya, Iraq, and Syria as both Senator and Secretary of State.

She believes in higher taxation.  More government intrusion into the economy.  She is totally pro-state, anti-choice.  She basically believes that the only time Americans should have a choice is when it comes to whether or not women should be able to abort unborn children.  Her policies sway with the winds of political expedience.

Her tax plans are ridiculous and, as taxation is obviously theft, I am against any form of involuntary taxation, let alone a massive increase of them.

She is an authoritarian, just as Trump is.  They both want to use the power of government to dictate morality and lifestyle.  She wants to use the power of the state to dictate what marriage is (as does Trump).  She wants to use the power of the state to dictate peoples' health insurance (as does Trump).   She clearly stole the nomination from Bernie Sanders, not just with DNC collusion, but also with voter fraud.

Again, I could dig a lot deeper, but let's just leave it here and move on to my man Gary Johnson!

Gary Johnson - Libertarian

I voted for Gary in 2012.  I would have written in "Ron Paul," but my understanding at the time was that state law in Oregon discounted write-in votes....so I chose GJ instead.

Let's begin.  I am a libertarian.  I adhere to the Non-Aggression Principle.  Gary does not.  I believe the NAG is essential to libertarianism.  I would, of course, rather have GJ in the White House than Donald or Hillary, but not enough to vote for him.  I vote my conscience.  It tells me I cannot support GJ.  I think he is a terrible flag-bearer for libertarians.  He is more like a mix of democrat and republican.  In fact, he seems to think that being "fiscally conservative and socially liberal" is what libertarianism is all about.  He thinks that being libertarian means mixing the "good" parts of the Democrat and Republican parties.  He is very wrong.  Dems and Reps are two sides of the same fiat dollar bill.  Libertarians are a bar of gold.  We stand against violence.  We don't think violence should be used, even if by the government, to solve problems.

Gary Johnson thinks that Christian bakers should be FORCED BY LAW to bake a cake for a gay wedding.  Libertarians are SUPPOSED to say the opposite.  It is called freedom of association.  Under the same grounds, Jews would be forced to bake a Nazi cake, Muslims would be forced to bake a cake of Muhammad, etc....

One thing I'll say, and this is kind of out of left field, but Gary Johnson admits to being an atheist, or at least agnostic.  I respect that.  I am a Christian....and deeply so.  I prefer that our president would also be a man after God's own heart.  However, I respect that GJ tells the truth about his beliefs. I won't name names, but I would say that probably 90% of politicians who say they are "Christians" are only claiming so for political points, not out of servitude to the Lord.  "By your fruit you shall know them."

Jill Stein

I respect Jill a great deal.  She is honest, forthright, principled, and genuine.  I put her in the same category as people like Bernie Sanders and Dennis Kucinich.  I respect her, I just disagree with her philosophy.

She believes in government to do good.  I do not.  I believe that the only way for government to be effective in solving the worlds' problems is to give it great power.  I believe that power corrupts and that the corrupt crave power.  It is like the One Ring in Lord of the Rings.  People might seek to do good with it, but, in the words of Aragorn, "You cannot wield it! None of us can!  The Ring answers to [Satan] alone!"  I replaced Sauron with Satan, whatevs.  It felt right.  Anyway.....

Jill Stein is cool and well-intended and sincere about solving real problems, I just disagree with her vehemently on how those problems should be solved.


OK!!!!  I think that concludes why I will not be voting in this election.  I will abstain my vote just as I abstain my consent.  I do not desire a king, for I already have one.  His name is Jesus and he is super tight.  You should meet Him if you don't already know Him.  I promise you will love Him. :)


P.S.  For the record, the only two people who I considered maybe voting for this election cycle were Rand Paul and Ben Carson.  I respect both of them greatly.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Christina Grimmie

Christina Grimmie was without a doubt the greatest woman I've never met.  I started following Christina on YouTube years ago after hearing her amazing voice in some random video.  Her voice is what initially perked my ears, but her personality, her kindness, and her sincere love for Jesus are what captured my heart and the hearts of so many others.

She was the most purest light in our entire generation.  I truly mean that.  There is no one that used the spotlight and fame as purely as her.  Over the years, I've sat back and watched so many great young men and women start out so pure and be destroyed by the fame that came upon them.  Christina was special.  She was strong.  She overcame the temptations that come with fame and popularity.  She didn't sexualize everything she did like almost everyone else falls into the trap of doing.  She didn't change her style to fit what the entertainment industry would have wanted.  She didn't fall for the enemy's traps and succumb to the ways of the world.  She carried the banner of Christ high in the sky for the world to see.  And it makes me cry even just writing this to think about how she was taken from us so ruthlessly.

We need MORE Christina Grimmies in the world, not less!!!

Her murder reminds me of the evils in this world.  It reminds me that Satan is the "prince of this world" as scripture tells us.  She was the brightest light out there and darkness couldn't stand it anymore.

In the short time she was allowed with us, she brought strongholds of the enemy crumbling to the ground.  Wherever she went, she shattered the paradigm of the ways of this world and brought the kingdom of heaven in its place.  People would be suicidal, stuck in dark depression, and one small tweet from Christina could turn their whole life around.  One simple smile from her could bring people to tears. The Holy Spirit was so prevalent in her, and it was so easy to tell.

I feel so many emotions today, even days after her death.   I'm sad that I won't ever be able to meet her or even just see YouTube videos or tweets from her.  I'm confused as to why in the world this was allowed to happen.  I'm overjoyed knowing that Christina is with Jesus. I'm heartbroken for her friends, her brother Mark, mama Grimmie, and her father.  I can't even begin to contemplate what they must be going through, how they feel, how they hurt.  More than anything though, I am angry with the evil this world.  I hate the devil.  I hate him.  I hate his plots and schemes.  I hate his temptations.  I hate how he corrupts children of God to commit such dark deeds.  I hate how powerless I feel in situations that are out of my hands.  I hate how little I've done to combat such evil.  I hate how much time I've wasted wallowing in this world, instead of helping to bring light into it.

It is SOOOOO weird to feel so strongly about someone that I've never even spoken to.  I don't even know how to explain it.  I prayed for her regularly, almost daily.  I joked (well, half-joked) with my friends that this was the girl I hoped to end up marrying :).  I legitimately talked to God about that a lot haha....just asking Him to set us up and somehow make it happen; asking Him to build me up to be worthy of a girl like her.

I have known other people that have died:  My grandparents, a high school acquaintance who died while trying to rescue a child from rapids, a college acquaintance who committed suicide.....but those don't even come close to how I feel about Christina's death.  Not even close.  I'm heart-broken.  And it seems so strange to me, because I never even saw her in person before.

Christina, you have inspired me to draw closer to the Lord again.  You have given me hope of what people can be in the face of such strong opposition.  You were, and I'm not just saying this to flatter you, the overall best girl I've ever even heard of in my entire life.  So genuine, so beautiful, so precious, so kind, so loving, so funny, so interesting, so special, so filled with life and love...the only thing I'm mad at you about is that you've set the bar SO high for what I want the woman I marry to be like, that I don't know if I'll ever be able to find her :).  You brought so much good into this world....and I'm so jealous that Jesus gets to be with you and that you get to be in paradise with him.  I am going to finish the race that God has set before me, and after I have crossed the line....you're the first person I'm going to come see when I get there.

God, please bless the Grimmie family, Christina's wonderful friends, Team Grimmie, and most importantly those people like the man who murdered her, who need you more than anyone.  Please forgive him for what he has done, as I know that is exactly what Christina would have wanted.

With deep love,
Braeden

Saturday, November 29, 2014

One of America's Biggest Problems (that most people will probably disagree with me about)

This has really been pressing on me lately so I wanted to put it down on paper, metaphorically speaking.

So, obviously, a "big" thing in our country right now is the Darren Wilson decision to not be taken to trial for the killing of Michael Brown.  Since the ruling by the grand jury came out, there has been a cornucopia of opinions and actions done.  Some good, some bad.  There have been peaceful protests, but there have also been violent riots and looting.  There has been honest debate on how to better our justice system, but there has also been a ridiculous amount of demagoguery.  Here is the main thing that has stood out to me, and it is an issue that I have legitimately almost NEVER heard anyone discuss that seems like it should be at the forefront:

We, the American people, are a people that are bent on vengeance.

As I see the all of the reaction about the court decision on Facebook and Twitter and YouTube and all that, it bothers me a little bit.  There are definitely some great reactions, ranging from personal friends to random celebrities.  For instance, I loved Benjamin Watson's response about the whole ordeal.  (For those that don't know, Watson is an NFL player).  I don't wanna go find the link, so just Google it if you haven't read it yet, it's definitely worthwhile.  On the other hand, MOST of the responses I have seen from fellow Christians on facebook have all been about JUSTICE.  My last blog post dealt with this topic, but I wanna take it a little further in this one.

To me, justice is the way of the old covenant...aka Old Testament.  Jesus came, and he replaced justice with something even better: mercy.  Jesus preached mercy and grace, not justice.  I remember that time when Jesus was talking about what to do if someone strikes you on the cheek.  Didn't he say, "hit them back."  NO!?  He said turn the other cheek!  Truly, for justice to be done, then you must strike the person back.  An eye for an eye.  That is justice.  That is the old way.  Jesus gave us something better though: FORGIVENESS.

Forgiveness is SUCH A BIG DEAL!!!! THANK GOD that we aren't judged by justice and that we don't live in a perfectly just world.  A perfectly just world would be a NIGHTMARE for me.  I really do believe that if our country was perfectly just, more than 50% of the population would belong in jail...myself included.  I would be in jail for stealing music at the very least.  Others would be in jail for TONS of other things wherever justice was applied.

The BIGGEST thing that bothers me about the Ferguson protests is the slogan "No Justice, No Peace."  In particular, it bothers me when CHRISTIANS promote this ideology.  It is, in my opinion, COMPLETELY anti-Christian.  Name me one time Jesus demanded justice before he offered peace. Jesus was certainly the victim of injustice, but he only offered peace in return.  THAT is how we are to be too.

Justice demands retribution.  True justice means that every wrong must be repaid to the wrong-doer in equal.  Ever heard the phrase, "an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind?"  Well, it carries a lot of weight.  Justice is an insufficient way to conduct our society.  If we can't do better than justice, then prejudice, grudges, hatred, and bigotry will be continually passed down from generation to generation.

I didn't even really mean to be harping on the Ferguson scenario in particular, because I was just as disgusted (in fact, even moreso) when Osama Bin Laden was killed.  Everyone was celebrating vigorously over the death of this man, because we finally had our retribution.  We had our VENGEANCE.

I KNOW that that seems right.  I KNOW that it FEELS right....but it isn't.  We are supposed to LOVE OUR ENEMIES.  It might be the most difficult of all the things Jesus told us to do, but we still have to try!  I remember being disgusted at how bloodthirsty our nation was that night.  I understand he was a bad man, but Jesus still loved him.  We have to keep in mind that our battle is NOT against flesh and blood, but against Satan and the devils that follow him.

I'm not saying that justice should not be striven for.  I'm saying that if we stop our aspirations at justice, we haven't gone far enough.  We are called by our Lord to be better than that.  We are called to forgive REGARDLESS of repentance from those that sin against us.  Vengeance belongs to God.  Let Him deal with that.  As long as we keep relying on our "justice system" here in America....we are going to be SORELY disappointed time and time again.

I seriously have so much more to say to expand on this, but it would be far too much to read, haha.  So, I hope whatever I said made sense, and, until next time.....PEACE!!!

P.S. Also, for the record, I am not exonerating myself from the content of this blog.  I am guilty of hating my enemies a lot of times too (Satanists and Illuminists in particular).  I need to be better about forgiving.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Racism and Justice

Hey guys!!!  Now this one MIGHT be a little controversial.  Honestly, I don't know.  I don't even really know exactly what all I'm gonna type out yet, so we can go on this ride together.  I just wanted to throw out that disclaimer in case I say some stuff that is not politically correct....which I almost certainly will (and of that I am proud).  Political correctness just bogs down the dialogue and sensors the conversation, but I digress. ANYWAY....here we go!!

So there is a lot of racial tension going on right now in America over the Ferguson, Missouri incident in which Michael Brown was shot 6 times by a police officer (even though he was unarmed).

THIS SHOULD NOT BE A BIG DEAL!!

Frankly, it is annoying to me that people care SO MUCH about this in comparison to the other things going on in the world right now.

I agree that it is certainly bad.  I even believe whole-heartedly that the justice system in America is rigged against blacks (specifically with our drug laws).  But the atmosphere of the country now is like you have to pick sides as if every situation is black and white (pun intended) and there is a right side and a wrong side.

NO!  As Game of Thrones remarks: "there are good and bad on both sides of every war."  I think this phrase applies very well to this situation in Ferguson.  The police officer used excessive force and almost certainly should not have opened fire and killed Michael Brown.  In addition, Michael Brown should not have robbed a store and then assaulted a police officer.

Why do we feel like we have to defend one side or the other or stick up for one or the other.  They were both wrong.  Plain and simple.  White guy was wrong.  Black guy was wrong....And here is another thing that bothers the crap out of me:  if the officer that shot Michael Brown was also black, then NO ONE would care about this story at all, and no one would be rioting in the streets. It would be a local news story that people forgot about in a couple days.  Same goes for if both people were white.  We are always looking at things through a racial lens, and until we shift our paradigm, racism will always poison our country.

Whenever a scenario like this comes about, race-baiters like Al Sharpton (yeah, I'll call him out by name) JUMP at the chance to cause division and to have their voice heard.  It is an absolute shame.  Martin Luther King Jr. was one of the greatest Americans to ever live.  In his day, he preached forgiveness.  He preached turning the other cheek.  He preached civil disobedience.  He sought the Lord and his movement was powerful and his legacy lives on.  Unfortunately, today, the reactions to racial tensions in this country are rioting in the streets, looting of stores, and the promotion of one side against the other.  I know that that is not how most people are reacting, but it is still prevalent.  There are also peaceful protests, and I commend those.  We NEED to begin viewing people as individuals, unique children of God, and not as part of racial collectives...ESPECIALLY in the eyes of the law.

The officer didn't fire at all black people.  He fired at one man.  Michael Brown didn't assault all white people.  He assaulted one man.  Why do we allow propaganda to rile us up and get us at each others throats over something that frankly isn't even a big deal??

OH NO, Braeden said that this isn't a BIG DEAL!?!?  But the news channels are talking about it non-stop so it must be important.  And an unarmed black man was killed by a white policeman! And it is symbolic and represents a much larger problem...so therefore it is important!

So what?  Yeah, it sucks.  I agree.  I wish it didn't happen....but there are currently INNOCENT children being beheaded in Syria and Iraq.  THAT is important.  THAT is a big deal.  THAT is far more tragic and far more concerning.  The biggest shame in it is that these very terrorists (ISIS) that are murdering Christians (including children) were being funded by our own government....with our tax dollars on our behalf.  It is not a conspiracy theory either.  Just a few short months ago the leaders of our government wanted to aid them by bombing the Syrian government in their civil war.  Most people probably don't remember that though.  Thankfully, the war gongs were silenced and we didn't end up bombing the Assad government in Syria.  Still, we already were previously, openly providing aid to these same terror groups who were fighting against Assad (and have now leaked into Iraq) and are now murdering Christians in, but no one seems to care.  It's a shame.

This is one murder in the United States that happened to a GUILTY man.  He has just robbed a store and assaulted an officer.  Believe it or not, situations similar to this happen multiple times throughout any given year....but because one of them was white and one of them was black, their lives are suddenly more important than everyone else's?

7 people were killed in Chicago alone just yesterday...but few care about that.

Thousands of people have died in Palestine over that last couple weeks.  But yeah, this ONE unjust death of a criminal is more important.

And another thing, switching gears real quick.....It bothers me that so many people are blindly demanding JUSTICE for what happened in Ferguson...as if they know what justice truly demands in this scenario...as if they know everything that happened perfectly and that they can be the judge who decides exactly what should be done to bring retribution to this unfortunate situation.  Our inability to deliver justice isn't even the main thing that bothers me though.  It bothers me more that we are SETTLING for justice.

As a Christian, justice is supposed to be the BARE MINIMUM.  In fact, justice can often times be a bad thing, yet we often attribute it as always being a noble aspiration.  True justice is "an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth."  I don't know about you, but I don't want to live in that world...and Jesus doesn't want you to either.  Justice disallows for mercy and grace.  The old covenant was based on justice....but, THANK GOD, we were brought into a new covenant where GRACE and MERCY super-cede justice.  As Christians, whether we are white, black, mexican, asian, italian, russian, or WHATEVER...we should be focused more on providing forgiveness than seeking retribution.  "Vengeance is the LORD's."  Jesus is the final judge.  Justice is up to him.  Praise the Lord that I am no longer a slave to justice.  If I was, I'd be doomed.  And so would all of you.  

That's all I got for now.....so until next time....PEACE!!!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Jesus was a Socialist

Psych!

Come on guys....you know me.  Of course I don't actually believe that Jesus was a socialist.  I'm all about free markets, free people, and free will.

HOWEVER, there is a strong argument coming from people (mostly non-Christians) who claim that Jesus did indeed preach socialistic ideals.  And when I say a "strong" argument, I mean it.  I'm not just saying they BELIEVE it strongly, I'm saying that they have an actual legitimate argument.

But here is why they are wrong....

First of all, for those that don't know the difference between capitalism (what America is SUPPOSED to practice) and socialism (the old Soviet Union, China, Nazi Germany), here is a quick explanation.  Capitalism promotes that everyone has equal OPPORTUNITY to gain wealth whereas socialism promotes that everyone is just EQUAL...period.  Now, that is a simplistic look at the dichotomy of ideals split between the two economic philosophies, but it will do for now because I don't want to spend 5 hours typing it all out.

There is this common misconception out there that socialism fights for the poor and the lowly workers while capitalism fights for the rich millionaires.  It is in fact the exact OPPOSITE, but that's a tale for a different time.

ANYWAY....back to the point.  People that say that Jesus was a socialist have it twisted.  Why?  Because they equate Jesus' suggestions of giving to the poor with a forced mandate to do so.  It is true that Jesus admonishes us to sell our possessions and give to the poor....and WE SHOULD!  However, socialists or liberal-thinkers take this concept and run with it.

Here is the key....Jesus doesn't FORCE anyone to sell his or her possessions and give to the poor.  Jesus never FORCED people to give their money away.  He also never used any government or group to go take their money on His behalf, even if it's for a good cause.  He allowed for everyone to give out of their own free will....NOT BY FORCE!  Socialism requires wealth to be forcibly taken away and redistributed to the poor (usually via taxes).  Jesus says that the wealthy should give to the poor out of their own free will.

Here are some words Jesus spoke to a rich man:

“If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” - Matthew 19:21

Check out the verses yourself because these are slightly out of context...so allow me to fill in the gaps.

This is a rich young dude who came and sought Jesus out because he wanted to know how to receive eternal life.  Jesus first told Him to obey the commandments (don't steal, murder, etc...).  The young man was like "great, cuz I ain't done none a that bad stuff, so what else do I need to do?" (That's a quote out of the King James Version, that's why it seems a little weird).  So then Jesus replied with the words above where He tells the man to sell his stuff and give to the poor (Matthew 19:21).

Note that He in no way required the young man to give up his possessions.  He said "if you want to be perfect" go sell your possessions.  Thankfully for us, it is not required that we be perfect to enter heaven, because we are made perfect by Jesus' blood! PTL :)

So, after the guy heard Jesus say that, he got super sad and walked away and left, because he had a ton of worldly possessions and was not willing to part from them.

Of course, as the man walked away distraught...refusing to do what Jesus had asked of him, Jesus laced up his Nikes, chased him down, knocked him out, and beat him up until he gave money to the poor.....because Jesus is a socialist.

Wait.....hold up.....lemme check the scriptures again real fast. Ahhhh.....my bad.  I was WAY off.  Jesus actually did something even more radical than that: He let him go.  HE LET HIM GO!  Once again, Jesus did not FORCE the man to follow Him.  He did not FORCE the man to give up his possessions.  He did not threaten the man at all.  He just let him go.

THAT is the difference.  Jesus does not promote socialism; He promotes kindness and self-sacrifice.  He promotes freedom. He promotes CHARITY!

Socialism does not allow for charity.  Socialism STEALS from the rich and gives to the poor.  Jesus is not a big fan of Robin Hood.  Jesus said NOT to steal.  Let me ask you...if all of your money is stolen away, and given to the poor on your behalf, how can you tithe?  How can you give to charity?  How can you give to the needy when you don't have anything to give?

What's the big picture here then?  What's the point?  As Christians, we should strive to follow Jesus' example and obey His commandments the best we can.  Therefore, we need to help others out ourselves.  We cannot put that obligation on someone else.  We can't tell someone else to do good deeds on our behalf.  We can't expect our GOVERNMENTS to do good deeds on our behalf.  We have to do it ourselves.  WE have to help the poor.  It is not the insanely corrupt government's responsibility to do it; WE have to.  The government will probably just pocket the money or use it to start a new war or something.

Gandhi said, "BE the change you want to see in the world."  And to that I say "AMEN!"

There is MUCH, MUCH more that could be said, but I'll leave it here for now.  So....until next time.....PEACE!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Marijuana Should Be Legalized

Holla back Colorado!  Thank you for making the smart decision and finally legalizing marijuana for recreational use.  The rest of America should fall in suit.

Now, I personally don't smoke weed, nor have I have ever smoked weed, but that doesn't mean I should turn anyone who DOES into a criminal just because I disagree with their decision to do so.  I also don't drink alcohol.  I think it's gross and just makes things taste worse.  In fact, I've never even been drunk before, but I don't get mad at other people that drink or wanna have a few beers to socialize.

Politically speaking, when we prohibited alcohol consumption in the 1920's....it was a DISASTER!  It is the only amendment to the Constitution that has ever been repealed, and with good reason.  Prohibition DOES NOT work...period.

This is something we need to understand: making something illegal is not going to stop people from doing it.  It goes all the way across the board.  Some examples:

Making alcohol illegal did not stop people from drinking alcohol (see the Great Gatsby, actually don't...because it is one of the worst books of all time).

Making marijuana illegal CLEARLY has not stopped people from smoking weed, nor has the Drug War stopped popular demand for cocaine and other drugs.

Making guns illegal won't stop people from shooting other people.  Making it MORE illegal to kill someone isn't going to stop the criminals (who already DON'T obey the law, hence the name CRIMINAL) from illegally obtaining guns to illegally murder someone illegally.

LAWS WON'T HELP!

We need to focus on changing the hearts and minds of the people!  Come on ladies and gentlemen!  This should be an EASY conclusion to come to.

If it is legal in this country to get drunk, then it certainly should be legal to get high.  AGAIN...I do NOT condone getting high OR getting drunk for that matter, but we cannot turn people into criminals who are doing no harm to anyone but themselves.

We, the United States, have by FAR the largest prison population in the world.  MORE THAN HALF are in there for some sort of drug violation.  86% are in there for VICTIMLESS CRIMES!  That is ridiculous.  86% of our prison population are in there and they haven't even hurt anyone else!

Barack Obama has admitted to doing much heavier drugs than marijuana, and laughed around and joked about it.  People thought it was cool.  He got props for being "like us" and for being hip.  Meanwhile, other people are in prison FOR LIFE without parole for doing the same thing.

If Barack Obama was caught, his life would have been ruined!  Yet he just laughs it off and buys brownie points with his own drug use while doing nothing to stop the injustice that is crippling our country and turning people who need help with addiction into criminals.

Don't even get me started on the amount of tax money it takes to take care of these "criminals" in prison.  We're already 17 Trillion dollars in debt!  We can't afford that kinda stuff.  That's another topic though.

My fundamental political belief is that people should be free to do whatever they want as long as they don't hurt anyone else.  If I was President, I would immediately pardon any non-violent criminal who is in jail on drug charges...just like my man Ron Paul would have done had he been elected President.  #RonPaul2016 #RonPaul2020 #It'sHappening!

We could take down corrupt, murderous drug dealers TODAY if we just legalized these drugs.  Then there wouldn't be an underground.  Their monopoly would be immediately broken and there would be SO MUCH less crime.  Instead, our government is supplying Mexican drug lords with guns (see Fast And Furious scandal).

Let me reiterate one last time...I think that drug use is terrible and extremely harmful.  In fact, the greek word Pharmacia (where we get the word Pharmacy from) means "witchcraft."  In my experiences with spiritual warfare, drug use has a PROFOUND effect on your ability to fight off the enemy and opens doors for the enemy to get at you, and I want to decrease the amount of drug use in this nation.  However, I would much rather send a drug addict to get help from a church or clinic than just toss them in jail.

People are gonna do these drugs whether they are legal or not.  Let's legalize them and stop turning people that need our help into people behind bars.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Conspiracy Theory: Fact and Fiction

So I would definitely consider myself a major conspiracy theorist now...and it is SOLELY because of the Lord's leading that I ever even stumbled into this crazy world to begin with.  The testimony for exactly HOW God led me into becoming a diligent seeker of Truth and how I came to believe these "conspiracy theories" is a topic for another blog.

In my opinion, if you are a Christian, I find it very difficult to NOT be a conspiracy theorist.  The Bible warns us many times to be watchful for wolves in sheep's clothing.  King David himself in the Psalms talks about the kings and rulers of the earth constantly conspiring against God.  There are new testament warnings of secret conspiracies as well....and don't even get me started on the book of Revelation. Ultimately, Satan and other fallen angels are behind these conspiracies on both the physical, but MORE IMPORTANTLY, spiritual side of things.

In this post though, I just want to break down a few popular conspiracy theories, what I believe about them, and why.

# 1 - 9/11

"9/11 was an inside job."  That's the phrase we hear all the time about this conspiracy theory.  Well, I don't necessarily agree with that.  My perspective on 9/11 is this:  I know with almost certainty that the official story of the events of September 11th attacks given to us by our government and the 9/11 Commission are a lie.  I feel like if you look at it totally objectively and common-sensically most people would come to that same conclusion.  I do not claim to know what actually DID happen that day, but I do know that the government is lying about it.

Here is the evidence to back this up: Operation Northwoods.  Operation Northwoods was a plan created by the Joint Chiefs of Staff (top military personnel in the entire nation) and signed off on by Robert McNamara (former Secretary of Defense to JFK) in the early 1960s.  This plan calls for the U.S. government to murder its own people, attack its own military bases (specifically Guantanamo Bay), commit terrorism in Miami and Washington D.C., fly a commercial airliner filled with "college students on a humanitarian mission" over Cuban airspace and shoot it down ourselves, and more....with the exclusive goal of framing Fidel Castro and Cuba for these acts in order to incite the American public to back a U.S. invasion of Cuba.

Sounds crazy right?  Well, this is not a THEORY at all.  This is a fact.  You can look up the documents online for yourself.  It was leaked as part of the Freedom of Information Act.  It BLEW MY MIND.  Our own government, ON RECORD, had planned to do these things.  The only thing that prevented this plan from going into motion was President John F. Kennedy.  He refused to sign off on it (thank the Lord).  He also refused to send troops to Viet Nam.  Coincidentally, his head was blown off in front of all the American people shortly thereafter.  Despicable.  It honestly makes me so mad when I actually think about it.

How does this tie into 9/11?  Well it breaks the barrier of believing that our own government would actually create such a dastardly, disgusting plan.  A plan that within it, suggests we blow up our own airplanes and frame some other enemy for it.  Here is some more evidence though....

Has anyone seen video of an airplane crashing into the Pentagon?  I know I haven't.  The Pentagon, arguably THE MOST heavily surveilled building in the entire world, has no footage of an airplane actually crashing into it.  That's what the government tells us however.  Now this doesn't prove that a plane DIDN'T crash into it, it just breeds suspicion as to why the government will not allow the public to view ANY of the footage.  They could put the conspiracy theory to bed TODAY if they wanted to.  Yet they refuse to let any of the footage out to anyone because it's top secret.  Secrecy breeds suspicion.

One piece of evidence is that the passports of a few of the terrorists were found in the wreckage, clearly proving their guilt.  However, the black boxes of the planes were completely destroyed beyond repair.  So....let me get this straight.  The device, created with the intent to survive any catastrophe, collision, crash, or explosion (the black boxes) was obliterated beyond repair because of the violence of each crash....BUT, thankfully for us, the flimsy pieces of paper that proved the guilt of the Islamic terrorists were conveniently still intact and found in the wreckage.  Passports survived the massive fireball, but the blackboxes of both planes could not.  I find that incredibly hard to believe.

There is actually a LOT more evidence to suggest that the U.S. government's official story of the attacks is a fraud, but I wanna move on to some other conspiracies.

#2  The JFK Assassination

This was the conspiracy theory that I first ever came to accept.  God specifically directed me toward this in a really crazy way.  Again, that's a testimony for a different time.  You can ask me in real life if you want to hear it....but anyway, I had always heard stuff in pop culture about JFK and Lee Harvey Oswald and the "grassy knoll," but I never really cared about it.  Then I, after God's SUPER deliberate leading, looked into it....and it was CLEAR to see that the government lied about this one.  It's not even a question.  The official story of the government supplied by the Warren Commission is an absolute joke that is a mockery to the very concept of truth.  It is SO outlandish and obviously wrong that anyone who actually looks into it AT ALL will easily come to the conclusion that it is a big lie and a massive cover up.

Now, do I know who actually killed Kennedy?  No.  Again, I don't claim to know what ACTUALLY happened, but I do know that the official story is a lie and a cover up.  Lee Harvey Oswald was indeed a patsy, as he himself claimed.  The fact alone that he was conveniently murdered during a jail transfer, so that there could be no public trial for him to defend himself, is a major suggestion toward a cover up.  There is so much more though.

I think probably the biggest evidence to me is the Zapruder film.  If anyone has seen that video of Kennedy actually getting shot, that is the Zapruder film.  (It's called that because it was filmed by a guy whose last name was Zapruder).  The footage clearly shows Kennedy's head getting hit in the front and bobbing backward from the impact.  However, the government says that he got shot from behind.  If he got shot from behind, his head would have bobbed forward, not backward.  Most people don't know this, but the Zapuder film was top secret for 8 years following JFK's assassination.  They wouldn't let the American people see it until a major legal battle 8 years after the fact (when people didn't care as much anymore).

There was GREAT motive to kill Kennedy.  He, in my opinion, was the last real President America has had.  (Reagan MIGHT have been a legitimate President as well, but I'm iffy on that).  Every other one has simply been a puppet of the Illuminati.  YEAH, I SAID IT, haha.  The Illuminati is certainly real.  I'll talk about the Illuminati in detail in blog later on I think....but those fools are real and they are DOWNRIGHT dirty to the core.  Those fools are psychopathic Luciferian Satan worshipers who crave power more than I crave chicken nuggets.  Anyway....enough about Kennedy, even though there is WAY more to say, let's move on to the next one....

#3 The Federal Reserve

The Federal Reserve, which I've mentioned before, is the central bank of the United States.  I am of the opinion that it is evil.  It is a FOR-profit private bank.  It is not FEDERAL at all.  The name is such a deception.  It was officially created in 1913, but the plan was created a few years earlier by mega-bankers J.P. Morgan, John D. Rockefeller, and a few others.  Anything the Rockefellers have to do with (with the exception of the show 30 Rock, which is a fantastic show), you can almost be sure that it is wicked in intent.  John D. Rockefeller was one of the biggest scumbags of all time.  That's an Illuminati thing, so I'll talk about all that stuff in a different blog....back to the Federal Reserve.  The Rockefeller family TO THIS DAY has partial ownership of the Federal Reserve.  Jesus Himself said that "the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil."  It's safe to say that the Federal Reserve, the most powerful controller of money this world has ever seen, is probably evil in itself.  Now let me say for clarity, it is not INHERENTLY evil....but it was created by evil men, with evil intentions.  The secrecy of the Federal Reserve is OFF THE CHARTS.  I recommend the books "End the Fed" by Ron Paul (he argues the logical fallacies of the Federal Reserve) and "The Creature from Jekkyl Island" by G. Edward Griffin (he argues the conspiratorial creation of the Federal Reserve).

I know that this has been a MAJOR long post, so I apologize for that, haha.  I honestly haven't even scratched the surface on most of these things and there are MANY MANY MANY more conspiracies to be talked about, but I feel like it's getting too wordy, so I'm just gonna start hitting on the last point: what do we as Christians do about it?

A lot of people see the world starting to just suck more and more and get more and more evil and twisted and just say, "well, the Bible prophecies that this is supposed to happen so there's nothin we can really do about it....so I'm just gonna sit here and wait for Jesus to come back."

No offense, but that is a terrible perspective to have.  That's where I was for a long time....I felt like we were doomed no matter what and there was nothing I could do about it.  Then I read about King Josiah of Israel, one of the descendants of David.  Long story short, Israel was doin their own thing and rejecting God again...and I mean doing some TERRIBLE things.  They were offering newborn children as sacrifices to demonic Gods and stuff.  Just some real bad stuff.  So God told Israel that He was going to give them into the hands of their enemies and destroy their kingdom.  HOWEVER, a baller named Josiah soon became king, stumbled upon the old scriptures, realized that they needed to turn back to God, convinced the people to do so, and God saw it....and although God had already decreed what was going to happen to Israel, He told Josiah that because of what he had done and how the people had repented and turned back to God, He would delay their destruction so that neither he nor his children would have to face it.  THAT is what I'm shooting for.  I may not be able to stop prophecy in the Bible from happening (and it is going to get BAD ladies and gentlemen, REALLY bad), but I sure as heck am going to do everything in my power to make sure that those things don't come to fruition while I'm on this earth.  I'm either stopping it or I'm dying trying.  I DO NOT want to be around during the tribulation.  Hell no.  God gave a reprieve to Josiah and Israel before, He can most certainly do it again.

Also, Ephesians 5 is a big chapter in the Bible that talks about this stuff.  Ephesians 5:11 specifically is great.  It says "Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather, EXPOSE THEM."  EXPOSE THEM.  God hit me hard with that verse.  The verses before it talk about SUPER evil deeds being done by people in secret.  Then God says for us NOT to take part in them, but instead, to expose them.  Shine light on them.  Let people know about them.  God says in scripture, "my people perish for lack of knowledge."  Therefore, I'm just trying to spread the knowledge the best I can.  God opened my eyes.  So I'm just trying to open other peoples' eyes.  I don't care if it makes me look crazy, if it ruins my reputation, if it alienates me from people....because I have truth on my side.  Now I may not be absolutely correct on everything I've talked about here.  There could be things that I believe that are wrong....but I know with certainty in my heart that I am seeking the truth with everything I have, and the Lord said "seek and you will find."  So that's what I'm gonna do.

As Christians we need to EXPOSE these dark deeds that are done in secret.  America is doomed if we don't.  A lot of people say it is doomed already, but I'm not about that.  In the words of the great super saiyan Goku: "where there's a will, there's a way."  And I certainly have a will.  That's all I got for now, so until next time....PEACE!