Firstborn and Middleborn Presidents and Wars

Firstborn and Middleborn Presidents and Wars Ver. 1.2.2

The Gadfly

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9/9/2016

Copyright 2016

Introduction

One’s birth order in their family of origin can identify basic skills that were learned from the environment that one was exposed to in their developing years. The firstborns tend toward leadership skills with either “compliant” or “controlling” personalities; middleborns tend toward a personality using a negotiating style of communication and problem-solving. [i]

The firstborn presidents of the USA are numerous and many were involved in wars *.

 

Functional Only Child Oldest Child Oldest Male Functional Oldest Male
Andrew Jackson John Adams *Thomas Jefferson *George Washington
*Abraham Lincoln *James Madison John Quincy Adams
Herbert Hoover *James Monroe Martin Van Buren
*Franklin D. Roosevelt *James K. Polk Millard Fillmore
Gerald R. Ford *Ulysses S. Grant James Buchanan
*Bill Clinton  

Chester Alan Arthur

Theodore Roosevelt Calvin Coolidge
*Harry S. Truman
*Lyndon B. Johnson
Jimmy Carter
*George W. Bush

 

 

There were several middleborn presidents, several of whom ended wars *.

 

Middle Born
John Tyler
Zachary Taylor
Franklin Pierce
*G. Cleveland
Benjamin Harrison
*William McKinley
W. H. Taft
*Dwight D. Eisenhower
*John F. Kennedy
*Richard Nixon
*George Herbert Walker Bush

 The question of the day is: “Are firstborn Presidents more likely to be involved in a war and are middleborn Presidents more likely to end a war?” [ii]

Early Biography of Presidential Candidates

Hillary Clinton, Democratic Party

Hillary Diane Rodham was born on October 26, 1947, at Edgewater Hospital in Chicago, Illinois.  She was raised in a United Methodist family, first in Chicago and then, from the age of three, in suburban Park Ridge, Illinois.  Her father, Hugh Ellsworth Rodham (1911–1993), was of Welsh and English descent; he managed a successful small business in the textile industry. Her mother, Dorothy Emma Howell (1919–2011), was a homemaker of English, Scottish, French-Canadian, and Welsh descent.  Hillary has two younger brothers, Hugh and Tony.” [iii]

Hillary qualifies as a firstborn, but the question is: “Is she a compliant firstborn or a controlling firstborn?” [iv] The data on firstborn presidents does not contain any data on female firstborn presidents.  A look at the other female world leaders below may offer some insight to predicted decision-making styles of the female politician.  Hillary is running on a platform of, “I will fight for you,” meaning she will fight to give sectors of the population federal benefits in exchange for votes.  The Greek democracy has been bailed out of bankruptcy by the European Union twice in recent years.  The Greek politicians, who wanted political power, promised more government benefits to their voters.  The Greeks now have more people on government benefits than they do people paying taxes to support them, thus financial ruin.

Donald Trump, Republican Party

“Donald John Trump was born in 1946 in Queens, New York City, the fourth of five children of Frederick C. and Mary MacLeod Trump. Frederick Trump was a builder and real estate developer who specialized in constructing and operating middle income apartments in the Queens, Staten Island, and Brooklyn sections of New York. Donald Trump was an energetic and bright child, and his parents sent him to the New York Military Academy at age thirteen, hoping the discipline of the school would channel his energy in a positive manner. Trump did well at the academy, both socially and academically, rising to be a star athlete and student leader by the time he graduated in 1964.” [v]

Donald Trump qualifies as a middleborn child; the die of his personality should have been cast by age twelve.  Being raised in the middle, he would have developed negotiating skills, mostly negotiating for his own space. [vi]

Gary Johnson, Libertarian Party

Johnson was born on January 1, 1953, in Minot, North Dakota, the son of Lorraine B. (née Bostow), who worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and Earl W. Johnson, a public school teacher. In 1971, Johnson graduated from Sandia High School in Albuquerque, where he was on the school track team.  He attended the University of New Mexico from 1971 to 1975 and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in political science. While at UNM, he joined the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.  It was there that he met his future wife, Denise “Dee” Simms.

“While in college, Johnson earned money as a door-to-door handyman.  His success in that industry encouraged him to start his own business, Big J Enterprises, in 1976. When he started the business, which focused on mechanical contracting, Johnson was its only employee.  His firm’s major break came when he received a large contract from Intel’s expansion in Rio Rancho, which increased Big J’s revenue to $38 million.

“Overburdened by his success, Johnson enrolled in a time management course at night school, which he credits with making him heavily goal driven.  He eventually grew Big J into a multimillion-dollar corporation with over 1,000 employees.  By the time he sold the company in 1999, it was one of New Mexico’s leading construction companies.” [vii]

There is no mention of siblings of Gary Johnson, but it is interesting to note the youngest brother of George W. Bush is one of his ardent supporters.  This certainly looks like a firstborn and lastborn natural relationship.  No mention of a sibling leads to the conclusion that Gary is an only child.

There are a finite number of personalities that have been created all through history; we just keep on reproducing these same personalities with different faces, like Barack Obama and George W. Bush [viii]  who can be considered as functional only children (this is true for Bush, as there is more than five years between him and his next younger brother, Jeb Bush).Barack Obama is a functional only child, as he was raised separate from his siblings and by a single mother/grandmother.  Therefore, when George W. Bush entered into a war in Iraq and Afghanistan and Barack Obama expanded these wars with ISIS-ISIL, we did not change the personality of our president, but only changed the face of the president.  Gary Johnson, as an only child, would only change the face of the president again, not the personality of the president and he would probably expand the wars in the Middle East.

Jill Stein, Green Party

“Jill Stein was born in Chicago, the daughter of Gladys (née Wool) and Joseph Stein, and was raised in Highland Park, Illinois. She is Jewish, and her family attended Chicago’s North Shore Congregation Israel, a Reform synagogue.  Her parents were both from Russian Jewish families and Stein was raised in a Reform Jewish household, but now considers herself agnostic.  Stein is married to Richard Rohrer, who is also a physician. They live in Lexington, Massachusetts, and have two adult sons.

“In 1973, Stein graduated magna cum laude from Harvard, where she studied psychology, sociology, and anthropology. She then attended Harvard Medical School and graduated in 1979. After graduating from Harvard Medical School, Stein practiced internal medicine for 25 years at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Simmons College Health Center, and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, and also served as an instructor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. She retired from practicing and teaching medicine in 2005 and 2006, respectively.” [ix]

There is no mention of siblings in this bio; therefore we can only conclude that Jill Stein is an only child.  Only children are well known for their academic achievements; Jill certainly qualifies as an “only” on this count, as she is very academically accomplished.  Therefore the question remains: Are we going to change the personality of the president or only the face and sex of the president?

Notable Female World Leaders and Conflict


Margaret Thatcher, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom


“Thatcher was born Margaret Hilda Roberts on 13 October 1925, in Grantham, Lincolnshire. Her father was Alfred Roberts, originally from Northamptonshire, and her mother was Beatrice Ethel (née Stephenson) from Lincolnshire.   She spent her childhood in Grantham, where her father owned two grocery shops. She and her older sister Muriel (1921–2004) were raised in the flat above the larger of the two, on North Parade. 

“Margaret Roberts attended Huntingtower Road Primary School and won a scholarship to Kesteven and Grantham Girls’ School.  Her school reports showed hard work and continual improvement; her extracurricular activities included the piano, field hockey, poetry recitals, swimming and walking.  She was head girl in 1942–43.[x]   As the younger of two sisters, Margaret would develop a more social and athletic personality.”

In the 1990, Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister of Great Britain when Saddam Hussein, the political leader of Iraq, invaded his neighbor oil producing country of Kuwait.   Margaret was heard broadcasting on the air that, “We are going to nuke you.”  This was the last we heard from Margaret on politics.

Golda Meir, Prime Minister of Israel

“Golda Mabovitch (Ukrainian: Ґольда Мабович) was born on May 3, 1898, in Kiev, Russian Empire, present-day Ukraine, to Blume Neiditch (died 1951) and Moshe Mabovitch (died 1944), a carpenter. Meir wrote in her autobiography that her earliest memories were of her father boarding up the front door in response to rumors of an imminent pogrom. She had two sisters, Sheyna (1889-1972) and Tzipke (1902-1981), as well as five other siblings who died in childhood. She was especially close to Sheyna.

Moshe Mabovitch left to find work in New York City in 1903.  In his absence, the rest of the family moved to Pinsk to join her mother’s family. In 1905, Moshe moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in search of higher-paying work and found employment in the workshops of the local railroad yard. The following year, he had saved up enough money to bring his family to the United States.”

Golda Meir, before 1910

“Blume ran a grocery store on Milwaukee’s north side, where by age eight Golda had been put in charge of watching the store when her mother went to the market for supplies. Golda attended the Fourth Street Grade School (now Golda Meir School) from 1906 to 1912. A leader early on, she organized a fund raiser to pay for her classmates’ textbooks. After forming the American Young Sisters Society, she rented a hall and scheduled a public meeting for the event. She went on to graduate as valedictorian of her class.

“At 14, she studied at North Division High School and worked part-time. Her mother wanted her to leave school and marry, but she demurred. She bought a train ticket to Denver, Colorado, and went to live with her married sister, Sheyna Korngold. The Korngolds held intellectual evenings at their home, where Meir was exposed to debates on Zionism, literature, women’s suffrage, trade unionism, and more. In her autobiography, she wrote: “To the extent that my own future convictions were shaped and given form […] those talk-filled nights in Denver played a considerable role.” In Denver, she also met Morris Meyerson (also ‘Myerson’; December 17, 1893 – May 25, 1951), a sign painter, whom she later married on December 24, 1917.” [xi]

Golda was nine years younger than her older sister and four years older than her younger sister.  This family position would make her the second firstborn, as there is more than five years between her and her older sister.  The fact that she was put in charge of the grocery store when her mother was absent leads to the conclusion she was treated as an oldest sibling.  This position in the family would certainly put her in the ranks of academic achiever, which she was.  It is a stretch to put her as a middleborn child with a sister nine years older and a sister four years younger, where she would have developed negotiating skills. [xii]   She was known as the Iron Lady of Israeli politics.[xiii]   It was during her tenure that Israel acted in revenge against the Germans responsible for the Holocaust.

Yom Kippur War

“Meir approved full scale mobilizing but sided with Dayan against a preemptive strike, citing Israel’s need for foreign aid. She believed that Israel could not depend on European countries to supply Israel with military equipment, and the only country that might come to Israel’s assistance was the United States. Fearing that the United States would be wary of intervening if Israel were perceived as initiating the hostilities, Meir decided early on October 6 against a preemptive strike. She made it a priority to inform Washington of her decision. U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger later confirmed Meir’s assessment by stating that if Israel had launched a preemptive strike, Israel would not have received so much as a nail.”

Resignation

“Following the Yom Kippur War, Meir’s government was plagued by infighting and questions over Israel’s lack of preparation for the war. The Agranat Commission appointed to investigate the war cleared her of direct responsibility, and related to her actions on Yom Kippur morning.

“She decided wisely, with common sense and speedily, in favor of the full mobilization of the reserves, as recommended by the chief-of-staff, despite weighty political considerations, thereby performing a most important service for the defense of the state.” [xiv]

Conclusion

In reality we have two choices for the next president of the USA.  One Candidate is a Firstborn Female with younger brothers who wants political power and is willing to give out federal government benefits in exchange for votes (“I will fight for you”), but she is somewhat an unknown in regard to her ability to extricate us from the war with ISIS-ISILThe Second Candidate is a Middleborn Male with negotiating skills – albeit on a “I win, you lose” basis – but a good start in negotiating workable compromises, which is the key to successful relationships with our neighbors foreign and domestic. [xv] And there is significant evidence, in our history of middleborn presidents, that he can extricate us from this war with ISIS-ISIL. 

 

[i] http://drleman.com/

[ii]http://retiary.org/misc_pages/us_presidents_and_wars.html/

[iii] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hillary_Clinton#Early_life/

[iv] Ibid i

[v] http://www.notablebiographies.com/St-Tr/Trump-Donald.html/

[vi] Ibid i

[vii] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_Johnson#Early_life_and_career/

[viii] Ester 5: 9-14, The Bible, Old Testament

[ix] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jill_Stein#Early_life_and_education/

[x] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margaret_Thatcher#Early_life_and_education/

[xi] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golda_Meir#Early_life/

[xii] Ibid i

[xiii] Ibid xi

[xiv] Ibid xi

[xv]  Matthew 7:2, The Bible

[xv] Matthew 5:25, The Bible

[xv] Luke 14:31-32, The Bible
[xv] https://gadflyblog.wordpress.com/tag/gadfly/

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How to Quit a Drug Habit in Three DAYS

How to Quit a Drug Habit in Three DAYS Ver. 1.0.4

A SCIENTIFIC METHOD*

 The Top Gun National Crises Troubleshooter, Retired

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September 4, 2016

Copyright 2016

 Introduction

 Drug addiction can be beat by knowing just a little about how our brains work and with a little help from a Russian Psychologist, Dr. Ivan Pavlov, and his discovery of “Conditioned Response” and acknowledging the existence of a “Higher Power.”

Conditioned Response

Pavlov performed many experiments with animals, but his most notable accomplishment was his work with a dog in a cage, a large beef steak and a bell.  He would offer the steak to the dog in the cage from outside the cage and the dog would salivate.  He then offered the steak to the dog and rang a bell.  He continued this procedure for several iterations, and then he just rang the bell and the dog would salivate.  This is how he developed his theory of “Conditioned Response.” [i]

The Existence of a Higher Power

The existence of a Higher Power has been the subject of debate with philosophers for many centuries, and the results often depend on the preexisting thoughts of observers when they are shown evidence of this Higher Power.  Two arguments are thus summarized.

The Watch in the Sand

You are walking along a deserted beach, you find a watch in the sand (electronic or geared), and you conclude, ‘People have been here,’ because it is highly unlikely that a mechanism as intricately designed as a watch might be thrown together by the chance forces of nature.  A pebble on the beach might be curiously shaped, but anything approaching the complexity of a tool or a piece of sculpture, much less a complex mechanism, would strike us as proof of some intelligent being.”  So it is with the universe. [ii]

The Caretaker

Two men are traveling through the woods on foot and they come upon a well-manicured garden.  It is a garden perfectly shaped and trimmed with flower beds arranged in perfect order.  The one man sates, “There must be a caretaker around here to make this so beautiful.”  The second man expounds, “This is a beautiful work of nature!” [iii]

The Universe

The facts revealed in recent years about the universe is that the Big Bang Theory is now well accepted among astrophysicists and astrologers, and they have estimated that there are approximately four billion planets similar to planet Earth in orbit around a sun in the “Goldilocks Zone” (Not too hot, not too cold, not too big, and not too small). With water and amino acid, life can begin and evolve on these planets, as all the other elements for life are readily available in the universe. These elements are also known as “star dust.”  We can argue that this was an act of nature and not of a Higher Power, or we can accept that a Higher Power put the universe in action with a Big Bang and it is held in shape by a web of gravitational waves. [iv]

The Method of Quitting the Drug Habit    

This method for breaking the drug habit is based on the work of Dr. Ivan Pavlov in developing the theory of Conditioned Response and my own experience as a smoker of eighteen years.  The following method applies the technology of Conditioned Response to the drug habit and redirects the response to complete the transaction begun by the stimulus. The stimulus is then removed by soliciting the aid of a Higher Power.  This method is as simple as teaching a dog to sit or roll over. We can be trained to quit a drug habit, or, for that matter, train ourselves to do anything.  The conscious mind trains the unconscious mind, and the unconscious mind does everything automatically, from putting a cup of coffee to our lips to reaching for a small book or smart phone instead of a drug.

 The Drug Habit as a Conditioned Response

 The first step in stopping a drug addiction is to identify the stimulus received that causes the response to want to “take a drug.”  For me, the stimulus was an empty feeling in my chest that signaled my need for nicotine. Once the stimulus is identified, the response can be redirected.

REDIRECTING THE RESPONSE

The second step is to redirect the response that is given to the stimulus. A lot of people redirect the response to their mouth by eating something, chewing gum or a toothpick. A better place to redirect the response is to the mind. Redirection can be accomplished by replacing the cigarette pack with a small book the same size as a pack of cigarettes  such as a New Testament Bible or a Smart Phone with the “TEXT” to be read).   I suggest Psalm I and is recommended for its relationship to a higher power). This action in itself is a new response. When the stimulus is received (I need a cigarette), the words of the passage are read and they bring to conclusion the transaction initiated by the stimulus. The retraining has begun.

The Final Step

The final step is to ask the Higher Power to take away the stimulus.  The very act of admitting a need for intervention of the Higher Power transfers responsibility for removing the stimulus to the Higher Power. You are also showing a trust for the Higher Power to remove the stimulus.  Some common names for the Higher Power are: God, Jesus, Yahweh, Father, and Jehovah, etc. Use any name you desire for this Higher Power.   Some people call this prayer. I simply call it talking with the Higher Power.  This action is still consistent with the Conditioned Response Theory.  These actions (praying, talking, asking) bring to conclusion the transaction that began with the stimulus (“I need a drug”).

A Proven Method

The method I found that worked was to insert a New Testament and Psalms Bible into my shirt pocket where the cigarettes would normally be kept. This book is the same size as a pack of cigarettes and works well as a substitute, as would a smartphone displaying the selected text. When the stimulus was received, I pulled out the book, turned to the first Psalm and read it from beginning to end.  The first Psalms begins with, “Blessed is the man (woman) who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked….”  The Psalm continues, “He is like a tree planted by streams of water which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither.”  In about three days, I had successfully transferred the response to reading the passage.  I then asked my Higher Power to remove the stimulus and admitted I was powerless to remove it myself. The simple act of asking and admitting to be powerless, to do this myself, was enough to remove the stimulus.  In a short time, I did not have to ask. The stimulus was gone and I was free of the addiction to this drug.

QED

[i] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Classical_conditioning

[ii] Robert C. Solomon, “Introducing Philosophy” 4th ed., Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Pub. 1986,  p293

[iii] ibid

[iv] Albert Eisenstein

 Put this Message in your Smart Phone

 Psalm 1 (NIV)

Blessed is the one

who does not walk in step with the wicked

or stand in the way that sinners take

or sit in the company of mockers,

but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,

and who meditates on his law day and night.

That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,

which yields its fruit in season

and whose leaf does not wither—

whatever they do prospers.

Not so the wicked!

They are like chaff

that the wind blows away.

Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,

nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.

For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,

but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.

 

HOW TO QUIT SMOKING IN THREE DAYS

HOW TO QUIT SMOKING IN THREE DAYS

A SCIENTIFIC METHOD*

Jack E. Johnston

Copyright March 23, 1991

Revised August 11, 2016

https://gadflyblog.wordpress.com/tag/smoking

 Introduction:

When I was in high school I was determined not to get caught up in the smoking craze that was popular amongst some of my friends. When we were juniors my friend came to me and stated he was hooked on smoking cigarettes and wanted to quite. Since he was in my circle of best friends, I asked him to teach me how to smoke and I would find a way for us to quite. He reluctantly agreed to teach me. It took eighteen years to find a way to quit smoking. I have been off now for Thirty-two years (2013).  So, if you are still hooked here is the method I found to be successful.

This method for breaking the smoking habit is based on the work of Dr. Ivan Pavlov in developing the theory of “Conditioned Response” and my own experience as a smoker of eighteen years. Dr. Pavlov is well known for his experiment where he trained a dog to salivate at the sound of a bell.  The following method applies the technology of “Conditioned Response” to the smoking habit and redirects the response to complete the transaction begun by the stimulus. The stimulus is then removed by soliciting the aid of a “Higher Power.”  This method is as scientific as teaching a dog to sit or rollover, we can be trained to “Quit Smoking” or for that matter train ourselves to do anything.

 THE SMOKING HABIT AS A CONDITIONED RESPONSE

The first step in stopping smoking is to identify the stimulus received that causes the response to want to “light-up”.  For me the stimulus was an empty feeling in my chest that signaled my need for nicotine. Once the stimulus is identified the response can be redirected.

REDIRECTING THE RESPONSE

The second step is to redirect the response that is given to the stimulus. A lot of people redirect the response to their mouth by eating something, chewing gum or a toothpick. A better place to redirect the response is to the mind. Redirection can be accomplished by replacing the cigarette pack with a small book the same size as a pack of cigarettes  such as a New Testament Bible or a Smart Phone with the “TEXT” to be read).   I suggest Psalm I and is recommended for its relationship to a higher power). This action in itself is a new response. When the stimulus is received (I need a cigarette), the words of the passage are read and they bring to conclusion the transaction initiated by the stimulus. The retraining has begun.

THE FINAL STEP:

The final step is to ask the “Higher Power” to take away the stimulus. The very act of admitting a need for intervention of the “Higher Power” transfers responsibility for removing the stimulus to the “Higher Power.” You are also showing a trust for the “Higher Power” to remove the stimulus. Some common names for the “Higher Power” are: God, Jesus, Yahweh, Father, and Jehovah. Some people call this prayer. I simply call it talking with my “Higher Power.”  This action is still in alignment with the Conditioned Response Theory. These actions (praying, talking, asking) bring to conclusion the transaction that began with the stimulus (I need a cigarette).

A PROVEN METHOD

The method I found that worked was to insert a “New Testament and Psalms” into my shirt pocket where the cigarettes would normally be kept. This book is the same size as a pack of cigarettes and works well as a substitute as would an iPhone. When the stimulus was received, I pulled out the book, turned to the first Psalm and read it from beginning to end.  The first Psalms begins with “Blessed is the man (woman) who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked….”. The Psalm continues “He is like a tree planted by streams of water which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither”. In about three days I had successfully transferred the response to reading the passage. I then asked my Higher Power to remove the stimulus and admitted I was powerless to remove it myself. The simple act of asking was enough to remove the stimulus. In time, I did not have to ask. The stimulus was gone.

Put this Message in your Smart Phone

Psalm 1 (NIV)

Blessed is the one

who does not walk in step with the wicked

or stand in the way that sinners take

or sit in the company of mockers,

but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,

and who meditates on his law day and night.

That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,

which yields its fruit in season

and whose leaf does not wither—

whatever they do prospers.

Not so the wicked!

They are like chaff

that the wind blows away.

Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,

nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.

For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,

but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.

The Gadfly

The Gadfly ver. 1.2.3

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The Philosopher

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8/31/2016

Copyright 2016

Definition of Gad Fly

  • A fly that bites livestock, especially a horsefly, warble fly, or botfly.
  • An annoying person, especially one who provokes others into action by criticism.

The Gad Fly of the Greek Democracy[i]

  • Plato refers to Socrates as the “gad fly” of the state (as the gad fly stings the horse into action, so Socrates stung various Athenians).

The Gad Fly of the Christian Church[ii]

A New Paradigm in Christian Thinkingis the gad fly of the Christian Church.  Christian Churches do not accept criticism, ever. The price of criticism in the Christian Church is excommunication.  Christian sees themselves as “birds of a feather” and a critical bird is not of their nest.  They must protect the income and salaries of the professional Christians, the minds of their youth and the minds of all of their members from the gad flies of the Christian Church. Professional Christians must preach to the choir, instructing them on the religion that they have chosen to put their faith.  The cost of not preaching to the choir is that the choir will vote with their feet and donations, resulting in a loss of income to the church and the professional Christians who probably have children – if Protestant – that they need to get through college and a mortgage to pay off.   If the professional Christians are Catholic, they will not meet with the approval of the hierarchy of the church and will be excommunicated.

Max Planck, the German nuclear physicist of the early twentieth century, stated, “A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.[iii]

The same statement can be made of religion.  Acceptance of a new viewpoint of the existing data on religion can only take place when a younger generation becomes comfortable with these new views and those who are adamantly opposed to these new views die off.

Because of this self-protection of the minds of the youths, the church is destined to disappear for failure to keep up with our knowledge of the universe and the light it has shined on our knowledge and purpose of the visit to planet Earth of the Representative of the Creator of the Universe (RoCoU) two thousand years ago, and taught how the Homo sapiens who have evolved over the past thousands of centuries can get their basic needs of food, clothing and shelter met on this planet Earth and how to live in peace with each other and other nations.

An interesting side note is that Paleoanthropologist has found no link to the evolution of the Homo sapiens skull to that of the evolved Ancient Man, leaving open the creation of the Homo species by the “Creator of the Universe”.  Although ancient man and modern man have identical bone structure from the neck on down, their skulls and thus brains are much different, nor is there any evidence of a transitional development from the skull of Ancient Man to the skull (Brain) of the Homo Species. [iv]

The advances in our knowledge of the universe and the life creation process in the last one hundred years, mainly due to the Hubble Telescope and advances in life science, have put the Christian Church in a position where they need to update their theology from religious to pragmatic (cause and effect, science) or face extinction.  The church is clearly in a position of “grow or die” and the church cannot possibly grow with the determination to maintain their existing course, a course established and handed down through the generations and centuries by people that did not understand the meaning, instructions from the RoCoU and implications of the events that had taken place in the very beginning of “The Way” or the Christian Church.  These events took place in a very religious society and that society, for the most part, saw and recorded these events through a religious lens (perspective).

Case Study I

The RoCoU that visited planet Earth two thousand years ago taught the audience that had gathered around Him how to get along with other people on a one-on-one basis and how nations could live in peace with one another on a nation-to-nation basis.[v]

  • For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” [vi] From the accepted Christian perspective, their judgments will be judged by a higher power at the end of the life of planet Earth. They do not see their judging others as something that has immediate consequences.  From the pragmatic perspective, the effect of judging others – be it one-on-one or nation-to-nation – will have immediate consequences.  All Homo sapiens on planet Earth are of equal authority; one does not have dominion over another. And as one Homo sapiens judges another, so in turn are they judged by those they are judging in real time by the same measure they are using to judge!This holds true for one nation to judge another nation. As one nation judges another, so is that nation judged, by the measure they use to judge, by the nation they are judging.  As in the case where the USA is judging ISIS with “air strikes,” the USA is being judged by ISIS attacking soft target (civilian targets, airplanes, restaurants, public places, etc.) with bombing and assault weapons.  The USA has judged ISIS as “barbaric” and ISIS, in turn, has judged the USA as “barbaric”.  This ISIS War has made it impossible to tell the Barbarians from the Barbarians.

Wars of our past have been mislabeled.  We must remember that the President of the USA is also the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the USA.  The orders given by the President must be followed by the USA military forces.  The President does not issue illegal orders.  If the President  orders it, it is a legal order and must be obeyed by those in subornation to the Commander-in-Chief.  One can argue that they do not have to follow an illegal order, but they will probably be sent to the brig while the Supreme Court reviews their case. They will be removed from and replaced from duty and someone else will carry out the Commander-in-Chief’s order.

Therefore the Civil War as we know it was not our civil war – it was  Lincoln’s War.  The USA involvement in WWII was FDR’s and Truman’s War.  Harry Truman was President when the Korean War began in 1950, and Dwight Eisenhower was elected in 1952 and was President when the armistice was signed in 1953.  The Vietnam War was JFK’s initiative and LBJ’s Bombing War; Nixon pulled USA troops out of Vietnam. The Serbia vs. Bosnia, Kosovo, NATO was Clinton’s war.  The Persian Gulf War I with Iraq was G.H.W. Bush’s War.  The Iraq War was G.W. Bush’s War and the ISIS-ISIL War is Obama’s War.

As a professional troubleshooter for over forty years, I can equivalently state that, “A problem must be accurately described before action is taken to try and solve the problem; if not, a bigger problem will be the result.”  By placing the proper labels on our past wars, we should gain some insight as to the right problem to solve.

The Right Problem to Solve

  • Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still together on the way, or your adversary may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison.” [vii]

The term “workable compromise” was not coined until the twentieth century. Is it any wonder that our ancestors did not understand the meaning of the above instruction from the RoCoU during his visit to planet Earth two thousand years ago?  A workable Compromise is a solution to conflicts that work for all participants in the disagreement.  The first step in search of a workable compromise is to ask the conflicting subject, “What do you want?”  If one does not understand what the conflicting parties want, how can a resolution ever be found that works for the principle parties?

  • Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Won’t he first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace.[viii]

Here we have the workable compromise on a much larger scale.  In the case of USA vs. ISIS, the question was never asked, “What do you want?”  If we trace back the steps of the previous administrations, we should be able to predict what ISIS-ISIL wants.  The Sunni Muslims were in power in Iraq prior to G.W. Bush’s administration.  G.W. Bush’s War left the Sunni dispossessed from their homeland by the puppet Shiite Muslim administration installed by Bush. Iraq’s neighbor, Syria, was involved in its own civil war; The Sunni Muslims, now still armed with their weapons from the now defunct Iraq Red Army, seized the opportunity and developed their base of operation in Syria.  This new ISIL then made pronouncement on video, in a very barbaric way, for the USA to “Stay out of our fight.”  The Obama administration judged ISIL as “terrorists” and initiated air strikes against ISIS-ISIL as they threatened our allies in power in Iraq.

As described above in Case Study I, judging a nation as terrorist will result in the judging nation to be judged as terrorist by the judged nation.   As the USA conducted air strikes against “hard targets” (military targets) in an attempt to minimize collateral damage (civilian deaths), ISIS-ISIL, in retaliation, began bombing and assaulting soft targets (Civilian Targets).

Judging and the lack of ability to negotiate a workable compromise by the Obama administration has, and will continue to, cost the western civilization much cost in damage, dislocation of refugees and lives of civilians.  It is apparent that even a routine change in the administration by a newly elected administration will not end this conflict with ISIS-ISIL. A resignation or impeachment of the Chief Executive seems the proper road to pursue.  A newly elected administration would be in a position of trying to apologize for the actions of the previous administrations, and that never happens.

The Lens Used for the Viewing of the Facts

The lens one views the facts, events or evidence through determines the conclusions that the viewer will hold as the correct interpretation of the facts, events or evidence. The classic scenario is this: Two men who are walking in the woods come upon an immaculate garden, complete with trimmed hedges, flower garden arrangements, etc.   One man states, “There must be a caretaker for this place.” The other man states, “What a wonderful work of nature.”   The events that took place during the visit of the RoCoU two thousand years ago can be looked at through a religious lens or a pragmatic lens.

There are two and maybe three writers that were able to record the events, of the visit to Earth by the RoCoU and the events that took place, without looking though there religious lens.  Mark, who wrote the book of Mark in the Book of Books, the Bible, was a young man on the perimeter of the core group who became the Apostles of the RoCoU. He found himself in Rome where much persecution was taking place of the “Christians” in Rome.  He took it upon himself to record for the purpose of history the events that had taken place during his life.  He was an eyewitness to some of the events and received reports from those who were part of the core group of the RoCoU.  The style of writing for an historian is to answer the questions, “who, what, where and when.”   Luke, who wrote the books of Luke (Luke I) and Acts of the Apostles (Luke II), was contracted to record the events that had and were taking place in this time period. [ix]  Luke wrote under the guidelines of a journalist, answering “who, what, where and when.”  Luke was an eyewitness to many of the events that took place, he interviewed others who were eyewitnesses of events and he was an embedded journalist with the Apostle Paul on his missionary journeys.  Matthew was a tax collector and a Jew who made an argument to Jews of the authentication of the RoCoU to the Jewish religion.  He sometimes included the “why” in his writings, as did John in the book of John.  This would make their writing styles, “who, what, where, when and why” a little more difficult to sort out the facts from their interpretation of the facts and events that took place during this visit of the RoCoU.  The Apostle Paul was highly educated in Jewish religion and history.  He viewed our relationship with the RoCoU through the lens of Jewish religion and history.  A close examination of the writing of Paul will disclose that his view of the RoCoU’s visit to planet Earth was religious and the RoCoU’s view of his visit to earth was pragmatic and the next step in the evolution of the Homo species on planet Earth.

The Gad Fly of the Democracy of the USA

The present day gad fly of democracy in the USA is The Top Gun National Crises Troubleshooter, Retired.[x]  The Greeks invented democracy from scratch and it worked well for them for about 170 years.  The Greeks were on the peak of their Golden Age when they got tired of hearing their gad fly, Socrates, who was a critic of their society, in particular of the shortcomings and corruption in this democracy.  Socrates was one of the founders of western philosophy.  The Greek Senate charged Socrates with “corrupting the minds of the youth,” and they sentenced Socrates to death.  The death of Socrates was the beginning of the downfall of Greece, for they had lost their “guidepost.”

The Top Gun National Crises Troubleshooter, like Socrates has been excommunicated from his position at a national laboratory by management that took offense to his proposals that threated their power structure.  His teaching credentials were canceled in a local church for “corrupting the minds of the youth” and not teaching the church’s official view on the subject. He was excommunicated from a church where he was a member in good standing for twenty years for publishing “A New Paradigm in Christian Thinking” [xi] and corrupting the minds of their youth and any other person in their church with science and philosophy.  Thank God for civil laws that protects our citizens from physical harm.

Our President has not chosen to listen to this gad fly, when he suggested that a workable compromise be initiated to resolve the conflict of space, control and authority in Iraq between the three different sects of Muslims. This was proposed by the Vice President, and now the reining authority in Syria has been added to the mix; he chose to put together a coalition of nations to wipe ISIS-ISIL from planet Earth.  ISIS-ISIL has retaliated with attacks against this coalition of nations and the USA hitting soft targets.  We should expect this activity to continue. The best outcome, using the best military forces on the planet,  for a military victory, will be guerilla warfare with the soft targets continuing to be hit by these guerilla fighters.  The only solution to the ISIS-ISIL conflict is a workable compromise – a permanent home for the displaced Sunni Muslims from their Iraq home.

Lessons from History

In 480 B.C. the Persians were set upon wiping the Greeks off the Earth or enslaving them.  The Persians greatly outnumbered the Greeks.  The Persians were under autocratic the rule of Xerxes; the Greeks were under democratic rule (one for all and all for one).   The Persians overran the Greek Spartans (trained warriors) at the pass of Thermopylae [xii] and sacked Athens, which had been evacuated by the Greeks.

The Persians had large war ships (similar to that of the USA navy, bigger than their opponents).  The Greeks built small maneuverable war ships with a torpedo like Ram on the bow of the ship (A trireme).  The Greeks lured the Persian navy in to the Aegean Sea where there were many islands presenting a maneuverable issue for the Persians.  With their mobility (like ISIS-ISIL), the Greeks ran circles around the larger Persian ships and rammed the Persian ships with their torpedo like Rams at the front of their ships and sank the Persian Fleet. [xiii]

Beware USA your large arsenal of weapons is being out maneuvered by an adversary who is focused on mobility.

The USA Transition from a Republic to a Democracy

The USA was formed as a republic and has been in a long transition to a democracy in small steps. This change has come about by allowing more of the population to vote in elections and it changed the way our President was elected.  In the beginning, only land owners could vote in the elections.  These were the people who had an invested interest in the profitability of the nation, much like that of stockholders voting in a corporation. [xiv]  The vote has slowly been extended, for various reasons, to other segments of our society who do not have an investment or knowledge of producing a profitable nation (women, teens, those on government assistance).  We certainly have improved on the lifestyles of our citizens, as have the Greeks, but our national debt is rising above our ability to pay the interest, which could eventually result in foreclosure on our property (nation) by our creditors (like the two bailouts of the Greeks by the EU in recent history).

The Life Span of a Democracy

The average lifespan for a democracy is about 170 years, as established by the Greeks.  In the Greek democracy, leaders were chosen by a lottery, thus minimizing payoffs and corruption in the government.  Serving as a leader was considered a duty of citizenship.  Ballots could be cast to remove a government leader from office and they would be exiled for ten years from their society. In the Greek democracy, only about 20 percent of the population could vote. [xv]   The Greeks now have more people on the government payroll than people paying taxes to support the government. Is this direction the USA wants to continue to pursue?

The Code of Conduct to Live Long in this Land

There is a “code of conduct” that was intended to provide for the continued success of a nation living long in the land that had been giving to them.  Unfortunately, these were given to a very religious people and they did not understand the economic implications of these Ten Codes of Conduct.  Unfortunately, these Ten Codes of Conduct are still seen as religious by almost our entire society, religious and secular alike.  When one sets aside their religious lens, the pragmatic lens shows that the economics of these Ten Codes of Conduct can be realized.  The original Codes of Conduct were given in an ancient language; therefore, the proper perspective is to look at them through the eyes of a parent giving instruction to their children so that they might live long in the land the parent was giving them to raise their generations.

  1. You will not listen to anyone but your father for guidance.
  2. You will not form addictions that will prevent you from making your own decisions.
  3. You will not use my name as an authority to cause trouble or discomfort for any other person on this planet Earth.
  4. You will take a day off, after every six days of work, and remember who gave you this land and enjoy your time with family and friends, and you will allow your employees time off to enjoy their family and friends, and you will not mow your lawn on this day and interrupt the peace of your neighbors.
  5. Remember what your mother and father taught you, and hand down those teaching to your children and grandchildren, that you might live long in this land I have given you.
  6. You shall not murder.
  7. You shall not steal.
  8. You shall not give false witness against your neighbor.
  9. You shall not seek an intimate relationship with your neighbor’s wife.
  10. You shall not scheme to gain possession of your neighbor’s property.
  11. You will not build a big mansion type house in your neighbor’s back yard.
  12. You shall keep the walk-ways, of your communities, free of “Foxtails” that injure our pets. [xvi]

QED

 

 

[i] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socrates

[ii] http://anewparadigminchristianthinking.wordpress.com/

[iii] Max Plank, http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/m/max_planck.html/

[iv] NOVA: Dawn of Humanity DVD, http://www.shoppbs.org/home/index.jsp/

[v] Jesus on judging, negotiating

[vi] Matthew 7:2, The Bible

[vii] Matthew 5:25, The Bible

[viii] Luke 14:31-32, The Bible

[ix] Luke 1:1-4, The Bible

[x] http://thephilosopheronpolitics.worpress.com/

[xi] http://anewparadigminchristianthinking.wordpress.com/

[xii] http://www.ancient.eu/thermopylae/

[xiii] National Geographic The Greeks DVD, 2016, http://ancienthistory.about.com/cs/weaponswar/p/blpwtherm.htm/

[xiv] http://thephilosopheronpolitics.wordpress.com/tag/voting/  TBC

[xv] PBS, “The Greeks”, 2016

[xvi] http://pets.webmd.com/dogs/foxtail-grass-and-your-dog/