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Since the discovery of oil in Pennsylvania in the 1800s and the easy conversion of oil crude to a usable product, there has been concern over who will own the market share of production and refinement. With the advent of industrialization and the greater need for a fuel source more plenteous than whale-fat kerosene, oil crude sources have become increasingly important. The great powers of Europe in the 1800s all sought their sources and fought each other for additional markets for their industrial concerns as well as fuel sources and additional raw or rare materials. The post-WWI powers found themselves stretched and unable to manage their acquired empires and hegemonies. These imbalances in markets shared, stretched military and commercial resources, and the greed of certain suppliers and underwriters led to eventual conflicts again setting up the dominos for WWII. Japan attacked US military capabilities in Hawaii as a precursor to further inroads into China and southeast Asia to get at oil fields and other raw goods that the US embargos denied Japan.

A united Germany opened an eastern front, breaking treaty agreements with the USSR. Germany found the industrial and military might of the UK Empire more taxing on German industry than they first thought possible. Germany went after the oil fields in southern USSR, Iraq, and Iran. Germany failed in its attempt. Although winning the conflict, USSR failed due to manpower and industrial losses. The war raged on, manpower, raw and rare resources deplete, Europe eventually came to an end to war. Maps are redrawn by the victors and the victors cannot cover their gains.

Europe and Asia are greatly ruined by war. Only the US stood out as an industrial nation that could still produce due to relative limited impact to its infrastructure by WWII. While oil and resources are plenteous in the US, other economies must be propped up. Raw, rare, and oil crude resources are exploited by US businesses. The US found itself the sole major power in the global economy. The natural arrogance of a post-war victor was translated into business as returning soldiers become executives.

The post-war soldiers of the USSR returned to their empire to find themselves able to still use those ’emergency powers’ to control a population trained in serfdom and atrocities of under-supplied war efforts. These Soviet leaders created a slave state under the guise of ‘communism’ and rebuilt Mother Russia into the Great Soviet Bear. Soon there are two great competitors for the idealogical marketshare and the actual marketshare: USA vs USSR. The reach of communism was rapid and effective for toppling weak governments. The tools developed under war with the Axis powers and centuries of intrigue with European aristocracy lent themselves to application in creating new, subordinate soviet states. The rest of war-weary Europe saw the rapid growth of soviet communism as the threat it was but could only mount a token argument against it. The US was pulled into the cold-war against communism as a ‘threat to the US way of life’ and as a threat to market share. Wherever the soviet reach went, the market closed to the US goods and services. Now, the USSR began its reach into the oil reach regions of southwest Asia and north Africa. The US and allies had to act and ‘protect’ those ‘sovereign’ nations from further soviet encroachment.

Those foreign oil markets were being protected to retain US commercial and parasitic interests in those markets. If the US bought and protected their oil the US could sell US goods into those markets and exploit monopoly styled market share.

With the effectiveness of the Marshall Plan and the US economic mistake of forgiving lendlease, those effected most dramatically by WWII and post-war regional conflicts have become market competitors to the US economy. The problem in that foreign competition is C-level managers of US businesses continued to operate as if they still retained 75% of the world’s market share. When in reality US businesses only had 30-40% of the world’s consumer economy. Parasitically, the US had been its #1 consumer customer. Then as market share began to erode as post-war recovery kicked into high gear, global dynamics in economy were not closely scrutinized for longevity results.

Lessons were not learned by US industrial giants as Japan’s dramatic turn and foresight in industry occurred through the 1960s and 1970s. Europe remained divided and was a prime market for US goods until the fall of the Soviet Block. Now the US C-level managers and national government leaders had yet to recognize the declining market share of US goods with the increase in product quality from its former dependent nations.

It is anticipated that when China turns the corner in its government shift from totalitarian oligarchy to a free-market oligarchy controlled government, the US will have a greater competitor than Japan and western Europe ever were.

Prediction if current course is continued:
The US will implode from greed and mismanagement and lack of foresight by C-level managers and government leadership to become a 3rd tier nation; and China, India, Japan, and the Koreas will take the lead economically. Europe will not be a contender in the mix due to inner squabbles, mismanagement, greed, lack of unity, and the same C-level shortsightedness afflicting the US. South America and Australia as yet are under populated and under industrialized. They will have neglible impact. Africa, sadly, still has too much disunity and hatred for its own people to become unified and turn a corner.

The post-WWII Marshall Plan and supporting efforts have dramatically worked. Nations that were pushed back into pre-industrialization due to war have become industrial giants and vibrant economies. There are many hands in the pie that is the global market for goods, services, raws, rares, and energy resources. Success in the 21st century will go to the nation or nations that are able to recognize their position within the global market and strategically work a plan to position themselves as leaders with many dependents. It is no longer a game of ‘margins’ and double digit growths for stock valuation projections. It is a game of market capture through innovation, strategy, effective tactics, and social acceptance [in that local market].

Failure means absorption or desolation. Success is planetary dominance. Yes, my friend, we have come to that stage in Earth history where it is possible in the next few decades to be a ‘Terran’ presence rather than individual sovereign states.

How do we choose to be that then?
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See also: http://exm.nr/fSEuji

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Introduction:

“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”
— Galatians 6.7 KJV

What you give, you will get. If you plant – or sow – apple seeds, you will not get oranges. You will get apples. If you give judgment, you will be judged. If you show mercy – sow mercy, you will receive mercy. It is the way the system works. The same is true of honor. If you sow or give or show honor, honor will come back to you. If you sow or give or show dishonor, dishonor will come back to you. In the United States and in many other cultures, the seeds of dishonor have been sown by one generation, and now a generation is coming up that does not know what honor is or what it means. Those who are being put forward as heroes today have no respect for anyone and do not show honor to anyone. It is mainly about “What’s in it for me?” and power over another to evidence their ‘honor.’ Honor in 2010AD is distorted.

Unless ‘honor’ is taught from one generation to the next, honor becomes meaningless. To disparage one’s honor was once cause for suit of aggrievances or redress; perhaps even for cause of death. Those who showed disrespect and dishonor were considered bad, uncouth, and perhaps even evil.

Mutual respect for persons – respecting someone just because someone is – once was normal. It was common to respect and defer to someone just because they were alive. It was recognized that person had value, meaning, purpose, and worth. In the United States over the last few decades that has changed.

It is now common in 2010AD to disregard any and everyone. If they are not you and you do not immediately benefit from them, they are as nothing. It is also common in 2010AD for some to demand respect, to demand honor be given them; without honor being given by them. What is respected is the power one has over another. Some have turned to violence as a way to validate their ‘honorable state.’

But what if that changed? What if we chose to be ‘honorable’ and ‘honor others more highly than ourselves?’[i] What if we sowed ‘honor’ without a thought of return; without expecting to get anything back from that person?

We can be the architects of a change in honor and respect. We can sow ‘honor’ as a farmer sows seeds. And in due course of time, we shall reap a harvest of ‘honor,’ if we persist.

Points:

  1. Being Honorable

“And Jabez was more honourable than his brethren…” — I Chronicles 4.9 KJV

‘Honorable’ in its basic form is ‘honor’ + ‘able.’ One could extend the definition of ‘honorable’ as being ‘honor able’ or ‘having the ability to honor or be honored.’

From Dictionary.com[ii], a definition of ‘honorable’ is “worthy of honor and high respect; estimable; creditable; bringing honor or credit; consistent with honor.”

In brief, to be honorable one must be honorable – one must be able to have, give, and receive ‘honor.’

Q: What is your personal definition of honor?
Q: Are you able to be ‘honorable’ as defined above?
Q: Can you give examples of when you were recognized as having honor; giving honor; or receiving honor?

2.   Honor Others

“Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.” — Matthew 7.12 KJV

This verse is known as the “Golden Rule.” “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” It is very simple, straightforward. There have been misinterpretations and variations of this verse.[iii] When Jesus said this phrase during the Sermon on the Mount, He was teaching those listening about honor and respect. He made the bold statement that this was the full intent and meaning of the Law and the prophets. His statement was a radical departure from religious practice and idealism. No longer were the righteous practitioners the only ones worthy of honor and respect, everyone was; and to not do that was to be against the Law and everything the prophets said.

Q: Can you think of a time where you did do for someone the way you would have liked done for you? What was the result of that?
Q: Have you ever found yourself going against the ‘social norm’ by following the Golden Rule?
Q: Have you been challenged by the Golden Rule and came up short? Have you followed the Golden Rule and came up receiving honor because you honored / respected / treated well another?

3.   Receiving Honor

“Instead of your shame you shall have double honor, And instead of confusion they shall rejoice in their portion. Therefore in their land they shall possess double; Everlasting joy shall be theirs.” – Isaiah 61.7 NKJV

“Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine. For the scripture saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, The labourer is worthy of his reward.” – I Timothy 5.17-18 KJV

Receiving honor is difficult. Our culture has distorted ‘honor’ to the point that people will deflect compliments rather than receive honor. There are many who do not see themselves as worthy of praise or falsely assume that by receiving praise they are somehow ungodly, arrogant, or conceited. There are many who will not compliment another because their gift of praise – their gift of honoring the other person – is not received or not received well; thusly decreasing the value of the gift given.

“In order to give, someone must receive; and I chose to receive.” – Dave Doc Rogers[iv]

Jesus said the poor you will always have with you. Someone is always going to have a need. There is a need within us to recognize and praise a job well done; to thank someone for a generous service received. This need to recognize or give praise like any living thing must be used or it dies, and people get to the place where they may recognize something of worth but they will not mention anything because their desire to give that praise has been so squashed it is a thought only with no action considered.

The cure to being able to receive ‘honor’ and not wanting to is to just take it and say meaningfully “thank you.” Allow someone to sow ‘honor’ into your life by receiving their ‘honor’ to you.

Q: Have you ever found yourself in a position to receive honor and said things that deflected it away?
Q: Have you ever been in a situation where you wanted to compliment someone but knew they would say ‘Ahh, it was nothing.” or some other deflection? How did that make you feel?
Q: have you ever been in a situation where you honored someone and it was sincerely received? How did that make you feel?

4.   Honor put upon you

“In my stars I am above thee, but be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.” – William Shakespeare

“Thus shall it be done unto the man whom the king delighteth to honour.” – Esther 6.9, 11 KJV

In a parable Jesus spoke about choosing the more humble place first to allow the host to invite you up.[v] There are times when ‘honor’ is thrust upon you and you only have two options: 1, take it, or 2, run.

Q: Has there been a moment that you felt you achieved greatness? Were you recognized for that moment or effort? How did that make you feel?
Q: Has there been a time in your life where you were recognized publicly for your work or service? How did that make you feel?

5.   Honor in absentia

“Leave a big hole.” – Anonymous

“How can I miss you if you won’t go away?” – Old Joke

So live a life of honor and absolutes that people around you find they cannot meet the mark. Love them and respect them more than they do themselves. Expect more out of their talents than they do. Do not let others sell themselves short. Believe in them and tell them often. Show them how much you care and tell them often.

“Don’t tell your people how to do things. Tell them what to do and let them surprise you with the results.” – General George S Patton, USA

When a chapter of your life closes and you move on to the next thing, the best honor you can receive from those left in that past chapter is for them to miss your example.

Q: Has there been a time in your life where you left a big hole?
Q: Has there been a time where your honor and absolutes drove the standards?
Q: Have you gone back to visit a former place and were surprised by the response of those left behind?

Review:

Changing someone’s understanding of ‘honor’ by your example is possible; if you persist. If you sow ‘honor’ like a seed and mean it, you will reap a harvest of ‘honor’ being returned to you. Being ‘honorable’ must be cultivated. Develop in yourself the ability to carry, give, and receive ‘honor.’ Giving ‘honor’ where it is appropriate is important. You just may be the only person in their life that has cared enough to bestow ‘honor’ on them. It is like a fount of water to a thirsty person. Recognize in yourself the times that you would have liked to have been treated with ‘honor’ and respect. Know that by giving ‘honor’ and respect to others, they may have been feeling the same things you had. In the same way, allow others to ‘honor’ you. Simply say thank you and mean it. Allow others the opportunity to praise you, to recognize something worthy of praise in another person.

Your persistence in being ‘honorable’ will gain you more ‘honor.’ Do not be overly surprised – but do be humbly thankful – when others recognize you for what you have done. And if no one ever recognizes you for what you do while you are there, persist anyway. You are not doing it for your immediate benefit. You are doing it as a service to them. You just may be surprised by the responses you receive when you next see them.

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
— Jesus[vi]

Key Points:

  • Sow ‘honor’ like a seed; expect a harvest on what you have sown.
  • Become ‘honorable.’ Become able to give and receive honor.
  • Live Jesus’ Golden Rule.
  • Learn to say ‘thank you.’ Learn to receive and accept honest praise.
  • When others honor you for who you are or what you have done, accept it humbly.
  • So leave a mark of excellence that your memory is honored when they think of you.

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[i] The Holy Bible, Romans 12:3 “For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.”
[ii] http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/honorable
[iii] The Golden Rule [modified] “He who has the gold makes the rules.”
The Platinum Rule: “Do unto others as they want done unto them.”
[iv] This truism came from a leadership meeting where there were too many hands clearing the table so I let them and just received the blessing. I was asked why I was not helping and the quote was my answer.
[v] The Holy Bible, Luke 14.1-11
[vi] The Holy Bible, John 13.34-35 NKJV

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A friend of mine sent me this link to a video of US Rep Michelle Bachman (R-MN) discussing the currying of favor by individuals and their success through their US Representative or Senator. Is that what our country has become?

Link: Gangster Government

What Rep Bachmann describes is not a constitutional republic or democracy. What Rep Bachmann describes is an aristocratic oligarchy of autarchs who laud out favors as liege lords. Sad if this is continually allowed to exist. Break out your dictionary if that did not make sense. You need to know what people in your community are doing to garner special favors from their liege lords … I mean US Representatives and Senators.

These people in Congress enjoy multi-year terms and a certain level of expectation that there is not enough dissatisfaction with what they are doing to get them fired: aka, unelected. They can easily become or develop the mentality that they are the new aristocracy and in office for life. In many ways they already are. They determine their own pay raises and make you pay for it out of your taxes. They determine what you can and cannot do. In several instances, they do not apply to themselves the rules they apply to you.

If, as Ms Bachmann asserts, an autarch … sorry, a US Representative or Senator can go to a private or nationalized corporation and exert their influence to give favor, what does that say of our national government?

My question is – as we come to the elections this November 2nd – what are we willing to tolerate?

Do we pursue with vigor a conservative, constitutional republic as the Tea-Partiers promote, or do we tolerate the status quo and sit in the pot as the water slowly comes to a boil as toads oblivious to the heat?

There is a lot of reflection back to the Federalist Papers and other writings of the Founding Fathers. What is most often missed is the seriousness of their commitment. Failure menat their certain and public death. Failure meant their families’ certain enslavement or public death. All of their property, inherited heirlooms, and future were forfeit at failure. I argue that there would be many Tories and Loyalists numbered among those supposing leadership today.

What price victory? All, sir. All.

Please reread your US Constitution and Declaration of Independence. They are worthwhile to read and know. Do not guess or lean to opinion. Know the matter yourself and argue the same. If you do not, there is a description from the Judeo-Christian Bible where Samuel the prophet tells the people about the kindness of kings. Absolute rulers only take. They do not give.

If you do not stand at the cost of a little inconvenience now, you may not have a choice in your inconveniences later.

Go vote.

Cross posted from: Dallas Church and State Examiner

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Whatcha wanna do in 2010? Whatever it is you want to do, write it down. Your odds of actually achieving what you want increase by simply writing them down. So, … whatcha wanna do?

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What wakes you up? The alarm clock or the next thing you are about to do? Decide today to impact all of your tomorrows. Be driven by your passions. Dream bigger in 2010. And work hard, be driven to achieve your dreams. See a man diligent in his work; he will stand before kings.

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Finding it funny and sad watching Laodicean fence sitters’ quandry over indecision. The year 2010 will be a year of decisions. Whose side will you be on? No one will be exempt. Even the middle must decide. Hot, cold, lukewarm …

“I would you were hot or cold, but you were lukewarm so I spit you out of my mouth like tepid water.”
– Revelation of John, 3.16 … [read the rest of chatper 3]

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60 backpatting Senators have forgotten the 300,000,000+ other people of the USA. They voted forward a bill that multiplies the national debtload, they forgot financial responsibility to the nation, and they wish to impose a minority opinion on the majority of Americans. Merry Christmas from WDC. They will be after your presents next.

While healthcare for all people of the USA is a nice thing and a lofty purpose, it cannot come at an expense of trillion dollars of debtload. If utimately passed to the POTUS to sign [and he will] the only logical way to pay for this exorbitance is to increase the taxload on the citizenry.

Some might now say, well that is how civics works. They would be right and wrong. Yes on the process, no on whether it is the right thing to do for the nation.

A short lesson in economic filtering. You the citizen have only so much. Several get together and form a government. The government needs stuff. You and others give stuff for the managing of the government. The government provides oversight and care but does not run your affairs. Now the government says it wants to add X to what it is already doing at ??? cost. Since the government is not a producer but a consumer, it goes to the producers and asks for this ??? cost increase. The government should ask its citizens if it is willing to pay the additional ??? cost. If not, the ??? cost is assayed and spent without input from the citizens. The citizens are now told they have to pay for ??? costs whether they were asked their opinion or not. The government has become non-representative and a parasite, not just a consumer but a hoarder.

Average USA family bringing in 52,000 a year. He works. She works. They have kids, pets, house, cars. Ballpark tax, FICA, SS, etc 30% on their $1,000 per week. They keep $700 per week or $1400 every two weeks payday or 2 paydays per month on average or $2800 per month.

House 2800 – 1000 [loan + insurance] = 1800
Cars 1800 – 800 [loan + insurance] = 1000
Utilities 1000 – 400 [electricity, water, gas, telephone] = 600
Groceries 600 – 300 [conservative with kids] = 300
School lunches for kids 300 – 200 = 100
Miscellaneous spending: $100

@WDC, just where are you going to get the additional tax income?

Let’s follow a chain of events …
– Congress and POTUS increase taxation on those who cannot shelter income
– 95% of citizens have less discretionary spending $$
– 95% of citizens spend less
– Consumer goods companies projected sales and production based on 95% of citizens spending more not less
– Consumer goods companies do not sell at expected levels and cut back production
– Consumer goods companies do not need as much staffing at lower production levels
– Consumer goods companies layoff employees
– 10% of 95% now find they have no viable sources of income
– 95% of citizens spend less
– Tax base for Federal and State income decreases
– Tax base to fund programs were based on X taxable revenue and income
– Fed/State programs still spend money but more is needed so those in government vote themselves a raise and increase taxation to fund current programs, new programs, and their raises.
– Go to top and start over …

It could be just one man’s opinion but our form of government is supposed to be representative oversight to ensure all citizens have the freedom and capacity to work well together and have a process for settling grievences or disputes; our government is supposed to provide singular voice for the State or National government; our government is supposed to provice congressional representation of localities to ensure localities are represented and heard at the State or National levels; our government is supposed to provide judicial experts or persons of learning and wisdom to preside over disputes and provide arbitration or direction in adjudication at local, State, and National levels.

Somewhere those principles of sound governance were bypassed for a restatement of Eurasian aristocracy and oligarchy. [Look up those words if you do not know them. They are worth the education.] And those that are not a part of this aristocracy and oligarchy have become the new serf or peasant class.

The USA is now rife with ‘politicians for life’ … not pro-life necessarily, just in office for life. Having somehow convinced those in their constituency that they know best how to govern for those represented. Rather than requiring accountability or validation of representation, the aristocratic oligarch continues in office until health or death removes him/her.

The danger in an aristocratic oligarchy is the AO’s begin to believe they are the only ones that know best what is good for the ‘common’ citizen so the AO’s no longer seek input for governance from those who vote to keep them in office. Instead, the sycophants, the courtiers, and influencers of power are heard, because they tell the AO’s what they want to hear and fund the AO lifestyle or the next media campaign in election clothing.

To those who might be reading this, we of the USA are currently in that state of governance wherein we are governed by aristocratic oligarchs who no longer feel it is right, proper, or fitting to respond to, be accountable to, or fairly represent those who voted them into office.

It is no surprise to me that based on the prevailing sentiment of current governance that sycophants, courtiers, and influencers are looking to Eurasia for governance modeling, because under that modeling power is retained in the hands of the few over the masses, input into governance of the masses is not sought or required, and those elevated to the status of AO have become the neo-noblesse of the modern era and will remain such until deposed by the highest eschelons.

All is not lost yet. While still a representative form of government it is the duty and responsibility of every USA citizen of 18 years or older to vote, to speak up in council, to vocalize appropriately, to require accountability, to demand a response from your representative on how they have governed in your stead, or be your own Oliver Cromwell and vote them out of office. [Oliver Cromwell deposed the English government for a season]

The evil you know is not better than the evil you do not know. They are both evil.

If you do not see a good candidate for office out of those who are running or hinting at running, go find one and support that person wholeheartedly. If you can’t find one that states all you need stated, you just may be your own best candidate for office.

Many in our current US Congress do not have our best interests at heart; as evidenced by their mishandling of government trust and misspending of our taxes.

You have the opportunity to address that in 2010.

Find the candidates in your area, your locality, your State, that are going to be fiscally responsible and chiefly responsble and accountable to you.

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