JimWes Thinks

September 22, 2016

Thoughts at 82

Filed under: Opportunity, Optimism, Uncategorized, Wisdom — jimwes @ 12:27 pm

Today I am 82 years of age. That gives me a lot to think about.

I never planned to get this far in years as few in my family have lived so long. But here I am so I must make the best of it.

At this stage of my life:

  • Every day is Thanksgiving Day

  • Every breath is a new opportunity

  • Every sunrise is a new miracle

  • Every smile is a new sunrise

  • Every friend is a valued treasure

  • Every grandchild is a kingly jewel & every great grandchild a crown of gold

  • Every family contact is an unmeasureable blessing, and 

  • Every new task is a life transfusion

    Mother Theresa is credited with the following observation about life:

“Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.
Life is beauty, admire it.
Life is a dream, realize it.
Life is a challenge, meet it.
Life is a duty, complete it.
Life is a game, play it.
Life is a promise, fulfill it.
Life is sorrow, overcome it.
Life is a song, sing it.
Life is a struggle, accept it.
Life is a tragedy, confront it.

Life is an adventure, dare it.
Life is luck, make it.

Life is too precious, do not destroy it.
Life is life, fight for it.”

The “extra” days allotted to those who live longer than most provide a renewed opportunity that we should take advantage of.

Here is my theme for the rest of my time:

Look to the future, not the past,
Look forward, not back, 
Look up, not down,

and DO GOOD

February 21, 2016

OBAMA EXPOSED AT LAST

Filed under: Uncategorized — jimwes @ 2:16 pm

I could never understand how as an Illinois State Senator Barack Obama voted “present” over one hundred times avoiding taking a stand on many issues.

Some years earlier I was a Georgia State Senator for about the same length of time as he. I never voted “present” one single time. I never even considered voting “present.” I do not remember any other Senators (including Jimmy Carter who was in that same Senate) voting present. I was at that time the undisputed “most liberal” Georgia State Senator. I was hated, despised, threatened and vilified because I supported civil rights in, at that time a very “white supremacist” state.

Horrified when the racist Lester Maddox was elected governor of Georgia I resigned and joined the Alliance for Progress in Latin America.

The only explanation I have for what I now consider the greatest electoral error in the history of democracy, the election of Barack Obama, is that he appeared on the scene at the very time when the American electorate, repentant and saddened over the tragedies first of slavery followed by white supremacy, chose to elect a young black whom we now know was adroitly pushed forward by dark sources that that fooled America by making him appear to be outstanding.

I considered voting for him myself, especially had he selected former Georgia Senator Sam Nunn as his running mate. He did not so I did not. After Obama’s election I was mortified at what I considered the “weird” charges against him, defended him in conversations with friends and hoped that he would be a good president and do more to heal race relations. With a broken heart I have watched him fail miserably and betray the United States of America.

I read the following 2012 article when it was first published and felt that it was too strong. Now I have reconsidered in light of the past four years and consider it exactly right and now extremely timely.

Here are the main points made in the article about the man whom I now consider to have been the worst US president in history:

  • unremarkable grades and test scores
  • a non-job as a “community organizer
  • a brief career as a state legislator devoid of legislative achievement
  • an unaccomplished single term in the United States Senate
  • no academic legacy in academia
  • authored no signature legislation as a legislator
  • a white-hating, America-loathing pastor who for decades served as Obama’s “spiritual mentor”
  • a terrorist who served as Obama’s colleague and early political sponsor
  • no evidence that he ever sat for the Illinois bar
  • held to a lower standard because of the color of his skin
  • thinks and speaks in the hoariest of cliches when he has Teleprompters; when the prompter is absent he can barely think or speak at all.
  • All his life, every step of the way, was told he was good enough for the next step, in spite of ample evidence to the contrary.
  • Not one original idea ever issued from his mouth — it’s all warmed-over Marxism of the kind that has failed over and over again for 100 years.
  • constantly blaming anything and everything else for his troubles
  • willing to advertise his own powerless-ness
  • comfortable with his own incompetence
  • a small-minded man, with neither the temperament nor the intellect to handle his job

But the greatest tragedy of this tragic president is that he has prepared the way for a Marxist follower, Bernie Sanders, who as an unemployed belligerent hippie, never earning a true salary in his life except by ruminating at the public trough, going to Cuba trying to meet Fidel Castro and to Nicaragua to also support it’s communist revolution, now comes to openly bring communism to an America whose gullible young people have no memory, not knowledge of its bloody and horrible history.

Here is the full article from Newsweek’s final issue by Matt Patterson:      NEWSWEEK CLOSED ITS DOORS WITH A BANG!

January 25, 2016

21st Century Men and Women “Without a Country”

Filed under: Uncategorized — jimwes @ 11:49 pm

Just over 150 years ago the prominent American author, Edward Everett Hale, grandson of the Revolutionary War hero Nathan Hale, published a short story in The Atlantic titled “Man without a Country.”  It is about a young army officer at the turn of the Century 200 years ago who in a fit of political disgust strongly renounces the USA while being tried by a military court for treason. He is sentenced by the court to never have contact with, or even news about, the country for the rest of his life. Under this sentence he is transferred from one navy ship to another, never being able to go ashore in any country until he is near death when a Navy officer is shown his stateroom filled with homemade memorabilia about the USA. An ultra-repentant homeless and sad old man begs for information about the major events that have happened to the U.S. since his sentence was imposed and at last is reconciled to his country by receiving from the naval officer a verbal historical summary covering the over 50 years of exile while he was literally a 19th Century man without a country.

Hale’s story became his masterpiece. Written during the Civil War it was intended to foster patriotism among its readers. In this it succeeded magnificently. It was taught in American schools for a century and became an American classic. It resulted in numerous reprintings, radio plays, several movies and even an opera. According to an essay by Alexander Zaitchick celebrating its sesquicentennial, “it was a cornerstone of America’s national religion, straddling literature, civic education, and popular culture.” He goes on the state that, “It’s not easy to imagine today a piece of short fiction occupying the perch long enjoyed by The Man without a Country.”[1] Like many other schoolchildren in the USA, I read it as a child and was greatly moved, especially because at that time World War II was going on.

What motivated this particular account is an article by Chris Jackson titled “The rise of Neo-Nativism[3] that discusses the results of a recent Ipsos poll on “nativist” sentiments and the 2016 election, but I do not expect to get into politics in this message. I expect to get into something far more important: morality…and the 21st Century “Man without a Country.” 

 The dictionary defines “nativism” as “a policy of favoring native habitants as opposed to immigrants.” The article sees “neo-nativism” as “The policy of protecting the interests of native inhabitants against those of immigrants.” Jackson’s article and the poll are obviously motivated by the now overwhelming 2016 election issue of illegal immigration and the consequent need for a functioning immigration policy. But here are the poll results that magnetically attracted my attention:

 1.   More than half (58%) of Americans don’t identify with what America has become. 

 2.   A majority (53%) feel like a “stranger in their own country”.

 3.   A significant plurality of the electorate holds “nativist” attitudes.

 Here are two excerpts from the article setting out the conclusions derived from the poll:

 There is “a deep, visceral fear among many that America’s best days are behind it. That the land of freedom, baseball and apple pie is no longer recognizable; and that ‘the other’—sometimes the immigrant, sometimes the Non-American , and almost always the  nonwhite—is to blame for these circumstances.”

 On the one hand, many people are scared about their economic future and that of their children as the rate of economic displacement increases with the globalization of cheap labor and technological innovation. The America Dream for many is a distant, foreign concept. On the other hand, many people no longer recognize the America of their grandparents—an increasingly nonwhite and correspondingly more liberal country. This is scary for many Americans. These concomitant trends are driving an increased sense of economic and cultural displacement among a large chunk of voters…”

 Now here’s my take on all of this. I believe the points made above regarding “nativism” and immigration are well taken, but there is more…much, much more, to the story.

 The poll exposes the current tragic situation…the 21st Century “Man (and Woman) without a Country,” and these persons who are now very numerous have many more reasons than those mentioned to “fail to identify with what America has become” and feel like a “stranger in their own country”.

 The country that most Americans living today grew up in was greatly different from America 2016 in which the 21 cultural principles enumerated below have been, or are being disavowed:

 ·        Shame, when appropriate, was recognized as a desirable, though painful social emotion resultant from comparison of the self’s actions with its own and the community’s standards that were inculcated from birth and throughout life. To be unashamed, to avoid accountability, to be proud of improper actions, to flaunt the violation of personal and community standards was neither acceptable not popular.

·        There was no question about the acceptance of the heritage of Judeo-Christian Values.

·        Bible reading and prayer in public schools, meetings and all type events was common and religious conduct was taught and respected.

·        Profanity was limited mainly to masculine gatherings and work and no gentleman used it before a woman, nor did books, periodicals, movies and other media use it.

·        Young women were carefully protected and all women were expected to be chaste, pleasant and good examples to their families.

·        Clothing, even though worn by hard work was clean, serious, proper and prudent.

·        Other than alcohol, all drugs were prohibited by law or by custom and little used by anyone.

·        Divorce was rare, frowned upon and considered something to be ashamed of as was “single parenthood.”

·        Abortion was a crime. Sex was considered an act of love and procreation among married adults.

·        Patriotism was honorable and unpatriotism unthinkable.

·        The country’s Founding Fathers and other national heroes were never criticized or ridiculed.

·        Young persons were expected to be obedient and respectful of their elders, their teachers and all others.

·        Sexual promiscuousness and perversion of sexual relationships and acts of any kind were abhorred and most were illegal.

·        Sexual activity other than between a married male and female was considered improper and often illegal and same sex marriage as well as other then considered abnormal sexual activity or conduct was totally unthinkable and unmentionable.

·        The arts, including music, painting, and entertainment were morally clean, pleasant and educational.

·        Celebrities in cine, music, sports and other areas were expected to be good examples and most were.

·        Government was rigidly confined to Constitutional actions and expected to be prudent and wisely protective of the populace.

·        Children, young people and adults were educated in the home, school and church to feel ashamed of any conduct or action that reflected upon the good name of their family or their community.

·        Socialism, and its close relative communism, having failed over the centuries, was considered unacceptable in political life.

·        The “four cardinal virtues” – justice, wisdom (prudence), courage (fortitude) and moderation (self control / temperance) were taught, respected and expected of all citizens and their governments.

·        Immigration, while occasionally opposed, was largely welcomed as a means of populating the country and stimulating its growth and immigrants and their descendants often made excellent citizens and community and state leaders. Immigrants rapidly assimilated and being an American became more important to them than their prior allegiances. Most immigrants were fleeing oppression or poverty and seeking freedom of opportunity. They filled a need for new workers in a growing country.

 America 2016 has, is abandoning, or already has abandoned all of the above 21 cultural traditions. This combination of dramatic and often very unpopular cultural changes is much more problematic than mere  “nativism” and most of the items enumerated above have nothing whatsoever to do with immigration. Yet the abandonment of these basic cultural items jointly and severally comprises drastic and dramatic changes in the culture of the United States that have occurred over a very few decades.

 Had there been only one or two such cultural changes, or had all 21 been spread over a greater number of decades, perhaps the culture shock would not have been so great. But the extremely rapid and unusually numerous changes in themselves have shocked the sensitivity of those citizens who grew up in a completely different culture. This is paradoxical at a time when in other areas sensitiveness to hurt feeling and avoidance of speech or action making people uncomfortable appears to be quite fashionable. It is also sad because those persons whose sensitivities are being ignored are the older generations of citizens. It is not too much to say that the accelerated cultural revolution has resulted in outright discrimination against those born in the 20th Century as well as those whose religious or other principles are in conflict with the changes imposed. This leads one to question: Are the civil rights or middle aged and elderly citizens, people of faith and persons with differing cultural principles being violated?

 An even greater paradox is posed by the fact that very many of the immigrants to the USA come from countries that still adhere to the all or many of the 21 disappearing US cultural principles.

 It is really the rapid acceptance of drastic cultural change that causes many Americans to feel that they are losing or have already lost their country. Thus it is not only the increased immigration from other lands, but also the departure from the above cultural traditions that give us situations such as reported in the Ipsos poll results that 58% “fail to identify with what America has become” and 53% feel like a “stranger in their own country”. These folks are, or soon will be, 21st Century Men and Women without a Country.”

 The Ipsos poll, though very interesting, failed to ask “why” of those persons who felt they were “a stranger” or “failed” to identify with their own country.

 At the possible risk of perceived redundancies let us look at the new culture of America 2016:

 ·        Shame is obsolete. No one is expected to feel shame about any act. Legal or cultural deviations all have some psychologically explainable cause resultant from parental of other mistreatment in earlier years. It is fashionable to express pride in having carried out or adhering to any outlandish or even illegal act. Disgusting acts are proudly and publicly performed to gain attention or support questionable causes.

·        Judeo-Christian Values are considered outmoded and often ridiculed. Frequently other values are praised and inculcated through the educational system.

·        Bible reading and prayer in public schools, meetings and all type events is illegal. Christian faith is shunned and ridiculed.

·        Profanity is prolific on the part of women as well as men in daily conversation, books, periodicals, movies and all other media.

·        Young women are free to do, act, dress and divert themselves in any manner that gives them pleasure.

·        Clothing has no standards and the more revealing or outlandish it may be, the more popular it becomes.

·        Drugs of almost any kind are popular and legal (or illegally accepted socially) to enhance entertainment, sexual pleasure and escape from the realities of life.

·        Divorce is commonplace, often repetitive, and “single parenthood” is fashionable and to some desirable.

·        Abortion is encouraged as a means of birth control. Those who oppose it are ridiculed and discriminated against. Sex has become the nation’s favorite recreation.

·        Unpatriotism is fashionable. Criticism of the USA is hailed as appropriate and educational. Textbooks are “cleansed” of patriotic acts and events once held up as good examples.

·        The country’s Founding Fathers and other national heroes are criticized and ridiculed for practices that were common in their time. Statues and historical monuments are removed. History is rewritten to support political causes..

·        Young persons are disobedient and disrespectful of their elders, their teachers and others in general.

·        Sexual promiscuousness and perversion of sexual relationships and acts of any kind are popular, highlighted in the media and considered normal.

·        Sexual activity is glamorized and considered a right of self satisfaction or recreation no matter whom or how many participate. Sexual activity, no matter how unusual is widely publicized and considered exemplar. Marriage does not restrict the right to sex with anyone else.

·        The arts, including music, painting, and entertainment are morally filthy, distorted, ugly, and provide despicable examples for youth.

·        Celebrities in cinema, music, sports and other areas are bad examples of every type vice.

·        Government subverts and distorts the Constitution, dictates its statutes without Constitutional authority, creates unpayable debt and does not protect the populace.

·        Children, young people and adults are no longer educated or inculcated with any kinds of values or morality in the home or school.  Churches are dying out. Whatever feels good is acceptable. Reputations are obsolete and never considered.

·        Socialism is becoming fashionable.

·        The “four cardinal virtues” – justice, wisdom (prudence), courage (fortitude) and moderation (self control temperance) are ridiculed and forgotten.

·        Immigration, legal or illegal, is extremely controversial and vigorously opposed by many because current immigrants are not considered to be seeking to become good citizens, but often violating the law, resisting assimilation by maintaining their original cultures and allegiances and taking jobs away from American citizens. Immigration is seen as being encouraged by supporters in the guise of benevolence but really supported in order to provide more votes assuring electoral victories.

In addition to the above, the American nation has changed in many other ways. “Three in four Americans now say that the ‘American Dream’ — broadly, the notion that through hard work and determination every American can have a successful life — is suffering…69% say the obstacles to realizing the dream are “more severe today than ever” — and note that a decline in work ethic is the primary hurdle to Dream achievement.”[4]

Top barriers to more people achieving the American Dream

Decline in work ethic

22%

Decline in values/moral standards

20%

Personal debt

20%

Rules favoring the wealthy

19%

Lack of economic opportunity

18%

Economic inequality

17%

Big government

17%

Decline of the middle class

17%

Cost of healthcare

15%

High government spending

14%

Source: 7th Annual American Values Survey[5]

 Most startling is that half the younger folks are the most pessimistic about the American Dream. “When Harvard’s Institute of Politics asked 18- to 29-year-olds if they considered the American dream to be alive or dead, the result was an even split. About half said they considered the American dream alive and well for them personally. About half said it was dead as a doornail.”[6]

 Corruption is rampant as evidenced by the numerous cases reported daily, some prosecuted, others ignored. A recent Gallup poll found that “three in four Americans (75%)…perceived corruption as widespread in the country’s government.”[7]

 According to an opinion article by Jim Clifton, Chairman and CEO at Gallup, “This sense of corruption probably contributes to much of the extreme anxiety and unrest we see today — including protests, lower voter turnout and increased interest in guns…The perception that there’s widespread corruption in the national government could be a symptom of citizen disengagement and anger. Or it could be a cause — we don’t know. But it’s very possible this is a big, dark cloud that hangs over this country’s progress.”[8]

 The scale of unpunished or lightly punished narcotics importation, distribution, sale and use in the USA is clearly out of control and gives much credence to the unavoidable conclusion that there are many, many corrupt police, prosecutors and judges. This has not existed since prohibition and it appears that the ultimate solution will be the same…legalization.

 Political corruption is also out of control bringing back memories of the late 19th Century when democracy was previously imperiled by unscrupulous political bosses.

 Those persons, who were born in the first two-thirds of the 20th Century together with all persons of faith and strong ethical Judeo-Christian principles, are naturally prone to feel that their land has been swept away from beneath their feet. It is not surprising that they feel like asking: “Who stole America?”

 It is extremely ironic that at a time when colleges and their students are vastly concerned with the problem of language “hurting the feelings” of others, no one is concerned with the hurt feeling of the great segment of the population that is left feeling they are “without a country.”[9]

 It is no wonder the USA’s traditional political processes are being overturned and once unacceptable political declarations and personalities are gaining acceptance among much of the voting public.

 It is no wonder that there are many, many 21st Century Men and Women who feel they are “Without a Country” but who are willing to make one last desperate effort to regain it.

 That is why we are witnessing the astounding change in attitude of many American voters in this year’s presidential election.

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Notes

[1]   Alexander Zaitchick No Land’s Man: Edward Everett Hale’s “The Man Without A Country Turns 150,” Los Angeles Review of Books, https://lareviewofbooks.org/essay/no-lands-man-edward-everett-hales-the-man-without-a-country-turns-150

[2] https://youtu.be/24-_-73dVFU

[3] http://spotlight.ipsos-na.com/index.php/news/the-rise-of-neo-nativism-putting-trump-into-proper-context/

[4] http://www.marketwatch.com/story/white-people-think-the-american-dream-is-least-achievable-2015-07-02

[5] https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2015/12/10/48-percent-of-millennials-think-the-american-dream-is-dead-heres-why/ttp://www.slideshare.net/BMGlobalNews/the-american-dream-summary-report-complete/1

[6] http://www.slideshare.net/BMGlobalNews/the-american-dream-summary-report-complete/1

 [7] http://www.gallup.com/poll/185759/widespread-government-corruption.aspx?g_source=corruption&g_medium=search&g_campaign=tiles

[8] http://www.gallup.com/opinion/chairman/188000/explaining-trump-widespread-government-corruption.aspx?g_source=corruption&g_medium=search&g_campaign=tiles

[9] http://www.thecollegefix.com/post/25845/

November 18, 2015

Get the Parties Over

Filed under: Uncategorized — jimwes @ 11:32 pm

 

Political parties undermine and corrupt democracy

George Washington detested political parties.

This is his warning to the nation from his Farewell Address of September 17, 1796:

“In contemplating the causes which may disturb our Union, it occurs as matter of serious concern that any ground should have been furnished for characterizing parties by geographical discriminations, Northern and Southern, Atlantic and Western; whence designing men may endeavor to excite a belief that there is a real difference of local interests and views. One of the expedients of party to acquire influence within particular districts is to misrepresent the opinions and aims of other districts. You cannot shield yourselves too much against the jealousies and heartburnings which spring from these misrepresentations; they tend to render alien to each other those who ought to be bound together by fraternal affection…

 All obstructions to the execution of the laws, all combinations and associations, under whatever plausible character, with the real design to direct, control, counteract, or awe the regular deliberation and action of the constituted authorities, are destructive of this fundamental principle, and of fatal tendency. They serve to organize faction, to give it an artificial and extraordinary force; to put, in the place of the delegated will of the nation the will of a party, often a small but artful and enterprising minority of the community; and, according to the alternate triumphs of different parties, to make the public administration the mirror of the ill-concerted and incongruous projects of faction, rather than the organ of consistent and wholesome plans digested by common counsels and modified by mutual interests.

 However combinations or associations of the above description may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely, in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion…

 I have already intimated to you the danger of parties in the State, with particular reference to the founding of them on geographical discriminations. Let me now take a more comprehensive view, and warn you in the most solemn manner against the baneful effects of the spirit of party generally.

This spirit, unfortunately, is inseparable from our nature, having its root in the strongest passions of the human mind. It exists under different shapes in all governments, more or less stifled, controlled, or repressed; but, in those of the popular form, it is seen in its greatest rankness, and is truly their worst enemy.

The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism. The disorders and miseries which result gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual; and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of public liberty…

Without looking forward to an extremity of this kind (which nevertheless ought not to be entirely out of sight), the common and continual mischiefs of the spirit of party are sufficient to make it the interest and duty of a wise people to discourage and restrain it.

It serves always to distract the public councils and enfeeble the public administration. It agitates the community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarms, kindles the animosity of one part against another, foments occasionally riot and insurrection. It opens the door to foreign influence and corruption, which finds a facilitated access to the government itself through the channels of party passions. Thus the policy and the will of one country are subjected to the policy and will of another.

There is an opinion that parties in free countries are useful checks upon the administration of the government and serve to keep alive the spirit of liberty. This within certain limits is probably true; and in governments of a monarchical cast, patriotism may look with indulgence, if not with favor, upon the spirit of party. But in those of the popular character, in governments purely elective, it is a spirit not to be encouraged. From their natural tendency, it is certain there will always be enough of that spirit for every salutary purpose. And there being constant danger of excess, the effort ought to be by force of public opinion, to mitigate and assuage it. A fire not to be quenched, it demands a uniform vigilance to prevent its bursting into a flame, lest, instead of warming, it should consume.

 Recently a new research study from the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, a nonpartisan law and policy institute that seeks to improve systems of democracy and justice has concluded that “targeted measures to strengthen political parties, including public financing and a relaxing of certain campaign finance regulations, could help produce a more inclusive and transparent politics.” This paper is primarily and rightfully concerned with one of the Achilles heels of democratic governance – the financing of political campaigns. Such financing is usually done directly or indirectly through established and recognized political parties and organizations (“pacts”, non-profits, etc.), that function in parallel to the parties. The Brennan Center paper is just one of hundreds of papers, articles and suggestions advocating strengthening of political parties to help in uplifting democracies from their current precipitous decline.

Nothing could be further from the truth. The fact is the only hope of saving the collapsing democracies across the world is to abolish political parties.

Historically every political party that has ever achieved power on Earth has become corrupted, notwithstanding that many were originally founded with good intentions. Strengthening political parties as frequently suggested would strengthen political corruption. Political parties are creatures without morals. There is no way any political party can resist the temptation to achieve and retain power.

The politically correct misconception harbored by almost everyone (as indicated by the first sentence of the paper cited) is that “Political parties are a core ingredient of representative democracy.” This is a total falsehood. They are the worst enemy of representative democracy!

Not only Washington, but many of the founders of the USA feared that political parties, if created, would destroy the “democracy within a republic” that they were creating.

John Adams said: “There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution.”

Thomas Jefferson said: “I never submitted the whole system of my opinions to the creed of any party of men whatever, in religion, in philosophy, in politics, or in anything else, where I was capable of thinking for myself. Such an addiction is the last degradation of a free and moral agent. If I could not go to heaven but with a party, I would not go there at all.” 

The Founders apparently intentionally did not mention political parties in the Constitution. Notwithstanding they used many mechanisms to hopefully avert the creation of political parties knowing they would become corrupt and thus corrupt the nation.

The country’s second President John Adams, signed into law the Alien and Sedition Acts, making it a federal crime to criticize the president or his administration’s policies, an apparent attempt, among other things, to avoid the creation of an opposition party. This was not an appropriate way to solve the problem of political parties but it demonstrates the fear of them by the Founders.

These mechanisms worked only for a very short time. Political parties reared their ugly heads almost as soon as the first US elections were held and they have been corrupting the USA ever since.

The only solution to the problem raised is the complete and irrevocable prohibition constitutional and legal of the disastrous monstrosity known as “political parties!”

The “Father of the US Constitution” James Madison, in The Federalist No. 10, defined a faction as a number of citizens, whether a majority or minority, who were united and activated “by some common impulse of passion, or of interest, adverse to the rights of other citizens, or to the permanent and aggregate interests of the community.” He and the “Federalists” believed in a single political structure – a one party or no party system.  But Madison soon changed his mind and abandoned the Federalists to become Thomas Jefferson’s most active lieutenant in organizing, in opposition to the Washington/Hamilton Federalists, a new Democratic-Republican Party, which was strongly Anti-Federalist and took power after 1800. Since then the USA has been cursed with political parties…and the word “adverse” from Madison’s definition understates their relationship from then until now.

While many tend to feel that the adversities of the parties are now worse than ever, a close reading of US history shows that the raging conflicts between the parties (usually two, but occasionally more) have existed from the 19th Century into the 21st. Notwithstanding their incessant turmoil and inherent corruption political parties have been, are, and probably will continue to be considered foundational to politics and democracy in the USA and across the world because no one so far has come up with an antidote to their poison..

In his outstanding book, The End of Power, Moises Naim very optimistically advocates the expansion and adaptation of parties to a more “networked world” with “relatively flat, less hierarchical structures” in imitation of NGO’s, gaining trust by making their members feel successful and even indispensable in making and impact. As a result he suggests that members will then see party leaders as “accountable, transparent and not beholden to dark or unknown interests.”  And, like almost all who write of the subject he insists that increased political participation will improve and strengthen democratic processes. With all due respect to a person I have long admired, Moises Naim is far too optimistic.

Here is how political parties corrupt their own. A young enthusiastic man full of good intentions, but not wealthy, is active in civic and community affairs and becomes interested in government and politics and seeks to become active. He joins a party and after proving himself a hard worker seeks public office eventually getting elected. At first all is well bit sooner or later a question will arise where his own sincere beliefs differ from the position of the party. What does he do?

If his beliefs are strong he will vote contrary to his party’s wishes. He may be able to do this on relatively minor issues but along will come an issue of grave importance to him and his party in which he strongly differs from the party line. His party advises him that should he break “party discipline, he will be punished by losing internal posts, losing financial support, being ostracized and if very serious being denied the future opportunities to seek office through the party or even expelled from it. Now he must choose between his conscience and his party.  The wrong choice may mean the end of his hopes to serve in office.

Most young politicians choose the party. Thus they become corrupted for the first time, perhaps on an issue where they feel less strongly. New issues arise, new choices between conscience and party. Each time the aspiring politician chooses party over conscience he becomes more corrupted within himself. But each time it becomes easier. He rises within the party and within the government. Issues become even more important but now he has lost the guiding compass of conscience and automatically follows the party line no matter where it leads knowing he has no alternative.

Further complicating this trajectory into corruption is today’s geometrically progressive increase in the costs of running for office. The party is first corrupted, then it members. They desperately need financial support to meet the high costs of publicity, polling and at higher levels paid staff. As more money is accepted first from legitimate and friendly sources, all is well. But the needs become incessant even at lower levels and insurmountable at higher levels without accepting financing from more and more questionable sources. Finally the young politician is led by his party into accepting money from just about any source foolishly believing that there are no strings attached. Once successful, the strings turn into ropes and the ropes into chains and the party and its candidates become trapped in every possible form of corrupt activity. Even when the party stoops so low as to steal elections covertly or openly, its candidates must go along and having already been corrupted, they do.

From this sad path into the depths of political corruption we derive two undeniable conclusions:

1.  The longer a political party exists and the more often it is successful, the more corrupt it becomes.

2.  The longer a politician serves in office and the higher he rises, the more corrupt he becomes.

There have been innumerable efforts, laws and mechanisms hoping to counteract the above. None has ever succeeded. Term limits, contribution limits, codes of ethics, public financing, anti-corruption laws have inevitably failed.

The only honest political party is the brand new one that has not yet begun to enter the political thicket.

The only honest politician is the brand new candidate that is seeking his first elective office.

Almost everything that can be conceived by the human mind has been tried to clean up corruption in politics. Nothing has ever succeeded for more than a very short time.

One thing, the abolishment of political parties, has never been tried nationally, though some municipalities successfully hold “nonpartisan” elections.

Gallup says that 43% of people now consider themselves Independent, compared to Democrat (30%) or Republican (26%). Maybe when independents become the clear majority something can be done to get these corrupt parties over and done with.

Somehow, some way, some place some on must find an effective way to kill political parties permanently assuring they do not arise once more if government by the people is to survive.

__________________

NOTE: Here are some references to the pros and cons of this issue:

http://www.consciousnessandculture.com/george-washington-political-parties/

https://www.brennancenter.org/publication/stronger-parties-stronger-democracy-rethinking-reforming

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2014/02/06/how-to-fix-our-polarized-politics-strengthen-political-parties/

http://ivn.us/2013/11/26/why-political-parties-control-elections-and-how-to-end-partisanship/

http://www.debate.org/opinions/should-political-parties-be-abolished

https://newrepublic.com/article/119305/simone-weils-abolition-political-parties-nyrb-edition

http://www.cs.toronto.edu/~hehner/Parties.pdf

http://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/review-on-the-abolition-of-all-political-parties-by-simone-weil-1.2145931

October 17, 2015

⚡Presentation ‘Confucio Sabiduría para los Siglos de los Siglos.’

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Confucio Sabiduría para los Siglos de los Siglos.

Source: ⚡Presentation ‘Confucio Sabiduría para los Siglos de los Siglos.’

September 23, 2015

THOUGHTS AT 81

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A few months ago, upon learning I was 80 years of age, a fellow I had recently met who was 40 years old asked me a question?

“Are you afraid of dying?”

I was startled almost speechless at being asked that for the first time in my life. But in a moment I answered “No.” Then he seemed to be startled speechless.  I continued telling him that as a Christian I have no reason to fear death. He was still surprised as apparently  he had expected a different answer. We than continued an interesting conversation.

This experience reminded me of one of those circulating inspirational e-mails I had received and saved that illustrates why Christians don’t fear death:

D E A T H 
WHAT A WONDERFUL WAY TO EXPLAIN IT

A sick man turned to his doctor, as he was
preparing to leave the examination room and said,
“Doctor, I am afraid to die. Tell me what lies on
the other side.”

Very quietly, the doctor said, “I don’t know.”

“You don’t know? You, a Christian man, do not know what is on the other side?”

The doctor was holding the handle of the door; on
the other side came a sound of scratching and
whining, and as he opened the door, a dog sprang
into the room and leaped on him with an eager show of gladness.

Turning to the patient, the doctor said, “Did you
notice my dog?

He’s never been in this room before. He didn’t know what was inside.

He knew nothing except that his master was here, and when the door opened, he sprang in without fear.

I know little of what is on the other side of death, but I do know one thing….

I know my Master is there and that is enough.”

To tell you the truth, I never even think about death. I don’t know anything about it except what Christ Jesus said. So why should I worry?

August 6, 2015

5 Sites, 2 Myths : THE FIRST CRY OF INDEPENDENCE

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5 Sites, 2 Myths : THE FIRST CRY OF INDEPENDENCE.

July 6, 2015

THE FALTERING EAGLE: A speech made March 10, 1970

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THE FALTERING EAGLE

 WHY FOREIGNERS OPPOSE AMERICA AND AMERICANS

SPEECH BY

Former Georgia State Senator 

JAMES  P.  WESBERRY,  JR. 

DECATUR, GEORGIA,  LIONS  CLUB 

MARCH 10, 1970

    (Senator Wesberry resigned from the State Senate to go to Peru with the Alliance for Progress in May, 1967. He returned to Atlanta in June 1969 for one year, then returned to work in Peru. This speech was made during his time back in Atlanta)

The question I have been asked the most since returning from Peru is “WHY DON’T THOSE PEOPLE DOWN THERE LIKE US – AFTER ALL WE’VE DONE FOR THEM?” Why do they hate America – demonstrate against visiting politicians – write “Yankee go home”  on  the  walls – confiscate U.S. owned businesses and property?

First I would like to draw a distinction between the words “LIKE” and ‘RESPECT”.  Many Americans are liked by foreigners as individuals.  Almost all Americans who live abroad make friends among local people.  Many limit themselves too much to the”INTERNATIONAL SET “but on the whole there are no barriers to individual friendship.  On the national level the word “LIKE” is not really appropriate.  It would be better to rephrase the opening question to “WHY DON’T FOREIGNERS RESPECT THE U.S.?”  The  situation we  are  in with  respect to  the  rest  of the world  is  roughly that of the richest man in  a  small  town.  He may be  the  town’s  leading  citizen, donating much of his wealth to  local  charities,  leading in government  and business – but he will have  few, if any real  friends  in town.  His wealth bars close friendship. The wealth of the United States today is so great in comparison to that of other nations that real friendship is impossible.

 It  should be  obvious  to  anyone  that friendship cannot be bought –  either by the wealthy man’s  donations  to  charity – or by  a  government’s  foreign aid program.  On the other hand respect can be achieved by the wealthy man who is a good citizen and likewise by the wealthy nation.

 The United States for a number of years subsequent to World War             II enjoyed worldwide respect among nations.  In recent years that respect has been declining rapidly.  It is declining very rapidly in South America  and throughout the world.

 Here are what I believe to be the reasons for the growing lack of respect for our country:

The average foreigner has concluded that:

  1. The U.S. has abandoned its role of world leadership.
  2. The U.S. is on the verge of a complete collapse of
    its moral and religious values.
  3. The system of government in the U.S. is failing.
  4. The educational system of the U.S. is nearing
    destruction.

 As we discuss these points I would like to ask you to think about whether the  foreigners who have reached these conclusions  might be right.  Is the United States of America – having achieved the greatest successes in the history of mankind in the shortest period of time – about to collapse?

 Will our country survive this new decade? Will democracy survive? Will civilization survive? Will the United States • in 1980, if it exists  as  a nation,  resemble the U.S. of 1970?

 For if the foreigners are right, these questions will soon be answered.

 After World War II the U.S. assumed the mantle of leadership of the Western World from a rapidly declining Britain. While many people may not have agreed with all its policies, our nation was widely respected for this role.

 The  unsuccessful  conclusion of the Korean War  and the  adoption of the  concept of limited warfare  led  inevitably to  the present situation  in South Viet Nam where  the U.S. is now backing down and backing out.

 Few foreigners support our presence in South Viet Nam and few nations have supported our actions there.  However, the obvious lack of support of our commitment to South Viet Nam by the U.S.  tells  the world one-thing  in unmistakeable  terms –  the word  of  the  United States  of America  is worthless. 

 We pledged to support South Viet Nam against Communism.  There were no conditions  to  that pledge which were not  fulfilled – yet we are not  supporting South Viet Nam,  we  are  abandoning  it.Even though the rest of the world does not support South Viet Nam either, it is clear that no  country can expect the United States  to  commit men or weapons  to defend  it against Communism. In the present political atmosphere any U.S. President who sent troops  to  aid any of our  “Allies” would commend himself to political oblivion.

This is the way foreigners now see it.  This is the reason there is a new Russian Embassy in Lima, Peru – why numerous trade pacts with Eastern Nations are being signed throughout South America.

 Regardless  of their  own opposition to  our  involvement  in South Viet Nam  I  am convinced that  foreigners  consider  the backing down of the U.S.  there a real  sign of weakness  and  inability to continue  our  role of world  leadership.

Perhaps they are wrong.  Perhaps we  can  continue  to be  the major western  leader,  but this  is  one reason  for  a growing lack of respect  for  our country throughout  the world.  It is especially aided when U.S.  Senators and other prominent Americans not only oppose  their  country’s  policy,  but make  statements  and condone acts which would be treasonous  if war were  actually declared. Foreigners do not understand it when a public official attacks his own country.  They see this as a sign of decay.

 In my opinion, the only way the U.S. could possibly restore itself to the position of respect it once held among nations would be to unconditionally win the war in South Viet Nam as soon as possible.  This certainly does not appear likely.

 A few years ago the foreigner’s image of an America was  that of a man on  a horse wearing a white hat and two guns –  the  cowboy.  Today the foreigner views the average American as a sex maniac, a sex deviate or both.  The image is conveyed by Hollywood.  The closest contact a foreigner has with the U.S. is our movies.  First run U.S.  movies  are  shown  in Lima,  Peru, as  soon  as  they are  shown  in Atlanta.

 In my opinion the movie industry is doing almost as much to destroy respect for our country abroad as the Communist Party.  The rotten, filthy, disgusting, degrading products of our film industry are a real source of embarrassment to Americans abroad.  It is bad enough that the movie industry is corrupting our country.  Many foreigners deeply resent it when American pornography also corrupts their country.  The “God is dead” philosophy has horrified and amazed many foreigners.  They would have expected this from Russia, not the U.S.

 The flood of American pornography flowing into other countries, the well publicized drug problems among U.S.  youth and the general  abandonment of  religion by many Americans – magnified out  of proportion by  the passion of our press  for  publicizing these  trends  as  progressive  and  inevitable – has  convinced many  foreigners that  the United States  is  on the verge of a complete moral  and  spiritual  collapse.

 

It is no wonder they don’t respect us.

 Our country has  spent untold billions  of dollars  attempting to  sell  other  nations  on our  system of government         –  Democracy – as  the best  system.  We  continually  insist that our  “friends” hold  “free  elections” (even to  the point of the  election  in
South Viet Nam  in the midst of the war  and  the utterly ridiculous  suggestions  that there  should be  another one).

 Yet many foreigners feel they see signs that Democracy is collapsing in the U.S. 

 The currently popular protests against any and everything one doesn’t like are contrary to everything Democracy stands for.  The philosophy that some laws may be ignored because they are unjust or wrong or outmoded betrays and destroys Democracy.

The  tendency toward  idealistic but  impractical or impossible legislation which has  long  characterized South American Parliamentary Bodies  is  now prevailing  in our Congress  and our  State  Legislatures.

The violence surrounding recent U.S. political campaigns and conventions which was highly publicized throughout the world acts to destroy foreigners hopes that Democracy might work.

 In short the U.S.  political scene more and more resembles the political scene of our Latin neighbors.  Instead of selling foreigners  our  form of government we  are more  and more adopting theirs –  and getting  further  and  further  away  from real Democracy.

 In October, 1968,  as  I walked the  streets  of Lima,  Peru,  amidst the  tanks  and soldiers  armed with sub-machine guns who had just taken over there  sending the  President  into exile  and abolishing the  Congress, I wondered if such a thing could happen in my own country. Then I told myself no, it couldn’t.  Now, after being back in the U.S. for six months I am not so sure that an authoritarian Government may not be inevitable here.  The people will demand it to preserve order – if there is no  other way.

 Many foreigners  see  the hope  for  Democracy we have  tried to  exemplify vastly  dimmed by our present  failure  to  control protest  and violence within  the  Democratic  framework of the  citizen’s  right  to vote  as  he  sees  fit.  If our  citizens are  not  patient  enough to  accept  the  slow change  of Democracy
no  other  country’s  citizens  can be  expected to  accept our form  of government.

 Perhaps the timeliest topic of all is education.  Many South Americans see the U.S. system of higher education passing through a period which their universities passed through twenty or thirty years  ago.  Students and professors demanded and got from most South American Governments a policy of “Autonomy of the University”. Students were given a major voice in control, curricula and other matters.  The result was the complete destruction of the system of higher education in South America.  I talked to many heartbroken U.S.  students who had come to Lima on scholarships only to find that regular classes were rarely held,  professors were irresponsible  and  learning was practically non-existent.

 The present trend in U.S. coleges indicates that we will soon catch up to South America by destroying our system of higher education the same way they did.  It is  interesting to note  that  having  learned  their  lesson  the hard way,  most  Latin Governments  now  are  steering  as  far away  from University Autonomy  as  possible.

 Recent developments indicate that we will soon catch up with other countries in elementary and secondary education as well.

 In South America in general only the poorest of the poor families send their children to the public schools.  All wealthy and middle class people send their children to privately operated schools.  Many poor people make fantastic sacrifices to get their children out of the public schools.  The reason for this is that the public school system is no more than a political patronage vehicle. All good teachers teach in private schools where they are better paid and can better practice their profession.

 It would appear that the  same type  system may be  imminent in our  country where we have apparently become so infatuated with the objective of  integration that we have apparently lost  sight of the more  important objective of education in the public  schools.

 To  summarize the  average  foreigner’s view of the United States,  I would say that he  sees  this  once strong nation as  a nation growing weaker and weaker every day —  a nation which will  soon be too weak to be a world leader.

 Even in this  age  of advanced technology and supposedly advanced  civilization,  it  is  strength that  counts  in  foreign affairs —    as well  as  in domestic  affairs.

 Our country needs a strong foreign policy — a firm unyielding position which will be backed up by our Government. We must also be firm at home proving that our democracy does work and stamping out those who would destroy it from within.

 If we can do this, then foreigners will respect our nation and we can resume our rightful role of world leadership.

 In order to be strong a nation must produce strong leaders. No strong leader has come forth in American Government since Franklin Roosevelt.  Our leaders have been weak, flexible and compromising in recent years.  No wonder foreigners lose respect for us.

Charles DeGaulle, a strong man leading a weak nation, won more world respect than any leader the United States produced while he ruled France.

 We need a strong leader now in the United States more urgently than ever before.

 It is  too  early to  say  for  certain,  but one  strong  leader appears  to be  emerging.  As a Democrat I am sad to say that he is in the other party.

 ……….(reference to 1970 politics omitted)

 As  a  Democrat  I hang my head in shame that  the Democratic Party is  letting  itself be taken over by extremists,  anarchists  and traitors –  and not one –  no not  one  single voice  is being raised by prominent national Democrats  to object.

 The Democratic Party needs a  strong man – a  leader who will not  compromise with those who threaten the basic values of our nation.  Surely  some  prominent northern or western Democrat must be  so disgusted with violence,  with confrontation,  with conflagration, with the  sickening weakness  of his party  in  failing to stand up against those who tried to destroy Democracy at the Chicago convention.  Surely someone in the Democratic Party will have the courage to speak out for his  country.

 ………. (reference to 1970 politics omitted)

 Surely unless the responsible people in the Democratic Party regain control there will ultimately be a mass exodus of Democrats.  Many will become independents, perhaps many will even become Republicans.  The Democratic Party will be left in the hands  of radicals,  anarchists  and traitors  and  it will dwindle  and disappear.  For given an ultimate choice between responsibility and anarchy, this nation will choose responsibility.

 Many people have  asked why I  am now saying the  things  I am saying tonight;  the  fact  is  that my experience  in South America  opened my eyes  so that  I could see America and what  is happening to it and to realize that many Americans  are not yet aware of the serious  danger this  country  faces.

 Today the future is clouded,  but  it  is not too  late.

 The Eagle is faltering, but it is not beyond hope.  We can reverse the tide which is not only destroying respect for our country among foreigners, but is destroying our own self respect.

  WHAT  CAN WE  DO  ?

 *** We can win the war in South Viet Nam.

*** We can eradicate pornography, even if it takes an amendment                                to the U.S. Constitution.

*** We can stamp out drugs and their glorification.

*** We can end once and for all protests, demonstrations and harassments. A ten year moratorium on all forms of physical protest including strikes would be a start.

*** We can stop glorifying the “Right to Dissent”.

 *** We can save our educational system – by making education, not integration, its objective, and by solidly administering schools.

 *** We  can  stop putting the  rights  of suspected  criminals  ahead of      the  right  of all  citizens  to be  free  from violence  and the  fear            of  it;  and we  can  stop releasing convicted  criminals  on technicalities  unrelated to  their  crimes.

 *** We can give strong support to those public officials who speak out for decency, for loyalty, for honor, for law, for order.

 *** And, if we really get desperate, we might even consider turning to God and observing His Laws.

May 25, 2015

CONFUCIUS: Public Sector Ethics

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Confucius was the first and perhaps the greatest philosopher on the importance of ethics in the public sector and the importance of projecting an image of integrity and honesty by the highest officials.

Unlike many of the other philosophers one, Confucius, had a very special interest in ethics in the public sector. He often spoke of the “governor” or “ruler” posts that today we call the “chief executive or CEO.” His teachings survived over more than two millennia. Great interest in his teachings is currently resurging in China, after having been nearly abandoned under the Mao regime. He often directed questions to his disciples, but sometimes also gave his own response.

“What is the essence of good governance? Not resolving issues in haste and not seeking advantage. “

 “If one cannot govern himself, how will he know how to govern others?”

 “If proper in their own conduct, what difficulty would they have in governing? But if not able to be proper in their own conduct, how can they demand such conduct from others?”

“To govern is to correct. If you set an example be being correct, who would dare to remain incorrect?”

The most interesting thing about the teachings of the great philosopher is that his main criterion regarding public officials 25 centuries ago is still important and widely accepted up to now. He believed in the power of benevolence, arguing that rule by example rather than by fear would inspire people to follow an equally virtuous life. The same principle, in his opinion, should govern personal relationships.

 “If guided by virtue and regulated by the rules, the common people will have a sense of shame and abide by what is required of them.”

He who exercises government by means of his virtue may be compared to the north polar star, which keeps its place when all the stars are rotating about it.

Confucius argued that the virtuous man is not just someone who is at the top of the social hierarchy, but one who understands his place in this hierarchy and embraces it fully. To define the different means of virtuous actions one must return to traditional Chinese values: loyalty; filial piety; ritual propriety; and reciprocity. ​​Confucius called the person who carefully observes these values a “gentleman,” “superior man” or “nobleman” meaning a man of virtue, education and good manners.

 “A superior man may be described as one who first puts his ideas into practice, and then preaches to others what he already does.”

 “The nobleman retains throughout his life the ingenuity and innocence of childhood.”

 “If the ruler is just, no one will be unjust; if the ruler is kind, no one will be cruel.”

 “When the ruler himself acts rightly, he will exercise influence over the people without giving orders, and when the ruler himself does not act rightly, all his orders will be useless.”

 Confucius emphasized trust – trusting your boss, your employee, your neighbor, your friend in the hope that this confidence will be returned. He believed that refraining from offending and building a decent reputation would encourage good teamwork, business success, and community spirit.

 Over the past 2500 years China has implemented the teachings of Confucius and each time it has worked over long periods. The times when it failed were when a corrupt emperor stepped in and used the laws to oppress the people.

 In summary, Confucius was an eternal optimist. He believed in people. He believed that if the ruler was a noble man, the people will not only follow him, but will imitate him. Confucius pointed to the “north” in the compass of governance and many of his teachings are still very applicable to governments, their officers and their employees.

(For more on this subject see: CHINESE ETHICS: http://flip.it/1OsLS )

February 28, 2015

How to reply to a “Nigeria Scam” Message (Part 3 of 3)

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Nigeria has become associated with a particular form of scam that’s very visible and known to everyone who receives “Dear Friend” emails originating from that country. Also known as “419 scams” or “advanced fee scams” they are among the most notorious scams in the world.  The victim is typically asked to pay in advance a sum in order to receive very attractive benefits. Reputed to be the most successful type scam in the world, estimated losses from such schemes totaled $12.7bn (£8.2bn) in 2013. And the number of scams is growing by 5% each year according to the BBC.

These schemes dubbed “Creative Diabolic Ways That Scammers Scam the Innocent”…“prey on people who are lonely, panicked, desperate, greedy, ignorant or look for rewards with little work input or who panic at situations without reading between the lines and double checking the email address before clicking to the phishing sites.”  Over the years they have evolved into quite well written and brilliantly conceived missives that subtly attract the potential victim. Some are now so eloquent that soon the Pulitzer folks may be compelled to add a new prize category.

The Dutch financial intelligence organization Ultrascan AGI categorizes victims in three groups according to losses experienced: small, medium and high loss.

Small loss victims are those who “have fallen for one of the many quick scams, examples are: lottery fraud, the job- study place -offer, inheritance scam or the relief fund scam. The total losses per victim vary between 200 and 30000 dollar over a period of a couple of months to half a year.”

Medium loss victimshave fallen for the request for help to move and/or invest millions…The total losses per victim vary from 15000 to 210000 dollar over a period of a year to one and a half year.

High loss victims are those that fall for a “fraudulent proposal based on a REAL business of multinational proportions (oil, gold, diamonds, medical equipment, vaccines, chemicals, investments, building and/or service contracts…The total losses per case, vary from 300 thousand to 12 million dollars over a period of one and a half to 8 years or longer…”

According to Ultrascan highest country losses are suffered in the US followed by UK, China and many others including  Japan, Spain, Korea, Germany, Indonesia, Brazil, Pakistan, India, and most others countries. Educated folks like doctors, architects, engineers and other white collar professionals are apparently the easiest to successfully scam. Those who have suffered a recent bereavement are also more susceptible victims.

Here are some basic guidelines for answering a Nigeria Scam request:Upon receiving a “Nigeria Scam” e-mail or Skype message most reasonably intelligent persons will logically immediately delete it and block the sender from send more. But there is another interesting alternative: answer it with a competing request. Normally there is no concrete request for money in the first scam message. This comes inevitably in the second. Therefore one can get the jump on the scammer by asking him first for money before being asked. The trick is to use the scammer’s technique before he gets a chance to hit you up for money.

  1. Profusely thank the sender for their generosity and kindness in selecting you as a beneficiary of such a wonderful and remunerative opportunity.
  2. Emphasize your complete trust and reliance upon the sender as a person of honesty and integrity based upon the background information they have furnished and your admiration for such a well planned and presented opportunity.
  3. Give every indication that you will be absolutely receptive to the forthcoming proposal that will outline the next step toward the benefits intimated.
  4. Where possible cleverly and very cautiously include a veiled intimation that you may even have a source of riches even greater than that implied in the original message.
  5. Finally, conclude with a small request for funding that will permit you to be able to respond positively to the anticipated second message providing more details on the operation (and asking you for an advance payment of money).

Needless to say devising an appropriate reply may seem somewhat of a useless task for those who are very busy, but for those who have the time and the inclination, it can be great fun!

To illustrate here is copy (including typos and grammatical errors) of a real scam request received via Skype very recently together with my own (perhaps somewhat exaggerated) reply:

MESSAGE: [2/12/2015 1:30:22 PM] *** Aisha Gaddafi would like to add you on Skype

Dear Friend, I know you would be surprised to read from someone relatively unknown to you. My name is Aisha Muammar Al-Gaddafi the formal Libyan Goodwill Ambassador of the U.N. and the daughter of late Muammar Al-Gaddafi the former president of Libya. I am currently residing in Muscat the capital city of Oman, unfortunately as a Political refugee. At the meantime, my family is at risk and pains. 95% of our investments and bank accounts in several countries are freeze.

I am writing this mail with tears and sorrow from my heart asking for your help at this time, I got your contact via internet searching for a trustworthy person who will understand my present conditions and come to my rescue here in Oman .

I have passed through pains and sorrowful moment since the death of my father Muhammad Abu Minyar Gaddafi, Husband and brothers, all our Foreign and local accounts have been blocked by the western countries and we are not allowed to make transfer or receive money from any country or source. I have been commissioned to contact an interested foreign investor/partner who will be able to take absolute control of part of the vast cash available to private account for a possible investment in your country.

If this transaction interests you, you don’t have to disclose it to anybody because of what is going with my entire family, if the western nation happens to know this account, they will Freezing it as they freeze others so keep this transaction for yourself only until we finalize this transaction that will be when the fund is transferred into your account.

I want to transfer this money into your account immediately for onward investment in your country. I received an urgent email from the bank abroad that both their government and new Libya government are tracing hidden deposit and assets deposited by my family, I don’t want them to be aware of this particular fund deposited by Me. If you can be of any assistant to me kindly get back to me so that i can furnish you with the deposit details for verification and confirmation. I am willing to reward you bountiful 10% of the total sum. Therefore if you are capable of running an establishment and can maintain the high level of Secrecy required in this project, kindly respond with the following information for details of the project.
1. Your full names and address:
2. Your private telephone and fax numbers:
3. Your private email addresses:
4. Age and profession:
you can write me on AISHAMUAMMERALGADDAFII@YAHOO.COM note that, my discussion with you is strictly private no one else must know about this because if it get to the ear of the western nation the account will be freez immidiately as they have done to others, this is the only possible means i have to contact you because all calls here are been monitored my the Omanic government and the UN, Asylum banned was placed on me, which stop me from traveling and making of phone telecommunication for the now. ***

REPLY:  My very dearest Aisha (please excuse my familiarity, the reason for which will become immediately apparent):

I give thanks to Allah (May His Name Be Blessed) for the miracle that has brought your request to me. I who was your beloved departed father’s very closest friend and confidant salute you with sincere sympathy, love and compassion, placing myself fully and completely at your service. How anxious am I to dry those tears and loose the sorrow from your heart. How well I remember bouncing you on my knee when you were a mere child as I counseled with your father regarding his financial affairs. How well I remember your beauty as you grew from a child into a beautiful young girl in the tent of your father and how I missed you when you were sent away to school. How jealous I was when I learned that you had become married to your late and lamented husband. Please accept my profound condolences upon the loss of my dearly beloved friend, your father Muhammad, your husband and all of your close relatives. Ah! Had he only listened to me, he and all of you would have escaped on a timely basis with me to a new life beyond the reach of his enemies.

You would most certainly remember me more clearly if I could give you my name or you could see my photograph, but alas I have had cause to change not only my name and physical appearance but to isolate myself in a new country the name of which I cannot mention where through the power of wealth and the grace of Allah (May His Name Be Blessed) I am now Prime Minister and Supreme Governing Authority. I was able to leave Libya before it fell using a submarine to remove and transport 7,000 gold ingots representing the greater part of your father’s fortune. While we suffered great anguish getting the heavy gold laden submarine to resurface the fortune has been wisely protected and part of it invested to produce great profits. It is now clearly yours as the last living survivor of my dear friend and mentor, the great leader Muhammad Abu Minyar Gaddafi.

You may now safely disregard the pittance of your father’s fortune that you state is frozen since it is no longer needed and is indeed insignificant compared to the fortune that will now be yours that now through wise investment consists of 84.7 % of the world’s gold, similar amounts of other precious metals and the absolute control of the central banking systems of 68 of the world’s leading countries and all but six of the presently existing multinational enterprises. You may wonder how I have been able to accomplish this. It was very simple; I learned that in those so called “democracies” throughout the world politicians can easily be bought by contributing vast sums to the political campaigns of all parties and candidates. Thus, no matter who wins, the elected individual is profoundly indebted to me and my organization and thus under my control. Modestly speaking you will now become the wealthiest, most beautiful and most powerful woman in the world!

My beloved dove of summer, may I take this opportunity to request your hand in marriage as your family’s closest friend and confidant, notwithstanding the great difference in our ages. I am 80. However, through the genius of my personally endowed Body Transplant and Life Extension Institute in Italy, I am happy to advise you that praise be to Allah (May His Name Be Blessed),  I now have the body of a 19 year old athlete and (modestly speaking) the most handsome face on earth. If needed or desired these facilities will also be available to you upon the consummation of our matrimony. Although it will be a few more years before I can promise you eternal life, my brilliant Italian medical innovators assure me that even now we can be assured of at least a 2.000 year life span together.

I am anxious for you to join me as soon as possible but one small problem has arisen. Just as I was ordering my yacht (modestly speaking the largest in the world) to pick you up I learned that it has been captured by pirates in Somalia who are requesting a relatively modest amount of ransom not knowing to whom it belongs. Because my affairs are so massively involved in the intricate markets of the world, the amount requested of $100,000 is so infinitely minuscule and you are at present located in close proximity to Somalia, I am sure it would be a very simple matter for you to transfer by Western Union to Mr. S. U. Borno in Mogadishu that amount thus freeing my yacht to pick you up immediately and bring you into my waiting arms.

I must caution you that everything I have written and all our plans must be extremely confidential as our mutual enemies would take advantage of any information regarding us to thwart our plans. I know that I can count upon you for prompt action and we will soon be together for centuries to come.

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