“I dread to appear in the light of your truth, I am afraid and in its presence, for you have not experienced my weaknesses or the wretchedness and toil to which I have been subject since infancy. Appoint rather as my judge, most merciful Father, him who has shared my experience of hunger, cold, sadness, and distress; Appoint him who has known from within the wretchedness and limitations of the human lot, who has endured the crafty attacks and deceits of evil, who has known what it is to be tempted and to suffer in every way. On these very grounds, remembering his own temptations and sufferings, he will graciously aid those who are tempted, for he has learned mercy from the things he suffered. He knows of what I am made. From his own sharing in them he knows my frailty and the wild, tempestuous waves of this sea on which we are shipwrecked. This is why I willingly submit to his judgment and embrace his sentence, since for me, his most wretched and unworthy servant, he was charged and sentenced to death.”—St. Thomas of Villanova
“I freely admit that everything about this judgment terrifies me; I am not ashamed to confess that it all throws me into confusion; I am unable even to think about this awesome trial without intense fear. The only consolation left to me, my Lord, is that you, and you alone, will be the judge of my sins: you who are my redeemer, my helper, my advocate, my father, my entire hope, my whole good and my solace.”—St. Thomas of Villanova
Inform yourself about inflation, a largely unknown tax on the poor and middle classes. Allowing the Federal Reserve, a part of the government held accountable by no one, to manipulate your money continues to make every dollar you earn worth less and less and limits your ability to provide for yourself and improve your economic situation.
The value of the U.S. dollar since the 1913, when the Federal Reserve was established. The dollar has lost 96% of its value since 1913.
“The most striking poll result is the share of Americans who believe that “the U.S. should mind its own business internationally and let other countries get along the best they can on their own.”
For the first time since Pew began asking in 1964, more than half of respondents say they agree with that statement, a staggeringly high 52 percent. That number has historically ranged between about 20 and 40 percent.”—
Naturally the article this is from fallaciously labels this growing sentiment as isolationism. Not wanting to print billions of dollars to be sent to other governments, arming rebels, bombing innocent civilians, having military presence all over the world, and American-backed governments that the country’s people do not want does not make us isolationist. It would, however, make us non-interventionist:
Despite a huge difference in the two positions, media insists on characterizing the libertarian position of non-interventionism as 20th century isolationism. They are practically opposites when you take out the similarities regarding avoidance of foreign military interventions in other countries which don’t threaten our national security. Non-interventionism is primarily concerned with military interventions in foreign countries. It’s a policy designed to avoid wars not directly related to national defense and to also avoid expansion of State power. It’s best described as military non-intervention, although it can also apply to international efforts to control certain countries’ economies, like the IMF has tended toward when they loan money to struggling countries — this type of intervention usually has negative consequences when there is ignorance of a country’s special circumstances, needs, culture and history.
Non-interventionism is not a call for isolationism, tarrifs and other protectionist measures against global trade.A country with a non-interventionist policy can very well be open in all other respects, such as culture exchange, immigration/emigration, peaceful free trade, technology and intelligence cooperation.
This is great news! Whether the sentiment is motivated by our own domestic economic struggles, or concerns over the federal budget, or a growing awareness of the detrimental and severe consequences our foreign policy has on the world, I am glad to see more people understanding the need for the American government to reign in its reckless abuse of power and violence around the world.
"Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations; entangling alliances with none.” - Thomas Jefferson
The Bureau of Investigative Journalism (TBIJ) published a report last week confirming that the Central Intelligence Agency appears to have briefly revived its controversial “double-tap” drone tactic in a Pakistani region in mid-2012.
Double-tapping refers to when a target is bombed multiple times in quick succession and usually results in the second strike hitting first responders and rescuers. The tactic is favored by the Islamist organization Hamas, according to astudy releasedin 2007 by the Homeland Security Institute.
“Mr. Chairman, we have in this Country one of the most corrupt institutions the world has ever known. I refer to the Federal Reserve Board and the Federal Reserve Banks, hereinafter called the Fed. The Fed has cheated the Government of these United States and the people of the United States out of enough money to pay the Nation’s debt. The depredations and iniquities of the Fed have cost enough money to pay the National debt several times over. This evil institution has impoverished and ruined the people of these United States, has bankrupted itself, and has practically bankrupted our Government. It has done this through the defects of the law under which it operates, through the maladministration of that law by the Fed and through the corrupt practices of the moneyed vultures who control it.”—Louis T. McFadden, Representative from PA, 1934 (via thefreelioness)
“People travel to wonder
at the height of the mountains,
at the huge waves of the seas,
at the long course of the rivers,
at the vast compass of the ocean,
at the circular motion of the stars,
and yet they pass by themselves
without wondering.”—Augustine of Hippo (via happinessweareallinittogether)
Advent is the most counter cultural of the Church’s seasons.
The world is all Santa Claus, “Christmas” music, Rudolph, buying presents, decorations everywhere, swamped malls, Holiday parties with the office and the neighbors you don’t like all that much…
And the Church dresses itself in penitential purple, it sings songs of expectation, it meditates on the Last Things, the Gloria is fasted from… and rather than looking to a jolly fat man holding presents; She looks to Mary who bears the Greatest Gift within her womb, waiting to burst forth into our lives.
Several Reformed Christian Preachers/Pastors/Leaders engaged the validity of Christian Rap as a vehicle to evangelize. Every single one of these leaders found Christian Rap very problematic, and they quoted Scripture to…
“Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word, equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.”—Alexis de Tocqueville (via gettothestabbing)
De Tocqueville was a boss.
He also predicted the civil war 30 years in advance on his visit to America.
I feel like people talked more before on Tumblr… Seems much more quiet these last few months. Have users gone off since Yahoo bought the site? Maybe I’m partly responsible too, I dunno. Am I doing tumblr wrong? What in my blog is working and what isn’t working?