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Power of the Puritans

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November 23, 2020

Power of the Puritans

Pilgrims Going to Church by George Henry Boughton

This week is Thanksgiving in the United States, and it is also the 400th anniversary of the event that is largely responsible for the holiday. On Nov. 2, 1620, the English ship Mayflower dropped anchor at the tip of what is now Cape Cod. After a ten-week voyage, a crew of thirty and 102 passengers landed in “the promised land” to found what would become the Plymouth colony.

In the context of the times, it was a trivial event. The passengers, who would become known as Pilgrims in American mythology, were mostly a nuisance in the Old World, so their decision to head off to the wilderness was unremarked at the time. The most likely outcome was that they would be killed by the locals or starve to death. Instead it turned out to be one of the most important events in history.

Those Puritans, as we also call them, went on to create one of the greatest empires the world has known. No one thinks of it like that, because no one goes around calling themselves a Puritan these days. Ironically, the Puritans are often held up as a cartoon example of the sorts of people the ruling class opposes. The word “puritanical” is used as an epithet to tar the enemies of the status quo as narrow and stupid.

The truth is, the Puritans were not much like the popular telling. They were not the narrow-minded, sexually repressed tyrants portrayed in popular culture. Instead they were highly intelligent, educated people with a clear idea of the world they wished to create for themselves and their posterity. At great risk to themselves and their families, they created that world and changed the trajectory of history.

To understand this, one must first grasp the real nature of the country that came into being in the 18th century. The people who revolted against the British were actually several nations, not a single one. The five big ones were Yankee New England, the Midlands, the Tidewater, the Deep South, and Appalachia. The great book American Nations has some wonderful maps illustrating this.

These nations did not spring from nothing. They were the product of the people who migrated from the mother country. Yankee New Englanders, for example, were descendants of those who sided with Parliament in the English Civil War. Tidewater and the Deep South, on the other hand, were founded by those on the side of the king. The Cavalier is the mascot of Jefferson’s university for a reason.

That old divide would quickly become important. Not long after the founding, Yankee New England sought to leave the Union. Forgotten out of necessity, the Hartford Convention was an effort by the Northern states to leave the Union. Couched in grievances about the War of 1812 and the three-fifths compromise, the real motivation was resentment at playing second fiddle to their old enemy.

One has only to look at the list of presidents from the founding to the Civil War to understand the problem. Seven of the fifteen presidents prior to Lincoln were from Virginia and two were from Appalachia. The Yankees managed just five. The only two worth remembering are John Adams and John Quincy Adams, neither of whom represented the more radical side of Yankeedom.

This unequal relationship—from the perspective of Yankee New England—with their old nemesis led to the abolitionist movement, political confrontations over slavery, and eventually the Civil War. Just as the Roundheads defeated the Cavaliers in the 17th century, the Yankee North conquered the South. Unlike the English Civil War, the winners made sure they held their power and have done so ever since.

That power has primarily manifested as cultural power, which is what brings us back to those Puritans who landed in the New World 400 years ago. While primarily a religious movement, the Puritans were influential not just in early America—their influence is with us today. As a minority in early America, even within New England, their sensibilities shaped what would become Yankee society and culture.

It is that Yankee society and culture that shaped the American ruling elite. For example, the Puritans believed that life is a great struggle between good and evil. The great Puritan theologian Richard Sibbes wrote, “There are two grand sides in the world, to which all belong; there is God’s side and those that are his, and there is the other side that is Satan’s, and those that are his.”

This turns up today in all progressive causes. They imagine themselves as the plucky underdog facing off against powerful enemies, even when they are pushing through changes as the sole holder of power in the most important institutions. This sense of being David against Goliath is unshakable. Of course, their proposed changes are always assumed to be in the best interest of everyone.

This communitarian outlook is probably the most underappreciated aspect of the Puritans. They had a sense of commitment to their community rooted in the doctrine of common grace. God has endowed everyone, believers and unbelievers, with a capacity for truth, goodness, and beauty. No man is born outside the grace of God, and every man, no matter how he has lived, can return to the fold.

Listen to the current radicals demanding reform and the thing they keep repeating is how their project is about the community. They believe not only that they are on the side of the angels, which today is expressed as the right side of history, but that their struggle is for the good of everyone in the community. In fact, there can be no authentic community until everyone is included and no one is left behind.

The Puritans were also closely tied to university and education. Puritan preachers were expected to be highly literate and work directly from the Scripture. This required a high degree of literacy, as well as a deep understanding of Christian theology. Education was part of God’s grace. Harvard college was founded sixteen years after the Puritans arrived in the New World, in order to train the clergy.

It was not just the preachers who had to be educated. Puritan services were not a one-way street. Sermons were highly structured, and parishioners were expected to take notes during the sermon. After the sermon, parishioners would debate what they had heard among themselves and maybe even with the preacher. In this regard, preaching was highly meritocratic, something we hear among the ruling classes of today.

The Puritans were called to social involvement, or what we call social activism, viewing the orderly rule of men over men as a part of God’s creation. This is the root of the famous John Winthrop quote, “For we must consider that we shall be as a city upon a hill, the eyes of all people are upon us.” Their duty was not just to live well, but to create a society that was rooted in Scripture for all men.

Of course, the thing that we most associate with the Puritans today is the late autumn feast of Thanksgiving. Contrary to popular myth, this was not a widely accepted holiday until after the Civil War. It was a Yankee holiday, imposed on the nation by Lincoln after the Civil War. Like most of the American mythology, the origins and promulgation are the works of the Yankee ruling class.

This is what makes the landing of the Mayflower 400 years ago a pivotal moment. Those 100-plus souls and those who followed built a culture that still influences the ruling class of the American empire to this day. The empire has gone on to remake the West in its image, imposing a set of moral codes and cultural frameworks. You see that in the current racial unrest throughout Europe

Thanksgiving is an American holiday, a celebration of those Puritans who landed in the New World 400 years ago. The point of the holiday is to give thanks for the blessings of life, but it is also a reminder of what a small dedicated group of believers can do when they believe God is on their side. They can cast a 400-year-long shadow that shapes the world long after the world has forgotten them.

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Five myths about Puritans

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In a nutshell...

The Puritans were members of a religious reform movement known as Puritanism that arose within the Church of England in the late 16th century. They believed the Church of England was too similar to the Roman Catholic Church and should eliminate ceremonies and practices not rooted in the Bible.

 

The meaning  Puritan meant the preachings were to be pure - only the message itself was important, no ritualistic nonsense.

 

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Have a Historically Accurate Thanksgiving!

Joseph Brant "Mohawk" by Charles Bird King

As every public school child knows, the first Thanksgiving took place in 1621, when our Pilgrim forefathers took a break from slaughtering Peaceful, Environmentally Friendly, Indigenous Peoples to invite them to dinner in order to infect them with smallpox, before embarking on their mission to fry the planet so that the world would end on Jan. 22, 2031. (Copyright: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez)

Consider this description of the Pilgrims’ treatment of the Indigenous peoples:

“They were the worst of conquerors. Inordinate pride, the lust of blood and dominion, were the mainsprings of their warfare; and their victories were strained with every excess of savage passion.”

Except that’s not a description of the Pilgrims’ treatment of Indigenous peoples. It’s a description of some Indigenous people’s treatment of other Indigenous peoples, written by the late Francis Parkman, Harvard professor and the world’s foremost Indian scholar.

The Wampanoag, who joined the Pilgrims at the first Thanksgiving, had a lot to celebrate. Contrary to Hollywood’s American-hating rendition of “Pocahontas,” in which the Indians feared the “White Demons,” the Wampanoag were thrilled with their well-armed white allies, who helped them repel the hated Iroquois and Narragansett.

The whole reason the Wampanoag were clustered so close to the coast where the Pilgrims encountered them was that the Iroquois had “pursued them with an inveterate enmity. Some (Wampanoag) paid yearly tribute to their tyrants, while others were still subject to their inroads, flying in terror at the sound of the Mohawk war-cry.”

Parkman describes a typical Iroquois celebration following one of their attacks on their fellow “Native Americans” (an absurd term, inasmuch as no Indians were “native” to America because there was no “America” until white Europeans got here and created it):

“(M)en, women and children, yelling like fiends let loose, swarmed out of the narrow portal, to visit upon the captives a foretaste of the deadlier torments in store for them … (W)ith brandished torch and firebrand, the frenzied multitude closed around their victim. The pen shrinks to write, the heart sickens to conceive, the fierceness of (the captive’s) agony … The work was done, the blackened trunk was flung to the dogs, and, with clamorous shouts and hootings, the murderers sought to drive away the spirit of their victim.”

The Iroquois “reckoned these barbarities among their most exquisite enjoyments.”

Here’s another charming Iroquois practice:

After killing “a sufficient number of captives,” Parkman says, the Iroquois “spared the lives of the remainder, and adopted them as members of their confederated tribes, separating wives from husbands, and children from parents, and distributing them among different villages, in order that old ties and associations might be more completely broken up.”

And for the feminists: The Iroquois humiliated conquered tribes by making the men take women’s names.

Because of the Iroquois’ barbaric attacks, by the time the Pilgrims arrived, “Northern New Hampshire, the whole of Vermont, and Western Massachusetts had no human tenants but the roving hunter or prowling warrior.”

Hollywood’s “White Demons” were “White Saviors” to the Wampanoag.

The Pilgrims also had much to be thankful for on that first Thanksgiving. Of the approximately 100 passengers on the Mayflower, only half survived the first winter, felled by scurvy, malnutrition and the bitter cold. And the ones who made it did so largely thanks to the friendly Wampanoag, who shared their food with the Europeans and taught them how to till the land.

The woke version of American Indians makes them just another victim group, like the transgenders. Their honor and bravery is drained from the PC stories. To better smear our country, Indians have to be made big, fat losers.

The truth told by Parkman shows the savagery and superstition, but also the courage and honor of American Indians. The Hurons, for example, “held it disgraceful to turn from the face of an enemy,” and even when being tortured alive, a Huron would raise his voice in “scorn and defiance.”

Doesn’t anyone wonder why we name our sports teams and military armaments after Indians? We don’t name them after weaklings or whiners. Americans love to boast of having Indian blood, real or imagined — and not just to score a professorship at Harvard like Elizabeth Warren.

Real Americans honor Indians and also honor the courageous European settlers who brought Christian civilization to a continent, a miraculous union that we celebrate on this wonderful holiday.

Happy Thanksgiving!

 
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President Trump, Release the JFK Files

By Jacob G. Hornberger

The Future of Freedom Foundation

November 26, 2020

With President Trump’s critics decrying his lack of respect for America’s democratic system by his refusal to concede to Joe Biden, now would be a good time to remind such critics of one dark-side aspect of America’s much-vaunted democratic system—the national-security’s state’s violent regime-change operation in Dallas on November 22, 1963.

Oh, yes, I know the standard response of the Pentagon, the CIA, and the NSA and its ardent supporters in the Washington, D.C., establishment and the mainstream press. They immediately cry “Conspiracy theory!” whenever anyone points to that particular regime-change operation.

Mind you, they don’t cry “Conspiracy theory!” when one brings up other anti-democratic regime-change operations on both sides of the Kennedy one — Iran 1953, Guatemala 1954, Congo 1961, and Chile 1973. It’s only with the Kennedy regime-change operation that they cry “Conspiracy theory!”

From the beginning, the official story has been that a lone-nut communist ex-U.S. Marine, with no apparent motive, assassinated the president. Nothing to see here, folks, time to move on — U.S, officials said. Just a plain old ordinary murder case.

Really? Then why was the entire episode shrouded in national-security secrecy from the very moment that Kennedy was declared dead at Parkland Hospital? If it was just a matter of a random lone-nut, communist ex-U.S.Marine killing a president, what the heck does “national security” have to do with it? Why all the secrecy?

Indeed, why the need for a Secret Service team to force its way out of Parkland Hospital with the president’s body to prevent an autopsy from being conducted by Dallas County medical examiner? That Secret Service team, which said it was operating under orders, knew that Texas law required the autopsy to be conducted by the medical examiner.

Why deliver the president’s body into the hands of the military for the autopsy? The mainstream press has always held that that was normal. Really? I thought this was a democratic government, not a military one.

What about those enlisted men who came forward in the late 1970s telling how they had sneaked the president’s body into the Bethesda morgue at 6:35 p.m., almost an hour and a half before the official entry time of 8 p.m.? Why had they all been sworn to secrecy just after the conclusion of the autopsy?

What about Marine Sergeant Roger Boyajian, who was discovered by the Assassination Records Review Board in the 1990s? Why did the military keep him secret for 30 years? He told the ARRB that he was in charge of the team that carried in the president’s body at 6:35 p.m. in a cheap, military-style shipping casket rather than the expensive, ornate casket into which it had been placed in Dallas. He even handed the ARRB a copy of his official report to the military that he wrote at the time of the event. That military had never disclosed that report to the Warren Commission, the House Select Committee on Assassinations, the ARRB, or anyone else. They kept it secret the whole time. Why?

What about Saundra Spencer, the Navy petty officer in charge of the White House lab at the  Naval Photographic Center in Washington. She told the ARRB in the 1990s that she had developed the autopsy photographs of President Kennedy’s body. She also had been sworn to secrecy. Given that she was participating in a top-secret, classified operation, she had kept her secret for some 30 years. She told the ARRB in the 1990s that the official photographs of the Kennedy autopsy are not the ones she developed, which suggested two separate sets of autopsy photographs, one genuine and one deceptive.

What about Col. Pierre Finck’s testimony in the Clay Shaw trial in New Orleans in the late 1970s? He was one of the three autopsy physicians. He said that Admiral James Humes, who was another of the autopsy physicians, telephoned him at 8 p.m. on the night of the assassination to seek his help with the autopsy. He said that Humes told him that they already had x-rays of the president’s head. But 8 p.m. was also the official introduction of the president’s body into the Bethesda morgue. How could they already have x-rays of the president’s head, unless what those enlisted men said about the early secret introduction of the body into the morgue at 6:35 p.m. was, in fact, true? 

Finck also testified that the reason he didn’t “dissect” the president’s neck wound was that someone in authority ordered him not to. Who was that person? Finck said he couldn’t remember his identity. To this day, we don’t know who that person was, but clearly there was a powerful, darker, deep-state force in charge of autopsy operations at the Bethesda morgue that evening.

The time has come for America to accept its national-security state regime-change legacy, including anti-democratic regime changes, not only in overseas countries like Iran, Guatemala, Congo, Cuba, Chile, Iraq, and Afghanistan, but also right here in the United States.

It’s time to release all of the official assassination records of the CIA, the FBI, the Pentagon, and all other federal agencies. The national-security rationale for continued secrecy is ludicrous and baseless. The only reason for continued secrecy is that the national-security establishment knows that the records will fill in more pieces to its November 22, 1963, regime-change operation.

In the 1990s, the JFK Records Collection Act gave federal agencies another 25 years to release their assassination-related records, based on the ridiculous claim of “national security.” That period of time expired early in Trump’s administration. After promising to release the files, Trump surrendered to the CIA’s demands for more secrecy, extending the time for secrecy until October 2021.

But we all know what’s going to happen in 2021. The CIA is going to tell President Biden that national security requires more years of secrecy and Biden is going to defer to the CIA.

Time’s up. Amidst all the hoopla over whether Trump is behaving disrespectfully of America’s democratic system, how about ordering the release of the estimated 15,000 records of the CIA and the federal agencies that are still being kept secret from the American people? After all, it’s pretty hard to reconcile regime-change and cover up with America’s much-vaunted democratic system, isn’t it?

President Trump — Do the right thing. Order the National Archives to release those long-secret assassination records to the American people now. Who cares if the CIA, the Pentagon, and other federal agencies get upset?

Reprinted with permission from The Future of Freedom Foundation.

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Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Warns: Don’t Take a Covid-19 Vaccine Under Any Circumstances

By Ethan Huff
Natural News

December 12, 2020

If you are even just considering getting vaccinated for the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19), Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has a message for you: don’t do it!

The nephew of former president John F. Kennedy recently issued a public statement urging people everywhere to avoid the COVID-19 jab at all costs because it contains an untested new technology known as mRNA, the long-term side effects of which are completely unknown.

mRNA directly alters the genetic material of those who receive it, much like what happens when “scientists” genetically engineer (GMO) food crops like soybeans or corn to make them resistant to bugs or drought.

“This intervention can be compared to genetically modified foods, which are also very controversial,” Kennedy says.

Unlike all other vaccines, the genetic damage of which is not necessarily permanent, mRNA genetic damage is “irreversible and irreparable,” Kennedy notes.

You can learn more about mRNA vaccine technology at this link.

“Even though the media and politicians are currently trivializing the problem and even foolishly calling for a new type of vaccine to return to normality, this vaccination is problematic in terms of health, morality and ethics, but also in terms of genetic damage,” Kennedy says.

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AMA Says OK to Use HCQ

Posted By pcr3 On December 16, 2020 @ 9:12 pm In Guest Contributions | Comments Disabled

AMA Says OK to Use HCQ

The American Medical Association has rescinded its statement that doctors should be prevented from prescribing HCQ.  The AMA’s new position is that doctors must be permitted to use their judgment about how to treat Covid patients.

Perhaps the AMA became worried about the liability for all the needless deaths it had caused by shilling for Big Pharma.

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Researchers should had taken this past year to develop anti-viral drugs to fight future viruses,  buy time  until a vaccine is ready.  We now know it takes 9 months to produce / test / roll out one.

Manufacture more of what we already have i.e.   Remdesivir which has a shelf life of 51 months.

 

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11 hours ago, hamradio said:

Researchers should ha taken this past year to develop anti-viral drugs to fight future viruses,  buy time  until a vaccine is ready.  We now know it takes 9 months to produce / test / roll out one.

Manufacture more of what we already have i.e.   Remdesivir which has a shelf life of 51 months.

 

Not a scientist and didn't sleep at a Holiday Inn last night, so just guessing here.  You can't develop a vacine until you have a  specific virus or disease upon which to develop it.

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15 minutes ago, ElCid said:

Not a scientist and didn't sleep at a Holiday Inn last night, so just guessing here.  You can't develop a vacine until you have a  specific virus or disease upon which to develop it.

Using the covid-19 EXAMPLE  it takes 9 months to make a vaccine after a new virus raises it's ugly head.  Anti-viral drugs should work for most targeted types like those developed for the flu, this was my main argument

Expect something like covid-20 in the future.

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Using the covid-19 EXAMPLE  it takes 9 months to make a vaccine after a new virus raises it's ugly head.  Anti-viral drugs should work for most targeted types like those developed for the flu.

I'm sure someone who knows about this had already considered this.

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14 hours ago, hamradio said:

Researchers should had taken this past year to develop anti-viral drugs to fight future viruses,  buy time  until a vaccine is ready.  We now know it takes 9 months to produce / test / roll out one.

Manufacture more of what we already have i.e.   Remdesivir which has a shelf life of 51 months.

 

I am not a doctor and the only research which I have ever done is radiation effects on cells but I can assure you with a high level of confidence that this is not broadly practical to any great degree.

It is much like saying that we should develop one printed circuit board which all people can use regardless if they wish to build a transistor radio or a computer or a television.  

Analogy: We must build a remote control for an unknown electronic device. We must first determine if and how it responds to IR, RF and sound. We must then determine what coding of the signal is required to make the device respond as we wish. We must then breadboard a circuit to determine if our observations, assumptions and calculations were correct. We must then determine if our circuit has unforeseen negative effects on the device or surrounding environment. Then we must  ascertain the best method to mass produce the device so that effectiveness and ease of use are retained.

Viruses have a far greater range of methodologies than any electronic device. Their responses are not always predictable, linear or repeatable. Natural mutation means there are new viruses daily which may be resistant to existing techniques of control. 

Remdesivir is far from a panacea. The fact that it is effective against viruses in several classes but not all viruses in any class demonstrates well how variable viruses are. It is possible also that the known side effects of it would lead to the deaths of as many individuals as it cured of the viral infection. 

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3 hours ago, hamradio said:

Using the covid-19 EXAMPLE  it takes 9 months to make a vaccine after a new virus raises it's ugly head.  Anti-viral drugs should work for most targeted types like those developed for the flu, this was my main argument

Expect something like covid-20 in the future.

Using the term "should work" implies you believe the researchers and scientist are clowns that can't do their job correctly.     Yea,  it would be NICE if mankind could make antiviral drugs work so they can target different unknown-at-the-time, strains  but so far that isn't possible.     I.e. the best scientist in the word haven't been able to make that happen.

What can actually happen is that,  depending how different a strain is,  the time it takes to create another a vaccine specially for a new strain is "short".    This is true for the various strains of the flu.     So yea it is highly likely there will be new Covid and SAR strains in the future.      If they are not that different from known ones scientist should be able to come up with a targeted vaccine within a month or two.    If they are vastly different,   the world needs better leadership to ensure containment.     This is where WHO comes in.   E.g. Ban ALL travel from an area as soon a new strain is uncovered and all other known methods to reduce transmissions until there is a vaccine. 

(and this is where China is largely to blame for killing so many of the worlds citizens with Covid-19 because they were not honest and didn't contain it within their borders).

 

 

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Using the term "should work" implies you believe the researchers and scientist are clowns that can't do their job correctly.     Yea,  it would be NICE if mankind could make antiviral drugs work so they can target different unknown-at-the-time, strains  but so far that isn't possible.     I.e. the best scientist in the word haven't been able to make that happen.

What can actually happen is that,  depending how different a strain is,  the time it takes to create another a vaccine specially for a new strain is "short".    This is true for the various strains of the flu.     So yea it is highly likely there will be new Covid and SAR strains in the future.      If they are not that different from known ones scientist should be able to come up with a targeted vaccine within a month or two.    If they are vastly different,   the world needs better leadership to ensure containment.     This is where WHO comes in.   E.g. Ban ALL travel from an area as soon a new strain is uncovered and all other known methods to reduce transmissions until there is a vaccine. 

(and this is where China is largely to blame for killing so many of the worlds citizens with Covid-19 because they were not honest and didn't contain it within their borders).

 

Human encroachment on nature will cause more pandemics, warns UN

https://www.newindianexpress.com/world/2020/oct/30/human-encroachment-on-nature-will-cause-more-pandemics-warns-un-2216972.html

SARS wasn't that long ago! 

Don't forget what started this thing!

THE VIRUS HUNTERS

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, scientists were searching for potential human pathogens in wild animals. They’ve found thousands

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/scientists-hunt-viruses-animals-before-strike-humans-180975081/

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