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Are Americans Gullible or Deceived?

May 21, 2020

James F. Gauss, Ph.D.

Author of Revelation 18 and the Fate of America

May 21, 2020

 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,

But fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Proverbs 1:7

(I am deliberately leaving out my sources to encourage you to do your own research. It is incumbent upon you to be diligent and wise. If not for yourself, think of the future this COVID-driven hysteria is creating for your children and grandchildren.)

I am a World War II baby, born right after the start of that Great War. I grew up in an era of contagious diseases. Polio and tuberculosis (TB), in particular, were the scourges of the country and there was nothing at the time to stop them. But there was also German (yes, GERMAN) measles, chicken pox, the mumps (all viruses) and the potentially deadly scarlet fever. These were the common plagues of my youth. Just about all my friends and myself contracted the big three—measles, pox and mumps. Admittedly, they could be serious, but usually not life threatening.

For those who came down with polio or TB, they received treatment and often with severe cases of TB, the sufferers were sent to TB sanitariums to help them get better. In some cases, the sick were isolated (quarantined), but the healthy continued life as usual. I vaguely remember being “quarantined” in the hospital for some reason as a young child. I remember being in a room (maybe ward) with other children with the same disease. But my family was not quarantined.

I get it! I understand that COVID-19 can be dangerous, and initially, little was supposedly known about it and its virulence. In the past, there have been far greater disease threats or other perils to the American public, but none of them resulted in a virtual complete shutdown of the American economy and way of life, or the freedom of movement and expression. Why? Why is this so different?

For you Trumpers out there (and I’m still one), I believe President Trump has been doing an Herculean job in trying to keep things together, but I believe he has been outnumbered, bamboozled and grossly misled, as well as outright lied to repeatedly, as have been the American people. Keep this thought in mind from here on: “Let no good crisis go to waste.”

Let’s be clear, “The Virus” did not create the crisis with which we now find ourselves trying to survive. Politicians and wayward health “professionals” did and continue to do. Politicians and medical “advisors” knew early on what we were dealing with, but instead of promoting calm and reason, ratcheted up the hysteria and misinformation on a 24/7 schedule ad nauseam. After three months of infection alerts, data accumulation and two months of “lockdown” the facts illustrate that COVID-19 is no more impactive than the annual flu. Hold on! Before you mask wearers get in an uproar. The “authorities” knew early on that COVID-19 was the biggest threat to the elderly or those with other morbidity issues (heart disease, diabetes, cancer, etc). The statistics bear that out. Depending on the sources and states one looks at, the vast majority of deaths that are COVID-related (85-90%) are in those two risk groups. Healthy seniors and healthy children and adults under age 65 are at very low risk for this disease.

Overall, across the country, less than 0.02% of people have confirmed cases, but not necessarily sick from the disease. Of those who actually have symptoms of COVID-19, again, less than 0.02% have died. However, here’s the caveat: the statistics for COVID-19 have been grossly skewed upward from the very beginning to mislead the public and maintain a certain level of panic among the populace. Don’t believe me? Do your own research. Medical professionals on the front line all over the country have been coming forward and testifying that they have been told, coerced or forced to code virtually every death during the COVID scare as a viral death. Check the CDC data for deaths from other causes, like heart attack, cancer, etc. during this period. Particularly, for high COVID-incidence states, like debt riddled and poorly governed New York.

It was recently revealed that in NY, as COVID deaths mounted, deaths from heart disease (down 85%) and cancer (down 87%) dramatically dropped. Hmmmm! How does that happen? People have less heart attacks during one of the most stressful times in the nation’s history? However, NY is not alone. Similar stats show up in other states and as a nation. Why would politicians and medical administrators want to artificially inflate the COVID numbers? On the political side, to keep the panic stoked so that they could push through their non-COVID political agenda while people were totally focused on this manufactured crisis. For medical facilities it was a survival strategy. Since the government put hospitals and clinics on lockdown except for COVID patients, hospitals and clinics were starving for cash. For each COVID patient, the government promised to reimburse the medical facility $13,000. For each patient they put on a respirator, they would get $39,000. However, now there have been reports, in which many patients have died, not from COVID directly, but from faulty or prolonged use of respirators.

I do not fault the medical institutions entirely. Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN reported a few weeks ago that they expect to lose $3 billion this year. Many rural hospitals, already struggling financially, may have to close before this all settles out. And why? Because elite bureaucrats thought it was a good idea to hamstring every medical institution in the country and forbid them to carry on business as usual? Why not let each individual facility develop their own game plan that would enable them to survive and still serve their communities? Too much common sense or a plot of socialized medicine?

The Restaurant Debacle. Thousands of small businesses are falling prey to two months of closures. Thousands of restaurants, some in business for generations will never re-open. Many that do re-open may not make it to the end of the year under the draconian re-opening guidelines, unless they are very well capitalized. Restaurants (not the fast food guys) have already missed out on three big weekends (Easter, Mother’s Day and Memorial Day) in most states, plus millions of birthdays, weddings, graduations and other celebrations. With punitive re-opening guidelines by almighty governors that will make it nearly impossible to make a profit, it is hard to see many restaurants surviving. In Minnesota, for example, the governor’s new edict on May 20 will benevolently allow restaurants and bars to re-open on June 1, but only at 50% capacity (but no more than 50 people total) and only for outdoor patio “dine-in” or take-out customers. No more than 4 people per table (6 if family) and tables must be 6 feet apart. Apparently, it does not matter if your restaurant was designed to hold 25, 50, 100 or 500 diners, you are still limited to 50% and a maximum of 50 customers.

Both staff and customers must wear masks. In Minnesota, where there is maybe five months of clement weather, how many restaurants and bars have outdoor patios sufficient to replace only 50% of their clientele? Not too many would be my guess. In addition, not too many restaurants or bars can prosper at 50% capacity, especially during anticipated busy weekends. So sorry, but you may be saying goodbye to your favorite restaurant or restaurants forever.

Church. Now, here’s the real sore spot for me. With 501 c3 designation controlling the freedom of expression of most churches in America, the church, by-and-large has been indebted to the government, both state and federal. Many leftist democratic states are preventing churches from opening up as long as they can, and when they are “allowed” they face very restrictive “guidelines” that hamper their ministries. Minnesota, where churches have been forcibly vacated for about two months, is a good illustration. On May 20, Governor Walz (D-MN) offered up his umpteenth edict. While Big Box stores like Wal Mart and others have been allowed to stay open, where hundreds and thousands of people are in and out all day and night, churches have been shuttered. The overwhelming majority of churches across the country have readily complied, many even citing Romans 13 as their required act of obedience. But now, the patience is wearing thin and parishioners or congregants are putting pressure on their church leaders to get off the fence and do what Jesus would do for His people and His church.

Back to Governor Walz of Minnesota. Walz declared that churches, along with salons, gyms, tattoo parlors (yes, churches are linked to tattoo parlors, don’tcha know), fitness centers, theaters, etc. will have to wait until sometime this summer to possibly, maybe, receive their decree from the almighty powers to be, to re-open.

However, what will church look like in the post-virus craze? Right now, groups over 10 are verboten. Maybe 50 will be permitted. Some things are likely to be required. Maintain social distancing of six feet, wear your mask, and avoid all personal contact and no more than 25-50% capacity. Think about it, if you are a pastor or church member. How will this affect your church culture and cohesiveness? No more welcoming handshakes. No more nestling together with friends in the same pew or seating arrangement. No more extending the hand of fellowship as is common in many churches during the service. No more laying on of hands or group corporate prayer. What about your church choir or worship team? Will they have to be scaled down and forced to distance themselves from one another? Or will singing be allowed at all? What about communion? In most churches the communion elements are personally handled, even by others before you receive them. And, what about that bastion of church unity, the potluck or pot blessing? Is that now going to be scuttled into the dust bin of time? How can churches survive without their potluck dinners? What about bingo? Say it ain’t so, Aunt Sally! Will money now be designated by the state as “filthy lucre” and therefore be forbidden in the collection plate? Will churches succumb to being state run?

If churches and their leaders, both singularly and corporately, do not take a firm, whatever the consequences stance now, church as it was designed to be by Christ and as it should be, will disappear. We Christians will have no one to blame but our feeble selves.

Mask or not to Mask. If you feel more comfortable and safe wearing a mask, you go right ahead. But please, do not wear one when you are driving a vehicle or operating machinery of any kind. You could cause an accident, injure yourself or even die—yes, die. Look it up! Hundreds of medical professionals and researchers are finally coming forth with the truth. MASKS DO NOT WORK! They will not prevent you from getting COVID-19 or many other viruses. Members of Congress do not fully believe so. Many seem only to wear masks when they are in front of a camera, and then usually wear them incorrectly. They apparently are useless for felons since thousands of them are being sprung on U.S. citizens so they do not get the virus. Wake up folks. This is all a game and the American citizen is being shut out by a score of scads to nothing (zippo, nada, zero).

“Social Distancing,” the New 21st Century Self-Imprisonment. One way to destroy a society is to require that individuals distance, that is, disengage themselves from other people. It is not only demoralizing, but for some it can be extremely depressing and life threatening. Think about it. How many of our beloved seniors and younger, that have died (whether from COVID or something else) have died without family members at their side in the last 2-3 months? When has this ever happened in America? When has this ever been tolerated in America? NEVER! Will you allow it to happen again? Will you allow your mother, father, spouse, child to die alone? What about you? Would you want to die alone? The “powers to be” are shattering American society and far too many people are cheering them on. Socialization, whether at church, work, business, restaurants with family, friends or co-workers is the social fabric of America. It always has been, but will it always be? Only you can prevent it from disappearing from your life.

Destroying the Food Chain. Briefly. Destroy a nation’s food chain and resources and you can have the people on their knees begging for crumbs. It is outrageous, and sinful, that farmers all across the country have been forced to euthanize millions of hogs, chickens, cattle and other livestock because their processors were forced to shut down. In addition, farmers in southern states and out West were forced to plow under crops ready for harvest; dairymen had to dump millions of gallons of milk because they had no outlets. For the very first time in my eight decades on this good earth, I found meat departments empty or nearly so. Eggs not available. Chicken, an almost every day staple for many, scarce. In America? Can’t happen, you say. But wait, the worst is yet to come, say the “experts.” And they are likely correct.

Beholden to the Government. Most Americans, so distant from the reality of the United States Constitution, appear to applaud the government as their savior and prostrate themselves over every little crumb the Burgermeisters deem them worthy of receiving. This “crisis” is just one more giant step, not for mankind, but toward governmental serfdom and total dependence on a small select group of uncivil servants of the public. Just look at how simple and fast they got the American citizen, who is “guaranteed” unrestricted freedom and liberty, to completely shut down their daily lives and voluntarily accept near abject poverty, all for the “common good.” Within a scant two months, over 35 million formerly gainfully employed Americans were told to go home and stay there until “Big Brother” said it was okay for them to stick their heads out in public.

It was so easy, so quick and Americans were so compliant. Just imagine what we will be asked to give up next time and for how long. The stage is already being set for a “do over” in the fall or winter, just in case the unemployment starts to rebound.

Well, this is getting pretty long and there could be no end in sight if I continue. But think of everyday things you and I take for granted and how state and federal government are forcing changes you and I are not likely to embrace, in addition to those already addressed. What about our educational system? How will it be affected? Some primary schools are already discussing the continuance of “distance learning.” Some colleges and universities are talking about the possibility of not re-opening their campuses until 2022. And, my pet peeve: Many stores and shops used to have chairs or benches inside or outside for the weary traveler to rest an aching back or tired feet. Now, they have disappeared or made inaccessible. Are you kidding me! If you do not want to sit by me because you think I might give you the “plague,” fine, don’t. I enjoy solitude too. But why deny me a place to rest my weary body? This is just one of countless absurdities that is ruffling my feathers. But I’m sure you would have your list too if you would just take a minute to reflect. And don’t get me going on sport activities at all levels. Has that been destroyed too?

The “New Normal.” Almost from day one of the pandemic we have been assaulted with rhetoric, largely from politicians on the left, that there will be no going back to a normal life in America, but we will enter into a “new normal,” whatever that is. Are you comfortable with this new politically-defined life for you and your offspring? I, for one, am very disturbed and greatly irritated by this. You should be too. In case you have not noticed, your constitutional rights are being systematically stripped away one by one and far too many clueless Americans seem so very happy to have it happen as long as they perceive that they are safer now.

Who stands to benefit from this disaster? One group, I assure you, that will not benefit, and that is the American people. The democratic socialist Marxists, however, are squealing with glee. They have never had a greater opportunity to so easily pursue and implement their anti-American, anti-capitalist, anti-constitution agenda. This is THEE “never let a good crisis go to waste” crisis that they could not have fully imagined, yet have fully taken advantage. All that “stimulus” money to help the “po folk” was an illusion to permit them to load up with financial pork for their favorite cronies, abortion clinics and their ilk. All the while gleefully putting the American taxpayer on the hook for trillions more in unaffordable U.S. debt. How nice of them. A key objective, despite the immense pain for American households, was one last ditch effort to destroy the “Trump Economy.” Russia-gate did not do it. Ukraine-gate was a failure. Impeachment was a disaster. What’s left that could so utterly and rapidly destroy President Trump’s hallmark and re-election hopes? Need I explain further?

And, I have not even touched on the likely horrendous financial impact on Americans and America. However, if you have the fortitude, you could read the article linked below.

Those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.

Benjamin Franklin

Also read: Is America Headed Toward Insolvency?

 

Islamic Infiltration of the U.S. Government, Part II

December 3, 2019

Allah is our objective. The Prophet is our leader. The Qur’an is our law. Jihad is our way. Dying in the way of Allah is our highest aspiration.

Motto of the Muslim Brotherhood

 

Birth of the Muslim Brotherhood. In An Explanatory Memorandum, the Muslim Brotherhood laid out a very strategic plan of action to overtake America.

The process of settlement is a “Civilization-Jihadist Process” with all the word means. The Ikhwan [Muslim brothers] must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and “sabotaging” its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions. Without this level of understanding, we are not up to this challenge and have not prepared ourselves for Jihad yet. It is a Muslim’s destiny to perform Jihad and work wherever he is and wherever he lands until the final hour comes, and there is no escape from that destiny except for those who chose to slack. But, would the slackers and the Mujahedeen [Islamic guerilla fighters] be equal (An Explanatory Memorandum, On the Strategic Goal for the Group in North America, 5/22/1991).

In 1928, a young Egyptian school teacher and imam, Sheikh Hassan Ahmed Abdel Rahman Muhammed al-Banna, better known as Hassan al-Banna (1906-1949), was encouraged by a few of his acolytes to form the Society of the Muslim Brothers (al-Ikhwān al-Muslimūn) or the Muslim Brotherhood (MB). Al-Banna and his followers had become increasingly frustrated with the waning influence of Islam worldwide and wanted to once again see the establishment of Islamic world dominance. He was further infuriated by the ongoing foreign economic and military presence in Egypt. By the beginning of World War II, the MB had already grown substantially within Egypt. Al-Banna and the MB movement were and are greatly influenced by the fundamentalist Sufi form of Islam centered in Egypt. He was assassinated by Egyptian secret police in 1949.

Right from the onset, the goal of the Muslim Brotherhood was an Islamic global military-type of jihad, infiltrating every aspect of non-Muslim societies.

In 1964, another Egyptian Islamist and leading MB leader, Syed Qutb Shaheed (1906-1966), published his thoughts and strategies on Islamic domination worldwide in Milestones.

In his Introduction Qutb begins:

Mankind today is on the brink of a precipice, not because of the danger of complete annihilation which is hanging over its head—this being just a symptom and not the real disease—but because humanity is devoid of those vital values which are necessary not only for its healthy development but also for its real progress. Even the Western world realises [sic] that Western civilization is unable to present any healthy values for the guidance of mankind. It knows that it does not possess anything which will satisfy its own conscience and justify its existence. 

Democracy in the West has become infertile to such an extent that it is borrowing from the systems of the Eastern bloc, especially in the economic system, under the name of socialism.

Although this introduction brings forth an element of truth about the conditions in the West in the 1960s as well as today, it is Qutb’s solutions later presented that should raise concerns for the West and the non-Islamic world.

In his first chapter, Qutb presents his case for the changing of the guard.

It is necessary for the new leadership to preserve and develop the material fruits of the creative genius of Europe, and also to provide mankind with such high ideals and values as have so far remained undiscovered by mankind, and which will also acquaint humanity with a way of life which is harmonious with human nature, which is positive and constructive, and which is practicable. 

Islam is the only system which possesses these values and this way of life. 

In light of what has been happening throughout Europe in the last decade-plus due to accelerated Muslim immigration, it is difficult to see Islam as the source of mankind’s high ideals and values or that it presents a way of life which is harmonious with human nature. With the huge influx of millions of Muslims into European Union countries in the past decade, the primary benefits Europe has experienced are increased incidents of Islamic terrorism and a skyrocketing increase in sexual assaults on women.

Islam knows [recognizes] only two kinds of societies, Qutb wrote, the Islamic and the jahili [pre-Islamic Arabian].

Only Islam has the distinction of basing the fundamental binding relationship in its society on belief; and on the basis of this belief, black and white and red and yellow, Arabs and Greeks, Persians and Africans, and all nations which inhabit the earth become one community. 

So, how did Qutb suggest creating this utopian society of fundamental binding relationship into one community? As a devout Muslim, for Qutb, the solution was simple.

No political system or material power should put hindrances in the way of preaching Islam. It should leave every individual free to accept or reject it and if someone wants to accept it [Islam], it should not prevent him or fight against him. If someone does this, then it is the duty of Islam to fight him until either he is killed or until he declares his submission.

This sounds like the proverbial my way or the highway axiom. To create this great open Islamic society, Qutb recommends forcing everyone to be a part of it or die. Yet, It should leave every individual free to accept or reject it . . .

In the United States, the Muslim Brotherhood organization is well on its way to accomplishing their goal, thanks to the complicity of American officials and others. The Gatestone Institute, in April, 2013 put together a 19-page summary on the Muslim Brotherhood and just how well they have implemented their plan (see https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/3672/muslim-brotherhood-us-government).

Key Muslim Brotherhood organizations that are well established in America include: Benevolence International Fund, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), Muslim American Society (MAS), Muslim World League, Muslim Youth of North America, North American Islamic Trust (NAIT), The Fiqh [shari’a jurisprudence] Council of North America, and The Muslim Student Association (MSA).

CAIR and the MSA are the most vociferous and belligerent representations. CAIR is a powerful, intimidating arm of the Muslim Brotherhood that has very effectively pushed its way into just about every aspect of American life. Headquartered in Washington, DC, it has at least 26 state offices around the country, including Alabama, Arizona, California (3 locations), Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio (3 locations), Oklahoma, Pennsylvania (2 locations), Texas (3 locations) and Washington. Essentially, CAIR aggressively intimidates and forces local and state governments, schools, businesses and the general public to comply with the Islamic view of life or be sued for discrimination under a variety of America’s civil rights laws.

All Muslims are above the law and above all non-Muslims who have no rights in affairs with Muslims.

Mustafa Carroll, CAIR Director, Texas

The hundreds of Muslim Student Association chapters on America’s college and university campuses are fertile recruiting grounds for the Muslim Brotherhood.

Muslims Running for Office in Record Numbers. In the 2018 mid-term election cycle, a record number—90—Muslims ran for state or federal offices in America. That was a substantial increase over the dozen or so that ran in 2016. The majority of the Muslim candidates belong to the Democratic Party. House representative, Andre Carson (D-IN), a Muslim, could hardly contain his excitement with the election of fellow Muslims, Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI). “In 2030 we may have about 30, 35 Muslims in Congress,” Carson proclaimed.

“Then we’re talking about Madame Chair Rashida. We’re talking about Madame Chair Ilhan,” he added. “Hell, we could be saying Speaker of the House Ilhan, Speaker of the House Rashida, Senator Rashida, Governor Ilhan, President Fatima, Vice President Aziza.”

If those proclamations do not terrify you, how about this: Imraan Siddiqi, a member of CAIR-Arizona Board of Directors, would like to see 5,000 Muslims in America running for various state and federal offices in 2020. The vast majority will run as Democrats. On local levels, more and more Muslims are being elected to school boards, city councils, as county commissioners and other governing bodies in the United States. They are effectively accomplishing this with representing only 1-2 percent of the country’s population. What will they achieve with a 5-percent or 10-percent demographic in the near future?

New Muslim representatives, Omar and Tlaib, did not disappoint Carson and other democrats, as they quickly gained the reputation as the Democrats’ new firebrands, spouting forth one anti-Semitic, anti-Christian or anti-Trump remark after another. In their first term in office, hardly a day went by without some offensive, anti-American or anti-Jew or anti-Christian statement.

Shortly after her swearing in as Michigan’s new congresswoman, Rep. Tlaib was quick to offend sensitive ears with her expletive laced tirade on, “We’re gonna impeach the mother****r” [President Trump]. Not very professional; not very American, but it did get cheers and hoots from her Democratic faithful. Tlaib is a vociferous Palestinian-American born in Detroit. She is university educated and an attorney, so, for some, it was a shock to hear such gutter language from an elected lawmaker.

Rep. Omar, a Somali refugee, who immigrated to the U.S. and Minnesota at a young age, made even more noise with offensive, often anti-Semitic, anti-American or anti-Christian tweets or statements, in her first term in office. She has shown little respect or decorum in her daily duties as the newly elected first Somali in the U.S. Congress. She once tweeted (in 2012) that, “Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel. #Gaza #Palestine #Israel.”

Muslims in political office are heavily influenced and controlled by CAIR, the leading Muslim Brotherhood organization in America. They and the MB have one primary goal and that is to further infiltrate and control the government of the United States (both state and federal), “sabotaging” its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.

The Call of the Watchman

July 10, 2019

https://understandingislaminthelightofchristianity.com/js-blog/f/the-call-of-the-watchman