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A modern judgment, intervention and intercession that is actually inspired by the Spirit of truth is not to issue commandments. It cannot be imposed, and it is designed not to condemn but to educate; not to punish but to correct; and not to destroy but to save.

It merely counsels and guides humanity to the truth, explains religious prophecies and the nature of God as much as possible, pleads for the poor, the elderly and the disadvantaged, celebrates our diversity, shows you things to come, and suggests how we may proceed forward toward a brighter future together.

It’s about the liberation and empowerment of the people, so that we may finally become the family of religions and races and nations with governments that will be truly of the people, by the people, and for the people, at long last.

The Universal Divine Imperative to Care For the Poor

Hypocrites masquerading as religious believers in God claim that government should not promote the general welfare, and they claim that the rich are blessed and that the poor deserve their lot. But just look at what the Bible actually says:

"Is it not [your divine obligation] to share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house; and when you see the naked, to cover them?" -- Isaiah 58:3-24

Defend the poor and fatherless. Do justice to the afflicted and needy. Deliver the poor and needy: take them out of the hands of the wicked.” – Psalm 82:3-4

He that oppresses the poor reproaches his Maker, but he that honors the Lord has mercy on the poor.” – Proverbs 14:31

He that has pity on the poor lends to the Lord; and what he has given will be repaid.” --.Proverbs  19:17

The righteous consider the cause of the poor, but the wicked care not to know it.” – Proverbs 29:7

Judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.” -- Proverbs 31:9

If a brother or sister is naked and hungry, and one of you who are warmed and filled says to them, ‘Depart’ and do not give them those things which the body needs; what does it profit you? Therefore, faith without works is dead, being alone. Yes, a man may say, you have faith, and I have works, but show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” (James 2:14-18)

And all that believed were together, and had all things common. They sold their possessions and goods, and distributed proceeds to everyone as they had need.” -- Acts 2:44-45

None among them lacked, for those that owned lands or houses sold them, and brought the proceeds from the things that were sold, and distributed them to everyone according to their need.” -- Acts 4:34-35

Then [Jesus] said: 'Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you will be filled. Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh.’” -- Luke 6:20-21

“[Jesus] went to the synagogue and stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written: 'The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor.'” -- Luke 4:18:

Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said, ‘You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.’" -- Mark 10:21-22:

When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or relatives or rich neighbors, so they may invite you in return to be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid [by God].’" -- Luke 14:12-14

"None among them can be found richer than another. It is their law that all who enter the sect must divide their property among the members of the society, with the result that there is never seen among them either abject poverty nor great wealth, for, since every man's possessions are put into the common treasury, they all have, like brothers, one inheritance.”  -- Flavius Josephus, a Jewish historian writing of the Essenes ( the Jewish sect to which Mary, Joseph, Jesus and James belonged, which is why the disciples of Jesus did the same thing according to the Christian book of Acts).

Real Democracy Is Coming To The U.S.A.

(This article last revised 4.14.2014)

This article is a companion to The 21st Century Declaration of Independence, which suggests an evolutionary idea that can actually reform and alter our government, as is our right and duty to do, so that is it is actually of, by and for the people and serves our interests.

The idea is based on a basic truth, stated perhaps most eloquently by Thomas Jefferson, who noted that:  "I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society, but the people themselves: and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power."

Adding to that, Jefferson noted: “Those seeking profits, were they given total freedom, would not be the ones to trust to keep government pure and our rights secure. Indeed, it has always been those seeking wealth who were the source of corruption in government..."

That is so true. And the idea as stated in The 21st Century Declaration of Independence is that government should not merely exist by the consent of the governed, but also by our own initiative, free choice and equal opportunity to determine who represents us at the highest levels of government,
and by preventing money from influencing government and the political process.

As it is, money rules and we the people do not have free choice and equal opportunity to choose who represents us. We are presented with choices by wealthy political power brokers.

Even worse, the basic choices we have are limited to candidates from organized partisan political parties that divide us. We have no choice but to take sides, be pitted against each other, and buy into the polarizing battle for the throne. And, regardless of which partisan warrior wins the throne, the wealthiest few win and the vast majority loses (as we've learned from all modern elections, especially since 1981).

The fulfillment of the Real American Dream would be having a government that is truly of the people, by the people and for the people --- government that promotes the general welfare by using the common wealth for the common good, and ensures domestic tranquility, liberty, freedom, and justice for all the people.

America does not yet have that, because America does not yet have a real democracy.

The U.S. Government doesn’t even have the consent of half the people it governs, and it is certainly not government of the people, by the people, and for the people. Instead, it has government of, by, and for the wealthiest few who act as if their wealth entitles them to rule.

America is not a Democratic Republic as Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and other Founders envisioned and intended.

For example, Jefferson understood that a democracy can be sustainable only if there is an informed, educated public. That's why he was not only a leading proponent of a free press and public schools, but also of public higher education so that all good students could fulfill their potential regardless of their family's wealth.

But, America has failed to live up to Jefferson's principles, which Abraham Lincoln said are "the axioms of a free society."

Public education is in serious jeopardy because the wealthy say "We cannot afford it." The cost of higher education keeps escalating beyond the reach of most students (unless they want to plunge deep into debt for the rest of their lives). The corporate commercial news media does not fully inform the public of things we should know, and investigative journalists fail to keep politicians honest. And, because the public is so uninformed, they are easily misled by wealthy special interests that have been given free license to spend all they want to bribe politicians, sway voters, and buy elections.

Perhaps because the wealthy few rule and power has corrupted them, the U.S. Government has failed to abide by the Golden Rule, and one horrible consequence that, according to The latest UNICEF report on child poverty, 23.1 percent of American children live in poverty, giving the United States the second highest rate of child poverty out of 35 developed countries. In 2010, 20.5 million Americans were living on less than half of the federal poverty level. And about 79 percent of the children in poverty live in households where there is at least one adult working full time!

It is no wonder, then, that there is a partisan political battle dividing and polarizing Americans, and it is much like the partisan political battle that was waged between 1790 and 1800 by Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton.

It's really the same old basic argument we still have, because like Jefferson some of us want our nation to be a Democratic Republic in which all the people have equal rights and equal opportunities, while our opponents believe that their wealth and/or their professed religion entitles them to rule.

In 1801 it became very clear that most of the Founding Fathers and the majority of citizens agreed with Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. They favored a Democratic Republic and rejected the Hamiltonian Federalists for being too wedded to a wealthy British-style upper class elitist aristocracy.

There have been many similar battles since, and the war wages on more bitterly now than ever before. And now, since right-wing partisan political extremists have been and are even now invoking the names of Founding Fathers as well as invoking the name of Jesus Christ trying to justify themselves, claiming they serve God and Country, it is time to set the record straight.

The Founders of the United States of America intended to establish and maintain freedom, liberty and sovereign independence. Most of them wanted a Democratic Republic, and they were against hereditary royal monarchy or aristocracy, oligarchy or plutocracy based on wealth. They were particularly against religious Theocracy, ensuring that there be no religious requirement for office, and no law regarding the establishment of religion. They wanted average people to have equal opportunity, and they wanted the people to be free and able to choose leadership that they deemed wise, virtuous, and educated.

Of course, there were a minority of Founding Fathers who were among the Hamiltonian Federalists, who were against Jefferson and against Jeffersonian Democracy. They had a different interpretation of the U.S. Constitution because they preferred the British traditions of aristocracy and the British banking and economic systems that catered to and enabled the wealthiest few. 

That is why in 1801 Jefferson's and Madison's Democratic Republican Party had to defeat the Federalists. And by solidifying Jeffersonian ideals they honored the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, and took a huge step in human evolution.

It was just one step, however, and now we must take another step because Article 2 of the Constitution still maintains the European idea that there must be a chief executive head of state and commander in chief, and the U.S. model is really just a presidential form of monarchy.

Granted, they did establish a balance of powers between the executive, judicial and legislative branches of government, and what is known as checks and balances of power. And their very progressive and revolutionary acts were the best they could think of to try to establish government that represented the people, with the consent of the people. 

However, all the Founding Fathers realized that even though they believed they were doing the best thing at the time, the time might come when the people would need to alter or reform their government, if and when it no longer served their interests. And that is why they wrote Article 5 of the Constitution, to provide methods to amend the Constitution as needed.

As yet, Article 5 still has not been used for its ultimate purpose, which is why partisan politics still divides us and the government still serves the interests of the wealthiest few to the detriment of everyone else. That’s why the American people’s consent is flimsy, at best, and the people are deeply divided, polarized, and in conflict. 

Now many people have realized that the U.S. Government has not yet lived up to the actual intent of its Founding Fathers, and the American Dream has been compromised, to say the least. 

In fact, the American Dream has been distorted into the idea that government should enable individuals to gain great personal fame and fortune, and simply forget about promoting the general welfare and ensuring domestic tranquility, equity and justice for all the people. 

That idea, or ideology, has produced a culture of greed and self-interest, especially during the last 30 years, and it has caused even many of our young people to be obsessed with material things, like fame, fortune, and superficial image. 

Yet, at the same time, most young people no longer trust any politician, and see "the democratic process" of partisan politics as dirty, divisive, and rigged to benefit the wealthiest few regardless of which partisan political party wins. 

That is why gentle, conscientious, generous, independent, progressive people of good will have always realized that rather than stoop to the level of aggressive, offensive partisans, the best way to influence people is through truthful, non-offensive, informative speech and effective art, literature, plays, documentaries, movies, and songs.

For example:Democracy is coming to the U.S.A. It’s coming to America first, the cradle of the best and worst.” – Leonard Cohen

The brilliant Leonard Cohen understands, as many of us do, that even though the United States of America was originally a great attempt at establishing Democracy, the U.S.A. does not yet have a real Democracy. 

The United States of America is neither united nor democratic, and it does not have government of the people, by the people, or for the people. In fact, America is ruled by the wealthiest few who believe they are entitled to rule, and the have bought the kind of government that suits them.

America has an oligarchical Congress and a Supreme Court that are divided and polarized by conflicting partisan political ideologies, and its executive branch is ruled by a partisan presidential form of monarchy. 

It is a system that perpetuates conflict and division, and its "democratic process" maintains a state of civil cold war that we've been led to believe is "civilized," even though every election year we see what it really is --- a fight for power that tempts corrupt people to be misleading and even deceptive in order to get what they want.

In spite of the reality, many Americans still believe that their partisan political economic system is the best in the world, and the best that we can produce. They believe that the people must be faced with a choice between partisan political candidates who are sanctioned and sponsored by an official partisan political party and its supporting interest groups. And, even though Independents are allowed to "run" for office, the system is rigged to enable the two major official parties to be the main competitors, and one of their candidates always wins the winner-take-all contest for the presidency.

They win because even before the Supreme Court gave corporations, Political Action Committees (PACs) and individuals unlimited financial power to influence and buy elections, the wealthiest one percent of the population had been providing 80 percent of the funding for the campaigns of both Republicans and Democrats. And now they can spend even more to ensure the election of whichever candidates they choose, or, should that fail, fund both parties so that regardless of which one wins, they win.

If you read the article on Partisan Politics you may see how and why our partisan political system has failed. And while there are many reasons for that failure, perhaps the biggest one is that the partisan political system is based on a deep lack of trust in the people to make wise choices on their own, because, after all, we are faced with choices presented to us by others. We do not actually have free choice.

What we need is free choice, because we can trust that, given total freedom and equal opportunity to actually and freely choose who we want to represent us in government, the vast majority of the people will make good choices, especially if we have an educated, informed public citizenry.

Americans need to realize that, as Thomas Jefferson reminded John Adams in a letter in 1813, Jefferson had tried to establish a law providing free higher education at public expense to all qualified students, regardless of their parentage or wealth. Jefferson was against a “psuedo-aristocracy” consisting of a privileged wealthy few. He saw true aristocrats as people from all walks of life, who would succeed in a society which enables all people to have equal opportunity to live up to their God-given potential. 

Unfortunately, the U.S. Government has totally ignored Jefferson’s vision in that regard. In fact, during the last 30 years the so-called “religious right” has done much to harm public education and higher education, claiming most educators are “secular humanists” who are “against religion” (even though most educated people are merely against theocratic bigotry). 

Some people who call themselves Republicans or Libertarians or Federalists even claim that Jefferson was against Democracy, and in 2004 one of them even fabricated a "quote" they attributed to Jefferson saying he wrote "Democracy is nothing more than mob rule." But, as is explained in the article on Jeffersonian Democracy, experts have said there is no evidence that Jefferson wrote that. In fact, it is contrary to his actual words and actions. 

That is why the The 21st Century Declaration of Independence is an update of the Declaration of Independence that Thomas Jefferson was most credited for writing. And it points out how and why we should alter and reform our government peacefully, as the Founding Fathers suspected would be necessary at some point. It proposes how we could utilize Article 5 of the U.S. Constitution, which the Founding Fathers provided so that we may establish Constitutional amendments to ensure our full and equal rights, and have truly representational government that is actually of, by, and for the people.

As the updated Declaration and the article on How the Meek Shall Inherit the Earth suggests, we can prevent the buying of elections by the wealthiest few. We can eliminate the long, divisive partisan campaign process. We can eliminate paid political advertisements. We can put an end to the divisive partisan political competition for the "throne" of chief executive power, and instead adopt a way to better share the power in a more representational and fair way.

We can, by write-in ballot, nominate and ultimately elect an executive council of six women and six men for an Executive Council, and we can be free to choose whoever we want as members -- people who we think are the most wise, the most fair, the most conscientious and the most admirable people, who are well known for their good works in behalf of all humanity and our world. And we can choose them from any walk of life, because it is the content of their character that should be of utmost importance and the most important qualification.

Of course, it is quite possible that not all those citizens who would be nominated as the most popular choices made by the write-in ballot process would accept the call to serve. However, the twelve men and women who are among the most popular choices who do accept, would be elected and become real representatives of the people in an executive council in the executive branch of government, replacing the chief executive.

There is a danger, of course, that there may be enough right-wing extremists in the country to nominate and elect a few of their leaders to sit on the council, and even though they would surely be overruled by the majority, they could cause conflicts and divisions just as they do now in the legislative and judicial branches of government. However, there is a high probability that when this message is well known and widespread, and when the right-wing extremists are faced with its truth and righteous judgment, many will realize how and why they have been misled. Therefore, the remaining, hard-headed, die hard extremists will be a small fringe minority, with no power.

That is why it is so important to spread the word about this message, and to discuss it in every way possible. For a reformation of government would produce a far greater and more representative democracy than we have now. For the council could operate by consensus, and choose their own facilitator, spokesperson(s) and cabinet members, which could be from among them, or chosen in the traditional way according to education, expertise, and skills.

Furthermore, as is explained in How the Meek Shall Inherit the Earth, we can change and improve  Congress, State Legislatures, City Councils and other similar bodies. We could choose people who we think would best represent us, as described in the declaration – people who seek to collaborate to further a just cause and a positive constructive agenda, rather than fight for and win power over others. 

We could choose wisely and elect legislative, policy-making bodies made up of fair-minded people who simply want to put their heads together and serve as equals to create truly good government, with good policies, rules, regulations and laws that will benefit all of us, protect all of us, and serve all of us.

In other words, we can, and we should, establish a Real Democracy, with good government that will serve all the people, promote the general welfare and use the common wealth for the common good in order to ensure domestic tranquility.

Real Democracy

We should consider that the early Greeks established a pretty good form of democracy 400 years before the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. The word Democracy comes from the Greek word meaning "rule of the people." One Greek wrote that "power should be in the hands of the whole people," rather than in the hands of one monarchical chief executive or an oligarchy of a relative few, and many agreed. Some even had the idea was that all citizens must have an equal voice, and there was recognition that in a democracy the poor have more power than the rich, because there are more of them.

Unfortunately, before long that idea was ignored. In fact, the idea about the poor having more political power than the rich died out pretty quickly, and it was replaced by the idea that political leadership should rightfully be in the hands of a deserving, superior, virtuous aristocracy.

The problem is, as it has often been throughout history ever since then, that true virtue has often not been the hallmark of political leadership. In fact, very often political power has been in the hands of a corrupt wealthy few who have been able to impose their will by hiring paid armed guards, police forces and armies. And most nations and states have been ruled by the richest few who have considered themselves royalty, nobility, aristocracy, or the upper class.

Americans, of course, are not comfortable talking about class, unless it’s about the "middle class," because they don’t want to admit there’s an upper and lower class. It probably sounds "too European." But, whatever the wealthiest few Americans consider themselves these days, even now they are the privileged few who hold and control 90 percent of the wealth and power.

Of course, Thomas Jefferson called such people "pseudo-aristocracy,"and he thought political leadership should not be determined by wealth, but by education and true virtue. That's why he and other Founding Fathers tried to plant the seed of real democracy in America in 1776, believing that government should exist only by the consent of the governed, and that all citizens and all religions should be regarded as equal in the sight of the government.

But it did not really take hold. Regardless of and in spite of Jeffersonian ideals the most aggressive religious leaders continued their theocratic efforts, and the wealthiest few still ruled.

The wealthiest few figured out how to make it appear as if the government had the "consent of the governed" by giving the people the choice between candidates for office, as presented and authorized by opposing partisan political parties. But, those opposing partisan parties have been financed by the wealthiest few, now so more than ever.

The most selfish of the wealthiest few tend to act like aristocracy, and feel they deserve to rule. In the late 1800s that was conspicuous, as it was in the 1920s and as it has been increasingly during the last 30 years. The rich keep getting richer, the poor and the working poor keep getting poorer, and the middle class gets smaller and smaller as more and more people fall into the working poor population.

Most people in most nations are in the same boat. But, while some people think partisan party politics will do the trick if only they can achieve victory over the opposing party; while some other people think the only answer is in some form of Communism (which Karl Marx came up with in the mid-1800s); and while still other people think that Religious Theocracy will establish good and righteous government, they are ALL wrong.

First, partisan party politics only perpetuates conflict, division, and instability, and while it may create the appearance of having the "consent" of the people, that’s become a stretch. Secondly, while Marx was justifiably angered at the European capitalistic nobility and aristocracy, he was wrong in calling for violent revolution to overthrow and destroy the capitalists, and most subsequent Communists have been even more wrong in advocating and perpetuating totalitarian rule. And thirdly, "good theocracy" is an oxymoron, because true servants of God do not seek to rule the people, but to counsel, liberate and empower them.

Now is the time for all good, conscientious people to come together, to stand up and demonstrate your will and be counted, to bring about a peaceful, nonviolent revolution and reformation and establish government that is truly of, for and by the people. For the average people who are the humble and meek of this world shall indeed inherit the earth. But it will not happen unless and until we make it happen.

Money Now Rules, But the People Can Have the True Power

We will not have true democracy until we stop and prevent the power of money to influence political campaigns, or to influence politicians, law-makers and policy makers, and fool people.

Americans need to realize that in that regard, the U.S. Supreme Court decision to allow giant corporations to invest as much money as they want in political campaigns and political advertisements is an atrociously wrong and bad decision.

Deceptively known as "Citizens United" v FEC, it was actually Corporations vs The Citizens, and it wound up that corporations won because the Court dictated that private businesses, including for-profit corporations, have a right to spend as much money as they want to elect or defeat candidates in political campaigns at all levels.

That Court decision reversed numerous Supreme Court precedents and dozens of long-standing campaign finance laws at the federal and state level. And the incredible thing is that they didn't stop there.

In early April 2014 a 5-4 Court ruling struck down a previous law limiting overall campaign contribution limits. The former law that the ruling wiped out had previously prevented individuals from contributing more than $123,000  per election cycle to candidates and party committees. But ,the conservative ruling in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission No. 12-536 enabled Billionaires to have unlimited individual power to influence elections.

The Court in the 2010 Citizens United v FEC case had already given corporations and Political Action Committees free license to flood the broadcast media to buy elections. But the McCutcheon ruling gives the wealthiest few total, unlimited power. So, if you think the political television attack ads have been bad so far, get ready for them to get much, much worse.

Of course, the five right-wing justices claim it’s a matter of "freedom of speech,” but that’s a very transparent and obvious rationalization. Freedom of speech is not the issue. Freedom of speech does not mean the freedom to buy elections and buy the United States government. The issue is that the court is legalizing unfairness and damaging and destroying equal opportunity, because you and I cannot afford to make our voices heard. But now the greediest of Billionaires have unlimited power to flood the electronic, print and broadcast media with their corporate propaganda and deception.

It should be noted, though, that in his dissent in Citizens United, Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens pointed out the truth. He said: "When citizens turn on their televisions and radios before an election and hear only corporate electioneering, they may lose faith in their capacity, as citizens, to influence public policy. A Government captured by corporate interests, they may come to believe, will be neither responsive to their needs nor willing to give their views a fair hearing. The predictable result is cynicism and disenchantment: an increased perception that large spenders call the tune and a reduced willingness of voters to take part in democratic governance."

And, Justice Stevens added that: "To the extent that corporations are allowed to exert undue influence in electoral races, the speech of the eventual winners of those races may also be chilled. Politicians who fear that a certain corporation can make or break their reelection chances may be cowed into silence about that corporation."

Increasingly during the last four years we find that Justice Stevens was absolutely correct.

Billionaires are free to buy elections and buy the government. For example, the Citizens United vs. FEC ruling allowed a record $7 Billion to be spent by corporations and PACs in the 2012 election cycle. And that and the newer ruling will further enable the wealthiest few and their corporations, banks and financial institutions  to further establish what amounts to a Plutocracy and Corporatocracy (even more than they already have).

Fortunately, the U.S. Constitution contains provisions that enable Congress and the states to overturn such decisions with ordinary legislation. One of those provisions is in Article 3, Section 2, Clause 2, which states that there are exceptions to the Supreme Court’s jurisdiction, and Congress may overrule the Court through the legislative process.

The Founding Fathers carefully wrote the Constitution to protect the republic against a rogue Court, including the “Exceptions Clause” because they foresaw the potential problems that could be caused by a partisan Court that serves special interests (as the present Court does).

We the people must overrule the Court, because it was bad enough that corporate funding of political campaigns had already driven the ad wars, and corporate lobbyists wield all the power that money can buy to influence and bribe members of Congress. Now the rich can spend all they want to buy elections, and corporate lobbyists indulge in bribery even more.

For example, watch this video of the Sixty Minutes interview of lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who finally listened to his conscience and exposes the utter corruption of lobbyists and members of Congress. And consider that just in the first three months of 2009 the corporations and industries spent at least $500 Million on lobbying to influence politicians in Washington, D.C. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce spent $47 Million last year on political issue ads on TV, mostly against health care reform, and they spent another $144 Million on lobbying Congress to fight any regulation of corporations.

In fact, the Chamber of Commerce is the most powerful influence on the public and on Congress, serving the interest of profit-making corporations to the detriment of the environment and the public. And now, the court’s ruling has enabled new right-wing groups like the American Action Network (ANN), which paid for slanderous, misleading and often false attack ads against Democrats in the 2010 mid-term election season and later during the fight over health care reform. It’s funded by the ultra wealthy and their corporations, and its board consists of right-wing Republican politicians and millionaire and billionaire businessmen, industrialists and financiers.

Perhaps even more telling is that the wealthiest one percent of Americans have in recent presidential elections provided 80 percent of the financial funding for the political campaigns of both Republicans and Democrats. They apparently consider it insurance, so that no matter which party wins, they win.

But they know who serves their interests most obediently, and their most loyal servants now include Republicans and five member of the Supreme Court. That is one of the reasons why money now rules more completely than ever before. The powers-that-be are the wealthiest few, and they serve their own interests at our expense.

The extremely partisan, right-wing Court serves the interests of the wealthiest few and the U.S. Religious Military Industrial Police State that enables and protects them and the wealthiest Americans. But it is detrimental to the majority of Americans, and to the vast majority of other people in the world. And yet over the last 30 years it has increasingly been indulged and inflated by those who have claimed to be religious and patriotic citizens who serve God and Country, when in fact they are among the deceptive forces of greed and self-interest.

We must, therefore, face facts, because civilization, and indeed even the human race, will not survive if right-wing “Conservatives” keep either having their way or obstructing and preventing reform and progress.

The truth is that what they strive to conserve are mainly the political, economic and religious traditions and institutions that have allowed them to gain power, wealth and domain in the world. And, in fact, their focus on materialistic concerns has caused them to lose sight of what is most valuable in the world, which we should conserve above all else.

That is clear if you look at what they have NOT conserved. Just look at the degradation and deterioration of our environment, the oceans, our waterways, our atmosphere, our infrastructure, and the standard of living of the majority of the people and especially the working poor — all of which have suffered because the wealthiest few control most of the wealth, invest much of it in lobbying legislators and buying or influencing elections, and want government to spend taxpayers money mainly on police and military forces and all other means that will protect their wealth and enable them to gain more.

The culture of greed and self-interest they have created has, especially during the last hundred years, been detrimental to many people in the world, and it has brought a terrible tribulation upon the earth. And we, the people, are the only ones who can and will fix it -- by initiating and peacefully bringing about a reformation of both religion and government so that they both serve the interests of humanity as a whole body.

As it is, our government not only favors the wealthiest few at our expense. It also violates our civil liberties. So we could, for instance, repeal or amend the FISA laws that have enabled the government to violate our privacy, to wire tap and spy on citizens in violation of the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution. (That's because the FISA law gives all the power not to any of the three branches of government, but to one man, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, who alone appoints the FISA court members who give approval to the NSA and other surveillance and intelligence agencies. And since the FISA court is rigged by a right-wing ideologue, it has ignored and violated the Constitution, which is why FISA and the NSA have come under such heavy criticism lately.)

We, the people, can change all that, in America and in all nations. The fulfillment of the actual, real prophecies of Judaism, Christianity, Islam and of all other divinely inspired religions of the world, foretells it. The prophets foresaw a future of harmony and peace following this terrible conflict and tribulation. But, we will not enter that future unless and until we expose and refute the hypocrites and establish freedom and justice for all. That, in fact, is what Jesus of Nazareth intended, foresaw, and prophesied, as did all other genuine prophets.

(Continued at Real Democracy, Part 2, which further discusses how and why we will have real democracy, and makes further suggestions and recommendations.)