From Reagan to Obama to The New Reformation
The fulfillment of world prophecies will be manifested by a reformation of religion and government which will bring a new paradigm, a new dispensation, a new age in which a new covenant will enable the humble, gentle, kind, generous, peaceful and "meek" majority of human beings to inherit the earth.
It will enable the people to establish governments of, by, and for the people, so that the people of all nations may reconcile their differences, make amends for all the wrong done, make peace, and transform the weapons of war and destruction into the tools of production.
However, this will not happen magically, nor will it be done by some "holy king." It will be done through hard work, cooperation and collaboration, by the people.
But, that cannot be done until the prophesied righteous judgment, divine intervention, and compassionate intercession corrects those who have caused the problems, and shows the people how they may put an end to the conflict and division and establish government that truly unites and represents them.
That judgment, as Jesus of Nazareth prophesied, judges the leaders of the world, and it submits that among other governing models, Reaganism is one of the biggest barriers to progress and advancement. It was sold as a patriotic and religious way to govern, and it was described as an inclusive movement for the people, but its impact has clearly revealed that it served the interests of the wealthiest few while being terribly detrimental to the great majority, to the environment, and to the world.
As is discussed in the article on Ronald Reagan’s Real Legacy, he rose to presidential power by being very charming to the right people, wrapping himself in old glory, saying "God bless America," and appealing to the self-interest, pride, prejudices and emotions of enough Americans to get elected.
It was as if he held a Bible in one hand and a sword in the other, and he was able to gain the power of the throne not only because he had been meticulously groomed by corporate executives for 30 years prior to becoming president and was supported by the very wealthy, but also because he was supported by right-wing "Christian" televangelists like Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson, among others.
Preaching the Reaganite "Gospel of Prosperity," he believed and claimed that wealth is a reward from God, and that the poor deserve their lot. He accused the poor of not being self-reliant and not having faith in God. He even made a point of labeling human services recipients as "welfare mothers" and "lazy cheats" who were "draining the national treasury." He promised to abolish the "welfare state," shrink "big government," and "get government off your backs."
Reagan made many other claims, such as that wage and price controls always fail; that the U.S. Government had nothing to be ashamed of (even in the wake of the Vietnam War); that Washington D.C. could still be the "shining city on a hill"; and that he would restore America’s pride and prominence in the world, and establish "family values" and "Christian values." And he aligned himself with "Christian Dominionists" who believe that only Christians must rule the nation and world.
Today, considering the obvious and inevitable impact of Reaganism, we can see what misleading demagoguery that really was. We can see why Reaganites and Bushites try to blame President Obama for the problems that Reaganism and Bushism caused -- the problems from which most Americans now suffer.
We can see that Reaganism was perpetuated by Reagan’s successor and then by a Republican Congress during the Clinton administration, because President Clinton condoned Reaganism knowing it was politically expedient to go along to get along.
We can see that Reaganism was then perpetuated and even expanded, compounded and made even worse by President George W. Bush and his Vice President Dick Cheney – which inevitably led to terrible problems including the financial and economic crisis of 2008.
Now we still suffer from the impact of all the corruption that has been increasing for 30 years, and from the effects of the bitter partisan conflict that has been wrought by Reaganite Republican hardliners who still insist that Reaganism and Reaganomics are good.
Now Americans need to understand how and why we got into this terrible situation and crisis, and how and why most of us suffer from the terrible tribulation, in order to clearly see the way to progress and advance forward to a brighter, more united and peaceful future.
The Fulfillment of Religious Prophecies
Americans also need to understand that this judgment was prophesied, and it reveals the way that not only Americans all of humanity may be liberated from the false ideas, ideologies and doctrines that have produced such conflict, division, chaos, tribulation, hardship, poverty, death and destruction in the world.
All the greatest prophets of the world knew the passing age would be one of increasing conflict and division, and that it would culminate in wars, natural disasters, diseases, pestilence, other plagues, and many other terrible things. And they also knew that humanity would finally reach this turning point.
The turning point was foreseen as bringing an end to the conflicts and divisions, an end to the reign of the wealthiest and powerful few, an end to competition and battles for the power of the "throne," and an end to monarchy – even the presidential form of monarchy -- because we are all equal joint heirs to the "throne," as it were.
The turning point will come when the vast majority of humanity accepts the promised revelatory judgment, when all religions and nations officially honor, abide by and teach the Universal Divine Imperative: Treat all others as you would want to be treated if you were them.
Thus governments will be of the people, by the people, and for the people, ensure domestic tranquility, promote the general welfare, use the common wealth for the common good, and respect all religions, races, nationalities and cultures as equal in the sight of national and international laws.
The prophesied judgment is necessary because it will encourage and empower all the people all over the world who desire liberation, freedom, independence, equal rights and justice — and it reveals the way to do it peacefully.
The Obstacle and Stumbling Block In the Way
The prophesied judgment will remove the obstacle and stumbling block that has been constructed by those who want to maintain their personal power, wealth, and domain. For those with most of the wealth and political-military-police power won’t surrender it to the people easily. They have always fought and even killed to maintain it, or regain it.
That is why so many liberal and progressive leaders have been assassinated, and why progressive dissenters and protesters have been beaten and even killed. And, as has been seen recently in America, it is why progressives and reformers are denigrated and slandered as "socialists" and "communists."
However, the Messiah believes in the Jeffersonian-Madisonian ideal of a Democratic Republic, and carries it to its logical point of fruition -- not merely government with the consent of the governed, but government that is actually of the people, by the people, and for the people, as is described in The 21st Century Declaration of Independence.
Unfortunately, as is discussed in the article Why Is the Messiah Hidden?, if one with real spiritual authority were to rise up and tell the real truth from behind a podium, he too would be killed. That is why the prophesied judgment is delivered like this, so that it can be seen in a flash, at lightning speed, all over the world. And that is why it is delivered anonymously, because the world simply needs the truth, and nothing but the truth, rather than another would-be conquering hero playing god-savior-king. Humanity merely needs to be shown the way to liberate and empower ourselves.
The judgment and message addresses Christianity because it is the largest religion in the world and the predominant religion in America. It addresses the American nation because even though its Founders provided a way for it to be a good example to the world, it has become a bad example because its government is bitterly divided and has betrayed the intent of Jesus of Nazareth and all other genuine spiritual teachers. It has also supported and enabled the iniquity of the Government of Israel, which is its own worst enemy. And in many ways the U.S. Government has betrayed the intent of its own Founders.
In 1776 the U.S.A.’s Founding Fathers intended to establish a new order of the age by establishing a government of, by and for the people. But what it gradually became was government of, by and for the wealthiest few, and it is even more so now.
Fortunately, the Founding Fathers foresaw the likelihood of that. They said as much in the original Declaration of Independence, and they specifically stipulated in Article 5 of the U.S. Constitution how to alter and reform the government when it no longer served in the interests of all the people.
That is the case now. The U.S. Government needs real, significant reform to establish and ensure equal rights and opportunities, as well as equity, fairness and justice for all citizens. And, because most of the American people are good humanitarians who believe that we are created equal and endowed by our Creator with equal and unalienable human rights, the promised judgment will enable good Americans to make their nation be the first in the world to abide by The New Covenant with God.
The promised judgment shows they way to do that, and when the American people do that, other nations may follow, and then the coming new "kingdom" of God will be established in the world and only God the Great Spirit-Parent and Creator (the "Lord of Lords in heaven") will reign supreme, and we shall all be equal joint heirs to the "thrones" of our nations.
The Cause of Bitter Partisan Political Conflict in America
Progressive reformers in America are being attacked by the greediest or the wealthy powers-that-be, just like their counterparts are being attacked by those in power in other nations. But so far, fortunately, American Progressives are working legally and peacefully within the political system to bring about reform even though it's been tough going.
In fact, it has not been going well. Enabled by the right-wing U.S. Supreme Court, the monetary power of the greediest of the wealthiest few has enabled right-wing partisan politicians who serve their interests to effectively obstruct needed or sufficient reforms. They’ve been able to render all efforts at health care and financial reform very weak and insufficient. And they've been able to render Democrats helpless simply by slandering, denigrating and accusing them of being "socialists" who merely want to "tax and spend."
That is an offensive tactic often used by Republicans, who are loathe to invest in the country and in the people, and would rather make personal investments that will profit only them. But their tactics have worked yet again because Democrats are either unable or unwilling to say what needs to be said, and they capitulate. And that is one of the indicators that show why the partisan political economic system in America is broken, and it demonstrates how Democrats have become merely the lesser of the two evils that divide America.
That is why Americans now need to realize or learn how and why America got to this point where Republicans claim to serve God and Country even though they blindly and stubbornly serve the wealthiest few, and Democrats are not much better even though they still make token efforts to serve the interests of all the people but are afraid to confront or face the wrath of the powerful monied interests that essentially rule America.
Therefore, because politicians have failed us, the American people need to act for themselves to restore America’s true moral stature so she can be a good example to the world.
Why Democrats are Divided, and Why Republicans Have Ruled
Early on in American history, even the right-wing Hamiltonian Federalists like John Adams believed in fairness, equity and justice for all the people.
John Adams wrote: “Government is instituted for the common good; for the protection, safety, prosperity and happiness of the people; and not for the profit, honor, or private interest of any one man, family, or class of men. Therefore the people alone have an incontestable, unalienable, and indefeasible right to institute government and to reform, alter, or totally change the same, when their protection, safety, prosperity and happiness require.”
Thomas Jefferson and James Madison formed the Democratic Republican Party to defeat the Federalists, however, because Jefferson and Madison were even more fair.
In Thomas Jefferson's writings he showed he felt strongly about providing the average citizen with equal opportunity. He even wanted to establish publicly funded higher education so that all citizens, regardless of their personal or family wealth, could fulfill their highest potential. Of course, he was unable to do that (as is painfully evident now since higher education is rapidly becoming out of reach for the majority), but Jefferson at least tried to make public education complete because believed in equal opportunity for all.
Unfortunately, the Democratic Party eventually ignored most Jeffersonian ideals, but Republican President Abraham Lincoln honored them. Lincoln said that "The principles of Jefferson are the axioms of a free society."
In America, though, money speaks louder than words, and it has usually influenced both partisan political parties. Now Republicans are right-wing extremists and Democrats in America are divided, as they have usually been. That’s why in the 1920s the great American humorist and wit, Will Rogers, said: "I don’t belong to any organized political party. I’m a Democrat."
Democrats did unite, however, under Democratic President Franklin D. Roosevelt in the 1930s and 1940s, and rightly so. By establishing needed regulations, reforms and safeguards, along with wage and price controls, Roosevelt saved the country, not only from the corrupt internal forces of greed and self-interest that had nearly brought the country to ruin, but from foreign military imperialist enemies as well.
But then, in the 1960s, Democrats became as sharply divided, between liberal progressives who were opposed by conventional traditionalists. That conflict came to a peak in 1968, and because Democrats were so terribly divided, Republican Richard Nixon was able to win the presidential election by claiming he represented "The Silent Majority."
The next Democratic President was Jimmy Carter, who essentially ended the long First Cold War with the Soviet Union, and he was a strong advocate of human rights. He created two new cabinet-level departments (the Department of Energy and the Department of Education). He established a national energy policy that included conservation, price control, and new technology. In foreign affairs, Carter pursued the Camp David Accords (in a serious effort to establish peace in the Mid-East). He also negotiated the second round of Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT II), established the Panama Canal Treaties, and returned the Panama Canal Zone to Panama. And, as been so admirably demonstrated ever since as an ex-president, Mr. Carter is a decent, thoughtful, compassionate humanitarian.
However, many issues plagued America during Carter’s presidency that put a shadow over it, including "Stagflation" (which had begun before he took office), an energy crisis, the Three Mile Island nuclear crisis, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, and the Iran hostage crisis. (And that, by the way, is why Ronald Reagan was able to take the presidency away from Carter by hook and by crook, as is explained in the article on Reagan's Real Record.)
Other notable Democratic successes have been made by President Clinton and Democratic members of Congress, of course, and they are too numerous to include here. But, regarding Democratic presidents, it should be said that President Clinton had far more successes than he is now credited for.
Granted, President Clinton gained office because he knew what was politically expedient, considering Reaganism was so firmly established. That’s why he campaigned as a moderate centrist, and during his presidency he collaborated with Newt Gingrich and other Republicans in many ways, perhaps most notably in The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and in the so-called "Welfare Reform" of 1996, both of which furthered the right-wing Reaganite Republican corporate agenda.
However, as president, Bill Clinton did some very good things. He and Hillary tried to establish health care reform (even though they failed). He presided over the longest period of peacetime economic expansion in American history, and the Congressional Budget Office reported a budget surplus during the last three years of Clinton's presidency.
Bill Clinton was also the only U.S. president since 1945 to avoid using U.S. military force to protect any American-supported foreign dictators or American economic interests in foreign countries (setting a precedent that should have been followed but was broken by the Bush-Cheney administration). Moreover, even though a private mistake and indiscretion Clinton was guilty of resulted in a scandal that damaged his reputation, Clinton still left office with the highest end-of-office approval rating of any U.S. president since World War II.
President Clinton's successes, however, were negated by the Bush-Cheney regime, which followed the Reaganite tactic of professing to be patriotic and religious while accusing critics of being unpatriotic and against religion, and professing to serve all the people while actually serving the interests of the wealthiest few -- as the article on George W. Bush's Real Record shows.
By 2008 there were many very good reasons why most people in the nation and world favored Democrat Barack Obama over Republican John McCain for president. That's why by then Republicans had gone back to idolizing Ronald Reagan as their hero and rebuilding his image. And it is also why as President Barack Obama is vehemently hated by right-wing Reaganite Republicans, Libertarians and Tea Party extremists, who accuse him of being a "socialist" and even a despot. They simply returned to Reaganism and McCarthyism.
The reason for that is because the hate of right-wing Republicans comes from fear of Mr. Obama because they cannot refute his reason and logic. Therefore, they resort to a vicious, misleading, deceptive offense as their defense, and they dig in their heels to stop from being pulled into the future. They would rather maintain the very profitable status quo, and even restore the idea that a rich elite aristocracy is a good thing for society.
Not that Mr. Obama is great. His mistakes and failures are numerous. But his right-wing critic's accusations are belied by the fact that Obama receives mixed reviews from Progressive Democrats and Progressive Independents because, in our view, Mr. Obama tends to lean a little to the right of center, as Bill Clinton did, because his worst critics are right-wing extremists.
However, Mr. Obama’s actual record reveals that his right-wing critics are simply wrong in many respects. For instance, while his right-wing critics accuse him of indulging in "runaway spending," the actual facts refute their accusations.
According to the Budget of the United States Government: Historical Tables Fiscal Year 2012, during the Obama Administration’s first term government spending will have increased in only 7.2 percent, while during the Bush Administration government spending increased 88 percent. (In fact, the Bush Administration left the U.S. $1.4 Trillion in debt and plagued with a horrible, rising budget deficit, even though Bush inherited a $128 Billion surplus from President Clinton.)
The U.S. Office of Management and Budget calculates and estimates that by the end of the Obama Administration’s first term the deficit will be in sharp decline, estimated to drop to $1.2 Trillion by 2012 and $800 Billion by 2013. Therefore, critics who claim that Mr. Obama "tripled the deficit" are either grossly misled, or they are deceptively trying to mislead the American people.
Furthermore, regarding unemployment, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics tells us that under Bush and the Republicans unemployment rates rose significantly, but by June 2009 Obama’s economic stimulus initiative had decreased unemployment significantly. The statistics show that the Obama stimulus is working and reversed what was going on before Obama enacted it.
However, Obama’s efforts to stimulate the economy have not been remarkably successful due to the failure and unwillingness of big businesses and corporations to hire (or rehire those they laid off), despite the fact that they are recording record profits. And it is reasonable and probably accurate to conclude that they want to keep unemployment rates high because they know that they can blame it on Mr. Obama.
Nevertheless, even though President Obama’s heart is in the right place and he has made more than mere token efforts to espouse democratic values and serve all the people, he is a politician who does what is politically expedient, and he has done and still does many things to placate the wealthiest few. Consequently, he has earned the scorn of more liberal Progressives who understand why we need far greater reform.
Progressive Criticism of Obama, Citing Why We Need Far Greater Reforms
Both Progressive Democrats and Independent Progressives who want more meaningful and lasting reform and change criticize President Obama, and they question his agenda, his actions, and his failure to act.
Progressives want to know why President Obama allowed Republicans to extend the Bush tax cuts that mainly benefited the wealthiest few, which caused significant loss of revenue and contributed to the huge Bush budget deficits, which grew from zero to $1.4 Trillion during Bush’s presidency.
Progressives want to know why Obama put Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid in jeopardy by being too willing to compromise with right-wing Republicans who’s demands are unreasonable. After all, as many Progressives point out, Republicans are stubbornly unwilling to increase revenue to reduce the deficit and balance the budget, even though Bush tax cuts enabled the wealthiest few and their corporations to pay far less than their fair share of taxes – far less than their European counterparts pay in taxes -- and in certain cases no taxes at all.
Progressives want to know why President Obama endorses and supports all the so-called "free trade" agreements that have been so devastating to small businesses and independent farmers in America and other countries, and instead favor multinational corporations and allow them to create monopolies, out source jobs overseas, and avoid paying U.S. taxes by taking advantage of off shore tax havens.
Progressives want to know why Obama has not honored his promise of openness and transparency; why he has continued Bush’s "Faith Based Initiative" (which enables and funds right-wing Christian proselytizers with taxpayer money); why he refuses to prosecute Bush era war criminals and top executives on Wall Street and in the banking and lending institutions for their wrongdoing and malfeasance; and why he has perpetuated and enhanced the Bush "Patriot Act" which led to illegal wire tapping and damaged and violated the civil liberties of many Americans.
Progressives and conscientious objectors want to know why Mr. Obama has perpetuated and pursued an aggressive military agenda against al Queda and The Taliban, when the only way to stop and prevent radical Muslims from waging murderous false Jihad is to do the following:
1. Work with good Muslims to educate the Muslim populations in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Saudi Arabia, the Palestinian Territories and other predominantly Muslim countries and areas about the true meaning of the Qur’an and the true intent of the prophet Muhammad, who honored Jesus of Nazareth as well as the prophets of Judaism. (See the articles About Islam, and The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.)
2. Work with the United Nations to rein in the Government of Israel and insist that she abide by: Judaic Mosaic Law; United Nations Security Council Resolutions 446, 452, 465 and 471, which were made under Chapter VI of the United Nations Charter; Decisions of the International Court of Justice; Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention; and majority world opinion.
Progressives believe that such a course of action would result in a solution, and would be far better than trying to "win the peace" by waging war.
Some Progressives even think that President Obama has assumed as much imperial presidential power as Bush did. And yet Obama has not used his power to support organized labor. He has not recognized that American workers need labor unions now more than ever. He has not fought hard enough for the working poor, the poor, the elderly, the disadvantaged, the hungry and the homeless. He has not supported or encouraged whistle blowers who expose corporate and government wrong-doing, but has instead punished whistle blowers even more than Bush did. And he has catered to the banks, financial and lending institutions and Wall Street, rather than recognize the wisdom and courage of Franklin D. Roosevelt, who properly regulated them and kept them from indulging themselves at the expense of the people.
Progressive bloggers on many liberal and progressive web sites have been pointing out all these things and more. And even though the son of man does not agree with everything that more left-wing Progressives say, their point of view should be known and they have a right to express it. And the voices of serious, reasonable Progressives should be heard, because citizens need to be properly and sufficiently informed to be able to make good decisions. Democracy cannot work without an educated, informed citizenry.
In fact, Progressive voices need to be heard now more than ever, since the corporate-friendly American commercial television networks (ABC, CBS and NBC) rarely if ever give them a voice, and since Rupert Murdock’s broadcast companies are decidedly right-wing, biased, corporate-friendly, and loath to admit many facts and truths. And in case you didn’t know, Murdock’s News Corporation owns a huge number of American media outlets, including Fox News and Broadcasting Company, The Wall Street Journal, The San Antonio Express News, and The Star, along with many others.
It is important to know the facts, because right-wing Republicans have been claiming for many years that the news media is biased toward the left. But in fact, it is the opposite. The propaganda and claims of right-wing politicians and pundits have just been very successful at pulling the wool over your eyes.
Why Partisan Politics Is Not the Solution
Even though during the last 30 years the wealthiest few and right-wing extremists have essentially had their way politically in America, and even though they have simply ignored President Obama’s clear mandate from the majority of the American people, that only proves how fruitless and counterproductive partisan politics has become. As is shown in the article on Partisan Politics: A Corrupt, Failed System, no matter whether Democrats or Republicans are in power, the wealthiest few still rule.
Therefore, there is a better way than partisan politics to establish needed change, reforms, regulations and safeguards that will provide lasting change, protections and real liberty, freedom, peace, and prosperity for all of us.
There is a better way that will put an end to partisan politics, an end to competition for the "throne," and an end to the presidential form of monarchy, because there is a much better way to establish government that is actually of the people, by the people, and for the people.
That better way, and the reasoning and rationale behind it, is expressed in many of the other relevant articles on this site and linked to it -- especially The 21st Century Declaration of Independence.