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The plight of whites in racist South Africa

Race-based assaults equal racism. Punishing people for the (alleged) sins of their fathers doesn’t “undo” injustices of the past. Perpetuating “injustice” in the present will just breed more injustice.

Based on evidence from Zimbabwe it is likely that these activities will lead to food shortages & other issues for the people that remain in South Africa.

It is unlikely that sinful man is capable of devising a process of “righting the wrongs of the past” in a way that doesn’t perpetuate evil against others. There is a need for reconciliation, forgiveness, healing, & perhaps restoration but genocide will produce none of that…

At Stella’s Place I also left these comments at the end of her article.  They include some of my reflections on my personal experiences in Africa some years back so I decided to copy them here in case they might be of interest to others too…

  1. Thanks for sharing this, Stella.

    I was in West Africa in the late ’80s & in that country, Liberia, it was “illegal” for whites to own property (so we were told). I assumed this was some type of “compensation” to the freed American slaves to protect them. However, in our black market dealings with currency exchange (official exchange rate was 1:1 Liberian$:US$ but was 2:1 L$:US$ on the black market) we were taken by the black African pastors we worked with to white “owners” (in all but name) of local businesses to exchange our money. Interestingly my traveler’s checques were exchanged at the full 2:1 rate while my colleagues cash was changed at 1.9:1…hmm…

    One pastor’s house we had a meal in was well staffed by servants. Everyone was black. My classmates & I were amazed how the pastor & his wife seemed to treat their servants as if they weren’t even there (my colleagues & I made a point of thanking them & looking in their faces as they cared for everyone’s needs during the meal–they seemed shocked that we would acknowledge them & treat them as equals). My good friend, who was black, (I was the only white person in our group during that part of the trip) & I discussed the servant situation & were both surprised that the servants were the same race as the pastor. We’d both thought that they would be having servants of another race & that would have partially explained their seeming indifference & seeming aura of superiority toward them.

    Ironically, this was in the era of Jesse Jackson running for U. S. President, there was a lively discussion of the hopes around the table that Jackson might win. I refrained from speaking my mind on that topic for I thought Jackson a buffoon & joke (irrespective of skin color) but didn’t want to get into what would likely become a fairly heated discussion. Given all the skin color passes given to Obama during his “presidential” aspirations/usurpation all those years later that dinner time conversation among blacks half-way around the world was something to reflect upon. I didn’t then, nor do I now, really understand how people gave someone on the national stage such a pass purely because they bore the color/ethnicity (allegedly) that certain people desired to see in power…

    There was also some sort of weird racism on the streets of Monrovia in general where I (being white) was attempted to be treated better than my black colleagues. They tried to take color photos of me & b&w only of my colleagues, etc. They also called me “missy” & my colleagues “sistah”…etc. There were physically deformed beggars everywhere you went & if you ever pulled out a coin you would get mobbed. The pastor said some parents would cause their child to get a physical deformity (injure them in childhood, etc) so they could have a “career” as a professional beggar! It was all very strange & surreal to our American grad student group…

Stella's Place

You will probably have noticed that photos posted this week are of sights in South Africa. It is a beautiful country with seacoast, mountain, desert, plains, and sub-tropical regions, and many exotic – to our eyes – animals and plants.

The reality of politics in South Africa is not beautiful. It is ugly and racist. The population of South Africa is multi-ethnic, with whites and Asians in the minority. Wikipedia’s breakdown of the SA population of 55,000,000 is as follows:

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Political Correctness: Social Engineering Via Weaponising Language

There is in-depth meat here for those who have eyes to see & hearts to understand…

Copied from the end of this post:

So after all my work I found this archived version of the post that appears to have all images intact & is pretty easy to read:  https://web.archive.org/web/20160227191557/https://redgreenalliance.com/2016/02/11/political-correctness-the-postmodern-cult/

Since I already did a lot of work reconstructing what I thought was the original post I now plan to copy & paste the missing images roughly where they would have appeared, all of these images from the above web.archive of the redgreenalliance.com post…

So I was in the process of adding categories & tags to old posts & discovered that the original work referenced had disappeared from my post…so I’m copying it “as is” from what appears to be the original site, found via a Bing.com web search:

https://sagaciousnewsnetwork.com/political-correctness-social-engineering-via-weaponising-language/

POLITICAL CORRECTNESS: SOCIAL ENGINEERING VIA WEAPONISING LANGUAGE

(RGA) Political Correctness – or “PC” as it has become known, is a relatively new phenomenon that has grown exponentially year-on-year, infecting each new generation of young minds worse than the previous generation.  It is a social virus [#1], designed by Marxists to spread like a cancer and help them rot a society’s culture from within.  Political Correctness = Cultural Marxism.  PC is what we in the West have, instead of religion, and its adherents share the same behaviours as the worst zealots – where belief trumps reason and dogma beats fact.  Its primary weapons are slander and censorship.
VC note: “RGA” at the original site hotlinks to this: https://redgreenalliance.com/2016/02/11/political-correctness-the-postmodern-cult/

THE FRANKFURT SCHOOL

Frankfurt school building

Frankfurt school building

In the 1920s, the vast majority of Marxist-influenced academics where in Europe and America.  They had expected that a war would cause the Workers to rise up, and rule in a Marxist Revolution, expecting this to spread after the Bolshevik uprising in Russia. When the ‘Communist uprising’ did not spread, two leading lights (Gramsci and Adorno) came to the same conclusion: A Revolution could not be guaranteed success (or to last, if it were successful) – if based only on Traditional Marxism; Western society was too ingrained with Christianity and the traditional values that it espoused, that the culture had to be changed first – before the Revolution could take root.  Therefore – Christianity and traditional values must be destroyed.  This is Cultural Marxism.

stalin free speech

stalin free speechTraditional Marxism was economic in nature and pitched the poor against the ‘rich’ by engendering rage and fostering division / resentment / victimhood status amongst the poor.  It stratified society vertically.  These two groups were easy to understand but overly simplistic and did not take into account centuries of Judaeo-Christian values, the Enlightenment and so on.

“The victim stance is a powerful one. The victim is always morally right, neither responsible nor accountable and forever entitled to sympathy.”
Dr Ofer Zur, “The Psychology of Victimhood”

VC Note: the images in the paragraph above are missing as are the links to them.  “The Psychology of Victimhood” in red above hot links in the original article to this: https://tiny.cc/92s58x

Cultural Marxism was slower and more insidious, stratifying society horizontally amongst a wide variance of ethnic, social, identity, sexual orientation, religion, and other categories.  The idea is to create new victimhood groups, then make them as vocal and radical as possible, emphasising division / resentment / victimhood.  Groups must be separate but ‘allied’.

These groups could then influence cultural and societal change – far in excess of their actual importance or numbers within society.  Both types of Marxism rely on a victim, to attack traditional society / values as ‘wrong’ and therefore in need of ‘change’.  Cultural Marxists hide their origins behind Orwellian Newspeak terms such as Progressive / Liberal / Social Democrat / Labour (hiding true intentions is a hallmark).

In the late ‘20s – academics who were heavily influenced by Freudian psychoanalysis and Marxism set up a school in Frankfurt.  To hide its Marxist origins, they named it the Institute for Social Research.  People are only ‘ready’ for that when they have been primed to accept it.

The aim of the Frankfurt School (as it was to become known) – was for members to work on different areas on how to collapse Western society.  Adorno, Lukacs, Horkheimer, Munzenberg, Fromm, Reich, Marcuse and others all went on to develop their own theories in different areas, but towards the same mutual objective of destroying Western civilisation from within.

CRITICAL THEORY

Orwell - controls the past

Orwell - controls the past

The key to understanding their success is that it was steeped in Freudian ideas and the new psychological knowledge – such as social conditioning, brainwashing, propaganda and so on.  Want erode the popularity of Christianity? Simply show TV programs and movies, where Christians are stereotyped as freaks, repressed, the bad guys, dangerous zealots, etc – and the heroes as the good guys, or the victims, but sceptical and enlightened Atheists.  Sponsor shows around church scandals, past horrors (Crusades, witch-hunts, child abuse, etc) – but not around the Church as a force of good, or a priest / Christian as the hero.  Over time – new generations will rebel against their parents and choose atheism.

They developed “Critical Theory” as a tool to undermine society via Academia, which in theory would seep into politics, pop culture and accepted thinking.  Therefore, infiltrating the Universities was (and still is) the key part of the “Long March” [#12] – for as Lenin said: “Give me just one generation of youth, and I will change the world.”

Critical Theory was essentially destructive criticism of the main elements of Western culture, including Christianity, capitalism, authority, the family, patriarchy, hierarchy, morality, tradition, sexual restraint, loyalty, patriotism, nationalism, heredity, ethnocentrism, convention and conservatism.

The Marxist origins state that by creating division between victim groups, one creates tension and discord, and enough conflict can cause collapse and ultimately a state of chaos.  This “Divide and Conquer” strategy [#7] is best seen today in Obama’s race-baiting politics.  Once Chaos is reached, the plan is to present “Socialism” as “The Answer”.

This Machiavellian way of creating a problem, so people cry out for the solution you have planned in advance (Problem-Reaction-Solution) is known as the Hegelian Dialectic [#8].  It is no mistake the New World Order motto is “Ordo Ab Chao” (Order Out of Chaos) [#11].

VC Note: the image from the above section has disappeared.  This is what the link for “Long March” goes to: http://theatheistconservative.com/tag/the-long-march-through-the-institutions/   This is the link for “Divide and Conquer”  https://tiny.cc/zvc08x  This is the link for “Hegelian Dialectic” https://tiny.cc/cxc08x  & this is the link for “Order Out of Chaos” https://tiny.cc/4au58x

THE 11-STEP PLAN OF CULTURAL SUBVERSION

The Frankfurt School has 11 objectives to destroy society [#2].

  1. The creation of racism offences.
  2. Continual change to create confusion
  3. The teaching of sex and homosexuality to children
  4. The undermining of schools’ and teachers’ authority
  5. Huge immigration to destroy identity.
  6. The promotion of excessive drinking
  7. Emptying of churches
  8. An unreliable legal system with bias against victims of crime
  9. Dependency on the state or state benefits
  10. Control and dumbing down of media
  11. Encouraging the breakdown of the family

VC Note: the image that (hopefully) appears below contains these 2 non numbered “aims”: “abolish differences in the education of boys and girls” & “declare women to be an ‘oppressed class’ and men as ‘oppressors'”

frankfurt school 11 point plan

frankfurt school 11 point plan

The Nazis came to power the Frankfurt School members recognised they were not safe (since they were mainly Jewish and Marxist) – they all fled to US universities and continued their work.  Due to the massive Jewish network within US academia, they all found top positions with ease.

Some of these 11 Objectives have developed a LOT since the ‘30s – nothing stands still and there is much that is hidden. So think of these objectives in the context of the time they were created, and understand that these two, have developed massively as our world has changed.

For example – (Objective 3) “The teaching of sex and homosexuality to children”: we now have major pushes to teach kids about Transgenderism at primary school age, which has led to Parliamentary Reports recommending wholesale adoption [#3], mandatory education at Primary School age, forced gender changes against parental will, and much more.

Likewise – (Objective 5) “Huge immigration to destroy identity”: this has developed insidious sub-theories like the Coudenhove-Kalergi Plan (forced homogeneity to eliminate national and cultural identity to create a more easily manipulated ‘New European’ identity – [#4]) and the Cloward-Piven Strategy (creating social and economic collapse by overloading the Welfare State with benefit claimants – [#5]).

Another example – (Objective 6) “The promotion of excessive drinking”: developed to include drugs.  The drug-taking explosion of the 60s “counterculture”, became an even more useful tool of societal and cultural degradation than promoting alcohol abuse – a fact borne out today by continual Leftist attempts to legalise drugs, and pop culture glamorizing drug taking and criminal subculture. Long-term family breakdown, gateway into criminality, normalisation of immoral or self-harming activities – all suit the aims of the Cultural Marxists.

The Cultural Marxist ‘Critical Theories’ took hold in the tumultuous 1960s, when the Vietnam War opened a Pandora’s Box of reevaluation and revolution. The student radicals of the era were strongly influenced by revolutionary ideas, among them those of Herbert Marcuse, a member of the Frankfurt School who preach the “Great Refusal,” a rejection of all basic Western concepts and an embrace of sexual liberation, and the merits of feminist and black revolutions. His primary thesis was that university students, ghetto blacks, the alienated, the asocial, and the Third World could take the place of the proletariat in the coming Communist revolution.

Marcuse may be the most important member of the Frankfurt School in terms of the origins of Political Correctness, because he was the critical link to the counterculture of the 1960s. His objective was clear: “One can rightfully speak of a cultural revolution, since the protest is directed toward the whole cultural establishment, including morality of existing society.”

VC Note: it appears that another image has disappeared from the above section.  Here are the hot links in order–“11 Objectives” https://tiny.cc/9ec08x  “Parliamentary Reports” https://tiny.cc/gjc08x “Coudenhove-Kalergi Plan” https://tiny.cc/8lc08x  “Cloward-Piven Strategy” https://tiny.cc/poc08x and lastly from this section “counterculture” https://www.sagaciousnewsnetwork.com/?s=counterculture  

KEY CULTURAL MARXISTS

Leftists have long since said the idea of Cultural Marxism is a Right Wing “Conspiracy Theory” – yet the proof is there in the research. Here are some quotes from key players in the Cultural Marxist movement:

“The western world has been thoroughly saturated with Christianity for 2000 years… any country grounded in Judaeo-Christian values cannot therefore be overthrown until those roots are cut… but to cut the roots, to change the culture – a Long March through the institutions is necessary. Only then will power fall into our laps like ripened fruit!”
Antonio Gramsci

“…to organize the intellectuals and use them to make Western civilization stink. Only then, after they have corrupted all its values and made life impossible, can we impose the dictatorship of the proletariat.”
Willi Munzenberg

“I want a culture of pessimism … a world abandoned by God”
Georg Lukacs

“Stalin was an incompetent wuss… I will show you ow to overthrow the West!”
Herbert Marcuse

“The white races of Europe should be destroyed and replaced with a race of Eurasian-Negroids who can be easily controlled by the Elites.”
Richard Coudenhove-Kalergi, whose Pan-Europa Movement and book “Praktischer Idealmus” (1924) inspired the modern EU [#4].

VC Note: here is the link from the above section–“Cultural Marxism” https://www.sagaciousnewsnetwork.com/?s=Cultural+Marxism   

A WARNING FROM AN EX-KGB OFFICER

Lenin - socialism is communism.png

Lenin - socialism is communism.png

One of the most salutary warnings about what was going on behind the scenes with Cultural Marxism in the West, was given in an interview in 1984 by a KGB high-level defector Yuri Bezmenov [#6],  a much shorter 14-minute version pertinent to this article is also available [#9].  This is MUST WATCH material – it’s shocking to see in 1984, just how accurate Bezmenov warnings are in 2016.  This very eloquent ex-Communist had escaped the Soviet system only to discover that a far worse, more insidious evil was corrupting the West from within.

REFERENCES

In case the hyperlinks do not work in the text above, the full links are repeated here, along with a ‘search term’ to copy and paste into Google (in case the link breaks at a later date). The article referred to should be the top search result.

  1. THOUGHT PRISON: THE FUNDAMENTAL NATURE OF POLITICAL CORRECTNESS – http://tiny.cc/9bc08x
  2. FRANKFURT SCHOOL 11 POINT PLAN – http://tiny.cc/9ec08x
  3. BREITBART: UK PARLIAMENT TRANS REPORT – http://tiny.cc/gjc08x
  4. KALERGI PLAN EUROPE REFUGEES – http://tiny.cc/8lc08x
  5. CLOWARD PIVEN EUROPE – http://tiny.cc/poc08x
  6. YURI BEZMENOV SUBVERSION AND CULTURAL MARXISM – http://tiny.cc/muc08x
  7. THE DIVIDE AND CONQUER PAGES REVEAL MARXISM’S INSIDIOUS MASTER STRATEGEM – http://tiny.cc/zvc08x
  8. THE HEGELIAN DIALECTIC AND ITS USE IN CONTROLLING MODERN SOCIETY – http://tiny.cc/cxc08x
  9. KGB DEFECTOR YURI BEZMENOV’S WARNING TO AMERICA – http://tiny.cc/xrc08x
  10. ZUR INSTITUTE: THE PSYCHOLOGY OF VICTIMHOOD – http://tiny.cc/92s58x
  11. LOOKFROMABOVE: HEGELIAN DIALECTIC DEFINITION – http://tiny.cc/4au58x
  12. THE APOSTLE OF THE LONG MARCH – http://tiny.cc/4su58x

VC Note: From the section above, but not the references since you can clearly see the links there, these are the hot links in order–” Yuri Bezmenovhttps://tiny.cc/muc08x also availablehttps://tiny.cc/xrc08x 

VC Note: There were a number of “related articles” suggested at the site so I’ll include the links for them here in case you wish to pursue this topic further…

https://sagaciousnewsnetwork.com/social-engineering-via-media-101-how-to-normalize-the-absurd/

https://sagaciousnewsnetwork.com/bending-the-knee-on-the-altar-of-political-correctness-episcopal-church-removes-husband-and-wife-from-marriage-liturgy/

https://sagaciousnewsnetwork.com/political-correctness-the-weaponization-of-health-care/

https://sagaciousnewsnetwork.com/humanity-under-attack-the-tactics-of-social-engineering/

https://sagaciousnewsnetwork.com/eugenics-euthanasia-and-the-darkest-most-evil-side-of-social-engineering/

https://sagaciousnewsnetwork.com/technocracy-at-google-how-personal-data-enables-total-social-engineering/

https://sagaciousnewsnetwork.com/manufacturing-the-deadhead-a-product-of-social-engineering/

https://sagaciousnewsnetwork.com/the-social-engineering-of-the-meaning-of-life/

Going back to the Bing.com search for the original material this article came up, containing the following interesting image:

https://archive.org/details/PoliticalCorrectnessSocialEngineeringViaWeaponisingLanguage/page/n3

This article also came up in the Bing.com search:  https://sagaciousnewsnetwork.com/bertrand-russells-scientific-outlook-the-cia-social-engineering/

This article appears to contain all of the text above in a perhaps easier to read format:  http://www.theeuroprobe.org/2017-034-more-on-cultural-marxism-and-the-frankfurt-school/

The search term of the title of this post appears on a forum from 2016 it also had this link included: https://defendingthetruth.com/threads/what-is-white-supremacy.58650/

https://redgreenalliance.com/2016/02/11/political-correctness-the-postmodern-cult/

This seemingly relevant video was found when scanning other hits at Bing.com (I wonder if this is the 14 minute video mentioned above as Must Watch which now has a broken link?

https://redgreenalliance.com/2016/02/11/political-correctness-the-postmodern-cult/

This link above was where the video poster copied much of his material…

There appears to be much more out there if someone wants to dig deeper into this…

So after all my work I found this archived version of the post that appears to have all images intact & is pretty easy to read:  https://web.archive.org/web/20160227191557/https://redgreenalliance.com/2016/02/11/political-correctness-the-postmodern-cult/

These were how the above post at rga.com was classified

Finally a comment at RedGreenAlliance seemingly by the author, found at web.archive
  1. (TO BE ADAPTED FOR COPY-PASTING INTO WEBSITE COMMENT SECTIONS TO LINK BACK TO THIS ARTICLE:)

    All of Europe’s problems with this Hijrah Invasion (for that’s what it is) – can be boiled down to one key problem: POLITICAL CORRECTNESS.

    It is stifling peoples freedom of speech. It is brainwashing the youth to believe in Open Borders / Multiculturalism as some Utopian ideal – and any message that runs counter to that gets silenced by the PC thoughtcrime labels of BIGOT, LITTLE ENGLANDER, ISLAMOPHOBE, RACIST (take your pick). But when you investigate deeper – its all by design. ALL OF IT. And it stems from Cultural Marxism and insidious REAL theories like the Coudenhove-Kalergi Plan and the Cloward-Piven Strategy.

    I wrote about this on my blog. Copy and paste – wp.me/p7edMx-3
    If that doesn’t work, Google – REDGREENALLIANCE: POLITICAL CORRECTNESS

     

In conclusion it is possible that the Red Green Alliance site doesn’t work properly anymore but this specific article was archived more than 60 times in a few years…so if one wants to dig around at RGA you may have success at the Wayback Machine!

This may be the “must watch” video referenced above…it is described by youtube as

KGB defector Yuri Bezmenov’s warning to America

American Abortion Abomination…

I ran across this very moving comment on another blog:

Friday February 23rd – Open Thread

and wanted to save it & my reply to my own blog for future reference.  If the stats quoted by NorthWoodsWatcher are accurate if one even attempts to contemplate the worldwide annihilation of un/pre-born humans the overarching evil & indifference is staggering.

See the source image

from a Bing.com image search for “children are a heritage from the Lord”

What blessings, challenges, sorrows, & joys are we as a people denying ourselves, our nation, our world by rejecting & destroying God’s most precious gift–The Gift of Life?

 

 

northwoodswatcher says:

Yes, the figure quoted of babies killed since 1973 legalization of abortion is more than 60 million.

Of course, that figure only reflects surgical or medical abortions.

The figure quoted does not accurately represent the number of human beings killed by all forms of abortion. By this I mean we need to include chemical abortions.

Chemical abortion is far and away the chief mode of baby/embroyo killing in the U.S. over the past half century. As you read down this page you will see that the actual baby/embryo-killing figure is colossal.

The statistics below are from the American Life League (ALL): http://www.all.org

ALL is the largest grassroots Catholic pro-life education organization in the U.S.

Here is their abortion statistics page:http://www.all.org/learn/abortion/abortion-statistics/

FACT. Since the first states decriminalized abortion in 1967, it is estimated that more than 60,000,000 reported surgical abortions were performed in the U.S.

FACT: An estimated 1,878,990 were committed before Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court case that lifted all restrictions.

FACT: ALL estimates that the total number of surgical abortion performed in the U.S. from 1973 to 2013 is 56.5 million.

FACT: An average of 1,300,000 babies are killed annually in the U.S. through surgical abortion.

FACT: Because many contraceptive measures are abortifacients (drugs that induce or cause abortions), it is important not to overlook the number of children killed by chemical abortions. Since 1965, an average of 11 million women have used abortifacient methods of birth control in the U.S. at any given time.

FACT: Using formulas based on the way the birth control pill works, pharmacy experts project that about 14,000,000 chemical abortions occur in the U.S. each year.

FACT: ALL estimates that a total well in excess of 560,000,000 chemical abortions were performed in the U.S. between 1965 and 2005.

FACT: Using formulas based on the way the birth control pill works, pharmacy experts project that well in excess of 610,000,000 chemical abortions were performed in the U.S. between 1965 and 2009.

FACT: Since that 610,000,000 figure only takes you to 2009, you have to add in the years 2010 to 2017 — eight additional years of chemical abortions. Eight times 14,000,000 equals 112,000,000. Now add in the estimated 61,000,000 surgical and medical abortions since 1965. The total is 797,000,000.

So this is what I wanted to point out — the American abortion number is not 60,000,000-plus.

No, it is 13 times that amount.

Let’s put this mass murdering into context:
• 20,946,000 = murdered by the Nazis
• 61,911,000 = murdered by the Soviet Union (1917-1987).
• 76,692,000 = murdered by Red China (this is a moving number, since the communist Chinese still have prison camps).

IMHO, you can thank the 19th Amendment for the sorry fact that American women are far and away the top mass murderers of all time.

FACTOID: A majority of American women have consistently voted for DemonRAT in EVERY SINGLE Presidential election since Reagan vs. Carter, i.e., for the past 36 years.

Draw your own conclusions.

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  • Before I got married I went on “The Pill” so my body would have time to adjust to the changes by the wedding. I specifically grilled the doctor about the Pill being a possible abortifacient & she absolutely lied to my face that it wasn’t. Although I was only on that chemical for about a half a year after marriage I’m still haunted by the possibility that multiple children were conceived but chemically sloughed off. I did get pregnant the first month I was off the Pill after having been told it can take “many” months before one conceives.

    I warn child-bearing aged Christians I know about The Pill being an abortifacient, but am not sure that any of them are overly concerned. The blood of all these children sacrificed to “Molech” surely cries out to the Lord! May God convict, forgive, & heal us all…

     

See the source image

from a Bing.com image search for “you have done unto me”

Commenting on Mental Illness

Stella has written a thoughtful & insightful post about a pervasive crisis within society here:

This is not progress – mental illness today in the USA

 

I wanted to share my comment on her post on my blog with my readers, so here it is:

First of all, sorry for the long post, I guess I got on a bit of a roll. So I’m leaving the below “as is” & hope that I haven’t crossed any lines or offended anyone. Most of this comment is based on first or second hand experience, for what it’s worth…

Years ago a psychologist did an assessment on me & said I was “severely depressed”. Some time later, at a doctor’s visit, I mentioned to the physician that I May be “severely depressed”, assuming the assessment was accurate. He offered immediately to prescribe anti-depressants for me. I declined & he actually said “good”. I told him my “depression” (assuming it’s “real”) was likely due in large part to having a severely disabled son, being overwhelmed with the care of four young children, financial stressors, & a lack of relational support systems. I said that I needed to learn how to live within the confines of the life God has given me & didn’t want some type of drug to mask the pain (treat just the symptom). Learning to live with grace in a less-than-perfect-reality (the only kind there is) is basically the essence of the human condition.

By the way, we’ve used psych meds on almost all of my ADHD family members at one time or another. There have been some benefits from the Ritalin style meds several of them used to take. However, 3 of the 4 family members with ADHD prefer Not to use meds to mediate their symptoms. All are gainfully employed & were reasonably successful students (though each hated school to some degree historically), though this condition still impacts their communication & relationships to varying degrees.

My much more complex son was/is a more difficult case. We were pressured to put him on “Ritalin” by the school system (ilegally)–while he was still in Special Ed Pre-School. I was extremely reluctant “to drug my kid up to get some peace of mind”. Several years after the initial pressure based on psych testing & input from a physician familiar with complex special needs kids, we put him on a trial of ADHD medicine–Welbutrin. That worked for him for about a year but he began to develop strange facial tics so we switched him to Strattera. He was on that for several years & it helped his attention, but after Welbutrin was removed (an anti-depressant) his behavioral/emotional control was markedly diminished (probably more of what he was like w/out psych meds but a Huge contrast to the relative “calm” on Welbutrin). Anyway that lead to the doc prescribing Paxil for his Autism cocktail of “depression, anxiety, & obsessive compulsive disorder”.

He functioned relatively well on Strattera & Paxil for years. However Neuropsychological Testing revealed significant attentional/processing issues that might be better addressed with an additional med, Metadate (a form of Ritalin). When the combo of S, P, & M was used for him he had some significant academic gains. He worked more slowly (took his time & thought things through a bit?) but his accuracy improved practically exponentially.

This was my son who needed a Liver Transplant, and as that surgery approached, we began to discuss his entire medication regimen from the standpoint of what would be best from his liver needs as well as what could appropriately address his other medical conditions with needed meds. Ultimately it was decided that Strattera would have to go as it was notoriously hard on the liver. Ironically once that med was removed he began having some of those facial tics again, though not as severely nor as noticeably as when he was younger.

I’d been “short dosing” his Paxil for years. He’d been prescribed 5mls & we’d usually use about 3mls. When he got used to the 3mls (& the doc adjusted her script to how much we were actually using, which was much less than the “therapeutic dose”) we continued to lower his typical dose to about 1.2mls. Even with that very small dose our whole family Really Noticed his behavioral issues when he’d forgotten to take Paxil.

Eventually after the Liver Transplant my son basically self-weaned off of Paxil all together. He still struggles with his emotional control & his anxiety & OCD issues have come a bit more to the forefront without Paxil. However, even when he’s in a place of diminished emotional control he still typically chooses not to “use” Paxil as an emotional crutch. We have supported him in his choices (he’s 22 & “his own guardian” who still needs much guidance & support) but remind him that that medication is available as a tool to assist him in managing his emotional needs, if he so chooses.

Also, since taking him off Strattera his communication has gone Way Up…Since the Liver Transplant it’s almost like he’s become a different person, much more interactive, more hyper verbally, sharing thoughts & feelings more freely, etc. This is likely due to more than just the med change but does make me wonder if the Strattera was rather slowing him down, not the way Metadate did to help him do more accurate work, but like putting him more in a stupor or a fog, for years. Given the complexities of his birth liver function & the buildup of toxins system-wide prior to transplant there’s really no way to know. I just wanted to mention it because the changes we observe(d) were likely due to multiple factors….

We are a Christian family, & this son, even more than all the rest of us “normal” family members, has an extremely vibrant relationship with the Lord. When he is facing intense emotional turmoil we encourage him to spend focused time with the Lord, reading Scripture, praying, & worshiping. This he does quite frequently. I remind him that one of the Fruits of the Spirit (according to Scripture) is Self-Control. Even though he is “wired” in his natural state to have less self-control, given the nature of most of his medical conditions, the Power of God is greater than his diagnoses & the Lord can help him come to a place of managing his emotional/behavioral challenges.

When he’s in an overblown state he’s often irrational in the heat of the moment, perhaps for a couple of minutes. However, we encourage him to step back (take a time out), use breathing techniques (& other skills gained via years of therapy, trial & error, or “professional input” from me–I’m a non-practicing Licensed Professional Counselor), engage the Lord directly, let us pray for/with him, etc. Anyway, usually these things work pretty quickly for him though due to “perseveration” (where he gets stuck in a mental or emotional groove) he may need A Lot of Processing Time, retreading the same ground over memories, hurts, confusion, & communication techniques & challenges…

This is all a Very Long Haul Process…

Years back I wondered if he would grab a weapon & do me bodily harm. As a grade schooler up through the junior high years he used to ball his fist & raise it over his head & his whole body/soul would shake as he wrestled with his extreme desire to punch me in the face. He never did such a punch. However he used to shove, hit, & claw at all family members but his dad (unless he was in an Extreme out of control rage) & appeared to deliberately enjoy inflicting physical &/or emotional harm when he was past the point of caring. He has come An Extremely Long Way since those more difficult days. He still seems to enjoy pushing other people’s buttons, just a little bit, & also throwing others under the bus…but then again, who doesn’t???! He still has his struggles & sometimes still “acts out” verbally or physically, but he de-escalates quickly & is usually truly sorry & repentant pretty quickly. I’d love to see the seas calmed before the storm hits, when the clouds are dark & heavy the the swells on the increase but apparently Jesus still sleeps in the boat well of my son’s soul until the storm has hit & his overwhelmed follower rouses Him so that even “the wind & the waves obey Him”…

Anyway, the bottom line is that I believe that mental/emotional illness is real & it is not automatically evidence of “demonic” oppression as many Believers have suggested over the generations. As a Christian I believe that God is the Creator of All Things, including mankind. As such it’s important to read the manual (Bible) in order to find out the best way for the human creation to function. Our personal experiences of living with complex mental/emotional “illnesses” have shown that the Power of God is able heal our wounded hearts & minds. He can enable us to “rise above” our “nature” & submit ourselves to His Lordship. Medication, Therapy, Supportive Relationships, Practice, & Consistent Reinforcement can all play a BIG ROLE in how well one might “overcome” or learn reasonably successful coping strategies to wrestle our own personal “demons”.

However, society at large, especially one steeped in secularism, political correctness, & lefty thinking is wholly inadequate to address the real and abiding needs of the mentally ill, chemically dependent, & certain types of severe disabilities. As such a modern rendition of some type of institutional system (NOT Prison) should be investigated, implemented, & evaluated and this is a need of crisis proportions. As this is a social problem it needs attention from society. Balancing the needs of the client/patient with those of society at large will possibly take a degree of wisdom not seen since Solomon. Having Federal Support/Oversight with Local Control seems like the most reasonable approach. Using faith-based systems in place might be a good starting place.

There probably will never be any type of complete solution to this problem. It seems akin to what Jesus said “the poor you will have with you always”…but it must also be tempered with another of the Lord’s sayings: “whatever you have done to the least of these, you have done unto Me!”. The final guidance should be “do unto others as you would have others do unto you” (or your parent/spouse/child/friend/co-worker)…

Just my 2 cents…for free!

May God Guide & Direct Us as we seek to address these glaring needs…

The Conservative Treehouse Must Read Article!!!

There are many links within the original article that help put the pieces together about politically motivated corruption and possibly treasonous illegal activity by the “deep state” and related players…This is a Bombshell of info!  Please consider checking it out & seeing (in part) just how deep the rabbit hole might go…

 

via How The FBI and DOJ Intelligence Units Were Weaponized Around Congressional Oversight…

V-J Day – Victory over Japan

I’m putting this on Special Connections as another placeholder to develop more later. My birth grandfather, my mom’s birth father, fought as a Marine in the Pacific Theater…so I want to expand on the VJ-Day Theme as a way to honor his memory & service.

Please read Stella’s original post! Blessings

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August 15, 1945, was the day that Japan made their official announcement of surrender. This is a bit confusing, because that was actually August 14 in the United States! August 15 is the official V-J Day for the UK.

V-J Day Celebration, Times Sq.

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We Just Need To Ignore The Rain

Source: We Just Need To Ignore The Rain

I’m going to write some thoughts on this topic later, after reading the original comments section…so this is currently a place-holder, to be developed further later.

 

However, if you’ve come here please consider reading the original post–it’s very good.  God Bless YOU!