Armageddon or Freedom. Choose

….John of Patmos. Now, we know the answer. What was incomprehensible to him is now seen. In the End Times all, we were told, would be known.

No one has to tell you that America's economy is melting just like the Wicked Witch of the East. The stock market is slipping south; the currency market is volatile; more Americans every day face eviction; and naturally the government is grabbing food for its own use. Suppliers of food, intended to be used for long term storage, are being confiscated; the contracts signed with buyers, ignored.

To the chagrin of the US Senate laws intended to fight terrorism that provided common data bases for law enforcement at the county, state, and federal levels, are now being applied to all crime. Those data bases are being used as I write. And crime is what the Executive Branch says it is. Scary thought.

Many of those serving in the Senate, not known for their rectitude, are chagrined. Everyone, even those serving in Congress, have limits and the limits have been reached for most of us.

Questions are being raised. Let's consider for a moment what questions really need to be asked. Those questions frame the dialogue that creates world in which we live. This is why there was that almost physical shiver of fear among the power elite when Ron Paul was actively eviscerating that paradigm last year. “We just walked in, we can just come home!” said Paul of our presence in Iraq. Words and acts build the walls of our world; they also tear down one, building another.

The Paul response to our presence in Iraq powered a movement still redefining how we view nearly everything. And slowly the boundaries that kept us is the carefully constructed world where 'just wars' are directed against nations that have resources desired by major corporations, have stopped making sense. Ron Paul makes sense; his words spoke truth. He gave his supporters hope, real hope instead of hype.

Many people no longer think voting makes any difference. The revelations of such people as Bev Harris of Black Box Voting tells us she is right. We grow uneasy at the focus and expense of campaigning that means nothing. People continue to look for people who offer something they can believe in.

Many people are very positive about at least one part of the present Republican ticket. The Palin nomination for Vice President was an attempt to redirect the power of the Ron Paul Revolution to another focus. While her selection was the product of masterly stage managing, it is working.

Palin has not yet proven herself to be just another politician. Therefore people can hope. She is a woman; therefore many are eager to trust. She is a mother; therefore many want to love her.

The question there is whether the politically not so naïve Palin, who has very willingly abandoned positions that proved to be unpopular before, will remain controllable. Palin is already placing herself at the top of the ticket; reflecting that she knows what she brings to the table. Appearing with McCain in Iowa, attendees began walking out 5 minutes into the McCain speech. And the poll associated with my article, “Sarah Palin, Ron Paul and Perception versus Reality” showed indications that support for Palin, increases if she sheds McCain. Knowing she has the traction this may well be more a Palin Presidency than anyone, especially McCain, imagined. The other picks provide no potential surprises. Would anyone care if Biden announced he was a transsexual? Probably not, even if anyone could remember who he is.

The present Wag the Dog Extravaganza, put on to distract and provide desperately needed framing for the same old bunch of political and media subcontractors to the Prime Powers is really irrelevant in the long term but it certainly provides color and insight.

Over and over again, people are looking for answers and hope. They found that in Dr. Paul; they are finding that in Sarah Palin, and they are finding new meaning in old words, understanding that may well bring new hope from a very unexpected direction. As America retreats into third world status Americans are finding new meaning in old words.

What is now unfolding has an amazing similarity to the scenario laid out in Revelations. If you understand the Beast in Revelations not as a living thing but as a human invention many things make sense, strangely enough. The Beast is a creature like no man had ever seen.

Revelations 4

[6] And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind.

[7] And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle.

[8] And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.

What was John seeing? Was it spoiled fish or something yet to come? Among the visions of death and disaster came a warning.

Revelations 7

[3] Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.

John of Patmos warned against outrages against the Earth. Very environmentally appropriate and remarkably relevant for today.

Revelations 9

[20] And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk:

[21] Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.

It sounds as if John could have been seeing the impact of corporate greed on the Earth. Today corporations are using the power of money to own the water we drink, control the air we breath, and the food we need to survive. It would explain a lot if the curious amalgamation of corporations, private and corporate, were the many headed Beast. Corporations on the multinational level and the 'governments' that are, in fact, themselves corporations, have blended to the point where you cannot define where one stops and another begins.

Revelations 17

[8] The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.

“..and it is not, and yet is?” Sounds like what a corporation would look like to someone used to real people. Corporations are made up entities, existing only through our suspension of disbelief.

Revelations 21

[5] And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.

[6] And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.

And that sounds like we will come through this to a new world. Hope is a wonderful thing to have now as we experience the final logic of corporate greed in all its forms. Remember that as the meltdown continues.

As our economy melts we watch dollars issued by a private corporation, the Federal Reserve Bank, used to bail out other corporations, for instance AIG, Fanny Mae and their friends. The corporation that is authorizing those bailouts is yet another corporation, the one we think of, incorrectly, as a government. That is the Municipal Corporation of the District of Columbia. In case you did not know its charter was issued from the State of Delaware in 1871. You probably know that the Federal Reserve Bank is a private corporation owned, mostly, by European banks.

I bet you did not know that your town, county, and state are also…..corporations. You can check this out by looking up their Dunn and Bradstreet EIN numbers and then inquiring where their incorporating papers were filed.

Corporations, are not people in the sense St. John knew them, but defined by statute as persons against all reason to avoid accountability. All of these artificial entities are joined at the hip. We see them as Halliburton, Koch Industries, your local county, the State of California, the Federal Government on ad nauseum. But they are all corporations hiding behind a fiction. They pretend to be people; they are not. We are the people.

The world is about to change and Revelations makes it clear who is going to get it in the neck.

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