What does our future hold?

Glenn may be on vacation, but he is still keeping up with the news of the day. He authored the article below late last night, giving his opinion on the latest news in the Middle East, Ferguson, and the U.S. economy and what it means for you.

What does our future hold? Chaos, a reign of blood and horror across the whole of the earth? Or a peace, prosperity and freedom our founders could not even have imagined.

I choose the latter. I choose to live in a world where we are all in it together. Where we choose by our own free will to belong to something bigger than ourselves, where we are heard and we listen to others. I will, with all the creative power contained with in my simple human form, be a part of a generation that strive to have control over my own life, while I help build up others so they may do the same.

Make no mistake, life is a choice. Just as ones silence is indeed a powerful form of speech, when we refuse to make a choice - we are indeed making one. We are choosing to accept what ever comes our way. The problem is, "what comes our way" is almost always something we regret.

This time, I believe, what is coming our way has a price tag that no human will be willing to pay.

Please let me explain, and while I do, I ask that you put aside your opinion of me, whether it be good or bad. I only ask you to hear me out, ponder the questions I raise, use critical thinking and trust yourself.  If you disagree and you can make a cogent case, I will be the first to celebrate, as I do not wish for what I am showing you to be our future.

I have seen this movie before.

In 1998, I spoke to the listeners of WABC in New York City.  I warned them of Osama bin Laden and said that by playing politics there would be blood, bodies and buildings in the streets of New York within ten years and it would be done by Osama bin Laden.At the time, conservatives told me that I was just "helping Clinton distract the nation from his lies". I did not want that to be true. I prayed that it wouldn't be, but because we the people didn't want to think about it, our politicians were too busy working special favors with the Saudis, and our media no longer functioned as a compass, we lost an opportunity that we will never have again.

After 9/11, we changed forever in ways we now don't even want to think about.  Just remember what America was like before Homeland Security, secret courts, and full body scanners at the airports.  I wish more would have considered the warning I gave, and I certainly never hoped it would lead to collective apathy.

Recently, those in DC, who for years have been blinded by their own political interests, are now beginning to warn us of new disasters that, they, for years mocked and said were "warped fantasies and delusions."

For years I spoke of the Mahdi, the 12th Imam and those who had a religious worldview that encouraged chaos that would wash the world in blood to 'hasten the return of the promised one’. How they first wanted and needed a caliphate centered in Iraq.I was called "crazy", "delusional" and a "fear monger". Now the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff says, the group that has indeed now established a caliphate: "is an organization that has an apocalyptic, end-of- days strategic vision.”

Is he a fear monger and crazy?  Or is he right?

He is right!

However, the time to deal with this dangerous ideology in the way currently being discussed, has passed.  The caliphate poses a new and much more dangerous global threat. One that could change the entire world forever.

One very real and possible outcome is World War 3.  It doesn't take much wargaming to see this as a very real scenario and one that does not end well for anyone other than those hoping to "hasten the return of the promised one".

Please understand, I am not offering a global solution. Instead, I am merely asking you to stop and examine the storm clouds we are now seeing gather and to take a moment and think out loud with me.

If we put all of the turmoil together and really examine the possible and probable outcomes, what happens?  If just a few things begin to fall, even into the natural state of entropy, what does the world look like in one year? Five years? Ten?

If only half of what I will spell out comes to pass, it will result in chaos and trouble beyond the understanding of our politicians and our visionless media. It will fall on the shoulders of each of us as neighbors, friends and parents to guide our nation and world in a peaceful, free and loving direction. If we have not mentally, physically and spiritually healed and prepared ourselves, we just may fail the calling of our time.

Let's just look at the rough outlines of what the world is facing.

Sides are being drawn. New alliances and old hatreds.Syria, Iran, and Russia are now beginning to play on the same team.  The US, Saudi Arabia,and Qatar (and by extension, the Muslim Brotherhood) on the other.

China and Russia finishing a dollarless relationship. Israel on the ropes, the free market system becoming corrupted, debt, taxes and spying on our own citizens on the rise.

Rising food and gas prices, unemployment, and a cold winter coming with the shuttering of coal fired plants due to new EPA regulations.

Our youth strapped with debt beyond comprehension and no way to pay it off and no promise of jobs when they leave school.

The Fed just now beginning to worry about the devaluation of the dollar, the streets of the US beginning to go unstable, the militarization of our own police force,  radical Islam, anarchists and communists all separately working to destabilize the Western world. Meanwhile, the average citizen has growing apathy and declining faith in a unifying culture.

Why worry?

Why would we even need a president that spends a little less time on the golf course or a congress that worried less about election and more about the principles behind our country?

If the issues that I raise here are not just flatly ignored by the media they will be mocked ... again. At this point it is laughably expected.

Look at the record and the history of the globe. Do not fall for distractions or politics.  Assume that I have only the worst intentions to make money in some sort of solid gold World War 3 bomb shelter and cable network. I want you to accept the worst, as it will force you to not trust me, but trust the facts and your own ability to reason.

Begin here: ask yourself ‘Why is this crazy?’ What makes us, at this time, able to suspend the laws of finance, common sense, or the arc of history. The arc of history has been bent back in the past but always through great movements like that of Gandhi or the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King. Where is that great movement today?

What are the actual economic principles that change the outcome? Know that you are capable of finding the answers. The wealth of a nation works on the exact same principles as your household wealth. Do not rely on others, rely on yourself. Do your own homework and find out what is true.

Look at history for answers. When we look at the Middle East, first read about the 12th Imam and what those who follow him really believe. Compare and contrast with what you know about "end of days" and "religious zealots" in the west. Would we dismiss any Christian here in America if he believed these things? Do the stories at the end of the Christian Bible match up with the end times belief found with the Twelvers? If so, how? Are their "good guys" the same as ours?  If not, why?  What do they do when the 12th Imam is in charge? Do they more closely align with our version of "the bad guys"?  Why?

Remember, I am not asking you to believe what these people believe, for I find it irrational and deeply disturbing. I only ask you to investigate and then ask yourself, do they believe it? For an answer to that look to who the Ayatollah Khomeini banned as "too dangerous" for revolutionary Iran in 1980.

Editor's Note: For more on The Twelfth Imam, TheBlaze TV subscribers can watch Rumors of War. The documentary covers many of the issues Glenn raises in this post

Next, domestically, can you name ONE nation in the entire history of the world that was $17 trillion in debt and survived. How about $10 trillion? 5?

Next, ask why we think it will end differently this time? Can you make sense and explain to a friend the logic of "quantitative easing"? Is it more than just fancy talk for money printing? Can you find ONE surviving nation that has done this, let alone that has done this to the tune of 4 trillion dollars? How did it work out for them? Now explain using real concrete terms, logic and reason how The Federal Reserve will ensure that this time it ends positively. Explain it to another in real and concrete ways.  Do they find it logical?  Possible?  Plausible?

I don't think I need to guide you further than these questions. If you just answer those questions and maybe read ‘The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire’ by Gibbons, you will see the historic pathway we are currently on.

Now ask:  Is this the way you want it to end? I do not. I, personally, do not  know of a Democrat, Republican or Independent that does want it to end that way. In fact, even those Americans that are routing for an entirely new system of government, do not "hope" for this dark outcome. They believe we can navigate these waters and arrive at a new America just as the Egyptian people believed their utopia was just over the horizon during the Arab Spring. They now are seeing the cold of the Arab Winter.

Do you want to be remembered in all of the history books as the generation that allowed the greatest experiment in self rule to apathetically slip away in to the darkness?  More importantly, what will our children and grandchildren say about all of us when they are our age? Will they look and ask how were we so blind or with pride in their eyes will they ask how did we muster the courage to face the truth and change the course of history?

We must stop listening to those playing catch up on what is already here and begin to see what is coming.

I am indeed asking you to choose the blue or red pill. But seeing things for how they really are does not mean the outcome is set. It just means we must all figure out how specifically we are going to alter the course.  But mocking the theory, ignoring the history or simply turning a blind eye makes us all part of the problem, and our outcome sets itself a little firmer each passing day.

Here is the good news: Americans are problem solvers. "We do these things not because they are easy, we but because they are hard" and we are always the better for it.

There are solutions. They will not be easy, but they are simple and we must find them together. We must work toward them, so we do not just survive, but so we leave a better world for our children. A world without the shackles of our debt and our shame.

We must stop marching in the streets and instead fix reason firmly in her seat and question even the very existence of God. In today's world, we are told there are things we are not allowed to say, think or question. But Jefferson said the opposite. He urged citizens to take up the most sacred of belief and "question with boldness", for he believed, “if there be [a God], He must surely rather honest questioning over blindfolded fear.”

Please hear me, we must put our differences aside, humble ourselves, and begin to hear each other, find our common values, accept the responsibility of our own lives and families. We must come together as one people, united on those things men have always found self evident.

We are all indeed created equal and given by that creator certain rights that no man or government can ever alter or destroy.  Among them, meaning there are many more, are:

I have a right to live.

You cannot kill me without a warrant, a jury trial and all that goes with it.  No drones or secret courts.

I have a right to liberty.

You cannot detain me, search me or spy on me without a warrant, probable cause, a constitutional court and limits on the governments right.

I have a right to property.

This is why I pursue what makes me happy.  I get to keep the fruit of my labors.   I earned it.  If I earned it illegally than see the first and second right and follow the steps.   If not, I may use it legally as I see fit without shame.

But these rights also imply responsibility.

If we merely focus on our rights we must recognize that we indeed will lose them to some future tyrant cloaked as a father, uncle, caretaker and servant.   Someone will always be there to compassionately take away all of your pain that comes from personal responsibility. But just like opiates are a godsend for the relief of pain, they come with a heavy price. In the end, if you use them unwisely, do not get off them quickly, or begin to ride the high, you will become a slave to them. If you are still unwilling to pay that now heavy price of deeper pain and suffering you will, in the end, die.

Some opioids are clearly marked "for end of life use only". They are so powerful that there is no way for the patient to recover from the effects of the drugs but they keep the patient calm, at peace and blissfully unaware of their pending death? Are the painkillers being prescribed for our marked "end of life use only"? If not how do we safely begin to wean ourselves off?

We must face our addiction to fiction. Let us begin to speak and listen to the hard truths. Let us look for those who will tell us the hard truth and run from those who tell us they can make all of our problems go away pain free. Especially if they tell you that it is mainly the fault of one group or another.  We must reject the seeds of collective nationalism, book burning, and loyalty oaths.

Instead, let us come together, really listen to one another, then listen to common sense.  Let the meanest among us soften our hearts and believe again that it is true that man indeed can rule himself.

Let us be remembered as giants who conquered the specter of fear.  Let us work together to build a better America, one that is more tolerant and free.  One that once again, and maybe for the first time truly understands responsibility, justice and mercy.

We are on the verge of mighty man made miracles the likes of which humankind has never dared to dream, let alone experienced or witnessed.  Great and wondrous achievements are just beyond the horizon, but we must stick together, individually choose to carry one another if we must, but do so with a common love for self evident truth.

This was one of the first homesteads in the area in the 1880's and was just begging to be brought back to its original glory — with a touch of modern. When we first purchased the property, it was full of old stuff without any running water, central heat or AC, so needless to say, we had a huge project ahead of us. It took some vision and a whole lot of trust, but the mess we started with seven years ago is now a place we hope the original owners would be proud of.

To restore something like this is really does take a village. It doesn't take much money to make it cozy inside, if like me you are willing to take time and gather things here and there from thrift shops and little antique shops in the middle of nowhere.

But finding the right craftsman is a different story.

Matt Jensen and his assistant Rob did this entire job from sketches I made. Because he built this in his off hours it took just over a year, but so worth the wait. It wasn't easy as it was 18"out of square. He had to build around that as the entire thing we felt would collapse. Matt just reinforced the structure and we love its imperfections.

Here are a few pictures of the process and the transformation from where we started to where we are now:

​How it was

It doesn't look like much yet, but just you wait and see!

By request a photo tour of the restored cabin. I start doing the interior design in earnest tomorrow after the show, but all of the construction guys are now done. So I mopped the floors, washed the sheets, some friends helped by washing the windows. And now the unofficial / official tour.

The Property

The views are absolutely stunning and completely peaceful.

The Hong Kong protesters flocking to the streets in opposition to the Chinese government have a new symbol to display their defiance: the Stars and Stripes. Upset over the looming threat to their freedom, the American flag symbolizes everything they cherish and are fighting to preserve.

But it seems our president isn't returning the love.

Trump recently doubled down on the United States' indifference to the conflict, after initially commenting that whatever happens is between Hong Kong and China alone. But he's wrong — what happens is crucial in spreading the liberal values that America wants to accompany us on the world stage. After all, "America First" doesn't mean merely focusing on our own domestic problems. It means supporting liberal democracy everywhere.

The protests have been raging on the streets since April, when the government of Hong Kong proposed an extradition bill that would have allowed them to send accused criminals to be tried in mainland China. Of course, when dealing with a communist regime, that's a terrifying prospect — and one that threatens the judicial independence of the city. Thankfully, the protesters succeeded in getting Hong Kong's leaders to suspend the bill from consideration. But everyone knew that the bill was a blatant attempt by the Chinese government to encroach on Hong Kong's autonomy. And now Hong Kong's people are demanding full-on democratic reforms to halt any similar moves in the future.

After a generation under the "one country, two systems" policy, the people of Hong Kong are accustomed to much greater political and economic freedom relative to the rest of China. For the protesters, it's about more than a single bill. Resisting Xi Jinping and the Communist Party means the survival of a liberal democracy within distance of China's totalitarian grasp — a goal that should be shared by the United States. Instead, President Trump has retreated to his administration's flawed "America First" mindset.

This is an ideal opportunity for the United States to assert our strength by supporting democratic values abroad. In his inaugural address, Trump said he wanted "friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world" while "understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their interests first." But at what point is respecting sovereignty enabling dictatorships? American interests are shaped by the principles of our founding: political freedom, free markets, and human rights. Conversely, the interests of China's Communist Party are the exact opposite. When these values come into conflict, as they have in Hong Kong, it's our responsibility to take a stand for freedom — even if those who need it aren't within our country's borders.

Of course, that's not a call for military action. Putting pressure on Hong Kong is a matter of rhetoric and positioning — vital tenets of effective diplomacy. When it comes to heavy-handed world powers, it's an approach that can really work. When the Solidarity movement began organizing against communism in Poland, President Reagan openly condemned the Soviet military's imposition of martial law. His administration's support for the pro-democracy movement helped the Polish people gain liberal reforms from the Soviet regime. Similarly, President Trump doesn't need to be overly cautious about retribution from Xi Jinping and the Chinese government. Open, strong support for democracy in Hong Kong not only advances America's governing principles, but also weakens China's brand of authoritarianism.

After creating a commission to study the role of human rights in U.S. foreign policy, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrote last month that the principles of our Constitution are central "not only to Americans," but to the rest of the world. He was right — putting "America First" means being the first advocate for freedom across the globe. Nothing shows the strength of our country more than when, in crucial moments of their own history, other nations find inspiration in our flag.

Let's join the people of Hong Kong in their defiance of tyranny.

Matt Liles is a writer and Young Voices contributor from Austin, Texas.

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