Anatomy Of A Cult: How Members Are Manipulated

by J. Lee Anatomy of a Cult Matthew 7:15 (King James Bible) Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Most cults are born out of the need for people to belong. When a person joins a cult they no longer feel they are on the outside looking in. They become part of a group that embraces them. They probably feel accepted, loved, special and wanted for the first time in their life. A cult becomes family to the most vulnerable of society. Leaders…

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Trump And Bannon Are Changing The Way We Think – Is It For The Better?

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by Tony Wyman Steve Bannon, one-time adviser to President Trump and current editor of Breitbart News – a far-right political website that mixes hard news with tabloid sensationalism, has perfected a method of dialogue that is changing the way people think. What Mr. Bannon does is he takes an extremist position and hopes his readers will follow him at least 75% of the way. Let’s look at immigration, as an example. Immigrants to this country are substantially less likely to commit crimes than native-born Americans. Legal immigrants, for example, are 69%…

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Our Nation’s Foundations – Lesson Ten: Judicial Branch

by Oletta Branstiter One of the three equal but separate branches of our government is the Judicial Branch. Its purpose is inscribed above the entrance to the Supreme Court Building: “Equal Justice Under the Law.” Add summaries of the following information to a second third of the roof of your graphic. The Judicial Branch of our government currently consists of nine Supreme Court Justices and many federal court judges that are nominated by the President and approved by the Senate. These justices and judges may serve for life. The number of…

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Art Should Reveal Uncomfortable Truths

To Kill a Mockingbird book cover

by Oletta Branstiter Should art be created to make us feel comfortable? The school district in Biloxi, Mississippi recently decided to eliminate To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, from the 8th-grade reading list. The reason? “Language in the book makes some people uncomfortable.” Was the complaint based on the historical and contextual use of the word “nigger”? Or was it more insidious? Do the objections reflect the same lack of understanding that led to the banning of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, by Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain?…

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Trump’s Malignant Normality And The Historical Precursors

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by Tony Wyman Malignant Normality and the rise of Donald Trump The effect of Donald Trump’s election as President of the United States has been to create a state of what Dr. Robert Jay Lifton, psychiatrist and author of studies on the psychological effects of war and political violence, calls “malignant normality.” We’ve seen, over the period that Mr. Trump has maintained his position of prominence on the American stage, a gradual and begrudging acceptance of the president’s crude and belligerent treatment of others, from foreign leaders to fellow Americans,…

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National Unity Rests On Pillars Of Principle

Pillars representing five styles of architecture

by Oletta Branstiter Unity rests on the strength of our Principles. When I teach Our Nation’s Foundations to 5th and 6th graders, I create a huge graphic on a Library wall that includes metaphorical representations of our Republic. My purpose is to portray our nation’s government founded on solid ground and strong ideological support. My hope is that these lessons will inspire unity on those principles so that the next generation will work to restore our Constitutional Republic.   The bottom layer of Bedrock represents the Natural Law of our…

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Trump’s Ethnic Nationalism is Not the Same as Reagan’s Civic Nationalism

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by Tony Wyman Trump’s Ethnic Nationalism America’s last nationalist president was Ronald Reagan, but there was a stark difference between the nationalism of the country’s 40th and 45th presidents. In 1980, when the country elected Ronald Reagan president by a 51% to 41% margin, America was reeling from the failures of the Carter Administration. Soaring unemployment, the humiliation of the Iranian hostage crisis and the resultant military catastrophe during our attempt to rescue them, the decline in American prestige around the world and an overarching sense of pessimism about the…

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Why Did Christopher Columbus Set Sail in 1492? Perhaps Because He Was A Jew.

by Oletta Branstiter Indigenous People’s Day Congratulations, Denver, Berkeley, Santa Cruz, Los Angeles and dozens of other cities. You’ve jumped onto the politically correct bandwagon and replaced Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day. Would these city council members have preferred that explorers just stay home? Do they wish Columbus and his entourage had stayed in Spain? By focusing on the negative narratives of “New World” discoveries, these cities are furthering a narrative that continues a history of prejudice, in more ways than one. Italian Americans have expressed their opposition to…

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Renewing National Unity By Restoring Reliance On Providence

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by Oletta Branstiter What happened To National Unity? Remember how united we were after the terror attacks of September 11, 2001? What happened? In sixteen short years – less than a generation – we’ve lost our fundamental fellowship. The first blow to our unity in the aftermath of this tragedy was the administration of Barrack Hussein Obama. He spent too much time and effort sowing and nurturing seeds of racial division. His negative pronouncements denied the very cultural achievements that procured the election of a President with African-American heritage. As…

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Our Nation’s Foundations – Lesson Seven: Free Enterprise Capitalism

Store front mural of "Mr Money Bags" - the iconic character of the Monopoly Game

by Oletta Branstiter Our Nation’s Foundations – Lesson Seven: Free Enterprise By now, if you’ve been “building” a wall graphic or virtual computer graphic representing Our Nation’s Foundations, your picture includes the bottom layer of “Bedrock” – The Natural Law of Unalienable Rights, “Bricks” – The Rule of Law in a Republic, the first Four “Pillars” of Principle: Limited Government, Individual Liberty, Personal Responsibility, and National Security. Our final Pillar of Principle is Free Enterprise. Add another pillar and let students place summary notes on the graphic. Let’s Make a…

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