The Great Generation VS The generation Of Terrorism And Hate!

They charged into machine gun fire willingly and enthusiastically! As their brothers in Normandyfront of them were torn apart by the shower of Nazi bullets they ignored their screams of pain and anguish. Instead they picked up the rifles and ammo from their falling bodies before it got wet. They then ran on into the hail of burning lead knowing the call of the same destiny.

How could men do this? They had a vision, a commitment and most of all nothing else mattered more at that moment.  It was for a just and honorable cause, the lives of their wives, their families and all that American’s believed in, Freedom!

I have long wondered how humans could commit to such a destiny when they have known so much more?  Surely it was not everyone but in the rush to shore those not so willing to sacrifice their lives were dragged along in the current of screaming human flesh rushing to the call of death and destiny.  It was for a great cause, it was for an honorable cause, it was for a human cause, it was for God and Country!  No matter how good the goal (and I never question these great men)  it still spoke of one mysterious magic, something hard to define and explain, the willingness to die for something you believe in! I have always wondered, marveled and been thankful for these men, one of which was my father, whose uniform still hangs in my closet. He did not die in WWII, though he was a medic there on the bleeding grounds covered with bodies; however, he was brave and I am proud of him.

In contrast, just this week I was given a new understanding of how Islamic Terrorism arises and how in many ways it may grow from an energy similar to that which drove the men on Normandy Beach (note I am in no way comparing the soldiers on Normandy Beach to the evil vile nature of terrorists!  My only question is how men can willingly give up their lives for a cause.)  In the “news” we saw the Home.Terrorist.Republican.Shooterface of James T Hodgkinson, a homegrown American Terrorist.

Why do I label him a terrorist?  Is it not clear that he knew he would die just to kill a few dozen congressmen? Is it not clear that nothing else mattered more at that moment than killing these “evil” humans who had let him and his country down (at least in his mind)?  With this event in mind, I think that if we keep an open mind, we can see what makes for terrorists!

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If you don’t recall the atmosphere of  WWII America (and neither do I personally, I was not born yet), the historical records can make it more clear.

Just look at the Cartoons that were on every movie screen to get a quick idea of how immersed even the children of America were it the war for our very survival.

So I say Congratulations to the fake news media!  They have demonstrated the basic technique for turning a person into a killing machine with no regard for their own life. It appears to me that the magical recipe for home growing a terrorist is fake news,   24 hour a day media repeating and distorting every possible event in America to polarize those who forget they have the power to click the remote to OFF!   How about FaceBook?  Go on most anyone’s facebook page and you will find a mirror of their self deception.  As they block and unfriend the opinions they don’t like they begin to swim in a mirror of what they choose to believe.  When “news media” makes up any message for grim.reapermoney and audience, there is no longer any intent upon sharing the truth of world events and politics.  The goal is stirring a frenzy of news consumer emotions and depicting any conflicting news as fake news.  Now you have the recipe for home grown terrorists!  Make  the opposing viewpoint the “fake news”  while you are to be seen as the voice of freedom. Now you have a captive audience!  Forget about the truth, people don’t stay with you for the truth it is too boring and it requires too much thinking.  Feed the frenzy of self deception and make claim to your audience! There is no one to stop you it would seem. Who will die next before we put a stop to Fake News! 

 

 

 

 

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The Joy Of American Culture – and Its MeetUps

In Europe the “well educated” and those with centuries old ancestry may at times look down on America as neo-nascent, primitive and lacking culture but they are wrong. Our gift of culture is a lack of “being their culture” and an ongoing effort of us to create and re-create ours. Let me explain!

Yesterday I was privileged to host a small MeetUp group of bright diverse thinkers. We meetupcall ourselves M’s Conversationalists. We are one of many others, a phenomenon that is an echo of 1776 as a way of thinking. We are often the echo of openness to diverse cultures that drives people to leave their homes on the other side of the Earth to come and join us. Join us so that they might  experience America. What does this have to do with meetUps?

Consider our small group or another I belong to. In these groups there are what some might call “bleeding heart” liberals,  there are some “staunch” stubborn conservatives, there are Libertarians, there are theists, there are atheists, there are those who chose to seek fun each day,  there are  those who seek complexity and depth and there are even those whose heart is filled with the cultural beauty of their religious heritage but no belief in God himself.  The diversity is astoundingly American.  The tolerance is astoundingly American.  Oddly enough it is not immune to manipulation. It is part of  something recently driven to near civil war by the efforts of “intellectuals elitists”  who think they know so much more than us “average” American people, something they can manipulate via the new media.  This is something that FaceBook, Twitter and the likes does with great power and  deceptive tyranny.

Think of it for just a moment so you can see how our MeetUp can at times be quite the opposite. In FaceBook during the recent election, if you had a strong liberal or conservative viewpoint, many  people succumbed to the desire to “unfriend”  or “mute” the conversations of frequently annoying self-love-65693_640opposing viewpoints (especially those driven by elitist celebrities or right wing extremists). It became tiresome to listen to the statements or see the posted images describing viewpoints that showed Hillary or Trump in ways our “intuition” told us was ridiculous! So little by little people cut off the sounds of voices that challenged their chosen paradigm.  Day after day their discussion room grew smaller and smaller,  and the walls shinier and brighter until all they could see in them was a reflection of themselves kissing themselves for being so right!  This is the frightening and divisive potential side of social media, even in America!  It is how terrorists (Islamic or otherwise) can raise up an Army of fanatics that will kill people of opposing viewpoints.

On the other side there are many Americans who have chosen for centuries to not be deluded by the limitations of cultural, religious, or even intellectual academic arrogance. We called this phenomena America and it is why people still come to us from diverse cultures, religions and thinking.  It is a potential openness to eclectic ideas, diverse art expression, unusual music, varied foods, new cultures and more.  We Americans, in fact, have an appetite for change and a desire to try the new. I believe it is what makes us the most creative nation on Earth and if kept alive, will make us a nation of survivors and leaders that history has yet to know.   But what does this have to do with a a meetup of mostly retired people in South Florida? Everything!

The rules of a good meetup are: civility, tolerance, humor, intelligence, some knowledge, a willingness to think outside the box,  a willingness to think,  a willingness to share and unite-1830758_640defend you opinion, an openness to sharing who you are,  an acceptance of the importance of knowing people who think differently than you do and at least hear their values, certainly an appreciation of the value of change and the courteous patience to listen without interruption.  What comes of this is not that you may change your mind on issues but that you get to know that those who differ with you have as good a heart as you do!  You may also realize that no matter how much you read or think you know, you just may find yourself changing you opinion a year from today. What a great opportunity that is, because it is your choice!

So what is so special about meetUp?  Nothing really, but the people who make its groups are!  It is many American’s who are civil, polite and open to other opinions, knowing that they cannot always be right. It is people who have very opposing opinions, sharing humor and their heart. It is the light heartedness of discussing your favorite food, movie, book or games. It is openness that I believe is unmatched in the rest of the world.

dancing-dave-minion-510835_640In our little corners, we call ourselves M’s Conversationalists.  We are not terribly unusual or unique but we are a meeting that is a short drive for most of us to attend and so there are many interesting people who join us.  I hope many others are sharing this fun and American openness of expression and thinking.

Janr Ssor . . .

………………  To not ignore what others will likely otherwise comment was my omission in writing this is  a sad note for MeetUp.com. They broke with the spirit of their creation by posting #Resist in every MeetUp members face and creating “sham empty” #Resist groups all accross America.  The founders of MeetUp chose to use the financial contributions of its diverse connections and their paid MeetUp organizations money to push MeetUp’s political agenda and opinion.  I hope they will wake up and not become another oppressive media. After all, what makes them think they are so bright as to be right and smarter than many of us,  rather than just another American opinion?……………………

 

 

MeetUp.com Becomes RightWing Media By Stealing Your Friends & Your Work!

meetupUsing YOUR money, YOUR work and YOUR organizations membership,  MeetUp.com  has commandeered all you have done to create social groups for their personal political, Anti-Trump goals!

If GMAIL would take your contacts list and start sending them Anti-Trump messages, Most of America would drop them for anything else.  Well MeetUp.com appears to have done the same thing!

Consider this: Up until now every meetup gets equal placement on MeetUP.com’s landing screens (phone or computer) to give us all equal opportunity and not let anyone “steal” your groups members by advertising to them.  Now however, EVERY log in on your phone will have the screen taken over by a screen that reads EXACTLY as the communists did to try to enlist financially troubled Americans. They are promoting a big display supposedly for “Democracy,” but really about the Anti-Trump financed radical elitists in America (Hollywood Celebrities and other extreme left wing causes they support).

screenshot_2017-02-17-09-10-44MeetUp.com has apparently joined the Hollywood Elitist celebrities in attacking America & Its President! They have done this is a simple and not so subtle way by giving prominence to a radical leftists funded group #Resist!

It’s time to RESIST MeetUp.com’s political marketing to your organization’s members! There are other Social Meeting platforms that have not stolen your contacts like:  

Join in and PROTEST the abuse of your organization and contacts by writing to megaphoneMeetUp.com today!

Tell them how you feel on Twitter:  https://twitter.com/meetup_support?lang=en

Tell them how you feel on FaceBoo: https://www.facebook.com/meetup/

E-mail: support@meetup.com
Call: (212) 255-7327

 

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How Do Others Feel?………………….

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