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The Darkest Time in American History
By Joe Jarvis - January 15, 2018

The darkest time in American history.

I saw someone refer to the Trump Presidency as “possibly the darkest time in American history.” I’ve heard some iteration of that many times from people still in a frenzy over the Trump Administration.

I’m not a big Trump fan. I wasn’t a big Obama fan either. But their presence in office did not and does not hang over my life like a dark cloud. They really aren’t that important.

Yes, they have the ability to make life more difficult for many. It is unfortunate that any politicians have that much control over our day to day lives.

But the darkest time in American history?

What do you think? Perhaps almost 60,000 Americans dying in Vietnam was a darker time. Or maybe when Hitler’s armies rolled across Europe, Japan surprise attacked Pearl Harbor, and 400,000 American soldiers died World War II.

For Japanese Americans, FDR’s presidency was likely a darker time, as they sat in detainment facilities. Their crime was having Japanese ancestors.

In 1918 the Spanish Flu swept across the globe killing at least 20 million people worldwide, 675,000 Americans. At the same time, soldiers were coming home from WWI blinded by chemicals and mutilated by bombs.

And that is just going back one century. American history also includes the Civil War, slavery, and the Whiskey Rebellion.

Anyone who thinks Trump’s Presidency is the darkest time in American history is a poor student of American history. And I must assume their lives are pretty amazing if this is the worst they have ever felt.

Have a little perspective.

Trump has done plenty wrong. He has picked some terrible people for the Federal Reserve Board. His personal life, “locker room talk,” and Twitter feed is questionable at best. Some people think he is a Russian Manchurian candidate… we will have to see how that pans out.

But hyperbole does not help the cause.

Look at where it left the global warming alarmists. They wanted to reduce pollution, which is a noble cause. But they lied about the goals, they lied about the causes, and they exaggerated the timetable. It’s the classic boy who cried wolf.

There is also plenty about the USA to improve. There is too much regulation, taxes are way too high, and personal freedom is threatened.

But your day to day life should not be overshadowed by Washington D.C.

Yes, it is hard to keep Trump off your mind with the 24-hour reality-tv coverage. So turn off your tv, and go for a walk.

I get frustrated when I am paying taxes and waiting in line at the DMV. But it only affects me as much as I let it.

Breath in, breath out. It is all going to be okay. They can only control you as much as you let them.

Yes, they physically control me by forcing me to hand over half my income. But it is not worth it to resist, and go to prison, or die fighting.

Do I want it to change? Yes. Do I do what I can to promote freedom? Yes.

But one thing I will not let the government control is my mind. I can be happy regardless of what they do to me.

I used to be paranoid about the government. Obviously, some of that paranoia is well founded. They do monitor communications and disrupt online discourse. They do violate rights. They are oppressive in many ways.

But those are not things I can readily change. I can protect myself, and I can try to show others how to change things for the better. But I can’t control everything, and I can’t control others.

The people who think they are living in the darkest times in American history because of Trump allow the government to control their thoughts.

I’m not pretending I am Buddha over here. I still get upset and frustrated. But if there is one thing that has freed me more than anything else it is control over my own state of mind.

I sincerely hope the future is bright. And I honestly think it will be. I really think the power of free individuals will overcome the collectivist control that has marked humanity throughout recorded history.

But no matter how dark things seem, I intend to never let an outside force control my mind.

You don’t have to play by the rules of the corrupt politicians, manipulative media, and brainwashed peers.

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  • Jim Johnson

    When we finally force out the truth, we will find our darkest time was turning aside the decades-long attempt to destroy what was left of our Const. Republic and make us subjects of a global empire, culminating with the election of Ms. Clinton. If Obama was chosen to pitch through the 8th inning, Ms. Clinton was the Closer. We will learn the full depths of depravity human beings can fall into. Political office was remade into certain magnets for psychopath personalities, and they prospered. Get the truth out there, Mr. Jarvis. I’ll continue work among my neighbors.

    • lynncar47

      We are just beginning to learn the real depth of depravity of the Obama Administration as we hear more and more about how the Justice Department and the FBI “colluded” to destroy the Trump election. We see more and more evidence that our own government conspired to destroy one’s candidates chances of election in favor of Hillary Clinton. Talk about Dark Times!!!

      • Jim Johnson

        Absolutely. The picture I am beginning to find focus is something very dark began after Kennedy’s murder, with all our leaders acquiescing in various degrees to be their puppet, until Clinton, wherein our Presidents became stooges. Obama’s brazen treason is only explained by never having to fear a “vote” again. I would prefer to believe the failure to elect Clinton was a result of genius work by Patriots, but also know it may simply be pay-back for murders in our military, such as the loss of Navy Seals in a stupid helicopter crash, followed on then by Benghazi, and those are only what we know about. I further pray Trump is heaven-sent, as cynicism hasn’t fully taken hold of me as I age. America has always found a Champion just when She needed them the most. If men are smart enough to finagle such, I’ve never met nor had a hint of such talent.I so much wish to believe God is with us.

  • SnakePlissken

    What about Slavery? That was a pretty dark time for African Americans.

    What about the Great Depression? That was pretty awful for everyone.

    What about the recent Great Recession (which historians will call a Depression in the future). There were people losing their jobs and homes, lots of people on food stamps, getting divorced, and a big increase in people committing suicide (though that wasn’t widely reported in the mainstream media).

    I don’t like Trump either, but right now, things are pretty good.

    • Disingenuous

      What? Trump is not worse than all that?

      Nice comment SnakeP.

    • Praetor

      The crybabies should go live in Haiti for 6 months.!!!

    • DavidMacko

      Almost every nation, tribe and religious group throughout history practiced slavery. It was the Christian White men of the West, primarily in the United States and the British Empire, who abolished it for the first time in history. In the United States, abolition of slavery began in Massachusetts in 1780 and continued with the Northwest Ordinance of 1787, even before the ratification of the Constitution.

      Otherwise, I agree with your comments.

  • meugene

    This is a good perspective to have; certainly there have been far more difficult times in which to live. But the important thing to observe are the national and global trends, and the concentration of wealth and power leading to technocracy and global governance. The Bible has warned us centuries in advance of criminal cabals that will rule the world (Psalm 2; Revelation 17-18) that in the last days of history as we know it, “evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.” (2 Timothy 3:13).

    Therefore, it is rather naive to assume that “the power of free individuals will overcome the collectivist control that has marked humanity throughout recorded history.” In reality, it is abundantly clear that in the “advancement” of “tolerance,” all basis for morality is thrown out the window. Every man and woman is doing what is right in their own eyes. This is not a path that leads to life, but to destruction. As the Scriptures declare, “The heart of man is deceitful above all else, and desperately wicked.” (Jeremiah 17:9). As the saying goes, “history does not repeat, but it does rhyme.” That is because the heart of man is against God; it is for rebellion; it is for licentiousness; it is for lawlessness and anarchy.

    The political response to this will be increasing control, in the form of surveillance and penalties for the common man; all the while, the elite who orchestrate events line their pockets while committing heinous banking and war crimes and human trafficking and occultic sexual deviancy with indemnity. This is the reality in which we live.

    The only solution is to recognize this is a battle that began in the garden of Eden, when the Serpent tempted Eve and cast doubt on the Word of God by asking, “Yea, hath God said?” (not in King James English of course). We are living in a time when humanity still has a choice to follow God or to pursue their own path to the “light” of Lucifer (or Satan) which is a way that “seems right” but which leads to death.

    In contrast, Jesus declared, “I am the way, the truth, and the light; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” Jesus is the hope and light of the world. He first came as a humble babe and suffering servant; but he is coming again as judge and king to vanquish evil. Now is the time—for all humankind who will—to confess our own sinfulness, shortcomings, and inadequacy, and to call upon the name of Jesus to be saved from judgment coming upon the nations and the world.

    As Christ declared, “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me . . . Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (John 14:1, 27).

    • dauden

      I followed you all the way till I read “to confess our own sinfulness, shortcomings, and inadequacy, and to call
      upon the name of Jesus to be saved from judgment coming upon the
      nations and the world.” You recognize the past and you shed light on the future but you miss the revelation of the mystery which is the age we are living in NOW. “But now” Paul says throughout his epistles. He speaks of grace given to all men without the law. Confessing sins we don’t even know we’ve committed (from 613 points of the law) seems mute when we learn that through the finished work of Christ, ALL sins have been forgiven! Confession was a commandment given to Israel in times past and in the ages to come, NOT for the church, the body of Christ. Rightly divide ( 2Tim 2:15 KJV) the Scriptures as in mystery vs prophecy and the whole Bible then begins to make sense. See Rom 16:25, Eph 3:8-9, 3:3, etc KJV-only The gospel that saves men today is found in I Cor 15:1-4 KJV

      • meugene

        I think you have misunderstood my post, at least in part.

        You are certainly correct that we are freed from the burden of the law (which no man could perfectly keep). That is why Christ came, not to abolish the law, but to fulfill it (Matthew 5:17). However, he actually RAISED the standard that defines sin:

        “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart” (Matthew 5:27-28). In this passage, the Lord also reveals that whoever hates another person is guilty of murder.

        So in other words, we would have to have perfectly pure thoughts in order to be justified before God. The truth is, we do not. We are all condemned by this standard. As Paul also declared, “As it is written, ‘There is none righteous, no, not one” (Romans 3:10), “For ALL have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:10, 23).

        While Christ did indeed pay for the sins of the whole world (John 3:16), His shed blood only covers those who apprehend (receive) the free gift of salvation, which is by confession of sin. Again, as Paul explains, “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved” (Romans 10:10).

        But while Christ died “once, for all,” this is not a free ticket to for universal salvation. All are not automatically saved; the penalty is paid, but only if the gift of salvation is apprehended through confession and obedience to Christ. Again, as Paul explained, “What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?” (Romans 6:1-2).

        It appears you are either embracing the false teaching of Universalism; or perhaps the false doctrine of “sinless perfection.” When I speak of “confession,” I do not refer to the practice of the Roman Catholic church, which is not biblical confession at all, but is a system of works. Rather, biblical confession is defined clearly in God’s Word:

        “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us” (1 John 1:8-10).

        Furthermore, there is no gospel outside of God’s Truth; and there is no more “mystery” in the New Testament gospel whatsoever. Paul wrote, “The mystery was made known to me by revelation, as i have written briefly…” (Ephesians 3:3). This mystery was “hidden for ages and generations [in ancient times of Israel, etc.] but now revealed to his saints…which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” (Colossians 1:26-27).

        As far as your explicit trust in the KJV, this is highly problematic. Clearly, God did not speak to the Apostles and Prophets of old in King James English. (Did God somehow fail to communicate clearly during the writings and compilings of the Scriptures for nearly 1600 years?) Furthermore, the KJV, while a decent translation of the Masoretic text, was not perfect (it contained errors) in the 1611 and subsequent editions. (Even KJV-onlyists do not read the 1611 today; and it would be absurd to mandate this for all people and all nations to properly “understand” the Word of God.)

        Rather, as we read various reliable translations today, we must “test all things; hold fast that which is good” (1 Th 5:21) for “by the mouth of two or three witnesses” (Hebrews 10:28, etc.) is a matter established. We test translations in the same way today to determine the accuracy of a particular text.

        • dauden

          I can appreciate your reply. It seems we are both in the faith of Christ as I also believe the power of God unto salvation is the gospel and that we must first hear it, then trust it as Paul states in Eph 1:13-14. This is what I understand confession to be….not delineating all our sins before God who knows them anyway and there is no mediator between God and man save Jesus Christ. God’s will today is that all men would be saved and come unto to the knowledge of the truth, I Tim 2:4, and He gave Paul this ministry of reconciliation to the church. All Scripture is inspired and profitable…..but not all is TO us as doctrine. You quoted I John above regarding confession but the audience in that book is the Hebrew remnant of Israel during the tribulation period. Clearly, Paul was given a mystery revelation kept secret since the world began, “…..or they would not have crucified the Lord of Glory….” had the princes of this world known that by His finished work at the cross, ALL men could now be saved everywhere! This was not Peter’s Kingdom of Heaven gospel because that was not what was preached during Christ’s earthly ministry and Peter did not preach what Paul preached….see Gal 2. As far as translations go, I will stick to the only non-copyrighted version; as God did not preserve his word in hundreds of different copyrighted thoughts of men, mostly translated by Westcott and Hort through the Alexandrian texts…..thank you Roman Catholicism for coming though again in perverting the truth.
          What I’m curious about is why you are interested in a site which does not wish to discuss spiritual ideas but rather socio-political-economic ideologies. (though the Bible is all of that 🙂

          • meugene

            The Bible gives an account of the “children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do” (1 Chronicles 12:32).

            In addition to studying the Bible, I follow quite a number of blogs to keep a pulse on discussion of current events as they shape our world. Some are directed at “fixing the world” from a humanistic perspective; while others are trying (in vain) to bring God’s kingdom to earth through the church. So to the best of my ability, I try to be salt and light and encourage believers and unbelievers alike to turn to God’s Word for answers.

            And I’m fascinated by history and prophecy as it helps bring needed perspective to the predicament of our planet and to the perilous times in which we live. Whether one is liberal or conservative, the mainstream media cannot be trusted and is part of the deception; it is all about manipulation. So again, the only way to be free from this is to pursue truth, and to understand what’s going on and why.

            The Bible has the answer to this, of course, because it indicates we’re in a very real spiritual battle. Therefore, all socio-political problems—including “wars and rumors of wars, famine, pestilence, etc.” can best be explained from a biblical perspective—”for we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” (Ephesians 6:12).

            And from the Scriptures, we know that man will never “save the world” and can certainly not “Make America Great Again.” Jesus Christ is the hope of all; He alone will “set things right” with regard to the nations and the world; but this will be after the coming Tribulation (from which no amount of Bitcoin will save anyone).

            [FYI, I had to quit blogging for a season, but I plan to re-launch this year. My dormant efforts can be read at FearGodNotGov.com.]

          • Aristaeus

            Didn’t the Christian God kill everyone except Noah and his family?

          • meugene

            No one will be forced to enter heaven against their will. Thus, it was the freewill of mankind who rejected their Creator that resulted in their choice to remain outside the Ark that saved Noah and his family from death and destruction.

            Noah warned the world that then was for 120 years during the construction of the Ark, so there was ample notice of the judgment to come, which was due to the wickedness and rebellion of mankind. God was not at fault, but simply cleansing the planet to give humanity (in oversimplified terms) a “second chance.”

            The geologic “column” and fossil record we have today is proof of the global flood catastrophe just as the Bible records in Genesis 6-9. This world-altering event also explains all of the earth’s major geologic features we observe today, including comets, asteroids, frozen mammoths, the ice age, global warming, and the Grand Canyon. Watch a 10-minute video here: http://www.creationscience.com and read the free online book.

            Today, the “Christian God” who is Creator of Heaven and Earth as revealed in the Bible, is not vengeful or spiteful toward mankind. In fact, the Scriptures reveal that he is loving and patient and merciful, “not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9b).

            In spite of God’s long-suffering with mankind, the vast majority of His Creation will mock the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ, and will ridicule those who follow the Bible. In fact, the Bible predicts that “as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be when the son of man (Jesus) returns.”

            Just as God’s Word reveals,

            “There shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.

            “For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:

            “But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.” (2 Peter 3:3-7).

            Since the Bible is the only “holy book” to have accurately predicted hundreds of future events from thousands of years ago, would it not be wise to consider studying what it says about the earth’s past, present, and future?

            Today, the Ark of Jesus Christ is still boarding passengers who seek to escape the judgment to come (John 3:16-17),. Won’t you consider the truth, and the consequences, and come on board?

            Read the book of John to discover who Jesus is, and what He offers to you and to the world: The free gift of Salvation and eternal life to come when this world is “perished” once more.

            Don’t hesitate to investigate the truth and claims of God’s Word; this may be your last call.

          • dauden

            I agree with you. Except we who are the body of Christ and ambassadors (2 Cor 5:20 KJV) for Him will not be here during the tribulation as God must take his body out of this world before he judges it. (judgment = Hebrews thru Revelation) As you must agree, God is pouring out grace to all today, 2 Corinthians 5:19 KJV: To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their
            trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of
            reconciliation. … be ye reconciled to God.For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. In Paul’s epistles alone do we find the doctrine, purpose and insights necessary to be complete in Christ.

      • James Clander

        You too — Your religious Nonsense is NOT appreciated.

        • dauden

          LOL!

    • lynncar47

      I’m glad to see that we are uncovering the dark side of our government as evidence piles up about the crimes the Justice Department and the FBI had committed in order to “Dump the Trump.” It will be a bright day in America when those responsible are frog marched in front of the TV cameras on their way to prison.

      • Jim Johnson

        Make that “dragged to the Gallows”

    • James Clander

      You deserve the same response as Ted R Weiland – see above.

      Any excuse & out you come with a Religious Rant !
      Sickening BS adding Zero to the conversation.
      Moderators should swoop & classify posts like yours as spam.

      • meugene

        Hello James! I don’t know Mr. Weiland or his perspectives, but what you mistake for a “religious rant” is merely a recap of history past from the Scriptures, which also have been 100% accurate with regard to Bible prophecy—which predicts the future state of the world and its ultimate demise.

        So, whether one believes in God or not, this is something to consider, from a purely statistical (even scientific) point of view. Furthermore, it has evidently escaped you that The Daily Bell sometimes presents expressly religious perspectives on culture and society, from a distinctly Eastern or Buddhist belief system. I’m for an open and honest exchange in pursuit of truth—shouldn’t we all be? Otherwise, we end up with the intolerance of “Tolerance” which is in effect both radical censorship under the guise of “equal acceptance” for all views—including the error that 2+2=5.

        My point in posting is not to proselytize, but simply to counter the popular humanistic notion that persists in every generation that somehow, one way or another, mankind is going to “fix this thing” that is wrong with the world. Newsflash: Despite man’s perpetual pursuit of Utopia, it won’t end that way; and we have it on reliable authority.

        If for no other reason, one man’s idea of heaven on earth is another man’s hell, and vice-versa. The simple fact is that men who devise evil things to impose their will upon humanity (for “the common good” of course) are increasing in wealth and power, while individual freedoms diminish. Furthermore, one cannot deny the historical and spiritual linkage between occultism and technocracy (just look at the evil scientists of the Nazi regime, for example).

        Thus, for those not familiar with the Bible, I believe it is important for readers to at least investigate for themselves and to see what it says about history, the heart of mankind, and the future of our planet with regard to an eternal perspective. Of course, many will mock this, but as any fair person would agree, such a response isn’t being very “open minded.” (This too, was predicted in the Scriptures—for those who are interested, see 2 Peter 3:3-9, Psalm 14, and Romans 1:16-32).

        • dauden

          Oh, now I understand your perspective in posting on the DB. Seems fair.

  • FreeOregon

    Instead of 24 hour Trump, why not 24 hour “let’s get the missing $21 Trillion back” and by the way, where are the 44,000 Pentagon ghost soldiers they cannot find? Still on the payroll?”

  • windsor1

    In a sense I can relate to much of your hyperbole. You can like the majority of Americans consume the MSM version of reality and go on living your life in the hope that something doesn’t go bump in the night.
    You can also go on not letting events bother you but at some point events might bite you in the derriere.
    The majority of Americans still believe that 19 Muslims, all of whom were Saudis outwitted the best minds in the Pentagon and carried out 9/11. Matter of fact most still believe that only two buildings collapsed and most never heard of WTC 7 including the Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. So still the Saudis are our best friends and we invaded Iraq and Afghanistan to fight terrorism. This is perfectly logical. More was spent investigating the stain on Monica’s dress than on the 9/11 investigation.
    Most of America believes that the worst nuclear accident in history apart from Hiroshima and Nagasaki was Chernobyl. The most catastrophic nuclear accident in human history is without question Fukishima. Airborne radioactive material is still travelling to the US and Canada and people are still eating radioactive seafood in Asia and N. America. The same folks that hide the fact that Fukishima reactors were flawed and build by GE and there are perhaps 22 still operating in the Eastern US. The same folks that cover up the worst nuclear accident in human history are the same people that will save you from an incinerating planet. The record cold weather in the Eastern US we are told is part of the piling evidence that Global Warming is the most serious problem confronting humanity. Al Gore and many scientists on government grants will verify this.
    What I get from the intellectual who wrote this article is that it is better to ignore the real reality and things will take care of themselves. While I do agree that there are plenty of things that, if we wanted, we could worry about until we made ourselves ill we must place events in perspective and act when necessary.
    If you throw critical thinking and situational awareness out the window you are likely to end up facing similar events created under President Wilson and FDR. The writer appears naive to the facts that our reality is shaped and manipulated by a Satanic oligarchy. The Federal Reserve has a mandate to keep unemployment low and maintain the value of the currency. The currency lost 95% if its value since the FED was created in 1913 and unemployment, if you look at John William’s Shadow Stats website and not the government data real unemployment is between 20-30%. If unemployment was really around 5% as the government says then why are 48 million Americans on food stamps. Instead we have internationally record debt levels both by governments and the public and the economy is teetering on the brink. The FED is owned by the big banks so is the real mandate to protect the banking system, keep unemployment low and protect the value of the currency or on the other hand maximize banking profits I would lean to the later. Ask yourself who is getting rich from the Federal Reserve System; the bankers or you?
    The same applies to War. The public sacrifices the manpower and the money to pay for the conflict. Could the loss of lives be in effect a sacrifice to somebody’s God. Believe it or not there are parties who make lots of money off of wars. What comes to mind is the Defense Industry and the banksters.
    Pearl Harbor was a surprise attack to some but not to FDR and his cabinet. He and Stimson plotted to have Japan attack the US. Any modern ships left Pearl Harbor days or weeks before the attack and were replaced with relics that were bunched together like sitting ducks. Two Admirals were blamed for incompetence meanwhile FDR made it happen. By the way he made famous the phrase “Nothing in Politics happens by accident”.
    Similarly in WW1 Wilson campaigned on a no war platform. Then the Lusitania, a passenger ship carrying armaments was sunk off the coast of Ireland abandoned by escort vessels travelling at reduced speed. Over 200 innocent american lives were sacrificed in this event alone. Just prior to this event the First Lord of the Admiralty, a gentleman called Winston Churchill asked Edward House an adviser to Wilson “what would it take to get America involved in the war?”
    My hypothesis to the Dude who wrote this article is that you are constantly manipulated and brainwashed by corporate media forces with an agenda that is completely opposed to the values of the average American. Without accurate information the average voter cannot make informed decisions.
    Politics is the Entertainment Division of the Military Industrial Complex. The two parties are controlled by the same people at the top. Candidates are pre-selected for you. On important issues there is not difference; ie the FED, Military adventures, trade Agreements, Education, Climate. If there are differences on big issues like Immigration then someone is lying.
    When the government protects something like Wall Street or the FED always ask who is funding the election of politicians and who is getting rich. What the author of this article needs to think about when claiming taxes are too high. is why does the US have bases in more than 100 countries and why doesn’t the Treasury Dept. print and create money as JFK tried to do In EO 11110 quickly rescinded by LBJ.
    As for the Trump admin not being in a Dark period my comment is that there are 3 yrs to go. The Wilson administration and FDR administrations are complete.
    My concern is that Trump has some key military people in advisory positions: Kelly, McMaster and the Mad Dog. This is troubling. He is sabre rattling in NK, he is in Syria, US Specilal forces were attacked in Nigeria and Yemen. Trump has 3 years to go.
    Rather than ignore events they will sort themselves out, I suggest you educate yourself to what is really going on and apply pressure when the US goes off the reservation. The oligarchs have a whole different agenda than you do so inform yourself, engage your critical thinking and be situationally aware of the real reality and bring pressure to bear when needed. The public brought pressure to bare on Obama in 2013 with the lies about chemical weapons attacks in Syria. Your government is a pathological liar, your media is a pathological liar and certain of your nations “friends” are pathological liars. You need to seek the real answers elsewhere and make your elected representatives accountable for actions taken that benefit vested interests and not the American People.
    Remaining uninformed and trusting and ignoring the perception of reality that you have will not cut it. This mentality invites a repeat of the Wilson and FDR eras and the attitude that this time it is different invites a repeat. Never never never apply your values to those that rule over you.

    • Don Duncan

      Should our focus be on “vested interests” versus “the American People”, one group against another? I think not. I don’t think collectively. I know all rights are individual rights and individuals make up the whole. This means if one right is violated, all are violated, in principle. The current philosopical confusion about rights accepts the forced sacrifice of some individuals to “national security” or “the common good” or “the majority will”. In principle, this is as moral and civil as throwing virgins into a volcano to appease the gods. And it contradicts the concept of rights, while using that concept to excuse immoral laws, immoral actions of LEOs, and self-enslavement by the majority for their own exploitation.

      • Also all of then current supposed victims, gays, women, people pf color etc are call created victims by PRAVDA/MSM , DEMs and other forces. Their victim hood is used as a weapon to get what some politicos want to use as a hammer ! So their acquired status is a ruse and a sham that is really a power play by the politicos and others to control the masses and steer them to certain predetermined conclusions that are not even close to real ? They are all simply created false narratives and false paradigms used as tools or weapons ! another example :

        The term undocumented worker was created by PRAVDA/MSM and certain politicos years ago, so they would not have to use the term illegal alien. There by giving some form of credence to the illegal aliens as if they are anything but an illegal alien. The simple truth is this, you are either here by some legal immigration method or you are here illegally, simple as that. So there is in fact no such thing as an undocumented worker. That is simply a created false narrative which led to the entire false paradigm we see today in spades !
        My point is this, why do people continue accepting or believing these created false paradigms and false narratives when they are so obviously false ? This is why I often mention that we all live under many illusions here in USA, because we do !~ And here is how they do these things rather easily

        http://www.downtoearththinking.com/cogdis-and-normalcy-bias.html

        http://www.downtoearththinking.com/the-war-for-our-minds-.html

        http://www.downtoearththinking.com/our-government-created-google-and-facebook-.html

        http://www.downtoearththinking.com/the-war-against-donald-trump-.html

      • 45clive

        Trust a Scot to cut to the chase! Well done, Mr. Duncan.

    • LawrenceNeal

      Hear, Hear! THIS is the REAL article!

    • Many good points indeed and I agree most folks are not fully grasping where we are today here in USA. Note the author barely skimmed over the many crimes committed by the last regime and others prior. It is clear now that BHO and crew put it all on steroids as we see the spook agencies and others like IRS have been used as weapons against their opponents on a grand scale. All of that creates a critical point now in our history and that is NOT easily dismissed as it will define us going forward as a nation and a society. We will either actually have laws or we won’t and that is the very important point to define at this juncture. It means the elite control freaks win or we have actual laws and correct boundaries for such laws.

      I do agree with the author that there is no reason at all to freak out about any of it, as long as you fully recognize and understand what is actually happening and why. That is where I differ a bit with the author. Seems to me most people do NOT understand either points fully as they should. Also there is quite a lot all of us can do about many things instead of simply ignore them or convince yourself you are powerless as the author seems to accept ? Here are some examples :

      http://www.downtoearththinking.com/stop-the-joe-arpaio-political-prosecution.html

      http://www.downtoearththinking.com/the-nevada-kangaroo-court-of-injustice.html

      http://www.downtoearththinking.com/the-prosecution-of-assange-is-a-very-bad-idea-.html

      All of these have been up at the site for several years now and all were succesful conclusions ! That is 3 out of 3 and that is quite remarkable indeed ! So pay attention people, get your stuff together and quit whining and acting as if you have no choices. That is all BS and precisely what the control freaks want you to think ! so you will curl up and do NOTHING !

      Had I done nothing there would be no 3 out of 3 now would there ? The only reason these were successful was because of many bloggers and thinkers like myself who were willing to do something, nothing else except that simple act ! So to the author I would say, pay attention and learn something about human spirit and tenacity when needed in the face of great injustice and tyrrany ! Sometimes the middle road is the road to destruction and you are on that middle road. I fully realize everything you said and some good points you made and maybe more ? I am convinced there is a far better way to live and think and be proactive as well as sleep well at nite and be very healthy and fit and enjoy it all !

    • JohnnyZ

      Very good post! To summarize: America (and many other countries as well) has been on the wrong path all that time, so with every new president it has been getting “darker and darker”. This will continue until there is a radical and genuine change of course, something we have not observed so far.

  • lynncar47

    Thus the moniker “Snowflakes.” Anyone who thinks that the best economy we’ve had in many years is dark, who thinks that 2 million more jobs in one year is dark, who thinks that companies are giving out pay raises and bonuses like never before is dark, well these are your snowflakes who would melt at room temperature. I hope they all run to their “safe spaces” and stay there.

  • The darkest time in America’s history was in 1787 when, in an upper room in Philadelphia, a cadre of Enlightenment and Masonic thinkers officially replaced the 17th-century Colonial governments of, by, and for God established upon His immutable/unchanging moral law for their own humanistic government of, by, and for the people based upon man-made capricious traditions.

    It was then that America began to cursed per Deuteronomy 28:15-68. Everything that’s gone wrong in America nationally since can be traced back to that point in America’s history:

    “[B]ecause they have transgressed my covenant, and trespassed against my law … they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind….” (Hosea 8:1,7)

    Today’s America is merely reaping the inevitable ever-intensifying whirlwind in tens of thousands of ways resulting from the wind sown by the constitutional framers.

    For more, see online Chapter 3 “The Preamble: WE THE PEOPLE vs. YAHWEH” of “Bible Law vs, the United States Constitution: The Christian Perspective” at http://www.bibleversusconstitution.org/BlvcOnline/biblelaw-constitutionalism-pt3.html.

    Then, find out how much you really know about the Constitution as compared to the Bible. Take our 10-question Constitution Survey at http://www.bibleversusconstitution.org/ConstitutionSurvey.html
    and receive a complimentary copy of a book that examines the Constitution by
    the Bible.

    • James Clander

      Any excuse & out you come with a Religious Rant — Repeatedly !
      Sickening BS adding Zero to the conversation.
      Moderators should swoop & classify posts like yours as spam.

      • DavidMacko

        One of the greatest gifts which our Founding Fathers bestowed on America and, by example, the rest of the world if foreigners were smart enough to emulate us, is the concept of religious tolerance. It has probably prevented several civil wars here and would do so to the rest of the world if they had the good sense God gave them.
        I have followed Mr. Weiland’s comments on this and other sites and admire his persistence although I do not agree with him. I would not want to see him banned.

        • Thanks David! That’s *very much* appreciated.

        • 45clive

          I concur. Personally I believe the Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity and Islam) are all used by evil or at least stupid people to create havoc in the world. Nonetheless I know many who receive personal benefit from “believing”. The Bill of Rights is the most important document in the history of human endeavor. It supersedes the bible and the Koran. Those who under rate this difference aren’t using the intelligence God gave them. This does not mean unbridled libertarianism or collectivism. There is room for religion, just as there is a requirement for charity. Humanism and other philosophies do not eschew hope, but rather point to endeavor rather than divine action for fulfillment.

          • DavidMacko

            I don’t believe that the Bill of Rights supersedes the Holy Bible or the Koran but it certainly protects them and their believers. Since the fundamental tenet of libertarianism is not to initiate force or commit fraud against others I think that the world would be a better place if it is was unbridled.

        • I would not want him banned either. Besides, it is easier to just block him, which I did. Thanks, Disqus.

          • DavidMacko

            We need to return to the concept of shunning which is a fundamental principle of any decent civilization. It is far better than the thuggish and barbaric practice of censorship and suppression.
            Personally, I read Mr. Weiland’s argument. While I disagree with it he presents it rationally, intelligently and without malice. We should never want to silence anyone who behaves in that manner, even if some might consider him overly persistent, a trait which I generally admire.

    • Jim Johnson

      Enough with the Mason-bashing, lest we conclude with another witch hunt, Frenchy style. We have a huge opportunity to get it right, this time.

  • Bruce C.

    Only the people who wanted Hillary Clinton to be President think this is a dark time.

  • Praetor

    You have to start somewhere. If Trumps presidency points us in the right direction we can count our blessings. If the water is still coming out of the tap food in the frig. electric is on and the bills are payed and you’re kids are happy, it ain’t dark yet.

    Still there are forces in this world that want it to go dark, keep preparing.!!!

  • Boysie

    Even in your darkest hour ( your claim) – Americans cannot comprehend that
    “For What Americans are About to Receive – May The Good Lord Make ALL Americans Truly Very Thankful” –

    Please take a few moments to fully appreciate that the world has been subjected to the (blessings) of Americans for over 300 years – I know it is very healthy to be Very Optimistic – so can I politely suggest that you take some time out to read and understand American History!

    The Guns and Bullets that kill my brothers and sisters daily are “Made in America” – The motor round that assisted in the killing of over (70 of my brothers and sisters) – nearly (10) years ago – was Made in America – up-to-date – No one has been charged, no investigation has ensued, the public enquiry was more or less so that all those responsible could officially “Deny all Responsibility” and I bet Americans never even heard of these killings –

    And they never found out which government minister asked and received assistance from the American government – that resulted in the death of these people on that fateful night.

    I do believe that there are those among us – who are extremely grateful for all the assistance that America through USAID provides fro my brothers and sisters – after all it helps to keep down the population – which by the way – is approximately
    15, 000 less since 1990.

    So, what with / The GMO foodstuff that they consume / The vegetable Oil that my brothers and sisters consume / The vaccinations that my brothers and sisters are forced to allow their children to have before they go to school / the flouridated products that they consume from the pharmacy – Te endless Virus Alerts that my government is oblidged to purchased – each time there is a scare

    All these little factors means that there some in my country – who are extremely grateful to Americans – So I am quite sure that this particular lady only has to be patient – and not be so quick to jump to conclusions – he will not be disappointed…

  • DavidMacko

    As a Libertarian I do not agree with our president, Donald Trump, regarding several important issues. However, based on his first year in office and the actions of his enemies and their crazed Trump Derangement Syndrome followers I am beginning to think that the election of President Trump is the brightest political moment of my life.

  • jgmoebus

    This has already been deleted because “Detected as Spam,” but ~ trusting The Daily Bell to be the champion of free speech that it claims it is ~ i’ll try again, and see what happens:

    Good Think-Piece. But,,, to look at it from a different perspective: as opposed to “the darkest time,” when was America’s “brightest time”?

    The mantra of Trumpatismo and the Trumpatistas is “Make America Great Again,” or MAGA. The operative word being “Great”; the core word being “Again.”

    Correlating “brighest” with “great,” When WAS America “great”? When was it at its “brightest”?

    From that question ~ When was America “great”? ~ arise a whole set of inevitable follow-on questions [without even bothering to define “great”], such as:

    When, How, and Why did America become “great”?
    When, How, and Why did America stop being “great”?
    What will it mean for America to be “great” again?
    How will America become “great” again?
    At What cost, and to Whom?

    • dauden

      There’s a question far more important than America’s “greatness”. Why should America be singled out for greatness anyway? Why not every man, everywhere? Our inherent being is no different than mankind throughout history in any location on earth. I’m not supporting globalism. I’m speaking of grace given to all men who hear the gospel and trust in it. God has a plan far greater than our eyes can see and ears can hear without the knowledge of the truth. And it is foolishness to the natural man. But Christ came into the world to save sinners and none of us can escape that description. That is the heart of the problem. You may reject religion, I have. But if you reject the grace of God who completely paid for your sins and all you must do is trust Him? That which requires no work on our part, nor can it as we are all unworthy and can’t earn righteousness. Then you have no hope but the penalty for sin which is death. But to be reconciled with God by the cross is a work on His part and righteousness is freely given to all who trust Him. This is the peace that passes all understanding!

  • Laura Amanda Allen

    For all folks who think that Donald Trump is the end of time and the darkest hour of American history, allow me to invite you into the middle of the Civil War aka the War Between the States aka the War of Northern Aggression. Ask anyone alive today who had ancestors in that conflict how many of their brothers, uncles, cousins – also sisters, mothers, and aunts died. Take the word of my father who knew our predecessors who lived it: he said, “That war split the family.”

    If that’s too far back for your trembling memory, try 1968. Just 50 years ago, Martin Luther King, Robert Kennedy, and Malcolm X were alive. Before the year was out, they were dead – assassinated. And you think poor old entertaining amusing tweeting Trump is the darkest time? C’mon.

    • Or go back to before the Civil War. A slave living in bondage being forced to work sun up to sun down seven days a week living in huts, wearing rags, and eating crumbs with no hope of ever living a free life. Those were really dark days in America for black people.

      • timamac

        Unfortunately true, and unfortunately true that their African brethren sold them.

  • NobodysaysBOO

    911 was the darkest day for Americans, because IT is STILL going on as PLANNED!

  • Danny B

    My vote for the darkest days is; post WW II, America had all the gold and all the manufacturing capacity. Just as sure as night follows day, corruption follows wealth. The Korean war as a good little exercise to keep the military industrial complex going. If one little war is good for the MIC, serial wars are even better.
    “War is the health of the state,” the radical writer Randolph Bourne.
    Keynes thought that perpetual war was a good idea. The wealth of America was it’s death sentence. If foreign wars are good, domestic war must be good for business also.
    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-01-13/army-strategist-exposes-disturbing-parallels-between-us-domestic-policing-military

    John Perkins told us that the big prize for the international jackals was,,, America. Nobody invades Bangladesh,,, nothing to steal.
    Bretton Woods was a dark day because it gave us an unlimited credit card to wage war for Tel Aviv and London. August 15, 1971 was a dark day because it removed the golden chain from the printing presses. Our darkest days were all tied to episodes of unfettered credit creation.

  • Joel W

    My vote is a toss up between the War of 1961 along with the following years of ‘Reconstruction’, the U.S. being pimped into the Federal Reserve scam and the assassination of JFK

    • NobodysaysBOO

      911 the forgotten mess the US isralies made is STILL GOING STRONG.

  • Samarami

    “…if there is one thing that has freed me
    more than anything else it is control over
    my own state of mind…”
    Congratulations. You are now a sovereign state. Sam

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