WILL THE UNITED STATES BE WEIGHED IN THE BALANCES AND FOUND WANTING?

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WILL THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA BE

WEIGHED IN THE BALANCES

AND FOUND WANTING?

 

BY

HOWELL B. JOINER

 

We have just passed the most beloved day of celebration of the year.  December 25 has been set aside to honor JESUS CHRIST for coming into this world to suffer and die and to set up a plan of salvation by which we have the choice to repent of our sins, be forgiven and to live a righteous life serving our savior.  Many of us are saddened when we see that Christ has all but been eliminated from Christmas.  Merry Christmas has been replaced with happy holiday

 

His word tells us that who so ever will may come and partake.  It does not say that we have to do so, but may do so willingly.  If we chose to do so, we are promised eternal life in Heaven as our reward for accepting His forgiveness and salvation.

 

Having formulated the previous two statements, it is apparent to me that I am being led by the Spirit to write an article that at this time I know not how far and in which direction it may go. It may be God’s way of dealing with me on a personal level or leading me to share it with whom ever receives the opportunity and or desire to read it. 

 

As I reflect on this introduction, I am praying and looking for guidance from above for the ability to write a balanced article on subjects that are often viewed through tunnel vision.  It is my desire to help all of us to back off enough to see the entire picture and understand what we see. 

 

While searching for a title for this writing the phrase,”WEIGHED IN THE BALANCES AND FOUND WANTING” came to mind.  A search for the source of that phrase led to the fifth chapter of Daniel.  This is where Belshazzar, the King, and his subjects were worshipping and praising the gods of gold, silver and other goods when he saw a handwriting on the wall and became very frightened. After consulting with all the wise men and soothsayers of Babylon and the Chaldeans, none could tell him the meaning.  

 

The queen told the king about Daniel, and Daniel was summoned  Daniel told the  king because you gave praise to the god’s of men and have not honored the God of Heaven the handwriting means that you have been weighed in the balances and found wanting and shall be destroyed.  And as told by Daniel that very night, Belshazzar was slain and his kingdom was taken over by Darius, the Median.  My thoughts then turned to our country and that same possibility and the title for this document was born.  

 

In case you question my credentials, I will give you a brief summary.   I have no degree or formal education above my high school deploma.

I was born on a small farm in Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana during President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s first year as president. I graduated from Loranger, Louisiana High School after having  been in the Loranger public school system 12 years. The rest of my education is a life time of going from farm boy to truck driver to labor leader and political activist.  There have been many times during this mission I would ask myself, “what am I doing here, how did I get here and am I in over my abiility?” I am thankful for those thoughts for I feel sure that is the thing that prevented me from from gaining a sense of self importance and made it possible to acheive some sucesses in pleading the case of working people both organized  and those that were not.   Along this path I learned much about how our government is designed to operate and how it does and in some cases does not does not work.

 

Most of us are somewhat familiar with world and Bible history and the fact since the early days of history there has been a dispute over creation or evolution.  This writing will portray the views of Biblical teachings.  The world has always had an abundance of controversy that has brought much hate and many wars.  One would think that little trouble would come among those that believe in God, Jesus Christ and the Bible.  History has shown that is not true. Many disputes and wars have been fought among believers that had bitter differences in how to believe.  Much of this was caused by greed for worldly goods, power and control. 

 

Starting forward from Christ’s time on earth there have been a number of different powers that have dominated the world.  Some have been governments, some have been churches, and some have  been combinations of both.  Sad to say a large portion of those powers did not follow the teachings of Christ or the will of God.

 

During these times people not agreeing with those in power were oppressed, jailed, stoned and even killed.  This resulted in much unrest and started people searching for a new world, a place where people could worship as they saw they should by reading the Word of God.  I will not dwell too long on this part of history and will keep moving toward our time.

 

In reviewing history, we find that empires and super powers that rose in power and might only to crumble and fade away and had become bloated with greed in some or all the following fields.  Wealth in currency, worldly goods, territory, power control and self pride. Self destruction or being overthrown by another rising power was inevitable and did occur.

 

Some of those that rose and fell were evil from the beginning and others started on an honorable mission but were overcome with evil as their power and greed grew.

 

It is most certain that God’s hand was in the discovery of America and the founding of The United States of America.  The very brave and wise men that fought for and achieved independence then set up a form of government designed to be a government of the people for the people and by the people.  This government was founded under a Constitution and a Bill of Rights for the people and was put into place in such a way that no person would be required to practice any religion.  The fundamentals of these two documents are still with us today  All people are free to practice any faith that they believe in and to worship in any manner that they believe is befitting to God.  All Christian people should be active in the process of maintaining a government of the people, for the people and by the people.  In all efforts to maintain your freedom, never push for legislation that would support your freedom to the point that it denies a brother his freedom.  Never should any theological doctrine be legislated.  Only push to insure your freedom along with everyone’s freedom to worship as you choose.  On the other hand, churches should stay out of government and leave that up to their members.  If the church members do their civic duty, the church interest will be served by the people, not the church, thereby maintaining the status of separation of church and state.

 

From the time Jesus Christ was here on earth the non-believers and the forces of evil have been doing every thing they can to oppose the work of God in the hearts and lives of His people and their rights to proclaim their faith

 

WHERE WE ARE NOW 

 

Before moving forward, I want all of you to know this is “NOT A PARTISAN ARTICLE”. We are under a two party system which has worked very well until near the end of the last century.  If we are able to find and correct the problem, the two party system can and will work again.

 

We are now in troubling times on a number of fronts in our beloved country.  Let us open our minds and put them to thinking as we assess our status as honestly as we can. It is most certain that some toes will be trod upon as we march forward in this mission.  As we all know, if we will admit it, our two party system of government is in a sad state of health and is facing malfunction junction if the course does not change soon.  

 

Before going on we need to turn our attention to balance. If an engine and all its parts aren’t balanced it will run rough, make much noise, shake, vibrate and have very little power.  After searching for, and finding the source of imbalance and making necessary repairs and adjustments, the engine will again run smoothly, quietly and have maximum power.   The same thing applies to the wheels of an automobile and all other machinery.

 

Our bodies have to have a balance of all our biological and metabolical components to function properly and feel well.  When we become ill we go to the doctor.  After the doctor examines, does lab and other tests a diagnoses is rendered, needed medication and therapy prescribed and we begin our recovery.

 

If we are going to cure the ills of our country, we must first look for things that are out of balance, determine the cause and do what is required to put things in balance.  This brings a number of questions into the picture.  First, and foremost is, how did a country that was birthed by the mission to build a nation governed of the people, for the people and by the people with liberty and justice for all, along with the rights to worship God as we chose end up with today’s restrictions on the same?  Take note that the same rights that made it possible to worship as we choose also made it possible for the non-believers to abstain from or to worship in a non-Christian forum.

 

A number of moral and social issues that are of deep concern to most people get kicked around during each election campaign by the elected officials that have come home from Washington D.C. to seek our votes again. Politicians from both parties are looking for two things to get themselves re-elected to another term.  Those two things are money and votes. During their term in office they come home for breaks and conduct town hall meetings to convince us they are fighting for our wishes on these issues.

 

After securing enough votes to win another election, they are back in D.C. raising funds for the next election by voting the interest of the special interest groups that financed their former election.  They feel very safe in doing so because they talk about those moral and social issues during the term to use them as a matador flag for your attention while making sure the same issues can again be their political football at the next election.

 

I recently received the final column by Charley Reese.  It relates so well with the goal of this article that it has to be included.

 

Charley Reese’s final column for the   Orlando  Sentinel

Charley  Reese has been a journalist for 49 years.  

 

This is about as clear and easy to understand as it can be. The article below is completely neutral, neither anti-republican or democrat.  Charlie Reese, a retired reporter for the Orlando Sentinel, has hit the nail directly on the head, defining clearly who it is that in the final analysis must assume responsibility for the judgments made that impact each one of us every day.  It’s a short but good read.  Worth the time.  Worth remembering! 

 

 545 vs. 300,000,000 People    -By Charley Reese

 

Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.

 

Have you ever wondered, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, WHY do we have deficits?

 

Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, WHY do we have inflation and high taxes?

 

You and I don’t propose a federal budget. The President does.

 

You and I don’t have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does.

 

You and I don’t write the tax code, Congress does. 

 

You and I don’t set fiscal policy, Congress does.

 

You and I don’t control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does.

 

One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one President, and nine Supreme Court justices equates to 545 human beings out of the 300 million are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.

 

excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered, but private, central bank.  

 

I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason. They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman, or a President to do one cotton-picking thing. I don’t care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash. The politician has the power to accept or reject it. No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator’s responsibility to determine how he votes.

 

Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party.

 

What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall.  No normal human being would have the gall of a Speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating  deficits. The President can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept it.

 

The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and approving appropriations and taxes. Who is the speaker of the House? Nancy Pelosi. She is the leader of the majority party. She and fellow House members, not the President, can approve any budget they want.  If the President vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto if they agree to.

It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million cannot replace 545 people who stand convicted — by present facts — of incompetence and irresponsibility. I can’t think of a single domestic problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people. When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the federal  government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist.

 

If the tax code is unfair, it’s because they want it unfair.

 

If the budget is in the red, it’s because they want it in the red. 

 

If the Army & Marines are in  Iraq  and  Afghanistan it’s because they want them in   Iraq and  Afghanistan … 

 

If they do not receive social security but are on an elite retirement plan not available to the people, it’s because they want it that way.

 

There are no insoluble government problems.

 

Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to 

 

 

regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take this power. Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exists disembodied mystical forces like “the economy,” “inflation,” or “politics” that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do.

 

Those 545 people, and they  alone, are responsible.

 

They, and they alone, have the power.

 

They, and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses.

 

Provided the voters have the gumption to manage their own employees…

 

We should vote all of  them out of office and clean up their mess!

 

Charlie Reese is a former columnist of the Orlando  Sentinel  Newspaper.

                                                        

 

 The end of the  Charley Reese Article

 

 

If we are going to take Charley’s advice, it is important that we replace the ousted employees with people who are in tune with our interest and the good and welfare of the country.  This is where we have to step up and exercise our duty to make this a government of the people, for the people, by the people.  In order to do this we must go back to the process and start from the beginning and that is going to take time.  Do we have the time? If we are going to rescue this country, we have to make time and determine to do so.  If we are going to succeed, we will have to do it right.  We will have to work open-mindedly and constructively with people that may have opinions that  differ from ours.                                                                   

 

The following is excerpt  #1 from one of my previous writings.  

 

At this time we know we need a solution and the best way to find a solution is to look back to where we went astray and what would have prevented the mess we are in. While we look and think back we see that we are no longer under a government of the people, for the people, by the people. We must question why?   Let us search for the answers.

 

(GOV-OPFPBP) will be used to refer to government of the people, for the people, by the people as we look at how it functions or malfunctions

 

The constitution set the guidelines for the states to operate their own program to attain this goal while staying within the guidelines set forth to assure a true representation of the people. Your state’s rules may vary in minor detail, but I will site Oklahoma, the one I know. 

 

At the same time and date in compliance with the guidelines each political party conducts a meeting within each voting precinct for the purpose of electing a chair person, a co-chair person and a secretary for that precinct. It is required that the announcement of this meeting be published and reported in all local news media.  The term of these officers is two years and they are on a schedule to be elected opposite the United States President.

 

There is a mandate that every voter has the opportunity to submit in writing resolutions for actions they want their party to take and stand for in the process of governing.  The time and place to submit these resolutions are at the precinct meetings.

 

The newly elected secretary then fills out the certification papers on the meeting along with the minutes of the meeting and the resolutions received and submits them to the office of the county party.  The three officers who were elected at the precinct meeting are the delegates which carry the resolutions and desires of that precinct to the next level of the GOV-OPFPBP, that being the party county convention. 

 

Early in county convention a committee is formed to organize all the resolutions submitted to the county party into a proper form along with a recommendation to either approve or reject each one submitted. These resolutions are then presented for a vote of the entire body of delegates from each precinct of the county, completing the move to the next rung up the ladder of GOV-OPFPBP.  These approved resolutions along with other business acted on by the county delegation are advanced to the district convention where they will be heard and voted on again at that level, whether to advance to state or remove each resolution.  These delegates that are elected to the district are also delegates elected to advance to the state convention where they send their desires up the ladder enabling the GOV-OPFPBP.

 

Next the delegates and the resolutions and other issues that were acted on arrive at the state convention.  Here the business of every active precinct, each county and all districts are all organized and presented to the entire body of delegates that have been sent from all counties that were elected by delegates from all active precincts.    At this point, every voter of the State who has had interest enough to participate in the process of GOV-OPFPBP has exercised his/her input into the process

 

At the state convention all items needing attention are discussed and voted on, including voting on the resolutions submited from the entire state upon the completion of all other business the state convention conducts an election of state officers for the next term and the delegates to the national convention. The number of delegates going to the national are determinded by the population.  The delegates elected at the state level then carry the approved resolutions to national level and they are voted again before becoming planks in the party platform.  With business before the national convention completed, they move on to the final nomination of the party’s candidate for presidential who in turn chooses his vice presedential running mate. If the majority of voters participated in this process we would have  GOV-OPFPBP.  With the people ignoring this process for most of a century special interest influence has circumvented the wishes of the people, corrupted the system and sold our interest to the promoters of one world economy and one world government.

 

end of exerpt #1

 

exerpt #2    

 

If all the people use the time they spend babbling on talk shows, sending convoluted emails, writing to editors and spending time on any number of other venues that do nothing to solve the problem, would only devote 13 hours (more or less) every two years to doing something productive, that would change the course of this country.

 

The state of Oklahoma has hundreds of precincts with no officers now and a few years ago we had a lot more. One group of people got themselves organized and captured enough precincts to get their agenda moved on by having three of their group rent and move into precincts that had no officers. In most cases, they were the only ones to show up for the meeting. 

 

In 1965 we bought a house in an established neighborhood of all working middle class people.  Most of us had children in school at the time.  At that time Don Rock was the precinct 27 chair, his wife Wilma was co-chair, and the secretary did not want to serve anymore.  The four of us were all that attended that meeting.   For the next six years Don, Wilma and I were the precinct officers and delegates to the county convention.  During that time, in six years one other person came to one of the meetings.  After that term, Don and Wilma retired.  The meeting that year was attended by Don, Wilma, my wife Sylvia, one other man (his name I don’t remember), and myself.  That meeting resulted in the other man becoming secretary, Sylvia became co-chair and I became chair. One time during the next six years we had one other person attend, but he declined any active roll. Before the next term Sylvia was deceased, and I acted as secretary in addition to being chair.  At the next precinct meeting I had married Beatrice (Bea).  I remained the chair, Bea became the co-chair and the secretary retained his position.  Sometime later the secretary moved away, and I recruited a supportive neighbor named Chris Murphy to assume the secretary position.  In 2006 Bea’s health went downhill to the point where she had to have full time care, and I became inactive in the party. In 2007 Bea died after which I went mobile and traveled full time in the motor home.  As far as I know, no one from precinct 27 has attended the precinct meetings since then. 

 

(It is now three years since this previous writing was done, and I have been away and know not the status of precinct 27.)

 

During the time that I was chair of precinct 27, there was one man that attended once and at the last meeting I conducted there were two ladies who attended and one of them became co-chair for one term.  At the first meeting after I became inactive, there was no attendance.

 

Stop and think about what you just read. Over the time span of 52 years, precinct 27 has had a combined total of 14 people participate in the process of GOV-OPFPBP.  Precinct 27 has only had eight people serve as precinct officers in a 52 year time frame.  This degree of apathy is seen in hundreds of precincts over the state of Oklahoma, and I feel safe in saying the same thing applies to all other states.

 

Should we wonder that our country is in the mess that it is in? 

 

 

 

Did you ever stop and think when you say let’s pray for our country, God would come nearer to answering our prayers if we were all committed to doing our duty by becoming active in the above named process?  Even when Christ was here on earth in the flesh He used disciples.  Now He is only here in Spirit but He still needs disciples to help Him.

 

End of exerpt #2

 

Now let us take a look at what is out of balance in our government and determine how to bring it into balance.  The above facts show that we are not under a GOV-OPFPBP, in which the majority rules.  Why?  The majority says, when asked to particapate in government, “I don’t get into politics but I do my civic duty and always vote.”

 

Now look at how they decide for whom and what to vote for.  Their opinions are formed by which spin doctor talk shows, which alledged news reports, which campaign speech and which media election commercial titalates their fancy.  These sources have armed them with a small percent of twisted facts and a very large percent of out-right lies and away they go to the polls to do their civic duty.  At this point the majority has just voted to let the minority continue to rule this country and they then spend the next four years sending their chain emails and other forms complaining about how things are.

 

The majority in both parties are not too far apart on the core issues but the media and the politicians are obsessed with widening the gap to the point their chances of getting re-elected increase with the widening of the gap and keeping the voters in their party focused on this gap.  By so doing, the voters on both sides never see how they are destroying the great United States Of America that I was born into seventy seven years ago.

 

The only way to bring this government back into balance and restore the majority GOV-OPFPBP rule is for the majority in both parties to show up at their next precinct meeting, take power, draft and submit their resolutions and elect delegates that carry their resolutions forward and upward.  Next we should field candidates who will go forward with integrity and represent the majority and the country.  If they don’t do that, we should then inforce the most effective term limit rule and vote someone else in their place in the next election.  This will only work when the majority leave the present day media without an audienice and spend that time doing research that will monitor what is going on in government rather than swallowing what has been spoon fed through the fountain of deception, the media.

 

This process would have to be fine tuned as needed but if inacted by the majority the rumbling, vibrating, shaking, rattling and bumping in government would cease.  

  

If and when this happens, once again the majority could enjoy a country with a Government under God and GOV-OPFPBP.  There would be none with power to restrict when and where we pray, worship, site the pledge, display the Ten Commandments or be denied the right that we all have under the Constitution.  If someone is offended by our way of life they would have the right to vacate the premises to avoid being offended.  On the other side we the majority should also respect their right to disagree with us but demand that they do it on their on turf and not infringe on our right.  All person’s rights should end prior to overriding another persons right.Not just a few of us but the majority has to wake up, look at the whole picture, determine what is wrong, and do what is needed to fix it. We are to use the process that is available to change things.  It will take time and effort but it will work if the majority steps up to the challenge.  It can suceed if the majority does.  If not we are doomed, the demise of our nation wll occur.  The Great and Mighty UNITED STATES OF AMERICA will be lying in state while we grieve and our enemies are celebrating and at that time you will see that our enemies used paid lobbists to purchase our elected officials to  defect to the side of our enemies.

 

May God help the majority including the so called moral majority to wake up and see the whole picture.

 

Help us to see that when the separation of state and church was bridged and the churches started preaching politics from the pulpit they were enabling the forces of evil in their effort to destroy our great country.  

 

Churches should keep their places of worship politically neutral but their Christian members should be very active in GOV-OPFPBP.   All citizens, both Christians and non-Christians, are obligated to participate in government and both are obliged to respect the rights of the other.  Just as Jesus Christ gives people a choice, so does our government. We all reap the rewards of our choice and we do so without the participation of government.

 

In closing, I challenge all Americans who are loyal and patriotic to our great nation to ignore those who would like to widen the gap and to move us back on the course our founding father’s set for us.

 

Howell B. Joiner

P.O. Box 104

Bixby, Ok 74008

 

www.howelljoiner.com

 

howelljoiner@gmail.com

 

918.838.8380

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