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A voice in the wilderness in the fields of broken dreams.
I began writing about it when I was led to believe I had only about two years to live.
You write differently when you think your time is short. However my advocacy which I call my ministry, is now in its 18th
year. Today , Pope Francis gave an address in the U.S. Congress. It never happened before. I had to send out this
letter to my children be taken by this moving experience.
This letter comes after listening the Pope's
address to Congress. It
will prove to be one of
the greatest historical events in our lifetime. It was absolutely a moving experiences for all who listened to it and for
all to later study. He did not get into the causes behind the effects in our time as I had hope he would but it was an amazing
I cried a bit because he touched on most of everything I write about and
mentioned the same people and what they say in all my writings.
He mentioned the common good is based on the golden rule - do unto
others as you would have them do unto you. In my articles I tell about it not only as a golden rule but also as a practical
solution to all the problems we face. I think your children are ready to do this for the sake of the common good in their
pursuit of the life ideal on earth.
He also mention Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton about four
most of all my articles are based on their thoughts
I began my advocacy for workers dignity and local and value added
economies which I consider a ministry that God assigned
to me with Thomas Merton saying,
"Do not depend on the hope of results,
When you are doing the sort of work you have taken on, you may have
to face the fact that your work will be apparently worthless and even
achieve no worth at all, if not perhaps, results opposite
to what to what
"As you get used to this idea, you will start
more and more to concentrate
not on the results, but
the value, the rightness, the truth of the work itself.
Today, my Pope confirmed this in my soul and heart.
It really is something
I did not chose to do but
God told me to be a voice in the wilderness in
of broken dreams. He told me money on money brings wars and the horrors like free trade economics.
The following is a comment by an Italian Princess in Rome who came from Texas about my work... it includes an example
of what I say in my many articles that I have written for more than 17 years.
Pope did not mention Peter Maurin who was Dorothy Day's mentor.He reminds me of myself
in my old age. When Maurin was old, people had to go out an find him on the streets somewhere in New York preaching. He could
not remember how to get home but he never stopped advancing the thoughts of the Catholic Workers movement. In my writings,
I also explore the latent response of religion and philosophy to the global economic arena. I follow parts of what Peter Maurin
Writing about the Catholic Church, a radical writer says:
will have to do more than to play a waiting game; she will have to use some of the dynamite inherent in her message.”
.......Catholic scholars have taken the dynamite of the Church, have wrapped it up in nice
phraseology, placed it in an hermetic container
and sat on the lid.
It is about time to blow
the lid off so the Catholic Church
again become the dominant social dynamic force.
Let your children take this in the Social
Gospel because sometimes in losing everything we can also gain everything the Lord has for for each of us.... to see
His Face and be embraced in His Perfect Love forever. If He calls you out, do notfight the challenge as much as Ihave.
Love in Jesus Forever, Dad
About 93 million Americans are jobless and
no one tells us where they are and what they are doing with their lives. My story is their story. What we had is gone. What
we have needs to be defined.
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My Journey in
the Global Economic Arena : ( in the economic trenches in the real world of the streets )
Introduction: I started my advocacy for human dignity in the work day and
fair trade in 1992 and have been online since 1998. In 1999, I was told that I only had about two years to live and so I speeded
my writing primarily for the sake of my grandchildren so they could get an overview of the past
for the sake of their own futures. However, I continued to survive and my message expanded to grandchildren
everywhere. We now have thousands of resources and references online
Here you will hear a voice from the
work world trying to connect it with his spiritual life. We are living in a world of broken dreams. Pope Bendict
sent out an encyclical about economics. It brings a vision of hope for us all. In college, Professor Gavin who
I highly respected, gave me my required topic for earning my history major. Everyone else got to choose to write
their history topic but me. I had to write about the history of New Harmony, a Christian work community experiment in
Indiana. I did not want to do it and thought it was a foolish assignment for someone like me who specialized in
diplomatic and geopolitical history.
However, Professor Gavin must have seen something in me that needed
to be filled. I did not do a good job and I did not care because I just did not like the topic itself. But he tried
to rub the rim of my soul to fill a crack he had found in me.
Yet, this subject pursued me all
of my days in the work world trying to make sense of our economic day as a follower of Jesus. History taught me that
all who tried to bring the monastery to the outside world ended up in failures most of the time. This is why I
think Pope John's Vatican 2 encyclical is still waiting to be open more widely. The people were not ready for it.
As long as so many think it is only human nature to shop for the cheapest price without considerind the conditions behind
the price, there is little hope for thinking love will bring human dignity to the work day. I think Pope Benedict's new
economic encylical was named Charity is truth for this reason.
Something extra has happened in our times
too. I never thought I would see the day where someone like former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan would center on
something as the New Harmony work community experiment as a way of saying idealism does not match up to the so called
free market arena. Greenspan dedicates a large section in his book - The Age of Turbulence- relating to New Harmony.
He may not know it yet, but he has announced to the world that Jesus is back in the temple confronting the moneychangers
of the world. This is the only time in the Bible where Jesus demonstrated anger. In the coming pages, I trust you will
open your minds and hearts to a journey in the global economic arena with someone who tried to put harmony in their work
and spiritual life. Work itself is the core of our souls. When it is out of sync , everything else falls too.
This is why I have confronted free trade and globalization as death in our economic lives. It is impossible to degrade the
value of workers and work and expect anything good to come from it. It is impossible for an economy to be based on making
money on money instead of making and growing things. Money changers will be challenged directly by the order of things. In
the present time, we see vividly how they are on a self-destruct course. This is time for the common man to come to the understanding
of the common good. This is the time for power brokers to heed all the warnings. In my case, I now find it best to curse
the darkness that has come over us instead of lighting one little candle. This is my story of my work in life and trying to
connect it with my spirit. For others, we must start gently rubbing the rims of their souls to see how we can feel the cracks.
The present Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke committed free traders heresy during the first Bush stimulus
package debate when he told Congress this: The best way to stimulate the economy with stimulus money is to buy "domestically
produced goods." His message was not heeded and President Obama ignores statements like this as he put tariffs
on future generations bailing out the financial community that caused the economic crisis through free trade and globalization.
Saying goodbye to the American Dream and the
America I once knew is not an easy thing to do.
The government promised help to those who lost
their jobs or businesses due to free trade. Instead, many incurred even more problems from government agencies.
And who would have thought, President Obama would bail out the big money, banks, Wall Street and large corporations
and ignore the suffering of all who lost their jobs and businesses due to free trade and globalization. He used the
term The New World Order several times at international conferences. We do not need conspiracy theories to know free
trade and globalization have been driven by powerful forces outside the will of the people. Now, these forces are openly
revealing their intentions - see
http://euro-med.dk/?p=12051 which vividly shows an example of globalist free-traders
and their -Communications by Rank - obviously demonstrating the fact workers have no voice in the process of globalization
and free trade, A "global plantation owner mentality" is obvious too. See also http://tapsearch.com/communications-by-rank
have my prospect book which I carried with me in my daily sales calls for more than 25 years. It has about 125 pages
of customers and prospects totalling about 1,500 possible clients and customer accounts. There were also many more smaller
accounts that gave us an order or two a year that are not listed .
They told us that our heavy industry was
outdated in the globlal economy and that is the reason why we lost it. However, as I page through my old sales book, note
about 80 percent of all the companies are gone. These are companies that lasted at least 30 years. Only a few
companies were in heavy industry. There were manufacturers in almost any category you can think of. Many were in high tech,
electronics and even areospace. The gobalist free traders told us our economy is converting to a service industry but
almost on every page of my call booklet is a service oriented company that went out of business including major data systems
houses. Later, about a 1,000 systems houses and computer dealers went out of business in just a tri-state ares. Just
randomly opening the middle of my call booklet , I find - railroads, transportation, chromium, cable, alloys, building
supplies, calculating, electric components, aircraft parts, textile, clothing, machinery, computer, computer media, medical
systems, chemical, rubber and I can go on and on with all the industries that lasted many years until the free
traders came and told us it was over.
Many of these companies employed 5,000 or more workers.
Today, it makes big news when the last remaining steel company adds 100 more workers to about a 1000 total where once
at least 15,000 workers made a middle class living. In my call booklet, I also noted about a hundred sub-manufacturers
thrived off the steel mills in various production processes. No one brings up the secondary businesses and factories
that fed off the major industrial corporations. I also have some old computer media and components compatible
lists and booklets. I carried these with me to find the compatible items for the computer centers of all these companies.
Virtually none of the computer supplyer and manufacturers are left. This vast sector has been exported too. In the 1960s
I serviced many large family super markets across the city - there were about 200 who were in busines many years. They
too are gone.
The new Tea Parties can protest and talk as much as they like but nothing good will happen
until we set our priorities right. We must first acknowlege that free trade and globalization have stolen our way of
life from us and is the major cause of our economic crisis.
It is sad to read about
a transit bus rider complaining about a bus route being cancelled. She must walk a mile to catch a bus to get
to work and walk down a street where she said she most likely will get mugged. I recall a time when I jumped streetcars
everywhere and it took less than a half hour to get downtown traveling seven miles. I recall when I took it everyday to my
job at a large advertising art agency on the Public Square with robust traffic everywhere. The same applied when I called
on the large advertsing agency just a few blocks away and sometimes it took me longer to get to the accounts than hopping
on the downtown shuttle buses, because of all the congestion of traffic and people on the streets.
I worked at another downtown building for an international airline with airline offices up and down the street. We had
a airline community in just a block or so with hundreds of airline workers.
Later, I had our regional computer
office just north of the public square and was able to call on major national and international corporate offices for a whole
day at a time without leavlng the downtown area. I walked into giant data processing centers without even needing any
security pass for two locations.
When traveling from the west side of town to the east side, I had to go around
the city because it was not practical to use any of the main streets through the center of town because of all the traffic
and business. Today, the fastest way to drive from the west side to the east side is straight through the city even
though there are more new highway surrounding the city.
Today, when I drive down many of these main streets,
I have to just look ahead because there are too many reminders of what was once in our busy thriving city. Now I see
the empty factories and offices which I once called on. I see a third world looking country too where I once serviced
many large family super markets. Some of the few much smaller stores that are open, have security bars on the windows. Other
new businesses represent a dead society of temporary help and casual labor offices with payday loan stores seemingly everywhere.
All of the real businesses have vanished. And it is even dangerous to visit a cemetery where a family member
Our political leaders and economists let this happened and I have to wonder why. I have to also wonder
why no one seems to want to talk about the past as an example of what could be possible today. They award tax money
to stadiums and arenas but never any to build a new local factory. The mayor celebrated the opening of a Walmart in the
steel industry graveyard where thousands once made a middle class wage where they were able to raise even a large family
in a nice home of their own plus help put their children through college. Now there are fewer retail workers
at Walmart with many having to seek government assistance to survive. The people vote and approve
the opening of gambling casinos as a way to boost the economy. There is even a school to teach the unemployed workers
how to shuffle cards for to get a job.
The public does not protest these things but idolize sports stars like LeBron
James who wears the Nike emblem and gets millions of dollars promoting Nike where workers make only 20 cents per hour and
their factory team leaders make less than $50 a month. They do not make enough to buy just one pair of Nike shoes.
Is this who we are now. Is human nature on trial? Is it human nature to shop for the cheapest price no
matter what? Is it human nature to shop yourself out of a job?
All the jobs and businesses endeavors I enjoyed
are gone with only one exception and that company is owned directly by foreign government. I look through my old
files containing the thousand customers and active prospects , I once enjoyed. They are no longer anywhere to be
found. They have vanished off the face of the earth as if they never existed. With this in mind, I begin my story......
This weblog is my online journal. I started my advocacy for human dignity in the workday and fair trade
in 1992 and have been online since 1998. At Tapsearch Com sites and blogs I mix published letters, articles, commentaries,
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in comparison to all the manipulations of a world playing a monopoly game with paper money. Now our economy based on
making money on money instead of making things is burning out. Actually Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said it
all when he told Congress during the first Bush stimulus package debate that the best way to restore our economy is to buy
"domestically produced goods." Currently our leaders in governmnet still ignore this. Only local value
added economies in balanced geopolitical settings work where value can be grown and recycled from the raw product to the final
end user or retail stage. It is senseless trying to restore any individual economy if the money spent at retail goes to where
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