Sen. Lindsey Graham: My First Act as President…

by Pete on March 22, 2015

Mar. 12, 2015 2:09 pm

From Alternet: Sen. Lindsey Graham: My First Act as President Would Be Sending the Military After Congress


Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) vowed that, if elected president, he would use the military to force Congress to reverse cuts to federal defense spending, Voxreported.

“I would literally use the military to keep them in if I had to,” Graham said at an event in New Hamphsire over the weekend. “We’re not leaving town until we restore these defense cuts. We are not leaving town until we restore the intel cuts.”

The remark was first posted online by journalist Ron Noyes at Noyes wrote that, when reached for comment, a spokesperson from Graham’s office said via email, “Due to the large volume of mail I receive, I regret that I am only able to respond personally to inquiries from South Carolinians.”


Money, like blood, must circulate freely for society to thrive.

Senator Graham, anyone who can breathe and make decisions knows that what we give is what we get; what goes around, comes around, eventually. When we choose to attack, oppress, bully and exploit other individuals and nations for our own benefit, intuitively, if not consciously, we know our actions will come back to haunt us. Some call it blow back.

Let’s assume the following statement is correct: How we define ourselves, and the world around us, forms our intent, which, in turn, forms our reality. In other words, as we think, we create. To change what we create, we change what we think. Isn’t that pretty much how it is? If you want to quit smoking or drinking, you change what you think about them. You find reasons to change and use your imagination to see yourself changed.

With these ideas in mind, where does the core of current Republican thought and action come from? I submit it comes from fear and uncertainty. Why else would a person look at the world and see nothing but scarcity, competition and struggle for survival? Why would they lie, cheat and steal to have their way? Why would they be willing to sacrifice love, truth and joy in exchange for money, power and privilege? Can all the money, power and privilege in the world protect them from negative thought and behavior patterns?

When we say one thing and do another, it’s called hypocrisy. For example, when we say we want peace but vote for war, we’re hypocrites. When we swear to serve the country to get elected and then only serve ourselves and those who pay large sums of money to help us get elected, we’re being both cynical and deceitful. If a politician wins an election through election fraud and accuses voters of voter fraud to distract and put them on the defensive, it’s called misdirection, which is another form of deceit.

When we call others entitled to justify reductions in pay, support services and earned benefit plans so we can cut taxes for the rich and have more resources for our own use, we’re also being deceitful (liars, thieves and criminals too). And what about those folks who watch Fox News and listen to Right Wing radio personalities who spend their time attacking people for who they are (race, religion, affiliations, likes and dislikes) instead of what they do, how they do it and why they do it? What’s more important, the color of a person’s skin, their sex, size, religion or what they do, how they do it, why they do it and how it affects themselves and those around them?

Does misery love company? Do the Fox “Infotainment” watchers and Rush Limbaugh lovers enjoy seeing people trashed in the misguided belief it will make them wiser in their decision making process or because it will give them someone to pick on and abuse in the event they feel powerless and miserable about themselves? Do they believe it’s hard enough to take care of themselves and their own families, let alone others? Is this why it’s so easy to make them hate government and love Free Market Capitalism, despite how it fleeces them? Does this blind them to the cynicism and damage to themselves from policies like “Trickle Down Economics” and “Right to Work” laws written by corporations for their own benefit? Does it blind them to the loss of Women’s Rights and Equal Pay for Equal Work? Does it blind them to racial discrimination because it eliminates some of their competition, which gives them an advantage?

What about the cost of exploitation for profit, which now includes everyone outside the sacred circle of leadership or conspiracyship? Some examples are:

  • the loss of resources for people when paranoia and greed lead to the need for greater surveillance and wars for profit.
  • the loss of jobs when America is being dismantled and cashed in for profit by those obsessed with money, power and privilege.
  • the loss or reduction of overtime pay and earned benefits like Social Security and pensions.
  • usurious interest rates on credit cards, Pay Day Lender and student loans.
  • higher for-profit prison incarceration rates among minorities and low income people who act out in fear and anger from discrimination and the loss of access to food and shelter.

It just goes on and on, until we wake up and stop it! What works and makes us happy? This is what we need to focus on if we want to create what we want and let go of what we don’t want. We need to understand the difference between values like “survival of the fittest” and “all for one and one for all”. When we believe that life is about “survival of the fittest” we compete for supremacy or hide in defense. We even try to destroy each other to be the last one standing.

When we expand our awareness and understand that we’re both one and separate, that we’re not only products of creation, we’re creation itself; we open the door to cooperation and collaboration, one for all and all for one. Who we are (how tall we are, what sex, religion, age, race we are), is not as important as what we do and how we do it. This is what affects our relationships most. It’s not what we look like or how old or young we are.

In life and business, how often do we ask: is what I’m doing worthy of my ideals? Do my actions improve the quality of life or undermine it? Do they improve humanity’s chances for survival or threaten it?

Using money, power and privilege as a measure of success creates problems and we know it. It has a negative value as a moral compass. Being rich doesn’t make us decent. We choose to be decent. When we give money too much power, we stop listening to our own inner voice and too often turn into caricatures of ourselves. A healthy alternative is to live by value fulfillment and practice idealism. In other words, instead of quantity, we can value quality. We can take the time to look for what’s best in ourselves and others, not look for what gives us the greatest advantage over them. We all have the power to write our own script! What works and makes you happy?

Roger “Pete” Peterson –

“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having (and creating) a human experience.” – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Instead of money, power and privilege, would love, truth and joy be a better measure of success? One isolates us in the material world of separation, scarcity and competition while the other not only acknowledges our oneness AND separation, it acknowledges our role in creation itself. Using love, truth and joy as a measure of success provides us with a moral compass. It encourages us to live for the love of Being and Creation, instead of running from the fear of suffering and death. It inspires us to find and express what’s best in all that we are.

“How you define yourself and the world around you, forms your intent, which, in turn, forms your reality.” – Seth

In other words, we create our own reality from what we choose to believe about ourselves, and the world around us.

If we don’t consciously choose our own beliefs, we unconsciously absorb them from our surroundings.

If beliefs, attitudes, values and expectations create our reality, can we afford not to question them?

What do we want most for our children, ourselves and the world?

In life and business, how often do we ask: is what I’m doing worthy of my ideals? Do my actions improve the quality of life or undermine it? Do they improve humanity’s chances for survival or threaten it?

Is active and thoughtful participation in the creation of our reality the change we’re looking for?

The secrets of the universe lie hidden in the shadows of your experience. Look for them.

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Affirm what you believe!

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Pete March 22, 2015 at 3:49 PM

Bill Clinton’s memorable and highly successful 1992 campaign motto was: “It’s the economy, stupid.

Today’s most memorable and highly successful campaign motto would be: It’s the belief system, stupid!

What we think about each other and the nature of our relationship determines how we treat each other, including ourselves. If we choose to see ourselves as separate in a world of fear, limitation and competition, we’ll do whatever it takes to survive. If we choose to see ourselves as both one and separate in a world of love, abundance and cooperation, we’ll work together to survive and thrive. And, we’ll take the needs of the environment into consideration. To know what we want, we must know what we don’t want to make clear choices. Sometimes that’s not so easy. To paraphrase Walt Kelly, the author of the Pogo cartoon strip: “We have seen the enemy and he is (not “us” but our beliefs about ourselves and the world around us).

Change what we think and we change what we create. We do it all the time but seldom acknowledge it. It’s a matter of cultural selective perception flowing out of the belief that we’re little more than blank slates to be written on. As a matter of fact, we always do the best we can with what we know in the moment and, when we understand more, we do better!

Pete March 25, 2015 at 8:18 AM

As I scrolled down the page, I stopped at the statement: Money, like blood, must circulate freely for society to survive. Something seemed missing. That “something”, it turned out, was good will; love and good will. Is putting a price on everything and becoming dependent on the convenience of money for exchanging goods and services blinding us to the love and good will that supports all Being and Creation? Most of the time, don’t we live for the love of Being and Creation? Why else would we get so depressed and angry when someone tells us we’re bad and can’t be trusted, that there’s something wrong with us? Is there, or, is life providing us with the opportunity to live and learn, to grow and evolve? Does awareness and action ultimately provide us with the opportunity to discover our true selves, the selves we love to be?

In case you can’t tell, I love ideas. I love to hop on board to see where they take me. Looking for the good in things, what works and makes me happy, makes me feel safe and confident. Besides, I know I can hop off a train of thought any time I choose. It’s when we look for the “bad” or are conditioned to expect the worst in things, we need to worry.

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