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Civilization: Some Thoughts

 [Update below: What Egyptian, Syrian minorities can expect?  Historian Arnold Toynbee's insights]

 

The Nine Stages of the Rise and Fall of World Powers
 
"A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse, that is excessive gratuities from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always vote for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury, with the results that a democracy always collapses under loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship.

The average age of the world’s great civilizations has been 200 years. These nations have progressed through this sequence:
 
From bondage to spiritual faith
From spiritual faith to great courage
From great courage to liberty
From liberty to abundance
From abundance to selfishness
From selfishness to complacency
From complacency to apathy
From apathy to dependency, [and] back to bondage"
— Professor Alexander Tyler, a Scottish historian, writing in 1787 about the fall of the Athenian republic over 2000 years earlier
 

 

Similarly, Edward Gibbon, the English historian who in 1776 published The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, gave five significant reasons for Rome's fall:
 
 **The rapid increase of divorce, undermining the dignity of the family, which is the basis of a stable society.
 
 **Higher and higher taxes, and the spending of public money
 
 **The mad craze for pleasure, public sporting events becoming more exciting and more brutal every year
 
 **The increase in armaments for war; piling up weapons when the real enemies of the nation were within
 
 **The decay of religion, with faith fading into mere forms that were empty and useless for guiding life. [Birmingham News, 3 July 1992] 

 
 
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World Peace Plan
 
Peace Begins in the Womb
 
There will never be true Peace in the World until there is Peace in the Womb

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How does abortion relate to violence in American society?

During a powerful speech at the 2/1994 National Prayer Breakfast, Mother Teresa of Calcutta said: "The greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child…And if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?"

 
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Life is a gift which needs protection. 

That is the purpose of civilization and government… 
 
 

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The Family is the Basic Unit of Civilization…
 
 

The Family is the Basic Unit of Civilization…

  

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PERSONAL TRAITS WHICH BUILD UP CIVILIZATIONS:
 
 
Respect
 
Responsibility
 
Character
 
Honor
 
Duty
 
 
                                                                                

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America Pre- and Post-Roe
 
Since 1973, abortion advocates have hailed Roe v. Wade as a cure-all for social ills.  Has Roe been a solution or part of the problem?  Consider these facts:
 
Social Concern                      1960           1970            1990
 
Illegitimate Births                 5.3%         10.7%         26.2%
 
Children with Single Mothers   8%          11%             22%
 
Children on Welfare             3.5%           8.5%         11.9%
 
Teen Suicide Rate                3.6%           5.9%         11.3%
 
Reported Violent Crime Rate  16.1           36.4           73.2
 
(per 100,000)  [from Index of Leading Cultural Indicators; Empower America, William J. Bennett]


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"A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy. While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but when once they lose their virtue, they will be ready to surrender their lib

erties to the first external or internal invader."
 
— Samuel Adams, one of our nation’s Founders
 

 

 

 

What Egyptian, Syrian minorities can expect?  Historian Arnold Toynbee's insights

Historian Arnold Joseph Toynbee died OCTOBER 2, 1975.

Providing foreign intelligence for the British during World Wars I and II, Toynbee was a delegate to the Paris Peace Conferences.

Educated at Oxford "almost entirely in the Greek and Latin Classics," Toynbee taught at King's College of London, the London School of Economics, and the Royal Institute of International Affairs.
 

Toynbee authored many history books, including Greek Policy Since 1882 (1914), and The Murderous Tyranny Of The Turks (London, New York: Hodder & Stoughton, 1917), in which he wrote:

"Turks…from Central Asia, ruled during the first two centuries of their conquests by…unscrupulous Sultans, who subjugated the Christian populations of Asia Minor and South-Eastern Europe, compelling part of these populations to embrace Mohammedanism,

and supporting their own power by seizing the children of the rest, forcibly converting them to Islam, and making out of them an efficient standing army, the Janizaries, by whose valour and discipline the Turkish wars of conquest were carried on from early in the 15th down into the 19th century."

 
Toynbee explained:

"The Greeks were leaders of civilization in the Ancient World and in the Middle Ages, till the Greek Empire of Constantinople was conquered by the Turks in 1453…

The Armenians were the first people to make Christianity their national religion…They produced a fine literature and architecture, which Turkish conquest destroyed…Turks have repressed all symptoms of Armenian revival by massacres…"

 
Tracing history, Toynbee continued:

"There are three stages in the history of Ottoman tyranny…

Osman, its founder, from whom the Osmanli Turks take their name, was the hereditary chief of a wandering band of Turkish freebooters from Central Asia…carve(d) out a principality for himself at the expense of the neighboring Christians…"

This Ottoman dominion, which started thus in the 13th century with a few square miles of territory in North-Western Asia Minor, expanded during the next 300 years till it stretched from within a few miles of Vienna to Mecca and Baghdad.

It destroyed the Ancient Empire of Constantinople, which had preserved Greek learning during the Middle Ages; the free Christian kingdoms of Bulgaria, Serbia, Bosnia, Wallachia, Moldavia and Hungary…

Such a career of destructive conquest was a disaster to civilization, and it was only made possible by a ruthless militarism…"

Toynbee described:

"The Ottoman method of conscription was to take a tribute of children from the conquered Christians so many children from each family every so many years bring them up in barracks as fanatical Moslems and train them as professional recruits.

These 'Janissaries,' militarized from their youth up and divorced from every human relation except loyalty to their war-lord, were the most formidable soldiers in Europe, and each new Christian land they conquered was a new field of recruitment for their corps.

The Ottoman Empire literally drained its victims' blood, and its history as a Vampire-State is unparalleled in the history of the world."

Toynbee wrote further:

"This was the first stage in Ottoman history; the second…was internal and external decay. The Empire was cut short by Austria, Russia and other foreign powers; the subject peoples began to win back their freedom by breaking away from under the Turkish yoke…

The Turkish…tradition of violence and cunning…tried to stave off the consequences of its own rottenness by making the subject peoples even weaker and more wretched than itself.

This was the policy of Abd-ul-Hamid, who reigned from 1876 to 1908, and his method was to set one race against another.

Kurds were encouraged to massacre the Armenians; the Turkish soldiers were ordered to join in the massacre when the Armenians put up a resistance…Turkish troops came up and burned the village for treason against the Ottoman State. "

Toynbee described the brief euphoria when dictator Abd-ul-Hamid was deposed and they were promised democracy. But high hopes were dashed when this Turkish 'Spring' was co-opted by fundamentalist Muslims who began a genocide, as Toynbee described:

"In the first stage the subject peoples paid their tribute of children…

In the second stage they were hounded on to destroy each other by the Machiavellian policy of Abd-ul-Hamid.

 

The third stage has been introduced by the Young Turks…a government employing its resources in the murder of its own people…

When the Young Turks came into power in 1908 they announced a program of "Ottomanisation." Every language in the Empire but Turkish was to be driven off…Non-Turkish majority was to be assimilated to the Turkish minority by coercion…

The Turks drive forth Greeks and Bulgars destitute from their homes and possessions. The Magyars mobilize troops to terrorize Slovaks and Romanians at the elections; the Turks draft the criminals from their prisons into the Gendarmeri to exterminate the Armenian race…

The Young Turks have pursued their nationalistic program by butchery. The Adana massacres of 1909…occurred within a year of the proclamation of the Young Turk Constitution, which assured equal rights of citizenship to all inhabitants of the Empire.

 
In 1913 the Turkish Army was engaged in exterminating the Albanians because they had an un-Ottoman national spirit of their own. This work was interrupted by the Balkan War, but the Turks revenged themselves for their defeat…by exterminating all Greeks and Slavs left in the territory they still retained…

Only a third of the two million Armenians in Turkey have survived, and that at the price of apostatizing to Islam or else of leaving all they had and fleeing across the frontier.

The refugees saw their women and children die by the roadside, and apostasy too, for a woman, involved the living death of marriage to a Turk and inclusion in his harem.

The other two-thirds…were marched away from their homes…with no food or clothing for the journey, in fierce heat and bitter cold, hundreds of miles over rough mountain roads. They were plundered and tormented by their guards, and by subsidized bands of brigands, who descended on them in the wilderness, and with whom their guards fraternized.

Parched with thirst, they were kept away from the water with bayonets. They died of hunger and exposure and exhaustion, and in lonely places the guards and robbers fell upon them and murdered them in batches some at the first halting place after the start, others after they had endured weeks of this agonizing journey.

About half the deportees and there was at least 1,200,000…perished thus on their journey,
and the other half have been dying lingering deaths ever since at their journey's end; for they have been deported to the most inhospitable regions in the Ottoman Empire: the malarial marshes in the Province of Konia; the banks of the Euphrates where, between Syria and Mesopot

amia, it runs through a stony desert; the sultry and utterly desolate track of the Hedjaz Railway…

 
The same campaign of extermination has been waged against the Nestorian Christians on the Persian frontier…In Syria there is a reign of terror…

The 'Deportation Scheme' was drawn up by the central government…No State could be more completely responsible for any act within its borders than the Ottoman State is responsible for the appalling crimes it has committed against its subject peoples…"

Toynbee wrote:

"Turkish rule…is now, oppressing or massacring, slaughtering or driving from their homes, the Christian population of Greek or Bulgarian stock…Armenia and Cilicia, and Syria, where within the last two years it has been destroying its Christian subjects…

The Young Turkish gang who gained power when they had deposed Abd-ul-Hamid, have surpassed even that monster of cruelty in their slaughter of the unoffending Armenians.

The 'Committee of Union and Progress' began by promising equal rights to all races and faiths…It proceeded…to expel the Greek-speaking inhabitants of Western Asia Minor, and to exterminate the Armenians…

The Muslim peasant of Asia Minor is an honest, kindly fellow when not roused by fanaticism…

President Wilson…called upon…Allied Nations…that they…make good their words:

'The liberation of the peoples who now lie beneath the murderous tyranny of the Turks…'"

 
Toynbee continued:

"Turkish tyranny…putting the clock in South-Eastern Europe a century back…to reconquer for Militarism the field which the 19th century won here for Democracy…destroying without interference a multitude of smaller and weaker peoples from Alsace to Romania and from Schleswig to Baghdad…"

 
Arnold Toynbee was a correspondent for the Manchester Guardian during the Greco-Turkish War (1919-1922).

His 12-volume Study Of History (1934-1961), described the rise, flowering, and decline of 26 cultures from Egypt, Greece and Rome to Polynesia and Peru.

After World War II, Toynbee wrote Historians Approach To Religion (1956), and Change And Habit: The Challenge Of Our Time (1966), in which he predicted that China would become the major global power if the United States and the Soviet Union could not maintain world order.

"Civilizations die from suicide, not by murder," argued Toynbee, who saw religion as a prime motivation in history.

 
Toynbee continued:

"When I started, religion was not a prominent feature…In writing my study, I have been constantly surprised to find religion coming back to fill an even greater place."

 
Toynbee concluded:

"So what does the universe look like?..It looks as if everything were on the move either toward its Creator or away from Him…

The course of human history consists of a series of encounters… in which each man or woman or child…is challenged by God to make the free choice between doing God's will and refusing to do it.

When Man refuses, he is free to make his refusal and to take the consequences." 

 

 

AFTER 2012 ELECTION, BUT STILL THE REALITY

 

“He who is silent in the face of evil, consents to it.”

 

“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
“That, to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; . . .”
The Declaration of Independence – July 4, 1776

 

 

 

Republican Party Platform
http://www.gop.com/2012-republican-platform_home/
Republican Party Pro-Life Section of the Platform
http://www.lifenews.com/2012/08/23/full-text-of-strongly-pro-life-gop-abortion-platform-released/

Democratic Party Platform
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2012/09/04/us/politics/20120904-DNC-platform.html

Democratic Party Platform
page 51 : At the core of the Democratic Party is the principle that no one should face discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, language, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity… The Administration has said that the word 'family' in immigration includes LGBT relationships in order to protect bi-national families threatened with deportation.
We are committed to ensuring full equality for women: we reaffirm our support fo rthe Equal Rights Amendment, recommit to enforcing Title IX, support the Paycheck Fairness Act, and will urge ratification of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women [NOTE: CEDAW is one of the most rabidly liberal forces in the United Nations.]
page 52: And that's why the Affordable Care ACt is ending health insurance discrimination against women, and provides women with free access to preventive care, including prenatal screenings, mammograms, cervical cancer screening, breast-feeding supports, and contraception.
We understand that women's rights are civil rights. That's why we reaffirm our support for the ERA, recommit to enforcing Title IX, and will urge ratification of the [CEDAW; this is a repeat of what was written on page 51]. …
The President and the Democratic Party believe that women have a right to control their  reproductive choices. Democrats support access to affordable family planning services, and President Obama and Democrats will continue to stand up to Republican efforts to defund Planned Parenthood health centers**. The Affordable Care Act ensures that women have access to contraception in their health insurance plans, and the President has respected the principle of religious liberty. [?] Democrats support evidence-based and age-appropriate sex education. [NOTE: they should support Risk Elimination Education, because Abstinence Eliminates the Risk!!]

Protecting A Woman's Right to Choose. The Democratic Party strongly and unequivocally supports Roe v. Wade and a woman's right to make decisions regarding her pregnancy, including a safe and legal abortion, regardless of ability to pay**. We oppose any and all efforts to weaken or undermine that right. Abortion is an intensely personal decision between a woman, her family, her doctor, and her clergy; there is no place for politicians or government to get in the way. We also recognize that health care and education help reduce the number of unintended pregnancies and thereby also reduce the need for abortions. [NOTE: Multiple record-based, scientific studies the world over, including in the USA, have shown that artificial birth control actually INCREASES pregnancies, and therefore, abortions.]

We strongly and unequivocally support a woman's decision to have a child by providing affordable health care and ensuring the availability of and access to programs that help women during pregnancy and after the birth of a child, including caring adoption programs. [Comment: Where is the financial support for pregnancy and adoption? Certainly not from Planned Parenthood… This is certainly a bipartisan desire, to supp

ort pregnancy and adoption.]

[**NOTE: Democrats SUPPORT FUNDING Planned Parenthood — and the whole abortion industry — with our tax dollars to the tune of OVER one-third of a BILLION DOLLARS each year.]

page 51: [NOTE: Eliminating "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" is forcing soldiers to participate in activities forced upon them by their superior officers. If they refuse, they face dishonorable discharge.]

http://www.nationalrighttolifenews.org/news/2012/10/the-presidential-record-on-life-2/

http://www.lifenews.com/2010/11/07/obamaabortionrecord/  (updated as of 10 Sept 12)

http://nrlc.org/Records/obamarecord.pdf

http://www.nationalrighttolifenews.org/news/2012/10/the-obama-abortion-agenda-and-the-congress-the-last-four-years-2/

“He who is silent in the face of evil, consents to it.”