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I’ve been asked to do a radio show about a topic of great interest to me personally. Here’s what I have for the beginning monologue of the first show.

Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. Today as we start our new show we want to introduce our topic, which Joyce (my co-host) and I find not only interesting, but crucial to our future happiness, as individuals, families, communities and nations.

Other radio talk shows, some quite successful, talk about what’s wrong with America today, how the government over-reaches its authority, how our rights are being slowly whittled away, about the plight of the poor, and the unimaginable wealth enjoyed by a few, about how the country’s moral base in crumbling.

All of this is true. But, doesn’t hearing that day after day really get old and discouraging? Who wants to listen to that all day? Not me!

What we have to share with you each week, dear listener, is hope. Yes, the world IS going to pot, the very fiber of our society is rotten, BUT, there is hope.

The funny thing is, all of the symptoms modern American society is experiencing today, all of the crime, the huge wealth gap, the government corruption, the craziness of our society was all predicted. Certain people throughout history have warned us of the results of going down this path, and, thankfully, they have given us the secret to prevent it.

Yes, the path our nation, and other nations, have walked follows a pattern as predictable as night and day. And… since it’s predictable, it’s also preventable! And, maybe, even salvageable. But that, dear listener, is up to you.

The hope we want to share with you is that the same understanding that allows us to predict the downfall of our once-free and prosperous society, also gives us the key to build a world of peace and prosperity for ALL, for all who choose to participate.

No, it won’t be easy. As you’re probably painfully aware, change is often difficult. Getting from here to there will have its obstacles. For example, those people and institutions that believe that they benefit from the status quo will resist change with all their might. Even if it’s in their long-term best interest to embrace the changes we offer.

Here’s the thing, the values which result in the mess our society is in, those values are false, they don’t deliver on their promises. The whole political, social, economic, and educational institutions of our society have all been corrupted by two particular false values. And because they have been compromised in this way, they cannot and will not endure forever. Our social institutions will and must fall. They will fall under the weight of their own corruption. It… is… inevitable.

The GOOD news is that if we can learn from our mistake as a culture, we can learn the two values that have and always will result in a stable, enduring, and prosperous society. If enough people learn to identify and reject the two false values that will bring about the downfall of any society, and if, after rejecting those two values, if we can fully embrace their corresponding true versions, then we’re all set! We’re set because, when our corrupted society self-destructs, we can build a new, enduring, peaceful society in its place. THAT is the hope we have, that is what can give our lives meaning while we endure the decay all around us.

OK, now. The answer to the question that naturally came into your mind when you first heard the title of our show, Zion vs Babylon, was, “Why in the world is their show called that?” I’ll give you three seconds to think about it, and I’ll bet the answer will pop into your head.

Did it come to you, just now? I’m guessing it did.

“Babylon” is a code word that represents any society that embraces the values that will eventually destroy it. And “Zion” is any society that embraces the corresponding versions of those values that will lead that society to long-term peace and prosperity for all.

From the beginning, the history of the world has been a Clash of Cultures: Zion vs Babylon. We’re going to share and discuss with you, our listener, the secret that has been known and shared by a few people throughout history, and we’ll probably spend most of our time talking with you about how the two Zion values can be applied in our hearts, homes, neighborhoods to create and provide a firm foundation for a long-lasting, peaceful, prosperous, crime-free, and HAPPY society.

So, now, as we do our show each week at this hour, we invite you, dear listener, to choose which team you’re going to be on – Team Zion or Team Babylon.

Let’s get started!

America’s Tragedy

America is no longer the “shining city on the hill”. Our enemies connive plans to destroy us, and our allies are confused by our wavering and incoherent actions.

"There is a future where mankind appreciates the genius of the Creator and the preciousness of all Creation"

It’s no wonder because America’s purpose has changed from harboring “the poor huddled masses yearning to be free” to “protecting American interests abroad” which has turned out to mean, bombing countries that threaten the holdings of our wealthiest corporations. America has become the same grasping empire against which we ourselves rebelled in 1776.

It’s no wonder because our super-wealthy corporations have corrupted our government to the point where our politicians can’t do anything but vote on laws they’ve never read. And, the people labor for 5 months every year to pay taxes that are then frivolously wasted by the bureaucrats who used to wear the title of “public servants” with honor.

America has problems with our schools. Our compulsory school laws have trained our children to respond in one of four ways:
1. To play along with their benevolent dictators in the classroom,
2. To lie and cheat just to get by,
3. To turn to drugs & alcohol to escape, or
4. To rebel against a system in which they have no real power.
None of these survival strategies make for good citizens of a free society.

America has the problem of materialism – we are conditioned by the frenzy of advertising that we cannot be happy without buying more stuff we don’t really need. The availability of credit has pushed housing and college prices so high that many must work most of the rest of their adult lives to pay for them. This all has led nearly every American to be in debt bondage to banks, forced to work as wage slaves to “the Man”.

America has problems indeed – our largest cities are plagued with crushing poverty and the vice and the crime it breeds.

There is a Future…

There is a future without crushing, hopeless poverty, vice, and crime.

There is a future where people are not motivated by a pathetic drive to prove their worth to their neighbors, by building bigger houses and stuffing them full of nicer clothes and the latest toys.

There is a future without the bondage of debt, where no one works for 30 years to pay off a home loan or twenty to pay off college loans.

There is a future without schools that feel, look, and act like prisons – schools where children must learn to cope with tyranny, enjoying and practicing none of the rights which they will have to wield when they graduate.

There is a future without crony capitalism corrupting the government, sapping the strength of the nation through high taxes, and destroying everyone’s future for individual power and gain.

There is a future without wars against foreign nations to control their oil or gas.

The Future We Seek

I see a future America where there are no rich and poor, not because an all-powerful government forced the “haves” to share with the “have-nots”, but because every individual is committed in their hearts that everyone will rise together and no one will be left behind. There is a future where the economic decision to “share the wealth” is motivated out of love for others, rather than out of fear of government reprisals. Let us find that future.

I see a future society of peace and plenty, where those who excel at organizing capital and labor do so for the benefit of all and not just for themselves and their bankers. There is a future where we all ask ourselves, “How can we work together to get what we all need?” We must find that future.

I see a future America where every individual adult finds great joy in doing what they love doing each day – because, as children, they attended a school where they had the freedom to explore their interests and identify their inner genius. Then, with that same freedom, they developed their unique gifts and prepared early to share them with the world at large. We seek that future.

I see a future society where Justice and the Rule of Law reign, where there are few laws which everyone knows, where our Congress-men and Senators truly represent the people and seek to do what is best for all. Where no one is terrorized by any of the agencies of our government, but all are free to enjoy life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

I see a future society where we work with Nature and Nature’s God to live in balance with all other forms of life. There is a future where mankind appreciates the genius of the Creator and the preciousness of all Creation – where we live in harmony with each other, animals, and all plant life. I see a future where the Earth is not a stranger to be raped and plundered, but our own cherished bride.  We must seek that future.

America’s Hope

There is a future where America is seen as it once was: an island of hope in a sea of despair – a candle on the hill shining the light of liberty to all still terrorized by those who pridefully struggle for power and glory. We can be the world’s hope again.

Let us join together in working for this future America – a land of freedom, of peace, and of prosperity for all.  United we stand.


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Utah's Senator Mike Lee

Utah’s Senator Mike Lee

Yesterday my senator, Mike Lee, gave a speech mentioning the ills of crony capitalism – where well-financed lobbyists secure the passage of laws benefiting their clients.  He invited his constituents to submit creative solutions.

  Here’s mine:

Mike,

Unless and until the party hierarchies are dismantled, crony capitalism will continue to corrupt our legislators and laws, effectively destroying the Rule of Law.

Crony capitalism was enabled and enthroned when the Progressive movement of the early 1900s changed the rules of both the House and Senate and implemented the party hierarchy system in both bodies.

This change did three things (all bad):

1. It put all Senators and Congressmen on unequal footing as legislators – new members to Congress have practically no power or influence, requiring them to focus on re-election to “earn” the tenure they need within the party hierarchy.

2. It centralized legislative power into the hands of the Senate & House majority leaders and the chairmen of the various committees, turning them, by definition, into legislative dictators. No bill can even be voted on unless and until two people approve – the committee chairman and the Majority Leader.

“The party hierarchies are a root cause of Crony Capitalism. By focusing all legislative power into the hands of a few individuals, monied interests can easily corrupt the legislative process.”

3. This created the conditions the rise of lobbying by turning the Senate & House majority leaders and committee chairmen into targets for well-financed lobbyists and enables and encourages corruption.  All you have to do now is influence one person to kill a bill you don’t like, instead of having to influence a majority of Congressmen and/or Senators.

If corrupting the national Legislative Branch wasn’t bad enough, these Progressive movement changes were implemented in all the state capitols as well.

In contrast…

Imagine a Senate where each Senator in a committee gets an equal vote on every bill coming before them – newly elected Senators would have the same vote as everyone else.  This can be accomplished by restricting the committee chairman’s responsibilities to only one – conducting the meeting according to the Rules of Order.

Imagine a Senate where the Senators have an equal vote on the bills the committees bring before them.  No centralized power existing to stop bills or to push them through.  This would massively dilute the lobbying industry’s influence.

The party hierarchies are a root cause of Crony Capitalism. By focusing all legislative power into the hands of a few individuals, monied interests can easily corrupt the legislative process.

The solution is clear – dismantle the party hierarchies and restore equal power to each Senator and Congressman.