I stood in the Target parking lot sipping a coffee as I waited for my daughter and her friend to finish shopping. As the indeterminable wait dragged on, I noticed the surge of people entering the store, post-Covid. I looked around at all the box stores surrounding us. I reckoned very few of the dollars we spent would ever see our town again, or even our state, or country for that matter.
When I give a dollar to my neighbor’s business endeavors he can perfect his craft—a craft that will presumably better address the town’s needs. He doesn’t need Google Analytics to figure out what I need; he just asks me. He might have to pay some employees, maybe some of my other neighbors or their kids. As that money transfers through the community it can positively affect people’s lives. When my neighbors and I are happy, well, that means good times: picnics on the weekends and everyone doesn’t have to work so darn long for so darn little.
I remember a life like that, but now it seems far gone. As my daughter spent the money I gave her, it got sucked into a vortex never to be seen again. The stuff she bought was made in another country, probably by slaves. The raw materials to produce the goods might have been sourced from a war-torn portion of Africa. Ultimately, the extended global logistics that got the product from point A to Z mostly benefited middlemen making money off transactions and wasted resources every step of the way. It encouraged corruption, because I don’t really know how or where the stuff is sourced from. For all I know, these foreign factories, to maximize a profit, are utilizing kids as slave labor to make the products my family is buying—while I preach to them that Jesus said he would free us all from slavery.
So when I say, “Idaho, fight for what’s real,” I really mean it. The “real estate” around you, its water, minerals, gems and fertility is what we need to de-link ourselves from dependence on a global economy that oftentimes violates our moral values. How many wars have been started by bearing false witness, taking lives, and stealing what was coveted? How many fake tough-guys have benefitted from bullying rather than defending? Instead of rationalizing how we can pillage afar, how about we use the beautiful minds God gave us to utilize and create with what we have? Maybe then we can have a really “fair trade” for that coffee I’m sipping.
We The People are the final check and balance of power in these United States of America. The People’s Pen sets out to reclaim and wield that power, not as a weapon of civil war, but as a weapon of civil discourse. It is only our voices, united around those self-evident truths so long ago codified for posterity, that will ring the bells of liberty held hostage by a corrupt legacy media and their fear-based trauma, propaganda and outright mind control.
The billionaire-backed, establishment media in this region has been parroting the same fear-based narratives of division and monopolizing our perceptions for far too long. Our communities thrive through transparency and accountability, through logic, reason, discourse and debate—not from libelous mudslinging or knee jerk slander where there is disagreement and definitely not through censorship, propaganda, disinformation and business as usual.
The status quo is not carrying us into a more united future of prosperity or securing the blessings of liberty guaranteed by our Constitution. In fact, our local political and media establishment continues to sell out to the Federal Government, big tech, the pharma-mafia and corrupt corporate interests while echoing and regurgitating mainstream division and hatred for anyone who dares to question their bought and paid for narrative or challenges their cronyism. They claim to promote “unity & love” while smearing, censoring, alienating and dividing anyone who disagrees with or exposes their obvious biases and conflicts of interest. They use a constant barrage of gaslighting to obfuscate and deflect their dereliction and abdication of duties while pointing fingers of blame like immature children at the area’s newcomers.
To some degree they may be right about the influence of outsiders causing problems… but not the ones they are pointing at. It’s the federally funded ones—the ideas and programs with monetary strings attached to a federal government rife with corruption. It’s the conflicts of interest between our elected officials and the real estate and construction markets. It’s the backroom deals with big business, the pharma-mafia and corporate interests. They’re stealing our tax dollars to transform what once was into what they will it to be—an authoritarian surveillance state in a wasteland of traffic, high-rise, high-density housing, homelessness and restricted access to our natural resources. Meanwhile the establishment grows more powerful, the poor grow poorer and the hard working middle class evaporates before our very eyes.
It is long past time to turn off your TV. Throw out the left-right divided, legacy media. Deprogram from the fear-based brainwashing that has made you afraid to have public dialogue and discourse for fear of reprisal from, as John F. Kennedy described it, “a monolithic and ruthless” monstrosity. Time to oust these invaders of peace and liberty from your most sacred property—your mind. Join the growing masses of critical thinkers and problem solvers who are aware that what we are actually witnessing is a globalist attempt to takeover our national sovereignty and steal our God-given natural rights. Arm yourselves with awareness, choose your influences wisely and remember that “truth is the new hate speech” and “the first casualty of war.”
No. No. No. No. How does that sound? Negative, obviously, and unrealistic. Life is a positive experience despite its darkness at times, with constant changes around us. We can put our hands up to the ocean, but we won’t stop its waves.
When I think of myself as a “conservative,” as I sometimes do, I find myself saying “no” to many things. I reflexively say “no” to whatever the mainstream media touts. I say “no” to the garbage being taught to my child at school. I say “no” to the government’s onerous plans. I could quickly list a hundred reasons to say “no” right now, and most of you reading this would be cheering and agreeing with me.
But after I say “no,” what do I offer as an alternative? What am I doing to solve problems, whether it is mine or my neighbors? I have come to believe this is a handicap most of us share: we don’t have a plan.
There are think-tanks, conventions, corporate weekends, appointed boards and all sorts of functions where people gather to make plans that effect you and me. Increasingly we find that we are the losers in their plans. At best we appear in their plans as a human resource, at worst a pesky nuisance to be dispatched. But we are neither. We are children of God and caretakers of His Earth.
This fact makes “no” problematic. God has imbued us with creativity and capability, but all too often we lazily sit around and just say “no” to the Adversary’s plans. What happens? It just comes up with another plan, and another, and another each worse than the last until we get tired and give up.
The Adversary pulls the understandably dissatisfied into its plans. It gives visions of future riches to “stakeholders” if they only follow its plans. Once emboldened, the Adversary threatens and even kills to achieve its plans. But we only say “no” and think that is sufficient as we continue to incrementally lose more of what is precious.
Perhaps it is time for us to make a plan, or two, or even three. Let’s take a break from reacting to the Adversary’s plans and prods to action, sit down and write down our own plans. We always react to the Adversary’s plans, and it gets to catalog our behavior to perfect its plans upon plans upon plans. Nothing would mess up its plans more, than if we independently take the time to make and follow our own plans, and our neighbors’ plans, and our friends plans. It’s time to stop reacting and start acting on our own plans. The Adversary can have its think-tanks, conferences, and seminars, but even its super-computers would strain at calculating all our independent plans.
Initially, our plans might not be so fabulous, but as time goes on and we inch our way out of the mental constrictions of the Adversary’s world of illusion, our creativity and our plans will get better and more fruitful so long as we strive for the greater good.
Albert Einstein is often credited for saying, “in the midst of every crisis, lies great opportunity.” Well, it’s our opportunity too. Take the initiative to solve the problems of the understandably dissatisfied so the Adversary cannot twist their suffering and good intentions into bad. Give a hand to your neighbor fighting the good fight with something more valuable than money, your time and love. The first step to stopping the insane machinations of the Adversary filling us with fear may just be a few steps away: your kitchen table where you, your friends and family can sit down with some paper and write up your plans.
Have you noticed anything wrong in the world today? Does it seem like our society is moving towards a bright, thriving and prosperous future? Is civil discourse dead? Are we doomed to accept the social, economic and political changes being forced upon us by biased and monopolized interests?
Jiddu Krishnamurti wisely quipped that “it is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.” It certainly does appear, to those willing to check their egos, open their minds and peer behind the curtains, that our society is indeed sick. But like any sickness, a proper diagnosis is the first step towards treating the dis-ease. Unfortunately, this requires access to unbiased, objective and accurate information free from censorship and undue influence. We have heard for centuries that “truth is the first casualty of battle.” Can we all agree that we are in a battle, an information war, and that those currently in control of the information also control perceived reality? Like Pavlov’s dog our society has been conditioned by these modern day magicians wielding the power of suggestion like hypnotic sleight of hand (distracting, deceiving and dividing us); while blind and obedient masses accept by their silent, sleeping consent the normalization of tyrannical ideologies intentionally detrimental to the sovereignty of our Nation, our families and our lives.
As a matter of fact, we have been so busy arguing and fighting over their propaganda around viruses, vaccines, masks, race, police brutality, election rigging, lockdowns and corruption, that we have forgotten what principles we were actually arguing about in the first place. Informed consent, due process, freedom of speech, full disclosure and the acknowledgment that all human beings innately possess dignity, equality, and God-given rights are some self evident considerations.
The People’s Pen was born from the recognition that there is an urgent need for access to, and a forum for, dissenting and divergent views from the mainstream, propaganda spewing, legacy media hellbent on polarizing our Nation. Cui bono? The only real beneficiaries of this division are those elite and parasitic pirates masquerading as authorities and philanthropists, that have for generations been the selfsame creators and curators of our past, present and future economic, social and political woes.
We set out to be a vehicle of inspiration rather than influence, a source of uncensored information (making no claim of full and total veracity to the content herein, instead encouraging you to research for yourself and to exercise your powers of discernment) and a forum to exchange ideas civilly. We strive to encourage our readers to spend less time behind the keyboard, to make social media social again and introduce you to solutions that are ready for your engagement. From simple suggestions like subscribing to our publication and joining the KC Spectator mailing list for staying abreast of public meetings (see page 15), to building stronger networks of economic resilience with the North Idaho Freedom Fighters et al. and participating in civil discourse at the many up and coming townhall style events, we can make serious headway towards ending this information war. In order to realize the future of liberty, freedom and abundant prosperity that is our true inheritance we first have to visualize what it looks like and how to get there. I suggest we start by reclaiming the narrative from magicians masquerading as media, restoring the law from pirates masquerading as authorities and reinvigorating genuine civil discourse around divisive topics. Never forget the power is inherent in the people! Elected officials are not our leaders but our agents and our mouthpieces. Before we are baited into another argument or fight let’s dialogue until we can discern the true nature of our disagreements. More often than not, as we distill our arguments into their base principles, we should find that we don’t really disagree in the first place. If we do, then an honest and open debate ought to be had. We can facilitate this dialogue before debate-style discourse and show the rest of our country that a small group of “thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.” – M. Mead
The People’s Pen, as a platform for your voice, aspires to grow through your letters, feedback and input. We welcome challenging discourse and seek to be greater and more relevant with every new issue as we forge new pathways through this gateway to a better media.
Think about this as you peruse our pages: a conformist will do what they are told regardless of what’s right but a moralist will do what’s right regardless of what they are told. It’s time to choose morality over conformity, take a stand and empower yourself to become part of the cure for what’s ailing us.