James Hofmann

I am a bit chagrined that due to my gender I cannot participate in the Women’s Congress but may attend as a Sacred Witness. Oh well, no congress is perfect. I can live with not being wholly accepted by the ladies. It is their party and they are entitled to invite or not invite whomever they choose.

Idealism is a wonderful thing. If singing, dancing, reading poems, painting chairs and group hugs could bring world peace, I think it would have succeeded long ago. Unfortunately, the past 10,000 years of civilization hasn’t worked out that way. In fact, it appears that the more we rush to the future the more likely it seems that it will never happen. As this is being written, there are wars in Sudan and Afghanistan, violent outbreaks in Libya, Egypt, Yemen and Iraq. There are: tribal wars, religious wars, economic wars, civil wars, crime wars, territorial wars, race wars, class wars, ethnic wars, drug wars and even a “war” on poverty; and so it goes.

It is a true idealist who looks ahead several generations with optimism. I respect that, especially considering there have been wars and rumors of war since time immemorial. Perhaps it is in our genes or heck, maybe it is in the water, but whatever it is, it is true that in the heart and mind of every human being there is a touch of evil. It cannot be denied; it can barely be controlled.

In addition to all the current wars, there was a statement in the View that was a bit frightful. It is the idea that the United Nations, one of the most politically corrupt, divisive, wasteful, petty, antagonistic organizations on the planet should be given the authority to create a “Rights of Nature” entity with transnational powers. Good grief! The United Nations makes a mockery of its dedication to protect human rights much less the rights of nature, I’m not sure what rights of nature means but I bet it is closer to meaning trickle up poverty than trickle down prosperity.

Regarding organizations, keep in mind any organization big enough to give you anything you want is big enough to take everything you have. You can use our own government as an example. The younger generations don’t see what has happened because they haven’t lived through it but during the past sixty years our federal government has gained a stranglehold on our freedoms, economy and schools, just to name three areas. Under federal regulations, religious rights and freedoms are threatened, the schools have gone from about the best in the world to abysmal performance levels and the economy is choking on regulations and taxes, plus a sixteen trillion dollar and climbing national debt. If one supposedly freedom loving nation can fall that far that fast, imagine what a one world government would be like.

Another example; the War on Poverty. This was the government’s attempt to end poverty in America. This” war” was declared in 1964. From then until now we have spent $40,000,000,000,000, on it. The result? There are more people living in poverty in the United States today than when the war began. Yeah, I know, some of you are thinking that the problem is that we didn’t spend enough money on it. So, how much spending is enough? We are already a debtor nation of $16,000,000,000,000. We borrow money from China to give to Libya where in a display of “loyalty and appreciation” they murder our ambassador. Think about it – please think about it. Big government has been tried. It didn’t work in the Soviet Union. It is failing in North Korea and Cuba and we are slowing learning it isn’t working here either.

Now you may think ten thousand years of one failed civilization after another would make me pessimistic and bitter. Not at all; I am very optimistic about my future. I know how the story ends.

In the meantime, I have an idea for the ladies. September 17th was Constitution Day. In honor of that day, I humbly suggest that participants in the Congress read the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States and the Ten Commandments. Those three documents are the basis of our republic, the longest extant republic on earth. Those three documents, if taken seriously, should be enough to solve most of the problems now and for the next one hundred and more years. Yeah, I know, what are the chances?

Anyway ladies, enjoy the dance.