FREEDOM, JUSTICE, AMERICAN WAY

Keep family close, keep your enemies closer!

I take these words literally to mean; to help protect my family, it is important for me to understand my enemies and their intentions, their values, and their motives.

Building walls between us will only serve to antagonize those
on the other side of the barricade!

I am an immigrant!

Well, second generation of immigrant grandparents on both parents’ side.

Around the turn of the twentieth century, my grandparents made their way from Italy to the shores of this wonderful land of ours, the United States of America.

They were treated poorly by some, welcomed by others. Maybe that too, is the American way.

Sure, as a child I felt some were against me because of my ancestry but, they never built a wall or destroyed any bridge between us! We are in the land of opportunity, not a war-torn culture.

We are a nation of immigrants—how poorly shall we treat others who are like us? We’re like family—how poorly shall we treat our family?

We live together under the best banner ever yet, at times we forget to keep our enemies a little closer in order to study them but, moreover, for them to see us as well.

Let them see who we are, we as a nation, what we stand for, see and hear our values! They and we, shall see that we are very much alike. We all bleed the same, smile the same, feel happy or sad the same. Our values are the same: we all want what is best for our children.

Building walls will keep those who want to know what it is like to live under this banner from ever knowing who we are.

Does our flag stand for Isolationism—no it doesn’t! It stands for freedom! Building blockades will only serve to build anger against us as the isolationism grows!

Are walls FREEDOM, JUSTICE or the AMERICAN WAY? You know in your heart, it is not!

Why barricade ourselves from our future?

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LIKE A BUTTERFLY

Nurture me, your gift from God

To become a powerful liberator of mankind

Guide me not by your desires or failures

Rather, look into me and see who I am

Look into me and hear my thoughts

 

Look into me and see my ideals

To be motivated by what you have created

An independent, intelligent, autonomous leader of mankind

Encourage me to reach the level of importance in life that I wish

And not be swayed by your passions or desires, but by mine

 

Guide me patiently

To become an affable adolescent

Where I may favor mankind

To grow and benefit others

 

Do not corrupt me by your wisdom

With your passions of despair

Do not interfere with my core principles, rather

Allow me to morph into the life I am destined to assume

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TESTIMONIAL

Nick De Stefano has been a friend and mentor to me for many years.

Nick is passionate about his desire to share his knowledge and experience about business that he has amassed over a lifetime of the practical application of the principles.

He is dogged in his efforts to teach good business principles so that others might avoid the pitfalls that await anyone who sets out to start a business without the knowledge that they need to succeed.

His written word and videos are stepping stones designed to make it easier to get where you are going and keep your feet dry on the journey.

I wish him well in his noble mission to help others!

Jim Webb

Tampa, Florida

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GROWING ARROGANCE and SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS in USA

With the astounding victorious achievement of President elect Donald Trump, in the US National Election this past November, 2016, comes a growing concern for the people in our country who feel less-than in their daily lives!

Some may feel cheated, disenfranchised or simply forgotten by the government of the United States. Some farmers who feel the weight of toil for so little fear, the government has let them down. Factory workers who have lost their jobs feel angry because they feel their jobs were taken from them by a foreign worker in another country such as China.

These people all feel our government has let them down and, along comes mister Trump fueling their angst and promising them what they imagine will satisfy their hunger and desires for a better life. The government of the United States, up till now, hasn’t provided for them they feel but, mister Trump will he said and, they believed him. But, do they have trust in him this morning?

Mr. Trump already appears to be noncommittal in many of his campaign promises reversing on things such as, building a partial fence instead of that huge wall he promised everyone with the assurance Mexico would pay for it.

And, his promise to deport all illegal immigrants? Well, he has changed his mind on that too. Now he claims to deport only criminal immigrants.

Oh, what about Crooked Hillary? Well, she now seems less than a criminal and he will not pursue any legal action against her?

If you voted for Mr. Trump, are you feeling let down? His he a man of his word in your mind right now?

Mr. Trump is a person, regardless of his business acumen, who, in my opinion cannot be trusted to keep his word. He uses words to get what he wants, he doesn’t mean to keep them.

How can we trust him in the Oval Office?
Will our Allies, who already have their doubts about his trustworthiness, be confident in negotiations in matters of Global importance with this man?

At this point, and it’s only been less than one week since voting day, can we believe anything he says? About the rhetoric during the campaign? Well, if it hasn’t occurred to you yet, he was telling the large list of voters exactly what he knew they wanted to here.

Now that he’s been elected? Well, all of that rhetoric goes out the window; he didn’t mean one word of it. He fished us in and hooked us all.

His campaigning was all a well-choreographed act and well-orchestrated to get your vote. He’s a terrific salesman and we bought it all!

If we stop looking for others to solve our problems, if we take charge of ourselves and be more responsible for our actions, we will rid ourselves of self-righteousness and, with a growing confidence in ourselves, we will rid ourselves of the arrogance we display while relying on others to do for us what we can do for ourselves.

If we continue, as a populous with our arrogance and self-righteousness, we will lead ourselves into the hands of some despot or an autocrat who will destroy us and our country.

We must maintain our democracy by strengthening and reinforcing our convictions in ourselves and be more responsible for ourselves and our actions. We ought to be more autonomous and self-assured in our dealings with ourselves and show the world we are a self-actualized society, strong and independent as our forefathers were and who envisioned the same for us and our future society.

I believe in being responsible with our autonomy and confident in ourselves to thwart the attempt by a despot or autocrat to take us over.

Strength in ourselves is what they fear the most because, if we have fear in ourselves they have the fuel to make us burn!

Self-confidence, pride in ourselves, the willingness to stand up for ourselves and, strength from within is what we need for continued growth in ourselves and our democracy! Let’s rid ourselves of our self-destructive arrogance and self-righteousness so the world will see us as before, a strong friend they can count on.

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Survival

It was a dark and stormy night, of course
Heavy rain, strong winds
Threatening destruction
A storm I could not have imagined
Threatening my existence

I search for something to combat the danger
I am alone with nothing but tangible matter,
A stranger to me
How do I fight such an impending force?
Such an intruding peril

Quickly searching
No solution apparent
My mind quickly engages the present
What choices for survival, this peril?

Without tangible evidence
I thrust myself into Super Mode
To defend my treasures to the death
Of no thought that death will occur

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AN ENCOUNTER

A strange experience is about to happen

A never before encounter

Eighteen minds confused but, bright

Sitting still as they may in fright

Waiting for the next chapter to fall into their hands

 

Chapter after chapter

They listen with intent

As the creator of those prose sounds out in fright

Trying to convey in an intelligent tone

An audible sound offering the prose

 

Listening with the difficulty I have

Trying to make sense of the sounds

Ditch is spoken but I,

I hear bitch in the air

 

Chapter after chapter I listen intently

Not a word that matters to me

Not a sound coming for me to hear

I must admit, I hear no one has spoken

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MAKE YOURSELF GREAT AGAIN

We are born to be free!

What happens, we’re pressured to conform to what other’s think we should be, follow their rules, not the rules of nature.

Our freedom depends on how well we BEHAVE, that is to follow the orders of our superiors, our handlers and dance to the beat of their drum.

What happened to individuality, free spirit, creativity?

We are not allowed to be free, to show our uniqueness, our strengths or, to express our desires. We are taught to conform, follow the rules. This happens when we turn about three, when our handlers think we are old enough to comply with their demands. We are no longer the free spirits as we were born! We must change our behavior and, conform, they demand from us.

Prior to age three, we are free to express ourselves, demonstrate our uniqueness!

We as children learn to express ourselves, find pleasure playing with a bottle cap, learn to walk, jump, try to talk, all the FUN things to do while celebrating LIFE and our freedom.

For nine months, we are trapped in the womb then, we discover freedom only to be trapped again!

Then one day, our world comes crashing down around us because some handler demands that we give up our individuality and conform to their way of thinking, to behave in the manner they perceive for us, follow their rules!

Rebel, we must! Take back our freedom!

It’s time to return to our days of yesteryear! Rise up! Let’s bring back the fun in our lives, recreate the atmosphere in which we were free, allow our spirits to roam, demonstrate our individuality and, allow our uniqueness to be shared with mankind!

Have you watched a kitten develop? When a kitten is born, the mother cat does not restrict the newborn. The kitten is allowed its freedom unless it happens upon danger, at which time mother cat intervenes and returns the kitten to a safe haven.

In time, as the kitten grows, it develops while exploring its world, expressing its uniqueness while sharing with the rest of its family. The kitten grows and shares his knowledge with other cats to be repeated.

Observing nature, we may take from nature and learn to be more playful and less demanding, not to interfere with our individuality and expression of who we are!

We will learn to be free and great again!

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