On the Arts of Peace and the Devices of War

“In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.” George Orwell

Over the last year, it has come to my attention that, while I have busied myself with the arts of peace, others have been secretly forging the devices of war.

One of the main reasons I write a garden blog is to help young families better provide for themselves.  By growing and preserving fruits and vegetables, they can protect themselves against skyrocketing food prices at the grocery stores and restaurants.  They can provide their children with wholesome foods without dishing out the prices of trendy foods with “organic” stickers that are like celebrity designer labels on clothing: they make something basic to human survival ten times more expensive than necessary.  By using their yards and lands, American families could exercise a certain amount of independence from manipulative markets and an unstable economy.

How could I have known that the moguls of power have decided that humans can no longer be allowed to own land—no, not even their own yards.  Who are “they?”  Who are these “moguls of power” of whom I speak?  They include the architects of United Nations Agenda 21.  They include members of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) such as the United States Forest Service, the Nature Conservancy, the United States Department of Agriculture and the Audubon Society.

According to their misbegotten ideas of a better world, we must all be required to live together in urban apartments such as those now boasted by crowded European cities, such as Munich and Madrid, where whole families live and reproduce like pet gerbils.

As a schoolteacher, I taught myself to draw wild plants and animals, and I developed a nature journal to use as a prototype for teaching children about the natural world. I did this so that they could take pleasure in satisfying their curiosity about the world around them.  I hoped to instill a vision in students similar to that of Leonardo da Vinci, both artist and scientist, whose sense of freedom and human possibility knew no bounds.

Meanwhile, self-appointed rulers of the earth have decided that regular human beings cannot be trusted to set foot on Mother Earth.  Allied with those environmentalists and educators who mouth platitudes about “culture being divorced from nature” they have conspired to lock American citizens (and people everywhere) out of the natural world.  Over two-thirds of the American land mass is slated to be roadless areas or buffer zones around those areas to which the average citizen will have no access whatsoever.  For more information, see this video: http://www.takingliberty.us/Narrations/introduction/player.html

These social planners and their influential friends, of course, will have these nature preserves for their own enjoyment and enrichment. (See “When Environmentalists Legitimize Plunder” by Michael Barker http://www.swans.com/library/art15/barker12.html).

I have invested considerable amounts of time and money in the study of herbalism so that I can teach American families to use plants that can be grown in their yards, or gathered inexpensively, to meet their health needs, where possible, without relying on expensive pharmaceuticals.  This has been the dream of many herbalists; I’m not the first.  Nicholas Culpeper (1616-1654) was ostracized by his peers for translating the Latin herbal monographs into English so that the peasants of England could meet their health needs with common plants that grew in the hedgerows.  As a trained herbalist, I have become aware of the need for vitamin and mineral supplements, as well as herbal supplements, now readily available to Americans.

Come to find out, not all citizens of the world are allowed access to these plant and vitamin supplements.  Recently, the owner of a health food store told me that clients from as far away as Norway and other countries are buying supplements in America that they can no longer get in their countries.  Why not?  Because the stellar lights of the United Nations have been diligently doing their part to curtail access to these materials.  The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations appointed the Codex Commission.  The Codex Commission has been formulating a piece of policy known as Codex Alimentarius.  According to Maureen Kennedy Salaman, President of the National Health Federation in 2005, the Codex Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses, was tasked with formulating the “Guidelines for Vitamin and Mineral Food Supplements.”  This ingenious bit of work defines what minerals and vitamins are deemed safe and the maximum and minimum amounts allowed in a product.  Codex Alimentarius defines to whom,  and in what amounts and circumstances, access to these supplements will  allowed.

According to Salaman, “The delegates that formulate the Codex mandates are government employees, bureaucrats and functionaries, most of whom seem to be indebted to, counseled by, and/or strongly influenced by the giant multi-national pharmaceutical corporations—the drug companies that want to monopolize and create pharmaceutical versions of the natural health-food and supplement manufacturing industries of the World.”  These corporations don’t want average people having access to these supplements for the same reason that the physicians of Culpeper’s day didn’t want him to make herbs accessible to the common people—they want to profit by having a monopoly over the  supplements needed to restore health.  They would drive the prices of natural substances up to equal the prices of pharmaceuticals.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has committed itself to bringing American regulatory policy into line with Codex Alimentarius, even though this violates current American law.  A hard-won piece of legislation promoting health freedom is called The Dietary Health and Supplement Education Act (DSHEA).  This bill was fought for and won in the interest of  guaranteeing American citizens free access to minerals, vitamins, herbs, and other supplements.  For a closer look at how Codex Alimentrius threatens the DSHEA go here:  http://www.thenhf.com/article.php?id=1642 .

The FDA is attempting to impose policy that is against American law, but then again, this is the situation with all of the above organizations that are trying to cram international policy down American throats.

In my own small way, I have tried to help build a better future for our children.  I devoted myself professionally to working with struggling readers in the Title 1 Program so that all children could be empowered to read literature and achieve their life goals.  As an English as a second language teacher, I introduced my students to the English classics and discussed major literary themes with them.  These themes often had to do with liberty, the natural rights of humans, moral law and, yes, even the existence of God.

I now find out that, through a federal takeover of education in public schools, the literature curriculum is to be decimated under the new Common Core Standards adopted by 48 states’ governors.  These standards were not decided on by state departments of education, nor state legislators nor even by governors.  They were formulated by international committees, organizations and corporations hoping to feather their own nests and further their own political agendas, including Agenda 21.

Those who are making war on humankind seek to omit the works of authors that have dealt at length with those themes and ideas that are obstacles to policies of totalitarianism.  By limiting the study of Western literature, which is founded on Christianity, and which cannot be understood apart from a knowledge of the Christian Bible, they will have the effect of eroding all memory of those precepts foundational to Western ideas of liberty.  Instead, they hope to inculcate a generation with the principles of global, green citizens.  This article from Fox News puts the dilemma well.
http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2012/12/27/why-all-cool-kids-are-reading-executive-order-13423/

To learn more about why many Americans are coming out against Common Core Standards explore the Three Moms Against Common Core web site. http://whatiscommoncore.wordpress.com/.  Find like-minded citizens in Idaho at http://idahoansforlocaleducation.com/

While I have studied ways to awaken students to their great heritage and teach them how to think critically for themselves, others have studied how to manipulate information, control public discourse and eliminate local citizens’ influence over their children’s education. I have longed to raise a nation of free citizens, able to care for themselves and their children, while others have sought to create a nation of dependent consumers.  I have openly worked for peace, and they have waged war behind closed doors.

Having done all that I am able, my only recourse is to raise my voice against what is taking place, and add it to the tens of thousands American voices that are now lifted up in protest.

Our forefathers, the Founders of America, were dedicated to the arts of peace.  They loved classical studies and agriculture.  Washington and Jefferson especially loved to experiment with new crops and agricultural methods.  As we know, Franklin was innovative and inventive.  These men spent precious few years pursuing their own interests, however, when their country called them away to assist in the birth of the Republic.  The Founders had not the luxury of pursuing the arts of peace when their country was engulfed in chaos and war.

After Washington led the Revolutionary War, he longed for nothing more than to return to his farm and pursue his agricultural interests.  Instead, he was called again to duty—that of being the first American President.

There are so many things I would love to learn in depth; I love music, art, and languages. The arts of peace are lovely and virtuous, but our times of peace may be past for awhile. There is a time for peace, and a time for war.  May God Almighty help us to discern the times. If you discern that you, too, are called to take a stand, let us take comfort in the following scripture:

“No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue that rises against you in judgement you will condemn.  This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, says the Lord.”
Isaiah 54:17

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6 Responses to On the Arts of Peace and the Devices of War

  1. Debra Lloyd says:

    Very well written! Thank you for all the detail and web links!

  2. Belynda says:

    Thank you PoetHerbalist…..
    Thank you for sharing your blog and the links…
    Well said..
    Thank you for standing up

    May God Bless you always….
    Belynda

  3. Dianne Boothe says:

    I truely enjoyed reading your blog on the Arts of Peace and Divices of War. The links you have provided were very informative and I hope it is read by many. What a great way to sum it up with Isaiah 54:17. Thank you for such a great read!

    • PoetHerbalist says:

      Thank you, Dianne. I’m glad you found the information useful. I find Isaiah 54:17 to be very comforting. Cheers.

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