Democracy vs. State Secrets . . .

Back in the days when I was active duty in the US Army, if someone had asked me what I thought of State Secrets, I’d have told them that some secrets are absolutely vital for the protection of people like myself – soldiers who may be sent into combat.  If the enemy knew in advance where we were, what we were bringing, and when we were going to engage them, we’d be in deep trouble.

Part of me still feels that way, and with good reason.  Our government thoughtlessly sends the military into harms way – not for the protection of democracy or to free those who are oppressed and cry out for freedom, but for political motives or the profits of campaign donors.

However, there is a dark side to “official secrets” when viewed from the perspective of a democracy.  Secrets need someone to protect them, and control who has access to them.  Those charged with such control automatically become much more than gate-keepers.  They are a protected class separate from those they keep the secrets from.  Their gate-keeper status places them above the law, no matter how fairly the law is applied to everyone else in the country.  This leads to layers of secrets, because you can’t sustain a democracy while the common citizen is aware that there are non-elected people who do not answer to the laws he must obey.  The gate-keepers become secrets themselves.

The existence of secrets destroys the concept of democracy.  So long as a government is allowed to hoard information and prevent the people it is elected to serve from access to that information, the government is permitted to view itself as an overlord instead of a servant.

So, here is a radical idea:  declassify EVERYTHING the US Government is currently hiding, disband the CIA, and withdraw all of our troops from foreign soil, airspace, and waters.  Since all US Embassy buildings are considered US Territory by international treaty, putting troops in position to defend embassies and their staff would be correct.  Tell us the truth about JFK’s murder, Area 51, and all the other mysteries that have given birth to conspiracy theories in the last 150 years.  Then, with a clean slate, put all military interventions in international affairs to a vote – failure to get 3/4 of registered voters who are US Citizens to approve the action results in keeping the military assets at home.  Period.

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Over 1700 years in the making . . .

I really hate to come across as your typical conspiracy theorist, but sometimes things happen for which no other interpretation seems accurate. One such thing happened to me, this morning.

Some of you may recall past blogs I’ve written within which I speculated about the story of Jesus of Nazareth. If you allow for the possibility of him being a real, flesh and blood human being then you have to accept that he was born, had a child-hood, and a life before he began his public ministry at the age of 30. So, for years (decades, even) I’ve been asking clergy from many different sects of Christendom one particular question.

Who taught Jesus the path to enlightenment?

Seems like a simple enough question, right? Well, for decades Christian ministers have been telling me answers like this:

Nobody really knows where he went to school.

As part of the God-head, he just knew.

He wasn’t really human, just God in a human form to show us the way to salvation.

Those answers may feel really comforting to some people, but as a person who is genuinely hungry to also become an enlightened master, they don’t do squat for me.

Finally, after years of search, I found a clue in the writings of a 1st Century AD Jewish historian. Josephus Flavius – usually just referred to as Josephus. He wrote a lot about conditions in Israel during the life of Jesus and the first few decades after. He was also very highly esteemed – at different points in his life he served as an ambassador to Rome and as the Governor of Galilee.

Josephus describes in detail one particular sect of the Jews, which he said was called the “Essenes”. The Essenes were, Josephus said, a very tight-knit group who would recognize a visiting Essene from another town or province instantly. In his writings he names 3 Essenes in particular. Two were cousins – John the Baptist and Jesus. And to remove any doubt on his qualification to name them – the third he names is himself.

After I learned of Josephus’ declaration of Jesus’ religious affiliation, I began to look for authentic materials on the teachings of the Essene sect.

Last week I hit pay-dirt. I found a small book through one of my book-swap clubs. It was simply titled, “The Essene Gospel of Peace”. I requested it, and got it a couple of days ago. Wednesday morning I had an appointment to get repairs done on our car, and took that book with me to read while I waited.

Two hours later I was so mad I could hardly see straight. So far, everything I’ve learned from TEGP about Jesus’ public ministry points to one thing. For TEGP to be right, the “Holy Bible” is a fraud. Checking out the truth of TEGP shouldn’t be difficult, either – it goes into considerable detail of the methods used by Jesus to facilitate healing. Everything is covered, from dietary rules to ritual bathing. Daily schedules include how much time to spend working your garden, or in prayer or study.

In fact, so far (and I’m not through with even half of the book yet) the entire book is devoted to MORTAL purification. Those things covered are all things that everyone can do to live a healthier life. And Jesus’ references to Satan? In every instance, Satan is a term applied to physical ailments suffered by those who have not lived according to the natural laws of life Jesus was teaching. In one instance, when Jesus “cast Satan out” of a terribly ill man, “Satan” was a tape worm nearly as long as the man himself.

I’m going to keep reading. In part, I hope to find some information which will refute the belief growing in me of the degree of error in the Bible. It feels so great of a betrayal that only a deliberate series of acts would have succeeded in creating it, and that isn’t “error.” I also intend to begin preparations for following Jesus’ healing rituals, as described in this book.

Updates will follow.