Stories Of Despair From The Forgotten People That The U.S. Economy Has Left Behind

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Forgotten - Public DomainThere is so much economic despair in our country today, but if you have a good job and if you live in a good neighborhood you might not ever encounter it.  There really are “two Americas” in 2016, and they are getting farther and farther apart with each passing year.  On the one hand, you have lots of people smiling in New York City these days because of the stock market boom, and property values have soared to ridiculous levels in San Francisco because of the tech bubble.  But in between the two coasts there are vast stretches of forgotten people that the U.S. economy has left behind.  In this article I am going to share some of their stories with you.

 

Because I run a website called The Economic Collapse Blog, I hear from a lot of people that are really struggling in this economy.  Just yesterday, I posted an article entitled “In 1 Out Of Every 5 American Families, Nobody Has A Job“, and one of my regular readers left the following comment on that article…

After 5-6 some odd years I finally got a decent tech job that pays a couple of bucks more than typical fast food. For the first time in a long time I can say we are coming out of the black. But however, it’s a shaky recovery. If I lose this job at anytime in the next few years it will be devastating so I’m taking the opportunity to win back my certs so that I can get a higher paying tech job.

Here’s to keeping fingers crossed…

In many areas of the nation today, it is a real challenge to find a good job.  According to the Social Security Administration, 51 percent of all American workers make less than $30,000 a year at this point, and you can’t support a middle class family on $30,000 a year.  The American Dream feels like it has ended for millions upon millions of families, and this is leading to a lot of depression and despair.

I would like to share with you three comments that were recently left on a New York Times article about depression.  In all three instances, the commenters link their battle with depression with the economy in some way…

#1 But for me, I see another change that has affected me as I have entered the high risk age group. Over the years, as the economy dumps, as the businesses that have employed people in my region have cut staff, or just gone away, I have seen almost every friend that I have made in the last 30 years move away. My social network imploded.

For those who cannot easily recreate new sets of friendships, especially if they are un- or underemployed, and have fractured family relationships, there is little social support to help stave off depression. And for more and more people who are working, the push to work independently, not in an office atmosphere, creates even more isolation.

#2 I have been diagnosed and have been taking meds and in therapy for 30 years. And I was hanging in there until I lost everything. College educated, a professional for 30 years, I am now on Disability and Obamacare, both of which are on the chopping block. I watch the election process in terror and wonder what will happen to people like me. Medically I am bipolar, but now I am indigent, and if I can’t access health care or a place to live, I’m done. All the Prozac in the world won’t change that.

#3 I became disabled ten years ago in my mid-forties. I live alone and have no family and no friends. I miss my career so much, and having a social life. Being disabled means having less money than ever, but with greater medical costs that ever. I think of suicide quite a bit. I’m so lonely and poor. Then I got cancer a few years ago which is in remission but causing other health problem. I’m doing my best to continue to afford to keep my dog. She’s only 4 and could live another 14 years. I’m giving her the best life possible and I don’t want to leave her. She keeps me going and is the only love I have in my life. I wish there were more social service in the U.S. for people like me. If I ever “get better”, or win the lottery, I will be a fierce advocate to improve the quality of life for people like me who have fallen through the cracks. I’m living a life that is hell on earth. I can see why some people in similar situations choose to “opt out” when every day is painful and lonely.

Those that insist that “everything is going to be just fine” are ignoring millions of stories such as these.

There are so many Americans that are going through enormous suffering in quiet solitude, and because they aren’t marching in the streets they are forgotten about by the rest of us.

But of course not everyone suffers so quietly.  Sometimes desperate people do desperate things, and all over the nation we are seeing rates of violent crime start to rise.

And not every person that commits acts of violent crime is looking to hurt people.  Sometimes all they want is some food.  The following comes from Natural News

According to a heartbreaking report by All Self Sustained, an elderly man was threatened with a knife last month by a man and a woman in a home invasion – the pair were looking to steal food.

71-year-old Luis Rosales answered the door of his New Jersey apartment in the afternoon and was confronted by a man and woman who were armed with an eight-inch kitchen knife. The pair forced themselves inside, threatening Rosales with death if he made too much noise.

The suspects used pepper spray to affect Rosales’ vision before ransacking his apartment and raiding his fridge, telling Rosales that they were hungry. They also took his wallet.

We are witnessing the slow-motion meltdown of society, and this is something that I talked about in my article yesterday and that I talk about in my new book entitled “The Rapture Verdict“.

Even with the “recovery” we have supposedly experienced, 47 percent of all Americans could not even pay an unexpected $400 emergency room bill without borrowing the money from somewhere or selling something.

And things are not going to be getting any better for the economy moving forward.  The despair and desperation that we have seen so far are nothing compared to what is coming.

A tremendous amount of love and compassion is going to be required in the years ahead, because huge numbers of people are going to be really hurting.

So how will you respond when people all around you are in very deep trouble?

Will you “bunker up”, or will you be willing to reach out and help those less fortunate than yourself?

*About the author: Michael Snyder is the founder and publisher of End Of The American Dream. Michael’s controversial new book about Bible prophecy entitled “The Rapture Verdict” is available in paperback and for the Kindle on Amazon.com.*

 
  • Asher Davies

    Hi Michael, another great article. After reading your previous post about David Wilkerson’s prophecy it reminded me of an even older post by an American author written over 130 years ago which has some very similar themes.

    “The Protestant churches of America,–and those of Europe as well,–so highly favored in receiving the blessings of the Reformation, failed to press forward in the path of reform. Though a few faithful men arose, from time to time, to proclaim new truth and expose long-cherished error, the majority, like the Jews in Christ’s day or the papists in the time of Luther, were content to believe as their fathers had believed and to live as they had lived. Therefore religion again degenerated into formalism; and errors and superstitions which would have been cast aside had the church continued to walk in the light of God’s word, were retained and cherished. Thus the spirit inspired by the Reformation gradually died out, until there was almost as great need of reform in the Protestant churches as in the Roman Church in the time of Luther. There was the same worldliness and spiritual stupor, a similar reverence for the opinions of men, and substitution of human theories for the teachings of God’s word.” (Page 297-298)

    “Babylon is said to be “the mother of harlots.” By her daughters must be symbolized churches that cling to her doctrines and traditions, and follow her example of sacrificing the truth and the approval of God, in order to form an unlawful alliance with the world. The message of Revelation 14, announcing the fall of Babylon must apply to religious bodies that were once pure and have become corrupt. Since this message follows the warning of the judgment, it must be given in the last days; therefore it cannot refer to the Roman Church alone, for that church has been in a fallen condition for many centuries. Furthermore, in the eighteenth chapter of the Revelation the people of God are called upon to come out of Babylon. According to this scripture, many of God’s people must still be in Babylon. And in what religious bodies are the greater part of the followers of Christ now to be found? Without doubt, in the various churches professing the Protestant faith. At the time of their rise these churches took a noble stand for God and the truth, and His blessing was with them. Even the unbelieving world was constrained to acknowledge the beneficent results that followed an acceptance of the principles of the gospel. In the words of the prophet to Israel: “Thy renown went forth among the heathen for thy beauty: for it was perfect through My comeliness, which I had put upon thee, saith the Lord God.” But they fell by the same desire which was the curse and ruin of Israel–the desire of imitating the practices and courting the friendship of the ungodly. “Thou didst trust in thine own beauty, and playedst the harlot because of thy renown.” Ezekiel 16:14, 15.

    Many of the Protestant churches are following Rome’s example of iniquitous connection with “the kings of the earth”–the state churches, by their relation to secular governments; and other denominations, by seeking the favor of the world. And the term “Babylon”–confusion–may be appropriately applied to these bodies, all professing to derive their doctrines from the Bible, yet divided into almost innumerable sects, with widely conflicting creeds and theories.” (Page 382-383)

    “A profession of religion has become popular with the world. Rulers, politicians, lawyers, doctors, merchants, join the church as a means of securing the respect and confidence of society, and advancing their own worldly interests. Thus they seek to cover all their unrighteous transactions under a profession of Christianity. The various religious bodies, re-enforced by the wealth and influence of these baptized worldlings, make a still higher bid for popularity and patronage. Splendid churches, embellished in the most extravagant manner, are erected on popular avenues. The worshipers array themselves in costly and fashionable attire. A high salary is paid for a talented minister to entertain and attract the people. His sermons must not touch popular sins, but be made smooth and pleasing for fashionable ears. Thus fashionable sinners are enrolled on the church records, and fashionable sins are concealed under a pretense of godliness.” (Page 386)

    “When the leading churches of the United States, uniting upon such points of doctrine as are held by them in common, shall influence the state to enforce their decrees and to sustain their institutions, then Protestant America will have formed an image of the Roman hierarchy, and the infliction of civil penalties upon dissenters will inevitably result. The beast with two horns “causeth [commands] all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: and that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” Revelation 13:16, 17. The third angel’s warning is: “If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, the same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God.” “The beast” mentioned in this message, whose worship is enforced by the two-horned beast, is the first, or leopardlike beast of Revelation 13–the papacy. The “image to the beast” represents that form of apostate Protestantism which will be developed when the Protestant churches shall seek the aid of the civil power for the enforcement of their dogmas. The “mark of the beast” still remains to be defined.

    After the warning against the worship of the beast and his image the prophecy declares: “Here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.” Since those who keep God’s commandments are thus placed in contrast with those that worship the beast and his image and receive his mark, it follows that the keeping of God’s law, on the Page 446 one hand, and its violation, on the other, will make the distinction between the worshipers of God and the worshipers of the beast.” (Page 445)

    “Those who are unwilling to accept the plain, cutting truths of the Bible are continually seeking for pleasing fables that will quiet the conscience. The less spiritual, self-denying, and humiliating the doctrines presented, the greater the favor with which they are received. These persons degrade the intellectual powers to serve their carnal desires. Too wise in their own conceit to search the Scriptures with contrition of soul and earnest prayer for divine guidance, they have no shield from delusion. Satan is ready to supply the heart’s desire, and he palms off his deceptions in the place of truth. It was thus that the papacy gained its power over the minds of men; and by rejection of the truth because it involves a cross, Protestants are following the same path. All who neglect the word of God to study convenience and policy, that they may not be at variance with the world, will be left to receive damnable heresy for religious truth. Every conceivable form of error will be accepted by those who willfully reject the truth. He who looks with horror upon one deception will readily receive another. The apostle Paul, speaking of a class who “received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved,” declares: “For this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: that they Page 524 all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” 2 Thessalonians 2:10-12. With such a warning before us it behooves us to be on our guard as to what doctrines we receive.” (Page 523)

    “Romanism is now regarded by Protestants with far greater favor than in former years. In those countries where Catholicism is not in the ascendancy, and the papists are taking a conciliatory course in order to gain influence, there is an increasing indifference concerning the doctrines that separate the reformed churches from the papal hierarchy; the opinion is gaining ground that, after all, we do not differ so widely upon vital points as has been supposed, and that a little concession on our part will bring us into a better understanding with Rome. The time was when Protestants placed a high value upon the liberty of conscience which had been so dearly purchased. They taught their children to abhor popery and held that to seek harmony with Rome would be disloyalty to God. But how widely different are the sentiments now expressed!

    The defenders of the papacy declare that the church has been maligned, and the Protestant world are inclined to accept the statement. Many urge that it is unjust to judge the church of today by the abominations and absurdities that marked her reign during the centuries of ignorance and darkness. They excuse her horrible cruelty as the result of the barbarism of the times and plead that the influence of modern civilization has changed her sentiments.

    Have these persons forgotten the claim of infallibility put forth for eight hundred years by this haughty power? So far from being relinquished, this claim was affirmed in the nineteenth century with greater positiveness than ever before. As Rome asserts that the “church never erred; nor will it, according to the Scriptures, ever err ” (John L. von Mosheim, Institutes of Ecclesiastical History, book 3, century II, part 2, chapter 2, section 9, note 17), how can she renounce the principles which governed her course in past ages?

    The papal church will never relinquish her claim to infallibility. All that she has done in her persecution of those who reject her dogmas she holds to be right; and would she not repeat the same acts, should the opportunity be presented? Let the restraints now imposed by secular governments be removed and Rome be reinstated in her former power, and there would speedily be a revival of her tyranny and persecution.” (Pages 563-564)

    “The Roman Church now presents a fair front to the world, covering with apologies her record of horrible cruelties. She has clothed herself in Christlike garments; but she is unchanged. Every principle of the papacy that existed in past ages exists today. The doctrines devised in the darkest ages are still held. Let none deceive themselves. The papacy that Protestants are now so ready to honor is the same that ruled the world in the days of the Reformation, when men of God stood up, at the peril of their lives, to expose her iniquity. She possesses the same pride and arrogant assumption that lorded it over kings and princes, and claimed the prerogatives of God. Her spirit is no less cruel and despotic now than when she crushed out human liberty and slew the saints of the Most High.

    The papacy is just what prophecy declared that she would be, the apostasy of the latter times. 2 Thessalonians 2:3, 4. It is a part of her policy to assume the character which will best accomplish her purpose; but beneath the variable appearance of the chameleon she conceals the invariable venom of the serpent. “Faith ought not to be kept with heretics, nor persons suspected of heresy” (Lenfant, volume 1, page 516), she declares. Shall this power, whose record for a thousand years is written in the blood of the saints, be now acknowledged as a part of the church of Christ?

    It is not without reason that the claim has been put forth in Protestant countries that Catholicism differs less widely from Protestantism than in former times. There has been a change; but the change is not in the papacy. Catholicism indeed resembles much of the Protestantism that now exists, because Protestantism has so greatly degenerated since the days of the Reformers. (pages 571)

    “Rome is aiming to reestablish her power, to recover her lost supremacy. Let the principle once be established in the United States that the church may employ or control the power of the state; that religious observances may be enforced by secular laws; in short, that the authority of church and state is to dominate the conscience, and the triumph of Rome in this country is assured.

    God’s word has given warning of the impending danger; let this be unheeded, and the Protestant world will learn what the purposes of Rome really are, only when it is too late to escape the snare. She is silently growing into power. Her doctrines are exerting their influence in legislative halls, in the churches, and in the hearts of men. She is piling up her lofty and massive structures in the secret recesses of which her former persecutions will be repeated. Stealthily and unsuspectedly she is strengthening her forces to further her own ends when the time shall come for her to strike.” (Page 581)

    “The Protestants of the United States will be foremost in stretching their hands across the gulf to grasp the hand of spiritualism; they will reach over the abyss to clasp hands with the Roman power; and under the influence of this threefold union, this country will follow in the steps of Rome in trampling on the rights of conscience.

    As spiritualism more closely imitates the nominal Christianity of the day, it has greater power to deceive and ensnare. Satan himself is converted, after the modern order of things. He will appear in the character of an angel of light. Through the agency of spiritualism, miracles will be wrought,the sick will be healed, and many undeniable wonders will be performed. And as the spirits will profess faith in the Bible, and manifest respect for the institutions of the church, their work will be accepted as a manifestation of divine power.” (Page 588)

    “Satan works through the elements also to garner his harvest of unprepared souls. He has studied the secrets of the laboratories of nature, and he uses all his power to control the elements as far as God allows. When he was suffered to afflict Job, how quickly flocks and herds, servants, houses, children, were swept away, one trouble succeeding another as in a moment. It is God that shields His creatures and hedges them in from the power of the destroyer. But the Christian world have shown contempt for the law of Jehovah; and the Lord will do just what He has declared that He would–He will withdraw His blessings from the earth and remove His protecting care from those who are rebelling against His law and teaching and forcing others to do the same. Satan has control of all whom God does not especially guard. He will favor and prosper some in order to further his own designs, and he will bring trouble upon others and lead men to believe that it is God who is afflicting them.

    While appearing to the children of men as a great physician who can heal all their maladies, he will bring disease and disaster, until populous cities are reduced to ruin and desolation. Even now he is at work. In accidents and calamities by sea and by land, in great conflagrations, in fierce tornadoes and terrific hailstorms, in tempests, floods, cyclones, tidal waves, and earthquakes, in every place and in a thousand forms, Satan is exercising his power. He sweeps away the ripening harvest, and famine and distress follow. He imparts to the air a deadly taint, and thousands perish by the pestilence. These visitations are to become more and more frequent and disastrous. Destruction will be upon both man and beast. (Page 589-590)

    “Heretofore those who presented the truths of the third angel’s message have often been regarded as mere alarmists. Their predictions that religious intolerance would gain control in the United States, that church and state would unite to persecute those who keep the commandments of God, have been pronounced groundless and absurd. It has been confidently declared that this land could never become other than what it has been–the defender of religious freedom. But as the question of enforcing Sunday observance is widely agitated, the event so long doubted and disbelieved is seen to be approaching, and the third message will produce an effect which it could not have had before.” (Page 605-606)

    “Thus the message of the third angel will be proclaimed. As the time comes for it to be given with greatest power, the Lord will work through humble instruments, leading the minds of those who consecrate themselves to His service. The laborers will be qualified rather by the unction of His Spirit than by the training of literary institutions. Men of faith and prayer will be constrained to go forth with holy zeal, declaring the words which God gives them. The sins of Babylon will be laid open. The fearful results of enforcing the observances of the church by civil authority, the inroads of spiritualism, the stealthy but rapid progress of the papal power–all will be unmasked. By these solemn warnings the people will be stirred. Thousands upon thousands will listen who have never heard words like these. In amazement they hear the testimony that Babylon is the church, fallen because of her errors and sins, because of her rejection of the truth sent to her from heaven. As the people go to their former teachers with the eager inquiry, Are these things so? the ministers present fables, prophesy smooth things, to soothe their fears and quiet the awakened conscience. But since many refuse to be satisfied with the mere authority of men and demand a plain “Thus saith the Lord,” the popular ministry, like the Pharisees of old, filled with anger as their authority is questioned, will denounce the message as of Satan and stir up the sin-loving multitudes to revile and persecute those who proclaim it.

    As the controversy extends into new fields and the minds of the people are called to God’s downtrodden law, Satan is astir. The power attending the message will only madden those who oppose it. The clergy will put forth almost superhuman efforts to shut away the light lest it should shine upon their flocks. By every means at their command they will endeavor to suppress the discussion of these vital questions. The church appeals to the strong arm of civil power, and, in this work, papists and Protestants unite. As the movement for Sunday enforcement becomes more bold and decided, the law will be invoked against commandment keepers. They will be threatened with fines and imprisonment, and some will be offered positions of influence, and other rewards and advantages, as inducements to renounce their faith. But their steadfast answer is: “Show us from the word of God our error”–the same plea that was made by Luther under similar circumstances. Those who are arraigned before the courts make a strong vindication of the truth, and some who hear them are led to take their stand to keep all the commandments of God. Thus light will be brought before thousands who otherwise would know nothing of these truths.

    Conscientious obedience to the word of God will be treated as rebellion. Blinded by Satan, the parent will exercise harshness and severity toward the believing child; the master or mistress will oppress the commandment-keeping servant. Affection will be alienated; children will be disinherited and driven from home. The words of Paul will be literally fulfilled: “All that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” 2 Timothy 3:12. As the defenders of truth refuse to honor the Sunday-sabbath, some of them will be thrust into prison, some will be exiled, some will be treated as slaves. To human wisdom all this now seems impossible; but as the restraining Spirit of God shall be withdrawn from men, and they shall be under the control of Satan, who hates the divine precepts, there will be strange developments. The heart can be very cruel when God’s fear and love are removed.” (pages 606-608)

    But so long as Jesus remains man’s intercessor in the sanctuary above, the restraining influence of the Holy Spirit is felt by rulers and people. It still controls to some extent the laws of the land. Were it not for these laws, the condition of the world would be much worse than it now is. While many of our rulers are active agents of Satan, God also has His agents among the leading men of the nation. The enemy moves upon his servants to propose measures that would greatly impede the work of God; but statesmen who fear the Lord are influenced by holy angels to oppose such propositions with unanswerable arguments. Thus a few men will hold in check a powerful current of evil. The opposition of the enemies of truth will be restrained that the third angel’s message may do its work. When the final warning shall be given, it will arrest the attention of these leading men through whom the Lord is now working, and some of them will accept it, and will stand with the people of God through the time of trouble.” (Pages 610-611)

    “The work will be similar to that of the Day of Pentecost. As the “former rain” was given, in the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at the opening of the gospel, to cause the upspringing of the precious seed, so the “latter rain” will be given at its close for the ripening of the harvest. “Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the Lord: His going forth is prepared as the morning; and He shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.” Hosea 6:3. “Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord your God: for He hath given you the former rain moderately, and He will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain.” Joel 2:23. “In the last days, saith God, I will pour out of My Spirit upon all flesh.” “And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Acts 2:17, 21.

    The great work of the gospel is not to close with less manifestation of the power of God than marked its opening. The prophecies which were fulfilled in the outpouring of the former rain at the opening of the gospel are again to be fulfilled in the latter rain at its close. Here are “the times of refreshing” to which the apostle Peter looked forward when he said: “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; and He shall send Jesus.” Acts 3:19, 20. Servants of God, with their faces lighted up and shining with holy consecration, will hasten from place to place to proclaim the message from heaven. By thousands of voices, all over the earth, the warning will be given. Miracles will be wrought, the sick will be healed, and signs and wonders will follow the believers. Satan also works, with lying wonders, even bringing down fire from heaven in the sight of men. Revelation 13:13. Thus the inhabitants of the earth will be brought to take their stand.” (Page 611-612)

    • watchmannonthewall

      Your post is full of very relevant information for today. Did I miss the title of the book you were quoting from or was it not included? Can you give it?

      My understanding, I do not have absolute proof at this time, is that the Pope is supposed to announce a union with most (all?) mainline Protestant churches next fall on the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s posting of the 95 theses on the church door at Wittenburg, Germany. Many evangelical churches have already joined the mainline ones in reunifying with the Catholic Church!

      Most Americans do not understand that the founders of this nation wanted nothing to do with the Catholic Church (they were students of history), which is why Christmas and Easter were for so long outlawed in the nation. Do your research.

      I can even remember the debate in the newpapers from 1960 were the question was asked if the nation was ready for a Catholic President? Those who don”t know history…

      If any of the readers think the Jesuites, our current Pope is one, are followers of Jesus, it would be wise to, again, do your research. What they really are is completly dedicated to the destruction of Protestantism and the goal of bringing everyone back into the Catholic (Mother) Church. Most Proptestant believers are going to have a serious choice to make and perhaps some in-depth investigations to perform!

      • Asher Davies

        Book is The Great Controversy, you can find it at amazing discoveries website if you search for it. Also if you want to know of their plans for 2017 also on their website look for Part 4 of the Series from Crete to Malta. It’s not letting me post links sorry.

        • watchmannonthewall

          Thank you much. I appreciate the post. I think I might already have the book but have never read it! I thought it was about something else!
          I have been tryiing to warn those in my family of these things for the last 4-5 years. Their ears are dull of hearing. Only those with a willingness to constantly test those things being taught by shepherds to Scripture will ever accept the writer’s argument, although the histoical record is clear.

          • Truthing

            If you want to know the “secret” history of the U.S. and it’s founders and where we’re headed and why, read “Zenith 2016” by Thomas Horn. Hardly any of the book is speculation. The proofs are literally “in stone”, right in front of our faces. While I believe that many people came to this land to escape religious persecution (mainly from the papacy), the fact remains that the establishment of this country was most certainly not based in Christianity. Don’t dismiss this because it doesn’t fit with what we were brought up to believe. Like it or not it is the truth about what the “leaders” of this country believe, and is the whole reason why they do what they do.

          • watchmannonthewall

            With regard to the “secret” history of the nation, I probably will not read the book, too many already to go through, but tell me if I am on the right track.

            From the history of the “Exodus”: A “mixed multitude” came out of Egypt with the Israelites. I used to think, many still do, this meant from various nationalities. Further research indicates the phrase actually is “arev rah”, meaning those who do not follow the God of Israel but who joined to them to gain certain benefits. Eventually, these attempt to gain control over the existing leadership and population. I see them as the “tares” among the wheat.

            It seems to me that history tells the story over and over of how a group of people committed to God initially, prosper, and others who are not committed to Him join to them, and circumvent that prosperity by their misunderstanding of the reason for the initial blessings (Korahs). This second group always attempts to eliminate adhereance to God’s Word by establishing human reasoning in its place, thereby destroying the culture they joined, from within (!), because of the benefits that attracted them. They always fail to see the spiritual connections for the physical blessings.

            I believe the same thing happened here in America. God essentially stood against the attitude of greed that lead to the Jamestown settlement, but over time, that attitude gained political power and overwhelmed those who came to escape persecution desiring to live simple lives in peaceful communities. A cetain type of man always desires to dominate others, always thinks his ideas and understandings are the right ones. Is this essentially what is playing out today?

      • Barry Goldwater

        I’m not certain but this word sounds very much like the writings of Ellen G White and perhaps the book is ” The Great Controversy”.
        Ms. White would flip in her grave if she knew the fate of the Seventh Day Adventist Church which she helped to found, for they too have compromised away their early tenants and have sought a conciliation with mainline Protestantism which is now weak and watered down to the point it’s become a pitiful joke or as the great Howard Cosell would have said ” a mere shadow of it’s former self”.

        • watchmannonthewall

          Thank you, Barry. Asher did say the name was “The Great Controversy” but did not give the name of the author. I do have that book but thought its subject matter was related dto a different topic and so have never read it.
          Now that I understand its relevence to today’s events and current conditions existing within the Protestant Church, it will be at the top of my reading list!

          • Barry Goldwater

            As a footnote to this discussion permit me to add that during Ellen White’s time America was vehemently anti-Catholic in many parts of the country. Even decades later Governor Al Smith NY Democrat nominee for President in 1928 discovered to his horror as his campaign took him beyond the safety of New York that prejudice against his Catholic faith was virulent to say the least and instrumental in his defeat .

          • watchmannonthewall

            Yes, I mentioned in another post that I can remember during the Kennedy election there was a great deal of main street media, radio and newspaper, discussion about whether the United States was even ready to vote for and accept a Catholic president. Can you believe that? Only 55 years ago!
            I was only 5 at the time but it is a memory I will never forget as it revealed a divide within the nation of which I had no knowledge.

        • BJ Giauque

          It is Ellen G White. What has happened to the SDA church is downright sad. But I believe she knew what they would end up becoming. I quit when a I saw a lady do a hoola dance in front of the Xmas tree at one of there Xmas party that was being held in the church. I cried and knew I was still in Babylon. Have never been back.

          • Asher Davies

            Brother you are right. It is very sad. But there is a shaking coming. Just wait…I can see the divide forming right now. I go to one church and they are becoming bolder and bolder in preaching the truth I visit another and they are becoming bolder and bolder in apostasy. When persecution hits I promise you there will be no more hula dancing. Those not clinging to the Rock will leave. It’s the faithful that need to stay as who else will be bold enough to take this message to the world. I encourage you to watch the series I linked to below about Crete to Malta (Its the link about 2017 plans – but I would start at video 1). The Gospel ship is going to smash into Malta, but Paul said if you leave the boat you will not survive.

          • BJ Giauque

            I really like listening to Walter Vieth, I got my husband hooked on him through the total onslaught series and the die heart baptist has never looked back since. Thanks for the encouragement I will watch it Starting this Sabbath. Shalom my friend. And thanks again BJ

          • Asher Davies

            You’re welcome sister (apologies for earlier mistake). God bless.

    • GetReal4U2

      a clear violation of the 5 line rule…he he

  • Philosopher

    That is seriously bad when someone steals food from an old man. There are food banks and plenty of places where you can get at least one meal a day just by showing up.

    • Jodie Lynn Gaeta

      Yep. And my own sympathy is solely for the poor old man who was robbed at knifepoint, threatened, and pepper-sprayed by that loathsome pair.

  • Purple Wings

    This is kind of how I feel – forgotten and passed over. Six years ago, I decided to go back to school and get an associate’s degree. I studied medical billing and coding. About a year after I started, I was laid off from the telephone customer service job I had. I started looking for a new job right away, focusing on some type of medical office position. It took me a year and a half of searching for all kinds of jobs before I was hired as a cashier at Walmart in 2012. I finished my degree and continued looking for medical reception/billing/secretary positions. I had to quit searching every few months because the lack of phone calls and rejection from the handful of interviews I did land became depressing. Earlier this year, I went through a series of four interviews with a medical supply company only to be rejected yet again.

    I have held better jobs than what I currently have. I have new knowledge and several years of related experience in data entry and research type fields. But here I am, dealing with customers all day long for nearly four years. I am not the only one. Thankfully my husband has a very solid job which he has been at for fourteen years. We are working as much as we can to pay off debt and keep ourselves fed. We haven’t gone to the movies in two years. We go to restaurants once every couple of months. We spend time together at home or with friends and family. We tend the garden and work on fixing up the house when funds allow. We improvise, shop sales, and go without if we need to. I sincerely hope that people are starting to see what’s going on because I am 100% sure that the years ahead are going to be a real challenge for everyone.

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  • Robert

    This is such a mixed bag. The idea that you can lay off (fire) people, especially males, and expect them to retrain as programmers or some other esoteric skill is ridiculous. What is a coal miner going to do really? The medical industry is flooded with people thinking that they can get into some work there but the jobs are being taken over by computerization and by overseas outsourcing. The other thought is that we have come to expect the middle class life is a human right. Our society has made sure to destroy the family unit so when someone does fall through the so called cracks there is no family to help. Grandma gets shoved into an “old folks” home and often on the taxpayer’s dime. This country is coming apart because of good old fashioned greed, corruption, abandoning of fundamental morals and values. Case in point, the celebrity Prince dies and you would think he was the national mascot given the outpouring of faux sadness and accolades. I say faux because it is hard to believe that the nation is so concerned. The fundamental issue as I see it is the attitude “I got mine. Screw you.” It takes a village sounds good but in practice the village has the attitude stated above.

    • disqus_mma68NTtry

      It’s coming apart because we adored Prince with an autopsy but gave none to Justice Antonin Scalia. When we no longer put our priorities together, and have no reason of sanity in the very people who were to hold this country accountable….then we are left to our own demise. It is amazing to me that people want to continue to pay for their own demise….the only thing I can attribute that too is the elite have won by all the brainwashing, spraying, and fluoridating.

      • James

        Perhaps because Scalia’s family did not want an autospy?

    • L. A. McDonough

      Back in the early 80’s my husband retrained at age 38, took a 16 month class in HVAC under a gov. grant. He got a civil svc. job after working for a private contractor two years, I worked also, and we are now retirees living decent lives financially . we are not wasteful and live simple lives. ‘We have traveled extensively, mostly related to his job before the retrain. NAFTA/GATT trashed the country and jobs just keep on moving offshore in 2016. Voting in any election is useless and scum politicians (local, state and federal) are paid puppets of the globalists. Muslims are resettling in this country w/tax money enabled by NGO’s and church groups, with the goal of jihad and takeover. America’s future is zeero, not a time to raise kids. Women must work also and day care is expensive. We saw this coming decades ago, chose not to breed. (student of globalism since late 70’s). It’s over folks, get house in order asap and stay low key with friends for bartering, etc.

      • Robert

        Well done. Most folks cannot see a big picture but you did. Your husband got a civil service job. That is where I would advise any young person to strive for a job. The private sector is dead and jobs there are very insecure. I am glad I have my adult children but it was not easy at any time. It bothers me that they work hard to support the dead beats, druggies, inmates, illegals, and other unproductive people. People that Michael are feeling sorry for are in their situation due to their own bad choices whether drugs, booze, crime, quitting school, overspending etc. True, some are in bad straits due to circumstances beyond their control and deserve aid but vast numbers are milking the system. Michael’s profession, law, has been one of the ruinous root causes for our present situation. No other nation has the density of bloodsucking lawyers that we do. Most lobbyists are lawyers. We are doomed.

        • Gay Veteran

          “…People that Michael are feeling sorry for are in their situation due to their own bad choices whether drugs, booze, crime, quitting school, overspending etc….”

          such self-righteous arrogance

          • montefide

            “Are there no prisons? Are there no workhouse?.”

    • montefide

      I couldn’t agree more. And retraining requires money. Well if you’re laid off how the heck are you supposed to pay for it? Loans…that’s right become laden with more debt. What Guarantee do you have that you’ll be placed anywhere? None. This country is what it is: a gigantic zero.

  • Tony M

    To #2, Disability is NOT on the chopping block, and if O~Care is repealed it will be replaced with something better. Mots states have FREE CARE in Community Health Centers. Good Luck.

  • Arizona

    MOST states in america have passed homeless laws,and the police gangs gladly inforce them,that send ALL the homeless to the FEMA DEATH CAMPS for execution after their marked with 666,they inject drugs into THEM AND THEIR CHILDREN and put them to sleep perimently,then its OFF TO THE OVENS with their bodies,and the LORD who forbide this IS WATCHING,and GUESS WHAT,HES GOING TO DESTROY YOU COMPLETELY FOR IT,aren’t all you happy now..cause YOU will be going to those same FEMA DEATH CAMPS TOO……….

    • jaxon64

      Are you the guy from Michael’s “Story #2”? You know, the one who ran out of Prozac and your Obamacare won’t cover the refill?

      • Gay Veteran

        LOL

  • Billiewilliesillie

    This economic pain that many people are feeling is a good case of you reap what you sow. Its just very unfortunate that the few people who fought against this corrupt system have to fall through the cracks along with the degenerates.

  • crabcake

    NAFTA/GATT is something nobody wants to talk about, but it is the root of the demise of the United States.

    • Abe

      You nailed it crabby!! The same bozo that was pimping that is the one that was pushing climate change. What man bear pig didn’t know is we have a 20,000 year cycle with our distance from the sun. Just like a oscillating wave. In another 7,000 years they’ talk the sheeple into eating beans and fart to there hearts content. I don’t know who’s worse, Tweedle Dee or Tweedle dum? Screw it, they’re all crooks!

    • whodowetrust

      Just wait till TPP is enforced.
      Already seeing Agenda 21 in effect in this area.
      Glad the Lord never blessed me with children. I thought it was a sad thing but am now relieved I don’t have to worry about the future as much as those with children and grandchildren.

  • Alleged Comment

    Politicians “souled” US out decades ago. This generation is reaping the rewards the rotten fruits.

    More to come…..

  • krinks

    Elections have consequences.

  • James

    On the one hand, you have lots of people smiling in New York City these days because of the stock market boom, and property values have soared to ridiculous levels in San Francisco because of the tech bubble. But in between the two coasts there are vast stretches of forgotten people that the U.S. economy has left behind. In this article I am going to share some of their stories with you.

    Perhaps anti-intellectual, blue collar, middle class scum should move out of flyover country, get a BS in CS, Biotechnology, or Finance and get a job in SF, NYC, Boston, etc.

  • Mistanick

    Victim mentality: This world owes me a job. The world is bad because I don’t have a job I want to have. I haven’t worked in three years because I can’t find a job doing what I want to do.

    Victor mentality: The world owes me nothing. School doesn’t prepare me for anything but what I put into it. My job is to do whatever is necessary to succeed in my life. I know who I am and if I fail, you will see me get right back up and start over again.

    Business owners tend to have a victor mentality and schools prepare us to fail as a victor and be a victim. A job, a job, somehow the world is supposed to create that job that we believe waits for us. The world does not owe us that nor does our Blessed Lord. He told us we would earn our living by the sweat of our brow. That means hard work. Arduous talks that we fail at sometimes, but we go on because we serve Him.

    • Sumatra

      Beyond the first sentence, your “Victor mentality” mainly shows people of low morals who come off as arrogant jerks and who end up regretting it all in a few years(or decades, depending on how stubborn they are.)

      And of course, if the business owner’s mentality doesn’t match their employees’, it’s no wonder they often end up with problems. I guess that’s why many eventually hire someone for HR as they expand, because they are incapable of thinking the way normal people do.

      You also seem to confuse serving the Lord and serving the world as the same. And you speak of earning a living, while bashing those who try to do just that by looking for a job. That is not nearly the way it works, and is an entirely unrealistic ideal to be pushing.

      • Mistanick

        We are in the world but not of it. Our Blessed Lord is a victor, not a victim. He is our model, our Lord. My example.

        Obviously, not everyone can be a business owner. Businesses need employees. The number one complaint of a business owner is that most employees don’t take “ownership” of their jobs such as an owner would.

        A steel worker out of a job can do many things with his hands and brain, yet many laid off skilled workers say out of work because they can’t find a steel worker job. I am not sympathetic with that mentality. They have made themselves a victim and not a victor. Not arrogance, but a mindset Sumatra. History is filled with many people who did not give up and cry about their plight, asking others to feel sorry for them or ask the government to pay their way in “retirement”.

  • watchmannonthewall

    Thank you for posting this information. I have found the book in my library and will be reading it over the next few weeks! Thanks also for the info on the 500th anniversary.

    • Asher Davies

      Your welcome. I found the 500th anniversary info fascinating.

  • Btrayd

    I was injured and left to rot in Afghanistan. Then 2 years in the wounded warrior program without anyone from my unit visiting me..just the mandatory calls once a month from someone I didn’t know. Medically retired at 45 with a pittance and left to rot. my skills are specialized for a larger market than a small town.

    By the time I got back home, all my friends had moved away. I look after my folks as best I can with no help from by family who have moved away also.No one local will hire me because I cannot stand long nor sit very long and cannot do physical work.
    I am unable to travel to find a job or even interview for one to have remotely. Isolation is the worst part.
    But, the stars still shine and the birds still sing…for now, that is enough.

    • Mistanick

      I don’t want my remarks to come across in any other way but what our Blessed Lord would tell us, I think.

      Take your eyes off of what is behind you, and on each side. Ditch the label of “betrayed”. To consider yourself as such, you are making yourself a “victim” and that is the enemy’s way of defeat. A victim blames others for their current situation and you simply cannot let yourself do that.

      Consider it an honor to look after your folks. An honor that God as bestowed on you. You are alive to be able to do that. You are alive for a time such as this.

      Who knows what tomorrow may bring? No one for sure. We live, breathe, and have our being in a world we don’t know much about but what God teaches us and opens our minds to know. For now, you, a brave man, is one to stand tall and know that God is still in control….of all things.

  • Mistanick

    Not trying to cause you grief, Abe, but what is retirement? Is that when some government program pays us to stay home because we think we have earned it? I see retirement as when the body cannot work any longer. Worn out and broken and even then, if the mind works, still there is work to do. Folks call us all the time to sell us something on the telephone and they dial the phone with their hands and speak. Not pleasant work, telephone customer service but many over qualified people do it. In their voices, I don’t hear them complaining or waiting for that next unemployment check. They need work and do it.

    The whole mindset of government programs paying us so we don’t need to work is not only defeating to the character of a man, but a waste of whatever life we have left.

    • Trish House

      This is a false paradigm that you are promoting. It was built on the basis of predatory capitalism as the only legitimate social system. Native populations around the world thrived without jobs, without banks, taxes, or mortgages – the Australian people did so for 50,000 years, and apparently never had a world war. We can live free of these things and vastly improve our personal security of we remove from our thinking entrenched models that involve predatory hoarding with violence by a portion of our populations.

  • watchmannonthewall

    Thank you. Just finished watching Part 4. Hope I didn’t miss too much by skipping Parts 1-3. Very informative!

    • Asher Davies

      The whole series is pretty good. Its largely around the polarization that is happening in the church. Two groups are forming those who are bowing to Political Correctness and joining with the Papacy and those who are faithful to Christ, the Word and His commandments. Its fulfillment of the prophecy I quoted above. Shows how close we are to the end of time. The other series by Professor Veith worth watching is Total Onslaught you can find on same website.

      • watchmannonthewall

        I see why you mentioned the David Wilkerson article reminded you of the book. David was actually raised as a 7th Day Adventist. I saw a sermon of his (UTube) on “The New Covenant” where he mentioned this and also said there was actually something “special” about keeping the Sabbath, though he wasn’t doing so while at Times Square.

        Of course, the “special” part was obedience to the Father! After all, it is actually the day He said He will meet with us. I didn’t realize this until only 6 years ago when my former pastor, peaching on the 10 Commandments, said the reason we don’t meet on the 7th day is because Iraneaus, one of the church fathers (not even an apostle!) said they met on the 1st day of the week. I realized then God never changed the date, man (the Catholics) did!

        The story of Esther begins with how a Queen refuses to come see her husband, the King, at the time he called for her. I wonder…

        • Asher Davies

          Ah ok…that’s very interesting. Does explain a lot.

  • mollysdad

    The way things are going, only people who are as rich as Donald Trump will have anyone less fortunate than themselves.