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I taught a Russian child whose parents and he were living in Canada. When he was returning to the USSR which was Russia at that time, I put my arm around his shoulder like I would any other kid and wished him a safe trip and a happy life. His doubtful eyes are in my memory. He is one of the children I wonder what happened to them.

That particular child could be difficult. The guidance counselor could calm him down in a minute. She had a note he had written that he would not want his parents to see. The Canadian kids were kids. One time the Russian child challenged me in class.

The little Canucks thought we would have a regular USA versus Russia rivalry. I wound up giving the class a lecture that the disagreements between countries had no role in people not being able to get along. I guess not wanting another class lecture, the kid gave up. He was not that popular and getting a teacher from the South lecturing the class again was not the greatest mantle to wear.

(I was never a disciplinarian. I'm like my parents in that I believe in someone having free will. It's an old Baptist belief. My parent's were not missionary Baptists which most Baptist's are today. It's interesting how beliefs of Quakers and Puritans can reach their hands across centuries and affect us in the present. I went for control to teach class. But kids could have their opinion. When I taught at an evening school, I was careful in asking opinions. You did not always want to hear what a life hardened 17 year old had to say.)

Which leads me to a serious matter. People who underestimate that Russia is an enemy to the United States. I read one blog about the Christian nature of Russia and how the blogger prays for Putin. She looks forward to hearing his Christian message.

As a former KGB agent, I doubt Vladimir Putin has a good message for the United States. Putin may be a practicing Christian. But we know how all of us interpret the message and filter it through our own perspective of the world.

The United States has been the world's policeman for a long time. Small countries all over the world have petitioned the United States for help and many have gotten that help.

If the United States loses it's credibility and leadership, there will be vacuum to fill. Emmanual Macron, President of France and Angela Merkel of Germany have been attempting to fill that gap.  It is inevitable the the United States and Western Europe will lose leadership of the world. But I do not anticipate the coldness and callousness of Russia and China.

In China there is a special uncontaminated food and water supply for their oligarchs. I can't imagine the Flint, Michigan water crisis becoming the norm in the United States.

I listened to Boris Johnson speaking to the Australian media. Johnson pointed out that the actions of the United States are stable although the rhetoric appears destabilizing. Boris Johnson is a conservative MP who was born on the Upper East Side of New York City and an architect of the Brexit.

Boris Johnson's quote My chances of being PM are about as good as the chances of finding Elvis on Mars, or my being reincarnated as an olive. summarizes my opinion of thinking that Putin is our friend and has our best interests at heart. Yeah, pray for him, pray for your enemies. The Bible admonishes us to do so. But the Bible does not direct us to deceived by our enemies.

The business of politics is beyond the scope of most of us. It is an intellect honed by fire. I am not that smart and neither are most people or you. Trump's true weakness is he has lived in a world of privilege where people do exactly what he says. Despite what his "hardcore" followers want, we live in a democracy not a dictatorship. There is a dimension of the "Art of the Deal" that Trump will need to acquire if he wants to govern effectively.

What is interesting to me is that most people are in agreement about certain items but can have different political ideologies. We've become tribal in our politics. Actually, it is our nature handed down over the centuries to us. Some of the lies and/or propaganda used during the American Revolution are surprisingly modern in tone. I'll dig my favorite book up and share a few next week. The book is the American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America by Colin Woodard

I am a Christian and an American. As an American, I believe we all have a right to serve God in the way we want. I am not afraid of someone having a different belief system as myself. I want the right to believe as I wish. Quite frankly, so many people speaking the mind of God are actually speaking their mind and unaware. In some cases, they are aware and in my belief system they have a lot to fear when they meet the Almighty.

It doesn't take Einstein to know what my message is. The old Soviet Union is the United States enemy. Russia is not concerned with our welfare. They would like the United States to be weak so they can control more of the world. Putin is no one's friend, not even Russia. He squashes political dissent. You may think he agrees with your values. Think again, he is a trained KGB agent. Once he gets what he wants, the heck with you.

What made me aggravated to write this post are the sonic attacks on embassy personnel in Cuba. The cold war has only thawed. Why is North Korea threatening? They perceive as being weak.

When I lived in Canada, I met all walks of life. The frustration of sleeping beside an elephant was how they felt about sharing a border with the United States. A friend shared this article written in 1973 at the close of the Vietnam war. Our country was torn by discord. We are torn again. But the American people have a promise to keep and I hope we keep it.


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  1. Trump is a big man child that really needs to learn to be a bit more diplomatic. When bringing religion into such things it only makes for a headache. Whether that is people saying let's pray for Putin or some nut saying God allows Trump to go after North Korea. Pffffft. People interpret it many a way and the ones on top use that to make the sheep stay in line.

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    1. He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind: and the fool shall be servant to the wise in heart. Proverbs 11:29

      We can all be played a fool. Eh?

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  2. I do pray for the world leaders because for the most part, that's all I can do.
    My biggest concern is North Korea and what will happen if they attack another country. China sided with them before and they could again.

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    1. China sells a lot of goods to the United States. To keep their economy running, it is best for the United States to continue to be able to trade with them. However, we have a lot of natural resources and a labor pool to exploit. I hope Trump is kicked out soon if his handlers can get him in control. We'll see how well General Kelly does.

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  3. Hi Ann - We all have our own thoughts ... peace is what we need ... I sincerely hope we can keep that in view ... challenging times - cheers Hilary

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    1. You are right Hilary. I'm just tired of the religious bananas thinking that the world is a simple place to live. Life might be hard but it can be harder.

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  4. How I long for peace. And for recognition that where ever we live, what ever our skin colour, what ever our spiritual beliefs we are all part of the human race. No us and them, but only us.
    And yes, I know I am a dreamer.

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    1. I wish your dream comes true. To have a war where you live is horrible. War is not a solution.

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  5. I can honestly say (shamefully) I don't keep up with much news these days. If I hear something that interests me, I ask my hubby about it, who on his 50 mile commute 2 times a day listens to a lot of talk radio and news stations and is well versed in reading a lot of news stories, etc. He's been thinking about getting a lot of survival type of things, alternative heating supplies, dehydrated food, water filters so we could use the pool water if necessary, etc. He hasn't acted yet. When he does, then maybe I'll have to start following the news more. I don't take much stock in people who profess to be Christian; it comes out in the fruit of how lives are lived and its only between the person and God, so whether Putin is one or not, its between him and God. I do pray for Trump, only because I didn't pray much for his predecessor. Now maybe I'll need to add on prayer for world leaders.

    betty

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    1. I've met preppers and it is a subculture in itself. I grew up in the shadow of a military installation during the cold war and the Cuban missile crisis. You really cannot prepare for fate. I think it is important to act locally about items that pollute the water, air, and food supply.

      It is always good to have bottled water and extra food in a crisis. In the winter, I keep buckets of water on the back deck to flush toilets if the power goes off. We are affected more by periodic storms damaging power lines.

      No matter how prepared I am, their is always something we need. Handicapped people have such a hard time adapting. I actually pour the water in the toilet tank so they can flush.

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  6. I remember going to the World Food Prize celebration and sitting next to my first Russian. I was a bit stand offish, not sure what his goal was. I was obviously holding Cold War grudges, but never felt at ease all night and had to laugh at myself for not being forgiving.

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    1. I have lived close to Robins Air Force Base most of my life. The South has lost a war and been occupied. That colors how I look at things.

      I would not be surprised to know some of what Trump says in threats is good old fashioned bluffing. I know he much more sophisticated than his tweets indicate. Politics.

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  7. When I was on vacation during the month of July I didn't keep up with the news very much. I felt much better during that time. Media tends to blow things out of proper proportion and attempts to shape our thinking. I'm not overly concerned with the governments of the world--they come and go. But certain ideologies need to be kept in check.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. I've blocked more people on social media. I think it is just overload. I wish on Facebook you could block politics but let everything else go through. I have friends that send a mix. However, I have blocked them to. They agree and disagree with me on politics. It's has become toxic.

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