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    Albert Pike, a Humanitarian Who Helped Millions

    It has been my pleasure to work and visit many nations around the globe.  I have noticed that in Communist or Dictatorship oriented nations, that every time there is a regime change, or election of new leaders, the street names, statues, and "heroes" change.  I recall one trip to Romania, just after their dictator, Nicolae Ceauisescu  was deposed, it was impossible to find directions around town, because all of the street names had been changed, and many of the landmarks and statues removed.

    We are seeing something like that in the USA when historical figures, statues, building names, even names of military buildings are to be changed, if the riotous voices of protest are heeded.  Sadly some of those statues, some of the history, some of those who were extraordinary people of our culture, are insulted and defaced by wild and riotous people.  Often those perpetrators are people just following an emotional crowd.  Often they are not educated on the history, the background or the exceptional qualities of the "men honored by statues". Often ignorance and raw emotions guide their destructive behavior.  A troublesome part for our culture, is that it harms the overall culture, and insults a majority of Americans, who try to treat history with respect. 

    Sometimes the changes, the damage is more than the riotous masses would imagine.  One case that caught my eye is the toppling of the statue of Albert Pike, in Washington, D.C.  Pike was a celebrated author, an intellect who studied scholarly writings of history,  a humanitarian, a peacemaker with the American Indians, a significant voice and founder of the 32 degree rank, often called the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry.  He urged "more light" for all, more education, more efforts to improve people through education and study.  He was against slavery, and had such a positive impact upon people, that he was the only general of the Confederacy, that was awarded a statue of honor in Washington D.C. after the Civil War. Albert Pike was a child who due to bad parents, had to live with an uncle.  His uncle recognized a brilliant mind and was amazed that Albert Pike had a photographic memory and was able to recall large volumes.  He studied and read constantly. He mastered several languages, and passed his entrance exams for Harvard, taught school at Gloucester and in 1831 he moved to New Mexico and managed to befriend and worked with Native American Indians.  Love and affection for Native Americans and their needs stayed with him for the rest of his life.  He studied law, became an attorney and organized the "Know Nothing Party".  While he was opposed to slavery, he was more opposed to farmers importing foreign laborers, he thought it would take jobs away from Americans.  He was pro-indian, and eventually became commissioner of Indian Affairs for the Confederacy.   He accused the Confederacy of neglecting its treaty obligation to the tribes and was arrested by the Confederacy for treason as a result.  This was later settled.   His entire life his brilliant mind took him to study and explore all forms of cultural beliefs, religions, and development of ethical systems.  He joined the Freemasons and worked to improve Masonic rituals. In 1873 he moved to the Temple of the Supreme Council of the Scottish Rite in Washington, D.C. and remained there for the rest of the life.   He impacted millions of lives always encouraging "more light" and personal spiritual/intellectual growth.

    Under his leadership, black people were welcomed into Freemasonry.   His 800 page book, Morals and Dogma, is still distributed, and read today and is a masterpiece of great quotes of mankind throughout history.…

     

  • Jun 18, 2020 | Politics  

    What is Antifa? What do scholars say that they stand for?

    A good friend, called me and started telling me about the dangers of Antifa, that they might be dangerous terrorists. So I tried to study and find out what this "Antifa" group is. One of the nation’s experts on Antifa, is Stanilav Vysotsky, a professor at University of Wisconsin, and an author of sociological books, one to be released soon on Antifa. He is a "go to" expert on Antifa...

     

  • Jan 4, 2020 | Politics  

    Nine States Sliding into Economic Downturn

    Nine states face economic contraction, the most since the 2009 crisis. A Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia forecast predicts West Virginia’s economy will shrink the most of any state in the coming months. (F...

     

  • Dec 16, 2019 | Politics  

    A BILLBOARD BOTH REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS COULD HONOR

    Someone posted this image on the internet. It was supposedly a "mock up," and said to have been created by Republicans. If so, it suggests that both Republicans and Democrats -- all American citizens -- (not radical partisans) should honor the law, the truth, the facts. Whoever created it, it makes a valid basic point. AMERICA NEEDS THE WHOLE TRUTH...

     

  • Oct 26, 2019 | Politics  

    $10.5 MILLION IN UNPAID BILLS BY GOP PRESIDENTIAL APPEARANCES IN CITIES

    THE GOP, AS LED BY THE PRESIDENT, DEFAULTS ON $10.5 MILLION IN BILLS FOR CITY EXPENSES UNPAID FOR HIS POLITICAL CAMPAIGN...

     

  • Jul 2, 2019 | Politics  

    HOSPITALS REQUIRED TO DISCLOSE PRICES (BEFORE THE SERVICE) BY D.C.

    WHITE HOUSE ORDERS THAT HOSPITALS WILL GIVE FULL DISCLOSURES OF ALL PRICES AND FEES Order aims to reveal real health care costs By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, June 24, 2019 Our thanks and credit to AP for running this article by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar. WE HAVE BEEN CALLING FOR FULL DISCLOSURE OF FEES BY HOSPITALS FOR MORE THAN 15 YEARS...

     

  • Jun 26, 2019 | Politics  

    Kids, Poor Immigrants, Immigration, and Ethical Values of the USA

    Oscar Alberto Martinez Ramirez, his wife Tania Vanessa and his daughter, Valeria, near her 2-year birthday, hiked from El Salvador to escape the gangs, drug wars, corruption and dangerous living conditions...

     

  • Jun 12, 2019 | Politics  

    NEW REPUBLICAN TAX LAW FAILING, GREATER DEFICITS THAN EVER

    THE NEW TAX LAW IS NOT DOING WHAT REPUBLICANS PROMISED, BUT INSTEAD IS RAISING BUDGET DEFICITS AND COSTING OUR NATION AND MOST AMERICANS MORE. In fact, the new tax law has not created a budget surplus, it has only given financial gifts to big business and cut tax deductions, penalizing Americans and causing losses for most of them...

     

  • May 4, 2019 | Politics  

    Texas Lyceum, one of the most influential organizations in Texas

    May 3, 2019, marked the 40th anniversary celebration of the founding of Texas Lyceum. It was in 1980 that Texas Business Magazine published an article about the Rising Stars of Texas. The magazine had been running articles exploring concepts of encouraging and developing enlightened leadership...

     

  • Jan 15, 2019 | Politics  

    Republican Sheriff on Texas Border says, "TO HELL WITH TRUMP WALL"

    Politics in Texas, especially in rural Texas, are conservative -- very conservative. So when people like the Republican Sheriff who has to patrol the border, speaks out it reflects a broader opinion. He is in charge of a part of the southern border of Texas where Trump's wall is routed to go. He says, "To hell with the wall right now." I for one do not ignore local area sheriffs...

     

  • Nov 6, 2018 | Politics  

    Today, Tuesday Nov 6, 2018. VOTE

    VOTE TODAY This day, we have the privilege to vote...not as a Democrat or Republican, but as Americans. Be American, and voice your vote. I was number 1 in the line to vote in my neighborhood. Fun time, fun group of patriots. Be patriotic, VOTE! Ben Boothe, Sr. PS...

     

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