|Venture into an Unknown Future -
The Road to 2012
|JUNE 15, 2011
|Venturing into the unknown future ---A future that
may or may not come ---Part 1
Road to 2012 by Dennis L. Pearson
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The 2010 G-20 Toronto Summit was the fourth meeting of the G-20 heads of government, in
discussion of the global financial system and the world economy, which took place at the Metro
Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada during June 26–27, 2010. The summit
was initially proposed to be held in the town of Huntsville, Ontario, where the concurrent 36th
G8 summit was hosted, by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The town was later
deemed insufficient to provide hospitality for the large number of G-20 delegates and
journalists, thus the G-20 summit was later finalized to take place in Toronto. And with that
decision, a scheduled interleague series between the Philadelphia Phillies of Major League
Baseball's National League and the Toronto Blue Jays of the American League was transferred
to Philadelphia with the Blue Jays still being the home team. That happened because the
Canadian government in consultation with its national security and police agencies as well as
Provincial Officials expected a high degree of protest and opposition to the summit and
thought it better to send the rematch of the 1980 World Series participants to Philadelphia.
As it happened, Police arrested at least 1,000 people through the course of the summit.
From late May and to the middle of June 2010 , Dennis Kennethsson, by himself took a land
route across the USA covering the States of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa,
Nebraska, South Dakota, Wyoming, Idaho , Oregon, and Washington. Without any problem he
crossed the U.S Canadian border into British Columbia stopping in peaceful Vancouver before
taking the British Columbia Ferry to Vancouver Island to see the fabulous Butchart Gardens,
Victoria, the Provincial capital British Columbia and a historic lumber mill way up north near
Port Alberni. In a fortnight he re-crossed the U.S-Canadian border in reverse to see the state of
Washington's Grand Coulee Dam which had its flood gate wide open due to high water from
tributaries to the north in Idaho, Montana and Canada.
Historically, the construction of the Grand Coulee Dam on the Columbia River during the Great
Depression not only facilitated the employment of thousands of people but also provided an
abundant source of cheap energy for the Pacific Northwest with the added benefit of fueling a
long era of economic prosperity in the region.
Kennethsson in undertaking this fabulous journey achieved his long time goal of crossing the U.
S. by land taking a northern route through beautiful land ... Even in a motorized vehicle it was
indeed a challenge to slowly circle around a snowy passage in the Big Horn Mountains to get
down to a lovely Wyoming Valley lowland to see a dieing cousin. He had already been to the
50 States of the union plus Puerto Rico and American Virgin Islands and the former American
Canal Zone in Panama. But what was so special about this land journey is that he followed the
route of Lewis and Clarke as best as he could. He had traveled the USA not in a Conestoga
Wagon or a Chevrolet as touted by Dinah Shore in her television show but in a Ford Focus whose
fuel efficiency had served him so well. And the wee bit of Walter Mitty he carried inside
himself mused that this was also a an informational gathering expedition for a possible
Presidential Campaign in 2012.
In May, 1804, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark set out on an amazing expedition across the
Louisiana Territory on orders of U.S. President Thomas Jefferson to see what he had bought. It
has been over 200 years since then, and the bicentennial of this historic journey has come and
gone. These true American heroes faced unknown people, harsh conditions and unexplored
lands to secure a place in history as two of the world's greatest explorers ... And importantly for
the emerging United States, its land mass had been crossed from the Atlantic to the Pacific ---
from sea to shining sea.
But in this life, learning does not end with the last test, note taken or paper written in a formal
classroom. Learning continues in one way or another throughout our lifetime. And with Dennis
Kennethsson this is also so. With open eyes and ears he toured the U.S. Department of Energy's
Fermi National Accelerator Lab and the Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois and a Boeing
Aircraft Company Assembly line in the State of Washington. In Wyoming he visited the Buffalo
Bill Historical Museum and natural wonders of Yellowstone National Park.
Academically, Dennis Kennethsson has received a M.A. in History and holds a teachers
certificate in history and social Studies. In his academic career he has taken many classes for
credit and reaped a good deal of knowledge. But we remind you again that knowledge and
professional development is not packaged just in a course or elective a certain state wants you
to take. Dennis Kennethsson found usable knowledge at the places mentioned above and also
in a Museum in Nebraska... And this bit of useful information would serve him well both in a
classroom and in his visit to Western Canada.
From First Across the Continent - Sir Alexander McKenzie by Barry Gough:
"Seeking the Northwest Passage and the fabled link to Russia, Japan and Cathay, Alexander
McKenzie drove himself and his men relentlessly, by canoe and portage. across the uncharted
rivers, valleys and mountains of North America, Mackenzie's 1789 journey to the Arctic Ocean
and his arduous journey to the Pacific in 1793 predate the Lewis and Clark
expedition. By the age of thirty-one, Alexander Mackenzie had become the first man to cross
North America from the northwestern hub of the interior trade. Lake Athubasca to the Pacific
Ocean. He had opened the continent to trade and expedition."
Historically U.S. President Thomas Jefferson felt the need to keep the Port of New Orleans open
to American Commerce. Therefore, control of the Port by foreign nations who could impose an
embargo on the passage of American goods through this port was a problem. So Jefferson
welcomed the opportunity to negotiate with the French agents of the Emperor Napoleon the
purchase of the Port of New Orleans. But Jefferson was shocked when the French
negotiators included in the package a much bigger deal at a very good price. Constitutionally,
Jefferson initially felt that he did not have the power to make this deal. Consequently,
Americans should be grateful that Jefferson overcame his initial concerns and made a deal for
the reason for the following reason: Had he not done so, the continent would
have not been opened to Americans for exploration and trade.
Upon leaving the Grand Coulee Dam, Kennethsson again entered Canada in the mountainous
area of Eastern British Columbia ... He had little trouble with Canadian border authorities
except this time two agents talked to him instead of one.
Prior to this trip Kennethsson could say that he been in all ten Canadian Provinces but none of
the Territories. But admittedly his presence in Saskatchewan and Manitoba was rather
miniscule in nature. But this time Kennethsson crossed the Canadian national park mountain
passes into Alberta , left the mountains for the prairie, making a stop in Calgary, Alberta,
Medicine Hat, Alberta , Regina, Saskatchewan and Winnipeg, Manitoba before seeking re-
entry to the United States. In Regina, Saskatchewan, Kennethsson attended a Presbyterian
Church Service, and visited a Royal Canadian Mounted Police Depot taking advantage of an
invitation to tour the Depot's training grounds for new Mounted Police recruits.
As it occurred, at the border point between Manitoba, Canada and Minnesota, United States
Kennethsson was greeted by a female custom agent and asked the normal questions including
a request to see his passport ... Then he was turned over to another female agent who asked
similar questions and asked him to give her the car keys to open the trunk ... After that she
requested that he drive his car to a parking space between the cones near the building ... And
then go inside the building ... Wherein he had to give up his car keys, wallet and empty his
pockets ... They already had his passport .... In the building he had to sit on a long bench ... A
group of three gentlemen who were there as their boat was being inspected told Kennethsson
to join the club. But soon these guys were to go outside to speak to an agent. Inside
the building, there was nothing to read and if Kennethsson was thirsty there was no water and
of course there were no vending machines .... But what did that matter, given that everything
was removed from Kennethsson, he had no money anyway.
As it happened the female agent got into Kennethsson's car and drove it away to be searched
... They did not tell him why it would be searched ... They did not allow him to stand by and
watch them search his car. And no one could blame Kennethsson if he was a bit disturbed by
this ... Obviously they did not have a warrant showing just cause to do this ... All Kennethsson
knew was as a White 63 year old Male driving his own newly purchased vehicle with
PA license plates he was perhaps profiled to be stopped or on the opposite side - stopped
because he was not profiled ... But he was not an enemy of the state and he had the right to
object to them for treating him as one ... He was using his private transportation not some
public transportation as an airplane, bus or train. What's more, he was not about to undertake
a suicide or Kamikaze attack on anyone. And certainly, he was not an agent of some foreign
organization or nation.
The truth is he carried with him no firearms, no fire crackers, no fishing rods, no alcohol, no
cigarettes and no illegal substances and drugs ... Indeed he had with him his required doses of
diabetic medicine prescribed by his doctor .... He was not smuggling in any material either for
later sale in the U.S. to avoid tariff charges ... He did not carry with him a large amount
of money .... The fact is he relied mostly on credit cards on this trip, even though he knew that
Canadian banks and American Credit Card companies would add a currency conversion fee to
the bill, and cashing of a small supply of travelers checks for back up ... Starting with only $10
of Canadian paper money and a few Canadian coins, he returned to the U.S with only a few
His expenditures in Canada was mostly for lodging, food , gasoline and one oil change ... He
spent very little for merchandise bought in Canada in which in today's world may or may not
have been made in Canada anyway.
He carried with him almost 3 and 1/2 weeks of clothes which also included cold weather
clothes if the weather would turn that way. And too, he carried with him the necessary utility
items for freshing oneself up.
It can be supposed that the most dangerous possession for some considering today's political
environment was the Bible he carried in his Society of Professional Journalists satchel he
received in Indianapolis in 2010.
The fact is, Christians in Michigan and Minnesota have been arrested for Christian witness on
complaints launched by Islamists in those states ... As some Conservatives say Islamists think
that Sharia law should be applied ... Of course, his answer respectfully to that is ... No way ,
One of his missions on this adventure was to interview an individual who had worked in the
Lehigh Valley area who had moved to Akron Ohio ... Therefore as the official interviewer for a
non-profit historical group he carried along with him the equipment necessary to do this oral
interview ... Luckily he carried with him his own equipment because if Customs officials had
decided to keep this stuff the non-profit group would be out of this equipment.... This is the
inventory ... Cannon Video Camera, Tripod, Standard portable audio tape recorder and two
digital audio recorders.
He carried with him two lap-top computers as well- one for the internet and one to store the
still and video pictures he took on his Olympic digital camera which somehow became
defective so he acquired a backup in the Chicago area. And in addition,
Kennethsson carried a journalistic flip video camera also and this piece of electronic
equipment received plenty of use as well.
As one can see he had much electronic equipment but there is nothing wrong with this ...
More than an hour passed before Kennethsson's car, possessions and passport were returned
to him .... Upon inspection he noted that a cooler which contained diet Ginger ale and diet
Pennsylvania Dutch Birch beer had been removed from the trunk and placed in the back seat of
his car ... He had purchased this soda at the Giant in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. And of course,
we believe that nothing is wrong with this. Additionally he had in his car two cases of this Diet
Birch beer which had not yet been opened ... But after his visit to customs he did indeed open
them and put them ign the cooler... But upon inspection, what he found was that one of the
cans had been sliced ....He can't say that customs had used a knife to test the contents ... But
the reader should use their own judgment.
Out of the Bible I cite this verse for reflection before we proceed on:
Romans 16: 17-18 ... Now I urge you Brethren . keep your eye on those who cause dissentions
and hindrances contrary to the teachings you have learned and turn away from them ... For such
men are slaves, not of our Lord Christ but of their own appetites and by their smooth and
flattering speech they deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting.
The following is the beginning of the future: The speech that Barrack Obama made before a
Chicago throng in Grant Park the night the America media conferred upon him the American
Presidency.... The night he became the anointed one....
If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are
possible; who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time; who still questions
the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.
It's the answer told by lines that stretched around schools and churches in numbers this nation
has never seen; by people who waited three hours and four hours, many for the very first time in
their lives, because they believed that this time must be different; that their voices could be
It's the answer spoken by young and old, rich and poor, Democrat and Republican, black,
white, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, gay, straight, disabled and not disabled -- Americans
who sent a message to the world that we have never been just a collection of individuals or a
collection of Red States and Blue States: we are, and always will be, the United States of
It's the answer that -- that led those who have been told for so long by so many to be cynical,
and fearful, and doubtful about what we can achieve to put their hands on the arc of history and
bend it once more toward the hope of a better day.
It's been a long time coming, but tonight, because of what we did on this day, in this election,
at this defining moment, change has come to America.
A little bit earlier this evening, I received an extraordinarily gracious call from Senator McCain.
Senator McCain fought long and hard in this campaign, and he's fought even longer and harder
for the country that he loves. He has endured sacrifices for America that most of us cannot
begin to imagine. We are better off for the service rendered by this brave and selfless leader. I
congratulate him; I congratulate Governor Palin for all that they've achieved, and I look forward
to working with them to renew this nation's promise in the months ahead.
I want to thank my partner in this journey, a man who campaigned from his heart and spoke for
the men and women he grew up with on the streets of Scranton and rode with on the train home
to Delaware, the Vice President-elect of the United States, Joe Biden.
And I would not be standing here tonight without the unyielding support of my best friend for
the last 16 years, the rock of our family, the love of my life, the nation's next First Lady:
Michelle Obama. Sasha and Malia, I love you both more than you can imagine,
and you have earned the new puppy that's coming with us to the White House. And while she's
no longer with us, I know my grandmother's watching, along with the family that made me who I
am. I miss them tonight, and I know that my debt to them is beyond measure. To my sister
Maya, my sister Alma, all my other brothers and sisters -- thank you so much for
the support that you've given me. I am grateful to them.
And to my campaign manager, David Plouffe -- the unsung hero of this campaign, who built the
best -- the best political campaign, I think, in the history of the United States of America. To my
chief strategist David Axelrod -- whose been a partner with me every step of the way. To the
best campaign team ever assembled in the history of politics -- you made this happen, and I
am forever grateful for what you've sacrificed to get it done.
But above all, I will never forget who this victory truly belongs to. It belongs to you. It belongs to
you. I was never the likeliest candidate for this office. We didn't start with much money or many
endorsements. Our campaign was not hatched in the halls of Washington. It began in the
backyards of Des Moines and the living rooms of Concord and the front porches of Charleston.
It was built by working men and women who dug into what little savings they had to give 5
dollars and 10 dollars and 20 dollars to the cause. It grew strength from the young people
who rejected the myth of their generation's apathy, who left their homes and their families for
jobs that offered little pay and less sleep. It drew strength from the not-so-young people who
braved the bitter cold and scorching heat to knock on doors of perfect strangers, and from the
millions of Americans who volunteered and organized and proved that more than two centuries
later a government of the people, by the people, and for the people has not perished from the
Earth. This is your victory.
And I know you didn't do this just to win an election. And I know you didn't do it for me. You did
it because you understand the enormity of the task that lies ahead. For even as we celebrate
tonight, we know the challenges that tomorrow will bring are the greatest of our lifetime: two
wars, a planet in peril, the worst financial crisis in a century. Even as we stand here tonight, we
know there are brave Americans waking up in the deserts of Iraq and the mountains of
Afghanistan to risk their lives for us. There are mothers and fathers who will lie awake
after the children fall asleep and wonder how they'll make the mortgage or pay their doctors'
bills or save enough for their child's college education. There's new energy to harness, new
jobs to be created, new schools to build, and threats to meet, alliances to repair.
The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep. We may not get there in one year or even in
one term. But, America, I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there.
I promise you, we as a people will get there.
There will be setbacks and false starts. There are many who won't agree with every decision or
policy I make as President. And we know the government can't solve every problem. But I will
always be honest with you about the challenges we face. I will listen to you, especially when we
disagree. And, above all, I will ask you to join in the work of remaking this nation,
the only way it's been done in America for 221 years -- block by block, brick by brick, calloused
hand by calloused hand. What began 21 months ago in the depths of winter cannot end on this
This victory alone is not the change we seek. It is only the chance for us to make that change.
And that cannot happen if we go back to the way things were. It can't happen without you,
without a new spirit of service, a new spirit of sacrifice. So let us summon a new spirit of
patriotism, of responsibility, where each of us resolves to pitch in and work harder and look
after not only ourselves but each other. Let us remember that, if this financial crisis taught us
anything, it's that we cannot have a thriving Wall Street while Main Street suffers. In this
country, we rise or fall as one nation, as one people. Let's resist the temptation to fall back on
the same partisanship and pettiness and immaturity that has poisoned our politics for so long.
Let's remember that it was a man from this state who first carried the banner of the Republican
Party to the White House, a Party founded on the values of self-reliance and individual liberty
and national unity. Those are values that we all share. And while the Democratic Party has won a
great victory tonight, we do so with a measure of humility and determination to heal the divides
that have held back our progress. As Lincoln said to a nation far more divided than ours: "We
are not enemies but friends...." "Though passion may have strained, it must not break our
bonds of affection."¹
And to those Americans who -- whose support I have yet to earn, I may not have won your vote
tonight, but I hear your voices. I need your help. And I will be your President, too.
And to all those watching tonight from beyond our shores, from parliaments and palaces, to
those who are huddled around radios in the forgotten corners of the world, our stories are
singular, but our destiny is shared, and a new dawn of American leadership is at hand.
To those -- To those who would tear the world down: We will defeat you. To those who seek
peace and security: We support you. And to all those who have wondered if America's beacon
still burns as bright: Tonight we've proved once more that the true strength of our nation comes
not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our
ideals: democracy, liberty, opportunity, and unyielding hope.
That's the true genius of America: that America can change. Our union can be perfected. What
we've already achieved gives us hope for what we can and must achieve tomorrow.
This election had many firsts and many stories that will be told for generations. But one that's
on my mind tonight's about a woman who cast her ballot in Atlanta. She's a lot like the millions
of others who stood in line to make their voice heard in this election except for one thing: Ann
Nixon Cooper is 106 years old.
She was born just a generation past slavery; a time when there were no cars on the road or
planes in the sky; when someone like her couldn't vote for two reasons: because she was a
woman and because of the color of her skin.
And tonight, I think about all that she's seen throughout her century in America -- the heartache
and the hope; the struggle and the progress; the times we were told that we can't, and the
people who pressed on with that American creed: Yes we can.
At a time when women's voices were silenced and their hopes dismissed, she lived to see them
stand up and speak out and reach for the ballot: Yes we can.
When there was despair in the dust bowl and depression across the land, she saw a nation
conquer fear itself with a New Deal, new jobs, a new sense of common purpose: Yes we can.
When the bombs fell on our harbor and tyranny threatened the world, she was there to witness a
generation rise to greatness and a democracy was saved: Yes we can.
She was there for the buses in Montgomery, the hoses in Birmingham, a bridge in Selma, and a
preacher from Atlanta who told a people that "we shall overcome": Yes we can.
A man touched down on the moon, a wall came down in Berlin, a world was connected by our
own science and imagination.
And this year, in this election, she touched her finger to a screen, and cast her vote, because
after 106 years in America, through the best of times and the darkest of hours, she knows how
America can change: Yes we can.
America, we have come so far. We have seen so much. But there is so much more to do. So
tonight, let us ask ourselves -- if our children should live to see the next century; if my
daughters should be so lucky to live as long as Ann Nixon Cooper, what change will they see?
What progress will we have made?
This is our chance to answer that call. This is our moment. This is our time, to put our people
back to work and open doors of opportunity for our kids; to restore prosperity and promote the
cause of peace; to reclaim the American dream and reaffirm that fundamental truth, that, out
of many, we are one;² that while we breathe, we hope. And where we are met with cynicism and
doubt and those who tell us that we can't, we will respond with that timeless creed that
sums up the spirit of a people: Yes, we can.
God bless you.
And may God bless the United States of America.
Obama, soon to be U.S. President # 44 received the following message from his predecessor,
George W. Bush, the 43rd President of the United States:
"Mr. President-elect, congratulations to you. What an awesome night for you, your family and
your supporters. Laura and I called to congratulate you and your good bride," …
"I promise to make this a smooth transition. You are about to go on one of the great journeys of
life. Congratulations and go enjoy yourself,"
The US president also reached out to John McCain:
"John, you gave it your all. I'm proud of you, and I'm sorry it didn't work out. You didn't leave
anything on the playing field."
Mr. Bush, to his great credit, did everything in his power to ensure a smooth transition between
his Presidency and that of Obama. Despite the fact that to the Liberal/Progressive movement
Bush was a subject of hate ... To them George Bush should be greeted in the same manner as
1984 character Emmanuel Goldstein, the enemy of the People with hisses , squeaks of mingled
fear and disgust.
According to John Ibbitson of the Toronto Globe and Mail; “This is a far cry from the 1980
election, when outgoing president Jimmy Carter prepared a detailed briefing for Ronald
Reagan, only to find that his successor either didn't understand or didn't care
about what Mr. Carter had to say…. And in 1932, Herbert Hoover was ice itself toward Franklin
Roosevelt, who refused to co-operate with the lame-duck president during the transition…
Those are the last two instances in which a new president took power dedicated to dismantling
the legacy of his predecessor. Both Mr. Reagan and Mr. Roosevelt were also supremely
confident presidents who launched revolutionary changes immediately upon taking office.
Both turned out to be great presidents. In regard to an immediate assessment of President-
Elect, Obama, Ibbitson took the attitude - well, we'll see.
The same wait and see attitude that the commentator of this story, Gordon Gordonsson took in
regard to Obama’s chances for a successful Presidency.
Gordonsson read a post-election article attributed in Truthout Magazine to University of
Chicago Professor William Ayers, the very same individual that opponents of Obama said he
was associated with before he launched his bid to become an Illinois State Senator.
Gordonsson found the following statement by Ayers interesting:
"We might find hope in the growth of opposition to war and occupation worldwide. Or we might
be inspired by the growing movements for reparations and prison abolition, or the rising
immigrant rights movement and the stirrings of working people everywhere, or by gay and
lesbian and transgender people courageously pressing for full recognition."
From this piece Gordonsson was reminded of what the reverend Jesse Jackson said at a former
Democratic Convention some time back ... In implying that the two sides of an issue may both
be right Gordonsson viewed this as saying there is no right or wrong. And of course, Gordonsson
knew that most Christians couldn’t agree with this
There are standards we must comply with ... There is a limitation to our rebellion against these
standards.... And the feel good generation must realize that what they insist are rights actually
may be sinful to God but he is the Judge of that. God offers forgiveness for our misdeeds, sins,
but we must repent and atone for these sins.
Gordonsson had been reading a theology book called Paul and the Law.... And what he got from
that is that the Covenant that God made with the Jewish people under Jesus has been extended
to us ... The word went out to the Gentiles and the Gentiles like the Hebrew nation came under
the word. To become under the law means that we must abide by the standards of the law ... In
addition, the significance of becoming under the law means that violating the law
will have consequences for the individual and nation. A penalty will be paid ... But just as the
Old Covenant law promised that the Hebrew Nation would be restored if it atones for its
misbehavior and abides by the law, the same promise is for us under the New Covenant. The
Hebrew Nation is waiting for the construction of a new Temple in Jerusalem, replacing the ones
that were destroyed during periods of the Hebrew nation’s dispersal. For those under the New
Covenant, this temple is not a building but it is found in our hearts, mind and soul ... We
comply by the law by keeping our hearts pure.... In truth we are not saved by the sacrament of
baptism in Christ, or by the Eucharist ... We are saved because Jesus died for our sins and
offers us grace and salvation. And in becoming one with Christ we must change how we behave
--- that is, become new persons in Christ. That is the meaning of the second birth.
Obama speaks about change we can believe in. But Gordonsson says that Jesus Christ is the
only person that can bring forth change that we can believe in ... The ideas expressed above by
Bill Ayers are ideas inherent in secular humanism and secular humanism has no eternal values
... All values in secular humanism are temporary, human generated and can lead to anarchy.
In Jeremiah 2: 13 the prophet proclaimed the Lord’s disgust: “My people have committed two
sins; They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken
cisterns that cannot hold water.
Gordonsson’s wait and see attitude primarily is based on whether Barrack Obama and the
Democratic Majority will forsake traditional American moral and political values about God and
government and build a cistern that cannot hold water and moreover build a house on sand that
won’t withstand the storm.
To Gordonsson, Obama's attitude in regard to Islam is important to know because this may
determine what kind of cistern and what kind of house will be built in America in the
Indeed, at a press conference in Turkey in April 2009, President Obama casually rebuked the
timeless notion that the United States is a Judeo-Christian nation.
Said Obama; "One of the great strengths of the United States, "is ... we have a very large
Christian population -- we do not consider ourselves a Christian nation or a Jewish nation or a
Muslim nation. We consider ourselves a nation of citizens who are bound by ideals and a set of
Said Obama at Cairo University June 4, 2009: "I've come here to Cairo to seek a new beginning
between the United States and Muslims around the world, one based on mutual interest and
mutual respect, and one based upon the truth that America and Islam are not exclusive and
need not be in competition. Instead, they overlap, and share common principles --
principles of justice and progress; tolerance and the dignity of all human beings.
I do so recognizing that change cannot happen overnight. I know there's been a lot of publicity
about this speech, but no single speech can eradicate years of mistrust, nor can I answer in the
time that I have this afternoon all the complex questions that brought us to this point. But I am
convinced that in order to move forward, we must say openly to each other the things we hold in
our hearts and that too often are said only behind closed doors. There must be a sustained
effort to listen to each other; to learn from each other; to respect one another; and to seek
common ground. As the Holy Koran tells us, "Be conscious of God and speak always the truth."
That is what I will try to do today -- to speak the truth as best I can, humbled by the task before
us, and firm in my belief that the interests we share as human beings are far more powerful
than the forces that drive us:
"Now part of this conviction is rooted in my own experience. I'm a Christian, but my father
came from a Kenyan family that includes generations of Muslims. As a boy, I spent several
years in Indonesia and heard the call of the azaan at the break of dawn and at the fall of dusk.
As a young man, I worked in Chicago communities where many found dignity and peace in their
Muslim faith. ...
So I have known Islam on three continents before coming to the region where it was first
revealed. That experience guides my conviction that partnership between America and Islam
must be based on what Islam is, not what it isn't. And I consider it part of my responsibility as
President of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they
.. So let there be no doubt: Islam is a part of America. And I believe that America holds within
her the truth that regardless of race, religion, or station in life, all of us share common
aspirations -- to live in peace and security; to get an education and to work with dignity; to love
our families, our communities, and our God. These things we share. This is the hope of all
So Obama had no doubt that Islam is part of America. But due to events that carried over from
the end of 2010 into 2011 should we have some doubt that even in the Moderate
Islam nation of Egypt where Obama made his Cairo University assertion in June 2009, that
Christianity may not be as welcomed in that part of the Arab world as we thought. That
Egypt although it was the first Arab nation to make peace with Israel does not hold within her
the truth that regardless of race, religion, or station in life, that all of them share common
aspirations --- to live in peace and security, to get an education and work with dignity, to
loveother families as they were their own, to love the diversity found in all communities of their
settlements, and to respect the different manner in which adherents of the multiple religious
faiths that exist there worship their God.
Wednesday November 24, 2010 ... Hundreds of Egyptian
Christians smashed cars and windows in protests on Wednesday
Over a halt in construction of a church in Cairo and then
Clashed with police, leaving two people dead … The clashes
Came amid mounting sectarian tensions in the Arab world's
Most populous nation after Muslims set fire to homes owned
By the family of a Christian man rumored to have flirted
With a Muslim girl in the south… More than 600 Christians
Had clashed sporadically with police through the morning in
The Talibiya district of the capital Cairo, with
Demonstrators throwing stones and Molotov cocktails, and the
Police responding with tear gas…Several police soldiers
Were injured in the clashes as well as around dozens of
Demonstrators…Some of the protesters were
Led away with blood on their faces, after police hurled
Rocks at them from a bridge, the security official said,
Adding that more than 93 people were arrested….According
To Al Arabiya.net reporter, two people killed were a
19-year-old man and a nine-year-old boy….."This is the way
The government starts sectarian strife," said one of the
Demonstrators, who were heard chanting: "With our blood and
With our souls we will sacrifice our lives for you, oh
Cross."… They were protesting against the governments
Decision not to allow the Copts to turn a community center
That they were building into a church, with witnesses saying
Construction workers had been arrested on their way to the
Site…Samuel Suweiha, coordinator of the Christian Partners
For the Nation Movement, told Al Arabiya.net that the
Clashes between the Christians and the police forces were
The most violent. …"The main reason for this crisis, and
Other similar crises, is mainly the administrative
Corruption in the local municipalities…and not sectarian
Strife," he said. … "It is well known that President
Mubarak has given orders to all governors nationwide to
Provide all the needed facilities for the construction of
Churches, but the problem is that some employees disregard
Such orders in the absence of supervision. Problems like
This will go on as long as there is no specific unified law
To govern the issue of construction of places of worship,"
Suweiha added…Copts account for between six and 10 percent
Of Egypt's 80 million population and complain of systematic
Discrimination and marginalization…Giza Governor Maj. Gen.
Sayyed Abdul Aziz told Al Arabiya.net that the license
Issued was for the construction of a services center and not
A church, "so there was no reason for the riots."…Abdul
Aziz added that the rioters attacked the police forces that
Cordoned the area, wounding two top security officials, five
Police officers and a number of policemen….Christian and
Muslim clerics emphasize sectarian harmony, but communal
Tensions can erupt into criminality and violence, usually
Sparked by land disputes or cross-faith
Relationships…Non-Muslims are required to obtain a
Presidential decree to construct new religious buildings and
Must satisfy numerous conditions before permission is
Granted, in contrast to the ease with which mosques can be
Built. …The clashes took place just days before Egypt is
To go to the polls for a parliamentary election, which is?
Expected to return the ruling National Democratic Party to
January 1, 2011 ---There were more killings in Egypt , as terrorist placed a homicide bomb in
front of Al Qidiseen Christian Coptic church, murdering 21 men, women, and children. as
tensions increase between Christians and Muslims, there were Violent demonstrations from the
Christian sector, as more and more of them are being targeted.
The riots occurred after the bombing, pitting the Christians against the police, saying that they
are not being protected, and that they are turning a blind eye to the terrorism.
Al Qaeda is claiming the bombings and scenes of rejoicing have been witnessed in the
communities with known ties to the terror organization.
At the Vatican on New Year’s Day, Pope Benedict XVI urged Christians to remain strong in the
face of intolerance and violence in an appeal that came several hours after a bomb blast
outside an Egyptian church that killed at least 21 people as worshippers left Mass.
The pope condemned the widening campaign against Christians in the Middle East in his
homily at St. Peter's Basilica, echoing comments last month in which he called a lack of
religious freedom a threat to world security.
A comment that U.S Presidential Dennis Kennethsson concurs with completely.
"In the face of the threatening tensions of the moment, especially in the face of discrimination,
of abuse of power and religious intolerance that today particularly strikes Christians, I again
direct a pressing invitation not to yield to discouragement and resignation,"
As stated by the Associated Press, Benedict has repeatedly denounced a campaign against
Christians in Iraq blamed on al-Qaida militants, including an October attack on a Baghdad
Catholic church that claimed 68 lives, two of them priests.
The Vatican is very worried that a steady exodus of minority Christians from Iraq will
permanently reduce their numbers and discourage the wider community of Christians in the
Benedict cited what he called two negative extremes at work in the world: secularism, "pushing
religion to the margins to confine it to the private sphere," and "fundamentalism, which
instead would like to impose (religion) with force on all."
Another opinion of the Pope that Presidential Candidate Dennis Kennethsson is in agreement
Secular Humanism in the United States is indeed pushing religion to the margins to confine it
to the private sphere. But this was not the case when our country started.. The Constitution of
1787 under which we still operate under never sought to confine religion to the private sphere.
What it did was to prevent the government from imposing a State religion with force on all.
And it is noteworthy the initial government under the Article of Confederation upon the British
surrender at Yorktown and the acknowledgement of American Independence by the Crown did
not seek to put God in the private sphere either.
Please note this Proclamation for celebrating Thanksgiving in 1781:
By the United States in Congress assembled.
IT being the indispensable duty of all Nations, not only to offer up their supplications to
ALMIGHTY GOD, the giver of all good, for his gracious assistance in a time of distress, but also
in a solemn and public manner to give him praise for his goodness in general, and especially
for great and signal interpositions of his providence in their behalf: Therefore the United States
in Congress assembled, taking into their consideration the many instances of divine goodness
to these States, in the course of the important conflict in which they have been so long
engaged; the present happy and promising state of public affairs; and the events of the war, in
the course of the year now drawing to a close; particularly the harmony of the public Councils,
which is so necessary to the success of the public cause; the perfect union and good
understanding which has hitherto subsisted between them and their Allies, notwithstanding the
artful and unwearied attempts of the common enemy to divide them; the success of the arms of
the United States, and those of their Allies, and the acknowledgment of their independence by
another European power, whose friendship and commerce must be of great and lasting
advantage to these States:----- Do hereby recommend to the inhabitants of these States in
general, to observe, and request the several States to interpose their authority in appointing
and commanding the observation of THURSDAY the twenty-eight day of NOVEMBER next, as a
day of solemn THANKSGIVING to GOD for all his mercies: and they do further recommend to all
ranks, to testify to their gratitude to GOD for his goodness, by a cheerful obedience of his laws,
and by promoting, each in his station, and by his influence, the practice of true and undefiled
religion, which is the great foundation of public prosperity and national happiness.
Done in Congress, at Philadelphia, the eleventh day of October, in the year of our LORD one
thousand seven hundred and eighty-two, and of our Sovereignty and Independence, the seventh.
JOHN HANSON, President.
Charles Thomson, Secretary.
So as Obama suggested in his Cairo speech that the hope of humanity is to share the common
aspirations he spoke about ..And as President of the United States he will see to it as a
personal responsibility to fight against any negative stereotypes of Islam from whatever source
and wherever they appear... Indeed, some things are so bizarre, so far out of the boundaries of
normative behavior or expectations, that they astound the sane man’s mind ... Here we have a
President who was accused of being Muslim by many people when he was running for office.
Now one has to wonder if such accusations are secretly true .. Or a realization by the President
that he must placate the forces in the Middle East that have the good fortune to be located
where most of the oil for our internal combustion engines are withdrawn from oil fields.
Of course, some suggest that It is not the President's job to make Muslims feel better.
Implying that Obama's attempts to 'make them feel better about themselves will no doubt be
another apology for the USA's leadership in math, science, engineering and space,
Consensus is that we as an nation we should not feel bad about our contributions to the world.
And that we should not overstate what the Muslim contribution has been. But That's what some
bloggers fear . That this will be shoved down our throats by the bleeding heart progressives.
In analysis our relationship with the Muslim or Islamist world should be just the same as
anyone else, based on mutual interest and mutual respect,
The latest example of reaching out to the Islamist world in the Obama administration comes
directly from the head of NASA. New NASA Administrator Charles Bolden told Al Jazeera that
“perhaps” his “foremost” objective laid out by President Obama as NASA chief was “to find a
way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with dominantly
Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science … and math
The NASA administrator was in the Middle East last month marking the one-year anniversary
since Obama delivered an address to Muslim nations in Cairo. Bolden spoke in June at the
American University in Cairo — in his interview with Al Jazeera, he described space travel as an
international collaboration of which Muslim nations must be a part; and that his “foremost”
mission as the head of America’s space exploration agency is to improve relations with the
Bolden said in the interview: "When I became the NASA administrator — or before I became the
NASA administrator — he (the President) charged me with three things. One was he wanted me
to help re-inspire children to want to get into science and math, he wanted me to expand our
international relationships, and third, and perhaps foremost, he wanted me to find a way to
reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with dominantly Muslim nations to help
them feel good about their historic contribution to science … and math and engineering,”
Unfortunately absent in Charles Bolden's comments was the mention of space exploration as
one of the three goals. If one assumes that Charles Bolden spoke the truth to Al-Jazeera, and
there’s little if not no reason to believe otherwise, President Obama’s attitude toward NASA’s
role may seem to be a stern detriment to our nation’s space program ... Former NASA chief
Michael Griffin called the push to make Muslims happy “a perversion of NASA’s purpose.”
White House Press Secretary seeking to smooth over the flurry of controversy that was
generated as a result of Bolden's comments to Al-Jazeera said that the NASA Administrator
probably misspoke in stating that one of his foremost tasks in leading NASA is to engage with
Muslim nations about science. To Gordon Gordonsson the use of the word probably is
interesting as it implies that Bolden may not have misspoken, that he was correctly relating to
Al-Jazeera the President's thoughts on the issue, that the President whose hand may have
been caught in the cookie jar on the issue wanted to distance himself from Bolden's comments.
So Bolden, who had stated at a gathering of space advocates in late May 2010 that in his long
history of public service as a military man, astronaut and administrator he has worked for
Presidents he liked and Presidents he hated characterizing Obama was one of the President's
he is most delighted to be part of his team, now was about to be slapped on the wrist for public
relations reasons and was ordered to give public apology.
Of course, Bolden did not respond publicly himself to the comments of White House Press
Secretary Gibbs, but NASA spokesman Mike Cabbage surely was compelled in his place to
confirm Gibb's take on the flurry of controversy that keyed on Bolden's Al-Jazeera comments.
According to Cabbage: "NASA's core mission remains one of space exploration, science and
aeronautics. Administrator Bolden regrets that statements he made during a recent interview
mischaracterized that core mission. The success of NASA's efforts is increasingly enhanced by
mutual cooperation with dozens of other countries around the world that are committed to
And then too, Gordonsson has the realization, that this is also true:
At the first glance, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights sounds good, as do all the
intrusive UN human rights treaties. Article 18 upholds "the right to freedom of thought,
conscience and religion..." Article 19 affirms "the right to freedom of opinion and
expression... and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and
regardless of frontiers."
But Article 29 states that "these rights and freedoms may in no case be exercised contrary to
the purposes and principles of the United Nations." In other words, these "rights" or
"freedoms" don't apply to those who would criticize the UN or its policies.
Your rights would be conditioned on your compliance. Only if your message supports official
ideology are you free to speak it. As Andrei Vishinsky wrote in The Law of the Soviet State,
"There can be no place for freedom of speech, press, and so on for the foes of socialism."[1)]
In December 1998,while Americans focused on more dramatic news, President Clinton quietly
signed a new executive order titled "The Implementation of Human Rights Treaties." The
media ignored it and our leaders didn't tell us. Yet we will pay the cost -- in freedom as well as
dollars -- for the creation of a massive government bureaucracy to promote,
monitor, and enforce compliance with human rights regulations mandated by the United
Nations. Remember, this governing body shows only contempt for biblical values, American
sovereignty, and the U.S. Constitution.
Clinton's timing was perfect. An attack on Iraq had been planned. And after December's
impeachment proceedings, Congress would adjourn for the holidays. Without its objection, the
executive order would take effect within 30 days (not a hard and fast rule 1), and become a
federal law. Once implemented, no one would be free to do or say anything contrary to the new
Gordonsson understood that George W. Bush used the Executive Order in the belief that these
Orders would undo the damage to American sovereignty and values that William Clinton may
have caused. But now he worries that Barrack Obama would restore and build onto what Bill
Clinton had wrought.