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The Way to a Wonderful Life Message for August 23, 2015

         I watched with disbelief the CNN television program hosted by Don Lemon as he interviewed, or should I say, listened to, two Trump supporters as they rattled off out-right lies about illegal immigrants in the United States.  Both a product of misinformation and blatant willingness to ignore the human misery that their words implied.  I have had people tell me they support political candidates who, when questioned, know little more than surface information about the candidate.  We are in a time here in the United States that divisions between people have been fostered and cultivated by the politicians and the religious extremists.  And with a blind eye to history far too many people are allowing this consciousness to become ever more dominant in the race mind of the American people.

       For many people, especially non-Latinos, immigration reform is something that is not personal to them and therefore they can be dismissive about it.  But the extremists in the anti-immigrant circles are all too aware of this and are allowing this dismissive attitude to allow them to tell lies for truth.  If we look back at the history of the rise in power of Hitler we can see this same pattern of dehumanizing Jews.  To call illegal immigrants "aliens" is to dehumanize them.  To call children born in the United States of illegal immigrant parents "anchor babies" is to dehumanize them.  It is an attempt to deprive them of their individuality and respect.  In most dictionaries "dehumanize" is defined as:  "to deprive of human qualities or attributes; divest of individuality."  Isn't this what is happening in the current political discourse?  Even the Governor of Louisiana, Bobby Jindal, himself born of illegal immigrant parents is pro-deportation of children born of illegal immigrant parents.  And Jeb Bush, who is married to a woman of Mexican descent, used the term "anchor babies."  This is where "hate" begins and hate becomes dehumanizing in the minds of those who hate and in the minds of those, too often, who are hated. 

       Far too many people are heard to say that Donald Trump is "entertaining" ... such a nice word for a man who is so blind to human kindness and the moral integrity to consider the consequences of his words and actions.  Just how many people do you think who showed up in the sports stadium in Alabama to support and applaud Trump, call themselves Christian?  Is it the "Christ in him" that they were applauding?  We know better.  
"Disregard them! They are blind guides. If a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit."  - The Master Mind Jesus, Matthew 15:14

"Those who guide this people mislead them, and those who are guided are led astray. -
The Prophet Isaiah, Isaiah 9:16

"If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen."  - The Apostle John, 1 John 4:20

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
         Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—

Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
         Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—

Because I was not a Jew.
          Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

              - Martin Niemöller (1892–1984) was a prominent Protestant pastor who emerged as an outspoken public foe of Adolf Hitler and spent the last seven years of Nazi rule in concentration camps.

We live in a world that history has proven that the impossible can become possible; both the positive things and the negative.  Here in the United States we have 11-million illegal immigrants; families, co-workers, neighbors and friends, who have lived in the shadows, in fear, because our government which was established by immigrants, has failed to treat them with dignity and respect.  And, yes, there are illegal immigrants who have committed violent crimes, but so few in comparison to the violent crimes committed by American citizens.  

oth major political parties in the United States are guilty of using immigration reform as a wedge issue with no real passion for reform or change.  And so we can come to the conclusion that politicians cannot be depended on to resolve this issue.  Only a change in the collective consciousness of the people in this country will cause the solution to be realized.  And we change this collective consciousness one individual at a time.  When the consciousness of Americans is lifted to the level of justice and brotherly love that Martin Niemöller possessed the politicians will be forced to elevate their consciousness too.  Why?  Because Love, Intelligence, Power and Unity are already available to us through the Presence of G-d, Infinite Spirit.  We just must stop believing the false evidence and know that politics can't trump G-d Intelligence, Love, Power and Spirit ... and let the Love of G-d reign Supreme in our minds, our hearts and our souls ... and then let the Law of G-d delight in changing the world in which we live!


Keep the faith!
. Henry Bates

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