Obama’s Energy Policies: Devotion To Abdullah And Derision Of Alberta

President Barack Obama’s final decision on the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline does not depend on what American greens preach but on what the King of Saudi Arabia orders. It seems the final decree from the oil kingpin has not yet been handed down, although it may be received by Obama when he travels to Saudi Arabia next month.

This will be Obama’s second state visit to see King Abdullah. The king may refuse to allow Obama to sign off on the landmark Keystone XL pipeline deal with Canada, America’s closest ally and largest trading partner.

On paper and before the consideration of politics, the passage of the Keystone XL pipeline is a no-brainer — even for Obama, the man who can make it happen with the stroke of a pen. The President’s own State Department has told him five times that he should sign it into law because the pipeline will not have an egregious impact on the environment and it will give America greater energy security while creating thousands of jobs.

In January, the State Department issued its fifth conclusion on the Keystone project. Again, it determined that the Keystone project would not have a significant impact on global warming (an event taken for granted but not proven).

It’s taken five years so far to decide on what is now a lame-duck bill (pun intended). The greens in Congress may be convinced that Keystone should not be approved because it will damage the environment. The evidence that will build their case: a few hundred dead ducks have flown into tar sands oil pools and died. (Nobody seems to consider that 14 million ducks are legally hunted each year.)

Besides the Daffy Duck argument over oil sands is the fact that the Keystone XL pipeline can deliver three-quarters of a million barrels of crude per day, free from any Arab intervention. That’s not a bad thing when you consider that the mostly Arab OPEC launched two oil embargoes against the United States in the 1970s and it finances extremists who want to kill Americans. (For the liberals who are reading this, Canadians allow girls to get an education and women to ride bicycles. And the last time I checked, Canadians do not behead political opponents in the town square.)

The project will create an estimated 20,000 U.S. jobs — something our “jobs” President declared he was serious about during his State of the Union address.

Obama, either the Saudi prodigal son or a loyal environmentalist, has said the Keystone job numbers are ultra-inflated. The President told The New York Times last summer that the project might create “maybe 2,000 jobs” during construction and “50 to 100 permanent jobs” after that.

TransCanada, the company backing the project, believes the President has grossly underestimated the employment impact. This begs the question: Could Obama be lying for his own political gain? (I would love to comment further, but I would simply be piling on.)

Obama’s 5-Year No-Oil Plan

So here we stand five years into Obama’s Presidency. He still can’t decide what to do with Keystone. He pretends the greens have good reasons to stop this $7.6 billion project that would provide oil security and jobs for the United States, as well as create wealth for America’s largest trading partner.

Yet the real reason that Obama won’t decide on Keystone is the Saudi king has not yet given him permission. Obama is still hedging what is good for the national interest — not the national interest of the United States, but of Saudi Arabia.

In the recently published book Duty: Memories of a Secretary at War, former Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates, wrote: “During my time in the Bush Administration, I worried about the influence of the Israelis and the Saudis in the White House.”

Gates writes of his last visit to Saudi Arabia in 2010:

Pleasantries done, the king excused virtually everyone else and the two of us, and the Saudi ambassador to the United States, Adel Al-Jubeir who interpreted…  (then said) there had been loose talk by some senior Saudis about fundamentally altering the relationship with the United States and developing closer relations with other big powers such as China and Russia. Reading from notes, Abdullah had a stark message for me and for the president:

  • Our two countries have had a strategic relationship for seventy years.  I value it and support all facets.
  • The relationship is essential to the security of the world.
  • America’s reputation is at stake…

Obama’s reputation is at stake, yet he bows to a ruthless Saudi monarch and chastises Canadian Parliament. Canadians are Judeo-Christian people who share an ancestry and the same democratic values as Americans. The truth is Obama doesn’t remain very loyal to old friends. He follows more closely his core beliefs from his Muslim upbringing. And that does not serve the Nation he has sworn to protect.

Protecting the Nation means protecting America’s energy supplies.

If this is where you expect a sermon on why you should buy Canadian oil sands, you are going to be disappointed. I believe oil investors should beware; oil prices are in decline along with most commodity prices. My projection for crude oil is $50 per barrel within two years.

So Obama’s decision to once again bow to the Saudi king won’t leave us a cold, huddled mass. But it will show the true measure of the man.

Yours in good times and bad,

–John Myers

Is Obama’s Secret Army Mobilizing In The Wake Of The Dow’s Demise?

The Dow Jones industrial average, the stock index that represents the wealth and welfare of the Nation, is collapsing before our eyes. With the Dow down almost 1,000 points in just three weeks, I have no doubt that President Barack Obama’s secret army and personal police force, his Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), is on standby to engage American citizens in big cities and country communities.

Anyone who believes that JSOC, which originally numbered in the dozens and is now 25,000 strong, was built up to its current size to deal with a few thousand Muslim extremists is disconnected from reality.

“We’re the dark matter. We’re the force that orders the universe but can’t be seen,” a Navy SEAL and JSOC soldier told The Washington Post in 2011.

From whom does this dark force take orders? The son of a Kenyan Marxist commands them. JSOC operates exclusively under the orders of the President of the United States and the Secretary of Defense. What would mobilize this super army into combat? It certainly wouldn’t be some Muslim militants living in the desert 8,000 miles away, sleeping beside their camels and reading from the Quran.

The Hammer Is Cocked On Obama’s Martial Law Mandate

The real purpose of JSOC may be to deal with the millions of Americans who may revolt after years of suffering a sick economy and an onrushing calamitous financial crisis. Many Americans who were once blind can now see. They recognize that the emperor, Barack Obama, has no clothes. They know that the President ruefully ignores the Constitution.

To what extent will Obama and his ruling elite go? The only logical answer is that they will bring any force necessary to protect Obama’s vision of what America should be. The trigger will be a financial collapse, beginning with the Dow and ending with the dollar. It is already set in motion. Neither all of Obama’s horses nor all of Obama’s men can restore our financial system again.

Obama’s personal army already has preparations underway, as Global Research reported in October:

Reports are that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is engaged in a massive, covert military buildup. An article in the Associated Press in February confirmed an open purchase order by DHS for 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition. According to an op-ed in Forbes, that’s enough to sustain an Iraq-sized war for over twenty years. DHS has also acquired heavily armored tanks, which have been seen roaming the streets. Evidently somebody in government is expecting some serious civil unrest. The question is, why?

The answer is obvious. Only due to massive Federal spending and the infusion of trillions of fiat dollars by the Federal Reserve did the U.S. economy not collapse completely in 2009. But the Fed and the Federal government only bought themselves some time — enough time to recruit JSOC and provide military orders against Americans. If you think I am being outrageous, then consider recent history.

The BBC reported that “ex-Labour spin doctor” Damian McBride wrote in his book Power Trip that former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown had his hand next to the red phone ready to call out troops during the financial collapse in 2008. McBride, who was the special economic adviser to the prime minister, quoted brown as saying:

If the banks are shutting their doors, and the cash points aren’t working, and people go to Tesco and their cards aren’t being accepted, the whole thing will just explode.

If you can’t buy food or petrol or medicine for your kids, people will just start breaking the windows and helping themselves.

And as soon as people see that on TV, that’s the end, because everyone will think that’s OK now, that’s just what we all have to do. It’ll be anarchy. That’s what could happen tomorrow.

If a recent prime minister of Great Britain was ready to point bayonets at the people who elected him, then it stands to reason that Obama has already planned to do the same. It no longer seems a question of if, but rather how soon. How soon will it be before our troops are patrolling our streets?

In the wake of a stock market (that old exchange that underpins the banks and our monetary system) in its demise, I expect it will be sooner rather than later. How can an American President fail to warn of an economic impending disaster? The answer is he doesn’t want to trip the panic button, at least not until JSOC and other military and police forces are poised to respond.

Contingency Plans

When I was a teenager, my mother and I went to Ottawa, Canada, to visit my brother and his wife. My brother was an economist for the Bank of Canada. One night, at a small gathering, I was able to talk with a retired Canadian general who had been stationed at NORAD. He told me that the United States had a contingency plan to invade Canada. It seemed inconceivable to me, and I told him so. He said there were a great many contingency plans in Washington I would find even more inconceivable.

Now that I am some decades older, not much seems inconceivable. That the financial system is hanging by a thread is to me irrefutable. I’ve been at this game too long to not know better. It would be naïve to think Obama will not put troops on the ground near our homes.

The list of enemies of the state — most of them American — continues to grow. That is why billions of dollars — the real numbers are kept top secret — are pumped into the National Security Agency and JSOC every year. They have huge underground bunkers and satellites that fly constantly over us. Anyone who believes this spy and police apparatus exists to protect us should invest every cent he has in the Dow Jones industrial average. Perhaps the Dow will go above 20,000 this year. Then again, I might meet the Easter Bunny this spring.

The Dow Jones Debt Average Will Soon Crumble

I first started writing about the markets in 1981 when the Dow stood around 1,000. Today, it stands at nearly 16,000. Do most Americans feel 16 times wealthier than they did 33 years ago? For anyone other than a Wall Street financier, the answer is no. America’s bread-and-butter industries like steel and automobiles are a shadow of what they used to be. Unemployment levels that our President so often brags about are hinged on millions of Americans who have quit looking for work.

Since 1979, U.S. productivity has soared by 79 percent, while real wages have increased by only 8 percent. After you factor in the ultra-rich bankers on Wall Street and the Hollywood moguls on the West Coast, it’s apparent that real wages haven’t budged an inch in 35 years. What has changed from when I was young is a pyramid of debt and trillions of dollars injected over the past decade (especially over the past five years of the Obama Presidency). Under his leadership, America’s financial system is nothing more than cardboard. It supports shockingly overpriced stock market values, a dysfunctional banking system and a U.S. dollar that is on the brink. One whisper of wind will bring it tumbling into ruin.

This leaves us with the greatest challenges any generation of Americans has faced. Martial law will follow as surely as red, black and pale followed the white horse in the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

Yours in good times and bad,

–John Myers

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Legalized Marijuana And Why The Government Wants Us To Go To Pot

“By this time the soma had begun to work. Eyes shone, cheeks were flushed, the inner light of universal benevolence broke out on every face in happy, friendly smiles.” — Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, 1932

On Jan. 1, Colorado legalized the sale of recreational marijuana. In 2012, Washington State legalized marijuana; the State will begin permitting pot shops this spring. Alaska may vote on a marijuana ballot measure in August, while advocates are working for legalized pot in Oregon, Arizona and Massachusetts.

A public announcement from Colorado should say: “Be calm. Feel free to become distracted. Do not focus on how miserable you are or the fact that for the first time in 70 years, middle-class job opportunities have seized up.” Then they could ask: “Are you ready for some football?”

We are 11 days shy of Super Bowl XLVIII and all the distractions that come with it. The Super Bowl is more than just a ritual. It is that celebrated Sunday when the multitudes:

  1. Gamble on the mundane (whether a team will score a safety).
  2. Wear expensive and unaffordable clothes to impress others at the party.
  3. Feast on fattening foods and chug down copious amounts of alcohol.
  4. Cheer for former ghetto kids — who are now spoiled millionaires who read at a fourth-grade level — while they crash into each other in a cycle of violence that can lead to early brain disease and death.

Never mind the Monday hangover. Two months later is the NCAA Final Four. You’ll get to do it all over again. Between February and March, there are plenty of legal substances to keep you from complaining. There’s liquor, of course. And if you have a physician who is more like a dealer than a doctor, you can always nail down some drugs like diazepam or painkillers for your itches and aches.

And in Colorado, you can now legally buy pot. (It could be worse. We are talking about legalized marijuana, not street drugs like cocaine or methamphetamine — at least not yet.)

Fear Not Reefer Madness But Mass Complacency

I don’t want to get into libertarian arguments that maybe all drugs should be legal for adults, but I do think that the legalization of pot is not so much libertarianism at work but Big Brother at work. The good news is grass will not cause reefer madness. I have a mild-mannered friend who for years smoked marijuana weekly until his doctor told him that if he kept using, he would end up sucking on an oxygen tank. He quit stone-cold. He once told me that, unlike alcohol, people don’t get high on weed and pick fights.

I couldn’t smoke grass because of my asthma; but when I was in high school in the early 1970s, a great many kids did grass and hash. My friends and I called them stoners. If they had not smelled so bad, you wouldn’t have known they were even there. Not one of them played sports or was in drama, dancing, yearbook or any other clubs. They didn’t bother anyone, and not much seemed to bother them. They were complacent.

Our Government’s Real Chemical Warfare Program

If the Federal government is not directly involved in the planning of our chemical society, I believe it is thrilled that millions of us use substances. That leaves so many people without the sharpness of mind to focus their grievances. It leaves millions of people in a fugue state, all trapped in a Brobdingnagian-sized insane asylum. This creates a mass apathy that our government depends upon for its survival.

This didn’t happen overnight with the legalization of marijuana in Colorado. For decades, addictive prescription drugs were passed out like Chiclets. And, of course, tens of millions of other people are to some degree placated by alcohol and tobacco. But for a whole new generation, it may be legal pot. Government will find it easier to herd sheep than to govern people.

For those not obsessed with sports or taking chemicals, there is technology. I went to the doctor’s office to get a checkup last week. Five people there were glued to their cellphones, busily texting for the entire hour I sat waiting. One young mother was so into her texting she ignored her sick little girl, who tripped and fell face-first into a wall. After she screamed out, a kindly old lady picked her up. The mother was just finishing up her text.

Given all the drugs, booze, gambling and social media, do you believe for an instant that Americans are willing to protest en masse? Nowadays, you may get a few dozen people out to save the whales or a black rhino, but you never see anything close in size to the protests that were stunning during the anti-war movement of the 1960s. And just try to imagine the strength of spirit it took for mass revolts that happened during the American, French and Russian revolutions. That zealotry doesn’t exist today. As for the new leaders we elect, they typically become co-opted.

Now that so many millions of us are hooked on the opiates of the masses, how can we force our Federal government to change? How long will it take before we detox ourselves and demand that Big Government will no longer abuse us? The sad part is we won’t rise up. What better example exists than the fact that most Americans accept Barack Obama’s explanation that he must spy on us for our own good?

Unless things get far worse (so bad that no addiction makes us feel better), we are stuck living in what used to be a free country protected by the Constitution. So the big story this month is not about legalized dope; it’s the fact we are dopes for letting our government strip away our liberties without so much as a whimper.

Yours in good times and bad,

–John Myers

Tolerating Obama’s Evil

The headline from Mail Online said it all last week: “Obama considers reigning (sic) in NSA spying on Americans and foreign leaders.” It is outlandish that millions of Americans will cheer this news, happy that President Barack Obama may become less of a totalitarian leader sometime in the future. According to the narrative, he is at least thinking about changing.

You can hear the applause from liberals. But what kind of leader — or, more accurately, what kind of ruler — spies on the people he is sworn to serve? What kind of President does this after he has taken an oath to uphold the Constitution? What kind of Americans are we to have accepted it? It is as if we are suffering from battered wife syndrome. The moment hubby tells us he might improve is the moment we all sit back and think, “How wonderful.” It is a sad state of affairs that we tolerate such things.

Of course, we have Congress to protect us, right? Think again. The National Security Agency (NSA) admits it is also spying on our elected representatives (so much for the separation of powers between the executive and the legislative branches). No worries; the NSA has promised it will not interfere in any way.

We have gotten used to Obama’s bad moods. They always seem to go away, and he is always sorry afterward — especially if he has ordered the execution of an American teenager, as was the case with Abd al-Rahman Anwar al-Awlaki, who was killed by a U.S. drone in the fall of 2011.

While Obama said he felt bad about the killing, White House press secretary Jay Carney said: “We conduct those strikes because they are necessary to mitigate ongoing actual threats, to stop plots, prevent future attacks, and, again, save American lives. These strikes are legal, they are ethical, and they are wise.”

In other words, Obama feels bad for assassinating a 16-year-old American, but the kid had it coming. What’s next when Obama gets upset? I suspect whatever it is he will tells us afterward how sorry he is and then explain he had to do it because we “just wouldn’t listen.”

Obama has scheduled a Presidential address this Friday telling us his surveillance plans for the future. We should be telling him. Of course, that would mean that we do not accept Obama in our lives. And how can we do that when a panel appointed by him came in last  month with a 308-page report that said the way he is treating us is fine and dandy.

His experts — let’s call them friends of Obama — recommended that a program for collecting Americans’ phone records should stay in place.

“We are not in any way recommending the disarming of the intelligence community,” said Michael Morell, a former Deputy Director of the CIA and one of five members of the Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies.

If we can’t trust a former deputy director of the CIA, who can we trust? Seventy-nine years ago, Adolf Hitler’s judges passed the Nuremberg Laws, which stripped the rights of Jews to be German and eventually stripped millions of Jews of their right to live.

Yet we accept what Obama and his co-conspirators tell us. The majority of us don’t think: “Wait a minute; this sounds fishy. I’m calling my Representative.” Why not? It’s because too many of us have been immunized to even consider protesting. Too many of us have been persuaded that we must need to hand over all our rights because the President tells us so.

The Poison King And ‘Butcher’ Harris

According to legend, King Mithridates VI of Pontus was in constant fear that his enemies would try to kill him, so he decided to inoculate himself by taking small daily doses of poison.

Building up tolerance is no different for society. A startling example is the acceptance of bombing that took off during World War II. In 1936, the bombing of Madrid by Nationalists during the Spanish Civil War was universally thought upon with horror. Even Adolf Hitler took exception to it. Yet within four years, cities like London and Berlin were routinely bombed by massive fleets of sophisticated multi-engine airplanes.

One man who knew all about killing civilians was Marshal of the Royal Air Force Arthur Harris. Also known as “Bomber” or “Butcher,” he was notorious for putting his chauffeur in the backseat of the Bentley and driving at breakneck speed. It’s said that when Harris was stopped one day by a police officer who suggested that such reckless driving was likely to kill someone, Harris replied: “I will have you know, young man, I kill thousands of people every night.”

British Prime Minister Winston Churchill once complained to him about the massive civilian casualties being inflicted by bombing German cities. Rick Atkinson relayed the exchange in The Guns at Last Light: “When Churchill grumbled, ‘I’m sick of these raids on Cologne,’ Harris replied, ‘So are the people of Cologne.’”

But Harris and his Supreme Allied Commander, U.S. Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, were the ones shocked and dismayed when nuclear bombs were dropped on the Japanese cities Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Eisenhower’s dismay soon wore off. Once he became President, Eisenhower often was threatening, as well as planning, to develop first-strike thermonuclear warheads with hundreds of bombs that were thousands of times more powerful than the two dropped on Japan. Like Mithridates, his tolerance level for evil had risen to Herculean heights.

So has our tolerance when it comes to Obama’s evil network of spies who pry into our daily lives. We tolerate his domestic spy network and the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), which operates under his personal command in ways that are not dissimilar in theory — if not in practice — from Hitler with his Gestapo and SS. Imagine if Jimmy Carter or Ronald Reagan had attempted to implement such Presidential powers that today are in Obama’s iron grip. Those Presidents would have been impeached for even thinking of trying to strip the Nation of the Constitution. Today there is nary a complaint about Obama’s bad behavior. It is if we are scared to make him upset. Instead, we say: “Yes, Barry, we promise not to nag.”

Maybe we do need to worry about what we say. But, frankly, some things are worth fighting for; and I think it is time to stand up to this evil.

Yours in good times and bad,

–John Myers

Is Barack Obama A Noble King Or A Traitorous Pawn?

Most gods throw dice, but Fate plays chess, and you don’t find out til too late that he’s been playing with two queens all along.” – Terry Pratchett

There has not been a more enigmatic U.S. President than Barack Obama since Abraham Lincoln. We know so little about Obama. It is certainly true that he has divided the Nation further than any President since Lincoln. But the questions I cannot shake as we enter into our sixth year of his Presidency are: What are his ultimate goals, and how in the world did this African-American junior Senator and former community leader become the most powerful man in the free world?

It is easy to jump to the conclusion that Obama could be a Muslim and a Marxist bent on remaking America into a socialist state much like so many European countries. That Obama has driven an even wider divide between America, between left and right, is beyond debate. That Obama has added nearly $7 trillion to America’s Federal debt is a black-and-white fact.

That is a far cry from 2008 when candidate Obama promised to be a breakaway leader for the American people. Instead, President Obama has proven himself to be a President for Wall Street interests, billionaire bankers and the military-industrial establishment. That during his Presidency, Obama has fulfilled none of the promises to the middle class or to the millions of black Americans who saw him as a ray of hope for a better future is certain. That Obama has helped make the world a more divided and dangerous place for all is undoubtable.

The Tale Of Two Obamas

Charles Dickens wrote A Tale of Two Cities 150 years ago about the French Revolution: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness…”

So it has been these past several years with Obama the candidate and as the President.

Beginning in the summer of 2008, it seemed that America could be on the verge of anarchy. It seemed possible that there could be an economic collapse as well as a collapse in confidence in the Federal government and many of the Nation’s institutions. That would lead to a collapse in the New World Order, which the United States underpins. Those forces built up over decades needed somebody transformative, somebody to pull the wool over the eyes of the world. From the shadows stepped Obama, anointed by some as the chosen one and appealing to tens of millions of people at home and hundreds of millions of people abroad.

The real question is by whom was Obama chosen? He had no experience as a leader or a thinker and certainly not as a doer. His past was so checkered it called into question not only his birthplace but his college background, economic beliefs and even his religion. Yet within a year he had become an international sensation, a Nobel Peace Prize winner. That erstwhile kid from Hawaii was a pop star 10 times bigger than Justin Bieber and half as smart.

But rather than change, Obama has doubled down on all the corruption and dysfunction that our Federal government has planted over the past three decades. It was Obama the candidate who attacked George W. Bush’s abuse of executive powers, only to spy upon the Nation with impunity as President. It was Obama the candidate who criticized Bush and the Republicans for the bailouts of big investment banks but then as President provided a no-strings-attached policy after his Administration’s $800 billion bailout, which allowed for record bonuses to top Wall Street executives who scant months before he had vilified.

A Probable Pawn For The NWO

The most startling discrepancy between candidate Obama and President Obama is when it comes to foreign policy. As President, Obama has wielded foreign policy with a broadsword against real or perceived enemies in ways that Dick Cheney must watch with green envy. Consider Obama’s air attacks on Libya.

In December 2007, candidate Obama was asked if a President could bomb Iran without Congressional authorization. Obama’s answer: “The President does not have the power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.”

Yet as commander in chief, Obama did not have a problem breaking such a promise and quickly used massive American airpower and sea power against Libya. In 2011, Obama went so far as to go against his legal advisers, insisting he did not need Congressional approval under the War Powers Resolution to continue attacks against Libya beyond the 60-day limit dictated by the resolution. Obama sounded like Bill Clinton when he said that what he had done was dependent on the definition of “sex.” Obama claimed that U.S. attacks were outside the legal definition of “hostilities.”

Even a military hawk like Speaker of the House John Boehner was outraged, saying, “The White House’s suggestion that there are no ‘hostilities’ taking place in Libya defies rational thought.”

So what is rational when it comes to Obama, both the candidate and the President? The two are very separate men. The first, who offered to change things for the better, no longer exists (if he ever did). The President is the ever faithful company man to the financial and military establishments. Obama has made his mark as the first African-American President. Despite his myriad failures in office and his multitude of lies, I believe his Presidency will be celebrated. Those who determined his election know how to pay off a loyal servant. But thankfully for some, Obama will be remembered as a pawn and not a king. How many feel that way depends on us understanding the truth, fighting for our liberties and protecting the Constitution.

Yours in good times and bad,

–John Myers

My Top 5 Can’t-Miss Predictions For 2014

I cannot unconditionally wish you a Happy New Year, because I don’t think it is going to be all that happy for most of us. So here’s a happy reminder of the good old days, when our worst fears were mostly just that: fears.

Think of all the angst felt by millions of people just 14 years ago, when the world was abuzz over Y2K. Could the computer geeks get it fixed in time? If they didn’t, what would be the outcome? People predicted End of Days scenarios: terribly expensive gasoline, an out-of-control Federal deficit, massive Federal aid for the growing poor, Mideast wars, a Federal government that failed to function and a draconian or even dictatorial American President who not only ignored the Constitution but used his personal authority in ways that once only George Orwell could imagine.

What a relief it was so see the Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball drop and not have the family TV and everything electric turn black when the ball hit the bottom. It seemed like we were free and clear.

Silly me for being worried. It took the election of two American Presidents over the course of 13 years to do what we feared Y2K could do in a couple of weeks. And as it turns out, those two men — George W. Bush and Barack Obama — excelled at selling many things, none more so than fear. Together with the media, they created a fearful Nation. With that in my thoughts, I decided to tell you my forecast for 2014. So here it is, what I see in my crystal ball for 2014:

  1. There will be variable weather. Weather will be unpredictable this year, meaning sometimes it will be hot when it is supposed to be cold and wet when it is supposed to be dry. There will be at least one hurricane, more than one tornado and at least one major flood. This will lead to…
  2. Greens blaming variable weather on fossil fuels. Bet your bottom dollar that, at the very least, MSNBC and CNN will treat variable weather events as proof that man-made carbon is killing the planet.  They will tote out “climate change experts” who will harp on the facts as they see them — including former Vice President Al Gore, who will say something ridiculously stupid that all the progressive liberals will believe. They, of course, will not be alone in trying to make all of us afraid because the Obama Administration will present…
  3. Dire warnings of a potential terrorist strike. Of course, nobody in government will be able to say when or where such an attack will happen — only that we should all be anxious that it will happen. It will dovetail nicely with liberal climatologists who will tell us that bad, perhaps even catastrophic weather may break upon us any day. To deal with the terrorist threat, you can count on Obama’s launching more attacks on Muslim countries and calling them necessary. The Obama Administration won’t come out specifically and say it is to win the hearts and minds of Islam, but that will be the indirect message that mainstream Republicans like Senator John McCain will line up behind. McCain will also plead that for some good reason somewhere in the world America must put “boots on the ground” to preserve peace. That message will thankfully be ignored by Obama, who instead will launch even more drone strikes. And there will hardly be a whisper from the media, who will instruct us that all of the government’s actions (killing) are to keep America safe. This will create a lot of animosity among Muslims, and to placate that…
  4. Obama will bow to Islamic dictators. The President will continue to celebrate Islam in public, if not in private, and will often acquiesce to brutal dictatorships, especially those that are rich in oil. He will also rub in the face of Christians outrageous lies that almost all Muslims are peaceful, loving people. Unfortunately, Obama will not be nearly as kind to America’s middle class this year — especially white Americans, who will be the focus of the biggest news event of the year…
  5. A story about white-on-black violence. Somewhere in America this year a black person will be highlighted as a victim of white criminality. The facts of the case won’t matter — only that there will be a media frenzy to cover it. Obama will give press conferences about how he could somehow be a relative of the victim. Of course, Obama will by lying about his personal angst. But for 2014, Obama will lie about a great many things. The good news is we have only three years left to suffer with him in the White House.

Happy New Year,
–John Myers

Obama: What The Dickens!?!

The first family was tucked in their beds, sound asleep in the White House — everyone but the President. Barack Obama walked away from the family fridge, holding his milk. He needed it to help him sleep. It was Christmas Eve, and his mind was whirling — his thoughts gripped by all of his responsibilities, by all of his inabilities.

Earlier that day, he had passed the portrait of John F. Kennedy. Obama could have sworn he heard a shuffle farther down the hall. In fact, it sounded like the walk of his mentor in the U.S. Senate, the late liberal icon Edward Kennedy. Now late in the darkness of the night, the sound was louder — and it was headed toward him!

A voice cried out: “Barack, what have you done?”

“Who is it?” demanded the President. There were no words, just a wisp of wind.

Then came the call gain: “Barack, what have you done?” That’s when the President first saw a ghostly image appear before him.

“Teddy!?” cried Barack. “Is that you?”

“Of course, it’s me,” said the Senator’s ghost.

“All those years that we worked and schemed so you could get this job! All those years I fought for you to right America by flipping it left. Now all you talk about is Nelson Mandela, Obamacare and Martin Luther King Jr. and all those black Americans who took you to the top of the mountain. But it wasn’t them. It was me! It was my family! It was the Kennedy legacy that got you this job. And now you have forgotten all of that and forsaken all of us.”

“What are you talking about?” demanded Obama. “I haven’t forgotten a thing. Besides, you didn’t get me here. I got me here. So show some respect. After all, I’m the first African-American President. Hollywood loves me. Hell, MSNBC loves me. Most of all, I love me!”

“Of course they love you! They are why the country is in such a mess,” the ghost replied. “Look at you! All the fawning fans, all those schools named after you. But if doesn’t do the country one damn bit of good if our kids cannot learn.”

The Lion of the Senate was just getting warmed up. “You are not only ruining the country, but I don’t even know who you are anymore. I can’t even find a single Christmas decoration in the residence. Here it is Christmas Eve, and you and the first family are still bent on Islam! What would the Holy Father say?”

“That’s none of your damn business, Ted! Remember the 1st Amendment?”

“Remember it?!? I was voting on it when you were smoking grass in Oahu. Besides, the 1st Amendment doesn’t give the President the right to lie to the Nation that elected him.”

“Why not, Nixon did it?”

“Yes, but you were supposed to be the anti-Nixon. We first tried that out with Jimmy Carter and then Bill Clinton, and everyone saw how that worked out. But you, Barack… you were our chosen one. You were going to get us out of wars, not into them. You were going to help race relations, not inflame them. You were going to help America, not destroy it.”

“They love me in Africa,” Barack said, sheepishly.

“Who cares about Africa? Nobody except for you and your late father. I am talking about America. And for half a century, my family tried to make America stronger with our liberal ideals. But you don’t care about liberal ideals. You only care about yourself.”

“Enough, Teddy,” demanded Obama, who had begun to weep. “What must I do?”

“The first thing you should do is stop acting like John Boehner. Be a man, for Ch… I mean Muhammad’s sake. Speaking of which, act like a Christian — even if you have to fake it.”

“Yes, Ted,” sniffed Barack, who seemed more like that lost teen in Hawaii than the arrogant President of the United States.

“Look, Barack, I’ve told you what to do and I have to go. Family and friends have a cruise planned with Aristotle, which explains these yacht shoes and Jack’s old Wayfarers.”

“Please, Teddy, take me with you! I can’t take it anymore: Michelle, the job, being a celebrity.”

“What can I say, Barack? You made your stateroom. You have to lie in it. I will tell you this — and listen up, Bucko: If you want next year to be better for the American people, you have to check your ego. You have to find something inside of you that I once saw — a need to make things better. In the New Year, you must work with Republicans. After all, Ronald Reagan and I loved each other! Only if you do that can America be saved.”

As Kennedy’s apparition faded, he uttered these few words: “Things better improve, Barry, or next year the family is sending Bobby.”

A Merry Christmas to all our readers!

–John Myers

Record Cold Temperatures Prove Global Warming

Oh, the weather outside is frightful.
But for Obama, it seems delightful!
Since he knows we’ve no place to go,
Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!

Greens show no signs of desisting,
As Gore’s malarkey’s persisting.
So the power’s turned way down low.
Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!

It’s so cold in here that you need mittens.
And, my dear, your nose is frostbitten.
But as long as Greens shovel the dough,
Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!



My father used to say: “Make hay when the sun is shining!” It carried meaning, because we really did cut and bail hay on our 80-acre farm.

Such common sense is lost on the Greens. Even if hell were freezing over, they would think only of making more money for themselves via what used to be called global warming. (The new term is “climate change.”) I believe a Green like former Vice President Al Gore could be caught in a blizzard and before succumbing to hypothermia would Tweet contributors, begging for more money and influence before the oceans swallow the land, before more polar bear cubs drown.

How else can you explain last week when President Barack Obama’s global warming task force huddled together during a blizzard in Washington that closed down the Federal government’s offices?

CNSNews.com reported: “[N]either snow nor sleet could keep members of the State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience from their appointed round at the White House.”

Wait a minute! Obama, aka Big Brother, has had to change some wording. The words “global warming” are nowhere to be found in the task force’s name. That’s no big deal for a dictator, really; Josef Stalin did it all the time.

Never mind that Obama embarrasses himself each week with either his ego (taking a selfie at Nelson Mandela’s memorial) or his habitual lies (Obamacare, Benghazi, etc.). But he had a “global warming” task force meeting during a blizzard that even Captain Robert Falcon Scott, who led a doomed expedition to the South Pole, would have refused to attend.

Recently, we’ve seen record cold temperatures. That’s bad PR if you’re on the Green Team. People might jump to the conclusion that, in fact, there is no global warming. Thus, the Greens quickly proclaimed: From now on, “global warming” will be called “climate change.”

Such a savior the President is for the Greens, who have backed him these past six years. It used to be that you could identify global warming only if there was a heat wave or a relentless drought. Then, environmentalists changed the definition to include hurricanes and tornadoes (both also absolute proof of global warming).

All of those things covered on the endless 24-7 news cycle indicated our planet was boiling over, that our children and our grandchildren were going to die like dehydrated camels limping across the scorched Sahara.

But it’s not global warming; and it isn’t limited to heat waves, drought, hurricanes and tornadoes. It is any weather change, including record low temperatures and, especially, blizzards. How stupid of me to believe it was a cold winter! Big Brother tells me it is climate change.

With the name change, Obama can make hay when it’s raining and even if it’s snowing. Obama can bet red or black at the roulette wheel and come up a winner. For the White House those killer blizzards that swept across most of North America recently are indisputable evidence of climate change.

No wonder business is booming for Greens like Gore. Losing the Presidential race has been lucrative for Gore. After inventing the Internet, Gore reinvented himself as the living conscience for all life forms on Earth. Bloomberg estimated Gore’s net worth at $1.7 million in 1999. Today, Gore’s fortune “may exceed $200 million.” That begs the question: Just how big a carbon footprint is Gore making? In “the world according to Gore,” you can never be too rich or too Green. They go hand in hand like a dead chicken and a sharp hatchet.

The Washington Post pointed this out in a headline on Nov. 25: “Al Gore: Climate change should be media’s ‘No. 1′ story.” The article quoted Gore: “Simply assuming that this is an interesting controversy that we should check in on occasionally is not correct. The survival of human civilization is at risk. The news media should be making this existential crisis the No. 1 topic they cover.”

“Climate change” is all a bunch of made-up nonsense from mad scientists, crocked politicians and the liberal media, which back both. That became apparent when the problem was no longer called “global warming.” And it became obvious when scientific data showed that Antarctica registered an unofficial record low temperature of minus 135.8 degrees Fahrenheit — the coldest temperature ever recorded on the planet.

But remember, global warming is now climate change, which includes global cooling. For Gore, all weather is a game changer for the planet. But people who still think for themselves and don’t believe everything the mass media tells them know better. That was pointed out on Townhall.com by Krista Kafer, a senior fellow at the Independent Women’s Forum and the executive director of the Colorado Future Project:

The global warming movement may be less a scientific endeavor and more a political game plan for the redistribution of wealth, higher taxation and government regulation, severe limits on oil and gas production, and restrictions on personal freedoms. Perhaps the alarmism isn’t a delusion but a tactic. How else does one explain why the prophets of global warming among the Hollywood and DC elite decline to live the lifestyle they advocate for others? As Al Gore heats his 10,000 square foot house for one on this chilly afternoon, does give a thought to the contradiction between his beliefs, his actions, and the weather outside?

Who in the world loves lying, rich liberals more than Obama? No doubt, Obama understands the game plan that Gore used and wants to capitalize on it when he takes leave of the Oval Office. In order to do so, Obama must continue to forget his oath of office and concentrate on what he does best: looking out for himself. So the President has swung into action using his Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Roll Call reported last week: “Communicating about climate change in a way that helps citizens understand how it affects them is one challenge inherent in the Obama administration’s three-pronged climate action effort.”

Replace “communicating” with “brainwashing” and then replace “climate action effort” with “higher taxes,” and you understand what the EPA has planned.

It is not just Federal agencies that Obama has on his side when it comes to saving humans, whales, elephants — all God’s creatures great and small. He also has the support of a lot of rich activists. Billionaire Tom Steyer had the President’s back when he told a Washington summit earlier this month: “Keystone XL fails his climate test and certainly is not in the interests of the United States.”

That’s hardly a shock. Last summer, Obama himself said of the pipeline, which would carry oil from Canada to the Gulf Coast: “Our national interest will be served only if this project doesn’t significantly exacerbate the problem of carbon pollution.”

If only just one reporter would ask Obama what will satisfy America’s national interests when it comes to energy! What would be the President’s answer? Is it Saudi Arabia, which is on the verge of imploding? Or Iraq, which has imploded? Perhaps it’s Iran, which may or may not want to build and use nuclear weapons, but may sell us oil in the future? Perhaps all three would be his answer, because they are all Muslim nations and Obama loves Islam.

Then again, does Obama really care? Gore is rich. After serving out his second term, Obama will be ultra-rich. And if there is no oil from Canada, that’s just tough luck for Americans huddled in frigid rooms, as far as Obama is concerned.

As for the politicians we trusted, they will be in their exclusive mansions, living it up and eyeballing their portfolios. Come Christmastime, they might gather together and sing: “Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!”

Yours in good times and bad,

–John Myers

Obama And Mandela: A Lot More Than Little White Lies

“If there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America.” — Nelson Mandela, Jan. 29, 2003

Nelson Mandela, the former terrorist-turned-compromiser and the so-called “father of democracy” who served as president of South Africa, hated America. But progressive liberals loved him — none more so than President Barack Obama, who ordered that flags at the White House and all Federal buildings fly at half-staff through Monday, following Mandela’s death last Thursday at age 95. But that was only the start.

Obama, like so many black celebrities and members of the white media, has personalized his relationship with Mandela beyond all reason: “He no longer belongs to us; he belongs to the ages,” Obama said upon learning of Mandela’s death. The President added, “We will not likely see the likes of Nelson Mandela again.”

I have no doubt about that last statement. Can you think of another terrorist bent on killing and overthrowing a government with bombs and armed insurrection who went on to be considered the greatest statesman ever? And just in case you think that Mandela was never a terrorist but a misunderstood man walking in the steps of Mahatma Gandhi, then you are at odds with Washington. He was on the terrorist list until 2008.

No doubt, South Africans were upset when Mandela tried to blow up a hospital in the early 1960s. The difference between Mandela then and Timothy McVeigh, who blew up the Federal Building in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995, is that McVeigh was a deadlier terrorist. Later in life, Mandela did say that he was glad he was caught and did not kill all those innocent sick people. Millions of people find it heartwarming that Mandela had a change of heart.

Check one for sainthood!

In the 1980s, when the Government of South Africa said that Mandela could walk out of jail a free man if he would simply renounce violence as a means to black majority rule, the great leader said no. Apparently, his wife Winnie Mandela was too happy necklacing her black opponents with tires filled with gasoline for her husband to make a false promise.

Check two for sainthood!

Then there is the fact that Mandela is now celebrated as the greatest human being of the modern era, perhaps any era. Larry King said on CNN that he knows of no greater person who lived in the 20th century than Mandela. Apparently, King has forgotten a lot of people.

But my favorite shout-out comes from Peter Oborne, who wrote last Friday for The Telegraph:

There are very few human beings who can be compared to Jesus Christ. Nelson Mandela is one. This is because he was a spiritual leader as much as a statesman. His colossal moral strength enabled him to embark on new and unimaginable forms of action. He could lead through the strength of example alone.

Check three for sainthood!

That makes two human beings who I have heard compared to Christ: Mandela and Obama. (After all, Oprah Winfrey called Obama the “chosen one.”)

What do both men have in common? Their roots are African. And, beneath all that gloss, polish and hype, Mandela was what Obama remains: a die-hard Marxist.

Dying To Be Seen By Obama

After Obama was snubbed last summer by a then-ill Mandela, the President and the first lady were a spectacle at services for Mandela, fueling the flames of the debate over who loved Mandela more: Bill and Hillary Clinton or Barack and Michelle Obama? It was practically a repeat of three weeks ago, when the Clintons and the Obamas were almost wrestling over the eternal flame torch at the burial site of John F. Kennedy upon the 50-year anniversary of his assassination.

World leaders flew in from all corners of the world to prove they also loved Saint Nelson, despite his past proclivity for violent revolution and his enduring friendships with the late Moammar Gadhafi and Fidel Castro.

It is reality TV, the “I Loved Nelson Mandela The Most Show.” And the Big Three networks, plus CNN and MSNBC, all want to win. Thus they present a Mandela love fest (which began last Thursday and may last until his burial on Dec. 15), detailing how he single-handedly sowed the seeds that brought peace, democracy and prosperity to South Africa.

But what is the truth about Mandela?

I believe he was a changed man, a nonviolent man, by the time he was released from prison in 1990. I also believe that without him, South Africa would have disintegrated the way Rhodesia did — with mass killings and an immediate government takeover of white property. Instead, the property takeover in South Africa has happened over a decade and will probably accelerate now that Mandela is gone.

That said, no man was a greater savior to his country against oppression than Lech Wałęsa, the co-founder of Solidarity in Poland and a political prisoner under martial law imposed at the behest of the Kremlin. Wałęsa probably did more to tear down the Iron Curtain than any person, and he helped give Poland and the rest of Eastern Europe its first independence since Vladimir Lenin enslaved hundreds of millions of people.

What will happen when Wałęsa, the former President of Poland, dies? At best, he might get a mention at the bottom of Page 1 in The New York Times.  There will be no flags at half-staff; neither will there be hour upon hour of specials on his life. No past or present American Presidents will speak of Wałęsa’s greatness and attend his memorial service.

But what are the core differences between Wałęsa and Mandela? One fought for democracy through peaceful means. The other used violence in an attempt to overthrow a white government and was a lifelong Marxist. One was a playwright. The other, even in old age, raised a clenched fist as a symbol of black power.

But the biggest difference is that Wałęsa is white and Mandela was black.

The Unreported Suffering Of Whites In South Africa

Have you noticed what is missing in the lionization of Mandela? There has hardly been a report out of South Africa. Perhaps that is because millions of lives were turned upside down once Mandela became President. We’ve seen no reports from the disenfranchised whites who have lost their jobs, been swallowed up by poverty or had to leave South Africa. And we’ve seen no reports on the growing poverty and crime in South Africa that has sprung up since Mandela’s African National Congress (ANC) has economically ruined the sole bright economic spot that existed in all of dark Africa. That Apartheid was evil is beyond dispute, but that the new South Africa that Mandela helped create is a multiracial democratic paradise is an outright lie. The huge transition in that country has caused terrible suffering.

My best friend of 30 years teaches overseas and speaks of South Africa often. For the past decade, at his different posts, the largest groups of expatriates he’s worked with originate from South Africa. They are whites who teach and administer in schools in Europe, the Mideast and Asia. They have been forced to leave their homes and families in South Africa because, under ANC rule, jobs have been taken from whites and handed to blacks. Freedom for all races, which Mandela bragged about for 20 years, is nothing more than affirmative action on a national scale.

Three years ago, The Christian Science Monitor published “More White South Africans Struggle In Post-Apartheid Economy,” which stated:

It was an improbable sight even 10 years ago in South Africa: white people in shacks — poor, desperate, and surviving off handouts.

But with the fall of apartheid and the transformation of the job market in favor of the majority black population, increasing numbers of white people are without work and living below the poverty line.

Recent statistics from the Bureau for Market Research show that there are 650,000 whites ages 16 or over without work, with estimates saying that total is growing by 15 percent a year.

That is not even the worst of it. Author Ilana Mercer wrote: “Since he came to power in 1994, approximately 300,000 people have been murdered.”

Given a population of only 50 million people, that many dead in less than two decades is not so different from the purges under Josef Stalin or Mao Zedong. So even if we accepted Mandela at his word as a changed man who was once a terrorist, the erasure of white society and the soaring violence against non-ANC blacks hardly make Mandela a man for the ages or a Christ-like figure.

Yet you won’t hear that from Obama or the liberal media. It is an inconvenient truth. Instead, black leaders, black celebrities and the media will keep doing what they have been doing: exacerbating white guilt over the treatment of African-Americans and pushing race relations to a new low in the United States. Divide and conquer. That was Mandela’s way. That is Obama’s way.

Yours in good times and bad,

–John Myers

Don’t Let Black Friday Create A Zombie Christmas

“Money, money, money! If Jesus came back and saw what’s going on in his name, he’d never stop throwing up.” — from Woody Allen’s 1986 movie, Hannah and Her Sister

On Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, the zombies took to the streets, cashing in on the best deals available to fulfill the true meaning of Christmas. In several instances, they created havoc and fear. This is Christmas in the 21st century. Rather than celebrating the birth of Christ, millions of people turn into prowling reptiles that stalk day and night in the rich hunting grounds of giant retailers like Wal-Mart.

We have been stripped of our humanity, at a time when we need to celebrate with family and God.

But there is a new god in town. It’s a primitive god that placates our pleasure centers and drives our unquenchable thirst to own and collect more, the tradition and spirit of Hanukkah and Christmas be damned.

The Seattle Times reported: “More than a dozen major U.S. retailers stayed open for 24 hours or more on Thanksgiving Day through Black Friday, and crowds formed early and often over the two days.”

As a result of stores opening early, multitudes lined up like zombies on Thanksgiving Day to feed on the deals first. Judy Espey proudly bragged to The Times that she snuck out during the family Thanksgiving dinner to nail a purchase at Wal-Mart near Clifton Park, N.Y. She paid $288 for a 50-inch flat-screen TV. That said, Espey admitted she doesn’t “really dig the Thanksgiving night thing.”

There’s no report on how Espey’s family felt about the aborted turkey dinner, but to hell with the hubby and kids. Zombie Judy has her TV! Best of all, she escaped the many fistfights, mass tramplings and, in the case of the video below, the use of a stun gun:

This year, Hanukkah began the day before Thanksgiving. It ends Thursday. In “Hanukkah, Christmas & Black Friday Presence,” Rabbi Baruch HaLevi wrote beautifully of his Hanukkah memories for The Huffington Post:

Thinking back upon my past 328 days of Hanukkah, I can only remember a handful of presents. There was the Atari (what a blessing), the Apple II (what a curse). I vaguely remember a Walkman, a Red Rider BB gun (or was that a movie) and for some odd reason Chia Pets embarrassingly ring a bell.

HaLevi wrote about something special that is lost in a world of zombie shoppers:

What our children, our grandchildren, our spouse, nieces, nephews, siblings, family and friends want, certainly what they need, is not only to show up to share stuff but to share soul, not just bearing gifts but bearing our heart, not merely presenting the presents but there, fully, consciously and lovingly presenting the ultimate present of presence.

Black Friday exemplifies why conservatives talk about family values and the accompanying love for God and family. The love we’ve had for each for more than 3,000 years — the love we share with our family and those we love even when they are far away — is being replaced by the blue-light special in aisle 13 in the electronics section.

The liberal progressives can laugh all they want about conservative longing for family values; but inside they must feel it, too. Because in the end, how we love and how we bear pain in others and in ourselves without complaint or malice are what is best in us — not a giant flat-screen TV, a BMW convertible or 48-foot motor home.

I know this to be true because there was a time when we owned a big house, two German cars and a cabin cruiser. The enjoyment that came from these things wasn’t in them but in how our young family was joyful with them. When my wife became incapacitated with pain from lupus for three years, I fell into a deep depression that lasted a decade. We had three great young children, and they suffered terribly because of my wife’s illness and my depression. No longer could our family enjoy our luxuries or anything else. It wouldn’t have mattered if our 27-foot boat was 47 feet or 87 feet. Over time, the enduring love of our children healed my wife and me.

Love, Not Gifts, Makes Christmas Special

I received one of my greatest Christmas gifts when I was 12. My father bought me a single-shot .22 rifle. What made it such a special gift is that he spent many hours teaching me to fire it. We practiced in our indoor range in the basement at our house and outdoors during the warmer months. He took pride as I improved. If he had just handed me a .22, that gift would have meant little.

It seems to me the greatest gifts are not something that can be bought at Wal-Mart, Nordstrom’s or Mercedes-Benz. The greatest gifts are laughter and love, and you don’t have to be rich to purchase them. They should come naturally. If they don’t, then all the cars, boats and vacation homes won’t fill that void.

Such thoughts are blasphemy to retailers. After all, “a diamond is forever.” According to marketers, only a diamond will tell her that you love her. The opposite is probably true. The great movie star Elizabeth Taylor died with one of the largest diamond collections of any private citizen. Late in her life, she confided that she had never really felt loved. I suspect screen star Marilyn Monroe felt very much the same way, and that is why she took her own life. Diamonds don’t tell people they are loved. People tell people they are loved. Or better yet, they demonstrate to people they are loved.

Yet the quest to buy and own more and more only accelerates. I heard one person actually say, “If I can just get that house, I will be truly happy.”

Yet in my life I have been more depressed and unhappy in the largest home we owned than in any apartment where love was present.

Don’t get me wrong. Money is a wonderful thing. It buys things like an education, opportunities and independence. It buys you wonderful little luxuries like vacations. Nobody wants to settle for hot dogs if they want a pork roast. Going to movies and being able to buy a book if you want makes all the difference in the quality of one’s life. It must be heartbreaking to see your child unable to have a basic bicycle when all his friends have one. But no child needs the best bike money can buy.

Case in point was when I was on the high school sophomore football team four decades ago. It was a mixed school, with many lower-middle-class kids and some ultra-rich kids. The first day of practice, a handsome blond kid announced to our team and coach he would be playing quarterback or he wouldn’t be playing at all. It turned out he wouldn’t be playing at all. Rumor had it that this was a big disappointment to him. So on his 16th birthday, his dad bought him a new 1975 red Chevrolet Corvette.

A year later, he was at a rich kid’s party and his girlfriend broke up with him. He drove his Corvette into the garage of the girlfriend’s parent’s house and poisoned himself with carbon monoxide as the party was still going on.

That boy didn’t need a Corvette. He needed understanding. And that’s not something you can buy on Black Friday or any other day.

Yours in good times and bad,

–John Myers