NEW HARMONY WATCH https://newharmonywatch.com As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Sun, 12 Jul 2020 19:24:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://newharmonywatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/cropped-Copy-3-of-flowers-051-32x32.jpg NEW HARMONY WATCH https://newharmonywatch.com 32 32 PLEA TO NEW HARMONY TOWN BOARD https://newharmonywatch.com/plea-to-new-harmony-town-board/ https://newharmonywatch.com/plea-to-new-harmony-town-board/#respond Sun, 12 Jul 2020 19:15:02 +0000 https://newharmonywatch.com/?p=15689

TOWN CLOCK #0020

PLEA TO NEW HARMONY TOWN BOARD

We are in the midst of what scientists say is the worst pandemic of infectious disease in the history of the planet and a potential cataclysm to surpass the 1918 flu pandemic that world wide killed ………..

 

 

……………………………………..fifty million people.

 

We have no vaccines, no treatments and only guesses as to how the disease is spread.

We also have no national leadership, because even as deaths increase nation wide our president is telling his followers, that the whole thing is a hoax to damage his chances of re-election. And, that any cooperation with public health officials or scientists to slow the spread of the disease is act of disloyalty toward him personally.  Consequently many of the presidents followers have their heels dug in on showing utter and complete disregard of scientific advice in order to demonstrate political solidarity with the president.

We are in a medical emergency that gets worse by the day, and all we have is  the universal advice of every scientist on the planet, that we can slow the spread of the disease and buy time to find a vaccine and/or treatment by practicing social distancing and wearing masks in public to protect those around us. Most of us are trying to do that, but because of the lack of national leadership our efforts are patch work from state to state and town to town, and therefore mostly ineffective.

So far the less densely populated rural areas of the nation have seen the fewest deaths from the pandemic. But, because of  the lack of a coherent organized national response, that is quickly changing. Neighboring Vanderburg county, once relatively safe because of geographic isolation is now a hot spot for the virus.  And Posey county one of the most socially isolated areas in America is now being touched by the spread of the disease.

New Harmony is a peaceful safe harbor in many many ways, one of which has previously been isolation from the deadly pandemic. But, in the past week, that has changed, and New Harmony now is touched by the virus.

If you are allowing political loyalty to our president to stop you from cooperating with efforts to slow the spread if the virus here in Posey county, I implore you to think about what you are doing. You have every right to the political loyalties of your choosing. But, you owe it to your constituents and neighbors to cooperate with public health efforts, no matter what political beliefs you hold.

Many of our local businesses have re-opened or remained open and have been civically responsible by practicing common sense safety precautions.  These civically responsible businesses include among others, the Yellow Tavern, the Utopian Beauty Salon and the mews, I applaud them as good citizens and good neighbors.

On the other hand, yesterday, Saturday, July 11th, a town wide yard sale was held. This naturally attracted people from Evansville, where things are already  bad enough that masks are required in public. Attracting people from Evansville is the central idea of having town wide yard sales. By definition, yard sales are events, where large crowds of random people go from home to home pawing over peoples junk items for sale. If they pick up a germ or virus pawing over stuff at one home, or if they bring a germ or virus with them from Evansville, they spread it to every other home they visit to paw over stuff. You couldn’t invent a more effective way to spread a virus. Infected items are either sold to innocent people or carried back inside the home of the garage sale vendor. Under the current circumstances, there may possibly be worse ideas than this, but none come immediately to mind. 

My family and I cast our votes for every current member of the town board. We support you. We get it, that the town board does not want to be seen as disloyal to president Trump, and that you don’t want to look like sissies to the general public by admitting the danger we face. But, you are our leadership, and leaders must do what is wise, and best without regard to their own popularity.  I learned that as an Army Sergeant. 

We have a Hell of a good thing going living here in peaceful bucolic Posey County and especially here in our paradisaical community of New Harmony. Please don’t flush it all down the political toilet by ignoring science to show loyalty to the president. Our town board has enough power to enact some simple measures, that will prevent suffering and save lives. I appeal to you to act. 

Ron Nesler Posting From New Harmony, Indiana
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Hobbies For Old Men https://newharmonywatch.com/hobbies-for-old-men/ https://newharmonywatch.com/hobbies-for-old-men/#respond Sun, 12 Jul 2020 02:24:56 +0000 https://newharmonywatch.com/?p=15665 As I’ve gone through life, I have acquired and abandoned quite a number of different hobbies. The first hobby I picked up as a teenager was self destructive alcohol consumption. I loved that, and I stuck with it from thirteen years old up until about half way between my 36th and 37th birthdays, when I gave it up and and moved on.

I was committed to self destructive alcohol consumption, but as the name itself implies, if you really truly apply yourself to it, fully and whole wholeheartedly, as I surely did, it will eventually …………..

…………………………………………..  culminate in your demise. I gave it up just short of that.

 

Since I cut loose of self destructive drinking, I have gone through the various hobbies of reading history and literary fiction, writing essays, catfish fishing, trout fishing, bow and arrow fishing for the wily carp, high states poker, full time RVing, gardening, blogging and being a general pain in the ass for stupid and or greedy people, I stumble across.

These hobbies have all given me a lot of pleasure, and I like to think, they have kept my brain agile and my cognitive ability pretty much above the average.   

But, as I get older, I find, that I have to give up more and more of my activities, simply because of physical inability to do them. Trout fishing, full time RVing and bow and arrow fishing for carp are all in my past now.  I still play a little poker, but not with the same carefree reckless abandon I once had, because, I now recognize a responsibility to pass a little substance along to my descendants. Being responsible is a real buzz killer for a poker player. 

I still occasionally go cat fishing, but when I do, I now need my trusty stepson to act as guide and life guard. I intend to keep reading history and literary fiction on into my dotage. And, blogging and essay writing remain within my capabilities. But, just today, I decided to give up gardening.

I have a garden property in Griffin, and today I went there to try to plant some late season beans and corn and squash and chard. But, the heat was oppressive and the crab grass and weeds have overwhelmed both me and my little garden.

I sat up there at Griffin at a little patio table and sipped on a thermos of coffee, and decided, there is no longer any joy in sweating and getting dirty in a completely hopeless effort to fight back the crab grass. 

I’m going to ask my son to mow over my pitiful effort at a garden. Then, I am going to replace the vegetable garden with an expansion of a small orchard, I started a few years ago, and put in a dozen grape vines and a second big long row of thornless blackberries. Because, fruit and nut trees and grape vines and blackberry canes can be kept neat and orderly by MOWING AROUND THEM. And, I can enjoy looking at them and get a little yield from them, without ever touching a tiller or a rake or hoe.

Henceforth, I will BUY by fresh garden veggies from someone younger and more able than myself and let garden work go straight to Hell. While, I read a good book and blog a little and torment as many stupid and or greedy people as possible.

Ron Nesler Posting From New Harmony, Indiana

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SALUTE TO RONALD REAGAN https://newharmonywatch.com/salute-to-ronald-reagan/ https://newharmonywatch.com/salute-to-ronald-reagan/#respond Sun, 05 Jul 2020 20:48:22 +0000 https://newharmonywatch.com/?p=15640

SALUTE TO RONALD REAGAN 

TO HEAR AND SEE A REAL AMERICAN PRESIDENT WATCH THIS SHORT VIDEO OF PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN’S LAST SPEECH AS PRESIDENT.

THEN ASK YOURSELF, HOW THE SAME GOP THAT GAVE US A HERO SUCH AS PRESIDENT REAGAN CAN  ……. 

 

 

 

……………………..POSSIBLY VOMIT UP A SUCH A MONSTER AS TRUMP, JUST A FEW SHORT YEARS LATER?

 

Ron Nesler Posting From New Harmony, Indiana

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WHERE WAS LARRY BUCSHON? https://newharmonywatch.com/where-was-larry-bucshon/ https://newharmonywatch.com/where-was-larry-bucshon/#respond Mon, 29 Jun 2020 17:46:14 +0000 https://newharmonywatch.com/?p=15617

WHERE WAS LARRY AND WHEN DID HE KNOW IT? 

INDIANA 8th DISTRICT CONGRESSMAN LARRY BUCSHON WAS A NO SHOW AT A RECENT  CONGRESSIONAL COMMERCE COMMITTEE HEARING ON CONTAINMENT OF THE CORONA VIRUS.

CONGRESSMAN BUCSHON BEING BOTH A MEDICAL DOCTOR AND A MEMBER OF THAT PARTICULAR COMMITTEE, THERE HAS BEEN WIDE SPREAD SPECULATION AS TO ………………..

 

 

 

 

 

,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,THE REASON FOR BUCSHON’S MYSTERIOUS ABSENCE. 

I CAN NOW REPORT, BUCSHON SPENT THAT ENTIRE DAY IN MILITARY TRAINING, AS A MEMBER OF THE ELITE  WASHINGTON, DC ANTI PROTESTER COMMANDO MILITIA UNIT RECENTLY FORMED BY SENIOR COMMANDO AND FUEHRER DONALD “BONE SPURS” TRUMP.     

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Ron Nesler Posting From New Harmony, Indiana
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WHAT REALLY CHAPS MY ASS https://newharmonywatch.com/what-really-chaps-my-ass/ https://newharmonywatch.com/what-really-chaps-my-ass/#respond Sun, 28 Jun 2020 16:25:16 +0000 https://newharmonywatch.com/?p=15604

 

You know what REALLY chaps my ass? 

 

WE HAVE A BUNCH OF LOONY PEOPLE CALLING A GUY A CONSERVATIVE, WHO IN ACTUAL REALITY  ……….. 

 

 

 

 

.…………………………………………..   has had six bankruptcies and five acknowledged children by three wives, has openly cheated on all three wives, got caught red handed paying hush money to prostitutes, spent the day of his youngest child’s birth with a hooker, has been involved in hundreds of lawsuits for non payment of debt, and who is absolutely incapable of telling the truth about anything, including his hat size or the number of people in a room.

I grew up around political conservatives, this moral leper does not match the profile.  And, hearing people call him a conservative really chaps my ass.   

 

Ron Nesler Posting From New Harmony, Indiana
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THOUGHTS ON STOCK MARKETS https://newharmonywatch.com/thoughts-on-stock-markets/ https://newharmonywatch.com/thoughts-on-stock-markets/#respond Wed, 24 Jun 2020 20:27:59 +0000 https://newharmonywatch.com/?p=15574 STOCK MARKET NOT CREDIBLE 

 

Why on earth any person would gamble their life savings on the stock market? That’s totally beyond my understanding. 

I watch the three main stock indexes pretty much every day. And, I see the smallest bit of news about the economy or trade, send stock prices soaring or plunging. Interest rates fall, markets soar, even if it has been anticipated for a month. 

Trump insults the Chinese, and the markets tumble. Even though, everyone knew all along, that he ,,,,,,,… 

 

 

 

 

…………………………………………………….  would do that, at least once per week.  

When I see these dramatic market reactions to mundane news, I always have to ask myself, how could these investors possible be surprised and caught off guard, by the news of the day?  Short of earthquakes, the news is pretty predictable. I know, if the Fed has or will cut the interest to help these silly geese. And, I know, if Trump has insulted or tried to bully the Chinese. But, these Wall Street investors seem to always be caught off guard by everything, and react wildly to things, my cat could have predicted a week earlier.

I conclude, the whole thing is rigged. I deny the credibility of the idea, that people with enough money to change the markets with the size of their transactions could possibly be this stupid. 

 

Ron Nesler Posting From New Harmony, Indiana
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THE REASON PEOPLE FEAR CLOWNS  https://newharmonywatch.com/reason-people-fear-clowns/ https://newharmonywatch.com/reason-people-fear-clowns/#respond Sun, 21 Jun 2020 23:55:16 +0000 https://newharmonywatch.com/?p=15552 THE REASON PEOPLE FEAR CLOWNS 

Clowns can evoke several emotions. Clowns can be funny and sometimes clowns can be pitiful.

 

Also, many people have a deep rooted FEAR of clowns. The reasons clowns can be funny or pitiful are pretty obvious. But, let me tell you WHY so many people fear clowns. 

 

The biggest reason people fear clowns is ………. 

 

 

 

 

………………………………………..   is because clowns are hidden behind a mask. Meaning, we can’t assess their intentions by reading their faces, as we normally do with ordinary people. They are HIDING from us. And, that’s scary.

 

The masked clown, may possibly be thinking about making us laugh with a pratfall. Or, on the other hand, the clown could just as easily, be thinking about ripping our throat out or infecting us with a deadly virus. That’s why people fear clowns, because they are masked and secretive and unreadable, and we can’t judge, whether they are good or insanely evil. 

 

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ATTENTION SEN MIKE BRAUN https://newharmonywatch.com/attention-sen-mike-braun/ https://newharmonywatch.com/attention-sen-mike-braun/#respond Sun, 21 Jun 2020 20:35:30 +0000 https://newharmonywatch.com/?p=15532  

LYING IS TOXIC

IN PUBLIC OFFICE LYING IS DEADLY

ATTENTION SEN MIKE BRAUN
…………… As a U.S. Army Staff Sergeant in 1973, two years after serving 15 months in a combat unit in Vietnam, I was honored to be chosen as one of a small number of military personnel to provide technical support and grunt labor to a scientific project conducted by …………. 

.……………………………………………….the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. (NOAA)  in conjunction with NASA. The project was called Sky Lab. Our nation and our people still profits from the scientific knowledge gained.
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I was selected to participate, because of my exemplary military record, my requisite technical training and skills and the fact that I held a secret security clearance. I look back on this with great pride and satisfaction.
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At that time, NOAA was one of the most highly respected scientific organizations in the world. NOAA’s scientific integrity was absolutely above reproach.
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That has now changed. Recently, an independent investigation of NOAA concluded, that their top leadership has violated both scientific and political ethical standards by lying in support of a lie told by Pres. Trump. 
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NOAA is diminished. America diminished.
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Four years of unchallenged  lying by our “different kind of President,” as Sen Mike Braun lovingly calls Trump, has been corrosive of our national strength, prestige and honor. No one denies, that Trump is a serial liar, but no GOP Senator has the courage and or honor to stand up to him and his sick, serial, chronic and habitual lying.
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I challenge Sen Braun to attempt to be a man, and to try to act like the Christian he claims to be.  Chronic serial lying is not manly, not Christian and not American. 
Ron Nesler Posting From New Harmony, Indiana
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ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM https://newharmonywatch.com/elephant-in-the-room/ https://newharmonywatch.com/elephant-in-the-room/#respond Sat, 13 Jun 2020 19:20:29 +0000 https://newharmonywatch.com/?p=15470

 

BE AWARE!  

 

 

 

THERE’S AN ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM, AND IT’S ………..

 

 

 

 

 

………………………………  THE FACT THAT TRUMP WILL NEVER EVER PERMIT A PEACEFUL TRANSITION OF POWER AFTER THE 2020 ELECTION.  

Trump is not a peaceful transition kind of guy. In almost four years in office he has never once admitted any error or accepted any responsibility for his losses.  He has attributed every single set back to being “cheated” By a “rigged”

At every set back or defeat, Trump has claimed that he has been “cheated” by a “rigged” system. He claims there’s a conspiracy against him personally by our voting system, our courts, our legislative branch, most of the 50 states, all of our traditional national allies, our military Admirals and Generals, the FBI, the CIA, NSA, pro sports, the entertainment industry all news media except Breibart and the 700 Club. His Mantra is ot’s rigged, I was cheated.”   

According to Trump, Ted Cruz beat him in the Iowa caucuses, only because they were rigged and Cruz cheated. When Hillary beat Trump by three million popular votes, it was rigged and Hillary cheated.  When, the US Park Service released aerial photos showing Obama’s two inaugural  drawing larger crowds than Trump’s inaugural. Trump said the Park Service photos were rigged and he was cheated. When US Park Service Arial photos showing both of Obama’s two inauguration crowds to be much larger than Trump’s crowd, Trump said it was rigged and he was cheated.  When Trump was caught paying off prostitutes to keep them silent about his being a client, Trump said it was rigged and he was cheated, even though his personal attorney went to federal prison for this. When Republicans lost the House majority in the 2018 election, Trump told House Republicans that it was rigged, and they had been cheated. When the media shows videos of Trump’s exact racist rants, he says it’s rigged and he’s being cheated. In the May 2020 California House special election, which the Republican went on to win, Trump tweeted that it was rigged and Democrats were cheating. When Trump failed to control North Korea, he said it was Hillary Clinton’s fault, she had rigged the game while Sec of State, and he, Trump, was being cheated. Trump has totally botched our Corona virus response, we get worse and worse while Europe is recovering. Trump says it was rigged against him by Obama, and he, Trump os being cheated.

There will be no peaceful orderly transition, when Biden wins the presidency, as he seems sure to do. Trump will cause as much damage as possible going out of the door, will sabotage whatever he can, and likely will force the military to physically remove him from the White House. And, then we STILL won’t be rid of Trump, he will be a Twitter/FOX News star spouting hate, lies and racism.  

Ordinary people taken in by Trump, are not to blame. They are Trump victims like the rest of us. But, if you are a US Senator or a religious leader lacking the moral courage to denounce Trump, then you are beneath contempt, because you are educated and know better. And, if anyone ever burns eternally in any hell, it should be you.  

 

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Ron Nesler Posting From New Harmony, Indiana

 

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AMERICANS LOVE REAL POLICE https://newharmonywatch.com/americans-love-real-police/ https://newharmonywatch.com/americans-love-real-police/#respond Fri, 12 Jun 2020 20:25:10 +0000 https://newharmonywatch.com/?p=15458  

 

Americans don’t hate police. Americans love real police. But politicians and police unions, for reasons having nothing to do with keeping order, have altered both perception and reality of American policing.

What many many Americans fear and despise is ……..

 

 

 

………………………………………is the paramilitary units, that politicians and police unions have changed our police into.

Americans would shower police with trust and respect, if police would give up dominating and intimidating. And, stop trying to be judge and jury as well as police.

Let the police get out of their anonymous cars with their secretive tinted windows and bullhorns. Let them throw away the intimidating reflective sunglasses and patrol on foot and bicycle. Let police knock on doors to chat, rather than always to threaten. Let them be color blind as to race.  And, let the police be totally indifferent as to social or economic class. 

Let police get rid of military weapons, battering rams, tanks, vicious dogs, drone delivery of explosives, dangerous gases, choke holds, stun guns.  

And, what I believe may be most important of all. let our police rid themselves of irrational, self defeating idea, that its better to kill a suspect than to let them temporarily escape.

An occasional sincere smile would go a long way. In short, if the police will become part of the community rather than an occupying military force, I think they will find trust, acceptance and peace from most citizens.  

Do ordinary citizens share some responsibility to restore peace and order? You bet, we do. A lot. But the police are the ones wielding authority, swearing oaths and drawing salaries to keep things peaceful. Consequently, the responsibility to make the first re-conciliatory move falls on them. 

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– Ron Nesler posting from New Harmony, Indiana

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POLICE LACK RULES OF ENGAGEMENT https://newharmonywatch.com/police-lack-rules-of-engagement/ https://newharmonywatch.com/police-lack-rules-of-engagement/#respond Sat, 06 Jun 2020 19:21:55 +0000 https://newharmonywatch.com/?p=15450

AS I GREW UP, PEOPLE TOLD THEIR KIDS, IF YOU ARE AFRAID OR …………… 

 

 

 

………………………………………….  AFRAID OR LOST, LOOK FOR A POLICE OFFICER.  YOU DON’T HEAR THAT AS MUCH ANYMORE. 

A few years ago, I was pulled over by an Indiana State Police Officer as I entered tiny Griffin, Indiana from a uninhabited rural area. I had been gardening, and I was in my usual ragged clothing, with my scruffy beard, driving my old beater of a pickup truck.  The young police officer, who I later learned was a fellow Griffin native, was a very sharp guy with a military bearing.  He did not have Polaroid sunglasses, I could see his eyes, and he spoke to me with courtesy and respect. He explained, that I had just emerged from an area often used by meth makers. I showed him my license, registration and insurance papers, and he ran me through his computer. No threat of violence, no impolite growling, no belittling body language, and he did not try to force or trick me into telling him, where I had been or where I was going. He was a respectful professional. He treated me like a citizen, and we interacted in a way, that actually left me feeling like, I had made a new friend.

Unfortunately several other police stops, I have experienced, in the past twenty years have been much different. Other officers wearing reflective sunglasses have talked to me with their hand on a weapon. They have scowled and growled and never cracked a smile, and refused to even acknowledge my questions. This while interrogating me like a hardened criminal, during simple traffic stops. These guys, not the good State Cop from Griffin, get all the press. But, they seem to be in the majority. 

Anymore, most people lacking big money or political connections distrust and or fear the police. I do.

Today, the police usually meet citizens with a stony glare, act brusquely and try to intimidate. It works, they do intimidate. I attribute this to the militarization of policing. This militarization is the fault of politicians not the police on the street. The police on the street are just doing, what their political bosses demand of them with whatever inappropriate hardware they are handed. 

The politicians have given street police officers reflective sunglasses, dark tinted police car windows, that hide the officers from citizens, automatic assault rifles, tear gas, stun guns, battering rams, military tanks, military shotguns, huge clubs, masks, sonic weapons, and all varieties of military equipment. This military equipage just shrieks the intent to violently suppress the least question to police authority. Most of our officers are young, white males, an American demographic steeped in macho and testosterone. And, consequently a demographic that finds little trouble in embracing the political mind set of domination through shock and awe.

To make matters even worse, in most cases, these officers have fewer and less stringent rules of engagement, than our real soldiers in real combat with real foreign enemies of our nation on foreign soil.

Yes, I understand, that these officers put their lives on the line for us. I served in combat in Vietnam, so I am well able to appreciate that point. So, what do I suggest? Just a few simple changes.

Police need to have clear rules of engagement with the public. These rules of engagement need to prohibit standing on the throats of handcuffed prisoners, and almost anyone else, for that matter. The police rules of engagement need to stop all shooting by police, unless shot at first, or being able to show absolute proof, that they were about to be shot at. And, I mean absolute proof, not just saying it is so. The risk that involves is part of the job, real military often operate under the don’t shoot first rule.

Police shooting and any physical violence by police needs to be ruled the very last resort. The occasional temporary escape of a suspect, needs to be ruled less of a serious problem, than shooting them. There should be no death penalty prior to a trial for any offense, much less passing a counterfeit $20 bill or sassing a police officer. 

All the military hardware needs to go, or at least be kept out of sight, until actually needed. A possibility I view as rare and unlikely.

We need to make a huge effort to hire more minority officers, particularly females. Because females are not as bellicose as young white males. We need to take urban officers, at least, out of those anonymous prowling police cars. Most police need to work on foot or on bicycles, so that the citizens can know, who the officers are and view them as people rather than dangerous machines. 

Most of the time and money now spent on military hardware and military training for police, should be directed to having public events, where police meet and interact with the citizens, building trust.

Most of what I suggest would help the police as much as the citizens.

And, yes the citizens have responsibilities, too. But, it is the police, who swear an oath and take a pay check to keep order, so they must change first, and let their good behavior improve the public’s attitude and actions toward them.

Serve and protect, rather than domination is the key. 

Ron Nesler posting from New Harmony Indiana.

 

 

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A SUCCESSFUL MIXED MARRIAGE https://newharmonywatch.com/a-successful-mixed-marriage/ https://newharmonywatch.com/a-successful-mixed-marriage/#respond Fri, 05 Jun 2020 20:17:03 +0000 https://newharmonywatch.com/?p=15437

MY WIFE AND I HAVE A VERY SUCCESSFUL MIXED MARRIAGE, SHE IS A ……………………….

 

 

 

 

…………………………….. She is a Christian and I am a Deist. 

As a Christian, my wife believes in the divinity of Jesus, and practices his tenets of personal virtue, kindness, truthfulness, charity, forgiveness, peacefulness, tolerance and love of her fellow humans.  

As a deist, other than not believing in the divinity of Jesus, I agree completely with my wife on all points, and try to live the same way she tries to live.     

Most people don’t know what Deists are. Mainly, because Deists do not preach or evangelize to other people. Deists see spiritual beliefs as completely personal and private. Almost always, when someone becomes a Deist, it is through personal soul searching, not from being recruited.  Deists DO firmly believe that the entire Universe and everything in it is the work of a master creator. But, we believe that that creator, like a master watch maker, does not tinker with the day to day operation of his creations. We believe the creator created everything and put in place natural laws to govern the operation of the universe and all in it. 

Also, Deists believe, that humans should be good, because it is the right thing to do, not because of the threat of some imaginary Hell of eternal divine punishment.

Names of some famous Deists, that you might recognize are; Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, and Albert Einstein, just to name a few. 

I arrived at my Deist beliefs after decades of spiritual quest. A quest that took me down various trails from tent revival Holy Rolling to to Buddhism. Evidence makes me accept the idea of a creator. But, the same evidence prevents me from believing that such a creator micro manages human affairs.

I believe that our creator is so far above human understanding that for me to allow Franklin Graham or Rush Limbaugh or the Pope or anyone else to interpret her/him for me would be pretty stupid. As a Deist, I believe, we must look within. I meditate regularly, even though many of my Posey County neighbors say meditation is communication with the evil one. Oh well.

As a Deist, I believe in reason and science. And, I don’t think any creator worth her/his salt would give us reason and intellect, and not intend us to use them. My reason rejects the idea, that such a creator would set up a beautiful and unfailing set of universal natural laws, and then make glaring exceptions to those natural laws in order to convey some sort of cryptic message to us paltry insignificant humans. There is order in the universe, we should respect it.

Further, I believe that virtue, truth, humanity, humility, charity, compassion and love for our fellows is somehow built into us, like on a computer chip. But, on the other hand, so is selfishness and lust for domination. And, that because of this duality, our lives are a perpetual personal struggle over which has dominance over us, the former or the latter.

I believe, that we ourselves are personally responsible for our own actions. There is no celestial welfare.  The creator that available evidence reveals to me would be just as offended as I am at the idea of eternal torture for any creature. It goes against reason, justice and compassion.

My reason also rejects talking snakes and fiery chariots and such as ancient attempts to explain natural phenomenon not yet at that time explained by logic and science.  I also believe, that today, we still have a vast unlimited, amount we don’t know about the universe. And, that lack of knowledge should prod us to scientific study, and not be used as a prop up for unfounded superstitions.   

You will never have a Deist try to force their ideas down your throat, it is an important part of our belief system, NOT to do that. We Deists ask that you others extend us the same human courtesy.  

Ron Nesler posting from New Harmony Indiana

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