It is interesting that these first two articles appeared together in the evening update search of news stories.
One cannot help but wonder if story #1, which really serves as a symbolic representation of what has been happening in America for ~ 50 years and story #2 reveals where we are as a nation. Collapsing.
Are these two stories (in a general sense) related?
School District Forced To Permanently Remove Jesus Portrait - Will Also Have To Pay Nearly $100K In Damages, Legal Fees
This Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013 file photo shows a painting of Jesus Christ, upper left, hanging above an entrance to Jackson Middle School in Jackson, Ohio next to a “Hall of Honor” showing famous Jackson residents and school alumni. The Jackson City School district said displaying a Jesus portrait in its high school doesn’t violate the U.S. Constitution and students’ free speech rights would be violated if a judge orders it removed. The school district on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 asked a federal judge not to grant the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio and the Madison, Wis.-based Freedom from Religion Foundation’s motion for an order removing the portrait. Credit: AP
This was the headline streaking across the weekend edition of the Jakarta Globe, one of the largest newspapers in Indonesia.
The photo beneath was of Barack Obama, his lips pursed and eyes steeled as if he was fighting back tears. Or perhaps staring off into the fiscal abyss.
The subheadline read: “Obama’s APEC absence symbolic of US waning influence in Asia.”
The article goes on to describe how the President’s conspicuous absence from this weekend’s summit of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (a multinational trade bloc in the Asia/Pacific region) highlights the decline of the US as the world’s superpower.
It’s so obvious to everyone else that the US is in terminal decline.
(Granted, the Indonesians are a bit miffed given that they went to the trouble of closing the brand new airport in Bali for four days, partly because of the anticipated arrival of Air Force One… and then the President didn’t bother showing up.)
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping stepped up in Obama’s stead, taking the world’s stage in yet another clear sign of where the real economic power and leadership is.
Putin himself was even nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize… for preventing a former Nobel Peace Prize recipient (Barack Obama) from starting a war Syria.
Meanwhile, China’s vice Finance Minister Zhu Guangyao has been wagging his finger at the US Treasury Department, warning that “the clock is ticking” and that Obama should “take decisive and credible steps to avoid a default on its Treasury bonds.”
All this comes at a time when the US has been caught red handed spying on the rest of the world, including its own people… and its allies. This prompted the Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff to cancel an official visit to the United States this month.
It’s amazing when you step back and look at the big picture.
The Russians are preventing a US military invasion. The Chinese actually have to step in and say something publicly to ensure that the US government pays its bills. The Brazilians are too disgusted to even visit Washington DC.
What a completely different world we live in, even compared to just 10 or 15 years ago.
Think back to the late 90s. The US really was the pinnacle of civilization. The government was beginning to pay down its debt. America’s reputation was unblemished. And to most foreigners, the US economy was the envy of the world.
What’s happening today would have been unthinkable back then. But it just goes to show how quickly things can unravel.
It’s tremendously important that the reputation of the US government is sinking to an all-time low internationally.
Remember, the reason that the US Federal Reserve can print trillions of dollars is because the rest of the world has for decades been willing to accept dollars for international transactions and sovereign reserves.
Nearly every government and central bank on the planet has a big pile of dollars stashed away.
The US government seems to think that this arrangement will last forever, and that their actions are without consequence. Nothing is further from the truth.
As the US government’s international reputation craters after one embarrassing episode after another, other nations are beginning to no longer trust the US, whether it comes to spying or managing a sound currency.
This puts the US dollar at even greater risk of quickly losing global reserve domination, and along with it, the ability to print money without damning ramifications.
As history has shown so many times before, this is exactly how the end begins.
Also see (on a more uplifting note):
The scene would have been unimaginable throughout the vast majority of Jewish history. Row upon row of Christians shouting and swaying, fervently proclaiming their faith right in the heart of Jerusalem. But these Christians, on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, were not denouncing the scattered Jews in the room, or preaching of a time when control of the holy city would be wrested from Jewish hands.
They were cheering the Jews in the audience, singing in Hebrew, and proclaiming God’s love for the Jewish people and the Jewish state.
From Malaysia and the Philippines, the Netherlands and Ireland — even the West Bank — hundreds of Christian Zionists gathered in the Clal Building on Jaffa Road Sunday night. They had come for the 10th annual Day of Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem, broadcast around the world by God TV, which reaches 900 million homes, according to its founder.