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The NEW Terrorism (629 hits) defines Terrorism as "the state of fear and submission produced by terrorism or terrorization."

Many Americans, especially the middle class, are undergoing economic terrorism right now and they have no option but to submit.

Many are in a state of fear. It's a very frightening thing not to know whether you can pay the mortgage, or rent, or if your car will be repossessed in the dark of night, or if you must choose between a meal and your medicine.

Or if the latest round of pink slips has your name on it.

I have seen things I have only heard about from the lips of our elders who survived The Great Depression:

Personal items, including teddy bears and family photos, tossed to the curb in front of a foreclosed home.

Several boarded-up homes, nice homes, on one street, as if foreclosure was an epidemic spreading like wildfire. For some neighborhoods, it is.

Whole families shacking up in one-room, pay-by-the-week motels.

People with nice cars buying two gallons of gas because they can't afford to fill'er up.

Crumbling schools. Fallen bridges. Rampant robberies.

And I have seen things that I thought I'd never see before: A well-dressed person buying groceries with her credit card--and it was declined.

Speaking of grocery shopping, about a week ago I happened to be standing in line behind an unshaven white man who had beer, crackers and cat food (the brand in the tuna-shaped cans) in his cart. I couldn't help but wonder if the cat food was for him.

I felt so depressed at the sight because the sight of this white man buying cat food allegedly for his own consumption was, for me, a harbinger of more economic terrorism to befall us all.

In the face of these obviously strapping times, I've also witnessed many people lose jobs, while a chosen few (from CEOs to connected government types) receive whopping raises and golden parachutes despite their on-the-job failures.

And I've witnessed, and personally experienced, the cost of every necessity of life--utilities, food, transportation and shelter--skyrocket for no apparent reason. For so many of our citizens, living paycheck-to-paycheck (thought to be the habit of the financially uneducated) is now a sweet memory from the good ole' days.

So as we continue to fund the good fight to rid the world of terrorism, can we at least address the economic terrorism that is going on right here at home?

We also have hearts and minds that need "winning over."
Posted By: zondra hughes
Monday, September 22nd 2008 at 10:58PM
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GOD says through Solomon: "Wise men and women are always learning, always listening for fresh insights (Prov. 18:15 MSG)."

GOD says through Isaiah: "Seek the LORD while He may be found, call Him while He is near. Let the scoundrel forsake his way, and the wicked man his thoughts; Let him turn to the Lord for mercy; to our God, who is generous in forgiving. For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways, says the LORD. As high as the heavens are above the earth so high are My ways above your ways and My thoughts above your thoughts. Just as rain and snow descend from the skies and don't come back until they've watered the earth, doing their work of making things grow and blossom, producing seed for farmers and food for the hungry, so will the words that come out of My mouth, not come back empty-handed. They will do the work I sent them to do, they will complete the assignment I gave them (Isa. 55:6-11 NAB, MSG)."

Please keep in mind that these are not the original words of some guy or gal from work, from Wall Street, or from the old neighborhood. These are the words of Lord God Almighty, Creator of the universe, all things, and all people, on earth, in the earth, beneath the earth, and above the earth. In these most serious of times, let us take God's words more seriously than we take the words and opinions of human beings.

About 2,000 years ago, Jesus put the serious subject of MONEY in perfect perspective. He clarifies for all, who have eyes to see and ears to hear, so that we would not be deceived, but would be protected from foolishly pursuing "money" and "stuff" more than we seek "God" and "His ways."

Jesus shows His great love for us, as He helps us to truly understand, through St. Luke, the physician and detail-oriented, Holy Spirit-inspired writer of the Gospel of Luke and The Acts of the Apostles.

Jesus pulls no punches when He says: "Yes, a person, is a fool to store up earthly wealth but not have a rich relationship with God. He will give you all you need from day to day if you make the Kingdom of God your primary concern. So don't be afraid, little flock. For it gives your Father great happiness to give you the Kingdom of God (Lk. 12:21, 31-32)."

Jesus reveals a deep truth when He states: "To those who are open to My teaching, more understanding of the secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven will be given, and they will have an abundance of knowledge of the secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven. But to those who are not listening, even what they have will be taken away from them. But blessed are your eyes, because they see; and your ears, because they hear (Mt.13:11-12,16)."

Tuesday, September 23rd 2008 at 3:09AM
Jimmy Plymouth
Depressing. We all wish there was a proven method for weathering this storm, but the best thing is to harken unto your family and invest love, money, etc. in each other. When this world falls, your Faith and your family is all you've got left. So spend the time/money/energy where it is truly needed.
Tuesday, September 23rd 2008 at 2:43PM
Wednesday, September 24th 2008 at 1:14AM
zondra hughes
Put another way, history is cyclical, so some of us might have seen this coming. I'm in the financial sector so I saw the writings on the wall mid-summer last year. "What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done: there is nothing new under the sun"

Our elders got through it and we can too but only if we get back to the coping methods that they used to weather the storm: banding together with your fam tighter, helping that auntie out with her medical bills, taking in that cousin who's having trouble with the rent, etc.
Wednesday, September 24th 2008 at 9:42AM
Hey Zondra. As well you know we've been living in a terrorist state, or city (Chicago) for all of our lives. Come out to 95th and see real terrorism at work.
Wednesday, September 24th 2008 at 4:30PM
Robert Yarbrough
Knowledge and wisdom fills this Blog.
Friday, December 5th 2008 at 2:11AM
Carlos Perry

economic, religious, social Evil toward the American "Others"

------ "We also have hearts and minds that need "winning over."

Thank you Zondra, Robert and Carlos......

Might I also ADD that the nonEuropean American, indigenous and African Asian has been in a perpetual state of terror 1492-2016.......since that first

....."religious freedom escape from Europe crowd"

..... Cowered their way across the Atlantic Ocean so long ago.....

Wednesday, January 11th 2017 at 6:24PM
robert powell
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