MOTIVATION AND HONESTY
When talking about lies and this past election was overflowing and is saturated with them, I have to relate something every journalist, author or writer has to live with. It’s called conscience.
This is what we are telling or repeating, and it has to be the truth. Something I learned from the Newspaper business as a stringer where you had to come in with two names, addresses and phone numbers of witnesses to corroborate your story. That doesn’t exist anymore, it’s called FOX (FAUX) news.
And Roger Ailes, believed if we don’t have news, we’ll make it appear we do. Thats the basis of FOX NEWS, fair and balanced as long as his finger was on the scale. He’s gone now but his fingerprints are still there.
THREE MEN TWO HAD IDEALS
While doing some research on the great motivational persons of the last century, the lives of three men amongst eight or ten stood out to me at the time. All moved and motivated hoards of their countrymen, at a time of need and while both were engaged in war. I will follow up on the others as time permits.
Yet they contrasted differently because of circumstance, position and yet had the ability to move the masses by two different opposed methodologies, this fascinated me. Mahatma Ghandi and Chief Sitting Bull were leaders with similar paths and cause, Joseph Stalin was quite different but he did what he had to do. Two ways to move and motivate the masses, three backgrounds, three destinations and all successful. One to be remembered as the patriarch of personal dignity and freedom, one remembered as a fierce warrior, and the other as both a hero and a despicably cruel tyrant.
CHIEF SITTING BULL
We’ll start with Chief Sitting Bull. On to better things, the simplistic life style of the true Americans, the Indian Nation, and in one particular case the Sioux, is one of the largest groups of Native American tribes and First Nations peoples in North America. The term “Sioux” can refer to any ethnic group within the Great Sioux Nation which differ in some small customs, like accents, in the majority of the nation’s three major language dialects. They are 180,000 strong. They are Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota. The ones I have contacted and met were warm, friendly, hospitable and devoted to their heritage and besieged with problems economically speaking and a youth generation questing for education and jobs.
One of the most significant chiefs of the Sioux was Sitting Bull. Sitting Bull was a Hunkpapa Lakota (sometimes pronounced Hunk-a-papa) He was a HOLY MAN who led his people during years of resistance to United States government prejudices and policies. You can even see it in his portrait. He is sitting yet showing great power and enormity of strength, courage and resource. Thus the bull is sitting, but he is still a bull and can be the warrior yet instead of his lance and bow, he grasps a peace pipe.
The Great Sioux Nation scattered, some to Canada and others surrendered to the reservations. The United States Government demanded that the Lakota nation move to the reservations. The people finally surrendered after being cold and hungry and moved on the reservations. The government still insisted buying the Black Hills from the Lakota people.
The Sioux (Lakota) Nation refused to sell their sacred lands. The United States Government introduced the Sell or Starve Bill or the Agreement of 1877. The Lakota people starved but refused to sell their sacred land so the U.S. Congress illegally took the Black Hills from the Great Sioux Nation.
The Allotment Act of 1888 allotted Indian lands into 160-acre lots to individuals to divide the nation. The Act of 1889 broke up the Great Sioux Nation into smaller reservations, the remainder of which exist today at about one half their original size in 1889.
Many of the Lakota people began believed in the Ghost Dance experiences as the movement spread to the reservations. The U. S. Army feared the unity through prayer among the Tribes and ordered the arrest of Sitting Bull on the Standing Rock Reservation. In the process of the arrest Sitting Bull was shot by Indian Police on December 15, 1890.
He was also known for the defeat of Col. Custer, a decorated soldier at the battle of the Bighorn who ignored the battle plan given to him , split his forces and went off on his own with 266 brave men. It was that defeat that taught the military (The 7th Calvary) the value of good intel and to strictly follow orders. Col. Custer was his own man and his ego cost 266 lives. Listen to no one , make your own path and never admit you were wrong.
Sitting Bull, I like to think of him as a real hero to his people in war and peace, is very much like Mahatma Gandhiji. His thoughts and statements have a strong similarity with the little man of great stature and conviction. He cared. He said:
• “Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children”.
• “The white man knows how to make everything, but he does not know how to distribute it”.
• “Behold, my friends, the spring is come; the earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun, and we shall soon see the results of their love”!
NOTES: My late wife and I had a connection with several beautiful and proud native Americans we met of the Sioux, Cheyenne, Apache, Cherokee, Seminole and the Miccosukee tribes as it was a cumulative research for several others and myself, with interviews she accompanied me on over the years. I have a passion for understanding other cultures.
Though Dolly was a Methodist and I am Jewish, our birth rights, it was never mattered nor even spoken about one bit for 31 years. But we both shared our love and were one with nature and I called her my tree hugger.
We both loved animals, the mountains, the prairies and the woods. We were at the top of Mt Le Conte in the smokies looking over the horizon, standing at the edge at a gnarly tree barely grasping with its roots to the rock with impending snow.
The signs were telling us to leave, she said to me, “Look at Gods work, he made the tree strong to survive and he made these mountains so we could get closer to him”.
She believed your path is based on not what a person may say but what a person does for others is accountable.
The commonality of the tribes was their connection with the land, they called the land, Mother of Earth (not to be confused with Mother Nature) and the great Father in the sky was a pure religion immersed in traditions, homage and respect , and with lots of common sense. How noble a person and leader was Sitting Bull, a true leader who defended his people to the last and his land from the great onslaught and his eventual slaughter.
A statement that has been in my mind for years and is addressed every day is one that came from an interview with a Sioux Chief who said to me, “Who is more guilty, the liar or the person repeating what the liar said”. To me in this day and age our last election and the tactics and falsehoods portrayed made this one statement the most important statement of all.
The Native American Indian culture is totally immersed in itself, you are born into it. There are many fake shamans and fake medicine men out there proposing to convert you which is not welcomed by the tribes nor do they proselytize.
Here is authenticity for you to read: http://www.native-languages.org/religion.htm
October 21, 1946. Preston Grover of the Associated Press of America asked Gandhi, during an interview in New Delhi, if he had any message for America. This was 1946. He described the financial situation today.
Gandhiji (Indian spelling of reverence) replied, " Dislodge the money God called "Mammon" from the throne and find a corner for a poor God. I think America has a very big future but in spite of what is said to the contrary, it has a dismal future if it swears by "Mammon". "Mammon" has never been known to be a friend of any of us to the last. He is always a false friend".
Mohandas K. Gandhi also said: " I believe in equality for everyone, except reporters and photographers". Today he would be dealing with not only the opposition but soothsayers, talking heads, blogsters, TV personalities, Hollywood, spin, lies and anyone today that qualifies for Rupert Murdock's payroll. And now add phone hacking, eves dropping and sabotage, fake news, and going soft on nuts and allies.
He wrote many of my favorite passages. I am a fan of Gandhi, his ability to see truth clearly, and express it, is a gift few others have ever had. He was a gift to the world.
It is when he asks: “What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans, and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty and democracy".
He also said: "One of the most dangerous thoughts spiritually perilous to humanity is Politics without Principle". Wow, what a clear vision of today.
In another story I quoted Gandhiji. I find so many answers in the words of Mohandas Gandhi. Again, he seemed to address all the questions that are posed by minds that see and question and converts them into simple truth, obviously something Washington hasn't a clue about.
Our system is like the oil in your car, each day the oil gets a little dirtier. Not as noticeable as you might think, just a little dirtier. One day is it goes on long enough the engine will seize, already it seems we are down a quart. He understood the oil theory but spoke of the ocean in a positive term.
He said, "You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty". If that’s true, possibly all of the Congressional elected officials are not corrupt. But that oil slick sure looks like bunker fuel number three these days and the name Exxon Valdez is painted on the rear wall of Congress.
Mahatma Gandhi, (Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi) 2 Oct 1869 – 30 Jan 1948
He was the preeminent leader of Indian nationalism in British-ruled India. Employing non-violent civil disobedience, Gandhi led India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world.
The honorific Mahatma in Sanskrit means "high-souled," “venerable” was first applied to him in 1914 in South Africa, and is is now used worldwide. He is also called Bapu which is Gujarati: endearment for "father, "papa." in India.
Born and raised in a Hindu, merchant caste, family in coastal Gujarat, western India, and trained in law at the Inner Temple, London, Gandhi first employed non-violent civil disobedience as an expatriate lawyer in South Africa, in the resident Indian community's struggle for civil rights.
After his return to India in 1915, he set about organising peasants, farmers, and urban labourers to protest against excessive land-tax and discrimination. Assuming leadership of the Indian National Congress in 1921, Gandhi led nationwide campaigns for easing poverty, expanding women's rights, building religious and ethnic amity, ending untouchability, but above all for achieving Swaraj or self-rule.
Gandhi famously led Indians in challenging the British-imposed salt tax with the 400 km 250 mi. Dandi Salt March in 1930, and later in calling for the British to Quit India in 1942. He was imprisoned for many years, upon many occasions, in both South Africa and India. Gandhi attempted to practice non-violence and truth in all situations, and advocated that others do the same.
He lived modestly in a self-sufficient residential community and wore the traditional Indian dhoti and shawl, woven with yarn hand spun on a charkha. He ate simple vegetarian food, and also undertook long fasts as means of both self-purification and social protest.
Gandhi's vision of a free India based on religious pluralism, however, was challenged in the early 1940s by a new Muslim nationalism which was demanding a separate Muslim homeland carved out of India. Eventually, in August 1947, Britain granted independence, but the British Indian Empire was partitioned into two dominions, a smaller Hindu-majority India and Muslim Pakistan.
As many displaced Hindus, Muslims, and Sikhs made their way to their new lands, religious violence broke out, especially in the Punjab and Bengal. Eschewing the official celebration of independence in Delhi, Gandhi visited the affected areas, attempting to provide solace. In the months following, he undertook several fasts unto death to promote religious harmony.
The last of these, undertaken on 12 January 1948 at age 78, also had the indirect goal of pressuring India to pay out some cash assets owed to Pakistan. Some Indians thought Gandhi was too accommodating. Among them, Nathuram Godse, a Hindu nationalist, who assassinated Gandhi on 30 January 1948 by firing three bullets into his chest at point-blank range.
Gandhi is commonly, though not officially, considered the Father of the Nation in India. His birthday, 2 October, is commemorated there as Gandhi Jayanti, a national holiday, and world-wide as the International Day of Non-Violence.
MAN OF STEEL
Born Ioseb Besarionis dze Jugashvili, Georgian
18-Dec 1878 – 5 Mar 1953 He was the de-facto leader of the Soviet Union from the mid-1920s until his death in 1953.
• Among the Bolshevik revolutionaries who took part in the Russian Revolution of 1917, Stalin was appointed General Secretary of the party’s Central Committee in 1922.
• He subsequently managed to consolidate power following the 1924 death of Vladimir Lenin through suppressing Lenin’s criticisms (in the postscript of his testament) and expanding the functions of his role, all the while eliminating any opposition.
• By the late 1920s, he was the unchallenged leader of the Soviet Union. He remained general secretary until the post was abolished it in 1952, concurrently serving as the Premier of the Soviet Union from 1941 onward.
• Under Joseph Stalin’s rule, the concept of "socialism in one country" became a central tenet of Soviet society. He replaced the New Economic Policy introduced by Lenin in the early 1920s with a highly centralised command economy, launching a period of industrialization and collectivization that resulted in the rapid transformation of the USSR from an agrarian society into an industrial power.
• However, the economic changes coincided with the imprisonment of millions of people in Soviet correctional labour camps (GULUGS) and the deportation of many others to remote areas. The initial upheaval in agriculture disrupted food production and contributed to the catastrophic Soviet famine of 1932–1933, known as the Holodomor in Ukraine.
• Later, in a period that lasted from 1936–39, Stalin instituted a campaign against alleged enemies of his regime called the Great Purge, in which hundreds of thousands were executed. Major figures in the Communist Party, such as the old Bolsheviks, Leon Trotsky, and several Red Army leaders, were killed after being convicted of plotting to overthrow the government and Stalin. Joseph Stalin also had a few things to say.
THE MAN AND A CLARIFICATION
First let me say, I am not a fan of Stalin; his one compelling virtue to me was he hated Hitler as much as I and as most of the world did. Otherwise, he was no different and had as much blood on his hands as Hitler. But, if it wasn't for Hitlers egotistical stupidity in opening the second front and Stalin's tenacity, many in Europe today would be speaking German as a first language.
Stalin was Stalin, his name means Steel in Russian. He was a great motivator. Had he written more, his book could of been called “ Caliber Selection in Motivation” He believed a 7.62 SKS or a 9 mm Tokorev to the back of the head kept an Army moving forward.
He was right. He was an innovator. In fact it was he who abolished the word “retreat” in he Russian Army and enforced it by taking the most ruthless criminal men of the Gulags and putting them at the back of the advancing troops with orders to shoot any who fell back... the ultimate motivation policy. Go forward and possibly live or backwards and definitely die.
He controlled his Congress well; and he was a frugal conservative. He shot several of them at least once a week. No corruption, no dissidents, no complications, NO adversaries that way. His way or buried under the highway, well the ruble. And you could really call him a "fiscal conservative". He always shot people three or four tied belly to back stacked in a row to conserve bullets. Usually five was the limit.
HIS PERTINENT THOUGHTS
The most interesting thing about what Stalin had to say was the connection with some of the statements we hear today. Thats the scary part, we do not study history in our schools, we study to pass stupid tests and fail to pass on knowledge.
• “Everyone imposes his own system as far as his army can reach”.
• “Mankind is divided into rich and poor, into property owners and exploited; and to abstract oneself from this fundamental division; and from the antagonism between poor and rich means abstracting oneself from fundamental facts”.
• The Czars were certainly not the keepers of good government. The difference was his thinking was born of a harsh war, in a harsher environment, with a fierce competitor requiring a new set of rules, wasn’t pretty, but war isn't.
• “Marxism is not only the theory of socialism, it is an integral world outlook, a philosophical system, from which Marx’s proletarian socialism logically follows. This philosophical system is called dialectical materialism.”
• We think that a powerful and vigorous movement is impossible without differences — “true conformity” is possible only in the cemetery.
• If any foreign minister begins to defend to the death a “ Peace conference,” you can be sure his government has already paced its orders for new battleships and airplanes.
• A sincere diplomat is like dry water or wooden iron.
• The existing pseudo-government which was not elected by the people and which is not accountable to the people must be replaced by a government recognized by the people, elected by representatives of the workers, soldiers and peasants and held accountable to their representatives.
• The press must grow day in and day out — it is our Party’s sharpest and most powerful weapon.
• If the opposition disarms, all is well and good. If it refuses to disarm, we shall disarm it ourselves.
• We do not want a single foot of foreign territory; but of our territory we shall not surrender a single inch to anyone.
• Anti-Semitism, as an extreme form of racial chauvinism, is the most dangerous vestige of cannibalism. Anti-Semitism is dangerous for the toilers, for it is a false track which diverts them from the proper road and leads them into the jungle. Hence, Communists, as consistent internationalists, cannot but be irreconcilable and bitter enemies of anti-Semitism.
• In the U.S.S.R., anti-Semitism is strictly prosecuted as a phenomenon hostile to the Soviet system. According to the laws of the U.S.S.R. active anti-Semites are punished with death.
• We are fifty or a hundred years behind the advanced countries. We must make good this distance in ten years. Either we do it, or they will crush us.
• Mankind is divided into rich and poor, into property owners and exploited; and to abstract oneself from this fundamental division, and from the antagonism between poor and rich, means abstracting oneself from fundamental facts.
• Education is a weapon whose effects depend on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed.
• In the Soviet Army, it takes more courage to retreat than advance.
• I know that after my death a pile of rubbish will be heaped on my grave, but the wind of History will sooner or later sweep it away without mercy.
• God is on your side? Is He a Conservative? The Devil’s on my side, he's a good Communist.
• “Why did you beat me so hard?” he said to his mother in her later years. her response was “That’s why you turned out so well”.
• Stalin said this often. This seems to have originated with the Spanish military leader Juan Domingo de Monteverde, “ Four walls are three too many for a prison — you only need one for an execution.”
• The death of one man is a tragedy, the death of millions is a statistic. Death solves all problems — no man, no problem.
• We will hang the capitalists with the rope that they sell us. "If we were to hang the last capitalist, another would suddenly appear to sell us the rope”.
STALIN - THE GAME CHANGING MOTIVATOR - MADMAN or GENIUS
• Roosevelt was a party builder, he brings people together for the cause, national pride and a will to win. Churchill was a slogan maker that rallied people during times of severe stress, he was an island of comfort. Stalins niche was fear motivation. And it was used frequently, he created fear.
• The story goes on...Stalin had a problem with part of his lazy congressional team objecting to his ideas and never showing up for work in the Russian Proletariat. That was on Tuesday, so he shot five of them, who showed up late on Wednesday. All of the rest showed up for work on Thursday quite early, since they weren't due till Friday and in a great mood. Stalin solved that problem.
• But his country was faced with the German onslaught and annihilation. He knew there was little time for political pandering. He did not tolerate a lot of that, probably surpassing Hitler. His solution to the German Panzer attacks at Stalingrad, he shot deserters or retreaters at will, was feared more by his troops than to be captured by the Germans.
• Some said he removed the backup gears on the Russian Tanks (rumor) and his goal was to be more hated for what he could do than the Germans they were confronting. Obviously for his peasant Army it worked. And he had a few good Generals who knew war. Like Zhukov one of the best in tank warfare and he turned the battlefield around.
• In August 1939, Stalin entered into a non-aggression pact with Nazi Germany that divided their influence and territory within Eastern Europe, resulting in their invasion of Poland in September of that year, but Germany later violated the agreement and launched a massive invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941. Despite heavy human and territorial losses, Soviet forces managed to halt the Nazi incursion after the decisive Battles of Moscow and Stalingrad.
• After defeating the Axis powers on the Eastern Front, the Red Army captured Berlin in May 1945, effectively ending the war in Europe for the Allies. The Soviet Union subsequently emerged as one of two recognized world superpowers, the other being the United States. The Yalta and Potsdam conferences established communist governments loyal to the Soviet Union in the Eastern Bloc countries as buffer states, which Stalin deemed necessary in case of another invasion. He also fostered close relations with Mao Zedong in China and Kim Il-sung in North Korea.
• Stalin led the Soviet Union through its post-war reconstruction phase, which saw a significant rise in tension with the Western world that would later be known as the Cold War. During this period, the USSR became the second country in the world to successfully develop a nuclear weapon, as well as launching the Great Plan for the Transformation of Nature in response to another widespread famine and the Great Construction Projects of Communism.
• In the years following his death, Stalin and his regime have been condemned on numerous occasions, most notably in 1956 when his successor Nikita Khrushchev denounced his legacy and initiated a process of de-Stalinization. He remains a controversial figure today, with many regarding him as a tyrant similar to his wartime enemy Adolf Hitler; however, popular opinion within the Russian Federation is mixed.