As this writer contemplates the state of American affairs, he wonders aloud to himself about how one grades the “culture” that one finds themselves living in.

Perhaps a good starting point might be to define what the word culture means.

The word culture is a noun.

According to Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary, this term can be understood in a number of different ways:

First and foremost, the word “culture” refers to the beliefs, customs, arts, etc., of a particular society [or] group [at a particular] place, or time

Secondly, it is of a unique emphasis that a particular society that has its own beliefs, ways of life, art, etc. That is to say a society has its own specific outlook on life and “the habits of the heart” [Bellah, Robert, The Habits of The Heart: Individualism And Commitment In American Life. The University of California Press, Berkeley and Los Angeles, CA 1985/2007).

Finally, culture pertains to a way of thinking, behaving, or working that exists in a place or organization (such as a business).

It is in the third definition of culture – the explanation that deals with “a way of thinking, behaving, or working” – that continues to captivate this writer’s heart and mind.

How do we assess the state of the culture within the United States at this time?

Is it possible to “objectively” evaluate the health and climate of our nation or is any method of assessment doomed to be labeled an exercise in futility?

In Economics, men and women often refer to an index that they use to assess the health of the economy as “The Leading Economic Indicators.”

My Friend, what are the Leading Cultural Indicators that we could use for analysis to see how healthy we are as a nation?

Historically within America, we have attempted to look at variables such as the –

(1.) The Economy: Employment & Inflation;

(2.) Family harmony & stability;

(3.) The Educational Quality and Attainment of our young people.

Let us discuss a brief word about educational quality.

This writer lives in Atlanta, Georgia and unfortunately the Atlanta Public Schools (APS) just experienced one of the worst cheating scandals in the history of the Public School Movement.

Scores of Atlanta teachers and administrators administered tests in which they doctored the results to make it appear that students were scoring high and achieving stellar academic results.

Quite a few of our young people received fraudulent diplomas from our High Schools and now many of our students in college are struggling because they were not properly prepared for the rigors of college work.

A disproportionate percentage of the students within the (APS) are Black and other Minority students of color.

It is bad enough that many young Black men and women do not receive an education commensurate with their Asian-American, Jewish, and Upper Middle Class peers, but when you add a “cheating scandal” to the mix that was led by teachers and administrators, then you have poured gasoline on to an already raging fire!

Minority students do not need to be handicapped any more than they already are as this writer has written before, nearly 71 to 73% of Black children are being raised in Single-Parent households.

Please let me be clear: Many, many, many Single-Parents do an exceptional job of raising their children in an atmosphere of tremendous love and support.

Unfortunately, many times young boys lose out on the influence of a positive male role model because so many of their fathers are “Missing-In-Action” (MIAs) when a husband and wife separate.

The lies and deceptions that took place from the office of the late (APS) school Superintendent Dr. Beverly Hall were shameful and inexcusable!

There was a time 30, 40, 50 years ago when Teachers and Administrators understood that the teaching profession was a “noble calling” to ensure that the hearts and minds of our nation’s young were being adequately prepared to assume their roles as honorable citizens within the body politic.

How many educators today see teaching as both a “noble” and a “sacred trust?”

As men and women who embrace a “Judeo-Christian belief system,” we must realize that if we are going to bring aid, assistance, and comfort to a culture in distress that we MUST first take time to pray and ask the right questions regarding the state of affairs within our nation.

One will never come to the right conclusions if one does not ask the right questions (Aristotle).

The Old Testament Jewish exiles in the country of Babylon were exhorted by the prophet Jeremiah to hear and obey the Word of The LORD:

This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says to all those I carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon:

Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce.

Marry and have sons and daughters; find wives for your sons and give your daughters in marriage so that they may have sons and daughters. Increase in number there; do not decrease.

Also seek the peace and prosperity of the city [nation?] to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the LORD of it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper…” [JEREMIAH 29:4-7].

Many men and women who embrace traditional values based on a Judeo-Christian worldview may feel as if they are banished and in “exile.

Nevertheless, we need to take an “eternal perspective” as we view the problems and decay in our country.

We MUST always remember that the GOD that we serve has a better understanding of the “culture of our land” than we possess.

Our GOD knows how to preserve, keep, and lead His children “out of darkness and into His marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:9).

Bill and Hillary Clinton both have consistently relied on what The Diplomad named The Whitewater Defense 

This tactic was perfected by the Clintons as they weaseled their way out of a major corruption scandal in Arkansas. That scandal was actually a simple one of real estate developers bribing Governor Bill Clinton with Hillary Clinton serving as the cut-out. The Clintons, however, got their friends in the media to accept, in essence, that Whitewater was just too complicated, boring, technical, and convoluted to explain.

The latest in their long roster of corruption involves  the uranium deal, which Allahpundit explains,

Nutshell version: Bill Clinton helped out Kazakhstan’s dictator with some propaganda at home 10 years ago in exchange for Clinton Foundation board member Frank Giustra being allowed to purchase uranium interests inside that country. Giustra’s company got rich and made a correspondingly rich donation to the Foundation. The company ended up merging with another company to form Uranium One, which began buying up uranium interests inside the U.S. Eventually the stakeholders in Uranium One wanted to make a bigger score by selling the company to — ta da — Russia, but they knew a deal like that would need to be approved by top officials of the federal government, including … the Secretary of State. So they dropped another pile of cash on the Clinton Foundation and the deal was approved. (See why Hillary might have been keen to have that private e-mail server of hers wiped?) And now a huge chunk of America’s uranium supply is controlled by Vladimir Putin, one of Iran’s chief nuclear suppliers. The uranium in your soil may eventually end up in an Iranian enrichment facility, thanks to a crook who’s running to be commander-in-chief of the U.S. military. Pay special attention here at around 5:20, when NYT reporter Jo Becker recalls asking Bill Clinton’s spokesman if he’d ever had Kazakh officials over to his home to discuss them purchasing an interest in Westinghouse. No way, said the spokesman. I’ve seen a photo of Bill with the Kazakhs at his home, replied Becker. Oops, said the spokesman.

James Taranto has a longer version, and of course, there’s the Clinton Cash book, but the whole thing is explained in the eight minute long video Allahpundit mentions above.

However, what first popped in my mind was one name: Frank Giustra.

Just two weeks  ago I was posting about him: Giustra is the guy who donated $130 million to the Clinton’s philanthropies,

As Colombian Oil Money Flowed To Clintons, State Department Took No Action To Prevent Labor Violations

The details of these financial dealings remain murky, but this much is clear: After millions of dollars were pledged by the oil company to the Clinton Foundation — supplemented by millions more from Giustra himself — Secretary Clinton abruptly changed her position on the controversial U.S.-Colombia trade pact. Having opposed the deal as a bad one for labor rights back when she was a presidential candidate in 2008, she now promoted it, calling it “strongly in the interests of both Colombia and the United States.” The change of heart by Clinton and other Democratic leaders enabled congressional passage of a Colombia trade deal that experts say delivered big benefits to foreign investorslike Giustra.

Along with the Whitewater Defense, the Clintons may also rely on the average American’s apathy for a foreign news story: When I brought up the Colombia trade pact story during a podcast, it was dismissed as a foreign story of no interest to the media, much as the Clinton Foundation Haiti scandal.

While some in the media may be demoralized as hell (and for good reason!) over the uranium scandal, others assert “the Clintons still aren’t corrupt,” in the hope that you’ll find all their shenanigans – in The Diplomad’s words – just too complicated, boring, technical, and convoluted to understand.

Simple enough, corruption.

Paul Mirengoff looks at what Clinton Cash tells us about Hillary’s relationship with Bill. I’m not into analyzing what the relationship is between two criminals; Mirengoff gets to what matters, though:

I hope America’s first female president will be a woman who is not under the sway of her husband and who would not permit the family enterprise to be commandeered by a husband notorious for having no sense of proportion or propriety. Hillary Clinton is not that woman.

By now, it’s stridently apparent that the Clintons don’t belong in the White House – they belong in the big house.

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S. and Latin American politics, news, and culture at Fausta’s blog.

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King Henry VIII: (to prints Edward) Listen and remember. There is only one crown in England. But there are many heads it will fit. So a wise king removes those heads. That is politics.

The Prince and the Pauper 1937

Julius Caesar: Forgive the intrusion. You know I’m not in the habit of coming into your house uninvited.
Gracchus: You’ve always been welcome here…
Julius Caesar: as a pupil. [guards become visible]
Gracchus: You’re not alone.
Julius Caesar: No.
Gracchus: This time you’ve come to teach.

Spartacus 1960

Yesterday the internet, The Rush Limbaugh show and the various talk organs was all a twitter (as was twitter) over the NYT story concerning Hillary Clinton foundation’s fundraising/taxes:

Hillary Clinton’s family’s charities are refiling at least five annual tax returns after a Reuters review found errors in how they reported donations from governments, and said they may audit other Clinton Foundation returns in case of other errors.

The foundation and its list of donors have been under intense scrutiny in recent weeks. Republican critics say the foundation makes Clinton, who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, vulnerable to undue influence. Her campaign team calls these claims “absurd conspiracy theories.”

and the Russian Uranium deal.

The article, in January 2013, detailed how the Russian atomic energy agency, Rosatom, had taken over a Canadian company with uranium-mining stakes stretching from Central Asia to the American West. The deal made Rosatom one of the world’s largest uranium producers and brought Mr. Putin closer to his goal of controlling much of the global uranium supply chain.

But the untold story behind that story is one that involves not just the Russian president, but also a former American president and a woman who would like to be the next one.

The reaction was less about the concept of the Clinton’s doing something corrupt (surprise surprise) as the concept of the NYT and the Washington Post bothering to report on it.

Now part of the reason involves something that I spoke about a full year ago concerning Democrats who want to be president their staffs.

These people, those who support their potential campaigns or those who would benefit from either their campaigns or some other candidate that we are not aware of at this time would have an incentive to bring things like this forward.

And unlike any GOP candidate these people have relationships with members of the MSM who will be happy to do a favor for a friend and get something like this before the general public and then use it as proof of their lack of bias vs the GOP.

Once such a story enters the media swarm system it gets repeated, not always by everyone but it gets out there.

But there is a second part, much more important that has been obvious to anyone watching the MSM over the last year.

I submit and suggest the media don’t believe she can win.

Take a look at the GOP field, in addition to a bench deeper than the Celtic & Yankees of old you have diversity of race, gender, opinion, geography and age, Governors, Senators and members of the private sector who are young, dynamic and not shy about touting actual accomplishments.

Meanwhile Hillary was playing defense even before this week’s revelation holding staged events  where people still can’t name what her accomplishments are.

We keep hearing from the press not why Hillary should be president (other than the chromosome combination she was born with) but why issue X Y or Z won’t hurt her.

And unlike the black community tends to vote monolithic women do not.  The Democrats have an advantage with single woman with married women the GOP has the lead.

Nor does the elderly Hillary produce the same excitement among youth that Obama did,  and her lie concerning multiple devices, if taken at her world makes her look like the Grandma she is.

It will not take much effort for a GOP candidate other than Jeb Bush to excite the public (which is why the MSM keeps pushing him).

The media are liberals first and Hillary fans 2nd.  They understand that the rise of streaming technology means their power and influence are on the wane as the low info voter’s choices increase. They dropped her for Obama like a rock once it became clear she was losing in 2008 and are terrified of a GOP victory in 2016 that combined with control of the congress could mean a fundamental shift of power.

The MSM will do all they can to prevent this from happening.

The moment they can get a viable candidate in they will throw Hillary under the bus so fast it will make your head swim.

But if they can’t, If worst comes to worst they’ll fight for Hillary in what will be a campaign so dirty even people as jaded as me will be surprised.

Even if they’re demoralized as hell.

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