is a wee story to help childish folks learn how to deal with life and prosperity
STEVE VAN NATTAN
morning recently I was meditating, and an idea came to me that helped me understand
where the United States is headed.
parable will not be popular with those who believe God is obligated to save America,
regardless of how profane and wicked America becomes. And, you will hate me for
this because you believe the USA has a manifest destiny to dominate the world.
some of my readers will relate to this. For the record, you are encouraged to
pass this on in email, blogs, web sites, and Facebook AS LONG AS YOU DO NOT CHANGE
IT OR DELETE THE BIBLE REFERENCE-- KING JAMES VERSION.
OF THE BANANA REPUBLIC
Steve Van Nattan
upon a time there was an Asian who managed to find a town with only one person
in it, and that one person was infinitely rich. The Asian moved to this town.
The Asian started making all the stuff the one rich man needed, and that rich
man bought all the Asian’s merchandise, and they both thrived.
might have lived happily ever after if the rich man had not been greedy.
This story is based on the fact that there are 20 people in the rest of the world
for every individual American. Thanks to reader NG for helping me get the math
the rich man ran low on cash because he started spending more than he had earned
so that he could be admired and feared by the city of poor peasants nearby. He
also made weapons and occasionally attacked the neighboring city. He wanted to
make sure that the poor people living in the city near him could not pass him
up in wealth and power. These wars wasted the rich man's wealth, and he ran out
the rich man went to the Asian merchant and got a loan. Life went on just fine
for a while. Later, another loan was needed, and another, and another. He called
it Queer Easing hoping the Asian merchant would not catch on to the trick. With
the loan from the Asian, the rich man printed more of his own currency which was
named the Dhaler because it was the most famous currency in the world.
rich man then bought more toys and trinkets and luxuries from the Asian than ever.
The Asian seemed to become more rich also.
eventually the Asian held so many notes for loans to the rich man that the Asian
got nervous. He went to the rich man and asked him to pay some of the loans off.
The Asian thought this would perhaps slow down the folly of the rich man.
rich man asked for mercy, which he received.... for a while. He even received
another small loan from the Asian merchant, which he used as Queer Easing to print
more Dahliers, from which he paid for yet another war on the little city nearby.
alas, the rich man did not have enough in his treasure house to pay his bills
and interest on the loans from the Asian merchant. What did the rich man do next?
He killed half his babies before they were born. That did not help, so the rich
man started another war with the neighboring city.
Asian merchant became depressed with the folly of the rich man, and he started
found that there was a little city nearby which had 20 beggars and poor people
in it. But, the poor people were also slowly making financial progress. The city,
whenever it was not being attacked by the rich man, had prospered and the peasants
were living quietly and conservatively. They had a rule in that city that if you
did not have it, you were not permitted to spend it, and if you did not work,
you could not eat.
Asian tested his merchandise in the marketplace in the nearby city, and he found
that they could buy quite a few of his products. Also, they were so poor they
did not ask for a loan.... they paid for everything they bought up front. They
saved all the Dahlers they could find from anyone dealing with the rich man, and
the Asian ended up being paid in Dahlers which had higher value than the poor
city's currency, the Farthing.
the Asian decided to pull in his belt a bit and confront his one rich customer
in his town. He went to the rich man and demanded he pay up on all his loans.
The Asian merchant was not surprised that the rich man could not pay up, so the
Asian sold the loans to the peasants in the nearby city at a vastly discounted
price. This gave the peasants in that poor city lots of Dahlers, and trade between
the Asian and the poor people soon thrived.
rich man then had nowhere to go to borrow money, so he declared bankruptcy. The
Dahler crashed in value.
Farthing ended up being of more value than the Dahler, so the poor little city
and the Asian merchant agreed to trade in Farthings and leave the Dahler behind.
They found four other cities who were even poorer, but they formed a trade ring
and called it BRICKS, "Be Ready In Case the Kook Sinks." The only thing
the rich man could afford to buy from the Asian then were rice and fish, and he
bought beans and trinkets from the beggars and poor people in the little city.
Asian then started exporting all his merchandise to the 20 people in the BRICKS
treade ring, and, do you know what happened? Why, those poor people were collectively
able to make the Asian even more rich than before. Was he ever surprised. Later,
more little cities from around the world came to the Asian and started trading
with him. He became the most powerful merchant in the world.
happened to the rich man?
had to go back to growing his own food and fending for himself. Furthermore, the
peasants hated the rich man for attacking them over and over, and they raised
the price of their goods for him and sold cheap to the Asian.
Asian merchant would sometimes invite the rich man to his business to sit in on
visits with poor people from the nearby city. This made the rich man feel important,
though no one paid any attention to him.
rich man often begged the Asian, "Please, honorable Sahib, lower the value
of your currency, the Yougone." To which the Asian answered, "Amelikan
rich man also became very thankful when the Asian merchant agreed to sell the
rich man his inferior and defective products at a discount. The wormy candy and
the rocks in the rice were not really so bad. The Asian merchant
even sent the rich man gifts to feed his children. After all, the rich man once
fed the “starving children in China” long ago. A favor's a favor, right?
rich man did not starve to death, he simply became a beggar and very poor, just
like all those other people out there.
rich man's city is now known as The Banana Republic of Amelika in honor of the
5:1 Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon
you. 2 Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten. 3 Your
gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you,
and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for
the last days. 4 Behold, the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your
fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries of them which
have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of sabaoth. 5 Ye have lived
in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton; ye have nourished your hearts, as in
a day of slaughter. 6 Ye have condemned and killed the just; and he doth not
resist you. 7 Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord.
Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long
patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. 8 Be ye also
patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.
text seems to explode with meaning as I watch the whole “developed” world commit
financial suicide and massacre the weak for oil and power. Something will happen
to gold and silver one of these days that will startle us all. Wealth will be
shifted all over the place, and the world, even the most elite, will cry for a
will they ever get one!!
will not be the Messiah of the Bible, Jesus Christ. He will be Antichrist, and
he will make them twice the child of hell that than any of our present mob. It
is so prophetic, and in reality, it is pretty exciting to live in this time. Frightening,
yes, but also prophetic. I feel like soon I may be able to say, “I told you so”
to some very wicked people inside and outside of Christendom.
you did not believe God has the final verdict, and that he promises to never leave
his children to the wolves, what would you do?
consider your friends who have never confessed faith in Jesus Christ. They may
still be finding hope in the smooth words of political leaders or optimistic gurus
of finance. But, one day, when the bottom falls out, your unsaved friend will
panic. That friend may well take his life out of sheer desperation. What will
you do about it NOW in order to save your friend?
get yourself employed at once, plant a garden, stock up on staples, and .
willing to take a low wage. Holding out for what you imagine you are worth is
deadly. Get out of debt. Get one car paid off. If you have a huge mortgage, rent
your home and go rent another small home. If you default on your mortgage, you
may still be able to pay the rent in the small home.
away from rebellion. Rebels will be rounded up and put away, often in places where
they will die of disease or macabre science.
prepared to send your sons and daughters out of the USA. You who claim to be Bible
believers, most of you dear dopes never study of hear about Church history. Most
pastors today think all of church history happened when the Southern Baptist Convention
was formed. Study the Anabaptists and the Waldenseans. Study the Inquisition.
Read about the Donatists. All of these eras resulted in Christians leaving their
homelands and moving over the horizon. If This would save your family from being
destroyed by wicked powers, would you do it.
Solzhenitsyn (left) said that in the early days of Stalinism, when the soldiers
and police were given lists of people to arrest, nearly every victim did nothing.
Why? They knew they were innocent of evil.
confidence in your own innocence is absolutely meaningless when tyrants take control.
All of the tyrants of history, regardless of ideology, have eliminated masses
of innocent people just after they took power. Those Russians who fled before
the knock on the door now live in London, New York City, and Berlin. THINK [ Read
more in The Gulag Archipelago ]
last tango of the US Government will be a big war. All past empires went out trying
to terrify the skeptical world by launching war which they hoped would conceal
their internal chaos and political and social collapse. They will wrongly assume
that they can play the Franklin D. Roosevelt game as in WW II. It will not work
is, as I write, a creeping seduction in the American leadership that Franklin
Delano Roosevelt rescued America from the Great Depression by joining in World
War II. FDR did not have a run away national debt, and he had a trade surplus
instead of almost no exports, as we have now. Thousands of young men will be drafted
and sent away to die in Sudanese swamps or Asian jungles or in the rocks of the
Middle East. This will reduce unemployment. Dead soldiers never work again, and
they never collect unemployment payments. Your son will be dead for what?
waving the US flag, and pick up the King James Bible and stick with it.
is the last refuge of a scoundrel.
coming days will become less and less political and more and more Fascist. Stay
out of sight. Mind your own business. Make provision silently, and tell no one
what you are thinking.
not hit the street and chant red, white, and blue slogans. The street people will
be having a race war and a sit-in demanding a free lunch. The coming regime will
NOT be the benign type that Mahatma Gandhi used in British India when he hit the
streets and agitated for independence. The street scenes of the near future could
be beyond Adolph Hitler in treachery. This is now being agitated from the top
all else, save some:
Corinthians 9:22 To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am
made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.
are not called to save America. It is doomed. The prophetic end game of the Age
of Grace is to be centered on Jerusalem, not Omaha, Nebraska.
is the first time I have said this. I guess I am losing my patientce. Here it
am 70 years old.
have heard hundreds of personal stories, from my parents' generation, about the
stock market crash of '29 and the Great Depression. I read books about that past
era of pain, and not the ones you read. I read biographies and stories of real
people who tell a story in passing. I know the look, taste, and smell of social
and economic disaster.
have lived through a Marxist coup in Ethiopia in the 1970s, and I have been on
the hit list of the Mau Mau uprising in Kenya in the 1950s. I have lived near
the earth most of my life. I can see how utterly helpless Americans will be in
a crisis. They are expert button pushers and have virtually no instinct to prepare
for bad times. Let me tell you why I know you are dull and dead mentally as to
national disaster eras-- you who know I have lived through such a time twice in
my life NEVER ask me about it. You do not give a damn about history. Well, you
will then relive it yourself and have no idea what the harbingers are and how
have more experience in the struggles of basic survival than nearly everyone I
talk to. I have talked and talked on this journal about what I have learned. Oh,
yes, I still have much to learn, but not nearly as much as YOU.
get NO response. No one seems to be moved by my editorial. And it is not like
I don't get the traffic.
I am talking to Bible believing Christians. The unconverted may well be expected
to be mindless self-serving slaves of technology and the mongrel culture today,
but God's children ought to have other instincts gleaned from the Bible and the
experiences of old saints living near them.
fully intend to tuck it in, suck up my gut, and stop wasting my voice on the world
at large. They are all, it seems, suffering under the "Strong Delusion"
sent by God in the End Times. Why should I struggle against THAT? If God wants
you destroyed, I sure cannot and must not step in the way of the bus.
Philippians 2:12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always
obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out
your own salvation with fear and trembling.
THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE STILL AWAKE AND LEARNING..... SEND