Some men and women can be put under a spell when they have a low image of themselves and their powers and talents. Charlatans, demagogues, con men are always on the prowl searching for people to dupe. They might be in the men’s room with a cologne spray and a shiny Rolex for sale. These salesmen of advancement might be in the department store parking lot with a miracle weight loss tablet or a discounted iPad in an unopened box. They know that hidden in people’s hearts and minds is a desire to get something for nothing. The salesmen with the trinkets are purveyors of hope.
This is the consequence of elevating Faith over reason, that is, denying that there is a good reason for your head to be on top. Rather than believing the oncologist, many patients will fall under the spell of a Faith healer and buy worthless oils and remedies. Many will be multi-level marketers with Ponzis. Many of these miracle workers will convince some suffering souls to throw away their back braces, walkers and wheelchairs. They will be raptured and fractured.
These wolves can be in the pulpit or the statehouse. They have always preyed off sheep who are looking for a control center outside of themselves. Eric Hoffer, in the blockbuster, “The True Believer” explains that the targets of the true believer can be “chronically bored, physically disabled, perpetually ill, talentless, criminals-sinners.”
Almost with exception, across cultures and political movements, these false prophets make the future the Heavenly city with streets of gold and denigrate the present world as a place full of sin. Often if you greet these potential victims by saying “it’s a beautiful day,” they respond by saying “what’s beautiful about it?”
For these movements of domination to be successful, they do not need a God, but they must have a devil. In Hitler’s Germany – it was the Jews, in Rwanda – it was the Tutsis, in the present USA – it is the “China virus,” immigrants of color and Black people who allegedly want to destroy the white folks’ suburban Camelot.
Many believe that Barack Obama and Hilary Clinton are pedophiles and control a cabal of Senators and Congressmen who are dedicated “Illuminati.” They are living the Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons. “Q“ becomes their primary source for validation.
Fanatics will notice this hole in people’s soul. They will note that they have unmet needs, social and psychological. Fanatical leaders will notice that the people have wrinkles in their bellies and that their historical heroes have lost their aura. John Wayne “the Duke” and Rock Hudson have fallen from grace.
I ask you to believe and empower yourselves. De Coy and I beg you to stop running from temple to temple. Stop running from ideology to ideology and undergird your mentality with reason. Stop flipping.
Once you get twisted and depart from reason, once you become poor in spirit and poor in provisions to take care of yourself and family, then the soil becomes fertile for the MAGA movement.
Hoffer explains that the MAGA leader will attempt to use the slime of frustrated souls to build a new world. Solomon admonishes, “surely in vain, the net is spread in the sight of any bird.”
October 16, 2023, HOUSTON, TX – Congressional Candidate Amanda Edwards has raised over $1 million in less than 4 months, a substantial sum that helps bolster the frontrunner status of the former At-Large Houston City Council Member in her bid for U.S. Congress. Edwards raised over $433,000 in Q3 of 2023. This strong Q3 report expands on a successful Q2 where Edwards announced just 11 days after declaring her candidacy that she had raised over $600,000. With over $829,000 in cash-on-hand at the end of the September 30th financial reporting period, Edwards proves again that she is the clear frontrunner in the race. “I am beyond grateful for the strong outpouring of support that will help me to win this race and serve the incredible people of the 18th Congressional District,” said Edwards. “We are at a critical juncture in our nation’s trajectory, and we need to send servant leaders to Congress who can deliver the results the community deserves. The strong support from our supporters will help us to cultivate an 18th Congressional District where everyone in it can thrive.” Edwards said. “Amanda understands the challenges that the hard-working folks of the 18th Congressional District face because she has never lost sight of who she is or where she comes from; she was born and raised right here in the 18th Congressional District of Houston,” said Kathryn McNiel, spokesperson for Edwards’ campaign. Edwards has been endorsed by Higher Heights PAC, Collective PAC, Krimson PAC, and the Brady PAC. She has also been supported by Beto O’Rourke, among many others. About Amanda: Amanda is a native Houstonian, attorney and former At-Large Houston City Council Member. Amanda is a graduate of Eisenhower High School in Aldine ISD. Edwards earned a B.A. from Emory University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Edwards practiced law at Vinson & Elkins LLP and Bracewell LLP before entering public service. Edwards is a life-long member of St. Monica Catholic Church in Acres Homes. For more information, please visit www.edwardsforhouston.com
As September 13th rolls around, we extend our warmest birthday wishes to the creative powerhouse, Tyler Perry, a man whose indomitable spirit and groundbreaking work have left an indelible mark on the world of entertainment. With his multifaceted talents as an actor, playwright, screenwriter, producer, and director, Tyler Perry has not only entertained but also inspired audiences worldwide, particularly within the African-American community, where his influence and role have been nothing short of powerful. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1969, Tyler Perry’s journey to stardom was a path riddled with adversity. Raised in a turbulent household, he found refuge in writing, using it as a therapeutic outlet. This period of introspection gave rise to one of his most iconic creations, Madea, a vivacious, no-nonsense grandmother who would later become a beloved figure in Perry’s works, offering a unique blend of humor and profound life lessons. Despite facing numerous challenges, including rejection and financial struggles, Perry’s determination and unwavering belief in his abilities propelled him forward. In 1992, he staged his first play, “I Know I’ve Been Changed,” which, although met with limited success, was a pivotal moment in his career. Unfazed by initial setbacks, Perry continued to hone his craft, and by 1998, he had successfully produced a string of stage plays that showcased his storytelling prowess.
Calling all teenage student-athletes! If you have dreams of playing college soccer and wish to represent an HBCU, the HBCU ID Camp is your golden opportunity. From 8 am to 5 pm on November 11-12, Houston Sports Park will transform into a hub for aspiring male and female soccer players. Coaches from HBCUs across the nation will be present to evaluate, scout, and offer valuable feedback. Moreover, they might even spot the next soccer prodigy to join their collegiate soccer programs. This camp is not just about honing your soccer skills but also a chance to connect with the HBCU soccer community. You’ll learn the ins and outs of what it takes to excel on the field and in the classroom, which is crucial for a college athlete. The HBCU ID Camp is an excellent platform to network with coaches, learn from experienced athletes, and take the first steps toward your college soccer journey. To secure your spot at this incredible event, don’t forget to register [here](insert registration link). Space is limited to 120 participants, so make sure to reserve your place before it’s too late. It’s time to turn your dreams of playing college soccer into a reality.