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Bemoaning the Past, Ignoring Today

In 2021, otherwise educated people in “progressive” cities go silent when any mention is made of contemporary slavery

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The Disuniting of America is a slim book by historian and Kennedy Administration advisor Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. In the book, Schlesinger elaborates on how contemporary “historians” employ a variety of tactics to thwart and subvert the truth in favor of “politically correct” history over actual history.

Informed of the tactics that Schlesinger exposes in his book, one is better prepared to fend off unsubstantiated views. Claims about the Founding Fathers represent a case in point. Some 245 years ago, some of the Founding Fathers owned slaves, as did others citizens. In 2021, around the world, millions of women, children, and men are enslaved in horrible conditions .

The Number is Growing

Authors Becky Allen and Gayle Tzemach Lemmon writing in Fortune magazine observed, “From the gulags of North Korea to the battlefields of Iraq and Syria and the brothels of Eastern Europe, millions of people are enslaved worldwide.”

“Modern slavery,” the authors stated, “spans every continent and plagues major industries, including cotton, coffee, and mining. Despite feeding off of poor and vulnerable populations, the practice generates a staggering $150 billion for traffickers per year – an average of $3,722 per victim.”

As producers of the Global Slavery Index lament, “Almost every country in the world has laws against modern slavery. But very few governments have sought to hold business to account.”

Skirting the Issue Today

In 2021, otherwise educated people in “progressive” cities such as Seattle, Portland, Minneapolis, New York, Boston, San Francisco, and so many other cities go silent when any mention is made of contemporary slavery. Some are more focused on spray painting obscenities and pulling down statues that provide vivid clues – good and bad – to American history.

Concurrently, the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency estimates that up to 1,000,000 or more people are sold across international borders each year, and widely held estimates put the number of people in contemporary slavery at 40 million.

As we speak, girls as young as five are trafficked into domestic work in West Africa. Families are forced to work as bonded slaves in South Asia. Women are used as chattel in Europe’s sex industry. Indeed, slavery is shockingly common in the world today: in homes, factories, farms, and brothels.

The most common form is bonded servitude, or holding people to pay off debt amounts that are saddled with stratospheric interest rates. The trade is illegal, and officially condemned throughout the world. Yet it flourishes, earning perhaps $8 to $10 billion a year for its perpetrators.

We Hear Nothing

Collectively, Great Britain and the U.S. did more to end the worldwide slave trade then all other countries, combined, for all time. Yet, town councils and school boards across America, driven by their PC agendas, will hear none of that.

The truth always wins out, even if it takes decades. When our time on earth is up, what side do you want to be on? That of reality or that of political agendas that will be exposed for their distortions?

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EXCLUSIVE: Arizona Senator Gives Audit Update

Update from AZ Senator JD Mesnard

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Former Speaker of the Arizona House and current Arizona State Senator JD Mesnard gives his update and analysis of the ongoing Arizona audit saga. Check out the video below:

About JD Mesnard:

J.D. Mesnard is a state senator in the Arizona Senate, serving Legislative District 17 (Chandler, Gilbert, and Sun Lakes). He was elected to the Senate on November 6, 2018, after serving eight years in the Arizona House of Representatives, including as Speaker of the House during his final term.

J.D. is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Arizona State University with a Bachelors degree in Music Composition. He also holds two masters degrees, one in Business and the other in Public Administration—exemplifying his interest in both the public and private sectors. Prior to running for office, J.D. spent eight years working at the Arizona Senate where he served as a policy advisor on issues ranging from education, transportation and retirement, to family services and government administration. He is a small business owner, investor and consultant, and has always sought to be an active participant at all levels of the community. He works with charities, churches and non-profits, and is adjunct faculty at Mesa Community College and Arizona State University, where he teaches political science courses. He has been teaching for 14 years.

J.D.’s compassion for those less fortunate—who struggle in places outside of the greatest country on earth—led him to help establish Voices of the World, a non-profit Christian charity whose mission includes providing humanitarian aid to the poor and destitute of the world.

Born at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, FL (his father is a retired fighter pilot), J.D. has lived in Arizona for nearly 30 years. He resides in Chandler with his wife, Holly, who is a registered nurse, and their daughter, Calielle.

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Business

Your To-Do List: Unforeseen Events Will Arise

No matter how well we organize our lists and how productive we are in handling tasks, unexpected obligations and interruptions arise that could throw us off our plan.

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Each day you compose your to-do list and begin proceeding merrily down it, do you take into account what is likely to occur in the course of a day? No matter how well we organize our lists and how productive we are in handling the tasks, invariably, unexpected obligations, interruptions, and other developments arise that are going to throw us off our plan.

How do you react when you are humming along and, suddenly, you get an assignment from out of left field? Perhaps your boss has asked you to jump on something immediately. Maybe a client calls. Maybe something gets returned to you that you felt was complete.

If you are like most professionals, you immediately will become flustered. The intrusion on your time and your progress means that you are not going to accomplish all that you set out to before the end of the day. Is there a way to proceed and still feel good about all that you accomplish?

A Supplemental To-do List

I believe there is, and it involves making a miniature, supplemental to-do list that accurately and completely encapsulates the new task you now need to handle.

Why create this supplemental to-do list? It gives you focus and direction, reduces anxiety, and increases the probability that you will remain buoyant at the time of its completion and be able to turn back to what you were doing before the task was assigned.

If you don’t compose such a list, and simply plow headlong into the unexpected challenge that has come your way, you might not proceed effectively, and you might never get back to the to-do list on which you were working.

Unforeseen tasks that arise represent more than intrusions on our time; they represent intrusions on our mental and emotional state of being. Some people are naturally good at handling unexpected situations and often work as public servants, such as police officers and firefighters, or in health care, as nurses and orderlies.

Most of us, however, are not wired like this. Interruptions and intrusions take us off the path that we wanted to follow, and tend to be at least momentarily upsetting. Hereafter, when executing the items on your to-do list, proceed with the mindset that there will be an interruption of some sort. You don’t know when it is coming or how large it will be, but it will pull you off course.

Equanimity Reigns

The key question for you is: Can you develop the capacity to maintain balance and equanimity in the face of such disruptions? The good news is that you can, and it all starts with acknowledging that the situation is likely to happen, devising a supplemental checklist to handle the new task, and as deftly as possible, returning to what you were doing.

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