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Make Americans Strong Again
By Catherine Leas
“Make America Great Again” is a slogan susceptible to hijacking. And it has been hijacked by the elite individuals who exercise extraordinary financial and political power through a surprisingly small group of transnational corporations and their political allies. The elites control much of the power and wealth of this country and are on their way to doing the same with the rest of the world. The elites, including the persons wielding this power and any people who self-identify with the elite goals and agenda, are globalists at heart but America is a very important battleground for them. What has been hijacked is the very image and definition of America. Americans who pay attention know we have been manipulated into supporting a now endless stream of wars on which American young lives and significant resources have been spent in conflicts somehow fought as a matter of policy in order to become permanent engagements. Which image of America should we want to make great again? The image of America generated by the elites who helped maneuver events to make those wars happen and who get richer as more wars are fought? Or the image of America held by the military doing the job they are trained to do and doing it as well as can be expected under the circumstances? Or the image of America as the place where we are free to maintain as happy and healthy lifestyle as we are able without harming anyone else?
Americans are becoming aware that there is a fight not started by us which, upon closer scrutiny, has nothing to do with the media-stoked war between Republicans and Democrats. Look behind that war to see common patterns within the elites of both major political parties. Elites are well entrenched in the upper echelons of government, the military, and intelligence agencies and they own the mainstream media. They are consolidating their power and it is truly daunting. The true division in this country is not between Republicans and Democrats or between Trumpers and Never-Trumpers. Those are side shows. The true division in America lies between the increasingly transparent goals and agendas of the elites and the desire of the rest of the country not to become the elite’s subjects, which I’ll call “normals”. Elites, who have been with us since the dawn of civilization, are hard-wired to believe that they are entitled to create the rules by which normals live. Elites honestly believe that normals are not smart enough or too dangerous to be permitted to make their own decisions for their own good. While some American normals understand that the impulse to rule can be irresistible, they are pretty sure that question was resolved once and for all some two hundred and fifty plus years ago with a revolution.
Elites fulfill a useful purpose in society when their power is granted by consent from normals. Elites operate the inevitable power structures and bureaucracies that accompany most civilizations and they are appreciated by the normals only to the extent that the normals consent to have elites fulfill this role. In order to consent, normals must maintain some type of awareness of what the elites are doing with their power. Elites, however, tend to pass along power, knowledge, and wealth to their successors and they are terribly inventive, creative, and secretive in achieving their goals. In fact, they are masters of misdirection and pretending not to usurp power beyond what they are given. The American Revolution was fought against an entrenched elite that promptly learned its lessons from that war and reorganized in America under banners that avoided using the images of royalty. However, within their own hearts, every member of the elite is convinced of the elite’s superior fitness to rule. They have been raised and trained to rule. Elites certainly remember why normals fought the American Revolution but would like normals to believe that that war was only a tax dispute involving guns. Elites bang the drums of bipartisan conflict and endless war, hoping normals will listen, be afraid, and surrender yet more freedoms in exchange for the illusion of security the elite claims normals need.
That plan doesn’t work anymore. American normals have awakened and realized that they have been manipulated and to an astonishing degree. The elite foresaw this possibility and have been trying for decades to prevent such an occurrence or at least to forestall it until their power is absolute and unassailable. The elites control the money supply, manufacture the military weapons used in the wars they engineered to happen, and are making every effort to control our food supply by genetic modification (GMO). Elites have intentionally made it extremely difficult to avoid GMO foods, which are assumed by the unsuspecting public to be safe. So sayeth the FDA, which accepted the patent owning transnational corporations’ opinions on that subject. GMOs damage our gut microbiomes, which are the complex organisms consisting of trillions of bacteria cells that convert the food we eat into cellular energy, repair, and growth. The proof that GMOs are extremely harmful to our health is too big to ignore but the elite corporations are doubling down on their position that we must eat it because it is good for us. It’s not good for us. It’s good for them because it keeps us fighting chronic health conditions caused by chronic inflammation attributable to our inability to process food into energy or to detox harmful organisms.
The elite agenda doesn’t stop at turning our food into substances that keep us alive but ill. That agenda permeates the medical industry, medical school curriculum, and the attitudes of doctors trained within this certain model of medicine, which regards disease as caused by the unlucky spin of our genetic roulette wheels. In a few cases, that model is correct. However, the Western model of medicine treats a condition, once diagnosed and named, as requiring continuous management with prescriptions, all while ignoring the impact of what we eat, drink, and breathe on our health and also ignoring natural, more obvious means to create health. In addition to their control of a significant sector of the food industry, the elites already control most of the insurance and pharmaceutical industries. Using of natural remedies might work wonders for our health but natural remedies do not enrich the corporations which therefore have little incentive to permit medical doctors to prescribe such remedies or cover them with insurance. People find they have little choice between creating wellness and managing sickness because all the financial incentives support managing sickness. Who has extra funds to pay for natural remedies out of pocket after paying for medical insurance, deductibles, and copays for treatment that appears unending? The distorted financial incentives of this model of medicine must be disheartening and demoralizing for doctors who gravitated to the field of medicine by both aptitude and a desire to heal people, which must be most if not all doctors. Why do we accept this sad state of affairs? If we are too sick, confused, brainwashed, and divided to focus sustained attention on regaining our strength and health, then we are less likely to notice how the elites have reorganized and are doing exactly what elites do when normals aren’t paying attention for long enough. And they have been organizing for decades while normals have been unaware, or if they became aware, they were called conspiracy theorists and scoffed at by the elite-controlled mainstream media. Now the curtain has been thrown back and we see the Wizard of Oz at the controls of the machinery operating the illusion of Oz the Magnificent. “Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain” indeed.
Elites have made great strides towards ultimate power in part by depriving normals of agency regarding their bodies’ health and well-being. They have made and kept normals sick and distracted and manipulated monetary policies to make normals poorer and elites richer. Elites have geoengineered our atmosphere by spraying substances known to be neurotoxic and established surveillance to a degree that would shock most normals if they really knew. When normals take back their health care agency and make themselves strong again, they will look about them with a clarity of mind and wonder just how the elites have been able to do so much while normals weren’t paying attention. Awakened normals will discover that the elites have broken the age-old implied contract between the two groups. Normals will remember that the power the elite derive from participation in governance requires their consent. Period.
Normals need to take back power over their bodies before the elite have all control of that which normals need to live. As Americans become healthy again, they will become strong again and they will organize. There will be a great deal of angst and screaming by the elites, especially those who were recent graduates of an elite educational system that makes no secret of the fact that their mission is to educate the future rulers of the planet. However, we all have been indoctrinated to some degree. We must remove our own blinders before we point to how others have been blinded. We cannot ever persuade an elite of the error of their thinking; we can only make it impossible for them to exert the domination they are bred and trained to exert. Before we can do anything, however, we must take back something we have gradually conceded over decades, namely, our agency over our bodies. In the following Chapters I will demonstrate how this can be done.
Electronic Wills: Coming to Arizona Soon, But Not Too Soon.
The Arizona Electronic Will Statute was recently enacted by the Arizona Legislature and signed by Gov. Doug Ducey, but will not become effective until June 30, 2019. The Arizona law reflects the trend begun by the so-called “E-sign Act” enacted by Congress in 2000, which recognizes electronic signatures on a number of types of legal documents. The E-sign Act permitted the States to implement their own variations of the Act, but specifically excludes wills, codicils, or testamentary trusts. Recently, however, a number of States have been trying to implement their own electronic will legislation. In May of 2017, the Florida legislature adopted an Electronic Wills Act, but Governor Scott vetoed the Act after expressing the importance of finding “the right balance between providing safe-guards to protect the will-making process from exploitation and fraud while also incorporating technological options that make wills financially accessible”.
After June 30, 2019, in Arizona, a Will Maker, the Witnesses, and Notary will all be able to sign a digital document electronically, but they must all be physically present with the Will Maker at the same time just as is required now with an old-fashioned paper Will. Much of the law deals with keeping the Electronic Will safe. While an original paper Will is usually kept by the attorney, the Will Maker, or another trusted person, an electronic Will must be kept by a Qualified Custodian (QC). A QC cannot be the Will Maker, spouse, kids, anyone related by blood, marriage, or adoption to the Will Maker, or anyone named as a recipient under the Will. The QC must be able to keep electronic records in a system that protects the Will from destruction or alteration. The QC’s records must also include a photo of the Will Maker and the Witnesses on the date of execution, copies of the identifying documents (passports, driver’s license, etc.) and a video recording of the signing. If the QC is no longer able to serve as QC, there are particular requirements for finding another QC to maintain the records. Given the additional requirements to execute an electronic Will and the need for a QC to maintain the Will until the Will Maker’s death on a secured system, we will not know the practical effects of this law. We can only wait and see what happens in other States in the meantime.
The Difference Between a Do-Not-Resuscitate Order and a Living Will- More Than the Color of the Form
People often confuse living wills with Do-Not-Resuscitate (DNR) orders. Both are a type of health care directive that involves end-of-life decision making, but the similarity ends there. To best illustrate the difference between the two, imagine a scenario in which Emergency Medical Services are called to a residence because someone has fallen and lost consciousness. If the person has a DNR order on an orange background signed by the person or the person’s agent and also signed by the person’s doctor, and the EMS personnel are shown that form, the EMS services will not attempt any lifesaving interventions or treatment. If they are not shown a DNR, the EMS personnel will attempt to revive the patient with CPR and other interventions, and if they are able to stabilize the patient, they will transport the patient to the ER where the patient may even make a full recovery. If, however, after a period of time the medical team finds that the patient is not likely to regain any quality of life, then a living will provides the authority to withhold or withdraw life support measures. The living will provides the patient with a chance for recovery that the DNR would not have provided. This makes a DNR more appropriate for a person who is already failing and for whom intrusive life saving measures would do far more harm with little possible good.
Recommended Reading – not law related
During the 45-minute drives between my office and my Wickenburg home, I listen to Audible Books, and one recent book I finished was “Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World,” by Jack Weatherford. This book is a fascinating look at the rise and fall of the Mongol Empire of the 13th Century and describes how, once the Mongol Empire was established by conquest, the Khans turned to practical governance. They created the first known international mail system and established the first common currency utilized throughout the Empire which spanned most of Asia and reached far into what is present-day Europe. While extremely skilled and ruthless warriors, the Mongols were an essentially classless society in which people were valued primarily for their skills. As Emperors, the Khans employed people of all religions and spiritual practices and made sure that within their empire, no religion or spiritual practice was supported over another. In fact, the religious freedom that was a hallmark of the Mongol Empire was a stark contrast that of its neighbors, the Caliphates and the Roman Catholic Church-Empire. The same belief that government should not be involved in the religion of its people was implemented four hundred years later by the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights, in particular, the First Amendment.
‘We are Humans First, Lawyers Second’
Having grown up in a large family of musicians, Catherine Leas loves music but lacked the sheer determination required to practice the many hours daily required to succeed in music as a career. Therefore, in 1990 at the age of 37, she applied to and was accepted by Arizona State University College of Law.
At the time her husband, Jeff, was supportive and her children – Amber, 10, and Christopher, 8 – took her role as a full-time student in stride.
“After graduation, I considered my options, mindful that I had a different mindset at age 40 than I had in my mid-20s,” Leas says. “I could not be happy giving up my choice of which cases I accepted or how to work on the cases. Renting an office within an executive suite in Scottsdale, I started a solo practice in estate planning and probate. As fate or synchronicity would have it, my suite-mates were all women lawyers who were generous with their time. We became good friends, sharing practice tips, ideas and war stories.”
Leas started her solo practice in elder law in Sun City in 1997. Today, she shares her office space with two other women attorneys – with whom she has also developed a close professional and friendly relationship.
Other support comes through connections made at the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys Arizona Chapter and the Special Needs Alliance. “These organizations are full of inspiring and wonderful attorneys, most of whom do not self-identify as lawyers first but as human beings who have many wonderful facets, and who by the way, also practice law. It is a subtle difference, but important, and can be applied to other areas as well.”
In 2008, after experiencing tremors and stiffness in her right hand and arm, she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. Deep brain stimulation surgery reduced the tremors and stiffness dramatically, but her symptoms continued to progress and require prescription medications for management.
“I realized that, while Western medicine does have wonderful interventions, it relies upon a model of disease management that treats people as a bundle of symptoms rather than as an otherwise healthy human being experiencing those symptoms,” she says. “One has to go to alternative medicine for information about how to create health starting with the whole person.”
After implementing a regular meditation practice and reading books such as “You Are the Placebo” and “Becoming Supernatural” both by Dr. Joe Dispenza, Leas became aware that we all have a very sophisticated inner technology that we can learn to access and use to trigger our own natural healing processes.
“Some of this knowledge has been previously lost or forgotten but is now being rediscovered. For me, this meant Tai Chi, Chi Gong, meditation, a good diet, and maintaining presence whenever possible,” she says. “Contrary to the expectations of Western medicine, I have moderated and even reversed my tremors and stiffness while eliminating all prescription medications.”
Through it all, she has developed a satisfying legal practice by remember that she is a human being first and a lawyer second.
“Co-creating my own healing required more than just believing that we are so much more than a cluster of symptoms requiring management. It also required sheer will and determination. Like music, that is something that must be practiced, nurtured, and developed over time.”