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A BIBLICAL Perspective on Trump, Ukraine, the Whistle-blower and the Media

I am greatly troub led by the number of self-professed ‘believers’ who have accepted the media narrative on President Trump, his phone call with the Ukraine President and the supposed ‘Whistle-Blower.’  I confess, I am troubled by the fact that so many ‘believers’ seem to have divorced themselves from politics all together.  This is not a Scriptural position to hold, but that is a subject for another post.  No, the thing that troubles me the most is that so many of the ‘believers’ who are paying attention seem to have accepted the media narrative on this story.  Dear reader, there is Truth here, and though we may never know exactly what it is, we can determine what it is not.  So, why would I be so concerned about professed believers who have accepted what they have been told about this story from the ‘main stream’ media?  Well, dear reader, if you do not know the answer to that question, let me try to explain it to you.

First, I would like to remind the reader that this entire blog is written to and for professed believers.  Therefore, I assume the reader already has a working knowldge of the Scriptures.  Still, I will start with a couple passages of Scripture — just in case.  This first passage will set the foundation for this entire post:

John 8:44  (NASB)

44 You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks [a]a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of [b]lies.

Having cited this first Scripture, let me then remind the reader that Christ had a high standard when it comes to the notion of ‘murder:’

Matthew 5:21-22 (NASB)

Personal Relationships

21 “You have heard that [a]the ancients were told, ‘You shall not commit murder’ and ‘Whoever commits murder shall be [b]liable to the court.’ 22 But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be [c]guilty before the court; and whoever says to his brother, ‘[d]You good-for-nothing,’ shall be [e]guilty before [f]the supreme court; and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ shall be [g]guilty enough to go into the [h]fiery hell.

One last passage before we start, if you do not mind:

1 John 4: 5-6  (NASB)

They are from the world; therefore they speak as from the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God; he who knows God listens to us; he who is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.

IMPORTANT!

Do not just dismiss the sources cited in this post because you do not like them.  Everything reported here is true and accurate and can be verified by the reader using nothing but publicly sourced documentation.

 

The ‘main stream’ media is talking about the Trump-Ukraine-Biden-Whistle-Blower story as though Biden has been proven innocent and President Trump has been proven guilty.  Some of their pundits have even gone so far as to assert that any media source that expresses a different opinion is pushing a ‘false narrative.’  On CNN, Oliver Darcey even said that the ‘conservative media’ was creating an ‘alternate reality’ in which there is good reason to believe Biden is corrupt and President Trump is innocent.  I could not find the full video of that interview (Rush Limbaugh played it on Oct. 6, 2019), but I was able to find a segment of that interview sufficient enough to prove to the reader that I am not misinterpreting Mr. Darcey’s words:

Video clip of Mr. Darcey on CNN

Anyone who is honest and who has been watching will know that this is the general tone of the Trump-Ukraine-Biden-Whistle-Blower story in the ‘main stream’ media.  Essentially, the media is saying Biden has been exonerated and President Trump is guilty of obstructing justice and of using promised tax payer money to pressure Ukraine into ‘digging up dirt’ on Joe Biden.

But is this the truth?  Better yet, why would a believer even have to wonder about this question?

Let me start with what we can absolutely prove as factual:

1st, the U.S. has a Treaty with Ukraine, in which President Trump is legally mandated to work with Ukraine in invetigating and prosecuting corruption.

Treaty with Ukraine on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters

Second, we have the full transcript — the official government transcript — the only piece of evidence known to exist that can be submitted in a U.S. Court of Law — and it does not say what the media has told the American people it says:

Trump’s Ukraine call transcript: Read the document

But let’s not stop here.  Let’s look to see what the rest of the government did to vet the whistle-blower’s accusations of wrong-doing by President Trump:

Justice Department clears Trump of wrongdoing on Ukraine call

BOMBSHELL: Intel Inspector General Found Whistleblower Had ‘Bias’ In Favor Of ‘Rival Candidate’ Of Trump, Report Says

BOMBSHELL: Volker Testimony Reveals Ukrainians ‘Were Not Pressured’ by Trump, Read His Statement Here

Ukraine’s President: ‘I Was Never Pressured’ by Trump, ‘No Conditions’ Were Imposed

Ukraine President: ‘I’ve Never Met Rudy Giuliani; ‘Never, Never Had Any Phone Calls with Him’

Ukraine files exonerate President Trump

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now, consider what this means about the claim that President Trump pressured Ukraine to re-open the investigation into then VP Biden:

Solomon Blockbuster: Ukraine Reopened Biden Case Before Trump Phone Call

Now, in a reasonable world, the ‘main stream’ media would report all these facts and the issue would die right there.  This is all in the public arena, and it all proves — beyond reasonable doubt — that President Trump didn’t do anything unlawful in connection to Ukraine and then VP Biden.  But this world is under the influence of powers that seek to spread lies and to create chaos, so we have to look harder to find the Truth.  If we look deeper, and if the Lord’s Spirit is in us, we should be able to sift the wheat from the chaff: meaning we should be able to separate truth from deception.  So, let us start with the reasons President Trump might believe there is reason to investigate then VP Biden, Nancey Pelosi, Mitt Romney, then President Obama and maybe even the DNC in connection to corruption in Ukraine and meddling in the 2016 Presidnetial elections.

This is lengthy, but it is simple a must-watch:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Original Ukrainian whistleblower sits down with One America News

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Former CIA Official Explains that Trump did Nothing Wrong — Biden Blackmailed Ukraine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This link also connects this Biden-Ukraine story to two sitting U.S. Democrat Sernators.

Swamp Watch

OK, now, just with what we have in these video clips, it should be readily apparent that we do — in fact — have reasonable grounds to at least ask Ukraine to look in to these allegations and report back to us — especially since Ukraine has already convicted two of the people involved in these allegations for colluding with the Hillary Clinton campaign to throw the 2016 election!  But let’s not stop here.  Let’s look at other stories that have been in the news and can be verified by anyone who takes the time to look for them:

The following link directly contradicts claims that Biden has made denying he had anything to do with his son’s business dealings or the head of Barima:

QUID PRO JOE: Photo Emerges Of Biden That Casts Doubt On His Ukraine Claims

This story shows a patern with Joe Biden:

Joe Biden’s Family Used His Political Clout to Enrich Themselves

This story not only connects Senator Romney to this scandal, but it potentially links then Presdient Obama to it, as well:

US intel, Romney figure joined board of Ukraine gas company: Burisma

These next three stories connect Representative Pelosi to the same Ukraine scandal:

Son of House Speaker Pelosi made money in Ukraine, used her in ads

Report: Whoops, Nancy Pelosi’s Son Paul Jr. Was Exec at ‘Ukraine-Based Gas Company,’ Similar to Hunter Biden

Nancy Pelosi And Son Paul Featured In Commercial For Energy Company Doing Business In Ukraine

This story supports the narrative in Glenn Beck’s video and potentially connects then Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, and then President Obama to the scandal:

Pelosi’s Assistant Connected Not Only to the Ukrainian Government and Military, but Also to Obama’s Corrupt Ukrainian Ambassador and Alexandra Chalupa, the Woman Behind the Russia Collusion Hoax

This next story supports the allegations that Biden used a loan guarantee to protect his son by having the Ukraine prosecutor invetigating his son’s company fired.

Ukraine Prosecutor That Biden Got Fired Says He Was Told To Back Off Investigation, Report Says

And this video not only shows then VP Biden bragging about using this money to force Ukraine to fire their prosecutor, but it directly connects then President Obama to the scandal:

Watch Joe Biden Brag About Bribing Ukraine To Fire The Prosecutor Investigating His Son’s Company

Both of these next stories link all of this directly to then President Obama:

Did Joe Biden Implicate Barack Obama in Ukraine Quid Pro Quo Scandal?

Biden Spox: Hunter Was Cleared by Obama White House to Serve on Burisma Board

This story produces documents that refute Biden’s denials of wrongdoing in Ukraine:

Report: Newly Revealed Documents Blow Up Biden’s Ukraine Story

Solomon: These once-secret memos cast doubt on Joe Biden’s Ukraine story

Even his defenders on CNN have said that then VP Biden has a reason to worry here:

Burisma ‘Clearly’ Paid Hunter Biden to Sell Influence, Says CNN Contributor

AND, LEST WE FORGET, THERE ARE THESE STORIES

FLASHBACK: Politico Claims ‘Ukrainian Efforts to Sabotage Trump Backfire’ in 2017

Ukrainian efforts to sabotage Trump backfire

Democrats Had No Problem Asking Ukraine To Investigate Political Opponents When The Target Was Trump

BUT THE STORY GETS BIGGER

Then there are these three stories — all of which potentially link then Presdient Obama to this Ukraine scandal:

Brennan Went to Ukraine with Fake Passport

Ukrainian to US prosecutors: Why don’t you want our evidence on Democrats?

US Embassy pressed Ukraine to drop probe of George Soros group during 2016 election

Then there is this story, directly linking then Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, to the Ukraine scandal:

EXCLUSIVE: Former Ukrainian Secret Service Official Leaks Info on How Ukraine Funded Clinton Campaign with Stolen IMF Money

THEN THE BIG ONE

This story not only connects the Ukraine scandal to then Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, but also to then Presdient Obama, the DNC and the Russian Collusion hoax (and I say hoax because it has now been proven — by the Mueller investigation — that the whole story was created by the Hillary Clinton campaign working in conjunction with a Russian company and English intelligence operative):

Why Trump’s Focus on CrowdStrike Is So Key

WHICH THEN BRINGS US TO THIS

This story then directly links the whole Ukraine scandal directly to Hillary CLinton and Barak Obama:

Clapper: Obama Ordered The Intelligence Assessment That Resulted In Mueller Investigation

And then there is this story, which connects Obama and the DNC to corruption in Ukraine through Nancy Pelosi’s office:

ORIGIN OF THE TRUMP, RUSSIA INVESTIGATION: Meet Alex Chalupa, DNC opposi…

CHINA

The story does not end in Ukraine.  Biden and his son did far worse in China, which is why Trump mentioned it.  Here are bust a few links to help you understand this connection:

Glenn Beck details Joe Biden’s cronyism and corruption in China

Chicoms get very, very nervous as Joe Biden corruption scandal spreads to their shores

Peter Schweizer: Hunter Biden partnered with ChiCom nuclear tech espionage plotter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOW DO YOU SE WHY THEY NEED TO DESTROY TRUMP?

This blogger has just a partial summary fo the issues, but the blogger is right on target:

It becomes clear why they’re all trying to destroy Trump

THE ‘SWAMP’ KNOWS IT IS IN TROUBLE

President Trump is threatening the establishment in Washington, D.C., and ‘the Swamp’ knows it is in real trouble.  Once you know all of the information I just presented, then these stories start to take on a different meaning.  For example, this next story actually admits that what we are seeing is both a coup as well as subversion:

NYT Columnist: Yes, There’s a Deep State and It’s Full of People Doing Important Work to Restrain Trump

And why should this man be so concerned about Trump that he seeks to illegally remove him?  Why not just present a better candidate with better ideas and win at the ballot box?  Why do they have to impeach a President, especially when the evidence suggests the President is actually doing his job?

Rep. Al Green: “I’m Concerned If We Don’t Impeach This President, He Will Get Re-Elected”

Why would they even be thinking about such things as this?  And on what grounds would they even pretend to impeach VP Pence?

MSNBC panelist: We can impeach Pence first and let Trump name his replacement before he’s impeached too

Why would they need to move the hearings behind closed doors?  Why not show their proof to the American People?  Why not make their case publicly?

Republican Ratcliffe: Moving Impeachment Inquiry to Intel Committee Allows ‘Closed Doors,’ No Transparency

Why would their allies in the social media and tech industry be trying to silence voices like mine?  Voices that are trying to bring you the Truth?

‘BigTech’ shadowbans Ukraine facts

Why would a news paper being asking the government to control free speech?

New York Times article “Free Speech is Killing Us” calls for government to act on trolling

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Reader, do you remember that I started with a link of Mr. Darcey saying the ‘main stream’ media is the truth, and that those who oppose their narrative are the ‘false narrative?’  Do you not see the connection here?  This last video is a clear, real-world example of the principle in Isaiah 5:20-21:

Isaiah 5:20-21 (NASB)

20 Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
Who [a]substitute darkness for light and light for darkness;
Who [b]substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!
21 Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes
And clever in their own sight!

 NOW THAT THEY ARE DESPERATE

Are you still with me, Reader?  Are you starting to understand the problem here?  How could a Son or Daughter of God, possessed by the in-dwelling Holy Spirit, read all of this and not see that there is something wrong with the story being reported by the ‘main stream’ media?

But let’s not stop here.  Let’s now look at the Whistle-Blower story.  And, as you read these next links, please keep in mind that they directly mirror the accusations leveled against Justice Kavenaugh:

Despite Schiff’s denials, the evidence now suggests that he actually pushed the first whistle-blower into coming forward, and even helped to write the complaint:

Trump: Schiff Helped Write Whistleblower Report; Schiff: No I Didn’t, But I Should’ve Been ‘More Clear’

Schiff Colluded with Leaker, Suggested He Become Whistleblower

Schiff Got Early Account of Accusations as Whistle-Blower’s Concerns Grew

When Schiff lied about the transcript, then denied that he lied, even the ‘main stream’ media had to report that he lied:

WaPo Gives Schiff Four Pinocchios for Whistleblower Claim

Pelosi also lied to try and support Schiff:

Pelosi Blatantly Lies During GMA Interview About Schiff’s Reading of Ukraine Transcript

And how did the ‘main stream’ media react to all of this?

Nothing to See Here: Public Radio, TV Networks Ignore Adam Schiff’s Fake Quotes From Trump Transcript

The CIA changed it’s requirements for a whistle-blower after the first whistle-blower was pushed into coming forward by Schiff:

Whistleblower Misled Inspector General About Engaging With House Democrats

Intel Community Admission Of Whistleblower Changes Raises Explosive New Questions

Six ways to Sunday? Intelligence chiefs not only altered rules about firsthand knowledge to file whistleblower report…

But why would Schiff have any reason to lie, or to push a fake whistle-blower to come forward over the Ukraine scandal?

 Schiff’s office held secret meetings with former President of Ukraine

 

 

 

 

 

ADDENDUM

Since this post was first published, we have learned even more about the ‘whistle-blower(s).  In short, U.S. law was violated, as well as long-established rule in the House.  Furthermore, there is now good reason to believe the whistle-blower(s) are part of a CIA operation against President Trump:

CHALKBOARD: Ukraine, Trump whistleblower SKIPS STEPS to submit report……

 

 

 

Nancy Pelosi & Adam Schiff Caught Updating House Impeachment Process on Same Day of Whistleblower Complaint According To Report ~ illicit info

Whistleblower did not disclose contact with Schiff’s committee to inspector general, sources say

Who Does the Whistleblower Know?

BOMBSHELL: Whistleblower Had ‘Professional’ Tie to a 2020 Democratic Candidate

How elements of the Intel community are using ‘information dark arts’ against a sitting president

 

Who is the ‘whistle-blower’ connected to?

Dear Reader, If you are still with me, I ask you now:

Can you see that there is something very, very wrong here?  And can you see that everything we can prove, at least with reasonable certainty, seems to indicate that the reality of this story is not only bigger than we are being told, but the exact opposite of what we are being told — at least by the ‘Swamp’ and their allies in the ‘main stream’ media?  Do you see now why I am worried about all those who claim to be my brothers and sisters, yet they accept the claims that it is President Trump who is dirty in all this?

Look, I am on record from the beginning as not being a Trump supporter.  I’m still not a fan, but I can see no wrong in what he has done (now how he does it, but what he does).  If and when evidence — real evidence — is presented that indicates President Trump has done something illegal, I will not only listen to it, but — if I am convinced — I will want him impeached.  But until suich evidence is presented, I want those against who the current evidence testifies to be investigated and, if there is reason enough to file charges against them, I want them prosecuted.  But for now, given all that we do know, when I hear professed believers accepting the narrative about President Trump, I have to wonder about them — especially in regards to the principle espoused in John’s letter:

1 John 4: 5-6  (NASB)

They are from the world; therefore they speak as from the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God; he who knows God listens to us; he who is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.

 

A Scriptural Perspective of Trump’s July 14, 2019 ‘Go Back Home’ Tweet

So, President Trump is said to have Tweeted a ‘Racist‘ comment about four Democrat Congresswomen.  Well, I am not going to address that issue.  If the ‘Racism’ aspect of this issue interests you, I wrote about this from a more ‘secular’ perspective on The Road to Concord.  If you are interested, you can find that post here.  WHat I want to address about this issue on ‘As Through Glass’ is the Scriptural warning hidden within the story — a warning no one seems to be seeing.

Now, before I go any further, let me say that I am depending upon the reader to have actually read and studied Scripture (if the reader has not done so, honestly, this may not be the blog for you).  Assuming the reader knows Scripture, then the reader should know that God is not lawless, and neither are those who seek to align themselves with Him and His Laws and Ordinances.  If we can agree that lawlessness is a characteristic of those who are in rebellion, or even in a state of open war against God, then the rest of this post will be easier to understand, though it may still be difficult for many to accept.

So, what ‘Scriptural Warning’ do I see in the story about Trump’s supposedly ‘Racist’ Tweet telling four Congresswomen to ‘Go Back Home?’  That’s simple: I see lawlessness — but I see it on ‘the other side!’

Please hear me now.  I want to state this clearly and forcefully:

I do not support the tone of Trump’s words.  They were rude.  But they were not wrong, and I reject anyone who tries to argue they were!  I reject them, not because I am a ‘hater,’ but because I try follow Truth, and the Truth is, Trump was correct about his main point: that these four Congresswomen are a force of destruction.

Trump is correct: these four Congresswomen are a force of destruction.  They do not seek peace.  They do not unite.  They do not lift up or edify.  They do not even follow the law.  Instead, they seek to tear down, divide and destroy, and they are totally lawless in their approach.  According to Scripture, all of this is the mark of Satan and Satan’s followers — not of God and His children.

Now, dear reader, if you think that all of this sounds like hate and not love, I would remind you that God commands us to have an agape love for others.  Agape is not always ‘nice’ or ‘fuzzy’ love.  It is what we call ‘tough love.’  Agape does not ignore or tolerate lawlessness, it seeks to correct it.  So, while I have serious doubts as to Trump’s belief in Christ, I can see that his words and actions are more lawful than lawless.  I see this because, though he is rude and crass, he seeks to follow and enforce our laws — which is what Scripture commands.  While, on the other side, I see the same rude and crass language, but I also see lawlessness, and God condemns that.

OK, where do I see lawlessness in this particular story?  Well, for one, in the language.  Trump’s Tweet simply was not Racist.  Therefore, by saying it is racist, those who make that accusation not only break the laws governing language, but they also falsely accuse an innocent man.  Both of these are violation of God’s Laws.  The first is a violation of God’s Natural Law, the second is a violation of His Revealed Law.  But both are lawlessness.

Then there is the fact that the Speaker of the house, Nancy Pelosi, violated House rules by calling President Trump a racist.  When the Republicans objected and demanded her words be purged from the Congressional record, the Democrats agreed that she had broken House rules, but they refused to enforce them and remove her words from the record.  This is more lawlessness in defense of lawlessness.  Nowhere in Scripture does God command or condone lawlessness in the furtherance of His Kingdom — nowhere!  Scripture says God will take lawlessness and use it for the good of those who obey Him, but it never says lawlessness is obedience.  That is replacing good with evil, dark for light, and God’s Word says woe to those who do this.

Finally, I have a memory, and I can remember President Obama making comments about ‘white people’ that, had a white person said them about ‘black people’ not only would have been condemned as ‘Racist,’ they would have been ‘Racist.’  But the very same people who are now accusing President Trump of being a racist excused and defended President Obama.  The point here is that God does not allow for two sets of laws: one for you and one for your enemies.  God has one Law and it applies to everyone.  If the reader will remember, it was this very sort of hypocrisy that caused Christ to condemn Israel’s leaders as ‘children of Satan.’  So, how is it any different today?  If we see lawless people being hypocritical in an attempt to defend their lawlessness while destroying those who oppose them, how can they possibly be any different than the Pharisees?  And how could a believer possibly think that Christ would condone such behavior when He condemned the Pharisees for it?  Remember: God is the same today as yesterday, and He will be the same tomorrow!

So, while I understand that this is a politically charged issue in our society, if I look at this issue from a Scriptural perspective, I see wrong on both sides, but I only see a war against God’s Word and Law on one side — that of the American Left.  Now, please understand, I am not trying to make a political statement here.  I am not endorsing a political Party.  I have serious problems with both Parties, and those problems are driven by my growing understanding of the Lord’s Word.  No, all I am addressing here is the fact that this latest attack on President Trump is just more of a long stream of lawlessness, and that lawlessness is rebellion against God.

Christians Must Not Support Socialism!

I posted a lengthy essay on The Road to Concord about Socialism, “What Is Socialism?”  Now, I understand that there are many believers who think that Christians should stay out of politics.  While I disagree, that would be a discussion more suited for The OYL.  This post is intended more to help those believers who might fall for the lies of Socialism.  As such, this post is intended to be a clear warning: those who support Socialism are supporting a false god!

OK, why would I claim that Socialists are supporting a false god?  Well, it would really help if you read, “What Is Socialism,” but I’ll try to give you the short version.  That short version goes like this:

Under Socialism, the government is the head (where the will resides) and the collective is its body (that which executes the will).

Not only is this true, but it is crucial to understand what follows from this Truth.  Socialism claims to be a more moral system of governing society; a system where every individual is treated and cared for equally.  But this is a lie!  Think about it.  If the government is the head, and society is the body, then you and I are nothing more than cells.  Now, when was the last time you and I worried about what happened to a single cell in our body?  Never!  None of us have ever worried about such things, and neither do Socialists.  True, Socialists make grand promises, but so does Satan — and for the same reason: most people have to be tricked or deceived into worshiping a false god, and Socialism is a false god.  I’ll explain.

Under Socialism, the individual is irrelevant.  All that matters is the society.  Thus, the individual has no rights; only society has rights.  This is why, under Socialism, ‘justice’ is described in terms of ‘social justice.’  And, because the government is the head, it dictates to the body what is and is not ‘social justice.’  In short, the government decides what is right and what is wrong.  Put another way, under Socialism, the government decides what is and is not moral.

Now, I don’t know about you, but the last time I checked, only God — the One True Living God — can define morality.  Which means, if the government is claiming to have the authority to decide right from wrong, then the government is also claiming to be a god.  Therefore, if I give my support and allegiance to government; and I look to and depend on government for the very sustenance I need to survive, then I am worshiping a false god.  Dear friend, that is the Beast: the same beast described in Daniel and in the Book of Revelation.  Go read Daniel — carefully.  When Daniel asked him to explain, the angel told Daniel that the beats represent kingdoms and their associated kings/rulers.  Today, we call them governments, but they are still beasts, and they devour souls — just like beasts.

There are many more theological reasons for doing so, but this is the primary reason I am warning Christians against supporting Socialism: because, if you support Socialism, you are giving your allegiance to a false god!

THOUGHTS ON CULTURE AND POLITICS: Corporate Participation in Political Movements

Nike’s recent deal with Colin Kaepernick is just the latest in a series of corporations openly taking sides in the cultural and political civil war currently raging in this country, and Nike did so at the expense of its stock holders.  This move seems to have cost Nike some $3 BILLION in stock value in just a few days.  This got me to thinking.  It wasn’t really Nike’s money to lose.  Sure, Nike is a corporation, but it is publicly owned.  This means — technically — it is owned by its stock holders, so it was the stock holders who lost that money.  Which then lead me to wonder: if you or I were managing a company and we did something with that company’s money that cost the owner(s) $3 Billion, what do you think would happen to us?  Better yet: if we were hired specifically to maximize the profit and value of a company and we used that company in a way that any reasonable person would have known would cost the company money, and we did it just so we could make a personal political statement, what would happen to us?  Do you think we would get away with that?  The answer is NO!  It may be different for the board of a corporation, but as an agent with a fiduciary responsibility to my customer when I worked insurance, had I knowingly and intentionally done something that I had good reason to suspect would harm my customer financially, I would have been fired, lost my license and — possibly — even faced legal proceedings.  But no one on the boards of any of these companies that are currently using company funds and assets to further their political agendas is paying any price for losing their stock holders’ money/wealth.  Have you ever wondered why that is?

Then I kept thinking, and I realized that the people on these boards do not feel any guilt over losing their stock holders’ money.  In fact, I suspect they feel they actually hold the moral high ground here.  After all, they are ‘making a statement‘ or  ‘taking a stand‘ against the corruption and oppression of people who hold undeserved privilege and/or power in our society.  But what about their stock holders?  The board is supposed to act in their best interest, not the boards interest.  And yet, no matter how much they cost their stock holders — even if they lost half of their company’s total stock value — I doubt they would suffer $1 in cuts to their pay or benefits.  Nor would they lose their jobs, or suffer any legal consequences for their actions.  I suspect this is true because, so far, nothing has happened to the board of the NFL for the damage it has done by supporting the players’ protests.   Which leads me to this final question: if these people can just take the money their stock holders trusted them to protect and grow and throw it away to assuage their own consciences, or to push their political agendas; and they can do so without any personal or legal ramifications; then who — exactly — are the ‘undeservedly privileged and powerful‘ in this picture?  When I was in sociology school, our professors were concerned with what they saw as a growing ‘corporate elite.’  Well, I think we found them, and they are using our money to attack us, our culture and even our system of government.  In short, they are the people they claim to be trying to protect us from.

At some point, we need to return the controls over corporations to something closer to those of our Founders: where, no matter how many shares of stock one held in a company, every share holder had 1 equal vote and all share holders were held personally accountable.  Whenever the company broke the law or did something that opened the company up to civil suit, each and every stock holder suffered the same legal and/or financial fate.  When we return to something like this — a system where the people who run a company are held accountable for their actions — then and only then will all stock holders be treated fairly and equally.  It is very effective at keeping people honest, but it gets in the way of those who seek to gain through corruption.  However, until we return accountability to the corporate structure, stock holders will continue to be treated as little more than chattel on any given corporation’s plantation, and the board will continue to conduct themselves as the masters of their slaves (I mean, morally, the analogy works, so…).