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President Roosevelt was undoubtably one of America's greatest presidents. Strong leader, brilliant thinker, and an enthusiastic lover of life. He was the ultimate "man's man," a true icon of American masculinity.

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Powerful article Joe! totally agree. Healing must be our first step both individually and as a collective. when we are dissociated and disconnected from our hearts and inner wisdom, we cannot move forward.

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Thank you Joe. now that is a truly wonderful article.

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Thank you so much for this writing and for your clarity.

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When Roosevelt lost to Woodrow Wilson in the 1912 election, Wilson immediately signed on to having a private corporation hold and run the country's finances. Then immediately after that you had the most soul-sucking global war the world has ever seen (of course the elites profited no matter who won), followed by a great pandemic as well as more soul-sucking in the form of Encephalitis Lethargica with which Wilson himself was controlled when he tried to stop what he saw coming next (at the Paris Peace Conference) in the setting up of the rise of Hitler in Germany, and more soul-sucking war. Then came the time of the Bomb and a stalemate, while ETs with an ulterior agenda, made contact and gave us all we needed to create the digital prison we have built ourselves into, while they now prepare to take over completely.

We can't leave the good ETs out of any picture of our purpose here on the planet. It was never about technology, but who we are in our hearts and our potential to 'walk with' the positive ET races, as equals. The ETs need us, and our unique human nature, just as much as we need what they can provide. If we just focused on this -- what we need to do to walk with the ETs as equals -- many things would fall into place very quickly. The good ETs who have always been watching our progress on our development as overseers of the solar system, have almost given up on us. Otherwise we can't fight what's coming alone, since the negative ETs are much smarter than us and don't have the human emotional limitations we do.

The illusion of which you write, goes much farther in that we're kept from recognizing what it is that we're up against, for unlike the good ETs who look forward to walk with us, the negative ones already walk among us without our awareness, and their hybrids like Susan Lynne Wagner (who started Blackrock) and Elon Musk (who runs SpaceX), have set up the components of the final takeover of real estate -- both on the surface of the planet and in surrounding space.

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I think the U.S. constitution was founded on elevated ideals, and overtime, like Christianity they became more diluted. Selfishness caused control to trump stewardship. I do think things can change for the better and the pendulum can swing back toward balance, but I think those shifts are a never-ending cycle. We can only work to shift toward the right direction during our time, future generations will have to work out the kinks of their time to rebalance. If you look back at history, we do see the same patterns repeat, both the good and bad. Because the bad will repeat, does not mean we should stop working to build, without getting lost in idealistic ideology.

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Joe, you are a bright light of encouragement in a world that is gradually waking up. What more could I say? What more could I add to this podcast other than, where once there were only hundred, now there are thousands gaining encouragement from you're writings. Thank you!

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Well, that speech from Teddy could easily have been a speech from James Comer, Jim Jordan or (dare I suggest, DJT). We have edged into a collective existential crisis. We see the frayed edges of our faltering “mass illusions” in war, the industry of it now coupled with the industry of health care, corralling us like wandering cattle into the “correct” fields for our “safety”.

Are we no more than the wild herds, migrating endlessly, fleeing predators and searching for sustenance? Can we ever manage to build structure of social connectivity that both keeps the wolves at bay and allows for individual choices?

Our society at large has once again returned to the “pogrom” mentality of the dark ages from which it has never truly left. That, I believe, is the inability of humans to not construct mythologies that provide for the myriad of new gods that are simply makeovers of the pantheons of yesterdays gods.

The old gods are our unseen masters of wealth and power. Things not historically available to the unwashed masses. They are dangled like forbidden fruits to lure us into compliant labors with the promise of obtaining a bit for our own. Indeed society begins to build and hums along as long as we can grab that dangled fruit and have an avenue for securing it as our own.

Having mostly filled the planet or carved it into defined encampments where ppl can try to devise rules to live together by we are faced with the dilemma that mankind has endeavored to resolve from our beginnings.

We are fooling our selves to think that the extreme right or left is somehow different but it all leads back to authoritarianism which must stifle too varying a degree of individuality while mandating allegiance to the “made over”gods.

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Dec 11, 2023Liked by Joe Martino, Arjun Walia

"We learn The Illusion from family, friends, society, traditions, school, media and government. It is the world we are told to accept. "This is how it works and how it is.""

I think this piece to be a big challenge for me. The loneliness I feel of having different views on the world that aren't shared by friends or family. Their ideas always pulling me back to the old paradigms. Upon reflection it is changing as more wake up. But I think there is a long way to go still.

Thanks for keeping me sane!

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Dec 11, 2023Liked by Joe Martino, Arjun Walia

Lovely reflections on some brilliant quotes. I did not know he felt that way about self governance, that was an inspiring quote to read. I wonder what he meant by it coming from a politician... something to ponder today.

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