This is not a perfect world. There will always be intrigue and deceit and manipulators. There will also always be conspiracies. When I keep in perspective that God is in full control, it keeps me from fretting. But even though I am not fretting. I still like to know the truth. I'm still curious. I don't want to be duped. But also, I don't want to be naive.
What am I talking about? Control of world events. Ever heard of the Bilderburgers? I'll let you do a search on them if you want to know more. According to Wikipedia, from a source they call grreported,
The Bilderberg Group, Bilderberg conference, or Bilderberg Club is an unofficial, annual, invitation-only conference of around 130 guests, most of whom are persons of influence in the fields of politics, business, and banking. The participants talk about a variety of global issues, economic, military, and political.Sounds pretty benign. But as the above linked Wikipedia article also states, conspiracies have followed this secretive group.
Charlie Skelton, of Guardian has documented his experience trying to report on the May 2009 Bilderberg meeting. I've not read the entire series. The first several articles are kind of light hearted.
Politico writer, Kenneth Vogel wrote an interesting article, Bilderbergers Excite Conspiracists. Mr. Vogel appears to write off the idea of a world wide conspiracy in the Bilderbergers, but he also gives objective information about why the group is the object of conspiracies.
Recently my husband picked up a book from the public library, The Rise of the Fourth Reich:The Secret Societies that Threaten to take over America, by Jim Marrs. I don't think Joe read much of it. It was not what he thought it was when he picked it up. I found the title interesting, so I browsed through it also.
The gist of this book is that various secret groups such as the Bilderbergers and the Trilateral Commision, and several others are fronts for the Nation Socialist Part, aka Nazis. And further that these groups have worked to plant members in positions of power here in the US and abroad in order to manipulate the social order.
Interestingly, The Rise of the Fourth Reich author, Jim Marrs also wrote Crossfire: The Plot That Killed Kennedy the book upon which Oliver Stone's JFK is based. My impression is that this movie was pure political fiction. I've never read the book but, my having seen the JFK movie and knowing that it was based upon Mr. Marrs' book did flavor my impression of The Rise of the Fourth Reich.
I just read George and Laura, Portrait of an American Marriage, by Christopher Andersen. I had also read, long ago, Barbara Bush: A Memoir. Both of these books made me really like the Bush family.
I can't say that I know much about the first President Bush. I was only just coming into political awareness during that time. Perhaps anyone following immediately after Ronald Reagan would seem mediocre. But I do remember really thinking highly of him and his wife, as people, after reading Mrs. Bush's memoir.
I am old enough at this point to have more opinions regarding the younger Bush and his presidency. I think he was strong on many things. Really great. He was just the right man to have in power after 9/11. He appointed many strict constructionist federal judges. He kept additional strains of embryonic stem cells from being exploited. On the other hand, he added to the bloat of the federal bureaurocracy in so many areas.
After reading George and Laura, I really like them as people. On so many levels.
I don't want to, (nor do I) think, for instance, that President Bush planned the 9/11 attacks so he could consolidate his power. I don't like to think he was a pawn of some secret global movers and shakers. I don't even believe that he intentionally falsified intelligence in order to move the war on terror into Iraq.
I know this flies in the face of what some of my conservative friends believe. Sorry.
When all is said and done, I have to remember Psalm 2:1-6
Why do the nations rage,We humans can plot and connive all we want. We can be naive on the one hand or duped by a false conspiracy on the other. But when all is said and done, God will sit in His heavens and laugh. We can rest assured that His King is on His Holy Hill. What more do we need?
And the people plot a vain thing?
The kings of the earth set themselves,
And the rulers take counsel together,
Against the LORD and against His Anointed, saying,
“Let us break Their bonds in pieces
And cast away Their cords from us.”
He who sits in the heavens shall laugh;
The Lord shall hold them in derision.
Then He shall speak to them in His wrath,
And distress them in His deep displeasure:
“Yet I have set My King
On My holy hill of Zion.