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Weekly Message To The Masses (March 28, 2004)         

       Bush, Kerry to Spend Almost Half-Billion  
By SHARON THEIMER, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON - President Bush and Democratic nominee-to-be John Kerry are on track to spend nearly a half-billion dollars vying for the White House this year, making it the most expensive presidential race in history. 
          When I first read the news item above I was astounded.  What could possibly be the Good purpose for this extreme amount of advertising?  And what kind of opinion of the American people do our politicians have that would warrant them spending a half-billion dollars?  Is the White House becoming the residence for only the very rich?  What happens in a democracy when these amounts of money are spent to send 30 and 60-second messages over and over again to voters?  Do our political parties and candidates think the American people are so obtuse that they know so little about them that we must be bombarded with this amount of political advertising?  I think there is more to this than just mere advertising.

     Phineas Parkhurst Quimby, the Father of the New Thought Movement, realized in the late 1800s that we could change people's minds about just about anything through mesmerism.  "As a man begins to reason from a different starting point, different results are accomplished," wrote Quimby.  The mind can be convinced of almost anything whether or not it is the truth.  We know in  metaphysics that we have allowed our minds to accept many un-truths ... and we have believed firmly in them.  The world reflects more of the un-truth than it does the Truth ... because the world reflects our collective beliefs ... and our collective beliefs create our conditions and experiences.

     There is a vast amount of information available to all of us regarding the presidential candidates, both John Kerry and George Bush.  The Internet alone has more information than most of us will ever have time to read.  As for George Bush, we have his record as President ... most of us have been awake these past three years and pretty much know what kind of President he is and what we can expect of him.  So why does he need to spend millions of dollars on advertising?  John Kerry, has a record too, as a Senator  .. and his record is public information ... most of  which can be found easily on the Internet.  So, why does John Kerry need to spend millions of dollars on advertising?  Many will say it is because George Bush set records fundraising for his re-election campaign, and therefore he has no other choice.  This may or may not be true.

     In effect, this half-billion dollars in political advertising is not to tell us anything about the candidates, it is to convince us to vote for them.  I believe this amount of advertising can "mesmerize" us into believing whatever they tell us ... whether true or not.  As we all know that "facts" can be manipulated in many, many ways.  We have seen this done deliberately by Mel Gibson  in his graphically violent film, "The Passion of the Christ."  Many people were so mesmerized by the film that they did not realize that Mel had changed events in the Bible and had made it so very credible ... in other words he "convinced" them into accepting the "un-truth."  And many, many religious leaders encouraged their congregants to see the movie ... even going with them!

    Many people have "mesmerized" their followers, both politicians and religious figures.  "Do you not have eyes to see and ears to hear?" the Master Mind Jesus exclaimed!  We must put our "consciousness on surveillance" during this political process ... we must be "alert" to the truth and not allow ourselves to be "convinced" of half-truths and outright lies.  These politicians and political parties are spending so much money to "feed" our mind with what they want us to believe.  As an illustration of how the mind works ... think about how many people actually believed that Iraq was responsible for the September 11th bombings in the United States ... through subtle manipulation of truth and facts ... many people were "convinced" that it was true.

We must keep ourselves aligned with the Truth ... read and study what is necessary to make the right voting decision ... but always keep uppermost in our mind that we can rely on Divine Guidance ... we can turn to God in prayer and meditation to separate the Truth from the un-truth.  As we maintain our spiritual practices we will be able to discern the difference between "political advertising and mesmerism."

 And So It Is! 

Maximum Love,
Rev. Hank Bates

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