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Saturday, May 12, 2018


We’ve all lamented that adolescents think they are invincible.  We warn them repeatedly - “don’t drive over the speed limit,” “don’t drink and drive - ever!”, “just because Jared jumps in the river, don’t you do it!”, “don’t play with fire”, “don’t ever do drugs”, “don’t ride with strangers”, “you are judged by the company you keep”, “wait until you are married . . .”, etc.  We watch and hope - we regret when they slip up and don’t listen to our insight and our sound advice - from people who have been through the difficult years they are now experiencing and have learned from our experiences things we’d like to impart to them without their having to suffer consequences first-hand.

It is much in this vein that Majid Rafizadeh addresses Americans today.  Dr. Rafizadeh is a business strategist and advisor, Harvard-educated scholar, political scientist, board member of Harvard International Review, and president of the International American Council on the Middle East. He has authored several books on Islam and US Foreign Policy. He was born in Iran, in great poverty, and rose to earn a doctorate at Harvard and has become a millionaire businessman, sought at the highest levels as a keynote speaker and lecturer, advisor and consultant to many governments throughout the world.  One would think he might have something to tell the rest of us.

And so he does.  He speaks to America like a concerned parent to headstrong, adolescent son with an invincibility complex.  America has had quite a run so far. We, as a nation, had humble beginnings and an independent spirit which found its footing with a remarkable Constitution enshrining the human rights mankind has striven for through all time.  We made a magnificent success as long as we held to our principles. We marched into two world wars and came out of them victorious; we went on to protect and advantage our free-world allies and finally bring about the demise of the aggressor of the time, the Soviet empire.  We began to swagger around, like the invincible 16-year-old. We are riding for a fall - a big fall - because America has an invincibility complex.

We are lazy about passing on our principles and our history and legacy to our children and grandchildren.  We think we are too big to fail anyway. No one needs to give us advice!  We’re America!  We know it all! It is from the perspective of an immigrant from a land of long - and recent - experience - that Rafizadeh speaks to us, someone who has insight valuable to us, knowledge he would like to pass along to us that might save us from a terrible calamity.  It must be frustrating for him. I am linking his article here because it is a message that we must all hear an heed - a warning which could save America if we will only listen and be advised.

Please read this and pass it along to everyone you know - those who agree with you and those who don’t, because they need to understand as well that they really don’t know everything.  Maybe they should listen to someone who is obviously not stupid, obviously has a perspective and experience we lack.  Be sure to send this to your young adult kids because I almost guarantee they aren’t hearing this from their friends or in their schools.

Here is the link - take this warning very seriously.



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