I know many readers will not like my ideas about real estate. But after studying history and living in a world where elitists amass unlimited amounts of real estate and use it to control others, I know my concept of real estate and land ownership in Salvation Time is right. One of the most enjoyable things about writing my book was fusing fact and fiction to make my points. With real estate, I took this report from excellent journalist/blogger Stacy McCain about New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio’s actual motivation for wanting to outlaw iconic Central Park horse and carriage rides:
“The bad guy in this drama, according to the carriage drivers, is Steve Nislick, chief executive officer of a New Jersey-based real-estate development company, Edison Properties. The company ‘employs legions of lobbyists to influence city decisions on real estate and zoning in its favor,’ journalist Michael Gross reported in 2009, pointing out that two of Edison’s businesses ‘have multiple locations in the same Far West Midtown neighborhood as the stables where the Central Park horses are housed.’ An anti-carriage pamphlet Nislick circulated in 2008 made this interesting observation: ‘Currently, the stables consist of 64,000 square feet of valuable real estate on lots that could accomodate up to 150,000 square feet of development. These lots could be sold for new development.’
Gross asked the obvious question: ‘What are the odds that good neighbor Nislick, the out-of-state real estate developer, simply covets those valuable, underdeveloped New York lots — and has teamed up with ambitious pols to use the emotions of animal rights activists as fuel for their own agendas?’”
Since my characters travel to New York City in Step Three, I decided to incorporate McCain’s story into a fictional event 400 years into the future when four Arusha City teens decide to take a romantic horse and carriage ride through Central Park:
“Wow, this is so beautiful!” Ruth Bader Ginsberg gushed. She was seated with Mao Tse Tung, Golda Meir and George Chamberlain in a lovely carriage pulled by a magnificent white horse through New York’s famous Central Park. Earlier that day the boys had surprised both girls with an invitation to experience one of the city’s most famous attractions during their free time. When the foursome had arrived at Central Park South between 5th and 6th avenues Ruth and Golda squealed with delight at all of the gorgeous horses just waiting to offer tourists an unforgettable ride through Central Park and Manhattan.
Their friendly carriage driver Marty—a tall, handsome guy with sparkling blue eyes and a warm smile—welcomed them to the city and offered them a hand into the elegant, old-fashioned transport.
“Welcome to New York City! I’m honored to be the one taking you on this tour of Central Park. This here’s Liberty,” he explained with a nod to the horse. Then as they settled into the black cushioned seat he asked, “So, are you all enjoying your stay so far?”
“Yeah, it’s great! I’ve never seen so many skyscrapers, museums and stores in one place!” Golda exclaimed. “But I think this is going to be my favorite part of New York.”
The sun was beginning to set, filtering golden rays of light through the trees and casting an orange glow on the tall buildings in the distance.
“Mine too,” George agreed, placing an arm about her and giving her an affectionate squeeze.
As Marty led the horse out of the line-up and onto the tour route he explained how this longstanding New York City tradition had nearly been destroyed by a corrupt, collectivist mayor named Bill De Blasio.
“Wait! I thought the carriage rides made a lot of money for the city,” Tung challenged. “Why would a mayor want to outlaw them? Wouldn’t people like you lose their jobs if that happened?”
“Absolutely! But Mayor De Blasio didn’t care about any of that. He was in cahoots with his greedy real estate crony Steve Nislick. I know for a fact you guys studied collectivism in your history class. De Blasio was nothing more than a modern-day communist who used propaganda very effectively. He claimed he wanted to outlaw horse and carriage rides because of animal cruelty. But as with all commies, the reality did not match the rhetoric. In truth, he and Nislick wanted to seize the 64,000 acres the horse stables stood on so that they could develop hotels and make even more money for themselves—the little people be damned!”
“Wow that is unbelievable!” Ruth exclaimed.
“Well, it was the End Days,” Mao reminded her. “It’s bad but not surprising.”
“Yeah, it kind of reminds me of my ancestor’s horrible Kelo decision to seize private property,” she sighed. “Except this was about taking good jobs away from good people and ruining other people’s fun.”
“So what happened, Marty?” Golda asked. “I mean, obviously they didn’t get their way or we wouldn’t be here right now.”
“No ma’am, they did not, thanks as always to ordinary people who fought back. It was a tough go for a while but common sense prevailed. That’s one reason why in Salvation Time no one person is allowed to own more than 50 farming acres and they cannot own more than three private residences. Commercial real estate is limited to either five shopping centers or 25 stores, whichever is greater. And when a homeowner dies, they cannot leave their home to their children unless there’s a physical or mental handicap that would create a hardship by moving them. Otherwise, they must sell the home. Of course, they keep the money from the sale but the house must transfer ownership to someone else, a non-relative. Many people complained about that at first but it’s to prevent the out-of-control corruption we had in the End Days when a single person could own unlimited real estate and use it to control and manipulate others.”
The teens listened attentively before a thoughtful Chamberlain had another question.
“Marty, can I ask you something?”
“You seem like a really intelligent guy. I’m not putting down your line of work but something tells me you haven’t always been a carriage driver.”
He burst out laughing while Golda gave her beau a sharp nudge, believing it to be a rude question.
“Thanks for the compliment, George,” he answered. “You’re right I haven’t always done this for a living. After I had a great career in finance and made plenty of money helping entrepreneurs achieve their dreams I decided I wanted to do something less stressful with my life. So here I am.”
“Good for you!” Ruth enthused.
“Shall we continue?” Marty asked, his azure eyes twinkling. The foursome gave him a hearty “yes” in unison. Then clearing his throat he announced his official transition from friendly political junkie to formal tour guide as he began to share factual information about passing landmarks.
What do you think of my ideas about limiting real estate ownership? Too much? Just right? Please contact me here as I would love to hear from you.
I’ve covered some of the spirituality of my book in my posts about reincarnation and Salvation Time cinema. There will be much more to come on this topic but since everything is connected I wanted to take some time to discuss another very important theme — one that is also critical to bringing Salvation to earth. And that is the elimination of political dynasties.
This is not about the false choice between Republicans and Democrats. It’s about centralized control that seeks to dominate everyday people and make their lives miserable. In the United States, that has become the permanent political class in Washington, D.C. where members of both major parties enrich themselves at the expense of entrepreneurs, producers and workers.
But this centralized control by powerful elites has been a feature of history since the dawn of civilization. So whether we’re talking about a monarchy, a dictator, a Nazi, a communist or entrenched politicians, it all leads back to negative character traits and the animal nature of man controlling his spiritual nature — to the detriment of good people.
There are many characters in the book that speak to this problem, beginning with some members of the Arusha Race Unity High School Class of 2412: Bill Clinton, Hillary Rodham, George W. Bush, Jacques Chirac, Henry Kissinger, Golda Meir and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
But in this post I’d like to focus on the United States. Just as with the reincarnation topic I’m sure my political beliefs will offend many. Please keep in mind my novel is based on solid research and the imperative to stop repeating history. When you read it, you’ll see that I’m equally as tough on George W. Bush as I am on Bill Clinton. At the same time humor is very important in making these points so you’ll find some laughs interspersed among the serious stuff. It’s all about entertaining while informing.
Here’s a snippet of dialogue between the student George W. Bush and Mr. Bauer in Step One, which explains the fallacy of “fossil fuels” and how energy is produced in Salvation Time:
“Tell us about the role of hydrocarbon and the petroleum industry in the End Days, versus their role in Salvation Days.”
“Ahh, well in the…ahh…End Days, there was….uh…major propaganda put out by the oil industry. Mainly that oil comes from fossil fuels, which was a total lie. Uh…the myth of…uh…fossil fuels said that these were fuels formed by…ah…natural processes like the uh….decomposition of…uh….dead organisms. The age of these….uh…organisms and their…ah…resulting fossil fuels was usually…uh…millions of years. These fossil fuels…uh…contained…high percentages of carbon, and…uh… included coal, petroleum and natural gas. People always feared it would run out, an emotion the oil companies exploited for their own gain to…ah…maintain their…uh…monopoly. They liked controlling the….uh…oil supply.
“But now in Salvation Time sir, we…uh…know that oil is…uh…produced as a byproduct of the earth. Every citizen understands that…uh…earth material combined with sea water is…uh…infused in the earth’s mantle. Then it’s pushed out as…uh…hot gas before it cools and condenses to form…uh…crude oil. We make our own…uh…oil in the classrooms
because there’s…uh…no need for drilling. Here the…uh…oil industry…uh…makes its own oil with special equipment. But in Salvation Time we’ve…uh…also moved to…uh…electric, with vehicles that use both electric and gas. These cars…uh…have…uh… internal combustion engines….and an…uh…electric motor so they run…uh…cheaply and efficiently. Our highways here have…uh….power strips running alongside designated right lanes so if your car is…uh…running low on power, you can…uh…just move into the right lane, reduce your speed to…uh…30 or 40 miles per hour and drive over these…uh…power strips to recharge your car, while drivers in the other lanes move at regular speeds. So no more…uh…oil monopoly in Salvation Time.”
And later, during the student Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s exam answer, the truth about post-911 policies is revealed:
“Mr. Ahmadinejad, how did these corrupt and cowardly politicians deal with air travel after September 11?”
“Sir, under George W. Bush the American government failed its citizens. Instead of setting up a commonsense airport screening system he created another useless, big-government agency. It did nothing to keep passengers safe from another Islamic terrorist attack and it also cost American taxpayers a fortune.”
“And what was the name of this wasteful, inefficient agency?”
“The Transportation Security Administration, sir.”
The student George W. Bush turned to look at his classmate, a combination of resentment and embarrassment smoldering within. Part of it had to do with his competition with Ahmadinejad for another girl in the class named Hillary Rodham who had not yet been called upon to take her part of the exam. Both Bush and Ahmadinejad had spent the better part of the year trying to impress the hard-to-get Hillary who was fixated on her studies and in particular, one of her female classmates. Neither George W. Bush nor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad seemed to turn her on, but that didn’t stop them from competing for her unattainable affections. Of course, they were still blissfully unaware that Hillary really didn’t feel much for men in general, which was why pursuing her was a lost cause for any heterosexual male.
On honest introspection, the student George W. Bush had to admit that Ahmadinejad was right—his ancestor, as well-intentioned as he might have been at least in his own mind—had actually taken a bad situation and made it much worse with his compassionate conservatism. This was nothing more than his version of controlling centralized government.
Mr. Bauer listened intently before asking yet another question. “Can you tell us what agency the TSA was part of, Mr. Ahmadinejad?” The student knew he had this one nailed, too.
“Yes, the Department of Homeland Security, another stupid creation of President George W. Bush!” he exclaimed sarcastically.
“And why exactly was it ‘stupid’?” the teacher inquired.
“Sir, the TSA, like the Department of Homeland Security, was run by bureaucrats. So of course it employed government workers to do a job that a private company could have done much better. If only George W. Bush had hired private contractors, he would have spared travelers lots of delays. He could have also spared them from having their private parts groped by government workers. If only the TSA had used smart profiling and behavioral strategies like the Israelis did, they could have respected individual liberty and helped keep air travel safe. But common sense wasn’t so common during the End Days.”
Further into Step One, we find Hillary having to make her own confession:
“Well sir, my ancestor Hillary Rodham Clinton promoted the myth of a benevolent big government. Her political campaigns took in lots of cash from taxpayer-funded teachers’ unions that didn’t care about quality education for children or the best interests of their teachers. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s book, It Takes a Village was a tribute to government indoctrination, a propaganda tool to get citizens to buy into even more centralized control. Hillary was addicted to the power that came from elected office. She also loved the power and prestige that came with her appointment as Secretary of State by President Barack Hussein Obama—the famous Food Stamps President.
“Like her husband, she had an amazing talent for avoiding accountability for anything bad that happened under her watch.”
“Can you give us an example of this, Miss Rodham?”
The student winced, knowing she had to be honest but dreading the answer she knew she had to give. She took a deep gulp of air and continued.
“Sir, the worst thing that happened under Hillary’s watch was when she was Secretary of State. On September 11, 2012 four Americans were slaughtered after an eight-hours-long embassy attack in Benghazi. It took months after that for anyone in D.C. to even make her testify and when she finally did, all she could say was, ‘What difference does it make?’ when some senators pressured her to give them a timeline of events leading to the murders. It’s true that enough Americans pressured the White House to force her resignation a few weeks later and appoint former Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin. But even after she resigned, people began talking up Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential run in 2016. Unbelievable!”
The student’s tone was incredulous. She was utterly ashamed of her End Days ancestor and completely stunned by the Americans who kept supporting her no matter what she did.
Yes, I know: it would be a miracle if Sarah Palin had become Secretary of State like that in real life. But I wanted her in the story and this was the best device I could come up with to make that happen within a fictional story. More about Sarah in another post.
Finally, Bill Clinton has to take his turn:
“Ok Mr. Clinton for your bonus question, what did your ancestor have to do with using sex as a weapon during the End Days?”
“Sir, my ancestor William Jefferson Clinton was a famous womanizer, adulterer and rapist. He got away with his many crimes against women with the help of the media and the women’s movement at the time, which was all about a big-government agenda, not truly the rights of women. Because he was a Democrat in the late-20th century, Bill Clinton was never made to pay for his sins and crimes. Instead of telling the truth the political class, media, and pop culture attacked Bill’s victims as liars and denied them their day in court. Women like Paula Jones, Juanita Broaddrick and Gennifer Flowers never got justice.
“Then there’s the cigar, the blue dress and the Oval Office in the White House. My ancestor had sex there with a woman young enough to be his daughter. He took advantage of Monica Lewinsky because she was no match for Clinton’s charm and power. When the embarrassing details came out about how he put a cigar into Lewinsky’s pussy—”
“Mr. Clinton!” Once again, Mr. Bauer expressed his disgust, this time over his student’s use of the crude, popular End Days term for a woman’s sexual organ. “What have I told you about showing proper respect?”
“Sorry sir,” he apologized. “Uh, he put a cigar into her vagina and then back into his own mouth only to have a camera catch him spitting out some of her pubic hairs and—well, let’s just say ol’ Bill not only made a laughing stock of the United States Presidency, he also humiliated his wife and daughter.
“Even though Presidents before him like Ronald Reagan had so much reverence for the Oval Office that they wouldn’t even take off their jackets in the room, Bill Clinton had no problem dropping his shorts, getting a blow job and finding creative sexual uses for Perdoma cigars with an underage intern when he should have been doing the people’s business.
“While he was preoccupied with sex, his administration dropped the ball—so to speak—on the threat of Islamic terrorism after the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993. Instead of treating it as an act of war, Clinton let his Deputy Attorney General Jamie Gorelick build walls between law enforcement agencies like the CIA and FBI to forbid them from talking to each other about possible threats to the country. Under Clinton’s eight-year administration, the United States kept appeasing evil in spite of even more attacks by radical Muslims—like the one on the USS Cole in the year 2000, which killed 17 American sailors and badly injured 39 others.”
Ok, so I did take a bit of creative license with his recounting of the factual Lewinsky affair. But as you will discover in the Resources section of my blog, everything presented in the book about historical figures and politicians is based on research and reporting from credible, respected sources.
We must learn from history if we’re to avoid repeating its grievous mistakes, which is why the Steps To Salvation is a mandatory test to graduate high school. Which is why in Step Two back in the year 2012 after the terrorist attack at the Willis Tower in Chicago sends the souls of twelve world leaders to heaven, the issue of political dynasties is forcefully addressed by one of the Advanced Souls, Oliver Cromwell:
“And that’s why Sarah—each and every one of you must change the requirements of political office in your respective countries,” he explained. To eliminate career politicians you must mandate a minimum of five years’ experience running your own business prior to running for office. Every individual who seeks to become a public servant must have had the experience of making a payroll, turning a profit, managing employees, satisfying customers and generally running a respectable, successful business both in terms of income generated and products and services created.
“This real-world, practical experience will help ensure that these folks make good decisions based on sound reasoning, fiscal responsibility and ethical considerations. When you successfully implement these requirements, there will be no way someone like a George W. Bush or a Barack Hussein Obama will ever get elected again. Last but certainly not least, you must also abolish so-called ‘political dynasties.’ Particularly during the 20th century of the End Days, the United States fell captive to this nonsense, creating an entitlement mentality within politically connected families much like the Divine Right of Kings. Individuals born into families that included senators, congressional representatives and presidents presumed it was their right also to go to Washington D.C., which helped solidify a permanent political class of elites. I’m telling you there must never again be a Clinton, Bush, Kennedy or any other political dynasty ever again, on any country on earth,” Cromwell ordered.
So what do you think? Do you agree with these requirements? What would you add or take away? As always, I welcome your comments because I believe in healthy debate and discussion. And stay tuned for details of the book release!