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  • Introducing the Council on Domestic Relations (CDR)

    Author Peter Berkowitz, in his book Never a Matter of Indifference, said, "Our political society can no longer count on our civil society to support a free society." For the past year, over a series of blog posts on my website, RegainingFreedom.com, I have made the case that strengthening the bond between children and their biological parents will restore our civil society. I have just now established the Council on Domestic Relations (CDR), a 501(c)(3) non profit corporation for the purpose of strengthening this bond by remediating and reducing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in every community in America. The Council on Domestic Relations will mimic an organization which has had enormous impact on international affairs for decades, the Council on Foreign Relations. Founded in 1921, this nonprofit think tank specializes in US foreign policy and international affairs. Its membership of over 5,000 includes senior politicians, more than a dozen secretaries of state, CIA directors, bankers, lawyers, professors, and senior media figures. The Council has served as a “breeding ground” for important American policies such as mutual deterrence, arms control, nuclear non-proliferation and laid the groundwork for such monumental accomplishments as the Marshall Plan an NATO. Our civil society is jeopardized much like Europe was after WWII, and it warrants an equal amount of organization and effort. The Council on Domestic Relations will employ a similar strategy to strengthen America here at home. The CDR will convene meetings with government officials, business leaders and prominent members of the entertainment and philanthropic community for a discussion about how their organizations and industries can help reduce ACEs nationwide. It will make recommendations to Presidential administrations and the Congressional community, testify before Congress, interact with the media, and publish domestic policy issues. The CDR will seek out influential men and women in every city and bring them together for discussions on the affects of ACEs in their own communities. These committees will influence local leaders and shape public opinion to build support for the Council's policies. They will encourage and assist in the establishment of ACE remediation centers like the Resiliency Center in Fresno, and ACE Overcomers in Merced, California, to provide resiliency to ACE victums and break the generational cycle of ACEs. The CDR will conduct ongoing, long term studies, such as the Child Abuse and Neglect report recently released by the University of California, Merced and ACE Overcomers. Strengthening the bond between children and parents will reduce ACE's over time and reverse key negative social indicators, such as crime, incarceration, declining education, abortion, mass murder and gender confusion. Baseline data, case studies and long term tracking will prove that civil society can be restored by breaking the generational cycle of child abuse, neglect, and household dysfunction by ending Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Many of our nation's leaders believe that America's problems are a bottomless pit and seek endless amounts of federal funding and regulations to solve social problems. As civil society is being restored, the Council on Domestic Relations will encourage, through favorable federal, state and local tax policy, an increase of charity and a decline in public welfare spending. In 1982, believing in the power of charity and brotherly love, as opposed to welfare programs that drive entire communities into a bleak and heartless dependency, Ronald Reagan created the Task Force on Private Sector Initiatives to decrease dependence on government and transition social programs to the private sector. President Reagan's initiative was not successful because charities and nonprofits refused to even consider accepting responsibility for the enormous dependency class created by decades of Great Society public policy. While the government is obligated to provide a social safety net, welfare spending has increased to $909B dollars in 2019, while private charity amounted to $427B in the same year, a margin of two-to-one. The CDR will reverse this ratio over time, by resurrecting President Reagan’s Task Force on Private Sector Initiatives, adding to it the elimination of Adverse Childhood Experiences as a national goal. While it may take a generation, improving our civil society by reducing ACEs will provide the justification to relieve government of these responsibilities. By connecting tax policy to private charity and the elimination of ACEs, the President and Congress will reduce welfare and generate more effective and life changing charitable giving, and finally reduce welfare spending to what a true safety net should be, just a fraction of the charity of the American people. The Council on Domestic Relations will also promote, via Constitutional amendment or court action, initiatives that will limit government intervention in the private sector and the public square. Research, utilizing the Congressional Research Service, shows that little has been accomplished to limit the growth and reach of Congress, or the Presidency over the last 200 years. The same is true with state legislatures such as California, by ballot initiative. The CDR will influence other think tanks like American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL) to promote the restriction of the federal government via the courts, constitutional amendments, or ballot initiatives in the states, including in-session time restrictions and what the federal government is allowed to even consider. It is clear that our political society is in disarray. In the past, we've relied on the great success of our Constitution, and Capitalism as a political system, but times have changed. Large scale domestic reform must take place. Our free society depends on it. With the goal of ending adverse childhood experiences and restoring brotherly love to its proper role in the private sector, the Council on Domestic Relations (CDR), will restore civil society and freedom in America . Click here to find out more about how you can help.

  • Hollywood and World War C

    “Let me make the songs of a nation, and I care not who makes its laws.” Plato Today's special is Mediterranean Gem salad. Gathered around the table, at The Fig and Olive is a monthly, informal lunch meeting of the chairmen and directors of powerful Hollywood associations, the Motion Pictures Association (MPA), the Directors Guild of America (DGA) and the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) and Producers Guild. They meet regularly to talk about the issues of their industry and how to improve things. Wayne La Pierre's friend, David Mackenzie (See the previous post), was late to take a seat in the trendy restaurant in Los Angeles. Someone asked, "Did you get your gun toting friend off to sea? "Yeah, what a mess," he said. "No one can defend for one moment the horrible shootings that are happening, but I honor the second amendment. The NRA's in a tough spot." "No offense but I hope your boat sinks and your gun toting buddy goes the way of those slaughtered by gun violence," said one of his lunch companions. "We had an interesting conversation this morning," said Mackenzie, "I think he's had an epiphany, but not in the way one might think. He saw that oped in the LA Times that says that most mass shooters experienced early childhood trauma and exposure to violence at a young age. He's getting an education on adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and he's convinced that they contribute to the increasing violence in our culture. It's more than gun violence and I think he's on to something. It's about how parents raise their kids. You should look at the ACE statistics. Frankly, I think all families, nuclear, single parent and custodial need help. We are in a culture war really, and the victims are the vulnerable part of our population - kids." He went on while the waiters brought the salad. "We bend over backwards to be ever so inclusive on 'family' issues that affect only a very small fraction of our society, yet forty percent (40%) of children go to sleep in broken homes. No wonder there's so much disfunction and craziness out there." Somewhere, in the back of the mind of one of these luncheon guests came the thought, "I wonder if our industry can be part of the solution." World War Culture (WWC) Rallying Hollywood to a worthy, or unworthy cause has been done before. When the United States went to war in December 1941, so did Hollywood. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, General Dwight D. Eisenhower, studio executives, filmmakers, actors, and directors knew that movies were essential for boosting the morale of troops overseas and Americans at home. The Roosevelt administration asked Hollywood to ask itself, "Will this picture help with the war?" Larry Margasak, 2016 Today, Hollywood is often dismissed as a conglomeration of corporate studios creating hardly anything but terrible sequels and remakes. However, our country once relied heavily on the films produed there. During World War II, Hollywood produced films that acted as propoganda, increasing military recruitment rates, assisted in military training, and boosted the morale of American soldiers and civilians alike, easily making cinema the most important form of popular media in the war effort. An Unknown Ally: Hollywood's Role in WWII. Joel Pelsue, co-founder and CEO of Arts & Entertainment Ministries, explains, in this article, how the political left uses movies and television to promote their ideology, and challenges conservatives to consider how they can be a positive influence within the entertainment industry. He says, "This is going back 50, 60 years of people intently putting in little themes of communism, of socialism, of anti-entrepreneur, anti-small business people." These messages are strategically worked into the media by 90% of the writers who are from the same university with the same worldview that was pretty much socialist, communist mentality." Hollywood can be inspired to act. We are losing the battle for freedom and responsibility (strong social institutions) because our enemy, advocates for government control, have been infiltrating Hollywood for decades. Highlighting Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) can serve as a rallying point to bring disparate groups together for a common conservative cause. With this issue, the entertainment industry could be infiltrated from within and enormous social pressure, not legislation, brought to bear from without, so that someday Hollywood asks itself, "Will this picture help win the war against Adverse Childhood Experiences." America's chief export to the world is not just freedom, it's freedom and responsibility. The entertainment industry influences not just the United States, but the world. Pelsue goes on to say, "we’re exporting these TV shows around the world, to China, India and Third World countries, all the way across the world." World War Culture can't be won without Hollywood.

  • How the NRA should respond

    Wayne LaPierre flopped down on an exotic leather couch aboard the Illusion, a luxury superyacht owned by a friend and Hollywood film director David McKenzie. There was another horrific school shooting and, aboard the yacht and out to sea, he and his family would be safe and secure, away from multiple death threats against he and his family. The Illusion was a dependable safe haven, used often by the LaPierre family after Columbine, .... Sandy Hook, ...... Parkland, ...... Santa Fe, ....... on and on. In addition to threats on his life, LaPierre, head of the National Rifle Association (NRA) was also under enormous pressure to relent on the NRA's unwavering support of the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution, the public's right to bear arms. School shootings just kept happening and he needed a response to the ongoing massacres. His friend, McKenzie, was furious with his initial response to this latest shooting, "The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun." He said, "You have to come up with a solution Wayne, not a one-liner!" LaPierre mentioned that the NRA had been discussing plans to develop a National School Shield Emergency Response Program, a “multifaceted” education and training program “available to every school in America free of charge.” They even selected former Rep. Asa Hutchinson (R-AR) to lead the effort, and serve as its national director. “School safety is a complex issue with no simple, single solution,” Hutchinson said in his brief public remarks. “But I believe trained, qualified, armed security is one key component among many that can provide the first line of deterrence as well as the last line of defense.” McKenzie gave the idea some thought and said, "So, Wayne, let me get this straight, school safety is a complex and difficult problem to solve so all your'e going to do is make schools bullet proof. Is that your solution? You know, the gun control lobby uses the same kind of excuse, like 'school safety is a complex issue, so let's just take all guns away from everybody.' Why don't one of you address the real problem, Wayne? Why is there an increasing trend of deranged boys and men slaughtering innocent children in our schools? How has our culture become so course, with such savagery against innocent life? Don't you understand, the public needs a solution and you should help find it!" LaPierre felt a knawing in his stomach as McKenzie finished off his glass of wine, wished him well and left the boat as it departed for the open sea. There was a time, not that long ago, when a rifle could be mounted in the back window of an unlocked pick up truck and no one cared. Both men were left with one question on their minds "How has our country come to this?" Sleep did not come easy that night. Early the next morning, with coffee in hand and through blurry eyes, LaPierre looked down at the coffee table to see the headline of an oped in the morning addition of the LA Times: LA Times Op-Ed: We have studied every mass shooting since 1966. Here’s what we’ve learned about the shooters For two years, Jillian Peterson and James Densley studied the life histories of mass shooters in the United States for a project funded by the National Institute of Justice. Here's what they found: "First, the vast majority of mass shooters in our study experienced early childhood trauma and exposure to violence at a young age. The nature of their exposure included parental suicide, physical or sexual abuse, neglect, domestic violence ...... The trauma was often a precursor to mental health concerns, including depression, anxiety, thought disorders, violence or suicidality." Early childhood trauma. At risk kids becoming unstable adults. That's it!! That's the problem! LaPierre was determined to learn more and with further inquiry he discovered something called Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) and the ACE test, a simple 10 question test to determine traumatic experience in a person's life occurring before the age of 18 that the person remembers as an adult. These experinences are grouped into three categories: The oped, the study and ACE's opened up a whole new world to La Pierre. The research demonstrated the relationship between childhood trauma and adult health and social outcomes. Adverse childhood experiences have a tremendous impact on future violence victimization and perpetration, and lifelong health and opportunity. LaPierre called McKenzie in Los Angeles. "David, Check this out. Here's the problem! I know this must sound strange to you, and it will to the NRA Board of Directors at first, but I have 5 million NRA members and over 15,000 affiliated clubs, associations and businesses throughout the country and they need to know more about ACEs in their communities." McKenzie said, "Ok, now that we understand the problem, what is the solution? Is there is a program to reach and help kids and adults who've had a high score on their ACE test?" ######## (The NRA National School Shield is helping to secure schools, but the work to end mass shootings remains to be done. Reducing childhood trauma and improving the relationship between children and their parents is the key to ending school shootings. Future blogs will identify ACE community programs and what role communities and the nation, including Hollywood, can play in restoring our culture, and ending mass shootings, in the New World.)

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    George Radanovich Dec 12, 2021 4 min Introducing the Council on Domestic Relations (CDR) Author Peter Berkowitz, in his book Never a Matter of Indifference, said, "Our political society can no longer count on our civil... 232 views 1 like. Post not marked as liked 1 George Radanovich Sep 29, 2021 3 min Hollywood and World War C “Let me make the songs of a nation, and I care not who makes its laws.” Plato Today's special is Mediterranean Gem salad. Gathered... 152 views 3 likes. Post not marked as liked 3 George Radanovich Sep 6, 2021 4 min How the NRA should respond Wayne LaPierre flopped down on an exotic leather couch aboard the Illusion, a luxury superyacht owned by a friend and Hollywood film... 247 views 3 likes. Post not marked as liked 3 George Radanovich Aug 23, 2021 2 min The New World If America were on the mend, what would it look like? How would it happen? Dollar Lake and Fin Dome in Sequoia National Park I'm very... 190 views 6 likes. Post not marked as liked 6 George Radanovich Jul 23, 2021 3 min Social Systems or Brotherly Love Brotherly Love is a Powerful Lever Recently, three hundred economists, philosophers and social scientists gathered together to examine... 185 views 5 likes. Post not marked as liked 5 All Posts George Radanovich ​ Convinced that we will continue our leadership role in the world, this website and blog is a unique discussion of what we must do to preserve our American heritage. California native George Radanovich planted the first vineyard and opened the first winery in Mariposa County since Prohibition. After serving on the Mariposa County Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors, he ran for Congress and won election in 1994 with the largest margin of victory over an incumbent that year. He was the first winemaker to serve in Congress since Thomas Jefferson and led the California delegation on water, foreign agriculture worker and international issues. Over his sixteen-year term as a conservative United States Congressman, Radanovich observed the erosion of our social institutions, the futility of social initiatives directed from the beltway of Washington DC, and the growth of government regardless of which party was in charge. In 2010, upon the death of his wife he returned to California to raise his son, King. He published a book, The New World Order is the Old World Order , outlining the social value of the cultural mandate found in the book of Genesis, as a guiding light for the civilization of free nations. Radanovich is a native son of Mariposa, California and enjoys hiking Yosemite National Park and the High Sierras. ​ Please join Radanovich in the discussion for a more perfect Union by aligning our nation with the kingdom of God for freedom throughout the world. ​ ​ George@Radanovi.ch Buy the Book Click below to order my book, published in 2011. Join the discussion on on this blog site to contribute ideas for an upcoming revised edition titled Building the Stone Kingdom Available from Amazon The New World Order is the Old World Order

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