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How Do You Kill 11 Million People? Why The Truth Matters More Than You Think
How Do You Kill 11 Million People? Why The Truth Matters More Than You Think by Andy Andrews
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

First off, this is absolutely a fantastic book and should be required reading for everyone in any country which holds elections.

Second, it’s all of about 65 pages, so you can probably finish it in an hour or two.

If you are among the vast majority of Americans who are disenfranchised by our government (at pretty much every level), no matter which side of the political debate you stand upon, this book is a must-read.

And it’s a call to action.
To sum it up in a sentence, How Do You Kill 11 Million People is a book about political leadership and the importance of character and true honesty in our leaders.

The racy title is an attention-grabber, but is the primary example used in the book that should get you thinking… how did the people of Germany allow the extermination of 6 million Jews and 5 million other people in concentration camps? And how did those people go to those camps without a fight?

They were lied to.
By their country’s leadership.

And the other Germans knew it was happening. And they allowed it. They allowed themselves to be lied to and believed the lie even though they KNEW it was a lie.

This book doesn’t point out a single thing currently going on in America. It doesn’t mention one political party or the other. It doesn’t say what the government should be doing or shouldn’t. What it points out very clearly is that America has a recent history of electing officials (at every level of government) who tell the people what they want to hear (whatever they think will get them elected) and then once they get in office, they refuse to do the hard things that are actually best for the country. They are more likely to vote for something that will get their backers special privilege. Or won’t upset their “party” or a subset of their constituency for fear of losing re-election.

In short, they forget they are working for We the People, instead of us for them.

Character and honesty should be the number 1 & 2 features we look for in a candidate. And it is our civic duty to call out those elected officials when they operate in any way that is not for the good of the people. Or when they deceive us.

If we do NOT call them out, that is exactly how atrocities like Germany, Somalia, Chechnya and so many other mass murders occur. When the people elect deceivers and then fail to hold them in check, that is exactly how that happens. It’s not just a Hitler who does it. It’s the people who allow it to happen.

And America, despite our great history, is no more immune to this possibility today and in the future than Germany was in the 1930′s.

Share it with everyone you know.

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Life Overload

Are you over-scheduled? Over-committed? Over-programmed? I know for sure that I am. In fact, I’m one of the worst offenders of piling on more things to my “to-do” list and feeling like I’ve only had a good day if I’ve accomplished something significant.

But you know what?

It’s not really meant to be that way. I think we all do better when we have regular periods of “Down time.”

Further, continuing to “pile on” to your schedule will quickly lead to problems in almost every area of your life.

So what do we do about it?

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Top Posts of 2013

JasonC —  January 8, 2014 — Leave a comment

As a blogger, it’s interesting to note which posts get the most reads each month. Sometimes it’s validating and sometimes it’s eye-opening. Every blogger wants to know when they are producing content that is being well-received, appreciated, or useful. Sometimes we get feedback through comments. Sometimes we get it by looking at the analytics.

Bigger sites probably get more comments. As for me, that doesn’t happen much, so I occasionally look at my statistics. Here are my top 25 posts by traffic volume in 2013. These may not have been written in 2013. It’s what has been viewed most in 2013.

Top 20 Posts

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