In Defense of Backbone

January 2, 2020


By Reverend Paul N. Papas II

December 31, 2019




Recent events highlight the great divide between those with and those without a backbone to stand against evil.  Many of those without a backbone to stand against evil are either perpetrating it or enabling evil.

At the time of his death, Major General Smedley Darlington Butler, also known as “The Fighting Quaker”, was the most decorated Marine in US history; he was the only person to be awarded a Marine Corps Brevet Medal and a Medal of Honor for two separate military actions. He had also become an unrelenting voice against the business of war.

General Smedley is quoted as saying: “There are only two things we should fight for. One is the defense of our homes and the other is the Bill of Rights.”

General Smedley:

  • Received 16 military medals, 5 for valor. Is one of 19 men to receive the Medal of Honor twice.
  • Wrote the 1935 exposé that linked business and the military titled “War Is A Racket.”
  • Ran for Senate as a Republican in 1932.

In 1934, Butler went before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) to expose a conspiracy against the government. He had been recruited by a group of wealthy Pro-Fascists who had hoped to use him in a coup against President Franklin D. Roosevelt. He went along, gathering intelligence about the plot, and took it to Congress. Butler’s assertions were not aggressively pursued, and the matter was largely dismissed. However, an internal report to Congress from HUAC confirmed the veracity of the plot. (1)

In the Second World War we had many outstanding civilian and military leaders which worked to win the war against evil. One such Military Leader is General George C. Patton, see the video below:


Plots to over throw governments go back thousands of years in history.  Various groups stated various reasons for their coup or attempted coup.  At this time it appears our country has a group who attempted to subvert the will of the voters. Maybe their methods were different today than the ones General Butler testified to, but the results would have been the same had they been successful, the forced removal of a duly elected sitting president.

Perhaps those participants in the attempted coup are so narcissistic they take no care for fear, anxiety, and despondency they cause in others.  The participants don’t realize they are exposing themselves to be the obnoxious, insecure, morally bankrupt, mental runts of the litter that they are. Those participants were hoping to foment civil unrest; it turns out the general populace saw through and didn’t fall for the participants scam.

The participants would have us not protect ourselves. In six seconds a murder was stopped, much faster than police could arrive. See the graphic video below:

Still one of the participants insists it is irrational that we should be able to protect ourselves. See the video below:


Schoolyard bullies have a smaller territory than dictators of countries and smaller territories than the coup participants.


Keep your backbone in place, defend your home and your Bill of Rights or you may loose them both and wake up under a ruthless dictator.

Reverend Paul N. Papas II is a Pastoral Counselor with Narrow Path Ministries (MA and AZ) and Founder of the Family Renewal Center (AZ) and






Trump praises Texas gun laws, armed churchgoers for ending shooting in 6 seconds

Here We Go Again

October 4, 2019

Cartoon Bully intimidating a man. Isolated

By Reverend Paul N. Papas II

September 30, 2019



How long would you sit through a horror film before you got up and left?  Would you sit through the same horror film so many times that you would you be diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?

Some people have reoccurring dreams where they keep falling. For some, those dreams of falling are so real that they are afraid to go to sleep.

No one is immune to fear or worry. Those who learn to make their fear work for them are more successful and go on to experience the beauty of peace.

There are those who prey upon others by bullying and inciting fear in weaker people feeding their victims’ fears. The bully exploits the fears of others.

The Domestic Violence bully exploits the fears of their victims and cuts off avenues of escape which only heighten the anxiety level of the victim. The Domestic Violence bully claims victimhood and tries to silence the actual victims by fear and intimidation.

The Domestic Terrorist bully exploits the fears of a community or nation, while claiming victimhood and trying to silence the actual victims. Domestic Terrorists employ dangerous methods which can injure or kill large groups within the community.

Life can be frightening enough without having bullies of any kind added to the mix. The fear the bullies cause add stress to our lives that we did not need.

There are days that we just feel stressed from too many things to do and with not enough time to accomplish it all.  When the threat is even less obvious, we might feel restless, bored, or antsy (Nothing good is on TV). Perhaps we find ourselves procrastinating to avoid a certain task or encounter (I’ll pay the bills tomorrow), or we find ourselves compulsively driven to finish projects, accomplish goals, or meet deadlines (I can’t relax until I get this done). Fears inhibit our ability to begin or complete tasks big or small, which can exacerbate the situation raising the anxiety level.

Fear is an emotion that typically occurs when we perceive a threat to our personal well-being. Sometimes, it can prompt action against the threat. Fear is a common emotion experienced by most people at some point or another; it’s considered to be a normal, natural part of life.

However, fear can lead people to experience a wide array of physical and mental changes, and irrational or intense fear may interfere with a person’s happiness, sense of security, and ability to function effectively.

Fear can lead you to avoid actions or events. This fear can keep you in the prison of avoidance.

Fear can lead to self medication to suppress the fear, pain, and anxiety. Ironically sell medication can spiral down to addition and death.

Sometimes the assistance of a professional is required to get back on track.

Fear can be tamed.

Fear takes energy.

Fear can be a positive motivational factor.

There are plenty of people and groups who play on our fears and want to turn us in a certain direction. Advertisers often create a need, present their solution and push for a sale.

For three years we have witnessed a group people trying to convince us that up is down and down is up. Now that their scheme is unraveling they are flailing. As they unravel, often times they resort to incoherent and irrelevant arguments.

Lifeguards can tell you the most dangerous person to rescue is a drowning person who is flailing.

It remains to be seen how much collateral damage the drowning group trying to play on our fears will cause this time. They remind me of a two year old throwing a tantrum in a supermarket isle. Good parents know the remedies available. One could only hope they would become penitent children avoiding being fired.

Taming your fears and overcoming worry includes just saying NO to bullies.


Reverend Paul N. Papas II is a Pastoral Counselor with Narrow Path Ministries (MA and AZ) and Founder of the Family Renewal Center (AZ) and


What Is Going On?

September 8, 2019

By Reverend Paul N. Papas II

September 7, 2019




I admit sometimes I forget, and sometimes I can’t remember, and I don’t remember which it is. I tell the kids don’t get old and that I don’t know how that can be done, just don’t get old. Yes, they just look at me.

Where does one call to find out the offense of day, moment is? Is there a central clearing house? It sure seems like you can turn TV stations to find the same words and the same outrage coming from different talking heads. I figure someone is passing out words to say. Would someone please give me the phone number of who has a list of the current offense words, hats or whatever? This growing list is giving me a headache.

When I grew up our news came from newspapers where opinions were found in the Editorial section. News contained facts not propaganda.

Newspapers were printed once, maybe twice a day, or weekly.

There were no computers, cell phones, texting, emails, twitter, facebook or other such things that instantly post pictures and information to people worldwide.  When someone needed or wanted to pass along information or pictures if they didn’t meet in person they put them in the mail.

TV news was on early in the morning, at noon, 6 and 11pm in black and white. There were no twenty four hour TV stations. AM radio was mostly music, FM broadcasts were rare.

No one was shot up into space yet. President Eisenhower had not yet warned us of the dangers of the military industrial complex.

In others words people looked each other in the eye and spoke to each other.

Yes, in some ways you could say life was slower compared to today. In some ways life was more relaxed than today.

There actually is a way to support my statement that life was more relaxed then.  The amount of people suffering from anxiety, which is the activation of the Fight or Flight System, rose in response to increase to the strains of everyday life from the 1950s on.

“The common psychological features of these problems include a mélange of symptoms involving nervousness, sadness, and malaise. The typical physical symptoms consist of headaches, fatigue, back pain, gastrointestinal complaints, and sleep and appetite difficulties, often accompanying struggles with interpersonal, financial, occupational, and health concerns. These complaints account for a large proportion of cases found in outpatient psychiatric and, especially, in general medical treatment.” (1).

Am I suggesting we go back in time, not quite? There are very many good uses of modern technology. The biggest downside I see to modern instant communications is the lack of interpersonal communications.

Interpersonal communication is the process by which we exchange information, feelings, and meanings through verbal and non-verbal messages through face-to-face communication. It is not always what is said, but how it is said and the expressions used.  The absence of interpersonal communications can lead to a misinterpretation of what was said which today could lead to quite a flurry of tweets.

My suggestions include: count to ten before sending an instant message, perhaps you’ll change what you want to say;  text less; meet as many people as you can in person to talk face to face; and take walks.  You just might find your quality of life will improve as will those around, doing your part to make the world a better place.


Reverend Paul N. Papas II is a Pastoral Counselor with Narrow Path Ministries (MA and AZ) and Founder of the Family Renewal Center (AZ) and



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Should reporters air own opinions in public? Americans sound off ‘Era of low trust in media globally’

Fair Play

June 7, 2019

By Reverend Paul N. Papas II

June 1, 2019



Fair play seems to be a complex concept that comprises and embodies a number of fundamental values that are not only integral to sports but are relevant in everyday life.

Fair competition, respect, friendship, team spirit, honesty, integrity, care, excellence and joy are part of fair play that can be learned, experienced and exhibited.

Fair play is really conformity to Godly rules. Cheating is obtaining advantage by unfair or fraudulent means; dishonest behavior; deception; trickery.

If you have to win by cheating you have not won.

If you alter official documents to win; you have in reality proved you are on the loosing side of the issue.

If you have hidden certain relevant information to win; you have in reality proved you are on the loosing side of the issue.

Altering official documents and hiding certain relevant information could find you in need of a good criminal attorney.

The Boy Who Always Won

There was once a boy who liked nothing more in the world than to win. He loved winning at whatever it may be: football, cards, video games… everything. And because he couldn’t stand losing, he had become an expert in all kinds of tricks and cheating. He could play tricks in practically every situation, without being noticed; even in video games or playing alone. He could win without ever being caught.

He won so many times that everyone saw him as the champion. It meant that almost no one wanted to play with him; he was just too far ahead of everyone. One person who did play with him was a poor boy, who was a bit younger. The champion really enjoyed himself at the poor boy’s expense, always making the boy look ridiculous.

But the champion ended up getting bored with all this. He needed something more, so he decided to apply for the national video games championship, where he would find some competitors worthy of himself.

At the championship he was keen to show his skills but, when he tried using all those tricks and cheats he knew from a thousand different games, well… none of them worked. The competition judges had prevented any of the tricks from working.

He felt terribly embarrassed: he was a good player, but without his cheats, he couldn’t beat a single competitor. He was soon eliminated, and sat there, sad and pensive. Finally, they announced the name of the tournament champion. It was the poor boy from home. The one he had always beaten!

Our boy realized that the poor boy had been much cleverer than him. It hadn’t mattered to the poor boy if he lost and got a good beating, because what he was really doing was learning from each of his defeats. And from so much learning he had been transformed into a real master.

From then on, the boy who had loved winning gave up wanting to win all the time. He was quite happy to lose sometimes, because that was when he would learn how to win on the really important occasions. (1)

Today’s news shows a few boys and girls who believed they were entitled to always win. They were used to cheating and covering for each other. They believed they were going to get away with their hoax that almost destroyed our Constitutional Republic. I don’t see evidence they have given up wanting to will all the time.

These few boys and girls caused a lot of good people to become anxious and fearful. These few boys and girls who ruined lives and reputations in their quest to always win continue their spiral into marginality. These few boys and girls simply can not accept the will of the people and the fact they lost. Perhaps a closer look at these few boys and girls will find they exhibit antisocial personality disorders.

Sooner or later, cheating is always uncovered. I believe these few boys and girls are headed for a great uncovering.

If you find you always have a need to win at all costs it is time to reevaluate yourself before you run into a rude awakening.


Reverend Paul N. Papas II is a Pastoral Counselor with Narrow Path Ministries (MA and AZ) and Founder of the Family Renewal Center (AZ) and



FEAR Debilitating Motivating

May 2, 2014

By Rev. Paul N. Papas II
28 April 2014

Fear, like fire, is an effective teacher, and grades on a sharp curve.

We have all felt fear at one point or another in our lives from real or imagined threats.

Perhaps you hadn’t finished your homework and the teacher decided to call upon you first. You may have wanted to slide under the desk instead of getting in front of the class to present the homework you had not completed. The fear of standing in front of class and being exposed gave way to embarrassment. That situation taught you to always be prepared, a valuable lesson.

Soldiers experience fear in combat situations as they face their deadly enemy. Fortunately their training kicks in as they exhibit courage in battle. Courage is not the absence of fear; rather it is acting in spite of fear.

Had the student or soldier run away from facing their fears they may have been called cowards and continued to run away in the future when faced with unpleasant situations.

Fear could come from a loss; loss of job, car, home or relationship. How these losses are handled make a difference as to their next steps in life. Knowing that an increasing number of people are experiencing economic losses may be somewhat comforting. Economic losses have led to an increasing number of relationship losses and sometimes have led to violence.

We have seen the news where someone decides it would be good idea to remove an elected government and install different leaders. We have seen the fear in people’s eyes as their lives have been disrupted, food is scarce, services and various forms of communications have been disrupted or non-existent. Things were so convoluted they couldn’t tell who the good guys are and who the bad guys are as they try to protect their family and property.

‘No help coming’: AZ preps citizens for EMP attack is not the headline you want to read in the paper.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has signed legislation to require the state’s Department of Emergency and Military Affairs to prepare materials outlining what citizens need to know to deal with either a natural or man-made electromagnetic pulse event that could knock out the vulnerable electrical grid system over a wide geographical region. The law includes the type and quantity of food, water and medical supplies that each person should stockpile in case an EMP occurs over the U.S.

There many sources of fear and people have found different way to face and overcome their fears.

Unfortunately some will develop such things such as a panic attacks, anxiety attacks to add to their fear. Anxiety and panic attacks can be frightening to those who experience them or who see someone going through one. Kind reassuring words can help deescalate the situation averting more damage to the one having the attacks and those around them.

Survival gear expert Tim Ralston of Scottsdale, Ariz.,…. said that there are simple things that can be done to give people “peace of mind.”

“The food, the water, everything has to do with electricity. And an EMP in an instant would shut that all off,” he said.

Ralston said that less than 15 percent of the Arizona population is prepared for an electrical disruption of 30 days or more.

“I think it’s fantastic,” Ralston said of the new law. “I think any time we can take a proactive step to help people become more self-reliant it will help that transition.”

We Americans have a can do spirit and have proved it over and over again.

Being prepared for life is why we go to school, go to seminars and follow news and events. Being prepared for life can help you deal with life’s challenges, giving you the courage to act. Being prepared will also give you the opportunity to better care for your family, friends, and neighbors. Being prepared will help determine whether fear will be debilitating or motivating.

When the going gets tough, the tough get going.

Reverend Paul N. Papas II is a Pastoral Counselor with Narrow Path Ministries (MA and AZ) and Founder of the Family Renewal Center (AZ) and



February 7, 2014

Life is Like A Camera
By Rev. Paul N. Papas II
4 February 2014

If you don’t know what you are looking for how would you recognize it when you find it?

Through the ice, snow, and cold of the days ahead we have a day coming up that could warm you from the inside out – Valentine’s Day. Some hope cupid will shoot his arrow toward them and someone they have in mind to bring a story book relationship to life. Sadly that fantasy is what ad makers would like you to believe.

Remember, disappointment is cured by revamped expectations.

I like the story about the fellow who went to the pet store in search of a singing parakeet. Seems he was a bachelor and his house was too quiet. The store owner had just the bird for him, so the man bought it.

The next day the bachelor came home from work to a house full of music. He went to the cage to feed the bird and noticed for the first time that the parakeet had only one leg.

He felt cheated that he’d been sold a one-legged bird, so he called and complained.

“What do you want,” the store owner responded, “a bird who can sing or a bird who can dance?”

Good question for times of disappointment.

Sometimes we plead with people to fill that emptiness the Valentine’s Day ads would lead us to believe can only be filled by that special someone that cupid has shot for us.

Sometimes we plead with God to have our own way. Then when God or that special someone doesn’t do what we want, it’s not easy. Never has been. Never will be. But faith is the conviction that God knows more than we do about this life and he will get us through it.

The Valentine’s Day ads are trying to sell a product to make money, God isn’t.

As many may well know you could me more alone in a wrong relationship.

Unfortunately more than a few people feel the emptiness that the Valentine’s Day ads point out.

Rest assured there are people who are single, not in a relationship, and live a fulfilling and satisfying life.

The unfortunate thing about believing the lies that the Valentine’s Day ads portray about what a happy life looks like can be unhealthy for one’s mental health. Valentine’s Day ads can lead you to unrealistic expectations which bring disappointment. Disappointment can lead to sadness, anxiety, depression and worse. The ones who get rich from Valentine’s Day ads, your sadness, anxiety, and depression and worse do not care about you, rather only in the money you can put in their pockets.

Life is full of disappointments, they way you handle them makes a difference.

Successful people have worked through their disappointments and grown from them. I’ll give you examples of two people who worked through, grew and became stronger because of their disappointments; you might recognize their names Russell Wilson and Payton Manning. Both had many disappointments before getting to lead their teams in the Super Bowl this year. Payton Manning was let go by his former team because of his several neck surgeries which could land him in a wheelchair if he got hit the wrong way. Russell Wilson was rejected by many teams because he was too small. Both of them overcame great odds and worked through many disappointments to rise to the top and lead their teams in the Super Bowl.

Someone said life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what is on the inside until you bite into it.

You could say life is like a camera: Focus on what’s important; Capture the good times; Develop from the negatives and if things don’t work out – Take another Shot.

Relationships take work as do marriages. If you are blessed with either take a moment to think what you can do special for them. If you’re single take a moment to think what you can do special for someone you know. Doing something special for someone else will help you recognize what you are really looking for…and you’ll find it.

Reverend Paul N Papas II is a Pastoral Counselor with Narrow Path Ministries (MA and AZ) and Founder of the Family Renewal Center (AZ) and


June 7, 2013

4 June 2013
By Rev Paul N. Papas II

This is a follow-up to my previous article “New Old Weapons of Destruction Rediscovered” where I talked about the rediscovery of an old weapon of using the medical condition of a mental illness by some in power to advance their agenda. Their premise is simple – silence the opposition by any means necessary.

The practice of silencing opposition is not new. We understand that it routinely happens in China, as it did in the old Soviet Union. Although there are no known living witnesses, it probably happens in North Korea as well. We don’t expect and don’t find acceptable that it would happen in the USA.

In a case that exposes a government system that is targeting military veterans, a Marine “was jailed and held for the comments he made on Facebook – comments that expressed a dissatisfaction with the present direction of the U.S. government.”

The civil rights action names as defendants members of law enforcement and the government who were involved in last year’s episode, August 16, 2012, where Marine veteran Brandon Raub, 27, was arrested by a swarm of FBI and Secret Service and forcibly detained in a psychiatric ward for a week.

He was later released when a judge concluded the case against Raub was “so devoid of any factual allegations that it could not be reasonably expected to give rise to a case or controversy.” The lawsuit claims Raub’s seizure and detention were part of a plan executed by the Federal Government called “Operation Vigilant Eagle.” This is a program to do surveillance on military veterans who express views critical of the government.

Raub’s attorneys claim the attempt to label him as “mentally ill” and authorities’ efforts to involuntarily commit him into custody was intended to silence his criticism of the government. However, they explain the strategy also violated Raub’s First and Fourth Amendment rights. “Brandon Raub is not the first veteran to be targeted for speaking out against the government. Hopefully, by holding officials accountable, we can ensure that Brandon is the last to suffer in this way.”

Raub, a Marine who has served tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, uses his Facebook page to post song lyrics and air his political opinions. What did Raub say that incurred the wrath of the Federal Government?

In one of his postings, he said “The United States was meant to lead the charge against injustice, but through our example not our force. People do not respond to having liberty and freedom forced on them”.

This article is not just about Brandon Raub but also about calling any emotion a mental disorder and the indiscriminate use of Big Pharma drugs …both being used as effective weapons on him and others.

In May of 2013, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) released its fifth Diagnostic Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) superseding the DSM-IV published in 1994 and revised in 2000. The new “psychiatry bible” has been criticized by many as a testament to the insanity of the industry itself. Virtually every emotion experienced by a human being—sadness, grief, anxiety, frustration, impatience, excitement—is now being classified as a “mental disorder” demanding chemical treatment with—you guessed it—pharmaceutical drugs.

Ironically, one of the DSM’s harshest critics is Allen Frances M.D., professor emeritus from the Department of Psychiatry at Duke University who was chair of the DSM-IV Task Force.

“DSM-5 opens up the possibility that millions and millions of people currently considered normal will be diagnosed as having a mental disorder and will receive medication and stigma that they don’t need,” said Frances. “This is the saddest moment in my 45-year career of studying, practicing, and teaching psychiatry. [The] approval makes it likely that DSM-5 will start a . . . dozen or more new fads which will be detrimental to the misdiagnosed individuals and costly to our society.”

The DSM is now larger than ever, and it includes Orwellian disorders such as “obedience defiance disorder” (ODD), defined as refusing to follow authority. Rapists who feel sexual arousal during their raping activities are given the excuse that they have “paraphilic coercive disorder” (PCD) and therefore are not responsible for their actions. You can also get diagnosed with “hoarding disorder” if you happen to stockpile food, water and ammunition, among other things. Being prepared for possible natural disasters now makes you a mental patient in the eyes of modern psychiatry.

The entire industry of psychiatry has become such a laughing-stock that even many supporters of the industry are turning their backs in disgust. To many scientists today, psychiatry is no more “scientific” than astrology or palm reading, yet its practitioners call themselves “doctors” of psychiatry in order to sound credible.

DSM added FIVE new categories for children….

Just in time for the official release of the American Psychiatric Association (APA)’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced that 20 percent of U.S. children are now among the ranks of those considered to have mental illness. And once DSM-5 gets into the hands of doctors and psychiatrists in the coming months and years, this percentage will only further increase.

For at least the past 10 years, the framework defining mental illness has been steadily expanding. This means that more and more people who were previously considered to be healthy are now considered to be mentally ill. Conditions like attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism, depression, and even common anxiety are increasingly being diagnosed, particularly among children between the ages of three and 17.

Doctors are diagnosing them as mentally ill, and the consequence has been a huge increase in pharmaceutical drug use. CDC claims that nearly one-quarter of a trillion dollars is spent every year treating children for mental disorders that they may or may not actually have. And between 1994 and 2011, the number of children being diagnosed with mental illness has skyrocketed inexplicably.

Are children really more mentally ill today than they were 20 years ago? Perhaps. Probably this dramatic rise in both diagnoses and prescription drug use has to do with the unreasonable expansion of criteria for determining mental illness in the first place. This, along with heavy influence from Big Pharma in getting more children medicated, and appears to be the real driving factor behind this mental illness “epidemic.”

Many people do not get the important nutrients needed for good health. Some say that children are at once overfed and undernourished, and a poorly nourished body contains a malnourished brain.

The alarmed critics of the Ritalin disaster are now getting support from an entirely different side. The German weekly Der Spiegel quoted the US American psychiatrist Leon Eisenberg, who was the “scientific father of ADHD” and who said at the age of 87, seven months before his death in his last interview: “ADHD is a prime example of a fictitious disease”

The Swiss National Advisory Commission on Biomedical Ethics (NEK) commented on the use of the ADHD drug Ritalin that the consumption of pharmacological agents altered the child’s behavior without any contribution on his or her part. That amounted to interference in the child’s freedom and personal rights, because pharmacological agents induced behavioral changes but failed to educate the child on how to achieve these behavioral changes independently. The child was thus deprived of an essential learning experience to act autonomously and emphatically which “considerably curtails children’s freedom and impairs their personality development”, the NEK criticized.

Having all this information would lead you to believe that cash profits and control are the big winners as some people’s lives are ruined when the medical condition of a mental illness is used as a weapon. This is further exacerbated by the concept that doctors would be required to enter a person’s mental health issues into a national database without due process or knowledge to the patient. This database would then be relied upon to deny people jobs, housing, the ability to protect oneself, or the pursuit of happiness.

Reverend Paul N. Papas II is a Pastoral Counselor with Narrow Path Ministries (MA & AZ) and Founder of the Family Renewal Center (AZ) and

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