Blackwater’s Erik Prince Is the Brother of Betsy DeVos

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Erik Prince. (Getty)

Erik Prince, who gained notoriety as head of the security contractor Blackwater, is back in the news as the alleged intermediary between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

One interesting twist in the Prince saga, though: His family tree.

Prince is the brother of Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump’s controversial nominee as Education Secretary, The Washington Post confirms.

DeVos and Prince are the children of an industrialist named Edgar Prince. The Washington Post says her mother has “supported anti-gay marriage efforts in the past” but Besty DeVos has not been “publicly involved” in that issue.

American Progress.org had harsh words for the Prince family. The site said that Edgar Prince “helped start the fundamentalist Family Research Council,” which was known for its anti-LGBT views. Edgar’s wife, Elsa Prince, was labeled “an extreme fundamentalist” by the site, which said she was “once called a ‘portrait of Christian hate’ by the Daily Kos,” which is a liberal site.

According to The Daily Beast, “(Erik) Prince is a vice president of his family’s foundation, the Edgar and Elsa Prince Foundation, which gave more than $1.5 million to the Family Research Council from 2014 to 2014, one of the groups that has worked hardest to oppose gay rights.”

In 2016, a head of an investment company was accused of stealing $16 million from Elsa Prince, the mother of Erik Prince and Betsy DeVos, according to MLive, which called Elsa Prince a philanthropist.

Erik Prince founded Blackwater, the controversial and now defunct security group that, according to The Washington Times, was a “mercenary firm” that “gained infamy during the Iraq War for incidents involving civilian casualties.”

The Washington Post put Prince back in the news on April 3 with a report that the Blackwater founder “held secret Seychelles meeting to establish” a Trump-Putin “back channel.”

According to The Post, “Though Prince had no formal role with the Trump campaign or transition team, he presented himself as an unofficial envoy for Trump to high-ranking Emiratis involved in setting up his meeting with the Putin confidant.” The newspaper alleges that, in the meeting, “the UAE agreed to broker the meeting in part to explore whether Russia could be persuaded to curtail its relationship with Iran, including in Syria.”

Both Erik and Elsa Prince made hefty donations to Make America Number 1, a pro-Trump Super PAC, according to the Daily Beast. The site labels Erik Prince “one of the most controversial figures of the Iraq War,” saying he “founded Blackwater, a private security firm that contracted with the U.S. military in Iraq during the war there. In 2007, Blackwater employees were involved in a mass shooting there that left 17 civilians dead, including two boys, age 9 and 11.”

BEDMINSTER TOWNSHIP, NJ - NOVEMBER 19: (L to R) Betsy DeVos, president-elect Donald Trump and vice president-elect Mike Pence prepare to head inside the clubhouse after posing for a photo at Trump International Golf Club, November 19, 2016 in Bedminster Township, New Jersey. Trump and his transition team are in the process of filling cabinet and other high level positions for the new administration. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

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Betsy DeVos married into money. Her husband Dick DeVos – who ran unsuccessfully for Michigan’s governor in 2006 – is the son of Richard DeVos Sr., the billionaire co-founder of the company Amway. According to Forbes, Richard Devos Sr. is worth $5.1 billion and first sold cleaners door-to-door.

Richard DeVos Sr. owns the Orlando Magic. Born in Michigan and a lifelong resident of that state, according to her website, Betsy DeVos is a graduate of Holland Christian High School and Calvin College, her bio says.

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JOHN MAYOR

GOP Radicalization
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With regard to Mike Pence’s “CHRISTIAN CONSERVATIVE R-E-A-C-T-I-O-N” to Islam!… and regarding the view of the “self-avowed/ averred” “CHRISTIAN RIGHT (and its supporters… e.g., the said, ‘Christian Right-wing GOP’!)”, that T-H-E-S-E have a “DEVINE/ SACROSANCT DISPENSATION (i.e., one ‘blessed by God’!… AND YEA, ‘A RIGHT AT THE HEART, OF THE TEACHINGS OF JESUS CHRIST’!… leaving aside for the moment, those claiming a ‘SACROSANCT HUMAN RIGHT’!– in deference to the non-Christian, Humanist members of the GOP!)” to bare arms in defence of themselves (e.g., against the likes of ISIS!)!… and, IN “DEFENCE” OF THE DOWNTRODDEN OF THE WORLD!… such– I suggest!– is S-U-S-P-E-C-T! And!… begs the question:… “IS THEIR ‘DEVINE POSTURE’ AND ‘DEFENSIVE POSITION’ JUSTIFIED THROUGH JESUS CHRIST?” Well… let us examine (i.e., those who profess Christ!… but!… etc.!) a few further New Testament passages, to find out!
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In Matthew Chapter 05, Verse 38, Christ states: “You’ve heard that it has been said: ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, THAT YOU NOT RESIST (PHYSICALLY CONTEND WITH!) EVIL: WHOSOEVER SHALL HIT YOU ON ONE CHEEK, TURN TO THAT ONE, ALSO, THE OTHER.” In Matthew Chapter 10, Verse 16, Christ states, “Be aware!… I send you out AS SHEEP, in the midst of wolves; therefore, be as wise as serpents, BUT HARMLESS, AS DOVES.”
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Next, the ensuing is a question put to Christ from a Pharisaic lawyer… in an attempt to catch Jesus in some act of pompous pontification, and religious sophistry! In Matthew, Chapter 22, Verse 36, the Pharisaic lawyer asks: “Master, which is the GREAT COMMANDMENT in the Law?”; V37) Jesus said unto him, “YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND”; V38) “THIS IS THE FIRST AND GREAT COMMANDMENT”; V39) “AND THE SECOND IS LIKE UNTO IT!… ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR, AS YOURSELF'”; V40) “ON THESE TWO COMMANDMENTS, H-A-N-G A-L-L T-H-E L-A-W, A-N-D T-H-E P-R-O-P-H-E-T-S!”
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Next, are the words of Paul to the Ephesians, concerning the Christian’s struggle with evil: In Ephesians Chapter 06, Verse 12, Paul states: “FOR WE (CHRISTIANS!) W-R-E-S-T-L-E N-O-T A-G-A-I-N-S-T F-L-E-S-H A-N-D B-L-O-O-D; BUT, AGAINST PRINCIPALITIES, AGAINST POWERS, AGAINST THE RULERS OF THE DARKNESS OF THIS WORLD, AGAINST SPIRITUAL WICKEDNESS IN HIGH PLACES.”
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Next, in advance of His anticipated sojourn to the Garden of Gethsemene, Jesus sought to convey an important message to His entourage– and, to all others who might bear witness (then, and in the future!)!– about the error of physically resisting/ contending with evil, in an effort to vanquish it! And!… in His preparation!… set in motion the ensuing means, whereby, His message to be told, could be manifest!
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In Luke, Chapter 22, Verse 36, Christ states to His entourage:… “But now let the one who has a moneybag take it!… and likewise, a knapsack! And let the one who has no sword, sell his cloak, and buy one (a sword!)”; V37) “For I tell you, that this Scripture must be fulfilled… in Me: ‘And He was numbered with the transgressors.'” “For what is written about Me, has its fulfillment”; V38) And they said (those with Christ!): “Look, Lord, here are two swords.” And He (Jesus!) said to them: “It is enough”; V39) And when Jesus came out, He went (as was His custom!) to the Mount of Olives; and His disciples followed Him.
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Subsequently, and upon completion of His efforts in the Garden of Gethsemene, Jesus stood ready to confront the evil advancing upon Him and His followers. In Matthew, Chapter 26, Verse 46, Jesus states: “Rise, let us be going. See… My betrayer is at hand”; V47) While He was still speaking, Judas came (one of the original twelve disciples!)… and, with him, a great crowd… with swords, and clubs… from the Chief Priests… to the elders of the people; V48) Now the betrayer had given them (those with Judas!) a sign; and, saying to them (those with Judas!): “The one I will kiss, is the man… seize Him”; V49) And he came up to Jesus, at once, and said: “Greetings, Rabbi!”… and he (Judas!) kissed Him (Jesus!); V50) Jesus said to him: “Friend, do what you came to do.” Then they (those with Judas!) came up, and laid hands on Jesus… and seized Him; V51) And suddenly, one of those who were with Jesus stretched out his hand, drew his sword (i.e., Simon… Peter… see, John 18: 10)… , and struck the servant of the High Priest… cutting off his ear; V52) Then Jesus said to the one (Peter) who drew the sword: “PUT YOUR SWORD BACK INTO ITS PLACE. F-O-R ‘A-L-L’ W-H-O U-S-E T-H-E S-W-O-R-D, W-I-L-L P-E-R-I-S-H B-Y T-H-E S-W-O-R-D”; V53) “DO YOU THINK THAT I CAN’T APPEAL TO MY FATHER?… WHO WILL, AT ONCE, SEND ME MORE THAN TWELVE LEGIONS OF ANGELS!”; V54) “BUT HOW, THEN (if God were to do this!… Jesus continued!) SHALL THE SCRIPTURES BE FULFILLED?”… THAT THUS, IT MUST BE SO (i.e., that the prophesied events should happen in the manner, as was prophesied!)?”
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An interesting response to His disciples– to say the least!… and, after having compelled them to buy, and bring the weapons, in the first place! And!… at a time, of the greatest physical threat to the life of Jesus!… that would lead to His very crucifixion! But!– and as it turned out!– to teach them (and all who would eventually receive these actions, and words!), an important lesson:… VENGENCE IS GOD’S PREROGATIVE!– NOT MAN’S!; VENGENCE IS NOT THE RESERVE OF THOSE CLAIMING CHRIST!; AND, IT IS NOT TO BE METED OUT, IN THIS WORLD! And!… Jesus adds an additional reinforcement, in the Book of John…
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In John, Chapter 18, Verse 36, Jesus states: “MY KINGDOM ‘IS NOT’ OF THIS WORLD!… IF IT WERE, MY SERVANTS ‘WOULD HAVE FOUGHT (and I’ll add here… when Judas, and his gang, met Christ!)’, THAT I MIGHT NOT BE DELIVERED OVER TO THE JEWS!…”
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In other words, THE SERVANTS OF CHRIST WERE NOT TO PHYSICALLY RESIST EVIL!… EITHER TO SAVE CHRIST, OR THEMSELVES!… AND!… MOST IMPORTANTLY!… WERE COMMANDED BY CHRIST, NOT TO DO SO!
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And so, are we (who profess Christ!) to adopt the view… today!… in 2017!… that THIS WORLD (the world that Christ declared was NOT His Kingdom!), IS TO BE MADE HIS KINGDOM!… IS TO BE MADE “OUR” KINGDOM!… THROUGH BLOODSHED?… AND NUKES? AND!… AS IF!… CHRIST’S SECOND COMING, AND HIS HEAVENLY SPIRITUAL KINGDOM, HAD ARRIVED!
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And further… and in a perverse– SATANIC-BACKED!– attempt to subvert the simple story of the AGAPE LOVE of Jesus Christ for God, and for mankind, the following Bible passage is often cited as some kind of “DEVINE SUPPORT” for the position, that “CHRISTIANS” should “BATTLE EVIL THROUGH THE FLESH”!
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In John, Chapter 15, Verse 13, Christ states: “GREATER LOVE HAS NO ONE, THAN THIS: THAT ONE LAY DOWN ONE’S LIFE, FOR ONE’S FRIENDS!”
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The questions to be asked here, are these: “Is the ‘laying down’ of one’s life for one’s friends (AS A CHRISTIAN!), the same as TAKING THE LIFE OF ANOTHER, OR THE LIVES OF OTHERS, IN ONE’S DEFENCE OF ONE’S FRIENDS?” “And, if so, how can/ does such a parity remain CONSISTENT, with the totality– AND CLEAR!– teachings, of Jesus Christ?”
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Simply put, given all of the aforenoted Scriptures (and those unstated!), there can be ONLY ONE INTERPRETATION of/ for John, Chapter 15, Verse 13… and that is: “OUR ‘LAYING DOWN’ OF ONE’S LIFE FOR A FRIEND– I.E., AS A TRUE CHRISTIAN, AND IN THE SPIRIT OF GOD!– MUST BE IN THE MANNER, OF JESUS CHRIST (I.E., ‘W-I-T-H-O-U-T’ T-H-E S-H-E-D-D-I-N-G O-F T-H-E B-L-O-O-D, O-F A-N-Y O-T-H-E-R)!”
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Nevertheless!… if we– as professing Christians!– have acted violently in defence of a friend, we have Christ as our propitiation for our sin!… i.e., upon our repentence of our respective impassioned thoughtless act! Otherwise, we invite God’s wrath!… A-N-D C-E-R-T-A-I-N J-U-D-G-E-M-E-N-T, A-N-D R-E-T-R-I-B-U-T-I-O-N!
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IN MATTHEW 7:21-23, WE READ:… 21) “NOT EVERYONE WHO SAYS TO ME, ‘LORD, LORD,’ WILL ENTER INTO THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN, BUT HE WHO DOES THE WILL OF MY FATHER WHO IS IN HEAVEN WILL ENTER.” 22) “MANY WILL SAY TO ME ON THAT DAY (I.E., AND, IN PARTICULAR!… ON THE DAY THAT PROFESSING CHRISTIANS WILL STAND BEFORE GOD, AND GIVE AN ACCOUNT OF THEIR COMMISSIONS AND/ OR OMISSIONS!):… ‘LORD, LORD!… DID WE NOT PROPHESY IN YOUR NAME, AND IN YOUR NAME CAST OUT DEMONS, AND IN YOUR NAME PERFORM MANY MIRACLES (AND I WILL ADD HERE:… ‘…AND IN YOUR NAME, PERFORMED MANY ACTS OF WAR?’)?'” 23) “AND THEN I WILL DECLARE TO THEM:… ‘I NEVER KNEW YOU; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.'” [NIV]
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IN OTHER WORDS, THERE WILL BE MANY WHO WILL HAVE SHOWN SIGNS OF HAVING FOLLOWED GOD!… AND TRUTH!… BUT!… WHO– IN REALITY!– NEVER KNEW GOD!… NEVER ACCEPTED THE TRUTH!… AND NEVER TRULY ACCEPTED GOD’S LOVE, NOR THE A-G-A-P-E L-O-V-E OF HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON! AND YEA!… INDEED!… WERE REVEALED AS HAVING DESTROYED OTHERS, WHO WERE FAITHFUL TO THAT LOVE!
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All You Need
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Terrorists, and Terrorism, ARE NOT “THE PROBLEM”!… ARE NOT OUR “TARGET”! They’ve never been “THE PROBLEM”!… nor, will they ever be “THE PROBLEM”!
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However distasteful one might find– and for example!– what I’ll term, ISISic Muhammad_Munchausen Syndrome By Proxy (or ISIS-MSBP!)… and ISIS-born Marahiq-Muhammad_mujahidization (i.e, and a.k.a., Preteen-Muhammad_mujahidization!) of Marahiq-Muhammad_mujahideen/ Preteen-Muhammad_mujahideen suicide bombers!… what’s WORSE, is the PREMEDITATED “POLITICORADICALIZED COLLATERAL MURDER” OF RADICALIZED CHILDREN, as a “REACTIONARY TREATMENT” of the “SOCIAL SEQUELAE” of “ISISic RADICALIZATION”, generally!
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The key question to ask ourselves today, in the aftermath of Trump’s “win”, is:… Will ISIS’ reaction be greater to Trump, than such would have been to Clinton? And let’s not be confused!… terrorists watch the news!… and these have heard the claims, and the hyperbole!… and have gauged the rhetoric! H–l!… ISIS was using Twitter!… i.e., until the “plug was pulled”! These have assessed how Trump may respond to their campaigns… versus how Hillary may have responded! And!… these are preparing for their “counter retaliatory responses” to any Trumpian measures to be effected in the future! And!… these respond most agressively when they’re under threat! It’s what they do!… it’s who they are!
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And don’t forget… it was the George W. Bush fashioned collateral damage against innocent lives over there… wherever!… that G-A-L-V-A-N-I-Z-E-D otherwise non-aggressive souls into others’ worst nightmares!… wherever! And… it remains to be revealed, to what extent the “tactical offensives” mounted against the “bad guys” by the military minions to Barack Obama, will fare any better in our histories to be told (i.e., have “c-o-r-r-e-c-t-e-d ‘THE PROBLEM'”!)! And so… the long, and the short of it, is:… Will Americans favor Trump’s “body-bag detail (wherever!… however!… and of whomever!)”≠?… or, what would have been that, of Hillary Clinton’s≠? Because… let’s face it!… the terrorists haven’t quit!… and they’re on their way! And although Trump appears… to some!… to be a kind of “stalwart defence (though, perverse!)” against the “DARK ARTS” of “you know who”, is his “defense” more of the “same old, same old” of yesteryear (i.e., a repeat of the evils of by-gone years!… a repeat of history!)≠? In other words, will Donald Trump become, “Mr. Deja Vu”≠?
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“THE PROBLEM”, reader, is S-I-N!… AND, IN PARTICULAR, T-H-E L-A-C-K O-F T-H-E A-G-A-P-E L-O-V-E O-F J-E-S-U-S C-H-R-I-S-T!… WITHIN WHOMEVER!… AND WHEREVER! AND UNLESS THIS SIN OF L-O-V-E-L-E-S-S-N-E-S-S IS ADDRESSED, T-H-E-R-E I-S N-O H-O-P-E F-O-R A R-E-S-O-L-V-E T-O T-H-E V-I-O-L-E-N-C-E I-N T-H-E W-O-R-L-D! A-N-D!… N-O W-E-A-P-O-N W-I-L-L E-F-F-E-C-T A-N E-N-D T-O T-H-A-T L-A-C-K, S-A-V-E T-H-E W-E-A-P-O-N O-F T-H-E S-P-I-R-I-T O-F T-H-E L-I-V-I-N-G G-O-D, T-H-R-O-U-G-H H-I-S L-I-V-I-N-G A-N-D L-O-V-I-N-G S-O-N, J-E-S-U-S C-H-R-I-S-T!
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T-H-E-R-E W-I-L-L B-E N-O J-U-S-T-I-F-I-C-A-T-I-O-N B-Y G-O-D F-O-R T-H-O-S-E W-H-O P-R-O-F-E-S-S C-H-R-I-S-T, F-O-R T-H-E-I-R H-A-V-I-N-G A-B-A-N-D-O-N-E-D T-H-E M-E-S-S-A-G-E O-F J-E-S-U-S, T-H-A-T T-H-E-S-E (C-H-R-I-S-T-I-A-N-S!) C-O-N-T-I-N-U-E T-O L-O-V-E O-N-E A-N-O-T-H-E-R– A-N-D Y-E-A, T-H-E W-O-R-L-D!– D-E-S-P-I-T-E T-H-E E-V-I-L-S C-O-N-F-R-O-N-T-I-N-G T-H-E-M!
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As 1 Corinthians 13: 1- 3 states: 1) If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have L-O-V-E, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal! 2) If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have L-O-V-E, I am n-o-t-h-i-n-g! 3) And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have L-O-V-E, it profits me N-O-T-H-I-N-G!
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Please!… no emails!

Anonymous

DeVos admits to arranging secret collusions between Trump and Putin. This is big!

Neff

LOL! No it’s not. There is no evidence of any ‘collusion’ at all. No evidence that Trump or anyone on his team asked this fellow to have a meeting with anyone in the Seychelles or anywhere else, and if they did there is nothing wrong with setting up backchannels at all – that’s how Kennedy was able to avert nuclear war in the October Missile Crisis.

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