There are six words that could have changed the course of history in this country. What if instead of saying this:
…he said “Yeah, I did her. So what?” If I were to meet that man again, I would smack him up side his head. My answer would be “you know why”. He says “Yeah I did her, so what” instead of what he did and Gore wins and we go an entirely different direction. Would his National Security Advisory have paid attention to the report that said “Bin Laden intent on attacking U.S.”? Who knows, but we know the current Secretary of State didn’t pay attention to it and now we have the War on Terror, whatever that really means.
This election disgusts me on many levels. It’s the economy stupid. And that damned war. The lying makes me want to scream. I do give credit to the Democrats for running out a true party ticket. Both men are good Democrats who do things in accordance with party principles, like them or not. Obama isn’t far enough left for the true left, but between him and Biden, they bring the party’s principles to the ticket as they should. I truly believe that Obama is a good man that wants what’s best for this country. I also think that Jimmy Carter was a good man who wanted what was best for this country. I pray that Obama is no Jimmy Carter. What I can’t figure out is what’s wrong with the Republican party. The GOP used to be about less government and conservative fiscal policies. The last eight years have been like a drunken frat party. Our government has ballooned like DeNiro prepping for Raging Bull II. We’re up in everybody’s business and some how the government can now tell people how to live their lives, in accordance with the Bible. Even though this was a country founded on amongst other things freedom of religion, separation of church and State. I hear it argued that this country was founded as a Christian nation so we should all get in step. We are not a Christian nation. We are not a Christian nation with our Judaism, Hindus and Sikhs and Buddists and dare I utter the word? Muslims. We have Wiccans and Santoria and Jehovah’s Witnesses and Seventh Day Adventists. Not that long ago Mormonism was considered a cult but today they’re making mass calls to California in an effort to amend our Constitution. When did they stop being a cult? Or are they still? Fifty years ago a Roman Catholic ran for President and it was a big deal that he was Catholic. Now the Vatican’s decisions affect the entire world. What happens when a Rastafarian runs for office? Religion has no place in government in this country. Fanaticism is fanaticism, be it Muslim, Christian or anything else. Fanatic Christian ideals do not belong in government, Governor Palin. And they do not belong in the Republican party. Who let that party be hijacked? What went so terribly wrong over there? What are they thinking? I know the answer. It was Reagan pandering to the Religious Right to get elected, blah blah blah but jeez Louise, it’s 28 years later. Is this who you want to be?
At this point I would like everyone to please insert the tin foil you were provided into your baseball cap and put your cap on. (We wouldn’t want space aliens eating your brains) Back in my misspent youth, I was given a copy of Hal Lindsey’s “The Late Great Planet Earth”. For those of you not familiar with this, here’s the wikipedia premise and plot:
The Late, Great Planet Earth (LGPE) is a popular treatment of literalist, premillennial, dispensational Christian eschatology. As such, it compared end-time prophecies in the Bible with then-current events in an attempt to broadly predict future scenarios leading to the “rapture” of believers before the “tribulation” and Second Coming of Christ to establish his thousand-year (i.e. millennial) Kingdom on Earth. Focusing on key passages in the books of Daniel, Ezekiel and Revelation, Lindsey originally suggested the possibility that these climactic events might play out in the 1980s, which he interpreted as one generation from the foundation of modern Israel in 1948, a pivotal event in most evangelical (especially conservative evangelical) schools of eschatological thought. Cover art on the Bantam edition boldly suggested that the 1970s were the “era of the Antichrist as foretold by Moses and Jesus,” and called the book “a penetrating look at incredible ancient prophecies involving this generation.” Descriptions of alleged “fulfilled” prophecy were offered as proof of the infallibility of God’s Word, and evidence that “unfulfilled” prophecies would soon find their denouement in God’s plan for the planet.
Like many previous books, LGPE postulated an Antichrist ruling over a ten-member or ten-nation European confederacy. He believed that what was then the six-member European Economic Community (now the twenty-seven member European Union) could be a forerunner of this confederacy, which he considered to be a revival of the Roman Empire. He also foretold a Russian invasion of Israel, as well as an increase in the frequency of famines, wars and earthquakes, as key events leading up to the end of the world. He found little in the Bible that could represent the United States of America, but he suggested that Ezekiel 13:13 could be speaking of the United States in part.
Although Lindsey did not claim to know the dates of future events with any certainty, he suggested that Matthew 24:32-34 indicated that Jesus’ return might be within “one generation” of the rebirth of the state of Israel, and the rebuilding of the Jewish Temple.
Lindsey asserted that “in the Bible” one generation is forty years. Some readers took this as an indication that the Tribulation or the Rapture would occur no later than 1988. In his 1980 work The 1980s: Countdown to Armageddon, which was essentially an updated version of LGPE, Lindsey predicted that “the decade of the 1980s could very well be the last decade of history as we know it.”
Shit like this is fascinating to a teenager. After all what teenager doesn’t love Revelations? Four Horsemen? Check. Seven angels reigning destruction? Check. Massive armies? Check. Blood fire and destruction? Check. Apocalypse? Check. Emerson Lake and Palmer reference? Check. So this book was interesting fodder to me as a kid. And a bunch of bands were making music based on things in Revelations, it was the 70’s fergodsakes. I remember several years later checking Reagan’s name against the numerology chart to be sure he wasn’t the Anti Christ. (He was) The Late Great Planet Earth points out that the Chinese army in fact numbers 2 million. The Jews did return to Israel. The tribes do in fact number 12,000. The revival of the Roman empire could in fact be the ECC. Or us for that matter.
All interesting prattle. What’s more interesting to me is how much our society has decayed. (Which luckily is where I’m going with all of this) I’m seeing so much hate and bile in this country right now. Much done in the name of God. I have to wonder, what are these people thinking. It seems like a mob mentality to me. A month or so ago the Radical left a comment that the Bible was like RESPA, a lot of people talk as if they’ve read it but few really have. She’s absolutely correct. In watching what’s going on in this country, I don’t think very many people have spent much time reading it. We seem to me to be sliding towards the same quagmire that the Germans found themselves in back in 1932. Certain factions in this country are behaving as if. The puzzle pieces exist today. Economic recession, possibly a depression, fanaticism, and a
Jewish Muslim scape goat. I don’t know that we’re not one beer hall short of a putsch right now. And I don’t know that it doesn’t make Hal right at the end of times the day.
For all the people that claim to be Christian in this country, we, as a Nation aren’t behaving in a Christian way very often. I have come to believe that the Bible was a series of philosophical writings commissioned because society was out of control. Your God is just that. The new testament in particular was sort of a “rules to live by” designed to reign in an out of control society that was failing. That being said the new testament does not talk about behaving the way that a lot of our society behaves now. I think about the WWJD? Would he kick over the tables where they sold the bracelets? Would he bring comfort to the broken members of our society? The drug addicts, the alcoholics, the mentally ill? Or would he toss them out on the street and call himself a compassionate conservative? Or would he bring them comfort, like he did for Mary Magdelene? Seriously, who are the moneychangers today? Wall Street? The 700 Club? The CBN? Jimmy Swaggart? The Bakkers? Copeland? If I could venture a guess, I’m going to guess that most of the folks who have been stealing the huddled masses blind the last eight years believe themselves to be good Christians, simply because there’s no law that doesn’t forbid their actions, or because they can justify that gray area. All along, in their heart of hearts, they know it’s wrong.
I try to do the right thing. I’d say more often than not I get it right. I mess up from time to time. I don’t think this Nation as a whole has been doing the right thing for a long time. They wrap themselves in the flag and hold a Bible and somehow they’re superior to those of us who question their authority. It infuriates me. I was talking to a friend the other day and I confessed that when I see a flag flying on a residence it actually pisses me off. It pisses me off because I feel like my country has been hijacked by these people. It pisses me off because somehow I’m un-American because I oppose the war in Iraq. Somehow I’m less of a patriot because I want them to get the hell out of Iraq and capture the real terrorists in Pakistan. Somehow I’m less of an American because I understand that military action emboldens terrorists while police action dismantles them. Somehow the American flag now belongs to the Republican party and not the United States of America. And it pisses me off because I don’t see a difference in walking lock step with any party and Germany in 1932. This country was founded on ideals that allow for and encourage independent thinking. Yet, we’ve quit thinking for ourselves all of the sudden, or I guess over time. I wholeheartedly believe that the cuts in education were designed specifically to dumb down our population, (check) so that one group could run our society, feed us any sort of crap they wanted to and we’d shut up, do our jobs and rubber stamp them. This morning, I say HELL NO.
And finally (no I don’t know who pissed in my Wheaties this morning) we ask the question:
psssst. The answer is here.