Thursday, November 17, 2022

Rightwing Paranoia Is Strong


 If you have ever wondered, as I have,  what the Rightwingers mean when they talk about "The Establishment" Andrew Wallace (from Kentucky) has written an explanation over at News With Views in an article that would be any Christian Nationaists envy.
     He writes: "
The Establishment, consisting of the Most Wealthy Family’s controlling Corporations, Banks, Media, Judges, Elected and Appointed Officials, Law Enforcement, Medical Care and all Educational Institutions are an Unconstitutional Cabal. This Establishment and the people associated with it are guilty of Treason against the Republic and its Citizens; they are guilty of the Deaths, and unspeakable crimes suffered by Tens of Thousands of Americans. The Establishment, contrary to law is also bringing millions of Muslims and illegal’s into the country as future voters and criminals while we are paying for it.Facts specified in our Constitution, by the Rule of Law and by God, will guide us in terminating the power and control that the Establishment and its minions in government may try to use to defeat us." 
     Is it any wonder that rightwingers are so paranoid? So to defeat this paranoia they create this idea that God and the Rule of Law  (on an equal status) exist only to protect them. Whoops, almost left out "The Constitution" is going to protect them also. Reality just isnt their friend.

Monday, November 14, 2022

Democrat Katie Hobbs has been elected governor of Arizona


In the REAL world:

Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs has been elected governor, becoming the latest Democrat to prevail in a state that has gone from solid red to battleground in recent years. Hobbs defeated Republican Kari Lake.

     In Maga World:
Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs stole the election away from Republican Kari Lake. The Democrats have stolen another election. The many ways they stole this election will be posted in random videos on Youtube and Ultra Maga Memes throughout social media. Now is the time to send Kari Lake your money..all the money you can because she needs to fight the deep state attacks against her while, at the same time, avoiding space lasers.....

Friday, November 11, 2022

Faith is not illogical or void of reason.


T​he first man who rejected Christianity, and then called himself a "free thinker," built an ideology better than he knew. If a man who rejects Christianity is a free thinker, the implication is that the man who accepts Christianity is a bound thinker--or one whose reason is in chains. It, of course, is not true. But....the "free thinker" is able to  freely think what he will even if it is nonrational. He than can label it rational and call it good. "Free thinkers" as a philosophical viewpoint holds that beliefs should be formed on the basis of science, logic, and reason, and should not be influenced by authority, tradition, or any other dogma. It is, however, a dogma eat dogma world and if one presses the ideological notions of a "freethinker" one will find that their foundation is based more in "anti-religionism" as opposed to anything really reasonably "free." And the "anti-religion" sentiment is generally mis-focused. They tend to target anything religious and ask, at the same time, how can all the religions be so divided on issues. It would seem to me that the sensible thing would be to attack the point of contention that bothers their ability to think if they are anywhere near or abouts something that might be remotely religious of nature.

 I cannot say that I have not heard any preacher say "do not think," but they have used it in context of a miss-applied definition of faith. Faith is not  illogical or void of reason. It's based on the foundation of it's creator.  However, if I was to deliver that message and say to a congregation "do not think," then unless I had a gun pointed to your head at the moment, you would still have your ability to think.

Thursday, November 10, 2022

Pro-Life and Pro-abortion advocates impacted 2022 midterm elections


 ​Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America President Marjorie Dannenfelser, a national pro-life grassroots advocacy organization criticized Republican strategists for failing to make the party's position on abortion clear during the 2022 midterm elections, citing it as a potential reason for some of the party’s losses this election cycle. I have to disagree with the point. The position was pushed by most Republicans and it was a motivating factor for large Democrat turnout. In June 2022, the Supreme Court overruled Roe in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization on the grounds that the substantive right to abortion was not "deeply rooted in this Nation's history or tradition", nor considered a right when the Due Process Clause was ratified in 1868, and was unknown in U.S. law until Roe

Actions by prolife leaders like Governor Greg Abbott of Texas signed off on legislation which would allow a person to turn in anyone who even contemplated an abortion brought the issues of safety to the attention of pro-abortion advocates.. and the women who supported a woman's right to choose made the issue important to them so they campaigned against any and all Republicans.

Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Moral relativism leads to indifference.

   ​Moral relativism can be dangerous since it leads to moral paralysis and indifference. We presently live in a world mired by a multitude of notions of moral relativism.

In a Post-Truth Era, as we are in, politics is defined by a political culture in which debate is framed by appealing to emotions rather than details of policy. Factual rebuttals are ignored, truth is of secondary (or even less) importance. Post-truth politics is dangerous as truth is not a priority anymore. Welcome to 2020.
👉Moral relativism is the view that moral judgments are true or false only relative to some particular standpoint (for instance, that of a culture or a historical period) and that no standpoint is uniquely privileged over all others. (Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy)

Anti-Semitism On The Rise in USA

 A record-high number of antisemitic incidents are unfolding across the United States. Jewish leaders say the surge is being partially driven by inflammatory statements made on social media by high-profile celebrities.

"There’s people who take pride in being anti-semitic, and that’s a bad development,” said Jewish scholar Alvin Rosenfeld of Indiana University. Ye, the rapper formerly known as Kanye West, was locked out of his Twitter and Instagram accounts for violating policies of both platforms after posting anti-semitic statements, threatening in a since-removed Oct. 8 tweet to go "death con 3 on JEWISH PEOPLE."

Last month, seven-time NBA All-Star Kyrie Irving endorsed a purported documentary espousing anti-semitic conspiracy theories, such as those suggesting that Jews secretly control the world. While Irving has since apologized, he has refused to unequivocally denounce antisemitism.

The Constitution establishes a federal democratic republic form of government.

In a democracy the power is in the hands of the people. In the Republic, power is in the hands of individual citizens. In a democratic system, laws are made by the majority. In the Republic system, laws are made by the elected representatives of the people. Rightwingers who claim to be the "power" always want to embrace a system where they are NOT the ones calling any shots (Democracy). The Constitution establishes a federal democratic republic form of government. That is, we have an indivisible union of 50 sovereign States. It is a democracy because people govern themselves. It is representative because people choose elected officials by free and secret ballot.. Democracy and Republic are not mutually exclusive in our current form of government regardless of what the USA might have been found as.The Constitution establishes a federal democratic republic form of government. That is, we have an indivisible union of 50 sovereign States. It is a democracy because people govern themselves. It is representative because people choose elected officials by free and secret ballot. It is a republic because the Government derives its power from the people      

Sunday, November 6, 2022

Another Maga successfully being removed from society


Elon Musk said on Sunday Twitter users engaging in impersonation without clearly specifying it as a "parody" account will be permanently suspended without a warning. Actress Valerie Bertinelli started it off on Sunday. Kathy Griffin did it after her. Griffin was permanently suspended. Not the first time Griffin has been suspended from Twitter. 

     A Miami Trump supporter was convicted of shooting at men after argument over Biden flag on Jet Ski. The six-person jury deliberated less than two hours in convicting Eduardo Acosta, 39, on charges of attempted murder, aggravated assault with a firearm and armed robbery. He faces up to life in prison, with a mandatory minimum of at least 20 years, when he is sentenced on Dec. 16. Another Maga criminal removed from society.
     I have been getting a whole lot of emails from candidates across the country asking for last minute money. The thing that most of them have in common is that they dont mention what Party they are associated with. I know most of them so I know their party. Just seems odd me that they would not mention that.
Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton has decided that he won’t run for president in 2024 . Which begs the question: who knew he "was" running or even wanted him to??

Saturday, November 5, 2022

Christian Nationalism: A Dangerous Dogma

 There are no people in the world in any country that God loves more than others. God's gift to man through Calvary is available to any man, woman, or child anywhere at any time. I have noticed that Christian Nationalists seem to think they have some kind of special favor merited from God. (A dangerous dogma because if you think God is on your side anyone in your way will have major trouble or hurt). The idea, like Christian Nationalism, is delusional. It's vain and lofty imaginations at work in peoples minds and imaginations that need to be "cast down"  as Paul mentioned in II Corinthians. In Christian Nationalism, it shows itself as a quest for power, and in most cases, at any cost (racism, anti-semitism, lies, etc), and on and on as imaginations have no boundary.                                           

I struggled for awhile with the idea that a person could be a Christian Nationalist without realizing it as I came across lots of CNs  who adamantly deny it. (Though some are embracing CN now). 

In honest evaluation though, I realized that I pushed many Christian Nationalist ideas for many years. In a country that has "In God We Trust" on our money (among other things) it becomes an almost common theme in Church Americana. I can look at things and events in USA history that seemed to reinforce those ideas until suddenly people like David Barton are preaching about how America has Christ in it's history and since He is a part of history...God will do great things for us 'To further His Kingdom). Waiting on God becomes long and tedious so efforts become political and the imaginations take off. The frustration eventually creates toxic Christian Nationalist ideologies. It is then that the time is ripe for a leader to step up and  use that frustration for their own personal advantage. Donald Trump and Michael Flynn are exploiting that now. We are where Germany was in the 1930s when at that time a relatively unknown but charismatic person established the Third Reich in 1933. 

Christian Nationalism has always had a bad end. Unfortunately the Third Reich lasted about 12 years ending in 1945 but with unimaginable cost.

The Vain Imaginations of Christian Nationalists


One foundation of Christian Nationalism is found in Romans 1:21-22: "Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became ->>vain in their imaginations,<-- and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools."

There are a lot of Christians who are pushing Christian Nationalism but do not know they are. Not knowing they are does not make them any less innocent. Paul points out to Timothy:  "For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths" (II Tim 2:3-4). Vain imaginations and desires for power are Christian Nationalist compatible.

Imagination is a very powerful force. Offhand I would count it as one of the most powerful forces in the universe outside of God & His Spirit. In fact, very early in our Creation story we find the Genesis author stating that in "GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually." (Gen 6:5). That is man. Jeremiah added “The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it?" (17:9). I cant even imagine what the world would have been by now had God not sent us His Son for our redemption.

A major part of spiritual warfare is "casting down imaginations" and that applies to what I hear and what I think. I must deal with my own imaginations..while addressing the info I take in. This takes the power of the word to aid in fortifying ourselves from it and even addressing in others. Build your spiritual foundation on a rock and not sand. The next wave..which might be CN..will come your way and wipe out everything you had spiritually. And there is no guarantee you will want it back when you finally discover how far away from reality the wave took you.

For me, right now, one of the major themes I address in my reading and writing is Christian Nationalism. As I stated earlier there are many people pushing Christian Nationalism but dont know they are doing it. I can attest, but not proudly, that I spent many years pushing Christian Nationalist ideas. My ideology followed many American church teachings that suggest America has some sort of special place in creation and, from reading authors like David Barton, were convinced that God played a major part in establishing America. Granted God was there and knows what was going on but He really did not have the hand on Americas foundation that most CNs think. (and I am not saying God abdicated anything...He allowed man to do what he was doing. And in contemporary society there is absolutely no calling from God to anyone to throw out the Constitution and establish America as a theocracy. Particularly since I understand the idea is to establish the Ten Commandments as the foundation. America has a rich Christian foundation and many blessings with Jesus as king and not some theocratic political leader. 

Christian Nationalism as a movement is a power play. They have a sense that they have no power and then when some apostate comes along and playa the Jesus card, they are all in. God, of course, nor Jesus ever issued those kinds of commands. There are self proclaimed prophets as we speak pushing what they claim are prophetic words from God...but they are not. They get themselves attention...and they can find ways through the internet to monetize themselves...and as long as the money keeps coming they will keep preaching whatever the donators want.

Adolf Hitler pushed Christian Nationalism in the 1930s as he rose to power. He understood the need for power many Christians have...particularly when enticed via the avenue of their own vain imaginations.