Monday, May 19, 2008

Holy Warriors and Bill Moyers On the End Of Democracy

First a little song before we begin :

Tom Lehrer So Long Mom A song for WWIII

So anyway once again we are reminded how the U.S. military has become a vehicle for delivering a Christian Evangelical Fundamentalist Reconstructionist's message to the people of the world in order to win converts and prepare for a World Wide Theocracy and/or The Rapture and Armageddon and the thousand year Reich of Christian Theocrats and/or the Rule of The Messiah etc.

For those who might criticize my commentary on the specifics of the End-Times scenario as it affects Israel I wish to remind them that there are differences of opinion on these matters amongst Evangelical theologians and also amongst Jewish theologians who believe these details can be discerned from the Bible.

Yes there are differences of opinion amongst the Evangelical Fundamentalists about the Time-Line leading to the Second Coming of Jesus / The Messiah - i.e. is there a thousand year period of peace under the rule of the Earthly Church or is it a thousand years of rule under the Messiah before the Rapture or after the Rapture and then as they say it begins to get complicated. Some argue that the Israelites must return to Israel/ Judea to begin the countdown. Others claim the Israelites / the Jewish people must not only return to the Kingdom of Judea but they must rebuild the Temple of Solomon and David and also must perform ritual sacrifices in the Temple including the sacrifice of the Unblemished Red Heifer- there are within these groups arguments about what is necessary and what is not. Some argue that Israel must encompass the territories that it did before the Diaspora or the destruction of the Temple in 70 AD (CE )- For some Evangelicals it is enough that the State of Israel exists and that it need not encompass the original territories and borders of Ancient Israel.

Holy Warriors in the US armed forces
Real News & Fundamentalist Evangelical Reconstructionists
The Great Commission - Convert or Die
Praying for Armageddon

the U.S. military is operating guided by " the Book of Revelation
and the Book of Revelation does not end with everybody happy "

and from AlterNet
Moyers: 'Democracy in America Is a Series of Narrow Escapes, and We May Be Running Out of Luck' By Bill Moyers, Doubleday. May 17, 2008.

Democracy in America is a series of narrow escapes, and we may be running out of luck. The reigning presumption about the American experience, as the historian Lawrence Goodwyn has written, is grounded in the idea of progress, the conviction that the present is "better" than the past and the future will bring even more improvement. For all of its shortcomings, we keep telling ourselves, "The system works."

Now all bets are off. We have fallen under the spell of money, faction, and fear, and the great American experience in creating a different future together has been subjugated to individual cunning in the pursuit of wealth and power -and to the claims of empire, with its ravenous demands and stuporous distractions. A sense of political impotence pervades the country -- a mass resignation defined by Goodwyn as "believing the dogma of 'democracy' on a superficial public level but not believing it privately." We hold elections, knowing they are unlikely to bring the corporate state under popular control. There is considerable vigor at local levels, but it has not been translated into new vistas of social possibility or the political will to address our most intractable challenges. Hope no longer seems the operative dynamic of America, and without hope we lose the talent and drive to cooperate in the shaping of our destiny.

...Edward R. Murrow told his generation of journalists: "No one can eliminate prejudices -- just recognize them." Here is my bias: extremes of wealth and poverty cannot be reconciled with a genuinely democratic politics. When the state becomes the guardian of power and privilege to the neglect of justice for the people as a whole, it mocks the very concept of government as proclaimed in the preamble to our Constitution; mocks Lincoln's sacred belief in "government of the people, by the people, and for the people"; mocks the democratic notion of government as "a voluntary union for the common good" embodied in the great wave of reform that produced the Progressive Era and the two Roosevelts. In contrast, the philosophy popularized in the last quarter century that "freedom" simply means freedom to choose among competing brands of consumer goods, that taxes are an unfair theft from the pockets of the successful to reward the incompetent, and that the market will meet all human needs while government itself becomes the enabler of privilege -- the philosophy of an earlier social Darwinism and laissez-faire capitalism dressed in new togs -- is as subversive as Benedict Arnold's betrayal of the Revolution he had once served. Again, Mary Lease: "The great evils which are cursing American society and undermining the foundations of the republic flow not from the legitimate operation of the great human government which our fathers gave us, but they come from tramping its plain provisions underfoot."

And so it goes ,

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