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The Verdict

We are living It now

So I will observe that History has its own scale.

Its weights are comprised of only

Pure concern for right and wrong

Against a backdrop of commonweal and fraternity.

Wholly objective

History cares not about motive

or opinions or bank accounts:

It cares that your neighbor didn’t suffer in any way due to your actions

It concerns Itself with whether the words you spoke were beautiful or ugly

It longs to confess that you walked your talk.

There’s no alternative in History’s measure

Some things really are absolute and

An attempt to justify the damnable will be revealed through the scope of History’s truth.

As we stand now in a moment of time

Where the stakes are extreme

And the consequences are beyond repair should we choose the wrong path,

I hold my breath that reason prevails

And rationale becomes vogue again.

That the tide of ‘most of us’ will cleanse away

The destruction of our nation and the pillaging of its people.

This moment will conclude, then our children will look back

And with the privileged clarity of future generations

Witness the reveal of History’s judgement upon what we do this very hour –

May the verdict return favorably upon each of us.

 

 

 

 


The Biggest, Fattest Corporate Lie: One Nation Under God

I’ve just come across an excerpt from a new book  “One Nation Under God:  How Corporate America Invented Christian America” written by Kevin Kruse.  I’ll be tripping to my local library this week to check it out.   It’s message couldn’t be more timely for our Nation.

The excerpt focuses specifically on “How one reverend’s big business-backed crusade altered the political landscape.”  It’s an important read because it details the origins of the incongruent marriage between christianity and the corporatocracy.  Here are some quotes from the article:

“Fifield and like-minded ministers saw Christianity and capitalism as inextricably intertwined, and argued that spreading the gospel of one required spreading the gospel of the other.”

“Notably, Fifield dismissed the many passages in the New Testament about wealth and poverty, and instead assured the elite that their worldly success was a sign of God’s blessings.”

“The first step would be making ministers realize that they, too, had something to fear from the growth of government. “The religious leaders must be helped to discover that their callings are threatened,” Haake argued, by realizing that the “collectivism” of the New Deal, “with the glorification of the state, is really a denial of God.” ”

“The magazine (Faith and Freedom) repeatedly denounced the Social Gospel and, just as important, clergymen who invoked it to advocate for the establishment and expansion of welfare state programs.”

With quotes like these, I can now understand memes like these:

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According to Mr. Kruse, one individual and a whole lot of corporate money hijacked our democracy under the guise of maintaining our individual independence from government intervention.   What really happened is that we gave up our independence in the name of religion to the coporatocracy and they relentlessly colonized the American public to the point of third world status.

As I read the excerpt, I couldn’t help but notice the effects of Mr. Fifield’s movement in America’s Unseen Revolution where the financial elite control policy making and legislation (a shift from democracy to oligarchy).   Within the framework of Mr. Fifield’s  ‘One Nation Under God’  message, modern corporate leaders are allowed to claim a disproportionate sense of doing God’s work with “a messianic belief in privatization and profits” (John Perkins, Hoodwinked).  One could correctly conclude from the message that God has ordained the third world status of America by empowering corporate leaders.

Corporate leaders are doing a superior job of making loads of money on the foundations of Mr. Fifield’s movement, and they are doing it to the exclusion of the rest of the American population.

We have a few weapons in our arsenal as citizens of the Republic:   We can educate and inform ourselves – no matter how uncomfortable the material.  We can vote for leaders who aren’t afraid to impose boundaries on Wall Street.  We can choose to keep religion within the four walls and privacy of our homes and out of government decision making.

I am not the only one who understands that our nation is at a crucial point in its history – with the next election we will decide whether to continue as a democracy or give over completely to oligarchy.  It is information such as Mr. Kruse’ book that will sway the balance.

Here’s to a healthy nation,

Frankie


one of my favorite books….

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you’ll notice i’ve taken a quote out of this work for this weeks widget space.

this is one of my all time favorite books ever for many reasons:

1.  i like mr. ferris’ writing style, ’tis a lot of information he covers, yet he keeps it light and interesting.

2.  it reminds me to be grateful for the time that i live in…the ability to look back on our history and development the way mr. ferris has AND be able to draw out some lessons for today is a cherished commodity.

3. the depth and breadth of the book makes an admirable synthesis of our quest to understand our earth-home and our place within the universe.  mr. ferris deftly weaves together the marriage of physics and astronomy as they team up to find answers to our never-ending questions.

4. it’s one of those books that is best read a few times over….so much information and such a beautiful story of us humans as well. as a writer and a historian, mr. ferris’ attention to detail is also a treasure trove of information.

5. the work leaves me in awe, once again, at us amazing humans.  our ability to observe and deduce, question and patiently wait for an answer, makes me proud to be one of us…

happy reading! and be well,

frankie


The Many Versions of Christ and Why They Exist

I made a comment on my personal Facebook page a while back about the History Channel’s ‘Bible Series’.  The comment addressed all the snarky speculation concerning Jesus being white and Satan being black – I noted that of course that’s the way it’s going to be, history is written by the winners after all, it’s one of the first tenets we learn as historians.  A very ugly conversation ensued and atheists got blamed for racism, but it got me thinking……

Why is Christianity so vulnerable to a myriad of interpretations and presentations?  Why are all religions vulnerable to radical changes depending on the particular view of a specific group of people? Even Islam and Hindu religions are divided amongst themselves as to the real interpretation of their saviors.  Then I realized what the issue is:  religions are subject to mass evisceration for the very reason that they are myths.

Let’s think for a minute about a couple of real live humans that have existed.  You know, their deeds of good and ill are recorded in numerous references from historians of the day to newspaper articles to public records to eyewitness accounts.  It’s difficult to get their legacies wrong.  We don’t have much wiggle room to revise their accounts for the very reason that their accounts are stolidly recorded and fixed on the historical timeline.

Henry VIII – one of my favorite figures from early Britain and certainly one who changed the course of history – is ever viewed as one thing only:  a womanizing king who was willing to break holy precedence and as a result managed to create a religious rift that Satan would be proud of.  We can’t spend days and months speculating about his thoughts and actions and looks because too much evidence exists to only interpret his historical presence within a very narrow window.

I can hear some of you thinking “Henry VIII is pretty recent though,” and you are right.  Let’s go back Before the Common Era then and pick out some other historical figure……say, Aristotle for instance.  We have a pretty good idea how he looked based on paintings and sculpture so most portrayals we have of him are basically similar (unlike many depictions of Christ – who knew he was Aryan?).   Aristotle’s work and deeds and influence are recorded by many so it becomes impossible to surmise what he meant except within very strict parameters, he wrested incessantly with other brilliant minds of the time after all and their arguments still haunt us.  By contrast, whole denominations are built as a result of various suppositions as to what Jesus, or Paul, or the angel Gabriel really meant (by the way, denomination means division).

I could mention Alexander the Great, Marcus Aureoles, Genghis Khan, and Galileo, along with hundreds of other historical figures whose interpretation is limited because of the various forms of information we have about them.  Not so for Jesus, whose divisive presence failed to capture the attention of historians of the time and whose lack of images allows us to re-write history so that a middle-eastern Jew looks more like an American lumberjack.

Of course there will be many versions of Christ, mythological figures are prone to various revisions and wild interpretation in a way that historical figures can never be.

Be Well,

Frankie