Plowshares

What does it take to motivate large numbers of people to put down their remotes and become actively involved in the affairs of the world?

You really ought to spend some time thinking on this one, because the answer may just turn out to be pretty important.

One way is to get them involved in a holy war.  History tells us that people have repeatedly been willing to give up everything to take up God’s banner and march across a continent to save the Holy City from the infidels.  In the process they managed to kill thousands of Jews, millions of Muslims, rape and pillage across the countryside with impunity since they had papal indulgences, sack the city of Constantinople and cause the downfall of the Byzantine Empire, and these are just a few highlights, all in the name of God and Holy Mother Church.

So holy wars are always a good start.  But the problem with holy wars is that you need someone to take up the banner and ride out front.  In 1096 that was Peter the Hermit, not to be confused with Herman’s Hermits who invaded the U.S. in the 1960s.  Pete managed to get about 20,000 people together, mostly peasants who didn’t have too much to lose anyway, and marched them off under the flag of the Church and the blessings of the pope toward Jerusalem where all but about 3000 died at the hand of the Saracens (and hunger) before they got there.

Not to worry.  Over the next 450 years various others would take up the banner eight more times, fighting not only in the Holy Land, but just about everywhere.  Apparently if you called it a Holy War to glorify God and Church, you could wage war on just about anyone, including the opponents of King Henry III of England or against Frederick II and his sons.

It is important to note that having a big banner and the blessing of the pope weren’t enough, by themselves, to get people to cross a continent with murderous intent.  It was the Saracens at the other end of the journey that made it all worthwhile.  Here were people who did not believe in the teachings of THE CHURCH: heretics, infidels, father-rapers and mother-stabbers, just waiting to be converted or slain.  These people, these Arab dogs, were the true enemy, to be hated, to be hunted, and to be slaughtered if they did not surrender.

Today there are a score of candidates ready to take up the banner in the 21st century holy war against the modern day equivalent of the Saracens of old – you, me, everyone else who doesn’t agree with them, and the US government itself.  Their armies have gathered and are just milling about waiting to see which one grabs the flag, raises a sword, and leads them forth.  They have God on their side; they have the blessings of their church; they are angry and they are ready.

They have been running skirmishes for years, gerrymandering districts and stacking state legislatures with their own.

What do we have?  We have reasoned arguments, plans, and proposals.  We have logic and words.  We have education and historical examples.  We even have accurate quotes from our founders.  We have everything we need to feel like we are superior and we have little we need to defend the land we love.

They have hate on their side, the hate that only a true believer can feel.  We don’t hate.  We shake our heads and feel sorry for the delusional bastards, but we don’t hate them.  We don’t do angry well.

We can’t even get angry enough to confront them over their open carry and concealed carry and their idiotic interpretation of the second amendment while our children are being murdered in our schools.

They have growing numbers.  And we don’t understand why.  How can so many people be so taken in by so many lies and false prophets?

They can’t see the lies and they can’t see the false prophets because they are a part of something much larger than themselves.  They are doing God’s work and they are going to save America from the infidels and make it great again.   They will follow whichever fanatic gets the banner.  They will raise him up whether he deserves it or not because now is their time.  They can’t see the lies because they are blinded by the light of their own crusade, the righteousness of their cause, and the fires of the apocalypse in the distance.  It is a snake eating its own tail, blind to all else, the original Worm Ouroboros.

Meanwhile we try to convince ourselves that the country would never turn itself over to this rabble.  We look at presidential polls and comfort ourselves with the knowledge that, at least so far, we can win in the end.  But the battle for Jerusalem wasn’t fought between Saladin and Balian; it was fought across a vast battlefield with thousands of warriors.  The battle for America will be fought in all 50 states and in the state legislatures and governor’s races and mayor’s races.  If you are blinded by the light from just one struggle, large as it may be, we will lose the battle.

It will be easy for some to dismiss all this as a clever metaphor designed to entertain.  I caution you against that.

The mass media keeps telling us that the Republican Party is in disarray and that it is struggling for its very existence.  Do not be taken in by this.  The Republican Party has positioned itself so that it would be almost impossible for it to lose control of the House of Representatives in 2016.  Whether it retains a majority in the Senate probably depends entirely on turnout.

The Republican Presidential primary looks a joke, but when you look carefully at who the candidates really are, with the possible exception of Trump, it really doesn’t matter which one of the top contenders wins.  They are all crusaders, blinded by their mission to bring God into government, reduce the size of government by eliminating programs that keep people safe and help the poor, keep women in their place, slay the heathen atheists and liberals, and raise the banner of freedom and the free market over the capital.  They all believe that America’s strength lies in its military might and that we are God’s chosen policemen for the world.

Ben Carson is a Seventh-day Adventist and science denier whose church believes that all other Christian denominations will end up in hell.  Given a chance to distance himself from those beliefs, he chose not to. [1] In 2013 while still a contributor at Fox News, Carson compared the Affordable Care Act to slavery.  This man leads the polls in Iowa today.

Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and Jeb Bush (and for that matter every Republican candidate) have all been influenced by Dominionism, particularly Rubio and Cruz.

The major school of Dominionist thinking is the New Apostolic Reformation which advocates for Christians to reclaim the “seven mountains of culture: government, religion, media, family, business, education, and arts and entertainment.”  [2] There is nothing about this agenda that does not smack of theocracy.

Rubio has ties to the movement through both the megachurch Christ Fellowship which he attends and through David Barton, who helped get Rubio elected to the Senate.  The pastor at Christ Fellowship apparently rejects the Theory of Evolution, promotes exorcism and Young Earth Creationism. [3] Barton is known for his work in helping to change Texas schoolbook content and support for the “seven mountains” doctrine which calls for Christians to “invade” and “infiltrate” those areas noted above.  He is also a major promoter of the Black Robe Regiment.

Ted Cruz not only has ties to Barton and his Black Robe Regiment, but Rafael Cruz, Ted’s father, is an evangelical pastor with Purifying Fire International and preaches Dominionist Christianity.  Their web site was taken down after the media began to trace Ted Cruz’s relationship to his father’s organization.

Rafael Cruz talks of anointing priests and kings.   And the kings are the majority of the followers.  They are told “you’re anointing…is an anointing as a king.  God has given you an anointing to go to the battlefield.  And what is the battlefield?  The marketplace.  To go to the marketplace and occupy the land.  To go to the marketplace and take dominion.”[4] You cannot, of course, establish dominion over the marketplace if the government interferes with regulation.

Rafael Cruz speaks of the End Times redistribution of wealth upward to the priests and the kings.  “And it is through the kings, anointed to take dominion, that the transfer of wealth is going to occur.  God, even though he’s sovereign, even though he’s omnipotent, he doesn’t let it rain out of the sky – he’s going to use people to do it.”

On that same day in the same megachurch where Rafael Cruz made the above remark, the host pastor, Larry Hutch said, “I know that’s why God got Rafael’s son elected – Ted Cruz, the next Senator.  But here’s the exciting thing – and that’s why I know it’s timely for him to teach this, and bring this anointing.  This will begin what we call the “End Time Transfer of Wealth.”[5]

Ted Cruz was “blessed and anointed by prominent Dominionist pastors, in effect as a ‘king’ in the political governmental sphere, at a special blessing at the Marriot Hotel in Des Moines, Iowa, at a July 19th-20th 2013 rally designed to draw pastors into politics.”[6]

It is very easy for those of us raised to believe the best in our leaders and to see grey areas rather than black and white to dismiss as conspiracy theory this sort of information.  It’s possible that it is.  But it is also possible that what we think about it isn’t nearly as important as the fact that, apparently, these people believe in these ideas.

If there is, in fact, a holy war being waged; if there is a crusade to “infiltrate” and “invade” our government, and all the other basic institutions of our country, backed by the wealthiest people in the world and even part of the rationale for that is to transfer even more wealth to the so-called “kings” in some “End Times Transfer of Wealth,” we really do need to re-evaluate our thinking.  This isn’t just greed as usual.

Do you really want people who would even condone this sort of thinking, let alone associate themselves with it, making decisions about climate change action?  What good is action if the End of Times is upon us?  Why spend trillions of dollars that would be wasted when those trillions could go to the priests and kings to insure their place at the top of the prosperity gospel pyramid.

There is only one way to stop a crusade.  We have to have a bigger army.  We have to have better weapons.  We have to have more determination.  We have to want to win!

In other words, vast numbers of us who spend most of our time thumbing a remote or a mouse and wishing people would stop talking in black and white instead of realizing how everything is a shade of grey will have to get off our collective asses and realize that now – right now – this one thing is black and white.

A vote for a Republican in the coming election is an admission that we are at the End of Times in America as a unique philosophical entity in the world.  A vote for a Republican is a vote for a move closer to theocracy.  A vote for a Republican is a capitulation to the “kings” who would steal wealth from the poor to promote their own religious and secular prosperity.

Understand what’s at stake.

Find a plowshare.  Beat it into a sword.

Your Humble Servant,
Roger A. Shipley, The Willowbrook Curmudgeon

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