Monday, July 25, 2011

February 5, 1981

I've been cleaning out a large attic which spans the four first floor rooms of the house, and is overflowing with stuff dating back to the 1930s. Amongst the mostly lovely junk I found a copy of The Patriot Ledger, a Massachusetts newspaper, from February 5, 1981, just two weeks after Reagan's inauguration. I read through and found five articles that seemed relevant with regard to America 2011, so I'm posting nutshells of the stories here with minimal commentary, though I do have to include a special appeal to John Boehner with regard to the story about Reagan and the debt ceiling.

Story number one, the headline: 5 Schools closed; 226 teachers cut. Total of 400 face layoffs; some city parents in tears. By Dennis Tatz. QUINCY--With some members of the audience struggling to hold back tears, the school committee last night faced its 'moment of truth' and voted to close the Adams, Beechwood Knoll, Gridley Bryant, Cranch and Quincy elementary schools. The closings...will mean the transfer of 900 students under a redistricting plan. The unanimous vote is expected to save the school department $7.2 million.

Story number two, also page one (where Reagan reveals that his real bed is in corporate America's back pocket): Gas price controls ending? WASHINGTON (UPI)-- President Reagan plans to ask Congress to scrap federal controls on the well-head price of natural gas as of Sept. 30--an action that could more than double the prices consumers pay, it was reported today.

Story number three, page three: Tables are turned on debt limit hike. WASHINGTON (UPI) -- The Reagan Administration's first legislative request--to increase the national debt limit--may languish in a political minefield, if Senate Democrats are to have their way...the Republican president is asking for a nearly $50 billion increase in the debt ceiling to $985 billion...Treasury Secretary Donald Regan (before which he was Merrill Lynch's chairman and CEO) said if Congress does not approve the increase, the federal government could run out of money by Feb. 17, forcing it to default on its obligations.

Weepy Man John Boehner, the tobacco industry darling whose favorite shade of suntan paint is demon burnt sienna, reveres Reagan as his hero. Perhaps he should harken to the past and heed his hero's dire warning and advice as they apply today. The debt ceiling was raised 17 times during Reagan's presidency, more than tripling the national debt.

Story number four, also page three: Reagan to address the economy. By Hedrick Smith, NY Times News Service. WASHINGTON -- With the initial wave of executive orders completed and the American hostages home, President Reagan is turning to his biggest challenge--mending the American economy. The president's televised address in the nation at 9 tonight will be his first major test in the White House as a public persuader in behalf of his economic recovery program. It takes on added importance as an go along with a preliminary Reagan proposal to raise the national debt limit.

Administration officials contend that the new president's sweeping victory gave him a mandate for conservative reform. But both the comments of politicians and recent public opinion polls underscore the challenge Reagan faces in winning enactment for his cut in personal taxes and major cuts in federal spending....

And finally, the news would be incomplete without a lurid sex scandal. Story number five, page thirteen: Miss. congressman faces sex charges. WASHINGTON (UPI) -- Rep. Jon Hinson, R-Miss., who last fall overcame obscenity allegations in winning a second term, has been charged with a homosexual offense that could end his political life. Hinson, 38, was arrested yesterday and charged with having oral sex with Library of Congress employee Harold Moore, 28, in a men's room in the Longworth House Office Building on Capitol Hill.

His arrest came just five months after another congressman, Maryland Republican Robert Bauman, was charged with having sex with a 16-year-old boy he picked up at a gay bar.

And that's the way it was, February 5, 1981.

Sound familiar?

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Eric Cantor, Dead Man Walking

Why True Christians Abhor Republicans – Part 7

Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye are as graves which appear not, and the men that walk over them are not aware of them. Luke 11:44

Eric Cantor is suffused utterly by the spirit of Satan. Hypocrisy personified, his every intention and every action are motivated by pure evil lusts for money and power. He is a heartless, soulless, Godless corpse that hasn’t stopped breathing yet.

In his latest clash with Obama earlier this week, Cantor brazenly said that the exchange for the Democrats' concessions on spending cuts was the Republicans even discussing voting for a debt ceiling increase. “What I don’t think the White House understands is how difficult it is for fiscal conservatives to say they’re going to vote to pay for a debt ceiling increase,” he said.

But Cantor led the Republican charge to raise the debt ceiling under Bush, five times, in 02, 03, 04, 06, 07.

And to call themselves fiscal conservatives is a joke. Reckless and corrupt Republican financial policy created this destroyed economy, and which Cantor helped legislate during his first six years in Congress. I highly recommend reading Ten Inconvenient Truths About The Debt Ceiling.

So here’s a rundown of some of Eric’s greatest hits.

Cantor’s response to the tornado that destroyed Joplin, Missouri was memorably deplorable. The monster tornado touched down on Sunday afternoon of May 22 at 5:41. While actual human beings were mobilizing aid to the area, Cantor was scheming how to manipulate the situation to political advantage. On Monday he said that if Congress passed an emergency bill for Joplin the money would have to be funded by spending cuts. His remarks were made while many were yet unaccounted and the death toll had yet to reach its height. People who had been buried in their shattered homes were dying while he was devising and delivering his rhetoric. That is stone cold evil.

From this article in ‘Last year the Wall Street Journal reported that Cantor, the No. 2 Republican in the House, had between $1000 and $15000 invested in ProShares Trust Ultrashort 20+ Year Treasury EFT. The fund aggressively “shorts” long-term U.S. Treasury bonds, meaning that it performs well when U.S. debt is undesirable. (A short is when the trader hopes to profit from the decline in the value of an asset.)'

If the economy tanks, Cantor pockets a windfall. The investment is all the more appalling when you consider that the Cantors lives quite comfortably. In 2009, Eric's wife, Diana Cantor, was running a branch of the wealth management division of Emigrant Bank, the recipient of 267 million dollars of the federal bank bailout. Meanwhile, the congressman played a key role in the 700 billion dollar bill getting passed.

Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you. James 5:1.

At a town hall meeting on September 24, 2009, Cantor said about health care: “Health care, in this building, has now made it so that we cannot seem to get anything else done. We’ve got burning issues out there in this country. First and foremost is the fact that Americans want to see job security return, they want to see economic security return. But somehow we’re unable to deliver on that because of the intransigence on the majority’s part on even discussing ways for us to agree on health care.”

In 2011 the burning issues for Republicans are spending cuts and providing the wealthy with continued tax relief. And in discussing the debt ceiling, Republicans are the intransigent ones, refusing to even consider raising taxes so much as one penny.

Beware ye the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. Luke 12:1

At that same town hall meeting a woman asked Cantor what her very close relative with tumors in her stomach that needed immediate treatment and had no insurance was supposed to do for health care. Eric responded: “I guess I would ask what the situation is in terms of income eligibility and the existing programs that are out there. Because if we look at the uninsured right now, there is probably 23 or 24 percent of the uninsured that is already eligible for an existing government program. Beyond that, I know that there are programs, that there are charitable organizations, there are hospitals here who do provide charity care.”

And now, less than two years later, he is working with furious passion to eliminate those programs and more.

Cantor once said: “The use of obscenity…should not and cannot be tolerated. As a parent, I share the concerns of many regarding the level of offensive television and radio programs that are transmitted into our homes. The recent violations that have occurred disgusted not only me, but damage our society.”

In February of 2009, Cantor’s office released this unbelievable, profanity laced, union bashing video.

That’s just arrogant, mental illness hypocrisy from a foul, wicked man.

Cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Matthew 24:51

Why True Christians Abhor Republicans -- Introduction
Part 1 -- The Boehner Letters
Part 2 -- Rick Perry And The Wrath Of God
Part 3 -- Mitt Romney's Truth Is Myth
Part 4 -- Michele Bachmann's Most Dangerous Lie
Part 5 -- Pat Robertson Is A Sodomite
Part 6 -- Paul Ryan's Antichrist Goddess
Part 7 -- Eric Cantor, Dead Man Walking

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Paul Ryan's Antichrist Goddess

Why True Christians Abhor Republicans -- Part 6

Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4

When Paul Ryan puffed on the coals of the right wing’s dormant love for Ayn Rand this past spring, and the flame flickered back to life briefly, I decided it was time to learn more about this woman. I searched online interviews and found one with Mike Wallace in 1959 that clearly expressed her outlook and philosophy. Mike Wallace asked questions from the Christian perspective of loving our neighbor, and that we are each others’ keepers, while she answered with virulent opposition to those views. Therefore have I modified the attributions. I have also edited these excerpts so that they read like a three way conversation between Mike, Ayn and the Scriptures.

We’ll begin with Ayn Rand antichrist.

Ayn Rand antichrist: “I am primarily the creator of a new code of morality which has so far been believed impossible, namely a morality not based on faith, not on arbitrary whim, not on emotion, not on arbitrary edict, mystical or social, but on reason. A morality which can be proved by means of logic.”

Mike Wallace Christian (quoting a review of Ayn’s novel Atlas Shrugged in Newsweek): “It is said you are out to destroy almost every edifice in the contemporary American way of life, our Judeo Christian religion, our modified government regulated capitalism, our rule by the majority will. Other reviews have said that you scorn churches and the concept of God. Are these accurate criticisms?”

Ayn Rand antichrist: “Yes.”

Scripture: He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them. John 12:40.

Mike Wallace Christian: “You say that you do not like the altruism by which we live. You like a certain kind of Ayn Rand selfishness.”

Ayn Rand antichrist: “To say that I don’t like is too weak a word. I consider it evil.”

Scripture: Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight. Isaiah 5:20

Mike Wallace Christian: “We’re taught to feel concern for our fellow man, to feel responsible for his welfare, to feel that we are, as religious people like to put it, children under God and responsible one for the other...what’s wrong with loving your fellow man? Christ, every important moral leader in man’s history has taught us that we should love one another. Why then is this kind of love in your mind immoral?”

Ayn Rand antichrist: “It is immoral if it is placed above oneself. It is more than immoral, it’s impossible.”

Scripture: And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord; And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment….” Mark 12:29-30

Ayn Rand antichrist: “When you are asked to love everybody indiscriminately, is to love people without any standard, to love them regardless whether they have any value or virtue, you are asked to love nobody.”

Scripture: “…And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these. Mark 12:31

And she babbled on along those same lines, while also praising the virtue of capitalism, and decrying the evil of a government telling others they have to spend their money caring for people they don’t know. Earlier this year, when Paul Ryan was peddling his snake oil called The Roadmap to Prosperity, he and a number of other politicians gushed anew with breathless admiration and love for Ayn Rand and her novels.

Paul Ryan said: “Ayn Rand, more than anyone else, did a fantastic job of explaining the morality of capitalism, the morality of individualism, and this to me is what matters most.”

Ayn Rand antichrist hated God; Paul Ryan and some of his buddies in congress love Ayn Rand, therefore…true Christians abhor them all.

Jesus Christ: Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind, and if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.

Why True Christians Abhor Republicans -- Introduction
Part 1 -- The Boehner Letters
Part 2 -- Rick Perry And The Wrath Of God
Part 3 -- Mitt Romney's Truth Is Myth
Part 4 -- Michele Bachmann's Most Dangerous Lie
Part 5 -- Pat Robertson Is A Sodomite
Part 6 -- Paul Ryan's Antichrist Goddess
Part 7 -- Eric Cantor, Dead Man Walking

Friday, July 1, 2011

Pat Robertson Is A Sodomite

Why True Christians Abhor Republicans -- Part 5

I read last week that Pat Robertson had compared Sodom to the United States of America. Aside from Jesus being Lord, this may be the first time I have agreed with Robertson on anything. But then I listened to his remarks and realized that our agreement was but a coincidence: that we reached the same conclusion along very different paths of truth. Pat voiced his homophobic rhetoric to rail against New York's recently passed gay marriage law.

In the monologue here, Pat said: "I think we need to remember the term 'sodomy' came from a town that was known as Sodom, and Sodom was destroyed by God Almighty, and the thing that they practiced was homosexual activity and even they tried to rape angels who came down there, so that's the kind of people they were, but beyond that, when Jesus spoke of Sodom he didn't say anything about the homosexuality, he talked just the fact that business was as usual until God decided to destroy it." While my reasoning was informed by the Bible, Pat went on to blah blah blah that there hasn't ever been a nation that embraced homosexuality that has survived.

Perhaps the reason Jesus didn't mention homosexuality in conjunction with his reference to the destruction of Sodom, is because that wasn't the source of God's wrath against the city. (Homosexual activity in Sodom is never explicity stated in the scriptures, only vaguely implied. Read it for yourself.)

The 'business as usual' of that city is detailed here, in Ezekiel, 16:49-50. Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and the needy. And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therfore I took them away as I saw fit.

That bears an eerie resemblance to Republican America 2011, and as the Republicans take their scissors to state and national budgets, slashing programs that succor the poor, they numb themselves to the fact that the blades they wield are cutting real human flesh; and the red ink they slop all over is the blood of the needy and poor they injure, which blood indelibly stains the Republicans' fingers with guilt before God.

Meanwhile you, Pat Robertson, use your show's platform to exhort your viewers to vote Republican, brazenly stating that casting so is the Christian way to vote. Therefore Pat, in truth, you are committing the very abominable acts of the Sodomites that you decry in others. That is hypocrisy, and true sodomy, about which the Bible says: Woe unto you, Pat Robertson, Sodomite.

Why True Christians Abhor Republicans -- Introduction
Part 1 -- The Boehner Letters
Part 2 -- Rick Perry And The Wrath Of God
Part 3 -- Mitt Romney's Truth Is Myth
Part 4 -- Michele Bachmann's Most Dangerous Lie
Part 5 -- Pat Robertson Is A Sodomite
Part 6 -- Paul Ryan's Antichrist Goddess
Part 7 -- Eric Cantor, Dead Man Walking