The Prophetic Realpolitik of Bernie Sanders and “The Last Trump”, part II: America is Now Witnessing the Death of the Bankrupt Philosophy of Conservatism, and the Fire of the Chariot of Israel

The “Last Trump” and the Long Overdue Death of the Bankrupt Philosophy of Conservatism

……………………………………………..The Beast of Putin and his Image: Donald Trump.…………………………………………….

 

In the Revelation of my Father Jesus it says that those that worship the Beast and its Image.. who is Donald Trump the Son of Perdition ….will discover that they have written themselves a one-way ticket to the Lake of Fire, which is the place created for “all liars” (as in habitual liars) and all those ...”who maketh or loveth a Lie”… and Donald Trump has lived a lie since he decided to hang himself on the coattails of Roy Cohn

We are looking at the acts of a criminal…… but his criminality has poisoned every aspect of the Office of the Presidency

In truth we are seeing that the Conservative movement in it’s entirety is just the self interest of the Ruling Class to destroy the true egalitarian nature of America as it’s chief philosophic strength…. Conservatism is totally amoral…. because they are advancing the Social Darwinism of the acolytes of the atheist Ayn Rand….. a doctrine of selfishness and “I got minism…screw you….”

Where’s the Social Contract ??? Gone with the Wind…..

Trump fosters the pernicious concept that self interest is one’s guiding light…. and the GOP has now seen that the spirit of America and indeed the Free World…is diametrically opposed to the enslavement of mankind as the self interest of the Ruling Class as their Class War reaches it’s unholy consummation…. the self immolation of Trump being now burned alive in the conclusion of his presidency as being a sacrifice on the Conservative Altar of Avarice and Megalomaniacal self glorification….

The Prophetic lesson seen in “the Last Trump

The Beast of Putin and Image: Donald Trump…

The prophetic lesson seen in “the Last Trump” is that my Father Jesus saw Trump coming from way back….and prepared a Ukrainian Rebuke in Zelensky’s apparent capitulation to Trump without actually ever doing so…..a cosmic Object Lesson for the World to see….. Trump has been caught and brought down by using his office to serve his own self interest…but ended up serving Zelensky’s instead….as all the American officials of the State Department are now protecting the Ukraine as the Shield of God against the ravening attack against them by the Beast of Russia’s Fascist Christ Vlad Putin…and his sycophantic slave Donald Trump…the very Image of Putin as his Global Shadow…advancing the self interest of Putin as aligned with his own

This is what troubles Bill Moyers the most as he slammed the direction of the televised impeachment…. because we must unmask the actual cancer in America as the Conservation trifecta of Avarice, Corporate Sovereignty…and the Worship of the Beast…in this case it’s newest incarnation as typified in the casual totalitarianism of Putin in his quest for absolute power in the global stage…and it’s Image…in this case Trump as the Image of the Beast incarnate as Putin ….as the dagger in the Heart of America’s Republic by the Judas Priestism of Mitch McConnell and the GOP who sold out the Rule the Law to instead worship Trump as their “Law unto himself” as being much more expedient to enslaving America in a Image of Communist One Party Rule which Putin has taught them so well and Trump has embraced with all his heart….with the abject surrender of the GOP Red Chinese Manchurian Candidate…Mitch McConnell…who even now says if Trump loses that he will block Bernie Sanders and every Democratic Initiative just as he did with Barack Obama..effectively killing his Presidency…as he even now declares he will do again to Bernie Sanders…

Trump is just the Gloss to hide the real power behind the Throne of the Class War which has now almost destroyed America: Mitch McConnell…the Agent of Red China with his treasonous wife and their Russian Mafia pals like Oleg Deripaska…who gave the NRA 30 million dollars which went straight to Donald Trump and rescued his campaign from defeat by RALLYING the 2nd Amendment “GUN NUTS” to their absolute ZENITH… which has also now imploded …..just like Trump.

What we are seeing now is the defeat of the unenlightened concept of self interest by the enlightened view of the same…. As Rochefoucauld said…himself a student of Realpolitik amidst the endless intrigue in the French Court which finally brought about it’s own demise in the end of the Monarchy……. “Self Interest blinds some men…but helps others to see the Light…..” The Last Trump is indeed this object Lesson in the colors of Red, White…and Blue…which are also the colors of the French Flag as well…. as out own overdue “French Revolution” against the Monarchism of the Southern Anti-Christian Theocracy whose King is the Neo Confederate Icon of the KKK and David Duke: Donald Trump..as their resurrected Jefferson Davis in the Southern White House…and whose end shall be the same...

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in 1944, an ill President Roosevelt (just about a year before his death), the war having taken its toll, addressed Congress in his 11th State of the Union message. At one point, FDR proposed a 2nd Bill of Rights, so to speak, that would cover American’s rights where the The Bill of Rights had left off, or covered insufficiently. Of course, he did not intend for a change in the US Constitution, but rather these implementations would be enacted “politically” through legislative change.

Here is perhaps the most poignant message of the speech, as an introduction to his proposed bill of rights “addendum”…

“…It is our duty now to begin to lay the plans and determine the strategy for the winning of a lasting peace and the establishment of an American standard of living higher than ever before known. We cannot be content, no matter how high that general standard of living may be, if some fraction of our people—whether it be one-third or one-fifth or one-tenth—is ill-fed, ill-clothed, ill-housed, and insecure.

“….In our day these economic truths have become accepted as self-evident. We have accepted, so to speak, a second Bill of Rights under which a new basis of security and prosperity can be established for all—regardless of station, race, or creed.

Among these are:

The right to a useful and remunerative job in the industries or shops or farms or mines of the nation;

The right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation;

The right of every farmer to raise and sell his products at a return which will give him and his family a decent living;

The right of every businessman, large and small, to trade in an atmosphere of freedom from unfair competition and domination by monopolies at home or abroad;

The right of every family to a decent home;

The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health;

The right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accident, and unemployment;

The right to a good education……”

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Looking at the Realpolitik of Bernie Sanders

Speaking at Liberty University in 2015

“….I am not a theologian, I am not an expert on the Bible, nor am I a Catholic. I am just a United States senator from the small state of Vermont. But I agree with Pope Francis, who will soon be coming to visit us in the United States.

I agree with Pope Francis when he says, and I quote,

“The current financial crisis originated in a profound human crisis, the denial of the primacy of the human person,” and this is what he writes: “We have created new idols. The worship of the ancient golden calf has returned in a new and ruthless guise in the idolatry of money and the dictatorship of an impersonal economy lacking a truly human purpose,” end of quote.

And the pope also writes, quote,

“There is a need for financial reform along ethical lines that would produce in its turn an economic reform to benefit everyone. Money has to serve, not to rule,” end of quote.

Now those are pretty profound words, which I hope we will all think about. In the pope’s view, and I agree with him, we are living in a nation and in a world, and the Bible speaks to this issue, in a nation and in a world which worships not love of brothers and sisters, not love of the poor and the sick, but worships the acquisition of money and great wealth. I do not believe that is the country we should be living in.

Money and wealth should serve the people. The people should not have to serve money and wealth. (APPLAUSE)…..”

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Jim the Evangelist bears Witness from that Night at Liberty University

Hi my name is Jim. I am the guy who recently posted onto Reddit under the Sanders4President Subreddit that I’m a Liberty University Alumni, and that I support Bernie, and think that he’s a good spokesman for justice.

I thought I would take a second to, sort of, unpack that, because I could tell there’s a lot of people, both Evangelical conservative folk and more liberal Bernie-supporting folk, who are very confused that I could occupy both worlds. So, I thought, I’ll take a few seconds and explain myself, and maybe that will be helpful for the conversation.

So a little bit about me. I am not a current student at Liberty. If I was, I actually wouldn’t have been able to post onto that Reddit board and say that I’m supporting Bernie. There is an Honor Code at Liberty University, and while it’s not always enforced, if you support a candidate who is pro-choice or pro-gay marriage, you can be punished by the University, up to and including expulsion from the school. 

So as a graduate of Liberty University, I’m in a good position to represent folks that might go there and people from the Evangelical tradition, but not be within the world that they can, you know, punish me for my opinion.

So I got my Bachelors degree in Religion from Liberty University, and I also got my Masters degree from Liberty University in Marriage and Family Therapy. In 2004 I worked for the George W. Bush campaign. I spent about 8 years as a Conservative pastor. And also as a schoolteacher at a conservative Christian academy. And today I serve my community as a therapist and also a pastoral counselor, somebody that folks from churches might go see to get counseling whenever they want to see somebody who’s both a clinical counselor but also a pastor.

So I serve all those roles. I think I’m pretty much a card-carrying Evangelical Christian. I still subscribe to a conservative evangelical theology.

And what that means, a lot of people get confused when they hear the word ‘conservative,’ they assume you mean politically. ‘Conservative theology’ means that I believe the Bible is trustworthy, I think that God inspired it, Jesus was absolutely real, and really died on the cross, and really did resurrect three days later; and I am an Evangelical Christian in that way.

So, how did I come to find myself supporting Bernie Sanders? How did that evolution take place? How could it be that in 2004 I was working for the George W. Bush campaign, and today in 2015, as a double Liberty University graduate, under Jerry Falwell—when I went to school, Jerry Falwell was the Chancellor—how is it that I could be now supporting Bernie Sanders, who’s a very progressive, very liberal guy; he describes himself as a ‘democratic socialist.’ How do I find common ground on those two things?

Well a lot of people I think falsely believe that in order to do that you have to give up one of your sides. Either you have to not really be a progressive, and you’re just an Evangelical who just likes Bernie, or you have to not really be an Evangelical, and just secretly be a Progressive who’s faking it and pretending to be an Evangelical, but wouldn’t actually pass the litmus test of being an Evangelical.

I pass both tests, I am very much 100% legitimate in both camps, and I want to explain why that’s not a mythological thing, that’s not a disconnect. Some people call that a contradiction, or hypocrisy, it is absolutely not. 

I believe that my views are 100% consistent. And so I think that the shock value for that comes in beginning to appreciate that the Bible and Jesus, in my opinion and in my very moderate reading of the Bible and the words of Christ, leads us to a Progressive worldview.

And that is shocking to a lot of people, especially folks back home in the Evangelical community, they hear that and go, “What are you talking about? That’s heresy—”… it’s like, hold on. Hear me out. There is a Biblical argument for voting for Bernie Sanders, believe it or not, and I’m gonna walk you through it really quick on some key issues.

So that first issue that I’d kind of point your attention to is kind of what Bernie brought up during his speech at Liberty. Basically, the wealth inequality problem—and see a lot of us, on the Evangelical side think that what Jesus really cares about is gay marriage and abortion. And of course, the great irony is if you read the red letters of Jesus, there are no statements on abortion. There are no statements on gay marriage. Now, that’s not to say the Bible doesn’t speak about these things, but it certainly is to say that Jesus, founder and master of our faith, did not see fit to make these high-priority topics. It’s not to say he doesn’t care. But it is to say that we need to be careful not to ‘major on minors.’ We should be focused on the things Jesus did talk about.

So what did Jesus talk about?

So here’s the interesting thing. When I was watching Bernie Sanders talk at Liberty University, I was just really shocked, and something kind of magical happened for me, because as I watched that guy stand up on that stage, here’s what I saw. I saw a wild-haired Jew crying out in a hoarse voice, in a very forceful and forth-speaking way, he was convicting the Christian leaders and religious leaders in that University and calling us out for being complicit in the abandonment of those who suffer:

“The least of these.”

And siding with the powerful and the rich and the masters of this world.

And he was convicting us, and calling us out. And we scorned him, and we stared him down, and with sour faces we thought, “Who is this whacko? And why do all these people seem to follow him, seem to like him? This wild-haired Jew, crying out from the wilderness of the political Left, in his hoarse voice?”

And if you’re an Evangelical listening to me today, you already know where I’m going with this. When I heard Bernie speaking in that way, when I saw that guy on stage at Liberty University, I saw John the Baptist.

I saw the wild-haired, roughly-clothed John the Baptist, eating honey and wearing camel’s hair, and crying out to the religious leaders, the Pharisees of his day, calling them corrupt and complicit with those who have all the power and all the money and all the wealth, and for abandoning the people that God loves, that God cares about.

For the Pharisees, who were siding with those who already have power and wealth and saying that they will be the last in the Kingdom of God, and that the weak, and the meek, and the simple, and those who need help—they are first in the Kingdom of God.

And I saw that guy, that John the Baptist figure, who is standing up and saying

“There is coming a messenger, there is coming a messenger who will bring equity and justice to the poor, and to the weak, and who will stand for ’the least of these.’”

That’s the wild-haired Jew that I saw up on that stage. I saw, and felt, the same voice coming from the Bible when I read about John the Baptist, who cried out in the desert to the Pharisees, warning them that Jesus was coming, the messenger of God. And that he was coming to restore justice, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor, and to value ’the least of these’ when the Pharisees had failed.

And as I heard Bernie talking, and as I listened to his cries for justice, I remembered, suddenly, what Jesus had actually said in the Book of Luke, when he unravels the scroll in the synagogue, and he quotes the Book of Isaiah, which says that the Son of God was coming. And then he says,

This has been fulfilled in your presence here today.”

He quotes the book of Isaiah which says that the Son of God is coming to bring justice, and Jesus says “it is now come to pass in your presence.” And he says, “I have come to bring Gospel to the poor.”

Gospel—is that word we Evangelical Christians have based everything on. Gospel means ‘good news.’ And Jesus said “I have come to bring good news to the poor.” To restore sight to the blind, to stand with the suffering, to set the captives free, and to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.

Whoa.

As I heard Bernie Sanders crying out to the religious leaders at Liberty University, in his hoarse voice, with his wild hair, this Jew, and he proclaimed justice over us. He called us to account for being complicit with those who are wealthy and those who are powerful and for abandoning the poor, ‘the least of these’ who Jesus said he had come to bring good news to.

And in that moment, something occurred to me, as I saw Bernie Sanders up there, as I watched him I realized: Bernie Sanders, for President, is good news for the poor. Bernie Sanders for President is good news for the poor. Bernie Sanders is Gospel for the poor.

And Jesus said, “I have come to bring Gospel—good news—to the poor.”

And lightning hit my heart in that moment. And I realized that we are Evangelical Christians, that we believe the Bible. We believe in Jesus. We absolutely shun those who attempt to find nuance and twisted and tortured interpretation of scripture that they would use to master all other broader interpretations, to find some kind of big message that they want to flout. We absolutely scorn such things.

And yet somehow, we commit to the mental gymnastics necessary that allows us to abandon ‘the least of these,’ to abandon the poor, to abandon the immigrants, to abandon those who are in prison.

I listened to Bernie Sanders, as he said he wanted to welcome the immigrants and give them dignity. As he said he wanted to care for the sick children, and mothers, and fathers, who do not have health care. As he said he wanted to decrease the amount of human beings who are corralled like cattle in the prisons. As he said he wanted to do justice for those who have nothing and live homeless.

And I remembered the words of Jesus, who warned his disciples that there will be judgment, and on that day he will look to his friends, and he will say ‘Blessed are you, for you cared for me, for I was naked and you clothed me; I was sick, and you cared for me; I was hungry, and you fed me; I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink; I was in prison, and you came to visit me; I was homeless, and you gave me shelter.” And the disciples said, “Jesus, when did we do any of those things for you?”

And he said, “If you have done it for ‘the least of these,’ you have done it for me.”

And those words echoed in my heart. As I listened to that crazy, hoarse-voiced, wild-haired Jew, standing in front of the religious leaders of the Evangelical movement, calling us to account, as a Jew once did before. Telling us that he intends to care for ‘the least of these.’ To clothe the naked, to shelter the homeless, to care for the sick, to set the prisoners free.

Yes. I am an Evangelical Christian. I believe in the Bible. I follow Jesus. When I look at Bernie Sanders, and I hear the things that he’s saying, it’s like he’s ripping them out of the pages of scripture. I would have to try to avoid the meaning of those words. I would have to bury my head in the sand to continue to support conservative policies. I am religiously conservative but I am not politically so.

And I think here is the heart and soul of it:

When we chose to follow Jesus, we decided that the Kingdom of God, and the men and women and children of this world, were more important than us. And that accidentally made us all liberals. The day we decided to follow Christ, and the day we decided that we value other human beings more than ourselves, we accidentally became liberals.

And so there is no contradiction between being a Bible-believing Christian and a Bernie Sanders supporter.

I follow the teachings of Christ: to care for ‘the least of these.’

And I believe that just as John the Baptist once cried out in the desert for justice, and called the religious establishment to account, and hearkened unto the day that Jesus would walk among us, and declare equity and justice and good news for the poor; and just as that day came, that Jesus stood in front of the multitudes at the religious institution and said “I have come to bring gospel to the poor,” I believe that Bernie Sanders now stands in front of us, wild-haired and hoarse-voiced, and he now declares justice for the poor. He declares good news for ‘the least of these.’

He has come to bring gospel. And I wouldn’t be much of a Christian if I didn’t stand on the side of gospel for the poor. Because the last time I checked, that’s where my master Jesus stood, and I’ll stand with him. And for now, that means I stand with Bernie Sanders.

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Here’s the core message driving Pope Francis’s global revolution to save the world from “the dung of the devil,” out-of-control capitalism which will play well when he addressed Congress this month in 2016.

John Boehner resigned the day after the Pope spoke to Congress; so it seems he listened closely to the man in the white suit:

1. Capitalists … are new worshipers of the biblical golden calf

Pope: “Money must serve, not rule, yet we calmly accept its control over us. Money originated in a profound human crisis, the denial of the primacy of the human person. The worship of the ancient golden calf has returned in a new and ruthless guise in the idolatry of money.”

2. Invisible hand of God … replaced by greedy hands of capitalism

Pope: “Never trust in the so-called ‘invisible hand’ of the markets and economic remedies like cutting workers to increase their profits. The world needs a better distribution of income.”

3. New Tyranny … capitalists are destroying democracy worldwide

Pope: “Ideologies increase the wealth of a minority exponentially, increasing the inequality gap, separating the most humans from the prosperity enjoyed by those happy few. A new tyranny is thus born, unilaterally and relentlessly imposing its own laws and rules.”

4. Trickle-down economics … is a total capitalist disaster

Pope: “Free market trickle-down economics causes injustice. A naïve trust in the culture of prosperity and those wielding economic power deadens society.”

5. Inequality … is the root cause of all ‘social ills’ in the world

Pope: “Inequality is the root of social ills. Help the poor, reject markets and speculation, attack the structural causes of inequality, or you will never solve the world’s problems.”

6. Consumerism … is out-of-control, destroying family/social values

Pope: “Today’s economics promotes inordinate consumption, increases inequality, damages the social fabric, increases violence and serious conflicts. Blaming the poor and poorer countries for their troubles is misplaced, solve the corruption spreading at the top.”

7. Competition … capitalist addiction to profits is killing morality

Pope: “The laws of capitalist competition, the survival of the fittest rule. The powerful feed upon the powerless, the vast majority are marginalized: No work, No opportunities. No escape. News is a two-point loss in stocks, but not the death of elderly homeless?”

8. Conservatism … encourages free destruction of natural resources

Pope: “In a world where everyone has their own subjective truth, citizens cannot develop common solutions that transcend personal ambitions. We need a new way of living and thinking that’s more humane and noble, that brings dignity to all humans on this earth.”

9. Exploitation … treating humans as mere economic commodities is sin

Pope: “Yes, humans are now consumer goods, used then discarded in our widespread throwaway culture. It is no longer about oppression and exploitation. Today, the excluded ones are no longer society’s underside, no longer even a part of it, but outcasts, leftovers.”

10. Capitalism has lost its moral compass, turned its back on God

Pope:

Behind capitalist economics lurks a rejection of ethics and God that debases humans. This lack of morality and ethics results in God calling for solutions outside marketplace economics, to make it possible for a more balanced and humane social order.

Bottom line:

Pope Francis spoke to Congress in the position the world’s moral conscience, as well as leader of a new peoples revolution. Francis is seen by billions worldwide as a revival of the moral values missing in today’s world because of our obsessive consumerism, self-centered wealth-building, and an out-of-control capitalist ideology with no moral conscience … so Rush isn’t the only conservative going bonkers … because Pope Francis’s new commandments really are an historic game-changing challenge to the core conservative values of the Republican Party.

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The Advent of Burnin’ Bernie Sanders and the Third Advent of Elijah: Realpolitik, and the Fire of the Chariot of Israel

The Third Advent of Elijah

In looking at the Elijah as a prophetic personage whose mythic life and abilities are even now hadly to be believed by the credulous or accepted by the believing we are faced with the message of Gabriel to an unbelieving Zacharias, who had gone into the Holy Place on the Day of Atonement to burn incense before the Altar of Incense before the Veil of the Holy of Holies..

In the Revelation of my Father Jesus it says that those that worship the Beast and its Image.. who is Donald Trump the Son of Perdition ….will discover that they have written themselves a one-way ticket to the Lake of Fire, which is the place created for “all liars” (as in habitual liars) and all those ...”who maketh or loveth a Lie”… and Donald Trump has lived a lie since he decided to hang himself on the coattails of Roy Cohn

We are looking at the acts of a criminal…… but his criminality has poisoned every aspect of the Office of the Presidency

In truth we are seeing that the Conservative movement in it’s entirety is just the self interest of the Ruling Class t destroy the true egalitarian nature of America as it’s chief philosophic strength…. Conservatism is totally amoral…. because they are advancing the Social Darwinism of the acolytes of the atheist Ayn Rand….. a doctrine of selfishness and “I got minism…screw you….”

Where’s the Social Contract ??? Gone with the Wind…..

Trump fosters the pernicious concept that self interest is one’s guiding light…. and the GOP has now seen that the spirit of America and indeed the Free World…is diametrically opposed to the enslavement of mankind as the self interest of the Ruling Class as their Class War reaches it’s unholy consummation…. the self immolation of Trump being now burned alive in the conclusion of his presidency as being a sacrifice on the Conservative Altar of Avarice and Megalomaniacal self glorification….

The Prophetic lesson seen in “the Last Trump

The Beast of Putin and Image: Donald Trump…

The prophetic lesson seen in “the Last Trump” is that my Father Jesus saw Trump coming from way back….and prepared a Ukrainian Rebuke in Zelensky’s apparent capitulation to Trump without actually ever doing so…..a cosmic Object Lesson for the World to see….. Trump has been caught and brought down by using his office to serve his own self interest…but ended up serving Zelensky’s instead….as all the American officials of the State Department are now protecting the Ukraine as the Shield of God against the ravening attack against them by the Beast of Russia’s Fascist Christ Vlad Putin…and his sycophantic slave Donald Trump…the very Image of Putin as his Global Shadow…advancing the self interest of Putin as aligned with his own

This is what troubles Bill Moyers the most as he slammed the direction of the televised impeachment…. because we must unmask the actual cancer in America as the Conservation trifecta of Avarice, Corporate Sovereignty…and the Worship of the Beast…in this case it’s newest incarnation as typified in the casual totalitarianism of Putin in his quest for absolute power in the global stage…and it’s Image…in this case Trump as the Image of the Beast incarnate as Putin ….as the dagger in the Heart of America’s Republic by the Judas Priestism of Mitch McConnell and the GOP who sold out the Rule the Law to instead worship Trump as their “Law unto himself” as being much more expedient to enslaving America in a Image of Communist One Party Rule which Putin has taught them so well and Trump has embraced with all his heart….with the abject surrender of the GOP Red Chinese Manchurian Candidate…Mitch McConnell…who even now says if Trump loses that he will block Bernie Sanders and every Democratic Initiative just as he did with Barack Obama..effectively killing his Presidency…as he even now declares he will do again to Bernie Sanders…

Trump is just the Gloss to hide the real power behind the Throne of the Class War which has now almost destroyed America: Mitch McConnell…the Agent of Red China with his treasonous wife and their Russian Mafia pals like Oleg Deripaska…who gave the NRA 30 million dollars which went straight to Donald Trump and rescued his campaign from defeat by RALLYING the 2nd Amendment “GUN NUTS” to their absolute ZENITH… which has also now imploded …..just like Trump.

What we are seeing now is the defeat of the unenlightened concept of self interest by the enlightened view of the same…. As Rochefoucauld said…himself a student of Realpolitik amidst the endless intrigue in the French Court which finally brought about it’s own demise in the end of the Monarchy……. “Self Interest blinds some men…but helps others to see the Light…..” The Last Trump is indeed this object Lesson in the colors of Red, White…and Blue…which are also the colors of the French Flag as well…. as out own overdue “French Revolution” against the Monarchism of the Southern Anti-Christian Theocracy whose King is the Neo Confederate Icon of the KKK and David Duke: Donald Trump..as their resurrected Jefferson Davis in the Southern White House…and whose end shall be the same...

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in 1944, an ill President Roosevelt (just about a year before his death), the war having taken its toll, addressed Congress in his 11th State of the Union message. At one point, FDR proposed a 2nd Bill of Rights, so to speak, that would cover American’s rights where the The Bill of Rights had left off, or covered insufficiently. Of course, he did not intend for a change in the US Constitution, but rather these implementations would be enacted “politically” through legislative change.

Here is perhaps the most poignant message of the speech, as an introduction to his proposed bill of rights “addendum”…

“…It is our duty now to begin to lay the plans and determine the strategy for the winning of a lasting peace and the establishment of an American standard of living higher than ever before known. We cannot be content, no matter how high that general standard of living may be, if some fraction of our people—whether it be one-third or one-fifth or one-tenth—is ill-fed, ill-clothed, ill-housed, and insecure.

“….In our day these economic truths have become accepted as self-evident. We have accepted, so to speak, a second Bill of Rights under which a new basis of security and prosperity can be established for all—regardless of station, race, or creed.

Among these are:

The right to a useful and remunerative job in the industries or shops or farms or mines of the nation;

The right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation;

The right of every farmer to raise and sell his products at a return which will give him and his family a decent living;

The right of every businessman, large and small, to trade in an atmosphere of freedom from unfair competition and domination by monopolies at home or abroad;

The right of every family to a decent home;

The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health;

The right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accident, and unemployment;

The right to a good education……”

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Looking at the Realpolitik of Bernie Sanders

Speaking at Liberty University in 2015

“….I am not a theologian, I am not an expert on the Bible, nor am I a Catholic. I am just a United States senator from the small state of Vermont. But I agree with Pope Francis, who will soon be coming to visit us in the United States.

I agree with Pope Francis when he says, and I quote,

“The current financial crisis originated in a profound human crisis, the denial of the primacy of the human person,” and this is what he writes: “We have created new idols. The worship of the ancient golden calf has returned in a new and ruthless guise in the idolatry of money and the dictatorship of an impersonal economy lacking a truly human purpose,” end of quote.

And the pope also writes, quote,

“There is a need for financial reform along ethical lines that would produce in its turn an economic reform to benefit everyone. Money has to serve, not to rule,” end of quote.

Now those are pretty profound words, which I hope we will all think about. In the pope’s view, and I agree with him, we are living in a nation and in a world, and the Bible speaks to this issue, in a nation and in a world which worships not love of brothers and sisters, not love of the poor and the sick, but worships the acquisition of money and great wealth. I do not believe that is the country we should be living in.

Money and wealth should serve the people. The people should not have to serve money and wealth. (APPLAUSE)…..”

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Jim the Evangelist bears Witness from that Night at Liberty University

Hi my name is Jim. I am the guy who recently posted onto Reddit under the Sanders4President Subreddit that I’m a Liberty University Alumni, and that I support Bernie, and think that he’s a good spokesman for justice.

I thought I would take a second to, sort of, unpack that, because I could tell there’s a lot of people, both Evangelical conservative folk and more liberal Bernie-supporting folk, who are very confused that I could occupy both worlds. So, I thought, I’ll take a few seconds and explain myself, and maybe that will be helpful for the conversation.

So a little bit about me. I am not a current student at Liberty. If I was, I actually wouldn’t have been able to post onto that Reddit board and say that I’m supporting Bernie. There is an Honor Code at Liberty University, and while it’s not always enforced, if you support a candidate who is pro-choice or pro-gay marriage, you can be punished by the University, up to and including expulsion from the school. 

So as a graduate of Liberty University, I’m in a good position to represent folks that might go there and people from the Evangelical tradition, but not be within the world that they can, you know, punish me for my opinion.

So I got my Bachelors degree in Religion from Liberty University, and I also got my Masters degree from Liberty University in Marriage and Family Therapy. In 2004 I worked for the George W. Bush campaign. I spent about 8 years as a Conservative pastor. And also as a schoolteacher at a conservative Christian academy. And today I serve my community as a therapist and also a pastoral counselor, somebody that folks from churches might go see to get counseling whenever they want to see somebody who’s both a clinical counselor but also a pastor.

So I serve all those roles. I think I’m pretty much a card-carrying Evangelical Christian. I still subscribe to a conservative evangelical theology.

And what that means, a lot of people get confused when they hear the word ‘conservative,’ they assume you mean politically. ‘Conservative theology’ means that I believe the Bible is trustworthy, I think that God inspired it, Jesus was absolutely real, and really died on the cross, and really did resurrect three days later; and I am an Evangelical Christian in that way.

So, how did I come to find myself supporting Bernie Sanders? How did that evolution take place? How could it be that in 2004 I was working for the George W. Bush campaign, and today in 2015, as a double Liberty University graduate, under Jerry Falwell—when I went to school, Jerry Falwell was the Chancellor—how is it that I could be now supporting Bernie Sanders, who’s a very progressive, very liberal guy; he describes himself as a ‘democratic socialist.’ How do I find common ground on those two things?

Well a lot of people I think falsely believe that in order to do that you have to give up one of your sides. Either you have to not really be a progressive, and you’re just an Evangelical who just likes Bernie, or you have to not really be an Evangelical, and just secretly be a Progressive who’s faking it and pretending to be an Evangelical, but wouldn’t actually pass the litmus test of being an Evangelical.

I pass both tests, I am very much 100% legitimate in both camps, and I want to explain why that’s not a mythological thing, that’s not a disconnect. Some people call that a contradiction, or hypocrisy, it is absolutely not. 

I believe that my views are 100% consistent. And so I think that the shock value for that comes in beginning to appreciate that the Bible and Jesus, in my opinion and in my very moderate reading of the Bible and the words of Christ, leads us to a Progressive worldview.

And that is shocking to a lot of people, especially folks back home in the Evangelical community, they hear that and go, “What are you talking about? That’s heresy—”… it’s like, hold on. Hear me out. There is a Biblical argument for voting for Bernie Sanders, believe it or not, and I’m gonna walk you through it really quick on some key issues.

So that first issue that I’d kind of point your attention to is kind of what Bernie brought up during his speech at Liberty. Basically, the wealth inequality problem—and see a lot of us, on the Evangelical side think that what Jesus really cares about is gay marriage and abortion. And of course, the great irony is if you read the red letters of Jesus, there are no statements on abortion. There are no statements on gay marriage. Now, that’s not to say the Bible doesn’t speak about these things, but it certainly is to say that Jesus, founder and master of our faith, did not see fit to make these high-priority topics. It’s not to say he doesn’t care. But it is to say that we need to be careful not to ‘major on minors.’ We should be focused on the things Jesus did talk about.

So what did Jesus talk about?

So here’s the interesting thing. When I was watching Bernie Sanders talk at Liberty University, I was just really shocked, and something kind of magical happened for me, because as I watched that guy stand up on that stage, here’s what I saw. I saw a wild-haired Jew crying out in a hoarse voice, in a very forceful and forth-speaking way, he was convicting the Christian leaders and religious leaders in that University and calling us out for being complicit in the abandonment of those who suffer:

“The least of these.”

And siding with the powerful and the rich and the masters of this world.

And he was convicting us, and calling us out. And we scorned him, and we stared him down, and with sour faces we thought, “Who is this whacko? And why do all these people seem to follow him, seem to like him? This wild-haired Jew, crying out from the wilderness of the political Left, in his hoarse voice?”

And if you’re an Evangelical listening to me today, you already know where I’m going with this. When I heard Bernie speaking in that way, when I saw that guy on stage at Liberty University, I saw John the Baptist.

I saw the wild-haired, roughly-clothed John the Baptist, eating honey and wearing camel’s hair, and crying out to the religious leaders, the Pharisees of his day, calling them corrupt and complicit with those who have all the power and all the money and all the wealth, and for abandoning the people that God loves, that God cares about.

For the Pharisees, who were siding with those who already have power and wealth and saying that they will be the last in the Kingdom of God, and that the weak, and the meek, and the simple, and those who need help—they are first in the Kingdom of God.

And I saw that guy, that John the Baptist figure, who is standing up and saying

“There is coming a messenger, there is coming a messenger who will bring equity and justice to the poor, and to the weak, and who will stand for ’the least of these.’”

That’s the wild-haired Jew that I saw up on that stage. I saw, and felt, the same voice coming from the Bible when I read about John the Baptist, who cried out in the desert to the Pharisees, warning them that Jesus was coming, the messenger of God. And that he was coming to restore justice, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor, and to value ’the least of these’ when the Pharisees had failed.

And as I heard Bernie talking, and as I listened to his cries for justice, I remembered, suddenly, what Jesus had actually said in the Book of Luke, when he unravels the scroll in the synagogue, and he quotes the Book of Isaiah, which says that the Son of God was coming. And then he says,

This has been fulfilled in your presence here today.”

He quotes the book of Isaiah which says that the Son of God is coming to bring justice, and Jesus says “it is now come to pass in your presence.” And he says, “I have come to bring Gospel to the poor.”

Gospel—is that word we Evangelical Christians have based everything on. Gospel means ‘good news.’ And Jesus said “I have come to bring good news to the poor.” To restore sight to the blind, to stand with the suffering, to set the captives free, and to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.

Whoa.

As I heard Bernie Sanders crying out to the religious leaders at Liberty University, in his hoarse voice, with his wild hair, this Jew, and he proclaimed justice over us. He called us to account for being complicit with those who are wealthy and those who are powerful and for abandoning the poor, ‘the least of these’ who Jesus said he had come to bring good news to.

And in that moment, something occurred to me, as I saw Bernie Sanders up there, as I watched him I realized: Bernie Sanders, for President, is good news for the poor. Bernie Sanders for President is good news for the poor. Bernie Sanders is Gospel for the poor.

And Jesus said, “I have come to bring Gospel—good news—to the poor.”

And lightning hit my heart in that moment. And I realized that we are Evangelical Christians, that we believe the Bible. We believe in Jesus. We absolutely shun those who attempt to find nuance and twisted and tortured interpretation of scripture that they would use to master all other broader interpretations, to find some kind of big message that they want to flout. We absolutely scorn such things.

And yet somehow, we commit to the mental gymnastics necessary that allows us to abandon ‘the least of these,’ to abandon the poor, to abandon the immigrants, to abandon those who are in prison.

I listened to Bernie Sanders, as he said he wanted to welcome the immigrants and give them dignity. As he said he wanted to care for the sick children, and mothers, and fathers, who do not have health care. As he said he wanted to decrease the amount of human beings who are corralled like cattle in the prisons. As he said he wanted to do justice for those who have nothing and live homeless.

And I remembered the words of Jesus, who warned his disciples that there will be judgment, and on that day he will look to his friends, and he will say ‘Blessed are you, for you cared for me, for I was naked and you clothed me; I was sick, and you cared for me; I was hungry, and you fed me; I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink; I was in prison, and you came to visit me; I was homeless, and you gave me shelter.” And the disciples said, “Jesus, when did we do any of those things for you?”

And he said, “If you have done it for ‘the least of these,’ you have done it for me.”

And those words echoed in my heart. As I listened to that crazy, hoarse-voiced, wild-haired Jew, standing in front of the religious leaders of the Evangelical movement, calling us to account, as a Jew once did before. Telling us that he intends to care for ‘the least of these.’ To clothe the naked, to shelter the homeless, to care for the sick, to set the prisoners free.

Yes. I am an Evangelical Christian. I believe in the Bible. I follow Jesus. When I look at Bernie Sanders, and I hear the things that he’s saying, it’s like he’s ripping them out of the pages of scripture. I would have to try to avoid the meaning of those words. I would have to bury my head in the sand to continue to support conservative policies. I am religiously conservative but I am not politically so.

And I think here is the heart and soul of it:

When we chose to follow Jesus, we decided that the Kingdom of God, and the men and women and children of this world, were more important than us. And that accidentally made us all liberals. The day we decided to follow Christ, and the day we decided that we value other human beings more than ourselves, we accidentally became liberals.

And so there is no contradiction between being a Bible-believing Christian and a Bernie Sanders supporter.

I follow the teachings of Christ: to care for ‘the least of these.’

And I believe that just as John the Baptist once cried out in the desert for justice, and called the religious establishment to account, and hearkened unto the day that Jesus would walk among us, and declare equity and justice and good news for the poor; and just as that day came, that Jesus stood in front of the multitudes at the religious institution and said “I have come to bring gospel to the poor,” I believe that Bernie Sanders now stands in front of us, wild-haired and hoarse-voiced, and he now declares justice for the poor. He declares good news for ‘the least of these.’

He has come to bring gospel. And I wouldn’t be much of a Christian if I didn’t stand on the side of gospel for the poor. Because the last time I checked, that’s where my master Jesus stood, and I’ll stand with him. And for now, that means I stand with Bernie Sanders.

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Here’s the core message driving Pope Francis’s global revolution to save the world from “the dung of the devil,” out-of-control capitalism which will play well when he addressed Congress this month in 2016.

John Boehner resigned the day after the Pope spoke to Congress; so it seems he listened closely to the man in the white suit:

1. Capitalists … are new worshipers of the biblical golden calf

Pope: “Money must serve, not rule, yet we calmly accept its control over us. Money originated in a profound human crisis, the denial of the primacy of the human person. The worship of the ancient golden calf has returned in a new and ruthless guise in the idolatry of money.”

2. Invisible hand of God … replaced by greedy hands of capitalism

Pope: “Never trust in the so-called ‘invisible hand’ of the markets and economic remedies like cutting workers to increase their profits. The world needs a better distribution of income.”

3. New Tyranny … capitalists are destroying democracy worldwide

Pope: “Ideologies increase the wealth of a minority exponentially, increasing the inequality gap, separating the most humans from the prosperity enjoyed by those happy few. A new tyranny is thus born, unilaterally and relentlessly imposing its own laws and rules.”

4. Trickle-down economics … is a total capitalist disaster

Pope: “Free market trickle-down economics causes injustice. A naïve trust in the culture of prosperity and those wielding economic power deadens society.”

5. Inequality … is the root cause of all ‘social ills’ in the world

Pope: “Inequality is the root of social ills. Help the poor, reject markets and speculation, attack the structural causes of inequality, or you will never solve the world’s problems.”

6. Consumerism … is out-of-control, destroying family/social values

Pope: “Today’s economics promotes inordinate consumption, increases inequality, damages the social fabric, increases violence and serious conflicts. Blaming the poor and poorer countries for their troubles is misplaced, solve the corruption spreading at the top.”

7. Competition … capitalist addiction to profits is killing morality

Pope: “The laws of capitalist competition, the survival of the fittest rule. The powerful feed upon the powerless, the vast majority are marginalized: No work, No opportunities. No escape. News is a two-point loss in stocks, but not the death of elderly homeless?”

8. Conservatism … encourages free destruction of natural resources

Pope: “In a world where everyone has their own subjective truth, citizens cannot develop common solutions that transcend personal ambitions. We need a new way of living and thinking that’s more humane and noble, that brings dignity to all humans on this earth.”

9. Exploitation … treating humans as mere economic commodities is sin

Pope: “Yes, humans are now consumer goods, used then discarded in our widespread throwaway culture. It is no longer about oppression and exploitation. Today, the excluded ones are no longer society’s underside, no longer even a part of it, but outcasts, leftovers.”

10. Capitalism has lost its moral compass, turned its back on God

Pope:

Behind capitalist economics lurks a rejection of ethics and God that debases humans. This lack of morality and ethics results in God calling for solutions outside marketplace economics, to make it possible for a more balanced and humane social order.

Bottom line:

Pope Francis spoke to Congress in the position the world’s moral conscience, as well as leader of a new peoples revolution. Francis is seen by billions worldwide as a revival of the moral values missing in today’s world because of our obsessive consumerism, self-centered wealth-building, and an out-of-control capitalist ideology with no moral conscience … so Rush isn’t the only conservative going bonkers … because Pope Francis’s new commandments really are an historic game-changing challenge to the core conservative values of the Republican Party.

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A Retrospection: a Second Term as the Return of Ephraim, Barack Hussein as the Anointed King of the 3rd Kingdom of Israel |{ The Measure 144 } Missive # ∞

The Story Untold: and Not Yet Over

…………………………”…Before me shall every knee bow…”……………………………………..

Taking the Kingdom: a preview…..

 
My Father Lord Jesus knew the destiny of the Irish before anyone else did…and as the Last Child of the Resurrection now found the Redeemer of the Sidhe, thus I know that what has been predestined, and is written: as my Father knew when he spoke:
 
Blessed are the meek; for they shall inherit the earth.’
 
Who are they? ……
 
.”….The little people of the Sidhe….”
 
Then he said;
 
Blessed are the peacemakers; for they shall be called ‘the children of the Most High
 
Who are they?
 
“The Daione Sidhe; the ‘People of Peace’. …”
 
Then he said;
 
Blessed are they who mourn; for they shall be comforted
 
Who are they?
 
“….The Banshee…”
 
Then he said;
 
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for Righteousness; for they shall be filled.
 
Who are they?
 
“…..The Riders of the Sidhe, who have gathered their strength to ride at the Last Battle:
 
to break the Power of Darkness forever…..”
 
                                                                                                                                   

The Sidhe Return with Salvation Rose

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For those who have now decided to fight and Occupy this Land of the Free; and to “Take Dominion”

 
For Salem and Melchizedek; thence to New Salem: as Jerusalem for the First Israel…
 
Then from Jerusalem and my Father Jesus slain as the Lamb to the New Jerusalem as Mecca, after the Jews lost their position by the death of the Lamb and Islam became the Second Israel as the birthright reverted to the elder line; as the Lamb had been on the position of Isaac as the Bridegroom; thus Islam and it’s Envoy for Moses himself was Mohammed who stood in the position of Ishmael; when he ascended over the temple Mount of Moriah in his Night Flight….as Mohammed “heard” the voice of God: who is Gabriel.
 
Islam was the nation given the Vineyard after the first keepers of the Vineyard killed the heir to take the vineyard for themselves; ( Luke 20:16 ) as the Jews who killed my Father Jesus; yet mainly out of their envy…
 
 
 
                                                               …………..“..For Envy they delivered him..”……………….
 

…to Death.

 
 
The Story takes Off….Islam is replaced as the Providence shifts from Mecca to our Holy City in the West in 1967 as the New Mecca……and everyone made the Great Pilgrimage to; “With Flowers in their Hair”…
 
50 years after 1917 and the one million christian Armenians slaughtered by the Turks in 1915 as having lost their position standing in the Loyal Cain position by killing the Armenians as  their nations “Abel”; and then the Manchild of Zion rose here in the West as the Black Christian Race; with Dr. King leading us in his moral guidance wakening our National Conscience and then laying the Global foundation to receive the Messiah it was  the birth of our national conscience igniting the worlds yearning to see the Kingdom of God which is of Justice take root and prevail that united this universal desire of mankind with “the Manchild in the Promised Land“; witnessed by many spiritually aware Christians and leaders of other faiths as the Youth of the White Race became Freedom Riders and activists for Civil Rights; and martyrs for the battle for Civil Rights as well.
 
Thus it was that My Generation who stood with our black brothers and sisters and all made the Pilgrimage to the City of St. Francis;  and it is we as then a new race who arose from the mud of Woodstock; as that Nation under “the God of Beth-El”; and we thus became the Third Israel; from the dream of Jacob once seen at Beth-El; the House of God; but where Woodstock took place in the 3 Day Separation from Satan at the Global Level was our Dream; as the 31 bands that played were Global Presences; and not just of the US but were known throughout the entire world; but this Global Three Day Event was also due to the fact that America represented the Microcosm of the entire world, as Rev. Moon saw immediately when he came here in 1965..
 
Thus it was with Three Days of Light on the side of My Generation as at Goshen in the position of the Third Israel as of the First Israel in Egypt long ago; and 3 days of Darkness with the ‘Egyptians‘ of mainly racist and backwards America. The Pentagon buzzed the crowd constantly with jets and military aircraft; waiting to see if we would listen to Abbie Hoffman and rise up and then begin to march on Washington DC.
 
But Peter Townsend put Abbie Hoffman right where he belonged; off the Stage..with one well placed foot where it counted most.
 
The Seed of David “as the Host” are the Singing Prophets; as in David’s day as those prophesying upon “upon harp and timbrel”; again seen in our day with it’s guitars and drums; as even the song “Woodstock” itself by CSN and co-written with Joni Mitchell speaks of the garden of Eden; and the Child of God coming to “find himself”.
 
Thus it is “The House of David as God” seen at Woodstock with our Michael; one Michael Lang; as our Generation’s Joshua then sat, Bob Dylan: the 31 bands that played at Woodstock are that number of the 31 kings that Joshua replaced in Canaan; just as My Generation did when we arose.
 
……………………………………………Was it not Ezekiel who is called the “Son of Man” 31 times?………………………………………………………..

Who is the Angel of the Ukraine?
“The Son of Michael”

 

But they will hear of this Day foreordained long ago…..as we took “Egypt” from within at the Internal Course of restoration; just as we did at Rome and in their empire when Augustine died at 430 AD; representing the 430 years of taking Egypt from within that Pharaoh stopped with Israel and especially the numerous tribe of Ephraim; the Son of Joseph.; but Rome could not resist the Gospel of Christ.
 
The Internal Restoration held until Rome fell before the invading barbarians; as the Christianized and Pagan parts of Rome never held to stand together; as Iron cannot bond with Clay. 

In America after the 430 years from 1517 to 1917 at the 400 years; and then the 30 more years until 1947 when Dr. King was 18 and the Nation of Israel was gathered in ships at the coast of Palestine; as of the providential result going back to 1917 and the Balfour Proclamation in Great Britain that said the Jews needed their homeland back.

Here today it is Barack Hussein Obama that is in the position of our “David” for the Third Israel, over the Restored Ephraim, as the Black and White races having United to be the Foundation to Receive the Messiah; Barack representing our “David” in the Internal Restoration of the Kingdom centered on the Internal Canaan where all men would be free; and all women also; the condition of Indemnity being paid by Prohibition in 1920 as taking the “ground of Islam” at the National Ban on Alcohol took place as we began to move into position to receive the blessing from the Second Israel but what was to come in the 6 days War in 1967 between the two brothers who still hated each other and thus were cast into the darkness together.

With Rev. Moon and what he was given for My Generation we began to form the foundation to take the blessing from Islam and bring it to Christianity; with the City of St. Francis as the New Mecca in it’s pilgrimage; just as the Muslims had taken the Blessing from the First Israel from the Jews as seen in the Qur’an.

Going to the fall of the house of Mecca, when the one million christian Armenians were killed, and Islam began to leave it’s position we have the story seen in the first four trumpets. There we have a loyal Cain as Ishmael now becoming disloyal; as a National Cain at Turkey killing it’s National Abel; but here it’s as if Ishmael killed Issac; as the Christians represented the Lamb at his slaughter…

That is what the First Trumpet is about, starting at 1917 to 1926; it relates to the issue of Islam; the first third as of the third of the trees that all “burned up” deals with the Muslims who killed their brother Abel in the position of a disloyal Cain. The first seal is of the decade from 1910 to 1919; thus the events seen at the first trumpet is of the first monotheistic religion and all the green grass or “the flesh” burned up as of the 4 Sheepfolds; the Mystic Way of Confucius at the East with the Yellow Race; the Philosophic Life of Socrates at the North with the White Race; the Psychological Path of Buddha at the South with the Dark Race; and the Psychic Truth of Quetzalcoatl seen at the Red Race in the West; but the changes to come in My Generation at Microcosmic America put the Red Race at the East Coast; and the Yellow Race arriving at our West Coast during the gold rush of 1849.

The event written at the Qur’an at the blast of the First Trumpet is for Islam; the the second trumpet is about the Christian third with Dr. King at 1929 when he was born when the Crash occurred and our third of the ships or “family fortunes” all sank due to our racist oppression of the Black race as the Manchild of Christianity now coming to manhood; ( seen as that “mountain” thrown in the sea at the second trumpet; but that is the ‘Mt. Sinai’ of our Black Moses; Dr. King; and it is the one he went up on and saw into the future standing on in his “I have a Dream” speech; as being clearly prophetic); and the third trumpet is of the Judaic third; of the monotheistic side; and the fourth trumpet deals with all three of them; Islam, Christianity and Judaism.

1920 is, of course, when Rev. Moon and Koral Wojytla (later called Pope John Paul II ) were born; and Women also then gained the Right To Vote at the 18th Amendment.

Furthermore when women won their right to vote then the battle for Equal Rights for the Black Race also began in earnest; and America began to reject having the “racist shadow” of Egypt looming over it; as now rejecting the genocidal solution of the South to their oppressed brethren; harkening back to that of the national policy of Pharaoh: which was to drown all the children of Israel in the Nile; when they killed all the first born of Israel as their official policy of Egypt’s National Racism.

It was this that was then reversed; and America has now a black and white President; the Global Abel as leader of the Free World; and the Mahdi of Islam at the global level as well; since barack the blessed killed the Masih ad-Dajjal with the Zulfiqar of Pakistan and Benazir Bhutto; killing that Son of the Devil Osama bin Laden; our very own Antichrist; the “man of lawlessness” written of at II Thessalonians 2;2-5. Thus did the Day of Christ as the Last Day arrive; just like a thief in the night

Rev. Moon is now the Global Cain; having rejected Barack as the Global Abel and the leader of the Free World; and the Black Christian Race as the Third Israel.

That Third Israel which Rev. Moon says is Korea: but it isn’t.

Hyo Jin Moon made sure I knew why his father tried to steal our Blessing; as Jacob did from Esau. 

And we overcame because we “took Egypt” from within, in the 430 years from 1492 to 1920; or 1517 to 1947; when Dr. King was 18 and then rose to become the “spiritual King” or our “Black Moses” here in America.

 The rise of the Kingdom of Israel as “Ephraim” or the Northern  Kingdom restored; and the Nation of Israel was created from the the old Kingdom of Judah.

 But as Judah and Israel show in the relationship of Israel and the US; there is really only One Israel; half Christian in North America with a few other faiths; and half the apostate Judaea in the Middle East, who now wait for the Lord of the Second Advent.

 

 And the Return of the North as the “Restoration of Ephraim” as the Kingdom of Israel in freeing the black christian slaves of the Third Israel from the “racist” South and “Their Oppression in the Land of Egypt”; as the South was internally Egypt for the slaves. They reached the Internal Canaan in the Civil Rights movement as the Foundation of Substance

…as it was written, in the Famine, ‘not for bread’; but ‘for the Word of God’ in the Last Days; as of the House of the 6th Shepherd Joseph Smith, of the 6th Church of the Tower of Salvation; the Archaic Branch of the True Vine; and what becomes of our “evil servant” as written in Matthew 24:48. 

 

“No Man sees my Face and Lives”

 

“I buy this Wine at the price of my soul; thanking the Cupbearer that he made the price so cheap..”

 

Ephraim; the return of My Generation;

 

……..who followed the Manchild of the Black Race here in the Land of the Free: the Manchild of the Zion of the Holy One of Israel; here in the West; right where the 7th Church of the Tower of Salvation is here revealed from the Lamb’s Book, as of the Sufic Branch of the True Vine; the Unification Church whose Lampstand was placed on Seoul with the 7th Shepherd Rev. Moon: at the Return of the Son of Man; at the Last Day and the Hour.

To see who was watching: he comes unannounced.

 

Section One: the Death in Christ: Harbinger of the Morning Star.

  

For those versed in the scripture the account of the “Death in Christ” is redolent of the Mystery of God; for if “no man looks upon my Face and lives” it is the “twice dead who “walk before His Face”; in other words; those who have seen God and “died”.

For those who thus “live” are then they who have died: and only they could be said “to Live” in the eyes of God. As my Father said; and what is the secret of Life???; it is to ‘die’ before one physically dies: so one may “pre-empt” Death itself.

 
At the End it is they who are written; and who writes their names is the scribe at the right hand of his Father Jesus.
 
My Father is easy to see: He’s the one sitting on the Throne of God; you really can’t miss Him: Christ Almighty; it seems God has made Himself Anew.
 
But, like Abraham, they still appear to be ordinary men to the outside observer: but they “are not”. Thus the
Rumor that he was “Perfect”.
 
The “abdal” of “the changed ones” have many degrees in the Work; thus their Translation in every case is slighly different; according as to what is written of each of their “part” in the “Work” written in the Book El Elion; “the Most High”.
 
 
The book of ILLIYUN from the Qur’an is then this Book of the Most High; where all that is was written in the Light itself of that Day in which God created “the heavens and the earth”.
 
It stands for “El Elion”; the Most High.
 
And the children of Peace; are the Peacemakers; the Children of the Most High. The 4th of the arrows of Light from the Bow from he on the White Horse of The Year; at the First Seal; as the First Position. The message of the First Trumpet of the Acceptable Year; Luke 4:18 where the book was first opened at Isaiah 61:1 and then closed after the first line at Isaiah 61:2; and now opens at the next line:
 
“….and The Day of the Vengeance of our God; to Comfort all that Mourn…..”
 
This he now says from His new position; sitting upon the Great White Throne:
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…..as “God in His Righteousness”.
 
 
 
 

“…Our Lady of Sorrows…”

 

The Final Test of the ‘Ummah of Believers’ in Islam.
 
For the Ummah of Islam the final test is between those who have the Faith and they who do not.
 
For they who are “rightly guided”, like Sayed Hisham Kabbani, he and others of God know the World has come to what the Seal of the Prophets Mohammed said would surely occur as it was written in the Qur’an called “The Last Day”, as one of Islams “6 Pillars of Faith”.
 
This requires the courage for Muslims to see Osama bin Laden for what he is; ‘the Masih ad-Dajjal’; son of the One-eyed Dajjal; the Laden who came from Yemen with the Evil Eye; the “One-eyed Dajjal and his son“;
…the “son of the Devil” himself.
 
For the Saved, at this Last Day, the test is to have seen the Mark on the Forehead of Osama bin Laden, as he on whose forehead was written the name of “Kafir”. 
 
This was their test; as for Christians it was to plainly see Osama bin Laden as of Evil Incarnate: “the Antichrist”.

       

  “The Kafir”  means       

  ” The Unbeliever “

……..The Right Wing Coup in the Dirksen Building in Washington DC

 

The Attack of the Antichrist

The problem is that with Rev. Moon’s total condemnation of New York in October of 1984, as he was being shipped off to Danbury Federal Prison for that 18 months was a very dark day for America; he made sure of it.

That 18 months turned out to be a Prime Example of what “6+6+6” as that Number of his Name as a very bitter Curse; in anger and being overcome; as was Moses at the Rock of Kadesh Barnea.

To bring undue attention to the Wealth and Prestige those towers symbolized brought the Antichrist right to them; to carry out God’s Will and thus “sit as God”.

But Barack the Zulfiqar of Ali got him: the Vengeance of Allah.

Barack Hussein is the Mahdi at the Global Level because he is in the position of the Global Abel as the Leader of the Free World and the Commander-in-Chief of the US Army; the Right Arm of God; basically.

When Barack who overcame on the South Side of Chicago had converted; as was his destiny; he was given a black christian woman in the position of Sheba: the queen of the South.

As the Muslim from Parzifal;  Fierferiz Angevin, who is given the Grail Queen upon receiving Christ as King of Kings; thus is given as his reward ‘Repanse de Schoye’; “Chosen Response”. 

But the Prodigal Son who returns at the 7th level is that of the Son of Mans own Soul restored to him; as Mary. Thus we have the one that Mohammed the Seal of the Prophets called “the Son of Mary”.

But it is Solomon returned to take his Father’s position as “a Priest forever, after the Order of Melchizedek”.

The name is then Jedidiah; “The Beloved of Jah”; which is the name Nathan, the holy prophet of David, originally gave him.

“So be it….JEDI ! ! !”

As for now we have: the New Order of Melchizedek; the Eunuchs for the Kingdom of Heaven’ sake; these Redeemed from men as the First Fruits unto God; it is they as the ‘dead in Christ’ who rise first; as of the one whose Right Hand the five wise virgins symbolize of all those who gain eternal felicity and enter into the Holy City; who become the 5 as of four fingers and a thumb of the Black Stone as the Right Hand of God…

The problem for Islam is that Rev. Moon never mentioned the fact he despoiled Islam by not letting them know they were in reality the Second Israel, whose Blessing or “Baraka” had come to them ( as the Desert Tribes replaced the 12 tribes of Jacob: who were also the 12 grandsons of Issac ); the Baraka of Israel was given to Mohammed as Mecca from the Jews of the First Israel and Jerusalem which was made a desolation when the First Israel left their position by killing the Messenger John as “the friend of the Bridegroom” in the position of Eliezer of Damascus and the Messiah; who was in the position of Issac as “the Bridegroom”. No Issac: no Jacob; and no Jacob: no ISRAEL.
THIS is why he said:
“Forgive them Father; they KNOW NOT WHAT THEY DO”

The Straight Path of the Just

In Islamic “Sirat al-Mustaqim” means the straight path of God in Islam, and refers to a narrow path (thinner then a string of hair) 3,000 miles long that the souls of the dead must cross on the judgment day to reach heaven. (  3,000 miles as from the East Coast to the West Coast in “a flash of Lightning”  )
 
In one version of the tale, the souls of the virtuous are helped to navigate it because their good deeds turn into ‘a white horse’ they can ride to the end.”
 
( The White Horse is ‘Kalki’ as Maitreya the Virgin of the Ganges as the Holy River;  the Cosmic Israel as the Holy Mount of the Lord of the Second Advent: Lord Ishvara; the Holy One of the Third Israel )
 
The fallen parents in the position of fallen Adam and fallen Eve

As the Bride only my Husband the Lamb can see my true form….all the rest see only the appearance; but he sees my Soul; and knoweth my heart….that it is His

The SWORD of Mary by the Warrior of Mary of Fatima
‘Maryam al Kubra’ and Lord Ishvara,

  The First Course of Restoration into Canaan at the Seventh or …………………………

“Universal Level”………………

…………………..

 
At the 7th Level of the Restoration into Canaan at the Universal or Cosmic Level we are at the kingdom; which is Heaven as of the Firmament; and the Earth; as the Global Level, One World.
 
At this level things simplify into a sudden terrifying Climax; the Entire Earth becomes Egypt; Satan is seen as Pharaoh, and the Kingdom of Heaven becomes the Promised Land, as the Cosmic Canaan; and the Jordan is now a Cosmic Euphrates as the old Division between East and West… this sinful world…and the Paradise where Death is no more…
 
Gone shall be the Sea of Time…..Time as the Barrier that Dries up as that obstacle to the New Heaven and the New Earth in Eternity …..as the Presence of God..eve as out Father Jesus……from the former Old Heaven and Earth….
 
And our final slavery and unending captivity is seen as Mortality; and death as the Cosmic Osiris who keeps us enslaved in his Kingdom of Darkness.
 
The Spirit of the Antichrist which Osama bin Laden was thus incarnated having been at the Global level…: before the Messiah at the InterNational Level of the Third Israel: Barack ‘HUSSEIN’ Obama killed him, and did so as the avenger of Benazir or “Zulfiqar” Bhutto, 
 
…….as the Sword of Ali Hussein; the Mahdi of Islam as then Barack the Blessed.
 
The Sword of Ali; the Shia Messiah; as the Sword in the Right Hand of Christ Jesus the Last, by which God killed Osama the Antichrist.
 
This act of the Vengeance of God happens in establishing the Global Caliphate for the Judgment for the ‘Poor in Spirit’ who are the downtrodden of Islam known as the Shia, seemingly for the dispossessed of Islam; Barack as the Global Abel.
 
          At End; as of the Lovers of God; as of the New or Divine Islam of the “144,000 First Fruits unto God and the Lamb” as written in “the Book of Life of the Lamb”;
 
…….and who are not only they who do not drink Wine as of Universal Islam;
…….as of that alcohol from which all the true Muslims refrain who then also sit being
( with Lord Jesus the Son of God when he took his Vow at the Last Supper ) all Muslims are then Nazarenes of the Table; but as Eunuchs from Wine and Women the Bride of the 144,000 men redeemed from the earth as those of the Resurrection from the Dead as the Dead in Christ “who rise first” and thus reach the Throne …..so we have Divine Islam,

It is We who represent the Divine Islam of the Virgin Bride who then alone are they who can sing “the Song of the Lamb”;
 
……who become the Lamb’s Wife; as that Chaste Pearl of Mary of Fatima seen in 1917 in Portugal as the 3 children with the Sun were the “Signs and Wonders” for the “Providence for the Start” of the ‘Third Restoration into Canaan at the Global Level’; even of the Golden Gate of the Pearl of Great Price, the Golden Gate of the Kingdom; the Gate of the New Heaven; from which the 12 pearls of the Holy City are made; as of the 144; of the 144,000.
 
It is this Restoration into the 7th of the Kingdom as of Heaven and Earth; and then the Meta- Cosmic Creation or New Heaven and New Earth; old heaven and earth pass away…the Kingdom made New.
 
…………………………………………………..A New Camelot………………………………………………………..
…..Maryam al Kubra as the New Throne of God and the Lamb when the New Heaven and New Earth first appeared: on December 25th 2012.
                                 
……….Judgment Day…....

As the New Image of God; my Father Jesus Restored….
 
The husband of my Soul is of course the Sun of Righteousness; the Lamb of the Sun of Mary of Fatima ……who is the Cosmic Christ; as seen through the Work of Khidr Rumi of the “Whirling Dervishes” when they performed “The Dance of the Sun”; a divine miracle in which they Emanated the Wonder seen at 1917 and the 3 Children as the Signs of those Wonders as the one from Elijah; the Guide known as the mysterious Shams i Tabriz who is he by which Khidr Rumi was given the Seal Magnified as of the “Sun of Maryam al Kubra” that Whirled and Danced in the sky in 1917 those Three Times over the countryside of Portugal before an estimated crowd of over 30,000, and some say 70,000 persons.
 
The Rainbow Streamers of the Sun are then seen as the unfurled patches of the Patchwork Robes of the Dervishes…. who Attained…and joined themselves to that Unity which is the Fruit of the Tree of Life…
 

Are Right and Wrong not the Same as Good and Evil according to God or by the Devil?

The Three Whirlings in the Sky as the Emanation of Khidr Rumi’s Dancers was done “once” for each of the Three Children of Mary of Fatima the Dyer; the Three Children seen 50 years later as One in the City of St. Francis as One Child: My Generation itself.

 
This is because of Three Heights of the Door of Noah in the Ark which were all able to open seperately; but they were One Door; thus the Three Children symbolize as “One” the Pearl of Great Price as the “Gate of Heaven” itself; by which they who were chosen; as called and and faithful would enter the New Heaven and the New Earth.
 
 But they also represent the “Secret Imam” as the “Bab” or Gate as that “One Pearl” of which the 12 Gates of the Holy City are each made an identical copy of: thus the Secret Imam of the Shia becomes all 12 Gates of the Holy Jerusalem itself. 
 
But this should not surprise them; as Fatima the Widow of Islam returns with the Judge of the Last Day at this coming Last Judgment who is the King of Judgment Day; as the Daughter of Mohammed it is Maryam al Kubra for Islam as the bride of Christ; who was destined by Mohammed in his Wisdom to finally wed the Lamb: as seen at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.
 
This Blessed Event is thus that Double Sabbath seen with the Lamb at the Last Supper which was then a “Great Passover” and thus Unite Islam with Christianity; as the Daughter or “New Moon” of Mohammed……as of the Submission of Fatima: the Widow; with the Son or “New Sun” of Christ Jesus; her Avenger; the Sun of Righteousness; the Son of Mary with his “own Mary” as the Virgin Mary of Bethany is thus where the two become One Flesh; as when God called Adam and Eve and “called their name Adam.”…here Jesus of Nazareth who is Great and Mary of Bethany who is Terrible as an Army of Banners…are called the Great and Terrible Day of “my Father Jesus the Living God.…”
 
Thus we see the “Sun of Jehovah Our Righteousness” mentioned in Jeremiah those Two Times; once for her at the Regeneration ( Jeremiah 33:16); and once for him at the Regeneration. (Jeremiah 23:6).
 
Jeremiah 23:6 for his name and 33:16 for her name; but it’s One Name at the End; the Lake that burns with Fire and Brimstone.
 
Thus he said:
 
………………………………………………….”Then there shall be One Sheepfold: and One Shepherd”
 
As it is written of in Zechariah 14:9 to wit;
 
              ……………………………………….”And Jehovah shall be King over all the earth:
                         ……………………………………In that day there shall be One Jehovah:
                                   …………………………….           and His Name One.” 

George Webb’s Whistleblower… Part II of “The Wonderfully Good… the Horrifically Evil… and the Intrinsically Ugly: how George decided that those that Worship the Beast and his Image should let Trump Win another 4 Years to establish the 4th Reich”

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Thomas Clay Jr.

Dear George Webb ;

Whistleblower ??? Dan Coates…..But God forbid we put the most corrupt president in the history of America out of his nest… to face life in prison… if he’s lucky…. as for the rest…..

Wait until George has his former lover Julie Swetnick pegged as having been determined to have planned Brett Kavanaugh’s trial and removal from office when she was 5 years old ….. and I’m not even kidding…. as Trump and his little Nazi Steve Miller are even now planning concentration camps for homeless people…George just smiles and keeps talking… he’ll be smiling when they’ve arranged with the Supreme Court to make it legal for corporations to fire people for being gay… or black …or …. non-Christians…

Trump posits being Dictator for life??? George thinks that’s a dandy idea…. his love of the Rule of Law and defending the Constitution now mysteriously and suddenly absent.

It’s Dan Coates *or* Sue Gordon. It has to be. Two weeks after he resigned he walked into a meeting at the White House and told his deputy she needed to resign immediately and she did. Four days after that the Inspector General got the whistleblower report! In addition to this we know the unnamed whistleblower has retained an attorney who was a career lawyer at the CIA and is now in private practice.

This lends even more credence to it being Coates. If he told the president of Ukraine that the $250 million in military aid is dependent on them investigating Biden, holy shit! In an interesting turn of events, Rudy Giuliani said on CNN tonight that if Trump did do that, it wasn’t illegal! Umm, yes it is Rudy. Offering a foreign nation money to do damage to your political enemies is downright corruption not seen since Sadaam and Idi Amin were around.

This is tin pot dictator politicking and if this is true, Trump will have to resign. Trump is easy to predict because he is a simpleton and he only operates transactionally. My learned guess here is that Trump promised to deliver the military goods if the President of Ukraine opened an investigation of Biden. I would bet a shiny new platinum dollar that this is what Trump did.

Watch Republicans the next few days.

They are deathly quiet and today Mitch even approved $250 million in election security funds. That says that not only was he sick of being called Moscow Mitch, it also says he’s nervous about something. This is not going to end well for Trump. Make no mistake, the Inspector General is a Trump appointee and whoever the whistleblower is, worked inside this administration. This isn’t the ‘deep state.’ This is one of Trump’s own people and the IG agreed that this was a matter that needed to go to congress. Bill Barr and Maguire are now breaking the law in full view of the people. The highest law enforcement official and the highest national security official in this country are crooks.

They are felons thumbing their noses at the rule of law right now. Without the rule of law, we aren’t a Republic, we are subjects of a dictator. **Update** I am going to say something now that I hope everyone understands the gravitas of. *After* Adam Schiff sent his letter to the DNI to release the Whistleblower complaint, Trump released the $250 million to the Ukraine the next day.

The. Next. Day.

The *ONLY* thing that makes sense given this fact is that Trump withheld that money in order to make the Ukrainian president investigate Biden as Rudy Giuliani said tonight on CNN was the biggest scandal ever.

Once someone explained that this was illegal as fuck, Trump released the funds in order to make it look as though he did not cajole the president of the Ukraine into investigating Biden and his son. Donald Trump was using the money of the American people to force a foreign government to start and investigation of his political opponent.

That is why they are so desperate to conceal that whistleblower report. My god, this is unbelievable. He must be removed from office. If this is true, Trump will not be running for president.

He will be running to Russia to avoid dying in prison. https://www.cnn.com/…/rudy-giuliani-joe-biden-uk…/index.html

“Dear George Webb ….

It seems in light of Trump now openly stating at his rally in New Mexico today that he intends to remain in office for at least 14 years that your support for Donald Trump in his attempt to destroy America and the Constitution are now going to be seen as something closer to what they actually are …….which is basically treason…….

Could you explain why you are doing this, while keeping any credibility in your claim to being a defender and staunch protector of the Rule of Law and a passionate foe of all who violate the Constitution…??? ????…  asking for 330 million Americans…”

“….Dear George;

Netanyahu lost by nine seats and is refusing to concede saying that the media is to blame for his having lost

Donald Trump today at a rally in New Mexico said he was going to stay in office for at least 14 years and obviously has no intention of conceding after his guaranteed loss in 2020

With both Netanyahu and Trump now obviously working together in overturning the institutions of democracy in both Israel and America we can extrapolate the response from the Intelligence community’s on these two Rogue presidents who have decided to unilaterally take over the Western Hemisphere and initiate a full coup using nuclear weapons as the ultimate trump card

Netanyahu is going to jail but is now going to attempt to take over Israel with the extreme right-wing Coalition even though it lost because he believes that he is a divinely appointed figure…

….exactly like Trumps claim of being the “King of Israel” with the support of the Southern Neo Confederate / Antichristian Evangelicals, who claim that he is the Messiah…”

“….Dear George,

I left a note…thanks for fingering “POW POW” Pientka for being the cat behind the killing of the White Hat we both witnessed getting dusted at the North Gate that sad day…..you were 50 yards away..

Was the whole thing done as a personal warning to you ??? Seems like maybe, since you were observing your contact going to the appointment you both thought was a potential set up…and indeed it was…

Ah yes…

Former top FBI attorney James Baker admitted to House lawmakers in October last year that the investigation into alleged collusion between the Trump 2016 presidential campaign and Russia was riddled with abnormalities.

Confronted with a damning summary of abnormalities, bias, and omissions that transpired during the investigation, Baker told Congress that the investigation was indeed “highly unusual.”

“I had a jaundiced eye about everything, yes. I had skepticism about all this stuff. I was concerned about all of this. This whole situation was horrible, and it was novel and we were trying to figure out what to do, and it was highly unusual,” Baker told lawmakers.

Members of the House Judiciary and Oversight committees conducted the interviews in an unclassified setting, with agency counsel present to ensure that classified information didn’t enter into the unclassified setting. The transcripts of the interviews haven’t been publicly released, but were obtained for this article.

Baker served as the FBI’s general counsel when the bureau investigated the Trump campaign, and also Hillary Clinton’s use of an unauthorized private email server. During two days of testimony on Oct. 3 and Oct. 18, he told lawmakers that he believed even toward the end of the Clinton investigation that she should have been charged over her “alarming, appalling” mishandling of classified information.

He argued with others, including then-FBI Director James Comey, about the issue all the way toward the end of the investigation, but was ultimately persuaded that Clinton should be exonerated.

“My original belief … after having conducted the investigation and towards the end of it, then sitting down and reading a binder of her materials, I thought that it was alarming, appalling, whatever words I said, and argued with others about why they thought she shouldn’t be charged,” Baker told lawmakers.

As of October 2018, almost two years after the Clinton probe concluded, Baker still believed that the conduct of the former secretary of state and her associates was “appalling,” with regard to the handling of classified information.

As general counsel, Baker advised senior FBI leaders on the legal aspects of key investigations and served as the liaison with the Department of Justice (DOJ). In testimony, he detailed a series of unusual steps he took in the Trump–Russia investigation, including serving as the conduit between Perkins Coie—the firm working for the Clinton 2016 presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC)—and the FBI.

Baker left his position as general counsel in early January 2018, and resigned from the FBI in early May 2018.

Baker testified that it was Michael Sussmann, a partner at Perkins Coie, who shared with him information that detailed alleged communications between servers in Trump Tower and servers located in Russia at Alfa Bank—an allegation that eventually was debunked. Sussmann was also the lawyer who spearheaded the handling of the alleged hack of the DNC servers. Baker admitted that it was highly unusual to interact with an outside counsel.

Mr. Jordan: [This] is the first time and to your recollection the only time an outside counsel had information and was wanting to make sure it got to the general counsel of the FBI, and it happened to deal with the Russia investigation.

Mr. Baker: I that that’s correct. Sitting here today, that’s the only one I can remember.

Baker had at least three meetings with Sussmann—the first in person and the following two by phone. During the subsequent meetings, Baker discovered that Sussmann was speaking to the media regarding the same information he shared with Baker.

Baker admitted during his testimony that he knew Sussmann had professional involvement with the DNC.

Baker acknowledged that he soon discovered that Sussmann was also speaking to The New York Times regarding that same information. The FBI later contacted The New York Times and asked the newspaper to hold off on publishing while the bureau investigated the matter.

The information that Sussmann passed to Baker also appeared in the so-called Steele dossier, in a memo dated Sept. 14, 2016. Notably, Sussmann met with Baker five days later, on Sept. 19, 2016. Baker had initially testified he believed the meeting took place sometime before the election. Lawmakers later provided a specific date.

The server and Alfa Bank were investigated by the FBI, and were also the subject of a journalistic investigation by The New York Times. Nothing was found.

The server in question wasn’t operated by the Trump Organization, but “run and managed by Cendyn, a vendor that organizes email marketing campaigns for hotels and resorts,” according to a Nov. 2, 2016, article by Slate. The traffic was simply “mass emails, related to loyalty programs, discount offers, and the like.”

During lawmaker questioning of Baker’s interactions with Mother Jones reporter David Corn, it was revealed that Baker was the subject of an ongoing criminal leak investigation by the DOJ. Baker admitted to having received parts of the Steele dossier from Corn. Baker testified that these sections were different than the ones already in the FBI’s possession.

Mr. Baker: My recollection is that he had part of the dossier, that we had other parts already, and that we got still other parts from other people, and that — and nevertheless some of the parts that David Corn gave us were parts that we did not have from another source.

Baker said he either knew or assumed at the time that Corn had gotten the dossier from Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson, whom Steele was working for.

Simpson had been hired by the DNC and the Clinton campaign through Perkins Coie to produce the dossier on then-candidate Trump. Former British spy Christopher Steele compiled the dossier, which the FBI later used as the core of the FISA application to spy on Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

Baker told investigators that he personally reviewed portions of the Page FISA application, adding that this wasn’t something he would usually get involved in. He also admitted that he didn’t review the Woods file, which provides underlying documentation for the accuracy of facts represented in the FISA application.

Baker testified that he told Comey at some point that he thought the FISA “was legally sufficient.” Baker, however, appears not to have been aware of the politicized nature of some the information. He also acknowledged he had only read part of the FISA.

DOJ official Bruce Ohr, who was a key conduit between Steele and the FBI, previously testified to the joint committee that he had informed the bureau of Steele’s anti-Trump bias, and that the dossier was tied to the Clinton campaign and the DNC. Neither fact appeared in the final FISA application before it was approved by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

Baker also said that he only became aware of the fact that Ohr’s wife, Nellie Ohr, worked for Fusion GPS—which had also employed Steele—from public reporting.

Mr. Ratcliffe: When did you become aware that the wife of the number four person at the Department of Justice was helping in the creation of the Steele dossier? …

Mr. Baker: To the best of my recollection, I think I learned about that through public reporting.

When asked whether he was aware of Bruce Ohr’s warning to the FBI, Baker responded, “I don’t recall ever hearing that before just right now.” Baker told lawmakers he was aware Ohr served as Steele’s back-channel to the FBI, but said he was unaware, however, that Ohr’s FBI handler, agent Joe Pientka, funneled the intelligence to FBI Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok and FBI attorney Lisa Page.

Strzok and Page exchanged dozens of text messages expressing bias against Trump and support for Clinton, while playing key roles on the investigations related to both candidates. The discovery of the text messages led to the removal of Strzok from the Russia investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller.

Baker told lawmakers he ordered an investigation into the messages shortly after reading them.

“I only read like a couple, literally a couple. But that was enough for me to hear, that it freaked me out. And I was worried and I thought we need to get on top of this quickly,” Baker said.

Baker said that, despite an ongoing investigation by the DOJ inspector general, he “consulted with other folks” at the FBI to put together a team to do a review the text messages.

The Resurrected Hitler

Christopher Diamant

What I truly love best about George and these broadcasts is the enjoyment I have at watching a real professional hold forth on how poor Mr. Trump was ganbanged by those evil felons in the FBI and other Intel groups….

What George NEVER explains is how Mr. Comey and the rest of Georges bogeymen were RESPONSIBLE for RUSSIAN operatives coming into America who inserted themselves into the NRA and conservative gun-toting Christian Organizations and who were somehow able to get $30 million dollars from the Russian Government which mysteriously ended up in the coffers of poor Mr. Trumps Presidential Campaign….

To hear George tell it; this fact is just another sign of the proof that the millions given to Mitch McConnell, Trump, and all the rest of the criminals who have taken over the government was a plot by the Democrats and Ohrs, Gaeta, and Steele to make Trump look bad, which they were able to accomplish by having Russian spies invented by the DNC like Butina to infiltrate Trumps campaign, give it millions of dollars and absolute political support and cover…..but that this had nothing to do with Putin and his KGB trained gangbangers trying to make sure that their heavily compromised asset Mr Trump got into Office,,,,,perhaps so he could start giving Putin Top secret Intel every night in those delightful conversation from the White House which are done on a phone that I can guarantee you can’t be monitored…a little gift from Lavrov; I am sure; when Trump cheerily announced that he had the “absolute right to share Top Secret Information with the Russians” wherever he damned well pleased…. a strange thing to say; as we have seen with the hastily uprooted spy from Putin’s Office whose life and mission Trump so breezily destroyed…. and whose ability to take pictures of top secret documents is now over

Waiting to hear Georges explanation on even a single one of the points I have brought up…..

I, for one; am no longer holding my breath…

 

THE WHOLE STORY…

Dear George,

I left a note…thanks for fingering “POW POW” for being the cat behind the killing of the White Hat we both witnessed getting dusted at the North Gate that sad day…..you were 50 yards away..

Was the whole thing done as a personal warning to you ??? Seems like maybe, since you were observing your contact going to the appointment you both thought was a potential set up…and indeed it was…

 

Georges Webb…the Wonderfully Good… the Horrifically Evil :… and the Intrinsically Ugly: how George decided that those that Worship the Beast and his Image should Win

“Dear George Webb ….

It seems in light of Trump now openly stating at his rally in New Mexico today that he intends to remain in office for at least 14 years that your support for Donald Trump in his attempt to destroy America and the Constitution are now going to be seen as something closer to what they actually are …….which is basically treason…….

Could you explain why you are doing this, while keeping any credibility in your claim to being a defender and staunch protector of the Rule of Law and a passionate foe of all who violate the Constitution…??? ????…  asking for 330 million Americans…”

“….Dear George;

Netanyahu lost by nine seats and is refusing to concede saying that the media is to blame for his having lost

Donald Trump today at a rally in New Mexico said he was going to stay in office for at least 14 years and obviously has no intention of conceding after his guaranteed loss in 2020

With both Netanyahu and Trump now obviously working together in overturning the institutions of democracy in both Israel and America we can extrapolate the response from the Intelligence community’s on these two Rogue presidents who have decided to unilaterally take over the Western Hemisphere and initiate a full coup using nuclear weapons as the ultimate trump card

Netanyahu is going to jail but is now going to attempt to take over Israel with the extreme right-wing Coalition even though it lost because he believes that he is a divinely appointed figure…

….exactly like Trumps claim of being the “King of Israel” with the support of the Southern Neo Confederate / Antichristian Evangelicals, who claim that he is the Messiah…”

“….Dear George,

I left a note…thanks for fingering “POW POW” Pientka for being the cat behind the killing of the White Hat we both witnessed getting dusted at the North Gate that sad day…..you were 50 yards away..

Was the whole thing done as a personal warning to you ??? Seems like maybe, since you were observing your contact going to the appointment you both thought was a potential set up…and indeed it was…

Ah yes…

Former top FBI attorney James Baker admitted to House lawmakers in October last year that the investigation into alleged collusion between the Trump 2016 presidential campaign and Russia was riddled with abnormalities.

Confronted with a damning summary of abnormalities, bias, and omissions that transpired during the investigation, Baker told Congress that the investigation was indeed “highly unusual.”

“I had a jaundiced eye about everything, yes. I had skepticism about all this stuff. I was concerned about all of this. This whole situation was horrible, and it was novel and we were trying to figure out what to do, and it was highly unusual,” Baker told lawmakers.

Members of the House Judiciary and Oversight committees conducted the interviews in an unclassified setting, with agency counsel present to ensure that classified information didn’t enter into the unclassified setting. The transcripts of the interviews haven’t been publicly released, but were obtained for this article.

Baker served as the FBI’s general counsel when the bureau investigated the Trump campaign, and also Hillary Clinton’s use of an unauthorized private email server. During two days of testimony on Oct. 3 and Oct. 18, he told lawmakers that he believed even toward the end of the Clinton investigation that she should have been charged over her “alarming, appalling” mishandling of classified information.

He argued with others, including then-FBI Director James Comey, about the issue all the way toward the end of the investigation, but was ultimately persuaded that Clinton should be exonerated.

“My original belief … after having conducted the investigation and towards the end of it, then sitting down and reading a binder of her materials, I thought that it was alarming, appalling, whatever words I said, and argued with others about why they thought she shouldn’t be charged,” Baker told lawmakers.

As of October 2018, almost two years after the Clinton probe concluded, Baker still believed that the conduct of the former secretary of state and her associates was “appalling,” with regard to the handling of classified information.

As general counsel, Baker advised senior FBI leaders on the legal aspects of key investigations and served as the liaison with the Department of Justice (DOJ). In testimony, he detailed a series of unusual steps he took in the Trump–Russia investigation, including serving as the conduit between Perkins Coie—the firm working for the Clinton 2016 presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC)—and the FBI.

Baker left his position as general counsel in early January 2018, and resigned from the FBI in early May 2018.

Baker testified that it was Michael Sussmann, a partner at Perkins Coie, who shared with him information that detailed alleged communications between servers in Trump Tower and servers located in Russia at Alfa Bank—an allegation that eventually was debunked. Sussmann was also the lawyer who spearheaded the handling of the alleged hack of the DNC servers. Baker admitted that it was highly unusual to interact with an outside counsel.

Mr. Jordan: [This] is the first time and to your recollection the only time an outside counsel had information and was wanting to make sure it got to the general counsel of the FBI, and it happened to deal with the Russia investigation.

Mr. Baker: I that that’s correct. Sitting here today, that’s the only one I can remember.

Baker had at least three meetings with Sussmann—the first in person and the following two by phone. During the subsequent meetings, Baker discovered that Sussmann was speaking to the media regarding the same information he shared with Baker.

Baker admitted during his testimony that he knew Sussmann had professional involvement with the DNC.

Baker acknowledged that he soon discovered that Sussmann was also speaking to The New York Times regarding that same information. The FBI later contacted The New York Times and asked the newspaper to hold off on publishing while the bureau investigated the matter.

The information that Sussmann passed to Baker also appeared in the so-called Steele dossier, in a memo dated Sept. 14, 2016. Notably, Sussmann met with Baker five days later, on Sept. 19, 2016. Baker had initially testified he believed the meeting took place sometime before the election. Lawmakers later provided a specific date.

The server and Alfa Bank were investigated by the FBI, and were also the subject of a journalistic investigation by The New York Times. Nothing was found.

The server in question wasn’t operated by the Trump Organization, but “run and managed by Cendyn, a vendor that organizes email marketing campaigns for hotels and resorts,” according to a Nov. 2, 2016, article by Slate. The traffic was simply “mass emails, related to loyalty programs, discount offers, and the like.”

During lawmaker questioning of Baker’s interactions with Mother Jones reporter David Corn, it was revealed that Baker was the subject of an ongoing criminal leak investigation by the DOJ. Baker admitted to having received parts of the Steele dossier from Corn. Baker testified that these sections were different than the ones already in the FBI’s possession.

Mr. Baker: My recollection is that he had part of the dossier, that we had other parts already, and that we got still other parts from other people, and that — and nevertheless some of the parts that David Corn gave us were parts that we did not have from another source.

Baker said he either knew or assumed at the time that Corn had gotten the dossier from Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson, whom Steele was working for.

Simpson had been hired by the DNC and the Clinton campaign through Perkins Coie to produce the dossier on then-candidate Trump. Former British spy Christopher Steele compiled the dossier, which the FBI later used as the core of the FISA application to spy on Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

Baker told investigators that he personally reviewed portions of the Page FISA application, adding that this wasn’t something he would usually get involved in. He also admitted that he didn’t review the Woods file, which provides underlying documentation for the accuracy of facts represented in the FISA application.

Baker testified that he told Comey at some point that he thought the FISA “was legally sufficient.” Baker, however, appears not to have been aware of the politicized nature of some the information. He also acknowledged he had only read part of the FISA.

DOJ official Bruce Ohr, who was a key conduit between Steele and the FBI, previously testified to the joint committee that he had informed the bureau of Steele’s anti-Trump bias, and that the dossier was tied to the Clinton campaign and the DNC. Neither fact appeared in the final FISA application before it was approved by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

Baker also said that he only became aware of the fact that Ohr’s wife, Nellie Ohr, worked for Fusion GPS—which had also employed Steele—from public reporting.

Mr. Ratcliffe: When did you become aware that the wife of the number four person at the Department of Justice was helping in the creation of the Steele dossier? …

Mr. Baker: To the best of my recollection, I think I learned about that through public reporting.

When asked whether he was aware of Bruce Ohr’s warning to the FBI, Baker responded, “I don’t recall ever hearing that before just right now.” Baker told lawmakers he was aware Ohr served as Steele’s back-channel to the FBI, but said he was unaware, however, that Ohr’s FBI handler, agent Joe Pientka, funneled the intelligence to FBI Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok and FBI attorney Lisa Page.

Strzok and Page exchanged dozens of text messages expressing bias against Trump and support for Clinton, while playing key roles on the investigations related to both candidates. The discovery of the text messages led to the removal of Strzok from the Russia investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller.

Baker told lawmakers he ordered an investigation into the messages shortly after reading them.

“I only read like a couple, literally a couple. But that was enough for me to hear, that it freaked me out. And I was worried and I thought we need to get on top of this quickly,” Baker said.

Baker said that, despite an ongoing investigation by the DOJ inspector general, he “consulted with other folks” at the FBI to put together a team to do a review the text messages.

The Resurrected Hitler

Christopher Diamant

What I truly love best about George and these broadcasts is the enjoyment I have at watching a real professional hold forth on how poor Mr. Trump was ganbanged by those evil felons in the FBI and other Intel groups….

What George NEVER explains is how Mr. Comey and the rest of Georges bogeymen were RESPONSIBLE for RUSSIAN operatives coming into America who inserted themselves into the NRA and conservative gun-toting Christian Organizations and who were somehow able to get $30 million dollars from the Russian Government which mysteriously ended up in the coffers of poor Mr. Trumps Presidential Campaign….

To hear George tell it; this fact is just another sign of the proof that the millions given to Mitch McConnell, Trump, and all the rest of the criminals who have taken over the government was a plot by the Democrats and Ohrs, Gaeta, and Steele to make Trump look bad, which they were able to accomplish by having Russian spies invented by the DNC like Butina to infiltrate Trumps campaign, give it millions of dollars and absolute political support and cover…..but that this had nothing to do with Putin and his KGB trained gangbangers trying to make sure that their heavily compromised asset Mr Trump got into Office,,,,,perhaps so he could start giving Putin Top secret Intel every night in those delightful conversation from the White House which are done on a phone that I can guarantee you can’t be monitored…a little gift from Lavrov; I am sure; when Trump cheerily announced that he had the “absolute right to share Top Secret Information with the Russians” wherever he damned well pleased…. a strange thing to say; as we have seen with the hastily uprooted spy from Putin’s Office whose life and mission Trump so breezily destroyed…. and whose ability to take pictures of top secret documents is now over

Waiting to hear Georges explanation on even a single one of the points I have brought up…..

I, for one; am no longer holding my breath…

 

THE WHOLE STORY…

Dear George,

I left a note…thanks for fingering “POW POW” for being the cat behind the killing of the White Hat we both witnessed getting dusted at the North Gate that sad day…..you were 50 yards away..

Was the whole thing done as a personal warning to you ??? Seems like maybe, since you were observing your contact going to the appointment you both thought was a potential set up…and indeed it was…

 

My Brothers Keeper: the Perspective of Prophetic Faith in Action: Part II……”…. in deed and in truth…” and the Betrayal of the Gospel of Christ by White Southern Evangelicalism under Rev. Moon

17 But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need,

and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?

18 My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.

19 And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before Him.

I John 3:17-19

.…………………………………….The Priest and the Levite: and the Good Samaritan………………………………………………….

There is a difference between exercising religious beliefs and imposing them on others.

Our Constitution fiercely protects the former and expressly prohibits the latter.

— Rep. Joseph Kennedy III

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Our Elijah

……………………….Elijah rises on 4-18-2015……………………………………………….

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………………………………………………..Our Caesar……………………………………………….

Can the country come back from Trump? The Republic already looks like Rome in ruins.

Four years after Donald Trump emerged as the most nakedly authoritarian candidate in American history, it’s tempting to view the threat he once seemed to pose as overblown. Upon his election, some panicked that he would be a proto-dictator, trampling every democratic institution in the fascist manner imported from Mussolini’s Italy and Hitler’s Germany. Others saw merely a malign, illiberal incompetent who would probably amount to nothing too threatening — or believed that America’s democratic institutions and strong Constitution would surely survive Trump’s strongman posturing, however menacing it appeared in the abstract. Many contended that his manifest criminality meant he would be dispatched in short order, with impeachment simply a matter of time.
 
It was all, unavoidably, unknown and unknowable — and so we cast around for historical analogies to guide us. Was this the 1930s, along the lines of Sinclair Lewis’s It Can’t Happen Here? Or the 19th century in Latin America, with Trump an old-school caudillo? Was he another demagogue like George Wallace or Huey Long — but in the White House?
 
 
Well, we now have a solid record of what Trump has said and done. And it fits few modern templates exactly. He is no Pinochet nor Hitler, no Nixon nor Clinton. His emergence as a cultish strongman in a constitutional democracy who believes he has Article 2 sanction to do “whatever I want” — as he boasted, just casually, last month — seems to have few precedents.
 
But zoom out a little more and one obvious and arguably apposite parallel exists: the Roman Republic, whose fate the Founding Fathers were extremely conscious of when they designed the U.S. Constitution. That tremendously successful republic began, like ours, by throwing off monarchy, and went on to last for the better part of 500 years. It practiced slavery as an integral and fast-growing part of its economy. It became embroiled in bitter and bloody civil wars, even as its territory kept expanding and its population took off. It won its own hot-and-cold war with its original nemesis, Carthage, bringing it into unexpected dominance over the entire Mediterranean as well as the whole Italian peninsula and Spain.
 
And the unprecedented wealth it acquired by essentially looting or taxing every city and territory it won and occupied soon created not just the first superpower but a superwealthy micro-elite — a one percent of its day — that used its money to control the political process and, over time, more to advance its own interests than the public good. As the republic grew and grew in size and population and wealth, these elites generated intense and increasing resentment and hatred from the lower orders, and two deeply hostile factions eventually emerged, largely on class lines, to be exploited by canny and charismatic opportunists. Well, you get the point.
 
Of course, in so many ways, ancient Rome is profoundly different from the modern U.S. It had no written constitution; it barely had a functioning state or a unified professional military insulated from politics. Many leaders were absent from Rome for long stretches of time as they waged military campaigns abroad. There was no established international order, no advanced technology, and only the barest of welfare safety nets.
 
 
But there is a reason the Founding Fathers thought it was worth deep study. They saw the destabilizing consequences of a slaveholding republic expanding its territory and becoming a vast, regional hegemon. And they were acutely aware of how, in its final century and a half, an astonishing republican success story unraveled into a profoundly polarized polity, increasingly beset by violence, shedding one established republican norm after another, its elites fighting among themselves in a zero-sum struggle for power. And they saw how the weakening of those norms and the inability to compromise and mounting inequalities slowly corroded republican institutions. And saw, too, with the benefit of hindsight, where that ultimately led: to strongman rule, a dictatorship.
 
So when, one wonders, will our Caesars finally arrive? Or has one already?
 
Drawing parallels between Rome’s fate and America’s is not new, of course — from Gore Vidal’s trenchant critique of American imperialism in the Cold War, to Patrick Buchanan’s A Republic, Not an Empire in the late ’90s, to Cullen Murphy’s Are We Rome? in the aughts. But the emergence of Trump adds a darker twist to the tale of imperial overreach and republican decline: that the process is accelerating, and we may be nearing a point of no return.
 
The story of Rome is as unlikely as America’s. Its republic emerged from a period of rule of consecutive kings, elected for life, beginning around 750 BCE, or so later Roman historians claimed. That period lasted a couple of centuries before the last king, a despised figure called Tarquinius Superbus, was overthrown. From then on, from 509 BCE to 49 BCE, the rule of one man was anathema and the title rex a political kiss of death. A Senate and other assemblies replaced the monarch, and power was more widely distributed.
 
 
The new offices of state, including the most powerful, the consuls, were all held by at least two people, with strict term limits of one year — and with each officeholder given a mutual veto, to guard against any monarchical pretensions. The power awarded to the consuls and the Senate — representing the landed elite and, increasingly, the business class — was balanced against that of the tribunes (there were, at first, two), representing the masses, who had their own assembly with real clout. A new office of “dictator” was created — a break-glass-in-case-of-emergency assignment to one man to assume total power if civil unrest threatened the republic as a whole. But the dictator had a maximum of six months in office, after which he had to step down.
 
I’m crudely simplifying a complex and evolving set of arrangements, but the core idea was the dispersal and balancing of power, so that every segment of Roman society, apart from slaves, could have some input, even as the Senate effectively, if not definitively, called the shots. (It was a republic and emphatically not a modern democracy.) What kept this contraption together, without a written constitution, was something the Romans came to call the mos maiorum, the “way of the elders.” Tradition, in other words, or what we would call long-standing democratic norms — adherence to precedent, give-and-take in political negotiations, respect for proper procedures, a willingness to accept half-measures rather than imposing zero-sum solutions, and, above all, loyalty to the republic over one’s own ambition. Whenever someone seemed to push against these norms, they were demonized as a wannabe king.
 
The erosion of the mos maiorum took a very long time — longer than the entire history of the United States. And it began, in many ways, because of the republic’s success. As Mary Beard’s new classic, SPQR, vividly explores, Rome grew and grew, butting up against and clashing with regional neighbors, waging war, gaining (and sometimes losing) territory in fits and starts. But a political system designed for a relatively small city had to make some serious adjustments as its territory and prosperity and population exploded. The fact that Rome was in a semi-permanent war with its neighbors — a “forever war” if ever there was one — gave military commanders greater and greater clout, and the loot they hauled from Africa to Asia overwhelmingly enriched the elites beyond anything they had previously experienced.
 
 
These were decades and centuries of sudden growth in wealth and territory, but also tension. The forever war required small landowners to leave their farms untended for extended periods to fight. Romans saw many of these small estates fall into decay or ruin and begin to be bought up by wealthier landowners and consolidated into vast estates. Over time, as the population boomed and small agriculture waned, food resources became stretched. Before too long, there were too few small landowners to qualify for military service, and widening inequality began to generate increasing resentment among slaves and the poor. And into this fraught moment came the first real populists, the Gracchus brothers, who rose — from within the elites, as Trump and many others have in the millennia since — in the 130s BCE.
 
The first, Tiberius, elected as tribune of the plebs, proposed a set of land reforms to redistribute wealth. He knew he couldn’t get it past the Senate and so did not even try to, as had been the norm; instead, as Edward J. Watts details in his Mortal Republic, he went straight to the People’s Assembly. Then he tried to get his fellow tribune thrown out of office to avoid his veto, and ran for an unprecedented second term as tribune, at which point several senators, out of procedural tools, organized a small mob, grabbed whatever came to hand, entered the vote-counting arena, and clubbed Tiberius and 300 of his supporters to death.
 
This kind of violence seems unthinkable in America today, though it was not so unusual in the decades before the Civil War, when senators were repeatedly at each other’s literal throats on the Senate floor. But look past the violence and the situation seems a bit more familiar: deepening polarization, mutual mistrust, abandonment of norms, and trashing of precedents. Soon, it was possible to speak, very roughly, of two Romes: the rich Establishment and the rising masses, the optimates and the populares, waging a zero-sum war through Roman political institutions. In Cicero’s words: “The death of Tiberius Gracchus and even before that, the whole rationale behind his tribunate divided a united people into two distinct groups.” The Latin word for groups is partes.
 
 
Tiberius’s cause was taken up by his younger brother, Gaius, who ran for the tribunate, won, and proposed even more distribution of land, new colonies for landless citizens, a major investment in roads and infrastructure, the removal of some senators from juries, and a subsidized grain dole for any Roman in need. It was something for everyone but the elites — and hugely resonant among the populares. This time, the Senate responded more deftly by getting a rival and loyal tribune to outbid and undercut Gaius. In a contentious public assembly on the matter, scuffles broke out, a supporter of the optimates was stabbed with a writing stylus, and a riot was avoided only because of a sudden rainstorm. But the day after, the Senate, deeply rattled, gave authority to the consul to do, as Mike Duncan puts it in The Storm Before the Storm, his gripping account of these years, “whatever he thought necessary to preserve the state.” A bloodbath ensued, in which Gaius was slaughtered along with 3,000 of his followers, their corpses thrown into the Tiber.
 
In The Storm Before the Storm, Duncan quotes the great Roman historian Sallust, who, looking back, pulled a “both sides” argument — “The nobles began to abuse their position and the people their liberty.” The Greek historian Velleius Paterculus more astutely noted that “precedents do not stop where they begin, but, however narrow the path upon which they enter, they create for themselves a highway whereon they may wander with the utmost latitude.” A cycle of polarization had begun.
 
As the turn of the first century BCE approached and wars proliferated, with Roman control expanding west and east and south across the Mediterranean, the elites became ever wealthier and the cycle deepened. Precedents fell: A brilliant military leader, Marius, emerged from outside the elite as consul, and his war victories and populist appeal were potent enough for him to hold an unprecedented seven consulships in a row, earning him the title “the third founder of Rome.” Like the Gracchi, his personal brand grew even as republican norms of self-effacement and public service attenuated. In a telling portent of the celebrity politics ahead, for the first time, a Roman coin carried the portrait of a living politician and commander-in-chief: Marius and his son in a chariot.
 
 
A dashing military protégé (and rival) of Marius, Sulla, was the next logical step in weakening the system — a popular and highly successful commander whose personal hold on his soldiers appeared unbreakable. Tasked with bringing the lucrative East back under Rome’s control, he did so with gusto, prompting a somewhat nervous Senate to withdraw his command and give it to his aging (and jealous) mentor Marius. But Sulla, appalled by the snub, simply refused to follow his civilian orders, gathered his men, and called on them to march back to Rome to reverse the decision. His officers, shocked by the insubordination, deserted him. His troops didn’t, soon storming Rome, restoring Sulla’s highly profitable command, and forcing his enemies into exile. Sulla then presided over new elections of friendly consuls and went back into the field. But his absence from Rome — he needed to keep fighting to reward his men to keep them loyal — enabled a comeback of his enemies, including Marius, who retook the city in his absence and revoked Sulla’s revocations of command. Roman politics had suddenly become a deadly game of tit for tat.
 
When Sulla entered Rome a second time, he rounded up 6,000 of his enemies, slaughtered them en masse within earshot of the Senate itself, launched a reign of terror, and assumed the old emergency office of dictator, but with one critical difference: He removed the six-month expiration date — turning himself into an absolute ruler with no time limit. Stocking and massively expanding the Senate with his allies, he neutered the tribunes and reempowered the consuls. He was trying to use dictatorial power to reestablish the old order. And after three years, he retired, leaving what he thought was a republic restored.
 
Within a decade, though, the underlying patterns deepened, and nearly all of Sulla’s reforms collapsed. What lasted instead was his model of indefinite dictatorship, with the power to make or repeal any law. He had established a precedent that would soon swallow Rome whole.
 
 
This was no longer a republican culture protected by an austere elite, but an increasingly authoritarian one, with great military leaders and a handful of wealthy men dominating the political scene through money, legions, and military success. The ancient institutions and customs still existed but were slowly losing relevance. Worrywarts in the Senate and intelligentsia became concerned about strongmen emerging within the system — “The political situation alarms me more each day,” wrote Cicero. Two in particular stood out: Pompey, a hugely successful celebrity general who, at the tender age of 35, was made consul; and an up-and-coming Julius Caesar, rampaging through Gaul and then Britain, besting Pompey’s imperial acquisitions, and generating wide popular enthusiasm.
 
The two rivals appealed to both of the factions that had now long since defined the political scene — Caesar was a populist, Pompey a true Establishment figure — and as Caesar prepared to return, the Senate, panicked that another civil war was imminent, overwhelmingly voted that each disarm his forces and deliver them to the state. Pompey, who was in Rome, simply took no notice. Neither did Caesar, in Gaul, who crossed the Rubicon. These two celebrity commanders had so many soldiers, had conquered so much territory and won such widespread support, that the Senate had effectively become irrelevant. It could vote, and it did, but its votes no longer mattered.
 
The civil war that followed lasted four years, spanned several continents, resulted in Pompey’s murder in Egypt and gave Caesar a monopoly of power. He used it on a grandiloquent scale; his parades were beyond sumptuous and displayed the humiliation of his domestic as well as his foreign enemies, as the wider public thrilled to the spectacle. He was granted the position of dictator by the Senate to stabilize the war-torn polity, then reappointed as dictator in 48 BCE for a whole year, and by 44 BCE had been formally named dictator-for-life. At one point, his ally Mark Antony even offered him what looked like a crown.
 
 
His assassination — the famous murder on the Ides of March — was accomplished not by a mob but by a group of senators, who feared another rex and worried that their own attenuated power — or the republic itself — would disappear entirely. But it was a last-ditch attempt to save any kind of checks and balances within the system. After years of further civil war, Caesar’s adopted nephew, Augustus, finally destroyed his enemies, shed any pretense of republican rule, and established himself as emperor. His reign would last 40 years. Only emperors succeeded him.
 
History doesn’t repeat itself, but it often rhymes — as Mark Twain is legendarily said to have remarked. There is no chance that rival political-party leaders in the U.S. are going to assemble vast armies and march on Washington to seize total power. We do not have an existing institution, like the Roman dictatorship, that could be instantly used to impose tyranny. Rome had many civil wars across many theaters as the republic staggered to a close — not one, single catastrophic event followed by a contested but permanent settlement. The vast American middle class that stabilized liberal democracy at the height of the 20th century never existed in Rome. We have a welfare state that provides some measure of buffer against popular revolt and a written, formal Constitution far harder to flout brazenly than the unwritten mos maiorum of the Romans.
 
But still. It’s impossible to review the demise of the Roman Republic and not be struck by the parallel dynamics in America in 2019. We now live, as the Romans did, in an economy of massive wealth increasingly monopolized by the very rich, in which the whole notion of principled public service has been eclipsed by the pursuit of private wealth and reality-show fame. Cynicism about the system is endemic, as in Rome. The concept of public service has evaporated as swiftly as trust in government had collapsed. When the republican virtues of a Robert Mueller collided this year with the populist pathologies of Donald Trump, we saw how easily a culture that gave us Cicero could turn into a culture that gave us Caesar.
 
Class conflict — which, in America, has merged with a profound cultural clash — has split the country into two core interests: the largely white lower and middle classes in the middle of the country, roughly equivalent to Rome’s populares and susceptible to populist appeals by powerful men and women; and the multicultural coastal elites, whose wealth has soared as it has stagnated for the rest, and who pride themselves on their openness and meritocracy: the optimates. And just as in late-republican Rome, each side has begun not to complement but to delegitimize the other.
 
 
The result, as in Rome, is a form of deepening deadlock, a political conflict in which many on both sides profoundly fear their opponents’ power, and in which compromise through the existing republican institutions, particularly Congress, has become close to impossible. Think of Pompey’s and Caesar’s armies not as actual soldiers but as today’s political-party members and activists, mobilized for nonviolent electoral battle and dissatisfied, especially on the right, with anything less than total victory. The battles in this Cold Civil War take place all the time on the front lines of the two forces: in states where fights over gerrymandering and vote suppression are waged; in swing states in presidential elections; in the courts, where the notion of impartial justice has been recast in the public mind as partisan-bloc voting; in Congress, where regular order is a distant memory, disputes go constantly to the brink, the government is regularly shut down, the entire country’s credit is threatened, and long-established rules designed for republican compromise, like the filibuster, are being junked as fast as any Roman mos maiorum.
 
And the American system has a vulnerability Rome didn’t. We have always had a one-man executive branch, a head of state, with exclusive and total command of the armed forces. There is no need for an office like Rome’s dictator for when a systemic crisis hits, because we have an existing commander-in-chief vested with emergency powers who can, at any time, invoke them. The two consuls in Rome shared rule and could veto each other; what defines the American presidency is its individual, unitary nature. Over the past century, moreover, as America’s global clout has grown exponentially, and as the challenges of governing a vast and complicated country have spawned a massive administrative state under the president’s ultimate control, what was once designed as an office merely to enforce the laws made by the Congress has changed beyond recognition.
 
 
So what happens when a populist celebrity leverages mass resentment of elites to deploy that power — as Marius and Sulla and Pompey and Caesar did — in ever more expansive, innovative, and authoritarian ways?
 
When you think of how the Founders conceived the presidency, the 21st-century version is close to unrecognizable. Their phobia about monarchy placed the presidency beneath the Congress in the pecking order, stripping him of pomp and majesty. No newspaper bothered even to post a reporter at the White House until the 20th century. The “bully pulpit” was anathema, and public speeches vanishingly rare. As George F. Will points out in his new book on conservatism, the president of the United States did not even have an office until 1902, working from his living room until Teddy Roosevelt built the West Wing.
 
Some presidents rose above this level of modesty. Lincoln temporarily assumed far greater powers in the Civil War, of course, but it was Teddy Roosevelt who added celebrity and imperial aspirations to the office, Woodrow Wilson who began to construct an administrative state through which the executive branch could govern independently, FDR who, as president for what turned out to be life, revolutionized and metastasized the American government and bequeathed a Cold War presidency atop a military-industrial complex that now deploys troops in some 164 foreign countries.
 
 
Kennedy — and the Camelot myth that surrounded him — dazzled the elites and the public; Reagan ushered in a movie-star model for a commander-in-chief — telegenic, charismatic, and, in time, something of a cult figure; and then the 9/11 attacks created an atmosphere similar to that of Rome’s temporary, emergency dictatorships, except vast powers of war-making, surveillance, rendition, and even torture were simply transferred to an office for non-emergency times as well, as theorists of the unitary executive — relatively unbound by Congress or the rule of law — formed a tight circle around a wartime boss. And there was no six-month time limit; almost none of these powers has since been revoked.
 
Some hoped that Barack Obama would wind this presidency-on-steroids down. He didn’t. His presidency began with a flurry of executive orders. He launched a calamitous war on Libya with no congressional authorization; he refused to prosecute those who were involved with Bush’s torture program, who continued to rise through the ranks on his watch; he pushed his executive powers to fix a health-care law that constitutionally only Congress had the right to; and, in his second term, he ignored Congress’s legally mandated deportation of 800,000 Dreamers by refusing to enforce it. He had once ruled such a move out — “I’m president, I’m not king” — and then reinvented the move as a mere shift in priorities. To advance his environmental agenda, he used the EPA to drastically intensify regulations, bypassing Congress altogether. To push his cultural agenda, his Justice Department refused to defend the existing marriage laws and abruptly interpreted Title IX to cover transgender high-school kids without any public debate.
 
No Democrats regarded these moves as particularly offensive — although partisan Republicans were eager to broadcast their largely phony constitutional objections as soon as the president was not a Republican. And Congress had long since acquiesced to presidentialism anyway, wriggling out of any serious input on the war on terror, dodging the difficult task of amending the health-care law, bobbing and weaving on the environment. And although the worship of Trump is on a whole different level of fanaticism, if you didn’t see some cultish elements in the Obama movement, you weren’t looking very hard. Like Roman commanders slowly acquiring the trappings of gods, presidents have long since slipped the bounds of republican austerity into a world of elected monarchs, flying the world in a massive, airborne chariot, constantly photographed, and now commanding our attention every single day through Twitter.
 
 
But Obama was Obama, and Trump is Trump, obliterating most of what mos maiorum remained after his predecessor. Like Pompey, who bypassed all the usual qualifications for the highest office of consul, Trump stormed into party politics by mocking the very idea of political qualifications, violating norms with abandon. He had never been elected to office before; he was a businessman and a brand, not a public servant of any kind; he had no serious grip on the Constitution, liberal-democratic debate, the separation of powers, or limited government. His tangible proposals were slogans. He referred to his peers with crude nicknames, and his instincts were those of a mob boss. But he offered himself, rather like the populares in Rome, as a riposte and antidote to the political and cultural elite, the optimates. A brilliant if dangerous demagogue, he became the first presidential candidate to run not as the leader of a political party, or as a disciple of conservatism or liberalism, but as a fully fledged strongman who promised unilaterally to “make America great again.” It is hard to equate any kind of republican government with a leader who insists, of any American problem, “I, alone, can fix it.”
 
No one in the American system at this level has ever behaved like this before, crudely trampling on republican practices, scoffing at the rule of law, targeting individual citizens for calumny, openly demonizing his opponents, calling a free press treasonous, deploying deceit impulsively, skirting the boundaries of mental illness, bragging of sexual assault, delegitimizing his own government when it showed even a flicker of independence — and yet he almost instantly commanded the near-total loyalty of an entire political party, and of 40 percent of the country, and this loyalty has barely wavered.
 
If republicanism at its core is a suspicion of one-man rule, and that suspicion is the central animating principle of the American experiment in self-government, Trump has effectively suspended it for the past three years and normalized strongman politics in America. Nothing and no one in his administration matters except him, as he constantly reminds us. His Cabinet appeared to rein him in for a while, until most experienced adults left it as his demands for total subservience became more insistent. Vast tracts of the bureaucracy are simply ignored, the State Department all but shut down, foreign policy made by impulse, whim, nepotism, for financial gain, or from strange personal rapport with thugs like Kim Jong-un and Vladimir Putin, rather than by any kind of collective deliberation or policy process. Pliant nobodies fill administrative roles where real expertise matters and pushback against the president could have been effective in the past. Congress has very occasionally objected, but it has either been vetoed, as in the recent attempt to curtail U.S. support for Saudi Arabia’s wars, or, if it succeeded in passing legislation with a veto-proof majority, as in Russian sanctions, been slow-walked by the White House.
 
 
Writing honestly about this — and the extraordinary upping of the authoritarian ante this presidency has entailed — comes across at times like a dystopian portrait of a nightmare future, except it is very much the present and greeted either with enthusiastic support from the GOP or growing numbness and acceptance by the broader public. The old-school relative reticence of the republican concept of a president had already been transformed, of course, but Trump ramped up the volume to 11: a propaganda channel broadcasting round the clock, with memes almost instantly retweeted by the president, endless provocations to own the news cycle, and mass rallies to sustain his populist appeal. If the definition of a free society is that you don’t have to think about who governs you every minute of the day, then we no longer live in a free society. The press? Vilified, lied to, ignored, mocked, threatened.
 
When Trump has collided with the rule of law, moreover, he has had a remarkable string of victories. After a period in which he was amazed that his attorney general would follow legal ethics rather than the boss’s instructions, he has now finally appointed one to protect him personally, pursue his political opponents, and defend an extreme theory of presidential Article 2 power. Checked for the first time this year by a Democratic House, he has responded the way a monarch would — by simply refusing, in an unprecedentedly total fashion, to cooperate with any congressional investigation of anything in his administration. Far from being transparent to prove his lack of corruption, he has actively sued anyone seeking any information on his finances. He has declared a phony emergency to justify seizing and using congressional funds for a purpose specifically opposed by the Congress, building a wall on the southern border, and gotten away with it. He has taken his authority to negotiate tariffs in a national-security emergency and turned it into a routine part of presidential conduct to wage a general trade war. And he has enabled an army of grifters and opportunists to line their pockets or accumulate perks at public expense — as long as they never utter a word of criticism.
 
He has also definitively shown that a president can accept support from a foreign power to get elected, attempt to shut down any inquiry into his crimes, obstruct justice, suborn perjury from an aide, get caught … and get away with all of it. Asking for his tax returns or a radical distancing from his business interests strikes him as an act of lèse-majesté. He refers to “my military” and “my generals,” and claims they all support him, as if he were Pompey or Caesar. He muses constantly about extending his term of office indefinitely, just as those Roman populists did.
 
 
Does he mean it? It almost doesn’t matter. He’s testing those guardrails to see just how numb a public can become to grotesque violations of ethical or rhetorical norms, and he has found them exhilaratingly wanting. And he has an unerring instinct for where the weaknesses of our republican system lie. He has abused the limitless pardon powers of the president that were created for rare occasions of clemency, a concept that to Trump has literally no meaning. He has done so to reward political friends, enthuse his base, and, much more gravely, to corrupt the course of justice in the Mueller investigation. The concept even of a “self-pardon” has been added to the existing interdiction on prosecuting a sitting president.
 
He has also abused various laws allowing him to declare national emergencies in order to get his way even when no such emergencies exist.
Congress has passed several of these laws, assuming naïvely that in our system, a president can be relied on not to invent emergencies to seize otherwise unconstitutional powers — like executive control of legislative spending. This, of course, is not a minor matter; it’s an assault on the core principle of separation of powers that makes a republican government possible. But when the Supreme Court recently lifted a stay on the funds in a legal technicality, where was the outcry? The ruling registered as barely a blip.
 
The whims of one man now determine much of what happens in what we think of as a republic, where power should, in principle, be widely disseminated. And you don’t just see this in what has objectively happened. You can feel the difference in the culture. Every morning, Washington wakes up and needs to ask only one question to figure out what’s going on, as they did in the royal courts of old: What is the president’s mood today? If that isn’t a sign of a fast-eroding republic, what is?
 
 
Some argue that although the president has obviously attempted to break the law many times and lies with pathological abandon, he still hasn’t openly defied a court order, suspended an election, or authorized something as lawless as torture. He talks and walks like a dictator, but in practice, his incompetence and inability to focus or plan or even read saves us. That, it seems to me, misses three things. The first is the president’s rhetoric. What happened to the Roman republic was a slow slide into public illegitimacy, intensified by the way in which elites played by the rules only when it suited them and broke precedents and norms when it came to defending their own interests, complaining loudly when others did the same.
 
This generated a feeling that the system was rigged, that it made sense to cut corners, or lie, or take care of yourself before you followed the letter of the law. But when the president himself declares the system he works in is rigged, when he opines that electoral fraud is rampant, when he accuses his own FBI and intelligence services of being corrupt, he accelerates this process of delegitimization. And that matters immensely. In politics, words are not separate from acts; words are acts. Republican norms that are constantly denigrated by their purported leaders tend to disappear. And no single figure has done as much damage to that legitimacy in American history as Trump. He does not even feign respect for democratic norms.
 
The second case against complacency is that a key branch of government that can and should restrain presidential overreach, the judiciary, is being methodically co-opted for the cause of executive power. The authoritarian strain in conservative thought has, since Watergate appeared to cut a malign presidency down to size, come to define judicial philosophy on the right. The notion that the president controls the executive branch, that his autonomy is essential for expeditious government, and that his decisions are empowered by being the sole figure nationally elected by the people as a whole is now close to a litmus test for any judge or justice seeking a career on the right. It is what defines countless judicial nominees and appointments and is the common denominator between Justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh. With a chance for a third such appointment, the powers of an authoritarian president, with enough public backing to override congressional passivity or demand its support, could reach heights not seen before.
 
 
And the third is precedent. If republican virtues and liberal democratic values are a forest of traditions and norms, Trump has created a vast and expanding clearing. What Rome’s experience definitively shows is that once this space is cleared, even if it is not immediately filled, some day it will be. Someone shrewder, more ruthless, focused, and competent, can easily exploit the wider vista for authoritarianism. Or Trump himself, more liberated than ever in a second term, huffing the fumes of his own power, could cross a Rubicon for which he has prepared us all.
 
A republican president respects how the system works, treats power as if it is always temporarily held, interacts with other agents with civility, however strained, and feels responsible, for a while, for keeping the system alive. Trump simply has no understanding of any of this. His very psyche — his staggering vanity, narcissism, and selfishness — is far more compatible with monarchical government than a republican one. He takes no responsibility for failures on his watch and every single credit for anything successful, whatever its provenance. The idea that he would put the system’s interest above his own makes no sense to him. It is only ever about him.
 
And the public has so internalized this fact it can sometimes seem like a natural feature of the political landscape, not the insidiously horrifying turn in American political history and culture that it is. If there is a conflict between his and others’ interests, his must always win decisively. If he doesn’t win, he has to lie to insist that he did. Everything in strongman rule is related to the strongman, as we are all sucked into the vortex of his malignant, clinical narcissism. You never escape him, every news cycle is dominated by him, every conversation is befouled, if you are not careful. And this saps the republican spirit. It engenders a kind of passivity. It makes submission feel like a kind of relief.
 
 
Is recovery possible? The Roman lesson is that it is in the short term, but that recovery is fragile because norms are so much easier to break than to build, let alone rebuild, and that the longer republican norms are trashed, the weaker they subsequently become. And much depends, of course, on what comes immediately after, whether these compounding trends can be nipped or reversed before they entrench themselves.
 
In the Democratic presidential field, we already have 24 previews; on the Republican side, there are distressingly few glimmers of any future for the party other than compounding Trumpism through a second term and beyond. There are those on the left who worry about just what could be achieved by an actually competent Trump, but while Republicans have done the lion’s share of damage to the institutions and norms of government consecrated over centuries, the ultimate extent of the destruction wrought by Trump will be determined by the other party — and how it responds to the precedents when empowered.
 
Some signs are not that encouraging. “As president, I will give Congress 100 days to get their act together and pass reasonable gun safety laws,” presidential candidate Kamala Harris recently tweeted. “If they don’t, I will take executive action. Thoughts and prayers are not enough. We need action.” This 100-days rubric is one of which she seems particularly fond: “As president, I will give Congress 100 days to send legislation to my desk to stop Big Pharma from raking in massive profits at the expense of Americans. If Congress won’t act, I will.” In the Democratic debates in June, Harris even declared that “on day one, I will repeal that tax bill that benefits the top one percent and the biggest corporations in America.” In fact, Biden recently echoed her.
 
 
Candidates often exaggerate their powers to get things done when elected president. But I’m not dunking on the senator from California or the former vice-president to say there are no constitutional mechanisms in a republic for Harris to do any of this, and it is remarkable that these comments had any traction at all. And yet ask Democratic candidates more realistically how they intend to enact their agenda and they also talk about removing existing barriers to executive success. The filibuster will be on the chopping block if it impedes wider health-insurance coverage or a much more ambitious climate agenda pursued by a Democratic president. It has now disappeared from Senate votes on Supreme Court justices, weakening the credibility of judicial independence, as justices appear to be entirely creatures of the president and party that elevated them.
 
And the wider agenda, completely understandable in response to Trump’s and McConnell’s ruthlessness, is to go on the offensive on both policy and process. Since McConnell prevented a sitting president from filling a vacant Supreme Court seat, so should they. Big populist plans — Medicare for All, a Green New Deal — are now accompanied by proposals to overhaul the Supreme Court to prevent Republican judicial sabotage of progressive reform, to abolish the Electoral College to empower majoritarianism behind a future Democratic president, and to give statehood to D.C. and Puerto Rico to blunt the Republican advantage in the Senate. All these involve the kind of tit-for-tat political warfare that also broke out in Rome, for equally understandable reasons, but which, in time, brought autocracy closer.
 
But Rome wasn’t lost in a day. Its republic took the better part of a century and a half to lose its practices and its soul. Neither will the United States suddenly succumb to a new fascist party. There is space for populist reform — and it may be essential to restore the legitimacy of both capitalism and democracy — but if it is spearheaded by a charismatic cultish leader instead of a more traditional president, if it runs roughshod over republican norms and procedural compromise, if it responds to Trump’s rhetoric and methods by mimicking them, it may compound the problem.
 
Republics do not suddenly evaporate. The institutions they establish tend to continue — but, over time, in a deeply polarized and increasingly unequal society, they can become less and less potent, as various leaders and their followings fight zero-sum games using the rhetoric of power rather than the dialogue of deliberation. Precedents are broken; habits of mind and behavior erode; the advance of executive power ebbs and flows; but relentlessly, the water line of what is an acceptable level of autocracy rises. In Rome, it took a long while, but there were periods of much quicker erosion, as charismatic figures established a space for authoritarianism that came to be permanent. And then, of course, a sudden and unexpected collapse. In America, the question of whether this history will repeat itself hangs ominously in the air. But that sound you hear in the distance is of future Caesars preparing to make their move.
 
*This article appears in the August 5, 2019, issue of New York Magazine
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It’s easy for significant stories to get lost in the sound and fury of Donald Trump’s frontal assault on American democracy, epitomized by his militarized co-opting of Washington’s Fourth of July celebration.

As my interview with Angie Maxwell, co-author ofThe Long Southern Strategy,” shows, Trump’s presidency was decades in the making, with racism, sexism. and fundamentalism all playing crucial roles. The forces that brought him to power are ultimately far more consequential than he is.

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During the Revolutionary War, the founderswanted to show that God was on their side in this fantastic war that we were very unlikely to win,Greene said.

They actually stole from the Brits the practice  of identifying Britain as God’s new Israel,repackaging it to say

“No, Great Britain and the king, that’s Egypt and the pharaoh. We are the children of Israel crossing the Red Sea.

That’s why a cluster of recent developments involving questions of religious privilege deserve far more attention from the public and the media than they have received. These events reflect both the advancement of a theocratic, “dominionist” worldview that elevates the state-sanctified religious liberty of some at the obvious expense of others — and a rising tide of liberal, secular resistance.

On July 2, federal prosecutors announced they would retry humanitarian aid volunteer Scott Warren on two charges related to aiding migrants along the U.S.-Mexico border. Warren, whom Amnesty International has previously saidwould be a prisoner of conscience” if convicted, was “detained for his volunteer activities motivated by humanitarian principles and his religious beliefs.”

Warren regards himself as a devout Christian, driven to follow the words of Jesus in the gospel of Matthew: “For I was hungry and you fed me, thirsty and you gave me to drink, an alien and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, sick and you ministered to me.” Warren’s religious freedom clearly plays no role in the Trump administration’s thinking. It’s the negative space that throws everything else into sharp relief.

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The very next day, religious freedom was suddenly center stage again, as the VA announced new policies “to protect religious liberty” by trampling on the rights of religious minorities, in particulaallowing religious displays in public lobbies, an issue I’ve written about before which is the subject of a recently-filed lawsuit by the Military Religious Freedom Foundation. MRFF president Mikey Weinstein denounced the policy move as “both tragic and predictable in this hyper-dangerous era.”

To add another layer of confusion, the VA justified itself, in part, by referencing a recent Supreme Court decision on the Bladensburg Peace Cross, a century-old monument whose destruction would be “quite different from erecting or adopting new ones,” according to Justice Samuel Alito’s decision. New displays, of course, are precisely what the VA is addressing. Details, details.

Throughout such disputes, there’s a profound asymmetry: conservatives retell a few simple mythic just-so stories about an ideal cherished past moment, and how we’ve lost our way. America’s purported founding as a “Christian nation” is the most striking example of this, but far from the only one. Progressives counter with a bewildering multitude of contradictory facts, ultimately amounting to a complex story of protracted struggles stretching far beyond the limits of the simplistic narratives conservatives tell.

This happened again at the June 25 congressional hearing on the “Do No Harm” Act to remedy abuses of the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act, abuses that have ramped up significantly under the Trump administration. It happened earlier this year in Minnesota, with threatened drastic cuts to the State Historical Society budget, as reported by Frederick Clarkson at Religion Dispatches the same day as the “Do No Harm” hearing.  And it’s happening again with the VA’s decision.

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Clarkson’s reporting was his latest on Project Blitz — a Christian right stealth state legislative campaign first exposed by him early last year, and reported here at Salon. As I wrote then, its guiding vision is heavily influenced by pseudo-historian David Barton, who “has been discredited by every American historian I know,” according to evangelical historian John Fea. (See Fea’s latest on Barton here.)

The myth of America’s founding as a Christian nation, and our supposed need to restore what’s been lost, are its guiding lights, with three proposed tiers of legislation.

First comes “Legislation Regarding Our Country’s Religious Heritage.”

Second come “Resolutions and Proclamations Recognizing the Importance of Religious History and Freedom.”

And the third and final chapter is, “Religious Liberty Protection Legislation.”

That last has “two main underlying intentions,” according to Clarkson. “First to denigrate the LGBTQ community, and second to defend and advance the right to discriminate…. As the late theocratic theologian R.J. Rushdoony said, ‘Only the right have rights.’”

The “Do No Harm Act” hearing focused directly on the underlying intentions of the third tier, although at the federal level. (A recent USA Today joint investigation highlighted the state-level side.) We focus on it first because it reveals early signs of the bitter fruit Project Blitz holds in store for America. But Clarkson’s latest reporting shines a sharp light on how vigorously and deceptively — and even unconstitutionally — the first two tiers are being advanced at state level, in pursuit of the long campaign to remake American culture in a theocratic mold.

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This “slippery slope of religious exemptions has gotten us into explicit religious discrimination in adoption and foster care,” Clarkson told me, pointing to two key areas highlighted in the congressional hearing. “Part of this is Project Blitz, part of it is Trump administration policy.”

But the idea that these “religious freedom” exemptions are “being used to justify discrimination” is, Clarkson says, far too limited. “This is about profound religious supremacism and religious bigotry that undergirds long-term theocratic political agendas.” The discrimination is vitally important, of course. But unless we respond much more vigorously, far worse could lie ahead.

The “Do No Harm” hearing took place before the House Committee on Education and Labor, whose Chair, Rep. Robert Scott, D-Va., is the bill’s coauthor, along with Rep. Joseph Kennedy III, D-Mass. (quoted above).

Republicans began their issue-clouding efforts by questioning why the hearing was before them, a point that Scott made perfectly clear from the outset, noting that it was 78 years to the day since Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Executive Order 8802, banning employment discrimination by private defense-related contractors. Religiously-justified discrimination by government contractors was the overwhelming focus of the testimony and questioning that followed — at least on the Democratic side. Scott then turned to religion.

“Religion has played a vital role in our nation’s history. It has furthered social justice causes, such as the abolitionist movement, civil rights movement and movement to end child labor,” Scott said,

“However, some have used religion as a pawn to justify slavery, Jim Crow, the slaughter of our native populations, and other horrific acts.” In fact, he noted that the landmark case striking down bans on interracial marriage, Loving v. Virginia, had reversed a lower court that had upheld the ban, explicitly relying on the circuit court judge’s religious views.

The Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 “was meant to be a shield to protect,” Kennedy said in his statement. “However, over the years, RFRA has morphed from a shield of protection to a sword of infringement, allowing employers to undermine basic workplace protections, organizations to stonewall child labor investigations, and health providers to deny needed care for victims of sexual abuse.”

Rachel Laser, president of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, made a similar point in her testimony. “The Trump administration is ignoring the intent and constitutional limitations on RFRA,” she said. Rather, it is weaponizing the law “to undermine civil rights protections, deny people access to health care and government services, and even deny children loving homes.”

Later, during questioning, Laser went further. There was a broad bipartisan coalition to pass RFRA, she said, but soon afterward there were “indications that it was going to be misused in the ways that we’re seeing so much of today. For example, commercial landlords right away argued that RFRA gave them the right to impose their religious beliefs that people shouldn’t be cohabiting before marriage, and to ignore housing discrimination laws and refuse housing to unmarried couples.”

She went on to say that RFRA would never have been passed as a consensus bipartisan bill if it had been widely assumed to cover such cases. As Laser told me later, after a Supreme Court ruling in 1997 that RFRA could not apply to the states, Congress specifically refused to pass a new bill that would have applied the RFRA standard to the states, “because of concerns that it would be used to justify discrimination.”

Laser also cited specific cases, such that of Aimee Maddonna, a woman who was rejected as a foster mother by Miracle Hill Ministries — the largest taxpayer-funded foster care agency in South Carolina — because she was Catholic.

Then there was Samantha Coyle in Alaska, “a transgender woman who showed up at a government-funded homeless shelter and was turned away and had to sleep in the woods.”

“Those who want to misuse RFRA in ways that would harm others are trying to explain away the discrimination faced by people like Aimee Maddonna and Samantha Coyle, but they can’t,” Laser told me. “They even resort to the dangerous idea that if there’s another option, it can’t be discrimination. But ‘You can just go somewhere else’ has never been an acceptable response when it comes to discrimination — not when African Americans were told to go to another restaurant or when Jews were told to go to another hotel. And it’s not an acceptable response now.”

Yet that was precisely the response that was offered by the  committee’s Republicans, though rarely with the clarity expressed by Rep. William Timmons, R-S.C., whose district includes Miracle Hill. “Miracle Hill has never prevented … any individual from becoming a foster parent,” Timmons said, “That is because there are other private providers less than two miles away.”

At the same time, went out of his way to cite all the ways Miracle Hill didn’t discriminate, saying that the organization will “serve any child no matter the child’s race, faith, sexual orientation, gender identity, nationality, or any other differentiating factor,” he claimed.

The same perspective informed the GOP’s main witness, Matt Sharp, the senior counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom, though he was reluctant to say so explicitly. Rep. Mark Takano, D-Calif., spent the better part of his five minutes trying to get a straight answer from Sharp about whether contracting agencies should be allowed to discriminate, against LGBTQ people, for example.

Did Rev. Moon have a relationship with the Daughters of the Confederacy???

“One of the beauties of RFRA is that it does not pick winners and losers, it’s that … that balancing process,” Sharp babbled, “And so when we talk about the specific context of adoption providers there are a lot of interests involved.” He said that birth mothers , “may have a conviction about having their child raised consistent with a particular religious faith or particular type of family,” and then discussed “the interest of the provider,” but never quite got around to the interests of Aimee Maddonna and other would-be adoptive parents turned away for whatever reason. Nor did he ever answer Takano’s repeated questions, so the congressman had to turn to Laser for an answer. Hers was crisp and straightforward.

“You can’t have it both ways,” Laser said. “If faith-based groups want to be eligible to receive government funding to perform government services, then they have to play by the same rules as everyone else.”

Sharp’s harping on the supposed importance of “balance” was a classic example of how conservatives can use simplistic narratives — often appropriating liberal or progressive concepts (like “religious freedom” itself) for purposes fundamentally at odds with their original meaning and purpose.

Both sides acknowledge the historical record: RFRA was enacted by a broad bipartisan coalition. But conservatives ignore both why that was necessary and how much they have eroded its foundations since then. As Laser noted, “RFRA was enacted in 1993 in response to the Supreme Court’s Employment Division v. Smith opinion.” That opinion by the late Justice Antonin Scalia substantially weakened religious protection in the existing balancing framework, known as the Sherbert Test, based on the 1963 decisionSherbert v. Verner.

The story of the Smith case was exquisitely told by Garrett Epps inTo an Unknown God.

It began with Al Smith and Galen Black, two Native American men who were fired from their jobs over the ritual use of peyote and filed unemployment claims. But just as Scott Warren’s religious freedom gets overlooked, the same happened when RFRA was passed, and Native American use of peyote was actually not protected. It took separate legislation to accomplish that via th1994 Amendments to the American Indian Religious Freedom Act.

Throughout this whole story, disfavored religious views have been marginalized, as others have benefited by claiming special-snowflake victim status for themselves.

Then came the fatefuHobby Lobby Supreme Court decision of 2014. “The majority opinion in Hobby Lobby explicitly changes the meaning of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act,” Epps told me. “The court in Hobby Lobby said, ‘We think Congress intended to go much, much further than the Sherbert Test, and to entrust the court to develop a much broader law of religious freedom,” he said. “This is just made up out of whole cloth. It’s a classic Alito move.”

Epps sees a sort of runaway train in motion, noting “the increasing radicalism of certain Christian claims of so-called religious liberty,” which he wrote about in 2016 article for the Atlantic,The Strange Career of Free Exercise.”

At the time RFRA passed, “free exercise was about the objector, the individual who is being oppressed by a majoritarian structure. And it has now been turned around to be the rights of a majority to insist on its religious values in their interactions with minorities,” Epps said. “The shift from the term ‘free exercise’ to ‘religious liberty’ is real, it’s not accidental. The idea is that you want no government regulation of religious bodies. And that’s a real change in the free exercise.”

This dovetails with what Clarkson said about Project Blitz’s “religious liberty” project. “The agenda of theocratic dominionism,” he said, has been “reframed as protecting the right of theocrats to discriminate against those deemed second-class, at best,” Once again, he reminded me that this movement is guided by the theology of R.J. Rushdoony: “Only the right have rights.”

There are different schools of dominionism, and as Julie Ingersoll explained inBuilding God’s Kingdom: Inside the World of Christian Reconstruction” (Salon interview here), their ideas have had enormous influence on the religious right, even among many Christians who overtly disavow them. Barton and many others involved with Project Blitz subscribe to what is calledSeven Mountainsdominionism, devoted to infiltrating and taking over the “seven mountains of culture”: government, education, media, arts and entertainment, religion, family and business. Coming out of the “New Apostolic Reformation,” styling themselves as “apostles” and “prophets,” those folks have an exalted opinion of themselves. Secretive, extremist means to a “holy” end often find favor with them.

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Clarkson points to the case of state legislation in Minnesota, which he sees as “a harbinger of a more profoundly theocratic politics on the horizon.”

Project Blitz works through a network of state-level legislative prayer caucuses, and in Minnesota, the state director, Rev. Dale Witherington, also runs an explicit Seven Mountains organization, Restore MN, devoted to the “restoration of Biblical values in our nation” and “Biblical citizenship.

This year provided a taste of what he has in mind. The story begins with an attempt to slash the budget of the Minnesota Historical Society by $4 million (possibly resulting in a 25% staff cuts) for failing to conform to Christian nationalist ideology.

When the cuts were first proposed by State Sen. Mary Kiffmeyer, a Republican, she refused to explain why, beyond saying it was because of an unspecified “controversy.” State Sen. John Marty, a Twin Cities Democrat, eventually got the scoop from another Republican member, who explained that it had to do with “what he called ‘revisionist history’ at the 200-year-old Historic Fort Snelling.

This “revisionist history” involved the fort expanding its educational mission to include the Dakota name for the area, Bdote, and a 10,000-year history that included “Native peoples, trade, soldiers and veterans, enslaved people, immigrants, and the changing landscape.” That history happens to be true.

But as Marty told me, religious conservatives “wanted the history that they were taught 4th grade, and think that that’s all there is to it. Anything else is ‘revisionist history.’”

Those proposed cuts restored by Democrats, who control the state House and the governor’s office.

But the story doesn’t end there. In the May issue of Americans United’s Church and State magazine, historian Steven Greene blew the whistle on what’s probably the real story — a behind-the-scenes threat from the Minnesota Prayer Caucus, to slash the Historical Society funding in retaliation for scheduling two lectures based on his 2015 book,Inventing a Christian America: The Myth of the Religious Founding.

Greene’s book was published by Oxford University Press, arguably the world’s leading academic publisher, and was praised by evangelical historian John Fea, himself the author ofWas America Founded as a Christian Nation?: A Historical Introduction. Fea called it “the most thorough critique of Christian nationalism available today,” and said, “Anyone interested in this subject must read this book.” (Fea and Greene both took part in a 2015 CNN forum on the subject here.)

But the Minnesota Prayer Caucus was not impressed, and accused the Historical Society of “promoting a narrative about our nation’s history and founding that is patently false.” (Mind you, its members had not seen the book, let alone read it.

After an exchange of letters, the caucus eventuallmade a veiled threat, requesting “that our side of the story be presented with your support and promotion through the Minnesota Historical Society,” and saying that it should be scheduled and promoted by May 1 of this year, “when committees begin to meet to review appropriations to various organizations and groups.”

Three things need to be noted here. First, Greene’s lectures were privately funded. No state funding was involved. Second, Witherington, the driving force behind the defunding threat, was also a private citizen. “He is not a state employee, not a legislative employee,” Marty said. Third, as Greene explained, the threat to deny funds is what’s called an “unconstitutional condition”:

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The unconstitutional-conditions doctrine is a cornerstone of First Amendment jurisprudence. It states that a governmental entity cannot condition the receipt of a benefit — usually a financial benefit — on a requirement that the beneficiary surrender a constitutionally protected right.

The First Amendment covers much more than religious freedom, to be sure.

And dominionists are instinctively hostile to all of it.

Greene’s book is utterly devastating to Christian nationalism, which heavily relies on mountains of religiously-themed quotes, a practice known asproof-texting.

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In other words, “We let the text prove our proposition by virtue of our selection of what we want to prove,” as Greene told me.

But amassing quotes doesn’t prove anything. “What they want to do is this kind of missing the forest for the trees,” Greene said, “They’re still stuck at ‘Look at this tree!’ ‘Look at this tree!’ ‘Look at this tree!’ — without stepping back and looking at the larger context.”

Marty characterized his state’s prayer caucus more sarcastically, saying, “They’d quote ‘All men are created equal’ from the Declaration of Independence” to argue that Thomas Jefferson was clearly opposed to slavery. If one responded, “Well, he had slaves,” he said, they might answer, “Oh, well! Don’t confuse us with facts.”

Greene spoke to me about the larger context for the notion that America was a “Christian nation” from the beginning. “I came to the firm conclusion that this was a consciously constructed myth,” he said, largely created “with the second generation [after the founding] as a way of sanctifying the founding.” All nations have founding myths, most take shape over centuries. Ours was done much faster — but after the fact, and responding to a variety of forces, stimuli and needs.

During the Revolutionary War, the founderswanted to show that God was on their side in this fantastic war that we were very unlikely to win,Greene said.

They actually stole from the Brits the practice  of identifying Britain as God’s new Israel,repackaging it to say

“No, Great Britain and the king, that’s Egypt and the pharaoh. We are the children of Israel crossing the Red Sea.

Then, in the second generation, people “wanted to sanctify the United States, wanted to show why it was special,” Greene said.

Specifically, “They wanted to show why the American form of republicanism was different from that really bad French form of republicanism, where it was killing people left and right.”

After George Washington’s death, Greene said, he became the focal point. “He was the American Moses, and anything that George Washington touched, since he was ordained by God, also had to be perfect and sanctified.”

That brings us to the last of our recent developments, the VA’s announcement of new policies “to protect religious liberty,” particularly allowing religious displays. A particular focus of concern has been the repeated inclusion of Bibles in POW/MIA “missing man” displays, a practice that the Military Religious Freedom Foundation has challenged repeatedly over the years with multiple successes.

The situation in Sioux Falls, North DakotaI reported on in March was typical. MRFF was representing 21 clients, 14 of them Christians. None was willing to come forward publicly, whether for fear of retribution, social shunning or causing pain to loved ones. One decorated Vietnam veteran with two Purple Hearts, a Buddhist, spoke to me on condition of anonymity”

…..Prophetic to the extreme; but ignored even now by many…yet his pronouncement rings true…..

“When I went in I saw the missing man table which I thought was great, and I saw there that they have a Bible, which thought was disrespectful of all of us who weren’t Christians,” he told me. “I personally know a couple [of soldiers] who are listed as MIA, who were not Christian.”

Trying to get this changed is difficult, especially in a place like Sioux Falls. “It’s a beautiful place, but also very insular and very Christian,” he explained. “I’m fairly active in the veterans’ community here, and if it came out that I was doing this, my kids would be in trouble, I would be in trouble, probably drummed off of the veterans’ things that I do…. There would definitely be some retribution.”

In early May, MRFF filed suit against the Veterans Department over a medical display in Manchester, New Hampshire. There, too, most of the group’s 14 clients remained anonymous. But one, a former Air Force pilot and a devout Christian, agreed to be named in the suit.

Now the VA feels it has a new weapon to fight back with: the June 20 Supreme Court decision allowing the century-old Bladensburg peace cross to remain. At the time, MRFF denounced the decision, quoting from Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s dissent. “Just as a Star of David is not suitable to honor Christians who died serving their country, so a cross is not suitable to honor those of other faiths who died defending their nation.”

When the new policies were announced, MRFF head Mikey Weinstein spoke out. “These brand-new VA policies — clearly based on the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent idiotic decision in the Bladensburg Cross case,” he said, “are nothing more than a transparent and repugnant attempt to further buttress and solidify fundamentalist Christianity as the insuperable official religion of choice for the VA, our Armed Forces and this country.”

There’s also a more nuanced view from MRFF senior researcher Chris Rodda (also a leading debunker of David Barton and religious right pseudo-history), who dissected the Court’s new standard as yet another example of conservative judicial activism:

Under the Lemon test from the 1971 case Lemon v Kurtzman, a religious display, to be constitutional, 1) had to have a secular purpose; 2) its primary effect could not either advance or inhibit religion; 3) it couldn’t result in an excessive government entanglement with religion. Under the new “history tests” it just has to be old.

Slavery was around for far longer than the Bladensburg Cross; women couldn’t vote for a very long time. Therefore, if this “history test” were applied to those things they would be perfectly constitutional, right?

A Bible was not part of the original POW/MIA table tradition, started in 1967 by a group of Vietnam combat pilots known as the “River Rats.”

The untraditional practice of adding a Bible, and turning what was started as a tradition to honor all POWs and MIAs into a display honoring only Christians, didn’t emerge until over 30 years later, when the VFW Ladies Auxiliary published a script for the setting of the table and included the Bible among the items in the 1999 issue of their magazine.

Everything Hitler did to seize power in Germany was Legal….just like the GOP and Tea Party: with unlimited Koch Money……………….the GOP has studied the tactics of Mussolini and Hitler with due diligence…….diligence curiously absent in protecting the Ideal of Religious Freedom from the hidden Christofascism in the South’s false Evangelism for “whites only” brand of dominionism they learned at the breast of Sun Myung Moon

So if history’s the guide, that’s just one more reason to reject the Bible in these displays. But of course that’s not really the issue. On every front, religious conservatives are always changing the rules midstream — always in the name of eternal principles, and always to evade all factual, legal or historical evidence that gets in the way.

 

Real Christians…and True Christianity

 

Why All This Matters

1 John 3:11-19 King James Version (KJV)

11 For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.

12 Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous.

The plain truth is that the Southern Confederacy has never admitted that Rev. Moon spent millions paying off all their debts and rescuing the Southern Right Wing Bigots from political extinction…and then got rid of Rev. Moon as soon as they had gotten his money….but they found that he shared their distaste for Dr. King and the Black Baptist Churches of the South right from the beginning….

Barack Hussein; ..”The Obama”; slayer of Osama bin Laden the Global Antichrist…who lived by the Sword; and was killed by it….”Vengeance is Mine” saith the Lord…”I will Repay..”

Who Bailed Out Oral Roberts, Jerry Falwell and all the Test??? Reverend Moon

 

13 Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.

14 We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.

15 Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.

 

How Rev. Moon gave Birth to the Man of Lawlessness

Donald “Jim Crow” Trump

The White Crow of Osiris and the Curse of Lucifer: the Shadow of Nazism in America

Reverend Moon and the supporters of Reagan in the Unification Church zealously projected Donald Trumps “Birtherism” Lie through the Washington Times at every opportunity….

The Washington Times was the Cheerleader for the 1% in their theocratic coup against Democracy in America….all done in the name of “God”…and his Christ…who was not Rev. Moon in the end…but a Messiah so much nearer to their heart…exactly at one with David Dukes black lump of coal dead in his breast……..Donald “Jim Crow” Trump

16 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.

Dr. Martin Luther King

The Fighter for Economic Equality and Justice:

not “Dominionism” for white Christian bigots and Christo-fascists..

…………………………………………The Prophetic Truth…………………………………

17 But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?

18 My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.

19 And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him.

My Brothers Keeper: the Perspective of Prophetic Faith in Action……”…. in deed and in truth…” and the Betrayal of the Gospel of Christ by White Southern Evangelicalism under Rev. Moon

17 But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need,

and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?

18 My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.

19 And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before Him.

I John 3:17-19

.…………………………………….The Priest and the Levite: and the Good Samaritan………………………………………………….

There is a difference between exercising religious beliefs and imposing them on others.

Our Constitution fiercely protects the former and expressly prohibits the latter.

— Rep. Joseph Kennedy III

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Commentary

It’s easy for significant stories to get lost in the sound and fury of Donald Trump’s frontal assault on American democracy, epitomized by his militarized co-opting of Washington’s Fourth of July celebration.

As my interview with Angie Maxwell, co-author ofThe Long Southern Strategy,” shows, Trump’s presidency was decades in the making, with racism, sexism. and fundamentalism all playing crucial roles. The forces that brought him to power are ultimately far more consequential than he is.

The worship of the gold staute of Mr. and Mrs. Moon by their son Hyung Jin Moon and his dutiful wife: “Thou shalt make no graven Image….”

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During the Revolutionary War, the founderswanted to show that God was on their side in this fantastic war that we were very unlikely to win,Greene said.

They actually stole from the Brits the practice  of identifying Britain as God’s new Israel,repackaging it to say

“No, Great Britain and the king, that’s Egypt and the pharaoh. We are the children of Israel crossing the Red Sea.

That’s why a cluster of recent developments involving questions of religious privilege deserve far more attention from the public and the media than they have received. These events reflect both the advancement of a theocratic, “dominionist” worldview that elevates the state-sanctified religious liberty of some at the obvious expense of others — and a rising tide of liberal, secular resistance.

On July 2, federal prosecutors announced they would retry humanitarian aid volunteer Scott Warren on two charges related to aiding migrants along the U.S.-Mexico border. Warren, whom Amnesty International has previously saidwould be a prisoner of conscience” if convicted, was “detained for his volunteer activities motivated by humanitarian principles and his religious beliefs.”

Warren regards himself as a devout Christian, driven to follow the words of Jesus in the gospel of Matthew: “For I was hungry and you fed me, thirsty and you gave me to drink, an alien and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, sick and you ministered to me.” Warren’s religious freedom clearly plays no role in the Trump administration’s thinking. It’s the negative space that throws everything else into sharp relief.

The Heart of the Confederacy: a Stone Mountain of Hatred: or a Monument to Heal our Nation??

The very next day, religious freedom was suddenly center stage again, as the VA announced new policies “to protect religious liberty” by trampling on the rights of religious minorities, in particulaallowing religious displays in public lobbies, an issue I’ve written about before which is the subject of a recently-filed lawsuit by the Military Religious Freedom Foundation. MRFF president Mikey Weinstein denounced the policy move as “both tragic and predictable in this hyper-dangerous era.”

To add another layer of confusion, the VA justified itself, in part, by referencing a recent Supreme Court decision on the Bladensburg Peace Cross, a century-old monument whose destruction would be “quite different from erecting or adopting new ones,” according to Justice Samuel Alito’s decision. New displays, of course, are precisely what the VA is addressing. Details, details.

Throughout such disputes, there’s a profound asymmetry: conservatives retell a few simple mythic just-so stories about an ideal cherished past moment, and how we’ve lost our way. America’s purported founding as a “Christian nation” is the most striking example of this, but far from the only one. Progressives counter with a bewildering multitude of contradictory facts, ultimately amounting to a complex story of protracted struggles stretching far beyond the limits of the simplistic narratives conservatives tell.

This happened again at the June 25 congressional hearing on the “Do No Harm” Act to remedy abuses of the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act, abuses that have ramped up significantly under the Trump administration. It happened earlier this year in Minnesota, with threatened drastic cuts to the State Historical Society budget, as reported by Frederick Clarkson at Religion Dispatches the same day as the “Do No Harm” hearing.  And it’s happening again with the VA’s decision.

Did Rev. Moon profess he was the Messiah when Senator Lindsey Graham crowned him King in the Dirksen Center???

Clarkson’s reporting was his latest on Project Blitz — a Christian right stealth state legislative campaign first exposed by him early last year, and reported here at Salon. As I wrote then, its guiding vision is heavily influenced by pseudo-historian David Barton, who “has been discredited by every American historian I know,” according to evangelical historian John Fea. (See Fea’s latest on Barton here.)

The myth of America’s founding as a Christian nation, and our supposed need to restore what’s been lost, are its guiding lights, with three proposed tiers of legislation.

First comes “Legislation Regarding Our Country’s Religious Heritage.”

Second come “Resolutions and Proclamations Recognizing the Importance of Religious History and Freedom.”

And the third and final chapter is, “Religious Liberty Protection Legislation.”

That last has “two main underlying intentions,” according to Clarkson. “First to denigrate the LGBTQ community, and second to defend and advance the right to discriminate…. As the late theocratic theologian R.J. Rushdoony said, ‘Only the right have rights.’”

The “Do No Harm Act” hearing focused directly on the underlying intentions of the third tier, although at the federal level. (A recent USA Today joint investigation highlighted the state-level side.) We focus on it first because it reveals early signs of the bitter fruit Project Blitz holds in store for America. But Clarkson’s latest reporting shines a sharp light on how vigorously and deceptively — and even unconstitutionally — the first two tiers are being advanced at state level, in pursuit of the long campaign to remake American culture in a theocratic mold.

Looking at the Face of Fascism

This “slippery slope of religious exemptions has gotten us into explicit religious discrimination in adoption and foster care,” Clarkson told me, pointing to two key areas highlighted in the congressional hearing. “Part of this is Project Blitz, part of it is Trump administration policy.”

But the idea that these “religious freedom” exemptions are “being used to justify discrimination” is, Clarkson says, far too limited. “This is about profound religious supremacism and religious bigotry that undergirds long-term theocratic political agendas.” The discrimination is vitally important, of course. But unless we respond much more vigorously, far worse could lie ahead.

The “Do No Harm” hearing took place before the House Committee on Education and Labor, whose Chair, Rep. Robert Scott, D-Va., is the bill’s coauthor, along with Rep. Joseph Kennedy III, D-Mass. (quoted above).

Republicans began their issue-clouding efforts by questioning why the hearing was before them, a point that Scott made perfectly clear from the outset, noting that it was 78 years to the day since Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Executive Order 8802, banning employment discrimination by private defense-related contractors. Religiously-justified discrimination by government contractors was the overwhelming focus of the testimony and questioning that followed — at least on the Democratic side. Scott then turned to religion.

“Religion has played a vital role in our nation’s history. It has furthered social justice causes, such as the abolitionist movement, civil rights movement and movement to end child labor,” Scott said,

“However, some have used religion as a pawn to justify slavery, Jim Crow, the slaughter of our native populations, and other horrific acts.” In fact, he noted that the landmark case striking down bans on interracial marriage, Loving v. Virginia, had reversed a lower court that had upheld the ban, explicitly relying on the circuit court judge’s religious views.

The Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 “was meant to be a shield to protect,” Kennedy said in his statement. “However, over the years, RFRA has morphed from a shield of protection to a sword of infringement, allowing employers to undermine basic workplace protections, organizations to stonewall child labor investigations, and health providers to deny needed care for victims of sexual abuse.”

Rachel Laser, president of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, made a similar point in her testimony. “The Trump administration is ignoring the intent and constitutional limitations on RFRA,” she said. Rather, it is weaponizing the law “to undermine civil rights protections, deny people access to health care and government services, and even deny children loving homes.”

Later, during questioning, Laser went further. There was a broad bipartisan coalition to pass RFRA, she said, but soon afterward there were “indications that it was going to be misused in the ways that we’re seeing so much of today. For example, commercial landlords right away argued that RFRA gave them the right to impose their religious beliefs that people shouldn’t be cohabiting before marriage, and to ignore housing discrimination laws and refuse housing to unmarried couples.”

She went on to say that RFRA would never have been passed as a consensus bipartisan bill if it had been widely assumed to cover such cases. As Laser told me later, after a Supreme Court ruling in 1997 that RFRA could not apply to the states, Congress specifically refused to pass a new bill that would have applied the RFRA standard to the states, “because of concerns that it would be used to justify discrimination.”

Laser also cited specific cases, such that of Aimee Maddonna, a woman who was rejected as a foster mother by Miracle Hill Ministries — the largest taxpayer-funded foster care agency in South Carolina — because she was Catholic.

Then there was Samantha Coyle in Alaska, “a transgender woman who showed up at a government-funded homeless shelter and was turned away and had to sleep in the woods.”

“Those who want to misuse RFRA in ways that would harm others are trying to explain away the discrimination faced by people like Aimee Maddonna and Samantha Coyle, but they can’t,” Laser told me. “They even resort to the dangerous idea that if there’s another option, it can’t be discrimination. But ‘You can just go somewhere else’ has never been an acceptable response when it comes to discrimination — not when African Americans were told to go to another restaurant or when Jews were told to go to another hotel. And it’s not an acceptable response now.”

Yet that was precisely the response that was offered by the  committee’s Republicans, though rarely with the clarity expressed by Rep. William Timmons, R-S.C., whose district includes Miracle Hill. “Miracle Hill has never prevented … any individual from becoming a foster parent,” Timmons said, “That is because there are other private providers less than two miles away.”

At the same time, went out of his way to cite all the ways Miracle Hill didn’t discriminate, saying that the organization will “serve any child no matter the child’s race, faith, sexual orientation, gender identity, nationality, or any other differentiating factor,” he claimed.

The same perspective informed the GOP’s main witness, Matt Sharp, the senior counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom, though he was reluctant to say so explicitly. Rep. Mark Takano, D-Calif., spent the better part of his five minutes trying to get a straight answer from Sharp about whether contracting agencies should be allowed to discriminate, against LGBTQ people, for example.

Did Rev. Moon have a relationship with the Daughters of the Confederacy???

“One of the beauties of RFRA is that it does not pick winners and losers, it’s that … that balancing process,” Sharp babbled, “And so when we talk about the specific context of adoption providers there are a lot of interests involved.” He said that birth mothers , “may have a conviction about having their child raised consistent with a particular religious faith or particular type of family,” and then discussed “the interest of the provider,” but never quite got around to the interests of Aimee Maddonna and other would-be adoptive parents turned away for whatever reason. Nor did he ever answer Takano’s repeated questions, so the congressman had to turn to Laser for an answer. Hers was crisp and straightforward.

“You can’t have it both ways,” Laser said. “If faith-based groups want to be eligible to receive government funding to perform government services, then they have to play by the same rules as everyone else.”

Sharp’s harping on the supposed importance of “balance” was a classic example of how conservatives can use simplistic narratives — often appropriating liberal or progressive concepts (like “religious freedom” itself) for purposes fundamentally at odds with their original meaning and purpose.

Both sides acknowledge the historical record: RFRA was enacted by a broad bipartisan coalition. But conservatives ignore both why that was necessary and how much they have eroded its foundations since then. As Laser noted, “RFRA was enacted in 1993 in response to the Supreme Court’s Employment Division v. Smith opinion.” That opinion by the late Justice Antonin Scalia substantially weakened religious protection in the existing balancing framework, known as the Sherbert Test, based on the 1963 decisionSherbert v. Verner.

The story of the Smith case was exquisitely told by Garrett Epps inTo an Unknown God.

It began with Al Smith and Galen Black, two Native American men who were fired from their jobs over the ritual use of peyote and filed unemployment claims. But just as Scott Warren’s religious freedom gets overlooked, the same happened when RFRA was passed, and Native American use of peyote was actually not protected. It took separate legislation to accomplish that via th1994 Amendments to the American Indian Religious Freedom Act.

Throughout this whole story, disfavored religious views have been marginalized, as others have benefited by claiming special-snowflake victim status for themselves.

Then came the fatefuHobby Lobby Supreme Court decision of 2014. “The majority opinion in Hobby Lobby explicitly changes the meaning of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act,” Epps told me. “The court in Hobby Lobby said, ‘We think Congress intended to go much, much further than the Sherbert Test, and to entrust the court to develop a much broader law of religious freedom,” he said. “This is just made up out of whole cloth. It’s a classic Alito move.”

Epps sees a sort of runaway train in motion, noting “the increasing radicalism of certain Christian claims of so-called religious liberty,” which he wrote about in 2016 article for the Atlantic,The Strange Career of Free Exercise.”

At the time RFRA passed, “free exercise was about the objector, the individual who is being oppressed by a majoritarian structure. And it has now been turned around to be the rights of a majority to insist on its religious values in their interactions with minorities,” Epps said. “The shift from the term ‘free exercise’ to ‘religious liberty’ is real, it’s not accidental. The idea is that you want no government regulation of religious bodies. And that’s a real change in the free exercise.”

This dovetails with what Clarkson said about Project Blitz’s “religious liberty” project. “The agenda of theocratic dominionism,” he said, has been “reframed as protecting the right of theocrats to discriminate against those deemed second-class, at best,” Once again, he reminded me that this movement is guided by the theology of R.J. Rushdoony: “Only the right have rights.”

There are different schools of dominionism, and as Julie Ingersoll explained inBuilding God’s Kingdom: Inside the World of Christian Reconstruction” (Salon interview here), their ideas have had enormous influence on the religious right, even among many Christians who overtly disavow them. Barton and many others involved with Project Blitz subscribe to what is calledSeven Mountainsdominionism, devoted to infiltrating and taking over the “seven mountains of culture”: government, education, media, arts and entertainment, religion, family and business. Coming out of the “New Apostolic Reformation,” styling themselves as “apostles” and “prophets,” those folks have an exalted opinion of themselves. Secretive, extremist means to a “holy” end often find favor with them.

The Roots of Dominionism and it’s Prophet: Rev. Sun Myung Moon

The Southern Right Wing Christians Were Bought by Rev. Moon

………………………………………….The Messenger of Jehovah of Hosts………………………………..

Clarkson points to the case of state legislation in Minnesota, which he sees as “a harbinger of a more profoundly theocratic politics on the horizon.”

Project Blitz works through a network of state-level legislative prayer caucuses, and in Minnesota, the state director, Rev. Dale Witherington, also runs an explicit Seven Mountains organization, Restore MN, devoted to the “restoration of Biblical values in our nation” and “Biblical citizenship.

This year provided a taste of what he has in mind. The story begins with an attempt to slash the budget of the Minnesota Historical Society by $4 million (possibly resulting in a 25% staff cuts) for failing to conform to Christian nationalist ideology.

When the cuts were first proposed by State Sen. Mary Kiffmeyer, a Republican, she refused to explain why, beyond saying it was because of an unspecified “controversy.” State Sen. John Marty, a Twin Cities Democrat, eventually got the scoop from another Republican member, who explained that it had to do with “what he called ‘revisionist history’ at the 200-year-old Historic Fort Snelling.

This “revisionist history” involved the fort expanding its educational mission to include the Dakota name for the area, Bdote, and a 10,000-year history that included “Native peoples, trade, soldiers and veterans, enslaved people, immigrants, and the changing landscape.” That history happens to be true.

But as Marty told me, religious conservatives “wanted the history that they were taught 4th grade, and think that that’s all there is to it. Anything else is ‘revisionist history.’”

Those proposed cuts restored by Democrats, who control the state House and the governor’s office.

But the story doesn’t end there. In the May issue of Americans United’s Church and State magazine, historian Steven Greene blew the whistle on what’s probably the real story — a behind-the-scenes threat from the Minnesota Prayer Caucus, to slash the Historical Society funding in retaliation for scheduling two lectures based on his 2015 book,Inventing a Christian America: The Myth of the Religious Founding.

Greene’s book was published by Oxford University Press, arguably the world’s leading academic publisher, and was praised by evangelical historian John Fea, himself the author ofWas America Founded as a Christian Nation?: A Historical Introduction. Fea called it “the most thorough critique of Christian nationalism available today,” and said, “Anyone interested in this subject must read this book.” (Fea and Greene both took part in a 2015 CNN forum on the subject here.)

But the Minnesota Prayer Caucus was not impressed, and accused the Historical Society of “promoting a narrative about our nation’s history and founding that is patently false.” (Mind you, its members had not seen the book, let alone read it.

After an exchange of letters, the caucus eventuallmade a veiled threat, requesting “that our side of the story be presented with your support and promotion through the Minnesota Historical Society,” and saying that it should be scheduled and promoted by May 1 of this year, “when committees begin to meet to review appropriations to various organizations and groups.”

Three things need to be noted here. First, Greene’s lectures were privately funded. No state funding was involved. Second, Witherington, the driving force behind the defunding threat, was also a private citizen. “He is not a state employee, not a legislative employee,” Marty said. Third, as Greene explained, the threat to deny funds is what’s called an “unconstitutional condition”:

………………………………………………….A Man of Integrity and Vision…………………………………………………….

The unconstitutional-conditions doctrine is a cornerstone of First Amendment jurisprudence. It states that a governmental entity cannot condition the receipt of a benefit — usually a financial benefit — on a requirement that the beneficiary surrender a constitutionally protected right.

The First Amendment covers much more than religious freedom, to be sure.

And dominionists are instinctively hostile to all of it.

Greene’s book is utterly devastating to Christian nationalism, which heavily relies on mountains of religiously-themed quotes, a practice known asproof-texting.

.………………The False Christ Ted Cruz and his father Rafael Cruz: the Judas Priest of Fidel Castro…………….

In other words, “We let the text prove our proposition by virtue of our selection of what we want to prove,” as Greene told me.

But amassing quotes doesn’t prove anything. “What they want to do is this kind of missing the forest for the trees,” Greene said, “They’re still stuck at ‘Look at this tree!’ ‘Look at this tree!’ ‘Look at this tree!’ — without stepping back and looking at the larger context.”

Marty characterized his state’s prayer caucus more sarcastically, saying, “They’d quote ‘All men are created equal’ from the Declaration of Independence” to argue that Thomas Jefferson was clearly opposed to slavery. If one responded, “Well, he had slaves,” he said, they might answer, “Oh, well! Don’t confuse us with facts.”

Greene spoke to me about the larger context for the notion that America was a “Christian nation” from the beginning. “I came to the firm conclusion that this was a consciously constructed myth,” he said, largely created “with the second generation [after the founding] as a way of sanctifying the founding.” All nations have founding myths, most take shape over centuries. Ours was done much faster — but after the fact, and responding to a variety of forces, stimuli and needs.

During the Revolutionary War, the founderswanted to show that God was on their side in this fantastic war that we were very unlikely to win,Greene said.

They actually stole from the Brits the practice  of identifying Britain as God’s new Israel,repackaging it to say

“No, Great Britain and the king, that’s Egypt and the pharaoh. We are the children of Israel crossing the Red Sea.

Then, in the second generation, people “wanted to sanctify the United States, wanted to show why it was special,” Greene said.

Specifically, “They wanted to show why the American form of republicanism was different from that really bad French form of republicanism, where it was killing people left and right.”

After George Washington’s death, Greene said, he became the focal point. “He was the American Moses, and anything that George Washington touched, since he was ordained by God, also had to be perfect and sanctified.”

That brings us to the last of our recent developments, the VA’s announcement of new policies “to protect religious liberty,” particularly allowing religious displays. A particular focus of concern has been the repeated inclusion of Bibles in POW/MIA “missing man” displays, a practice that the Military Religious Freedom Foundation has challenged repeatedly over the years with multiple successes.

The situation in Sioux Falls, North DakotaI reported on in March was typical. MRFF was representing 21 clients, 14 of them Christians. None was willing to come forward publicly, whether for fear of retribution, social shunning or causing pain to loved ones. One decorated Vietnam veteran with two Purple Hearts, a Buddhist, spoke to me on condition of anonymity”

…..Prophetic to the extreme; but ignored even now by many…yet his pronouncement rings true…..

“When I went in I saw the missing man table which I thought was great, and I saw there that they have a Bible, which thought was disrespectful of all of us who weren’t Christians,” he told me. “I personally know a couple [of soldiers] who are listed as MIA, who were not Christian.”

Trying to get this changed is difficult, especially in a place like Sioux Falls. “It’s a beautiful place, but also very insular and very Christian,” he explained. “I’m fairly active in the veterans’ community here, and if it came out that I was doing this, my kids would be in trouble, I would be in trouble, probably drummed off of the veterans’ things that I do…. There would definitely be some retribution.”

In early May, MRFF filed suit against the Veterans Department over a medical display in Manchester, New Hampshire. There, too, most of the group’s 14 clients remained anonymous. But one, a former Air Force pilot and a devout Christian, agreed to be named in the suit.

Now the VA feels it has a new weapon to fight back with: the June 20 Supreme Court decision allowing the century-old Bladensburg peace cross to remain. At the time, MRFF denounced the decision, quoting from Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s dissent. “Just as a Star of David is not suitable to honor Christians who died serving their country, so a cross is not suitable to honor those of other faiths who died defending their nation.”

When the new policies were announced, MRFF head Mikey Weinstein spoke out. “These brand-new VA policies — clearly based on the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent idiotic decision in the Bladensburg Cross case,” he said, “are nothing more than a transparent and repugnant attempt to further buttress and solidify fundamentalist Christianity as the insuperable official religion of choice for the VA, our Armed Forces and this country.”

There’s also a more nuanced view from MRFF senior researcher Chris Rodda (also a leading debunker of David Barton and religious right pseudo-history), who dissected the Court’s new standard as yet another example of conservative judicial activism:

Under the Lemon test from the 1971 case Lemon v Kurtzman, a religious display, to be constitutional, 1) had to have a secular purpose; 2) its primary effect could not either advance or inhibit religion; 3) it couldn’t result in an excessive government entanglement with religion. Under the new “history tests” it just has to be old.

Slavery was around for far longer than the Bladensburg Cross; women couldn’t vote for a very long time. Therefore, if this “history test” were applied to those things they would be perfectly constitutional, right?

A Bible was not part of the original POW/MIA table tradition, started in 1967 by a group of Vietnam combat pilots known as the “River Rats.”

The untraditional practice of adding a Bible, and turning what was started as a tradition to honor all POWs and MIAs into a display honoring only Christians, didn’t emerge until over 30 years later, when the VFW Ladies Auxiliary published a script for the setting of the table and included the Bible among the items in the 1999 issue of their magazine.

Everything Hitler did to seize power in Germany was Legal….just like the GOP and Tea Party: with unlimited Koch Money……………….the GOP has studied the tactics of Mussolini and Hitler with due diligence…….diligence curiously absent in protecting the Ideal of Religious Freedom from the hidden Christofascism in the South’s false Evangelism for “whites only” brand of dominionism they learned at the breast of Sun Myung Moon

So if history’s the guide, that’s just one more reason to reject the Bible in these displays. But of course that’s not really the issue. On every front, religious conservatives are always changing the rules midstream — always in the name of eternal principles, and always to evade all factual, legal or historical evidence that gets in the way.

 

Real Christians…and True Christianity

 

Why All This Matters

1 John 3:11-19 King James Version (KJV)

11 For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.

12 Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous.

The plain truth is that the Southern Confederacy has never admitted that Rev. Moon spent millions paying off all their debts and rescuing the Southern Right Wing Bigots from political extinction…and then got rid of Rev. Moon as soon as they had gotten his money….but they found that he shared their distaste for Dr. King and the Black Baptist Churches of the South right from the beginning….

Barack Hussein; ..”The Obama”; slayer of Osama bin Laden the Global Antichrist…who lived by the Sword; and was killed by it….”Vengeance is Mine” saith the Lord…”I will Repay..”

Who Bailed Out Oral Roberts, Jerry Falwell and all the Test??? Reverend Moon

 

13 Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.

14 We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.

15 Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.

 

How Rev. Moon gave Birth to the Man of Lawlessness

Donald “Jim Crow” Trump

The White Crow of Osiris and the Curse of Lucifer: the Shadow of Nazism in America

Reverend Moon and the supporters of Reagan in the Unification Church zealously projected Donald Trumps “Birtherism” Lie through the Washington Times at every opportunity….

The Washington Times was the Cheerleader for the 1% in their theocratic coup against Democracy in America….all done in the name of “God”…and his Christ…who was not Rev. Moon in the end…but a Messiah so much nearer to their heart…exactly at one with David Dukes black lump of coal dead in his breast……..Donald “Jim Crow” Trump

16 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.

Dr. Martin Luther King

The Fighter for Economic Equality and Justice:

not “Dominionism” for white Christian bigots and Christo-fascists..

…………………………………………The Prophetic Truth…………………………………

17 But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?

18 My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.

19 And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him.