. . . if one is against the administration's blanket assertion of unlimited power that that means that that opponent is against any power of the president to surveil. It is a distortion. When they discover that their cover is coming off, they quickly reach for a new cover. They attempt to hide themselves under blanket after blanket, each being pulled away to expose the deception beneath.
The US Constitution is not the new commandment
However, the ambiguity built into the US Constitution, built in on account of the incorrect direction of the founders' hearts away from the new commandment they neither endorsed nor sought to follow, causes both sides to be hypocritically unable rightfully to check the other. The system was dead on arrival. It is broken, fractured, fragmented, far from perfect or unified. Of course, they thought incorrectly that they were being realists, rejecting the practicality of the ideal, selling souls short, claiming that human kind is incapable of righteousness. That is the conservative describing his view of his own nature and falsely assigning that nature to all human beings.
The most liberalism they could summon was that akin to the position of John Calvin that the Protestant work ethic and capitalist accumulation is proof of the predestined salvation of Christians. That position of course is bunk. They simply have received their reward here and now if they do not give it and share it freely and joyously for the sake of righteousness.
The current-day throwbacks to Calvin want to do away with the Christian emphasis upon aiding the poor. They are rabid free-market libertarian capitalists first and foremost. The Christian label is just a cover for the exercise of their personal egos and pride. They license themselves under supralapsarianism, Hyper-Calvinism, predestination, antinomianism, and certain aspects shared by arminianism and amyraldism, etc. It means they claim in their minds that their names have been written in the Book of Life since the beginning and cannot be erased by their sins. In this way, they deny that their iniquitous behavior will keep them from entering heaven and that, therefore, whatever they do is actually right and proper. It is a very twisted concept of liberty in Christ and is definitely far, far from the kingdom. It is a huge problem that facilitates war and torture and all manner of sin.
Supralapsarianism means that God's design included the fall of mankind. It raises the issue of whether or not God is the author of evil. Well, the liar from the beginning, the one who fell away from God, is the author of sin. God warned, and still warns, against sin. God calls all. Not all know his voice though. They make of themselves devils, fallen angels, fallen spirits, souls bound for damnation, negative consequences, if they continue to refuse to turn back to God. God did not author sin. God allows the willfulness of human beings and the consequences that follow for edification if people will accept it. God's will is righteousness. God chooses those who choose God. Our righteous deeds come with the increase in our faith.
Hyper-Calvinism contends that the call is not universal. Of course, this is contextual. The call is heard, or one isn't called. At the same time, coming at it from a different perspective, context, or language still within the revelation, the call is there even for those who don't hear it. This is not a paradox. It is being able to speak more than one context at a time. It reconciles the infinite. It is the only way it may be scrutinized.
Arminianism contends in favor of grace alone where even earnest deeds don't signify. They contend against supralapsarianism, meaning they avoid the stumbling block that God authored sin. Arminianism is not Calvinism, per se. It just shares some aspects in common.
Amyraldism contends that the call from God is for universal repentance. However, it maintains at the same time that grace and not deeds (earnest or not) determines (identifies) to whom that call is given. This is just more of the same non-reconciled, paradoxical thinking of false Christianity.
A bad tree cannot bring forth good fruit. Jesus said it, and he was right. The deeds called for by Jesus result in the kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven. The right emotions and God's grace come together, neither lagging the other. The right feelings are God. Amyraldism and the other precepts argue everything from within a finite, temporal perspective whereas God is not so limited, since God is also infinite and eternal. God inhabits both realms. God is always infinite, eternal, and absolute. God has shown God in the finite and temporal to lead us who will follow into the infinite, eternal, and absolute. God wants us to understand God, to comprehend real love, wholeness, unselfishness, oneness, the new commandment, the highest calling, and to do it, do God as Jesus did. "God" is both a noun and verb.
Jesus said we are to ask. That's a deed. That's an action on our part. We are to seek. That's human activity. We are to knock. That's more of the same. God's grace allows us to ask, seek, and knock. God calls us to do these things. God chooses those who do not give up but who continue to grow in his knowledge. It's mutual real love, and we are obligated thereby to do the deeds to bring more souls to it.
We and all the people are known by our fruits, the results of our deeds. We all will be measured and sorted according to our works. Without the deeds of feeding our spiritual siblings, the sheep and lambs, in body and soul, we will be nothing more than unrepentant, wicked, slothful servants who squandered our inheritance and who will be cast out into outer darkness where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. If we don't love those who call us enemy just as we ought to be loved by them, the same fate awaits us. This though is not the teaching of the worldly leaders. They are liars.
Everything inconsistent with the new commandment is falsehood
All theological doctrines, traditions, and histories that are not exactly in line with the new commandment are false. They come from the devil who seeks to prove that we cannot overcome the selfish, lusting tricks of the mind and flesh. They are imaginary loopholes. They are dark, bottomless holes along the way to hell. They facilitate the thinking that it is fine not to do the requisite deeds called for by Jesus who was sent by God to give these words of the one. Only by landing on the truth can anyone be stopped from further falling. Only then can the truth lift one out of the darkness and place one on the narrow way into the light. The truth is real rising. The truth is real light. The truth is oneness of being.
These precepts of men and not God hearken to violence, greed, stinginess, and all manner of sins. They are terrible willfulness unleashed on an unsuspecting humanity. They are wrapped up in the twisted ideologies of capitalist conservatism, libertarianism, and classical economic liberalism (neoliberalism). These errors come from the root essence of evil. They have polluted the churches as they have contributed to polluting the whole of the environment of the earth. They have led all astray. We must awaken each other from the nightmare conjured up by evil.
Real deeds are everything. What God does is who God is. Jesus was, and is, what he did, and does. Real deeds are faith. Real deeds show no doubt.
Don't imagine for a moment that this constructive criticism only applies to certain Protestants. All those who swallowed the worldly Empire's co-optation of the faith fell prey. The church of Rome is centrally responsible for beginning this slide into the pit. None had the courage of his convictions to stand before Constantine I to rebuke him for taking men's lives. None told him to comprehend David's introspection, his soul searching, that led David to conclude that David had bloody hands and what that meant in relative terms. Rather than speaking truth to power, they caved in. They were swallowed as they swallowed. They rationalized away their obligation to be Christlike here and now that is to dedicate everything to the cause of righteousness. Rather than that, they grew fat in their unshared material possessions; ostentatious, gaudy, and luxurious accommodations; fancy clothes and robes; precious jewelry; vanity; unclean relics; worldly, coercive power; vast, hoarded monetary wealth; control of the congregations' perceptions; sexual predations; and all manner of temptation coming from the spirit of error rejected by the Messiah.
Now is the time to clear the air. Real Christians are not wicked and slothful servants refusing publicly to speak the truth that saves souls. Real Christians not only speak for real justice but they cooperate together, they organize together, they pool together, they blow together by the Holy Spirit, they conflate, to bring forth here and now, come what may from the devil who persecutes them because he has no respect for God.
These precepts are where the mistaken notion comes from that we are not supposed to lead holy lives. They are where aggression, belligerence, militarism, war, greed, covetousness, sexual depravity, perjury (bearing false witness, stating lies for pretexts), and truly disgracing one's parents come from, all banned, accursed things leading to utter damnation.
Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh! (Matthew 18:7).
They are where persecution of the righteous comes from. It is utter hypocrisy.
Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets. Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers. Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell? Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city: That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar. (Matthew 23:31-35).
Jesus flat out said he would not gather as sheep the iniquitous. The names of the unrepentant iniquitous and those who neglect the poor and beat or kill their fellow servants will not be found in the Book of Life. Calvin was wrong.
They think they can kill and torture and steal with eternal impunity. It is insanity. Under this doctrine, Bush-43 was right to lie about Iraq and to continue lying. It's the ungodly noble lie of the neocons. It is the path to hell. It is might makes right. Isn't Satan mighty? He isn't the mightiest, but he's mighty in taking lives. He is the lord of death. He is God's greatest fallen angel bound but unleashed for wrathful consequences. He is the son of man for wrath. He is insanity. Don't partake. Don't become Satan. Only woe will await you if you do. Overcome. That's what Jesus did. Jesus was made strait to point the way to salvation: God. Be Christ, not Satan. Christ is sanity.
Currently in the US, Calvinism is being further stimulated by the likes of the Lilly Endowment, which has provided much funding through its Programs for the Theological Exploration of Vocation (PTEV). The Lilly Endowment funds many rightwing think tanks with the global privatization agenda and other antichristian undertakings. The Lilly Endowment has given over one hundred seventy-six million US dollars to universities of its choice to fund courses the endowment sees as being compatible with the conservative capitalist co-opting/distortion of the message of Jesus Christ. This includes ecumenicalism to that end. It is even polluting the pacifist denominations despite the fact that the Lilly Endowment supports and funds think tanks for the military-industrial complex.
Does this mean that one may not take money from capitalists? No. It means that no matter where the coins came from that were in Jesus's disciples' common treasury, it did not influence what they said or did.
The Lilly Endowment was established by the Eli Lilly family. The Lilly family obtained much of its wealth via the pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly and Company the makers of the antidepressant Prozac among other drugs. Prozac was announced four days after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), a revolving door for the pharmaceutical industry, banned public sale of L-tryptophan as a dietary supplement that was being used by millions as a natural antidepressant. L-tryptophan is a naturally occurring and essential amino acid found in a number of foods. Japanese manufacturer, Showa Denko KK, had failed to filter out a toxic by-product of its manufacturing process for the supplement. Rather than just insuring a proper manufacturing process, the FDA banned all over-the-counter tryptophan sales for over ten years. That was at best a huge financial windfall for Eli Lilly and the Lilly family, as people went to their doctors for symptoms of depression and were subsequently prescribed Prozac.
There is no doubt that the FDA has a bias toward large pharmaceutical companies, which are among the most profitable companies in the world. There is no doubt that the FDA is complicit in attacking the healing properties of God's natural foods. The huge corporations can't gouge humanity as successfully by producing and promoting organically grown non-processed foods.
On October 17, 2006, the former FDA head for the Bush-43 Administration, Lester Crawford, pleaded guilty to conflict-of-interest and false reporting concerning his ownership of stocks in companies he was overseeing as FDA head. This is typical of Republican dealings.
A lot of this can be traced to what Max Weber identified in his book, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism. I make this connection, because we are talking here about US capitalism and not capitalism in general. US capitalism came out of the United Kingdom, which was heavily influenced by the Calvinists in the form of the Puritans who migrated to North America. Mostly, Calvin's demonizing the poor as lazy and un-prosperous as indicative of predestined damnation has been used subconsciously and consciously to excuse American's obsessively amassing and hoarding and so-called personal responsibility and other conservative notions such as "God helps those who help themselves" that has led to the global dominance of the US Empire. This connection cannot be denied. The corruption of Christianity has led to it.
This whole thing boils down to those who want cover to continue expropriation and exploitation of the needy so they, the power elite, may lord it over the whole world as Satan versus those who want the exact opposite. Everything between is just a matter of relative degree of wrong versus right.
This whole ethos is found mingled with the neocon agenda in the Office of Special Plans. It was designed to give political cover for the plan to invade Iraq that existed before George W. Bush ever took office. The information that had come through the regular intelligence channels of the Central Intelligence Agency and Defense Intelligence Agency was scoured for anything that might be used to construe that Iraq had sponsored the 9-11 attacks upon the US. Without going through the usual process of thoroughly examining the information for possible misinterpretation and to find corroborating evidence before sending troops to kill people and be killed, the information was sent to the president who wanted any pretext (excuse to conceal the real reasons) for attacking Iraq.
The Office of Special Plans knew that aluminum tubes for Iraq were not designed for atomic weapons but rockets at best. Even still, that lie was leaked by the Office of Special Plans and the White House Iraq Group to The New York Times reporter Judith Miller. Then, the president pointed to The New York Times report to lend credence to the distortion to set the people's minds at ease that the information about Iraq's atomic weapons plan was accepted by more than just hawks. Only devious minds can manipulate and twist the news in such a way.
What does one expect from people who pay pundits to laud administration policy and pay newspapers in Iraq to print stories without attribution that have been written by neocon contractors, which stories are nothing more than false propaganda? This is part of the relentless privatization of everything. Even military psyops is being privatized, meaning turned into a vehicle of capitalistic profits. Satan sure is busy lending out current rewards with souls as collateral. Who will pay the debt? Will the unrepentant liars? No one can trust anyone who puts out such fake news. Are they worthy?
Bush knowingly lied about the aluminum tubes. In his State of the Union Address, he said, "Our intelligence sources tell us that he [Saddam Hussein] has attempted to purchase high-strength aluminum tubes suitable for nuclear weapons production." He used the term "suitable." Were they? Regardless, lots of things are dual- or multi-use. Many things could be used nefariously. The use of the term "suitable" without qualification is a case in point. George W. Bush, with malice aforethought, concealed from the American people that he, Bush, had been told, officially and expressly (in writing) and in no uncertain terms, that the US intelligence community was clearly split on the question of whether or not the aluminum tubes were intended for nuclear weapons use. This fact is shown in the President's Summary of a National Intelligence Estimate of October 2002 that Bush had read three months before his State of the Union Address. We know about the lies about the yellowcake. The Bush-43 administration, under Karl Rove, simply said oops, we forgot that we weren't supposed to use that already vetted-out information. However, we see that they also conveniently slipped in the aluminum tubes as well using the term "suitable." Now we will hear them make the claim that they didn't really say that he was going to use the tubes for nuclear weapons but that he could have been.
Everyone knows though that they submitted it to the American people as a piece of proof for the case they were making against Iraq. What the American people were gullible enough to imagine is that the president would have weighed the information against any other potential possibility. The fact is though that the president deliberately disregarded the information he had that the tubes were not suitable for nuclear-weapons manufacturing. He deliberately gave the American people the wrong information so that they would support going to war. He played to their fear and self-centeredness. It speaks about him, and it speaks about the American people who have not been concern enough with the plight of the downtrodden to see through the lies of the oppressors.
October 7, 2002, Bush had given a speech in Cincinnati, Ohio, in which he said, "Evidence indicates that Iraq is reconstituting its nuclear weapons program." You will notice that he did not say "could be." He said "is." Bush knew that seasoned intelligence analysts were saying that there is far from enough proof to take the country to war against Iraq. His closest circle, such as Dick Cheney, Condoleezza Rice, Donald Rumsfeld, and John Negroponte, and he, Bush, knew it before they all repeated and repeated statements that Saddam was doing all the things he wasn't actually doing. Ever since, we've seen the revisionism and lying cover-up surrounding the entire administration even as conservative Republicans in the House and Senate rally around the failed presidency with statements such as Bush is honest, which itself is a lie and everyone who says it is a deliberate liar.
Lies about evidence of an Iranian nuclear weapons program
The Bush-43 administration did, and continues to do against Iran and other nations, what one calls building a case on less than flimsy circumstantial evidence. The evidence that Iran is building a nuclear weapons program isn't just flimsy. It's nonexistent. It's made up. It doesn't mean it isn't true. It just means Bush has zero proof.
Children have been traditionally spanked and sent to bed without supper for such blatant fabricating. Of course, the saber rattling certainly could push Iran and others exactly where ...continues... Click next page number below.