Father’s Day 2012: 7 moments from films that defined Fatherhood to me

Fatherhood used to be honored, venerated, respected. We even called God, “Our Father.” In the fifties, sixties, and early seventies, t.v. gave us images of wise, patient, intelligent Dads…..

This is the negative husband, rearing his ugly bald head into the fray, once again, and for no good purpose. Father’s Day is approaching, and I can’t help but gloat about it. Being a father is one of the very few positive things in my life. There is nothing short of knowing Christ that can compare with hearing your son call you “Dad.”

But those of you who know me best, or have followed this blog with extremely acute attention (and I know all of you revolve your lives around my blog) know that my own relationship with my father was…well…..less than positive.

With that warning/caviet, I’m going to write something just for fun. Hopefully, it won’t be quite as depressing as other things I’ve written.

So, without further ado….here are 7 moments from films that defined Fatherhood to me.

In reverse order.

7. Rhett Butler in Gone With the Wind

Yeah, I know…everyone thinks of romance and burning Atlanta and Rhett carrying Scarlett up the stares for…..you know…..But I think of a heart-broken Rhett, who has lost the only child produced out of his union with the only woman he has ever really loved, and the grief that nearly shatters this rogue who we thought was so strong and heartless……

Times sure have changed….

Gone With the Wind-Bonnie’s Death 1939

6. Sean Connery teaching the Highlander

Granted, Ramirez isn’t Connor’s father in the movie, but he is his mentor. He’s very much like a Father to the young immortal in Highlander.
Indeed the message in the next clip is one that all father’s need to give to their children, “You have no knowledge whatsoever of your potential.”

Highlander-McLeod meets Ramirez

5. The Angel of Music

This one is a little darker than the rest. The Phantom of the Opera is one of the most complicated stories for all the intricate relations between Christine and the Phantom. But he is her mentor, and sometimes she thinks he is the Angel of Music sent by her dead father, or is indeed her father. The

Commodus killing his father, Marcus Aurelius. The sins of the Father’s are sometimes visited on the sons. And sometimes, it is the other way about….

relationship is darkly similar to the way parents and children sometimes love each other, and sometimes are very cruel to each other…..

Wishing you were Somehow Here Again

4. The Last of the Mohicans

I’ve always had dark dreams of being the last of my kind. Often I’d dream of being a lost elven prince, or the last noble member of a dead race. If ever there was a kick-tail dad up against hard odds, it is the father in this movie.

The Last of the Mohicans Final Battle

The last of the Mohicans avenging his son. How many people live to see the hopes and dreams of their children snuffed out….

3. Vader saving his son, Luke

What I loved about the trilogy, is that I had an alcoholic father. So I knew what it was to be disappointed in my parentage. I knew what it was to fear, and I’m sorry, but even what it was to hate, my father. And I know the deep yearning in a child or a young man’s heart that his dark father would change, and would love him. The ending for me was less bitter sweet….but that is for another post….another time….

Return of the Jedi: Vader and Luke

Luke’s two father figures duke it out…..if only more family disputes could be this simple….

2. The father from Apocolypto

One of the most important gifts a father gives to his son is teaching him to be a man. I got most of my lessons from movies and books (hence, this post). This lesson came to me late in life, but it was one of the most eloquent I have seen.

“Fear is a sickness…..I did not raise you to see you live in fear.”

Apocolypto-Fear

1. Osric in Conan the Barbarian

Most of you will be going, “What the huh!?” But this is the scene where I started to

The greatest line I’ve ever heard on cinema about fatherhood

love the movie. I pretty well memorized it. The line often goes through my head as I work. “There comes a time when the jewels cease to sparkle, when the gold loses its luster, and all that is left is a father’s love for his child.”

In the spirit of overkill, there are some honorable mentions.

Mel Gibson has two. The patriot, and, surprisingly, Longshanks.

Mel Gibson the patriot tomahawk fight scenes

Longshanks

To me, this was the greatest comic book of all time.

Last of all….Batman. The comic book at left I bought just after I had run away from home when I was seventeen. I know I was the “rebellious” son…but I found myself identifying with Batman. It is a symptom of being the child of an alcoholic, that you feel like the parent. I felt the duel edged pain of wondering if Dad even cared if I was gone….and the grief of being a “father” who has lost his “son.” A Death in the Family demonstrated that dark pain perfectly to a seventeen year old. I skipped a few meals, and bought the comic. Its one of the few possessions I still have from those times.

Happy father’s day, everyone……

Batman RequiemA Death in the Family

Ricky Skaggs Cat’s in the Cradle

 

 

 

Prolong your life with God’s word in your heart

You  have to have discipline in your  life.  When  kids we got discipline from our parents and now as adults we get discipline from the Lord.

Do not forget to read and study the Bible everyday and keep the words in your heart.  The Bible and walking with God will prolong your life.  Walk in love and be faithful everyday.  Do not forget to honor God with the your wealth.  God is one that gives you power to get wealth.

Proverbs 3:1-35 (NIV) is passage about further benefits of wisdom

1 May son do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, 2 for they will prolong your life many years and bring prosperity.  3 Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.  4 Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.  5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways, acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.  7 Do not be wise in your eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil.  8 This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.  9 Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops;  10  then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.  11 My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline and do not resent his rebuke, 12 because the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.  13 Blessed is man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding,  14 for she is profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold.  15 She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her.  16 Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor.  17 Her ways are pleasant ways, and all paths are peace.  18 She is tree life to those who embrace her;  those who lay hold of her will be blessed.  19 By wisdom the Lord laid the earth’s foundations, by understanding he set the heavens in place; 20 by his knowledge the deeps were divided, and clouds let drop the dew.  21 My son preserve sound judgement and discernment, do not let them out of your sight, 22 they will be life for you, an ornament to grace your neck.  23 Then you will go on your way in safety, and your foot will not stumble;  24 when you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.  25 Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked, 26 for the Lord will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being snared.  27  Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power  to act.  28 Do not say to your neighbor, ” Come back later, I’ll give it tomorrow”-when you now have it with you.  29 Do not plot harm against your neighbor, who lives trustfully near you.  30 Do not accuse a man for no reason – when he has done you no harm.  31 Do not envy a violent man or choose any of his ways, 32 for the Lord detests  a perverse man but takes the upright into his confidence.  33 The Lord’s curse is on the house of the wicked, but he blesses the home of the righteous.  34 He mocks proud mockers but gives grace to the humble.  35 The wise inherit honor, but fools he holds up to shame.

Through it all I have learned to Trust in Jesus and I take him at his word.  Andrae Crouch sings Through it all  video.

Accumulation of Power

Solar eclipse, 2012. No….it hasn’t happened yet….I got this picture from wikipedia. Some folks see it as a sign of the end times. I see it as a metaphor of our times.

I remember two solar eclipses in my lifetime. One happened when I was a kid, and the other, later on, while I was an adult busting my tail trying to make a living. The first one, I “saw” via some paper contraption that my teachers set up so that we could view the shadow of the image without burning out our tender young eyes (some of you may think I made that story up…but yes, I remember a time when more than two teachers per state actually cared about kids). The second one, I slept through, because I was working nights at the time, and had to sleep during the days (like a vampire) or not at all.

And I shall miss this one, as well. From what I can gather, Oklahoma won’t be very much in the shadow of the eclipse at all.

I’ve been writing a lot (perhaps too much) about the potential, emminant fall of the Republic. I’m writing all of this in the hopes that maybe, like in the 70’s, this is merely an eclipse of liberty. I’m hoping that the sun of Liberty will pull free soon from behind the moon of despotism, and we shall revive the spirit of our Father’s once again.

But I fear, all too often, that this is actual Twilight, and the day may be over for us.

Picture credit, uswgo.com

We’ve established (at least, we’ve tried to establish) in previous posts that the accumulation of power usurped from all three branches of power amounts to tyranny, even if that power is democratically elected.

The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.-Federalist 47. Madison.

https://noxforchristmas.wordpress.com/2012/05/11/tyranny-the-best-mothers-day-gift-idea/

Let’s keep exploring what The Federalist Papers say about our times.

1. The Founding Father‘s knew that governments tend to sacrifice long term securities and freedoms for short term agrendizement. They constructed the

The Founding Father’s pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor to give their children secure lives of liberty. We’ve turned our backs on all of that.
Picture credit: sodahead.com

Constitution in a deliberate fashion to alleviate that short sightedness.

Is it to be imagined that a legislative assembly, consisting of a hundred or two hundred members, eagerly bent on some favorite object, and breaking through the restraints of the Constitution in pursuit of it, would be arrested in their careers by considerations drawn from a censorial revision of their conduct at the future distance of ten, fifteen, or twenty years?-Federalist 50. Madison.

The idea Madison is explaining, here, is why they made the Constitution amendable, but also made it difficult to do so. If it were easily amended, than a tyranny would be easily established. If it were difficult to amend, then a tyranny would be harder to establish. But flaws in the Constitution could still be corrected. But, as we established earlier (https://noxforchristmas.wordpress.com/2012/05/04/tyranny-who-cares-if-im-loved-or-feared-as-long-as-im-obeyed/) the Constitution is a worthless piece of paper if the people don’t honor and revere it. Since we’ve thrown it aside, the Powers that Be are free to do as they with.

And they wish to rule….

Executive orders from…..

Presidents & Congress ignoring the Constitution

Don’t click on it….I nabbed the picture from Amazon.com. There was a time when we thought Congressional Statesmen would face the Devil to preserve our freedoms. Now we assume they make deals with him to enslave us to their will…

2. The political parties that were supposed to compete with each other have become carbon copies of each other. Some of the Founding Father’s actually saw the danger of parties cooperating instead of competing.

Is it to be presumed that any other State, at the same or any other given period, will be exempt from them [political parties]? Such an event ought to be neither presumed nor desired; because an extinction of parties necessarily implies either a universal alarm for the public safety, or an absolute extinction of liberty.-Federalist 50. Madison.

One of the reasons I write so harshly about the Republican party is because I am a Republican. I want them to stand for the conservative values I’ve come to embrace. I don’t want them to just talk about those values, and then vote the same, or worse, than Democrats. That’s as bad as a pastor preaching the Bible to me on Sunday and heading to the strip clubs to cheat on his wife all the rest of the week!

We don’t want perfect party unity. We want opposition. So that the Powers That Be are fighting each other, and not putting us behind the 8 ball. But that has been the history of the last twenty (or hundred) years.

John Stossel: The myth that Republicans want to shrink govt.

As Stossel states in the above video….a thief is better than a Congressman, because a thief doesn’t demand to be thanked when he picks your pocket. One of the reasons why I hate my job is because bosses insist that I work in misery and pain, and yet smile while I’m doing it. I don’t doubt this is universal. We don’t care how much our servants hurt. We just want them to smile.

The Joker smiles a lot. I think I understand how he got his scars.

Since the Constitution is outdated, let’s abandon it and let Skynet rule America!

Donna Summer died today, aged 63, of Lung Cancer. The Queen of Disco, Diva of the Seventies….all we really are is dust in the wind…..(photo credit: Us Magazine).

So you are probably asking yourself, “What is Duncan doing now? He writes about Ron Paul, he writes about Jesus, he writes about the Joker…..has he finally lost it? Now he writes about disco!?”

While I do love the night life, and I long to boogy (on the disco….oh heck, who am I kidding…..I have no clue what the lyrics are), I’m trying to make a couple of quick points before I get all serious on my overly patient readers.

Only two things are guaranteed….death and taxes….and Obama delivers both….(Picture credit Patsdailyrant.blogspot.com)

Point number one was eloquently portrayed by Mel Gibson‘s Braveheart.

The Princess is begging Longshanks for mercy for William Wallace. But even in his death, the hard-hearted king will not relent. And she whispers, so sadly, so softly….”Death comes to us all.”

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not wanting to make this a tacky piece criticizing Donna Summer when the poor lady has just died. All I’m trying to say is….you can have all the wealth, power, and fame you want. You’re still going to die.

Which is why you have to make every day count. You never know which one will be your last. Another great line from Braveheart: “Every man dies, not every man truly lives.”

Braveheart

My second point is a little more touchy. Again I don’t mean to be critical of Donna Summers! She’s meeting her Maker, now, and if any criticism needs to be done, then He is sufficient to do it. But disco was one of the shining elements of the 70’s “Me generation.” And that generation is already beginning to grow old and die. I wonder how many folks from that time are regretting some of the choices they made. I wonder how many of them, on their death beds, or in the here-after, realize, too late, that it really isn’t just about “me…..”

Life really doesn’t mean one thin dime if its only lived for oneself.

Braveheart-Who Wants to Live Forever

For the nerds out there, this is Morgoth fighting Fingolfin. For the rest of you, this is the Little Guy trying to fight Big Government and Big Corporatism. (Picture credit: Councelofelrond.com

I’m about 405 words in, now, and I guess I’d better get to my point (or, at least, vaguely justify my grandiose title). So, as I have done in the past, I will try to shed some light on our modern-day with the wisdom of The Federalist Papers.

The Conclusion which I am warrented in drawing from the observations is that a mere demarcation on parchment of the constitutional limits of the several departments is not a sufficient guard against those encroachments which lead to a tyrannical concentration of all the powers of government in the same hands.-Federalist 48. Madison.

You see, even the Founding Father’s knew that, without a freedom loving populace, without a moral people, without an informed voting citizenry, the Constitution would be nothing but an empty piece of paper. And that is why the movement of Ron Paul “crazies,” while they are right to want a return to the Constitution, can only succeed if that Constitution becomes (like God speaks of His own Laws) written in the very hearts of the people.

Cincinattus was the Washington of Rome. He was offered the throne of Rome, and turned it down, believing that the people should be free…..

So where does that leave us….with crooked politicians that believe that you have to “Go along to get along?”

Santorum on Supporting No Child Left Behind: “Sometimes you take one for the team”

And that is how politics has been for at least the last seventy years. You have to compromise your principles. You have to sell your soul. If you want reelected, you have to betray….

Slaves are made in such ways

Braveheart-betrayal

Yes, I know. Many of you big government types, many of you corporate CEOs…you are saying, with Robert the Bruce‘s father….”All men betray….all men lose heart.”

And I say, with that bold king whose blood runs in the veins of my best of friends….”I don’t want to lose heart!

For only if I don’t lose heart, only then can I finally go Home. And only then can I finally be free….

Gladiator: Now we are free

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hu90eMHTkMg&feature=related

Oh yeah…I made a reference to the Terminator….well….I’ll be back…..

If coal can turn to diamonds and sand can turn to pearl then love can change the world.  The Gaither’s are so much better than disco.

Tyranny: the best Mother’s Day gift idea!

Looking for a fabulous Mother’s Day gift idea, and can’t afford $100million+ for major works of art….or hundreds of billions for government projects? We understand your pain! Try tyranny! She’ll be so proud of her children….

The Scream,” by Edvard Munch, sold for $120 million some days ago. I’m a little bit of an art lover, but I always loved this one. It pretty much shows how I feel every morning right before I go to work….and through the 10-15 hour day as I continue to work….

http://articles.cnn.com/2012-05-02/us/us_new-york-the-scream_1_public-auction-sotheby-new-york-auction-house?_s=PM:US

I’ve begun to believe that our days as a Republic are either very severely numbered, or that the day has already come and gone. I believe that we have been some form of bureaucratic tyranny since around 1989 or so.

I’m still reading The Federalist Papers. In one of my resent posts, I basically established that the current social-political-economic debacle would have stumped our Founding Father‘s. Not because they weren’t intelligent enough to understand what’s going on. Not because the subject matter would be too complex for them.

They would be at a loss to understand how the independent, freedom loving people of their day could become so degraded as to wallow in the muck of modernity.

The Constitution has, in fact, ceased to be relevant. But only because it was written for a freedom loving people….not slavish naves begging for more.

https://noxforchristmas.wordpress.com/2012/05/04/tyranny-who-cares-if-im-loved-or-feared-as-long-as-im-obeyed/

Since Reagan, we keep praying for better nominee’s. Either God isn’t answering, or He has a strange sense of humor!

So I’ll make a couple of points, and see where that goes.

1. In the fallen world in which we live, a freedom loving people is an armed people.

Notwithstanding the military establishments in the several kingdoms of Europe, which [standing armies] are carried as far as the public resources will bear, the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.-Federalist 46. Madison

Better writers than I have written about this ad noseum, so I’ll try not to belabor the issue. But the long and the short of it is…..if a King wanted to secure his authority, he made sure that peasants did not have armor, swords, spears, anything to hurt people with.

We’ve established that the purpose of power is power. And the way you demonstrate power over someone is by making them suffer. And you can’t make someone suffer if he is the one holding the gun to your head. Yes, you may trade bullets. But then the suffering is relatively equal. And that is not what a bully wants. He wants you to suffer, while he enjoys his petty, insipid pleasure. But the only way a bully can stay a bully is to be the only kid on the block with a base ball bat.

‘Nuff said!

2. Once you disarm the public, the next move  is the incremental accrual of power.

The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.-Federalist 47. Madison.

So, by Madison’s own definition, our current system of government can be proven a tyranny if we can establish that the accumulation of all the powers has been usurped by any one branch of government or group of people, even if that group of people has been elected by popular vote!

Our task then, if we are fair minded folk, is to establish if any one branch of government or group of people has usurped the powers of all three branches of government.

3.The Executive Branch now performs many of the functions of the Legislature.

Presidents since Reagan have appointed numerous czars, and ruled by executive order. And now, Congress is letting him get by with it. In both parties. I wonder why….

Happy Mother’s Day, ya’ll. Hope you enjoy the tyranny!

 

 

Tyranny: who cares if I’m loved or feared….as long as I’m obeyed…..

Just how long can we endure…..?

Ding dong bin Laden‘s dead. Now Scarecrow will get a brain, the Tin Man will get a heart, the Cowardly Lion will get some courage, and we can all click our ruby slippers together and go back home to Kansas. Truly we live in euphoric times. “Over the Rainbow” is where we live.

So why do I feel like I’m being crushed under the heals of petty, thoughtless fools who barely care whether I live or die?

C. S. Lewis wrote, in That Hideous Strength, about a collegiate/government/corporate organization called the National Institute for Coordinated Experiments (NICE). This lovely organization was hell-bent on running everything, and everyone’s life. People would no longer need to do their own thinking….the Head (the demonic CEO of NICE) would do all the thinking for us. In the novel, angelic forces rain down wrath on NICE, and save our world from the despotism of petty tyranny.

In real life….I sometimes wonder if the angels haven’t turned their backs on us.

Tyranny has been talked about for the last three or four millenia. I’ve been reading, in my very fleeting moments of spare time, The Federalist Papers. I’m going to try to relate how this

Our Founding Father‘s envisioned a world where Liberty was victorious over Tyranny. Modern politicians would love to see them switch places…

book is relevant in the twenty-first century. I’ll begin by telling how it does NOT apply to our times.

1. Liberty can only be held by an industrious, vigilant people who are willing to fight to preserve it. Slavish people can never be free.

But ambitious encroachments of the federal government on the authority of the State governments would not excite the opposition of a single State, or of a few States only. They would be signals of general alarm. Every [State] government would espouse the common cause. A correspondence would be opened. Plans of resistance would be concerted. One spirit would animate and conduct the whole. The same combinations, in short, would result from an apprehension of the federal, as was produced by the dread of a foreign, yoke; and unless the projected innovations should be voluntarily renounced, the same appeal to a trial of force would be made in the one case as was made in the other. But what degree of madness could ever drive the federal government to such an extremity?- Federalist 46, Madison.

 

Governments Should be Afraid of Their People

I sometimes fear that maybe, the politicians are, in a morbid sense, right. Perhaps the Constitution is no longer relevant. Because the Founding Father’s meant the document to be a guiding light for a free and independent people. A people determined to acquire the blessings of liberty. The Constitution can have no meaning for someone who is willing to barter away their liberties for bread and circuses. We are descended from patriots and pioneers who lived by the creed: “Give me liberty, or give me death!” Now we live by the creed of “Give me my beer, and give me football! And while you’re at it, give me a free cell phone and free health care!” The people of today would never have rebelled against the British. But then, the people of today would never have left Britain in the first place.

2. The Founding Father’s established the Constitution believing that people were, in the main, rational. They had no precepts laid down to protect it from a populous debased by over consumption of television and methamphetamines. The Constitution is meant to govern a sane people.

That the people and the States should, for a sufficient period of time, elect an uninterrupted succession of men ready to betray both; that the traitors should, throughout this period, uniformly and systematically pursue some fixed plan for the extension of the military establishment; that the governments and the people of the States should silently and patiently behold the gathering storm and continue to supply the materials until it should be prepared to burst on their own heads must appear to everyone more like the incoherent dreams of a delirious jealousy, or the misjudged exaggerations of a counterfeit zeal, then like the sober apprehensions of genuine patriotism.-Federalist 46. Madison.

Too bad…..what Madison describes as the “incoherent dreams of a delirious jealousy,” we get to call, “reality.”

Isn’t that NICE?

Fake Conservatives Now Support Romney? Jerry Doyle Seriously Blasts Them

 

White House Correspondents Dinner…..Democracy tastes like chicken

Put on your suit. Get your hair and nails done. We’re going to go put on a show. We’ll dazzle the world with all our razmataz. Hollywood will be there. Anybody who is anybody will be there. Kim Kardashian (I still think the name should be given to a species of monster in Star Wars) will be there. Maybe she can teach me to get rich by marrying and divorcing the right people. Spielberg and Clooney will be there. And Lindsey Lohan. All the greatest political minds….the best journalists in the land.

But then, as I learned on the cartoon series, Daria, why study a subject, when you can spend your time more productively by networking.

And Washington/Hollywood did network this weekend. This coterie of self-congratulation spent its time cracking jokes, but some of us aren’t fooled. We can see a committee of mutual admiration for what it is.

Rick Santorum was there. That doesn’t surprise me. Ron Paul wasn’t there. That doesn’t surprise me. According to Fox News (don’t ask me….they came up

The White House Correspondents Association was formed in 1914 as a protest to the rumor that Congress was going to limit the reporters that had access to the President. Presidents since Wilson have turned this to their advantage.

first on the Google search)  every President since Coolidge has attended these functions. That fails to surprise me, as well. The White House Correspondents Association was originally set up as a kind of union of reporters who were concerned that the government was getting too over-reaching in the way they were regulating press access to the President. But, like I learned from listening to Longshanks on Braveheart, “You must find the good in everything…when you are king.”

So the two industries, Press and Government, realized in the twenties that if they worked together, they could gain great wealth and great power. And, since the Government perforce enjoys its monopoly without opposition, and the Press was technically scattered across thousands of newspaper companies (the radio and movies were very new mediums, and TV was still twenty years away), it probably didn’t seem so dangerous to the people of the time.

But times are radically different, now.

When I was in American Government 101, the text-book listed the media as a fourth branch of government. And the bureaucracy as a fifth. Now, I don’t want to get into a debate about the accuracy of this….but if accredited textbooks are realizing this possibility, we should, as “informed” voters, be willing to discuss the implications of the government-media complex.

I don’t agree with everything that is said by right-wing radio pundits, but I think that one of the most brilliant speeches ever was Michael Savages speech from about 15 or so year ago about the subject.

Government Media Complex

Joseph Conrad wrote about it in The Heart of Darkness. In our times, it became the movie Apocalypse Now. We pretend to be so civilized, but if you look in our eyes, there is hate, fear, pain....and also hope.

Does anyone else remember the Vietnam War? I’ll grant you, I was very young at the time. But I was a very strange kid. I started watching and listening to the news when I was about three years old. I still very dimly remember seeing images from the last years of that war. I was too young to understand, but now, years later, I can see that war (which, I’ll grant, would have been extremely controversial even if the whole debate had been on the up-and-up) was largely lost because the media shaped the public will to oppose it. That demonstrates its power.

My argument is not whether the media was evil because of its stance on that war. Assuming that great power….a power that proved greater than the three branches of government……how much greater would it be in the hands of one of the branches of government.

“Is it true that force and right are necessarily on the same side in republican governments? May not the minor party possess such a superiority of pecuniary resources…or of secret succors from foreign powers, as will render it superior also in an appeal to the sword?…Nothing can be more chimerical than to imagine that in a trial of actual force victory may be calculated by the rules which prevail in a census of the inhabitants, or which determine the even of an election!”-Federalist 43. Madison.

 

 

Christianity is the cornerstone of our republic

The Emancipation Proclamation will turn 150 this year. Today is not the anniversary…..but Washington D. C. is celebrating Emancipation Day. Because, 150 years ago today, Lincoln freed all of the slaves in the District of Columbia. This was seen by many as the beginning of the end of slavery.

Abraham Lincoln has always been one of my heroes. There are many reasons why, but the top of the list is the freeing of the slaves. I’ve always had this place in my heart for freedom fighters, and lovers of liberty. Leonidas, Spartacus, Moses, Jesus, the Founding Fathers, William Wallace….their names and their stories bring a chill to my spine, a tear to my eye, and fill my tired old heart with some dim vestige of hope.

Ron Paul Kenobi....your my only hope....

I don’t think I’m the only one with this dream in his heart. Lets face it….one of the reasons Star Wars became so famous was because it was a group of heroic freedom fighters trying to rebel against an oppressive evil Empire. Sure we all loved the lasers and fight scenes and space chase scenes. I was a kid then….all the cool aliens were spiffy keen. But the movie still resonates with me. I can identify with Luke’s longing to get away from the petty hum drum of every day life and make an impact on the world around him. It makes sense that you’d rather be dead than a slave. And then there are the themes of family, forgiveness, and redemption.

Most of us have forgotten where a lot of those themes came from. Star Wars is awesome, and I love how it is

Sometimes I am frightened, but I'm willing to learn the power of myth....

so strongly influenced by Joseph Campbell’s wonderful book, The Power of Myth. I’ve read the book, but I don’t own it. Because I think that sometimes, we forget that not all things are merely metaphors. Don’t get me wrong…I love symbolism. Its one of the reasons why I am attracted by conspiracy theories (and that temptation gets stronger as I see the rotten things the media has done to Ron Paul). But I know that not all things are merely metaphors. And that metaphors are not as powerful as the real things themselves.

Every nation on earth has a myth of the Man-God who lives, dies, and is born again…and in so doing, saves humanity and All Good Things. A lot of people use that as evidence that there is no God. There can’t be…all turns out to be is our own Freudian wishful thinking. We want an all-powerful, all loving Father (or Mother), and so, we imagine He exists.

Its even in Star Wars, a little. Ben Kenobi lives, dies, and lives again as the ghost like guide of Luke. Han Solo lives, “dies” when he’s frozen in carbonite, and lives again as a better man (he even gets his eyes opened from his previous blindness). And of course, Vader himself. He lived as Anakin, died to become Vader, and was reborn as Luke’s father at the very end, when he chooses the love of his son over the dark Power granted him by the Dark Side.

This bothered me a lot as a freshman in college. Were all the things I believed about God merely

And God help us if we don't learn from experience....."Duncan Mcshame" 1971-????

day dreams and wish fulfillment? Had the difficult life that I had led caused me simply to take the false opiate of religion? Was the despair of this life so unbearable, that I had to invent fairy tales of a better world, in order to have enough false hope to bear this one? I brooded long over these dismal thoughts, and went to and fro in my Bible, like a devil wandering the world alone.

One of the papers I wrote for my honors English course was on C. S. Lewis’ The Abolition of Man. I’d already read The Chronicles of Narnia, and The Screwtape Letters. These were good, but they were fiction. As much as I might long to go to Narnia, as a grown man, I had to admit that there was no Narnia.

But Lewis showed that it was very highly possible that some of the higher things I believed might not be all shadows and chicanery, after all. I will try to write more about this later, as I’ve written enough, now. For now….happy Emancipation Day!

Random thoughts on Federalist 19

North Korea, against all the saber rattling of Western nations, tested a multistage rocket that, some say, could potentially carry a nuclear warhead long distances. It failed, rather like Wiley Coyote‘s attempts to get the Road Runner. I’m not sure…but I think we should spend eight years trying to beat them into being a democracy.

Or, maybe, we should send the military to teach the Coyote to live in peace with the Road Runner.

Ok….so I’ve been reading the Federalist Papers, working like a dog (no offense to my blogging friend who is a dog….howzitgoin bongodogblog!!???), and more or less brooding over the injustice of this fallen world.

I’ve just finished Federalist 19. It’s Hamilton and Madison’s attempt to enlighten us about the more modern (you know….since AD 900) examples of confederacies and quasi-republics. I don’t see any quotes in it that would really speak to the modern reader….unless, like myself (and maybe Mere Inkling) your just interested in history, politics, and the way it all relates to the salvation of our souls.

It’s mostly about the chaos of the nations. Just like now….when we’re terrified of North Korea getting the nuke….and really don’t know what to do about it.

Joss Whedon directs the Avengers….but who will avenge our fallen Republic?

Posted On April 11, 2012

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Avengers reminds us of our youthful dreams, and tempts us to forget the brave men and women that fight and die for liberty....and not vengeance.

When I was younger, I was a fan of comics. Before I left home (nope, sorry, we don’t have time for that story….) I had no money, and so I had to make due with whatever few comics might fall my way from the charity of others. My brother gave me his when he went away to the military. Amongst them was one solitary issue of the Avengers. The hero’s in the comic were fighting The Stranger….a great god-like being who used his immense powers for schemes even more nefarious than trying to steal the Republican nomination.

At the end of the book, it turned out that they weren’t fighting the Stranger at all. It turned out that some petty minor villain called the Toad had stolen incredible technologies so that he could set up the illusion that he was the Stranger, and had nearly defeated the mighty Avengers with his deceptions. He did it all to impress some girl (at that age, I could really understand why someone would go through such great lengths to get the attention of a lady….now I’d go through that much effort if it would simply get me out of retail.)

I really kind of wish that it was the Stranger that was running Washington and Wall Street. At least then there would be a noble foe to fight. I could go down fighting, and think as I died, “At least I gave my life in a noble cause….at least I was bested by someone worthy of my metal.” Instead, Washington and Wall Street Toadies perform studies that keep me in my box. They rule the world with pettiness, and I fire my shots at them in this paltry blog. Toad nearly beat the Avengers…but he has America firmly under his boot. Screwtape runs our world, and he seeks to destroy us, not by turning us into murderers, but by numbing our hearts and minds with despair.

Screwtape on the campaign to damn our souls....It is funny how mortals always picture us as putting things into their minds: in reality our best work is done by keeping things out....Screwtape to Wormwood....

So, now, where are we left…? Santorum drops out of the campaign, as Duncan from Noxforchristmas rants on…..

One of the themes of most dystopia is that we want to empty our minds of thought. We must control our minds, so that we may not commit Thought Crime. It’s rather a perverse, Screwtape manner of perverting the Christian Saints ability to focus his thoughts, feelings, and prayers upon edifying subjects. But in Lewis’ (and my own) vision of Hell, all that we are lost automatons. Cast aside by a dark world that used us up and spit us out, we are left to rot and decay for eternity, where the worm never dies….

So….what is the point? I guess I’ll wrap this up with my customary quote from The Federalist  Papers, and maybe post a video or two to help make my point.

The Achaeans soon experienced, as often happens, that a victorious a powerful ally is but another name for a master. Federalist 18. Madison and Hamilton.

The Achaeans had allied themselves with Philip of Macedon. They were tired of being oppressed by Sparta. But when they opened their Republic up to Philip, he did defeat the Spartans….and then turned around and enslaved the Greeks. He set his son, Alexander, up for the conquest of the known world. And Alexander went forth, conquering, and to conquer.

We’ve sold our souls, we’ve sold our companies, we’ve sold our nation to the Devil. And while he may have defeated our political and economic rivals…..it is only a matter of time before Mephistopheles comes to collect from Faust what he was promised.

Real election fraud.

 

 

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