Yesterday, I read several articles in the Austin American-Statesman that seemed to bring these three items together.
The first was about Mitt Romney, and how his Mormonism reflects in his daily life. He does not drink alcohol, coffee, or caffeinated drinks of any kind. Think about how this would reflect on the White House. Will his beliefs keep him from having any of these things on the third floor, the living quarters, but allow him to let them into the second floor, where the parties are held for visiting foreign dignitaries and influential Americans? Or would he have to stick totally to his principles and now allow any alcohol or coffee or soft drinks anywhere? How would this affect his popularity? Would anyone accept his invitations if they knew he was not going to offer wine, a whiskey, or coffee to them? You certainly wouldn’t be able to sit down and have a beer with him in the Oval Office.
Think about it.
Now, the tea partiers and christianity. Leonard Pitts, Jr., wrote an op-ed about the Republicans and the ideas of bipartisanship. He even quoted Richard Mourdock, who defeated Richard Lugar of Indiana, with tea partiers help (because they did not like that Lugar sided with Obama on several occasions), who said “I have a mindset that says bipartisanship ought to consist of Democrats coming to the Republican point of view”. Among other things Pitts wrote were: “it was not Democrats who held the economy hostage in a …………debt-ceiling crisis……..which lowered the nation’s credit rating…………it was not Democrats who voted down their own deficit reduction resolution………because they didn’t want the president to share credit………….it was not a Democratic leader who declared defeating the president to be his top legislative priority”.
Republicans are seeing a trickle of condemnation and defection by their own appalled members, including Nathan Fletcher, a San Diego mayoral candidate who left the GOP because “we shouldn’t have to treat people we disagree with as enemies”. Others include Former Senator Chuck Hagel, Mike Lofgren, who likened his party to an “apocalyptic cult”, and former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who said the GOP regards it as “an exclusive club where your ideological card is checked at the door.”
I have mentioned the book “It’s Even Worse Than It Looks” by Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein. There are many truths in this book, but it is said “the mainstream news media finds it awkward to report this because it might be seen as violating their ethos of non-bias or interpreted as blindness to the sins of Democrats”. Well, so what’s new – if a newspaper or talk show reports something about the Democrats that is good, they are called liberals. If for the Republicans, they are called conservative. The media is not going to be without criticism whatever they do. So they might as well report the truth.
For the whole Pitts article, go to the American-Statesman May 20, 2012, edition, page E7. It is worth reading.
Now, for the tea partiers and christianity. Mitt Romney has accused Barack Obama of trying to take Christianity out of America. Number one, I don’t believe this at all, but number two, America is supposed to be a secular state when it comes to government. They do not belong together. As for Romney’s remark, last I heard, christianity was not the majority religion in this country anyway – only in places like the Bible Belt, Nebraska, and one or two other states is christianity the majority. I contend that there are at least as many Jews as there are christians, and that Wicca, which is recognized as a religion, and other pagan groups, Islam, Buddhism, Sufism, and other religious and/or spiritual beliefs are rampant in this country where christianity has reared its ugly head and said everyone else is going to hell. As I remember it, the Jews will be called first, when the so-called “judgment day” finally arrived. Also as I recall it, the Book of Revelations in the Christian Bible also says the end will come in Israel (or the Middle East, since Israel was actually no longer a country at the time the bible was canonized by the Catholic priests in 326 CE), and that people who would be saved should run to the mountains.
OK, let us think about that one for a minute or two. When did the world first become aware of the Mayan calendar’s stopping on December 21, 2012. I seem to remember hearing about it first in 2000 or 2001. I remember thinking “well, that means that the wars and bad weather will start occurring in 2005, if we are to believe in the seven years of Armageddon”. Well, wars and horrific weather phenomenon have become worse over these last few years. Of course, most people scoffed at the idea at the time. Then came the book “The Da Vinci Code” (a work of fiction, folks, but like good historical fiction, has many things in it that are truth, if you take the time to look them up instead of saying “the book is evil” and passing on) in 2004, and the general public first learned about Opus Dei and the Priory of Sion. Most of the things in the book were things I already believed anyway. But let’s take a look at what might have gone through the heads of people who read the book, whether in public or in secret.
The two big things to recognize in this story is that the Priory of Sion has secrets that they release from time to time, and Opus Dei is determined to keep them from releasing them, fearing the impact on the Catholic Church and its teachings. One has to wonder, though, why the fact of Jesus maybe having a wife and children would erase his teachings. The teachings, especially the Sermon on the Mount, are all very good things to listen to, and to follow. Jesus was a very kind, loving, and compassionate man – why does he have to be the Son of God, or Divine, to be these things. Are you naysayers telling me that he could not be all these things unless he was divine. That does not say much for humankind.
I think it is possible that the Priory of Sion might have chosen Dan Brown to write this book, giving him information that made it possible for him to have written this book, as a way to get information into the public realm. I don’t know this as a fact, I just believe it is a possibility. I am currently reading a book titled “Inside The Priory of Sion”, which author I will provide later since I cannot at this moment think of the name, which tells me that this book, published this year, is another step in the release of other information, and that we will have another very important fact laid before us by the end of 2012. OK, magic, coincidence, or fact, I believe much of what I have been reading. I think it has been well-documented, and is not a work of fiction. Interestingly, it puts the place of some of the revealings at a place called Rennes-le-Chateau, in the southeast of France, where historical records tell us Mary Magdalene fled after Jesus crucifixion. The book has already mentioned that there are people who have believed Jesus survived, and was also taken to France. I have not fully accepted that thought, but the reasoning is that the bible clearly tells us that the Roman soldiers did not break Jesus legs, as they usually do those they have crucified because they would die quicker (suffocate), because they thought he was already dead. And as a Jew, he would have had to be buried before the Sabbath started at sundown.
Okay, somehow the last paragraph was lost in trying to publish this. So once again – I think the tea partiers have taken the combination of things that are being heard, and believed, because of all these ideas coming together, and since many of them cannot be in Israel by the end of this year, they are frantically trying to change this country because they believe their god would not accept a black man as the President. It is racism pure and simple – the belief that God is a white man, that only white men can rule; this is the reasoning behind the White Supremacy groups. So these tea partiers are working rapidly and diligently to change who leads this country, and hope that god will then say to them “well done, my child”, and it will give them the rewards they are hoping to get.
Personally, I don’t believe the world will be destroyed. I believe the sun will rise on Decemer 22, 2012, as it has for millenia. I think we will be changed, we will be more compassionate, kind, loving, and tolerant. So I think the world will be changed AS WE KNOW IT. And I think it will come about because of something that will come out of the Priory of Sion by the end of the year. An enlightening something that will create a new wonder in our minds and help us in understanding.
Carol Stepp, Austin, TX