Let us re-write our lives in epic and poetic terms!

Aristotle once said, “Poetry is finer and more philosophical than History; for poetry expresses the universal and History only the particular.”
I have thought long and deep on that quote from the great philosopher.
I thought to myself on reading it, “If a Life can be made into a kind of poetry rather than a novel or some other literary form, then the Life in question can ascend heights rarely ascended and reach notes on the scale of universal harmonies others only can dream of. Continue reading

How About That Freedom Of Religion Thing?

The First Amendment to The United States Constitution says:  “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” Continue reading

The many advantages of voting Republican!

Voting Republican is not without its perks, my friends:

For example:  If Republicans gain total control of the government (Both Houses plus The White House) I think you can be pretty well assured that if you have a good-paying union job you won’t have it long because the Right Wing have  - – (In my opinion) – - more or less been union busters by nature and I am sure if they get the chance they will come after all the union jobs or try to make “Right To Work” – (Right To Work For Less and Less) the law of the land.  

So the best way I think for anyone to get the opportunity to work for minimum wage without any benefits at some dead-end job is to vote Republican.  Yes, vote a straight ticket and get all the perks that normally go to those who vote against their own interests.  The “Job Creators” are waiting, folks!

Another example:  Vote Republican and if you have already signed up for a new healthcare policy under The Affordable Health Care Act, I am pretty sure the Republicans would take it away from you and throw you back on the unaffordable free medical market if they got hold of the entire government again like in 2000 and 2004.  Remember those days?  Is that when thousands of Americans lost everything they had ever worked for because of the Republican Recession and the collapse of the housing bubble and off-shoring all the good jobs and all the rest of it?

Food stamps?  Forget it, folks!  I think they will keep working to get rid of food stamps until the very words, “Food Stamps” will only be a dim memory in the collective Mind of America.

You have a student loan?  You probably won’t have it long if Republicans have anything to say about it and if you are looking for a Pell Grant or some other fiscal assistance to help with your college tuition you can kiss it all goodbye if Republicans ascend to the throne again.

Unemployment benefits under Republicans?  Do not make me laugh!

Of course if you are one of the “Rich-uns” you’ll no doubt get a whole bunch of new tax breaks at the expense of the serfs who live on the socio-economic plateaus below you.

That’s good if you are one of the “Rich-uns!”

But I think I would walk softly because I believe that if Republicans ever get to the point where they can’t siphon off all the help and benefits the middle class and the poor usually get from America’s safety net programs the next thing they do will begin to cannibalize their own kind.  You can see some of this going on in the current fragmenting of the GOP.  They seem to be at each other like a pack of ravening wolves – - gnawing, tearing and biting at one-another in a most vicious and even savage manner sometimes with their hateful rhetoric – - a rhetoric that was once reserved exclusively for Liberals, Obama and The American Political Left.

I can’t believe it’s Sunday again!

“Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” ( 111 John 2)(The Holy Scriptures).

From reading this Scripture it looks like somebody has our best interests at heart; Continue reading

Snuffing The Ashes At The Altar!

I have a sneaking suspicion that if I failed to get my marriage license from the state back in 196l my kids would all be illegitimate today – -  is that about how the situation stacks up?  Is that the big picture?  The state has the power to decide who the church can marry and who they can’t?  The state has the power to decide who will be bast**ds  and who won’t?

Congress becomes the high priests at the altar where all who worship are constrained by chains of legalized convention given rationalized validity in the image of popular nationalism? Is that how things really are in America today?

If the state has power over the church by reason of some law then isn’t the state actually providing us with a state-sanctioned religion that does little more than use traditional churches as “Go-Fers” to do its secular bidding and have it all disguised as religious correctness?

I think anyone who reads and can understand where I am coming from and who may have some kind of agreement with what I am saying here ought to be putting up their own “Preserve Freedom Of Religion” signs in their front yards.

I think the intent of those signs ought probably to be to “Preserve Religion Free From The Interference Of Government” for any reason . . . for any purpose and for all circumstances.

There can be no “Freedom Of Religion” when government sticks its nose in – - – unless someone is ready to admit that government has become the religion – - and then it would be a different story altogether, wouldn’t it?

I am always going to be interested in asking the question, “Why do we need to get a license from a government in order to participate in something God has ordained? Why do we have to get the state’s permission? How can the state grant the right to marry when it is a God-Given Right? (Genesis 2: 18-24).

Colonial America saw no need for license for marriages – – all that was required was that the betrothed get their parent’s permission and post a public notice of their intentions. How is it that in these modern times we are now required to make our marriages a creature of the state thus giving secularism control over all facets of that marriage including property rights and I am sure that as time progresses some idiot in government will suggest that parents will be required to obtain a license for every child they intend to conceive as well.

Who can argue against the fact that the marriage license gives the state jurisdiction over the marriage and all the fruits of that marriage including children and if you find this hard to believe think about the fact that the state claims jurisdiction over all children in the educational system and feels itself responsible to see to the welfare of all the children as well and can actually punish parents if they should fall short – – whether intentionally or not – – in providing for the welfare of the children and in some cases such as this the state feels privileged to actually step in and remove children from the home. Marriage licenses and birth certificates are both instruments that give the state power over family, marriage and the fruits of marriage whether the participants like it or not.

Please somebody – – anybody – – tell me why I am wrong in believing these things.

The Right Wing seems so hot and bothered about getting the Big Government they pretend to hate so much to use its power and influence to stop government mandated coverage of contraception in health insurance policies – - – The Right Wing seems all fired up about having Big Government use its power and influence to stop Gay marriages and to end the practice of abortion – - –  The Right Wing seems a little conflicted about how they view Big Government sometimes don’t they?

When Big Government can get something done for them they want done then Big Government is all the rage with them isn’t it?  I guess it’s only when Big Government does things the Right Wing disapproves of that Big Government becomes the mud in the pig pen so to speak – - – things like providing food stamps for the poor for one example that I can think of.

And if the Right Wing is so hot about Freedom Of Religion why are they so willing to have Big Gubmint pass laws regulating things that should be the sole concern of the churches?

The utter hypocrisy is absolutely stunning sometimes.