The Original American Malcontent

Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.

Friday, September 23, 2005

God on Our Side?

Here are some interesting articles for today, but I wanted to take a moment to talk about spin. In dozens of newpapers around the country today the front pages tout the slogan “Texas Exodus” in reference to the evacuation of Texans from Austin and surrounding areas. This use of this phrase,brings up biblical images of Moses leading his people out of Egypt into the desert towards the promised land.

This of course equates the residents of Austin with the notion of being a chosen people, a people that has God’s support to do whatever they damn well please. This is a striking contrast to the poor residents of New Orleans who have been referred to as refugees and insurgents, frankly I’m surprised they didn’t call them Philistines. This whole notion of our nation identifying itself with the judeo/christian creation myth really unsettles me. In America we say that we support equality, we say we support compassion, but those ideals rarely even show up in the old testement, the old testement seemed to be about a lot of betrayal, killing, invasions, coercion, slavery and a brutal system of laws that could even condone killing your own children for being disobediant, the system of law given to the chosen people by their god could only be described today as tyranny.

Of course you could say that the people just mis-interpreted the will of their god, but then what about that same god, who did not believe in equality, that god that chose favorites among his creations and acted like a jealous child when he did not get his way, the god that terrorized the people of Egypt by killing their babies, the god that reportedly dropped the equivalent of the Atomic bomb on Soddom and Gomorrah. This is the god the fundamentalists that run our country admire and emulate. But of course we don’t talk about that as a nation, we talk about the nice things that are said in the book of John that make us feel good, we use the positive myth of the son to cover up the terrorism of the father. Ah but they tell us they are the same, three in one, a schizophrenic god that can’t make up his mind whether to love or kill, to embrace or decemate. Zarathustra said that god is dead, I say god needs meds.

Senate Democrats Request Briefings on Iraq, Al Qaeda
Congressional Democrats, signaling plans to become more assertive about Iraq, yesterday asked the director of national intelligence to brief senators on conditions there, including whether the conflict has strengthened Islamic terrorists rather than weakened them.

Abramoff Claimed Ties to Administration
Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff bragged two years ago that he was in contact with White House political aide Karl Rove on behalf of a large, Bermuda-based corporation that wanted to avoid incurring some taxes and continue receiving federal contracts, according to a written statement by President Bush's nominee to be deputy attorney general.

Timeline of U.S. Sponsored Terrorism
The Center for Cooperative Research has put together a timelineof U.S. sponsored terrorism.


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