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One thing today’s conservatives need to understand, no matter how they feel about Russia, is that the Russian government is run on sound fiscal conservative principles, which is why they have almost no debt vs our $20 trillion. Ironically, while conservatives all adhere, on some level of their consciousness, to the notion of not spending more than you bring in, many remain convinced that a war president must be supported wholeheartedly no matter how absurd his pretext for war, and no matter how much money he demands for “defense” (meaning “offense” in today’s Washington), you must support this spending in the interest of “public security” for reasons that, strangely, are never articulated. Thus this latter pillar of conservatism – unquestioned support of a war president, especially a Republican one -- always takes precedence over fiscal conservatism, enabling presidents to continue ad infinitum their policy of squandering the little guy’s last penny on unjustified and ruinous wars.
In fact, though conservatives would never admit it, many put “patriotism” a few steps ahead of godliness as well when push comes to shove. Their unquestioned support for Israel is one example of this. Their reasoning is based on the dry bones prophecy in Ezekiel 37. And yet, this prophecy says the resurrected Israel will be led by King David, which these same Christians interpret to mean that the prophetic Israel will bow to King Jesus. They ignore the fact that the average Israeli today is either atheistic or irreligious and the Orthodox, whose beliefs are much more in line with those of Christians, generally oppose the statehood of Israel because it replaces Judaic religion with secular statehood. Conservatives just cling to the notion that no matter how warlike the modern Israel is, their wars are part and parcel of God’s plan for Israel. (If you are unaware of the USS Liberty story, please read it here at the Chicago Tribune site).
Yet Revelations speaks of false Jews, who would seem to meet the description of most modern Israelis.
I will make those who are of the synagogue of Satan, who claim to be Jews though they are not, but are liars--I will make them come and fall down at your feet and acknowledge that I have loved you. Revelation 3:9
The term “false Jews” here is generally interpreted to mean Jews who reject God.
The Hilonim constitute the biggest social group in Israel. According to a Pew poll:
“Among Hilonim, … only 4% see being Jewish as primarily a matter of religion.”
“…just 1% of Hilonim say they pray daily, and 79% never pray” Not only do few Hilonim say they attend synagogue on a weekly basis or pray with regularity, but many (40%) also say they do not believe in God.
And Christian Zionists, best represented by former presidential candidate Ted Cruz, want us to believe that these Israelis, best represented by the irreligious Hilonim, are the ones who accept Christ as their king as prophesied in Ezekiel?
Christian Zionists further reason that they must help God usher in the Millennium in the final days by facilitating the fulfilment of prophecies. They ignore the fact that the Old Testament God dispersed the Jews as punishment for their failure to obey Him. In view of the above, when have today’s Jews started obeying God again?
This Christian Zionist narrative relieves Christian conservatives of the obligation to take geopolitical and military factors into account when weighing US policies vis-à-vis Israel. But since in the real world, foreign policy making is an intricate task requiring skill, training and knowledge of international law, different cultures and the history of peoples, this belief is tantamount to hiring clergy instead of certified engineers to build a bridge. Do they really think unskilled amateurs can do a satisfactory job in keeping the peace?
This replacement of intellect with pseudo-religious hocus-pocus puts a large percentage of the US public fully in line with the Chiliastic Christians of past centuries who laid waste to swaths of Europe, burning churches and looting monasteries, until they were finally stopped by the secular powers. These Chiliastics were driven by the notion that they were helping God usher in the Millennium spoken of in Revelation. Just as today’s “conservatives” are oblivious to the specter of nuclear war because they were convinced that God was protecting them, many modern “conservative Christians” believe that they have a mandate to help God fulfill the prophesies concerning Israel. They too have a sense of their own invulnerability in the face of the wars they condone – which risk becoming nuclear -- in favor of Israel. The seemingly courageous medieval “Christian” militants who tore up Europe typically showed no fear until they faced imminent death at the gallows or the stake when they generally melted into a quivering mass of flesh. A complete history of the Chiliastic Christians and their wars is found in the book “The Socialist Phenomenon” by Igor Shafarevich, available in PDF format here. If you read the description of the “socialists of the heresies” starting on page 18, you won’t be able to avoid the startling analogy with modern Christian Zionists who are eager to plunge us into war believing that they are helping God fulfil his prophecies and hence are invulnerable. History has taught us better but we don’t know it.
Yet it is not so much the damage that they do with this cultism but rather their persuasion of their non-religious countrymen to accept their blind support for Israel-led wars that raises concerns. They use the carrot of social acceptance and the stick of possible rejection, suggesting that by supporting Israel, the non-religious can be saved from eternal damnation while if they refuse, they will be condemned for eternity. After all, in Genesis, God said to Israel: I will bless them that bless you and curse them that curse you. He was referring to a people who initially obeyed God.
Ultimately, then, based on this unspoken religious principle, it is just not patriotic to save the American economy when there is an imaginary enemy of God (the Muslim group du jour, eg, the Palestinians or Iranians) lurking out there. And the absurdity of the narrative on which the war is based, just doesn’t matter because there are considerations of a heavenly order that cannot be questioned without blaspheming and dooming one’s soul. But this kind of thinkingi s legalism, and Christ taught against it, showing in parables that the legalists are the ones doomed to hell.
Obviously, neither the economy nor the national soul will ever be saved as long as this principle prevails. As long as no change in our national psyche is on the horizon, there is, logically, only one possible ending to this tale, and that is total collapse or perhaps another world war, most likely a nuclear one in which, according to Revelation, no flesh will be saved.
When I mention an economic collapse, people will certainly think I am talking about a doomsday scenario. But they forget that, when client countries like the US get in trouble, supplier countries like China necessarily come to their aid. After all, suppliers need solvent customers.
So here goes another “unpatriotic” statement: Assuming the US public is incapable of making a substantive change in their political views, a collapse would be the best possible scenario. We would then be like a bankrupt commercial company in receivership, where a solvent entity such as a government controls the administration of the company in such a way as to avoid any of the administrative errors that caused the bankruptcy in the first place. At that point, the company in bankruptcy is safer than it had ever been in the past and can finally get back on the path to recovery. The receiver entity will not allow the company to make reckless decisions. The bankrupt company is obliged to accept these terms when it accepts the assistance. You can’t have it both ways.
Thus, sad to say, if the US crashes and burns because it cannot manage its own affairs, then someone must manage it until such time as it gets back on a sound footing, reverting to pragmatism instead of ruinous ideology.
The thought of such a scenario is so repugnant to many conservatives (and also to run-of-the-mill Democrats) that they are literally incapable of conceiving of it and will declare you a traitor if you dare to speak of it, even when it is clearly inevitable. They still cling to the idea that America is God’s country. But like the ancient Jews, we have disobeyed.
Indeed if we look back a half-century we will recall that Americans could never conceive in the 60s of China ever outpacing the US economy. Unthinkable. If you had suggested that our reckless gambit of turning over our manufacturing to China would enable that country eventually to match or surpass us, less than half a percent of Americans could have countenanced such a possibility. Yet after 50 years of one failed military adventure and one foolish central-bank policy after the other, that is exactly what has happened. We are like a luckless gambler who has been receiving credit from the gambling house every time he loses and suddenly, after years of lenience, the owner calls in the debt. The reckless gambler can cry all he wants but it was he who made his bed.
Is it China’s fault that it took advantage of a reckless gambler?
And is it the fault of a person with vision that he dares to warn his countrymen of what is about to happen?
In the shifting sands of American thought, I may have lost my status of “conservative” among foolish men who see nothing. But my goal is not to please men. I only want to keep my status as an humble servant before a God who sees all.
I have decided to post this because, despite the hard knocks I have had in my encounters with them, I know that deep down, conservatives are common sense people who will eventually listen to reason. So what is the solution, folks?
Love. Not trust, but love. We need to forgive all the harm that has been done to us by men who have dragged us into war after war but never again trust in men, not even politicians who say all the things we want to hear, or accept their skewed interpretations of the Bible.
As Jesus hung in agony from the cross, he said “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.” His was not weakness, quite the opposite. It was the way of the future for both Jew and Gentile alike. Our troubles are not due to religion. They are due to our putting country first and God second.
Making Saudi Arabia great again:
Especially relevant to Part 2: