This Blog Is Closed

Well, it finally happened. WordPress has rejected my pleas and forced me to use their hideously broken editor. It is carefully designed to prevent me from blogging. No, it’s not like I can’t learn new stuff, but I reject the concept behind it. It’s a major distraction from the way I write and think.

Sorry folks. You can blame WordPress for refusing to serve paying customers.

If you have any real interest in my writing, go here. At least there I get to choose the editor interface I’ll use.

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Clay in His Hands

This was unexpected.

Growing up in my Dad’s shadow, I learned a good bit about automotive maintenance and repair. I worked as a mechanic’s helper in a couple of garages. Up until I was about 40, I actually enjoyed doing that stuff. And living below the poverty income line, I had to do a lot of it, because I could never afford newer cars.

But sometime after I hit 40, it stopped being fun. I spent a lot more time on computers instead. But recently, I have had less interest in computer stuff. I haven’t forgotten how computers work, but I sense that the context of my life calls for something else. I’m not doing Linux any more because it’s going in the wrong direction for me. I need something that will work without investing a lot of time.

And maybe the context actually has changed for a lot of other people, too, but that’s not my point. It’s a question of knowing your mission.

So when we decided we had enough money to try buying another car, it turns out I might really need one. My right knee is doing okay after recovering from a shattered patella five years ago, but now the left knee is hurting for an entirely different reason. Honestly, I think it will require knee replacement, but it takes a long time to squeeze that out of the VA. I will probably spend part of my time in a wheelchair until they decide to do that. I can walk, and even ride my bike, but not very far with either one. I can’t even shop for groceries without the knee hurting a lot before I get out of the store. I still want to go camping and stuff, so bikepacking may not happen for a long time. It will be car-camping.

But we had several really bad experiences trying to buy a used car that should be in good shape at our price range. So after a lot of time praying about it, my wife and I felt moved by faith to buy one that obviously needed some fixing. It was less expensive that way, and we found a dealer that didn’t try to hide what was wrong with it (kudos to Bob Howard Nissan). The salesman told me exactly what he knew about the problems with any car we looked at. So we ended up with another copy of what my wife is already driving. A fleet of two, same year, make and model, just different options. Mine is on the cheaper end of the options.

And fixing up the things that the previous owner must have gotten frustrated about doesn’t strike me as a burden. Indeed, for some strange reason, I have begun enjoying the idea of crawling under the beast and trying to fix things. Using the money we didn’t spend on a newer car, I’m buying the tools and equipment I need to do more work on both cars.

Furthermore, I’m actually more interested in helping my neighbors with their cars. Over the past year or so I’ve spent time watching videos of guys doing various kinds of automotive and heavy equipment repairs, and it’s starting to feel more comfortable, even half-way pleasant. It’s staring to feel like a mission again.

I need a toolbox built into a heavy-duty wagon I can pull out into the parking lot. It needs the soft tires that those stout little yard wagons have. I know; I’m dreaming. Still, given where I live in an apartment complex where we can get away with doing some car repairs — but there’s no electrical outlets — I’m looking at ways I can be of service for the Lord.

We are the clay in our Lord’s hands, and He can shape the desires of your heart.

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The Vintage of Self-hate

Sitting here in front of my computer, I literally have the madman hat on my head this morning. It helps me concentrate on what I want to say, and reminds me that no one should take me seriously. That way I can say what I’m really thinking.

So far as I can tell, most ancient civilizations assumed the existence of a power elite, and that it could be various kinds of good or bad, but was a fundamental fact of life. Only the West pretends there should not be a power elite. So it becomes a game of masquerading what everyone can see, but which we claim is inherently evil. It’s an insane mythology, distracting anyone from doing anything useful when the power elite do bad things. Instead, it simply swaps out one power elite for another.

It’s confused enough here in the USA with competing societies claiming to be the mainstream, when they are entirely different nations. While there’s more than two primary groups, we don’t acknowledge more than two. It’s part of the big lie that keeps the bad elite in power. It’s also part of what keeps us from recognizing that the entire elite system is bad, regardless of which identity the herders wear on the surface.

In conversation, I can sometimes distinguish between government and society. In actual practice, there’s not that much difference. It’s the same people running either force. Regardless of the flavor being sprinkled on top, there is a strong convergence between policy and values directed from the top. Just about everything points toward maintaining the system that keeps us little people in our place, and under control. We aren’t allowed to develop independent thinking on any issue of substance.

The best way to understand the system is to take a close look at something like rehab. What is the ultimate goal of any kind of rehab, whether it be prison, drug rehab, etc.? In the US, it’s clearly a matter of the economic system. The State officially regards every human inside the system as an economic asset, and no other fact matters. The sole purpose of rehabilitation is to restore humans to economic productivity, in terms of what makes it easiest for our elite to plunder. That’s the whole thing.

In the ancient Hebrew society — you know, the society that God built to reveal Himself — there was a different concept of “productivity.” Anything that contributed to the moral welfare of the nation as a whole was productive. Whether there was any material prosperity wasn’t the direct goal, at least not in the cultural ideals. It was assumed that prosperity was God’s gift back to a morally committed people. So a Hebrew version of rehab would be aimed at helping people find their way back to the moral standards.

During my life, I have had a chance to examine a lot of rehab operations here in the West. You don’t expect the secular ones to give a damn about people’s souls. But the ones that claim to be uniquely Christian should at least avoid using the same methods as the secular ones. In my experience, the Christian ones were worse, doing all the horrible and degrading things that were prohibited in the secular ones by overbearing regulation. Only the most motivated people gain anything from the secular ones, but people coming out of Christian rehab often manifest what is simply a different brand of damage from what they had before.

Naturally you would expect that this would be the result of the perverting influence of Western assumptions on Christian organizations. I’ve written whole books on some of the details of this nasty mixing of idolatrous influences. I’m not going to write another on the subject any time soon, but I was recently haunted by some of things I’ve learned over the decades, and whether anyone reads it or not, I felt the urge to write about it some.

In this case, I’m going to pick on Jesus People USA (JPUSA). I brushed up against them in college in the 1970s. The simplest explanation is that they are a socialist society with Western orthodox beliefs painted on the outside. They gained official recognition under the Evangelical Covenant Church, which shelters other crazies like Craig Groschel’s Life Church. You can get a fairly balanced idea of JPUSA from this Wikipedia article.

But a fundamental element in their identity is their extensive rehab work. The community is essentially an ongoing rehab operation. It draws people who need some kind of recovery, but some of them get to run the program for the rest. Don’t let anyone tell you they’ve done nothing good; some people do gain from that kind of program. The problem is that they are convinced their one size fits all. They’ve been quite bombastic in attacking folks with a different idea about following Christ. I’ve seen that in almost every mainstream recovery program; it’s harshly disciplined to make you stop thinking outside their strict boundaries.

This is a mark of any socialist organization, but is especially common in the Christian socialist movement hidden behind other names. JPUSA shares a lot with the likes of Salvation Army, which itself was born of a very secularized socialist philosophy regarding alcohol rehab in the UK. The SA cranks out a vast stream of damaged people who honestly believe they have been helped.

Every church that drank from the poisoned well of Prohibition carries this deep moral stain. It damages people, never mind what their condition was beforehand. The problem the SA tried to address was not caused by the explosion of cheap gin on the streets of the English slums, but the awful dehumanizing culture of the UK that created those slums.

But getting back to JPUSA, it was a very slick PR campaign that captured some portion of my generation. They had a nifty newspaper in those days and their touring act, Resurrection Band, has gotten them lots of positive attention. One of their most popular performances has been “Love Comes Down”. It’s a matter of taste, but it appeals to a very large segment of my generation still, and quite a few younger folks.

How’s about we stop trying to define “sanity” so narrowly? What would be wrong with a form of rehab that got people to come face to face with how crazy the world actually is, and finding a better way to handle it? It’s not so hard to come up with a teaching that allows everyone to see that they are sinners in desperate need of redemption, a real need for humility, without making them permanently evil and unable to arise from the sewers of human existence. Most of these programs try to lock people into self-hatred, and that includes SA, JPUSA, and even Life Church.

Yes, there is a veneer that hides the bitter self-hatred of the entire gamut of elitist Christian socialism. That’s how Satanic deception works. It trades one addiction for another. It substitutes a carefully disguised mimic for the real blessings of God. Surely, we can do better.

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Know Your Tribe

Know your tribe; put their needs first.

This is fundamental to how reality works, how Creation was designed. We’ve covered some of this before. There are fundamental principles of Biblical Law that we strive to put into words to manifest moral truth that resides only in the heart. In the biblical culture, a household would have family, servants/allies, and slaves. Family has a vested interest in everything. Hired servants and allies can prosper from daily operations, but have no vested interest. Slaves may or may not be hostile, but still serve the vested interests of the household simply to survive.

A person’s role in the household was not locked in stone. Slaves who could embrace the purposes of their master and consistently serve with devotion were often promoted within the household. Friends and allies could become enemies. Family could so threaten the household safety as to be ostracized as an enemy. The issue is what role the individual plays in the moment. There is an interplay between what they should be and how they act in any given context. It requires moral wisdom to know how to handle the tension between real and ideal.

If you claim to serve the Lord, you will do so under His covenants. One or another will become prominent in your mind. Under all covenants, you are a feudal servant of the Lord, but presumably family. He delivers into your hand a limited domain, a mission calling. Within that domain, you must discern as best you can what role the people play. Who comes into your domain as a slave, someone who might serve a purpose but has no vested interest? Who represents allies with limited trust for mutual gain? Who represents genuine family, your tribal kinfolks, what the Bible calls “neighbors”? Treat them accordingly, both on the broader picture and according to how they act in the context.

Know who your tribe is. They come first, and their long terms interests are the whole foundation of your divine mission and calling. Granted, it’s very difficult in our world today to even find people who would share your covenant faith identity. You may not personally encounter many, or even any, such people in your daily life. Many of the folks passing through your domain are likely allies and servants at best. The vast majority are slaves, little more than domestic animals, because they reject any consciousness of the covenant requirements God has revealed. The people themselves are the ones who choose.

You would defile the Lord’s blessings and your shalom if you give too much or too little. You are accountable to the Lord; your heart will know. But our Western culture militates against you having the freedom in Christ to discern God’s will for this question. The American culture wants to grant all authority to the secular social leadership (a false feudalism that treats you as mere asset), which is often just a mask for the State. It is for sure the State claims the place of God. You dare not surrender your prerogatives as a Child of God to the State that hates your God. You dare not surrender to social pressure from people who do not have a clue what the Scripture actually says.

You can accept provisionally at face value claims from people that they are fellow Christians. Time will tell whether they actually share your covenant of faith or are just another garden variety churchian. It is right to be guarded, to withhold trust and some measures of fellowship until they manifest that rare sensitivity to the Spirit and to the revealed Word of God. That they may be struggling is not the issue; we all struggle. Your heart can tell you when someone loves the Father as a true Child of Heaven.

But you are required to discern. No one can decide this for you who isn’t God. Look to your convictions for the answer, for your convictions are the finger of God writing on your soul. When those moments for decision come, treat them according to the best you know at that moment: family, friend or functionary.

Again: Know your tribe.

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Automax Hyundai — Bait and Switch

One of the things about a blog the shows up in the search engines is that you can reward business that do it right (like my beloved Wheeler Dealer bike shop). You can also shame those who do it wrong.

Automax Hyundai deserves bad publicity. Not only is their website excessively busy and annoying, but their sales people lie egregiously.

We’ve been using a couple of good local automobile search tools the last couple of times we were ready to buy a car. We never buy on credit; only what we can afford buying outright. They list cars by brand, price, etc. from all the local dealers and some private sellers. Dealers can have some good deals, and they can’t get away with fraud, as many private sellers do. But dealers can lie about cars they don’t want to sell, if they think they can manipulate you into buying something you can’t afford.

We found something we liked for the price and arranged to go see it. We called ahead to confirm that it was still on the lot just a few minutes before arriving. When we got there at the appointed time, we were steered to a particular sales stall. The guy asked what we wanted to see; we told him about this particular car. He came back five minutes later saying it was gone and trying to offer two later models of the same car at much higher prices.

We walked out because we had seen that before. They claim to have a particular car, but would much rather enslave you to their outrageous interest rates on something you can’t buy outright. That’s where the profit is, of course. They don’t make that much just selling something for cash. So when you get there, they claim it’s gone and try to railroad you into something else.

We didn’t fall for it, Automax. And now we are warning everyone about your evil policies. Don’t buy from Automax; they’ll rip you off.

Oh, and if you do try to contact them via the website, they’ll insist on having your phone number and try to take over your smartphone with some automated service that nobody in their right mind uses. It’s called “Bubbles.” It locks up the interface on your screen and you can’t do anything else without restarting the phone. It’s a nasty new feature from Google that gives advertisers too much power over your phone. On Android go to Settings > Apps & notifications > See all apps > Messaging > Notifications > Bubbles > and disable them altogether.

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Random Photos 21

This was meant to show the landscape around the Western Heritage Museum, which sits atop a hill, the brownish building almost in the center of the image. I’m on the Katy Trail, south of the hilltop, looking north toward the museum, with the Deep Fork River between us. The Katy Trail ends just back from the river bank.

This old pump house has seen better days. It was defunct when I first saw it a decade ago. With the succession of ice storms and high winds from major thunderstorms, it has been smashed several times with limbs. The limb you see here was from our most recent ice storm this past winter, when truly huge limbs were broken all over the region. Someone does clean the place up every year, but there is an awful lot of dead fall around the property this time.

This is just a stock pond and a massive tree in a pasture below the owners residence (off camera to the right). The house used to have a huge vegetable garden on the high flat ground to the right, but I haven’t seen that in several years. Now they just park cattle-related equipment where the garden was.

I normally can’t get this angle on the North Canadian River. The place where I’m standing is usually behind a locked gate, but today one half of the gate was completely gone. There were signs of motor vehicle traffic in the grass, so I walked up and got this shot from a high spot on the bank. The river level is just a bit high because of that work near the dam far upstream near May Avenue, which I captured in yesterday’s photos. It should look a whole lot nicer once the trees green up. Here’s hoping the City leaves the gate open.

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Random Photos 20

Today I experimented a bit with my cellphone camera. It does okay, which means not as good as my regular camera. Neither is very good facing the sun, but the cellphone is definitely worse. You can just about make out the kayakers on the river from my shady position under Shields Boulevard.

The city has closed the south bank trail again. Two gates on the left side are half-down, while the rest of them are down all the way. There is a deep layer of silt visible upstream approaching the dam. What isn’t visible is that the crews had dug down into a part of to check on how deep it was. The pit they dug appeared to be about 8 feet (2.4m) deep. Some of the silt they pulled out a couple of years ago is still piled on the bank, and it appears the crews were preparing to build a temporary coffer dam across the whole river for some purpose I can’t guess. It also meant that when I got over to the other bank on this ride, there was an extensive detour.

They used to make them as short a possible, but they are acting like someone sued them or something. Now the detour is vastly overdone.

As far as I can tell, that’s a ratty old elm tree growing there on the bank of Crooked Oak Creek. My cellphone camera doesn’t do flowing water that well. I’ll try to make sure I always have my real camera along.

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Society Is Not My Problem

I love people; I don’t care about society.

Yes, I understand the part that civilization plays in this world. It’s closely related to the word “civility” — a system of customary behavior that allows people to live together in close proximity without killing each other. It’s how we can improve cooperative economics so that people can live in some measure of safety in large numbers, instead of cowering in caves or huts in small tribes. But this whole question, and all of its assumptions, operates totally outside of divine revelation. The word “society” generally refers to “the world” in New Testament terms.

This world is fallen and doomed. I know that the society around me may be filled with people who honestly believe civilization is a good thing. I say that civilization is doomed, so how it might be judged good or bad makes no difference. Civilization is simply the way people operate without Christ. Sadly, too many Christians are fooled into thinking it matters.

We aren’t talking about returning to the short brutal lives of cowering in our caves or huts. Civilization isn’t going to end until this world does; that’s just the way humans do things. What we are talking about is how the people who follow Christ don’t belong to this world, so they don’t belong to any civilization. There is no Christian society in this world. All of societies and civilizations have rejected Biblical Law in one way or another; none of them represent a uniquely Christian approach to life. Not one of them was ever built on the Lord’s teaching.

We still have to grasp the truth that God called Abraham out of a civilized life into one that was nomadic and tribal. It wasn’t huddling in fear, but they lived in tents. Instead, Abraham had no trouble attacking an army of thousands with his paltry 300+ household bodyguard, augmented with a few local volunteers. For Abraham, it was a matter of obeying the Creator of all things, so the end result didn’t matter. A while later the same Abraham obeyed the command to sacrifice his only natural born son on an altar — how it turned out didn’t matter. Abraham had faith to obey his convictions.

On the one hand, I’d be really surprised if God decided to run someone else through a test on sacrificing their children as Abraham did on Mount Moriah. However, I’m pretty sure calling Abraham out of his civilized life is fundamental to everyone’s call to follow the Lord. It’s not that we should hate society, just put ourselves some distance away from it.

No, I’m not suggesting you grab a couple of goats and head out into the wilderness with a tent. I’m suggesting you relinquish your vested interest in human society. Daniel didn’t run away and abandon his job, but everyone knew that Daniel was unlike any of the other satraps. Your calling may be any number of different missions working within the bowels of the metaphorical Beast, but the separation (AKA holiness) should be obvious to anyone who pays attention. You are in the world, but not of it.

It’s my mission to understand how society works in some ways, but not to be a part of it. Aside from some limited commentary, there’s really very little I can do to help society. At the same time, I’m supposed to make sure I understand how Biblical Law works, and how to help people understand it.

So I write as best I can about the covenant life of Biblical Law. It’s how God designed reality; that’s what is in every human’s best interest. There’s not a lot I can do the help people outside the Covenant. It’s entirely unlikely they’ll listen in the first place. I’m not trying to improve their society; that society and civilization eventually fail is the mercy of God reminding people they can’t build anything worth having unless they build on the foundation of His revelation.

I cannot stop the mass of humanity from racing headlong into Hell. I’m having a ton of trouble just getting believers to step off that highway. They keep dragging around the baggage of worldly concerns, when there’s nothing at all we can do to help the world. They cling to that baggage of caring about the wrong things. It’s not about the education, jobs, homes and families. God gives or takes those things at His whim. Abraham was called to sacrifice them. We are supposed to care only about our Lord’s glory.

I can’t possibly reach the whole world; I’m not called and equipped for that. God is the one who decides for me which of the few I can reach out of the billions of humans alive today. I can love those few because He does. So I go about my mission in obedience to His Word and see what He does with that, and whom He moves through it. Sometimes, as a test, He’ll introduce me to people I can’t help. I’m supposed to know that it’s not a matter of caring about them as people, but a matter of whether they are willing to accept His terms for blessing them. I can’t cross the boundaries He draws for me.

I’ll do what I can, but the Covenant boundaries are a matter of who He made me to be.

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Genuine Faith Is Unreasonable

In yesterday’s post I refreshed my viewpoint that the myth of America is quickly dying. I also referred to how there had been a very limited window of opportunity to save America and how it would have required drastic measures of killing a herd of globalists.

I’ve long made the point that globalism is not simply leftist in the sense of socialist and communist, but that Zionism is also globalist, a slightly different flavor of socialism. In other posts here I’ve connected globalist Zionism with globalist capitalism, just another manifestation of the Tower of Babel. I’ve warned that capitalism, as currently conceived here in the USA, is globalist in the sense of putting the market above all other considerations, which is inherently globalist. Those who control the capital demand the freedom to ignore all boundaries, which is a major element in the definition of globalism. Capitalists are loyal only to capital.

So, I suggested that the solution to saving America would be to invoke genuine nationalism, the devotion to the primacy of the people in the sense of a tribal identity labeled “America.” Not fascism, which subjects all things to the State, but nationalism, which by definition puts the interests of the nation — and national identity — above all things. This assumes you understand that “America” is a certain odd kind of nation, with the idea that there can be more cultural variation internally than is actually possible, as long as everyone clings to the broader identity. This is why it has always been a myth, but it does have some limited capability of serving as a national identity.

More to the point: It’s going to die sooner or later. You can prolong its life, but only at the cost of a something that looks almost like fascism. It does not require a new round of conquests, but it does require a fresh round of national urgency in rebuilding what the capitalists have taken from us. It would mean rejecting capitalism and the attendant libertarianism that worships material property. It would require an urgent drive to restore industry and infrastructure, which in turn would have required a very strong religious revival of a sense of national identity to carry through the kind of organization and sacrifice to rebuild the economy. It would demand the people sacrifice for their own common welfare. Once you do all of that, you could usher in a fresh golden age, but one that is not sustainable without some very radical silencing of globalist (left and right) voices.

In theory, it could be done. It would require a strong charismatic leader who could sell the idea, and one with the balls to order the kind of mass killing required to turn things around. The mere presence of globalists would prevent such a national revival. On the one hand, the left/right globalist cabal is truly evil, deserving of slaughter. But it would require what the Bible calls “clean hands” to do so with a clear conscience.

So, on the other hand, slaughtering them would deeply afflict the national conscience. Clean hands are not possible with the American identity. It is not that there’s anything actually wrong with such a slaughter in biblical terms, but the American myth excludes biblical thinking. Such a slaughter would drag down the national conscience because that national conscience sprouts from anti-Christian roots (the Enlightenment). It’s more complicated than suggesting it would be a false guilt; it would have the effect of being a very real guilt, but guilt for a very confused conscience. The whole thing would take place under Satan’s hand, along with all his tricks of manipulation. Without those clean hands, humans serve Satan by default.

So, such a national revival would not last long, since it would stand on Satan’s lies. A primary mission of Satan as God’s Left Hand is to tie the human awareness in knots, to confuse people about genuine moral truth, to tempt people to operate from any and all wrong motives. The doing is seldom the issue; it’s the motivations that damn you. It’s the false motivations that damn nations. No matter what desperate tactics America might choose, the American identity is still a damned lie.

Thus, any such national revival would probably die again in a couple of generations, if it lasted even that long. It’s not worth it. Having a clear spiritual view of the matter includes both, knowing what works, and why it won’t work for very long. Everything about the world and worldly ways is ephemeral; it’s all doomed to the fires of Hell sooner or later. In the long run, the American flag is a fallen symbol, and draping it over the Cross is foul blasphemy.

There’s nothing wrong with giving provisional loyalty to any flag or other symbol of human aspiration. It’s how we get ourselves into the position to present our testimony of eternal things. But when that salute becomes a religious ritual, then it becomes the worship of demons. Keep in mind that the New Testament says in no uncertain terms: Idolatry is the worship of demons. There is only one God of all Creation, and all the competition together is nothing but demonic deception.

The whole issue with Mordecai in the Book of Esther refusing to bow before the Persian imperial officers was that they required he bow as if praying to a deity. The rulers of this world lack the authority to determine what is due loyalty coming from those who serve the Creator. This conflict is inevitable, and how we handle it is our testimony. Just because we know something will work within the fallen system doesn’t mean it’s a good idea. Knowing and saying that a nationalist revival would fix our economic problems, and that a slaughter of globalists would reduce social and political conflict, doesn’t mean I promote the idea.

If you are going to claim Christ, you need to discard everything that hinders following Him.

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Mourn and Move on

Let me gore some sacred cows.

Hitler was evil. He wasn’t Satan incarnate, but he was evil. His sin was rejecting the Covenant of God; nothing else he did matters. Thus, he chose to do things based on human reasoning and all the fallen motivations common to humanity. He was not a monster any more than the British Prime Minister. (Remember fire-bombing the Ruhrgebiet?) To the degree anyone might allege he was uniquely evil, it was actually the result of his defense of Germany against some outrageous and unjustified levels of hatred. And it was not so much hatred from other countries, but internal threats that were tearing Germany apart. Germany was no morally worse than any other European nation (and certainly not morally better).

Persecuting the Jews? The Jews started it; they declared war on their own host country in 1933. If there’s anyone uniquely evil in this story, it’s the Jewish leadership in Germany. There were no good guys, no innocent victims among the major players, only among the hapless civilians on all sides. In the New Testament, the Jews were called “the Synagogue of Satan” for a good reason.

Demonizing Hitler is a Jewish thing. It’s also typically a communist thing, in the sense of one leftist calling the other evil only because their team lost the competition for leadership and patronage. Hitler was a socialist. Here in the US, the image of Hitler as the Antichrist is the message of anti-Christian propagandists. Christians should not buy into that concept. He was typical of all European rulers, who would have done the same thing were they put in his position.

He was trying to save his country. He didn’t succeed simply because his plans weren’t quite realistic.

So now let’s carry this farther: In order to “save America” we would have had to do something similar to what Hitler did in Germany (minus the conquests). America was never any morally better than Germany; both are founded on the rejection of Biblical Law. The only way to prevent America being torn apart, as is now happening, would have been for someone like Trump to be more like Hitler. He would have had to mobilize a “national salvation” army to silence the leftists. It would not have worked with those who claim to be merely conservative; “conservative” means only slowing down the plunge into socialism. In other words, the “conservative” position exists only as the trailing end of the liberal position.

Don’t get confused here: left versus right is a false dichotomy. It’s all the same people. Republican or Democrat makes no difference, in the sense that policies in the long run are very nearly the same, with only a few slender differences that have been blown out of proportion. Never mind what they say; in terms of what they actually do, there’s no significant difference. It’s Socialist Party A and Socialist Party B, both inherently globalist in the sense of ignoring the welfare of the people.

No, “saving America” would have required a genuine nationalist party, never mind left or right. It would have required purging all the globalists from the government bureaucracy — local, state and federal. It would have meant taking people out to be hung or shot in the streets. It would have meant roughly two million bureaucrats dying or retiring in haste and purging the military ranks. It would have meant death squads shredding the faculties of universities and colleges; it would have meant nationalizing for a time the whole tech sector of the economy. That is, it would mean turning all major technology platforms and providers into a public utility, regulated like the oligopoly they are. It would have meant nullifying the national debt. It would have meant shutting down most foreign trade and rather forcibly putting people to work rebuilding the infrastructure and manufacturing, harvesting natural resources. It would mean building a massive public transportation system that we need and don’t have.

That you might find such an idea shocking is the whole point: It would have been utterly impossible to “save America” with any less effort. Thus, saving America isn’t going to happen. I’m not cheering the idea of some kind of fascist or Nazi take-over in the US. I’m merely pointing out what should be obvious to the braindead rah-rah cheerleaders of the American myth. What we once had was never sustainable, and it was almost uniformly misunderstood in the first place. The American people are not inherently greater than any other, and frankly more easily misled than many.

Whatever America was, or might have been, is dead.

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