Jesus Christ: The Bearer of the Water of Life (http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/pontifical_councils/interelg/documents/rc_pc_interelg_doc_20030203_new-age_en.html) should be required reading by every Catholic. More importantly it should be the source of ongoing intelligent discussion. It is that important, for we are literally swimming in the toxic waters of New Age thought and practice without knowing it. We are slowly being poisoned to the Truth. Once we are so weakened, we might fail to recognize Jesus when he does come to visit us. We may not recognize the life saver of the TRUTH thrown our way to save us.
Jesus Christ: The Bearer of the Water of Life opens with the words:
Obama's grandmother, Madelyn Durham is now dead at age 85 (Nov 3) A feminist before her time, the six-day a week bridge playing "tutu," was described as a "drill sergeant" at the Bank of Hawaii. She raised Barry with a calculating eye towards opportunity and advancement. Her "influence on his manner and the way he viewed the world was substantial."
God rest both of their souls.
The Queen now rules the chessboard.
YES, IT TOOK TWO GENERATIONS, 40 YEARS
Yes, the HAIR worldview of 1968 is here to stay in 2008.
The lyrics of the haunting pipe dream, Aquarius / Let The Sunshine In (The Flesh Failures) might as well replace the Star Spangled Banner as the new National Anthem.
Aquarius / Let The Sunshine In (The Flesh Failures)
The tribe recites a list of pharmaceuticals, legal and illegal ("Hashish"). Woof, a gentle soul, extols several sexual practices ("Sodomy") and says, "I grow things." He loves plants, his family and the audience, telling the audience, "We are all one." Hud, a militant African-American, is carried in upside down on a pole. He declares himself "president of the United States of love" ("Colored Spade")
Obama’s Messianic Politics
One of the tests of a leader is whether he has a capacity to mobilize his people’s myths. Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr., and Ronald Reagan all reworked Biblical parables of healing and redemption in their rhetoric. Obama’s ability to work successfully in this vein is evidence of his uncommon political skills. But in revising the politics of redemption he’s both made it less Biblical and focused it more relentlessly than his predecessors on the radiance of a particular kind of shamanistic magic (his own). The Obama millennium is more New Age than New Testament, more rock concert than “Rock of Ages.”
The difficulty with his I-am-the-Adonis-who-changes-winter-into-spring version of the redemption myth is that it resonates most strongly with a relatively small group of voters — prosperous, college-educated Democrats who are less likely than their poorer, less-educated partisans to have faith in the West’s traditional healer-redeemer figure (Jesus), or so church-attendance rates suggest. In a blue state like Connecticut, income and church attendance are negatively correlated; in blue-land, it is the poorer folk who are more likely to be conventionally pious. They aren’t looking for a messiah; they’ve already found one in church.
Obama’s defeats in Texas and Ohio suggest that he has yet to find a way to extend his niche appeal to a larger electorate, one that is indifferent to the charms of the renewal rites in The Golden Bough and T. S. Eliot’s “The Waste Land.” The larger electorate looks forward to celebrating its renewal rites, not at the Democratic convention in Denver, but in church at Easter.
He can, it is true, take some comfort in the example of Franklin Roosevelt, the healer-redeemer who laid the foundation of the welfare state. But although his orthodox liberalism is faithful to FDR’s vision, Obama has been reluctant, to date, to make the case for old-style New Deal liberalism. The promise to deliver a souped-up welfare state would undercut his promise to deliver “change we can believe in.”What’s more, the FDR precedent highlights one of Obama’s vulnerabilities where the larger electorate is concerned. Obama may be Franklin’s heir in domestic policy, but his approach to foreign affairs is very different. FDR recognized the global threat to liberty in his time and acted to meet it. His generation of Americans, he told the Democratic Convention in 1936, had a “rendezvous with destiny,” a mission “to save a great and precious form of government for ourselves and for the world,” an obligation to “fight for freedom . . . in the midst of dictatorships.”Obama is much more cavalier about today’s threats to freedom; he appears closer to the Neville Chamberlain school of foreign policy than the Roosevelt-Churchill one.
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Mike Rizzio, SOLT
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