Nov 27, 2006

Only Honesty And Truth Can Guide The World To The Proper Solution In Iraq!

Honesty and Truth

...........this will cause some Americans on the Right to gag, however, only honesty and truth will dictate the true course that should be taken from here on, by all nations, that have anything to do with fixing the American created problem in Iraq. And there has been a paucity of honesty and truth coming out of America from the onset and I still haven't heard anything come out of the administration lately to suggest that truth is any way, a consideration now!

1). Someone wrote in and said that America is loosing [the war] because America did not fully commit itself. We all knew that America had the bandwidth to go in and destroy Iraq; we could have done that at any time and we still can do that at anytime. However, the problem as I see it is that America's objectives were never honest and therefore never clear from the beginning, and that is America's real reason for failing in Iraq.

The reasons stated for our going into Iraq in the first place, as explained by the Leader of his Republican base, kept changing. And keep in mind that Bush declared that the mission was accomplished not too long after the troops stormed in and took down Baghdad. Did we leave? Shortly after, Tommy Franks flew in and proclaimed to the troops, folks you will be out of here in 6 months. Did it happen?

No, instead we received another list of concocted reasons for America continuing its unwelcome stay in Iraq that was subsequently presented by the President. Is it fair to say that one would have a difficult time knowing when they had reached their objective if they were never honest about what the objective was in the first place, after all people do lie even to themselves?

2). In the case of the President, he has consistently said one thing to the public while doing another behind the scenes. Mr. Bush knew what his true objective was (that he consistently hid under a phalanx of lies) that belied everything that he spoke about to the American public. His true objective was what he was accusing the so-called Axis nations and other nationals of doing, to put his stamp on the middle-east, and folks it is not working. Why? Because what he is attempting to accomplish in Iraq and you might as well say the middle-east is deceitful, unlawful, immoral and dishonest. His actions were and are being done in the interest of America, not the Iraqi people; General MacGregor explained Bush's motives the best in the media this past weekend; Bush's motives are simply based on politics and economics.

Clearly George Bush was and is the right man for the job of 'misleading' the American public, unless you want to bring back Tricky Dick or Ronald Reagan. A long-term and sustainable outcome will only be achieved when America decides to be honest and truthful about its objectives and when America seeks to do the RIGHT THING with regard to Iraq. And America must pursue noble objectives that have only the interest of the Iraqi people in mind.

3). Otherwise, America will continue to go around in circles and continue seeking the help of others inside and outside of America, in hopes of saving face given the horrific mess that America has already made in Iraq and the middle-east (unfortunately while innocent people on all sides continue to needlessly sacrifice their lives for a myth-laden policy)!

All of what is going on now, inside and outside of America, diplomacy and study groups, proves that the Bush Administration is a failure from the top down and these folks clearly did not and do not have a clue. And that is why they have to seek the help of outsiders and other nations to come in and to advise and rescue them! It was not only the Secretary of Defense who should have been replaced, however, the Secretary of State and the President both should have been replaced. Clearly Mr. Bush had been taking the advice of two former Secretary's of State over Dr. Rice's and former Secretary of State, Colin Powell anyway.

4). Someday, I hope, our 'misleading' leader will recognize the value of honesty and truth and the damage that can be caused when one is less than truthful, in his case he is a surreptitious liar! Did he not learn anything from Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Oliver North and the boyz of late?

I would suggest to Bush and Cheney that they both do the right thing and immediately have themselves fired for gross incompetence. And for the military to be successful, we must admit the truth and either allow them to ramp up and destroy everything in Iraq that does not accede to America's vision (I hope not), or simply get out of Iraq and begin to pay them reparations.

At any rate I hope that the elitist and war-hawk groups of Americans have learned something before going off to repeat the same mistakes in the DPRK, Iran and the Americas in the future, however, I doubt it!

The Rev

Nov 24, 2006

When America Comes To Help: Regarding The American Intervention & Occupation of Iraq

Reponse to WTM:

I am not sure I understood what you meant here, so we may or may not be in agreement.

1). It would appear that what we both have in common is the notion of 'helping people'; in this scenario we both want to, I believe, help the people of Iraq. But where we seem to diverge is around the best methods to use in order to help the people of Iraq.

2). I noticed that you placed the intervention of the military prior to 'diplomatic efforts'. I believe that diplomatic efforts should be placed first, and in the case of Iraq, they were already in place and working, albeit not to the satisfaction of the United States of America. Too many Americans believe that the military is the solution to every problem and that any other solution that the one that has been agreed upon by America is the wrong solution.

3). Did you forget that seemingly every other nation (that the U.S.A. had not inveigled), including our allies who were begging the U.S.A. to be patient and allow the process that the other nations of the world agreed upon to work!

4). However, we ignored the U.N.and the remaining 190 nations of the world and ordered the U.N. Inspector's out of Iraq before they could complete the diplomatic efforts. In that singular act we showed the world that we are not a nation that is truly interested in the Rule of Law or allowing diplomacy to work.

5). Have you ever asked yourself, what were our true motives for wanting to invade Iraq? Have you ever wondered, what did America want to hide? For example, why did it bother our leaders that the work of the weapon's inspectors was succeeding? Why did we suddenly get upset that they were not discovering WMDs?

6). I know what we were told by our 'misleading leader', but is it unreasonable to believe that the inspectors were going to destroy America's pretext for invading Iraq by proving that Iraq did not have the WMDs that we claimed that they possessed?

7). As you have already admitted in your own threads, WMDs were not even your motivation for going or staying in Iraq; you admitted that you also had a totally different agenda for being there. I happen to be a purist and I do not make distinctions based on national origin, patriotism or statehood. We cannot tell other nations that they are wrong when they engage in certain behaviors, when you and I know that America does the same thing!

8). If America wants to act in the capacity of moral arbitrageur of the universe, then we have to be moral ourselves, and comply with a moral code, and not the one that says that America can say one thing yet do another.

9). Otherwise we should simply admit what we all know is true, America has a superior military to most nations on the world and we will use it in order to pursue America's interests and to force our will upon the world, always under the guise of doing what's best or in defense of America.

10). The rest of the world will never view America as an honest broker when the world knows that we engage in misbehavior(s) and behave like a 'rogue nation' ourselves, just as we are currently doing in Iraq. Iraqi lives are being sacrificed given American malfeasance, so dispense with the straw man theory!

In our system we expect the judiciary to be above aboard, otherwise it would not make much sense for the members of our judiciary to act in the capacity that they do.

Finally: My question for you is, why aren't you as motivated to have the problems corrected in America, that you are so eager for America to go and correct somewhere else, and should another nation's military come in and straighten out America's problems!

Lets keep helping people, but let's do so in the proper fashion!

Nov 19, 2006

Are America's Laws & Policies In or Out of Synch With The Laws of The Universe?

How about President Bush and his policies of Pre-emtpion and Obscuration? St. Augustine, where are you now?

The impression that you get from most Americans is that every other political system, or system of governance in the world is either flawed or in some way inferior to the American system. Americans idolize their constitution and its democratic republic which promises freedom, individual rights and justice for all [men].

To most Americans it was if God called James Madison Jr., Benjamin Franklin and the other signers and creators of the American Constitution up on Mt. Sinai, where God with his own finger wrote the articles and amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

Then God, if you were to believe some, apparently informed this august and collegial pre-incarnate America body to spread the Gospel of Democracy throughout the world, at least that is what most Americans would have you to believe. It was not sin or manĂ‚’s inhumanity to man that God was interested in preventing or stopping, God was more interested in stopping socialism, communism, dictatorships, plutocracies, autocracies and any other form that differed from the divinely crafted American system that was inspired and handed down by the Almighty.

But is it true that our political system with all of its beautifully constructed laws and statutes are aligned with the Universal Laws that were put in place thousands if not millions of years before America was ever founded?

Let's consider Isaiah Chapter 1

1 The vision concerning Judah and Jerusalem that Isaiah son of Amoz saw during the reigns of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah, kings of Judah.

A Rebellious Nation
2 Hear, O heavens! Listen, O earth!
For the LORD has spoken:
"I reared children and brought them up,
but they have rebelled against me.
3 The ox knows his master,
the donkey his owner's manger,
but Israel does not know,
my people do not understand."

4 Ah, sinful nation,
a people loaded with guilt,
a brood of evildoers,
children given to corruption!
They have forsaken the LORD;
they have spurned the Holy One of Israel
and turned their backs on him.

5 Why should you be beaten anymore?
Why do you persist in rebellion?
Your whole head is injured,
your whole heart afflicted.

Laws of Nature...Laws of any State or form of goverance.....vs. ..the Eternal Laws that govern the Universe!

1). Not everyone agrees, but some of us believe that there are universal laws that govern the universe. It is not that farfetched then to believe that the laws and social mores that are adapted in the animal, human or biological kingdoms ought to coincide with the universal laws in order for any and all of the above to derive the optimum benefit and to peacefully co-exist.

2). Can one honestly say that the laws and policies of the United States of America even, are in line with Universal Law? Or, on the other hand could one argue that the United States like too many other nations, groups and organizations have devised laws that were created strictly to inure to their own benefit and to provide them with an advantage in deference to all else in the universe.

3). And given that the laws and policies that we have created go against the grain of Universal Law, then as a result we are witnessing and creating self-induced problems ourselves given that we are also a nation that is out of synch with Universal Law. Other than the United States, someone, some thing, some group of people or nations can operate in defiance of Universal Law and at the same time be in full compliance with the subset of Laws that they have selfishly created for their benefit which they also tried to force upon others.

4). And the end result is what we have now, a planet that is out of whack, resources unevenly distributed, class stratification, war, disproportionality, poverty, excess and an ecology and an atmosphere that is to some extent also out of whack.

5). It is not only America that believes that its own set of Laws or its form of governance is superior to any other Law or form of governance (even to the Law of the Universe) however, America is one of its most egregious offenders!

I don't know how to get some Americans to understand that they need to move into a Universal mindset and away from an Amero-centric self-serving and survivalist mindset. There is more to life than America, the god that is failing! To be guided by such narrowly focused and self-serving principles limits not only Americans but the world, and places America in conflict with other nations and the Universe!

America, atop the current world order (for nearly the last 75 years) had the opportunity to lead and to help to reshape the world and the world's inhabitants in righteous and true justice. But instead, America chose to substitute its own laws and policies in lieu of Universal Law in an effort to force the world to comply with western-style governance, which would assure America its place at the top of the food chain. And what appears to be right in the eyes of most Americans, the spreading of western style Democracy, is in fact a poor substitute and a bastardization of the higher moral law of the Universe.

And as a result, on a daily basis America experiences the hubris from practically every corner of the world. And the anger that is being expressed is not being expressed against God, nor is it against Satan that is unless you consider America to be Satan as many people and nations of the world do. The anger is being expressed towards America and many on the planet are seeking God's help with regard to America. The question is, does America have enough bombs to fend off the whole world for it would appear that America is heading in that direction? America has truly reached nadir!

Finally, We must remember the injunction of the ancient prophet Isaiah, who reminded us that our ways are not God's way, and our thoughts are not God's thought. But as high as the heavens are above the earth, are God's ways above our ways, and God's thought above our thoughts.

And as God spake to me not to long ago, he said:

Our Theme,
Ought to Be,
To Pursue,
Different Passions for Different People!

Patriotism to God's providential and universal laws must supersede blind loyalty or patriotism to any manmade imitation, Super or HyperState!


When one has been shaped or acculturated in a society that has preached (not always practiced) liberty and justice, from day one!

When one has been taught to pledge allegiance to a flag from childhood that is supposed to stand for 'liberty and justice for all', one can easily recognize why so many Americans are aghast at a President and an administration that has violated all of these ingrained, supposedly American principles!

Where is the justice in Iraq given America's ongoing misbehavior? In Iraq, America is as much a terrorist-nation as any other so called terrorist-nation or terrorist-group! President Bush's obscuration, has done incredible and irrepairable damage to the United States and the psyche of America's citizens.

From my point of view Mr. Bush is a traitor and estranged from the principles that we have been taught from childhood(Rising to the level of Attila the Hun or Benedict Arnold)! He seems to feel that misleading the citizens of America in order to destroy other people and nations of the world, is a laughing or trivial matter!

A military General on television last night said it best; forget about all of the reasons that you have been told about why we went into Iraq. He said that we engaged and remain in Iraq for two reasons only, politics and economics, both of which America is vested, in hopes of benefiting the United States of America! Poor Iraqi's have to stand by and watch while an invading behemoth, who accuses Iraqi's freedom-fighters of being terrorists, takes over their homeland, in order to benefit America!

Peace & Grace,
Rev. C. Solomon

Nov 18, 2006

Categorical Determinism and American-Prevarications....!

To Archimedes my nemesis:

You and most American prevaricators tend to base your categorically deterministic arguments, conclusions and axioms upon one thing and one thing alone, western centrism! That is where you always start and where you always end up, and why your arguments always fall apart.

Your personal axioms and conclusions have little to do with reason at all, unless reason tells you that the only thing that matters in the world is the well-being and satisfaction of a minority nation (with respect to the world's population), the United States of America. Keep in mind that America represents only about 6% of the world's population, yet America spends much of its time trying to force its will upon a larger majority.

There is a similarity between your and other American's belief systems, the same that was held by those in the now departed South African Apartheid, which is that a self-entitled minority group has the right to rule the larger majority.

On the other hand, there are some of us whose thinking is not limited to or restricted by invented social constructs that are tied to some geographical region of the world or polity that some believe gives them the right or license to kill or force their will upon other nations and people in the world.

And, isn't it ironic that in the majoritarian U.S.A., where most believe that the majority should prevail, the same individuals have total disregard for the will of the greater majority that exists partially inside, and outside of the United States?

The universality and rights of all human beings, transcends the American hegemoniacal system that was created by a bunch of misguided zealots; all humans are equals. My world view is centerr around the development of fair policies at home, and a belief that we should support those policies abroad that take into consideration the inherent, equal and implied rights of all people, not just the rights of the American bully or its sympathetic
allies rights!

America has spent the last 50 years, under the guise of spreading Democracy, trying to force its design upon the world (accordingly filling that void that you referred to as a lack of a centralized government for the world). America has made itself the titular and understood head of the one world government. America controls the United Nations, ignores the United Nations, formulates laws, enacts laws, negates laws and enforces its own self-created policies around the world including the invasion and occupation, without resistance, of other Free nations of the world, and punishes and imprisons other nations leaders.

When Bush says that the fight consists of civilized nations versus the uncivilized of the world, he has concluded that the only social order that has merit or matters in the world is are the ones that have been duly approved by the United States of America.

Like you and too many other Americans, Mr. Bush fails to understand that civilized people do not make a habit of using deadly force (The same that he opposes in the DPRK and Iran and formerly Iraq), in order to make other people adapt the social forms that have been postulated by the United States of America. Another world for it is totalitarianism!

America is not fighting for civilization, Bush is not fighting for civilization and neither are you!

Nov 16, 2006

Remember the Crusades?

The fact is that if Christians today, who have obviously abandoned their formerly stated principles, want to enter into moral combat with other religious groups in and around the world, they should organize their own armies and then go and fight. That would be preferable to attenuating the truth and paying for proxy armies like Israel’s to fight their eschatological battles, or by inveigling the United States Government into using its military machine to annihilate their enemies under false (and eschatological) pretenses!

1. Christians should keep in mind an injunction from the Old Testament Prophet Isaiah in the Christian bible that our ways are not God ways. Is it God, if you believe in God, that wants the fight or is it Pat Robertson and his crowd who want the fight? I suspect that it is the latter; I do not believe that there is a divine sentiment to annihilate 1.3B Muslim and other human beings who happen to believe in Islam!

2. Eastern and western fundamentalism/radicalism both have a lot in common; each has an obsessional component that is based upon each group’s belief that they alone have all of the truth, and that they have been singled out to bring the world over to their way of thinking, and unfortunately those who won’t convert must be eliminated. A good scholar can debunk and disprove myths on either side, but neither side would be prone to listen anyway. When you have the combination of a radical fundamentalist polity mixed together with radical fundamentalist religious zealotry, you have a volatile mixture and an explosion that is just waiting to happen. (And as we have all read about in history books, and just as we are witnessing the current eruption or clash between these two behemoths, we can see the same old scenario being played out again).

3. And let me add one other thing, the United States has created another straw man in Iraq for the consumption of Americans and the rest of the world. Bush has Americans thinking that we are fighting a common enemy in Iraq, Al-Qeada. And that is simply not true, just ask the other side. America is fighting mixed opposition groups that are made up disparate forces and individuals who have come together and some are fighting separately. The majority of them have one thing in common, they are fighting back against the American Imperialist Invaders; remember, they did not invade America or attack America on 9/11! Are they wrong to fight back? Are they really terrorists? Of course they are not wrong to fight back, and they are certainly not terrorists, for how can one be a terrorist for fighting to defend what was his or hers in the first place?

4. What Rumsfeld once admitted to was more the truth; these people are not insurgents, they are indigenous people who along with their supporters, in most instances, have come together to fight off a foreign invader and occupier, the United States of America.

5. We must remember and be honest about it, we invaded a once sovereign country under false pretenses and we are still occupying that country. That country’s inhabitants along with their cousins are fighting back just as we would be fighting back if the tables were turned the other way. We are not fighting a war against terrorism in Iraq, if we were really fighting a war against terrorism in Iraq we would be fighting against ourselves given that we are the ones who are doing the terrorizing, not to mention those who we have invited in to fight America on some one else’s soil!

So what will represent a victory for George Bush in Iraq? Is it that the indigenous people of the Middle-East (besides traitor nations like Saudi Arabia, Egypt and some times Jordan) will have to come to accept that the United States has entered into Middle-Eastern sovereign territory, invaded, occupied and installed the government that it prefers in Iraq, and the whole Middle-East and the world must come to accept U.S. hegemony? So far Bush is not realizing his victory by killing people, and I suspect that he never will!

Folks, in Iraq we are the invaders and the terrorists, when will all of America come to admit the truth?

Nov 14, 2006


The real reason that America has not prevailed in Iraq is because of America’s convoluted justifications for going into and of late, remaining in Iraq. The fact is that America never should have been in Iraq for any of the reasons that were cited by the President; there never was a just cause or reason for being there!

I. Folks, when countries go to war, one country has either somehow offended the other country, is in an alliance with either country’s enemies, or one country has simply chosen to attack the other either to conquer, exploit or to occupy it. Colin Powell tried to explain what should have been considered, in pre-analysis, before going into Iraq in the first place. And we all know that his sage advice was summarily ignored.

II. The real reason that America has failed and continues to fail in Iraq begins and ends with the President and the flawed and convoluted reasoning that he used to send the military into Iraq in the first place. How does a nation define victory when there have been so many lies put forth as to the reason that it entered into war in the first place? How will that nation know when the mission is accomplished if no one really knows what the mission is?

Here are some of the reasons that we were told that we must go into Iraq and why we are still in Iraq:

1. America is in danger because of an Iraqi threat (given Iraq’s, WMDs).
2. Iraq is in violation of numerous United Nations Resolutions, including the
possession of WMDs.
3. To bring democracy to the Iraqi people
4. To fight the war on terrorism
5. To stabilize the region
6. To prevent Iraq from falling in civil war and having some outside agitator
to come in and take advantage of Iraq

III. If any of you will recall, Bush declared the mission accomplished in Iraq not too long after Mr. Rumsfeld’s quick plan to take down Iraq succeeded. Well think about it, if the mission was accomplished why didn’t we leave?

The answer is that America is stuck in Iraq because of the fantasies put forth by the President of the United States. America’s failures really have and have had nothing to do with the military or even Mr. Rumsfeld. America’s troops are chasing after a ghost! They cannot find it, and even if they could find it they could not do what they were trained to do, kill it. You can’t kill a ghost. The solution to the problem of Iraq is not in Iraq itself, the real problem that must be solved resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington DC.

The Bush lies and misrepresentations are causing Iraqi and America lives to be sacrificed each and every day. To the extent that the American people, Mr. Gates and others recognize the problem and begin to address the problem at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington DC, we can begin to resolve the American problem in Iraq.

I listened to Senator John McCain this past weekend, in several venues. McCain’s problem is that he wants to become President and insert more troops into Iraq. He doesn’t seem to understand yet that we are chasing a ghost. If he simply wants to go in and conquer the Iraqi people, America can do that, it has the firepower! But the answer is why Mr. McCain, the Iraqi people were never the problem; they are not bothering the United States and never have? Instead Mr. McCain, you must come to realize that America is its own problem in Iraq and the solution to the problem has nothing to do with adding troops.

IV. We made a mess of a once sovereign nation. Again, the Iraqi people have not done anything to America? What we have now is a broken and innocent country that America (not any so-called terrorists) broke. The citizens of Iraq want there country back and for all of the invaders to get out so that they can restore their lives and their country. They are the victims that were simply caught in between American insolence and American arrogance; the United Nations and our allies, mostly, asked us to wait and to give diplomacy and civil discourse a chance to work!

V. The only moral solution for this problem, unless America wants to further oppress or kill the indigenous people of Iraq (using the military to do so), is for America to get out of that country and to begin to pay to have that country restored!

With regard to the war on terrorism, think about this, if we went in and killed every living thing, human and animal in Iraq, would the so-called war on terrorism end? No, because the problem of terrorism does not rest with Iraq, the problem of terrorism rests with the United States, and clearly in Iraq, America is the only terrorist nation there! We are the ones who have invaded, occupied, taken down a President and a government that was in place, destroyed the nation’s infrastructure and invited our enemies to come in to that once sovereign nation and fight us there instead of in our homeland. Over 600,000 lives have been disaffected by the American maneuver.

VI. Here is the Wikipedia's definition of the Shell game or Thimberlig, it sounds just like the game that Mr. Bush has been playing with us, even given the changes that he made in his Administration this past week. The game should not be mistaken for an honest game. It is not possible for a victim to win, even if they know how the trick is worked, or even if they "accidentally" pick the shell that actually has the pea under it.

Through very skilled sleight-of-hand, the operator can easily hide the pea, without the victim seeing. Any player who is suspected of understanding the trick, or does not place a bet and just wants to watch, will be quickly edged away from the table by the shills.

The shell game set-up and lay-out is quick and simple, so that in the event of trouble, or if they are signaled that authorities are approaching, they can remove all traces of the game in seconds. Those traces of the Bush shell game who recognized what has been really going on, have been silenced or removed from the Bush Administration.

I believe that the pea is still hidden, and that it will take awhile to assess just what Mr. Bush is up to, perhaps we should check downstairs in the White House (anybody seen Ollie North lately).

In Summary: I visited Washington DC this morning, Tuesday, November 7, 2006, to attend the Martin Luther King groundbreaking ceremonies; Mr. Bush was present. I can read people fairly well, folks it is not a slam dunk, the removal of Chaney last week; Mr. Bush is still up to something!

Bush admitted in last week’s press conference following the mid-term election that he misled the American people. The follow-up question by the reporter should have been, Mr. Bush just how many times have you led the American people?

Given today's announcement with regard to isolating Iran, it is clear that Israel still has Mr. Bush's other ear. The blood of the innocent Iraqi citizens rests squarely upon the shoulders of America, the confused Religious Right, Israel and President George Bush. And who is the real leader?

My Conclusion: Satan's number one device is deception. Bush, Israel and the church are sadly being willfully deceived and caught up in the 'war of principalities', and sadly innocent lives are being sacrificed as a result. Will God's justice sleep forever or is God mercifully waiting for the American people, particularly the church to remove themselves from the grasp of Satan?

Nov 10, 2006

Believers Must Get Out of Bed With Politicians: America Must Still Get Out Of Iraq!

Notwithstanding the replacement of the fallen Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfield or given his replacement Robert M. Gates the new Secretary of Defense, America must still get out Iraq.

Even if Mr. Gates turns out to be a more effective Secretary of Defense let's say than Donald, and he listens to his generals and restores the confidence of those who serve under him, unfortunately that will not change reality in spite of any military successes that he might achieve in Iraq. Why?

We cannot ignore the following:

* America, without provocation illegally invaded the once sovereign nation of Iraq
* America took down its President (now facing the death penalty and vanquished
Iraq's Government
* America invited its enemies to enter the Iraqi theater, rather than fight its own
battles in America or on the enemy's soil
* America is arguably responsible for the death, murder and maiming of about
600,000 Iraqis
* America set up a puppet government during its military occupation of Iraq
* America is still occupying and controlling the once sovereign nation of Iraq.

The questions remain, so what constitutes a victory in Iraq? Should Mr. Gates in a more effective way than his predecessor did, dispose of more Iraqi lives? Should he continue to invite and fight America's perceived enemies in a once sovereign but American occupied land?

I am not sure that I can root for Mr. Gates either under the circumstance, get my drift?
The only real victory in Iraq will occur when Iraqis get their nation back, install their choice of government, vanquish and drive the invaders (especially America) from their nation, and be compensated for the loss of lives and all of the other carnage and destruction that was done in their country as a result of the scurrilous and criminal actions of the United States of America.

The victory that the United States still longs for, is to control the outcome in Iraq and have the government that it wanted installed in Iraq firmly in power; and that my friends is what we refer to as hegemony. Yesterday President Bush stated that the terrorists desire to go into other nations and install their own form of governance in those lands. Hello, Mr. Bush, is there anyone at home; that is what you have done in Iraq and Afghanistan?

If Saddam is to be punished, eventually America, its citizens and its leaders must receive their comeuppance and be punished for America's gross interposition and imposition into the lives of the innocent Iraqi people and the destruction of a once sovereign and proud nation!

The Bush ploy to upstage the Democratic landslide this week by replacing Rumsfeld with former CIA Director, Robert M. Gates, is an unsatisfactory solution to the real problems that persist in Iraq, the hegemony of the United States of America. And the Busy strategy does not alter the fact that America has behaved as a rogue nation under the President Bush. And where has the voice of the church been? Regrettably the church in America has been on the side of the invaders, and too many Christians are still encouraging Mr. Bush to secure victory in Iraq, in spite of America's trangessions in Iraq!

Hopefully late President and slaveowner, Thomas Jefferson's words, God's justice won't sleep forever, will ring true. For God 's justice slept a long time for Mr. Jefferson and his counterparts!

Nov 9, 2006

Jesus Was Not Fascistic: Ode To The American Religious Wrong

Truth forever on the scaffold, Wrong forever on the throne.
Behind the dim unknown,
Standeth God within the shadow, keeping watch above His own.
James Russel Lowell, 1819-1891

As a result of the success of the Democratic Party in this week's mid-term elections, Bush and religious fascism are on the gurney and apparently on their way out!

Democrats must take the high ground and work to return American politics and American foreign policy to sensibility and civility, reversing the damage that has been done in and around the world and to eliminate the policies of preemption invasion and occupation that were formulated by the Bush 43 administration in Washington DC.

Democrats must govern from the center and Republicans must join them in the center in order to unite the country and in order to forge a steady future for America and the world!

We also need an open social policy discussion with respect to the new American demographic (not just as it relates to gay marriage but it should be inclusive of the entire changing population). If we are to amend the constitution at all, we need to do so in consideration of the changing family demographic, the rights of all Americans and the current make-up of American households. Some of the latter changes are a direct result of government policies over the past 20 years, if not longer!

Previous arrangements that have been sanctioned and buttressed by American Law, have been based on the constitution of homes and families that, by and large, are no longer in existence; it is an outdated paradigm. Many American homes are no longer comprised of a husband, wife and the kids! Americans must consider legislation that will take into consideration the needs of all American citizens with respect to insurance coverage, medical care, retirement, inheritances and tax-breaks for those other 50% of American households compromised of singles possibly for life, same-sex Americans, and the elderly and long-term platonic and single household compositions.

The church must understand that it is a part of America, and not America itself. The needs of all American citizens and taxpayers must be taken into consideration; Jesus never forced religion on anyone; Jesus was not a religious fascist. Someday, if the church in America is not careful the pendulum might swing in the other direction and the long-time privileges of the church in America could be amended away as well!

America must change course given the current political changes that were just made in Washington DC, and the church must return to it's original mission on earth.

What happened with Ted Haggard, disgraced President of the National Evangelical Association of America is symptomatic of what is wrong in portions of religious America today. The spirit of Pharasism and veering from the direction and methods that God intended for his church have taken approximately 30 million American Christians off course.

This body of Christians is being led by political zealots who are dressed in religious attire. Peter warned the new testament Christians in his epistle to beware of false prophets. On one hand these prophets would speak portions of the truth and lead many off into their direction. But in the final analysis, the false prophets or teachers would lead those who had just overcome into a worse situation than the one that they just escaped.

The disciples who walked with Jesus for almost 3 years of his public ministry were informed just before Jesus departed from the earth, that they must be born anothen (from above). Many individuals are being accepted into church congregations today, but are not being taught that they must experience conversion. Sadly, many of these same carry on good works and they give large sums of money, however, according to scripture they have never been born again.

The religious right or wrong as I refer to them, have grouped together about 30 million individuals who mostly have never experienced a spiritual conversion. Like the disciples of John who Paul encountered at Ephesus, they were dedicated disciples that had been baptized, but they had no idea of what it meant to be born again.

The danger here, is that these individuals like their leaders lean on carnality in order accomplish God's purposes. God's purposes will not be accomplished by using carnal methods. The church cannot exchange politics for prayer and divinely guided methods. It won't work, it has never worked and it did not work this time.

I feel sorry for Rev. Haggard (no one was born perfectly), however, there are many more Ted Haggard's in our churches and pulpits. These individuals spend their time and efforts persecuting others, when they are guilty of the same, being human and imperfect.

All of the ministers who were apart of the NAE and other religious organizations who signed on to condemn Pres. Bill Clinton years ago, the same who never attempted to restore him, and now being hung from their own gallows. Mr. Haggard was one of the signatories!

A Bishop in the Mid-West who I once served under often said, Just remember, none of us have made it yet! If someone is overtaken in a fault, Paul's instructions were to approach that person [or citizen] in the spirit of meekness. What Ted Haggard needs now is not a political solution, what the American chruch should be doing in America and in the world--is not political either!

Peace & Grace
Rev. C. Solomon