Dec 28, 2006

Who Will Hang For America's Crimes Against God and Against Humanity? King George Is Not Listening

There is a story...

in the Christian Bible about a King who never wanted to be prophesied to by a certain prophet. Although everything that this particular prophet ever told him was true, the King never wanted to hear from him because the report that the King always received from him was negative; accurate, but negative.

There are people in America who like the King did, refuse to go or to listen to certain physicians, because those physicians might inform them that there is something seriously wrong with them. Those kinds of people live on in denial, and they often self-medicate themselves; some do so until it is too late.

In the same token some Americans will say, "you hate xyz", that is if you were the one to point out either their, or America's faults. And the same people would hate, castigate or turn on you the physician, the one who would simply report or inform them that they have the symptoms of a problem like cancer or some other debilitating illness or disease. Sadly, some have even declared themselves to be healed after hearing their diagnosis, even nations, when in fact they are not healed at all. Some might mistakenly be in remission and some are not even in remission who claim that they have been cured already.

Thank God that some are not like that, some recognize that in order to be cured (as opposed to self-medicating oneself or entering into denial about a problem diagnosis), they would likely thank the doctor, perhaps get another opinion, and then work to resolve the problem. They realize that denying a prognosis, or minimizing a problem would only hinder them from finding a possible cure, if one existed, to a life-ending diagnoses.

There is a cancer which has been eating away at America since its inception; obviously some can never accept that, for it is far too painful for them. Most Americans know that America's problems have grown exponentially, and that America is in trouble independent of what any other person or nation is doing or has done. Has there been 'no balm' in America, since its inception. Why have America's clerics habitually lain in bed with venal politicians? Why are America's Christian clerics in bed with sidewinder politicians today? How can two walk together except they agree?

How are America's 'religious-lite' churches of today doing America any good? The political debacle of the Religious Right, that encouraged the deaths of tens of thousands of human beings in Iraq (over the past 4 years), is a perfect example of the problem with today's religious-lite churches and their leaders included! Like the USA, they are 'mega' and they have 'megabucks' and 'mega outreach', but that is about it. Much like the outspoken Peter who had walked with Jesus for 3 years, many of the leaders of these churches, and 'their members' have been around for years, but they have neither been converted to Christ nor to following Christ's teachings.

If you will simply listen to what is being taught in these churches, you will soon realize that many will die for their church's or American ideals and the American flag, however, they have not yet died unto Christ and neither will they die for the teachings or principles of Jesus Christ! America's religious-lite churches of today, are no more than quasi American politically-correct semi-religous/political organizations!

And like the Jews of old, 'they have simply gone about to establish their own righteousness as opposed to becoming themselves the righteousness of God, and standing up for the righteousness of God' (they have substituted their own form of righteousness in its place). In a Christian nation, one would think that the church would insist that its nation's foreign policy be centered around the teachings of God and take into consideration the needs of all of God's creation, and all of the creatures who are a part of God's creation. But we all know that that is not the case, and that religious-lite churches of today fully support America's policy of political expansionism, hegemony, illegal espionage and outright murder. And all of this is being done while American politicians continue to ask God to 'bless America! Where is the mercy and where is the grace of God in any of this, and what happened to true church body of baptized believers who are in Christ and Christ's body?

The cancer of greed, selfishness, and self-perpetuation at all costs, extortion, religious immersion/compromise, self-absorption, duplicity, pride, idolatry, militarism, hegemony, totalitarianism, state and citizen sanctioned-malfeasance, espionage and denial have eaten away at America. The cancer has metastasized and is out in the open for all to see, except for those who are willfully and stubbornly blinded. Many who will not admit to America's cancer refuse to do so because they are still hoping to reap from America's promises of its largesse (they are willing to overlook all of its flaws and criminal behaviors in and around the world).

The symptoms as well as the illness are manifest and have been confirmed; and the prognosis is poor. America always was, and still is a racially-divided, class-structured, militarist, get-rich, egomaniacal, totalitarian nation. And if you know anything about nations that have had symptoms similar to those of the United States, nations that continue to do things in order to compensate for the dark side of their behavior, Americans are not quite as ingratiating in terms of explaining away their sick and murderous behaviors. This is especially true of those nations that are not friendly to the United States or vice versa, such as The Democratic Republic of Korea, Iran and Iraq.

On the other hand those nations who are friendly to the United States, that beneath the specter of the good that they do (to cover up for the evil that they continue to do and have done), receive support and encouragement from America to continue to misbehave in the same manner that they have engaged in the past. And they do so with the tacit approval and support of the United States; a nation that is guilty of engaging in the same types of misbehavior.

What America is doing in Iraq is flat out wrong; if Saddam is a murderer that should be hanged, so is America, and someone in America should hang! But who will hang for America's crimes against humanity, will America's current President go to the cross and atone for America's sins? American foreign policy was never based on love or on a righteous defense system (and that is pretty sad for a nation that considers itself a Christian nation); America's foreign policy has always been based on the survival of America in deference to all else, the right to take what it wants in deference to all else, and America's right to do so by any means necessary, and in deference to all else.

And that notion originated at the onset, when Europeans (some later to become known as Americans) came in confiscating land, slaughtering the inhabitants, and pressing other humans into servitude. Since there haven't been any apparent or significant consequences for America's behavior, America and some of its citizens are emboldened to continue repeating the same behaviors and to engage in the same conduct, again and again and again.

Why are some Americans stuck in denial about America? I believe that it is so that they can self-medicate themselves against the painful facts of America’s past, how America came into being, and the reasons that it has not released itself from its own self-induced current, and murdering past. And some even pressure other Americans, insisting that in order to be considered a patriot, they too must believe in double-speak and drink the American Kool-aid that is chocked full of venomous poison and lies.

And why are some Americans unwilling to change, or to face up to the truth and to do something about it? I believe it would rock their worlds, overturn 'their false and exaggerated sense of security', and shock them into doing something about their and America's problems, as opposed to pointing out the problems of others (real or imagined or exaggerated).

For many Americans, all that they have left to hold on to, given that they know how violent America is and has been in the world, is to say, 'we are still better than they are', as if that makes everything alright. But what happened to personal responsibility, and to what the scripture said, to whom much is given much is required?

Is America better? Maybe so and maybe not. America has a lethal military and the largest economy in the world (soon to be passed by China's), however, does that make one nation any better than any other nations. The fact is that America's problems still fester, independently of and in comparison with any other nation, and there is no end in sight or a vision by America to repair America's problems!

In 2007 nothing will change, until America starts working to heal itself, and that begins with being truthful; WE HAVE LIED LONG ENOUGH and America’s king is not listening!

How can America heal itself, if it won't be honest about its prolonged diseased state?
And how can America help any other state, when it has not learned to help itself first by acknowledging or atoning for its own misdeeds?
And who will hang for America's injustices against God and humanity that America has been guilty of for over two centuries or more?

The bible tells us that 'righteousness exalts a nation, and that sin is a reproach to any people; America is not exempt, in spite of the mercy and grace that America has received from God. Truly America has sinned and misrepresented God's purposes on earth, and the souls of innocent men and women in Iraq, who are suffering unjustly, have cried out in their agony to God for help; and the blood of some (similar to Abel's) cries up from the ground. God is obliged to answer them!

And even though it is apparent that the America's king will not listen, will those people who are called by God's name listen and intervene themselves on behalf of all of those in the world, particularly Iraq right now, the same who are suffering as a consequence of American injustice?

Peace & Grace,
Rev. C. Solomon

Dec 22, 2006

Feliz Navidad: On To Crawford & American Foreign Policy Is Not Based On Love!

The man who will soon be departing Washington D.C. is no Santa Claus, for instead of leaving gifts behind, he is leaving behind a world full of derision, confusion, death and pain; and he is mostly responsible for all of it!

During President Bush's final press conference of the year, while Americans troops are dying and innocent Iraqis are suffering the fate of the occupying American hegemon, Mr. Bush actually encouraged the rest of Americans to go out and do their Christmas shopping and to freely spend the American Idol, money. Mr. Bush also chided the members of the Press who would be joining him on his Christmas respite in Crawford Texas, where he is looking forward to having a good time with them. Mr. Bush does not exactly pattern after the model of a High Priest, who is touched by the people's infirmities!

Have a great time Mr. President, however, the authentic members of God's body, are cognizant of the fact that innocent people are dying all of the world because of your and American's inane and self-serving policies. Shopping to us is not an elixir for what ails us and America. Each of us should be working to extend to the people of Iraq the same gift, if it were possible, that God extended to all of us, the gift of life. Why? For as Christ came, not that we should perish but to give and extend life, on the same token God's people are not killers, and the President and those who support him do not seem to be aware of this. The rest of us will have to insist that Iraq be freed from American intervention and death squads!

And what will Mr. Bush be working on while Americans who listen to him are out busily and gayly shopping, whereby adding to the American economy and the government's tax coffers, Mr. Bush will be working on a plan to increase America's troop strength over the next few years. And he will do so in deference to those who are under his immediate command.

You know, what is truly sad about all of this is that after the Soviet Union broke up, just about a couple of decades ago, America was able to reduce its troop strength, and to close a lot of military Bases around the country and the world.

Coupled with the declension of the Soviet threat, America felt then that the superior technological military advantage that America enjoyed would be sufficient to offset the troop reductions.

Well, what happened? Answer: George Bush and the Republican Reich happened, 'killer-cons' I call them. And as a result, America will need to increase its military strength (remember Representative Charles Rangel) exponentially, because the Bush Doctrine should keep America involved in internecine military conflicts long after he and Chaney are shooting pheasant on his farm in Crawford Texas.

And what will the world say about Bush? How about, he came, he saw, he caused the loss of lives of thousands of innocent people, and he left and went pheasant hunting with his Vice President while leaving the world in total disarray!

Part II: It Is An Inconvenient Truth...

Borrowing from the title of the celebrated movie from the man who I suspect really won the year 2000 General Election (had it been above board), it is an inconvenient truth that America will need more troops if America is to continue along its present course. And we may have to reopen many of those military bases that were closed after the discontinuance of the Soviet Union.

And I am not just talking about Iraq. The fact is that nations of the world are beginning to stand up and say, we are tired of American hegemony and American double-standards.

Look at China! Despite the secret campaign carried out against China for the past 30 or so years by America, they have still emerged, and are continuing to emerge into what will be a formiddable power, both economically and militarily.

And to boot, there are many other nations around the world and even in the Americas who are beginning to emerge, and they have notified America, 'no mas'.

Folks, we have had our way in the world for some time now (and our ways are not God's ways. Isn't it time for America to stop and to play fair and try to get along as equals with other nations of the world rather than acting like we are the other nation's superiors? Otherwise, if we continue to label every person or nation that does not accede to the will of America as terrorists, terrorist-nations and enemy combatants, we might require a 5-million man and woman army in the future.

And that 5-million man and woman army would be in addition to all of our armaments, secret weapons, spy satellites, high-tech weaponry and our planned space weapons stations.

In Conclusion:

There is an easier and cheaper solution and it is for Americans who claim to know Christ, to begin following the ways of Christ and to change American foregin policy; that could save many lives now and in the future. America lives by a completely different set of standards than the ones that it imposes upon every other nation. Selah

And as I close, let me remind every believer that it is the gift of love that we should be extending, especially during this season, to all of the world. And if Americans truly desire to give the gift of love, we could start by, 'casting the beam out of our own eye, instead of the mote that is in our brother's eye'. American foreign policy is not based on love, at its core is hatred of all nations and people who somehow could be perceived as a threat to the true 'American Idol', America itself. For many Americans, including Christians love it more and will die for it, more than they love God who they are to die for on a daily basis!

Peace & Grace
Rev. C. Solomon

Dec 17, 2006

It Is Incumbent Upon Congress to Act!

2 Kings 21:9

But they hearkened not: and Manasseh seduced them to do more evil than did the nations whom the Lord destroyed before the children of Israel.

One could easily substitute the name George Bush for King Manasseh!

Some Americans believe that under certain circumstances it is understandable that the President cannot always be forthright with the American public, particularly with sensitive information that pertains to the nation’s national security. But how about to Congress, particularly those Congressional Committees that are in place and that have oversight, why hasn’t the President been forthright? More and more the truth has begun to trickle out, with regard to the real reasons for the American mission to Iraq.

I believe that it is time for the new Congress, step up and to correct a serious glitch that will not only correct the problem that we are currently experiencing with President Bush and Iraq, but will also prevent future Presidents from even considering engaging in similar behaviors as the ‘misleading’ Mr. Bush has done..

When Congress approved funding four years ago (and in-between) for Iraq, it did so as a result of being misled by the President. Today, both Congress and the American public know that the stated reasons were flatly untrue and that we all misled. To continue to fund a fraudulent and unconscionable war would be uncivilized. If Congress elects to fund the new mission in Iraq, only after receiving full disclosure from the President’s office as to what the mission really is, it should be done so only after Congress has received a full explanation of how the money is to be used; and Congress must approve of the said reasons for the new mission. Otherwise, Congress should step up and shut down the fraudulent mission to Iraq that is currently responsible for the loss of thousands of lives and a wrecked country!

The additional money that would be spent to do any more damage in Iraq or to destroy any more innocent Iraqi lives and their homeland, should instead be approved by Congress in order to begin paying reparations to the nation of Iraq.

And what of George Bush? In my opinion he who has done the same things in Iraq, that Saddam had been accused of doing there by George Bush, should receive a similar comepuppance, if Saddam Hussein were to be hanged; nonetheless the Almighty will judge this matter just as he judged Manasseh and Israel!

Peace & Grace,
Rev. C. Solomon

Dec 13, 2006

To Tell The Truth: And There Was War In Heaven!

The spirit of war on earth, I believe, is an extension of the spirit that instigated war in heaven against the angels of God.

I believe that there will be a special place in heaven for all of those who tell the truth, particularly when their only motivation is to solve problems in an honorable, principled and just manner; that is not what our current President or those who supported him have been doing since the fiasco into Iraq began.

1). From the onset, there have always been lies and misrepresentations of the facts by our government. Consider this; Bush 41 fought Saddam Hussein and his sons just over a decade ago.

Bush 43, son of Bush 41, becomes President and seeks out and murders the offspring of Saddam Hussein, his father’s nemesis, and places Saddam in prison so that he can eventually be hung. On the other hand, look at what former President Jimmy Carter, Noble Peace Prize recipient is going through following the release of his latest book, Peace: Not Apartheid. And which President is scorned and excoriated by Americans and Bin Netanyahu from Israel, you guessed it, Jimmy Carter.

But the people did not listen. Manasseh led them astray, so that they did more evil than the nations the LORD had destroyed before the Israelites.
2 Kings 21:8-10

2). Mr. Carter, I believe, is telling the truth about Israel's double-standards, their jaundiced leadership and their corrupt foreign policy which is similar to America's and their mistreatment of the Palestinian people. Their foreign policy, like that of the United States is singularly focused. It has two objectives, survival and expansionism (just like the U.S.A.) and they hope to accomplish it by any means necessary.

3). Both America and Israel are too much alike in that regard. Both nations want every other nation in the world to adhere to a different standard than either of these two nations is willing to adhere to themselves. And both nations believe it is their manifest destiny to be privileged, and to rule over the rest of the ‘great unwashed’ of the world, despite their own corruption and malfeasance. Fortunately, in both nations, many of their citizens do not share the opinions of their oligarchs; also some citizens have clearly been corrupted themselves!

4). Oh and I am not worried about being labeled anti-Semitic for if they label me anti-Semitic so were Jesus and the Apostle Paul and others of scripture, all Jews who spoke the truth to Israel. And in the end, one was crucified, others were hung and driven out of ancient Israel as the behest of the Jews. Jews are not always right either, and I admire Jimmy Carter and anyone else for standing up and telling the truth. We have two nations joined at the neck, both are traveling down a road of corruption themselves and by and large leading other nations along the same destructive path!

5). I believe that there is a more honest way to conduct our foreign affairs and to set our foreign policy goals. This current predilection in both America and Israel for lying, misrepresentation and living by a favorable double-standard, makes us no better than those so-called renegade and terrorist nations and organizations that we often deride and criticize. Look at Olmert in Israel, he is currently backtracking from his comments, he slipped up and told the truth about Israel’s nuclear capability. All the reports from before support what he said at first, Israel has more nukes than all of the rest of the Middle-east combined. The U.S. armed Israel, but no other nation in the Middle-East is to have nukes.

6). What a great strategy and a great strategy for America and its 51st state, huh, that is to keep the enemy disarmed, while you continue to build your arsenals. The end result: just what we have in Iraq right now, the U.S.A. or Israel can ride in anytime and destroy your nation, take down your government and set up the government that they prefer in your homeland!

7). Some Americans have absolutely no problem with that and obviously some Political Party’s and their favorite sons don’t have any problem with that either. However, I do... In my opinion these are the renegades, the terrorists and the crackpots that the world needs to be worried about! Why, they have the power to force their will on other people and other nations or they will nuke you!

8). As a result of their intransigence and convoluted beliefs, we can see that nothing ever gets solved for long either in America or around the world, whenever they are involved! Like the dark angels who reportedly waged war in heaven, all that the United States and Israel seem to know how to do is to 'kill and eliminate people'. For like too many Americans, that is the solution to the problem, you simply eliminate it because you do not have the brains or the gravitas to solve problems!

9). God Help America and Israel. We should all keep in mind that we have been warned to test every spirit, and that we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against power and principalities. Most believers believe that the latter refers to demonic spiritual powers who work behind the scenes in order to influence human events. The scripture says that among other things, God hates a liar. So given all of the lies that been told to the American people and the world, it is not that difficult to figure out which spirit is guiding America's leader and America's foreign policy.

10). And we must all remember that there was war in heaven, and there were a group of dark angels who apparently wanted to be like 'the most high'. We see that same spirit in our country today, a group of dark angels and both are represented in our government and in the church of America. These folks are crying out for blood, and just like those heavens who had to be cast from heaven given their desires to 'stay the course' and war against the truth, it appears that America's dark angel will have to be cast out of Iraq. Clearly, he has little intentions of leaving on his own.

Remember the scripture: The truth will set you free? It would be wonderful if the Christians in America would stand up for the truth of God's word, particularly those who have sold out to a deceptive ideology. Satan is the Father of lies!

And which American should run for President of the United States over the next two years? Answer: Someone who is willing to lie, mislead, straddle the fence, destroy innocent lives, develop and harbor weapons of mass destruction ignore both domestic and international law, the United Congress and the American people, Mr. Bush should run again.

However, one who has come to Christ, the same who worships God in spirit and in truth; that person should not run for President of the United States; well, not until the American people demand a change of course in this nation. Until then, render unto Caesar what is Caesar's and unto God what is God's!

Peace & Grace
Rev. C. Solomon

Dec 7, 2006

In The Aftermath of the Iraq Study Group

Alan Simpson is right and while America decides how to save face, the people of Iraq will continue to needlessly suffer as a result of America's intransigence and rogue behavior in Iraq; behavior that was fully supported and encouraged by too many in the fascist wing of the American church.

Former Senator Alan Simpson said that there has been a loss of confidence expressed by the American public in the American government, and I concur. The behavior of the government, with respect to foreign policy and international relations over the past 6 years has set the United States back about 50 years, I would say. Just consider some of the comments that have been openly expressed by citizens of other nations and other world leaders, even by leaders of nations and organizations that are friendly to the United States.

If the Iraq Study Group says anything, it says to me that our government, with respect to carrying out American Foreign Policy, has simply failed over the past 6 years. Instead of solving problems our American government has succeeded in creating astronomical problems and catastrophes for the United States and the world.

It also says that our foreign policy apparatus in Washington is broken and has been broken by and large as a result of an obstructionist President who had zero intention of working with the other branches of goverment, an unqualified man who set out to pursue his own narrow agenda in Washington DC and around the world. One could conclude that the very notion that groups like this, the ISG, had to be convened in the first place indicates a clear and present failure by our Washington D.C. officials who were being led by the incomparable and less than qualified President of the United States.

What have we been paying our elected and other government officials for over the past year, if we have to turn around and convene and pay another group of past and retired officials to do what our current officals were supposed to have been doing themselves?

Just consider the redundancy of some of the suggestions in this report with what has already been proposed. As I listened to portions of the report that were made public, I kept saying, and where have we heard this before? Much of what we heard was ideas that had already been suggested by the Democrats, Tony Blair, and others. And we all know that the opinions of the Democrats and others were summarily dismissed or treated as folly by the President and his Administration.

Clearly the President also ignored those disparate voices in Congress and in his Administration who held a viewpoint that differed from his own limited and myopic viewpoint.

Having to rely on outside study groups on the one hand might appear to be a plus to some Americans, however, I suspect that both Secretaries' of State probably offered similar suggestions or expressed similar conclusions to the President, and they were apparently ignored in favor of the war hawks in the Bush Administration. Interdepartmental and interagency study groups should be part and parcel of any Administration, and they should be taken seriously, and not be made fun of as the President was often wont to do!

Why wouldn't Mr. Bush listen to his current and former Secretary's of State, the State Department, Congress and others who were a part of the official policy making apparatus in Washington DC? Did he lack confidence in them as we lack confidence in him? Why did he permit the Defense Department to usurp the State Department on numerous occasions? Why did Congress have to convene yet another group just to hear what many in Congress, who were summarily ignored and castigated, had been saying all along? How can a President get away with completely ignoring, obstructing and usurping another branch of government over a 6 year period?

If I was a member of Congress, Dr. Rice or Colin Powell, particularly the latter, I would be furious that I had been permitted to be upstaged by former Secretary of State Jim Baker; the President appears to be willing to listen to him. I would insist that the President begin to listen to me or I would go public or resign, given the President's refusal to take me seriously. Well, Colin Powell did offer his resignation, then withdrew it, then was told that he would not be retained.

Finally, I project that if we follow the suggestions of the ISG and were to engage in a leveraged withdrawal of America's troops over the next 365 to 400 days; based on our ongoing average of a loss of one servicemen per day since entering the Iraqi theater, we would have projected losses, at a minimum, of about 400 more troops. And those future losses would be as a result of a strategic blunder,failed Government policy and failed leadership.

America should immediately withdraw from Iraq, concurrently with responsible nations and organizations who should step in and take over. Clearly no right thinking American would continue to argue that America has been acting responsibily in Iraq. America's hostile take-over of Iraq must stop and Bush and Cheney and numerous religious leaders in America should simply step aside!

And of late, America's religio-fascists have fired the latest President of the Christian Coalition who was apparently not hawkish enough for them; he wanted to expand their agenda in order to help alleviate poverty in the United States. Also, the America's religio-fascists of late are going after Rick Warren author, and pastor of the Saddleback church in Southern California. His sin? Permitting Senator Obama to come to Saddleback and to speak! Several other clerics, members of the Christian Coalation and the Religious Right in America are being attacked by christian mafia members for simply disagreeing with the tactics, positions and policies of their mafioso leaders. I once experienced the same under a Christian leader that I served under.

We have been living in a period that in many ways has been similar to the McCarthy period in America. The difference however, is that a group of politicians and church leaders in American have been conducting themselves in fact been conducting themselves in the fashion of an American style totalitarian Party. During the McCarthy era, many American citizens were only accused of having been a part of a totalitarian Party! I forecast that there will be a major restructuring in American churches over the next fives years. And part of it will be to rid ourselves of the fascist and pompous leaders who have taken over our churches.

Just as we must do in government, we must find qualified and viable leaders whose focus is on righteousness and justice instead of self-aggrandizement and social control.

Peace & Grace
Rev. C. Solomon