Sunday, December 18, 2016

The Wide Path



Matthew 7:13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

It’s that time of year: Christmas parties, Happy New Year, get-togethers with family and friends.  In other words, a dangerous time for a screwball like me.

There is one upcoming party in particular.  If only I was a Hillary supporter; if only I could pretend to be.  If only I could say Trump is a disaster when compared to Hillary.  It is a no-risk proposition, not only at this party but in most “polite” circles.

When the alternative is Trump, it is so easy to be a Hillary supporter in this world – it is the wide path.

Matthew 23:27 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean. 28 In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.

This recent election has laid bare the inside of the tomb – dead bones and everything unclean.  We see the inside of the beautiful people.  If the run-up to the election wasn’t enough, the post-election activities of the losers would remove any doubt.

The obvious – even to the laziest observer: Hillary wants war against Russia; the DNC cheated for Hillary and against Bernie, Bill and Hillary sold out the United States and millions of innocents in the Middle East and North Africa for a few shekels of silver deposited in the accounts of their foundation; foreigners funded Hillary’s election campaign to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars; pointless recounts solely intended to discredit the winner.

Eliminate the Electoral College; death threats to Trump electors; Republicans and Democrats lined up against Trump.

You will understand the difficulty I will have at this one specific party.  The hosts – as educated a couple as you will find on earth – will be blind to all of this.  What will their view consist of?  Putin swung the election to Trump.

Conclusion

Matthew 7:15 “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. 16 By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17 Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.

I recall a well-known libertarian (of some sort) authoring a treatise on how to talk liberty.  A few of his key points?

·        Don’t Presume Hatred of Liberty
·        Don’t Presume Different Goals
·        Don’t Presume Ignorance
·        Don’t Regard Anyone as an Enemy

I disagreed then, I disagree even more strongly today.  No one should be fooled.  If events over the last months haven’t removed the scales from the blind regarding the complete bias of the political machine – not democrats vs. republicans, but the neocon-elite vs. the rest of us – nothing will remove these scales (and my point is not that Trump is against the neocon-elite; I don’t know if he is or isn’t – and the “elite” are not, in any case, monolithic.  My point is that those who voted for Trump believe he is against the neocon-elite). 

Anyone on the other side is either too stupid or purposely joining evil.  They do hate liberty; they do have different goals; some of them may very well be ignorant.  They are our enemy.

This is what I am walking into later this week.  I am trying to look at it as an opportunity to develop my discipline; keep my mouth shut!  I think more and more in the coming years this skill will be necessary to display in public.

21 comments:

  1. Mr. M,

    More and more I find you speaking (er, uh writing) my thoughts. Not always, and not necessarily verbatim, but well...and sometimes more coherent than they appear to me.

    As I stated before, I am enjoying this journey that you and I appear to be on. I don't think we are at the exact same place on the road, but we're definitely on the same road. For this, and for your willingness to "put yourself out there", I thank you...sincerely.

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  2. Are you a screwball bionic?

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    1. It is a matter if perspective then.

      Merry Christmas my friend.

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  3. "Keep my mouth shut". Smiles. I have been practicing this. It is very hard. I have a leftist family member who declared that the reason "Russian hacking" did not matter to Trump supporters was because we would rather have Putin than Hillary. Not true. But I had to bite my tongue to keep from saying I would rather have voted for the devil than Hillary, at least I would not be fooled into thinking he might do some good.
    Merry Christmas, my friend, and good luck. Bluebird

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    1. Thanks, Bluebird. Always a pleasure to hear from you.

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  4. You say.
    "No one should be fooled. If events over the last months haven’t removed the scales from the blind...".
    Why oh why won't they understand? We work so hard to get the facts & make it clear!
    But remember another scripture:
    Matthew 12:29: Or else how can one enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house.
    The strong man here is the God of this world, of course. He has blinded those in the world with today's god - not invisible spirits hiding behind physical idols, but hiding behind invisible ideas.
    The ideas - prejudice, false confidence, 'isms', & just plain conditioning - are often backed up by spiritual power. Convincing those so bound will fail unless the powers are first bound by prayer.
    You might find you need a lot. Or maybe not. But if you don't get anywhere at first, this is likely the problem.

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    1. I agree with you: your statement is applicable to many of the individuals who remain blind. Hence, the fight with them isn't intellectual....

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  5. Two thoughts occurred to me as I read what you wrote...

    1) Education isn't what it used to be. Google defines "educe" as to bring out or develop (something latent or potential). "out of love obedience is to be educed", OR to infer (something) from data. "more information can be educed from these statistics"

    An educated person used to be someone could think, or draw out meaning from the world, history, etc. Not so today... educated people are "trained" - the higher the education the more thorough the training.

    2) I'm sure everyone who reads a book internalizes it differently. The thing I understood after reading Atlas Shrugged was that to be a political liberal wasn't just another flavor, (as in, you like strawberry, I like chocolate), it is actually a sickness...something evil. It is moral to produce, to create. Conversely it is evil to take, to destroy that production, especially for the so called virtue of "need" or lack of competence.

    We've taken it a step further in our household. We don't just keep our mouth shut, (yes we do do that), we've completely removed anyone who supported Hillary from our personal lives. It's just not safe to have someone that sick, (or stupid) around the family.

    - Throckmorton

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    1. "...we've completely removed anyone who supported Hillary from our personal lives."

      It is very likely that this will become a necessary step for more and more of us with more and more of our relationships.

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  6. Ezekiel 33:1-6

    Owyhee Cowboy

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    1. I (and many others) are blowing the trumpet!

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    2. Yes,and I appreciate.It was to your edification.
      Not condemnation.

      I always Learn a lot from you.Thanks

      Owyhee Cowboy

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    3. Cowboy - I did not intend to come across as defensive. I appreciated very much the Biblical reference.

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  7. Video: "Fake News Agenda & The US Gov. New Propaganda Factory:"
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUDNgzlqX30

    Enjoy!

    Regards, onebornfree

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  8. I am currently visiting family in Santa Cruz, Ca. I'm channeling Anne Frank.
    Looking forward to re-joining my redneck Bahamian friends (black and white) in Jan.
    Merry Christmas, Bionic!!

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  9. "You will be hated by all nations because of me. At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other." -Matthew 24:9-10

    "They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator." -Romans 1:25

    "As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts." -Ephesians 2:1-3

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  10. Look on the bright side, BM. You may not be a Hillary supporter, but the Great Betrayal of the American Right (version 2.0) has already began! And the man's not even in office yet. So when you're at those parties, just talk about the things he's already doing wrong - cozying up with Wall Street, for one. They'll eat it up.

    Igor Karbinovskiy

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    1. Igor, this reminds me of an old song:

      "Ac-centuate the negative, e-liminate the positive..."

      Well, I may have some of the words in the wrong place, but it is great advice. Thank you!

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