Skip to comments.A short Purim vanity
Posted on 03/06/2012 4:44:05 PM PST by Zionist Conspirator
It's been a while since I've posted a vanity (in fact there's been so much infighting here that I don't post as much as I used to), but I hope this one will be worth reading.
As many of you know, tomorrow night and next day (3/7-8) is Purim, the holiday that commemorates G-d's ever-governing providence, however well hidden, behind the scenes. It also celebrates irony, since the day that set aside for the annihilation of the Jews was instead the day they destroyed their enemies. Right now I can't think of anything we need to remind ourselves of more than these two things.
Whatever is happening, however dark and terrible things may seem, however "absent" G-d may appear, he is still there, directing all things in accordance with His plan. Behind the mask of apparent randomness and meaninglessness in history is G-d's hidden but guiding hand.
Sometimes, with G-d's help, the darkest moments can be transformed into the greatest victories. Right now things look dark indeed. We have the most radical president we've ever had in our history, and he's trying to silence opposition and overturn religious freedom in a way we've never seen before in this country--and he's still up for election! Can you imagine what will happen if, G-d forbid, he is re-elected?
Our G-dless enemies have declared war on us and will show us no mercy. The rules of civility they demand of us they refuse to be held to, for the simple reason that, although they don't believe in G-d, they still inexplicably and irrationally believe in "right" and "wrong," and they are absolutely certain that they are right, we are evil, and there is no lowness to which they can sink that isn't fully justified. Like the evil Haman's ancestors in the nation of `Amaleq, they believe that everything is random, that "things just happen."
However, this belief apparently doesn't apply to human history, which they somehow think is "programmed" to end in a G-dless "utopia." Only the people who are pushing history forward have rights (so they can perform their "historic mission"). Those who oppose the teleological unfolding of history have no rights. Indeed, abstract "rights" don't exist at all. "Rights" only exist to enable the "thesis of history" to keep pushing things "forward." It is useless to appeal to "free speech," because for our enemies "free speech" has no purpose whatsoever other than to enable them to speak in a way that advances the "great wheel of history" (as the Khmer Rouge, mach shemam, called it). This has been part of the dialectical philosophy since Hegel. And yet some conservatives still express surprise at leftist "hypocrisy." It isn't hypocrisy at all. They don't even believe we have any rights to oppose them, and if they haven't yet admitted this they probably soon will. Stop being surprised. Stop accusing them of "hypocrisy." Instead fight back.
I've long believed that one reason political correctness now rules with an iron hand is because we have been spineless cowards. Right now PC seems like an unstoppable, omnipotent dreadnaught. But if only one person will refuse to be silenced then it will spread. My personal (and probably controversial) stand on how to answer back our enemies is to tell them plainly that "good" and "evil" are either only what G-d declares them to be or else they do not exist and they have no moral grounds on which to object to anything. The "natural law" people will say this goes too far, but I think it is true (though it doesn't exhaust the truth) to take this position.
Right now the country is being tyrannized into accepting "gay marriage." There aren't enough homosexuals in the world to have created this monster. Most of the people pushing it are heterosexuals who hate G-d. When it comes to homosexuality appeals to the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the Founding Fathers are fruitless. It was not they who forbade male homosexuality on the pain of death. That was done by a much higher Authority . . . the only Authority we have to appeal to. The time has come to quite trying to out-Jefferson the Left (I know; they hate his interpretation of the Constitution, but they still love him for some reason!).
Finally, I note that as Purim is upon us Iran (the Persia of the Bible) is once again in the news, along with the constant talk of military action against it. We have heard this talk for ten years and absolutely nothing has happened. If bluster could obliterate a country, then Iran would only exist in the history books. But who knows . . . something may actually be about to happen.
I am by nature a pessimistic, melancholic person. It's hard for me to look past the darkness to see the G-dliness that lies underneath all things, so these words are as much for me as they are for everyone else. I guess what I'm trying to remind myself and the rest of you of in these dark times is that the Left is right about one thing and one thing only: history is teleological. But it isn't going to end up where they think it is, however much it may seem otherwise. Someone really does "secretly rule the world" . . . only it's no secret at all. The world is ruled by HaShem. Not by the Masons, not by the Devil, not by the Bilderbergers, not by "reptilians," and not by HaShem plus anyone else. It is run by HaShem and HaShem Alone Who works His own purposes. He has no evil counterpart or adversary whatsoever.
The ancient Jews of Persia fasted and prayed for three days. I don't know if we need to do something like this or not, but I do know that we need to cry out to Heaven for a rescue . . . and having done that, stand up and fight back. If we do not . . . though HaShem's ultimate World Purpose cannot be defeated, we will be . . . and we will deserve to be.
May HaShem Yitbarakh make us all to dwell beneath his Sukkah of peace at this frightful, frightening time.
Yeah, I know. A vanity.
Why is God hyphenated, as if it can’t be said?? GOD!
I certainly think THAT AT LEAST, the 'vanity' label should be removed--it is a crucial bit of facts and suggestions about our survival as a people, a culture and a Republic. Certainly prayer is increasingly in order and emphatically so. The call to fasting is also wise. I find myself doing more and more of it.
And it is a crucial reminder that God Almighty sooner or later always weighs in on the side of the righteous.
Thanks for posting it.
Quix, for all the disagreements in our theologies . . . thank you!
There’s always a big warm spot in my heart for you.
Thanks for the thread.
Some have claimed that many disasters/attacks etc. have occurred against Israel/Israelites on Purim and may again this time vis a vis Iran etc.
What are your thoughts on that?
Awesome vanity!! God bless and may the Almighty do to the evil liberal vomits what he did to those who were ready to annihilate the Jewish folks.
It is a sign of respect in Judaism. (A fuller explanation.)
“however “absent” G-d may appear”
Good post. I pray and fast regularly, and am prepared for end times. That said, the phrase above reminded me of a joke, which might lift your melancholy for a while.
Two young Jewish boys were always getting into trouble. One parent asked their rabbi to speak to them. The rabbi agreed, and he thought he would approach them from the angle that even though they think they may get away with mischief, God is always watching them.
He thought he would ask them “where is God?”, to kickoff the discussion.
So after school he sees one boy and brings him to his office.
“Where is God?” he says in a loud voice.
The kid was frozen, not speaking.
“Where is God?” he said louder.
The boy was immobile.
“WHERE IS GOD?” the rabbi boomed.
The boy took off and ran home, jumped in bed and hid under the covers.
His friend found him in bed and asked why he was cowering in fear.
“We’re really in trouble now. God is missing and rabbi thinks we did it!”
I was rolling with you until you turned it into an anti-gay essay.
Gays aren’t the problem.
I know that makes cracks in Free Republics underpinnings, and even tempts many to hit the zot button, but it’s true - and I’ll prove it to you, right now.
Gays aren’t the problem, because the problem is actually what gays are being used as an excuse to do. And what is that? Impose administrative laws where they don’t belong.
Would you care if no restrictive laws were being issued with gays as their cover? No, of course not. You’d still feel whatever you feel towards homosexuality, but they wouldn’t be a threat to the country.
To paraphrase Clinton, “it’s the administrative laws, stupid.”
And those laws have grown out of control. Gays, Feminists, the war on drugs, the war on terror, immigration, taxation, travel, ID, you name it - all excuses to impose administrative laws in place of the common law of the original Constitution.
Those operating this legal attack understand this clearly. Even the stupidest liberal isn’t all that attached to any particular “cause,” even though they scream, yell, throw tantrums and use vicious dirty tricks on their behalf - they don’t really care.
What they care about is obeying the group instructions. And those instructions say: 1) learn they techniques;, and 2) apply them to the causes we tell you.
So they do. And when the cover-stories shift, they shrug and apply their techniques to the next cover story. And they laugh - literally laugh - at anyone who actually believes in any particular position on any particular issue. They see that as literal stupidity. Because once you sell your soul, like they have, group obedience, and efficiency in group obedience, becomes your truth, your philosophy, and your life. And to those people, you’re either in, or you’re out - and there’s only on thing to decide. Not multiple issues.
This is what empowers the evil of the world. A very well thought out group organization plan based on creating utter moral cowardice in its members - and rewarding it.
So despite the issues, and despite the groups, what we are really looking at is a battle for souls - between those who refuse to lose their humanity, and those who laugh out loud at the very notion of hanging on to it.
And in that, it is indeed a global Biblical-level battle of the End TImes, a purification by self-selection, in an environment that God has allowed to exist, so as to make these personal choices possible.
That God allows to exist - until he doesn’t anymore, because everyone has chosen.
God is not mocked, no matter how evil may laugh.
To paraphrase the Tao Te Ching, “if fools did not laugh aloud when confronted with God’s Command, it would not be God’s Command.”
Not sure. We are told to call upon His name.
(9) And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried; they shall call on My name, and I will answer them; I will say: ‘It is My people’, and they shall say: ‘YHWH is my God.’
What are your thoughts on that?
I'm not sure. I'd like to think that Jews are safer on Purim rather than less safe, but the Nazis used to kill Jews on Purim to avenge Haman and his sons.
Ah Freilichin Purim, ZC. Have an easy fast.
That explanation in the link is much appreciated. It squares with what I've both seen and heard before. What is the explanation for the spelling of chrstian, in small letters and lacking the first "i". Does that apply usage also to phrases such as "Merry Christmas" as well?
Gays arent the problem.
I thought I specifically said it was heterosexuals who were pushing "gay rights." Perhaps you didn't read it very carefully.
At any rate, legalizing "gay marriage" definitely puts a country in danger of the wrath of G-d. As for male homosexuality being a capital offense, that's what it is. I was referring to Halakhah, not secular law, and that can't be changed.
Lol! (Have I already responded to this? If so, it deserves a second “lol!” anyway.)
I’m not Jewish (I’m a Noachide), but thank you!
thank you for posting this, may you have a blessed Purim and may our enemies hang out to dry, high.
It’s not individual gays that are the problem it’s the huge, wealthy, super-rich I should say, homosexual organizations, with all their lobbying power at city, state and national levels, who are lobbying and pressuring as we speak in all fifty states, with their big legal departments, their activists worming their way into every church and synagogue.
they are funded by taxpayers, by foundations and big corporations.
They are very powerful. They sued the Boy Scouts all the way to the Supreme Court, they never stop. They serve only the interests of gays and lesbians and to hell with the country. to hell with everybody else. Women and children last.
At any rate, legalizing "gay marriage" definitely puts a country in danger of the wrath of G-d. As for male homosexuality being a capital offense, that's what it is. I was referring to Halakhah, not secular law, and that can't be changed.
I read it very thoroughly, and I tried to use it to point out the mechanisms that we're all actually up against. Your examples are mine as well - you worry about "gay marriage," while I point out that marriage is religio/spiritual, and not a governmental grant. Should Jewish marraiges be subject to the approval of the State for their legitimacy? And as for executing gays, would you push for the replacement of the Constitution with Halakhah?
America is under attack, and that attack is of a very specific kind - the replacement of common law with administrative law, and the use of volatile issues in culture and religion as dividing cover stories for this unadmitted transfer of legal venue. Getting irritated with me for pointing it out doesn't change anything.
You ended your essay with: "I do know that we need to cry out to Heaven for a rescue . . . and having done that, stand up and fight back. If we do not . . . though HaShem's ultimate World Purpose cannot be defeated, we will be . . . and we will deserve to be."
Well what if God's answer doesn't require a Biblical Event? What if it just require the courage to look at what is actually being done, and how it's being done? Do firefighters ruminate on the morality of various bahaviors that can cause fires, or do they study how fires actually work, and how they can be stopped and prevented no matter what anyone believes?
LOL! May I be so presumptuous as to offer my blessing that you should be richly rewarded for your own righteousness? It seems that you can have a Happy Purim, too, since you have a rich understanding of the meaning of this special day.
Our Father is on His throne and is indeed in charge. Thank you for the powerful essay to help us frame current events in a better Light!
Blessings this Purim on you.
For Jewish people it is a matter of holy respect for God. It is a very sacred matter to them. (I’m a Catholic btw and I know this to be true.)
I just thought it was odd. I have a number of Israeli friends and had never seen that done before.
Because it’s a way of preventing the misuse of His Name or the deletion of it when it’s typed or written.
From the article..””I’ve long believed that one reason political correctness now rules with an iron hand is because we have been spineless cowards. Right now PC seems like an unstoppable, omnipotent dreadnaught. But if only one person will refuse to be silenced then it will spread””
Actually,ZC, there is much more of an agenda of political correctness than most people realize
Here is some excerpts of a spot on article from academia.org regarding PC
The Origins of Political Correctness
Bill Lind, February 5, 2000
It is the great disease of our century, the disease that has left tens of millions of people dead in Europe, in Russia, in China, indeed around the world. It is the disease of ideology. PC is not funny. PC is deadly serious.
If we look at it analytically, if we look at it historically, we quickly find out exactly what it is. Political Correctness is cultural Marxism. It is Marxism translated from economic into cultural terms. It is an effort that goes back not to the 1960s and the hippies and the peace movement, but back to World War I. If we compare the basic tenets of Political Correctness with classical Marxism the parallels are very obvious.
First of all, both are totalitarian ideologies. The totalitarian nature of Political Correctness is revealed nowhere more clearly than on college campuses, many of which at this point are small ivy covered North Koreas, where the student or faculty member who dares to cross any of the lines set up by the gender feminist or the homosexual-rights activists, or the local black or Hispanic group, or any of the other sainted victims groups that PC revolves around, quickly find themselves in judicial trouble. Within the small legal system of the college, they face formal charges some star-chamber proceeding and punishment. That is a little look into the future that Political Correctness intends for the nation as a whole.
Indeed, all ideologies are totalitarian because the essence of an ideology (I would note that conservatism correctly understood is not an ideology) is to take some philosophy and say on the basis of this philosophy certain things must be true such as the whole of the history of our culture is the history of the oppression of women. Since reality contradicts that, reality must be forbidden. It must become forbidden to acknowledge the reality of our history. People must be forced to live a lie, and since people are naturally reluctant to live a lie, they naturally use their ears and eyes to look out and say, Wait a minute. This isnt true. I can see it isnt true, the power of the state must be put behind the demand to live a lie. That is why ideology invariably creates a totalitarian state.
Second, the cultural Marxism of Political Correctness, like economic Marxism, has a single factor explanation of history. Economic Marxism says that all of history is determined by ownership of means of production. Cultural Marxism, or Political Correctness, says that all history is determined by power, by which groups defined in terms of race, sex, etc., have power over which other groups. Nothing else matters. All literature, indeed, is about that. Everything in the past is about that one thing.
Third, just as in classical economic Marxism certain groups, i.e. workers and peasants, are a priori good, and other groups, i.e., the bourgeoisie and capital owners, are evil. In the cultural Marxism of Political Correctness certain groups are good feminist women, (only feminist women, non-feminist women are deemed not to exist) blacks, Hispanics, homosexuals. These groups are determined to be victims, and therefore automatically good regardless of what any of them do. Similarly, white males are determined automatically to be evil, thereby becoming the equivalent of the bourgeoisie in economic Marxism.
Fourth, both economic and cultural Marxism rely on expropriation. When the classical Marxists, the communists, took over a country like Russia, they expropriated the bourgeoisie, they took away their property. Similarly, when the cultural Marxists take over a university campus, they expropriate through things like quotas for admissions. When a white student with superior qualifications is denied admittance to a college in favor of a black or Hispanic who isnt as well qualified, the white student is expropriated. And indeed, affirmative action, in our whole society today, is a system of expropriation. White owned companies dont get a contract because the contract is reserved for a company owned by, say, Hispanics or women. So expropriation is a principle tool for both forms of Marxism.
And finally, both have a method of analysis that automatically gives the answers they want. For the classical Marxist, its Marxist economics. For the cultural Marxist, its deconstruction. Deconstruction essentially takes any text, removes all meaning from it and re-inserts any meaning desired. So we find, for example, that all of Shakespeare is about the suppression of women, or the Bible is really about race and gender. All of these texts simply become grist for the mill, which proves that all history is about which groups have power over which other groups. So the parallels are very evident between the classical Marxism that were familiar with in the old Soviet Union and the cultural Marxism that we see today as Political Correctness.
And I agree with you - each person who speaks out against the propagation of evil makes an impact, if only pour encourager les autres. We can all be Breitbart, if we just steel ourselves!
A very informative post. Thank you.
You’re welcome! ;>
::Sigh:: I did not intend to go there. Why do you want to do this? Do you really want to completely derail this thread and turn it into a "Thomas Jefferson vs. the ee-vils of Theocracy" thing? My initial post was a cry of existential angst, not a theological treatise.
Nevertheless, since you insist on going there, I will do my best to satisfy you.
In all honesty, I believe that secular conservatism has failed. Secular conservatives (and religious conservatives who think they have to be secular conservatives when they're in the "public square") have argued "natural law" and the Constitution with our enemies till we're all blue in the face. Absolutely nothing has been accomplished, for two reasons. First, our enemies have no respect for natural law or for the Constitution because their Hegelian dialectic outranks everything. So what if "natural law" says so and so or a bunch of dead slave owners said so-and-so? And secondly, our Founding Fathers did not create the universe and had no authority to create new moral laws or abrogate old ones. The religious beliefs of the Founding Fathers has no more to do with Ultimate Truth (to which we owe ultimate loyalty) than the religious beliefs of the founders of Saudi Arabia. Prior to recently, almost every state and locality in the country (if not the world) regarded homosexual activity as criminal, even if the laws were for all practical purposes unenforceable. Their existence acknowledged the Laws of G-d concerning such activity.
How were such local laws concerning "sodomy" unconstitutional? They were not and never were so considered until very recently. What does the Constitution do? It establishes the form, procedures, and rules of the federal government. It creates a bicameral legislature, a chief executive, a federal judiciary, and describes their powers. Local laws against sodomy have no more to do with the Constitution than local laws against littering. Furthermore, as you surely know, the Bill of Rights applied only to the federal government. State and local governments by definition could not violate any of the rights enumerated in it. Each and every state could have an official state religion and it would not violate the Bill of Rights. Yes, believe it or not, this is actually one of those things that Ron Paul is right about!
The Bill of Rights was a gigantic mistake. It was lobbied for by the Southern slave owners who feared a moralistic federal government might interfere with their peculiar institution. And what has happened? Although the Bill of Rights were obviously intended as mere enumerated restrictions on the federal government (we'd all have been better off if they had been dubbed the "Bill of Restrictions"), they have evolved over the years (as was inevitable) into actual government "grants" of rights--grants which the government is empowered to enforce. The end result of this this historical process is that the First Amendment fails to protect the free speech rights of conservatives (because according to the Hegelians who took over our courts generations ago, conservatives have no rights since they represent the "antithesis" rather than the "thesis" of history), but a high school principal cannot edit the "f-word" out of a student newspaper without the federal leviathan terrorizing him (because each and every use of the "f-word" pushes "history" forward another notch). This is the end result of the Jeffersonians and their precious "Bill of Rights."
My religious beliefs are statutory, not salvational. And my Bible has no "render unto Caesar" in it. One of the seven great commandments on all humanity is the prohibition of allowing miscarriages of justice by creating courts of law--not secular courts as we know them today, but courts that enforce Divine law. This has nothing to do with the Constitution. Any locality could theoretically adopt such a structure and it would be none of the federal government's business . . . were it not for the Hegelian dialecticians who currently appear to rule the world (they only appear to do so, of course).
If it puts your mind at ease at all (which it probably doesn't), these courts which are commanded by Divine authority work differently from our secular courts. Most of the things our secular courts accept would be inadmissible--circumstantial evidence, hearsay, even confessions. The only thing that can be legally admitted as evidence in a capital offense is an eye-witness. Nothing else will do. This means that for all practical purposes the death penalty would be extremely rare and difficult to incur. But it would still be on the books and should the criteria be met it would have to be carried out. And also if it's any comfort to you, such "merciful" means of execution as gas chambers, electric chairs, and firing squads could never be used. Non-Jews are permitted one and only method of carrying out capital punishment--"the sword" (this refers to beheading, which means that hanging technically fulfills this).
Really, there is no such thing as a tiny little compartment called "religion" that can be differentiated from the rest of life. There is only G-d Who rules over everything. In ancient Israel everything--not just the sacrificial cultus but also jurisprudence--were regulated by Torah.
Furthermore, religious truth isn't some harmless little subjective sentiment or ethn-cultural thing. It is Objective. History is not open-ended; in fact, our enemies are actually correct in their belief that history is teleological--it's just not going to end where they think it's going to. At the end of history the Truth will be vindicated and will govern all things while all falsehoods will be repudiated. And so far as I know, aside from the bizarre eastern religions, all religions believe that they will be vindicated in the end as the "one true religion."
I am a Thenomic positivist. That means I believe that right and wrong come from G-d's Decrees and from nothing else whatsoever--not reason, not instinct, not pragmatism, not mutual agreement, not "natural law," and certainly not the "iron laws of history" the Hegelians believe in. We've argued natural law and the Constitution with our enemies till we're blue in the face and absolutely nothing has been accomplished. It's time to stop arguing with Thomas Jefferson and "natural law." The dialectic is not a valid basis for morality or ethics. Neither is any other non-theistic system in the world, whether it is Marxist, Randian, or anything in between. Our enemies need to understand that G-d is not an opinion some people have. He is the ONLY reason right and wrong exist at all. Only His Laws determine which is which. Flesh and blood are tyrants; only submission to the True G-d can save us from tyranny at the hands of fellow humans.
There . . . I've said it. I hope you'll be happy now, though I doubt it.
I mentioned "gay marriage" in my initial post. How you turned that into an "anti-gay tirade" I don't know. But Truth is what it is. There is nothing you, I, or anyone else can do about it. And that includes Thomas Jefferson.
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