June the Fourteenth, year of our Lord, etc., etc.
In the US of A, June 14 is, by official declaration, a pseudo-holiday, a day of celebration known as Flag Day; the Stars and Stripes fly on homes, businesses, and on main streets all across the country. But . . . What’s it all about, really?
My mother always liked to tell her tale from a long long time ago, back when she was five, maybe six, years old. On that particular June 14th, she asked her mom why the main street was lined with flags. Her mom replied, “Because it’s your birthday, of course!”
She’d be 105 today. An unforgettable woman she was, and surely one of the most humanly generous — and caring — people ever born. So Happy Birthday, mum, wherever it is you might be. Know that flags still fly in celebration!
Meanwhile, one hundred and five years later, here we sit (or stand, or sometimes sleep) as the country of our birth — our heritage, our being, our raison d’etre — is being slowly, maliciously, and deliberately slaughtered, and the best we seem able to (barely) accomplish is to (barely) recognize the details of our forced and orchestrated plunge into a grave already dug, that deep hole which awaits only its bundled burden and the accompanying back-fill of dirt, all done in the spirit of . . . of what?
What’s up? I always was taught that we’re BETTER than that which we seem to have become, that America is a Christian nation, a country which cares for all souls, for all of life, for our planet and all else gifted to us by that oft-referred, oft worshiped, Great God In Heaven. Right?
A quick look around seems to at least suggest . . . maybe even convince . . . the already devout that it’s really only the unrighteous naysayers amongst us and in our midst — non-believers, obviously — who are responsible for the digging of our national grave. On the other hand, maybe . . . maybe just a quick glance in the mirror by those same ‘devoutees’ could/would far more precisely identify the ‘culprit(s)’? Or, given the pain implicit in THAT scenario, how about instead a perusal of the Bible, of the “word(s)” of their (emphasis mine) very own God as the source, the means to identify the REAL culprit(s) behind our programmed demise?
A quick (well, lengthy, actually) peek into the Great Surround of the Great Book reveals some interesting (godly?) concepts, to wit:
- A proud look
- A lying tongue
- Hands that shed innocent blood
- A heart that devises wicked plots
- Feet that are swift to run into mischief
- A deceitful witness that uttereth lies
- Him that soweth discord among brethren
Hmmm. Scary scary. Hmmm.
Moving on, maybe it’s better to ignore those (obviously CONTRIVED!) interpretations and stick instead to the pure word(s) of that biblical “god” Itself (as translated into English from the original Hebrew, Greek. Aramaic, whichever), who said, and I quote:
“Show No Mercy!” Deut 7:2
“Make no peace!” Deut 7:2
“March to War!” Numbers 32:20
“Ethnic cleanse!” Deut. 20:15
“Commit genocide!” Joshua 10:20
“Enslave!” Lev. 25:44
“Beat to death!” Ex. 21:20
“Kill women and chilldren!” Numbers 31:17, 1 Samuel 15:3
“Kill all prisoners!” Deut 7:2
“Destroy!” Deut. 7:16
“Annihilate!” Deut. 17:29
“Slaughter!” Deut. 13:15, Joshua 8:24
“Burn!” Deut. 13:15
“Torture!” Lev. 24:23, Numbers 5:11
“Massacre!” Numbers 21:2
“Exterminate!” Deut 2:34, Deut 3:3
“Crush!” Deut. 33:29
“Kill!” Joshua 9:24
“Destroy!” Deut 31:4
“Smote!” Esther 9:5
“Slash!” Judges 15:8
“Burn!” joshua 6:24
“Kill!” Joshua 10:10
“Kill!” Judges 11:33
“Kill!” Deut 9:3
“Loot!” Deut. 20:10
“Plunder!” Numbers 31:9, Deut 2:35
“Rape!” Numbers 31:18, Deut. 21:10, Judges 21:11
“Pillage!” 1 Samuel 23:5
“Kill!” Deut 9:3
“Kill!” Deut 20:15
“Kill!” Judges 21:11
So. All–mmighty then. God was (is?) a Republican . . . ??
Explains a lot, when you think of it.
OK: June 14 is Flag Day. My current response, this day, Flag Day, June 14 2013, is to once again, wave the good ol’ Stars & Stripes:
And, even after setting aside for the moment the silliness and stupidity of the political posture(s) implicit in America’s emergent neo-Fascist culture sometimes referred to as “Wingnuttistan,” or “Dumbfuckistan,” I do indeed recognize and celebrate the REAL Flag Day . . . as I bow and say HAPPY BIRTHDAY to one of the finest people ever born, one who would have NEVER gone along with any of the “six things the Lord hateth, and the seventh His soul detesteth” . . . or any other hate-based philosophy, regardless of source.
Happy 105th. Mom. Enjoy the peace, out there. And remember: this day’s for YOU! You earned it!
OPEN THREAD. June 14, 2013. Celebrate! Carpe Diem! Etc.