Saturday, October 14, 2006

Ho'opunipuni & Ho'omalimali

A political perfect storm is blowing our way, and in 3 weeks Republican hypocrites and manipulators like our 43rd president, presidential wannabe Senator Bill Frist, and the accidental House Speaker “Denny” Hastert, will see their curtains of smoke swept aside, their mirrored halls and walls crashing down, and their gilded seats of power and corruption overturned.
A great, sleeping American electorate is about to rise, urged on by insiders who shared authority with these culprits and their minions, most notably the “Mayberry Machiavelli”, Karl Rove himself. Well meaning Evangelical Christians, brought to Washington by the Bush administration when it established the “Office of Faith Based and Community Initiatives”, are “outing” the political strategy of using such programs to surreptitiously fund House and Senate races around the country, insuring Republican control of Congress, and resulting in the ouster of Democrat leaders such as South Dakota Senator and Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschele. Clearly the money directed to South Dakota evangelicals in 2002 & 2004 was used later to help pass the the nation’s most draconian anti-abortion laws, containing no exceptions for rape, incest, or pregnancies threatening the health of the mother, and making criminals of doctors who assist women patients in such situations.

You can fool all the people some of the time, and Bush’s cabal clearly did in 2002 and 2003 when a large majority supported its invasion of Iraq, an act of “pre-emptive” aggression that Kofi Annan called a violation of international law. Suddenly however, even those who had the most to gain from getting in bed with the likes of Bush, Cheney, and Rove are throwing back the covers. The first two men to be appointed to head the faith based initiatives office have now corroborated each other’s views that they and evangelicals like them were clearly being used, and used cynically, for partisan political purposes. David Kuo, who headed the office from 2002 to 2003, does so in his new book: "Tempting Faith: An Inside Story of Political Seduction." The first director of the office who left in 2002 made similar statements, although he later apologized for being “rude.” If you don’t have time to read the book (I plan to) don’t miss the story by Jennifer Loven on page B3 in today’s Honolulu Advertiser (Religion section.) This should be the final nail in the coffin of the Republican congressional leadership; as the great Rove himself has said, all it takes is for the “red state” moral majority voters to stay home on election day, and I’m sure many are scratching their heads right now wondering what possible reason they have to go to the polls on November 8th.

Election time flag waving and beating the “war on drugs” drums by Hawaii elected officials such as Lt. Governor Aiona and conservative Democrat Senator Norman Sakamoto should be seen for what it is: a frantic effort to divert attention from their parts in supporting the deceitful policies of our warmonger in chief—political ho'opunipuni and ho'omalimali (aka shibai) in its purest form. Sakamoto says we need random drug testing of all DOE employees because “at all levels of society drug use is a problem, and we can’t step back.” According to that “logic”, state senators should be the first to step up to the cup, along with DOE employee Shawn Lathrop, who said on the Advertiser’s opinion page today that “coherency” should be the test of fitness of all teachers and workers in the public education system, and that drug testing is the way to insure this. Next Sakamoto and Lathrop will want our librarians to be tested, and why not the members of the Board of Education? However, lie detector tests and opinion polls might tell us more about how “coherent” an individual is, than testing to make sure a recreational joint wasn’t shared on that fishing trip last month, or in bed with one’s significant other the night before. Why not require drug tests and polygraphs for those who want driver’s licenses? Why should any of us who have “nothing to hide” worry about losing our privacy rights and freedom of association? And what about second hand smoke? And what about the political enemy who serves brownies or spaghetti sauce with a hidden "oregano" substitute?

Frankly, if Lathrop is entitled to know whether I’m “coherent”, shouldn’t I be entitled to know that he is not teaching our keiki that Adam and Eve rode to Sunday church services on dinosaurs? How can I be sure my child isn’t learning that Jesus hates condoms and wants the human species to continue reproducing itself to extinction, taking most other species on the planet with it? I suggest that teacher Lathrop and Senator Sakamoto look up the definition of the word “coherent”. Perhaps each of them should be taking a few tests of their own.


Blogger Seven Star Hand said...

Hello Immisha,

Here's some more red-hot ink for your pen. Now help me vanquish the sword!

More stunning proof that Christians are easily duped into supporting blatant evil

The latest book of stunning revelations titled "Tempting Faith" by former Bush Administration insider David Kuo provides compelling first-hand evidence that the Christian Right was purposely duped into providing pivotal political support and cover for a host of crimes and excesses by Republican leaders and the Whitehouse. This book and the Foley fiasco are serving to awaken Christians to the undeniable fact that they have been deceived into abetting the evil deeds of duplicitous scoundrels, once again.

The events of recent years and the several millennia before them have provided us with stunning and comprehensive proof that religion is the chosen and purposeful tool of great deceivers. Whether we view the actions of the Temple priesthood of ancient Israel that conspired with Greco-Roman invaders, the sad and sordid history of the Vatican and Papacy, Christian crusaders and colonizers, injustices by leaders and followers of Islam, the oppression of Palestinians by the State of Israel, or the more recent activities of the so-called Christian Right and Republican Party, religious followers are regularly and easily misled into supporting obvious evil.

In recent years, I have produced stunning and comprehensive proof of purposeful deception in the canons of all three Faiths of Abraham and struggled to alert people to this and to related upcoming events and situations. Due to "poisoning of the waters" by deluded religious leaders and followers over the centuries, most have greeted my efforts with derision or indifference, thereby failing to pay attention long enough to discern the accuracy of my research and assertions. Starting with the perfectly timed Atlantic hurricanes of 2004 and 2005, a small number of people, some of them in government leadership positions, began to recognize the truth of my conclusions and assertions. The events of the last year-plus, starting with the ramifications from hurricanes Katrina and Rita, have helped to sweep away many of the facades erected by the Bush-Cheney crew and cohorts. Many of their deceptions have been exposed, their greed and arrogance proven, the myth of their competence destroyed, and most recently the depths of their duplicity and hypocrisy have been illuminated by a series of stunning revelations.

Nonetheless, the so-called Christian Right has continued faithfully supporting them, in spite of mountains of evidence that should have dissuaded any clear-thinking soul. The recent non-stop flood of stunning evidence leaves little doubt that the so-called liberals and the left were 100% correct about the Bush-Cheney crew. Despite assertions to the contrary, conservatives and the Christian Right are now exposed as having arrogantly and foolishly supported blatantly evil scoundrels. We now have proof, beyond disproof, that Republican leaders viewed them as little more than marks and dupes to be milked of their faith, money, political support, and the lifeblood of their son's and daughter's on the battlefields of Bush's and Cheney’s deceptive wars.

It is a sad but true statement that deceived and deluded Christians are much more responsible for the evils perpetrated by the Bush administration than any other group. They have arrogantly and foolishly supported those who simply pretended to have the same beliefs, even though their deeds provided stark and irrefutable evidence to the contrary. My recent articles and book expound upon the reasons why religious followers are so easily duped into doing and supporting blatant evil. Now the events of recent weeks have provided stunning evidence that these assertions and conclusions are true. Christians and conservatives must now come to grips with the sickening reality of the great harm they have caused to everyone else because of their blind support of scoundrels who merely pretended to serve the Creator, as a purposeful ploy to gain wealth and power.

What then is the purpose of "faith" but to prevent otherwise good people from seeking to understand truth and wisdom?

Here is Wisdom !!

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