Donald Trump and Ken Kesey will leave the same thumb print on our culture, being, Great Expectations, came to naught. Both men have polarized our Nation. Both men were/are seen as a Messiah, a Savior. Ken might have been searching for a prophet, other than himself. Trump knew he was no prophet, and not even a Christian, but, others believing otherwise, would suit his purposes – whatever those were!
I contend Trump had no plan. Did Kesey? Jim Jones had a plan and when a Senator stepped on his prophecy, he had his people drink poisoned Kool-aid. Trump did – THE SAME! He did not want to see his dream up in flames because the dream was stolen from him, he wanted our Democracy DESTROYED….because he could no longer toy with it. This narcissist could not stand the thought of another man enjoying the power – he did not know how to enjoy! That millions of Christians are ready to die for Messiah Trump, tells me they no longer believe in heaven and hell, and Jesus died so they will know eternal life. Eternal Life, and a Fantastic Acid Trip, are lumped into the same Used Ideal Pile. It felt real good to hear a man in the White House tell you he was going to empower your cosmology. It felt real good when Captain Kesey waved to you from Further – wearing a clown nose. With the National Legalization of Marijuana, the symbol of the Green Peace Flowery Cross, is rendered, meaningless. There is nothing LEFT to die for. Most Christians – concur! But, die they will. History is my witness.
Ken Kesey met a real prophet. He invited me to ride with him on his bus. When my minister rejected me – for asking too many good – questions, I wrote on a piece of paper “I am a nazarite” then, Baptized myself in the McKenzie River. If Ken had taken the vow of the Nazarite he might be alive today! If I knew he was dying of alcoholism, I would have befriended him. How about Donald? I did offer to be his ‘Art Buddy’.
John ‘The Nazarite’
- Abstain from all wine and anything else made from the grape vine plant, such as cream of tartar, grape seed oil, etc. (Traditional rabbinic authorities state that all other types of alcohol were permitted.)
- Refrain from cutting the hair on one’s head; but to allow the locks of the head’s hair to grow.
- Not to become ritually impure by contact with corpses or graves, even those of family members.
- Sullivan told Milley on Jan. 6 that a tentative plan to move senators by bus could present danger.
- Senators had already been rushed to a secure location within the Capitol after the riot broke out.
- Pelosi and Schumer later got on a call with Pentagon leaders to express alarm at the response.
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After Republican Sen. Dan Sullivan of Alaska surveyed the harrowing scene at the Capitol during the Jan. 6 riot, he called General Mark Milley and spoke against a tentative plan to evacuate senators by bus, an excerpt from a forthcoming book by Washington Post reporters Carol D. Leonnig and Philip Rucker said.https://www.dianomi.com/smartads.epl?id=3533
Sullivan, who was reelected to a second term last year, witnessed insurrectionists roaming through the ornate halls of Congress and laying out grievances of what they viewed as an election that was “rigged” against former President Donald Trump.
At 3:15 p.m. that day, Sullivan called Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and gave him a blunt assessment of what was transpiring at the Capitol, the excerpt from “I Alone Can Fix It: Donald J. Trump’s Catastrophic Final Year” said.
“This is really f—ed up down here,” the senator reportedly told Milley.
After the rioters breached the Capitol during the certification of now-President Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory, numerous lawmakers were rushed into a secure room to escape the mayhem that had seeped into its halls.
On the phone call, Sullivan informed Milley that the senators had been moved to a secure location and said that Capitol Police drafted a tentative plan to evacuate the leaders away from the complex by bus.
The senator, equipped with military training, felt as though the plan was rife with danger and expressed as much.
“I’m going to tell them it’s a bad idea,” he reportedly told Milley. “Can I mention that the chairman of the Joint Chiefs agrees?”
Milley reportedly said “yes” to Sullivan and the evacuation plan was not carried out by the Capitol Police.
Minutes later, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of New York called acting defense secretary Chris Miller, who had additional Pentagon leaders on the line for the conversation.
“We want action now,” one of the congressional leaders said. “We must have active-duty troops.”
After being told by Milley that the National Guard would soon be arriving at the Capitol and even after Miller said that the FBI was on its way, Pelosi and Schumer continued to insist on a more robust military presence.
“The country is at stake,” Pelosi said.
‘No regrets’: Evangelicals and other faith leaders still support Trump after deadly US Capitol attack
Like millions of other Americans, Franklin Graham watched the disturbing images of last week’s riots at the U.S. Capitol with swelling concern and anger.
Graham, son of the late evangelist Billy Graham and head of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, said he was sickened to see “people attack my Capitol and break down the doors of my Capitol” and was dismayed to see how President Donald Trump riled up the protesters.
“I don’t think it was the president’s finest moment,” he said.
But Graham said he doesn’t expect the tumult at the Capitol to deter evangelical Christians from supporting Trump.
“I don’t think he had any understanding in that moment of what was going to take place,” he said. “None of us did.”
Graham added, “He regrets it.”
Since his victory in a very competitive Republican primary in 2016, Trump has relied on evangelical Christians and other influential religious groups as powerful voting blocs to shore up his influence. He has appointed more than 200 federal judges and three conservative justices to the U.S. Supreme Court who support limits on abortion and gay marriage and other policies favored by many conservative religious leaders. In the presidential election in November, 76% of white evangelicals voted for Trump and 24% for Joe Biden, according to Edison Research exit polls.
Thousands of protesters broke into the Capitol as Congress tried to finalize the Electoral College vote count and acknowledge Biden as the election winner. The attack led to five deaths and nearly 100 arrests and motivated House Democrats to introduce articles of impeachment against Trump for allegedly inciting the crowds. During a speech before the violence broke out, Trump told his followers, “We’re going to have to fight much harder.” SPONSORED BY SAFE + STRONG OREGONMany of us are struggling. You’re not alone.Many of us are struggling to cope. If you’re having a hard time, you don’t have to go it alone.
“If you don’t fight like hell, you’re not going to have a country anymore,” he said hours before rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol, threatening Vice President Mike Pence, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other lawmakers.
Tuesday, before leaving on a trip to South Texas, Trump said calls for his impeachment were divisive and his comments to supporters before the Capitol insurrection were “totally appropriate.” Get the Coronavirus Watch newsletter in your inbox.
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None of the turmoil has eroded much of his support among evangelicals, experts and religious leaders said.
For the past four years, evangelical leaders created an “echo chamber” where they blamed all of Trump’s digressions and missteps on the Democratic Party or the mainstream media, said Sarah Posner, an investigative journalist and author of “Unholy: Why White Evangelicals Worship at the Altar of Donald Trump.”
After the deadly Capitol riot, evangelical leaders deflected blame from Trump, while those who have been critical of the president denounced the riots and blamed him for playing a role, she said.
Evangelicals “are so conditioned not to trust the media, it’s going to be really hard to convince them of the truth of what happened on Wednesday,” Posner said.
In the wake of the Capitol riots, many evangelical leaders have continued fueling Trump’s baseless allegations of widespread voter fraud in last year’s elections, she said.
“Because it’s the leaders who are again churning the same conspiracy theories, I don’t see a lot of progress in changing anybody’s minds,” Posner said.
Robert Jeffress, senior pastor of the 14,000-member First Baptist Church of Dallas, said Tuesday he had “absolutely no regrets” over his “enthusiastic support” of Trump over the past four years.
“He is without doubt the most pro-life and pro-religious president in history,” Jeffress said in an e-mail. “The president has every right to hold the view that the election was fraudulent and to invite those who share that belief to peacefully protest. He neither called for nor condoned the despicable actions of those who invaded our Capitol and assaulted the police.”
In an editorial published over the weekend on Fox News, Jeffress called the storming of the Capitol “not only a crime” but “a sin against God.”
“Peaceful protest is a vital part of our political tradition, and it has long served us well,” he wrote. “What happened on Wednesday when a mob infiltrated the Capitol building was not a protest. It was lawlessness. … Celebrating evil is evil. It corrodes the soul.”
Jeffress said he would discuss in his sermon Sunday how Christians dismayed by the election results should respond to Biden.
“If we are ever going to heal our country,” he said, “we must learn how to lay aside the anger and bitterness that are tearing our country apart without demanding that people surrender their deeply held convictions.”
Trump has also courted support from Orthodox Jewish leaders, who applauded when he moved the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem two years ago. Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law, brokered the signing of peace accords with a handful of Mideast countries.
According to a survey by the American Jewish Committee published in October, Trump was preferred by 74% of Orthodox Jews. Biden was favored by 83% of secular Jews.
Among the mob at the U.S. Capitol were Orthodox Jews who supported the president, even though there were anti-Semitic images in the crowd, including a man with a T-shirt emblazoned with “Camp Auschwitz.” One rioter arrested Friday was the son of a prominent judge in New York’s Orthodox Jewish community.
Rabbi Mendy Mirocznik, executive vice president of the Rabbinical Alliance of America, a national organization that represents more than 900 Orthodox clergy members, called the events at the Capitol very painful. The Rabbinical Alliance of America does not endorse any political candidates for office.
“This is more than the straw that broke the camel’s back,” said Mirocznik, whose parents are Holocaust survivors from Poland. “America needs to begin to heal.”
A poll by the Anti-Defamation League, a Jewish organization that tracks extremism nationwide, found approximately two-thirds of Americans say Trump and members of groups with white supremacist beliefs were responsible for the violence.
“Most Americans now see the direct connection between the dangerous rhetoric from President Trump, others on the far right and extremist groups,” said Jonathan Greenblatt, chief executive of the ADL.
During religious services this past weekend, Jewish clergy took to the pulpit to speak out against white supremacy, anti-Semitism and the attack on democracy.
As Rabbi Rachel Timoner began reciting the blessing, “Baruch Atah Adonai,” to welcome the sabbath in Congregation Beth Elohim in New York City’s Brooklyn borough, she attempted to comfort her congregation.
“We are going to kindle light because the world needs light,” she said, lighting two white candles.
Joseph W. Daniels, Jr., pastor of Emory Fellowship, a United Methodist church in Washington, cited the attack on the Capitol during his sermon Sunday and urged congregants to call out wrongdoing when they see it.
“For our nation to heal, for America to heal, we have to call out the fact that the behaviors and habits and attitudes of this past Wednesday were not of God but were of a white supremacy and privilege that are not healthy for anybody,” Daniels said. “We cannot be afraid. We have to have courage. … We have to call out demons.”
Some conservative religious leaders called for the nation to move forward behind Biden.
In an article in the online portal The Gospel Coalition, Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, condemned the attacks on the Capitol and called on Christians to reject the falsehoods surrounding the elections and embrace the truth.
“Enough is enough – and indeed was enough a long time ago,” Moore wrote. “It will take decades to rebuild from the wreckage in this country. But, as Christians, we can start now – just by not being afraid to say what is objectively the truth. Joe Biden has been elected president.”
He said, “If Christians are people of truth, we ought to be the first to acknowledge reality.”
For other evangelicals, Trump’s role in the Capitol attack will be minimized because many see him not just as an elected official but one anointed by God, Posner said.
“They feel he should remain president because God wanted him to be president,” she said.
Contributing: Deborah Berry
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