God Is Dead!

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John Presco
Occupation: Self-employed newspaperman
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I am running for Governor of Oregon and will build my platform upon the declaration…..

GOD IS DEAD!

In the last several weeks most of the human beings on Planet Earth have had to look at the idea there might be a third world war – and a nuclear holocaust – that will wipe us all out. If this happens, then the wonderment about whether there is a God – will be mute! Those who believe God has provided a heavenly afterlife (to those who qualify) will be very pleased with the outcome – IF they made it there! Of course they will be able to testify that indeed THERE IS A GOD! But, they are preaching to a heavenly choir. Humans will no longer inhabit the world that allegedly GOD MADE! Is this – GOD’s WILL? Will God – intervene? If not, then it does not matter if God is alive – or dead! Does it? I mean, there won’t be anyone left – to worship Him.

Welcome to Cold War Two! Toughen up!

My campaign will take a close look at The Beginning of The End that I believe took place in the 1966 election, that led up to The Southern Strategy, where Christian leaders rendered the Republican Party ‘God’s Party’ and thus it MUST SURVIVE AT ALL COSTS! Whatever it takes! Even becoming an ally of Vladameer Putin – is not off the table!

Take note that the blue states in the map above – are Democrat States. The War in Vietnam – did this! Did God – want that war? The Soviet Union backed North Vietnam. Our nation became divided – and has stayed divided – even more! Can we blame the Russians? Or, is God at fault?

My posts on the likelihood that God is dead, are campaign notes based upon dire current events. If God is dead, then it might be a good idea to RESORT to secular solutions in order to save human life forms. What do you say? Taking away the idea that Republicans are The Defenders of God, is crucial to all our survival. The rules for worshiping God were pretty simple until my party adopted the pro-life, anti-Obamacare, Holy Patriots Rule, issues. Worshipping someone was confusing in this Democracy, until Donald Trump had a fit over the size of the crowd at his inauguration. Everyone got his simple message;

WORSHIP ME!

John ‘Not a Rino’ Presco

Republican Candidate For Governor of Oregon

Disclaimer: The photo of me standing in front of a truck, that looks like the one I went to work in at Acme Produce, was taken by my newfound daughter near Sanoma California. I did not choose this image. It was shagged off the internet. I was a Child Lumper from the age of eight to eleven. I was paid a dollar a day. I will add this to my bio and send the paper my website. I attended Wolf Larsen’s College of Hard Knocks. You can say I tackle the real hard issues, the ones others wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole. This tells the enemies of Oregon you can’t pull the wool over our eyes, and conquer us with a column of tanks. Hey….my campsing motto!

“You can’t pull the wool over our eyes, or, conquer us with a column of tanks!”

Hey! I will print this on the bottom of MY GIANT FLAG, the ready-made iconic image, of a man, his truck, his white fence, his bloody trees!

My T.V. commercial will show me leading my men into battle while standing on the running-board;

“There will be no praying in my army. Either you die – or stick the enemy in the eye with your bayonet!”

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God is dead” (GermanGott ist tot (help·info); also known as the death of God) is a widely quoted statement made by the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. Nietzsche used the phrase to express his idea that the Enlightenment had eliminated the possibility of the existence of God. However, proponents of the strongest form of the Death of God theology have used the phrase in a literal sense, meaning that the Christian God, who had existed at one point, has ceased to exist.

Nietzsche’s complete statement is:

God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him. How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of all murderers? What was holiest and mightiest of all that the world has yet owned has bled to death under our knives: who will wipe this blood off us? What water is there for us to clean ourselves? What festivals of atonement, what sacred games shall we have to invent? Is not the greatness of this deed too great for us? Must we ourselves not become gods simply to appear worthy of it?

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“We would like to carry on this mission together with the Soviet Union, because no one can do it without the Soviet Union.” — North Vietnamese General Võ Nguyên Giáp in a speech in Moscow, 1971

The Vietnam War is one of the most misunderstood, debated, and historically revised wars in our nation’s history, and this continues to be true nearly 50 years after the end of the conflict. When people talk about the Vietnam War today, opinions and emotions remain strong on both sides regarding everything from the truth about the Gulf of Tonkin incident to Walter Cronkite’s declaration after the Tet Offensive that the war was unwinnable to whether Jane Fonda is a traitor. All of these have been discussed and debated ad nauseum.

What is almost never mentioned is the role the Soviet Union played in helping North Vietnam win the war and the mistaken belief of most people that they never played an active part at all. In the Korean conflict a decade before America got deeply involved in Vietnam, there was never any question that a major communist power was involved. When it looked as though communist North Korea would fall during the American counterattack, the People’s Republic of China threw themselves fully into the fight, ultimately committing almost three million troops to the war, and losing 180,000 killed in action.

Is God Dead?

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April 8, 1966, cover of Time

Is God Dead?” was an April 8, 1966, cover story for the news magazine Time.[1] A previous article, from October 1965, had investigated a trend among 1960s theologians to write God out of the field of theology. The 1966 article looked in greater depth at the problems facing modern theologians, in making God relevant to an increasingly secular society. Modern science seemed to have had eliminated the need for religion to explain the natural world, and God took up less and less space in people’s daily lives. The ideas of various scholars were brought in, including the application of contemporary philosophy to the field of theology, and a more personal, individual approach to religion.

The issue drew heavy criticism, both from the broader public and from clergymen. Much of the criticism was directed at the provocative magazine cover, rather than the content of the article. The cover—all black with the words “Is God Dead?” in large red text—marked the first time in the magazine’s history that text with no accompanying image was used. In 2008, the Los Angeles Times named the “Is God Dead?” issue among “12 magazine covers that shook the world”.[2]

Contents

Background[edit]

In 1966, Otto Fuerbringer had been editor of the news magazine Time for six years.[3] He helped to increase the circulation of the magazine, partly by changing its rather austere image. Though a conservative himself, he made the magazine focus extensively on the counter-culture and the political and intellectual radicalism of the 1960s.[4] A best-selling 1964 issue, for instance, had dealt with the sexual revolution.[4] Already in October 1965 the magazine had published an article on the new radical theological movement.[5]

The April 8, 1966, cover of Time magazine was the first cover in the magazine’s history to feature only type, and no photo.[6] The cover—with the traditional, red border—was all black, with the words “Is God Dead?” in large, red text. The question was a reference to Friedrich Nietzsche‘s much-quoted postulate “God is dead” (German: Gott ist tot),[7] which he first proposed in his 1882 book The Gay Science.

Themes presented[edit]

Problems[edit]

The article accompanying the magazine cover, titled “Toward a Hidden God” and written by religion editor John T. Elson, mentioned the so-called “God Is Dead” movement only briefly in its introduction. In a footnote it identified the leaders of the movement as “Thomas J. J. Altizer of Emory UniversityWilliam Hamilton of Colgate Rochester Divinity School, and Paul van Buren of Temple University,” and ot explained how those theologians had been trying to construct a theology without God. The theme had already been dealt with in greater detail in the shorter and less prominent article “The ‘God Is Dead’ Movement” on October 22, 1965.[8]

Nietzsche’s thesis was that striving, self-centered man had killed God, and that settled that. The current death-of-God group believes that God is indeed absolutely dead, but proposes to carry on and write a theology without theos, without God.

— Toward a Hidden God

The article pointed out that while this movement had roots in the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche, it also drew on a broader range of thinkers. For example, philosophers and theologians like Søren Kierkegaard and Dietrich Bonhoeffer expressed concerns about the role of God in an increasingly secularised world. The immediate reality did not indicate a death of God or religion; Pope John XXIII‘s Second Vatican Council had done much to revitalize the Roman Catholic Church, while in the United States, as many as 97% declared a belief in God. Evangelical ministers such as Billy Graham and Christian artists like the playwright William Alfred could be brought as witness to the continued vitality of the Christian church. Nevertheless, this religiosity was mostly skin-deep; only 27% of Americans called themselves deeply religious.

The article then went on to explain the history of monotheism, culminating in the omnipresent Catholic church of the European Middle Ages. This zenith, however, was, according to the article, the beginning of the demise of Christianity: as society became increasingly secularised, the religious sphere of society became marginalised. Scientific discovery, from the Copernican Revolution to Darwin‘s theory of evolution, eliminated much of the need for religious explanations to life. Newton and Descartes were perhaps personally devout men, but their discoveries “explained much of nature that previously seemed godly mysteries.”

Possible solutions[edit]

Having laid out the philosophical and historical background, the article then asserted that there was still much curiosity among the general population about God and His relation to the world, and that for the modern theologian who wished to address this curiosity, there seemed to be four options:

stop talking about God for awhile, stick to what the Bible says, formulate a new image and concept of God using contemporary thought categories, or simply point the way to areas of human experience that indicate the presence of something beyond man in life.

According to the article, some contemporary ministers and theologians chose to focus on the life and teachings of Jesus, rather than on God, since Christ was a figure with great appeal among the broader population, but this solution ran dangerously close to ethical humanismBiblical literalism, on the other hand, might have had an appeal to the fervent believer, but did not speak to most people in a world where the language of the Bible was increasingly unfamiliar.

The article described other attempts that had been made to solve to the problems of religion, including the adaptation of contemporary philosophical terminology to explain God, and cited efforts made to adapt the writings of Martin Heidegger and Alfred North Whitehead to modern theology. At the same time it noted that Ian Ramsey of Oxford had spoken of so-called “discernment situations”; situations in life that led man to question his own existence and purpose, and turn towards a greater power. The article concluded that the current crisis of faith could be healthy for the church, and that it might force clergymen and theologians to abandon previously held certainties: “The church might well need to take a position of reverent agnosticism regarding some doctrines that it had previously proclaimed with excessive conviction.”[7]

Reaction[edit]

April 13, 2009, cover of Newsweek magazine

The publication of the article immediately led to a public backlash. Editorial pages of newspapers received numerous letters from angry readers, and clergymen vehemently protested the content of the article.[5] Even though the article itself explored the theological and philosophical issues in depth, “[m]any people…were too quick to judge the magazine by its cover and denounced Time as a haven of godlessness”.[9] For Time the issue caused around 3,500 letters to the editor—the largest number of responses to any one story in the history of the magazine.[10] Reader criticism was targeted at Thomas J. J. Altizer in particular.[5] Altizer left Emory in 1968, and by the end of the decade the “death of God” movement had lost much of its momentum.[5] In its issue of December 26, 1969, Time ran a follow-up cover story asking, “Is God Coming Back to Life”?[11]

The magazine cover also entered the realm of popular culture: in a scene from the 1968 horror movie Rosemary’s Baby, the protagonist Rosemary Woodhouse picks up the issue in a doctor’s waiting room.[12] The “Is God Dead?” issue was to have an enduring place in American journalism. In 2008, the Los Angeles Times listed the issue in a featured titled “10 magazine covers that shook the world”.[6] In April 2009, Newsweek magazine ran a special report on the decline of religion in the United States under the title “The End of Christian America”. This article also referenced the radical “death of God” theological movement of the mid-1960s.[13] The front cover carried the title “The Decline and Fall of Christian America” in red letters on a black background, reminiscent of the 1966 Time cover.[14] The April 3, 2017, cover of Time featured a cover that asked “Is Truth Dead?” in a similar style to the iconic “Is God Dead?” cover, in a cover story about the alleged falsehoods perpetuated by President Donald Trump.[15]

The 1966 United States elections were held on November 8, 1966, and elected the members of the 90th United States Congress. The election was held in the middle of Democratic President Lyndon B. Johnson‘s second (only full) term, and during the Vietnam War. Johnson’s Democrats lost forty-seven seats to the Republican Party in the House of Representatives. The Democrats also lost three seats in the U.S. Senate to the Republicans. Despite their losses, the Democrats retained control of both chambers of Congress. Republicans won a large victory in the gubernatorial elections, with a net gain of seven seats. This was the first election held after the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which led to a surge in African-American voter participation.[1]

The Republican Party had risked sliding into irrelevance after the disastrous 1964 elections, and the GOP’s victory in this election invigorated the party, strengthening the conservative coalition. The GOP made inroads into the South and among blue collar workers, foreshadowing Nixon’s Southern strategy and the rise of Reagan Democrats, respectively. Among the newly elected Republicans were future presidents Ronald Reagan (who soon became the leader of the right-wing of the Republican Party) as Governor of California and George H. W. Bush as a representative from Texas, and future vice president Spiro Agnew as Governor of Maryland. The election also helped establish former vice president Richard Nixon (who campaigned heavily for Republicans) as a front-runner for the 1968 Republican nomination. President Johnson was mostly unable to pass major expansions to the Great Society in the 90th Congress.[2]

Ruled By Bohemian Boy Lumpers

Posted on May 28, 2016 by Royal Rosamond Press

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My brother and I were raised under two systems. The Roman Mafia Slave & Crime Consortium, and The Sacred Rosy Prostitute and Defiant Wife Conglomerate. Study the photograph above. Mark, Christine, and I have just been told our mother is making porno movies for Big Bones Remmer, and is a part-time prostitute for the Mafia Boss. We are told to be extra good, or, we will be taken from Rosemary and put up for adoption. We will be separated by a Judge. This did not happen till after Christine somehow, drowned, and the Judge Silver appointed Sydney Morris, who secretly blessed the affair Vicki Presco was having with her brother-in-law, Garth Benton, that I suspect Christine discovered during her divorce, and threatened to disown Vicki as a sibling. Whatever!

Garth was an artist, and he was sticking it to his sister-in-law, thus Vicki believed she was a member of the art community. I conclude she is a whore, like her mother. But, that can’t be all that bad because some scholars believe Jesus was born of a whore and Roman general. Victor had dreams of being a Roman general when he was a teenager. Here he is doing an impression of Caligula with his granddaughter, Shannon after Little Victor brought her father back into the fold because he was paying extra special attention to her, and bribing her with money and toys – even candy! There is The Piata, and the The Rosy Betrayal of  Poor Papa! Vicki was Victors – Cheerleader! Vic gave up his chance to be tough like his sons when he chose to be a coward and a child molester.

“Come! Let us pity him someone!” Note the statue of Saint Francis.

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On the wall is my watercolor that was chosen to tour the world in a Red Cross show. This was quite an honor – a Family Honor! Our house is filled with family antiques. When you are disgraced, demeaned, and defiled at every turn, this recognition can change the dynamics of a family that is on the brink of destruction. No sooner did Rosemary drive Little Caesar out of our life with a knife, then, reality set in. His children were now her children – alone! Would he give us child support, or, would he continue to Ply Barflies For Pity? Would the Souza Brothers continue to get the Lion’s Share of King Victor’s earnings in our father’s need to outdo his father?

Then there were Rosemary’s sons who were entering their pubescence. Holy shit! What is that going to be like – without a father! Our mother was scared! Would we hate her for getting rid of our Father Figure? What father figure? A year before he died I asked Vic why he was so mean to his sons.

“Who was your role model, if he didn’t have one?”

“Wolf Larsen. He was my role model when I was a teenager. I wanted you and Mark to grow up tough.”

Mark and I were tough. Our peers did not fuck with us. We were very strong, and not just in a muscular way. We were Lumpers in Oakland’s Produce Market. See these hand carts? A grown Lumper will stack crates and boxes, to the top. Vic would let us get away with one box less. He got dirty looks from the Italian produce guys – and their grown sons – as my brother and I struggled with our load at eight and nine. It was an insane scene! Grown men wanted to punch Vic’s lights out. Now if this was a movie set?

“Cut! You boys need a rest. Help yourself to all the donuts and soft drinks!”

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Mark and I raised our sisters with the help of our best friends, Bill Arnold, and Rick Young. We hardly saw Rosemary, even on the weekend. On Saturday morning The Children woke up and we made pancakes. Here is a list of  The Children and our friends who often spent the night. Our home was a safe and creative haven for children. It was a Commune.

Mark Presco. Greg Presco. Christine Presco. Vicki Presco. Rick Young. Bill Arnold. Sue Garnick. Linda Johnson.

There was never enough money for food, light bulbs, shoe polish, soap, meat, ect. When we four boys would go shopping with Rosemary, we stuffed all we could in our specially sewn pockets. Bill and Rick would ask Rosemary what she needed, and, off they would go to break the law. We were great Shoplifters. We called ourselves Ma Barker and her Boys. How dare Vicki work Vic for extra goodies! She worked his mother, too.

Mark almost got it right when he came out with his webpage. But, he too couldn’t tell the truth about that painting on the wall, that always impressed Christine, who did not take up art until she was twenty-four. She told me;

“I owe my success to you – Brother Lumper!”

Mark and I were paid a dollar a day which was put in the bank. No sooner out the door, did King Victor go to the bank and empty his sons accounts of about $800 dollars. The great experiment was over. You can’t raise your boys on a tale written by a Bohemian Co-Founder of the Carmel Art Community.

I never saw a dime from Rosamond’s art. Vicki lured my child away from me. When Rosemary got arrested, she skiddaddled down to LA and left us in charge of an old crone that had brain damage. She looked just like a witch. She would come over after school was out, open a cold can of pork and beans. and sit with us as we watched Charley and Humpfrey. When it was nine, she got up and turned off the T.V. and ordered us to bed. We got up, unplugged our television, and took it upstairs. She would sit on that couch-bed eating her beans, staring at where the T.V. was for three months till Rosemary came and got us. She was struggling. She considered disappearing from our lives, and pursuing her dreams she forsake for Victor.

Rosemary and her family didn’t know we were sitting on a Bohemian Gold Mine. The world wanted our story – long before Christine Rosamond Benton became famous! They still do, but, I own it……….The Last of the Red Hot Bohemians! I got a bio that real artists would kill for! Read ‘Lust For Life’. The number one best seller is ‘The Bible’. It is full of horror stories, and men who have missed the mark and gone astray. Both books of the Bible are about ‘The Return of the Prodigal Son’. Why is that?

Jon Presco

Copyright 2016

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