Do you think the Canadian premiers do not know that charging for necessary health services contravene the national act? If you do, you might also think that Palestinians are not real, Ukraine is just part of Russia and conservatives across the planet are not eager to build societies based on the prevalent influence and superior rights of corporate power. As a dispersed African, I can smell a slave economy as the winds blow past the debate about healthcare services and providers.
Fundamentalists and conservatives
Right wing government wrong from inception
Democracy has taken hold in a few states, despite people having access to a private vote. It is not democracy when a portion of the population are subject to oppressive and exclusionary treatment apart from any officially legal sanction. When a government has to bring police and military resources to prevent the just participation of some of their citizens in society then it would seem that Nazi atrocities have become mainstream. If you do not believe that nationalism, religious zeal and extreme tribalism is what drives the most pervasive elements of evil on the planet then right and wrong for human beings may need a new canon. The hardest thing for anyone to admit is that they are wrong from the start, whether thousands of years or dozens of decades have passed. For perspective, Canada has had over a century or so to correct Sir John A’s madness, the USA over two centuries to embrace the preamble of its constitution, and Israel has had more than three thousand years to make justice real for Israelites, migrants and foreigners.
Making a decision to identify oneself with popular political movements on the right or left is one of the red herrings of our times. The so called left and right wings of politics have been responsible for a lot of upheavals, including wars, extrajudicial killings, coups d’etat, flooding the courts with rogue judges, and fostering ongoing animosity between communities. People are allowed to have and express their views without having to face ridicule or personal attacks. The wings of politics are red herrings because there is no agreed upon centre. Homo sapiens, after reviewing the failures of both left and right wing governments, would have to be renamed, because of how long we have been limping between the extremes of political theory, homo insipiens. Nowhere is this homo insipiens more active and popular than in those nations desperately trying to copy Israel’s duplicitous dance with law and order and in Israel itself. It is no accident that a Muslim house of worship crowns Temple mount at this time.
Wings that have nothing to do with flight
People who are willing to continue saying and doing what their ancestors have “always” said and done are not a few. They include our neighbours, people we work with, people we are willing to say are good citizens. Most disturbing is the alliance of diverse groups with a sometimes clearly stated goal of making life miserable. God may be said to have given Canaan to the sons of Israel under Joshua’s leadership, but who is so wingless as to fantasize about God’s regard for people other than the sons of Israel? Christians have so neglected the serious study of the sacred record of the Jewish people’s history that all they can come up with is the same Sinai and levitical arrangement. A bird that refuses to leave the nest behind is as impoverished as the mind that clings to the elementary things of human life on the planet, namely, blessings of the hill, mountains, valleys and the deeps. Mental and spiritual flight should mean the discovery of new realms. Do not let ancestry traced to Abraham fool you. Let us simply be certain that the lad who accompanied Abraham to Moriah cannot be both Isaac, ancestor of the Jewish people and heir of the land of Canaan and Ishmael, the father of Arabian tribes.
Jail homicidal settlers
“Kicking out” is what the Jewish people would like to say is the method by which Abraham’s descendants got possession of Canaan. Abraham and his great grandchildren lived in Canaan as pilgrims. Settler privilege and violence has never been curbed, despite the fact that the treasure of the Israelite kingdom is a shrine built on land bought by David from a Jebusite. Until a genuine community emerges in the mountains of Judah the state of the nation will be racist and xenophobic war. If the Palestinians are mere tools of Islamic interest then the people taking over Palestinian land, especially in East Jerusalem, are Chinese tanks mowing down citizens in Tiananmen Square or homicidal and brutal police officers. God sees right through the zionist rhetoric, anger, and scholarship.
Not a flare-up
If Benjamin Netanyahu cares more about friendship and commercial ties with Arab and Muslim nations than about Palestinians whose land Israel keeps stealing in plain sight, it is because he has rejected the discernment the God of his fathers gave to David of Bethlehem and his son Solomon. If Mr. Netanyahu does not recognize that David was King long before Samuel poured the oil and put the crown on his head, it is because he thinks a political party barely able to garner a majority can make a man an honorable man.
Does Bibi read Arabic? Read Quran, Bibi: Muslim nations will never be your friend and neighbour, and you owe the Palestinian people an apology, the return of their property and a seat at the table. Residence matters, my brother. לשבת לספר
Who is in charge when communities anywhere on the planet find themselves on a carousel of homicides, illegal destruction of property, and facing mounting walls of judicial cover-ups and criminal government officials? Nobody besides the blind will believe that a God is backing Netanyahu’s sixth kick at the can, or ponder more than briefly that a right wing government can represent the divine interest.
Ontario’s Bill 28: an illegal devotion to school
What a sorry example of dedication to learning Ontario’s Minister of Education that he should side with draconian measures to resolve labour issues. Conservatives are committed to nothing human. Their north star has been an unwavering attitude that puts business before labourers, corporations before people, nickel and diming consumers and handing large handouts to businesses before educating themselves about Canada’s diversity. They surely do not understand the balance between workers and employers or care about bargaining in good faith as a fundamental Canadian value.
Collective Bargaining is not a donut or a cheap bottle of beer
When did conservatives care about children and vulnerable adults in nursing homes, or about citizens terrorized by truckers, or about the priorities of the Canadian family? Seeking to recoup the revenue lost in the extinction of annual motor vehicle fees by imposing fines on union members who exercise their right to strike is evidence of a conservative plot. Forced labour’s days are believed to have ended, but not in conservative circles.
Will churches, mosques, and synagogues rally behind the shady Ford government’s assault on workers
Premier Ford seemed to have only low opinions about the values which most people believe are the treasures for which Canadian blood was spilt. In a few days conservatives will be attending Remembrance Day events, sporting poppies and mouthing their veneration of the brave soldiers who gave their lives in service and paid the ultimate price. If Bill 28 is not repealed we will know that they are hypocrites of the first rank.
Poor pretext for a protest
When the Canadian parliament resumes today in a few minutes we will see the facts about the opposition to the rule of law that political parties who lose elections face without so much as batting an eyelash. No house can survive the constant sniping of losers. Protest is fine as long as our institutions have a grip on the rule of law and not a mere pretext for division.
Listening to irreverent nazis and fascists?
If we are caught in an audience will not season irrelevant fascists are speaking the best we can do is listen politely, but to give them a platform is the last thing anyone in a democratic country like Canada would want to be involved in. I suppose that the Canadian opposition leader has no such principle in his party’s platform. Any alliance with groups that clearly intend to assault the Canadian Parliament and the residents of Ottawa until their demands are met is pure and unmitigated terrorism.
Poor text is no script for nobility
Watch the minority parties for their waffling about what is happening on Ottawa’s streets. The press has the evidence of what the truckers say they want. This session of parliament presents an opportunity for Canada’s elected representatives to make a decision about the function of the House in the interest of cooperation and progress and hard line between a divided house or family. Apologies from those supporting an insurrection may be mere words, and an unambiguous stand for the sacred memorials and the results of an election are the only issues that seem to matter. Let’s see if the dark web of the conservative alliance with religious people will come under closer scrutiny.
More from the dark web
The 45th president was and still is a despicable brat, unprincipled even in business, which was his livelihood, and a proven liar. Those who admire him are a generation of vipers, xenophobes and fly-by-night warriors for justice and truth.
Do today’s intellectual minds want us to see every pastor as a theologian and exegete, even though most of what they do is tell us what the Bible says and not what it means?
Far too many do not read well enough to ensure our congregants have even a surface understanding of the Bible’s content.
Do you want to hear us say that every prime minister is a very decent human being and every head of state is a kind and gentle spirit.
You know full well that believers do not hate any one, no matter how many times a psalmist might sing that he does.
Give us a break please.
Conservative decoration expired
The people calling themselves conservative, orthodox, or fundamental are likely to be on the fringes of what they are espousing. Truly orthodox people with original ideas are prone to be afraid of what follows. They are primarily good at protecting practical life. They are not expected to even be in tune with authentic thought patterns and are more avid users of slogans and cliches than being informed about the weightier matters of their interests. Since the conservative tools for securing society have to be locked in on yesterday – ancestral thought and practice – the present generation’s conservative leaning comes from being coerced and deluded because when the needs of the human psyche are at stake the conservative decoration is like expired food and a rusted and corroded medal.
The gold is dimmed and all that is left of national greatness and empire is cheap tin.
Parents who think that they have discharged their duty by imposing their fears and beliefs as lifelong standards on their children as if the exclusive body of lore and practice was not at one time a new thing are near the top of the list of delusional people.
An era is not an alley
When the patriarch dies a new era can truly come into being. Eras can be faked in many countries when a new a leader gets elected every four or five years. The claim that all the policy changes in a 4 or 8 year period transforms any society is highly unlikely and deceitful. For the record, apart ftom being a specific time marker for the days of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob conservative is another name for male-domination, backward, monolithic, counterproductive, and regressive civic arrangements. Blind arrogance is the better conclusion.
Maybe small government works for snall countries
The deadly increase of dishonourable behaviour from children who were never set on a path of knowledge and discretion is telling. The religious conservative is at best a person at the top of his or her game, knowing and doing the things required of the religion. Such a person is also capable of transmitting the vision and substance to one’s peers or next generation. His or her dread of the future persists even when it is clear that their own children’s futures are in limbo.
Why we should not listen to another conservative
The conservative politician or pastor may have a benign personal profile and academic achievement, but they almost never grasp the dynamic relationship between the excellent things of the past and the universally expected, rational and sustainable lifestyles in a mature now. They are perpetually throwing up barriers to progress and enlightenment for their own personal benefi.
Today scares the old fashioned and conservative
They reject knowledge that they cannot recite like robots. For example, when faced with the original languages of the Bible conservatives choose English grammar and the science of the human fetus, and reject the evidence of a polluted and finite planet.
The conservative Christian is likely to be an extremist, a narrow-minded and robotic talking head, a person claiming to be interested only in the things that adorned the earliest manifestation of his faith. This is a dead end distraction because the road for the majority of his peers seems to begin and end with the protestant reformation or with a local and contemporary development, such as an election, a visionary experience, or the increase of knowledge.
A political conservative is likely to be a person with little awareness of what he is trying to conserve or protect and may also be nothing more than a member of a party that says it follows the past. The smaller government demand of American conservatives is bewildering. They would rather see big business thrive than to invest in people’s pursuit of liberty and happiness. They choose violent repression of civil rights over building the legal patterns of cooperation and diversity. They want to keep their grip on the guntoting bigoted past, admitting none of the nation’s failures. There are no depths to which the conservative has not already sunk. They cannot see the wall much less the handwriting on it. The label “party of Lincoln” used to identify the GOP means as much as “adult children”. The light has gone out. Time has run out.
Over against the promise of America’s legislative brilliance and her historic generosity to the poor and dreamers of the world why else would God expose the poverty of character in the political process and in abuse of her own citizens whose skins are not pink if not to say as he said of Jerusalem’s house, “desolate”.