The United States of America is no longer hiding her claws—no rival or United Nations or allied opinion can resist this colossus that struts her stuff across the planet. The economic disintegration, and political demise of the former Soviet Union, established the sole super power upon the globe in 1991. This hegemonic expression “found herself” the inheritor of all that exemplifies Western Civilization, be it the dregs of Sodom, the culture of Egypt, the international trading empire of Tyre, the mystical religions of Babylon, and especially the organizational and military genius of Pax Romano.
She is unchallenged. Termed the “New Roman Empire” by Russia’s President Vladimir Putin in the midst of pending unilateral and pre-emptive action against Iraq, without UN or French, German and Russian support, she waged her war of national interest, cloaked in the guise of geo-political realism, and justified by what syndicated columnist Dr. Charles Krauthammer calls “democratic globalism” (DG), a term he coined during a speech given before the American Enterprise Institute, Annual Public Policy Research Council in February 2004 when he received the Irving Krystal Award for public policy.
DG (according to Krauthammer) is the realpolitik of the Twenty-First Century and the only resolution to the “anti-realism” and self-hate of “liberal internationalism” embraced by the Democrats, which see no redeeming elements within the “national interest” policies of geo-political realism; instead, liberal internationalism (i.e., the Democrats) seek to undermine American national interests by taking the moral high ground only through “humanitarian intervention” on behalf of hurting peoples like in Haiti, Bosnia, Somalia, etc. – “while deriding the “selfishness” they see in the unilateralism of Bush’s foreign policy.
The selective self-interest policies of today’s DGs, in their inadvertent, newly-discovered unipolar world, where realism and economic self-interest can result in aggressive, pre-emptive wars that can be justified through “morality” (e.g., spreading “democratic freedoms” whereby civilization tames barbaric, medieval religious cultures of the Middle East), is the interventionist policy of the world’s never-before seen Commercial Republic. But, according to Krauthammer, we are NOT an empire in the classical sense of the term—we are the “custodian of the international system.” We will not be bound by what Krauthammer calls “the Gulliver Effect” wherein the colossus is tied down by international midget organizations like the UN, nor the likes of those unwilling to become members of the “Coalition of the Willing” (e.g., France, Germany, Canada, Russia, etc.).
THE COMMERCIAL EMPIRE
No, today’s export-driven economies, massive population flows and 9-11 realities have made isolationism obsolete, liberal internationalism (i.e., multi-lateralism) unrealistic, as well as anti-American; and, realism too harsh—leaving selective Democratic Globalism our only recourse. We, again according to Krauthammer, are a benign, reluctant but powerful COMMERCIAL REPUBLIC, not an exploitive and land-hungry empire of antiquity or recent colonialism. And, as the custodian of the international system, we will decide preemptively, and if need be, unilaterally, and in our own self-interest, when, where and how to defeat our immediate problem, Islamic totalitarianism (secular or religious).
Hence, obsession with the earth’s oil reserves—in the name of Democratic Globalism—perfectly suits our Commercial Republic’s goals of Middle East democratization (while picking up the spoils of territorial conquest, and, simultaneously initiating such conquests with immediate “exit strategies”—later to be discarded “now that we’re in there.”). Pax Americana’s military, in the name of fighting global terrorism will crush all others who are not for her. Her monopolistic and obdurate economic policies (euphemistically entitled “Free or Fair Trade”) are not designed to enslave the bodies and souls of men, nor will they heap up riches for the Merchants of the Earth who are made rich through trading with her—no, trust us, we mean well in freeing the peoples of the earth in this manner; and, yes, I’m being facetious!
Krauthammer’s claim that this Commercial Republic bears no resemblance to any empire of the past is not altogether accurate. She is not Rome, nor Medo-Persia, not Charlemagne, the Holy Roman Empire, the British, French, Spaniards nor the Tsars, Nazis or the Communists. Yet, the new unipolar world of America’s hegemony (i.e., the “foreign benefactors” of her Commercial Republic) does share an uncanny reflection to another international trading empire: the Phoenicians; and, ipso facto, the biblical King of Tyre’s imprint endures yet another resurrection to collide in prophetic fulfillment as the commercial Babylon of the Last Days!
Going forth “conquering and to conquer” upon a white horse is done in the name of democratization, on behalf of extending freedom to all peoples tyrannized by despots and implacable religious tyrants who demean the name of liberty and violate the conscience of thinking and free peoples everywhere. The planet awaits its greatest hour, so we are told, and preemptive aggression (rather, “liberation”) by the world’s only unipolar power has made his purposes known—you are either for us or against us; and, since we epitomize the best the blue planet can offer, we alone will or, for that matter, are capable to decide who should be free or neglected.
Yes, Democratic Globalism is a moral crusade between good and evil, between freedom and tyranny. Hence, this purely political resolve demands an interior motivation that can only be supplied by that which espouses, defines and provides moral covering for Gulliver in his travels. Arise, the new and implacable Right—comprised of a distorted, prophetically motivated bastion of evangelical, southern Protestants (as well as leaders of America’s mega-churches and compatriots amongst so-called pro-family elements within religious America—e.g., Mormons, Moonies, Anti-abortionist Catholics, etc.) in league with American neo-cons. Together, they salute the aggressive policies of a Presidency determined to rid the world of terrorism—and in so doing, rule the earth. These, the religious and the profane, are greeted with enthusiasm by their benefactors who gloat over the oil bounty secured through this new aggressive policy of international economic hegemony through military conquest and subjugation, all in the name of global democratization, freedom, liberty and elimination of “evil doers” from the planet.
Ostensibly, over the past twenty-five-plus years, they have galvanized, through media complicity, corporate malfeasance, and blatant subterfuge the “family vote” in America—when there never was one to begin with! In so doing—they have inadvertently ascribed unto themselves the “moral high ground” and have, in the process, hijacked “Jesus” Who they have wrapped in their flag within their Patriotic Church.
THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY – IT AIN’T THE PARTY OF MY MOTHER!
This writer was raised in a home where Mom and Dad were stalwart Democrats. They’d vote for a jackass if the democrats ran one for President—and I think that may have happened! I remember when Mom came home from the Almond Growers here in Sacramento and told me she was fired for trying to help organize a union—which to this day does not exist at the Almond Growers/Blue Diamond operations!
Union—that’s right—Teamsters Union and proud of it. But deeply religious and steeped in social values that mirror those of the conservative right today! But the dems “went out there” and embraced a “social agenda” that got real “peculiar” as far as Mom and scores of other dems like her and dad. So what happened—go to Wichita, Kansas and find out for yourself. What’s happening in Wichita for blue collar workers is happening all over the nation and the only ones that can’t figure it out are the dems who control that party.
But that doesn’t make much difference. Why? Clinton and his NAFTA/DLC elites are nothing more than “Republican economic light”—for the “big picture” of global economic dominance is so steeped, so engrained in the psyche of both parties, that the only battle of differences are social in nature, with some civil rights bearing limited attraction (i.e., the Democrats mouth support for the civil rights of minorities, gays, etc.). So why on earth would a socially conservative democrat vote for Kerry/Edwards when their economic policies virtually mirror those of the Republican Bush/Cheney regime? And, talk is cheap! So, the “anti-war” crowd are really, in so far as the “movers and shakers” at the top of the Democratic Party are concerned, nothing more than “talk” – they too must protect Mrs. Kerry’s millions somehow—and it ain’t going to be through economic isolationism and the Libertarian policies of Pat Buchanan.
So—what you’ve got here are the little meaningless nuances on how to fight the global war on terrorism and still maintain economic hegemony over the world’s economies!
THE COUNTRY CLUB REPUBLICANS—OUT OF MIND, BUT NOT OUT OF SIGHT!
Compounding their ostentatious take over of the leadership of the Republican Party from its country club headship and wishy-washy moderate Republican elites (a.k.a., the “mainstream Republicans”), have been the socio-religious conservatives—many of whom are white refugees from the disenfranchised Solid South and the union (as in “labor union”) North. Their leadership, however, has promoted an aggressive commercial promulgation of the Gospel of Prosperity and, ipso facto, their marriage to corporate America—who has found in them the moral covering to subjugate the world’s economy under one umbrella, their own.
Think about it—not only have the social conservatives of the Democratic Party been disenfranchised (as a result of the shift in emphasis within the Democratic Party in the early 1980s from plain and simple economic issues to the embrace of the radical social agendas of various splinter groups and “party greens”)—but the social conservatives of the Republican Party, and their newly-arrived democratic counterparts, now get to sit down and shut up and listen to the likes of McCain, Guliani, and Schwarzenegger at the Convention!
Yes, it must be “luv” - Corporate America’s embrace of the “Theocratic Right’s” commercialism was witnessed at NASCAR’s biggest event (February 15, 2004) in Daytona Beach, FL. Mel Gibson’s “The Passion” was seen atop the hood of a participant. AOL (America On-line) asked its audience if Christianity should participate in such blatant commercial advertising—in response, 85% saw nothing amiss with such merchandising (and AOL termed it “merchandising”)—thus, was birthed another benign “hybrid from hell” as Country Clubber and Prosperity Gospel-lite continue their turbulent romance of convenience and connivance.
SO—PEACE, PEACE AND MORE PEACE UNTIL WE HAVE A PIECE OF EVERYTHING!
The “man on the white horse” who promised “compassionate conservatism” at its inception—has changed horses from white to apocalyptic red, whereon the “man of peace” has become the “man of war.” And, not just pure war—but “wars of liberation” -- wars that will democratize the planet, making it safe and free!
For those of us who cherish the liberties we hold as unalienable and given by our Creator and resist religious tyranny, “wars without,” and unbridled greed—we now behold the resemblance of a prophetical eruption of an Image whose imperial might and colonial/commercial expansionism bears little or no recognition to the America we once knew—and NEITHER political party wants to stop it! In the name of freedom and liberty, of democracy and the banishment of terrorism and tyranny, we march on and on. Where have we heard and witnessed such affirmations once promised, but whose commercial and missionizing intentions were abysmal failures?
Dear friend, Christianity cannot be propagated by the sword nor by “shock and awe”—the promise of infidels and savages coming under the light and blessings of the gospel, while simultaneously reaping huge economic profits, only exposes the rotten underbelly of rank colonialism—a recurring pathology whose flesh-eating diseased symptoms are altogether recognized throughout the world.
A “crusade against evil” in the mind of the inner cabinet of this administration—ubiquitously launched against the mysterious forces of global terrorism and their serpentine networks and operatives—bespeaks of communism’s stupidity, when Brezhnev proclaimed that the USSR’s “sacred internationalist duty” to thwart, through overt military acts, all attempts to subvert socialism’s experiment throughout the globe were wholly justified. The “city set on a hill” -- that beacon of light to shine into the darkness—has now become an intrusive flashlight, probing and inspecting. Once her hands reached out to the poor and tormented of the earth—now she grabs their hands and fingerprints them upon entry at customs.
Joseph Goebbels’ famous dictum that to tell a believable lie one must tell a whopper or a cacophony of them continues to hold true today. Let me humbly state: The more we hear of why we entertained this “War of Liberation” commenced upon the Mesopotamian Plain, the more nonsensical and blatantly false were its assumptions. In the Twentieth Century the Nazis may have developed “the lie,” and the Soviets may have refined “the lie,” but the total believability of “the lie” has reached unsurpassed ignobility by a Twenty-First Century public so gullible, and under the ether of a press so compliant, that the masses who have succumbed to this absurd barrage of disinformation are perhaps the most ill-informed generation ever to countenance America’s landscape.
Listen America—listen to what Joseph Goebbels, Hitler’s False Prophet, declared, not many years ago:
“Herein lies the secret of the indestructibility of Adolph Hitler and his work—the guarantee that the road he has taken can not be altered. For it is no longer the man Adolph Hitler, it is no longer his works and no longer the road he has taken that expresses itself in him. It is the German nation itself that expresses itself in him. In him the nation loves itself, in him it follows its most secret desires, in him its most daring thoughts become reality. Every single person feels this and because of it Adolph Hitler is a stranger to no one, and no one is a stranger to the Fuehrer. Workers and farmers speak with him; Nobel Prize winners and artists, warriors and dreamers, happy men and despairing men speak with him, and each and every one hears his own language, he understands and is understood in return. Everything is natural and self-evident, and no one is shy before this great man. No one is ordered to follow. No one is courted, but everyone is called, just as one would be called by his own conscience. He has no choice but to follow, should he not want to be guilty and unhappy in his own heart. Thus, what must happen happens voluntarily, and NO NATION ON THE FACE OF THIS EARTH HAS MORE FREEDOM THAN THE GERMANS (my caps)” (Adolph Hitler, A Chilling Tale of Propaganda, p. 20, Typhoon International, 1999).
The warnings from Homeland Security rise and fall—the colors bespeak of terrorism and of bombs hidden, so we are told, within bodies set to blow up wherever and whenever. The “axis of evil” and of “rogue states” is out there—paranoia is unfounded fear, and that’s something we don’t have, right? Plane after plane is diverted from our shores—Patriot I, Patriot II, and gradually a curtain of iron descends upon us, yet hardly anyone realizes something is confining, seriously wrong here. “Wars and rumors of wars” are supplemented by mysterious threats from terrorism’s cabal that plan to disable us during the very midst of our political season and thereby shut down our elections altogether; how convenient!
Now we hear that the intent, all along, way before 9-11, was to alter the “situation” in the Middle East, and “military options” were explored concerning Iraq way before that fatal day. The immediate military strength of The American New World Order System can only be propped up by the “Coalition of the Willing” for so long—eventually, the “Universal Service Act” must be employed—the Empire must be sustained, maintained and detained, if need be. The defense of Citi-Bank in Baghdad must be secured—and Halliburton’s oil reserves protected.
Our intrusion into Latin America, and even Asian and African states, in the name of fighting the “war on drugs” had become a ruse, that even the press knew the truth of our intentions. A new raison d’être for our conquests was needed. Alas! The long-planned assaults upon the planet, and the subsequent curtailment of civil liberties, under the cloak and dagger of the War on Terrorism was more than justification to project American’s military might and to conquer Iraqi oil fields.
EVEN THE “FROGS” HAVE OUR NUMBER!
Regis Debray, a Frenchman who dares to expose the farcical side of colonial glories, postulates:
“The free man is not anti-America, but anti-imperial. America (now) revisits the time of colonizers drunk on their superiority, convinced of their liberating mission, and counting on reimbursing themselves directly.”
But, honestly, does Babylon’s wisdom contemplate such absurd speculations and criticisms? Hardly—they are “Gone With the Wind” as the American voice of Clark Gable resounds in the ears of every Frenchman: “Frankly, Scarlet, I don’t give a da__.”
Today’s “Patriotic Church” prohibits the least criticism of “King George.” That last bastion of unquestioned authority that got us all into this trouble to begin with somewhere around 1776—he’s now reincarnated himself and is opening up the next House on Un-American Activities Committee for all rebels!
This writer involuntarily involved himself in another era whose conflict in Asia bore duplicitous signals—but hardly could they be surpassed by the Goebbels-like charade perpetrated upon the masses of today. But, tell it big enough, long enough, and multi-faceted enough—and, eventually, the heartiest resister shall believe it.
Apostasy, headed by the Patriotic Church of America, nationalism gone amok, along with unbridled greed and global conquest have contrived—behold the Image a strides the Banks of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers and there is no end in sight. Labels don’t fit any more. This author, fundamental to the core in his embrace of the God of the Bible and resolute in the inspiration of the Scriptures, is aghast at this Trinity of Apostasy, Commercial Hegemony, and Political Conquest—yet does it not validate the very Book upon which this author affirms?
A BIBLICAL INJUNCTION – CHALLENGE
(Note: You’ve got to read the book (The Eight Visions of Zechariah and Concluding Prophecy Concerning Joshua the High Priest) to understand the next segment.)
What duty, divine obligation, awaits the Saints of the Most High in the midst of the aforementioned debacle? Eventually, dear brother, dear sister, and those beloved for the fathers’ sake—yea, and all who shall from among the Gentiles constitute that vast throng who shall have “come out of great tribulation”—you shall yet testify!
Now, you saints of the Most High, you Two Witnesses, you who have become the Two Mountains of Brass, and have beheld the chariots that have sufficed My Spirit—now, you must CROWN HIM WITH MANY CROWNS:
“The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!” (Revelation 11:15)
“His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey Him” (Daniel 7:27).
“Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and His kingdom the one which shall not be destroyed” (Daniel 7:14).
“Behold, the Man whose name is the BRANCH! From His place He shall branch out. And He shall build the temple of the Lord; yes, He shall build the temple of the Lord. He shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule on His throne; so He shall be a priest on His throne, and the counsel of peace shall be between them both” (Zechariah 6:12-13).
“Now the elaborate crown (lit. “crowns”) shall be for a memorial in the temple of the Lord . . . even those from afar shall come and build the temple of the Lord. Then you shall know that the Lord of hosts has sent Me to you . . . take the silver and gold, make an elaborate crown, and set it on the head of Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest . . . then speak to him (to Joshua), saying, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts, saying: ‘Behold, the Man whose name is the BRANCH’’” (Zechariah 6:14, 11-12a)
So concludes the prophetic scene in Zechariah. We have traversed time and space, gone from the sublime to the cosmic, from despair to rejoicing, from persecuted to reigning as kings and priests, from darkness to the light of the Universal Lampstand, from our own power and might to that of the Spirit of God’s, from measurement and consecration, to empowerment and witness. This has been and will yet be, the greatest journey known to man, and assuredly, to those celestial enterprises who peer upon us with revulsion (awaiting judgment) and to “things which angels desire to look into” (I Peter 1:10), and, “by so great a cloud of witnesses” (Hebrews 12:1) there is abundant curiosity, trepidation, and anticipation.
I leave you with this dedication and hope—read it carefully, prayerfully, and prophetically:
“Then one of the elders answered, saying to me, ‘Who are these arrayed in white robes, and where did they come from?’ And I said to him, ‘Sir, you know.’ So he said to me, ‘These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple. And He who sits on the throne will dwell among them. They shall neither hunger anymore nor thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any heat; for the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes’” (Revelation 7:13-17).
This dismal analysis of America’s political and economic dynamic, confirms but one thing—“the whole world lies in the hand of the Wicked One!” Don’t be fooled by the rhetoric of either the right or left—of the economic elites who control BOTH political parties, and thence, the direction of this nation.
Governmental interference from BOTH PARTIES is the absolute norm—and none of us can stop it. If you, by this time, do not see a pattern developing here . . . well, what can I say—you’re entitled to your political persuasions while it’s still a “free country” – ultimately, I’m counting on the One Who alone is able to bring peace to this planet—and that is Jesus Christ Himself!