In a fit of royal rage, Henry uttered the words that would change the history of both Church and Crown in England. We are not sure exactly what they were, but the traditional version is: “Will no one rid me of this meddlesome priest?”
Today, on the National Day of Prayer, the President of the United States invoked the National Deity before issuing his latest Executive Order: “Freedom is not a gift of government, it is a gift of God.” Which God he had in mind was not totally clear, but presumably it is the generic Civic God trotted out at the end of every Presidential address: the God who blesses America. Then he signed an Executive Order which used a lot of words but really didn’t say much of anything at all.
I’m tuning out, dropping out, and focusing back in on those things that matter: mindfulness, spiritual awareness, balance, hopefulness, peace and joy and especially, justice. This blog began as a personal account of my own struggle to do justice, love mercy and walk humbly (Micah 6:8) in the public square. I have been doing a terrible job at that of late. And I’m counting on Lent to help me get my own spiritual journey back on track.
We are inextricably bound up with a President unlike any before him, who believes, as much as he believes in anything at all, that he alone is our voice, that he alone can fix what is broken, that he alone is the answer. That is a dark and dangerous state for us all.
The final and fatal damage to Hillary Clinton’s candidacy was the result of a cleverly managed propaganda campaign, orchestrated by Russia, in collusion with the Republicans, aided and abetted by the media and its hunger for ratings.
America at the end of 2016 faces not only the Rumsfeldian cosmos of known knowns, known unknowns, and unknown unknowns, but an entire Twitterverse of unknown known unknowns. We live now in the Strawberry Fields, where nothing is real and there’s nothing to hung about.
Two weeks ago, 61,900,000 people for voted for Donald Trump. I was not among them. Like 64,000,000 others, I cast my vote for Hillary Clinton. Mrs. Clinton received the majority of votes, but to the consternation of her voters, she lost anyway, due to the USA’s Electoral College system, which is less concerned with absolute … Continue reading My Family and Friends: Why They Voted For Trump
Donald Trump is the perfect American presidential candidate. I write that without irony, for I mean it sincerely. He is perfect for us because of his perfectly American values. He does not so much reflect those values as he does incarnate them: he is Very American of Very American, as St. Athanasius might have written, … Continue reading Donald Trump is the Perfect American Presidential Candidate
The American political comedy troupe known as the Trump-Clinton Economic Comedy and Minstrel Show had another great week. Led by off by comic Donald Trump, wearing a Deep Eddy Ruby Red-stained bar towel on his head, we heard that: Federal unemployment figures are a hoax He’s going to require that American steel be used to rebuild the USA’s … Continue reading Trump-Clinton Economic Comedy and Minstrel Show
And so it was declared that this email scandal was hatched, not in the basement of a Chappaqua mansion, but in the dank cellars of Putinist Russia.