Wednesday, May 08, 2013

9/11/13 - A Day of Prayer and Fasting

Joseph Farah over at World Net Daily (WND) is calling for a day of prayer and fasting to save America.

In the article articulating the supposed need you can find an excellent example of dishonesty meant to stir up the fears of people who have low intelligence and little education. Allow me to provide an example or two, or three, maybe four.

Example 1
"America is facing challenges today that, in many ways, rival anything seen since the start of World War II."

America is always facing such challenges. In the fifties we had polio, the cold war and Joseph McCarthy. In the sixties we had the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam war. In the seventies we had Watergate and runaway inflation. In the eighties we had the Iranian Hostage Crisis, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and the Iran-Iraq war. In the nineties we had the Gulf War and the impeachment of Bill Clinton. In the 2000s we had 9-11 and the Great Recession.

Example 2
"There’s a concerted effort to redefine marriage as any union between people, regardless of sex, possibly regardless even of the number of participants in that union and possibly even regardless of the status of blood relationship between them."

The first statement is actually sort of true (a rarity at WND) even if expressed in a strange way. The statements following each "possibly" however are total horseshit. No one is proposing to legalize polygamy, group marriage or incest.

Example 3
"America continues to abort unborn babies by the millions and has now moved further in the direction of euthanasia on both ends of the life spectrum – possibly even making it a matter of national, state-controlled health-care mandates."

There were 1.2 million abortions in 2011 so saying "by the millions" is a bit misleading but overall the statement is accurate. The claim that we've "moved further in the direction of euthanasia" is at best debatable and at worst total crap. Again, the statement after the "possibly" is total horseshit. This is the old "death panels" nonsense all over again.

Example 4
"Government seems determined to enforce a monopoly on force by making it more difficult for Americans to exercise their constitutionally protected right to procure and bear firearms."

Really? Really? Background checks to prevent the wrong people from procuring firearms is an attempt to "enforce a monopoly on force?" WTF planet do you live on?

Example 5
"Government and cultural institutions are breaking down the pillars and principles upon which self-government has been built."

Ah yes, the ever popular unsupported assertion. I don't suppose you'd like to provide a specific example of this one would you? No, I didn't think so.

Example 6
"Government is building up its authority and diminishing the role God plays as the supreme authority in the lives of free people."

I'm not even sure what the hell this means. Again, an example of "government building up its authority" would be nice. As for "God" being the "supreme authority," read the Constitution. God plays no part and has no authority in our secular Republic.

Example 7
"Government is broken. No longer does Washington see itself as a servant of the people but rather as their master."

Government isn't broken. It actually does a fairly good job. Congress is broken but not for the reasons this moron thinks "Government is broken."

Consider this, in 2011 ExxonMobil made $41 billion in profit. Yes Virginia, that's billion with a "b" and profit with a "p." That's more than $76 million for every congressman in Washington. Would you like to guess WHO Congress views as the boss?

Ok, enough. I often wonder whether people like this actually believe this crap or they simply think it will stir up the under 80 IQ set and make them money. I'm betting most of the people who say stuff like this are social dominators that are just doing what it takes to lead the authoritarian followers around by the noise and relieve them of what little cash they have.

There have been "wars and rumors of wars" since cavemen started throwing rocks at each other and I don't expect it to stop any time soon. We'll probably always have problems. Of course praying and fasting accomplishes nothing  toward solving those problems.

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