Sunday, June 24, 2012

The Freedom Between Your Ears

Buhl, Idaho

By Jack Wayne Chappell

How in the hell the political superpowers ever divided and polarized our country into two

major political food groups called democrats vs. republicans is hard to imagine.
Well, to most it appears that they did. If so, they are the masters of social and psychological
tampering. Apparently, the big psychological guns know a whole lot more about us that we do
about them.
Yet, what seems to be, and what actually is, are very often two or more completely different
things. To start with, neither the Republican Party nor the Democrat Party represents the majority
of Americans, any more than does the Congress, the White House, or the Supreme Court.
For the most part, these entities represent themselves and their high dollar sponsors. It
is obvious by observing their words and behavior that they deign themselves much more
sophisticated and intelligent than the rest of us.
Many people of extraordinary intelligence and ability quite simply don’t vote, because they
believe the politicians to be a flock of crooks. The common thread amongst many is: “When
given the choice between the lesser of two evils, choose neither one.”
Thomas Paine once commented: “It is impossible to calculate the moral mischief, if I may so
express it, that mental lying has produced in society.”
That comment, in and of itself, may strike the average reader as a tremendous

understatement, yet when tied to the body of the text of the publication titled: ‘The Age of
Reason’ Paine ties the statement in with many others, most of which would not be acceptable to
the vast majority of people in our world, and especially in the Intermountain West.
For example, Paine said in the same manifesto, “All national institutions of churches,
whether Jewish, Christian, or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions set up to
terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit.”
There are plenty of Catholics, Muslims, and all denominations of Christians that would
disagree on the surface, but notice the key phrase. The key phrase is ‘All national institutions of
churches’. . .
In other words, state appointed or instituted churches, and back in the early days of pre-
revolutionary America, the King of England had ordained the Church of England as the official
church, the same as the Emperor of Rome had ordained the Catholic Church as the ‘official’
Paine went on to profess himself a deist, which means that he believed in God, but not
People who are born into and raised within the parameters of their various faiths and/or
religions have a tendency to cling to their dogmas from cradle to grave, and atheistic people
don’t stray to far from that equation.
There are Marxist atheists who are every whit as dogmatic, if not even more so, that certain
religious individuals and sects. The one philosophy, deism, is no more provable than it’s polar
opposite, atheism.
The Marxists, if you haven’t noticed, control more than their fair share of the democrat party,
and the republicans do their best to cater to all Christian religions across the board. They do this
on both sides because it is politically expedient.
Although democracy has its roots in ancient Greece from an era much prior to the time of
Jesus, it may be a safe assumption to guess that Jesus was neither democrat nor republican, and
so also it is doubtful that God favors either party.
The Republican Party would pray otherwise. Most of them are inclined to believe that, since
they accept God as the Almighty Creator, and that by and large the Democrat Party doesn’t,
ergo, God favors the Republicans. Loosely interpreted, God, therefore, must be a Republican.
While many democrats claim they believe in God, most of them also approve of things like
abortion and gay marriage, which mainstream Christianity considers ungodly, to say the least.
God, therefore, must be a conservative, and the devil is a liberal. The original republicans were
Aristotle and Plato, both of whom (or so it appears) thought they were smarter than God.
That’s basically what Idaho politics boils down to. There could be some truth to this thing
about God being a Republican, heck, I don’t know.
And, there may be only two major political food groups in America for as long as America
lasts, which, from all outward appearances, might not be that much longer. I call these two
parties ‘political food groups’ because both sides keep eating my lunch. All I know is what old
Will Rogers said one time:

“You can’t say civilization don’t advance . . . in every war, they kill you in a new way.”

WILL ROGERS, New York Times, Dec. 23, 1929

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