By NVA Patriot

We’re living the Great Revelation; its affects will be no less profound than the 1st Great Awakening of the 1730’s and 1740’s.

Matt 10:26-28, “26) So do not be afraid of them, for there is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. 27) What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs. 28) Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.”

One of America’s first celebrities, George Whitefield, connected the colonists to God and each other without the then church hierarchy. Benjamin Franklin, in his 50’s at the time, befriended Whitefield and enjoyed a lifelong friendship. Franklin, a printer, the “Drudge” of his time, printed Whitefield’s sermons. Franklin himself was a world renowned celebrity. One can say we were founded and led by celebrities.

The Great Awakening’s laid the foundation of our American character. The 1st Great Awakening fostered the second starting in the early 1800’s through 1830. The 2nd Great Awakening conceived the Abolitionist movement which in 1854 bore the Republican Party, after the Kansas Nebraska Act. This Act, coupled with the Dred Scott decision, created an insurmountable divide between slavery and freedom. The 2nd Great Awakening, ending in the 1830’s led to the end of slavery 30 years later.

Scholars studying the American history we make, will mark the start of the Great Revelation precisely and accurately to 3 October 2005. On that date, President George W. Bush nominated Harriet Miers as a Justice for the Supreme Court.

The nomination of Ms. Miers came after the resignation of FEMA director Michael Brown, who oversaw FEMA’s failed response to Hurricane Katrina. With the Katrina debacle fresh in the public zeitgeist, citizens delivered a swift, seismic reaction to the revelation of Bush cronyism for the Supreme Court. In less than one month, Miers withdrew. Bush revealed Republicans wanted cronyism, not competence.

One year later, Republicans lost control of the Senate and House. Two years later, Republicans lost the presidency to a leftist radical whose pastor of 20 years was revealed to be a raving, racist anti American lunatic. During the election of 2008, Americans saw the Republics living in Washington DC throw in with progressives and viciously demonize a conservative woman governor, Sarah Palin. People noticed.

President Obama revealed his true colors and governing approach when he told House Republican Whip, Eric Cantor, “Elections have consequences, I won.” People noticed.

Rick Santelli built on the revel, naming the stimulus protest movement the TEA Party. Not long after the stimulus, President Obama pushed through transformative legislation for health insurance against the will of Americans. Eight months later, the American public, observing the revelations of the nature of President Obama and the democrats, reacted giving the largest mid-term landslide election recorded in more than 100 years to the Republican Party.

In the lead up to the 2012 elections, Washington DC Republicans, despite consequential political gains throughout the country, repeatedly failed to fight the disruptive changes of President Obama. Later, Americans watched elites squander hundreds of millions of campaign dollars on failed get out the vote tools, leading to failed campaigns. We saw the cynical, jaded nature of the Republican consultant class and voter disdain.

The Great Revelation is that apt label for our times.

Today, many are looking for leaders and doers. The progressive movement for the first time is fully revealed and in retreat across the country at every level of governance.

Yes they have made gains because of the courts. But, like Dred Scott, each court ‘win’ becomes more pyric.

No single leader can be identified with taking back state and local government. In the less time than president Obama won two elections, the American progressive movement has lost 30 State legislatures, 30 governorships, and thousands of local level elections.

With each revelation, Americans, the moral doers reacted to blows received, with counterpunches. Bush cronyism fell first. Next, ACORN the progressive vote stealing scheme fell. Public sector unions sought to force themselves on all, and got beaten in WI. From union busting in Wisconsin led to Michigan becoming a right to work state. At local levels, individual citizens organize (Oath Keepers), protecting businesses in Ferguson. At a high school in Mississippi, citizens slapped a progressive judge around by singing hymns at a football half-time, despite the Judge ordering no hymns. All of us can throw sand in the progressive gears.

What’s the common feature in the age of Revelation? Each Revelation of Progressive abuse, provokes a counterpunch. The zeitgeist of our age is to acknowledge the revelation, identify the problem and counter it. Momentum shifts continually in this battle for Freedom. In the age of Revelation, the progressive movement is exposed for what it is, tyranny. When Americans identify a tyranny, they awaken. Some faster than others, but once awake – Americans change the world for the better – check the history.

You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.

John Bunyan

 

This piece at Hotair jumped out at me bigtime:

Poll: 38% of born-again Christians believe prayer can boost wealth, 24% think wealth is a sign of God’s favor

It caused some surprise

Even your friendly neighborhood atheist blogger is surprised by this result: My memory of youthful Christian lessons is rusty but I do vaguely recall something about rich men and heaven and camels and the eye of a needle.

Our atheist friends memory is not faulty.  Let me refresh it from  from Matthew 19:16-26

Now someone approached him and said, “Teacher, what good must I do to gain eternal life?”

He answered him, “Why do you ask me about the good? There is only One who is good.  If you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments.”

He asked him, “Which ones?” And Jesus replied, ” ‘You shall not kill; you shall not commit adultery; you shall not steal; you shall not bear false witness; honor your father and your mother’; and ‘you shall love your neighbor as yourself.'”

The young man said to him, “All of these I have observed. What do I still lack?”

Jesus said to him, “If you wish to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to (the) poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”  When the young man heard this statement, he went away sad, for he had many possessions.

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Amen, I say to you, it will be hard for one who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven.  Again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for one who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”

When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and said, “Who then can be saved?”  Jesus looked at them and said, “For human beings this is impossible, but for God all things are possible.”

In fact Christ gives multiple examples of seeking wealth as folly talking about instead seeking to amass treasure in heaven.

All this is Christianity 101, and the Catechism of the Catholic Church discusses it:

1.  Respect for Persons and Their Goods

2407 In economic matters, respect for human dignity requires the practice of the virtue of temperance, so as to moderate attachment to this world’s goods; the practice of the virtue of justice, to preserve our neighbor’s rights and render him what is his due; and the practice of solidarity, in accordance with the golden rule and in keeping with the generosity of the Lord, who “though he was rich, yet for your sake . . . became poor so that by his poverty, you might become rich.”

and here under the 10th commandment 

  1. The Disorder of Covetous Desires

2535 The sensitive appetite leads us to desire pleasant things we do not have, e.g., the desire to eat when we are hungry or to warm ourselves when we are cold. These desires are good in themselves; but often they exceed the limits of reason and drive us to covet unjustly what is not ours and belongs to another or is owed to him.

2536 The tenth commandment forbids greed and the desire to amass earthly goods without limit. It forbids avarice arising from a passion for riches and their attendant power. It also forbids the desire to commit injustice by harming our neighbor in his temporal goods:

When the Law says, “You shall not covet,” these words mean that we should banish our desires for whatever does not belong to us. Our thirst for another’s goods is immense, infinite, never quenched. Thus it is written: “He who loves money never has money enough.”

2537 It is not a violation of this commandment to desire to obtain things that belong to one’s neighbor, provided this is done by just means. Traditional catechesis realistically mentions “those who have a harder struggle against their criminal desires” and so who “must be urged the more to keep this commandment”:

. . . merchants who desire scarcity and rising prices, who cannot bear not to be the only ones buying and selling so that they themselves can sell more dearly and buy more cheaply; those who hope that their peers will be impoverished, in order to realize a profit either by selling to them or buying from them . . . physicians who wish disease to spread; lawyers who are eager for many important cases and trials.

2538 The tenth commandment requires that envy be banished from the human heart. When the prophet Nathan wanted to spur King David to repentance, he told him the story about the poor man who had only one ewe lamb that he treated like his own daughter and the rich man who, despite the great number of his flocks, envied the poor man and ended by stealing his lamb. Envy can lead to the worst crimes.

If one is not inclined to read the Catechism which explains scripture & doctrine in detail one should at least read the scripture.

I’ll give the last word to Our Lady of Lourdes who spoke this to St. Bernadette

I cannot promise you happiness in this life, only in the next.

Remember the years you spend alive are dwarfed by the centuries you will spend dead.

As Pete notes, the knives are out against Robert Menendez, with lurid headlines again screaming Sen. Robert Menendez may have had sex with underage hookers in Dominican Republic. Menendez’s office again denied the accusations, which are part of a larger case (emphasis added),

And unlike in many federal public corruption cases, this prosecution revolves, in part, around testimony by ex-girlfriends of Menendez and his donor, the eye doctor Melgen. The Justice Department says at least six of those girlfriends are “direct witnesses to the corrupt relationship between the defendants.” Prosecutors added that they didn’t call all of the men’s former paramours, only those who benefited from the alleged corruption.

Woe betide those whose former girlfriends talk, or whose divorce records are opened.

It’s curious to see the hooker story pop up again. I have been blogging on the case for the last couple of years, and noted that a grand jury in Florida already found no basis for the prostitution allegations. Let’s not forget why it has.

The knives are out on Menendez for three reasons, all pertaining to foreign policy:
1. The Iran deal (about which we have been posting), and Cuba:

Mr. Menendez sharply questioned State Department officials about Mr. Obama’s move to open diplomatic relations with Cuba, calling it “a bad deal” that “compromised bedrock principles for virtually no concessions.” In December, Mr. Menendez, a son of Cuban immigrants who has made opposition to the Castro leadership a centerpiece of his political life, said Mr. Obama’s decision had “vindicated the brutal behavior of the Cuban government.”

He has also battled with Mr. Obama over a bill to impose new sanctions on Iran, which the president argues would undermine talks to prevent Tehran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. Mr. Menendez is a co-sponsor of the bill.

And during Mr. Obama’s State of the Union address last month, Mr. Menendez sat grim-faced as other Democrats cheered the president’s promise to veto any effort to roll back his domestic agenda. Days later, Mr. Menendez told Obama administration officials that they sounded as if they were peddling “talking points that come straight out of Tehran” in arguing against his sanctions bill.

2. Russia

All the while, Mr. Menendez has agitated for a more aggressive response to Russia’s aggression in Ukraine, calling for more sanctions on Moscow and military assistance to Kiev.

3. Menendez’s support of dissidents from countries other than Cuba: He vigorously supports the State of Israel against Iran-sponsored Hamas in Gaza, which also figures in his support of international sanctions against the Iranian nuclear program – sanctions that Ecuador and Venezuela attempt to help Iran avoid. And, by the way, last year the story was that Menendez was allegedly helping a pair of Ecuadorian fugitive bankers.

The “Ecuadorian fugitive bankers” are brothers William and Roberto Isaías, who fled Ecuador ten years ago after the government allegedly confiscated media outlets they owned which were critical of the government. They are here legally.

As ranking member of the Committee on Foreign Relations, his word carries a lot of weight. Bringing him down is taking a heck of a lot of work. The senior senator from NJ is not giving up.

The die on the disastrous Iran deal may already have been cast and Menendez’s six-point rebuttal may amount to Failure Theater. No matter what, sinking Menendez sends out a clear message.

UPDATE:
Linked to by Babalu. Thank you!

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S. and Latin American politics, news and culture at Fausta’s Blog.

The President:  You’ve got yourself a chip in the big game now. You’re gonna tuck that away. You are gonna save that for a time when your own ass is on the line and then you’re gonna pull it out, and I’m gonna cash it in for you, right?”

Clear and Present Danger 1994

Watching the Robert Menendez underage hooker story break out suddenly again shortly after his public announcement of his opposition to the Iran deal might give some people the wrong impression concerning the story itself.

If you are discounting the story because of the retaliatory nature of the timing you are missing a basic fact about how the media Democrat complex works.  It’s very simple:

If you are of service to the Democrat / liberal powers that be, your problem will not be considered newsworthy, and if they come up, the question will not be in terms of:  “Did the Senator do X, Y or Z” but will be framed as “How will the talk about X, Y & Z effect the senator’s re-election?”

The only exceptions to this rule are generally accidental to wit:

Then, I couldn’t believe what happened. When we got home, we were all over the newspaper. At first I didn’t even know why we got picked up. Then I found out the guy we roughed up had a sister working as a typist for the FBI. I couldn’t believe it. Of all people. She gave up everybody. Jimmy, me. Even her brother.

Good Fellas 1990

Think of the number of times we have seen people like Carlos Henriquez be completely ignored by the national press, think of the Obama scandals that have gotten zero traction in the press, think of how long it took for Hillary’s email situation to break out (Do you really think it would have done if there wasn’t animosity between her and the White House?) Think of how many times Joe Biden has said things that if said by Donald Trump would be called proof that he is unfit for office?

That these stories didn’t break out had no relation to their factual basis.

The shooting in Virginia has kept the Robert Menendez Story  update from breaking out but rest assured if it reaches the point where the White House is desperate on Iran, it will.

Count on it.