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Jerusalem
And did those feet in ancient time
Walk upon England’s mountains green?
And was the holy Lamb of God
On England’s pleasant pastures seen?
And did the Countenance Divine
Shine forth upon our clouded hills?
And was Jerusalem builded here
Among those dark Satanic mills?

Bring me my bow of burning gold:
Bring me my arrows of desire:
Bring me my spear: O clouds, unfold!
Bring me my chariot of fire!
I will not cease from mental fight,
Nor shall my sword sleep in my hand
Till we have built Jerusalem
In England’s green and pleasant land.
William Blake

Jerusalem is one of The Pink Flamingo’s favorite Hymns.  It is terribly important when put in juxtaposition with what is going on in the world today.  Blake wrote And Did Those Feet in Ancient Times in 1804, when he was being held in prison for treason, for which he was acquitted.  The world was just recovering from the brutal populist movement (inspired by Thomas Jefferson) where tens of thousands of men and women were executed in France.  The Industrial Revolution was in its infancy in England, creating vast social upheaval.  Napoleon was ravaging Europe.  It was a time of populism (i. e. Tea Parties).  It was a time of “death to blue bloods”.

LA Times

When populism is allowed to reach its full strength, people who are on the opposing side die.  Populism is a very nasty thing left unchecked.  It is never about We The People, and always about Me the Politically Ambitious and How I Can Manipulate the Masses.  We are seeing this with the Tea Party “patriots” and the lies of Ron Paul, the libertarians, and the John Birchers.  We are seeing in in the riots in London.  We see it in the Ron Paul Bot-losertarian embrace of Julian Assange.  We are seeing it in both the far right and the far left embracing the idea of forcing the wealthy and the elite into abject damnation.  We heard it on Thursday when the punks who were attacking the limo of the Prince of Wales when they shouted “Off with their heads.”

AJ Strata wrote:

“…In the world of the lunatic left it is the ‘rich’ who are now evil. How many ranting, rich liberal Democrats do we have to listen to before we realize that success and money does not make one evil? People are much more sophisticated than the sophistry we hear from the angry, petulant left. There are many decent good people who have made it to the ranks of the wealthy, who share their successes with others. Even Dickens knew the difference between Scrooge and Fezziwig, two very wealthy men who lived very opposite lives….”

At Hyscience:

“…If via Andrew Stuttaford at NRO, if you are looking for other acts of desecration in Britain today, there are at least two pictured in this Daily Mail account of demonstrators rioting in London (nine police officers are also reported as seriously injured). If you scroll down through the story, you can see a demonstrator swinging from one of the flags that fly at the cenotaph originally built to honor Britain’s war dead from World War One. And if that isn’t nauseating enough, scroll down further still and there’s an image of someone urinating on the plinth of the statue of Winston Churchill that stands in Parliament Square….”

The Pink Flamingo is on record as  having not been very upset over the much “censored” piece of trash at the National Portrait Gallery.  I do not find that it was an assault on Christianity.  It was trash.  What happened Wednesday night in Glastonbury, is what I view as an assault on the very nature of Christian legend and lore in Great Britain.

“…Glastonbury Abbey has its own Holy Thorn tree, which is a direct descendent of the trees on Wearyall Hill, from which a sprig is sent to the Queen for display on her dining table on Christmas Day. The story of the Holy Thorn and St Joseph of Arimathea – the Virgin Mary’s Uncle – is linked to the origins of Christianity in England.  The legend tells of how St Joseph arrived by boat, landed on the Isle of Avalon and having climbed Wearyall Hill, thrust his wooden staff into the ground where it took root and grew into the Glastonbury Holy Thorn, nearly 2,000 years ago….”

The Daily Mail

For the culturally ignorant and tea party types who do not know the story, the sacred Holy Thorn Tree was brought to Glastonbury following Pentecost, 2000 years ago by Joseph of Arimathea. It is an important – critical – part of the Matter of Britain, and directly related to the legends of the Holy Grail and the importance of Hic Jacet Arthurus Rex Quondam Rexque Futurus.

The Daily Mail

From the Daily Mail come images of my cousin being assaulted by these freaks. The assault on the Prince of Wales was bad enough.  What I read in Hot Air was even worse.  The comments from the libertarian tea party “patriots” are enough to make one ill.

The Daily Mail

Hot Air

From the Telegraph:

“…They did so as the smell of fires burning outside in Parliament Square filled the chamber. The Government’s majority fell from 84 to 21 and the Coalition suffered three resignations.
In the run-up to the vote, up to 30,000 students had laid siege to the square and, in chaotic running battles with a mob, one mounted officer was knocked from his horse, another suffered a serious neck injury and others were attacked with flares, sticks, snooker balls and smoke bombs.

One student urinated on the Winston Churchill statue in the square, which was also daubed with offensive graffiti, including messages saying “racist warmonger” and “Churchill was a —-”.
A plastic booth thrown on to a bonfire of placards exploded into flames, billowing smoke across Westminster. The riots spread to surrounding areas and several buildings were attacked, including the Treasury, the Supreme Court and Topshop, owned by the billionaire Sir Philip Green.

Scotland Yard condemned the “outrageous and increasing levels of violence”.
A spokesman said: “This has nothing to do with peaceful protest. Students are involved in wanton vandalism, including smashing windows in Oxford and Regent Streets.

“Innocent Christmas shoppers are being caught up in the violence and disruption.

“It has gone so far that a car in which the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall were travelling through the West End was attacked. Police managed the situation and they were unharmed.” The spokesman said that 20 protesters had been arrested and 38 had been injured….”

NO DIFFERENCE:

Would someone please explain to The Pink Flamingo how the trash who assaulted London and the freak who destroyed a 2000 year old Christian symbol are any different from Julian Assange?  Is there any difference between this rabble and Ron Paul, Jack Hunter, and the losertarians who defend his right to destroy lives?

The Daily Paul

Somehow it is all connected.  It is about the lack of rational, reasonable discourse and people who think they are right, no matter who and what they hurt.  It is about people who fail to listen to logic and reason.

It is about I am right and you are wrong.  To prove I am right, I am going to destroy you, your reputation, and everything you hold dear.  I don’t need facts, I simply need to be right and to be pure.

When zealots like Ron Paul, his Bots, the John Birch Society, anarchists, and Julian Assange control the argument we are living in a very dangerous world.  People have forgotten that they must stand in line, wait their turn, use their inside voices, say “yes ma’am” and “no sir” and hold the door for others.

We have somehow morphed into a world where spoiled, irrational brats rule by bully tactics, character assassination, and threats of intellectual terror, not to mention the real thing. I’m right and you are wrong, therefore your opinion has no meaning.  You have no worth as a person because I disagree with you.  I am so self-important and so insignificant I must shout “Off with their heads,” and I want my way.  I don’t care who is ruined in the process.

We live in a world where the ends justify the means.  If you must destroy good and honorable men and women to prove your point, well, that’s tuff.  After all, they are not pure and you are. You require respect but refuse to give it.  You are important because what you believe is pure.  Any other opinion is neither valid nor worthy of being heard.

Nothing else matters but what you want and believe.  After all, that’s what the Founding Fathers wanted, right?  They wanted purity.  They wanted purity of thought and obedience to their ideals.  They desired to end all discussion and opposition to what they believed and wanted.  And anyone who believes this and damns Barbara Bush as a blood-blood elite,  has a fit when Jim DeMint is criticized and lies about men like Lindsey Graham is a fool.

People like this claim to be tea party “pure” and “patriots”.  They support a return to the Constitution but don’t even comprehend the fact that the Constitution of the United States of America guarantees that Barbara Bush has just as much right to speak her mind as does Sarah Palin, and not be condemned for it. Jack Hunter has a right to keep on lying about Lindsey Graham and has a right to get away with it as long as the people who are listening to his prevarications don’t care about factual accuracy.  What Mr. Hunter needs to remember is that Lindsey Graham has just as much of a right to exist as does he.

And that is the problem.  The zealots who now control the conversation don’t seem to comprehend that they must grow up and learn how to make nice and play well with others.  Until they do, they are going to be just like those vile rioters in London.  They are nothing, absolutely nothing but clinging bells and sounding cymbals.  They have no right to piss on a statue of Churchill, attempt to assault the Prince of Wales, or cut down the Holy Thorn Tree.  Nor do they have the right to lie about Lindsey Graham, George W. Bush, or any other decent Republican who is not “pure.”

Jerusalem
And did those feet in ancient time
Walk upon England’s mountains green?
And was the holy Lamb of God
On England’s pleasant pastures seen?
And did the Countenance Divine
Shine forth upon our clouded hills?
And was Jerusalem builded here
Among those dark Satanic mills?

Bring me my bow of burning gold:
Bring me my arrows of desire:
Bring me my spear: O clouds, unfold!
Bring me my chariot of fire!
I will not cease from mental fight,
Nor shall my sword sleep in my hand
Till we have built Jerusalem
In England’s green and pleasant land.

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7 Comments

  • jose maria says:

    I am sorry about the Holy Thorn Tree at Glastonbury. I have been there and it is a lovely site. It is also frightening that protesting students, attacking the limo of Prince Charles and his wife, shouted, “Off with their heads!” That is too reminiscent of the French Revolution. Next they will be shouting, “A la Lantern!”( They hung up aristocrats on the street lights.) My family went through that. I am a direct descendant of Jean Joseph de Rastel, Marquis de Rocheblave, Seigneur de Savournon. He faithfully served King Louis XV and was from Savournon, diocese of Gap in Dauphine. The revolution was a terrible calamity, a cycle of violence, where they destroyed their own. The Tea Partiers have not set up Madame Guillotine, but nevertheless they are destroying people with their lies and hate. Their targets are some of the best people. It reminds me of what Madame Roland, a French gentlewoman, said just before she was beheaded, “O Liberte, que crimes on commet en ton nom!” (O Liberty, what crimes are committed in thy name!)

  • jose maria says:

    P.S. A popular slogan during the French Revolution was “Les aristocrates a la lanterne!” It was from a song, Ah! Ca Ira. It caused violent reactions and people were lynched on the lamp posts.

  • SJ Reidhead says:

    The historically ignorant don’t even comprehend this. It is terrifying. I think we are living in terrifying times due to the lack of reason and rational discourse.

    SJR

  • jose maria says:

    Sometimes I wonder if the Tea Party is becoming the modern Jacobin Party. The term Jacobin has been used to describe extremists in any party that demands ideological purity.

  • Carpenter says:

    1. Why is there a Tea Party?
    2. Why are there Wiki-Leaks? and
    3. Why is there the ‘need’ for Student Uprisings?

    1. The Tea Party is perceived to be ‘needed’ because of Republican incompetence (or so the PaulBots would claim), to counteract the stupid Policies of Bush (the dummy with degrees form Yale and Harvard Business School) and to normalize Libertarianism so they can get more than 1/10 of 1% in the next National election.

    2. There are Wiki-Leaks because a Libertarian (a private in the US Military) gave the stolen Spy data to another Libertarian (Julian Assange) who then put the Spy documents on the Internet hoping that he would not be charged with ESPIONAGE.

    3. And we have student uprisings because students are effected (and infected) by LIBERTARIAN PROPAGANDA that is designed to instill hatred against the Republican Party while the instigators are trying to takeover the Republican Party.

    Basically what they (the Libertarians) are doing the same thing that the German Nationalists did to the German Workers’ Party (in 1918) and we all know how that worked out in the end don’t we!!

    A little History:
    A very small group of radical German nationalists infected an entire generation of young german people in the 1920’s. They did this by preaching hatred for both the Communist Left and the Right wing. They moved in and took over. The end result was a NEW POLITICAL movement that ‘LIBERATED’ Germany from the tyranny of the norm. Do you see a parallel?

    Of course their overall goals were different than the Libertarian-ists we see today (expulsion of Mexicans as compared to extinction of the Jews) but the propaganda methods they use are very very very similar.

    WHY is all of this happening?
    Its the Libertarianism, stupid!

  • SJ Reidhead says:

    That is what terrifies me about them.

    SJR

  • Carpenter says:

    Yes the Tea People are scary but they will not succeed. It’s flat out impossible.

    The Jews in pre-war Germany represented less than 1 percent of the country’s total population. Hispanics today make up about 1/5 of the US population. They are also the fastest growing ethnic group in America and in 20 years they will literally control the elections in the USA. The Liberal-tar-ians have started a War they have not the ‘numbers’ to win.

    And then there is the repulsive factor. Libertarians are just bad people with bad attitudes and bad manners and bad information and bad representatives. They use Goebbels like propaganda to achieve their goals (tell a lie often enough it will become true) and they are usually arrogant obnoxious little twits that deliberately irritate people into listening to them.

    So they will never have a big enough following to do any real permanent damage. I think of them as a form of Political Herpes. Sooner or later the disease will go away.

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