Party Without Pity

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How’s that tea party libertarian thing working out for you about now?

Have you noticed how little Barack Obama is paying to the abject disaster in the Catskills?  For that matter, no one else, is either.  It’s a record breaking flood, and no one wants to be reminded that we are our brother’s keeper and responsible for one another in a time of disaster.   As I write this, there is nothing on Drudge, nothing on Lucianne, nothing on Memeorandum.

On Tuesday evening, while I was writing this, The Pink Flamingo visited nearly 100 blogs.  No one is bothering with the story of what has happened via Hurricane Irene.

Evidently compassion is out of style, not only for the GOP, but the nation.  Forget about the Tea Parties – they are libertarian.

What would Ayn Rand do?

I suspect in one of her novels, a John Galt like character would swoop in and buy up all the damaged property at ten cents on the dollar.   A few bleeding hearts would complain, but heck, it’s a dog eat dog world out there, survival of the fittest and all that rot. Morality, honor, decency, and compassion are for liberals, not for die-hard libertarians.

Once upon a time we lived in a nation where we were the most compassionate people the world has ever known.  Evidently we no longer are.  Yea, yea, times are tough all over.  We no longer live in a Frank Capra world where basic human decency brings about happy endings.  The American people are tired, broke, disheartened, and extremely self-serving.

Forget about compassion.

We’re no longer our brother’s keeper.

That is a thing of the past.

Ayn Rand has now replaced Christ in the hearts of the GOP.  Her works are required reading, not the Beatitudes.  You cannot follow Christ and Rand.  The Tea Parties, for all Michele Bachmann’s protests, and all the conservative pandering has decided to sell their souls and follow Rand.

It’s the pure thing to do.

As for The Pink Flamingo, I follow Christ.  It may not make me pure in the eyes of those who now denigrate good men like Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush, and Lindsey Graham, but it puts me in very good company.  I’d much rather hang with the likes of them than with Sparkles Bachmann and Ron Paul.

If you think this is good for the GOP, you are out of your libertarian, tea swilling mind.

Please, watch the videos of the Catskills flooding and tell me Ayn Rand is right.

Episcopal Relief

James 3:13-4:12

13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Show by your good life that your works are done with gentleness born of wisdom.

14But if you have bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not be boastful and false to the truth.

15Such wisdom does not come down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, devilish.

16For where there is envy and selfish ambition, there will also be disorder and wickedness of every kind.

17But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy.

18And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace for those who make peace.

4Those conflicts and disputes among you, where do they come from? Do they not come from your cravings that are at war within you?

2You want something and do not have it; so you commit murder. And you covet something and cannot obtain it; so you engage in disputes and conflicts. You do not have, because you do not ask.

3You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, in order to spend what you get on your pleasures.

4Adulterers! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.

5Or do you suppose that it is for nothing that the scripture says, ‘God yearns jealously for the spirit that he has made to dwell in us’?

6But he gives all the more grace; therefore it says,
‘God opposes the proud,
but gives grace to the humble.’

7Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

8Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

9Lament and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned into mourning and your joy into dejection.

10Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.

11 Do not speak evil against one another, brothers and sisters. Whoever speaks evil against another or judges another, speaks evil against the law and judges the law; but if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge.

12There is one lawgiver and judge who is able to save and to destroy. So who, then, are you to judge your neighbour?

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