Monday, November 29, 2004


Canada, Part II

It seems I offended the folks at blogger by questioning the motivation and facts of another blogger. Well, here I go again! Just before I was going to go to bed, the Canada Al removed my posts from his site, and added one of his own as can be found below.

Since I am trying to engage in a debate of ideas with someone who has such great animosity towards the United States, I randomnly chose Al's site.

Here is his latest post, entitled Armagedon

(italics added to differentiate his post from mine)

There are "signs" the lunatic right may be right, no matter how distasteful the idea may be to rational people. There are signs these may be the "last days." I, as an agnostic, would be the last one to discount any idea out of hand, even something as preposterous as this one.

"It is written" that everything is turned upside down in the "last days." Everything that was nonsense becomes sense. Everything that was unthinkable becomes the norm.

Not long ago the word Armageddon signified the worst possible thing that could be imagined, namely, the end of human civilization through nuclear holocaust. Today, it signifies, at least to the lunatic right, the best possible thing that can be imagined, namely, yes, the end of human civilization, but with this difference: After everyone else has perished, the lunatics would be lifted up unto heaven. It is a consummation devoutly desired.

There are corollaries to this new worldview. War is good, because peace and progress can never lead to the volcanic catharsis that would necessitate divine intervention. It is best to have insane leaders, because sane ones are not likely to make the "correct" decisions that will bring on the end and the new beginning.

This has been achieved. Bush wants war to bring on the Second Coming. Cheney wants it so his former company will profit by it, no matter how many hundreds of thousands of people get killed in the process. And the rest of the gang have simply sold their souls to the devil.

So maybe I should redefine the nature of the "last days." Maybe the last days do not have anything to do with divine intervention or lack thereof. Rather, maybe the last days have to do with a human race that has become so corrupt and selfish that it looks away from the misery of its fellows, consciously and knowingly. These may be the last days. But only because we have made them so.

I will be even briefer in my second attempt to address his new view of the Second Coming:

1) President Bush is a Methodist, and, as far as I know, they are not enraptrued by the rapture;
2) Cheney dumped his control and stock in Haliburton well before 9/11;
3) As the readings in the U.S. missal in the Roman Catholic Church stated this first weekend of Advent, no one knows when the time is coming.

I am hoping to convert (pun intended) my adversary to a point where he argues non-emotive facts instead of blind rants. I will probably tire of this soon, but if you don't feel free to try and comment both here and at Not the Country Club.

Good night, and have a pleasant tomorrow!

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