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It sounds like the beginning of a joke or a word problem, but it is neither.  It is a sign of the degeneration of our times.  People think that if they believe in something hard enough, if they say something often enough, if they get enough people to tacitly agree, that thing will be true.  It is an odd thing about truth though, no matter  how you spin it, no matter how you try to hide it, disguise it, manipulate it, truth will surface in all it gory glory.  It may take hundreds of years, it may take wars and rumors of wars, it may take cataclysmic disasters but the truth will remain in the end.

For religious believers we have our faith and the writings of people thousands of years before us on which to base our understanding of  truth.  In all of that writing there is NO evidence of the priesthood being given to women.  Not one.  One might site Judge Deborah who was referred to as a “prophet” and Isaiah’s wife as a “prophetess” but one does not have to hold the priesthood to be the mouth piece of God. All one needs is a willing heart and the lack of any worthy priesthood holders for this to come about.  Over the years though people, without the benefit of the Divine have made and said all sorts of nonsense claiming to be speaking in behalf of the Creator.  The proof of that claim lies in whether what has been said is consistent with Gospel principles and stated covenants and commandments.

While some individuals eschew the roles delineated for them from the beginning it must be noted that in order for the stated plan of the Creator to move forward the roles and duties from that plan must be maintained, for this is essential to the fruition of said plan.  In the beginning God created man (made from available material, not snapped His fingers and voila whatever God desired was there).  It was decided that man should not be alone, and that the plan could not be put into force without another entity to serve as the vessel for the procreated entity.  Woman was then created, not as a servant but as a helpmeet, a partner, a essential part of the Divine order.  As in most successful organizations however one person was the final arbiter, one person made the final decisions, one person held the most responsibility.

Man was given that role.  Woman was to council with man, to provide additional feedback, to temper his decisions and to help guide and direct him to make the correct decisions and both sought input from their Creator.  Man as did  woman, had a direct and intimate role in the “multiplying and replenishing of the Earth” function of the plan.  She would be the one to protect and defend, to keep in her body and later her care the precious seed of mankind.  She was the nurturer, the teacher, the one who guided and directed not just the physical but mental and spiritual progeny that would fill the earth.  It was under her leadership that “man” would grow throughout the world.  In some cases that leadership was benign, in some it was disastrous.  Some children refused to learn from their mothers, some didn’t have mothers due to death or extenuating circumstances.  Some “fathers” usurped the roles of mothers, condemning them to virtual servitude (much as we see in radical tribal entities today).  These men have betrayed their ancient roles and their noble association with priesthood.

At no other time however has there been more pressure on the cornerstone unit of society as there is now.  From the 1960’s on people (men and women) have sought to disparage the role of “mother”. They contend that it is not challenging enough, that it is archaic, that it is deeming and a refuge for the lazy, ignorant and unenlightened. These forces have encouraged women to criticize and belittle other women who chose to take up the ancient role of “mother, caregiver, helpmeet and partner” and castigate their choice.  The women who chose to be mothers are made fun of, debased and reviled by the very people who refuse to understand the importance that a mother holds in maintaining stability of the fabric of our civil society.  As we’ve seen in the present pitting one side against another is an excellent way to destroy both sides.

Thus it is that we now have a woman maintaining that she is an ordained “priest ” in the Catholic Church.  Who ordained this woman?  Was the person a “priest” ordained by someone in authority?  It couldn’t be a Catholic member of clergy because women priests are not found in doctrine there. It is against the Gospel as carried down from  Jesus Christ to Peter, that the priesthood duties are for males to attend to.  Women have other more important and essential duties to discharge.  Without their willingness to do so there would be no plan to follow and no reason to go on as there would be no progeny to safeguard.  She is therefore not a Catholic “priest” no matter what she claims.

While women disciples were firmly in evidence none of them were priests.  One of the definitions of disciple is;

A person who is a pupil or an adherent of the doctrines of another; follower (along with the 12 apostles, the 70 sent forth by Christ to spread his gospel and the followers of Christ at the time).

Anyone can be a disciple; young or old, bond or free, male or female. There are no distinctions on who can be a disciple, all one needs to do is follow the admonitions of whoever they choose to follow and huzzah they are disciples.

Women however have a higher calling.  They nurture and teach the next generation. While there are many who derogate that function it has become more and more apparent that what is missing in our societies are those standard bearers, those educators of the very young, those stalwarts who cast off aspirations, delay gratification and abandon ambition to truly sacrifice for the sake of their posterity.  They have taken on their roles, set before the world began, within the plan voted on by every person whose heart has beat en utero or who has ever been born on this planet.  These woman know they were destined for greatness, they will affect  millions by what they do within the walls of their own homes.  Their influence and touch is not relegated to the babies they raise until time for them to be exposed to secular eduction but even after they are dead and buried.  They will be mothers, grandmothers, great grandmothers, ad infinitum to generations unborn.  Their reach will continue until the end of times and on throughout eternity.

The priesthood  too has it’s duties, it’s powers and it’s reach.  While blessed by the Priesthood,  those responsibilities do not concern women.  For good or ill that is not their assigned role.  Of course this makes no claim on individuals who don’t believe in a Divine Being.  Their way lies along different pathways and their reward will be different from those who do believe.  The reward expected by those who wish to make their own way divergent of any religious affiliation will be, as it must, different from those who rely on the “Arm of Jehovah.” This is right and just.

Either one believes in one’s religion with it’s doctrines and creed or one does not.  If one does not it is a function of truth and integrity that one leaves that organization and finds another which will grant one the opportunities they desire from religion.  For either God, who is unchanging, is true within the confines of that doctrine held by religious sects or He is not. If He is, abide by his plan, if He is not it matters not where you go.

It does not change the truth.   Deny, abjure, disown, spurn, circumvent, enjoin, repudiate all one likes, the truth whatever it is, will not be changed or hindered and will in time come to the fore.  For some the doctrine is named Karma, for believers the scripture that comes to mind is Galatians 6:7

Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

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…..as President and now as a former president.   The George Walker Bush Library was dedicated yesterday.  Five of the last 6 presidents were there for the event.  According to a story in the Washington Times, they ran true to form.

Carter talked about Africa for over three minutes.  He had nothing to say about 911 and the war on terror, apparently that didn’t affect him at all. Maybe he was in Africa then?

George H W Bush a frail 90, spoke from his wheel chair for 24 seconds and received the biggest laugh of the day when he shook his son’s hand after his speech and said “too long?”

Bill Clinton spoke with his al’shucks good ol’ boy bravado.  He told jokes and was the same irreverent wag we’ve come to know and at least tolerate for as long as we have to listen to him.

Obama came next doing his young, humble, obsequious routine. He then gave a stump speech in support of the push for amnesty.  After the preceding nights festivities at a Democratic fundraiser and his preparation for a speech at Planned Parenthood (which was rescheduled) otherwise know as Abortion Central he could be forgiven for not remembering which speech to give to who. After all he didn’t bring his teleprompter.

But it was of course George W that put the class back into the act, which is something you probably won’t hear unless you look for it.  Some of his quotes:

“In democracy, the purpose of public office is not to fulfill personal ambition. Elected officials must serve a cause greater than themselves. The political winds blow left and right, polls rise and fall, supporters come and go. But in the end, leaders are defined by the convictions they hold.

“As president, I tried to act on these principles every day. It wasn’t always easy and it certainly wasn’t always popular … And when our freedom came under attack, we made the tough decisions required to keep the American people safe

and in conclusion,

“It’s the honor of a lifetime to lead a country as brave and as noble as the United States. Whatever challenges come before us, I will always believe our nation’s best day lie ahead.

His voice broke here but he managed after a pause to say “God bless.”

But the final moment was the one that is as true as is the goodness and integrity of this most maligned of presidents.

Sgt. 1st Class Alvy R. Powell Jr. came to the side of the stage to perform the “Star Spangled Banner.” A big, powerful black man, Mr. Powell belted out the anthem. With the crowd applauding, the sergeant moved along the line of people, shaking hands with all. After greeting W, he turned to go. But the 43rd president put his hand on the sergeant’s arm and said, “Stay,” just as a chaplain stepped forward to give a benediction.

So it is with this final act we again see that this man, this good man, this patriot was never the stumbling fool portrayed by the media.  Republican may not have always agreed with him but they knew that he was doing what he thought best for all of America, not for his friends and most certainly not for himself but for all Americans. He was a “public servant” something the others with the exception of his father know absolutely anything about.

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….is the most enlightening part of almost any story. Oh it doesn’t help you to understand the story.  No the comment sections give you insight into why America and by extension the rest of the world is the way it is.  Just today while reading one of the online sites dedicated to news aggregation there was an article about the Boston bombers listening or looking at a website called “inforwars.com”.  The host of the site is Alex Jones, conspiracy theorist par excellence.  The article itself was vague and without real facts except that it was reported by AP, someone involved in the bombings “took an interest” in the website. What exactly does that mean, he was there everyday, multiple times a day, multiple times a week, a month or two or three times in all?  I have clicked on articles and found myself on the Huffington Post which I consider somewhat like stepping in dog feces. So saying one or both of the bomb suspects were fans given that piece of information is like saying Mitt Romney is a fan of president obama because he spoke to him on several occasions.

No, the article wasn’t very thought provoking but the comments, now there was a gold mine just waiting to be stripped.  We have the conspiracy theorists, the sceptics, the trolls and the naive all there in glorious technicolor (that includes language of the blue, purple and black prose).  I’ll give you just a sample with judicious editing because some words just will not appear here ever.  When they do you’ll know it’s time to lock the old girl up and throw away the key.

The theorist:”Would those bull^*)# theories include the existence of the Bilderbergs’ power or do you think it’s just the name of an old hotel in Holland? Are the Bohemian Grove rituals nothing but bull$%#@^ he filmed on a set? Open your eyes! The word “police” has become a verb and Jones points it out.

The unbeliever:”I know! It’s what I’ve been saying too! Also, if you google, ‘tiny alien dogs takeover’ and scroll to the 17th page, you’ll see PROOF that tiny alien dogs are taking over! Total proof!”

The ostrich: “poor deluded Tom….wants to believe the big bag govt is after him. geez” (who apparently can’t spell or use punctuation)

The nasty old battle axe: Poor child, when you find an old man, you might be a lover for a while, but after a couple of years sex is only a 1 year event.. in the winter when it freezes hard. then later on you become his daily diaper changing mommy.. (being a nasty old battleaxe myself I recognize the prose…….I just try to keep it on a higher level than filth)

Mr. Clever:  “jones is a phuqing lunatic who needs to get laid more often or better meds” (He is so superior to us all. Figuring out how to spell a truly nasty, foul and disgusting word to get past the computers rule against vulgarities.  So clever.  Makes one wonder what other rules he skates around)

There are others of course.  Some better, some worse, some even courser believe it or not.

 So what’s the point?  The point is that these people are representative of the citizenry of this country.  These people for good or ill make up the country. Now it would be true to say that many people don’t comment on news stories on line, but the fact is so many of those who do have such divergent and disparate views makes it apparent that there is nothing short of cataclysm that will bring them together.  We’ve heard all about working together for the good of all. In school they force children to work in teams to create the ability to work with different kinds of people. Most often what we find is that one child does the assignment and the rest of them skate by on his work.  Teachers see it all the time but are hamstrung now to do anything about it given their restrictions and guidelines passed down by our “elitist” Education Cabal.

Unfortunately we have people in leadership positions on the left and on the right who seek to divide Americans from each other.  Some do so by their rhetoric, others do so to remain in power.  Keep the people busy fighting among themselves and they won’t pay attention to the implementation of laws to deprive them of their God given, Constitution guaranteed rights.  Keep them focused on each other and they won’t see the abdication of responsibilities and confiscation of property that will surely bind them to their “betters”.  Blame the people on the other side for government decisions made by those who have no loyalty to their party or platform once they’ve achieved their ends.  Make monsters out of those who disagree, to distort the message and demoralize the average person. All of this works in the favor of those who refuse to acknowledge the laws of the land, including but not limited to the president, his administration, Congress and the federal bureaucracy. 

We have been played ladies and gentlemen buy master manipulators.  We have become what they have desired.  Selfish, insecure, emotion-driven, ill mannered, bores with delusions of relevancy who listen to no one but those they agree with.  We claim anyone who criticizes us “hates” us.  We want government to make life “fair” and “balanced” but refuse to make any effort our selves to create the lives we desire.  We buy lottery tickets, go to the casino, watch reality programs all hoping for a get rich quick miracle.  We live for beer in the fridge and “soft porn” on the TV provided by the movie channels to make our sad and depressing lives survivable.  Is this why our ancestors left their native lands.  How would they look at us today, with disgust most likely. All of their sacrifice, all of their pain, all of their hard work for what? So that you can go home and drink yourself into oblivion watching things you’ll never see or do (in many cases that’s a good thing) in real life. 

We are our own worst enemy.  We stand in our own way and in each others way.  We are the problem.  We are also the solution.  Unfortunately for us there is no longer a 4th estate to point that out.  They have gone over to  the enemy and I do not mean one political side or another. No they have given up their search for truth, their objectivity, their intellectual honesty to those who will use them for their own nefarious schemes.  Too bad for them…….so sad for us.

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