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Politics and Physical Geology

Politics has the qualities of high pressure salespeople who, if they haven’t the product you want, will try to convince voters they can not live without them.

State of the Republican Party by Michael Osbun
State of the Republican Party by Michael Osbun

(PASO ROBLES, Calif.) - The difference between the two, according to Republican pundits, is that politics, referring to Communism and the Democratic Party, is revolutionary whereas the Republican Party is neither revolutionary or evolutionary but solidly Christian, as in “as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be; Amen” But the concept goes entirely contrary to the nature’s laws.

Republicans consider the American Constitution the equal of the Bible which they pretend to be the absolute word of God when in fact our fore-fathers created the Bill of Rights and Constitution, not as Gospel, but as a road map for peace and prosperity for all. In this sense America was founded both as an evolutionary and revolutionary state in keeping with the natural course of things as it should be.

Christian icons placed by builders in the Washington Monument are no more indicative of America’s religiosity than would be icons of another religion, and to pretend otherwise if foolishness. Christianity evolved from a cult within Judaism, and Jesus was called Christ only after he agreed to die for the cause. Christianity became dominant in the 4th Century with the blessing of Emperor Constantine. That is just seventeen hundred years, or about 70 generations ago, hardly the beginning of time.

For centuries Christianity was the stepchild of a political system controlled by emperors who gave as much authority to the civil arm of government as to the religious, a system of government similar to that established in America by forefathers not far removed from the Reformation Movement [1500 to 1800] that denied Catholicism in favor of Protestantism and made the Miracle of America Possible. America has not renounced Christianity, but rather than commit to it as Republicans would like, it accommodates to it in the form of a variety of Protestant and religious denominations.

Mega Churches have become the most recent example, run by Evangelists whose personal charisma takes the place of common sense, and the Republican Party embraces them as an instrument of its intention to re-invent Catholicism prior to the Reformation when subjects [rather than citizens] were required to do as they were told, or else!

The best examples of where it can lead are the Administrations of Geo. W. Bush that listened to his Holy See of Evangelicals and politicos whose purpose is to use Christianity to control the government. The period of 2000 to 2008 has shown what can happen if the people succumb to their siren-songs of “down with evolution and revolution,” their obstructionism of anything promising and worthy of common support, such as universal healthcare, etc..

The forces of nature are essentially two-fold; intrusive and extrusive. Neither is quick in their efforts to shape the future, but can appear to be so, as has catastrophically been illustrated around the world recently. Intrusive forces are what have given earth its rough characteristic; earthquake and volcanoes primarily, but not without exceptions. Extrusive forces are those which constantly seek to reduce the earth to a perfect sphere; storm related causes or tsunamis that attack rough terrain and make them smooth.

It is a constant battle that neither will ever win. And so it is with Politics. The Republican Party would like us to believe it has all the answers, and that there is no need for extraneous forces to counter it. President Osama, on the other hand, while trying to work with Republicans in a bi-partisan way may defeat his own agenda. I believe he is on the right track, but needs time for his agenda to work. Geological forces are seldom if ever compatible, but compliment each other in ways not easily or always understood.

Haiti is the most recent example of catastrophe the effects of which will affect its people for decades. Earthquakes continue, and the rainy season may make matters worse. Nature does not choose sides, but overpopulation can make it appear as if it does.

Politics has the qualities of high pressure salespeople who, if they haven’t the product you want, will try to convince voters they can not live without them. Nonsense of course. This is a time in American History when it makes sense to give the President time to move us away from Christian dominance in the direction of rational togetherness.

Kenneth G. Ramey was a 79-year old "writer without a Website" who is generating excellent, provocative articles on the subject of religion and world affairs. We are pleased that Ken's "lone wolf" presence as a writer in the world has been replaced by a spot on our team of writers at Raised in Minnesota and California during the dark years of the Great American Depression, Ken is well suited to talk about the powerful forces in the world that give all of us hope and tragedy and everything in between. You can write to Ken at:

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