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OKLAHOMA CITY – Bored with some of the blah-blah-blah talk radio I was listening to driving back home from Arkansas, I happened upon some radio preacher. Literally, the first words I heard were: “… the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolators, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fires and sulfur, which is the second death.”

The preacher continued to say that those steeped in sin will be cast into that “lake of fire.” It’s the kind of old school preaching you are likely not to hear anymore. And yet there it was, coming out of the speakers of my car.

I was sort of stunned. Why? Because the relentless critics of President Donald Trump were essentially echoing those “sinful” actions of Trump himself (I don’t think Trump practices magick (but some have suggested it), but I do think he literally worships money) which, I later found, were taken from a line in Revelation 21:8. The rest of that line condems “the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable” and “murderers.” (Here’s the rest of the link for the curious).

Trump embodies what are known as the "seven deadly sins," but so-called Christians will support him to their dying breath! Many even think God ordained Trump to be president, allowing Barack Obama to be president just so their righteous indignation would build up to a boiling point. 

Preachers. Man. What a feckless lot, eh? There are exceptions, of course, but the ones sucking all the air out of the proverbial room are really sanctimonious, hypocritical, rotten and evil. (Here’s an example of one on the national level).

Why? Because when you claim you have a direct line to the Big Guy, people will do just about anything you say. Remember the plot of  Fletch Lives?

Because they (aka “Oklahoma Faith Leaders” – 100-plus in all!) are coming out against medical marijuana through the upcoming vote on State Question 788, which will allow doctors to prescribe pot to those with medical conditions that could benefit from its effects.

These Trump-loving “preachers” want to keep your mind and body and spirit in chains. Sure, in states where medical marijuana has been approved, the scourge of opioid use has plummeted. So, why is Sen. James Lankford pooh-poohing this pro-medical pot effort that is seemingly supported by growing numbers of Oklahomans who want something natural that really works? Pot is available. It's natural. It's from God! Doesn't that mean anything to Lankford, a former bible camp counselor? He says the "moral fabric" would be damaged here in Oklahoma. Umm, many of his hard-right policies and weak-kneed "criticism" of Trump are far more damaging than a cancer patient smoking a joint. To use Lankford-speak: "Hey! Get right with God!"

Opioids are a problem in Virginia as well, the place of my birth. It’s also the location of the absurdly-named Liberty University, operated by the son of reactionary Christian Nationalist Jerry Falwell, he of the odious, hate-fueled “Moral Majority.”

We have just learned, via The Christian Post, that the school’s Cinematic Arts program is making some propaganda film called The Trump Prophecies, based on the fever dreams of some ex-fireman named Mark Taylor who claims a voice told him in 2011 that crazy, fascistic Donald J. Trump would be president. (A petition is calling on Liberty to ditch this project, since it is not in line with actual Bible prophecy).

But some did not need voices foretelling the future to know what was coming down the pike in the post-9/11 dystopia we are finding ourselves in.

As noted in Hunter S. Thompson’s 2003 collection Kingdom of Fear: Loathsome Secrets of a Star-Crossed Child in the Final Days of the American Century, the good Doctor of Journalism wrote: “The real power in America is held by a fast-emerging new Oligarchy of pimps and preachers who see no need for Democracy or fairness or even trees, except maybe the ones in their own yards, and they don't mind admitting it. They worship money and power and death. Their ideal solution to all the nation's problems would be another 100 Year War.”

And Thompson was absolutely right. We are in the last days of the tattered American dream. For many, not only here, but around the world, it translates as “nightmare.”

Thompson was writing in the era of Dubya and the horrors of 9/11 and the Iraq War. But who thought 2018 would be worse than it was 15 years ago? Really?

Sadly, many Americans are going along with the gangsterism of Trump and his rabid supporters. 

As Gil Scott-Heron said in his 1972 song /poem “Ain’t No New Thing,”  “America is always the same old shit.” And this, on the same album where he criticizes Nixon and "Spearhead" Agnew and talks of the "King Alfred Plan" conspiracy theory of a white-led government plot to round up African-American political subversives. With J. Edgar Hoover still around (although with only a few months left to live at that point) it was a legitimate concern in certain political circles in that radical era.

And in current light of the rising alt-right, white nationalism and increasing number of cases of police brutality, the prescient Gil Scott-Heron may have only been five decades off.

What with strange explosions going on underground and a conspiracy theory circulating about Walmart buildings being entrances to underground tunnels and prisons, well, I don't need to tell you we are in uncharted waters. Yes, folks, the American political birthday cake is on fire - CODE RED! - and that smell is not of melting icing and candle wax. No, friends. It's the smell of death and decay and sulfur (like that line in Revelation noted at the beginning of this post). Hear those screams? We are in a serious emergency. Don't let the status-quo toesuckers and suit-wearing racist scum convince you otherwise.

Wake up!

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