WN: This video is brilliant. Caveat: While the language is raw, the sentiment is true. I think it powerfully captures at once millennial anger and angst. But you have been warned . . .
Besides, despite my fundamentalist upbringing, there is nowhere in the Bible to be found: “Thou shalt not cuss.”
OK, there is this:
If anyone speaks, let it be as it were the very words of God. — I Peter 4:11
While this is an admonition for Christians, I daresay this video expresses at least somewhat the very oracles of God–although highly likely unintentionally!
There is much however in the Good Book about not taking God’s name in vain. The classic is Exodus 20:7:
You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.
The latter, tragically, seems to be the special purview of those of a particular conservative Christian persuasion.1 Not unlike this observation:
The modern conservative is engaged in one of man’s oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.—John Kenneth Galbraith.
I’m of the opinion that religious selfishness cloys, reeks, and harms like no other! (Now, I must needs head off to confession . . .)
While I do not believe in a hell of eternal conscious torment (please click on the phrase to find lots about hell on this website), I do believe there is a special place in hell for those whose religion consistently exhibits as predominantly Selfishness. Its name is Legion, and as in the biblical story (Mark 5) must be driven out/displaced with a True Self, as in:
Christian faith offers the grand privilege of sidestepping one’s grasping Ego in favour of a True Self. This alone yields the only ultimate liberty worth embracing.
Below the video is a write-up by its creator. Definitely take a look at others in Seasons 1 & 2. But don’t forget the language warning . . .
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4 days ago (edited)
We’re back! Welcome to our first Honest Government Ad of Season 3, which – so long as humanity doesn’t annihilate itself faster than expected – should run until 2025. So buckle up, it’s going to be a wild ride. And to kick us off, I wanted to keep our promise to our friends in the US to cover shitfuckery on their side of the world. (I was also planning an HGA for all our UK friends, but then sentient-ham Boris Johnson got booted out, so I decided to hold off. We’ll get there!). As mentioned, I hope to make more international HGAs in Season 3. And don’t worry Aussies, the Australien Government ads will be back soon and always be the focus of this series.
I thought it would be fun to open this new season with a special guest cameo, so please give it up for our HGA guest-host – Pixelsmixel! Pix is a local Twitch streamer who covers Aussie and international news, engages in community education and sings like a frikking champion.
I’ve had so many people writing to me saying, ‘have you checked out Pixel’s stream?’ so I did and when I realized she lives in our same town (Melbourne), I reached out to see if she’d be up for doing a cameo. So here we are. Huge props and respect to Pix for her awesome performance and for being a fearless badass by coming on the Juice Media to help us rip into the shitshow that is the US Supreme Court.
As I’m sure you’ve heard SCOTUS made some hefty rulings in June. But that’s just the entrée: on the docket for the next term (which starts in October) there’s some massive shitfuckery on the way as the Court has agreed to hear the case of Moore v Harper, which will rule on the theory of Independent State Legislature.
If you’ve never heard of Independent State Legislature Theory, don’t worry – most people haven’t. That’s why I’m dedicating this HGA to this topic.
Truth be told, I’m still super pissed at SCOTUS for stealing the 2000 election for Bush – a decision that altered the course of history especially on climate policy. Which might explain why I care about this so much. Coz if SCOTUS embraces the doctrine of Independent State Legislature in 2023 (and there’s good chances at least 4 Justices will), it could well determine the outcome of the 2024 presidential election, too. And as mentioned at the start, I would really like humanity to last to the end of Season 3.
I hope you enjoy it.
For those who’d like to know more, I’ve included References in the video description.
Please also see, by KK Ottesen, August 16, 2022: Current Supreme Court is damaging to the country, law scholar warns. We read:
Do you consider the Supreme Court to be in crisis now?
It’s not checking tyranny. It’s installing the tyranny of the minority.—Laurence Tribe
Yes. I have no doubt that the court is at a point that is far more dangerous and damaging to the country than at any other point, probably, since Dred Scott. And, in a way, because we even find Justice [Clarence] Thomas going back and citing Dred Scott favorably in his opinion on firearms, the court is dragging the country back into a terrible, terrible time. So I think that it’s never been in greater danger or more dangerous.
…And when you look back, the consequence of Clarence Thomas is Bush v. Gore. And the consequence of Bush v. Gore is the appointment, by George W. Bush, of [John] Roberts and [Samuel] Alito. So that led to a court in which there are now five members who clearly have an agenda and whose agenda is very prominent and activist. And when they’ve got the votes, they don’t even care if they have the reasoning.
I think we’re getting closer to the point where there is no outside independent force to call us to a halt. And that’s quite scary.—Laurence Tribe
…The entire society has been built — the equality not yet realized of women is predicated on — the idea that women cannot be used as, you know, breeders — forced labor as a form of involuntary servitude. And to suddenly rip that out suggests that if that can be overruled just on the ground that, well, we’ve got the votes now, then anything can be overruled.
Expanding the court seems to be about the only thing one could do . . . It would rather show that our system can respond when one of its parts runs wild and goes rogue.—Laurence Tribe
You know, I struggle to be optimistic, but sometimes the struggle doesn’t quite make it. I mean, we’re clearly heading to a cliff. I’m not prepared to say that we’re going to go over that cliff . . .
The above video, raw and uncouth as it is, urgently calls attention to the same deeply contemplated concerns as Laurence Tribe.
Please click on: The Juice MediaFootnotes
- Please see my book review of such here:
Book Review of: Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation
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