Another show for HBO, like True Detective.
As many of you know, or maybe you don’t, The Donald this week was, once again, the recipient of a barrage of attacks from The Establishment from which he emanates. Notable barbs directed at Trump were issued by Obama and, of all people, The Pope. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a standing president make disparaging and negative comments about a candidate who has not even won the nomination of his party yet, but that’s just what Obama did this past week when he said, emphatically and confidently, that Donald Trump would not be president. How can he be so confident? Unless. And it can’t be because he thinks the electorate is smart enough to see through the act. That same electorate wasn’t intelligent enough to see through his act or George W. Bush’s act or William Jefferson Clinton’s act or Ronald Reagan’s act, so there’s no way it’s going to see through The Donald‘s act. And Obama knows that. I know he knows that. And he knows I know he knows it. Right Barry? Blink if you agree.
And please, before I go any further, this is not an endorsement of Donald Trump. I am not politically ideological. I have no side. I just observe The Circus (Roman or otherwise) and express. I point out the contradictions. Since the MSM and the Alternative Media have been criticizing Trump 24/7, I’m not going to do it here. It would be redundant. But I am going to criticize the criticizers, because, like the bad Christian I once was, I still believe in “whoever is without sin among you, let him/her be the first to cast a stone at her/him.” That’s why I always throw stones at the Stoners, not the Stonee.
Obama is one to talk about not having the requisite experience to be POTUS. A Junior Senator from Illinois with no experience leading people whatsoever, and an extremely opaque and murky past. A person, a project really, that was nurtured to be the Head Puppet In Chief from womb to office. He is the ultimate Manchurian Candidate. The first natural-born member of The Family, the REAL Family, to ever hold the office. Some of the others who have held the office were founders of The Family or leaders of The Family or inductees, but Obama’s the first from womb to office. It was a glorious coronation with the Mockingbird Press playing its part every step of the way.
But this year, a member of The Establishment has decided to go rogue and behave in a manner not acceptable to his, maybe, now former brethren. They’re out for his head. He must not be allowed to succeed. Anything and everything will be done to keep that from happening, up to and including assassination. Donald Trump may play the clown (dumb like a fox), but he isn’t a puppet, at least not yet he isn’t. And if you’re not a puppet, you will not be allowed to occupy The Oval Office. There are too many vested Global Elite interests at stake to leave the fate of that to the arbitrary whims of a rogue Populist.
What surprised me most though, was The Pope, The Pontiff (I love this word — I love saying it), getting in on the act. I suppose it shouldn’t have surprised me — afterall, The Pope is as much a member of the Global Elite Establishment as any other VIP. They all have to step up and do their part to prevent The Donald from ever holding the office of POTUS and spoiling and foiling all their grand plans. The Donald simply can’t be trusted to do as he’s told and bend his knee to their will. And so, they must find a way to neutralize him. They will find a way. Obama knows — that’s why he speaks with such confidence.
Of course, what ultimately inspired the title of this post was The Pope‘s specific criticism of The Donald. Unlike Obama, he didn’t say Trump wouldn’t be president, he said Trump is not a Christian because Christians don’t build walls to keep the persecuted out, but instead bridges to lift the persecuted up and over. I agree with The Pope. According to that criterion, The Donald is not a Christian because to be a Christian requires more than just stating you believe in Jesus Christ or even believing in your heart in Jesus Christ. You have to walk the talk, and hardly anyone walks that talk these days. Certainly not like they walked that talk back in the days that inspired the first pic to this blog post. Those folks put it all on the line, their very lives, for their beliefs that they not only espoused, but in fact metaphorically lived and breathed every day. They behaved like Christians should behave — according to The Word provided by Jesus Christ. You can’t just preach The Word — you have to live it, or die by it at the sword of those who despise you for your conviction. And so few are willing to do that today. So few have to do that today because the formerly persecuted have become the persecutors whilst still pretending to be the persecuted. How convenient.
By Pope Francis’s (birth name Jorge Mario Bergoglio) own benchmark of what it means to be a Christian, he himself fails the test and he is no more a Christian than Donald Trump. See, Jorge had a chance to die a martyr for his faith by laying his life on the line in defiance and resistance to those who sought to persecute fellow Christians and fellow innocents. But he refused. He chose life over principle and conviction. And that’s not Christian. Every True Christian should be ready at all times to be a martyr for their faith in The Word, and no, not a martyr in the sense of flying planes into tall buildings or blowing a bunch of people up as you blow yourself up, but a martyr in the sense of choosing death when someone says “renounce your faith or die” or says “step away and look the other way as we murder your fellow Christian comrades or die.” The cornerstone of the Christian Faith, martyrdom, was snubbed by Jorge Mario Bergoglio, The Pontiff. Disgraceful. And yet, here he is, leading the Catholic Church into the 21st Century as the never-ending Holy Roman Empire seeks to strengthen its seemingly eternal grip on the destiny of the human race and this planet.
For those who don’t know, Pope Francis is Argentinian, and he was rising up through the ranks of the Catholic Clergy in Argentina when Argentina was conducting its reign of terror after successfully, with the significant aid of America, enacting a military coup and imposing a military dictatorship to suppress and tyrannize the largely defenseless people of Argentina. And as this was going on, Pope Franny was silent. He not only didn’t come to the defense of non-Christians being tortured and slaughtered, he was even silent during, and perhaps complicit in, the torture and murder of some of his fellow Jesuits for their possible ties to Communist sympathizers. Nice. I don’t know about you, but I don’t think that’s a Christian, and certainly not behavior of someone worthy of the title of Pontiff. Following, is a watered-down version of what I just asserted, and, as you can see, even the watered-down, neutered version of it is still incredibly damning. So yeah, Jorge, The Donald isn’t Christian, but you’re one to talk, because neither are you when we hold you to the same standard and scrutiny.
The new Pope, Francis the Humble, as he perhaps would like to be known, is an Argentine with a cloudy past. This in itself is not an offense but, rather, is in keeping with a religious institution that has long been marked by secrecy. From the smoke signals with which the papal conclave makes the fact, if not the process, of its decision known to the world to the wide-ranging coverups of sexual abuse involving priests and bishops, the Catholic Church is too often associated in the popular imagination with the darkest kind of institutional opacity.
Some of the cloudiness in Francis’s past has to do with his relative obscurity during the years when he was still known as Jorge Mario Bergoglio, and with the way that the Church operates in even the calmest times. But much of it also has to do with questions about his real role during the country’s anti-Communist terror three decades ago. Officially called the Process of National Reorganization by the military junta that ruled Argentina from 1976 to 1983, the Dirty War, as it is more commonly known, was a comprehensive campaign aimed at the elimination of Communists and others seen as “subversives.” The purge claimed the lives of at least nine thousand people and as many as thirty thousand people, many of them killed in the most gruesome circumstances imaginable. Pregnant women were often held until they gave birth, whereupon they were secretly killed, their babies handed over to childless military families and others close to the regime for adoption. Hundreds of “children of the disappeared” are living today, young people in their early thirties, some of them still unaware that their parents are, in effect, their biological parents’ killers. (Francisco Goldman has written about these children for The New Yorker.)
Many of the victims were held for months in official institutions, where they were repeatedly tortured before being killed, their bodies “disappeared.” Justifying the purge, which was spoken about euphemistically but carried out in secrecy, the Argentine military espoused a brand of anti-Communist ferocity that echoed Franco’s Fascist witch hunt, which had previously devastated Republican Spain—a brand of ferocity that also shared his deeply entrenched ultra-Catholic and anti-Semitic views.
As in Spain during its Civil War, when the Catholic Church openly sided with Franco’s inquisition, and in Rome during the Second World War, when the silence of Pope Pius XII was understood as a tacit admission of Vatican acquiescence with the policies of the Axis, the role of the Argentine Catholic Church in the junta’s anti-Communist campaign was queasily intimate. In official discourses, one of Bergoglio’s predecessors, Archbishop Juan Carlos Aramburu, openly sided with the military’s stated need for a purge, in which freethinking priests and nuns were also killed. For the most part, the Church remained mute in public about what was going on. But some priests were actually directly involved in the repression, by all accounts, with military chaplains going so far as to bless the drugged bodies of suspected guerrillas marked for execution as they were loaded onto military planes, from which they were then hurled to their deaths, unconscious, over the Rio de la Plata.
There have been past accusations, including testimony from a handful of priests and bishops, that the man who is now Pope Francis was complicit, too, if in a more subtle way. He was, in the early years of the Dirty War, the provincial, or superior, of the Society of Jesus in Argentina, at a time when the Jesuits produced some of the more freethinking and socially liberal clerics in Latin America—a number of whom were targeted by military leaders during the era’s repression—and later led a seminary. The key allegation against him is that he pointed out left-leaning priests to the military as dissidents, leaving them exposed, and that he did not defend two kidnapped clerics or ask for their release. He has denied this, and says instead that he protected priests and others—just quietly, in secret.
”Beyond the details, the main thing is that it’s clear that he was not—by a long shot—at the level needed in the dramatic circumstances,” Gabriel Pasquini, an Argentine writer and editor of the online current-affairs magazine El Puercoespín, told me. There were other clergymen—“Catholic and from other religions”—who “did whatever they could to save lives,” Pasquini added. “For someone who aspires to be a bastion of moral values, it doesn’t seem like a great precedent. Never, in the years he headed the Catholic Church in Argentina, did he acknowledge its complicity in the dictatorship, much less ask for forgiveness. Will he do so now, from the Vatican?”
Whatever the truth, Francis the Humble, it would seem, has much to clear up about what he thought, how he behaved, and what he did during his country’s Dirty War. As with the role of the Church he has long served, it remains a mystery.