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Did you hear the four things a juiced up black-eyed Biden said he was going to be doing? Probably not, since hardly anyone listened to the doom and gloom. Never mind him saying even with a vaccine you may be able to get together with teeny little groups of other vaccinated peeps on Independence Day - aka the Fourth of July.
No, my precious pineapples, the scariest thing he said was: (emphasis mine)
"Fourth, in the coming weeks, we will issue further guidance on what you can and cannot do once fully vaccinated to lessen the confusion, to keep people safe, and encourage more people to get vaccinated."
The constant drum beat on the radio is maybe, just maybe, if you're vaccinated you can get together with other vaccinated people. Maybe! And even with the vaccine keep wearing your filthy face rag and stay away from other people. And now that senile old fool in the White House is threatening more restrictions on what you can and cannot do even if you're foolish enough to allow someone to give you the death vax.
Notice the further culling of the herd. Never mind black against white, old against young, or rich against poor. Now we have mask wearers against non-mask wearers, and vaccinated against non-vaccinated.
Just because what he said was scary doesn't mean you have to be fearful. Fear is a powerful emotion and very useful if a 600 pound slavering bear is chasing you with a bottle of steak seasoning in his paw. But to be cowed into fearing a virus which has 99.6 survival rate is silly.
On day one of Let Freedom Ring, A 40-Day Tactical Training for Freedom from the Devil*, Fr William Peckman has this to say: (emphasis mine)
...Fear finds its roots in a disbelief in God's providence and care. God knows this and, in the Scriptures, He tells us repeatedly to not be afraid. Overcoming fear is trusting in God.
Fear rules our nation now. It used to be that the American Dream was the ability to act rightly and feely and set a course independent of one's socioeconomic status, In the last 100 years the American Dream transformed into accumulation of possessions and status. Now the American dream has turned into a nightmare of anarchy by which the dream is complete autonomy and self-determination independent of God, science, or reason The fear comes from a belief that this life is all that there is, and we must create a reality conducive to our personal truth. Anyone who challenges this is to be feared and despised.
Who Would Jesus Drive Out of the Temple Today??
And how are you complicit?
Father Altman puts it in perspective - and we thank him.
NB: Yep - he's Catholic. But truth is true, no matter who is speaking it. So, if you're not Catholic listen anyway, just as I listen to some non-Catholic preachers.
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