Ugh

Jack Conway is a Democrat running for the Senate in Kentucky against Rand Paul.

Rand Paul is yet another crazy Tea Party nuttie. He had a gazillion weaknesses, and Conway would be wise to point them out. This ad, however, crosses a line of no return.

Why should I care about what Rand Paul said/did in college? Why should I care that he once called the Bible a hoax? (For the record, it’s a stance I pretty much agree with). Why is religion even coming into play here? What the hell does it have to do with serving in office?

I couldn’t vote for Paul—I just couldn’t.

But, with this ad, I couldn’t vote for Jack Conway, either.

Truth is, these are the worst political times I have ever seen. Ever. The Republicans and Tea Party jackoffs have decided to attack Obama with everything they have—even when they agree with him. The Democrats then battle back with their own special brand of sludge.

Who wins? No one.

12 thoughts on “Ugh”

  1. Not defending Conway but I think the ad is brilliant. The ad is clearly aimed at republican voters. As a democrat I think the ad is tasteless, etc. but if you reversed the names, its 1 of 1000 republican ads. Surely to get Christians riled up.

  2. I used to think the bible was a hoax too. That was before I actually spent any time in the bible. It is said, “ignorance breeds contempt”. Usually those that think the bible is a hoax don’t know the book.

    You’re a writer. Consider the task of writing such a book. There were many scribes writing over many years, yet it is apparent only one author. To keep the book consistent and historically accurate before the information age is in itself an amazing feat but there is also a spiritual accuracy that is not apparent to many.

    There are many words in the bible that carry a spiritual meaning.
    For instance, whenever “Egypt” is mentioned it is creating a picture of the wicked world we are saved from. The key verse to understanding this is:

    Revelation 11:8 And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.

    It is obvious Christ was not crucified in Egypt. As we read the bible we can look to see if perhaps there is a greater understanding to be made whenever “Egypt” appears in the text.
    When we see verses like:

    Genesis 46:34 That ye shall say, Thy servants’ trade hath been about cattle from our youth even until now, both we, and also our fathers: that ye may dwell in the land of Goshen; for every shepherd is an abomination unto the Egyptians.

    We don’t have to scratch our heads and wonder why shepherds are an abomination to Egyptians, after all they did have herds. Christ is the Shepherd.

    The first spiritualized word that caught my attention was “water”. There is an amazing consistency to “water” symbolizing “the Gospel”.

    Right from the very beginning.

    Genesis 2:10 And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads.

    I’m not a farmer, but I do know that to water your garden you bring water in, not out.
    As the gospel goes out into the world it saves and brings people into heaven so that the garden can grow.

    False prophets are wells without water, 2 Peter 2:17.
    Water flows from the bellies of believers, John 7:38.
    Some other words that consistently have a spiritual meaning.
    Fire = judgment.
    Rock = Christ (Little rocks would be members of His eternal church.)
    Two = the church
    Candlestick = church
    Moses is one example that does carry 2 meanings depending on the passage.
    Moses = the law
    Moses = Christ

    In the OT we have the example of Moses (representing the law) striking the rock (representing Christ) two times (it was through the Church that Christ was struck down) so that water (representing the Gospel) could flow out and give life to the beasts and people (representing the unsaved world).

    Numbers 20:10 And Moses and Aaron gathered the congregation together before the rock, and he said unto them, Hear now, ye rebels; must we fetch you water out of this rock?
    Numbers 20:11 And Moses lifted up his hand, and with his rod he smote the rock twice: and the water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their beasts also.

    You are a writer, do you think that this level of writing could be a 2,000+ year old hoax?

  3. I’m a writer. Unlike Jeff, however, I write fiction. I’m also a future English teacher, so I’m well acquainted with the world of fiction.

    Ever read “The Faerie Queene?” by Spenser? It’s beautiful. Exceedingly well-written. And full of religious imagery: the whole thing is a Christian allegory, specifically a pro-Protestant allegory (Spenser was a Protestant writing shortly after the Protestant Elizabeth had succeeded the Catholic Mary on the British throne.) It’s brilliant on just the allegorical levels. As a piece of writing, it beats the hell out of the Bible; as religious propaganda, it doesn’t beat the Bible but it’s awfully close.

    And it’s FICTION.

    As is the Bible.

  4. And the Faerie Queene was written by one person over a relatively short period of time.
    Unlike the bible written by many scribes for one author over centuries.
    The bible letters were finished about 1500 years before Spencer lived.
    Certainly “The Faerie Queene” is an excellent piece of work, too bad it was never finished.
    The bible is complete.

  5. I forgot to mention the printing press had been around for about 100 years when Spenser wrote.
    When discussing the bible the fact that few of the scribes had complete knowledge of what others had written needs to be considered.

  6. The Bible isn’t at all consistent. The first two chapters of it (Genesis 1 and Genesis 2) directly contradict each other, and the inconsistencies and confusions continue throughout. That is why most any political position that anyone could possibly dream up could be defended using part of the Bible.
    Rand Paul was right about it, as he is about most everything else he’s said. I agree with Jeff (I think Hell just froze over.) that this ad is a total cheap shot, and I’ll be happy when Rand Paul wins.

  7. Brian
    What contradiction do you see in Gen.1 compared to Gen.2?
    Perhaps it is just your inability to understand? (Not a criticism just a possibility.)
    Gen.1 is a chronological account of creation. Gen.2 expands on that. Did you notice how Gen.2 starts?
    Genesis 2:1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.

    The important part for me is the consistency the spiritualized words have. Every time Egypt is mentioned it is pointing to this sin cursed world. And most every time water is mentioned (depends on what word is translated water) it points to the gospel. I seriously doubt that several different writers separated by hundreds of years could have remained so consistent with these words and others.

  8. I don’t think religion should be a political issue.
    But when it comes to politics everything seems to be the issue except an honest exchange of how to handle the issues facing the nation.
    It has always been that way.
    Grover Cleveland and opponent James G. Blaine traded barbs.
    Blaine’s campaign aimed at Cleveland claiming he ignored an illegitimate child. The cry was, “Ma, Ma, where’s my Pa?”
    Cleveland to his credit told his staff to tell the truth. He did pay child support but the mother had been sleeping around and the true father was not known. The baby was named after another man.

  9. JMW; one chapter says people were created before animals, and then the animals were brought before the people to be named. The very next chapter said animals were created before people. That is a direct contradiction.
    The Bible is full of stuff like that, constantly contradicting itself and sending out completely mixed messages to its followers. The Bible endorses slavery, murder, letting groups of strangers rape your daughter, racism, sexism….so if God really wrote the Bible, then I don’t like God very much.

  10. Brian
    The Animals were created first, Genesis 1:20-22.
    Genesis 2 starts out stating the creation was finished. Genesis 2 does not give a chronology of the creation that was done in Chapter 1.

    Did you know that there were no chapters in the original text? The chapter numbers were added by the translators to help us get through it.
    It is a progressing story.

    When God brings the animals to Adam they had already been created. Now it was up to Adam to name them.
    In Gen 1 it uses the language “God created” in Gen 2 it explains how they were created. Man is now the focus and is placed before the creatures.
    Man has dominion over the creatures and names them.

    You aren’t very familiar with the bible, so I can understand why you have contempt. It goes back to what I said at first, “ignorance breeds contempt”. It has nothing to do with intelligence it has to do with understanding.
    Since you don’t understand the bible, or God, it is understandable why you don’t like God very much.

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