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Watching the Tuscon Memorial with its festive crowd, school-sponsored Together We Thrive tee shirts, somber disciples and a revival-like President Obama reminded me very much of a song Judas sang in the musical Jesus Christ Superstar. The movie’s  Judas, one of the faithful twelve disciples, saw a change in the man he admired — from man, to man-god.  While the faithful probably wouldn’t agree this is what went down a couple-thousand plus years ago, it may just have happened in the past couple days:

Jesus Christ Superstar.1973 movie.
Heaven On Their Minds.

Lyrics by Tim Rice – Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber:

Judas:

My mind is clearer now
At last
All too well
I can see
Where we all
Soon will be
If you strip away
The myth
From the man
You will see
Where we all
Soon will be

Jesus!
You’ve started to believe
The things they say of you
You really do believe
This talk of God is true

And all the good you’ve done
Will soon get swept away
You’ve begun to matter more
Than the things you say

Listen Jesus
I don’t like what I see
All I ask is that you listen to me
And remember
I’ve been your right hand man all along
You have set them all on fire
They think they’ve found the new Messiah
And they’ll hurt you when they find they’re wrong

I remember when this whole thing began
No talk of God then, we called you a man
And believe me
My admiration for you hasn’t died
But every word you say today
Gets twisted ’round some other way
And they’ll hurt you if they think you’ve lied

Nazareth your famous son
Should have stayed a great unknown
Like his father carving wood
He’d have made good
Tables, chairs and oaken chests
Would have suited Jesus best
He’d have caused nobody harm
No one alarm

Listen Jesus, do you care for your race?
Don’t you see we must keep in our place?
We are occupied
Have you forgotten how put down we are?
I am frightened by the crowd
For we are getting much too loud
And they’ll crush us if we go too far
If we go too far

Listen Jesus to the warning I give
Please remember that I want us to live
But it’s sad to see our chances weakening with ev’ry hour
All your followers are blind
Too much heaven on their minds
It was beautiful, but now it’s sour
Yes it’s all gone sour
Ah — ah ah ah — ah

Listen Jesus to the warning I give
Please remember that I want us to live
So come on, come on, He wont listen to me.
Ah — ah
Come on, listen, listen to me.
Come on and listen to me.
Ah — ah………………..

Two years ago Mark Steyn had further discussed the topic of a Cold Civil War, first brought to light by The Hyacinth Girl. Basically, that we’re embroiled in a bloodless battle of ideologies; of how the United States of America should proceed forward.  Considering how very many people have exactly the opposite views on many topics, I’m inclined to believe the same.

I think file this FCC Net Neutrality ruling as a battle won by the other side in the “Cold Civil War”. John Fund lays out the timeline and background players pretty well.  He quotes Sean Treglia, a former program officer for the Pew Charitable Trusts:

“The idea was to create an impression that a mass movement was afoot,” he told his audience. He noted that “If Congress thought this was a Pew effort, it’d be worthless.”

Or also known as Astroturfing.  It seems it is grass-roots, but it’s not.

It also is why I’ve said for some time that we’re not ready for the Internet. I think I realized this when Firefly was canceled and a relatively small group seemed like a mass-movement and thus borne Serenity.  While it was a legitimately grass-roots movement, people just didn’t show up at the box office in numbers like those perceived.

The battle waivers, but I don’t believe it is yet lost.  If, dear readers, you are still able to read this and other similar blogs then the fight wages on.  FCC rules can be overturned. Still, it troubles me greatly that there will be a large group of people happy for this decision, for they fear big business and believe the answer is big government. Mr. Fund’s opinion editorial shows how devious men can use such a tool as the Internet  in ways in which we are not prepared.  Even if one ignores the Net Neutrality creator Robert McChesney’s  “ultimate goal” (and one shouldn’t), we might consider Ronald Reagan’s quote:

The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’

For their big announcement today, the Democrats released their new logo–which is surprisingly plain:

At first blush, this makes no sense and seems like a bad choice.  But, the message is more subtle than their dear leader’s own words:

Yes.  D is for drive.  Actually, (D) is for overdrive.  That’s right:  they’re not just driving, but they’re doing it more efficiently as they cruise down the road in the highest, fastest and least gasoline using gear.   I have no doubt this is what they were going for, and that we’ll be hearing more of the “D moves us forward” types of jokes again soon.

Considering they’ve had the keys since 2006 and are rushing Thelma and Louise-like toward a cliff, I think I agree more with a commenter at the democrats.org website; of what (D) stands for:

‘That looks like a graphic of the grade “D” with a circle around it. Terrible.’

Terrible, indeed.  And perhaps too high.

Update:   A visual.

Last month, Arizona passed a law to handle their illegal alien problem.

Today Maryland Governor O’Malley signed into law something that could “affect millions”.

The laws are similar in that they:

  • Affect specific groups
  • Are safety-related
  • Cannot be applied unless the person is already suspected of breaking another law (lawful contact)
  • Are within each state’s sovereign right to enact

Maryland’s law?  Limiting cell phone use while driving.

Yeah, they really are similar when broken down.  Arizona’s is not about race any more than Maryland’s law is about targeting cell phone users (and their particular demographics).  Can we leave AZ alone now?

Just doesn’t get better than this:

Hat-tip: Libertas Film Magazine

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