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Jerry is the leader of a large 9/12 Project group in New Hampshire, in fact his is the largest 9/12 Project group in the State. What Beck inspired in Jerry years ago is still alive and well in Jerry now, as Jerry made his way from New Hampshire to Bunkerville, Nevada to stand for Cliven Bundy's rights, States rights, and all Americans' rights.
Jerry DeLemus is a U.S. Marine Veteran with a great clear mind and an enviable conscience. He is the sort of man whom Glenn Beck would want to run a 9/12 Project group. So that is where an irony comes into play. Stewart Rhodes told me I could play with this one a bit, so please indulge me a bit of reflective Beck-bashing.
I have been observing Glenn Beck for a goodly number of years, beginning with seven years of his radio show at my place of work five days per week. I've watched him weave and wriggle, waver and wrangle in his fusion of entertainment and enlightenment. I witnessed in horror as he trashed Ron Paul pitifully, over and over again when America most needed Ron Paul's presence. Glenn came back around later and lamented that he was wrong to do that to Ron Paul, but of course the damage had been done and millions of Americans did not vote for Ron because Glenn had told them that Ron was "un-electable".
Over the years I've watched Glenn Beck be "wrong" many times. But in recent times I've noticed that Glenn is learning. He is slow, to be sure, and has shown that he is not really "there" yet by his treatment of the Bundy family's fight with the Feds. But Glenn is moving toward the true spirit of our Founders. And while that is good, it also leaves the window open through which might fly yet another damaging "wrong" from Glenn's corner of the ring. This Bundy Ranch thing. Beck is wrong, again, about that. But he's listening better than he used to and maybe before long he'll become as wise about the planks in his own platform as his people across the land are. Jerry is our example.
Glenn Beck, Son! If you would just ask, we'd help you keep up to speed on this business of saving America. First rule of life is: Centralized power in government is bad, cannot be good, and bites the hand of all who empowered it. That is why our Founders did not require in the Constitution that we natural-born citizens swear an Oath to the Constitution - because We The People reserved to ourselves the Right to Revolution. That is a prerogative given us by the Founders, and when any government becomes as oppressive and authoritarian in its nature as our present Federal government has grown to be, it is our right and our duty to throw off that government.... yes? That is why we reserved to ourselves, always, the Right to Revolution. Glenn Beck, while you think on that, please always remember that there is no signature on the Constitution by or on behalf of the Federal (General) government. The only signatories on the document which created the Federal government are those of the States in compact. Glenn, the States created it. They own it, and they can shut it down any time they wish.
Everything in your gut, Glenn, tells you that Cliven Bundy is a righteous man, with a good American family. And we who study the Constitution are screaming it out to you if you would just listen. But perhaps when your own people rise up publicly as Jerry has done here, and show you by example how to correct your perception to allow you to take proper action, you'll get the picture and make that last leap of faith into the world of true liberty fighters.
Jerry, as editor for Oath Keepers I'd like to offer you my sincere Salute. Thank you for an outstanding example for all Americans to admire. As for Glenn Beck, we love him, we forgive him, we encourage him to continue the opening of his mind as the past couple of years have shown he is capable, and we encourage him to follow your lead
for the good of America.
Semper Fi, Bro!
Elias Alias, editor
If you listened to Glenn Beck the last couple days, you have heard him voice his grave concern about the Bundy Ranch. We need to do something.
It is important for WE THE PEOPLE to call the State Senators and the Governor about the likely impending raid by BLM. Warn them of the supreme danger of failing to take action to bring about a peaceful solution.
If we fear that events may take a turn towards violence, don't we have a responsibility to do what we can? Not just the leadership, but we all will bear blame for any violent outcome.
Are we just going to wait while BLM prepares to shoot, raid,, confiscate, or whatever anything belonging to the Bundys? Likewise, are we as Americans really okay with the Bundy's or Bundy's protesters willingness to die in defending Bundy's property and family? Wouldn't it be far better for EVERYONE TO GO HOME and leave each other in peace?
Haven't we had an impact in signing petitions to block the UN Small Arms Treaty, raise awareness of the dangers of Common Core, Obamacare, the NSA, the IRS? We can do this, too.
The tragedy of Waco occurred on April 19th. Let's not have a repeat.
Lord, let us be an instrument of thy peace.
. Land disputes need to be resolved in a court of law, not with bullets. Nobody wins once violence breaks out.
Please call and demand that these elected officials get involved now to put an end to the build up of force surrounding the Bundy ranch.
Bureau of Land Management
Brian Sandoval, Governor
Phone: (775) 684-5670
Harry Reid (D)
Washington, D.C. Office 202-224-3542
State office (Reno) 775-686-5750
Senator Dean Heller (R)
DC Office Phone: 202-224-6244
Sheriff's Officee, Clark County. Nevada
District A - Cmr. Steve Sisolak
District B - Cmr. Tom Collins
District C - Cmr. Larry Brown
District D - Cmr. Lawrence Weekly
District E - Cmr. Chris Giunchigliani
District F - Cmr. Susan Brager
District G - Cmr. Mary Beth Scow
If you compare these two schools of thought, you might quickly come to the question of, 'Which has been more successful at furthering mankind?'
5 Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, 2 and he began to teach them.
3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
The whole concept of war is antithetical to the laws of nature and nature's God, the Natural Law. Why does the United States even entertain the idea of aggression? Even and especially for religious purposes.
Obviously, there is a great misunderstanding about the use of force with mankind. I suggest that we study the Natural Law to discern that, among 'practicers' of this law, there is no place for force, much less war.
By Rabbi Brad Hirschfield
Published April 14, 2014
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A traditional Passover seder plate is seen at Congregation Beth El in Tyler, Texas. The foods on the plate are symbols, and help tell the story of the exodus of the Jewish people from Egypt as told in the old Testament of the Bible.AP
1. When does Passover 2014 begin and how long does it last?
Passover 2014 begins at sundown on Monday, April 14th. That is the date, this year, which corresponds to the 15th of Nissan, the day according to the Bible, on which the first Passover occurred and on which all subsequent Passovers always begin.
The holiday lasts for 7 days in Israel and 8 days everywhere else, reflecting a long-held custom honoring the fact that maintaining an accurate liturgical calendar far from Israel, where Jewish religious authority was centered in ancient times, was not so simple. It’s a “belt and suspenders approach”, designed to make sure nobody fails to observe the holiday on the appropriate day.
2. What is Passover all about, and is it the same as Pesach?
Passover and Pesach are the same thing. One is simply English and the other is Hebrew. In either case, it is the holiday celebrating the Exodus of the ancient Israelites from their slavery in Egypt.
Like America itself, Passover is about freedom. It celebrates the eternal quest for human dignity and the freedom which is perhaps the greatest expression of that dignity.
The specific "passing over" for which the holiday is named refers to the way in which God passed over, or protected, the homes of the Israelites during the night they prepared to begin their journey into freedom.
3. Why is Passover the Most Celebrated Jewish holiday in America?
Simply put, like America itself, Passover is about freedom. It celebrates the eternal quest for human dignity and the freedom which is perhaps the greatest expression of that dignity.
Nowhere, and at no time, in 3,000 years of Jewish history have Jews known the kind of centuries-long freedom and security which are the American Jewish experience. The Passover story of freedom -- of the journey from oppression to opportunity -- is also the American story at its best, not just for Jews but for all people, and it rings deeply true when it is told at Seder tables across this nation.
4. What's a “Passover Seder”?
The Seder, literally Hebrew word ‘order’, is the central ritual of Passover. It refers to the carefully ordered Passover dinner party/symposium, typically held at home, which invites all those in attendance to personally experience the move described in the Book of Exodus – the move from slavery to freedom -- in story, song, and conversation.
The evening is anchored by the drinking, over the course of the evening, of four cups of wine recalling the four times when the Israelites are described as being redeemed, eating Matzah, and bitter herbs, and other symbolic foods including vegetable dipped in salt water and hard boiled eggs.
5. Why is Wine So Prominently Featured at the Seder Meal?
Drinking wine, especially over a leisurely meal, expresses the freedom of those gathered together, and demonstrating that freedom is a central feature of the Seder. Also, wine is the paradigmatic celebratory drink – think all things from Communion in Christian tradition to New Year’s Eve champagne toasts. Wine, in the words of Psalms, “gladdens people’s hearts”, and the ability to feel and celebrate joy is clearly an important part of being free. To be sure, for those who do not enjoy, or otherwise should not drink wine, grape juice is great alternative.
6. What is Matza?
Matzah is the flat, cracker-like, unleavened bread which has become the central symbol of Passover, especially since the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem in 70 CE, and the end of the Paschal sacrifice described in the Hebrew Bible.
Like most great and durable symbols, Matzah invites multiple, and even contradictory interpretations. Sometimes referred to as “bread of poverty”, Matzah recalls the food that the Israelites ate when they were slaves. It also recalls the rapid liberation of the Israelites, which happened so fast that they did not even have time to allow the bread for the journey to rise, before setting out from Egypt.
The Bible specifically commands eating Matzah on the first night of Passover, and prohibits all leavened products the entire week of the holiday.
7. Why Eat Bitter Herbs in the Midst of Celebrating Freedom?
Typically consumed in the form of horseradish or bitter greens, these foods are eaten in order to evoke the bitterness of slavery. Part of the work of Passover is being able to see ourselves as if we have personally made the journey out of slavery in Egypt. Along with joy, empathy is a crucial aspect of genuine freedom.
As free people we have the ability to put ourselves in other people’s shoes, and to at least try and feel their pain as our own. Also, those bitter herbs are dipped in a bit of sweet apple or date relish, reminding those gathered at the table that sweetness, at least a bit, can almost always be found, even at the most difficult of times.
8. Is Passover Only for Jews?
Definitely not! While Passover marks the birth of the Jewish people as a free nation, it speaks to the larger human impulse to be free, and that is why so many people, both Jewish and not, celebrate the holiday.
In addition to the large number of Jewish families which either include non-Jewish members or welcome non-Jewish guests to their own Passover celebrations, increasing numbers of Christian communities celebrate their own Seders, emulating what must have been an important part of Jesus’ life experience in the first century.
9. Was the Last Supper a Seder?
The Last Supper is often explained, based on the Gospels of Mark, Matthew and Luke, as having been a Passover Seder. Certainly the time of year at which Jesus came to Jerusalem fits, and the communal meal at which he gathered his disciples is suggestive of something like a Seder, with ritualized eating, drinking and teaching through conversation. Of course, those are also regular features of any classically Jewish meal of religious import. Also, according to the Book of John, the Last Supper was the day before Passover.
Scholars can continue to fight this out, but one thing is clear: both the Last Supper and the Seder point to the power of celebrating one’s most deeply held values in the presence of those about whom we care, and in the context of a freely offered table.
10. How are Passover and Easter related?
While the tradition of calculating the date of Easter based on the date of Passover ended many centuries ago, the holidays share some very deep truths of which all people can avail themselves. Who doesn't need to be reminded that however dark life may be, that however cold and lifeless the winter has been, the promise of spring, and the possibility of rebirth and renewal is always there?
Whether discovered in the story of a nation making the journey from Abraham’s early successes to the Israelites’ slavery and subsequent redemption, or in the story of one who lives, dies and is born again, we must all celebrate that life holds more possibility and potential than we first imagine -- that there is reason for hope, and that in celebrating triumphs of hope from the past, we can unleash new stories of hope in the present and in the future.
11. Passover and Our Founding Fathers
The Exodus from Egypt was central in the minds of the new United States' Founding Fathers. When Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin and John Adams gathered to create a seal for our nation, Franklin chose a design of Moses extending his hand over the Red Sea, thereby overwhelming Pharaoh who is sitting in an open chariot, a crown on his head and a sword in his hand. Rays in the clouds were drawn as reaching out to Moses, expressing that he acted by command of God. The motto included was: "Rebellion To Tyrants Is Obedience To God," which was later adopted by Jefferson as his personal motto.
12. Moses Was A Hero to the Pilgrims
Moses was an American hero long before there was a United States of America. The Pilgrims described themselves as the chosen people fleeing their own pharaoh, King James. When they set sail on The Mayflower in 1620, they carried Bibles emblazoned with Moses leading the Israelites to freedom. Then as now, they found themselves in the story of leaving Egypt.
13. What the Word Egypt Really Means and Why It Matters for All of Us
Egypt is not “Egypt” in the Bible. In the original Hebrew, it is called “Mitzrayim”, which means tight places. To be in Mitzrayim/Egypt is not simply to be a slave in a story from long ago. It is the paradigmatic experience of being stuck between a rock and a hard place – an experience which virtually all people have at some point in our lives.
Passover reminds all people that while getting jammed up can, and likely will, happen to each of us, there is always the possibility of redemption and release. Whoever you are, and whatever faith you follow, Passover invites us to take stock of where we are stuck, and seek the help we need to get un-stuck. That we will ultimately be successful is the eternal promise of Passover.
14. God Is There For Us, No Exceptions
Passover promises that God is there for each of us, as we are -- with whatever challenges, doubts, fallings or falling outs we may have -- with no exceptions. Whoever wants "in" is included in the process of being saved from Egypt, and always will be.
There is no test to pass, beyond wanting to part of that story.
In fact, the Seder meal script goes out of it's way to include even one who is deemed "wicked" as part of the celebration of freedom from slavery. Even that person's questions and comments are welcomed at the table. And if that is true for what we can think of as God's table, perhaps it can be a model for who we welcome at our own tables, both at holiday time and throughout the year.
Found this very interesting and wanted to share. It shows how the Passover ties to America. Pray all are having a great and blessed day .. Love and God Bless Maggie
Passover started yesterday and I thought I would look up some facts explaining it. I found this post in google and thought it was enlighting and wanted to share with you. It shows how our founding fathers followed passover and how they looked at it when forming America. We need to have leaders today that look to the Passover as a guide for our future. Pray all are having a wonderful day. Love and God Bless Maggie
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