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December 12, 2016

“What little children learn, they can never forget.”
– Rabbi Sardonicus the Elder (Collected Aphorisms & Sayings, vol. 18)

 

As recently as 2012, Pres. Obama mocked the thought of Russia as a threat – telling Willard “Mitt” Romney, “The 1980s called and they want their foreign policy back”:

Surprised by the outburst of anti-Russia sentiments because of this?
Not me!
I saw us headed into “Cold War, Part 2” the moment I heard people calling Bernie Sanders a communist who honeymooned in Moscow. At that moment, I had not one doubt that the nation would head in that direction.

The Cold-War brainwashing of the 1940s-1960s lodged deep in the American psyche and there it will stay for at least 3 more generations.

The Anti-Russia propaganda which defined the Cold War filled an atavistic need.  It supplied us with a common enemy, fueled TEAM SPIRIT, and allowed us to cringe in fear without seeming cowardly. After all, the EVIL RUSSIA held our future in their hands!

Such good old days… After the USSR collapsed (as it always gets framed) Americans experienced a surge in jingoistic pride. Then came the let-down. After hating and fearing and feeling smugly superior, we found ourselves all on our own, adrift in a world of peace. Oh, the horror!

Since the USSR died, America has groped blindly for a new Big Enemy so that we may return to those shining days of pride coupled with mortal terror. Over the years, corporate media tried and tried to build up new enemies: Muslims. ISIS. Al Qaeda. Libya. Al-Shabaab… All fell flat, compared to our erstwhile partner in the Dance of Death. 

Yes, America failed to find a new enemy, so we had to gag on our pride and return to our comfort zone of fear: Russia.

As the swallows have no choice but to return to Capistrano, America’s destiny always lay back in Russia. We’ve longed to return to hatred and fear of Russia since the days of Mikhail Gorbachev, who ruined everything for us. Without Russia, whatever went wrong in America had to get blamed on… us! Nooooooooooo!!! Not that!!!!

Did you ever wonder about those couples who marry, then divorce, then get back together again, then divorce, then… on and on? Wonder no more! We have returned to our Number One enemy and it goes down like Mac and Cheese for many people.

Old enemies soothe us as nothing else can. So when all the election year fear-mongering hit a boiling point, it quite naturally spilled all over dear old mother Russia. It had to. Predictability-wise, nothing comes close.  The electioneering fear that filled us drove us right back to our DUCK & COVER, “better dead than red” training.

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Now see how happy it makes people? John McCain looks positively orgasmic! President Obama gets a new chance to please his parents’ generation. Liberals can now call anyone who disagrees with them TRAITORS! Conservatives can say WE TOLD YOU SO! The bile and vodka have commenced to flow in an orgy of hate and fear. Just like the old days. Our NATIONAL RELIGION HAS RETURNED.

And the benefits have already begun! We have no more internal problems in the Home of the Brave! THE RUSSIANS INSTIGATED EVERYTHING! We have clean hands… No matter what goes wrong, THE RUSSIANS DID IT!

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Oh happy day! Old-Timers have joy on their faces as they slam THE EVIL EMPIRE once again. Younger people can now score points with Gramps as they regurgitate the fears and hatreds of the past, all joining hands again in blast of retro-paranoia. 
After decades stumbling in the wilderness, a generation of Americans trained to hate and fear Russia has at last made it back home.

To those who cannot cope with reality as adults, and need to return to the safety of their long-gone childhood, it must feel so damn good.

We can now bask in a warm wave of nostalgia for the bad old days.
Our world has returned to normal.
We can forsake adulthood and return to a childhood where we never have to accept responsibility.

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HOORAY!!! We now have the right to hate Russia. Again. 

UPDATE: Nadine in Upstate comments below, “Next thing, the Hillary voters are going to blame the outer space UFO people and the shadow people for her loss.”
Just yesterday someone sent me this:
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How To Decide Anything…

August 1, 2016

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In my work as a Tarot card reader, people frequently asked me how they can best select a personal reader for themselves.

Many factors go into this decision, but I do have one bottom line: if you feel worse after a reading than you did before the reading, never go back to that reader. A reader who fills you with anxiety and fear is preparing to fleece you. An ethical leader helps you.

The same can be said of choosing a political candidate. If you listen to a candidate or see their ads, and you come away feeling scared, that is not the person to vote for. I don’t care what party they may be in, for their age or their gender. One thing is perfectly clear: Inducing fear in you is a way to stop you from thinking rationally. Fear puts us into the Fight/Flight mode and curtails thinking. That is the only reason to put anyone in a state of fear.

You can see the fear technique in full display here:

Whether it be a Tarot reader, to whom you tell your deepest thoughts, or a politician in whom you put your deepest hopes, avoid anyone – and I mean anyone – who deliberately scares you. There is money and power in fear. It’s your money and your power that gets taken.

Speaking of The Music Man, that show is set in the year 1919. That’s the same year in which a very important book on the subject of fear appeared: Unmasking Fear by Lloyd Kenyon Jones. To read more about that book, and a new edition for which I provided the introduction, click this image:

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The Sting, Part Three…

June 4, 2016

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See all those LIKES? All those SHARES in the post above? All is going exactly as planned… planned by Trump.
And the posting group makes the claim that “this so needed to be said”?

Yeah. That’s Trump’s sentiment in a nutshell. He needs this constant media coverage.

Just keep posting articles about him. Keep talking about him on CNN. That kind of media coverage is how Trump wiped out all competition in the primaries. But you weren’t looking because you were reading how he was a buffoon doomed to fail.

Don’t these media saps know that Trump says all those “insane” things PRECISELY so he can suck all the oxygen out of the room? Or, as he said it, “I’m going to suck all the oxygen out of the room. I know how to work the media in a way that they will never take the lights off of me.”

The LIKES and SHARES and COMMENTARY on the post above? Just what Trump wants.

To repeat: “I know how to work the media in a way that they will never take the lights off of me.”

Don’t people constantly say TRUMP IS A CON MAN? We all know he is a con-man, yet look at all the press he generates.

He knows what every successful con man knows: when the marks are blown off, they should not even know they’ve been played. This is why so many Trump University suckers ARE SATISFIED.

Now look how PROUD the marks who posted the story above are… for what? For just having posted this.  They got stung, they don’t know it, and I assure you they will come back for more.
(And no, I shared an image NOT the link. Sharing these links is for saps.)

Listen: Concerning all the web links on Social Media to items like SHE TAKES DOWN TRUMP AND IT’S AMAZING!… no it is not amazing. IT IS PUBLICITY and that is precisely what Trump counts on.
Didn’t you read this explanation of HOW HE DID IT?
“I’m going to walk away with it and win it outright. I’m going to get in and all the polls are going to go crazy. I’m going to suck all the oxygen out of the room. I know how to work the media in a way that they will never take the lights off of me.”

And that is exactly what Trump’s “The Judge Is A Hateful Mexican” ploy did, with an assist from FOX/Megyn Kelly. Before that, people were talking about the California Primary. Now they are talking only about Trump. And that works to his benefit.

Trump won the primary contest that way and the only thing that I find AMAZING is… people still fall for it.

Until the AWESOME SPEECH, Everyone was talking about Hillary and Sanders meeting up in the California primary, but now the lights are all on Trump. ONE MORE TIME: “I know how to work the media in a way that they will never take the lights off of me.”
All the people gloating over his EPIC TAKEDOWN are a species of ripe marks such as Barnum never imagined.

Yes, the Withers are all agog over Clinton’s EPIC TAKEDOWN of Trump, but is that speech enough for a campaign? Think Hillary’s speech is a winner? Well, she cannot run on that. Sooner or later Hillary will have to answer questions.
AND SHE HAS NOT HAD A PRESS CONFERENCE IN SIX MONTHS.
Kinda takes the bite out of calling Trump a coward. But, hey, she has that speech.
“Remember that speech I gave in June?” will not make a successful campaign.
As she herself knows, and said in 2007…

The Democrats need a strong candidate. One not under a cloud for violating security laws and violating the Freedom of Information Act. Just when the Republicans have their worst candidate in 50 years, the DNC anoints Nixon in a Pants Suit. Brilliant move.
When the convention comes about there will be a choice because no matter what the Withers say, nobody gets the nomination on pledged delegates with fewer than 59% of the total. And Hillary isn’t going to get that.

The Super Delegates will have to decide which democrat is stronger.  The numbers? This is the number the delegates had best pay attention to… Trump is WAY more trusted than Clinton. Get a strong, TRUSTED candidate or else Trump wins. We have to do better than THESE TWO:

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Lesser? Evil? My Hypothetical Scenario…

February 28, 2016

What an unconventional election season!

So many WHAT IFs being tossed about.
More hypotheticals than facts, it seems.

Well here is my hypothetical scenario…
Can you answer it?
GOP candidates have begun making Trump look foolish. Rubio recently mopped up the floor with him.
Trump has no tolerance for people who push back.
In 2001, angered by republicans, he became a democrat.

He barely has 32% support in the GOP.
So… What if he does it again? Becomes a democrat?
Let’s say he does.  And he sweeps the primaries – which he has shown is possible even with little support.
He is the dem’s nominee.

This move leaves the GOP in disarray.
BEN CARSON takes the lead.
He squeaks by and becomes the GOP nominee.

I have seen so many people set up a hypothetical race then DEMAND that in this hypothetical race we vote for a candidate we dislike because… well, we must. Because our democracy is at stake! SCOTUS!!
S/he is bad, they admit, but not as bad as any republican. And… our democracy is at stake! SCOTUS!!
Voting for anyone else is a “wasted protest vote” and will make a republican the winner.
So my question to the lovers of hypotheticals is:
Trump v. Carson in November…
No begging the question.

Who gets your vote? 

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He’s A Cornered Animal

February 19, 2016

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All the cheap “combover” jokes, all the giggles about his wives, all the silly stuff distracts from the core fact: This man has NO MEANS OF SUPPORT other than this campaign.
He is running because of personal desperation – which is why he persists and persists.
He has no other job.
Like “W” before him, he has failed at everything he’s ever done.
This is the end of the road for him.
Others may want to run.
He HAS TO.
He’s likely mired in debt again and this is the only way out.
That makes him a cornered animal. Meaning: dangerous

Beware of any candidate who has no other options 

Why Are People Afraid Of Being Wrong?

January 9, 2016

If I had to isolate one personality characteristic most common in Social Media, it has to be FEAR.

Fear is not evident in everyone (especially not in those on my friend list!) but it sure is out there and running wild. Fear of damn near everything is bad enough – but mostly in chats I have observed a strange fear of being WRONG about something. For example, one person on Facebook just BLOCKED me after sending a snotty message because I DARED to mention that contrary to her assertion, New York’s Lincoln Center is not located on 68th Street. This demonstrable fact upset her. Why? I have no idea, but her reaction is not atypical.

I recently listed FBI stats in a NY Times comment section (the lowest form of Social Media) showing that terrorism in the USA is mostly non-Muslim. “Uh, NO!” came one brilliant reply from a master of forensics.

I have repeatedly asked Hillary supporters to give me one reason SHE should get any votes. If a specific reason is ever cited, a rare happening, it always turns out to be wrong – which I gracefully explain using a new invention called FACTS. Invariably, these facts are dismissed with a wave of the phrase “you are a hater!” and then I am usually compared to a lower bodily orifice. Why? Because a cherished belief turned out to be wrong. To Hillary supporters, merely correcting their mistakes about her record is like asking a jesus-christer if Mary really was a virgin.

BEING WRONG IS NOT A SHAMEFUL THING

Acknowledging an error, and acknowledging ignorance, is the first ESSENTIAL step in the process of LEARNING. Yet time and again we see people who have false beliefs which they cling to in spite of facts. This is evidence of fear, and when fear takes hold, facts mean nothing.

We are ALL ignorant concerning many things. How could it be otherwise?

Does anyone seriously think they know everything? Yet the words “I do not know” seem to be the most difficult things for many people to string together. Rather than say “I do not know”, they will fabricate “facts.” Then, they cling to the fabrication with religious zeal. They simply cannot tolerate being wrong. This is where the lie that 99% of terrorists are Muslim comes from.  Prove this is wrong, which is easy, and all hell breaks loose.

Why is this? I don’t know many more things than things I do know. How could it be otherwise? Yet people go to war over the supposed SHAME of being wrong about something. They not only refuse to acknowledge an error, they double down. They act just like Bush/Cheney/Powell on the subject of WMD (and STILL people insist that there WERE WMD even though “W” once slipped up and admitted otherwise.)

Think of Donald Drumpf clinging to his demonstrably erroneous belief that thousands upon thousands of Muslims over in Jersey City cheered on 9/11/01. Or that Paris is a city in Germany.

This is part of Drumpf’s appeal to a generally disturbed public. He is simply incapable of acknowledging a mistake. And he is cheered for this ignorant intransigence as though it were an asset. He also must be keenly aware that if he does say he was wrong he will lose his most ardent – and ignorant – supporters. They would turn on him faster than Drumpf can bankrupt a casino.

Putting fear-based people in positions of authority will always lead to death and destruction on a global scale. Until America rids itself of fear, people exactly like “W,” who live in constant fear (as do most dry drunks), will hold a deep appeal to voters. Look at the millions of deaths and the widespread destruction “W” caused in his panic over supposed “evil doers” he saw everywhere.

This is not Bush’s fault, nor is it Drumpf’s fault. Sick people will always elect other sick people. It is inevitable. And the sickest among us will never seek help, for in our culture “YOU SHOULD HAVE YOUR HEAD EXAMINED” is a deep, deep insult. When you break a leg, is: “YOU SHOULD GET THAT X-RAYED” an insult? No, nor should it be.

Sick people whose addiction is fear will never let go of that fear. They need it. They are accustomed to it. It is in the warp and woof of their personal fabric, planted there ages ago and nurtured with all the loving care an addict always give to their drug of choice.

This fear is nothing new. 1919 was a year of monumental fear in America – and that is when this book was written. It sure resonates today.

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I wrote an introduction to this new edition, putting it all in its historical context. If we want and desire true happiness and freedom, we need to beak the cycle of fear. Fear-based people will only spread fear in the Home of the Brave.

Election Time Is America’s FEAR-A-PALOOZA

December 24, 2015

Crime is down in America. Despite this fact, a new report from the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law just found that Americans are terrified of crime. 
70% of Americans believe that they are in danger of being killed by “ISIS” – which they think is trying to take over America. International Terrorism is a chimera; a fantasy drilled into the consciousness of Americans by politicians who use this demonstrably false threat to hold power. The BBC documentary THE POWER OF NIGHTMARES charts this fraud in great detail. It works and now the HOME OF THE BRAVE is quaking in its boots. Even though home-grown followers of a reputed Prince of Peace have been bombing and shooting up Planned Parenthood centers, nebulous “foreigners” are feared to the marrow.

Even though more toddlers have killed Americans than terrorists have, the fear of foreign terrorists is pervasive and forms the basis of the Republican political campaign.

Listening to the hysterical shrieking of the conservative fear-mongering horde, one would never know that you are more likely to be crushed to death by your furniture, than killed by terrorists.

People deliberately spreading fear… THEY are the real terrorists. The only people terrorizing you now are these power-hungry politicians.

There is a candidate on the Democratic side who also talks the neocon bull about the need for America to lead the world in  “the global fight to exterminate Islamic State” which presents NO threat to us here. Mrs. Clinton even calls for a NO FLY ZONE even though ISIS has no air force. Or a single airplane.

When trying to persuade people to vote for her, as they ignore the many serious complaints about her, Mrs. Clinton’s supporters always whip out yet another fear: They say we MUST have her in office to save the Supreme Court.  So even though they admit that she cannot be trusted in other ways, and she talks like a conservative, and is sponsored by Wall Street (which shovels money at her) they somehow trust her to make progressive SCOTUS choices. Why? And said from he court, what are we to expect from her choices to run The Fed? The Commerce Department? The FDA? The Treasury Department? The SEC? The Education Department? Will she secure the separation of church and state? When it comes to the mythical man in the sky, Mrs. Clinton is as much a bible thumper as any other conservative, claiming that this amalgam of Bronze Age fairy-tales made her the person she is. Religious pandering always accompanies fear mongering with conservatives and Mrs. Clinton is no exception.

Back to earthly matters: Will Clinton protect Social Security from Wall Street privatizing? Will she prosecute the rapacious banksters who crashed the economy of the world? Yes, you say? Why should we think so? This would be biting the hand that feeds her, and feeds her husband, and feeds her daughter, and feeds her much touted grandchild – whose father is a hedge-fund huckster from a family of Republican politicians.

And when all else fails, the Clinton wing raises the fear of back-alley abortions – claiming she and she alone will save Roe v. Wade.  See my previous post in this blog in which I show why that is balderdash. This is more fear… It is all some people have to offer. Some. Not all…

So clearly, we cannot lay the far-mongering rap exclusively on the Republicans. It infects conservatives no matter which party they sign on with. One thing is certain: I will never support any candidate who inspires and exploits fear. THAT is terrorism: “the use of violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political aims” (New Oxford American Dictionary). And deliberately scaring the crap out of people is intimidation. Doing so for political gains is TERRORISM. No, it is not swarthy, Muslim, foreign terrorism but terrorism it is.

Using fear is, of course, nothing new. The whole phony “Cold War” worked wonders in the fear department. I hear from people to this day who believe that “commies” are trying to take over America – which was another totally phony fear. The USSR was never a threat to America. Again, see THE POWER OF NIGHTMARES to learn how Ronald Reagan whipped this fear up to a post-McCarthy fever pitch even though the CIA told him it was baloney. The CIA. Hardly a bastion liberal pinkos… For a look at fear in the early 20th Century I recommend the reissue of a 1919 classic called UNMASKING FEAR.

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This valuable study of mass hysteria and rampant fear first appeared in 1919, long before mass media – which today is the most virulent and relentless purveyor of fear. But the lessons apply. And I consider them are well-worth learning from. IF, of course, people can learn. I have my doubts – especially when I see people running for their lives from… nothing at all. When their furniture is a bigger threat…

Why Is This Discussion STILL NEEDED?

October 23, 2015
Abortion. Freedom of choice. Telling women what they may or may not do concerning their own bodies.
This is still a concern for many of us.
And it should be, because many politicians oppose reproductive freedom.
Why does one noted politician think it is right to say things like this:
The decision to have an abortion is between “a young woman, her family, her physician and pastor.”
Her PASTOR? Really?
Or:
Abortion is “a sad, even tragic choice to many, many women. There is no reason why government cannot do more to educate and inform and provide assistance so that the choice guaranteed under our constitution either does not ever have to be exercised or only in very rare circumstances.”
What good is a right if it is NOT exercised?
Who says that about ANY OTHER right?
Freedom of Speech should “
not ever have to be exercised or only in very rare circumstances.”
Or:
Abortion should be “safe, legal and rare, and by rare I mean rare.”
Will there be an acceptable National Abortion Quota?
Would any other right be so easily and glibly dismissed?
Free speech should be safe, legal and rare, and by rare I mean rare.
Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness should be safe, legal and rare, and by rare I mean
rare.
Here is another comment from a politician. Do you support this view?
“I for one respect those who believe with all their heart and conscience that there are no circumstances under which abortion should be available.”
One politician had THIS exchange with an anti-choicer:
“I know you’re pro-choice, but you have indicated that you would like to reduce the number of abortions. Could you see yourself, with millions of voters in a pro-life camp, creating a common ground, with the goal ultimately in mind of reducing the decisions for abortion to zero?”
The politician nodded, telling attendees of the nationally televised event: “Yes, yes.”
A politician also said THIS about wanting to END ABORTION if the republicans ALLOW her:
“I am where I have been, which is that if there’s a way to structure some kind of constitutional restriction that takes into account the life of the mother and her health, then I’m open to that. But I have yet to see the Republicans willing to actually do that, and that would be an area, where if they included health, you could see constitutional action.”
REMEMBER:
When they say rare – they mean NEVER.
And who said these things?
SHE did: the last time she ran for president. And lost.
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So it’s 8 years later and time for her to whistle a different tune.
I will vote for someone who will protect the right of ALL women to control their bodies. Without interference from a government that will “provide assistance so that the choice guaranteed under our constitution either does not ever have to be exercised or only in very rare circumstances.”
Or involve her Pastor

Why The Violence And Anger?

October 7, 2015

Gun violence is again, sadly, in the news. Mass shootings are on the upswing even though crime is, overall, continuing to go down.

Politics has become more angry and divisive than ever.

People ask: How did this happen?

More important is: WHEN did this happen.

History shows us

The powers that be promote fear and hatred of an enemy. They believe that this promotes unity and a national sense of purpose. When the USSR collapsed, America was left with millions of frightened people who had nobody left to fear and hate. This is why the PTB wrote, before 9/11/01, about the need for a “new Pearl Harbor.” This was written in 1997 as the manifesto of the pompously named Think Tank, “The Project for the New American Century ” – run by people like Cheney, Wolfowitz, Rumsfeld… and then we all know what happened when they were in the White House…

Having an external enemy is something people like this feel is vital for a national identity. So we get feeble attempts at demonizing nations – or lame terror groups like ISIS – because they seriously think we need an enemy at all times. In lieu of a named enemy, we have free-floating anxiety and Americans turn on each other.
This is why so many of our neighbors are armed to the teeth.
They have been taught to fear The Other since childhood.
We are still paying for the brainwashing of the Cold War.
Pay attention to the people who want to be president and see how so many of them promote fear. When we fear, we lose the ability to think clearly. And this is what these people want. Why?

This 3-part BBC documentary explains how and why governments do this.
Click the image to see it. And you will know how these insane people think.
Remember what John Lennon so pointedly observed: “Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives. I think we’re being run by maniacs for maniacal ends and I think I’m liable to be put away as insane for expressing that. That’s what’s insane about it.”

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Now, in the absence of an enemy – America is an asylum filled with violent, deranged people. And our own government did it to us, with the help of sick people for what they consider the national good. We are living the results of generations of fear and hatred. Why, we even have whole “news” networks on TV which do nothing but scream out impending disaster just to keep us in fear.

This is not new, and neither PNAC nor the pornographer Rupert Murdoch with his FOX “news” should get no credit for originality. In 1919 a book came out which showed people how fear twists their lives.

Almost a century later it still applies. The book has been reissued – and I wrote the new introduction. I urge all to get hold of this slim volume HERE or click the image below. Although some will try to dissuade you from reading this book, because they fear it, I think it is a “must-read” to see how fear twists people without them even knowing it.

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SEPARATION OF CHURCH & STATE? IT’S IN THE BIBLE! (again)

September 6, 2015

I posted this back in 2012, but with the hypocritical ignoramuses in the republican party (formally called “candidates”) howling about “religious freedom” and how it trumps the Constitution, I thought it time to revive it. These bigoted loudmouths know nothing of their beloved bible.

     It is the religious right wing loud mouths who always can be counted upon to a) demand that we obey the Holy Bible and b) make the claim that there is no such thing as separation of Church & State in America because those words are not in the Constitution. Never mind that this separation was primary on the minds of those who wrote the Constitution. Forget that this separation is what made the United States of America absolutely unique in the history of Western “civilization.” And the hell with the facts that the United States Supreme Court has consistently held that such a separation exists. Throw all that away if you wish.  Let us see what the Bible itself has to say on the subject:

     As Moses is ready to die and the Israelites prepare to enter the Promised Land, Moses grows concerned that there the tribes have no leader to keep the people from anarchy. So, being Moses, he consults God. Here is what happens in the King James Version of the Holy Bible:

Numbers, 27:15-23

And Moses spake unto the LORD, saying,

Let the LORD, the God of the spirits of all flesh, set a man over the congregation,

Which may go out before them, and which may go in before them, and which may lead them out, and which may bring them in; that the congregation of the LORD be not as sheep which have no shepherd.

And the LORD said unto Moses, Take thee Joshua the son of Nun, a man in whom is the spirit, and lay thine hand upon him;

And set him before Eleazar the priest, and before all the congregation; and give him a charge in their sight.

And thou shalt put some of thine honour upon him, that all the congregation of the children of Israel may be obedient.

And he shall stand before Eleazar the priest, who shall ask counsel for him after the judgment of Urim before the LORD: at his word shall they go out, and at his word they shall come in, both he, and all the children of Israel with him, even all the congregation.

And Moses did as the LORD commanded him: and he took Joshua, and set him before Eleazar the priest, and before all the congregation:

And he laid his hands upon him, and gave him a charge, as the LORD commanded by the hand of Moses.

    Do you get what happened? Moses puts Joshua in charge of the people and has Aaron’s son Eleazar in charge of the priesthood. Moses and, more to the point, GOD ALMIGHTY have vested two separate people with the powers of Church & State. It is right there in the Good Book.  Joshua is in charge of the people and Eleazar is in charge of tending into God’s judgment. It’s all there in black and white.

    As long as the religious literalists insist that the Bible is a history book, and as long as they insist that it is God’s “divine plan” for humanity, silly claims but they make them nonetheless, then we see by example that God wants the power of the state separated from the power if the religious establishment. There is no getting around it.

    UPDATE: Further driving the point home is 1 Samuel, 13:8-14 where King Saul, tired of waiting for the arrival of Samuel the priest, makes his own burnt offering. When Samuel arrives all hell breaks loose. Why? Because Saul has usurped the power of the clergy and thus violated the biblical separation of Church & State.
Can it be any more clear?

Separation of Church and State… It’s In The Bible!