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17h UTC; SUNDAY, 6 OCTOBER 2013: The inspiration for this particular post today, as the so-called "Tea Party" faction of the GOP in the American Congress persists in seeking to bring down Thy Dear and Lovely Nation, is the Greek expression Molon Labe, which can be translated as "none shall pass" or "come and get it"; same reputedly originated with the Spartan King Leonidas' reponse to the demands of the Persian forces under Xerxes at Thermopylae (480 BCE) to surrender or face annahilation. (As it turned out, Thermopylae turned out badly for the Spartan forces, but not before causing considerable destruction during their three-day siege and inflicting serious harm to the Persians; in time, however, "Molon Labe" would be the rallying cry for the Persian troops at the later battles of Salamis and Plataea ... and the Spartans' defeat at Thermopylae weakened them enough to delay their onslaught of Athens considerably, thus giving the Athenians time to evacuate to the nearby island of Salamis.)

These days, "Tea Party," "9/12," "Christian Patriot" and suchlike forces have been using "Molon Labe" as their Kampfruf for "sacred war" against the United States, especially in the hope of exploiting the prevailing state of ex-lax and dysfunction translating into the current Federal Government Shutdown towards creating a Christian Dominionist state as would make apartheid South Africa look like Disneyland by contrast; e.g., Rev. Jerry Boykin's invocation thereof a couple years back in an online telecast via The Oak Initiative:
We reflected on that, we also reflected on the fact that there was a famous battle at a place called Thermopylae where the Greek King Leonidas fought against the massive armies of Xerxes with 300 men. But as Tony [Perkins] pointed out in our discussions, they not only saved their homes, their villages, they saved democracy. They preserved democracy for all eternity, if we leverage that and take advantage of it.

And one of the great things that I like about that whole story is the fact that when Xerxes said to Leonidas, with his 300 men there, and Xerxes with his massive army said to him, 'Lay down your weapons,' Leonidas sent the message back, and said, 'Molon labe!' 'Come and take them!'

Well, I don't know about the rest of you, but I'm at the point now where I am sayingady to say 'Molon labe!' to those in Washington, to those in the special interest groups that want to take my liberties, that want to rob my grandchildren of the ability to have the kind of America that I grew up in. I'm at the point where I'm saying, 'Molon labe!' Because I will not be silent. I will not sit on the pews, confident in my salvation -- I know that I'm going to heaven, I know that I'm redeemed of my sins. But that's not enough.
Which, in and of itself, is enough to wonder how much longer it can get in Thy Dear and Lovely Land before more extreme elements in the "Constitutional Militia" camp, given their known interconnexions to "Tea Party" and "Christian Patriot" ideology, will use such as a Kampfruf, to be further reinforced by that Afrikaner Holy of Holies known as die Gelofte aan Bloedrivier on behalf of the Voortrekker Laager encamped near present-day Pietermaritzburg, South Africa ahead of battle against the Zulu forces of Dingane in December of 1838. Hoping, all the while, to test military responses weakened all the more by forced sequestration and the budget impasse, with its insistence that the Affordable Care Act be "completely and finally" defunded in the name of ekonomesie vryheid met Amerikaanse eienskappe, enough to make us wonder who would be, for the sake of modern analogy, Leonidas and Xerxes in the ensuing Sacred War.

"Tea Party" ideology being rooted as it is in the False Doctrine of what may best be called the Church of Ronald Reagan, holding among its more sarcosanct teachings "Government is not the solution--government is the problem" and calls for "starv[ing] the beast" of Big Government By Any Means Necessary (preferably delivered in an idiotically puerile tone and stylee calling to mind the neighbourhood bully Buford on the Disney Channel series Phineas and Ferb), such is enough to wonder if their "real" message here is one right out of the Afrikaner Ekonomesie Beweging in South Africa, as per the Proceedings of the Eerste Ekonomesie Volkskongres held at Bloemfontein in October 1939, echoing the remarks of "Vader" J. D. Kestell at the Bloemfontein stop of Die Tweede Trek the year previous calling for the Afrikaner people to "rescue itself" (in Kestell's words, in Afrikaans, 'n Volk red homself) through the channelling of Volkseenheid (natural unity of a people), rather than State charity or relief, towards a greater Reddingsdaad (rescue action) as would save the Volk from further enslavement into the state of "poor whiteism" that the British regime in South Africa of the time (independence eventually coming in 1961) based on the discipline of Helpmekaar (helping each other).

Provided, of course, that the Volk drew solely upon their own resources, will and motivation therefor, and that the ensuing solution(s) were approriate to prevailing conditions and experience; in other words, they were on their own, and to ask for any sort of tools or motivation, apart from general guidance, was to be looked upon as "perpetuating dependency." And we know how it all came out in the end--nothing less than apartheid, the greater desire of which was to endow upon the Afrikaner the right to "sovereignty within its own sphere" (i.e., the right to be left alone and unto themselves towards a self-determination allowing the Afrikaner to establish their own schools, institutions, government, identity and language for and among themselves, and among their own kind exclusively--which the Group Areas Act established).

And since many of the "Church of Ronald Reagan" identify themselves with Fundamentalist/Primitive Christian teachings and theology, I'd like to ask them what part of "Thou shalt have no other gods before Me" they don't understand in this context, especially given their hagiography towards The Great (Mis)communicator.

And One Thing More: How do we know the Greater Ideological Foundation of the "Tea Party" and their ilk isn't unwittingly drawing inspiration from North Korea's Juche Idea, especially the angle calling for a self-reliant ideal of socioeconomic thought as is at once "people-centred"? Has anybody considered looking seriously into the likelihood of unconscious parallels between "Tea Party" and Jucheist ideology and related propaganda?

In the immortal words of the late John Cameron Swayze
as concluded every broadcast
of the Camel News Caravan (NBC-TV, 1949-1956),
"That's the story; glad we could get together ..."


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