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America, The Winter Nightmare

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There is only one darling of the US media and   it   had been   always that way.   No matter when,   no matter what the   topic, no   matter   the circumstances this   particular entity is always unconditionally praised. Even   Jesus Christ   is not    sacrosanct but this entity is.    This magnificent,   everlasting, super-smart and   over-powerful   entity is His Majesty   THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

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Of course, people of America pay the bills and   that means the media people's salary. But   there's   something   bizarre, something   unlimited, something scary in the perpetual   howling of the media when   it comes to the People. One person can be a bastard; People are always good. One person can be rich and greedy; People are always generous and     loving.   One person can be a murderer; People are always defending themselves. One person   can be a dufus or a douche bag;   People are always smart and    charming.       US media is in   love with the US populous en masse.   As soon as    the word    "poll' is mentioned   every person's face on the political show     shines   pure admiration.    It borders on the religious faith. In populous we trust   no matter   what.   Since   when? Why?

To answer this   question   we need to go a little   deeper and   uncover   the two particular qualities the    American Populous is being   praised for:   goodness of heart and work   ethics. Americans in general are   considered   by the media   as   the most productive, generous and honest people on Earth. All of that is the result of them being free, of course, the only truly free    folks under the sun. Where did I read or hear that before?

In the reminiscences of the   ostarbaiten,   Russian kids   forcefully sent   to slavery in Germany during   WWII   this motive was the first and over-prevailing. That was the first thing they were told- that Germans were the most hardworking, disciplined and   BEST people in the world. They were told that God had chosen Germans to civilize   everyone   else and     teach other people    the everlasting   German values. Not that those eastern people could ever hope to   master those in full because Germans were superior beings. They were told that   every   German was good and gentle and sentimental   at heart but that the sense of duty and discipline was paramount for the German nation and   that's why they (Germans) were the born masters of the Earth.   That's what was written in the German newspapers,   in the German books and   promoted by the German rulers.   And there were references, lots of them, dating down to the times of Niebelungians.   All the abovementioned authors off the Russian slave- memoirs     share a   common observation- that those   diatribes   sounded very natural,   without   any effort, to consider thus that those who   promoted that nonsense   really believed it and were proud of it. This   brings   us to the $64K question-   do average Americans believe in   all that ooze of love coming from the media? Does that flattery work?

Oh, yes. I   looked into    a lot of   comments, notes and letters-to   the editor. I listened to the debates. I perused the blogs. So far   I had not found even one comment from the outraged   reader   or listener demanding from the   loving media folks to stop    licking the public butt.   No, there is a plenty of articles and   books on the   subject of the lack of reason in the US populous but   when comes to    vox populi   there    is an overwhelming, " Yes, we are the best, the brightest, the smartest and the most hardworking.' No wonder we are so screwed, folks. In the old road- robber song it says that "You don't need the knife to get the stuff from the buffoon. Just   flatter him a little bit and he will give it to you.' What a revelation! Our anchor- people earn millions exactly because of that.   Flattery   goes a long way.

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So apparently there seem to be a connection in the psyche here, the one   that transfigures you and me, so to speak, the one which does not care for geography, the profound connection. Where did that come from? To   try to answer   to this   question we should   address one of   the German geniuses Heinrcih Heine. Heine was   a romantic poet and   author. Among other things he wrote a magnificent memoir   "   Germany, The Winter Fairy-Tale'. There   he describes his childhood during the Napoleonic wars. He   tells a story about a French regiment which stayed in his town. The   sergeant   of the regiment was   also a compulsive drummer. He     developed   an ability   to   explain   his perceptions about countries and people through different tunes on the drum. Like    when he wanted to   tell about France he would play   La Marseilliese.    Once, as   Heine   recalls,   the sergeant wanted to mention Germany and played a melody resembling the doggy - dance. And   the young poet says,

-          I got angry but I understood     him.

  The evangelic   branch of the   Lutheran    faith   found a good soil in   Germany. One of the advantages of the Lutheran    religion is that     it lowers the standards abruptly. In fact, the main     reason for its creation was the simple fact that Catholic   faith     seemed   too complicated, too uppity for the reemerging trade bourgeoisie.   Catholicism firmly detached God from   the flock and   placed him into the Gothic Cathedral. A person had to go there and listen to all those Latin litanies. Then   there   was an issue of commitments and donations with no control. Also Catholic Church required education and   promoted a sense of conscience and a strive for change to become better.   At the meantime   the whole point of becoming   a merchant, a burger was not to    become anything else, to   remain who you are. Money   was becoming the only criteria; it pushed away morals and honor.   The   new way of faith   adjusted to it- it placed God firmly at the service ot   the flock, made him a property. You could   have God for yourself only and    your riches could be associated with   the perception that God serves you quite well. God blesses your deals and your coffers, He watches over you and you are in control up to   donations and commitments.

For the   country full of   small   merchants such convenient philosophy was   truly a gift   from God. From now on God was embedded into     the egoism. A person was free of   all   obligations but to thyself.

It   did not happen in one night.   I attribute it to   the huge influx of   Germans to the New World somewhere in the 18th -- 19th Centuries. In fact, you can call   the German immigration one of the most organized ones- there were agencies, routes defined, places to go to. John O'Hara defines inner Pennsylvania   as a German Coutnry   but so is North Dakota. The vast majority of those Germans were   small merchants and craftsmen,   the people under the same general name of Michel as they were called in the Old Country. Those Michels brought with them   their convenient evangelical Jesus, the best immigrant of all.   He was simple, understandable, accessible and cheap.   It spread like a fire especially during the great events of the 19th Century.   No matter who the person was by denomination -- Jewish, Catholic, Lutheran or Moslem- the covenant of   God helping   you   in your efforts to   become successful   took over completely    and became a primary   IDEOLOGY of the new   emerging empire and its citizens. They needed   the feeling   that God was with them   in   whether they massacred Indians or built the Hoover Dam. They needed no doubts. They needed an unconditional support.   No wonder they called this country The Country of God. They wanted   God to live here.   I was always wondering how did Union and   Confederacy   coped that controversy until I saw Pat Robertson- a German to the core.     The matter is solved.

Germanization of this nation is   a great equalizer. Racce does not matter.    They can   show us   black folks dancing in their churches as something very original. That is   because they do not know about Passion of Jesus   shows   in the medieval Germany ( they still do that in Bavaria).   There they sing songs, dance and perform    every year.   It is a tradition. Of course, here , the African heritage added   its flavor to the boredom of the   German Almighty but the essence stays the same.

Not only German Jesus proved Himself   great for the US masses;   he sold Himself   to the   Elite   big time. He was and is   first and foremost   God of obedience and humility in front of authority. Every person knows that it is very difficult to obey another   person; it is much easier to   obey God. So God   is associated with that another person -- when you obey your boss you   obey God, follow   His rules.    It is my suspicion that   the religious spiritual soup fed to the African slaves   here was predominantly   evangelic; it is unlikely any   black slave- child   received   a Catholic communion. Evangelical Christ was OK with slavery the same as He was OK with anything; no commitment, remember? As in France they said that the   bourgeoisie was   everything,   in the US it   transformed into   a "salesperson is God', and who are we all here but salespeople?

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Whoever read the great book   "To Kill a Mockingbird' might have noticed how     the seemingly religious   town of Maycomb did not pay much attention   to God.   The great world of God for   the Humanity did not exist   for those people. It is   because   they thought   that God lived   there, in that town. They did not have to go   seek Him. In fact such attitude is   pagan.   Historical Chronicles    tell us about   the pagan   mountain tribes in Caucasus who when they were introduced to Christ,   merely included Him into the    group of mountain Gods they worshiped. From that moment he became a tribesGod and resided on some High Mountain from which He   looked at them. They did not need to go to the Cathedral- it was   all   there.

US is   one of the least religious places in the world. It is the revenge of this Land. It belonged to   pagans. When   the newcomers destroyed those pagans   the Land in her fury   transformed their original faith into   pseudo- faith, made it   pagan, reduced Jesus to a   symbol, a totem.   The people of the US   are truly born again but they are born again at the Pet Sematary   from   Stephen King's novel. They   are   resurrected as   pagans.

That explains a lot. Pagan Christianity is the cause of   that sick narcissism of ours,   of our love of flattery, of our exceptionalism and our shallowness. It is in our love and our hate. German   perception of faith became the most vulnerable to the intrinsic transformation   exactly as it   proved itself vulnerable   to the takeover by the Nazi concept of occult. German Jesus   is the only one who adapts. Other Jesuses do not. That's makes Him the   one and only American God, the same as   an apple-pie.

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