Isaiah Chapter 6, Verses 1 – 8 does NOT say,
“He (John Kerry) could have avoided going (to Vietnam), too, but he said ‘Send me’…”
What Isaiah Chapter 6, Verses 1 – 8 DOES say is this:
– 1 – In the year King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a high and lofty throne, with the train of his garment filling the temple.
– 2 – Seraphim were stationed above; each of them had six wings: with two they veiled their faces, with two they veiled their feet, and with two they hovered aloft.
– 3 – “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts!” they cried one to the other. “All the earth is filled with his glory!”
(Read Footnotes -1- and -2-)
– 4 – At the sound of that cry, the frame of the door shook and the house was filled with smoke.
(Read Footnote -3-)
– 5 – Then I said, “Woe is me, I am doomed! For I am a man of unclean lips, living among a people of unclean lips; yet my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!”
(Read Footnote -4-)
– 6 – Then one of the seraphim flew to me, holding an ember which he had taken with tongs from the altar.
– 7 – He touched my mouth with it. “See,” he said, “now that this has touched your lips, your wickedness is removed, your sin purged.”
(Read Footnote -5-)
– 8 – Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? Who will go for us?” “Here I am,” I said; “send me!”
– 9 – And he replied: Go and say to this people: Listen carefully, but you shall not understand! Look intently, but you shall know nothing!
(Read Footnote -6-)
– 10 – You are to make the heart of this people sluggish, to dull their ears and close their eyes; Else their eyes will see, their ears hear, their heart understand, and they will turn and be healed.
– 11 – “How long, O Lord?” I asked. And he replied: Until the cities are desolate, without inhabitants, Houses, without a man, and the earth is a desolate waste.
– 12 – Until the LORD removes men far away, and the land is abandoned more and more.
(Read Footnote -7-)
– 13 – If there be still a tenth part in it, then this in turn shall be laid waste; As with a terebinth or an oak whose trunk remains when its leaves have fallen. (Holy offspring is the trunk.)
-1- [1-3] Temple: the holy place, just in front of the holy of holies. Seraphim: literally “the burning ones,” are celestial beings who surround the throne of God. Each has six wings. Reverence for the divine majesty causes them to veil their faces with two wings; modesty, to veil their extremities in similar fashion; alacrity in God’s service, to extend two wings in preparation for flight. Holy, holy, holy: God’s perfect interior holiness whose exterior manifestation is his glory. These words are found in the Roman liturgy just before the Canon of the Mass.
-2-  In the year King Uzziah died: 742 B.C.
-3-  Smoke: reminiscent of the clouds which surrounded God at Mount Sinai; cf ? Exodus 19:16-19; ? Deut 4:11, ? 12.
-4-  Doomed: it was popularly believed that to see God would lead to one’s death; cf — Genesis 32:31; — Exodus 33:20; — Judges 13:22.
-5-  Touched your lips: Isaiah is thus symbolically purified to be worthy of his vocation as God’s prophet. In the Roman liturgy, the celebrant at Mass makes reference to this incident just before he reads the gospel.
-6- [9-10] The truth that the nation will remain impenitent is vividly foretold, as if its obstinacy would be caused, instead of merely occasioned, by the prophet’s warning. Cf — Matthew 13:13-15; — Mark 4:12; — Luke 8:10.
-7-  Several limited deportations in the time of Isaiah would later culminate in the Babylonian exile.
SO FAR: the Democrats have managed to completely annoy a lot of people watching/not watching/ being forced to watch or who have at least overheard (which describes my situation, since I’ve now seen the vignettes and “live” coverage in reply at the midnight hour Tuesday A.M. through this morning), but, the most irritating aspects, so far, to me are:
THIS: For people who despise President Bush’s “faith” and the fact that Bush is a Christian, as are many among Republicans (I think it’s just Christianity that they despise), the Democrats are sure making a lot of use of Christian symbols and even outright Holy Scripture (per Clinton’s in the above, but he’s rewritten Holy Scripture and reapplied his rewrites for political purposes before and still people fall for it, something I’ll never understand).
AND THIS: An interesting photo from CBS, in which someone appeals to John Kerry for “salvation” (which does not speak well about John Kerry if you know much of anything about Holy Scripture, nor about the woman with the sign, making the appeal) (even if you know nothing about Holy Scripture and could care less, the imagery indicates that the woman with the sign has some knowledge of it, thus the adaptation of it, meaning, she has an awareness of what she opines, meaning, it’s blasphemous, if not reverent to an Anti-Christ imagery of John Kerry, or, otherwise, reinforcing of Kerry as the Anti-Christ, but, least of all, it’s an ugly image — I am guessing that for Democrats, it IS “religious” after all, despite their protestations, and, therefore, there is imagery/signage such as this):
Photograph from Associated Press
AND THIS: Then I hear the Reverend Jesse Jackson saying on FOX (replay, “On the Record, Live with Greta Van Susteren“) — (he defines “the country” as being “us Democrats”) — “we need healing” (and therefore “we” need to “vote for Kerry” to receive our “healing”).
AND THIS: Then I hear one of the female reporters with Greta Van Susteren advising that “the second most important speaker after Clinton tonight was Reverend (something)…” More of that faux religiousity, lauding the religious as long as it’s not religion — which they despise — lauding the uplift as long as it’s within the realm of the political, elevating the political to the religious, in fact.
AND THIS: Are a lot of us getting a ~wee bit~ tired of female reporters and various commentators “in the news” getting a ~tad~ too sweaty for visual comfort whenever Bill Clinton speaks? Based upon Greta Van Susteren’s two female visitors — one of which was Susan Estrich, who was noticably affected in her pro-Clinton moment — there was enough heat there to last a while, as to Bill Clinton. Then the fireworks started when Hillary was mentioned. I was waiting for horses outside to start whinnying (“Yes, YES, he VAS my BOYfriend!”), but…
AND THIS: Then I heard that tonight we get to hear Ron Reagan, an avowed and proud “atheist,” preach about funding (increased funding) for stem cell research — which may or may not be a good thing but that’s not the point here nor is it undoubtedly going to be the actual point that Reagan will be making — and I’m sure there will be some condescending “instructions” to “America” from Ron Reagan about the ills of “faith” and such, given his track record about the theme. I’ll retract these statemtents tomorrow if that, in fact, doesn’t take place, but I doubt that I’ll need to. Just saying.
AND THIS: About revisions, I read that Ann Coulter’s convention coverage column was deemed to be too “hot” for USA Today to publish, and why they deemed it so (you can read the “hot” column along with USA Today’s obtuse reasons in “Human Events“). With Michael Moore lined up to provide “convention coverage” for USA Today during the Republican National Convention in New York later this Summer, who can argue with obfuscation such as that?
AND THIS: Summarizing here, Clinton says, “our way works better!”
And that way…is…?
The Democrats “can’t bring up” social issues (that means that they can’t/won’t “bring it up” but they will work to deliver “it” if they’re in office, but can’t be held accountable if they do because — hey — they never brought it up!), per their convention manager, Bill Richardson, and have to “be positive” or else be edited. I think he confuses “be positive” with “be creative,” as in, “try other things” or rather, “do what works.” Adapt. Rewrite reality. Quote sources out of context, rewrite quotes if necessary, just smile.
AND THIS: As if all that wasn’t non-religious enough, Governor Jeanne Sheehan (Democrat, New Hampshire) this morning tells FOX News that Kerry’s Vietnam veteran supporters, and “the country,” has been asked (to be) “marching into battle again (with Kerry, as a vote for Kerry)” — like the good Christian soldiers they are not supposed to be (it’s a play on the religious hymn, “Onward Christian Soldiers,” with lyrics: “Onward Christian soldiers, marching as to war, with the cross of Jesus, going on before…” only to Democrats, the lyrics are ommitted because they contain the words “Jesus” and “Christian soldiers” and “cross”, but they do like the tag line of “marching into battle”). Oh, and “unity.”
AND THIS: “marching into battle” from the Christian hymn; “send me” twisted out of Isaiah Chapter 6; “unity” as Democrats as Party that equals America which is in need of healing as per the Reverend; and, all this from a three-podium (“trinity”) arrangement, which I read on littlegreenfootballs or maybe Wizbangblog (sorry, can’t now locate the thread but it was one of those two, a week or two ago), is comprised of a white podium in center that only John Kerry is to use. Perhaps to bring salvation — while relying on atheists to reprimand the principles of others about certain medical procedures — as that Catholic he swears he is, as does his wife, who have decided to not speak about specifics because it wouldn’t be uplifting, would produce issues that they’d prefer to shove out of the way. Hokay, then.
AND THIS: For more interesting convention coverage, read ALTHOUSE (“A little convention simulblogging…”).