Song of Deborah

SONG OF DEBORAH

On that day Deborah and Barak
son of Abinoam sang this song:

“When the princes in Israel
take the lead,
when the people willingly
offer themselves−
praise the LORD!

“Hear this, you kings! Listen,
you rulers!
I will sing to the LORD, I will
sing;
I will make music
to the LORD, the God of Israel.

O LORD, when you went out
from Seir,
when you marched
from the land of Edom,
the earth shook, the heavens
poured,
the clouds poured down
water.
The mountains quaked before
the LORD, the One
of Sinai,
before the LORD, the God
of Israel.

“In the days of Shamgar
son of Anath,
in the days of Jael, the roads
were abandoned,
travelers took to winding
paths.
Village life in Israel ceased,
ceased until I, Deborah,
arose,
arose a mother in Israel.
When they chose new gods,
war came to the city gates,
and not a shield or spear
was seen
among forty thousand in Israel.
My heart is with Israel‘s
princes,
with the willing volunteers
among the people.
Praise the LORD!

“You who ride
on white donkeys,
sitting on your saddle
blankets,
and you who walk
along the road,
consider the voice
of the singers
at the watering places.
They recite the righteous acts
of the LORD,
the righteous acts
of his warriors in Israel.
Then the people of the LORD
went down to the city gates.
Wake up, wake up, break out
in song!
Arise, O Barak!
Take captive your captives,
O son of Abinoam.

“Then the men who were left
came down to the nobles;
the people of the LORD
came down to me with the mighty.
Some came from Ephraim,
whose roots were in Amalek;
Benjamin was with
the people who followed you.
From Makir captains came down,
from Zebulun those who bear
a commander‘s staff.
The princes of Issachar
were with Deborah;
yes, Issachar was with Barak,
rushing after him into the valley.
In the districts of Reuben
there was much searching of heart.
Why did you stay among the campfires
to hear the whistling for the flocks?
In the districts of Reuben
there was much searching of heart.
Gilead stayed beyond the Jordan.
And Dan, why did he linger
by the ships?
Asher remained on the seacoast
and stayed in his coves.
The people of Zebulun risked
their very lives;
so did Naphtali
on the heights of the field.

“Kings came, they fought;
the kings of Canaan fought
at Taanach by the waters
of Megiddo,
but they carried off no silver,
no plunder.
From the heavens
the stars fought,
from their courses
they fought against Sisera.
The river Kishon swept them away,
the age-old river, the river
Kishon.
March on, my soul; be strong!
Then thundered the horses‘ hoofs−
galloping, galloping
go his mighty steeds.
`Curse Meroz,’ said the angel
Of the LORD.
`Curse its people bitterly,
because they did not come
to help the LORD,
to help the LORD
against the mighty.’

“Most blessed of women
be Jael,
the wife of Heber the Kenite,
most blessed of tent-dwelling women.
He asked for water, and she
gave him milk;
in a bowl fit for nobles she
brought him curdled milk.
Her hand reached for the tent peg,
her right hand
for the workman’s hammer.
She struck Sisera, she crushed
his head,
she shattered and pierced
his temple.
At her feet he sank,
he fell; there he lay.
At her feet he sank, he fell;
where he sank, there he
fell−dead.

“Through the window peered
Sisera’s mother;
behind the lattice she cried out,
`Why is his chariot so long
in coming?
Why is the clatter
` of his chariots delayed?’
The wisest of her ladies answer her;
indeed, she keeps saying to herself,
`Are they not finding
and dividing the spoils:
a girl or two for each man,
colorful garments as plunder
for Sisera,
colorful garments embroidered,
highly embroidered garments
for my neck−
all this as plunder?’
“So may all your enemies perish,
O LORD!
But may they who love you
be like the sun

when it rises in its strength.”

− Deborah
Judges 5:1-31 (Circa 1000 B.C.) (NIV)Treasury of Christian Poetry_2mb

 

Only 30% of Americans Trust Our Government

Only 30% of Americans Trust Our Government

Corruption, Crony Capitalism and Trampling on the Bill of Rights Lead to Widespread Distrust

Trust in government has plummeted … due to institutional corruption. And see this.

More and more Americans realize that the government has bailed out the super-elite of the big banks,  and enabled their fraud … while  hosing the little guy again and again (and again).

People see that we have socialism for the rich, but cut-throat, sink-or-swim capitalism for everyone else.   They see that we have a malignant synergism between D.C. politicians and giant companies. Lookhereherehere.

At the same time, the government spies on virtually all Americans, and has threatened to assassinate orindefinitely detain American citizens on U.S. soil.

Folks are starting to wake up to the fact that Obama is a lot like Bush. Indeed, he’s continued many of the horrible Bush programs he promised to stop, covered up for Cheney and company, and allowed even worse inequality and trampling of the Constitution.

So people are starting to see that the mainstream Republican and Democratic parties are virtually identical regarding core issues including:

And that any apparent difference is just a scripted show.

No wonder a new poll by Pew shows that only 3 in 10 Americans trust our government:

For the past seven years, a period covering the final two years of the Bush administration and President Obama’s first term, no more than about three-in-ten Americans have said they trust the federal government to do the right thing always or most of the time.

Our Jan. 2013 survey found only 26% saying they can trust government always or most of the time, while 73% say they can trust the government only some of the time or never. Majorities across all partisan and demographic groups express little or no trust in government

As CBS news notes:

The Pew Research Center in Washington, D.C. has found that fewer Americans than ever trust the decisions made by the government.

Indeed, we noted in February that more and more Americans see the government as a threat, rather than a protector:

For years, “conservative” pollsters have said that Americans are furious at the government:

Liberals may be tempted to think that this is a slanted perspective.   But non-partisan and liberal pollsters are saying the same thing:

The latest national survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, conducted Jan. 9-13 among 1,502 adults, finds that 53% think that the federal government threatens their own personal rights and freedoms while 43% disagree.

In March 2010, opinions were divided over whether the government represented a threat to personal freedom; 47% said it did while 50% disagreed. In surveys between 1995 and 2003, majorities rejected the idea that the government threatened people’s rights and freedoms.

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The survey finds continued widespread distrust in government. About a quarter of Americans (26%) trust the government in Washington to do the right thing just about always or most of the time; 73% say they can trust the government only some of the time or volunteer that they can never trust the government.

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Majorities across all partisan and demographic groups express little or no trust in government.

Obviously, Democrats are currently more trusting in government than Republicans.  For example:

The Pew Research Center’s 2010 study of attitudes toward government found that, since the 1950s, the party in control of the White House has expressed more trust in government than the so-called “out party.”

But given that even a growing percentage of Dems believe that government is a threat to their freedom, things are indeed getting interesting …