‘TIS THE SEASON Christmas 2020—New Years 2021
‘TIS THE SEASON
Yes, it seems so. ‘Tis the Season—The Season of what?1 Those of us at the Spiritual Climate Newsletter have been pondering numerous facets of this question since long before the annual “festivities” began at Thanksgiving. The Spiritual Climate, or more specifically, the Political Climate, has made this the most surreal, non-holiday season known to those of us blessed to be currently living on the surface of this bright blue marble we call planet Earth. Trying to muster up the joy and goodwill that traditionally flows with ease for the most Grinch-like beings at this time of year has been a near impossibility for even the most buoyant of people. As unprecedented hunger, pandemic disease, distrust of fellow man and unthinkable acts, or non-acts, by Donald Trump, and his ass-kissing clown show of worshipping cads in a cadre of personal assistants: the Senile Moscow–Mitch with his merry band of fellow yellow-belly, Thieving, “Neoliberal Republicans” supporting cascading, amoral avalanches highlighting Genocide, Economic Sadism, Physical Sadism, Extortion, Confusion and harm, the citizens of the unique experiment of the United States of America find themselves forced to choose sides and lining up behind Light or Darkness, Truth or Fiction, Right or Wrong–indeed, Life or Death.
‘Tis the Season, but the season of what? It is a season that reincarnates divisiveness, delusion, and separation. What is its origination? From the Civil War. The Civil War never died or went to sleep. It never was finished; it slumbered in its vengeance. A Civil War reawakened in people mesmerized by cult practices, words, and comfort from Donald Trump. Why? He seeks to become their leader and a dictator to the remaining citizens.
There is citizenry orphaned by the Republican and Democrat parties. Lo and behold, you ignorant Republican and Democrat parties! Donald Trump attracted the citizens left behind who felt unloved, unheard, and forgotten. Like the most unloved and unheard of all, Donald Trump took up the torch to become their standard-bearer. He intended to demolish truth, justice, and the American way.
We, the citizens of the United States, are at war within our Nation: citizen against citizen, mask wearers vs. non-mask wearers, race bigoted, misogynist ‘Christians’ vs. the in-hiding-‘truer Christians,’ creating a chasm with wounds so deep and fractured that reconciliation of the polarization of thought and action, word and deed, growing further apart with alarming speed. The sad truth is, “ ‘Tis the season of a reemergent Civil War” borne from the generation of adherents sucking off the teat of an unhealed American psyche.
It is not surprising to me to look back on notes from the 1990s in classes taught in Naples, Florida by Rev. Strickler, that he made predictions of exactly this probability occurring. He spoke of a dictatorship borne out of spiritual indifference toward the working class, in favor of a person having no respect for “tradition” who would instead destroy institutional norms and attempt a coup d’état to hijack the power of the United States of America in the coming years. David said this person would prey on the feelings of helplessness and lack of power felt by the common man chained by post-traumatic stress syndrome from being forgotten. He would engage these forgotten people with reckless disregard of traditional considerations. This dictator is a psychologically damaged rebel enticing the forgotten people with false promises. He would display a charismatic personality, engaging those seeking a ‘never mind the consequences’ change from the status quo, appealing to those who, indeed, no longer believed America is the country it was created to be. Through lies, deceit, empty promises, and untruthful words, he would make a mindless, zombie-like following the likes of which the United States had never experienced.
According to Rev. Strickler, followers of this man would rally around him and cheer his seditious antics, no matter how blatant or traitorous. Rev. David referred to this as a type of a ‘Barabbas2 like Syndrome.’ The party he represented would begin by giving in to him slowly but not stopping him as his corruption grew more intense and their presence in office depended upon their support of him. Within four short years, this authoritarian man would trammel anything to be a dictator, having no qualms about destroying all for which the United States stands. He would be a psychopathic man driven by power, greed, and hunger for more, a man seeking to turn our democracy into a Banana Republic complete with cheering, rowdy hoards of gun-toting supporters replete with chants and acts of violence.
Does this sound at all familiar? When he spoke it, living in a comfortable 90’s culture, even the possibility seemed like a science fiction novel. Indeed, the United States has the strength and the intelligence rooted in the Founding Fathers’ vision to stop such a travesty dead in the beginning stages. As a collective consciousness, even with an educated awareness, the United States people were sufficiently distracted by struggling for a living to allow such a bleak future to take place. How could U.S. citizens ever be duped into resuscitating such a radically Southern Confederate agenda? After all, we are a representative republic of checks and balances, are we not? Quite obviously not, according to some in our citizenry; we need to make some changes fast!
As a result of this dictator type president’s folly, Rev. David predicted the Civil War’s reawakening, U.S. citizen pitted against U.S. citizen, blood in the streets. Those who enshrined the worship of slavery in the Southern Confederate Constitution would follow the dictator off a cliff. In principle, regardless of facts at war against people who believe in what the U.S. Constitution represents to its people and the world, it appears we find ourselves at that inflection point right now. Donald Trump’s psychopathic infection continues to challenge the legitimate election of Joseph Biden as the President-Elect of the United States of America.
As he attempts to burn down the White House and Institutions of State on his way out, Donald Trump throws temper tantrum after temper tantrum. He is like a three-year-old who is told “no,” he refuses to veto or sign legislation sorely needed for the plague besieged, starving people of our great country. All this chaos appears to be by intention to make the coming years of a Biden presidency even more of a challenge than it already is; thus, Rev. Strickler’s prophecy becomes more evident, and democracy becomes a living golem with each passing day. To think that Trump still has more than three weeks until January 20 to wreak whatever sociopathically inspired havoc on our sacred country is nearly unbearable.
Although I must admit in my heart, I wish Rev. Strickler had spoken different words back in the ’90s; wishing doesn’t make it so. David’s prediction is now alive in all too living, vivid color, and walking dead glory! He did not, however, as I recall, predict what the outcome of this destructive, threatening, probable inflection point would be. He left that part unspoken. Though, David did say it had to be resolved by the voters’ decisions and choices and who they chose to put in power to the country’s reins. Gratefully, in the United States, that still includes every one of us who has a vote, unless Republicans continue to abolish free, fair, and secure access to elections.
However, there are signs of Light forming an ongoing triumph. The Light forming victory against those creating darkness is evident in the January 5 runoff for Senators seats in Georgia. We have the chance of swearing into office Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock in the Senate for a small, but significant, Democratic majority. Biden and Harris will become our leaders on January 20. Slowly, some Republicans are finding it more comfortable with eschewing their group’s cowardly spinelessness and beginning to speak up and tell Trump it is over. But there those who remain, those who choose Trump’s brainwashing. His political die-hards genuinely believe the malicious mistruths that psychopathic Trump has integrated into their reality; the Democrats rigged the presidential election. Or better yet, Joe Biden and the Democrats stole the election from him that he won by a landslide. The new incoming administration certainly has a long road ahead to show Trump’s political supporters the election is clean, was in good faith, legal, and, most importantly, constitutional. If anyone can represent our Nation’s ideals, President-Elect Joe Biden and the first female President-Elect Kamala are capable.
We who write for The Spiritual Climate Newsletter consciously chose to remain silent these past 11 months for all the reasons cited above. We felt what our free-speech represented ideologies of nonsupport and resistance. In a political climate where those in power seek to harm and make discernable threats of intimidation, hatred, and possible acts of violence, we felt it best to step aside to analyze societal conditions. With bigotry, racism, and to hell with any reasoning spewed into the free speech in such an explosive environment reflecting significant levels of fear and anxiety in our great country, it can feel as if you are screaming into a silent void. Screaming rage into a chaos of fire leaves no chance to be heard, only by those who already walk in the Light.
The “Spiritual Climate Newsletter” and Rev. David’s site, “Digital Mystic,” have been under repeated attacks on our webpages. The goal of the attacks? To shut us up. To again attack forcibly seeking to remove our internet presence. To silence our writing, to kill off our free speech, especially where it does not agree with the imaginary nature of religious and non-religious self-righteousness. This type of censorship is incomplete, modeling descending directly from the Monetarist’s sacred economic bigotry of Elite Socialism. They feel the need to serve the Father of Lies with an underhanded plan to stunt the United States’ growth while taking power and control from anyone disagreeing with the rot inside their views. It is the Republican Neoliberal agenda: to maintain hammering into the fabric of status quo, bipartisan fiscal policies with the sure assistance from moderates inside the Democrats’ party, serving an irrational exuberance to economic neoliberalism to enable republicans a stingy, poverty level inside the working class of America, for the sake of controlling, exploiting, fleecing, and parasitically feed off the productive power of labors. Sometimes, David refers to neoliberalism as “the illiteracy of Margaret Thatcher’s economic ego on steroids.” The neoliberalism3 of the Republican and Democrat parties are paid to protect Elite Socialism. Its accomplishment is specific by promoting instability, uncertainty, fear of dwindling resources engineered with inequality, racism, and xenophobic bigotry, whether cultural or sexual.
In this period of the Winter Solstice, we here at Spiritual Climate, those present and including those remembered, intend to share the dawning, increase of forming Light extended to our readers. The resilience and reverence that this True Season holds, with its inherent joy, sacred silence, and rise of a New Year, opens many positive possibilities. It also contains a profound strength of healing found in the Heart and Soul’s depths of evolving humanity, aligning its human consciousness’s spiritual principles seeking reconciliation and fulfillment.
‘Tis the Season for invoking the true Spirit of Christmas and the dawn of a New Year, The Staff of The Spiritual Climate Newsletter wish you the growth, expanse, and genuine non-material prosperity inherent within the highest awareness and best embrace of the true Human Spirit that resides within us all.
From the Institute of Spiritual Climate and the Spiritual Climate Newsletter, We Wish You a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Christine Ford, Editor, Spiritual Climate Newsletter, Rev. Dr. David Strickler, Director, Institute Of Spiritual Climate LLC
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 Team, The Grammarist. “‘Tis the Season – Grammarist.” Grammarist. Accessed December 27, 2020. https://grammarist.com/phrase/tis-the-season/.
Quoting Grammarist, “ ‘Tis the season is a phrase that refers to things that happen during the holiday time stretching roughly from Thanksgiving through Christmas. Some believe that this holiday season stretches from after Halloween through New Year’s Day.”
 “Barabbas.” In Wikipedia, December 21, 2020. https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Barabbas&oldid=995559307
 Michabo Sustainable Harmony. Neoliberal Economics – Professor Michael Hudson, 2018. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0g0zehnmVWk.