Monday, December 20, 2021

Republicans sound off on Sen. Manchin’s Build Back Better resistance: ‘Sane moderate Democrat’
Manchin has taken flak from his own party for not supporting the Build Back Better agenda
Jon Brown , Sam Dorman , Kyle Morris | Fox News

Several prominent Republicans sounded off on the Sunday declaration from Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., who said there is no way he can support the massive social spending bill known as the Build Back Better Act.

Manchin told “Fox News Sunday” that despite having spoken with President Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., he could not reach an agreement on the legislation because of ongoing inflation, the national debt, “geopolitical unrest” and the COVID-19 pandemic.

“What he is doing is he is being a statesman,” said Rep. Madison Cawthorn, R-N.C., who spoke to Fox News Digital at the Turning Point USA’s AmericaFest Conference 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona.

“It’s something that is completely lost in Washington right now,” Cawthorn added. “People believe they need to serve their state party; they need to serve the party leadership rather than serve the constituents that elected them and sent them to Washington, D.C.” Read more and see video here.

From Maids a' Milking to Mask Mandates...Merry Christmas
By: Diane Sori / The Patriot Factor / Right Side Patriots on American Political Radio

It's that magical time of the year with Christmas now being just mere days away. And while the "powers that be" try again to fill our stockings with every and anything Covid related...booster shots as presents anyone... Christmas still remains replete with traditions that even Dr. Fauci and crew, while they might try, cannot take away.
Thankfully, all across our beloved country Christmas trees are still being dressed in their most bejeweled holiday splendor; presents are gaily wrapped ready to be torn open; the delicious smell of Christmas cookies permeates throughout many a house; and a sense of cleansing and renewal heralds in the hope for a better...and hopefully covid-free...New Year. And it's the simplicity of the Christmas carol, even if sung a bit off key, that has become one of the hallmarks of hope for said better New Year.

And so in this Christmas article I will briefly touch upon the very beauty that lies within the origin of the Christmas carol. And here let's begin with the fact that many modern-day Christmas scholars believe that Christmas caroling, as we know it, originated in England in the 1840's when Prince Albert of Germany married Victoria of England. And history shows that in their striving to please the newly married royal couple, English peasants started serenading Prince Albert with Christmas songs after learning of his love for German Christmas songs. 
And caroling has become a time-honored tradition ever since as Christmas carols help to bring out the beauty, joy, and feeling of this most beautiful of heartfelt seasons.
And while many of us have our favorite carol that we relish above all others...I personally find "O' Holy Night" hauntingly's The 12 Days of Christmas...a carol which many folks love but find quite the words on the surface seem to make no sense. And yet this carol has a very special meaning for the faithful...a meaning that harks back through the ages to history's past.

"The Twelve Days of Christmas” originated in England in 1534, and was believed to have been written as a catechism lesson for Catholic children after King Henry VIII broke all ties with Rome and started the Church of England. And why this break...because Pope Clement VII refused to grant the king an annulment of his marriage to Catherine of Aragon.

However, after the king's death Archbishop Thomas Cranmer was able to finalize said break by initiating doctrine changes that forever allied the Church of England with the Protestant Reformation. And with those changes came a banning of the open practice of Roman Catholicism throughout England. Started in 1558 and lasting until 1829, Roman Catholics were not only forbidden to practice their faith but were publicly shunned and punished...with some even being put to death...if caught practicing what was then forbidden.

But Roman Catholicism lived on in so-called “Merry Olde England,” but in secret of course. Veiled and shrouded in masked musings with words spoken in ever so hushed tones became the order of the day as it was the only way that Catholicism could survive in England during those dark times. And survive it did via Roman Catholic tenets and doctrine being passed down from parents to their children...passed down but in a way so as not to let on what was really being done.

And what seemed to be on the surface just a simple children's counting song about animals and such...a song whose words could easily be remembered...was to believers a song not only to be sung but to be learned from...a song that in reality was anything but simple for the song that became a carol was a child's lesson in the tenets of the Roman Catholic faith.

And so the a carol...that was actually the doctrine of the Holy Roman Catholic Church...catechism if you will...was born and is still sung and beloved to this day. And yet it remains a carol with two meaning has it being just another oh-so pretty Christmas carol and the other meaning has it deeply embedded in believers faith via code words and numerical alludings that are key to the Catholic faith and it's age old traditions.

And tradition one according to the Holy Roman Catholic Church is that Christmas celebrations are to last twelve days, beginning with Jesus' birth on Christmas Day (December 25th) and ending on Epiphany Day (January 6th)...the day upon which the Magi visited the baby Jesus bearing three having both a symbolic and a spiritual meaning. And with the gift of gold being the symbol of both divinity and kingship on earth; the gift of frankincense being a symbol of deity, holiness and righteousness; and with the gift of myrrh being a symbol of bitterness, suffering, affliction, and ultimate death, the life of Jesus the man and the ultimate death of Jesus the Son of God was forever foretold in the gifts of the Three Wise Men.

But like I said said before “The Twelve Days of Christmas” as written was a song based upon numbers...numbers having a religious connotation to believers whose meaning had to be hidden at the time it was anonymously written. So let's break down both the numbers and the words so we can truly understand the theological lessons many believed were secretly being taught.

But first a little side note...

We all know the gifts “my true love” sent over the twelve least at face value we in “A Partridge in a Pear Tree; Two Turtle Doves; Three French Hens; Four Calling Birds; Five Golden Rings; Six Geese a Laying; Seven Swans a Swimming; Eight Maids a' Milking; Nine Ladies Dancing; Ten Lords a Leaping; Eleven Pipers Piping; and Twelve Drummers Drumming”...which in 2019's economic market (Covid and out of control inflation has temporarily stopped 2020 and 2021 market evaluation) would have had a face value of $34,558.65 according to the PNC Financial Services Group who has been tracking the carol's price cost numbers for over 30 years. But that is not the total cost for each of the gifts, except for the "twelve drummers drumming," as it's repeated multiple times as per the carol's actual wording, bringing the actual dollar cost of “The Twelve Days of Christmas” gifts up to a whopping $156,507.88.

Me thinks the religious aspects of the gifts is a much better bargain if you will.

Now let's look at the actual meaning and corresponding per believers and the faithful...behind each gift in relation to Catholic doctrine and let's start with the twelve times repeated words “True Love.” “True love”...the giver of the gifts would be God the Father with the “partridge in a pear tree” being His son Jesus Christ on the cross. The “two turtle doves” refer to the Old and New Testaments, while the “three French hens” stand for faith, hope and love, which are the primary virtues taught in the New Testament.

The “four calling birds” would represent the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, with the “five golden rings” heralding the first five books of the Old Testament. The “six geese a-laying” refer to the six days of creation, and the “seven swans a-swimming” represent the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit (prophecy, serving, exhortation, teaching, contribution, leadership and mercy) while some others say the seven swans are a reference to the seven sacraments (Baptism, Eucharist, Confirmation, Reconciliation, Anointing of the sick, Marriage and Holy orders).

The “eight maids a-milking” are the eight beatitudes, with the “nine ladies dancing” being the nine Fruits of the Holy Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control). The “ten lords a-leaping” stand for the Ten Commandments, while the “eleven pipers piping” represent the 11 faithful disciples. And lastly, the “twelve drummers drumming” symbolize the 12 points of doctrine from the ancient Apostles’ Creed.

And while to many this carol remains just of many carols to be sung at Christmastime...the pretty yet oddly chosen words have a deeply religious meaning to those of faith. Though I personally cannot tell you which side of that particular coin is the truth, I can say that “The Twelve Days of Christmas” is a classic carol born from Roman Catholic persecution, and yet in its ambiguity and in its hauntingly repeated words it is a carol that will be around for many years to come.

And with that I will also say that a carol such as “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” especially with its particular numerical patterning as well as its irregular syllable context, has also been subject to many a parody over the years. And while some might think it quite sacrilegious for me to turn a time-honored carol into a political statement of sorts, I feel that a parody of this carol is but my rightful slap in the face to those who both are clueless blind followers who march in lockstep to the monstrosity known as Covid correctness. So here is my version of this Christmas classic and it's my gift to the Covid "we must do as we are told" masses...said with a smirk and a wink of course.

The Twelve Days of Our Second Covid descending order due to time and word constraints. On the Twelfth day of Christmas Joe Biden gave to me Twelve more "jab" mandates; Eleven new booster choices; Ten lies about Ivermectin; Nine new variant worries; Eight passport warnings; Seven Fauci pressers; Six weeks more of lockdowns; Five "Made in China" masks; Four new reasons why it's Trump's fault; Three Big Pharma promises; Two new antigen tests; and as expected it's all been but One big fat-cat political lie.
Merry Christmas everyone...a belated Happy Hanukkah too...and to all "Let's Go Branden!and a heartfelt "good night." 
Copyright @ 2021 Diane Sori / The Patriot Factor / All Rights Reserved.

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