Monthly Archives: March 2009

Battle Hymn of the Treasury

Having learned the ungodly origins of the “Battle Hymn of the Republic” a couple years ago, I haven’t been able to sing it ever since.  But I think I found a way to redeem the tune to which it is written.  Here is my version of the Battle Hymn, only this time I have tried to turn the polemical aim on our culture of greed and entitlement:

Battle Hymn of the Treasury

 

Mine eyes have seen the glory of what richer men afford;

I will dip my hand with fervor where their hard earned wealth is stored;

We will call upon the tax man to unleash his awful sword;

Their bankroll dwindles on!

Glory! Glory! To the Treasury! Glory! Glory! To the Treasury!

Glory! Glory! To the Treasury! Their bankroll dwindles on!


I have seen the glow of power in the socialistic camps

They have built themselves an altar to their Presidential champ

For his glow will light our country by eight hundred billion lamps

His bailout marches on.

Glory! Glory! To the Treasury! Glory! Glory! To the Treasury!

Glory! Glory! To the Treasury! His bailout marches on.

 

I have read the gospel story of how borrowing can heal;

“Under auspices of selflessness our motives we’ll conceal.

We’ll sleep okay at night as long as we don’t call it ‘steal’”

Delusion marches on.

Glory! Glory! To the Treasury! Glory! Glory! To the Treasury!

Glory! Glory! To the Treasury! Delusion marches on.

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Bolstering the "Not With My Tax Dollars" craze

I think if you are around along enough, someone else will put the same good idea you had to work. Here’s a website by a West Virginia representative who is suggesting the very thing that my colleagues and I at the local public high school have talked about over lunch many times. (http://www.notwithmytaxdollars.com/)

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"Amazing State!"

Here is a poem that was published, not in the heat of our current economic dilemma, but in 1984… the nostalgic days of Reaganomics.  It was drawing attention to the failure of Lyndon Johnson’s “The Great Society “and the “War on Poverty” that the federal government began during that era.  But oh how apropos it is today!

“Amazing State ” by Marlyn Marshall

Amazing State! Spread wealth around
To save a sloth like me!
I once was poor, but now I’ve found
My trade: Egality.

‘Twas welfare taught me work to fear,
The same my fears relieved;
How precious did that State appear,
Whose wealth have I received?

Thro’ many strangers’ toils, their shares
Mine own have now become;
Their work hath paid my way thus far,
‘Twill pay beyond my tomb . . .

As we’ve spent thousands o’er the years,
State-son begets State-son;
We’ve no more ways fat funds to raise,
We’re paupers everyone

–as quoted in George Grant’s Bringing in the Sheaves (Atlanta, GA: American Vision Press, 1985).

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some solid Kingdom thinking

Here is a good (and fairly short) article (This World and the Kingdom) by the late Dr. Greg Bahnsen that should go toward correcting some imbalanced beliefs about whether the Kingdom of God is completely internal or not (i.e. confined to such things as prayer, meditation, and piety) .  He makes good biblical distinctions and stays away from some of the more controversial topics that would simply muddy the waters. 

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