The 5th Dimension song “The Age of Aquarius” was #1 on the Billboard Charts when I was a toddler in the 1960’s. For years I would hear the song on the AM radio in our family car but I never knew what it meant. Mostly it just reminded me of the bell-bottom wearing teenagers I saw around the Southern California town where I was raised.
In the 60’s, young adults were just beginning to express themselves freely. Although shocking to many, it didn’t seem to be as much of a problem back then because most of society still had boundaries and understood American ideals. There was still a solid, focused respect for the Constitution. Today however, those former “flower children” and “freedom fighters” are adults; many of them are very wealthy and hold office in Washington. In their youth, they hated the things that have, ironically, made them wealthy and powerful today. Now, in the comfort of that power and wealth, they not only want to recreate the “free thinking” ideas of their youth, but they also want to feed them to society today.
So the song “Age of Aquarius” hadn’t popped into my head in years until recently when I saw John Kerry preparing to be questioned for his confirmation hearing to become the next Secretary of State. It was as if someone was turning up the volume in my mind as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton introduced Mr. Kerry. “This is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius!” blared so loud in my head that I had to look around for my transistor radio!
I am not a ‘flower child’ nor the product of ‘flower children’, so I don’t ascribe to astrological theology or philosophy. Frankly I had no idea what the “Age of Aquarius” even was until I looked it up on the Internet. (Thank you, Al Gore.) Interestingly, I learned that it is based on the Mayan Calendar coming to an end December 21, 2012, after which we moved (astrologically) into the “Age of Aquarius”.
According to Kinesiology lecturer and “alternative health” expert Claire Snowdon-Darling, the Age of Aquarius is described as being “the end of the world as we know it, but not the end of the world”. (She also quoted that other great theologian, Yoda from Star Wars saying, “[I] feel a great disturbance in the force”….) According to her astrological thinking, “There had been an abundance of difficulties in life during 2012” and that it was appropriate for believers of this philosophy to attribute all of it to the astrological shift.
I hate to break it to those individuals who place their faith in astrology, but the “abundance of difficulties” last year were not because “the moon was in the 7th house” or because “Jupiter was aligned with Mars”. It was because of the backwards thinking of some of the liberals who sang along (and believed) those words back in 1969—many who are currently running the White House, the Senate and other important areas of our Federal government.
As stated by Snowdon-Darling, the previous “Age of Pisces” typified “greed, consumerism, corruption, war and being ruled by the masculine principle” while this new “Age of Aquarius” will be ruled by “the feminine…a time of community, compassion and partnerships, mostly it’s about getting back to love and remembering our ‘oneness’”.
Ladies and gentleman, we are in big trouble as we witness the ushering in of this next generation of “hippies” in Washington and their evolutionary years should be considered.
Like her father, Hillary Clinton grew up as a Goldwater Republican. As a freshman at Wellesley College she was elected President of the College Republicans. Later in her college career, she was beginning to stray a bit from the Republican Party and had to be talked into taking an internship with Representative Gerald R. Ford and the House Republican Caucus. By the time she was a senior in college, her transition was complete and she was campaigning for Democrat Eugene McCarthy. Her senior thesis was all about the examining the tactics of radical community organizer Saul D. Alinsky.
Whether he originally supported it or not, John Kerry fought in Vietnam and I give him credit for defending his country in a sacrificial way and at a time where that was incredibly unpopular. But his anti-war behavior after returning home is another sign of what this era of political teaching was able to produce. However, Kerry’s anti-war stance has flip-flopped over the years, and as a Massachusetts Senator, Kerry voted to invade Iraq and approved Pres. Bush’s stance to go to war. Perhaps Kerry has “evolved” in his political theology over the years…
So now in Washington 2013 we have President Obama, the person who carries our flag and beliefs to other nations, following the same liberal “Age of Aquarius “philosophy as both Clinton and Kerry.
Helping one another and having compassion are not “liberal only” qualities. They do not need to be considered separate from self-determination, self-discipline and responsibility for your actions and livelihood. Yet in today’s political climate, this White House would have us believe that compassion is mutually exclusive of and only found in liberal progressivism.
It would be dangerous to try and stick a daisy into Ahmadinejad’s nuclear weapon to try and create peace and partnership with Iran. It is naïve to believe that standing in the town square singing “Kumbayah” is going to create jobs and help our struggling economy. The old philosophy “if it feels good, do it” will not settle our illegal immigration problems. They want us to believe they have our welfare in mind, when really they just want us all to be on welfare.
Unlike the new-age Aquarians in D.C., my personal belief is that everything that happens in life is based upon what God wants to have happen. He is in absolute control of everything, whether someone likes it or believes it. God is the one who allows things to happen, not the star’s alignments. The first part of John 19:11(NIV) in the Bible shows where Jesus replied to Pilate, when He was sentenced to be crucified, “You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above”. If Pilate was given the authority to crucify God’s Son and wield that type of political power, then those in Washington can be given it also. That doesn’t mean God is always in favor of their behavior, mind you, once power is assigned or granted. I think we all agree power can be abused.
So for those of you who were afraid the world would end when the Mayan Calendar ended, the bigger thing to worry about now is this “dawning of the Age of Aquarius”. The people of this Age are the ones who will bring on a destruction that may not cease for generations, and in the end we may all wish the world had ended in December.