Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Lastly, primarily...

Last primary of the season is being held today: Washington DC, the nation's capital - there's something about the first being last in the New Testament if I remember rightly - US primaries were not even a tiny speck in the far off distance when those words were uttered though. Bernie Sanders will compete, but sadly it'll be a lost cause for him, the game has been called - not exactly by the name I shall call the US election game.

What's to say about Washington DC? What have I written before - surely I've scribbled some words about the capital over almost 10 years of blogging?

There's this snippet from a mixed bag blog post, but the link therein is no longer live.

A fascinating piece and super photographs by Michael Simpson, describes how Freemasonry and astrology were involved in the building of Washington DC. Their input can be traced, easily. : Esoteric & Masonic Symbolism In Washington D.C.
On the same broad topic, there's a book on sale at Amazon, The Secret Architecture of Our Nation's Capital: The Masons and the Building of Washington, D.C, by by David Ovason
In the publicity blurb for the book:
Today, there are more than twenty complete zodiacs in Washington, D.C., each one pointing to an extraordinary mystery. David Ovason, who has studied these astrological devices for ten years, now reveals why they have been placed in such abundance in the center of our nation's capital and explains their interconnections. His richly illustrated text tells the story of how Washington, from its foundation in 1791, was linked with the zodiac, with the meaning of certain stars, and with a hidden cosmological symbolism that he uncovers here for the first time.

Fascinating and thoroughly researched, The Secret Architecture of Our Nation 's Capital is an engrossing book that raises provocative questions and otters complex insights into the meanings behind the mysterious symbols in Washington.
There's this website too, on the same topic, and others scattered around the net.

The same mixed-bag blog post mentioned above has this too, on ever mysterious Freemasonry:

From Thomas Paine's essay on The Origins of Free-Masonry published in New York, 1818:
Masonry (as I shall show from the customs, ceremonies, hieroglyphics, and chronology of Masonry) is derived and is the remains of the religion of the ancient Druids; who, like the Magi of Persia and the Priests of Heliopolis in Egypt, were Priests of the Sun. They paid worship to this great luminary, as the great visible agent of a great invisible first cause whom they styled " Time without limits."
.........In Masonry many of the ceremonies of the Druids are preserved in their original state, at least without any parody. With them the Sun is still the Sun; and his image, in the form of the sun is the great emblematical ornament of Masonic Lodges and Masonic dresses..............Free Masons Hall, in Great Queen-street, Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London, is a magnificent building, and cost upwards of 12,000 pounds sterling. Smith, in speaking of this building, says (page 152,) "The roof of this magnificent Hall is in all probability the highest piece of finished architecture in Europe. In the center of this roof, a most resplendent Sun is represented in burnished gold, surrounded with the twelve signs of the Zodiac, with their respective characters........................ The Masons, in order to protect themselves from the persecution of the Christian church, have always spoken in a mystical manner of the figure of the Sun in their Lodges, or, like the astronomer Lalande, who is a Mason, been silent upon the subject.

None of which relates to today's voting in DC. I hope Bernie comes away from the season's last primary with some additional delegates to add to his haul, to add weight to his declared intention of trying to effect changes in the Democrats' platform and general agenda at the Convention in July.

There's this, rather more relevant to today's voting, it's from a 2013 post:

Washington DC has been described as a city of dichotomies:
Washington was a city of dichotomies, contrasts, and striking inequalities. It was the capital of a major democracy that lacked local democracy. It was a citadel of power whose residents lacked power. It was a city with an excess of multimillion dollar office buildings and a shortage of housing. It was a city that was wealthier than most in which a sizable minority lives in great poverty. It had a 70 percent black population but the major decisions were still made by whites. It was a city in which the American dream and the American tragedy passed each other on the street and did not speak. It was, finally, a city that had suffered a form of deprivation known primarily to the poor and the imprisoned, a psychological deprivation born of the constant suppression and denial of one's identity, worth, or purpose by those in control. Washington to those in power was not a place but a hall to rent. The people of Washington were the custodian staff. And the renters were as likely to visit the world in which this staff lived as a parishioner is to inspect the boiler room of the church. The purpose of Washington's community was to serve not to be.


mike said...

I've visited DC several times on business, either in Silver Spring, MD, or my favorite, Dupont Circle in the heart of DC. Some of the best food I've ever had, mainly due to the ethnic diversity. Reminiscent of the Cantina scene in the original "Star Wars" movie, with people in their native-country attire sauntering the streets, often in not-customary-for-America, very colorful garb. Mixed-in with the diversity of people living in DC is the diversity of people visiting DC...lots of tourists replete with their touristy elements about them.

Remember the movie, "National Treasure", with Nicholas Cage? Much Freemasonry in that film.

Sigh...as is said, win or lose, it's how you played the game that counts, and The Bern played an exceptional game. I thought highly of him prior to this primary election, but ever so much more now. I think he'll have a strong leadership role, if for no other reason than to keep Hillary reigned-in and to continue his ideology among the receptive millennial generation, our future.

Twilight said...

mike ~ I guess Washington DC has similarities to London in the ways you describe. I never enjoyed London much, and suspect I'd not enjoy DC much either, though both are good to read about.

Freemasonry - yes, I've been interested in its mysteries and history from time to time. I eventually came to the conclusion that, nowadays, it has become just a business-men's schmoozing excuse. :-)

Bernie deserves far more praise and credit than he has received so far. He's not looking for praise and credit though - unlike Trump.

Naomi Klein says some good things about the future, a future which Bernie will have contributed to greatly - see this link (scroll down a ways)


It starts with:
On the surface, the battle between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders looks like a deep rift, one that threatens to splinter the Democratic Party. But viewed in the sweep of history, it is evidence of something far more positive for the party’s base and beyond: not a rift but a shift—the first tremors of a profound ideological realignment from which a transformative new politics could emerge.

mike (again) said...

Some very good "The Split" essays and some smarmy ones, too...LOL. Yes, I liked Klein's, particularly the part about between Clinton and Trump, "The left just won." I have to appreciate Astra Taylor's comment that the evidence of a liberal revolution of the 1960s actually was the crack that led to the conservative right. Our personal freedom being obliterated daily by our government under the veil of secrecy, with a monumental increase in government spying on citizens, it's difficult to determine whether we are reliving the McCarthy years, and substituting communism with war on terror.

I still believe that our current events and the next four years contain the determinants that critically collude toward 2020, providing the inertia of reformation. As John Townley would say, the future is constantly drawing us toward it...the Jupiter-Saturn-Pluto conjunction in 2020 is beckoning us all right now.

Twilight said...

mike (again) ~ There's always that danger - always a dark side in waiting. :-(

I agree about 2020, or at latest 2024. We're on the cusp of something I feel sure, but it'll be a slow moving something.