TTHE AMERICAN DREAM
The Old Testament is a narrative template for American History.
Abraham, a wandering Aramean, some 4,000 years ago, dreamed he would inherit through his sons’sons’sons some highlands west of the Jordon River. Isaac and Jacob, through the connivance of Sarah and Rebekah, inherited the dream. Moses and Joshua some 3,200+ years ago began the conquest of those highlands and much of the lowlands surrounding them. David captured Jerusalem some 3,000 years ago. Alternatively, the sons of the sons of the sons of Abraham’s oldest and, but for Sarah’s insistence, favorite son Ishmael and, but for the trickery of Rebekah, Isaac’s favorite son Esau, inherited the dream and they sit athwart huge amounts of fossil fuel and they, along with the Chinese, more and more own our debts. These conflicting versions of Abraham’s dream make high and low lands around the Jordon a threshing floor, the dream become a nightmare.
Columbus for decades before 1492 dreamed he could get to China and its riches by sailing west. Ishmael’s children had blocked the trade route east by capturing Constantinople a couple of years before Columbus was born. Having driven Ishmael’s sons out of Spain and expropriated all Jewish wealth, Isabel, the Castilian Queen, financed Columbus’ venture, false premised though it was.
Cortes in 1519 conquered, with the assistance of Milinali, whom Spaniards call Dona Marina, a Mayan princess disinherited by her mother and step-father, the Aztecs, Overlords of Mexico. She helped by encouraging Montezuma the Emperor to believe that Cortes was the Plumed Serpent, forecast by Mexicans to be due to return after his exile to put an end to human sacrifice, cannibalism and sodomy. So, the cult of Mary Queen of Heaven, and the Cross got planted and America was transformed from being an island for turkeys and turtles into a global aircraft carrier and rocket launcher.
Come rap with me.
October 13, 3:00 p.m.
Historical Society Museum,