Let’s suppose there’s a God in heaven. And let’s suppose he has a well-stocked arsenal – nasty plagues, thunderbolts he picked up at a garage sale when Zeus retired, and that most terrible weapon, The Decree of Obstinacy. That’s the one he used against Pharoah, enabling Moses and company to scramble out of Egypt.
Word from on high, not yet confirmed, is that God is making the dreaded Decree again operational. He’s had it “up to here” with Mitch McConnell and John Boehner, although the political obscenities of Rand Paul and Ted Cruz contributed to the tipping point.
The Decree is a terrifying weapon. It put Moses in the history books. It works like this: Moses had gone to Pharoah and demanded that he allow the Israelites leave the land of Egypt. “Let my people go.” At first, Pharoah agreed but then “hardened his heart,” betraying his promise. So God sent a plague, which got Pharoah’s attention. “Take your people and leave!” he told Moses. However, when it came time for the Israelites to get the hell out, Pharoah hardened his heart again. “Nope, you and your tribe stays!” – again betraying his promise. So God sent another plague. Same story – “Stop the plague, and I’ll let your people go,” Pharoah promised, and then he hardened his heart. Happened a total of nine times, and that’s when God fired the Decree of Obstinacy straight at Pharoah’s heart:
This time, Pharoah didn’t harden his heart – God did!
“Enough already!” thundered the Almighty. Yes, indeed. Stick a fork in Pharoah – he’s done. One miserable betrayal too many. When God hardened Pharoah’s heart, a great cry went up in Egypt. The 10th plague killed every firstborn, young and old, in Egypt land. Finished! The End! Even a mighty Pharoah can’t bring the dead back to life.
The Decree of Obstinacy marks the moment of damnation – All ye who enter here abandon hope – the moment of irreversibility.
How many times can Mitch McConnell filibuster? How many bills can John Boehner not bring to the floor of the House? How many qualified appointees can the Senate not confirm? How long before the Decree Of Obstinacy hardens the heart of the Republican betrayers?