Cleansing Fire

Defending Truth and Tradition in the Roman Catholic Church

Joe, Joe …. What have you done?

August 25th, 2020, Promulgated by Diane Harris

The first Democratic primary for the 2020 Presidential Race was held in Iowa on February 3rd, and Biden came in 4th, with 14.9% of the vote, behind Bernie Sanders with 24.7%, Pete Buttigieg with 21.3% and Elizabeth Warren with 18.5%.

The second primary was held on February 11th in New Hampshire, and Joe Biden came in 5th with 8.3%, behind Bernie Sanders 25.6%, Pete Buttigieg with 24.3%, Amy Klobuchar with 19.7% and Elizabeth Warren with 9.2%. It certainly looked like Joe Biden’s campaign had lost any fire it might have had.

Those results can be verified here:


What in the world (or outside the world) happened? One answer might lie in what was said and done on the day after the New Hampshire primary, when Biden’s campaign seemed to be falling apart. Politico reports the gist of a phone conversation Biden had with his supporters on Lincoln’s birthday (Feb. 12th), the headlines of which read:

“Biden on phone call: ‘I’ll be damned if we’re gonna lose this nomination’”


Do you see it? After two miserable showings, there is a hard-to-predict turnaround. The next primary, in Nevada on Feb. 22, has Biden in 2nd place with 19% to Bernie Sanders 40%, and then comes the big turnaround – the South Carolina primary, when Biden garners 49% of the vote, and Bernie Sanders 20% on Feb. 29th. And Biden never looks back. What happened? What really happened?

In what appears to be spiritual warfare, between great immorality and sin on one side, and the struggles to maintain a Christian and moral position on many fronts, disadvantaged by all the associated problems of a pandemic which reversed the extraordinary gains and successes of the current administration in three prior years, did Joe Biden call out for demonic reinforcement for the Democratic side and for himself?

“I’ll be damned” – I think most of us have some idea of what that means. One understanding is that a person who says those words is willing to be damned, offering himself to be damned, to gain an objective. That is not as strange as it first seems. The theme of selling one’s soul to the evil one permeates literature, art and opera. We seem to be sensing that this is a time to be very, very careful of what we say and do, with such forces astir. Words matter; they have effect. Did they hand Joe the nomination?

During this same period in February, Trump put the China travel restrictions  into effect on February 2nd, and expanded them to cover Iran on February 29th, the date of the South Carolina primary. Joe Biden’s campaign did pick up fire or, we might say, fire may have picked him up.

Ephesians 6:12 states: “For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” It is not unreasonable to wonder what Joe Biden actually did with his words. And, if it is as it seems, the entire Democratic Party, activists and bystanders, may be drawn into supporting not only a platform against God, but also a campaign targeted against His sons and daughters.

What we are in now calls for much careful speech, and for much strong commitment. It is likely not to be what we have come to expect from prior conventions and elections. Personally, I will not be surprised to see weather and climate manifest the evil being precipitated, which happens when the ordered world can no longer contain it.

Joe, Joe…. What have you done? “I’ll be damned….” Yes, Joe, that is probably a fair assessment, unless we can all make a huge effort to pray to an incredibly merciful God for His enemies to repent.  


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