Theocratic seizure of the GOP

Here’s the sort of thing the US press won’t touch, despite its huge newsworthiness (what, finally, could be more important?) and such smoking evidence as this piece of explicitly subversive propaganda (discussed below by Bruce Prescott, a/k/a “Mainstream Baptist”).

Bush/Cheney’s revolution is, of course, not purely Christianist from top to bottom. The neo-cons, like Cheney and his satellites, don’t give two hoots about the Bible (although, like their intellectual master Leo Strauss, they much prefer religious tyranny to secular democracy, the former being more “stable” than the latter). And Karl Rove is devoid of scruples, Christianist or otherwise, and so it’s no surprise to learn of his overt contempt for the effusive faith-based types who’ve dropped by at the White House to “consult” with him.

And yet Rove and Cheney and the other mightly infidels atop the Bush regime are heavily dependent on the Christianists beneath them, and among them, for only those believers have an actual constituency, and one that’s mobilized for action at the grass-roots level. The neo-cons have no constituents, and Rove is only a hired gun. The Christianists, also known as “Bush’s base,” are the only Busheviks with any muscle nationwide–not as much as we’ve been told,
but certainly enough to make it seem that Bush & Co has broad mass support.

It is not true, however, that the top infidels make all the big decisions, pull the strings and push the buttons, while the true believers merely do the heavy lifting as commanded by those cooler heads. That scenario has us believing, wrongly, that the top dogs merely palliate the pious multitudes with scraps of “family values” rhetoric now and then, while mainly following the secular dictates of corporate greed and partisan advancement. While that, indeed, may be what many grass-roots Christianists themselves believe, their faith in such a theory does not make it true.

For Bush/Cheney’s White House has many mansions; and the theocrats aren’t camped at the far fringes of their splendid lawns, but occupy some of the most imposing heaps in that elite community. In many cases, it turns out, the movement’s biggest operators are not driven just by greed and/or “free-market” ideology, but by such stimuli as well as Christianist fanaticism.
The more we read, the more we learn about the toxic theocratic/plutocratic zeal of types like L. Paul Bremer, chief architect of present-day Iraq, and Erik Prince, ex-Navy SEAL and founder/CEO of Blackwater, Bush/Cheney’s private mercenary army, and the deranged quartet of Scalia, Thomas, Roberts and Alito on the Supreme Court, and the Black Hundreds who comprise the secretive and influential Council on National Policy–as well as countless
lesser operatives, toiling in obscurity.

Take Monica Goodling, for example. The erstwhile Director of Public Affairs in Bush/Cheney’s DoJ, Goodling is a graduate of Messiah College, and earned her J.D. at Pat Robertson’s Regent University Law School. (Regent’s motto: “Christian Leadership to Change the World.”) As Vyan noted lately in a post on DailyKos (,
Goodling’s reason to invoke the Fifth Amendment before Congress may have less to do with perjury vis-a-vis the firing of those eight US. Attorneys than with her quite likely violations of the laws forbidding federal employees from doing any party work or meddling with elections.

Goodling is but one of many young dominionists who, after graduating from such preparatory institutions (that foreign term “madrassa” comes to mind), got right down to work for BushCo: not as civil servants–BushCo hires no civil servants–but as ardent and obedient political commandos. Those inclined to look more deeply into it should also check the doings of the many
youngsters sent from Patrick Henry College to assist the Busheviks in the last few national elections. Under Bush, more White House interns hail from that unknown academy than any other school. (PHC was founded in 2000 by Michael Farris, a fierce mentee of Tim LaHaye.) On the subject of election fraud, the furtive ministrations of this Monica appear to represent the mere tip of the iceberg–and evidence enough that this regime does not just pay lip service to dominionism.

Meanwhile, in the field of foreign policy, we learn now, from a front-page story in the The New York Times, that the regime has actually allowed the government of Ethiopia to continue buying weaponry from North Korea–a violation of our laws, and of BushCo’s own policy, as startling as the Reagan team’s covert approaches to, and transactions with, the revolutionary junta in Iran back in the Eighties. And yet the news is not as strange as it may sound, once we recall that Ethiopia’s government is Christian, and now pressing hard against the Islamists still governing Somalia. Although the Timesmen make no mention of it, hewing close, instead, to the official line that this is really just about “the war on terrorism,” it is obvious that BushCo’s lenient gesture here is driven not by pragmatism but, as usual, by the regime’s Manichaean vision of the world as split between the evil Sons of Darkness and (our side) the Sons of Light.

In short, if Ethiopia were ruled by Muslims, you can bet your burkha that the White House would be screaming bloody murder over this commercial tie to Kim Jong-il. Alternatively, if the victims in Darfur were Christians, there would be no need for the ongoing grass-roots drive to get the Bush regime to halt the genocide.

Let’s not, however, get distracted here by BushCo’s stance on any single issue, but keep our eyes directly on the ball. This regime is not just avaricious and dishonest beyond any national precedent, but explicitly subversive–more intent on the destruction of American democracy that any other movement in the world; and it is, of course, far better-placed than they to do us in. Anyone–left, right or in between–who claims to care about our Constitution is obliged to call this regime by its proper name, and otherwise help force them out of power.


From Dr. Bruce Prescott:

MONDAY, MARCH 19, 2007
A Reconstructionist Takeover Video

In February 1990 I received an unsolicited video in the mail. The
video came from a Dr. Stephen Hotze and was entitled /”Restoring
America: How You Can Impact Civil Government.”/ Filmed at a church
in my neighborhood, I recognized the actors as the pastor and
congregants of an Independent Fundamental Baptist church (the Jerry
Falwell kind). The video was a guide on how to 1) take over a
Republican Party precinct meeting, 2) elect “Christian” delegates to
the GOP District meeting, and 3) put planks supporting the
theocratic agenda of Christian Reconstructionism into the party

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Hey Mark, thanks for the heads-up on this. One gets a rather uneasy feeling wading into the murky waters…

My question, however – and this pertains to the broader gov’t/corporate deception of recent years – is this:
when one examines the pretext, the false flags, the PNAC imperialistic ideology, the steady subversion of law and the Bill of Rights, the entire techno-grid-police state infrastructure now in place … how are we to assign the role of all that’s occurred to the reconstructionist/Christo-fascist movement, and its cabal of neocons willing to dance with this particular devil?

Bush/Cheney couldn’t have made any ground, never would’ve been placed into power in 2000, without the aid of the corporate media, and surely not everyone in positions of authority within those few corporations are of that exact same mindset [???], even if wars and the selling of war reaps handsome profits.

I realize you’ve addressed this in your books, interviews, etc but, precisely, what I’m wondering is, is this theocratic movement the chief threat, or is this movement simply riding the coat tails of a near complete breakdown of legitimate representative democracy, which largely rests … aside from The People’s abandonment of it … where, exactly? Follow?

That rightists have been diligently working the grassroots level doesn’t surprise me, but when one examines, say, Blackwater USA, and the various corporatized “mercenaries” at work, apparently not subject to our laws – which isn’t surprising given the executive branch of our gov’t apparently isn’t either – and its ties to both Bush/Cheney’s illegal war policies, how they were sent in during Katrina, etc, [dry run for martial law?] now that is quite alarming on numerous levels. My point is, a relatively small cabal couldn’t have possibly made headway in undermining our constitution without the aid of a disturbingly large portion of the Establishment entire. I don’t like where any of this is leading, especially how there seems to be little in the way of genuine – with teeth and consequence and accountability – resistance from those beholden to the Establishment. Since We The People have chosen not to, I wonder, who, from the shadows, actually calls the shots for this failed state, and is benefiting from its impending collapse?

On a darkly poetic note, do you recall Polanski’s Rosemary’s Baby? …“All of them, witches?”

Good question. In a word, I think that we would not be threatened as
we are by the religious right if the Establishment had not enabled
it; and that the theocrats are far more dangerous than their mainstream enablers (want to) understand.

The rise of Nazism in Germany provides a pretty strong analogy. It would not have happened if the likes of Bayer and IG Farben, and
most of the conservatives, had stood against it. Once Hitler took
power, however, HE became the greatest danger in that nation (and, shortly, in the world).

Thus, here and now, the Establishment is largely culpable; and yet it cannot at this moment be our main concern, because Bush/Cheney’s movement is apocalyptic, and must be stopped ASAP. That effort, however, has to be continuous with thoroughgoing reform, or revolution (call it what you will).

Thanks for your input. I agree with you that it’s likely that many in the Est. simply aren’t aware of the underlying pathology of the rightist movement(although some must realize what they’re enabling) …or, since common surface trappings of that may be unified, coupled with a sense of protecting career/livelihood, an unconscious turning of a blind eye occurs.

The good news is, it’s become obvious that many more average citizens are finally realizing what they’ve felt at a visceral level for years – something is seriously wrong in America – and they’re asking and researching, getting involved, and learning how to articulate those questions and concerns.

“Reform or revolution(call it what you will).” ….indeed.

Have you read this?

Custodians of chaos

In this extract from his forthcoming memoirs, Kurt Vonnegut is horrified by the hypocrisy in contemporary US politics

By Kurt Vonnegut

06/17/06 “Information Clearing House” — — “Do unto others what you would have them do unto you.” A lot of people think Jesus said that, because it is so much the sort of thing Jesus liked to say. But it was actually said by Confucius, a Chinese philosopher, five hundred years before there was that greatest and most humane of human beings, named Jesus Christ.

The Chinese also gave us, via Marco Polo, pasta and the formula for gunpowder. The Chinese were so dumb they only used gunpowder for fireworks. And everybody was so dumb back then that nobody in either hemisphere even knew that there was another one.

We’ve sure come a long way since then. Sometimes I wish we hadn’t. I hate H-bombs and the Jerry Springer Show

But back to people like Confucius and Jesus and my son the doctor, Mark, each of whom have said in their own way how we could behave more humanely and maybe make the world a less painful place. One of my favourite humans is Eugene Debs, from Terre Haute in my native state of Indiana.

Get a load of this. Eugene Debs, who died back in 1926, when I was not yet four, ran five times as the Socialist party candidate for president, winning 900,000 votes, almost 6 percent of the popular vote, in 1912, if you can imagine such a ballot. He had this to say while campaigning:

“As long as there is a lower class, I am in it.

“As long as there is a criminal element, I am of it.

“As long as there is a soul in prison, I am not free.”

Doesn’t anything socialistic make you want to throw up? Like great public schools, or health insurance for all?

When you get out of bed each morning, with the roosters crowing, wouldn’t you like to say. “As long as there is a lower class, I am in it. As long as there is a criminal element, I am of it. As long as there is a soul in prison, I am not free.”

How about Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, the Beatitudes?

Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the Earth.

Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.

And so on.

Not exactly planks in a Republican platform. Not exactly George W Bush, Dick Cheney, or Donald Rumsfeld stuff.

For some reason, the most vocal Christians among us never mention the Beatitudes. But, often with tears in their eyes, they demand that the Ten Commandments be posted in public buildings. And of course that’s Moses, not Jesus. I haven’t heard one of them demand that the Sermon on the Mount, the Beatitudes, be posted anywhere.

“Blessed are the merciful” in a courtroom? “Blessed are the peacemakers” in the Pentagon? Give me a break!

It so happens that idealism enough for anyone is not made of perfumed pink clouds. It is the law! It is the US Constitution.

But I myself feel that our country, for whose Constitution I fought in a just war, might as well have been invaded by Martians and body snatchers. Sometimes I wish it had been. What has happened instead is that it was taken over by means of the sleaziest, low-comedy, Keystone Cops-style coup d’état imaginable.

I was once asked if I had any ideas for a really scary reality TV show. I have one reality show that would really make your hair stand on end: “C-Students from Yale”.

George W Bush has gathered around him upper-crust C-students who know no history or geography, plus not-so-closeted white supremacists, aka Christians, and plus, most frighteningly, psychopathic personalities, or PPs, the medical term for smart, personable people who have no consciences.

To say somebody is a PP is to make a perfectly respectable diagnosis, like saying he or she has appendicitis or athlete’s foot. The classic medical text on PPs is The Mask of Sanity by Dr Hervey Cleckley, a clinical professor of psychiatry at the Medical College of Georgia, published in 1941. Read it!

Some people are born deaf, some are born blind or whatever, and this book is about congenitally defective human beings of a sort that is making this whole country and many other parts of the planet go completely haywire nowadays. These were people born without consciences, and suddenly they are taking charge of everything.

PPs are presentable, they know full well the suffering their actions may cause others, but they do not care. They cannot care because they are nuts. They have a screw loose!

And what syndrome better describes so many executives at Enron and WorldCom and on and on, who have enriched themselves while ruining their employees and investors and country and who still feel as pure as the driven snow, no matter what anybody may say to or about them? And they are waging a war that is making billionaires out of millionaires, and trillionaires out of billionaires, and they own television, and they bankroll George Bush, and not because he’s against gay marriage.

So many of these heartless PPs now hold big jobs in our federal government, as though they were leaders instead of sick. They have taken charge. They have taken charge of communications and the schools, so we might as well be Poland under occupation.

They might have felt that taking our country into an endless war was simply something decisive to do. What has allowed so many PPs to rise so high in corporations, and now in government, is that they are so decisive. They are going to do something every fuckin’ day and they are not afraid. Unlike normal people, they are never filled with doubts, for the simple reason that they don’t give a fuck what happens next. Simply can’t. Do this! Do that! Mobilise the reserves! Privatise the public schools! Attack Iraq! Cut health care! Tap everybody’s telephone! Cut taxes on the rich! Build a trillion-dollar missile shield! Fuck habeas corpus and the Sierra Club and In These Times, and kiss my ass!

There is a tragic flaw in our precious Constitution, and I don’t know what can be done to fix it. This is it: only nut cases want to be president. This was true even in high school. Only clearly disturbed people ran for class president.

The title of Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11 is a parody of the title of Ray Bradbury’s great science-fiction novel Fahrenheit 451. Four hundred and fifty-one degrees Fahrenheit is the combustion point, incidentally, of paper, of which books are composed. The hero of Bradbury’s novel is a municipal worker whose job is burning books.

While on the subject of burning books, I want to congratulate librarians, not famous for their physical strength, who, all over this country, have staunchly resisted anti-democratic bullies who have tried to remove certain books from their shelves, and destroyed records rather than have to reveal to thought police the names of persons who have checked out those titles.

So the America I loved still exists, if not in the White House, the Supreme Court, the Senate, the House of Representatives, or the media. The America I loved still exists at the front desks of our public libraries.

And still on the subject of books: our daily news sources, newspapers and TV, are now so craven, so unvigilant on behalf of the American people, so uninformative, that only in books do we learn what’s really going on.

I will cite an example: House of Bush, House of Saud by Craig Unger, published in early 2004, that humiliating, shameful, blood-soaked year.

In case you haven’t noticed, as the result of a shamelessly rigged election in Florida, in which thousands of African-Americans were arbitrarily disenfranchised, we now present ourselves to the rest of the world as proud, grinning, jut-jawed, pitiless war-lovers with appallingly powerful weaponry – who stand unopposed.

In case you haven’t noticed, we are now as feared and hated all over the world as Nazis once were.

And with good reason.

In case you haven’t noticed, our unelected leaders have dehumanised millions and millions of human beings simply because of their religion and race. We wound ’em and kill ’em and torture ’em and imprison ’em all we want.

Piece of cake.

In case you haven’t noticed, we also dehumanised our own soldiers, not because of their religion or race, but because of their low social class.

Send ’em anywhere. Make ’em do anything.

Piece of cake.

The O’Reilly Factor.

So I am a man without a country, except for the librarians and a Chicago paper called In These Times.

Before we attacked Iraq, the majestic New York Times guaranteed there were weapons of mass destruction there.

Albert Einstein and Mark Twain gave up on the human race at the end of their lives, even though Twain hadn’t even seen the first world war. War is now a form of TV entertainment, and what made the first world war so particularly entertaining were two American inventions, barbed wire and the machine gun.

Shrapnel was invented by an Englishman of the same name. Don’t you wish you could have something named after you?

Like my distinct betters Einstein and Twain, I now give up on people, too. I am a veteran of the second world war and I have to say this is not the first time I have surrendered to a pitiless war machine.

My last words? “Life is no way to treat an animal, not even a mouse.”

Napalm came from Harvard. Veritas

Our president is a Christian? So was Adolf Hitler. What can be said to our young people, now that psychopathic personalities, which is to say persons without consciences, without senses of pity or shame, have taken all the money in the treasuries of our government and corporations, and made it all their own?

© 2005 Kurt Vonnegut Extracted from A Man Without a Country: : A Memoir of Life in George W Bush’s America.

Used to be “the best and the brightest” were the first choice to
>serve this nation. Now, under Bush, it’s “the brainwashed and dimmest.” You’d think the co-workers of these incompetents would be screaming bloody murder and leaking to the press. Maybe they have been, but the press hasn’t seen fit to make this a story.

Also–Check out this report on Mercyhurst College from The Center
for Public Integrity: “Tiny School Gets No-Bid Work From Homeland Security” –

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