9/24/2005

The Christian Coalition: The Nature of the Beast

I wouldn't have believe Chaitkin and LaRouche until a year ago. But after Nov 2nd 2004, Rove's role on Plamegate and Abramoff's misfortune their claims seem a lot more real than I would like -- law

by Anton Chaitkin

While many people are squawking about the fact of there being a religious right controlling the government, the reality is that the present government—the Bush Administration and its friends—created a pseudo-religion, like a Roman cult. And it is this religion which is being used as an instrument of tyranny by a rotten government.... People talk about the "religious right." There is no religious right. There is a state-based religion.[1]

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[It is a] delusion, that the array of pro-Bush religious fruitcake collection, built of a partnership, forged in large part by Billy Graham, between Jonathan Edwards/Darbyite Protestant fruitcakes and dark-age fascist, nominal Catholics, is ... a lobby directed to influence government; it is a Bush-government-created state religion, created and deployed to impose a de facto dictatorship on the U.S.A.[2]
—Lyndon LaRouche, April 2005

A dictatorship needs revolutionaries, to destroy the previous lawful nation, and to terrorize citizens into giving up their liberty.

One cold night in the early 1980s, some young men selected for this role drove through the streets of Washington, D.C. with the windows down, singing an anarchist hymn cynically set to the tune of America the Beautiful:

'Tis time to right the great wrong done
ten thousand years ago,
The state conceived
in blood and hate
Remains our only foe,
So circle brothers, circle brothers,
Victory is nigh!
Come meet thy fate, destroy the state
And raise black banners high....[3]

The raucous singers were Ralph Reed, who later created the Christian Coalition and became a top herder of religious voters; and Grover Norquist, who now presides at regular Wednesday supreme strategy meetings of the Religious Right and other components of the present U.S. regime.

Reed and Norquist, together with their young boss Jack Abramoff, had been put in charge of the national College Republicans (CR) at the outset of the Ronald Reagan Presidency. This trio, Abramoff (CR chairman), Norquist (CR executive director) and Reed (their intern, later CR executive director), formed a covert partnership which has persisted to the present time.

Recently, front-page corruption scandals hitting House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Tex.), have featured Jack Abramoff's wild influence-selling adventures, and Ralph Reed's bold and profitable manipulations of religious groups, with Norquist's key place in the schemes looming on the edge of news coverage. (See "A Traveling Partnership.")

DeLay's accelerating downfall has put the spotlight on these operatives' roles in building up DeLay's dictatorship over the House of Representatives.

Reed and his close allies have been at the center of an apparatus, used by the current Washington regime to attempt the consolidation of a coup d'état; to impose a dictatorship on the ruins of the lawful government, with the Congress a mere rubber stamp, and the independent judiciary terrorized and taken down. The coup attempt continues, now with an edge of real desperation in the face of more determined opposition.

The Reed-created Christian Coalition (with televangelist Pat Robertson as its public face) has been the most significant element in the Religious Right as the regime's bludgeon. A searching look at that group's background, traced through the career of Reed—beginning in the College Republicans' 1980s leadership trio—yields some useful insights into the true nature of the beast now confronting the republic.
The College Republicans, `On Fire'

Abramoff, Norquist, and Reed first came together in Washington in the Spring of 1981, Abramoff and Norquist having recently left college, Reed still a student. They were determined to ride to power with the pro-feudal faction then seeking to consolidate its power in the incoming Administration of President Ronald Reagan and Vice President George H.W. Bush.

In the College Republican leadership, there was no pretense of religion, no "Christianity"—just the Revolution. The rush of adrenalin came from being plugged in to powerful sponsors, being on the inside, having the perceived authority from the lodge to tear down the hated old order, to instill fear—and get away with it.

We can better appreciate their state of mind if we take a hint from the second inaugural speech of President George W. Bush, on Jan. 20, 2005. With reference to the policy of limitless wars and regime changes, Bush's keepers had written the following for him to read:

"By our efforts, we have lit a fire as well, a fire in the minds of men. It warms those who feel its power. It burns those who fight its progress. And one day, this untamed fire of freedom will reach the darkest corners of our world."...

The phrase, "fire in the minds of men," comes from The Possessed, Fyodor Dostoevsky's novel about the "demon-possessed" nihilist revolutionaries of 19th-Century Russia. In the book, the governor of a province looks with despair on a fire they have set, that is sweeping through a town. He says, "The fire is in the minds of men, not on the roofs of houses."

Those nihilists in Tsarist Russia had rejected the view of man as in the image of God, held by the monotheistic religions, while adopting Nietzsche's contemptuous opinion that a man is only his base appetites, a worm, who must be ruled by the stronger, the superman. Abraham Lincoln's Ambassador to Russia, Cassius Clay, wrote in his memoirs, that the nihilists who set fire to Russian cities in the 1860s and issued incendiary anarchist leaflets, were for the most part aristocrats who resented the nation's progress out of feudalism.

As for our young nihilists in Washington, 1981-83, Reed, Norquist, and Abramoff: They were in the vanguard, overthrowing the old industrial America of Lincoln and Franklin Roosevelt. Backed by Richard Mellon Scaife and the Coors brewery family, they made war on labor unions, in the war to destroy the steel mills and machine industry in the northern states, where high wages had been protected by U.S. tariffs; they incited the rabble against civil rights, in a war on the poor.

This was the era of 20% interest rates, as Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker promised the "controlled disintegration" of domestic industry, in the shift to cheap overseas labor. The "untamed fire of freedom" was the unlimited expansion of money fortunes from gambling in the new borderless, radically deregulated economy. This was the great boom-time of the financiers' "Black Economy" of narcotics, pornography, and casinos.

The ideological gods of those College Republicans were Friedrich von Hayek (whose book The Road to Serfdom demanded a world government to crush national sovereignty and usher in the absolute free market), and National Review owner William F. Buckley, Jr., the brash dark-ages-fascist Catholic leader whose intrigues would shape Ralph Reed's course into forging the Christian Coalition.

Their spiritual mentor was Newt Gingrich, the new Republican Congressman from Reed's Georgia. Gingrich counselled the College Republicans that the Revolution was at hand. Gingrich was full of the Third Wave fad of futurist Alvin Toffler and Malthusian Jeremy Rifkin: The old days of man dominating and transforming nature are gone; now in the new age, scarce resources will be appropriated by the smart insiders, the cyber-elite. The world's poor are to die by the wayside.

The leadership group reportedly asked each of their cadres going out to build College Republican cells on campus, to memorize a diatribe with the words, "The Democrats are the enemy. WADE into them! Spill THEIR blood! Shoot THEM in the belly!"[4]..

The provocative tactics and sneering partisan attitude of these hard-drinking College Republicans did not ingratiate them with President Reagan, and they had no access to him. Soon, the particular avenue through which the trio had taken over the group became extremely messy.

Jack Abramoff's father was chief executive of Diner's Club, America's first credit card, used by the jet set in Hollywood, New York, and Washington. It was Diner's Club owner Alfred Bloomingdale, his father's employer and the family patron, who gave Jack Abramoff his entry to higher politics and international intrigue. Bloomingdale was an early California backer and confidant of Ronald Reagan, and Reagan as President appointed Bloomingdale to the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board (PFIAB).

Elected and financially sustained as College Republican chairman through Bloomingdale's wealth and connections, Abramoff brought in Grover Norquist, who had been a fellow Massachusetts Republican student activist, as executive director. The 20-year-old Ralph Reed, notorious as a cynical dirty-trickster among Republicans at the University of Georgia, came in first as an intern with Abramoff, sleeping in Abramoff's residence.

Problems developed when Alfred Bloomingdale was accused of taking videotapes of his own sadomasochistic orgies with government leaders and call girls, and these allegations became embarrassing and a serious potential blackmail problem for the Reagan Administration; Bloomingdale's PFIAB access to sensitive intelligence added to the complications. (Bloomingdale conveniently died in 1982.)...

[A lot more at the source -- law]

The Christian Coalition: The Nature of the Beast

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