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Toadying to Feminists – The Schlafly Scream

Toadying to Feminists

The Schalfly Scream

By Nicole Nichols

“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.” (Shakespeare)

Phyllis Schlafly

Phyllis Schlafly

Well, they’re all doing it, and it was just a matter of time before the Queen of Conservative Hypocrisy entered stage right with her monologue on the perils of women in combat and those wanton feminists. According to Phyllis Schalfly when the sexual attacks in the military occur, “Only men will be deemed at fault because it is feminist ideology that men are innately batterers and women are victims.” That’s right, Phyllis – these women are just “asking for it.”

In a diatribe posted yesterday, the soon to be ninety-year-old self-appointed guardian of morality penned a column on her Eagle Forum website blasting Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta for his decision allowing women into front line combat.

Like so many of the other self-aggrandized right-wing “experts,” her main thrust was that it would increase the number of sexual assaults and compromise the safety of our troops. Most of the arguments which have been proffered by the right are the same, lame, hackneyed claims that they used to dissuade the inclusion of gays in the military. However, Schalfly waded into a much deeper cesspool than most.

She accused Panetta, who is leaving the office, of “…toadying to the feminist officers who yearn to be 3- and 4-star generals based on the feminist dogma of gender interchangeability and on their desire to force men into situations to be commanded by feminists.”

Oh…those ungrateful feminists! Don’t you know that this is all part of a huge feminist agenda being shoved down the throats of those poor oppressed men? Now men might actually find themselves in positions of subservience to (gasp) a woman in comfortable shoes!

Schalfly goes on to raise a series of questions for Panetta about the implementation of his ruling – questions that I am certain Panetta would answer if he ever read the Eagle Forum.

In an effort to persuade the reader that this ruling is detrimental to our forces, Schalfly makes the following statement:

“Retired Army Major General Robert H. Scales explained in the Washington Post that we know from experience with war that the intimate, deliberate, brutal killing of our country’s enemies is best done by small units or teams of men. Four solid buddy pairings of men led by a sergeant compose a nine-man battle-ready combat squad.

“These squads are bound together by the “band of brothers” effect. It is a phrase borrowed from Shakespeare’s Henry V. Centuries of battlefield experience that have taught us that this brotherhood is what causes a young man to risk and even sacrifice his life willingly so his buddies can survive, and that cohesion is a male-only relationship that would be irreparably compromised by including women in the squad.”

Gee, I hate to burst the Schalfly bubble, but I wouldn’t sell our soldiers short. I, for one, believe that the same “bond” of which she speaks can be formed regardless of gender. When faced with a combat situation where the dangers are imminent, I don’t much think that any soldier cares about skin color, sexual orientation, or gender as long as they can trust their fellow soldier to have their backs. Obviously, Phyllis has been deprived of that kind of “bonding” herself – but then, she’s the “expert” – right?

After reading page after page of right-wing hysteria over Panetta’s ruling, a couple of themes stand out the most.

1)    The fear of anything different sends right-wing conservatives into fits of outrageous proportions. This is nothing less than a throwback to the old White Citizens Council and the days of segregation when the scapegoat was African-Americans. Today, the target is women and gays.

2)    For people like Schalfly, their disdain for women is palpable. Bryan Fischer recently wrote an article in which he warned of  “predatory women” in the military. Schalfly insinuates that women in the military are asking to be sexually assaulted. Of course, when your brain has been eroded by continuous theological assault, your ability to process reality is bound to be distorted.

3)    The outrage being expressed is not really about women in combat – it’s about women in the military and any other outfit that people of this mindset deem fit for men only. It’s about their biblical belief that women are the keepers of the home and the bearers of future generations. It’s about male superiority.

Schalfly takes it one step further. Perhaps without realizing it, she also demeans the male gender. According to her statements and claims, men lack self-control when it comes to women. By her evaluation, they cannot help themselves or fight their sexual desires. In the same vein, she belittles them and makes them appear shallow and superficial – unable to form bonds with females that are lasting, platonic in nature, and based upon mutual respect.

Phyllis Schalfly has long been a proponent of all things that represent the extreme religious right. Her stance on homeschooling and stay-at-home mothers, however, applies only to others as she has been anything but. Her views on same-sex-marriage and gay rights apply only to others as she has a son who is gay. And, her views on men and women absolutely suggest that she lacks the real-life experiences of lasting friendships with the opposite sex and the ability to recognize the realities of 21st Century life.

Fearing a loss of power, male domination, and superiority has always been an issue for the extreme right. However, given the fact that the world is changing rapidly combined with an African-American running this country, and an increasing push-back from secular America, the religious right is currently living out a nightmare. They are flailing around and trying desperately to wake up, but until they do, we can expect more of their screams of outrage as each day passes and take their onslaught for what it truly is – sheer desperation.

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Concerned Women For America

Concerned Women for America

By Nicole Nichols

Concerned Women for America (CWA) is a 501(c)(3) public policy women’s organization whose main goal is to promote biblical principles in our government and in our society. Started by Beverly LaHaye in the 1970’s, to counter Betty Friedan’s National Organization for Women and its bothersome feminist attempts to pass the Equal Rights Amendment, the group has grown into a powerful lobbying and policy making, and legislative action group.

Beverly LaHaye

Beverly LaHaye

Beverly LaHaye is the wife of Tim LaHaye, an evangelical minister and author. The soon to be eighty-seven year old Timothy has long been associated with religious extremism. Having been a close friend of Jerry Falwell and having sat on the board of the Moral Majority, he also helped establish the Institute for Creation Research.  He is best known as the author of the Left Behind series of apocalyptic fictional books that took the Christian right by storm in the 1990’s.

Beverly, also an octogenarian, is probably best known for her 1976 book “The Act of Marriage: The Beauty of Sexual Love.” She and Tim met while at the Bob Jones University which helps to explain her incredible bias and extremism. Her main objective in her activism appears to be making certain that America is governed by Christian principles that adhere to biblical values.

Much like Phyllis Schlafly, Beverly claims that women should not work outside of the home. Also, much like Schlafly, Beverly wasn’t much of a stay-at-home mom, herself. So much for practicing what you preach.

To understand the nature of  CWA it is essential to understand the founder and her beliefs. CWA’s core issues are abortion, heterosexual marriage, pornography, religious freedom, and national sovereignty. They are frequently involved in legal cases and legislative battles concerning these issues. They vehemently oppose any interference by the United Nations and advocate a complete withdrawal.

Beverly Lahaye claims that the organization was “built on the foundation of the word of God,” and that before anyone becomes politically active it is important that you understand that you are a sinner and deserve punishment in Hell.  To Beverly, feminists are “spiritual forces of darkness” and “abortion, pornography, premarital sex and homosexuality are schemes of the devil.”

Penny Nance

Penny Nance

The current President and CEO of CWA is Penny Young Nance, former advisor to the Federal Communications Commission on media and social issues.  Nance served as an advisor to the Federal Communication Commission on media and social issues where she provided outreach to Congress, public interest groups and the industry.

Prior to her position with the FCC, Nance was the founder and president of the Kids First Coalition which focuses on bringing various children’s issues to the attention of Congress, the media, and the public.

Additionally, Nance has been a consultant for Prison Fellowship Ministries, a prison ministry that was founded by the late Chuck Colson, and whose stated mission is:  “To mobilize and assist the Christian community in its ministry to prisoners, ex-prisoners, victims, and their families; and in the advancement of restorative justice.”

Prison Fellowship Ministries is a branch of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview, a wholly dominionist organization seeking to push a biblical agenda into the halls of government and American life.

Janice Shaw Crouse

Janice Shaw Crouse

Janice Shaw Crouse is a cherished Senior Fellow at CWA, and a leader of the Beverly LaHaye Institute – an offshoot of CWA.  In the 1990’s Crouse was on the staff of the Institute on Religion and Democracy, a think tank supported largely by the Scaife, Bradley, and Olin Foundations. Also in the 1990’s she was a speechwriter for George H.W. Bush.

Crouse pens a weekly column for Townhall.com, the American Spectator, the Washington Times, the American Thinker, and Human Events, while serving on the Board of Advisors for the Christian Film and Television Commission.

Vehemently opposed to any sort of sex education in public schools, Crouse holds family and faith as the two most important roles of her moral compass. She maintains that “feminism rests on the fundamental misunderstanding of the origins of power.”  She rejects all alternative life-styles and stands firmly against same-gender marriage.

Shari Rendall

Shari Rendall

Shari Rendall is the Director of Legislation and Public Policy for CWA. In the 1990’s, Rendall worked as a Legislative Aide for Senator Bob Smith out of New Hampshire. Smith was a Republican turned Tax-Payer Party, turned Constitution Party politician. That tells us a lot about the molding of Shar’s political ideology.

She later worked as a year as a telefundraiser for the Republican National Committee until becoming the Manager of Government Relations and Ethics for the National Court Reporters Association, an influential lobbying group.

Mario DiazMario Diaz, Esq. is the Chief Legal Counsel for CWA. According to CWA: “Mr. Diaz is a Constitutional Law scholar who focuses on cases and legislation dealing with CWA’s core issues: religious liberty, sanctity of human life, family and marriage, pornography, education, and national sovereignty. He also directs CWA’s work on judicial nominations and judicial activism.

He writes regular columns for the Washington Times, Human Events, WorldNetDaily, and Townhall.com and has been a featured speaker at the well-known Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).

The CWA has four affiliate groups : Concerned Women Education and Legal Defense Foundation; Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC); the Beverly LaHaye Institute; and the Culture and Family Institute.

Concerned Women For America has anywhere between a half million and three-quarters of a million members and a very healthy budget. Conservative politicians covet any endorsement that they can get from CWA, understand that in order to receive that endorsement they must adhere to the ultra-conservative, Christian beliefs that are held by that organization.

Their Statement of Faith is, unequivocally Dominionist in nature:

  • We      believe the Bible to be the verbally inspired, inerrant Word of God and      the final authority on faith and practice.
  • We      believe Jesus Christ is the divine Son of God, was born of a virgin, lived      a sinless life, died a sacrificial death, rose bodily from the dead on the      third day and ascended into Heaven from where He will come again to      receive all believers unto Himself.
  • We      believe all men are fallen creations of Adam’s race and in need of      salvation by grace through personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • We      believe it is our duty to serve God to the best of our ability and to pray      for a moral and spiritual revival that will return this nation to the      traditional values upon which it was founded

In keeping with that statement, CWA’s their public policy advocacy is thusly diected:

  • Family      – “CWA believes that marriage consists of one man and one woman. We  seek to protect and support the Biblical design of marriage and the gift      of children.” CWA donated $409,000 in support of Proposition 8, which      banned same-sex marriage in the state of California. CWA also opposed the      1988 Act for Better Child Care (H.R. 3660), which would have provided      government-sponsored child care for families in which both parents are      working.
  • Sanctity of Human Life – “CWA supports the protection of all innocent human      life from conception until natural death. This includes the consequences      resulting from abortion.”
  • Education      – “CWA supports reform of public education by returning authority to      parents.” In 1983, CWA helped the plaintiff in the case Mozert v.      Hawkins County School Board, a district court case in which said      plaintiff believed it unconstitutional for said public school district to      require specific reading material for students.
  • Pornography      – “CWA endeavors to fight all pornography and obscenity.”
  • Religious      Liberty – “CWA supports the God-given rights of individuals in the      United States and other nations to pray, worship and express their beliefs      without fear of discrimination or persecution.”
  • National      Sovereignty – “CWA believes that neither the United Nations nor any      other international organization should have authority over the United      States in any area. We also believe the United States has the right and      duty to protect and secure our national borders

Additionally, the CWA supports abstinence only sex-education, and the teaching of Intelligent Design in school curriculum. They oppose abortion in all cases, as well as emergency contraception; pornography, obscenity, and indecency in media; mandating the HPV vaccine; same-gender marriage; hate crime legislation that includes sexual orientation; and the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

Because of their size and their influence, Concerned Women For America wields a very heavy hand in promoting right-wing extremism in this country. The have the ears of Congress as well as state level officials and the money and backing to make them very hard to ignore. They are but one more cog in the wheels of this freight train that is careening through America at breakneck speed and delivering a theocratic doctrine to our law-makers.

Concerned Women For America Membership

Concerned Women For America Membership

 

 

Dominionist Heaven – This Week In Review

Dominionist Heaven

This Week In Review

From Nicole Nichols & Crooked Crosses

 

Military Blues – Shame On The “Radical Left!”

The announcement this week that women will now be allowed to serve in combat roles while in the military has sent the religious right completely over the cliff and into a fit of outrage.

Of course the fingers have been immediately pointed toward the “liberal agenda.” After all, it was the liberals who were responsible for the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

Byan Fischer

Byan Fischer

Bryan Fischer, of the American Family Association, is having a field day with this as he predicts a “total sexual meltdown.”

In an interview yesterday with Elaine Donnelly of the Center for Military Readiness, Fischer went on a tirade prophesying that the new policy will “undermine readiness, cohesion, security, and lead to a reinstatement of the draft.” Uh…didn’t Fischer say much the same thing about rescinding Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell?

He went on to warn of a “complete sexual meltdown” occurring due to “predatory women” trying to sleep with officers, citing CIA head David Petraeus’s affair with a reporter.

Fischer’s American Family Association has already been classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center because of its stand against homosexuals. It would appear that Fischer is trying to make certain that the group live up to that by now including women in their war against all things contradictory to their warped religious views.

A cross in a glorious cloud of golden light.

 Powerful Voices

Well, this week marked the 40th anniversary of Roe v Wade, and, of course, there has been a ton of squawking from the religious right as they marched upon the Supreme Court to brandish their signs of displeasure.

In keeping with the season, the Christian Post announced its list of the Four Most Powerful Pro-Life Female Voices:

  • Marjorie Dannenfelser, the President and Chairman of the Board of the Susan B. Anthony List.
  • Abby Johnson, Chief Research Strategist for Live Action
  • Penny Nance, President and CEO for Concerned Women of America
  • Charmaine Yoest, President and CEO of Americans United For Life.

There you have it – a list of four women who stand firmly behind the Personhood Acts, oppose contraception, and oppose abortion in all cases – even rape. The troubling thing is not that they have powerful voices, but that they have the ears of some of the most powerful people in the country.

A cross in a glorious cloud of golden light.

 Sekulow’s War Against Women

On Thursday, January 24, 2013, the American Center for Law & Justice filed its fourth direct challenge to the mandate of the Department of Health and Human Services that requires employers to provide health insurance which covers contraceptives.

Jay Sekulow

Jay Sekulow

Jay Sekulow, the Chief Council for the ACLJ, has long been on a crusade prove that such a mandate violates the First Amendment, The Religious Freedom and Restoration Act, and the Administrative Procedure Act. So far, he has not been successful.

Sekulow has built a financial empire and lives a lavish lifestyle which is suspicious for anyone who is employed by a charitable organization. However, it speaks volumes about his inability to understand the importance of contraceptives to those lowly, hard-working individuals who simply cannot afford another mouth to feed.

A cross in a glorious cloud of golden light.

 Demons & Exorcists

Kilingenschmitt

Kilingenschmitt

Now, for the really crazy stuff! We knew that the airy high that we were experiencing following the inauguration couldn’t last for long. Gordon Klingenschmitt, a religious right extremist of the

nth degree, who considers himself a “gay exorcist,” didn’t just go off the rails – he took the train right into the river of insanity.

In an email that went out to the followers of is “Pray In Jesus Name” project, he actually claimed that President Obama’s support for gay equality is an “open invitation to the devil and demonic rule.” He went on to postulate that Obama is “making Satan equal to God as he declares the demonic to be Godly.”

According to Klingenschmitt, “There is one reason homosexual sodomy will never be “equal” to traditional marriage: Satan will never be equal to God.”

He closed his email asking for all of his followers to “…pray for our President to repent, and renounce evil, and invite the Holy Spirit to rule his heart? Then let’s petition all 100 Senators to protect traditional marriage.”

It is important to note that Gordon Klingenschmitt is the author of an ebook that chronicles how President Obama is ruled by 50 demons. The scariest part is, he actually has a following.

A cross in a glorious cloud of golden light.

 Arm the Students & Kill Obamacare

In the wake of his waning popularity, Glen Beck continues to promote loony-tunes David Barton. Last week, Beck had Barton on his television show which, thank God, largely went unnoticed. Barton is this quirky little evangelical minister who considers himself a historian and promotes rewriting school textbooks to reflect a white, Christian perspective. He is the founder of WallBuilders, a Texas outfit that works against the separation of church and state.

Glenn Beck

Glenn Beck

The program initially started out as a discussion over health-care. Glenn Beck, true to his ignorance, claimed that Obamacare would lead to people being forced to relinquish their guns. How he manages to justify that statement is anyone’s guess, but in Beck’s world, I would imagine that there are those who get his train of thought. He also claimed that the Act would lead to “Nazi-like euthanasia programs.”

David Barton

David Barton

Somehow, the talk turned to gun control and the recent school shootings. Barton, not to be outdone by Beck’s hallucinations, told the audience that the NRA had been established in order to protect freed slaves from lynchings – and that there never used to be school shootings in the 1800’s because all of the kids took their guns to school.

There you have it! Arm the kids and solve the problem!

A cross in a glorious cloud of golden light.

The Heritage Foundation – The Old Guard and a New Beginning

The Heritage Foundation

The Old Guard and A New Beginning

By Nicole Nichols

Two and a quarter centuries ago, a group of very brave and daring men came together as masters of nation building. They crafted a miraculously progressive document laying out the blueprint for what would become the most powerful and revered nation on the face of this earth – the United States of America.

Two and a quarter centuries later we, the American people, watch and wonder, argue and debate, agree and disagree on what their true intent was, and how to continue to apply that document to the complexities of the 21st Century. As brilliant and as forward thinking as our Founding Fathers were, it is a sure bet that the current batardization of the intent behind their vision and the co-opting of that document to further the insanity of the right-wing power brokers in this country is causing them a great deal of discomfort as they turn in their graves.

Two hundred years later the document itself still inspires awe and is defended in its wisdom and its utility. It is guarded against any alteration or modification and revered as the defining authority of a free people. Yet, there are those nefarious individuals who, while wrapping themselves in the American flag and carrying their crosses, insist upon cherry-picking from that document – much as they do with the Bible – and using it to twist and bend the truths to help further an agenda that can only be described as malevolently malignant.

Unfortunately, the American public is largely unaware of the shameful desecration that is taking place as well as the nature of the beast behind the odious transgressions of these individuals. While most of the intelligent world is thankful to be rid of the Reagan and Bush eras in this country, we only thought that we got rid of them. Few understand that those two individuals live on in the policy making institutes that really run this country.

In actuality, few are familiar with fact that the wheelers and dealers who came out of those administrations still occupy seats of power, and that there are “training” facilities all across the county where the right-wing dogma is being pummeled into the minds of up and coming politicians and leaders. There is little attention given to such endeavors, yet the ultra-conservative zealots have made huge inroads into the political landscape and into our everyday lives.

One of those institutes is the Heritage Foundation. Long considered one of the most influential research and policy setting bodies in the country. The Heritage Foundation took a leading role during the Reagan Administration and has been furthering the conservative agenda ever since. The stated mission of the Foundation is to “formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense”.

Insinuating themselves into every facet of American life, the Foundation is active in the halls of Congress at both the federal and state levels writing and presenting policies and laws that favor the end roads that they seek. They have the ears of our elected officials and the clout to cause those servants of the people to stand up and listen.

Throughout the last four years the Foundation has left its finger prints all over some of the most distasteful, intrusive, and prejudicial legislation to ever be suggested to the American people. Opposition to the removal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Personhood Acts, the Defense of Marriage Act, Voter ID laws, School Vouchers, Deregulation of EPA mandates, Climate change denial, Global warming denial, privatization of Social Security and education, continuing the War on Terror, expanding the military, tax breaks for the wealthy, etc. all bear the mark of the Heritage Foundation along with other powerful entities.

It is important to note that the Heritage Foundation was started by three individuals in 1973, thus it is not a newly organized group. Paul Weyrich, Edwin Feulner, and Joseph Coors all deserve to be mentioned here, as they have been a huge driving force behind, not only the right, but the religious right, as well.

Paul Weyrich

Paul Weyrich

Weyrich, who is now deceased, also founded the Committee For the Survival of a Free Congress which was among the first organization to be able to utilize evangelical Christian churches for the purpose of recruiting and cultivating future activists to further and support conservative social causes. He later co-founded the Christian Voice, and in 1979, he and Jerry Falwell founded the Moral Majority.

But, Weyrich didn’t stop there with his attempts to Christianize the country. He went on to found the extremely powerful American Legislative Exchange Council, the most persuasive legislation writing group in this country today, and the Free Congress Foundation. Both Weyrich and the Free Congress Foundation have long been considered examples of dominionism in action. As the author The Integration of Theory and Practice: A Program for the New Traditionalist Movement, Weyrich came under fire for what Katherine Yurika said was a “call for the use of deception, misinformation, and divisiveness to allow conservative evangelical Christian Republicans to gain and keep control of seats of power in the government of the United States.”

As if all of that were not enough, Weyrich also co-founded the Council for National Policy with another dominionist, Tim LaHaye. The CNP is a highly secretive conclave of some of the most powerful social conservatives in the country.

Edwin Feulner

Edwin Feulner

Edwin Feulner, another Foundation co-founder, has served as the Director of the Council for National Policy and in other capacities, as well. Feulner has been an extremely active force in furthering the ultra-conservative movement serving in a variety of positions with councils, centers, foundations, PAC’s, institutes and political campaigns. He has become a major figurehead to the right. He currently serves as the President of the Heritage Foundation until April when he will be replaced by former Senator Jim DeMint.

Joseph Coors, Sr.

Joseph Coors, Sr.

Joseph Coors, late President of Coors Brewing Company, was also instrumental in the founding of the Council for National Policy and the Free Congress Foundation. Some of his fortune was invested in the career of President Ronald Reagan and he served on Reagan’s Kitchen Cabinet. Coors also donated $65,000 dollars to purchase a light cargo plane for the contras in the Nicaraguan affair funneling the money through the National Security Council adviser Oliver North.

Among the Heritage Foundation’s staff members and advisers are David Addington, former chief aide to Vice President Dick Cheney; Ed Meese, Reagan’s Attorney General; Richard Scaife, mega-right-wing funder; and Midge Decter, the wife of neoconservative icon Norman Podhoretz.

Right Web tells us that In addition, “Heritage maintains a plank of some 60 in-house experts who are in turn supported by nearly 200 staff and management personnel. It also supports some 30 additional websites and affiliated projects, including the Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom, the Heritage Congressional Fellowship, NationalSecurity.org, and ReagansHeritage.org.”

The Heritage Foundation is divided into many different factions that allows it to run pretty stealth where it wants to. The Senior Management Staff and the Board of Trustees are a bevy of heavy-hitters from every possible spectrum covering the bases of business, energy, economics, environment, foreign affairs, military, religion, law, culture, education, media, etc.

There are several “policy centers” within their structure that run the gamut: Asian Studies; Principles and Politics; Data Analysis; Health Policy Studies; International Trade & Economics; Legal and Judicial Studies; Media and Public Policy; Religion and Civil Society; The Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom; Economic Policy Studies; Foreign Policy Studies; and International Studies.

Perhaps one of the most substantially ominous quotes from the Heritage Foundation, and the one that speaks volumes about the influence they wield is:

“Heritage analysts help members of Congress and their staff prepare for congressional hearings by providing valuable insight on foreign or domestic policy issues. Congressional staffers come to Heritage regularly to receive custom-tailored briefings on the latest Heritage research related to their committee assignment or legislative priority.”

Currently, the Foundation is offering 507 very sophisticated charts to members of Congress to use on the floor. These charts include union membership, welfare spending, public education staffing, health care costs, the federal budget, entitlements, etc. all of which are presented with the conservative bias that would, of course, be expected.

Every day, the national press is provided with a list of Heritage Foundation experts who are available for interviews on the pressing issues of the day. Their voluminous website makes policy papers available with the click of a mouse and houses articles and ruminations from some of the most prolific conservatives who seek to inundate the public with their religiously driven, prejudicial, narrow-minded, perspective that would insure a conservative Christian American government.

They encourage enrollment in their “Young Leaders Program.” Targeting college-age students, the Foundation offers internships to qualified students where they will be able to engage in research, writing, administrative, and computer projects, and work with many of the Foundation’s experts.

The Heritage Foundation boasts that it currently has over 700,000 supporters. It is largely funded through private individuals and charitable foundations such as the Olin, Scaife, DeVos, and Bradley Foundations. However, its corporate donors cannot be ignored. Among those donors have been General Motors, Ford Motors, Proctor & Gamble, Chase Manhattan Bank, Dow Chemical, Mobil Oil, and Smith Kline Corporation. It should also be noted that the Heritage Foundation is a part of the Koch Foundation Associate Program. Hence, with an operating revenue budget of over seventy-five million dollars, it is unlikely that this outfit is going to go away anytime soon.

At this juncture, there is no denying how powerfully influential the Heritage Foundation is within the political landscape, or how successful they have been in managing to foist their right-wing agenda on the American people. However, as puissant as they have been, they are entering a new era, one that promises to take their right-wing zealotry to, perhaps, even higher levels of radical regression and political extremism.

Jim DeMint

Jim DeMint

As Jim DeMint assumes the Presidency of the Foundation, it is quite possible that acquiring such a seat will give him an even greater voice in conservative circles and for conservative causes than he had in the Senate. That possibility alone is daunting.

As, perhaps, the most conservative member of the Senate, DeMint was a very powerful force. He has been consistent in advocating prayer in public schools and allowing banners and posters revering God flying in the face of the concept of separation of church and state. A staunch Pro-Lifer, he took a stand against abortion even in the case of rape or incest. DeMint garnered a 100% approval rating among anti-immigration groups for his stand on illegal immigration, opposition to the Dream Act, and favoring legislation that would declare English as the official language of the United States. Vehemently opposing same-gender marriage, he told a rally of his supporters that openly homosexual and unmarried sexually active people should not be teachers. He also favors banning gays in the military and prohibiting adoptions by same-sex couples.

DeMint claims that American exceptionalism requires understanding from a Biblical viewpoint and that we all benefit from government founded on Christian values. He wholeheartedly supports faith-based initiatives. In response to questions on poverty and welfare, Jim DeMint offered this statement:

“Every member of the House has to stand in the House chamber, raise his right hand, and recite the oath of office at the beginning of each new Congress:

“I, Jim DeMint, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign or domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.”

“There is nothing in this oath about representing my district and state or helping the poor and downtrodden. There was nothing about responding to the woes of the American people. There was no list of duties because everything we were supposed to do in Congress was written in the Constitution. All federal officers & members of the armed services all take an oath to protect and defend the Constitution. It must have been really important at one time.”

Jim DeMint is the epitome of the Christian right hard-liner. Revered by the Tea Party, he embodies all of the characteristics of the dogmatic, radical fanatic who lusts for power. Putting and keeping the populace in its place of being subservient to the elite and the ‘chosen’ is paramount to achieving authority over the masses.

“Only accountability to God, economic necessity, and the rule of law can redirect the inherent negative tendencies of mankind toward morality, virtue, hard work, self-control, and personal responsibility.

These are the character traits that make people governable with only limited government and external control.” (Jim DeMint)

Additionally, Jim DeMint is a member and housemate of “The Family,” better known as the “C-Street Group.” For those unfamiliar, C-Street is located in Washington and the establishment in question is listed as a church. Several members of Congress inhabit the house and others similar to it where spirituality sessions and Bible studies are conducted. The group has come under a lot of scrutiny after a couple of sex scandals brought them to the forefront. Interestingly, the congressmen who are part of this group all believe that they were chosen by Jesus Christ to be leaders.

One can only speculate where his leadership will take the already fundamentally avaricious Heritage Foundation, but it is probably safe to assume that it will be down a path that generates policies and legislation that are essentially untenable to anyone who refuses to live under theocratic rule.

We, as a nation, value our right to vote and cherish the “idea” that our government is truly “of the people, by the people, and for the people.” But, is it really? That begs the question – “Which people?” Clearly, we have been misinformed for it is not us that make the decisions. “The people” are those who sit in high places, draw down nice fat salaries, and seek ways to make the rest of us manageable – controllable – governable. They are the ones who grease the right palms, kiss the right asses, and wrap themselves in the American flag while calling themselves virtuous patriots.

Fear is a powerful motivator, and the fear of these “people” is palpable. They shiver in their shoes at the thought of becoming powerless. They are terrified of losing control, of not being in authority, of being stripped of their titles, of ever having to become just one of us. Consequently, there is no limit to what they will attempt to maintain their superiority. Their conscience is non-existent as they try to impose laws and regulations that are wholly deleterious to the very fabric of American society. Their use of the Bible and their so-called Christianity is simply their way of trying to subjugate us into a submissive posture to assure that their place at the table isn’t threatened.

The Heritage Foundation is but one of many all seeking the same end. However, they are all connected through their membership and through their collaboration with each other. These organizations are well connected, well heeled, and well on their way to achieving their goals of total dominion. That is why it is incumbent upon every American that we understand the agenda and make the determination to, once again, be “The People” or become the servants.

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For an overview of the Heritage Foundation see the chart below

The "Leaders"

The “Leaders”

For a birds-eye-view of the structure of the Heritage Foundation see the chart below:

The Line-Up

The Line-Up