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ED SCHULTZ ASKS THE QUESTION – LEAH BURTON ANSWERS – CHUTZPAH!

schultz32009Congratulations to Ed Schultz! Finally, someone had the chutzpah to ask one of the most pressing questions facing the American people today – “how can these evangelicals call themselves “Christians” while advocating taking food away from four million poor Americans and preventing 30 million Americans from getting health care and using the Bible to justify it.”

Our very own good friend and authority on dominionism, Leah Burton from Gods Own Party?.com called into his show and gave his listeners some very good insight into what is behind the façade that these charlatans have erected.

Leah BurtonShe was quick to explain that what we are witnessing from the ReBiblicans in Congress is not the efforts of honest, mainstream Christians – these are the acts of a Dominionist group, cult-like in nature, who have steeple-jacked mainstream Christianity for their own personal gain.

Additionally, she explained that the Republican Party has been largely co-opted by these people and that they now have the reins of what she calls “the conservative political machine in America.”

Unlike mainstream Christians who are truly compassionate and humanitarian in nature, there is nothing altruistic about Dominionists. They hunger for power, domination, and control and prey upon the downtrodden, hence, the more people in need, the more eager they are to hear the “Good News,” and the easier it is to make them one of the flock.

Ed Schultz stood tall today. He posed the question that many of us have been asking in a venue that we do not have access to.

Leah Burton has devoted her life to exposing the truth behind the curtain that hides the ulterior motives of Christian Nationalism/Dominionism. Today she met the question head-on and continued to educate the American people to the dangers of allowing this cult to overtake our government and the democratic process.

A standing ovation is due to both Schultz and Burton. Let’s keep the conversation alive. Ask the question – answer the question – educate the public – speak out. Remember, SILENCE = ACCEPTANCE.

For more information go to God’s Own Party?.com

When All Else Fails – Play the Race Card

WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS – PLAY THE RACE CARD

racismRemember when the Tea Party was showing their asses up and down Main Street, U.S.A.? Remember the signs – not just the misspelled ones, but the racist ones? Remember the sanctimonious protests that their movement wasn’t racist? Uh…huh – if you believed.

 After spending decades of my life as an activist working against organized hate groups, I think I am more than qualified in identifying and classifying people and groups as racist in nature, and I have been labeling, not only the Tea Party, but ReBiblicans, in general and these Dominionist flim-flam artists as racist hate-mongers for a while now.

After struggling for the last several years to foist their radical Biblical agenda on the American people, their frustration level hit a crescendo this week, and they all seemed to have some sort of epiphany that their fear tactics needed yet another boost. Why not scare the hell out of white people?

Now, we all know that white supremacist consider Caucasians to be superior to all other races, and that one of their many tactics in their tired old bag of tricks has been to use fear of other races to recruit others into their hateful fold. Their own fear of becoming a minority in this country and losing their “white privilege” is all consuming. And, they have used their fear tactics throughout the ages.

Dominionist and their supporters use fear, as well. And, while they attempt to masquerade themselves as all-loving, tolerant, up-standing citizens we all know that when the veil is lifted, we find intolerance and bigotry.

Thus far, these individuals have targeted homosexuals, women, liberals, progressives, Muslims, and atheists with their propaganda, rhetoric, and legislation. Taking on such issues as same-sex marriage, the right to choose, terrorism, and God’s wrath they have pulled out all of the stops in their campaign of fear and foreboding. Now, they have taken a page from the White Supremacist Bible – the oppression of white people.

glenn-beck-cryingAccording to Glenn Beck, (I hardly even want to mention this imposter), progressives and liberals have been engaged in actions to start a revolution in this country. The recent flap over the rodeo clown in Missouri who dressed up like Obama and suggested that he be trampled by a bull, and the fallout that followed is proof positive of modern day McCarthyism. After all, the clown, according to Beck, was a “very brave artist.”

larry klaymanLarry Klayman, Founder of Judicial Watch, weekly columnist for the right-wing rag, World Net Daily, and well-known “birther,” has, once again, jumped on the conspiracy train to warn all of us that President Obama is engaged in a massive attempt to “keep whitey and whitey’s allies down.” In his article Obama’s Mein Kampf  he makes the following claim: http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/klayman/130814

“…perhaps it was Obama’s bigoted remarks after the George Zimmerman trial – where he effectively rejected the jury’s verdict of not guilty with a statement that he could have been Trayvon Martin 35 years ago – that truly unmasked his hateful intentions to make “whitey” and the others pay back “his people” for prior discrimination. And, indeed, this is what is at the heart of NSA-gate; a means to keep whitey and whitey’s allies down as Obama dismantles and deconstructs the nation by having them pay their “fair share” in reparations.”

For decades, one of the most used weapons in the white supremacist propaganda chest was the notion that white people were going to be forced to pay reparations to the descendents of slaves in this country. This idea was meant to strike fear in the hearts of white tax-payers. Of course, the use of “whitey” in his column was deliberate in his attempt to create outrage, and the use of “his people” speaks volumes to Klayman’s obvious prejudices.

erik_rushBut, the racist venom didn’t stop there. Erik Rush is another World Net Daily nut. Immediately after the bombing of the Boston Marathon, assuming the bomber had to be Muslim, Rush tweeted the following:

“Everybody do the National Security Ankle Grab! Let’s bring more Saudis in without screening them! C’mon!”

Today, Erik Rush wrote a new column in which he postulated that the new Forrest Whitiker/Oprha Winfrey movie Lee Daniels: The Butler is meant to “stoke anti-white violence.”

“…there is little doubt that the film will be used in the ongoing effort to rile black Americans. As I’ve said in the past, racial tension is one of the many circuits the administration has constructed that, when completed, may be used to initiate widespread civil unrest at the president’s push of a button.”

“There have been quite a few instances of black-on-white violent crime since Obama came into office; these have gone largely unreported by the establishment press for reasons that should be obvious. The point is that some blacks have become sufficiently motivated to perpetrate these crimes, and it is all – all – due to the lies into which they have subscribed.”

http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/erik-rush-obama-and-oprah-will-use-butler-stoke-anti-white-violence#sthash.EFVCY2Ed.dpuf

Yet another chapter from the playbook has been unearthed. The old mantra of black on white crime, as well as riots in the streets, is a staple of the white nationalist crowd. A thinking person would know that if “Mandingo” or “A Time to Kill” didn’t create a civil uprising, the chances are a movie about a White House butler probably won’t either. But, then we ARE talking about last ditch efforts from those who would best be accomodated by life in an asylum.

JESSE-PETERSON-PHOTOThen there is Jesse Lee Peterson, the African-American darling of the Tea Party, and the founder of The Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny (BOND). On September 21, 2005, Peterson penned a column for WorldNetDaily, in which he suggested the majority of the African-American people stranded in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina were “welfare-pampered”, “lazy” and “immoral”.

Peterson believes that Islam is an evil religion and that Muslims hate us because we are, after all, a Christian nation. According to Wikipedia:

“He has also claimed, “Barack Obama hates white people, especially white men” and “Barack Obama is Jeremiah Wright Jr. He is the NAACP and the Congressional Black Caucus! He embodies the aspirations of every left-wing black group that wants to tear down this country and take power away from the “oppressive” white man. He’s not an obvious race hustler like Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson; but Obama is a smooth pathological liar—with a wicked heart” Peterson has also thanked “God and white people” for slavery adding if it weren’t for the slave trade, blacks might have never made it to the promise land and described slave ships as akin to “being on a crowded airplane”. Peterson is friends with Sean Hannity and is a frequent guest on his TV show.

“He has said women should not be allowed to vote:

“Women cannot handle power. It’s not in them to handle power in the right way. […] I think that one of the greatest mistakes America made was to allow women the opportunity to vote. We should’ve never turned this over to women. […] It was a big mistake. […] And these women are voting in the wrong people. They’re voting in people who are evil who agrees [sic] with them who’re gonna take us down this pathway of destruction. And this probably was the reason they didn’t allow women to vote when men were men. Because men in the good old days understood the nature of the woman. They were not afraid to deal with it. And they understood that, you let them take over, this is what would happen.”

Yesterday, Peterson was interviewed by the Los Angeles Times where he claims that most black Americans are suffering from a lack of moral character – not racism and that most black people are racist toward whites. He also believes that the Civil Rights Act didn’t do enough to protect white people:

The problem with the Civil Rights Act of 1965, Peterson tells the Times, is that it didn’t “protect white folks” against “black racism.”

http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/jesse-lee-peterson-civil-rights-act-didn-t-do-enough-protect-white-people#sthash.Pz5FIJzS.dpuf

Perpetuating the myth that white people in this country are being oppressed on a daily basis is the stock and trade of the White Nationalist. While Peterson doesn’t fit the bill because of his race, he has no problem with furthering the message to maintain his standing within the extremist community. I doubt that he realizes how expendable to that crowd he really is. However, Peterson et.al. have become useful tools to those who are attempting to bamboozle the public into believing that they couldn’t possibly be racist pigs.

Sandy riosThe next outfit to signal their racist discontent was none other than the American Family Association which has already been listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law center. Talk-show host, Sandy Rios sounded the alarm about Obamacare and Muslims in Michigan. According to Rios, Obama resettled “thousands of Palestinian refugees in the United States once he became president – a rumor long since proven erroneous – but, it makes for good right-wing radio. Here is a little clip from her rant:

“I think it is frightening because they are Islamists and they are in the heart of our country, and now they are qualified for food stamps as well. We know that in Michigan, Muslim men have multiple wives even though we don’t allow that in this country. They do still practice it so they go in and sign up for food assistance…. Is Arabic going to be the new language—how many languages are we going to have that are going to be officially acknowledged in America?”

http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/sandy-rios-fears-food-stamps-will-aid-islamists-and-palestinian-refugees-obama-didnt-resettl#sthash.Tfp2SyqX.dpuf

Once again, using the scare tactics that “American culture” is going to be changed, and that other etnicities are threatening our language and our way of life is simply one of the old, tired arguments of groups like the Klan, the neo-Nazi’s, the old White Citizens Party, the Council of Conservative Citizens, etc.

So, what has caused this recent spate of racist rhetoric from the extremist right? Generally speaking, only the most in-your-face, groups of organized racists speak in such caustic and despicable terms, while the closet racists, right-wing pundits, and political hopefuls keep their poker faces and attempt to defraud the public.

Also generally speaking, the extremist right has made very little headway this year in furthering their insidious agenda. What little they have accomplished has met with a great deal of derision, and in some cases, court rulings against their pernicious attempts. Consequently, their frustration has, perhaps, resulted in a dropping of the mask allowing their true colors to emerge. Desperation can sometimes cause fools to become even more foolish. As we have all witnessed before, when all else fails, as it has, they play the race card. That’s what it’s always been about, anyway.

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Homosexuality – Not A Thing of the Past – Kevin Swanson Reveals What the Future Holds

Homosexuality – Not A Thing of the Past

Kevin Swanson Reveals What the Future Holds

By Nicole Nichols

HOT FLASH: In the early 20th Century, there were only three homosexuals in the world as far as anyone knew! This little known fact was revealed today by Generations Radio guru, Kevin Swanson. And we thought David Barton was the only one who could rewrite history!

kevin swansonOn his radio show, along with side-kick Dave Buehner, Swanson, once again, attempted to gain some attention and pulled that little tidbit out of his gerbil hole along with predictions about what the future has in store for heterosexual Christians who oppose gay marriage.

Swanson lamented to Buehner that in the early 20th Century, “there was a Canadian named Robert Ross, an Englishman named Oscar Wilde, and an American named Walt Whitman who were well known for some level of homosexuality.” He went on the say that “we now have a problem that’s probably about 10,000, if not a 100,000, times worse than it was 100 years ago.”

Last June a ‘study’ emerged from researcher Mark Regnerus out of the University of Texas which suggested that children raised by parents who had, at some point, engaged in homosexual relationships were more likely to be on public assistance, unemployed, or in therapy. The study was immediately debunked and blown off by much of the sane and intelligent research world. However, neither Swanson nor Buehler fit into those categories.

Swanson just had to go there:

Swanson: You need to understand the agenda here. What’s happening is they want homosexuals to be able to be involved in adoption and foster care as much anybody else. So picture a nice little homeschool family, just trying to do the right thing. An anonymous tip comes in, social services swoops in, they grab the kids in the year 2022 and the kids get remanded into a home with homosexuals and these particular homosexuals happen to be tied into NAMBLA and other things. You know what’s going to happen. There will be proper indoctrination into a certain kind of worldview, shall we say.

Buehner: One that the Bible calls for capital punishment. That kind of worldview. It’ll be a tragedy in that house.

Swanson: Yeah. It’s a tragedy. It’s a tragedy. And I think there are a lot of concerned parents. There are concerned Catholic parents. There are concerned homeschool parents. And especially when you get a Regnerus study that comes out and says they’re ten times more likely to be touched sexually by a parent in a homosexual home than, you know, the normal American secular home. Wow. That’s frightening. (Transcript Courtesy of Right Wing Watch)

Well, now that we have all been sufficiently educated as to what the ‘real’ agenda is, I suppose we can consider ourselves forewarned. Perhaps we should hide the children. But, Swanson wasn’t content to stop with the children. Oh no – Christians are an endangered species and will soon fall prey to “apostate Christian churches that have adopted homosexuality.”

Swanson: I don’t know how far this one’s gonna go my friends. I’m not sure the world has ever gone to homosexual marriage. I think Nero tried it, it was very, very odd, very weird, very, very decadent for the Roman Empire. It’s about the worst the Roman Empire ever, ever got, under Nero. And of course the persecutions that came with Nero were intense for the Church of Christ in Rome at that time. Today, it might be a little different because you have a lot of quote-unquote apostate Christian churches that have adopted homosexuality and they will do their best to burn Christians at the stake or do what Nero did, I’m sure, in the years to come, because that’s sort of the history of homosexuals and what they have done ever since they were banging on the doors outside of Lot’s house.

For all of those who wonder what cave this man inhabits, Kevin Swanson is the pastor of the Reformation Church in Castle Rock, Colorado. In actuality, they meet at Clear Sky Elementary School. I guess they want to be close to the children so that they can better protect them. Kevin ran for Governor of Colorado back in 1994 on a pro-life ticket.

Swanson is a major proponent of homeschooling  – gotta keep those kids close to you at all times. After all, those homosexual predators are everywhere! He started Generations with Vision – “a ministry to strengthen homeschool families around the country.” He makes the dubious claim that his radio program reaches families across the United States and in 80 different countries.

Dave BuehnerSwanson’s sidekick, David Buehner is the pastor at Christ the King Church in Larkspur, Colorado. Another advocate of homeschooling, Dave and Kevin are a perfect mesh with each other. Last year, Buehner garnered some attention when he told NBC affiliate KOAA that homosexuality will “destroy society…destroy everything,” and likened homosexuals to cannibals and child molesters. He went on to urge Colorado legislators to remove homosexuals from society.

Buehner doesn’t ascribe to the whole “God is love” concept, you see. He has no time for all of that nonsense. Nope…he’s not “that kind of Christian.” He thought the Ugandan “Kill the Gays Bill” was a stellar idea – after all, in his mind, God really does hate gays:

Buehner: Kevin, if you tell your daughter, your beautiful daughter, ‘Hey, don’t put your hand on the hot stove.’ She can look at that and say, ‘My dad’s a tyrant, he won’t give me liberty to put my hand on the hot stove.’ The fact of the matter is if she puts her hand on the hot stove, bad things will happen. God’s law is like that. God’s law will tell us that if we do things that are bad, bad things will happen. If we put our hands on the stove, we’ll get burned. If we embrace homosexuality, we’ll destroy society, we’ll destroy lives, we’ll destroy families, we’ll destroy everything. It’s not just that God just hates homosexuals, there’s a reason why he hates it. It’s the same reason you would hate your daughter putting her hand on a hot stove.

During their show immediately following the tragic shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, Swanson and Buehner took that opportunity to blame the public school system despite the fact that Lanza, the shooter, had been homeschooled. And their hatred for liberals, evidently rivals their hatred for homosexuals. From that show:

“It is interesting that this is probably one of the most shocking experiences; America has been stunned by what happened,” Swanson said on Generations Radio. “I think there is still somewhat of a conscience. There may not be a conscience about killing the unborn children, there may not be as much of a conscience of killing twenty-seven year olds. But apparently when these bodies of little six and seven year olds riddled by bullets are being examined by the experts, hundreds of thousands and millions of people in America are still somewhat stunned. Apparently they have some level of moral outrage left for the slaughter of the innocents in Newtown, Connecticut.”

“I think you’re exactly right,”Buehner said. “The liberals are proposing that we as a nation follow a kinder, gentler flavor of rebellion against God. They’d like a rebellion that stops a little short of murdering kindergartners. They want the rebellion that involves gay marriage; they want the rebellion that embraces rape and abortion and a media that is in utter defiance against the law of God. That’s the kind of society they want; they want a society that’s in rebellion but not that much rebellion.”

Kevin Swanson and David Buehner are good examples of the plague that has been unleashed upon the Christian community of late. They are the epitome of all that is wrong with the new branding of the Christian religion. They have, obviously, taken the teachings of Christ out of the equation and supplanted a new and obscene dogma that is taking root all too rapidly throughout the air-waves, the pulpits, and ultimately the halls of government. From cherry-picking Biblical versus to justify their distortions to imprecatory prayers upon their perceived enemies, these people are steadfastly and relentlessly preying upon others who seek only to be comforted by their beliefs and their faith.

The Swanson’s and Buehner’s of this world are nothing more than opportunists and showmen. Yet, an alarming number of people have fallen under the spell of these charlatans of Christianity. Perhaps it is out of desperation and despair, or maybe it’s out of fear. Whatever the reason, Kevin and Dave and the others of their ilk are loving every minute of it. After all, it’s profitable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Who Hid the Thorazine?

I’ve been thinking that it really can’t be easy being a right-wing, hate-mongering, disgruntled, paranoid, old curmudgeon who wakes up every morning with a hard-on for the world. That’s got to be a really hard thing to be.

We, on this end of the political spectrum, really ought to have, at the very least, a modicum of sympathy for these damaged and delusional douche-bags who revel in giving us heartburn and headaches – our life is a piece of cake compared to the daily grind that these people have to endure. I mean, just dreaming up the caustic and bilious prevarications and slanders that they produce must be very tiresome, indeed.

I mean, look at this William Federer, for instance. He’s a fifty-five-year-old, wannabe congressman, looking to score a few more points with the radical, ridiculous, religious right, so he delves deeply into that twisted psyche of his an hatches a prophecy that is beyond irrational.

According to Federer, it is not beyond the scope of rational thought to believe that at some time, pre-election, probably in October, there will be a “fake attack” on the life of President Obama, to which Obama himself is party to. He further “foresees” that the attack will then be blamed on the Tea Party. All of this will be accomplished to assure Obama’s reelection.

Now, this little jewel surfaced a couple of weeks ago, and Federer is pushing it everywhere possible. Last Saturday, on Focal Point, the American Family’s Talk Radio show that bills itself as “Muscular Christianity,” Federer furthered his prophecy by saying that it is possible that the President would intentionally bring about a war between Iran and Israel which he could then use as a pretext to take control of the radio, TV and internet. Or else Obama might fake a plot on his life that can be blamed on the Tea Party, which was just the sort of strategy that Joseph Stalin used as an excuse to kill millions of his enemies!

When asked if he believed that Obama would actually do those things, he replied, “”if you can vote to kill innocent babies, what can’t you justify?”

I swear, sometimes I think I woke up in a parallel universe where someone left the asylum doors open, and we ran out of Thorazine.

The Education Threat

Religious nationalism has now become part of American political theater, and we take notice of it mostly during election campaigns. When it shows up in our backyard, in our schools and local communities, we reach instinctively for our First Amendment, interpreting the whole matter in terms of whose rights are being respected and whose feelings are being hurt. The most important issue before us, however, is not just a question of the rights or feelings of individuals. The fact is that there is a movement in our midst that rejects the values of inclusivity and diversity, a movement that seeks to undermine the foundations of modern secular democracy. It has set its sights on destroying the system of public education—and it is succeeding. Unless we confront that fact directly, we may well keep our rights but lose the system of education that has long served as the silent pillar of our democracy.”

Stewart, Katherine (2012-01-24). The Good News Club: The Christian Right‘s Stealth Assault on America’s Children (p. 8). Perseus Books Group. Kindle Edition.

The Christian Abyss

Traveling into the deep abyss that is Christian Nationalism often warrants a long, hot, shower – and, sometimes, a good stiff drink. First of all, I have to issue a caveat – I am not “anti-Christian.” actually, I accept many of the teachings of Christianity, just as I accept many of the tenets of Judaism, Buddhism, Islam, etc. So, before the hate-group that comprises the radical religious right cult of Dominionism goes completely off the rails, gathers their army and demonstrates just how “un-Christian” they are, let me discourage you by saying that I won’t change your mind, I know that. What I might do, however, is persuade those sitting on the fences and thinking about drinking your Kool-Aid, not to look into the abyss, but to walk into the light.

As you parade with your signs, protest against progress, and scream “Take America Back,” calling yourselves “Patriots,” and cherry-picking Bible verses that have no basis in the true, liberal, love of the teachings of Jesus, the real patriots are striving to move America Forward. Here, we will point to your hypocrisy, expose your true agenda, and lay you bare for judgement.