Saturday, June 18, 2011

Religion is a Fascist Pipeline

Over the last few years, the media has been filled with speculation about the assassination of Dr. Tiller and the Tucson shootings.  There is a lot of discussion about the divisive discourse in this country that could have led to such violence.  There is speculation that, on the face of it, these killers are mentally unbalanced.  However, to dismiss these events as simply the act of deranged men would be a mistake.  

The polarization in this country has led to a deep schism between Americans that, at times, seems too wide to cross.  We had a congressman yelling to the president that he is a liar during his State of the Union speech last year, an unprecedented act.  A Supreme Court Justice who lost his guise of political neutrality by mouthing, "that's not true," at that same event.  We have Sarah Palin who used such emotionally charged rhetoric against our president that at one political rally, a man was heard screaming, "Kill him!" This was before she had the effrontery to put a list of Democratic representatives on her website and mark them with the  crosshairs of a gun.  One of those representatives was Gabrielle Giffords.  During this last election, a candidate for a Senate seat from Nevada suggested that Americans could use "Second Amendment remedies" to deal with political differences.  People have charged that our president was not born in this country and, consequently, is not a citizen.  Others claim he is a socialist, a Muslim, even a communist. The political rhetoric has become toxic, so much so that rational discussion seems impossible.  The politics of hate seem to dominate our political landscape, and it makes ordinary people wonder, "How did we get to this place?"

The politics of hate didn't begin with Obama.  It didn't begin with Clinton, or even Kennedy.  It began much earlier than that.  In the 1930's, there was a fear-monger named Father Coughlin.  Charles Edward Coughlin was a controversial Roman Catholic priest who was one of the first to use the radio to reach a mass audience of more than thirty million.  

He called for monetary reforms, the nationalization of major industries and railroads, and protection of the rights of labor.  Although this appeared to be a populist agenda, he began to attack Jewish bankers.  He used his radio program to spread anti-Semitic hate speech, and later to rationalize some of the policies of Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini. He was stirring up violence against Jews, and finally his political tirades were silenced by his superiors.  Glenn Beck is the modern-day equivalent of Coughlin in that he is constantly talking about conspiracy theories and blaming various elements of our society in an attempt to work his supporters into a political frenzy against those people or organizations Beck considers "evil."

Fast forward 40 years, and in 1979, Rev. Jerry Falwell steps up with his concept of the "Moral Majority," which became one of the largest political lobby groups for evangelical Christians in the United States during the 1980s. The Moral Majority was founded as being "pro-family", "pro-life," "pro-defense" and pro-Israel.  The group is credited with delivering two-thirds of the white, evangelical Christian vote to Ronald Reagan during the 1980 presidential election.   As head of the Moral Majority, Falwell consistently pushed for Republican candidates and for conservative politics leading to criticism from other clergy of his sermons about political issues that lacked a moral element.

Falwell's political success led religious commentator Pat Robertson to believe that he might have a shot at being president during the 1988 election.  Even though his campaign was well funded, it failed.  He ran in some of the Republican primaries, but it became obvious he didn't stand a chance.  (If memory serves me correctly, I believe he did win the Republican primary in Oklahoma.)  So a disgruntled Robertson hit on the idea of organizing evangelicals in a more formal and powerful way than Falwell had.  He used the remains of his campaign machinery to jump-start the creation of a voter mobilization effort dubbed the Christian Coalition whose mailing list contained several million conservative Christians interested in politics.

Meetings of the Christian Coalition would be the leader outlining their plan to use the churches to educate parishioners about how to become effective political advocates for the right-wing issues of the Coalition and to train people on how to effectively run for office.

At the beginning of the meeting, they saluted the flag and said the pledge of allegiance -- but it wasn't the American flag. It was the Christian flag, and the pledge of allegiance was to Jesus. "I pledge allegiance to the Christian Flag and to the Savior for whose Kingdom it stands. One Savior, crucified, risen, and coming again with life and liberty to all who believe." Only after they had established their priorities, did they salute the American flag.

In 1990, the national Christian Coalition began producing "non-partisan" voter guides which it distributed to conservative Christian churches, with 40 million being distributed in the 1992 and 1996 presidential election years. Complaints that the voter guides were actually partisan led to the denial of the Christian Coalition, Inc.'s tax-exempt status in 1999. But that didn't stop Robertson.  He turned all his efforts to politics.

After a long battle, in 2005 the IRS recognized the Christian Coalition as a 501(c)(4) tax-exempt organization, the first time in the Agency's history that it has granted a letter of exemption to a group that stated in its application that it would distribute voter guides directly in churches.
And so the seeds of our current divisive political dialogue were sown.

Because the prospects of a third party are not good for winning a presidential race in the United States, the Coalition laser focused on taking over the one party that agreed most with their political positions - the Republicans.  They set up voter training workshops in evangelical churches all over America.  They taught their followers how to be effective advocates - how to lobby, how to work in elections, how to run for office.  They encouraged people to start small -- take over precinct meetings, school boards, then run for city councils, for state-wide office, and eventually for national office. It is amazingly easy to do this.  Some local elections, particularly school boards, may be won with perhaps 50 votes.  They organized, informed, and activated their followers and depended on the voter apathy of people who would oppose them.  Ralph Reed became the executive director of the Christian Coalition.  He used subterfuge to project a "softer" public face for Christian conservatism.  Reed apparently described himself as a "guerrilla fighter" who "painted his face and traveled at night" and put "enemies" in "body bags"  before they even realized he had struck.  Those "enemies" were anyone who disagreed with the Christian Coalition's dogma.

Christian extremists not only are trying to eliminate or take over public education, but are infiltrating all branches of the military all the way to the Pentagon.  They are working with our police forces to identify people they can manipulate, to set up bases of power within those agencies to support them, if and when they decide to take over our government using the bullet and not the ballot.

During the 90s, the Christian Coalition continually gained more political power, and finally took over control of the Republican party, pushing out moderates and fiscal conservatives who did not accept their religio-political agenda.  They also began taking over other institutions where they could build influence, like the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.  They fired a woman professor because she was a "feminist."  The Coalition found a willing partner on social issues like abortion, women's rights, and gay rights in the Catholic Church, another powerful ally.  The power of the Coalition came to a peak with the election of George W. Bush.  He pandered to their issues and they returned the favor by electing him president of the United States.

During Bush's tenure, billions of dollars were given to "Faith Based Programs," actually a ploy for funneling public funds to fundamentalist churches, which in turn, were used to proselytize people using the social services offered by the churches.  
Progressive Christian churches, as well as Islamic Mosques and Jewish Temples or Synagogues, mysteriously did not receive invitations to make application for these funds. Those invitations were sent only to conservative and evangelic churches. Billions more are still being funneled into the "Abstinence-Only Programs," most of which were operated by these same conservative Protestant and Catholic churches.  Every scientific study done on the "Abstinence-Only Programs" has shown them to be miserable failures, and they actually may endanger our young people more than they help them.  These churches also use government funds to support their so-called "Crisis Pregnancy Centers" that purportedly are established to help pregnant women once they give birth.  In reality, these Centers are anti-abortion propaganda mills.

The Christian Coalition was joined by other conservative religious groups, the most prominent of which are Focus on the Family, established by Jim Dobson, and the American Family Association, founded by Donald Wildmon.  These groups have fought to outlaw abortion, defund family planning programs (such as Planned Parenthood), and in general, push an anti-woman agenda.  Beginning in 1990, the Promise Keepers came to the forefront with male-only meetings to tell men to take back "their rightful place as head of the household."  It is not a coincidence that the Christian-based Promise Keepers was founded in by Bill McCartney, then the head football coach at the University of Colorado at Boulder.  Naturally, their meetings were held in football stadiums. (A more macho venue could not be found.)  The "Promise Reapers" was the female-counterpart where women were urged to follow their husbands and never question his authority. 
The Christian Coalition is still in existence.  Its minions have not only taken over the Republican party, they are now infiltrating the Democratic party.  At one state Democratic meeting, when the pro-choice resolution was presented to be voted on, some delegates actually booed.  Today it is difficult to distinguish a Republican from a Democrat in many Southern and Western states.  Democrats are scared to death of the vote of the conservative Christian.  At one state Democratic meeting, the chair actually said the purpose of the party was, "to elect Democrats to office."  I have always thought the purpose of the party was to stand up for traditional democratic values of equality, fairness, and justice.  Apparently, getting elected supersedes those values now.

When the conservative Christians took over the Republican party, they brought with them, not only their values, but their mindset. They see the world in a binary manner - black or white, right or wrong, good or evil.  And they brought this thinking into our political arena.  Hence, you could no longer simply disagree with them on an issue in a civil and mature manner.  Anyone who disagrees with them is defined as "evil."  How many times have we heard that phrase used by Republican politicians to smear the opposition?  When an issue or person is framed as being "evil," that shuts the door to rational discourse.  It doesn't take long for a very tall and thick wall to build up between opposing viewpoints.  The "carriers of light" become entrenched in their positions because they are literally, "on God's side."  Consequently, there can be no rational discussion.  Either the opposition capitulates in order to get something done, or they reach a stalemate, in which case, nothing can be accomplished.  Sound familiar?  That's where we are in this current political climate.  A stalemate in the congress leading to the Republican party being referred to as, "the Party of No!."  Disrespect and disharmony have resulted in a paralyzed government.  At political rallies, people hold signs and make speeches advocating revolution.  They bring their guns to the rallies in an attempt to intimidate.  They take Sharron Angle seriously when she said there could be "Second Amendment solutions." They take Sarah Palin seriously when she says, "Don't Retreat. Reload." The rancor, hatred and vile acts seem to be escalating.  No president in history has received as many death threats as President Obama.  Members of Congress, Republicans and Democrats, receive threats and attempts at intimidation on a daily basis.

The assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr., and the attempted assassination of Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, and now Rep. Gabrielle Giffords shows how deep divisions can lead to violence and destruction. 

And this is the situation we find ourselves in now. The moderate Republicans have got to take back their party.  The Democrats have got to fight to stand up for their traditional values, instead of kowtowing to the Religious Right simply to get elected.  We can't continue down this path, or we will have blood in the streets.

Can we really shoot our fellow Americans because we disagree with them politically?  There are no civil or constitutional rights in a civil conflict. There is only death and destruction.  Is this what we want?  Everyone has to answer that question for themselves.

A re-edit of an article written by Barbara Santee, Ph.D
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Thursday, June 16, 2011

I, the Michele Bachman, hereby Announce my Candidacy for President of the United States!

My heartfelt views are as follows.


The deficit. “I think if we give Glenn Beck the numbers, he can solve the national debt.” I will appoint Mr. Beck to be the economics czar! He will fix it in a week!

Abolish the minimum wage. “Literally, if we took away the minimum wage — if conceivably it was gone — we could potentially virtually wipe out unemployment completely because we would be able to offer jobs at whatever level.” I am sure I could get people to fight over a job paying $5 a day!

Jobs: If we cut the taxes of the rich and corporations, the rich will continue to remain employed! 

''I don't know where they're going to get all this money because we're running out of rich people in this country.'' 


"Visiting Iraq is like a trip to Mall of America! There is marble and water everywhere." Mission Accomplished!

“Normalization” of homosexuality would lead to “desensitization”

 ‘Do you know that the music for The Lion King movie was written by a gay man?’ The message is: I’m better at what I do, because I’m gay.”
Gay singers should repent after getting cancer.

"And what a bizarre time we're in, when a judge will say to little children that you can't say the pledge of allegiance, but you must learn that homosexuality is normal and you should try it."

''Does that mean that someone's 13-year-old daughter could walk into a sex clinic, have a pregnancy test done, be taken away to the local Planned Parenthood abortion clinic, have their abortion, be back and go home on the school bus? That night, mom and dad are never the wiser.'' 
''Death panels are the bureaucracies that President Obama is establishing where bureaucrats will make the decision on who gets health care and how much.


"I don't think I give as much credence to my own mind, because I see myself as being very limited and very flawed, and lacking in knowledge and wisdom and understanding. So, I just take the Bible for what it is, I guess, and recognize that I am not a scientist, not trained to be a scientist. I'm not a deep thinker on all of this. I wish I was. I wish I was more knowledgeable, but I'm not a scientist." They try to blind me with science!

“Carbon dioxide is portrayed as harmful. But there isn't even one study that can be produced that shows that carbon dioxide is a harmful gas.”

''Carbon dioxide is natural, it is not harmful, it is a part of Earth's life cycle. And yet we're being told that we have to reduce this natural substance, reduce the American standard of living, to create an arbitrary reduction in something that is naturally occurring in Earth.'' 

“There are hundreds and hundreds of scientists, many of them holding Nobel Prizes, who believe in intelligent design."


''But we also know that the very founders that wrote those documents worked tirelessly until slavery was no more in the United States. ... I think it is high time that we recognize the contribution of our for-bearers who worked tirelessly -- men like John Quincy Adams, who would not rest until slavery was extinguished in the country.'' I am smarter than Palin even though the founding fathers did not fight against slavery nor was Adams a founding father, opps.


"Not all cultures are equal." If you are not white and male, your nothing!

"Congressional liberals ought to be subject to "an expose" by the media because of their views." Conservatives do not need to be exposed and anyone that does not think just the way I do is a hieratic!

So I say to you, who is the greatest person in the land?
Who is will be the greatest president of all times, except for god?
You must vote for me to save us from you!

''What we have to do today is make a covenant, to slit our wrists, be blood brothers on this thing.'' 

“I have experienced that throughout my political career, being labeled a kook"


President for life (crossing my fingers)

Michele Bachmann




Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The Political Artwork of Tracy Knauss

Tracy Knauss is a brilliant political satirist and commentator. Seemingly not picked up by any print or video media, I will let his art speak for itself.

Sarah Palin has crashed and burned, again, as a pseudo historian/politician, displaying her ignorance of history. To quote Keith Olbermann, "That woman is an idiot."

With Republicans Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann and Joe Barton defending British Petroleum's colossal oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, it's not hard to see who supports Big Business over the people of the United States. Cosmic cowgirl Sarah continues to support BP via her revelations. I'm sure it has nothing to do with the fact that her husband Todd worked 18 years for BP.

 Fox News says it has nothing to apologize for after 400 rabbis issued an open letter asking the network to tone down host Glenn Beck's use of Nazi and Holocaust imagery. Here's the link:

When the debates have ended, the speeches have stopped and we the people go to the polls, it all comes down to this. The Republicans represent the wealthiest Americans, and the Democrats represent the rest of us: "we the people." This is what it's all about in no uncertain terms.

"They're not critical thinkers. They can't discern basic differences let alone small nuances. It's frustrating to those of us who can because we know the plutocrats like the Koch brothers are using their wealth to buy elections and de facto our laws and lifestyle." Tracy Knauss

United States Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina, along with other conservative Republican groups, will be boycotting the annual meeting of conservative "value voters" because they're allowing a gay group to participate. Seems like their Big Tent is getting smaller every day.

I shall continue to bring you Tracy Knauss's art work and comments.  

Now you can purchase T-shirts from Tracy at

Tuesday, June 14, 2011


Some folks have NO idea there is a war raging in the USA! 

We have our own home grown terrorists who are out to destroy Democracy as we know it. 

We have a group of Republicans who represent the rich and their corporate keepers like the Koch Brothers and the DeVos family, who would like nothing better than to totally destroy the middle class and create "slaves" to do the work for nothing at their bidding. We have another group of Republicans called the Tea Party whose extreme religious and anti-government views on any of a number of things is enough to scare the devil himself! When you combine the two groups together, you produce a Fascist government with a extreme theocratic leader! Fascism is based on a belief in the supremacy of one national or ethnic group, a contempt for democracy, the insistence on obedience to a powerful leader and a strong demagogic approach.

Sound familiar? It should, because that is exactly what is happening right now in America!  
Look at Governor's Snyder in Michigan, Walker in Wisconsin, Scott in Florida, etc. 
They are working together to "steal" our democracy! They have certainly have had help, even from our own SCOTUS-who is suppose to be working on behalf of "WE THE PEOPLE", but thanks to them we have a new Supreme Court definition of what "people" are! 

  Americans are suffering and the Republicans are continuing to block and obstruct any and all legislation that would remotely flavor economic growth and create jobs. 
The Republicans have come out from under their rock and exposed their plan for this country and they will do anything to appease their corporate masters!  
They are intent on making President Obama a one term President-regardless of the cost! If their plan brings down the entire country so be it!  

The INTENT of taking over our democracy and creating a fascist state to me is sedition and treasonous. Why these people have not been indicted is because for the last 30 years the standards of law have been changed.  

With the rapid vanishing of the middle class, America has become two distinct class societies.
The haves and the have not. The haves basically are allowed to do or say whatever they want with NO accountability or consequences. The have not get to pay with their cash or their liberties.

WE! The American people! Are responsible for this by our apathy, laziness, refusal to educate ourselves about the issues and by not demanding effective resolution for the issues by our elected officials. 
Complacency has a very high price to be paid and WE are paying it right now as your children and their children will have to continue paying for! Some say there is nothing to be done.

I don't believe that for one minute! People have to educate themselves and others, get involved in your local community, as well as on the national level.

WE have to unite and speak as one in 2012 !

Give the President a true majority in Congress!  
We must to bring those accountable for changing the definition of 
Repeal the Corporate pouring of money into buying our elections.  
We must have a majority to take this country forward and out of harms way! 
It will take years to undo, what they Republicans have done, let's get to it! 
Get rid of them and get the country moving again! 


Written by Fay Easter. Modified by a Crazy Old Man