Thursday, March 29, 2007

Storm Clouds Gathering over America

A recently released Pew Research Center Report on Trends in Political Values and Core Attitudes: 1987-2007 (122 page .pdf) proclaims in full caps "POLITICAL LANDSCAPE MORE FAVORABLE TO DEMOCRATS" and Salon Magazine is running a story about "How Bush helped the GOP commit suicide".

Meanwhile, Pat Robertson is raising the specter of a religious takeover of the U.S. government, Rick Scarborough is organizing "Patriot Pastors," and a former Navy Seal with deep ties to the Dominionist Right has used his half-billion dollar inheritance to build "the world's most powerful mercenary army."

Dark clouds are gathering over the political landscape of this country.

Those who think the Religious Right will go away peacefully into the night if they are soundly defeated at the ballot box need to consider the possibility that an extremely powerful mercenary army could be called upon at moment's notice to restore America to the "original vision" that Robertson, Scarborough and Blackwater founder Erik Prince sincerely believe to be valid.

If you think this possibility is remote, you need to read Jeremy Scahill's book "Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army" with this characteristic of Dominionist thought in mind:

Some Reconstructionists realize that, sooner or later, there is bound to be a backlash against the kind of society that they intend to create. Many seem to be biding their time until public sentiment turns decisively against the kind of reforms they are seeking. When that happens, I believe that some, if given the opportunity, will be willing to take up arms and wage another civil war. Some of their literature indicates that they believe that such actions can be morally and theologically justified if they follow a lesser magistrate (like the Governor of a state) who claims to be following biblical law while refusing to submit to a rule of law that is imposed by a secular constitutional authority. This kind of crisis could easily be precipitated by the Governor of state, like Alabama, refusing to execute a Court order to remove a ten commandments monument from state government property.

2 comments:

the white stone said...

thank you for this post =
I have been a somewhat distant [Canadian] observer of the rise of theocracy in the US = from about the time I first heard Corrie Ten Boom. Blackwater is but the latest installment in a chilling progression. I posted on both actually, a couple of weeks ago:
http://theoldbill.typepad.com/the_old_bill/2007/03/cruella_de_vill.html
Most folk here, I think, consider all this over alarmist. I think you're bang on.

mom2 said...

I have no idea from reading the white stone's comment whether he professes to be a Christian or not. That is also confusing when I hear so called Christians fussing about the Ten Commandments being posted anywhere. They are found in God's Word and we His children should never be ashamed of His Word.