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THE SECRETS OF THE LODGE
by: S.R. Shearer
Columnist Richard Reeves of the Universal Press Syndicate writes, "...
what Buchanan has done (in talking about corporate "downsizing,"
Free Trade and economic insecurity) ... is agitate the plebes (i.e.,
the "common folk") ... The big danger ... (to the nations
economic and political elites - both Democratic and Republican) is that
... Buchanan is spouting out the secrets of the lodge in public
Reeves continues, "Dont you love it?" - Buchanan is
denouncing the moneyed elites of his own party!
The rich reply that Buchanan is stirring up "class envy"
and "class warfare." But Reeves - who is not Buchanan's friend,
and who says that Buchanan frightens him - counters,
"Class Warfare? ... the rich (i.e., Wall Street, the "captains
of industry," the yuppie elite) ... have already won that battle,
and now this madman (i.e., Buchanan) is out there stirring up trouble
among the losers (i.e., the nations blue collar workers and
low and mid-level white collar workers) ... Doesnt he (i.e.,
Buchanan) understand the benefits of disorganized labor (which
unrestricted immigration and Free Trade promote), to say nothing of
(the high) dividends (i.e., money which used to flow into the paychecks
of blue collar workers, etc. and which now flows as dividends into
the stock portfolios of the rich) ..."
Reeves goes on,
"Buchanan will (eventually) be beaten down by his enemies,
now legion ... But there is (still) this: A lot of what hes
saying is true for many voters, and is extremely dangerous to ...
(the nations economic elites). They have to try to destroy
him, because he has the capability to destroy them - not just in this
one election, but over time."
how, exactly, do the elites plan to "destroy" him? - by denouncing
him as a "demagogue!" - which is exactly what William F. Buckley,
Jr., Bill Kristol, William Bennett, Jack Kemp, Phil Gramm, Dick Cheney,
Frank Fahrenkopf and all the rest of them are doing. The effort by these
men, however, is somewhat disingenuous and not a little hypocritical.
In the end, their effort to label Buchanan a demagogue cannot help but
engender contempt towards them - after all, the demagogic record of
these men is hardly any better: Buckley has defended Pat Robertsons
anti-Semitic tome, The New World Order; Bennett says that Herrnstein
and Murrays racist polemic, The Bell Curve, is an "excellent
piece of scholarship;" Fahrenkopf has innumerable links with anti-Semitic
Croatian nationalists, etc. To say that these men have any real care
about "immigrant rights," better race relations, anti-Semitism,
etc. - things which all of them cite as examples of Buchanans
demagoguery - is asinine.
Reeves sneers at these efforts. He writes, "Buchanan is no demagogue
... (Indeed), he deserves more than a little credit for having the guts
and smarts to (fashion) ... a message that actually broke through the
smog of politics as usual ..." - a smog which all
these men have purposely created over the years to cloud their real
agenda - which is to enrich themselves at the expense of average, "everyday,"
working Americans, many of whom are evangelical Christians.
No! - its not Buchanans stand against social issues which
sends Kemp, Bennett and all the rest of them into a panic - what theyre
really concerned about is Buchanans stand against Free Trade -
the vehicle through which the corporate elite has destroyed unions and
lined its pockets with the money that used to flow into the paychecks
of average Americans. And it should be noted in this connection - and
contrary to what the elites trumpet - that only a relatively
small amount of this money has flowed back to consumers as lower prices
at the check-out stand - the great majority of it has flowed as profits
into the coffers of the new multinational corporations and ipso facto
into the wallets of the corporations shareholders - about 2% of
the American population.
And where, one asks, have these profits been invested? - into new "high
tech" plants in this country? No! - for the most part it has flowed
as naked speculation into the stock market and has been the principle
reason behind the unprecedented rise in stock prices over the last ten
years, producing in the process the same dizzying stock highs [in relative
terms] that were reached just prior to the markets crash in 1929
- highs which possess little relation to the dividends these stocks
can be expected to produce.
And what about the nations new "high tech jobs of the future"
which these profits were supposed to produce? While some jobs have been
created, most of these jobs exist only as "promises for the future"
- a future which, after 20 years of empty pledges, is as remote as ever
to most workers. The sad fact of the matter is, the promise of new "high
tech" jobs has been nothing but blather. Yes, export jobs have
grown, but what does it matter when exports grow by 10% over a given
period of time if imports grow by 40% over the same period - and thats
the meaning behind todays 180 billion dollar a year trade deficit!
- that translates into 2,880,000 lost jobs a year! - jobs which have
flowed into the sweat shops of Mexico, the Far East and Latin America.
And the effort of the elites to say otherwise - to blame the loss of
these jobs on technology, the supposed low growth in domestic "R
& D," worker productivity, low rates of savings, etc. - is
deceptive at best, as Professor Emeritus Alfred E Eckes, Jr. of the
University of Ohio has shown.
Buchanan has "caught on" to this game of "smoke and mirrors"
which the corporate elites have been playing with the American public
for the last twenty years, and hes blabbing this secret to the
"plebes." Thats why Bennett, Kemp, Dole and all the
rest are so intent on denouncing Buchanan as a demagogue. They dont
dare attack him on the issues! They have to attack him on personal grounds
- they have to destroy him by destroying his character. This is what
Reeves is saying the elites are doing to Buchanan. Buchanans great
"sin," according to Reeves, is that he has "enumerated the secrets
of the lodge ..." and if they dont shut him up quickly, he
will destroy them by revealing what theyve really been doing over
the last twenty years.
George J. Church of Time Magazine writes,
"In his (i.e., Buchanans) strident demands for trade protection
can be heard the long mute anger of workers who feel both injured
and insulted by free traders in the (educational) academy, business
and politics: injured by the loss of jobs and income to foreign competition;
insulted because too many free traders have airily dismissed their
pain as either illusory or inconsequential."
"(Free Trade) has claimed ... real victims who can no longer
be kept quiet by sermons about the greater good of the overall economy."
Richard Lacayo, also of Time, agrees. He writes,
"What unnerves (the economic elite) is the possibility that
his (i.e., Buchanans) attacks on Wall Street and free trade
may catch on even if his candidacy doesnt ... Its hard
to put the populist genie back in the bottle (once it gets out).["
William Safire of the New York Times - like Reeves, no friend
of Buchanan - concurs. Writing about Buchanan in the New York Times,
"Being denounced as a demagogue is a sure sign to a speaker
that he is making powerful points with some part of the public."
Like Reeves, Church and Lacayo, Safire thinks that what Bennett, Kemp
and the rest are saying about Buchanan is contemptible. He cites the
famous turn-of-the-century progressive, Lincoln Steffans, who once
said, "I had begun to suspect that, whenever a man in public
life was called a demagogue, there was something good in him, (and)
something dangerous to the system."
And where are the leaders of the Religious Right in all this? - clearly,
theyre not on Buchanans side [though there is a great deal
of evidence to indicate that rank-in-file evangelicals (in contrast
with their leadership) support Buchanan]. Robertson, Dobson, Reed, Kennedy,
LaHaye, Sheldon, etc. all support Dole. Why? - because all of them long
ago "sold out" to the Republican Party "fat cats"
who support Dole and "Free Trade" - and this is the dirty
little secret of the Religious Rights alliance with the Patricians
of the Republican Party: theyve given their political support
to the moneyed elite in exchange for the Secular Rights economic
support of their cultural agenda and their innumerable religious and
cultural institutions (i.e., TBN, CBN, the Christian Coalition, etc.)
- and hang the jobs of every-day, working evangelicals. This
is why all of these men supported (or at least were silent on) NAFTA
and the legislation which created the World Trade Organization.
Ask yourselves, why didnt the Religious Right speak out against
these deals? - after all, these deals play right into one of the primeval
fears of their constituents - world government! The reason they didnt
speak out is that they have been "bought off."
Christ wasnt kidding around when He said,
"For the love of money is the root of all evil: which
while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced
themselves through with many sorrows. (I Tim. 6:10)
And again He warned:
"... flee these things (i.e., money) ..." (I Tim. 6:11)
The love of money! - thats whats led the Religious Right
into the Secular Rights trap - and not only them, but many churches
and denominations as well. Thinking of the "good" they can
do with the money the Secular Right has bestowed upon them, the Religious
Right has made a deal with them. But its a bargain with the Devil!
- its the equivalent of Judass thirty pieces of silver.
You doubt? Well stop and think about it for a minute! - you dont
really think that all the many religious (and now political and cultural)
institutions of the Religious Right - institutions like the Christian
Coalition, the Traditional Values Coalition, Promise Keepers, CBN, TBN,
Focus on the Family, etc. and countless numbers of churches as well
- derive their incomes solely from the "offerings" of their
constituents, most of whom are "blue collar" workers and low
and mid-level white collar workers, do you? A little math would quickly
dispel such a notion. The thought that these institutions could long
exist on the paltry sums which could be generated in such a fashion
is farcical. From where, then, does the money come? You guessed it!
- from Republican "fat cats" and corporate treasuries (more
about this in upcoming journals and reports).
Christ warned His disciples:
"No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and
love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other.
Ye cannot serve God and mammon. (Matt. 6:24)
God help those who ignore this verse - eventually, the Devil will demand
All this isnt to say that Antipas Ministries supports
Buchanan. God forbid. People like Buchanan represent a far greater
danger than Dole, Kemp, Bennett, etc. But by making the kind of
bargain theyve made with the country club patricians of the Republican
Party, the leaders of the Religious Right have revealed themselves for
the hypocrites they really are - people who will "sell out"
their constituents for a "mess of pottage."
Eventually, of course, the "fat cats" will have to deal with
the likes of Buchanan - if only to save themselves from the rage of
the "working masses" which they have "stiffed" for the last
twenty years, a rage which is now reaching a boiling point. And when
they do, the Religious Right will be there with them - following the
money like the "TOADIES" they really are.
God help the Christians who follow these leaders - men like Ralph Reed,
Pat Robertson, Tim LaHaye, D. James Kennedy, etc. - theyre going
to lead the American Church straight into a terrible disaster!
- Reeves is referring in jest to the Masonic Lodge - an organization
whose members swear themselves to secrecy with regard to their rites.
- Richard Reeves, United Press Syndicate dated March 1, 1996 [as reported
in the Sacramento Bee, pg. B-6.]
- Ibid., pg. B-6
- Ibid., pg. B-6
- Fahrenkopf, the former Chairman of the Republican National Committee,
has become particularly linked to anti-Semitic Croatian Republicans.
For example, Fahrenkopf signed a 1984 Republican Heritage Groups Council
booklet listing commemorative dates of significance to ethnic Americans.
The entry for April 10th reads, "The Independent State of Croatia
was declared by unanimous proclamation in 1941 ... Lack of Western
support and Axis occupation forced the new state into an unfortunate
association with the Axis powers."
The statement is a fabrication. Croatia was pro-Nazi long before
the German occupation. The Nazis had a long-standing relationship
with the Croatian Ustashi beginning years before the Second World
War; indeed, the Nazis conspired with the Vatican to help create the
"independent state of Croatia" after the German attack on
Yugoslavia in the spring of 1941; and it is no doubt safe to say that
without Vatican and Nazi support, Croatia would never have gained
its "independence." Soon thereafter, the Ustashi began systematically
liquidating Orthodox Serbians, Jews, and Gypsies. So frenzied did
their effort eventually become that even the Nazis were taken aback
by the barbarity of the Ustashi concentration camps and the liquidation
of whole Serbian villages. Huge ovens at Jasenovac reportedly burned
Serbs, Jews and Gypsies alive. An estimated 750,000 people, mostly
Serbians, were killed by the Croatians. The "independent state
of Croatia," which Fahrenkopf suggests should be commemorated,
ceased to exist after the fall of the Third Reich.
Its re-emergence four years ago under right-wing German, Austrian
and Vatican pressure is a foreboding of things to come in the former
Yugoslavia. It's past history may very well foreshadow the kind of
power structure which is currently re-surfacing in Croatia.
- Op. Cit., Reeves, pg. B-6
- Please see Dr. Alfred E. Eckes, Opening Americas Markets,
- George J. Church, "Where He Rings True: Free Trade Isnt
Always Fair," in Time, March 4, 1996, pg. 29.
- Richard Lacayo, "The Populist Blowup," in Time,
February 26, 1996. pg. 30.
- Ibid., pg. B-6
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