A GROWING RAGE IN
by: S.R. Shearer
One might better think of ours as a dual political system. First, there
is the symbolic political system centered around electoral and representative
activities including party conflicts, voter turnout, political personalities,
public pronouncements, official role-playing and certain ambiguous presentations
of some of the public issues which bestir Presidents, governors, mayors
and their respective legislatures. Then there is the substantive political
system, involving multi-billion dollar contracts, tax write-offs, protections,
rebates, grants, loss compensations, subsidies, leases, giveaways and the
whole vast process of budgeting, legislating, advising, regulating, protecting
and servicing major producer interest - now bending or ignoring the law
on behalf of the powerful, now applying it with the full punitive vigor
against heretics and "troublemakers." The symbolic system is highly visible,
taught in schools, discussed by academicians, gossiped about by newsmen.
The substantive system is seldom heard of or accounted for.
- Michael Parenti
in How Democratic Is The Government?
(as cited in Joel Dyer, Harvest of Rage)
A RAGE IS BUILDING IN RURAL AMERICA
The 1995 bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City killed 168
innocent people and shattered the complacency of a nation. While the
smoke was still clearing from America's most infamous terrorist attack,
all eyes looked across the ocean for answers. The national media began
to explore which faraway terrorists were the likely culprits. After
all, this was Oklahoma City, the middle of the American heartland, and
only the mind of some foreign murderer could have conceived such a bloodthirsty
But in Oklahoma and around the nation, FBI agents were looking across
our own oceans of wheat, corn, and barley for their answers. They weren't
raiding the homes of Palestinian nationals or people born in Iraq and
Iran. Within hours of the blast, they were questioning men and women
who had attended meetings on how to stop farm foreclosures or on how
to return the country to a constitutional republic.
While a shocked nation sat glued to its television sets and watched
the Oklahoma body count rise, government agents were questioning those
who had attended a meeting held at an Oklahoma City motel just two weeks
before the explosion. The meeting was advertised as an effort to address
the issue of farm foreclosures. But instead, it had turned out to be
a "Christian Identity" crash course in antigovernment theology. The
guest speakers at the meeting were from Decker, Michigan - the place
where James Nichols has his farm, the place where his brother Terry
and his friend Timothy McVeigh had been spending a lot of time.
The speed with which the FBI moved to question attendees of the
meeting demonstrated that although the victims and the national media
had been caught off guard by the bloodbath in Oklahoma, the government
had not. The intelligence community had been concerned with the
politics of people in places like Decker long before the Murrah building
became a bombed-out tomb. Agents may not have known who struck the match,
but they knew the bomb's fuse had been lit somewhere in the economically
devastated landscape of rural America. Moreover, they knew that -
as horrible as it was - the Oklahoma City bombing may very well be only
the beginning of an unprecedented wave of terror in America.
These are the chilling conclusions reached by Joel Dyer
in his book, Harvest of Rage.
Dyer goes on to explain how big the landscape is that we are talking
about here: a band of states that stretches from Mexico to Canada and
runs from Eastern Washington in the west to Illinois, Michigan, and
Louisana in the east - essentially America's geographic heartland.
Americans, however, are totally oblivious to the reasons which have
given rise to rural Americas anger. They dont live there
and - for the most part - they dont know anyone who does. The
newspapers dont write about it and television doesnt report
on it. All that they know is that in one way or another, the bombing
in Oklahoma City is attached to "antigovernment activity"
which the elite media has vaguely linked to rural America - a rural
America which most Americans connect obscurely to "backwardness,"
"narrow-minded religious fundamentalism," "guns,"
the "militia," "fertilizer-bombs" and "crazies."
Beyond that, urban America hasnt a clue. Moreover, the corporate
elites who are responsible for much of the devastation and turmoil thats
been going on there - Cargill, Continental, ConAgra,
Louis Drefus, Bunge, Carnac, Mitsui/Cook,
and Archer Daniels Midland - prefer it that way.
But whats been happening is truly appalling. And more: its
outrageous; many would say even disgusting! As a reporter who has spent
years investigating the personal and social devastation facing rural
Americans, Joel Dyer has documented the tragedy of whats been
going on there. Dyer reports that rural America is "collapsing
like a black hole, pulling an entire way of life down with it."
 Dyer writes,
"Norman Rockwells version of rural America is dead ...
Whats left in the 90 percent of the landmass that is designated
"rural" is massive poverty and despair ... Rural residents
are drowning in a tumultuous sea of circumstances beyond their control.
The millions of rural Americans still trying to tread water are being
pulled under by the callous decisions emanating from corporate boardrooms
... [in distant cities like New York and Chicago (and even Tokyo and
London) with very little real connection to the cultural values and
mores of rural America and)] they (i.e., rural Americans) have grown
According to Dyer, the pandemonium which companies like Cargill, Con-Agra,
Archer Daniels Midland, etc. have unleashed on rural America is responsible
for the loss of over 1 million small to medium-sized farms since 1980.
Indeed, in one twelve month period in the late 1980s more than 1 million
people were forced from their land. In 1996 alone, 10,000 families in
Oklahoma (one-sixth of all farm families in the state) lost their farms
through bankruptcies and foreclosure. And its not just that; for
those who manage to hold on, it often means holding on in grinding,
unending poverty and a constant struggle just to meet the day-to-day
necessities of life. The fact is, while only 20 to 25 percent (depending
on who one counts as "rural") of the U.S. population live
in rural areas, 38 percent of all people living in poverty live there.
Sixty-seven percent of the nations substandard housing is rural,
and 27 percent of the children in rural America are growing up hungry,
forced to live in destitution even though the parents of most of them
As a result, Dyer believes that a vast revolutionary movement has
taken root in Americas heartland which most Americans know very
little about - a movement which is, in both its breath and scope,
far greater and much more massive than urban Americans have been
led to believe, and one which is unalterably committed to overthrowing
Americas present government which those in "the movement"
see as being dominated by corporate, globalist elites which are committed
to destroying rural America economically and culturally.
"Common-law courts, militia groups, anti-tax organizations,
and sovereignty groups are springing up in every nook and cranny of
the rural landscape." 
Ive attended a number of antigovernment meetings in different
parts of the country. In many ways, they have become the center of
social activity in their respective communities. Meals and casual
conversation are often part of the experience. Women gather in the
back of the room to talk about children, schools, and recipes ...
while the men exchange hunting stories or talk about crops and weather.
You would be hard-pressed to tell the difference between one of these
meetings and a Kiwanis Club get-together, that is, until the meeting
is called to order. Then things get deadly serious." 
The antigovernment propensity of the rural activists is being fueled
by elements which possess "world views" (Weltanschuungs)
that Americas global (and secular) elites are little prepared
or even able to understand and/or comprehend - elements which the corporately
controlled elite media would like to pass superficially off to the American
people as nothing more than "hate-mongers," "racists"
and "know-nothings" - ludites who are vainly trying to stand
in the way of modernity and irresistible economic forces.
THE GREED AND AVARICE OF THE
GLOBALISTS ARE RESPONSIBLE
that was simply it, there might be something to substantiate the scorn
most of the elite media feel for rural Americans - but it isnt!
Contrary to what most mainline Americans have been led to believe, the
economic forces which are at the root of rural Americas problems
are not "natural" ones, or ones which are necessarily
even technologically driven, as the global elites would
like ordinary Americans to believe. They are instead ones which are
largely the creation of the globalists themselves and ones which are
being driven by the same greed and avarice which are today driving the
worlds financial markets. [Please see our article, "Ponzi
Schemes, The Investment Craze, And The 'End Of Days'."] Moreover,
the economic forces which the globalists have loosed on the world are
not ones which aim primarily at "rationalizing" market forces
and lowering super-market prices on the food and other commodities they
control, but ones which aim at maximizing profits to the benefit of
the elites and the detriment of ordinary people.
THE PLIGHT OF THE AMERICAN FARMER
IS THE SAME AS THE PLIGHT OF THE
PEASANTS IN CHIAPAS AND THE THIRD WORLD
the economic forces  at work in rural America - the ones responsible
for all the turmoil, heartache and dislocation in the countrys
heartland - are the very same "globalist" forces which Cargill,
ConAgra, Louis Drefus, etc. have unleashed on the worlds other
agricultural areas - areas like Chiapas, Mexico which well-known New
York Times reporter John Ross writes are plaguing Mexican peasants
there - specifically, those forces connected to "free trade"
and "globalization." [Chiapas is a very rich coffee growing
area which globalist agricultural interests want to bring under their
"management" (i.e., domination). We reported on the "goings-on"
in our article, "Chiapas: The Effect Of The New World Order On
Ross reports that insofar as the Third World is concerned, globalization
undercuts peasant farming by making it compete against the giant agribusinesses
of the First World - agribusinesses which are located principally in
the United States and to a lesser degree in Canada and Australia.
In the process, peasant agriculture is ground down under the impress
of a First World agricultural juggernaut, eventually resulting in the
forced migration of these peasants from their homes in rural areas to
the city where they are pressed into a kind of industrial slavery for
re-located First World industries (like Ford, General Motors, General
Electric, etc.), the products of which are not destined for Third World
customers, but for First World consumers. The vacated peasant lands
are then gathered up and reconstituted as large farms very often controlled
by interests in the employ of the very First World agribusinesses 
which destroyed them in the first place.
And this isnt so different from whats happening to farmers
in the United States; the same globalism which is destroying peasant
farmers in the Third World is destroying "family farmers"
in this country by making them compete against a "plantation-type"
of agriculture which Archer Daniels Midland, Cargill, etc. have been
introducing into this country over the past two decades - an agriculture
which substitutes cheap labor for "family labor" - cheap labor
which often pays less than subsistence level wages and relies on "imported"
illegals (usually Mexicans which globalization has forced off the land
This kind of agriculture - the kind which is destroying "family
farmers" in the United States - is not unlike the kind of agriculture
which the "Old South" employed in its system of slave labor
[except in this instance, the plantation farmers (i.e., ConAgra, Cargill,
etc.) bear no direct responsibility for their laborers as did
the slaveholders of the Old South].
And, moreover, its not that much different from the "New
Souths" system of "share-cropping" - a system of
farming not that much removed from slavery and a system which ultimately
perpetuates a two class system of agriculture consisting of a rich aristocracy
and poor tenant farmers. Only in this case, the agricultural aristocracy
is not a rural-based one, but an aristocracy which is based in this
countrys urban areas like Chicago and New York - a distant aristocracy
which, unlike the old planter aristocracy of the South, possesses no
"feel" for the land and not even a modicum of interest in
its labor force.
Finally, as if to add insult to injury, many of the family farmers
which Cargill and the rest have forced into bankruptcy are then re-employed
by these companies to till the very land they once owned - only now
as employees at half the wages they once enjoyed. Dyer gives an example
of whats going on. He writes:
"Consider the fictional story of farmer Jones, a
family farmer trying to make ends meet by growing wheat and raising
a few head of cattle and some chickens. This is how his year went.
Jones bought his wheat, seed and his cattle and chicken feed from
Nutrena Corporation. His old tractor bit the dust last
year, so he had to go to the Bank of Ellsworth and get a loan
for a new tractor that he bought from Waycrosse, Inc. Jones
had another bit of bad luck - his irrigation system fell apart. He
called his insurance company, the Horizon Agency, but the agent
said it wasnt covered. He had no choice but to buy a new system
from Venture Sprinkler, Inc. Jones then bought his fertilizer
from Cargill, and his wheat was under way. At harvest time,
the prices were low, so Jones decided to hold his crop in storage.
He shipped his wheat by rail to the Heinhold Elevator Company.
Eventually, Jones sold half of his crop to a Panamanian company called
Tradax and the other half to a domestic milling operation owned
by the Burrus Company. The Tradax half was shipped on a barge
owned by Cargo Carriers, Inc., to a giant port elevator owned
by Producer Marketing. A few days later, it was loaded on a
ship owned by Rogers Shipping and transported to Europe.
"Meanwhile, Joness animals were ready for market. He sold
the cattle to a feedlot owned by Caprock Industries, which
later sold them to Cargills meatpacking plant. He sold
the chickens to Dean Farms. Unfortunately for farmer Jones,
the prices he received were disappointing. By the time he subtracted
out the cost of the seed, feed, chemical fertilizer, tractor, sprinkler
system, elevator storage, rail transportation, and insurance, hed
lost money and couldnt pay the bank, which, therefore, repossessed
"Jones was depressed. He couldnt figure out why the companies
wouldnt pay him enough for his products to keep him in business
"If we looked at this situation as outsiders, we would probably
reach the conclusion that farmer Jones had some bad luck and probably
was a poor businessman (exactly what the globalists would like you
to believe) ... What we probably wouldnt consider is that farmer
Jones (wasnt a poor businessman at all. Hed been cheated).
The fifteen different companies in the fifteen different industries
(including the bank) to which Jones had paid out money during the
year were all owned by one company - CARGILL. And that is
the same company that paid him such a low price for his products and
eventually repossessed his land. [And one shouldnt assume
that the prices Cargill paid to Jones were prices that had simply
been determined by "free market forces" on the worlds
commodity exchanges; such is the control of the new globalist agricultural
giants that the price that is ultimately paid to the farmer are the
result largely of "price-fixing" which the government no
longer pays much attention, even though there are numerous laws on
the book which are supposed to prevent such practices.]
"The very real companies named in the farmer Jones illustration
are just a few of the companies in Cargills vertical integration.
The company owns many more subsidiaries in still more industries,
and Cargill is not unique. The other giants (i.e., Continental, ConAgra,
Louis Drefus, Bunge, Carnac, Mitsui/Cook, and Archer Daniels Midland)
are equally integrated." 
MISERY AND HEARTACHE
The misery and heartache caused by the economic forces that Cargill
and the rest of the globalist agricultural giants have loosed on rural
America is far beyond the imaginings of most urban Americans - Americans
who have never been "connected" to "The Land"
the way most rural Americans have been, and who - when they lose their
farms - lose not only their means of livelihood, but their way of life
as well. Dyer illustrates the heartache by quoting from letters he has
been privy to over the years. One person writes:
"I am a 46 year old mother of three children. We have lost two
farms since 1980, my mother-in-laws farm as well as our own.
We were forced to sell 160 acres of land that was very special to
us. It was homesteaded by my husbands great grandfather and
for years had served as home to our cow and calf operation which we
were forced to sell just a few months before we sold the land.
"My husband became completely consumed by our circumstances
caused by the farm crisis. He left me. Our family continued to deteriorate
and our marriage ended in divorce. We had been through natural crises
before, drought, flood, crop failure, these we accepted and went on.
"But when the threat of losing everything comes to your doorstep
because of the bad economy, low commodity prices and when high interest
on your base notes has left you hopelessly in debt, your faith is
sometimes shaken. No one likes to consider that their life has been
"When you are confronted with these kinds of thoughts, along
with circumstances out of your control that destroy things you cherish,
I believe one might consider taking their own life.
"In many cases the intimidation techniques (of the banks) are
ruthless. Lending institutions call meetings on Thanksgiving or Christmas
Eve, robbing them of what little joy might have been allowed them
during the holiday season.
"So why wouldnt a farmer want to finish it? He had been
judged and sees nothing left of his lifes work. Hes empty
financially, physically and spiritually. All that is left is anger,
denial, doubt, fear, hostility and paranoia." 
So why wouldnt a farmer want to finish it? Why wouldnt
they want to commit suicide? Dyer answers,
"That is a hard question to answer for people who have lived
right, invested all they had, and believed that the American dream
would come by the sweat of their brows, only to find themselves driven
to the wall by impersonal and incomprehensible forces. Some in rural
America cannot overcome their deep sense of personal failure. They
are ending their lives at a rate that has made suicide overtake accidents
as the leading cause of death on Americas farms." 
It is against this kind of injustice that rural Americans feel themselves
arrayed - an evil and malignant process which is forcing countless numbers
of family farmers off their land, which is then being bought up by giant
agribusinesses, reconstituted in a kind of "plantation system"
based on cheap labor and "tenant farming," and run as a vertically
arranged monopoly by companies like Archer Daniels Midland, Cargill,
ConAgra, etc. - usually through a system of "subcontracting"
much in the same fashion that Nike, Liz Claiborne and others in the
shoe and clothing industries use to free themselves from direct contact
with the injustice of the "slave labor factories" they have
imposed on their workers in the Third World. 
A MILIGNANT PROCESS
This is whats causing all the unrest, not only insofar as family
farmers in this country are concerned, but peasant farmers in the Third
World as well. This is what all the fighting is about, not only in Chiapas,
Mexico, but here in this country too. It is against this unjust, plantation-type
of farming that the Zapatistas have revolted in Mexico, and rural farmers
in the United States are fighting - a plantation-type of agriculture
which forces family farmers and peasants off their land and leads to
their subsequent indenturing to a system of industrial and/or agricultural
slavery - in the case of Mexican peasants to companies like Ford, General
Electric, General Motors, etc. in the Maquilladora along the
border with the United States; and in the case of family farmers in
the United States as "subcontractors" ("share-croppers")
in the indirect employ of Archer Daniels Midland, ConAgra, Cargill,
The system which ConAgra, Archer Daniels Midland, Cargill, etc. have
imposed on rural America - and indeed, the world at large - is so malignant
and evil that normal men and women should be excused in thinking that
some kind of Satanic plot must be at the bottom of whats going
on. Its difficult to believe that people (i.e., the globalists)
could be so driven by greed and avarice that they would think nothing
of the consequences of what they are doing. But thats exactly
whats happening. As difficult as it is for ordinary people to
comprehend, when dealing with the globalists we are - for the most part
- dealing with people whose only real concern centers around their greedy,
self-absorbed life-styles and their preoccupation with piling up ever
greater amounts of material wealth and worldly treasure.
Mans lust for "things" - for wealth - is far greater
than most people are prepared to admit. To say that thats all
there is to it, is to admit how trivial and inconsequential we as human
beings really are. For a lot of people, its actually easier to
say that they are driven by some hidden, sinister Satanic goal; that
there is something more behind their apparent lust for "things;"
that some more profound mindset lies at the heart of what they are doing
than to admit that its nothing more than the desire for "possessions"
that drives them. To say that there is little to differentiate the people
that are behind ConAgra and Archer Daniels Midland from the play yard
bully who grabs all the toys for himself is to admit how small-minded
and petty we as human beings really are - and thats a horrible
thing for people who pride themselves on how clever they are. People
would rather say that its Satan thats driving them than
to admit that its really only their small-minded lust for "things"
thats motivating them.
But this is all its really about! Covetousness (i.e., the psychological
drive to accumulate wealth) has blinded them - and what a terrible blindness
it is! Jesus somberly warned us of its power and consequences when He
"Take heed and beware of covetousness: for a mans life
consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth."
And He continued by warning of the outcome it can lead to: the failure
to recognize that the grave (and ultimately judgment) awaits all of
us, even the richest of us - and then what will all that wealth mean?
These are the kind of men the Bible warns us against in the "end
of days" - "the LOVERS OF MONEY." (2 Tim.
3:2) The Bible calls them: "lovers of self," "boastful,"
"arrogant," (2 Tim. 3:2) "unloving," "irreconcilable,"
"malicious," "without self-control," "brutal,"
"haters of good," (2 Tim. 3:3); and it goes on to say that
they are: "treacherous," "conceited," "lovers
of pleasure rather than lovers of God" (2 Tim. 3:4), and it warns
that although some of them may "hold to a form of godliness ..
they have (nevertheless) denied its power." (2 Tim. 3:5)
It is against these kinds of people that ordinary rural Americans are
arrayed - and the tendency of such people to blame their plight on some
vast conspiracy is understandable - at least to an extent: while they
are wrong to blame it on some vast and imaginary intrigue that is being
manipulated by the Illuminati, there is, nonetheless a conspiracy that
is being directed against them. Only it's not being run by the Illuminati,
but by stingy, small-minded men whose only real concern is the accumulation
Nonetheless, Dyer reports that people who believe that they have lost
everything that had meaning in their lives eagerly embrace scenarios
like the Illuminati Myth that purport to explain what is happening.
Such scenarios and other antigovernment rhetoric provide an easily understandable
- a "black and white," "us vs. them" - explanation of what's happening
that seems to fit a person's particular circumstances like a glove;
and more important, it provides a place where there are others like
himself who can empathize with him and help him hang on.
The movement offers such people the hope of restoring order and justice
to the confusing world around them. It reaches them at the very roots
of their rural belief system, invoking God, patriotism, family values,
anticommunism, and a nostalgic view of what America used to be like.
It tells them that they are not to blame for their predicament. The
movement provides them with a scapegoat for their rage in the form of
the Jews, liberal government, secular-humanism, the IRS, and the international
The liberal elites - by telling such people to ignore such rhetoric
and that their only real alternative to bring about change is to use
their vote - are being very, very naive here. These people are no longer
willing to choose between one corporate-sponsored, millionaire attorney
and another when it comes to electing their representatives. They charge
that that's how they got where they are in the first place.
Dyer reports on how such people are being recruited to the growing
antigovernment movement. He cites a conversation he had with an undercover
investigator while researching his book:
"At first someone will stumble across a flyer or a pamphlet that
says something pretty innocuous like 'taxes are too high' or 'abortion
is murder', something like that. There's usually an address for more
information or maybe a date for an upcoming meeting.
"When people attend their first meeting, they usually seem pretty
skeptical about what they're hearing, stuff like Jews have taken over
the banks and government and that Americans have to prepare to go
to war against the government. But the group treats them really nice
and they (i.e., the recruits) can tell there's a lot of camaraderie
among the people. Most times they'll come back for more meetings.
It's a very social thing.
"After they've been coming for a while, you can watch 'em change.
They start buying into everything that's said, no matter how ludicrous.
They start spending all their free time with other members of the
group. All they hear is conspiracy talk, and everyone around them
believes it, so they do, too.
"After a while, a person who was just a little ticked off about taxes
is building up an arsenal in his basement. It happens all the time.
Once you join that culture, you just go deeper and deeper." (Harvest
of Rage, pg. 70)
And its just not farmers, but laid-off factory workers and others
who are succumbing to this antigovernment rhetoric. At an ever-quickening
pace, people of all backgrounds within America's growing pockets of
depression are being persuaded to join in the battle against a future
that's threatening to put an end to their preferred way of life. More
and more, the antigovernment movement - from its conspiracy theories
to its automatic weapons - is becoming the protector of nostalgia in
the decaying world of rural America and similar pockets of depression
in America's urban landscape.
The theology that is being fed into these groups is not unlike the
theology of a Pat Robertson and a James Dobson, minus, of course, the
anti-Semitic rhetoric. But the rest is pretty much the same. Most members
of the antigovernment movement would have very little trouble in subscribing
to Robertson's statement:
"Satan knows that a world government must soon be prepared for
the man whom he is preparing to receive his particular empowerment
and authority. Such a world government can come together only after
the Christian United States is out of the way. After all, the
rest of the world can federate any time it wants to, but a vital,
economically strong, Christian United States would have at its disposal
the spiritual and material force to prohibit a worldwide satanic dictator
from winning his battle. With America still free and at large,
Satans schemes will at best be only partially successful. From
these shores could come the television, radio, and printed matter
to counter an otherwise all-out world news blackout. An independent
America could point out Satans lies. If America is free,
people everywhere can hope for freedom. And if America goes down,
all hope is lost to the rest of the world."
The only difference they would have with it is that they believe that
the United States has already succumbed to the machinations of the "One-World
Government" - and that they must organize to take it back. This is what
the "tribulation" is all about: a time of intense struggle between the
forces of Satan and the forces of God for control of America. Dyer writes:
"Several of the people I've interviewed have told me that the tribulation
has already started and that God has commanded them to start carrying
out his judgements. 'We're holding courts right now in every part
of this land', said ... (one member) from California who identified
himself as Tim. 'We're finding people guilty and we're keeping records
so we can carry out the sentences'. When asked how these death sentences
would be carried out, Tim said, 'There's a part of the militia that's
getting ready to start working on that (i.e., the death sentences).
I think they're ready to go now. You'll start seeing it soon'."
This rhetoric, of course, is not that much different from the "Joel's
Army" rhetoric employed by John Wimber's (now deceased) Vineyards, the
Foursquare Churches, Latter Rain, and others:
"As we see the day approaching, there's going to be a cleansing,
there's going to be a purging ... and God's 'New Breed' will come
Dyer reports that on October 22, 1992 - largely in response to the
tragedy at Ruby Ridge - a gathering at Estes Park, Colorado took place.
The meeting became known as the Rocky Mountain Rendezvous. The assembly
was made up of the Who's Who of the Radical Right, including John and
Randy Trochmann from the Montana militia; Louis Beam; Richard Butler,
founder of the Aryan Nations; Identity pastor Pete Peters; tax protester
Red Beckman; and scores of others. Also present were mainstream fundamentalist
Christians from the Baptists to the Mennonites. Larry Pratt, founder
of Gun Owners of America, who for a short time served as Pat Buchanan's
right-hand man during his 1996 presidential campaign, was also in attendance.
The rendezvous brought together a collection of men who would normally
never sit down together. Prior to the Ruby Ridge incident, their divergent
religious beliefs would have overshadowed any common ground they might
have had. But in 1992, all that changed. They now understood that
they had a common enemy - the federal government. They knew that their
only chance to defeat this common foe was to join forces. In
some ways, this meeting may well have been the birth of the modern antigovernment
Morris Dees, of the Southern Poverty Law Center - which among other
things, operates Klanwatch, an organization that keeps tabs on right-wing
extremist groups - described the rendezvous this way:
"Plans were laid for a citizen's militia movement like none this
country has ever known. It's a movement that has already led to the
most destructive act of terrorism in our nation's history (the Oklahoma
City bombing). Unless checked, it could lead to widespread devastation
or ruin." (please see page 83, Harvest of Rage)
According to Dyer, Louis Beam summed up best what the Rendezvous meant
by "common enemy:"
"The two murders of the Weaver family (at Ruby Ridge) have shown
us all that our religious, our political, our ideological differences
mean nothing to those who wish to make us all slaves. We are viewed
by the government as the same - the enemies of the state.
"When they come for you, the federals will not ask if you are a Constitutionalist,
a Baptist, Church of Christ, Identity Covenant Believer, Klansman,
Nazi, homeschooler, Freeman New Testament believer, or fundamentalist
... Those who wear badges, black boots, and carry automatic weapons
and kick in doors already know all they need to know about you. You
are the enemies of the state." (please see page 83, Harvest of
Dyer goes on to report that what was missing from Beam's address were
the usual racial slurs that drive people like him. In fact, the hard-core
racism that usually is rampant at such meetings was nearly invisible
during the entire "rendezvous" - a development more significant than
any other aspect of the Estes Park gathering. The missing ingredient
marked the beginning of a new era, a change in strategy for the radical
right. The racism that had long been a barrier to its recruiting efforts
in rural America and elsewhere went underground. The Identity movement's
long-held concept of a white America would now be given a new, more
acceptable, moniker: "Christian America." (pg. 84, Harvest
Since 1992, Dyer reports, fundamentalist and Identity adherents in
rural America have been fighting the same enemy, using the same words
- at least in public - and professing the same goal, a new Christian
government. Since the Ruby Ridge and Waco tragedies, rendezvous participants
have formed militia units, common-law courts, and sovereign townships
from California to North Carolina. It's as if a temporary antigovernment
amnesia now binds these incompatible religions together. And the
longer they're bound together, the more their ideologies and behaviors
take on a single form: a "Christian America."
CHRISTIANS WITH GUNS -
AND THEY MEAN BUSINESS
Finally, one needs to take note of the fact that unlike their more
moderated counterparts in the suburbs - i.e., the "Christian forces"
which are being mobilized by James Dobson, Tim LaHaye, Pat Robertson,
D. James Kennedy, et. al., - these people (i.e., those who live
in rural America) are armed, and armed to the teeth; and
they're ready to go to the mat with the federal government.
William Pierce, author of the Turner Diaries, the Bible
for many in the antigovernment movement, speaking to a radio audience
estimated by most observers at over 100,000 listeners shortly after
the Oklahoma City bombing, said:
"Hello, my fellow Americans ...
"When the government engages in terrorism against its own citizens
(i.e., Waco, Ruby Ridge, etc.), it should not be surprised when some
of those citizens strike back and engage in terrorism against the
"Terrorism is nasty business ... but terrorism is a form of warfare
and, in war, most of the victims are noncombatants.
"Certainly none of us condone the killing of children. But in fact,
it is the Clinton government that has led the way in killing children
(at Waco and Ruby Ridge). The hatred one hears in (Clinton's and Reno's)
voices when they talk about Oklahoma City bombers is not because children
were killed, it's because they know the bombing was aimed at them.
"Americans haven't had a real war fought on their own sod for 130
years ... I think things are about to change. I suspect Americans
will begin engaging in terrorism on a scale the world has never known."
"Bill Heffernan, dean of rural psychology at the University
of Missouri at Columbia, shared his fears with me about the future
of America. Heffernan compared our current rural uprising to several
of the countries in South America where he's spent a fair amount of
time. He said that unless something is done to stop the decline of
rural America, there will come a time in the not-so-distant future
when it will no longer be safe for people to move about freely. Heffernan
sees a time when just driving across the country will be hazardous.
He said that if the decline continues, we could become like other
places where the gaps between rich and poor and urban and rural have
become so large that people must fly from one city to another, knowing
that if they drove through the rural areas they would be stopped by
bandits or guerilla factions composed of economically radicalized
people." (Pg. 253, Harvest of Rage)
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