THE "IN-BETWEEN" TIME:
Thinking about Divorce

[Part 2 in our series exposing the so-called
"moderates" in the Republican and Democratic Parties]

June 20, 2007
By: S.R. Shearer

"There had been … warning signs foreshadowing the coming [Nazi] storm; but in the confusion of the moment, these signs were difficult to discern."

Walter Laqueur

INTRODUCTION

There are periods when time seems to go into slow motion; when great and contradictory forces that are battling against one another seem to abate - though not completely; just enough to give people a sense that time is on their side; that the crisis they had sensed was about to explode upon them has diminished to the extent that they can now begin to relax a little.

This is what happened in Germany between September 1930 - when the Nazis won a surprising victory in the elections of that year, a victory that seemed to presage their immediate ascent to power - and January 1933 when the Nazis finally seized power once and for all; an interval of about two and a half years when, as Walter Laqueur writes,

"There seemed nothing inevitable about the advance of the Hitler catastrophe."

A STRANGE PARALLEL

In a very real way, this is also what has happened with regard to the emergence of a "CHRISTO-FASCIST" state in this country - a state that the Left has been excitedly warning people about ever since George Bush II and his Christian followers seized the presidency in 2000.

It seems now - from the perspective of some several years - that the Christian Right's triumph in 2000 and 2004 was premature; it was, to put it colorfully, "UNRIPE." It was more an expression of a "mood" of voter dissatisfaction with the direction of the country as a whole than it was an endorsement of "CHRISTO-FASCISM."

NOTE: We use the term "Christo-Fascism" because NOWHERE does the New Testament endorse the concept of a "Christian state." On the contrary, Jesus said:

"My kingdom is NOT of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight ... but now is my kingdom not from hence." (John 18:36) [Please see our article, "George Bush, the Promise Keepers and the Principles of Messianic Leadership" for a thorough discussion of the fascist belief system of those who endorse a Christian takeover in the United States.]

Getting back to what happened in Germany, Laqueur continues:

"The vote for Hitler and his party was at that stage (i.e., 1930) essentially the expression of a mood ... It was a vote which expressed the conviction that Germany was badly governed, that the established political parties and parliament were incompetent, that new men and ideas were needed to cope with the crisis."

THE GERMAN CENTER PARTIES
OF THE 1920s & EARLY 1930s

In other words, people did not vote so much FOR the Nazis in 1930 as they voted AGAINST the status quo of the so-called CENTER (or "moderate") parties that had governed Germany during the 1920s; specifically, the SPD (the Social Democrats), the German Democratic Party, and the Catholic Center Party - parties that were essentially "do-nothing" parties void of any real purpose or overarching rationale for governing. They were parties of COMPROMISE, CONCILIATION and HALF-MEASURES - much as the "moderate" wings of the Democratic and Republican Parties are today. They were parties without souls; parties without answers.

But - and this is important - THEY WERE NON-THREATENING: they menaced no one; they frightened no one. On the other hand, the Nazis were threatening and intimidating. Yes! - the Nazis offered answers, but these answers would come at a price: heads would roll if they gained control of the state, and so ordinary Germans, after being tempted in 1930, drew back again to the comfort and safety of the center parties.

BIG BUSINESS: CONTROLLING THE
COUNTRY BY CONTROLLING THE CENTER

And it wasn't just average people who withdrew to the security and so-called "moderation" of the CENTER; Big Business and the elites retreated there as well. The fact is, the kind of turmoil (and street brawling) with which the Nazis threatened Germany was not good for business. Hence, like most of Germany's population in 1930, Big Business too "re-cloistered" itself in the CENTER where it portrayed itself as a champion against the radicalism of the Right, and in doing so, pretended to keep the HORROR of the Nazis (and, for that matter, the Communists) at bay.

NOTE: The retreat of the German people back to the Center was very short-lived; soon the hemorrhaging began anew, away from the Center and back to the radical Right and the radical Left.

Most people today are surprised when they learn that German Big Business did not support the Nazis until very late "in the game." But the truth is, it was from the CENTER and - quite remarkably - it was in conjunction with "moderate" SOCIALISTS, that Big Business managed not only its own affairs during the third decade of the Twentieth Century (i.e., the 1920s), but most of Germany's affairs as well.

The very real fact of the matter was, German Big Business had successfully co-opted the leaders of Germany's center parties, most of whom, at least in name if not in practice, were "socialists." Ebert, Noske, Scheidemann, Stresemann, etc. - all these men (socialists, everyone of them) had been "bought off" and made the servants of "Big Business," just as most of today's leaders in the Democratic Party in the United States have been similarly "bought off" - betraying the party's historic roots as a "workingman's party."

NOTE: And so now we begin to understand that the Bible wasn't kidding around when it warned of the "deceitfulness of money" (Matthew 13:22 and Mark 4:19); and it wasn't stretching the truth when it said:

"They that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition." (1 Timothy 6:9)

That's certainly what happened to Ebert, Scheidemann, etc. - they fell into a temptation which drowned them in perdition and compromised their ideological credentials; so also the leaders of today's Democratic Party.

NEUTRALIZING THE POWER OF "THE PEOPLE"
BY SEIZING CONTROL OF THE POLITICAL CENTER

BIG BUSINESS IN GERMANY HAD LEARNED THAT BY CONTROLLING THE "POLITICAL CENTER" IN GERMAN POLITICS, THEY COULD NEUTRALIZE THE POWER OF THE RIGHT (THE NAZIS) AND THE LEFT (THE COMMUNISTS) - both of which threatened to limit the power of the elites over not just the German economy, but the German nation as well.

THIS, OF COURSE, IS PRECISELY WHAT BIG BUSINESS IS DOING IN THE UNITED STATES TODAY. While the United States does not possess the plethora of political parties most European parliamentary democracies do - with definable left-wing parties, center parties, and right-wing parties - in the two party system the U.S. operates, each party possesses a "moderate" wing and an "ideological" wing.

The "moderate" wing in both parties answers to the Center parties of the European parliamentary democracies, while the so-called "ideological" wing in these same parties answers to the so-called "radical" parties of the European democracies. In the case of the Democratic Party, the "ideological" wing of the party answers to the left-wing parties in Europe's parliamentary democracies; and in the case of the Republican Party, the "ideological" wing there answers to the right-wing parties in these same democracies - so that in the end, there is not much difference in the way democracy functions in both the United States and Europe.

REPUBLOCRATS

It's in this connection that it would not be "out of line" to say that the "moderate" wings of each respective party often have more in common with each other than they do with their more ideologically-oriented wings - HENCE THE NAME MANY POLITICAL PUNDITS HAVE GIVEN THOSE WHO OCCUPY THE CENTER OF AMERICA'S TWO POLITICAL PARTIES: "REPUBLOCRATS."

That's what Arlen Specter is; that's what John McCain, both Bush I and even Bush II, both Clintons (Bill and Hillary), Richardson, Rudi Guillani, Barrack Obama, etc. are - they're all "REPUBLOCRATS" - and in the end, they are all beholden to the elites just as their counterparts were in Germany seventy years ago. They are all "water carriers" for the rich, their protestations to the contrary notwithstanding.

ROOM FOR MANEUVER

Now it's important to note that within this scheme of things, there is some room for the elites to move Right of center or Left of center under the exigencies of the moment. This is what the elites did in the United States during the 1980s when they moved right of center under Reagan and Bush I, in the 1990s when they moved left of center under Clinton, and again in the first decade of the current century when they moved right of center again with Bush II.

And this is precisely what Big Business did in Germany when the political climate in the mid-1920s suggested an emphasis on "nationalism" (and, hence, a move to the center-right) in response to Germany's inability to meet her onerous obligations insofar as the Treaty of Versailles was concerned, and a move toward "socialism" (and, hence, a move to the center-left) in response to the hyper-inflation of the very early-1920s.

IN GERMANY, THIS RUSE
WORKED FOR ONLY SO LONG
...

The great weakness in this scheme of things, however, is that this contrivance is a viable stratagem against what the elites see as the "hair-brained" excesses of the political Right and the political Left" only so long as "the money flows and the good times roll," or - at the very least - when there is a modicum of economic security, and the danger of war seems relatively remote. Such was the case in Germany in most of the 1920s.

Unfortunately for Germany, those "good times" came to an end with the onset of the GREAT DEPRESSION of the 1930s.

UNDER THE PRESSURE OF THIS CRISIS, THE GERMAN CENTER PARTIES BEGAN TO COLLAPSE AS PEOPLE REALIZED THAT THE "MODERATES" HAD NOTHING TO OFFER AS A MEANINGFUL SOLUTION TO THE CRISIS THEY WERE CONFRONTING. Laqueur explains:

"The growth of the Nazis on the one hand and the advance of the Communists on the other were directly connected with the economic crisis which had started in Wall Street ... and then quickly spread to Europe. While the financial collapse affected all European countries, it had particularly grave consequences in Germany, which was suffering from an endemic agricultural crisis and, in view of the shocks of the early 1920s, was psychologically ill-prepared for further setbacks ..."

CHANGING THE POLITICAL EQUATION

The economic crisis provoked by the Great Depression was the catalyst that began shifting once and for all the German electorate away from the Center (and the so-called "moderates") to the Nazis and the Communists.

AS GERMANY'S POLITICAL EQUATION CONTINUED TO SHIFT AWAY FROM THE CENTER, THE COMMUNISTS AND THE NAZIS AT LAST CAME FACE TO FACE WITH EACH OTHER WITH NO ONE IN THE MIDDLE TO "MODERATE" THEIR DIFFERENCES. AS A RESULT, THERE COULD NO LONGER BE ANY COMPROMISE, ANY "TRADE-OFFS," ANY "GIVE AND TAKE."

In the fight between these two implacable foes, there could be no quarter asked, and no quarter given. It was to be a fight to the death; their HATRED for one another could tolerate nothing else. Laqueur writes:

"In Germany ... the Right was firmly convinced that the Left was anti-patriotic and thus NOT PART OF THE GERMAN PEOPLE, while the Left claimed that the Right was STUPID and BARBARIC."

Laqueur elaborates further:

"The German Right regarded the left-wing intelligentsia as a noxious element; the ... liberal intellectuals were more dangerous than gangsters, for ordinary criminals were merely engaged in offences against property, and occasionally violence against persons, whereas the left-wing intellectuals were helping to bring about the SPIRITUAL murder of an entire nation."

ONE SHOULD TAKE CAREFUL NOTE OF WHAT LAQUEUR IS SAYING HERE: IN A VERY REAL WAY HE IS DESCRIBING THE SAME DYNAMIC THAT EXISTS IN THE UNITED STATES BETWEEN WHAT PUNDITS LIKE SEAN HANNITY, BILL O'OREILLY AND RUSS LIMBAUGH CALL "SECULAR-PROGRESSIVES" AND THE CHRISTIAN RIGHT.

BETWIXT & BETWEEN

The heated clash between Left and Right in Germany was reflected in the fact that four different governments and several elections came and went between 1930 and 1933, and with each new election and each new government the ground underneath the "moderates" (Germany's Center parties) eroded that much more.

Surprisingly, however, after the Nazi win in the election of 1930 it was the Left that seemed to be gaining ground rather than the Right - that is, when one combined the tallies for the Communists and their pseudo-allies, the Social Democrats. This is precisely what seems to be occurring now in America's "In-Between Time."

THE CRAZIES TAKE OVER IN GERMANY

But there were forces at work underneath the German political landscape that belied what was happening on the surface; specifically, the economic elites - in viewing what was occurring, and realizing that they would have to choose between the radical Left (i.e., the Communists) and the radical Right (i.e., the Nazis) - finally chose the Nazis behind which they would throw their political support and THEIR MONEY.

Of course, the choice here was really no choice at all: it was, after all, a choice between "junior status" with the Nazis or annihilation with the Communists. To Germany's ultra-rich - Thyssen, Schacht, Krupp, Bosch, Siemens, Wormann, Vogler, I.G. Farben, etc. - it was better to be a "junior partner" in Hitler's Third Reich than a corpse in an unmarked grave in a Communist "People's Republic."

AND MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT, CONTRARY TO WHAT MANY TODAY BELIEVE, THAT'S WHAT THE ULTRA-RICH WERE IN HITLER'S THIRD REICH - "JUNIOR PARTNERS." THE WORM HAD TURNED, and while the rich profited greatly in the Third Reich, one needs to be clear here: THE CRAZIES HAD TAKEN OVER.

THE WORM IS TURNING IN THE UNITED STATES

Today, the United States is facing a similar crisis to the one Germany faced in the early 1930s; in the United States it's not so much an economic crisis as it is a CRISIS OF EMPIRE - a crisis brought on by the increasing burden of holding together the American New World Order System, and - ipso facto - the pitiless and ruthless capitalist system upon which the American Empire rests.

So severe has this crisis become - especially in the Middle East - that it is provoking an implosion of the so-called "moderate" wings of America's two political parties and the concomitant emergence of their more "ideologically-oriented" wings; specifically -

  1. In the Democratic Party, the LEFT is calling for a "WITHDRAWAL FROM EMPIRE" - something that would bring complete economic RUIN to the elites.

    In addition, the Left is advocating social and cultural changes that would once and for all SECULARIZE the country and turn the United States into a true multi-ethnic state that most white Americans would little recognize nor support.

And -

  1. In the Republican Party, the RIGHT is calling for - if not the "withdrawal from empire" that the ideological Left is clamoring for - then trade and immigration policies that would severely impinge on the economic elites' ability to regulate the American New World Order System.

    Not only that, they are demanding social and cultural reforms that - if they were carried forward with any vigor - could well turn the United States into a full-fledged "CHRISTO-FASCIST" state with a "culture of religion" not dissimilar to the one that prevailed in Spain during the Spanish Inquisition.

DEMOCRATS: VEERING TO THE LEFT

The speed at which the left-wing of the Democratic Party is forcing that party to veer Left in OPEN OPPOSITION TO THE CENTRIST POLICIES ADVOCATED BY THE DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP COUNCIL (DLC) AND THE PARTY'S "MODERATE WING" is unprecedented, and is leading to the splintering of the nascent business alliance that Bill Clinton had so carefully crafted for his party in the 1990s.

Commenting on what's been going on, Noam Levy writes:

"Emboldened by President Bush's [failed war policies] ... congressional Democrats are shedding their wariness about tackling the war and EMBRACING POSITIONS ONCE PRIMARILY HELD BY THE PARTY'S MOST LIBERAL FRINGE. Centrist Democrats are lining up beside longtime antiwar liberals, promising to do everything in their power to stop the [war in Iraq]. 'Ours is now the mainstream position', said Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-Petaluma), who two years ago saw her resolution calling for the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq crushed on the House floor ...

"The Democrats' rapid embrace of what were once minority positions [parallels what happened during the Vietnam War] ...

"When the Democrats returned to [power] on Capitol Hill [earlier this year], House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) and other senior party leaders had planned to focus on a purely domestic agenda. They cautiously avoided talk of cutting funding or other measures to compel Bush to change course in Iraq.

"But [shortly after] Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.), in a speech laced with references to the mistakes of Vietnam, announced his intention to introduce a bill that would require the president to seek congressional approval for any troop increase in Iraq, [the centrist policies initially embraced by the democratic leadership collapsed in a rush to the Left]."

Now that rush has turned into a stampede led by such radical-left organizations as "MoveOn.Org." They're sporting T-shirts saying, "I never thought I'd miss Nixon" and "Iraq is Arabic for Vietnam," and they're being joined by a plethora of other left-wing organizations carrying social and cultural baggage that is anathema to the political Right, such as -

  • Abortion on Demand.

  • Homosexuals in the military.

  • Militant Feminism.

  • Gay marriage.

  • The TOTAL secularization of the state.

  • Open borders with Mexico.

  • RADICAL affirmative action.

  • "Alternative" life-styles taught in the schools.

  • Ad nauseum, ad infinitum.

To make matters even worse, a growing number of Democrats - not all of them radical left-wingers - have joined with Democratic Representative Dennis Kucinich of Ohio in urging the impeachment of Vice President Dick Cheney and ultimately of George Bush - a position that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid himself is not that far from embracing.

THE SUNDERING OF THE RELIGIOUS
RIGHT / BUSINESS RIGHT COALITION

Naturally enough, the same political pathology that is at work in the Democratic Party is at work in the Republican Party. It's a process that is forcing the "moderates" and the "ideologues" to contemplate a break with one another. Peggy Noonan, a well-known Republican Party consultant and a columnist for the Wall Street Journal, commenting on the growing tension between the Business Right (i.e., the "moderates") and the Religious Right (i.e., the "ideologues") in the Republican Party, writes:

"Bush the younger ... presented himself [in 2000] as a [Religious Right] conservative; he garnered all the frustrated hopes of his party, turned them into victory. Not nine months later he was handed a historical trauma that rallied his country around him, lifting him to unprecedented popularity, and bonding his party to him. He was disciplined and often daring. BUT NOW HE HAS SUNDERED THE PARTY THAT RALLIED TO HIM, AND BROKE HIS COALITION INTO PIECES."

And there's more: the pressure exerted on the Business Right / Religious Right Coalition as a result of Bush's seeming failure in Iraq has exposed the latent hostility (and even disdain) the Business Right (the so-called "moderate" wing of the party) has for the Religious Right (the so-called "ideological" wing of the party). They seem unable to contain their disdain any longer, and THIS POSES ILL FOR THE SO-CALLED "MODERATES" IN THE NOT TOO DISTANT FUTURE."

THE BUSINESS RIGHT: STRANGELY LIBERATED

Strangely enough, the "moderates" seem blind to the danger they're creating for themselves here - just as the Centrists in Germany remained ignorant of what was happening to them in 1930-'33, a period when the very ground under the Center parties was giving away; but a time which, on the surface at least, did not seem to foreshadow a "Hitler catastrophe," as Laqueur put it.

And that's exactly the kind of stupidity that has overtaken the Business Right in the United States today - a stupidity born of arrogance. Indeed, according to Noonan, the splintering of the Business Right/Religious Right Coalition has left the Business Right feeling strangely "liberated." Noonan explains:

"Desperate straits have left them [i.e., the Business elites] liberated, and they are acting out their disdain [against their erstwhile partners in the Religious Right]. Leading Democrats often think their base is slightly mad [crazy] but at least their heart is in the right place. The [Business Right] and the White House THINK THEIR BASE [i.e., THE MEMBERS OF THE RELIGIOUS RIGHT] ARE JUST PLAIN STUPID."

That's quite an indictment. She drives her point home by saying:

"What ... 'On-The-Ground-Republicans' [i.e., members of the Religious Right] must understand at this point is that they are not breaking with the ... [Business Right] and the White House, [the Business Right and the White House are breaking with them] ... What President Bush is doing, and has been doing for some time, is sundering a great political coalition [in the interest of his real masters in the Business Right] ..."

THERE WILL BE HELL TO PAY

Noonan says that the -

"White House [thinks that it] doesn't need its traditional supporters anymore, BECAUSE ITS PROBLEMS ARE WAY BEYOND BEING SOLVED BY THE BASE [i.e., by its allies in the Religious Right]."

They think that by moving back to the Center, they can increase their chances to win in 2008. Noonan says, however, that the White House and the Business Right are making a big mistake here: THERE IS NO MORE CENTER TO WHICH THE BUSINESS RIGHT CAN RETREAT, and in despising their erstwhile "redneck" and "trailer-park-trash" allies in the Religious Right, the elites have infuriated them against themselves.

Should the Right eventually prevail over the Left in the upcoming war between the two, THERE WILL BE HELL TO PAY, and the Business Right may find itself in exactly the same position that Germany's business community found itself in with the Nazis after January 1933: as "JUNIOR PARTNERS."

THE IMMIGRATION BILL: THE RELIGIOUS RIGHT
REFUSES TO PLAY BALL WITH THE BUSINESS RIGHT

Noonan is aghast at how blind the elites are to the way the ground is shifting underneath them - and she says that this blindness is especially apparent in the way they are pushing the current immigration bill. The tension that has developed between the White House and its Business Right allies (on the one hand), and the Republican Party base made up of the Religious Right (on the other hand) is fairly palpable.

Bush and his followers in the Business Right are pushing an immigration bill designed around the needs of Big Business for CHEAP LABOR that most members of the Religious Right view as abhorrent.

To members of the Religious Right, the immigration bill that Bush and his Business Right partners are pushing will doom the America they love and treasure forever - the America celebrated in such TV serials as "Mayberry" and "Leave It to Beaver;" the America of John Wayne and Gary Cooper; the America memorialized by the "Alamo Myth" where Davie Crocket, Jim Bowie, and Col. Travis tried to stave off the "half-civilized" hoards of Mexicans under "Generalissimo Antonio Lopez de Santa Ana; the America where Sam Houston and his army of "gringo" Texans routed the "Generalissimo" at San Jacinto with the words "Remember the Alamo."

NOTE: To "get" the proper disdain here, the word "Generalissimo" must roll off the tongue with just the right amount of sneering contempt; and the names, "Antonio" and "Lopez" must be emphasized with just the right amount of scorn.

A WORLD THAT IS SECRETLY HAUNTED

It's a world that is secretly haunted by the thought of being inundated by brown-skinned hoards coming up from Mexico with vengeance in their eyes and slaughter in their breath for the way they have been treated over the years by white-skinned "gringos." Of course, Bush's evangelical base would never admit any of this - i.e., that they "buy into" the racism inherent in this kind of thinking. But the racism is there, kept hidden by the force of the new "political correctness" that dominates the culture today - just barely. And it's not just Christian-evangelicals. The very real fact of the matter is, many more people in the United States than those who constitute the "base" of the Republican Party agree with Jean Raspail, who said in Camp of the Saints,

"There is a third-world invasion of the West taking place. We are under attack. And we can either make a stand against the third-world hordes, or we can watch the West crumble."

Basil Harrington, speaking for more people than either the elites in the Republican Party or the Democratic Party would care to admit, writes:

"We must address the problem now. WE NEED DEPORTATIONS, attrition and employer sanctions. We need all immigration (legal and illegal) to end ...

"But many seem not to care. Many politicians and corporations are supporting this invasion. Why? Either for cheap votes or to drive down American wages."

Harrington continues:

"Failure to address this invasion not only is a dereliction of duty, but it is a form of treason. And many of the presidential candidates are guilty of treason: Rudolph Giuliani, John McCain, Sam Brownback, Tommy Thompson, Mike Huckabe ... every last one of them."

THE BUSINESS ELITES JUST DON'T "GET IT"

Very obviously, the Business Right of the Republican Party just doesn't get it; in pushing the new immigration bill - A BILL THAT WILL NO DOUBT CHANGE THE COUNTRY CULTURALLY AND SOCIALLY FOREVER - the Business Right (i.e., the so-called "moderates" of the Republican Party) is trampling on everything the Religious Right (i.e., the "ideologues" of the Republican Party) holds dear. In jeopardizing the America of John Wayne and "Leave It to Beaver," the Religious Right cannot help but conclude that the elites are putting at risk the concept of America as God's great "REDEEMER NATION" - FOR CERTAINLY SUCH A "REDEEMER NATION" COULD NOT EMERGE FROM THE INDIAN CULTURES OF CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA, or so the Religious Right thinks.

Moreover - as if push the point to where it "kills" - the elites, in pressing their new immigration bill, have dared to call into question the PATRIOTISM of their base. Now think about the seriousness of that: it's tantamount to labeling those who signed the Declaration of Independence "Tories." Patriotism is what defines those who constitute the base of the Republican Party. Noonan elaborates:

"The president has taken to suggesting that opponents of his immigration bill [specifically, his erstwhile allies on the Religious Right] are UNPATRIOTIC--they 'don't want to do what's right for America'. His ally Sen. Lindsey Graham has said, 'We're gonna tell the BIGOTS to shut up'. Former Bush speechwriter Michael Gerson said those who oppose [Bush's immigration] bill are "anti-immigrant" and suggested they suffer from 'rage' and 'national chauvinism'."

Again, that's heavy: calling members of his base in the Religious Right "unpatriotic," suggesting that they are "bigots," and telling them to "shut up."

All this has left many in the so-called base of the Republican Party (i.e., the members of the Religious Right) feeling, as Noonan puts it, like -

"... sufferers of battered wife syndrome ..."

ADDING INSULT TO INJURY:
UNACCEPTABLE CANDIDATES

All this has led to a burning rage among the "ideologues" (i.e., the base) of the Republican Party against the elites, and that rage has not been diminished by the cavalier way in which the elites (again, the so-called "moderates") have put forward candidates for the 2008 presidential election with little or no regard as to whether they are acceptable to the base. And the fact is, NOT ONE OF THE SO-CALLED "FIRST-TIER" CANDIDATES PROMOTED BY THE "WISEMEN" OF THE PARTY EMBRACES THE SOCIAL AND CULTURAL ISSUES THAT THE RELIGIOUS RIGHT VIEWS AS IMPORTANT.

The elites believe, however, that after the choice has been made, the Religious Right will do what it has always done: Salute and fall into line.

BUT THIS HIGH-HANDED, ELITIST ATTITUDE IS PRECISELY WHAT THE BASE OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY FINDS SO DISTASTEFUL, and there are very powerful members of the Religious Right who are moving to wreck the candidacies of those the Business Right have anointed.

FRED THOMPSON, MITT ROMNEY, JOHN McCAIN

For example, James Dobson has already moved against the candidacy of Fred Thompson before Thompson has even announced his candidacy. Dobson says of Thompson:

"Everyone knows he's conservative and has come out strongly for the things that the pro-family movement stands for. [But] I DON'T THINK HE'S A CHRISTIAN; at least that's my impression."

Dobson went on to say that such an impression would make it difficult for Thompson to connect with the Republican Party's conservative Christian base and win the GOP nomination.

In a follow-up phone conversation, Focus on the Family spokesman Gary Schneeberger stood by Dobson's claim. He said that, while Dobson didn't believe Thompson to be a member of a non-Christian faith, Dobson nevertheless -

"... HAS NEVER KNOWN THOMPSON TO BE A COMMITTED CHRISTIAN - someone who talks openly about his faith."

That's probably a "killer" for Thompson insofar as any support from the Republican base is concerned - although you would never know it to hear the political pundits gush all over Thompson's candidacy and who promote "jerry-rigged" polls to suggest that Thompson is popular with the base. However, these are pundits who for the most part have no real idea of the clout Dobson carries in the Religious Right.

But Richard Land, President of the Southern Baptist Convention, knows. He describes Dobson as -

''The most respected and influential person in evangelical Christendom."

Ralph Neas, president of the liberal group People for the American Way and no "lover" of Dobson, agrees with Land. He says:

''There is no question that James Dobson is the most powerful and most influential voice on the religious right."

And it's not just Thompson with whom Dobson has taken issue: take Mitt Romney. Dobson has declared Romney's recent conversion to a pro-life position on abortion and his stance against gay marriage as "suspect." And as for his Mormonism, Dobson says:

"I think that might be an impediment for him ... CONSERVATIVE CHRISTIANS WILL NOT VOTE FOR HIM BECAUSE OF HIS MORMAN FAITH."

And that's true! So much for Romney.

And then there's John McCain. Dobson dismisses McCain's candidacy with utter contempt; he says:

"I WILL NOT VOTE FOR McCAIN UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES."

THE BUSINESS RIGHT MAY HAVE CROSSED
THE LINE WITH THEIR ERSTWHILE ALLIES

Still, these are the candidates that the elites (i.e., the so-called "moderates") in the Republican Party are promoting - and they are doing so knowing full well that they are infuriating their base.

Noonan is right when she says that the Republican base has every right to feel like a "battered wife." The elites have gone from saying to their base -

"Too bad' [insofar as your opposition to Bush's immigration policies] to YOU'RE BAD."

YOU'RE BAD? - that's what the elites think of their base in the Republican Party? This is exactly what husbands who batter their wives tell them before "beating the shit out of them" all the more. Noonan asks incredulously,

"Why would they speak so insultingly ... [about their supposed partners in the Religious Right] and with such hostility?"

And the parallel doesn't stop there: Like all husbands who batter their wives, the elites think that they can get away with it because their spouses (i.e., the members of the Republican base) don’t have the gumption to leave them.

BUT THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT THE BASE MAY BE THINKING OF DOING! The fact is, in calling them "unpatriotic," the elites may have CROSSED THE LINE insofar as the Religious Right is concerned.

DIVORCE AS THE RELIGIOUS RIGHT'S ONLY ANSWER
TO THE "WIFE BEATING" THEY'VE BEEN SUFFERING

DIVORCE may now be the Religious Right's only answer to the Business Right.

What use is the Business Right to the Religious Right under such circumstances? – the Religious Right might just as well get rid of Business Right and "GO IT ALONE." That's what Dobson is thinking, especially as he considers the candidacy of the elite's "favorite son," former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Dobson says of Giuliani:

"Is Rudy Giuliani presidential timber? I think not. Can we really trust a chief executive who waffles and feigns support for policies that run contrary to his alleged beliefs? Of greater concern is how he would function in office. Will we learn after it is too late just what the former mayor really thinks? What we know about him already is troubling enough."

Dobson says that Giuliani's support for abortion rights and civil unions for homosexuals, as well as the former mayor's two divorces, are -

"A deal-breaker for me."

He goes on to say:

"I cannot AND I WILL NOT VOTE for Rudy Giuliani in 2008. IT IS AN IRREVOCABLE DECISION."

Then, coming close to mouthing what he is probably really feeling about the Republican Party, Dobson said:

"If given a Hobson's choice between Giuliani and Senators Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama, I will either cast my ballot for an also-ran -- OR IF WORSE COMES TO WORSE, I WILL NOT VOTE IN THE UPCOMING PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION. My conscience and my moral convictions will allow me to do nothing else."

STARTING ANEW

Dobson continues ominously:

"GOP Christians and conservatives will abandon ... [the GOP] if they continue to ignore the most important issues."

And it's not just Dobson that thinks this is a very real possibility. Donald Wildmon, another heavy weight in the Religious Right, says:

"Values Voters are not going to carry the water for the Republican Party if it ignores their deeply held convictions and beliefs."

Now one must stop and understand something: what Dobson, Wildmon, et. al. are saying here is PREGNANT with meaning; they're saying that they are coming very close to abandoning the GOP and starting their own party.

Basil Harrington writes:

"The Democratic Party, was in the 19th century the conservative party while the GOP was the left-wing party ... Now the GOP is going the same ... route: mass immigration to drive down American wages, and suicidal free trade pacts, etc. We cannot stand for this nonsense! If Tom Tancredo or Duncan Hunter do not get the GOP nomination ... [we should start our own party]. The GOP is doomed anyway and, hopefully, out of the ashes a true conservative party will arise ..."

A GRASS-ROOTS DONORS' REBELLION

As if to add emphasis to all this, Ralph Z. Hallow of the Washington Times reports that the Republican National Committee has been hit by a grass-roots donors' rebellion over President Bush's immigration policy - a rebellion that has caused an estimated 40 percent falloff in small-donor contributions. All this has led to the firing of 60 members of the RNC's solicitation staff ... Several of the solicitors fired at that time blamed the falloff of donor contributions directly on Bush's proposed immigration bill. One fired staff member said,

"Every donor in 50 states we reached has been angry, especially in the last month and a half, and for 99 percent of them immigration is the No. 1 issue."

She continued:

"We have not heard anyone in our donor calls who supported the president on immigration. We write these comments up from each call, and give them to a supervisor who passes them on to the finance director or the national chairman."

She refused to identify herself because the severance pay the RNC had agreed to pay her was contingent on her not criticizing the national committee.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) and the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) both report having trouble raising money from the small donors who are - after everything is said and done - the backbone of ... the Republican Party.

WHAT DOES ALL THIS PORTEND

The question that might fairly be asked now is, What would happen if the Religious Right decides to sit the 2008 election out? What would happen if Dobson suggests to "his people" to stay home on election day? - and make no mistake about it, DOBSON IS NOT THE KIND OF PERSON TO ISSUE IDLE THREATS. One should take him at his word -

  • When he says that he will not vote for any of the current frontrunners that the elites have put forward as Republican Party candidates.

  • When he says,

    "I cannot AND I WILL NOT VOTE for Rudy Giuliani [or, for that matter, Mitt Romney, or Fred Thompson, or John McCain, etc.] in 2008. IT IS AN IRREVOCABLE DECISION."

  • When he goes on to say,

    "If given a Hobson's choice between Giuliani and Senators Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama, I will either cast my ballot for an also-ran -- OR, IF WORSE COMES TO WORSE, I WILL NOT VOTE IN THE UPCOMING PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION. My conscience and my moral convictions will allow me to do nothing else."

  • And finally when he says,

    "GOP Christians and conservatives will abandon ... [the GOP] if they continue to ignore the most important issues."

  • Or when Donald Wildmon says:

    "Values Voters are not going to carry the water for the Republican Party if it ignores their deeply held convictions and beliefs."

THESE ARE NOT IDLE THREATS;
DOBSON IS NOT FALWELL

Again, these are not idle threats, and the Republican Party elites are making a big mistake when they believe that after one of their candidates is chosen as the party's nominee, Dobson and his followers will fall into line. That's what Jerry Falwell might have done, but that's not what Dobson will do. The elites' clutches were much more deeply embedded in Falwell than they are in Dobson. Dobson has never taken money from the elites the way Falwell did; they have no real claim on him.

Moreover, the elites are wrong, very wrong, in thinking that the Religious Right will be mollified by Bush and his cohorts if they try to ingratiate themselves with the base by throwing them some "values legislation" as scraps they can chew on after pushing unrestricted immigration and a whole host of other elitist legislation. No! - Bush and his cohorts have shown their colors: they are "elitists" first, and "Christians" second.

As things stand now, all it would take from Dobson is a "wink and a nod" to his followers for them to sit out the election of 2008; the base of the Republican Party is that INFURIATED with both Bush and the Business Right – and so much so that BUSH IS BEGINNING TO BE VIEWED BY DOBSON AND HIS FOLLOWERS AS A TRAITOR.

LET THE COUNTRY GET A TASTE
OF THE RADICAL DEMOCRATS

No! - the Republican base has had enough of Bush; and they've had enough of the Republican Party. A pox on Bush; a pox on the Republicans; a pox on the Business Right and a pox on those "middling" Americans who refuse to see what homosexuals in the military, militant feminism, unrestricted immigration, etc. will do to the country - or so the Religious Right firmly believes.

Let all these people get a taste of what a withdrawal from the Middle East might mean insofar as the threat from Islamic fundamentalism is concerned; let them all get a taste of gays dancing with other gays at West Point and Annapolis; let them get a taste of having to deal with the necessity of knowing Spanish in order to get a job as a clerk in a government bureaucracy or as a worker on a construction site; let them get a taste of the Mexican flag supplanting the Stars and Stripes not only in Los Angeles and El Paso, but in "Small Town," USA in North Dakota, Iowa, and North Carolina.

LET THE BUSINESS RIGHT GET A
TASTE OF THE RADICAL DEMOCRATS

And it's not just the fact that the country per se should get a taste of what all this might mean: The Business Right as well should get a taste of what a Democratic win in 2008 will mean; they should ask themselves the question, What will happen to the American New World Order System if the Democrats win? Do the elites really think that "their people" in the Democratic Leadership Conference (the DLC) can control the party? They can hardly control the party now in the face of the "MoveOn.Org" onslaught against them.

What will the elites do if populists such as Dennis Kucinich begin promoting their economic agenda - an agenda aimed straight at their wallets? What will they do if the "radicals" get control of the foreign policy agenda in the Senate and the House and begin forcing a "WITHDRAWAL FROM EMPIRE?" - and in this connection it should be noted that the "radicals" already control the "chairs" of the appropriate House and Senate foreign relations committees.

A CLOSER LOOK AT THE CHRISTIAN
RIGHT'S PROPOSED POLICE STATE

We have said that there are periods when time seems to go into slow motion; and that's precisely what seems to be occurring today insofar as a "CHRISTO-FASCIST" takeover of the country is concerned. The shock of 9/11 has receded into the background, and the failure of Bush's timid war policies in the Middle East has cooled people of their "war fever" - a "war fever" that swept through the country in the wake of 9/11 and what appeared at the time to be an easy victory in Iraq.

And it's not just that: The people have gotten a closer look at the POLICE-STATE the Christian Right would like to see imposed on the country, and they have recoiled from it - just as ordinary Germans recoiled at the brutality the Nazis began employing in the country after their election victory in the fall of 1930.

Indeed, all this has produced a backlash against the Christian Right, just as it produced a similar backlash against the Nazis seventy years ago.

HOWEVER, THERE ARE FORCES AT WORK ...

There are, however, forces at work underneath the surface that - just as they did in Germany seven decades ago - augur for a "RESURGENCE" of the Right – and this should be a cause for concern for everyone who is tempted to relax.

  • FIRST, as we have shown, the Center to which the Business Right thinks it can retreat after de-coupling itself from the Religious Right no longer exists - either in the Democratic Party or in the Republican Party.

    PLAINLY, THE "CRAZIES" HAVE TAKEN OVER, and while it might take some time for the business elites to grasp this fact, they certainly will grasp it after the Democrats win in the upcoming election. This will make the elites rethink their "centrist" or “moderate” positions.

  • SECOND, a Democratic victory in the 2008 election will mean that the Left will be faced with a disaster in the Middle East; a disaster THEY CANNOT AVOID, and a disaster for which they will be blamed (Americans have very short memories in matters like this).

    And what's particularly unfortunate for the Democrats here is that they have no real plan to deal with this disaster. If they delay in pulling the troops out, they will be blamed for the causalities that will surely continue to multiply; and if they pull out precipitously, can there be any doubt that the Islamic fundamentalists they have been battling will take this as a sign of weakness, and will follow the Americans home, there to wreak havoc on the "homeland?" - AND THAT'S ALL IT WOULD TAKE TO DESTROY THE DEMOCRATS ONCE AND FOR ALL: ANOTHER 9/11 EVENT. [It could even provoke a military takeover of the country.]

  • THIRD, the time is now long past when military half-measures can secure the U.S. as the world's great HEGEMON and the guarantor of the American New World Order System. The United States must either "fish or cut bait" here; it must either begin employing the FULL weight of its military power - including its nuclear power - or begin the process of dismantling its empire once and for all - something that would destroy forever the economic power of the elites, at least the American elites.

    It’s IDIOTIC, however, to think that the American elites will choose to WITHDRAW FROM EMPIRE: No elite has ever done so willingly in the past, and it’s just plain STUPID to think that the U.S. elites will do so now. It’s, therefore, not unreasonable to assume that - just as the German business elites did seventy years ago, the American business elites, after coming to their senses, will embrace the Religious Right again, EVEN IF IT MEANS THAT THEY MUST DO SO AS "JUNIOR PARTNERS" IN SUCH AN ALLIANCE. This could not but portend very serious consequences insofar as the nation is concerned - for it would augur for the emergence of an UNRESTRAINED Hitler figure from the milieu of the Religious Right.

    Moreover, in choosing the Right, they (i.e., the elites) would be choosing the only ones who could properly prosecute the upcoming "wars of empire." And why is that? - because the kind of BRUTALITY and CRUELTY that will have to be employed in these wars can only be employed by RELIGIOUS FANATICS who possess the psychological wherewithal to believe they are carrying out their SAVAGERY in the name of God; the kind of people who can say with Cubie Ward of Paralife Ministries:

    "Killing for the joy of it is wrong, but killing because it is necessary to fight against an anti-Christ system ... is not only right, but the duty of every Christian."

    OR who - as the Contra forces did in Honduras and Nicaragua - sing hymns, speak in tongues, and "praise God" while they killed and tortured their adversaries.

    OR when the pastors who worked with the Contras defended what their "parishioners" were up to by insisting that -

    "They don't massacre people ... They massacre demons, and these people are demon possessed: they're Communists ..."

  • FINALLY, and very obviously, there are the social and cultural issues that a resurgent Left will push in the country should they take the presidency and increase their margins in both the House and the Senate - something that will surely occur if Dobson and the Christian Right withhold their support from the Republican ticket in 2008. All this, however, cannot help but boomerang on the Left because the real fact of the matter is, the American people do NOT support abortion on demand, nor do they support the total secularization of the country, nor gays in the military, nor homosexual marriage, nor unrestricted immigration, etc. - despite the "jerry-rigged" polls the Left uses to promote their positions on these issues. PUSHING THESE CULTURAL AND SOCIAL ISSUES IS EXACTLY WHAT TURNED THE GREAT MAJORITY OF THE GERMAN PEOPLE AGAINST THE LEFT IN 1933.

These undercurrents, once they have taken their full measure on the American public, cannot help but produce a BACKLASH against the Left that will sweep the Christian Right into power again - much as the Nazis were swept into power in 1933, and this time it will not be the result of some kind of ethereal "mood" that produces this result, but a firm KNOWING (as it were) by the American people of what they are getting themselves into.

PAY ATTENTION TO ME HERE ...

Now I cannot say that this is exactly what will happen. BUT SOMETHING LIKE THIS IS BOUND TO OCCUR IN THE NOT TOO DISTANT FUTURE. There can be no doubt about it. That's what the Prophetic Scriptures declare; in this respect, you must understand something here! -

  • IF you agree with us that the United States is that great "BEAST NATION" of Daniel 7:7 that the Bible says will arise in the "end of days;" a nation that will be "... DREADFUL" and "TERRIBLE," and "STRONG EXCEEDINGLY" with "great iron teeth;" one that will "DEVOUR" and "BRAKE IN PIECES" the rest of the nations of the world (Daniel 7:7),

And,

  • IF you agree that this great entity will be a CHRISTO-POLITICAL state, the kind the Bible talks about in Revelation 17; an amalgam of religious and political power that Dwight Pentecost says will "fill the whole world,"

And,

  • IF you conclude that what's happening now in the Middle East is the necessary prelude to the Gog / Magog War -

Then -

The only question that remains to be answered is how we get from here to there, and how fast this transition will take place.

FINALLY ...

For this and many other reasons, you should take no comfort that we may indeed be caught up in an "IN-BETWEEN TIME" politically; a time when it is tempting to believe, as the German people did with regard to Hitler, that the imposition of a "CHRISTO-FASCIST" state has been put off for the foreseeable future. The facts on the ground in the Middle East augur against that kind of thinking. And more than that, this is the kind of thinking against which Christ spoke in Matthew 24:42-51:

"WATCH therefore: FOR YE KNOW NOT WHAT HOUR YOUR LORD DOTH COME.

"But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.

"Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.

"Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?

"Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.

"Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods.

"But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming;

"And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken;

"The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of,

"And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth." (Matthew 24:42-51)

BROTHERS AND SISTERS, I URGE YOU ...

Brothers and sisters, I urge you with all of my heart to "BE ABOUT YOUR LORD'S BUSINESS" in these last days - "for you know not when your Lord will come."

And what exactly is the Lord's business today? – It is THE PROCLAMATION OF THE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM! [Please see our article, "The Good News Of The Coming Kingdom."]

Christ is coming again, and this time He will set up a GLORIOUS kingdom grounded in social justice for ALL mankind, a world of equity where, as we have suggested previously, men are not divided up between the "owners of capital" on the one hand and "labor" on the other hand, and where men and women are not divided up on the basis of their race or even their gender (Gal. 3:28); where the rich do not oppress the poor; where every man has equal access to God; where privileges cannot be bought by the wealthy; where there are no death squads, no poverty, no torture, no hunger, no disease, and no room for oppressors of any kind. [Please see our article, "Capitalism and Christianity."] THE POOR OF THE WORLD NEED TO HEAR THIS; THEY NEED TO UNDERSTAND THAT THE GOSPEL BEING PROCLAIMED BY TODAY'S AMERICAN CHURCH IS A RICH, WHITE MAN'S GOSPEL HAVING NOTHING TO DO WITH CHRIST.

NOTE: Come on now! Very obviously, the coming kingdom cannot help but be at TOTAL variance with the world we now live in and with the American New World Order System that now prevails on the earth - especially the kind of world we described in our recent article, "The Horror of John Dimitri Negroponte and everything He Represents." [Please see that article plus our article, "Algeria: A Study of the Dreadful, Two-Tiered Economic System the U.S. Is Promoting Among Its Muslim Client-States."]

Think about that! - a world based on social justice where the rich do not oppress the poor? A world where there are no John Dimitri Negropontes, no Liamine Zerouals and no Augusto Pinochets? This, of course, is something much more than the "good news" of salvation, because while the "good news" of salvation promises redemption to the INDIVIDUAL, it does not promise to "make over" the world per se, and this is evidenced by the fact that from Pentecost until now there has been NO social justice and NO equity between and among men; tyranny and oppression have continued to flourish; and sickness, poverty and hunger have continued to wreak their horrible work on mankind.

YOU NEED TO MAKE THE PROCLAMATION OF THIS GOSPEL YOUR BUSINESS TODAY, so that on THAT day, you will hear the Lord say:

"Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord." (Matthew 25:21)

A "place of joy" where the Bible says:

"Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him." (I Cor. 2:9)

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God bless you all,

S.R. Shearer
Antipas Ministries

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Unfortunately, however, the giving to the ministry has almost dried up - as if our financial need had been connected to Canada, and now that we are no longer there, we don't need outside help. If you are laboring under this false assumption, then I urge you to disassociate yourself from it. The needs of the ministry are very great, and the present-day giving to the ministry has diminished to the vanishing point even though our readers have greatly increased.

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"IF WE HAVE SOWN UNTO YOU SPIRITUAL THINGS, IS IT A GREAT THING IF WE SH ALL REAP YOUR CARNAL (MATERIAL) THINGS?" (1 Cor. 9:11)

 

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