THE LEFT IS IN DANGER OF
CREATING A MONSTER
[LESSONS FROM THE STONEWALL RIOTS]
By: S.R. Shearer
November 9, 2008
"We never, until war, thought of ourselves
as Christians. We were Yugoslavs and multiculturalists.
But when we began to be persecuted because we were Christian,
things changed. The definition of who we are today
has been determined by those who persecuted us."
- Thoughts of a school teacher
in the former Yugoslavia
"Then He [i.e., Christ] continued by saying
to them, Nation [ethnos - i.e., ethnic group:
for example, blacks, Hispanics, whites, etc.] will rise
against nation [ethnos], and kingdom [country]
against kingdom [country] ..."
- Luke 21:10)
There is much talk from the Obama camp and the liberal media
that the U.S. has entered into a "New Age;" that the divisions
of the past have been permanently "done away with;" and that
gays, feminists, blacks, Hispanics, Muslims and on and on ad
infinitum can find "warmth" and "inclusion" in a new America.
It is said that the old Euro-centric, "Christian" culture of
the past - which, according to many of Obama's followers, did
so much to divide the nation - is in the process of being swept
away, and that a new multiculturalism is replacing it. That's
what the political and cultural emissaries of Obama's new society
At most, however, they are speaking for only 52.3 percent of
the populace - and that's a very slim majority of the population
from which to make such prognostications; indeed, it's a far
cry from the 61.1 percent of the popular vote that Lyndon Johnson,
the last "great Democratic liberal," got in 1964. It even falls
short of the 53.4 percent of the popular vote that George Bush
I got in 1988.
In this connection, it should be noted that Clinton and Carter
- the last two Democratic presidents - governed from the Center,
not the Liberal Left, as Obama, despite his protestations
to the contrary, is expected to do.
What should be even more troubling insofar as liberals are
concerned is that Obama lost the white vote by a whopping 12
percent - and that in an environment for Republicans that should
have swept Democrats into power with a mandate that surpassed
the one given to Johnson in 1964, especially considering the
fact that President Bush's popularity with the voters was one
of the worst on record; that the country was involved in two
unpopular wars; and that a financial meltdown had turned the
people sharply against the GOP (the Republican Party).
One should bear in mind here that the "white vote" still accounts
for close to 75 percent of the American electorate, and that
many who "style" themselves as Latino for the sake of convenience
could - given a violent right-wing swing - just as easily
pass themselves off as white, bringing the so-called "white"
portion of the population to 80 percent. It should be remembered
in this connection that most so-called "Hispanics" - especially
those who had been "assimilated" or were the products of "mixed
marriages" - were counted as "white" thirty years ago.
THIS DOES NOT AUGUR
WELL FOR OBAMA
It is easy to see, given these realities, that this does not
augur well for Obama, and that will be especially true once
his administration begins to run into trouble, as all new presidential
administrations eventually do; all this plus the fact that Obama
will be subjected to an immediate assault by the conservative
pundits of "Talk-Radio" and Fox News - entities that did so
much to sink the Clinton administration a decade ago. [Please
see our last "main article," "The
Crash of Today's Real Estate and Stock Markets and What It Will
Inevitable Mean Politically" to get an idea insofar
as the direction the country is headed politically and economically;
also, please see the following articles for an understanding
of the vicious, frenzied nature of the Right's attack against
Clinton during the 1990s: "The
Olson Salon: A Case Study of the Machinations of the Religious
Right," "The Right Wing
Panics," "The Rutherford
Institute and R.J. Rushdoony" and "Richard
Mellon Scaife: the Evil that Money Can Do."]
The fact is, Obama won by squeezing out just about every minority
vote possible in the country, and cobbling these minorities
together with a relatively small white "yuppie elite" vote and
the votes of some blue-collar whites who have been ravaged by
the economic downturn and who, as a result, had gotten over
Obama's reference to them as "Bible-totters," "gun-lovers" and
immigrant-haters." Given these truths, it's very doubtful that
Obama can squeeze many more votes out of his black and Latino
constituencies (there are not that many more votes to be gotten
here), AND IT IS EXTREMELY DOUBTFUL THAT HE CAN WIN OVER
MORE WHITE VOTERS - especially in view of the fact that
almost 75 percent of the white voters who did not vote for Obama
are Religious Right conservatives who are not prepared to make
any cultural and social concessions to the left-wing constituencies
that form the backbone of Obama's support.
THE INTRACTABILITY OF THE DIVIDE THAT SEPARATES
THE FOLLOWERS OF OBAMA FROM THE RELIGIOUS RIGHT
It is here - it is precisely here - that one must come to grips
with the intractability of the divide that separates white,
Religious Right conservatives from Obama's followers: Most Americans
are used to thinking that almost any issue can be worked out
if people will only sit down and talk; unfortunately, that is
not always the case, and that is particularly true with regard
to the cultural issues that separate Obama's followers from
the Religious Right. Even a liberal like Ronald Dworkin believes
that with regard to issues such as abortion and homosexuality,
there may be no middle ground - and Americans are only kidding
themselves in thinking that there is one. [Please see our article,
"The Creation of an Enemy Absolute
- Beginning First with the Gay and Lesbian Community."]
Alan Wolfe, professor of sociology and political science at
Boston University concurs, he writes,
"... [A]bortion [and homosexuality] are matters
of ‘high' politics, involving fundamental questions about the
definition of public and private, liberty and authority, and
the meaning and purpose of life ... At this principled elevation,
abortion [and homosexuality] present a tragic conflict, like
the Civil War [and the question of slavery]. Each side to the
debate understands itself, and is understood by its antagonists,
as standing for a worldview that cannot be compromised."
Wolfe says that under these circumstances, our national discussions
on questions of morality, religion and culture have become a
"language game that has the form of meaningful communication,
but is in fact merely another form of aggression"
against those with whom we disagree.
"The problem begins with intellectuals, who
routinely violate fundamental democratic principles in the way
they balance the competing interests at stake. Both a liberal
such as Laurence Tribe of the Harvard Law School and a conservative
such as R.C. Sproul, an evangelical theologian, are incapable
of recognizing the legitimacy of their opponent's position ...
Tribe is explicitly anti-democratic. To him, the whole purpose
of a constitution and a Supreme Court is to act as a check on
popular positions. Sproul, by contrast, sees government as having
no other purpose than to embody God's will - not exactly a formula
for pluralism or religious liberty."
James Davison Hunter, one of the few American writers who is
trying to understand the culture wars rather than fight them,
agrees with both Dworkin and Wolfe; he believes that new fault
lines have emerged in U.S. society which inevitably have set
citizen against citizen over questions of identity, sexuality,
and private behavior - questions which do not lend themselves
easily to discussion and compromise.
THE RELIGIOUS RIGHT: BIDING
THEIR TIME FOR A COMEBACK
In this regard, Hunter believes that a fundamental change has
occurred within the larger conservative religious community
in America; they are no longer the fractured community they
once were - a fact that had enabled liberals to run roughshod
over them for so many years; they have united. Protestants have
joined forces with other Protestants, and Protestants with Catholics,
and Catholics with Mormons in an effort to confront the forces
of "secularism," "globalism," and "modernism"
which they believe threaten to inundate and render irrelevant
their larger Christian community. Under such circumstances,
their own "inter-family differences" have been set
aside in order to confront what is perceived to be a larger
threat: The destruction of their community by forces which they
see as inimical to their continued existence as a meaningful
and viable community.
Hunter apparently agrees with Dr. Samuel Huntington, Eaton
Professor of the Science of Government and Director of the John
M. Olin Institute for Strategic Studies at Harvard University.
Huntington says that -
"... [W]orld politics are entering a new phase
... [in which] the great divisions among humankind and the dominating
source of conflict will be cultural ... The clash of civilizations
will dominate global politics ..." [Please see our article,
"Civilization Conflict: Wars and
Rumors of Wars."]
It is in this ominous context that the questions of abortion,
homosexuality, family, single motherhood, feminism, etc. must
be viewed. Seen from this perspective, there can be no middle
ground. Each side is pushing for total victory.
For now, the Secular Left has gained the ascendancy; but not
by much given the fact that so much was working against the
Right - specifically, the economy, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan,
etc. And while - for now - the Religious Right has retreated
back into a state of sullen shock, they are only biding their
time until they gain another chance to "cleanse" America of
LIBERALS ARE MAKING A HUGE MISTAKE
IT IS IN CONNECTION WITH THIS REALITY THAT WE MUST LOOK
BEHIND THE "CALM" THAT SEEMS TO BE PREVAILING AFTER THE ELECTION,
AND EXAMINE WHAT IS HAPPENING JUST BELOW THE SURFACE IN "WHITE
AMERICA." LIBERALS ARE MAKING A HUGE MISTAKE IN THINKING
THAT THE SILENT SHOCK INTO WHICH THE RIGHT HAS RETREATED IS
ANYTHING ELSE BUT A SULLEN, TRUCULENT RAGE. Moreover, when
the gay and lesbian community believes it can rob "Traditional
America" of its one small victory in the election of 2008 -
i.e., "Proposition 8:" overturning the California Supreme Court's
ruling that gays and lesbians can marry - and when they begin
to "lay siege" to the Mormon Temple in Los Angeles, they are
massively compounding their error. [Please see the following
videos and pictures:
(There is a short advertisement in front of
this video - but it is very good)
NOTE: The Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints [the Mormons] is part
of a coalition of conservative groups backing Proposition
8, which overturned the California Supreme Court decision
that legalized same-sex marriage in the nation's most populous
state by amending the state constitution to limit marriage
to a man and a woman. Mormons were active participants in
the campaign both as volunteers and financial contributors,
giving an estimated 43 percent - some $8.4 million - to
the Proposition 8 campaign, according to the Web site mormonsfor8.com.
There are about 770,000 Mormon church members in California,
but Mormons from outside the state were encouraged to give
money and time to help pass the measure. During a taped
satellite broadcast preceding the election, church leaders
asked for 30 members from each California congregation to
donate four hours a week to the campaign. They also called
on young married couples and single Mormons to use the Internet,
text messaging, blogging and other forms of computer technology
to help pass the initiative, saying the church had created
a new Web site - PreservingMarriage.org - with materials
they could download and post on their own social networking
Church elder L. Whitney Clayton, who had been working as
a liaison between the LDS leaders and the Proposition 8
campaign, said before the event that it was meant to energize
Mormons for the weeks remaining before Election Day.
"It's a political campaign, and time is short and there's
a lot to do."
Along with recruiting Mormons to work in California, church
members from outside the state were asked to call friends
and family at home in California to encourage support for
the measure, according to Clayton.
Officially, the Mormon church was politically neutral and
did not endorse individual candidates or political parties.
The church does, however, weigh in on issues it considers
morally important. The church holds traditional marriage
as a sacred institution ordained by God and has actively
fought efforts to legalize same-sex marriage across the
United States since the 1990s. Its involvement in the California
same-sex marriage debate this year began with a letter from
church President Thomas S. Monson asking California Mormons
to give their time and money to pass Proposition 8. Monson's
letter was read repeatedly in Mormon churches, and opponents
of the initiative credited LDS members with giving the Yes
on 8 camp its edge in donations and volunteers.
And it's not just the Mormon Church that the gay and lesbian
community is attacking, but the Catholic Church as well - something
that gays and lesbians may deeply regret: Over the years, people
who have thought that the Catholic Church was nothing more than
a paper tiger and who attacked it thinking that the church would
wither against their "onslaught" have found that they rather
than the Catholic Church were the ones who were found bleeding
and dying once the fight was over.
WE NEVER THOUGHT OF OURSELVES
BEFORE AS WHITE CHRISTIANS
These attacks are bound to drive Mormons, Christian Evangelicals,
and Catholics into an even tighter alliance than the one that
has developed so far, AN ALLIANCE CAPABLE OF DEVELOPING A
MASSIVE VORTEX THAT WILL SUCK INTO IT GREATER AND GREATER NUMBERS
OF WHITE AMERICANS THAT AT ONE TIME WERE NOT DISPOSED TO THINK
OF THEMSELVES ALONG RACIAL AND / OR RELIGIOUS LINES, making
the words of a Christian school teacher in the former Yugoslavia
come alive in America just as they came alive in the former
"We never, until war, thought of ourselves as Christians.
We were Yugoslavs and multiculturalists. But when we began
to be persecuted because we were Christian, things changed.
The definition of who we are today has been determined by
those who persecuted us."
one must remember here that it's not just the gay and lesbian
community that has now been emboldened to attack the institutions
of "White America," but the black community waving the banner
of "Black Reparations," the Latinos waving the banner of
"Free and Open Immigration," the radical feminists renewing
their call for a "Equal Rights Amendment" to the U.S. Constitution,
the liberal media demanding the end of "Talk-Radio" and
on and on ad infinitum.
OKLAHOMA CITY AS A
PRECURSOR OF THINGS TO COME
It's in this connection that we turn to examine something that
occurred back in 1995 during the presidency of Bill Clinton;
specifically, the attack on the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building
in Oklahoma City in April of 1995; we do so because there
are growing numbers of scholars today who argue that the Oklahoma
City bombing by white terrorists in 1995 is much more prescient
insofar as what is happening in the United States now than the
attack on the Twin Towers in New York by Islamic fundamentalists
six years later.
Commenting on the attack in Oklahoma City, Michael Kazin, a
professor of history at Georgetown University, wrote an article
in 2002, entitled "White Rage" in which he delved into the cultural
and racist frenzy that had motivated Timothy McVeigh to bomb
the Murrah Federal Building - a tragedy that killed 168 innocent
people. Kazin wrote:
"In the winter of 1992, a recently discharged white GI [i.e.,
Timothy McVeigh] wrote to his hometown paper in Lockport,
New York. With some anguish, he listed a familiar catalog
of injustices: ‘Criminals have no fear of punishment'; ‘Taxes
are a joke ... More taxes are always the answer to government
mismanagement'; ‘Politicians are out of control. Their yearly
salaries are more than an average person will see in a lifetime';
‘The American Dream of the middle class has all but disappeared,
substituted with people struggling just to buy next week's
"The young man had an acute sense of class grievance ...
He mused, ‘Should only the rich be allowed to live long? Does
that say that because a person is poor, he is a lesser human
being and doesn't deserve to live as long because he doesn't
wear a tie to work'?"
NOTE: One should
stop and hear what McVeigh is saying here; he's expressing
sentiments with which most average whites would agree today.
"Such views might have led the ex-GI into the Perot campaign
[of 1992] or perhaps into the labor movement to which his
father, a veteran autoworker, once belonged. But Timothy McVeigh,
we know, was attracted to a wilder sphere of the discontented.
In the army, he had devoured survivalist magazines like Soldier
of Fortune and seemed to enjoy harassing the black soldiers
in his platoon; he often called them ‘nigger' and, when promoted
to sergeant, relegated them to the most menial of duties.
McVeigh's journey into the heart of the violent, bigoted right
had clearly begun before he wrote that letter to the editor."
Over the years, most people have been tempted to write McVeigh
and Nichols off as "nuts" and "crazies," but Kazin warns against
this; he writes:
"If one writes them off as "extremists" with no
resonance outside a small circle of paranoid comrades, how
do we understand McVeigh's letter, WHICH ECHOES SENTIMENTS
HELD BY MANY IF NOT MOST [WHITE] AMERICANS?"
WILLIAM PIERCE: OUR ENEMIES
CAN'T IMAGINE WHY WE HATE THEM
My heavens! And this coming from a professor at Georgetown
University: That most white Americans harbor feelings similar
to those harbored by McVeigh? Kazin goes on to say:
"Four decades ago, some of America's premier liberal intellectuals
provided part of an answer [to the rage that was driving many
white Americans] when they sought to make sense of the far
right of their day. David Riesman, Seymour Martin Lipset,
Richard Hofstadter, and others contributed to a provocative
anthology, The Radical Right, edited by Daniel Bell.
[In this regard, we URGE you to see our article, "The
Jews, the Minorities, and the Multicultural Imperative."]
"Each essayist agreed that ... [people like McVeigh] made
up a new American right of middle-class whites engorged with
‘populist' rage - people who ... were lashing out ... against
... [what they saw] as ‘an immense conspiracy' against [European,
Christian-oriented culture] by multiculturalists, feminists,
and out-of-closet homosexuals. Listen to William Pierce, author
of the tract-as-novel The Turner Diaries, a favorite
read on the violent right, ‘[Our enemies] can't imagine
why anyone would want to go back to the bad, old days when
this was a White country, and men were men, and women were
women, and the freaks stayed in the closet, and everyone worked
for his living'."
McVEIGH REPRESENTS A BROAD AND
PERSISTENT STREAM IN U.S. HISTORY
Kazin believes that liberals such as Kenneth S. Stern of the
American Jewish Committee and Morris Dees, the co-founder of
the ultra-liberal Southern Poverty Law Center, are making a
big mistake in writing people like McVeigh off as merely "extremists"
who are, as Dees puts it, "... deranged individuals who can
be isolated from the body politic;" people who are, as Dees
"... racist commandos who lynch Jews and blow up FBI headquarters;
rabid talk show jockeys like G. Gordon Liddy who warn against
‘brutal thugs' who dare to enforce gun-control laws; militia
members who drill in camouflage uniforms and search the skies
for black helicopters ..."
Kazin cites Professor Catherine McNicol Stock who teaches at
Connecticut College; Stock, unlike Stern and Dees, connects
McVeigh and Nichols to -
"... a BROAD and very PERSISTENT current in
the U.S. past."
THE RE-EMERGENCE OF
THE CIVILIAN MILITIAS
Obviously then, not all Americans agree with Stern and Dees
- not even all liberals. Take, for example, the very liberal
Anti-Defamation League (ADL) which, in the light of the Obama
candidacy, recently issued a report warning that militia groups
all around the country are attempting to -
"... retool, restructure and reorganize."
Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, says:
"The militias are testing the waters now ... to see
whether they can begin operating again just below the radar
of law enforcement and the media."
NOTE #1: The
Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's
leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs
and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.
Commenting on the popularity of the civilian militia movement
to which Foxman makes reference, Paul G. Buchanan, who studies
comparative strategic thought and was formerly an analyst and
consultant for several U.S. security agencies, writes:
"The rise and popularity of this ‘militia movement' [i.e.,
the civilian militias that were extant in the 1990s] was directly
linked to the right wing rhetoric aimed directly at Bill Clinton,
claiming that he was planning to bring socialism to the US;
and he would force the abomination of ‘gay rights' down everyone's
throats, including gays in the army and equal status of gay
marriage. The attacks on President Clinton were outrageous
and at the same time seemingly accepted. When a Congressman
from North Carolina said that Clinton should not come to his
district because he most likely wouldn't make it out alive,
no action was taken and the incident was merely accepted as
a ‘statement of fact'."
"The right was predicting that with Bill Clinton the end
of America as we knew it was coming, and it was the right
and obligation of all people to arm themselves and form into
military self defense groups "or local militias (as stated
in the second amendment). These groups popped up all over
the place, and were gaining a lot of press and seemingly support,
and Clinton seemed to prove them right when one of his first
acts was to try to allow gays to participate in the military
and his much hated (by the right) wife, Hillary ran the process
that would "socialize" medicine in the US."
Buchanan goes on:
"Wrapped in the guise of the ‘love of country and the constitutions'
the country collapsed into a radical right wing frenzy that
ultimately led to the attack on the US federal government
facility in Oklahoma City."
Buchanan says that the elevation of Obama to the presidency
cannot help but re-ignite the civilian militia movement - THIS
TIME IN A MUCH MORE VIRULENT FORM because "... if Clinton
scared the heck out of the Right Wing, one can only imagine
what Obama will do."
NEW TRENDS IN THE CIVILIAN MILITIAS
The ADL's report identifies several trends among civilian militia
groups currently active throughout the country:
Keeping a low profile: Militias have increasingly
begun to connect with each other and seek recruits using
lower-profile arenas of online discussion forums and mailing
lists over Web sites.
Fear of the government: After a period of
decline in the late 1990s as some members dropped out in
the wake of numerous militia-related arrests, and others
left the movement out of dissatisfaction when their predictions
of chaos at the turn of the millennium failed to materialize,
militias are being re-energized - again, especially in light
of an Obama presidency.
The perception that "Time is Running Out":
Militia members are unifying around the idea that the country
is headed toward a confrontation between its citizens and
a black-dominated, multicultural government, which, in the
words of one member, "is stripping us of our rights
daily, and we all know what is coming and what we must do."
Paramilitary training: There appears to
be greater emphasis on paramilitary training in the "new"
militia groups than in many of the groups that emerged in
the 1990s. And some of the groups that have survived the
longest - such as the Michigan Militia and the Kentucky
State Militia - are those who place an emphasis on paramilitary
training. Training with firearms and camouflage fatigues
is not uncommon among "hardcore" militia units.
Coordination: While much more reluctant
than their 1990s counterparts to engage in high-profile
public activities that might bring law enforcement or media
scrutiny, some militia activists have attempted to coordinate
activities with other groups, including training sessions
and the formation of umbrella or coordinating groups. Some
groups have cooperated with other extremist groups, including
the anti-immigration Ranch Rescue of Arizona.
String of arrests and convictions: There
has been a little-noticed but constant level of militia-related
arrests, with members jailed for shootings, illegal weapons
possession and conspiracy charges.
And make no mistake about it, the renewed growth of the civilian
militias is huge; indeed, one report suggests that as many as
600 new hate (militia) groups have organized in the Midwest
alone - and all this doesn't count the recruiting that's been
going on among young white inmates in the nation's jails and
prisons. [We urge you to see our articles, "The
Civilian Militias and the Mythology of the Religious Right"
and "A Growing Rage in America's
THE EMERGENCE OF WHITE
PROFESSIONAL (MERCENARY) ARMIES
All this is to say nothing about the emergence of armed MERCENARY
groups during the presidency of George Bush II - mercenary groups
that are today tightly allied to the U.S. military establishment.
Jeremy Scahill reports that there are now hundreds of such
groups, among which are Blackwater, DynCorp, Triple Canopy,
Erinys, ArmorGroup, etc., etc. - AND EACH AND EVERY ONE OF
THESE GROUPS HAVE A FAR-RIGHT POLITICAL AGENDA VERY SIMILAR
TO THE POLITICAL AGENDAS OF AMERICA'S CIVILIAN MILITIAS.
The very real fact of the matter is, during the past eight
years of the Republican monopoly on government, mercenary armies
with political and cultural agendas very much like the political
and cultural agendas of the civilian militias have proliferated
- and so much so that during the confirmation hearings for Gen.
George Casey as Army chief of staff, Senator Jim Webb declared
that the country had developed "... a rent-an-army ... with
quasi-military gunfighting tasks" that are the equal of
the U.S. Army itself; and that this army amounts to more than
THE IDEOLOGICAL BENT OF
THESE NEW MERCENARY ARMIES
And there should be no doubt as to the political agenda of
these "rental armies;" take, for example, the political ideology
of BLACKWATER CORPORATION - a group headed up by Eric
Prince and Dick DeVos, both of whom are tightly
connected to the Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation.
A report by the Center for Public Integrity describes the Richard
and Helen DeVos Foundation, incorporated in 1970,
as one of the top ten conservative foundations in the United
States as measured by total assets; it is the oldest and wealthiest
of the DeVos family foundations. Richard DeVos, the foundation's
head, is co-founder of Amway Corporation and owner of the Orlando
Magic basketball team; he has served as the finance chairman
of the Republican National Committee. He ranks in the Forbes
400 and is, according to Forbes, among the world's
richest people, with an estimated worth of $1.7 billion in 2003.
DeVos attended the Christian Calvin College, a college associated
with Dominionist Theology; he has been connected to numerous
other Christian and conservative organizations, such as the
Council for National Policy (CNP), the Chairman's Council
of the Conservative Caucus, the Free Congress Foundation, the
Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy and the Rutherford
Institute. [Again, please see our articles on these organizations,
"The Olson Salon: A Case Study
of the Machinations of the Religious Right," "John
Ashcroft, Theodore Olson and the New National Security State,"
"The Right Wing Panics,"
"The Rutherford Institute and R.J.
Rushdoony" and "Richard
Mellon Scaife: the Evil that Money Can Do."]
is a militant post-millennial eschatology ("doctrine
of end times") that pictures the seizure of earthly
(temporal) power by the church as the only means through
which the world can be rescued; only after the world has
been thus "rescued" can Christ return to "rule
and reign." Some dominionists see the seizure of the
earth as the result of "signs, wonders, and miracles;"
others picture it as the result of military and political
conquest; most see it as a combination of both. [Please
see our article, "Dominionism:
The Theology of Today's Antigovernment Movement."]
THE POLITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS OF THE
RICHARD AND HELEN DEVOS FOUNDATION
The contributions of the Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation
have helped to promulgate Christian, conservative ideals. The
foundation provides numerous grants to Christian organizations
that work to influence public policy and public opinion, such
as Focus on the Family, the Foundation for Traditional Values,
and the Traditional Values Coalition. [Please see our articles,
"We Are All Being Played for Suckers"
and "Strange Bedfellows: the Religious
Right and the Secular Right."]
In addition, the Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation also contributes
to the Council for National Policy (CNP), where Richard
DeVos has served on the executive committee and board of governors,
and which has been described as "very dangerous and dangerously
secretive" - at least in the eyes of liberals. It was founded
in part by the Rev. Tim LaHaye and it strives to combat what
it sees as liberal control over the country. ABC News reported
that "... it provided a forum for religiously engaged
conservative Christians to influence the geography of American
political power." The council supports a strong national
defense, Christian values, conservative morals and limited government.
[Please see our articles, "The
Council on National Policy," "Bad
Alliances in Defense of Christian Culture: A Good Idea?"
and finally, "The Cedars: The House
on 24th Street."]
It is in its the connection with the CNP that one can
begin to understand the ideology that undergirds the Richard
and Helen DeVos Foundation and, ipso facto, the ideology
that supports BLACKWATER: it's an ideology that cannot
- despite the assertions of the "Conspiratorial Right" - be
found in the theology of old-line evangelical Christianity,
but in the gloom and shadows which spin and whirl around belief
in the Illuminist Conspiracy and in the reactionary fascist,
racist and anti-Semitic circles of the Political Right. [Please
see our articles, "Pat Robertson,
Illuminism and the New World Order" and "The
Origins of the Illuminist Myth."]
NONE DARE CALL IT TREASON
The connection the Right makes between Illuminism and the Left
was fueled by the linkage of many CNP members to the John Birch
Society, specifically to a book the Society promoted in 1972,
None Dare Call it Treason by John A. Stormer. The significance
of this book lay in the fact that it presented a secularized
and somewhat sanitized version of the Illuminist Conspiracy
that could be accepted more readily by people who were not disposed
to accept as real a conspiracy which reached back into the obscurity
of the Dark Ages and encompassed Freemasonry, the Templars,
the Teutonic Knights, the Hospitalers (the Knights of St. John),
etc.; and one which was so openly anti-Semitic and could so
easily be linked to the insanity of Hitler and Nazi Germany.
Nonetheless, Stormer's sanitized conspiracy contained all the
elements dear to the heart of Illuminist enthusiasts: belief
in a worldwide conspiracy (the "Communist Conspiracy")
that aimed at the destruction of Western Civilization (particularly
the United States), Christianity, and the "free enterprise
system." Moreover, once people "bought into"
Stormer's theses, it was but a short step from Stormer's sanitized
None Dare Call it Treason to Robertson's "real McCoy,"
The New World Order and Illuminism.
Alan Crawford writes:
"The Birch influence on the political goals of the CNP
is significant. Indeed, it's probably not too much to say
that the links that the Society has managed to establish with
New Right groups in recent years has contributed mightily
to a resurgence not only of the Birch Society, but their ideas
as well. The JBS [i.e., John Birch Society] was with the CNP
from the beginning. Nelson Bunker Hunt, mentioned earlier
as a prime mover in CNP's founding, was on the Birch
Society's national council. By 1984, John Birch Society Chairman
A. Clifford Barker and Executive Council Member William Cies
were CNP members. Other JBS leaders also joined the
Council. Five board members of Western Goals, essentially
a JBS intelligence-gathering operation ... joined the CNP
as well." [Please see our short article, "Nelson
Bunker Hunt and the Death Squads."]
PUSHING THE RIGHT INTO
A CORNER AND ENRAGING IT
Early on we spoke of the danger of the Left - taking advantage
of their win with Obama and calling it a "mandate for radical
social change" (when it is in fact no such thing) - pushing
the Right into a corner and enraging it to such an extent that
it will emerge as a BRUTAL MONSTER capable of devouring
its tormentors in a fit of towering anger - an anger that cannot
be contained by the restraints of "political correctness" or
even the law.
This is what happened when the Right pushed too hard against
the gay and lesbian community in the late 1960s and early 1970s
- provoking the development of an extremely radical faction
of this community that was willing to take action "in the streets"
against their tormentors. THIS IS WHERE THE DANGER OF THE
NEW MILITIA MOVEMENT (AND ITS COROLLARY IN THE NOW EXTANT MERCENARY
GROUPS LIKE BLACKWATER) PRESENTS ITSELF: THESE ARE EXACTLY THE
GROUPS THAT ARE WILLING TO "TAKE ACTION IN THE STREETS" AGAINST
THEIR TORMENTORS - and hang the legal consequences!
LESSONS FROM THE STONEWALL RIOTS
Much of the success of the present gay and lesbian movement
resulted from the militancy that developed out of a riot at
the Stonewall Inn in New York's Greenwich Village in 1969. The
Stonewall Inn was one of New York's first gay bars. It had no
liquor license and no running water behind the bar; used glasses
were run through tubs of water and immediately reused. There
were no fire exits, and the toilets overran consistently. It
was the only bar for gay men in New York City where dancing
NOTE: The bar
was owned by "straights" who on the one hand condemned the
"immorality" of the gay and lesbian community, but who on
the other hand were more than willing to take money from
them, even if it meant "promoting their lifestyles."
Police raids on Stonewall were frequent, and the time period
immediately before June 28, 1969 was marked by frequent police
raids. At 1:20 in the morning on Saturday, June 28, 1969, four
plainclothes policemen in dark suits (members of the "vice squad"),
two patrol officers in uniform, and two detectives arrived at
the Stonewall Inn's double doors and announced "Police!
We're taking the place!" Once inside, they called for backup
from the Sixth Precinct using the bar's pay telephone. The music
was turned off and the main lights were turned on. Approximately
200 people were in the bar that night. Patrons who had never
experienced a police raid before were confused, but a few who
realized what was happening began to run for doors and windows
in the bathrooms. Police barred the doors, and confusion spread.
Michael Fader, a gay journalist, remembered,
"Things happened so fast you kind of got caught not
knowing. All of a sudden there were police there and we were
told to all get in lines and to have our identification ready
to be led out of the bar."
When the first patrol wagon arrived, the crowd-most of whom
were gay-had grown to at least ten times the number of people
who were arrested, and they all became very quiet. Confusion
over radio communication delayed the arrival of a second wagon.
A bystander shouted, "Gay power!" Someone began singing
"We Shall Overcome," and the crowd reacted with "growing
and hostility." An officer shoved a transvestite, who responded
by hitting him on the head with her purse as the crowd began
to boo. Author Edmund White, who had been passing by, recalled,
"Everyone's restless, angry and high-spirited. No one
has a slogan, no one even has an attitude, but something's
The commotion attracted more people who learned what was happening.
Someone in the crowd declared that the bar had been raided because
"they didn't pay off the cops" (which was true), to
which someone else yelled "Let's pay them off!" Coins
sailed through the air towards the police as the crowd shouted
"Pigs!" and "Faggot cops!"
Beer cans were thrown as a rumor spread through the crowd that
patrons still inside the bar were being beaten. A scuffle broke
out when a woman in handcuffs was escorted from the door of
the bar to the waiting police wagon. Bystanders recalled that
the woman sparked the crowd to fight when she looked at bystanders
and shouted, "Why don't you guys do something?"
After an officer picked her up and heaved her into the back
of the wagon, the crowd became a mob and went "berserk."
"It was at that moment that the scene became explosive."
Multiple accounts of the riot assert that there was no pre-existing
organization or apparent cause for the demonstration; what ensued
was spontaneous. Gay journalist Michael Fader explained:
"We all had a collective feeling like we'd had enough of
this kind of shit. It wasn't anything tangible anybody said
to anyone else, it was just kind of like everything over the
years had come to a head on that one particular night in that
one particular place, and it was not an organized demonstration
... Everyone in the crowd felt that we were never going to
go back. It was like the last straw. It was time to reclaim
something that had always been taken from us ... All kinds
of people, all different reasons, but mostly it was total
outrage, anger, sorrow, everything combined, and everything
just kind of ran its course. It was like standing your ground
for the first time and in a really strong way, and that's
what caught the police by surprise. There was something in
the air ... and we're going to fight for it."
WE'D HAD ENOUGH
"[W]e'd had enough of this kind of shit" - that's what Fader
said; "It was the last straw;" "There was something in the air
... and we're going to fight for it." BUT IN SAYING THIS,
FADER AND OTHERS LIKE HIM ARE FORGETTING THAT WHAT WAS TRUE
FOR THE GAY AND LESBIAN COMMUNITY BACK IN 1969 IS TRUE TODAY
AS THE LEFT PUSHES FOR SOCIAL AND CULTURAL CHANGES THAT ARE
ANATHEMA TO THE RELIGIOUS RIGHT.
This push by the Left against the Right is, as we indicated
earlier, bound to drive Mormons, Christian Evangelicals, and
Catholics into an even tighter alliance than the one that has
developed so far, AN ALLIANCE CAPABLE OF DEVELOPING A MASSIVE
VORTEX THAT WILL SUCK INTO IT GREATER AND GREATER NUMBERS OF
WHITE AMERICANS THAT AT ONE TIME WERE NOT DISPOSED TO THINK
OF THEMSELVES ALONG RACIAL AND / OR RELIGIOUS LINES. And
the tip of the spear that the Religious Right is readying to
hurl back at the Left are the re-emerging civilian militias
and the new mercenary armies the Right has developed during
the Bush II regime - militias and mercenary armies that are
motivated by the ghosts and demons that swirl around the CNP
and the Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation.
WE URGE YOU TO ARM YOURSELF
AGAINST THESE DEMONS AND GHOSTS
Evangelicals need to pause and ask themselves, however - Is
this what Christianity is all about; chasing the ghosts and
demons that haunt the CNP? The problem, of course, is
that these demons have a way of turning on those who "fool
around with them." (cf. Mark 9:29)
WE URGE YOU TO ARM YOURSELVES AGAINST THE TEMPTATION TO
SUCCUMB TO THE RAGE PEDDLED BY GROUPS LIKE THE CNP AND THEIR
MINIONS IN TODAY'S APOSTATE CHUCH - the church of Paul
Crouch, Jack Hayford, Charles Stanley, D. James Kennedy, Tim
LaHaye, the late John Wimber, Juan Carlos Ortiz, C. Peter Wagner,
Beverley LaHaye, Ern Baxter, Kenneth Copeland, Kenneth Hagin,
Oral Roberts, Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell, Chuck Colson, Robert
Stearns, Mike Bickle, Reuven Doron, Che Ahn, Frank Hammond,
Cindy Jacobs, Bill Hamon, John Eckhardt, Bobbie Byerly, Dutch
Sheets, Jim Goll, John Paul Jackson, James Ryle, Frank Damazio,
Ed Silvoso, Carlos Annacondia, Claudio Freidzon, Roger Mitchell,
Ted Haggart, Paul Cain, Chuck Pierce, Rick Joyner, Kingsley
Fletcher, Jim Laffoon, Barbara Wentroble, ad infinitum.
[Please see our article, "Luciferic
Millions and millions of "good," ordinary German Christians
thought they would never succumb to the seduction of Hitlerism;
but - in the end - they did! The power of that seduction is
made apparent by a remark made by, of all people, an American
Jew who - while visiting Germany in 1934 - attended out of curiosity
a Hitler rally in Nuremberg in 1936:
"I was so taken away with the glorious spectacle that I found
myself wishing that I could plunge into the euphoric mass
and become one with it; at that moment, I would have gladly
shed my Jewish identity and become a white, blond Aryan."
God bless you all!
WE URGE YOU TO CONSIDER TAKING THE FOLLOWING ACTIONS:
Those of you who continue to reside WITHIN
the borders of the United States and who want to involve
themselves in ALIYA -
Brothers and sisters - all those who live OUTSIDE
the borders of the United States - God is raising up a TESTIMONY
to His holy Name in these "last days." If you want to be
a part of this great work, please -
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