What does a radical right wing movement look like?…

If you poke around on the TV dial enough you’re bound to run across someone fuming about “liberals.” Liberals are supposedly dominant in all the popular press and media, and I suppose that would be believable if the dominant voices all across the TV and radio dial weren’t parroting the Republican Party Platform.

I’m not particularly fond of the so-called American Left. I find a lack of humanity in a lot of self-identified left-wing political groups today. I’m even less enamored of folks who self-identify as Liberals. Liberalism as an ideology is ill-defined and deeply flawed. Quite often they come across as little more than Republicans with a smiley face. At the end of the day they’re just as eager to gut the social welfare safety net in the interest of appeasing their corporate sponsors as the folks who sit on the other side of the aisle.

I could go on and on about why I dislike the Democratic Party a lot of the time as much as I dislike the GOP. And if we were faced with a run of the mill election this year I’d be very unlikely to lend much, if any, support to the Kerry/Edwards ticket. But we’re not faced with a run of the mill election this year. While John Kerry does not represent much of an opposition to the policies of his political adversaries in the GOP, the current Presidential Administration does not represent the mainstream of the Republican Party. Economist Paul Krugman has been writing since the 2000 election that the Bush/Cheney ticket represents the vanguard of a politically and socially radical revolutionary movement that is, once again, a radical departure from the foundations of the Republican Party. Krugman’s focus is, necessarily, in the realm of economics and monetary policy, but he does acknowledge that this Administration is equally radical in its approach to foreign policy, diplomacy and domestic policy.

In my travels online I ran across a truly terrifying list of individuals and organizations who strongly support the Bush/Cheney ticket and count the Bush Administration as fellow travelers in the promotion of their radical social and political ideas. Have a look, and if this doesn’t scare the bejesus out of you, well, then I’m not exactly sure what you’re doing reading this in the first place…

“Apparently the US is full of groups that want to push the right wing agenda:

Gary North: Former council for National Policy member and R.J. Rushdoony�s son in law (see #28), North has rightfully written that Article Six of the U.S. Constitution provides a “legal barrier to Christian theocracy.” He hopes, however, that, in the wake of upcoming social upheaval, such protections fall by the wayside so that Dominionists might, as Wired explained, “build a harsh biblical order where sinners, such as adulterers and gay men, can be severely punished, even executed, preferably by stoning.”

“Herb Titus: Founding dean of Pat Robertson’s Regent University Law School and legal counsel for Judge Roy Moore, Herb Titus drafted the controversial Constitutional Restoration act of 2004, which would not only bar the Supreme Court from reviewing cases in which public servants acknowledge God as the source of law, but it would make judges who rule on cases such as Judge Moore�s Ten Commandment debacle vulnerable to impeachment.

Traditional Values Coalition: The Traditional Values Coalition is especially involved in U.S. politics. In 2000, the Nation�s David Corn reported and how chairman/founder Louis Sheldon and others were “raising money to register and motivate Christian right voters to pull the lever for Bush.”

Council for National Policy: Co-founded by Rev. Timothy LaHaye, the Council for National Policy has included John Ashcroft, Ralph Reed, Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell among its lengthy list of influential members. According to Rolling Stone, the impeachment effort against President Bill Clinton “was reportedly conceived at a June 1997 meeting of the CNP in Montreal.” And as ABC reported, the group came under heavy scrutiny in 1999 following G.W. ‘s “king-making speech” wherein it was rumored that candidate Bush (depending on which report you believe), promised to take a “tough stance against gays and lesbians.”

“Christian Reconstructionists/Dominionists: Deemed “scary,” even by Jerry Falwell’s followers, Dominionists literally want to impose Biblical law and reconstruct America as “the Kingdom of God on earth.” In short, they seek to toss out the U.S. Constitution, override the authority of the Supreme Court and turn the U.S. into a theocracy. Embracing a “Biblical world view” as the only worldview, Reconstructionists would squelch democracy and all its trappings, while making homosexuality and other “sins” punishable by death. Rev. Timothy LaHaye, who played a role in putting Bush in the White House, was one of the movement�s framers.

“The Christian Coalition: A key player in the culture war, the Christian Coalition “applauds” recent legislative efforts to subvert the Constitution. Three especially frightening pieces of Christian Coalition-backed legislation are: The Constitution Restoration Act of 2004 (“If the Act passes, Iraqis would have stronger protection from religious extremism than Americans,” columnist James Heflin wrote); The Congressional Accountability for Judicial Activism Act,” (HR 3920) “to allow Congress to reverse the judgments of the United States Supreme Court”; and The Marriage Protection Act, which, having already passed in the House, could, according to the Atlanta Constitution Journal�s Jay Bookman, allow Congress to pass a law “making Christianity the national religion, and bar the courts from hearing a challenge.”

“Of course, there are plenty more extremist groups out there, with plenty of clout. And in addition to sharing an incestuous relationship (Famed Reconstructionist Dr. George Grant, for example, is affiliated with Coral Ridge Ministries, which is run by former National Council for Policy member D. James Kennedy, who sat on the board of directors of Jerry Falwell�s Moral Majority, which was also organized by Tim LaHaye), they seem to be driven by a single-minded determinism. “There are forty million people who claim to have been converted. If every one of those would simply win one other person to Christ, we could control this country,” televangelist Kennedy once said.”

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