Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Piety, Packaging and Politics - a Most Unholy Scam

Knight of Malta (militia to the Vatican) Scalia, kissed off the American electorate sometime ago. His son was working for the Bush campaign when he sat in decision on Gore vs. Bush.

I stumbled across this marvelous article:

The New World Order, piety, packaging & politics (Part 16)
Deanna Spingola Deanna Spingola

October 29, 2006

Presidential candidate George H. W. Bush hired evangelist Doug Wead, a divorced Assemblies of God preacher as a consultant in order to "galvanize the Religious Right." [1] Wead helped prepare Bush by acting out the part of televangelist Pat Robertson in a months-long series of exhaustively researched and well-financed mock presidential debates. [2] He coached the elder Bush on evangel-speak to help him connect with Christian fundamentalists.A little more than a decade later, George W. Bush, already proficient in evangel-lingo, also hired Wead, the consultant. Evangelicals immediately recognize Bush as a professed "born-again Christian." [3] Wead, unbeknownst to Bush, taped many of their telephone conversations over a two year period of time. "The conversations spend much time on Bush's religious beliefs and his courting of the evangelical right." [4]
Bush had become president he told Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, "God wanted me to be president." [5] Post election, Bush's propagandists, like David Frum, could employ phrases like "axis of evil" for Bush's State of the Union address on January 29, 2002. [6] It was sweet to the ears of his Religious Right constituency. Bush is surrounded by theocon handlers like Frum, author of The Right Man: The Surprise Presidency of George W. Bush. Chapter one opens with "Missed you at Bible study." Frum co-authored An End To Evil: What's Next in the War on Terror with Project for a New American Century (PNAC) charter member Richard Perle. Frum, like other Bush associates, has the perfect credentials — he was a senior fellow at the foundation-financed right-wing Manhattan Institute for Public Policy Research from 1995 to 2001. [7]Bush's first use of the word "crusade" was five days after 9/11 and divulged his Christian Zionist mentality. He said: "This is a new kind of — a new kind of evil. And we understand. And the American people are beginning to understand. This crusade, this war on terrorism is going to take a while." [8] This fallacious war on terror did not start with 9/11. Bush's crusade, the Iraqi Invasion, was repackaged and expensively sold as Operation Iraqi Liberation and then Operation Iraqi Freedom. The benign words "liberation" and "freedom" are Orwellian 1984 "newspeak" used to deceptively evoke support for long term warfare. Bush recently discontinued using the ambiguous phrase "stay the course." He was asked its meaning at a news conference on Oct. 11 but refused to be pinned down. [9]

He added: "Stay the course also means don't leave before the job is done. And that's — we're going to get the job done in Iraq. And it's important that we do get the job done in Iraq." [11] And what job is that — the establishment of permanent military bases on one of the earth's biggest oil fields?

With continuous support from distinctive Christian theocons, Bush professes that the Iraqi quagmire is a "good versus evil" crusade and that he is on God's errand. On June 4, 2003, Bush reportedly said: "God told me to strike at al-Qaeda and I struck them, and then he instructed me to strike at Saddam, which I did, and now I am determined to solve the problem in the Middle East." [12] He doesn't mention that al-Qaeda and Saddam were both established and financed by the CIA. Nor does he acknowledge that monstrous sums of taxpayer dollars are pumping up administration-friendly companies who make millions of dollars as a result of the Iraqi invasion. Claiming that God approves of the horrific death toll and continuing violence against non threatening foreign citizens is a shameful effort to cover the stench of death emanating from the Middle East.James Robison, the televangelist, met with Karl Rove and Governor George Bush who told him: "I feel like God wants me to run for president". ... "I can't explain it, but I sense my country is going to need me. I know it won't be easy, on me or my family, but God wants me to do it." Robison set up a meeting with a group of major Pentecostal and Southern Baptist preachers who gathered around Governor Bush to lay hands on him. At another meeting "one pastor led a prayer asking God to 'put the mantle of a champion' on Bush." [13]
You define a tree by its fruit. George Bush invaded Iraq without just provocation despite his claims: "See, free nations are peaceful nations. Free nations don't attack each other. Free nations don't develop weapons of mass destruction." [14]

America, a "free" nation, manufactures the majority of the world's weapons, even those used against our own military during warfare. America, a "free" nation, invaded Iraq. According to Bush's prerequisites, are we peaceful, are we free? Laura Bush, revising history, claimed: "No American President ever wants to go to war. Abraham Lincoln didn't want to go to war, but he knew saving the union required it. Franklin Roosevelt didn't want to go to war — but he knew defeating tyranny demanded it. And my husband didn't want to go to war, but he knew the safety and security of America and the world depended on it." [15] Humanitarian justifications are always used by the privileged elite, before or after the assault, to gain sympathetic support and to recruit canon fodder.

Religious crusades are often counterproductive; they tend to end up in unsustainable occupations of people who — surprise! — believe they have their own pipeline to the Almighty." [24] Three years plus after the American invasion of Iraq, Americans are still dying along with thousands of Iraqis in a war purportedly against terror. Iran is also in the cross hairs. [25] The only benefactors are HalliburtonKBR, Blackwater, Caci and L3Titan who are stepping religious leader of a 501C3 organization, over bodies to pick up dollars.

Jerry Falwell, eendorsed Bush by saying: "I believe it is the responsibility of every political conservative, every evangelical Christian, every pro-life Catholic, every traditional Jew, every Reagan Democrat, and everyone in between to get serious about re-electing President Bush." [26] The New York Times, July 16, 2004...
After the Sept. 11 attacks, the White House carefully scripted the religious service in which the president declared war on terrorism from the pulpit of the National Cathedral. The president declared to the nation, 'our responsibility to history is already clear: to answer these attacks and rid the world of evil.' With most every member of the Cabinet and the Congress present, along with the nation's religious leaders, it became a televised national liturgy affirming the divine character of the nation's new war against terrorism, ending triumphantly with the 'Battle Hymn of the Republic.' War against evil would confer moral legitimacy on the nation's foreign policy and even on a contested presidency." [30]
...the complete text may be found here: http://www.renewamerica.us/columns/spingola/061029


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