Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Faith Based Fascism

Christ Inc.
Faith-Based Fascism
by Leilla Matsui and Stella
La Chance www.dissidentvoice.org
June 10, 2005
When a triumphal George W. Bush declared his intention to cash in on his “political capital” in the days after the election, he was merely reaffirming his commitment to hand over the reins of power to a higher authority than even Dick Cheney. The religious right, with its enormous political stake in the “End Times” outcome of America's latest Imperial misadventures in Iraq and Afghanistan, have seized upon Bush's continued pledge to transform the “Homeland” into a locked down religious theme park with the organizational zeal they had previously reserved for bilking gullible parishioners out of their social security checks.

(Ah here is Charles Taylor, another genocidal dictator who was sponsored by Pat Robertson, who sent him ten MILLION in faith based funding, because Charles is a Christian (at least of the same ilk as Pat). Charles is currently on trial at the Godless WORLD COURT (to which the USA does not belong lest they be prosecuted for WAR CRIMES)

...Like Halliburton, Christ Inc. has become the latest recipient of taxpayer largesse, having won the contract to keep the media out of the news business, and to ensure that power speaks to truth, as opposed to the other way around. Purging the “news” of news is just the latest attempt by religious Brownshirts to stamp their poisonous insignia on every major institution that they don't control lock, stock and barrel.
In recent months the escalating violence in Iraq and mounting evidence of US-run torture chambers has been dutifully ignored by the Christian News Network, a.k.a. “The Missing White Girl Network” who never miss an opportunity, these days, to provide their theo-con masters with a platform to discredit the administration's naysayers and whistleblowers. Instead, news consumers get trumped up coverage of sensational celebrity trials, “heartwarming” tales of rescue and survival (always thanks to Jesus) and “special reports” revolving around the heroic law enforcement figures as they “secure our borders,” track down “terrorists”, and sniff out the latest Caucasian corpse du jour. The message has become implicitly clear: resistance is useless against an increasingly paranoid and authoritarian state apparatus that has its finger on the trigger, ready to blow away even unruly toddlers.

The endless parade of Christian pundits and security analysts on CNN these days is more than an attempt by the beleaguered cable giant to do one better than rival news corps in “outfoxing” the competition. Not content with FOX's spectacular success as the profit-driven propaganda arm of the US government, the religious right has set out to erase the distinction between the pulpit and the news desk across the media spectrum (never a wide one in the first place) -- a feat they have managed to pull off with the cooperation of the nervous corporate elites.
Just as the American definition of the term “liberal” to mean “far left” is laughingly at odds with its intended targets, i.e. House Democrats, Hollywood celebrities, and anyone who reads the news on air outside of FOX or any of its affiliates, the word “mainstream” is perhaps as much a misnomer when describing America's radically reconfigured media at the hands of bat wielding swastikas like Bill Frist and “Doctor” James Dobson.

The New York Times’ recent pledge to “improve” its coverage of topics relating to rural and Heartland American “values” is just another example of dunce-capped elites publicly denouncing themselves in a desperate, last ditch attempt to make nice-nice with the revolutionary zealots ransacking their offices. Similarly, the sacrificial offering of petty plagiarist Jayson Blair wasn't enough to please the “sore winners” of the right, who won't settle for anything less than unfettered control of the medium right down to the wire. Dan Rather's roasting of chickenhawk George Bush's National Guard service merely stoked the theo-con appetite for complete destruction at the personal and political level, and gave them what amounted to a green light to flatten, by any means necessary, every pocket of potential resistance in their path.
Obviously, the suppression of media-based dissent entails the purging if not complete destruction of PBS, and along with it, any remaining standard of integrity remaining in the television and radio broadcast industry. After being forced into resignation by a Bush administration ally who chairs the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the indomitable Bill Moyers remarked:
We're seeing unfold a contemporary example of the age-old ambition of power and ideology to squelch and punish journalists who tell the stories that make princes and priests uncomfortable...One reason I'm in hot water is because my colleagues and I at NOW didn't play by the conventional rules of Beltway journalism. Those rules divide the world into Democrats and Republicans, liberals and conservatives, and allow journalists to pretend they have done their job if, instead of reporting the truth behind the news, they merely give each side an opportunity to spin the news.

tax legislation forced the Robber Baronsindividuals to create new wealth are all the results of this progres to choose between paying a lot of taxes, or giving much of their wealth away to charities. They ended up doing both to the great benefit of our government, our democracy, our society, and the middle class.
The growth of the middle class, a higher standard of living, a growing economy, social safety net programs, safe transportation systems, and opportunities for all.

However, now George W. Bush and his Republican pals in Congress are doing everything that they can to make our tax structure even more regressive than Nixon and Reagan made it, even if that means lying their asses off. If they succeed in this effort America's democracy will soon fail and a ruthless plutocracy will arise in its place.
Greed destroyed Enron and Arthur Andersen, two of Bush's biggest campaign contributors, and now threatens our democracy. Are we going to stand by and allow this to happen?
Everybody likes a tax cut, but we must be realistic about or country's long-term fiscal health, or we will lose everything.

It is not only Pakistan that is under distress and in need of a call for defiance. This faith based funding is not going to people of God, it is going to fundamenalist fascism, which always shows up with every dictator to help control the people. Blackwater is the Bush army - America just happened to pay for it, and faith based funding produces the brown shirts that goose step to corporate jesus.


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