RELIGIOUS RIGHT CRUCIFIES WHAT'S LEFT OF AMERICA
Suddenly, we are told, the man from Hope is blitzing up the Iowa polls. No, not the Arkansas slime ball and rapist, not Bill Clinton; the other man from Hope, Mike Huckabee. Hope is a town that, man for man, probably produces more candidates for President than any other. If all this new support for Huckabee is real, where is it coming from? It is coming from the Religious Right. Huckabee after all is a Baptist preacher.
Some Ron Paul people lament the fact that the Religious Right does not support him. After all, doesn’t Ron support what they do? Isn’t Dr. No the foremost candidate for President in either party who advocates the restoration of constitutional liberty, getting the government out of our lives and off our backs? In foreign policy, doesn’t he alone advocate minding our own business, bringing our troops home and staying out of the war? Why has the Religious Right so obviously snubbed him almost without consideration?
What not enough Pauliticians understand – and need to – is that the Religious Right has vigorously rejected Dr. No not for some other reason, but precisely because of these positions he espouses. The Religious Right rejects Ron Paul precisely because he stands for Christian liberty and the Religious Right stands for a perversion of Christianity I called Imperial Religion in a previous piece.
Yes, Dr. Paul is a staunch Christian himself. Yes, he opposes baby killing and never has killed one, despite four thousand chances, the number of babies he has delivered so far as a ladies’ physician. But Dr. No does not wear his religion on his sleeve. He doesn’t boast about it. He puts it this way:
“I have never been one who is comfortable talking about my faith in the political arena. In fact, the pandering that typically occurs in the election season I find to be distasteful. But for those who have asked, I freely confess that Jesus Christ is my personal Savior, and that I seek His guidance in all that I do.”
But this is exactly not what the Religious Right wants. It wants someone who is constantly spouting off about it, making a show, appearing at the church meeting hall with a Bible as big as the Internal Revenue Code under his arm, like Clinton. It doesn’t want someone modest, like true Christian Ron Paul.
Indeed, Dr. No continues: “I’d rather my views and my convictions and my faith be shown by my actions rather than [by] what I say…. also, the part in the bible about not showing off…we’re instructed to pray quietly …. [and] not to play big fanfare. I’m trying to strike something in between there; where I’m not bashful and ashamed of it, at the same time I don’t want to look like others who . . . look to get votes because they were willing to say and do something in public.”
Please read my piece entitled Imperial Religion again. It will dispel any mystery about why the Religious Right has contemptuously rejected Dr. Paul. The Religious Right is the product of a satanic perversion of Christianity, satanic because it attempts to “improve” upon God. Satan’s rebellion is equally an attempt to “improve” upon God.
God has given us the Kingdom, but victims in the throes of this perversion believe it isn’t good enough and they know better. Eaten up by pride, they want big preachers, big buildings with their names in big letters, big money, big cars, big planes and big hair. God says He does all – all – all the soul saving for eternal life, but consumed by themselves they are competing with Him to see who can save more.
A preacher once told me he routinely “saved” (arranged eternal life for) 30,000 souls a month. What kind of government would such spiritual megalomania produce? Certainly not a government of limited powers like the one the Founding Fathers bequeathed us. On the contrary, a man who can arrange eternal life for that many people would want a correspondingly big government, an all-powerful, centralized government to use as a weapon to “improve” the Kingdom.
You have probably noticed in this rendition a powerful similarity between the Religious Right and “liberals” like the Clintons and other Far Left poseurs. You are not mistaken. The similarity is there. The Religious Right and the Far Left are the two sides of one coin. The Far Left too is trying to “improve.” The “difference” is that they don’t call their target “the Kingdom” and they don’t mention God. Other differences are superficial matters of personality and style.
Could that be a reason so many people find “Christianity” repulsive? They think it is Christianity that rightly repels them, but it isn’t. It is a perverted imitation, Imperial Religion’s overweening hauteur. Remember that from the beginning government by men has been a curse, brought to us by ancestors of today’s “liberals,” who were dissatisfied with government by God.
God governed directly through his judges, but some “liberals” among the children whined that they wanted a king. God warned them in detail what a king would do, but they kept whining, while the rest of the children merely watched. So God, ever gracious, gave them what they wanted.
Ever since, government has done exactly as God warned. How could He know? How did God get so smart? Here’s a clue: He created the universe, everything there is, and didn’t need our help. Today, to justify themselves, the descendants of the government-worshippers say Romans 13 means exactly the opposite of what it says. They say it means obedience to government no matter what it does. Really? Then why does God keep overthrowing, even killing, governments that disobey His commandments? As I asked in another piece on Romans 13: Is God a Nazi?
That is why it is so important to recognize what the Religious Right is, to see it with new eyes. Both the Religious Right and the Far Left share the desire to use government as a weapon to impose obedience and behavior. That is why the Religious Right, like the Far Left, rejects Dr. Paul. Where the tires hit the track, they are the same.
Compare that to what Dr. Paul says: “We believe that at the root of most of our troubles today is the misguided and discredited philosophy of an all-powerful government, ceaselessly striving to subsidize, manipulate, and control individuals. The essence of freedom is the right of law-abiding individuals to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness without undue governmental intervention.”
Notice any difference? Indeed, Dr. No, living up to his nickname, says he “supports deregulation by the federal government of public education, and encourages the elimination of the federal Department of Education.” Wow, outright elimination! Wouldn’t that be somewhat “extreme?” Wouldn’t kiddos in the nation’s Communist government schools wind up even more illiterate than they already are?
Whoa! Hold on! Did I say Dr. No said all that? No, friends, that’s wrong, sorry, I made a mistake. What you just read are excerpts from the July, 1980 Republican Party Platform in Detroit. I was there. But when I mistakenly said Dr. No said it you believed me. Why? Because he says the same thing! He is smack in the mainstream of the so-called Reagan Republican Party. That’s the Party the Religious Right is supposed to adore. The 1980 Convention was the one that nominated Reagan.
Now let’s look at this year’s Religious Right candidate. Like Clinton, he comes from Hope. Like Clinton, he plays a musical instrument. Bill, as you know, plays the sexaphone (sic), Mike the guitar. Like Bill, Mike staunchly believes. You say you don’t believe Bill believes? Ask him. Hey, could you lift the Bible he carries to church? Sure, Mike is a preacher, Bill technically is not, but he sure knows how to use what Teddy Roosevelt called the “bully pulpit.”
Finally, Mike, like Bill, fervently believes in using the power of all-powerful government to impose the will of God. Did you know that Mike Huckabee would use the federal government to ban smoking? To me, that says it all. Does he know he is running for President, not health commissioner, and as President would be governed by the Constitution? Where in the Constitution does it even remotely give the federal government power to ban smoking?
Remember that preachers in colonial Virginia were paid in tobacco. Tobacco was money. In a famous case, the preachers went to court and sued. In effect, they wanted more tobacco. They lost because of the legal machinations of the silver-tongued counsel who opposed them, a business failure who had been the town bum and logically became a lawyer, a guy named Patrick Henry.
President No would not even try to ban smoking. As President, he wouldn’t have the power and would figure it was none of his business anyway. Remember also that the only world leader who succeeded in banning smoking in his country was – the envelope please – Adolf Hitler. Adolf was a staunch believer in big, paternal government – government that does everything for you and to you – totalitarian government. Isn’t that what dictatorship means?
Why would a President Mike ban smoking? Because it’s bad for health. Recently, in preparation for his presidential campaign, he lost 100 pounds by eating right. As President, would he ban eating wrong because, that, too, is bad for health? The question is legitimate. Some groups have demanded exactly that, including punishment for people who are not acceptably svelte.
Because he is a Christian, Dr. No staunchly opposes abortion. He also recognizes that as President in our system of checks and balances he would lack the power to ban it. The Constitution says not a word on the subject, maybe because it never occurred to the Founders that anyone could be crazy enough to try to make it legal. It is something for the states to decide, not a federal issue. That is why we have states. But President Huckabee would not let the states make that decision.
Under Mike Huckabee, Arkansas saw a 37 percent increase in sales tax, a 16 percent increase in gas tax and a monster 103 percent increase in cigarette taxes. According to the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration, the state suffered a net tax increase of $505 million under Huckabee. With Mike as governor, state spending exploded more than 65% between 1996 and 2004, which just happened to be more than three times the inflation rate. State debt rose by almost one billion dollars and the number of government workers rose 20%.
So, Mike would use gobs of your money to tweak and “improve” the Kingdom. He believes the government should be a caring, strict parent. He endorses more government money for health care and government housing. He is so hostile to “conservatives” that as governor he kept many top Clinton agency heads. Mike Huckabee reveres government.
American Spectator reports that Huckabee has also been investigated fourteen times and officially reprimanded five times by the state Ethics Commission, a respected, non-partisan body. MSNBC says there were many other scandals. Greg Pierce says in the “conservative” Washington Times that Mike “used public money for family restaurant meals, boat expenses, and other personal uses. He tried to claim as his own some $70,000 of furniture donated to the governor’s mansion. . . .” Which recalls the departing Clintons cleaning out the White House.
It gets worse. With regard to the illegal alien invasion, Mike Huckabee makes el presidente Jorge W. Boosh look like a foaming xenophobe. Mike wants amnesty and free college scholarships for illegal aliens. He has actually compared illegal aliens, who break into our country, to black slaves who were brought here in chains. Mike denounced a bill that would have prevented illegal aliens – foreigners here illegally – from voting or receiving state benefits.
Huckabee explained that companies like Toyota would not invest in Arkansas if the state didn't allow non-citizens to vote, because it would “send the message that, essentially, if you don't look like us, talk like us and speak like us, we don't want you.” Wouldn’t the men who run the biggest, most successful auto company in the world be smart enough to know that people in Little Rock wouldn’t look, talk and speak like people in Tokyo?
And don’t we at least have the right to expect a President of the United States, even a governor of Arkansas, to have some concept of law? Notice that Mike Huckabee doesn’t seem to have one. Does he know that illegal aliens are illegal? But guess what? Now that he’s running for President, Mike at least temporarily is in favor of securing our borders. Indeed, Mike even has a plan. In a recent radio ad, he explained, “My plan to secure the border? Two words: Chuck Norris.”
I should warn you that no one on this planet is a bigger Chuck Norris fan than I am. I am always there, covering his back, when he terminates a man with extreme prejudice, or rescues a POW or power kicks an Islamic terrorist. Chuck is probably a perfect example of a true Christian beguiled into supporting Huckabee because the Religious Right says Mike is one too. Chuck, she is the whore of Babylon. Come out of her and be ye separate.
You may wonder why the Religious Right would support Mike in spite of all this. If you do, you miss the point. They support him because of it. They could wind up inserting him as running mate on a Giuliani or Romney ticket. They would argue that, unlike Mitt, Mike has never promoted sodomy, and unlike Rudy, it is Mrs. Huckabee alone who wears the ladies’ lingerie in the family. Remember that Rudy favors wall-to-wall abortion.
By the way, don’t get the idea that I have something against Arkansas. I love Arkansas. First, I love Arkansas because its team is called the “hogs.” During a game, I love to yell, “Let’s hear it for the hogs!” Second, when a dear friend of mine who knows about such things wants to convey that a man is really well known, not just a minor celebrity, but really world famous, he says, “Why, this man is known throughout the United States and parts of Arkansas.”
Finally, it was in Arkansas that I met the Love Priestess. I was speaking at a youth camp, when suddenly I became aware of a finger thrusting at my nose and a voice yelling, “Who do you think you are?” I wasn’t very bright in those days, but I was smart enough to recognize immediately that this was wife material. But that is another story for another day. So, I love Arkansas.
Today, the most important thing I hope to leave with you is that the Religious Right is not at all what it pretends, that it is a spiritual perversion, that it is in fact a malevolent, totalitarian force, that it has betrayed America and Christianity for many years, and that in its choice of Mike Huckabee it is getting ready to do so again.
Paul speaks of “false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage.” (Gal. 2:4) Therefore: “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” (Gal. 5:1)
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Alan Stang was one of Mike Wallace’s original writers at Channel 13 in New York, where he wrote some of the scripts that sent Mike to CBS. Stang has been a radio talk show host himself. In Los Angeles, he went head to head nightly with Larry King, and, according to Arbitron, had almost twice as many listeners. He has been a foreign correspondent. He has written hundreds of feature magazine articles in national magazines and some fifteen books, for which he has won many awards, including a citation from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for journalistic excellence. One of Stang’s exposés stopped a criminal attempt to seize control of New Mexico, where a gang seized a court house, held a judge hostage and killed a deputy. The scheme was close to success before Stang intervened. Another Stang exposé inspired major reforms in federal labor legislation.
His first book, It’s Very Simple: The True Story of Civil Rights, was an instant best-seller. His first novel, The Highest Virtue, set in the Russian Revolution, won smashing reviews and five stars, top rating, from the West Coast Review of Books, which gave five stars in only one per cent of its reviews.
Stang has lectured in every American state and around the world and has guested on many top shows, including CNN’s Cross Fire. Because he and his wife had the most kids in Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic, where they lived at the time, the entire family was chosen to be actors in “Havana,” directed by Sydney Pollack and starring Robert Redford, the most expensive movie ever made (at the time). Alan Stang is the man in the ridiculous Harry Truman shirt with the pasted-down hair. He says they made him do it.
The Religious Right rejects Ron Paul precisely because he stands for Christian liberty and the Religious Right stands for a perversion of Christianity...