Tuesday, June 22, 2010

"The Rise of the New Right"

Many have expressed fear that a theocratic fascism is coming to the United States.  Some say this is the same kind of rage against the Left that gripped German Christians and propelled Hitler into power. The recent MSNBC Chris Matthews documentary, "The Rise of the New Right," does nothing to allay those fears.

In his review of Chris Hedges' American Fascists, Stephen Lendman wrote:
He said he wrote the book out of anger and fear of the fundamentalist Christian Right seeking to establish theocratic dominion over society in America in the name of God and is using the Republican party as their vehicle to do it. He compares the movement's messianic mission to Italian and German fascism of the last century cloaking itself in Christianity and patriotism as their way to gain political power under theocracy's literal meaning from the Greek words "Theos" meaning "God" and "cratein/crasy" meaning to rule...
The movement is on a "crusade" against constitutional government working for now within the political system it wants to destroy and remake in its own image... Beneath the surface, thier doctrine is dark and forboding, posing real dangers. Dominionists are awaiting a fiscal, social or political crisis great enough to end constitutional government replacing it with their vision of a Christian fascist theocratic American. In the meantime, they spent a generation working for this and now have great influence at state, local and federal levels of government.
Forces against American democracy are waiting for a moment to strike, a national crisis that will allow them to shred the Constituion in the name of national security. The Christian Right awaits that time with gleeful anticipation, wanting their adherents to be ready.    Source
"A group of religious utopians . . . are slowly dismantling democratic institutions to establish a religious tyranny, the springboard to an American fascism."  - American Fascists, by Chris Hedges,  p. 36.

"I do believe that the radical Christian Right is a sworn and potent enemy of the open society . . . In the event of another catastrophic terrorist attack [or] an economic meltdown . . . the movement stands poised manipulate fear and chaos ruthlessly and reshape America in ways that have not been seen since the nation's founding." - American Fascists, p. 207.

"They take  seriously the idea of a Christian society and a form of religious politics that will make biblical code the law of the United States...These activists are quite serious about bringing Christian politics into power. Bray said that it is possible, under the right conditions, for a Christian revolution to sweep across the United States and bring in its wake Constitutional changes that would allow for biblical law to be the basis of social legislation."  - The Return of Christian Terrorism, by Mark Juergensmeyer, April 8, 2010.

"All that's lacking [too ignite a conflagration] is a spark; it's only a matter of time." - A special report by Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

"The real America, the 'asylum for mankind' that Paine wrote about so eloquently – that America is gone, fading already into myth and legend, gone soon even from living memory as the last citizens who remember America's dying embers wink out from this world, one by one. In their place: a new citizenry, molded by government schooling and control and constant statist propaganda, clamoring now for a strongman to take control...". - Column by Glen Allport, December 31, 2008.

"For all of those Americans who believe that our democracy is safe, you are wrong. Today, the radical Right is winning, and they know it. Sooner rather than later, we may be living in a very different country, a country that had been ours, a country that will be theirs." - CONTEMPT -- How the Right Is Wronging American Justice, by Catherine Crier, Huffington Post.