I have read the Book of Revelation and, yes, I believe the world is going to end—by an act of God, I hope—but every day I think that time is running out.
Caspar Weinberger, Secretary of Defense in the Reagan Administration
I went to listen to Kevin Phillips speak last night at the downtown Los Angeles Library. I have found that after seeing several authors in such talks they simply use their preface as their talking points. Phillips was no different. Here is an excerpt from the preface of his book American Theocracy, the Peril and Politics of Radical Religion, Oil, and Borrowed Money in the 21st Century:
Over the three decades of Bush presidencies, vice presidencies, and CIA directorships, the Republican party has slowly become the vehicle of all three interests [(1) the oil-national security complex, with its pervasive interests; (2) the religious right, with its doctrinal imperatives and massive electorate; and (3) the debt-dealing financial sector, which extends far beyond the old symbolism of Wall Street.] The three are increasingly allied in commitment to Republican politics, if not in full agreement with one another. On the most important front, I am beginning to think that the southern-dominated, biblically driven Washington GOP represents a rogue coalition, like the southern, proslavery politics that controlled Washington until Lincoln’s election in 1860.
The potential interaction between the end-times electorate (those religious zealots who think Armageddon is under way), inept pursuit of Persian Gulf oil, Washington’s multiple deceptions, and the credit and financial crisis that could follow a substantial liquidation by foreign holders of U.S. bonds is the stuff of nightmares.
I agree 100 percent.