Thursday, April 06, 2006

Is the Religious Right bringing about Armageddon?

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.


Anonymous said...

You do realise don't you that this kind of stuff is why the rest of the world concludes that Americans are insane?

The Misanthrope said...

I am not so sure the rest of the world is so wrong about Americans. As a group, we no longer think, we only look for ways to distract us from the world at large.

Unknown said...

THis coming from one of the creators of the conservative movement during the Nixon era is a good thing. I did a post on him recently after reading the NYT review of his new book. I cant wait to read the book to see exactly how bad he slams the hell out of the current brand of repubes.

Plus that king of all things conservataive bitchslapped the Shrub lately as well. Buckley actually called Clinton the best politican of his era.

Unknown said...

The religious right is what will bankrupt this country, and for what? Their narrowminded petty fears and their quest to remake the world in their image?

Of course the world sees us as crack-pots..what else could anyone with half a brain think?

The Misanthrope said...

This country is in a mess and what does Congress do? They go on vacation for two weeks. This year they also had a week off for St. Patrick's Day. We need to demand more from our politicians.

Anonymous said...

I'm a big fan of Phillips. I've heard him speak on About Words and NOW with Moyers.

The Misanthrope said...

I like Phillips too, but he has his agenda as well. But, I guess who doesn't.