Sunday, July 19, 2009

The House On “C Street” (133 C Street, S.E.): Church Or “Congressional Cat House”?

The House On “C Street” (133 C Street, S.E.): Church Or “Congressional Cat House”?

The House on “C Street” | Mary Sutherland July 2009

“Rich powerful men who are chosen by god for leadership don’t have to worry about murdering and cheating on their wives. They have a pass from god.”

The House on “C Street” houses Politian’s who believe they are the “Chosen Ones” who are above “Christian Laws” and “Morality”. They account to no one but their “Family”. These residents are Congressmen and Senators..And very dangerous

What many of us have feared, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow has brought to light on a series of shows she has been doing on a fundamentalist sect called “The Family”. Among Rachel’s guests was Jeff Sharlet, a contributing editor for Harper’s and Rolling Stone who actually infiltrated the Family and wrote the book on it, “The Family: – The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power”… now out in paperback. This is a MUST read book!

Sharlet posted the jacket copy on his blog when the book was published, describing the Family as follows:

“They are the Family fundamentalism’s avant-garde, waging spiritual war in the halls of American power and around the globe. They consider themselves the “new chosen”, congressmen, generals, and foreign dictators who meet in confidential cells, to pray and plan for a “leadership led by God,” to be won not by force but through “quiet diplomacy.” Their base is a leafy estate overlooking the Potomac in Arlington, Virginia, and Jeff Sharlet is the only journalist to have written from inside its walls.”

“The Family is about the other half of American fundamentalist power not its angry masses, but its sophisticated “Elites”. Sharlet follows the story back to Abraham Vereide, an immigrant preacher who in 1935 organized a small group of businessmen sympathetic to European fascism, fusing the Far Right with his own polite but authoritarian faith. From that core, Vereide built an international network of fundamentalists who spoke the language of establishment power, a “family” that thrives to this day. In public, they host prayer breakfasts; in private they preach a gospel of “biblical capitalism,” military might, and American empire. Citing Hitler, Lenin, and Mao, the Family’s leader declares, “We work with power where we can, build new power where we can’t.”

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Republican Senator Coburn heads this secretive religious organization that Senator Ensign and Senator Sanford are involved in. They believe that god chooses powerful men to build more power for the already powerful and that Christianity had it wrong for 2000 years. It’s not about the meek shall inherit the earth; it’s about getting as rich and powerful as possible. Rich powerful men who are chosen by god for leadership don’t have to worry about murdering and cheating on their wives. They have a pass from god. (That’s why one of their members Governor Sanford compared himself to King David, who killed his mistress’s husband and declared he could still lead, as he was chosen by god.) To again quote Jeff Sharlet:

“I think Governor Sanford made it very clear when he cited King David as an example of the reason why he wasn‘t going to be resigning office. And that just struck a bell with me, because the King David story is the core teaching of the Family. When I first heard it, I was living with the Family. One of the leaders in the Family was explaining why King David was important. And he says,” It’s not because he was good man, it‘s because he‘s a bad man. You know, he seduced another man‘s wife and he actually had the husband murdered.” And he wants to explain why this was a model and he says to one of the men in the group, “Suppose I heard you raped three little girls. What would I think of you?” And this guy, being a human being, says, “You would think I was a monster.” Well, the leader of the Family says, “No, not at all, because you‘re chosen. You‘re chosen by God for leadership, and so the normal rules don‘t apply.”

According to Mr. Sharlot the group began as an anti-New Deal organization in the 1930s when the founder believed that God gave him a revelation that government regulation was a tool of Satan’s.” He said Fellowship Foundation founder Abram Vereide believed God “told him that Christianity had been misunderstood for 2,000 years. He also said Doug Coe, who runs the Fellowship Foundation, often presents Hitler, Stalin and Mao as leadership models. Although he acknowledges them as “evil men“, they understood what the New Testament is about – and it is not justice, mercy, love, forgiveness … but power. That’s the bottom line.”

Sharlot goes on to say that what goes on is very much behind closed doors. The leader of the group once said, “What we do is,” using this pretentious Latin phrase, “beyond the din of vox populi.” What it means is beyond the voice of the people.

What this group depends upon for their strength is secrecy. The group leader described it as such “The more invisible you can make your organization, the more influence it will have.”

Unfortunately, these people living and thriving at the house on “C Street” are United States congressmen, senators, governors and various politicians sworn to uphold the Constitution of the United States. Their loyalty is not to the people of the United States but to themselves, believing they are above the laws of the land – and until now they have been.

In my opinion what goes on behind closed doors is not about ‘adultery’ but abuse of power – to the point of being a traitor to this country.

Two Thumbs up to Rachel Maddow and Jeff Sharlot for the wonderful job they are doing, exposing this corruption of power. Hopefully we can ALL come together as an unified force of “little people” and force these “Chosen Ones” to be held accountable for their actions against this nation.

Support Sharlot through the purchase of his book and Rachel Madow through your blogs and viewership.

For more information on this Google The house on C Street’, ‘The Family’.

Power back to the People!

Mary Sutherland
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From Nixon’s Southern strategy to the mystique of the Gipper to the hypocrisy of Newt, it’s been a long road to bring the GOP to ruin.

In the end, it was Dubya and Big Dick who brought the GOP (not to mention the entire nation) down, but there are many who deserve credit for laying the groundwork, none more so than Nattering Newt. Two NY Times columnists provide a good concise history of how right wing malevolence eventually turned into mutual suicide in this morning’s paper.

Frank Rich:

The antediluvian political culture of Coburn and his peers, for all its roots in the race-baiting “Southern strategy” of the Nixon era, is actually of a more recent vintage. It dates back just 15 years, to what my Times colleague Sam Tanenhaus calls conservatism’s “most decadent phase” in his coming book “The Death of Conservatism.” This was the Newt Gingrich revolution, swept into Congress by the midterms of 1994. Its troops came armed with a reform agenda titled the “Contract With America” and a mother lode of piety. Their promises included an end to federal deficits, the restoration of national security, transparent (and fewer) House committees, and “a Congress that respects the values and shares the faith of the American family.”

That the class of ’94 failed on almost every count is a matter of history, no matter how hard it has retroactively tried to blame its disastrous record on George W. Bush. Its incompetence may even have been greater than its world-class hypocrisy. Its only memorable achievements were to shut down the government in a fit of pique and to impeach Bill Clinton in a tsunami of moral outrage.

The class of ’94 gave us J.D. Hayworth and Bob Ney of the Jack Abramoff casino-lobbying scandals. Ney, a House committee chairman, did 17 months in jail. It gave us the sexual adventurers Mark Sanford, John Ensign and Mark Foley. (All these distinguished gentlemen voted for articles of impeachment, as did Gingrich, their randy role model.) The class of ’94 also included a black Republican, J. C. Watts, who at least had the integrity to leave Congress in 2003 to become a bona fide lobbyist rather than go on a K Street lobbyist’s payroll while still in public office. He was a fleeting novelty; there’s been no black Republican elected to either chamber of Congress since. Today the G.O.P.’s token black is its party chairman, Michael Steele, who last week unveiled his latest strategy for recruiting minority voters. “My plan is to say, ‘Ya’ll come!’ ” he explained, adding “I got the fried chicken and potato salad!”

Among Sotomayor’s questioners, both Coburn and Lindsey Graham are class of ’94. They — along with Jeff Sessions, a former Alabama attorney general best known for his unsuccessful prosecutions of civil rights activists — set the Republicans’ tone last week. In one of his many cringe-inducing moments, Grahamsuggested to Sotomayor that she had “a temperament problem” and advised that “maybe these hearings are a time for self-reflection.” That’s the crux of the ’94 spirit, even more than its constant, whiny refrain of white victimization: Hold others to a standard that you would not think of enforcing on yourself or your peers.

Maureen Dowd:

Who can forget the glory years, when the Gipper invoked God but never went to church? When Arlen Specter accused Anita Hill of perjury to distract from Clarence Thomas’s false witness? When Newt Gingrich and other conservatives indulged in affairs with young Washington peaches as they pushed to impeach Bill Clinton?

No one had more flair than W. and Cheney, crowing about making us safe as they made the world more dangerous, and bragging about fiscal restraint while they spent us into oblivion.

Ah, those were the days, my friends, we thought they would never end.

And maybe they haven’t…

You betcha.

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