May 22, 2009 by Gsmith
The United States is the product of an internal revolution which abolished any connection between church, state and school. Much of Latin America, China and the late Soviet Union patterned their own government framework on the ideals of the American Republic. Unlike Canada and most of Europe, there is no official religion in the United States. Religious organizations are prohibited from attempting to influence political matters, and public policy is expected to be formulated exclusive of religious ideals or whims.
A good example of the wishes of the founding fathers in this regard is the Treaty of Tripoli, which stated that “the government of the United States is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion…”
One of the movements which has traditionally tried to subvert this healthy separation is known today as Neo-Conservatism. Many people use that term but few people know exactly what Neo-Conservatism is. Brother Grégoire is fairly conversant in what Neo-Conservatism is and is not, only because he has spent the last twenty years reading Trotsky. Defining it comprehensively would be well beyond anything I could do on a blog article, but attempting to insert religion into public life is one of the basic tenets of this philosophical movement to influence historical trends.
Leo Strauss, a German-born political philosopher who got tenure at the University of Chicago, is probably the godfather of Neo-Conservatism. One of his students was a man named Irving Kristol. Kristol is one of the very few Neo-Conservatives who will actually admit to being part of the movement, and he serves as something of a spokesman.
Strauss was disturbed by the fact that the secular state led to a tendency toward nihilism. He taught his students that the broad masses of people needed mythology, and that the easiest thing that a political leader could do is to use the existing framework established by Christianity and Judaism to control their thoughts and behaviors, and to direct society as a whole in the direction most convenient for those at the top.
Most importantly, Strauss advocated that the people at the top must appear to be Protestants, Catholics and Jews, but that they must never believe these philosophies in their hearts. They are only to use their membership in these traditions to identify with the people, and so that they can use their knowledge of the scriptures to influence the population they control and control their thoughts and behaviors.
All the original Neo-Conservatives were originally Trotskyists (anti-Stalin Marxist-Leninists) in the 20th century. Not all Trotskyists are Neo-Conservatives. Strauss appears to have cynically used selective interpretations of Uncle Leo’s work to build a cadre of people (like Kristol, who was a very active Communist in NYC) who eventually took control of the U.S. Government.
Many interesting examples of the “work” of the Neo-Conservatives exist, but nothing could be more timely than the following collection.
I would have posted this interesting collage yesterday, but I wanted to talk to someone at GQ first just to make sure they had no claim to these image. Despite the fingerprint, I was assured that these were legitimate products of the U.S. Government, paid for and produced by the American taxpayer, and therefore they exist in the public domain… no copyright, 2009
When I was a fifteen-year old little kid I visited a Christian tent revival with my foster family. The preacher was of the same denomination as a girlfriend I missed; so I went right up when he called out and got myself baptized a Christian. That’s the extent of my connection to Christianity; and yet even I find myself offended by this claptrap which has been foisted on sincere Christians.
In creating these cover sheets and distributing them throughout the military and White House, Donald Rumsfeld and his boss, President George W Bush, have perverted the true teachings of Christ and led many Christians into a false political consciousness, overriding their good judgment and encouraging them to commit acts of terrible barbarity. I hope this example is recorded, that the next generation might be a bit more skeptical about the next “crusade”.