Donald J. Trump is the perfect empty vessel. An amoral receptacle ready and eager to be filled with especially anti-democratic ideas. Ideas that cater to his lust for authoritarian power. And, like many others before him he is being carefully manipulated by certain members of Congress – and others in industry in positions of that power – who belong to a shadowy group of mostly Conservative Republicans known as “The Fellowship” or, “The Family.”
I urge you, and all who read this, to please watch the Netflix series called “The Family.” You will then understand how deeply rooted the problem that we face is in our attempt to maintain a Democracy. A Democracy in which the common people hold political power and favoring social equality. This group, The Family, with the blessings of their perverted idea of Christ, is devoted to an anti-Democratic ideal of governance. They see themselves as “the chosen.” The wolves. They see Donald Trump as “The Wolf King.” And they see us as the sheep. And, they are convinced that whatever they, the wolves, need to do in order to hold power over us, the sheep, is always in our best interests.
The Fellowship holds one regular public event each year, the National Prayer Breakfast, which is in Washington, D.C. Every sitting United States president since Dwight D. Eisenhower has participated in at least one National Prayer Breakfast during his term. If you you cherish Democracy and are not familiar with this eighty-five year old sub rosa group of ranking United States government officials, corporate executives, heads of religious and humanitarian aid organizations, and ambassadors and high-ranking politicians from across the world, you need to be. This is the group that controls Washington, and us. This is the group that excuses every action by one of their own – from the merely felonious to the obscenely heinous. As a group they are deeply anti-Democratic in the true sense of the word.
They are Fundamentalists – also in the truest of sense of the word. Fundamentalism is characterized by a strict belief in the literal interpretation of religious texts. The cabinet that Donald Trump has assembled is the most fundamentalist in America’s history. This explains this administration’s hostility towards science, and Trump’s stubborn refusal to act on the warnings he received about a looming pandemic which has now killed at least 113,900 people and counting. Oh, and destroyed our economy.
Their spiritual guide was a man much like the wizard of Oz; behind the curtain. And, in many pictures, can be seen standing behind the President whoever it is at the time.
Doug Coe was his name. Among other things, Coe asked his followers to “imagine pure power, as modeled by Hitler and other totalitarians” One video clip in the Netflix series is of a lecture given by Coe in 1989, in which he invites his audience to think about “Hitler, Goebbels, and Himmler.” The three men were so powerful because “they bound themselves together in an agreement. A covenant.” He can also be seen on video instructing; “imagine that power used for Christ, for good instead of evil. Jesus said, you got to put him before mother, father, brother, sister. Hitler, Lenin, Mao, that’s what they taught the kids. Mao even had the kids killing their own mother and father. But it wasn’t murder. It was for building the new nation. The new kingdom.” This was, and is, the incubator of so many of today’s Right-Wing Conservative leaders.
Is it any wonder then that these people believe in their hearts that whatever they do is okay because it is only in the pursuit of “good.” Thus, supporting murderous regimes in Haiti and Indonesia and Somalia, supporting machete militias and “kill lists” and rape rooms which were/are all blessed by the Family’s faith and financed by its “leaders led by God” in Washington are all for “the good.” As is altruistically ridding us of those burdensome pesky protections known as “regulations.”
Thus, supporting someone as amoral and divisive as Donald J. Trump is for “the good.”
So, the Bible’s King David, who, in Doug Coe’s telling, “liked to do really, really bad things,” is to be revered. Why? Again, in Coe’s words; “Because he was chosen.” In the moral code of these people in The Family; anything you do in pursuit of a goal is to be excused because you have been “chosen.” And, make no mistake, the goal, no matter how these people shine it, is pure power.
Please, watch The Family on Netflix. And, if you can’t, then please check out the book, “The Family” by investigative journalist Jeff Sharlet, on which the Netflix series is based.
And, if you’re not yet convinced of how deep the anti-Democracy “religious” rot is, click on this.
There is only ONE solution, only ONE way to fight this; we MUST vote all Republicans OUT of office in November.
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Just wanted you to know that we had drinks tonight with one of Australia’s premier election watchers. He predicts that Trump will lose by a landslide and that the Senate will remain Republican. So let’s go after the Republican senators.
i hope he’s wrong about the Senate Peggy. And i still fear that the Electoral College and all the voter suppression, and the hacking, and the Coronavirus – which i now suspect Trump wants to continue to keep the turnout small – will combine to keep him in office. i hope i am wrong too. thanks. be well and continue…
Speechless. Words fail. Putting The Family on my Netflix watch list. Tonight. With reservations…dislike going to bed angry as hell. Maybe I’ll be up all night…
and the thing is the rationalizations they have…they think of themselves as so very good…so Godly…so “chosen.” it’s quite amazing. thanks Raye. be well and…continue…
And don’t forget the heinous ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council, another terrifying and far-reaching group. I a sentence: We are fucked.
i haven’t…and i’ve written about ALEC too. continue…
Hi, Tony – Many moons have gone by since we hung with Barry and Penny before Penny ostracized me for God knows what and I haven’t seen you since before then. I read your newsletter often and am at least as aghast as you are at the present state of affairs and its absolutely vile prequel. Yes, The Family. I had to stop at episode #2 or so. Too scary. So glad you are bringing this up. I’ll have to go back and see it again. I still do my cartoon Life After Birth. It’s on culturalweekly.com It might be a nice addition for Barking… In any case, I would like to say hi to you via actual telephone or some such thing. I’m at my old Miami cell. And you??? Keep ranting. xo/Carol Green
Oops. I didn’t realize this was going to be posted for all to see. This is one of the downsides of multi-tasking. Please remove all identifying marks and scars and give me a call. Hope you’re well. xo cg
i deleted the # …oh, ul prolly get a knock on your door from the FBI. but not to worry. continue…
Hi Carol, glad ur still at it. yeah, my hair is on fire like never before…at the young age of 82+ all i can really do is write my rage. anyway, be well. continue…
I was convinced a very long time ago.
of course…but if you can see this Netflix show – do. thanx Peggy and be well, continue…