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In case you haven’t read the documents that have shaped a policy that was at work in the Kavanaughed Court of this past week, you might want to take a moment to see how much the GOP has been following a template. While nuanced by Steve Bannon and play-acted by Lord Dampnut it is the same lust for power where SCOTUS is, unfortunately, a big prize for dominionists.

These hateful screeds have been around since whatever anti-democratic regime made up its plans for conquest anywhere else on the planet (note that the word “democratic” never appears in the below documents). GOP planning documents like this have been around forever, as their pundits and media strategy documents in the 1970s have shown. Even as some efforts are labeled with various frames like “traditionalism” they share a syncretic RW family resemblance as Jeff Sharlet’s work has shown, among others.

The GOP Southern Strategy was no different in terms of its proto-fascism, it simply appropriated the segregationist logic that had to be jettisoned during the civil rights era and mimicked the anti-communist theorists like the John Birchers who are now the Kochs.

Today’s GOP continues the suburbanization narrative beyond any regional constraints. They are simply committed to their cause — it is a long game just like dominionism as a cult continues with occasional prophetic and coded rebranding, but retains anti-democratic theocratic goals. Trump ironically remains their useful idiot, beyond his obvious puppetry.

(2004) To get a sense of how revolutionary the political fight for power in the U.S. is, we need to look at a few quotes from what has been dubbed, “Paul Weyrich’s Teaching Manual,” the Free Congress Foundation’s strategic plan on how to gain control of the government of the U.S. Written by Eric Heubeck, and titled, “The Integration of Theory and Practice: A Program for the New Traditionalist Movement”….The excerpts explain why the Dominionists are winning; the tactics they endorse are sheer Machiavellian

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1) Falsehoods are not only acceptable, they are a necessity. The corollary is: The masses will accept any lie if it is spoken with vigor, energy and dedication.

2) It is necessary to be cast under the cloak of “goodness” whereas all opponents and their ideas must be cast as “evil.”

3) Complete destruction of every opponent must be accomplished through unrelenting personal attacks.

4) The creation of the appearance of overwhelming power and brutality is necessary in order to destroy the will of opponents to launch opposition of any kind.

[…]

The fact that Weyrich’s plan has actually been instituted is all around us. The Council on Foreign Relations is mimicked by the secretive dominionist Council for National Policy. [2] The so called “liberal” press is countered with Fox News and Sun Myung Moon’s Washington Times , and dominionist talk show hosts spew their right wing political views and venom from coast to coast. Public schools are countered with private home and chartered schools. And in the last few months a move has been made within the churches to break-up and divide denominations along the lines of conservative beliefs in certain social issues so that two sets of churches will be created: one that practices right wing politics and one that is liberal!

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As the Kavanagh Court saga has taught us, it is about power, and perhaps a much darker psychopathy that is now reaching for its greatest prizes in terms of controlling the laws of the nation.

(2001) The Integration of Theory and Practice: A Program for the New Traditionalist Movement by Eric Heubeck

The document is a matter-of-fact overview of the exact tactics that Rove, Weyrich, and the conservative movement will use to keep moderates and liberals out of office and off the media radar. Heubeck writes, in part, “We must, as Mr. Weyrich has suggested, develop a network of parallel cultural institutions existing side-by-side with the dominant leftist cultural institutions. The building and promotion of these institutions will require the development of a movement that will not merely reform the existing post-war conservative movement, but will in fact be forced to supersede it—if it is to succeed at all—because it will pursue a very different strategy and be premised on a very different view of its role in society….”

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For those who wish to find more information, please look at Frederick Clarkson’s writings and his work on religious freedom.

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