One way to gain control of the population and string it along is with fear and hatred. Bush did a great job of that with 9/11 and pushing us into war just like the Nazi's did. Rah Rah Rah. Kill the bad guys. Save us from evil. It's so Orwellian and Hitlerian, it's uncanny.. but it worked on millions of Americans. Since the rest of us who maintained some sort of intelligence are still around, the fascists/corporatists took over the mass media and more or less squashed our voices.
Corporatism, a nice word for fascism is taking over our society in record breaking time compared to the way Hitler did it. With a good solid fascist government in control, the White House can pursue it's agenda of World Domination.. and they don't give a shit whether you and I get killed in the process. Huge fundamentalist Christian Corporations (in addition to oil companies and the energy industry) back this President and they have millions of Americans under their spell; many are apocalyptic Christians who are hell bent on being raptured because they are tired of trying to take responsibility for their actions on earth and want to die and be saved. Quickly.
These corporations back Bush with lots and lots of money. Since Bush is allied with Israel and likes to invade other countries to make his friends rich through war profiteering and building pipelines so you and I can drive SUVs, he's pretending to go along with the apocalyptic Christians. Why do I know that Bush doesn't buy this apocalypse stuff? Because he is a money hungry, greedy, selfish kid who never grew up is why.
There are 3 other possibilities: Bush doesn't believe this shit and is merely pursuing a fascist dictatorship for the benefit of the very rich, who according to the Bible are going to hell anyway so they might as well have fun here on earth now, or he is really the antichrist who is responsible for bring on Armageddon or he has the Messiah Complex to the nth degree and wants to lead the charge to Armageddon as a good guy. Nah. He's too greedy.
For me personally, if there is an Armageddon, I believe that it will come from an alien invasion. Remember Reagan? But let's get back to the wacko fundies...
They believe that they will be raptured, that is caught up with Jesus in the blink of an eye. I call it being nuked (by aliens or else nuked by the rest of the world) who are sincerely pissed at the US for it's imperialism and war profiteering. Here are the Bible quotes supposedly endorsing the rapture:
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18: For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.Sounds like an alien invasion. I don't mean to be smart. But really now. Anyway, it's pretty clear now that Bush is pursuing this armageddon, end times agenda with Christian Zionists to keep their $upport and get votes on election day.
Mark 13:26-27: And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory. And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven.
Revelation 11:11-12: And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them. And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them.
The story in a nutshell is this: The Temple in Israel that was destroyed in 70AD needs to be rebuilt according to prophecy, the Jews in Israel are supposed to be there cause God said so thousands of years ago, the Jews need to be converted (fat chance and I don't blame them), a great war, Armageddon will happen and these very righteous, holy Christians will get raptured up to heaven without feeling the heat.
So while the US government is supporting Israel because they need some sort of presence in oil rich mid eastern lands, the Christian Zionists are supporting the government thinking that they are complicit with the plan to help Jesus start the end times. It's very complicated but I assure you that the US motives are not to bring on the absolute end of the world.. it's to dominate the world. Sure they will start a huge world war and millions will be nuked and killed, but that's ok cause they want a new world order and they have bunkers.
So far, and lucky for us who are awake, BushCo is sinking in their own stink they created in Iraq. Bush knew about the torture prisons being run by the CIA. Read the news. If he didn't, don't you think he would have fired his cabinet? If he had an ounce of compassion, he would have. But we know he doesn't because he signed execution orders for over 150 people in Texas without allowing DNA evidence to be checked. He even mocked the pleas of a woman on death row begging for reconsideration. This man is no Christian, let me tell you.
Today in the Village Voice there is an article called: Bush White House checked with rapture Christians before latest Israel move:The Jesus Landing Pad. It seems that the Bush administration still needs the so called "Christian" support of his electorate so they "consulted" with the "Apostolic Congress" which is part of an important and disciplined political constituency courted by recent Republican administrations. As a subset of the broader Christian Zionist movement, it has a lengthy history of opposition to any proposal that will not result in what it calls a "one-state solution" in Israel according to the article. The US National Security Council's top Middle East aide consults with apocalyptic Christians eager to ensure American policy on Israel conforms with their sectarian doomsday scenarios. These Christians oppose a Palestinian state at all costs because the bible says that this land belongs to the Jews. They also need to have the mosque where the temple once was torn down so a new temple can be built. If this doesn't happen, then Jesus won't come back! in his flying saucer
Are you vomiting yet? Our US National Security Council is in on this? Hey what ever happened to the people's say in the government of this country? Oh yeah, we gave it up after Bush's Reichtag Fire, I mean 9/11.
The Apostolic Congress dates its origins to 1981, when, according to its website, "Brother Stan Wachtstetter was able to open the door to Apostolic Christians into the White House." ...Ronald Reagan bore theological affinities with such Christians because of his belief that the world would end in a fiery Armageddon....Oh my. These nuts get to meet with the president and I can't go and talk some sense into him. Oh yeah, I don't make enough money to not pay taxes, so he isn't going to listen to me.
While the language of apocalyptic Christianity is absent from George W. Bush's speeches, he has proven eager to work with apocalyptics—a point of pride for Upton [he's the pastor for the Apostolic Congress]. "We're in constant contact with the White House," he boasts. "I'm briefed at least once a week via telephone briefings. . . . I was there about two weeks ago . . . At that time we met with the president."
Last spring, after President Bush announced his Road Map plan for peace in the Middle East, the Apostolic Congress co-sponsored an effort with the Jewish group Americans for a Safe Israel that placed billboards in 23 cities with a quotation from Genesis ("Unto thy offspring will I give this land") and the message, "Pray that President Bush Honors God's Covenant with Israel. Call the White House with this message." It then provided the White House phone number and the Apostolic Congress's Web address.Then what happened was the White House got 50,000 postcards opposing the Road Map, which aims to create a Palestinian state. Then Bush started backpedaling. Now if the rest of us knew about this stuff, we'd be sending millions of postcards to the White House. Maybe we better get cracking.
Bush doesn't know what he wants does he? On one hand he is proposing ways to achieve peace in the Middle East (supposedly) and on the other hand his staff is consorting with Christian Zionists who really don't give a shit if there is peace in the Middle East or not as long as they get raptured.
Now go and read this article then report back to me