Saturday, June 14, 2014
The Family and the "new realities" of conservatives
Ron Suskind in an October 17, 2004, The New York Times Magazine article by writer , quoted an unnamed aide to George W. Bush. The quote was later attributed to Karl Rove.
The aide said that Suskind lives "in what we call the reality-based community," which he defined as people who "believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality." ...
"That's not the way the world really works anymore. We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality—judiciously, as you will—we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors…and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do."
This is essentially the philosophy of The Family and Douglas Coe. The Family or The Fellowship, a secretive militant fundamentalist Christian association led by Coe.
Coe admires power and compares Jesus to “Lenin, Ho Chi Minh, Bin Laden” as examples of leaders who change the world through the strength of the covenants they had forged with their “brothers.”
He preached that special people are not bound by social conventions. He admired the grandiose plans of some notorious leaders and their ability to wield power.
Coe compared Jesus's teachings to the Red Guard during the Chinese Cultural Revolution:
I’ve seen pictures of young men in the Red Guard of China... they would bring in this young man’s mother and father, lay her on the table with a basket on the end, he would take an axe and cut her head off.... They have to put the purposes of the Red Guard ahead of the mother-father-brother-sister – their own life! That was a covenant. A pledge. That was what Jesus said.
Jeff Sharlet wrote a book about the family based on living in the family's C-street dorm in Washington DC. He considers the family a Christian activist organization and not a conspiracy. Many conservative US representatives and Senators have lived in this dorm
The Family can trace its origins to Abraham Vereide, a Norwegian clergyman, who had fascist leanings and catered to the Republican "outs" during the New Deal. Vereide was the founder of what eventually became the National Prayer breakfast.
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