I’ve just come across an excerpt from a new book “One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America” written by Kevin Kruse. I’ll be tripping to my local library this week to check it out. It’s message couldn’t be more timely for our Nation.
The excerpt focuses specifically on “How one reverend’s big business-backed crusade altered the political landscape.” It’s an important read because it details the origins of the incongruent marriage between christianity and the corporatocracy. Here are some quotes from the article:
“Fifield and like-minded ministers saw Christianity and capitalism as inextricably intertwined, and argued that spreading the gospel of one required spreading the gospel of the other.”
“Notably, Fifield dismissed the many passages in the New Testament about wealth and poverty, and instead assured the elite that their worldly success was a sign of God’s blessings.”
“The first step would be making ministers realize that they, too, had something to fear from the growth of government. “The religious leaders must be helped to discover that their callings are threatened,” Haake argued, by realizing that the “collectivism” of the New Deal, “with the glorification of the state, is really a denial of God.” ”
“The magazine (Faith and Freedom) repeatedly denounced the Social Gospel and, just as important, clergymen who invoked it to advocate for the establishment and expansion of welfare state programs.”
With quotes like these, I can now understand memes like these:
According to Mr. Kruse, one individual and a whole lot of corporate money hijacked our democracy under the guise of maintaining our individual independence from government intervention. What really happened is that we gave up our independence in the name of religion to the coporatocracy and they relentlessly colonized the American public to the point of third world status.
As I read the excerpt, I couldn’t help but notice the effects of Mr. Fifield’s movement in America’s Unseen Revolution where the financial elite control policy making and legislation (a shift from democracy to oligarchy). Within the framework of Mr. Fifield’s ‘One Nation Under God’ message, modern corporate leaders are allowed to claim a disproportionate sense of doing God’s work with “a messianic belief in privatization and profits” (John Perkins, Hoodwinked). One could correctly conclude from the message that God has ordained the third world status of America by empowering corporate leaders.
Corporate leaders are doing a superior job of making loads of money on the foundations of Mr. Fifield’s movement, and they are doing it to the exclusion of the rest of the American population.
We have a few weapons in our arsenal as citizens of the Republic: We can educate and inform ourselves – no matter how uncomfortable the material. We can vote for leaders who aren’t afraid to impose boundaries on Wall Street. We can choose to keep religion within the four walls and privacy of our homes and out of government decision making.
I am not the only one who understands that our nation is at a crucial point in its history – with the next election we will decide whether to continue as a democracy or give over completely to oligarchy. It is information such as Mr. Kruse’ book that will sway the balance.
Here’s to a healthy nation,