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As watertiger put it, grifters gotta grift

Here again cometh Christian pin-up Ralph Reed and this time with More-Deity-For-Your-Dollars! He had to shut down that Indian Tribe swindle he had going – and damn but that was good money! Former partner Jack Abramoff went and changed careers after getting himself convicted and sent to jail. Jack’s into redemption now, so Ralph is back to plain old huckstering, an ancient, if dishonorable, profession. (See those annoying little points on the pocket handkerchief? There’s yer proof that Ralph’s the too too smooth sort.)

Does make me wonder where is Tom DeLay these days?

David Barton belongs in a tent in Tennessee in 1911. But he’s a right wing fav instead just like ‘Pastor’ John Hagee who says the Catholic Church is the anti-Christ. Oh I could go on . . . I do go on. And on.

(Oy. This post got away from me. It’s long and should probably be two posts. But do check out the photo below.)

Did you know Newt Gingrich is a fan of David Barton? Barton is the ‘historian’ made famous by Glenn Beck on his FOX show, and who’s now all the rage in conservative christian circles. If I ever see the likes of Romney with this guy, I may start believing that the End Times really are near. Whoops!  Too late. Already happened. Grab your children near . . .

Mother Jones tells us a bit about Barton today (h/t Kay at The Fifth Column). Juicylicious video there where he says things like :

BARTON: The Founders did not support slavery or engage in the practice.

Really? Washington, Jefferson, Madison were not the only slaveholders, but they were among the largest – owning hundreds of slaves each.

BARTON: The US fought the Revolutionary War because the Founders rejected the British Empire’s endorsement of slavery.

Really? The Founders were afraid or unable to deal with slavery when writing the US Constitution. They decided to let future generations deal with it.

BARTON:  the Founding Fathers “already had the entire debate on creation and evolution,” and sided with Creationism.

Really? The theory of evolution was presented in Charles Darwin’s seminal volume, The Origin of Species. It was published in 1859.

This is genuinely crazy stuff and should be laughed out a fourth grade classroom. It would have been 30 years ago.

But Barton is not a one-off just doing his thing on Beck’s show. He is a name in  the Christian Reconstructionism wing of the Republican Party. And there are a lot of them. The photo below was taken at Ralph Reed’s most recent  gimme-your-money-suckers event put together for the rubes by his Faith & Freedom Coalition (they use the ampersand in the logo see, cuz it’s more logoish). Feast your eyes upon those who would lead America into a new 18th century.

Christianists and profiteers together again

 Richard Lee – author of the American Patriots Bible, something the Twelve Apostles meant to get published but just didn’t get around to it.
Ralph Reed – first rate con man coordinated scam on Indian tribes with Jack Abrahmoff. Made them both rich.
Glenn Beck – Mormon. Megalomaniac. Got rich demagoging (seems to work every time).
Pastor John Hagee – Evangelical, preaches that the Catholic Church is the “whore of Babylon” as found in the Book of Revelations. McCain was ‘grateful’ for his support in ’08.
David Barton – da man
Jim Garlow – says gay marriage will lead to enslavement of Christians. Honest.
Tom Mullins – leader of Christ Fellowship church with a gajillion parishioners or whatever. Not crazy best I can tell.
Robert Georgeled boycott of this years’ RNC convention cuz they allowed gay Republicans to attend or something.
 
 

Jack Abramoff and Ralph Reed together again. Not.

A golf outing in Scotland - that's Abramoff on the left, Reed front middle and on the right former Rep. Bob Ney* who got scooped up in the mess.

Remember when they fought the law and the law won? Sadly, it broke up their little family and there were some squabbles. Such good times.

They were quite a pair back in the day . . . these two darlings of the Christian Right and AIPAC ran a brilliant coordinated con  (with a little help from Tom DeLay). Dueling, dancing lobbyists playing each others’ casino clients one against the other, working from a script they developed in advance. All the while, Reed was wearing a flag and carrying a cross. It was highly profitable – bags of that money got funnelled into Mr. DeLay’s favorite ’causes’. (Plus Jack and Tom had some good times in the Marianas Islands making sure near slave labor conditions went uninterrupted because there was money to be made there too. ) 

Abramoff went to jail – I can hardly remember what for – but angel-faced Ralph got off still squeaky clean with his shoes shined. As for Tom, who cares any more.

Because Abramoff’s story sucked up all the oxygen, Ralph managed to lay low till everyone forgot what a little worm he was, so he’s now been allowed back into the club. He recently organized a Faith and Freedom Coalition Conference (these conferences always have the flag/cross thing in the name) and got all the kewl kids to come.  Richard Land,  head of the public policy arm of the Southern Baptist Church, was one of them.

Land spoke kindly of his friend. And he undertook to deflect any attempts to stain the good name of his friend and fellow Christian by saying:

“Most evangelicals who know about it view Ralph as a victim and that he was victimized by Abramoff like so many others,” Land said adding, “Conservatives don’t have any problem with people making money.”

That’s what the man said. And Reed stood there beaming.

*Ney resigned Congress in disgrace and went to jail. When I started this blog, for some reason he commented here and we had a brief correspondence. He’d sobered up in jail, expressed genuine remorse and put his life in order. He seems to be an okay guy. So good for him.

Remember little Ralph Reed?

After his buddy Jack Abramoff went to the slammer and little Ralph escaped just by the hair on his chinny-chin-chin, I kind of hoped we’d heard the last of him. But God has called him back to the world stage to foul the airwaves in Nevada with this little piece of opportunistic trash.