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Able Chronicle Of An Insidious Threat,
This review is from: C Street: The Fundamentalist Threat to American Democracy (Hardcover)In The Family Jeff Sharlet first exposed to public view the inner workings of an elaborate, elitist conspiracy to co-opt US politics and governance in the service of plutocrats masquerading in a religious guise. Now C Street is an excellent sequel, giving further details of this cabal, naming names, exposing hypocrisy, and identifying the trails by which The Family has insinuate itself into US and world power.
Sharlet begins with a chronicle of the seamy love affairs conducted by some of The Family's most well known names: Sanford, Ensign, and Pickering. I found the story of Sanford, the former Governor of South Carolina, particularly illuminating in that it describes how he used an assumed religious persona to gain power in one of the poorest states in the nation, where he pursued policies aimed at diverting resources away from the poor and middle class and towards the wealthy few. That really sums up the whole purpose of The Family: to assume a godly outer face to gain the support of people who do not recognize that the people they are voting for are advocates of policies designed to isolate and damage their own futures. More hypocrisy is detailed in other chapters dealing with the surrogate war against gays being conducted in Uganda with the open support of many US Family members and with attempts to inculcate a fundamentalist Family oriented religious orthodoxy on US servicemen and women.
Its easy to understand how in an economic climate like ours many people would flock to leaders who claim to be carrying out God's Will. That's why its even more important to read books like The Fmaily and C Street in order to better grasp the threat our nation faces from people who wave the Bible in one hand and the flag in the other while pursuing policies designed to enhance the wealth of a few and diminish the rest.