According to Mark Twain, there used to be a Christian sect called the Lying Baptists. They weren’t as much fun as it seems — they were just less absolute than the other Baptists, and were willing to lie to save the lives of innocent children (for example.)
But we now seem to have a batch of Christians (and Moonies) who are completely brazen and shameless, and who are willing to lie all the time. Look at this interview with the godly Dennis Hastert from the Moonie Washington Times (complete text):
Washington, DC, Aug. 29 (UPI) — House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., had harsh words Sunday for Hungarian-born billionaire George Soros, a major financial backer of anti-Bush 527 groups. “You know, I don’t know where George Soros gets his money,” Hastert said on Fox News Sunday. “I don’t know where — if it comes overseas or from drug groups or where it comes from.” A number of Soros-backed groups, operating as part of the Open Society network, have been advocates for the legalization of what, in the United States, are illegal narcotics. “The fact is we don’t know where (Soros’) money comes from,” Hastert said. “Before, transparency — and what we’re talking about in transparency in election reform is you know where the money comes from. You get a $25 check or a $2,500 check or $25,000 check, put it up on the Internet. You know where it comes from, and there it is,” Hasert [sic] said.
Link: Washington Times
What’s wrong with this garbled mess?
First of all, Hastert is following the standard RNC script interpreting the Swift Boat Veterans controversy — which is in actuality a slanderous and dishonest character assassination perpetrated by allies of President Bush — as just a problem with soft money and specifically the new 527’s (which the Democrats have used more effectively than the Republicans so far). He’s not the only one doing this.
Next, Hastert is slandering Soros, suggesting that he’s been involved in the drug trade: “You know, I don’t know where George Soros gets his money,” Hastert said on Fox News Sunday. “I don’t know where — if it comes overseas or from drug groups or where it comes from”. (He will be able to back down by saying that he admitted that he didn’t know where Soros’ money came from — and perhaps even claim that he meant the same legal drug manufacturers who have given so heavily to Bush).
Of course, we do know where Soros’ money comes from, and it is indeed from “overseas”: his money comes from international currency trading — a legitimate business which Soros has revolutionized, and which all good free-traders should support (though possibly there should be reforms, as Soros himself has suggested.)
But international currency trading is one of the Jewy-Jew types of businesses, and we can be sure that Hastert’s audience understands this. Republicans still have a strong nativist streak, and their present philo-Semitism is limited to a calculated attempt to lure the seven-headed dragon out of the sea in order to bring on Armageddon, the end of the world, and the Rapture. (The Israelis are just dragon-bait, in case they don’t know that yet).
In this short interview, Hastert also confuses the meaning of disclosure. Disclosure doesn’t have anything to do with the question of where Soros’ money came from. It has to do with whether Soros’ political donations are disclosed.
And finally, perhaps the biggest sinister foreign moneybags in American politics is the Rev. Moon — the publisher of the Washington Times where this interview appeared! Moon has donated hundreds of millions of dollars to conservative and Republican causes over recent decades. He is a convicted felon who has literally declared himself to be the Second Coming of Christ (Moon’s unsuccessful “little brother”). And while nobody knows exactly where Moon’s money comes from (he’s much more mysterious than Soros), the best bet is that it comes from brainwashed cult members and bamboozled Japanese widows. Moon has kinky ideas about marriage and seems to think that homosexuals should be exterminated, and his various foreign entanglements include the sale of missile-armed submarines to North Korea.
But Soros is the sinister one — not Moon! In short, not only do they Republicans not care at all about big money in politics, they don’t care at all about mentally deranged foreign-born billionaire cult leaders taking over the American political process.
Soros is actually an estimable guy who played a significant role in the fall of Communism, but you won’t find out about that from the Republicans.
They just lie. All the time.
Salon, 2004: Moon declares himself the Messiah, and is crowned in the halls of Congress / Salon, 2003 / Gorenfeld Moon page / Rotten Moon page / ZMag Moon page / Perkel Moon page / Moon and Bush the First / Moon’s daughter-in law testifies
BONUS: The Koch brothers.
The secretive Koch brothers of Wichita, Kansas have given hundreds of millions to conservative and libertarian causes. Their special interest are low taxes and deregulation, and they have a special hatred for environmental laws. Their oil company is the second largest privately-held company in the U.S., and since it is privately held it can be managed in virtual secrecy. Their father, who founded the family business, was also a founding member of the John Birch Society (which claimed that President Eisenhower was a Communist), but the brothers have found it possible to work more within the system.