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Here are excerpts from the lead on AlterNet, on July 12, 2021, entitled "Trump's Jesus fascists worry experts following reports on Christian GOP churches."

"Experts, journalists, and chroniclers of religious extremism are sounding alarm bells over a Washington Post expose' on 'a growing Christian movement that is nondenominational, openly political and has become an engine of former president Donald Trump's Republican Party.' As The Post explains:"

" 'It is a world in which demons are real, miracles are real, and the ultimate mission is not just transforming individual lives but also turning civilization itself into their version of God's Kingdom: one with two genders, no abortion, a free-market economy, Bible-based education, church-based social programs and laws such as the ones curtailing LGBTQ rights now moving through statehouses around the country.' "

"This is not just the world they want to create for themselves, as damaging and dangerous as that might be. This is a world they want to mandate for America. In short, one could say, an American theocracy. Or worse, something that looks a bit like a scene from Margaret Atwood's dystopian work, The Handmaid's Tale. . .."

"This is the world of Trump's spiritual adviser Paula White," The Post explains, "and many more lesser-known but influential religious leaders who prophesied that Trump would win the election and helped organize nationwide prayer rallies in the days before the Jan. 6 insurrection, speaking of an imminent 'heavenly strike' and 'a Christian populist uprising,' leading many who stormed the Capitol to believe they were taking back the country for God. . . ."

"The Post says this new Christian movement 'includes some of the largest congregations in the nation . . . Its most successful leaders are considered apostles and prophets, including some with followings in the hundreds of thousands, publishing empires, TV shows, vast prayer networks, podcasts, spiritual academies, and branding in the form of T-shirts, bumper stickers and even flags."

"And they have ordained Trump as 'God's chosen leader.' "

One might say that something like an "American Christian Nation Party" is in formation.

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In 1994-95, I wrote, and in 1996 under the pseudonym Jonathan Westminster I self-published (under the imprint Thomas Jefferson Press) a book entitled The 15% Solution: A Political History of American Fascism, 2001-2022. (The fictional author's name was a play on the name "Jack London." For in 1908 he published a book called "The Iron Heel," which predicted the rise of a fascist state, 11 years before the first one appeared in Hungary in 1919.) The book was purportedly published in 2048, on the 25th anniversary of the conclusion the Second Civil War and the restoration of Constitutional Democracy in the United States. In 2013, the third version of the book (not a third edition, for very little re-writing/additional writing was done), under the title The 15% Solution: How the Republican Religious Right Took Control of the U.S. 1981-2022," was published by Trepper and Katz Impact Books: A Division of Punto Press, New York. This version is available on Amazon.

As the book projects (from the perspective of 1994-96), as the United States moves further and further to the Right in the period 1996-2001, led by a Republican Party that itself is moving further and further to the Right and further and further under the control of the Christian Right, and a Democratic Party run by the (real) Democratic Leadership Council that offers little effective resistance to that development, one Jefferson Davis Hague moves into the leadership of the Republicans. (His family name reflects not the capital of The Netherlands, but his indirect descent by from the old right-wing Democratic Boss of Jersey City, N.J., Frank Hague.)

The Republican Party is significantly aided in its takeover of national and state politics by a voter suppression strategy called "The 15% Solution," originally developed in 1989 by an organization called "The Christian collation." [Yes, folks, it was real, and is described in detail, with references, in the book.] By 2001 it had been applied over the whole of the nation and thus there was little resistance (at the ballot box) to the takeover at the national and state levels by what had become the "Republican-Christian Alliance." Hague was elected to his first term as President in 2004, and then, under the renamed "American Christian Nation Party," to a second term in 2008. Following the election of 2001, Inauguration Day was moved to December 25, and the event was held in the National Cathedral (which had been taken over from the Episcopalian Church by the Republican-Christian Alliance in that year). And so, on December 25, 2008, President Jefferson Davis Hague of the American Christian Nation Party gave his Second Inaugural Address.

In this address, Hague laid out, in great detail, the religious and religio-political basis of the ideology and programs of the American Christian Nation Party. Now we have no idea of whether Trump will actually move in the direction indicated in the reporting from The Post and AlterNet, summarized in The Post headline: "An American Kingdom: A new and rapidly growing Christian movement is openly political, wants a nation under God's authority, and is central to Donald Trump's GOP." To the extent that Trump actually believes in anything other than himself and dictatorship-to-come it might simply not be possible for him to get himself organized enough to engage in an actual religio-fascist takeover of the government. But with the right (and Right) kind of people around him, with a strong attachment to and alliance with the Christian Right, he just might be able to pull it off. And then, if he could actually be made to stick to the teleprompter, he might just deliver a speech like the one below, that Hague gave for his 2nd Inaugural (as, of course, projected from 1996). For it shows clearly what the politico-religious basis of the ideology and programs of an American Christian Nation Party, which, if the Post reporting is correct, some version may well be in formation, would look like. From The 15% Solution: How the Republican Religious Right Took Control of the U.S., 1981-2022, Section 2: The History, Chapter 10 - 2008: The Second Inaugural Address of President Jefferson Davis Hague (with footnotes and references from the [real] book).

My fellow Americans under God. I stand here before you on the birth­day of our Lord Jesus Christ, anticipating in all humili­ty the opportunity you have so gra­ciously given me to continue to do His bidding as your President. And I can tell you that His bidding now is to continue to fight the good fight, for the Lord, and for you the American people under God.

In fighting this fight, to the best of my ability, blessed by both our Lord Jesus Christ and you, the American people under God, I am both pleased and privileged to be able to announce today the first step we of the Second Hague Administration have taken to do just that. We have converted our nation's leading political party, the Republican"Christian Alliance, the party of God"fearing people that has put you in complete con­trol of the government here in Washington, into a brand"new entity.

This is an historic decision, comparable to the one that estab­lished the original Republican Party back in the mid"19th centu­ry. For all of us, Christian and pagan American alike, it will usher in a glorious new era of peace and harmony under the blessings of our Lord and his only son whose birthday we cele­brate today, Jesus Christ.

Reflecting the spirit of our times, and the best of all American tradi­tions, we have named our new party the American Chris­tian Nation Party. For yes, in truth, declaring and carrying out Chris­tian policies is the only way that we will be able to contin­ue to fight the good fight to rescue our beloved country from the forces of sin, Godlessness, and liberalism that continue to drag her down.

For inspiration, in this never"ending struggle I have turned often to the great Keith Fournier, who sat at the right hand of our beloved Rev. Pat Robertson, as the Executive Director of the American Center for Law and Justice. As he said (1994):

"The challenge I have as a Christian is to bring people to Jesus Christ, to a personal decision to accept Him as Savior and Lord, to bring them to personal repentance and conver­sion. But for me that is only the beginning. That salvation must be sus­tained, nourished, and deepened. It must also lead to personal transformation and holiness through im­plantation into Christ's Body, the church. The church is not an option, an extra we can accept or reject. It is the ark, the ship of God, and her mission is to help rescue and restore the drowning. This has always been her primary mission. The church exists to evangelize and disciple to­ward personal and corpo­rate transformation, a mission en­trusted to her by her Head, Master and Lord, the evangel Himself, Jesus Christ." [3]

To our friends who are not Christians we say first, join us, for the Chris­tian Way is the Godly Way. But for those Ameri­cans who choose to con­tinue to exercise their right as an American to freely prac­tice the reli­gion of their choosing, a right we fiercely defend, we say ally with us, to carry out the work of the Lord. And let me make it very clear that no one has any­thing to fear from our new party or the new poli­cies we will be carrying out, as long as he is a loyal American, devot­ed to God.

But let me also make it very clear that woe be to him who is God­less, or worships a false God, or does not accept the Holy Bible as the inerrant word of our Lord God and his only son Jesus Christ. For upon him will fall the wrath of God and our wrath too. Let that be known [4]. For as the great R.J. Rushdooney has said (Sloan):

"Every social order institutes its own program of separa­tion or segre­gation. A particular faith and morality is given privileged status and all else is separated for progressive elimination. . . . Every faith is an ex­clusive way of life; none is more dangerous than that which maintains the illu­sion of tolerance."

Let me now turn to sharing with you the genesis of our brand new American Christian Nation Party. It sprang from the God"inspired minds of the forefathers of our movement [5]. And it is the thinking of some of them, both great and small, that I would like to share with you now.

To set the stage as it were, I will first turn to the writings of Thomas P. Monaghan, a Senior Counsel of the American Cen­ter for Law and Justice (1994):

"In human existence there is only one moral order. This is an order that, through the grace of God, has been re­vealed to all hu­man beings. The Lord gives us reason and faith so that at all times and in all places we are called to the good, which is ulti­mately God Himself. We allChristians, pagans, and oth­ershave this law engraved on our hearts, . . . The choice before us today is what it has always been: Christ or Caesar. Caesar can never give the hu­man heart that for which it hun­gers. Christ can."

And how in our country, with our valued Constitution, do we recon­cile Caesar and Christ? The Rev. Pat [Robertson] himself told us (ACLU, 1992):

"The Constitution of the United States is a marvelous doc­u­ment for self"government by Christian people [emphasis added]. But the minute you turn the document into the hands of non"Christian peo­ple and athe­ist people, they can use it to de­stroy the very foundation of our soci­ety."

And the Rev. Pat told us how Christian governmental control is to be achieved and maintained (Freedom Writer, 2/95):

"Christians founded this nation, they built this nation, and for three hundred years they governed this nation. We can govern again. That's why I founded the Christian Co­ali­tion. . . . The mis­sion of the Christian Coalition is sim­ple: to mobilize Chris­tians one precinct at a time, until once again we are the head and not the tail, and at the top rather than the bottom of our political system." [6]

And finally the Rev. Pat, in 1993 speaking at his Regent Uni­ver­sity law school, predicted that what we have now achieved would indeed be achieved by us (Clarkson): "One day, if we read the Bi­ble correctly, we will rule and reign along with our sovereign, Jesus Christ."

But let me refer to other of our forefathers besides the good Reverend Pat. Being just plain forthright about it, the 1990s Republican Gover­nor Kirk Fordice of Mississippi put it thusly (Berke, 1992): "The Unit­ed States of America is a Christian nation. . . the less we emphasize the Christian religion the fur­ther we fall into the abyss of poor character and chaos. . . "

And our revered Randall Terry, the founder of Operation Rescue, the prototype of those many organizations which now militantly protect and defend God's Way, said back in August, 1993 (Foxman): "Our goal is a Christian nation. We have a biblical duty, we are called by God, to conquer this country. We don't want equal time. We don't want plu­ralism."

And he said further (Porteous):

"You better believe that I want to build a Christian na­tion, be­cause the only option is a pagan nation. . . . A Christian na­tion would be defined as 'We acknowledge God in our body politic, in our communi­ties, that the God of the Bible is our God, and we acknowledge that His law is su­preme.'" [Note here the reference to Dominionism, the religious ideology that holds that "God" stands above the Constitution, subscribed to by such Republican luminaries as Mike Pence and Mike Huckabee. Of course, it all depends upon who is saying what "God" is thinking.]

The great Rev. Jerry Falwell, writing in 1993 under the head­line "America is a Christian Nation!":

"Our pledge of allegiance declares we are 'one nation un­der God.' Our currency states 'In God We Trust'. The Declara­tion of Inde­pen­dence says we have a God"given right to 'life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness'. [7]

"Yet today, we find our religious heritage under attack. Un­godly forces in society seem intent on removing God from ev­ery area of pub­lic life . . . . But despite what the Supreme Court and radical liberal activ­ists may say, AMERICA IS A CHRIS­TIAN NATION!"

Mr. Robert Flood of that God"serving organization "Focus on the Family" said in 1992 (Freedom Watch): "The Constitution was de­signed to perpetuate a Christian order."

Mrs. Cheryl Gillaspie, a right"thinking Councilwoman from that font of Right"Thinking, Colorado Springs, CO [8], said in a Novem­ber, 1994 speech to the local chapter of the Christian Coalition (Free­dom Watch): "There is no validity to the doc­trine of separation of Church and State . . . America was estab­lished as a Christian na­tion by believing Chris­tians."

Mr. Robert Simonds, president of Citizens for Excellence in Edu­ca­tion tells us (Freedom Watch):

"Government and true Christianity are inseparable! There can be no morality (right or wrong) without the Bi­bleman's only reliable book on right and wrong. Chris­tians can properly apply Bible prin­ciples to government, because they are the ones who read the Bi­ble."

And finally, my friends, in an early version of Focus on the Family's Community Impact Curriculum, we are told (Freedom Watch): "[T]his was really a Christian nation and, as far as its founders were con­cerned, to try separating Christianity from gov­ernment is virtually im­possible and would result in unthink­able damage to the nation and its people."

It is this thinking and these thinkers and their successors that have provided the foundation of our new Party. But I want to tell you that our Party has not been formed with Christian lead­ership alone. The ACNP provides nothing if it does not pro­vide a "Big Tent" [9] to accom­modate many differing views on how we can best move our nation for­ward.

Thus, I am pleased to announce that we have been joined by and wel­come as integral parts of our new Party, among others The Or­der, the Ku Klux Klan, the Leadership Coalitions for America, the Skinheads Factions, the Militias, Jews for Christ and Tradition, the Aryan Na­tions, the Men of Liberty, the Pos­se Comitatus, the Armed Survivalists, and Christian Iden­tity.

The Republican-Christian Alliance has been strong, and it has brought us a long way. But we have yet a long way to go, and it is the Ameri­can Christian Nation Party that will get us there. In clos­ing, my friends and fellow Christian Americans, let us join together in pledging alle­giance to our new Christian flag [10]:

"I pledge allegiance to the Christian flag, and to the Savior, for whose Kingdom it stands, one Savior, cruci­fied, risen, and coming again, with life and liberty for all who believe."

Thank you, my friends, God bless the God-fearing, and good night.

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Author's Notes:

3. At the time Fournier wrote this passage, the "church" he was referring to was the Catholic Church, a fact omitted from the quoted pas­sage. But by the time Hague was quoting the text, the dominant Christian Church in the old U.S., supported by most members of the old Religious Right, Catholic, Protestant, or Jewish, was that of the homogeneous, but definitely Far Right, New American Religion.

5. Hague was referring here not to the traditional "forefa­thers" from the time of the founding of the nation, but rather to prominent Tran­sition Era figures representing Right"Wing Reaction, especially of the religious variety.

6. Some extensive sleuthing found Robertson origi­nally mak­ing this statement on a 1990 Christian Coalition recruiting video called "America at the Cross­roads." The nascent campaign Robertson was describing lead directly to the develop­ment of "The 15% Solution." The creation of the ACNP can be seen as the eventu­al, logical, outcome of the whole process.

7. Neither the Pledge nor the currency said precise­ly which or whose God was being referred to. The Declaration mentions God but once, in the context of Nature, but emphasizes "our Creator," a rather different concept, popular with the Deists who wrote and signed the document. But that didn't stop Falwell from making a leap of faith from "Creator" to "God" to a "Christian God" to a "Christian God with the characteris­tics I, Jerry Falwell, attribute to Him." And it was a "him," you can be sure.

8. Colorado Springs was a central focus of Right"Wing Reac­tionary activity in the old U.S. For example, it was the home of the organiza­tion that in 1992 put together the famous ho­mophobic "Amendment 2" that became the prototype for much of the homophobic legislation that spread nationally over the following two de­cades (see the next chapter.) Colorado Springs was also home to the courageous early Constitutionalist organization, the "Citizens' Pro­ject."

10. The "Christian flag" at this time was the old U.S. flag with a Christian cross emblazoned on the field of red and white stripes. At a Janu­ary, 1994 training conference for Religious Right activists called "Reclaiming Ameri­ca," looking at such a flag, a former Vice"President of the old U.S., J. Danforth Quayle, lead the crowd in reciting the Pledge with which Hague concluded his speech (Blumenthal).

12. "Off the shelf" is a term the arch Right"Wing Reactionary Wil­liam Casey, President Ronald Reagan's first Director of the Central Intelli­gence Agen­cy, used to describe an extra"legal right"wing foreign insurgency insti­gation and support group he had put together during his tenure at the CIA.

13. The swastika or Hakenkreuz ("crooked cross" in German) was the symbol of the German Nazi Party between 1933 and 1945.

14. The Hagueites commonly referred to that tiny, but very visible, vocal, and influential minority of the American Jew­ish community that supported Right"Wing Reaction as "Real Jews." Their leading organization by this time, "Jews for Christ and Tradi­tion," was officially welcomed into the ACNP coalition by Hague in his speech. The traditionally Constitutionalist Jewish com­munity, rep­resenting a major­ity of American Jews, was referred to as "the Rene­gade Jews."

15. The phrase "a wink and a nod" came from the practice President Reagan had used to give his approval for "unofficial" governmental activities of questionable legali­ty without committing anything to paper, and oftentimes not saying anything directly at all to those on the operational level, even privately.

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ACLU: American Civil Liberties Union fundraising letter, quoting Rev. Pat Robertson, 1992.

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Berke, R.L., "Dole Works on Expansion Of a Conservative Re­sume," New York Times, April 12, 1995.

Blumenthal, S., "Christian Soldiers," The New Yorker, July 18, 1994, p. 31.

Bradsher, K., "Gap in Wealth In U.S. Called Widest in West," New York Times, April 17, 1995.

Butterfield, F., "New Prisons Cast Shadow Over Higher Education," New York Times, April 17, 1995.

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Freedom Writer, "Reed Masks Coalition's True Agenda," Feb. 1995, p. 3.

HRC, House Republican Conference, Contract With America, Washington, DC: September 27, 1994.Fournier, K.A., A House United?, Colorado Springs, CO: Navpress, 1994, p. 33.

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