Romney to Speak at Ralph Reed’s 2012 FFC Conference & Strategy Briefing

Ralph Reed, who back in January wanted you to believe that the Evangelical vote is a myth, and who last year claimed dominionism was a conspiracy theory, is again proving how easily lies come to this disgraced Evangelical. For a guy who claims the Evangelical vote is a myth, the would-be kingmaker is sure working hard to make that vote decisive in the coming elections.

Just the other day, on May 21, he announced that ,

“Former Governor and 2012 GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney is confirmed to speak at the 2012 FFC Conference & Strategy Briefing!” He tells his mythical Evangelical voters, “You don’t want to miss this historic gathering!”

Wow, from myth to historic…there is no doubt that the ever-glib snake-oil salesman would look direct into your face and tell you the Evangelical vote is still a myth, even as he works feverishly to organize it, as the endorsement by Sean Hannity (liars have to stick together, after all) demonstrates:

“Ralph Reed has built an incredible organization and I’m gonna tell you, it’s going to grow into a force to be reckoned with. And that’s the Faith & Freedom Coalition. It’s going to be the modern day Christian Coalition and it’s gonna have a big impact.”

The FFC site even proudly boasts the endorsement of radio talk show host Mark Levin, who says,

 “Faith & Freedom Coalition is organizing in all 50 states, opposing the Obama agenda in Washington, and preparing to distribute 50 million voter guides and turn out a record number of pro-freedom voters in the all-important 2012 elections.”

Fifty million voter guides for a mythical vote for “pro-freedom voters”. Employ what euphemism you will, that sounds like an Evangelical vote to me, and to Mitt Romney too, apparently. Mitt says of Reed’s efforts, “Ralph Reed is doing a great job here with the Faith & Freedom Coalition. This is going to make a big impact across America and I appreciate the work you are doing here.”

CBN agrees, saying,  “Although still fairly young, the 2-year-old Faith & Freedom Coalition is making an impact in this year’s race for the White House.

Who knew a mythical voting bloc could get so many endorsements? And the digs ain’t bad either.

The 2012 Faith and Freedom Conference and Strategy Briefing will be held at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington, D.C. on June 14-16. A whole heavenly host of right wing authoritarian figures will be present, including not just Mitt Romney but GOP presidential also-rans Rick Santorum, Michele Bachmann and Newt Gingrich, along with luminous loudmouths like Glenn Beck, Herman Cain and The Donald. We don’t know yet exactly what will be discussed since the agenda is only tentative even a month out, but it takes little effort to guess given the guest list and the host.

Yes, Reed is a liar but he’s a slick liar: Evangelical vote? What Evangelical vote?

Reed has done all this before, of course. After helping to establish Evangelical dominance of the Republican Party and indeed, of America’s political process, his apogee being Time Magazine’s 1995 “Right Hand of God,” his star eclipsed due to his own actions, resigning in the Christian Coalition in 1997. After a brief period of being nearly invisible (Time Magazine wrote Ralph Reed’s political epitaph, July 23, 2006), he reappeared, seeking chairmanship of the Georgia Republican Party in 2001, in 2006 running for Georgia’s lieutenant governor, and working on the Bush-Cheney campaign in 2004. He started the Faith and Freedom Coalition in June 2009 and since then he has managed to keep himself in the spotlight.

Resurrection has become a reality in 2012, with Right Wing Watch reporting that “GOP Presidentials Line Up to Kiss Ralph Reed’s…Ring.” Right Wing Watch tells us that in South Carolina “Romney, Santorum, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, and Rick Perry all paraded before a gathering convened by Ralph Reed’s “Faith and Freedom Coalition” just hours before the latest debate.” Reed was working hard to position himself once again as a Kingmaker, giving Evangelicals the political clout he claims is a myth.

And this is the nature of Republican politics today, to seek approval not from secular voices but from religious. It is blatant campaigning from the pulpit. And it is akin to asking for the Pope’s blessing. Reed and others (like Bryan Fischer) position themselves as authority voices and anyone who wants to certify their bona fides must kneel and kiss the metaphorical ring. Without that blessing, they are doomed. Throughout this election cycle, when a Republican presidential hopeful wanted to be heard, they would speak through a religious organization, be it radio, television or web-based.

The Constitution says no to the establishment of state religion but that is exactly what fundamentalists like Reed are working toward. The Constitution says there shall be no religious test to hold office, but that is exactly what fundamentalists like Reed wish to impose.

And they are quite open about this while at the same time hiding behind a false façade of patriotism, stroking the Constitution fondly with one hand, the other holding a pair of scissors behind their backs. The Bush presidency was a near-miss for American theocracy but so close zealots like Reed could smell it, and they want to ensure that they don’t miss this time and that mythical Evangelical voting bloc is a big part of their plans.

There is no doubt that they are buying Mitt Romney’s soul and Mitt knows exactly who he is selling his soul to in order to land his dream job. Oh, I’m sorry: you want to know what your role is in all this? Think pig with apple in its mouth.

5 Replies to “Romney to Speak at Ralph Reed’s 2012 FFC Conference & Strategy Briefing”

  1. …”preparing to distribute 50 million voter guides and turn out a record number of pro-freedom voters in the all-important 2012 elections.”…

    This is a big old unoriginal joke…there are over 300 million people in the US, and they think distribution of “guides” to their 50 million of their own people is going to get everyone who’s already made up their minds (and 90% of the country already has) to change their minds by the bully pulpit? As if…

    The undecided voters are becoming a very tiny sliver in terms of numbers; they aren’t interested in telling pollsters how they intend to vote because it violates personal “rights” boundaries…but cretins believe EVERYTHING is about “evangelizing” via recruitment, so of course they think this is the way to “win” converts. What a joke…

    I’m hoping for a (D) “November Surprise” as in, Holder/Napalitano sign arrest warrants for sedition, tax-law violation, fraud on these “clerics”. I really don’t care how it “looks”; as in, “they” are being persecuted and prevented from voting because hey…this is a secular country and they’re breaking the law. Round’em up in October and bring it on already…they’re itching for a civil war and will pull something no matter who winds the election…if they “win” they’ll start “purges”–if Obama wins, same-same.

  2. SinghX, that “November Surprise” sounds like quite a pleasant dream. I don’t allow myself the luxury, except when my imagination gets away from me and I fantasize about some real justice coming to the “Good Christians”.

  3. Oh, the “pro freedom” meme. It is a free country’s worst nightmare when uttered by the maniacs in the evangelical movement. Let’s call what it really is; pro Crusade and Inquisition and gird ourselves for the purge now, because these fanatics will unleash an abomination on America that makes the Nazi Holocaust look like a grammar school ice-cream social.

  4. I don’t doubt they would. I don’t doubt that they are traitors, seditors/seditionists, insurrectionists, all. I don’t doubt this is known to the White House and the Justice Department both. What I do doubt is that anything will be done about it, because our black President and our black Attorney General both know it would set off shrieks of, “See! Those Godless cultural-Marxist n*****s are coming to get all you decent, Gahd-fearing, ril uhMericun white folk!” and that there would be a real danger of insurrection. Yet they will pull out all stops to take (note I didn’t say “win”) this election, and I have no doubt about what will happen to us if they do.

  5. It doesn’t matter if they loose as they are already on a trajectory course and headed for a Chaos Theory “rapture”; they’re a tinder box waiting for a match, a signal…Insurrection is just a matter of time and our only hope is that the Obama team has been playing a covert chess game that they’re way too stupid to figure…

    Watch: they’ll start up their “secession” rhetoric again right after the election (remember Jeb Bush was the first one within 24 hours after the election calling for secession)

    I believe that they’ll start building their own borders around large areas of land holdings/compounds preventing the public from using roads, bridges, etc. based on the false notion of keeping “aliens” and “queers” out. They’ll also use the same land grab as the radical orthodox have in Israel…you know the old, “god gave this land to us white Christians and we’re reclaiming just like in the bible…”. They will organize more militant militia groups to “guard” or patrol their “godly borders”. This will create martyrs as shots will be fired and arrest will be made.

    These “bible barbarians” are not going to stop now, don’t kid yourself, my friends.

    And, one more thing; I want to know where Reed got the money for 50 million “voter guides” and their distribution.

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