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Does Huckabee Condone Violent Rhetoric at "How to Take Back America" Conference?

Reported by Alex - October 1, 2009 -

"If we had our guns, we would have fought a bloody battle. So, keep your guns, and buy more guns, and buy ammunition... Take back America. Don’t let them take the country into Socialism. And I refer again, Hitler’s party was National Socialism... And that’s what we are having here right now, which is bordering on Marxism."

So said Kitty Werthmann during a workshop titled “How to recognize living under Nazis & Communists" at last weekend's How To Take Back America conference. As we pointed out last Wednesday, sharing the limelight with a stellar cast of way-out wingnuts and christofascists was none other than Fox News host and pastor-who-would-be-king-president, Mike Huckabee; so the question must be asked, does Huckabee, who was the closing speaker on Saturday night, approve of the violent rhetoric of Ms. Werthmann? And if not, when will he repudiate it? With video.

Kitty Werthmann, who grew up in Austria under the Nazi regime, is the head of the South Dakota chapter ot Phyllis Schlafly's anti-feminist - many would say anti-woman - Eagle Forum. In her speech on Saturday she was pimping the same old theme as she was in 2007 when this review was written:

From her own experience, Mrs. Kitty Werthmann will help you see we are walking the same path as the Nazi’s. She was 12 years old living in Austria. At that time, there was order, prayer and pictures of Jesus. Hitler took over and all that was removed! Unemployment rose to 35%, bank loans rose to 25%, unions called strikes, all this with 98% of the people claiming to be Catholic!
Soon there was massive welfare. Cries went out for equal rights for women. Socialism took women out of the home, raising the children, and into the factories. They took the children away from the family and raised them by the state. The Health department offered training for the elderly but they were killed.
Hear her tell how the U.S. is going the same way!

According to Werthmann, a Nazi "Equal Rights Amendment" was one of the harbingers of the horrors to come, responsible for women being able to work outside the home (heaven forbid!) which led to income equalization, guaranteed income, and daycare staffed by women "not the grandmotherly type; they were women highly educated in child psychology!" In the video you can hear gasping in the audience at this point - before she says "so they could be molded exaclty how the govenment wanted them." Maybe they'd all prefer their kids to be minded by a not-too-well-educated but God-fearin' Good Amurracun like this one.

"In a Socialistic society, everyone has to work, otherwise you are a parasite". Wait a minute - isn't that a good thing? Isn't it one of the complaints of the radical right that Obama is going to take money from hard-working Americans and give it to lazy welfare spongers? Someone better tell Werthmann to get on message.

She's better also get her politcal theory straight. National socialism is not Marxism. It's not even Socialism. As a matter of fact, "National Socialism" is a misnomer. As for Marxism, the Nazis rejected it outright and were bitter enemies of the communists. As this article explains, the current campaign to liken the political left to Nazis hinges on the misuse of the word "Socialist" and is designed to deflect attention from the fact that the tenets of the radical right have far more in common with Nazism than those of the left. And as the author says, the idea that Nazis were socialists at all is a "bitter joke":

The idea that workers controlled the means of production in Nazi Germany is a bitter joke. It was actually a combination of aristocracy and capitalism. Technically, private businessmen owned and controlled the means of production. The Nazi "Charter of Labor" gave employers complete power over their workers. It established the employer as the "leader of the enterprise," and read: "The leader of the enterprise makes the decisions for the employees and laborers in all matters concerning the enterprise.

If you want to read about something that sounds a lot like a plan for a National Socialist economy, check out Jeff Sharlet's book, The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power. Not an easy read, and very tedious at times, this book charts the rise of a peculiarly American cult of Jesus, and the unstinting and unsettling admiration of a powerful behind-the-scenes evangelical leader, Doug Coe, for Hitler and his cohorts. For example:

Coe cites one of his favorite scripture verses, Matthew 18:20, "When two or three are gathered together in my name, there I am in the midst of them." "Hitler, Goebbels, and HImmler were three men. Think of the immense power these three men had, these nobodies from nowhere...they bound themselves together in an agreement, and they died together. Two years before they moved into Poland, these three men had a study done, systematically, a plan drawn out and put on paper to annihilate the entire Polish population and destroy by numbers every single house" - he bangs the podium, dop, dop, dop - "and every single building in Warsaw and then to start on the rest of Poland"... It worked, Coe says..." These three men by their decision alone." What he's trying to explain, Coe says, is the power of friendship: between a man and Christ, between brothers in Christ.

It gets worse. Coe, who has the ear of influential politicians in Washington and CEO's of multinational corporations, preaches a personal surrender to a "muscular", hyper-masculine Jesus who works through the powerful, a blessed, chosen elite who obey the Jesus they hear in their "quiet time" (the same thoughts and voices in the head that we ordinary mortals recognize as our own) and in turn expect to be obeyed:

"I've seen pictures of young men in the Red Guard of China...A table laid out like a butcher table, they would bring in this young man's mother and father, lay her on the table with a basket on the end, he would take an axe and cut her head off....They have to put the purposes of the Red Guard ahead of the mother-father-brother-sister -- their own life!"
He pauses, makes [a] fist. "That was a covenant. A pledge. That was what Jesus said." Now he's Jesus: "If you do not put me, before your father" - bang - "your brother" - bang - "your mother" - bang - "your sister" - bang - "you cannot be my disciple." Now as Coe: "If you're gonna have any movement that moves men and movements, that's -- you have to have that kind of commitment. Jesus knew that. That's the way the social order is run." In America, Coe says, "Today. In this country. This very day" - that vision of social order is lost.

You can read a taster of the book, which is a collection of articles written by Sharlett about the group, here, and a synopsis here.

The social order which Coe and his Jesus cult are trying to bring about is not the social justice vision of Christians like the late Dr. Martin Luther King, but a "divine" order ruled by a core of Platonic-style philosopher-kings who are above all earthly rules, have their postions and wealth by divine right and are charged with helping those lower on the ladder to understand their place in the order. It's all about "surrender": The big guys (no women at the top, natch) surrender to the will of Jesus by accepting the burden of power with which he has anointed them, and the masses surrender to their lot in life, their - our! - salvation resting in obedience to the masters who divine Jesus' will. Inner peace as well as social harmony lies in ceasing the struggle against our alotted fate. Needless to say, democracy is anathema to this supposedly Jesus-led order; indeed, Coe's group have backed anti-democratic actions across the globe - backing and supporting invasions and dictators - when they dovetailed with their plans to bring the "American Jesus" to the rest of the world. See this article for a few examples, and this interview with Jeff Sharlett.

I think Kitty Werthmann might want to stop looking under the bed for Nazis and look instead to her left and right next time she's on the podium at a "religious" "right" conference. How ironic that she is advocating the stockpiling of guns and bullets to "Take Back America" when the "America" so many on the "christian" "right" want to take us back to not only never existed but would violate just about every prinicple embedded in the Constitution.

So what does the dominionist, reconstructionist Huckabee - who is in favor of amending the constitution to bring it into line with "God's law", believes that God is directly responsible for his rise to popular prominence American politics,
and pals around with the American Taliban - think of all this? Well, so far he hasn't said. But would he attend a conference full of religious crazies, whose extreme views are well-known and many of whom were part of his Faith And Family Values coalition, if he doesn't share their core beliefs and values? We report, you decide.

KItty Werthmann at HTTBA Conference:

Huckabee: Amend the Constitution