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Moyers writes: "Reed's was a monstrous lie by one of the monumental hypocrites of our time. Yet he marches on, Christian soldier to the end, turning the temple of faith into one big ATM. There's a word for this in the Bible: Abomination."

Ralph Reed on the podium at the Republican National Convention. (photo: PBS)
Ralph Reed on the podium at the Republican National Convention. (photo: PBS)



Ralph Reed: From Purgatory to Power

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company

01 September 12

 

 

ILL MOYERS: Welcome. If you watched the Republican Convention in Tampa only on Primetime television you would have missed the story we're about to report. And it's the one that could make the biggest difference on Election Day in November. On the seventh day, we're told, God rested. But not Ralph Reed. There he was, the Sunday before the convention opened, speaking at a rally of his Faith and Freedom Coalition.

RALPH REED: We're here today not just to celebrate faith and freedom but to pray for its survival. And unlike the other side, we haven't gathered in this city this week to anoint a messiah, because you see we already have a messiah. And we're not looking for one here on earth.

BILL MOYERS: Reed's message was directed to conservative Christians Mitt Romney must convert to his cause if he's to be elected president. Romney is a Mormon, a faith many on the religious right consider a cult, even a heresy. There's no love for Romney among these people, but they are united in their loathing of Barack Obama. And that's where Ralph Reed comes in.

RALPH REED: Four years ago, we heard a lot of talk about hope and change. People were fainting at campaign rallies. There were Che Guevera posters hanging in dorm rooms. There was one candidate who stood in front of Greek columns and vowed to heal the planet and cause the oceans to recede. But you see our hope is in something this world doesn't fully understand. We hope for a kingdom yet to come. The hope of a new heaven and a new earth, in which dwelleth righteousness. A place where every tear will be wiped away. And every broken heart will be healed. And all the pain and brokenness and poverty and injustice of this world will be gone.

BILL MOYERS: But first there's the devil to chase.

NEWT GINGRICH: I believe that Barack Obama is a direct threat to the survival of the country I grew up in.

PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY: Dear friends, our religious liberty is at stake in this election, because Obama is at war with all religion in any public place, any public square , any public school.

TED CRUZ: For the first time in centuries the president of the United States has officially declared himself an enemy of traditional marriage between one man and one woman.

BILL MOYERS: You are witness to a modern tale of resurrection. A second-coming. The Bible speaks of Lazarus, raised by Jesus from the grave to walk again among the living. Ralph Reed, too, has been returned to life, political life. But he goes Lazarus one further. Lazarus was a poor man. Reed is rich, and he just keeps getting richer from mixing religion and politics. And that's a story you don't want to miss.

At age 33, Ralph Reed was the Christian Right's wonder boy. Anointed in a 1995 Time Magazine cover story as the "right hand of God" for spinning the trust of conservative Christians into political gold. It was Reed who built the Christian Coalition of televangelist Pat Robertson into a powerful arm of the Republican Party.

RALPH REED: As religious conservatives we have finally gained what we have always sought. A place at the table, a sense of legitimacy and a voice in the conversation that we call democracy.

BILL MOYERS: In 2000, Reed helped put George W. Bush and Dick Cheney in the White House.

GEORGE W. BUSH: Ralph Reed is with us, he's the southeast regional chairman.

BILL MOYERS: And four years later he corralled true believers for their re-election. But Reed fell from grace in 2006 after he was implicated in the biggest Washington scandal since Watergate. His pal and colleague, the lobbyist Jack Abramoff, pleaded guilty to defrauding clients of millions of dollars. Some of which had landed in Reed's pockets as well. Reed's exile in political purgatory was cut short in 2008 by an event he said left him feeling as if he'd "been hit by a truck" - Barack Obama's victory:

BARACK OBAMA: If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible […] tonight is your answer.

RALPH REED: As I prayed about it, and I thought about what can I going to do, I'm not ready to give up on America. I realized that God's not looking for perfect people, because there's only been one perfect person in the history of the human race […] He wants people who will come to him just as they are with all their fears and all their failures and all their foibles. And just utter one simple line. And that is: here am I, send me. And that was my prayer.

BILL MOYERS: Reed got his answer. Not from an angel whispering in his hear but from a more familiar, earthbound messenger, Sean Hannity, Fox News anchor, talk radio host and Reed's old friend.

RALPH REED: This was probably three weeks after the ‘08 election. My phone rang, and it was Sean Hannity, and he said Ralph, we can't let this happen again, you've got to do something. And I said, well Sean I've been thinking about it and I've been praying about it, I said, but I want to know that this is not me; I want to know that it's not any ambition of mine; I want to know that I'm doing this for the Lord, and that's the only reason why I'm doing it. And he said Ralph, God is speaking to you through this phone line right now and he's using me to deliver the message.

BILL MOYERS: So Ralph Reed was called back up to the major leagues. But he was short on what the people of the Good Book used to call "manna from heaven." In this case, the cold, hard cash that's the elixir of politics. Miraculously, no doubt, it arrived as a gift from an undisclosed donor - a half a million dollars. Which, in 2009, Reed used to launch his Faith and Freedom Coalition. Because it's designated by the IRS as a 50lC 4 non-profit, Reed can conceal the identity of his funders from the public, which, indeed, he has done. But he makes no secret of his goal.

RALPH REED: Beginning right now, today, we are going to take our country back and we are going to end the Obama agenda forever.

BILL MOYERS: By the end of 2010, according to tax returns, Reed had raised almost five and a half million dollars. Watered by more secret funds, he now has a budget of $10 million, and continues to pass the collection plate. He says he intends to build the 21st century version of the Christian Coalition, with an annual budget of $ 100 million, five million members, full-time lobbyists in all 50 state capitols, and an enormous database. And while he counts all this as God's blessing on his calling, he also acknowledges his debt to the five conservative justices on the Supreme Court who paved the way:

RALPH REED: We've now got the Citizens' United case. […] We can, where we so choose, within the parameters of whatever regulations the federal elections commission ultimately promulgates, engage in express advocacy. That is advocating the election or defeat of candidates, same as a corporation or labor union.

BILL MOYERS: So that's just what he's doing, as he told the faithful gathered in Tampa:

RALPH REED: We've identified 17 million faith-based voters in 15 states, living in 11 million households. Every one of those households is going to be contacted by this organization seven to twelve times. We're going to mail them, we're going to text them, we're going to email them, we're going to phone them, and if they haven't voted by November 6 we're going to get in a car and we're going to drive to their house and we're going to get them to the polls.

BILL MOYERS: Reed claims credit for a string of victories leading up to the big showdown with Obama this November.

BILL MOYERS: When Republican Bob McDonnell won the race for governor of Virginia in 2009, Reed's brand new Faith and Freedom Coalition was there.

RALPH REED: Do you want to hand these out…

BILL MOYERS: Contacting, he said, every social and fiscal conservative voter an average of seven times. Enough, he also said, to make the difference.

JOHN BOEHNER: Thank all of you, God bless you, and God bless…

BILL MOYERS: After Republicans swept into control of the House in the 2010 mid-term elections, Reed called a press conference in Washington the very next day to claim bragging rights:

RALPH REEED: It was the most ambitious, the most comprehensive, and the most effective voter contact and get-out-the-vote effort aimed at the conservative faith community in modern American political history, or at least as long as I've been doing it, which is 30 years. Sixteen million voter guides. Eight million pieces of mail. Three pieces of mail to every social conservative household in certain areas. They received an average of three phone calls, and many of them received a knock on the door.

BILL MOYERS: They're also the voters Reed says he reached in Wisconsin earlier this year.

SCOTT WALKER: Thank you Wisconsin! Thank you, God bless you, God bless the great state of Wisconsin.

BILL MOYERS: When Republican Governor Scott Walker beat back the effort to recall him from office, Ralph Reed totaled up the numbers and announced that his Faith and Freedom Coalition had contacted over 600,000 voters.

Reed's funders - whoever they are, for they're cloaked in secrecy - are obviously buying into his promise that Wisconsin was batting practice for November.

FEMALE: I'm calling from the Faith and Freedom Coalition…

BILL MOYERS: When the Faith and Freedom Coalition claims it will reach 27 million conservative voters - from the ranks of both the Religious Right and the Tea Party brigades -- with all the tools it can muster.

NARRATION: And just in case you haven't figured this out, there's one sure fire way to deal with elected officials who attack Christian beliefs and ignore the First Amendment: vote them out of office. On every government level: national, state, city, community, we'll have the opportunity to take our beliefs and values into the voting booth on November 6th and to vote accordingly.

BILL MOYERS: Earlier this summer, at the "Under God, Indivisible" rally in Texas, Reed told the crowd of six thousand to beg the Almighty's forgiveness for the state of the country...

RALPH REED: Then I believe in November, God is going to have mercy on our land and we will have a Renaissance of the values that made this country great.

BILL MOYERS: Music to Mitt Romney's ears.

MITT ROMNEY: Wow, look at this! This is an old-fashioned revival. I wore my jeans. Look at that, I wore my… […] Ralph Reed is doing a great job here with the Faith and Freedom Coalition. This is going to make a big impact across America, and I appreciate the work that you are doing here.

BILL MOYERS: Romney needs Reed's blessing, because Romney's a Mormon. And a recent poll says his religion makes one in nearly every four white evangelicals uncomfortable. Romney can't lose them and still win in November. So Romney must bond with the Christian right.

MITT ROMNEY: Marriage is a relationship between one man and one woman.

BILL MOYERS: In Tampa, Reed called on the flock to do their part.

RALPH REED: Register the unregistered. Educate. The bible says my people perished for lack of knowledge. Let's give them the knowledge they need. Thirdly vote. And fourthly pray for the next 72 days.

BILL MOYERS: Ralph Reed was in his glory in Tampa, his reincarnation in full swing. But there are some other things you need to know about Ralph Reed. First when he bailed out of the Christian Coalition in 1997, only two years after his big TIME magazine cover story, he had driven the organization into the ground. It was nearly bankrupt, under investigation by the Federal Election Commission, and facing charges from its own financial officer that Reed's cronies had ripped off almost a million dollars.

BILL MOYERS: Despite that record, Reed went on to flourish in the early years of George W. Bush. Until it was disclosed that the "Right Hand of God" had his other hand out to his old friend, the super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff, and was raking in the cash. Reed's allies today say they're not bothered by all that: "Ralph has a great track record," said one. Reed's ties to Abramoff are quote, "largely in the rear-view mirror." Perhaps. But the view from the rear-view mirror can be quite revealing. Let's take a look.

JACK ABRAMOFF: Senator I respectively invoke the privilege as previously stated.

SENATOR KENT CONRAD: And I'd say to you Mr. Abramoff, shame on you.

BILL MOYERS: It was 2006. Abramoff's empire of greed and fraud was collapsing. My colleague Sherry Jones and I produced the documentary "Capitol Crimes," piecing together what was happening. She and I had been tracking money in politics for 30 years, but corruption on this scale took our breath away. The story began in 1984 when a young Jack Abramoff was introduced at another Republican National Convention:

SPEAKER: One of the ever-growing lists of young people who have joined in the Republican cause, the chairman of the College Republican National Committee, Jack Abramoff.

BILL MOYERS: A self-described "rabid right winger," Abramoff headed the organization that launched the careers of many Republican power brokers, including Karl Rove and the crusader against taxes, Grover Norquist.

JACK ABRAMOFF: Fellow Republicans, I come before you today representing American students, the future of our Republican Party.

BILL MOYERS: It was as college students organizing campuses for Ronald Reagan that Jack Abramoff, Grover Norquist and Ralph Reed first met.

RALPH REED: Good morning. My name is Ralph Reed. I'm the executive director of Students for America…

BILL MOYERS: Reed was a junior from the University of Georgia and a $200 a month intern with the College Republicans. He and the other young pols embraced the spirit of the Cold War against Communism and applied it to domestic politics. In war, their aim was to destroy the enemy.

SAM HARBEN: It was very simple, very black and white. We used army metaphors. We talked about being ‘hard core'.

BILL MOYERS: They dreamed up headline-grabbing stunts in the shadow of the Capitol, and sent volunteers out to organize the grass roots. The young recruits were ordered to memorize the famous opening speech from the movie PATTON, but to substitute the word "Democrats" for the word "Nazis." "Spill their blood," they were instructed.

JACK ABRAMOFF: If we're the party of composure, and not the party that ducks disclosure, then we're riding our wave. If we equivocate, capitulate, accommodate, negotiate…."

BILL MOYERS: Abramoff chose the young Grover Norquist as his right-hand man. They intended, said Abramoff, to remove their opponents from power, "permanently."

JACK ABRAMOFF: And so it is to our party that they come. It is with us that they trust their dreams. And it is in us that they place their hopes.

BILL MOYERS: By November 1994, ten years later, Republicans won eight new Senate seats and a whopping 52 seats in the House. The conservative revolution imagined by the College Republicans was embodied in the new Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich . And at the center of the action was Grover Norquist.

Norquist had created Americans for Tax Reform, which he turned into the movement's nerve center. Once a week, Congressional staff, party activists, and rightwing think tankers held strategy sessions in his office. It was Norquist who concocted a grand scheme to turn Washington into a Republican company town by making sure only Republicans were hired as lobbyists and lobbyists contributed only to Republicans. He dubbed it The K Street project, after the lobbyists' main drag downtown. It paved the way for Jack Abramoff. "What the Republicans need," said Norquist, "is fifty Jack Abramoff's." "Then this becomes a different town."

MICHAEL WALLER: They were probably about as inseparable as two political people can get. Jack had left Washington. He didn't have the day-to-day contact with his networks. So if Grover vouched for him, then Abramoff was fine.

BILL MOYERS: Abramoff had gone to Los Angeles, but he returned to town to work for a prominent firm, which announced his hiring by touting the lobbyist's ties to the Republican National Committee, the new leaders of the House, Newt Gingrich and Tom DeLay, and the Christian Coalition now headed by his buddy Ralph Reed. But no one was more indispensable to Abramoff than Norquist.

MICHAEL WALLER: If it wasn't for his relation with Grover Norquist, Jack Abramoff would never have been able to become the super lobbyist that he came. And to charge the huge rates that he charged because he had this unique relationship with certain Republican leaders.

BILL MOYERS: The hefty fees would enrich Abramoff, who in turn would direct his clients to enrich the right-wing's political machine. One of those clients was the wealthiest gambling tribe in America, the Mississippi Choctaw. To keep their huge casino earnings from being taxed, the tribe needed help in Washington. So Abramoff turned to Norquist, who had just what the tribe was looking for: an organization dedicated to opposing all tax increases. So the two old college comrades framed the casino tax as a tax increase that conservatives should on principle oppose. Activists at Norquist's weekly meetings suddenly found themselves discussing Indian tribes.

MICHAEL WALLER: We didn't know one tribe from another. So what. Let them have their casino. We didn't know. Nobody knew they were multi-billion dollar entities. It's not something anybody paid attention to.

BILL MOYERS: But Norquist was paying attention. And to lobby for their cause he had the Choctaw put up the money to organize anti-tax groups across the country.

MICHAEL WALLER: Why in the world would Grover Norquist care about, care so deeply about Indian tribes, unless there was something else going on. We all suspected something pretty fishy.

BILL MOYERS: The Choctaw became a major contributor to Norquist's organization. And Norquist, in turn, was moving some of that money to the third member of that old College Republican troika, Ralph Reed. As the pious head of the Christian Coalition, Reed publicly opposed gambling.

RALPH REED: This reflects what we believe is one of the greatest cancers growing on the American body politic - and that is the scourge of legalized gambling.

BILL MOYERS: But by the mid-1990s, after leaving the Christian Coalition, Reed had set up his own political consulting firm. He sent an email to his old friend Abramoff, who was now known on K Street as "Casino Jack." This is what Reed wrote:

RALPH REED: "Hey, now that I'm done with electoral politics, I need to start humping in corporate accounts! I'm counting on you to help me with some contacts."

BILL MOYERS: Abramoff came through. He and Reed teamed up in a campaign to protect the Choctaw casino against competition from other tribes. The scheme called for Reed to organize his fellow Christians to oppose new casinos on moral grounds -- without ever revealing to them that his own client, "Casino Jack" was in the gambling business, too. Emails between them make clear where the money came from. When Reed pushed for a ‘green light' to organize Christians in Alabama against gambling, Abramoff said approval would first have to come from the Choctaw, and demanded:

JACK ABRAMOFF: "… get me invoices as soon as possible so I can get Choctaw to get us checks asap."

BILL MOYERS: Reed wrote back with a list and a total:

RALPH REED: "We have fronted $100K, which is a lot for us."

BILL MOYERS: Abramoff promised to do what he could.

RALPH REED: "Any chance that a wire from Choctaw directly would be OK?"

BILL MOYERS: Just days later, Reed tells Abramoff:

RALPH REED: "…We are opening the bomb bays and holding nothing back."

JACK ABRAMOFF: "Yeaaaa baaabby!!!"

BILL MOYERS: To conceal the source of the money being paid to Reed from the trusting believers he had recruited, Abramoff once again turned to their accomplice Grover Norquist, who used his anti-tax campaign as cover. In turn, when Norquist needed money for his own organization he turned to Abramoff.

GROVER NORQUIST: "What is the status of the Choctaw stuff. I have a $75K hole in my budget from last year. ouch."

BILL MOYERS: In a reminder to himself, Abramoff Notes:

JACK ABRAMOFF: "Call Ralph re Grover doing pass-through"

BILL MOYERS: And then tells Reed:

JACK ABRAMOFF: "I need to give Grover something for helping, so the first transfer will be a bit lighter."

BILL MOYERS: With the next 300,000 dollars, Norquist took a taste of the action. When he did it again, Abramoff noted his surprise.

JACK ABRAMOFF: "grover kept another $25K!"

BILL MOYERS: The money spigot was now wide open. Abramoff was being paid millions as a lobbyist. Reed was being paid millions to dupe his fellow Christians. And Norquist was feeding cash to his political operation by acting as their front. The one-time college Republicans had turned the conservative revolution into a racket.

SENATOR BYRON DORGAN: "What's the basis for your tribe making a donation to Americans for Tax Reform?

BERNIE SPRAGUE: "I have no idea, Senator. I did not understand it then. I opposed it and I don't understand it today."

SENATOR KENT CONRAD: "Did you, Mr. Abramoff ,you and your partner, your colleague, Mr. Scanlon, give $4 million to Ralph Reed?"

JACK ABRAMOFF: Senator, I respectfully evoke the privileges previously stated."

BILL MOYERS: Despite Abramoff's zipped lip, Senate investigators were able to expose even more chicanery Yet another tribe, the Coushatta in Louisiana, hired Abramoff and partner Mike Scanlon to stop rival tribes from opening competing casinos across the border in Texas. Again they turned to Ralph Reed, who said he could use his Christian connections to stir up the religious folk in Texas to oppose the new casinos. And once again, Reed didn't tell his fellow Christians he was actually working for gambling interests right next door in Louisiana. Abramoff's partner Mike Scanlon informed the Coushatta that paying Reed was crucial to success in Texas:

Email of MICHAEL SCANLON: "Simply put we want to bring out the wackos …The wackos get their information from the Christian right, Christian radio, the internet, and telephone trees."

BILL MOYERS: "I do guerrilla warfare," Reed once boasted. "I paint my face and travel at night. You don't know it's over until you're in a body bag." In Texas, his weapons of mass deception included bogus Christian front groups that the "wackos" would believe to be the real thing:

SUZII PAYNTER: It had the earmarks of guerrilla activity, not from a do-gooder faith, commitment perspective, but all the earmarks of just big corporate business and how they operate when they decide to try to smash something.

BILL MOYERS: Reed's e-mails to Abramoff were insistent. He needed money and he needed it now. At one point, Abramoff responded:

Email of JACK ABRAMOFF: "Give me a number."

Email of RALPH REED: $225K a week for TV; $450K for two weeks of TV."

Email of JACK ABRAMOFF: "Ralph, they are going to faint when they see these numbers…"

BILL MOYERS: But Reed claimed he was worth it.

Email of RALPH REED: "We have over 50 pastors mobilized, with a total membership in those churches of over 40,000…."

MARVIN OLASKY: We have one of our reporters based in Dallas who did a lot of calling around and just asking pastors, "Well, were you involved in this?" And lo and behold, no one was.

BILL MOYERS: Marvin Olasky suspected something was fishy. The editor in chief of the World, a national journal of the evangelical right, had his team dig into Reed's involvement with Abramoff:

MARVIN OLASKY: There was a lot of fooling going on -- Abramoff, in a way, was manipulating Ralph Reed, Ralph Reed was manipulating others, but perhaps Ralph Reed was manipulating Abramoff and saying, "I'm accomplishing these things," whereas he wasn't. So, you know, there were millions of dollars changing hands, there were actually hundreds of millions of dollars at stake in this whole thing.

LOU DUBOSE: You know, there's something ironic and amusing in all that, is that while Abramoff was shaking down these Indians, it's quite possible that Ralph Reed was shaking down Jack Abramoff.

BILL MOYERS: They were now turning on each other. When Mike Scanlon quizzed his partner,

Email of JACK ABRAMOFF: "…did Ralph spend all the money he was given to fight this - or does he have some left?

BILL MOYERS: Abramoff replied:

Email of JACK ABRAMOFF: "That's a silly question! He would NEVER admit he has money left over. Would we?"

Email of MICHAEL SCANLON: "No - but…"

Email of JACK ABRAMOFF: "He is a bad version of us! No more money for him."

SUZII PAYNTER: You know, I think when I read that phrase about Ralph Reed, that he's a ‘bad version of us,' I've got to tell you my heart hurt. That you could really just disregard the values and the rules that you've played by. And for what? We all come to the edge of that shore at some point in our lives and have to ask ourselves, "Am I going to step over that? And for what? For money? For you know, raking off money for my own political gains or whatever. That's what it - that's what it said to me, that Ralph Reed had stepped across some kind of moral line - even Jack Abramoff would say he's a bad version of ourselves.

BILL MOYERS: By 2004, the jig was up. Senate hearings exposed the story of front groups, secret kickbacks and political payoffs at the heart of Abramoff's empire. Twenty-two people received criminal penalties - lawmakers, lobbyists, Bush administration officials and congressional staffers. Abramoff and his partner Scanlon pleaded guilty to charges they had bilked their Native American clients out of nearly $40 million dollars. They both landed in prison - Abramoff served almost four years before being released in 2010. Claiming redemption, he has written a memoir, he blogs as an advocate for cleaning up corruption in politics, and has a talk show on satellite radio.

Grover Norquist escaped scrutiny and is still riding high, threatening Republican politicians with defeat at the polls if they dare vote to increase taxes. Most Republicans in Congress have signed Norquist's pledge just as Joe Kaufmann, running for Congress from Florida, is doing here, at a conference sponsored - surprise - by Ralph Reed's Faith and Freedom Coalition.

GROVER NORQUIST: This is a commitment to the people of Florida that Joe will not raise their taxes, tax reform is a good idea, tax changes that are a Trojan horse for tax increases are not a good idea. So this is a pledge tax reform yes, tax increases no.

BILL MOYERS: Ralph Reed was a central figure in the Jack Abramoff scandal, according to the bipartisan senate committee that investigated and detailed more than $5.3 million dollars Abramoff had paid Reed. But Reed was never charged. He had double-crossed his trusted followers and made them pawns in a power game. But it isn't necessarily a criminal offense to be a phony. A false prophet out to make a profit.

The scandal did derail Reed's hopes for public office in 2006. It broke while he was running in the Republican primary for Lieutenant Governor of Georgia. His Republican opponent made political hay with the Abramoff mess.

ADVERTISEMENT: Ralph Reed took millions from convicted felon, Jack Abramoff, to help casinos. And reed worked with Abramoff to deny women and children legal protection from sweatshops in the Marianna Islands, a U.S. Territory. Even though our government warned that women on the islands were subjected to forced abortions and children were coerced into prostitution. Ralph Reed, his values are for sale.

BILL MOYERS: Reed remains unapologetic. He was confronted by a blogger last year who posted this footage on YouTube.

BLOGGER: Mr. Reed You've got a reputation for integrity and morality with thousands of supporters. Do you have anything to apologize for regarding the Indians and the Abramoff double-dealing?

RALPH REED: No. I don't think so. That was thoroughly looked at and it was thoroughly investigated and I was never accused of doing anything wrong.

BLOGGER: Have you visited him in prison?

RALPH REED: I did not.

BLOGGER: Have you written to him?

RALPH REED: Um, I did not. But I prayed for him constantly and I wish nothing but the best for him and his family. And I believe that God can cause something really good to come out of all of this.

BILL MOYERS: That remains to be seen. Meanwhile, "The "Right Hand of God," still mixes politics, religion, and money for party and profit. Still covers his tracks in a fogbank of secrecy, complexity, and sleight-of-hand. Still says to his flock, "Trust me."

You heard Reed boast earlier about how his Faith and Freedom coalition reached out to 600,000 voters to keep Scott Walker from being recalled. The organization's tax forms show no compensation to Reed. However, the Washington bureau chief for Alternet.ORG, Adele Stan, found that the non-profit coalition did hire a for-profit company to help turn out the vote. That for-profit company is Millennium Marketing, a division of Century Strategies, whose founder and CEO is Ralph Reed.

Reed is again armed for "guerrilla warfare" with millions of dollars that are almost impossible to trace. It's reported that some of the money has come from billionaire Bernie Marcus, a co-founder of Home Depot, and some has come from a nonprofit partly funded by the billionaire Koch Brothers. The brothers also have their own tax exempt vehicle, Americans for Prosperity, a 501c4 nonprofit-- which allows them to raise money without revealing the source. It is run by Tim Phillips, Ralph Reed's former business partner.

It's an incestuous world they have created, and much of the money travels in secret subterranean pipelines from donors whose identities and agendas remain hidden. We may never find out where Reed's Faith and Freedom Coalition funds are coming from. The "right hand of God" doesn't have to reveal what the left hand is doing.

RALPH REED: We're going to endure the ridicule and the attacks and the insults. If we have to, we're going to crawl across broken glass, but we are coming and when we come we're going to have the biggest victory we've had for time-honored values in the history of this country. That's what's getting ready to happen.

 

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+159 # sophiacat1 2012-09-01 10:50
The degree of sociopathy that fuels the right wing is truly sickening. What they are trying to do to America is shameful, and that they claim to be doing it in the name of God makes them really evil. Many trusting Christian people have given them support and power, not realizing they are being duped by people who are only in it for the money. What they aim to do with that power is to make sure that government no longer will take heed of the needs of the average person. They are delivering the chickens to vote for Colonel Sanders.
 
 
+99 # kbarrand 2012-09-01 11:56
Well said. As dangerous as these guys are to our economy, it is the threat to our society that really scares me. They say we want to make our country like Europe. I say they want to make our country like Iran. And a Romney presidency might be just enough to get the one more radical judge they need to cement their terrifying ideas in place for a generation at least. Be afraid.
 
 
+86 # Bill Clements 2012-09-01 12:07
Well said, well said.

The metaphor in your last sentence is powerful and graphic and absolutely says it all. The GOP and the Christian right are not only immoral, but demonic. Leading the innocents (the low-information voters, the ignorant, the gullible, the sincere believers who have put their (blind) faith in people like Reed) to slaughter! It is a monstrous metaphor, but a completely apt on.

The sad and alarming truth of it all is that Democrats and those on the left are going up against Mammon with only a pocketful of change in their pockets. But perhaps even more importantly, many do not realize what's at stake if they get into power and why it's so critical that they vote.
 
 
+67 # Celeste 2012-09-01 12:21
Well-said, Sophia.

My concerns pivot on the following quotes:

"RALPH REED: Beginning right now, today, we are going to take our country back."

The implication here is that the country BELONGS to white Caucasian Christians, preferably from the male gender.

And:

"PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY: Dear friends, our religious liberty is at stake in this election..."

This is an insidious inversion of the Truth, and that truth represents a very old, damning and equally damaging threat: a return to the merger of church with state.

John Dean provided important insights into the mind-set of the Christian Right in his notable book, "Conservatives Without Conscience." Similar insights, added to an incisive, scathing analysis were offered by Chris Hedges in his book, "American Fascists."

The currrent choice in a climate of purposely cultivated fear may well be between foreign terrorists and our own home-grown variety of right wing Christian zealots. They invert the teachings of Jesus if they believe in the faith at all.
 
 
+37 # polgal333 2012-09-01 13:00
Quoting sophiacat1:
The degree of sociopathy that fuels the right wing is truly sickening. What they are trying to do to America is shameful, and that they claim to be doing it in the name of God makes them really evil. Many trusting Christian people have given them support and power, not realizing they are being duped by people who are only in it for the money. What they aim to do with that power is to make sure that government no longer will take heed of the needs of the average person. They are delivering the chickens to vote for Colonel Sanders.



That last line says it all, sophiacat! Well put!
 
 
+50 # maddave 2012-09-01 11:32
It was Ralph Reed --- in conjunction with Pat Robertson --- who talked loudly, sincerely and quickly about the use of "stealth candidates" in the political process. Reported in Norfolk, VA's Virginian Pilot some years ago, the two charlatans were quite open and candid about the value of conservative candidates running for office ---any elective office---as liberals but, when elected, voting straight conservative on major issues.

Today, I believe, they are known as "Blue Dog Democrats", and the DNC is full of them --- to the point that if Reed & Robertson were to take over, for example, the Virginia Democratic Committee, they'd look around a bit and announce: "You folks are doin' jus' fine. Don't you change nothin', ya' hear?"
 
 
+52 # polgal333 2012-09-01 12:17
Pat Robertson, "good Christian" that he is, said it was all right to divorce your spouse in cases of Alzheimer's Disease. The man is just another Republican fanatic who's taking money from those he's able to fool. It's so unfortunate that so many follow, support, and believe him.
 
 
+33 # pernsey 2012-09-01 14:36
Quoting polgal333:
Pat Robertson, "good Christian" that he is, said it was all right to divorce your spouse in cases of Alzheimer's Disease. The man is just another Republican fanatic who's taking money from those he's able to fool. It's so unfortunate that so many follow, support, and believe him.


I remember reading while Bush was in office, how the republicans gave the head of the Christian coalition millions of dollars and their talking points and at the end of the conversation he said now go get the nut jobs out there voting. The republican called the Christian right nut jobs...so even they know the truth, but wont admit it in public. Its sad in my opinion that churches tow a politcal line, while not paying taxes. Plus its so deceiving telling people essentially that Jesus was a republican. Shame on them...I think when they face the Lord to account for themselves, they might be going down instead of up. Pat Robertson sold out, he was given millions to spout the bull he does. I pray for him because hes been decieved by greed to lie in the name of Jesus.
 
 
+45 # Barbara K 2012-09-01 11:39
Yes, I can see it now, when they arrive at the Pearly Gates are are told, "You know that 10 Commandment thing? I meant it".
 
 
+71 # polgal333 2012-09-01 11:59
It's amazing the LIES that will be swallowed by so many as truth, as long as those lies are told while using the words God and Christianity with them.
Jim Jones had a tremendous following by using those same words, and we all know what happened to those who believed and trusted him. Wake up, people. You're being taken down a path of your own destruction by the Republicans who use Christianity to fool you. Jesus said to “Heal the sick, feed the hungry, care for the weakest among us, and always pray in private." The Republicans would have us let the sick die by taking away their health care, let the hungry starve to death, and let the weakest suffer on their own until they, too, perish. These are not Christians at all. Although they scream Christianity the loudest, they LIVE it the LEAST. We ARE our brother's keeper, and we must fight to keep ourselves from being trampled to death by Republican ideology. We who pray in private, rather than screaming our faith from a podium, live a truer Christian life than the Republican party; because we follow what Jesus preached about caring for our brothers and sisters. The Republicans and Tea Party members CANNOT lay claim to Jesus' words, as they do not live up to them.
 
 
+33 # DaveM 2012-09-01 12:29
"an enemy of traditional marriage between one man and one woman". Who does the President want to stop from getting married?

"Four years ago, we heard a lot of talk about hope and change. People were fainting at campaign rallies. There were Che Guevera posters hanging in dorm rooms." Actually, that was more like 40 years ago, when Nixon was in the White House.

"Obama is at war with all religion in any public place, any public square , any public school." So....prior to the Obama Administration, religious displays in public places were unrestricted?

"The bible says my people perished for lack of knowledge. Let's give them the knowledge they need." Start with the age of the universe, the age of humanity, the basic laws of physics, and a short course in biology with an emphasis on reproduction.

"And I believe that God can cause something really good to come out of all of this." Yes....perhaps he'll give that driving the money changers out of the temple idea another try.

"I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.”" (Matthew 25). $10 million would feed an awful lot of hungry and clothe a lot of naked.
 
 
+21 # angelfish 2012-09-01 18:06
Ah, but Dave. They'd have to be Christians or, at the VERY least, people with Love and Compassion in their hearts. THESE people see NOTHING if Profit isn't attached. So sad. The Four Hundred Million being spent on behalf of Romney/Ryan could do so much for those in need. Pi**ing it away on Dumb & Dumber is a Crime against Humanity!
 
 
+47 # WestWinds 2012-09-01 12:35
What's all this "messiah" non-sense the Ridiculous Right is coming out with these days? More desperate food being thrown against the wall hoping something will stick??? Honestly, these people need to be locked up in a place like Bedlam; craziest bunch of nutters ever!

Ralph Reed disgusts me; he's evil incarnate. The fact that he was included in this Right-wing circus only confirms and underscores that the real Republican Party of yesteryear is no more. These Right-wing body snatchers have cannibalized the true Republican Party and are nothing but mindless wandering zombies who are only out to do their worst by the light of the moon!

Have a good long look at Ralph Reed and the HBO Carnivale cadre of crooks, kooks and willing victims. All of which are enemies of America and her freedoms.
 
 
+28 # David Starr 2012-09-01 12:38
Quick comment:

Interesting how Reed looks in the picture above; like a professional weasel.
 
 
+18 # Rick Levy 2012-09-01 18:50
Yes, I noticed that too. There's a kind of slickness that just oozes from the photo.
 
 
+30 # JSRaleigh 2012-09-01 12:44
The very worst outcome that could happen for the likes of Ralph Reed and his ilk would be for the bible to be true.

Because if they are, Reed et al are going to burn in hell for all eternity.
 
 
+44 # TomDegan 2012-09-01 13:06
Ralph Reed is a symptom of the corruption of that disgusting party. "Party" is in fact a misnomer. It's an organized criminal enterprise.

Wake up.

http://www.tomdegan.blogspot.com

Tom Degan
Goshen, NY
 
 
+38 # DUKETYPE 2012-09-01 13:10
As Woody Allen so rightly said: “If Jesus came back and saw what was being done in his name, he'd never stop throwing up.”
 
 
+22 # polgal333 2012-09-01 13:13
It's amazing the LIES that will be swallowed by so many as truth, as long as those lies are told while using the words God and Christianity with them.
Jim Jones had a tremendous following by using those same words, and we all know what happened to those who believed and trusted him. Wake up, people. You're being taken down a path of your own destruction by the Republicans who use Christianity to fool you. Jesus said to “Heal the sick, feed the hungry, care for the weakest among us, and always pray in private." The Republicans would have us let the sick die by taking away their health care, let the hungry starve to death, and let the weakest suffer on their own until they, too, perish. These are not Christians at all. Although they scream Christianity the loudest, they LIVE it the LEAST. We ARE our brother's keeper, and we must fight to keep ourselves from being trampled to death by Republican ideology. We who pray in private, rather than screaming our faith from a podium, live a truer Christian life than the Republican party; because we follow what Jesus preached about caring for our brothers and sisters. The Republicans and Tea Party members CANNOT lay claim to Jesus' words, as they DO NOT live up to them.
 
 
+17 # polgal333 2012-09-01 13:15
Quoting sophiacat1:
The degree of sociopathy that fuels the right wing is truly sickening. What they are trying to do to America is shameful, and that they claim to be doing it in the name of God makes them really evil. Many trusting Christian people have given them support and power, not realizing they are being duped by people who are only in it for the money. What they aim to do with that power is to make sure that government no longer will take heed of the needs of the average person. They are delivering the chickens to vote for Colonel Sanders.


That last line says it all, sophiacat. Very well put!
 
 
+25 # indianfirst 2012-09-01 13:19
If Reed and his greedy fellows get untold millions of dollars as they spin a message of God, Christianity, and the holiness of the Bible, how are they different from the Taliban except for killing girls and women caught going to school or not wearing a head covering? It's a short step from where Reed and his cohorts are now to lecturing women on their proper roles as the handmaidens of American society. Reed claims to talk to God and that God is talking through him. This sounds certifiable in my thinking, or it is a parody of the film "Oh, God."

It sounds as if the battle over issues cannot be left to the abilities of the presidential candidates to persuade voters. Reed and his gang have to step in and make sure the issues are coated in a thick gravy of social and religious belief. Otherwise Americans may pull the wrong lever or fill in the wrong bubble on election day.
 
 
+24 # moby doug 2012-09-01 13:51
Ralph Reed and swindling, politicized, hypocritical ChrisTalibans like him are giving Jesus a bad name. No one has done more to aid this crook's comeback than the arrogant corporate Fascists on the Roberts Court.....with their hyper-activist Citizens United decision permitting billionaires to anonymously fund political campaigns with secret hundreds of million$ of dollar$. As Justice Stevens said in his dissent, the Court's ruling "threatens to undermine the integrity of elected institutions across the Nation. The path it has taken to reach its outcome will, I fear, do damage to this institution. A democracy cannot function effectively when its constituent members believe laws are being bought and sold."
 
 
+20 # James Smith 2012-09-01 14:03
As always, the religious reich has no fear of lying to promote their agenda. That should be no surprise, a religion founded upon lies naturally attracts liars.

Anyone watching even partially objectively would see that these people have no ethics, no mercy, and no intention of anything short of complete dominionism and completing the conversion of the USA into a totalitarian theocracy.

If unchecked, this will lead to the dissolution of the USA into several mutually-antago nistic countries. Unfortunately, they will all likely have nuclear weapons. The religious reich theocracy will have no reservations about using them, to "consume the evil apostates in "the lord's fire."
 
 
+23 # szq5777 2012-09-01 16:25
Yes James,
You are so right. As in my previous response I pointed out that Reed, Ryan and several other right-wing religious nuts are "Christian Reconstruction" people. They are also called "Dominionist". What they want is to make this country into a "Theocracy" based on the Old Testiment of the Bible. Much like Saudi Arabia is based on the Koran. Now I am a Christian and Jesus is my savior, but I also believe in the seperation of Church and State. These people do NOT! They would destroy any sugestion of religious freedom!The Tea Party is also part of this vicious sect! Just Google it!
 
 
+7 # Celeste 2012-09-02 15:02
This is SUCH an impotant point. Please continue to make it wherever you can. Religions based on obedience and uniformity are anathema to a diverse, democratic society. The Christian Dominionists tell their followers that America is a Christian nation, when the truth is that our nation was founded by deep thinkers who'd already come to conclude where the marriage between church and state always leads.

The firewall betwen church and state is as necssary as the one between Wall Street and the banks. It's interesting how time-wise, both walls have come down in parallel with grave results to citizens abounding.
 
 
+24 # K-K-K-Katie 2012-09-01 14:08
I am so sad about American ignorance, which I believe the powerful are perpetuating. It may well be the demise of our country. There's no point in my sending this to my few friends who buy into this... they cannot read this long, or think this hard. And they cannot articulate their thoughts, even in they CAN think.
 
 
+1 # Jorge 2012-09-04 13:05
Good point K- My Republican friends/acquain tances basically vote for "wedge" issues. They are fearful of gun control, don't like gays or minorities, or are Evangelicals who are told what to do by their church friends ("Christians" but not really Christ-like).
 
 
+22 # szq5777 2012-09-01 14:12
Reed, Ryan and The Tea Party are Christian Reconstructioni st! They want to trash the constitution and use it as toilet paper in the men's room! They want to turn this country into a Christian version of Saudi Arabia! Just google "Christian Reconstruction" and the "Tea Paarty". A lot of well meaning Christians will get caught up in thier evil rhetoric and give them power! God help us all!
 
 
+29 # Atia 2012-09-01 15:46
Their maniacal and irrational fear of Sharia law can easily be understood. They would like nothing better than their own versions of a theocracy in this country. There goes separation of Church and State!
 
 
+17 # James Smith 2012-09-02 03:00
The religious reich has never wanted any separation of church and state. They often openly state that it does not exist and the words do not appear in the Constitution.

What they want is a theocracy where they will be free to impose their sick, evil ideas upon everyone and openly persecute anyone who dares protest.
 
 
+12 # brux 2012-09-01 14:18
> RALPH REED: This reflects what we believe is one
> of the greatest cancers growing on the American
> body politic - and that is the scourge of legalized
> gambling.

Hmmm, I do agree with this, the gambling is rampant, and the mentality of this gambling has pervaded and corrupted everything in this country.
 
 
+7 # James Smith 2012-09-02 03:05
What no one seems to understand is that you cannot legislate morality. If people want gambling, prostitutes, drugs, or alcohol, they are always going to find someone eager to provide it.

Prohibition was a great lesson unheeded. It gave rise to a wealthy and powerful criminal class while creating disrespect for the law and making the police disrespected because so many of them had been corrupted by the bootleggers.

The same situation exists with the drug trade and the gambling trade. Legalized and controlled, both are far less dangerous to society than being illegal.
 
 
+13 # Guy 2012-09-02 05:47
Wall street is the biggest casino of them all.
 
 
+27 # graybeard.tom 2012-09-01 14:30
an old english nursery rhyme:

they hang the man and whip the woman,
who steal the goose off the common,
and leave the greater villiam loose,
who steals the common from the goose.
 
 
+28 # brux 2012-09-01 14:32
I'd like to know why Norquist is not in prison ?
 
 
+24 # polgal333 2012-09-01 15:23
Quoting K-K-K-Katie:
I am so sad about American ignorance, which I believe the powerful are perpetuating. It may well be the demise of our country. There's no point in my sending this to my few friends who buy into this... they cannot read this long, or think this hard. And they cannot articulate their thoughts, even in they CAN think.


It's astonishing to watch people willing to vote against their own best interests. I've been hearing "You can't fix stupid" more and more, and the number of people willing to buy into Republican ideology makes the statement that much more accurate. God help us all if the lying "R" duo get into office. Many who are taken in by them will realize they shot themselves in the foot, but it will be too late....for all of us.
 
 
+18 # fredboy 2012-09-01 15:41
I love it: Reed and Abramoff. Why not make it a trifecta and also interview the Devil?
 
 
+6 # kelly 2012-09-02 10:22
Because Norquist won't do anything unless you pay him or sign an agreement to sign a pledge to ask him nothing controversial.
 
 
+20 # fredboy 2012-09-01 15:42
One must, in fairness, credit Ralph Reed for clearing proving how completely stupid most who claim to be "Christians" are.
 
 
+23 # angelfish 2012-09-01 16:58
Bravo, Bill! This is what has become of the former RePublican Party. They have joined the Dark Side and RePudiate EVERYTHING Jesus EVER stood for. Pretending to be "Christians" has given them a veritable Army of Goose-stepping adherents who don't or CAN'T see that they are being scammed by the Ralph Reeds of the World. Hopefully, they will realize it SOME day. Until then, those of you who CAN see the forest for the Trees MUST register, help Family, Friends and Acquaintances to do the same, get Appropriate I.D. for your State and GET to the Polls on Election Day! oh yes, one more thing, never, EVER Vote ReTHUGlican!
 
 
+6 # Celeste 2012-09-02 15:08
While this is an important discussion on the amoral inclinations of some of the top foot soldiers of the Christian Right, the real horror is the way its various church leaders get their millions of congregants to sign on FOR war. Inasmuch as Christ is spiritually regarded as the Avatar of Peace, the exemplar of turning the other cheek and instructing followers to forgive their enemies, the inversion of his name (and would-be teachings) to serve the quest FOR war is, in my view, the telling indication of the anti-Christ. IN other words, the institution founded in Christ's name is serving as the key apparatus to undo the teachings of peace, itself.

Heavy gravity... as Kurt Vonnegut might say.
 
 
+8 # polgal333 2012-09-01 16:58
Watch this wonderful video....and pass it on. Short but sweet.


http://www.onetermmore.com/video_subtitles.html
 
 
+8 # polgal333 2012-09-01 18:05
If you haven't watched The Newsroom, here's a taste of what you've missed. It tells the truth....if you've a mind to KNOW the truth.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGAvwSp86hY&feature=player_embedded#!
 
 
+7 # Guy 2012-09-02 06:03
I hope that Americans are awake enough to get the message.I don't watch tellievision any more,but this program at least is trying to wake some people up.
 
 
+16 # Anarchist 23 2012-09-01 18:43
Having doned a great deal of reading up on Nazi Germany lately-shirer Rise & Fall of 3rd Reich, bio on bonhoeffer, book on occult Thule society by reputable historian-hey -Skull & Bones?-I recognize the hideous parallels in our present situation. the Mazis were of course the Only party in Germany after they took control. They had Reichstag Fire, we had 911. they made women second class citizens, discouraged birth control, persecuted minorities and gay people. and established a Nazi church that although it claimed to follow Jesus and be Christian, put Germany and Hitler as first loyalty and Mein Kamph on the altar instead of the bible. These people 'use' the bible-picking out only the bloodiest, worst passages. Martin Luther King Jr. said (paraphrased) the arc of history bends toward justice. At least in these times each one of us can make our spiritual stand and against the tide of darkness we had better.
 
 
+16 # polgal333 2012-09-01 19:13
Remember the clips shown on our TV air showing Iraqis with purple fingers that indicated they were finally able to vote? Remember how we acted so proud to have been a part of that privilege granted to the Iraqis? And now we watch as the Republicans work at suppressing OUR voting privilege.

Did you watch the convention as Jeb Bush had the audacity to say his brother, George, kept us safe????? Excuse me, but didn't 9/11 happen on W's watch? How does that relate to his "keeping us safe?" The Repugnants have no shame and very convenient memory lapses.
 
 
+18 # suzyskier 2012-09-01 19:53
As Antichist 23 says this is very familar if you read up on Nazi Germany. Americans are always remarking as to how Hitler fooled so many Germans and how could they be so in awe of him. But of course what happened in 1933-1945 could never happen here. Ralph Reed and his ilk are the true anti-Christs, I am sure they are only in it for power and money. They are no different that Nazis, they just use the Bible to knock their followers over the head and get blessed for it.
 
 
+8 # kelly 2012-09-02 10:37
Many Americans...not all, but the ones inclined to look starry-eyed at the speakers at the conventions have the ability to conveniently forget that Nazi Germany began in 1932 and that, if you want to be really be accurate, it came when those ready to punish Germany rejected the economist Keynes' ideas for the rebuilding of Europe at the time. So often I hear about the failure of Keynesian economics but it was the unwillingness of the Allies to forgo some of the reparations and penalties that eventually caused the next war and most subsequent depressions. Propogandists have always had something to say about things like this and there have always been sheep to feed in their pastures. Reed and his cronies are no different. I never trusted a guy who met you at the door of a church with a bible in hand with a smile and handshake when you walk in and a halleluyah and pickpocket on your way out.
 
 
+17 # Winston 2012-09-01 20:03
Winston

So, other than sending a contribution, what can we do to help our candidates in November? Tired of stewing in my disgust of the Republicans, last week I made a call to the Democratic Party's campaign office in our county and found out that they are in great need of volunteers. I also found out that another action group is helping out in the State next door because it is one of the Swing States. I live in a blue State so I'll volunteer to help out in the Swing State. If you have some free time, why don't you call your local Democratic campaign office and see how you can help. Good way to channel frustration.
 
 
+12 # Susan1989 2012-09-01 20:07
These are dark times. I believe that the Republican party has been taken over by negative and evil forces. This has heightened since a black man has become President which is a direct threat to the patriachal power structure of this country which is made up predominantly of white male Christians. Their attempt to control the female through her reproductive system is really only the beginning. What they realy want is to disenfranchise females, non whites, and members of the lower classes. The white Christian male is afraid of female sexuality (Eve enticing Adam to eat of the apple) as well as the sexuality of the male of color. Yes...amazingly this is really about sex! And those women who so proudly stand by their self-rightous men are merely holding on to being taken care of by "daddy". This is the embodiment of Ann Romney and her ilk (often blonde) and assert their family values which is code for being dependent an submissive.
 
 
+7 # Celeste 2012-09-02 15:13
Bravo, Susan! Whenever I make comments like this on another website, the misogyny rises like a wave in an attempt to drown me. The key power used is to make this issue invisible. Plenty of so-called Progressives speak about solidarity as if the struggle for women's rights, or sovereignty over our own bodies is some, "Pass the coffee" tangential issue!
 
 
+1 # CL38 2012-09-04 15:03
Excellent comments and insight!

This is about control and fear of sexuality, the sexuality of women and men of color!

I've always called those women who stand by their self-righteous man, "fembots".: docile, very willing Stepford Wives.
 
 
+7 # fhunter 2012-09-01 20:16
Ralph Reed is more famous than even himself would know it. He was written up almost 400 years ago by a French playwright named Moliere. Ralph Reed is his pseudoname. His real name is Tartuffe.
 
 
+5 # polgal333 2012-09-01 20:22
Quoting Winston:
Winston

So, other than sending a contribution, what can we do to help our candidates in November? Tired of stewing in my disgust of the Republicans, last week I made a call to the Democratic Party's campaign office in our county and found out that they are in great need of volunteers. I also found out that another action group is helping out in the State next door because it is one of the Swing States. I live in a blue State so I'll volunteer to help out in the Swing State. If you have some free time, why don't you call your local Democratic campaign office and see how you can help. Good way to channel frustration.


I already do that. I'm one of those persons who annoy you at dinner time when I call to talk about voting for Obama. LOL
 
 
-4 # fhunter 2012-09-01 20:24
I was hoping that President Obama will start his own "Pecora hearings" the day after his inauguration, and make the culprits pay. He did not! No Pecora hearings, no second term.
 
 
+11 # bluemoonwoman 2012-09-01 20:39
There are many good, but gullible people in this country who do not know (yet) that just because someone says that they believe in God doesn't make it so. Ralph Reed is an example of what Jesus was talking about when he said there would be many in sheep's clothing who were really ravenous wolves. How many Christians would actually believe that many of the antichrists are actually running around professing to be Christian? No, these wolves are actually proclaiming Christianity without Christ. Those who can actually "see" with their hearts know all too well what Mr. Reed and his cohorts are up too. Thank you Bill Moyers!
 
 
+8 # Activista 2012-09-01 20:50
Reed/Abramoff other crimes, like CHARITABLE! contributions from US lobbyist Jack Abramoff (Reed money source) laundered to finance violent armed Israeli activity in the Palestinian territories is only the tip of the iceberg. Atleast US $60 billion has been spent financing illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank and Gaza - TAX exempt - charitable. Reed more ..
www.irmep.org/tec.htm
.. making the world TOTALITARIAN begins with censorship
 
 
+11 # Smokey 2012-09-02 00:32
Americans are free to vote for atheists, snake handlers, or members of any religious or non-religious group that you can imagine.... Still, with Romney and the Christian Right the situation is a bit odd. Are the Mormons really Christians? They're not included in major Christian coalitions. The Mormon understanding of "God" is a bit unusual by Christian standards... In some ways, the religious situation with Romney is like the religious situation with Reagan.... The Christian conservatives loved Ronnie. However, he seldom went to Christian religious services and he rarely supported Christian charities or other Christian programs.... If Ralph Reed wants to rally Christians to support Romney as the Christian candidate, he's got to do some explaining between now and November.
 
 
+4 # doneasley 2012-09-03 09:35
Quoting Smokey:
.... If Ralph Reed wants to rally Christians to support Romney as the Christian candidate, he's got to do some explaining between now and November.


When a Democrat is caught in a scandal, Smokey, he'd better not show his face again (except for Bill). But the Regressives keep parading these same criminals in front of us, hoping we'll forget that they were involved in a conspiracy or two. How about bringing back the Watergate guys, or the Iran-Contra guys, or the Savings & Loan guys, or the Iraq conspiracy guys, or the Plame CIA-leak guys? Oh, but they're already back, aren't they: G Gordon Liddy, Oliver North, Poppy Bush and "W", the other Bush sons (S&L), Rove, Cheney, Abrams, Poindexter, Abramoff, and on and on. They've learned well to wear the pin-stripe suit with American flag on the lapel and bible under arm, pretending all the while to be religious patriots. And it's the guys like Reed, who are the worst of the lot, because they stand in the pulpit each Sunday and moralize, while, privately, they carry on campaigns of greed and destruction.

They want the most from America for sure - FOR THEMSELVES!
 
 
+5 # billeeboy 2012-09-03 13:35
It is time to call the religious right what they really are....fascists !
 

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