There was something refreshing about reading Demonic by Anne Coulter. Let me explain. While in Mazabuka, Zambia we were having church with the local people while there was a mini revival among the transplanted white farming community. Mazabuka’s white community has been compared to the Happy Valley social dramas of Kenya. I had good relations with these folks until they realized I voted Republican. The horror of a Christian, a pastor no less, supporting that warmonger was too much to bear for most of them. As time went on I found myself able to justify my Republican voting record to these white Zambian farmers.
I would explain that there were really two issues that I could point to on a biblical level that divided the Republicans from the Democrats: abortion and homosexuality. I would then use the scriptures that point to a child being a child in the womb as well as out of it and the obvious natural sexual relationship between the bodies of a man and a woman verses the bodies of homosexual relationships. At this point they are with me because they do not understand American politics. So I now explain how one party in their party platform supports life and traditional marriage, the Republicans and the other supports abortion on demand and homosexual marriage. They would finally understand. I would usually conclude with a statement that any knowledgeable Christian would have to vote Republican if their internal Christian values were to be the weight of judgment in their political choices.
I sometimes would include a short shot on the politics of envy that enslave the poor of the United States into a welfare system that guarantees a vote for the party that put them there: the Democrats. The point is that the 10 commandments point to covetousness as a breaking of the commandment. Appeals to the sinful nature of covetousness and class envy drive the poorer members of society into the arms of the welfare providing Democrats verses those evil Republicans who seem to think that working for a living would bring more dignity to a life than collecting benefits, kind of like God’s attitude.
So I have developed an internal attitude that there is a demonic divide between the two parties. I don’t think I have ever taken the time to really examine this attitude in writing; yet it is always part of my thinking. Thus, the refreshing of reading Ann Coulter’s book. This was the first Ann Coulter book I have ever read. I looked at some of the WordPress reviews after reading it and was kind of amused at what I saw. Liberals hated it without refuting it. Conservatives tended to just enjoy her skewering the other side. The exception were some religious conservatives and liberals. For them; Ann Coulter is doing unrepairable damage to the cause of Christ. So here goes.
She takes the writings of a Frenchman named Gustave Le Bon who wrote “The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind” in 1896. She then takes the time to apply his thoughts about mobs and apply them to the operations of the Democrats. For a conservative it is fun and being familiar with many of the events she chronicles it makes sense. She is actually going somewhere with these comparisons. The book minus her unveiled barbs would stand alone as quite a work of applying history to present issues.
She will move to the comparison of the American and French revolutions, something that she will point out is not done any more in American universities (Cornell does not have a single class on the French Revolution). She will say the reason is that Le Bon’s take on mobs is perfectly seen in the chaos of the Reign of Terror. She describes one character after another who whips up the frenzy of the mob to ride at its head only to have the same mob turn on them as the “Terror” unfolds. She sees Democratic functionaries in all of this from the unionists, the 1%ers, the race hustlers, the homosexuals and the abortionists.
The comparing of the two revolutions always will include one with God and one without God. She chronicles the total abandonment of any idea of God by the leaders of the French Revolution. She then takes the time to bring God into the American Revolution as well as a healthy distain for mob action. (The tea of the tea party was all paid for by the merchants of Boston). There was no slaughter of those who disagreed with the goals of the American Revolution as there were in the French. She then takes note of the peaceful deaths of the signers of Declaration with the exception of Hamilton who refused to fire for the sake of his Christian sensibilities in his duel with Burr.
She does the most politically incorrect thing I have ever read by including Martin Luther King in her list of mob actions. She does this for two reasons. One is to shine some light of truth and the other is to recognize the point in our history when we accepted the notion of the “good mob”. She does this by documenting the civil rights victories that were being won one after another by Thurgood Marshall. She does an excellent job of documenting the championing of civil rights by the Republican Party all the way into the 60’s in the face of Democratic opposition. Bull Connor was a Democratic machine operative who was full of hatred for Blacks. His policies were defeated by the electorate of Birmingham Al. He was not reelected. He was a serving out his term as a sitting lame duck when Martin Luther King made the march on Birmingham. King had already won, Connor had lost. There were attempts to get King to see this, but he carried out his march that allowed the racist Connor one last chance to show his colors. Thus America after seeing the film clips on the evening news became acquainted with the good mob for the first time in our history.
She concludes where I started with a quote from Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals” dedication to “the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom – Lucifer”. That is where the next book should start. “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms”.