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Politicos: Ralph Reed
Christian Coalition; G. W. Bush Re-Election Team
"Robertson has spoken many times in public about bringing religion (Christians only of course; people from other religions are no good, and atheists are even worse) into government. When Robertson speaks on "The 700 Club," he is prone to saying stupid things that just aren't going to go over too well with anybody but his die-hard viewers (check out some his quotes). It just wouldn't work if Pat was running the political end of things; just look at what happened in his last presidential bid. So, the Christian Coalition was created, and Ralph Reed was installed as its head. When Ralph speaks, he is much more subtle (check out the quotes page to hear him talking about using stealth to hide his true intentions from the public). Reed would never publicly say that he wants a theocracy, even though that is the final plan (of course, Ralph is the one who the public hears from; Robertson tells his followers the real deal).
No, Pat and Ralph use what's often been called the good cop-bad cop method. They have publicly contradicted each other an incredible number of times. Pat says something insane, then Ralph says something that sounds great...of course, you've got to remember that Pat's in charge here (and that Ralph, preferring to hide his true meaning, is an expert in couching his radical agenda in moderate terms).
Reed has led the Christian Coalition to become an enormously influential part of the Republican Party (they claim to be non-partisan, but that's just clearly a bunch of crap-Robertson has openly endorsed Republican candidates in the past, and will do so again in the future. Being non-partisan means they don't have to pay taxes.) One of the Coalition higher-ups had stated before the last election that "we will determine the Republican candidate." Never before has a religious organization controlled the agenda of our Congress before. The Contract With the American Family is the best example of the Coalition at work. Part of it is an amendment to the Constitution, called the Religious Equality Amendment. This would allow for religious symbols to be erected in public places (such as courthouses) and get prayer in schools. The rest of it would end any funding to any organization remotely associated with abortion, heavily censor the Internet, among other things. Recently, Reed has also called for laws that would allow for federal funds to organization like the Christian Coalition." (Pat (Robertson)'s Agenda for America
"In 1981, Reed moved to Washington, D.C. to intern for Jack Abramoff, the newly elected Chairman of the College Republican National Committee (CRNC) and later the central figure in the Indian gaming and Congressional bribery scandal that would cause problems for Reed's campaign for Lieutenant Governor.
At the CRNC, Abramoff, Executive Director Grover Norquist and Reed formed what was known as the "Abramoff-Norquist-Reed triumvirate." Upon Abramoff's election, the trio purged "dissidents" and re-wrote the CRNC's bylaws to consolidate their control over the organization. Reed was the "hatchet man" and "carried out Abramoff-Norquist orders with ruthless efficiency, not bothering to hide his fingerprints." Abramoff promoted Reed in 1983, appointing him to succeed Norquist as Executive Director of the CRNC. (Nina J. Easton, Gang of Five: Leaders at the Center of the Conservative Crusade, page 143)
Reed roomed with Abramoff in Washington, D.C. and later introduced him to his wife. Reed participated in the weddings of both Abramoff and Norquist. Norquist would later serve as President of Americans for Tax Reform, an anti-tax group that would serve as a fundraising conduit in the Indian gaming scandal." (Wikipedia)
"It's like guerrilla warfare. If you reveal your location, all it does is allow your opponent to improve his artillery bearings. It's better to move quietly, with stealth, under cover of night. You've got two choices: You can wear cammies and shimmy along on your belly, or you can put on a red coat and stand up for everyone to see. It comes down to whether you want to be the British army in the Revolutionary War or the Viet Cong. History tells us which tactic was more effective." - Ralph Reed, Los Angeles Times, 3/22/92
"I want to be invisible. I do guerrilla warfare. I paint my face and travel at night. You don't know it's over until you're in a body bag." - Ralph Reed, Norfolk Virginian-Pilot, 11/9/91
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