One Nation Under God

One Nation Under God

How Corporate America Invented Christian America

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Looks at the idea of America as a formally Christian nation, arguing that this view of the country largely started as an initiative by conservative religious leaders and businesses reacting against the New Deal, which became entangled with politics in the 1950s under Eisenhower.
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KCLibraryGuy
Feb 01, 2018

In the late 1940s and 1950s, American businessmen, and they were mostly men, felt under attack by Roosevelt and the New Deal. They responded by creating a past that never existed -- a nation founded on religion. Not a religion that serves the poor, but an individualistic, public religion largely funded by DuPont, Chrysler, Sun Oil, J.W. Marriot and other corporate benefactors. These "Christian libertarians" helped elect Eisenhower, lobbied for Nixon's divisive politics and made the Rev. Billy Graham a star. They added "In God We Trust" to our paper currency and "one nation under God" to the Pledge of Allegiance. Their efforts echo down to today, through Reagan, Clinton, Bush and Pence. As the author notes, the parentage of these phrases "stems not from the founding fathers, but from an era much closer to our own,...[W]e do violence to our past if we treat certain phrases...as sacred texts handed down to us from the nation's founding. Instead, we are better served if we understand these utterances for what they are: political slogans that speak not to the origins of our nation but to a specific point in its not-so-distant past. If they are to mean anything to us now, we should understand what they meant then."

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Gary Geiserman
May 08, 2015

If we understand corporations (private sector) as the ‘father’ and govt as the mother, this long running war against the feminine (govt in this case) has given the duped public a new ‘step-mother’: Christianity. With the deterioration of religion in general (in favor of science, masculine), it was a win-win. The right has concocted a masterly pr campaign to re-create constituents for it’s otherwise unpopular pro-corporate stance. Angry non-religious white men are another large group recruited esp by talk radio, Fox News et al. The anger comes from corporate raping, of course, thus a true turning on its head has been accomplished. Bravo! >>>> This is actually easy to do since masculine domination isn’t noticed until exhibited in the victim and this victimized position is blamed (as the first cause). >>>> Ironically, the feminine is always the first action, but through love of the game and thus wanting company, invites the masculine to appear ‘first’. Fortunately, this imbalanced state is all changing now allowing harmony. All the ‘bumpy nights’ are the birthing pangs. Ouch! >>>> and thank you StarGladiator for the review (I haven’t read the book).

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StarGladiator
Feb 20, 2015

An excellent book and always follow the money: principal financial backer of Eisenhower's presidential campaign - - investor, Floyd Odlum. When Eisenhower sent the CIA to overthrow the Arbenz administration in Guatemala for United Fruit, the principal investor then in United Fruit - - Floyd Odlum. Principal investor in Hilton Hotels - - Floyd Odlum. Other backers of Eisenhower: the Rockefeller brothers, David and Nelson. When Eisenhower sent the CIA to overthrow the president of Iran, who benefitted - - the Rockefeller family. When Eisenhower sent the CIA in their failed attempt to overthrow Sukarno of Indonesia [where thousands died as a consequence], the chief beneficiaries would have been the oil companies, Stanvac and Caltex, owned by the Rockefeller family. [Trivia fact: the stepfather of President Barack Obama was an employee, later on, of Stanvac and Caltex - - and Mobil and Unocal - - small world, huh?]

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