Chris Hedges writes about “America’s Holy Warriors” at TruthDig (h/t: DefCon blog). The Christianists’ craven subservience to power and blind worship of military might goes hand-in-hand with their “muscular Christianity” obsession with firearms. Hedges talks about Blackwater, the private paramilitary company, and observes:
If the United States falls into a period of instability caused by another catastrophic terrorist attack, an economic meltdown or a series of environmental disasters, these paramilitary forces, protected and assisted by fellow ideologues in the police and military, could swiftly abolish what is left of our eroding democracy. War, with the huge profits it hands to businesses and right-wing interests that often help bankroll the Christian right, could become a permanent condition. And the thugs with automatic weapons, black uniforms and wraparound sunglasses who appeared on street corners in Baghdad and New Orleans could appear on streets across the U.S. Such a presence could paralyze us with fear, leaving us unable to question or protest the closed system and secrecy of an emergent totalitarian state and unable to voice dissent.