Washington Babylon — December 19, 2007, 2:28 pm

The Apocalypse PAC: Congressman McCotter leads crusade against Islam, Commies, and Democrats

The apocalypse is nigh and though you might not be able to save yourself, you can get to heaven by giving, generously, to Congressman Thaddeus G. McCotter’s newly established Champions of American Freedom PAC (Political Action Committee). McCotter, a Michigan Republican, is chairman of the Republican Policy Committee, and the PAC’s name comes from a recent article in Flashpoints, a Committee publication, entitled “The Architects of Chaos, Decline and Defeat vs. The Champions of American Freedom.”

McCotter is credited as a contributor. The opening section–and keep in mind as we proceed that McCotter sits on the House Foreign Affairs Committee–lays out the challenges confronting America:

The Heralds of Disorder are the four simultaneous generational confrontations Americans must conquer:

The social and economic upheavals of globalization;

A third world war against terrorism’s abject evil; The rise of communist China as a strategic threat and rival model of governance; and

Moral relativism’s cancerous erosion of our nation’s self-evident truths.

From there it gets truly ridiculous. The article says that “Republicans successfully promoted economic prosperity and protected homeland security” following the 9/11 attacks, but these accomplishments were “eclipsed in Americans’ minds by a dark foreboding of chaos” resulting from events that the GOP seemingly had no control over or hand in: violence in Iraq, “the doddering incompetence of FEMA after Hurricane Katrina,” the expanding federal deficit, and the higher costs of healthcare, and “unfolding Congressional scandals.” (Wisely, the article does not mention any names here–Duke Cunningham, Mark Foley, Jack Abramoff, and Tom DeLay come to mind.)

The voters were “vexed,” and a “misled electorate counterintuitively chose a liberal Congress to stem the Heralds of Disorder.” The result has been the disastrous reign of Congresswoman Mao-Tse Pelosi and Senator Che Reid. “If the federal government is further engorged upon higher taxes and untethered to wallow about with its designer sweats stretched to the spandex limits of the Left’s confiscatory phantasms, the American public will suffer,” Flashpoints warns.

Fortunately, the Republicans (the “Champions of American Freedom”) are mounting their steeds, swords in hands, to confront the Democrats (the “Architects of Chaos, Decline and Defeat”). “In this chosen moment, where the fate of our free republic weighs in the balance, the Heralds of Disorder and their Democratic minions again beckon the disciples of Lincoln and Reagan to the parapets of history,” says Flashpoints. “They will rue the day.”

Republican Policy Committee members contributing to the Flashpoints article included Mike Burgess of Texas, Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, Virginia Foxx of North Carolina and Kenny Hulshof of Missouri. Their “portraits” can be found on the last two pages of the file. McCotter’s portait is Francisco Goya’s famous painting, El sueno de la razon produce monstrous (“The sleep of reason produces monsters”).

“The meaning of the title…has been debated,” notes one writer. “Known as a pintor filósofo, Goya may have intended to affirm the Enlightenment by saying that when reason sleeps, the imagination produces monsters resulting in madness. Or, he may have implied that reason alone without imagination leads to madness.” In the case of Congressman McCotter, either interpretation seems apt.

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