The Neocons Are Biblically Grounded
by Bob Johnson
conservatives, or neocons, are a powerful group in
Where did the neocons’ ideas originate? What is their driving and sustaining force?
All the leading neocons, from Irving Kristol and his son William Kristol, to Paul Wolfowitz, Abram Shulsky, and Richard Perle, either studied under, or independently studied, the teachings of Leo Strauss. The neocon movement is definitely made up of Straussians and Strauss is often referred to as the father of the neoconservative movement.
Leo Strauss was a German Jewish
scholar who immigrated to the
Believing that progress is bad because it moves beyond early superstitions and myth, such as the Bible, Strauss taught an unnatural reverence for the past--specifically the Jewish past. In a speech entitled, Progress or Return? The Contemporary Crisis in Western Civilization, Strauss said, “Judaism is a concern with return; it is not a concern with progress. ‘Return’ can easily be expressed in biblical Hebrew; ‘progress’ cannot.”
Strauss thought that most people are incapable of living their lives without a belief in a God who would punish them for disobedience, and reward them for obedience. In order for the people to know what this God demanded of them, Strauss, being a student himself of the Twelfth Century influential Jewish leader Rabbi Maimonides, believed the best bet was to use the Hebrew Bible. In the editor’s introduction to a collection of Strauss’ writings, Jewish Philosophy and the Crisis of Modernity, Kenneth Hart Green writes, “Strauss learned from Maimonides that religion is essential to any healthy political society, and certainly for the moral life of human beings. Over and above this, Maimonides convinced Strauss that Jewish religion, based on the Hebrew Bible, is most essential to ground a ‘genuine’ morality for almost every human being.”
This cornerstone idea, that the
Jewish religion through the Hebrew Bible should be used to control the
sheep, is what motivates and holds together the Jewish and Christian
neocons. It is the driving force that sparks increasing and unquestioned
The Hebrew Bible is a collection of writings by ancient Jews to promote themselves. It’s filled with absurd stories of rivers turning into blood (Exodus ), unicorns (Isaiah 34:7), talking donkeys (Numbers ), etc. But threaded throughout this Hebrew Bible is a game plan for the Jews like Leo Strauss, the Kristols, Wolfowitz, ad nauseam, to take and keep the high ground in society and in world affairs.
To start with is Deuteronomy 7:6. This Bible quote has the God of the Hebrew Bible saying the Jews are, “above all people that are upon the face of the earth.” Getting into this mindset is a good place to start for the masses. To serve God’s chosen people is to serve God on earth.
The neocon/Straussian idea of
basing society on the Hebrew Bible is working amazingly well. Of key
importance in the Hebrew Bible is
I don’t believe in Bible prophecy,
but this quote from Deuteronomy 11:23 could be a picture painted of
Christians, such as Pat Robertson, accept the Hebrew Bible as the word
of God, just as certainly as Halliburton overcharges US taxpayers.
Wanting to please the Judeo-Christian God, Robertson believes the
Based on Robertson’s ideas,
American youth, and the youth of any country that is foolish enough to
be sucked into taking part in these neocon wars, better be prepared for
much more sacrifice and dying. The borders of
 Romesh Ratnesar,
“Bush’s Brainiest Hawk”, Time, 28-29,
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