Brother Ron shows off his new Masonic chevron
The problem with talking about Freemasonry is that even though its role in American politics is well-documented, so many nutjobs have salted the fields and inspired a mass knee-jerk reaction when ever the subject is raised.
As I've said many times before this is not an Anti-Mason blog. In fact, seeing the rogue's gallery lined up against them-- snakehandlers, pantpissers, Hitler, Stalin and so on-- I am probably more anti-anti-Mason. And it's immensely entertaining to decipher all of the Masonic symbolism flying around out there, especially with the space programs. Sadly, Masons usually take exception to my interpretations, but that's the Internet for you.
My real concern is how Masonic and quasi-Masonic fraternities, secret societies and civic groups are used to foster privilege and exclusion. This becomes even more a pressing issue during an economic depression, when exclusion and lack of access can equal financial ruin for many people. Unfortunately, that's human nature and these groups are hardly the only offenders when it comes to cronyism and nepotism.
Ever since the rise of the Anti-Masonic Party in the early 19th Century, Masons have been accused of being duplicitous and pursuing hidden agendas. Scandals have erupted in the UK over corruption among Masonic police officers and judges, accusing them of both using and obscuring their Masonic allegiance to further the interests of their brothers.
So what do we make of a high-initiate Mason who has cultivated almost religious devotion in the Anti-Masonic extreme right for the past 40 years?
This is no small issue. Ron Paul's biggest media supporters by far are the radio talk show hosts Alex Jones and Jeff Rense, whose shows and websites act as virtual propaganda mills for the Texas congressman. But at the same time both Jones and Rense are clearinghouses for Anti-Masonic propaganda. How do we explain the disconnect?
Corporate-sponsored conspiracy theorist "Vigilant Citizen"
has made a fortune "exposing the Illuminati."
has made a fortune "exposing the Illuminati."
To paper over the cracks, Paul's supporters make distinctions between regular Freemasonry and what is called "Illuminated Freemasonry." The New World Order isn't an effort by corporate oligarchies to remove all governmental barriers to commerce and labor exploitation, it's a conspiracy among "Illuminated" Freemasons and "Zionist" Jews to create a one world government and one world currency and one world religion (it always comes down to religion). Rense makes a similar distinction between "Zionist" Jews and "good" Jews.
Let's leave aside for a minute that the real one world religion project is clearly EvangeliCIAlism and look at the "Illuminated Freemasonry" bit again. The symbol universally accepted as belong to Illuminated Masonry among Ron Paul's followers as the symbol of the Illuminati is the "All-Seeing Eye," or Eye in the Pyramid or triangle.
"Eye in Pyramid" spotting is a major sport on the Internet (I've been known to partake when the opportunity arises), especially among those looking for signs of dastardly Illuminati infiltrators, and variations on it (circles in triangles, Suns in triangles) are all over, though more often used as fashion statements or injokes.
Jeff Rense has an inhouse artist named David Dee who creates photocollage political cartoons for him, most of them high-tech updates on Julius Streicher's old Der Steurmer propaganda pieces. Dee usually uses the All Seeing Eye to symbolize those who he perceives as Ron Paul's political opponents, often Paul's fellow Ayn Rand enthusiast Alan Greenspan. He alternates these hit pieces with hagiographic portraits of Paul as the white knight coming to rescue America.
Dee is not the only Paul enthusiast drawing on Der Steurmer for artistic inspiration. There are plenty of other artists mining a similar approach, applauding Paul's war on the Fed and often depicting Paul's enemies as swarthy, hook-nosed, skulking cowards who the heroic Paul will flush out until America is finally cleansed with the righteous fire of Liberty.
And you often see the All-Seeing Eye as the emblem of his enemies' infamy.
So the fact that Ron Paul inarguably belongs to a Masonic fraternity, has a Eastern Star wife and Rainbow Girl daughters and uses Masonic symbolism on the campaign trail is fine, because he's one of the "good" Masons- the dependably conservative fellows down at the Lodge who get together to share a meal and do good works for the community.
Well, there was one little thing bothering me. I kept looking at Lambda Chi Alpha's logos- I saw the Masonic grip, the Cross and Crown, the shining Sun (also featured prominently in Paul's new anti-Santorum ad), and all sorts of other tracing board goodies, but there was one thing that I was missing. But then it hit me...
...the Eye in the Triangle-- here incorporating both the Masonic union of Sun and the Crescent Moon-- also known as the "All-Seeing Eye."
More importantly, the union of Sun and Moon represents the same union of opposites principle symbolized by the Square and Compass, according to no less an authority than Albert Pike.
So judging by the criteria of his most fervent supporters, Ron Paul is not only a Mason, he's an Illuminated Mason. And yet somehow he has led his flock to believe he's neither.
How can this be? Judging from the endless invasion of innocent message boards and comments sections across the Internet, Paul's followers are all super-geniuses who have been initiated into the hidden wisdom of Libertarianism and will be his steadfast foot soldiers in the glorious crusade to liberate America from the "Fed" (wink, nod).
This couldn't have anything to do with any absolutely nutso, zany, just-plain-wacky conspiracy theory ideas like "controlled opposition" or "agent provocateur" or anything like that. Could it?
No way, Jose! (sorry- I meant "no way, Ray.")
I know some Paul fans might be reading, so in the interest of fairness and balance, I'll close it out with some inspiring words from their hero...
"There’s nothing to fear from Globalism, free trade and a single worldwide currency." -- Ron Paul, Congressional Record, March 13, 2001
SHOCKING UPDATE: Ron Paul did not vote against the NDAA!
There is a whole lot of anger regarding the National Defense Authorization Act that President Obama signed into law last week. Civil libertarians in particular have been livid over the content of the law which they think allows the indefinite detention of Americans, even though the indefinite detention provision was changed, before President Obama signed the bill into law.
Not too long after the President signed the bill, rabid Ron Paul supporters vigorously claimed that Paul opposed the bill. There’s just one problem with that. If he indeed opposed it so much, why didn’t he attend a House session to cast his vote against it?
Ron Paul took an oath to execute his duties as a member of the House of Representatives, yet he failed to show up to vote against the NDAA, a bill he supposedly opposes. He didn’t bother to take a few hours out of his day to vote against something he considers dangerous to American rights and freedom. Instead, he decided to ignore his congressional responsibilities in order to remain on the campaign trail.- AddictingInfo.com
Thank you Brother Ron, for making my argument for me...