The Liberal Left has been in a feeding frenzy over what they describe as “dominionism” coming from the Republican presidential candidates. Michelle Goldberg was the first to throw blood in the water with this claim:
Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry aren’t just devout — both have deep ties to a fringe fundamentalist movement known as Dominionism, which says Christians should rule the world.
Many others followed Goldberg in labeling anyone and everyone who opposed a left-leaning social, moral, economic, and political agenda a dominionist. But a funny thing happened on the way to demonizing right-leaning conservatives as dominionists. Lo and behold dominionism has been around for a long time. One of its major advocates is a big-time Liberal. Can you guess who said this?:
It’s the time — and it’s going to be soon — when nobody in this country is poor. . . .
It’s the time — and there’s no point in waiting — when every boy and girl in this country, every boy and girl that is born under that flag, has the right to all the education that he can absorb.
It’s going to be the time when every older man and woman has not just full social security, but it has meaning and it has purpose, and it has pleasure.
We have a gross national product of over $600 billion, and we don’t make money just to make money. We make money for the betterment of man and for the fuller and richer life for human beings, and we are going to do that when we build the Great Society. . . . The Great Society under a Democratic President cares for all of them. . . . It’s going to be the time, as I said, when we have a job for everyone who is willing to work, and he is going to be paid a decent wage.
It’s the time when every false distinction — of what your race is, or your creed is, or your sex, or how you spell your name, or where your folks came from, or how you pray — it’s going to be a time when none of that makes any difference. . . .
It’s the time when man gains full dominion under God over his own destiny.
It’s the time of peace on earth and good will among men.
The place is here and the time is now.1
If you guessed Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908–1973), the 36th president of the United States, you would be correct. If any of today’s presidential candidates had anything similar to Johnson, they would be excoriated in the press as “theocrats,” trying to impose their version of religion on society by the power and authority of government.
Dominionism has been a liberal staple for centuries. That’s why Leftists are attacking anyone on the right who wants to decrease the power of the State and return dominion to where it belongs. Johnson’s ‘Great Society’ increased the power of of Government and created more poverty. South Dakota got it right: “Under God the People Rule.” Under the State as God Politicians and Bureaucrats Rule.
- LBJ, Remarks Made at the Civic Center Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (October 27, 1964) prior to the 1964 presidential election: http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=26674#ixzz1ZM21eogU [↩]