Thom and a caller were talking about Christian Conservativism this morning and so I found this interesting article in Wiki about Christofascism partly explaining today's very tight ties between the Christians and Republicans. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christofascism
Chris Hedges and David Neiwert observe the beginnings of American Christofascism during the Great Depression, when Americans espoused forms of fascism that were "explicitly 'Christian' in nature.":88 Hedges writes that "fundamentalist preachers such as Gerald B. Winrod and Gerald L.K. Smith fused national and Christian symbols to advocate the country's first crude form of Christo-fascism.":140 Smith's Christian Nationalist Crusade said that "Christian character is the basis of all real Americanism.":140 Another prominent advocate of Christofascism was William Dudley Pelley.:88
By the late 1950s, followers of these philosophies became the John Birch Society, whose policy positions and rhetoric have greatly impacted modern dominionists.:140 Likewise, thePosse Comitatus movement began with former associates of Pelley and Smith.:90 The 1980s saw the Council for National Policy:140 and the Moral Majority carry on the tradition, while the patriot movement and militia movement represented efforts to mainstream the philosophy in the 1990s.