Election day is near and prompts an immediate need to point out a stealth Political Dominionist candidate running in a high profile election in Washington State. Susan Hutchison is a stealth candidate running for King County Executive as a “non-partisan”. This could not be further from the truth! Hutchison is anything BUT non-partisan. A fellow researcher has written articles about Hutchison and the following is an excerpt from Valeria Tarico’s Huffington Post article October 13, 2009:
The real question here is: What are the implications for her likely priorities in public office?
What is the old saying? We are known by the company we keep. That is actually reasonable folk wisdom. James Wellman, University of Washington sociologist likes to say that, “Our sense of reality is socially constructed.” It makes sense to assume that Hutchison’s priorities are shaped by her expressed values and her associations, just like the rest of us. So, independent of her work for the Simonyi Foundation, who does Hutchison hang out with?
Her prayer breakfast talk was hosted by an organization called Washington Leadership. Their tag line is: “A place where state and community leaders can come together with emerging leaders around the person of Jesus”.
I might expect Hutchison to be a bit fuzzy on church/state separation issues, because the evangelical mandate as I know it, and as she manifested it in her prayer breakfast talk, trumps separation. Hutchison appears to place a strong value on leveraging public exposure to spread her version of Christianity.
Hutchison is on the board of Young Life international, which fits perfectly. It is a fun, smart evangelical organization that seeks to convert teenagers and get teenagers to convert each other to this fundamentalist theology we heard her reading.
Until she began her run for office, she also was on the board of the Discovery Institute, which gets evangelical funding to undermine secular “materialist” science education and replace it with a sophisticated version of creationism called Intelligent Design. They claim ID is science, but even the Templeton Foundation, an organization that funds the intersection between faith and science disagrees and won’t give them money.
I find it dismaying that Hutchison has been around the caliber of scientists she claims to have encountered through her work at Simonyi without developing a deeper understanding of the scientific method and why it works so well.
Any final thoughts?
I look at Susan Hutchison, and as a former evangelical I see a woman on a mission, in that sense much like Sarah Palin, but without the weird exorcism of witches stuff. Hutchison’s evangelical associations have steered her in a very specific political direction: She gave money to evangelical Republican Mike Huckabee over John McCain. She refuses to answer questions about reproductive rights. Heck, she even refuses to tell people that she’s a Republican.
While working for Charles Simonyi and giving away his money, she has had plenty of opportunity to become more sophisticated about the scientific method and data based decisions — but instead I worry that she has become better at clinging to an ideology in the face of evidence to the contrary. I personally prefer having someone in the King County Exec office who bases their policy decisions on data and who is on a mission to serve the people of King County. ~ Valerie Tarico Huffington Post
This is an important race and the telltale signs that the Political Dominionists are back with a vengeance and at their old tricks! Their anger is palpable over the loss of the 2008 national elections both in the White House and Congress. They have turned back to a page that worked extraordinarily well for them in the 80s and especially in the 1990s when they effectively hi-jacked the Republican Party.
Today, the GOP is seriously fractured! The secular political republicans are embarrassed and ashamed of what their Party has evolved into. And the Political Dominionists are furious that the GOP is, in their view – well – not conservative enough! I am not kidding! So what are they doing? They are touting themselves as stealth candidates running as seemingly innocuous ”Independents” or “Non-Partisan” until they formalize their goal for a new party creation.
Which brings us back to “Independent” candidate Doug Hoffman – NY 23rd District; and “Non-Partisan” King County Executive candidate Susan Hutchison King County (Seattle) WA State. It is just obscure enough to the untrained eye to appear middle-of-the-road. It is anything BUT that! And this is where they are going to dangerously gain ground once again by voters who think they are a change from the GOP or Democratic Party out of frustration with both.
These Political Dominionist candidates and organizers are experts at what they themselves call “Rebranding”.
Rebranding is what they do in an effort to reinvent themselves to appeal to those who aren’t immediately aware that they are still the proverbial wolves in sheeps clothing, no matter what label they are usurping. They insidiously stole the Republican Party and now that there is a civil war within the conservative camp, they are rebranding and surfacing under these alternative labels.
The organization Young Life International is affiliated with Campus Crusade for Christ which is affiliated with The Fellowship, which is affiliated with The Family, which is affiliated with Focus on the Family….and the Dominionist lineage goes on and on.
Susan Hutchison MUST be outed for the stealth candidate that she is.
I will post another article with deeper ties, but this has to get out now because Washington voters vote by mail-in ballot and people are already casating their ballots.