My brother was given this book by his good friend’s dad. Knowing a few things about the man made me curious about its content.
First of all, it had practically every sign of being propaganda. The author or authors didn’t include even a pseudonym, just a reference to a parish that’s famous for apparitions of The Virgin Mary. The title is somewhat extreme, but more importantly, it immediately suggests the existence of a vague enemy, “They.” The back cover starts with a quote from Sun Tzu’s The Art of War, fills the back cover, and says nothing about what the book actually contains.
It was designed to seem big and important; The margins, text, and spacing are all huge. There are pages for notes. One hundred pages near the end are just maps of states with population descriptions (purportedly for strategy purposes). It’s probably 300 pages of material packaged into 1000.
I flipped through it, and I’m glad I did, because it only got better. It is hedged with explicit instructions to read it in order (like Scientology!). The whole thing is a manual for Catholics on how to defeat Obama and the secular left in their attempts to destroy The Constitution, which may be referenced in this book even more times than the Bible.
I stumbled into what must be the best part around page 577, wherein the author starts explaining plans to form Constitutional Small Prayer Groups (CSPGs, like a military acronym). The first requirement to join one is that you have to have read this book already. The second requirement is that you must reread this book within 30 days of joining. The third requirement is that this book must be reread annually to maintain membership.
The follow-up stresses not to rely on technology like the internet, I imagine because the internet contains information that is not only contradictory, but worse, free of charge. The next page stresses the importance of distributing additional copies of this book to every level of church official and political representative that you can.
Apparently one claim on the cover is actually true: it is a national best seller. Someone involved in this must have a natural flair for some specific nuances of social psychology, because it is somewhat of a masterpiece in the way it appeals to fear, anger, patriotism, spirituality, the notion that the book contains ideas you’ve already thought all along, and congratulations for how insightful you are for thinking these things.
All without even a pen name to hint at where these millions of dollars of profit will end up.