We hesitated to share theApril 1 announcements published in the Dairyland Peach and the Morrison County Record announcing an upcoming screening at the Little Falls Ballroom of Curtis Bowers' "Agenda 2: The Masters of Deceit."
The movie night, which includes a cash bar available for all beverages, as well as pizzas and pulled pork sandwiches for sale, is sponsored by the Central Minnesota Tea Party. We previewed Bower's first Central Minnesota Tea Party first Bowersfest back in the 2012 post, Their own private Idaho: Curtis Bowers to keynote July 12 Browerville Tea Party Rally.
Son of James Bowers, author of The Naked Truth: The Naked Communist - Revisited (an explication of the top 45 Goals of Communists section in W. Cleon Skousen's The Naked Communist), Curtis Bowers believes that Everything He Things is Wrong With America can be attributed to a long standing Communist agenda that's behind it all.
The Southern Poverty Law Center looked at the continued influence of the Skousen cult in the 2011 report, Fringe Mormon Group Makes Myths with Glenn Beck’s Help.
By asserting a narrow legalistic definition of the word "conspiracy" and asserting that he's discovered an "agenda," Bowers believes he can escape having his Unified Theory of Everything labeled as a conspiracy theory. And that's quite the "agenda" that Bowers describes in his conspiracy theory:
As he continued to travel, Bowers found that people were overwhelmed by the seeming myriad of issues they were facing. From the promotion of Islam to the propaganda of climate change, from the deceit of Common Core to the manufactured economic crisis, and from the manipulation of the Evangelical Church to the unsustainable debt burden, it seemed as if America had a hundred different enemies with a hundred different agendas, he said. But he knew from his research that wasn’t the case.
Bowers is out to expose the “Masters of Deceit and their attacks on our freedom,” he said.
Spoiler Alert: Masters of Deceit are commies
Students of American history will recognize "Agenda 2's" subtitle from the book of the same name by J. Edgar Hoover, whose paranoid style was to conflate gay men, civil rights and Vietnam-era peace activists and all radicals with the communist party.
In a recent ten-minute interview with end-times Christian talk radio host Jan Markell of Olive Tree Ministries, Bowers told Markell how everything from LGBTQ rights to Islamic terrorism is under the control of communists. According to Bowers, those dirty reds really don't care about "homosexuals" or radical Islam splinter groups, they just plot to take over the world.
The frame seems to have stepped straight out of one of Chip Berlet's explainers on conspiracy theories.
Here's an excerpt from the interview with Markell:
While this material may seem readily flaky to many readers, Bowers has a history of attracting the attention of some of Minnesota's hard right Republican leaders. Witness farmer and DFL supporter Alan Perish's 2012 letter to the editor of the Staples World:
This July 12, a Tea Party Rally was held in Browerville. Keynote speaker, Curtis Bowers is most notable for two things; writing a book that makes the U.S. sound like a failure and his own failure to be elected to a state legislature he was appointed to. He’s not the reason I’m writing this.
Also speaking at that meeting: Mary Franson, Paul Gazelka, Ron Kresha and Mark Anderson
Bowers also appeared at the SW Metro Tea Party in Chanhassen that year, a group founded and organized by now state representative Cindy Pugh.
Mark Anderson isn't seeking re-election, and we're curious whether the Tea Party and Bowers continues to be attractive to the other four.
Image: The communists behind everything. Or whatevas (above); Pinky and the Brain (below).
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