After weeks of holding its breath as political brinksmanship brought America terrifyingly close to blowing through its debt ceiling, the planet today heaved a sigh of relief as President Obama signed into law a measure to avert the crisis.
Followers of Linda Newkirk must have been especially relieved. The self-styled “prophet” warned Saturday that Obama planned to use a government default as an excuse to abolish the House of Representatives and most of the Senate, then declare martial law and proclaim himself dictator.
“A great coup is ongoing in the U.S.A. Government,” Newkirk wrote in a post that was widely reproduced on far-right websites. “[T]his message concerns the escalation of the New World Order in this nation of America, and indeed all over the world.”
Newkirk is an Arkansas-based millenarian who claims to be delivering messages from Jesus and says humanity has entered the seven-year “tribulation” predicted in Revelations.
She declared on Saturday that the debt crisis is a sign that agents of the New World Order have realized there is no escaping Judgment Day.
“So, they now prepare to fight,” she wrote. “They prepare for a worldwide police state and worldwide concentration camps. I have shown you the plans of President Obama, which are the plans of the Queen of England and the Rothschild man. They now want and demand total control of the U.S.A., and at the same time a total financial stripping of the U.S.A., which will most certainly cause chaos all over the nation. And, of course, their remedy is martial law and concentration camps. This is their plan.”
Newkirk’s knowledge of the (apparently foiled) plan was remarkably detailed. According to her prophecy, the president and 27 U.S. senators who are in hock to “the Queen of England and the Rothschild man” have aligned “for the swift and total destruction of the U.S.A. financial system and the destruction of the U.S.A. Government.” Ultimately, they intend to create a system in which Obama “will answer to no one.”
This is not Newkirk’s first Obama-related prophecy. In messages she began posting within days of his 2008 election, she has declared the president the Antichrist, the Beast predicted in Revelations, a Jew, a Nazi, a communist, and an agent of the Queen, the European Illuminati, the Vatican and the Israeli Mossad.
“Dear Ones, let us examine the name of BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA! COUNT THE NUMBER OF LETTERS IN HIS NAME! THE TOTAL IS 18, OR 6+6+6, OR 666,” she warned in November 2008. “He is the final nail in the coffin of this great nation … A man, who is no man at all, but a beast!” she wrote. “Barack Hussein Obama is Satan’s number one ruler in the world!”
Newkirk wasn’t the only extremist to see the debt crisis as the beginning of The End. Lyndon LaRouche, a fringe ideologue and conspiracy theorist whom Chip Berlet, senior analyst at Political Research Associates and an expert on the radical right calls “the man who brought us fascism wrapped in an American flag,” has declared the debt ceiling legislation to be Obama’s “Hitler coup.”
“Last night, under the influence of a terror campaign by Obama and his British and Wall Street backers, a majority of the US House of Representative signed off on a Hitler coup against the U.S. Constitution,” LaRouche warned this morning. “Under this coup, the Congress will, as a first step, no longer have the power to decide on matters of spending – a specific violation of Section 1 of the nation's governing body. And that's just the beginning.”
LaRouche was talking about the controversial “Super Congress,” a 12-member joint congressional committee whose decision on how to come up with an additional $1.2 trillion to $1.5 trillion in cuts will be subject only to an up-or-down vote, with no amendments or delays allowed.
The measure has come under fire from legitimate critics who say it’s too opaque – but only LaRouche seems to think the debt deal puts America politically within a stone’s throw of replicating the Third Reich.
“The Obama SuperCongress measure directly mirrors the Hitler Enabling Law of March 1933, by which the German Reichstag ‘democratically’ voted to give Hitler emergency powers [and] gave Hitler the right to govern on his own, and in contravention to the Constitution, without consulting the parliament for a period of four years,” LaRouche said.
He continued, “Only a cowardly idiot would not see the handwriting on the wall with Obama’s Hitler coup today.”