Look for that union mark of the beast label

Yesterday in crazy: Today's lunatic fringe is not unprecedented. A flashback to 1902

By Andrew Leonard

Published October 9, 2009 6:10PM (EDT)

It is more than tempting to think that the current, seemingly relentless waves of craziness that keep washing through American political discourse signify an precedented level of sheer baloney. But history says otherwise. Responding to my "Proof that Obama is the antichrist" post, Tom Walker, aka Econospeak's Sandwichman, sends in this note:

I came across this passage in my notes from a 1902 speech by National Association of Manufacturers' president David M. Parry:

"When one observes the thousands of toilers of that city [Chicago!] with the badge of trades unionism upon their coats, or, after the manner of the Teamsters' Union, on the front of their hats or caps, one is reminded of the words of St. John, in Revelations. In the thirteenth chapter of the prophecy he refers to a beast which arose from the sea and caused no end of torment to mankind. Speaking of the work of this beast, St. John says, in the sixteenth and seventeenth verses: 'And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand or in their foreheads. And that no man might buy or sell save he that hath the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.'"

Union membership = eternal damnation. Good to know.

Oh, and, at ResistNet, the "Home of the Patriotic Resistance," one commenter wondered whether Obama's Nobel Peace Prize confirms that he is the antichrist, or could be interpreted to mean he is just the precursor to said nemesis. (Found via Adele Stan at AlterNet.)

Andrew Leonard

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