“Mutantism on the March” :Chapter 20 “Reseudo Encounters The Moonies”

Garth rather liked the firebrand lady he had just encountered. She had a very American name being Mary Alice Beth Ann. Mary was smitten with this Reseudo dude! She invited Garth up to her lodgings and she explained to him the war in Vietnam and how the students of the United States were standing up to the rape of that country. Even prominent citizens were joining the students with Hanoi Jane and Phony Joany. Reseudo was exhilarated thinking he could make a contribution to stopping an unjust war. He would devote his time to furthering the cause and working with like minded Americans. Mary’s attention then shifted to putting on some music called Jimi Hendrix and smoking some green herb that made the music sound much better. He really liked the liquid called “wine” and even better was the sex which was the same as Zorollian sex but more primitive and uncontrolled! Mary invited him for the night and as long as he wanted. He was looking forward to the spaghetti Mary was going to prepare the next evening. It sounded like a fascinating Earthling dish. While Mary worked as a secretary at The Pentagon Garth spent his day piling through volumes of books on Earth history, sociology, politics and economics. He had even memorized all of Julia Child’s recipes.

It wasn’t too long before Garth was launched into political affairs as he was invited to speak at an anti-war rally in Washington. He related to his audience his Zorollian experiences and the extent of political repression there. There were peals of laughter about this dude who thought he was a alien! His speech they thought was full of allegories dealing with his Zorollian experiences.

A Washington Post reporter asked him several questions and the next day an article appeared about the anti-war spaceman which made him into a new anti-war darling.

The radicals loved the spacey dude but most Americans really couldn’t give a damn however the CIA were scratching their heads over a spaceship they had found in the Virginia woods.

Reseudo had a knack for smelling out corruption and if he had any popularity it was with the red liberals such as the famous consumer protection lawyer Arf Needer. But it was the Rufus Moonhead scandal that won him some general public acclaim.

Moonhead was a Romanian evangelist who had been expelled by communist authorities for being a propagator of seditious acts. Like many communist rejects  he made his way to America as a refugee and had built a strong following amongst the disadvantaged, middle class disaffected American youth, dope fiends and ex-criminals giving them dignity and peace of mind. His followers called themselves the Moonheadies and dedicated all their material goods to the Moonhead Church of International Love. Rufus Moonhead reminded Garth of a movie he had seen called “Elmer Gantry”.

All the material goods donated by converts mysteriously disappeared into such categories as general expenses or the maintenance of wilderness retreats that didn’t exist. Well why had this scandal not been exposed. No eyes had scrutinized the expenses of the Moonhead Church of International Love because the Moonheadies had hired the most skillful and well-connected lobbyists that money could buy. They threw the best and most expensive parties at hotels and restaurants running up enormous bills “entertaining” politicians.

Moonhead was lobbying for special tax breaks to be given to religious organizations involved in businesses. Moonhead and his corporation owned over 50 health food stores, 430 carpet cleaning stores and over 4,000 second-hand stores needed to sell the possessions donated by new members of the Church. All work done in these establishments was by Moonhead volunteers so labour costs were minimal. The politicians with their bellies full of Russian caviar and French Champagne took for granted that Moonhead was helping the hopeless. After all it was a foundation of a new world order dedicated to international love. No one seemed curious to delve deeper.

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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