Recent media reports have described a putative covert plot amongst Christian Reconstructionists to win "dominion" over the American government. The movement allegedly desires a retrograde theocratic system in which the same laws that the Old Testament assigns to ancient Israel would apply today in New York, San Francisco, and everywhere in between.
Presidential candidates Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann are alleged to be on the leading edge of this movement, and bloggers and columnists suggest in breathless tones that they would, should either of them win the presidency, use the Bible as their policy guide for governance. Perry and Bachmann, it's suggested, are figureheads for the Reconstructionist movement, supported and therefore manipulated by a secretive evangelical pseudo-intelligentsia. The late R. J. Rushdoony and Francis Schaeffer are construed as the co-creators of this radical strand of evangelical theology that will stop at nothing until Christians "rule" or "exercise dominion" over the power centers of government and culture.