The way in which Butler and his followers think runs something like this: they feel that any money and anyway to get money out of this whole political endeavor is purifying each and every person who donates or is sued or has money extracted from them in anyway. They feel that the more people who donate to this representative of Krishna, the more purified the world will get.ISKCON did the same kind of stuff. They approached unwitting people at airports and said whatever bullshit they needed to say to extract money from people. It was called "the pick". All Butler is doing is a 2.0 version of the pick. Why deal in chump change when you can extract millions from the demons and purify the world? Butler and Tulsi statements both past and present reveal that they are concerned with dividing the world up into devotees and demons. "lower than a blade of grass" went out the window a long time ago in this cult. In fact, you would be hard-pressed to hear a lecture of butlers either past or present that doesn't reveal the superiority complex and arrogant tone. You definitely don't get the vibe that this is a humble human being. In tulsi's recent public announcement of why she is suing Hillary Clinton, she spends majority of the letter describing what seemingly wonderful person she is because she is a patriot and so forth. Even common people who are her supporters found it distasteful that she went on and on describing herself as some kind of a military hero. She was a desk clerk in the army. The entire fact that she even signed up to be deployed for such a completely bullshit War is also very suspect. The so-called war on terror was the biggest political and Military blunder in history. You gotta question someones sanity at least a little bit for having voluntarily joined up, especially when they are a so called devotee.
Again, I ask the question, what business does a silly Hari Krishna Mickey Mouse Club cult have in getting involved in politics? Let alone getting involved with convicted drug smugglers, financial fraud schemes, and anti-homosexual activism? If you remember the premise under which the bhagavad-gita was supposedly spoken, it's kind of mirrors this scenario. There are many problems that arise when devotees start to take the myths and legends of their scriptures as literal. The stories are simply there to illustrate philosophical Concepts, not to be imitated and taken at face value. But to butlers followers, tulsi is their arjuna hero and butler is Krishna. And the political climate they injected themselves into makes kurukshetra look like a rubberband fight.
Looks like people are starting to see Tulsi for who she really is. A Democrat who swings Republican talking points and has flip-flopped on every major issue to gain popularity. Sounds like her Guru. This opinion piece reeks of the same crybaby tactics that have been used by Tulsi and Butler over the years. She wasn't invited because she lacks authenticity about what she really stands for and who she is. The same reason that Butler was rejected for years by any vaishnava groups. There was no clarity about what he represented and stood for even within this small Fringe religious cult.
"We can be better as a species if we recognize religion as a man-made construct. We owe it to ourselves to at least consider the real roots of religious belief, so we can deal with life as it is, taking advantage of perhaps our mind’s greatest adaptation: our ability to use reason."
-j Andersen thomson