We can have a balanced federal budget by 2017 and Regain our S&P AAA Rating
See the following articles, which explain why conservatives dislike Speaker Boehner's debt deal so intensely and ask your senators and congressman to sponsor legislation to freeze spending increases so that we will be solvent in 5 years.
Is there any reason we can't have a balanced federal budget within the next decade?
The president plans on unbalanced budgets going out a decade into the future, well past the end of his first, and let's hope only, term of office.
But, I talked with Dan Mitchell from the Cato Institute. He says we could have a balanced budget much sooner than that if you look at the numbers. He says that the reason we are going to have an unbalanced budget is that the bureaucracy assumes they are going to grow every single year. They call it current service level.
He says if we held the growth of government to just 1% we'd have a balanced budget by 2017. We'd still have about 20 trillion dollars in debt that would need to be paid off. But, at least the government would be down to spending just what they take in.
If we held it to 2% we could still be balanced by 2021. How's that as a different assumption than the president's assumption that we'll run a trillion dollar deficit every year for the next decade?
Daniel Mitchell is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C. This article appeared in Investor's Business Daily on March 4, 2011.
Good fiscal policy doesn't require miracles ' or dramatic showdowns. All politicians have to do is limit the growth of the public sector. Combined with normal revenue growth, this approach eliminates red ink very quickly.
This is what happened in the U.S. during the Clinton-Gingrich years. Between 1994 and 1999, total government spending increased by an average of just 3% annually. The budget deficit, which was projected in early 1995 (18 months after the 1993 tax increase!) to remain above $200 billion for the rest of the century, quickly became a budget surplus once spending was restrained.
Fiscal discipline also works when it is tried in other nations. Data from the Economist Intelligence Unit reveal that four nations ' Canada, Ireland, Slovakia and New Zealand ' dramatically reduced budget deficits in recent decades by imposing strict limits on government spending.
Interestingly, these data also reveal that the tax burden was stable or falling during these periods of fiscal progress.
Canada, for instance, was in deep fiscal trouble. The burden of government spending had climbed above 53% of gross domestic product in 1992 and the deficit was more than 9% of economic output. Then lawmakers embarked on a new course. Government was put on a diet, and between 1992 and 1997 Canada's budget rose from $374 billion Canadian to $391 billion, an average annual increase of less than 1%.
This period of frugality paid big dividends. The burden of government spending dropped to 44% of GDP. The budget deficit, meanwhile, completely disappeared. After five years of fiscal discipline, record levels of red ink were transformed into a small budget surplus.
Ireland was in a tailspin by the mid-1980s. The burden of government spending had skyrocketed to more than 60% of GDP and the nation's deficit was consuming more than 12% of economic output. To avoid a crisis, Irish policy froze the budget. The Irish budget was 14.7 billion euros in 1985, and it was only 14.7 billion euros in 1989.
This four-year spending freeze was enormously successful. The burden of government spending plunged to less than 43% of GDP. The budget deficit also fell dramatically, consuming just 2.7% of economic output at the end of this period.
Slovakia, like many other nations that emerged from the collapse of the Soviet empire, was saddled with a large public sector. To solve the problem, policymakers restrained government. From 2000-03, the Slovakian budget grew from 11.5 billion euros to 11.8 billion euros, an average increase of 1.3%.
This modest period of fiscal discipline had a big impact. The burden of the public sector dropped from 36.9% of GDP down to 29.2% of economic output. During this time, the deficit fell from 8.7% of GDP to 2.0%. Combined with pro-growth policies such as the flat tax and personal retirement accounts, the nation has enjoyed robust growth.
Last but not least, let's look at New Zealand. The burden of the public sector by the end of the 1980s had climbed to more than one-half of economic output. The Kiwis staged a turnaround by putting a clamp on public-sector spending. Between 1990 and 1995, the New Zealand Budget actually dropped from $39.3 billion New Zealand to $38.8 billion.
This five-year spending freeze put the nation in a much stronger position. The burden of government spending plummeted by more than 10 percentage points of GDP in New Zealand, dropping from 53.5% of economic output down to 43.1%. And a deficit of 4.5% of GDP was transformed during those five years to a surplus of 2.8% of GDP.
This pattern should not be a surprise. Restraining government spending generates good results because the private sector grows faster than the public sector.
Many self-proclaimed deficit hawks in Washington argue that deficit reduction is impossible without substantial tax increases. But American policymakers implemented a big tax cut, in 1997, during the period when the deficit became a surplus.
In other nations, the tax burden actually dropped by significant amounts during the relevant periods ' falling by 8.1 percentage points of GDP in Ireland, 1.1 percentage points of GDP in Slovakia, and 3.1 percentage points of GDP in New Zealand. The overall tax burden did rise in Canada, but only by 0.3 percentage point of GDP.
The moral of the story is that limiting the growth of government spending is the right recipe. If the politicians in Washington replicated the spending discipline of these other nations, we would enjoy similar results.
Two percent annual spending increases would lead to fiscal balance by 2021. Limiting spending growth to 1% annually would balance the budget by 2019. A spending freeze would balance the budget by 2017.
Just Who, Exactly, Is Delusional? Posted By Robert Ringer On August 9, 2011
Isn't it remarkable how the left is railing on and on about how the Tea Party members of Congress held the debt-ceiling talks hostage by demanding that there be no tax hikes? They have even referred to them as terrorists and suicide bombers, malcontents who ignored the heartfelt pleas of that paragon of unity, Barack Obama, to tone down the rhetoric after the Tucson shootings.
But something doesn't quite ring true here. If the Tea Party contingency sabotaged the debt-ceiling talks, why would a majority of Republicans be so mad at them?
Democratic nonsense aside, the truth is that Republicans:
Raised the debt ceiling enough to take the pressure off Obama until after the 2012 elections,
Were not able to assure that there will be no tax hikes in the near future (trust me, there will be),
And rather than cutting spending, merely slowed the growth of spending (as Republicans have been doing for decades) from an Obama baseline that would have been unheard of even in the George W. Bush years.
Nevertheless, along comes a real radical, MSNBC's Martin Bashir, and conducts an anti-Tea Party interview with a left-wing shrink by the name of Stanton Peele. Peele (with the utmost objectivity, of course) told Bashir that Tea Party conservatives are 'delusional,' 'could become a very angry movement' and 'could potentially become a violent movement.'
Really? Funny, but in all the Tea Party events I've been to, I haven't seen anyone who looks like he has the 'potential' to become violent. On the other hand, I've seen a lot of union thugs who are violent; but, for some reason, neither Bashir nor Peele mentioned any of those guys. Hmm, that's weird' I wonder why? Must have just slipped their minds.
At one point, Bashir asked Peele: 'So you're saying that they [the Tea Party people] are delusional about the past and adamant about the future?' To which Peele responded, with an air of professional certainty: 'They are adamant about achieving something that's unachievable, which reminds us of a couple of things: It reminds us of delusion and psychosis. It reminds us of addiction, because addicts are seeking something that they can't have.'
Something they can't have? Hmm' I thought the Tea Party candidates won the midterm elections in a landslide, so gaining control of the House and increasing the number of Republicans in the Senate turned out to be something they could have.
Could it be that Martin Bashir, Dr. Peele and angry Democrats are the ones who are delusional? Do they not understand that history has repeatedly shown that radicalism and violence are overwhelmingly traits of the far (and sometimes not so far) left?
Nevertheless, even though the Tea Party won the midterm elections for Republicans, a majority of the GOP, both new and old, failed to do as instructed. Would that the accusations of the left were true and that Republicans really had held the debt-ceiling talks hostage to their demands. But it was not to be.
Congresspersons elected by Tea Party voters were not sent to Washington to compromise. They were not sent to Washington to raise the debt ceiling. They were not sent to Washington to 'change the terms of the debate.' They were not sent to Washington to show how civilized they could be.
The Tea Party sent Republicans to Washington for the express purpose of cuttinggovernment spending.
Which is why it was breathtaking when John Boehner, after he signed on to yet another of the endless bad deals Republicans have made with Democrats over the decades, said, according to GOP officials, on a conference call: 'It isn't the greatest deal in the world, but it shows how much we've changed the terms of the debate in this town.' He added that the agreement was 'all spending cuts. The White House bid to raise taxes has been shut down.'
Based on his analysis of the Democratic victory over raising the debt ceiling, John Boehner and his fellow sellouts in the Republican Party are the ones who are delusional ' not the Tea Party members.
If you want proof that Martin Bashir, Stanton Peele and John Boehner are all delusional, just take a look at the latest Gallup Poll regarding the outcome of the debt-ceiling debate. According to Gallup, 64 percent of Republicans nationwide say they disapprove of the debt-ceiling deal made with the Democrats, and independents disapproved of the deal 50 percent to 33 percent.
On the other side of the coin, Democrats approved of the deal 58 percent to 28 percent, and even liberals approved by a 51 percent to 35 percent margin. The figures pretty much underscore what the end result really was, notwithstanding all the jabber about 'changing the terms of the debate.'
I should add that the same Gallup Poll also found that a majority of Americans believe the debt-ceiling deal will make the economy worse. It certainly didn't do anything to impress either Wall Street investors or Standard & Poor's.
Would that the Republicans had thrown a temper tantrum (as Democrats and the left-wing media accused them of doing) and gotten their way. If so, we'd be looking at a very panicked Barack Obama today rather than the same cool community organizer who is focused on raising a billion dollars to aid him in anesthetizing the public once again and winning what should be, based on the results of his Presidency, an unwinnable election for him.
Maybe the Tea Party people do need to get violent, given that the left will continue to accuse them of doing so regardless of how civil they act. Even if they throw out of office enough RINOs who still don't get the Tea Party message and bring in a whole new group of Republicans who are willing to take a chainsaw to the budget (rather than just getting excited about 'changing the terms of the debate' in Washington), the violence that Messrs. Bashir and Peele so worry about is sure to happen anyway.
However, violence that results from real (as opposed to imaginary) spending cuts won't come from the Tea Party folks. It will come from those who are unwilling to give up the good life they've become accustomed to as a result of the government's redistribution-of-wealth policies.
But let's see the spending cuts first. We can worry about the violence later.
The ink from President Barack Obama's signature was barely dry on legislation raising the government's already staggering debt ceiling when Uncle Sam was back in the loan department seeking hundreds of billions of dollars.
Less than 24 hours after the ceiling was raised, the government borrowed another $238 billion to bring the national debt to an amount equal to the sum of all the goods and services sold in the U.S. in a year - more than $14.5 trillion.
The lesson here - why we're in the economic mess we are in - is that buying votes is expensive. We didn't borrow more money than our entire country makes in a year to fight the tyranny of an Adolph Hitler or to ward off the imperialism of a militaristic nation that attacked us.
Our lawmakers did it to favor with the electorate by promising them trillions of dollars' worth of entitlements without any way to pay for it except to keep borrowing against our children's future. And it's a phony numbers game that has been going on for years.
It took months for Congress to get a debt-ceiling-and-spending-cut bill passed that ultimately continues to add to the nation's debt by authorizing even more borrowing without substantially cutting spending on the entitlement line items that are breaking us. It's no wonder the government's credit rating took a hit. It was the next logical step.
Last week Congress passed and the president signed into law the Budget Control Act of 2011.
That very day, U.S. debt shot up $239 billion - the largest one-day bump in history.
What you may not have known is that this so-called debt reduction bill included only $21 billion in spending cuts in the first year, as opposed to $1 trillion in an immediate debt ceiling increase over the next year.
The spending cuts are really cuts in the future increases in federal spending that the government pre-plans through what is called "baseline budgeting."
You could say the whole thing is a scam.
On Friday, as projected by some and feared by many, Standards and Poor's reacted to these series of events by downgrading the US credit rating, which politicians swore would not happen!
The "Tea Party Downgrade"
The political blame game began immediately with Democrats calling the S&P decision, the "Tea Party downgrade!"
This is total fallacy! This could not possibly be the "Tea Party downgrade" when dozens of first term Republican members of Congress made it possible for the bill's passage by voting "yes."
These congressmen were elected during a powerful move, a grass-roots move, based on the ideals of liberty and limited government. Many, if not most of them made pledges to reign in government spending and stop runaway deficits. But when push came to shove, under the lies of total financial catastrophe if the debt ceiling was not lifted by August 2, these first-term GOP members of Congress voted to pass the debt-ceiling sham.
We must hold them accountable! Grassfire nation has set up a fax system that will allow you to, with the click of one button, send your fax message to all 50+ of these members of Congress who voted yes. Please go here right now and hold these first-term Republican turncoats accountable.
It is time to cast aside all remaining doubt. President Obama is not trying to lead America forward to recovery, prosperity and strength. Quite the opposite, in fact.
In September of last year, American Thinker published my article, Barack Obama and the Strategy of Manufactured Crisis. Part of a series, it connected then-presidential candidate Barack Obama to individuals and organizations practicing a malevolent strategy for destroying our economy and our system of government. Since then, the story of that strategy has found its way across the blogosphere, onto the airwaves of radio stations across the country, the Glenn Beck television show, Bill O'Reilly, and now Mark Levin.
The methodology is known as the Cloward-Piven Strategy, and we can all be grateful to David Horowitz and his Discover the Networks for originally exposing and explaining it to us. He describes it as:
The strategy of forcing political change through orchestrated crisis. The "Cloward-Piven Strategy" seeks to hasten the fall of capitalism by overloading the government bureaucracy with a flood of impossible demands, thus pushing society into crisis and economic collapse.
Richard Cloward and Frances Fox Piven were two lifelong members of Democratic Socialists of America who taught sociology at Columbia University (Piven later went on to City University of New York). In a May 1966 Nation magazine article titled "The Weight of the Poor," they outlined their strategy, proposing to use grassroots radical organizations to push ever more strident demands for public services at all levels of government.
The result, they predicted, would be "a profound financial and political crisis" that would unleash "powerful forces ... for major economic reform at the national level."
They implemented the strategy by creating a succession of radical organizations, most notable among them the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), with the help of veteran organizer Wade Rathke. Their crowning achievement was the "Motor Voter" act, signed into law by Bill Clinton in 1993 with Cloward and Piven standing behind him.
As we now know, ACORN was one of the chief drivers of high-risk mortgage lending that eventually led to the financial crisis. But the Motor Voter law was another component of the strategy. It created vast vulnerabilities in our electoral system, which ACORN then exploited.
ACORN's vote registration scandals throughout the U.S. are predictable fallout.
The Motor Voter law has also been used to open another vulnerability in the system: the registration of vast numbers of illegal aliens, who then reliably vote Democrat. Herein lies the real reason Democrats are so anxious for open borders, security be damned.
It should be clear to anyone with a mind and two eyes that this president and this Congress do not have our interests at heart. They are implementing this strategy on an unprecedented scale by flooding America with a tidal wave of poisonous initiatives, orders, regulations, and laws. As Rahm Emmanuel said, "A crisis is a terrible thing to waste."
The real goal of "health care" legislation, the real goal of "cap-and-trade," and the real goal of the "stimulus" is to rip the guts out of our private economy and transfer wide swaths of it over to the government to control. Do not be deluded by the propaganda. These initiatives are vehicles for change. They are not goals in and of themselves except in their ability to deliver power. They and will make matters much worse, for that is their design.
This time, in addition to overwhelming the government with demands for services, Obama and the Democrats are overwhelming political opposition to their plans with a flood of apocalyptic legislation. Their ultimate goal is to leave us so discouraged, demoralized, and exhausted that we throw our hands up in defeat. As Charles Rangel* said, "the middle class will be too distracted to fight."
These people are our enemies. They don't use guns, yet, but they are just as dangerous, determined, and duplicitous as the communists we faced in the Cold War, Korea, Vietnam, and bush wars across the globe, and the Nazis we faced in World War II.
It is time we fully internalized and digested this fact, with all its ugly ramifications. These people have violated countless laws and could be prosecuted, had we the political power. Not only are their policies unconstitutional, but deliberately so -- the goal being to make the Constitution irrelevant. Their spending is off the charts and will drive us into hyperinflation, but it could be rescinded, had we the political power. These policies are toxic, but they could be stopped and reversed, had we the political power. Their ideologies are poisonous, but they could be exposed for what they are, with long jail sentences as an object lesson, had we the political power.
Every single citizen who cares about this country should be spending every minute of his or her spare time lobbying, organizing, writing, and planning. Fight every initiative they launch. It is all destructive. If we are to root out this evil, it is critical that in 2010 we elect competent, principled leaders willing to defend our Constitution and our country. Otherwise, the malevolent cabal that occupies the government today will become too entrenched.
After that, all bets are off.
Businessman and Examiner.com columnist Jim Simpson is a former White House staff economist and budget analyst. You may read more of his articles on his blog, Truth and Consequences. ---
As depicted in hundreds of medieval plays and paintings, the dance of death was a macabre embodiment of the European public's belief in the likelihood its own imminent demise.
A crucial element in this art was the concept of the Day of Reckoning: the appointed hour at which the skeletal personification of Death stepped on stage and led his victims off to their doom. Artistic depictions of this awe-filled moment varied, but some versions featured ecstatic human beings dancing off to the beat of pipes and drum. In others, complacent fools were awakened from their stupor and led away, complaining that they had been given no warning.
This is the unsuccessful defense of the protagonist of the 15th-century British play Everyman. Called upon to appear before God, Everyman protests: "Full unready I am such reckoning to give." Nothing that Everyday cherishes in this world -- neither goods, nor fellowship, nor even good deeds -- can prevent Death from carrying out his mission. The message to the medieval audience was clear: every man and woman faced the possibility of immediate destruction, and had best prepare for the inevitable.
These dramatizations were not just theatrical performances in the modern sense. They were outdoor spectacles, performed in the streets of every village and town by local inhabitants. They expressed what must have been the hysterical fear of a public driven mad by decades of unspeakable scenes of horror. The incongruous mood of utter despair and wanton revelry depicted in Ingmar Bergman's The Seventh Seal probably has it about right. The seventh seal had been broken and the world was coming to an end, so why not accept the inevitable and party one last time?
As it turned out, the artists had it wrong, or partly wrong. The period referred to as the Black Death (1338-51) and the outbreaks of bubonic plague that followed claimed an estimated 100,000,000 lives in Europe and Asia. But even with such losses, Europe was eventually repopulated and went on to achieve greatness in the following centuries. Historians have even suggested that the plague played an important role in the rise of the middle class. With millions of workers lost, those who remained commanded higher wages, and many made their way into skilled professions. Not much comfort for the plague victims themselves, but a big step forward for Western civilization.
Not only did two-thirds of the population survive, microbiologists believe that many of them were destined to do so. Large numbers of plague survivors carried a genetic mutation, the allele CCR5-?"32, that protected them from the disease. No matter what they believed, or whether they joined in the macabre enactment of death, they were destined to survive.
For years now, but especially since the election of Barack Obama, the American left has engaged in its own dance of death centered on the conviction that America faces imminent destruction. Convinced that America's best days are behind it, and consumed by the belief that America deserves to fall, the left celebrates every setback as evidence of American decline. Not only that, the left is more than willing to help things along -- insisting, as the President has, that we must continue ruinous spending ("We can't simply cut our way to prosperity") even with the example of Greece staring us in the face.
With an administration that has no idea how to proceed except to continue borrowing, the national mood has become so glum that commentators like Thomas G. Donlan routinely speak of the Day of Reckoning -- the day when global investors will no longer underwrite America's debt.
This fatalistic mentality explains why the left has no solutions for funding Medicare and other entitlements other than increased borrowing and higher taxes. Even the President must be aware of CBO projections that show Medicare going bankrupt by 2024, if not before. Obama might as well dress up in a skeleton suit and lead the country in a dance of death.
It's important to understand one point in this deathly analogy: it is precisely because the left is cynical about America's future that it is committed to the ruinous course of unlimited spending. Even a progressive economist like Paul Krugman must understand that growth of the private sector, not more government spending, is the key to lowering and eventually eliminating deficits, and that private-sector growth is the product of lower taxes and reduced regulation. Yet Krugman continues to argue that government's response to the recession of 2008-2009 was "inadequate stimulus." With its ideological bias toward Big Government, the left will never endorse those measures that could avert the Day of Reckoning. They sit back complacently while the national debt mounts to $15 trillion and more.
So, according to the left, America is destined to decline into a long, dark era of poverty, weakness, and insignificance -- a new dark age during which we will be dominated by the rising civilizations of China and Islam. It is the familiar Spenglerian vision of the decline of the West, recycled by today's self-loathing leftists who revel in anticipation of America's much-deserved ruin. The dark ages of oriental rule to follow, whether at the hands of Chinese overlords or Muslim clerics, should satisfy even the most alienated of anti-Western leftists. After a millennium of enslavement, perhaps the West will have learned its lesson.
That, in any case, is the left's sense of how it will play out, and it is the reason they do not really care about our mounting fiscal crisis. It is why they are so eager to join in the dance of death and so reluctant to suggest solutions. Whether it be the economy, the national debt, or the war on terror (which they disdain even to acknowledge), we are destined to lose, so why not pass out benefits to the underclass and tango together?
That seems to be the message of the President in the skeleton suit, leading the farandole of bankrupt states, municipalities, and federal agencies over the abyss. Since America is destined to fail, why not continue spending until the dollar is as worthless as a Zimbabwean $5 trillion note?
Maybe then the left will be satisfied, but I doubt it. More likely, they will go on campaigning for more punishment. They won't be satisfied until America suffers its own version of the Black Death -- the torture cells and summary executions of the communist state or the Islamic caliphate. Maybe then, once the bourgeois class has been wiped from the face of the earth, the left will have had enough, but I doubt it. ---
Rahm Emanuel cynically said, "You never want a crisis to go to waste." It is now becoming clear that the crisis he was referring to is Barack Obama's presidency.
Obama is no fool. He is not incompetent. To the contrary, he is brilliant. He knows exactly what he's doing. He is purposely overwhelming the U.S. economy to create systemic failure, economic crisis and social chaos -- thereby destroying capitalism and our country from within.
Barack Obama is my college classmate (Columbia University, class of '83). As Glenn Beck correctly predicted from day one, Obama is following the plan of Cloward & Piven, two professors at Columbia University. They outlined a plan to socialize America by overwhelming the system with government spending and entitlement demands. Add up the clues below. Taken individually they're alarming. Taken as a whole, it is a brilliant, Machiavellian game plan to turn the United States into a socialist/Marxist state with a permanent majority that desperately needs government for survival ... and can be counted on to always vote for bigger government. Why not? They have no responsibility to pay for it.
-- Universal health care. The health care bill had very little to do with health care. It had everything to do with unionizing millions of hospital and health care workers, as well as adding 15,000 to 20,000 new IRS agents (who will join government employee unions). Obama doesn't care that giving free health care to 30 million Americans will add trillions to the national debt. What he does care about is that it cements the dependence of those 30 million voters to Democrats and big government. Who but a socialist revolutionary would pass this reckless spending bill in the middle of a depression?
-- Cap and trade. Like health care legislation having nothing to do with health care, cap and trade has nothing to do with global warming. It has everything to do with redistribution of income, government control of the economy and a criminal payoff to Obama's biggest contributors. Those powerful and wealthy unions and contributors (like GE, which owns NBC, MSNBC and CNBC) can then be counted on to support everything Obama wants. They will kick-back hundreds of millions of dollars in contributions to Obama and the Democratic Party to keep them in power. The bonus is that all the new taxes on Americans with bigger cars, bigger homes and businesses helps Obama "spread the wealth around."
-- Make Puerto Rico a state. Why? Who's asking for a 51st state? Who's asking for millions of new welfare recipients and government entitlement addicts in the middle of a depression? Certainly not American taxpayers. But this has been Obama's plan all along. His goal is to add two new Democrat senators, five Democrat congressman and a million loyal Democratic voters who are dependent on big government.
-- Legalize 12 million illegal immigrants. Just giving these 12 million potential new citizens free health care alone could overwhelm the system and bankrupt America. But it adds 12 million reliable new Democrat voters who can be counted on to support big government. Add another few trillion dollars in welfare, aid to dependent children, food stamps, free medical, education, tax credits for the poor, and eventually Social Security.
-- Stimulus and bailouts. Where did all that money go? It went to Democrat contributors, organizations (ACORN), and unions -- including billions of dollars to save or create jobs of government employees across the country. It went to save GM and Chrysler so that their employees could keep paying union dues. It went to AIG so that Goldman Sachs could be bailed out (after giving Obama almost $1 million in contributions). A staggering $125 billion went to teachers (thereby protecting their union dues). All those public employees will vote loyally Democrat to protect their bloated salaries and pensions that are bankrupting America. The country goes broke, future generations face a bleak future, but Obama, the Democrat Party, government, and the unions grow more powerful. The ends justify the means.
-- Raise taxes on small business owners, high-income earners, and job creators. Put the entire burden on only the top 20 percent of taxpayers, redistribute the income, punish success, and reward those who did nothing to deserve it (except vote for Obama). Reagan wanted to dramatically cut taxes in order to starve the government. Obama wants to dramatically raise taxes to starve his political opposition.
With the acts outlined above, Obama and his regime have created a vast and rapidly expanding constituency of voters dependent on big government; a vast privileged class of public employees who work for big government; and a government dedicated to destroying capitalism and installing themselves as socialist rulers by overwhelming the system.
Add it up and you've got the perfect Marxist scheme -- all devised by my Columbia University college classmate Barack Obama. ---
The Cloward-Piven Strategy, Part I: Manufactured Crisis By Jim Simpson | Sunday, August 31st, 2008
Liberals self-righteously wrap themselves in the mantle of public spirit. They ardently promote policies promising to deliver the poor and oppressed from their latest misery -- policies which can only find solution in the halls of government. But no matter what issue one examines, over the last fifty plus years, the liberal prescription has almost always been a failure.
Why is this so? Why does virtually every liberal scheme result in ever-increasing public spending while conditions seem to get continually worse? There are a number of reasons:
1. The programs usually create adverse incentives. This is especially true in so-called "anti-poverty" programs. The beneficiaries find government subsidies a replacement for, rather than a supplement to, gainful employment and eventually become incapable of supporting themselves. This in turn creates a dependent culture with its attendant toxic behaviors which demand still more government "remedies."
2. The programs create their own industry, complete with scads of "think tanks" and "experts" who survive on government research grants. These are the aptly named "Beltway Bandits."
3. They create their own bureaucracies, whose managers conspire with interested members of Congress to continually increase program funding, regardless of merit.
4. Members of Congress secure votes and campaign donations by extorting them from beneficiaries of such programs, either through veiled threats -- "vote for me or those mean Republicans will wipe out your benefits" -- or promises of still more bennies.
In short, all develop a vested interest in the program's survival. But if the result is always more and more government, of government, by government, and for government, with no solution in sight, then why do liberals always see government as the solution rather than the problem?
Similarly, liberals use government to promote legislation that imposes mandates on the private sector to provide further benefits for selected groups. But the results are even more disastrous. For example, weighing the laws or stacking the courts to favor unions may provide short term security or higher pay for unionized labor, but has ultimately resulted in the collapse of entire domestic industries.
Another example is health care. The Dems are always trying to impose backdoor socialized medicine with incremental legislation. Why do you suppose American healthcare is in such crisis? Answer: the government has already become too deeply involved. For example, many hospitals are closing their doors because they are overwhelmed with the burden of caring for indigent patients, illegal immigrants and vagrants who must, by law, be admitted like everyone else, despite the fact that they cannot pay for services. Read about it here -- Destroying Our Health Care. The net result is reduced availability of care for everyone, exactly the opposite of what liberals claim to want.
To further complicate things, liberal jurists and lawyers have created new theories of liability that utilize the legal system as a means to further redistribute income. This too, has resulted in higher costs and prices in affected industries, higher insurance costs, or in some cases, complete elimination of products or services.
Liberals' endless pursuit of "rights" for different groups also does little but create increasing divisions in our society. Liberal policy pits old against young, men against women, ethnic and racial groups against one another, even American citizens against illegal aliens, all in the name of "equality." The only result is anger, tension and equal misery for all.
How does any of this improve our lot?
Finally, when companies relocate overseas to avoid the high cost of unionized labor and heavy domestic regulation, liberals sarcastically excoriate them for "outsourcing" America. Yet, when it comes to certain domestic industries, liberals in Congress suddenly become free marketers and choose to buy from overseas contractors rather than domestic suppliers. This happened most recently with a huge military contract being outrageously awarded to the heavily subsidized European consortium, AIRBUS, over America's own Boeing. Since liberals claim to be so determined to "save the American worker," what gives?
You have to take a step further back and ask some fundamental questions. Why is the liberal public policy record one of such unmitigated disaster? I mean, even the worst batter hits one occasionally. No one bats zero. No one that is, except liberals.
Prior to the Republican takeover in Congress in 1994, Democrats had over fifty years of virtually unbroken power in Congress with substantial majorities most of the time. With all the time and money in the world -- trillions spent -- they couldn't fix a single thing, not one. Today's liberal has the same complaints, and the same old tired solutions. Can a group of smart people, studying issue after issue for years on end, with virtually unlimited resources at their command, not come up with a single policy that works? Why are they chronically incapable?
When things go bad all the time, despite the best efforts of all involved, I suggest to you something else is at work -- something deeper, more malevolent.
I submit to you that it is not a mistake, the failure is deliberate!
There is a method to the madness, and the method even has a name: the Cloward-Piven Strategy. It was first elucidated in the 1960s by a pair of radical leftist Columbia University professors, Richard Andrew Cloward and Frances Fox Piven:
The strategy of forcing political change through orchestrated crisis'. 'the "Cloward-Piven Strategy" seeks to hasten the fall of capitalism by overloading the government bureaucracy with a flood of impossible demands, thus pushing society into crisis and economic collapse.
[Part II of this article will explore those organizations created to implement the Cloward-Piven strategy and their ties to the presidential candidacy of Barack Obama.]
The Cloward-Piven Strategy, Part II: Barack Obama and the Strategy of Manufactured Crisis by Jim Simpson | Monday, September 29th, 2008
America waits with bated breath while Washington struggles to bring the U.S. economy back from the brink of disaster. But many of those same politicians caused the crisis, and if left to their own devices will do so again.
Despite the mass media news blackout, a series of books, talk radio and the blogosphere have managed to expose Barack Obama's connections to his radical mentors -- Weather Underground bombers William Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, Communist Party member Frank Marshall Davis and others. David Horowitz and his Discover the Networks.org have also contributed a wealth of information and have noted Obama's radical connections since the beginning.
Yet, no one to my knowledge has connected all the dots between Barack Obama and the Radical Left. When seen together, the influences on Obama's life comprise a who's who of the radical leftist movement, and it becomes painfully apparent that not only is Obama a willing participant in that movement, he has spent most of his adult life deeply immersed in it.
But even this doesn't fully describe the extreme nature of this candidate. He can be tied directly to a malevolent overarching strategy that has motivated many, if not all, of the most destructive radical leftist organizations in the United States since the 1960s.
The Cloward-Piven Strategy of Orchestrated Crisis
In an earlier post, I noted the liberal record of legislative disasters, the latest of which is now being played out in the financial markets before our eyes. Before the 1994 Republican takeover, Democrats had sixty years of virtually unbroken power in Congress -- with substantial majorities most of the time. Can a group of smart people, studying issue after issue for years on end, with virtually unlimited resources at their command, not come up with a single policy that works? Why are they chronically incapable?
One of two things must be true. Either the Democrats are unfathomable idiots, who ignorantly pursue ever more destructive policies despite decades of contrary evidence, or they understand the consequences of their actions and relentlessly carry on anyway because they somehow benefit.
I submit to you they understand the consequences. For many it is simply a practical matter of eliciting votes from a targeted constituency at taxpayer expense; we lose a little, they gain a lot, and the politician keeps his job. But for others, the goal is more malevolent -- the failure is deliberate. Don't laugh. This method not only has its proponents, it has a name: the Cloward-Piven Strategy. It animates their agenda, tactics, and long-term strategy.
The Strategy was first elucidated in the May 2, 1966 issue of The Nation magazine by a pair of radical socialist Columbia University professors, Richard Andrew Cloward and Frances Fox Piven. David Horowitz summarizes it as:
The strategy of forcing political change through orchestrated crisis. The "Cloward-Piven Strategy" seeks to hasten the fall of capitalism by overloading the government bureaucracy with a flood of impossible demands, thus pushing society into crisis and economic collapse.
Cloward and Piven were inspired by radical organizer [and Hillary Clinton mentor] Saul Alinsky:
"Make the enemy live up to their (sic) own book of rules," Alinsky wrote in his 1989 book Rules for Radicals. When pressed to honor every word of every law and statute, every Judeo-Christian moral tenet, and every implicit promise of the liberal social contract, human agencies inevitably fall short. The system's failure to "live up" to its rule book can then be used to discredit it altogether, and to replace the capitalist "rule book" with a socialist one. (Courtesy of Discover the Networks.org)
Newsmax rounds out the picture:
Their strategy to create political, financial, and social chaos that would result in revolution blended Alinsky concepts with their more aggressive efforts at bringing about a change in U.S. government. To achieve their revolutionary change, Cloward and Piven sought to use a cadre of aggressive organizers assisted by friendly news media to force a re-distribution of the nation's wealth.
In their Nation article, Cloward and Piven were specific about the kind of "crisis" they were trying to create:
By crisis, we mean a publicly visible disruption in some institutional sphere. Crisis can occur spontaneously (e.g., riots) or as the intended result of tactics of demonstration and protest which either generate institutional disruption or bring unrecognized disruption to public attention.
No matter where the strategy is implemented, it shares the following features:
'The offensive organizes previously unorganized groups eligible for government benefits but not currently receiving all they can.
'The offensive seeks to identify new beneficiaries and/or create new benefits.
'The overarching aim is always to impose new stresses on target systems, with the ultimate goal of forcing their collapse.
Capitalizing on the racial unrest of the 1960s, Cloward and Piven saw the welfare system as their first target. They enlisted radical black activist George Wiley, who created the National Welfare Rights Organization (NWRO) to implement the strategy. Wiley hired militant foot soldiers to storm welfare offices around the country, violently demanding their "rights." According to a City Journal article by Sol Stern, welfare rolls increased from 4.3 million to 10.8 million by the mid-1970s as a result, and in New York City, where the strategy had been particularly successful, "one person was on the welfare rolls' for every two working in the city's private economy."
According to another City Journal article titled "Compassion Gone Mad":
The movement's impact on New York City was jolting: welfare caseloads, already climbing 12 percent a year in the early sixties, rose by 50 percent during Lindsay's first two years; spending doubled' The city had 150,000 welfare cases in 1960; a decade later it had 1.5 million.
The vast expansion of welfare in New York City that came of the NWRO's Cloward-Piven tactics sent the city into bankruptcy in 1975. Rudy Giuliani cited Cloward and Piven by name as being responsible for "an effort at economic sabotage." He also credited Cloward-Piven with changing the cultural attitude toward welfare from that of a temporary expedient to a lifetime entitlement, an attitude which in-and-of-itself has caused perhaps the greatest damage of all.
Cloward and Piven looked at this strategy as a gold mine of opportunity. Within the newly organized groups, each offensive would find an ample pool of foot soldier recruits willing to advance its radical agenda at little or no pay, and expand its base of reliable voters, legal or otherwise. The radicals' threatening tactics also would accrue an intimidating reputation, providing a wealth of opportunities for extorting monetary and other concessions from the target organizations. In the meantime, successful offensives would create an ever increasing drag on society. As they gleefully observed:
Moreover, this kind of mass influence is cumulative because benefits are continuous. Once eligibility for basic food and rent grants is established, the drain on local resources persists indefinitely.
The next time you drive through one of the many blighted neighborhoods in our cities, or read of the astronomical crime, drug addiction, and out-of-wedlock birth rates, or consider the failed schools, strapped police and fire resources of every major city, remember Cloward and Piven's thrill that "'the drain on local resources persists indefinitely."
ACORN, the new tip of the Cloward-Piven spear
In 1970, one of George Wiley's protégés, Wade Rathke -- like Bill Ayers, a member of the radical Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) -- was sent to found the Arkansas Community Organizations for Reform Now. While NWRO had made a good start, it alone couldn't accomplish the Cloward-Piven goals. Rathke's group broadened the offensive to include a wide array of low income "rights." Shortly thereafter they changed "Arkansas" to "Association of" and ACORN went nationwide.
Today ACORN is involved in a wide array of activities, including housing, voting rights, illegal immigration and other issues. According to ACORN's website: "ACORN is the nation's largest grassroots community organization of low- and moderate-income people with over 400,000 member families organized into more than 1,200 neighborhood chapters in 110 cities across the country," It is perhaps the largest radical group in the U.S. and has been cited for widespread criminal activity on many fronts.
On voting rights, ACORN and its voter mobilization subsidiary, Project Vote, have been involved nationwide in efforts to grant felons the vote and lobbied heavily for the Motor Voter Act of 1993, a law allowing people to register at motor vehicle departments, schools, libraries and other public places. That law had been sought by Cloward and Piven since the early1980s and they were present, standing behind President Clinton at the signing ceremony.
ACORN's voter rights tactics follow the Cloward-Piven Strategy:
1. Register as many democrat voters as possible, legal or otherwise and help them vote, multiple times if possible.
2.Overwhelm the system with fraudulent registrations using multiple entries of the same name, names of deceased, random names from the phone book, even contrived names.
3.Make the system difficult to police by lobbying for minimal identification standards.
In this effort, ACORN sets up registration sites all over the country and has been frequently cited for turning in fraudulent registrations, as well as destroying republican applications. In the 2004-2006 election cycles alone, ACORN was accused of widespread voter fraud in 12 states. It may have swung the election for one state governor.
ACORN's website brags:
"Since 2004, ACORN has helped more than 1.7 million low- and moderate-income and minority citizens apply to register to vote."
Project Vote boasts 4 million. I wonder how many of them had a pulse. For the 2008 cycle, ACORN and Project Vote have pulled out all the stops. Given their furious nationwide effort, it is not inconceivable that this presidential race could be decided by fraudulent votes alone.
Barack Obama ran ACORN's Project Vote in Chicago and his highly successful voter registration drive was credited with getting the disgraced former Senator Carol Moseley-Braun elected. Newsmax reiterates Cloward and Piven's aspirations for ACORN's voter registration efforts:
By advocating massive, no-holds-barred voter registration campaigns, they [Cloward & Piven] sought a Democratic administration in Washington, D.C. that would re-distribute the nation's wealth and lead to a totalitarian socialist state.
As I have written elsewhere, the Radical Left's offensive to promote illegal immigration is "Cloward-Piven on steroids." ACORN is at the forefront of this movement as well, and was a leading organization among a broad coalition of radical groups, including Soros' Open Society Institute, the Service Employees International Union (ACORN founder Wade Rathke also runs a SEIU chapter), and others, that became the Coalition for Comprehensive Immigration Reform. CCIR fortunately failed to gain passage for the 2007 illegal immigrant amnesty bill, but its goals have not changed.
The burden of illegal immigration on our already overstressed welfare system has been widely documented. Some towns in California have even been taken over by illegal immigrant drug cartels. The disease, crime and overcrowding brought by illegal immigrants places a heavy burden on every segment of society and every level of government, threatening to split this country apart at the seams. In the meantime, radical leftist efforts to grant illegal immigrants citizenship guarantee a huge pool of new democrat voters. With little border control, terrorists can also filter in.
Obama aided ACORN as their lead attorney in a successful suit he brought against the Illinois state government to implement the Motor Voter law there. The law had been resisted by Republican Governor Jim Edgars, who feared the law was an opening to widespread vote fraud.
His fears were warranted as the Motor Voter law has since been cited as a major opportunity for vote fraud, especially for illegal immigrants, even terrorists. According to the Wall Street Journal: "After 9/11, the Justice Department found that eight of the 19 hijackers were registered to vote'"
ACORN's dual offensives on voting and illegal immigration are handy complements. Both swell the voter rolls with reliable democrats while assaulting the country ACORN seeks to destroy with overwhelming new problems.
And now we have the mortgage crisis, which has sent a shock wave through Wall Street and panicked world financial markets like no other since the stock market crash of 1929. But this is a problem created in Washington long ago. It originated with the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA), signed into law in 1977 by President Jimmy Carter. The CRA was Carter's answer to a grassroots activist movement started in Chicago, and forced banks to make loans to low income, high risk customers. PhD economist and former Texas Senator Phil Gramm has called it: "a vast extortion scheme against the nation's banks."
ACORN aggressively sought to expand loans to low income groups using the CRA as a whip. Economist Stan Leibowitz wrote in the New York Post:
In the 1980s, groups such as the activists at ACORN began pushing charges of "redlining"--claims that banks discriminated against minorities in mortgage lending. In 1989, sympathetic members of Congress got the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act amended to force banks to collect racial data on mortgage applicants; this allowed various studies to be ginned up that seemed to validate the original accusation.
In fact, minority mortgage applications were rejected more frequently than other applications--but the overwhelming reason wasn't racial discrimination, but simply that minorities tend to have weaker finances.
ACORN showed its colors again in 1991, by taking over the House Banking Committee room for two days to protest efforts to scale back the CRA. Most significant of all, ACORN was the driving force behind a 1995 regulatory revision pushed through by the Clinton Administration that greatly expanded the CRA and laid the groundwork for the Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac borne financial crisis we now confront. Barack Obama was the attorney representing ACORN in this effort. With this new authority, ACORN used its subsidiary, ACORN Housing, to promote subprime loans more aggressively. Barack Obama represented ACORN in this effort.
As a New York Post article describes it:
A 1995 strengthening of the Community Reinvestment Act required banks to find ways to provide mortgages to their poorer communities. It also let community activists intervene at yearly bank reviews, shaking the banks down for large pots of money.
Banks that got poor reviews were punished; some saw their merger plans frustrated; others faced direct legal challenges by the Justice Department.
Flexible lending programs expanded even though they had higher default rates than loans with traditional standards. On the Web, you can still find CRA loans available via ACORN with "100 percent financing . . . no credit scores . . . undocumented income . . . even if you don't report it on your tax returns." Credit counseling is required, of course.
Ironically, an enthusiastic Fannie Mae Foundation report singled out one paragon of nondiscriminatory lending, which worked with community activists and followed "the most flexible underwriting criteria permitted." That lender's $1 billion commitment to low-income loans in 1992 had grown to $80 billion by 1999 and $600 billion by early 2003.
The lender they were speaking of was Countrywide -- rescued by Bank of America in July -- which specialized in subprime lending and had a working relationship with ACORN.
Investor's Business Daily added:
The revisions also allowed for the first time the securitization of CRA-regulated loans containing subprime mortgages. The changes came as radical "housing rights" groups led by ACORN lobbied for such loans. ACORN at the time was represented by a young public-interest lawyer in Chicago by the name of Barack Obama. (Emphasis, mine.)
Since these loans were to be underwritten by the government sponsored Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the implicit government guarantee of those loans absolved lenders, mortgage bundlers and investors of any concern over the obvious risk. As Bloomberg reported: "It is a classic case of socializing the risk while privatizing the profit."
And if you think Washington policy makers cared about ACORN's negative influence, think again. Before this whole mess came down, a Democrat-sponsored bill on the table would have created an "Affordable Housing Trust Fund," granting ACORN access to approximately $500 million in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac revenues with little or no oversight.
Even now, unbelievably -- on the brink of national disaster -- Democrats have insisted ACORN benefit from bailout negotiations! Senator Lindsay Graham reported Thursday night (9/25/08) in an interview with Greta Van Susteren of On the Record that Democrats want 20 percent of the bailout money to go to ACORN!
This entire fiasco represents perhaps the pinnacle of ACORN's efforts to advance the Cloward-Piven Strategy and is a stark demonstration of the power they wield in Washington.
Enter Barack Obama.
In attempting to capture the significance of Barack Obama's Radical Left connections and his connection to the Cloward Piven strategy, I constructed following flow chart. It is by no means complete. There are simply too many radical individuals and organizations to include them all here. But these are perhaps the most significant.
The chart puts Barack Obama at the epicenter of an incestuous stew of American radical leftism. Not only are his connections significant, they practically define who he is. Taken together, they constitute a who's who of the American Radical Left, and guiding all is the Cloward-Piven strategy.
Conspicuous in their absence are any connections at all with any other group, moderate, or even mildly leftist. They are all radicals, firmly bedded in the anti-American, communist, socialist, radical leftist mesh.
Most people are unaware that Barack Obama received his training in "community organizing" from Saul Alinsky's Industrial Areas Foundation. But he did. In and of itself that marks his heritage and training as that of a radical activist. One really need go no further. But we have.
Obama objects to being associated with SDS bomber Bill Ayers, claiming he is being smeared with "guilt by association." But they worked together at the Woods Fund. The Wall Street Journal has added substantially to our knowledge by describing in great detail Obama's work over five years with Ayers on the board of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, a non-profit Ayers designed to push a radical agenda on public school children. As Stanley Kurtz states: "'the issue here isn't guilt by association; it's guilt by participation. As CAC chairman, Mr. Obama was lending moral and financial support to Mr. Ayers and his radical circle. That is a story even if Mr. Ayers had never planted a single bomb 40 years ago."
Also included in the mix is John and Theresa Heinz Kerry's favorite charity, the Tides Foundation. A partial list of Tides grants tells you all you need to know: ACLU, ACORN, Center for American Progress, Center for Constitutional Rights (a communist front,) CAIR, Earth Justice, Institute for Policy Studies (KGB spy nest), National Lawyers Guild (oldest communist front in U.S.), People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), and practically every other radical group there is. ACORN's Wade Rathke runs a Tides subsidiary, the Tides Center. No wonder Kerry, Kennedy et al love Obama. Just one big happy family.
Carl Davidson and the New Party
We have heard about Bomber Bill, but we hear little about fellow SDS member Carl Davidson. According to Discover the Networks, Davidson was an early supporter of Barack Obama and a prominent member of Chicago's New Party, a synthesis of CPUSA members, Socialists, ACORN veterans and other radicals. Obama sought and received the New Party's endorsement, and they assisted with his campaign. The New Party also developed a strong relationship with ACORN. As an excellent article on the New Party observes: "Barack Obama knew what he was getting into and remains an ideal New Party candidate."
The chart also suggests one reason for George Soros' fervent support of Obama. The President of his Open Society Institute is Aryeh Neier, founder of the radical Students for a Democratic Society (SDS). As mentioned above, three other former SDS members had extensive contact with Obama: Bill Ayers, Carl Davidson and Wade Rathke. Surely Aryeh Neier would have heard of the promising new politician from his former colleagues. More to the point, Neier is firmly committed to supporting the hugely successful radical organization, ACORN, and would be certain back their favored candidate, Barack Obama. Soros is a natural suspect in this fiasco as he has made all his ill-gotten gains short-selling on national disaster. The extent of his dirty dealings is worthy of its own book.
Obama has spent a large portion of his professional life working for ACORN or its subsidiaries, representing ACORN as a lawyer on some of its most critical issues, and training ACORN leaders. Stanley Kurtz's excellent National Review article, "Inside Obama's Acorn." also describes Obama's ACORN connection in detail. But I can't improve on Obama's own words:
I've been fighting alongside ACORN on issues you care about my entire career (emphasis added). Even before I was an elected official, when I ran Project Vote voter registration drive in Illinois, ACORN was smack dab in the middle of it, and we appreciate your work. -- Barack Obama, Speech to ACORN, November 2007 (Courtesy Newsmax.)
In another excellent article on Obama's ACORN connections, Newsmax asks a nagging question:
It would be telling to know if Obama, during his years at Columbia, had occasion to meet Cloward and study the Cloward-Piven Strategy.
I will put it more bluntly: Barack Obama is fully aware of the Cloward-Piven strategy and has actively worked to achieve its goals for most of his adult life.
I ask you, is it possible ACORN would train Obama to take leadership positions within ACORN without telling him what he was training for? Is it possible ACORN would put Obama in leadership positions without clueing him into what his purpose was?? Is it possible that this most radical of organizations would put someone in charge of training its trainers, without him knowing what it was he was training them for???
As a community activist for ACORN; as a leadership trainer for ACORN; as a lead organizer for ACORN's Project Vote; as an attorney representing ACORN's successful efforts to impose Motor Voter regulations in Illinois; as ACORN's representative in lobbying for the expansion of high risk housing loans through Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that led to the current crisis; as a recipient of their assistance in his political campaigns -- both with money and campaign workers; it is inconceivable that he was unaware of ACORN's true goals. It is inconceivable he was unaware of the Cloward-Piven Strategy.
Fast-forward to 2005 when an obsequious, servile and scraping Daniel Mudd, CEO of Fannie Mae spoke at the Congressional Black Caucus swearing in ceremony for newly-elected Illinois Senator, Barack Hussein Obama. Mudd called, the Congressional Black Caucus "our family" and "the conscience of Fannie Mae."
In 2005, Republicans sought to reign in Fannie and Freddie. Senator John McCain was at the forefront of that effort. But it failed due to an intense lobbying effort put forward by Fannie and Freddie.
In his few years as a U.S. senator, Obama has received campaign contributions of $126,349, from Fannie and Freddie, second only to the $165,400 received by Senator Chris Dodd, who has been getting donations from them since 1988. What makes Obama so special?
His closest advisers are a dirty laundry list of individuals at the heart of the financial crisis: former Fannie Mae CEO Jim Johnson; Former Fannie Mae CEO and former Clinton Budget Director Frank Raines; and billionaire failed Superior Bank of Chicago Board Chair Penny Pritzker.
Johnson had to step down as adviser on Obama's V.P. search after this gem came out:
An Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight (OFHEO) report from September 2004 found that, during Johnson's tenure as CEO, Fannie Mae had improperly deferred $200 million in expenses. This enabled top executives, including Johnson and his successor, Franklin Raines, to receive substantial bonuses in 1998. A 2006 OFHEO report found that Fannie Mae had substantially under-reported Johnson's compensation. Originally reported as $6-7 million, Johnson actually received approximately $21 million.
Obama denies ties to Raines but the Washington Post calls him a member of "Obama's political circle." Raines and Johnson were fined $3 million by the Office of Federal Housing Oversight for their manipulation of Fannie books. The fine is small change however, compared to the $50 million Raines was able to obtain in improper bonuses as a result of juggling the books. To add insult to injury, the $3 million fine was paid with Fannie Mae's insurance fund.
Most significantly, Penny Pritzker, the current Finance Chairperson of Obama's presidential campaign, helped develop the complicated investment bundling of subprime securities at the heart of the meltdown. She did so in her position as owner and board chair of Superior Bank. The Bank failed in 2001, one of the largest in recent history, wiping out $50 million in life savings of the bank's approximately 1,400 customers. She was named in a RICO class action law suit but doesn't seem to have come out of it too badly.
As a young attorney in the 1990s, Barack Obama represented ACORN in Washington in their successful efforts to expand Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) authority. In addition to making it easier for ACORN groups to force banks into making risky loans, this also paved the way for banks like Superior to package mortgages as investments, and for the Government Sponsored Enterprises Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to underwrite them. These changes created the conditions that ultimately lead to the current financial crisis.
Did they not know this would occur? Were these smart people, led by a Harvard graduate, unaware of the Econ 101 concept of moral hazard that would result from the government making implicit guarantees to underwrite private sector financial risk? They should have known that freeing the high-risk mortgage market of risk, calamity was sure to ensue. I think they did.
Barack Obama, the Cloward-Piven candidate, no matter how he describes himself, has been a radical activist for most of his political career. That activism has been in support of organizations and initiatives that at their heart seek to tear the pillars of this nation asunder in order to replace them with their demented socialist vision. Their influence has spread so far and so wide that despite their blatant culpability in the current financial crisis, they are able to manipulate Capital Hill politicians to cut them into $140 billion of the bailout pie!
God grant those few responsible yet remaining in Washington, DC the strength to prevent this massive fraud from occurring. God grant them the courage to stand up in the face of this Marxist tidal wave.
And God save us from Barack Obama.
The Cloward-Piven Strategy, Part III: Conspiracy of the Lemmings or, Barack Obama and the Radical Left's Strategy of Manufactured Crisis By Jim Simpson | Monday, October 27th, 2008
[NOTE: I am indebted to the incredible efforts of many bloggers, who did the yeoman's work of ferreting out many of the hard-to-find facts in this article. I particularly want to thank David Horowitz and his Discover the Networks team, Trevor Loudon of New Zeal blog, Cliff Kincaid and Herb Romerstein, and others too numerous to mention. Links to all their work are provided where appropriate.]
The United States of America is the world's marketplace. Without the worldwide trade generated by American demand, the international marketplace will fail. Today we are witnessing an undeniable demonstration of this fact as world markets reel in response to our domestic financial crisis. This lesson must be burnt into our collective conscience. Our nation is the last repository of free market economic principles, and a fundamental change in our government toward socialism will spell worldwide economic disaster from which we may never recover.
Yet this is exactly the endgame of the American radical Left -- increasingly indistinguishable from today's Democrat Party -- and offers the only internally consistent explanation for their historic obsession with divisive policy. From their early support of Hitler to their central role in the current financial crisis, the Left's contribution to domestic and foreign policy at federal, state and local levels can only be described as wantonly destructive. Their takeover of schools and popular culture has been equally toxic. Their environmental radicalism has spawned the energy crisis, while offering no viable alternatives. It defies logic.
But there is logic, a deadly logic, and in the 1960s, two radicals gave it a name -- the Cloward-Piven Strategy. As explained in my prior article, the goal was to create a groundswell of demands for public services to overwhelm government, create crisis and usher in a widespread call for fundamental economic reform at the federal level, with socialism the ultimate goal.
Cloward and Piven focused on welfare, voting, housing and immigration "rights." But leftist positions on any issue, whether championing "equal rights," "abortion rights," "education rights," rights to health care, rights to housing, legal protections of antisocial or even criminal behavior, to the point of absurdity, are intentionally divisive. They add new fiscal and regulatory burdens on government, and set new precedents that undermine the limited government concepts embedded in our Constitution, while conferring discriminatory special benefits on legally defined groups the rest of us are forced to pay for. They deliberately put our society at war with itself. And as Cloward and Piven made clear, the true purpose is not even to help those groups, but rather to duplicitously enlist them as part of an offensive to collapse our society from within!
Democrats embrace the rhetoric of "compassion," but look past the rhetoric to the results. This country is polarized as never before because of their relentless agitation for extremist positions on every issue, and the outrageous tactics they use to promote them. But while radical Saul Alinsky's tactics guide today's Democrat electoral game plan, the Cloward-Piven Strategy describes the overarching goal of almost every leftwing organization/movement/ideal today.
How do they Survive?
These organizations rarely produce anything of value, yet are extremely adept at not only surviving but flourishing. Many receive their financial backbone from prominent philanthropies. They also receive subsidies and tax breaks with the help of friends in federal, state and local government. This fact is unknown to most voters, who would be outraged if they fully understood how their tax dollars were being spent. For example, the radical group, ACORN, responsible for widespread voter fraud this year, gets about 40 percent of its revenues from federal, state and local government.
The Left's strategies could not survive the light of day. Our mass media is mostly to blame for this. Radicals require a sympathetic media to deliver their message in an acceptable fashion and actively suppress inconvenient facts that reveal these organizations' true character and agenda. Barack Obama's presidential campaign is perhaps the most poignant current example of this. Without mass media's shamelessly biased support, he would still be community organizing, or perhaps in jail.
It is a tangled web of radical interconnections with the ultimate goal being an end to our Constitutional framework, the fall of our Republic and its replacement with a radical vision of socialist utopia -- finally removing the last major roadblock to world socialism.
These radical individuals are highly motivated, in many cases intelligent and talented, and sometimes even driven by what they would describe as altruistic motives. Yet the impacts of socialist central planning are inarguably destructive.
Marx may have had some interesting insights on history, but despite his ponderous three volume Das Kapital he was no economist. Instead, Kapital provided the intellectual excuse for Marx's anarchistic Communist Manifesto.
And the severe verdict of history on his perverted vision is without equal: over 100 million people murdered by their own governments in times of peace, more than all the wars of history combined. The rest face abject poverty, mass starvation, economic and environmental ruin, all overseen by smothering, indescribably brutal governments -- a grey, barren existence for all but the apparatchiks.
So why are so many Westerners infatuated with this demented vision?
The high-minded types are driven by a galling sense of superiority. They are addicted to their own egos. They know better and can defy the verdict of history because people as smart as they are weren't around when Russia, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, North Korea, Ethiopia, Angola, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Congo, Nicaragua, Cuba, Venezuela, etc., went Red.
But living well in affluent, capitalist America, it is all theoretical, so they can indulge their fantasies while promoting this destructive agenda with impunity. For these people ignorance is literally a blessing, for if they soberly analyzed their ego-driven beliefs, they would be embarrassed.
If you examine their pasts closely, you learn that most of these people also came from upper class backgrounds. PhD Chemistry Professor George Wiley, the black radical who led Cloward and Piven's National Welfare Rights Organization (NWRO), was a well-to-do son of a Rhode Island family.
Wade Rathke, the NWRO veteran who started ACORN, was from a similarly well-to-do background, although he dropped out of Williams College.
Obama's radical friend Bill Ayers' family was very wealthy. Looking at his arrest photos, and listening to his smug self-righteousness, you really get the impression that he was little more than an arrogant, spoiled brat, with a titanic sense of entitlement that allowed him to rationalize mass murder.
This is a familiar story throughout the American left and indeed with many of the most infamous communist leaders around the world. For example, Communist China's first leader, Mao Zedong, the inspiration for Ayers and many other radicals, was the son of the wealthiest man in his home town.
According to the incredible biography, Mao: the Unknown Story, he was lazy, arrogant, and refused to work, despite his father's repeated attempts to find him suitable employment. He finally saw an opportunity for real advancement working for the Soviets. During the Long March he was carried by porters.
As young idealists, many of these people are initially snared into this ideology by the exaggerated sense of self-importance that is often a characteristic of youth. But we all have to live, and as they grow up they discover that the radical profession can be a pretty lucrative racket. Despite their high-minded rhetoric about saving the poor and oppressed, communists and socialists are what I call entrepreneurial parasites.
Consider what they demand of us: sacrifice of all worldly goods to the state, penurious, barren lifestyles, slavish observance of their dictates and full-time commitment to the well-being of the state, while our jobs, careers, industries, the environment, even our lives are threatened. But how do they live?
Obama's pal Ayers, who describes himself as a "small 'c' communist," lives in a lavish home, in the upscale Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago, with a six-figure (or more) income. It is easy to see how, given the open spigot of money his organizations receive from the various non-profit funds he's ingratiated himself to. Bill Ayers father, Tom, had been CEO of Commonwealth Edison, so he's used to money, and later developments in his career point to a hand up from Daddy.
Barack lives in Hyde Park too. It is difficult to find anyone in the American Marxist elite who doesn't fully enjoy the fruits of capitalism in his or her personal life. In fact, Obama's early career seems to have been centered on dispensing foundation money as a means to secure his career in politics. Here are two perfect examples:
'Obama donor received a state grant 'Obama helped ex-boss get $1 mil. from charity
But much more about this later.
Marxist austerity is only meant for the rest of us.
This taste for wealth is not limited to American socialists. Every socialist dictator from Stalin to Saddam has lived in opulent surroundings with multiple estates, scores of servants and every kind of luxury and indulgence available to them.
See, for example, Gorbachev's dacha in Foros, Crimea; a testament to communist modesty if ever there was one. Same with all the leaders of communist countries. Indeed, Bulgarian defector Georgi Markov was murdered for his extensive reporting on the opulent, decadent lifestyles of Bulgarian Communist leaders. It's a good racket, if you don't mind blood.
Gorbachev's Crimea Dacha
One of Saddam's Many, Many Palaces Stalin's Modest Dacha in Sochi
While socialist leaders live in lavish style, in every country where socialist policies are imposed, they measurably worsen the lives of everyday citizens in direct proportion to their scope. Even countries with vast natural resources, like Russia, founder because their economies are constructed on the fatally flawed economic principles of socialism.
Despite this, they still manage to live on, in many cases hanging by mere threads for years.
The dirty little secret of socialism is that it cannot survive without capitalism -- capitalist countries provide the resources necessary for these socialist governments to continue. In addition to providing a market for their goods, Western nations keep socialist countries afloat through grants and loans from the World Bank, the U.S. Agency for International Development and other governmental institutions, as well as huge investments by private companies.
Even China, widely misunderstood as the next "free market," only practices market economics one-way in international trade while maintaining iron fist central planning internally, and could not maintain its current level of economic growth without the markets provided by the United States and other Western countries.
Finally, there is a vast network of American enterprises, owned covertly by foreign dictators, whose true purpose is to provide underground income for these leaders and their socialist governments, while offering convenient cover for industrial and military spies. This fact is rarely mentioned and largely unknown.
At its core, socialism can only be parasitic. It cannot survive without its capitalist host. Therefore, if the United States becomes a socialist country, worldwide capital will soon dry up. Remaining market economies around the world will succumb either to their own internal socialist movements or direct military threat from abroad. Without the protective umbrella of American military might, they will have no other choice.
Without the markets and resources capitalist economies provide, the many socialist countries that have survived on our largesse until now will find their income stream shut off. The world will plunge into an unprecedented, cataclysmic depression. This depression will be of indeterminate length because the wherewithal for recovery -- a large capitalist economy -- will no longer exist. With a world controlled by parasites, the host will die.
At this point even the parasites will be in danger. The socialists' internationalist agenda truly is a Conspiracy of the Lemmings. It is not merely a criminal conspiracy, it is criminally insane.
Barack Hussein Obama has been chosen as standard bearer to bring this agenda to fruition here. If he is elected we can expect a sea change in Washington. But it will not be for the better. The socialist economic agenda he has publicly articulated is enough in the current financial crisis to plunge our economy into deep recession. The disarmament agenda he has publicly articulated is enough to strip us of the meager defenses we currently have against a rogue missile attack, and Iran has already telegraphed plans to launch such an attack.
What is even more frightening is the agenda he has not shared, but is implicit in his radical upbringing, his radical connections, and his limited but demonstrative experience.
Obama's Radical Roots
Are we beating this subject to death? Sorry, we have to. And there's much more, if you still need convincing. Obama hates being "associated" with radical individuals and organizations. But the truth is he hasn't been associated with them at all, he has been immersed in them. He is one of them. And it goes back to his youth.
There is no doubt that "Frank" in Obama's Dreams from My Father is longtime communist Frank Marshall Davis. It is probable that Davis convinced Obama to initiate his career in radical-friendly Chicago -- birthplace of the American Communist Party -- where Davis was a very active communist party member before moving to Hawaii.
Obama was inspired by Chicago's first black mayor, Harold Washington, even writing for a job in his administration. Washington's successful campaign relied on a coalition of the American Communist Party, Democratic Socialists of America and other radicals. Washington may have been a secret communist party member himself.
Finally the riddle of Obama's forged birth certificate may be solved. There is reason to believe that Davis is in fact Obama's father. If so, it explains a lot about Obama's very radical political orientation. But it is not necessary in order to make the connections.
From Obama's earliest days as a community organizer and throughout his political career, he has been involved with and supported by a broad network of radical groups. It is likely that he was similarly influenced in college, but since he won't release any information about classes, grades, teachers, clubs or affiliations -- no information whatsoever -- we don't have a complete picture. More about this later.
Who Sent You?
There is an old story about getting into Chicago politics that ends with the quote: "We don't want nobody that nobody sent." According to this article, the person who "sent" Obama was former Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) Weather Underground bomber Bill Ayers. The reasons are many and compelling.
Chicago Annenberg Challenge (CAC) -- Ayers chaired the Chicago School Reform Collaborative which was responsible for recruiting Barack Obama to chair the board of CAC in 1995. Barack remained chairman until 1999 and stayed with the board until CAC folded in 2001. Obama and Ayers shared the same 50 X 50 3rd floor office for three years when Obama chaired the CAC. How is it they didn't know each other?
In addition to his work on CAC, Ayers ran the Small Schools Workshop out of the same address. Another former SDSer, Mike Klonsky, co-chaired the Workshop and shared that office as well. Remember that name. Despite Chicago's failing schools, this project was intended to create charter schools focused not on basic skills, but developing young anti-capitalist partisans.
As chairman of CAC, working from the same office, Obama gave over $1 million to the Small Schools Workshop run by Ayers and Klonsky. Oh yes, Klonksy's wife Susan worked there too. She was also a former SDS member. Just one big happy family. Obama apparently also managed to show his appreciation to Rev. Jeremiah Wright's causes with CAC largesse.
But Obama's relationship with Ayers may go back much further than that. According to NationMaster.com encyclopedia:
The [Chicago School Reform] Collaborative was the operative on the ground body of the Challenge. It was made up of representatives of various constituencies in the Chicago school reform movement. That reform movement had begun in 1987 in the wake of an unpopular strike by Chicago teachers. Bill Ayers was active in that reform effort through a group called the Alliance for Better Chicago Schools, or ABCs. ABCs was an alliance of various activists and reform groups that included the Developing Communities Project which Barack Obama headed up at the time as well as Chicago United, a business sector group, that was headed up by Thomas Ayers, father of Bill Ayers. (Emphases mine.)
Thomas Ayers was the liberal former CEO of the Consolidated Edison (ConEd) power utility and was very active in Chicago education issues. ConEd was a client of Sidley & Austin, a prestigious Chicago law firm, and senior partner Howard Trienens was chief counsel to ConEd. Trienens also worked with Tom Ayers on the Board of Northwestern University. Bernardine Dohrn worked at Sidley until 1988, despite no law license or experience and was hired, according to Trienens, as a favor to "friends." She subsequently got a teaching job at Northwestern. Another favor?
Obama left for Harvard in 1988 but returned the next summer to intern with Sidley. How did he get that job? Michelle Robinson (Obama) also worked for Sidley at the time and was Obama's supervisor. They were married in 1992. Given the time they spent at the same firm, Michelle probably knew Bernardine as well.
Barack later became chairman of the board of the Woods Fund (1999-2002). In this position he funneled millions to ACORN and other radical groups. The Woods family ran the fund until 1990, when it was taken over by George Kelm, who moved it politically to the left. Frank Woods Jr., the Fund administrator until 1980 also headed an Illinois coal company, Sahara Coal, which supplied ConEd, so it is likely the Ayers family was already familiar with the Fund and its principals.
Obama also served on the Board of the Joyce Foundation from 1994-2001. This organization funds a large number of gun control groups and did so during Obama's tenure. The Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law was also one of Joyce's grant recipients. Obama worked for them too. During Obama's time at Woods and Joyce, those funds gave another $900 thousand to Small Schools. They also funded Bill Ayers' brother John's organization, Leadership for Quality Education, to the tune of $761,000. Obama worked on that board too! One very happy family.
Despite receiving almost $2 million in funding, the Small Schools Workshop and all of the other CAC initiatives were failures. Now, you could argue that Obama was only one Board member. But on the Woods board at least he was one of six. Bill Ayers was another. To suggest he didn't know about Ayers ideology and aspirations would be to accuse him of abandoning his fiduciary responsibility. Would you expect that kind of incompetence from a Presidential candidate?
Just for perspective, watch and hear what a former FBI assistant director has to say about Ayers. Or watch this hilarious video where Ayers calls the police to avoid an O'Reilly Factor reporter. As Bill O'Reilly observed, given that Ayers tried to bomb the police years ago, that is indeed ironic.
But the most chilling of all is the testimony given by FBI informant Larry Grathwohl. See it here in this clip from a 1982 documentary. The Weather Underground planned to build re-education camps in the American Southwest. Those who wouldn't submit to the program would be murdered. The Underground estimated they would have to kill about 25 million Americans. Grathwohl was assigned to Bill Ayers. Following is a summary of his impressions:
Grathwohl found Ayers hard to love; he seemed self-important, a controller of subordinates, the type who loved to give orders. Ayers was a key leader. Grathwohl, a government informant, wrote that Ayers had helped direct a pair of attempted police building bombings in Detroit in February 1970. After doing his assigned job in reconnaissance, Grathwohl disagreed with Mr. Ayers over the placement of one bomb, which could easily kill black patrons who favored an adjacent restaurant, but that Ayers dismissed such sentimentality as un-revolutionary. The informant was glad to be dismissed from the operation by Ayers. Forty-four sticks of dynamite were then formed into two bombs and put into place, before Grathwohl's information allowed police to dismantle both. Ayers' memoir -- which freely admits to incompleteness -- says nothing of this episode, or Detroit, or the month of February 1970.
A big question about Obama's early life is who paid for it? Who paid for his Columbia and Harvard educations? Who were his patrons? One was Khalid Abdullah Tariq al-Mansour. Mansour, who's name in an earlier life was Don Warden, is a virulently racist black nationalist with ties to the Saudi royal family, specifically Prince Alaweed. After 9-11 Alaweed offered $10 million to New York City but was turned down by Mayor Giuliani when Alaweed suggested we were to blame for 9-11. See a video about Mansour here. For someone who never heard Rev. Wright's hateful speeches, Obama sure knows how to pick 'em. Newsmax has a good backgrounder, here.
Another patron is Tony Rezko. His relationship with Obama seems to have been a fairly straight forward you-scratch-my-back-I'll-scratch-yours scenario. Obama's law firm worked on Rezko projects and Obama helped Rezko businesses with legislation and Woods Fund grants. There's more to this story, but I'd have to write a book.
Obama's Radical Support Network
Obama has been groomed and supported by such a large number of radical groups it is difficult to chart it all. But the following list represents the best known and significant groups that have provided the intellectual grounding for his ideology and the material support for his political campaigns:
Democratic Socialists of America -- The DSA describes itself as "the largest socialist organization in the U.S. and principle U.S. affiliate of the socialist international" which traces its roots to Marx's first organization. DSA has endorsed Obama and provided an army of on-the-ground campaign workers. Their members are even boasting credit for the success of his ground game. This organization is probably the largest base of Obama's support.
Here is what the DSA has to say in their endorsement of Obama for President:
While recognizing the critical limitations of the Obama candidacy and the American political system, DSA believes that the possible election of Senator Obama to the presidency in November represents a potential opening for social and labor movements to generate the political momentum necessary to implement a progressive political agenda. (Emphasis added.)
WorldNetDaily did an expose on the DSA in 1999, revealing their direct link with the Congressional Progressive Caucus, of which Nancy Pelosi was a prominent member. Following this revelation, DSA edited its website, removing the links between the two organizations and some other damaging information. As WND relates:
Prior to the cleanup of its website in 1999, the DSA included a song list featuring "The Internationale," the worldwide anthem of communism and socialism. Another song on the site was "Red Revolution" sung to the tune of "Red Robin." The lyrics went: "When the Red Revolution brings its solution along, along, there'll be no more lootin' when we start shootin' that Wall Street throng. '" Another song removed after WorldNetDaily's expose was "Are You Sleeping, Bourgeoisie?" The lyrics went: "Are you sleeping? Are you sleeping? Bourgeoisie, Bourgeoisie. And when the revolution comes, We'll kill you all with knives and guns, Bourgeoisie, Bourgeoisie." (Emphasis mine.)
Newsflash to you "middle class" families that Obama is trying to woo with tax cut promises, you are the bourgeoisie!
Communist Party USA (CPUSA) -- Started in Chicago in 1919, the American Communist Party was under the control of the Soviet KGB until 1989, and perhaps after. While the CPUSA provides fertile recruiting ground for espionage agents in government and business, its main purpose was to provide the Soviets or "Russians" if you prefer, a back door entrance into our political system. The Communist Party supports a political platform virtually identical to Obama's in many aspects. See the chart below. There is, of course, no doubt about who they support, and their endorsement largely parrots what DSA has to say.
Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) -- This group needs no introduction. In addition to being at the heart of the mortgage meltdown, ACORN is being cited once again for widespread voter fraud in 15 states. Given ACORN's boast of registering 1.5 million new voters this year, it is possible this election could be decided by fraudulent votes. In the meantime, it has been revealed that the Obama Campaign has paid at least $800,000 to an ACORN subsidiary for get-out-the-vote efforts. That the media has overlooked this glaring conflict of interest is astounding. Meanwhile, Obama has lied through his teeth about his longstanding ties to the group.
Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism (CCDS) -- Another CPUSA splinter group with many Communist Party members and a hodgepodge of others. Prominent Obama patron Carl Davidson was a member, who went on to rise in prominence in the New Party, which Obama joined.
New Party -- A political party that promoted electoral fusion, formed of DSA, ACORN, CCDS and CPUSA members. Barack joined the New Party early in his political career and according to the DSA "encouraged NPers to join his task forces on Voter Education and Voter Registration." So not only was he a member of an avowedly socialist organization, he encouraged its members to work with him. Cloward Piven Strategy co-author Frances Fox Piven was also a New Party member. Carl Davidson was also a prominent member and early supporter of Obama. The New Party folded when the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling against electoral fusion, but many members were instrumental in creating the umbrella group, Progressives for Obama.
Students for a Democratic Society (recently revived) -- This newly reformed SDS has 130 or more chapters in the U.S. as of this writing and was designed to attract young radicals into the fold. This SDS was behind much of the violence at the Republican Party convention in Minnesota.
Movement for a Democratic Society -- Yet another new party, this time created for the SDS old-timers. MDS and SDS are mutually supportive, with MDS supplying the brains and SDS supplying the brawn. This organization includes the old SDS members we are getting to know: Ayers, Dohrn, Davidson, Klonsky, and many others. Most of the radicals closely associated with Obama have an SDS past. This group founded Progressives for Obama.
Black Radical Congress -- Founded in 1998 in Chicago by some New Party leaders and other black radicals. Endorsed by prominent CPUSA members and has many ties to that group. Member Bill Fletcher was a co-founder of Progressives for Obama.
Progressives for Obama -- Founded by Tom Hayden, Bill Fletcher, Barbara Ehrenreich and Danny Glover. Carl Davidson is webmaster. All but Glover are MDS members. Glover is considered a socialist although he is not a listed DSA member.
New Black Panther Party -- A friendly bunch as you can see from their website. All you need to do is watch this video. With friends like these, who needs enemies? Interestingly, the endorsement formerly posted on Obama's website, visible in the video and here, has been removed. The Panthers explain this embarrassment here. These people are real losers.
Radical Individuals Who Shaped Obama's Agenda
Frank Marshall Davis -- Communist Party member who was investigated by the FBI for 19 years. He had perhaps the most profound effect on Obama and probably pointed him toward Chicago.
Carl Davidson -- SDS, MDS, CPUSA, CCDS, leadership position in New Party, supported Obama early on. Davidson's recently declassified FBI file reveals that he traveled to Cuba and worked with the Cubans during the Vietnam War to sabotage our war effort. He was a traitor.
Mike Klonsky -- SDS, led the Maoist Communist Party (Marxist/Leninist). Klonsky's FBI file shows the same activity.
Tom Hayden -- SDS, MDS, Founder of Progressives for Obama. He was also the subject of FBI surveillance.
Bill Ayers & Bernardine Dohrn -- Need we say more about them? Read about their treasonous interaction with Cuban intelligence here.
A report has come out summarizing everything these people did. You can read it here: Communism in Chicago and the Obama Connection.
Frances Fox Piven, longtime DSA member, who also served on the boards of the ACLU and the DSA, was the co-author of the Cloward-Piven Strategy. She was one of the original signatories of Progressives for Obama. She was also a New Party member. Her husband, Richard Cloward, died in 2001, so fortunately he can do no more damage than he already has.
Obama's Policy Positions Indistinguishable from Communists and Socialists
Obama's website offers a much more "nuanced" explanation of his policies, but on the critical issues listed below, there is remarkable similarity to the Communist and Socialist positions on almost every issue. In fact, one might easily conclude he was inspired by them, since they were there first and their positions almost never change.
Campaign Issues and Positions
Financial Crisis Nationalize Banks Moratorium on Foreclosures Extend Unemployment Benefits
Environment "Green" Jobs Economy "Massive" Public Works Programs Solar, Wind and Biomass Program Ratify Kyoto Nationalize Utilities
Immigration Amnesty ' Driving Licenses for Illegals Silent on Guest Worker Increase Border Patrol & Technology
Voting Public Finance of Elections - Except His Same-day Registration, Felons Vote
Foreign Policy Withdrawal from Iraq Abolish Nuclear Weapons Massive Defense Cuts Strengthen UN
Taxes Increase rates on top income levels including retroactive increases to 2000 Increase SS on top income levels Global Tax ---
Obama has openly admitted that he wants to raise top marginal tax rates back to "Reagan Era" levels, although his most recent campaign literature says "Clinton Era" levels.
As this video makes startlingly clear, Obama promises to make deep cuts in defense spending and gut our defense posture, regardless of the more "nuanced" tone of his website. Obama is unequivocal in his call for universal health insurance, although once again, his website muddies this fact with promises of tax credits for private insurance. His preference for the UN and other international bodies not particularly friendly to the U.S. is well known.
Obama fully supports the very deceptively named "Employee Free Choice Act," which abolishes the secret ballot and forces employees to reveal how they vote on union issues. A setup for union intimidation, this unprecedented legislation is truly Orwellian. If you want some shocking perspective, even Nixon-era, far left former presidential candidate George McGovern has gone on the warpath against this very anti-democratic legislation, with an article, a commercial and multiple TV interviews.
Radical Help Waiting in the Wings
There is a ready pool of radicals waiting to push Obama's agenda in Congress.
Congressional Progressive Caucus -- As the largest partisan caucus in the House of Representatives, with 71 members it comprises about 1/3 of all House Democrats. Avowed socialist Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) retains his membership. The Caucus maintained a formal relationship with the DSA until 1999, when an article by WorldNetDaily exposed the links between the two.
Congressional Black Caucus -- At the center of the mortgage crisis, the congressional black caucus welcomed the newly minted Senator Obama in 2005 with a sickeningly toadying speech by the CEO of Fannie Mae. As we all know by now, Obama received more money from Fannie Mae in his three short years as Senator than anyone other than Finance Chairman Chris Dodd. Why? No one has asked!
Some have conjectured that Obama may not really be all that radical himself. Maybe somehow he has just played along with these groups to get their support. I doubt it, but even were it true, so what? It should be painfully apparent to anyone reading this that Obama has committed himself too deeply and owes too much to too many to abandon the radical path he has taken. Isn't that why they supported him in the first place?
What did Biden Mean?
Last week, Joe Biden made some astounding comments on the campaign trail, not once, but twice, on two different occasions. Following are Biden's words, as quoted by Amanda Carpenter. There were two separate statements, of equal import as far as I am concerned, and I will try to interpret each in turn:
1. "Watch, we're gonna have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy," Biden said. "I can give you at least four or five scenarios from where it might originate. And he's gonna need help. And the kind of help he's gonna need is, he's gonna need you - not financially to help him - we're gonna need you to use your influence, your influence within the community, to stand with him. Because it's not gonna be apparent initially, it's not gonna be apparent that we're right." 2. "Gird your loins," Biden warned. "We're gonna win with your help, God willing, we're gonna win, but this is not gonna be an easy ride. This president, the next president, is gonna be left with the most significant task. It's like cleaning the Augean stables, man. This is more than just, this is more than -- think about it, literally, think about it -- this is more than just a capital crisis, this is more than just markets. This is a systemic problem we have with this economy."
Regarding the first statement, moronic as it was of him to say so, Biden is right. Our enemies will certainly see vulnerability with Obama as President. Now, as to his remark that "'it's not gonna be apparent that we're right," I believe that what he means is that Obama will back down from any confrontation. Here's why.
Both Barack and Biden are anti-war. But to truly understand the anti-war movement you have to go back to the beginning and get correct working definitions.
If you recall during the Vietnam War, America's peace activists never had a problem with the North Vietnamese' flagrant violations of peace agreements, their double-dealing in negotiations, their torture of U.S. POWs, their mass murder of South Vietnamese after we pulled out, or their genocidal holocaust against the indigenous tribes that is ongoing to this day. The silence is deafening.
Our enemies seemingly can do no wrong. Even when al Zarkawi began beheading Americans in Iraq, who did the "peace activists" blame? They certainly weren't calling for his head!
It seems inconsistent that a "peace" movement's "anti-war" stance would be so overtly pro-war when it comes to our enemies. But there is a rational, logical explanation, believe it or not.
From their earliest days, Soviet communists always professed an ardent desire for "peace." They have been relentless in making that claim. However, they have a unique definition of peace. Lenin said:
"As long as capitalism and Socialism exist, we cannot live in peace' In the end, one or the other will triumph."
William E. Odom explains:
"The Soviet definition of Peace is unique and incompatible with Western definitions. Defense, in this peculiar Soviet sense, means offense. Peace means the destruction of all non-socialist states' peaceful coexistence was a strategy for irreconcilable struggle, political and military, with capitalism. Peaceful coexistence remains Soviet strategy today."
To the Soviets, "peace" is defined as that point in history when all Soviet enemies, real or potential, are utterly destroyed. This definition does not only refer to external enemies. It includes all enemies. Thus, while maintaining an offensive posture to the world, in Soviet Russia, Lenin and Stalin murdered 40 million of their own. In China, Mao and his monsters murdered 70 million; Vietnam, 2 million; Cambodia, 2 million; Soviet-controlled Afghanistan, 1 million; Saddam's Iraq, at least 300,000; and so on. All other communist countries do the same. It is communist doctrine to obliterate any and all enemies, real or imagined -- within, and when possible, without.
Western "peace" activists fully understand the Soviet definition, and therefore believe that "world peace" can only be achieved when all the enemies of socialism are destroyed -- in other words, when the entire world becomes socialist. Since peace activists are almost all socialists themselves, by working for socialism, they are automatically working for world peace.
Finally, many of the so-called "peace" activists were overtly pro-war. Bill Ayers' 1974 diatribe "Prairie Fire" specifically stated that they were not anti-war at all, but in favor of Communist victory in the Vietnam War.
But even if you take the most benign view of "peace activism," properly understood, it means that peace activists will seek capitulation to the communist juggernaut, if only to avoid the war that is otherwise certain to come.
Now, I know what you are saying, that communism is supposedly dead. The Soviet juggernaut was defeated by Reagan, the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI), etc. Ignoring for a moment the Chinese Communist elephant in the tent, Cuba, North Korea, Syria and all the other unrepentant communist countries, or the fact that communism has been enjoying a worldwide resurgence lately and the mounting fear that Russia never really abandoned it, regardless, socialists in this country and elsewhere remain determined to see capitalism fall -- it is their raison d'etre -- and America is the last bastion of capitalism.
Remember, this is the ultimate goal of the Cloward-Piven Strategy, and it matters little how they get there.
So Socialist Obama, believing as he does that the answer to everything is socialism, will do everything possible to undermine our defense posture, as he has already promised. And because he is interested in replacing our capitalist society with a socialist one, if we are attacked he will not fight. As he has promised, he will prefer to "negotiate without preconditions." Hence Biden's statement that "'it's not gonna be apparent initially, it's not gonna be apparent that we're right."
If the aggressor is one of the large communist countries, he will capitulate. But what happens if the aggressor is Iran? For some reason he is unafraid of a Muslim Caliphate. Perhaps that is because he knows, like some of the rest of us, that the Muslims and Leftists are working together to destroy this country.
Biden's second comment, ending with the line, "This is a systemic problem (emphasis mine) we have with this economy," is also chilling. It suggests he believes the capitalist system is the problem -- not a big surprise if you accept my argument that this ticket believes in socialism. And you cannot conclude differently if you acknowledge that Obama's economic policies are socialist to the core. It reaffirms what we have been predicting for a while now: a President Obama will quickly begin moving this country into the socialist camp with his socialist economic policies.
Both statements reinforce the impression that we are in for bad times if Obama is elected -- bad times most Americans cannot begin to imagine. Thanks for the heads up, Joe.
This election may well be the most important in our nation's history. An Obama presidency could not come at a worse time. The world economy stands on the edge of an abyss. If enacted, Obama's socialist class warfare economic policies will push it right over the edge and we could see the nightmare scenario outlined above come to fruition.
And now I'll tell you why I think they have pulled out all the stops. From eye-popping, unprecedented bias in the media to biased opinion polls, from unprecedented levels of questionable donations, including illegal foreign money flowing into Obama's campaign coffers, to astronomical levels of voter registration fraud, there has never been an election season like this. They are going for broke because they believe that this is the last time they will ever have to do it. With majorities in both houses of Congress and a leftist in the White House, they will finally own the store completely. They are hoping to never have to give it up again.
When Obama said, "We are the ones We have been waiting for," he was talking about "we the communists."
I can only hope and pray that it is not too late for our great country. Do not vote for Barack Obama! ---
Current law prohibits the community organization ACORN and its associated groups from receiving any federal funds from any federal law currently on the books. However, the Eric Holder Justice Department has interpreted the law as allowing federal agencies to pay ACORN for "binding contractual obligations" made before the current prohibition was enacted. This questionable interpretation may go a long way toward neutralizing ACORN's funding prohibition.
The actual ban reads as follows: "None of the funds made available from this joint resolution or any other prior Act may be provided to the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries or allied organizations." (Emphasis added.)
The Justice Department claims the phrase "provided to" is unclear and "has no established meaning in appropriations law." Justice cites terms more frequently used, such as "obligate" and "expend," that have accepted meaning in spending legislation. Justice goes on to defend its point by exhaustively listing the many definitions of "provide" given in Webster's, Oxford, and American Heritage dictionaries, and even Roget's Thesaurus. Like Bill Clinton, they probably could have found as many definitions for the word "is."
It would be interesting to learn who provided the legislative language for this amendment. It would also be interesting to know whether or not that person (or those people) had input from the Justice Department. Either way, whoever wrote this legislation may have chosen the key phrase "provided to" precisely because it would cause problems in execution. The question is, why didn't Republicans foresee this? Outmaneuvered again?
On the other hand, the Holder Justice Department could simply be flat wrong in its legal reasoning. Not too much of a stretch, considering that Holder decided to drop charges of voter intimidation against the clearly guilty Black Panthers, overruling his own legal staff in the process.
The Justice Department also raised the ugly specter of opening government to liability for breaking "binding contracts," adding that the decision put them on firmer constitutional ground by ensuring that this prohibition was not a "bill of attainder." ACORN is already suing the government, citing the Attainder clause (Art. 1, Sec. 9, Para. 3), which prevents the legislature from singling out an individual or group for punishment without first ascertaining guilt by trial.
At first blush, this seems to be a valid concern. If ACORN engages in legitimate activity for which it is paid by the government and has already made financial commitments in anticipation of reimbursement, then perhaps those obligations already made should be honored. Also, it may be bad precedent to use the legislative process to "punish" ACORN for its misdeeds, if that is Congress's intent.
However, this warrants a question. If ACORN has been engaging in massive, nationwide vote registration fraud, as it has; if it has been encouraging a shopping list of illegal activity through its "housing counseling," as the O'Keefe and Giles tapes demonstrated it has; then why hasn't the Holder Justice Department launched an investigation of ACORN, especially in light of Congress's extraordinary, bipartisan decision to deny ACORN funding? Why don't they settle the matter once and for all by ensuring ACORN's constitutional right to a fair and speedy trial and firmly establish its guilt or innocence?
There is no legitimate reason for the Obama Justice Department not to investigate this organization. But so far, they have refused to. The result is the unprecedented spectacle of a private citizen, Andrew Breitbart, demanding the Justice Department investigate ACORN and threatening to expose even more damaging revelations about the group if they don't!
Furthermore, what legitimate business is ACORN conducting that requires binding prior commitments the government need reimburse? Is ACORN in the aircraft-carrier-building business or something?
Who knows? With this group and its 360-odd identified affiliates, it seems like anything is possible. Perhaps ACORN has been selected to manufacture the 2012 Pelosi GTxi SS/RT hybrid vehicle. (Okay, we needed a little comic relief here.)
According to the Cato Institute, from 2003 to 2007, ACORN received almost $16 million from the government. This was broken down as follows:
Housing counseling assistance - 62% Self-Help Homeownership - 7% Rural Housing and Economic Development - 2% Fair Housing Initiatives - 4% Community Development Block Grants - 26%
Sixty-two percent of payments go to "housing counseling assistance," while block grants provided twenty-six percent. Neither one of these categories should require fulfillment of "prior binding contracts" unless that is interpreted to include costs of ongoing operations. I don't even know what "fair housing initiatives" and "self-help homeownership" are. And if by "economic development" they mean commitments to actual building projects, perhaps reimbursement could be justified, if this referred to a tangible fixed asset already under construction. But this represents only two percent of government payments. I suspect Justice was hoping to let ACORN keep a lot more.
The larger question is this: Should the government be obligated to spend money it has good reason to believe will be used for illegal purposes? If, for example, the U.S. Marshall's Service discovered that it was providing Witness Protection Program funds for "informant relocation" to a private contractor secretly working for the Mafia, wouldn't it stop immediately and move to shut down the entire organization? Wouldn't Congress demand funds be cut off immediately, instead of paying out "existing contracts" and worrying about "bills of attainder"? Of course it would.
Congress is not "punishing" ACORN here. Instead, it is exercising rare good judgment in its oversight role by ensuring that it is not inadvertently spending taxpayer dollars in support of criminal activities. The prohibition against funding ACORN is perfectly legal and constitutional for this reason, according to legal scholars.
ACORN is a key player in the Cloward-Piven Strategy of Manufactured Crisis. As such, its legitimate activities are used to facilitate and/or mask its destructive ones. In this regard, it is similar to a Mafia organization.
Federal law enforcement regularly seizes Mafia business assets, legitimate and otherwise, under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) statutes. Never mind "prior financial commitments." The same should be true for ACORN.
The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Government Reform published a paper last summer documenting ACORN's widespread criminal activities and determined that appropriate legal remedies include seizing ACORN assets via RICO. Some of the illegal activities uncovered include:
ACORN has evaded taxes, obstructed justice, engaged in self-dealing, and aided and abetted a cover-up of the $948,607.50 embezzlement by Dale Rathke, the brother of ACORN founder Wade Rathke. (Editor's note: Louisiana's Attorney General says the actual figure may be closer to $5 million.) ACORN has committed investment fraud, deprived the public of its right to honest services, and engaged in a racketeering enterprise affecting interstate commerce. ACORN has conspired to defraud the United States by using taxpayer funds for partisan political activities. ACORN has submitted false filings to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Department of Labor, in addition to violating the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). ACORN falsified and concealed facts concerning an illegal transaction between related parties in violation of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA), ranking member on the House Government Reform Committee, has blasted the administration for the Justice ruling. He said that Congress's intent was clear, calling Holder's decision "old-fashioned cronyism."
What the Holder Justice Department has essentially done is present us with a constitutional crisis. If the Constitution demands that an individual or organization be adjudicated guilty or innocent in a court of law before Congress can strip it of funding, then it is incumbent upon the Justice Department to investigate said organization and resolve the question. Yet Obama's Justice Department, under the incompetent (if not criminal) leadership of Eric Holder, refuses to do so.
Let's make something else explicit, also. The ACORN funding ban is attached to a Continuing Resolution, a law that allows the government to continue operations into the new fiscal year (started October 1, 2009) in lieu of appropriations bills that have yet to be passed, which is set to expire on December 18, 2009. Yes, that's eighteen days from now.
The only way this ban can be made permanent is for language to be included in some newer legislation that doesn't expire. It is likely that the Democrats will fight it, too. As it stands, the Justice Department is quibbling over a ban enacted in September that covers a period of two months and eighteen days.
This is all consistent with the Manufactured Crisis Strategy, from giving foreign terrorists the legal protections of U.S. citizens and trying them in a city where they are almost certain to get a mistrial to demanding criminal investigations of CIA officers who believed they were operating under the force of law. From exonerating Black Panther thugs who engaged in voter intimidation to protecting the criminal organization ACORN from even two months of economic sanctions, the Holder Justice Department is doing everything possible to stand justice on its head.
The government should not be paying ACORN at all. It is a malevolent organization devoted to the systematic destruction of America. ACORN needs to be dissolved, its principals arrested and prosecuted. Its assets need to be seized and surrendered to the Asset Forfeiture Fund. This organization needs to be unmercifully trounced into the dirt.
Congress must demand that the FBI investigate ACORN. While they're at it, they might request an investigation of political corruption within the Holder Justice Department. If Holder wants a constitutional showdown to protect Obama's subversive, corrupt political allies, then have at it.
Meanwhile, there is no legitimate reason for ACORN to continue receiving federal funds.
"We all need to turn to God for help in restoring our country, but that doesn't mean that we do nothing: PRAY as if it depends upon God; ACT as if it depends upon you." -- Glenn Beck
Why have the combined mudslinging voices of the media (so-called), congressional Democrats and the thin-skinned boy wonder who occupies the Oval Office not been able to turn the tide against the tea partiers? If you look at the poll numbers, the answer is obvious: Most Americans are tea partiers.
However, most of them are not yet in enough pain to skip a day at the ball park and stand in a crowd of thousands (sometimes tens of thousands) and listen to tea-party speakers. That's a shame, but it doesn't change the fact that they identify with the tea-party movement.
So, what is the common bond with which they identify? Taxes? Health care? Financial regulation? I thought about this question as I was rereading Amity Shlaes' landmark book, "The Forgotten Man." In it, she quotes Yale philosopher William Graham Sumner, who, clear back in 1883, explained the crux of the moral problem with progressivism as follows:
"As soon as A observes something which seems to him to be wrong, from which X is suffering, A talks it over with B, and A and B then propose to get a law passed to remedy the evil and help X. Their law always proposes to determine ' what A, B, and C shall do for X."
Shlaes goes on to add: "But what about C? There was nothing wrong with A and B helping X. What was wrong was the law, and the indenturing of C to the cause. C was the forgotten man, the man who paid, 'the man who never is thought of.'"
In other words, C is the guy who isn't bothering anyone, but is forced to supply the funds to help the X's of the world, those whom power holders unilaterally decide have been treated unfairly and must be compensated.
FDR, however, did a switcheroo on Sumner's point by removing the moniker of "the forgotten man" from C and giving it to X ' "the poor man, the old man, labor, or any other recipient of government help." Zap! Just like that, Sumner's forgotten man was transformed into the opposite of what he was meant to be.
Today, I believe it is the tea-party people who represent Sumner's Forgotten Man. They are taxed and told what they must do and what they must give up in the way of freedom and personal wealth every time a new law is passed. I believe it is this reality that bonds the tea-party people together.
Put another way, it is not health care or any other single issue the tea-party people are most angry about. It is all of the issues combined that have to do with impinging on their individual liberty. Above all, they are outraged by the fact that immoral politicians and bureaucrats not only violate their God-given right to live their lives as they please, they dismiss them as "extremists." Collectively, the tea-party people are today's Forgotten Man.
Get the definitive account describing the rebirth of appreciation for liberty across the nation, Whistleblower magazine's "THE GREAT AWAKENING: How tea partiers are setting a new course for America"
"All history is only one long story to this effect: men have struggled for power over their fellow-men in order that they might win the joys of earth at the expense of others and might shift the burdens of life from their own shoulders upon those of others. It is true that, until this time, the proletariat, the mass of mankind, have rarely had the power and they have not made such a record as kings and nobles and priests have made of the abuses they would perpetrate against their fellow-men when they could and dared.
"But what folly it is to think that vice and passion are limited by classes, that liberty consists only in taking power away from nobles and priests and giving it to artisans and peasants and that these latter will never abuse it! They will abuse it just as all others have done unless they are put under checks and guarantees, and there can be no civil liberty anywhere unless rights are guaranteed against all abuses, as well from proletarians as from generals, aristocrats, and ecclesiastics."
Sumner was a man of great insight. He saw the absurdity of assuming that the poor man is morally superior to the rich man. This is where I believe that sincere revolutionaries go wrong. While their initial intentions may, at least in their own minds, be well-meant, they begin with a false premise (that the misfortunes of those at the bottom of the economic ladder are a result of the evil actions of those who are more successful) and, from there, leap from one false conclusion to another.
This is why politicians who pose as conservatives to get elected so often rush to the aid of their progressive Democratic pals. I believe that these philosophically lost souls do the bidding of the intimidating left because they have never given any serious thought to the possibility that the very premise of progressivism is morally wrong.
As a result, they have no feeling for the (perceived) rich man. In plotting their do-gooder schemes, he is easy to forget. They see nothing whatsoever wrong with society's sacrificing his liberty for the "public good." As Montaigne said, "Men are most apt to believe what they least understand."
What gave birth to the tea parties is that the Forgotten Man syndrome is like a metastasizing disease. As politicians long ago realized, there aren't enough rich people to support all of the X's. As the number of X's (i.e., those who live off the surpluses of others) increases, a lot of A's and B's must, by necessity, be reclassified as C's. And that is when they become candidates for joining the tea-party movement.
Put simply: When A's and B's are transformed into C's, they mysteriously lose their enthusiasm for new laws to help out X. Put even more simply, they suddenly realize that they are now the Forgotten Man. And that realization is what automatically qualifies them as tea-party people. No recruitment necessary, thank you.
Freedom Force International is a network of men and women from all parts of the world who are concerned over loss of personal liberty and expansion of government power. They are not mere complainers. They have a plan to do something about it. They also share a common belief in The Creed of Freedom, which is a statement of principles that guide them in their mission to build a better world.
Subject: Please start an intensive campaign to inform conservative Americans how to take America back
Please consider writing a column on NWV and start an intensive campaign to inform conservative Americans how to take America back. We need to mobilize Americans out of their apathy and convince them that they CAN make a difference, and that they CAN take America back if only they get off their backsides! With a 94% liberal turnout last election, conservatives don't stand a chance (and it'll become a self-fulfilling prophecy) if they keep burying their heads in the sand and keep convincing themselves and others that it's no use. We need Conservative Grass Roots Activism and Community Organizing (but legally -- not like Acorn), including reaching out to inform and encourage others, volunteering to drive people who are in old folks' homes, those in wheelchairs, and those who don't drive or have transportation to voting booths, teaching them how to email their congressmen and senators, etc.
Another aspect that conservatives need to do is to develop email lists of conservatives and encourage them to reach out to others and encourage them to participate in making America a better place to live; right now, Obama and his minions are sending me several emails a day asking me to report on anything my family, friends or neighbors might have said, any comments on blogs or websites, conservative news articles or emails, etc. -- even what people's congressmen and senators have responded when Obots call them and parrot canned messages that Obama supplies them etc. -- that go against his vision for Amerika. Emails from the Republican Party are virtually non-existent. Ron Paul's Campaign for Freedom does a pretty good job of contacting those people who have signed up for his email, but nowhere close to Obama's in-your-face numerous emails and phone calls. We don't need to be annoying, but neither do we want to ignore how the nature of the beast has changed, now that Chicago-style, underhanded, manipulative "community organizing" techniques are being employed. Obama has also enlisted other agencies, including SEIU and SPLC, any voter registered as Democrat and anyone who has entered a comment or signed up for email from the Whitehouse website. Conservatives obviously need to do a better job of organizing or they don't stand a chance of ever recovering America.
If we emailed people with alerts and links to preformed messages, asked for their zip codes and automatically determined and faxed their congressmen and senators (i.e., automate it so as to make it easier for them to quickly take a minute out of their otherwise "busy" schedule to do something important), perhaps more of them would get involved and we'd be able to reverse what has happened.
Conservatives need equivalent, albeit legal (unlike that of ACORN) community activism that seeks out conservatives in nursing homes, wheelchairs, etc. and drives them in vans to elections, teaches them how to use a public computer in the library to contact their representatives, how to sign up for and receive email alerts, etc.
Is there anything that you might be able to do to help reach some of these people who have been trying hard to convince themselves not to get involved because it won't make any difference anyhow?
It absolutely amazes me that in the last several weeks I can't find a single person who voted for Obama. Do you think people are finally realizing they made a mistake -- or they all apathetically sat home instead of voting, trying to convince themselves "What's the use of voting; it won't make any difference anyhow"? Obots didn't stay home; 94% of them VOTED, not just talked about it with their friends, and look what happened! Next time, conservatives need to get out and VOTE! It does make a difference, as we now see in no uncertain terms! Also, we need to get ACTIVE now: write/fax/email/call your senators and congressmen and constantly let them know when they do something right and when they do something wrong: liberals are doing this, and the majority of what the senators hear is the liberal side of things. An easy way to do this for FREE is to sign up for Action Alerts that have preformed faxes (you can select different messages with one click) that you can automatically send to any or all of your senators, congressman and the White House (you can choose to whom it's sent, and it automatically finds the correct ones based upon your zip code -- what could be easier?) Now you have no excuse not to get involved in TAKING AMERICA BACK! Remember the two steps:
1) Get ACTIVE now. Sign up for as many of the free following sites as possible, and they will email you a notification when Congress is trying to do something to you, along with a link that you can click and quickly and easily tell Congress what you think (you can select various messages, edit them or enter your own):
Note: a few congressmen and senators don't accept email from 3rd party mailers, such as those above. In that instance, here are some links to the contact pages on the senators' and congressmen's websites. You can copy the preformed messages from the canned sites above and then go to your senators' and representative's contact pages and paste the message in, altering it if need be, the email them, and all very quickly, easily and FREE, and feel good about doing what you can (on a regular basis) to help reclaim the America that our founding fathers fought and died to give us:
Contact your Congressperson in the U_S_ House of Representatives:
It's a great book, but conservative people are still apathetic and not participating in government and now we're seeing the results. Unfortunately, most people do not ever read a book again after they get out of school; please make it a point to READ and stay informed; that's an important part of the Plan to Retake America!
Some other good books are:
"Black Belt Patriotism: How to Reawaken America" by Chuck Norris:
Also, if you really want to change America, here are two organizations that you can join that will keep steadily working to change our country beyond just this upcoming election:
http://www.campaignforliberty.com/ Ron Paul's Campaign for Liberty educational site that people join in order to work together and effect positive change in government beyond just this election, and thereby be part of changing our country's future. It costs nothing to become a member!
http://www.freedom-force.org/ Freedom Force International is a network of men and women from all parts of the world who are concerned over loss of personal liberty and expansion of government power. They are not mere complainers. They have a plan to do something about it. They also share a common belief in The Creed of Freedom, which is a statement of principles that guide them in their mission to build a better world.
Totalitarianism is on the rise everywhere because advocates of big government have taken leadership control of the power centers within every society. Power centers are organizations and social groupings ' such as political parties, labor unions, church groups, media centers, and professional societies ' that hold political power based on their claim to represent their members and on their ability to lead public opinion. It has taken many years for them to achieve this dominance over society, but they have succeeded. It does no good to complain or to theorize about what should be done. As long as advocates of big government hold the power, nothing will change.
WE MUST NOT BE LIKE CATS One of the most profound differences between dogs and cats is that cats focus on effects while dogs focus on causes. If you toss a pebble at a cat, it will look at the pebble. If you toss it at a dog, it will look at you.
In this respect, too many people are like cats. They are preoccupied with the details of their loss of security, freedom, and privacy, and they flutter like wing-clipped pigeons, complaining about this and that without knowing why these things are happening. By contrast, members of Freedom Force focus on the cause and work to eliminate it. The degeneration of civilization is not the result of blind forces of history operating beyond comprehension or control. It is planned and caused by a small but well defined group of people who believe this decline is necessary for what they fondly call The New World Order but which we recognize as high-tech feudalism in which mankind will be condemned to live in perpetual subservience to elitist rulers.
The identities of these elitists are known. They have names. They belong to organizations. They meet together to create strategies and they work jointly to implement them. They dominate the power centers of society. We will not escape their plans by looking only at what they are doing. We must focus on them and remove them from their present positions of power. Any other plan of action is doomed to failure.
That, however, is not enough. If we focus solely on the identities and personalities of those who are promoting the decline of liberty, we will be stumped by the fact that, even if we should succeed in removing them from their positions of influence, there are many more just like them waiting to step into their places. In the final analysis, it's not the names and identities or political party affiliations of these individuals that matters as much as what they believe, what ideology they hold. Their ideology has a name. It's called collectivism, a concept that government is master and people must obey. It's to no avail to remove one collectivist from power only to replace him with another one ' which has been the pattern for all too many years. It is time to stop acting like cats, stop being forever fascinated by the personalities and deeds of our leaders. We must be more like dogs and focus on the ideology of our leaders, because that is the cause of their deeds.
The solution is simple. It is to take back control of the power centers of society, one-by-one, just the way they were captured in the first place. Replace the collectivists with people who have no personal agendas except to defend freedom. This will unleash the vast human potential for prosperity and happiness that can be realized only in the absence of government oppression. However, to reach that goal, it will be necessary for those who cherish freedom to do more than complain and far more than just casting a vote every few years. They must reach for power. That is the reason for the motto of Freedom Force: Impotentes defendere libertatem non possunt, which is Latin for 'Those without power cannot defend freedom.'
The Freedom Force strategy can be summarized as: Don't fight city hall when you can BE city hall.
The mission of members of Freedom Force is to shape public policy within their respective countries in favor of personal and global freedom. The method is threefold: (1) dissemination of ideological and issue-related information, (2) instruction in how to become influential within community and national organizations, and (3) instruction in how to lawfully and constitutionally convert that influence into public policy. Members seek to become change agents so they truly can make a difference in the world.
Freedom Force is a global brotherhood of the most enlightened and dedicated people in the world. We are building an international network of leaders who, in spite of differences in nationality and culture, are in solidarity with the principles expressed in The Creed of Freedom. We now have members in sixty countries, and the number continues to grow. (See flags below.) Nothing like this has happened before in history. It is a powerful force that cannot be stopped. Welcome to the Brotherhood of Freedom.
Freedom Force came into existence at a meeting on December 12, 2002, in the Dominican Republic where G. Edward Griffin was a speaker at an off-shore investment conference. After the conference, he invited anyone who was interested to attend a private presentation of what he thought would be needed to regain control of our lives and our freedom. About thirty people attended; and, after the presentation, just about everyone enrolled on the spot, including citizens from three countries. Freedom Force International was born.
Although we suddenly had dues-paying members, we were far from being an organization. We had no staff, no facilities, no operational procedures, no bylaws, no accounting system, no means of communicating with members, no web site, no checking account, no code of conduct, no money (except about $200 in donations), and not the foggiest idea of how to proceed.
The next two years were spent primarily getting all of those things in order. We weren't ready for expansion until about 2005 when our web site finally began to take shape. This gave us global outreach and made it possible for people of like mind anywhere in the world to find us simply by surfing the Internet. Slowly but surely, our membership began to climb; and we added increasing numbers of flags representing countries where members resided. We believe strongly that a successful movement for liberty in today's world must be international in scope, and it was gratifying to see that aspect of our strategy become a reality right from the beginning.
We have a long way to go before we can fulfill the grand vision shared by our founding members in 2002, but we also have come a long way since then. Although the size of our membership is the only secret we have, we now count them in the thousands ' and the number is growing constantly. More important than numbers, however, is the quality of our membership and the leadership they provide. The most prominent among them are featured in the Freedom Force Hall of Honor (featured elsewhere on this page), but that is just the tip of the iceberg. All of our members are influential within their communities and are helping to create a leadership network that will counter and eventually defeat the collectivists who now dominate the power centers of society.
When asked why they will not vote for a third party candidate, many people will respond by saying something like, "He cannot win." Or, "I don't want to waste my vote." It is true: America has not elected a third party candidate since 1860. Does that automatically mean, however, that every vote cast for one of the two major party candidates is not a wasted vote? I don't think so.
In the first place, a wasted vote is a vote for someone you know does not represent your own beliefs and principles. A wasted vote is a vote for someone you know will not lead the country in the way it should go. A wasted vote is a vote for the "lesser of two evils." Or, in the case of John McCain and Barack Obama, what we have is a choice between the "evil of two lessers."
Albert Einstein is credited with saying that insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting a different result. For years now, Republicans and Democrats have been leading the country in the same basic direction: toward bigger and bigger government; more and more socialism, globalism, corporatism, and foreign interventionism; and the dismantling of constitutional liberties. Yet, voters continue to think that they are voting for "change" when they vote for a Republican or Democrat. This is truly insane!
Take a look at the recent $700 billion Wall Street bailout: both John McCain and Barack Obama endorsed and lobbied for it. Both McCain and Obama will continue to bail out these international banksters on the backs of the American taxpayers. Both McCain and Obama support giving illegal aliens amnesty and a path to citizenship. In the debate this past Tuesday night, both McCain and Obama expressed support for sending U.S. forces around the world for "peacekeeping" purposes. They also expressed support for sending combat forces against foreign countries even if those countries do not pose a threat to the United States. Neither Obama nor McCain will do anything to stem the tide of a burgeoning police state or a mushrooming New World Order. Both Obama and McCain support NAFTA and similar "free trade" deals. Neither candidate will do anything to rid America of the Federal Reserve, or work to eliminate the personal income tax, or disband the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Both Obama and McCain support the United Nations. So, pray tell, how is a vote for either McCain or Obama not a wasted vote?
But, back to the "he cannot win" argument: to vote for John McCain is to vote for a man who cannot win. Yes, I am saying it here and now: John McCain cannot win this election. The handwriting is on the wall. The Fat Lady is singing. It is all over. Finished. John McCain cannot win.
With only three weeks before the election, Barack Obama is pulling away. McCain has already pulled his campaign out of Michigan. In other key battleground states, McCain is slipping fast. He was ahead in Missouri; now it is a toss-up or leaning to Obama. A couple of weeks ago, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Florida were all leaning towards McCain, or at least toss-up states. Now, they are all leaning to Obama. Even the longtime GOP bellwether state of Indiana is moving toward Obama. In addition, new voter registrations are at an all-time high, and few of them are registering as Republicans. In fact, the Republican Party now claims only around 25% of the electorate, and Independents are increasingly leaning toward Obama.
Ladies and gentlemen, Barack Obama is headed for an electoral landslide victory over John McCain. John McCain can no more beat Barack Obama than Bob Dole could beat Bill Clinton.
I ask, therefore, Are not conservatives and Christians who vote for John McCain guilty of the same thing that they accuse people who vote for third party candidates of doing? Are they not voting for someone who cannot win? Indeed, they are. In fact, conservatives and Christians who vote for John McCain are not only voting for a man who cannot win, they are voting for a man who does not share their own beliefs and principles. If this is not insanity, nothing is!
So, why not (for once in your life, perhaps) cast a vote purely for principle! Vote for someone who is truly pro-life. Someone who would quickly secure our nation's borders, and end the invasion of our country by illegal aliens. Someone who would, on his first day in office, release Border Patrol agents Ramos and Compean and fire U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton. Someone who would immediately, upon assuming office, begin leading the charge to dismantle the Federal Reserve, overturn the 16th Amendment, expunge the IRS, and return America to sound money principles. Someone who would get the US out of the UN. Someone who would stop spending billions and trillions of dollars for foreign aid. Someone who would prosecute the Wall Street bankers who defrauded the American people out of billions of dollars. Someone who would work to repeal NAFTA, CAFTA, GATT, the WTO, and stop the NAFTA superhighway. Someone who would say a resounding "No" to the New World Order. Someone who would stop using our brave men and women in uniform as global cops for the United Nations. Someone who would stop America's global adventurism and interventionism. Someone who would steadfastly support and defend the right of the people to keep and bear arms.
As John Quincy Adams said, "Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost."
WHY BALDWIN/CASTLE AND THE CONSTITUTION PARTY?
America needs the leadership of the Constitution Party. We pledge to:
· Stop the undeclared wars which are daily costing American lives and billions of tax dollars; · End America's dependence on foreign oil; · Stop reckless spending, including foreign aid, and take care of America's domestic needs; · End debt financing of the Federal government; · Get rid of the Federal income tax, and restore a tariff-based revenue system; · Immediately terminate international trade agreements such as NAFTA, WTO, and the FTAA, and stop sending high paying American jobs to foreign countries; · Close the borders to illegal immigration, and stop all government subsidies to illegal aliens; · Defend America's moral values; keep God in the pledge of allegiance; · Protect the right to life of the innocent unborn and the elderly; · Support high standards in education, including encouragement of private schools and home schooling; · Stop judicial tyranny and legislating from the bench; · Defend Second Amendment rights; · Restore a debt-free, interest-free money system; · Uphold traditional marriage and family values.
Close the borders now - no more excuses. Stop depending on foreign oil. Use our military justly to protect and defend our liberty. Stop spending our country into bankruptcy. No Hillary-Obama-McCain health care solutions. No more financing the United Nations. Stop judicial tyranny and legislating from the bench. End the merging of the USA with foreign countries. Immediately stop our laws penalizing U.S. Businesses. Remove all hidden taxes and abolish the IRS. 100% ProLife 100% ProMarriage
BALDWIN for PRESIDENT Chuck Baldwin and Darrell Castle are citizens of the United States of America just like you and me, not elected politicians offering the same old political answers. They don't have a history of flip-flops and they don't test the wind every time they take a position.
Chuck Baldwin was born in La Porte, Indiana on May 3, 1952. He has been married for 35 years to the former Miss Connie Kay Cole. They have three cherished and wonderful children, all three are married with families of their own.
He attended La Porte High School in Indiana; Midwestern Baptist College in Pontiac, Michigan; and Liberty Bible Institute in Lynchburg, Virginia. He has Bachelor and Masters Degrees in Theology, and has received two honorary Doctorate Degrees.
Chuck is a founder and minister at the Crossroad Baptist Church in Pensacola, Florida; a radio talk show host; accomplished author; and a newspaper/internet columnist.
He has been officially recognized by the Escambia County Florida Sheriff's Department as an Honorary Deputy Sheriff, has received the 'National Medal of Patriotism' award from the American Police Hall of Fame, and is a volunteer chaplain at the State Prison in Century, Florida.
CASTLE for VICE-PRESIDENT Darrell Castle was born in Kingsport, Tennessee, in 1948. He and his wife Joan have been married for 30 years, and live in Germantown, Tennessee. Their daughter Joanna and her husband Michael Miller serve with the Navigators Ministry at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.
Darrell is a graduate of East Tennessee State University with a B.A. in History and Political Science. He received a J.D. degree from Memphis State University Law School (University of Memphis). He is an attorney in private practice. The Castle Law Firm specializes in Bankruptcy and Personal Injury.
Darrell served as a 1st Lt. in the U.S. Marine Corps and is a veteran of the Vietnam War.
Darrell has served in many capacities within his Church including Chairman of the Deacons. In 1998, he and wife Joan founded Mia's Children Foundation, Inc. (www.miaschildren.org), a Christian mission in Bucharest, Romania which ministers to homeless gypsy children.
VOTE CONSTITUTION PARTY
'Article I, section 8 of the United States Constitution grants Congress the power to coin money and regulate its value, thus the Constitution gives Congress control over the U.S. monetary system.
With the passage of the Federal Reserve Act of 1913, Congress unconstitutionally transferred control of the U.S. monetary system to a consortium of twelve private banks collectively known as the Federal Reserve System or 'The Fed'. This system allows The Fed to print money or create it on a computer screen and exchange it for government debt instruments. This means that a group of private banks are authorized to create money out of nothing, and lend it to the government with interest that has to be repaid by the American people through the income tax. The Fed then controls the supply of money, expanding or contracting the supply at will, thus creating constant boom-bust cycles of inflation followed by contraction. The swings in the economic cycle can be gentle or violent depending on whether The Fed is competent or whether it has some other agenda.
In order to affect any real economic reform we must restore the money of the Constitution. When we do, all other necessary reforms will be possible. The money of the Constitution, or a sound money system, means money based on something or tied to the value of something. The Constitution contemplates that the 'something' that money should be based on is gold and silver. If our money supply were tied to a standard of gold and silver, then our government would have to spend within its means or borrow only 'real money'. Those loans would be redeemable in gold or silver. This would prevent devaluation of the currency, i.e. inflation, because the government's ability to create new money at its discretion would be limited.
The Fed's control of the money supply of the American people should be ended immediately and control returned to Congress as the Constitution requires. Congress could then act in place of The Fed on it's way to returning us to a system of sound money.'
There is no other office on earth that can captivate us like the presidency of the United States. The 2008 candidates have given us an entire season of debates so we know the fine points of the differences between them. While the average civics teacher will tell you that Americans do not appreciate their national political heritage nearly enough, it is all too clear that the typical American is not only captivated with the presidency during election season, but has lifted the president to the stature of mythical hero.
It is this awe for the presidency that has allowed presidents from Washington to Bush to exercise powers never allowed to them under the Constitution. Many of the abuses of the power of the presidency are derived from the president's role as commander-in-chief, a position that was designed to accommodate Washington, a military general. It is the combination of president and commander- chief that, in the minds of many Americans, lifts the holder of the office to archetypal or mythical status.
The president of the United States has far more power than any office in the history of humanity, powers reminiscent of those of the Greek superhero Hercules or the Sumerian king Gilgamesh. The current president claims the right to detain, torture and kill anyone on earth and to initiate wars and occupations in any nation of his choice without approval from any people or country. The president claims the right to levy taxes at will, seize anything, prohibit anything, mandate anything, spy on anyone, and require all jurisdictions to bend to his will. Although his power to alter reality is limited by the economic realities of the country, the holocaustic power of the modern presidency extends to the nuclear weapons within his reach.
It doesn't matter who the president is. The end result of the presidency is almost always the loss of many lives through war. Even the best presidents violated the Bill of Rights, instituted regressive taxation, engaged in detrimental foreign diplomacy, and increased intrusive police powers. The worst presidents rank among the greatest political criminals in the annals of history.
Yet most Americans hold fast to their heroic image. It's just a matter of which would-be tyrant in swashbuckler's clothing should get the job.
Could the power of the president be retrenched? Ron Paul's failed presidential bid showed us that a politician can facilitate big steps toward liberty only to the extent that he is supported by public opinion. As he has acknowledged, it is only a classical liberal culture, not great individuals standing alone, that makes a society free. This classical liberal culture would be one composed of grown up individuals who have achieved freedom in the classical existential manner, by accepting total responsibility for themselves. This kind of individual is his own superhero.
So, ironically, even the president does not have the power to bring down the modern presidency, whose powers are of epic proportion and greater than any single human who might occupy that office. Presidential power is a reflection of the collective national political climate, as well as the collective national consciousness that worships presidential supremacy. Even now, in a time when presidential approval ratings are close to all time lows, no one wants to give it up.
Consider the current lot of candidates, McCain, Obama, and Clinton. All say they stand for change, yet all three want to uphold the infrastructure of the imperial presidency. Each is tied to the Council on Foreign Relations, committed to the North American Union and the New World Order. These are modern day epic characters whose agenda's are no different in proportion than the great Herculean feats.
Each candidate wants to greatly expand the presidency in one way or another. Each represents an archetype. All are master politicians adept at telling us what we want to hear. And their campaigns give us what we long for most in a president -- someone to make us feel warm and fuzzy about being Americans.
Modern politicians get votes not so much based on their political stances, but on how they make people feel about America. When Americans like the president, they also tend to think more highly of the presidency. They want more from their government, and are less bothered when it commits great wrongs. But this all encompassing pride in the presidency is what has allowed it to become the nations' master and a giant menace to the rest of the world.
It is unfortunate that Americans project onto the presidency the responsibility for providing them with cultural identity, patriotism, and self-respect. These are characteristics the truly free individual is able to provide for himself. In his article Our Enemy, The Presidency, Anthony Gregory views the presidency as too powerful, inherently corrupting, and inhumanely destructive. In his view, "The presidency as it supposedly should be, under the Constitution, is a relatively humble office overseeing the executive branch, one of the three composing a radically restrained government with very limited enumerated powers. Today, the presidency overshadows the other branches, the states, and all Constitutional and statutory limits on its power."
How did it get to the point that 300 million people, and to a great extent the rest of the world, have to live under the rule of one all-powerful official? Is it our wish to remain in a childlike state relying on a figure endowed with epic powers to take care of us? Is it for this that we are willing to sacrifice our freedom as individuals?
Ron Paul's campaign was the closest in modern electoral history to being a campaign against the omnipotent presidency itself. His message to us was to grow up and take responsibility for our own lives and freedom, healing ourselves of the need for the mighty superhero to take care of us. But we have chosen instead, as Gregory puts it "to love and celebrate the presidency, looking to it as savior, moral guardian for the nation, stabilizer of the economy, provider of goods and necessities, protector against evil and liberator of the world." We have chosen to remain in the state of childhood, reveling in the adventures of our superheros.
Source: Lew Rockwell.com Our Enemy: The Presidency by Anthony Gregory ---
Remember Ron Paul, the candidate who annoyed reporters, the left and the right by trying to talk about the real issues facing Americans during the presidential contender's debate? Although he gets very little media coverage aside from ridicule, he is still around and trying to get Americans to wake up to the threat to their liberty presented by the forces behind globalization. His latest initiative is the Campaign for Liberty, which kicked off at the Rally for the Republic in Minneapolis from August 31st.
The Campaign is the largest organization for peace, freedom, the Constitution, and sound money in American history. It launched in grand fashion with lots of special guests, celebrities and media attention.
The mission of the Campaign for Liberty as stated is to promote and defend the great American principles of individual liberty, constitutional government, sound money, free markets, and noninterventionist foreign policy, by means of education and political activity.
The following is the statement of principles for the Campaign for Liberty. This statement eloquently reflects what Ron Paul tried to tell us during the debates but was not allowed to by the main stream media:
Americans inherit from their ancestors a glorious tradition of freedom and resistance to oppression. Our country has long been admired by the rest of the world for her great example of liberty and prosperity -- - a light shining in the darkness of tyranny.
But many Americans today are frustrated. The political choices they are offered give them no real choice at all. For all their talk of "change", neither major political party as presently constituted challenges the status quo in any serious way. Neither treats the Constitution with anything but contempt. Neither offers any kind of change in monetary policy. Neither wants to make the reductions in government that our crushing debt burden demands. Neither talks about bringing American troops home not just from Iraq but from around the world. Our country is going bankrupt, and none of these sensible proposals are even on the table.
The destructive bipartisan consensus has suffocated American political life for many years. Anyone who tries to ask fundamental questions instead of cosmetic ones is ridiculed or ignored.
The U.S. Constitution is at the heart of what the Campaign for Liberty stands for, since the very least we can demand of our government is fidelity to its own governing document. Claims that our Constitution was meant to be a "living document" that judges may interpret as they please are fraudulent, incompatible with republican government, and without foundation in the constitutional text or the thinking of the framers. Thomas Jefferson spoke of binding our rulers down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution, and we are proud to follow in his distinguished lineage.
With our Founding Fathers, we also believe in a noninterventionist foreign policy. Inspired by the old Robert Taft wing of the Republican Party, we are convinced that the American people cannot remain free and prosperous with 700 military bases around the world, troops in 130 countries, and a steady diet of war propaganda. Our military overstretch is undermining our national defense and bankrupting our country.
We believe that the free market, reviled by people who do not understand it, is the most just and human economic system and the greatest engine of prosperity the world has ever known.
We believe with Ludwig von Mises, Henry Hazlitt, and F.A. Hayek that central banking distorts economic decision making and misleads entrepreneurs into making unsound investments. Hayek won the Nobel Prize for showing how central banks' interference with interest rates sets the stage for economic downturns. And the central bank's ability to create money out of thin air transfers wealth from the most vulnerable to those with political pull, since it is the latter who receive the new money before the price increases it brings in its wake have yet occurred. For economic and moral reasons, therefore, we join the great twentieth-century economists in opposing the Federal Reserve System, which has reduced the value of the dollar by 95 percent since it began in 1913.
We oppose the dehumanizing assumption that all issues that divide us must be settled at the federal level and forced on every American community, whether by activist judges, a power-hungry executive, or a meddling Congress. We believe in the humane alternative of local self-government, as called for in our Constitution.
We oppose the transfer for American sovereignty to supranational organizations in which the American people possess no elected representatives. Such compromises of our country's independence run counter to the principles of the American Revolution, which was fought on behalf of self-government and local control. Most of these organizations have a terrible track record even on their own terms: how much poverty have the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund actually alleviated, for example? The peoples of the world can interact with each other just fine in the absence of bureaucratic intermediaries that undermine their sovereignty.
We believe that freedom is an indivisible whole, and that it includes not only economic liberty but civil liberties and privacy rights as well, all of which are historic rights that our civilization has cherished from time immemorial.
Our stances on other issues can be deduced from these general principles.
Our country is ailing. This is the bad news. The good news is that the remedy is so simple and attractive: a return to the principles our Founders taught us. Respect for the Constitution, the rule of law, individual liberty, sound money, and a noninterventionist foreign policy constitute the foundation of the Campaign for Liberty.
Reference: Mission and Policy Statements are from the Ron Paul's Campaign for Liberty website. If you have been moved by what you have read, you can donate to the Campaign at this website: (http://www.campaignforliberty.com/mission/) ---
It looks like about 66% of Americans will be happy when January 20, 2009 rolls around and a new president is inaugurated. And you will be happier still if the new president is the one you voted for. You know, the one who promised to support the things you believe in. After all, that's the criteria that should be important when deciding who to vote for. Or is it?
You've been told that as an educated voter you should study the issues, decide where you stand on them, and vote for the candidate who most closely stands where you stand on these issues.
If you believe that gays and minorities have certain collective rights, you vote Democratic.
If you believe that Christians have certain collective rights, you vote Republican.
If you believe in the rights of women to choose their reproductive destinies, you vote Democratic.
If you believe in the rights of the unborn, you vote Republican.
If you believe in spending on healthcare for everyone, you vote Democratic.
If you believe in preemptive war and defense spending, you vote Republican.
It's all fairly simple when the people asking the debate questions decide what the issues should be, ask their questions, and give you a chance to align your beliefs with a particular candidate based on his answers.
There is only one thing wrong with this approach. Voting your beliefs may ensure that if your candidate follows through with his campaign commitments and promises, he may be creating a future in which your beliefs do not matter anymore, because you may have lost your freedom to hold those beliefs.
Freedom and the Constitution
Most of us hated history class, or slept through it, and it was in history class that we were supposed to learn about the Constitution. So some review may be in order.
Let's start by looking at the last sentence of Article 2, Section 1. It's what the presidential winner will swear to when he or she is inaugurated in January:
"I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."
Keep this oath in mind as we explore other aspects of the Constitution.
Popular belief to the contrary, the Constitution does not grant you freedom or rights as a citizen of America. Your freedom was granted to you by your Creator, or by natural law. If you had been born in a place where no government existed, you would indeed be free, but your freedom would not be protected against the freedoms of another person. It was this concept that our forefathers had in mind when they wrote the Constitution. It wasn't to give us freedom, which would imply that we weren't free until the government bestowed freedom upon us. It was to create a government that not only allowed a person to retain his natural state of freedom as long as it did not interfere with the freedom of another person, but in turn protected his freedom against the interference of another person's exercising of his freedom.
The role of government under the Constitution is clear. The government established by the Constitution was created solely for the purpose of protecting the freedom with which we are all born.
The people who created the Constitution pledged their "lives, fortunes, and sacred honor" to gain this freedom from an oppressive government. It was critical to them to assure that no such government could ever exist in the US. Although these were mere men, they had learned first hand and understood how much freedom costs and how valuable it is. They wanted to ensure that their hard fought battles did not go to waste.
When a prosperous ancestor creates a trust with specific rules for the family he leaves behind, he ensures that if the rules are followed, the wealth he accumulated will be preserved for generations. But as time goes by the heirs have less and less appreciation for the sacrifice of the person who created the wealth for them, and they take what they have for granted and may squander it all by not following the rules. We are doing the same thing when we ignore the rules of the trust fund of freedom our forefathers have left for us.
Freedom is the Underpinning That Allows You to Have Beliefs
It is this freedom that has been entrusted to you by the ancestors of your country that allows you as an individual to believe what you choose to believe, and to freely express your beliefs so long as you do not interfere with another individual's rights to do the same.
The founding fathers were also intelligent enough to know that times and situations change. This is why the Constitution included instructions on how to change it should the times demand it. This is the process of amending the Constitution, or adding amendments. But this is a process that while simple, is not easy. And that is by design.
Our forefathers knew from their own experiences that the greatest threat to freedom was the government itself. That is why the power of the government is so limited under the Constitution. The forefathers realized that any law passed, regardless of the greatness of the intentions, has the potential to damage or limit the freedom of the individual, since the enforcement of that law would require some sacrifice of the people in money or personal liberty.
And they also knew that some idea or belief would become so compelling that enough citizens would decide to allow the government to enforce it as law. This is where free speech is so important. Free speech allows a way for these ideas or beliefs to come forth and be born. If the people discuss it and enough people agree, a Constitutional amendment can result. It is the power of the people to allow the government to make such changes to the Constitution as amendments. It is clearly stated in the Constitution that the government itself has no power to change or amend the Constitution.
Each time the government takes it upon itself to do something about an idea or belief in order to solve some perceived problem, the power of the government grows, and the power of the individual shrinks.
Many Americans don't realize the importance of the Constitution. As a result, the government has gained incredible power by creating laws to solve problems or enforce beliefs when they had absolutely no right to do so under the Constitution.
The Timelessness of the Constitution
There are many people who would like to continue influencing the government to violate the Constitution and add amendments to support their beliefs. These people are quite adept at trying to make you think that the Constitution has grown mold on it and should be thrown out or replaced. What many Americans have not taken the time to think about is that the Constitution is not a stale archaic document that has outlasted its usefulness. The Constitution is the ultimate contract between we the people and our government. We the people dictated the terms. Every time the government goes ahead and does what it wants to do, that it isn't allowed to do under the Constitution, it violates that contract.
When who you vote for is based on your beliefs instead of being based on selecting the candidate most capable of doing the job they swear to do, you are saying in essence that it is okay with you that the government violates its contract with the people as long as it is violating it to promote what you believe in.
If it is okay for the government to violate its contract with the people to promote the beliefs you hold, what happens when government leaders change (as they always do), and the new group holds beliefs that are contrary to yours? Will it be okay with you then for the leaders of this new regime to violate its contract with the people to promote its own beliefs?
Maybe it will be okay with you if your candidate loses. Then you can blame the party that voted on their beliefs for ruining the country. If you are a Republican, you can blame the Democrats if their universal healthcare scheme bankrupts the country and reduces the quality of care available. If you are a Democrat, you can blame the Republicans if their war drags on and on, bankrupts the country and results in continued loss of lives. The thing about both of these results of voting for beliefs is that there is nothing in the Constitution that allows them to do this to begin with. But you won't know that if you haven't read the Constitution.
Of course, neither party wants you to realize what's going on, because if you did understand, when the out-of-power party regained power, it wouldn't be able to violate this contract themselves. And this is why the people asking the questions at the debates focus on the beliefs of the candidates, so you will continue to vote your beliefs rather than voting based on the only thing that should really matter: the person with the best ability to do the job they are being sworn to do, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.
Reference: This article is based on the column Ron Paul Rolls On Despite Super Tuesday Primary Results by John Armstrong
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Proof that the Mass Media is being controlled and threatened by the government and by the global elites:
You will not hear about most of these things on the mainstream media (CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, New York Times, etc.) For reasons why, see my NWO page and search for "mass media", "the lie launderers", "DisInformation", "free press", "Peddling Influence", etc. Most of the Mass Media submits their reports to the White House for "editing" and "approval" prior to publishing in exchange for "the inside track" to White House "strategies"; there are numerous articles on the internet about this, if you search for them.
Here are some additional examples (excerpts and links -- search above on this page for these sections to see the rest of the articles):
The Lie Launderers (DisInformation) Exclusive: David Kupelian shows how spreading disinformation is Job 1 for elite media... (rest of article is elsewhere on this page)
Sussing Sequestration Originator Will Get You Yelled At And Threatened By Judi McLeod http://www.canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/53437 From the Official White House Rules Not Being Followed Book: When President Barack Obama yells "BOO!", all should quiver in their well-worn winter boots. When he insists "The Sky is Falling!" via media propaganda, all should run for cover. Even with the Obama-designed sequestration media hype spread as thickly as mayo on a Governor Chris Christie sandwich, only one out of four Americans believe the overworked sequestration will directly affect them. Is this why the world's first Celebrity President and his bully boy minion Gene Sperling, who got to yell at celebrated journalist Bob Woodward for a half an hour before threatening him "you'll regret this" are losing their cool these days?...
The Obama-Media vs. Bob Woodward By Arnold Ahlert http://www.canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/53454 As the result of his efforts to recount the genesis, and likely effects, of sequestration, the across-the-board spending cuts slated to begin Friday, Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward is getting a taste of what happens to those who challenge the Obama-Democrat-media machine...
Bob Woodward Retreats: Death of the Free Media http://www.canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/53510 Last week establishment journalist Bob Woodward of Watergate fame walked back the initial reports that claimed he had been threatened by the Obama White House's economic adviser Gene Sperling regarding his reporting that President Obama had moved the goal post on the sequester by seeking additional taxes/revenue. Woodward insisted that he had never used the word "threat."...
...Not much has changed. The next 165 years of warfare in the United States are filled with lies, deceit, false flag operations, imperialistic conquest, and state-sponsored media propaganda. Those who dared question the official stories were vilified and dismissed as unpatriotic conspiracy theorists.
...The second essential component is control of the media. It is controlled through business fashion. If the board meeting, or the management meeting, or the sales meeting, or the training meeting suggests that facts should be presented in a certain way, who is going to present them differently? There is an implied threat to one's job and one's career. Few people would gladly face demotion, retrenchment or the dole and most people are so ambitious they will do nearly anything "reasonable" to court favour with their superiors. This is how business is controlled and the media is the most important part of business, for it controls people's minds. People are very suggestible and often lend more credence to what they see on "the box" than to what happens on their own street. The Illuminati know this and use this suggestibility factor to the full. Lenin's key move during the Russian revolution was the capture of the radio station.
...The third factor in the control system is the universities, and through them the whole education system. Particular effort is put into the schools of sociology, politics, economics and education, hence "liberal" systems of education which are often degenerate and even violent. Their men are inserted into the universities through the power of funding by big business. They then spread their influence downwards through tertiary to secondary and primary education.
...The Matrix always wins. For a political party or candidate to gain any power, she needs substantial financial and media support. By providing or denying that support, the Matrix decides which party plays any significant role in legislative or executive and which candidate makes it to the top of this party. No party and candidate will receive the required support, without having gained the trust of the Matrix that they will be her loyal servants.
Fear, Intimidation and Media Disinformation http://www.thetruthseeker.co.uk/?p=11378 Wars and depressions, modern art and culture, new age religion, sexual "liberation" and feminism, are all part of this design. The role of historians and the mass media is to obscure this plan and to beguile the masses into thinking they are free and their leaders represent their interests...
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Jon Rappoport The author of an explosive new collection, THE MATRIX REVEALED, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free emails at www.nomorefakenews.com Also see Jon's many great books and MP3's: http://marketplace.mybigcommerce.com/categories/Jon-Rappoport/ http://www.nomorefakenews.com/cds.html
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Freedom Force International is a network of men and women from all parts of the world who are concerned over loss of personal liberty and expansion of government power. They are not mere complainers. They have a plan to do something about it. They also share a common belief in The Creed of Freedom, which is a statement of principles that guide them in their mission to build a better world. http://www.freedom-force.org/
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The Health Project (http://www.lightparty.com/Health/Health.html) A marvellous site maintained by Da Vid, M.D., a caring and concerned physician. Many outstanding articles on all subjects touching on alternative medicine.
The Gerson Institute (http://www.gerson.org/index.shtml) The first and best source of info that originated with Dr. Max Gerson on beating cancer through diet and juicing. His work is being ably carried forward by daughter Charlotte Gerson. A wealth of information. Obtain her latest book, The Gerson Therapy ($17)
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Dr Lorraine Day (http://www.drday.com) A former San Francisco surgeon who beat cancer through diet and an unshakable belief in God and Spirit to heal those who wish to be healed.
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Gary Null's Natural Living (http://www.garynull.com/) " Well-documented research & practical information on the nature and politics of medicine, health, nutrition & environment, including facts omitted by conventional media." Gary Null is America's best known authority on natural health. His daily radio program on Pacifica Radio is nothing less than a graduate-level "classroom on the air".
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Persian Gulf War Syndrome (http://www.chronicillnet.org/PGWS/) For the latest information, references and resources regarding this tragic reality of war, biological weapons, and the immune system effects of drug and chemical reactions.
The Institute for Molecular Medicine (http://www.immed.org/) This is the web site of Drs Garth & Nancy Nicholson who have done much to uncover the lies, deceit, and denial that the government has promoted concerning Gulf War Illness and associated disease conditions such as Mycoplasma Fermentens which is showing up in the fallout analysed from Chemtrail sprayings and making many people ill.
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Natural Immunity Information Network (http://members.xoom.com/niin/) A network of concerned parents dedicated to the helping other parents make informed choices for the health and well-being of their children and themselves.
International Coalition for Drug Awareness (http://www.drugawareness.org/home.html) Fed up with the pro-drug propaganda/commercials you get on TV and radio? Here's a place where you can get some REAL information.
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Wilhelm Reich Orgone Energy (http://www.orgone.org/orgonacc00.htm) Wilhelm Reich was one of the greatest scientists of the 20th century who, because of his discoveries and applications of an unlimited source of free energy from the cosmos which he termed Orgone, was persecuted and jailed by the Federal government on trumped up charges in order to shut him down and shut him up. He died under "mysterious circumstances" in federal prison in 1957. The formal name of this site is the Orgone Biophysical Research Lab. It is well organized by James DeMeo and contains excellent articles and references for building Orgone accumulators, etc. Highly recommended.
Sympathetic Vibratory Physics & John Keeley (http://www.svpvril.com/) John Keeley was another turn-of-the-century genius who discovered an incredible source of limitless energy based on sounds and vibratory energies.
JL Naudin Labs (France) (http://jnaudin.free.fr) Excellent free energy site with great graphics and detailed explanations. One of the best.
Keeley Net (http://www.keelynet.com) Developed and maintained by Jerry Decker. Excellent discussion list with complete archieves.
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Dr. Harold Aspden (http://www.energyscience.co.uk/) A close associate and collaborator of Robert Adams, Dr. Aspden has a huge web site loaded with tutorials and discourses on his theories which corresponds with Adam's view of ether science. Very well written lectures.
Adams Motor Research (http://pages.quicksilver.net.nz/arthorp/) Andrew Thorp is a young man who lives near inventor Robert Adams in New Zealand. He's been spending his spare time researching the Adams motor and coming up with real solutions for the non-disclosed requirements to make the motor work. He's doing a great job and deserves a lot of credit for his efforts.
Free Patents Online (http://www.freepatentsonline.com/) FreePatentsOnline.com provides fast, easy-to-use access to millions of patents. Attorneys use this data for patent searching. Inventors too. Researchers use it to keep up on the latest developments in their field. And everyone can use it just to browse all the interesting (and sometimes crazy!) ideas that are out there. FreePatentsOnline.com now provides free PDF downloads. Many sites charge $2 - $5 each to compile individual image files into a PDF and let you download it. We do it for free!
Swiss Patent Documents (http://www.espacenet.ch/intro/introen.htm) Technology and patent information is one of the most important assessment instruments used by research and development departments in innovative companies. To increase the general awareness of the wealth of information contained in patent documents, Switzerland and other members of the European Patent Organisation have set up a patent database known as esp@cenet. US Government Patent & Trademark Office (http://www.uspto.gov/)
All The Web (http://www.alltheweb.com) This search engine may be a good alternative to use when Google fails to produce the info you are seeking. Someone on the E-Y Discussion Forum mentioned that at least one anti New World Order web site was systematically being stripped from Google which means that Google can no longer be trusted, right along with AOL and Yahoo (CIA controlled).
Google (http://www.google.com) Google is undoubtedly the most popular seach engine used by most people, but I received a cautionary e-mail about Google's monitoring and data colection from their users, that you may want to consider an alternative search engine.
Scroogle (http://scroogle.org) This search engine was mentioned in the above e-mail as an alternative to Google which will give you the same results, but without the tracking of your IP address and click thru links.
Cliff Carnicom (http://www.carnicom.com/contrails.htm) Good site for chemtrail infomation, but overly cautious and worried about upsetting The Powers That Be to call a spade a spade. Informative all the same. .
Radar Matrix (http://www.radarmatrix.com/ ) Incredible pictures of not only of chemtrails, but astounding radar images of EMF bombardment and broadcasting that this government is raining down on its citizens. Great pictures of the weather effects from HAARP. Lots of good stuff there. Check it out.
Alex Jones, Info Wars.com (http://www.infowars.com/) No one tells it as straight as syndicated radio host Alex Jones. He knows what the Illuminati is trying to do to destroy the United States and its people and he doesn't mince words in calling out the traitors who are collaborating with the Luciferians. You can listen to his radio show over the Internet. One of the best.
Archive.org (http://web.archive.org/) You can still access web sites that have gone off the Internet by going to this Internet archieves web site and type in the url of the defunct web site. All the pages posted by that web site can be found and their dates of posting as well.
The Emperor's New Clothes (http://emperors-clothes.com/) The headline logo reads: " Piercing a Fog of Lies"-and that it does! Excellent, top rate NWO exposure
Branton (http://www.angelfire.com/ut/branton/) Bruce Allan Walton is the real name of "Branton", a man who was way out front in posting very deep black ops info on the internet from Day One. His articles on the huge Ducle, New Mexico underground base, the continuation of the Nazi empire here in America, Mt Shasta alien activity, the MOntauk Project, the list goes on and on. HIghly recommended.
Police & Military Against the New World Order (http://www.jackmclamb.org/) Officer Jack Lamb <Jack@cybrquest.com> has been trying to alert America's policemen and military personnel that without their cooperation, there will be no New World Order takeover and destruction of this country. The NWO manipulators require the loyalty of America's police and military to imprison and betray their fellow countrymen when the mass roundups and detentions are ordered under the ruse of a "national emergency". It has been estimated that there are perhaps 1-2 million Russian, Chinese, and German militray troops hidden deep within underground bases in America and Canada who are on standby status waiting for their orders to flood into America's cities as UN 'Peacekeepers' when a national emergency and martial law are declared. American policemen and military troops need to defend their families and friends against these foreign invaders and not assist the UN mercenaries in destroying America and its people. If you know someone who is a policaman or in the military, send them to this web site and READ.
J. Orlin Grabbe (http://orlingrabbe.com/homepage.html) J Orlin Grabbe's writing came to my attention via an article he recently wrote concerning Ted Gunderson and Michael Riconoscuito meeting Osma Bin Ladin in 1986 in a hotel room in Sherman Oaks, California. When I visited Grabbe's web site, I realized that I hit the Mother Lode of NWO Investigative Gold. This guy's output is incredible! Go there and you'll see what I mean.
The Earth Rainbow Network (http://www.cybernaute.com/earthconcert2000/) "The Earth Rainbow Network, founded in February 1997, currently has an extensive list of more than 1900 people in approximatelty 50 countries sharing information, visions and feedbacks on a broad range of subjects as a way to expand and deepen global awareness and the sense of forming a global spiritual community gradually empowering itself to contribute in shaping the future of this world." Great web site. Jean Hudon runs the keyboard.
David Icke ( http://www.davidicke.com) David Icke has been vigorously exposing the NWO story for a number of years now. His articles and books are always penetrating and very well documented. Don't miss this site. David's undoubtedly the most worrisome thorn in the side of the NWO because his work is so decisively accurate. He's one of the best, bar none.
William Cooper (http://www.williamcooper.com/) I first came to understand the immensity and seriousness of the New World Order story through the writings of Bill Cooper's book, Behold a Pale Horse. He has an excellent web site and many audio shows are available. Bill was killed in a shootout with local police on Nov. 8, 2001, but his work is being carried on. Americans owe a debt of gratitude to the memory of William Cooper..
The Spectrum Newspaper (www.TheSpectrumNews.org) For the full range and spectrum of cutting-edge news that you will not find through traditional media sources.
The Story Behind the Story (http://www.thestorybehindthestory.com/) Hosts Warren Anderson and Steve Miner address "honesty in government and accountability in media" in this diverse website that includes globalism, new sciences, the War on Drugs, emerging technologies, the mind/body connection, and much, much more. The Center for An Informed America (http://davesweb.cnchost.com/) This is a wonderful web site. Dave McGowan is sharp as a tack and sees through all the propaganda with X ray vision. Go there and read. (Our thanks to Brice Taylor for sending us this top site)
Bilderberg.org (http://www.Bilderberg.org/) The Bilderbergers don't really formulate the NWO agenda. Hidden "councils" higher up the food chain make those decisions, but the Bilderbergers are logistic grunts who coordinate and implement the decided agenda. Excellent insights and corroboration of the Nazi connection to the NWO (the NWO is EXACTLY the same plan that Hilter was pushing in the 1930's. The Nazis never really lost the war. They went undersgound. The NWO is the 4th Reich). Here are their mirror sites in case you lose the original off the net:
The Patriot (http://www.geocities.com/CapitolHill/6627/onnews2.html) An Extensive Patriotic Resource Center. Information, News, & Talk Radio including mainstream and alternative newspapers, magazines, web sites, news services, and radio talk shows exposing the deception of the New World Order.
Rumor Mill News (http://www.rumormillnews.com) Wide range of atlernative news and links. Generally good stuff, but also a good place to pick up CIA driven disinfo.
Serbian Network (Srpska Mreza) (http://www.srpska-mreza.com/) Seems the Serbs aren't too thrilled with the Illumin-Nazis either. Global Vision International (http://www.g-vision.com/) Organized by Kanan Alexander, this web site offers articles and video tapes on alternative health, conspiracy, NWO, suppressed info, more.
The Insider (http://www.theinsider.org/) From their web site: "The Insider" reports the latest facts in the debate on some of the most serious conspiracy theories currently in the public domain. We document the best evidence available from the most credible sources, such as national newspapers and official government websites. "The Insider" Reports provide a significant new insight into major international issues - including as globalisation and the New World Order, and answer essential questions about modern international affairs. This evidence is so conclusive that we guarantee it will leave you in absolutely no doubt about who is in control or what their secret agenda is.
The Funky Pretzel (http://funkypretzel.com ) Doug Duff's common sense insights and observations about the NWO agenda and how to counter it, from a Christian perspective. Down to earth and interesting reading.
Reflections of Light (http://home.earthlink.net/ -- reflectionsoflight/) "Mauri" is a survivor of satanic ritual abuse whose goal is to convince a skeptical public about the dangers of the cults that surround us. Essays on Mind Control, Armageddon, Ritual Abuse, the Ten Commandments, and Nazi Physics versus Newton and Einstein.
Bilderberg.org (http://www.Bilderberg.org/) The Bilderbergers don't really formulate the NWO agenda. Hidden "councils" higher up the food chain make those decisions, but the Bilderbergers are logistic grunts who coordinate and implement the decided agenda. Excellent insights and corroboration of the Nazi connection to the NWO (the NWO is EXACTLY the same plan that Hilter was pushing in the 1930's. The Nazis never really lost the war. They went undersgound. The NWO is the 4th Reich). Here are their mirror sites in case you lose the original off the net:
Radiation Health Foundation Inc. ( http://www.rhfweb.com ) This web site is simply loaded with top notch articles on electronic mind control and EMF radiation hazards. More importantly, they do an admirable job of explaining to you how and why these secret technologies work and what you can do about it. Absolutely first rate information here. Do not miss this web site!
Advocacy Committee for Human Experimentation Survivors & Mind Control ( http://www.aches-mc.org/ ) ACHES-MC, originally founded for survivors of mind control experimentation, has identified additional survivors of other nonconsensual experimentation. These survivors include children, prisoners, mentally incapacitated and military personnel and their families-those who cannot freely give consent.
Survivorship ( http://www.survivorship.org/ ) For survivors of ritualistic abuse, mind control, and torture, and their allies. Survivorship is a non-profit organization created to support the healing of adult survivors of ritualized abuse. We are a truly grassroots organization totally supported by membership fees and donations. We accept no federal, state, or private grant monies. We are run for and bysurvivors and their allies.
Citizens Against Human Rights Abuse By Neurological and Electromagnetic Weapons (http://www.dcn.davis.ca.us/ -- welsh/ ) Citizens Against Human Rights Abuse (C.A.H.R.A.) was formed by a group of victims of alleged nonconsensual human experimentation involving electromagnetic and neurological weapon testing programs by the U.S. and other governments. The specific purpose of this group is to stop the currently ongoing nonconsensual human experimentation by the U.S. and other governments. The group will use research and documentation, networking and organization to reach a timely solution. Victims organized this group to pool their time and resources and to network with each other, just as the Gulf War Vets and also radiation victims did. (contact: Cheryl Welsh <email@example.com>)
David Roscoe on Psychotronics (http://mediamatrix.puissante.com/) David has a fantastic web site laying out the secret government program of electronic mind control/influencing called psychotronics. It's real and it's coming to your neighborhood soon. He also presents compelling documentation of government cover-ups and 'beneficial coincidences' aiding the Political Establishment.
Reflections of Light (http://home.earthlink.net/ -- reflectionsoflight/) "Mauri" is a survivor of satanic ritual abuse whose goal is to convince a skeptical public about the dangers of the cults that surround us. Essays on Mind Control, Armageddon, Ritual Abuse, the Ten Commandments, and Nazi Physics versus Newton and Einstein. ---
Freedom Force International is a network of men and women from all parts of the world who are concerned over loss of personal liberty and expansion of government power. They are not mere complainers. They have a plan to do something about it. They also share a common belief in The Creed of Freedom, which is a statement of principles that guide them in their mission to build a better world. http://www.freedom-force.org/
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Chemtrails: plenty of information that will convince any reasonable person that they are real, causing sickness and death to us, trees and plantlife, animals, and our planet, as well as what to do about them: more information about what to do about radiation, heavy metals, GMO foods, pesticides, organic gardening, etc. See: http://www.distance-healer.com/Chemtrails.htmlNew World Order / NWO page: information about the global elites' plan for one world government, Agenda 21 / 'Sustainable Development', ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, etc.: http://www.distance-healer.com/NWO.html
See my "Get Active" page for what we all MUST do to Take America Back, and for a great collection of educational articles from various authors about politics, public schooling, democracy, immigration, multiculturalism/"diversity", hate speech legislation, freedom, rights, movie ratings for parents concerned about what their kids are exposed to, terrorism, morals, values, parenting, offshore oil, evolution, global warming, etc.: http://www.distance-healer.com/links_125.html