By Gary Starr For The Neville Awards Posted 10/17/08
Rev. Wright, Jesse Jackson, Louie Farrakhan, Bill Ayres, Ward Churchill, Rashid Khalidi, Angela Davis et al, are all earning hundreds of thousands if not millions of dollars per year. They enjoy and PROFIT from all of the benefits this great country has to offer, and yet claim they are living in a fascist police state. They are, in short, classic leftist con artists and cheap political grifters preying on the poor, the idealistic and the politically naive. In other words the U.S. taxpayer and the country as a whole is the mark.
Imagine no possessions…
(Except for the five apartments at the Dakota Yoko bought me when I was on a one year bender in LA with Harry Nilson and raising Sean for 7 years...)
It's easy if you try…
No Hell below us…above us only sky By John Lennon (if he had been writing truthfully and not believing his own "working class hero" press garbage)
With the collapse of the brash, tacky and over-the-top anti-war movement of the 1960's, the radicals went back to work…very quietly. Using Saul Alinsky as their mentor and Alinsky's Rules for Radicals as their playbook the attack has been stealthy and brilliant. It has been a slow, methodical and clever infestation of our government, the media, academia and our largest urban areas - New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Detroit, etc. It has been going on since the 1970's.
To further understand how the New Left hijacked the Democratic Party we refer you to the following resources:
From David Horowitz the most comprehensive online guide to the tentacles of the New Left in the United States
Discover the Networks
In 2006 two important books were published about the LA lifestyle in Laurel Canyon in the 1960's and 70's: Laurel Canyon by Michael Walker and Hotel California by Barney Hoskyns.
We know the artists, the songs, and the behind-the-scenes players. The songs were the soundtrack for that period. The scene included The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, The Eagles, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Joni Mitchell, Linda Rondstadt, James Taylor, Carol King, Randy Newman, Jackson Browne, Mama Cass, Frank Zappa, David Geffen, Lenny Waronker and Elliot Roberts. They were a veritable cornucopia of navel-gazing, self-obsessed hippie narcissists.
What did they all have in common? They started off poor, hungry, and with a drive to make it. They all did. They got rich singing and publishing songs of peace, anti-war angst, inner meaning, loneliness, love won and lost, and what have you.
When these proto-capitalist/hippies got their piece of the pie the scene switched from funky-divey Laurel Canyon to trendy Bel Air, but the message stayed the same... a thinly veiled leftist charge that, at its heart, made everyone who profited hypocrites of the highest order. While the public message was peace, love, sharing and understanding, behind the curtain it was all about the money and as cutthroat as any Big Oil boardroom.
Legendary producer and musician Jimmy Webb said it best in Hotel California:
"I was instinctively drawn to people like Joni, because I knew she was a real artist. But I wasn't welcomed with open arms. You had to prove that you were a dyed-in-the-wool left-winger and that you'd been to the barricades. I'd achieved fame and fortune with very outspoken middle-of-the-roaders like Glen Campbell, who'd had John Wayne on his television show. So I came into this world of exquisite artists that I really wanted to be on intimate terms with, having to explain that I, too, used drugs and was really very hip."
So it goes with leftists…present the struggling revolutionary to the public while cleaning up on the side. It's been going on since the Bolshevik Revolution.
From the folks who brought you the 1968 riots, the disastrous Chicago Democratic National Convention of 1968 and the Chicago 7 trial, enter the Radicals from Chicago.
What does the Laurel Canyon crowd have in common with the Radicals from Chicago? Let's meet the players:
Terrorist and jihadist enabler Barack Obama
Weather Underground terrorist/bomber turned "respected" college professor and education "reformer" William Ayres
Liberation Theology and Trinity Church preaching, America-hating and Jew-hating Rev. Jeremiah Wright
Nation of Islam leading America-hating and Jew-hating Louis Farrakhan
All of these guys started out as "community organizer" and religious "icon" street activists on the Southside of Chicago. They were peddling the message of hope and change to the poor community. But most importantly they were preaching "The Man done you wrong and it's time for some payback". And the victim and grievance business was good.
Liberals, in their endless and shameless class warfare game, are very fond of the following shibboleth: "you can't balance the budget on the backs of the poor by giving tax breaks to the rich." But if there was ever a group of leftist con men who balanced their own budgets on the backs of the very poor people they were professing to help it was The Four Horseman of the Barackopolis.
The Four Horseman did get paid...big time. While the communities they worked in are still (I'm shocked….SHOCKED!) urban crap holes, Ayres, Wright, Farrakhan and Obama all live within a few blocks of each other in toney Hyde Park, a few miles and a million economic miles away from the folks they have been preying on for the last 40 years. Obama, when questioned about this rogue's gallery, routinely says 'so and so is not an advisor and not a member of my campaign,' and the "in-the-tank-press" just nods their collective noggins in agreement. But these leftist scumbags from Obama's past keep crawling out from under the rocks.
Like the Laurel Canyon crowd that conned the white middle class into buying the vinyl and the CD's with the peace message, the Four Horseman conned the black community promising some payback and a better life. But, amazingly, the poor are still poor. In fact, while the Four Horseman of the Barackopolis are living large in Hyde Park, the murder rate in South Chicago has gone through the roof. The education "reforms" pushed by Ayres and the Chicago Annenburg Challenge (CAC), administered by Obama, were a failure, and any "organizing" Obama did obviously was an amazing "success"….NOT. Obama's efforts were more about Obama's career and street cred than actually improving conditions on the ground.
But these four con artists got rich in the process. Now they want to do to the rest of us what they did to Chicago.
In his autobiography Radical Son, ex-60's radical-turned-conservative, David Horowitz tells the story of working at the influential left wing rag Ramparts in the 1960's with Todd Gitlin (now a professor of journalism at Columbia University) and Robert Scheer (recently fired from the LA Times in 2007) . A small sidenote here: Scheer and ex-LA Times editor Michael Kinsley were both fired but they were continually showing up in the Sunday Editorial section until, due to a loss of circulation and advertising revenue, the paper drastically cut sections out of the publication, notably the Opinion and Book section. But I digress. Horowitz and Scheer parted ways at Ramparts. Horowitz later ran into Scheer in Los Angeles. Scheer was all decked out in establishment clothing. Horowitz questioned the new look and Scheer said "I'm working at the LA Times….I'm going to bore from within."
In that one statement Scheer crystallized the New Left's strategy… an ongoing effort since the 1970's to undermine the media, academia and the cities and become part of the process by joining the establishment they railed against as young 60's radicals.
The media, academia and the cities have one thing in common...they are all run by liberals and socialists. And the socialists and liberals have managed to ruin all three institutions without a peep or a challenge coming from the American people. Now, unlike the liberals and social activists who don't hold real jobs, us regular folks can be partially forgiven because we are actually busy earning a living and raising kids. We have lives. But our 'mandatory sleep period' has ended…it's time for the folks to walk and chew gum…time for a little multi-tasking.
Let's examine these three institutions one by one.
Our Universities have devolved into little more than socialist propaganda mills where
diversity, multiculturalism and politically correct campus speech codes are the order of the day. There are all manner of radical student groups on campus supporting women's rights, black rights, Hispanic rights, gay rights, Muslim rights, terrorist's rights, affirmative action, smoking bans and global warming. Pick an aggrieved group and there is a student group supporting it.
There are endless "soft studies" departments including women's studies, black studies, Hispanic studies, Arab studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Pacific Islander studies, peace studies, ethnic studies. These fake programs prepare the students for nothing more than a career in academia (or a career in the overthrow of the United States) so the same useless, politically correct fluff can be recycled. We liken it to kids in Pakistan sitting in a madrassa reciting the Koran, which prepares them to be a dysfunctional adult living in a dysfunctional society.
In truth, these idiotic college programs are little more than ethnic and grievance platforms for aging 1960's barely-functional beard-scratching radicals to sound off about Bush, the war on terror, women earning 70 cents for every dollar a man earns, endless white suppression of minorities, and how "white man's greed runs a world in need." David Horowitz has written extensively about these frauds in his book The Professors-The 101 Most Dangerous Academics in America. Of late, the anti-American rants and screeds have spilled over to the science, math and history programs. These professors were probably feeling a little left out. The work of America-hating historian Howard Zinn, especially A People's History of the United States, is required reading for all budding radicals and the unfortunate captive audiences just trying to get a degree.
The situation on campus is so dysfunctional that, on graduation day, students are demanding separate but equal graduation ceremonies based on race and/or religion. There just wasn't enough time for the "professors" to explain Brown vs. Board of Education 1954 to all of these busy 'Che' wannabes.
Here are just a handful of the most notorious professors wasting our time and money at the college level:
Let's have a look at our girl's resume:
Tenured Communist professor at the University of California's Santa Cruz campus
Former member of the Black Panther Party
Recipient of the Lenin "Peace Prize" from the police state of East Germany in 1979
Provided an arsenal of weapons to Black Panthers who used them to kill a Marin Country judge in a failed attempt to free Davis' imprisoned lover, Black Panther murderer George Jackson
Sacred cow of the New Left and frequent guest speaker at anti-war rallies
Earns, at taxpayer expense, a six-figure salary. This income is supplemented by speaking fees ranging from $10,000 to $20,000 per appearance on college campuses.
Leader of a movement to free all minority criminals claiming that they are political prisoners of the oppressive white system.
Notable quote: "The only path of liberation for black people is that which leads toward complete and radical overthrow of the capitalist class."
Davis has also taught at UCLA and the State University of New York at Stony Brook, also at taxpayer expense.
What a classy gal…just don't bring her home to meet the parents unless they have voted or are voting for Obama.
Dedicated his 1974 book Prairie Fire to Sirhan Sirhan...the loser who shot Robert Kennedy.
Founding member of the Weather Underground along with Terrorist wife Bernardine Dorhn.
During the 1960's he bombed the Pentagon and The U.S. Capital in protesting the Vietnam War.
His case was dismissed on a technicality.
Recast himself as a respected University professor in Chicago where he has worked on education "reforms"
Set up the Chicago Annenburg Challenge (CAC) to pump $150,000,000 into schools. Most of the money went to Ayes' pet radical school programs. These failed projects were little more than left wing madrassas that taught Afro-Centric anti-American propaganda.
Ayres hired Barack Obama to administer the Chicago Annenburg Challenge (CAC) money.
Concerning the bombings of the 1960's Ayres said: "I feel we didn't do enough".
Describes himself as an avowed leftist and "small c" communist.
Held a fundraiser at his home for Obama that helped launch Obama's political career.
Ayres is a real gem…he should be in jail for the bombings but the Feds blew the case. "Guilty as sin, free as a bird" says Ayres.
Note to Bill Ayres & Co.: you were boring and tedious forty years ago and you are still boring, tedious and pathetic in your dotage...just an old, balding dippy hippie with a little earring (very edgy), now earning a six-figure salary, spouting warmed over Marxist/Maoist claptrap at taxpayer's expense...a Ward Churchill clone.
Excerpted from an Oct 16, 2008 article by Sol Stern in the Wall Street Journal:
Ayers Is No Education 'Reformer' - The new media spin is worse than Obama's original evasion.
One of the most misleading statements during the presidential debates was when Barack Obama claimed that William Ayers was just "a guy in the neighborhood."
But that piece of spin is nothing compared to the false story now being peddled by Mr. Obama's media supporters that Mr. Ayers -- who worked with the Democratic nominee for years to disperse education grants through a group called the Chicago Annenberg Challenge -- has redeemed his terrorist past. In the New York Times, for example, Frank Rich writes that "establishment Republicans and Democrats alike have collaborated with the present-day Ayers in educational reform."
I've studied Mr. Ayers's work for years and read most of his books. His hatred of America is as virulent as when he planted a bomb at the Pentagon. And this hatred informs his educational "reform" efforts. Of course, Mr. Obama isn't going to appoint him to run the education department. But the media mainstreaming of a figure like Mr. Ayers could have terrible consequences for the country's politics and public schools.
The education career of William Ayers began when he enrolled at Columbia University's Teachers College at the age of 40. He planned to stay long enough to get a teaching credential. But he experienced an epiphany in a course offered by Maxine Greene, who urged future teachers to tell children about the evils of the existing, oppressive capitalist social order. In her essay "In Search of a Critical Pedagogy," for example, Ms. Greene wrote of an education that would portray "homelessness as a consequence of the private dealings of landlords, an arms buildup as a consequence of corporate decisions, racial exclusion as a consequence of a private property-holder's choice."
That was music to the ears of the ex-Weatherman. Mr. Ayers acquired a doctorate in education and landed an Ed school appointment at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).
The Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies at Columbia University.
Presides over a $300,000 annual grant from the federal government.
Former operative and publicity guy for the PLO.
Supporter of "legitimate Palestinian resistance" (terrorism) that results in the deaths of Israeli civilians.
Rejects the two-state solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Facilitated the visit by Iranian strongman Mahmoud Ahmedinijad to Columbia University in 2007.
Traded his kefiyah for a suit and tie so he wouldn't look like a scary terrorist when he became a "respected professor".
I wanna party with that guy…
The Obama connection: before joining the leftist cabal at Columbia Rashid Khalidi was a professor at the University of Chicago, where he served as Director of both the Center for Middle Eastern Studies and the Center for International Studies (so what else is new?). While at Chicago U. Khalidi held a fundraiser for Obama. What is it about Obama's terrorist connections and fundraisers?
The route to journalistic respect and reward runs through Todd Gitlin's class at the "prestigious" Columbia School of Journalism. Of course only the choir refers to Columbia's journalism school as prestigious…we prefer the Columbia School of the Big Lie for Propagandists in Training.
Gitlin used to waste paper and ink at the left wing rag 'Ramparts' along with Robert Scheer and David Horowitz before gaining "respectability" in the 'Moscow on the Hudson' think tank.
Ward Churchill is the disgraced and fired University of Colorado Ethnic Studies "professor" who called the 3000 people killed at the Trade center "little Eichmanns."
Surprisingly that remark did not get him fired. It was found that he was pretending to be Native American and had plagiarized a few of his writings. That's what really pissed off the powers that be at the University of Colorado. It took over a year for the university to dump this jerk.
To listen to a few of his incoherent rants on YouTube it becomes obvious that this man is truly insane...and he was earning over $100,000 per year on the taxpayer dime.
The aforementioned "professorial" creatures are an affront to every concept of what a university education is supposed to be. They are stealing from the public and are perpetrating a fraud on the students and the alumni of these universities. They are grifters and the university is the mark. They know what they are...now you know who they are.
Isn't it odd that all of these people who profess their unending contempt for this country through their own rhetoric...Rev. Wright, Jesse Jackson, Louie Farrakhan, Bill Ayres, Ward Churchill, Rashid Khalidi, Angela Davis et al, are all earning hundreds of thousands if not millions of dollars per year. They enjoy and PROFIT from all of the benefits this great country has to offer, and yet claim they are living in a fascist police state. They are, in short, classic leftist con artists and cheap political grifters preying on the poor, the idealistic and the politically naive. In other words the U.S. taxpayer and the country as a whole is the mark.
Perhaps they should give Iran, Syria, Egypt, Cuba, North Korea, Venezuela or any of the toilets around the world they profess to love a try. We would gladly pay the airfare for a one way ticket.
At $15,000-$30,000 per year for tuition Mom and Dad should be concerned if they are getting their money's worth for Junior's education at these elite education propaganda mills and Ivy League mental institutions of higher learning.
A better deal for cash-strapped parents would be to send the little geniuses to a smaller college like California State University at Northridge (CSUN for those in the know). At a much lower tuition rate Junior can thrill to the anti-American rants of one Rudolfo Acuna, a tenured pro-Reconquista Hispanic Studies professor who teaches that California is really part of Mexico. Ivy League Anti-American Studies at Walmart prices. Who knew?
What happened to actual subjects and universities as centers of advanced learning?
The situation is little better at the high school and junior high school level. The liberal controlled teachers unions have made it impossible to fire incompetent teachers and have blocked all attempts to give parents a choice as to where they send their kids. The teachers unions actively resist school vouchers because their power rests in their control of federal and state dollars. Parents can't choose to send their children to a better school even if they wanted to. So inner city kids are stuck in failing schools.
The diversity celebrating, multicultural-loving, leftist agenda is also on full display. Our kids are being taught that "Heather has two mommies." In San Francisco first graders are bussed to City Hall to attend gay weddings under the guise of a school-sanctioned field trip. Global warming is being force-fed down the throats of our children. And, of course, the teachers engage in the usual Bush-bashing and anti-American brain-washing. And the kids still can't read and write at grade level.
But every two years there is always some silly "save our schools" proposition on the ballot that sink the states further into debt if passed. So more and more taxpayer dollars get thrown into a corrupt dysfunctional school system and the schools never get any better.
At its most fundamental level socialism is easy….capitalism and self-reliance are difficult. By eliminating the emphasis on real learning, grades and competition, by stressing self-esteem and social promotion, our schools are not preparing students for the real world. By dumbing down the curriculum the schools are churning out barely literate graduates. They pass these little socialist-in-training zombies on to the colleges where remedial reading and math courses mix with the soft studies. Again the emphasis is on socialist indoctrination and the high school message is reinforced. By the time the students graduate they are so indoctrinated into the entitlement mentality they are ill-equipped to deal with the ups and downs of life. This is right out of the Karl Marx/Hugo Chavez /Saul Alinsky/William Ayres approach to using education for social justice and revolution rather than actually having an educational system that works.
The schools and the teacher's unions have a vested interest in keeping this status quo because the Democratic Party runs candidates who reinforce this attitude and mindset. A barely educated population is easily swayed and easily led. The "discussion of the issues," as Democrats so fondly pine away for every campaign, is impossible if the constituency can't read, write or grasp the basic facts of the issues. The economic meltdown of 2008 is a prime example of how the issue is obfuscated and pettifogged by the liberals. How can you have a sane discussion of foreign policy when most folks can't find Iraq or Iran on a map? Socialism is easy.
The liberals may say they want a discussion of the issues but they are just fine keeping the folks in the dark and keeping our schools at their current substandard levels.
Excerpted from an Oct 10, 2008 article by Paul Kengor at American Thinker.com:
Why Obama's Communist Connections Are Not Headlines
There's a lot of frustration among conservatives over how Barack Obama's radical past seems to be making no impact whatsoever among the American public. His connection to communists in particular, from communist-terrorists like Bill Ayers to the communist agitator-journalist Frank Marshall Davis to fellow travelers like Saul Alinsky, has simply failed to resonate beyond the political right. Quite the contrary, the more information that becomes available on Obama's radical associations, the more he seems to widen his lead over John McCain, a man who was tortured by communists in Vietnam.
I understand these frustrations completely. I'm also not surprised.
I have seen for quite some time that although we won the Cold War -- and defeated the Soviet communist empire -- America is vulnerable to varying degrees of collectivism, wealth redistribution, "creeping socialism" (Ronald Reagan's phrase), class-warfare rhetoric, and generally milder, more palatable (but still dangerous) forms of disguised Marxism. Why? How? The answer is simple: The history and truth about communism is not taught by our educators.
That total failure to remind and understand means that Americans are painfully vulnerable to repeat mistakes that should have been forever tossed onto the ash-heap of history.
Of all the lectures that I do around the country, none seem to rivet the audience as much as my discourse on the horrors of communism. In these lectures, which are usually connected to my books on Ronald Reagan, I do a 10-15 minute backgrounder on the crimes of communists-from their militant attacks on private property, on members of all religious faiths, and on basic civil liberties, to their total death toll of over 100 million bloodied, emaciated corpses in the 20th century.
As I do these presentations, the young people, especially on college campuses, are locked in, amazed at what they are hearing. I think they are especially struck that I always ground every fact and figure in reliable research and authorities -- books published by Harvard University Press and Yale University Press, quotes from the likes of Mikhail Gorbachev and Vaclav Havel and Alexander Yakovlev, anti-Soviet appraisals from certain Cold War Democrats like Harry Truman and John F. Kennedy and even early liberals like Woodrow Wilson. I rarely use right-wing sources because I don't want the professors of these students to be able to later shoot a single hole in my presentation -- a potential tactic to undermine the overall thesis.
The leftist intelligentsia that dominates higher education, and which writes the civics texts used in high schools -- I've read and studied these texts -- and which trains the teachers who teach in high schools, is not in the slightest bit notably anti-communist. These liberals do not teach the lessons of communism.
What does it all mean for November 2008? It means that millions of modern Americans, when they hear that Barack Obama has deep roots with communist radicals like Bill Ayers and Frank Marshall Davis, don't care; they don't get it. Moreover, the leftist establishment -- from academia to media to Hollywood -- will not help them get it. To the contrary, the left responds to these accusations by not only downplaying or dismissing them but by ridiculing or even vilifying them, given the left's reflexive anti-anti-communism. The left will create bad guys out of the anti-communists who are legitimately blowing the whistle on the real bad guys.
There is a journalistic double standard, one for Republicans where the bar is set impossibly high and one for Democrats where there is no bar at all. That is just fine with us…it reinforces conservatives' integrity. Let's stop whining about it and take advantage of it. Remember, when conservatives break the rules we clean out our own house. When Democrats get caught they get re-elected.
If the liberal media is guilty of anything in their long slide to irrelevance it is the Sin of Omission. When the Iraq War was going badly every IED explosion was front page news in the NY Times. Indeed, two weeks into both wars the word "quagmire" became the defeatist word du jour. Now that both wars have stabilized and the surge has worked all war news is relegated to page A20 of the main section. The liberal press worked overtime to insure defeat on the front page. Now that the news is good the press is working overtime to keep the story quiet so the perception of defeat will remain in the publics' mind. Good news in Iraq and Afghanistan is bad news for liberals.
Just Desserts Alert:
March 31, 2009 -- Sun-Times Media Group Inc., owner of the Chicago Sun-Times and many suburban newspapers, today voluntarily filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection with the aim of reorganizing operations, settling a tax liability and making the company fit for a buyer.
March 17, 2009 -- Seattle Post Intelligencer announced that it will cease publication of it's print edition as of today and continue with an online presence only.
March 13, 2009 -- The Washington Post has plans to fold its daily business section into the A section, according to sources at the paper. Per the Post: From Monday through Saturday, business coverage will now run in an expanded A section that includes National and International News, Economic & Business section, a Washington Business page, the Fed page, and Editorial and Op-Ed pages. In addition, the Post will cease running full stock listings on Tuesday through Saturday, with comprehensive listings on the website. In Style, we are shifting some comics online, where readership of such features already is high. One of our two crossword puzzles will end because the syndicate that provides it three days a week has decided to discontinue it, along with the weekly chess and poker columns. In addition, we are adjusting the television listings we offer to reflect prime-time programming.
February 27, 2009 -- The Rocky Mountain News closes, publishes final edition
February 25, 2009 -- The Hartford Courant, struggling with an industrywide decline in advertising, said it will eliminate 100 jobs this week, primarily through layoffs.
January 26, 2009 -- Moody's Investors Services has downgraded the NY Times status to "junk" three steps below investment grade. Even worse is Moody's negative expectation, meaning further downgrades are on the horizon in the next 12-18 months. Moody's has withdrawn its rating for NYTCo commercial paper, its unsecured corporate borrowing. Nobody in his right mind is going to loan the company money that way anymore. The terms of the company's $250 million loan from 2 companies controlled by Carlos Slim Helú, the Mexican billionaire the paper once scorned, force the Times to pay over 14% to borrow money. The added interest cost, especially the 11% that is paid in cash (the other 3% gets added to the debt balance, just like a credit card bill that can't be paid in full), is one factor in Moody's downgrade
January 9, 2009 -- The Hearst Corp. announced that the Seattle Post Intelligencer lost about $14 million in 2008 and its forecast anticipates a greater loss in 2009
Hearst Corp. is planning to sell or close the Seattle Post Intelligencer, the parent company has confirmed that it is seeking a buyer for the daily
July 01, 2008 -- Amid mounting pressure from the declining business prospects The LA Times has become the latest of the major US newspapers to make job cuts, as the paper announces 1,700 people will be let go. The LA Times follows the New York Times and other big US papers which have recently slashed their staff as the downturn in advertising revenue continues to bite. The paper also announced additional layoffs of 300 positions in January 2009.
A 2001 interview Obama did on WBEZ recently surfaced proving Obama's predilection for income redistribution, and his view that the Constitution is just an inconvenient obstacle to "get around" in order to achieve "social and economic justice." Why did the mainstream media not ferret this out? Consider this excerpt from a National Review Online October 27, 2008 article by Bill Whittle:
Shame, Cubed - Three separate reasons to be appalled, each more disgusting than the last.
Mercifully shorter than the first, and simply this: I happen to know the person who found this audio. It is an individual person, with no more resources than a desire to know everything that he or she can about who might be the next president of the United States and the most powerful man in the world.
I know that this person does not have teams of highly paid professionals, does not work out of a corner office in a skyscraper in New York, does not have access to all of the subtle and hidden conduits of information … who possesses no network television stations, owns no satellite time, does not receive billions in advertising dollars, and has a staff of exactly one.
I do not blame Barack Obama for believing in wealth distribution. That’s his right as an American. I do blame him for lying about what he believes. But his entire life has been applying for the next job at the expense of the current one. He’s at the end of the line now.
I do, however, blame the press for allowing an individual citizen to do the work that they employ standing armies of so-called professionals for. I know they are capable of this kind of investigative journalism: It only took them a day or two to damage Sarah Palin with wild accusations about her baby’s paternity and less time than that to destroy a man who happened to be playing ball when the Messiah decided to roll up looking for a few more votes on the way to the inevitable coronation.
We no longer have an independent, fair, investigative press. That is abundantly clear to everyone — even the press. It is just another of the facts that they refuse to report, because it does not suit them.
Remember this, America: The press did not break this story. A single citizen, on the Internet did.
There is a special hell for you “journalists” out there, a hell made specifically for you narcissists and elitists who think you have the right to determine which information is passed on to the electorate and which is not.
That hell — your own personal hell — is a fiery lake of irrelevance, blinding clouds of obscurity, and burning, everlasting scorn.
The press is now an active participant in supporting and rooting for an Obama victory. The NY Times and MSNBC are Obama central. They have spent the last two years covering up rather than covering this fraud and his campaign. There has been absolutely no effort made in exposing the bizarre cast of characters in Obama's past. When the Rev. Wright controversy finally bubbled up they made excuse after excuse for Obama. William Ayres is "just a guy in my neighborhood". The press nodded in lockstep.
But put a person like Sarah Palin or Joe the Plumber into play and, all of a sudden, all of these "investigative" journalists start acting like they are in a fox hunt. "RELEASE THE HOUNDS!! Now we can really do our jobs."
They are crawling under every rock to dig up the dirt. They are mocking the two of them in every media venue. For a party that claims to be for the little guy and the middle class, every time an actual middle class person enters the liberal radar screen and resonates with the public the press and the elites try to degrade that person and develop a severe case of "fill-in-the-blank derangement syndrome."
Just think about this...in the 48 hours after the Republican Convention, and in the 48 hours after the final presidential debate we learned more about the backgrounds of Sarah Palin and Joe the Plumber than in the two years the media has been supposedly covering:
The Obama/Ayers and the Obama/Wright relationships
Obama and the The Chicago Annenburg Challenge (CAC)
Obama's Pakistan trip at a time when American's were forbidden to travel there
Obama's New Party links
2008 will be known as the year all journalistic standards finally collapsed, the media dropped the pretense of fairness and openly went into the tank for Obama and the liberals…while still claiming their integrity was intact.
The newspapers and the three networks are on life support. Subscriptions and viewership have been on the slide for over a decade and it is just a matter of time before they finally collapse. Like Air America, the failed liberal talk radio network propped up George Soros and MoveOn.org, these media dinosaurs are being artificially kept alive by desperate corporate dollars being pumped into their veins. In the real world, where balance sheets and business sense hold sway, these fake artifices would have disappeared years ago.
The popular culture is riddled with leftist who make anti-American films and record anti-social drivel. It's hard to go to the movies today. There are a plethora of actors and actresses playing tough guys on film. It's hard to buy them in their roles when they publicly come out for "peace at any price" and spit in the face of ordinary Americans with their socialist politics…all the while getting rich at our expense.
Excerpted from an Oct 5, 2008 article by Victor Volsky at American Thinker.com:
I have just about had it with the conservative punditry and their plaintive wailings about the unfairness of the self-proclaimed "mainstream media" (I think the designation "Big Media" would be more appropriate as applied to the information service of the leftist elites, which is anything but mainstream).
"Where is the outrage?" "Why does the mainstream media concentrate exclusively on the failings of the right while completely ignoring the failings of the left?" "Why does the mainstream media worship at the temple of Barack Obama while brutally savaging Sarah Palin?" pitifully lament conservatives.
Will they ever learn? What makes them think that the Big Media would or, for that matter, should behave otherwise? Would any of the conservative journalists perplexed by the "unfair" attitude of the Big Media wax indignant about the German Propaganda Ministry of the 1930's spreading outrageous lies about the opponents of the Nazi regime and extolling the virtues of their beloved Fuehrer. Of course, not. They know that Dr. Goebbels' outfit was part and parcel of Hitler's government and its mission consisted in meeting the propaganda needs of the regime. Naturally, it couldn't behave in any other way; that's what it did.
Why then are they so dumbfounded by the position of the US Big Media? Don't they realize that it is every bit as partisan as the Nazi Propaganda Ministry was in its heyday? Dr. Johnson described a second marriage as the triumph of hope over experience. So too conservatives, in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary, desperately cling to a belief that deep in the bosom of the Big Media there lives an honest broker yearning to break free, and if it hasn't happened so far, the conservatives have no one else to blame but themselves because they have failed to convince the media to repent.
Hope springs eternal in the conservative breast that we are on the verge of an imminent breakthrough: just one more fact laid out, just one more liberal smear blown out of the water and the scales will fall off the liberal journalists' eyes. They will see the light and embark upon the path of righteousness and objectivity. This hope is as baseless as it is stupid -- akin to blowing one's lunch money on lottery tickets in the fervent belief that this time, finally, one will hit the jackpot.
The traditional media is playing a very, very dangerous game. With its readers, with the Constitution, and with its own fate.
The sheer bias in the print and television coverage of this election campaign is not just bewildering, but appalling. And over the last few months I've found myself slowly moving from shaking my head at the obvious one-sided reporting, to actually shouting at the screen of my television and my laptop computer.
But worst of all, for the last couple weeks, I've begun - for the first time in my adult life - to be embarrassed to admit what I do for a living. A few days ago, when asked by a new acquaintance what I did for a living, I replied that I was "a writer", because I couldn't bring myself to admit to a stranger that I'm a journalist.
Now, of course, there's always been bias in the media. Human beings are biased, so the work they do, including reporting, is inevitably colored. Hell, I can show you ten different ways to color variations of the word "said" - muttered, shouted, announced, reluctantly replied, responded, etc. - to influence the way a reader will apprehend exactly the same quote. We all learn that in Reporting 101, or at least in the first few weeks working in a newsroom. But what we are also supposed to learn during that same apprenticeship is to recognize the dangerous power of that technique, and many others, and develop built-in alarms against their unconscious.
I watched with disbelief as the nation's leading newspapers, many of whom I'd written for in the past, slowly let opinion pieces creep into the news section, and from there onto the front page. Personal opinions and comments that, had they appeared in my stories in 1979, would have gotten my butt kicked by the nearest copy editor, were now standard operating procedure at the New York Times, the Washington Post, and soon after in almost every small town paper in the U.S.
But what really shattered my faith - and I know the day and place where it happened - was the War in Lebanon three summers ago. The hotel I was staying at in Windhoek, Namibia only carried CNN, a network I'd already learned to approach with skepticism. But this was CNN International, which is even worse. I sat there, first with my jaw hanging down, then actually shouting at the TV, as one field reporter after another reported the carnage of the Israeli attacks on Beirut, with almost no corresponding coverage of the Hezbollah missiles raining down on northern Israel. The reporting was so utterly and shamelessly biased that I sat there for hours watching, assuming that eventually CNNi would get around to telling the rest of the story . . .but it never happened.
But nothing, nothing I've seen has matched the media bias on display in the current Presidential campaign. Republicans are justifiably foaming at the mouth over the sheer one-sidedness of the press coverage of the two candidates and their running mates. But in the last few days, even Democrats, who have been gloating over the pass - no, make that shameless support - they've gotten from the press, are starting to get uncomfortable as they realize that no one wins in the long run when we don't have a free and fair press. I was one of the first people in the traditional media to call for the firing of Dan Rather - not because of his phony story, but because he refused to admit his mistake - but, bless him, even Gunga Dan thinks the media is one-sided in this election.
So why weren’t those legions of hungry reporters set loose on the Obama campaign? Who are the real villains in this story of mainstream media betrayal?
The editors. The men and women you don’t see; the people who not only decide what goes in the paper, but what doesn’t; the managers who give the reporters their assignments and lay-out the editorial pages. They are the real culprits.
The blacks who are blindly and blithely voting for Obama are, somehow, expecting Obama to improve their lives when he enters the White House…that they are going to finally get paid. They are still falling for the con. If Bill Clinton represented deferred hope to minorities, Obama is the embodiment of entitled fulfillment.
And in four years, at the end of a failed Obama administration, when they are still sitting in the midst of their own rubble, when they have spent the few entitlement scraps that the Democrats have tossed them, they will still be poor….and very pissed off. No fulfillment here. Screwed over again. How could this happen…he was one of us.
Yes, he was supposed to be your Man…that's what he told you… but he is also the New Left's Ultimate Con Man.
The question is why do voters tolerate this garbage. In Detroit the Democrat mayor recently went to jail on corruption charges. In San Francisco and Los Angeles Mayor Gavin Newsome's and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's support of sanctuary city policies make a mockery of immigration enforcement and have led to a series of killing of U.S. citizens and cops by illegal aliens.
What has Rep. Maxine Waters actually accomplished for the people of Inglewood and South Central Los Angeles. Those areas of the city are gang infested third world dumps. Waters sits on the House Energy Committee and threatens to nationalize the oil industry instead of taking care of business at home. Meanwhile she led the charge to keep Walmart from opening a superstore in her district claiming that the mom-and-pops would go out of business. The 500-700 jobs that Walmart would have created and the cash infusion into the area never materialized and the few mom-and-pops are forever struggling to stay in business with their handful employees.
The city councils of our large cities are nothing more than socialist legislation factories with the mayors rubberstamping everything. Meanwhile taxes continually go up and everything gets worse.
So why do blacks and Hispanics keep voting these clowns back into office if nothing changes? The have fallen for the con and they think that the Democrats are looking out for them.
When Bill Clinton was elected in 1992 he took office with a Democratic majority in both houses. Though he posited himself as a centrist he immediately was pulled to the left by the liberal-controlled Congress. We got questionable cabinet appointees, gays in the military and Hillary care. In 1994 the extreme agenda of the left was repudiated by the country and both houses of Congress flipped for the first time in 40 years.
The left will never be more powerful than it will be on Jan 27, 2009. The same thing will happen as happened in 1992. An even more extreme agenda will be on full display…the liberals will overreach. With the right kind of leadership and a Gingrich-like partisan razor leading the charge we can engineer another takeover in 2010.
Be aware: one of the first things that the liberals will try to do is bring back the Fairness Doctrine. Democrats held sway in Congress for 40 years largely because there was no counterweight to balance the liberal media. Rush Limbaugh and the rise of conservative talk radio altered the equation and the liberals know that. This blatant attack on free speech should be the first rallying point for conservatives on the road back to power.
Why do we tolerate and pay for these dysfunctional charlatans on our state funded high school and college campuses? Why do we tolerate girly-man University Chancellors and school boards who won't do the right thing and fire the bad apples. Why do they hire them in the first place? We suspect that the concept of vetting does not exist in the leftist psyche and that these high school and university hiring officials are dazzled by a little bit of radical chic.
We can and should demand better of our educational institutions. One way is for the alumni to stop giving money to the colleges and demand better professors and administrators. Another solution is to have conservatives run for the local school boards. Voters should keep defying the entrenched teachers unions and push for school vouchers. More and more parents are pulling their kids out of a failed system and opting for home schooling or setting up alternative schools. Finally the concept of academic tenure needs to be re-evaluated. How many of you have a job for life?
CBS News, NBC News and ABC News somehow still think they actually matter. Stop watching the network news altogether. Katie Couric has always suffered from poor ratings despite every corporate effort to prop her up. Charlie Gibson and Brian Williams aren't faring much better. Bill O'Reilly actually beats CBS and Couric head to head. The interviews with Sarah Palin were a condescending joke. Enough is enough. Stop doing the interviews with these charlatans.
To be a conservative is about as un-hip as it gets. Be proud of who you are…you are always on the right side of history. Forget doing Letterman, The View, Colbert, Stewart and the insipid morning chat shows. What's the point? Politics is serious business and we, as conservatives, should not debase ourselves by playing the left's game by trying to appear "with it" and in tune with popular culture. They hate us no matter what we do to appease them and laugh behind our backs after we cozy up to them. Reaching across the aisle is a sucker's bet. So let's stop all that nonsense.
No more presidential debates unless there is at least one conservative moderator. The Democrats actually got away with not doing a debate on FOX during the primaries and our weenie Republican candidates said nary a word. But the Democrats all trooped up to the Daily Kos Convention and no one in the Democratic Party batted an eye. Enough is enough.
If we keep up the pressure, if we call these liberal clowns out every day, and at the highest levels of government, and expose and shame them for the socialist scum that they are, the dam will break. They can be made irrelevant and we just may force them out of business.
Conservatives should stop hoping for a miracle return to sanity by these entrenched brain-dead propagandists…instead, they should turn up the heat. Stop doing interviews and shut down communication…they hate us anyway and we will never get a break from them. Our conservative politicians must marginalize the media by openly and publicly ridiculing them on Capitol Hill, State legislatures and in City Councils. Encourage people to cancel their subscriptions to these rags...even the Sunday editions. If you can't live without the coupons get them online. The newspapers are suffocating from a lack of advertising anyway as more and more people get their information from the web.
Enough is enough. Stop supporting Hollywood with your hard-earned money…cancel your newspaper subscriptions…ignore the networks altogether. When they feel enough economic heat they will see the light or go out of business.
There is a reason that, whenever socialists get close to being exposed, they run for cover making every excuse in the book why the conservatives are unfair…or they cry racism. If you know who they are and what their real agenda is you won't vote for them.
So…how to take back the cities?
The big cities are the key to turning blue states to red because that is where the population centers are. California would be a red state if not for Los Angeles and San Francisco. New York would be red if not for New York City. Illinois would be red if not for Chicago and Michigan would be a battleground state if not for Detroit.
Blacks and Hispanics finally have to be convinced they are victims of a con game that has been played on them since Lyndon Johnson's Great Society was hijacked by the race hustlers. How can they still be poor after all the money that has been shoveled their way? Because it never was really their money to do with as they pleased. The people who administered the money and set up the phony "economic empowerment zones" (don't you just love leftist newspeak?) in the inner city were the foot soldiers in this half-century con game. The folks never had any control.
There was a time when blacks voted Republican. Conservatives must start running minority candidates who will speak the truth to these victims of the leftist con game. We don't need charismatic con men, just straight talkers. The folks won't believe them at first. Conservative minority candidates will be called sellouts and race traitors by the race hustlers who have a stake in maintaining the status quo. How do we know this? Because it has already happened to Condoleeza Rice, Justice Clarence Thomas, Sec. of State Colin Powell, Maryland Lt Gov. Michael Steele, all Republicans.
Socialists and liberals have been using the race and gender cards for years to stifle free speech and as a pander play to curry votes from their own constituencies. From 2006 to 2008 it reached a new level of sophistication. The most obvious example of this is our economic meltdown of 2008.
The expansion of Jimmy Carter's Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) during the Clinton Administration set the stage for a housing bubble and the financial house of cards that followed. In the name of achieving the American Dream liberals wanted to put people who couldn't qualify for loans into houses they could never afford. This vote buying scheme was a long term strategy.
The Senate and House Banking committees, chaired by Sen. Chris Dodd and Rep. Barney Frank respectively, put their own people into loan underwriters Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac who then forced banks to make insane sub-prime loans. ACORN, along with Fannie and Freddie, threatened to sue banks who didn't go along with the shakedown. In the real world no loan officer would ever agree to such ridiculous banking practices. But the greed factor was very strong. And the loans were bought up by Fannie and Freddie. The house of cards continued to grow. There many ways to play the race card.
Like malleable kids who join religious cults poor blacks and Hispanics are in a trance…under the sway of the "Dear Leader" and the socialist grievance propaganda that has been fed to them since the 1970's. This simple message must be stressed for every election. It may take 40 years to accomplish this goal, but it can be done if we are to preserve our freedom, our Constitution and save our country.
Blacks and Hispanics need to be "de-programmed." They need to understand the perpetual con that has been foisted on them…that they have been economic and emotional slaves to the Democrats beginning with Lyndon Johnson's Great Society. They are now perpetual victims of a racist promise of prosperity without the results.
They must learn the difference between the capitalist message of "equality of opportunity" and self-reliance versus the socialist message of "equality of result" and the endless economic enslavement to the "government-as-daddy", welfare "watcha gonna do for me" mentality.
Watcha gonna do for me Barack?
"I never thought this day would happen. I won’t have to work on puttin’ gas in my car. I won’t have to work at payin’ my mortgage. You know. If I help him [Obama], he’s gonna help me."
Whatever happened to "Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country." President John F. Kennedy...just a thought...
Let's face facts…Republicans are an endangered species. For the country to remain free and capitalist minorities must be brought into the conservative fold. The way not to do it is to say "we are your friends and want to help you too." That is the liberal message.
We win by stressing that "you have been conned" and the only way to fix your problems is for you to change your mindset, and that the only party stressing self-reliance are the Republicans. We are not going to give you free money and free stuff. But we will, as elected conservatives, create the conditions that remove the economic and mental straight-jacket that have kept you beholden to the socialist con artists and the Democrats for half a century.
We win by also running 'first principle' conservative candidates for local and national office who are immune from the Wall Street fat cats and will not sell out the party for personal gain. For many years Rockefeller Republicans (the RINO intelligentsia) were very comfortable being in the minority. Of late this same crowd has jumped ship
and endorsed Obama because they fear not being invited to the Georgetown and Upper West Side cocktail parties. We will name names -- Colin Powell, ex. Mass. Gov. William Weld, "conservative" columnists
George Will, Peggy Noonan and David Brooks, ex - Reaganites Ken Edleman and Ken Duberstein, Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe and all of the other wobbly Republicans in the Senate...they must be isolated and purged from the party.
We win by not tolerating corruption within the conservative ranks. The Mainstream Media always holds the Republicans to a much higher standard of behavior than they do for their own. So be it. As long as we are purging let's include the corrupt within our own party. No more 'Duke Cunninghams', 'Mark Foleys',
'Larry Craigs' and 'Ted Stevens'. Let the province of corruption belong to the Democrats and the liberal city machines like New York and Chicago. Remember, corrupt Republicans resign...corrupt Democrats get re-elected.
We win by not wilting whenever the left plays the race and gender cards. The intellectuals and self-appointed intelligentsia will try to paint us as racist and/or sexist. Ignore them because you know we are not racist or sexist. They have been using this tactic as a club to stifle legitimate debate. If liberals can succeed in branding any criticism of them as racist or sexist they hope to shame you into shutting up. Don't fall for it.
The left wants America to believe they are the mainstream and conservatives are the extremists.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
As was mentioned earlier socialism is easy. It requires no effort on the part of the participant other than a willingness to be enslaved. It is an alien concept birthed in the ideological swamps of Europe, perfected by Karl Marx and implemented by Lenin. It kills the human spirit and wrecks everything it touches. It is the antithesis to every aspect of human nature.
We win by calling them out every day, going over their heads directly to the American people
to expose and shame them for the socialist un-American scum that they are.
EXTENSION OF REMARKS OF HON. A. S. HERLONG, JR. OF FLORIDA IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Mr. HERLONG. Mr. Speaker, Mrs. Patricia Nordman of De Land, Fla., is an ardent and
articulate opponent of communism, and until recently published the De Land Courier,
which she dedicated to the purpose of alerting the public to the dangers of communism in
At Mrs. Nordman’s request, I include in the RECORD, under unanimous consent, the
following “Current Communist Goals,” which she identifies as an excerpt from “The
Naked Communist,” by Cleon Skousen:
[From "The Naked Communist," by Cleon Skousen]
CURRENT COMMUNIST GOALS
U.S. acceptance of coexistence as the only alternative to atomic war.
U.S. willingness to capitulate in preference to engaging in atomic war.
Develop the illusion that total disarmament [by] the United States would be a
demonstration of moral strength.
Permit free trade between all nations regardless of Communist affiliation and
regardless of whether or not items could be used for war.
Extension of long-term loans to Russia and Soviet satellites.
Provide American aid to all nations regardless of Communist domination.
Grant recognition of Red China. Admission of Red China to the U.N.
Set up East and West Germany as separate states in spite of Khrushchev’s promise in
1955 to settle the German question by free elections under supervision of the U.N.
Prolong the conferences to ban atomic tests because the United States has agreed to
suspend tests as long as negotiations are in progress.
Allow all Soviet satellites individual representation in the U.N.
Promote the U.N. as the only hope for mankind. If its charter is rewritten, demand
that it be set up as a one-world government with its own independent armed forces.
(Some Communist leaders believe the world can be taken over as easily by the U.N. as by
Moscow. Sometimes these two centers compete with each other as they are now doing in
Resist any attempt to outlaw the Communist Party.
Do away with all loyalty oaths.
Continue giving Russia access to the U.S. Patent Office.
Capture one or both of the political parties in the United States.
Use technical decisions of the courts to weaken basic American institutions by
claiming their activities violate civil rights.
Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism and current
Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers’ associations. Put
the party line in textbooks.
Gain control of all student newspapers.
Use student riots to foment public protests against programs or organizations which
are under Communist attack.
Infiltrate the press. Get control of book-review assignments, editorial writing,
Gain control of key positions in radio, TV, and motion pictures.
Continue discrediting American culture by degrading all forms of artistic expression.
An American Communist cell was told to “eliminate all good sculpture from parks and
buildings, substitute shapeless, awkward and meaningless forms.”
Control art critics and directors of art museums. “Our plan is to promote ugliness,
repulsive, meaningless art.”
Eliminate all laws governing obscenity by calling them “censorship” and a violation
of free speech and free press.
Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity
in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio, and TV.
Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as “normal, natural, healthy.”
Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with “social” religion. Discredit
the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity which does not need a
Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the ground
that it violates the principle of “separation of church and state.”
Discredit the American Constitution by calling it inadequate, old-fashioned, out of
step with modern needs, a hindrance to cooperation between nations on a worldwide
Discredit the American Founding Fathers. Present them as selfish aristocrats who had
no concern for the “common man.”
Belittle all forms of American culture and discourage the teaching of American
history on the ground that it was only a minor part of the “big picture.” Give more
emphasis to Russian history since the Communists took over.
Support any socialist movement to give centralized control over any part of the
culture–education, social agencies, welfare programs, mental health clinics, etc.
Eliminate all laws or procedures which interfere with the operation of the Communist
Eliminate the House Committee on Un-American Activities.
Discredit and eventually dismantle the FBI.
Infiltrate and gain control of more unions.
Infiltrate and gain control of big business.
Transfer some of the powers of arrest from the police to social agencies. Treat all
behavioral problems as psychiatric disorders which no one but psychiatrists can
understand [or treat].
Dominate the psychiatric profession and use mental health laws as a means of gaining
coercive control over those who oppose Communist goals.
Discredit the family as an institution. Encourage promiscuity and easy divorce.
Emphasize the need to raise children away from the negative influence of parents.
Attribute prejudices, mental blocks and retarding of children to suppressive influence of
Create the impression that violence and insurrection are legitimate aspects of the
American tradition; that students and special-interest groups should rise up and use
["]united force["] to solve economic, political or social problems.
Overthrow all colonial governments before native populations are ready for selfgovernment.
Internationalize the Panama Canal.
Repeal the Connally reservation so the United States cannot prevent the World Court
from seizing jurisdiction [over domestic problems. Give the World Court jurisdiction]
over nations and individuals alike.
As part of their Communist Manifesto, Karl Marx and Frederick Engels in 1847-48 proposed the following ten goals:
In 1992 and 1996, the Democrat Party of America published party platforms, which included the following goals that are compared, point-by-point, to the ten goals of the Communist Manifesto:
1) Abolition of property in land and application of all rents of land to public purposes.
1) "We will protect our old growth forests, preserve critical habitats, provide a genuine 'no net loss' policy on wetlands."
2) A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.
2) "We must... make the rich pay their fair share in taxes."
3) Abolition of all right of inheritance.
3) [An inheritance or 'death' tax that gives the State its share of the inheritance, has already been achieved.]
4) Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels.
4) [Nothing applicable]
5) Centralization of credit in the hands of the State, by means of a national bank with State capital and an exclusive monopoly.
5) [The Federal Reserve has already been established]
6) Centralization of the means of communication and transport in the hands of the State.
6) "We will rebuild America by investing more in transportation... and a national information network."
7) Extension of factories and instruments of production owned by the State; the bringing into cultivation of waste-lands, and the improvement of the soil generally in accordance with a common plan.
7) "The Democratic Party insists that corporate leaders invest in the long-term, by providing workers with living wages and benefits, education and training, a safe, healthy place to work, and opportunities for greater involvement in company decision making and ownership. Employers must make sure workers share in the benefits of the good years, as well as the burdens of the bad ones. Employers must offer employees the opportunity to share in the profits they help create. Employers must respect the commitment of workers to their families, and must work to provide good pensions and health care... The President and Vice President have created a brownfields initiative to bring life back to abandoned and contaminated property by reforming outdated regulations and providing incentives for cleanup."
8) Equal liability of all to labor. Establishment of industrial armies, especially for agriculture.
8) [Nothing Applicable]
9) Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries; gradual abolition of the distinction between town and country, by a more equable distribution of the population over the country.
9) "It is time to reestablish the private/public partnership to ensure that family farmers get a fair return for their labor and investment, so that consumers receive safe and nutritious foods, and that needed investments are made in basic research, education, rural business development, market development and infrastructure to sustain rural communities."
10)Free education or all children in public schools. Abolition of children's factory labor in its present form. Combination of education with industrial production.