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I normally would not do this, but this blog entry I read the other day sticks in my mind and is so descriptive of what we as American's are faced with today.  Of course as you no doubt suspect, it is about ALEC.

Posted by 2old2care at the above link of "Because I Can".  I think in one blog 2old2care caught all the nuances, agenda and end goals of ALEC and at the same time caught the difficulties we are faced with in refusing to present a united front in opposition to that agenda.

"Our President lives in a fairy land.

"Our President and all the Democrats (except Mark Pocan & Bernie Sanders [I] ) live in a fairyland.

"All of them are so busy chasing their tails that none of them are paying attention to what is really happening in America.

"Their ignorance and their refusal to act against ALEC will destroy the United States of America.

"Our ignorance and our refusal to act against ALEC will destroy the United States of America.

"No one is going to step forward and save our country.  We are headed for a “corporate state” – we will become a complete fascist state, probably within the next ten years - that's what ALEC wants and there is no one to fight them on it - (oops, better pull the covers over your head, put your fingers in your ears  - la, la, la, la, la, la, - there's that "f" word - god forbid I should upset the "offenderati" of political blogging).

"Those of us who see the phrase “American Legislative Exchange Council” (ALEC) and pull the cover over our heads are only delaying the inevitable truth.

"Those of us who see the phrase “American Legislative Exchange Council” (ALEC) and pull the cover over our heads denying the truth about what is REALLY happening to the United States of America – are supporting ALEC – giving them exactly what they want and need– our complacency."

In order to understand the foregoing statements and how on point they are we must look back more than a decade to Paul Weyrich (ALEC Co-Counder) and one of his disciples, Eric Heubeck.  Weyrich is also co-founder of several other Right Wing foundations, organizations and groups.  At the core of Weyrich's thinking was to completely change America's culture and make Progressive politics and processes illegitimate.  Weyrich outlined his theories and ideologies in a "training" manual disseminated to Conservatives.  In 2000 Heubeck compiled all of Weyrich's instructions into one document and published it as "The Integration of Theory and Practice: A Program for the New Traditionalist Movement".  A lengthy diatribe perhaps, but a must read if we are really to understand what the agenda is, how they designed it to work and tools they would use to accomplish eliminating the Progressive element from politics completely.

Below I have copied some of the more important sections revealing the philosophy and mechanics.  It is simply time to take the gloves off and call this Conservative agenda exactly what it is - corporatocracy or by the more familiar term fascism.  Time for political correctness has ended.  Cover your ears, avert your eyes or do the la, la, la, la,la thing described above.  Sadly, none of those actions will make ALEC and their activities go away.  They and the Cabal and joint agenda will not disappear.

After reading take a moment and think back over the past decade and see if the pattern set forth in this document was literally put into action...

As Heubeck proclaimed in 2000 - and Weyrich a decade earlier:

"We will never stop being engaged in the wider culture. We will not "hunker down" and wait for the storm to blow over. Our strategy will be to bleed this corrupt culture dry. We will pick off the most intelligent and creative individuals in our society, the individuals who help give credibility to the current regime. To do this, we will promote a set of beliefs more compelling than that of our opponents. We will launch a movement with more energy and more intensity than our opponents are capable of summoning. When the choice is made clear, the people--cultural elites and non-cultural elites alike--will vote with their feet by either joining or patronizing our institutions and abandoning those of the Left, and the reigning leftist regime will collapse from lack of support.

"Our movement will be entirely destructive, and entirely constructive. We will not try to reform the existing institutions. We only intend to weaken them, and eventually destroy them. We will endeavor to knock our opponents off-balance and unsettle them at every opportunity. All of our constructive energies will be dedicated to the creation of our own institutions."


Clear enough already?  If not let's see what else they "intended" to do to advance their agenda:
"We will maintain a constant barrage of criticism against the Left. We will attack the very legitimacy of the Left. We will not give them a moment's rest. We will endeavor to prove that the Left does not deserve to hold sway over the heart and mind of a single American. We will offer constant reminders that there is an alternative, there is a better way. When people have had enough of the sickness and decay of today's American culture, they will be embraced by and welcomed into the New Traditionalist movement. The rejection of the existing society by the people will thus be accomplished by pushing them and pulling them simultaneously.

"We will use guerrilla tactics to undermine the legitimacy of the dominant regime. We will take advantage of every available opportunity to spread the idea that there is something fundamentally wrong with the existing state of affairs. For example, we could have every member of the movement put a bumper sticker on his car that says something to the effect of "Public Education is Rotten; Homeschool Your Kids." This will change nobody's mind immediately; no one will choose to stop sending his children to public schools immediately after seeing such a bumper sticker; but it will raise awareness and consciousness that there is a problem. Most of all, it will contribute to a vague sense of uneasiness and dissatisfaction with existing society. We need this if we hope to start picking people off and bringing them over to our side. We need to break down before we can build up. We must first clear away the flotsam of a decayed culture.

"In terms of our long term prospects, because we will be seen as a purely defensive movement, not interested in imposing our views on anyone, only interested in being left alone, we will surely gain the sympathy of the public. The dominant culture will see its life-force being sapped, and it will grow terrified. It will do whatever it takes to destroy its assailant. This will lead to the perception that the dominant leftist culture is empty, hollow, desperate, and has lost its mandate to rule, because its only basis for authority is coercion, much like the communist East Bloc. Sympathy from the American people will increase as our opponents try to persecute us, which means our strength will increase at an accelerating rate due to more defections--and the enemy will collapse as a result."


Intimidation, using multi-national corporations to obtain their goals and disenfranchise supporters of "Leftists":
"We must create a countervailing force that is just as adept as the Left at intimidating people and institutions that are used as tools of left-wing activism but are not ideologically committed, such as Hollywood celebrities, multinational corporations, and university administrators. We must be feared, so that they will think twice before opening their mouths. They must understand that there is some sort of cost involved in taking a "controversial" stand--although positions cannot honestly be labeled "controversial" if conservatives are unable to mount a meaningful opposition. Perhaps once we are able to mount such an opposition, we will be able to take some of the trendiness out of leftist cultural activism, because lukewarm advocates of leftist causes will be forced to actually get their hands dirty. Support of leftist causes will no longer be the path of least resistance.

"We will apply a scientific analysis to every problem. We will be results-oriented rather than good intentions-oriented. Making a good-faith effort and being ideologically sound will be less important than advancing the goals of the movement. We must learn to be more self-critical. Our efforts should be less haphazard, less prone to fits and starts, and they should make better use of accumulated knowledge and past errors.

"We must place a high value on art, because the most important thing any movement can do is capture the imagination of the people. One must give them dreams and ideals that have been put in terms they can understand, and that touch their hearts, as opposed to their rational minds. If we cannot capture the imaginations of our members, then we cannot expect our members to make great sacrifices for us. There must be a common repository of books and movies that everyone in our movement is familiar with and inspired by, so anyone can quote a line that will be recognized by everyone else. Young people already do this, only with the wrong movies, songs, and other products of popular culture."


Well I guess this explains the Heartland Institute, Heritage, CATO and a dozen more of the Cabal's outlets.  Nearly everything is maintained in a huge library at the Heartland Institute.  Scientific reports, charts, graphs and "analysis" is provided by Heritage Foundation, Reason Foundation, Pacific Research Institute and legal training and "programming" provided by George Mason University's Law and Economics Center.
"The visual image allows us to illustrate our beliefs and arguments to our members and others in highly compelling terms--we will be able to show all the examples of cultural decadence, irrationality and disingenuousness in public debate, combined with our commentary, selectively edited and arranged for maximum impact. (Fox News?) It avoids the vagueness and generalizations that tend to characterize many conservative arguments. It also allows us to show what we think is right about our current culture--examples from movies or television that we as cultural conservatives support and are excited by.

"An excessive amount of intellectualization divorced from application in the real world is a kind of escape from reality, or the creation of a virtual reality. Thinking becomes tired, static, and inward-looking. People become more interested in creating mental utopias than in having a real impact on society. Scholars become mere pedants; ideas are no longer creative and vital.

"Ideas interest us only insofar as they offer a guide to action. There is a place in society for abstract, academic discussion. This is not that place.

"The new movement will inevitably be geared toward children and young adults, especially their education. We will accomplish the goal of retaking our country only when large numbers of young people are educated outside of the indoctrinating environment of many public and private schools, universities, and of course, the popular culture. At this point in their lives, many of their ideas are still in the formative stage, the more so the younger they are. Furthermore, young adults (of college age and above) should be given a large role in the organization of the New Traditionalist movement, as many older people, because of work and family life, simply do not have the time to devote to reading, discussion, and action (and all three are equally important). They also often lack the necessary energy, enthusiasm, and idealism that is prevalent in youth. However, retirees could also make a valuable contribution to the movement.

"College students must be a key audience for our movement, since they are free of excessive time commitments and they find themselves in an environment that (theoretically) encourages activism and exposure to new ideas. We should consider creating alternative fraternities where traditionalists can live, interact with each other, learn from each other, socialize with each other. New Traditionalist fraternities can help replicate lifestyles from the past--emulate "civilized" behavior from the past--by discussing traditionalist ideas, literature, and art, and then acting based on what has been learned. Members of the fraternities and collegiate study groups should build each other up in every possible way: in terms of public speaking skills, debating skills, physical fitness, intellect, manners, aesthetic sense. It is imperative that our ideas be lived and not merely discussed.

"A basic problem is that most bright, creative, dynamic, energetic young people with leadership skills become leftists, and this is why most student leaders--who eventually become the leaders of society--tend to be leftists. New Traditionalist fraternities and collegiate study groups can help reverse that tendency."


Enter the Kochs and their funding of colleges, endowments in exchange for picking the professors and curricula taught, their pursuit of privatizing public education and supporting those Conservative corporations that are chosen to operate these educational programs and facilities.  Combined with ALEC's model legislation and initiatives designed to promote this privatization are the Conservative legislators who disseminate these "Bills" and initiatives.

Charles and David Koch fund not only the efforts of privatizing and controlling education and curricula, they fund CATO, Heritage, Reason, Heartland and provide interns for them and two dozen other Conservative organizations and foundations.  They pay the salaries of these interns ($10.00 per hour) to help offset the costs to these "tax exempt" entities they support.  The interns are taught Conservative ideology and are trained to become the next wave of front line "troops" in this quest to control the U.S. government and we as citizens of that country.

We are faced with a well funded, organized and well thought out organization.  They have money, an agenda and 1/3 of all state legislators on their "payroll". They are unified and focused on their objectives and goals - and Heubeck's treatise provides them with a road map and a multitude of "tool kits" they can use to reach those goals.

When I've written that ALEC is merely the tip of the iceberg, I meant it.  We cannot be blinded by the bright spotlight of ALEC and not try and shield our vision and look beyond them...for behind them are all the rest; funding, providing false "facts", "documents", science and technology to support their totally false view of economics, environment, and uselessness of government.

Aligned against ALEC and the Cabal are a myriad assortment of activist groups, workers, students, journalists and actual scientists, researchers and a handful of Progressive media outlets and sources.  We represent the majority - and the hope for that majority's future, political, financial and environmentally.  Yet we are totally disorganized; protests and demonstrations against Wall Street, supporting workers and Unions, our public schools, LGBT rights, immigration, criminal justice...and the list goes on.  Instead of unifying and pooling our resources to confront the attacks head on we are responding piecemeal, each group supporting their issue and agenda without supporting the issues being fought by others - against the same source of these attacks.

As Heubeck and Weyrich anticipated, we are being kept off balance, disorganized and thus unable to mount a credible and purposeful defense - let alone an ability to go on the offensive.  When we as a society and Nation were faced with fascism in the past we put aside our cultural and philosophical differences and fought against it.  For our ancestors knew without a doubt that regardless of how we saw one another as neighbors, workers or even political opponents - our world would be worse off under fascism and we fought side by side to defeat that possibility from happening.

The difference between 60 - 70 years ago and today is that we are faced with this at home - on our continent instead of the far off European continent and countries.  It is unimaginable that this could be occurring here in America - advanced by Americans on behalf of multi-national corporations.  Our jobs are gone, our freedoms being taken or weakened one at a time.  Our economy is in the tank and all efforts to revive it are met with resistance from both the corporations and lawmakers affiliated with this hardened cabal.

In the face of this, we remain isolated.  One group fighting for this...another fighting for that...Unions fighting for rights and survival...parents fighting for a proper "public" education...patients for adequate and affordable healthcare...immigrants for reform and citizenship.  In such isolation the cabal will meet each small group and defeat us one by one.  Alone, each can not prevail against such an organized and influential opponent.

Together is a different story.  If all of us with Progressive and Liberal principles and ideals band together, pool everything and take these bastards on as a single force we can prevail. The questions are: when are we going to realize the source of these attacks and threats to democracy? and; When are we going to agree to put our issues and activism into one battle, come together and oppose these attacks collectively?

As 2old2care discussed..."if we continue to pull the covers over our heads and think all of this is the problem of someone else or that it will simply go away" we are all doomed.  

We need a coalition representing every facet of activism on the Left.  At each demonstration we need representatives on every issue standing side by side in opposition to the cabal.  Issues of LGBT activists must become our issue; issues of teachers, workers and union members, must be our issue; foreclosure, wages and healthcare must be our issue, and; fighting the corruption and theft by banks and financial institutions must also be our issue.  At every protest and demonstration we have to come together and present "Our Issue" to the public and in opposition to the likes of Koch, Scaife and ALEC.

Recently we saw the article from Wisconsin advising that one of the Republican legislators is proposing a bill to abolish employees having to identify their employers regarding political contributions.  Senator Glenn Grothman (R) is he sponsor of this bill...and an ALEC member, with a seat on their Education Task Force.  The basis for Grothman's "bill" is due to pressure being put on Koch Industries, Coca-Cola and other "contributors" from all the publicity identifying them as supporting Walker and ALEC's agenda.  The Boycott of Koch and Coca-Cola products is hurting their bottom line, but instead of withdrawing support or dropping their membership in ALEC, they choose to have one of their legislative lackeys introduce legislation to help keep their identity hidden...help them remain in the shadows, behind the political curtain pulling the strings.

Progress is being made in this fight, the opposition is starting to feel the resistance - push back against their agenda - from the continuous demonstrating and protesting there in WI.  This is the same fight that needs to be carried out in every state, each city where the opposition resides or is attempting to enforce their agenda.  They can be opposed, reduced and contained - but it takes the effort of all of us acting as a cohesive and resisting force.

I'm game...are you?

Originally posted to Bob Sloan on Sat Oct 01, 2011 at 02:00 PM PDT.

Also republished by Exposing ALEC, Earthship Koch, In Support of Labor and Unions, and ClassWarfare Newsletter: WallStreet VS Working Class Global Occupy movement.

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  •  I've been in the same place (7+ / 0-)

    for about a week now, really - pacing my house thinking similar thoughts just today and wondering what I could write that will motivate people to act.

    Wondering.... why hasn't ALEC acted based on the information that has been released and I have come to the conclusion that they don't care - they think this is a minor inconvenience that will go away in time - exactly like 10 years ago when alecwatch.org published all that information and nothing happened.  

    I keep coming back to the same question - what more do we need to do, what more should we do, how can we make this different from 10 years ago when alecwatch spoke and no one acted.  How can we motivate people that this IS serious and action has to be taken?

    ALEC is relying on people not doing anything - just like 10 years ago when people took no action with the information published by alecwatch.

    People have to step forward and take action.  We can't make the same mistake (no action) that was made 10 years ago - and expect things to change.

    Thank you Bob - for bringing this out into the open again! The message needs to be repeated over and over and over and over and....

    until people are willing to listen and ACT.

    Someone, anyone  - please tell me what actions are happening - please?  I know what I am doing and what some others are doing - but I need to know that this is bigger than 20 or so people taking ACTION against ALEC.

    •  We're all doing all we can, "99". I know (9+ / 0-)

      some times it feels like no one is paying attention or  that they see this as some passing "phase" that will go away on it's own.  We know this is a well planned agenda that has much thought and effort put into it, thus it won't stop or go away on it's own.  ALEC and their Conservative led and funded gang have been in business for 38 years and so it is far from a fad or phase.  It is a concerted attack that is growing exponentially by the month.

      I see our efforts here at DK, the protests and demonstrations going on nationwide, similar to our emergency broadcasting network.  When danger approaches and they go off there are always those who ignore the warnings , believing whatever it is - hurricane, tornado or flood, will pass them by and there's no need for worry.  In the case of ALEC and Koch...there is no possibility of being passed by.  Their agenda is designed to sweep all of us away from democracy and dump us on the shores of corporatocracy.  Those who ignore our warnings will be more than surprised if they ignore us or fail to heed this final attempt of enlightenment.

      I believe it is going to take a concerted attack upon the MSM to force them to finally inform about ALEC, the protests and the danger our country is in.  We simply have to find a way to wrest complacency and collaboration away from NBC, CBS, ABC, TBS and the print media.  In the face of national demonstrations, unemployment and these legislative attacks they have refused to even acknowledge the takeover of wall street, as they maintain their silence, refusing to alert our citizens to the impending collapse.  When we prevail (not if) one thing we must do is create, establish and operate a free, open and honest media.  One that is informative, not bought, controlled and willing to trade off our freedom for advertising dollars.  Then this kind of thing will not be able to happen again.

      "Inmates should be reformed - not recycled" http://piecp-violations.com/

      by Bob Sloan on Sat Oct 01, 2011 at 03:00:57 PM PDT

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      •  Very few pay attention. I do the work anyway (5+ / 0-)

        This got very little attention, ALEC aside, it exposes the foundation of the corporate takeover of America.

        Years of research went into this diary.

        80 Years of Planning: The Kochs + The Family + Birchers = Tea Party

        But, like Johnny Appleseed, we just keep humbly doing the work because we can't live with our selves if we don't at least TRY to make a difference.

        Love to you, Bob Sloan, and your amazing Prison expose'

        Peace and Courage

        It's difficult to be happy knowing so many suffer. We must unite.

        by War on Error on Sat Oct 01, 2011 at 09:06:47 PM PDT

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      •  Bob, you have described a Fourth Estate that has (7+ / 0-)

        become the Fifth Column for the cabal.

        When journalists and their employers refuse to adhere to journalistic standards, they are no longer journalists, they are propagandists for the cabal.

        They won't report on ALEC because ALEC corporate members are their profit centers, and as such, they have to power to punish by the withholding of their advertising dollars.  I believe many of the media giants today are ALEC members, if not sympathizers.

        We simply have to find ways to go around them and take the job of communicating ALEC, and it members wrongdoing ourselves.

        Republicans are like alligators. All mouth and no ears.

        by Ohiodem1 on Sat Oct 01, 2011 at 09:12:09 PM PDT

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        •  ALEC also flows into the 58 State Policy Network (0+ / 0-)

          groups.  They tailor the ALEC stuff to local conditions.

          Look at SPN.org to get the list.  Pacific Research, Mackanic Center and the list goes on.

          They have also been feeding into some of the local "tax" groups that are spreading the lies about the public employee pensions and big salaries.  

      •  On this same theme, the Heubeck treatise also (5+ / 0-)

        has this:

        Support of an Elite More Valuable than Support of the Masses

        We will initially operate according to the belief that it is more important to win over the elites (or create a new, better one) than to build up a mass movement. Furthermore, it is more important to have a few impassioned members than a large number of largely indifferent members. The amount of energy, élan, and self-assurance that we are able to inculcate in the leaders of our movement will ultimately determine its success or failure.

        The new movement must be, in part, exclusive and elite. It must not be afraid to pass along a body of knowledge that is not readily accessible to and understandable by everyone. The strong appeal of a feeling of exclusivity and superiority will give our members a reason to endure the slings and arrows of popular disapproval.

        The New Traditionalist movement will appeal to the masses, but not immediately. The ideas of the masses never come from the masses. To the extent that the masses are more conservative than the elites, this is primarily because the masses have a long collective memory, and they still value the beliefs articulated by a long-lost elite. The conservative instincts of the American people will continue to erode unless a new elite is formed to refresh that memory.

        We must recognize that literature and philosophy do not appeal to the masses. This is why we must develop ways to spread our philosophy using non-rational means--especially the moving image.

        Italics above represents a section title in Heubeck, emphasis mine.

        I want to mention their emphasis on the moving image.  They have masterfully created a mass media empire ment to motivate the masses, whom they have utter contempt for, to become their foot soldiers, who are expendable in every way except for a Tuesday each November.  Fox News, and the mass media empire of Murdoch and others have become the vehicle by which this cabal sows fear, and stirs up the masses with the non rational means described above.

        How will we defeat this.  We first need to show those masses that the New Traditionalist Elite holds so fully in contempt, that they are being used, and their livelihood and freedoms are just as endangered as the livelihoods and freedoms of liberals are, perhaps even more so, particularly as the cabal cuts the strings out of the safety net that supports so very many of those who have been duped into supporting the cabal, against their own self-interest.

        Republicans are like alligators. All mouth and no ears.

        by Ohiodem1 on Sat Oct 01, 2011 at 09:29:37 PM PDT

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  •  Bob - I agree with your fears but (6+ / 0-)

    I think that a tipping point is coming soon based on the diversity of the opposition.

    People know their world is upside down.  And the protests from Wall Street to the fight for Single Payer Healthcare to your effort to expose ALEC are all grassroots bottom up efforts that are lighting up the Truth.

    I don't believe a Top Down strategy will work against the monolithic Global corporate cabel - they control the flow of information. Too easy to cut off the head.

    Our only chance is in the diversity of our resistance - we are fast and agile and can break the dry rot of the  existing power structure because they cannot stand up to our thousands of stinging attacks coming from all directions in the long run.

    Will we win this year?  No.  Will we win this decade? Possibly.  But we are laying the foundation today for victory in the not so distant future.

    • "But such is the irresistable nature of truth, that all it asks, and all it wants is the liberty of appearing." -Thomas Paine
    • "The trust of the innocent is the liar's most useful tool." Stephen King

    by Tommymac on Sat Oct 01, 2011 at 02:35:09 PM PDT

    •  There is simply more operations going on than what (5+ / 0-)

      has been reported thus far.  Hopefully in the next week much more will be coming out on ALEC and their activities that have still not been made public.  Once that happens maybe more will start paying attention and make stopping this more likely.  Sadly some of us know without a doubt that there are those at the Occupy Wall Street protests who - though they appear to be Progressive activists - are in reality Conservatives working to blunt the effect of the protests.  Infiltrators who mingle in with true protesters looking for ways to divert attention or to create the appearance that the protest is "planned", "organized" and deliberately put in place by "leftists" and Unions rather than the true grassroots movement it is.

      They have done this in the past and successfully diverted attention away from the real messages and efforts of Progressives and Liberals.  Look for it to hit the news in the next week or so.  I hope I'm wrong, but believe we'll see this start to be reported like I predict within a week.

      I know it will not be a quick or easy fight to take back democracy and put ALEC and the Cabal back in the closet, but they've had 30 years of planning and successes and we're playing catch-up.

      "Inmates should be reformed - not recycled" http://piecp-violations.com/

      by Bob Sloan on Sat Oct 01, 2011 at 03:09:10 PM PDT

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  •  Support of an Elite More Valuable than Support of (6+ / 0-)

    ..the masses - (From the right wing link) pretty much says it all.

    And a confession[?] of sorts:

    Conservatives must honestly assess the predicament that we are in. We must understand that the American people are no longer on our side, at least not reliably so, and they will be less so as time goes on.
    The  real people (not corp. personhood) of America were never on this fantastically right wing side, and never will be. That is why the whole strategy being proposed is to back away (supposedly) from and undermine the peoples voice (govt. - it's supposed to be our voice & that's what  Liberals/Progressives are working towards always) and that strategy is blatant indoctrination, massive deception on a national scale.Unbelivable.. almost.  Teach our future chilren to hate.

    So: Conservatives are wrong in almost every measurable way. They know it. They don't care. They want need to control others because true democracy will never permit this to happen. Conservatives do not believe in a democratic society - theocratic, authoritarian, stratified, corporate controlled - yes. democracy? - not even close.

    Mark Twain would say about todays Gop:

    Nothing so needs reforming like other peoples habits - Mark Twain

    t'd & r'd Bob Sloan

    P.S.: i didn't personally care for 2oldtocare's description of Democrats & our President but he/she had very relevant points

  •  This WI history teacher discovered Heubeck's ... (8+ / 0-)

    New Traditionalist"Manifesto" this summer.  As I read it for the first time, it made me ill.  As I contemplated to what extent Weyrich and Heubeck's vision has been accomplished, my disgust turned to cold, steeled anger.  

    What Wisconsin's public employees witnessed and experienced from too many Wisconsinites was far beyond what I thought main-stream "conservatism" stood for.  How could I and so many others have been so naive?  How could we have been blinded and unaware of "something" so ugly, so uncaring, and so consuming?

    I stress to my students the importance of analyzing social, economic, political, and cultural causes/effects when seeking historical answers.  I was driven to search for the historical roots of Walker ReTHUGlicanism to answer nagging questions: "What had Walker ReTHUGlicans' vitriol tapped into, where had such paranoid demagoguery originated, and what fed it?"  

    It has been an interesting and disturbing intellectual quest.  I learned much that I did not know, and I consider myself a current event "junkie."  My quest started obviously with the Koch bros and expanded.  Since then ALEC; the Bradley Foundation; Paul Weyrich; Heubeck's  "The Integration of Theory and Practice: A Program for the New Traditionalist Movement;" Doug Coe and the Family/Fellowship; Dominionism; Prosperity Theology; Christian Reconstructionism; Theonomy; David Barton; and far too many Corporatist-funded think-tanks, foundations, and organizations, have been reading topics.  

    I am by nature a pessimist; the more I read, the more concerned I become about the future and our experiment in self-government that began over 200 years ago. BUT, something also happened to me on Madison's Square last Feb. and March.  I truly cannot express what it felt like to march in solidarity with tens of thousands and then 100,000+ fellow Wisconsinites to protest tyrannical, political thuggery!  The support that our fellow Americans and world citizens supplied helped sustain so many of us.  I am humbled and surprisingly...hopeful!

    •  I'm glad to hear educators have discovered (2+ / 0-)
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      Heubeck, Weyrich and their writings...and connected the words to the deeds over the past decade plus.  It means this important knowledge will be imparted to the students of today, who are destined to be the leaders tomorrow.

      If there's one thing we've come to understand from the ideology, practices and events of today, that is it cannot be allowed to happen again.  I have no doubt society will awaken in the nick of time to put an end to this pursuit of dominion and corporatocracy...but more importantly, stay on guard against any resurrection of it in future generations.

      "Inmates should be reformed - not recycled" http://piecp-violations.com/

      by Bob Sloan on Sat Oct 01, 2011 at 08:10:40 PM PDT

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    •  Add John Boyd's treatise Destruction and Creation (1+ / 0-)
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      to your reading list.  This is from 1976 and is an early foray into the world of Chaos Theory, and many on the right buy into his theory that creation is the product of destruction.  Heubeck notes that their quest is to be:

      "Our movement will be entirely destructive, and entirely constructive. We will not try to reform the existing institutions. We only intend to weaken them, and eventually destroy them. We will endeavor to knock our opponents off-balance and unsettle them at every opportunity. All of our constructive energies will be dedicated to the creation of our own institutions."

      It is no mistake that Heubeck mentioned this.  John Boyd's theories of war have been hugely influential and hugely influential on people like Dick Cheney and others in the so-called "conservative" movment.

      http://www.goalsys.com/...

      They are not conservative at all.  They are Radical Right Republicans and they in fact have no compunction about destroying the Republican Party if it gets in the way of them achieving their goal of a Radical Right nirvana.

      More on Boyd can be found in a book titled John Boyd.  He was a miserable human being, and the book documents that fact.  Goes right with the radical right philosophy of being obnoxious just so long as you get your way.  I expect we need to get obnoxious right back in their face when they come on like that and expect more capitulation and compromise.  To appease an aggressor will simply invite more aggression.  We need to develop the means to make them stop because we are done being pushed around.  If they push us, we must push back, twice as hard.

      We need also to take the feeling they have that even when they lose, they win.  That has to end, and they need to feel that they have been soundly defeated and must return to their cave to lick their wounds, and we need to gain strength to hammer them again when they come back seeking more appeasement.  It will no longer happen.

      Republicans are like alligators. All mouth and no ears.

      by Ohiodem1 on Sun Oct 02, 2011 at 12:06:43 PM PDT

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      •  I agree we simply have to push back and (1+ / 0-)
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        do it until they no longer have any influence or an agenda to advance.  Problem is getting out President's administration and advisers to point out to him how dangerous all this is and who is behind it.

        This kind of movement against the Conservatives must consist of not only grass root demonstrations and activities but also from the top down to squeeze them out of our politics and the parties.

        "Inmates should be reformed - not recycled" http://piecp-violations.com/

        by Bob Sloan on Sun Oct 02, 2011 at 01:05:16 PM PDT

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        •  Bob, you are pushing back, and pushing back hard, (0+ / 0-)

          and your efforts are hurting them.  All the scrutiny they are getting is because people have pushed back and pushed back hard, and are done being intimidated.

          And we seek more and more people to see the pattern of their agression against our nation and its constitution which is the only thing we have that guarantees our freedoms.

          I want everyone who reads an ALEC or Koch article or articles about their other miscreants against democracy to scratch their heads and say, hey, that tactic looks like something I saw or read in college, but never made the connection.  Then go back and connect the dots.  I want 10,000 people, then 100,000 people connecting the dots. giving information and evidence to prosecutors in every county seat, and in particular in every state capital, so misfeasance, malfeasance and nonfeasance by ALEC legislators, governors and supplicants can be exposed and prosecuted.

          Impeachments are good to do as well.  We will not yield. It's time to take all this accurate information which has been generated against ALEC and start using it against them.  It's time to figuratively and legally hammer them into submission.  A private prision would be too good for them.

          Republicans are like alligators. All mouth and no ears.

          by Ohiodem1 on Sun Oct 02, 2011 at 01:48:26 PM PDT

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      •  Thanks for the "research" suggestion; my quest (1+ / 0-)
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        would have been much easier if there was a forum for suggestions like this.

        •  This blog, Exposing ALEC has a wealth of (0+ / 0-)

          research articles.  Go back to the beginning and read articles by Bob Sloan, Hector Solon, MNDem999, ManfromMiddletown and several others.  There are lots of links to follow the money sites, Expose ALEC website which has 800 ALEC "Model Legislation" bills saved and available for free downloading, lists of ALEC members (h/t to MNDem999) and many other articles, links and the like.  Remember, our researchers are committed to accurate research from original sources, no hearsay.

          Google searches should yield massive results now, which was not the case just six months ago.  There is a terriffic article about the Koch's in Bloomberg, whcih was just published today.  Well-sourced, shows much.

          You may consider to some degree that this blog is a clearinghouse of information on ALEC, protests against ALEC (next one in November/December in Scottsdale, AZ).  Welcome.

          Republicans are like alligators. All mouth and no ears.

          by Ohiodem1 on Sun Oct 02, 2011 at 07:49:49 PM PDT

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  •  My direct action is boycotting Walgreens (4+ / 0-)
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    I moved my heart med prescriptions and won't darken their door to buy anything because they sponsored the New Orleans conference, and I let them know why.
    Thanks, Bob. The wingnuts pooh pooh our legitimate concerns about ALEC by saying we're inventing a bogeyman, so far from the truth.

    I dreamed I saw Joe Hill last night, alive as you and me.

    by plankbob on Sat Oct 01, 2011 at 06:13:32 PM PDT

    •  Every company belonging to ALEC and the CABAL (3+ / 0-)
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      that is boycotted, is another few cents less they have to fund their nefarious activities.  Enough of us do that and those pennies turn into dollars then millions.  Only when the profits diminish will the corporations respond to the will of the consumer.  Right now they see us as Progressives to be defeated and overcome.  They forget we are consumers as well.  Maybe one day they'll wake up and cry "Oopsie...my bad!" and go back to business and stay out of politics.

      "Inmates should be reformed - not recycled" http://piecp-violations.com/

      by Bob Sloan on Sat Oct 01, 2011 at 08:13:53 PM PDT

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  •  tax exempt chariable orgs (3+ / 0-)
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    should not include political groups or legislative advocates-educators-propagandists. Legit charitable orgs should be able to advocate for their areas of concern.

    •  I agree. Over the past several decades there (2+ / 0-)
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      have been subtle changes to the definition and operation of charities - just as there have been a redefining of corporations and a mixing of religion into both.  Today there is too little light between the three and that has to change.

      "Inmates should be reformed - not recycled" http://piecp-violations.com/

      by Bob Sloan on Sat Oct 01, 2011 at 08:18:49 PM PDT

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    •  Lobbying: yes, political campaigning: no. n/t (0+ / 0-)

      Supply follows consumption. You cannot stimulate consumption by crushing the consumer. Deal with it.

      by Zera Lee on Sun Oct 02, 2011 at 12:32:54 AM PDT

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  •  Churches should not be used as politic tools (3+ / 0-)
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    It's difficult to be happy knowing so many suffer. We must unite.

    by War on Error on Sat Oct 01, 2011 at 09:07:44 PM PDT

  •  CATO link to Chile (2+ / 0-)
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     Interested in where we're going if we don't step up now, read about Chilean History.  During the Pinochet regime, the Chilean economy was handed over to the Chicago Boys - privatization and small government.
       Some will argue that that is ancient history - please move on.  Oh but wait, one of those Chilean boys (Jose Pinera) is a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute as he pushes the "Social Security Choice" agenda.
         Cato was created in 1977, one of the funder's Charles Koch.

        Perhaps one of the most salient points is that Chilean citizens have not recovered many of the rights that they lost during the Pinochet regime, because the regime re-wrote their Constitution and the requirements to change it near impossible.  

        The elected individuals here in the US that support the "free market" principles will continue to push their agenda and assure that any changes that they have made via legislation will remain in effect.

    •  Great information and the linkage to CATO and (0+ / 0-)

      Koch to the troubled years in Chile bring the "free market" philosophy into sharp focus.

      Possibly the successes in rewriting Chile's Constitution in such a manner has given Koch and the Cabal the impetus to keep trying the same thing here - with their attacks upon and attempts to change our Constitution.  They have been at this here for more than a decade and continue to try and limit freedoms by removing Habeas Corpus protections, seeking a balanced budget "amendment" and other similar activities.

      "Inmates should be reformed - not recycled" http://piecp-violations.com/

      by Bob Sloan on Sun Oct 02, 2011 at 08:35:41 AM PDT

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      •  You know this whole "Occupy" thing (0+ / 0-)

        IF "Occupy The Second American Constitutional Convention" could be pulled off, how many of these issues and problems could all be addressed and (theoretically) resolved at once?

        I just don't know why everyone on the left assumes that, if there were a ConCon, we would inevitably lose.

        To me, there's a reason why The Right Wing is starting to rant about "The Tyranny of the Majority". Even with all of their sophistication, planning, and execution, the best that they have ever been able to accomplish (in my humble opinion, from fifty years of personal observation) is to simply turn off most folks to the point that they would rather go to the Dentist than vote.

        If there is a way to create political excitement in this country, I still think that most folks are more than ready, willing, and able to become politically excited.

        There can be no protection locally if we're content to ignore the fact that there are no controls globally.

        by oldpotsmuggler on Mon Oct 03, 2011 at 09:01:25 PM PDT

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  •  I posted a direct connection... (1+ / 0-)
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    Between The Kochs and the Obama Administration's handling of the Keystone XL pipeline that seems relevant to this discussion:
    http://www.dailykos.com/...

    •  I read that post with great interest. The (1+ / 0-)
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      influence of Ol' Davy and Chucky Boy is everywhere and the oval office is no exception.  They have been getting away with murder - literally - since Bush II took office in 01 and brought Ashcroft with him into the slot of AG.  He let Koch off the hook in the largest contamination case in U.S. history...and a year later Bush nominated and renominated Koch's Director of Environmental policy and regulations as Inspector General of the U.S'. EPA!

      Goes to show us how insidious they are and the depth of the influence by the cabal upon even our highest elected officials.

      "Inmates should be reformed - not recycled" http://piecp-violations.com/

      by Bob Sloan on Sun Oct 02, 2011 at 09:03:47 AM PDT

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