Original release: July 6, 2014 / Revised: December 5, 2016 "You may not be interested in politics, but politics is interested in YOU."
As a veteran, I pledged to protect the United States Constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic. This essay is my contribution to that pledge. I was born in the early 50’s, spent 8 years serving my country in the Air Force, and had the chance to raise two great kids and enjoy a prosperous America before the right wing tentacles infiltrated our government. I’ve watched this happen in my lifetime as have many of you. Please take a few minutes and grab a fresh cup of coffee (or tea), sit back and review the timeline I’ve put together. Yes, it is lengthy, but our American government wasn’t infiltrated over night. It was a calculated effort. This essay explains not only what happened, but chronicles the pre-determined sequence of events that allowed it to happen.
Conservatives reading this will immediately be on the defensive. And you should be. But all the evidence presented here is documented and undeniable. These are the facts. And denying facts is precisely what you have been systematically conditioned to do. If you read this through to the end, (which I challenge you to do) you’ll know exactly what is meant by that statement.
Anyone who values and cherishes what our founding fathers built for us would call this treason – the intentional undermining of the United States Government to satisfy corporate goals, including the transfer of trillions of dollars in public funds. This essay details the most massive fraud perpetrated against a population in human history – the defrauding of every citizen of the United States of America, regardless of race, religion, political affiliation or lack thereof, with the ultimate prize being the United States Constitution.
This is an attempt to present a timeline sequence of events and activities, over the last 66 years, beginning with the McCarthy Era, a good time-frame to introduce the art of scapegoating, used with such success today. I believe we have evidence that the Republican Party of the United States of America colluded, then planned and executed heinous financial and social crimes against the people of the United States of America. The Republican Party has, with the intention of complete social upheaval, financial domination, and ultimate capture of the Constitution, undermined the very institution of the United States government. At its most basic level, this is a case of cause and effect. For the technically minded, consider this a root cause analysis. Evidence included.
1950-1956 McCarthyism is the practice of making accusations of disloyalty, subversion, or treason without proper regard for evidence. It also means “the practice of making unfair allegations or using unfair investigative techniques, especially in order to restrict dissent or political criticism.
McCarthyism and the Red Scare was thwarted by a gutsy journalist by the name of Edward R. Murrow. Murrow was not restricted by political ties – he asked the hard questions and spoke the truth. When was the last time you saw this level of journalistic courage and integrity in the United States of America?
“One of the most prominent attacks on McCarthy’s methods was an episode of the television documentary series See It Now, hosted by journalist Edward R. Murrow, which was broadcast on March 9, 1954. Titled “A Report on Senator Joseph R. McCarthy”, the episode consisted largely of clips of McCarthy speaking. In these clips, McCarthy accuses the Democratic Party of “twenty years of treason”, describes the American Civil Liberties Union as “listed as ‘a front for, and doing the work of’, the Communist Party”, and berates and harangues various witnesses, including General Zwicker.”
Fast forward to 2012. Sound familiar? It should: “I have here in my hand a list of 205 Communists …” – U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Florida.
Fast forward to 2013 Is Senator Ted Cruz Our New McCarthy? “Last week, Texas Senator Ted Cruz’s prosecutorial style of questioning Chuck Hagel, President Obama’s nominee for Defense Secretary, came so close to innuendo that it raised eyebrows in Congress, even among his Republican colleagues. Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, called Cruz’s inquiry into Hagel’s past associations “out of bounds, quite frankly.”
You will soon see the connections; where we were in the 50’s and why we’re seeing it again. It’s all by design. But now it is for money. For “business.” For all the marbles.
1958 Fred C. Koch (1900-1967) Koch started his career with the Texas Company in Port Arthur, Texas, and later became chief engineer with the Medway Oil & Storage Company on the Isle of Grain in Kent, England. In 1925 he joined a fellow MIT classmate, P.C. Keith, at Keith-Winkler Engineering in Wichita, Kansas. Following the departure of Keith in 1925, the firm became Winkler-Koch Engineering Company.
Extended litigation which he eventually won effectively put Winkler-Koch out of business in the U.S. for several years. Koch turned his focus to foreign markets, including the Soviet Union, where Winkler-Koch built 15 cracking units between 1929 and 1932. The company also built installations in countries throughout Europe, the Middle East and Asia. In the early 1930s, Winkler-Koch hosted Soviet technicians for training.
Having succeeded in securing the family fortune, Koch joined new partners in 1940 to create the Rock Island Oil & Refining Company, which is today known as Koch Industries. Rock Island Oil & Refining had no public relations department, having no relations with the public, and the Koch family went out of its way to avoid doing business with the government. In 1966 he turned over day-to-day management of the company to his son, Charles Koch. As of this writing, Koch industries is valued at over $100 billion dollars.
Koch’s anti-Soviet views led him to become a founding member of the John Birch Society. Koch claimed that the Democratic and Republican Parties were infiltrated by the Communist Party, and he supported Mussolini’s suppression of Communists. Koch wrote that “The colored man looms large in the Communist plan to take over America” and characterized welfare as a secret plot to attract rural blacks and Puerto Ricans to Eastern cities to vote for Communist causes and “getting a vicious race war started.” Consider those words for a moment. This is the genesis of where we are today. Pertinent to 2016, in 1938, Fred Koch declared publicly: “Although nobody agrees with me, I am of the opinion that the only sound countries in the world are Germany, Italy, and Japan, simply because they are all working and working hard” and “The laboring people in those countries are proportionately much better off than they are any place else in the world. When you contrast the state of mind of Germany today with what it was in 1925 you begin to think that perhaps this course of idleness, feeding at the public trough, dependence on government, etc., with which we are afflicted is not permanent and can be overcome.”
1958-Present The John Birch Society (JBS) is an American political advocacy group that supports anti-communism and limited government. It has been described as radical right. Businessman and founder Robert W. Welch Jr. (1899–1985) and oil tycoon co-founder Fred C. Koch developed an elaborate organizational infrastructure (consider today’s right wing structure) in 1958 that enabled them to keep a very tight rein on the chapters. Its main activity in the 1960s, says Rick Perlstein, “comprised monthly meetings to watch a film by Welch, followed by writing postcards or letters to government officials linking specific policies to the Communist menace.”
One might surmise that if they had such a problem with “Communism” they would also have a problem with our goods being manufactured in Communist countries. In fact, they don’t. Remember, Fred Koch helped develop Communist infrastructure in the Soviet Union. Fred Koch hated the Soviet Union and he hated Communism. In fact, during his years of litigation in the lawsuit he eventually won, he learned to hate organized government. The words “greater good” were lost on him. Fred Koch was not only an oil tycoon, he was also a racist, as evidenced by the quote above. He had no regard for the black man in America and certainly no sense of social justice or the value of contributing to the system. He did, however, value money and power above all else and passed those (and his anti-communism/anti-minority) attributes on to his sons. This is our first clue as to what this might really be all about.
And why we are where we are now.
Fast forward; the 60’s The free-wheeling social times of the 60’s concerned many businessmen. Numerous social concessions had been made by the Right in the ’60’s; women’s fight for equal rights, the rise of significance of the black contributions to America, equality for blacks in America. The rise of Cesar Chavez who co-founded the National Farm Workers Association on the west coast occurred during this time. Not insignificantly, a man by the name of Ralph Nader pushed for safety in the American automobile industry after years of slaughter on America’s Eisenhower-era interstate highways. One man, Lewis Powell Jr. was particularly disturbed by the trend. Powell decided to do something about it. Engineer a game plan. A blueprint that, if followed precisely, would ensure government empowered corporate domination over the American people for the foreseeable future.
1971 The Powell Memorandum In 1971, Lewis Powell, a successful tobacco lobby attorney, penned a document that is known as the “Powell Memorandum.” In this document, which was sent to Eugene Sydnor, Jr., the Director of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Powell extolled the virtues of blending business interests with political interests. It was a win-win if government could be a partner with business. A win-win for business and government, and an undeniable lose-lose for the citizens of this country. Powell was smart – knew how to cover all the bases and he was in it for the win: Attack (and infiltrate) on all fronts – Education / Regulation / Media
Think about where we are as a society today. American men and women just like you and me, all affected, in some way. From income disparity (union busting, lack of labor rights) to corporate media ownership (all major media conglomerates) to the rise of the “Alt-Right” media and social media attack squads (and the attempted normalization of Anti-Semite, anti-minority rhetoric), to the perpetuated myth of trickle-down (how’d that work for us?), to the de-valuation of science when it conflicts with business interests, to the massive deterioration of our public school system, to our crumbling infrastructure, to the fact that you will not hear or read this story in mainstream media – we; you, me, our children, our grandchildren, and our very planet are literally living the results of the success of the Powell Memorandum today.
Birth of the Takeover
1972 What this is really all about “Coincidentally” in the fall of 1972, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) made a surprising announcement: It planned to move its main offices from New York to Washington, D.C. As its chief, Burt Raynes, observed: “We have been in New York since before the turn of the century, because we regarded this city as the center of business and industry. But the thing that affects business most today is government. The interrelationship of business with business is no longer so important as the interrelationship of business with government. In the last several years, that has become very apparent to us.” The organizational counterattack of business in the 1970’s was as swift as it was sweeping — a domestic version of shock and awe. The number of corporations with public affairs offices in Washington grew from 100 in 1968 to over 500 in 1978. In 1971, only 175 firms had registered lobbyists in Washington, but by 1982, nearly 2,500 did.
Boy howdy, did they jump on the DC bus, and boy howdy, did they find willing participants. In their quest, the funds changed hands quickly, and the selling out of us – the people who elected them – began in earnest. The new, collaborative group of our elected politicians and business executives became colluding partners.
The Build Up
- They funded and built lobbyist groups, in reality, politician cash-exchange groups.
- They funded and built central messaging entities: The Heritage Foundation, CATO Institute, American Enterprise Institute, ad nauseum.
- They identified and funded elected politicians who were willing to relinquish OUR Democracy for their cash and power (1995 Legislative / 1980 Executive) the politicians inserted complicit attorneys into the judicial system (Executive -> Judicial 1986/1988/1991/2005/2006)
- They created and passed legislation to change the media rules – eliminated the Fairness Doctrine 1987-Judicial 1999-Legislative
- They identified and promoted their wedge issues, i.e. identify domestic and foreign “enemies” (abortion, guns, God, gays, Communist, Muslim, poor, unions, teachers, women’s rights, unemployed, black, Hispanic…)
- They teamed with the religious right. A monumental combining of dogmas, which would prove to be invaluable when support for Donald Trump (years later) would have to rely on faith alone. Clearly, they hooked the religious right on wedge issues. The religious population was already faith-based. It’s not a stretch to create a faith-based political party. They already deny facts and evidence. Brilliant.
- With regulations lifted, they were able to create a coordinated conservative media propaganda voice via right wing radio saturation and Fox “News” – 1996, fueled by wedge issues to control the hearts and minds. (side note: Roger Ailes pitched the idea to Nixon, but Nixon turned his nose at the idea calling it “too expensive.”)
- They fueled and promoted a hatred for the Government created for US by OUR founding fathers. (Remember drown it in the bathtub?)
- They ensured that outright lying in media would be legal. (2003, 2007)
- They attained a strong Supreme Court majority (2005)
According to the Vanderbilt Law Review study, this politicized hiring trend reinforces the impression that the Supreme Court is “a super-legislature responding to ideological arguments rather than a legal institution responding to concerns grounded in the rule of law.”
- Corporations achieve “personhood.” Decided January 21, 2010
- Voter Suppression – Repeal of the Voting Rights Act June 25th, 2013
- The Judicial branch guts campaign finance laws. Decided April 2, 2014
- The Judicial Branch allows corporations to dictate medical insurance coverage based on the religious ideology of the corporate executives. Decided June 30, 2014
It becomes obvious that the Powell Memorandum game plan has been executed magnificently. Our government has been effectively captured – regarding the Judicial Branch, with Scalia’s death, the Supreme Court stands at 4-4. The House of Representatives and the Senate both have Republican majorities. Donald Trump is the president-elect.
Hopefully, you are beginning to see by now that accusations of “Communism” and “Socialism” and “othering” of minorities are nothing more than a means to an end. And we’ve seen another tact executed with precision: Demonize anyone not in line with their agenda. Think about how President Obama has been treated. How our first lady has been treated. How progressives are treated. How rape victims are treated. How anyone not in line with their agenda is treated. Have you noticed a trend yet? Does Fox “News” make sense to you now? Does “Alt-Right” media make sense to you now? Does the purpose of amending the United States Constitution make sense to you yet?
Government is the Problem
1994-present Next Stop: De-legitimizing the Body of Government The combined corporate/conservative political body could not destroy the entity that controls it (our government) from within unless the government itself is de-legitimized – convince the citizens to hate their government (BIG GOVERNMENT), so that they could wrest control from the citizens. They got to work on it. You know how many hearts and minds have been converted if you’ve been paying attention. You might even have family members who have been converted. Here’s how they did it.
The Target: Congressional Intelligence This is the successful effort to dumb-down the body of Congress, with Newt Gingrich at the helm: “It’s true that both parties have outsourced much of their policy development over the years. Groups like the Center for American Progress to some extent do for Democrats what Heritage does for Republicans (or did prior to Jim DeMint’s takeover), and plenty of lawmakers from both parties take their policy instructions from Wall Street lobbyists. But whereas for Democrats the outsourcing of policy has happened more by necessity, for Republicans it’s been by design. Newt Gingrich began the process in the 1990’s with his attacks on in-house congressional expertise. Leaders like Tom DeLay in the House and Rick Santorum in the Senate advanced that process in the 2000’s with the “K Street Project,” an organized effort to place GOP Hill staffers in key jobs in the most important D.C. law firms and trade associations.”
The Target: The Institution of Government What strategy would you use to ensure the turnover of our government to corporate institutions? One tact is to de-legitimize government as an entity. The success of this particular tact is evidenced by the low popularity of Congress, and it is absolutely by design: The Lofgren Corollary “A couple of years ago, a Republican committee staff director told me candidly (and proudly) what the method was to all this obstruction and disruption. Should Republicans succeed in obstructing the Senate from doing its job, it would further lower Congress’s generic favorability rating among the American people. By sabotaging the reputation of an institution of government, the party that is programmatically against government would come out the relative winner.”
1973-present And then there’s ALEC American Legislative Executive Council – Conservative legislation pre-written to satisfy the pro-business/anti-citizen agenda, now adopted by states with conservative majorities. This legislation has little to no regard for human lives or environmental consequences.
- Funding and spending (you’ll see the Koch name again)
- Privatizing Education (remember the tenets of the Powell Memo?)
- Health and social safety net bills
- Environment, energy, and agriculture bills Are any politicians in your state members? (Note the overwhelming political affiliation)
Transfer of Wealth
1985 to 2008 Starving the Beast – the transfer of public wealth to private interests The most heinous crime of all – the Right’s bloating (transfer the wealth) and subsequent (social program) defunding our Federal Government (socialize the losses). A transfer of wealth to the tune of $12 trillion.
In the words of former Reagan official, Bruce Bartlett: “I believe that to a large extent our current budgetary problems stem from the widespread adoption of an idea by Republicans in the 1970s called “starve the beast.” It says that the best, perhaps only, way of reducing government spending is by reducing taxes. While a plausible strategy at the time it was formulated, STB became a substitute for serious budget control efforts, reduced the political cost of deficits, encouraged fiscally irresponsible tax cutting and ultimately made both spending and deficits larger.” And don’t believe anyone who says the Democratic Congress encouraged fiscally irresponsible tax cutting and ultimately made both spending and deficits larger.
2008 to Present Getting the Citizens on the Bandwagon With the debt run up to the multi-trillions thanks the Starve the Beast and the global recession caused by lax banking regulations (encouraged by Democrats and Republicans), AND a black man in the White House it was time to seize the moment – create an opposition to the government by leveraging the circumstances (not to mention execute the final phase of Starve the Beast). It was time to pull the pin on the grenade they called the Tea Party. They had willing participants in the South. To the Johnny-rebs a black man in the White House was an abomination (Obamanation). They were in the (tea) bag. To others, the massive debt had finally become evident. Most seemed to miss the fact that Obama’s predecessor had been starving the beast at record rates. But they were easily manipulated into believing it was the Liberals who had run up the debt. How easy are they to convince of anything? Here’s one example: A Third of Louisiana Republicans Blame Obama For Hurricane Katrina Response Under Bush
2009 to Present The Tea Party
- Funded and strengthened by Americans for Prosperity – Koch front group
- Leveraged racial prejudice against a mixed race president
- Leveraged unimaginably high debt incurred by Starve the Beast
- Re-purposed old John Birch Society talking points
- Enough candidates were elected in 2010 to shut down OUR government
In states with conservative majorities, laws have been implemented in record time with the effect of shutting down family planning centers, restricting voting rights, shutting down unions, and liberalizing gun laws.
2013 to Present Groundswell – the 30 Front War Without a doubt, Groundswell is the most blatant conflict of interest in the history of the United States Supreme Court. Groundswell was (is) an effort to coordinate the messaging efforts of the right wing in a manner that would be accepted by progressives in this country. One of the coordinators of this effort is none other than the wife of Supreme Court Justice Thomas, Ginni Thomas. One could surmise that the demonization of Secretary Hillary Clinton was high on their “to-do” list for 2016. “Believing they are losing the messaging war with progressives, a group of prominent conservatives in Washington—including the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and journalists from Breitbart News and the Washington Examiner—has been meeting privately since early this year to concoct talking points, coordinate messaging, and hatch plans for “a 30 front war seeking to fundamentally transform the nation,” according to documents obtained by Mother Jones. “
“One of the influential conservatives guiding the group is Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, a columnist for the Daily Caller and a tea party consultant and lobbyist. Other Groundswell members include John Bolton, the former UN ambassador; Frank Gaffney, the president of the Center for Security Policy; Ken Blackwell and Jerry Boykin of the Family Research Council; Tom Fitton, the president of Judicial Watch; Gayle Trotter, a fellow at the Independent Women’s Forum; Catherine Engelbrecht and Anita MonCrief of True the Vote; Allen West, the former GOP House member; Sue Myrick, also a former House GOPer; Diana Banister of the influential Shirley and Banister PR firm; and Max Pappas, a top aide to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).”
As if their policies hadn’t already fundamentally transformed our nation.
The Rise of Alternative Media and the “Alt Right” – The Great Conditioning With respect to Groundswell, it cannot be denied that it found success in Right Wing media. During these recent years we’ve seen a proliferation of far-right media in the form of radio; continuous broadcasts from hundreds, if not thousands of AM radio stations broadcasting into America’s rural heartland, Internet sites (Breitbart, WorldNetDaily, and many more) and television (Fox News, among others). The purpose of these media outlets is to coordinate a message, confuse the opposition message with extreme talking points, by fomenting hatred, spreading and repeating outright lies (repeat a lie and it becomes the truth), demonizing and placing blame upon “mainstream” (corporate) media, and especially “liberals”.
They specialize in targeting individuals, organizations, and ethnic/minority groups with their hatred and accusations of “guilt.” These messaging systems have been extremely successful in their execution, centralizing the message and identifying their imaginary enemies to a primarily blue-collar white working class; a decimated class of America that fell victim to the corporate agenda of moving manufacturing jobs to countries with few labor laws.
These economically decimated individuals found their scapegoats through right wing media, and were conditioned to blame “others” or “big government” for their economic woes, when in actuality their jobs were moved out of country to increase corporate profits (with help from both the Republican and Democratic Parties), without regard to domestic economic impact. They are authoritarian-driven, they wanted a Messiah, and they found one in a man by the name of Donald J. Trump.
If you have any doubts regarding the coverage of a single message to an already authoritarian-minded (and highly religious) demographic, I invite you to review the number of radio outlets that carry the message that is so readily consumed. Radio, the most common form of spreading information in the world, has spread the extremist, hate-fomenting message from the Pacific Coast, across the Great Plains, to the Atlantic Seaboard, and to every corner of our country:
Savage: http://tunein.com/radio/options/The-Savage-Nation-p20626/ Levin: http://tunein.com/radio/options/The-Mark-Levin-Show-p30095/ Hannity: http://tunein.com/radio/options/The-Sean-Hannity-Show-p20631/ Limbaugh: http://tunein.com/radio/options/The-Rush-Limbaugh-Show-p20617/ An entire compendium of the right wing, religiously-influenced alternate reality can be found on Conservapedia, the right wing’s answer to Wikipedia. You owe yourself a look. The opposition to this conservative alternate-reality onslaught does not exist. There was no such organization, and no such plan to debunk the new “reality” on a large scale. Nobody was dissecting the right wing media and providing a globally accepted, focused, truth-based voice of opposition.
To that end, in the great state of Texas, the teaching of critical thinking skills is being opposed by the state Republican Party. If we become a country that relies on dogma and represses critical thinking skills, how are we any different than Iran or North Korea?
“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.” -Joseph Goebbels
Automation – The Rise of Chatbots “An automated army of pro-Donald J. Trump chatbots overwhelmed similar programs supporting Hillary Clinton five to one in the days leading up to the presidential election, according to a report published Thursday by researchers at Oxford University. “
“The chatbots — basic software programs with a bit of artificial intelligence and rudimentary communication skills — would send messages on Twitter based on a topic, usually defined on the social network by a word preceded by a hashtag symbol, like #Clinton.
“Their purpose: to rant, confuse people on facts, or simply muddy discussions, said Philip N. Howard, a sociologist at the Oxford Internet Institute and one of the authors of the report. If you were looking for a real debate of the issues, you weren’t going to find it with a chatbot. “
Short List of Fabrications
- Obama is Muslim
- Obama was not born in US
- Michelle Obama is transsexual
- Climate Change is a hoax
- Sandy Hook was a hoax
- The Orlando Nightclub shooting was a hoax
- Jade Helm US invasion of Texas (to which President Obama said “Really?”)
- FEMA Concentration camps
- Hillary Clinton is lesbian
- Hillary Clinton involved in child sex trafficking
- Gay conversion therapy
Book: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0991247604 It has been acknowledged by Trump surrogate Scottie Nell Hughes that “There’s no such thing as facts.” The gaming of the First Amendment in America has poisoned the well of facts and knowledge.
2010, 2014 Midterms – Increasing the Stranglehold The success of right wing alternative media and messaging was witnessed in the both the 2010 and 2014 midterm elections, where Democratic candidates were decimated at the federal and state level. Democrats lost sixty three House seats in 2010, and thirteen House seats in 2014. Democrats lost a total of fifteen Senate seats during this same time period. In terms of state legislatures, Democrats lost 910 seats across the country, at the time of this article. Voter Suppression – Tuesday, June 25th, 2013 – Repeal of the Voting Rights Act “There’s just no question that the court is slowly letting go of this legacy of race in America, and is pushing it aside,” said Ward Connerly, founder of the American Civil Rights Institute. “I think the resistance you’re seeing from the NAACP, ACLU and a lot of others to the Shelby case is a recognition that the ship is moving, and it’s moving from where it was with regard to race 50 years ago — it’s moving in the direction of a post-racial era.”
This, of course, was bunk.
Voter Suppression – “The Most Under-covered Story of 2016” The results of voter suppression can be found here. Gerrymandering is the act of manipulating the boundaries of (an electoral constituency) so as to favor one party or class. Republicans have perfected the practice.
Gerrymandered Districts overtake the House.
2016 – The Art of the Steal – Election of Donald Trump and the Republican States of America In 2016, the combination of voter suppression, gerrymandered districts, a singular right-wing media message, stacked state legislatures, social media saturated with lies, and a mis-informed, dis-informed, dumbed-down electorate coalesced into the election of Donald J. Trump. Powell’s memorandum, so carefully crafted and executed, created the poisoned environment that allowed this coup.
Corporate Media’s Influence in the 2016 Election Make no mistake, in 21st Century America, the purpose of corporate-owned media is not to inform, but to entertain and increase the number of eyes on the screen, thus improving sales for sponsor’s products. When the only motivator is next quarter’s profits, we cannot expect to be fed the truth. This became clearly evident in 2015 and 2016, when (pre) candidate Trump received an estimated one point five billion dollars of free air time. Trump was everywhere, all the time. We literally could not escape the name or the face. Trump leveraged the existing talking points of right wing media and brought them to the forefront, thus legitimizing the message. Even more frightening, Trump received the full support of the Ku Klux Klan and the American Nazi Party, thus legitimizing (in their minds) their message of white nationalist superiority, division, and hatred. As of November 29, 2016, the logical result is being played out across the country.
The Koch Connection – The Republican States of America, and Congress Charles and David Koch (and other billionaires) opted not to invest in a candidate that they saw as flawed (and why bother, when corporate media is doing free advertising) so they chose to invest at the state level. It was a wise move, as state legislatures across the country went scarlet.
The Exposure of Candidate Hillary R. Clinton and the DNC The longer a candidate has been in office and the public light, the more opportunity for the baggage (actual or not) to accumulate. And this was never truer than with Democratic candidate Secretary Hillary R. Clinton, the most qualified presidential candidate in our nation’s history. The defamation began early in Secretary Clinton’s career, spring-boarded by David Bossie and Floyd Brown, from Citizen’s United fame. Hillary Clinton was not without actual “baggage.” Thanks to the well-timed hack into Democratic servers, it was revealed that the DNC willfully attempted to derail the campaign of Senator Bernie Sanders, a candidate who had won the hearts and minds of many citizens (this writer included) with his consistent message focusing on the core problem in our country. You know what that message is. A core problem brought to you by the way, by the successful execution of the core tenets of the Powell Memorandum (full circle). That the DNC conspired against Senator Sanders incensed so many progressive voters that they either stayed home on Election Day, or voted for an alternative candidate.
It is clear that the neoliberal policies embraced by the Democratic Party since Bill Clinton’s presidency ultimately failed to serve the public. These policies served the financial elite at the expense of the public, and helped to bring forth the financial crisis of 2008. The lack of high level criminal prosecution for those who gained via the fraud was evidence to the progressives of this nation, that the Democratic Party, and specifically the president of the United States had failed the public. Yes, President Obama, in as many ways that he did benefit this nation, did not seek to prosecute at the highest levels. To Bernie Sanders supporters (and all people who knew the truth behind the crisis), this was tantamount to a betrayal of values. To many Sanders supporters, a Clinton presidency would be a continuation of neoliberal policies that was simply unacceptable. To top it off, Trump was able to leverage many of the talking points of Bernie Sanders, because they did hold a candle of truth. The system IS rigged, and we all know it.
Russian Influence Regarding the hacked servers, it is worth mentioning that the Russian influence in this election cannot be disregarded. Servers had been hacked twice, once in the summer of 2015, then again in the spring of 2016. The initial attack was a test of vulnerabilities and second attack in 2016 was for mining strategic data. It’s also worth mentioning that the second attack occurred forty four years after, almost to the day, of an entirely similar operation – The Watergate Break-in. But the break-in of 2016 included the handiwork of Vladimir Putin’s hackers, and Julian Assange’s well-timed release of information. It took the assistance of foreign operatives friendly to a take-over to put Donald Trump in the White House, make no mistake about it. Where is the Justice Department on this issue? The final blow to Hillary Clinton’s campaign was brought down by FBI Director James Comey, who announced a “re-investigation” of Clinton’s emails shortly before Election Day. This was the last straw for many people, who made their decisions on November 8th.
The Economic and Social Ramifications Remember, this entire operation has been a means to an end – the transfer of the entire political identity of a country to private hands, and the subsequent transfer of public wealth to private hands. As the only viable alternative, the Democratic Party, by its inability to quickly evolve to a position to properly counter the “New” Republican Party, must be held accountable. We’ve seen this before. We have not learned our history, because much of history is hidden from us. What we can now expect to be accomplished in America has been accomplished in Chile, to devastating social and economic results.
“Chicago Boys. Under their spell, the General abolished the minimum wage, outlawed union bargaining, privatised the pension system, abolished all taxes on wealth and business profits, slashed public employment, privatised 212 industries and 66 banks and ran a fiscal surplus. In 1973, the year the general seized power, Chile’s unemployment rate was cut by 4.3 per cent. In 1983, after 10 years of free-market modernisation, unemployment reached 22 per cent. Real wages declined by 40 per cent under military rule. In 1970, 20 per cent of Chile’s population lived in poverty. By 1990, the year ‘President’ Pinochet left office, the number of destitute people had doubled to 40 per cent. Quite a miracle.”
Nineteen percent of eligible voters elected one of the most ethically and morally bankrupt individuals in our lifetimes as the President of the United States.
The Popular Vote (as of 11/22/2016) Hillary Clinton: 64,155,056 Donald Trump: 62,192,300 Electoral College Donald Trump: 306 Hillary Clinton: 232 Deflating the Democratic Base – The Statistics
- Six million fewer Democrats voted in 2016 than 2012.
- Ten million fewer Democrats voted in 2016 than 2008.
- Republican vote turnouts remained consistent in 2008, 2012, and 2016 (~60 million).
- Independents cast approximately one point five million votes in 2008. They cast approximately one point five million votes in 2012. They cast five million votes in 2016.
- Democrat votes were significantly down in 2016, and Independent votes were up by 3.5 million votes in 2016.
Demographics – Who voted how? Gleaned from Pew Research Center
- Whites: 58% Trump, 37% Clinton. The same as in 2012, Romney 58%, Obama 37%.
- Blacks: 8% Trump, Clinton 88%. Similar to 2012, Romney 6%, Obama 93%.
- Latinos: Trump 29%, Clinton 65% (except for Cubans: Trump 54%, Clinton 41%).
- Asian/Pacific Islanders: Trump 29%, Clinton 65%.
- Women: Trump 42%, Clinton 54%. About the same as 2012, Romney 44%, Obama 54%.
- Men: Trump 53%, Clinton 41%. Almost a mirror image of the women’s vote.
- College graduates: Trump 43%, Clinton 52%.
- Youth vote, ages 18-29: Trump 37%, Clinton 55%. Not quite as well as 2012, Romney 36%, Obama 60%.
- Older voters, 65+: Trump 53%, Clinton 45%. Similar to 2012, Romney 56%, Obama 44%.
- White Catholics, Trump 60%, Clinton 37%. Hispanic Catholics, Trump 26%, Clinton 67%.
- Protestants: Trump 60%, Clinton 37%. Same as white Catholics.
- Born Again/Evangelicals: Trump 80%, Clinton 16%
- Jews: Trump 25%, Clinton 71%.
- Religions other than Christianity & Judaism (Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs, etc.): Trump 29%, Clinton 62%.
- Agnostic/Atheists/nonaffiliated, Trump 31%, Clinton 62%.
It’s clear that educated people did vote for Trump. Were they influenced by right wing media sources? Their religion? Or were they simply disgusted by the mess that our corporate-sponsored two party system has created as designed by the Powell Memorandum?
Mike Pence and Dominionism I would be remiss by not stating what avowed Dominionist Mike Pence will bring to this country. There will be changes, and many will be regarding the separation of Church and State, as we have seen in North Carolina. If you don’t know of Dominionism, please read this article and prepare yourselves for some hard social change. “Put simply, Dominionism means that Christians have a God-given right to rule all earthly institutions. Originating among some of America’s most radical theocrats, it’s long had an influence on religious-right education and political organizing.”
The Plan – Going Forward – The New Democratic Party
It is imperative that the Democratic Party take the strong message of Bernie Sanders and clean house, and that needs to start now. The re-branding of the Democratic Party is key to our survival, as the nation that was envisioned by our founding fathers. It’s up to the Democratic Party of the United States to own up to their responsibility regarding where we are today, as described in this essay. Only then will the party gain the trust of the people.
Truth Media Affiliated by truth, not by ideals. In addition to cleaning house, progressivism in general must provide a counter to today’s right wing media voice. I call upon every wealthy progressive in this country to coordinate and promote an opposition media network similar to that of the right wing. But tell the truth. Call out the lies. Awaken the sleeping giant as the pain starts settling in.
My message to wealthy progressives is this: Build the network now. Your motivation must not be profit, but facts and education. I implore that you thoroughly understand Lewis Powell Jr.’s role in our current situation. We cannot fix that which has been broken until we understand how it was broken.
Tell the story of how this happened as described previously, and tell Americans what to expect with a Trump presidency. What they will lose. What will change. For example:
- Immigration Expect deportations in numbers from three to five million undocumented workers and families within the first 18 months. Expect federal raids on “sanctuary cities.”
- Government Assistance Programs Federal government assistance programs will be reduced or eliminated. Individuals will be expected to work or die, unless state plans are available. Expect massive population migrations to agricultural zones in the US, because with the mass deportations the need will come for new workers for the fields.
- Jobs As described above, jobs will be plentiful and minimum wage (if any) will be the decision of the state.
- Social Security Expect Social Security minimum age increased to 70 – 72. They will once again attempt privatization. I expect that if they are successful in privatization, the economic system will be intentionally crashed to transfer the wealth of every American’s Social Security balance.
- Veterans Administration Will be privatized, voucherized, or the entire concept eliminated.
- Public Land All federal land, including national parks and BLM (Bureau of Land Management) land will become state managed. States will sell off land as necessary, and the new owners will determine best use to maximize their investment.
- Elimination of Federal Agencies EPA, FDA, NEA Water, air, food, education quality requirements suspended. Public schools eliminated and replaced with voucher schools.
- Interstate Highway System States will manage their portions of the interstate highway system, and within the states they will largely become tollways.
- Rescinded Marijuana Laws The federal government has the power to rescind all existing marijuana laws previously decided by the states. “States Rights” only goes so far.
- Militarized Police Departments Once the realization is made, expect massive protests in cities large and small. Police departments have already geared up to handle the masses. The police state has been preparing for you.
What Can We Do?
Immediately, as a progressive (or minority), you are, you will be, or you have friends who will be targeted by right wing radicals. Be a safe zone, especially with strangers. If you see a situation, engage those who are threatened with a smile and a conversation. In unison state “We mean no harm to you.” Strength in numbers. Strength in a unified voice. Don’t overload on media. Half the media you are being exposed to is false and/or misleading. Don’t immediately act upon something without verifying validity with an alternate source. Be more suspicious, and less reactionary. Again, don’t overload your circuits. Take breaks. Focus on the things in life that give you pleasure as your own personal refuge. Personally, I have created a new persona on Facebook that is reserved only for family, and my hobby passions. Create your safe environment. It’s an escape that you may need simply to remain sane.
We must ALL become educators. As the reality begins and consequences play out, and we see the rights and benefits of being a citizen of the United States whittled away (regardless of political persuasion), we must remind them all WHY this is happening. Only when it hits victims personally will they begin to see the truth. And when (if) they’re open to it, we must take that time to educate. The words “I told you so” might make you feel better, but they will reject your message, so rather, just ask them to read and share this essay. Don’t relinquish your values. Your values define who you are. Remain true to your brothers and sisters regardless of false ethnic, religious, or color “boundaries.”
How to Change Things
Vote in the mid-terms. But vote for a changed Democratic Party. Demand change. March for change.
Petition the Democratic Party for Change – Appeal for Reform If anything, this election has brought to light the failure of the Democratic Party to serve the citizens. It is our responsibility as citizens of the United States to call upon the Democratic Party to come clean, come forward, and pledge to be a party of the people – all the people – as it has been envisioned. Send this essay to elected Democratic officials at every level of government. Demand that the Democratic Party come clean.
Protest Springtime peaceful march on Washington. Protest the failure of the Democratic Party to serve the people of this country. The American Spring. Strength in numbers.
Our Last Chance – Preventing a Constitutional Convention We have been given one more chance to avoid the catastrophe of conservatives amending the Constitution of the United States. A Constitutional Convention would literally give them the opportunity to repeal existing amendments and add amendments that would serve only them. The First Amendment is currently being challenged by the president-elect. A Constitutional Convention could re-write it! They could eliminate the 19th Amendment. Ladies, think that over. Understand this: The only thing standing in their way at this time is elected Democrats. It is imperative that Democrats not lose any more ground, at the state and federal level.
By sheer luck, we are one state away from the Republican Party calling a Constitutional Convention. This IS our last chance.