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April 05, 2005

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Incertus

Here's the reason I think the Powerline folks are just plain dishonest--they don't directly quote the people they chastise. They paraphrase. That's crap from an intellectual standpoint. If you have a problem with a person's stands, then quote them directly and give enough context so your audience knows that you're not lying to them. Paraphrasing another person's words, especially when you're taking them to task for something they said, is fundamentally dishonest.

What's Powerline's problem--are they afraid that their audience is too dumb to understand what Ginsberg said? Or are they afraid that their audience will understand precisely what Ginsberg said, and will realize that their beloved Bloggers of the Year are full of shit?

Cheryl

No, no, no no no no no!!!!!

Wake up, dammit.

Conquering by Stealth and Deception

How the Dominionists Are Succeeding in Their Quest for National Control and World Power

By Katherine Yurica

September 14, 2004

Americans and the main-stream media have been very slow in catching on to the fact that we are in a war-a war that is cultural, religious and political. One document not mentioned in The Despoiling of America is the closeted manual that reveals how the right wing in American politics can get and keep power. It was created under the tutelage of Paul Weyrich , the man who founded the Free Congress Foundation. Conservative leaders consider Weyrich to be the "most powerful man in American politics today." There is no question of his immense influence in conservative circles. He is also considered the founder of the Heritage Foundation , a conservative think tank made possible with funding from Joseph Coors and Richard Mellon-Scaife. Weyrich served as the Founding President from 1973-1974.

To get a sense of how revolutionary the political fight for power in the U.S. is, we need to look at a few quotes from what has been dubbed, "Paul Weyrich's Teaching Manual," the Free Congress Foundation's strategic plan on how to gain control of the government of the U.S. Written by Eric Heubeck, and titled, "The Integration of Theory and Practice: A Program for the New Traditionalist Movement," the document is no longer available at the Free Congress Foundation's website for obvious reasons. But excerpts are published at the Yurica Report . The excerpts explain why the Dominionists are winning; the tactics they endorse are sheer Machiavellian:

I have paraphrased the four immoral principles of the Dominionist movement as the following:

1) Falsehoods are not only acceptable, they are a necessity. The corollary is: The masses will accept any lie if it is spoken with vigor, energy and dedication.

2) It is necessary to be cast under the cloak of "goodness" whereas all opponents and their ideas must be cast as "evil."

3) Complete destruction of every opponent must be accomplished through unrelenting personal attacks.

4) The creation of the appearance of overwhelming power and brutality is necessary in order to destroy the will of opponents to launch opposition of any kind.

According to Jeffry Sharlet, Hitler's Mein Kampf and William L. Shirer's The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich are studied as textbooks in a particular leadership training group he wrote about in Harper's magazine.

Eric Heubeck, the author of Mr. Weyrich's manual, does not mince words. Here is a sample of the most immoral political program ever adopted by a political movement in this country. Notice that the manual begins with the adoption of the fundamental fact of Machiavellianism:

"This essay is based on the belief that the truth of an idea is not the primary reason for its acceptance. Far more important is the energy and dedication of the idea's promoters-in other words, the individuals composing a social or political movement.

"We must, as Mr. Weyrich has suggested, develop a network of parallel cultural institutions existing side-by-side with the dominant leftist cultural institutions. The building and promotion of these institutions will require the development of a movement that will not merely reform the existing post-war conservative movement, but will in fact be forced to supersede it-if it is to succeed at all-because it will pursue a very different strategy and be premised on a very different view of its role in society..

"There will be three main stages in the unfolding of this movement. The first stage will be devoted to the development of a highly motivated elite able to coordinate future activities. The second stage will be devoted to the development of institutions designed to make an impact on the wider elite and a relatively small minority of the masses. The third stage will involve changing the overall character of American popular culture..

"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..

"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 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.

"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 need more people with fire in the belly, and we need a message that attracts those kinds of people.. We must reframe this struggle as a moral struggle, as a transcendent struggle, as a struggle between good and evil. And we must be prepared to explain why this is so. We must provide the evidence needed to prove this using images and simple terms.."

In actuality, the concept that dominionist minded conservatives should establish parallel or dual institutions is a new form of segregation. This is especially apparent when a conservative institution offers the same services or products as the liberal oriented institutions. In other words, if it is not possible for dominionists to takeover or grab power in every institution-they create a parallel world so that the left is to be separated and segregated from the right and conservatives are urged to purchase from the conservative institutions.

The fact that Weyrich's plan has actually been instituted is all around us. The Council on Foreign Relations is mimicked by the secretive dominionist Council for National Policy. [2] The so called "liberal" press is countered with Fox News and Sun Myung Moon's Washington Times , and dominionist talk show hosts spew their right wing political views and venom from coast to coast. Public schools are countered with private home and chartered schools. And in the last few months a move has been made within the churches to break-up and divide denominations along the lines of conservative beliefs in certain social issues so that two sets of churches will be created: one that practices right wing politics and one that is liberal!

Get it now??? Wake up and smell the coffee. They are out for blood! This is not a game, this is a war to the death.

Jeff

The powerline crew are not interested in truth. They are interested in winning. They are lawyers, not academics.

Ed Drone

"Even more so today, the United States is subject to the scrutiny of a candid world," she said. "What the United States does, for good or for ill, continues to be watched by the international community, in particular by organizations concerned with the advancement of the rule of law and respect for human dignity."

Hmmm... that sounds an awful lot like a 'universal test' to me, but then, what do I know? I'm a Democrat.


Ed

DavidByron

You won't get someone to debate if they don't believe in their own argument.

Cheryl

Please excuse the appearance of spam, but the easiest way to do this was to paste the HTML into the editor.

I just wanted to include this e-mail as part of the debate to show how the Machiavellian aspects of the right-wing fruitcakes express themselves in terms of the type of government that results when these moral failings of most Republicans in leadership positions today are taken to their logical conclusion:



Republican Majority Leader Rep. Tom DeLay has a pattern of legal and ethical scandals.
Yet he remains in one of the most important positions in our government—deciding
what legislation Congress considers. Sign our petition to urge Congress to
fire Tom DeLay as Majority Leader.


Sign the Petition

Dear MoveOn member,


This morning, the Washington Post and the New York Times each broke new scandals involving Republican Majority Leader Rep. Tom DeLay. According to the Times, DeLay paid his wife and daughter more than $500,000 of his political donors' money over the last four years. And the Post article highlights a seedy 1997 trip DeLay took, underwritten by "a mysterious company located in the Bahamas" that was tied to Russian business interests.

And that's not the only legal or ethical scandal DeLay is involved in. DeLay illegally used corporate funds in support of his plan to re-district Texas, and he went on golf trips with gambling lobbyist Jack Abramoff—two months before DeLay helped kill legislation opposed by the gambling companies.


DeLay's grandstanding on the Terri Schiavo tragedy—which a great majority
of the country feels is political opportunism—was the straw that broke the
camel's back. Now, some Republicans in Congress are speaking out against DeLay, but
most are still too scared of his powerful network of corporate donors. We need to
show all of Congress, both Republicans and Democrats, that if they stand up to Tom
DeLay we've got their back.


It is time to fire Tom DeLay as House Majority Leader. Please sign our petition
urging Congress to remove DeLay from his leader post at the link below.



http://www.moveonpac.org/delay/?id=5322-2980608-O_PCGl8zQYgNIh3yK7j8tA&t=1


As the chorus of opposition grows louder, it is important to show that this isn't
just a power struggle in Washington but that, in fact, millions of Americans share
the same concerns about DeLay's pattern of repeated corruption.


Even the editorial page of The Wall Street Journal, one of the most conservative
groups of editors in the country, is offended by the excesses of Tom DeLay. They
wrote on March 28, "Mr. DeLay, who rode to power in 1994 on a wave of revulsion
at the everyday ways of big government, has become the living exemplar of some of
its worst habits."


Among his offenses, Tom DeLay:


  • Promised a role in drafting legislation to a corporate donor

  • Tried to coerce a Congressman for a vote on Medicare

  • Allegedly used corporate money given to his PAC to finance Texas campaigns in violation of state law


  • Used Homeland Security resources in a dispute with Democrats in Texas

  • Diverted funds from a children's charity for lavish celebrations at the Republican convention

  • Threatened retaliation against interest groups that don't support Republicans

  • Stacked the House Ethics committee with representatives who have contributed to his legal defense fund

  • Accepted trips from corporations and later helped kill legislation they opposed

  • Accepted trips from the lobbyist for a foreign government in violation of House rules


  • Crippled the effectiveness of the House Ethics Committee by purging
    members who had rebuked him

  • Pushed for a rules change for the House Ethics process that paralyzed the panel

  • Sought a rule change that would have no longer "required leaders to step aside temporarily if indicted"

  • Paid family members more than $500,000 out of campaign contributions

(See postscript below for a link to citations.)


As Majority Leader, DeLay is the second-ranking leader in the House of Representatives.
He is responsible for developing the Republican issue agenda and sets the legislative
schedule by selecting which bills the House will consider.


The ranks of government contractors and lobbyists who depend on this legislative
authority have slathered DeLay, his cronies and related organizations with millions
of dollars.


Please sign our petition today urging Congress to fire Tom DeLay!



http://www.moveonpac.org/delay/?id=5322-2980608-O_PCGl8zQYgNIh3yK7j8tA&t=2

After you sign the petition please forward this e-mail to your friends, family and colleagues. They need to know about the egregious actions of this congressional leader.


Thanks for all you do.


–Tom Matzzie and the MoveOn PAC Team

  Wednesday, April 6, 2005


P.S. Here is a link to the brief that we used to document DeLay's abuses. It includes
links to news reports with the specific background on each of the assertions we make
above.


"DeLay's Dirty Dozen" from the American Progress Action Fund

http://thinkprogress.org/index.php?p=430


P.P.S. Our work in this campaign is supported by a number of organizations who
have taken the lead.


Support a TV ad about Tom DeLay by the Campaign for America's Future

https://secure.ctsg.com/ourfuture/donate_delay_tv.asp


The Public Campaign Action Fund also has a TV ad on Tom DeLay. You can make
a contribution to support them.

http://www.pcactionfund.org/resign/


Editorial in The Wall Street Journal.

http://www.moveon.org/r?r=676&id=5322-2980608-O_PCGl8zQYgNIh3yK7j8tA


Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington drafted the ethics complaint
against DeLay, who then tried to have them held in contempt of Congress.

http://www.citizensforethics.org/


Now is ther anyone out there on either the conservative or liberal side of the Grand Canyon who truly regards this as good government? Come on, dmeyers, let's see you go after MoveOn over this message. Show me how DeLay is NOT screwing both you AND me.

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