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Democrats Unveil the Weapon of the Future
American Thinker ^ | July 6, 2011 | J.R. Dunn

Posted on 07/06/2011 2:36:12 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

What do the political battles in Wisconsin and the Spanish Civil War have in common? A disturbing characteristic.

The Spanish Civil War is one of those events that are on the way to becoming forgotten history. The term "civil war" is a bit misleading, since the conflict internationalized itself in short order, with Hitler and Mussolini lining up with the rebels, or "Nationalists", and Stalin backing the "Republicans" (actually a motley gaggle of various left-wing elements). The dictatorships utilized Spain as a proving ground for new tactics and weapons, including the Me-109, fighter-bomber, the Ju-87 Stuka dive bomber, along with Rotte fighter tactics and area bombing raids, such as that carried out against Guernica. The war ended in 1939 with the defeat of the Republicans, even as World War II was looming. The Germans learned quite a lot in Spain that they applied to the Blitzkrieg campaigns against Poland and France. (Uncle Joe might have picked up a few things if he hadn't decided to have most of the officers sent to Spain shot on their return.)

Something similar, though on a much lower key (no massacres or bombing raids yet) has been occurring in Wisconsin over the past few months: a nearly open civil war instigated by the left in order to test an array of new tactics.

Last February, newly-elected governor Scott Walker signed a budget containing minor reforms aimed at the public-employees unions. Union members would be required to pay small amounts into their pension and health-care funds. Collective bargaining was curtailed on this and other matters in order to assure that these reforms would remain permanent.

Wisconsin's civil war started then and there. The Democratic senators fled the state to deprive Walker of a quorum. Shortly afterward, tens of thousands of union members -- many imported from out of state -- laid siege to the capitol. They remained for weeks, engaging in vandalism, menacing state officials, and uttering death threats against anyone voting in favor of the reforms.

The bill was finally passed thanks to a clever parliamentary maneuver, only to be set aside by Maryann Sumi, a county judge attempting to punch well above her weight, on procedural grounds. It developed that Judge Sumi was closely entwined with the unions through family connections.

At the same time a campaign to recall Republicans who had voted for Walker's budget was put into motion. (A smaller number of the Democrats who fled were also targeted.) These recall elections are still overhanging the senators.

With the bill headed for the Wisconsin Supreme Court, the left next targeted an ordinary state Supreme Court election, importing hundreds of thousands of dollars in an effort to defeat incumbent David Prosser, a centrist conservative, in favor of Joanne Kloppenberg. Thanks to a comically inept local election official, it seemed at first that they had succeeded, but when the smoke cleared, Prosser had won by a healthy 7,000 votes.

And finally, we have the latest purported incident, in which we are asked to believe that Justice Prosser, in the midst of a discussion in the chambers of his liberal opposite number Ann Walsh Bradley, suddenly and apropos of nothing bounded across the room and attempted to strangle her in front of most of the other justices. The man is even worse than Clarence Thomas.

This is an extraordinary series of events, of a type that we haven't witnessed before. Even more singular is the legacy media's insistence on covering the story (with the exception of the siege of Madison, which got the standard "unions unbound" treatment) as if it were commonplace to the point of boredom. It is no such thing; it is an ideological campaign of a magnitude and breadth that we have not seen in quite some time, if ever.

What all this amounts to is the baptism of fire of what I have taken to calling the "liberal superstructure." This superstructure is the vast constellation of advocacy groups, think tanks, single-issue outfits, unions, and various other flotsam constructed by the left over the past half-century or so. There are literally thousands of these groups, ranging from the ACLU and the Sierra Club with their hundreds of thousands of members to the local "Friends of the People's Venezuela" outfit which amounts to a retired feminism professor and her six cats. These organizations are ubiquitous, universal, and networked to a fare-thee- well. They are also liberalism's last great hope of controlling politics in the United States.

It's scarcely arguable that, in the political sense, liberalism is on the ropes. Obama spent their last nickel. They have lost the House and will lose the Senate, with little chance of regaining them in the near future. The same is true of the White House once the messiah gets the bum's rush come 2012. Liberalism is on the skids, its programs uniform failures, its ideology barren, its slogans worn out, its long hold on the independents being relentlessly pared down by the Tea Parties.

So what is a political movement to do, particularly one as fanatic and apocalyptic as this one? Well, if you have an alternate system made up of outside organizations not subject to governmental oversight, a system populated with self-selected fanatics and true believers, a system poised and ready to march, you can do what was done in Wisconsin. You can turn the superstructure loose to threaten the public peace, smash things up, abuse the electoral process, create a media spectacle, and pressure the state to do things your way. You can use nonpolitical organizations (in the electoral sense) to get a political result.

All the groups involved in the Wisconsin campaign were superstructure groups. The unions, the very core organizations of the superstructure, without which it's no more than a pack of vegetarians and aging hippies. The media, which serves as its propaganda arm. And the judiciary, which is broadly infiltrated by leftist partisans whose allegiance has been awarded to something other than the law.

But it's when we review the Prosser accusations that the picture attains clarity. According to Byron York, the story (which had been held back for nearly two weeks) was first reported by the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism working with Wisconsin Public Radio. (Two guesses as to which end of the spectrum they lean toward.) The Prosser story was billed as the result of a project funded by the Open Society Institute to enlighten the public about Wisconsin government.

The report was picked up by ThinkProgress, the strike force for the Center for American Progress, which both tweeted and posted the story, as well as calling for Justice Prosser's ouster.

The interesting thing here is that the Open Society and the Center for American Progress are the flagship organizations of the liberal superstructure, the outfits that call the shots, handle the funding, and coordinate efforts. They are also funded by Old Spooky himself, George Soros. The left rolled out their big units for this effort. Why? To wreck the career of a junior state Supreme Court justice? To take control of the Dairy State? Perhaps so, but I believe it was also in hopes of testing out the superstructure as a political delivery system in a relatively closed environment.

If that's the case, they'll need to reevaluate, because the effort has blown up in their faces. Take a closer look at the Prosser accusation, which fell apart as soon as a little basic reporting was carried out. Almost every point made in the story released by the Soros groups turned out to be false:

* Prosser was not inside the room, but standing in the doorway -- no minor point considering how matters developed.

* He had made a heat-of-the-moment remark about Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson after being put on the spot concerning an overdue decision. Prosser had agreed to delay the decision to avoid an appearance of undue haste, only to hear the chief justice announce another delay on no grounds whatsoever. This prompted Prosser to state that he had "lost confidence" in Abrahamson. (What was the decision, you ask? Why, the one dealing with Judge Sumi's interference with Governor Walker's budget. Funny how this all dovetails, ain't it?)

At which point Justice Bradley attacked Prosser, fists flailing -- not the other way around.

* Justice Prosser fended her off, perhaps grazing her neck in the process. Bradley started screaming that he was choking her. Another justice stated, "You were not choked."

This is quite a different scenario, with Justice Prosser coming out more as victim than perpetrator. No wonder the legacy media refused to touch it, instead choosing to await an official report. It seems that that Spooky George's money was wasted this time around. But that's the case with a lot of things he gets involved with -- consider Project Obama for another example.

The superstructure's debut as a political weapon has been less than impressive. It failed to overawe the Wisconsin state senate. It failed to halt Gov. Walker's bill. It failed to vote Justice Prosser out of office, and it has now failed to enmesh him in a faked criminal incident. All that remains is the recall efforts, and they will likely be an overall failure too.

So there will be no liberal Blitzkrieg coming out of the Wisconsin civil war. But these are early days, and this is the first effort to utilize this enormous and complex system. It remains pregnant with possibilities, with its millions of members and effectively infinite levels of funding. It is also the only thing that the liberals have left. We will encounter it again, perhaps in a more liberal-friendly environment in the Northeast or on the West coast.

Along with the first major defeat of the public-employee unions, Wisconsin may have given us a clear warning of an emerging threat from the left. Not a particularly impressive threat, as yet, but a threat all the same, and one that deserves closer attention than it has gotten.

J.R. Dunn is consulting editor of American Thinker. He is the author of Death by Liberalism, dismissed by Frank Rich as a "demented right wing screed."


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: assault; cwii; liable; liberalism; lies; riots; unions
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When Democratic politicians act out (get violently in your face), they're signaling to the unions, the U.S. population and world at large, that it is okay to be violent to get what you want.

And we've seen which side the MSM takes, either in spreading a false story or hyping a story, while burying anything that will hurt the party they favor -- the Democratic Party. The MSM is joined at the hip with the Left and they will make Republicans look evil. The MSM will tell middle America and the poor that evil, selfish Republicans cling selfishly to what they have and don't care about their misery or their problems (but that the Left does, the unions do -- that socialism is the way -- that the rich must equally share).

We're reading and hearing about increased "mob" behavior and violence in everyday places -- places Americans never gave a moment's worry about being safe before. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder told the country that people in the U.S. who did not belong to "a historically oppressed group," that they should not expect protection from this administration.

The Left is priming the pump. As the title of this piece says, they have unveiled their weapon of the future.

The future is here.

If we don't speak up now we will be drowned out and overrun

We can not duck this any longer.

1 posted on 07/06/2011 2:36:18 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Perceptive article.


2 posted on 07/06/2011 3:22:58 AM PDT by ishmac (Lady Thatcher:"There are no permanent defeats in politics because there are no permanent victories.")
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks Cincinatus' Wife.
...has been occurring in Wisconsin over the past few months: a nearly open civil war instigated by the left in order to test an array of new tactics.
Gotta love how the leftists are equated with the Nazis and Fascists.


3 posted on 07/06/2011 3:26:50 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Yes, as a matter of fact, it is that time again -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The Democrats are fighting so dirty abecause the evisceration of the unions will cost them huge amounts of money. It’s no exaggeration to say it will bleed them white.

I say we ought to go after the second leg of their three-legged stool too, and bring in tort reform that will put 80% of lawyers right out of business. We can finish them off for a generation at least, if we continue to fight just as viciously as they do.


4 posted on 07/06/2011 3:30:50 AM PDT by ccmay (Too much Law; not enough Order.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

And where do we think the TSA fits in all this? Hmmm.....


5 posted on 07/06/2011 4:37:45 AM PDT by mistfree (The Law! How Quaint.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
The most important lesson learned in Spain, like Wisconsin, is that Communist revolutions are not inevitable and irreversible. Prior to Franco's rebellion every time the Communists made a grab for power they had succeeded. Marx had preached the inevitability of the workers victory and that premise went a long way towards demoralizing their foes.

In Spain, for the first time, a communist revolution was put down, and rolled back. One of the great attractions of Fascism in the 1930s was that they could prove that they were capable of stopping the communists. A claim that no democracy at the time could match.

Of course the Fascist victory in Spain had little to do with their twisted ideology. It had everything to do with the fact they were willing to fight tooth and nail against the communists. To use their own tactics against them. And most importantly to fight by the communists rules, or throw the rule book out the window if necessary.

This is the lesson we learned in Wisconsin. Fight them toe to toe and you can win. Concede even and inch and they will keep taking more and more. Saul Alinski's tactics work both ways and can be used against the progressives. As much noise as the Progressives have made in Wisconsin, they have thus far lost. And that is the key. The public unions are no longer viewed as the inevitable winners. After Wisconsin other states started to cut their outrageous benefits and astronomical pay rates.
6 posted on 07/06/2011 4:49:17 AM PDT by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Excellent analysis and article by whom Frank Rich described as a “right wing screed”. If that elitist leftie queer thinks poorly of you, it’s a true compliment.


7 posted on 07/06/2011 4:53:02 AM PDT by neocon1984
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I would venture a guess some of the “leaders” of this leftist revolt got their start on the University campus at Madison, and other places, 45 years ago.


8 posted on 07/06/2011 4:58:11 AM PDT by radioone (How Can an Obscure Guy Who Did Diddly Squat in the Senate Become President?)
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To: GonzoGOP; ccmay; ishmac; All
From the article:

...."What all this amounts to is the baptism of fire of what I have taken to calling the "liberal superstructure." This superstructure is the vast constellation of advocacy groups, think tanks, single-issue outfits, unions, and various other flotsam constructed by the left over the past half-century or so. There are literally thousands of these groups, ranging from the ACLU and the Sierra Club with their hundreds of thousands of members to the local "Friends of the People's Venezuela" outfit which amounts to a retired feminism professor and her six cats. These organizations are ubiquitous, universal, and networked to a fare-thee- well. They are also liberalism's last great hope of controlling politics in the United States.

It's scarcely arguable that, in the political sense, liberalism is on the ropes. Obama spent their last nickel. They have lost the House and will lose the Senate, with little chance of regaining them in the near future. The same is true of the White House once the messiah gets the bum's rush come 2012. Liberalism is on the skids, its programs uniform failures, its ideology barren, its slogans worn out, its long hold on the independents being relentlessly pared down by the Tea Parties.

So what is a political movement to do, particularly one as fanatic and apocalyptic as this one? Well, if you have an alternate system made up of outside organizations not subject to governmental oversight, a system populated with self-selected fanatics and true believers, a system poised and ready to march, you can do what was done in Wisconsin. You can turn the superstructure loose to threaten the public peace, smash things up, abuse the electoral process, create a media spectacle, and pressure the state to do things your way. You can use nonpolitical organizations (in the electoral sense) to get a political result....."

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Each Line on this list has LINKS to more LINKS and more groups: Lists of Lists of Lists of the Superstructure of the Left ready to join up And there are many more radical groups and organizations not listed, add to that the many groups who will fold like a cheap suit in the face of so many.

9 posted on 07/06/2011 4:58:38 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Ping for later


10 posted on 07/06/2011 5:00:39 AM PDT by Logic n' Reason (The stain must be REMOVED (ERADICATED)....NOW!!)
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To: mistfree

Take the T out of TSA, and you will see the historical context.

The SA was effectively eliminated during the “night of the long knives”.


11 posted on 07/06/2011 5:04:25 AM PDT by MikeSteelBe (Austrian Hitler was as the Halfrican Hitler does.)
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To: neocon1984; radioone

Bump!


12 posted on 07/06/2011 5:05:18 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Jack Black; Travis McGee; archy

ping list ping


13 posted on 07/06/2011 5:06:47 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: FreedomPoster
Foreward By Newt Gingrich – August 2010

"I wish this book had never needed to be written.

It almost came too late.

America is recklessly accelerating toward economic disaster. Fed Up! may be the last warning sign to the danger that lies ahead.

Rick Perry, Texas governor for the past decade, is uniquely qualified to offer a firsthand perspective on why the United States—the most successful civilization in human history—is being threatened with economic collapse......." Source

14 posted on 07/06/2011 5:09:26 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The coming civil war will be between those pigging put in the public trough, and those of us who labor to fill it. The trough is empty because the pigs got greedy, and now expect us to labor harder to refill it.


15 posted on 07/06/2011 5:15:09 AM PDT by Daveinyork
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The only point where I disagree with the author is that Soros wasted his money on Obama.

While Obama is a failure from a leadership perspective.....he could have gotten a lot more accomplished while the Dems had the fillibuster-proof margins......Obama is a tool to be used to stir up the unaligned mobs in our inner cities.

Once the nominees are chosen, expect these mobs to turn our cities to ashes as they rebel against the “racist” nation that wants to fire the first black president.

They will claim, as always, that we have always been a racist nation, that the founders were racists and that the Constitution is a racist document that must be eliminated.

Next year will be a defining moment in US history.


16 posted on 07/06/2011 5:18:53 AM PDT by Erik Latranyi (Too many conservatives urge retreat when the war of politics doesn't go their way.)
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To: Nachum

Ping.


17 posted on 07/06/2011 5:19:05 AM PDT by upchuck (Think you know hardship? Ha! Wait till the dollar is no longer the world's reserve currency.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

“...and Stalin backing the “Republicans” (actually a motley gaggle of various left-wing elements).”

And Hemingway and Hollywood romanticizing the commies every step of the way.


18 posted on 07/06/2011 5:22:08 AM PDT by Luke21
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

What the democrats will try to bring down on us will make the Spanish Civil War and Nazi atrocities seem like an evening in a knitting circle.


19 posted on 07/06/2011 5:59:33 AM PDT by Caipirabob ( Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The article: “It failed to overawe the Wisconsin state senate. It failed to halt Gov. Walker’s bill. It failed to vote Justice Prosser out of office, and it has now failed to enmesh him in a faked criminal incident.”

Thomas Edison: “I didn’t fail ten thousand times. I successfully eliminated, ten thousand times, materials and combinations which wouldn’t work.”

Horror movie lesson: Make sure the monster’s dead before you decide the struggle is finished.


20 posted on 07/06/2011 7:12:48 AM PDT by KrisKrinkle (Blessed be those who know the depth and breadth of their ignorance. Cursed be those who don't.)
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To: KrisKrinkle

It ain’t.


21 posted on 07/06/2011 7:14:20 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

These tactics may be new to the American left/liberals, but they have a long and “distinguished” history amongst groups such as the National Socialist German Workers’ Party during the 30s, and the Italian Partito Nazionale Fascista.


22 posted on 07/06/2011 7:25:43 AM PDT by Oceander (The phrase "good enough for government work" is not meant as a compliment)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The democrats have been dreaming of a global communist state for 150 years, they can taste it now.

They would reduce the planet to a cinder before giving up. Anyone that does not realise that is a fool.


23 posted on 07/06/2011 7:36:08 AM PDT by wendell
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Very interesting reading, thank you for posting.


24 posted on 07/06/2011 2:28:41 PM PDT by Delmarksman (Pro 2A Anglican American (Ford and Chevy kill more people than guns do, lets ban them))
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To: Delmarksman

You’re welcome.


25 posted on 07/06/2011 2:35:55 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Statement by Randi Weingarten, President, American

Federation of Teachers, On Launch of Worldwide Quality Public Services Campaign

WASHINGTON—The American Federation of Teachers joins with workers around the world to launch a new campaign aimed at advancing quality public services in every nation.

The AFT is proud to be a full partner in the Council of Global Union’s “Quality Public Services—Action Now!” campaign to support investment in the services that create jobs and provide the foundation for long-term economic growth. The council is highlighting and supporting essential public services that keep our communities strong and help build sustainable, healthy economies.

From Wisconsin to Cairo, citizens have been fighting efforts to keep workers silent. As public employees in Wisconsin continue their struggle to maintain collective bargaining rights, Wisconsin has been selected as a pilot site in the “Quality Public Services—Action Now!” campaign, through the AFT-affiliated Wisconsin Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals and AFT-Wisconsin.

Defending public services and the workers who provide them is a worldwide challenge, and the AFT is standing with allies around the globe to maintain those services and the rights of public employees. That’s why I led an AFT delegation that visited Egypt to meet with the independent Egyptian unions whose efforts proved decisive in bringing down the corrupt regime that ruled their country for decades.

Link: http://www.aft.org/newspubs/press/2011/062711.cfm

26 posted on 07/06/2011 3:09:22 PM PDT by Popman (Obama. First Marxist to turn a five year Marxist plan into a 4 year administration.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; Diana in Wisconsin

Bump & a Ping


27 posted on 07/06/2011 7:04:01 PM PDT by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
It's scarcely arguable that, in the political sense, liberalism is on the ropes. Obama spent their last nickel. They have lost the House and will lose the Senate, with little chance of regaining them in the near future. The same is true of the White House once the messiah gets the bum's rush come 2012.

Demographics say otherwise

Any gains by us will be short lived, soon Texas will go permanently Blue and it will be impossible to ever win a national election again.

28 posted on 07/06/2011 7:23:06 PM PDT by qam1 (There's been a huge party. All plates and the bottles are empty, all that's left is the bill to pay)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

This is NOT inevitable. A sense of “inevitability” is what the MSM ALWAYS tries to paint...so as to discourage rational, organized opposition to their hyper-emotional insane screaming and ranting.

It does mean that most of us who disdain or eschew politics will no have that luxury if we intend to remain free and carry the banner of individual freedoms into the heart of the 21st century, however. We will have to get up , go out, and do it.


29 posted on 07/06/2011 7:36:01 PM PDT by mo ("If you understand, no explanation is needed; if you do not, no explanation is possible")
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To: wendell

“They would reduce the planet to a cinder before giving up. Anyone that does not realise that is a fool.”

Sad But True BUMP!


30 posted on 07/06/2011 9:40:35 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: qam1
Demographics say otherwise

Any gains by us will be short lived, soon Texas will go permanently Blue and it will be impossible to ever win a national election again.

It's not necessarily foreordained. Our finances are crap. There's no prospect of an economic recovery on the horizon. Tons of zoning, labor and environmental laws need to be repealed. If we take the White House and the Senate in 2012, it's time to start with the 1960s anti-white immigration law. We don't need low/no skilled immigrants for the foreseeable future. It's time to import brains and bucks.

31 posted on 07/06/2011 11:04:57 PM PDT by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: neverdem
If we take the White House and the Senate in 2012, it's time to start with the 1960s anti-white immigration law.

A good start, after repealing Obamacare, would be getting rid of every bill Teddy Kennedy ever wrote.

32 posted on 07/06/2011 11:24:46 PM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance On Parade)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
This is a hugely significant piece -- incisive and accurate.

All FReepers should be aware of it and understand its significance.

It should be bumped at every opportunity.

33 posted on 07/06/2011 11:59:40 PM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance On Parade)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
What all this amounts to is the baptism of fire of what I have taken to calling the "liberal superstructure." This superstructure is the vast constellation of advocacy groups, think tanks, single-issue outfits, unions, and various other flotsam constructed by the left over the past half-century or so. There are literally thousands of these groups, ranging from the ACLU and the Sierra Club with their hundreds of thousands of members...

The author failed to point out a very important point about these groups in the "liberal superstructure".

They virtually receive generous federal funding!

ACLU is generously compensated for every civil rights case it brings. That includes the suits brought by atheists and homosexuals, as well as those brought by minorities.

The Sierra Club receives grants to bring suit against "polluters" and, indeed, the EPA itself (when the EPA can't get Congressional clearance to regulate something, but can have their role mandated by a federal jodge).

Remember ACORN? The organization that received billions in government grants?

In other words, the taxpayers are helping to fund this "liberal superstructure". It's the very same game as the public employees unions play -- they negotiate with Democrats for their paycheck, then make a contribution (kick-back) to the Democrat party's campaign funds.

It is absolutely essential that a GOP Congress and a GOP President de-fund the "liberal superstructure".

Newt claimed he would take such action after the 1994 election. Regrettably, he never got around to it...

All our side has in this para-political war is the Tea Parties -- a bunch of amateurs lined up against a well-organized and well-funded mob. It's 1776 all over again...

34 posted on 07/07/2011 12:12:19 AM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance On Parade)
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To: Luke21
And Hemingway and Hollywood romanticizing the commies every step of the way.

And George Orwell, a socialist, learning the truth about socialism. And becoming an anti-Communist.

35 posted on 07/07/2011 12:17:18 AM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance On Parade)
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To: GonzoGOP
In Spain, for the first time, a communist revolution was put down, and rolled back. One of the great attractions of Fascism in the 1930s was that they could prove that they were capable of stopping the communists. A claim that no democracy at the time could match.

This is what attracted much of the German middle-class to the Nazis. They had lived through an attempted Communist takeover in Germany (the 1919 Spartacist Rebellion, seen Communists seize power in Russia, a bloody short-term Communist takeover in Hungary. They had heard about the terror-famine in Ukraine. And the Nazis were the only ones willing to fight the Reds in the streets.

36 posted on 07/07/2011 6:35:23 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 ("It is only when we've lost everything, that we are free to do anything" -- Fight Club)
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To: All

Well. Worth. Reading.


37 posted on 07/07/2011 1:02:15 PM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance On Parade)
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To: okie01

Another Bump


38 posted on 07/08/2011 2:49:08 AM PDT by Tainan (Cogito Ergo Conservitus.)
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To: Tainan

bumpity


39 posted on 07/08/2011 3:02:37 AM PDT by downwdims (It does not take a majority to prevail... but rather an irate, tireless minority)
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To: Tainan

Bump it right back


40 posted on 07/08/2011 10:27:49 AM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance On Parade)
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To: okie01; Cincinatus' Wife

Bump again.


41 posted on 07/10/2011 6:47:18 AM PDT by Madame Dufarge
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To: okie01; All
Treasure trove of information and links: Patrick Gaspard, Obama’s Radical ‘Go To’ Man Moves to the DNC
42 posted on 08/05/2011 9:36:28 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Madame Dufarge

Bump!


43 posted on 08/05/2011 9:41:13 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Madame Dufarge
Washington's Air & Space museum shut after protesters storm in (off-shoot protest targets drones)
44 posted on 10/08/2011 10:42:32 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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"Occupy Wall Street" - Protesters Accused of Hurting NYC Economy "NEW YORK -- Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Friday accused the Wall Street demonstrators of trying to cripple New York City's economy.

"What they're trying to do is take the jobs away from people working in this city," the mayor declared in his harshest criticism of the three-week-old protest that has caught the attention of the nation.

"They're trying to take away the tax base we have because none of this is good for tourism."

..............President Barack Obama on Thursday defended the protesters, saying they expressed "the frustrations that the American people feel. People are frustrated and the protesters are giving voice to a more broad-based frustration about how our financial system works." [end excerpt]

45 posted on 10/08/2011 10:47:24 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: okie01

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46 posted on 10/08/2011 10:58:14 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: Jet Jaguar
Anarcho-syndicalism [snip] This ideal of a libertarian, directly-democratic, experimental and communitarian society built from below for and by workers is sometimes referred to as libertarian socialism. Examples often cited include the Paris Commune (1871), Kronstadt (1917-1921), Ukraine (Makhnovists 1920-22), Hungary (1956), on a large scale during the Spanish social revolution (1936-39), the struggle for workers control in Argentina (2005 onwards) as well as the Zapatista struggle in Chiapas (1994-Present).

Anarcho-syndicalism originated close to the beginning of the twentieth century, and it remains a popular and active school of anarchism today and has many supporters as well as many currently active organisations. Anarcho-syndicalists, being socialist anarchists, vary in their points of view on anarchist economic arrangements from a collectivist anarchism type economic system to an anarcho-communist economic system.

Noam Chomsky was influenced by Rocker, writing the introduction to a modern edition of "Anarcho-syndicalism: Theory and Practice". A member of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), Chomsky is a self-described Anarcho-Syndicalist, a position which he sees as the appropriate application of classical liberalist political theory to contemporary industrial society: "Now a federated, decentralized system of free associations, incorporating economic as well as other social institutions, would be what I refer to as anarcho-syndicalism; and it seems to me that this is the appropriate form of social organization for an advanced technological society in which human beings do not have to be forced into the position of tools, of cogs in the machine. There is no longer any social necessity for human beings to be treated as mechanical elements in the productive process; that can be overcome and we must overcome it to be a society of freedom and free association, in which the creative urge that I consider intrinsic to human nature will in fact be able to realize itself in whatever way it will."

... The basic principles of anarcho-syndicalism are workers' solidarity, direct action, and workers' self-management. Workers’ solidarity means that anarcho-syndicalists believe all workers, no matter what their gender or ethnic group, are in a similar situation in regard to their bosses (class consciousness). Furthermore, it means that, in a capitalist system, any gains or losses made by some workers from or to bosses will eventually affect all workers. Therefore, to liberate themselves, all workers must support one another in their class conflict.

Anarcho-syndicalists believe that only direct action – that is, action carried out by the workers themselves, which is concentrated on attaining a goal directly, as opposed to indirect action, such as electing a representative to a government position – will allow workers to liberate themselves. Moreover, anarcho-syndicalists believe that workers’ organizations – the organizations that struggle against the wage system, and which, in anarcho-syndicalist theory, will eventually form the basis of a new society – should be self-managing. They should not have bosses or "business agents"; rather, the workers should be able to make all the decisions that affect them themselves." Groups w/links to more

Syndicalism

47 posted on 10/08/2011 11:19:38 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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President Barack Obama on Thursday defended the protesters, saying they expressed "the frustrations that the American people feel. People are frustrated and the protesters are giving voice to a more broad-based frustration about how our financial system works."

The Community Organizer...in his element.

48 posted on 10/08/2011 11:30:34 PM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance On Parade)
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To: okie01

Bump!!


49 posted on 10/08/2011 11:57:40 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: World'sGoneInsane; All
Occupy Together

Welcome to OCCUPY TOGETHER, an unofficial hub for all of the events springing up across the country in solidarity with Occupy Wall St. As we have followed the news on facebook, twitter, and the various live feeds across the internet, we felt compelled to build a site that would help spread the word as more protests organize across the world. We hope to provide people with information about events that are organizing, ongoing, and building across the U.S. as we, the 99%, take action against the greed and corruption of the 1%.

We will only grow stronger in our solidarity and we will be heard, not just in New York, but in echoes across the world.

For more information about us, the movement, and answers to questions, please check out our FAQ.

Important note: Occupy Together will never ask for any monetary donations. We suggest that, if you want to donate monetarily, that you visit this site to help those who currently Occupy Wall St."


50 posted on 10/09/2011 11:01:56 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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