Skip to comments.Exposing the Anti-War Movement, Part I: MoveOn.org (You Don't Know Jack!)
Posted on 02/28/2003 12:42:25 PM PST by dware
Exposing the Anti-War Movement, Part I: MoveOn.org (You Don't Know Jack!)
by David Ware
NOTE: The following information was obtained through the efforts of the Citizens for Fair and Balanced Funding (CFBF) Committee here on Free Republic. Though the goal of CFBF is to provide research into the activities of the anti-war groups & their funders, the following presents compelling evidence that the Leftist Extremists in America are using the war effort as a front for an all out war against President Bush and the Conservative movement which is sweeping America today. If you would like to support the efforts of CFBF, please email David Ware (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Ever played the smash hit game, "You Don't Know Jack!"? Chances are, if you paid to play an early version of the game, you unknowingly & ultimately supported the anti-war effort. The popular game, first introduced online and then made available offline, was created by a company called Berkeley Systems. The company also well known for their creation of the "After Dark" screensavers, and the lovable 'flying toasters'. What does this have to do with the anti-war movement?
Former Berkeley Systems owners, husband & wife team of Wes Boyd and Joan Blades are now known for the success of their latest venture, a "flash campaign" called MoveOn.org. MoveOn.org is one of the leading supporters of the anti-war movement in America today.
A Brief History
MoveOn.org, originally known as 'Censure and Move On', was started in 1998 by Boyd & Blades in response to the Impeachment efforts of former President Clinton. They started the website just about a year after selling their Berkeley Systems company to CUC International, and used it as the basis to gather signatures to petition politicians to simply censure Clinton for his mesdeeds, and 'move on' with the business of the people.
The Move On campaign became mildly successful, boasting several thousand signatures from around the Nation within a short period of time. Altogether, the group managed around 300,000 signatures worldwide.
The Rest of the Story
When the Senate failed to Impeach Clinton, the MoveOn.org campaign focused their efforts on getting Democrats elected to office by forming the MoveOn PAC (moveonpac.org). Despite the fact that the PAC donated millions to Democrat candidates nationwide, the effort proved fruitless when Republicans began making gains and ultimately took over control of both the House & Senate in 2002.
Despite the setback for the PAC, the MoveOn.org campaign capitalized on the deaths of thousands of Americans on Sept. 11, 2001. Instead of taking the time to mourn those that had been lost in the terrorist attacks, the group immediately began another petition, this time to ask members of congress and President Bush to avoid a rush to war against terrorism. With the latest effort, the group began seeing more financial support from various 'socially progressive' organizations & non-profit funding groups.
MoveOn.org, though not a registered non-profit, is now able to offer their private contributors tax-deductible benefits when they make their donation through the San Francisco Foundation Community Initiative Fund (a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization). Other organizations providing financial support include the Iraq Peace fund ($20,000 grant - an effort of the "Tides Foundation", tidesfoundation.org), and a grant of $100,000 in 2002 from the Richard & Rhoda Goldman Fund. Coincidentally, the Goldman Fund also provided the now irrelevant Million Mom March with a $4.3 million grant in 1999.
The Anti-Bush Agenda Revealed
Here's where it gets interesting. With the substantial increase in funds, the group began hiring folks to run the show. Their choices reveal an undeniable fact: the organization couldn't care less about working for peace - the ragtag group of leftist activists are more interesting in bashing the Bush administration in any way they can.
For example, the group hired on Zach Exley, who is well known in leftist extremist activism for his Bush-bashing website, GWBush.com. The site was begun during the 2000 election cycle as a parody against the Republican candidate & then-Texas Governor. In 1999, the Bush campaign unsuccessfully tried to shut down the site by filing a complaint with the FEC. The complaint alleged that Exley violated the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 by failiing to register with the FEC, and for expending or receiving funds for his online campaign.
To further demonstrate Exley's passionate disdain of the Bush administration, he also organized CounterCoup.com, "To question the legitimacy of a Bush presidency, due to disenfranchisement and disregard for the will of the people". The domain is now defunct, but the website is still viewable at www.geocities.com/countercoup/
Another Bush hater also joined the ranks as a Senior Consultant/Political Director - John Hlinko. Hlinko began justsayblow.com (also known as Students for a drug free White House) when he realized Bush was going to get tough on drug-using students who received student loans & grants. The provision Hlinko was protesting was a 1998 provision requiring prospective students to answer questions about their drug use history on applications for federal funding. Hlinko found out about the provision when he himself was applying for aid to gain an undergrad degree. Though largely ingorned by the Clinton administration, Bush promised to make sure it was enforced. Hlinko refused to answer the question.
In addition, Hlinko also began a petition drive that delivered 6,000 signatures to TV Executives in support of Bill Maher after Maher made his mis-statements about terrorists having courage after the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. Once again, the activist revealed the willing disregard and lack of respect for the victims of the attacks by capitaliziing on the deaths of Americans for political purposes.
Research on this, and many other organizations and individuals involved in the anti-war movement quickly reveal they are not interested in peace at all, but instead use their political soapboxes to chip away at the Bush Administration's policies against Iraq, the economy, and every other issue they can get their grubby little paws on.
Find out where the San Fran foundation is getting there money from, then start complaining to the originators of the cash.
I hope you can include me on any ping list you may have on this topic. My in-laws are just giddy about attending the December 7 gathering. I wonder, do you think the date of December 7 has any meaning to those people?
Of course it does - just like 9/11. These may as well be holidays for leftist extremist traitors.