The three day annual meeting of the Bilderberg Group is now being held in St. Moritz, Switzerland. Today’s Alex Jones radio program denounced the gathering for attempting to destroy America’s sovereignty and plotting to create a single global currency. Similar to most accusations made by Jones, the claims have no merit and there is no evidence to support them. Since 1945 the world has had a single reserve currency, and it is the American dollar. Continue reading
The liberal activist group Code Pink always blames America first, and now they have found new allies at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). Last year I was stunned to see Code Pink’s co-founder Susan “Medea” Benjamin at CPAC. I would not have paid attention if she was protesting, but she was applauding. She enthusiastically approved of Ron Paul’s event, “Conservatives Against War.”
Now Code Pink is praising CPAC for a second year. Their kind words are for Ron Paul’s speech in which the Texas Congressman said: “The Patriot Act is literally the destruction of the Fourth Amendment — that’s what it’s all about.” Code Pink now admires the Libertarian “Repeal the Patriot Act” seminar at CPAC.
The main speaker was Ivan Eland who was “incredulous” when CPAC gave an award to former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, and said:
Rumsfeld’s direct role in the unconstitutional excesses of the George W. Bush administration should have probably landed him in jail. . . The assertion that Rumsfeld is “honest” and “forthright” seems an Orwellian attempt to turn black into white.
The other speaker was James Bovard who praised the 27 Republicans who broke ranks to vote against the Patriot Act, which he called “John Boehner’s anti-freedom joyride. . . Congress doesn’t care about the abuses. Congress only cares about their campaign donors.” Bovard said there was a close overlap between the members who voted against the Act and those who attend Ron Paul’s weekly study meetings.
The Code Pink co-founder says her organization, the Libertarians and some Tea Party members are the only ones who are paying attention to the Constitution and defending it against abuse. Medea Benjamin also claims George W. Bush violated the Constitution which is why she was in the forefront of efforts to impeach him.
- Benjamin always refers to herself as a human rights activist, but she vigorously supports the worst human rights abusers. She wanted the United States to do nothing about genocide and ethnic cleaning in the former Yugoslavia. The Taliban would still be in power if were up to her, and Saddam Hussein would have been allowed to control the oil fields of Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. She says “violence is never the answer.”
- She lived in Cuba for four years and has written three books praising Fidel Castro.
- Benjamin and her fellow Code Pink members have referred to U.S. soldiers as “murderers,” “terrorists,” “baby killers,” and “assassins.” They did that outside of a Halloween Party for children of service members who had been deployed to Iraq.
- She received diplomatic courtesy letters from Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Congressmen Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) and Henry Waxman (D-CA). This allowed her to visit Fallujah, Iraq in late 2004 to donate $600,000 worth of humanitarian aid to the people who had just killed 51 Americans and wounded 560 more earlier that month. Operation Phantom Fury in Fallujah was the heaviest US urban combat since the Vietnam War, and Benjamin said she wanted to assist “the other side.”
- She has been active in efforts to raise money for Hamas, and denounces Israel’s actions to protect its civilian population. She praises Jimmy Carter’s book “Palestine Peace Not Apartheid” for using the term “apartheid” to describe Israel’s policies. Benjamin is part of a grassroots movement to boycott Israel based on the 1980s anti-apartheid campaign that targeted South Africa.
- The first official letter from the Hamas leadership to President Obama on future negotiations was given to Benjamin for hand delivery. Code Pink wants the Obama administration to negotiate with Hamas without any preconditions, including no recognition of Israel and no halt to terrorist activities.
- Benjamin has been arrested dozens of times at anti-war events, and at Donald Rumsfeld’s home. She tried to arrest Karl Rove at a booking signing for war crimes.
- She believes Bush and Obama are the true terrorists. Benjamin is a member of the Green Party and was their U.S. Senate candidate in California. According to her, Republicans and Democrats are both “Stinking liars.”
- Susan Benjamin was born in 1952 and during her first year at Tufts University she renamed herself Medea after a Greek mythological character. Her role model was from a wealthy family, had an attitude of self-importance and elitism. The Greek character murdered her two children in an act of revenge against her husband.
- Who does Medea Benjamin like? She wrote about it on the Huffington Post:
Ron Paul’s anti-war/anti-empire message and consistent votes against war funding is a refreshing turn from liberal Democrats who decry war but always vote to fund it . . . At the Tea Party rally he took on conservatives for wanting to be policemen of the world. He says ‘We’re stretched too far with all this government spending overseas. We should just mind our own business.’ His anti-empire message appears to be catching on in right wing circles. Libertarians and social progressives can make common cause against expansive–and expensive–empire.
CAMPAIGN FOR LIBERTY RECEPTION: The main speaker said: “I can’t help but feel excited about the new generation at CPAC. The old guard of the Republican Party is dying and good riddance. They are simply mindless tape recorders who can not think for themselves. Ron Paul is now being supported by about 30% of Republicans, and a majority of his support is under the age of 40.”
RON PAUL’S SPEECH: The Congressman has never been known as an exciting orator but he was especially bad today. The applause was only matched by his poor performance. He is 75, and perhaps his age has caught up with him. I understood what he was trying to say because I have heard many of his past speeches, which are very repetitive. However, a new listener would have had real difficulty following today’s speech. He stumbled on his words, garbled many sentences, and lost his train of thought.
- Even one his own supporters said “Did someone slip him some speed? There’s no way anyone understood half of what he said who hasn’t it heard before. Why can’t someone tell him to slow down. This speech was an opportunity missed.”
- He referred to Congressman Sam Johnson (R-TX) instead of founding father Sam Adams.
- He denounced the “lack of Constitutional authority for the police state.” In speaking of intervention by the Federal Reserve, he criticized them for spending $4 billion. He meant to say $4 trillion, and never realized he was making a mistake.
- Paul received a thunderous ovation for denouncing the “American empire”: “Force doesn’t work and it never does.” Many people disagree with the Congressman including the Jews of WW II and the American slaves. The victims of genocide, ethnic cleaning, rape camps and millions of refugees would never support Ron Paul who has never cared about morality.
- Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-KY) speech demonstrates that he is also not ready for prime time.
THEY COULD HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT ME: This is from todays Ron Paul Forum – “Did anybody notice the long faces on many of the old farts in the crowd as they see their numbers dwindling. As they watch where their party is going? The young people have caught on, but the old farts never will.
“Quite clearly the anti-war issue is THE issue, and it is going to continue to divide the party. Our numbers are growing, and the establishments knows their days are numbered.”
PATRIOT ACT: Rep. Paul said this “has nothing to do with patriotism. They always name it the opposite of what it is. The Patriot Act is literally the destruction of the Fourth Amendment.” Karl Denninger who describes himself as a Tea Party founder was furious that candidates identified with his movement overwhelmingly supported the Patriot Act:
This includes the “beloved” Alan West and Michelle Bachmann. They are lying sacks of crap. Every single one of them who supported the misnamed Patriot Act. Every one of these buttclowns would have been swimming in Boston Harbor – with the tea – were they alive at the time, having been correctly branded as British spies.
THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP: Congressman Paul says he is fundamentally unsatisfied with the leadership of the Republican Party. Many of the CPAC attendees I spoke with appear to be yearning for a viable Libertarian Party so they can abandon the GOP.
Republicans are still working on an alternative budget, but according to Rep. Paul: “I’m doubtful there will be very many real cuts. They are not going to slash the budget. They don’t have the stomach for it. They will not cut one penny out of defense. Big government is alive and well.”
ISOLATIONISM: This was Ron Paul’s main theme. He attacked the “military industrial complex,” and said “It’s time for us to bring the troops home.” According to the Congressman: “The Founding Fathers talked about staying out of foreign entanglements when it’s none of our business.” The Founders who fought the American Revolution were not at all similar to the anti-war and isolationist libertarians.
The American revolution was won at Yorktown but there were more French soldiers than American. We would not have won without foreign aid. Ron Paul says George Washington’s farewell address is his guiding principle. Washington’s advice was wise for the time period which covered the French revolution and the war of 1812.
We should not have been choosing sides between France and Britain which was the hallmark of the presidential campaign when he left office. Jefferson was viewed as being pro-French and Adams was seen as pro-British. Washington’s advice was excellent for his time, but not for all time. In a similar manner, he did not want political parties or a standing army. The Constitution of 1789 allowed slavery and women were denied the right right to vote.
GOPROUD: Al Cardenas, the new Chairman of the American Conservative Union, is indicating the gay group GOProud will not be back next year. Several social conservative organizations boycotted CPAC because of GOProud. One of those boycotting CPAC was Cleta Mitchell, the chairman of the ACU Foundation. Roger Simon of Pajamas Media said:
The GOProud party was as close to a game changer as things get and the most interesting event at CPAC by far. There was a boisterous, supportive crowd, and the party almost obliterated in one night the conception that Republicans are anti-gay. Pretty soon it may be cool to be a Republican and square to be a Democrat.
GOV. MITCH DANIELS (R-IN): He gave the best speech and is always substantive. A Daniels-Obama debate would be a real threat to the President. He calls the EPA the Employment Prevention Agency.
I did not like his line about cutting defense spending, but he did not dwell on that point. Daniels would have a difficult time in Iowa which is a bastion of social conservatives. He wants those issues on the back burner.
FORMER GOV. TIM PAWLENTY (R-MN): “Mr. President, stop apologizing for our country. . . We need job growth, not government growth. America’s rightful place is not lagging behind China. America’s place is leading the free world.” The isolationists hated that line.
SEN. ORRIN HATCH (R-UT): I admire him but was disappointed by his comments regarding TARP. The Senator is terrified of a Tea Party primary challenge and apologized for his 2008 vote. He let the audience believe TARP was a boondoogle. Hatch said: “All I can say is, there aren’t many people who will say I’m sorry. I’m one who will. I probably made a mistake voting for it.”
He did not tell them that all of the TARP funds will be paid back and the program will probably make a profit. Even that is not the important part. TARP saved the nation from a second Great Depression, and there is a huge difference between Bush’s TARP and Obama’s stimulus. Hatch is an outstanding conservative and it was disgraceful that the libertarians booed him.
SEN. MIKE LEE (R-UT): His isolationist rhetoric is a real disappointment. I hope we do not have to write him off to the anti-war lobby. Briefings for Lee should be a top priority for the national security community. He is obviously very vague on foreign policy issues.
REP. JUSTIN AMASH (R-MI): If I had been told he was a liberal Democrat, I would have believed it. All of his comments about the Patriot Act and the surge are totally false. In all seriousness, House Minority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) is far better than Amash on national security issues. This is a sad situation because his predecessor, Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-MI), was outstanding as the ranking Republican on Intelligence. Amash will obviously do a great job for the ACLU.
My friend of the day is Lisa Artgal of Tuscon. We did not agree earlier this year on the Arizona Senate primary. I believe Sen. John McCain (AZ) is the GOP’s best spokesman on defense and foreign policy issues, and after the 2008 campaign, he has been an outstanding conservative leader. Lisa is an anti-abortion activist and I would never accuse her of not being a conservative. Continue reading
ACU rejected complaints from several conservative leaders regarding JBS. They all said the decision gives ammunition to enemies of the conservative cause. In discussing the JBS, the late Senator Barry Goldwater (R-AZ) said “We cannot allow the emblem of irresponsibility to attach to the conservative banner.”
Now the American Conservative Union has brought them to the head table. The Libertarian Party often works in cooperation with JBS, and they are both isolationist organizations which promote a wide range of unproven conspiracy theories. They accuse Ronald Reagan of being a “warmonger.”
The 2010 CPAC presidential straw poll was won by Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) who was loudly cheered when he denounced Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Woodrow Wilson. The strong Libertarian influence at ACU has been apparent for quite some time. ACU’s official definition of conservatism includes working with Libertarians “in bold harmony.”
ACU joined the American Civil Liberties Union and the Libertarian “Republican Liberty Caucus” to form a group called “Patriots to Restore Checks and Balances” in order to oppose the USA Patriot Act. ACU Vice Chairman Don Devine has been a vocal critic of former President George W. Bush.
Below are quotes from various conservative leaders on JBS’ co-sponsorship of CPAC 2010.
Mark Levin, author, “A Conservative Manifesto”:
I was invited to be the opening speaker at Saturday’s CPAC session. I had accepted but then, to my amazement, I learned the John Birch Society would be one of many co-sponsors. This takes the big-tent idea many steps too far for me. So, I withdrew. Apparently, others were not so moved. That’s fine. But it wasn’t for me. Bill Buckley and Barry Goldwater, among others, chased the Birchers from the movement decades ago. And they’re not a part of the movement. So, to give them a booth at CPAC was boneheaded.
Rich Lowry, National Review:
The John Birch Society is co-sponsoring the American Conservative Union’s big annual conference. The Society’s paranoia has outlived the Cold War that inspired it: A recent perusal of its website turned up the same old dreary theories about David Rockefeller and the New World Order, denunciations of the ‘American colonial enterprise,’ and hints that maybe our soldiers should not follow orders in the pursuit of that enterprise. We have no idea what the ACU is thinking but assume that the Birchers are eager to ferret out any Communists in its ranks.
Scott Johnson, The Weekly Standard:
ABC’s Jonathan Karl reports that this year’s CPAC event was co-sponsored, unbelievably to me, by the John Birch Society. Karl quotes some of William F. Buckley’s characteristically vibrant denunciations of the JBS. ‘Two years after Buckley’s death,’ Karl observes, ‘the John Birch Society is no longer banished; it is listed as one of about 100 co-sponsors of the 2010 CPAC. Karl reasonably asks: ‘Why is the Birch Society a co-sponsor?’ ‘They’re a conservative organization,’ according to Lisa Depasquale, the CPAC Director for the American Conservative Union, which runs CPAC. ‘Beyond that,’ she told Karl, ‘I have no comment.’ Additional comment is required, and if Depasquale will not provide it, I will. This is a disgrace.
John Hawkins, Right Wing News:
I visited the JBS booth at CPAC and was told the Council on Foreign Relations is engaged in some sort of secret, bipartisan effort to build a one world government. Then, I asked about the North American Union. Not only do they buy into it, he gave me some sort of movie to watch. Honestly, a group like the John Birch Society shouldn’t be allowed to be a sponsor of CPAC. . . I suspect the kookier fringe brings in so much money and energy for a group the size of the Birchers that they can’t bear to give it up. Conspiracy theorists and fringe groups are death for any mainstream group.
Ryan Mauro, Pajamas Media:
CPAC is being co-sponsored by the John Birch Society. Every liberal commentator needs to send a thank-you note to CPAC’s organizers for that monumentally stupid decision. . . CPAC has made a major PR mistake in forming this alliance with JBS. It won’t be long until the media puts all those taking part on the defensive, forcing the organizers to spend precious time explaining this move. From now on, when I hear the acronym ‘CPAC,’ I won’t think ‘Conservative Political Action Conference.’ I’ll think ‘Consciously Providing Ammo to Critics.’
Erick Erickson, Red State:
I think the JBS’ers are insane and I was dumbfounded that they had a booth.
The JBS was established in 1958 and reached its peak in 1965 with 60,000 members. The founder was candy maker Robert Welch and his brother’s company is best known for the “Sugar Daddy.” Welch often spoke of the dangers of fluoridated water which he claimed was a Communist-backed plot to weaken the minds of the American public. The organization was long headquartered in the birthplace of Joe McCarthy, Appleton, Wisconsin.
For the past five decades they have attacked and defamed practically every major political figure in the United States. In his book “The Politician,” Welch said President Dwight Eisenhower was “a dedicated and conscious agent of the international communist conspiracy,” and the U.S. government was “under operational control of the Communist party.” He later amended this statement to say Communists only had “50-70 percent” control of the government.
This will be an excellent year for the GOP but conservative Republican candidates for the U.S. Senate are struggling in a variety of races. We spoke with officials of the National Republican Senatorial Committee and a variety of conservative activists to develop a list of top targets. We asked them who are the candidates who most need money and volunteers. The responses we received are listed below.
They begin with the close or toss-up races, followed by races that are considered ”Leans Republican”, and finally the “Solid Republican” states. At the bottom are the safe Democratic seats. To recapture the Senate, Republicans need to win ten states, and the top prospects are: Continue reading
Listed below are comments from conservative activists throughout the nation who are expressing strong reservations about Congressman Mike Castle (R-DE) in tonight’s U.S. Senate primary. Castle faces a serious challenge from Christine O’Donnell who is making her third bid for the U.S. Senate.
Rich M FLong, 26, of Wappinger Falls, NY: principles are more important than what jersey they wear. A vote for Mike Castle (R) is a vote for Chris Coons (D). Can someone explain to me what is good about electing a Democrat who votes like a Democrat? . . . When will the GOP establishment realize that moderation is how the left gets away with blaming every bad thing that happens on Republicans and they tell voters that’s what conservatism is. Continue reading