The Democracy Initiative: a Coup in Plain Sight

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    links in article at site

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    Matthew Continetti, one of my favorite writers, wrote an eye opener last week, "'A Conspiracy so Immense': ideological commitment and the timidity of pragmatic politics", too late for me to discuss in my column. It is one of the most important stories you'll ever read anywhere and shows how far behind conservatives are in the fight against "progressive " ideologues.

    He picks up on a report by Andy Kroll in Mother Jones about a coordinated effort by about 36 different interest groups with reported revenues of no less than $1.69 billion, pledging millions of dollars to work together to attack conservative supporters and organizations, to intervene directly in Democratic politics, to push for filibuster reform to better enable a push through their agenda without any input from the opposition, and expanding "voting rights" and fighting voter registration laws to further grease the skids for their legislative agenda.

    The group's organizers are Michael Brune, formerly director of the radical Rainforest Action Network, and presently director of the Sierra Club , Phil Radford, head of Greenpeace, Larry Cohen, president of the Communications Workers of America and Ben Jealous, president of the NAACP.

    All of this is taking place with no comment by the media -- which like their counterparts in academia, Hollywood. Silicon Valley (and unfortunately too many big corporations) -- are ideological partners in "progressivism".

    Here are some of the highlights of the article, though I strongly urge you read it all:

    1. Who belongs: Kroll didn't name all the participants in the organization's latest retreat in December which took place within blocks of the White House at the headquarters of the National Education Association. Here are those he did name:

    "the AFL-CIO, the Center for American Progress, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, Color of Change, Common Cause, Demos, the Friends of the Earth, the League of Conservation Voters, Mother Jones (in a "non-editorial" capacity!), National People's Action, the National Wildlife Federation, People for the American Way, the Piper Fund, Public Campaign, the Service Employees International Union, the United Auto Workers, and Voto Latino. Brune of the Sierra Club predicts there will be 50 participating organizations by spring."

    2. How much money will they throw into their effort? Continetti thinks there should be "at least two high numerals inserted before Kroll's estimate of "millions of dollars". This from people claiming they want to get money out of politics.

    Continetti repeatedly attacks the mainstream media for failing to cover this story, concluding,

    What little we know of the Democracy Initiative provides a useful lesson in the ability of fantasy to inspire political action. Progressivism sets the political and cultural and social agenda; it is embedded in Hollywood, in Silicon Valley, in the academy, in journalism, and in much of corporate America; many of the richest counties in the nation support liberal Democrats;

    President Obama outraised and out-spent his Republican challenger; the combined budgets of progressive interest groups and foundations and think tanks and nonprofits and community organizations is practically incalculable; the most liberal president since Lyndon Baines Johnson is barreling ahead with a confrontational and ideological approach to cabinet appointments and budget fights;

    Republicans and conservatives are in their greatest state of shock and disarray since 1992 and perhaps since 1964; and yet progressive elites such as the well-compensated Radford of Greenpeace still are swinging at the windmill of the "40-plus-year strategy by the Scaifes, Exxons, Coors, and Kochs of the world" to "take over the country."

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    I've been saying this for a while. Progressives have not lost an inch of ground in 100 years. Even when Republicans are in power they've done absolutely nothing to roll back any bit of the Progressive Jihad on America and in fact Dubya furthered it
     
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    Sounds like a push back on efforts by folks like the Koch brothers. Whether by right or left, corruption of the public space by organized capital will be the downfall of the American republic.
     
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    The American Republic is finished, it's just a question of how it all ends
     
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    All civilizations and countries change and then end at one time or another. The USA is no different that way, I imagine.
     
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    We now have a full on assault coming at us, from Obama's re-election ( their leader), from the media, the Democrat -progressive-commie party and their useful tools..

    not sure what is going to happen, people need to prepare
     
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    Do you mean like the relentless assault on Bill Clinton and Barack Obama from Tom Delay's K Street Project and the Koch brothers?

    Good. It's about time the left got into that fight.
     
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    wake up and smell the coffee old guy....the left has been fighting against the values of America for decades...

    that well-deserved "relentless assault" on Bill Clinton pales to nothing in comparison to the massive left wing "relentless assault" upon our Democracy.....
     
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    "Values?" LOL

    Let's see you define the "values of America."
     
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