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  •  How things have changed... (19+ / 0-)
    Dear Mr. Washington,

    I was outraged when, even in the wake of the Oklahoma City tragedy, Mr. Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of N.R.A., defended his attack on federal agents as "jack-booted thugs." To attack Secret Service agents or A.T.F. people or any government law enforcement people as "wearing Nazi bucket helmets and black storm trooper uniforms" wanting to "attack law abiding citizens" is a vicious slander on good people.

    Al Whicher, who served on my [ United States Secret Service ] detail when I was Vice President and President, was killed in Oklahoma City. He was no Nazi. He was a kind man, a loving parent, a man dedicated to serving his country -- and serve it well he did.

    In 1993, I attended the wake for A.T.F. agent Steve Willis, another dedicated officer who did his duty. I can assure you that this honorable man, killed by weird cultists, was no Nazi.

    John Magaw, who used to head the U.S.S.S. and now heads A.T.F., is one of the most principled, decent men I have ever known. He would be the last to condone the kind of illegal behavior your ugly letter charges. The same is true for the F.B.I.'s able Director Louis Freeh. I appointed Mr. Freeh to the Federal Bench. His integrity and honor are beyond question.

    Both John Magaw and Judge Freeh were in office when I was President. They both now serve in the current administration. They both have badges. Neither of them would ever give the government's "go ahead to harass, intimidate, even murder law abiding citizens." (Your words)

    I am a gun owner and an avid hunter. Over the years I have agreed with most of N.R.A.'s objectives, particularly your educational and training efforts, and your fundamental stance in favor of owning guns.

    However, your broadside against Federal agents deeply offends my own sense of decency and honor; and it offends my concept of service to country. It indirectly slanders a wide array of government law enforcement officials, who are out there, day and night, laying their lives on the line for all of us.

    You have not repudiated Mr. LaPierre's unwarranted attack. Therefore, I resign as a Life Member of N.R.A., said resignation to be effective upon your receipt of this letter. Please remove my name from your membership list. Sincerely, [ signed ] George Bush

    You can imagine what today's right-wing nutcases would call George H. W. Bush should he do this in our present environment. Churchill's words would be assailed in the same manner were they from yesterday's newspaper.

    There were many things I disagreed with from both Churchill and Bush. Some I agree with, too.

    •  Even the John Birch Society knows that ALEC (5+ / 0-)

      and it's Koch supporters are fascists:

      ALEC is in the forefront of spreading the P3 gospel at the state level, along with its progressive partner, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (USCC), which, like ALEC, talks a good game of “free markets” while actually promoting corporate subsidies and economic fascism. “Fascism,” writes Lew Rockwell, president of the genuinely free market-oriented Ludwig von Mises Institute, “is the system of government that cartelizes the private sector, centrally plans the economy to subsidize producers, exalts the police state as the source of order, denies fundamental rights and liberties to individuals, and makes the executive state the unlimited master of society.” And it is precisely this kind of cartelized, centrally planned, fascist economy that the LEC/USCC/Obama/corporate alliance is producing.

      ALEC’s corporate P3 members are well represented by:

      • Big Pharma (Abbott, AstraZeneca, Bayer, Genetech, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfi­zer);

      • Big Farm (Altria Group, Archer Daniels Midland, Kraft Food, J.R. Simplot, ­Monsanto);

      • Big Oil (Shell, BP, Peabody, Marathon, Texaco, Tenneco, Chevron, ExxonMobil);

      • Big Banking (Bank of America, Coldwell Banker, Wells Fargo, First Chicago NBD);

      • Big Gambling (Hollywood Casino Corp., Argosy Gaming Co., Boyd Gaming Corp., GTECH Corp.);

      • Big Media (Cox Communications, Comcast, the Wall Street Journal, News Corp., Thompson Reuters, Time Warner Cable);

      • Big Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield, Farmers Group, GEICO, Liberty Mutual, State Farm, Travelers);

      • Big Tech (Yahoo, Facebook, Google, AT&T, eBay, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel, Sony);

      • Big Soda (Coca-Cola, Pepsi-Cola, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group);

      • Big Liquor (Seagram & Sons, Hiram Walker, Miller-Coors);

      • Big Box Stores (Best Buy, Home Depot, JC Penney, Lowe’s);

      • Big Auto (Ford, GM, Toyota, Chrysler).

      ALEC’s critics on the Left erroneously cite these cozy corporate ties as evidence of the corruption inherent in “free market” capitalism. But the ALEC/Obama P3 “partnerships” are the antithesis of genuine free markets, in which entrepreneurs risk their own capital — not that of the captive taxpayers — to build businesses that provide goods and services consumers freely choose to purchase, not those determined for them by politicians and government planners.

       Emphasis mine

      Please note that this is the John Birch society writing the above snips, and that they are so far right that they consider the US Chamber of Commerce, another Koch-funded organization as "progressive" so you have to understand the context here.

      H/T to MNDem999 for finding this article in her ALEC research.  It is likely that the right wing Birchers have inside access to ALEC, and that the list of "big" corporate supporters is quite likely to be an accurate portrayal of ALEC and its true corporatist/government coziness.

      Republicans are like alligators. All mouth and no ears.

      by Ohiodem1 on Tue Apr 22, 2014 at 07:45:04 AM PDT

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      •  And for those who think this is a new component (6+ / 0-)

        of how they operate, Vice President Henry Wallace under Roosevelt wrote an article for the New York Times regarding American fascism:

        Wallace's Times Article on American Fascism

        Even during the second world war, corporatists were attempting to grab governmental powers. At least back then, American leadership had sufficient integrity to fight off the more extreme elements of the oligarchs.

        Today, they just shrug their shoulders, accept the bribes and move on - and the ones who don't play along with them get excoriated in the media and get to be called "Lib'rul socialists". And people are stupid enough to believe it.

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