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The Europeans are reporting on the US.

Another DK diary by Democrats Ramshield - is an excellent read and well worth your time - brings our attention to a French article.

This entry - starts with an article published in the UK Guardian.

Even though my obsession is ALEC - there are times that we need to also focus on ALEC affiliated organizations.

Like others, I am convinced that ALEC is just one part of a larger Paul Weyrich picture of coordination of extremist right wing organizations – probably the hub - because it was Weyrich's first venture at organzing conservatives.

It's been a long time since there was a diary written about the organizations affiliated with ALEC - through their affiliation with Paul Weyrich and the Koch brothers.  If you have not read the diaries by Bob Sloan - connecting the dots of the extremist wing organzations and people - I would strongly suggest it.

Today the article out of the UK - gives us the opportunity to revisit only one tiny part of the ALEC / Weyrich legacy.

As reported on Common Dreams:
Published on Sunday, May 27, 2012 by The Guardian/UK
Anti-Choice Group Drafting 'Model Legislation' State-by-State to Limit Women's Choice

Behind the raft of bills and regulations is one group with an aggressive approach: a non-profit, anti-abortion group called Americans United for Life.

The Washington-based group drafts "model legislation" including gestational limits on abortions, additional regulation on abortion clinics, and bans on insurance cover for abortion and ultrasound requirements. In addition, it is pursuing efforts at both the federal and state level to defund Planned Parenthood.

Charmaine Yoest, president and CEO of AUL, told the Guardian that the group is currently working in 39 states and "actively consulting" with legislators in 26 of them.

The group drafts "model legislation"????
Who else does that?
What does that remind us of?

Oh, yeh – the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

     "actively consulting" with legislators in 26 of them.
Wonder how they get access?
Probably at ALEC meetings – at least three times a year in fancy resort locations in private ALEC meetings that are shut off to the media and the public.

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) – founded in 1973 by right wing extremist Paul Weyrich.

Americans United for Life (pro-life advocacy group),
Exhibitor at ALEC's 2011 Annual Conference[2]

WASHINGTON, D.C. (02-09-12) – Americans United for Life, the legal arm of the pro-life movement and the oldest national pro-life organization, received a prestigious Weyrich Award for “Grassroots Organization of the Year” for 2011 Wednesday night, during an event leading into the annual CPAC conference.
Then there is this Weyrich "must have" media release from a 2009 catalog of supplies from the Illinois Citizens for LIfe
Audio Cassette 45 minutes
HS thru Adult
Paul Weyrich is against the pro-life movement compromising on abortion laws allowing exceptions for pregnancy from rape and incest.
And then there is this disturbing – snip from 2009 posted on rightwingwatch
they [Family Research Council] and Americans United for Life are sponsoring a pre-ALEC event for state legislators in July just before the annual ALEC Conference in order to inform legislators "about the key life and family issues affecting your state" and "discuss the latest legislative initiatives and state legislative trends."
AUL may be listed as ‘only” an exhibitor in 2011 – but I am sure they are much more than that on a regular basis at ALEC meetings and in distributing literature to ALEC members.

So the dots can pretty much be connected in regards to Weyrich's philosophy and focus in relation to "key life and family issues" and the connection drawn between Weyrich, ALEC and AUL.

But just for a second I want to drag you along the "connect the dots" journey - because of another snip I found on rightwingwatch. What I would consider a revealing – snip from 2009 of the Weyrich extremist philosophy personified by the awards given in his name
- really look at the names in this article:

Well over 230 conservative leaders and guests gathered Thursday evening to celebrate the life and legacy of Paul Weyrich, a colossus in the conservative movement, who perhaps now in death even more than in life reminds conservatives that while they hold a diversity of views, a real bond exists uniting them into one conservative coalition.

Fiscal conservatives, pro-life and pro-family leaders, foreign policy and national security conservatives of many different groups found themselves together in the same room for dinner at Georgetown's Four Seasons Hotel for the first-ever Paul Weyrich Awards Dinner. There they paid tribute the man they knew as "Paul" and recognized those contemporary leaders who share his broad vision of conservatism.

The Paul Weyrich award winners were Media Person of the Year: Glenn Beck; New Media Person of the Year: Andrew Breitbart and Erick Erickson; Courageous Citizen of the Year: ACORN investigators Hannah Giles and James O'Keefe; National Legislator of the Year: Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.); Local Elected Official of the Year: Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio; Business Person of the Year: Whole Foods CEO John Mackey and Solantic Chairman Rick Scott; Faith Community Leader of the Year: pro-family leader Bishop Harry Jackson of Hope Christian Church; Conservative Hall of Fame - Lifetime Contribution: Phyllis Schlafly; Youth Leader of the Year: Students for Life executive director Kristan Hawkins; and Benefactor of the Year: mutual fund executive Foster Friess.

The Paul Weyrich award winners ...  
Conservative Hall of Fame - Lifetime Contribution: Phyllis Schlafly
Then 2009
Hmmmmmmm.... Now 2012
From Think Progress 05 18 2012
Yesterday, the New York Times reported on new census data which showed, for the first time, that non-white births made up over 50 percent of all births in the United States last year.

It marked an important milestone, indicative of a changing United States that has long been considered the world’s melting pot. Or, if you’re the conservative, Phyllis Schlafly-backed Eagle Forum, it’s a clarion call that America is in grave danger of being overrun by uneducated, un-American brown people:

It is not a good thing. The immigrants do not share American values, so it is a good bet that they will not be voting Republican when they start voting in large numbers.
Instead, the USA is being transformed by immigrants who do not share those values, and who have high rates of illiteracy, illegitimacy, and gang crime, and they will vote Democrat when the Democrats promise them more food stamps
Then 2009
Hmmmmmmm.... Now 2012
  We don't even have to go into detail with this next "winner"
The Paul Weyrich award winners ...
Local Elected Official of the Year: Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio

The focus of these "Paul Weyrich" award winners in 2009 should be pretty prescriptive of Weyrich's philosophy and focus.

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) – founded in 1973 by right wing extremist Paul Weyrich.
ALEC - Wyerich's earliest venture - followed by the co-founding of the Moral Majority.
Weyrich - Father of Conservatism
Like others, I am convinced that ALEC is just one part of a much larger Paul Weyrich picture of coordination of extremist right wing organizations – probably the hub.  Organzations that are dedicated to destroying the democratic republic of the United States and replacing it with some kind of religious based fascist government – which seems like an odd juxtaposition of philosophy - but oh, well.... their "god only knows what they are thinking".  

A history of Weyrich notes that in 1969, he got his idea of bringing together the conservatism movement.:

“And I’m looking at this... that’s how they do it! I mean, I had watched conservatives getting killed on the floor of the United States Senate. And I didn’t know how it was done. I mean, I saw it happening, but I didn’t know the mechanics.”  

Weyrich continued with intensity, “...from that day forward, I was insufferable. Wherever I went I said, we’ve got to do something about this. We’ve got to have our own organizations. We’ve got to have our own meetings.”

It took him four more years to “We’ve got to have our own organizations. We’ve got to have our own meetings “ and to develop ALEC and the rest is history.

And the continuted coordination of the right wing extremists movement probably really coalesced in 1999 with a letter sent to many conservatives by Paul M. Weyrich which included the following statements by Weyrich:

The radicals of the 1960s had three slogans: turn on, tune in, drop out. I suggest that we adopt a modified version. First, turn off. Turn off the television and video games and some of the garbage that,s on the computers. Turn off the means by which you and your family are being infected with cultural decadence.

Tune out. Create a little stillness. I was very struck by the fact that when I traveled in the former Soviet Union, I couldn't go to a restaurant or any place else without hearing this incessant Western rock music pounding away. There was no escape from it. No wonder some Russians are anti-American. When they think of the United States, they think of the culture that we exported to them.

Finally, we need to drop out of this culture, and find places, even if it is where we physically are right now, where we can live godly, righteous and sober lives.

In 1999 - Weyrich would have been only 57 years old - but his tone is that of a very old man
- an old man who is hell bent on going back to some sick perverted version of the "good ol' days"  
-  an old man that can't fathom the movement of society to another place - a place different from the ingrained ideologies of possibly the 1800's
- an old man that wants the US the way that he imagines that it use to be
- and is hell bent on forcing American to go there with him - through "model" legislation.

A frightened old man - afraid of the possibilities that the future can bring.

A place and time and type of ideology that somone who is a moderate, a progressive or liberal will never truly understand - in our lifetime.

One crazy right wing extremist
     – who brought the right wing extremists together
– beloved by other right wing extremists
     – who have and are creating radical "model" legislation
– that is written to serve the FEW radical "godly, righteous" extremist right wingers
– at the expense of "we the people".

Originally posted to MNDem999 on Sun May 27, 2012 at 11:07 AM PDT.

Also republished by American Legislative Transparency Project, "Progressive Politics:Tennessee Style" (PPTS), and Community Spotlight.

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  •  Thank you for your focus on this (23+ / 0-)

    Too many people seem to think that what accounts for the way that the Republican Party is going is due to some momentary sort of collective mental hiccup.  

    Paul Weyrich has been around for a very long time and has mentored such people as Karl Rove and Grover Norquist.  

    It is a huge mistake to underestimate what these people can do, especially since the special interests that fund this movement can invest billions in the influence machine they benefit from.  

    hope that the idiots who have no constructive and creative solutions but only look to tear down will not win the day.

    by Stuart Heady on Sun May 27, 2012 at 12:01:21 PM PDT

  •  Weyrich got started in Wisconsin (12+ / 0-)

    Born in Racine, Wisconsin to Virginia M. (née Wickstrom) and Ignatius A. Weyrich,[6] Paul Weyrich became involved in politics while a student at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He was active in the Racine County Young Republicans from 1961 to 1963 and in Barry Goldwater's 1964 presidential campaign.
    The spiritual father of Scott Walker and the right wing take over.

    Wisconsin IS the battleground.

    Daily Kos an oasis of truth. Truth that leads to action.

    by Shockwave on Sun May 27, 2012 at 12:04:47 PM PDT

  •  In 2008 Weyrich was overly concerned about (17+ / 0-)

    Hillary becoming the Democratic Nominee for President.

    His visualization was that she was the one influential person who had been advancing the notion that there really and truly was a "vast right wing conspiracy" involving the Republican conservatives, and Weyrich feared she would identify them as "terrorists":

    When someone like Weyrich makes this kind of observation about the activities he's involved in, it makes one realize how he and his disciples think of themselves.  They were worried because the had reason to worry about their being defined as a terrorist group - which now we all know they really are/were.

    "Inmates should be reformed - not recycled"

    by Bob Sloan on Sun May 27, 2012 at 12:23:06 PM PDT

  •  "I Don't Want Everybody to Vote" --Weyrich 1980 (9+ / 0-)

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sun May 27, 2012 at 12:55:59 PM PDT

  •  More than just ALEC--the Cabal (12+ / 0-)

    Start by going to  and expanding all of the direct relationships to see all of the groups that are directly or indirectly (e.g. ALEC or Heritage) and see the extent of Weyrich's influence, if not involvement.

    Then you can go to Sourcewatch and read up on most of these groups, as they have already been exposed by the Center for Media and Democracy.

    Be scared, be very scared.  When ALEC drops a controversial task force, there is another whack-a-mole ready to take it over.  

    Many of the corporations, e.g. Coca Cola which were given their get out of jail free cards by Color of Change, Common Cause, for quitting ALEC have just moved their money to other radical right wing bill mills and activists.  

    Truthout did a great expose on CGS, and Rachel Maddow recently did a segment on NCCPR.  While these well-meaning interest groups have put a chink in ALEC's armor, what have they really accomplished?  Answer, shedding light and exposing ALEC to a larger audience--a very important function.  

    To quote Justice Louis Brandeis "Publicity is justly commended as a remedy for social and industrial diseases. Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants; electric light the most efficient policeman."

    •  How about a comprehensive boycott list? (6+ / 0-)

      Screw it with beating up on "Angie's List" and the various Rush advertisers.  

      We are up against an extremely well-organized conspiracy to subvert our democracy, financed by a number of very well-heeled heels whose entire focus is not the health of our society or the American economy, but only the health of their bank accounts by lowering their own personal taxes at the expense of everyone else in this country and the Federal budget.  Some might go so far as to call it treason, but a more measured assessment would be that it is just old-fashioned Gordon Gekko greed, doing what covetousness has always done, in Biblical times and modern times both.  The wealthy never feel that they have "enough".  They don't base their lust for gold on their needs, other than their need to have greater power, greater authority because of their economic muscle, more of a personal sense that they matter, that they are special and that everyone else can go suck an egg.

      A lot could be said about that form of social pathology, but hey, it is just like the feudal lords used to run things, the Robber Barons, the Mafia and the list goes on. Power corrupts, and the closer one gets to absolute power and absolute invulnerability, the easier it is to entirely lose one's humanity.

      Soooo....  what to do about this Biblical catalog of sins?  Could it be that the best thing to do would be to create a list of the products and services these reptiles are funding, and make a concerted effect to cost them twenty times as great a loss in the sales of those products and services as they invest in the web of efforts to subvert our society?  I am suggesting that we speak to them in the only language they understand and are able to hear.  Financial losses.

      And after we start with a  x 20 loss for every corrupt dollar they spend on subverting our nation, then let's move the bar up to deny them $100 of lost income for every $1 they spend.

      By doing so we may convince them that ALEC and its associated cohort agencies are perhaps not such a good idea after all.  That maybe letting democracy be a democracy would be best after all, since the people seem quite committed to it.

  •  Here's your vast right-wing conspiracy! (16+ / 0-)

    Remember when the press made fun of Hilary Clinton for identifying it?  Here we are, what, 15 years later, looking at all the detailed connections we now know it has.

    And how are we learning about it? Mostly through the left blogosphere, although some newspapers outside the US seem to care about it. Something is VERY wrong with this picture.

    -7.75, -8.10; We are all Wisconsin

    by Dave in Northridge on Sun May 27, 2012 at 02:48:04 PM PDT

    •  Your angst about the media is shared. (13+ / 0-)

      When the Exposing ALEC group started here on DK - we were always asking "Why isn't the MSM media covering this?"

      When ALEC Exposed was launched and the subsequently, the well documented articles were publsiehd on PR Watch - I think we all hoped that the MSM would begin to watch.

      We see it once in awhile now - but the MSM still does not try to connect the dots or tell the story - they just report - maybe because the story is so complex.

      I always hope that in telling the stories over and over and over again, regardless of the type of venue - it is the citizen journalist that can keep the story alive and in this case - out in the sunlight - which is the exposure that we need and must have for these topics.

      Thanks for stopping by, reading and commenting.

      •  It be interesting to see if media owners are also (6+ / 0-)

        included in ALEC?

        When life gives you wingnuts, make wingnut butter!

        by antirove on Sun May 27, 2012 at 07:10:35 PM PDT

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        •  well yeaH!!! indirectly at least if not wink wink (2+ / 0-)
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          the shared goals and interests have been cultivated for a long time with the help of a lot of like minded oligarchs... most are only involved in some areas and may not really understand how their own agendas make them ripe for being led with the appropriate carrot and stick... in fact they are all "carroting and sticking" each other in the same direction... easy when it is mostly in the same direction they are already going in to being with... just need a few think tanks plus ALEC etc. to sort of coordinate things a bit.

          herding multi millionaires for power and.... well, more power... yeah and money too.

          Takes a patient monomaniac like Weyrich to make that happen like it has... the ultimate right wing schmoozing political-religious-1% networker... getting it rolling until it built up enough momentum to run out of control... it will destroy its successes through overkill... too much success but the juggernaut has destroyed so much and continue to do so until it shudders to pieces... and even then it will just be rebuilt/repaired with a modified new plan unless it is matched with a balancing counter effort.

          Pogo & Murphy's Law, every time. Also "Trust but verify" - St. Ronnie (hah...)

          by IreGyre on Mon May 28, 2012 at 10:21:54 AM PDT

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        •  The media, (1+ / 0-)
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          most of which are owned by five corporate conglomerates, serve as the PR/propaganda required for the survival of these groups.

          When one of them gets attention on the Internet now, they know they have to at least mention it to retain whatever credibility they have. A few real news stories can be sprinkled in when enough people know about it through the Internet. Any commentary on the subject is wildly spun.

          (That link to propaganda is at Wikileaks. About  half-way down is a quick list of propaganda techniques we can see easily in the corporate media.)

          "Let each unique song be sung and the spell of differentiation be broken" - Winter Rabbit

          by cotterperson on Mon May 28, 2012 at 01:05:54 PM PDT

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        •  PRWatch reported late last week that they (1+ / 0-)
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          have documentation that Murdoch's News Corp. (Wall Street Journal, Fox News) is/has been an ALEC member for at least two years:

          I've noted that Stephen Moore (WSJ Editorial Board) is also a co-author of ALEC's "Rich States, Poor States" with Art Laffer and ALEC's Jonathan Williams, is the WSJ Economics resident and sits on ALEC's "Board of Scholars": complained that there is absolutely no disclosure by any of them about this known conflict of interest on behalf of Moore and the rest.

          "Inmates should be reformed - not recycled"

          by Bob Sloan on Tue May 29, 2012 at 06:53:19 AM PDT

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    •  The Plutocracy benefits from these wingnuts (9+ / 0-)

      And the plutocracy owns our media.

      As long as the American populace is at each other's throats due to the Culture war, the plutocracy can make sure things go their way. We can't stop them, we are too busy living hand to mouth and backbiting.

      The Press feeds that destructive dynamic.

  •  Lots of dots connected, thank you. n/t (4+ / 0-)

    I dreamed I saw Joe Hill last night, alive as you and me.

    by plankbob on Sun May 27, 2012 at 03:01:30 PM PDT

  •  let's not forget a tip o' the hat to (10+ / 0-)

    doug coe (of the secretive family foundation), the genius behind the decision to subvert & go underground to do the rw's dirty work, so the prying eyes of the media in the late-1960s would have a harder time tracking their "progress."

    another strategy (one that karl rove's particularly fond of) is that it's always a lot more trouble & expense to put out dozens of little fires, than focusing on a single, large one -- that's what fuxnewz is for, btw -- to create as many little fires as it can . . . & cross their fingers they all turn into big ones.

  •  Weyrich, a moldy oldy. (4+ / 0-)

    I remember, many years ago,  when he started telling everyone that military Pagans sacrificed virgins on bases, after meeting up nekkid.

    He has a real talent for story telling, I will give him that.

    •  Unfortunately for all, he got some type (4+ / 0-)

      of credence along the way.  That along with whatever charisma he had - he helped to ochestrate the mess we are in now.

      I often wonder - why didn't people - with real power- do anything?  Blaming the media is easy - looking at those - who had the power - and knowingly sat back and did nothing, is disturbing.

      These organzations have been making their monumental climb for decades and yet - no one with the realability to stop this has stepped forward - or even tried.  It has been left to the activists to address this.

      As noted earlier in the comments, it's left up to the blogosphere.  And then we are accused of wearing tin foil hats - yet while at the same time - it just continues to escalate.

      Sad state of affairs.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing!

      •  It's an actual conspiracy, not a theory (10+ / 0-)

        But you'll be hard-pressed to convince people that it's not just another tinfoil CT. Besides, there are plenty of wingers who will believe anything that appeals to their simplistic ignorant thinking.

        Poor people drag the rest of us down. Giving them nothing will let the idiots rise up.

        Democrats are communists. Straight out of the John Birch Society. Weyrich was a lifetime member, btw. He never led anything there, but he was a frequent keynote speaker.

        Don't forget that Weyrich was a founder of Heritage, coined the phrase, Moral Majority, founded the funders who created the huge right wing Christian radio networks, formed the Free Congress Foundation, and a whole lot more.

        All of this started from his talk radio and right wing TV work.

        He was a member of the Future Teachers of America in his senior year at his Catholic high school in Racine, if you can imagine that. He also won many awards for his activities in the Forensics Club (aka Debate Club). And he was an announcer for the school's internal fake radio station, essentially internally over the school's PA system.

        I found evidence that Weyrich might have known Scott Walker's father or those who educated his father in the far right wing evangelical Baptist dominionist movement. Walker's father was definitely a primary influence on his only child, Snotty. Both have direct linkages to the Coors family, the early funders of Heritage and ALEC. Denver was a quiet hotspot for wingers in the 50's and 60's.

        Americans United for Life is the 501(c)(3) side of the organization. Their affilated 501(c)(4) is AUL Action NFP. This works just like Karl Rove's two money laundering organizations. Secret money, no disclosure.

        The wiki entry for the anti-choice Charmaine Yoest, president of both othese organizations, reveals more about the sources of her money. As one might easily guess, it's the big funders of Heritage, ALEC, AFP, etc., Mellon, Olin, Bradley, and Kohler. No surprise there.

        This doesn't include her connections as a VP of the notorious Family Research Council.

        Yoest has direct connections to the lawsuits filed against Planned Parenthood claiming their "not meant to be a factual statement" about abortion statistics.

        Then there's this ugly link:

        In 2012, Yoest was appointed to the Congressional Award Board by Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell.
        She's in bed with the Evil Turtle himself.

        Yeah, she's connected to ALEC for sure. It seems that her 501(c)(4) filings show expenses for lobbying, so the boilerplate legislation wasn't tax-free. We know who funded it or what it was about, but we can certainly guess. They showed miscellaneous income of several million annually. Miscellaneous income seems to be the usual source of secret money for these wingers.

        Sick. Really fricking sick.

        "All people are born alike - except Republicans and Democrats" - Groucho Marx

        by GrumpyOldGeek on Sun May 27, 2012 at 06:11:18 PM PDT

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        •  Thank you!!! for sharing this. (3+ / 0-)
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          I always look forward to the extra information that you have regarding this topic.

          The connections you pointed out about Yoest are invaluable puzzle peices for the story.

          Thank you for taking the time to share with us - very appreciated.

          The more we know, the better prepared we are for the fight this right wing disease infecting our democratic republic.

  •  Weyrich's protegee, Eric Heubeck wrote an essay (7+ / 0-)

    that lays out Paul's vision: "The Integration of Theory and Practice: A Program for the New Traditionalist Movement"  While many here are familiar with the essay, it needs to be more widely read.  Just the subheadings reveal the blueprint for their path to "success"; it has been implemented!

    A New Direction
    *Still Engaged--But Outside of Politics
    *Remaining Importance of Defensive Politics
    *New Traditionalists and Libertarians
    *Movement Must Serve as a Force of Social Intimidation in  Its Intermediate Stage
    Some Basic Premises
    *The Movement Must Understand What Motivates Human  Beings
    *Good Results More Important than Good Intentions--Naiveté Not Excusable
    *Support of an Elite More Valuable than Support of the Masses
    *Value of Art and Images
    *Value of the Tangible Versus the Abstract
    *Movement Must Be Based on the Transmission of Ideas, Not Their Creation
    *New Traditionalists Must Be More Culturally Sophisticated
    *It Is in the Movement's Self-Interest to Improve the Quality of Its Membership
    *New Traditionalists Must Concentrate on Students and Young Adults
    *The Movement Must Be Willing to Appear Obnoxious

    As a Wisconsin teacher, their plans for young people and education appalls me!

    "I'm frankly sick and tired of the political preachers across this country telling me as a citizen that if I want to be a moral person, I must believe in 'A,' 'B,' 'C,' and 'D.' Just who do they think they are?" Barry Goldwater

    by ranton on Sun May 27, 2012 at 06:29:34 PM PDT

    •  This also - is an important puzzle piece. (3+ / 0-)
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      Thank you for bringing it to the attention of all.

      There is so much that everyone can share with each other - thank you so much for making sure this was listed as a reference piece, one absolutely needed to understand the whole (excuse me) damn mess - we are in.


      •  I was pleased to see your diary. I have been (3+ / 0-)
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        thinking about the seemingly split personality of my state since Walker dropped his "bomb" and revealed undercurrents and vitriolic hatred that I had no idea existed in this state (my part of the state was truly a swing district that has now become more Democratic leaning).  

        How could WI produce both Fighting Bob La Follette and McCarthy/Weyrich?  I spent last summer trying to find the answer to that, and that is when I first read Heubeck's essay.  I was stunned since it helped explain so much of what we have seen develop.  There is a diary in there somewhere, but it will have to wait until the election is over.  

        "I'm frankly sick and tired of the political preachers across this country telling me as a citizen that if I want to be a moral person, I must believe in 'A,' 'B,' 'C,' and 'D.' Just who do they think they are?" Barry Goldwater

        by ranton on Sun May 27, 2012 at 09:34:35 PM PDT

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    •  One can choose random phrases and find only crazy (6+ / 0-)

      The thinking is obviously based on John Birch Society idealogy and theology-based end-of-the-world moral decay fear-mongering. It is a classic example of paranoid thinking style.

      I always wonder how they center their fears on the evils of the left. This is perplexing to me. Here's a random phrase from the manifesto:

      We must always operate based on this cardinal principle: Leftists are never morally responsible for the evil they commit; but we as conservatives are morally responsible for not having done more to prevent them from committing that evil. We must learn to treat leftists as natural disasters or rabid dogs.
      Exactly what terrifies them so much? What causes them to become so completely irrational? I'll probably never understand this mental condition. All I know for sure is that these people are victims of con artists. They are being manipulated into a cult-like state of mind where unconditional obedience seems normal and their lives are being controlled by terrifying imaginary fears.  

      "All people are born alike - except Republicans and Democrats" - Groucho Marx

      by GrumpyOldGeek on Sun May 27, 2012 at 07:13:19 PM PDT

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      •  Maybe that we are fearless? (3+ / 0-)
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        That we are "the" natural disaster - they are waiting for?

        According to the rants of that rabid Michelle Malkin - you would think that those of us that are writing and protesting against ALEC are destroying the entire world.

        If only us activists on the left had the power to tear down a 40 year right wing political/social structure that easily and that fast.

        I kinda keep thinking that with ALEC as the hub - we need to bend and pull out one spoke at a time - front wheel , back wheel and then watch the entire frame hit the pavement - and hopefully keep it in the gutter for awhile before it raises it's ugly head under another name.

      •  It is cultish; that's why it is so difficult to (4+ / 0-)

        persuade with logic and facts!  I sometimes think it might be beneficial to study deprogramming techniques to see if there is any way to apply them to the political realm.

        "I'm frankly sick and tired of the political preachers across this country telling me as a citizen that if I want to be a moral person, I must believe in 'A,' 'B,' 'C,' and 'D.' Just who do they think they are?" Barry Goldwater

        by ranton on Sun May 27, 2012 at 09:40:37 PM PDT

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  •  Had a great show today (5+ / 0-)

    that dealt with some "money" issues in Tennessee's public education system, as pertains to ALEC. To answer a question from upthread, I'm sure it's now fairly widely known that Rupert Murdoch has been extremely closely allied with ALEC for some time.

    I have the patience to unravel this knot, but I am mostly working with the radio show (PPTS) to deal with ALEC et. al. within their chosen laboratory, the Progressive Southern US. It must be said that, with a forty-year head start, it will take some time. But the cleansing effect of illumination is having what seems to be a particularly adverse effect on their present and future budgets.

    If we can sniff out one, we can sniff out another. And, another.

    Nurse Kelley says my writing is brilliant and my soul is shiny - who am I to argue?
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    by Bud Fields on Mon May 28, 2012 at 12:50:02 AM PDT

    •  Congratulations on Exposing ALEC (4+ / 0-)
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      via the radio.
      Every venue you have for letting people know about this web that they have built is important.

      Tennessee, unfortunately, has been a stomping ground for them and with your help and commitment, we can help to educate others.

      Thank you for stopping by, reading, commenting and being an activist in this situation.

  •  There is an all-too-common trap (1+ / 0-)
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    progressives fall into--which I think you've basically stayed out of here--of confusing the popular appeal of RW ideologies with the political influence of the RW.

    The latter bears watching at all times, by people of good sense and goodwill, since the Right has only consolidated and intensified its political power in the past 30 years and shows every sign of continuing to do so. The former, while it may still bear watching, is clearly waning. The Right isn't very good at attracting new believers, and hasn't been since 1980 or so. Their appeals to youth (and everyone else, for that matter) are inept and tone-deaf. The Fox News demographic of aging angry white males is dying out, clearly, with nothing really coming up to replace it. For this reason, it troubles me when I come across hysterical diaries about some new "Rightist indoctrination scheme." (During the Cold War, we had the "Red Menace"...)

    It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

    by karmsy on Mon May 28, 2012 at 06:40:48 AM PDT

    •  I struggled with my response on this (5+ / 0-)

      I agree with you that indoctrination is not the point - as Weyrich was all about activating/engaging the Christian right ( his conservatist movement) into politics.  And he did that very well with his coordination of organzations and corporations to fund the movement.

      He spent almost 40 years focused relentlessly on message and people listened to him and joined him in his commitment.

      I don't see the Christian Right imploding in my lifetime and that bothers me in relation to their influence as a political entity.  The fact that Weyrich is dead, may have put a hiccup in the movement - but others will and have grab the reins - which hopefully will cause internal bickering in the movement.

      But I still think that we have an issue on our hands in this arena - watching the fundamentalist religion shows on TV  you see an audience of many ages and that is the audience these extremist right wing organziations are pandering to.  That issue being how do we move this country forward - when you have a large part of the population who want to move it backward - with so many extreme right wing philosophies getting more headway everyday because of the politicans/organizations that Weyrich helped to move into positions of power.

      Their cacophony has grown exponentially for over 40 years.  Our message has not.  How do we correct this?

      Thanks for stopping by, reading and leaving a very thoughful comment - which I appreciate.

      •  OK, I am in total agreement (1+ / 0-)
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        with you regarding some statements you make in this comment. And I stumble over other parts of your remark.

        I don't know if you did this consciously, or not, but here you broke down the popular appeal/influence of the RW in a way that pleases me:

        I agree with you that indoctrination is not the point - as Weyrich was all about activating/engaging the Christian right ( his conservatist movement) into politics.  And he did that very well with his coordination of organzations and corporations to fund the movement.

        Yes, it's the corporations and moneyed organizations that drive political conservatism, that have always driven it. In the long term, of course, they need a populist front operation for the RW agenda, too...and I believe, emphatically, that that's where the weakness these days lies.

        I just can't wrap my head around this, however:

        But I still think that we have an issue on our hands in this arena - watching the fundamentalist religion shows on TV  you see an audience of many ages and that is the audience these extremist right wing organizations are pandering to.
        How successfully do they pander? For one, the Fox News demographic is dying out, and the kids coming up are much more racially mixed and more lbgt-tolerant. For another, fundie churches are clearly, demonstrably getting sick of politicians' attempts to co-opt them. They make resentful noises about "being taken for granted." For another, out of curiosity, I recently (2006 or so) attended a church down the block from me that can only be described as fundamentalist, promoting a literalistic interpretation of scripture. And this "hot," charismatic young Billy-Graham-acolyte of a minister was bashing WalMart from the pulpit. Would you have heard anything like that, 20-30 years ago? The message of the churches has clearly been corrupted.  

        This is a really dismissive, inaccurate remark:

        Their cacophony has grown exponentially for over 40 years.  Our message has not.  How do we correct this?
        Of course progressives have gotten noisier over the decades since 1980, and particularly in the past decade or so; blame the internet. Do we have ground to make up? Sure. But the RW is already scared to death and on the defensive. They just hate this "citizen journalism." they hate the idea of numbers of progressives talking to each other, anonymously. Claiming that "our message hasn't grown," that we're starting from 0, is disrespectful.

        It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

        by karmsy on Mon May 28, 2012 at 08:01:18 AM PDT

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    •  They only need a few folks to control the rest (1+ / 0-)
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      If they only get 1% of the young-'uns, they're fine with that -- those kids will be fast-tracked into leadership positions to be the next generation of overlords.

      And of course, they can buy politicians pretty much at will.  
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      Visit for Minnesota news as it happens.

      by Phoenix Woman on Mon May 28, 2012 at 07:48:04 AM PDT

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      •  This remark troubles me for (0+ / 0-)

        its fatalistic tone. One of the biggest features of RW infiltration of the public discourse over the past few decades is how accustomed progressives have become to losing.

        It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

        by karmsy on Mon May 28, 2012 at 08:04:28 AM PDT

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  •  A stealth Ayatollah with a sneak revolution (1+ / 0-)
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    ... in plain sight for all that but still intended to be under the radar in many ways, appearing innocuous or otherwise niche-right... harmless in each apparently disconnected component but relentless in its actual intent, operation and success.

    I hope more people know about him and come to loathe him. A unctuous self important poisonous weasel may have earned his cult status with the seriously icky people associated with his "movement"... the awards list is proof enough of the nature of it... but beyond that he needs to become known as a treacherous anti-democratic reactionary whose legacy is a direct threat to what American is meant to be.

    Nobody voted directly for his big plan. He and his enablers and allies imposed it on the unsuspecting majority. The inherent duplicity and self-anointed elitism of his recipe as he himself proclaimed was not about democracy at all but imposing his beliefs on everyone one way or the other. In one sense they may have actively patterned their self image as a reverse form of Leninism... they were the "Vanguard" of the revolution... trick, misdirect, cajole and just impose their formula for the rest of us... And similarly he and his legacy have been like the Iranian revolution... they lied about what they would do just enough while being pretty obvious. The point was to not try too hard to hide anything and have the right pablum and tone to lull most into underestimating them. And Many educated Iranians thought Khomeini would be like an Iranian Gandhi even though if they'd bothered to look past the sugar coating and PR they would have joined the ranks of the ignored Cassandras without really changing things...

    And the same with Weyrich ...  if some people got all horrified and tried to warn Americans about what was happening and where it was leading it mostly fell on deaf ears... who will believe these apparent Chicken littles? With the sky falling so slowly nobody really understood. And key for that was the corporate and media either ignoring it or being enablers of it along with the decades long subversion of state legislatures and much of the political process.

    Pogo & Murphy's Law, every time. Also "Trust but verify" - St. Ronnie (hah...)

    by IreGyre on Mon May 28, 2012 at 10:12:40 AM PDT

  •  BBC documentarian Adam Curtis (0+ / 0-)

    makes a strong case for your thoughts about the religious right and Iran in a typically excellent blog post, Who Would God Vote For?.

    He also tells how Weyrich recuited Jerry Fallwell, who already had a large group of followers via TV and direct mail. Weyrich had infiltrated the activist left in the late '60s, and was astonished by how actions were organized and connected. When he wondered where conservatives could find enough people for the movement, he realized there was a whole group of fundamentalists who were taught not to vote or participate in government for religious reasons.

    Weyrich (probably easily) convinced Jerry Falwell to lead the charge to get fundamentalists active in politics, beginning with the Moral Majority.

    There's much more, including video at the link. You and he are thinking alike -- a deep compliment from a big fan of Adam Curtis ;)

    "Let each unique song be sung and the spell of differentiation be broken" - Winter Rabbit

    by cotterperson on Mon May 28, 2012 at 02:18:17 PM PDT

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