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Don't you ever wonder why, when poll after poll show that GOP dogma is totally out of step with the majority of the American people, they keep WINNING?  We Liberals focus on the trees, not the forest.  

The John Birch Libertarians assumed control of the Republican Party this year, and are about to take over the government. They've spent 40 patient years and hundreds of millions of dollars to co-opt even the Neoconservatives more limited visions of power and take control of the government.

Sounds crazy?  I used to think so too, until I started following the money. It extends into every avenue of power and influence in this country, from cradle to grave.

Last week I published a pretty depressing piece that ended about two weeks additional research into what has turned into a repeated visit down the dark rabbit hole of GOP billionaire funders.  

A primary reason that we have zero clue about what's going on is because we only get snapshots of the trees, and some very small trees at that, from the media, the 4th Estate of American politics, that should be informing us.

The biggest place that mainstream journalism has repeatedly fallen down is in following the money that puts out all of the spin.  Two reasons for that:

First, they can't, or at least they fear that they cannot. Many of the places where they work are either directly held by some of these billionaires, or corporations where they hold significant influence, or they're held by people who do business with the Mellon-Scaifes, Kochs, et al. who don't want to run afoul of them.

Even consortiums like former Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell's group that bought the Philadelphia Inquirer can cause journalists to worry, when they come upon a story, if the boss of the one-newspaper town will take offense.  [See the video]

Sure, you can find a job in another town if they fire you... maybe. The corporate hegemony of big publishing companies like Gannett and Tribune and News Corp may dial you out nationwide.

Second, apparently it's boring. I asked Thom Mozloom of, who is a regular on Sirius/XM's POTUS channel, why he never follows the money sourcing back into the PAC ads which are his beat. He tweets: "It'd be nice - but the only 2 people that would listen are you and me."

American news consumption is like being at a lovely dinner party held in tents on the African veldt. You see the pride of lions charging the table, about to dismember your host, but apparently no one wants to be bored with the details because it will spoil the party.  

This has been part of the big plan though.  In the article I go back to the real political forest that rolls us back to the 1970s and Justice Powell's last act before becoming a Supreme Court justice: The Powell Memorandum.

It's fascinating stuff. Powell thumb-nailed the whole reassertion of power by the Right through webs of think tanks and astroturf groups that you're seeing today in 1971. The Neocons launched out of that structure.

The Libertarians, like the Kochs, tried their hand at a third party. They realized you can't grab enough power in a two-party system that way, so, they bought one of the parties.

You find their invasion started in the late 1980s co-opting groups and think-tanks that the Neocons had set up. Then they moved on to establish their own base, buy media, and intimidate other media. They pressed for judiciary appointments at low levels, knowing that these people would roll through the system and make it to higher judicial roles.  They co-opted Scalia and Thomas on the SCOTUS, inviting them to their planning sessions at private retreats.

Politically, their RINO-hunting arm, the Club for Growth, has been "winning" for the Libertarian cause even when Democrats win. They purge moderates from the party during primaries. Dick Lugar of Indiana is the most recent RINO take-down.

They have not just invested in politics, but in every walk of American life that can influence opinion, or control the population.  They have invaded schools (the DeVos family of Amway) and they have spent millions politicizing religious organizations.

They torqued single issue voters from gun nuts to anti-abortionists into government haters.

As I point out in a piece that I did on Paul Ryan, they have systemically undermined America's view of the government, which not only protects us from foreign invaders, but also guys like Mitt Romney and the Kochs, so that people will gleefully slit their own throats in tribute to these American Lords.

What is new, particularly in W.'s reign of terror, is that they have pushed for bureaucratic appointments to gut the federal government from within.  They attack regulations and laws passed that restrict their unfettered activity by underfunding or underhiring.

Take the BP disaster. A large part of the regulatory fail on that one was because there were minimal resources and personnel in place to check deep water rigs, even though the law regarding their safety had not been gutted.

The reach of these people extends into entertainment media as well.  Lots of reality programming keeps us stupid and happy.  Thought-provoking television has had to move to places like HBO, because the networks are all about keeping the masses pacified.

This has been going on for decades, pretty much unfettered. When they have a setback, like ants, they regroup, wait patiently, and then pour millions into rebuilding or extending their network.

Liberals, democrats, are not so well organized.  Unions have been under pressure, and liberal givers do not have the same bold vision that the Kochs and other American fascists (used in the classical 19th century sense of the term), for long-range planning.

We've gone to the short ground game. Win this election. Get the ball moved down-field on healthcare 30 yards, and hope for the other 70 another day.

Even if Democrats get focused, and get a long-term ground game, the dark forces of American politics have a 35 year head-start.

How do we compensate for that, to get America back on a progressive track and take it out of the hands of the know-nothings and their puppeteers in the 1%?

That's the first question that Mr. Obama and the DCCC need to answer after defeating Mr. Romney in November.

My shiny two.

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  •  Tip Jar (12+ / 0-)

    "There are two types of people in this world: Those who like delis, and those with whom you should not associate." - Damon Runyan

    by Brian Ross on Sun Sep 02, 2012 at 07:06:40 AM PDT

  •  It is big picture, and we are losing. (5+ / 0-)

    We are even losing our own party to these people as they continually move right in an effort to appease and win votes.   You tell me.  What do we do?  

    "bin Laden's dead, and GM is alive" ~ Biden

    by dkmich on Sun Sep 02, 2012 at 07:12:40 AM PDT

    •  Topic #1 for Nov. 7th. Till Then We Have to Stop (5+ / 0-)

      the worse-worsts.

      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 Sep 02, 2012 at 07:18:04 AM PDT

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    •  Better Democrats. (0+ / 0-)

      Obama has learned that he failed to educate the public about health care reform and naively followed a "bipartisan" course.  We need to primary Democrats who are not progressives and offer a class-based analysis of how the 1% are killing the rest of us--and the planet.

      In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act--Orwell

      by jhannon on Sun Sep 02, 2012 at 01:28:40 PM PDT

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    •  Long game is key!! (0+ / 0-)

      Let's face the facts.  Republicans have been defining the issues since the Reagan era by the use of framing and by selling their version of the American Dream.  That is it why they have been so successful in getting the workers in the South to vote against their economic interests.

      We need to start marketing our version of the American Dream, early and often.  Just arguing against their facts may win a few  battles but won't  win the war.  The Occupy movement  did a marvelous job last year of changing the debate and introducing new terms.  Now we need to pick up where they left off and continue to promote our version  of the American Dream, one in which we see our society as a village, not as everyone for him/herself.

  •  You think the know-nothings (3+ / 0-)

    are the 1%? We live in a country in which the vast majority of people believe in a personal God, who knows our every thoughts, and who greets us when we die in a place in outer space where we are reunited with our loved ones and live out eternity in happiness. Somehow we need a majority of these same people to become logically convinced of the superiority of the progressive position. This is no easy task.

    •  No... (3+ / 0-)
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      The know nothings are controlled by the 1%.  The 1%, the Kochs, Club for Growth, are very, very smart.

      "There are two types of people in this world: Those who like delis, and those with whom you should not associate." - Damon Runyan

      by Brian Ross on Sun Sep 02, 2012 at 07:22:02 AM PDT

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      •  Yes, they are. And we (4+ / 0-)

        live in a nation whose idiotic citizenry is so enamored with authority that they happily turn their minds and opinions over to their religious leaders, their sacred books, and Fox News. The point is, you are not going to win these people over by appealing to them with logic and facts. They actually hate logic and facts.

        •  Our task, then, is to determine how we can (0+ / 0-)

          appeal to them, either without relying upon them suddenly accepting the value of logic and facts, or without them realizing that we are trying to persuade them in that manner?

          I feel like Mary Poppins, but we need to find a spoonful of sugar.

          In marketing it can't be assumed that the superior product will outsell those which are inferior. We all know of examples where a lousy item got snatched up while a better one sat on the shelves.

          My only specific thought is that we can't swing for a home run. This project could easily seem impossible unless we figure out how to break it down into manageable portions.

          We do have some serious advantages: our "product" really is much better than the other sides'; with computers and social media we can communicate without relying on mainstream (corporate) media; we are nowhere near a saturation point--vast numbers would benefit prom our approaches, we just need to learn how to show them the truth of that; evolution has shaped us into social animals which means a basic understanding of President Clinton's statement "We all do better, when we all do better" lies deep within most of us.

          It's tempting to look for quick fixes, like Ryan shaving more than an hour off of his marathon time just by lying about it. Much harder, and of course also more satisfying is the harder route of earning improvement the hard way. Truly the most exciting part of our public lives is knowing that we worked together to make something better than it had to be.

          Maybe it's important to simply get some momentum going? Small steps at first--whatever they might be. After all, the far right wing didn't as a first action push to destroy Social Security and Medicare, demolish schools, or do anything else very dramatic. Instead it was the old cliche about the frog in the pail of water.

          It matters not how small the beginning may seem to be: what is once well done is done forever. Henry David Thoreau, in Civil Disobedience

          by Had Enough Right Wing BS on Sun Sep 02, 2012 at 08:44:58 AM PDT

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      •  excellent diary.... (0+ / 0-)

        I have been saying this for a long time

        It is about the Long Game.

        Religion is a tool of the plutocracy preying on a spiritual need that many people feel.  

        Any religion that tells its people you cannot think for yourself is a cult, pure and simple.  And then those people are kept at the level of children; stupid children who are controlled through the whip of authority.

        So, the plutocratic use of religion is part of the Right's Long Game and there are stacks of books to support this.

        Betty Clermont, who writes on this website, wrote a fantastic, must read book:
        The Neo-Catholics: Implementing Christian Nationalism in America

        The first neoconservatives—Irving Kristol, Allan Bloom, and Francis Fukuyama—were proponents of the philosopher Leo Strauss, an émigré from Nazi Germany. Strauss considered the ideal state as one ruled by an intellectual elite with religion used to mollify and control the masses. The Roman Catholic Church already had centuries of experience preaching docility of the population to civil leaders willing to support the Church’s preeminent position in society. They were natural partners, albeit with differing pet interests. Applying this concept in the US, however, had its difficulties. While Catholics were the largest single denomination, they did not constitute a majority. In order to establish a “national christianity”—the union of church and state, of naturally conservative fundamentalists and evangelicals, was numerically necessary in order to form the “religious right.”

        Paul Weyrich, once referred to as the most powerful man in America, and fellow Catholics Terry Dolan and Richard Viguerie, along with Howard Phillips, a Jew who had converted to evangelical Christianity, established the Moral Majority, to be led by televangelist Jerry Falwell, to energize their Christian base into political activism and get out the vote. Weyrich, along with Catholic Edwin J. Feulner Jr., also founded the Heritage Foundation, the prototype of the right-wing think tank, to produce intellectual propaganda for the movement. Funding to pay religious leaders along with think tanks, journals and media outlets, came through Knights of Malta William Simon, Nixon’s Treasury Secretary, and William Casey, Reagan’s CIA Director. The Knights were members of a clandestine international group who, along with the CIA, perpetrated acts of terrorism and the overthrow of legitimate governments justified as defense against the Soviet Union and Red China but, in fact, protected their own wealth and power.

        Opus Dei-backed Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI lent moral authority to neo-conservative mendacity, and by new appointments, filled the ranks with like-minded prelates. Neo-Catholic journalists Michael Novak, Fr. John Richard Neuhaus and George Weigel rationalized immoral projects with religious rectitude. Their vocabulary and formulations were amplified through the neo-con network and repeated by other religious leaders and politicians. It would change not just the face of American Catholicism, but the face of social policy in the United States as it exists to this day.

         (from Amazon book website)

        So, this is an instance of religion being recruited into being part of the Right Wing Long Game.  

        We have to move from trying to respond to the symptoms of the takeover and move to the root causes of the takeover.

        For us to begin= Knowledge is Power
        And then we have to learn how to use it.

        Global Flooding, Frying and Wind Destruction = Climate Change! Call it like it is! Our Survival Instinct can and will conquer Greed.

        by SeaTurtle on Sun Sep 02, 2012 at 08:55:28 AM PDT

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  •  The GOP had to have a long game because they (4+ / 0-)
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    want to fundamentally change the country. The Dems don't need a long game, or their game is much longer (200+ years). I just commented on this in another diary. For the first, and maybe second year, Obama was so busy trying to clean up the mess, he forgot to tell the public where he was going. And the teabaggers et al took advantage of his silence. Now, being much wiser, he's quietly ripping the GOP apart. Most people think we've just gotten lucky. But I think Obama's leading this election season in just the direction he wants it to go. I look forward to the convention to see if I'm right.

    Your left is my right---Mort Sahl

    by HappyinNM on Sun Sep 02, 2012 at 07:16:58 AM PDT

  •  The GOP is not 'crushing us'. (5+ / 0-)

    Try to sow less despair, if you can.

    Also, people changing party affiliation is a slow process and not very rational, like giving up on religion. You do make the step (or not) long after you get the gnawing feeling that you are believing a whole load of malarkey. The cognitive dissonance present and obvious in so many people with respect to religion is not a religious phenomenon, it seems to be a basic brain property.

    The Dems need to keep the mantle of the tough and good guys (which Obama managed to acquire). Then the Republicans will wither, long term, because no good property is left for them, so to speak.

    If money determines all, we would all only consume one product of a particular line (the one with the highest ad money). Reality does not work like that.

    If we work hard to get a Democratic Congress, we may be able to overturn Citizen United. The President (in the REDDIT session) thought aloud about a Constitutional Amendment. With a trifecta it would be achievable, I think.

    He who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.

    by Sophie Amrain on Sun Sep 02, 2012 at 07:17:13 AM PDT

    •  Big picture. (3+ / 0-)

      We may win this election - probably will, and I hope so.  But overall, the Democratic Party is being pushed to the right.  Big picture.  

      "bin Laden's dead, and GM is alive" ~ Biden

      by dkmich on Sun Sep 02, 2012 at 07:20:23 AM PDT

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      •  Undenialy true. Which is why November 7th, the (1+ / 0-)
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        day after the re-election of President Obama we need to start pulling his likely replacements in 2016 our way.

        This isn't an original thought, but the two parties share more similarities than many of us are comfortable with. As liberals/progressives/whatever we're not likely to influence the Republicans at all, but we may have an impact our own party.

        We have to want it enough to work for it, and most of us do. A key, I think is figuring out how to show the pols the votes are there to warrant a tack to the left. Since the money will continue to drag the the other way we need to find ways to energize a lot of votes from folks who now consider the two parties too similar to even warrant casting a ballot.

        It matters not how small the beginning may seem to be: what is once well done is done forever. Henry David Thoreau, in Civil Disobedience

        by Had Enough Right Wing BS on Sun Sep 02, 2012 at 09:11:28 AM PDT

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    •  The GOP IS Crushing Us. (0+ / 0-)

      The number of university presidents being hand-picked by far Right donors is up dramatically. Between the blocking of judiciary appointments by the Obama Administration and the slew of lower court appointments that they have been able to control, within a decade there will be only a handful  of liberal justices in both the state and federal systems.

      Read some of the material that I've compiled from nice, reasonable sources like the CBO and the NYT that sprout up from time to time and get lost in the shuffle.  It's quite an eye-opener.

      "There are two types of people in this world: Those who like delis, and those with whom you should not associate." - Damon Runyan

      by Brian Ross on Sun Sep 02, 2012 at 01:23:07 PM PDT

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  •  First a Big Fraction Termed Libs are Conservatives (8+ / 0-)

    The Democratic Party is a conservative party, it has been for over 30 years, it's been contributing to deregulation of finance, business and media, and promotion of free trade, and disempowering of labor.

    Second, media are corporations that have a private Constitutional freedom to promote their agenda.

    Third, there does not exist on the planet earth a single billionaire fighting to make the United States a liberal nation. There are scores fighting to make it an authoritarian oligarchy.

    Liberals do actually see the big picture and that is why actual liberals, like scientists and historians, are out of the adult conversation.

    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 Sep 02, 2012 at 07:17:20 AM PDT

    •  Three strikes yer OUT (0+ / 0-)

      First, the Democratic Party has become more centrist, but it is still liberal socially while moving more centrist fiscally. In part that has been because of the exodus of moderates from the Republican Party. In part it has been dealing with the onslaught of molded public opinion by the Right. 9/11 caused Democrats to back down to Bush's threats about being for us or against us, and we haven't stood up well since.

      Second, news media is a public service that should be a responsibility for licensing television and radio stations.  Newspapers get gimmies as well to put newsstands on public streets. The quid pro quo is do the job well, and be the 4th estate.

      Third, I can name a bunch of multi-millionaire and billionaires that are socially quite liberal.  Pick a celebrity, and Warren Buffett will do for starters. They see inclusiveness as a good thing. A few corporations do as well. GE is pro wind/green and kept MSNBC running when Right-o-Sphere news was the hot seller.

      Too often folks like you see the glass way too empty. Not everyone with money is a villain, and not every folk hero is Woody Guthrie...

      "There are two types of people in this world: Those who like delis, and those with whom you should not associate." - Damon Runyan

      by Brian Ross on Sun Sep 02, 2012 at 01:30:34 PM PDT

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  •  They may be winning (2+ / 0-)
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    their game, but they are about to reach the edge of their
    virtual world.

  •  Interesting argument. (2+ / 0-)
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    I would counter it, though, with the observation that new media have and are leveling the playing field between the average voter and the mega-corps. It's entirely true that we don't have the deep infrastructure that the other side has, at least not yet. That said, there is work being done on closing that gap; you just don't really hear about it, because right now, all our guns are trained on getting the win in November.

    But it is eminently worthy to analyze and document what we're up against, not to instill defeatism, but a sense of realism. Hence, tipped and rec'd.

    Fuck me, it's a leprechaun.

    by MBNYC on Sun Sep 02, 2012 at 07:34:37 AM PDT

    •  The new media is watching cat videos (1+ / 0-)
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    •  The only problem (1+ / 0-)
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      With new media, having been a pioneer of it since 2000, is that our voices are very, very scattered. I can write an article of equal or better quality than you'd find in the New York Times. I can put it out there into the sphere and get maybe 20,000 reads.  One article at WSJ gets several million. Established media still has the pathways.  I worked with HuffPo for years after its launch.  It frittered away its advantages to become a media reprocessor and the official news source for Snooki once AOL took over.

      "There are two types of people in this world: Those who like delis, and those with whom you should not associate." - Damon Runyan

      by Brian Ross on Sun Sep 02, 2012 at 01:33:28 PM PDT

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  •  So has Obama uttered the word Labor as in Day (2+ / 0-)
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    Yet?  Democrats are so intimidated he began the weekend with veterans as his backdrop as if he could expediently switch holidays.  Democrats have no narrative.  Balanced approach. Meh.

  •  Liberals do look at the big picture example: (3+ / 0-)
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    Environmental issues: global warming or climate change or whatever you want to call it. We have been screaming about this for years.

    We are not winning because the short term interests of money and power trump any generational future issues.

    Respectfully, I think your premise is backwards.

  •  In what universe (3+ / 0-)
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    are the Democrats actual liberals?

  •  Liberal are back stabbers (2+ / 0-)
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    I am a liberal, and I have to admit that liberals can be their worst enemy. If the democratic party does not fullfill every whim of theirs, they pout and walk out of an election. As a result, whatever progress the democrats make, it wil be wiped out when republicans rule. They were instrumental in Gore's loss back in 2000, the loss of the midterm elections and possibly Obama losing the presidency. All the gains in healthcare and gay rights will be wiped out and possibly woman 's rights.
    The liberals rarely see the long game, what they are skillfull in doing is being sanctimonious and preachy. They are too lazy to mount a tea party on the left. They never bother to educate and reach out to low information middle America voters about what they might lose if republicans win such as the right to a decent healthcare and a standard of living.
    It is because of the liberal's ineptitude that we might end up having a country with a true feudal system where the majority of the population and the politicians have to act as serfs to the millionaires in order to make a living. The serfs won't have any health or safety protection or make enough money to save for retirement.

  •  do y'all know what honorable suppuku is? (0+ / 0-)

    that's when you shove the knife in and jerk it to the side to eviserate yourself. but you can't groan or make any noise while you're doing it.

    •  Seppuku. (0+ / 0-)

      According to this, you only really had to do the initial thrust to satisfy the requirements. Then your second would decapitate you with a sword. If all went well, it was not as bad as it could have been. But you would do well to have a second who would do his job competently and quickly. The Wiki on this is quite extensive.

      Moderation in most things.

      by billmosby on Sun Sep 02, 2012 at 04:12:19 PM PDT

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  •  Hint. (0+ / 0-)

    Calling people for gun rights "nuts" and palling around with Brady Bunch organizations probably has something to how they vote.  Democrats are already down to 40 percent amongst self-reported gun owners; I'd prefer we not hemorrhage any more support in my demo.

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