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The Left-Wing Network:
Founded in 1996 by 100 activists and writers, CAF’s founders include Mary Frances Berry, former head of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights; feminist Betty Friedan; Denis Hayes, coordinator of the first Earth Day in 1970 (and who chose Lenin’s birthday for the annual greenfest); Jesse Jackson; and
a large number of union officials including John Sweeney, head of the AFL-CIO, and Andy Stern, leader of the large Service Employees International Union (SEIU). A scan of CAF’s founders shows that 13 of
them are primarily identified as union officials, and many more are labor activists or labor scholars.
A large chunk of CAF’s funding comes from the unions and left-leaning foundations. Its revenues likely ramped up in 2007 and 2008, but 2006 is the most recent year for which data is available. Foundation donors’ money
fl ows more to IAF than CAF. Typical is the liberal Agnes Gund Foundation, which was founded by a former president of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. It gave IAF $75,000 in 2006. Another foundation donor,
the Arca Foundation, whose money comes from Democratic fundraiser and R.J. Reynolds heir Smith Bagley, gave $50,000.
“They’re a front group for the AFL-CIO,” says Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), a pro-limited government non-profit that hosts regular coalition meetings for conservative activists in Washington. “Read their rhetoric, they talk about not going back to the Gilded Age.
They’re campaigning as if it’s 1905.” CAF is not quite an AFL-CIO front group, but it does mobilize left-wing activists and union organizers dedicated to increasing the government’s control over the American economy. Billing itself as “the strategy center for the progressive movement,” CAF writers and activists generate large numbers of articles, blog posts, and videos pushing the liberal agenda, arguing for progressive policy proposals and explaining how to sell them to ordinary Americans. With the help of money from George Soros and Big Labor, CAF holds conferences such as the influential “Take Back America” gathering held in Washington, D.C. earlier this year and regular strategy sessions with other top liberal groups. CAF and IAF are officially independent of the Democratic Party and all
Report: Militias on the rise, Bachmann stoking anti-government sentiment
by Andy Birkey 8/12/09 5:35 PM
The Southern Poverty Law Center released a report on Wednesday indicating a significant rise in militia activity across the United States (pdf). It also addresses political and media figureheads — including Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann — who are amplifying anti-government sentiments.
“Almost 10 years after it seemed to disappear from American life, there are unmistakable signs of a revival of what in the 1990s was commonly called the militia movement,” the report’s authors write. “From Idaho to New Jersey and Michigan to Florida, men in khaki and camouflage are back in the woods, gathering to practice the paramilitary skills they believe will be needed to fend off the socialistic troops of the ‘New World Order.’”
The SPLC interviewed a number of government officials who are tracking militia activity and noted a stark increase in recent months. The report also says that politicians and mainstream media personalities are adding fuel to the fire of anti-government sentiment:
A remarkable aspect of the current antigovernment movement is the extent to which it has gained support from elected officials and mainstream media outlets. Lawmakers complaining about the intrusiveness of the federal government have introduced 10th Amendment resolutions (reasserting that those powers not granted to the federal government remain with the states) in about three dozen states. In Texas, Gov. Rick Perry raised the prospect of secession several months after Obama’s inauguration — a notion first brought up there in the ’90s by the militia-like Republic of Texas. U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) said she feared that the president was planning “reeducation camps for young people,” while U.S. Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-Ala.), evoking memories of the discredited communist-hunter Sen. Joseph McCarthy, warned of 17 “socialists” in Congress. Fox News host Glenn Beck, who has called Obama a fascist, a Nazi and a Marxist, even re-floated militia conspiracy theories of the 1990s alleging a secret network of government-run concentration camps
I wander where the Bankers and the Fed fit into this?
Time magazine has characterized financier George Soros as a "modern-day Robin Hood," who robs from the rich to give to the poor countries of eastern Europe and Russia. It claimed that Soros makes huge financial gains by speculating against western central banks, in order to use his profits to help the emerging post-communist economies of eastern Europe and former Soviet Union, to assist them to create what he calls an "Open Society." The Time statement is entirely accurate in the first part, and entirely inaccurate in the second. He robs from rich western countries, and uses his profits to rob even more savagely from the East, under the cloak of "philanthropy." His goal is to loot wherever and however he can. Soros has been called the master manipulator of "hit-and-run capitalism."
Former CEO Jack Welch was one of the leaders in shutting down American plants and moving them to low-wage countries like China and Mexico."
Henry Kissinger, in an address to the Bilderberg Group at Evian, France, May 21, 1992, and transcribed from a tape recording made by a Swiss delegate, Michael Ringier, Publisher and CEO of Ringier Inc. Today, Americans would be outraged if UN troops entered Los Angeles to restore order; tomorrow, they will be grateful. This is especially true if they were told there was an outside threat from beyond, whether real or promulgated, that threatened our very existence. It is then that all people of the world will plead with world leaders to deliver them from this evil. The one thing every man fears is the unknown. When presented with this scenario, individual rights will be willingly relinquished for the guarantee of their well-being granted to them by their world government.