Koch Juice: More JBS and Libertarian Obfuscation
Let me poke one big hole in JBS and Libertarian rhetoric. You cannot say you are for personal freedom and then be anti-civil rights. That is as contrary a position as one can get in the art of manipulation.
I have run across several sites recently while researching the extent of the reach of the John Birch Society and Libertarian party… their so-called, grass roots movement. I have come across several sites that claim they do not support any party or candidate. Hmm, I think we need to evaluate that statement a little further. And let me say this. Just because you are on the Web, does not mean you are open and honest. I think most people know that, but some people seem to think that putting up a website somehow is making a statement of openness and presumed honesty. That is a false presumption.
Ron Paul specifically backs these “meet ups” with his own meet up site. I also found a site called, JBS Freedom Campaign Pages, with this theme: ~~ LET’S TAKE AMERICA BACK! ~~ “Major goals of this Meetup are blocking the North American Union (NAU), repealing the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), improving border security, stopping illegal immigration, rejecting amnesty, opposing Senate ratification of the UN’s Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST), and supporting Ron Paul’s American Freedom Agenda Act of 2007. Organizational guidance and campaign tools are provided for the JBS.org Freedom Campaign Meetups by the John Birch Society at http://www.JBS.org/freedom.”
So, the theme here is “Let’s take America back” and the question is from whom? And also, when we take it back, what is being implemented in its place? These elements of their argument are implied through their well-constructed rhetoric. We are going to take it back and do what? Let’s take another look at who is involved and what their agenda is and what “taking it back” might look like.
Libertarian Ron Paul who just announced his 2012 candidacy for President is a John Bircher. The John Birch Society has a history of being racist and anti-civil rights. The core principle is to squash anything that resembles collectivism: welfare, Medicare, public education, etc. They also want to do away with the Federal Reserve and restore the gold standard. That would strip the U.S. of its monetary authority, among other things.
The [JBS] society opposed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, saying it was in violation of the Tenth Amendment to the United States Constitution and overstepped the rights of individual states to enact laws regarding civil rights. Source: Wikipedia
Over at RTR.orgwe find the Social Network of the Revolution. Wow. “The revolution”? What revolution? Is there a revolution declared on our federal government? If so, that is an act of sedition. But, that’s what Gary Franchi states in the video posted on their site and on YouTube. It is the new social network of THE revolution. He also says: This site is powered by you, not special interests groups….
Uh, Libertarians are a special interest group. They are heavily backed political party group backed by wealthy elitists and the Koch brothers, the 3rd richest in the United States. $25 billion each at last count. They back 59 think tanks, front groups, astroturf groups, and the Tea Party who are Libertarians.
Check out the post by one of its members, a self-professed Libertarian called Libertarian Pledge to America – click here. You will see he is actively promoting the dismantling of most of the Departments of our federal government, the Federal Reserve, NPR, FTC, TSA, NASA, National School Lunch Program, and on and on the list goes. It is a lengthy list but my readers will now see that this is in fact what I have been saying about Libertarians they are radical and want to shrink government and basically concentrate power in the hands of the few. A very dangerous proposition. Here are some more exceprts:
# I promise to cease funding Planned Parenthood.
# I promise to abolish the Department of Health and Human Services.
# I promise to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
# I promise to end Medicare and Medicaid.
# I promise to end all federal funding and control of medicine and medical research.
# I promise to abolish the FDA.
# I promise to abolish NPR.
# I promise to abolish the Department of Labor.
# I promise to cease funding any scientific research on climate change.
# I promise to end the FED.
Now,Gary Franchi also runs Restore the Republic which was originally founded by Aaron Russo (February 14, 1943 – August 24, 2007), an American entertainment businessman, filmmaker, libertarian political activist, and a 9/11 conspiracy theorist.
Aaron Russo died of bladder cancer at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California on August 24, 2007, at age 64. Shortly before his passing, in 2007, Russo founded RestoreTheRepublic.com to fulfill the political ambitions laid out in his final film. He publicly passed the torch to Gary S. Franchi Jr., founder of the Lone Lantern Society of America to lead the new organization and carry on his fight. Russo said his goal was to “try and get the word out to the public about what’s happening to America — and give them an opportunity to try to change things”. Source: Wikipedia
So, we see that Gary Franchi is a Libertarian with a mission to fulfill. In and of itself, there is no crime here, save the ethical one of obfuscation, of deceit, or pretending to be one thing (unbiased social network), but in fact another (promoting a very specific Libertarian agenda). The question begs to be asked? Why hide what you are doing? Why not just straight out say, I am a Libertarian and want to have a social network for like minded people? Why indeed. People like Franchi, Ron Paul, Fred Koch and sons Charles and David, think they are on a mission, a noble mission, to remake America. But, their ideology is very distasteful stuff. They cloak their agenda in false rhetoric and fancy patriotic names. The Kochs are experts at this marketing game: Freedom Works. That’s strong. Americans for Prosperity. Who doesn’t like a little prosperity. But, it was both of these front groups working against collective bargaining in Wisconsin and Michigan and Indiana and Ohio. Shall I go on? These folks are shysters. They are trying to capitalize — literally — on American patriotism, yet are kicking working Americans in the teeth.
What the Libertarians and JBS fail to see is America is a very diverse country made up of many political viewpoints, credos, religions, and cultural beliefs. The beauty of American Constitutional thinking is its great flexibility, its ability to embrace a wide range of views and cultures. These extreme right wingers are constantly banging the fear drum. We are to be fearful. Fearful of the new world order, the tentacles of government, the size of government. Oh my God, the Federal Reserve is not written into our Constitution!
This is all based in the paranoia of politics. Fred Koch’s legacy is one based on very negative experiences while working as an engineer in the Soviet Union. He saw the brutality of Stalin’s totalitarian methods of governing. Upon his return he hooked up with Robert Welch and the two fed off each other’s paranoia about how collectivism was the root evil of communism and communism in the 50s was literally the red hot issue of the day. Better Dead Than Red was a well-know slogan.
The great irony about Soviet communism is two-fold: (i) it was not communism. It was a perverted form of communist theory that enabled a totalitarian state; (ii) the USSR bankrupt itself by spending 45% of its national budget on their military; they never recovered after their venture into Afghanistan. Of course, Reagan lovers all praise him for taking down the red threat.
Certainly, we should as free citizens be on guard for would be usurpers of our freedom, our sense of equality, our rights to live as free citizens. But, it would seem the very people who state we need to retake our government are trying to destroy it and implement corporatism and privatization. That is not democracy. That is an oligarchy.
If you are not sure as to whether RTR.org and Gary Franchi is unbiased, please view this obvious political video backing Libertarian candidate, Ron Paul. BTW: Ron Paul IS running for the 2012 Presidential election.
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