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Sunday, December 04, 2022

Where the Fight Is (VIDEO)

By On December 04, 2022

In November, the David Horowitz Freedom Center held its annual Restoration Weekend. 

This was what I had to say about the fight in we're in, from the way that elections have been hijacked by nonprofits to the radical takeover of the military.

What the hell happened in the midterms?

Everyone here has answers. Let me offer my own in the form of a scary story.

Halloween is over, but the problem is that this scary story is true.

There was once a mad scientist. Like all the bad mad scientists, he was European. A mad scientist named Bob from New Jersey doesn’t work so well. But how about a Swiss one named Hansjörg Wyss? Does that sound like a better mad scientist’s name?

Dr. Wyss’ company conducted medical experiments on human beings. They tested their product on pigs and the pigs died. Then they tried it on people and the people died. Representatives of the company watched elderly people dying on operating tables.

Some people from the company were put on trial. He wasn’t. Instead he became very, very rich and he bought the Democratic Party.

“They do not have enough on me. They don’t have enough emails on me,” he bragged.

Now he gets awards, colleges and hospitals have departments named after him and there’s a whole lot of other groups that aren’t named after him, but that he controls.

That’s why real life stories are much scarier than fiction.

Even though Hansjörg Wyss is a Swiss citizen, he invested Soros levels of money into the American Left.

Let’s take a look at how this played out here in Arizona.

The Somos PAC, which focuses on Latino turnout came in to help Mark Kelly with canvassing. Somos is funded by a dark money machine that seems to include Change Now PAC.

Change Now PAC appears to be linked to Wyss.

But that’s just PACs and everyone knows that PACs are dirty business. But Wyss does a whole lot more than just PACs. Take Arizonans for Fair Wages and Healthy Families, which is backed by Wyss' Hub Project. The Hub Project is a 501(C)(4). It's got another arm that is a 501(c)(3).

The Hub Project backs a vast network of these fronts like Floridians for a Fair Shake, Keep Iowa Healthy, and North Carolinians for a Fair Economy while abusing the tax code in almost too ways to count, beginning with the fact that Wyss is not even a United States citizen.

The scariest part of this may be that Wyss is not alone. Just as Soros is not alone. There’s a lot of “mad scientists” out there who are coming up with ingenious ways to tamper with our political system, often without us even knowing it, until we look at the results on Election Day and wonder what happened.

What happened is that our elections, our political system and our rights are being hijacked by clever, wealthy and unscrupulous men, some of them outright monsters, who are rigging the system for the Left. They’re doing it on such a vast scale that it’s almost incomprehensible.

And they’re increasingly hiding behind nonprofit groups that mean we’re paying for our own destruction.

That shouldn’t be allowed, but as documented in the Freedom Center's latest pamphlet, Internal Radical Service, the IRS is refusing to enforce tax codes and laws in order to help the Left.

A decade ago, David Horowitz co-wrote The New Leviathan, How the Left-Wing Money Machine Shapes American Politics and Threatens America’s Future" which described how the massive machine of foundations and other non-profits were using tax-exempt money to take over politics and the country.

The situation now is much worse.

As discussed in David’s latest pamphlet, Internal Radical Service, the radical foundations and nonprofits have waged a war on America, from the Black Lives Matter race riots to importing massive numbers of illegal migrants.

We at the Freedom Center and at Front Page Magazine have continued following up on David’s work. If you’ve been watching ecoterrorists attacking paintings in museums across Europe, that’s the work of an ecoterrorist group called Just Stop Oil which is backed by the Climate Emergency Fund.

The Climate Emergency Fund, funded by a Getty heiress and leftist director Adam McKay, has offices on Wilshire back in LA. It’s a nonprofit and nonprofits are banned by the tax code from engaging in illegal activity. As we’ve seen with Black Lives Matter and illegal alien smugglers, that hasn’t stopped them from doing it anyway.

The Climate Emergency Fund.on its site calls for “sustained civil resistance” and an “uprising”. But in its IRS 990s claims that it only “supports only nonviolent, legal activities”.

That’s obviously a lie.

The Freedom Center came after the ecoterrorists and we managed to cut off some of their funding. But the IRS continues to refuse to take action against leftist criminal nonprofits.

No matter how often they break the law.

The IRS will go after conservatives and conservative nonprofits. The Lois Lerner days are back at the IRS and thanks to Manchin’s dirty deal through Bill Gates, the IRS will be better funded and equipped than it has been at any time since the Clinton administration.

One of the good things that Republicans did when they won back then was they fought to defund the IRS. They didn’t defund it completely, but they shrank the beast. They held hearings and sessions telling the stories of people who have been victimized by the IRS.

>And they got results.

Now the IRS is bigger than ever and coming after conservatives while letting leftists get away with murder.

In the case of Black Lives Matter, literally murder.

That’s why we’re focusing on the states and taking on a key element of nonprofit abuses. Elections.

You all probably know about the Zuckerbucks, the hundreds of millions in partisan election funding spent by the Facebook boss to rig the 2020 election.

I hear he’s got a little less money to throw around on elections this year. That’s a shame.

Wouldn’t it be a shame if he lost even more?

Anyway, Zuckerbucks are just the tip of a huge iceberg. As our research has revealed in a series of exclusive exposes, the Democrats have made nonprofits into the core of their election funding.

That means Democrat donors are able to finance the machinery of campaigns while staying tax exempt.

Major organizations operate campaign arms, running ads against Republican candidates while sharing leadership and staff.

Do you wonder why the ACLU doesn't seem to be into free speech anymore? They're into elections.

The ACLU has total assets of around 750 million dollars.

Before the 2020 election, it put out a press release, bragging that, “ACLU supporters’ contributions represent between 20 and 30 percent of all Democratic fundraising”.

Now what the ACLU does, and it's clever and a lot of major leftist organizations do it now, is it has a split personality for tax purposes. There's a 501(c)(3) and a 501(c)(4). They share leadership and staff. And the 501(c)(4) could run campaign ads, including $800,000 spent on an ad campaign for Stacey Abrams.

C4s are not supposed to campaign for a specific candidate, but Stacey Abrams is the queen of turning C4s and C3s into arms of her permanent political campaign. There have been IRS complaints that her nonprofits are violating federal law. The IRS of course ignored them.

That’s exactly what we expect the IRS to do.

But state attorney generals are another matter. A lot of the nonprofit campaign operations are being aimed at swing states and red states.

Georgia has been investigating Abrams and the latest revelations that $9 million from Stacey Abrams’ failed lawsuit went to the law firm of her campaign chairwoman adds fuel to the fire.

But it’s not enough. And Stacey is just the tip of a very rotten iceberg.

For example, we recently dug into a massive national fake news operation. It worked by creating fake newspapers in swing states and then using them to attack Republicans and promote Democrat candidates. I know that’s what the media does anyway, but this was a campaign operation running as a C3 nonprofit using a Florida address while targeting Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Michigan, New Hampshire, Nevada, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin.

We don’t expect the IRS to do anything about, but we are looking at states and local people especially since the campaign operations are ultimately targeting them.

What we just described, campaign ads and voter outreach, two key elements of a campaign are being conducted on behalf of Democrats and even specific Democrat candidates by nonprofits

Another is voter registration.

Voter registration is massive and it’s being done by a lot of nonprofits including our old friends, the poor southern folks at the Southern Poverty Law Center.

I don’t know about you, but I’m a big fan of the Southern Poverty Law Center. At one point they named me a hate group of one. I was up there on the big board along with a brand of gun oil and a bar sign in Pennsylvania. It was a real honor, especially knowing that some targets of the hate group have faced terrorist attacks.

But the Southern Poverty Law Center, which started out as direct mail grifting, has a new grift.

Last year the Southern Poverty Law Center announced that it would spend $100 million on voter outreach in five states including Georgia and Florida. Beneficiaries include Alabama Forward, a coalition that encompasses local chapters of the ACLU, the NAACP, William J. Barber II’s Poor People’s Campaign and the Black Voters Matter Fund. BVM has been credited with boosting black turnout to enable the elections of Doug Jones, Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff.

“Georgia voters practically handed victories to President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris with a historic election outcome,” BVM head LaTosha Brown boasted. “Georgia owes tremendous gratitude to its Black voters, who turned out and voted in record numbers — just as they did in November.”

The Southern Poverty Law Center is a 501(c)(3) so it’s supposed to be non-partisan and is not allowed to get involved in elections.


How big is voter registration?

George Soros' Democracy Fund and Pierre Omidyar, the French-Persian eBay billionaire who's trying to become the new Soros, sent out an email saying, “We will need to mobilize more than a billion dollars to uphold the integrity of our election process and ensure diverse, equitable participation.”

We all know what that means.

Earlier this year, the Voter Participation Center, a C3 nonprofit run by a Democrat strategist, which spent over $100 million on voter outreach, announced that it was taking part in Michelle Obama’s midterm push through When We All Vote. When We All Vote claims to have played a role in registering over half a million voters. The voter outreach component is part of Civic Nation, a C3, whose board is headed by Valerie Jarrett and other former Obama administration members. Its leadership team consists of former Obama campaign staffers and operatives.

These are illegal campaign operations and we know that they’re illegal campaign operations because they, or the next best thing, the New York Times, admits that’s what they are.

Nonprofits “have taken advantage of provisions in the tax code that allow them to engage in the political sphere through efforts that are technically nonpartisan, like voter education and registration” with charities spending millions of dollars for the “pinpoint targeting of demographic groups that typically vote Democratic.”

Those are the words of the New York Times, not my words. They’re exploiting the tax code to create nonprofit campaign arms for the Democrats.

The way this works is a lot like Zuckerbucks. They spend a fortune on voter registration for Democrat voters. That means going into neighborhoods and targeting people, by race or gender, who they think are going to vote Democrat.

The amount of money being spent here is bigger than Zuckerbucks. And we’re funding them because they’re nonprofits

So we have voter registration, voter outreach, campaign ads and all the elements of a campaign operating as nonprofits.

The Democrats had always wanted publicly-funded campaigns. And you know? They went out and built them.

When you hear about how Beto raised $66 million or how much money is being spent on races in Georgia or Arizona, that is just the tip of the iceberg. And I’m not even talking about dark money.

501(c)(3s) have become the sleeping giant of Democrat campaign operations. They’re nonprofits so donations to them are tax deductible. Democrats are free to pump massive amounts of money into them which then make their way to 501(4)(c)s and other direct campaign operations or which engage in voter registration, voter outreach and voter turnout.

Democrat campaigns have become non-profit operations. That means we’re funding them.

One of the themes in David Horowitz’s New Leviathan is how far ahead the Left is of us. And it’s still true today.

Yes conservatives have learned to adapt, they’ve learn from the Left’s tactics, but they’re learning from the tactics of ten years ago.

Like the generals who went into Vietnam thinking that it was WW2 or went into Afghanistan thinking that it was Vietnam, we continue to be behind the curve.

And that’s why we lose so often even when we have the truth and public opinion on our side.

As David Horowitz warned ten years ago, we’ve been outorganized, the Left not only built better machines, but it’s not resting on its laurels and waiting for us to catch up, it keeps pushing forward.

That’s why the David Horowitz Freedom Center is continuing his work and our work of taking on the Left where it is now, not just where it was ten years ago.

Our project to expose and hold the Left’s abuse of the tax code is moving forward.

Many of you have seen or received copies of Internal Radical Service, if you haven’t, you should be able to find some in the hall, or talk to us and we’ll email you copies.

But we’re moving forward.

We know the IRS won’t hold the left’s leviathan accountable. We know that.

That’s why we’re going to be working with state legislators and attorney generals to fight its operations at a statewide level.

The Left has set up its shop in states like Florida and Arizona. That’s their mistake.

Just as it was the NRA’s mistake to be registered in New York. We’ve seen what a motivated leftist attorney general can do to conservatives, whether it’s the NRA or Trump because they have a business address there.

It’s time for conservatives to wake up and take the fight to the Left the same way they’re doing it to us.

That is what the Freedom Center in partnership with allies, patriots and local activists is going to do.

We know where they are, we know what they’re doing and now they’re in our sights.

And what you can do is talk to your legislators, talk to conservative organizations, remind them that this is important.

The Left won’t allow Trump or the NRA to operate in states under their control.

Why the hell do we allow the Left to operate in red states?

There’s not going to be any justice in Washington D.C. A D.C. jury wouldn’t convict even the worst Russiagate perps, but will convict any conservative put in front of them.

There’s a lot of work to do there for the next conservative president.

But conservatives can fight to protect our states. And we can do it by being smart, by learning from David Horowitz and innovating to take on the Left as fast as it deploys new tactics.

We can hit them where they’re vulnerable. We can play by their new set of rules.

And if we do that, we can actually win.

And then our nightmare becomes their nightmare instead.

I just talked about the David Horowitz Freedom Center’s work when it comes to Election Day. But there’s another equally important day that just passed that relates to another part of the Center’s work.

Veteran’s Day. And the enemy within.

I’m going to read you some quotes from the enemies of our country. Guess where they come from.

“My heart starts racing like most other Black men in America when I see those blue lights behind me. you don’t know the anxiety, the despair, the heartache, the fear, the rage and the disappointment that comes with living in this country… every single day.”

That was former Chief Master Sergeant Kaleth Wright, the top enlisted leader in the Air Force, who described himself as a "Black man who happens to be the Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force".

"We can’t be under any illusions about the fact that racism is alive and well in our country," that's Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Michael Gilday.

"The ideals of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution ‘that I’ve sworn my adult life to support and defend’ have not always delivered ‘liberty and equality’ to all," he said, "barely able to contain his rage".

That's Air Force Chief of Staff Charles Q. Brown, Jr.

“Here I am as a lieutenant general in the United States Air Force. When I see what happened to Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Rayshard Brooks—and the list goes on and on. That could be me.”

That's General Anthony Cotton, the head of Air Force Global Strike Command, which puts him in charge of our nukes.

“We must build diversity and inclusion into our ‘cultural DNA’ — make it one of the bedrock strengths of our service,” that's General John Raymond, the first head of space operations for the Space Force, urged.

"As we look at the senior ranks we know -- and certainly the perception and I think the reality is -- that there is systemic racism."

That's Rear Adm. Alvin Holsey, commander of Carrier Strike Group One.

I’ll spare you the quotes from General Milley. There are too many and I think you’ve heard them already.

As we pass veterans day, it's incredibly painful to witness the betrayal and the hostility to our country and to the military from the upper echelons of the military.

Military wokeness is not just political correctness. It's not just forty genders, it's a betrayal of everything that our veterans have fought for.

It's, as David Horowitz has aptly described, disloyal.

These quotes are some of the country’s top military leaders calling America racist and suggesting that it’s not worth defending and running down America’s founding documents, including the Constitution, which they swear to support and defend against all enemies, foreign and domestic. Except that they sound like America is the enemy they’re here to fight.

We’ve seen this same phenomenon play out in colleges and companies and across our culture.

This is higher education. This is higher education high on wokeness.

Well this is the military. And this is the military high on wokeness.

Wokeness has occupied the upper echelons of our military the way that it did our universities and corporations. And it’s fighting a war against us from within.

That’s the theme of, “How Obama and Biden Destroyed the Greatest Military the World Has Ever Seen”, the second of two pamphlets put out by the David Horowitz Freedom Center on the betrayal taking place. As we continue our investigation of the radical left’s takeover of the military, what is becoming clear is just how comprehensive it is in its scope.

Some of you may be aware of the affirmative action case before the Supreme Court.

Biden’s Solicitor General got up and claimed that allowing colleges to racially discriminate against Asian and white students is a national security issue.

How is that national security?

The Biden administration and its military brass declared that diversity, equity and inclusion are a national security issue. We’re not going to win wars unless we have diversity in the military.

If we don't have diversity, Air Force Chief of Staff Brown claimed, "we’re not going to have anybody who is going to join our service to go fight China or Russia.”

The newly woke military actually has a massive recruitment crisis.

The Army failed to make its quota this year and is down 20,000 people. And that’s after offering a maximum enlistment bonus of $50,000 and $10,000 for showing up to basic training in a month.

The Army National Guard is saying that it’s facing the worst recruiting crisis in 20 years.

It’s not too hard to figure out why. A poll asked how many people would stay and fight if America were invaded. 68% of Republicans, but only 40% of Democrats, would stay and fight. 61% of white people, 57% of Hispanics and 38% of black people would stay and fight.

The woke brass are driving out the people who would fight for America out of the military. And yet they claim that diversity and wokeness are crucial to military readiness.

And the Biden administration, after causing the worst military recruiting crisis in a generation, comes to the Supreme Court and says that if colleges aren’t allowed to racially discriminate, they won’t have enough diverse officers and that will hurt military readiness.

Please let us keep white kids and Asian kids out of college for national security.

Multiple retired admirals and generals filed an amicus brief in the Supreme Court affirmative action case, claiming that losing affirmative action will undermine our national security.

You can guess their political orientation.

There’s a pattern here which is that when wokes control the military, every one of their agenda items is immediately a national security issue.

Climate change? Officially, a national security issue.

“Climate change is an existential threat to our nation's security, and the Department of Defense must act swiftly and boldly to take on this challenge,” Secretary of Defense Austin stated.

Great. When we drop our nukes, we're going to recycle them afterwards.

Abortion? Of course it’s a national security issue.

The Defense Department sponsored a Rand paper titled, “How the Dobbs Decision Could Affect U.S. National Security”, warns that the inability to promptly kill children due to the Supreme Court’s decision will lead to “higher health care, child care, and education costs”.

And I quote, “Women play an integral role in the U.S. military. A threat to their health and well-being is a potential threat to our national security.”

Outlawing abortion is now a national security issue.

What about transgender sexual mutilation of kids. Surely no mind however twisted could portray sexually mutilating kids as a national security issue?

Don’t be so sure.

Gina Ortiz-Jones, the Under Secretary of the Air Force, and the first "lesbian woman of color", in that role, the first of many half-asian lesbian air force underscretaries I'm sure, threatened Texas and other states that “The health, care and resilience of our DAF personnel and their families is not just our top priority – it’s essential to our ability to accomplish the mission.”

And, “we are closely tracking state laws and legislation to ensure we prepare for and mitigate effects to our Airmen, Guardians and their families. Medical, legal resources, and various assistance are available for those who need them.”

We hear a lot about the “mission” in the woke military. The “mission” is never winning wars.

Instead, the mission became having conversations about white privilege, learning about critical race theory, pushing environmentalism, identity politics, caucuses for every race and sexual orientation. And the mission became abortion and sexually mutilating kids.

That’s what the “mission” looks like under Biden and his woke brass.

That mission is a betrayal of their oath, of their service and this nation.

The Left doesn’t want or need a military that wins wars. Certainly not against foreign enemies. What they want is to gut the military and drape its carcass around any leftist cause by calling it national security.

The honor, service, heroism and integrity of our nation’s military tradition has a lot of cachet. Leftists love that cachet, remember, "I'm John Kerry and I'm reporting for duty."

Now that means a guy named Rick Levine, from Pennsylvania, the only bigger embarrassment to the state than Jon Fetterman, who decided to one day call himself, “Rachel.”

And Biden decided to make Rachel/Rick into a four star admiral. And an inspiration for women everywhere.

Here are just some of the things that Democrats have been describing as national security issues.

“Racism is a national security issue, sexism is a national security issue."

"Income inequality is a national security issue"

"Obesity is a national security issue."

When the Democrats put forward the For the People Act to federalize elections, the Biden administration came out and said, "democratic reform and voting rights in the United States is a national security issue.

Everything the Democrats want is a national security issue. And that’s more than just rhetoric. As we’ve seen with Russiagate, once they classify something as a national security issue, they have a lot of tools for dealing with it and with their political opponents.

Disinformation on social media, which means people stating views that Democrats don’t like, is officially a “threat to the Department of Defense’s national security mission”.

According to the Brookings Institute, which staffs a lot of Democrat administrations, what they call “gendered disinformation” is a “national security problem”.

Remember Biden recently suggesting that Elon Musk was a threat to “national security”.

And we know how the Democrats deal with “national security problems”.

To make this work, the left needs to take over the military. They need to have their brass in place, which they do, and they want to engineer an institutional takeover of the military.

There are four reasons for this. I just named one.

They want to turn the military into a platform for every one of their agendas.

Reason number two is that if they’re making sure that the military can’t be used against them.

Remember during the Black Lives Matter riots, when the thugs tried to set fire to the Church of Presidents and were besieging the White House, and President Trump asked General.Milley and the brass to take action and they refused.

The third reason is that it gives them the option to take action against their political enemies.

And the fourth reason is that the military is the last remaining part of the federal government that is mostly conservative.

Democrats have been working hard to use various tools, diversity, quotas, vaccine mandates, and the search for extremism to push conservatives out and transform the military on an institutional level.

Under the Biden administration, a member of the military can be classified as an extremist if he likes the wrong Facebook post or donates to the wrong church.

This is what the David Horowitz Freedom Center has been tracking. Under the leadership of David Horowitz, we’ve taken point on identifying and exposing what he calls disloyal military leaders. We’ve put out investigative reports, briefed officials and continue to expose what’s going on.

Because there is a great deal at stake here.

The military is a defining American institution. And it’s being destroyed.

I mentioned veterans day and the recruiting crisis earlier. With a volunteer military, so many of those who serve are a link in a chain of tradition. There are men whose ancestors were at Normandy, Gettysburg and Valley Forge. Families have sent their children, generation after generation, to serve their country. Now many of them have told me that’s over, that they don’t want their sons doing it.

If this goes on, that’s a chain of tradition that once broken will be much harder to reforge again.

That will make the Left happy. It doesn’t need a military that wins wars and defeats our enemies. We will have a European style military that virtue signals and provides sinecures for the politically connected. It will never actually meet an enemy in battle.

But the Europeans have us. Whom do we have?

The Left doesn’t believe that we have foreign enemies. When they say that they want to declare war on climate change, on poverty, on racism and on ignorance, they mean it.

And that should scare the hell out of us because that’s fascism. And what they’re really saying is that they want to declare war on us.

The Left is quickly working to transform the military as they have so many other institutions. They’re defining every one of their agenda items as a national security issue. They’re using quotas to push out qualified people while elevating their own political allies.

And the military is falling apart.

The latest Heritage review ranked the Army as weak, the Navy as "very weak" and the Air Force as "very weak".

“There is little doubt that it would struggle in war with a peer competitor”.

The overview of our current military strength warns that, “the current U.S. military force is at significant risk of not being able to meet the demands of a single major regional conflict while also attending to various presence and engagement activities”.

Just the thing you want to hear as we face off with China. And as Russian planes buzz us in Alaska.

China now has more warships than we do.

Last year, the military held war games imagining a Chinese invasion of Taiwan. And we lost badly.

The former deputy chief of staff for strategy warned that the trend in our war games against China "was not just that we were losing, but we were losing faster.”

These war games project a scenario that makes Pearl Harbor look like a day in the park. They show the Chinese taking out our aircraft carriers, sinking our ships, destroying our most advanced aircraft before they can even take off, smashing our bases and cutting off our forces electronically so that we’re blind as a bat.

And what’s the new Space Force doing about it? They’ve got a book about White Rage on the reading list.

We are not ready for a serious war because we don't have a serious leadership Our military has been rotted through. It’s headed by political generals, cocktail party admirals and aspiring consultants for defense contractors.

They failed our troops in Afghanistan. And if we give them a chance, they’ll fail us globally while still passing out diversity quotas and books about how bad the Constitution and white people are.

Why? Because they know that if a war happens, we’ll lose. They’re not preparing us for victory, but for defeat. That’s why they’re pushing every leftist agenda that makes the military weak.

Biden’s woke brass claims that they need diversity for military readiness, they need critical race theory for military readiness, they need abortion for military readiness and they need Admiral Rachel Levine doing the can-can to boost the morale of the troops, military readiness is catastrophically bad. And morale is even worse. People are leaving like never before.

The woke brass claims that's because the military isn't woke enough, isn't focused enough on identity politics.

Joe Reeder, Bill Clinton’s Army Undersecretary, who is white, claimed that, “If a young black soldier can’t look up in the hierarchy and see, from time to time, a Colin Powell … he’s not gonna fight. I wouldn’t either.”

That would have come as news to Medal of Honor recipient Webster Anderson who, after taking two Viet Cong grenades to his legs, “propped himself on the parapet and continued to direct howitzer fire upon the closing enemy and to encourage his men to fight on” and tried to throw back another grenade, which blew up in his hand, but although “only partially conscious and severely wounded” still “refused medical evacuation and continued to encourage his men.”

The greatness of the United States military lay in men like Anderson, who was black, and countless others, of all races and creeds, who set aside their differences to defend their country

That is why what we are doing is so important.

We are not going to let them have the military the way already they’ve taken over higher education, the entertainment industry and so much of Corporate America.

Locally, we’re supporting the work of veterans associations, service branch alumni and patriots who are fighting a rearguard action against wokeness in their corner of the sky.

And nationally, we’re alerting legislators to elements of the woke takeover of the military.

There are men who risked their lives on battlefields in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan who are fighting a war at home against the enemy within and they are angry and disgusted at what the Army, the Navy, the Air Force, academies, and even the Marine Corps are becoming.

But they’re not about to give up. And we’re not giving up either.

We are going to fight the woke coup against our military before it destroys us all.

And we ask you to stand with us.

Daniel Greenfield is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center.

Thursday, December 01, 2022

How the Midterm Vote Got 'Rocked'

By On December 01, 2022
The Left’s most successful youth voter turnout operation began when a Fort Lauderdale record store owner was busted for selling 2 Live Crew’s ‘As Nasty as They Wanna Be’ album.

The record store owner was convicted of obscenity charges after Judge Jose Gonzalez had denounced the rap album, containing numbers such as ‘Me So Horny’ and ‘Dick Almighty’, for its “references to violence against women and abusive sex”. The record store owner would later be busted for selling cocaine and was accused of pushing crack through his store.

While he did not have a happy ending, music industry executives at Virgin Records, worried about the impact of obscenity rulings on their bottom line, created Rock the Vote. Officially its purpose was to mobilize youth turnout to avoid having the country run by older politicians who just didn’t “get the youth”, or at least the destructive culture that older executives were pushing on the youth, but RTV was a Democratic voter turnout operation from the very beginning.

“Did you know youth voters canceled out every voter over 65+ for 2022?” Rock the Vote recently bragged. The voters they wanted to cancel out were Republicans and moderate Democrats.

Music industry executives co-founded Rock the Vote with Steve Barr: a finance chair of the Democratic Party. The voter turnout operation, famous from its MTV days, helped turn the Democrats away from the party of Tipper Gore and the party of Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.

In the 80s, Hollywood and the Democrats had attempted to appeal to Middle America and normative values. By the 90s, they triumphantly tossed those overboard and redefined themselves as the hip edgy transgressives who were leaving the stodgy Republicans behind. Democrats in the 80s had criticized the excesses of the entertainment industry, but by the 90s, beginning with Bill Clinton, they had become politically and culturally inseparable from it.

And that’s how ‘Me So Horny’ led to a youth voter turnout operation that played a significant role in midterm elections where Democrats depended on their vote.

Facing widespread discontent from virtually every adult demographic, with Latino, Jewish, Asian and even black voters shifting toward Republicans, they bet on Generation Z. And it delivered.

In the midst of a terrible economy and a crime wave, Democrats were boosted by a demographic least likely to share adult concerns about the economy, schools and public safety, and most likely to be animated by phantom ideological narratives about social justice, abortion and global warming.

Democrats enjoyed the highest turnout for younger voters in a generation with a 31% turnout. Especially in Pennsylvania, Georgia and Michigan.

That doesn’t just happen.

Rock the Vote, which claims to be nonpartisan and can only operate only on the condition of not expressing a party preference, published an officially branded table, boasting that, “Why wasn’t 2022 a red wave? The youth vote. Young voters were the only age group with a strong majority support among Democrats.”

This partisan message, like the entire RTV agenda, is one big violation of the tax code.

In the midterms, Rock the Vote used social media influencers to target the youth vote. Afterward the organization posted a list of Gen Z politicians whom they described as “dominating the polls and being elected.” All three were Democrats. There were no Republicans on the list.

Maxwell Alejandro Frost, had been the organizing director of March for Our Lives, which partners with Rock The Vote. Nabeela Syed was a veteran of Emily’s List. Cassandra Levesque was backed by Planned Parenthood. RTV was championing not only Democrats, but leftists backed by the partisan groups it was partnering with. Yet another abuse of its nonprofit status.

RTV’s Featured Civic Technology Partners is a damning list of radical leftist groups and political allies like Black Lives Matter, March for Our Lives, MoveOn, Planned Parenthood, The Arab American Institute, assorted unions, the NAACP, the National Iranian American Council: known by some as the ‘Iran Lobby’ and CAIR. ‘As Nasty as They Wanna Be’ indeed.

Missing from the list is anything remotely resembling a right-leaning or conservative group.

What began with Madonna rhyming, “Dr. King, Malcolm X/ Freedom of speech is as good as sex” now has Black Lives Matter’s DeRay McKesson as a director at RTV. But behind the pop culture were the industries that were able to influence elections while partnering with a nonprofit.

Rock the Vote has partnered with NBA teams, Cox cable, Foot Locker, Gap, WarnerMedia, Macy’s and Yelp to name a few of the companies partaking in its ‘Brands for Democracy’.

While officially RTV is a 501(c)(3) nonpartisan nonprofit, its director, Jessica Reeves currently serves, “as a political appointee in the Biden-Harris Administration as Director of Public Engagement at the Small Business Administration.”

Rock the Vote is not only nonpartisan, it has a direct connection to the Biden administration’s public engagement team. That makes it not only partisan, but is being partly supervised from inside the administration of a prospective presidential candidate. That’s blatantly illegal.

RTV’s upper echelons are stacked with Democrat political operatives.

Muthoni Wambu Kraal, another director, worked for the DCCC, Obama and as the National Political & Organizing Director for the Democratic National Committee. She also sits on the board of ActBlue. RTV’s president, Carolyn DeWitt worked on the 2012 Democrat convention.

Amanda Brown Lierman, RTV’s co-chair, doubles as the campaign director for a leftist SuperPAC and formerly worked for Obama. An official with a partisan SuperPAC playing a role in what claims to be a nonpartisan nonprofit involved in elections is a major red flag.

But there’s little ambiguity about the fact that Rock the Vote is a Democrat voter turnout operation under people who have specialized in turning out Democrat voters.

Rock the Vote was ahead of the curve in combining corporate partnerships and nonprofits to boost Democrat voter registration and turnout. Rock the Vote’s blueprint has since become the Democrat standard without the IRS ever lifting a finger against a nonprofit blatantly violating the tax code.

As discussed in Internal Radical Service by David Horowitz and John Perazzo, a pamphlet from the David Horowitz Freedom Center, the IRS has allowed leftists to build massive nonprofit networks aimed at achieving their political agenda. That includes campaign operations.

In my recent talk, I broke down how the Democrats have replicated every element of their campaign operations through nonprofits so that every public estimate of election spending is far off because it does not take into account the massive impact of 501(c)(3) cash that secures voter registration, messaging and turnout to invisibly shape and sway election results.

The effects, like the recent midterms, appear unnatural and impossible unless you understand what the machine fed by massive amounts of harvested data and virtually unlimited amounts of tax-exempt cash from major donors and corporate alliances is doing behind the scenes.

Rock the Vote’s agenda, which it’s not at all shy about, is championing leftist agenda items and electing Democrats to implement them. Or as RTV put it, “Whether it’s climate justice, healthcare, inflation, reproductive rights, education, or something else, there’s a lot on the ballot right now. Don’t let your voice go unheard!”

RTV’s partisan activities mean that it has no right to operate as a 501(c)(3). It is directly involved in fundraising to mobilize partisan voter registration and election turnout. Voter registration and outreach by nonprofits is only legal on the condition that it’s “conducted in a nonpartisan manner.” RTV never operated in a nonpartisan manner and it certainly isn’t doing that now.

But Rock the Vote’s abuses of the tax code have become too commonplace among nonprofits as discussed in the David Horowitz Freedom Center’s series on the IRS and nonprofit abuses.

The midterms demonstrated how effective Democrats have become at illegally using their nonprofits to find voters to outweigh the public will.

And what that means is that we are all subsidizing a leftist political machine.

As Internal Radical Service by David Horowitz and John Perazzo lays out, Democrats have built a massive nonprofit political machine funded by taxpayers and abetted by the IRS. The DNC can afford to spend a mere $5 million on its voter registration campaign because most of the work is already being done for it by an army of nonprofits with nearly infinite budgets.

But a new generation of elected officials and investigators may be ready to rock the vote.

Daniel Greenfield is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. This article previously appeared at the Center's Front Page Magazine.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Jack Smith, Clinton's DOJ Hit Man, Comes After Trump

By On November 30, 2022

 When Bruce Wasserstein, a billionaire backer of the Clintons, provided a $25 million donation to Harvard Law, future Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan, then serving as dean, welcomed it. The gift built on the Wasserstein Fellows Program already established at Harvard Law which brought “outstanding public interest lawyers” to Harvard and provided them stipends of up to $24,000 to meet with and influence students toward social justice at the prestigious law school.

When Jack Smith became a Wasserstein Fellow, even while, unironically, serving as head of the Department of Justice’s Public Integrity Section, seemingly soliciting and accepting a grant funded by a leftist billionaire (but who watches the integrity of the head of the Public Integrity Section) he joined a list of leftist activist lawyers working for the ACLU, Earthjustice, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Soros’ Open Society, Catholic Charities and the UN.

The mission of the Wasserstein Fellows was to gather “a diverse group of accomplished public interest lawyers who are enthusiastic about sharing their passions with law students on how to utilize their legal education to promote social justice.” Those passions included illegal migration, letting criminals get away with committing crimes and dismantling America.

How the DOJ’s Jack Smith would go about promoting social justice was a question that was answered twice. At least twice in public view where everyone could see and hear it.

The latest came when Attorney General Garland picked Smith as the Special Counsel to go after Trump. But before that anyone wondering what Jack Smith did to be chosen as a social justice lawyer would have had to be paying close attention to the IRS scandal that took place a year before he was made a Wasserstein Fellow.

Under Obama, the IRS and the DOJ had illegally targeted conservative nonprofits in order to silence political dissent. While Lois Lerner, sourly testifying before Congress, became the profoundly unsympathetic face of the IRS, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee revealed who was playing a key role in criminalizing dissent.

“The Justice Department convened a meeting with former IRS official Lois Lerner in October 2010 to discuss how the IRS could assist in the criminal enforcement of campaign-finance laws against politically active nonprofits. This meeting was arranged at the direction of Public Integrity Section Chief Jack Smith,” the Committee stated.

According to the Republican National Lawyers Association, “Public Integrity Section Chief Jack Smith told investigators that officials at the Justice Department discussed targeting conservative nonprofit groups with Lerner as early as October 2010.”

A year later, Smith became a Wasserstein Fellow.

Despite all this, Smith flew under the radar. While Lois Lerner was denounced, Smith remained virtually as anonymous as his name, including his actual name, John Smith, but Smith was just doing his job. Not on our behalf, but for those who had put him in his role.

Smith had been handpicked to run the DOJ’s public integrity section by Lanny Breuer.

Breuer, Bill Clinton’s Special Counsel who defended him during his impeachment hearings, and then Sandy Berger, after he stole classified documents from the National Archives to cover up Clinton’s actions, had been brought in by Obama to head up DOJ’s criminal division.

The Clinton consigliere, widely disliked, distrusted and hated even by fellow Democrats and lefties over his connections and client list, a man whom no one in D.C. believed had an ounce of integrity, then brought in Jack Smith to do some of his dirty work.

Would Lanny Breuer have picked anyone with integrity to head public integrity?

A New York Times review of some of Breuer and Smith’s cases appear to focus almost entirely on Republicans, touching on names like Sen. John Ensign, Rep Tom DeLay, Rep. Jerry Lewis, and Rep. Don Young, while mentioning the convictions of Rep. Rick Renzi and Gov. Bob McDonnell: respectively pardoned and overturned.

Public integrity under Obama meant targeting Republicans. It still does under Biden. Much as it did under the Clintons. Three corrupt administrations united by their abuses of the DOJ.

When a new day seemed to be dawning after Trump’s victory, Jack Smith made a timely exit from the government and became the head of litigation for the Hospital Corporation of America.

The Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) had become stocked with Obama administration veterans a few years earlier.

Marilyn Tavenner, almost as much of a staple of Obama scandals as Lois Lerner, who had headed the disastrous Obamacare rollout and tried to explain why the website wasn’t working, had come out of HCA. Nancy-Ann DeParle, the architect of Obamacare, became an HCA director.

Their real purpose of the HCA-Obamacare connection wasn’t to implement things on the consumer side, but to help broker a dirty deal that brought HCA on board with Obamacare. When King v. Burwell was poised to take on Obamacare, the HCA filed a brief on behalf of the illegal program to defend the exchanges as part of the dirty deal that it had made with the Obama administration.

Even as future Senator Rick Scott, the ousted former CEO of HCA, campaigned against Obamacare, warning, “If we have more government involvement we’re going to have dramatically worse health care”, Biden boasted of the HCA joining a deal to “cut costs” to make Obamacare work.

With that kind of history, Jack Smith going to work for HCA made a lot of sense.

To ordinary people, Smith’s career, the DOJ, war crimes prosecutor in Yugoslavia and the head of litigation for a hospital chain seem interestingly random. They do have one thing in common.

These were all priority projects of the Clintons.

Hillary Clinton had been obsessed with a government takeover of healthcare long before Obama. The disastrous intervention in Yugoslavia was a Clinton project. And the Clintons had been fixated on seizing control of the DOJ and punishing their political enemies.

That is what the DOJ began to do from Hillary’s abuse of FBI files to Russiagate.

Even Smith’s role as a Wasserstein Fellow has a familiar ring to it.

Bruce Wasserstein had a history with the Clintons. When Rahm Emanuel left the Clinton White House, he got a job running Wasserstein’s office in Chicago. And before long, the Clinton adviser and future Obama Chief of Staff and Mayor of Chicago had made $16 million.

Wasserstein did more than just host fundraising events for Bill Clinton, alongside Alec Baldwin, not to mention donating to Hillary Clinton, Gore, Schumer and so many other Democrats. (Although he was also briefly Mitch McConnell’s brother-in-law.) On his passing the corporate raider was praised for his “passion for social justice”. He never saw Hillary Clinton rise and fall.

It may be a coincidence, but Smith’s resume is what one might expect of a federal careerist with Clinton connections. Even his extended European vacation was the sort of thing that Clintonites used to build up their resumes. That resume became outdated in the Obama era, but Smith still seemed able to hit a lot of the right notes.

Smith was even named one of the “International Gender Champions” and claimed that he was “strongly committed to working with my Office to ensure that gender equality, as part of diversity and inclusion, is a key consideration to everything we do.”

There is one curious final note as to how Smith was picked as the Specialist Prosecutor for the Yugoslavia war crimes trials in the Hague. Smith was chosen in 2018 “after a selection process organised by the European Union” and was “appointed by the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo mission head, Alexandra Papadopoulou”. In 2020, Papadopoulou, a Fulbright Scholar, became Greece’s ambassador to the Biden administration.

Washington D.C. may appear small compared to some other major cities, but it’s a vast hive of careerists, contractors, consultants, lobbyists and activists all scurrying around the stone and glass buildings, the eateries and shops, whose relationships to each other are as entangled as they are hostile to us. As George Carlin once said, “it’s a big club and you ain’t in it.”

Jack Smith is a lifetime member of the club. And now he’s been given the biggest job of his career. It’s not one that is likely to reap much in the way of immediate rewards. Just ask Bob Swan Mueller III, but it’s an act of public service to the political network that runs D.C.

And parts beyond, into the European Union, which helped contribute to Russiagate.

ince Smith’s leg was broken after a bicycle accident (a hazard in the Biden administration), he’ll be running the investigation of Trump from Europe. And no one finds it odd that an investigation of a former president will operate from the capital of the European Union.

But it’s not like we run our own country anyway.

The upper echelons of the administrative state are a network of political alliances by ambitious men and women looking for the next rung to power. They don’t work for us. Instead they serve their sponsors and use political connections to navigate the public-private career ladder.

The media is already building up Smith’s mythos. “A  Justice Department lawyer out of central casting,” the New York Times gushed, with a “grizzled mien”. And, “an idealist and a brilliant independent thinker and a gutsy lawyer”. Central casting always needs good actors to play the part and fool the people long enough for the next phase of the plan to kick into action.

And, at least unlike Bob Mueller and Joe Biden, Jack Smith probably knows where he is. And he knows who really runs things and whom he needs to serve to get that next big job.

Daniel Greenfield is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. This article previously appeared at the Center's Front Page Magazine.

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Monday, November 28, 2022

The Bureaucracy’s Democrat Majority Made America a One-Party Government

By On November 28, 2022
When former President Trump, Gov. DeSantis, and Senator Ted Cruz, among others, endorsed rolling back the power of bureaucrats and their administrative state, Democrats panicked.

Senator Dianne Feinstein and Hillary's former running mate, Senator Tim Kaine, introduced a countermeasure which they called, "Preventing a Patronage System Act" according to Kaine, to "protect the merit-based hiring system for our federal workforce".

Media editorialists claimed that making it easier to get rid of federal employees would bring back patronage or the spoils system. The problem is that patronage never left.

We have spent generations living under a permanent patronage system. The spoils system, as bad as it was, kept one party from permanently packing its supporters into the government. Removing it just meant that the Democrats have permanently packed the federal bureaucracy.

That’s how America became a one-party government at the federal level in Washington D.C. Politicians of both parties come and go, but it’s the Democrat bureaucrats who call the shots.

The same media outlets now fussing about “patronage” were gleefully reporting how a “resistance” was operating within the federal bureaucracy to undermine President Trump. That same “resistance”, without the public posturing, has quietly sabotaged every Republican administration and any conservative piece of legislation that gets through the process.

Before the 2016 election, one in four federal employees claimed that they would leave if Trump won. Six out of ten federal employees supported Biden. Only 28% backed Trump.

In the 2022 cycle, the American Federation of Government Employees has doled out over a million dollars. 94% of that money has gone to Democrats.

Not only does the federal workforce tilt leftward, but the number of Republicans fell from a third to a quarter over the last generation. The federal machine that controls the lives of most Americans has limited representation for one of the country’s two major political factions.

But even that's misleading.

The men and women who actually run things are mostly Democrats. 63% of the senior executives, the highest officials within the bureaucracy, are Democrats, while the number of Republicans drops into the low 20s. A National Bureau of Economic Research paper notes that the "the overrepresentation of Democrats increases as we move up the hierarchy".

“Among employees in grades 1-12 of the GS, we find about 50% of Democrats (30% of Republicans and 20% of independents), which rises to approximately 56% at the top of the GS (grades 13-15), and to 63% among career SES,” the research showed.

This is what a slow-motion coup looks like.

Apologists for the bureaucracy might claim that this reflects a lack of qualifications by Republicans, but the share of independents similarly drops. Only the share of Democrats steadily rises. If we were looking at a similar breakdown of racial groups in which the share of every racial group declined as it moved up the ranks, except one, it would be evidence of bias.

And a political coup is far more corrosive and dangerous to a government than racial bias.

Democrats want us to believe that the consolidation of the civil service by one political faction is somehow a natural occurrence which does not reflect a calculated strategy or patronage.

In between political tests like diversity and equity, the insistence on concentrating federal leadership in Democrat areas, and providing special entryways and promotions to members of identity politics groups more likely to vote for their party, Democrats claim that it’s all “merit”.

After fighting to eliminate merit in college admissions, the military, and federal contracts, they want us to believe that they not only believe in merit, but want to protect it in the civil service.

Democrats created an independent bureaucracy that provides its own patronage. That corrupt system has led to everything from massive theft to IRS investigations of political opponents. And the result is much worse than the rotten spoils system ever was because it’s immune to change.

The modern civil service owes its existence to a crooked bargain between President Grover Cleveland, the first post-Civil War Democrat to occupy the White House, and one of the most personally and politically corrupt men to hold that office in the century, and the Mugwumps, the Never Trumpers of the era. The federal workforce massively exploded from 5,837 before the Civil War to 15,344 after the Civil War to millions over the next century. The civil service “reforms” were a key ingredient in what became a permanent patronage system built to benefit the Democrats and the liberal Republicans who were instrumental in imposing it on Americans.

Where before individuals had traded on their political support and campaign activities to win a few hundred offices during the spoils system, urban political machines packed the civil service with tens of thousands and then hundreds of thousands of their supporters in the next century.

The liberal promises of Wilson, FDR and JFK required a symbiotic growth in government. The government programs never delivered a better life, except by providing government jobs for Democrats. The spoils system was corrupt, but permanent patronage has not only rewarded members of one party with jobs, especially senior roles, to the tune of billions, but it also shifted power away from the voters and elected officials, and to partisan bureaucrats.

The solution to patronage isn’t professionalism, it’s smaller government. Government is not a meritocracy and there’s no point in keeping up the pretense that any part of it is merit based. The most fundamental virtue of our constitutional government is that the public has supreme power over the government. The civil service system has effectively eliminated that power.

Firing federal employees is a long difficult process. The Merit Systems Protection Board has repeatedly intervened to protect even the worst abuses by workers including outright criminal behavior. Americans can lose their jobs, but they can’t do anything about the bureaucrats who control their lives. Politicians come and go, but the Democrat administrative state abides.

A smaller government begins with a much smaller bureaucracy. President Trump’s commitment to wielding Schedule F is important, as are other ideas by conservative politicians. Schedule F would be crucial in rolling back the power of key policy-making bureaucrats, but it’s only the beginning. The Founding Fathers understood that government is innately oppressive. And government, like any parasitic infection, naturally grows unless it’s shrunk or it kills the host.

Apologists for the bureaucracy claim that eliminating the permanent patronage of the civil service would erode "public trust in our government" and "undermine the role of civil servants as stewards of the public good".

The public has no trust in the government. The one thing most of the country, across political and racial lines, can agree on is not trusting the government. Currently only about 29% of Democrats and 9% of Republicans trust the government. How much more trust is there to lose?

Civil servants are not “stewards of the public good”. The American people are. Monarchies and tyrannies have stewards of the public good. The only true constitutional and democratic virtue of a civil service is that it is easy to fire. A bureaucracy that can’t be gotten rid of isn’t serving the people, it’s mastering them, and that is what the administrative state has long since become.

The only reason Democrats are panicking over permanent patronage reform is because the ranks and especially the senior management of the federal bureaucracy are full of their people. There’s nothing democratic or merit-based about letting a corrupt partisan faction control the administrative state and the lives of hundreds of millions of people with no recourse.

The next president who isn’t beholden to the administrative state should provide that recourse.

Daniel Greenfield is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. This article previously appeared at the Center's Front Page Magazine.

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Saturday, November 26, 2022

How Obama’s Big Economic Lie Caused Our Inflation Crisis

By On November 26, 2022
Conspiracy theories and lies have a unique power to reshape the human mind. The things that we believe, even when we initially know that they’re a convenient rationalization, become a part of us. And eventually we come to build our entire worldview around a lie that we told long ago.

That’s the story of Russiagate, a bizarre conspiracy theory invented by the Clinton campaign and allies in the Obama administration that virtually every Democrat now believes is true. And it’s quite likely that Hillary Clinton, whose people made it up, also came to believe it’s true.

It’s also the story of the inflation crisis.

To understand how we got here, it helps to remember the last time a Democrat took over the White House during a troubled time with a mandate to save the economy. Time Magazine clumsily photoshopped him into a picture of FDR on its cover. The messianic ecstasy however soon gave way to frustration because Obama’s economic triumph never arrived.

The misnamed Recovery Act was a corrupt disaster, but, more relevantly for Democrats, it didn’t deliver anything meaningful and foreshadowed Obama’s transformation from the chosen one to just another politician. While Obama still did a great deal of damage, the FDR moment never came, and without it there was no momentum for a New Deal or a grander economic agenda.

Democrats and their think tank and academic allies refused to admit that the Recovery Act was a mistake. Instead, like all leftists, they insisted that the experiment hadn’t been properly tried. Just as Communism can never fail because it’s never been truly tried, the massive stimulus had never been properly tried either. The only problem with the Recovery Act was that it wasn’t big enough. Had Obama and the Democrats pulled off a truly huge package, they would have gotten their New Deal, held Congress and completely transformed America.

That excuse became the big lie that most people forget, but that the media occasionally kept warm and that Obama administration veterans carried with them into the Biden White House.

The rest is history and $6 eggs.

“The way I see it, the biggest risk is not going too big, it’s if we go too small. We’ve been here before. When this nation hit the Great Recession that Barack and I inherited in 2009, I was asked to lead the effort on the Economic Recovery Act to get it passed,” Biden assured the country in his speech. “But it wasn’t enough. It wasn’t quite big enough. It stemmed the crisis, but the recovery could have been faster and even bigger.”

Senator Schumer scoffed to CNN, “We’re not going to make the mistake of 2008 and 2009 and do such a small measly proposal that it won’t get us out of the mess that we are in right now.”

The small measly proposal that Schumer was ridiculing had been a massive $800 billion.

He explained that the Democrats wouldn’t negotiate with Susan Collins, Murkowski or Romney because, “we cut back on the stimulus dramatically and we stayed in recession for five years.”

Biden and Schumer’s remarks showed just how thoroughly the Democrat elite had absorbed the ridiculous excuse for Obama’s economic failures. Even before the election, insiders were repeating the meme that Obama’s stimulus plan had been too small.

“Joe Biden doesn’t want to come into office and sit on a sloggy economy for four, six, eight quarters,” Jared Bernstein, who would become Biden’s chief economist, promised.

“Massive as it sounds, the next Covid bailout deal may already be too small,” Politico suggested.

Like a lot of bad Democrat ideas, the “too little spending” narrative began in part with Paul Krugman, the New York Times hack who has never failed to be wrong about anything, including his spectacular claim that “by 2005 or so, it will become clear that the Internet’s impact on the economy has been no greater than the fax machine’s.”

“This wasn’t a test of fiscal stimulus, even though it has played out that way in the political arena: the whole thing was obviously underpowered from the start,” Krugman contended.

In, “Hey, Small Spender”, the absurdly wrong economist insisted that “the stimulus wasn’t actually all that big compared with the size of the economy” and that too much of it had been focused on tax cuts and “wasn’t mainly focused on increasing government spending.”

“If job-creating government spending has failed to bring down unemployment in the Obama era, it’s not because it doesn’t work; it’s because it wasn’t tried,” Krugman clamored.

In 2020, he was still arguing that, “Obama paid a heavy political price because recovery was too slow thanks to inadequate stimulus.”

In the years since, Democrats would point to aborted proposals for a $1.8 trillion stimulus plan and argue that it would have turned everything around. It’s no coincidence that Biden’s American Rescue Plan, one of the engines of the runaway inflation, crashed in at $1.9 trillion.

The Obama people were trying to make up for what they believed went wrong in 2009.

Communism hadn’t been properly tried and they tried it to the tune of $1.9 trillion.

What had actually happened in 2009 was that the leftists who championed government spending failed and were allowed to write a narrative in which they were right all along. Their conspiracy theory claimed that history would have come out very differently if not for Obama’s cowardice and Larry Summers introducing cautionary notes in the administration.

“So many bad things have followed from Obama’s caution back then. The course of history could have been very different,” Krugman mournfully complained in 2020.

This time around, they did it their way.

The Biden administration ignored Summers and went all in. Now it’s hunting around for someone to blame. According to a Bloomberg article, Biden has been yelling at his advisers and wondering if they “had paid too little heed to warnings that the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan would flood the economy with too much cash, acting as kindling for inflation.”

That was followed by the familiar coda. “If Biden and his economic aides, including Deese and Jared Bernstein, erred on the side of a larger stimulus it’s because they all worked in the Obama White House following the global financial crisis and witnessed firsthand how a too-small rescue package played a role in delaying a labor market recovery.”

The Biden administration had come to believe their own lies and excuses from a decade ago. And they will come up with new lies, excuses, and conspiracy theories to explain their current disaster. Eventually its veterans will learn to believe them and turn them into future policies.

“There’s a pretty good probability that we’ll look back on how America handled the pandemic shock, mostly under Biden, and see it as a big success story,” Krugman has continued to argue. He also denied the existence of inflation and is now busy rejecting the reality of a recession.

But for once Krugman is right. Whatever happens, he and his allies, and the rest of the media will look back and impose a narrative on the misery that we are all going through. Eventually they may decide that the trillions spent also weren’t enough and we should have done more.

And when the time is right, they will try to do it all over again.

Daniel Greenfield is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. This article previously appeared at the Center's Front Page Magazine.

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Thursday, November 24, 2022

Being Thankful for the Left

By On November 24, 2022

 When we celebrate Thanksgiving, after being thankful for family and friends, for health and comfort, for food and shelter; we shouldn't forget to be thankful for the left.

There is no light without darkness and without evil, the good often fails to find their own voice. It is in the presence of slavery that we remember the worth of freedom. Men and nations are forged in war; not only the war of shell and shot, but the war of ideas. War teaches us to fight for what we have. Wars of ideas teach us to stand up for what we believe.

It is because conservatives are basically hopeful and confident that we are also prone to extremes of despair. Too many us were shocked at the decline of our society because of our great confidence in it. The faith that conservatives have in America makes them vulnerable to being crushed by the latest victory of the left. 

I have seen far too much despair and defeatism, too many comments that suggest there is no hope for America and the only thing left to do is pour a glass of wine and watch the sun go down. But those comments testify to how sheltered Americans are from the struggles against tyranny around the world.

Eight years of Obama and four years of Biden are bad, but try sixty-nine years of Communism on for size. That's what generations of Russians had to live through. Ask some of the conservative activists in Europe who have never had any of the freedoms that we still take for granted whether they've given up hope. Ask people from countries where criticism of Islam can mean death, whether they've given up hope.

There are countless tales of courage over the last century of men and women who did not stop fighting, who did not stop teaching their children so that they would not stop resisting. And those stories have not ended. They continue today in Europe, Asia and South America. And those people would envy the conditions under which we fight, where we can protest without being shot or sent to prison, where we can have a shot at winning elections if we try hard enough.

Where we are, compared to 100 percent of the rest of the world, still free.

We face a hard fight, not only for our freedom, but the freedom of the world. The international left has made America its special project. It knows that if it can extinguish the hope of liberty in this land then it will drive the rest of those who hope for freedom across the ocean deeper into despair. And it wants your despair. It wants you to give up so that the rest of the world gives up too and bows under its chains.

And yet this fight is a glorious one. This fight is our birthright. And we should be thankful for the fight.

It would be more pleasant if there were no Obama or Biden. If Alinsky had never been born and Marx had never been whelped. It would be nice if we lived in a world where red was just a color and the Democratic Party was a rural movement suspicious of the Federal government and dreaming of an agrarian utopia. But then so would never having to work for a living or getting up out of bed.

Life is challenge and we face all kinds of different challenges. We get up early out of bed in the morning and drive to work. We rise in the middle of the night when the baby cries and we go to the hospital when our loved ones need us there. We do dreary things and terrible things that seem so different from the life we imagined as children. And we do them not only because they are duty, but because these challenges, the daily ones and the once in a lifetime ones, make us who we are.

Besides these prosaic challenges, the daily routines and the occasional tragedies, there are uncommon challenges that we face when the foe comes to our gate and demands that we bow and become slaves. This is the challenge that we face as a society, a nation and a people. It demands more of us and it ennobles us. It makes us a great people and a great nation, rather than only another people who seek to live in comfort with no thought for anything else.

Good emerges in response to evil. We need our enemies to remind us of who we are and what we can do when our backs are against the wall. We need evil to remind us of the good that we are capable of. As a whetstone sharpens a sword, so evil sharpens us into a weapon against it. It makes us morally stronger and teaches us the stark truths that we cannot take refuge from evil; we must confront it.

If there were no left, would there be nearly as much patriotism among true Americans as there is now? And if there were no left, how many of us would really contemplate the core principles of freedom and free enterprise? If there were no left, how many of us would ponder what we truly believe and what compromises we are willing and unwilling to make? If there were no left, would we be the same people that we are today?

For those of us who believe in the Bible, the Lord created both darkness and light. And if it were not for the darkness, would the light be nearly as precious to us? Imagine a world without sunrise or sunset, where the sight of rays of light clearing away the darkness would have no meaning? And then remember that things are treasured to the extent that they can be taken away from us.

Would we value freedom as much if we did not have to defend it? Would we hold it as dear if we did not fear that it would be taken away? Would we even be aware of what freedom is and what a free people must be if not for the dark hand of those who wish to strip us of those freedoms?

It is the left's opposition that has added urgency to a hundred issues, from the national debt to the War on Terror to freedom of speech and of religion. It has made us think about those issues, to take them out of the back of our minds and hold them up to the light as a reminder of how important they are and what must be done about them.

The left's corruptions remind us of the need for purification. As it gathers the worst of all around it, we find ourselves called to be better than we are. As the left works to doom our country, and as we suffer defeat after defeat, these defeats only serve to remind us that we must be better, that we must do more, learn more and become more in order to save our country.

War is the great teacher and this is a political war, short on bodies and heavy on minds, it is a war in which casualties are not taken in the chest or the arm, but in the mind, in reason and emotion, and against these weaknesses, we can and will prevail.

As we fight the left, we become stronger, more dedicated and more purposeful. We become the men and women that we were meant to be.

As you sit around your tables, thinking of all that you have gained and lost this year, remember and be thankful for the left, for though the winter ice gives way to the summer sun and bitter defeat gives way to sweet victory, it is defeat and hardship that teaches better than comfort and ease. We can learn more from our defeats than we ever could from our victories. Our defeats teach us endurance and fortitude, they teach us that defeat can be borne and that its sting can be turned into the weapon that unseats the foe. And our foes make us who we are.

Their evil teaches us to find the good within ourselves. Their strength teaches us to find our own strength. And their plots against what we have teach us how many treasures we have, not least of these being the full value of our freedom and our happiness that they wish to take from us.

Their war on America is teaching us to be better Americans. It may not feel that way right now, but we are privileged to have this opportunity and this fight.  

We should be thankful for the left, its assaults on us are teaching us how to fight and its plots against our freedom are teaching us how to be free.

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Spielberg Has Become Biden

By On November 23, 2022
‘The Fabelmans’, Steven Spielberg’s latest movie, is a moving and touching tribute to himself.

The movie exists because Spielberg, like Joe Biden, has stuck around long enough to become an institution. Despite recent bombs like a woke West Side Story remake, Hollywood is willing to subsidize Spielberg much as the Democrats prop up Joe Biden, because he maintains the fiction that the industry represents something more than a cynical power and money grab.

And Spielberg, with Bidenesque levels of bad judgment, decided that what he wanted to do was film a mawkish coming of age story that had been done a million times before. The sensitive boy, drawn to his mother, misunderstood by his father, who pursues his dream of writing novels or making movies until he succeeds enough to be able to tell the story of his own preciousness is a staple of literary and cinematic industries trapped in a narcissistic love affair with themselves.

‘The Fabelmans’ is formally dedicated to Spielberg’s parents, but would make them roll in their graves. But that’s okay. The protagonist of ‘The Fabelmans’ is the young Spielberg who heroically emerges from the trauma of middle-class life to make a movie about his growth as an artist. And the privilege of being the subject is reducing everyone around you to objects.

The trouble is that Spielberg is no more of an artist now than Biden is a politician. Both men are propped up by parasites and enablers dining out on their name recognition. Spielberg’s Ron Klain is Tony Kushner, a leftist hack playwright who has been the hump on Spielberg’s back for over a decade. The adult Spielberg, like the child filmmaker of ‘The Fabelmans’, had a knack for capturing dynamic moments, but no grasp of the bigger picture. Like other boomer blockbuster directors, including pal George Lucas, he brought to life the creative influences of his childhood, movie serials and thriller comics, monsters and space aliens, created as disposable rubbish by an earlier generation.

It never occurred to Spielberg or many of his contemporaries that they were destroying the culture that had made their childhoods magical while supporting social policies that are wrecking the lives of the next generation. The famed director need look no further than his daughter who has become a porn star. Instead, Spielberg once again cinematically looks to the past while funding radical politicians and causes, from George Gascon to abortion in Kansas.

The present that Spielberg helped to make by funding radical leftist causes is no pleasant place, from the homeless encampments and crime of Los Angeles, to the destruction of a generation of teens, so instead he keeps pointing the camera into the past so as not to see the future.

After running out of fairy dust from past generations, Spielberg turned to historical dramas whose only notable points were that he managed to miss the point about them every time. From ‘Schindler’s List’ to ‘Munich’ to ‘Bridge of Spies’, he rode liberal cliches around history while increasingly coming to side with the villains from the Muslim terrorists to Communist spies. Those movies and the hollowness of the Jewish background depicted in ‘The Fabelmans’ do nothing to disprove the otherwise implausible story from ‘Red Dawn’ director John Millus that Spielberg only discovered about the Holocaust from reading Time-Life books in his thirties.

Kushner provided Spielberg with a point of view, anti-American, and, in the case of ‘Munich’, anti-Israel, that only someone as fundamentally ignorant of history as Spielberg would have taken seriously. The historical howlers in ‘Munich’ and ‘Bridge of Spies’ are legendary, but Spielberg dismissed the critics as just younger versions of his father who don’t get his genius.

That’s fine, but there’s no more genius left. Biden is propped up by teleprompters and earpieces, Spielberg by special effects. The real visual talent in his latter-day movies like ‘The Fabelmans’ belongs to the editors and cinematographers who once collaborated with Spielberg but now drag him through the business of auto-tuning his movies to look visually stunning.

Editor Michael Kahn, who has been with Spielberg through ‘E.T.’, ‘Raiders’ and ‘Saving Private Ryan’, and Janusz Kamiński, who followed him from ‘Schindler’s List’ through almost every project since, could make a student film look good. In the Peak TV era of massive budgets and runaway technological prowess, Hollywood projects have never looked so good or been so badly written, composed and edited. Spielberg is lucky to hang on to Kahn who can make even his most disjointed efforts seem coherent or to Kamiński who brings a touch of old world cinematography to fill any frame with light, but none of that can disguise the missing auteur.

Steven Spielberg can’t make a movie just like Joe Biden can’t be president. The army of spongers, grifters, enablers, talented colleagues and technical personnel can fool most people, but the resulting products never leave the ground because there’s no guiding vision. Neither Biden nor Spielberg are animated by any greater impulse than clinging to fame. Facing mortality and oblivion, they retreat into sullen tirades and narcissistic self-pity. Both men are celebrated for their empathy, but their decline reveals that they never cared for anyone but themselves.

‘The Fabelmans’ should be the end of Spielberg’s career. A final tribute to a man who lost the plot decades ago from an indulgent industry that uses the myth of creative genius to cover its many sins. But, like Biden, Spielberg has no intention of leaving the stage. Unable to tell any stories except those gleaned from his Time-Life library and then pre chewed by Tony Kushner, he has achieved his dream of being taken seriously while losing the young boy within.

That boy, the protagonist of ‘The Fabelmans’, is self-centered, but he’s driven by visions of adventure. What happens to that boy when he loses the impulse to imagine, to dream and invent, to escape his suburban life by imagining another one? The familiar story of Boomer culture is that he becomes a narcissistic shell without the redeeming quality of creativity.

The ranks of the Democrats and of the Left are stocked with these aged man-children who, despite their best efforts, became what they hated and feared about their parents, but without the sense of decency and responsibility that Spielberg still ridicules in his father. Spielberg’s Peter Pan, like his ill-fated movie project with Robin Williams, never goes back to fairyland, but also never grows up into a functioning adult. Even at the age of 75, he is still a child. But without the charm, the spark and the inventiveness of childhood. ‘The Fabelmans’ is a bookend to a career that began with glorified pulps, left childhood behind with ’Hook’ and returns once again.

Only this time the house is empty. All that’s left are old grudges and older memories.

The only thing interesting about ‘The Fabelmans’ and Spielberg is how uninteresting it all is. Some artists emerge from trauma, but that is no more of a precondition than any of the other myths of genius. The only achievement of ‘The Fabelmans’ will be to dissuade anyone from believing that there’s anything interesting about Steven Spielberg. But Spielberg was probably the only one who ever thought that there was. Much as Joe Biden believes he’s interesting.

After tiring of the cowboys and urban desperados, the pratfall comics and doomed love affairs that made it an industry, Hollywood fell in love with telling its own story. There’s a reason so many movies are set in Los Angeles and so many Academy Award winners revolve around the film industry. The greatest trick ever played by the industry is the conviction of its own importance. The mysticism of the auteur director, the little god of the theaters, still has its own shrine even as the industry is being reduced to an ancillary Big Tech project that exists to sell subscriptions to streaming services while the movie theaters go begging for spare change.

Spielberg could potentially help change that. ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ struck a powerful blow for movie theaters and for making movies the way that they did in populist 80s. But he’s too busy being wrapped up in his tiresome politics, nostalgia and narcissism. The director most celebrated by the industry is too busy looking in the mirror to save the movie theaters that made him great.

‘The Fabelmans’, prepped for a Thanksgiving release, is exactly the kind of movie that put people off going to movie theaters. Spielberg and his cohort once shook up a movie industry that had become wrapped up in virtue signaling and experimentation by making crowd-pleasing fare. Many decried Spielberg for turning out ‘dumb’ blockbusters filled with special effects and driving out the incoherent leftist navel-gazing exercises being inflicted on audiences at the time.

Spielberg never got over being snubbed as an unserious artist. After ‘Jurassic Park’ ushered in the age of special effects blockbusters that abandoned storytelling for computer generated fantasies, he spent a generation making po-faced cluelessly serious Oscar-bait. Now he can’t even properly do that anymore. All that’s left is more of the incoherent narcissistic navel-gazing that he built his fame and fortune on routing in his talented youth all those years ago.

Biden ran as the man who could save the Democrats, instead he’s destroying them. Spielberg keeps promising to save Hollywood, but like Biden, he’s too far gone to save his own legacy.

America and their respective industries would be better off without both of them.

Daniel Greenfield is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. This article previously appeared at the Center's Front Page Magazine.

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