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Thursday, December 08, 2022

A Monopoly on Speech

By On December 08, 2022

"Don't you think that users have a right to freedom of speech even if what they're saying is wrong or offensive?" Fox Business correspondent Hillary Vaughn asked.

"I think that one human being should not be able to go into a dark room by himself and decide 'Oh, that person gets heard from, that person doesn’t.' That's not how it should work," Senator Elizabeth Warren retorted, referring to Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter.

The question is who should get to decide? On the heels of the Warren exchange, Senator Josh Hawley released damning evidence demonstrating that Biden's “Disinformation Governance Board” had been interfacing with leftist eBay billionaire Pierre Omidyar’s network.

Warren objects to one billionaire member of the PayPal mafia, but not another making those decisions because they share a common set of political views that include censorship. While Musk put billions on the line to buy Twitter to protect free speech, Omidyar committed $100 million to fight “disinformation”, “fake news” and “hate speech”. That includes funding for leftist “fact checkers” who have been used by Big Tech monopolies to censor opposing views.

Warren, despite her rhetoric, is quite happy to have one human being go into a dark room and decide who gets heard from and who doesn’t, as long as he’s running the censorship machine to suit her. The leftist politician and her political allies in the Senate and House repeatedly pressured tech companies, especially Facebook, to censor their political opponents.

Under the old regime, Twitter censored speech on behalf of the Democrat Party. Now it doesn’t. And that’s why Warren is upset at one man, instead of one movement, controlling speech.

It’s why Warren wouldn’t answer the simple question, once considered the cornerstone of our freedoms, whether those she disagrees with still have the right to freedom of speech. She’s not complaining that Musk is deciding who can’t be heard from, but who can be heard from. Her issue, to paraphrase the old glib libertarian line, is that he took over and is leaving people alone.

Legally, Warren and her allies aren’t ready to impose direct government censorship. Instead, they’ve participated in a partnership between government, tech platforms and nonprofits fighting disinformation to create a speech cartel to maintain a leftist monopoly on speech. The existence of the cartel depended on political cohesion among the corporate leadership in the tech industry.

In the Obama era, the formerly libertarian tech industry morphed from renegade hackers into pathologically woke campuses. Renegade college kids turned billionaires followed the Bill Gates ethos of finding a life outside work through social justice. BLM logos, pride flags and assorted causes joined the litter of nerdy paraphernalia of Warhammer figurines and Star Wars X-wings along with inspirational “Move Fast and Break Things” mottos in Big Tech workspaces.

It would have been impossible to imagine Big Tech bosses holding workplace meetings and crying when Kerry lost to Bush, but by the time Hillary lost to Trump, that was the new normal. Google had fought Obama’s censorship push over ‘The Innocence of Muslims’ in court before becoming one of the most strident tech monopolies suppressing a wide variety of views.

The compliance of the tech industry made a speech cartel possible. Until Musk broke it.

The government side of the speech monopoly needed Big Tech to do its dirty work for it by coordinating with leftist nonprofits, like Facebook’s fact checkers, to do the censoring.

But what’s the government to do when a tech company stops suppressing dissent on its behalf?

Warren’s plaint is revealing. How dare one man take on the function that had been allotted to the government. Someone, she insists, has to decide what speech to suppress. It never occurs to her that maybe people should be deciding what they read, watch and think for themselves.

But socialists just don’t think that way.

The exposure of the Disinformation Governance Board documents shows that the government side of the arrangement was more developed and further along than the Biden administration had been willing to admit when it tried to dismiss its existence as a random stray thought.

“Sec Mayorkas told me under oath that the Disinfo Board hadn’t met yet back in May. But DHS emails reveal their Disinfo ‘Steering Group’ held weekly meetings starting as early as February. The Board was up and running,” Hawley tweeted.

Secretary of Homeland Security Mayorkas had claimed that the board would focus on foreign propaganda and would not monitor Americans. That also proved to be untrue.

Say what you will about Elon Musk, but his decision making remains quite transparent.

Asked about restoring the Twitter account of Alex Jones, Musk tweeted, "My firstborn child died in my arms. I felt his last heartbeat. I have no mercy for anyone who would use the deaths of children for gain, politics or fame." Compare that clear and concise response to secret meetings by a government board, private decisions by fact checkers who are funded by dark money machines tied to billionaires who issue press releases, but don’t discuss individual decisions.

Given a choice between Musk’s transparent plutocracy and a complex oligarchy, one man in a room whose preferences are clear, or a secretive network of political and economic interests invisibly manipulating online narratives to maintain a monopoly on speech, the choice is simple.

The underlying challenges of the internet have not gone away with Musk’s purchase of Twitter. Even assuming he hangs on to it and maintains liberal policies, that’s not any kind of solution. Musk created an alternative to a speech cartel, but the cartel is far more powerful than any one man, one company or one platform. And as the internet has come to be concentrated in fewer hands, a bottleneck dominated by one search engine, one social media giant, one retail channel, and two mobile operating systems, a monopoly on speech is inevitable.

The old decentralized internet was inherently free, web 2.0 is inherently unfree. The fact that it took $44 billion just to create a temporary space of free speech shows the scale of the problem. With someone in a room somewhere always deciding who should be heard, the marketplace of ideas ls constantly in someone’s hands. And that’s the opposite of the promise of the internet.

Change in the form of web 3.0 might be coming. Some believe that the tech monopolies are the final stage of an ossifying dead internet whose giant companies will collapse to make way for new things. But for now there’s little sign of this optimistic ‘internet spring’ in the real world where companies that spent endless billions to fund data centers, hardware and free services, and the investment giants behind them, still control our internet as thoroughly as China’s Xi.

When the Constitution first protected freedom of speech, the nation’s cities were filled with printers, most of them crude amateurs by European standards, who published a welter of contradictory leaflets, pamphlets and papers. A century later, newspapers were becoming concentrated in a small number of chains, and with the addition of radio and television, later created the media that conservatives spent generations fighting until the internet liberated them.

Once the greatest blow to speech monopolies, the internet has become a stifling speech monopoly operated with greater control and precision than CBS or Hearst could have imagined. The complexity and centralization of the internet has made it possible to disguise how it is censored to a previously inconceivable degree. But Musk’s breach in the speech monopoly has also revealed how comprehensive the censorship was the breath of its sudden omission.

“That's not how it should work," Senator Elizabeth Warren insists. But information, as hackers used to say, wants to be free. It takes a lot of work and a lot of money to keep it penned up.

Warren and her leftist allies are worried about free speech. They should be.


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, December 07, 2022

Biden’s IRS Commish Pick Covered Up Obama’s Targeting of Conservatives

By On December 07, 2022
When Danny Werfel first appeared before Congress after the IRS scandal, he told them all the right things.

“It’s completely inexcusable,” the new acting IRS commissioner reassured members of the House Appropriations Committee. “This important agency is founded on the principle of operating impartially, and we failed in that most basic core principle.”

“The agency stands ready to confront the problems that occurred, hold accountable those who acted inappropriately, be open about what happened, and permanently fix these problems so that such missteps do not occur again.”

In the wake of the revelation that the IRS had targeted conservative nonprofits, there was a lot of outrage and the Obama administration sent in Werfel to clean house. He condemned Lois Lerner, the key figure and arguably the scapegoat for the IRS operation targeting conservatives, and claimed to be very upset that this sort of thing had been going on..

“We have to get to the bottom of it,” Werfel told Congress. “We will uncover every fact . . . I’m like everybody else. I’m frustrated, too.”

Anyone who seriously believed that the Obama administration was going to appoint anyone to head the IRS who would actually get to the bottom of things or uncover every fact was swiftly disabused of that naivete when Werfel released a report later that month covering it all up.

According to the report there was no targeting of conservatives.

“We have not found evidence of intentional wrongdoing by anyone in the IRS or involvement in these matters by anyone outside of the IRS,” Werfel assured everyone. “There is no current evidence of the use of inappropriate screeners or other types of criteria in other IRS operations beyond those discussed in the report.”

Key words that repeated throughout the report were “inconsistent”, “mismanagement”, “inappropriate” and “insufficient”. No one responsible for this could be named for “privacy” reasons.

After supposedly asking Lois Lerner to resign, Werfel gave her a one month leave, when asked about her later, he explained that he couldn’t discuss her role with the IRS to protect her privacy. Werfel had promised to produce every single one of her emails and to prioritize finding them and turning them over. It did not happen. And the IRS later claimed that it could not produce them.

“It has to start with a recognition that a trust has been violated,” Werfel had initially told Congress. And then it went on being violated over and over again. Including by him.

Werfel stepped down a few months after Lerner and joined the Boston Consulting Group as a managing director. The controversial consultancy was a donor to the Clinton Foundation and paid Hillary Clinton a quarter million for a speech. Now he’s back as Biden’s pick to head the IRS.

Werfel will return to a newly empowered IRS, which, thanks to Senator Manchin’s dirty deal with the Biden administration, will enjoy $80 billion as part of the ‘Inflation Increase Act’. That’s a far cry from the old days of the Obama administration when Werfel had come to Congress, hat in hand, asking for $1 billion. With the massive increase in the IRS budget, the organization will have more resources to wage war against the political enemies of the leftist faction.

The Biden administration’s choice to pick Werfel over the roster of more extreme nominees that were likely recommended by Elizabeth Warren, is an attempt at rushing through a nomination. Werfel is a known factor and unlikely to trigger any opposition from Manchin or Sinema, the way that Warren’s more Marxist choices might, and will likely get a pass from most Republicans.

But, like AG Garland, he’s likely to once again be the guy guilelessly standing out front whistling a jaunty tune while the bank is being robbed by the fellows in black masks hiding in the alley.

Back in 2013, Werfel proved that he could charm Congress with some happy talk while all the dirty stuff was shoved in the back of the closet. And his nomination ought to be seen in that light. Bringing back the guy who took over after the IRS targeting scandal is a preemptive response to the scandals yet to come. Why bring back a guy whose most famous role at the IRS was overseeing its recovery from a scandal unless they anticipate that his services will be needed?

And there’s little doubt that they will be.

If Werfel gets the job, he’ll be in office until 2027. That means whoever wins in 2024 will still be dealing with an IRS run by him.

Werfel’s nomination was cheered enthusiastically by Senator Ron Wyden who called him an “excellent nominee” who would “ensure the wealthiest Americans and most profitable corporations pay the taxes they owe.”

Senator Wyden has repeatedly tried to weaponize the IRS against political opponents, including conservative groups. During the IRS scandal, he had sneered that, “if political organizations do not want to be scrutinized by the government, they shouldn’t seek privileges like tax-free status.”

The leftist politician had dismissed the investigation into the IRS targeting of conservatives as a “witch hunt” on “behalf of special interests”. More recently he alleged that “Russian operatives” were gaining “access to conservative political organizations in order to influence American politics” through nonprofits.

There’s little doubt that an IRS boss so clearly supported by Wyden will enact his agenda.

The Biden administration has already been weaponizing the federal government against political opponents in a variety of ways. After Rettig’s resignation and the ‘Inflation Increase Act’, the administration will now be able to thoroughly weaponize the IRS to resume the same work it was tasked with under Obama. And Werfel will be the man out front who will glibly deny it all.

No one who oversaw the cleanup crew after the original IRS targeting scandal belongs in that position. But in Washington D.C., the career ladder is lubricated by crimes and cover-ups.

The reward for covering up one crime is the opportunity to cover up the next one.

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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Tuesday, December 06, 2022

Our Lying Idiot Media Really Is That Dumb

By On December 06, 2022
Broke-ness follows wokeness because it’s invariably the incompetent, lazy, corrupt and otherwise failed institutions that radicalize to avoid doing their jobs. From the federal government to corporate monopolies to financial gimmicks like FTX to the media to massive charities, institutional wokeness is a red flag that an organization is incompetent or a scam.

As a rule of thumb, the less innovative and functional an organization is, the more likely it is to disguise its innate worthlessness through virtue signaling. Executives go woke when they have no idea how to move a company forward. Employees who don’t want to do their jobs descend into identity politics and demand that the company reflect their values. Those values, apart from all the right racial and sexual politics, will eventually come down to not doing their jobs.

The top generals and admirals in the military have gone woke because they have no idea how to win wars anymore. And there are fewer consequences for declaring a ‘war on hate’ and failing than for losing a war against China or 7th century savages with rocket launchers.

And then there’s the media.

One of the most astounding stories of media malfeasance is how the Associated Press ran a story claiming that Russian missiles struck Poland after a 10 minute Slack chat with a reporter who told colleagues, “I’m actually at a doctor’s appointment.” Nobody at the AP, including its Arab correspondent running the European desk, did any kind of follow-up or got confirmation.

When a scandal like this reveals the internal workings of the media, it’s almost laughable how little fact checking goes into stories and how thoroughly ignorant everyone involved really is.

But the only thing astounding about the story is how commonplace it is. The media now routinely operates this way after discarding the layers of fact checking and runs reports based solely on whether they fit a political narrative and whether there is some anonymous government source behind them. The Russian missile strike story met both criteria.

“They call us to explain to them what’s happening in Moscow and Cairo,” Ben Rhodes, Obama’s close adviser, once sneered. “Most of the outlets are reporting on world events from Washington. The average reporter we talk to is 27 years old, and their only reporting experience consists of being around political campaigns. That’s a sea change. They literally know nothing.”

He told this to the New York Times.

Sarah Palin’s lawsuit against the New York Times exposed how shoddy the paper’s process that led to it repeating the ‘bullseye’ smear against her was. Former editorial page editor James Bennet sourced the widely discredited claim that her election map had somehow led to the shooting of former Rep. Gabby Giffords by a mentally unstable man from an old column by a former restaurant critic. Despite the plethora of material showing that it wasn’t true, the paper’s research didn’t go to its news articles or those of any others, but a lefty foodie’s rant.

That is just how the media operates. It’s not a brilliant operation of intrepid reporters who happen to think that Communism was a disappointing failure that needs to be tried again.

Our lying media really is that dumb. And as stupid as you think it may be, it’s even worse.

The media’s research methodologies are roughly about those of a college freshman trying to finish a term paper due the next day after a night of heavy partying. Material is thrown together in 10 minutes or less based on some casual googling or Slack chats by people who only have the job that they do because of their parents, which professor they befriended in journalism school or because of their race or other incidental attributes that qualify them for nothing.

It wasn’t always this way.

Journalism could be politically extreme, but it was also a brash competitive sport. Now there’s no meaningful competition in any other arena other than political radicalism.

A profession whose pinnacle is occupied by the 1619 Project’s Nikole Hannah-Jones, not because she broke open a scandal, but because she allowed the paper of broken record to monetize a racial revisionist history of America despite numerous problems with her claims, is not competitive in any area that rewards journalistic skill. Just ask Taylor Lorenz.

Woke capture shifts the terrain from any kind of meritocracy to agitprop tribalism. The ability of the institution to do its job is at best collateral damage and at worst the target at ground zero.

The media’s current generation is barely equipped with any skill except gaining social media traction by assembling trends into a narrative template. The dirty secret of even the booming old school newspapers like the New York Times and the Washington Post who boast of massive numbers of digital subscribers and younger audiences is that few actually finish their articles.

They retweet them.

The media is a giant Ponzi scheme run by incompetents, staffed by radical dilettantes and patronized by cultural lefties who subsidize the media the way that they do the ACLU.

And under those conditions, mistakes are bound to happen.

Like declaring that an act of war took place against a NATO country based on an anonymous source repeated by a reporter at his doctor’s appointment after a 10 minute conference.

There are a lot of less impressive mistakes that litter the media like tiny badges of shame.

But that is what always happens when radicals take an institution, a practice or a profession and turn it into the means for achieving a glorious utopian end. The means are ultimately disposable and like flyers and signs left behind afterward at an Earth Day rally, journalism, and so much else of our culture, has been used and then discarded in the cultural wastebasket.

The media complains that no one trusts its authority or respects its hard work. What authority and what hard work? The current dean of traditional journalism is Dan Rather: a hack who took part in an attempt to torpedo George W. Bush’s reelection campaign with Vietnam War documents produced in Microsoft Word. And his younger peers make him look good.

It’s not just that the media lies all the time in the service of its cause, but that its wretches no longer have the skill or even understanding to tell the lies apart from the truth.

And so they simplify matters in the timeless fashion of extremists by declaring everything they believe to be the truth and everything that they disagree with to be a lie. Or disinformation.

Faced with Hunter Biden’s laptop, they phone up a few experts from their contact list who tell them what they want to hear and the media proclaims it’s Russian disinformation. Faced with actual Russian disinformation accusing Trump of frolicking with prostitutes in Moscow, they cheerfully amplify it as loudly as they can. And they are too dumb to even know any better.

Like their old Pravda predecessors in Moscow, they don’t know anything except the party line. Woke generals can’t win wars, but can recite equity pledges. Woke CEOs lose money, but talk about their commitment to ESG. Woke journalists don’t know whether the story they’re about to work on is true or false and have no concept of any objective truth. Only the party’s truth.

Wokeness is institutional and professional rabies. And the media is spreading it with every bite.

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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Sunday, December 04, 2022

Apple Crushes Dissent in America and China

By On December 04, 2022
The largest lockdown uprising in China took place at facilities run by Apple’s Foxconn supplier where workers had previously jumped to their deaths. After thousands fled the Apple gulag, making their way through the woods and rural areas to freedom, other employees battled with Communist authorities over abusive conditions and treatment in the iGulag.

Apple had nothing to say about the rights of those workers who thought differently enough to break free and fight back. If they were foolish enough to have iPhones, there’s little doubt the company would have eagerly helped authorities track them down to be imprisoned or killed.

“Think Different”, Apple’s slogan, actually means collaborating with a Communist dictatorship where thinking differently is a crime. And it also means suppressing free speech in America.

That’s why Apple is threatening free speech on Twitter just as it’s threatening it in Shanghai.

But that is what the company has always been behind the reality distortion field of its ads. “Think Different” has never meant anything other than, “Shut up and do what the visionaries tell you.”

In the 90s, to celebrate the return of its co-founder, Apple launched an ad campaign with the slogan, “Think Different.” The campaign with its images of Einstein, MLK, Lennon, Edison and Picasso was meant to suggest that Apple was a unique creative company for aspiring geniuses.

And soon Steve Jobs joined the pantheon of those geniuses. But behind the ad campaign meant to appeal to narcissistic hipsters with disposable incomes was a harder truth.

Jobs, the talented marketer who had positioned Apple as the company fighting totalitarianism with its 1984 ad, was aggressively offshoring the company’s labor to Communist China.

What China had to offer was mass production under a ruthlessly totalitarian system that would, when Jobs decided to revamp the iPhone a month before launch, wake up 8,000 workers at midnight for a 12 hour shift.

At an Obama dinner, Jobs bluntly confirmed, “Those jobs aren’t coming back.”

“What U.S. plant can find 3,000 people overnight and convince them to live in dorms?” Apple’s supply manager asked.

The dorms, where 12 workers live to a tiny room, everyone is monitored and so many have committed suicide that nets were put up to catch the bodies, were the real “Think Different”.

Steve Jobs loved China and the Communist dictatorship loved him back. His famous black turtleneck appeared to echo the Mao suit. There are golden busts of Jobs in China looking like a Communist dictator.When Jobs died, there was hysterical mourning in China. There was no mourning for the deaths of workers at the Foxconn plants where Apple products were made.

A year before Jobs died, fourteen men and women jumped from buildings at Apple’s Foxconn Chinese contractors. Their deaths occasioned much less interest than the outpouring of grief for the author of their misery.

In a notion that could have only come from a satirical story by Kafka and Philip K. Dick or a real life Communist dystopia, workers were forced to sign contracts promising not to kill themselves.

Afterward nets were hung up to catch the falling bodies.

Think Different.

After Jobs’ death, his widow took the money to build the Emerson Collective, pushing social justice in the fine tradition of atoning for evil with more evil, while CEO Tim Cook developed an even more incestuous relationship with Communist China that included signing a secret $275 billion pact to help Communist China develop “the most advanced manufacturing technologies” and vowed to use even more Chinese technology in Apple’s products.

When the Hong Kong protests began, the streets filled with young men and women, most of whom not only owned Apple products, but believed the hype that it was a noble company that didn’t just make gadgets, but aspired to harness human creativity for a better world.

Instead, Apple quickly moved to suppress the protests by removing an app used by the protesters to avoid police. Apple sanctimoniously declared that the protests were endangering “law enforcement and residents in Hong Kong” and claimed that it was responding to “concerned customers” worried that the popular protests threatened “public safety”.

That statement could have been and may have been written by the Communist regime. It should have been enough to finally expose the myth that Apple is animated by a creative spirit, rather than power, greed, and a willing collaboration with Communist mass murderers.

But with protests breaking out against Zero COVID tyranny breaking out in China, people were once again surprised when Apple rushed to aid Communist China’s crackdown by preventing protesters from using AirDrop to communicate and coordinate their activities.

The company wasn’t just once again collaborating with a Communist dictatorship responsible for the murder of countless millions, but it was screwing its own users, the naive students who had paid premium prices for its slave labor products because they believed in Apple.

They believed, like so many Americans and Europeans, that Apple stood for something.

And Apple does. It stands for tyranny.

That’s why Apple is threatening Twitter’s place in its app store because under Elon Musk the platform has begun to offer the very thing Apple is helping China stamp out: freedom.

It’s a mistake to believe that Apple is just doing what it’s told. That’s a fundamental misunderstanding of the company as unfortunate as the one by the protesters risking their lives while believing that Apple wouldn’t kick the chair out from under its users and their movement.

Apple isn’t a great American company, it’s a great Chinese company. Its fundamental worldview is Maoist. Its simplicity of control isn’t just about manipulating interfaces, but people. Its ad campaigns, from ‘1984’ to ‘Think Different’, have always been regime propaganda. Jobs, unlike his genuinely talented co-founder, Steve Wozniak, held people in contempt. His vision of technology was essentially Communist: depriving people of control for their own good.

China had always understood Steve Jobs, with his Maoist turtleneck, his minimalist aesthetics, ruthlessness and conviction of his own genius, far better than we ever did. The real message of “Think Different” wasn’t that everyone ought to think differently, but that geniuses are a superior group who ought to have the unlimited power to rigorously implement their vision. That is what China offered Jobs. And what Apple offers the Communist elite is the power behind their vision.

Americans haven’t cared very much about Chinese workers hurriedly assembling smartwatches in freezing temperatures or children laboring in mines, but Apple’s tyranny doesn’t stay in China.

Apple’s vision for America isn’t any different than for China. In both countries, Apple helps a leftist elite implement its collectivist vision by offering customers a poisoned chalice of convenience in exchange for data harvesting and control. The company doesn’t empower its customers, it tricks them into giving up control so that they can be better controlled.

That is why it’s coming for Twitter and threatening it over its newfound free speech.

“We have created, for the first time in all history, a garden of pure ideology,” a Big Brother analogue intoned in Apple’s famous 1984 commercial, “secure from the pests purveying contradictory thoughts.”

Jobs was a fan of Orwell’s book. Unfortunately he viewed it as a manual.

Apple has used its illegal app store monopoly to create a walled garden of apps along a pure ideology, secure from contradictory thoughts. Now, much as China is purging political opposition, the company that helped define its new age, is doing the same thing here.

Jobs, who once claimed that PCs were totalitarian and Apple was “the only force that can ensure their future freedom” helped build an oppressive operating system tethered to an app store calculated to deprive users of their freedom. That integrated hardware and software monopoly is one of the great threats to freedom in America and China.

As we approach a 2024 election, more legislators are waking up and fighting back against Apple’s walled app store of ideology. And if the Communist collaborating company comes after Twitter, it may discover that the whirling sledgehammer from its 1984 ad is coming its way.

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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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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