Thursday, July 19, 2012

“When Fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross”..And Rising Out of the Heartland

What is it about the Heartland of America - corn fed, isolated by wheat, corn, soy fields and farms; bordered by the Great rivers on one side and the huge mountains on the other? What is it about that middle area, from Canada south to Mexico, that we seem to create fearful, bigoted psychosis that gets promoted as “patriotic” fervor?

How do we allow those deluded borderline psychotics into positions of power where they can spread their paranoid ideation and extremist bigotry and impact the entire nation?

In the late 40’s and through the 50’s, we were infected with fear of anyone “communist”. Innocent people were destroyed by the hate, delusion and fear promoted by those we trusted.

The “Cold War” brought out the worst in us and it appears to be happening again.

Not “commies” this time but “Muslims”, specifically “Islamofascists” (whatever they are) and The ”Muslim Brotherhood”.

In the last years of the 20th century, a group of neo-conservatives formed an organization called “The Project for a New American Century” . Their stated purpose:

"Established in the spring of 1997, the Project for the New American Century is a non-profit, educational organization whose goal is to promote American global leadership. The Project is an initiative of the New Citizenship Project.."

In fact, the PNAC promoted war at any cost (and the higher the cost, the better for it filled their coffers and those of the Military Industrial Complex for whom they served) through the use of fear and propaganda. They gained power and influence over our nation and foreign interests - in effect changing our focus from a compassionate inclusive world view to one hell bent on forcing “democracy at the point of a gun.” (or the promotion of nationalist narcissism and exceptionalist bigotry)

They achieved their goals by installing a president (George W Bush, brother of one of the original members), manipulating Congress and the people into supporting a war on Iraq and the removal of Saddam Hussein that had been since 1998; and creating a dialogue and narrative that manipulated the people of the nation into hate and acting out against a new named “boogeyman”, “The Islamofascists”, by using fear, lies, manipulated intelligence, and intimidation.

The original members included:

Elliott Abrams, a former Reagan-era Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs. During the Iran/Contra scandal, Abrams pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts of lying to Congress but was later pardoned by the first Bush administration. He subsequently became president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center. He is currently a member of Bush's National Security Council.
Gary Bauer, a Republican presidential candidate in 2000, who currently is president of an organization named American Values.
William J. Bennett, who served during the Reagan and first Bush administrations as U.S. Secretary of Education and Drug Czar. Upon leaving government office, Bennett became a "distinguished fellow" at the conservative Heritage Foundation, co-founded Empower America, and established himself as a self-proclaimed expert on morality with his authorship of The Book of Virtues.
Jeb Bush, the son of former President George Herbert Walker Bush and brother of current President George W. Bush. At the time of PNAC's founding, Jeb Bush was a candidate for the Florida governor's seat, a position which he currently holds.
Dick Cheney, the former White House Chief of Staff to Gerald R. Ford, six-term Congressman, and Secretary of Defense to the first President Bush, was serving as president of the oil-services giant Halliburton Company at the time of PNAC's founding. He subsequently became U.S. vice president under George W. Bush.
Eliot A. Cohen, a professor of strategic studies at John Hopkins University
Paula Dobriansky, vice president and director of the Washington office of the Council on Foreign Relations. Currently Dobriansky serves in the Bush administration as Undersecretary of State for Global Affairs.
Steve Forbes, publisher, billionaire, and Republican presidential candidate in 1996 and 2000. Forbes has also campaigned actively on behalf of the "flat tax," which would reduce the federal tax burden for wealthy individuals like him.
Aaron Friedberg, professor of politics and international affairs; Director, Center of International Studies; Director, Research Program in International Security, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University.
Francis Fukuyama, author of The End of History and the Last Man; Dean of the Faculty and Bernard L. Schwartz Professor of International Political Economy at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University. Appointed to the President's Council on Bioethics by George W. Bush, January 2002.
Frank Gaffney,  conservative columnist; founder and president of the Center for Security Policy in Washington, D.C. Web-site:
Fred C. Ikle, "distinguished scholar" at the Center for Strategic and International Studies
Donald Kagan, professor of history and classics at Yale University and the author of books including While America Sleeps: Self-Delusion, Military Weakness, and the Threat to Peace Today; A Twilight Struggle: American Power and Nicaragua, 1977-1990; and The Origins of War and the Preservation of Peace. Kagan is also a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a contributing editor at the Weekly Standard and a Washington Post columnist, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Alexander Hamilton fellow in American diplomatic history at American University. Past experience includes: Deputy for Policy in the State Department's Bureau of Inter-American Affairs (1985-1988); State Department's Policy Planning Staff member (1984-1985); speechwriter to Secretary of State George P. Shultz (1984-1985); foreign policy advisor to Congressman Jack Kemp (1983); Special Assistant to the Deputy Director of the United States Information Agency (1983); Assistant Editor at the Public Interest (1981) and currently working with Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, as advisor.
Almay Khalilzad, an Afghan-American who was the only Muslim among the group's original signatories and the only signatory who was not a native-born U.S. citizen. Khalilzad has become the Bush administration's special envoy to Afghanistan after the fall of the Taliban as well as is special envoy to the Iraqi opposition to Saddam Hussein. Khalilzad has written about information warfare, and in 1996 (in pre-Taliban days), he served as a consultant to the oil company Unocal Corporation (UNOCAL) regarding a "risk analysis" for its proposed pipeline project through Afghanistan and Pakistan.
William Kristol, PNAC's chairman, is also editor of the Weekly Standard, a Washington-based political magazine. His past involvements have included: lead of the Project for the Republican Future, chief of staff to Vice President J. Danforth Quayle, chief of staff to Secretary of Education William J. Bennett under the Reagan administration, taught politics at the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.
I. Lewis Scooter Libby, who later became chief of staff for Vice President Dick Cheney.
• Norman Podhoretz, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute and author of works such as Patriotism and its Enemies.
J. Danforth Quayle, former vice president under President George Herbert Walker Bush and a presidential candidate himself in 1996.
Peter W. Rodman, who served in the State Department and the National Security Council under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George Herbert Walker Bush, became the current Bush administration's Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security affairs in 2001.
Stephen P. Rosen, Beton Michael Kaneb Professor of National Security and Military Affairs at Harvard University.
Henry S. Rowen was president of the RAND Corporation from 1967-1972. He served under former presidents Reagan and Bush as chairman of the National Intelligence Council (1981-83) and Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs (1989-91). He currently holds the title of "senior fellow" at the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace
Donald H. Rumsfeld served former President Gerald R. Ford as chief of transition after Richard M. Nixon's resignation, later becoming Ford's chief of staff and secretary of defense from 1974-75. He subsequently served from 1990-93 as CEO of General Instrument Corporation and later as Chairman of the Board of Gilead Sciences, a pharmaceutical company. In 1998 he served as chairman of the bi-partisan US Ballistic Missile Threat Commission. Under President George W. Bush, he once again assumed the post of Secretary of Defense.
Vin Weber, a former Republican congressman from Minnesota, is now a well-connected lobbyist who has represented such firms as AT&T, Lockheed Martin and Microsoft. Weber is also vice chairman of Empower America and a former fellow of the Progress and Freedom Foundation.
George Weigel, a Roman Catholic religious and political commentator, is a "senior fellow" at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.
Paul Dundes Wolfowitz, formerly Dean and Professor of International Relations at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, became Undersecretary of Defense for President George W. Bush in 2001.

The original PNAC disbanded in 2006, their original purpose achieved, as their members found other ways to encourage and spread the word of Islamophobia and exceptionalism through jobs in the government (Kagan is now working with Hillary Clinton); setting up other organizations and websites ("PNAC 2.0" was established by Kagan and Kristol as The Foreign Policy Initiative in 2009) as well as membership and leadership of established organizations like the Cato Institute, AEI (American Enterprise Institute), The Brookings Institute; authoring political columns in major papers; authoring books and speaking tours.

Among the original members of the PNAC, is a man by the name of Frank Gaffney – columnist for Town Hall, Washington Times and his own website; hosts right wing fanaticism on “Secure Freedom Radio;” conspiracy theorist extraordinaire, anti- Mosque, anti-“Sharia Law” screecher as well as owner, founder and president of “Center For Security Policy."

Mr. Gaffney is a paranoid little man-maybe not in stature, but in ethics, moral compass, and all the things that makes we humans good. For years now, he has been hammering the idea of the evil “radical American Muslim” wanting “To Destroy Western Civilization from within” (CNN interview with Anderson Cooper). He was involved in the movement to stop the building of the Islamic center and Mosque in Murfreesboro, TN, testifying at a hearing there and appearing on various news programs making unsubstantiated claims.

Mr. Gaffney is so far out there that he has been permanently banned from CPAC. You know CPAC – The Conservative Political Action Conference , known for making Sarah Palin their goddess incarnate, and Grover Norquist, their god…and therein lies the problem. Mr. Norquist is married to a Muslim woman.
As noted by:

“Gaffney’s attacks on conservative stalwarts like Grover Norquist, head of Americans for Tax Reform, and Suhail Kahn, a Bush administration official, as agents of the Muslim Brotherhood has made him a bit of a pariah among conservatives. David Keene, the then-chairman of the American Conservative Union (ACU), which puts on CPAC, and the current head of the NRA, told ThinkProgress last year that Gaffney ‘has become personally and tiresomely obsessed with his weird belief that anyone who doesn’t agree with him…[must be] dupes of the nation’s enemies.’”

He has made many outrageous claims about members of the government and has been conducting his own Witch Hunt for Muslim extremists who, he believes, have infiltrated the government under Obama.

In 2010, on Anderson Cooper’s show on CNN, he claimed that the Imam’s agenda was to set up Shari’a law claiming that “(it) ultimately winds up becoming a cancer inside a society.”

He, along with his other neo-con brethren (Daniel Pipes, Robert Spencer, the author of, and the ever loveable con man, Newt Gingrich) have taken it all on the road – setting up websites, writing articles, speaking at protests from MN to TN to DC to NYC . Newt took it on the campaign trail.

This little run of delusion has helped create the bed from which Islamophobic bigotry has grown. It has helped to push the dialogue of hate and fear that ultimately created legislation in Oklahoma, Kansas , and Tennessee as well as 9 other states banning any form of “Shari’a Law”.

Their friend, Representative Peter King (R-NY), Chair of the House Homeland Security Committee, demanded and started hearings on the so-called radicalization of American Muslims. As the committee's chairman, Republican Peter King of New York defended the scope of the hearings and claimed it to be a chance for those in the Muslim community to disown and disavow the radical elements. (a Witch Hunt by any other name is still a Witch Hunt).

Represents the state of Minnesota, Koch's Tea Party and the fearfully ignorant of America

Today, Mr. Gaffney now has another partner in histrionics and psychosis, Michelle Bachmann. Yes, that infamous Tea Party doll - born, bred and corn fed from the fields of Iowa - now seated in the northern tier of the Heartland, Minnesota. Michelle is now attacking Huma Abedin (Anthony Weiner’s wife and a Muslim who is Aide to Hillary Clinton), stating MS Abedin is "working on behalf of the Muslim Brotherhood." Michelle, along with Republican Tea Party Reps. Congressman Louie Gohmert (TX-01) and Congressmen Trent Franks (AZ-02), Tom Rooney (FL-16) and Lynn Westmoreland (GA-03) has been writing letters. Letters to the Inspectors General of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice and the Department of State. These letters seek answers about the U.S. government’s involvement with the Muslim Brotherhood, a group that calls for "civilization jihad." (uh...huh?)

According to Gohmert’s website, the letters:

“.....questioned the Inspectors General about the direct influence within the intelligence community of Muslim Brotherhood operatives. They explained that the U.S. government in federal court has established that the group’s mission in the U.S. is "destroying the Western civilization from within." The members went on to request that the respective offices of the Inspectors General conduct a formal investigation or evaluation of the extent to which Muslim Brotherhood-tied individuals or entities are involved.”….

There it is again “destroying the Western civilization from within."

Where have we heard THAT before?

Frank Gaffney – a direct quote from 2010 on CNN; from ; from . And even more importantly, he accuses Obama of intentionally trying to "destroy Western Civilization" by his "associations" with the Muslim Brotherhood (oh, Lord - one of them too)

Frank Gaffney, the man who has been banned from CPAC, the neo-con who was a card carrying member of the Project for a New American Century, who has been promoting insane attacks on anyone Muslim American and who believes 80% of all Mosques are run by radical Muslims out to topple America and replace the Constitution with Sharia Law.

It isn’t the Muslim Brotherhood infiltrating THE GOVERNMENT. It is Frank Gaffney INFILTRATING THE Republican House of Representatives through his mouthpiece, Michelle Bachmann and her group of Tea Party neophytes. Ignorant and inexperienced and just as insane as she.

February 1950, a drunk by the name of Joseph McCarthy, senator from a little town in Wisconsin, from the Northern tier of the Heartland, rose to fame as he declared to have a list of “members of the Communist Party and members of a spy ring" who were employed in the State Department. McCarthy was never able to prove his sensational charge.
McCarthy succeeded in creating a government sanction The Communist Witch Hunt using a senate committee to investigate and called witness after witness under threat of prison, loss of income, loss of job, loss of standing in the community. He demanded names in order for these witnesses to prove their “patriotism”. He even accused Dwight Eisenhower of being a Communist. That insane drunk succeeded in destroying the lives of hundreds of Americans, many of the Jews, who had nothing to do with “the overthrow” of the government and most had little political opinion at all. Many were screenwriters, artists, actors and workers in the film industry (Many turned in by Ronald Reagan and Walt Disney in order to game influence and power). Those who did not sign a loyalty oath were never allowed to work again.
He nearly tore apart a nation with his fear and loathing.
Today we have Michelle Bachmann with her mentor Frank Gaffney, accusing members of our government of being radical American Muslims – The NEW “Red Scare” except it is brown and Muslim. They are calling for investigation and hearings to investigate members on government. A new witch hunt.
We need to stop this deluded, ignorant and hate-filled "representative", from the Northern tier of the Heartland, in her tracks before she tears apart a nation with her fear and loathing.

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