Monday, May 08, 2006
The K Street Gang – Policy and Dogma Beginnings.
In The K Street Gang Continetti says that a few GOP powerbrokers became corrupt and fell into a morass of illegalities and deceit. He says it began after the Republican takeover of the legislative branch of government in 1994. While he is correct about the fall, he is mistaken about its length and depth. As I have shown in earlier posts, criminal and unethical behavior became the SOP of the GOP beginning with the 1968 presidential campaign. That is one of the reasons Karl Rove has been demoted and relegated to oversee the 2006 elections. This just goes to show how out of touch with reality Dubya and his gang truly are. They do see the need to place some distance between Rove and his creation but they do not realize Karl will not have time to try and steal yet another election; he will be far too busy fighting his criminal indictment while trying to stay out jail.
The soldiers for the radical right’s assault on democracy were being recruited in 1968; the political dogma and manifesto would have to wait until 1971. It was then that Lewis Powell a corporate lawyer and staunch supporter of big business wrote a memo to and for the National Chamber of Commerce. In it he said the United States and western society were under attack from leftist and radicals; if we were to survive as a nation Corporate America and big business must begin a counterattack of guerrilla warfare to preserve the corporate way of life. Among other things he called for big business to start and feed a massive public relations campaign; he called for an attack against education by stacking college faculties with Corporate sympathizers and censoring text books; he called to put pressure on the judicial system to be more supportive of Corporate America; he said the right must fund ‘think tanks’ that would support the right’s point of view; and the GOP right began to do exactly what he said. Two months later Richard Nixon nominated Mr. Powell for a vacant seat on the U.S. Supreme Court.
In Justice Powell’s defense let me say that it is unlikely that he wanted his ideas to be carried out in such undemocratic means by the extremists who helped found and fund the American radical right wing, men like Paul Weyrich, Richard Mellon Scaife, and Joseph Coors. And it is unlikely in August 1971 that he knew the Republican Party had already begun to subvert democracy through the illegal, covert, and clandestine actions of such groups as the Nixon ‘plumbers’ and the College Republicans. But by that time it was too late the seeds had been planted; the money would flower; and young Turks like Karl Rove and Lee Atwater would adopt and pass down the tactics of Machiavelli, Sun Tzu, and Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, or as he is better known, Vladimir Ilyich Lenin.
K Street Part 1
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