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Groups Ramp Up Pressure on Key Senators Ahead of Citizens United Vote

Powered by over 3,000,000 petitions, activists from national and local groups are holding rallies at Senate offices this week urging Senators to back a constitutional amendment to curb money in politics

WASHINGTON, DC — Just days before the Senate is set to vote on a joint resolution that would amend the Constitution and overturn decisions like Citizens United, activists representing nationwide and local organizations are pressing key senators to vote in favor of the amendment and rein in spending by corporations and billionaires. The activists are targeting both Democrats and Republicans who have yet to state their support for the Democracy For All constitutional amendment. So far, fifty senators support the amendment (S.J. Res 19), which would establish that Congress and the states have the power to regulate and limit election spending.

With help from advocacy groups including Public Citizen, CREDO, MoveOn.org Political Action, People For the American Way, Common Cause, Progressive Democrats of America, and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, local constituents are holding rallies and delivering hundreds of thousands of petitions to their respective senators today urging them to support the amendment and end the corrosive influence of big money on our political system. The deliveries are happening at the offices of Senators Mitch McConnell, John McCain, Tim Kaine, Mark Warner, Mary Landrieu, Joe Donnnelly, Mark Pryor, Mark Kirk, Lisa Murkowski, and Kelly Ayotte.

The vote comes as the election season is heating up and outside spending from wealthy special interests pours in. According to a recent report from the Brennan Center, nine competitive Senate races have already seen $72 million worth of independent expenditures even as the election is still months away.

Polling has shown that an overwhelming majority of Americans oppose the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling, and sixteen states and more than 550 cities and states have formally demanded that Congress vote to pass a constitutional amendment making it clear that corporations do not have the same rights to spend money on elections and that money is not speech. Dozens of organizations nationwide have also collected approximately 3 million signatures calling for Citizens United to be overturned.

“There is incredible grassroots momentum to overturn decisions like Citizens United,” said Marge Baker, executive vice president of People For the American Way. “The American people don’t like the way big money is corrupting our democracy, and activists across the country are working hard, every day, to change it. The growing energy shows that this is only the beginning of the push to make the Democracy for All Amendment our Constitution’s 28th Amendment.”

“Next week, on Sept. 8, 100 senators will face a stark choice: vote to restore our democracy or preserve an emerging plutocracy,” said Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen. “It’s overwhelmingly clear what the citizenry wants: Fed up with a system in which the super-rich and giant corporations are effectively able to buy politicians and policy, the American people are rising up and demanding a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and restore our democracy. Whatever happens on September 8, the day is not long off when the 28th amendment becomes the law of the land.”

Citizens United isn't just one of the worst Supreme Court decisions ever—it's also one of the least popular among the American public,” said Anna Galland, executive director of MoveOn Civic Action. “MoveOn members across the country are encouraging their senators to take historic action to undo this attack on our democracy, and they'll hold accountable senators who block efforts to overturn Citizens United.”

“Contrary to what Republicans and even some Democrats believe, corporations aren't people,” said Becky Bond, CREDO’s Political Director. “If we want to keep our democracy, we must overturn Citizens United, and the road to a constitutional amendment starts in the Senate.”

“Americans are rightly appalled by the billions of dollars from corporations and wealthy individuals that Citizens United and McCutcheon unleashed in our elections,” said Miles Rapoport, President of Common Cause. “The Democracy for All constitutional amendment would reverse these decisions and permit Congress and the states to restore common sense limits on political spending; it would allow every voice -- not just the voices of big donors -- to be heard in our elections.”

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Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin Emphasizes Importance of Amendment to Get Big Money Out of Politics

In a discussion at the National Book Festival this weekend about her recent book, The Bully Pulpit, presidential scholar and author Doris Kearns Goodwin used the opportunity to highlight the danger of big money in our democracy and the importance of resisting the despair it can create:

“Without citizens taking on an active role in our country, we despair over what’s happening in Washington…We despair over money-in-politics, which I do think is the poison in the system. If I were younger, that’s what I’d be doing – leading a constitutional amendment to get money out of the system. It’s all up to us – we can’t wait for somebody else to do it.”

Her comments come just days before the September 8 Senate vote on the Democracy for All Amendment (SJ Res 19), a proposal that enjoys broad public support and aims to reclaim our democracy from the outsized influence of big money. 

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Kentucky PFAW Members Protest McConnell in Zombie Fashion

This Friday, PFAW members joined allies at two events in Louisville to hold Sen. Mitch McConnell accountable for his support of big money in politics.
 
On Friday evening, hundreds of PFAW members and other local activists joined the world’s largest annual Zombie Walk dressed as #ZombieMitch to highlight his zombie-like support of big money in politics. Activists marched with McConnell masks and signs including “Mitch McConnell is a zombie for big money in our elections” and “Need… more… brains money!” Some of the zombies attending the main event told PFAW members that the McConnell zombies were the “scariest thing I’ve seen all night.”

Earlier that day, members and allies met in front of the local GOP headquarters for a rally organized by MoveOn.org. Activists gathered in response to the tapes leaked last week that caught McConnell speaking at a secret meeting hosted by the Koch brothers. Check out the recordings here.

Sen. McConnell is a leading voice against efforts to get big money out of politics, fighting against a proposed constitutional amendment that would overturn decisions like Citizens United, despite the fact that three in four voters support the measure. For years he has been fighting hard to protect billionaires’ and millionaires’ influence in our elections. The turnout of supporters at both of these events shows that the people of Kentucky are tired of Sen. McConnell’s love of big money in politics.

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FRC's Craig James: Religious Right Should Be More Like The LGBT Rights Movement

On “Washington Watch” last week, the Family Research Council's Craig James and Josh Duggar spoke about a press conference that anti-choice groups, including FRC, organized in Arkansas to denounce Sen. Mark Pryor.

James said that Religious Right activists should take cues from LGBT equality supporters in getting organized: “I think what we are finding here, Josh, is that there’s a small percent of folks who are really organized and they are absolutely diligent in their task to silence us or to win their way. It’s like in the LGBT community, it’s out recently that the number of proclaimed gays in this country is like 3.3 percent, but it feels like 30 percent, so getting organized and rallying and calling and writing is absolutely critical to helping all of us succeed in this fight.”

For his part, Duggar called on churches across America to mobilize around a common platform focused on banning abortion and same-sex marriage, along with cutting taxes.

How Catherine Engelbrecht Got Greg Abbott To Shut Down A Houston Voter Registration Drive

This weekend, the Dallas Morning News ran a long investigative piece exposing for the first time an armed raid that state Attorney General Greg Abbott's office ordered on a Houston voter registration operation, Houston Votes, back in 2010. The aftermath played out like ACORN in miniature: Despite the fact that nobody at Houston Votes was charged with any wrongdoing, the organization folded under the pressure of Abbott’s investigation.

The story provides an interesting look at the mechanics of the GOP’s obsessive search for certain types of extraordinarily rare voter fraud in order to justify extreme measures making it harder to cast a ballot. And it also stars two people who have since become familiar names in the national effort to make it more difficult to vote: Abbott, who is now the GOP nominee for governor of Texas, and Catherine Engelbrecht, who now runs the national group True the Vote, but who got her start running a Texas Tea Party group called King Street Patriots.

The raid on Houston Votes was part of a larger campaign by Abbott to uncover what he calls an “epidemic” of voter fraud, in an apparent effort to build support for a restrictive Voter ID law in Texas. Abbott’s campaign hasn’t exactly been a success: According to MSNBC’s Zach Roth, “over the 13 years of Abbott’s tenure, his office can only cite two fraudulent votes that might have been stopped by the ID law.” In the meantime, Abbott’s effort has resulted in some strangely zealous prosecutions, including those of a group of Tea Party activists who tried to cast protest votes in a resident-less utility district.

Dallas Morning News reporter James Drew explains how a racially charged speech by Engelbrecht led to Abbot’s investigation of and raid on Houston Votes:

On an overcast Monday afternoon, officers in bulletproof vests swept into a house on Houston’s north side. The armed deputies and agents served a search warrant. They carted away computers, hard drives and documents.

The raid targeted a voter registration group called Houston Votes, which was accused of election fraud. It was initiated by investigators for Attorney General Greg Abbott. His aides say he is duty-bound to preserve the integrity of the ballot box.

His critics, however, say that what Abbott has really sought to preserve is the power of the Republican Party in Texas. They accuse him of political partisanship, targeting key Democratic voting blocs, especially minorities and the poor, in ways that make it harder for them to vote, or for their votes to count.

A close examination of the Houston Votes case reveals the consequences when an elected official pursues hotly contested allegations of election fraud.

The investigation was closed one year after the raid, with no charges filed. But for Houston Votes, the damage was done. Its funding dried up, and its efforts to register more low-income voters ended. Its records and office equipment never were returned. Instead, under a 2013 court order obtained by Abbott’s office, they were destroyed.

Fred Lewis formed Texans Together in 2006.

The nonprofit community organizing group used volunteers to register voters in 2008 under the name Houston Votes. It registered only about 6,000 people that year.

For the next big election, in 2010, Lewis wanted to register 100,000 new voters in Harris County. He knew he couldn’t hit that number with volunteers. Houston Votes decided to use paid workers.

By that summer, Houston Votes had come to the attention of the King Street Patriots, a Houston-based tea party group. At the group’s regular meeting in Houston, its leader, Catherine Engelbrecht, talked about the New Black Panther Party. She then played a Fox news clip of an unidentified black man saying: “We have to exterminate white people off the face of the planet.”

The clip was 5 years old. It came from a forum in Washington about media coverage of Hurricane Katrina. But after the clip ended, Engelbrecht showed a picture of a house in Houston. She said it was the office of the New Black Panthers, at Main and Dowling streets.

Dowling Street is infamous for a 1970 gun battle between police officers and African-American militants, one of whom was killed.

“Houston has a new neighbor,” Engelbrecht said. She added that a person outside the house appeared to be an employee of Houston Votes.

The house shown on the screen was the office of Houston Votes. It had nothing to do with the New Black Panther Party. And it was about 9 miles from Dowling Street.

Two weeks later, the King Street Patriots held another meeting. Paul Bettencourt, the former Harris County tax assessor-collector, was a guest speaker.

He said Houston Votes was worse at registering voters than ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now. Dozens of ACORN employees across the nation were convicted of voter registration fraud.

The next day, Bettencourt’s successor as tax assessor-collector, fellow Republican Leo Vasquez, held a news conference.

“The integrity of the voter roll of Harris County, Texas, appears to be under an organized and systematic attack by the group operating under the name ‘Houston Votes,’” he said.

Houston Votes had submitted about 25,000 voter registration applications. Vasquez said many were duplicates, or already registered. Only 7,193 were “apparently new voters,” he said.

Houston Votes later pointed to public records showing that at the time of the news conference, about 21,000 of the 25,000 who applied to register were already validated by the county and pending final approval by the secretary of state. Among those 21,000, the state had already given final approval to 7,193.

Vasquez announced he was referring the matter for “investigation and possible prosecution” to the Texas secretary of state and the Harris County district attorney.

The secretary of state, who advises local election officials on election laws, forwarded Vasquez’s information to the attorney general’s office on Sept. 14, 2010.

Abbott’s office opened a criminal investigation soon after.

Sandy Rios: Muslim-Marxist Obama Is Friends With ISIS

The American Family Association’s Sandy Rios spoke to a caller today who said that ISIS militants will soon “come to the White House” and “Obama is going to swing the door open and he’s going to have a feast prepared for them because he is a Muslim, he is one of them.”

“He hates America and he thinks he’s going to turn us into a Third World Muslim nation under the iron fist of the United Nations and I firmly believe that the reason he’s not doing anything about ISIS is because those are his friends,” the caller added.

Rios naturally thought the caller’s assessment made perfect sense: “I’m not going to argue with you. I think I’ve made indications enough that I think he is complicit. Whether he is an actual Muslim or a Marxist, I’m confused about that, he certainly has Muslim sympathies, that I have never denied. He does and that is where his friends are.”

Tom Tancredo: Impeach Obama Or People Will Consider Armed Rebellion

Tom Tancredo spoke to Tim Wildmon of the American Family Association today about why he supports impeaching President Obama, telling the “Today’s Issues” host that impeachment is the only process to remove Obama “short of armed rebellion that everybody constantly — you know, a lot of people, I guess I should say, think to themselves is either coming or a potential — and God knows that’s not something we want to see.”

The former congressman said the president’s actions are “so egregious and so dangerous to the Republic that unless we do something like impeachment, which is certainly deserved, that we will essentially have lost this thing no matter what happens in the next election.”

Tancredo previously said that if Republicans fail to impeach and remove Obama from office, “then the war is already lost and we should all stock our ammunition shelves and join a militia.

Kamal Saleem: Obama Wants ISIS To Bomb America So He Can Seize Power

After explaining how President Obama attended a mosque in Washington D.C. while simultaneously vacationing in Hawaii on Christmas, Kamal Saleem told “Trunews” host Rick Wiles last week that Obama is supporting ISIS and other violent groups as part of his anti-American agenda.

In fact, Saleem said ISIS will soon bomb America ... allowing Obama to declare martial law and remain in office.

“When the Muslim comes to America and they start doing bombing,” Saleem explained, “it will establish martial law and it will establish that probably the president doesn’t have to step down for years until the martial law is done with.”

Saleem warned that Obama is using abortion rights and LGBT equality to “devastate the Christian fundamental power and establish the authority of Islam” in America, adding that Obama is “waging jihad” and “engraving Islamization into the history of the United States of America and in the future of the United States.”

“It will have to be a miracle from God that America can walk out of this,” he said.

According to Saleem, the Muslim Brotherhood is taking over the “Seven Mountains,” a phrase commonly used by Dominionists to spell out the seven spheres of influence in society.

“The Muslim Brotherhood sits on the top of those ‘Seven Mountains,’” he said, claiming that the Muslim Brotherhood now controls the government, the media (“including Fox News”!) and the schools, where they are “teaching the kids to pledge allegiance in the name of Allah to the American flag.”

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Kamal Saleem: Obama Attended DC Mosque On Christmas While Vacationing In Hawaii

While speaking to Rick Wiles on “Trunews” last week, phony ex-terrorist and Religious Right idol Kamal Saleem alleged that President Obama attended a mosque in Washington, D.C. on Christmas Day…while he was vacationing in Hawaii.

“We see him on Christmas, he goes to the mosque, on Christmas Day he’s in a mosque in Washington D.C. taking his shoes off to celebrate that day on Christmas Day in a Washington D.C. mosque,” he said.

In every year of his presidency — 2009201020112012 and 2013 — Obama and his family were in his home state of Hawaii during Christmas. But perhaps Obama actually spent Christmas surreptitiously flying from Hawaii to Washington to secretly attend a mosque and managed to do so without anyone in the media reporting on it ... after all, it’s only a brisk, ten hour flight.​

Maybe Obama was going to a mosque with his ninja-Islamist babysitter that Saleem has warned about, or maybe Saleem was referring to a phony article from the satirical National Report about Obama attending a mosque on July 4th.

In the same interview, Saleem said Obama “declared the Islamization over America” at the United Nations and is working to “create an envoy to Europe” to “establish radical Islamization in Spain, in France and in Germany.”

Of course, no one knows about any of this because of the media!

“This is happening and the American people are not aware of it because the media and this current Islamization power is just suffocating the truth for the American people to know what is going on,” he said.

Larry Klayman Will Save America From Obama, Writes Larry Klayman

Conservative legal activist Larry Klayman has filed another lawsuit against President Obama, and said in his WorldNetDaily column last week that President Obama is “destroying the nation and our lives” as he is “loyal to his Middle Eastern Muslim brothers and his racial heritage.”

Lamenting that Republicans aren’t anti-Obama enough, Klayman said that saving America is now up to him: “To remain silent and take no forceful decisive action would amount to sowing the seeds of our own destruction. I, for one, am trying to use the legal system, what is left of it given its march toward increased corruption in recent years, to try to check this tyranny.”

One might ask: How is it possible that Obama and his comrades could get away with this? Where is the opposition Republican political party, which prides itself on claimed honest dealings and patriotism? Indeed, now that the threat to our shores from ISIS, another and even worse Muslim terrorist group, is becoming increasingly known, how is it that, according to the Republicans, Obama is all to blame for allowing this radical Islamic cancer to grow? Why haven’t the leaders in the Republican Party loudly spoken up before now? Apparently, their primary interest is getting on Fox News to win the next election this fall and in 2016, not forcing Congress to serve as a real check to a president and his enablers who are bent on destroying the nation.

This is a dilemma that We the People find ourselves in today. To remain silent and take no forceful decisive action would amount to sowing the seeds of our own destruction. I, for one, am trying to use the legal system, what is left of it given its march toward increased corruption in recent years, to try to check this tyranny.



The events of the last week, and months in particular, have proven that the United States is in dire and critical condition, hanging by a thread, ruled over by a president who is more loyal to his Middle Eastern Muslim brothers and his racial heritage than all of the people. In this latter respect, just look at his biased conduct, and that of his equally racist attorney general, with regard to the sad events in Ferguson, Missouri – where a policeman was effectively condemned to prosecution for killing a black man before all the facts were known. Meanwhile, white cops killed by blacks (and there have been six in the last few years just in my native city of Philadelphia alone) get no attention from this president and his Al Sharpton-like allies. And, this is how it should be, as these tragic events should be left to law enforcement, and the president and his men should not intervene to create a lynching party to hang “whitey” for years of past invidious discrimination.

Fellow Americans, remember the Declaration of Independence and the revolution that followed and take heed. Now, 238 years later, it’s time to again think things through and act against a tyrannical sovereign who is destroying the nation and our lives, as time is all but running out.

Linda Harvey Marks Labor Day By Promoting Anti-Gay Discrimination

Mission America’s Linda Harvey explained the real meaning of Labor Day which, of course, is about workers resisting “homosexual lobby” activists who want to “force public respect for their deviance.”

During her radio bulletin yesterday, Harvey defended business owners who deny service to gays and lesbians, saying that they are victims of “spiteful bullying.”

“Our country is in trouble, friends, because of these radicals who want to revolutionize our moral standards,” she said. “How far will extremists go to push us into sexual anarchy? Let’s pledge to start this Fall to do what we can — lawfully of course — to stand up for our principles. This evil does not ultimately win, we know, but we can make sure it doesn’t even win in the here and now.”

BarbWire Columnist: Homosexuality Is Violence Against God

Rev. William Cook of the Black Robe Regiment took to BarbWire last week to warn that the Devil is taking over the United States through gay rights and legal abortion, telling conservative churches that “this is a time to fight!”

“By sanctioning abortion, and more recently, sodomy, America has done violence to the Imago Dei and itself,” Cook said.

“America was given a choice between liberty and death. America chose death, and shall have tyranny.”

The Church in America is facing existential threats, of a far more serious nature than an overbearing mother country, but walk into atypical evangelical church in “anytown USA” on a Sunday morning, and you would never know “there’s a war on.” You may hear a sermon on abortion if you show up on Sanctity of Life Sunday; on the threat to the General Welfare of unmitigated sodomy, almost never; and on the growing threat of Islamofacism or on civic duty, never. The importance of giving and volunteering for some aspect of the Sunday event, however, will almost always be touched on, but the fact that the world is burning, or that America is crumbling because the “pillar and support of the truth” (the Church) (1 Timothy 3:15) has surrendered government to the “sons of disobedience” (Ephesians 2:2), who haven’t a clue how to secure Liberty, will not come up in today’s “seeker-sensitive” ecclesial culture, because the Three Wise Monkeys (“see no evil, speak no evil, hear no evil,”) rule the pulpit.



Does submission to governing authority mean, as some seem to believe, that we should capitulate with the confiscation of our natural rights and those of our posterity? That we should relinquish the right to life of the unborn to the misguided ambivalence of a few in the pew? That we should sentence millions who cannot discern between their right and left hands to the fate of Sodom by preaching around sodomy? That we should let sleeping consciences lie in the place Divine judgment is set to begin? (1 Peter 4:17) That we should surrender our own and our Posterity’s Liberty to tyranny without a fight? Did not Adam cede his own and his posterity’s liberty to the father of tyrants when he submitted to the serpent’s lie?



By sanctioning abortion, and more recently, sodomy, America has done violence to the Imago Dei and itself. Nation’s that rebel against the Divine prescription for supremacy over the “elemental principles of the world,” (Gal. 4:3) inevitably come to be ruled by them. America was given a choice between liberty and death. America chose death, and shall have tyranny.

But some will say, “I have not had an abortion. I am not homosexual. I believe abortion and sodomy are wrong. I can’t impose my beliefs on others, can I?” Silence is tacit approval. Therefore, “silence in the face of evil is evil,” as is withholding a single “jot or tittle” of God’s counsel, or anything that would benefit to God’s people. (Acts 20:20, 27) Rather than equivocate, perhaps we should obey God and “deliver the society that is marching toward oblivion of its own accord, and blindly staggering to slaughter.” (Proverbs 24:11 paraphrased)

This is a time to fight!

Massie: Obama Racist Against Whites, And Wants Black Genocide!

Mychal Massie of WorldNetDaily writes today that President Obama is a racist, “race-mongering infidel” who values “blacks more than he valued all citizens” and hates white people, sentiments which are par for the course at the far-right outlet.

However, Massie also believes Obama is advocating the “systematic extermination” of black people through legal abortion.

So apparently, Obama just hates everybody:

And the utilities he has used to do so are right out of Saul “the Red” Alinsky’s Communist handbook. Those of us who were paying close attention understood that America didn’t need changing and that Obama’s idea of change was to create a socialist state. We understood and warned people pursuant to exactly what Obama stood for, and we warned he was a neo-Leninist with a proclivity for radical Islam who would use skin color and class warfare to divide America.

Now, except for those who are in a terminal state of denial based on an Erebusic ideology and color of skin, there is no longer any doubt that Obama is a neo-Leninist Muslim sympathizer who is committed to transmogrifying America into something that will be unidentifiable to the America our Founding Fathers provided for vis-a-vis our Constitution.



As America comes to the end of Obama’s tyrannical reign, he is pulling the curtains back for all to see. He no longer even pretends to govern within the constraints of the Constitution. He has sanctioned Eric Holder to administer justice based on color-coded enforcement.

He was elected the president of the United States, i.e., of all Americans, but he makes it clear time and time again that while he praises Planned Parenthood for the systematic extermination of unborn black children, he openly despises whites. And he exhibits his contempt for whites at every opportunity.

Some may still try to say he isn’t openly racist, but it is time to call this spade a spade. If he weren’t a race-mongering infidel, he wouldn’t have said Trayvon Martin looked like the son he didn’t have; at the very least, he would have acknowledged that Christopher Lane, the white baseball player who was murdered in Oklahoma by three blacks, could have looked like him if he had a son as well.

If Obama didn’t value the use of blacks more than he valued all citizens, regardless of their skin color, he wouldn’t have sent an “armada” of representatives to the funeral of a black hoodlum while ignoring the funerals of white law-enforcement officers murdered by blacks.

If Obama cared about the United States, he would not have put his golf game above the beheading of American journalist James Foley, even as the Syrian coalition announced to the world that “Foley died because Obama ignored his own red lines.”

As I stated, it is time to call a spade a spade and this one is named Obama.

PFAW Members Join Zombie Walk to Highlight How Sen. McConnell is a “Zombie” for Big Money in Elections

LOUISVILLE, KY — On Friday night, hundreds of People For the American Way (PFAW) members and other local activists joined the world’s largest annual Zombie Walk dressed as “Zombie McConnells” to highlight Sen. Mitch McConnell’s zombie-like support of big money in politics. Activists marched with Mitch McConnell masks and signs including “Mitch McConnell is a zombie for big money in our elections” and “Need… more… brains money!”

Sen. McConnell is a leading voice against efforts to get big money out of politics. He has fought against a proposed constitutional amendment to overturn decisions like Citizens United that will be voted on in the Senate on September 8 and that nearly three in four voters support. Last week, The Nation published a leaked recording of Sen. McConnell pandering to major conservative donors at a secret Koch brothers’ meeting.

“Brain-eating zombies are scary, but McConnell’s hunger for big money from billionaire donors is the true threat to our wellbeing,” said PFAW Political Director Randy Borntrager. “Like a zombie apocalypse, the flood of money into our electoral system is an existential threat to our country. Americans should band together for our survival. In this case, that means voting Mitch McConnell out of office.”

For more information on People For the American Way’s work to get big money out of politics, please see our Government By the People webpage.

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WorldNetDaily Pundit Inadvertently Explains Why Bundy Supporters Went Quiet On Ferguson

Yesterday, we asked why the anti-government “Patriot” movement that was so angry about perceived government overreach at Cliven Bundy’s ranch in Nevada was all but silent about the arrival of police officers in military grade gear to quell protests in Ferguson, Missouri.

The best explanation, we said, was race: both the Right’s general denial that race plays a role in American life until liberals bring it up, and the sense among some in the anti-government Right that African Americans, even when they are protesting government overreach, are actually tools of the government.

Today, WorldNetDaily columnist Ilana Mercer demonstrated this very point for us in a column in which she says she will not stand with those protesting in Ferguson, even though she agrees with them on many issues, because they are trying to make it about race.

Mercer, who defended Cliven Bundy in his stand-off with the government, writes that she is very angry about “police brutality,” the “militarization of the police force” and the “rise of the warrior cop”; that she supports drug decriminalization; and that she thinks that the shooting of Michael Brown was “an unjustified use of lethal police force.”

But, she says, she won’t ally with anybody who sees these issues as racial issues, such as the “two pimps in a pod” Al Sharpton and President Obama, and she blasts Sen. Rand Paul for acknowledging the role of race in Michael Brown’s death.

Police brutality? Yes! Militarization of the police force? You bet! “A Government of Wolves”? Yes again! “The Rise of the Warrior Cop”? No doubt! But racism? Nonsense on stilts! So why have some libertarians applied this rhetoric to the murder-by-cop of black teenager Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Missouri? The same people who would argue against color-coded hate-crime legislation – and rightly so, for a crime is a crime, no matter the skin pigment of perp or prey – would have you believe that it is possible to differentiate a racist from a non-racist shooting or beating.

Laws prohibiting the individual from purchasing, selling, ingesting, inhaling and injecting drugs ought to be repudiated and repealed on the grounds that they are wrong, not racist. But statism is not necessarily racism. Drug laws ensnare more blacks, because blacks are more likely to violate them by dealing in drugs or engaging in violence around commerce in drugs, not necessarily because cops are racists.


The following statements are, I believe, not mutually exclusive: Cops deal with the reality of crime. The culture of U.S. cops is that of a craven disregard for American lives.

By all means, argue against laws prohibiting victimless “crimes” on the ground that these disproportionally ensnare blacks. But do not err in accusing all cops of targeting blacks, when the former are entrusted with enforcing the law, and the latter violate the law in disproportion to their numbers in the general population.

The left-liberal trend continued on the libertarian LewRockwell.com, where white sympathy with the police was conflated with racism: “This doesn’t mean that racism is not also involved [in Ferguson]. Polls show that a majority of white Americans are content with the police justification for the killing.”

Could it be that ordinary Americans maligned as racists are honestly waiting for more information, or suffer an authoritarian, submissive mindset; are ignorant about “police state USA,” or have simply experienced “black crime” firsthand, or are fearful of experiencing “black-on-white violence” in all it ferocity?

Clearly, there are many reasons for the acquiescence of whites in what might seem to many of us – myself included – as an unjustified use of lethal police force.

MSNBC host Al Sharpton is that fellow whose intelligible spoken English is confined to the words “racial discrimination.” The country’s second-leading race agitator has been deputized by its first as liaison to the White House in Ferguson. With his choice of Sharpton as point man on the ground, President Barack Obama, who was to usher in an America in which “ebony and ivory live together in perfect harmony,” is stoking more strife.

Like two pimps in a pod, Sharpton and Obama have collaborated to keep racial grievance going.

JD Hayworth Takes On GOP's Women Problem With Incomprehensible Speech About Marriage

Former Arizona Republican congressman J.D. Hayworth, who lost his primary challenge to Sen. John McCain in 2010, has since landed a job as an anchor for Newsmax, where he delivers the news and conducts interviews in a style eerily reminiscent of Parks and Recreation’s Perd Hapley.

Hayworth fully deployed this characteristic flare in an interview today with Kellyanne Conway, a GOP pollster, about a new poll showing that women view the Republican Party as “intolerant” and “stuck in the past.”

When Conway’s Skype connection cut out, Hayworth quipped that she was “frozen in time,” which prompted him to muse that that would be a great attack line for his political opponents.

Hayworth then launched into a barely comprehensible soliliquy about how Conway had changed her name when she married “because people marry and they take different names” and how “you can’t allow your marriage to be caricatured.”

All of which means that there is no gender gap. Or something:

Phyllis Schlafly: Women Can Avoid Sexual Assault By Focusing on Marriage, Not Career

In her radio address yesterday, Phyllis Schlafly took on the issue of domestic violence and sexual assault, which she said could be eliminated if women would just get married instead of focusing so much on their careers.

Noting that “marriage settles men down,” Schlafly asked, “So what’s the answer for women who worry about male violence? It’s not to fear all men. It’s to reject the lifestyle of frequent 'hookups,' which is so much promoted on college campuses today, while the women pursue a career and avoid marriage.”

We all know that married men can still be violent to their families, but they are far less likely to be violent against women than are live-in boyfriends.

Why is this? It’s true that women who have found men who are already better partners are more likely to marry them, but it’s also true that marriage settles men down. Being married makes a man care more about his family’s expectations and future because he sees his family as enduring. It also makes him more faithful and committed to his partner. Marriage makes men directly protective of their wives, and living in a home with their daughters gives them the opportunity to be directly protective of them as well. Marriage also creates indirect protection for wives and daughters, because married women and their children tend to live in safer neighborhoods.

So what’s the answer for women who worry about male violence? It’s not to fear all men. It’s to reject the lifestyle of frequent “hookups,” which is so much promoted on college campuses today, while the women pursue a career and avoid marriage.

Sandy Rios: Women 'Brainwashed' By Women's Studies Programs To Ignore That It's Really Men Who Are 'Being Degraded'

On her American Family Association radio program this morning, Sandy Rios interviewed Malcolm Kline of Accuracy in Academia, a sister organization of the conservative group Accuracy in Media, about the supposed terrible liberal bias in academia.

When the two inevitably got to talking about women’s studies programs, Rios told Kline about an encounter she had had with a young woman who had been “brainwashed” by a women’s studies program to think that “even in this day in this time, that women are somehow mistreated."

Rios said she told the young woman that because women now make up the majority of college graduates and men are supposedly not allowed to “speak up against anything about a woman” that in fact “men are the ones being degraded.”

Larry Klayman Sues Obama Again, Says He 'Views Himself Primarily As A Muslim And Acts Accordingly'

Larry Klayman, the Judicial Watch founder who now spends his time suing President Obama when he is not trying to overthrow him, has filed a new complaint against the president, this time alleging that Obama conspired with John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, and U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon to launder money to Hamas for terrorist activities.

“The nation and the world have increasingly come to see that Obama views himself primarily as a Muslim and acts accordingly in favoring Islamic interests over Judeo-Christian ones, and the complaint lays out Obama’s history in documented detail,” Klayman told WorldNetDaily.

The civil lawsuit, filed in federal court in Washington falls under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, or RICO, alleges criminal acts by Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.

Seeking $1.5 billion in compensatory damages as well as punitive damages, it accuses the global figures of “laundering U.S. dollars” to Hamas, which is officially designated by the U.S. government as a Foreign Terrorist Organization.

“This money has been foreseeably used to buy rockets and construct tunnels to attack Israel and terrorize and kill American and dual American-Israeli citizens who reside or are located in Israel,” Klayman said in a statement.

“The nation and the world have increasingly come to see that Obama views himself primarily as a Muslim and acts accordingly in favoring Islamic interests over Judeo-Christian ones, and the complaint lays out Obama’s history in documented detail,” he said.

Klayman said Obama’s actions “were calculated to harm the nation of Israel.”

“His facilitating and ordering financial and other material aid to Hamas, along with his equally anti-Israel Secretaries of State Kerry and Clinton, and the U.N. Secretary General, is just the latest deadly chapter in what amounts to criminal activity which has logically resulted in harm and death to Jews and Christians and threatens the continued existence of Israel,” he said.

His newest complaint, with himself and a number of John Does as plaintiffs, is a civil action and seeks damages from the defendants “for violating plaintiffs’ and decedents’ rights, for engaging in racketeering and other prohibited activities, for engaging in international terrorism, for harboring and concealing terrorists, for providing material support to terrorists and terrorist groups, for directly and proximately causing the deaths of plaintiffs’ decedents, and for directly and proximately causing mental anguish, severe emotional distress, emotional pain and suffering, and the loss of society, earnings, companionship, comfort, protection, care, attention, advice, counsel or guidance, plaintiffs, on behalf of themselves and their sons, plaintiffs’ decedents, have experienced and will experience in the future.”

It alleges fraud, money-laundering, mail fraud, wire fraud, conversion and corruption.

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