Mar. 30, 2017 By Jack Jodell, American Dissident, N.M.P.
COUNTDOWN: Only 1,426 days remain in this horrid administration’s term in office…
“We are like mice, squeaking at an avalanche – but squeak we MUST!”
– Chris Hedges –
Donald Chump has claimed that his successful presidential campaign was “self-funded” and that he is beholden to no one, but like most of his public pronouncements, that is a LIE. There are some really misguided people who want to dismiss the impact of the Citizens United Extreme Court decision. Let them look no further than the hundreds of millions of dollars the notorious Koch brothers dumped into legislative races last year to ensure the continuance of a Republican majority in all branches of our government. These same seedy billionaires also helped form the extreme right wing Tea Party back in 2010, which plagues us even now as the so-called Freedom Caucus. It was they who sabotaged the passage of the President’s and Paul RUIN’s (Ryan)’s stinky American Health Care Act, as they want NO government involvement in health care at all. Let’s also make sure these misguided people don’t overlook billionaire hedge fund managers Robert and Rebekah Mercer, who have parlayed themselves into becoming Washington’s true power-brokers, and also billionaire hedge fund manager Paul Singer, in addition to conservative behind-the-scenes activist lawyer Leonard Leo!
Rebekah Mercer, extremely press-shy but very active behind-the-scenes, is a strong advocate for conservative (reactionary) causes, and collaborates closely with anti-labor, far-right groups like the Federalist Society and the Heritage Foundation. She has engineered nearly $5 MILLION in an effort to recruit Cabinet appointees for the Undersecretary level and below, and has successfully lobbied against prospective Cabinet secretaries she felt were too liberal, at the same time pushing for others who were conservative or reactionary. She was a leader in advocating that the abominable Jeff Sessions become Attorney General, and favored the godawful John Bolton for Secretary of State! She also favored the now-disgraced and forced-to-resign Mike Flynn for National Security Advisor, according to Politico. And Newsweek as well as brilliant investigative journalist Jane Mayer (author of the revealing book Dark Money) have reported that she was influential in getting Trump to bring ultra-nationalist Stephen Bannon on board. According to Mayer, back last August when the Trump campaign was floundering, Ms. Mercer approached Chump and offered to invest in his campaign, but only if he were to add on people she thought could help (namely Bannon and the ultra-liar Kellyanne Con-job. Next thing you know, it was bye-bye for campaign manager Paul Manafort, and hello to new campaign manager Con-job). This, more than anything, should be enough to convince all sane, clear-thinking persons that Rebekah Mercer is one severe wack job! Her father, Robert Mercer, also prefers to stay out of the limelight, although he has donated a fortune to a super PAC called Make America Number 1. This immensely screwed-up father and daughter pair had originally supported Ted Cruz’s run for the presidency, but once Trump secured the GOP nomination, they switched theoir allegiance and monetary support to him. Robert, (who absolutely HATES the federal government and our media as well, has no time at all for social servuce programs and the millions of people who depend on them), prefers to let his daughter do all the research and make the political decisions, and just writes the gigantic checks. He and his daughter have invested many millions of dollars in far-right “news” groups like Breitbart News and Info Wars. So far, they haven’t disappointed one another – and they surely have not disappointed Donald Chump!
Paul Singer, also a greedy and horribly misguided Wall Street hedge fund manager, once said, “Individual liberty, the basic underpinning of American society, requires constant defense against the encroachment by the state.” Spoken like a true, self-centered hedge fund manager who espouses laissez-faire capitalism as the only method to achieve prosperity! Self-absorbed people like him never seem to understand that it is THEIR greed and excesses which invariably lead to government regulation in the first place! This guy must be infatuated with lousy Presidents: he was a huge donor to George W. Bush’s campaign, and has long been a supporter of other CON-servative Republican candidates. In 2007, Singer was also a backer of that warped former New York mayor, Rudy Giuliani, for President in the 2008 election – which should allay any doubts that he, like the Mercers, is a complete wack job. In the last election, he supported the wimpy and immature Marco Rubio, but switched to the spoiled little brat Chump once Rubio was denied the nomination. In 2010, Singer was one of the biggest donors of the 2010 midterm elections, giving more than $4 million to support Republican candidates in their successful bid to capture control of Congress. Can ANYONE deny any longer that Citizens United has failed to influence election results in favor of the wealthy? A typical CON-servative Republican who will spend wildly to ensure Republican success, Singer once wasted $175,000 in a futile attempt to support a failed California initiative which, if passed, would have apportioned that state’s 55 electoral votes by congressional district rather than in one solid bloc. As California has roughly 19 Republican districts, this could have possibly given the Republicans a win in a close race. Singer was the sole contributor to this losing effort.
Last, but definitely not least, is another person who has also preferred to remain in the background ever since the days of “W”: a Washington lawyer named Leonard Leo. This is a VERY dangerous man! We have him to thank for that putrid anti-worker and anti-consumer John Roberts as Chief Justice of the Extreme Court, and for the fact that we are now seeing on TV an unprecedented spate of ads supporting the arch-conservative Neil Gprsuch to join him on the Court, which will firmly establish a 5-4 conservative majority for decades to come. Leo has quietly been active raising money for conservative causes for years, and even left his executive VP post at the conservative Federalist Society to firmly support the nomination and confirmation of Gorsuch. Owing to the fact that Mitch McConnell refused to even hold a hearing for what would have been President Obama’s last Supreme Court nominee (Merrick Garland) for 321 days, and because there is still an active FBI investigation of the Trump election campaign’s possible collusion with Russia to win the election, I strongly support Sen. Chuck Schumer’s call for a delay in hearings to nominate Gorsuch, and I urge everyone to flood Congress with calls and post cards to support this delay as well!
It is utterly hypocritical and disgusting how these money-laden billionaires and their avid supporters can decry the influence and supposed overreach of “big government” and then turn around and spend money freely all across the country to buy elections for their chosen candidates and manipulate public opinion. Singer did this when he tried to change California’s electoral vote apportioning, and also tried to buy a race in New York last fall! Leo is pulling this now by running ads favoring Gorsuch – unbelievable! This is NOT a case of one person – one vote. Rather, it supports the preposterous assertion that “money is free speech!” What it is, actually, is an attempt by wealthy and fearful billionaires to game the system and buy electoral influence they don’t really deserve! Wprse, they are attempting to flood the judicial system with conservative appointees – something that will badly affect consumers, workers, women, minoritues, civil rights advocates, environmental activists, and more. They are attempting to use money to cheat for their own benefit. Though our CON-servative Republican controlled Congress and the oaf who occupies the White House may disagree, the time has come to REPEAL the odious Citizens United decision and take away permanently the unfair built-in advantage the billionaire class now enjoys as a result! Sneaky people like those described in this post must be STOPPED at all costs!
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