Written by Phyllis Schlafly
This past June, Right Side News attended the American Cause conference in McLean, Virginia. The American Cause has urged the conservative movement and Republican Party to reject foreign interventionism, globalist trade , open borders, and big government. Phyllis Schlafly was the keynote speaker and spoke on President Obama's "change", which would bring the United States out of a representative republic and into a socialist state, run on totalitarian systems, and the redistribution of wealth, destroying our free enterpise system of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Phyllis Schlafly: Thank you very much, Pat, and thank you dear friends for such a cordial welcome.
I have been a delegate to the Republican National Convention many times, but I must say I am proud to have been a delegate for Pat Buchanan when he ran; it was a great, great convention.
Obama told us he wanted to give us change; that was his favorite word. The question is, "Do you realize how drastic his change is?" On his 100th day in office, Obama started campaigning for reelection for 2012. He went to a small town in Missouri, in my state, a red state he didn't carry last year, and he boasted that "we have begun the work of remaking America." Indeed, he has; he's begun to do exactly that with millions of dollars turned over to the executive branch of government by the legislative branch.
He's giving us socialism. The young people don't know what socialism is. They don't know that the Soviet Union was the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, and the Nazi Party was the National Socialist Party. But socialism is a system of social organization, which means producing and distributing goods that are owned by the centralized government that plans and controls the economy. It requires a totalitarian system that gives the ruling gang the power to distribute the fruits of other people's labor to its own political pals.
That is what is happening in the United States as Obama fulfills his promise to "spread the wealth around." He is engaging in "direct income redistribution" by taking taxes from the citizens who pay taxes and giving "direct cash transfers to people who pay no income taxes." At least 40% of Americans pay no income taxes (some say it's approaching 50%).
Obama's takeover of the American auto industry is breathtaking in its scope and power. The takeover was followed by ordering the closing of about 2,000 local Chrysler and General Motors dealers, some of which have been family-owned for generations. The dealership closings are estimated to eliminate 187,000 jobs, which is more than the number of people who work for the two auto companies.
The icing on the cake for this process is the politicians who use their economic dictatorship to punish those who resist the Socialist planners. Nearly every one of the closed local dealerships had donated to Republican candidates. Surprise, surprise. Obama seems to be captivated by the un-American notion of running the country through Russian-style czars he has empowered to issue the decrees called ukases, like the old czars did. He has already named about 20 czars (that's more than the Russians had in over four centuries). The Car Czar, Steve Rattner, was a top Democratic fundraiser. Surprise, surprise.
Obama promised that Cap and Trade won't raise taxes on anyone making less than $250,000 a year. He neglected to mention that this tax exemption will only go to people who don't use electricity, gasoline, heating oil, or natural gas.
The truth of the matter is that Obama will raise taxes on practically all middle-class Americans. But that's not all; in addition to the new taxes on all those necessities (just think of all those lovely appliances in your home that use electricity), he will drastically reduce our standard of living. He says you can't keep your thermostat set at 72 anymore.
His legislative plan is different, too. They work out the details of the plan in secret and then claim rush passage . . . "I have to have it on my desk by the first of the month!"
The change in the courts by Obama could be even more drastic than what he is doing to the economy. The resignation of David Souter gives Obama the additional power to use the judicial branch to remake America into Obama-nation.
When asked what sort of a justice he will be looking for to fill Souter's seat, Obama replied that his major criteria will be the candidate's "empathy" for the poor, the gays, and other minorities. He said, "The critical ingredient is supplied by what is in the judge's heart, and that's the criterion by which I'll be selecting my judges."
Now, Americans need to realize how truly radical these statements are. He wants to select judges based on what he thinks is in the judge's heart rather than what is in the Constitution. This is no new project with Obama. He has previously been on record as proclaiming that the judiciary's mission is to engage in economic redistribution rather than just enforcing the Constitution as it was written.
Obama revealed his long-term goals for the judiciary a couple of years ago in a Chicago radio interview. He complained that the very activist Earl Warren court had changed some of the laws, but it had failed to order "redistributive change" of our economy. It failed to break free from the essential constraints placed by the Founding Fathers in the Constitution.
As I wrote in my book, "The Supremacists," I believe that the Earl Warren Court was the originator of all the lines of cases that have done so much damage to our society, including religion, life, property rights, pornography, immigration, elections, and taxes. Barack Obama complained that the Earl Warren Court didn't go far enough - it only changed the law, it didn't spread the wealth. That's what Obama wants his judges to do; that's what he means by appointing a Judge who has "empathy" for minorities.
Obama's Supreme Court nominee, Sotomayor, shows empathy, for instance, for prisoners, among other people. She wants to give all five million prisoners the right to vote. Now, you can guess who they might vote for if she is successful in that. And of course she thinks that Hispanic women will make better decisions than mere white men, and that it's OK for appellate judges to make policy.
Obama's other judicial appointment is David Hamilton. He made national news a few years ago as a District Judge when he forbade the Speaker of the Indiana House of Representatives to allow a prayer mentioning Christ's name because that would be sectarian; however, he said, in his opinion, it would not be sectarian for a Muslim to offer a prayer to Allah. The appellate court overturned that peculiar decision. Obama has now nominated Hamilton for a higher court, and identified him as a judge who has empathy.
Barack Obama's other appointments for lawyers are downright scary; he's nominated a man named Harold Koh, former dean of the Yale Law School, to be the top legal adviser in the State Department. Koh is a globalist, or in his own terms, a trans-nationalist. Trans-nationalists are people who believe we have a "living" Constitution that allows them to import international law into U.S. law, thereby putting the United States under a global legal system.
Obama wants changes in U.S. sovereignty. When he was a candidate last year, he spoke before thousands of cheering socialists in Germany and declared himself a "citizen of the world," and he pledged to "rejoin the World Community." Those are the words that sound the trumpet for his far-reaching globalist agenda. He plans to use his presidential power to get ratified a series of U.N. treaties which sets up a monitoring committee to monitor what we are doing in this country. This would go a long way toward global rule over our money, our laws, our military, our courts, our customs, our trade, and even our use of energy.
Every U.N. treaty would do some of that damage, but that's not the end of the story. The left-wing Brookings Institution has published a paper calling on Obama to bypass the constitutional treaty requirement for a two-thirds vote in the Senate and put his treaties through just with a simple majority vote in Congress.
The Council on Foreign Relations has published a report criticizing the Constitution because our separation of powers "gives Congress a critical voice in the ratification of treaties and endorsement of global institutions, thereby complicating U.S. assumptions of our new international obligations." They are always talking about our global and international obligations.
The Constitution is viewed as a big impediment; and you need to be alert to any attempt to bypass the Constitution in any way.
What about Obama's changes in education? His budget calls for doubling federal spending on education in this country, which means doubling federal control. It gives him the opportunity to require the anti-American teaching, propagated by his friend, Bill Ayers, the radical from the '60's, who is now a distinguished professor of education at the University of Illinois in Chicago.
Bill Ayers is an advocate of what's called "Social justice" teaching. Social justice means teaching the kids that they are victims of an unjust, oppressive and racist America. After a few years of this type of teaching, the young people are ripe targets for community organizers to mobilize them to vote and carry out what they call "revolution."
It is just no surprise, considering what is going on in the public schools that the young people voted for Obama in the last election.
"Social justice" means having the government redistribute money and power, just exactly as Obama told Joe the Plumber: "Spread the wealth around." The solution is for community organizers to organize the poor and minorities to demonstrate and demand government handouts. "Social justice" may sound good to some people, but it actually is a code word for opposition to American traditions of individual justice and free-market economics. So, not much time in school is spent on the basics. It is not surprising that the young people who came out of the public schools (89% of the kids in America are in public schools) voted for Obama.
So how is it that Obama plans to implement his change in the economy, the courts, the treaties, and education?
Immediately after the Democratic National Convention in Colorado last summer, the Boston Globe published a letter from a man named David Alinsky. He boasted about how Obama had won by making extremely effective use of his training in the method of David Alinsky's late father, Saul Alinsky, the famous Chicago radical. The son gloated, "I am proud to see that my father's model for organizing is being applied successfully beyond local community organizing to affect the Democratic campaign in 2008. It is a fine tribute to Saul Alinsky."
The Alinsky ideology and strategy are fully set forth in his book called "Rules for Radicals," which is still in print. If you don't have time to read it, you can read the executive summary in my February Phyllis Schlafly Report. I will say it's the most popular thing I have written in 10 years, because people who don't live in Illinois may not be familiar with the radical Saul Alinsky and what he had been doing, or how many people he had trained. Obama came through that training.
Alinsky wanted a radical change of America's social and economic structure, and he planned to achieve that through creating public discontent and moral confusion. He wanted to move the United States away from capitalism and toward socialism. Alinsky developed strategies to achieve power through mass demonstrations. Organizing was his word for revolution.
His favorite word was "change," which he used on page after page of his little book. What he called "change" meant massive change in our economic structure. What he called "organizing" meant confrontational political tactics.
Alinsky taught that the job of the organizer is to "rub raw the resentments of the people, stir up dissatisfaction and discontent." He boasted that, "Our rebels have contemptuously rejected the values and way of life of the middle class," but at the same time, he trained his community organizers to pretend familiarity and a liking for middle- class "values," and then infiltrate middle-class organizations such as the PTAs, The League of Women Voters, consumer groups, unions, political parties, clubs, and especially churches, and that is the way he would organize them to demonstrate.
Obama spent years training in Alinsky methods, and now his team has embellished the old Alinsky methods with modern technology. Traditional methods of communicating with voters are now being replaced by the Internet and social networking. In the 2008 campaign, the liberals dominated conservatives on the internet by more than 10-to-1. This massive Internet advantage enabled Obama and leftwing candidates to raise 10 times more money on the internet than conservatives did.
The Alinsky strategies are now being used to push the radical legislation and the gigantic spending programs, and starting now they're working on the takeover of health care. The New York Times explained the plan under the headline "Retooling a Grass-Roots Network to Serve a YouTube Presidency." Obama's staff is "transforming the YouTubing-Facebooking-Texting-Twittering grass-roots organization that put Obama in the White House into an instrument of government."
Obama created a political group in the offices of the Democratic National Committee called "Organizing for America." Three days after Obama was sworn in as President, an announcement video was sent to 13 million e-mail addresses, telling them that their mission is to "redirect the campaign strategy" to get Congress to pass all the big-spending bills and the spread-the-wealth bills that Obama wants. They envision an army of supporters talking, sending e-mail messages and texting to friends and neighbors as they try to mold public opinion. That's how he pressured Congress to pass his big spending bills.
Obama called on his supporters to attend or to host "Economic Recovery House Meetings" on the weekend of February 6. Those who attended these House Meetings in February watched a 4-minute YouTube clip in which Obama urged his supporters to "come together, organize, and stay involved in the task of remaking this nation." They then watched a 10-minute sales talk promoting the Stimulus package, and downloaded talking points from the Internet. These discussions were guided by a list of questions also printed off the Internet. At the end of the meeting, the host instructed all those that "it is now our mission to get the word out about the Stimulus by talking to our friends and neighbors." And that's how he got it passed.
After the House meetings, the Obama people boasted that they had 3,587 of these House Meetings took place in all 50 states and in every congressional district.
Now, what are we going to do about this? If you are over 40 you probably can't deal with these techniques. Find some young person, or if you have a kid in college, they all know how to do it. Bring the young people into your organization to do the Internet work for you. We also have to come together and organize, and stay involved. If Obama can organize the grassroots with House Meetings in every Congressional District, we can certainly organize some of the 60 million people who voted against Obama last year.
The most recent Gallup Poll shows that Conservatives are the largest ideological group in America today. 40% of Americans describe their political views as conservative and only 21% as liberals. We must build a new conservative majority. So what are we waiting for?
You need to be a part of the solution. Invite your friends to get our Alerts from www.eagleforum.org. We have a whole system whereby you can connect with your own Congressman. We have a new enhancement of that, that's going to tell you where their Town Meetings are. Don't miss the opportunity of going to the House Meetings of your Representatives and Senators so that you can let them know where you stand on the issues.
A few months ago, a Rasmussen poll found that voters, by 59% to 28% agreed with Ronald Reagan's statement in his first inaugural address that "government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem."
After Republicans lost so badly after Watergate, Ronald Reagan made a speech that is perfectly timed for advising us today, and I'm going to quote from it:
Reagan said, "I don't know about you, but I am impatient with those Republicans who after the last election rushed into print saying, 'We must broaden the base of our Party' - what they meant was to fuzz up and blur the differences between ourselves and our opponents." Reagan said, "on the contrary," the problem was "there was not a sufficient difference now between the parties." Our people look for a cause to believe in. We don't need a third party, we need a new and revitalized second party, raising a banner of no pale pastels, but bold colors which make it unmistakably clear where we stand on all of the issues troubling the people.
"Let us show that we stand for fiscal integrity and sound money and above all for an end to deficit spending. Let's explore ways to ward off Socialism."
"A political party cannot be all things to all people. It must represent certain fundamental beliefs which must not be compromised to political expediency, or simply to swell its numbers."
Those are Reagan's words, and in his words it truly is "A Time for Choosing." It's up to us to lay out the positions that must be supported by true conservatives. We must build a new majority and reject pseudo conservatives.
What is a true conservative? The answer is given by all these fine speakers at this excellent conference, but just to give you the Executive Summary:
First, number one is to restore some kind of fiscal responsibility.
Second is to repudiate the activist judges, whom I call the Supremacist judges because they appear to see themselves as supreme over everybody else.
Third, we have to stand tall for American sovereignty. If we expect to be a majority party again, we must reclaim the Reagan Democrats we lost in 2008.
Fourth, we need to realize that jobs are a major issue. It is the responsibility of our government to protect American workers from the protectionism practiced by other countries, which give their workers unfair advantage over us. Americans can compete when we have a level playing field, but there is nothing level about the field of international trade today and nothing free about free trade. The loss of U.S. jobs was the number-one reason why Republicans lost in 2008. Real conservatives have to stand up for middle-class Americans and the jobs that give them a decent living and a stake in the future.
Fifth, we have to enforce our laws against illegal entry; that is vital to our future and also to the jobs question.
Sixth, we have to develop the courage to battle the destructive feminist movement. Of course the number-one right that the feminists proclaim is the right to kill their unborn baby. The Democratic Party is wholly in the grips of the feminists. We have to stand up and we should be very proud that the Republican Party Platform has been Pro-Life ever since Roe v. Wade.
Seventh, we need to promote and protect marriage, the fundamental institution for society to be stable, law-abiding, productive, and prosperous. Conservatives should support every amendment to fortify the stability of marriage and we need to be on guard against the gays' attempt to get rid of DOMA. The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was overwhelmingly passed by Congress in 1996 and even signed by Bill Clinton. It is an excellent law and is absolutely essential to maintaining the definition of marriage as a union of man and woman for the one thousand federal laws that are tied into that definition. The gays' have three lawsuits in three different courts, and Obama has promised to get Congress to repeal DOMA. It is a hill that we cannot afford to lose. You need to do everything in your power to maintain the Defense of Marriage Act.
Eighth, we need to address the problem of the public schools, which is teaching all the wrong things and not teaching the right things to our children. Remember, even if your children are not in public schools, 89% of the kids in this country are. They are increasing liberal votes and votes for liberals year after year.
We need to educate the grassroots as we did in earlier years. There are other times that I can remember when Conservatives were similarly depressed. Certainly they were very depressed after the years before 1952, when we educated the American people about the evils of Communism. We didn't call them House Meetings then, we called them Study Groups, but we had a very well-educated grassroots constituency that culminated in the nomination and takeover of the Republican Party with Barry Goldwater in 1964. Then after his big defeat, Republicans didn't believe they could win anymore. We were very defeatist, and in the years from 1976 to 1980, Ronald Reagan spent his time traveling the country, speaking to small groups and refining his Conservative ideology. That's what we should do with anybody who thinks he has aspirations for higher office. We can't wait till the Primaries in Iowa during the next Presidential election to have candidates discover what the issues are.
When John McCain arrived in Iowa early last year, he said, "I didn't know immigration was such a big issue!" We can't wait till the Primaries. Get everybody who is aspiring to be a candidate for higher office to travel around and talk to the grassroots, and find out what the issues really are.
After Clinton took over in 1992 with his Democratic majority in Congress, Conservatives had our big comeback in 1994.
We can do it again. We need to fight head-on on all of these Socialist plans Obama has for remaking America. I am convinced that if we have an educated grassroots, a real leader will emerge.
The latest Gallup Poll shows that 73% of Republicans identify themselves as conservatives. Now, Conservatives, if we can't dominate the Republican Party with 73%, there's something the matter with us. We ought to be able to dominate and have that strength be the vehicle for achieving our Conservative goals.
Finally, we need to maintain faith, hope and perseverance for the long haul. Remember, "They who wait upon the Lord will rise up with wings like eagles. They will run and not be weary."
We need every one of you.
Phyllis Schlafly has been a national leader of the conservative movement since the publication of her best-selling 1964 book, A Choice Not An Echo. She was named one of the 100 most important women of the 20th century by the Ladies' Home Journal