Taxpayer-funded liberal media personality Bill Moyers aired a story on January 9 that purported to examine big money in politics. On the “NOW With Bill Moyers” show on public television, he interviewed Charles Lewis of the Center for Public Integrity. Moyers, a liberal partisan of the Democratic Party who used to work for LBJ, admitted that his Schumann Foundation had funded Lewis. But Moyers didn’t tell the full truth about how they both have a connection to billionaire leftist George Soros, who is spending millions of dollars to defeat Bush and the Republicans this fall. Soros says that “a number” of Democratic candidates would prove acceptable to him, including Howard Dean, Wesley Clark, and Senator John Kerry. “They all are pretty close to the positions that I would take,” he says.
Soros’ positions are reflected in the causes embraced by the organizations he bankrolls. These include drug legalization, strengthening the United Nations, opposition to the death penalty, euthanasia, tax increases (including a global tax), immigrant rights, feminism, abortion rights, and homosexual rights.
Lewis, author of “The Buying of the President 2004,” talked with Moyers about the big money supporting the presidential candidates. But little time and attention was paid to how Soros is trying to buy the White House and is pouring millions of dollars into groups such as MoveOn.org to bring this about.
In a throw-away line, Lewis mentioned that the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) had given $36 million to “mysterious” political action committees incorporated under the 527 provision of the IRS code. Moyers said they were a way to camouflage support for a candidate. Moyers asked if George Soros was doing this with the Democrats. “That’s right,” said Lewis. “Soros does it.” But he said that Soros was disclosing these contributions and that he was really concerned about the money being spent that could not be tracked.
Moyers failed to tell his viewers that he is on the board of Soros’ Open Society Institute and that it has funneled $1.7 million into Lewis and his Center for Public Integrity.
It turns out that the Moyers show aired an interview with Soros last September 12, where he declared, “The Republican Party has been captured by a bunch of extremists?” Soros, who has made over a billion dollars by exploiting the capitalist system through currency manipulation, was presented as an opponent of unchecked capitalism and a supporter of democracy and nation-building abroad. Yet he was found guilty of insider trading in France and has been described as “the man who broke the Bank of England” when he used complex financial transactions to undermine the value of the British currency, the pound.
The real irony is that Soros is now spending millions of dollars to turn the White House over to the Democrats, using a loophole in the campaign-finance law that he promoted. The Soros website features an interesting press release trying to explain that the Soros money is for the purpose of “educating voters and increasing voter turnout?” That’s about as straightforward as claiming that Bill Moyers is an objective journalist. Victor Lasky’s book, It Didn’t Start With Watergate, documented that Moyers was involved in LBJ’s efforts to spy on political opponents and bug Martin Luther King, Jr.
During a January 12 appearance on the CNN show, Wolf Blitzer Reports, Soros continued his attempts to mislead the people, adamantly denying that he had compared President Bush to the Nazis. “I did not do it,” he said. “I would not do it, exactly because I have lived under a Nazi regime.” But the Soros comparison of Bush to the Nazis was included in a Laura Blumenfeld article in the Washington Post on November 11. She reported that Soros believes that a “supremacist ideology” guides the White House and that Soros “hears echoes in its rhetoric of his childhood in occupied Hungary.”
Soros was quoted as saying, “When I hear Bush say, ‘You’re either with us or against us,’ it reminds me of the Germans.” He said the Bush rhetoric conjures up memories of “Nazi slogans on the walls,” such as the German phrase for “The enemy is listening.” Soros said that, “My experiences under Nazi and Soviet rule have sensitized me.”
The phrase, “with us or against us,” was a statement about not being neutral in the war on terrorism. The “Nazis” are the Islamic terrorists, not the Bush administration and the U.S.
Many who read or heard of the Soros statements say it is absolutely clear that Soros was comparing the President to the Nazis. But Soros made the denial of the Bush-Nazi comparison and wasn’t challenged by Blitzer or anyone else in the media for telling an obvious lie. Soros made the denial in the context of explaining why he disagreed with an ad aired by MoveOn.org on its website comparing Bush to Hitler. One ad morphed an image of Hitler into President Bush and said that, “1945’s war crimes” are “2003’s foreign policy.” Soros said he didn’t like that comparison, but he is pouring millions of dollars into the group anyway.
Soros is not alone, however, in comparing Bush, his administration or his policies to the Nazis. Leftist film-maker Michael Moore, who supports Wesley Clark for president, says that the Patriot Act is as un-American as Mein Kampf and was the first step in a process that could give America “something like they had in Germany.”
If so, the Democratic Party is part of it. The Patriot Act passed the Senate by a 98-1 vote and the House by a 357-66 vote. Senators Kerry and John Edwards voted for it. The bill was an obvious response to the failure of the government to prevent the 9/11 attacks.
Communists Subvert America
If civil liberties are in such peril, why is International ANSWER, the communist front group, able to organize massive demonstrations against the war and the Patriot Act?
Preparing for an upcoming March 20 protest, ANSWER recently announced that 41 Arab- American and Muslim organizations have joined their coalition. It is obvious that the Patriot Act has not interfered with the ability of Muslim and communist groups that support America’s enemies to organize on American soil. Some conservatives might say this proves that we need more, not less, homeland security.
Rep. Melissa Hart of Pennsylvania says that tracking terrorists had been difficult before the Patriot Act because federal law did not include relatively new innovations, like mobile phones, voice-mail and e-mail, “leaving these networks open for terrorists to communicate.” The Patriot Act updated the wiretap and surveillance laws to keep up with changing technologies and allowed government agencies to share more information about potential terrorists. Human Events newspaper reports that this provision is what enabled the government to finally hand down an indictment against Sami Al-Arian, the Florida professor, for leading a terrorist group on U.S. soil.
Michael Moore, however, directs people to the Bill of Rights Foundation, a left-wing organization organizing opposition to the Patriot Act. We searched in vain for anything on the group’s website protesting the FBI’s intrusive, heavy-handed and fruitless investigation of former government scientist Steven Hatfill in the anthrax letters case. That’s a real case of government abuse of privacy and civil liberties, but the left-wing Bill of Rights Foundation doesn’t seem concerned, perhaps because Hatfill is not a left-winger.
THE RISE (AND FALL?) OF HOWARD DEAN
The major media have noted that former Vermont governor and Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean, who came in third place in the Iowa Democratic Caucuses, signed the first state “civil union” law extending marriage benefits to homosexuals. But that’s not even half the story.
While the public is led to believe that Dean caught fire in the Democratic presidential primaries because of his opposition to the Iraq war, it’s his financial support from rich homosexuals that has enabled him to organize the grass roots and spread his message.
Dean, who started a political action committee called “Fund for a Healthy America,” approved state funding of organizations that facilitated illicit “public sex environments,” where homosexuals were engaging in anonymous sex and orgies in such areas as highway rest stops and public parks. Dean also approved the use of state funds to promote the homosexual lifestyle to students and young people.
What’s more, the original version of Dean’s civil union bill included an age of acceptance of only 14, meaning that pedophile “man-boy” relationships could have been sanctioned by the state under certain circumstances. This backdoor effort to put boys in the hands of adult male homosexuals was eventually derailed by Vermont activist Brian Pearl, who ran for governor against Dean in the Democratic primary and physically carried a sign outside of Dean’s office, protesting the pending legalization of the sexual abuse of minors. This protest forced legislators to change the bill by raising the age of consent for a homosexual union. Pearl, who labeled Dean a “pedophile enabler” for preparing to accept a version of the bill that included 14-year-old minors, has described Vermont in a new book as a homosexual-friendly “Homotopia.”
David Ayer, the chairman of the Washington County (Vermont) Republican Party, says that he was threatened with arrest when he tried to expose another aspect of Dean’s pro-homosexual agenda. He discovered that students from the Vermont public schools were being taken to a middle school leadership conference for 12-15-year-old minors, entitled “Green Mountain Prevention Projects,” held at Trinity College. Ayer and Robert Orleck of Randolph, Vermont, another conservative activist, were both threatened with arrest for attempting to enter a workshop they had signed up to attend entitled “Talkin’ Sex.” They discovered that the conference was designed to expose the young people to state-funded homosexual advocacy organizations and dangerous homosexual practices.
When Ayer and Orleck demanded access to the conference, “They surrounded us, called the police and said that we were going to be arrested if we didn’t leave. We said they should call the police because an illegal activity was occurring in the classroom with students.”
Outright Vermont, one of the Dean-supported organizations active in the public schools, was the target of a demonstration in October 2000 by concerned Vermonters who objected to its “misuse of tax money to print pornography” and its luring of students as young as 14 to “safer-sex parties” and “weekend retreats” where they experimented with homosexuality.
Pearl, Ayer, and researcher-and- investigator Laura Snyder held a news conference to draw critical attention to the growing controversy over “public sex environments,” or PSEs. The state government’s “outreach” efforts in these PSEs are perhaps the most bizarre aspect of Dean’s tenure as governor. So-called “public sex environments” are public parks, highway rest stops, and family picnic areas where homosexuals go to have anonymous sex. The Vermont State Police said they received over 100 complaints about activity at the sites, including public sex acts by homosexuals, illegal drug transactions, and the use of pornography. Truckers complained about homosexuals soliciting them for sex, causing traffic problems and even accidents.
Documents show that the Vermont Department of Health AIDS program facilitated the distribution of condoms and “safe sex” devices to homosexuals in the PSEs.
But when the State Police tried to crack down on the criminal and sexual activity at the sites by issuing warning tickets to loiterers, the Vermont chapter of the ACLU objected to the “surveillance” of the areas.
If this is the first you have heard about these bizarre and controversial activities, the state and national media can be blamed. David Moats of the Rutland (Vt.) Herald was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 2001 for a series of editorials promoting civil unions for homosexuals, described by the Pulitzer Board as “even-handed and influential.” However, they ignored the controversy over the pedophile provision in the original draft. Moats, author of Civil Wars: A Battle for Gay Marriage, believes the legislature had a “constitutional obligation” to pass the bill and ignore “the moral claims of diverse outraged sectarian groups?”
Moats was honored for his work by the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association.
Rep. Thomas Little, the liberal Republican chairman of the House Judiciary Committee who drafted the bill, said the Herald’s editorials “were a morale booster” to his side. Little worked with Rep. Bill Lippert, who is openly homosexual, served as vice chairman of the committee, and runs the pro-homosexual Samara Foundation in Vermont.
The legislature acted in response to a December 1999 Vermont Supreme Court ruling, Baker v. Vermont, which held that the Vermont Constitution required the state to extend the benefits and protections of marriage to homosexuals and ordered the legislature to act to permit this. The decision was unanimous by the five justices but was delivered by Chief Justice Jeffrey L. Amestoy, who was appointed by Dean.
The conservative Vermont think tank, the Ethan Allen Institute, called the Justices the “Five Supreme Legislators” and said the ruling was defective and over-reaching.
Dean, who was governor of Vermont until January 2003, declared at a news conference that he was prepared to provide “political cover” to members of the legislature voting for the bill.
The Senate passed the bill in a 19-11 vote on April 19, 2000. The final floor vote in the House, on April 25, was 79-68 in favor. Dean signed the bill as soon as it was on his desk on April 26. He won re-election later that year with barely 50 percent of the vote.
Attempting to explain Dean’s record-setting fundraising, Thomas B. Edsall of the Washington Post reported that it “took off in large part because of an outpouring of support” from the homosexual community. He added, “Some of the largest contributions to the Fund for a Healthy America, the political action committee Dean set up in 2001 to finance the exploration of a presidential campaign, were from prominent leaders in the gay community.”
One was billionaire homosexual David Bohnett, who founded the Geocities website and gave the Dean PAC $5,000. He also underwrites the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, and the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Educational Network.
Another is Tim Gill, founder of the Gill Foundation, who hosted a meeting for Dean with “gay philanthropists” in May 2002 when he was planning his run for the White House. The foundation was started with $80 million from Gill, the founder of Quark, Inc., a computer software company worth $500 million. The Gill Foundation, which now claims assets of $260 million, has been described as the largest funder of gay and lesbian causes in the United States.
The Gill Foundation’s “Outgiving” project had given a grant to Lippert’s Samara Foundation to host a series of workshops in Vermont on the subject of funding homosexual organizations. Out in the Mountains, Vermont’s homosexual newspaper, said the workshops marked “the first time an entire state has been chosen for the project.”
In March 2000, the National Lesbian and Gay Community Funding Partnership Fund, a project of the Astraea Foundation, unveiled a plan to make $300,000 available to the Samara Foundation and the Vermont Community Foundation, which then announced their own “Vermont Unity Project” to benefit pro-homosexual groups in the state.
Members of the Funding Partnership include the Collin Higgins Foundation, Columbia Foundation, David Geffen Foundation, Levi Strauss Foundation, Joyce Mertz Gilmore Foundation, Gill Foundation, and the Open Society Institute of George Soros.
Needless to say, Vermont’s homosexual groups strongly support Dean. The cover story in the November 2003 issue of Out in the Mountains was headlined “Gays for Dean” and noted that, “For nearly a year now, he [Dean] has been traveling the country, greeted with standing ovations at gay pride celebrations and other lgbt [lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender] gatherings.”
Pro-family groups disagreed, citing a growing number of cases of sexual abuse and child pornography in Vermont. They mobilized in support of a House bill, introduced by Rep. Tom Koch, to eliminate exemptions in Vermont’s criminal statutes that allowed schools, museums, libraries and some others to possess and distribute children pornography. “These exemptions currently favor sexual predators and create an environment of risk for our children,” the organizations said in a joint statement.
Kenneth Wooden of the anti-child molestation group, Child Lures Prevention, declared in a January 29, 2003, letter that, “Despite several attempts over the years, I have regretfully been unable to get Child Lures Prevention efforts initiated in my beloved home state of Vermont.” Wooden stated, “While former Governor Dean’s administration touted its success in lowering the incidence of sexual abuse by 35 percent, that decline only holds true for children 0-3 years old. All other sexual abuse is actually on the rise?”