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Speaking at a Washington symposium on the continuing threat posed by illegal drugs to American society, Calvina Fay of the Drug Free America Foundation declared billionaire George Soros to be an “extremely evil person” who wants to legalize dangerous mind-altering drugs. Sounding a battle cry as critical November elections approach, Fay told the assembled conservative activists that Soros, an atheist who is a major funder of the Democratic Party and liberal-left causes, is “our common enemy” and that he is determined to subvert traditional values and undermine America’s families.

Soros, convicted of insider trading in France, is a financial speculator and hedge fund operator who manipulates the currencies of the nations of the world in order to make himself rich.  Some of his fortune, estimated at $7 billion, has been put into causes such as abortion rights, gay rights, drug legalization, voting rights for felons, euthanasia, and rights for immigrants and prostitutes. His Open Society Institute even helped underwrite attorney Lynne Stewart, subsequently convicted of helping terrorists. In 2004, he spent more than $20 million in an unsuccessful effort to defeat President Bush for re-election.

In an appearance at the same anti-drug event, Marc Wheat, staff director and chief counsel of the House Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug Policy and Human Resources, described Soros as someone who seems to have no sense of guilt or responsibility for his actions. He noted that, during a December 20, 1998, interview with 60 Minutes, Soros acknowledged that as a 14-year-old Jewish boy in Hungary, his identity was protected and that he actually assisted in confiscating property from Jews as they were being shipped off to death camps. Asked by interviewer Steve Kroft if he had any sense of guilt over what he did, Soros replied, “no.”

In the interview, Soros went on to compare his predicament at the time to the operation of economic markets, saying, “?if I weren’t there, of course, I wasn’t doing it, but somebody else would-would-would be taking it away anyhow.” Soros then insisted he was only a “spectator” and had “no role in taking away that property.” That is why, he said, “I had no sense of guilt.”

Wheat said it is his belief that Soros has found America to be “a hard nut to crack” in terms of weakening America’s traditional cultural values and institutions, and that the billionaire would be spending more time and money on activities in Europe, in an effort to fan anti-Americanism there.

Nevertheless, Wheat said he still considered Soros to be the number one danger to conservative values in the U.S. at this time. 

Earlier this year, Wheat’s boss, Rep. Mark Souder, became aware through an article by AIM that Soros-funded pro-drug groups had infiltrated the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington and were even being featured as speakers by CPAC organizers. He put a statement in the Congressional Record expressing alarm and asking, “What on earth were the CPAC organizers thinking?” He accused Soros of trying to manipulate conservatives, in the same way that convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff had done.

One CPAC official has since come forward to say that Soros-funded groups will not be allowed to be part of CPAC next year.

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