This first article, which seems to have been delivered as
a speech to a small group of Rightist movers and shakers, was discovered in
a 2063 dig in the ruins of what was once the nation’s capital, Washington,
D.C. On the top of this copy were the words “Confidential, For Your Eyes
This speech has not yet been verified, but its contents lend documented
credence to previously discovered artifacts and articles concerning the
history of the once-powerful rightwing movement in the U.S.
Below that planning document is a progressive essay found during another
Washington dig the following year -- an essay that may well have helped pave
the way for the liberal resurgence that followed decades of rightwing rule.
We remind readers that neither of these documents, apparently written in
late-2004 or early-2005, has been authenticated -- even its authors are
unknown. But they do seem to provide a valuable glimpse into politics in
America shortly before and following the turn of the 21st Century. -- Prof.
Mary Andrew, Harvard University, Department of Social Anthropology (March,
SECRET RIGHTWING AGENDA UNEARTHED
We gather here today -- leaders in industry, government and civic life -- to
re-affirm our patriotic goals. Our love of country, and belief in the
wealth-producing virtues of American capitalism, demand no less than our
full commitment to roll back the insidious institutions of socialist-type
programs, lest they further pollute and destroy our society.
I know that the chronology I’m about to lay out is well-known to many of
you, especially to us older conservatives. But many younger members of our
“vast rightwing conspiracy” don’t know enough of where they came from -- and
besides, it never hurts to hear the good stories again. So here goes:
Liberals had been in control of most of America’s public institutions since
the 1930s -- the media, the courts, the Congress, academia, and, with a few
exceptions (the diluted liberalism of Eisenhower and Nixon), the White House
-- and their proto-socialist philosophy effectively was the dominant mode of
thought of the country for decades.
But there were countervailing forces in the wind. Many of us recognized that
it was high time to take back our nation -- Bill Buckley was there early on,
laying the groundwork with National Review -- and so, finally, in response
to the worldwide cancer of communism, in 1964 we were able to nominate, in
Barry Goldwater, a true-blue conservative.
As it turned out, American voters were not yet ready for such a frank and
dynamic leader. He was seen by many as an “extremist.” It wasn’t the voters’
fault; we’d been able to take over the Republican Party from within, but we
hadn’t done the requisite preparation work in the general public to make
such an electoral victory possible.
BUILDING THE CONSERVATIVE INFRASTRUCTURE
The next time, we determined, we would lay the foundations for victory in
such a way as to preclude the resurgence of liberalism ever again. Only in
this way could our conservative agenda be realized to its fullest degree.
To accomplish this goal of total dominance, we recognized that we had to
create, from the ground up, a massive conservative infrastructure that
eventually would be unassailable. Yes, we realized that it would cost us a
lot of money, time and energy up front, but we knew that we would come to
see a huge economic and ideological payoff down the road.
It took us decades to prepare the ground, but our movement began to take off
big time in 1980, with the election of Ronald Reagan. (As suggested
previously, we can’t really call Nixon a true conservative.)
The Reagan years helped prepare the way for the institutional victories that
followed in the ‘80s and ‘90s and early part of the 21st Century. The
budding institutions we founded -- most notably much of the mass-media we
now controlled, and our think-tank columnists and speakers -- aided
considerably in critically weakening and effectively destroying the
centrist-liberal presidency of Clinton.
The Democrat party played right into our hands when it nominated Gore --
tainted by his too-close association with the disgraced Clinton -- to
succeed his mentor. Still, it wasn’t easy getting our candidate -- not the
brightest bulb on the Christmas tree -- into power and keeping him there.
In both of his presidential races, Bush the Younger won only by the slimmest
of margins, and in several instances needed, how shall we say, extra
assistance from his friends. But now the liberals are preparing a massive
counter-attack to oust conservatives from power. (Thank goodness we and our
friends still have control over the election process, with privatized,
secret, unverifiable vote-counting software.)
RETAKING THE PLEDGE
We therefore need to re-pledge our fealty, and a large portion of our
financial assets and energies, to the following goals:
1. Consolidating our control of the mass media.
2. Increasing our control of the Congress.
3. Making more inroads into controlling the Courts.
4. Keeping control of the White House.
5. Rolling back the socialist programs from the FDR and LBJ days.
6. Tightening up our education reforms.
7. Strengthening our electoral base.
8. Increasing our redistribution of wealth upwards.
9. Further weakening of, and ultimately destroying, the Democrat party.
Let’s take those areas one by one:
1. The mass media. True, today we do control most of the mass-media,
especially those to which our base voters pay most attention: radio talk
shows, Fox Network, cable TV anchors and pundits, along with our stealth
mass-media: the fundamentalist churches and their publications and
But, in addition to not having full and consistent control of some of the
larger-circulation newspapers (New York Times, Washington Post, Boston
Globe, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, et al.) -- the liberal bastions in the
Blue states -- we definitely do not exercise adequate control of the one
fully free press in the country: the internet. There are numerous
liberal/socialist websites and bloggers out there dedicated to our ruin.
It is necessary, therefore, to rein in the internet. This can be
accomplished in a wide variety of ways -- either doing what we did earlier
to the other media forms, buying them up and bringing them into line, or
declaring a kind of “national security” martial law and take them over as
“detrimental to the war effort.” And, since our “war on terrorism” is
designed to be permanent, our intervention will last forever. By and large,
our friends run the large servers (AOL, Comcast, Microsoft, etc.), so it
shouldn’t be too difficult to accomplish this technically.
2. The Congress.
Yes, we control both Houses, but the Democrat party
still holds way too many seats, thus having a platform for attacking us --
and even filibustering some of our judicial nominees -- and a launching pad
for their national campaigns. After decades of acting meekly in the
minority, they are starting to get it into their obstructionist heads that
they need to act as a true Opposition.
To put it bluntly, the Democrat party must be marginalized to the point of
effective extinction. There is no way we can enable our agenda quickly if we
permit them to exist and hinder our every initiative. In the same way we
need permanent war to permit us to enact our foreign and domestic agendas,
we need to treat politics as a permanent political campaign. Take lessons
Go after our political enemies every day, as if we are running against them
in an electoral campaign. Whatever it takes needs to be employed -- endless
and expensive TV ads, running solid and (if possible) name and celebrity
candidates against them in state after state and district after district,
threats, dirty tricks, smear tactics, impeachment, recalls, extreme
This is down and dirty smashmouth politics we’re playing, which we’ve
demonstrated we’re far better at during actual campaigns. Permanent
political war needs to be our motto. No more Mr. Nice Guys. The stakes are
too high. Go for the jugular and slice and dice this opposition to bits.
3. The courts. We’ve been able over the years to get our supporters
onto the various federal appeals courts, but there are still way too many
holdovers from liberal appointments. We’ve got to do a better job in packing
those courts with our kind of folks whenever vacancies appear.
The Democrats in the Senate have filibustered our strongest nominees, and
threaten to do so again. Nuke ‘em. Remove the filibuster as one of their
tools. True, by doing so, we’d give the liberals a massive weapon against us
if and when they ever got back into power. But the idea here is that by
taking the necessary action now, they won’t get back into power, ever.
Effective one-party rule is what we’re after and once we accomplish that,
the hell with them. Short-term gain is always better than long-term
wishy-washiness. We can always deal with unpleasant situations later, if we
And, when those rare vacancies open up on the U.S. Supreme Court, we ram our
youngish candidates through, no quarter shown to those who oppose us --
unless we have good stealth nominees who we can slip through without a real
With our ideological supporters on the high court, we then will have total
control of legal system, even if various Appeals courts are not fully in
line, and thus can throw solid red meat to our more activist base: abortion,
religious power, laissez-faire capitalism, free and unrestricted corporate
use of the environment, etc.
4. The White House. Our history with Reagan and Bush the Younger
demonstrates the effectiveness of our strategy to place lesser lights in the
White House -- non-intellectuals with simplistic answers to complex problems
-- that we can control from behind the scenes. We should continue this
strategy, though we need to be aware that some of our choices often place
our agenda and political tactics in jeopardy by their tendency to missspeak
or stumble into telling the truth now and again.
Dumb but not too dumb should be our watchwords. But there are always are
plenty of good candidates along those lines, so this shouldn’t be too much
of a problem.
Other things to watch out for as we move forward in managing democracy:
We might seriously want to consider doing away with
presidential debates. They can be dangerous; we can’t always control the
We need to resist with all our means any attempts to
institute nation-wide voting reforms, including, of course, any moves to
regulate the way votes are cast and counted. The current privatized and
GOP-controlled e-voting system works just fine for us. And, of course, we
need to permanently abolish exit-polling and other modes of so-called
independent verification. We don’t need them; they just confuse people.
We must resist with all our might any attempt to have
publicly-financed election campaigns. The current system works well, even
if our opposition can raise as much money as we can. What we do need to do
is to build a gargantuan, unchallengeable pre-election kitty -- billions
-- well in advance, so that the opposition has to spend all its time
playing catch-up and having to go to the same corporate sources as we do
to get the big bucks, thus compromising their independence and
5. Smashing social programs. We must continue
dismantling the various socialist programs from decades ago, starting with
Social Security, Medicare, Head Start, Medicaid, and so on. Many of these
programs are popular with the masses, so we can’t always attack them
frontally. But we can starve them to death -- blaming budget cuts because of
foreign wars in the name of “national security” and “spreading freedom
around the globe” -- or devise innovative alternative ways of ruining them,
such as privatizing parts of them, and finishing them off later.
Education reform. We need to abolish so-called "liberal education"
and curricula that emphasize critical thinking. Instead, we need to
emphasize vocational training over broad-based education, and standardized
testing over essay-writing. Public education can be starved financially,
with more support going to faith-based private education. The end result of
these reforms will be the raising of generations of malleable young people
trained not to pay any mind to liberal strategems and theories.
7. Our electoral base. The fundamentalist movement is our bread &
butter, and we must make sure to keep those folks happy. Bring them into the
Administration, listen to their concerns, appoint them to high posts. We
can’t afford to lose them; in several states, they made the difference in
getting us victories. But we need to expand beyond this guaranteed base; we
made inroads into the African-American and Hispanic communities this time
out, by hitting hard on gay marriage, but we need to do more. Don’t let the
Democrat party bring them back into the liberal fold. Bring their
conservative leaders into the fold and use them for leverage.
8. Economic redistribution. Those who own businesses and offer major
employment opportunities deserve our special support. We must continue to
redistribute wealth upwards, by providing even more tax breaks to our
friends in the corporate sector. The middle class may be even more squeezed,
but this may not be a negative development for us, as they will be
concentrating more on getting by in their daily lives, not paying all that
much attention to our economic and political maneuverings.
9. Destroying the Democrats.
If we follow the programs outlined
above, the Dems should go the way of the Whigs into the dustbin of history.
The key is: no mercy shown, no politics as usual, no compromise. They’re out
of here, and the public will jump on our bandwagon, even if they don’t
always agree with a particular policy, because they know there is no
alternative. And because they know if they don’t play ball with us, they
won’t get any of the goodies.
It will be argued by the opposition that our policies will harm the
struggling middle class, outsource more jobs overseas, and create more poor
people. But we can emphasize the virtues of self-reliance, faith-based aid,
and trickle-down economics. That’s why, in concert with slicing away at
these social programs, our tax cuts must be made permanent; this is a
win-win: Our wealthy supporters (including ourselves) will be happy; maybe
some of that money will wind up creating jobs for the less-fortunate.
In summary, if we do all that’s outlined here -- and remember that what we
say today is absolutely confidential; we can’t risk our agenda being aired
in public -- we can guarantee perpetual rule for ourselves and our kind for
decades and decades to come. God Bless America!
THE LIBERAL RESURGENCE
Look, friends, we’ve lost the last two general elections by a hair (if we
really lost, that is, in a fair and honest fashion); our domestic programs
are in tune with the public’s desires; we dominate a good many state
legislatures and control a number of major governorships. In short, we’re
not dead or dying, but, especially after the 2004 campaign, when so many
million new volunteers came on board, vibrant and determined.
We made lots of mistakes, and we can do much better, but the important thing
is that many of us are more than willing to rock ‘n roll for the cause.
But we’re certainly aware that we face an opposition that doesn’t play by
the understood rules of civil discourse; in a sense, they’ve decided that
the “Geneva Conventions” of contemporary politics, so to speak, are quaint
and obsolete. Their only objective is to win and nothing stands in their way
of victory -- certainly not truth and fair play. Smash-mouth politics, and
dirty tricks, are key methods of stealing their way to victory.
As a result of this aggressive approach, many of us liberals and
progressives -- used to playing by the rules, used to using logic and reason
to combat our opponents -- have been thrown back on our heels. Recent,
ruthless developments in American politics, introduced by Rove-ian
Republicans, reminds one of how the Nazis handled their enemies in ‘30s
Germany: With Big Lies, and threats of brutal retaliation.
And, sad to say, those techniques have worked just enough to deny us victory
and to get themselves installed, fraudulently or not, into power. So many
Americans, badly educated in politics and history, and kept in a constant
state of fright and confusion by the Bush Administration -- still milking
the 9/11 attacks for political gain -- have permitted themselves to be
swayed by the rightwing propaganda machine into voting against their own
BUSH FORCES PEELING AWAY
But, as the imperial foreign wars grind on, for no good reason -- with
thousands more dying and being maimed -- and as more and more popular social
programs are decimated or eliminated, a good many Bush voters are finally
coming to realize that maybe they made a bad mistake in November of 2004.
They have come to agree with us that the Bush folks are greedy, irrational,
mean-spirited, power-hungry, selfish and ruthless -- in short, not the kind
of political leaders who are interested in helping out the common people and
in protecting the long-term national interests, but only in short-term gains
and in aiding themselves and their wealthiest supporters.
Given that many more sections of the population -- including true
conservatives -- are waking up to the realities of the Bush Administration,
a window of opportunity is available to us, if we’re strong and savvy enough
to take advantage of it.
As often happens with arrogant leaders, they tend to believe that they are
untouchable and can do anything they want. Since nobody has been able to
stop them to date, they believe nobody ever will be able to stop them. And
so they overreach, behave abominably, initiate policies that are
We are seeing that now in both foreign and domestic areas.
RUSHING TO WAR IN IRAQ
Their first war, in Afghanistan, was only partially successful. It could
have been totally successful, but the Bush Administration wasn’t terribly
interested in that scenario. Bin Laden and his top cadres were more useful
to them politically if they were still out there. So the U.S. arranged the
installation of their guy, Karzai, in power and quickly abandoned
Afghanistan in order to move on to their real target, Iraq. Of course, they
had to tell a whole passel of lies to get their war started, but start it
they did, in a big hurry before the U.N. inspectors reported that there was
no WMD in Iraq.
Iraq is a thoroughgoing disaster, but once again, the neo-cons in charge of
U.S. foreign policy are eager to move on to the next wars, against Iran and
Syria -- although they may wind up having to deal militarily with North
Korea at the same time.
The Bush Administration seems to feel they’ll be able to install a
U.S.-friendly government in Baghdad, but the recent elections may prove a
disaster for U.S. aims, since Iran-friendly mullahs and ayatollahs will be
in charge, either out front or behind the scenes.
Bush always has said that if the Iraqi government requested that the U.S.
Occupation should end and the troops depart, of course that request would be
honored -- but that they didn’t anticipate such a likelihood would ever
materialize. But it may -- then what?
"SHOCK & AWE" AS OBJECT LESSON
So two festering wars still going on, and maybe three more on the way -- all
this in the face of high desertion rates in Iraq, inability to meet
recruitment quotas for new troops, forcing old ones to stay on and return to
duty, and a military draft necessity that would be political poison.
(Another huge terrorist attack in the U.S. might provide enough political
cover for re-instating the draft.)
Now the Bush Administration would prefer not to have to invade Syria and
Iran and North Korea. It’s hoping that the example of “shock & awe” bombing
and regime change will do the trick, and the leaders of those “axis of evil”
countries will bend the knee appropriately to U.S. demands.
But the lesson that many countries seem to be learning is that the only
defense that might work against the U.S. is to arm itself quickly with
nuclear weapons, thus re-creating the MAD (Mutually Assured Destruction)
scenario that kept the U.S. and USSR. from annihilating each other during
the Cold War.
The Bush Administration finally has come to realize that none of their
geopolitical moves in the Middle East will be effective unless there is some
major progress on the Israel/Palestine issue. So it is engineering a
cease-fire and more talks between the warring parties.
BUYING TIME IN THE MIDDLE EAST
It hopes that the Israel/Palestine pot will stop boiling long enough to
permit the U.S. a claim to a kind of victory there, while it moves
aggressively to alter the geopolitical realities in the rest of the Middle
But one can guarantee that the slaughter will break out again unless the
U.S. is willing to force Israel to abandon virtually all its settlements in
the West Bank, to end its Occupation, and to somehow agree to give the
Palestinians rule of part of Jerusalem, perhaps under an International City
mandate by the U.N. (Of course, the Palestinians also must come through by
agreeing to the right of Israel to exist within secure borders, and to cease
its terror attacks on that country.)
There is no indication that the hardliners in Israel have any desire or
plans for abandoning the major West Bank settlements, or in doing much more
than giving the Palestinians a severely circumscribed, geographically and
economically non-viable state.
The Bush Administration is gambling that the Palestinians, worn out and
desirous of any kind of peace and state of their own, will accept whatever
compromised Palestine the Israelis offer. Perhaps the present Palestinian
Authority leadership will be tempted, but the hardliners in Hamas and
Islamic Jihad will ensure that such offers will be rejected. And then it’s
back to the usual bloodbath on both sides.
Taking all the above into account, it’s clear that the neo-con Bush
Administration is vulnerable on its wars and its diplomacy, despite
Condoleezza Rice’s fresh face.
BUNGLING ON SOCIAL SECURITY
But the Administration also is overreaching domestically, and thus is highly
vulnerable there as well.
Its incompetence in foreign and military policy -- best expressed in its
never-ceasing bumbling in Iraq -- is matched in its domestic policy battles.
The best example of its overreaching arrogance in this regard is its attempt
to “reform” (read: decimate and ultimately destroy through privatization)
Social Security. The Administration is having trouble selling this
destructive, dangerous plan not only to seniors and Democrats but to
Republicans as well, who are hearing from their constituents that this is a
But rather than back off, Bush and Rove are determined to brazen it through,
hoping that their lies and distortions will do the trick, just as they did
in getting the country to approve of going to war against Iraq.
Here is our best chance to hand the Bush Administration a huge, embarrassing
defeat, and to build on that for other such battles coming up on Medicare
“reform” and judicial appointments of extremist nominees.
Of course, it ain’t gonna be easy; we still have to battle the
corporate-controlled mass media to get our message out, but the times are
right for making headway even in that difficult area.
With a revitalized Democratic National Committee, millions of revved-up
volunteers from the 2004 campaign, huge political warchests from
internet-inspired donors, the beginnings of a liberal infrastructure
building, increasing resistance domestically (and worldwide) to America’s
bullying approach abroad, and more and more moderate conservatives peeling
away from the extremist Bush Administration -- with all these developments,
it is entirely possible that what we are part of right now is the start of a
liberal resurgence in this country that will turn politics around in the
Keep on keepin’ on. We will prevail.#