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Mitch McConnell Again? Kentucky What ARE You Thinking?

McConnell 3On November 4, 2008, I sat and watched as the election results rolled in like so many others. Actually I was doing a BlogTalk Radio Show with anti-racist expert, Floyd Cochran. As the results of the Senatorial election in Kentucky were revealed, I just shook my head in amazement and asked “What the hell were the people in Kentucky thinking?” You see, ReBiblican extraordinaire, Mitch McConnell had garnered nearly 53% of the vote. Outrageous!

Yes…I know that Kentucky has historically been a red state – but, Mitch McConnell? Get serious!

Rand Paul On November 6, 2012, I was live blogging and in lively discussion over at God’s Own Party as the election results rolled in. Rand Paul took 59% of the vote in Kentucky – OMG! All I could think of was that the good people of Kentucky who constituted the 41% who had the good sense to vote for someone other than Paul had better put on their wading boots, their flack jackets, and buckle their seat belts because the ride was fixing to get bumpy – and UGLY!

I do love it when I’m right…usually. But, in this case, I so wanted to be wrong! Maybe the Rapture would come after all and take them both to the Pearly Gates. But…that’s only for the righteous…or so they say.

Well, in less than a year and a half, Kentuckians will have an opportunity to begin redeeming themselves and gaining some credibility as a knowledgeable and informed electorate – or not. On November 14, 2014, there will be 33 Senate seats up for grabs and one of them belongs to Mitch McConnell. He’s already laying the groundwork and bringing his brand of douche-baggery into the campaign arena. After pretty much ruining a young reporters life, McConnell is already under investigation for ethics violations during this campaign.

And to top everything off, McConnell is now courting the Tea Party!

So who is this miscreant and what is his nefarious agenda? Let’s pull back the proverbial covers on Mitch McConnell and see what he is all about.

Mitch McConnell was born on February 20, 1942, in Tuscumbia, Alabama and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. He took office in 1985. He has been referred to as “The most powerful Republican on the Planet,” and is considered a “Kingmaker” in Kentucky Republican politics.

McConnell 2He is certainly the consummate conservative with strong religious beliefs: Opposed to abortion; opposed to same-sex marriage and gay adoptions; opposed to Affirmative Action; Opposed to the separation of church and state; in favor of prayer in public schools and faith-based initiatives; in favor of an absolute right to gun ownership; opposed to raising taxes on the wealthy; in favor of privatizing Social Security; and, of course, in favor of expanding the military.

On January 2, 2013, the Public Campaign Action Fund, a nonprofit group that backs stronger campaign finance regulation, released a report highlighting eight instances from McConnell’s political career in which a vote or a blocked vote (filibuster), coincided with an influx of campaign contributions to McConnell’s campaign. Progress Kentucky, a SuperPAC focused on defeating Mitch McConnell in 2014, hosted a press conference in front of the senator’s Louisville office to highlight the report’s findings.

McConnell, in 2010, was ranked the 10th wealthiest member of the U.S. Senate with a personal fortune somewhere in the neighborhood of $45 million.

Morton BlackwellNow for the really good stuff. Mitch McConnell is an alumni and speaker for the Leadership Institute. The Leadership Institute, in spite of calling itself bipartisan, is a right-wing training ground for young conservatives founded by Morton Blackwell.

An excellent report on the Institute can be found at Salon Magazine.

With a $9 million annual budget, the Institute has trained over 40,000 conservatives in the last 25 years and is still counting. Among those alumni are Karl Rove, Grover Norquist, Mike Pence, Ralph Reed, and James O’Keefe, to name a few.

The mission of the Institute is “to increase the number and effectiveness of conservative activists” and to “identify, train, recruit and place conservatives in politics, government, and media.” And that is exactly what they achieve.

In 1997, Mitch McConnell founded the JamesMadisonCenter for Free Speech – a legal defense organization in Washington, D.C. Among other things, the Center supports the recognition of the Ten Commandments as one of America’s founding texts, and opposed a measure proposed by the Federal Election Commission to ban non-profits from expressing views on public policy.

McConnell’s General Counsel for the Center is James Bopp. James Bopp was an advisor to Mitt Romney’s campaign, and has served as the General Counsel for National Right to Life since 1978, and as special Counsel for Focus on the Family since 2004.

BoppAccording to his resume, the following are some of his clients: National Organization for Marriage; National Right to Life Committee; Focus on the Family; Susan B. Anthony List; The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice; Catholic Answers; Christian Broadcasting Network; Salem Radio; Priests For Life; Traditional Values Coalition; Homeschool Legal Defense Association; Vision America; Common Sense America; Life Issues Institute; Christian Coalition; Christian Life Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention; Concerned Women For America; National Right to Work Legal Defense and Education Foundation; Club for Growth; Citizens United; Fereation of American Immigration Reform; National Federation of Independent Business; Republican Governors Association; The Libertarian Party; and the Republican National Committee.

So…it would appear that all of the Dominionist and ReBiblican bases are covered, not to mention that the majority of the entities listed are major contributors to the campaigns of right-wing zealots who promote and perpetuate a far-right religious agenda.

It is also worth noting that Bopp was a legal advisor to Citizens United leading up to their victory in the Supreme Court that labeled businesses as people. Because of this and some of the other groups and causes that he has represented, he has earned the label “Public Enemy #1 for fair elections.”

The very fact that Mitch McConnell has been in office for 28 years and is seeking another term should send up a lot of red flags to Kentucky voters. His affiliations, associations, and voting record should certainly sound some alarms. The fact that they are stuck with a looney-tunes poster child in Rand Paul until 2016, should send all of them scurrying to the polls next year to eliminate at least one of these reprobates. But ‘should’s’ and ‘will’s’ are two different things, I realize.

I would ask Kentuckians to remember that these are National Senators, notState. Consequently, while the decisions made by those in the U.S. Senate may reflect the values or the wishes of their constituency in the home state, they definitely conflict with those of sane and lucid Americans who would prefer not to be subjected to the backwoods whims of theocratic ignoramuses who wish to take America backward. You see, forward motion is the goal.

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The Family Research Council – Hate & Bigotry Wrapped Up In Religious Zealotry

The Family Research Council

Hate & Bigotry Wrapped Up In Religious Zealotry

By Nicole Nichols

logoThere is little wonder that the Family Research Council was designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center three years ago. The real puzzlement lies in the fact that even after such a designation the center has done nothing to ameliorate those charges and everything to live up to that characterization.

During the recent flap over the Boy Scouts of America’s consideration to allow homosexual youth and scout masters into their rank and file, something that shouldn’t even be a question mark, the Family Research Council and its members were sent into paroxysms of rage. The anti-gay, anti-abortion, anti-non-Christian group wasted no time in pooling the resources of dozens of other similar groups together to publish this full-page advertisement in USA Today reaching readers throughout the country:

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Once the decision had been tabled until May, the Council celebrated and thanked all of those who supported them as President Tony Perkins issued the following statement:

tony 2“However, it is not enough that they postpone a decision. Instead, the BSA board should publicly re-affirm their current standards, as they did just last July. We look forward to continuing to work with scouting parents, leaders of the faith-based organizations that charter over two-thirds of the packs and the troops. We will also continue to communicate with the Scout leadership about the grave consequences that would result if they were to compromise their moral standards in the face of threats from corporate elites and homosexual activists.”

Perkins has a long standing history of hatred and bigotry toward all things non-Christian and non-heterosexual. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Liberty University, an Evangelical Christian school in Virginia, that steeps its students in creationism and dominionist dogma.

Perkins went on to become a police officer, a television reporter, and a two-term legislator in the Louisiana House of Representatives. While in office, Perkins pushed for prayer in public schools and to prevent what he called “Censorship of America’s Christian Heritage.” He authored the nation’s first covenant marriage law which would permit divorce only in cases of physical abuse, abandonment, imprisonment, or after two years of separation.

Believing that judicial nominees were being blocked by U.S. Senate Democrats, who were waging a war against orthodox religious views, and that the nominees were being persecuted for their Christian beliefs, Perkins organized Justice Sunday, an attempt to mobilize the Evangelical Christian base into support of Christian judicial nominees.

Klansman David Duke

Klansman David Duke

Tony Perkins is no saint. In 1996, he was campaign manager for Woody Jenkins who was running against Mary Landrieu. He paid a whopping $82,500 to Ku Klux Klansman David Duke for Duke’s mailing list, a stunt that ended up in the campaign being fined for false disclosure after his attempt to hide the payment to the nefarious racist.

But, his elbow-rubbing with white supremacists didn’t end there as he continued his bigotry with the Council of Conservative Citizens, a group which has also been named a hate group by the SPLC and which outwardly considers black people as a “retrograde species of humanity.”

Perkins has been the head honcho at the Family Research Council since 2003. The Council is an offshoot of James Dobson’s Focus on the Family. Because of the political nature of the Council, the founders believed it might threaten the tax-exempt status of Focus on the Family, hence the separation of the two entities.

The first president of the FRC was Gary Bauer, an evangelical Christian, politician and Ronald Reagan acolyte of equal intolerance to Perkins.

The FRC is extremely active in the political arena and in policy making decisions. With a membership of approximately a half-million, and a cadre of heavy-hitting, well-heeled board members and staff, they enter the halls of government on local, state, and federal levels with a fair amount of clout.

Focusing on all things Christian, the FRC is virulently anti-abortion, anti-separation of church and state, anti-homosexual, anti-immigrant, and anti-pornography. They are one of the leading organizations in funding the conservative movement. Every Fall, the FRC Action group holds the Values Voters Summit, comprised of Christian activists and voters in Washington, DC. where conservative  presidential and congressional hopefuls can be heard and evaluated. In 2012, those who participated included: Rep. Michelle Bachmann; Gary Bauer; Glenn Beck; Gen. William Boykin; Governor Jan Brewer; Rep. Eric Cantor; Sen. Ted Cruz; Sen. Jim DeMint; Rep. Jeff Fortenberry; Governor Mike Huckabee; Rep. Tim Huelskamp; Rep. Jim Jordan; Rep. Steve King; Rep. James Lankford; Governor Bob McDonnell; Lt. Col. Oliver North; Sen. Rand Paul; Governor Mitt Romney; Rep. Paul Ryan; and Sen. Rick Santorum.

This is but a sampling of those who the FRC has great influence over. The Complete roster can be seen here: http://www.valuesvotersummit.org/speakers.

During the 2012, summit, a group Dream Act activists and GetEQUAL activists staged a protest during Mitt Romney’s speech. Apparently, the good Christians present weren’t called upon to feel very Christ-like on that evening and began throwing punches and shoving the young protestors.  Brent Bozell was introducing a speaker and from the podium he told the protestors to leave and told the audience “if you see any protestors, beat ‘em up.” Felipe Matos, one of the protestors,  gave this account:

“As soon as we started our action and pulled out a giant rainbow flag in full sight, conference participants morphed into an angry mob. Some screamed, “Our values are not killing you! It’s AIDS, and you’re spreading it!” Others told us, “Get out of my country!” even though Sean Watkins, one of our activists from Ohio, served in the military during the Iraq War. It was horrifying to see participants and security guards attacking one of our lead organizers in D.C., Charles Butler, pushing and choking him so much that he was out of breath and fell to the floor a few times.”

Jerry Boykin

Jerry Boykin

Recently, General Jerry Boykin was chosen to fill the seat of Executive Vice President for the Family Research Council. Boykin brings a whole new dimension the Council as he is well known for his noxious Islamophobic views. As a 36-year veteran of the military, and a former U.S. deputy undersecretary of defense under Donald Rumsfeld, Boykin likened the War on Terror to a battle against Satan, claimed that George W. Bush was put into office by God, and was censured by the Army for giving speeches at various Christian events while in full-dress uniform.

During his tenure, he ranted that Muslims hate America, and stated that the military is recruiting a spiritual army that will draw strength from a greater power to destroy their enemies. According to Boykin, Islam is not a religion and does not deserve First Amendment protection.

In Jerry Boykin’s world,  mosques should be banned in the United States.  After all,  “we are at war” against the threat of Islam and the Muslim Brotherhood, which he says is trying to implement Sharia law in the U.S.  Of course, his history of incendiary remarks drew a lot of heat recently and he was forced to withdraw from delivering a speech at the 2012 National Prayer Breakfast, held at West Point in February, thanks to a lot of pressure from the good folks at the Military Religious Freedom Foundation.  A few months after that, in July, the FRC hired Boykin as executive vice president. We can only imagine what he will bring to their already hate-filled feast.

Along with the big push against the Boy Scouts of America, the FRC has recently taken up the fight against the Violence Against Women Act. Calling  upon their membership, the FRC sent out an email alert and quoted Phyllis Schlafly who wrote:

schlafly-460x307“[VAWA] has done little or no good for real victims of domestic violence, while its funds have been used to fill feminist coffers and to lobby for feminist objectives and laws. Although every spending bill should be subject to rigorous auditing procedures in order to curb waste and fraud, VAWA has somehow ducked accountability for the [$660 million] a year it doles out to radical feminist organizations.”

The email went on to say:

“Among the bill’s most egregious parts is a provision that would ban funds to grantees who may have religious objections to homosexuality–even if no documented case of refused services has been found. It also includes special assistance for homosexual victims.”

The FRC is a dangerous organization posing a real threat to the very fabric of a multicultural society such as ours. Their every move and motivation is based a dark undercurrent of hatred, ignorance, and fear, and they have become very adept at spreading their pernicious message to millions of vulnerable individuals. Additionally, they have been successful in promoting and electing lawmakers into positions of power who will succumb to the pressure and the purse of those who seek to force us into the abyss of a societal demise.

Who's Who In The FRC

Who’s Who In The FRC