Abraham Lincoln, where are you? A government of the people, by the people, and for special interest groups is now what we have in Washington D.C., as over 100 of America’s most powerful and influential leftist-liberal organizations have formed a new coalition called Rebuild and Renew to boost President Barack Obama’s socialistic program to redistribute the nation’s wealth, starting with his current $3.6 trillion budget. Most of the members of this group are already supping at the public trough, while others either intend to, or will act as cheerleaders or even strong-arm enforcers. Government largesse manufactures votes, they know it, and that’s what this game is about.
R&R’s roster is loaded with familiar names. Heading the list is ACORN. A few more at random: the AFL-CIO, AFSCME (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees), Americans for Democratic Action, AAUW (American Association of University Women), Common Cause, Greenpeace, MoveOn Action Fund, National Education Association, People for the American Way, Sierra Club, and ProgressNow. The American Civil Liberties Union reportedly joined but for reasons not disclosed withdrew.
More about ProgressNow: Based in Washington D.C., it has a Denver affiliate called ProgressNowColorado, which has played and continues to play a significant role in Longmont city politics, such as fighting a church expansion project and electing key council members. Its Denver website has deleted a video of Longmont team leader Jen Gartner extolling the success of a petition drive she and her teammates engineered, but still posts a list of 80 Longmont members, most of whom are anonymous.
I lived through it: Franklin Delano Roosevelt introduced socialism in 1933 with his New Deal and it did not work (unemployment in 1939 was still at 14%), Lyndon Baines Johnson tried it in 1964 with his Great Society and it did not work, now Barack Hussein Obama thinks he is smart enough to make it work. Abraham Lincoln, where are you?