The Deplorables comprise a well-known American crime family and those who cater to them. One entity that appears to be in the pocket of the Trump administration is the venerable Heritage Foundation. To illustrate the peculiar nature of this champion of conservatism, consider the thinking of its founders, one being Paul Weyrich.
In the late 1970s a curious combination of religious and political activists assembled to ponder the strategy of a new political movement, sometimes by letter or phone, and sometimes in conference rooms or at a hotel in Lynchburg, Virginia. Some of the more vocal members of the group included Southern Baptist pastor Jerry Falwell; conservative activists Ed McAteer and Paul Weyrich; Nixon appointee Howard Phillips; attorney Alan P. Dye; and Robert J. Billings, an educator and organizer who would later serve as Ronald Reagan’s liaison to the Christian right.
Stewart, Katherine. The Power Worshippers (p. 57). Bloomsbury Publishing. Kindle Edition.
Yes, at some time American conservatism became associated with matters other than preservation of democracy and protection of the homeland.
I receive regular mailings from Heritage, and here is one of interest.
Maggy Smith <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Tue, Jun 23 at 11:29 AM
Liberals in Congress have spent years peddling the false stories of Trump’s collusion with Russia, when in reality, the threat to elections was so much closer to home. It’s them.
The first resolution introduced in this Congress was H.R. 1, which would compromise the First Amendment, individual voter integrity, the principle of “federalism,” and other pillars of representative government.
While touted as “reform,” this bill would undermine your home state’s authority to regulate elections, make it easier to commit voter fraud, and cripple your state’s voter ID laws.
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At the same time, there’s a concerted effort underway in liberal states to end the Electoral College – casting aside the wisdom of the Founding Fathers to ensure that big cities get to pick the President. Your rights are too valuable to be given away by these politicians. They want to trade the wisdom of the Constitution for electoral advantage.
This can do with some inspection. Start with false stories of Trump’s collusion with Russia. It would have been helpful had Maggie Smith cited some examples, because my recollection is special prosecutor Robert Mueller’s team, put together by a Republican administration, spent months investigating whether there was, in fact, collusion. I do recall a lot of speculation concerning the matter, but at the higher levels of the government the charge was never made. Nor did it need to be made. President Trump went to extraordinary lengths to give the appearance of being hand-in-hand with the Russian government.
Last I looked, John Bolton is not a flaming liberal, and he believes Donald Trump is dependent on the good will of the Russian government.
Smith next turns to the Democratic House of Representatives’ H.R. 1. Read it on-line. There is a lot in there, so I am going to ask that anybody who agrees with Smith’s assertion regarding compromise of the First Amendment to please contact me immediately.
Let us agree H.R. 1 does require states make voting by mail universal. That may sound coercive until you become aware that some states already have universal vote by mail. Smith fails to mention the motivation of this imposition, and that motivation is the practice by some states to suppress voting, especially voting by minorities that might oppose their favored candidate. What Smith has done is to turn a voter enabling feature into an assault on states’ autonomy. I am coming to conclude Heritage will be pleased if some people are prevented from voting.
Smith writes of enabling voter fraud and crippling states’ voter ID laws. That sounds encouraging until you realize voter ID laws were recently enacted to suppress voting. The matter of voter fraud seems legitimate until you consider states such as Utah have had voting by mail for years and have not experienced problems with voter fraud. Smith seems to be echoing Donald Trump’s claim that millions of illegal ballots were cast (against him) in the 2016 election. If you buy into this absurdity, then you are ripe to sign up to Smith’s voter fraud bogey man.
Do liberal states want to end the electoral college? This seems odd, considering that liberal states such as Nebraska and Maine effectively discarded the electoral college by portioning out electors to the several candidates. Maggie Smith has a problem with this? And besides, if any state wants to do this there is nothing the federal government has to say about it. The power to allocate electors is retained by the states. A popular plan is to allocate all of a state’s electors to the presidential candidate with a plurality of the popular vote. Suck it up, Smith.
In short, Maggie Smith, for The Heritage Foundation, wants us to throw our allegiance behind an administration soaked in scandal, mismanagement, and corruption, the likes of which we have never seen at this level. Let us hope good people of conscience will not take Heritage to represent our true heritage.
And may Jesus have mercy on our souls.