Money, hope and haplessness of Conservatives

Big Coffers and Rising Voice at Conservative Group

Freedom’s Watch, a deep-pocketed conservative group led by two former senior White House officials, made an audacious debut in late August when it began a $15 million advertising campaign designed to maintain Congressional support for President Bush’s troop increase in Iraq.

[ ]…One benefactor, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the group was hoping to raise as much as $200 million by November 2008. Raising big money “will be easy,” the benefactor said, adding that several of the founders each wrote a check for $1 million. Mr. Blakeman would not confirm or deny whether any donor gave $1 million, or more, to the organization.

[ ]…Among the group’s founders are Sheldon G. Adelson, the chairman and chief executive of the Las Vegas Sands Corporation, who ranks sixth on the Forbes Magazine list of the world’s billionaires; Mel Sembler, a shopping center magnate based in St. Petersburg, Fla., who served as the ambassador to Italy and Australia; John M. Templeton Jr., the conservative philanthropist from Bryn Mawr, Pa.; and Anthony H. Gioia, a former ambassador to Malta who heads an investment group based in Buffalo, N.Y. All four men are long-time prolific donors who have raised money on behalf of Republican and conservative causes.

You might want to clip and save this entire article for two occasions. For the next time a Republican says the Democratic Party is run by elitists. The second is for those that try to use millionaire George Soros as some grand all powerful manipulator. The sole purpose of the formation of this Republican billionaires club is that Republicans are losing the war of ideas. There only recourse to to overwhelm the public with bought and paid for propaganda.

Is arch neoconservative and fascist plagiarist Michael Ledeen ( by the way if you type “fascist plagiarist” into Google Ledeen’s is the first name in the results, so congrats to Mike) capable of writing anything that contains more truth then spin. At the National Review on-line Ledeen titles a post, Spitting on the Marines, Saturday, September 29, 2007. Sounds awful. I read the title and I was outraged that someone would spit on a Marine. The title to the story was intended to have just that effect. Yet no Marine was actually in fact spit on. In an e-mail he received from a Marine chaplain ( obviously an ideological aligned contact) it says,

It felt like being spit on. Every Marine and soldier

felt the message loud and clear, “YOU ARE NOT WELCOME

IN OAKLAND!”

Why did this chaplain feel like he was spit on? Because of some problems with TSA (Transportation Security Administration) in Oakland. TSA administrators are Bush administration appointees. Kip Hawley is the current head of the TSA and part of his resume includes a stint as Deputy Assistant and Special Assistant to President Ronald “Iran-Contra” Reagan. Kip is a member of the club. Ledeen writes in reference to the Marine’s problems with the TSA,” I hope that one of our leaders will find a way to put an end to such behavior.” The federal bureaucracy that we all live under is not run by faceless strangers, it is run by Ledeen’s buddies, like Kip. So to be clear. The agencies run by Ledeen’s ideological brothers in incompetence have “spit” on the Marines and Ledeen “hopes” they will do something to correct the problem.

The price of service

“The wounded and their families no longer trust that the government will take care of them the way they thought they’d be taken care of,” says veterans advocate Mary Ellen Salzano.

It’s a story which is much bigger than PTSD, TBI, or the particular rigors of combat, although that’s part of it. The bigger story has to do with the economic, social, and personal transition that soldiers must make when they leave the highly institutionalized world of the military for the competitive and often-unforgiving world of civilian life. It’s a massive life change, and as one person tells the AP: “What the VA has to offer is insufficient economically to take care of the impact of what happens.” Right. But how should we take care of veterans when they come home from war, or leave the service?

Maybe Mike could write up a little something where he “hopes” that the Bush administration and its appointees at the V.A. will take care of those vets the neocons sent off to an unnecessary war. Maybe some of them feel “spit” on too.