Let the Republican Crackup Begin. Who better to fire the first shot than George Will? [in a July 1 Washington Post editorial entitled “Some GOP candidates becoming unhinged over gay marriage ruling”]
Will writes, quoting from Madison, “In 1824, in retirement 37 years after serving as the Constitutional Convention’s prime mover, James Madison, 73, noted that the 1787 “language of our Constitution is already undergoing interpretations unknown to its founders.” He knew that the purport of the text would evolve “with the changeable meaning of the words composing it.””
As I shall now prove, George Will is one deceitful cherry-pickin’ historian. Madison sure knew “the purport of the text would evolve” all right, because Madison DENOUNCED it! (Will seems to have omitted that part.)
For those who want Madison’s REAL views, try reading his actual letter, especially the entire paragraph from which George Will quoted– where Madison claimed the nuggets George Will cherry-picked were WRONG!
(Ooops. That’s kinda cheating a bit, isn’t it? Then again– Will is defending the current lawyer class, so it makes sense in that context.)
Let Madison speak for himself:
“I entirely concur in the propriety of resorting to the sense in which the Constitution was accepted and ratified by the nation. In that sense alone it is the legitimate Constitution. And if that be not the guide in expounding it, there can be no Security for a consistent and stable, more than for a faithful exercise of its powers.”
James Madison, Letter to Henry Lee, 1824 June 25
You now know more about James Madison and the U.S. Constitution than you will ever learn from George “cherry-pickin” Will.
This article was contributed by Lloyd Sloan.
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Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment are taking a page directly out of Jesse Jackson’s playbook and targeting rich CEOs in St. Louis. It’s as much a shakedown as it is to make an example of them and rile up the unwashed masses that volunteer for them.
Why do I think this is a shakedown?
Because who they chose to target first:
Their first target: Enterprise Holdings Executive Chairman Andrew Taylor.
The Taylor family owns Bridgeton-based Keefe Group, which contracts with prisons to sell inmates goods. The Post-Dispatch reported in February on critics of the company who say it gouges prisoners on everything from candy to calls home.
That’s obviously why they are targeting these folks, right?
Well, there’s also this:
Enterprise spokeswoman Christine Cavallini later told the Post-Dispatch that the company was “surprised and puzzled” that demonstrators targeted Taylor.
“We respect the right of people to exercise their beliefs through peaceful protest, but we believe this effort has chosen the wrong target,” she said, adding that the Taylor family has donated more than $114 million to local and national groups since May.
This tactic is right out of Jesse Jackson’s playbook, a method he used to squeeze millions out of corporations.
Jackson has repeatedly threatened businesses with boycotts, negative publicity, and (implicitly) outright violence if they refused to enrich him or his organizations. Some examples:
- In 1981 Coca-Cola was induced to award a lucrative syrup distributorship to Jackson’s half-brother, Noah Robinson, in order to prevent Jackson from publicly shaming the company for conducting operations in apartheid-era South Africa.
- Soon thereafter, Coca Cola also granted a distributorship to Cecil Troy, a major financial backer of Operation PUSH.
- In March 1982 Jackson worked out a similar deal with Heublein Corporation, a wine and spirits company that owned Kentucky Fried Chicken. Under that agreement, Heublein promised to spend $360 million over five years with black-owned banks, advertising agencies, and newspapers, and to significantly increase its number of nonwhite franchise owners. As WorldNetDaily reports, “Once again, Noah Robinson cashed in, using the covenant to lock in a Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise that would become the launching pad for a fast food empire.” Robinson would later recount: “I told Jesse, ‘If you just do the talking for us—and I handle the financial operations—we can rival the Rockefellers in riches.’”
- Also in 1982, Heublein Corporation donated $5,000 to to help underwrite the annual PUSH convention, and came forth with another $10,000 in November 1983.
- Similar cash contributions to Jackson and his groups came from 7-Up and Coca-Cola.
- In November 1996 Jackson called for a national boycott of Texaco, Inc., saying that economic sanctions were needed to “break the cycle” of racial hostility at the company. He called on Texaco stockholders to sell their shares in protest, and warned that Texaco service stations would be picketed if a quick settlement was not reached. In the largest-ever settlement of its kind, Texaco agreed to pay $115 million to 1,500 current and former black employees; to give all black employees an immediate 10% raise; to provide $26.1 million in pay raises to blacks over a five-year period; and to spend $35 million for racial monitoring and sensitivity-training programs for employees. But Jackson said this was insufficient.
- Laying the groundwork for yet another big payoff, Jackson denounced Anheuser-Busch not only for having too few minority-owned distributorships, but also for allegedly targeting highly potent malt-liquor advertising at minority communities where alcoholism was prevalent. To prevent Jackson from waging a protracted negative-publicity campaign against the company, Anheuser-Busch in 1998 awarded (at a bargain price) a beer distributorship to Jackson’s sons, Yusef and Jonathan, neither of whom had any background in the beer business.
- In February 1997, Jackson filed a petition with the Federal Communications Commission to block Viacom‘s bid to sell 10 radio stations, maintaining that the company had not fulfilled its pledge to sell some of those stations to minorities. In response, Viacom agreed to create a $2 million fund to promote minority ownership of broadcast properties. Jackson then ended his opposition, and the sale was approved.
- In 1998 Jackson tried to block a merger between CBS and Viacom, saying it was “antithetical to basic democratic values.” He made it clear, however, that his opposition would cease if Viacom were to sell its UPN network to either of his longtime friends, Chester Davenport or Percy Sutton. In early 1999, CBS and Viacom pledged to give $1 million to Jackson’s Citizenship Education Fund (CEF), at which point Jackson’s opposition to the merger dissipated.
- In December 1998, Jackson threatened to block the GTE-Bell Atlantic merger unless the two parties made guarantees regarding their commitment to minority hiring and contracting. Over the ensuing four months, GTE and Bell pledged $1.5 million to CEF and gave Chester Davenport a 7% stake of their new cellular business. In May 1999, Jackson approved the merger, which resulted in the formation of Verizon.
- In December 1998, Jackson opposed a merger between AT&T and TCI, citing the latter’s “questionable record and … poor level of public service.” But in January 1999, AT&T pledged $425,000 to Jackson’s CEF and sent its chairman to one of Jackson’s conferences, where he (the chairman) promised to hire a minority-owned firm to handle its bond offering. The firm that was eventually selected for this contract, Blaylock & Partners, had close ties to Jackson.
- According to the Chicago Sun-Times, “Jackson also blocked the  SBC-Ameritech merger until Ameritech agreed to sell part of its cellular phone business to a minority owner, who turned out to be [Jackson’s friend Chester] Davenport.” (Davenport had no previous telecommunications experience.) “The price you pay for our support,” said Jackson, “is to include us.” Davenport later hired Jackson’s son Jonathan (who also served as president of CEF) as a consultant.
- In 2001 Jackson called for a consumer boycott of the Toyota Motor Company, in retribution for what he characterized as the company’s “offensive” marketing materials. The object of Jackson’s disdain was a promotional postcard, distributed by the automaker mostly in nightclubs and coffee houses, that showed a smiling black man with the likeness of a gold Toyota sport-utility vehicle adorning one of his teeth. According to Jackson, this “example of extreme stereotypes” had caused “widespread outrage and indignation among African Americans.” “The only thing missing,” said Jackson at a Chicago news conference, “is the watermelon.” The dispute was resolved when Toyota promised to spend hundreds of millions of dollars per year to train and hire more nonwhite minorities, to purchase more goods and services from minority companies, and to earmark more of its advertising dollars for minority-owned advertisers.
- In the summer of 2008, Jackson and his Rainbow/PUSH Coalition demanded that the oil giant British Petroleum (BP) increase the involvement of nonwhite minorities in its business practices. Jackson did this in spite of the fact that BP had already paid $10,000 to be a “Bronze Sponsor” of the Rainbow/PUSH’s 35th annual conference in Chicago. Peter Flaherty, founder and president of the National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC), stated: “It is pretty obvious what is going on here. BP sponsors Jesse Jackson’s conference at the $10,000 level, but the company is certainly capable of a lot more. No doubt, Jackson seeks to upgrade them to the $150,000 ‘Platinum Sponsor’ level for next year.” Added Flaherty: “Nobody likes being called a racist for obvious reasons, but instead of these corporations defending themselves and standing up for themselves, they basically just want to buy off the enemy.”
Commenting on arrangements like these, one corporate executive (speaking on condition of anonymity) said: “It seemed like a shakedown to me. They [Jackson and his organizations] had lists of people they wanted us to do business with, lists of things they wanted us to do, donations and things like that.”
While the Taylor family has donated millions, they are one of the richest families in Missouri, and can give more to make some bad media attention go away. The “donation” would then be used to finance other protests and infrastructure for MORE’s leftist agenda.
Don’t believe for a second this is about anything more than shaking the money tree to see what falls out.
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