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How Soon They Forget…or Do They?

Today we take a short trip into history. Come with me as we journey far into the past, back to the beginning of 2010 and the anointed one’s message of hope and salvation, otherwise known as the State of the Union Address.  You remember, the one where he excoriated the Supreme Court for its decision involving the first amendment. The one where a justice was caught on video telling the home audience that Obama was wrong.

A large part of his address was taken up with the anointed one’s opposition to a then recent Supreme Court decision that allowed, in a victory for the first amendment, corporations and unions to spend money on ads supporting or opposing various issues. Do you remember that we were warned that the decision would be the downfall of our republic? Corporations and unions allowed to fund issue advocacy? How could the court unleash this enemy of the common folk upon us? The talking heads on the left were apoplectic with indignation. Why, to hear them tell it, any second now the NRA was going to conspire with Smith  & Wesson to buy congressmen.

OK, fast-forward to the present. Yesterday I saw a television ad for Health Care for America Now, urging us to contact our U.S. Representative and demand they pass Obamacare. So, on whim, I went to their website and began digging for some information. According to their website, HCAN is a “national grassroots campaign of more than 1,000 organizations in 46 states representing 30 million people dedicated to winning quality, affordable health care.” They hope to “mobilize people…to stand up to the insurance companies and other special interest groups.” So, I’m pretty sure that qualifies as issue advocacy.

I did a little further digging, and I managed to find out who some of the players are. The steering committee, that decides policy and positions, is composed of fifteen members. The list, in no particular order:

Center for American Progress

Campaign for America’s Future

National Women’s Law Center

AFL/CIO

NEA

La Raza

AFSCME

MoveOn.org

Working America

ACORN

Communication Workers of America

NAACP

Children’s Defense Fund

United Food and Commercial Workers International Union

Campaign for Community Change

American’s United for Change

SEIU

Six unions, and ten social change organizations. And at least three of them with George Soros’ fingerprints all over them. Not to mention the incestuous relationships between some of those board members. For example, the Campaign for America’s Future has a board member, Eli Pariser, who is affiliated with MoveOn.Org. The Campaign for Community Change has one board member who is a board member who is the director of the AFL/CIO’s Health Care Reform Campaign, and one who is the assistant to the president of the SEIU.

Not one of those groups would even be remotely considered representative of the conservative side of the issue of Obamacare. Which is OK, they have every right to support one side of the argument. What is amazing, though, is the deafening silence surrounding their TV ads. Sixteen unions and corporations, all spending vast sums of money, to affect the outcome of public policy debate in America. Where is the wailing and gnashing of teeth from the doomsayers? Where are the complaints about corporate and union money ruining America? Or is it only right-wing money that ruins things? Georgy boy and his billions are without taint because his motives are pure?

Let’s face it, there is no qualitative difference between the SEIU and the NRA. Both are private groups, and both spend their own money advocating for the things they think worthwhile. If one opposes corporations and unions spending money on issue advocacy, speak out now. It would be mighty hypocritical to ignore the issue you complained about so loudly only months ago, merely because you agree with the point of the ads now.

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