driving Economy

the Affordable Gas Price Act

I’ve been meaning to write about this lately, the following email from I got is correct. The reason gas prices are so high is speculators, demand has driven the price of a barrel of crude oil way up and our damn government. If anyone is making a killing on oil it is the people supply the crude and Government! How come we have falling bridges and crappy roads when they are taxing us so much on fuel and our cars?

Last night one of my local news casts broke down the costs per dollar of gas.

75¢ Crude oil
17¢ Taxes
13¢ Distribution
5¢ Local gas stations

Obviously these are averages as some states have higher taxes and some gas stations make more. I don’t understand why anyone would think electing more democrats to office will do anything but further raise gas prices and ruin our economy. They ran saying they would lower energy costs and they have instead nearly doubled since they have taken control of Congress. It is no wonder since they oppose any use of domestic crude. WE have proven reserves in Alaska, the Rocky Mountains in the form of oil shell and in the Gulf coast. They say we can’t drill off our coast so Cuba and China are doing it and reaping the rewards!

A couple of weeks ago a friend sent me a long email about India using compressed cars, I quoted this line and answered below

What an idea! Compressed air will provide the needed energy to drive these Cars.

But where do you get the energy to compress the air? Same with electric cars, or convert water to hydrogen? I’ve yet to see an “alt fuels” idea that will fix the problems we have. Especially when electric companies are asking us to cut usage by using CFL’s and turning up our AC. Power and Water are about the only industries that ask us to cut back instead of producing more to meet demand which would be more profits for them. Water I understand why, but why aren’t we building our electric grid bigger? Why is China and Cuba drilling for Oil in the gulf but we can’t? If you want cheaper energy don’t vote for Democrats! If you want a better economy vote the tax and spenders out of office.
I will also add to that converting food to fuel is driving up the cost of food. It’s great for the corn farmers but it bad for the rest of us and is causing corn shortages for food world wide. It is a stupid idea and is not sustainable on a large scale.

This CONSERVATIVE ALERT is a special message from

Congress is Refusing to Consider Bill to Bring Gas Prices Down — Click Below to Tell YOUR Rep. to Co-Sponsor the Affordable Gas Price Act:

ALERT: Well, gas has finally hit over four dollars a gallon where I live. And it doesn’t look like these rising prices are going to slow down any time soon.

If this keeps up, the American economy will be devastated.

So what does Congress do about this crisis? One group blames OPEC and Venezuela, calling for us to “fight back” against them — which will only lead to retaliation and higher prices. Another group blames the oil companies, calling for a massive “windfall profits” tax hike on them — which will only be passed on to consumers and lead to higher prices. Still other groups blame Americans themselves, and call for extreme restrictive conservation measures to be mandated on “oil-hungry” citizens.

And nothing gets done. And gas prices keep shooting up.

Plus, these big government solutions will, at best, prove ineffective and, at worst, bring back the fuel shortages and gas lines of the seventies.

Over a year ago, legislation was introduced that would not only counter the extreme environmentalism of the liberals, it would also counter the government’s own inflationary monetary policies that have led directly to the crisis we’re facing today.

That’s right. As usual, the government doesn’t have a solution to the problem — the government IS the problem!

House bill H.R. 2415, short-titled the “Affordable Gas Price Act,” was introduced on May 21, 2007. The official title of the bill states its purpose:

“To reduce the price of gasoline by allowing for offshore drilling, eliminating Federal obstacles to constructing refineries and providing incentives for investment in refineries, suspending Federal fuel taxes when gasoline prices reach a benchmark amount, and promoting free trade.”

So for over a year now, Congress has had available to them legislation that reduces gas prices by reforming government polices that artificially inflate the price of gas.

And not one of them has even had the guts to sign on as a co-sponsor.

THIS IS OUTRAGEOUS. It’s time our “representatives” are FORCED to stand up and do the right thing, instead of posturing and posing for the cameras while the rest of us are struggling to decide between eating and putting gas in the tank.

So WE need to do the FORCING!

TAKE ACTION: We don’t need more “big government solutions” — we need common-sense solutions that will bring back sanity to our energy policies. Instead of expanding government, Congress should repeal federal laws and polices that raise the price of gas, either directly through taxes or indirectly though regulations that discourage the development of new fuel sources.

These Congress-critters should also get off of their ideological high horses, and allow Americans to enjoy the benefits of free trade with oil-producing nations that are now restricted by misguided and outdated trade polices, which are also artificially raising the price of gas.

Congress needs to STOP ignoring this bill, which could finally bring gas prices down while also addressing the root causes of government-induced economic crises like this one. Please click below NOW to send a FREE message directly to your Representative, and DEMAND that he or she become a co-sponsor of H.R. 2415, the “Affordable Gas Price Act,” TODAY:


William Greene, President

P.S.: The likelihood that this common-sense bill will advance beyond the committee stage and be voted on by the House increases in proportion to the number of cosponsors it has! Be sure to send this Alert to EVERYONE you know who wants to DEMAND that members of Congress finally get off of their rear ends and bring gas prices down. Thank you!


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Islam Politics

What the West Needs to Know about Islam

You need to see this DVD, it can be rented from or other places I’m sure. It tells the facts about Islam that there are two states in the world the State of Islam were the Islamist live and the State of War were everyone else lives who is not a Muslim. According to the Koran those of us who are not Muslims can be lied to, murdered, and subjugated, subjects who pay tribute to the State of Islam. If we are more powerful than the Muslims they will lie to us and tell us they are peaceful and our friends and make peace with us until they become stronger then watch out.
Islam is not only a religion but a form of government which is not compatible with the values of those who live out side of it. Women and non Muslims are second class citizens. It is their goal that the whole world will some day be under the rule of Islam. I can not begin to summarize the 90 minute DVD which is mostly told by those who of lived under Islam or left Islam.

Some web resources for you Official website of the documentary.

Religion of Peace? Islams War Against the World
the new book by Gregory M. Davis.
From World Ahead Publishing Robert Spencer’s website. ACT for America is an issues advocacy organization dedicated to effectively organizing and mobilizing the most powerful grassroots citizen action network in America, a grassroots network committed to informed and coordinated civic action that will lead to public policies that promote America’s national security and the defense of American democratic values against the assault of radical Islam.

A recent email I got from ACT
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Undercover Reporter in United Kingdom
Films Islamofascism in Action !!

Dear Scott,

Over a year ago, a United Kingdom television station dispatched a reporter to go undercover into mosques in the UK.

In a series of blockbuster video reports that have been posted on YouTube, viewers get to see for themselves what Brigitte Gabriel and others have been warning about for years.

In just the first installment, you will see imams proclaiming:

Allah has created the woman deficient & If she doesn’t wear the hijab, we hit her.

You have to live like a state within a state until you take over.

The pinnacle, the crest, the summit of Islam, is jihad.

In that same installment you will see how a large Muslim organization in the UK has a special chat room for communication not meant for non-Muslims to see.

You will see how imams despise non-believers and call for jihad against them.

But what is most relevant for us in America, is that the Saudi Arabian religious establishment that provides the materials and the teaching that is going on inside these British mosques also provides the materials and the teaching for many if not most mosques here in the United States.

So when you click on the link below to view these undercover videos, remind yourself that this is what is happening in mosques right here in America perhaps in your community, and even right down the street from you!

If you aren’t able to see these videos on your computer, find someone who can.

Words alone do not do justice to the reality of the threat we are facing. Please click on the link above, view one or more of the videos, and then forward this email to everyone you know.

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Dear Scott,

U.S. Representative Sue Myrick, co-founder of the House anti-terrorism caucus, has done America a great service with her call for a 10 point plan to tackle the threat of Islamic terrorism here in America.

Her 10 point plan is listed in the article below. Her press release laying out her plan can be viewed by clicking

In the past we have highlighted concerns raised by many of the items in her plan, such as the FBI s flawed Arabic translator program.

She will certainly get criticism from Muslims and the politically correct crowd. We need to show Rep. Myrick that there are Americans who are 100% behind her and applaud her courage and leadership.

Before Monday, please send an email to Rep. Myrick letting her know we re behind her. Click on this link to send her an email:

And if you are so inclined, call her Washington, D.C. office, 202/225-1976, and leave a message there letting Rep. Myrick know we re supporting her efforts.

Make sure you identify yourself as an ACT! for America member when you email or call!

Thank you!

Brigitte Gabriel

Congresswoman unveils ‘Wake Up America’ plan to try to stop threats

Lisa Zagaroly

McClatchy Newspapers

Rep. Sue Myrick wants America to “wake up” and stop allowing terrorism to proliferate … The Charlotte Republican on Friday released a list of 10 items she hopes will help peel back the layers on how radical elements of Islam might be infiltrating the military, school rooms and other elements of society. She also wants to stop the government from supporting terrorist organizations through financial investments and military sales. … The co-founder of the House anti-terrorism caucus has spent an increasing amount of time trying to tackle what she views as threats posed at home by extremists, an issue that fuels her commitment to deporting illegal immigrants.

Myrick’s 10-point plan

  1. Investigate all military chaplains endorsed by Abdurahman Alamoudi, who was imprisoned for funding a terrorist organization.
  2. Investigate all prison chaplains endorsed by Alamoudi.
  3. Investigate the selection process of Arabic translators working for the Pentagon and FBI.
  4. Examine the nonprofit status of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
  5. Make it an act of sedition or solicitation of treason to preach or publish materials that call for the deaths of Americans.
  6. Audit sovereign wealth funds in the United States.
  7. Cancel scholarship student visa program with Saudi Arabia until they reform their text books, which she claims preach hatred and violence against non-Muslims.
  8. Restrict religious visas for imams who come from countries that don’t allow reciprocal visits by non-Muslim clergy.
  9. Cancel contracts to train Saudi police and security in U.S. counterterrorism tactics.
  10. Block the sale of sensitive military munitions to Saudi Arabia.

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Last Chance to Impact Border Fence

From the Desk of:
Steve Elliott, President, Alliance


Dear Scott,

Next Tuesday, Ron De Jong and I will be on Capitol Hill presenting
your petition to key members in the House–demanding that our
borders be secured.

I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to represent you, and promise
that when I stand at the podium on Cannon Terrace, surrounded by
boxes of petitions, I will deliver a powerful and poignant message
to leadership that grassroots Americans will prevail in moving the
government to build the double-layered fence as promised.

I believe a strong grassroots presence will also stimulate The
Fence By Date Certain Act–a critical piece of legislation that
seeks to restore the original mandates in the Secure Fence
Act–most notably the promise to build 800 miles of double
layered fencing.

That’s our goal with this delivery–which is why I want to make
certain we do everything in our power to make it our best presentation
to date…

But as usual, I need your help.

Scott, Tuesday afternoon, I want to present at least 250,000
petitions to Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC). Right now we are about 20,000
petitions shy of this quarter-million goal.

With your help I want to make one final push over the weekend
to reach this dazzling goal.

++Action Item–Rally your friends

Forward this message to 25-35 friends and family urging
them to take action by signing our petition demanding the
fence be built as promised, by clicking here:

I would love to represent your friends and family at this upcoming event.
Please impress on them the importance of this issue, and what ultimately
is at stake!

Thank you for taking fast action with me.


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Concealed Carry Reciprocity In Congress!

Senator Vitter To Offer Concealed Carry Reciprocity Amendment
— Action needed right away!

Gun Owners of America E-Mail Alert
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Phone: 703-321-8585 / FAX: 703-321-8408

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Senator David Vitter (R-LA) has filed a pro-gun amendment to HR 980, and it
could be voted on as early as tomorrow!

This amendment would protect the right of citizens to carry concealed
weapons (outside of their home state) in states that allow concealed carry.

Sen. Vitter explains that his amendment does not violate the rights of
states as it “does NOT establish national standards for concealed carry, nor
does it provide for a national carry permit.”

In other words, the Vitter amendment specifically says that state laws
concerning specific types of locations in which firearms may not be carried
shall be followed. “My amendment will not federalize concealed carry
permits but simply requires concealed carry permits to be recognized in
other states that allow concealed carry permits,” Vitter said.

This is a real reciprocity provision which grants citizens the “full faith
and credit” protection that is guaranteed in Article IV of the Constitution.
Section 1 of this article says:

Full Faith and Credit shall be given in each State to the public Acts,
Records, and judicial Proceedings of every other State. And the Congress
may by general Laws prescribe the Manner in which such Acts, Records, and
Proceedings shall be proved, and the Effect thereof.

Vitter says that this constitutional provision authorizes the Congress to
pass legislation forcing each state to recognize the “public Acts” of other
states. So if states are not willing to recognize another state’s laws,
Congress has the authority to pass laws to require recognition of those

It’s just like with driver’s licenses. If certain states refused to honor
the driver’s licenses of citizens in other states, Congress could pass
legislation (under Article IV) to require every state to honor all licenses.

ACTION: Please urge your Senators to vote for the Vitter amendment to HR
980 to protect the right to carry concealed firearms outside of your home

You can visit the Gun Owners Legislative Action Center at to send your Senators the pre-written
e-mail message below. And, you can call your Senators at 202-224-3121 or
toll-free at 1-877-762-8762.

—– Pre-written letter —–

Dear Senator:

Please support the Vitter amendment to HR 980. This amendment will protect
the right of citizens to carry firearms outside of their home state without
violating the rights of other states. Thus, the Vitter language masterfully
protects the principle of federalism while also promoting Second Amendment

A person’s right to defend himself and his family should not end at the
border of his state.

I urge you to vote for the Vitter concealed carry amendment.


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Straw Poll invitation

I just took part in a 2008 Straw Poll of grassroots citizens. The results
will be released to the national media as a measure of which
candidates are currently receiving support from grassroots American.

Please go here to complete the Straw Poll.


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Climate Change Politics

help stop the Al Gore Tax

Congress is moving quickly to pass a $1.2 trillion Global
Warming Tax that is based on unfounded science and could
cripple our economy. A vote is expected before summer.

I just signed a petition and am asking you to join me.
Please go here:


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Planned Parenthood Exploits Mother’s Day Alliance

I guess raking in a staggering $1.017 billion in income
(including $300 million from taxpayer money) isn’t enough
for the world’s largest Abortion business–Planned Parenthood.

In what really is a chilling irony, Planned Parenthood, used
Mother’s Day for a fundraising platform. Planned Parenthood
president Cecile Richards wrote, “This Mother’s Day, I’m honoring
that legacy with a Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Mother’s Day gift. Join me.”

Asking for Mother’s Day donations in honor of mother’s and
daughters? It is as sickening as it is appalling.

What about the lost legacies of the millions of babies that
have been slaughtered for profit by Planned Parenthood.
Who is honoring their legacy?

Hopefully it is, and organizations like us who
are diligently working to protect the sanctity of life.

++ 200,000 Petitions Needed

In late June, Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN), is expected to propose an
amendment to the appropriations bill that funds the Departments
of Labor and Health and Human Services to prohibit federal
funding for Planned Parenthood.

Just weeks ago, Ron De Jong and I presented more than 100,000
petitions to the Congressman from citizens who oppose their
tax monies being used to destroy human life.

Scott, I’d like to present him with another 100,000 prior
to him proposing this amendment–but I believe we have only
about 30 days to maximize our impact, and I could use your help.

  • +Action Item–Alert your Friends

Forward this message to 25-30 friends and urge them to sign
our petition to de-fund Planned Parenthood by clicking here:

Let your friends know the real truth about Planned Parenthood,
and what they really stand for. Encourage them to become part
of the solution and part of a mighty move to preserve and
protect the legacy of the unborn in our country.

Thank you for taking action with Grassfire! Alliance

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2nd Amendment

Gun Rights Week Coverage on Glenn Beck – Tune In

Dear Fellow NRA Member,

In honor of NRA’s upcoming annual meeting and his keynote address to our annual banquet on Saturday May 17, Glenn Beck is holding “Gun Rights Week” on both his radio and T.V. shows.

These shows will be broadcast on the Premiere Radio Network’s 280 stations from 9 a.m. to noon, Eastern, and on CNN Headline News Network every night at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Each day, Glenn will feature a new gun rights segment on his shows. I’ll be his guest on Tuesday, and NRA-ILA’s Chris Cox will be the featured guest on Wednesday. And each day for the rest of the week, there will be another firearm freedom expert talking to Glenn and millions of his listeners.

The toll free call-in number for Glenn’s radio show is 1-888-727-BECK. So if you have a question or comment about the elections, Right-to-Carry, crime, the Supreme Court Heller case, Castle Doctrine, or any Second Amendment issue, CALL!

For more information on broadcast times, stations and special guests, visit and click the “radio” or “T.V.” banners. Glenn will also be providing transcripts and video links to all the interviews and segments in his free daily email newsletter, which you can sign up for on his site.

As one more favor to me, be sure to tell every gun owner you know about these important broadcasts. Please take a moment today, while you’re sitting at your computer, to forward this e-mail to your contact list.

Also, be sure to keep your eyes on the national news this Friday between 12:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. Eastern, when NRA kicks off our weekend-long event with our Celebration of American Values Leadership Forum.

Confirmed speakers include Kentucky Lt. Governor Daniel Mongiardo, T.V. personality Ollie North, political strategist Karl Rove, former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, Senator Mitch McConnell, Navy Seal Marcus Luttrell, Governor Mike Huckabee, Governor Mitt Romney, and John McCain.

Over 10,000 NRA members will attend, making this the largest political event in NRA’s history.

All the major national news outlets will have cameras and reporters on hand to cover this event. Live, for over four hours on Friday afternoon-and in thousands of broadcast hours, and electronic and print pages to follow-NRA and our election-year defense of Second Amendment will dominate the news.

Thanks again for your support of NRA and thanks for helping spread the word about these important broadcast events!


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President and DHS oppose the border fence

From the Desk of:
Steve Elliott, President, Alliance


Dear Scott,

“The ‘virtual fence’ is virtually useless,” says Rep. Duncan Hunter

The recent failure of the highly touted “virtual fence” (that DHS
spent more than $20 million developing) is a slap in the face to
every citizen who has been demanding control of the borders.

But DHS isn’t committed to securing the borders. If they were,
they would have followed the mandates of the Secure Fence Act,
and duplicated the barrier built in San Diego.

That 14-mile fence has been extremely effective in lowering illegal
crossings and drug traffic. In fact, apprehensions have decreased
due to fewer crossings. In simple language, the double-layered
fence works.

Hunter is so incensed by the current state of border fencing–
single-layer, and virtual fencing that he’s introduced legislation
demanding that it “restores the most important elements of the
Secure Fence Act,” notably 700 miles of double-layered fencing
to be constructed within six months of the bill’s enactment.

H.R. 5124 is strongly supported by Grassfire, and should be
strongly supported by every citizen in the nation who is serious
about border security.

Scott, I’m thrilled that you have already added your name
to our “Build the Fence As Promised” petition. After just one
week, more than 85,000 citizens have added their name!

I’m asking all members of our team who have already taken action
with us, to do two important things:

++ Action Item #1–Contact your Congressman

After signing, please take a moment to contact your Arizona
Representative, encouraging he/she to support the Hunter bill H.R. 5124
“Reinstate the Secure Fence Act”. When calling, be sure to identify
yourself as a member of

To date, the following 16 members of Congress have added their names as

Bilbray (CA-50) Waite-Brown (FL-5)
Coble (NC-6) Drier (CA-26)
Franks (AZ-2) Gingery (GA-11)
Goode (VA-5) Graves (MO-6
Johnson (TX-3) Marchant (TX-24)
Myrick (NC-9) Poe (TX-2)
Rohrabacher (CA-46) Royce (CA-40)
Saxton (NJ-5) Sullivan (OK-1)

If your Congressman isn’t on this list, please call right now,
and urge them to do so. To be quickly connected call the
Capitol Switchboard: 202-226-3121.

If your Congressman is on the above list, call them anyway and thank
them for taking a REAL stand to secure our borders!

++Action Item #2–Alert your friends

Scott in just a few short weeks, Ron De Jong and I will be on
Capitol Hill presenting your petitions to leading members of Congress
who are serious about border security, and I want to overwhelm
them with our petition. You can help us do that by forwarding
this message to 20-30 friends today!

Urge them to add their name to this important
petition calling for the fence to be built as promised
simply by clicking here:

The lack of commitment from the President and DHS will result in either
substandard fencing, or no fencing at all. That’s why we are urging ALL
members of our team to sign our petition and take to the phones!

A true solution will only come about if the grassroots voice of
America speaks out!

Thank you for you quick response.


P.S: After signing our petition and making your call, please forward
this message to 20-30 friends and family. Encourage them to sign our
petition by clicking here:

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I was looking for something else entirely and found this in my archives from around 1998 and thought it should be brought out again.


By William F. Jasper

“In America, where idealism is the yardstick used to judge a generation’s
collective virtue, Rhodes scholars are its masters,” says Rhodes scholar
Peter Beinart. “They are chosen as much for their public-spiritedness as
for their academic prowess. Not all want to run for elective office, but
the bulk think their talents can be most fully realized through public
service. Like Clinton, my peers believe earnestly in government. Above all,
they believe in themselves in government.”

Writing in the “My Turn” section of Newsweek’s January 16th issue, Beinart,
a 23-year-old student now in his second year at Oxford University, offers a
perceptive critique of the “Rhodie” tendency to giddily embrace idealism as
“summum bonum”. Beinart notes that “such idealism should be refreshing. Yet
after a year at Oxford, it makes me uneasy. The commitment to government my
colleagues express so passionately is rarely linked to a clear vision of
what government should do…. I’m afraid that the idealism for which Rhodes
scholars receive praise is less an antidote to the problems of American
politics than a symptom of them.”

“Lacking a vision of political service in pursuit of specific ends,”
observes Beinart, “the rhetoric of idealism allows Rhodes scholars to
justify and celebrate political service per se. Idealism masks an
ideological vacuum.”


On the pernicious potential of misdirected idealism Bienart scores some
important points. However, it is not idealism per se, but a particular kind
of idealism, of which Rhodies are typically imbued, that is the problem
under consideration here. And it is certainly not an idealism proceeding
from an “ideological vacuum.” If that were the case, we would expect to see
idealism manifested and expressed in a diversity of shapes and forms, as
for instance: Christian idealism versus humanist/pagan/atheist idealism,
individualist versus collectivist idealism, libertarian versus totalitarian
idealism, nationalist versus globalist idealism, etc.

The Oxonian idealism, however, seems to run almost invariably along the
humanist/pagan/atheist, collectivist, totalitarian, globalist, elitist
lines. Perhaps Beinart’s peers do not explicitly subscribe to such a nasty
idealism, but, apparently, it is implicit – at least in the formative
stages – in their collective world view, and it is this which makes him
“uneasy.” As he says, they have a passionate “commitment to government,”
but, “above all, they believe “in themselves” in government.” Which is
exactly the kind of “idealism” British empire builder Cecil John Rhodes
intended to foster when he established the Rhodes scholarships at the turn
of the century.

We have written previously about the baleful effects of Rhodes’ bequest (“A
‘Rhodie’ in the White House,” New American, 1/25/93). However, since the
accession of Bill Clinton to the Oval Office, the Oxford influence in the
Executive branch of the federal government has attained unprecedented
heights. As Rhodes scholar Robert Rotberg noted in the Christian Science
Monitor for December 7, 1992, the Clinton Presidency “fulfills Rhodes’
deepest aspiration.” Rotberg, author of The Founder: Cecil Rhodes and the
Pursuit of Power, wrote in his Monitor piece that “Rhodes believed that he
had discovered an idea that could lead ‘to the cessation of all wars and
one language throughout the world.’ Rhodes also specified fairly clearly
the kinds of men who should receive the opportunity to go to Oxford. He had
Clinton in mind” – an admission which, by itself, should severely diminish
the prestige of the esteemed academic honors. Rhodes’ men, said Rotberg,
were a special breed: “They were to ‘esteem the performance of public
duties’ as their highest aim. Rhodes wanted the best men for ‘the World’s
fight’… In the 90 years of scholarships, only Clinton has taken
Rhodes’dream to the top.”


Indeed. Which is why we are grateful for the appearance of two recent
studies on this important subject: Secret Records Revealed: The Men, the
Money, and the Methods Behind the New World Order, by Dennis Laurence Cuddy
(Plymouth Rock Foundation, PO Box 577, Marlborough, NH 02455); and The
Rhodes Legacy: Are Its Agents Shaping America’s Destiny? by Samuel L.
Blumenfeld (The Blumenfeld Education Letter, PO Box 45161, Boise, ID 83711).

As two of the most perceptive writers on education issues today, Dr. Cuddy
and Mr. Blumenfeld are well qualified to tackle the Rhodesian menace
to American academe, government, and society.

Quoting from Professor Carroll Quigley’s monumental history, Tragedy and
Hope, Blumenfeld recounts the “sensational impact” that socialist professor
John Ruskin had on the young Cecil Rhodes while a student at Oxford. Later,
“with support from Lord Rothschild and Alfred Beit, [Rhodes] was able to
monopolize the diamond mines of South Africa” and put his enormous,
ill-gotten fortune in diamonds and gold to work in his plan for world empire.

To accomplish this end, Rhodes confided to his intimate friend and
executor, William T. Snead, it was necessary to (in Rhodes’ own words)
create “a society copied, as to organization, from the Jesuits.” Unlike the
Jesuits (the Society of Jesus), however, Rhodes’ society would be secret
and decidedly un-Christian. Rhodes told Snead that it should be “a secret
society, organized like Loyola’s, supported by the accumulated wealth of
those whose aspiration is to do something.”

And this “something” that Rhodes had in mind for them to “do” with their
wealth? Nothing less, said Rhodes, than “a scheme to take the government
of the whole world.” Thus, Rhodes biographer Sarah Millin noted, “The
government of the world was Rhodes’ simple desire.” Simple, yes, though
hardly lacking in ambitious grandiosity. Said Rhodes to Stead: “What scope!
What a horizon of work for the next two centuries for the best energies of
the best people in the world.” And, averred the fabulously wealthy magnate,
“The only thing feasible to carry out this idea is a secret society
gradually absorbing the wealth of the world, to be devoted to this object.”

These and other revealing statements are found in an important article on
Cecil Rhodes in the New York Times of April 9, 1902, which Blumenfeld has
reprinted in The Rhodes Legacy.


The secret society of which Rhodes spoke was launched, notes Blumenfeld, on
February 5, 1891. Forming the executive committee of this society were
Rhodes, Stead, Lord Esher, and Alfred Milner. Below them was a “Circle of
Initiates” comprised of Lord Balfour, Sir Harry Johnson, Lord Rothschild,
Lord Grey, and other scions of Britain’s financial and aristocratic
elite.According to Professor Quigley, Bill Clinton’s mentor at Georgetown
University, “The scholarships were merely a facade to conceal the secret
society, or more accurately, they were to be one of the instuments by which
the members of the secret society could carry out his purpose.” “The Rhodes
Scholarships,” Blumenfeld writes, “as outlined in Rhodes’ will, became the
main instrument whereby the most promising young people throughout the
English-speaking world could be recruited to serve an idea that Rhodes
thought would take 200 years to fulfill.” And, says Blumenfeld: “Obviously,
the way the secret society would recruit its future leaders from among the
Rhodes scholars was to dangle before them the prospects of future
advancement in whatever field they chose to pursue, be it education,
politics, government, foundation work, finance, journalism, etc. Thus, if
you understood the implicit message being given to you by your sponsors you
might one day become president of Harvard, President of the United States,
a Supreme Court Judge, a US senator, or president of the Carnegie
Foundation. The road to fame and fortune was open as long as you played the
game and obeyed the rules. The Association of American Rhodes Scholars has
an alumni membership of about 1,600. They have become leading figures in
the new ruling elite in America.”


For gaining as appreciation of just how influential the “leading figures”
in this ruling elite have been, and are today, Dr. Cuddy’s 50-page booklet,
Secret Records Revealed, is of immense value. Utlilizing the chronological
format he has used in some of his previous studies, Cuddy begins with the
year 1890 and traces the perfidious Rhodes influence to the present,
outlining not only the “contributions” of Rhodes scholars, but those as
well of prominent members in Rhodes’ other fronts such as the Council on
Foreign Relations.

The impact of this elect(but in most cases unelected) coterie has been
nothing less than incredible. A roll call of the famous Rhodies who have
advanced the founder’s scheme reads like a Who’s Who of American
finance,business, academe, journalism, and politics: Whitney Shepardson,
John K.Fairbank, Lester Thurow, Erwin D. Canham, Stringfellow Barr,
Nicholas Katzenbach, Howard K. Smith, Harlan Cleveland, Carl Albert, J.
William Fulbright, Dean Rusk, Hedley Donovan, Walt Rostow, Robert Roosa,
Stansfield Turner, Richard Lugar, David Boren, Michael Kinsley, Daniel
Boorstin, and many more. Among the more than 20 Rhodies in Clinton’s
retinue are Strobe Talbott, Robert Reich, James Woolsey, Ira Magaziner,
George Stephanopoulos, Stephen Oxman, Sarah Sewall, Walter Slocombe, Joseph
Nye, and Richard N.Gardner.

And what are the characteristics that the Rhodes scholarship selection
committees were to look for in candidates and nurture in their scholars?
According to Rhodes’ own criteria, notes Cuddy, the traits most desired
were (and are) “smugness, brutality, unctuous rectitude, and tact.”
Obviously, as Mr. Rotberg beamed above, Rhodes “had Clinton in mind.” After
all, his proteges were to be the “best men,” the “best people,” pursuing
his vision of world government run by a socialist aristocratic
elite. According to Rhodes’ co-conspirator Stead, it was expected that by
1920 there would be”between two and three thousand men in the prime of life
scattered all over the world, each of whom, moreover, would have been
specially – mathematically – selected toward the Founder’s purposes.”


Dr. Cuddy examines the writings, speeches, policies, and deeds of Rhodes
scholars and other members of the Rhodes network over the past century, to
reveal what is clearly the sinister nature of “the Founder’s purposes.” He
shares the alarm expressed by Professor Quigley in his posthumously
published expose, The Anglo-American Establishment: “The picture is
terrifying because such power, whatever the goals at which it is being
directed, is too much to be entrusted to any group…. No country that
values its safety should allow what [Rhodes-Milner] group accomplished –
that is, that a small number of men would be able to wield such a power in
administration and politics, should be given almost complete control over
the publication of documents relating to their actions, should be able to
exercise such influence over the avenues of information that create public
opinion, and should be able to monopolize so completely the writing and the
teaching of the history of their own period.”

Reprinted from THE NEW AMERICAN MAGAZINE February 20, 1995

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