Webster Tarpley for President? It’s getting serious mojo. Okay, not serious mojo… but random citations.
I see a Tarpley fan scouring politico on Rand Paul related articles to chime in that “I used to like the Pauls” but Tarpley exposed them in the Romney expose “Too Weird” (and I thought that book had a short shelf-life due to the political prospects of Romney.)
Precedents Romney considered when not running for President.
Minnesota Senator Eugene McCarthy had his best race in 1968, when he narrowly lost the Democratic nomination. But then he lost four more times for U.S. President since then. And there’s also Lyndon LaRouche, who ran every year from 1976 through 2004 for the Democratic nomination and once for the U.S. Labor Party.
II. Robinson’s role in history has been somewhat complicated by her long affiliation with the fringe political figure Lyndon LaRouche. She served as vice chairman of an institute founded by his wife — the group published Robinson’s autobiography in 1991 — and retired in 2009.
Featuring Ramnsey Clarke. Who I’d cringe at with his International ANSWER war protest speeches.
III. So… History is about to change again.
LPAC is touting the Schiller Institute’s “revolutionary” conference taking place tomorrow (Saturday).
The usual hyperbolic claims of the historic significance of this event can be found in the above linked text. Here’s what I would ask at the conference, were I going:
“How is this event to be considered historic when it:
1) Takes place in an undisclosed rented room, requiring attendees to register beforehand.
2) Is being convened by the Schiller Institute so that the name LaRouche doesn’t have to be uttered, which would almost certainly cause the venue to kick you guys to the curb.
3) Will not be covered by any local or national press entities, other than EIR and LPAC.
4) Will presumably be attended mostly by folks already converted to the LaRouchian world-view. Preaching to the choir, as it were.”
IV. Petitions R Us
Several more prominent individuals have signed a petition calling on the U.S. and Europe to reject geopolitics and collaborate with the emerging economies of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, a press release said.
The number of those signing the Schiller Institute’s petition is growing as NATO leaders escalate their confrontation with Russia, especially over Ukraine, the Executive Intelligence Review (EIR) said..
Those who have signed include four former U.S. congressmen and one former U.S. senator: former Reps. Rodney Alexander (R-La), Donna Christensen (D-U.S. Virgin Islands), Cornelius Gallagher (D-NJ), and Vance McAllister (R-La.), and former U.S. Senator Mike Gravel (D-Alaska), the press release said.
A number of well-known American performance artists have added their names to the petition recently, including Ed Asner and Roseanne Barr, EIR said.
Rosanne Barr? I guess that random odd twitter linking did some good after all.
A label on his placard explained all (well, much): LaRouche.com. Are they still a thing? Apparently they are.
“I think you’re crazy,” I told him, and, pointing to the LaRouche.com label, “and I know he is.”
“You’re crazy,” he said.
It was a standoff.
As I drove off, I saw his compadre’s sidewalk display, with posters indicating that Obama is another Bush (and I thought Jeb was the other one) but offering hope if America would turn to the 3-point program of LaRouche. The first two points escape me, but the third was “nuclear fusion.”
Is that still a thing? It’s difficult to label the LaRouche movement. It is fascist in its embrace of the fuhrerprinzip, but unlike conventional fascists not in Catholicism or monarchicalism. So it is not left, but I would not call it rightist either.
But for sure crazy.
Historical note on Illinois’s lt governor.
Another historical notice …
Cohen said his interest in the ADL was triggered by a chance encounter outside a forum on the Affordable Health Care Act back in 2009, while he was working at Public Citizens for Children and Youth, a child advocacy organization in Philadelphia. There, he had a confrontation that redirected his life.
“There was a bunch of people standing in front of me holding up signs with pictures of President Obama in a Nazi SS uniform and an Adolf Hitler mustache,” he said. He discovered they were followers of longtime conspiracy theorist Lyndon LaRouche.
“I told them: ‘I really don’t care what your politics are, but to compare the president of the United States to Nazis or Hitler is totally inappropriate and completely unfair,” said Cohen. “It demeans the Shoa and those who perished.’”
Within a week he read a letter in a local newspaper from Barry Morrison, then head of the ADL’s Philadelphia office, objecting to the labeling of political opponents as Nazis.
“I was so glad there is an ADL presence to call these people out,” said Cohen. “So I decided if something ever opened up at the ADL, I would apply for it.”
A few months later, in December 2009, that opportunity occurred. Cohen began in the Philadelphia office as assistant, then associate, regional director, overseeing civil rights issues in a territory comprising eastern Pennsylvania, south Jersey, and Delaware.
VI. Avoid before you die?