Pushed to the Left and Loving It: None of the Above and Latinos for Reform

During the 2010 U.S. mid-term election campaign, a group of “discontents” emerged, calling themselves Latinos for Reform.   President Obama had secured most of the Latino vote in 2008, so the group’s message was that Obama had let them down.  Given the Republican’s anti-immigration policies, LFR knew that voting GOP was not an option, so ...

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: A Half a Century Later and We are Losing Half a Century

The Canadian Manifesto: How the American Neoconservatives Stole My Country In researching the conservative movement on both sides of the border, one thing becomes clear.  In the U.S. they don’t like to be referred to as Republican any more than Stephen Harper likes to be called a Tory.  They are CONSERVATIVE, and there is a difference.  ...

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Canada’s Citizenship Guide Was Not Written for Immigrants

In 2000, John Aimers, the Dominion Chairman of the Monarchist League of Canada, spoke at a Senate Committee meeting, on Bill C-16, an Act respecting Canadian Citizenship, that in part discussed the role of the monarchy in our country.  In 2002, Aimers objected when John Manley, then Deputy Prime Minister, suggested that it was time to ...

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Harper Stacks Judiciary For American Conservative Movement

Brian Abrams is a former Conservative candidate for Kingston and the Islands.  He had a pretty good showing in 2008, but lost to incumbent Peter Milliken.  After his defeat, the Conservatives launched an all out attack on this riding.  They saturated it with taxpayer funded ten percenters, warning Kingstonians that if we voted for Michael ...

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: The Canadian Manifesto 6: To Every Action There is a Reaction. Cough, Cough!

Isaac Newton may not have had neoconservatism in mind when he wrote his laws of motion, but it seems fitting when discussing the multitude of think tanks and AstroTurf groups that back up the movement. Most were created in reaction to an action that went against their ideology, or to bolster a policy being implemented ...

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: From Archie Bunker to Don Cherry: Why Words Matter

One of my favourite episodes of All in the Family was the one where Archie Bunker is singled out by a group of “concerned Americans” and asked to join their club. At his first meeting he has a rude awakening, when they all put on white sheets. For several seasons we heard him use terms ...

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: The FAMILY LEADER Drops ‘Slavery was Good for Blacks’ From Presidential Pledge, But it Changes Nothing

Historian Joseph Crespino has written extensively on Racism and the Religious Right, especially their aversion to the Civil Rights movement. Paul Weyrich, one of the founders of the Moral Majority/Religious Right, made it abundantly clear that the movement was not in response to the Roe vs Wade decision, that legalized abortion, but the IRS decision ...

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Is Slavery Really the Best Thing for Families?

If you think keeping track of the myriad of think tanks and AstroTurf groups that prop up the neoconservative movement, is a challenge; try unravelling their Religious Right infrastructure. Just when you think you’ve nailed down the Republican, Conservative, funding connections, dozens of new groups appear on the horizon, so you say a Hail Mary ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: ALEC Exposed: Center For Media and Democracy Details ALEC’s Industry-Friendly Legislation Machine

ALECexposedLogo_AProjectOfCMDflat.jpg The Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) has launched a new website, ALECExposed.org, to help consumers understand more about the secretive business group that is helping craft industry-friendly legislation. CMD has obtained more than 800 model bills that were crafted by ALEC for state governments across the country. From a CMD press release: At ...

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: So You Want to Return to the 1950s? OK. I’m Game.

In reading books and essays written by, and not just about, the neoconservatives, I’ve found many common elements, from the philosophers they quote to the people they hate. One common desire most share, is to return to the 1950s, when women knew their place and everyone went to church. And just as they tap into ...