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the Executive Director and Director of Terrorism Research for
a non-profit, non-partisan, 501(c)(3) research and education
initiative. His writing has been recognized by the US House
International Relations Committee and the Japan Center for
Conflict Prevention. His organization, BasicsProject.org,
partnered in producing the original national symposium series
addressing the root causes of radical Islamist terrorism. He is
a member of the
International Analyst Network.
He also serves as the managing editor for The New Media Journal.
Mr. Salvato has appeared on The O'Reilly Factor on FOX News
Channel, and is a regular guest on talk radio including on The
Captain's America Radio Show airing on AM1220 WSRQ and on the
Internet catering to the US Armed Forces around the world and on
The Roth Show with Dr. Laurie Roth syndicated nationally on the
USA Radio Network. His
opinion-editorials have been published by The American
Enterprise Institute, The Washington Times & Human Events and
are syndicated nationally. He is occasionally quoted in The
Federalist. Mr. Salvato is available for public speaking
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Their Own Party?
November 20, 2009
We have heard a
lot over the past year or so about how President John F. Kennedy
wouldn’t be able to garner his political party’s nomination for the
presidency in today’s Democrat Party. An examination of his political
platform and the principles he embraced would today place him on the
right side of the aisle. So, why is it that in just under fifty years
the political ideology of the most revered Democrat to hold office in
modern times is shunned by the party he served? It’s because his party –
the Democrat Party – isn’t the party of Democrats any longer.
Sure, there are still some issues that Democrats view in the same light
they did back in the 1960s. Democrats are more prone to being anti-war
than their Conservative counterparts. They still believe in a larger
role for government in the private sector. And they still believe that
government has a significant role to play where poverty and the
disenfranchised are concerned. Many, like Kennedy – and Roosevelt before
him – also continue to believe in a strong national defense, although
they still possess a great deal of concern about the "military
But today’s Democrat Party agenda, while holding to these core issues,
has evolved into a completely different political party, complete with a
foreign – as in not of the Democrat Party of old – agenda. In fact, many
a Democrat has come forward to espouse, "It isn’t your Dad’s Democrat
Today’s Democrat Party is led by a zealous, almost fanatical faction of
the party; the Progressives. This faction is more pronounced in the
House of Representatives and is led by Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco and
Progressive Caucus. While the
Progressive ideology is less apparent in the US Senate, it does
drive the Democrat majority’s agenda on the major issues, especially
where spending and entitlement are concerned. In the Executive Branch,
the Obama Administration is born of the Progressive movement. In the
Judiciary Branch, which is supposed to be apolitical, newly seated
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor joins former ACLU lawyer Ruth
Bader Ginsberg as the most notable Progressives.
Democrats, born of
Anti-Federalist factions, established their political party on an
agenda including states’ rights, strict adherence to the
Constitution and in opposition to a national bank and wealthy, moneyed
interests. These precepts grew to include opposition to corruption, high
taxes and tariffs. And while the Democrat Party developed to include the
promotion of social welfare, labor unions, civil rights and regulation
of business, it advanced this support with an eye toward balance and
respect for the need for that balance.
Progressive Movement, through three attempts at mainstreaming its
philosophy, has arrived, through the
social activist movement, to champion a political agenda that
includes: electoral reform (including the abolition of the Electoral
College), environmentalism and pollution control to an extreme degree
and to the point of national detriment, same-sex marriage and the
mainstreaming of alternative-lifestyles, hate-crime legislation,
universal healthcare, abolition of the death penalty, affordable housing
regardless of economic viability, pro-union policies, and the misguided
notion that radical Islamic aggression should be treated as a law
enforcement issue instead of an act of war, to name but a very few.
Further, one of the most powerful influences in the Progressive Movement
– aside from the neo-Marxists of the
Frankfort School and the ideological manifestation of political
correctness – is the radical ideology of
Saul Alinsky, whose
Rules of Radicals mandated:
1) Power is not only what you
have but what the enemy thinks you have.
2) Never go outside the experience of your people.
3) Wherever possible go outside of the experience of the enemy.
4) Make the enemy live up to their own book of rules
5) Ridicule is man's most potent weapon.
6) A good tactic is one that your people enjoy.
7) A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag.
8) Keep the pressure on.
9) The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.
10) The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that
will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition.
11) If you push a negative hard and deep enough it will break through
into its counterside.
12) The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.
13) Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.
As for ethics and morality,
"The judgment of the ethics of
means is dependent upon the political position of those sitting in
"The morality of a means depends upon whether the means is being
employed at a time of imminent defeat or imminent victory.”
"You do what you can with what you have and clothe it with moral
"Goals must be phrased in general terms like ‘Liberty, Equality,
Fraternity,’ ‘Of the Common Welfare,’ ‘Pursuit of Happiness’ or ‘Bread
The Progressive element within
the Democrat Party, as it operates today, employs the "ends justifies
the means” strategy of achieving their goals in a most egregious manner,
and whether the goals are in the best interest of the "Common Good” or
simply put forth in an effort to strengthen the Progressive ideology.
Examining the standard operating procedure "slash-and-burn” tactics of
Nancy Pelosi, we see that she and the members of the Progressive Caucus
think nothing of:
▪ Usurping the long-established House committee legislative process by
crafting legislation behind closed doors and unto themselves.
▪ Colluding with organizations emanating from the Progressive movement
Apollo Alliance, a special interest group that counted among its
higher-ups the now former Green Jobs Czar, Van Jones, and who helped to
craft the disaster of a "stimulus bill” – which stimulated the special
interests of the Progressive Left, the ire of the mainstream American
people and little else.
▪ Advancing falsehoods in an effort to advance their ideological agenda
– a perfect example of this is presented in Ms. Pelosi’s
attack on the CIA and intelligence community in which she changed
her story several times about being briefed on enhanced interrogation
techniques used on radical Islamist terrorists.
Further, Ms. Pelosi and her Progressive Caucus illustrated their
contempt for the election process, the Constitution and the rule of law
by swearing in Bill Owens prior to the certification of the
congressional special election in New York’s 23rd Congressional
District. They did this simply to pad the vote for their healthcare
The Progressive movement has grown to include globalists like
George Soros and
Peter Lewis, and organizations like
Media Matters and
Center for American Progress. It also counts among its political
pawns organizations like
America Coming Together.
The Progressive agenda, in its current form, in advancing three core
issues in healthcare reform, climate change legislation and immigration
reform, would not only "fundamentally change the United States of
Pres. Obama has told us he intends to do, but
crash the dollar and set the stage for a global currency, which will
lead to global regulation, authority and last, but not least, a global
To compare and contrast, Democrats, as core tenets, embrace a "strict
adherence to the Constitution and opposition to a national bank and
wealthy, moneyed interests.” Progressives are usurping the Constitution
and using the "national bank and moneyed interests” to move the country
to a global new world order.
The surprising fact in all of this is that the
Progressive Caucus in the US House of Representatives consists of 79
members, most from California, New York, Illinois or Massachusetts. Put
into context, the Progressives in the US House – where all financial
legislation is supposed to originate – account for roughly one-third of
the 258 Democrat members and roughly one-fifth of the total of members.
Yet, they control the committee chairmanships and manhandle the agenda.
Some glaring questions beg to be asked:
▪ If the actions and intentions of the Progressives in elected office is
to marginalize the Constitution and move our nation toward the surrender
of our sovereignty, why won’t the rank-and-file Democrats remove them
from leadership, if only to preserve their legislative authority and
▪ If Progressives – as they have demonstrated through word and deed –
are so hell-bent on marginalizing our country, the Constitution and our
currency in both stature and in the ability to affect global policy, why
won’t rank-and-file Democrats in Congress collude with the GOP in an
effort to preserve the Union and her currency?
▪ If Progressives are so few in number, why do rank-and-file Democrats
in Congress allow them to be seated in leadership positions, especially
in light of the destruction Progressives are inflicting upon the
Democrat brand with centrists and independent voters?
And last but not least, what – besides divisiveness, elitism,
censorship, political correctness and the silence of honest debate – has
the Progressive movement ever contributed to the people of the world?
There are quite a few things wrong with our country today. We are
fighting an internal cancer in constitutional illiteracy while, at the
same time, battling
aggressive radical Islam and the
encroaching neo-Marxism of the Progressive movement. While
constitutional literacy will take at least a generation to restore
and the conflict with radical Islam promises to be one that will outlast
several generations, the potency of the neo-Marxist Progressive movement
can be neutered almost immediately, but it must be neutered from within
the Democrat Party.
This truth begs one last question: Do Democrats have the will to take
back their party?
Let’s hope, for the sake of our country, that they do.