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Frank Salvato is 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
and has been a featured guest on al Jazeera's
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,
nationally syndicated by the Phoenix Broadcasting Network and on NetTalkWorld
Global Talk Radio catering to the US Armed Forces around the world. Mr. Salvato
is also heard weekly 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 a featured political writer for
EducationNews.org and is occasionally quoted in The
Federalist. Mr. Salvato is available for public speaking engagements.
All Means, Ms. Pelosi, Let’s Examine the Funding
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By All Means, Ms. Pelosi, Let’s Examine the Funding Sources
August 20, 2010
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Progressive-Leftist from San Francisco,
said when asked for her opinion on the construction of an Islamic Center and
mosque just 500 feet from the footprint of the World Trade Center – Ground
Zero – that the controversy had been "ginned up” for political purposes and
that she would support an examination of the funding behind the "opposition
Said the Speaker:
"There is no question that there is a concerted effort to make this a
political issue by some...And I join those who have called for looking into
how is this opposition to the mosque (is) being funded."
We, here in the United States, don’t persecute people for their
religious beliefs, although the Progressives do seem to be on an ongoing
crusade to expunge all religion from the public square sans Islam. This is
due to the undeniable fact that the Framers and Founders knew full well that
there would be a time when a tyrant like Ms. Pelosi would be ascended to
power by an uninformed and disengaged electorate. It is for this reason that
the rights to Free Speech and Freedom of Religion were enshrined in the
First Amendment of the Bill of Rights.
But, if only for the next few moments, let us play along with Ms. Pelosi and
pretend that the federal government has the power to persecute the American
citizenry by investigating and examining the funding of political and
Socialized Healthcare Movement
First, let’s look at the movement that brought quasi-socialized medicine
to the American people in the form of Obamacare.
As Michelle Malkin pointed out in her 2009 article
Who’s Funding the Obamacare Astroturf Campaign?,
"...if you look at the funding behind the Obamacare Astroturf campaign,
it’s the same few Leftist billionaires, union bosses, and partisan community
organizers pushing the socialized medicine agenda.”
The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and the American
Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) can be counted
among those groups who helped to fund the movement, as can the Progressive
groups Health Care for America Now (HCAN), MoveOn.org, the action fund of
the Center for American Progress (a George Soros entity) the Campaign for
America’s Future and ACORN.
Then there are the Progressive-Leftist loyalists who routinely regurgitate
funding for socialist and quasi-socialist causes: Peter Lewis, Herb and
Marion Sandler, Gara LaMarche, Drummond Pike and, through connections with
them all, the Tides Foundation.
So, as it would appear, the Obamacare movement was less about the poor,
down-trodden of the working-class pining for relief from the big, mean
insurance companies and more about the will of a group of well-funded
Progressive elitists whose agenda is globalization, socialization and
We all remember those "immigration rallies” that took place around the
country, most notably in Arizona, Chicago and New York, where hundreds of
thousands (per the mainstream media) turned out to protest for "equality”
and "opportunity” for those who arrived on American soil illegally, don’t
Funding for the very coordinated pro-amnesty rallies around the country
come, in part, from: The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los
Angeles; The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant & Refugee Rights; The New York
Immigration Coalition; The Latin American Integration Center in Woodside,
New York; The Center for Community Change; Casa of Maryland; The National
Council of La Raza; and The Farmworker Justice Fund (a subsidiary of La Raza),
to name but a few. It should be noted here that each of these entities
receive funding from the United States government, your tax dollars.
Then, of course, there are the usual suspects: SEIU, the AFSCME, MoveOn.org,
Center for American Progress, etc.
Again, the pro-amnesty movement is completely funded by a small group of
very vocal Progressive elitists who have a societal agenda and not the lowly
migrant worker who is simply here to "achieve a better life in America.”
Anti-War Movement, Then & Now
The difference between the anti-war movement of the 1960s and 1970s and
the anti-war movement of the 21st Century is little more than the name
change of the ideological movement. Where in the 1960s and 1970s it was
found that the anti-war movement was funded, in part, by the Marxist elites
of the former Soviet Union, today the anti-war movement is funded, in part,
by the Marxists of the American Progressive movement. In both cases the
ideology is decidedly Marxist and decidedly anti-American.
In the Vietnam Era,
organizations and groups such as: the Students for a Democratic Society
(SDS), Socialist Workers Party (SWP), and an uneasy alliance of radical
pacifists, moderate pacifists, communists, socialists and reform Democrats
facilitated the protest marches and activities that captivated the
televisions in the first "televised war.”
But in the 21st Century military conflicts – namely Operation Iraqi Freedom
(Iraq) and Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) –
groups such as Act Now to Stop War and End Racism (ANSWER), Code Pink,
the Communist Party of the United States (CPUSA), Not In Our Name and the
Green Party USA, among others, worked to skew the public’s perception of the
mission that saw our young men and women engaged in two theaters of battle.
What separates the two eras? Not much. A cursory examination of all of these
groups, both past and present, illustrates a common ideology leaning heavily
toward a Marxist/Socialist/Communist anti-American bent.
Yet again, it was not the distraught family members of those serving in the
US military who were taking the lead in the anti-war protests, both then and
now – although there were some among the membership in these organization,
rather as John Tierney points out in an April 2004 study titled,
The Anti-War Movement in 2004,
"The organizers of the "peace movement” have little interest in peace.
The irony is that they exploit war to press their long-standing goal of
radical political change. Liberal groups will deny it, but the ideological
base of the peace movement can fairly be labeled ‘neo-Communist’ because its
leaders belong to remnants of the old Communist Party of the United States.”
So, in the end, maybe it wasn’t such a good idea for Ms. Pelosi to
suggest that we look into "how is this opposition to the mosque (is) being
funded.” Because – in the end – what is good for the goose is good for the
gander...or the salt marsh mouse of San Francisco, as it were.
Truth be told, the Ground Zero mosque issue, for Ms. Pelosi’s edification,
is not one of constitutionality because no one is suggesting that Muslims –
fundamentalist or otherwise – shouldn’t be allowed to practice their
religion. In fact there are a good number of mosques in the vicinity of
lower Manhattan and a great many in New York City and its outlaying areas.
The issue is exclusive to ethics and morality; whether aggressive members of
the Islamic community (read Feisal Abdul Rauf and his supporters) should
feel obliged to build what will undoubtedly be seen as a trophy of conquest
to the radical Islamist world just 500 feet from what is essentially a
graveyard for 2,967 souls, slaughtered by jihadists – radical Islamists – on
September 11, 2001. Remember, those who lost loved ones on that day have
only Ground Zero as the tombstones for their dead, our dead.
Maybe Ms. Pelosi should dispense with the Progressive clap-trap and
investigate the funding behind the September 11, 2001, attacks and the
advance of radical Islam inside the United States and around the world.
Post Script: I was contacted by the Center for
Community Change after the publication of this piece about data cited from
the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste. In the interest of
accuracy I offer their clarification for your consideration:
"During 2001 and 2002 the Center received these
grants from HUD as part of our work on housing in low income communities.
All contracts with the Federal government ended in fiscal year 2003. Despite
the fact that this housing work was (and still is) a separate project and
was entirely divorced from our immigration rights advocacy – the Center made
the decision not to seek out further Federal funds...So, just to be clear,
the Center has not solicited or taken federal dollars during the relevant
time period when the immigration rallies and marches (2006, 2007 and 2010)
have taken place. We certainly have not spent federal tax dollars on such