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Nuggets from Newt and Bupkes from Bill on the Topic of the ACLU

Reported by Marie Therese - December 9, 2005

BILL O'REILLY: The ACLU, I think, is a grossly irresponsible, irresponsible organization that is going out of its way to help Al Qaeda ... The ACLU is doing what's best for the country they envision, not the country we have now, but, certainly, is aiding and abetting the enemy. (Earlier in his Talking Points Memo, O'Reilly repeatedly called the ACLU traitors.)

NEWT GINGRICH: "The ACLU has been taken over by a group of people whose vision of America is so weird and so contrary to the overwhelming values of over 95% of the American people and they are so aggressive in pushing some of the most extreme cases, that one has to wonder what their underlying core values are. I mean, it's almost as though they were into destruction for its own sake and weakening and undermining America for its own sake. And certainly in a free society you have to put up with a certain amount of this kind of behavior, but I do think there's a point to which it's a legitimate to say that the ACLU is a consistently destructive organization that is opposed to and undermines the values of most Americans and takes positions that are consistently weakening the security of the United States. ... Well, I think you're doing the right thing which is to condemn it, to make it expensive to have that behavior. The rights in a free society of a handful of multi-multi-millionaires to spend their money trying to undermine the culture and trying to replace it with a very secular and, I think, basically un-American system (O'Reilly interrupted him.)

O'REILLY: "Well, it's a one-world system. They want a weaker America. They make no bones about it. They want a weaker America, so that we have to participate in a one-world system where all decision are made by a global community.

GINGRICH: Sure, and I think the right answer is to define who those people are and where their money comes from and make quite clear that any politician who sides with them deserves to be defeated.


I agree with Newt completely. So I am dutifully defining "who these people are and where their money comes from. "

Below is a list of the most powerful and wealthiest of the CONSERVATIVE foundations that have significantly outspent liberals by tens of millions of dollars in their crusade to create and fund think tanks, influence politicians and gut the New Deal. Their patron saints are Jacob Marley, Uriah Heep and Ebeneezer Scrooge (before his conversion to the progressive side).

▪ The Koch Family Foundations, controlled by David H. Koch and Charles G. Koch, the billionaire owners of Koch Industries.

▪ The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, with assets exceeding $532 million, was founded by brothers Lynde and Harry Bradley, who made their fortunes producing electronic and radio components. Harry Bradley was an active member of the John Birch Society and a contributor to William F. Buckley's National Review. It has played a key role in promoting the privatization of education, funding research and pilot projects in school vouchers in its home state of Wisconsin.

▪ The John M. Olin Foundation, which grew out of a family manufacturing business (chemical and munitions), had assets of approximately $90 million in 1998. Since the year 2000, however, it has begun spending down its endowment at a rate of about $20 million per year, with the goal of putting itself out of business by the end of the year 2005.

▪ The Scaife Foundations, controlled by billionaire Richard Mellon Scaife.

▪ The Adolph Coors Foundation, funded by the family that owns the Adolph Coors brewery, earned notoriety in the 1970s and 19980s for its anti-union, anti-gay, anti-minority stance. Receipients of its funding have included the Heritage Foundation, Phyllis Schlafly's Eagle Forum and STOP ERA campaign, the John Birch Society and a variety of organizations affiliated with the religious right. In the 1990s, the Coors company also launched an aggressive public relations campaign to repair its image with gay consumers, offering money to gay and lesbian rights groups and becoming one of the first companies in the United States to offer marriage benefits to employees in same-sex relationships. It hired Mary Cheney, the openly lesbian daughter of current vice president Dick Cheney, as its "corporate relations manager for the gay and lesbian market," and signed a marketing contract with Witeck-Combs Communications, a public relations firm that specializes in niche marketing to the gay community. The Coors family itself took steps to distance the Coors name from its political activities. In 1993, the Castle Rock Foundation was established with a $36.6 million endowment from the Coors Foundation. Castle Rock continues to pour $2 to $3 million of Coors profits each year into anti-gay and other conservative causes, but the company itself is officially gay-friendly.

List of foundations taken from SourceWatch

N. B. Bupkes is Yiddish for "beans" and loosely means "nothing when there should have been something (if there were any justice in this world)."

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