GEORGE SOROS, RACE AND POLITICS
March 24, 2009
There is no real secret that the Democratic Party practically owns the African-American vote. During the 2008 election, a record 94 percent of blacks went to the polls to cast their ballot for Barack Obama. Now, there is no secret that a majority of these people voted for Obama because for the first time in U.S. history, a black man had a great shot at being elected to the nation's highest office. Beyond that, there was a clearly large amount of ethnic voters who sided with Obama simply because he is black. Add that to the fact that nearly 2 million more African-Americans were added to the voter rolls since the 2004 election (largely due to the efforts of organizations like the NAACP and Acorn), then you have the mixture for the "bought" vote.
About the Democratic Party, the head of George Soros's MoveOn political action committee boldly proclaimed on December 9, 2004, "In the last year, grassroots contributors like us gave more than $300 million to the Kerry campaign and the DNC, and proved that the Party doesn't need corporate cash to be competitive. Now it's our party: We bought it, we own it, we're going to take it back." And with that Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe stepped down amidst the reception of a scathing e-mail from Eli Pariser of MoveOn in which the Soros protégé stated, "for years, the party has been led by elite Washington insiders who are closer to corporate lobbyists than they are to the Democratic base. We can't afford four more years of leadership by a consulting class of professional election losers."
To clarify, the hysterical Left believes not only that America's oldest political party is for sale, but that George Soros has already made the down payment. Such a view is in synch with Soros' own designs. The New Yorker's Jane Mayer (certainly no conservative) quoted an unidentified friend describing the billionaire's leftist's modus operandi: "Money is just a tool for him. It's how he manipulates a lot of things in his life."
Soros spent $18 million in his attempt to buy the 2004 presidential election. Although it is next to impossible to say how much he personally spent on the 2008 election, MoveOn, Acorn and a host of other far-left organizations raised over $220 million, a record. Soros, it goes without saying, had to have contributed much more than he did four years back.
George Soros is an interesting study. Born Gyorgy Schwartz to Jewish parents in Budapest, Hungary, his name was changed by the family when he was just 6 years old in response to the growing anti-Semitism and the rising power of Nazism. He was 13 years old when the Nazi's took control of Hungary and his father paid a Ministry of Agriculture employee to hide the boy so as to avoid interment and torture. He immigrated to England in 1947, studied at the London School of Economics and later moved to the U.S. Since his move to America, Soros engaged rather exclusively in currency speculation and stock investment.
He has written several books and articles, rather extensively, on economic reflexivity, where the biases of individuals enter into market transactions. He based his concept of reflexivity on three ideas: 1) That reflexivity is best observed under special conditions where investor bias grows and spreads throughout the investment arena. Examples of factors that may give rise to this bias include equity leveraging or the trend-following habits of speculators; 2) Reflexivity appears intermittently since it is most like to be revealed under certain conditions, such as the equilibrium process's character is best considered in terms of probabilities; and 3) Investor's observation of and participation in the capital markets may at times influence valuations AND fundamental conditions and outcomes.
Soros, through his vast investments began to publically speculate on the markets and currencies around the globe. HIs influence is felt in areas ranging from crude oil prices to the value of AIG stock!
The question of just how much money Soros is worth and how large is investment portfolio is cannot be ascertained. He holds accounts in banks in over forty countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, North and South America. Many of these banks are not required to report the holdings of their investors or account holders. When Forbes released its latest list of billionaires, Soros was ranked 29th with a little over $11 billion. However, that would not include the so-called hidden assets and investments. Conservatively we could put Soros' worth at over $25 billion which would move him up the ladder quite a bit - to 4th! With that much money and influence (even if he were worth only $11 billion), he could influence the makeup of any political party and greatly influence the minds of voters in a general election.
MoveOn and Acorn, recipients of over $180 million of Soros' money, backed 32 (of 35) Democratic senate candidates and 381 (of 428) congressional Democrats during the 2008 election. They did not support one GOP candidate in either house. Over half of this money targeted four types of voters, viz. labor, special-interests, blacks and Hispanics.
Since the dawn of the 20th century a major foundation of the mythology of the progressive movement (which since FDR has morphed into the far-left liberal establishment) is that the Republican Party and the conservative movement are run by and for big corporations. In both the 1896 and 1900 Presidential elections, corporate America weighed in heavily for William McKinley and the GOP because they feared the inflationary monetary policies of Democrat William Jennings Bryan. This created a lasting impression that long ago outlived reality. Nevertheless, this thought prevails today and labor with representative unions is being supported by Soros' henchmen as a way to thwart corporate influence.
Special interest groups, of which Acorn is one, serve as catalysts for alternative lifestyles which promote their agenda in all avenues of society from the classroom to the workplace. Trial lawyers and community organizers come to the aid of special interests with their litigious frivolities and lobbying efforts in Washington and the various states capitols.
But race played the biggest part in the 2008 election. The Hispanic and African-American votes are a tantalizing and important target for both parties. A look at the demographics of both groups and the issues and interests that are important to them shows that a surprising number of both groups might very naturally gravitate to the Republican party. But it's not that simple. Blacks and Hispanics by and large do not support abortion on demand, same-sex marriage, they are most likely to be churchgoers, support school choice and the many social issues that special-interest groups stand behind. So what's going on here that the GOP can't even garner, 10 percent of the Black vote, or more than 20 percent of the Hispanic vote?
Consider these demographics: The number of Hispanics living in America is growing faster than any other race or ethnicity. The number of Hispanics eligible to vote and actually voting is growing also but not as rapidly. Until 2008, the Hispanic vote was "in play," not owned by either party. Hispanics have increased from 9.5 million, or 4.7 percent of the population in 1970 to 44.1 million, or 14.2 percent of the population in 2007.
Hispanics were 5 percent of the presidential vote in 1988 and 8 percent in 2004. But the Hispanic vote accounted for 10.4 percent in 2008! In 2004, 53 percent went for John Kerry and 44 for Bush. In 2008, a huge 69 percent went for Obama and 30 percent for McCain.
One more interesting figure comes into play here. In 2007, there were 4,256,187 births in the United States. Of those, 999,073 births, almost 23 percent, were to Hispanics. Therefore, in 2026, 23 percent of those eighteen-years olds available to vote for the first time will be Hispanic.
The Democrat Party's preferred narrative is that Hispanics will become like African-Americans. They will increasingly tent to vote Democrat, and nothing the Republican Party can do will alter this. As the number of Hispanics grows, they create an inevitable Democrat majority.
Since 2000, the Democrats have stood for blanket amnesty and since 2005 4 out of 5 Democrats in Congress have pushed the "fast-track-to citizenship" for the large influx of Hispanics coming into the country.
Since Lyndon Johnson's Great Society, African-Americans have become beholden to the Democrats as champions for civil-rights, welfare, Medicaid, anti-discrimination laws, etc. What has become lost in the reading of history is the fact that Lyndon Johnson would not have been able to get the civil right's laws, the voting rights act and many of the anti-discrimination laws were it not for the Republican support in Congress. The only thing the GOP has stood for is personal responsibility, which the Democrats are quick to use as "proof" that their opponents are anti-black, anti-Hispanic, anti-, anti-, anti-.
In the last ten presidential elections the Republican presidential candidate has won an average of 11.1 percent of the African-American vote (down from 11.9 prior to the 2008 election).
The Republican Party was formed in 1854 in support of free labor and free land. Republicans opposed slavery and led the abolitionist movement. Frederick Douglass was a Republican as were a host of black leaders and movers in the 19th and first half of the 20th century. Here is an interesting caveat: Martin Luther King, Jr. voted for or supported GOP candidates up through the 1960 election! Republicans voted against lynching and for grants of land to African-Americans.
So what has happened? With a few bills, a special-interest president and the near billion dollar backing of a radical currency speculator whose followers have boldly claimed they now own one of the two major political parties, the Democratic Party has become the wildcard for the wild life. It now exists to serve itself. Give away and spread the wealth so that we can stay in power. The object of politics is self-perpetual.
Gone are the days of the statesmen. Today is the day of the professional and the key to a politician's professionalism is how long he or she can hold on to his or her job. Edward Kennedy has served in the Senate since 1962, ascending to the seat once held by his elder brother, John. He has stayed in power simply by advocating, supporting and pushing for programs which have been essentially the platform of the Democratic Party since his brother's death.
When the object of politics is to stay in power, then politicians must do whatever is necessary to hold on to that power. Even if it means selling their souls. The Democrats have sold their souls to Soros. He owns them and is now running the country! Don't ever underestimate the power of George Soros and his title to labor, special-interests, African-American and the new Hispanic voting bloc. Welcome to the Brave New World! Big Brother (Soros) is watching.
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