“Suppose, Suppose”


Today is Wyatt Earp’s birthday.  It is rather appropriate to focus in on his Vendetta Ride, Immigration Reform, and the evil that has infiltrated the extreme right.  It is a nasty story.

“Suppose, suppose” were Wyatt Earp’s last words.

What if there was a manipulative narcissist who was determined to enforce his self-righteous, rank, environmental policies on the whole nation?

How would you go about the process?

Would you do it from the left, or from the right?

Considering the fact that the left is already there, the only way a total environmental coup could be accomplished is by the abject destruction of the GOP.

The only way to destroy the GOP is to splinter the party.

The best way to splinter the party is to empower a small minority of about 10% of conspiracy nut-case conservatives, give them a voice, and marginalize the normal Republican.

Then, you have your minions plot to ruin the careers of any political leader who might oppose your agenda.  You empower these minions with money, a voice, and help co-ordinate (quietly) an effort to destroy anyone who opposes you.

Yea, it is just a dumb idea.

Or is it?

It all begins with the Pioneer Fund:

“…The Money: The Pioneer Fund

The Pioneer Fund is described as “a New York organization that finances research seeking proof of the genetic superiority of the white race,”(San Francisco Chronicle, 3/30/94) and also as a “neo-Nazi organization closely integrated with the far Right in American politics.”(London Sunday Telegraph, 3/12/89)

The Pioneer Fund was established in 1937 by Wycliffe Draper, a textile millionaire who advocated sending Blacks back to Africa, and crusading eugenics advocate Harry Laughlin, honored for his contributions to Nazi eugenics and “racial hygiene.”(Discovery Journal, 7/9/94; Irish Times, 5/23/94) Eugenics is the “pseudo-science embraced by the Nazis that seeks to improve the human race through selective breeding.”(Los Angeles Times, 9/29/97) The Pioneer Fund has consistently contributed to the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR).

The Ideas: Garrett Hardin

A recipient of Pioneer Fund grants, Hardin is a longstanding supporter of eugenics and advocates ending immigration. The Wall Street Journal reported that “Mr. Hardin expressed alarm about ‘the next generation of breeders’ now reproducing uncontrollably in Third World countries. The problem, according to Mr. Hardin, is not simply that there are too many people in the world, but there are too many of the wrong kind of people… It would be better to encourage the breeding of more intelligent people rather than the less intelligent.” Hardin, a father of four, advocates letting hungry people starve to death, says that China’s coercive birth control program is not strict enough and declares infanticide “an effective population control.”(Wall Street Journal, 10/2/97)…”

Step 1:  Garrett Hardin

“…Lifeboat ethics is a metaphor for resource distribution proposed by the ecologist Garrett Hardin in 1974. Hardin’s metaphor describes a lifeboat bearing 50 people, with room for ten more. The lifeboat is in an ocean surrounded by a hundred swimmers. The “ethics” of the situation stem from the dilemma of whether (and under what circumstances) swimmers should be taken aboard the lifeboat. Hardin compares the lifeboat metaphor to the Spaceship Earth model of resource distribution, which he criticizes by asserting that a spaceship would be directed by a single leader — a captain — which the Earth lacks. Hardin asserts that the spaceship model leads to the tragedy of the commons. In contrast, the lifeboat metaphor presents individual lifeboats as rich nations and the swimmers as poor nations. Lifeboat ethics is closely related to environmental ethics, utilitarianism, and issues of resource depletion. Hardin uses lifeboat ethics to question policies such as foreign aid, immigration, and food banks….”

Step 2:  The Population Bomb – Dr. Paul Erlich

“…My interest in population developed in the late 1950s as I was finishing medical school. By 1975 I had been elected national president of Zero Population Growth, an organization inspired by Paul Ehrlich’s book “The Population Bomb.” Then in the late 1970s the US fertility rate fell to below replacement, and immigration emerged as the main source of domestic population growth. To Garrett’s dismay, ZPG declined to address these new circumstances….”

“…Ehrlich was one of the founders of the group Zero Population Growth in 1968, along with Richard Bowers and Charles Remington. He and his wife Anne were on the board of advisors of the Federation for American Immigration Reform until 2003. He is currently a patron of the Optimum Population Trust….”

Step 3:  Enter John Tanton (profile)   His resume, with all the lovely Planned Parenthood references.

Step 4:  Take-over the Sierra Club

“…Tanton pushed for the Sierra Club to take a strong stand to reduce immigration, but the organization balked. He didn’t have much more success with his fellow travelers at ZPG. Tanton chalks it up to fear of tackling a taboo subject, but it seems just as likely that they couldn’t see why it mattered on which side of the Rio Grande someone was born. Today, ZPG, since renamed Population Connection, takes what its current president, John Seager, calls a “global approach,” supporting female literacy, access to birth control and family-planning services in the developing world. If Tanton’s concern is the health of the planet, why doesn’t he subscribe to this view? He explains that reducing immigration will force countries like Mexico to confront their own population growth rates. “Each country,” he says, “ought to try to match its population to its resource base.”…”

Step 5:  Be kicked out of the Sierra Club

Step 6:  The Social Contract Press

Conservatives like to say that the SPLC sees racists everywhere.  They’ve compiled quite a bit on The Social Contract Press, owned by John Tanton.  Instead of using the SPLC, I think I will let Stormfront speak for them.  I dare any conservative to tell me Stormfront is NOT racist.   You might also want to note their page damning the SPLC.  The only source that can take the SPLC apart are associated with misc. racist groups.  I consider Wes Purden from the WTimes part of that group.

Step 7:  Planned Parenthood

John Tanton is one of the leading advocates of Planned Parenthood and Abortion on Demand. Why are conservatives embracing his rank ideas?

Makes you wonder, doesn’t it?

Would you willingly support an someone who believes in abortion?

Linda Chavez once wrote:

“…“…Dr. John Tanton, who was the brainchild behind many of the most prominent restrictionist groups, including the Federation for American Immigration Reform, the Center for Immigration Studies and Numbers USA, is a past president of Zero Population Growth. These groups often cite demographer Leon Bouvier’s work to support their arguments. “To begin with,” [Bouvier and Grant, co-authors of the book “How Many Americans?: Population, Immigration and the Environment”] say, “it would be pointless to assume that American women will altruistically decide to have but one child for the good of the society.” So they favor government policies that will achieve that end. “All proposed legislation, regardless of specific intent, should be evaluated as to its possible impact on fertility,” they argue. And, of course, they support additional government-funded research for more effective contraceptives and better access to abortion….”

Step 8:  Immigration reform plan.

“…When in 1979 I helped set up the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) to tackle the immigration question, Garrett served from the beginning as an advisor. Later he consented to set aside his aversion to board meetings by joining the FAIR Board. Much of his later writing was on the demographic aspects of immigration and can be found by searching under his name in the archives of a quarterly journal of the immigration reform movement, TheSocialContract.com. The bookstore at this site offers for sale three of Dr. Hardin’s books that the Social Contract Press reprinted: Stalking the Wild Taboo; Mandatory Motherhood: The True Meaning of the Right to Life; and Creative Altruism: Source and Survival. Also available is his The Immigration Dilemma: Avoiding the Tragedy of the Commons, published by FAIR….’

“…Garrett’s love of words came out during his FAIR board service. We decided to start a little ‘think tank.’ He suggested in whimsical fashion that we call it the Witan, short for Witenagemot, words we all had to look up. Check your dictionary to see why ‘whimsical’ is the right adjective for this appellation.

We held one of the Witan meetings in the Hardins’ hometown of Santa Barbara. The featured speaker was a well-known ethicist, whom we will leave nameless. He knew a lot about philosophical ethics, but little about population, resources, immigration or the environment. Garrett’s pugnacious side came to the fore when they got into the still troubling topic of Lifeboat Ethics. Garrett clearly came out on top, in our view….”

Step 9:  Popularize immigration reform using extremists

“...Since 1998, the links have been strengthened between key anti-immigration activists and groups and white supremacist organizations – in particular, the Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC) and American Renaissance (also known by the name of its parent, the New Century Foundation). That year, Coe, Spencer and Rick Oltman, FAIR’s western regional representative, all came to Cullman, Ala., for a CCC-organized protest against a swelling local population of Mexican workers.

After the protest, Vinson, the leader of the American Immigration Control Foundation, began writing of the perils of immigration for the CCC’s paper, the Citizens Informer. Spencer started selling his anti-immigrant videotape in the same tabloid. In 1999, the CCC hosted a panel on immigration that featured four key anti-immigrant activists — Vinson, Spencer, Population-Environment Balance’s Virginia Abernethy and Wayne Lutton, who had begun to edit The Social Contract, a Tanton publication, just a year earlier.

More recently, Lutton joined the editorial board of the Citizens Informer — and also became a trustee of the racist New Century Foundation, parent of American Renaissance magazine. Barbara Coe of California Coalition for Immigration Reform has spoken at three recent CCC conferences and writes regularly for the Informer. Brent Nelson, who is on the board of Vinson’s AICF, began serving as president of the CCC’s Conservative Citizens Foundation and as an adviser to the Informer.

Asked by the Intelligence Report about Lutton — who works out of Tanton’s Petoskey, Mich., offices — and other anti-immigration activists who have climbed on board with hate groups, Tanton declined to answer that or a series of other questions faxed to him by the Report at his request.

The questions showed “little evidence of tolerance for differences of opinion,” he wrote. Last year, Virginia Abernethy, a professor emeritus at Vanderbilt’s medical school and leader of the Tanton-influenced Population-Environment Balance, became the latest in the Tanton network to join the Citizens Informer editorial board.

“My view of the Council of Conservative Citizens,” she told the Intelligence Report, “is that they support traditional values and the freedom of people to associate with people that they want to associate with.”

She spoke on the same day that the CCC’s website carried a comparison of black pop singer Michael Jackson and an ape — a comparison that Abernethy suggested may have reflected “bad taste,” but not racism.

“What is the point of a society that pushes [racial] mixing?” she asked when told of another CCC web item that derided the wife of murdered Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl as a “mixed race” woman who is “committed to racial and ethnic amalgamation.”

“Our society pushes mixing,” the retired Vanderbilt professor added. “I think this is probably not a good thing for the society.”…”

Step 10:  Sew seeds of discontent

“...More than anyone, Tanton served as the liaison between the “mainstream” anti-immigration movement, whose arguments were still rooted in population and job concerns, and its natural allies on the far right, who saw an epic struggle to maintain America’s national and racial character. He courted mainstream conservative donors, like the Scaife family, as well as the fringe Pioneer Fund, whose current president argues that blacks are genetically less intelligent than whites. He had the Social Contract Press translate, publish and promote The Camp of the Saints, a starkly racist apocalyptic novel about a wave of Indian immigrants overrunning France. In 1996, Tanton coauthored The Immigration Invasion with Wayne Lutton, who sits on the advisory board of a publication put out by the white nationalist Council of Conservative Citizens. Editor of the Social Contract Press since 1998, Lutton now occupies an office just a few feet from Tanton’s.

In 1985, Tanton began convening an annual retreat for the immigration restriction movement’s activists and writers, called WITAN, after Witenagemot, an Old English word for “wise council.” The gatherings draw everyone from labor economist Vernon Briggs, a self-described “liberal Democrat,” who worked on Texas union campaigns led by Caesar Chavez, to Jared Taylor, a white nationalist who publishes the journal American Renaissance. “Blacks and whites are different,” Taylor wrote in a recent article on Hurricane Katrina. “When blacks are left entirely to their own devices, Western Civilization—any kind of civilization—disappears.”

Taylor has attended the WITAN gatherings since their inception and says despite the divergent backgrounds of the participants, everyone is collegial out of respect for Tanton. “There’s a real leadership quality in a man who can bring together so many different points of view to work together towards a common goal.”…”

Step 11:  Empower the fringe

‘…The problem, from an organizing standpoint, was that FAIR wasn’t in a good position to take advantage of this. “FAIR is a big problem,” says Peter Brimelow, an anti-immigration activist who runs the Web site VDARE.com, “because its natural constituency is conservative nationalists, but its operatives are basically liberal and centrist and terrified by Pat Buchanan.” In fact, in the early days of the organization, the leadership was scared of its own members. The board resisted setting up local chapters for fear of who might show up and kept a tight lid on FAIR’s stationery, afraid some member would get their hands on it and write something “demagogic” that would discredit the group….”

Step 12:  Begin the battle

If you do not think this is war, then simply ignore the efforts of Michelle Malkin, Numbers USA, FAIR, etc.

Step 13:  Create a political movement

“…The irony is that on the one issue where he’s directed the bulk of his effort, the means he’s chosen haven’t proved particularly effective. Thanks in large part to Tanton’s efforts, over the last two decades the number of hours border guards spend on patrol has increased eightfold and the border patrol’s budget has gone from $151 million in 1986 to $1.6 billion by 2002. It hasn’t worked.

The problem is that nowhere else in the world do two countries with such disparate relative wealth share such a massive border. The ultimate way to reduce immigration is, as one writer once put it, to fix the “the poverty, population and distribution of wealth” in the countries that people are leaving.

That was John Tanton in the ’70s, when he first started writing about immigration. Going through Tanton’s early writing, I was struck by how much emphasis he put on the brain drain problem that immigration caused for developing nations, and the need to address underlying inequality between countries. With a liberal like me sitting in front of him, Tanton cogently and persuasively recites these arguments.

But conservative talk radio hosts, and Lou Dobbs viewers, and Minutemen along the Arizona border aren’t focused right now on development, or reducing inequality. They want fences. They want enforcement. They want arrests.

So that’s what John Tanton wants, too….”

Step 14:  Marginalize the opposition

In other words, you treat anyone who opposes you like dirt.  See Step #16.

Step 15:  Organize the extreme fringe

“…A preemptive strike to stop amnesty from becoming law is in the works. Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC) is calling on the immigration enforcement movement to team up with the Taxpayer Tea Party and 9/12 movements to hold “Tea Parties Against Amnesty” rallies across America on November 14. “We know that the honest polling data shows over three to one opposition to the Gutierrez Obama Comprehensive Amnesty path to citizenship legislation,” William Gheen of ALIPAC said in a press release referring to Illinois Congressman Luis Gutierrez proposed immigration reform legislation. “ALIPAC stands ready to organize and channel the backlash wave of anger that is coming into peaceful civic action designed to remove many lawmakers who do not serve the wishes or interests of their constituents in 2010!”…”

Step 16:  Destroy the reputation of the opposition

(We are now at step 16)

Just look at the latest attack on Dick Armey.  The extreme right treats Lindsey like dirtThey treat John McCain the same way.  It is all about the extreme LIBERAL John Tanton and his anti-people, pro environment forces owening

Step 17:  Splinter the political opposition, rendering them useless

For your reading enjoyment:

Step 18:  There is now no viable opposition, plans can be full-filled.