Power of Anti-Government Propaganda

Exclusive: By many standards, President Obama has done a remarkable job, steering the U.S. and the world away from a global depression and enacting reforms to benefit millions of Americans. But he has fought against a powerful dynamic of modern U.S. politics, a hatred of the federal government, says Robert Parry.

By Robert Parry

As Campaign 2012 ends, it is clear that perhaps the most profound transformation of American politics in recent decades has been the Right’s successful demonization of the federal government and its role in national life. Tens of millions of voters, especially white men, buy into Ronald Reagan’s dictum that “government is the problem.”

This animosity toward the federal government explains not only the Tea Party’s victories in 2010 but the buoyancy of Mitt Romney’s candidacy in 2012 despite his stunningly dishonest campaign and his off-putting political persona.

President Barack Obama talking to a voter from a Chicago field office on Election Day. (Photo credit: barackobama.com)

The hard truth for liberals and progressives is that the Right’s imposing propaganda machinery can make pretty much make anything into anything, whatever serves the Right’s ideological and political needs, while the Left has nothing to compare to this right-wing capability.

For instance, the Right’s propaganda has convinced many Americans of a bogus historical narrative which has the Framers enacting the Constitution as a states’-rights document designed to have a weak central government – when the reality was nearly the opposite.

The key Framers, James Madison and George Washington, organized the Constitutional Convention in 1787 to rid the young country of a governing document, the Articles of Confederation, that declared the states “sovereign” and “independent” and gave the federal government very limited powers. The Constitution stripped out the language about state sovereignty and made federal law supreme.

As Washington had noted earlier in supporting one of Madison’s ideas – to give the federal government authority over interstate commerce – “the proposition in my opinion is so self evident that I confess I am at a loss to discover wherein lies the weight of the objection to the measure.

“We are either a united people, or we are not. If the former, let us, in all matters of a general concern act as a nation, which have national objects to promote, and a national character to support. If we are not, let us no longer act a farce by pretending it to be.”

Washington had personally witnessed the dysfunction of the Articles of Confederation during the Revolutionary War when the “sovereign” states balked at sending promised supplies and money to his Continental Army.

The Commerce Clause

After the war, Washington recognized the need to build a national infrastructure of canals and roads to enable the sprawling young nation to grow and to succeed. That practical interest became a key factor for Madison as he devised the new Constitution with an explicit clause giving the federal government power over national commerce, the so-called Commerce Clause.

In Federalist Paper No. 14, Madison described major construction projects made possible by the powers in the Commerce Clause. “[T]he union will be daily facilitated by new improvements,” Madison wrote. “Roads will everywhere be shortened, and kept in better order; accommodations for travelers will be multiplied and meliorated; an interior navigation on our eastern side will be opened throughout, or nearly throughout the whole extent of the Thirteen States.

“The communication between the western and Atlantic districts, and between different parts of each, will be rendered more and more easy by those numerous canals with which the beneficence of nature has intersected our country, and which art finds it so little difficult to connect and complete.”

The Framers expressed through the Constitution what might be called a Founding Pragmatism. The Articles of Confederation weren’t working because the central government was too weak so the likes of Washington and Madison scrapped the Articles and created a strong central government under the Constitution.

Their interest was more in devising a system that would protect the nation’s hard-won independence and to thwart foreign commercial encroachment than in imposing some rigid ideology of liberty. After all, many Founders viewed freedom in a very restricted sense – at least by modern standards – applying it mostly to white men. In those years, slave-ownership was widespread and married women were legally subordinated to their husbands.

When the Constitution was publicly unveiled in 1787, Madison’s constitutional masterwork drew fierce opposition from defenders of the old order who became known as the Anti-Federalists. They immediately recognized what Madison, Washington and the other Federalists were up to.

Dissidents from Pennsylvania’s delegation to the Constitutional Convention wrote: “We dissent … because the powers vested in Congress by this constitution, must necessarily annihilate and absorb the legislative, executive, and judicial powers of the several states, and produce from their ruins one consolidated government.” [See David Wootton, The Essential Federalist and Anti-Federalist Papers.]

It’s true that some of the Anti-Federalists were a bit hyperbolic in their concerns. But there can be no doubt that the Constitution consolidated under the new central government the power to act on matters of national interest, including to promote the “general welfare.”

Still, the Founding dispute over the balance between federal and state powers didn’t disappear after the Constitution was narrowly ratified. In particular, Southern states bristled at the imposition of federal authority, leading eventually to the Civil War in 1860. Even after the defeat of the Confederacy in 1865, white Southerners continued to resist federal demands for equal treatment of former black slaves and their descendants.

Economic Necessities

The spirit of Washington’s and Madison’s pragmatism reemerged in the 1930s in the economic sphere. Laissez-faire capitalism had failed, marred by a series of financial panics and recessions through the latter half of the 19th Century and into the 20th Century, finally culminating in Crash of 1929 and the Great Depression.

At that point, President Franklin Roosevelt invoked the broad powers of the Constitution to impose regulations on Wall Street, to organize a national effort to put Americans back to work, to legalize labor unions, and to expand the nation’s infrastructure. His New Deal also created a limited safety net for Americans who were unable to work or who lost their jobs due to the vicissitudes of capitalism.

Subsequent presidents built on Roosevelt’s reforms, through such measures as the GI Bill, which helped World War II veterans buy houses and return to school, and the Interstate Highway System, which made transportations faster and cheaper. The federally funded Space Program provided a powerful impetus to technological development, and Medicare addressed the problem of families being impoverished to pay for medical treatment of senior citizens.

Overall, the reforms from the 1930s through the 1960s created the Great American Middle Class, which in turn fueled more economic and productivity growth. As Washington and Madison might have appreciated, the pragmatism of their founding document had helped make the United States the envy of the world.

In the 1950s and 1960s, the federal government also began enforcing the legal framework for equality that had been enacted nearly a century earlier after the Civil War. The South’s walls of segregation were battered down by a combination of brave civil rights activists and a supportive national government.

That federal intervention, however, revived the old conflicts over states’ rights, with many white Southerners furious that they could no longer marginalize, humiliate and terrorize blacks. Under Richard Nixon, the Republicans also spotted an opportunity to peel off Southern states from the Democrats by appealing to these racial antagonisms.

The 1970s marked an important political turning point in the United States with many middle-class Americans having forgetten how they and their parents benefited from the New Deal, with many working-class whites resentful of gains by minorities, and with frustration building over a decline in American dominance in the world. The Vietnam War was lost; oil-producing states were banding together to raise oil prices; inflation soared; foreign competition increased; wages began to stagnate; and the environment became a concern.

The Right – detecting an opening amid these public resentments – began to pour vast sums of money into creating a right-wing propaganda system that combined sophisticated think tanks with extensive media outreach to the American people. The overriding message was that Big Government was the problem, interfering with states’ rights, corporate autonomy and individual liberty.

The Left inadvertently magnified the success of the Right’s new strategy by shutting down many progressive publications, downplaying the importance of information, and refocusing on “local organizing” about local issues. “Think Globally, Act Locally” became the Left’s new slogan, even as the Right began waging a national “war of ideas.”

The Rise of Reaganism

The stage was set for the former actor Ronald Reagan to emerge as a transformational figure in U.S. politics, playing to white racism with comments about “welfare queens” and ridiculing the work of government with the old joke: “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’”

During Reagan’s First Inaugural Address, he declared that “government is the problem” and he soon enacted drastic cuts in the income tax rates for the wealthy. This policy of wealth redistribution to the upper levels was justified by a novel economic theory called “supply-side economics,” which held that the rich would then invest in new factories and other businesses, thus creating new jobs and improving productivity.

However, Reaganomics proved terribly flawed. The rich invested relatively little in U.S. manufacturing which continued to decline, while the well-to-do lavished themselves with luxury goods and showed little patriotism in where they did put their money, favoring fast-growth foreign countries, not the United States.

Yet, the Right’s propaganda system – now fueled by the diversion of money to the upper classes – continued to expand with right-wing media moguls buying up or starting up all sorts of new outlets, from newspapers, magazines and books to radio, TV and eventually the Internet.

The anti-government message became pervasive, sometimes cleverly tailored to specific interest groups, such as young white men who were told that they had become the victims of “political correctness” when they faced punishment for uttering racial or sexist epithets. Even as millions of Americans were pushed down the ladder of personal success, many kept believing that the federal government was somehow at fault.

The Right also devoted some of its vast supply of money to assigning “scholars” the task of reframing the Founding narrative by cherry-picking a few quote out of context to transform Framers like Madison into federal-government-hating, states’-rights-loving ideologues.

Much was made of Madison’s efforts to downplay how radically he had expanded federal power under the Constitution and his agreement to add the Tenth Amendment as a sop to the Anti-Federalists, though it had little real meaning since it only reserved to the states and individuals powers not granted to the federal government under the Constitution, when those grants of power were already quite extensive.

One-Sided Argument

But the Right made its loud propaganda case often unopposed. By the 1990s, the Left’s media had shriveled to irrelevance and the mainstream media was increasingly intimidated by right-wing attack groups that would go after individual journalists who could be labeled “liberal.”

In this hostile climate, many Democrats also scurried to the center and struggled to protect the core programs of the 1930s and 1960s, the likes of Social Security and Medicare. But they made major concessions on issues like Wall Street regulations, enabling freewheeling casino capitalism to return.

The consequences of decades of Reaganomics and hostility to “guv-mint” landed on the American electorate just weeks before Election 2008 when Wall Street experienced its worst financial crash since the Great Depression.

The collapse helped Democrat Barack Obama to become the first African-American U.S. President, but the underlying ideological realities hadn’t changed. The Republicans recognized that fact and immediately went to work seeking to ensure that Obama would be a one-termer, even if that meant worsening the suffering of Americans.

Drawing from the power of the Right’s propaganda machinery, the Tea Party quickly emerged as a potent force in U.S. politics. And, as Obama futilely tried to gain some bipartisanship in Congress, the Republicans worked to make his political life miserable and the country as ungovernable as possible.

Their success can be measured in the Republican congressional victories in 2010 and the closeness of the election in 2012 as Obama sought to refashion the argument for an effective federal government as a fight to protect the embattled middle class.

However, Obama found himself arguing against a powerful and longstanding dynamic: how tens of millions of Americans had been taught to hate their own government.

Investigative reporter Robert Parry broke many of the Iran-Contra stories for The Associated Press and Newsweek in the 1980s. You can buy his new book, America’s Stolen Narrative, either in print here or as an e-book (from Amazon and barnesandnoble.com).

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24 comments on “Power of Anti-Government Propaganda

  1. F. G. Sanford on said:

    What they hate isn’t government. What they hate is DEMOCRACY. Despite the protestations of patriotic motivation, the object of their scorn is their fellow citizens. Until their hypocrisy is routinely attacked for the false patriotism it represents, they will continue to get traction with this nonsense. How can anyone claim to love their country, yet so transparently hate the most vulnerable among their fellow countrymen?

    • What they hate is PAYING ANYTHING to anyone else…. Good lord what can you say about a candidate who took 10 Million dollars from the FDIC and deducts over $70,000 per year per horse….

    • Rehmat on said:

      Lol – Anyone who believe America is a DEMOCRACY – he needs his brain checked by some SHRINK.

      “The only way to accurately understand the American electorate. Americans overwhelmingly are a combination of three awful characteristics. The vast majority are dumb, distracted and delusional, whether they see themselves on the left or right, or as independent,” wrote Joel S. Hirschho Ph.D

      “US elections are farcical. Obama and Romney represent two sides of the same coin. Neither offers choice. Democracy never existed and doesn’t now. Rhetoric substitutes for reality,” wrote Stephen Lendman, American Jewish writer and blogger.

      The US elections provide American voters the only choice – to vote for either of the two evils; Repubulican or Democratic, which’re in fact are opposite faces of the same coin minted by the Israel and military lobby groups.

      http://rehmat1.com/2012/09/23/us-voters-are-dumb-distracted-and-delusional/

      • Rehmat:

        While there are problems with both parties, to say they are equally as guilty of the problems in American is “dumb, distracted and delusional.”

        When did the Republicans fight for social security, Medicare, health care for all, safe drugs, safe foods, etc.?

  2. For Obama to win, he will have to overcome the truly despicable machinations of the Republican party operatives. To illustrate what I mean see this video from Democracy Now: http://www.democracynow.org/2012/11/6/in_ohio_african_american_turnout_threatened

  3. hammersmith on said:

    How did the left, democrats, liberals, progressives get into this mode of knee jerk defense of the federal government? It is pitiful. The government you are defending exists only in your minds.

    • Frances in California on said:

      No, hammersmith, it does not. I’ve started subscribing to a lot of informative .gov sites. Take FEMA for expample: there are massive efforts all over the nation for citizens to be informed and educated about national infrastructure, programs for seniors, help for small businesses. Privatization is a Trojan Horse, meant only to further enrich the have-mores (as W. was delighted to point out). To learn why we all should pay taxes, look at what Bechtel tried to do to Bolivia’s water.

  4. Rehmat on said:

    I think Parry believes in the old maxim: “It’s better to live a known devil than with the unknown”.

    As soon as Barack Ombama recieved his “surprised Nobel Peace Prize” – he got a free pass to become a “war criminal” by killing more innocent people in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, Somalia and Sudan.

    Obama, being follower of Jewish socialist Ayan Rand – has only looked after the interests of the 1% Wall Street fatcats.

    Obama has practically ignored 35 million Americans of his own colour.

    Obama has appointed more dual citizens (US and Israel) to high positions in his administration than any other President in US history.

    Obama has beaten Romney and all his other opponents by receiving death threats from Israel-Firster Jews and Christians, such as, Rabbi Andrew B. Alder, Fred Burton (vice-president of Stratfor), Rev. Terry Jones (the Qur’an burner), etc.

    http://rehmat1.com/2012/07/14/pastor-jones-obama-dead-in-2012/

  5. Lynne Gillooly on said:

    The corporate right simply followed the 3 step recipe outlined by Joseph Goebbels
    1. Always have an enemy (Obama, Muslims, Gays, Immigrants etc)
    2. Always be the Uber Patriot (see Tea Party and Fox news)
    3. Always have the means to saturate and repeat and repeat and repeat your message until it becomes the TRUTH. (see talk radio after the Fairness Doctrine was repealed in 1986)

    There is NO accountability or punishment for outrgiht lies. If you control .the message you control what stories will be heard and how they will be framed.
    Goebbels said if you follow those 3 steps you can control a people any where at any time. It happened in Germany and it is happening here.

    • F. G. Sanford on said:

      The tragedy is that so few people see it for what it is. They have different scapegoats and they don’t wear jackboots, but the software that runs the program is exactly the same. What we see in America is what I call, “Kinder gentler fascism”. They wear smiley faces and flag pins instead of arm bands and party buttons, and carry crosses instead of swastika banners.

  6. how rehmatshit gets away w/his antisemitic crap is beyond me. The achilles heel of this site is its paranoid abnormal fixation with the only democracy in a sea of medieval islamic regiemes: ISRAEL.

    • Marc McKenzie on said:

      That’s a damned good question. Every g-damned comment he makes ALWAYS includes some line of nonsense about Israel and Jews. And sadly, as far as I know, you’re the first person I’ve seen call him out on it.

      I could be wrong, of course. Maybe others have tried. But Rehmat’s swill just comes across (as Harlan Ellison put it) adolescent behavior on the level of a baby showing his pee-pee.

      An antisemitic baby, it seems….

      • The two idiots’ “damn good question” is fully answered by a “G-d damned Zionist Jew”, Marianne Williamson, who told Dr. Kevin Barrett in an interview in August 2012.

        “The way I look at Israel, I look at Israel the way I look at United states: The people of Israel are not the government of Israel… Any more than the people of the United States are the government of the United Staes. So even though I don’t, for the most part, agree with the government of Israel at all – and also as a Jew, because I am a Jew and committed to the existence of Israel.”

        http://rehmat1.com/2012/08/31/marianne-williamson-israel-is-not-a-democracy/

      • Marc,

        That’s the reason I waste my time on this miserable site. A lone Jew has to dish out more shit than thrown at him by these antisemitic assholes.

  7. Hillary on said:

    Rehmat ,

    May we thank you on behalf of all who are interested in information.

    Is how we will hopefully find solutions and your links are so informative.

    Your Patience with these Zionist posters is super human.

    Our MSM is so really hopeless .

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJfFNBAdYec

    • herr hillary and rehmatshit not even worth one flush or banishment to the lowest rung of Dante’s Inferno with their saviors adolf hitler and the grand mufti of jerusalem

      • Frances in California on said:

        Borat, you just lost credibility entirely by degrading your post to ad hominem attacks. If you have a real argument, state it and avoid becoming that which you say you abhor.

        • there is no need to respond to delusional antisemites in a normal civilized way. German Jews stayed in Germany even after Hitler started his demonization which culminated in the Holocaust.

  8. Vivek Jain on said:

    thanks to Obama http://petras.lahaine.org/?p=1887
    https://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/12/13-8

    also see:

    [E]ven the financial elite itself was somewhat surprised at the extent to which president Obama was determined to shield them from citizen rage. In his book Confidence Men: Wall Street Washington, and the Education of a President (2011), the Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ron Suskind tells a remarkable story from March of 2009. Three months into Obama’s supposedly “transformative” presidency, popular rage at Wall Street was intense and the leading financial institutions were weak and on the defensive. Obama called a meeting of the nation’s top thirteen financial executives at the White House. The banking titans came into the meeting full of dread only to leave pleased to learn that the new president was in their camp. For instead of standing up for those who had been harmed most by the crisis – workers, minorities, and the poor – Obama sided unequivocally with those who had caused the meltdown. “My administration is the only thing between you and
    the pitchforks,” Obama said. “You guys have an acute public relations problem that’s turning into a political problem. And I want to help…I’m not here to go after you. I’m protecting you…I’m going to shield you from congressional and public anger.”

    For the banking elite, who had destroyed untold millions of jobs, there was, as Suskind puts it, “Nothing to worry about. Whereas [President Franklin Delano] Roosevelt had [during the Great Depression] pushed for tough, viciously opposed reforms of Wall Street and famously said ‘I welcome their hate,’ Obama was saying ‘How can I help?’” As one leading banker told Suskind, “The sense of everyone after the meeting was relief. The president had us at a moment of real vulnerability. At that point, he could have ordered us to do just about anything and we would have rolled over. But he didn’t – he mostly wanted to help us out, to quell the mob.”

    - Paul Street

    Barack Obama… and the broader Obama phenomenon (which dates in the outward political culture from his instantly famous Keynote Address to the Democratic Convention in the late July of 2004) is distinctive … in the astonishing extent to which he, his marketers and the corporate media have been able to convince left-leaning liberals and progressives and many ordinary people that he is on their side and that his special centrist, supposedly non- or post-ideological brand of so-called progressivism is the most that could ever be attained on the road to a better society and politics.

    Selling that conviction is no small part of why Obama was hired by the American ruling class and given the job of president. It’s not for nothing that Goldman Sachs gave Obama $900,000 a small part of the astonishing $37.5 million Obama got from the finance, insurance and real estate industries during the last election cycle. It’s not for nothing that Obama got t
    hree fourths of his campaign cash from people giving more than $200 – the same big donor percentage as George W. Bush in 2004. It’s not for nothing that Obama set new records in corporate election funding and achieved a level of fawning corporate media love that is almost beyond belief.

    What much of the American state-capitalist elite wanted is somebody who can give the American corporate system and empire a much-needed public relations makeover, a re-branding as they put it. Obama is the Empire’s New Clothes. The masters wanted their rotten old profits system repackaged as something truly new and different in the wake of the long national and global Bush-Cheney nightmare. As they say in elite advertising journals and editorial pages, “Brand Obama” is the new and improved, outwardly progressive, democratic, and human face for that damaged product line called “Brand USA. The Bush and Cheney “reign of error” did profound damage to popular perceptions of American capitalism, power and empire at home and abroad. The political class needed someone who could give the system a vivid new slate-cleaning aura of novelty and freshness while leaving core dominant institutions and ideologies intact.

    - Paul Street
    http://www.zcommunications.org/obama-and-the-left-such-as-it-is-by-paul-street

  9. These goose stepping assholes are fraying my patience. Fortunately, they are all legends in their own what’s left of minds.

  10. Frances in California on said:

    Sigh . . . borat, instead of posting your frustration, why don’t you poke holes in Paul Street’s long (very long) post? It’s begging for it!

    • It is unfortunate that this site has an abnormal antisemitic delusional obsession with all things Israel and Jewish. In spite of these California far left idiots or right wing Christian fundamentalists who “Love Israel and the Jews” I choose not to debate them in normal terms, since they are avowed to finish what Hitler, et al started.

  11. EoZ: Debunking “The Map that Lies”
    This entry was posted on July 14, 2012, in Israel, Judea and Samaria and tagged Arab, Gaza, Israel, Metro-North Railroad, Palestine, Palestinian people, Southern Lebanon, West Bank. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment

    Advertisements at train stations in suburban New York depicting shrinking Palestinian territory in Israel are riling some critics who say they are “deliberately misleading and inaccurate,”

    The ads, which were purchased by The Committee for Peace in Israel and Palestine, show the “Palestinian Loss of Land” from 1946 to 2010. An accompanying headline reads: “4.7 million Palestinians are classified by the U.N. as Refugees.”

    Henry Clifford, co-chairman of the group, told FoxNews.com he paid $25,000 to display posters at 50 Metro-North Railroad stations for 30 days. They are to “educate and inform people” on the proper historical context of the region, he said.

    “There’s always room for discussion of different sides of every story, but there’s no room for discussion on fact,” Clifford said. “Anyone who challenges these maps and the content of these ads, it’s they’re obligation to show that they’re historically wrong. The ball is in their court.”

    Excellent! This gives me the chance to repost this:
    This map is a lie.

    The first panel has the biggest lie:

    While I presume that the white sections are indeed the land that was privately owned by Jews, the land in green was not privately owned by Arabs.

    Only a tiny percentage of land in Palestine was privately owned. The various categories of land ownership included:

    Mulk: privately owned in the Western sense.

    Miri: Land owned by the government (originally the Ottoman crown) and suitable for agricultural use. Individuals could purchase a deed to cultivate this land and pay a tithe to the government. Ownership could be transferred only with the approval of the state. Miri rights could be transferred to heirs, and the land could be sub-let to tenants. If the owner died without an heir or the land was not cultivated for three years, the land would revert to the state.

    Mahlul: Uncultivated Miri lands that would revert to the state, in theory after three years.

    Mawat (or Mewat): So-called “dead”, unreclaimed land. It constituted about 50 to 60% of the land in Palestine. It belonged to the government. …If the land had been cultivated with permission, it would be registered, at least under the Mandate, free of charge.

    By the early 1940s Jews owned about one third of Mulk land in Palestine and Arabs about two-thirds. The vast majority of the total land, however, belonged to the government, meaning that when the state of Israel was established, it became legally Israel’s. (I believe that about 77% of the land was owned by the government, assuming 6 million dunams of private land as shown in this invaluable webpage on the topic from which I got much of this information.)

    To say that the green areas were “Palestinian” land is simply a lie.

    Now the next one:

    While this is an accurate representation of the partition plan, it has nothing to do with land ownership. The entire purpose of this map is to make it appear that Israel has been grabbing Arab land consistently, to serve as a bridge between maps 1 and 3. What is not said, of course, is that Israel accepted the partition and the Arabs did not, so as a result Israel in 1949 looked like it does in map 3.

    Map 3 is still a lie, however, because in no way was the green land “Palestinian” at that time. Gaza was administered by Egypt and the West Bank annexed by Jordan. No one at the time spoke about a Palestinian Arab state on the areas controlled by Arab states – only in Israel.

    In other words, this progression of maps is a series of lies meant to push a bigger lie, and it is tragic that a lot of people believe them to be the truth.

    Here is a small attempt on my side to show a more accurate picture of Israel’s giving land it controlled up for peace since 1967:

    This map shows that Israel gave up control of the Sinai, Gaza, Southern Lebanon and much of the West Bank over the years. Rather than falsely accusing Israel as a land-grabbing rogue state, it accurately shows Israel as perhaps the only state in history that has voluntarily given up more than two-thirds of the areas it controls in exchange for nothing more than a paper agreement – or sometimes not even that. All at the risk of serious security concerns for her people, no less.

    This is all because Israel wants, desperately, to live in real peace with her neighbors. This desire is not reciprocated by those neighbors, unfortunately.

    The real map shows the truth of Israel’s incredible concessions in the often vain hope for peace.

    Now, as far as the right-hand side of the ad goes, I have debunked that as well; my most recent one was this post from less than a month ago.

    So, Mr. Clifford, I’ve shown how every pixel in your posters are historically wrong.

    Will you answer me, or admit the truth?

    The ball is in your court.

    (By the way, as of two days ago, the webpage for the organization named in these ads has received fewer hits total in its history than I receive an hour.)

  12. BUILDING A GREAT NATION

    DOESN’T ONLY TAKE BRAINS
    But It Sure Does Help!

    Israel is one of the tiniest nations on the face of the earth… only about 8,000 sq. miles, 2½ times the size of Rhode Island and only slightly larger than the Canary Islands! It is only 260 miles at its longest, has a 112-mile coastline, is 60 miles at its widest, and only between 3 and 9 miles at its narrowest [from the Mediterranean Sea to the edge of the “Green Line”! [see map below] A very high-powered rifle could launch a projectile right across the country!

    Map of Israel showing Green Line and mileage distances

    a. 3 miles wide here
    b. Golan Heights
    c. Sea of Galilee
    d. Jordan River… Sea of Galilee
    to Dead Sea
    e. 1967 “Green Line”… the 1949
    armistice lines separating
    Israel from its heartland of
    Judea-Samaria when Jordanian
    forces illegally annexed it. After the
    1967 Arab-Israeli war, Israel
    regained that land… at which time
    the world began referring to Judea and
    Samaria as the “West Bank” in order to
    try to erase any Jewish connection
    to this historically Jewish land!
    f. 9 miles wide here
    g. Tel Aviv
    h. Jerusalem
    i. Dead Sea
    j. Gaza Strip

    The surrounding 22 Arab countries are 640 times larger than tiny Israel yet they expect Israel to turn over all the West Bank, Gaza Strip, the Golan Heights and half of Jerusalem… territory they lost after they started the 1967 war!

    With a population of less than 5½ million Jews (less than 1/1000th of the world’s population) and confronted with 55 years of unrelenting Arab terrorism, she can still proudly claim the following:

    An aerial arsenal of over 250 F-16s,
    the largest fleet of the aircraft outside of the US.

    Israel produces more scientific papers per capita than any other nation by a large margin – 109 per 10,000 people — as well as one of the highest per capita rates of patents filed.

    In proportion to its population, Israel has the largest number of startup companies in the world. In absolute terms, Israel has the largest number of startup companies than any other country in the world, except the US (3,500 companies mostly in hi-tech).

    Israel is ranked #2 in the world for venture capital funds right behind the US. Israel with
    7 million people attracted $2 billion in venture capital in 2008, as much venture capital that flowed in the United Kingdom with 61 million people, and as much that flowed into Germany and France with 145 million people.

    Outside the United States and Canada, Israel has the largest number of NASDAQ listed companies.

    Israel has the highest average living standards in the Middle East. The per capita income in 2000 was over $17,500, exceeding that of the UK.

    Israel has the highest ratio of university degrees to the population in the world.

    Israel’s $100 billion economy is larger than all of its immediate neighbors combined.

    On a per capita basis, Israel has the largest number of biotech startups.

    Israel has the largest raptor migration in the world, with hundreds of thousands of African birds of prey crossing as they fan out into Asia.

    Twenty-four percent of Israel’s workforce holds university degrees — ranking third in the industrialized world, after the United States and Holland – and 12 percent hold advanced degrees.

    Israel is the only liberal democracy in the Middle East.

    In 1984 and 1991, she airlifted to safety into Israel
    a total of 22,000 black Ethiopian Jews.

    When Golda Meir was elected Prime Minister of Israel in 1969, she became the world’s second elected female leader in modern times.

    Relative to its population, Israel is the largest immigrant-absorbing nation on earth. Immigrants come in search of democracy, religious freedom, and economic opportunity.

    Israel was the first nation in the world to adopt the Kimberly process, an international standard that certifies diamonds as “conflict free.”

    When the US Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya was bombed by Arabs in 1998,
    Israeli rescue teams were on the scene within a day
    and saved three victims from the rubble.

    Israel has the third highest rate of entrepreneurship — and the highest rate among women and among people over 55 – in the world.

    According to industry officials, Israel designed the airline industry’s most impenetrable flight security. US officials now look to Israel for advice on how to handle airborne security threats.

    Israel’s Maccabi basketball team won the European championships in 1977, 2001, 2004 and 2005. How said Jews can’t jump!

    Israeli tennis player Anna Smashnova is the 15th ranked female player in the world.

    Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers was produced by Haim Saban, an Israeli whose family fled persecution in Egypt.

    In 1991, during the Gulf War, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra played a concert
    wearing gas masks as scud missiles fired by Saddam Hussein fell on Tel Aviv.

    Israel has the world’s second highest per capita of new books.

    Israel has more museums per capita than any other country.

    Israel has two official languages: Hebrew and Arabic.

    Israel is the only country in the world that entered the 21st century
    with a net gain in its number of trees. Please plant a tree in Israel

    Israeli scientists developed the first fully computerized, no-radiation, diagnostic instrumentation for breast cancer.

    An Israeli company developed a computerized system for ensuring proper administration of medications, thus removing human error from medical treatment. Every year in US hospitals 7,000 patients die from treatment mistakes.

    Israel’s Givun imaging developed the first ingestible video camera, so small it fits inside a pill. Used the view the small intestine from the inside, the camera helps doctors diagnose cancer and digestive disorders.

    80% of biotechnology in the ENTIRE world comes from Israel.

    Researchers in Israel developed a new device that directly helps the heart
    pump blood, an innovation with the potential to save lives among those
    with congestive heart failure. The new device is synchronized with the heart’s
    mechanical operations through a sophisticated system of sensors.

    An Israeli company developed a computerized system for ensuring proper administration of medications, thus removing human error from medical treatment. Every year in US hospitals 7,000 patients die from treatment mistakes.

    With more than 3,000 high-tech companies and startups, Israel has the highest concentration of hi-tech companies in the world (apart from the Silicon Valley).

    In response to serious water shortages, Israeli engineers and agriculturalists developed a revolutionary drip irrigation system to minimize the amount of water used to grow crops.

    Israel has the highest percentage in the world of home computers per capita.

    The Pentium MMX Chip technology was designed in Israel at Intel. In addition, “Project Banias,” also carried out at the Israeli Intel Israel Design Center, produced the Intel Centrino processor for laptops.

    Israel leads the world in the number of scientists and technicians in the workforce, with 145 per 10,000, as opposed to 85 in the US, over 70 in Japan, and less than 60 in Germany. With over 25% of its work force employed in technical professions. Israel places first in this category as well.

    The cell phone was developed in Israel by Motorola, which has its largest development center in Israel.

    Most of the Windows NT operating system was developed by Microsoft-Israel.

    Voice mail technology was developed in Israel.

    Both Microsoft and Cisco built their only R&D facilities outside the US in Israel.

    The technology for AOL Instant Messenger
    was developed in 1996 by four young Israelis.

    A new acne treatment developed in Israel, the ClearLight device, produces a high-intensity, ultraviolet-light-free, narrowband blue light that causes acne bacteria to self-destruct — all without damaging surroundings skin or tissue.

    An Israeli company was the first to develop and install a large-scale solar-powered and fully functional electricity generating plant, in southern California’s Mojave desert.

    The first PC Anti-virus software was developed in Israel in 1979.

    Maybe THIS is why the Arabs hate us?

    And Speaking of the Arabs…

    What Great Contributions To Mankind
    Have THEY Made Lately?

    How DOES the Arab world compare? Wealthy Arab leaders spend millions of petro-dollars promoting extremist Islam in the West while many of their people lack basic amenities like food and education. Many of them secretly indulge in the same immoral vices they publicly condemn, bribe Western leaders into turning a blind eye to their despotism and deflect the frustrations of their populations away from themselves by scape-goating those “infidels,” the Israelis! Some other Arabs have been either detonating themselves or talking others into it–murdering civilians young and old–and spreading hate-filled lies to incite “Jihad” against Americans, Christians and Jews. Degenerate leaders, Islamicist propaganda, anti-Semitic rantings, and a culture of revenge have truly turned the Arab World upside-down and inside-out! Their people deserve our pity more than our respect.

    Society from Hell?
    Is there something in their drinking water or are they becoming a Society from Hell!

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