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Can the Right Unite? By: Michael Tremoglie
FrontPageMagazine.com | Monday, June 10, 2002

INDUBITABLY AMERICA’S SOCIALISTS are well organized and well funded. Organizations such as the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) have accomplished much in terms of disseminating misinformation, communicating their message, and obtaining access to political, media, and academic centers of influence. They have been able to persuade the opinion makers and trendsetters (The "limo liberals" or, as Allan Levite wrote, "Penthouse Bolsheviks," a concept he details in his book, "Guilt, Blame, and Politics"). In fact, if the DSA were a corporation, they would win awards for their marketing department.

They have established The Center for Democratic Values (CDV) a network of academics, professionals and activists committed to making "progressive" ideas about society, the economy, and government part of the mainstream. They do this by through organizing to make their collective presence significant and doing whatever is necessary to spread their message. Their first conference in 1997 featured sessions such as " Reclaiming Religion and Morality" (speakers were a Rabbi and a professor from Vanderbilt Divinity School), "101 Ways to Get Your Progressive Issues on Talk Radio" (the speakers: talk show host Ellen Ratner, a former NYC Consumer Affairs Commissioner, and a member of the People for the American Way). Black radical Cornel West was there as well.

The CDV has implemented a "Letters to the Editor" project providing members with templates for letters and addresses of the editors of major media publications and news outlets. A sample of their op-eds includes one opposing capital punishment by University of Delaware Philosophy Professor Harry Brod, which was featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer. Another one by UC Santa Cruz professor discusses white racism and another Philadelphia Inquirer piece inveighs against privatizing Social Security. None of these pieces mentions the DSA.

It is obvious that the socialists are very adept of creating communicating and implementing their policies.

However, help could be on the way.

Readers of FrontPageMagazine.com are familiar with David Horowitz’s campus crusades and the Center for the Study of Popular Culture’s efforts to bring political diversity to Hollywood. However, there are other conservative groups working for these goals as well.

One such group is National Association of Scholars (NAS). The NAS, which held a conference in Washington, DC, is an organization that is not so much conservative as it is anti-political correctness. Their advisors and members include such distinguished academicians as Eugene Genovese, Richard Lamm, Jeanne J. Kirkpatrick, Robert Bork , Gertrude Himmelfarb, and Christina Hoff Sommers. The NAS is committed to diversity in discourse--unlike the socialist academicians and administrators who purge any thought that is contrary to their dogma.

Another organization dedicated to free speech is the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education. Founded by Alan Kors a History professor at the University of Pennsylvania (famous for his representation of the student in the "water buffalo" incident) and Harvey Silverglate of the Massachusetts ACLU, they represent students and faculty who have been fired, suspended, expelled, or faced similar actions by universities simply because they exercised their free speech rights.

Other organizations that are working to prevent the hegemony of the socialists in academia are Young America’s Foundation, the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, and Accuracy in Academia.

Individuals such as Jay Bergman, a History professor at Central Connecticut and Sharad Karkhanis a professor at CUNY do their part as well. Bergman sued the college to rescind a reprimand he received after he attempted to exercise his free speech rights. Karkhanis publishes a newsletter at Kingsborough Community College with anecdotes about collegiate political correctness.

The remedies for Marxist/feminism include the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute, the Independent Women’s Forum, the Eagle Forum, and ifeminsts.com. Each has instituted drives to provide information about women’s issues to counteract the dogmatic Marxism provided by NOW and similar groups on the left.

The American Center for Law in Justice is the "anti-ACLU" insofar as religion is concerned. Their efficacy preventing the bowdlerization of religion from society is listed on their website. Danny Schroeder, an individual who invested his own money to publish a satirical novel about
Hollywood from a conservative/ Christian perspective, titled "Hollywood, Must Be Destroyed!" is an example of grassroots participation.

Conservative grassroots individuals and organizations, involved with a variety of issues, exist all over the country. True-Blue Freedom is a Cincinnati taxpayer group. They have organized a "protest" protest. On Flag Day, they are sponsoring a rally in Cincinnati protesting the business boycott by African-Americans and socialists. Stephen Frazier, an African-American, has his own website "The Black Turncoat Forum," which is a forum for black conservatives. Free Republic is a large grassroots organization that is active in advocating conservative politics and issues. Lucianne.com is a conservative website forum similar to Free Republic’s website. Many of these organizations and websites are listed with Townhall.com.

Conservative and middle class media outlets include the Washington Times, Wall Street Journal, Pittsburgh Tribune Review, Boston Herald, LA Daily News, TalkAmerica, radio talkers Neal Boortz, Oliver North, Ken Hamblin, Armstrong Williams and TV programs We The People, American Liberty Foundation and, for undiluted news and political esoterica, C-SPAN.

If you go on-line, you will locate websites for many libertarian, and conservative groups. Information about the Second Amendment, Affirmative Action, Politically Incorrect Colleges are all available. However, unlike the socialists these organizations do not coalesce.

Michael P. Tremoglie is the author of the new novel A Sense of Duty, and an ex-Philadelphia cop. E-mail him at elfegobaca@comcast.net.

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