Bil­lion­aire Steyer re­places Soros as prom­i­nent left­ist fun­der

Westside Eagle-Observer - - OPINION - By Harold Pease, Ph.D.

In a re­cent col­umn, “Bil­lion­aires Bat­tle to Get Your Vote,” Lib­erty Un­der Fire doc­u­mented lead­ing fun­ders for the right side of the po­lit­i­cal spec­trum in the 2016 elec­tion as the Koch broth­ers, Charles and David. Those on the left side of the po­lit­i­cal spec­trum were David Rock­e­feller (re­cently de­ceased) and Ge­orge Soros. A new bil­lion­aire, Tom Steyer, has emerged, out­pac­ing both the right and the left in fund­ing elec­tions. But in­flu­ence from the wealthy is noth­ing new.

The “rich” have been in­volved in di­rect­ing pub­lic opin­ion for more than a hun­dred years, first noted in our his­tory text­books, when Mark Hanna, who made his for­tune in the iron busi­ness, paid off Con­gress­man Wil­liam McKin­ley’s per­sonal in­debt­ed­ness of $100,000, and el­e­vated him onto the stage for pres­i­dent. He next “shook down” the gi­ants of the In­dus­trial Revo­lu­tion, bank­ing, oil, steel, rail­roads, etc., who wanted mar­kets and “spheres of in­flu­ence” over­seas.

Cap­i­tal­iz­ing on their fear that they would lose their in­flu­ence over gov­ern­ment and money to some­one like Wil­liam Jen­nings Bryan, who would ac­tu­ally rep­re­sent the com­mon peo­ple, Hanna raised an enor­mous slush fund, the largest in U.S. his­tory — $16 mil­lion com­pared to Demo­cratic op­po­nent Wil­liam Jen­nings Bryan’s mere $1 mil­lion. This en­abled the gi­ants of the In­dus­trial Revo­lu­tion to unite and “buy” the pres­i­dency for Wil­liam McKin­ley in 1896.

With Mckin­ley’s suc­cess­ful con­quest of much of Spain’s colo­nial hold­ings (Cuba, the Philip­pines, Puerto Rico and Guam), colo­nial­ism and world in­flu­ence be­came the Repub­li­can Party’s for­eign pol­icy. When it be­came much less pop­u­lar due to its need­ing to be de­fended by Amer­i­can troops, Wall Street in­flu­ence went un­der­ground.

Pres­i­dent Woodrow Wil­son spoke of this hid­den force in his book, “The New Free­dom” (1913), when he wrote: “Since I

en­tered pol­i­tics, I have chiefly had men’s views con­fided to me pri­vately. Some of the big­gest men in the United States in the field of com­merce and man­u­fac­ture are afraid of some­body, are afraid of some­thing. They know that there is a power some­where so or­ga­nized, so sub­tle, so watch­ful, so in­ter­locked, so com­plete, so per­va­sive that they had bet­ter not speak above their breath when they speak in con­dem­na­tion of it.”

John D. Rock­e­feller, J.P. Mor­gan and oth­ers later united the class of wealth into the In­sti­tute of In­ter­na­tional Af­fairs in 1919, then two years later changed the name to the Coun­cil on For­eign Re­la­tions (CFR), there­after pro­vid­ing the lead­er­ship and for­eign pol­icy of both ma­jor po­lit­i­cal par­ties, and glob­al­ism took root in each. Rock­e­feller nephew David, in 1973, spread the Wall Street in­flu­ence over Ja­pan, Western Europe and North Amer­ica in an ef­fort to unify those three re­gions in his Tri­lat­eral Com­mis­sion. This was the for­eign pol­icy of both ma­jor po­lit­i­cal par­ties and much of the West and Ja­pan un­til Don­ald Trump’s elec­tion in 2016.

Al­though David is re­cently de­ceased, his or­ga­ni­za­tion, the CFR, is the most in­flu­en­tial po­lit­i­cal or­ga­ni­za­tion in the United States and will be for decades to come. More­over, the lead­er­ship of The New York Times and Wash­ing­ton Post, like the gov­ern­ment, is filled with its mem­bers en­sur­ing a wide dis­sem­i­na­tion of their glob­al­ist mes­sages; a mes­sage em­u­lated by hun­dreds of other news­pa­pers.

En­ter CFR mem­ber Ge­orge Soros, the lead­ing fun­der of far-left causes and elec­tions the past two decades, who is said to have spent $25 mil­lion on Hi­lary Clin­ton and other Demo­crat can­di­dates in 2016 and, so far, an­other $15 mil­lion in the present midterms. His spe­cialty is not grad­ual in­flu­ence to­ward the left and world gov­ern­ment as has been the in­flu­ence of the CFR, but hard-core so­cial­ism and glob­al­ism. No one has as many or­ga­ni­za­tions as com­bat ready and as highly fi­nanced as does Ge­orge Soros. These in­clude ACORN, the Tides Foun­da­tion, So­journ­ers, The Quan­tum Fund, Me­dia Mat­ters, The Open So­ci­ety In­sti­tute, Friends of the Earth, The Cen­ter for Amer­i­can Progress, The Apollo Al­liance, The Amer­i­can Con­sti­tu­tion So­ci­ety and, MoveOn.org.

En­ter San Fran­cisco bil­lion­aire Tom Steyer who “promised to spend at least $30 mil­lion to elect pro­gres­sives [pop­u­lar synonym for so­cial­ists] this cam­paign sea­son” mak­ing him the “most im­por­tant Demo­cratic donor in the United States.” Steyer is openly urg­ing the pres­i­dent’s re­moval through im­peach­ment, even fund­ing a video to that ef­fect, and has, with Soros, bankrolled far-left An­drew Gil­lum’s Florida cam­paign for gover­nor, hop­ing to flip the state from red to blue, an­tic­i­pat­ing that the re­sult­ing elec­toral count in­crease could sway the na­tion for decades. Steyer “fun­neled about $800,000 into the Get Out the Vote ini­tia­tive prior to the Gil­lum run” (In­gra­ham An­gle, Aug. 29, 2018).

The 100-plus year gen­er­a­tional in­flu­ence of the Rock­e­fellers, John and David, and their or­ga­ni­za­tions, prin­ci­pally the CFR, to­gether with that of Soros money and or­ga­ni­za­tions, and now, Steyer’s money, eas­ily dwarf that of the Koch broth­ers, said to be fund­ing most of the right side of the po­lit­i­cal spec­trum. The bil­lion­aire club eas­ily fa­vors the Demo­cratic Party and the far-left side of the po­lit­i­cal spec­trum. What is far worse is that Soros and Steyer seem not to be pro­mot­ing rank and file Democrats but in­stead rad­i­cals who want to up­end our po­lit­i­cal sys­tem. It ap­pears that the rich who ini­tially con­trolled the Repub­li­can Party, then both ma­jor par­ties for over 100 years, now has much greater dom­i­nance over the Demo­crat Party. Should they suc­ceed, we will be­come a so­cial­ist coun­try.

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