February 25, 2009

How to lose an election

Obama and the Joyce Foundation

Why did the NRA and other Second Amendment Advocates wait until one month prior to the election before revealing the role of the Joyce Foundation in the complete and utter perversion of our legal system? Instead of platitudes and implausibilities, why did they not trot out the simple facts of this relationship and the impact it was having on the Supreme Court?

And why is a minor blog hidden in the backalleys of cyberspace the only person I can find carrying this story?

Here is the first page of the post linked above, minus the internal links. Click on the link above, read the post in its entirety, and follow the links:
As a presidential candidate, Barack Obama must demonstrate executive experience, but he remains strangely silent about his eight years (1994-2002) as a director of the Joyce Foundation, a billion dollar tax-exempt organization. He has one obvious reason: during his time as director, Joyce Foundation spent millions creating and supporting anti-gun organizations.

There is another, less known, reason.

During Obama’s tenure, the Joyce Foundation board planned and implemented a program targeting the Supreme Court. The work began five years into Obama’s directorship, when the Foundation had experience in turning its millions into anti-gun “grassroots” organizations, but none at converting cash into legal scholarship.

The plan’s objective was bold: the judicial obliteration of the Second Amendment.

Joyce’s directors found a vulnerable point. When judges cannot rely upon past decisions, they sometimes turn to law review articles. Law reviews are impartial, and famed for meticulous cite-checking. They are also produced on a shoestring. Authors of articles receive no compensation; editors are law students who work for a tiny stipend.

In 1999, midway through Obama’s tenure, the Joyce board voted to grant the Chicago-Kent Law Review $84,000, a staggering sum by law review standards. The Review promptly published an issue in which all articles attacked the individual right view of the Second Amendment.

In a breach of law review custom, Chicago-Kent let an “outsider” serve as editor; he was Carl Bogus, a faculty member of a different law school. Bogus had a unique distinction: he had been a director of Handgun Control Inc. (today’s Brady Campaign), and was on the advisory board of the Joyce-funded Violence Policy Center.

Bogus solicited only articles hostile to the individual right view of the Second Amendment, offering authors $5,000 each. But word leaked out, and Prof. Randy Barnett of Boston University volunteered to write in defense of the individual right to arms. Bogus refused to allow him to write for the review, later explaining that “sometimes a more balanced debate is best served by an unbalanced symposium.” Prof. James Lindgren, a former Chicago-Kent faculty member, remembers that when Barnett sought an explanation he “was given conflicting reasons, but the opposition of the Joyce Foundation was one that surfaced at some time.” Joyce had bought a veto power over the review’s content.

Facts. Lots and lots of simple, straight-forward facts. What happened to investigative journalism? What happened to journalist accountability? What happened to respect for the people?

I'll tell you what happened. The political and economic elites have stolen your country from you. America is no longer a "nation of the people, by the people, and for the people". We have become an oligarchy. The media spoonfeeds disinformation, fires investigative reporters (replacing them with pretty faces that read teleprompters), and disregards any reality that does not support the party line fed to them by Rupert Murdoch, Ted Turner, and their many political friends.